Monday, November 11, 2013

Zutter Bow-it-All Tutorial * Double Tail Bows with Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hi everyone.  Today I will be demonstrating some pretty Double Tail Bows with my Bow-it-All Tool using both one and two colors of ribbon.

My tutorial is linked to the following link parties:
The Crafty Blog Stalker – Blog Stalking Thursday #119

I’m hoping those of  you who have this fabulous tool are using it!  

If you’re still learning, grab your tool and some ribbon and tie along with me in the video tutorial below.

Here are some sample projects created with the bows I made in the video you will see below.

The tag and the holiday card below are both made using digital images from Ephemera’s Vintage Garden.  They sell a large number of digital images and they also offer wonderful freebies on their blog, so I encourage you to visit them there.

The ribbon is a 7/8″ Purple Organza Ribbon and the tassel is made with a mix of colors of our 20lb Hemp Cording.  This cording is 3-ply and I separated the strands which gave me the thinner wavy threads in the tassel.  I added a white Mulberry Cottage Rose to the bow center.  The edges of the tag layers were all distressed with my Distrezz-it-All tool from Zutter Innovative.

My tag is entered in the following challenges:
Below is a very quick and easy card with the bow being the main focus.  The bow is made with 5/8″ Red Delicate Stitched Satin Ribbon.  I simply printed out my image and layered it on red and white cardstock on a dark brown base and added the bow..  Those of you who know my work already know I don’t know when to stop with the layers.  But I love the look…..
The digital sentiment on the card below is from Create with TLC.  
I love having digital sentiments on hand to use for quick cards.
This bow is made using Hot Pink and Pearl Pink Delicate Stitched Satin.  For this bow, rather than having double tails on my bow, I used the pearl pink tails for my back ribbon and used it to secure my bow around my card.  This is a great look too.
Challenges for this card:
Artistic Inspirations challenge #67 – Sentiment/Anything Goes
LTSCB #17 – Anything Goes
MIM #166 – Anything Goes
Challenges 4 Everybody #33 – Anything Goes
Bow-it-All Tutorial * Double Tail Bows

As I said in the video, if you are just starting out with the Bow-it-All Tool, make sure you are working with a friendly ribbon type.  
There is a reason why almost all the Bow-it-All video tutorials on YouTube (besides mine) seem to use some sort of Organza Ribbon.  This ribbon performs beautifully and is very forgiving if your first few bows aren’t quite perfect.  The spooled solid color organza at Really Reasonable Ribbon is quite inexpensive at around 10-cents per yard.   I recommend just about any type of organza to practice with along with our Delicate Stitched Satin because it’s very lightweight AND inexpensive.  Seam Binding is another great choice as well as our Wrinkled Ribbon.  Practice with one or more of these ribbon styles and when you feel more comfortable, branch out to different ribbon styles.  
You can make gorgeous bows with any type of ribbon on this wonderful tool, 
but some are a bit more difficult to maneuver than others.  Set yourself up for success with the right ribbon styles to practice with when you are learning and you will soon be adding gorgeous bows to all your projects.
~ Bonnie ~
Monday, November 4, 2013


Hi everyone.  


Can you believe it’s November already?  

Halloween is over so we are barreling right into Christmas.

Oh well, no sense fighting it!

BUT, I’m not ready to break out the Christmas carols and embrace the traditional Christmas colors yet.  

So here is my ‘non-traditional colors’ Christmas card along with a preview of the bow I will be demonstrating on my next Bow-it-All Tutorial.

This card has been entered in the following challenges:
613 Avenue Create – Challenge #44 Anything Goes
Challenges 4 Everybody – Challenge #32 Anything Goes
Great Impressions Stamps – November Challenge Hoiday Card or Tag
2 Sisters Challenge Blog #168 – Christmas with no red or green
A Gem of a Challenge #104 – Christmas is coming
Crafty Calendar Challenge – All Things Christmas
Crafty Hands Challenge Blog – Anything Goes
Scrapping4funchallenges #5 – Holiday or Christmas Card
My Heart Pieces – Anything Christmas
Papercrafting Journey – Anything Goes
Through the Craftroom Door – Anything Goes
Create with TLC – Show it Off
The Crafty Blog Stalker – Blog Stalking Thursday #118
All the ribbon I used for this card is from our brand new RRR November Ribbon Club Assortment.  
I know I’ve said this before, but this is my NEW ALL-TIME FAVORITE assortment.  And I LOVE these colors for Christmas and they can also be used year round.  Pinks and purples mixed with the darker plum and silver makes me soooo happy.  And that purple swirl satin – swoooonnnn!!  
If you are thinking about joining our Monthly Ribbon Club, this is the perfect time.
While you’re thinking about your holiday shopping, treat yourself!!
We also offer 3, 6, and 12-month gift subscriptions if you are looking for a unique gift for a crafty friend.
So, have you ever started a project and it’s all coming together perfectly and then, all of the sudden, it totally derails??  Well, that happened to me with this card.  I was using a great sketch, I was loving the ribbon, the papers and the digi image I selected and then when I started assembling I took a step back and it was totally off balance.  I had all the parts a little too close to the right edge.
Then comes the dis-assembling.  NOT FUN!!  lol
I think it’s okay now.  I should have take a before shot for you.  hahaha
I was in a panic since I was naturally working last minute.
Here is a close-up of my bow.  You won’t believe how easy it is to make a layered two-color bow with your Bow-it-All Tool.  I hope to have the video for you in a week or so.  If you decide to purchase this tool, you will not be disappointed!!
You can find the Bow-it-All tutorials that I currently have out on our YouTube channel HERE.
I’m loving working with the beautiful Mulberry Flowers too.  
They are a fabby embellishment to any card.

Don’t forget to enter our Bow-it-All Tool giveaway on the RRR Blog.
The giveaway is open through November 10th, 2013.
How do you feel about non-traditional Christmas colors?
Have you experimented with them?
~ Bonnie ~
Digital Stamp:  TLC Creations
Papers:  Design Paper from my stash from Recollections, The Paper Studio and Making Memories
Other:  WOC roses, Scor-Tape, Silver glitter jingle bell
Friday, November 1, 2013

RRR Challenge #83 * Christmas/Winter Holiday Theme

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

This time we have a Christmas/Winter Holiday Theme and don’t forget to add ribbons or trims to your project.

I CAN”T believe it’s November already!!  I guess I better get moving with my Christmas cards and crafts.  Where does the time go??

I went with a CAS style today.  
This would go really fast for assembly line construction for your Christmas cards…. 

This card has been entered in the following challenges:
Crimbo Crackers Challenge #53 – Pinktober Christmas
In the Pink challenge #31 – Ribbons and Bows
My Heart Pieces – Anything Christmas
Paper Crafting Jouney – Anything Goes
Inklings and Yarns – Inky Linky 35
Whimsy Stamps – Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday – Anything Goes
Sugar Bee Crafts – Take a Look Tuesday
Create with TLC: Show it Off
The Crafty Blog Stalker – Stalking Thursday #118

Here is my latest Bow-it-All Video.  
I demo how I made this bow in the video below.

We also have a Bow-it-All Giveaway open on the RRR Blog thru November 10th.  
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 ~
Stamps:  Digital Stamp from TLC Creations
Paper:  Design Paper from K & Company
Dies:  Spellbinders Small and Large Labels