Saturday, April 19, 2014

Watercolor Love & Kisses with Studio Calico ~ Giveaway Winner

I've got a ton to do today to get ready for company tomorrow, but I'm dropping in for just a bit to announce the winner of my Studio Calico giveaway!  It's lucky number...
The winner of the set of Studio Calico watercolors and a set of attacher dies is Pam who won with this comment...
Pam, please email me at ribbongirls at gmail dot com and I'll get your goodies to you right away!  To everyone who played along, thank you so much!  (I've got some more SC goodies to give away soon, so I hope you check back:)

Mahalo and aloha,

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Avery Elle: Weather It

Happy Thursday all!  Spring is here and everything is finally warming up here in northern Virginia:)  This one uses the new stamp set Weather It and the matching dies.  As soon as I saw the sentiment, I knew I would go gold (natch:). 

To make this shaker card, I first stamped the card base with the sun rays from Bright Days.  FYI, I use this 1/4" foam tape to make my shaker cards.  This tape is thin and you can cut slits about every 1/2" to make it easy to curve around circles.  It's a little pricey upfront, but the rolls last forever.  Plus, it makes shakers super easy!  Speaking of shakers, I filled it up with gold hexagon glitter, sequins, and stars:)  I finished it off with shiny gold clouds that I cut with the dies that are also in the Weather It die set.  I love the shape of these clouds!

Until next time!  Don't forget to stop by Heather's blog and check out her Avery Elle card too!  Have a wonderful rest of the week:)  

Mahalo and Aloha,

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Watercolor Love & Kisses with Studio Calico ~ Giveaway

Morning everyone!  Over at Studio Calico we are gearing up for next's month release, but I'm still having fun with all the goodies from last month:)   Last month, I was lucky enough to have my first designs come out in the Card Main kit and as a standalone stamp/die set, Buttercup!  For the card kit, I designed oversized sequin dies and that kit is still available!  My Buttercup set is out of stock at the moment, but I'm told that they have reordered a new batch.  

For my card today, I used the stamps from Buttercup with the new Triangle Background metal die.  This card is a combination of all the things I've been craving lately: watercolor, gold, and hand written sentiments!  I started by painting my card base with my new SC watercolors.  When working with watercolors, I strongly suggest using watercolor paper.  And don't worry if your paper gets warped.  Just "paint" the backside with water and put it under a heavy book or acrylic block:)

As you can see, I fussy cut the sentiment.  Definitely not a new technique, but I love how it looks!  To add a little shine, I die cut several metallic gold triangles and glued them into the die cut background here and there.  

Just for fun, I'm offering a giveaway today!!!!  I have a set of Studio Calico watercolors and a set of attacher dies that are totally sold out!  There are 3 ways you can enter the giveaway:
  • Leave a comment on this post
  • Be/become a follower of this blog (leave a separate comment to let me know you are a Feedly, Bloglovin, or Google follower)
  • Be/become a Twitter follower - jj_bolton (leave a separate comment if you become or are a follower)
I'll choose a winner on Friday night at midnight EST and announce on the blog on Saturday, April 19th.  


Thanks so much for stopping by!

Mahalo and aloha,

Monday, April 14, 2014

Spring is Sprung with Paper Smooches

Today I have a couple of Spring cards I made with my Paper Smooches goodies:)  Paper Smooches has just some of the cutest Spring animals that I couldn't resist doing up a couple of fresh cards!  My first card mixes a bunch of PS sets including Spring Fling stamps, Clouds dies, Eco Friendly stamps, and Frame 1 die.  

I cut the clouds so that they fit together kind of like a puzzle and then die cut them again with the frame die.  It's a fun way to get a different look with your dies:)  That little chick stamp is one of my all time favorite Paper Smooches stamps!  Seriously cute!  

My next card uses a "Springy" stamps from the Squeaky Clean set.  Um yeah, I used a dust bunny stamp to make a Spring card, heehee!  As you can see, I fussy cut a bunch of them and had them springing all over the countryside:)  I used one of the Border dies to cut the rolling hills and the sentiment is from Eco Friendly.

Here's a closeup on those happy little bunnies! 

Thanks so much for stopping in today!  I hope you have a wonderful week!  
Mahalo and Aloha,

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Avery Elle April/May Release Blog Hop

Hi guys!!!  Release day is finally here!  I'm so, so excited for the Avery Elle April/May Release Blog Hop!  The previews have been rolling out on Avery Elle blog all week and you may have seen some sneaks on my blog the other day;)   Well, they are available in the store right now!  For the hop, I'm featuring my new set Red & Goldie!  This set has lots of hand-drawn images with some fun script sentiments.  I have already spent way too much time with this set just stamping and coloring away:)  And I love that I have matching dies for this set.  Especially for a couple of the sentiments.  I really love the look of a fussy cut sentiment, but I hate that actual cutting, lol.  

For my card today, I stamped Little Red Riding Hood with her fox friend.  Yes, there's no true wolf in this set because really isn't a fox-dog-wolf cuter;)?   I used my Copics and did some paper piecing on her red hood.  So much fun!  Then I used the coordinating dies to cut both of them out.  The tree background is from the Let It Snow set and it just fits so well!

That's it for me today!  I have another design coming out today, a versatile die set called Custom Panels.  You'll see more of that soon:)  I hope that you go check out the new release and check out all the lovely project my teamies have in store for you today!  Here's the full list... 

Avery Elle / Jamie
Chunyuan Wu
Brenda Weaver
Caryn Davies
Heather Campbell
JJ Bolton (you are here)
Kasia Curry
Maska Vanacker

To celebrate our April/May Release Blog Hop, Avery Elle is giving away a $25 Gift Certificate to one random winner.  To enter to win just comment on this post.  There is no purchase necessary and you must be 18 years of age or older to enter.  This giveaway is void where prohibited.  You can also do options 2, 3, 4, 5 or all 6 of the following to increase your chances of winning. You have until midnight Sunday, April 13th to enter.  The winner will be announced on the Avery Elle Blog on Monday, April 14th .  All products are available for purchase in the Avery Elle store right now.
To enter to win you can do 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or all 6 of the following to increase your chances:
  1. Comment on any of the design team's posts and/or here on the Avery Elle Blog
  2. Follow us on Twitter and tweet the contest (we are @averyellestamps )
  3. Follow us on Facebook (we are ) and share us with your friends - make sure they tell us you sent them.
  4. Follow us on Pinterest
  5. Become a blog follower through email (comment on the Avery Elle blog if you already follow us)
  6. Join our Flickr group (comment on the Avery Elle blog if you already belong)
Mahalo and Aloha,

Avery Elle ~ Giveaway Winners!

Just stopping in real quick to announce the winners of my new Avery Elle sets giveaway!  

The winners are Sue D (commented on 4/8 @ 10:48 PM) and Sabrina (commented on 4/9 @5:54 PM)!  Please email me at ribbongirls at gmail dot com to make arrangements for getting your prizes!  Thanks so much for everyone who stopped in and joined the fun!  Your comments are *so very appreciated*!!!!

Remember that the new release is already live in the  store.  And check back later today when the entire DT gang will be hopping with the entire May/June release:)   
    Mahalo and Aloha,

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

    Avery Elle: Red & Goldie and Custom Panels Sneak Peeks ~ Giveaway

    I'm so excited to be posting first looks at my new sets coming out this Thursday, April 10th in the Avery Elle store!  The first set I want to share is the new Red & Goldie stamp set and coordinating dies:)  These sets just make me smile!  Now, this is unlike any I've ever designed before.  The theme was inspired by my nieces (age 2 and 5) who love all things fairy tale (naturally).  This set features Red Riding Hood, Goldilocks, and a couple of friends;)  These designs started off as a few hand drawn figures.  With the help of my son, Brady, who has been doing pen and ink drawings and converting them to digital since he was little, it evolved into this...

    Here's a couple of cards I made with these new stamps and dies...

    That Goldilocks stamp just makes me smile!  I colored her and her little bear buddy with Copics (even added some freckles with a black pen).  I die cut the sentiment and put a bit of gold thread behind it (that's something I learned from my pal, Wida at Beachorado).  BTW, the floral paper is something from Dear Lizzy that I've been hoarding forever.  

    Here's another simple card using the Red Riding Hood stamp with an old Avery Elle set, Winter Wreath.  I really like the look of sentiments cut out, so the coordinating dies includes a die for the "Hello" and "Happy Birthday" sentiments.  You can see how I've used it here...

    I colored Red with Copics (so much fun!) and I even gave her hood some cute little polka dots with a white pen.  I love these open images!  They are so much fun to color and paper piece!  

    Now my next set is a standalone die set called Custom Panels!  This one should be no surprise to anyone:)  The idea behind this set came about 4 months ago when I tried to find a die that would cut a rectangle to fit an A2 card front (basically a 5-1/2" X 4-1/4" rectangle).  I frequently cut panels this size to make reverse die cut cards, shaker cards, and raised panel cards.  I was very surprised to find out that it didn't exist!  So here we are:)  Of course, to go with the panel die, I've added edger dies and other little elements to truly customize your panels:)  

    Here's a card I made using this new die set. There are actually 2 panels in this card, one with the sentiment and the other is the vellum layer. I used the arc/rounded die to create a round edge to the the honeycomb vellum layer. The card stock panel has the sentiment but it also hides where I attached the vellum panel. I really enjoy using these types of dies that allow you to do multiple techniques. They may not be the center of the design, but they really add to the overall effect.

    Here's a little closer view of the vellum panel...

    Check out this video to learn more about this set...

    Thanks for checking out my peeks of these new sets!  For fun, I'm giving away a set of the Red & Goldie (stamps and dies) and a set of the Custom Panels to 2 separate winners!  A comment on this post gets you one chance to win and becoming a follower of the blog gets you 2 additional chances!  I'll pick a winner Wednesday night (April 9th)  at midnight and announce the winner first thing Thursday morning (April 10th, try to get it posted before everything goes live on the site).  


    The new release will be available on Thursday, April 10th in the store.  Be sure to come back on Thursday to hop with the entire DT gang featuring the entire May/June release:)   There are lots more goodies to come!  
      Mahalo and Aloha,