Tuesday, July 31, 2012

All About the Ribbon

Welcome! Focus on the Ribbon is our new challenge at Top Tip Tuesday and Samantha is our hostess this fortnight. She has a special tutorial for you by Ribbon Carousel and if you haven't seen it yet be sure to drop by the blog and check it out, it's wonderful. My tip for this challenge is-make your own ruffled ribbon using a needle, thread and a running stitch. It's simple to do and allows you to turn any ribbon into a ruffled one. It's sew easy!

Teri, of Delicious Doodles, provided our team with digital images to work with and I chose this beautiful mermaid  and she's Swimming with Dolphins. A friend of mine has a dream to swim with dolphins someday and I made this card to remind her to just go for it. I colored my image with Prismacolor pencils and used a Finesse blender pen on my mermaid's hair & body. A trio of rhinestones mimics the water bubbles while Tumbled Glass distress ink sets my image in an underwater scene. Our challenge has us focusing on the ribbon and my handmade ruffled ribbon adds some drama and a pop of color while the ric rac has a wavy motion to it. Many thanks to Teri for providing the design team with amazing images to work with! For more inspiration check out the beautiful cards my teamies created at Top Tip Tuesday using more of Teri's delightful images.

For sketch inspiration I played along with Jen's Deconstructed Sketch No. 62 which is guaranteed to get your mojo going.Here's another tip for newbies to stamping, I wanted to separate my sentiment and use the upper line on the front of my card and the lower line on the inside. To keep from getting ink on the line I wasn't stamping I placed a piece of scotch tape to mask (cover) it. I inked my stamp, then carefully removed the tape and stamped my sentiment. I  got a clean image both times with this little trick. Hope this helps someone! Here's the second line on the inside of my card.

Focus on the Ribbon Challenge


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I do have a bit of sad news to share, three members of our design team are stepping down to pursue other interests. It's with sadness that we bid Janette, Tammy & Katrina farewell but we certainly hope they will stop by often and play along sometimes. Ladies, thank you for the inspiration you've provided and we wish you all the best! Now for a bit of good news, Lisa M. has become a new co-coordinator here at TTT to help Carol & Samantha keep things running smoothly behind the scenes. Yay! 

I'm entering my card in the Make It Monday #100 Challenge, One Stop Craft Challenge #93 Just Good Friends  {dolphins are a mermaid's BFF}, 52 Card Pickup-Week 30, Papertake Weekly Challenge-Make Your Own {made my own ruffled ribbon}, ABC Challenge-T for two {2 ribbons}, Paper Pretties Challenge #50-Seeing Double  {3 dp's}, Southern Girls Challenge #49-Angels & Fantasy, and DYSU Challenge #82-For a Friend. For the Paper Pretties challenge I used a green dp which I embossed with a Sizzix folder, the dark blue dp by Bo Bunny, and my card base is actually a dp by DCWV which you can see below. As for the Southern Girls Challenge my mermaid is my fantasy element and I made this card for a friend {DYSU} as I stated earlier. 

Thanks for stopping by and sharing part of your day with me. Have a wonderful week wherever you are!

Digital stamp image: Swimming with Dolphins (Delicious Doodles), sentiment-Pure Innocence Naptime (MFT), handmade by yours truly (studio G)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Bahama Blue & Bamboo Leaves, Tumbled Glass & Peeled Paint Distress Inks (T!m Holtz/Ranger)
Paper: Block Party dp (Bo Bunny), green-textured (PS), card base dp-The Old World Stack (DCWV), Choice Snow White (TE), aqua cs (Bazzill Basics Paper)
Accessories: Spellbinders Labels Fifteen; Prismacolor colored pencils; Finesse blending pen; orange ribbon& wavy scissors (Hobby Lobby); green ric rac (PS); Divine Swirl & Rays-Texture Fades embossing folders (Sizzix); island lagoon & aqua rhinestones (Kaisercraft); lime gems (studio G); Scallop 3 Dot border punch (MS); bubble stickers (Frances Meyer)


Rene said...

What a lovely card...I love the air bubbles on the inside! Thank you so much for joining us at Make it Monday this week! Don't forget to leave a comment for another entry and mention you saw them on MIM for a chance at our second prize! Good luck!
Rene :D

Tracy said...

I'm about to play a bit with my pencils too. I don't understand them as well as I do my Copics (and that's not saying much LOL), but I enjoy using them from time to time. I like the shading you did on her tail and the orange really pops. Have a fabulous week! Hugs!

Lisa M said...

I used to think that when someone said, "Swimming with the fishes" sounded like a beautiful thing, but then I learned the real meaning and thought, "oohhhh, no thanks!" SOOO, swimming with the dolphins is MUCH better!! :D L1, your card is sensational! You've added so much movement and gorgeous nautical life with the coloring. That tip with the tape...genius!! DUH! So simple and so smart. Thank you. :)
A truly beautiful card and I'm so happy you're on the team with us at TTT..you are an inspiration!

Jeanne J said...

I love your orange ruffled ribbon, perfect with your underwater scene! Reminds me of coral. You did a beautiful job coloring that sweet mermaid and her pet dolphin - what a dream!

~Tammy~ said...

Wow gorgeous hun! Love the ribbon treatment!

WencheP said...

Fabulous card. Thanks for joining us at Do You Stack Up.


Margaret said...

I love how you have picked the perfect papers and embellishments to go with the image. They all contribute to the ocean theme so well!
The ruffled ribbon ties in so well with the mermaid's wavy hair!
Now I'll have that song running through my head all evening... :)

Shannon White said...

What a Fun image Lisa! Love Pretty ruffled ribbon and the bubbles and Perfect sentiment too! Just a Beautiful card inside and out! 8-)


Mona L. Pendleton said...

Wonderful card Lisa! Great job coloring the Mermaid image!

Jennifer Shults said...

This is wonderful! I love that image! Thanks for using this week's sketch!

Pauline said...

So lovely Lisa, the image is coloured so beautifully, and I love your ruffled ribbon treatment.
Thanks for joining us at DYSU this week!

Anonymous said...

Fabulous card hunny so vibrant, hugs me xx

Elaine said...

Lisa how beautiful what a fabulous card well done Hugs Elaine

Julia said...

I saw your beautiful creation on Make It Monday and had to visit and take a closer look. Gorgeous! TFS! My entries are: #84, #129, #157, #158 and #277.
I would love to have you visit my blog!

Gloria Shirr (purpleglo) said...

Adorable card Lisa! I love the image and the colors you chose. Saw this on MIM. Check mine out at 190, 266 and 273. I am your newest follower. Have a fun weekend!! Hugs, Gloria

Visit my blog. I would love more followers.

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