We are over the moon to (finally) tell you all that Ronda Palazzari is joining the MME team. We've known this news for quite some time and we were bursting at the seams to tell you. And now that we can.... we'd like to say that SHE IS AMAZING!
Ronda is an author, mixed media artist, scrapbook designer, and an instructor living in the burbs of Denver. Her first book Art of Layers with North Light Publishing/F&W Media was released in March 2012. She has published in several magazines and idea books including Artful Blogging, Creating Keepsakes, Memory Makers, Scrapbook Trends, and Somerset Magazines. She’s best known for combining her mixed-media techniques with scrapbooking, but Ronda is one to follow because you never know if she will be sewing or getting messy with paints; her craft changes day-to-day. She continues to teach worldwide as well as providing inspiration and telling her dorky stories on her blog HelpMeRonda.
And...now that we've finally made the big announcement, here is Ronna's first post! So much goodness in one day, can you handle it?
Happy Thanksgiving week everyone! I know that Thanksgiving is traditional a US/Canadian holiday but the beauty of this holiday is that everyone can celebrate and express gratitude. Being thankful for the big things as well as the small things is important every day. I have learned so much these past few years about being thankful for the small things since my husband is currently living overseas. Things like holding his hand, dinner time together, or even the bigger stuff he took care of so I didn’t have to. Being grateful lets people know how much we love & care for them.
Supplies: The Sweetest Thing-Tangerine:crocheted doilies,buttons,enamel dots,chipboard elements,label stickesr,tiny word stickers,The Sweetest Thing-Bluebell:decorative tape;Misc:Ranger manila tag,gesso,Maya Road spray inks,twine
This Thank You tag is a fairly simple tag that can adorn any gift for family or friends. Like all my tags, I start with a color story. I was really inspired by the Sweetest Things Tangerine line, specifically the Hello buttons. I used gesso and spray ink on the background of the tag in teal, aqua, and yellow and then I cut a piece of decorative tape for the top of the tag adding in more yellow.
Next I layered the crocheted doily with the wooden button. I really wanted to add in another color for that pop so I used the tangerine chipboard buttons and tiny word sticker. The final touch is adding a few enamel dots around the tag along with the “you are the best” sticker.
Supplies:The Sweetest Thing-Tangerine:journal card,buttons,stamps,chipboard elements,layered stickers;The Sweetest Thing-Bluebell: enamel dots;Misc:Ranger manila tag,archival ink,gesso,Maya Road spray inks, twine,Doodlebug letter stickers
This next tag could adorn any Thanksgiving gift or any layout documenting this festive holiday. Again I used gesso and spray ink on the background of the tag, this time working ink yellow, brown, pink, and red. The brown stamped image on the background adds a cool decorative touch without overpowering the tag.
Next I layered the journal card onto the background and then added a layered sticker. More chipboard stickers around the page (both by the layered sticker and over the word happy) make it stand out more and add dimension to this tag. I want to use this tag for a Thanksgiving page so I added the stickers to the bottom of the journal card. I absolutely adore using enamel dots to add that final touch of color.
Supplies:The Sweetest Thing-Lavender:"The Best" Impressions patterned paper,chipboard elements,buttons,decorative brads,stamps,stickers;The Sweetest Thing-Bluebell:chipboard elements;Misc:Ranger manila tag,archival ink,gesso,Maya Road spray inks,twine,pop up adhesive
I really love the layers of this thank you tag. It all started with gesso on a manila tag along with some painted spray ink in yellow, brown, and pink. Next I layered on some patterned paper to the background of the tag. These circles from the Impressions patterned paper were perfect. Next I stamped in black ink the doily images around the page. Three is always a good number.
Adding similar designs creates harmony on this tag. I added some chipboard elements to reinforce the circle shapes around the tag. By layering them, I also added dimension to the tag. For the flower, I stacked the chipboard element with a wooden button and two more chipboard buttons. I also added a brad to the center of the doily chipboard piece. Lastly I used 3-d adhesive behind the sticker to pop it up on the tag.
I love keeping these kinds of tags in my stash for a nice homemade touch to any gifts or any page. Thanks for stopping by today. Happy Thanksgiving!
Wow. To say we are in love with Ronda's first assignments would be a massive understatement. We are THRILLED! We hope you'll join us in welcoming Ronda to the team! See you all tomorrow!!