Monday, July 29, 2013

Ribbon wristlet key fobs

I have found another cute project on Pinterest. I found it here and it linked to a great picture tutorial, which is always my favorite kind of tutorial. 

I changed up the base of my wristlet key fobs from cotton webbing to the beautiful striped 1.25 inch wide ribbons from both SU! and CTMH. I have quite a collection of them and thought this would be a perfect project to use them on. I have a ton of decorative ribbon between my monthly Reasonable Ribbon subscription and a general addiction to collecting the pretty patterns where ever and when ever I see them. So I coordinated narrower ribbons with the striped ribbons and cut them in 11 inch lengths before stitching them together. I also sewed the cut ends of the ribbon together right side to right side so that when I turned it around the raw edged would be completely trapped in the cinched hardware. I ordered my hardware off of ebay here from craftsuppliesforless and found them to be very easy to clamp down around the ribbon ends just using a regular pair of pliers and a rag to protect the metal from getting scratched. I am probably never going to make enough of these to justify buying a $13.50 special crimp tool that is pretty much only used for this hardware. 

I have two friends who just bought new cars and another friend who just moved, so I thought these would be very appropriate and fun little gifts to give them in recognition of their new cars and home. And of course I picked my favorite and kept it for my keys.

Find inspiration everywhere! Go... Create something fun & fabulous. Enjoy!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Elegant butterfly card set

My friend Tina from the crazy stamp lady blog, and my mom came over for a day of stamping goodness. We had a great time playing and chatting and snacking the entire day away.

I picked this pin from Pinterest as my inspiration. I decided to make a card gift set, and then decided what the heck since I'm cutting into the beautiful cardstock already, why not make two gift sets. That's how I roll.

This card is made with SU! Melon Mambo.

This is Rich Razzleberry. 

This is Dusty Durango card stock and I had to improvise with CTMH Sunset ink. It was the closest match we had. 

And finally this card is Daffodil Delight.

These are all Glimmer Misted and Stickled for some additional bling. I'm sorry my phone camera only barely picks up that detail.

I can't wait to make a coordinating gift box and give these away, I am really happy with how they turned out.

Find inspiration everywhere! Go... Create something fun & fabulous. Enjoy!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

So kind cards

Does this look familiar? It is very similar to the card I posted here. I just swapped out the flower and used some different inks. I really like this clean and simple card design. It has wow factor while still being easy to mail and quick to reproduce.

This combination is CTMH Buttercup, Sweet Leaf, Heavenly Blue and Lagoon inks

This combination is CTMH Sweet Leaf, Honey and Buttercup inks. 

This combination is CTMH Heavenly Blue, Sweet Leaf, Cotton Candy and Hollyhock inks.

All three have been Stickled and Glimmer Misted, I wish my phone camera would pick up the beauty of that. 

These are the supplies I used to create these cards. 

Find inspiration everywhere! Go... Create something fun & fabulous. Enjoy!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Reason to smile & friendly phrases card

I case'd (copy and share everything) this card from this pin on Pinterest. The original was so beautiful I couldn't wait to recreate it. Hopefully you clicked the link and looked at the original so you know I copied it as closely as I could with the supplies I had available, because it was just beautiful to me. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

The one thing that I did not do, compared to the original card, was I did not fussy cut out one of those daisies so I could have it leaning off to the right. The stamp is made so that the stem and the flower curve to the left......BUT, the stem is actually narrow and flexible enough that it will curve to the right with very little coaxing. I stuck the flower part to my acrylic block and then I gently curve the stem how I wanted it, then I gave it a firm press to the block. And lo and behold, it stayed put. I was prepared to use some temporary adhesive or dotto tape runner, but I didn't need to. Yahoo!!! Because I dislike fussy cutting. Ha! I ended up fussy cutting anyways. I cut three daisies out of post it notes, so that I could mask off the flowers while I sponged the green ink. But I did save those post it note masks so I can reuse them again. Speaking of post it notes, that is what I used to mask off the area I wanted to sponge, after I had stamped the flower 3 times. I masked, I sponged, I flicked watered down black ink from a toothbrush then I water colored the daisies and the stems.  Finishing touches are the sentiment stamp and the outline around the sponging and glued on a ribbon bow.

These are the beautiful CTMH inks I used in my recreation of this pretty little card. 

Find inspiration everywhere! Go... Create something fun & fabulous. Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Lacey cowl

As you can see I have been missing in action for a while again. I did finish another crocheting project. A really nice light weight cowl that I found the pattern for here on Pinterest. I have already started another one. This is a really fun stitch and comes together quick. 

Here is a close up and the wrapper for the yarn I used. The pattern I am using is for the shorter cowl, so it only takes 1 skein of yarn. My finished cowl was made with 99 stitches and 20 rows.

I think this will actually be really great for California winters, it's not so bulky as some I have made, since we rarely have super cold weather to contend with. It's also an ideal project for gifting. Beautifully completed, but quick and inexpensive. 

Find inspiration everywhere! Go... Create something fun & fabulous. Enjoy! 
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