Really Reasonable Ribbon/The Rubber Cafe Blog Hop!

Apr 13, 2012

Today is the day for the Really Reasonable Ribbon and The Rubber Cafe Blog Hop!

If you just happened to stop by my blog today and would like to start from the beginning, click on The Rubber cafe link HERE to start from the beginning. If you've come from Corri's blog then you are in the right spot!

For my project, I worked up a mini-album using some gorgeous ribbons and trims from Really Reasonable Ribbon and some of my favorite stamps from The Rubber Cafe. You know Mother's Day is just around the corner and this album would be a great gift idea!

I LOVE this birdcage and as soon as I received it, I knew I wanted to use it for this hop. There's plenty of room for embellishments, photos, and journaling. That's perfect when playing with ribbon and stamps! Here's how I made the album.

I first painted it with Eco Green Crafts White paint. . .

  and then glittered the inside front cover with You're So Fine Glitter, Princess Pink

 and the outside in YSF Glitter, Diamond Clear Cool Highlight.

Next I used one of my favorite tools, the Stick Em Up Tool, to place the Jellie Dots, Cotton Candy along the top bar of the cage.

Isn't that gorgeous against the glitter??!

I then went to work with those GORGEOUS ribbons! Look at how beautiful they are. I used the Light Blue Seam Binding to make a satin ribbon flower. These flowers are really quick and easy when using homemade glue dots from the Scrap Happy Glue.

Next I tied a bow with the White Seam Binding and started to work on my love tag.

Since I couldn't find exactly what I had in mind in my stash, I decided to just make my own tag. Did you know that you can stamp with Scrap Happy Glue?  Well you can and I LOVE that!

I stamped the Love sentiment from the Fabulous Phrases set using the glue and then burnished the Princess Pink You're So Fine Glitter with my finger. Then I topped it off with a little bit of Diamond Glaze and voila. . . a homemade tag that's perfect for your project!

I also added some beautiful Amelia White Crochet Lace to the bottom of the birdcage along with some Cream Seam Binding.

Next I started working on the inside pages of my album. Here I used the Cream Seam Binding again but I knotted it every few inches to give it some interest. I really like the look of the ribbon this way.

I also used my Spellbinder Grand Calibur and the Labels Four Small 2 Die to create a tag for a photo or memorabilia.

I created another photo mat by using that same die and our Background Basic 2 stamp. That stamp is perfect for creating journal lines but it's also great for customizing your own background paper too. Then I just pleated and glued some more of the Cream Seam Binding.

I used this same technique for the paper on this mini-pocket. On my cardstock I stamped Tim Holtz Distress Ink Aged Paper with the 18th Century Proclamation stamp to get just the right look I was going for. I trimmed it with a fussy cut doily and added Jellie Dots Pearls as an accent.

Speaking of pockets . . I also created several pockets using the ribbon. Here are just a few of them:

See how easy it is to create a mock pocket?  The tag I stamped with the Roaring 20's Placard stamp. I'll be adding more photos and accessories as I complete my album.

You could tuck many tags under the White Satin Ribbon here!

Sometimes when working on a larger project, you might find yourself in a pinch and run out of the perfect paper for your theme. Well don't worry. Use your stamps and embossing powders to customize your paper.

Since I have birds and butterflies in this album, I used the beautiful butterfly from the Butterfly Set to create the embossed image.

Next I needed to make another flower so I chose to use some more of the Amelia White Crochet Lace.

The center is simply a smaller tighter version in Cream Seam Binding. I think they are really cute together. If you haven't seen how to make these flowers with the Scrap Happy Glue, you should watch Melissa's video. Lots of tips and tricks there. It's a must see.

I'll leave you with a few more pictures of the last few pages. 

On the back cover I used Diamond Glaze to give her wings some added dimension.

and on the front I made a charm out of a Tim Holtz finding and a glass bead I had in my stash.

I do hope you've enjoyed my project and I hope it gets you motivated to create that special gift for someone on Mother's Day! 

Supplies Used:

Cardstock: Prima Fairy Belle collection
Stamps: The Rubber Cafe Background Basic 2, 18th Century Proclamation, Roaring 20's Placard, Vintage Treasures, Steampunk Charity Wings, Butterfly Set, Fabulous Phrases
Ink: Tim Holtz Old Paper, Spun Sugar, Eco Green Crafts White paint.
Glue: The Rubber Cafe Scrap Happy Glue
Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon Cream Seam Binding, Light Blue Seam Binding, White Seam Binding, Amelia White Crochet Lace, White Satin Ribbon
Accessories: The Rubber Cafe You're So Fine Glitter, Princess Pink, YSF Glitter, Diamond Clear Cool Highlight,  Stick Em Up Tool, Jellie Dots, Cotton Candy, Jellie Dots, Crystal ClearJellie Dots Pearl, Tim Holtz charm, beads from stash
Dies: Spellbinders Grand Calibur,  Labels Four Small 2, Labels One


Yes I am giving away a little prize worth $15 in scrapping supplies! I am putting together a little kit of some of my favorite papers and goodies to one lucky winner. Just be sure to leave a comment on all the blogs in this hop and become a follower to be eligible! I will pick a winner via and announce it in one week. GOOD LUCK!!

You're next stop on the blog hop is


Have fun!

~ Michele

About Me:

Apr 7, 2012

Welcome to Creative Mayhem!

This is my little corner of the web where I post everything creative that runs through my life. Here you'll find it all . . . from craft projects . . . to web design . . from recipes . . . to sewing . . . from sneak peaks of products . . to product reviews . . from videos . . . to client ads . . . you'll see it all.

I hope you'll find my work and play interesting and that in some small way I can inspire you to create something each day. It's good for the soul and your family to let your imagination run where it will take you.

As for me, I'm a wife and mom living in central Ohio with my wonderful family. My two children are 18 years apart (to the day) and they are so special to me. My son lives in Orlando, Florida and is a K-9 Deputy Sheriff. I'm so proud of him!  My daughter is in grade school and she is growing like a weed. She's crafty too so we have a great time making art together. Love that!

When I'm not enjoying family time, I'm hard at work running Lunara Solutions, LLC . . . a marketing, web development, and social media consulting company. We are currently in expansion mode to include trade show events, merchandising, UPC code initiation, advertising, distributor relations, and general marketing consulting as well as video editing and QR code generation!

I'm so excited to be able to extend our expertise offering. Stay tuned for more details as we are currently creating a brand new web site!

Through my business I get to work with amazing companies. One of my very special clients is a great rubber stamp company called The Rubber Cafe. I'm currently working as their Interactive Designer and Marketing/Social Media Director. Melissa and Reggie are two of the best people to work along side. Their dedication to detail and their customers is outstanding! If you haven't heard about this company, go visit them online and on Facebook!!

I'm also very honored to be designing for The Rubber Cafe on occasion as well. I'm sooooo thankful because their products are amazing! Their stamps are deeply-etched red rubber and are made right here in the good old USA!  The Rubber Cafe also has a line of glitter, flock, puffie paint, and a tacky drying glue called Scrap Happy Sheer Glue that works so well when making all those hand-made flowers. Here are just a few of my projects as a TRC designer:

Stop by The Rubber Cafe Blog for more inspiring projects and ideas. Grab a cup of coffee though before you do because you'll be there a while! Don't forget to drop by their Facebook page too and tell them Michele sent you!

Another exciting aspect of my work has been creating and editing videos. Recently, I've had the pleasure of working alongside Elena Lai Etcheverry of Charity Wings. Her organization raises money for various events and causes. Her travels and interviews take her on a creative journey raising awareness in the crafting industry.

At the 2012 CHA Winter show in Anaheim, CA, Elena interviewed many high-profile manufacturers and it was our job to do the final editing and mixing of those interviews. You can see all the videos by clicking on the Charity Wings Youtube page.  I'll be updating the videos section of Creative Mayhem soon with a complete listing.

Not only did we edit the interviews but we also created the training video for the first ever FLASH MOD held at CHA!!

I can't tell you how much fun that project was!!! The girls were so cute doing their routines separately. Special thanks to the one and only Wendy Russell, TV Host and Stylist of She's Crafty for helping with the training!  There are some outtakes at the end of the video you don't want to miss!

So that's a little bit about me. I hope you enjoy the site and I hope you are inspired by my creations and my creative works!

Remodeling In Progress. . . .

Apr 6, 2012

There's so much that's new and exciting in my life right now that I wanted to revamp the blog to better handle it! Sooo, I'm currently redesigning the blog here at Creative Mayhem. Please pardon the dust as I continue to renovate for the next few days.

Lots of exciting new things happening in my life right now and I CAN'T WAIT TO SHARE!!! but alas I'll have to wait just a little bit longer. :) 

I'm truly blessed to be able to work and play in an industry that I love so much. I've been fortunate enough to surround myself with good, honest, hard-working people who have led me to where I am today. To you I say thank you!

Here's to the next chapter in my creative journey.

Stay tuned!!!!

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