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)

Scissors

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 ~
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Friday, March 16, 2012

Bargello Background Fun!

I’m always on the lookout for unique ways to use ribbon and while I was looking at a quilting catalog I came across some beautiful bargello quilt patterns. I thought that I could easily create those beautiful designs using ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon. I showed you a few projects using this technique on the RRR February Blog Hop and you asked for a tutorial. You will find the tutorial on the Really Reasonable Ribbon’s Ramblings Blog today.

Challenges for this card:
Sweet Stampin’ Challenges – lots of layers
Paper Pretties – Stripes – Use at least three colors (I might be stretching with this one)

Thanks for stopping by!

~ Bonnie ~

Ribbon:  Bright Diamond Satin Assortment, 5/8″ Black Double-Faced Satin
Stamp:  Quietfire Design
Other: Spellbinder Nestabilities
Ink:  Marvy Matchables
Paper:  Misc cardstock from my stash

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Really Reasonable Ribbon Spring Themed Challenge

Hi everyone.  Today we have a brand new challenge posted at Really Reasonable Ribbon’s Ramblings Blog.  The theme this time around is Spring.

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What a great challenge theme because we are ALL anxious for Sring.  I hope you’ll head over and join in today!

Other Challenges for my Card:
Sunday Sketch & Stamp – sketch #97
A Gem of a Challenge – #41 Perfect Pastels
Paper Sundaes – #111 Femine Flair
The Pink Elephant – photo inspiration
The Shabby Tea Room – Spring is Near photo inspiration

~ Bonnie ~

Ribbon:  Really Reasonable RibbonShimmer Satin Fantasy Rose, 1.5″ Netting Pink, Bow Easy Tool
Image:  Whimsie Doodles free digi, Quietfire Designs – ‘Just for you’ sentiment
Design Paper:  Recollections
Markers:  Copics

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