Friday, September 26, 2014

Colorful Ribbon Wreath

Today I'm sharing my very first ribbon wreath!  I've seen several of these on Pinterest & decided to give it a try--I'm very happy with the end results.  I now have a colorful decoration in my craft room & best of all, I got to use up a ton of ribbon scraps & ribbon in general!

This wreath was made for the promotion currently going on over at the Authentique blog with both Imagine Crafts & May Arts.  All the ribbon seen here is by May Arts.

To further decorate the ribbon wreath--I added some handmade embellishments.  I used papers from Authentique's 'Harmony' collection to die cut a couple of flowers with the use of the 'Tattered Florals' die by Tim Holtz. 

The bird was fussy cut from one of the 'Harmony' papers (Spirit). 

All the embellishments had their edges inked with Midnight Chalk Ink by Imagine Crafts in order to make them 'pop' more.

Here's a close up of the wreath. As you can see there were many, many strips of ribbon used.  As a filler I used a couple of strips of tulle from my own stash in orange, yellow & gray.

This ribbon wreath can be a bit time consuming but it's worth the effort.  Also, it's a fairly easy project to make.  Here are some tips on how to make your own ribbon wreath...

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Pop Up Card Tutorial

Pop up cards is something that has been around for a very long time.  I remember creating these in arts & crafts class in grammar school.  It was because of these fond memories that I decided to revisit an old favorite & create a classic pop up card.  These are easy to create & give your cards a nice touch of dimensional interaction.

Onto the tutorial...

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Magic of Books Layout Berry71Bleu September Challenge

It's my turn once again over at Berry71Bleu.  This months theme is: The Things We Love.  You can find the full details of this months challenge here.

This month's challenge is being hosted by our very own Marivic Clifton. I have countless of things that I enjoy or love--usually it's the little things that bring the most joy.  So I had a bit of thinking to do.  In the end I decided to base my project on my love for books--in particular the Harry Potter series.

For someone like me who's had an active imagination ever since I was a child--these books were heaven sent!  Growing up I was intrigued with shows like 'Bewitched'--how wonderful would it be to just wiggle your nose & have wishes come true!  So when Harry Potter came along it introduced my imagination to a whole new world full of magic, unforgettable characters & amazing creatures beyond my wildest dreams.  These books gave me an amazing journey & I didn't even have to really go anywhere! :-)  I hope to one day pass these books on to my son whom I'm hoping will inherit my overactive imagination & enjoy them as much as I did.
Here's the mood board created by Marivic--it's full of several items that many of us can say we love. I'm especially eyeing that pink cake.  Oh yes, sweets...I have both a weakness & love for them!
My design is based on a fabulous sketch by Page Drafts.  It's always a guaranteed mojo jump start with these sketches!
 My thoughts are stored in a scroll which is one of my favorite ways to store journaling.  It gives me lots of room to write down thoughts & memories plus makes for a unique embellishment on my page.  I have a tutorial on how I make these scrolls here if interested.
 To make the stars I used a stencil by UmWow Studio & modeling paste.  I further dressed up my background with random dots of Stickles, stamping & mists.

 Check out Hedwig in his little cage!  I bought this Harry Potter paper pack & coordinating embellishments many moons ago--aside from another Harry Potter page found here--this is the second time I get to use them.  My favorite are the embellishments!  The Nimbus 2000, the frames, the lightning many symbols that represent the books--if you're a Potterhead like me--you can relate!

Supplies: Paper - Creative Imaginations, Stencil - UmWow Studio, Embellishments - Creative Imaginations, Flowers - Prima, Kay's Kreative Korner, Glitter Glue - Stickles, Stamps - Sodalicious, Prima, Other - Modeling Paste, Spiral Clip

Don't forget to swing by the Berry71Bleu blog during the rest of the month in order to see the design teams take on this months challenge.  As always--play along if you can--there are several fabulous prizes up for grabs!

Thanks for stopping by & enjoy the rest of the week!