Monday, August 13, 2012

RRR August Blog Hop

Welcome to the RRR August Blog Hop. 

If you arrived here from Linda’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 great mix of grape and grey.  I am a big fan of purple and I just love this combo!  Well, since I put the assortment together, I guess that’s a given.  πŸ™‚    This month includes 8 fun styles and a total of 16 yards of ribbon.

So, I was brainstorming for something new to do, and I remembered this fun gathered ribbon I saw a while back.  No better time than the present to give it a try.

Great look, huh!!! 
When I was making the gathered ribbon piece for the card I realized it would be a great look for a hair clip too, so I made an extra short piece of gathered ribbon.

I added a pretty ribbon flower made from the satin swiss dots and sheer grey crosshatch ribbon from the monthly assortment.  The bow and the gathered ribbon strip is made using the grape checkerboard ribbon.

The little hair clip is a 3-1/2″ piece of gathered ribbon glued to a 60mm french clip.  I topped it with a pretty ribbon flower made using the metal grey checkerboard satin and the grape shimmer satin.  It’s topped with a cute brad and I added a tiny piece of white feather behind it.

Here is a quick tutorial on how I gathered the ribbon.

1.  You will need a piece of ribbon approximately 4-5 times the length of your finished piece.  It really depends how tight you want the gathers to be.  For the card I started with a 20″ piece of ribbon to end up with a piece approximately 5-1/2″ wide.  Be sure to seal the ends of the ribbon with either a lighter or fray-check before you begin.  Since I selected the checkerboard ribbon, I did not make any marks on my ribbon.  I just followed the check pattern on the ribbon.  If you use a plain ribbon, just mark your ribbon evenly across the width so your gathers will be even.  Stitch in a zig zag pattern all the way across your ribbon length.  Be sure to keep your stitches neat and uniform in length.  This will give you a better finished look.  (For your piece, select a thread that matches your ribbon.  I used the dark blue so you could see my stitches.)

2.  Begin to gently gather your ribbon. 

3.  Once your have the ribbon gathered to the fullness you desire, take a few small stay-stitches at the end, on the back.  Bury both ends of the thread in the back of the piece. 
This is the finished piece for the french clip which I attached using E6000 glue.

This is the finished piece for my card.  I adhered the gathered ribbon to my card using 1/2″ Scor-Tape.

And these are the finished pieces.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  If you like my projects, please sign on as a follower.
Your next stop is Heidi’s wonderful blog. 
I would love for you to leave a comment before you go.
~ Bonnie ~
Supplies used:
Ribbon: August Ribbon Club Assortment from Really Reasonable Ribbon
Stamp:  Quitefire Designs
Paper:  Design Paper from Recollections and plain card stock from my stash
Adhesives:  Scor-Tape and E6000
Misc:  60mm French Clip, Pearls, Bow Easy Tool, Spellbinder nestabilities, Flower brad from Queen & Co, small piece of white feather
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Sunday, July 15, 2012

Really Reasonable Ribbon Sizzlin’ Summer Colors Challenge

It’s time for another challenge over at the Really Reasonable Ribbon’s Ramblings Blog and the theme this time is Sizzlin’ Summer Colors and Ribbon.  Woohoo!!  I love bright summer colors.

This card was made using The Sweet Stop Sketch – SSS167.

To make the ribbon flower on my card you will need the ribbon of your choice (from Really Reasonable Ribbon of course), a ruler, a lighter or candle to heat seal your ribbon ends, a needle and heavy-duty thread, hot glue gun and some type of embellishment such as a buttons or a brad for the center.

1.  For my flower I used 1/4″ grosgrain, but you can use any width and style of ribbon you want depending on your project.  I used 4 colors and 7 petals for my flower, but this can also be changed based on the look you want.  I cut my lengths at 2″, 2-1/2″, 3″ and 3-1/2″.

2.  Take you needle and thread and make a quick knot about 3″ away from the end just to be safe so you don’t accidentally pull the thread all the way though your petals.  Starting with the longest piece, slide the ribbon pieces on to your needle.

3.  When you get all 4 pieces on, fold up each piece beginning with the last piece you put on and slide them onto the needle too.  Then, carefully slide them down your thread.  Sorry about the blurry photo – it’s hard to take photos with your non-dominant hand πŸ™

4.  Here is your first petal.

5.  Keep repeating this step until you have all the petals on your thread.

6.  Remove your needle and center the petals on the thread.  Now you are going to tie a surgeon’s knot.  To make a surgeons knot, cross the right end over the left and go through the loop.  Then go through the loop again.  This knot helps to hold tight so it doesn’t slip while you make your second know to secure it.  It’s kind of the equivalent of holding your finger on it for the times when you just can’t keep your finger in there.  πŸ˜€   I then pull the tails towards the center and clip the thread with about 1/4″ left.  I tuck this in the middle so it will get caught in the hot glue when I add the center embellishment.

7.  Select your embellishment for the center and have it ready.  I used a double stacked button on the flower I used on my card and I used a button with a decorative brad threaded through on this flower.  Fill the center hole with hot glue and then press on your center.  I do all my hot gluing on my Stay-Put Craft Mat from Scor-Pal.  It’s non-stick and heat resistant and simply wipes clean.  It’s one of my must have tools and it’s always set up right beside my cutting mat.  I LOVE it!!

Here is the finished piece.  Isn’t it fun??

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.  I just love ribbon flowers.  I see some real potential for this flower as a hair bow or clippie.  Hmmmmm.  I’ll work on that and post what I come up with.

I hope you will join our challenge this week.  All types of crafts are welcome as long as you follow the Sizzlin’ Summer Colors theme and use some sort of ribbon or trim on your project.  Lets see what you are working on!!

~ Bonnie ~

Supplies Used:
Paper:  Design Paper from Recollections
Spellbinders M-Bossabilites :  Splendid and Nestabilities
Misc:  buttons, brads, eyelets
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