Monday, November 19, 2012

Holiday Tree Ornament Tutorial


Hi everyone.  Today I have a Ribbon Tree Tutorial for you using lots of fun ribbon styles from Really Reasonable Ribbon


Now, I’m sure you’ve seen trees like this before – they are all over Pinterest and the web, but I thought I’d come in and give you my ‘pumped up’ version.  I find that I’m not usually capable of ‘quick and easy’, so here’s my jazzed up version.


Ribbon Tree Ornament Tutorial
3/8″ Hunter Green Grosgrain – 24″
1/8″ Red Diagonal Stripe Ribbon – 2 pieces at 24″ each (optional)
4″ piece of 3/8″ Brown Grosgrain
small scrap of 3/8″ Red Satin Double Ruffle Ribbon for bow
1/8″ Scor-Tape
Lighter or Fray check to seal ribbon ends
6mm plastic pearl beads or beads of your choice
a couple smaller seed beads for top and bottom
450 Quick Dry from Helmar or other quick drying adhesive
Roll your 4″ piece of brown grosgrain and apply adhesive to the end to hold the roll.  Set the tree trunk aside.
If you want the layered ribbon look, use 1/8″ Scor-Tape to adhere the 1/8″ red diagonal stripe ribbon to each side of the 3/8″ hunter green grosgrain.  Be sure to burnish it down so it’s stuck on really well.  It’s really not necessary to add the extra 1/8″ ribbon.  It really looks quite nice without it too as you can see here.
Cut one end of your ribbon at an angle and heat seal or apply fray check.
With a fine point marker, make a mark 1-1/2″ from one end for your starting point.  Then make dots along the ribbon spacing them at:  3-1/4″, 3″, 2-3/4″, 2-1/2″, 2-1/4″, 2″, 1-3/4″, 1-1/2″, 1-1/4″, and 1″.
Take your needle and thread and double the thread and make a knot at the end.  Bring your needle through the first mark, down through the tree trunk you made and through a medium-sized seed bead. 
Take the needle and go back through the tree trunk and back through the ribbon.  The seed bead acts as your anchor at the bottom of the tree trunk.


Now add a pearl and go through the ribbon at your next mark.  Continue in this fashion until you get to the top of your tree.
Add a pearl at the top.  You can also trim the ribbon at the top of your tree to the length you desire and seal the end with a lighter or fray check.

Now bring your thread and needle up through your prepared bow, through another smaller seed bead and around the metallic silver thread that will act as our hanger.

Go back down through your seed bead, through the pearl, the bow, the top pearl and the ribbon to the point shown below.  Take a few stitches to secure, and bury the thread by taking it down through a couple more pearls.  Then snip the ends. 
Voila!!  Here is your finished piece.
I also made another one (which happens to be my favorite) with 5/8″ Gold Glitz Ribbon topped off with a pretty bow made from our new Red Sheer with Shimmery Edge Ribbon.  I adjusted the measurements for this a bit because of the wider ribbon.  I used 32″ of the gold glitz, 4″ of 5/8″ brown grosgrain for the trunk and 8mm pearls.  I started with my first mark at 1-3/4″ and added two additional marks at the beginning at 3-3/4″ and 3-1/2″.  This will give you one extra row of ‘branches’.  The rest of the assembly is the same.  I think the glittery look of the ribbon really makes the tree pop.

I hope you’ll give this project a try.  This is a fun and easy gift and could even be added to a pretty wrapped gift.
Thanks so much for stopping by today.  If you like this project, why not ‘Pin It’.
~ Bonnie ~


Thursday, November 15, 2012

Really Reasonable Ribbon ‘Anything But a Card’ Challenge

It’s time for a fun new challenge over at the Really Reasonable Ribbon’s Ramblings Blog.

The theme for Challenge #60 is ‘Anything But a Card’ with Ribbon or Trim.
I have gone way back to my craft fair roots and made a Ribbon Pinecone Ornament.  I used to make these by the dozens and they were great sellers. 
For this pinecone I used 7/8″ Double-Faced Satin in brown and old gold for the pinecone and 7/8″ brown for the top spikes and 5/8″ brown for the loopy bow.  The hanger is made from Gold Metallic String, all from Really Reasonable Ribbon.
Now, I love the way this pinecone turned out, but don’t limit yourself to traditional pinecone-like color combos.  I have successfully made red and green, red plaid and purple, red plaid and royal blue, and many other fun Christmas combos.  No matter what colors you choose, your pinecone will be beautiful and festive on your tree!
I was going to do a tutorial for you, but after googling around a bit I realized there are TONS of tutorials out there already for this fun project.  If you want to give it a try, just google Ribbon Pinecone tutorial and pick one. 
We hope you’ll head over and join our new RRR Challenge or just take a look at the other samples from the DT and the entries.  There will be lots of great inspiration!!
Happy Crafting!!
~ Bonnie ~
Tuesday, November 13, 2012

RRR November Blog Hop

Welcome to the RRR November Blog Hop.

If you arrived here from Jeanne’s awesome blog, you are on the right track. If not, why not head back to the RRR Blog and start from the beginning so you don’t miss any of the terrific projects.

This month the Really Reasonable Ribbon Monthly Ribbon Club Assortment consists of black, charcoal grey and a deep scarlet red. I just love all the rich dark colors. Isn’t it great for the holidays??!  You can use the assortment alone or pair it with some of the brighter colors from past assortments to really make a statement.


Did you know that Really Reasonable Ribbon has gift subscriptions for our Monthly Ribbon Club?  You can order a 3, 6 or 12 month subscription for your favorite ‘crafty’ friend.  The perfect gift that keeps on coming throughout the year!  And seriously, can anyone ever have too much ribbon??!!


I started with a CAS card (well, CAS for me!) this month.  I layered some scarlet 3/8″ diamond satin on top of a piece of black shimmer satin to run across the card and added a small double bow above my center panel.


For my second card I did some ribbon weaving with a variety of style from the assortment.  I was going for a flannel shirt look, but didn’t really get there.  lol    I like it anyway.  🙂


For my last card I used a new stamp and die set from JustRite Stamps.  I embellished with one of my leftover poinsettia samples from last month.  This poinsettia is made using the scarlet shimmer satin.  Love it!

I just love the subtle shimmer from this pretty ribbon.   If you missed the poinsettia tutorial last month you can find it HERE.
Thanks so much for stopping by today.
Your next stop is Katie’s wonderful blog.
I would love for you to leave a comment before you go.
 ~ Bonnie ~

Supplies Used:
Ribbon – Really Reasonable Ribbon November Ribbon Club Assortment
Stamps – Quietfire Designs and JustRite Stamps
Paper – Green background paper from The Paper Studio, cardstock from my stash
Other – Assorted dies from Spellbinders and JustRite Stamps