Friday, August 09, 2013

Ladybug Ink Blog Hop: Ribbon Style

Welcome to my blog and the August edition of the Ladybug Ink Blog Hop. This month we are focusing on ribbon. Stampin' Up! has some beautiful ribbon this year (and every year) and we wanted to highlight some of the many ways you can use ribbon to brighten up your cards or someone's life.

I love putting ribbon on my cards. It's a perfect embellishment that can give almost any card that extra little "wow." However, as with most of my stamping supplies, I tend to hoard my ribbon. And even more, I tend to try to save any little scrap of ribbon. Because of this, I'm always on the look out for neat and creative ways to use my ribbon scraps. I have this cute little box of ribbon scraps that is getting way too full. I need to find things to do with my ribbon scraps.

See how my ribbon box is overflowing?

As I was thinking about projects to do for this month's blog hop I was reminded of a card fad from last year - making Christmas trees out of scraps of paper. I thought, well, you could make Christmas trees out of scraps of ribbon too! So there you have it, I'm using scraps of Gumball Green 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon to make a Christmas Tree. I know it's August! 

Stampin' Tips: 
  • Color scheme: Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green, Whisper White, Early Espresso, and Summer Starfruit
  • Stamp set: Seasonal sayings
  • Accessories: 3/8" Gumball Green Stitched Satin Ribbon, In Color Dahlias 
  • Cut a short piece of 1/2" wide Early Espresso Cardstock to use as your tree trunk. Position this before you start to lay your Christmas tree ribbon. 
  • Use strips of scrap ribbon to form your Christmas tree. Lay all the ribbon out and then cut each ribbon to change the length. I then gave each ribbon imperfect ribbon edges. 
  • Top your Christmas tree with a Summer Starfruit Dahlia 
  • Distress the edges of the Whisper White piece. The Stampin Distress Tool is perfect for this task.
And speaking of ribbon, have you heard of the Ribbon Roll Control? This amazing piece of ribbon storage was designed by an honorary Ladybug stamper and her husband, Trish and Steve. After talking to her at convention, she so graciously sent me my very own Ribbon Roll Control, and I'm hooked. This is a great storage tool. 

Here's my Ribbon Roll Control in action. It sits on the bottom of stamp pad organizer. I will be ordering more of these. 

Thank you for visiting my blog. Head on over to Cassie's blog to see how she used our amazing ribbon. 

Happy Stampin', 

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