Sunday, May 30, 2010

My New Blog

This will be a short, but informative blog post today!

I have been trying to keep 2 blogs uptodate - this one and my AndMoreBags blog - and have failed miserably.  So I decided to combine the two and concentrate on a single blog for all of my creations, regardless of medium!  All of the posts/comments here have been imported into my new one.

So, please stop by my new blog - RitasCreativeNest.com - where you will see much more activity, and a lot more creativity as time moves forward.  And check the right sidebar where you will find all of the information you need to follow me on my new blog!

Thanks for following and hope to see you at my new place!

Rita

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Masculine Blog Hop

The topic for this month's Paperwings Blog Hop is Masculine.  Heiroglyphic Horses is the perfect set for a guy's card!  Here I paired it with TAC's Hip Hop paper collection.  The Happy Birthday greeting is from Trendy Greetings.



Be sure to check out all of the other Masculine cards - here is the list of all the participants!  All blogs should be updated by 8:00 pm on Sunday May 16!


-Heidi
-Julie
-Carol
-Shirley
-Teresa
-Laurie 

-Rita W

Thanks for stopping by...

rita

Today's Abundance
-Beautiful weather
-A lawn that has been mowed and trimmed
-Newly planted spring annuals
-Homemade rhubarb crisp
-A productive weekend

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Get Well Card

Today I have a Get Well card to share with you.  This Bitty Bug stamp set is one of my favorites to use on cards for those feeling a bit (or a lot) under the weather!  And I bummed out that it is now going to be retired.  That's good news for you though as you can now purchase it for 25% off.

The cardstock and designer paper is from the Toodle Loo paper collection.  Copics were used to color the image.  And the image was stamped and matted on die cuts from Nestabilities Large Labels.

Enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by....

Today's Abundance
-April showers, we could use some more!
-Chirping birds
-Boxes of stuff for my niece's garage sale
-Reusable Snack Bags - love them (check my ETSY store)
-My red tulips - they are in full bloom

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Wedding Blog Hop

Paperwings is once again hosting a blog hop!  The theme for this month is Wedding Cards.  You will find a great variety of designs from the participants so be sure to check them all out (the list of participants is at the end of this post.)

White, pink, and black are the colors for my Wedding Card!  I used our Marvelous Mottos stamp set to congratulate the bride and groom!  The stamp is enhanced with pink Copic Markers and is nestled inside 2 layers of Nestabilities.  And notice the brads in the 4 corners of the Nestabilities label too!


And here is view of the full card.  Notice how the layered Nestabilities are popped up using foam tape giving it a bit of dimension.



So that's my Wedding Card.  Now check out the cards from the rest of our participants!


thanks for stopping by....

Rita

Today's Abundance
-A nice visit with my daughter
-Blooming tulips!
-Egg souffles
-Miniature daffodils
-Farmers working in the fields

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Popup Notecards

Here is a new twist on Popup Cards - popup 3 x 3 notecards!  The popup brace is made just like you make them for A2 cards but on a smaller scale!


I first stamped "Happy Easter" from Trendy Greetings on a circle and then layered it on 2 layers of scalloped circles.  The top circle also has a gem and Turquoise Scrappers Floss!



Then I used Joy of Easter stamp set for the popups in the 3x3 notecards.  Here are a couple of my favorites:  the lamb and the chick in the jar!

Notice that I added the coordinating Catelynne designer paper to the inside of the white cardstock to better "pop" the pop-up !


I used our Copic Markers for the coloring!  I continue to fall in love with how well they color and blend!  I still have a long ways to go in being proficient with them, but it's a start!

Thanks for stopping by....

rita


Today's Abundance
-Tomato Soup
-Hazelnut Coffee
-Quality time in the sewing room making myself a new purse
-My tulips and glads - they are popping up in the garden already
-3 more boxes of craft supplies sorted into save, sell, and toss piles

Sunday, March 14, 2010

March Blog Hop - Easter

What a wonderful today!  The sun was out - a welcome site after a week of rain and grey skies.  It was warm - well into the 50's!  Spring is indeed on its way!  There is only a hint of the snowy winter that we have had - just a bit of snow left in protected areas.  And best of all, I got to spend the day with my dear sister!

It is time once again for another blog hop with friends and fellow Angel Company demonstrators.  The theme for this months blog hop is Easter.








I created another gatefold card using the Joy of Easter stamp, Copics, and the Catelynne paper collection from The Angel Company.  The Joy of Easter stamp set is certainly one of my favorites these days!

And now, take a look at the other creations.  They all should be available after 8:00 pm (Central Time) on Sunday, March 14!  Have fun...

Seleise
Angela K


Thanks for stopping by....

rita

Today's Abundance
-Bunny Rabbits and Squirrels running around enjoying the beautiful weather
-A grand day with my sister
-Grass (vs. snow)
-Panera's Vegetable Soup
-Great finds in my favorite quilt shop

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Carrot Car and Mini Easter Basket!

It is a grey, cloudy, dreary day!  At least it isn't snowing!  But spring is just around the corner and I'm in "springy" mood today.  So it is time for some colorful Easter creations.

This gatefold card is easy to score on the Scor-Pal (a great half price item for a hostess, too).  Just find the 2 dots on the Scor-Pal ruler and you have the perfect markings for a gatefold card! 

I have also been playing with my copics (another great 1/2 price item) and am just delighted with how the "carrot car" from the Joy of Easter stamp set turned out.  I have lots of fun experimenting with the copic markers to see how they turn out.  And besides, this little duck and the carrot car is just the cutest thing around!

Also from the Joy of Easter stamp set, is this adorable little chick in the jar.  It is a perfect fit for this Mini Easter Basket that I found on Diana's Designs, a fellow TAC demonstrator!  Copics are the coloring medium on this too!

Thanks for stopping by...

rita

Today's Abundance
-No snow for a few days
-Creative juices
-Homemade Raspberry Smoothie
-A good workout at the gym
-Carrots and Cauliflower

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Time for Some Green!

On another snowy afternoon in the Midwest, the Paperwings Angel Blog Hop was a welcome reprieve from the seemingly endless winter. The theme - Green! So whether it be an card for St. Patrick's day or one for spring you are sure to enjoy them all.

For my card I used the Hip Hop Collection, Labels Large Nestabilities, and Trendy Greetings. It is a simple card - can you tell I ran out of time and went the card-in-less-10minutes route?  But I do love these little frogs in Hip Hop!  For the background I used the same Trendy Greeting stamp, stamped off on a piece of scratch paper and then stamped the cardstock for a lighter impression.


And enjoy the other Green cards from fellow Angels...


Shirley
Angela
Rita K 
Laurie
Chris
Diane
Stacy 
Christine

rita

Today's Abundance
-Wild turkeys enjoying a stroll across the winter wonderland
-Frosty trees
-Fresh spinach salad
-Winter Olympics
-More daylight - the days are getting longer

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Reusable Snack Bags with Angel Wings ...







Some of you may have seen (or even own) my Reusable Snack Bags featured in my AndMoreBags ETSY site.  Today, I am super excited to announce that I have designed a Reusable Snack Bag that combines both my ink and rubber passion with my fabric and thread passion!

Not only are these bags functional (i.e. carry your snacks) but you can also use them to support your business!  Just think of the conversations they will start around the lunch table or at school/sports activities.  Give one to those special customers and hostesses!  You can even use them at your classes/workshops - use them for snacks or use them to hold those small embellishments or pieces of paper for each attendee. The possibilities are endless!

The outer fabric is 100% cotton and is stamped with one of our Palette Inks using stamps from The Angel Company. The inner fabric is water resistant nylon. A strip of velcro extends across the entire opening. This secures the opening, as well as, keeps your goodies inside! And, all seams are enclosed!

Wipe out the inside with a damp cloth. You can also wash on a gentle cycle and air dry.

The snack bags measure approx. 7 x 4 1/4" with an opening of 6 1/4".

I am selling these 2 for $8 plus $1.75 shipping.  Just let me know which Palette Ink you would like when submitting the order.  Time from order payment via PayPal to shipment will be about a week.  Questions - just email me at stamp2stamp2@yahoo.com.



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Thanks for stopping by....

rita



Today's Abundance
-No snow this afternoon!
-Strawberry Banana Smoothie
-Tracks in the fresh snow from the backyard bunnies
-Dreams of spring, warm temperatures, and light breezes
-Did I mention no snow this afternoon?

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Valentines Blog Hop!



Tonight is the beginning of another blog hop with fellow Angels.  The theme this time around is Valenetines!  Hard to believe, but it is just around the corner!

The three projects that I did all use our Uptown Girl coordinated papers, Date Disks, and two of our stamps from the Stamp Spree Promotion - Little Darlins and Furry Friends. Scrappers floss, of course, also embellishes the projects.


Both of the candy boxes use acetate.  I used the Cricut to cut the candy box with the heart - love that die cut machine!!  The clear acetate box was inspired by this tutorial!  And the 3 x 3 notecard - well, it is a 3 x 3 notecard - no more, no less!

Both the owls and the puppy dog  were colored with Copics.  I'm still learning how to use them but really do like them!

Want more inspiration?  Here are the sites of other participating Angels in this blog hop!  Enjoy...

Kim
Christine
Chris
Laurie W
Chelsea
Rita W
Shirley
Carol
Laurie U
Angela
Seleise
Risa
Diane
Suzanne
Julie

Rita K
Trudy
Stacy

Thanks for stopping by....

rita

Today's Abundance
-The dreary, rainy weather is at least melting the ice on the roof of the house.
-A quiet, uneventful day
-ETSY sales
-Nail biting football between the Vikes and the Saints
-French Toast

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Sneak Peak - New Level A Hostess Stamp

This adorable hummingbird is from the 2010 Serendipity Level A Hostess Set titled Swirled Spring Life.  In addition to the hummingbird the set also includes a bird, a bumblebee, and a flower!  You'll be able to start ordering from this new publication on February 1.

To create this cute 3 x 3 notecard, I selected the Miss Moxie paper collection and used paper piecing on the bird's body, tale and wings.  After that I added some brads and then used foam tape when adhering it to the rest of the card to make it standout a bit.  Quick, easy, cute!

Thanks for stopping by

rita

Today's Abundance
-Time to read a book, A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
-The new 2010 Spring Serendipity publication
-Time with paper and ink and time with fabric and thread
-Hot chocolate with marshmallows - yummy
-Not one, but two blog posts today!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Purr-fect Friend

Most of the packages I send out to my ETSY buyers include a card of some kind thanking the customer for their business.  This is a new 3 x 3 notecard design that I'm playing around with for future packages. 

The stamps, Furry Friends, are from our Stamp Spree Promtion.  The stamp is matted with paper from the Amberly Grace collection.  Copics were used for coloriong.  And, of course, I used scrappers floss too!
Thanks for stopping by.

rita

Today's Abundance
-Bright sunshine
-Puddles - we hovered around freezing today
-A few more minutes of daylight each and every day
-A quiet day with few interruptions
-The rabbits hopping across the snow

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Ceramic Tiles

There's never a dull moment around here as I dig into yet one more way of creating things.  I'm convinced I will be a multi-crafter forever.  I've already told the kids that when they take me to the funny farm they need to send craft supplies too!!  One of my latest endeavors has been working with ceramic tile and paper and here is what I've come up with!

The tiles are those shiny white tiles that you can get at any home improvement store!  The paper in the first set of coasters is from More Mimi and the second set  features Mia's Cottage!  I have a few more partially done using not only scrapbook paper, but also pictures from books.  I will be listing them on my RitasCreations ETSY site in a few days.   I'm starting to look at paper - new and old - in a much different light now that I've discovered ceramic tiles!


I have found more than a few ways to work with ceramic tile and have yet to decide on a favorite technique.  So here are some of the resources that I have found as I venture down this creative path!

Modge Podge Tile PDF
DIY Tile Coasters
Curbly Video
Stacy's Paper Crafts

Have fun as you discover your favorite way of using Ceramic Tile with your designer paper!

Thanks for stopping by...

rita

Today's Abundance
-No new snow today
-Hot chocolate and marshmallows
-An updated blog
-Quality time in my sewing room
-The lost mitten was found - yeah!!  It is my all-time favorite set of mittens, too!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Happy New Year

Happy New Year everyone!  2009, along with this decade, is winding down and another year (and decade) is about to begin.  Many blessings and much goodness to all of you!

This year I am sending out New Year's cards - actually I ran out of time to send out Christmas cards so this was my fall back plan!  They are done and tomorrow I will take them to the post office!



I used the Scor-Pal to emboss 3 lines at the top and the bottom of the card.  They are a little hard to see in the photo but the best place to look is the top left and bottom right in the photo below.  The copic colored kitty is from Winter Flurries - love this set.  The 2010 is stamped using Simple-Bet and the inside of the card is stamped with "Happy New Year" from Trendy Greetings!


Thanks for stopping by...

rita

Today's Abundance
-Bright Sunshine

-Hot Chocolate with Marshmellows
-Family and Friends
-Dogs, Cats, and the backyard Birds
-New Opportunities

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Lavender Sachets plus Gift Card

I designed these Lavender Sachets for a membership drive of a local Rubber Stamping Club.  The membership drive is over so I can now post them here! 


The muslin bags and gift card are stamped with Violette Palette Ink using the Watercolor Plants Stamp Set.  The "for you" sentiment on the card is from my often used Tag Tidbits Stamp Set.

Use these sachets to freshen up the sweater, coat, hat, or mitten drawers - even that gym bag can benefit from a lavender sachet!  Lavender also has calming effects so use at night, when you have a headache, or when you are stressed!

Thanks for stopping by...

rita

Today's Abundance
-Not being on the road during the snow storm we are getting!
-The wonderful scent of lavender
-The pot roast in the slow cooker
-Sweatshirts and turtlenecks - they are so comfy on cold, winter days
-My neighbor who will be shoveling my snow in the morning

Monday, December 7, 2009

All I Want for Christms...

Once again good fortune has come my way in the form of winning another contest for The Angel Company!.  The theme of this particular contest was "All I Want for Christmas.'

I created a paper Tooth Fairy Pillow from our Reece Soar With It Collection.  Once I cut out a front and back, I brushed a coat of Modge Podge over each.  When the paper dried, I sewed it together leaving a small opening for stuffing.  For the stuffing I recycled some of those pesky plastic bags that seem to accumulate way too fast.  I sewed the opening shut.  I used the Crop-A-Dile to punch two holes in the top of the tooth for the Reece Ribbon so the tooth could be hung up!

Then, on the front I constructed a pocket with a flap for the safe keeping of the tooth and ultimately the goodie (a.k.a. money) from the Tooth Fairy.  A felt flower, button, and scrappers floss embellish the pocket flap! 

I printed out the letter to the Tooth Fairy, matted it, and adhered it to the pocket.

And on the bottom of the right "root", I added another tag that reads "All I Want For Christmas is My Two Front Teeth!"

It was a fun project to do.  And now I get to go shopping for free stamps!!

Thanks for stopping by...

rita

Today's Abundance
-A nap
-Yummy Hot Chocolate on a chilly day
-A Sale in both of my ETSY stores - RitasCreationsOnETSY.etsy.com and AndMoreBags.etsy.com
-Mint Chocolate Covered Mini Oreos
-A low key day



Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Diecut Snowmen with Lilly Anna


I am so excited about these snowmen and absolutely love the collection all done up in the greens and blues from the Lilly Anna paper collection!

This afternoon  I finally got in some good playing time with my new Gypsy!!  And as you can tell, I went crazy making snowmen - 10 to be exact!. 

These cute snowmen are about 4 inches high.  The base is cut from white cardstock.  the scarves, mittens, hats, vests, and sweaters are all from the Lilly Anna paper collection.  I used copic markers for the faces and some of the buttons.  The edges are lightly distressed with Beaux Arts Blue Palette Ink.  And, last but not least, I also used the Stardust Glitter Pen on the noses and buttons.

Enjoy....

rita

Today's Abundance
-The lab tech who knows how to take blood without pain
-Panera's Hazelnut Coffee
-My new Gypsy
-Hot chocolate with whip cream - so nice on a chilly night
-The flock of geese landing on the pond


Monday, November 23, 2009

Inspirational Tile Magnets


Craft Fair season is coming to an end!  I have only one more show to go and it'll be a wrap for this year.  The past six weeks have been hectic but exhilarating!  I had two awesome shows, a few good ones, and one dud!  The two awesome shows made a huge dent in my inventory so I have been busily making more in between shows. 

One of my latest items for Craft Fairs are these 2"x2" Tile Magnets.  The inspiration for creating these came from two very good friends - Ellie Jacobson and Christine Pennington!! Both of them make and sell a variety of tile art work too!  So thank you for the nudge....

I call these my Inspirational Tile Magnets because I absolutely love these words!  They are great on the fridge to hold messages, to do lists, photos, groceries, errands, or whatever.  Use them at your office too!.  They have a very strong magnet on the back and stick extremely well.

These words are from the Flourish Trees of Hope stamp set!!

Thanks for stopping by....

rita




Today's Abundance
-Good friends
-My sister
-A quiet day (it's been a nice change of pace)
-Dreams of turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and cranberries
-The mailman - lots of goodies were dropped off today

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Blog Hop - Holiday Cards &Tags in 10 Minutes or Less


Stacy is hosting another one of her awesome Blog Hops for us!  Thanks Stacy!


The theme this time around is Holiday Cards and Tags in 10 minutes or less!  Per Stacy, the theme says it all!  The cards/tags must be assembled in 10 minutes or less, start to finish.

I love the tags that coordinate with our Soar With It Collections.  Approximately 30 tags are included with each collection.  For this blog, I used the Amelia Collection to make very simple gift tags.  I stamped Bourdeux Palette Ink using both Holly Jolly Stamp Set and the Vintage Santa Stamp Set on the tags. 


After adding a bit of cording I now have a uniuqe set of gift tags all set for the Christmas gifts!!

And have some fun blog hopping for other Holiday Cards and Tags that are made in 10 Minutes of Less!
Don't forget to check out these other amazing creations...
Thanks for stopping by....

rita

Today"s Abundance
-The nice November weather - it makes up for the wet, cold October
-Craft Fair Season
-Wild turkeys walking along the freeway
-Coupons
-Mini Oreos dipped in melted Chocolate Mint Wafers  - yummy

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Gratitude Blog Candy Winner!

Earlier this month I posted some Blog Candy.  And today is the day that the winner is announced!

Thank you to everyone who took the time to post a comment about Gratitude!  As I read through all of the comments, the Gratitude Quote that touched me the most was this one:

At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person.  Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.      Albert Schweitzer


I appreciate those who have touched my life in many ways - some in very big ways and some in passing.  Indeed, I have been inspired by so many over the years! 

And who submitted this quote?  Well, 2 people actually included it in their comments:  Happygifting and Patti J.  I will be sending both of you Gratitude Blog Candy!

Thanks for stopping by....

rita

Today's Abundance
-Quality Time in my sewing room
-The fall colors - yes, there are a few brilliant leaves this year
-A 25 hour day (any way we could get an extra hour more than once a year?)
-Lavendar Sachets (I'm making some. They smell oh so good! Watch for a post soon)
-Brownies!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Fall Harvest


Welcome to a Fall Blog Hop!  A number of Angel Company demonstrators have collaborated to bring you many delightful cards for your viewing pleasure!

This card uses the Fall Harvest set!  The greeting is from Booko Blessings! The paper and cardstock is from our Penelope Collection.  And, I used our new copics (Set A) to color the image.  How do you like the polka dot dress that I gave the little girl?  I'm having lots of fun learning how to use the Copics!

Here are the other participants in the blog hop!  Enjoy! 

Be sure to check out my Blog Candy too!!

Thanks for stopping by...

Today's Abundance
-Flocks of birds migrating south
-A good nights sleep
-A flower bed ready for new tulip and iris bulbs
-Pumpkins and corn stalks
-Sunshine!!



Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Perky Penguins


Wow!! Three posts in one day - that's a record for me!!   My first set of Copics arrived today and, of course, I just had to break them out and play a bit.

I made a set of notecards with the Perky Penguins stamp set.  The coloring is my first attempt at using the Copics.  And the trim on the hat sparkles after using the Stardust Glitter Pen!

I absolutely love these things called Copics!  They are so easy to work with and the results were fantastic.  Now I have to rearrange the budget to get some more sets!


Thanks for stopping by....

rita

Today's Abundance
-Mr. Brown, a.k.a. UPS - he brought me my copics
-Copics
-The Angel Company, for many reasons, but today it is for offering the Copic Promotion
-My sister
-A day with minimal interruptions

Joy for Juilette



The Vintage Plum Embossing Powder goes so well with our Juliette Paper and Juliette Cardstock Collections! 

This card is super easy to make.  Start with cardstock and add a layer of coordinating designer paper.  Emboss the Ornamental Joy stamp with the Plum Embossing Powder and add a couple more layers.  Add the flower, brad, and scrappers floss and you are done!

The ladies in this Christmas Workshop were thrilled with this card!

Thanks for stopping by...

rita



Today's Abundance
-The sun is peeking out - hopefully it will stay!
-Cranberry Butter
-Chicken Wild Rice Soup - so glad it makes a ton, love the leftovers
-Fabric - gotta go play with the bargains I found yesterday
-Today - isn't everyday an abundance!

Blog Candy!


I've been busy, busy, busy!!  In early October I was at a quilt retreat for 5 days.  It was "perfect" weather for sewing as it rained just about the entire time we were there!.  One day it was raining sideways - the wind was that strong!

Then I have also been prepping for Craft Sales.  My first two are done - one a great success and the other so, so! Now I have another half dozen or so to do for the remainder of the year!  It certainly is Craft Sale and Craft Boutique Season!

Well, onto the Blog Candy!  As we head towards Thanksgiving I find it is always a season to be extra grateful and extra thankful for what we have.  So, for this giveaway, simply add a quote and the author about gratitude, abundance, blessings, and thankfulness as your comment!!  I will pick my favorite and that will be the winner.

The blog candy includes:
  -Lap of Luxury Designer Paper Pack from The Angel Company - 8x8
  -2 Rolls of Double Stick Tape from the 3M company
  -2 bags of brads
  -Purple Scrappers Floss - my favorite embellishment
  -3 Stamps from The Angel Company - a birthday set, a New Years set, and a Frog Set

Please post by October 30 and I will announce the winner November 1!

Thanks   rita

Today's Abundance
-Dedicated time to quilt at the quilt retreat
-The frosted green leaves in the morning after the early snowfall
-Crisp, cool mornings - I love fall (well, if you can call snow in mid-October fall!)
-The mist over the city lake while the ducks slowly swam around
-The promise of 60 degree weather this weekend - hope the weatherman is right