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11.29.2011

ribbon carousel challenge #31


For this week's Ribbon Carousel Challenge, Stephanie Muzzulin is challenging you to Color our World! Neutrals can always be used, but be sure to keep with Stephanie’s palette of Kraft, Red and Brown as your inspiration.

This week we are honored to have The Greeting Farm back as our sponsor! The Greeting Farm will be giving one lucky random winner a choice of 4x6 rubber stamp set or one of their fabulous new clear acrylic stamp sets!

For my card this week, I used one of the Greeting Farm's digi images - they really are so very adorable. I tried my hand at coloring this cutie with watercolor pencils, which has left me wondering if I should add Copics (and a coloring class!) to my Christmas wish list:





That gorgeous ribbon can be found in a variety of colors in the Ribbon Carousel store here. The patterned paper is from Echo Park (Season's Greetings) and the corduroy button is from SU!. I finished the button off with some red twine, also from Ribbon Carousel here.

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11.24.2011

three for thursday: thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I hope you had a great day with your family and friends. Here's Three for Thursday this week; I made a small batch of cards last night, though they're CASE'd from Nichole Heady...I wasn't feeling very creative last night but I do love how these cards came out:




I got up this morning and made homemade pasta to take to my sister's house for dinner. Here's a shot of the uncooked fettucine in my fridge - I used a dozen eggs and 3 pounds of flour...it's a LOT of pasta. For 15 people half as much as this would have been enough - each tray has several layers of pasta separated by wax paper sheets. I could eat pasta every day.




I also used Instagram for the first time today. My sister's cat was resting on top of the hutch in the dining room while we all were eating. She just looked so cute up there and I couldn't resist taking this photo of her:




Those are my three things for today! I know they aren't all crafty projects but the holiday kinda made it hard to do much more. I usually spend this upcoming weekend making cards though - I am not one for Black Friday shopping. Have a fun night!

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11.22.2011

a time for thanks

Why didn't I pick up the wine tag die for myself? Luckily, Jessica was kind enough to diecut two for me in a jiffy last weekend. I love how fast it was to whip these two tags up for a couple of thank-you gifts:




The ribbon is perfect for these tags! It's the Antique Gold Sheer Ruffled Edge Ribbon from Ribbon Carousel. You can find it here ... and be sure you use code NEWBLOG to get 15% off your purchase! ;)



The patterned papers are from Crate Paper and PTI; the sentiment stickers are from SRM.

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, so I am getting really excited for Thursday. How about you?

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11.17.2011

three for thursday

Jessica and I got together again last night, as we have been doing on Wednesdays. I always struggle with what to pack with me when it's my turn to go to her house. Last night I tossed all my Echo Park Season's Greetings into a bag with some scissors and adhesive and headed out knowing that I would plan what I was going to make once I got there.

After I was done with my cards, I realized that this may be a great way for me to start using up my paper packs...afterall, how else could I justify buying more? LOL! So Three for Thursday is going to be my attempt to share what I make on our Wednesday nights and to motivate me to use more of my supplies.

But I must say I am a bit disappointed that today is the day my camera didn't want to cooperate, so these pics were taken with my phone... :(

Here are three of my cards from last night...I gotta say, not using any stamps was sorta challenging, but I do love the ease of using chipboard and stickers!





The ribbons on these cards are both from Ribbon Carousel. They're the Olive Satin Center Band Ribbon and the Red Grosgrain Satin Edge Ribbon. They're also celebrating their new website with a 15% off coupon code: NEWBLOG. :)

Hope you enjoyed these!

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11.16.2011

inspired layout

Last night I had a ton of fun playing with the new holiday papers from My Minds Eye... The layout here was insprired by a card in a very old stamping catalog - I am glad I keep some of those around because they help me when I am in a pinch and not feeling particularly innovative.

The snowflakes were diecut using dies from MFT and I used Stardream Metallics Opal text weight paper that was leftover from my wedding many years ago. They sell this paper at Paper Source, but you can also find it online at EnvelopeMall.com - they are great and I suggest you check them out!




I sewed a bunch on these cards, and finished everything off with a sentiment from Christmas Labels (Papertrey) and pearls from SU!. I used cherry and evergreen inks from A Muse Studio on these cards.




I think I am partial to the ornament paper over the tree paper - what about you? :)

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11.15.2011

RCC29: get sketchy with laura!


I'm finally back from a work trip to Florida with a card for Ribbon Carousel Challenge #29, which is being sponsored this week by Heather from thirty-one!

I had a ton of fun making this card because it's my first Christmas card of the season. On my way home from the airport, I heard tons of Christmas carols on the radio and I was totally inspired to get crafty. I decided that I would try to make different Christmas cards for everyone this year, so hopefully that means you will start to hear a lot more from me here. :)




I used the Dark Pink Vintage Seam Binding Ribbon from Ribbon Carousel on this card because I {love} using non-traditional holiday colors on my Christmas cards. This shade of pink matches Echo Park's Holly Jolly Christmas collection, which was easy to pair with Laura's clean sketch this week. The sentiment comes from PTI's Stylish Sentiments: Holiday set and was inked up with Memento's Rich Cocoa ink and the smaller mat was laid over MFT's flourish diecuts in Raspberry Fizz. The tiny star rhinestone was colored with a Copic and comes from Amuse Studio, and the snowflake and brad come from Echo Park's Seasons' Greetings collection.

Hope you'll play along in the challenge this week!

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11.07.2011

"bookoodles" of thanks

I ended my weekend with a super fun conversation with the lovely Renee, who makes me laugh...a lot. Last night she used this word that I had never heard: bookoodles. I thought she made it up, but I googled it and found that it is "a Southern adjective meaning a large amount of something."

Renee asked what type of crafty things I had made over the weekend. At that point, I really had nothing to show for myself, so after we got off the phone I went up to my crafty room to make some Thanksgiving cards. I needed them to be super easy since I didn't have much time before bed, so I used some old Hero Arts and SU! catalogs for layout inspiration. Here's what I came up with:



The card above features PTI's Mehndi Medallion and a sentiment from Amuse Studio in an assortment of Amuse ink colors: onyx, french roast, squash and pumpkin.


This card features a beautiful Fall tree image from SU! with green-tinted crystals from Jolee's. The ribbon is the 1.5" Center Band Satin Ribbon in Olive from RibbonCarousel.com - beautiful!


And here we are again with a sentiment from Verve, paired with Bounty of the Season stamped in Squash ink from Amuse Studio, as well as their polka dot and woodgrain papers in french roast.

I am loving that I got so many cute cards cranked out for Thanksgiving because I am super excited to start my Christmas cards this year. For the first time, I am going to make small batches of different cards instead of making the same card for everyone.

Have a great Monday! I am looking forward to it - starting new projects at work today...a couple of years in the making.

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11.02.2011

home sweet home

I just wanted to write a quick update - until today we had been without power/heat/phone/internet for 4 days in the wake of Saturday's snowstorm...schools have been closed and Halloween trick-or-treating was rescheduled for this Sunday. This is great because Teddy gets to wear this costume a few more times:



This morning when we woke up the house was cold - in the 40s and he was shivering, which I had never seen him do before, not even after playing in the snow. My heart absolutely sank and I felt so badly all day. When we got home tonight, I cried a few tears of joy and relief upon feeling the heat in the house. This was suprising to me because I am not touchy-feely, really. (I didn't cry at my wedding, or anybody else's for that matter.)

Now I am a little behind on everything from laundry to cleaning to food shopping to crafting, but I am making a strong comeback! There's no card to share today, but I did want to let you know that Ribbon Carousel is having a sale this week - you can get 15% off your purchase with code TURKEY11.  Also checkout the new Ribbon Club Kit for November here.

Hope you're all staying warm and enjoying your week!

11.01.2011

New to the Crew!


A few weeks ago, I received an exciting e-mail from the super-talented Corinna McGregor asking me to join the Ribbon Carousel Design Team. I am still reeling with excitement - you all know how much I love ribbon!

Throughout the upcoming months, you'll see me and others feature projects using many of the gorgeous ribbons being sold in the Ribbon Carousel Store in projects for the Ribbon Carousel Challenge Blog. To welcome the new crew, this week’s challenge (RCC27) is an easy one: ANYTHING GOES!


Ribbon Carousel is introducing gorgeous solid maple 2” hour-glass spools that fit on the dowels of both Carousels. For a chance to win a sampling of 5 spools filled with 25 yards of gorgeous twine in fabulous seasonal colors, just play along in this week's challenge. Here's my card:


Can I tell you how much fun I had making this? It's the first time I've worked with wide ribbon and I love it! Here's a close up of the ribbons, the plaid Prima flower, and the turkey sticker on the wooden maple tag:


If you'd like to know more about the ribbons I used, you can find them here:


Lastly, I'd love to introduce you to all the members of the Ribbon Carousel Crew...I am completely starstruck and honored to be working with this group of amazing talent!
 
Suzanne Dahlberg <-you're here!

Please be sure to stop by their blogs and check out their amazing work!
Supplies: Stamps: sentiment by Verve; Paper: kraft, rustic cream by PTI, Happy Harvest Patterned Paper by Imaginisce; Ink: Rich cocoa by Memento; Other: turkey sticker by SRM, maple wood tag by Amuse Studio, corner rounder, Prima flower, Hero Hues pearls, double ended banner die by PTI, labels Nestie, scalloped border die by Memory Box, sheer ruffled edge ribbon, looped edge grosgrain, and natural twine by May Arts from Ribbon Carousel

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