Monday, January 21, 2013

TRR #45 Home Spun

Welcome friends to another fun fortnightly challenge at The Ribbon Reel this fortnight!  It's Jeanne's turn to host this week.

Jeanne has chosen this gorgeous photo to inspire us .....

and ask that you create a card / project inspired by the photo plus use BURLAP and RIBBON.

Here is my card....

I played around with a few apple images but wasn't happy with the results so opted to stick with the colours from Jeanne's inspiration photo.

I was inspired by the wooden apple basket and the wooden table and found this gorgeous wooden board/plank paper from MME to use as my background.  I added a small strip of this fab 50mm wide brown Burlap ribbon and frayed the edges slightly.  

The little kraft bag was topped with a sentiment from WMS and I used a red crochet flower from my stash (had it for ages and no idea where it came from!), a small prima flower and a sweet red tea rose.  The rose has a few dots of stickles, not sure how well it can be seen in the photo though.  Then I finished with a seam binding bow in brique.  

Don't forget to check out the rest of the design team's creations, you'll definitely feel inspired by them and I hope you can join in.   

Supplies used:
Cardstock - MME Dilly Dally from The Ribbon Reel
Ribbon - 50mm Wired Brown Burlap, Brique Seam Binding from The Ribbon Reel
Flowers - 25mm Red Tea Rose, Prima Delightful Glory from The Ribbon Reel
Stamps - Compact Sentiments from WMS
Other - Red Crochet flower from stash, Plain Kraft Bag from The Ribbon Reel 


Friday, January 18, 2013

DCM Embossability

It's Friday and time for another challenge over at Daring Cardmakers.  This week it's my turn to set the challenge....


I'd like you to make a card / project and use embossing of some kind, either wet or dry embossing, let's see some texture!

Here is my card....  

With all the snow around at the moment, I decided to go with lots of white!  I started with embossing some kraft card using the Classical Beauty embossing folder from Sizzix and wiping Fresh Snow Ink across the top.  I added it to some musical note paper from MME Be Happy. 

I used my circle PTI dies to create the labels using paper from MME Be Happy.  The sentiment stickers are from MME The Sweetest Thing Tiny Words, they are so sweet! I added some tea roses, natural button twine and snow white pearls. 

I just love this tiny rose trim, it's just the right size for my A6 cards.  I added a strip of script washi tape underneath and a few more pearls to the centre of each rose. 

Don't forget to check the rest of the beautiful cards from the rest of the Design Team.  

Supplies used:
Cardstock - MME Be Happy from The Ribbon Reel, Kraft cardstock
Dies - PTI Circles 
Flowers - 25mm Off White/Pale Pink Tea Roses from The Ribbon Reel
Other - MME Tiny Words, Snow White Pearls, Script Washi Tape - all from The Ribbon Reel, Sizzix Classical Beauty folder, Sheer Rose Trim from Tim Holtz


Friday, January 11, 2013

DCM 'The Thrill Of It All'

It's Friday and time for another challenge over at Daring Cardmakers.  It's Leo's turn to set the dare the challenge and she would like you to incorporate some kind of frill on your card. 

It could be a frilly embellishment or background or maybe a stamp you have that would work. Anything that's fun and frilly! 

Here's my card.....

I already knew that I would do a ribbon frill / pleat of some kind as soon as I saw this challenge.  I bought some new papers recently so had a look through to see what caught my eye and found some beautiful MME Meadow papers.  I loved the fresh spring colour and added a white layer to add some contrast between the patterned paper.  

To keep this crisp and clean look, I printed a butterfly sentiment from Pink Petticoat.  The butterflies are cut with my PTI die using the same Meadow papers.  

After playing around with the layout for a little while, I decided to add my frill / pleat ribbon to the bottom of the card and layer the butterflies fluttering from it.  To finish I added some pearl hearts to the centre of each butterfly.

Don't forget to checkout the rest of the Design Team's creative frilly cards and also welcome our new Guest Designer, Beckie!

Cardstock - MME Six by Six Meadow from The Ribbon Reel
Ribbon - 9mm Grosgrain Spring Moss from The Ribbon Reel
Sentiment from Pink Petticoat (sorry I cannot remember which set)
Other - Nesties and Ivory Silk Pearl Hearts from The Ribbon Reel


Monday, January 07, 2013

TRR Challenge #44 'Winter Wonderland'

Welcome friends to another fun fortnightly challenge at The Ribbon Reel!  It's Debbie's turn to host this week.

Debbie has chosen this beautiful photo .....

and ask that you create a card / project inspired by the colours from the photo and include a

Here is my card....

MME must be one of my favourite brands and I just love these papers.  I layered the papers as the base of my card.  I used a MME journalling card, which I cut to size, distressed and used my punch to create the notebook edge.  I added a paper doily and a little black patterned paper behind it, in an attempt to create some layers (those that know me, will know layers don't come naturally to me!)

I used the fabulous star stamp from WMS as my focal point which I cut by hand and added a white glittered chipboard snowflake on top and topped with a little Christmas sentiment, also from WMS.  I added some MME washi tape and brad from MME and some rancho red seam binding, which I distressed with crushed shell Glimmer Mist.

Don't forget to check out the gorgeous creations from the rest of the Design Team.

Crafty Sentiments Designs - Sparkle and Shine / Glitter 
Card Mania Challenges - #CMC11 Winter Wonderland 
Creative Stamp Friends - #68 Snowflakes

Supplies used:
Cardstock - MME All is Bright from The Ribbon Reel
Ribbon - Rancho Red Seam Binding from The Ribbon Reel
Stamps - Seasons of Love Tags from WMS
Other -  MME Journalling Cards, MME All is Bright Washi Tape, MME Brad, Paper Doily from The Ribbon Reel


Saturday, January 05, 2013

DCM January Colour Combo Challenge

Happy New Year to everyone!  

And what a great start it is, Leo has set our first colour combo challenge of the year over at Daring Cardmakers and it involves one of my favourite colours, teal. 

I used a dark teal paper from MME for my base and then layered kraft cardstock that I embossed with my Sizzix Classical Beauty folder, creating a beautiful pattern which I inked with PTI Fresh Snow to help it stand out. 

 I then used two strips of musical note washi tape either side of the silky crush ribbon band.  The central labels are from my ever growing and much loved nesties collection.  The sentiment is from WMS's Say It Loud Set, another favourite of mine.

To finish the card I added a couple of layered butterflies and a few shabby tea roses.  I didn't have the colour roses I wanted so I decided to raid my glimmer mists and see if I could create the colour I needed.  I sprayed the white roses first with Electric Blue and then to help tone the blue down, I used Crushed Shell on top.  I love the two-tone result, which doesn't seem to show too well in the photo.

This is the first of many Thank You cards that I need to send out to family and friends to thank them for their wonderful and thoughtful gifts last month.  

Don't forget to check out the rest of the Design Team's beautiful creations this week.  We'd love to see you join in the fun with this months gorgeous colour combo challenge.

Supplies used:
Cardstock - MME, Kraft
Stamps - Say It Loud Stamp Set from WMS
Ribbon - Silky Crush Teal from The Ribbon Reel
Flowers - 25mm Off White Tea Roses from The Ribbon Reel
Other - Nesties, Sizzix Classical Beauty folder, PTI Fresh Snow Ink, Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and Musical Note Washi Tape from The Ribbon Reel