Wednesday, November 28, 2012

CAS Chistmas Card Set


Hi everyone.  Today I have a pretty card set I made using one of my new favorite ribbons from Really Reasonable Ribbon


Okay, so I think it’s a well know fact that I have much difficulty with the Clean and Simple style of card.  BUT, I continue to try.  You would think that CAS would be the easiest type of card to make, but apparently I just don’t know when to stop.  I admire all of you who can pull off this style.  It takes me hours to come up with a card and I break out in a cold sweat while doing so!


I know some of my ‘teamie’s’ laugh when I say something is CAS, but this is as CAS as it gets for me!!  You will not likely see a single layer card from me EVER!  I just can’t do it!!  There are so many crafty goodies calling out to me ‘Use me, use me!!”

I actually don’t hate this set I came up with, but I have to admit that I’m itching to add a few dozen doo-dads to them along with about 6 or 7 additional layers.  I think it’s a disease.  hehehe


Here are some close-ups.


This card uses Sheer with Shimmery Edge Blue Ribbon


Did you know that Really Reasonable Ribbon offers gift subscriptions for 3, 6, or 12 months for our Monthly Ribbon Club?  This is the perfect gift for a crafty friend because you can never have enough ribbon!!  Your friend will get a fun little present each month for the term you select.  AND, one of the cards above will go out with the first shipment with a personalized message from you.  How cool is that??  Of course, if it’s for someone who has a birthday or other event to celebrate during the holidays, we will change the sentiment on the front of the card.  You can order at any time and specify the starting month and when you want the first shipment to be sent out.


Thanks so much for stopping by today!


~ Bonnie ~




Ribbon:  Sheer with Shimmery Edge Ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon

Stamp:  Holiday Greetings sentiment from Inkadinkado (could be retired – I’ve had it for ages)

Paper: Design Paper from Recollections and Cardstock from my stash

Embossing Folder:  Spellbinders Holiday Magic

BowEasy Tool

Adhesives:  Scor-Tape, CandiFix foam pads


Monday, November 19, 2012

Holiday Tree Ornament Tutorial


Hi everyone.  Today I have a Ribbon Tree Tutorial for you using lots of fun ribbon styles from Really Reasonable Ribbon


Now, I’m sure you’ve seen trees like this before – they are all over Pinterest and the web, but I thought I’d come in and give you my ‘pumped up’ version.  I find that I’m not usually capable of ‘quick and easy’, so here’s my jazzed up version.


Ribbon Tree Ornament Tutorial
3/8″ Hunter Green Grosgrain – 24″
1/8″ Red Diagonal Stripe Ribbon – 2 pieces at 24″ each (optional)
4″ piece of 3/8″ Brown Grosgrain
small scrap of 3/8″ Red Satin Double Ruffle Ribbon for bow
1/8″ Scor-Tape
Lighter or Fray check to seal ribbon ends
6mm plastic pearl beads or beads of your choice
a couple smaller seed beads for top and bottom
450 Quick Dry from Helmar or other quick drying adhesive
Roll your 4″ piece of brown grosgrain and apply adhesive to the end to hold the roll.  Set the tree trunk aside.
If you want the layered ribbon look, use 1/8″ Scor-Tape to adhere the 1/8″ red diagonal stripe ribbon to each side of the 3/8″ hunter green grosgrain.  Be sure to burnish it down so it’s stuck on really well.  It’s really not necessary to add the extra 1/8″ ribbon.  It really looks quite nice without it too as you can see here.
Cut one end of your ribbon at an angle and heat seal or apply fray check.
With a fine point marker, make a mark 1-1/2″ from one end for your starting point.  Then make dots along the ribbon spacing them at:  3-1/4″, 3″, 2-3/4″, 2-1/2″, 2-1/4″, 2″, 1-3/4″, 1-1/2″, 1-1/4″, and 1″.
Take your needle and thread and double the thread and make a knot at the end.  Bring your needle through the first mark, down through the tree trunk you made and through a medium-sized seed bead. 
Take the needle and go back through the tree trunk and back through the ribbon.  The seed bead acts as your anchor at the bottom of the tree trunk.


Now add a pearl and go through the ribbon at your next mark.  Continue in this fashion until you get to the top of your tree.
Add a pearl at the top.  You can also trim the ribbon at the top of your tree to the length you desire and seal the end with a lighter or fray check.

Now bring your thread and needle up through your prepared bow, through another smaller seed bead and around the metallic silver thread that will act as our hanger.

Go back down through your seed bead, through the pearl, the bow, the top pearl and the ribbon to the point shown below.  Take a few stitches to secure, and bury the thread by taking it down through a couple more pearls.  Then snip the ends. 
Voila!!  Here is your finished piece.
I also made another one (which happens to be my favorite) with 5/8″ Gold Glitz Ribbon topped off with a pretty bow made from our new Red Sheer with Shimmery Edge Ribbon.  I adjusted the measurements for this a bit because of the wider ribbon.  I used 32″ of the gold glitz, 4″ of 5/8″ brown grosgrain for the trunk and 8mm pearls.  I started with my first mark at 1-3/4″ and added two additional marks at the beginning at 3-3/4″ and 3-1/2″.  This will give you one extra row of ‘branches’.  The rest of the assembly is the same.  I think the glittery look of the ribbon really makes the tree pop.

I hope you’ll give this project a try.  This is a fun and easy gift and could even be added to a pretty wrapped gift.
Thanks so much for stopping by today.  If you like this project, why not ‘Pin It’.
~ Bonnie ~


Thursday, November 15, 2012

Really Reasonable Ribbon ‘Anything But a Card’ Challenge

It’s time for a fun new challenge over at the Really Reasonable Ribbon’s Ramblings Blog.

The theme for Challenge #60 is ‘Anything But a Card’ with Ribbon or Trim.
I have gone way back to my craft fair roots and made a Ribbon Pinecone Ornament.  I used to make these by the dozens and they were great sellers. 
For this pinecone I used 7/8″ Double-Faced Satin in brown and old gold for the pinecone and 7/8″ brown for the top spikes and 5/8″ brown for the loopy bow.  The hanger is made from Gold Metallic String, all from Really Reasonable Ribbon.
Now, I love the way this pinecone turned out, but don’t limit yourself to traditional pinecone-like color combos.  I have successfully made red and green, red plaid and purple, red plaid and royal blue, and many other fun Christmas combos.  No matter what colors you choose, your pinecone will be beautiful and festive on your tree!
I was going to do a tutorial for you, but after googling around a bit I realized there are TONS of tutorials out there already for this fun project.  If you want to give it a try, just google Ribbon Pinecone tutorial and pick one. 
We hope you’ll head over and join our new RRR Challenge or just take a look at the other samples from the DT and the entries.  There will be lots of great inspiration!!
Happy Crafting!!
~ Bonnie ~