Thursday, January 31, 2013

Who am I?

Okay ladies, I'm having a bit of a crafty identity crisis.  I have no idea what my style is any more.
So........back in the day when I had time to follow my crafty desires, I knew who I was.  Lots of layers, precision cutting and coloring, bright colors, etc.
Now, I hardly ever have time to craft and when I do, it's just pandemonium!  I don't know what I'm doing, what I'm using, what kind of project I want to make.  Has this ever happened to any of you?
So, I'm searching for the new 'crafty me'......  You are likely to see a bunch of trial 'identities' while I play around.  Hang in there,  okay?
Today I have a couple of kinda CAS birthday cards.  I really want to embrace this style because I like it - and, well, when you have limited time it seems like this is the way to go. 
Just not sure if I can pull it off..............
I accessorized this first card with a piece of 1-1/2" wide Tulip Grosgrain - (love that color!) and some Plum Baker's Twine.
The second card shows off some of the colors of our fun Sheer 3-Stripe Ribbon
I just love this stuff!!
Thanks for stopping by today!
~ Bonnie ~
Supply list:
Ribbon:  Really Reasonable Ribbon
Stamps:  card 1 - Happy Birthday Sentiment from JustRite Stampers, card 2 - Happy Birthday digi from Bird's cards
Paper:Design Paper from Recollections and cardstock from my stash
Other:  Spellbinders Nestabilites dies, Cuttlebug embossing folder

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Playing with Textures

Hi everyone!  Vivian here to share with you a recent card project that's all golden. In my mixed media work and various papercrafting projects, I've been playing around with shapes that are somewhat abstract and have really gotten excited about the multitude of ways in which we can incorporate texture into our projects.  
The great variety of textures in the fibers available at the Really Reasonable Ribbon shop makes me really happy!  So while some folks crave the mall and fashions, I am perfectly content to stay home in my pajamas and load my online RRR cart!  Check out how this stuff glistens in the morning light!
Time for me to order more organza!
In this card project, I liberally wrapped a square of richly decorative foiled patterned paper with Metallic String Gold.  Then I randomly wove a few lengths of Sheer Iridescent Copper Organza through the strands of gold string.
My focal image is an abstract cluster of textures created with the aforementioned fibers, pearls, and a matte translucent button.
And one of my favorite Hampton Art sentiments, a reminder to take life one day at a time.  We all need that, don't we?  Especially on humpdays.  Hope y'all cruise on into the weekend and see you back here next month.
Really Reasonable Ribbon - Metallic String Gold, Sheer Iridescent Copper Organza
Hampton Art - Blooming Memories Clear Stamp Set
SEI - "Arboretum" Field Notes Patterned Paper
DCWV - The Gilded Orchard Stack
Clearsnap - Top Boss Watermark Ink
Tim Holtz - Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Tsukineko - Gold embossing powder
Spellbinders - Frame die for sentiment
La Mode - Button

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Make you own Bow Maker

Hello, my dear crafty friends! Today is my last post as a Guest Designer on the Really Reasonable Ribbon blog and this will be a small tutorial I want to share with  you.
And as ribbons are the main issue of this blog/shop, how about your own portable Bow maker and this time I am pretty sure it's a new and never seen tutorial. Why I am sure about it?  I used  my dental supplies to make it and I am pretty sure about not having so may dentists crafting with ribbons around the web.
So here it is- my Portable Tin Bow Maker for you. Look like a cute altered box? So it is, but wait for the inside of it.

Don't worry- dental supplies are not obligatory, you can use any paper clay or polymer clay to make this tool.
Pick a tin with a lid- can be a recycled one too (I used Making Memories tin, but any mint tin about 3x2'' will do the job.)
Now pick some molding paste (can be bought in any craft shop, but if you have a dentist friend it's even better as our molds smell better and mine has this great grape taste and smell). Make four 3'' wooden pegs from your BBQ wooden sticks or use an old chopstick.  We all have some at home and you will need them during the process and  to use  for your bow making after. Now mix the equal parts of both pastes (all molding pastes have 2 parts to be mixed for a minute or so) , make a rectangle about  3/4'' flat and fill the inside of your tin. 

Now stick 2 of your wooden pieces about 1/2'' from each side (it will give you 2'' ribbon  bow) and another 2 in the middle to make this 1'' bow. Let it dry with sticks inside. Now pull the sticks and your bow maker is done.

Here are some photos to show you how to make a 2'' bow. The box will use those wooden sticks storage and  you don't need to buy any fancy one (anyway, my fancy bow maker was lost  after all).
Please note that the pearl pins are just my add on to make the photos more clear, you don't need to use them during your bow making at all.
First tie the ribbon around the pegs as shown .

 Now take the left   ribbon end (the upper one) under the loop as shown.

Now move the same ribbon above  the loop as shown

This was a moment to take my pins off (as I said you don't even need them) and to make a knot with both free ribbon ends.

Pull the pegs  out of the mold and your bow is made. Trim the ends as wanted and use it as I did to embellish my bow maker box.

Now just take time to embellish your Bow Maker box.
First of all pick some ScoreTape and embellish the lid with Jute  Natural 3/8'' ribbon, cut the edges to fit the tin lid. Add some thin tape around and glue Hemp Cord from Multi Weight set. For my tin lid I used 3 layers of 3/8''width. The bottom was just perfect for one layer of Natural Crochet Lace  trim and I added the same hemp over it.

I  glued a nice flower branch over the lid (Prima) and added my pink bow I made with Swiss Dots Light Coral ribbon.
And as I said- any mold will make the job and if not- try some Paper clay  or some Polymer clay (can be baked with a tin, but don't use Microwave as the tin is metal)
Product list:
Really Reasonable Ribbon:
Tin (Making Memories)
Flowers (Prima)
Other: molding paste, wooden pegs
That's it for this post and for my Guest Designing for Really Reasonable Ribbon shop.
Thanks for great products and this fantastic exposure!
See you again in my blog with more ribbon posts!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday Terry!! 
So again, I was making a birthday card on the day before someone's birthday.  Why  is it that I just can't get it together??  I like to tell everyone that I celebrate their birthday by sitting down to create a card on that very special day.  :)

Today is a very special RRR birthday. 

Not only is Terry my friend and my sister-in-law, but she is also the very best ribbon order fulfillment specialist that RRR ever had.  Yup, that's right, if you place an order at Really Reasonable Ribbon, it's very likely Terry is packing that order for you - and doing a really good job too, so please join me in wishing her a very Happy Birthday!!
For this card I used a new favorite color combo for me - kraft and aqua.  I printed the Happy Birthday message on my computer and layered it on some kraft cardstock and then 7/8" Tropic Grosgrain.  The side column is 1-1/2" Light Brown Jute Ribbon, 5/8" Tropic Grosgrain and Natural Jute String.  The butterfly is Wonderful Wings Grand Shapeabilites and my design papers are all from Recollections.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

~ Bonnie ~

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Romantic Valentine's Day Card

Hello Friends!!
Happy Sunday!!
Heather here and I have yet another Valentine's Day Creation to share with you.
I used some fabby trims and Ribbons from 
Really Reasonable Ribbon.
The digital images are from Gecko Galz.
Here you can see how I inked the polkadot ribbons.
Super Quick and Easy "Flower How Too"
Step 2
Step 3
Step 4
Step 5
Continue to put all 5 pieces of ribbon in place.
Step 6
Add this to any card, with some of the leaves trims...and you are all set with a wonderful embellishment.  You can refer back up to my card to see how it looks finished.

Here are a few other cards I have made this month using RRR ribbons and trim.  I didn't want you to miss out on all my lovely RRR creations!!
The Elephant Digital collage is one I designed myself and the rest of the images are from Gecko Galz.
Couple close ups.
Another Valentine Card
Lots of lovely layers on this one.  Again the images are from Gecko Galz, and I used Old Gold diamond (inked with vintage photo), Burgundy leaves, and pink crochet lace, all from RRR.
Here is an all white card...not my normal style...thank goodness for Bonnie's Wonderful assortment of white I could make it as "Heathery" as possible.
White satin double ruffle ribbon, White crochet lace, white pom pom trim, white ric rac, and white leaves.
You can never have enough leaves!  .
Below is a Cute Vintage Baby Card.  Again, I have a lot of yummy goodies from RRR to make my card all vintagey...and shabby!
Juliet Lace, Aqua diamond ribbon, Moss leaves,
Celery crochet lace, Chocolate Marshmallow Candis and
Candi Fix it Foam pads.
Some more up close shots.
Thank you for visiting!!
Hopefully one of these has inspired you to do some creating!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

RRR Blogoversary Prize Winners!

This is the second post of the day. 
Be sure to scroll down so you don't miss the fun project Cheryl shared with us today.
Happy Anniversary to the Really Reasonable Ribbon's Ramblings Blog. 
It's been a fun 3 years so far and we are looking forward to inspiring you for many years to come.
So................. it's time to give away some prizes.

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:
Timestamp: 2013-01-26 13:59:23 UTC
Our first winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to Really Reasonable Ribbon.
Our $50 winner is:
153. Jamie L (follower) (Scrappin' 2 baby girls)
Our next two winners will each receive a $25 gift certificate to Really Reasonable Ribbon.
Our two $25 winners are:
151. Becky D  (bloglessinutah)
14. lydia  (Love Lydia)
Please contact us using the contact button above using the email address you entered for the drawing.  If I don't hear from you I will come looking for you on Monday.   :)  Congrat's to all my winners!! 
Happy Shopping Ladies!
Thanks so much to everyone who stopped by to enter our giveaway.  We hope you'll stop by our blog again soon!

Accordion Pocket Tutorial


Today I'm sharing an Accordion style Pocket that holds several tags for photos. This page was designed using the Beautiful Laces, Bags, and buttons from Really Reasonable Ribbon.
Supplies Needed:
Bags/Really Reasonable Ribbon
Crocheted Lace/Really Reasonable Ribbon
Mini Pom Pom Trim /Really Reasonable Ribbon
Scor-Tape 1/2 inch/Really Reasonable Ribbon
Buttons/Really Reasonable Ribbon
And whatever embellishments you choose. I used CottageCutz Dies, Homemade Butterfly, Feathers and Pearls to complete my page.

I absolutely LOVE the Crocheted Lace from Really Reasonable Ribbon and I'm in the process of collecting all the colors. On this page I used the Pink. I also used the Black Mini Pom Pom Trim, Scor-Tape, and buttons from the Strawberry pack, and Cookies & Cream pack.

I LOVE this accordion pocket and it's perfect for holding photos and writing on the back. You can add photos to the back of each tag or writing.
My VIDEO on The Accordion Pocket

Thank you for looking and hope you enjoyed my post today!!! 
Hugs to all,