Wednesday, June 13, 2012

RRR June Blog Hop

Welcome to the RRR June Blog Hop.  If you arrived here from Judy’s awesome blog, you are on the right track. 
If not, why don’t you head on over to the RRR Blog and start from the beginning so you don’t miss a thing.

For June, the RRR Monthly Ribbon Club Assortment is a Red, White and Blue assortment.  I just love this color combo.  I decided to make a couple of ribbon headbands this month. 

I realized when I was taking the photographs that they would look so much better if I had a cute little model like Misty does.  Oh well.  Some day I hope to have a couple of granddaughters to fill that roll.  Until then, I either have to get going earlier than two days before the blog hop and borrow my niece, or get by with photos like the ones below.

For the first headband I used a 1/2″ plastic headband and the 3/8″ diamond satin ribbons to cover the headband and I made a pretty little flower with the 7/8″ red satin horizontal stripe, 5/8″ silver edge lt navy satin and the 3/8″ white with silver edge satin for the tiny folded ribbon rose in the center.

For the second headband I used a 3/4″ plastic headband and the red and lt navy diamond satin and the white with silver edge satin.  By using a different placement for the colors, I achieved a totally different look for this one.

I’ve been asked quite a bit for a video tutorial for the woven ribbon headbands and I will be working on that soon.  I lost my video editor when my son got a job in North Carolina and moved 600 miles away.  He will be home in early July, so if I can’t figure it out by then, I’ll have some help.  🙂

Your next stop is Heidi’s wonderful blog.  Thanks so much for stopping by today!!

~  Bonnie  ~

Friday, June 1, 2012

Flowers and Ribbon Theme Challenge at RRR

It’s time for another fun challenge over at Really Reasonable Ribbon’s Ramblings and today the theme is Flowers and Ribbon or Trim.

I made a fun flower using 7/8″ red gingham and added a folded ribbon rose made of 5/8″ white checkerboard satin to the middle.  I attached it over a strip of 3/8″ red gingham running across the card. 

I love the way it turned out.  I couldn’t resist adding the fun little ladybug brad in the bottom corner.

Have an awesome day!!

~ Bonnie ~

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 ~