Sweater trim Ideas

Hi there -  In the Holiday Catalog you'll find some new ribbons called Sweater Trim.  Comes in 3 colors:  Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green and Whisper White.  Kind of like a nice, thick yarn.  It ties into a bow very nicely and makes great pom-poms.  (see pages 12 and 32 in the Holiday Catalog)  I wanted to try something different so I decided to loop it over and over to make kind of a chain.  It makes it thicker and flattens it.  Here are the results -
 For this Christmas card, I made the chain into a wreath. :)  This sticky pearls look like ornaments.  The ribbon at the top makes it for sure a wreath.  The sweater trim adds nice texture to the card. 
 The Cherry Cobbler sweater trim looks great as a heart!  I used the green Tombow glue to adhere it to the card.  Also added a little of the Crumb Cake tulle in a ruffle on one side.  I sponged the tulle first with a little Early Espresso ink to give it some depth.  I love the way this card turned out. :)
I'm adding this photo in even though it's not very clear.  I wondered what would happen if I looped 2 colors at the same time and ended up with this.  Looks like a candy cane - sort of!  If you keep the loops straight, I think the colors would alternate more evenly but I wasn't that specific.  Sometimes you just gotta go with the flow. :)

That's it!  Hope you liked these.  Holler if you have any questions!  Thanks for stopping by -


Ribbon Ideas

Hi there - This past weekend I had the opportunity to do a short presentation on ribbon for our August meeting of our Stampin' Up! group.  I was very nervous about the presentation but had so much fun coming up with the projects!  I told everyone I was just going to pretend they were 3 years old since I'm used to speaking to little guys as a preschool teacher. :)  I survived with only a little trouble with shaky hands.  Not too bad.  Anyhow, I'll share a few of the projects with you here.  Holler if you want more specifics. 

 This was one of my favorite cards!  This cute owl was an example of what to do with all those ribbon scraps we keep.  I used half of a top note die as his head and a label framelit die as his body.  His feet are flowers.  For his feathers, I covered the body with snail and then layered loops of ribbon scraps. Start at the bottom and layer your way up.  Any color or type will do - just be sure to spread out any duplicates.  I think he's pretty cute!  If I made him again, I think I might even try using the large oval scallop punch cut in half to make wings. 
For this sunshine card, I made 3 different sunshines to show the variety of ways you could make the rays. The sun on the card has strips of So Saffron taffeta ribbon criss-crossed behind the circles. I cut the ends to be pointy...in fact I cut all of them together at once because I'm lazy like that. :) The lower suns have loops for the rays. On the left the loops are offset slightly. On the right, the loops are straight. Choices, choices. :) Change the ribbon colors and you could turn them into flowers....
This is a really big medallion I put on a cello bag topper made from a labels framelit die.  I again used strips of ribbon criss-crossed behind the rosette.  This is the seam binding ribbon. Just under the center flower, there is a ruffle of the Crumb Cake seam binding as well.  Lots of layers on this baby!  I put some Stampin' Up! goodies in the cello so it would make a great gift for a downline member or even a birthday gift or door prize. Who wouldn't love to receive this!??

Thanks for stopping by!  Hope you liked these.  I'll post my projects with the sweater ribbon next.  Holler if you have any questions!


Papillon Potpourri cards

Hi there - 

  I've decided on a New Year's Resolution - in August! :)  My resolution is to try simplifying some of my card designs.  Sometimes I think I bog myself down in the details.  Time to shake things up a bit and try a bit more streamlined approach.  I like clean and simple cards when I see others make them but I guess I don't know when to quit adding more and more to my own cards.  Gonna give it a try.  Do I sound convincing yet?  :)  Here's an attempt.  Papillon Potpourri stamp set with the elegant butterfly matching punch.  Twitterpated DSP strips cut at 1½" wide.  Made for You sentiment stamp set.  And some necessary rhinestone bling.  How do you like it?  Simple?  Clean?  Easy?
Just change up the card base, flip over the DSP, use a different butterfly and sentiment.  Lots of card options with one quick design.  Here's a close up of one:
Hope you like them!  Thanks for stopping by - kirstin