Monday, March 12, 2012

If you are a technique person like I am, and love to try new things, you will definitely want to check out a new book by Vicki Boutin called Creative Foundations. There are 40 step-by-step demonstrations for easy, fun, messy, funky, innovative and customizable techniques. I was honored when Vicki asked me to participate in her book!

When you flip through the pages, you'll be amazed at Vicki's work. And truly, I'm not just saying that. Her layouts in the book are simply stunning. I talked to Vicki on the phone the other day, and she said the book was a blast to do because she is very much a technique girl, something I didn't realize about her! :)

Today a few of the gals who had work in the book are doing a blog hop to show you a few of the fun techniques! I decided to make a new card with 2 of the techniques that I was NOT assigned to in the book: working with gesso and making pleated beaded ribbons. It's inspiring to try new things, right!

You can use gesso or dimensional paste for this technique, just take a credit card and scrape it over your project. Let dry and add embellishments over the top! Would be a fun technique for a layout also to add dimension and interest without a lot of bulk. The second thing I tried from the book was the adding beads to ribbon. I'm a big ribbon fan, so I used a needle and thread with a running stitch. Every so often, I added a bead and pulled the string tight to gather the ribbon!
I used lots of Heidi Swapp's new items here, new papers, file tabs, fun sticker words, rub ons and fabric stars! Ribbon and beads were older items from my stash.

Would you like to win a copy of this book? All you have to do is visit the participating designers' blogs in order and find a word next to each name to spell out a sentence. Then go to Vicki's blog and leave her a note with what the sentence says!
(me) My word is "OF".
Back to Vicki

Thank you for stopping by and good luck!

69 comments:

Scrapthat said...

Very pretty card! TFS!

jackib said...

Love the beaded ribbon technique - very sweet!

Miriam Prantner said...

This card is great! I love that pleated beaded ribbon and how you left it kind of unfinished. What a great little teaser for the book!

Lisa Young said...

I love what you did with the ribbon!

Chris said...

Great cards. That ribbon is fabulous!

Emma said...

Oh, so many inspiring blogs to explore more! Thanks for the chance to win one of the beautiful new book. Emma

Kirsten Alicia said...

So pretty. It reminds me of icecream. :)

Cher said...

yes! I need a copy badly..u gals are just rocking! this is so pretty!

peggylee said...

Love your card, Heidi's stuff is rocking your artwork...thanks for sharing.

HeatherLynn said...

gorgeous! love the color combo..hope to win the book!! have a great day! hl

Lauraline said...

Beautiful card! I love the ribbon with beads, really nice!

Barbara said...

Very cute card!

Ruby said...

This is such a pretty card.

Deb Neerman said...

WoW, this is gorgeous! I really can't wait to own this book ... so many inspiring projects await! Thanks for the chance!!

Vanessa said...

Wow! Those colours are fantastic! Off to continue the hop!

Elisa said...

love the colours, my favourite!!!
what a cute card!!!!!

Redanne said...

I just love the way you have done that beaded ribbon - and thanks for the word!

jamie said...

Been a while since I stopped I for a visit.
Glad I did today.
Love the card+techniques.
Would love a copy of the book!

Larissa Heskett said...

THANKS for sharing I LOVE the ribbon and beads border!! Have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

TenSGal said...

Wonderful card!...love your two new techniques!

Ruth S said...

Fabulous card Danielle - I love that beaded ribbon idea! Too cute ;)
Rx

Deb said...

Danielle, what a beautiful card.

Colby said...

LOVE the beaded ribbon!

SusanK said...

Wow, never thought about adding beads to ribbon!

Stephanie Rodgers said...

Gotta get this book ... I own gesso, but have never been brave enough to try it. This blog hop has shown me just a few of the ways I can use it.

jnolte said...

I'm excited to see all these techniques from such talented people.

Myoriah said...

I've been meaning to try the gesso with a credit card but haven't . After seeing your lovely creation I am going to have to try it. I love the beaded ribbon also. This looks like it is a must have book. Thanks for joining the blog hop and posting about what looks to be an incredible book.

roc said...

wow..just great

sharon g said...

I love how you added a bead to each spot. So pretty and unexpected. I love unexpected...

Linda Albrecht said...

Your card is sweet, Danielle! Love.

Natasha G.P. said...

So pretty and creative.

Anonymous said...

Love the beaded ribbon technique. So simple and yet so effective. Thanks for sharing the card.
Guiderdi

Lorraine said...

This is so pretty! Am looking forward to seeing the new book!

Delightful Designs by Katherine said...

Love the beaded ribbon. Impressive.

Marijane said...

Love your beautiful card and the lovely spring colors you've used!

The Farris Family said...

Love the colors & ribbon technique!

Teresa said...

I'd love a copy of Creative Foundations!

Ruth G said...

Very nice, Danielle! I bet you coulnd't wait to try out something new and the result is awesome! TFS!

marylouh said...

You can never have too many books. New ideas for cards are often hard to find so this book would really help.

Julie S. said...

I just lucked out on a big bucket of gesso that somebody was getting rid of. Your piece is extra-inpirational!

Sharon A said...

Love your card.

Bethany Becker said...

Awesome idea. I really need to get some gesso. Thanks for sharing.

Susan said...

I love your beaded ribbon. Congrats for being in the book.

Lynda said...

Danielle, I have both those beautiful beads and gesso, but have not yet used them...thank you for the great idea!

lynda said...

I can't wait to get my hands on that book! It looks like there are tons of new ideas for me to try!

Linda Broom said...

I'm a big ribbon addict myself so I'm drawn to the velvet ribbon with the beaded gathering. Thanks so much for sharing this technique.

angela said...

This blogging is quite fun and I get to see some new blog sites I'd never seen before.

Danee said...

I love the beads on the ribbon. can't wait to try it

Angela Holt said...

Fabulous!!! Love the stitching details!!! Love the blog hop to!!! Thanks for sharing your inspiration!!

Pam said...

Beautiful card!

Karen Conner said...

Really love your carx! I'm going to try the beads in the ribbon-really adds alot of character.

famillemarleau said...

This is a very beautiful card. Thanks for sharing, Johanne L.

Dawn said...

I love that ribbon!! just so pretty!! Thanks for sharing.

Colette said...

Really beautiful colour combo,

Colette x.

Christine Brown said...

Beautiful card Danielle! I love how the ribbon and beads adds such softness to the card. Gorgeous!

hopefulcrafter said...

Another beautiful card! Thank you for sharing

auntiejenni said...

amazing...completely amazing. this book must be something if a master like you is learning new techniques and adapting them to your style. stunning card....

connie said...

love that beaded technique!! glad you decided to do something new to you out of the book.

Creative Photo Albums said...

The beaded ribbon is gorgeous! Love it! It looks really expensive. That bead is very much appropriate in the card!

Annabella Merlin
Creative Photo Albums

Velvet said...

I'm loving the texture that the gesso provides on the paper.

Alison Day said...

Cute card - loved the technique of adding beads to the ruffled ribbon. going to have to try that!

Sharon said...

You are so talented anyway, then add this amazing artist to the mix and look out world!!! I just watched a tut that made the ruffled ribbon abd added a strip of beads and wanted to try it their way, but I've got to tellya that yours looks much easier. Thanks!

Kimberly said...

I so LOVE all your fun tricks and ideas! You are the sweetest...and Love your talents! xx
Loves,
K

Pendra said...

Love this technique but have never worked up the courage to try this... I would love to win this book!

curlyqmosaics said...

I so love the way you gathered the velvet ribbon with the pearls...beautiful work as always!

jan said...

Heidi's papers are fab with your techniques!

Lola said...

I love all your cards the invites are great. The ribbon technique. I have to have this book.

Creative hugs,
Lola

BarbaraB said...

Pretty card, lovely colors.

Katherine said...

You have a great blog! So glad I found it thru this blog hop.