Monday, April 1, 2013

Really Reasonable Ribbon Buttons & Bows Challenge

Howdy everyone.  It’s the first of the month so there is a brand new challenge posted on the Really Reasonable Ribbon’s Ramblings Blog.  The theme this time is ‘Buttons & Bows’.
I have a birthday card today with a pretty triple loop bow made from Summer Rose Seam Binding and three pretty buttons from the Rose Garden Button Tote tied with Black Licorice Baker’s Twine.

I hope you’ll stop by and join in our challenge which is open through midnight on April 12th.
Thanks for stopping by today and have a great day!
~ Bonnie ~
Card Details:
Ribbon and Trims:  Really Reasonable Ribbon
Digital Sentiment:  Bird’s Cards
Paper:  Design Paper and Cardstock from Recollections
Friday, March 29, 2013

Happy Easter

I made a little time for myself and colored up this cute Easter Image from Whimsie Doodles.  Isn’t she adorable?  I also used one of my jute loopy flowers from yesterday.  Love those things!!

and the inside….
I’m entering my card in the followning challenges:
Color Throwdown – #235
ABC Challenge – J for Just as you Like

I hope everyone has a wonderful Easter.  I’ll be back next week when the kitchen is cleaned up and all the food is gone from the weekend…….  🙂
~ Bonnie ~
Card Details:
Digital Image:  Whimsie Doodles, Happy Easter Sentiment:  Peachy Keen Stamps
Adhesive: Scor-Tape
Paper: Cardstock from my stach and Design Paper from The Paper Studio
Thursday, March 28, 2013

Jute Loopy Flower Tutorial


Hi everyone.  Bonnie from Really Reasonable Ribbon here today with a tutorial for an easy Jute Loopy Flower embellishment.  It can by used for many different crafty applications and although I love it made with jute string, you can use a variety of different cords and ribbons and get lots of great looks.



I first saw this loopy flower on a blog feed from one of my favorite blogs Stamp Talk with Tosh.  I get tons of great ideas and inspirations from her blog and if you have not visited, you really should!!  Tosha was kind enough to give me her blessing on sharing my take on how to create one of these gorgeous flowers.  I urge you to take a look at Tosha’s beautiful card and jute flower that inspired mine.  More great news is that Tosha has agreed to be our guest designer for April.  I can’t wait!!


Here is a closer look at the flower.
Loopy Jute Flower Tutorial
Jute String or narrow ribbon or twine of your choice
Hot Glue Gun
Buttons for the center
1″ circle of heavy duty card stock
Cut twelve 2-1/4″ pieces and eight 2″ pieces of Natural Jute String. Set aside.
Begin by covering your 1″ cardstock circle with ScorTape.  If you don’t have 1″ wide ScorTape, you can use multiple strips of a narrower width to cover the circle.  I just fold the overhang up and over as shown below.  Now if you don’t have ScorTape and you play nice with your glue gun, I suppose you can use that too.  I have a love/hate relationship with my glue gun, so the tape is the far better option for me.
Begin placing 4 loops on to the sticky circle as shown below.  The ScorTape is super sticky, so just press it down well and it won’t go anywhere.
Then fill in with two more pieces in each opening….
until the first round is complete.
Here I added another layer of ScorTape.  Press it down well with your fingers or a bone folder and peel the paper off to expose the adhesive.
Now for the second round I staggered the pieces and began as last time with 4 pieces – top, bottom and both sides.
Now add one additional piece in between each of the first 4 pieces.
Now I add a big glob of hot glue.  I want to make sure some hot glue seeps down and touches the ends of each piece for extra security. I will also adhere my button or whatever embellishment I have for the center at the same time.  I had already prepared my button stack and tied the little bow made from Cotton Candy Baker’s Twine.
 Now I’m the type of girl who colors in the lines, measures everything (twice!) and has to have everything line up neat and tidy.  That’s just how I roll!!  That being said, this flower looks fantastic when it’s made in a more random fashion too.  No need to measure out your loops or put exactly 12 on the first row and 8 on the second row.  Play around with it and see what you like.
And here is my finished flower.
Here are a few more I made.  The one on the top left is made using Variegated Pastel Hemp.  This makes a beautiful and more delicate flower. 
The top right and bottom left are made with 1/8″ Grosgrain
The bottom right is made with Pink Jute String.
I did add one extra step of adhering the ends together for each piece using hot glue when using the 1/8″ grosgrain.
It’s hard to see, but I mounted this flower onto a ribbon lined Alligator Clip for a pretty Spring or Summer hair clip.
And this pretty flower was added to one of my Chevron Headbands. 
In case you missed the tutorial for the Chevron Headbands, you can find it HERE.
I’m entering my card in the following Challenges:
ABC Challenges – J for Just as you Like
Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll give this project a try.
I would love if you would share your creations on the RRR Facebook Page.
~ Bonnie ~
Card Details:
Ribbon/Twine:  Really Reasonable Ribbon
Stamped Sentiment:  Just Rite Stampers
Ink:  Brilliance Pearlescent Ivy
Adhesive: Scor-Tape
Paper:  Cardstock and Design Paper:  Recollections
Other:  Embossing folder from Cuttlebug and Dies from Spellbinders