Monday, May 13, 2024

Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop - May 2024

    

Welcome to the Really Reasonable Ribbon May Blog Hop! Our hop theme this month is Patriotic. Each of the design team ladies is going to be creating a project in this theme or style, using ribbon

You should be coming to my blog from Ginny's Blog. After visiting me hop on to Kathy's Blog next! (The full blog list is at the end of the post.)

At the end of the hop, comment on the RRR Blog post, answering the question listed, for a chance to win a $10 Gift Card to the RRR Shop, plus one digital stamp set of your choice from Bonnie Garby Designs. The Design Team appreciates your comments, too!

One of my favorite holidays to make things for is 4th of July! I have a spot in my home where I change the decor seasonally, that way I can decorate for every holiday without rearranging my entire house! I save the whole house decorating for Autumn and Christmas.

I created a 6" x 6" panel that can sit on an easel. I like to have things for my special table to go with a tiered tray and other decor that I change out. (As I write this, my Easter decor is in that spot; the St. Patrick's Day stuff was just put away!) 

I have two bins of these panels that I put out for various holidays. They are a great size and fun to make. I start with a heavy chipboard base and then add my papers and images, and of course ribbon! 

The paper I used is Photoplay Land That I Love, which I purchased at Expo in October 2023. So it is fairly newish paper. I really like the patterns and motifs for this collection, and the sticker sheet is excellent!

I went through my stash of patriotic ribbons, of which I have many! I chose the 5/8" Red/White/Blue Striped Grosgrain to make my large bowbut that size is out of stock. They do have THIS similar ribbon in 5/8". 

I created a smaller bow with the 3/8" Patriotic Candy Hearts on White Grosgrain. I admit that I don't use grosgrain ribbon that often, as it is difficult to tie bows with it. But, the heart ribbon is so CUTE that I think I need more of it so I don't run out! {smile} 

I topped the bow stack with a clear star embellishment and a sticker from the paper collection. I also scattered some clear and metal stars, plus a row of red and white paper brads for the bottom of the panel. 

Note: Those paper brads have been in my stash since 2011. I have gobs of them! I received many packs of them as part of my Spellbinders DT package and I will probably never be able to use them all! 

Thanks for joining me today! Have fun hopping!


Here is the RRR Blog Hop Order in case you get lost!
Really Reasonable Ribbon's Ramblings
Ginny
Gloria - YOU ARE HERE!
Kathy
Cheryl
Bonnie
Misty
Karen
Really Reasonable Ribbon's Ramblings


Really Reasonable Ribbon Supplies Used:
Bow making tools: Zutter Bow-it-All

Other Supplies Used:
Paper and Stickers: Photoplay Land That I Love
Paper brads: Craftworkcards Patriotic Candi Dots
Stars: unknown
Chipboard: Grafix
Adhesive: Art Glitter Dries Clear Glue, hot glue, foam dots
Other tools: paper trimmer, scissors, bone folder, tweezers, corner miter tool (Crafty Shop by Sache)

Thursday, May 02, 2024

Triple B Challenge - May 2024

 

Hello! I am joining Darlene and Diane again for the Triple B Challenge this month! Triple B is a card challenge that is all about Birds, Butterflies, and Blooms! Plus, each month there is an Inspiration Board to help you get your creative juices flowing! 

Here is your inspiration board for May. Those purples are eye popping! So pretty. 

I scoured through my paper stash looking for purple papers and found more than I though I would!  

I created a 5" x 5" card from green cardstock. I think this might be a Stampin' Up cardstock, but I am not sure as it had no label with it, but I did have quite a stack of it, so it makes sense to me. {smile} 

I used a square die with a piercing decoration on it to cut out the white cardstock panel on the front and for the inside of the card. 
The papers are from my stash of Heartfelt Creations oldies but goodies (Cut Mat Create and Italian Riviera). I am pretty sure the papers are from my time on the Heartfelt Design Team in...2014 maybe? 

The gorgeous image in the center of the card is from Mintay Papers Flora Book 10 Wreaths Edition. I picked up this lovely book of images in October 2023 when I was out scrapbook shopping with my friends. We stopped by Frank Garcia Studio when we were in Ontario, CA to visit the Scrapbook Expo. I may have bought some stuff that day.....
How beautiful are those gorgeous purple flowers! I used circle dies to cut out the image and to mat it for the card front. The sentiment is from a Power Poppy clear set called Nice Things to Say. I stamped with Stampin' Up Old Olive ink - which is not the whole truth there. I have an ink pad of Olive Close to My Heart and a re-inker of SU Old Olive so now I have a bit of a hybrid ink pad! Best to not ask!

I used Stampin' Up Lavender Lace ink to smudge around the sentiment tag. Such a pretty purple and green combination!

I also added some enamel dots here and there to mimic raindrops. 
I made the inside of the card all pretty, too. I stamped another sentiment from the same Power Poppy set and added bits of the printed paper. 

Thanks for joining me for the Triple B Challenge! I hope you get inspired by this challenge. Dig into your stash and play along! 

Remember you do NOT have to follow the board as it is just for inspiration, BUT YOU DO have to use 1, 2 or 3 of the B's ... Birds, Butterflies, and/or Blooms.

Now it's YOUR turn, so pull out those stamps, dies, stencils, or whatever other goodies you have in your stash and have some fun with us.

We won't always have a prize but periodically we will, you just never know! To link up your challenge project, click on THIS link to take you to the Triple B Blog
 
Challenge ends: 8 PM May 31st    
Winners announced: June 2nd.

You can read all the rules in the rules tab on the Triple B  Blog.




Cardstock: Hammermill White, Stampin' Up Old Olive (possibly)
Printed paper: Heartfelt Creations Cut Mat Create, Italiana Riviera
Image: Mintay Papers Flora Book 10 Wreaths Edition
Stamps: Power Poppy Nice Things to Say
Ink: Stampin' Up Lavender Lace, Old Olive
Enamel dots: Altenew Shades of Purple, Simple Stories Enchanted
Dies: Heartfelt Creations Ornamental Tags, Eyelet Circle and Basics Small, Circle Basics Large; Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Squares
Adhesive: Art Glitter Glue, ATG, foam tape
Tools: ink dauber, trimmer, score board, MISTI stamp platform, Big Shot Plus

Wednesday, May 01, 2024

Word Power Challenge - May

Hello, my crafting friends! Today I have the honor of being the guest designer for the Word Power Challenge Blog

The Challenge for WORD POWER is to showcase the many sentiment stamps and dies we all have in our crafting stash, however the sentiments (or word art) must be the FOCUS of the cards entered..

A new challenge will be posted on the FIRST THURSDAY of each MONTH, which will run until the LAST Thursday of the month. Winners are announced on the Wednesday before the beginning of the new month's challenge.
The main reason that I have been playing with my word art stamps in the past few months was to get ready for this challenge. I have so many large stamps, many with scripture on them, that need to be used! This challenge is the perfect opportunity! 

The card is a 5" x 5" top fold card. I used to make this size almost exclusively years ago. For some reason, the size became less popular and I moved away from it. I am moving back, because to me this is like a perfect sized canvas for paper art!
The word art stamp is from Verve Stamps and is from a set called Potter's Clay. Verve is not around any more, but Julee is still designing stamps under her new brand J. Tilman Designs. Her word art is some of the best you can find. 

I stamped the sentiment with black ink and then placed a rectangle die cut over the image. I sponged on some pink distress ink, then cut the image out with my die cut machine. So pretty!  
The printed papers are from an Authentique Flawless 6x6 pad. Such pretty pinks! I used black cardstock to make each layer stand out. I also have one layer of white cardstock that I inked the edges with the pink distress ink. 

I had the card assembled, then decided that the left side was very empty. I had recently purchased some flower dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs, so I pulled those out to try. The leaves are from a very old die by Cheery Lynn, which might still be around in some format. 

I created my blooms and leaves from cardstock. I had a sheet each of pink and green that were two-tone - lighter color on one side and darker color on the other. Who knows what brand that could be??! I didn't ink the flowers, and I am not sure how I feel about that. Next time, I will add some ink shading and see how I feel. {smile}
I hope you liked my card and that you will give this fun challenge a try! I got my start in design team work via challenge blogs back around 2008 or so. I am mostly "retired" from design team work now, but I still enjoy  keeping my hand in with LOW KEY responsibilities. I have really had fun being part of the Triple B: Birds, Butterflies, and Blooms Challenge Blog since April, and a new card for that challenge will drop TOMMOROW!

Please visit the Word Power Challenge Blog to read all the rules and information on the challenge! You have until the LAST Thursday of the month to enter.


Cardstock: ColorMates Black, Neenah White, colored unknown
Printer paper: Auithentique Flawless 6x6
Stamp: Verve Stamps Potter's Clay
Inks: Ranger Distress Spun Sugar, Memento Tuxedo Black
Die cuts: Elizabeth Craft Designs Florals Six, Floral Minis, Everyday Elements: Lace Borders; Cheery Lynn Flourish Leaf Strip; Heartfelt Creations Rectangle and Basics
Adhesive: Art Glitter Glue, ATG 1/4" tape, hot glue
Tools: flower shaping tools, MISTI stamp platform, ink brushes, score board, trimmer


Saturday, April 13, 2024

Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop - April 2024

   

Welcome to the Really Reasonable Ribbon April Blog Hop! Our hop theme this month is Mother's Day and/or Flowers. Each of the design team ladies is going to be creating a project in this theme or style, using ribbon

You should be coming to my blog from Ginny's Blog. After visiting me hop on to Kathy's Blog next! (The full blog list is at the end of the post.)

At the end of the hop, comment on the RRR Blog post, answering the question listed, for a chance to win a $10 Gift Card to the RRR Shop, plus one digital stamp set of your choice from Bonnie Garby Designs. The Design Team appreciates your comments, too!

I lost my mom in 2015, but still I try to make a card in colors that she used to enjoy. She loved blue, so I incorporated blue ribbons into the card I made to share today. I mostly donate the Mother's Day cards I create, which brings me joy and spreads joy to others. 

I made a 5" x 6 card base from a dark periwinkle cardstock that I found in my stash of 8 1/2" x 11" cardstock; which I have been trying to use because it is taking up too much space in my craft room! I used Graphic 45 Cottage Life and Botanical Tea papers and images. 

I created the sentiment on my computer and printed it out, then used some sentiment strips die cuts to trim out the greeting. 

I used lots of layers for the card, including two banner shapes cut from printed paper and coordinating cardstock. 

The ribbons used are 5/8" Capri Blue Taffeta and 3/8" Capri Blue Swiss Dots Satin. I love when I find coordinating ribbons in my stash! I created bows, which I glued to the card. I topped the bows with a large pink button tied with a piece of Baker's Twine.

I didn't care for how my bows were looking, so I decided to add some paper flowers, too. I used Mixed Pink Peony Flowers, which I deconstructed and then put back together to make smaller buds.

I used a leaf die to cut some leaves from scraps of green cardstock. 

I added some enamel dots here and there as well to finish the card. I did line the inside of the card with off-white cardstock, making it ready for stamping or writing an inside greeting.

Thanks for joining me today! Have fun hopping!

Here is the RRR Blog Hop Order in case you get lost!
Really Reasonable Ribbon's Ramblings
Ginny
Gloria - YOU ARE HERE!
Kathy
Cheryl
Bonnie
Misty
Karen
Really Reasonable Ribbon's Ramblings


Really Reasonable Ribbon Supplies Used:
Bow making tools: Zutter Bow-it-All

Other Supplies Used:
Cardstock: ColorMates Smooth Natural, blue and green unknown
Paper: Graphic 45 Cottage Life, Botanical Tea
Stamps: computer generated by me
Ink: Stampin' Up Old Olive (to ink the leaves)
Enamel dots: Simple Stories Enchanted
Die cuts: My Favorite Things Fishtail Stax and Layers, Frames; Cherry Lynn Flourish Leaf
Button: my stash
Adhesive: Art Glitter Dries Clear Glue, hot glue, foam tape
Other tools: paper trimmer, scissors, score board

Tuesday, April 02, 2024

Triple B Challenge - April 2024

Hello! Some fun news this morning! I am going to be joining Darlene and Diane for the Triple B Challenge each month! Triple B is a card challenge that is all about Birds, Butterflies, and Blooms! Plus, each month there is an Inspiration Board to help you get your creative juices flowing! 

Darlene asked me to join them in creating an inspiration card each month, just for fun. I have pretty much retired from the design team world, at least for now, but I like to have a little something to give me some incentive to make cards for my stash. The odd guest spot or little challenge like this is perfect for my life as it is currently. So, huge thanks to Darlene and Diane for inviting me!

Here is your inspiration board for April. Isn't this beautiful?!! I had so many ideas for this challenge! I have a container of paper labeled "Birds, Bugs, Fish." I pulled that out and picked through it for some inspiration for my card.

Once I decided on my papers, I sketched out a card idea, then selected the elements I wanted to use from my stash of embellishments. It is often hard for me to narrow things down because I just have so much stuff! Trying to use up this stash is a monumental task! But I am trying! {smile}
This is the card that I ended up with. I aimed for the soft colors of the inspiration board, trying to focus on the pale pinks and grays. I totally wanted to go vintage with my card, but I actually chose a more trendy paper pack! This paper is from the Authentique Dreamy collection. The soft colors in some of the papers, plus that lovely butterfly paper, just sold me! 
The card is 5" x 6" and made from off white cardstock with gray accent cardstock to make the printed papers pop. This size card fits into an A6 envelope, in case you are wondering. However, with this much embellishment, I would mail this in a padded envelope, a little box, or something to protect the flowers. 

The sentiment if from the My Favorite Things Rainbow Greetings set. I have had this set for a while and don't think I have ever used it until today. Well, maybe I used it once before. Shocking, I know! {giggle}

I added some of the butterfly paper and another sentiment to the inside of the card. I really like stamping in the gray ink! However, my ink pad was really dry...time to order an ink refill. Hopefully it is still available! That is the problem with an old stash...things get discontinued or the company goes out of business! If anyone has a recommendation for a great gray stamping ink, let me know in the comments! 
I added a bit of lace to the card, then assembled a big flower cluster. These are all pre-made flowers from my stash. I like making my own flowers, but sometimes it just takes so much extra time! I did die cut the leaves from some random green cardstock, so that is a plus. 

Note on the lace: Really Reasonable Ribbon is down to just a few styles of lace and has no plans to restock. If you are looking for lace, you will need to check your local stores, thrift stores, or scour online shops. Lace in card making is not popular right now, so sourcing it can be a challenge. I have a nice stash, but it makes me sad to run out! This style I am sharing today is the LAST of it in my hoard! 


Thanks for joining me for my FIRST Triple B Challenge! 

Remember you do NOT have to follow the board as it is just for inspiration, BUT YOU DO have to use 1, 2 or 3 of the B's ... Birds, Butterflies, and/or Blooms.

Now it's YOUR turn, so pull out those stamps, dies, stencils, or whatever other goodies you have in your stash and have some fun with us.

We won't always have a prize but periodically we will, you just never know! To link up your challenge project, click on THIS link to take you to the Triple B Blog
 
Challenge ends: 8 PM April 30th     
Winners announced: May 2nd.

You can read all the rules in the rules tab on the Triple B  Blog.





Cardstock: CutCardStock Flafours Gourmet Smoked Sea Salt, ColorMates Natural
Printed paper: Authentique Dreamy
Stamps: My Favorite Things Rainbow Greetings
Ink: Memento London Fog; Close to My Heart Heather, Pink Carnation; Stampin' Up Mellow Moss
Flowers: Petaloo Penny Lane Antique Rose; Prima (gray roses); Large flower with wood center unknown, Really Reasonable Ribbon Ivory Rose Buds, Two-Tone Baby Pink and Ivory Sweetheart Blossoms
Lace: Really Reasonable Ribbon Crochet Lace (style I used is out of stock) 
Dies: Cheery Lynn Flourish Leaf, Heartfelt Creations Ornamental Tags
Adhesive: Hot glue, Art Glitter Glue, Scor-tape, ATG
Tools: ink daubers, trimmer, score board, MISTI stamp platform



Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop - March 2024

    

Welcome to the Really Reasonable Ribbon March Blog Hop! Our hop theme this month is SPRING AND EASTER. Each of the design team ladies is going to be creating a project in this theme or style, using ribbon

You should be coming to my blog from Ginny's Blog. After visiting me hop on to Kathy's Blog next! (The full blog list is at the end of the post.)

At the end of the hop, comment on the RRR Blog post, answering the question listed, for a chance to win a $10 Gift Card to the RRR Shop, plus one digital stamp set of your choice from Bonnie Garby Designs. The Design Team appreciates your comments, too!

I have been interested in playing with some of my word art stamps lately, because some friends of mine have been sharing cards for a new challenge blog called Word Power: A Challenge Blog Using Sentiments. It is such a great idea for a challenge! (Sneaky information....I am going to be a guest DT over there in May!) Anyway, I pulled out more of my word art stamps for my RRR card today!

The card is a 5" x 6" top fold card. I used an old, unmounted rubber stamp from Taylored Expressions called Graphic Greetings: Redeemer. I love this style of word art and this message is perfect for Easter...or any time of the year!
The paper is some scraps from some of the Authentique Easter collections, but I am not sure which ones. I had a bunch of scraps in a bag, and didn't feel like matching them up to any particular collection. You know how we do...just toss scraps around willy nilly. 
The ribbon is 5/8" Pearl Pink Delicate Stitched Satin. I wrapped some ribbon around the bottom of the panel before attaching the panel to the card front. Then I created a loopy bow to glue onto the circle element on the card. I sort of wish I had scooted the wrapped ribbon up a bit to be even with the center of the bow, but....ah well. 
The decorative elements are the cute doily cut using an Elizabeth Craft Designs Elements: Small  Doilies die, and the pink enamel dots. I am not sure which company those dots are from as the packaging was missing. I enjoyed making this pink card, all ready for spring and Easter!

Thanks for joining me today! Have fun hopping!

Here is the RRR Blog Hop Order in case you get lost!
Really Reasonable Ribbon's Ramblings
Ginny
Gloria - YOU ARE HERE!
Kathy
Cheryl
Bonnie
Misty
Karen
Really Reasonable Ribbon's Ramblings

I am entering this card into these challenges:
Word Power #3
Word Art Wednesday - Weeks 639-640


Really Reasonable Ribbon Supplies Used:
Bow making tools: Zutter Bow-it-All

Other Supplies Used:
Cardstock: ColorMates Smooth Brown, Natural
Paper: Authentique Easter scraps
Stamps: Taylored Expressions Graphic Greeting: Redeemer, PSX Happy Easter (1998) - inside
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
Enamel dots: from my stash
Die cuts: Heartfelt Creations Rectangle and Basics, Circle Basics Large, Eyelet Circle and Basics Small; Elizabeth Craft Designs Everyday Elements: Small Doilies
Adhesive: Art Glitter Dries Clear Glue, hot glue, foam tape
Other tools: paper trimmer, scissors, score board

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop - February 2024

   

Welcome to the Really Reasonable Ribbon February Blog Hop! We have a ANYTHING GOES...WITH RIBBONS AND BOWS HOP this month...each of the design team ladies is going to be creating a project in any theme or style, using ribbon

You should be coming to my blog from Ginny's Blog. After visiting me hop on to Kathy's Blog next! (The full blog list is at the end of the post.)

At the end of the hop, comment on the RRR Blog post, answering the question listed, for a chance to win a $10 Gift Card to the RRR Shop, plus one digital stamp set of your choice from Bonnie Garby Designs. The Design Team appreciates your comments, too!

I am back to my "normal" self today, sharing a standard A2 card! {smile} I love "anything goes" challenges because I sometimes get a good idea, but then I need to squeeze it into whatever the challenge theme is supposed to be, plus remember to add ribbon! My life is so hard! {giggle}

I have about 200 pounds of 6x6 paper pads in my stash. I know, it is crazy town. I almost never use it, but last year I organized all of it and made it easier to access, in the (hopefully not vain) hope that I would use some of the pads. I pulled some out for this card, and then ended up making several cards with what I had put on the desk. (Those cards are for later, so wait for them to pop up on the blog.) 
The card is an A2, made from dark brown cardstock. I don't know what paper collection this paper is from as it was with a stack at the front of the storage bin. It was something that got "lost" from its pad, I guess. But, it is pretty and reminded me of Valentine's Day or spring so I used it. I am pretty sure the papers are from different collections as well, but who knows for sure??!

The stamp is from Verve Stamps, Proverbs 31:25. I stamped the word art with brown ink and then used an ancient Spellbinders die to cut it out. I think the die set is called Romantic Rectangles and is probably over ten years old! I smudged the edges of the die cut with Spun Sugar Distress Ink. 

Now, for the ribbon part of "anything goes with ribbons and bows"! I used a piece of 5/8" Ivory Satin with Grosgrain Edge ribbon to wrap around the seam between the two different paper patterns. Then I used 5/8" Brown Diamond Satin ribbon to tie the bow. I glued the bow onto the card with hot glue, my go to method! 
I even decorated the inside of the card with some of the paper. So pretty! 
I think this card will be great to send to a girlfriend to give her some encouragement! 

Thanks for joining me today! Have fun hopping! 


Here is the RRR Blog Hop Order in case you get lost!
Really Reasonable Ribbon's Ramblings
Ginny
Gloria - YOU ARE HERE!
Kathy
Cheryl
Bonnie
Misty
Karen
Really Reasonable Ribbon's Ramblings

I am entering this project into the Word Power #2 Challenge Blog. 


Really Reasonable Ribbon Supplies Used:
Bow making tools: Zutter Bow-it-All

Other Supplies Used:
Cardstock: ColorMates Smooth Brown, Natural
Paper: unknown 6x6
Stamp: Verve Stamps Proverbs 31:25
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, Ranger Distress Spun Sugar
Die cut: Spellbinders Romantic Rectangles
Adhesive: Art Glitter Dries Clear Glue, hot glue, foam tape
Other tools: paper trimmer, scissors, score board