Thursday, February 13, 2014

Really Reasonable Ribbon February Blog Hop

Welcome to the RRR February Blog Hop.

If you arrived here from Cherry’s 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 made up of yummy blues, browns and ivory. I just love all the look of it. Isn’t it fun??!  The blues and browns are wonderful for masculine projects, and if you want to add a touch of feminine, there are two pretty delicate rose prints.

I couldn’t make up my mind this month, so I have three projects to show you.  Woohoo!!

First up I have a Thank You card.  You should always have a couple of those on hand, right?  I did a fun little triple ribbon banner down the front under the sentiment and added a gorgeous double-bow made with my Bow-it-All Tool.  
If you are still on the fence about investing in this tool, you should go for it!!
You can view my Bow-it-All video tutorials HERE.

Next up is a birthday card.  So far I’m two for two on birthdays this year!!  Woohoo.  Still building my stash though so I’ll be ready for anything!!  Although this is mainly blues and browns, it’s still a girly card with the flower print paper and the big bow.  I’ve been downloading some cool fonts to my computer lately so I can make my own sentiments in whatever size I need.  This font is called Chocolate Covered Raindrops and I love it.
Again I have a pretty double-bow made with my Bow-it-All Tool and I also ran a piece of 5/8″ Checkerboard Ribbon with a 3/8″ piece of Blue Mist Leaves and Berried Satin centered on top across the center of the card which holds the birthday sentiment label on.  It also works to cover the seam where the two design papers meet.
Here’s a peek at the inside.  This is a digi sentiment from Create with TLC.
And, here is my monthly headband.  
I do love making woven ribbon headbands.  This one is so easy, anyone can do it.  If you missed my tutorial, you can find it HERE.
As always, my bow is detachable to you can wear the headband with or without the bow.  The middle of the bow has a 20mm Mulberry Open Rose.  I started with a baby blue rose, but it was too pale, so I inked it up a bit with a darker blue color so it would match the ribbon.  If you love the roses but don’t want to invest in a bunch of different colors, go with white or ivory and you can ink them to match any project!

Thanks so much for stopping by today.
Your next stop is Nicole’s fabulous blog.

I would love for you to leave a comment before you go.

 ~ Bonnie ~

Supplies Used:
Ribbon – Really Reasonable Ribbon February Ribbon Club Assortment
Stamps –  Digital Stamps from Create with TLC and the sentiment on my square card was made on my computer with a font called Chocolate Covered Raindrops
Paper –  DP is unknown scraps from my stash
Other –  
1st card:  Spellbinders embossing folder EL-019 Ornamental Iron and Dies Labels 18 and Classic Ovals small and large.  Three 15mm Mulberry Open Roses light mocha, Bow-it-All Tool.
2nd card:  Spellbinder Dies – Grand Scallop Squares, Classic Squares Large, Ribbon Tag Trio.  Bow mad with my Bow-it-All Tool.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Ribbon Organization with Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello everyone.  Today I’m kicking-off a block of posts where the Really Reasonable Ribbon DT girls will be showing their favorite ribbon organization ideas.  

I hope you find some organizational inspiration!!

Be sure to head over to the RRR Blog each day through February 10th so you can see all the different ribbon organizing ideas that the girls share.

I’ll kick things off with my ribbon organizing.

BUT, I must say that I don’t organize and/or store much ribbon because I can just grab whatever I want whenever I want it from the RRR ribbon room.  

Spoiled, I know!

But, I sometimes have spool ends of ribbon that I feel I will want to showcase in a upcoming post, so here is what I do.

I actually got this idea from Trudy (one of our past DT members) when we did an organization block of posts several years ago.  
I don’t have a doorway or narrow area where I can put a spring-loaded curtain rod to hold the book rings (which would work really well), so I hang mine on pegs on my slat wall.
I organize mine by ribbon style, but organizing by ribbon color would work well too.
I add each ribbon to a separate safety pin and add them to the rings.  Then, I just cut what I need from the end and I use it.

I think this idea would be great for storing your Monthly Ribbon Club assortments.
You could put each month on a separate safety pin.  That way all the coordinating ribbons would still be together, and they would be out for easy access.  
What do you think?
And here is the other plan (my dirty little secret-lol).
Some of the ribbon ends up crammed in a plastic tote when I don’t have the time for the little safety pins.  But ya know, this works too……  🙂
Nothin’ a little ironing won’t fix……
I’m sure the RRR DT girls will show you some fun and interesting ideas this week to get your ribbon stash under control.  
~ Bonnie ~
Saturday, February 1, 2014

Time for another Challenge with Really Reasonable Ribbon

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

This time we have a theme of ‘Anything But a Card’, and don’t forget to add ribbons or trims to your project.

Today I have a fun little mini-album.  It’s been forever since I made one of these and I think I’m hooked!!
I love all the ribbon and cording pretties accenting the tags. 

I’m on a kick to use all the tools and ‘stuff’ I just had to have, and my Bind-it-All is one of those tools I don’t use as much as I should.

I found the directions for the fun little album pages of this book on YouTube, but I didn’t have 12 x 12 papers, so I had to take some time to work out the sizing for 8-1/2 x 11 paper.  I like all the little pockets and fold-outs on each page.
You can see the page on the left not only has a pocket, but it flips out too for more photo or journal mats.  (See photos above and below). Each page has a slash pocket in front, a center pocket, and a pocket and flip out page in the back.  Wowzers.
Another nice thing about these pages is you don’t need double-sided paper.  This is made with plain old single-sided lightweight (cheap) paper!
I clearly got a little carried away and made too many pages.  lol
I had to keep the embellishments pretty flat since the book is already bursting.  🙂
I had a blast making all the little tags and doo-dads on my Silhouette.
I have to do a little paper shopping (hehehe) and try one with 12 x 12 paper.  Once I get all my dimensions figured out, I’ll share a tutorial.
I hope you’ll head over to the Really Reasonable Ribbon’s Ramblings Blog and play along with our challenge.  Any type of ‘non-card’ project is welcome.
Thanks for stopping by!
~ Bonnie ~
Paper:  Coordinating design papers from Recollections Garden Florals paper pad.  Image on front album cover from Graphic 45
Other:  Tags and flowers and matting are Silhouette designs
Bind-it-All and 1-1/4″ Antique Silver Binding Wire