Saturday, December 15, 2012

Pretty Pink Headband

Hi everyone.  It’s time for another fun challenge over at the Really Reasonable Ribbon’s Ramblings Blog and this time the theme is ‘Anything Goes & Ribbon’. 
So, if you are finding any crafty time at all this close to Christmas, head on over and link your project up!

For this challenge, I’ve created a Pretty Pink Headband.  I’ve combined the two techniques I’ve shown you in video tutorials in the past to make this headband that any little girl will fall in love with.
  The new pretty silver edged double-faced satin gives it a little extra bling.

To make the headband I started with 3/8″ White Satin with Grosgrain Edge Ribbon and made a woven ribbon headband as shown in the video below.  I used a 1/2″ White Plastic Headband and two 60″ pieces of ribbon which I glued together in an x-pattern in the middle.

Now, you can also just wrap the headband with ribbon, but I think the woven ribbon headband gives it a really nice finished look.  Now I realize you can’t see this when it’s worn, but if you are making them to sell or to give as a gift, it’s just a little extra zing and once you get the hang of making woven ribbon headbands, you can make one in 10 minutes or less, so I say ‘Go for it’!



Here is my finished white woven ribbon headband that will serve as the base for my project.  This would actually be very nice as is for a First Communion outfit or even for a flower girl………

The delicate stitching on the Satin with Grosgrain Edge White Ribbon gives it a little something extra, right?



Next I made the military braid with 3/8″ Satin with Silver Metallic Edge in Pearl Pink, and Hot Pink.  This beautiful ribbon is available in 20 fun colors and works well for so many projects.  You’ll use about 60″ of each color, but to be safe, be sure you start with at least 2-yards of each.  For this project there is no need to cut off a certain length of ribbon.  Just work from whatever length you have.  That way there will be minimal waste.  Follow the direction in the video below and stop when you have the length you need to cover your headband from tip to tip.  There is a little give in the braid, so you can stop when you are a smidge short and stretch it to fit.



Here is my finished braid

Close up of the braid

Now I marked the center of the underside of the braid and the center of the top of the headband with a small pencil mark so I start right in the middle.

Lay down a small area of hot glue and adhere the braid to the headband lining up the marks and centering side to side.  There is a small overhand on each side of the headband which is fine.  You can see it in  the photos of my finished headband and the top and bottom of this post.
Continue to hot glue the braid to the headband until it’s all glued on.  Be sure to only apply a small amount of glue at a time so you can get the braid pressed on before the hot glue cools down.
And here’s your finished piece. 
So pretty and so easy!

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll join in our ‘Anything Goes’ Challenge #62 over at the Really Reasonable Ribbon’s Ramblings Blog.  The challenge is open though 12/29 and one random participant will be selected to win a $10 gift certificate to Really Reasonable Ribbon.


Happy Holidays!


~ Bonnie ~

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Really Reasonable Ribbon December Blog Hop

Welcome to the RRR December 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 is a frosty winter themed assortment and one of my all time favorites!!  I just love all the fun color assortment. Isn’t it awesome??!


Don’t forget that Really Reasonable Ribbon offers Gift Subscriptions in 3, 6, or 12 month options. What a perfect gift for a crafty friend.  The first assortment comes with a gift card with your special message enclosed.

This month I used several of the ribbons from the December assortment to create this non-traditional color Christmas tree.  I love the way it turned out.  I’ll be sharing a tutorial below.

Ribbon Tree Tutorial
RRR December Ribbon Club assortment
Pins – sequin length pins work best
Styrofoam cone (mine was 2-7/8″ x 5-7/8″)
3 Lindor Truffles (likely the most important item on the list!)

The first thing I did was cut 36 pieces of each of the 4 solid color 5/8″ ribbons.  I cut a point on one end and then cut the piece to measure 1″ from the point to the other edge.  I used closer to 50-ish pieces of each color, but that will vary depending on how far apart you place your rows.  I think if I tried to make another tree exactly the same, I would probably not use the same amount of pieces, so cut some to start and then add more when you run out.


Attach one piece at the bottom of the cone.  I started with the light blue checkerboard ribbon.  I let the point extend over the edge because you don’t want any Styrofoam to show along the bottom edge.


Then add a piece of the same ribbon to the opposite side and then half way between each of those.  Take care to have these initial pieces spaced as evenly as possible.  These are the most important pieces and will set the stage for the entire project.  I used a piece of string to measure the distance between the pieces and adjusted as necessary.  This in the only part you have to do that for.  The rest of the way you can just eyeball it.


Then you will add 4 pieces of the mineral ice diamond satin in between each of the light blue pieces.  Then come in with the rose bloom double faced satin and the iris shimmer satin and fill in all the gaps.


I staggered my colors as I built the columns for added visual interest.  I kind of like it that way, but you could certainly do columns of all the same ribbon too.  I also think a tree of one solid color ribbon would be beautiful.  I’m picturing a tree in my head using all White Glitz Ribbon that would be gorgeous!!  But now I’m getting off topic………. 
(Time for a Lindor break.  BTW – Did you know that a serving size for truffles is 3?  That’s important information to know while crafting in December!)


Continue adding rows of alternating ribbon.


When I got to the last row, I eliminated the light blue and mineral ice ribbons because they would have been totally covered up anyway.


And there you have it…….   Now for the tree topper. 
Now it’s time for my confession.  I started this with no plan what-so-ever.  I wasn’t even sure it would work and now here I am and I have no idea what to do with the top!

So….. I took some of the pretty lace from the assortment and pinned it around the top, kind of gathering it as I went.

Then I cut some ribbon spikes about an inch and a half long and pinned them to the top.


I then made two bows with white silky crush ribbon and cut off the tails, tied a nice bow with the iris shimmer satin and stacked it all on a big corsage pin with a pearl head.  There is also a small plastic pearl between the white loops and the iris bow.  Then insert the pin down through the center of the tree top.   Done!


And here is the finished piece.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.
Thanks so much for stopping by today.
Your next stop is Jacquie’s wonderful blog.
I would love for you to leave a comment before you go.
 ~ Bonnie ~

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

CAS Chistmas Card Set


Hi everyone.  Today I have a pretty card set I made using one of my new favorite ribbons from Really Reasonable Ribbon


Okay, so I think it’s a well know fact that I have much difficulty with the Clean and Simple style of card.  BUT, I continue to try.  You would think that CAS would be the easiest type of card to make, but apparently I just don’t know when to stop.  I admire all of you who can pull off this style.  It takes me hours to come up with a card and I break out in a cold sweat while doing so!


I know some of my ‘teamie’s’ laugh when I say something is CAS, but this is as CAS as it gets for me!!  You will not likely see a single layer card from me EVER!  I just can’t do it!!  There are so many crafty goodies calling out to me ‘Use me, use me!!”

I actually don’t hate this set I came up with, but I have to admit that I’m itching to add a few dozen doo-dads to them along with about 6 or 7 additional layers.  I think it’s a disease.  hehehe


Here are some close-ups.


This card uses Sheer with Shimmery Edge Blue Ribbon


Did you know that Really Reasonable Ribbon offers gift subscriptions for 3, 6, or 12 months for our Monthly Ribbon Club?  This is the perfect gift for a crafty friend because you can never have enough ribbon!!  Your friend will get a fun little present each month for the term you select.  AND, one of the cards above will go out with the first shipment with a personalized message from you.  How cool is that??  Of course, if it’s for someone who has a birthday or other event to celebrate during the holidays, we will change the sentiment on the front of the card.  You can order at any time and specify the starting month and when you want the first shipment to be sent out.


Thanks so much for stopping by today!


~ Bonnie ~




Ribbon:  Sheer with Shimmery Edge Ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon

Stamp:  Holiday Greetings sentiment from Inkadinkado (could be retired – I’ve had it for ages)

Paper: Design Paper from Recollections and Cardstock from my stash

Embossing Folder:  Spellbinders Holiday Magic

BowEasy Tool

Adhesives:  Scor-Tape, CandiFix foam pads