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 ~
Tuesday, November 13, 2012

RRR November Blog Hop

Welcome to the RRR November Blog Hop.

If you arrived here from Jeanne’s awesome blog, you are on the right track. If not, why not head back to the RRR Blog and start from the beginning so you don’t miss any of the terrific projects.

This month the Really Reasonable Ribbon Monthly Ribbon Club Assortment consists of black, charcoal grey and a deep scarlet red. I just love all the rich dark colors. Isn’t it great for the holidays??!  You can use the assortment alone or pair it with some of the brighter colors from past assortments to really make a statement.


Did you know that Really Reasonable Ribbon has gift subscriptions for our Monthly Ribbon Club?  You can order a 3, 6 or 12 month subscription for your favorite ‘crafty’ friend.  The perfect gift that keeps on coming throughout the year!  And seriously, can anyone ever have too much ribbon??!!


I started with a CAS card (well, CAS for me!) this month.  I layered some scarlet 3/8″ diamond satin on top of a piece of black shimmer satin to run across the card and added a small double bow above my center panel.


For my second card I did some ribbon weaving with a variety of style from the assortment.  I was going for a flannel shirt look, but didn’t really get there.  lol    I like it anyway.  🙂


For my last card I used a new stamp and die set from JustRite Stamps.  I embellished with one of my leftover poinsettia samples from last month.  This poinsettia is made using the scarlet shimmer satin.  Love it!

I just love the subtle shimmer from this pretty ribbon.   If you missed the poinsettia tutorial last month you can find it HERE.
Thanks so much for stopping by today.
Your next stop is Katie’s wonderful blog.
I would love for you to leave a comment before you go.
 ~ Bonnie ~

Supplies Used:
Ribbon – Really Reasonable Ribbon November Ribbon Club Assortment
Stamps – Quietfire Designs and JustRite Stamps
Paper – Green background paper from The Paper Studio, cardstock from my stash
Other – Assorted dies from Spellbinders and JustRite Stamps

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Really Reasonable Ribbon October Blog Hop

Welcome to the RRR October Blog Hop.

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

This month the Really Reasonable Ribbon Monthly Ribbon Club Assortment celebrates Christmas. I just love all the reds and greens and the pretty white crochet lace. Isn’t it beautiful??!


First I have a Christmas card for you featuring a quick and easy Ribbon Poinsettia Flower.

I used the red checkerboard satin for the poinsettia and the forest green diamond satin for the leaves, both found in the October Monthly Ribbon Club assortment.  I finished it off with a Snow White Pearl in the center.  The flower is sitting on the Christmas Zig Zag on Red Satin layered on top of the beautiful white crochet lace.  Looks kind of pretty, right?

Here’s a close-up of the flower.  
Would you like to know how I made it? 
Yes??  Well, okay.  I’ll tell ya.

Here’s a quick tutorial on how I made my pretty
ribbon poinsettia flower.
5/8″ red checkerboard ribbon – about 16″
5/8″ forest green diamond satin – about 3″
thread to match main ribbon color
lighter or fray check to seal ribbon ends
stong craft glue to attach finished ribbon flower to your project
Snow White Pearl or other embellishement of your choice for flower center
First you will need to cut 4 red pieces of ribbon at 2-1/4″ each, 3 red pieces at 1 3/4″ each and one green piece at 2-1/2″.  The ribbon width I used is 5/8″ wide.  If you increase the ribbon width you will need to increase the length of your pieces.  Cut the end of each piece in a point like the pieces below. 
 Seal the ends of your ribbon with fray check or by quickly running a flame across the raw edges.  Do you need to seal the ends if you are using the flower on a card as I did above?  Probably not.  If you are making a hair accessory or something that will be handled quite a bit, then I would go ahead and take the time to seal the ends.
Thread your needle with thread that matches the color of your ribbon.  For my example I used white so you can see my stitches, but use a matching thread on your flower.  Take a few stitches similar to the ones I did below across the middle of the ribbon piece.  If you keep your stitching consistent, the pleats of your flowers will be consistent and will make for a nicer finished piece.
Stitch all of the 2-1/4″ pieces as shown below.
Once they are all stitched, pull the stitching tight and then wrap the thead around the middle.  Then tie it off securely and clip the thread.
Repeat the same thing for the three shorter pieces and then for the leaf piece.  When you do the leaf piece, leave yourself a bit of a tail on the beginning end before your knot and don’t clip the tail when you are done.
Stack all your clusters on top on one another beginning with the leaf on the bottom and then wrap the thread from the leaf around all three clusters a couple of times to secure and then tie it off on the back.  Clip the thread leaving a bit of a tale that you can catch in your glue or adhesive when you attach it to your project.  This will ensure that it won’t come apart.  Once the pieces are together you will have to play around with the placement of the petals a bit.  It doen’t have to be perfect because how many perfect poinsettia flowers have you seen?  Nature is NOT perfect so your flower petals don’t need to be either.
Add a little half pearl or button or your choice of embellishment to finish off the center and you are done.  Super easy, right??
For my second project I made a poinsettia flower to attach to a pretty Christmas woven ribbon headband. Believe it or not I used the White Christmas Dots and Ovals Satin and the Red Christmas Zig Zag ribbon from the October Ribbon Club Assortment.  What?  You don’t see the Red Christmas Zig Zag Satin?  That’s because I used the back side of it!  I tried it the other way and it looked a bit too busy, so I just flipped it over and used the back.  Hey, it’s your ribbon, so you can use it any way you want!!  😉
If you missed the tutorial on how to make a woven ribbon headband, you can find it HERE.
Thanks so much for stopping by today.
Your next stop is Heidi’s wonderful blog.
I would love for you to leave a comment before you go.

If you liked this project, please sign on as a follower or for my email feed.  I haven’t been blogging much lately, but that is going to change really soon.  I have some fun projects and tutorials coming soon!!

~ Bonnie ~

Supplies Used:
Ribbon – Really Reasonable Ribbon October Ribbon Club Assortment
Stamps – JustRite Stampers Christmas Treasures Set
Paper – assorted cardstock from my stash 
Other – Spellbinders dies, Darice embossing folder, Snow White Pearl, 1/2″ Child Size headband