Friday, August 12, 2011

"FREESTYLE FRIDAYS" & BLOG CANDY!!!!!

Freestyle Fridays (which started out as Feminine Fridays) is ONE YEAR OLD!!!  It's so hard to believe that it's already been a year!  To celebrate, Julie and I are offering blog candy.  My  "Ice Cream Parlor Birthday Blog Candy" (pictured to the right) is as follows:

~ 36 double-sided 6x6 sheets of "Ice Cream Parlor" designer paper
~ "Ice Cream Parlor" Quick Accents adhesive die-cut embellishments
~ Melon Mambo Polka Dot ribbon
~ Crushed Curry Polka Dot ribbon
~ Ice Cream Parlor grosgrain ribbon
~ So Saffron Polytwill ribbon
~ Ice Cream Parlor floral buttons

IMPORTANT:  If you would like to be entered in the drawing to win the blog candy, just leave a comment (include your email address) on this blog post if you are in the U.S. and on Julie's blog if you are in Canada.  We'll use random.org to select our winners and will announce the name of the winners with next Friday's Freestyle Fridays post. 

Earlier this week, I needed to make a masculine card and had NO ideas.  Sticking in my keyboard was a scrap of paper that read, "Lucky Limeade, Basic Gray, Basic Black, and Whisper White".  It was the color combo challenge which Julie set forth for me with her Freestyle Fridays post last week.  That little scrappy note seemed like a great starting point for my card, and I think it actually turned out pretty good.  And now for the details . . . the Basic Black layer was embossed with Stampin' Up!'s new "Stripes" embossing folder, and I used the Square Lattice embossing folder on the Basic Gray satin ribbon.  I don't remember embossing ribbon before, but I liked the look!  Julie asked if I starched the ribbon, but I didn't do anything other than place it in the embossing folder.  I wonder now if I could get different looks by misting the ribbon with water, spraying it with starch, etc.  The satin ribbon is just so gorgeous and easy to work with!  The stamp sets used for my card are "The Open Sea" and "Teeny Tiny Wishes".  Assorted nautical images were stamped on the Basic Gray and Lucky Limeade layers, as well as the focal point (ship) which is stamped onto vellum card stock.  The strip of designer paper is from the "Pocketful of Posies" collection.  My only regret with this card is that I didn't notice that my strip of designer paper happens to have the very corner with "Stampin' Up!" printed on it.  Ack!!!  I am usually mindful to make sure that is cut off or hidden behind a layer but, now that I know that it's there, I see it clearly.  It's no big deal--it's just something that I normally try to catch.  ;-)  Have a wonderful weekend!  If you visit me again on Monday, I'll have a "snappy Monday" project to share!

31 comments:

Diane said...

I LOVE the embossed ribbon! Can!t wait to try it in the morning. I also love your blog and look forward to each new post in my Reader. Congrats on the anniversary. Blessings, Diane dbstader@gmail.com

Anita said...

Stunning card! I hadn't thought of embossing ribbon. anitamocha at charter dot net

Kitty A. said...

Unique and beautiful card. Love your creativity with embossing the satin ribbon! Thanks for the inspiration. Kitty kitmarie09 at hotmail dot com

thestampinglady said...

For having no idea--that card is just awesome. Love all the elements. Thanks for the chance to win some goodies. Have a great weekend!
thestampinglady at gmail dot com

DianeL said...

I love your card and appreciate the candy opportunity. TFS
Dianel
loyaz1@wbhsi.net

Ariel said...

Regina, I love this card! I love the stamp set and the color combo--so unexpected, but it works so well. You always post beautiful projects, and I love visiting your blog ( I look each time you post to NCDemos!)
This card is going into my CASE file so I can make one just like it!
~Ariel

Kimberly S. said...

I love your card!! Embossing the ribbon?! I NEVER would have though you could do that!! Thanks for going "outside the box"!!
Kimberly S.
sudsangel@comcast.net

Anonymous said...

The card is beautiful! You did a fantastic job.

Jennifer said...

Regina, this is stunning! Where is my satin ribbon? I want to emboss it now! Thanks for sharing your very masculine card!

Nana Jo said...

Great masculine card and love that embossing.
mmlmn at polarcomm dot com

Anonymous said...

First time here, what a great card, I'll be back for sure. Thanks for the chance to win the stamps. jtonseth@centurytel.net

Sandi said...

I have been a fan of yours Regina every since I signed up for LNS -- you always do awesome creations/designs. This card is no exception. I was just telling my sister this morning on the phone about putting the ribbon through the Big Shot with an embossing folder. I told her to use hair spray, but am positive it would work with the spray starch also. I think they both just give the ribbon texture a little more stiffness to hold the embossed texture. Thank you for the generous offer of blog candy -- now get that "generator" to pick my number.
Sandi
gdailey@concentric.net
http://anotherchancetostamp.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

Hi9 Regina, This is a great card. I love the colors & I even have this stamp set. Bye the way I cannot believe it has been a year for you & Julie. All I can say is what is the next year of desining from you both going to bring. Can't wait keep up the good work

Betty

Momma Chilson said...

Wonderful card! I have this set because hubby thought I should buy it. For me it has been one of the hardest to use! Love the color combo! I think it gives it the punch it needs! Thanks for the chance to win! (I found your blog last week!)

cjchilson@sbcglobal.net

A Touch of SOL said...

FA-BU...Very innovative...never crossed my mind to emboss ribbon...Congrats on your 1 year anniversary and MANY MORE! Thank you for the chance to win som YUMMY CANDY!
Marisol Gutierrez
atouchof_sol at yahoo dot com

Donna said...

Great card! And congrats to you and Julie on a year of inspiration. I'd love to win the blog candy. You cna never have enough paper. Hehe! Have a wonderful weekend!
drinckel at yahoo dot com

Lynn's Place said...

What a fabulous card....always looking for masculine ideas and this says it all tfs...
stampinlynnb@yahoo.ca

Vickie Kertz said...

Lovely card. That was not an easy color combo and you did great.

momkertz at live dot com

Anonymous said...

Congrats on your anniversary!!! Your card is fantastic,love the colors and really like the idea with the ribbon being embossed will have to remember that!RosieG
gramig05@pennswoods.com

Anonymous said...

I am sometimes at a loss for new idea, so I enjoy getting a different idea, and that inspires me to be more creative. Arlene
arlene@gotrain.org

Jacqueline Frisbie said...

I just joined your site and am looking forward to freestyle card examples. I love the one on display now. Hope to receive many new ideas on card making from everyone. Thank you.

frisbiecorner@sbcglobal.net
Michigan

Anonymous said...

Great blog and card. Thanks for posting. Patty Downes - ilovestampin@sbcglobal.net

Angel Bobbie said...

Love the card. Any man getting it would be pleased

Diane L said...

Congratulations on your anniversary and love your creations. Thank you for all that you share.
DianeL
loyaz1@wbhsi.net

Patrice H said...

CONGRATULATIONS!! You both do such great work and thanks for a chance at some Blog Candy
trygod20@verizon.net

Jacoline Fitzgerald said...

Hi Regina! I always look forward to Fridays when you take up the challenge and create such lovely cards. This one is especially lovely and I really think the embossed ribbon is a fabulous idea. I must say that in the past year I have become so inspired by both you and Julie.... keep up the great work.

Jacoline Fitzgerald
jacolinefitzgerald@hotmail.com

ERM said...

Congrats on your first anniversary.
I love the idea of your card and the green makes it pop. I am going to try the ribbon embossing. I have never tried it....thanks so much!
erm@scrappingusa dot com

Coach Carolyn said...

Beautiful card! Isn't it amazing where inspiration comes from? So glad you followed the call! Blessings, Carolyn scrappinluna@gmaildotcom

Kim said...

Wow I didn't know you could emboss ribbon...I literally ran and tried it. Thanks will use this technique again. Kim
sportsalibi@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Beautiful card - and can't wait to get home to try the ribbons in my craft space. Thanks, Lisajake128@hotmail.com

Four11Lady said...

Your card is simply elegant! Congrats on your anniversary and thanks for the chance to win!
Four11Lady@aol.com