I needed a cute, but quick gift wrap for a friend last week, and I wanted to hand stamp part of it. I looked in my stash and found some blue bags that were the perfect size (I had made some citrus bath salts for her). I used my Stampin' Up! Jar of Love ...

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  1. Quick Wrap Idea and a New Challenge!
  2. Dutch Fold Beachy Card
  3. Shake It Up!
  4. Hopping With Really Reasonable Ribbon - May 2017
  5. Birdy Thanks
  6. More Recent Articles

Quick Wrap Idea and a New Challenge!

I needed a cute, but quick gift wrap for a friend last week, and I wanted to hand stamp part of it. I looked in my stash and found some blue bags that were the perfect size (I had made some citrus bath salts for her). I used my Stampin' Up! Jar of Love stamps and dies, and created this fun and easy wrap with a marbled paper belly band and Ivory Burlap String from Really Reasonable Ribbon:
Our challenge at RRR this time is "Anything But A Card." Come play along HERE! You could win some burlap string for yourself! Or some fancy ruffled satin, or any number of awesome trims or ribbons.
AND -- there is a great sale at RRR going on right now!


We're rolling in with a BIG 4-Day Pre-Memorial Day SALE this week at Really Reasonable Ribbon.


Now through midnight eastern time on Friday, May 26th, 2017! 
Check out THIS POST for all the details on the sale!

Challenges:
    

Dutch Fold Beachy Card

 I love fun and easy folds that make a card look different from the "norm." But I also want them to be QUICK, and not take up my entire morning or afternoon. The Single Dutch Fold card fits perfectly: it's easy, looks fun, and is quick!
It was hard to know how to photograph it in a single photo and not make it look weird, but also show the bottom "open" door. There are two types of Dutch Fold Cards - this one (Single) and a Double Dutch Door Fold, where the bottom door opens like a gate fold. You can find tutorials for both here or Google it -- lots of inspiration on Pinterest too!

I used some fun papers and stickers from Echo Park, and some chipboard from Simple Stories to make this beachy card. I added a shell charm from my stash, tied up with some of my favorite spring and summer burlap string: PINK! I LOVE this stuff. If you don't have any yet, take a peek HERE at all of the fab colors Bonnie carries in the Really Reasonable Ribbon Store.
The inside has a sentiment sticker inbetween the fun patterned paper. I love how just the bottom half of the card opens! All of my layers are held together with Scor-Tape.







    

Shake It Up!

Sometimes you find this beautiful designer paper, and you don't want to cover it up. That's the case with my card today. I love the bold rainbow of colors in this patterned paper from DCWV.
I started by watercoloring a background of greens and yellows using Kuretake watercolors. I stamped my pear image and the sentiment (Stampin' Up! Fresh Fruit) using VersaFine Onyx Black ink, and cut the panel and a frame using Stampin' Up!'s stitched oval dies.
I added my acetate sheet to the frame, and carefully placed my colored sequins (Doodlebug) on the pear panel, then added the frame on top.
There is a new challenge at Crazy 4 Challenges and it's all about greens! The Green Apple Plaid Ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon was a perfect match for my watercolored panels, so I wrapped it around the front of the card, and then added a simply tied, single bow. It has such a great texture to work with too, and really holds its shape. The plaid gingham adds such a nice contrast to the fruit designer paper, I think!

The inside has another piece of the designer paper, and another (flat) watercolored oval that says "Happy Birthday." Our challenge ends on Friday, so come play along with your green stuff!


Challenges:
Word art Wednesday - anything goes
A bit more time to craft #44 - anything goes
Penny's paper-crafty #329 - anything goes
Creative moments #118 - anything goes
    

Hopping With Really Reasonable Ribbon - May 2017

Welcome to the May Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop! If you arrived here from Ginny's blog, you are in the right place! If you just happened along, be sure to start at the beginning at the RRR Blog (I am the third stop this month, so you don't have far back to go!) so you don't miss out on the awesome projects, fun news, and a prize from Really Reasonable Ribbon! Our hop goes live at 6:30 AM Central.
Each 13th of the month it's the Really Reasonable Ribbon blog hop where we highlight the Ribbon Club! Take a look at this month's ribbon club package. Lots of fun red, white, and blue for summer projects and patriotic flair!
If you really love ribbon and would like to have a wonderful assortment of ribbons sent to you automatically each month, just join the Really Reasonable Ribbon Club! Monthly ribbon club assortments are selected and pre-packed to reflect a specific theme, color, or holiday season. 

Today's card is a fun invitation for a summer BBQ. I chose some images from Unity Stamp Co. (June 2012 KOTM) that I had never inked (I know!) and matched them with some themed designer paper from My Mind's Eye.
I stamped my grill in Archival Black ink (SU!) and colored in using Copic markers. I used a Stampin' Up! stitched circle die to cut it out. The sentiment is also stamped in Archival Black.
I layered two rows of the Delicate Stitched Satin Electric Blue in this month's club assortment, and cut the front row to make ribbon fringe. It looks festive and party-like -- perfect for the invitation! I added some Simple Stories chipboard embellishments -- the soda bottle and banner on top. All of my layers are held together with Scor-Tape.

Thank you for stopping by and for your sweet comments! Now off to Cheryl's blog, to see her pretty RWB creation and beautiful bows!
    

Birdy Thanks

It's time for another challenge at Crazy 4 Challenges! I am sharing a cute little shaker card I made using stamps from The Alley Way Stamps (no longer in business, but I love the stamps!) and dies from MFT and Li'l Inkers.
Aren't these birds adorable?! I thought the patterned paper looked like bird feathers. I stamped in Archival Black (SU!) and then colored in my birds with Copic markers. Come play along with us at Crazy 4 Challenges!
Challenges:
    

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