Thursday, June 13, 2024

Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop - June 2024

   

Welcome to the Really Reasonable Ribbon June Blog Hop! Our hop theme this month is Bright Summer Colors. 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 found this super cute paper at the Scrapbook Expo last October. I was saving it for another project, but couldn't resist cutting into some of it for today's card!

The paper collection is Sweet as Honey from Photoplay Paper. The pack also came with a sticker sheet, which I used for the sentiment. I admit that yellow is the color I use the least, but I found that luscious honeycomb ribbon in my stash, and how could I resist it?!

Note: The color I used is out of stock, but here some other options of 3/8" Satin Honeycomb ribbon to choose from.

I created a larger bow using 5/8" Yellow Gold Plaid ribbon. I think this card is very cheerful and screams summertime in the garden!

I added lots of paper flowers, including two roses to the image, to give it a 3D look. The flowers I used are: 10mm Open Roses in shades of yellow, Mixed White/Cream Cherry Blossoms, and White Cosmos Daisy Stems.

The card is 5" x 5" and made from black cardstock. I layered the paper, plus I also layered the ribbons across the center area of the card. I like my bows to look tied on, but that never works out, so I "cheat" and secure the ribbon to the card panel, then I hot glue the bows onto the top. It looks like I can tie on lovely, chubby bows, but it is all trickery. {smile}

I finished off the inside of the card, using the cute honeycomb paper for the top panel. There is a nice blank spot to write or stamp a message.

Thanks for joining me today! I "gnome" you will 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:
Adhesive: 1/2" Scor-tape
Bow making tools: Zutter Bow-it-All

Other Supplies Used:
Cardstock: ColorMates Smooth Black, Hammermill White
Paper and Stickers: Photoplay Sweet as Honey
Adhesive: Art Glitter Dries Clear Glue, hot glue, foam tape, Glue Dots
Other tools: paper trimmer, scissors, score board, bone folder

Sunday, June 02, 2024

Triple B Challenge - June 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 June. Blue is tied with red as my favorite color. I wear a lot of blue because red, while I love it, is just not flattering on me. This inspiration board of blue is just stunning, especially the birds and flowers together! So pretty! 

I knew right away which paper collection in my stash has blues and oranges together...Graphic 45 Dreamland!
In the end, it seems I focused more on the orange than the blue! It happens! {smile}

I created a 5" x 5" card from navy cardstock. I found a pack of this cardstock in my stash and it is just lovely. It is called "twill" and has a subtle texture to it. The pack of cardstock is left over from a long ago design team. I am so happy to have so many choices of cardstock in my stash! 
I had made a mini album with this paper before and had a lot of little strips left over. I decided to make use of them for this card. I added a chipboard frame to highlight the sentiment. I love the sparkly enamel dots, too!

I used some baker's twine to make a little bow, and figured the card was finished. But, it was just too plain for me! So...
I added some paper flowers and a die cut butterfly! I had exactly TWO flowers in this golden color! I love when it all works out. Nothing is more frustrating than having umpteen flowers, but not having the correct amount of the color you wish to use! 

Note: In days gone by I made all my flowers by hand - or I purchased only white or ivory flowers. Then I could color the blooms with ink or sprays, and so forth. I got sick of the work and mess, and started buying flowers in different styles and colors. Well, I may be going back to my old ways because it is getting expensive to source flowers now.
Here is a peek at the inside of the card. This is a good card for a graduation or a new job congratulations. As always, this card needs a special envelope and extra postage. 

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 June 30th    
Winners announced: July 2nd.

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




Cardstock: ColorMates Navy Textured Twill
Printed paper, chipboard, stickers, embellishments: Graphic 45 Dreamland
Glitter dots: Echo Park Let's Be Mermaids
Baker's Twine: Really Reasonable Ribbon Diva Blue Bonnet
Adhesive: Art Glitter Glue, ATG
Tools: ink dauber, trimmer, score board, MISTI stamp platform, Big Shot Plus

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