Monday, March 31, 2014

Fancy Folds Card with a Fun Gathered Ribbon Accent

Hi there everyone. 

I’m sharing a card today that I made a while back and it never made the blog.  Then at the end, I’ll share a little of what has been taking up all my free time for the last month or so.

I really love making ‘action’ cards – cards with lots of folds, or pop-ups.  They are really not that hard to do and the recipient is usually quite impressed.  🙂
This card is very nicely embellished with Jade Diamond Satin in two gathered rows.  What a great look and it’s so easy.  Just lay down a strip of 1/2″ Scor-Tape and start pressing the 5/8″ ribbon on to the tape while gathering it.  Easy-peasy and that Scor-Tape holds like crazy.
So, what is my excuse for being unprepared today.  
We are remodeling our kitchen!!!
Hurray and groan all at the same time!!  Hooray will be for when it’s done, but in the meantime it’s like camping in your own home!
I have been without a functioning kitchen for a month now, but we are getting close to the end…..!!
The photos below are of the finished kitchen/dining area floor.  Hubby and I installed it.  It’s pre-finished Hickory flooring.  We are doing much of the work ourselves.  (And by ourselves I really mean hubby is doing it and I’m supervising – I actually helped lay out the floor though!)
Our wall oven is now installed in a cabinet in the opening in the stone in the top photo.  It looks real purrrty too!
The hole with insulation on the wall is going to be a window [someday…]
So these photos were taken about a week and a half ago.  The cabinets are now all installed and most of the appliances.  The granite countertop is scheduled to be installed this week and then the sink.  The wonderful, glorious kitchen sink.  I never truly appreciated my kitchen sink until it was gone!  Ladies, hug your kitchen sink today and tell it you wouldn’t want to live without it.  It’s the truth!!  🙂
I’ll update with more kitchen photos on my next post.  The cabinets are just  gorjuss!!
Thanks for stopping by today!
~ Bonnie ~


Ribbon:  Really Reasonable Ribbon

Stamps:  Rosetta from PSA Essentials, sentiment from Quietfire Designs

Dies:  Spellbinder Shapeabilites Blossom Tags and Accents

Border Punch:  Martha Stewart

Paper:  DCWV and Recollections

Ink: Ancient Page Stone Gray and Marvy Matchables Caribbean Blue

Other:  Scor-Tape, Scor-Buddy and Bow Easy Tool

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Masculine Birthday Wishes

Masculine cards?  EeeeGads……..

I was looking over my card stash the other day and realized I’m very short on cards for men.  That makes sense because they are just so hard for me to make!

I whipped this one up for my son’s birthday last week and I feel like it was a success.  I have trouble keeping things ‘simple’ which is key to creating a masculine card. 

I hope he liked it.  I know he loved the chocolate chip cookies that arrived with it!

I went with minimal layers and a fun manly design paper that had a little distressed look.
I added three ribbon ‘flags’ below the sentiment with 5/8″ Diamond Satin and I wrapped some Natural Burlap String around the lower portion of the card and topped it with a brown button.  I think it works.
Here is a peek at the inside sentiment.  Done!

The great thing about masculine cards is they are fast and easy – if you can give yourself permission to just call it done.  🙂
Thanks for stopping by!
~ Bonnie ~
Stamps: TLC Creations digi stamps
Paper: design paper from The Paper Studio (Hobby Lobby)
Other: Spellbinders Classic Ovals Large, Labels 10 and Labels 21, Button
Thursday, March 13, 2014

Really Reasonable Ribbon March Blog Hop

Welcome to the RRR March 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 welcomes spring. I just love all the pretty and fun spring colors and prints. Isn’t it wonderful??!

I made a quick and easy Easter Greetings card using a variety of Graphic 45 papers, lots of layers and the pretty Tiffany Crochet Lace layered on Coral Rose Shimmer Satin from the March Ribbon Club assortment.
And of course I whipped up a beautiful double-loop bow with my Bow-it-All Tool.
Since the Shimmer Satin is a thicker ribbon, instead of wrapping the loops in a figure-8 pattern, I just wrapped then straight around the pegs like I did with the video where I talked about using ribbon with a print on one side.  That eases a little of the bulkiness from the center of the bow giving it a prettier appearance.
To view my Bow-it-All Video Tutorials, visit my reasonableribbon YouTube channel.
And now for the monthly headband designs…….
First up is a fun Woven Ribbon Headband with a Twist.  I used the White Fun Dot Ribbon from the March Ribbon Club Assortment and pulled in a Coral Rose and a Turquoise solid grosgrain for the twists.
You can view the video tutorial for Woven Ribbon Headbands with a Twist HERE.
The next headband is super easy to make.  I used the Coral Rose and Turquoise Shimmer Satin from the March Assortment and it has a beautiful shimmery look.  The picture does not do it justice.  If you click on the photo for a larger view the shimmer shows up a little better.
You can view the video tutorial for Easy Woven Headbands HERE.

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 March Ribbon Club Assortment
Paper –  Design Paper for card from Graphic 45
Other – Scor-Tape, Bow-it-All Tool