Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter!

Hi everyone.  Happy Easter to all.  I hope you have a wonderful day with family and friends.
I'm cooking for the family for Easter (read as 'have been cooking and baking for days'!), so this will be a quick post. 
This is a fun basket weave type of ribbon background made with Shimmer Satin from Really Reasonable Ribbon that I did for the March issue of Paper and Pixels Magazine.  You will find a tutorial for this background in the March issue.  This is a fabulous online magazine that features tons of tutorials, freebies and other eye candy each month for only $1.50/mo.  If you have not checked them out yet, I encourage you to do so.  Tell 'em RRR sent ya.
I used pastel ribbon because it's an Easter card, but this would be fabulous with browns too, or any color combo you want.
You may have noticed my little jute flower embellishment too.  You're going to be seeing lots of them because I just LOVE them.  If you missed the tutorial, you can find it HERE.

I found a little time to color up an cute Easter image from Whimsie Doodle that I had on hand too.
Thanks for stopping by today and have a great day!
~ Bonnie ~

Really Reasonable Ribbon Design Team Call

This post will stay at or near the top through March 31st  Please scroll down for new daily posts.
Really Reasonable Ribbon Design Team Call

Really Reasonable Ribbon is conducting a design team call and we are looking for 3 or 4 new members to join our highly creative team. We are looking for talented crafters and artists who love using ribbon, work well with deadlines and have great personalities. If you are a card maker, scrapbooker, hair bow maker, paper crafter, ribbon artist, altered artist or if you do anything fun and unique with ribbon please apply. Our readers are looking for variety, so don't be afraid to show your creative side.  Unusual and creative projects are encouraged.


- You must be a versatile crafter who loves to work with ribbon.
- You must be a self starter and able to manage your time to meet project deadlines that are given out well in advance.

- You must have an active blog and the ability to take quality pictures and post interesting entries directly to the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog. We require 5-6 projects per month as follows:

* We require 3 projects per month posted directly to our blog with one being a tutorial. You must also post projects using 'Really Reasonable' ribbon on your own blog and promote Really Reasonable Ribbon whenever possible.

 * You will be required to link the RRR blog and business on your blog, and participate in and promote special events (usually blog hops) 1-2 times per month. Typically we have one blog hop per month but we may occasionally participate in a second activity in any given month.

 * You will be required to create a sample project for one of our two monthly challenges.

- You will also be required to assist us in commenting on RRR challenge entries.

- We ask that you commit to a 6 month term from May 2013 through October 2013.


- You will receive $25 in free product of your choice per month plus a free Monthly Ribbon Club assortment for use in your projects. You will also enjoy a 20% discount on any other purchases made with free shipping if additional purchases coincide with your regular monthly shipment.

- We will link your blog on the Really Reasonable Ribbon blog.

- You will receive a badge to display on your blog stating that you are a Really Reasonable Ribbon design team member.

- You will have access to our Facebook group where the design team can network and support each other on RRR projects and other design team work.

If you want to work with some fabulous ribbons and think you have what we need please send us the following information to .

- A paragraph about who you are and why you want to be a part of the Really Reasonable Ribbon team

- Three of your favorite projects that you've used ribbon or trim on that will show us the type of work you will create for the Really Reasonable Ribbon blog.  **Please only show us the type of projects we can expect you to create for the team.  If you show us three highly complex projects, we will expect to see that type of project on your RRR blog posts.

- Your crafting resume

- A link to your blog and galleries

- A list of any design teams you are currently on

- Your contact information including your complete name and shipping address

The call will be open until March 31st, 2013. New design team members will be notified by April 10th, 2013.

For more information about Really Reasonable Ribbon, please visit our
Really Reasonable Ribbon’s Ramblings Blog and our Really Reasonable Ribbon website.

For this call, we are accepting applications only from crafters with shipping addresses in the USA.  

Thank you.

Bonnie Garby
Really Reasonable Ribbon

Saturday, March 30, 2013

G'day ribbon friends. Ava here with you today.
It's nice to see you visiting us here at Really Reasonable Ribbon.
The Design Team and owner Bonnie are happy to see you visiting and hope you will soon be 
joining our team regularly here at RRR for lots of inspiration.
My card here should get you to feel the breeze of spring and enjoy those spring walks.
A close up truly showcases the quality ribbons that you can receive by being a kit club member.
 So, open up those windows and let that fresh spring air into your home. 
Visit daily to discover a new inspirational project.


Lavender Silk
Sheer Two Tone Fuchsia/Pink
Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive
Flourish with A Bling

Friday, March 29, 2013

Burning Your Fibers

Hi friends! Over the last few months, I've shared with you a couple of projects in which I scorched my fibers.  Today I thought I'd share a video tutorial which illustrates the types of fibers from Really Reasonable Ribbon that I've been altering and the interesting results.
Here's the video:
In the video, I share a few project samples in which the fibers have been burned.  Interestingly, rather than imparting a harsh feeling, this action often softens the look of be-ribboned projects. After the samples, I share a grungy card project from start to finish that gets a nice punch of extra texture and freshness with an assortment of burned fibers.
Here's a detail of the funky burned fibers.
And a detail of the die-cuts that I grunged up.
Hope you'll take a break from your day to watch!  If you are interested, a detailed supply list is available in the description box under the video.  As for my fibers, I used White Seam Binding, Metallic String Gold, and Metallic String Iridescent White, all available from the RRR shop!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Jute Loopy Flower Tutorial

Hi everyone.  Bonnie from Really Reasonable Ribbon here today with a tutorial for an easy Jute Loopy Flower embellishment.  It can by used for many different crafty applications and although I love it made with jute string, you can use a variety of different cords and ribbons and get lots of great looks.
I first saw this loopy flower on a blog feed from one of my favorite blogs Stamp Talk with Tosh.  I get tons of great ideas and inspirations from her blog and if you have not visited, you really should!!  Tosha was kind enough to give me her blessing on sharing my take on how to create one of these gorgeous flowers.  I urge you to take a look at Tosha's beautiful card and jute flower that inspired mine.  More great news is that Tosha has agreed to be our guest designer for April.  I can't wait!!
Here is a closer look at the flower.
Loopy Jute Flower Tutorial
Jute String or narrow ribbon or twine of your choice
Hot Glue Gun
Buttons for the center
1" circle of heavy duty card stock
Cut twelve 2-1/4" pieces and eight 2" pieces of Natural Jute String. Set aside.
Begin by covering your 1" cardstock circle with ScorTape.  If you don't have 1" wide ScorTape, you can use multiple strips of a narrower width to cover the circle.  I just fold the overhang up and over as shown below.  Now if you don't have ScorTape and you play nice with your glue gun, I suppose you can use that too.  I have a love/hate relationship with my glue gun, so the tape is the far better option for me.
Begin placing 4 loops on to the sticky circle as shown below.  The ScorTape is super sticky, so just press it down well and it won't go anywhere.
Then fill in with two more pieces in each opening....
until the first round is complete.
Here I added another layer of ScorTape.  Press it down well with your fingers or a bone folder and peel the paper off to expose the adhesive.
Now for the second round I staggered the pieces and began as last time with 4 pieces - top, bottom and both sides.
Now add one additional piece in between each of the first 4 pieces.
Now I add a big glob of hot glue.  I want to make sure some hot glue seeps down and touches the ends of each piece for extra security. I will also adhere my button or whatever embellishment I have for the center at the same time.  I had already prepared my button stack and tied the little bow made from Cotton Candy Baker's Twine.
 Now I'm the type of girl who colors in the lines, measures everything (twice!) and has to have everything line up neat and tidy.  That's just how I roll!!  That being said, this flower looks fantastic when it's made in a more random fashion too.  No need to measure out your loops or put exactly 12 on the first row and 8 on the second row.  Play around with it and see what you like.
And here is my finished flower.
Here are a few more I made.  The one on the top left is made using Variegated Pastel Hemp.  This makes a beautiful and more delicate flower. 
The top right and bottom left are made with 1/8" Grosgrain
The bottom right is made with Pink Jute String.
I did add one extra step of adhering the ends together for each piece using hot glue when using the 1/8" grosgrain.
It's hard to see, but I mounted this flower onto a ribbon lined Alligator Clip for a pretty Spring or Summer hair clip.
And this pretty flower was added to one of my Chevron Headbands. 
In case you missed the tutorial for the Chevron Headbands, you can find it HERE.
Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I hope you'll give this project a try.
I would love if you would share your creations on the RRR Facebook Page.
~ Bonnie ~
Card Details:
Ribbon/Twine:  Really Reasonable Ribbon
Stamped Sentiment:  Just Rite Stampers
Ink:  Brilliance Pearlescent Ivy
Adhesive: Scor-Tape
Paper:  Cardstock and Design Paper:  Recollections
Other:  Embossing folder from Cuttlebug and Dies from Spellbinders

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Middy Bitty Bag Tutorial

Hello Friends!!
Happy Wednesday!!
Heather here and today I would like to share with you a tutorial on how to make a mini tag album with the Middy Bitty bag.

Start out with folding your bag in half.  Then put the fold on the 3.5 inch mark (so you are cutting the bag to measure 3.5 inches).
Next you will fold the bag in half again and you will place the Scor tape on your bag in two places (please refer to photo below).
I used the Peachy Keen Lattice background stamp to stamp my background.  Stamp both sides.
I used vintage photo to ink all the edges.
You will want to cut 4 tags to stick out of the top of your bag and 2 tags for the sides.  Top tags measure:  2.25 " wide by 3.75" long.  The side tags measure:  2.75" by 3" long.  I used a punch on my tags below.
Feel free to decorate these how ever you wish :0)
Back to the cover.
I used a piece of digital paper from Gecko Galz for my cover.  It measures 2.25" wide by 3" long.  I inked the edges with Ranger's Vintage photo and used Scor tape to adhere the piece to the cover.
I Placed a piece of scor tape across the front of the album, and then
put the pink diamond ribbon onto the front of the album.  I folded my ribbon in half, and slid the album in between them, leaving an inch of the folded ribbon to the left (like a little handle).  I then put a piece of scor tape on the back of the album to hold the ribbon in place on the back
Next I used an Easter Image from Gecko Galz and the Text boxes I designed myself.  I used the Candi fix it foam pads to elevate the image and text boxes.  I used some art glitter designer glue and a fine tip applicator to apply glue to some of the pink plaid lines.  I added Just peachy glitter.  I used some Juliet lace, moss green leaves and watermelon baker's twine to dress up my cover.
I added some more Juliet Lace, moss leaves and a watermelon baker's twine bow.  Finished off the corners with some Candis.
I hope you have fun making one of these for yourself!! 
I also have a few pieces I did last week Using Goodies from
Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Altered CD two page Album.

I started out with a few pieces of  Core'dinations colorcore cardstock in pink, bluegreen,  greenblue and light pink and green.
  I used Ranger's Vintage Photo distress ink on all my edges, and pop dots to elevate my layers.  The Rose on the front is one that I painted a while back in GIMP.  I created it into a die cut.  I used some of my favorite Moss green leaves, white crochet lace, pink swirls ribbon and cotton candy & teal baker's twine from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Another Book using the Bitty Bags
The base of the album was made with the Middy Bitty Bags.  I used 4 bags for this album, which creates 8 side pockets and 3 top pockets.  I have the exact measurements for what you need on my blog post here (I would post it here..but it is too
Using Stazon Jet black Ink, I stamped my flowers onto my Melon silk ribbon, and then inked it with Ranger's Vintage Photo distress ink.
I used my Crop-O-Dile to punch holes in the top of my three top tags.  Then I used the pink chevron and blue striped ribbons from RRR.  Yes, I inked them with RVP.

Another Album
I hope you have a fabulous day!
Thank you for visiting us at 
Really Reasonable Ribbon today!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

♥♥♥Easter Blessings ♥♥♥ Candy Container

Hello everyone, Cheryl here with a recycled Laughing Cow decorated container for Easter. On my Treat container I used  ♥♥♥Really Reasonable Ribbon's Beautiful Satin's ♥♥♥.

I used the Diamond Satin Tulip that is also in the March Ribbon Kit. I LOVE this beautiful ribbon and the color is soo pretty!!!! I also used some Pink 3/8"Satin with Iridescent Edge Pink for the Bunny Bow and for around the outside edges of my container.

 ♥♥♥How to ♥♥♥
I took a Laughing Cow empty cheese container(the ones that you find at the grocery store) and painted it using white Paint and some Creative Inspiration Paint in PINK too mixed in. I painted the outside of the entire container and set aside to dry. Next I took some Circle /Scalloped Circle Spellbinders and cut my sizes for the top and inside layering. 

I glued the pieces on and then added my CottageCutz/Peachy Keen Easter Basket Bunny, CottageCutz Filigree Egg, Picket Border Fence. All are glued on except the Bunny and the cloud. I used Foam Squares to attach them. The cloud was a cutout from MLS, and I stamped a SU! sentiment on it. Super easy to make. All the Pearls are from Really Reasonable Ribbon, and they are glued on the egg!

Here is a photo showing the container before and after. 

It measures 4" around, and is 3/4" high on the inside.
I think its perfect for holding jelly beans, mini choc eggs, mini chocolate bars the ones that are wrapped, you could maybe do 2 layers of those.
♥♥♥ I think these are a perfect gift idea for Easter ♥♥♥
 And SUPER Fun & Cute!!!

Thank you for looking and have a lovely day!!!
Hugs to all,