Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Woven Ribbon Frame Tutorial

My blogging time has been nonexistent lately!  I finally am getting a chance to post the instructions for the woven ribbon frame I made using the pretty Shimmer Ribbon Pack --a Stampin' Up Salabration freebie.

I used cardstock as the base of my frame.  Although you could use any size base I customized the size of my frame so that the ribbon made an even pattern.   Other sizes will give varying results.

Also I chose to use the same color of cardstock as the main ribbon so if there are tiny gaps in the weaving the background color matches.

This project actually comes together fairly quickly and is really really striking as a decor piece.

1.  Begin with 5-1/4" X 6-3/4 piece of cardstock.  Cut an aperture with 1-1/8" border.  To do this place the cardstock in the trimmer lining up at the 1-1/8" mark on the right.

2.  On the back side tape ribbons that are long enough to cover the length of the frame plus a bit to wrap to the back at the bottom edge.  The ribbons I used are approximately 8-3/4" and 2-1/4". (You can see that I did not measure these exactly!)  Tape three long, seven short, and three long.   Also tape seven short ribbons to the bottom rung of the frame.
 3.  At the side, tape the ribbons as shown:  three long, nine short, three long alternating the two widths of ribbon.  The long ribbons are approximatly 6-3/4".  The short ribbons are 2-1/4".
 Here is close-up of the placement.  Make sure the long gray ribbons are closely aligned with top and bottom of each rung.
 3.  Flip the frame to the right side.  Place three strips of adhesive as shown.
 4.  Peel off the backing from the top adhesive strip. Fold down every other ribbon and stick it to the adhesive.
 5.  Fold over the top horizontal (gray) ribbon and stick it to the adhesive.
 6.  (I missed a photo of this step but I think it pretty easy to get the idea.)  Peel the backing off the second strip of adhesive.  Fold down the remaining vertical (peach) ribbons.  Weave the second horizontal ribbon (turquoise) and stick it to the adhesive.
 7.  Continue with the third horizontal (gray) ribbon.
8.  Fold the long side ribbons up out of the way.  Apply nine small strips of adhesive on each side of frame.  Line up the adhesive with each ribbon.
 9.  Peel off the adhesive one strip at the time.  Fold down the two long ribbons then fold over the side ribbon.
 10.  Continue down weaving down both sides.
 11.  Complete by weaving the three ribbons at the bottom of the frame.
 12.  Flip the frame over.  Fold all loose ends over and tape on the back.
 13.  Completed!
I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial!


Friday, January 12, 2018

Time To Sale-A-Brate Blog Hop

Welcome the Inky Friends Time to Sale-A-Brate Blog Hop!  Our friendly group has organized a hop for you showing the 2018 Sale-A-Bration products that are available for free with a qualified purchase.   You can visit the My Inky Friends website for a complete list of blog hop participants by clicking on the banner below!

When I first get a peek at a new catalog I confess that I race through and check out all the new stamps.   Then I go back and look more closely at all the new trims and embellishments.  These little gems don't take center stage most of the time so I thought it would be fun to create a project where they are the main show.
I started with a cardstock rectangle cutout and used the luscious Shimmer Ribbon Pack to weave a frame.  The ribbon is SO pretty with a delicate sheen.   The three widths made a fun pattern when woven together.    I kept extra embellishments to a minimum and added just a petite double bow and little tassel.
The tassel is from the Sweet Soiree Embellishment Kit.
I took pictures along the way as I was creating this so I will be sharing a tutorial as soon as I can.  I am not specifying an exact date for completion of the tutorial as I have a super full schedule ahead.  This is a very fun project so I hope you think it worth the wait:)

Now please click on the links below to continue hopping along to see more of My Inky Friend's projects!  NEXT you will see Sharleen's pretty Heartfelt Blooms projects or PREVIOUS will take you to Sarah's Beautiful Peacock collection.  

Supplies used:
Stamps: Happy Wishes (Sale-A-Bration 2018)
Paper:   Calypso Coral and Whisper White Cardstock
Ink:  Momento Bermuda Bay and Basic Grey Classic Ink
Accessories: 3/8" Shimmer Ribbon Pack (Sale-A-Bration 2018), Sweet Soiree Embellishment Pack, Tear N Tape, Mini Glue Dots

Friday, December 8, 2017

Blending A Year Of Cheer Blog Hop

Welcome!! Our Inky Friends group has another fun blog hop to share and this time it all about the awesome Stampin' Blends alcohol markers!   And we have something very special this time... we have coordinated our blogs so that we have a perfect year of coloring inspiration!  There are 12 stops - one for each month- with seasonal themed projects.   You can start anywhere as we have permanently linked our blogs or you can click on the banner below to see the full year of blending cheer blog roll.

My projects are for December and I chose the lovely line art set Christmas in the Making.   I love all things retro so this set really jumped out at me.  I used my colored images for home decor items but these could just as easily be card fronts.

First is this adorable lady with a hostess apron.  It reminds me so much of my mom.  She was a beautiful seamstress and sewed so many things in this style.  I have a stack of her vintage patterns that are just darling.  Now my daughter and I are starting our own collection of apron patterns-- many of them are vintage reproductions.
Stampin' Blends coloring tip:  One technique I am finding I really like is to outline an image with a light colored marker.  Here I used the Light Crumb Cake marker.

This next image reminds me of clothing my mom sewed for me.  There was one pleated skirt pattern that she made for me several times.  I had a red one and a blue one.  And yes I even had little red boots!
The water shaker frame I used here is one that I found at Hobby Lobby.  I love the pile of glittery swirling snowflakes.

Stampin' Blends coloring tip: To make it look like falling snow I colored the sky with the Light Pool Party marker.  I layered it quite heavily and while it was still wet touched the tip of the Color Lifter marker down until the color started to push away.

This last image reminds me of my daughter especially because of her leggings and cute shoes. She loves kitties as much as I do and has a one-year old Bengal Cat who is always ready to get in on the action.
Stampin' Blends coloring tip: Start with the lightest shade first and then add darker touches in areas to create dimension.  Use the lines on the stamp as guides for areas to darken.  Also it is subtle but I outlined this image with Light Pink Pirouette.  To really see the detail of the coloring click on any of the photos to enlarge them. Light Gray and Light Pool Party also work nicely for outlining.

I am really a novice with alcohol markers and yet I find it so easy to get great results with Stampin' Blends!  I can't wait to try some of the ideas that the other Inky Friends have demonstrated!

So I am the last stop on this Blending a Year of Cheer hop... you can click on the next button to below to start the year again with Sarah's festive New Year projects or go the reverse direction to Cindy's cozy November projects.

To Sarah's blog

To Cindy's blog
Supplies used:
Stamps: Christmas in the Making
Paper:  Quilted Christmas Designer Series Paper, Bermuda Bay and Whisper White Cardstock
Ink:  Momento Black Ink, Stamin' Blends
Accessories: Stitched Felt Embellishments, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Black Rhinestone Jewels, Black Vintage Crochet Trim,  Pool Pary 3/8" Shimmer Ribbon, Foam Adhesive Strips, 
Big Shot:  Layering Ovals Framelits, Layering Squares Framelits

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Stamp Review Crew: Wood Words Edition

Welcome to the latest Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop!  We feature one stamp on each hop so you can see many different ideas and styles.  One of the wonderful things our founder and amazing coordinator Tanya Boser has done is create a website that archives all our past hops.  A tremendous resource if you are looking for inspiration!  Click on the banner below to visit the site!

Our featured set for this session is the lovely, lovely Wood Words stamp set.  Of all the sets in the main catalog this has been the one that I have used over and over.  I have used it for Mother's Day, bridal shower, wedding, Halloween and now Christmas.  
This card has some pretty embossing on vellum - white for the floral image and gold for the moon and star.  I colored the back of the vellum using Stampin' Blends to get a touch of delicate color and added a few tiny sequins pulled from the Gold Mini Sequin Trim to tie in all the metallic elements.  
Heat emboss the front,  then flip over and color with Stampin' Blends on the back.

I have to say this is was the first stamp set I picked from the annual catalog when it was new and it is still my fav!

It is wonderful that you have chosen to visit today!  Please click on the buttons below to see more ideas beautiful stamp set!

This way to Kelly Kent's creations!

Or this way to Charlet's blog!

Stamps:  Wood Words
Paper:   Year of Cheer Speciality Designer Series Paper, Thick Whisper White cardstock, Vellum cardstock, Silver Foil
Ink:  Versamark ink,  Stampin' Blends, Basic Gray Stampin' Write Marker
Big Shot:  Layering Circles Framelits, Wood Crate Framelits
Accessories:   2017-2019 In-Color Bitty Bows

Friday, November 10, 2017

Presenting the Gifts Blog Hop

Welcome to the the November Inky Friends Blog Hop.  Our theme this month is all about simple and pretty ways of making gift packages.   The Inky Friends have lots of fun ideas to make your gifts extra special!

I used the Gift Bag Punch Board and came up with three different bag variations.   (If you have not used it, Stampin' Up has a nice video explaining the general directions for using it.)

For this bag I wanted to use the Deck the Halls sheet music paper from the Merry Little Christmas pack to go along with the punny sentiment "Paw la la la la la la la la" from the Santa Paws stamp set.  It is so perfect that the music has the Fa la la la section right on the front of the box!
To get the Deck the Halls title in the right spot I had to do I little bit of thinking but it is really easy to recreate.  If you would like to make one see the directions at the bottom of the post.

For the next bag I made it really tall to hold a lot of Christmas goodies. 
TIP:  I used a whole sheet of 12' X 12" paper.  Something this tall is too long to fit on the punch board so I did all the scoring that I could (using the lines for the large size box) as far as I could score.  Then I rotated the paper 180 degrees and lined up the score lines and finished scoring the length of the paper.  

The next bag has an extra flap to hold it shut and add a pretty splash of red.    
I used the new Stampin' Blend Alcohol Markers to color the images.  Oh my,  I LOVE these!  Such vibrant colors and NO lines.  I feel like a real artist using them!    They are super juicy so a light hand is necessary when coloring very detailed images such as these.  I really like the simple effect that coloring around an image with the Light Pool Party marker gives.  I am looking forward to experimenting more with these lovely markers!

Now it is time to hop along to see more beautiful packaging ideas!

Click here to see Sara's sweet Snowflake Sentiments projects!

Click here to see Holly's lovely Labels of Love projects!

Here is to how get the Deck the Halls paper just right:  

1.  Cut the paper in half.   Then trim a 2 inch piece from the side as shown.  Use the bottom left piece to make the gift bag.
2.  Flip the paper upside down with the words oriented as shown.  
3.  Follow the directions for making the small size gift bag.  (Skip the side triangles and side score line for this style bag.)   I added a small border of red DSP at the top of the bag to make it pretty and to cover the little bit of printing just above the title.

Stamps:  Santa Paws
Paper:  Quilted Christmas Designer Series Paper, Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper, Merry Music Speciality Designer Series Paper, Whisper White, Real Red, Old Olive and Pool Party cardstock
Ink:  Real Red and Old Olive Classic Ink, Momento Blackl Ink, Stampin' Blends
Big Shot:  Layering Circles Framelits, Layering Ovals Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits
Punches: 1-1/4" Circle, 1-3/8" Circle
Accessories:  7/8" Striped Ribbon, Season of Glitz Mini Gift Bows
Tools: Gift Bag Punch Board

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Stack and Cut Quilt Card Video Tutorial

I have a new Christmas version of my Stack and Cut Quilt Cards made just for the weekly Splitcoaststamper tutorial.   These have been in planning mode since I say the quilt stamps and framelits in the Holiday catalog back in July!

These are really easy to make!  The video is quite helpful in seeing how to do them.  For the written tutorial on the SCS site please click HERE.
Each card has different details and added techniques:

This one has dry embossing, felt embellishments, and a cutout from the Designer Series Paper.

Here the stitching is stamped and I lined up the DSP in the inlay to create a secondary design. There is also a bit of heat embossing in the bottom right.

 I used a marker to draw a variety of stitching lines on this one.

Here I used the framelits to make the medallion - the gingham is my favorite pattern in this DSP!

And for this one I added more gingham in the corners- these were left overs from die-cutting the last card pieces.

Supplies used:
Stamps: Christmas Quilt
Paper:  Quilted Christmas Designer Series Paper, Garden Green, Real Red, Basic Black and Whisper White Cardstock
Ink:  Real Red, Basic Black Stamp’ n Write Marker, Versamark
Accessories: Stitched Felt Embellishments, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Black Rhinestone Jewels, Black Vintage Crochet Trim
Big Shot:  Quilt Top Textured Impressions Folder, Quilt Builder Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Layering Circles Framelits
Punches: Classic Label