Monday, November 4, 2013


Hi everyone.  


Can you believe it’s November already?  

Halloween is over so we are barreling right into Christmas.

Oh well, no sense fighting it!

BUT, I’m not ready to break out the Christmas carols and embrace the traditional Christmas colors yet.  

So here is my ‘non-traditional colors’ Christmas card along with a preview of the bow I will be demonstrating on my next Bow-it-All Tutorial.

This card has been entered in the following challenges:
613 Avenue Create – Challenge #44 Anything Goes
Challenges 4 Everybody – Challenge #32 Anything Goes
Great Impressions Stamps – November Challenge Hoiday Card or Tag
2 Sisters Challenge Blog #168 – Christmas with no red or green
A Gem of a Challenge #104 – Christmas is coming
Crafty Calendar Challenge – All Things Christmas
Crafty Hands Challenge Blog – Anything Goes
Scrapping4funchallenges #5 – Holiday or Christmas Card
My Heart Pieces – Anything Christmas
Papercrafting Journey – Anything Goes
Through the Craftroom Door – Anything Goes
Create with TLC – Show it Off
The Crafty Blog Stalker – Blog Stalking Thursday #118
All the ribbon I used for this card is from our brand new RRR November Ribbon Club Assortment.  
I know I’ve said this before, but this is my NEW ALL-TIME FAVORITE assortment.  And I LOVE these colors for Christmas and they can also be used year round.  Pinks and purples mixed with the darker plum and silver makes me soooo happy.  And that purple swirl satin – swoooonnnn!!  
If you are thinking about joining our Monthly Ribbon Club, this is the perfect time.
While you’re thinking about your holiday shopping, treat yourself!!
We also offer 3, 6, and 12-month gift subscriptions if you are looking for a unique gift for a crafty friend.
So, have you ever started a project and it’s all coming together perfectly and then, all of the sudden, it totally derails??  Well, that happened to me with this card.  I was using a great sketch, I was loving the ribbon, the papers and the digi image I selected and then when I started assembling I took a step back and it was totally off balance.  I had all the parts a little too close to the right edge.
Then comes the dis-assembling.  NOT FUN!!  lol
I think it’s okay now.  I should have take a before shot for you.  hahaha
I was in a panic since I was naturally working last minute.
Here is a close-up of my bow.  You won’t believe how easy it is to make a layered two-color bow with your Bow-it-All Tool.  I hope to have the video for you in a week or so.  If you decide to purchase this tool, you will not be disappointed!!
You can find the Bow-it-All tutorials that I currently have out on our YouTube channel HERE.
I’m loving working with the beautiful Mulberry Flowers too.  
They are a fabby embellishment to any card.

Don’t forget to enter our Bow-it-All Tool giveaway on the RRR Blog.
The giveaway is open through November 10th, 2013.
How do you feel about non-traditional Christmas colors?
Have you experimented with them?
~ Bonnie ~
Digital Stamp:  TLC Creations
Papers:  Design Paper from my stash from Recollections, The Paper Studio and Making Memories
Other:  WOC roses, Scor-Tape, Silver glitter jingle bell
Friday, November 1, 2013

RRR Challenge #83 * Christmas/Winter Holiday Theme

Hi there.  It’s time for another fun challenge over at the Really Reasonable Ribbon’s Ramblings Blog.  

This time we have a Christmas/Winter Holiday Theme and don’t forget to add ribbons or trims to your project.

I CAN”T believe it’s November already!!  I guess I better get moving with my Christmas cards and crafts.  Where does the time go??

I went with a CAS style today.  
This would go really fast for assembly line construction for your Christmas cards…. 

This card has been entered in the following challenges:
Crimbo Crackers Challenge #53 – Pinktober Christmas
In the Pink challenge #31 – Ribbons and Bows
My Heart Pieces – Anything Christmas
Paper Crafting Jouney – Anything Goes
Inklings and Yarns – Inky Linky 35
Whimsy Stamps – Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday – Anything Goes
Sugar Bee Crafts – Take a Look Tuesday
Create with TLC: Show it Off
The Crafty Blog Stalker – Stalking Thursday #118

Here is my latest Bow-it-All Video.  
I demo how I made this bow in the video below.

We also have a Bow-it-All Giveaway open on the RRR Blog thru November 10th.  
I hope you’ll head over to the Really Reasonable Ribbon’s Ramblings Blog and play along with our challenge.  Any type of project is welcome.
Thanks for stopping by!
~ Bonnie ~
Stamps:  Digital Stamp from TLC Creations
Paper:  Design Paper from K & Company
Dies:  Spellbinders Small and Large Labels
Thursday, October 31, 2013

Halloween Bats and Christmas Tags with Beautiful Bows!

Hi everyone and Happy Halloween!
I hope you are all having a Spook-tacular Day!
First I’d like to share the Bat Party Favors I made for my son’s class.  He’s an elementary teacher and I always make treats for his kiddos.
This year I found some quick and easy bat designs for my Silhouette Cameo and went with them.  They are open at the top for goodies.  They went together really quickly and I filled ’em up with candy.
The handle is made with Black Jute String from Really Reasonable Ribbon.
The plain one is for the boys.
I jazzed up the ones for the girls with a cute little bow made from 3/8″ Tangerine Double-faced Satin with my Bow-it-All Tool.  For our beginner Bow-it-All Video, click HERE.  You’ll be making gorgeous bows in no time!  
I simply adhered the bow to the bat with Scor-Tape.
Christmas Tags
I also wanted to share another project I featured on my latest VIDEO TUTORIAL.
These fun Christmas Tags are from a Digital Collage sheet from my friend Ginny at Polly’s Paper Studio. You can find the collage sheet I used and more at the Polly’s Paper Studio Etsy Shop.
I used a couple of the bows I created in my last video tutorial and I enlarged one of the images to coordinate with the size of my bow.  I did these projects backwards and made the bows first and then made a project to showcase them.
The larger tag is made with our Burlap Center Stitch Ribbon and embellished with a Turquoise Sweetheart Blossom in the center.  I cut the tag image out and layered it on a piece of turquoise cardstock and then kraft cardstock. The tassel is made with Turquoise 20lb Hemp Cording.  I simply separated the 3-ply cording down to three individual strands and grouped them together for the tassel.
For the smaller tag, I layered and assembled the same as described above. The bow and tassel are made with Variegated 20lb Hemp Cording Earthy.  The center is embellished with a brad and the tassel is made in the same manner as the first one.
Thanks so much for stopping by.  
Happy Crafting!
~ Bonnie ~