Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Go Fly A Kite!

Today I have a quick tutorial for you for an Iris Folding project using ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  This is an easy project and a great way to use up some shorter lengths of ribbon.

My pattern came from the book Iris Folding Compendium by Maruscha Gaasenbeek and Tine Beauveser.  I think this book is currently out of print, but there are lots of great Iris Folding pattern books out there.  Honestly, once you understand how it works, you can even make your own patters for basic shapes.  This technique is traditionally done with folded papers, but using ribbon is actually faster and I think it looks better.

1.  Print out two copies of your pattern.  Tape one copy in the postion you want to your paper.  Keep in mind that you will end up with a mirror image of this shape.  Cut around the outside edge with a craft knife.

2. Tape the pattern to the underside of your cut out.

3.  Begin adding ribbon pieces on top of the pattern in numerical order.  For this pattern I’m using 4 colors and the order (1) garden rose, (2) delphinium, (3) sage, (4) turquoise.  Cut ribbon lengths just long enough to cover the entire pattern piece and tape each end to secure.  If you are using a ribbon with a right and wrong side, you will place the ribbon right side down.  I’m using Shimmer Satin Ribbon which does not have a right and wrong side.

4.  Keep going until you completely cover the pattern.  Then make sure the ribbon is secure and add additional tape if necessary.  Remove the pattern piece and turn your piece over and there is the finished piece.  Pretty cool, huh!

To finish  the card off, I added a little kite sting made from white Hemp Cording and the tails are 1/4″ Grosgrain Ribbon tied in a knot with the ends trimmed in a v-shape.  I adhered the hemp cording using 1/8″ Scor-Tape that I twisted into a thin rope.  I pressed it onto the card in the shape I wanted and then pressed the cording to the tape.  You can adhere the narrowest ribbons and trim like this with no visible adhesive.  The kite tails are adhered using Mini Glue Dots.  I then added a rub on sentiment and layered it on a few different colors of cardstock to correspond with the ribbon colors I used. This is the finished card.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you’ll try this fun technique.
~ Bonnie ~
Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Father’s Day/Masculine Themed Challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon

It’s time for another fun challenge over at Really Reasonable Ribbon’s Ramblings and today the theme is Father’s Day/Masculine with Ribbon or Trim.  This is always a hard theme for me, but I’m pleased with my card today.

My younger son is an assistant golf pro, so this will be a birthday card for him.  I’ve used a few pieces of the new Hemp cord in black from the Onxy Hemp Cord set.  You can’t use too much ribbon or trim on a masculine card, but I think this is just enough.  ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s another angle that shows the cording a bit better.  I used it to attach the computer generated Happy Birthday sentiment and to wrap around the card near the bottom and attach the charm.

Other challenges for this card:
Allsorts challenge blog week #154 – card for man or boy
Thanks for stopping by.
~ Bonnie ~
Supplies used:
Trims: Black Hemp Cord from Really Reasonable Ribbon
Stamp:  Inkadindado
Ink:  Memento
Paper:  DP – Recollections, cardstock from my stash
Other:  Martha Stewart edge punch, Spellbinders nestabilities, Karen Foster Design gold ball mini charm
Sunday, May 13, 2012

Really Reasonable Ribbon May Blog Hop

Hi everyone and Happy Mother’s Day. 
Welcome to our May Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop.

If you arrived from Judy’s awesome blog, then you are on the right track. If not, why don’t you head over to the RRR Blog and start from the beginning so you don’t miss any of the fabulous projects.

We have a really fun Hot Pink and Black May Ribbon Club Assortment to show you this month.  Isn’t it HOT, HOT, HOT??  What a fun way to build your ribbon stash so you’ll always have the color you need on hand.  Looking for a gift for a crafty friend?  There are gift subscriptions available for 3, 6, 9 or 12 months available.

Since today is Mother’s Day, I have two Mother’s Day cards to show you. 

For my first card I used the black sheer organza with satin center for the ruched strip down the middle and the hot pink with black satin swiss dots which I tied in a knot and v-cut the ends for a little different look.  So easy too!

Challenges for this card:
For my second card I went with a strip of ribbon down the middle and a bow made using my BowEasy tool.  I love the subtle sparkle of this hot pink shimmer satin.

Here is a different view to show the dimension.

Challenges for this card:
Fussy and Fancy Challenge #62 – Butterflies, Ribbons and Punches
The Pink Elephant TPE147 – All About Mom
Your next stop is Heidi’s beautiful blog
Thanks so much for stopping by.  ๐Ÿ™‚
~ Bonnie ~
Stamps:  Quitefire Designs, Annette Allen Watkins
Paper:  Misc Cardstock from my stash, DP from BoBunny
Other:  Bow Easy Tool, Black Pearls, Scor-Tape, Butterfly punch from McGill, Spellbinder Dies