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Mr. & Mrs. Wedding Card

Mr. & Mrs. Wedding Card for Mojo Monday

Good Saturday morning to you, friends!  I have a great card for you to enjoy while you sip on your morning coffee.    Today I created an elegant Mr. & Mrs. Wedding Card for this week’s Mojo Monday sketch challenge.   Here’s the sketch:

….and here’s my interpretation:

MrandMrs Card SU 01  Has anyone else noticed that the ampersand is very trendy right now?  I love the stylized version Stampin’ Up uses in this Mr. & Mrs. stamp.  The clean lines of the font paired with the bold ampersand make for a striking image, especially when heat embossed. What could be better on a wedding card? ( I’ve also used this stamp to make thank you notes for the bride in the wedding colors…stunning!)

Mr & Mrs. Wedding Card Details

MrandMrs Card SU 03 I started this Mr. & Mrs wedding card by cutting a 4 1/4″ x 3″ panel from Crumb Cake cardstock.  I used my Embossing Buddy on the surface before stamping with  my ” Mr. & Mrs.”  stamp.  This helps keep the embossing powder from sticking in places you don’t want it to stick, and makes for a nice, clean impression. Next, I stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with black embossing powder.  The corners were punched with an old punch from Tonic Studios. At this point, the panel still looked a little “plain”, so  I inked up the botanical image with Versamark and just randomly stamped it around the Crumb Cake panel.  Then it was matted onto Basic Black  cardstock to really make the punched area pop.  A few copper brads in the corners, and the focal image for this card was finished. It was mounted on 6 1/4″ x 4 3/4″ panel of  flocked Mocha Morning paper, then matted with Basic Black cardstock for a finished size of 6 1/2″ x 5″.

MrandMrs Card SU 02  The side panel was a simple layering of Basic Black and Crumb Cake card stock with a thin strip of that gorgeous black flocked paper.  I used a copper ribbon slide and some mocha and black stitched ribbon at the top, and added this yummy shabby flower from May Arts.  Such a quick and easy card to make!

MrandMrs Card SU 05  The interior was hand-lettered, repeating the theme from the front of the card.  When I hand letter a card, I do two simple things to avoid disaster: I pencil in my sentiment and I use a T-square to keep my lines straight.  Then, I go back with a fine line Sharpie pen, trace over the lettering and once the ink is dry, I erase the pencil lines. 

MrandMrs Card SU 06  The interior of the envelope was lined with more paper from Mocha Morning…

MrandMrs Card SU 10….and the envelope flap was covered with a piece of that glorious flocked paper.  I know these are not traditional wedding colors…but the end result is elegant and I love it!

MrandMrs Card SU 04 So, what do you think of my Mr. & Mrs. wedding card?  If you don’t have the Mr. & Mrs. stamp in your collection, I highly recommend it.    If you need any information on any of the Stampin’ Up products used in today’s card, please let me know.  I’d be more than happy to help you.  And, you still have time to enter this week’s Mojo Monday challenge.  It’s open until Sunday, July 28th, 8PM (Mountain.)

That’s it for me today, folks.  I’ll be back again next week.  I hope you have a great weekend!  Thanks for taking the time to stop by the blog today, and thanks for all your kind comments.  They make me  happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers.  Until next time,

Cheerio,

kathy

May Arts Ribbon Design Team Final Round

French Country Gift Box and Banner with Bow-Maker tutorial

Today on the blog, I am revealing my project for the May Arts Ribbon Design Team Final Round.  I will also be sharing a tutorial on how to create  your own Bow Maker Tool so you can quickly and easily tie perfect ribbons every time. 

I think the hardest thing about this project was choosing which gorgeous May Arts ribbons to use!  I spent a long time perusing the online catalog searching for just the right ribbons to use in my French Country Gift Box and Banner.  From all the hundreds of scrumptious ribbons, I narrowed the selection down to these 7:

354 1"x30y  SATIN/REVERSIBLE/STITCHED EDGEBT 1/8"x100y - SOLID/STITCHED CENTERG 3414  2.5"x30y  Net421 1/2"x15y CrochetBY 30y - LeavesUK 1.5"x50y - SILKY/CRUSH

I combined these gorgeous ribbons with Graphic 45 French Country papers and accents to create a gift box and banner.

Top of gift box featuring green netting and leaves from May Arts Ribbon.

Top of gift box featuring green netting and leaves from May Arts Ribbon.

Gold Mesh Netting bow on the front of the box.

Gold Mesh Netting bow on the front of the box.

May Arts Final Round 27 This is the side view of the box.  You can see the brown crochet lace edged with the solid/stitched ribbon.  The various ribbons and lace were adhered using 1/8″ tacky tape.

The box contains a banner made from 3 1/4″x 5″ pockets.  The pockets are strung together using the 1/8 inch solid/stitched ribbon and double stick tape.  I alternated the ribbon so that it runs under one pocket and over the next. May Arts Final Round 17

Here’s a close-up of the pockets:May Arts Final Round 18

 

May Arts Final Round 19 I used a different May Arts ribbon to embellish each pocket.  Each pocket contains a fun surprise.

May Arts Final Round 20 A seed packet, topped with more ribbon is tucked inside each pocket.  The ribbons on the seed packets co-ordinate with the bows tied on the front of the pocket.

Here’s how they look all tucked into the gift box:May Arts Final Round 22 May Arts Final Round 23

I don’t want to go into all the details of making the box and the banner.  Instead, I want to focus on a tutorial for creating your own bow maker tool.  I get lots of questions about how I tie my bows… single, double and triple. By using this tool, you will have good results every time.  Best of all, the tool can be made with simple items you have on hand right now.  So let’s begin.

How to create your own Bow Maker Tool

To create this tool,  you will need the following items:

Heavy chipboard, a ruler, a sharpie marker in a dark color, sharp scissors and/or a craft knife. 

Start by cutting a 3″x3″ square of heavy chipboard.  On the bottom edge, measure in 1 1/2″ and make a mark.  Measure 1/8″ on either side of this point and make another mark.  From each of these marks, measure up 1 1/2 inches and make a mark. Connect each of the top marks with the bottom marks, then cut with a sharp scissor or craft knife.  Then cut the small space between the two top marks to form a slit.  It should look like this:

May Arts Final Round 06 Next, take a 12″ length of ribbon. ( For photo purposes, I am using ivory seam binding.) Lay the ribbon across the front of the bow maker, leaving about 1 1/2″ hanging off the left hand edge:May Arts Final Round 07

While holding the ribbon that is in your left hand in place, run the ribbon in your right hand all the way around the tool.

May Arts Final Round 08 and then bring it to the center.

May Arts Final Round 09 and run it through the center of the slit, pushing it through the opening that is above the ribbon.  May Arts Final Round 10

Pull the ribbon all the way through the opening, and then come back up through the bottom of the slit:

May Arts Final Round 11 Bring both ribbon ends to the center, as seen in the photo and tie the two ends together in a simple knot, left over right.

May Arts Final Round 13 Pull the ends so that they are somewhat tight, but still loose enough that you can slip the bow off the tool. Turn the bow over and make any necessary adjustments. 

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I generally stick my thumb and index finger of my left hand into the loops to “fluff” them and make sure they are even. When you are happy with the way the bow looks, simply tighten the two ends, trim the tails and use a glue dot or hot glue to attach to your project.  For the little envelopes in the banner, I ran a length of May Arts ribbon around the packaging and then glued the bow in the center with a dab of hot glue.

You can also use this tool to make double or triple bows.  You will need to start with a longer ribbon: about 18″ for a double bow and 28″ for a triple bow.  Simply keep wrapping the ribbon around the tool for as many loops as you desire, and then finish off as before.  I have made this tool in three sizes: 3″ as seen in this tutorial, and then 2 3/8″ for smaller bows and 4″ for larger bows:

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Here are some samples of different sized bows tied with the bow making tool:

May Arts Final Round 16 Here we have a single loop bow, a double loop bow and a triple loop bow…each one easy to tie using the bow making tool. If the edges of your bow seem “flat” you can insert a pencil inside the loops and roll the ribbon around it to fluff them up. Then you just sort of “telescope” the individual loops, starting with the innermost loop. It makes for a very pretty bow!

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I hope you will find it easier to create beautiful bows with May Arts Ribbon when you use this simple tool.  It’s good to practice with inexpensive seam binding before you start using your special May Arts ribbon.  Once you get the hang of using this tool, you’ll have a perfect bow every time!

Thanks for stopping by the blog today.  I had fun sharing this project and tutorial with you.  I’d like to thank May Arts ribbons for providing me with the ribbons, and for inviting me to enter the May Arts Ribbon Design Team Final Round.  I’ll be on pins and needles until the decisions are made.  If I can help you in any way, or if you have any questions about making and using this simple bow making tool, please don’t hesitate to ask.  Thanks for all the kind comments…they make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers.  Until next time,

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

 

 

 

 

May Arts Ribbon Design Team Call Submission

Hello again, friends!  I am very excited about this post.  I got my “brave boots” out today and decided to respond to the May Arts Ribbon Design Team Call.  I love May Arts Ribbon, and was delighted when they selected my idea for a project using their Spring Release ribbons.  Today, in response to their design team call, I am sharing some of my favorite projects that feature ribbon, lace, fibers and twine.

Project #1: Secret Garden Altered Cigar Box

Remember this little treasure?

Secret Garden Treasure Box. I loved working with the lightweight faux canvas!  The burlap flower is made using the Tattered Florals die.  I backed the burlap with iron on interfacing to prevent it from raveling, then painted with Picket Fence Distress Ink and Spritzed with Perfect Pearls.

Secret Garden Treasure Box. I loved working with the lightweight faux canvas! The burlap flower is made using the Tattered Florals die. I backed the burlap with iron on interfacing to prevent it from raveling, then painted with Picket Fence Distress Ink and Spritzed with Perfect Pearls.

Burlap Flower with a custom colored button and twine.  So fun to work with!

Burlap Flower with a custom colored button and twine. So fun to work with! I die cut the flower from the burlap ribbon; it was the perfect size.

I used every smidge of that gorgeous salmon faux canvas, so had to dip into my stash to make these ribbon roses.  But, you can see that I used more of the natural burlap along the left hand side of the mini.  I also used Graphic 45 Staples, old jewelry, a muse token and a key from my stash to adorn the cover. It's very sturdy!

The mini album inside the treasure box. I used every smidge of that gorgeous salmon faux canvas, so had to dip into my stash to make these ribbon roses. But, you can see that I used more of the natural burlap along the left hand side of the mini. The sweet green leaves are also from May Arts, and a joy to work with.

Project #2: Tattered Florals tag with stamped ribbon (stamping on ribbon tutorial)

001 (2) This tag was adorned with stamped ribbon and a hand made flower that featured burlap and tulle leaves and layers. Here’s a close-up of the flower:

004 (2) And some of the details on the tag:003 (2) To stamp on the ribbon, follow these directions:

Cut 3 feet of rayon seam binding.  Use Mustard Seed Distress Stain directly on the ribbon.  Just squeeze out of the bottle until the ribbon reaches the desired color. Gently squeeze the color through the ribbon to ensure saturation. ( You may also put a small amount of the stain in a small ziploc bag, add the ribbon and gently knead the bag to dye the ribbon.  ) Dry the ribbon with a heat tool, and iron if becomes too crinkled.  Lay the ribbon out on a smooth surface.  Ink a leafy stamp with Ranger Olive Archival Ink and stamp directly onto the ribbon.  Use gentle heat to set the ink. Cut the ribbon into three 12 inch segments and run through the top of the tag.

 

Detail of stamped ribbon

Detail of stamped ribbon

Here are some other projects created with lace, ribbon and twine:

A fun beach themed banner, measuring 6 feet in length.

A fun beach themed banner, measuring 6 feet in length.

035 (2) 041 (2) Shabby Chic gift box and card, featuring May Arts Flowers.

018 (2) A crocheted lace and twine embellishment on a hand stamped card.

009 (2) A romantic card embellished with ribbon and lace.

A sweet name banner for a child’s room, featuring wide striped ribbon.  (Click on photos to enlarge.)

Sweet vintage banner created using Playtimes Past, chipboard and fussy cutting.

Chipboard birds are covered with paper.

 

 

002 (2) A printer’s tray with banner and mini book:

Page 2: I love these sweet vintage images of children.  They are so innocent and pure.

DSC_0884 (2) And a shabby chic tag featuring lace, tulle, twine and fibers.

That’s all for me today, folks.  Thanks for taking the time to look at these projects that I’m submitting for the May Arts Ribbon Design Team Call.   I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed that I make the cut, and I’ll be sure to let you know how things work out.  If I make it to the next level, it will make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers!  Until next time,

Cheerio,

Kathy

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Secret Garden Treasure Box and Mini Album (May Arts Spring Ribbon Challenge and Graphic 45)

Secret Garden Treasure Box and Mini Album

Hello, friends!  I am very excited to share today’s project with you.  A few weeks ago, Bethney, from May Arts Ribbon issued a Spring Release Craft Challenge.  The theme was Spring, and we had to choose 4 ribbons from the new releases and share a project idea with Bethney.  If we were chosen, she would send us 2 yards of each of the ribbons we had selected and use them in the project.  I had never done this before, but the ribbons were sooooooo pretty, I just had to give it a try.  And, wonder of wonders!  My idea was selected!  Happy Dance.  These were the ribbons in the new release.  I chose to work with the teal string, the salmon faux lightweight canvas, the natural burlap ribbon, and the green leaves. Aren’t these ribbons just pure eye candy?

From Cigar Box to Secret Garden Treasure Box

This challenge sent me searching in the Closet of Shame for a good box to use as my base.  I found another wonderful cigar box, and went to work on it, transforming it with a layer of Claudine Hellmuth Studio Gesso, Distress Crackle Paint in Frayed Burlap, and acrylic paints from my stash.  I added gorgeous papers from Graphic 45’s  “A Secret Garden” collection, ribbon roses, burlap ribbon, teal twine and green leaves.  Here’s the finished box:

Secret Garden Treasure Box. I loved working with the lightweight faux canvas!  The burlap flower is made using the Tattered Florals die.  I backed the burlap with iron on interfacing to prevent it from raveling, then painted with Picket Fence Distress Ink and Spritzed with Perfect Pearls.

Click on photos for larger images. Secret Garden Treasure Box. I loved working with the lightweight faux canvas! The burlap flower is made using the Tattered Florals die. I backed the burlap with iron on interfacing to prevent it from raveling, then painted with Picket Fence Distress Ink and Spritzed with Perfect Pearls.

Here is a close-up of the cut apart paper from the collection.  It's mounted on a burlap panel that was stitched with the teal string.  The papers were accented with Glossy Accents.

Here is a close-up of the cut apart paper from the collection. It’s mounted on a burlap panel that was stitched with the teal string. The papers were accented with Glossy Accents.

A close-up of the crackled paint and those sweet spring leaves.

A close-up of the crackled paint and those sweet spring leaves.

004 (2)Ribbon Roses!

Burlap Flower with a custom colored button and twine.  So fun to work with!

Burlap Flower with a custom colored button and twine. So fun to work with!

The edges were cut from the natural burlap ribbon to make this photo mat.  I treated the burlap with Claudine Hellmuth Studio Matte Medium to stiffen it.  Once it was dry, I stitched the teal string through the weave of the burlap ribbon and adhered it to the box.

The edges were cut from the natural burlap ribbon to make this photo mat. I treated the burlap with Claudine Hellmuth Studio Matte Medium to stiffen it. Once it was dry, I stitched the teal string through the weave of the burlap ribbon and adhered it to the box.

I love the salmon faux canvas ribbon against those green leaves and the crackled background.

I love the salmon faux canvas ribbon against those green leaves and the crackled background.

Inside the Secret Garden Treasure Box

I used the inside of the box to build a little dimensional scene by fussy cutting images from the Graphic 45 papers. The cut images were dry brushed with white acrylic paint to add more dimension and texture.  I didn’t want to pop the images up on foam tape because I wanted the box to be used for storing sweet treasures…and a little something extra.  Wait for it!

The scene built inside the box.  Perfect for storing little treasures or mementos!

The scene built inside the box. Perfect for storing little treasures or mementos!

A Hand-Bound Mini Album

Here's the mini album tucked into the cigar box.  The album contains 8 hand bound pages and 3 pockets with journaling tags. It is made from old cereal boxes!

Here’s the mini album tucked into the cigar box. The album contains 8 hand bound pages and 3 pockets with journaling tags. It is made from old cereal boxes!

I used every smidge of that gorgeous salmon faux canvas, so had to dip into my stash to make these ribbon roses.  But, you can see that I used more of the natural burlap along the left hand side of the mini.  I also used Graphic 45 Staples, old jewelry, a muse token and a key from my stash to adorn the cover. It's very sturdy!

The Inner Pages of the Mini Album

The photo pages are all ready to receive a standard 3x5" photo.  I used a white pen to doodle around the edges of the black pages.  If you look at the tops and sides, you'll see the tags peeping out from their hidden pockets.

The photo pages are all ready to receive a standard 3×5″ photo. I used a white pen to doodle around the edges of the black pages. If you look at the tops and sides, you’ll see the tags peeping out from their hidden pockets.

The tags were made from Graphic 45 Staples packaging that I’d saved.  They are so lovely and sturdy, I couldn’t bear to toss them.  I just covered them with gesso and inks, then decorated them. Super sturdy!  I love the way some of the original packaging peeks through the gesso and ink.

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The first tag.  One side is designed for journaling, the other for another small photo.

The first tag. One side is designed for journaling, the other for another small photo.

Pages 3 and 4.  The fishtail banner lifts so that a standard sized photo can be adhered behind it.  More hand doodling around the border.

Pages 3 and 4. The fishtail banner lifts so that a standard sized photo can be adhered behind it. More hand doodling around the border.

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The front and back of the tag inserted into the side pocket of this page.

The front and back of the tag inserted into the side pocket of this page.

A double-page photo spread with

A double-page photo spread with

Page 5 and 6 has room for 2  standard sized photos.  See the sweet tag peeking out of the pocket?

Page 5 and 6 has room for 2 standard sized photos. See the sweet tag peeking out of the pocket?

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The front and back side of the final tag.

The front and back side of the final tag.

Pages 7 and 8.  The sweet image of this little girl touches my heart.

Pages 7 and 8. The sweet image of this little girl touches my heart.

 

The back cover, and the ribbon binding.

The back cover, and the ribbon binding.

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I’d like to thank Bethney of May Arts Ribbon for giving me the opportunity to work with this beautiful ribbon.  It was a joy to create with.  If you love ribbon, you really should check out the May Arts Ribbon Blog.  I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I’ll be one of the winners in this challenge so that I can get my crafty little fingers on more of their beautiful ribbons!  Thanks for taking the time to read my little blog.  I love hearing from you….it makes me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers.  Until next time,

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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