Thursday, April 16, 2015

Simon Says Stamp & Paper Smooches

Hi everyone! I'm up on the Simon Says Stamp blog today! (Eek!) I have two Paper Smooches cards and a tutorial using the dip-dyed look I used on THIS card.

Here's a sneak:

Paper Smooches Sweet

If you have a chance, please check out the Simon Says Stamp post HERE. Thank you!!! Also, a big thanks to Stephanie for asking me to guest. :)

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a great day!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015


Hi everyone! Happy Wednesday!

Hello Hello

I'm over on the Altenew blog today sharing an artsy card. If you have a chance, I'd love it if you swung by for a look. :)

It's my husband's birthday today. The kids and I are looking forward to cake. ;)

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Light It Up Blue for Autism Awareness

Hi all! Happy World Autism Awareness Day! I'm participating in a special blog hop:

If you're hopping along, you should be coming from Scrap Addict's blog.

Veronica and Tenia organized this hop, and I'm honored to attend! In addition to all of the awesome cards that are in the hop, there are also fantastic sponsors who have shown their support for Autism awareness. You can see the complete list of participants and sponsors on Veronica's blog.

I don't talk much about my job on the blog, but I work as a consultant in special education. This hop has a lot of meaning to me!

Anyhoo, here's my blue card:

Moon and Back

I was inspired by Julie Ebersole, and in fact, bought this Savvy Stamps die because THIS card (she's such a covert enabler--ha ha). I watercolored the moon with Blue Slushie Maya Mist. I had the idea to use the leftover alphas to make a loose trail. It's kind of weird, but I like it. ;)

Here's a close-up of the moon:

To the Moon and Back

The die-cut vellum stars are from Paper Smooches' Stars dies. I added some white and gold splatter to the base. The card looked a little naked at the bottom, so I dip-dyed the cardstock using the same spray mist. 

I've been playing around with my photos, and here's a different angle. Any comments on which picture is better? 

Moon and Back

If you get a chance to link up your blue project, you can do so at Veronica's blog. She also has the list of sponsors. The winners of the giveaways will be drawn from the comments, and the more comments you leave on the participants' blogs, the greater your chances to win! 

Have a great day! Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Bejeweled Card Set

Hi everyone!

Butterfly Card Set

I'm on the Altenew blog today with a card set using the Bejeweled stamp set. I did some simple layering (using items that were within reach of my desk) and kept the same design to coordinate the set. I used some older Notes & Things chipboard frames from Crate Paper.

Here's a close-up of one of the cards:

Butterfly Card Set

To see the rest of the set (in different colors and frames), swing by the Altenew blog. Thanks!!

Have a great day! Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Spring Kites Home Decor

Hi everyone! Happy Monday!

Spring Kites

I'm up on the Maya Road blog today with a home decor project.

I used a lot of altered Maya Road embellishments and American Crafts Serendipity papers to make kites. Now how springy is that? :) I hope you'll swing by the Maya Road blog and check it out!

I also wanted to announce the winner of the $30 gift certificate to Altenew for the Altenew Die Release Blog Hop. Congratulations to:

Jamie, I don't see an e-mail for you, so please e-mail me at redballooncards at yahoo dot com and I'll pass your information on to Altenew. Thank you so much for all of the really sweet comments!

Have a great day!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

March Paper Smooches DT Blog Hop

Hi everyone!

It's Pep Rally week and we are here today to share a sampling of the NEW Paper Smooches April release with you! FOUR new stamps and EIGHT new dies will be available to purchase on March 31st at 8:00pm PT. Once our release goes live, you will find our new products HERE.

To add extra fun to our blog hop...we are offering up a prize! 
The prize - a $25 gift code to choose what you like at the PS online storeHere are the details:
  • FOUR winners will be chosen at random from any of the design team blogs and the PS Blog to win the $25 prize. 
  • Just leave a comment on any of the design team blogs listed above or the PS blog for your chance to win (you do not need to comment on all blogs to qualify, but it increases your chances). 
  • Deadline: You have until midnight PT on Sunday, March 29th to leave a comment. 
  • Please check the Paper Smooches blog on Tuesday, March 31st to see if you are one of the FOUR lucky winners. 
Here's the order of the hop:
To increase your chance of winning:
  • Tell us that you Facebooked about our blog hop (leave another comment) 
  • Tell us that you Tweeted about the hop (leave another comment) 
  • Tell us that you posted on your blog about our blog hop (leave another comment) 
Here's how I used the Ruffle Pleats die:

Hello Pleats

The new Ruffle Pleats die is so much fun! The die has score lines, which makes it easier to create box pleats.  Plus, if you want a longer row of pleats, you can use partial die-cutting and create a strip for a layout or packaging.

I took step-out photos of the process below:

Hello Pleats
  1. I die-cut a piece of vellum (you can see the score lines) and folded the lines to create box pleats. I used a shim for die-cutting the vellum to get deeper score lines. 
  2. I cut another piece of vellum and a piece of patterned paper. 
  3. The vellum were temporarily held with vellum tape and then stitched in an arc to the paper. The arc fans out the pleats, although you could stitch them straight. Also, you don't have to stitch these, but if you don't I would suggest using a strong adhesive if you're going to "ruffle" the pleats.
  4. For the patterned paper, I stitched through the center and loosened the pleats. Both types of stitching give a different look. :) 
I also used the Hello Words die. To finish the card, I hand-cut some American Crafts patterned papers for layering. The papers are so old, they look new again. Ha!

Here's a close-up:

Hello Pleats

Thanks for stopping by! Next up is my sweet and very talented friend Kalyn!

Dies: (Ruffle Pleats die; sentiment from Hello Words die) Paper Smooches
Cardstock: (White Linen) Ellen Hutson; (vellum) My Favorite Things
Patterned papers: (Shoreline) American Crafts
Ink: (Taxi, Shine mists) Studio Calico

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