Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Really Reasonable Ribbon June Blog Hop!

Hi there! It's the 13th and that means it's time for the June Blog Hop with Really Reasonable Ribbon! Hooray!! If you are already hopping, then you should be arriving to me from the fabulous and amazing blog of CHERRY! If not, then just hop over to the RRR Blog for details and to start the hop!
Here's the June RRR Ribbon Club Assortment-Ocean Breeze in all its glory! So fabulous! Take a look!
So pretty and fresh, right?! I love this assortment! I always like to try to incorporate as many of the ribbons as possible when I make my RRR blog hop project. This month I wanted to do something completely different and new and decided to alter a metal bird house frame, transforming it into a sweet little cottage, brimming with color and happy things!
This is a very special cottage and it comes with a story! It was abandoned and falling apart--getting overgrown with weeds with a dilapidated and leaky roof. But the animals of the forest didn't see all that--they only saw the potential of the place. So, one fine day, they all came together and got busy restoring the cottage into a magical little world of love and beauty. And now all the woodland critters live together in their tiny home, happily ever after!
You might have noticeed the one-of-a-kind ribbon thatched roof! This is where most of the ribbons were used and I'm kind of in love with how it turned out. I love the detailed patterns on each ribbon and how they add even more interest to the fun roof! The owls thought it would be a hoot to add some colorful buttons tied with Natural Burlap String here and there. Afterwards, they nested atop the bed of soft ribbon shingles and settled right in.
Welcome to our happy home! Come on in an take a closer look......
All the pretty flowers are in full bloom here at the cottage. We don't know exactly what month it is, fore time isn't of the essence here. We enjoy a perpetual Spring/Summer in these magical woods where the warm days make way to mildly cooler evenings and fire flies light up the night. Ivory Open Roses and Pink Open Roses are popping out through the white picket fence. Off-White Chrysanthemums surrounded by a lovely Mix of Cosmos Daisy Stem Flowers, colorful Sweetheart Blossoms and Apple Blossoms adorn the front of each side of painted chipboard window frames, along with the dreamy Aqua Double-Faced Satin (part of the June Assortment) tied into soft, loopy bows. Growing from what seems like every crevice and corner are bright, beautiful flowers of all kinds. Tiny Two-Tone Leaves and White Spiral Stamens spout from within the greenery and shrubs. All is well in this happy world. No stress, no worries...no problems. Welcome home!
Inside the cottage stands a peaceful fairy statue and a birdbath, which the birds come to gather around daily and chirp about all the interesting things. Shimmering leaves hang from the ceiling and an worn pink bicycle rests against the rusted brick wall, possibly awaiting the return of a joyful child coming to take it for a spin down old Country Road where the wild strawberries grow.
Around the house on one side is a cute double window with white heart shutters.
On the opposite side, a handmade window sill planter filled with sparkling Resin Flowers with Rhinestone Flatback Cabochons and a metal water faucet.
This little flower planter was such fun to make! 😊😊😊
A final view of my altered cottage...
And that's all for me! Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you've been inspired! Your next stop on the hop is SHEILA! Happy crafting!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

4th of July Card

Hi friends! Today is my day on the RRR Blog and  I'm sharing a fun and easy card for upcoming Independence Day! I love the 4th of July for so many reasons. First and foremost, it represents our nation's fight for independence and victory of freedom, which we all enjoy today. I am very thankful to be an American. I try to remember how most places in the world today still have much oppression and how very blessed we are to be living here in the USA. I think it's the best place on Earth to call home. With this in mind, let us celebrate America, the beautiful with pride and glory this Independence Day!
I used a strip of Double-face Satin in Old Gold ribbon and layered a thinner strip of Canvas Color Band with Stitch Edge in Red ribbon over it. I cut 2 shorter strips of the canvas ribbon and tied them in a knot to add to both sides. The image and papers are from the All-American Simple Set from Simple Stories. I added 3 small gold glittery enamel dots to the rocket pops, which brings out that sparkle in the Old Gold Satin.
Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you've found a bit of patriotic inspiration in my card today! Happy crafting!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Simple Stories "Well Of Faith"

Hello there and happy June! Today I get to share my latest altered project on the Simple Stories blog made with the beautiful and timeless Faith collection. A 3D wooden wishing well by Sa Crafters was the perfect piece for my plan. I designed it with a certain scripture in mind: John 4. This is when Jesus comes to rest at Jacob's well and the Samaritan woman arrives to get water. Jesus explains to the woman that all who drink the well water will be thirsty again; but whomever drinks the water that He gives them will never thirst again. For Jesus is the true, living water and indeed, the water He gives us will become in us a spring of water welling up to eternal life. And this is how my well of faith came to be.
As you can see, this is no usual well. This is a very special well indeed! It's brimming with all good things so that anyone who comes to it, thirsty, might bear witness to the true, living water of Christ. There are countless elements in the Faith collection to embellish with. So much so, I found it difficult to stop adding darling goodies to my project. Come and be inspired by the joy and love within!
The well is covered with some of the patterned papers from the Faith collection, giving it a nice feel of floral mixed with woodgrain and lots of colorful pretties. Grace washi tape was perfect to use for covering all the edges, so painting them white first wasn't even necessary. I love all the cute accents of this collection. From the balloons, potted plants and world globe chipboard to the faith bible and Winston wearing his I heart Jesus sweater decorative clips....there is so much to adore!
The "shine" decorative brad is a perfect accent for the theme. As God's children, we have a certain light in us and He wants us to shine brightly. He is the light of the world and we are His city on a hill--so let your light shine!
I love the quality of Simple Stories products. The heavy duty cardstock stickers stood up to all my abuse when manipulating them into the scene. Like the lights and lantern hung from the inside ceiling.
Enamel dots are so cool. Here, they were transformed into a colorful string of fun also hung from the inside of the well.
And a few more enamel dots on the tiny blooms of the chipboard add just the right amount of dimension.
The roof's trim was designed using the 12 inch heart border sticker cut down to fit the length of each side. Delicate Victoria White Crochet Lace trim underneath the border, along the top of the roof and around the edges of the well adds a sweet touch.
And that's my well of faith altered project. I hope you enjoyed it. I certainly took great pleasure in creating it! And I hope you've been inspired by the Faith collection today. Thank you so much for visiting! Happy crafting!

Product List: (All Faith Collection)
Combo Sticker- 7701
Grace- 7702
Shine- 7703
Charity- 7704
6x12 Chipboard- 7715
Bits & Pieces- 7717
Enamel Dots- 7719
Decorative Brads- 7722
Decorative Clips- 7723
4x6 Stickers- 7724
4x6 Clear Stickers- 7725
Grace Washi Tape- 7727

Other Products:
3D Wood Wishing Well by Sa Crafters
Victoria White Crochet Lace by Really Reasonable Ribbon
Wild Orchid Crafts Flowers from Really Reasonable Ribbon
Adtech Hi Temp Precision Pro Hot Glue Gun and various adhesives

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #37- A Year Of Choices

Hello and happy June! Today we're kicking off our June Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #37-A Year Of Choices! This is a fun one since the theme allows you to choose from any of the challenge themes over the past 12 months! Whatever jumps out and inspires you is what we want to see!
Our fabulous sponsor this month is Donna Downey Studio's! One lucky challenge participant will randomly be picked to win a $50 GC to Donna Downey Studio's! How cool is that?!
And for my project, I chose to create something from challenge theme #27-Travel. I did a mixed media canvas with an underwater ocean scene that encourages the idea to "keep on swimming" through the currents of life.
Sometimes the waters can get rough, sometimes they are calm. Amidst it all, my prayer is that we enjoy the journey and explore fearlessly to discover our true selves. Always remember that God, in His perfect timing, calls each of His children out from the shore and into the ocean; where we stand not on ground, but on faith alone. His LOVE surrounds us in the eye of the storm.
A couple close-ups of my under the sea canvas--sprays, paints, stickles and glitter were used. I tried to create the illusion of moving water and sunlight coming through in areas. I also added shimmery accents and gold textures for more interest.
One of the sprays I used accidentally  made the water droplet effect you see in some spots--which I love. No mistakes, only happy accidents, hehe!
And that's all for me! Thanks so much for stopping by today! I really appreciate it and I hope you enjoyed my project! Have a creative and blessed day! xoxo

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #36-Put A Stamp On It!

Hey there! Today I'm sharing a project I made for our month-long challenge over at the MMMC blog and this month, MMMC #36 is "Put A Stamp On It"!
I had the best time inking up and playing with the ever so cute Flamingo Party stamp set from Hunkeydory Crafts. It's available at TopFlight Stamps, who also happen to be our sponsor this month and are offering up a $25 GC to a random winner from all the entries! So don't delay--get your mixed media with stamps mojo on today!
And here's my project!
When I received this stamp set, I immediately loved the flamingos (who doesn't) and I wanted to create a 3D scene with them standing up, so I chose this old jewelry gift box to alter and transform into a fun tropical flamingo party to celebrate the warmer, summer months that are quickly approaching. I had such a great time getting creative with this project! I stamped, cut and colored 4 flamingos, lots of leaves and several little and big pineapples. I also used a few of the mini accents stamps in this set to make a little banner of sorts. A few close ups...
I wanted lots of flowers along with the leaves and fruit and I used a variety of WOC mulberry flowers from RRR to achieve this. For the sparkly lagoon, I fitted a piece of aqua cardstock to the base and covered it with aqua iridescent glitter flecks. I couldn't resist adding this darling little turtle to the scene--he's come to see what this flamingo fun is all about! :)
The little banner I mentioned didn't really turn out the way I intended, but I worked it into the scene anyway since those tiny pineapples and hearts are so darn cute!  I also sprayed a bit of cheesecloth with Emerald Green Glimmer Mist to make it resemble lagoon/swamp-like grass and add more dimension to the foliage areas.
On the inside back panel, I was going for a blended sunset look, which totally failed. However, what came of it instead was a rather cool weathered effect with layers of faded color, so I still used it and I really like it. This is one of the many reasons I love mixed media art. It is very forgiving and a "mistake" often becomes something beautiful that I may never have envisioned on my own. It is very exciting to see what kind of results you will get by experimenting with different mediums!
Okay, I think you saw it from every angle! Thank you so much for visiting me and allowing me to share my mixed media flamingo project with you today! I hope you have found it enjoyable and feel inspired to join our Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #36-Put A Stamp On It in the next week! And don't forget to check out the awesome TopFlight Stamps store for all the latest and greatest stamps from all over the world! Have a great day and happy crafting!

Friday, May 19, 2017

RRR "Anything But A Card" w/Ribbon Challenge

Hi friends and happy Friday! I hope you are gearing up for a fine weekend filled with things you enjoy (which hopefully includes some crafting time, hehe)! Today we have a brand new challenge up at the Really Reasonable Ribbon blog and I sure hope you'll join in the fun! It's Challenge #164-Anything But A Card with Ribbon or Trim and you have 2 weeks to play!
For my project, I made a little box out of paper that can be used to hold a small gift, trinket, piece of jewelry, etc. It measures at 3 1/2"x 3 1/2" squared. The top and bottom were originally for my emoji love notecard box that I showcased earlier this week, but didn't fit right. Since I didn't want to just toss them, I tried putting them together as a box with lid and....they fit just right, yay! So I went with it and designed the rest of the box, adding some super fabulous RRR ribbons to adorn the front. Here it is...
I tied a strip of Satin Swiss Dots Red ribbon and Double Faced Satin Aqua ribbon into a bow and layered them one on top of the other with a fun decorative brad in the bow center. Then I placed it on the front corner at an angle to make it look like the big bow wraps around the box. Super easy and so pretty!
Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope to see your fabulous "Anything But A Card" with ribbon or trim creations in our challenge link HERE! Happy weekend, happy crafting a bless your heart!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Emoji Love 3x3 Notecard Box Set

Hi friends! Today I'm up on the Really Reasonable Ribbon blog sharing a fun and easy project that I hope you'll be inspired by in some way! I really enjoy making 3x3 note cards because they don't require a lot of time, commitment or supplies and they are always a handy way to add a note to a gift without having to make/use an entire card. So today, I've made a super cute set of 3x3 note cards and a functional box to keep them in!
Of course, I had to use some of my favorite ribbons to adorn the box and set of mini cards. On the front, I added a bit of Aqua Diamond Satin Ribbon to the tag, which is layered under several chipboard elements and embellishments.

I adhered a strip of Red Satin Swiss Dots Ribbon around the box vertically, then made a big bow on the top that resembles ribbon candy.  I love how the beautiful ribbons coordinate so well with this vibrant, youthful design. So much fun!
To make 6 note cards that fit perfectly into this box, I used 2 sheets of 8 1/2x11" cardstock, getting 3-3x3 cards out of each sheet (scraps can be used in the decorating of the card fronts/box). Just measure 3x6" 3 times on each sheet, cut, then score each at 3". Decorate as desired. I added a strip of ribbon to each of the mini's. The Geranium Pink 3/8" Checkerboard Satin Ribbon and the Aqua/White Criss Cross 3/8" Satin Ribbon from the April Aqua and Coral Mix Ribbon Club Assortment worked great with my card design.
For the box, I followed SCS's simple 3x3 Notecard Box Tutorial. I had a blast with the super fun Emoji Love collection from Simple Stories. The bright colors and patterns make it so easy to choose any number of embellishments and fabulous ribbons to coordinate with and complete the look.
Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed my project as much as I enjoyed sharing it with you! Happy crafting!