Sunday, April 1, 2012

I’m Feeling ‘Purple’ Today!

What??  Two posts in one day???  Unheard of!  Well, I’ve gotta craft when I can, so here you go.

I’ve been itching to try out my new Floral Background stamp from The Rubber Cafe.  I really love it.  Be sure to stop back on 4-13 for our Really Reasonable Ribbon Monthly Blog Hop to see another project with this stamp.  We will be teaming up with The Rubber Cafe in April and we’ll have lots of great projects to show you!

Hmmm, I’ve been doing quite a bit of monochromatic work lately.  I’ll have to try to change that up a bit soon! 🙂

I started out with a great sketch for this card and it kind of kept growing.  I like the way it turned out though.

Challenges for this card:
Mojo Monday – sketch #234
Stampin’ for the Weekend – challenge 6 Anything Goes
Do You Stack Up – DSYU #65 – Sew It

Supplies used:
Ribbon and Lace:  Really Reasonable Ribbon
Stamps: The Rubber Cafe – Floral Background, SU – Happy Birthday stamp
Ink:  Brilliance Ink pad – Victorian Violet
Paper:  Design Paper – Recollections, cardstock is misc from my stash
Other:  Bow Easy Tool, sewing machine/thread, Spellbinder Nestabilities, Tattered Angel Glimmer Mist (on butterfly)

Thanks for stopping by!

~ Bonnie ~
Sunday, April 1, 2012

Button & Bows Challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon!

It’s time for another fun challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon’s Ramblings today.  The theme is Buttons & Bows.  I have two samples this time around.

First I made a card with one of my favorite color combo’s – black and white.  I just love the great contrast when you go with a basic black and white color theme.

Other Challenges for this card:
The Deconstructed Sketch – sketch #45
Stampin’ for the Weekend – Challenge 6 Anything goes

Supplies used:
Ribbon/Baker’s Twine:  Really Reasonable Ribbon
Stamp:  Inkadinkado
Ink:  Memento 
Paper:  cardstock from my stash and design paper from Recollections
Other:  black pearls, Bow Easy Tool, Spellbinder nestabilities, button, cuttlebug embossing folder

Next I have a quick little set of bows on snap clips. 

These were very quick and easy to make up.  I covered my 50mm snap clips with 1/4″ white grosgrain and I made the bows with my Bow Easy Tool using 7/8″ pink gingham.  Once the bows were done, I trimmed off the tail so it would not show.  I threaded a flower shaped brad though my botton holes and secured the brad to the button.  Then I glued the button to the bow and attached the bow to the snap clip.   This is a good project to use some of your shorter lengths of ribbon.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I hope you’re inspired to join in our challenge this time around.  You have until 4-12 to link up your Buttons & Bows project.

~ Bonnie ~
Sunday, March 25, 2012

Loopy Ribbon Flower Tutorial

Several people requested a tutorial on how to make the loopy petal flowers I showed on my March Blog Hop projects.  I originally saw this idea from Cosmo Cricket using their glubers, although any large glue dot will work.  I originally used one ribbon for the entire flower, but you’ll see another idea using multiple ribbons to create a ribbon flower below.
For the card above I used a 1″ glue dot and only did two rounds of loops instead of 3 to get the smaller flower. I also used purchased leaves on this one.
I’m entering this card in the following challenges:
Sweet Stop Sketches – SSS151 – sketch challenge
Sweet Stampin Challenge – Anything Goes
Stampin for the Weekend #6 – Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday #209 – Anything Goes
Stamp:  background stamp from SU
Ink:  Marvy Matchables
Paper:  DP – Recollections, CS – misc from my stash
Other:  Spellbinder Nestabilities, leaves, button, Glue Dots
Loopy Ribbon Flower Tutorial

Supplies needed:

·       2″ Glubers or Glue Dots XXL

·       Scissors

·       2-3 yards of 3/8″ Really Reasonable Ribbon – I used Pastel Multi-Stripe Grosgrain for the tutorial

·       button or something to cover center

1. Since my ribbon is printed on one side and white on the back, I’m starting with the printed side down.  Adhere about 3/16″ of the ribbon to the adhesive dot. 

2. Then you want to make a loop and bring the ribbon back to adhere again.  You want to just catch the ribbon to the right of the first piece.  The glue dots are super sticky, so you don’t need much ribbon to touch in order for it to stay put.
3.  Keep making new loops, trying to keep them even in loop length until you get around the outside of the glue dot.
4. Once you meet your first loop back at the beginning, extend the ribbon down about another 3/16″ so you are ready to start the next inner row.  Then keep working around the same as the first row.
5.  Once you get all the way around again, you will do the same thing for the final inner ring.

6.  At the very end, clip the ribbon and press it firmly on the little patch of adhesive left in the center of the flower.

7.  Take the button or flower center of your choice and adhere it with your choice of adhesives.  I used a pop-up glue dot, but anything will work.

I decided I would like to add a couple of leaves to my flower this time, so I created some with grosgrain.  Leaves are optional, but I think it gives it a nice touch. 

Leaves – Tutorial

Supplies needed:

1-1/2″ wide Grosgrain Ribbon

1/8″ Scor-Tape (or sewing machine)


Bone Folder

1.  Cut a piece of 1-1/2″ grosgrain approximately 4″ long.  Take a 2″ piece of 1/8″ Scor-Tape and adhere to the ribbon beginning at the middle and angling out to the edge.

2.  Fold the ribbon in half and use your bone folder to make sure the tape is really adhered.  Alternately, you could sew a diagonal line with your sewing machine.  (I just didn’t feel like getting it our for such a small project.)

3.  Round the end of the ribbon in a leaf-like shape.  No need to draw a line – I just did that to show you what I meant.
4.  Now you have a nice looking leaf.  I also took a lighter and sealed the cuts I made so there will be no fraying.  Just lightly run the lighter quickly along the edge, or you can use a product like fray-check.
5.  Then I just trimmed the bottom of the leaf on an angle so it’s ready to adhere to your flower.

You can pull back the adhesive cover a bit on the back of the flower and attach the leaves where you want them.

This flower is a great addition to a card, but you could also use it for a fun pin – I think it would look great on a jeans jacket!  It’s also great to add to a tote bag or a fancy wrapped gift. 
I decided to try out a flower using 3 different ribbons and this is what I came up with.  I LOVE it!  I used purchased leaves on this one too.
This is what I meant about attaching it to a tote bag.  This is a knitted, felted bag I made several years ago.  Doesn’t the ribbon flower just POP on there?
Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I hope you enjoy trying these ribbon flowers.  I’ll be back with another tutorial soon.
~ Bonnie ~