Tuesday, October 15, 2013

RRR Challenge #82 – Autumn Leaves and Ribbon Theme

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

This time we have a fun Autumn Leaves Theme and don’t forget to add ribbons or trims to your project.

I just love the colors of Autumn.

There is a piece of 5/8″ Sherry Diamond Satin across the middle of the card.

I made a loopy bow with Natural Jute String and finished it off with an orange Open Rose in the center.

Here is a little cluster of orange and burgundy Mulberry Open Roses on the bottom.
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.
My card is entered in the following challenges:
Stampin’ for the weekend – Anything goes
Paper Pretties Wednesday Challenge PWC280 – permission to embellish everything
The Pink Elephant Monday Challenge – Photo inspiration
The Shabby Tea Room – Week 188 Fall
Tuesday Throwdown #169 – Pumpkin Patch
Thanks for stopping by!
~ Bonnie ~
Stamps: Digital Stamp from TLC Creations – Fall Subway Art Printable
Other:  Chevron embossing folder from Darice
Leaves were cut with Orchard Harvest Tags and Accents from Spellbinders
Sunday, October 13, 2013

RRR October Blog Hop

Welcome to the RRR October Blog Hop.
If you arrived here from the Really Reasonable Ribbon’s Ramblings 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 fun ‘non-traditonal’ Christmas mix. I just love all the pretty bright colors. Isn’t it fabulous??!
I started with a card……

Here is a close-up of my little bow.  I made the bow on my Bow it All Tool.  If you missed my first tutorial on the Bow it All, you can find it HERE.
I’ll be back with another video explaining how I handle ribbon with a print on one side soon.
And here is a close-up of my poinsettia.  I just got this new die from Spellbinders and I love it!
My headband is made with one 3/8″ ribbon and one 5/8″ ribbon width.  How did I handle that?  I just folded a third of the 5/8″ ribbon under and used it that way.   🙂  Your starting lineup for this would be two confetti dots ribbons on the left side and on the right side of the x you will have the azalea ribbon on the top and confetti dots on the bottom.  You can find a tutorial for the basic Woven Ribbon Headband HERE.
Here is a couple of sets of clippies I made.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.
Your next stop is Heidi’s terrific Blog.

I would love for you to leave a comment before you go.

 ~ Bonnie ~

Supplies Used:
Ribbon – Really Reasonable Ribbon October Ribbon Club Assortment
Stamps –  Digital Stamp from TLC Creations
Paper – Core’dinations
Embossing Folder – Spellbinder
Other – Spellbinders Small and Large Labels, Layered Poinsettia
Ink – Ranger Distress Ink Picked Raspberry
small jingle bells and a large half pearl
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 ~