Sunday, August 30, 2009

2RB Banana Split Sunday Challenge 26


Today's 2RedBananas Banana Split Sunday Challenge is to use rub-ons on your project. That's pretty easy, we all probably have some of these versitile embellishements laying around - whether it's words, images or even letters.
I made a card with a BasicGrey base (you have to love the BG solids) and a block of K & Co. DP. I used a rub-on flower on some brown CS and punched it out. I also used a rub-on word on the upper right corner.

The image is a House Mouse stamp called Autumn Cruise, which is available on 2RedBananas. I used the Nesties Label 4 die to cut out the image.

I was happy to have the opportunity to use my long neglected rub-ons for this project. Go to 2RB's blog and play along with us Bananas. You can also check out the talented DT's samples. .

Stamps: Autumn Cruise - House Mouse and Friends
Paper: Wild Saffron Collection - K & Company, Solid DP - BasicGrey, CS - Bazzil
Other: Nestabilities Label 4 Die - Spellbinders, Glitter Domes - Crystal Stickers, Rub-Ons - Magnolia Collection by My Mind's Eye

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

2RedBananas Product Spotlight #3

This is the third installment of 2RedBananas' Challenge the Design Team. For our third set of products (all available on we were all given papers and embellishments from Pink Paislee's Fascinating Collection. We were asked to create a project using these supplies: Pink Paislee Alluring, Eye Popping and Spectacular DP, Fascinating Collection chipboard pieces and some May Arts black grosgrain ribbon.
For my first project I made another layout for Kate's First Year album - the colors on the papers went really well with a photo of Kate meeting her grandparents for the first time. I used the Spectacular DP as the base with a block of Alluring at the bottom and a strip of Eye Popping above it. I also used a coordinating chipboard element with a piece of May Arts ribbon tied around it. I also used a label sticker from the Fascinating sticker book (which I had already ordered from 2RB) and some ribbon scraps and rhinestones.
For my second project I made a card. The card base is black CS wth a block of Alluring on the left and Eye Popping on the right. I stamped a sentiment from 2RedBananas' More Quotes stamp set on a Fascinating chipboard element. I used more of the May Arts ribbon and some Metal Decor by Hero Arts.

I really like this paper collection, and had already ordered some of it from 2RedBananas before I received my supply kit. Be sure to stop by 2RB and check out all of the products available on the site.

Stamps: More Quotes - 2RedBananas
Ink: Jet Black - StazOn
Paper: Pink Paislee's Fascinating Collection - Spectacular, Eye Popping and Alluring, CS - Bazzil
Other: Rhinestones - Kaiser Crafts, Metal Decor - Hero Arts, Black Grosgrain ribbon - May Arts, Chipboard Elements - Pink Paislee

Sunday, August 23, 2009

2RB Banana Split Sunday Challenge #25


This week's 2RB Banana Split Sunday Challenge is an inspiration challenge using this photograph:

What do you think of when you see this photo? Is it the colors, the buildings? Use that inspiration to create a project.

When I looked at this photograph I saw colorful, happy homes, and I made a card that reflects that. The base of the card is Basic Grey DP. The little houses are also BasicGrey DP with black CS roofs and doors. The house on the right is Bo Bunny DP with BasicGrey DP for the roof and door.

The sentiment is a quote from 2RedBananas Quotes stamp set. It's stamped on BasicGrey DP with StazOn ink and matted on black CS and more BasicGrey DP.

I loved this bright, cheerful inspiration photo. They moment I looked at it I knew what I wanted to do for my project. I hope you'll give it a try too. Go to 2RB's blog to participate and see how the other DT members were inspired.

Stamps: Quotes - 2RedBananas
Ink: JetBlack - StazOn, Pink Stardust pen - Sakura
Paper: BasicGrey, Bo Bunny Press, CS - Bazzil
Other: Rhinestones - ?

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

2RB DT Card Challenge 2

It is time for the next installation of Challenge the 2RedBananas' Design Team. This week the DT members are using the second kit of supplies sent to us by Jeanette (Head Banana).

This kit included paper from My Mind's Eye's Bella Bella - French Flea Market Collection, ribbon from May Arts, Dew Drops and a ribbon buckle slider. All of these papers and embellishments can be found on the 2RedBananas site.

I actually used these supplies for two projects - a layout for Kate's "Year of Firsts" album and a card.

The colors of these papers made me think of Fall, so I used them to make a Thanksgiving layout. The base is Kraft paper with random blocks and strips of the MME DP, which is double sided. I adhered the Dew Drops along the ribbon and in the upper right corner. The journaling strip along the bottom was threaded through part of the ribbon slider.

The card base is cream CS with a block of green CS and blocks of the MME DP. I inked all of the paper edges with Vandyke Brown ink. The sentiment is from 2RedBananas' Quotes stamp set.

This was a fun challenge, and I was glad for the excuse to get something done on Kate's album (I told my husband I had "work" to do), and take a break from painting my kitchen. I really love this line of papers. Be sure to go to 2RedBananas and see it for yourself. And go to 2RB's blog to see how the other DT members used these same supplies.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

2RB Banana Split Sunday Challenge 24


Today's 2RedBananas Banana Split Sunday Challenge is to use the sketch found on 2RB's blog to create a project. There will be a prize randomly awarded to one participant.

As I may have mentioned before, I LOVE sketches. Not that I can't design my own layout for a project, of course, but a sketch just takes off the pressure and I can concentrate on the soothing task of cutting and gluing.This card is for a friend of mine (who is a lot edgier than I am) and I know she will appreciate the subtleness of the skulls. Who says skulls can't be pretty?

The base is green CS with a block of DP from the Alison Collection by My Mind's Eye. All of the DP is from this collection. The leopard print paper block has three white eyelets with rhinestone centers across the top of it. These eyelets are called Easy Eyelets (I think) and they don't need a setter, all you need is an ink pen to set them. They're pretty awesome.

The image is from A Spring Thing stamp set by 2RedBananas. She's colored with watercolor pencils. I paper pieced some skull DP as her dress. I thought it was funny that she looks so sweet and innocent... and has a skull on her dress.

This project was fun to put together. I hope my friend gets a kick out of it. Go to 2RedBananas' blog to participate in the challenge and to see the samples by our talented DT.

Stamps: A Spring Thing - 2RedBananas, sentiment - My Sentiments Exactly
Ink: Jet Black - StazOn
Paper: CS - Bazzil, Alison Collection - My Mind's Eye
Other: Eyelets - Eyelet Outlet, Rhinestones - Kaiser Crafts, Grosgrain ribbon - ?

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

2RB DT Card Challenge No. 1

The gracious (and talented) owner of 2RedBananas, Jeanette, has issued three card challenges to the Design Team members. She has sent each of us three kits of supplies (i.e. paper, ribbon, embellishments, etc.) and asked us to use these supplies to make a card (or other project if we wish).

This card was made using the first kit, which contained papers by Imaginisce from their A Shore Thing Collection, ribbon by May Arts, and Fantasy Fiber. These are all items that are available on 2RedBananas. I saw a really great sketch on the Delightful Sketches blog, and so I used it for this card.

The card base is brown CS with a block of Feel the Burn DP. The vertical strips of DP are Getting Hotter Need Water and the horizontal one is Cool Pool Chatter. A piece of light blue sheer/twinkle ribbon is tied along the bottom.

I have never used Fantasy Fiber before, but it wasn't too difficult. I laid out some fibers on a splat mat, placed some waxed paper over it and ironed it. I then used a scallop circle punch to punch it out. Easy as pie! I adhered the scallop circle in the upper right corner with a felt flower and brad on top of it. It adds a nice shimmer and really goes well with the ribbon.

The image and sentiment is from the Hawaiian Chicken stamp set by 2RedBananas. I colored it in with watercolor pencils and Stardust pen.

I had a lot of fun with this challenge. I even tried a technique that was new to me. Go to 2RB's blog and see how the other DT members met this challenge.

Stamps: Hawaiian Chicken - 2RedBananas
Ink: Jet Black - StazOn, Stardust - Sakura
Paper: CS - Bazzil, A Shore Thing Collection - Imaginisce
Other: Light Blue Sheer/Twinkle Ribbon - May Arts, Bellflower Fantasy Fiber - Art Glitter, Felt Flower - American Crafts, brad - ?, Scalloped Oval - Sizzix

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Happy Birthday, Dana!

My best friend's daughter, Dana, is turning 11 years old this week. She's a pre-teen with Goth tendencies, so I thought she would appreciate this card.
The card base is black CS with a block of MME DP from the Alison collection. I basically got this pad of paper just for my young friends, because it is so cool. It's full of skulls, camo, doodles, etc. that totally remind me of the 80s. I cut out a larger skull from another sheet of the Alison DP and adhered some flowers and a brad. I actually had to ink a flower to make it black. Out of the 1000's of flowers I have, somehow I managed to avoid black ones.

The sentiment is from the Birthday Sentiments stamp set by CC Designs.

Stamps: Birthday Sentiments - CC Designs
Ink: Jet Black - StazOn
Paper: CS - Bazzil, Alison Collection - My Mind's Eye
Other: Flowers - Prima, brad - Making Memories, rhinestones - Hobby Lobby, ribbon - ?

Sunday, August 9, 2009

2RB Banana Split Sunday Challenge No. 23


Today's 2RedBananas' Banana Split Sunday Challenge is to use only cardstock on your project - that means no patterned paper, flowers, buttons, ribbon, brads, etc. Sound difficult? OK, I guess we can let you use one small embellishment along with the cardstock. So if you just don't think a card (or layout, etc.) is complete without a little something extra, go ahead and add that one thing to finish it off. Go to 2RB's blog for more information and to see the DT members' samples.
After a couple of false starts (where I kept reaching for patterned paper) I finally managed to make a card using nothing but cardstock. Yay.

The base is brown CS that I stamped with the Stampabilities Dotted Circles stamp using VersaMark watermark ink. The blue CS was stamped with the same stamp, but I used a glue pad and glitter.

The image is the Penny's Mushroom stamp from 2RedBananas. I stamped it with StazOn and colored it with watercolor pencils and a Stardust pen. The sentiment is from a small set I bought from Target's dollar spot. I have no idea who the manufacturer is.

Stamps: Dotted Circles - Stampabilities, Penny's Mushroom - 2RedBananas
Ink: Timber Brown - StazOn, VersaMark - Tuskineko, Stardust pen - Sakura
Paper: Cardstock - Bazzil
Other: Glue Pad - Tsukineko, Pearl glitter - Art Glitter

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Too Many Stickers?

I have a friend who insists that it is possible to use too many stickers (or other embellishments) on a project and push it over the edge. We refer to this as "potato chipping," which is a long, and embarassing, story. Of course I like to harrass her about it, and vice versa.
When I saw this stamp in a set of sentiments, I knew just who to use it for:

"Stickers & Friends... ...there's always room for more!"

This card was made as a Thank You to this friend for something she did for me. The base is beige CS with stickers (of course), flowers, brads and lable holder from Heidi Grace Designs.

I'm sure she'll get a laugh out of it.

Stamps: Sentiment - My Sentiments Exactly
Ink: Timber Brown - StazOn
Paper: CS - Bazzil
Other: Stickers, label holder, brads, flowers - Cherrywood Lane Collection by Heidi Grace Designs

Sunday, August 2, 2009

2RB Banana Split Sunday Challenge No. 22


2RedBananas' Banana Split Sunday Challenge for this week is to use a quote - any quote - as the focal point of your project. There will be a prize given to one randomly chosen participant. Go to 2RB's blog for more information and to participate. There are also some pretty awesome samples by the design team members.

Also, 2RedBananas will be having a SALE beginning August 3rd, so be sure to stop by and see what awesome goodies you can get for a bargain!

I was remembering a really great quote from 2RB's stamp set called Precious Bundles, so I decided to go with a baby-themed card. The base is pale green CS with two blocks of Nana's Nursery DP. The quote and mat were cut with the Nestabilities Label 1 die.

I don't usually use just a quote on a card, and I thought I would have a hard time with this one, but it was pretty easy and I like the way it turned out. Why don't you give it a try, too?

Stamps: Precious Bundles - 2RedBananas
Ink: Jet Black - StazOn
Paper: CS - Bazzil, Nana's Nursery Baby Girl - Die Cuts With a View
Other: Label 1 die - Nestabilities by Spellbinders, Pearls - Kaiser Crafts, Lemon Sheer/Twinkle Ribbon - May Arts, Pin - Making Memories, Heart Button - Junkitz