Saturday, April 23, 2011

April - A Perfect Spring Month

This is the second post of the day.  Be sure to scroll down so you don't miss Kerri's wonderful birthday card.
Hello everyone, this is Gayle Martin and I am thrilled to be the Guest Designer for Really Reasonable Ribbon for  the month of April. Thank you all for allowing me to work with your wonderful product selection at Really Reasonable Ribbon.  When I saw all of the choices and colors I had a hard time making a decision on what I wanted to work with. My final a little shopping.
I chose the Baker's Twine because there is such a fabulous selection of colors. I absolutely could not pass up having them all.

This is a perfect month to show you some table decorations that can easily be made with a few recycled discards from your kitchen and some paint from your craft room. 

These are created with jars that you probably toss every day. I painted the inside of the jars with regular light blue acrylic paint that has been diluted  ( just a little with water). You will actually see that in some of the jars I watered down the paint a little too much and it separated on the inner wall of the jar when it dried. I then had to add an additional coat of paint to the interior of the jar, so that it would be completely covered. This time I used a light green paint over the blue paint.       

 To finish off the jars I tied a tag to the jars with Baker's Twine and Seam Binding. The Seam binding is held in to position on the jars with Helmar 450 Adhesive.
 When I told my mom about the project that I was working on she gave me  some of her old bottles for my project. I decided not to paint them and just allow the milky glazed glass to show. I printed vintage cards off of the internet for some of the bottles. This project could easily be adapted to fit the theme of your holiday of party.

April is a really busy month around my house with birthdays and anniversaries.  There are three children with birthdays in April; my daughter and my 2 nieces.   My parents also have birthdays and they will be 79 and 80 years old this month.
I thought I would be creative and come up with some fun birthday cards using items I had at home and my stash of Really Reasonable Ribbon.  I have been looking at all of the cards and it is a little intimidating. I am not usually a  card maker but thought it would be fun to give it a try.

I have been mailing them daily to my daughter for her Birthday Week as she calls it.

The birthday cards are ready for the Queen Bee's of the Month and I have used an assortment of Really Reasonable Ribbon to embellish them. For card, scrapbook pages or projects Gingham's are definitely a go to for my projects. But I like to mix it up and had an assortment of ribbon to use. This is the collection of ribbons I used for these cards are Stitches, Gingham's, Organza, and Baker's Twine.

The Baker's Twines are one of my favorite embellishments  for pages and packages and Really Reasonable Ribbon has a wide assortment of colors in their assortment. The collection of 12 colors has 60 yards for only $9.49 that is a great deal.

Another way to use the  baker's twines are on your scrapbook pages. This page featured the Orange Bakers Twine included in the assortment package.

I can already see that I will need to order more of these beautiful Baker's Twines. I have only touched the surface of what I would like to use them for.

Thanks for visiting the  RRR blog today. Please be sure and visit the Really Reasonable Ribbon web site for all of your ribbon needs.

Gayle Martin


  1. Love the painted jars, very vintage looking! I also have the Divine Twine Bakers Twine...yummy!!

  2. Awesome projects Gayle! I love those little bottles and your layout and cards are just terrific. Thanks so much for guest designing for us today at Really Reasonable Ribbon.

  3. I LOVE LOVE LOVE your projects and Baker's Twine is one of my all time FAVES!!!

  4. Oh my gosh those jars are gorgeous!!! I especially love the painted ones. Talk about happy accidents, the blue/green is my absolute favorite!! I also love your cards they are colorful and whimsical and it looks like you do cards every day!!! Great art!!!

  5. Love love love your altered bottles. What a great idea. And using the baker's twine on your layout is awesome. Must try that soon. :)


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