Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Christmas Nights

It's not too late to make a few more Christmas cards, and this one is relatively quick and easy thanks to these gorgeous gold reindeer embellishments which are available by the yard at Really Reasonable Ribbon.  The moon is a punched circle (a scrap of beautiful gold shimmery textured cardstock, but the pic doesn't do it justice and no matter how hard I tried the camera just wouldn't pick it up.)  The background is a large Swiss Dot stamp, and all the tree images (of which I have LOTS - one of my weaknesses, tree stamps!) are stamped and over-stamped in gold Encore ink.  The word window punch is from Stampin' Up, as is the "Very Merry" stamp used inside it.  A little piece of gold ribbon is threaded through the edge of the punched hole and around the card border, and then knotted, just to add a bit of dimension.  So, what do you think?  I think "pretty pretty pretty"!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Sparkle Velvet and Glitz Oh My! :)


Today I have made a couple of projects using Really Reasonable Ribbon's beautiful products.

On these clean and simple cards, I just used white cardstock, a piece of Really Reasonable Ribbon's  gorgeous Green Glitz or Purple Glitz ribbons, some flowers and a Light Green Vintage Jewel.

These are some notebooks that I made for Christmas gifts using some beautifully sparkling Black Sparkle Velvet from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Here is a quick video that I have prepared showing one way to be frugal with your ribbon.
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Thanks so much for dropping by!
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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Rambleations!!! Such Beautiful Ribbons and Trims Await YOU at Really Reasonable Ribbon!!!

A very happy Sunday to each of you from the Really Reasonable Ribbon Ramblers on this lovely day! We hope that you have all survived any of your Black Friday sales adventures and that you are now settled into a peaceful and pleasant day!

With the holiday season quickly approaching I wanted to share with you a couple of ribbons which are offered at the Really Reasonable Ribbon shop where Bonnie is always surprising us with her marvelous selections!

For this Christmas card I used very non-traditional colors and found the PERFECT ribbons at RRR. You can see that I used 2 different widths and textures on the front of the card and made both the horizontal and vertical panels from these two kinds of ribbon. For the horizontal I used a 1.5" Solid Reversible Satin Purples (the other side is such a lovely lavender!)and removed the wires so that the panel would be flat on the card. This gorgeous ribbon is also available in Blues, Pinks, and Rose colorways. Gosh!! Wouldn't this ribbon make a lovely bow with both colors showing?!?! For the vertical I used one of my very favorite ribbons--5/8" Purple Glitz!!! These Glitz Ribbons, available in RED, PURPLE, BROWN, COPPER, GREEN, FUCHSIA, and TURQUOISE, make such a statement on your holiday cards or anytime!!! Not only do they have so much body but you can see that they make marvelous bows with the Bow-Easy Tool!! Bonnie also has a 5 color Holiday Glitz Assortment available for you!!

On the inside of the card, I layered the two different types of ribbons for a bit more dimension and a contrast from the shiny satin of the reversible ribbon to the GLITZ of the narrower ribbon! I hope that you can tell that by layering two very different ribbons you add so much more texture and interest to your card!

We are so glad that you dropped by to see what's rambling around in here today and we hope you will drop by each day to see a new idea or tip from one of the Design Team members! Have a delightful week, stay warm, and visit the Really Reasonable Ribbon shop for any and all of your ribbon "NEEDS" or "WANTS"--you will not be disappointed!! Hugs from Jacque!!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Baby Bow Tutorial

Hello and happy Saturday!  I have a tutorial for you today, and I want you to bear with me because I have a lot of photos!  Some of them aren't the best because my mom was behind the camera LOL!  Love you mom:)  To begin you need a needle, thread, glue gun, Alligator Clip, lighter, scissors, and about 20" of 3/8" ribbon.  I used some super cute Swiss Dots Grosgrain Pink With Brown for this tutorial.

The first step is to line your Alligator Clip with ribbon:  I like to seal the end of my ribbon by moving my lighter across the edge.  This works perfectly to keep it from fraying:)

Add some hot glue to the first couple inches of the ribbon, open your clip and insert the ribbon.  Notice I have the flat side of the clip up.

Add hot glue to the flat part of the clip, and bring the ribbon around to continue lining:

Flip the clip over and glue down the ribbon on the non-flat side:

You can continue and line the inside of that side as well, but I usually just clip my ribbon at this point.  I find that it holds better in fine hair if it's not fully lined:

Now it's time to start on the bow.  Take 9" of ribbon and fold it in half.  Mark the inside of the ribbon with a pencil to show you where the half point is.  I'm sorry I don't have a picture of this.  Then you fold one side of the ribbon in like this:

I fold the end right over my pencil mark.  Do the same to the other side:

Add a couple of stitches to secure:

Now take the middle of the loops and fold them in towards the center as well:

Add some stitches to secure:

Flip the bow over and it should look like this:

Now tie a knot in some ribbon that we will use for the center of the bow:

Hot glue this the knot to the center of your bow:

Now hot glue the bow onto your lined Alligator Clip on the non-flat side.  Make sure to keep the ends of the knot open like this because we will wrap them around the clip to secure:

Open your clip, take one end, and wrap it around and hot glue to secure.  Then take the other end and wrap it around and hot glue to secure.

Here is your completed bow!  So super cute!!!

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial!  If you have any questions please ask and I will do my best to answer them:)  Enjoy your Saturday and have a wonderful rest of your weekend!


Friday, November 26, 2010

Guest Designer - Gloria Stengel

Hello Really Reasonable Ribbon peeps! Let me introduce myself to you. I am Gloria Stengel and am thrilled to be your Guest Designer today! Bonnie asked me to fill in on this very busy week to give the regular DT a holiday break. I was very happy to do so! I am a big fan of ribbon (and this amazing challenge blog), so it was a no-brainer for me to say YES! Some of you may have seen me around blogland. I post almost every day to my personal blog, so make sure you stop by Scraps of Life and say hello!

I have three cards to show you today. Bonnie sent me a nice package of ribbon to work with. The colors are simply stunning! This first card is a vintage Christmas theme. I used the Moss Olive Swiss Dots Grosgrain (3/8") ribbon. The color is so rich!

The knotted ribbon made the perfect backdrop for my floral arrangement. I used Martha Stewart branch punches and mulberry roses, plus a tiny pine cone from the craft store floral department to mimic the greenery in Santa's wheelbarrow.

This next card is a bit more contemporary. I colored this very cute Sugar Nellie stamp with Copic markers. I used Red Gingham (3/8") ribbon this time. Gingham ribbon is my favorite. I just love the county feel of it and it's perfect for this little image.

To make my fabbie bow, I used the Bow Easy Tool. I make pretty good bows, but I can never get both tails behind the knot! With the Bow Easy, you ALWAYS have a perfect bow...and both tails are in the back, right where they belong!

For this next card, I went with sparkle! I used Stickles glitter glue for the snowflakes and needed some ribbon with shine to go with it. (The stamps are from Papertrey Ink.) The RRR Monthly Ribbon Club (November 2010) had the perfect ribbons for my card!

The wider ribbon is the Shimmer Satin Silver (5/8") and the snowflake ribbon is the Silver Snowflake Grosgrain (3/8"). I layered the ribbons to give everything more dimension. If you are a follower of my work, you know I LOVE layers!

And check out that icicle punch (Martha Stewart)! This is as close to snow and cold as I'll get here in So. California! Brrrrrrr!

Thanks for letting me be you guest here at Really Reasonable Ribbon today! If you want more details about these cards, and supply lists, check my blog. I have other cards featuring RRR product on there as well. Come and visit! For a terrific Black Friday sale code for RRR, please click here.

A Blessed Thanksgiving to everyone!

~ Gloria

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thanksgiving SALE at Really Reasonable Ribbon

This is the second post of the day. Please scroll down to the next post for a terrific Thanksgiving place-card tutorial from Aphra.

Hi everyone! I hope you are all enjoying a wonderful Thanksgiving Day with your family and friends.

We are having a 2-day sale at Really Reasonable Ribbon today and tomorrow to celebrate Thanksgiving. From now until midnight on Friday 11/26, TAKE 15% OFF your ENTIRE ORDER - including sale items. Please use the code GOBBLE in the promotional code area on the first page at checkout. (Sale code is not valid on prior orders, ribbon club subscriptions, or special order items.)

This is a perfect time to try some new ribbon styles and treat yourself to a little gift just for you. Be sure to check out our sale section too for some awesome buys! Shop early for the best selection.

Shop 'till you drop!

Gobble Till You Wobble

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you are enjoying your turkey day. In honor of the occasion, I created a couple of cute ribbon turkey place-cards. These were really quick to make. You could probably whip them up in time for dinner. Here's how.

Gather your supplies: 1 7/8" scallop circle punch, 1" circle punch, 1/4" circle punch, 5/8" circle punch, scallop scissors, glue dots, pop dots, liquid adhesive, and Autumn Swiss Dots Assortment.

Punch and stack circles for the turkey's body.

Add the beak and feet.

Add eyes. Cut the gold circles in half to create the eye lids.

Add the warbler. (Is that what it's called?) I used scalloped scissors to cut a semi-circle from red paper and then trimmed it with regular scissors.

How cute, huh? He looks like HE ate too much turkey! LOL!

Create feathers for the turkey by cutting three strips of red, orange, and yellow swiss dots ribbon. Use glue dots to create loops from the ribbon.

Use more glue dots to attach the feathers to the back of the body in a fan shape. Then add the turkey to your card.

Well, thanks for wobbling in today. Hope you have a wonderful holiday. Toodles, Aphra