Monday, April 30, 2012

New Challenge Time at OUAS!!!

Hi everyone, the new challenge is up at OnceUponASketch. We would love to see all of your share your creativity with us and play along with this challenge. There are LOTS of awesome prizes. Please check out all the prizes and all the details at the OUAS blog. But here are the basics!

 Theme: Mum
We would like you to create a layout and interpret the theme "Mum" however you like based on the following sketch. You can journal as little or as much as you like, but your layout must incorporate this theme and the sketch.

Ideas for journalling: you as a mother, your role as a working/stay-at-home mum, sacrifices/benefits of being a mum, one day in your life as a mum, how your life has changed since being a mum, a tribute to your own mum, grandmother, guardian or someone you consider as close as your mum, your relationship with your mum or your daughter, one trait you have take from your mum, your desire to be a mum, your feelings on motherhood, what does it mean to be a mum?, what kind of mum do you want to be? , Mother's Day celebrations/traditions, your favourite Mother's Day gift given/receive etc..

And here is my take on the challenge.
Here is a closeup of the Imaginarium Designs chippies. I used black ink and black diamond stickles on the clock and on the title I used platinum and pink stickles. The border is done with my Spellbinders Grand Caliber and the Moroccan Accents die.
 I used Prima Alamanac papers and embellishments, along with Prima blooms.
 This is a pretty Prima flourish! Really blingy!!!

I really hope you go check out this fun challenge, we would love to see how you interprete the sketch and the theme!!! And thanks so much for stopping by!!!

A Fun Announcement

Hi everyone, I've had a little secret that I can finally annouce now! I'm joining the Really Reasonable Design Team!!! I was so excited about it, I get started in May!!! Please check the blog and welcome everyone!!!!

MONDAY, APRIL 30, 2012

Welcome New RRR Design Team

It's hard to believe that it's time to announce our new Really Reasonable Ribbon's Ramblings Design Team. Where did the last 6 months go?? First I want to thank our retiring design team members. We will miss them. Jan will be leaving us and Dawn will be leaving but hopping back each month for our Blog Hops.  They did a fantastic job and gave us tons of great ideas and inspiration. I encourage you all to visit their blogs and become a follower so you can continue to be inspired by their fantastic work.

I also want to thank everyone who applied for our new design team positions. There were so many awesome entries that it was very hard to select just 13 people. You'll find some familiar faces below and several brand new ones too.

So without further delay, please meet our new Really Reasonable Ribbon Design Team.

We are thrilled to welcome new DT member Linda Abadie to the team.
My name is Linda Abadie. I am a papercraft artist and a registered nurse practicing as an Assistant Director of Nursing in the state of Virginia. I am married to my wonderful husband, Andre and have two boys. They are my inspiration and have been very supportive and enthusiastic about my hobby as I am. I have a passion for stamping with various techniques, hand-doodling with marker and paint and love to create my own unique embellishments. Creating art has become therapy for me. It brings me happiness and helps me stay positive in life. I consider my style as happy and full of bright colors. I am very thrilled to be part of the team and am excited to start this creative journey and share my creations with you. You can see my work at my blog The Craft of Caring.


We are also welcoming new DT member Patti Hamil to our team.
Hi, my name is Patti Hamil. I’m a mother to 3 grown children and wife to a very supportive husband. We have two furry babies as well, an English Bulldog and a Rottweiler. I have been scrapbooking for about 15 years and scrap almost every single day. I am so happy to be a part of the Really Reasonable Team and can’t wait to get to know everybody! Scrapbooking is an important part of my life, it is my stress relief and I also feel that it is important to preserve our memories for future generations. I also just love playing with all the beautiful products, especially beautiful ribbon and trims! I have been lucky enough to have been on some wonderful design teams, have been published and have had several projects on QVC and HSN. The best part of this hobby is all of the wonderful and lasting friends that I have made throughout the journey.  Visit me at my blog My Pieces of Time.


And another big welcome to our third new full-time DT member Cherry Nelson.
Hello my name is Cherry and I live in a very rural area in Oregon along with my dh and son, two cats, and dog. I have loved creating and crafting since I was a little girl. I stay in touch with my feminine side by vintage and anything shabby! It's all good! I love to find unique little embellishments and vintage bits and bobs to make my creations one of a kind. I enjoy making cards and altered art the most. This passion to create keeps me sane and makes my heart happy. I have loved meeting like minded folks and sharing this hobby and passion with others along the way! It is so exciting to join up with the Really Reasonable Ribbon design team! I look forward to inspiring and being inspired! You can find my work on my blog Cherry's Jubilee


We are so happy to have Cheryl returning for this term. 
Hello everyone, my name is Cheryl Walker and I'm super excited to be staying on with RRR! Ive been married for 20 years to the most wonderful husband in the world, and we have 3 wonderful kids together. We also have 2 cats (the boys) and 1 dog (Chloe). We now live in Utah. I was born and raised in California and lived there for 35 years before moving to Utah in 2005. Yes, that means I'm now 40....hehehehehe :) I used to scrapbook back in 1995-1998 and then took a break for awhile. I started card making in 2005 shortly after our move to Utah. I went to a SU! class and was hooked!! Now I do cards, scrapbooking, altered items and other fun projects too. I'd love to have you visit my blog Sweet Designs by Cheryl.


Misty will also be back for another term with her terrific hair bow ideas and scrapbook pages.
Hi! I am Misty Willis...aka mommyof5kidz. I have been with Bonnie for 2 full terms now and I am thrilled and honored to be joining the team for a 3rd term. My love for ribbon has only grown more over the last year, and every single project I complete has ribbon on it somewhere. I love Really Reasonable Ribbon and the selection is magnificent...second to none. When I create with ribbon from Bonnie’s store, I am confident that the quality is superior...and that my projects will be durable and able to be passed down to my own children in time. Bows, hair accessories, home decor projects and wearable art are just a few of my favorite things to add ribbon to. I am also an avid scrapbooker and starting to dabble with making cards. I am so excited to be embarking on another term with this magnificently talented team!  Stop by my blog Mommy of 5 Kidz to see some of my work.


Corri will be returning for a second term sharing her fun cards and Cricut creations.
My name is Corri Garza. I'm so excited to be part of the Really
Reasonable Ribbon design team. I started paper crafting in 2009 when
I got a Cricut at a black Friday sale. I've been hooked ever since.
I love making cards, banners and altered items. I also enjoy
photography and watching my kids play sports.  You can see my work
at my blog Bug Lover Cards.

Emily is also returning for a second term with her fun scrapbook creations.
Hey everyone!  My name is Emily Lanham and I reside in Southern Ohio with my childhood best friend who doubles as my husband, Brandon, and my 3 year old daughter Reagan. I've been scrapping for as long as I can remember but I really made it a hobby about 6 years ago.  I slowly became a collector of all things scrapbooking (especially ribbons, paper and stamps!). I rarely scrap my own layouts but I do enjoy making cards and mini albums for others (and some of those for myself on occasion!).  I really like making things from items that I can find around the house such as: toilet paper rolls, food boxes, paper lunch bags, and all kinds of other found objects that I can alter!  I am very excited to be a part of this fabulous team!  I hope I can inspire you all along the way! You can see more of my work on my blog at


My name is Judith (Judy) Rozema. I live in Central Nebraska, in Cornhusker country, and have been married for 30 years. I have a daughter who is a freshman in college, and a married son who is a pastor and lives in North Carolina. Two dogs (labs) and a 17 year old water turtle round out our family.
During the school year, I am a part-time elementary music teacher. When I'm not stamping, I enjoy watching movies, crocheting, and junk jaunts! You might know me on Splitcoaststampers as StampingQueenJAR. My blog is 
Joy in a JAR and I hope you will stop by for a visit!  I am thrilled and delighted to be a part of the Really Reasonable Design Team!


And now for our Special Events Designers who will join us for Monthly Blog Hops and some other fun activities.

I'd like to welcome Debbie Seyer on as a new RRR Special Events DT member.
My name is Debbie Seyer and I live in a small town just south of St. Louis, Missouri. I am a stay-at-home mom to three beautiful girls and have been married to my High School sweetheart, Keith, for 20 years. My paper crafting journey started when our whole family went to Disney World in 1996. I started scrapbooking and finally found a hobby where I could actually complete my projects. In 2000, a friend invited me to a rubber stamping home workshop and I fell in love with cardmaking. I feel that none of my projects are complete without ribbon! I am proud to say that I have been published multiple times in paper crafting and scrapbooking magazines. Besides paper crafting, I help with Funeral Luncheons at our church, help with Girl Scouts and am the taxi driver to a variety of musical instrument lessons for my girls. My hubby and I love to take our girls camping and exploring, watch movies and play board games.  Visit me at my blog A Peek Into My Stamping Room.


Trudy will be back for another term (I just can't let her go!!) 
Hi! My name is Trudy but friends call me True. My husband, Robert and I were high school sweethearts and are still very happily married today. I am the mother of a wonderful 26 year old son Kurt and MIL to a beautiful new DIL Kristin. I am momma to several fur-babies too...Zoey, our pleasantly plump English Bulldog, and 'Nother and Quilt, our fur-babies of the feline persuasion. I am also super excited that I will be a grandma in October! :) 
Since I started making cards several years ago, I have been blessed with many new card making friends, been asked to speak and teach at major craft events, and have been lucky enough to have my cards published and featured in magazines and books. I love sharing my craft with others and following other artists for inspiration and fun! I am a freelance illustrator. You can see my current stamp line at Clear Dollar Stamps. I am also working a brand new illustrating adventure with another very popular stamp company (details to come at a later date). I also design for, Art Institute Glitter, Want2Scrap, Inky Antics, Discount Card Stock, and of course Really Reasonable Ribbon. I am also very honored to be on the CardMaker Magazine blog design team and will soon be teaching on-line classes for Scrapbook News and Reviews. 
I have been on the Really Reasonable Ribbon team for several terms and look forward to playing with even more beautiful RRR ribbon and the fun designers for anther 6 months! :)  Stop over and visit my blog sometime! True's Gifts from the Heart.

Jeanne will also be returning for another term.
Hi! My name is Jeanne and I live in Texas on 40 acres with my husband Joe and our crazy dog KoKo. I have 4 sons and 2 grandchildren. When I’m not busy with the kids you can usually find me coloring something (my favorite thing to do!) or crafting in my studio.  I’m so excited to be part of the Really Reasonable Ribbon team! Stop by and visit me at my Inky Paws blog.


Gloria too is returning for another term.
My name is Gloria Stengel and I live in OceansideCA, which is on the coast, half way between San Diego and Irvine. I am married (25 years!) and have three kids and a cat. I homeschool my high school and middle school children, and nag my college-age son.
I have been a crafter all of my life, a stamper since 1990, and a scrapbooker since 1996. I started papercraft design team work in 2008. I've been on many teams in the past four years and it's been an amazing ride. I enjoy creating projects, teaching, and just interacting with other crafters. I am pleased to be on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Special Events Team for another term! I love ribbon and trims, plus this team is just so much fun!
Stop by and visit my Scraps of Life blog.

Heidi is coming back for another term too.
Hello, my name is Heidi Blankenship and I live in Minnesota with my husband Eric and two boys, Dusty and Evan.  I have been involved with paper crafting for over twenty years.  I was introduced to stamping in 1988 and over the years, I have taught many classes at the local stamping and scrapbooking stores.  I love to create a large spectrum of projects with a broad range of styles, but I lean towards the vintage, artsy style.  I’ve been very fortunate to work with some wonderful companies in the industry.  I am currently on the Spellbinders Blog Team, JustRite Papercaft Blog Team, Discount Cardstock, Really Reasonable Ribbon Special Events Design Team, Vintage Street Market and The Rubber Cafe Glue-ista Team.  I have been published in a variety of national and international magazines, catalog/idea books and newsletters, as well as various manufacturer product packaging and sales ads.  My design work has also been featured on Scrapbooking Memories (now Scrapbook Soup), QVC, HSN, Creative Home Arts and Create and Craft TV in the UK just to name a few.  I love creating cards, altered arts, home d├ęcor, and scrapbooking— traditional and digital.  In my spare time I also enjoy spending time with family and friends, photography, floral design, painting, gardening and jewelry making. To see more of my artwork and step-by-step tutorials please visit my blog Embellished Dreams.


Isn't our new design team fabulous?? They will begin posting on May 2nd.   I hope you'll stop in each day to see what they create for us.  You're in for a real treat!

Check back on the 1st and you can see my very first project with them! And see all of the other talented designers projects!!!

Thanks for stopping by!!! It means a lot!!!

Friday, April 27, 2012

WOW, Kaisercraft and WorldWin

I thought I would share some projects that I did for Suzy West and WOW for CHA this past January. This first one is a little tag, it wasn't for WOW, but I used some of the scraps from the Kaisercraft on it. I used WorldWin Kraft paper for the base.  These products came from a beautiful Swirlydoos kit!

This is a journal that I did for WOW for CHA. I used Kaisercraft Bon Jour for this. I added lots of  Suzy West WOW powders for this, I used an embossing pen and then embossed small sections of the papers. I used Whirly Pop and Gummy Bear Green on the flowers, moth and bird. 

The inside pages have pockets. I left them pretty plain so I could also add pictures for each month. I used WorldWin Kraft paper on some of the base pages and the pocket pages.

 Here are a couple of closeups of the cover, you can see the WOW powders on the little birds and blooms!

I love the Suzy West colors, and the quality is awesome!!! There are so many colors to choose from too! If you haven't tried them, I urge you to check out the website. She has awesome clear stamps as well!!!!

Thanks so much for visiting my blog, I really appreciate it!!!

Friday, April 13, 2012

TheColorRoom Palette #106

TheColorRoom teamed up with Manorhouse Creations for their latest challenge, and I just love Manorhouse blooms!!! And I loved the sketch and the color palette, so I had to play along this time! I used some photos that I had recently taken of our youngest ds and his girlfriend, I think they're so sweet together!!!

Here is the palette and the sketch:

And here is my take on the sketch and the palette.

I used mostly ManorHouse Creations blooms, the smaller ones are generic and I just added little beads for the centers.

I also used Imaginarium Designs chippie letters and butterflies and embossed them with Suzy West WOW embossing powder.

The leaves were done with the Spellbinders Grand Caliber and the Bitty Blossoms die, I just used the embossing plate and then inked the raised parts.

Added a big blue bow to finish it off!

The border underneath the lace trim is also done with a Spellbinders die, the Moroccan Accents die. I had fun doing this page, I absolutely love the happy, Spring colors!

Thanks for visiting, I really appreciate it! 

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Page for Harley

I thought I would share a page today that I did for the "Scrap Your Pet" challenge at, I haven't had a chance to play along in a while and it's always been one of my favorite challenges. These are pics of our sweet little "Harley" girl. She's such a happy baby girl! She's always smiling!

I used some older Echo Park paper for this page. Some of the Walk In the Park. I used WorldWin Papers Treasures cardstock in Craft for the background.

I used Suzy West WOW embossing powders and the Suzy West butterfly stamp and made a little butterfly embellishment.
 I just used the EP stickers and alphas for the little flag title.
I used my ECraft and cut a couple of swirls to put around the bow. And embellished with my Sakura Souffle pen.

I urge you to check out the fun Pet challenge at, there are always some awesome entries and some super cute furry friends!!!

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I really appreciate it!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Peeks of New Minis for EMI

I finally finished up on some mini-albums for EMI, I've had the stuff forever. These are a few peeks of them. The first one is a Baby Girl album done with Simple Stories papers.

Here is a close-up of the inside.
 I used buttons and ribbon for trim. It's a really simple little album but really cute for those new baby girl photos.
 Some soft pink ribbon and inking.

 Here is a Baby Boy mini done with Simple Stories papers. Used ribbon, buttons and trim on this one too.
 Here are a few close-ups. Used my ECraft and cut some little shapes and used my Zig markers on them!

 This is a boy mini done with some My Mind's Eye papers. I used WOW Suzy West embossing powders on the Imaginarium Designs chippie gears.
 Close up of the inside pages.
 This is a close-up of another Boy mini using My MInd's Eye papers as well.
 Lots of pockets and tags.

 Here's a peek of the cover.
You can find all kinds of mini book kits for sale at EMI Scrapbooking, at the store and on their Etsy as well, just check out the website.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

***Winner for OUAS Blog Hop and my RAK***

Okay.....drumroll please......Nadia just posted the Main winner for the blog hop over at the OUAS blog. Go check to see if it's you!!! In the meantime, I would like to announce the winner of my RAK for the hop.

My random winner is:

Lolo Artesanato!!!! Lolo if you will email me your mailing address at phamil@live,com I will get your prize out!!!

Thanks so much to everyone for making this such a wonderful blog hop!!!!!