Sunday, July 15, 2012

Really Reasonable Ribbon Sizzlin’ Summer Colors Challenge

It’s time for another challenge over at the Really Reasonable Ribbon’s Ramblings Blog and the theme this time is Sizzlin’ Summer Colors and Ribbon.  Woohoo!!  I love bright summer colors.

This card was made using The Sweet Stop Sketch – SSS167.

To make the ribbon flower on my card you will need the ribbon of your choice (from Really Reasonable Ribbon of course), a ruler, a lighter or candle to heat seal your ribbon ends, a needle and heavy-duty thread, hot glue gun and some type of embellishment such as a buttons or a brad for the center.

1.  For my flower I used 1/4″ grosgrain, but you can use any width and style of ribbon you want depending on your project.  I used 4 colors and 7 petals for my flower, but this can also be changed based on the look you want.  I cut my lengths at 2″, 2-1/2″, 3″ and 3-1/2″.

2.  Take you needle and thread and make a quick knot about 3″ away from the end just to be safe so you don’t accidentally pull the thread all the way though your petals.  Starting with the longest piece, slide the ribbon pieces on to your needle.

3.  When you get all 4 pieces on, fold up each piece beginning with the last piece you put on and slide them onto the needle too.  Then, carefully slide them down your thread.  Sorry about the blurry photo – it’s hard to take photos with your non-dominant hand ๐Ÿ™

4.  Here is your first petal.

5.  Keep repeating this step until you have all the petals on your thread.

6.  Remove your needle and center the petals on the thread.  Now you are going to tie a surgeon’s knot.  To make a surgeons knot, cross the right end over the left and go through the loop.  Then go through the loop again.  This knot helps to hold tight so it doesn’t slip while you make your second know to secure it.  It’s kind of the equivalent of holding your finger on it for the times when you just can’t keep your finger in there.  ๐Ÿ˜€   I then pull the tails towards the center and clip the thread with about 1/4″ left.  I tuck this in the middle so it will get caught in the hot glue when I add the center embellishment.

7.  Select your embellishment for the center and have it ready.  I used a double stacked button on the flower I used on my card and I used a button with a decorative brad threaded through on this flower.  Fill the center hole with hot glue and then press on your center.  I do all my hot gluing on my Stay-Put Craft Mat from Scor-Pal.  It’s non-stick and heat resistant and simply wipes clean.  It’s one of my must have tools and it’s always set up right beside my cutting mat.  I LOVE it!!

Here is the finished piece.  Isn’t it fun??

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.  I just love ribbon flowers.  I see some real potential for this flower as a hair bow or clippie.  Hmmmmm.  I’ll work on that and post what I come up with.

I hope you will join our challenge this week.  All types of crafts are welcome as long as you follow the Sizzlin’ Summer Colors theme and use some sort of ribbon or trim on your project.  Lets see what you are working on!!

~ Bonnie ~

Supplies Used:
Paper:  Design Paper from Recollections
Spellbinders M-Bossabilites :  Splendid and Nestabilities
Misc:  buttons, brads, eyelets
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Friday, July 13, 2012

Really Reasonable Ribbon July Blog Hop

Welcome to the RRR July Blog Hop. This month we are honored to have our friends from the CardMaker Blog Design Team joining us.  What a talented group of ladies.  You’re in for a real treat today.  If you arrived here from Judy’s awesome blog you are on the right track.

If you just happened along, why don’t you head on over to the CardMaker Blog and start from the beginning so you don’t miss a thing.  If you get lost along the way, just make your way back to the CardMaker Blog or the Really Reasonable Ribbon’s Ramblings Blog and we’ll get you back on track.

 For July, the RRR Monthly Ribbon Club Assortment is a Sizzlin’ Summer Bright Yellow and Apple Green assortment. What a great summer color combo.

This month I made a simple flower headband and a card to share with you using ribbon from the July Ribbon Club Assortment.

First up I have a headband tutorial.  We have been working with some awesome products from Scor-Pal in July and I’ve found another great use for my Scor-Tape.  If you are one of those super coordinated ladies who can operate a hot glue gun and get stuff stuck down before the glue dries without burning yourself, then that is another option, but I’ve found the Scor-Tape to be a much more forgiving (and less painful) adhesive option for this project.  I’ve also put this to the test over the last 3 weeks to make sure Scor-Tape would hold up for this type of use, and I’m very pleased with the results.

1.  To begin, I used a short piece of 1/4″ Scor-Tape wrapped around each end of the 1/4″ headband.  Add a short piece of ribbon over each end for a nice finished tip.

2. Run 1/4″ Scor-Tape along the entire inner and outer side of the 1/4″ headband.  Make sure it is adhered well.  Then peel off a couple of inches of the paper liner on both sides to expose the adhesive.  Begin on the inside of the headband and then start wrapping the ribbon around the headband overlapping a bit on each round.  Always heat-seal the end of the ribbon so it will not fray.  You will likely use about 1-1/2 yards of ribbon to wrap the headband depending on how much you overlap the ribbon on each wrap.  Just work off your entire length of ribbon and there will be no waste.

3.  Keep exposing more of the adhesive as you go and keep neatly wrapping the ribbon around the headband until you get to the other end.

4.  Once you get to the end, clip the ribbon so it will finish off on the inside of the headband.  Heat seal the end of the ribbon and press it firmly into the Scor-Tape.

5.  Now for the flower.  I cut a one inch circle from heavy duty card stock and added a piece of 1-1/2″ Scor-Tape.  Then take to rough edges of the Scor-Tape and just fold them into the circle.  Neatness does not count because you will never see this.  (If you don’t have wide Scor-Tape, just run several strips of whatever width you have across the circle.)

6.  Take an 18″ piece of 5/8″ ribbon.  Heat seal the ends and stitch a running stitch along the length of one edge.

7.  Gather the stitches and put some tacking stitches in the end to hold it in place.

8.  Adhere the gathered ribbon to the sticky circle beginning at the outer edge and working towards the center.  If need be, add another small square of adhesive in the center to make sure the middle is secure.

And here you have your finished flower.

Adhere the flower to your headband and you’re all done.  ๐Ÿ™‚  For this part I would take out the hot glue gun or another adhesive like E-6000.

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I also made a quick card using some ribbon from the July Ribbon Club Assortment, a simple sentiment from Quietfire Designs and a couple of Spellbinder dies.  I also used my Scor-Buddy and one of my favorite little tools from Scor-Pal called a Scor-Bug.  This fun little tool made those little dotted lined one the bottom of my card below. 

You can see the scored lines and dots best on the photo below.  I used my bone folder and Scor-Buddy to score lines framing out the top of the card and then I scored lines every half inch centered across the bottom and I used the Scor-Bug to score the dotted lines in between.  You use the little tool the same way you used the bone folder and run it along the lines in your Scor-Buddy or Scor-Pal tool.  What a fun effect with a minimum of effort.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!!  Your next stop is Caroline’s wonderful Blog.   I would love for you to leave a comment below before you leave. 

~ Bonnie ~
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