Thursday, June 28, 2012

Doodlebug + Hampton Arts!

Doodlebug's teamed up with Hampton Arts to create fantastic stamp sets that coordinate with their cute collections. This week, we're showing you more projects featuring these great stamp sets, and for my card, I chose the cling mount "Party Time" set.
 I stamped the pennant in several different colors and then paper pieced them together into a multi-colored banner.  I stamped the "string" in black ink onto Swimming Pool cardstock and cut it out to mount the pennants onto.  Then I stamped the sentiment in Ladybug, Tangerine, Limeade, and Blue Jean ink to bring even more color!
This cute stamp set coordinates with the "Birthday Celebration" and "Cake & Ice Cream" collections, or you could use it with whatever cute paper you want!  The cling is excellent quality, and you're going to love using them.  There are also 12 other stamp sets, some in cling and some in clear.
Just in case you missed it, check out my last post to see more cute stamps.
And hop over to the Doodlebug Blog to see more Hampton Arts projects all this week!


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Doodlebug Stamped Card

Doodlebug's new stamp sets licensed through Hampton Arts are the perfect addition to all the cute Doodlebug collections.  The stamp sets match the darling designs in their papers and embellishments.  There are cling mount rubber stamps as well as clear mount stamp sets, and all of them are super high quality and great to use.

This week the Doodlebug team's showing off these cute stamp sets, and I decided to use some fun techniques on my card.

Doodlebug's ink pads are by ColorBox, and they're pigment ink, so since it's not water based, it dries slower and is slightly tacky and is the perfect medium for embossing powders.  Here I used a clear powder with translucent glitter in it to give the butterflies a shimmer.

The two-toned effect was done by using the "Rock and Roll" technique.  You ink the stamp in one color (usually the lighter color) and then you roll the edges only in a darker color of ink, and then stamp.  The two inks blend together where they meet, and it gives a pretty ombre look.

I stamped the butterflies twice and cut them out.  Then I layered them using dimensional adhesive and curled the edges up by gently curling the paper around my fingers.

The sentiment was also done using the same embossing powder.

The card was based on this sketch we were given:

I used the "Flower Garden" stamp set, and there are so many other great sets to choose from.  You can find these sets at Michaels, Two Peas in Bucket,, as well as many other places.  I'll be using more Doodlebug stamps for another project next week.

Head on over to the Doodlebug Blog to see other great stamping projects all week long.

Thanks for visiting!


Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Lifestyle Crafts/QuicKutz New "It Kits" and 4x4 Alphabet Dies

Wow! Two releases in two weeks for Lifestyle Crafts!
This one's a fun one.
 I love the "It Kits," and they're releasing three more today:

I used Label It and Tab It on this layout,
as well as four new 4x4 alphabets that are also being released today:

My boys are two years apart but everyone asks me if they're twins, because they're the same size, same height, and do everything together.  They're each other's best friends.  They just finished their baseball season, so I wanted to document it for them.  They love seeing layouts that they're in :)

Here are three of the alphabets and a Label It die

I used a Tab It die to make the pennant, and here's the fourth alphabet

The paper is by Echo Park and the twine is The Twinery.

Check out Lifestyle Crafts' website HERE to see the new releases.
And as always, you can get
20% off your entire order by entering code
at checkout.

Happy shopping!

Thanks for visiting.


Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Lifestyle Crafts/QuicKutz "Bloom & Grow" Release

Lifestyle Crafts has released their newest collection of
QuicKutz dies called "Bloom & Grow."

I was asked to create a project using some of these great dies, and I thought that the shapes reminded me of an elegant summer garden.  My sister was married and had a beautiful outdoor summer wedding that I featured in my layout.

They really were so happy.  These two were made for each other.

The elegant shapes remind me of iron gates and gardens, and the flowers in the collection are stunning.  You can see them all HERE.

There are beautiful flourishes, vines, branches, and florals.

The paper and other embellishments are from My Mind's Eye's "On The Bright Side 1&2."  Cardstock is by Stampin' Up! and twine is by The Twinery.

You can find the complete "Bloom & Grow" die collection on Lifestyle Crafts' website HERE.
And, because you're a reader of "Rhinestones and Ribbon,"
you get 20% off your total order by entering code RHINESTONES at checkout!

Happy summer, and happy summer crafting! :)

Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Imaginisce I-Top Buttons and Fabric! Two Projects + A Full Photo Tutorial!

Imagine the ability to create your own custom buttons for all your fabric projects!
You CAN with the Imaginisce I-Top tool and their super cool button daddies.

For these two projects I used the XL (34mm) buttons- and keep reading for a full step-by-step tutorial for using your I-Top tool with fabric.

The I-Top 2.0 has an available XL head to be used with the XL daddies.  The original (1.0) goes up to L size with an extra available head.
This fun pillow was made to match my daughter's cute (and very bright) bedding.
I made some simple ruffled rosette flowers, and then added matching buttons in the centers.
If you wanted to skip the "sewing buttons on" step, for some projects you could even use the badges and just pin them on! (not for this, though, they need to be secure for little ones).
I did the flowers and the ruffles on the sides using a ruffler foot on my sewing machine.  You can make ruffles without a ruffler foot, too, they just take a lot longer.
Here's what a ruffler foot looks like if you've never seen one.  You can adjust the width of the ruffles, too.

For this next project I used the buttons again as embellishments for my window valance.
I just made a simple (but very long) valance, added ribbon, and then pleated it which shortened it and gave it a cute effect.  Then I added the matching buttons on the pleats on both sides.

I love that I can make custom buttons for any sewing project I do!

I've got more sewing projects coming up and I'm using these again for one of them.
Can't wait to show you!

And now...


Wanna see how easy it is to create buttons (and badges, brads, magnets, etc) with the I-Top?

First of all, I used these handy-dandy tracing templates to make my perfectly sized circles.
The one on the left is for small, medium and large sized daddies.
The one on the right is for XL daddies, and as far as I remember, comes with the XL head.

 Trace the outer edge (the circle, not the star shape) and then cut out your circle with fabric scissors.

Attach your XL heads to your I-Top 2.0 (or whatever size you're using).

Place the button daddy topper on the bottom plate, face up.

Place your fabric over the daddy topper, also face up.

Make sure your fabric circle is centered.

Then squeeze.

Your topper is now covered with fabric and is now inside the top head of the tool.

Rotate the head out and tuck the edges of the fabric inside the head.

Make sure all edges are inside and tucked in tight.

Then place your button daddy bottom (or whatever bottom you're using) over the bottom head, with the outside of the button (the side you'll sew with) down inside the head.  Same with badges, etc.  The button holes, or the brad prongs, or the badge pin, etc, needs to be face down inside the head.

Turn the heads so they're facing each other again.

And squeeze.  You'll feel a little "pop" when they snap together.

Gently pull on the top head to reveal your button and remove.

And voila!  A darling custom fabric button!

Thanks for visiting and please visit the Imaginisce Blog all this week where the design team is showcasing their cool tools with lots of fun projects.

Have fun sewing!


For the pillow:
Green: Christmas Candy by Doodlebug Design for Riley Blake Fabrics
Pink Dot: Children at Play by Sarah Jane for Michael Miller Fabrics
Orange: Trick or Treat by Doodlebug Design for Riley Blake Fabrics
Dark Pink with Flowers: Moroccan Mirage by Kristian A Howell for Anthology Fabrics

For the valance:
Blockprint Blossom#HDJD12 Heirloom Joel Dewberry for Free Spirit Westminster Fibers


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