Friday, October 11, 2013

Zutter Bow it All – Bow Making Basics Video Tutorial with Really Reasonable Ribbon

You’ve probably heard me say this before (possibly more than once!), but I LOVE LOVE LOVE this new Bow it All Tool from Zutter which we are now stocking at Really Reasonable Ribbon.

It makes BEAUTIFUL bows!!! 

AND, it makes them fast and effortlessly.

Here are the bows I will demo in my video below.

So, I finally got my act together and made you a video on the basics of using this new tool.  Now I’ve gotta tell ya, doing video tutorials is not for someone with perfectionist tendencies…  A so-so video takes me like 10 hours of work and it’s still not even close to meeting my expectations.  I did the whole thing once, realized I sounded bored to death and then shot it again only to play it back and realize my chair was in the one position where it squeaks every time I move!!  (insert eye rolling and long suffering sigh……..) BUT, hopefully you will be able to see what I’m doing and follow along if you already have the tool and are having difficulties.

Zutter Bow it All – Bow Making Basics

** Please note **  I have had many comments and discussions concerning the instruction booklet included with the tool.  The printing is sooo small that even if you have perfect vision, it’s impossible to read.  The good news is, you can download the manual online and view it or print it out at full size.  You can find the manual HERE.

When you are starting out, I suggest that you use lightweight or sheer ribbons because they will give you the best results with the least frustration.  Of course the best place to find any kind of ribbon is Really Reasonable Ribbon!!  My suggestions would be any of the Organza Ribbons, Seam Binding or our Delicate Stitched Satin which makes beautiful loopy and layered bows.  I used the Rose Bloom Delicate Stitched Satin on two of my bows above and it is my number one choice for fluffy looped and layered bows.

You can make bows with any type of ribbon with the Bow it All, but some will be easier to work with than others.  In an upcoming video I will talk about selecting the best bow type for the ribbon you are using, or the best ribbon for the bow type you’ve selected.

I know this tool is not in everyone’s budget, but if make lots of bows and you can add it to your tool line-up I highly suggest it.  Mine gets LOTS of use.

If anyone has any questions, please let me know. 


Thanks so much for stopping by today!

~ Bonnie ~

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Beautiful Colors of Autumn….

Autumn is my favorite season of the year with all the beautiful colors and cooler temperatures.  Today I’m sharing a CAS card that you can whip up in a matter of minutes!

The bow is made with the 5/8″ Moss Green Diamond Satin as well.
I use Scor-Tape to adhere my ribbon because it works wonderfully.  Did you know they have come out with new sizes now (3/8″ and 5/8″) which are perfect for ribbon?
Here is a close-up of the bow I made using the Zutter Bow It All Tool.  This tool helps you make the most gorgeous of bows in a matter of seconds.  Seriously, once you learn the technique, this bow takes about a minute (or less) to make.  AND, they come out perfect every time!
So, now you know why I only had time for a CAS card today.  Yup, that’s right, I was playing with my new toy all day on Sunday trying out different bows and different types of ribbon.
I’m going to get a video tutorial up soon because you will not believe how easy it is to make bows with this tool.  From teeny-tiny 1/2″ bows to huge 10″ bows.
Below is a small sampling of the different bows I made on Sunday.  I will show you how I made them all in the upcoming video.  If this bow tool is in your budget, go ahead and get one.  You will NOT be disappointed.  🙂
(for a larger view, click on the picture above)
Thanks so much for stopping by today.  
Let me know what you think of these gorgeous bows!
~ Bonnie ~

Supplies used on card:

Ribbon:  Really Reasonable Ribbon

Digital Sentiment:  TLC Creations

Design Paper:  K & Company (from my stash – may be retired)

Spellbinder Dies:  A2 Matting Basics A & B, Jewel Flowers & Flourishes

Flower:  WOC 20mm Open Rose burgundy

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Fall or Halloween Themed Challenge at 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 Autumn/HalloweenTheme and don’t forget to add ribbons or trims to your project.

I have a quick card for you this time that I made with a cute Halloween image freebie I found.  I used some of the fun Halloween trims offered at Really Reasonable Ribbon including Black Webbing, Black Netting and Black and Orange Open Roses.

Here is a close up of my bow.  I made it using the fantastic new Bow It All Tool from Zutter.  I LOVE THIS THING!!!  I thought the 1-1/2″ width of the black netting was a little too wide for a double bow, so I just cut the netting down the center lengthwise.  Perfect!!  I added a pretty 20mm Orange Open Rose for the center.

I will be back soon with a video of all the cool things you can do with the Zutter Bow It All.  This is a ‘must have’ tool for your craft room!!

This card has been entered in the following challenge:
Sugar Creek Hollow #70 – Fall is in the Air Theme
I hope you’ll head over to the Really Reasonable Ribbon’s Ramblings Blog and play along with our challenge.  Any type of project is welcome.
Thanks for stopping by!
~ Bonnie ~
Embossing Folder: Spellbinders – Bricks and Bark
Other:  WOC Roses