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!
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 weekendand see you back here next month.
Hello, my dear crafty friends! Today is my last post as a Guest Designer on theReally Reasonable Ribbonblog 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 portableBow makerand 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.
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.
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!!!
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