Sunday, August 31, 2014

MMMC #4

 It's a brand new month and that means a brand new Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!
This month's theme is a beautiful inspiration photo challenge.  Check out all the texture and wonderfully bright colors in this picture.
On top of that we have an awesome $25 prize from Ellen Hutson.
Now that's even more of an incentive to get inspired and link up.
I was inspired by the painted teal background and all the lovely colors in the photo.  I also got the idea of the yellow burst from the flowers.  Even the background paper was from the pattens in the flowers.  So much to take from I can't wait to see what you all create.
Check out the other awesomeness from my girls of on the
and don't forget to link up!  You got one whole month to do so.
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Galaxy Ribbon

Hi friends!  Bet you're surprise to see a post from me after all the crickets hanging around here.  I've been super busy and have a really good excuse that I'll be sharing soon.  Promise!

Today I wanted to share this tutorial over on the May Arts Ribbon blog.
The galaxy look has been allover some awesome cards out there and I put a twist on it.
Want to see?  Check out THIS POST for the tutorial and other ways I used this galaxy look.
 
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Thursday, August 7, 2014

May Arts Fall/Winter 2014 New Release Week and GIVEAWAY!

Hello ribbon loving people!
This is a good week because all week long the May Arts Ribbon company will be introducing all their brand new fabulous fibers.  All the ribbonistas are showing off all the awesome ways to use the new goodies.  The best part is you could win BIG time!  You could be one of the 3 luck ones to win one spool each from the new release.
 Head on over to the May Arts Ribbon blog to see all of the new releases and all the fun inspirations and giveaway details.

Today I get to share one of the most useful and handy, MUST HAVE IN YOUR STASH ribbons.
 I know when you think of May Arts Ribbon a number of lovely fibers comes to mind and elastic may not be one of them.  But I'm telling you that these are a must have.  Especially when they come in awesome colors including metallic!  Here's a look at some of the ways I used them.

As a cool headband.
You can add extra texture and interest by crocheting the elastic like I did here.

 Make a quick and easy bracelet.
Because of the elastics 1mm size, they easily slip into beads to make bracelets.  All you have to do is slide the beads through and knot the ends.

Two ways to hold your things together.
Here I'm sharing with you two different ways of how you could use the elastic to hold anything from napkins to papers and books together.

This tie would be ideal for all your paper needs.  All you have to do is to knot a button and slip the things you need to hold together in the middle of the elastic.

Here is a tie for all your heavy duty projects.  For this one you knot the elastic in a button just like the first.  But for this you'll take both sides of the elastic around the thing you are holding and loop the end of the elastic around the button.  Making double the elastic power.

 I really hope you all get your hands on these awesome elastics.  If you ask me, everyone could use a spool!
Now to see what else cool ribbon is being release.  Stop by the amazing blogs of Latrice Murphy and Rhea Weigand.

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Saturday, August 2, 2014

MMMC #3

 It's the first of the month and time for another Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.
I had fun with this one and I think you will too!
 Here's a layout of my littlest man at the park.  I wanted to keep with the black and white theme like in the picture but thought it would be fun to add pops of fun colors.
Plus had some messy fun wit this months Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.
 Yes!  Challenge #3 is to get all messy and bust out the paste.  We also got a super cool prize up for grabs.  Eclectic Paperie is offering a $25.00 gift card to one lucky player.

I used two different stencils and pastes on this layout.
I thought it would be cool to add a tone on tone look so I went with it.  The hot air balloons where made with a glossy black embossing paste.  Both products by Dreamweaver Stencils.
 Next I created an ombre look to add that pop of color.  To do this just add gelatos to your paste to add color and spread over the stencil.  The super cool stencil used here is from DCWV.
 Last is to let it all dry and add on all the cool embellishments.

You all know you love stencils and paste so go grab some, make something cool and link up to this months Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

CHRISTMAS IN JULY hop

 No you're not seeing things.  It is the the middle of summer but we're ready to get you into the Christmas spirit.  I mean there really isn't too soon of a time to be ready for the BIG day right!
The inspiration crew is back for another holiday hop!
Come hop along with us for awesome holiday inspiration and prizes scattered along the way.
Darnell Knauss

 Here's what I have for you all.
Every holiday season I bake a little love (sometimes a lot of love) to share with friends and families.  To tell you the truth I'm not a regular everyday baker but there's something about the winter season that makes me want to warm up my oven and whip out the flour.  I think the main drive to this sudden surge is that I want to wrap all the yummy goodies up in pretty paper.

Everyone loves home baked goodies but put them in custom homemade containers and they're out of this world.  So today I'm sharing simple, cheap and adorable ways to wrap up your holiday bake goods.

This one is for your individual treats.
The bad is a regular ziplock bag with the corners taped in.  The cinnabun roll sits on a piece of freezer paper folded up nicely.  Add pretty paper to the top, wrap around string and stamp out and cut a circle tag.  You're done!

These are for your super small goodies.
You can get these small circle containers in bulk for cheap at your local hobby store.  They usually come with a clear cover but I just popped that out and added a stamped circle pattern paper and tied around some string.

Your really big ones.
For all your big treats or to bag up a bunch of yummy goodies, you can use my favorite.  A brown paper lunch bag.  I love these brown paper bags.  They are so cheap, comes in bulk and easily customizable.  Here I just folded the top over and added a cool tag and string.

The sack.
 Now here's how to give a treat.  This is a plain mini canvas drawstring bag.  Like the circle box you can find these at your local craft store.  To jazz it up all you have to do is insert  piece of paper in the bag and stamp.  I also stamped little peppermint circles and glued them to the pulls.  Oh and don't forget the tag.

Usually if I'm feeling ambitious I would make something for all these containers and group them together in a nice little basket.  Just imagine how pretty these would look all together in a cozy basket.  Adorable!  What is even better is that I just used half of two sheets of pattern paper, one type of string and one stamp set to make them all.  Cheap and easy and filled with love!
 I'm telling you now.  Pin this post now to use in December.
 Now go get inspired and hopping.  Your next stop is the sweet Jen Cuthbertson.

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