Just a lil tulle will do

I love to tie bows on my cards using tulle.  Especially when I make them with multiple loops like I did in this one:

This is a birthday card I’ve made for a dear friend of mine whose birthday is coming soon.  Her favorite colors are blue and green and she is EXACTLY what this sentiment says…classy and fabulous.  I ♥ her severe!  The tulle bow has three loops and was tied using my hideously ugly bow board.  I used Spellbinders labels dies (I’m at my sister’s house and have no idea which number they were), Spellbinders Heart Circles and Classic Circles Large and Small.  The butterfly is from the Fundamentals 1 SD Card from Craftwell and the sentiment is from Unity.  The inside reads “You are BOTH” and I used my Teresa Collins stamp maker to make a “BOTH” stamp.  The background paper is K & Company and the card base is Core’dinations and the heart circle die cut is my fave solid core cardstock I get at a LSS.  The other two circles and butterfly are from scraps.

Of the last three projects I’ve posted, only this one was “blog-worthy” IMHO, but I shared the other two anyway.  You’re welcome Ildi!


Enjoy, Explore, Believe

I used to only make cards when I had a special occasion arise that needed one.  Now I make cards just because I can.  My “bow”dacious board helps me make some of the most incredible bows now and this one was inspired by the pillow cases on my bed.  If you’ve read the About Me page, you know that purple is my all time very favorite color for a lot of reasons.  After making my “bow”dacious board, I decided I wanted to push the envelope a little bit on Becca Bows.  After the first double ribbon bow came out so well (you can see that here), I made a few more.  I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with this double purple one but then it finally came to me:

I have no idea who I’ll give it to, but I sure like looking at it…don’t you?!?

Supplies Needed:
6 by 12 cardstock for base
Martha Stewart Double Arches Deep Edge Punch
Scraps for the Spellbinders cuts
Adhesive (ATG used here)
Unity Stamp Set She Said
Patterned Paper for background (I think mine is 4.75 x 4.75)

I stamped the image first then used a Spellbinders die to cut it out.  I used a label set but I forget which one now.  Then this is mounted to the largest Lacey Square at an angle for dimension.  I cut a piece of matching paper (from the Lacey Square piece) 5.75 by 5.75 square for the inside and will likely add a white layer too to make writing inside the card or stamping easier.  You can add your bling wherever desired.  Oh yes before I forget…the background paper that the bow is tied too wasn’t heavy enough on its own so I added a piece of cardstock behind it to make it stable enough to support the bow.  Such an awesome sentiment…what can you enjoy, explore, and believe in today?

Unity Canvas

Not to be confused with the concept of a unity candle lol.  A fellow crafter whose work I heart severe created a 5 x 5 canvas for her Music Monday challenge a few weeks ago and I loved it so much I a: immediately bought the stamp set she used to make her canvas b: went out and got some canvas of my own and then c: went through withdrawals until I could get all of my scrappy stuff unpacked to finish the project.  I was so inspired by Angelica Suarez’s project (which you can see here) that I even decided to host a Home Decor Blog Hop next month.  Yes, Angelica will be participating!  And now…my Angelica inspired canvas:

Do you like it?  I do and I guess that’s what matters most huh lol?  Now…let’s talk about how I did it shall we?

Supplies needed:
Canvas size of choice (here I used a 10 x 10 I think…maybe 8  x  8 )
Paint of choice (I used some purple acrylic paint I have in my stash)
Accent/Background paper (dimensions vary based on canvas size…I used Tickled Pink 6 x 6 stack I received as blog candy…4 inch squares)
She Said Stamps from Unity (I purchased mine here)
Black Stayzon Ink (got mine from Archiver’s)
Lace (got mine from Joann’s)
Mod Podge
Glitter ( used some super fine glitter I got in an eBay lot…Art Studio I think and you can’t really see it)
Foam Brushes (one for paint one for Mod Podge)

Okie doke…here’s what I did with all those supplies.  First you paint the canvas and let it dry.  Then I cut and adhered my accent paper.  I chose the papers shown from the Tickled Pink paper pad by My Mind’s Eye because one I was itching to use it and two, though it says PINK I thought it was red and it would match my living room decor perfectly.  We have decided to decorate the living room in purple and red…my oldest daughter’s favorite colors.  It’s our way of keeping her with us till she be really be with us again.  Originally I was going to make a square of the two papers in the middle of the canvas alternating the patterns but then after I got the first square down I decided to go a different route.  Next you want to stamp your phrase/image with Stayzon or something pigment based and heat set if you want to stamp directly to the canvas like I did.  Now…if you are smart, you’ll mix your glitter with some Mod Podge and water and brush a couple of coats over the canvas to seal it all BEFORE adding your lace/ribbon.  I was not very smart at midnight last night but hey it worked.  Once your canvas is dry, using your stapler, staple your lace or ribbon where you like it and you’re all set!  Be sure to check back here April 22nd – 24th for my Home Decor Blog hop featuring more home decor ideas like this!