Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Pink Paislee Spotlight

Hi! Today is another Product Spotlight at 2RedBananas. The spotlight is on Pink Paislee, specifically the Fascinating Collection. Each of the dt member's were given paper and chipboard from the Fascinating collection along with some black grosgrain ribbon and created projects with them.

Here are mine:
Stamps: More Quotes - 2RedBananas
Ink: Versafine Onyx black
Paper: Pink Paislee Fascinating collection
Other: Fascinating Chipboard, Nesties, dew drops - soil, black grosgrain ribbon

Stamps: Quotes - 2RedBananas
Ink: Staz-on black
Paper: Pink Paislee Fascinating collection
Other: Fascinating Chipboard, Nesties Labels three, black grosgrain ribbon

Be sure to hop over to the 2RedBananas blog to see the other projects and you can go to the blogs of the other dt member's from there too!

Our quote for the day: "Happiness is the experience of living every minute with LOVE, GRACE & GRATITUDE."

Have a fabulous day!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

An Inspiration Challenge on Banana Split Sunday

Good Morning!

It's time for another round of the Banana Split Sunday challenge. :) This week we have an inspiration challenge. My son took this picture while he was in Paris. I LOVE it! I think there are so many things to draw inspiration from here.

So, this is what I created based on the picture. I used scraps of the MME Bella Bella papers that I still had on my desk. I love these papers and once again, they are double sided, which makes me so happy :)
Other: May Arts ribbon, Dew Drops - Winter Retreat, machine stitching

Be sure to check out the 2RedBananas Blog to see the other projects made for this challenge and to play along!

Our quote for the day: "Don't look to become a person of success, look instead to
become a person of value." - Albert Einstein

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a fabulous day!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Bella Bella from MME

Good Morning -

Today is another Product Spotlight on the 2RedBananas blog. Today we used papers from the Bella Bella collection of MME, along with some YUMMY satin ribbon, a ribbon slide and my favorites....dew drops :)

This is the card I came up with using these products. The Bella Bella line is so beautiful and lends itself to elegant yet still fun projects. I love the colors and the fact that the papers are double sided :) I also used a stamp from the Quotes set. I find myself reaching for these quite often.

Stamps: Quotes - 2RedBananas

Our quote for the day: "Ride on! Rough-shod if need be, smooth-shod if that will do, but ride on! Ride over all obstacles, and win the race!" - Charles Dickens

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great day!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Banana Split Sunday - A Sketch Challenge

Good Morning!

It's time for another challenge at 2RedBananas. This week's challenge is a sketch challenge. It seems like this is a favorite for many. It definitely gives you a starting point for your card. For me, it also helps me decide what stamps to use, because of the size and shapes of the elements.

We have a new grandson that is due in January along with twin great nieces also due in January and a great nephew who was born just last week!! It's been a very blessed time for babies in our family!! So, I chose to make a baby card (actually I've made a few of them lately :)

Stamps: Precious Bundles - 2RedBananas
Ink: Versafine Onxy Black, Chalk Ink - Creamy Brown
Imaginisce - Baby Powder Collection
Pink Velvet ribbon - May Arts, Dew Drops - Island Blossom, Shimmerz - Candlelight, Nesties, Copics, white Inkssentials pen

Be sure to check out the design team's creations!


Our quote for the day: "Bricks and Mortar make a HOUSE, but the laughter of children makes a HOME." - Irish Proverb

Have a fabulous day and thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Imaginisce/Fantasy Fiber Challenge

Good Morning!

It's a fun day today. 2RedBananas has posed a product challenge to the design team. We were each given a 'card kit' containing the same products and today we are revealing what we made with them. It was really fun and cool to see how everyone used the products.

Here is what I made. The kit contained papers from Imaginisce - A Shore Thing Collection. We also had Fantasy Fiber - mine was cotton white, and we had yellow and blue sheer twinkle ribbon.

I really enjoy playing with the Fantasy Fiber. On this card I used it for the penguin girl's grass skirt. I ironed just the 'waistband' so I would have something to adhere to the image, but then I left the bottom part unironed so it's loose and flowy :) I paper pieced their swimsuits with the same papers from Imaginisce, since the papers are double sided, it's kind of like getting 6 designs, you know how I love that!!

Other supplies:
Imaginisce stamps, Hawaiian Chicken stamp set, very small prima flower, gem, white inkssentials pen.

With this card, I focused mainly on the papers. The papers have some glitter on them, so they make a great focus. I ironed the Fantasy Fiber and punched a small flower to use on the turned up corner. I put a button in the center of that one.
Other supplies used: Wrapped in His Love stamp set

Be sure to hop over to the 2RedBananas blog to see more of the projects made by the design team.

Our quote for the day: "The only thing that stands between a man and what he wants from life is often merely the will to try it and the faith to believe that it is possible." - Richard M. DeVos

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great day!

Monday, August 10, 2009

My Love of Flowers

Hi! I was looking at my last post, a card with a focal flower, and the one I'm posting today, with a focal flower, and the one I made today, with a focal flower. I guess you can say I love flowers. I have fresh flowers on my kitchen table as often as possible. I grow flowers just so I can cut them an put them in a vase inside. And I love to garden. Well, flowers just make the world more beautiful :)

I made this card for the SCS challenge yesterday. They feature a particular stamper and then you use their card for inspiration, or CASE it. This flower is made with a dahlia fold and the instructions are here. I used Fancy Pants dp and cardstock. I spritzed the focal panel with Gold Glimmer Mist. My square scalloped nesties weren't big enough for this so I used the Beads Quickutz 12" die and made my own scalloped square.

I love this dahlia fold and can see myself using it more in the future.

Our quote for the day: "Most people search high and wide for the keys to success. If they only knew, the key to their dreams lies within. " — George Washington Carver

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great evening!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Banana Split Sunday - Cardstock Only

Hi! It's Banana Split Sunday again! :)

This week's challenge is called "Cardstock Only" and is to use only cardstock and one other embellishment. I seem to have an addiction to patterned paper, so when I was thinking about what to use on this card, I kept picking up patterned paper!!

But in the end, this is what I came up with and I have to say, it was pretty fun to make!


Paper: Cardstock
Other: Dahlia Nestabilities (on sale now), Dew Drops - soil, EKSuccess border punch, Cuttlebug embossing folder

We would love for you to play along too! Just hop on over to the 2RedBananas blog. You will be able to see more samples from the dt and link your creation to the post.

Our quote for the day: "I can't believe that God put us on this earth to be ordinary." - Lou Holtz

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great day!!!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

An Anniversary card

Good Morning!

Another Splitcoast challenge card for today. This was a color challenge and I don't think I would have reached for these colors, but I sure do like them together. Very soft and kind of vintagy. The colors are SU Close to Cocoa, Certainly Celery and Blush Blossom (but the only real SU color I used was Close to Cocoa, the others are just a close match to Certainly Celery and Blush Blossom.

I've been beading a bit too and these little charms are from my fascination with making jewelry. Yep, I'm a Jack of all Crafts and a Master of None :) The dp is from MME, the stamps are from VerveVisual and the other stuff is from my stash.

Our quote for the day: "Opportunities are like sunrises - if you wait too long, you miss them. " - William Arthur Ward

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great day!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Back to School Backpacks


I'm so excited about these little backpacks. The technique challenge on SCS today is to make one of these backpack boxes. You make them using 2 pieces of 8 1/2 X 11 cardstock or in my case I used one piece of 12X12 double sided dp or 2 pieces of single sided 12X12 dp.

I made them for our young grandsons and I'm going to put McDonalds gift cards and crayons or something else little inside them for Back to School :) They are a little over 4 1/2" tall and about 3 1/2" wide. They were easy to make too

Here is a link to the instructions - Backpack Box

I also showed my daughter and she thinks they're really cute too. We might make some for her friends' birthdays. She almost always gives gift cards and jewelry or lip gloss stuff so these would be perfect and so cute!

Okay, I'm going back to working on projects now, I just had to share these when I finished.

Remember the sale on the 2RedBananas site started today :)

Our quote for the day: "Your past is not your potential. In any hour you can choose to liberate the future. " - Marilyn Ferguson

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great day!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Banana Split Sunday - "And I Quote"

Good Morning! It's been a while since I posted. We went to Montana for Ben to look at the University of Montana as a possibility for college. It's a long way from where we live but they have a great Wildlife Biology program, which is what he wants to study. We also went to Glacier National Park while we were out there. We had a wonderful time!!

Now we're back and it's funny, nothing else stops when it's time to go on vacation. Everything else just goes along normally like we were still home ;) So now I get to play catch up. That's okay, some of it is fun stuff, like this!

The 2RedBananas Challenge for this week is "And I Quote". I LOVE quotes!!! I have for a really long time and I'm passing that love on to my daughter too, she has quotes on her walls and mirrors :) This week's challenge is to make a project with a quote as your focus.

Mine uses the "More Quotes" set that was released in July. I just re-read the 6th Harry Potter book and now I'm finally reading the 7th so it was fun for me to use this quote. Also, you can see this part if you look hard and know that it's there, but IRL it's obvious. I used Candlelight Shimmerz around the edge of the dahlia nestie so it really shimmers :)

Stamps: More Quotes
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Burnt Sienna chalk ink
Paper: October Afternoon - Daydream collection - Poppy Garden, smooth cardstock
Other: May Arts mesh ribbon, Dahlia Nestabilities, Dew Drops - Winter Retreat, Candlelight Shimmerz, pop dots, photo corner punch, distress tool

Be sure to check out the blogs of the other dt members:


Tomorrow starts the beginning of a sale on the 2RedBananas site. Clearing out some older things to make room for some newer ones :) Be sure to check the site tomorrow for sale prices on Shimmerz, Blingz, Spellbinders dies, and even some stamps!

Our quote for the day: "Sometimes in our attempt to give children what we did not have, we forget to give our children what we did have. " - Connie Podesta

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a GREAT day!