Monday, June 9, 2014

For the LOVE of Ribbon!!!

As you all know, I have an EXTREEEEME Addiction to ribbon. 
I think it would be safe to say that I use ribbon of some sort in virtually every craft project I do.  Yes...I said EVERY single one.   It is in my hair accessories obviously, it makes its way to my altered art, to my home decor projects, and yes, even to my scrpapbook pages.  Ribbon is the absolute most versatile embellishment out there! 
For this reason, I spent 2 years with Bonnie over at Really Reasonable RIbbon on her design team, and I loved EVERY MINUTE of it!  
Here are some of my favorite projects that I created over the years with Bonnie...

These first two are of a couple of my boutique bows and clippies that I love to make.
This is my favorite thing to do with ribbon...HANDS DOWN. 
I love to make the bows and sometimes I even toss in a matching flip flops or a hand bag.  The little girls go WILD over these things when my daughter gives them as birthday gifts!

This next project is a scrapbook layout and a mini album. 
These projects would have to be my next favorite thing to add ribbon to.
Scrapbooking is my passion...with five kids, I have TONS of photos to scrapbook!  
The ribbon is a super easy and handy embellishment to add to any layout to create that "FINAL TOUCH" moment. 

And Here is an altered album from Clear Scraps that I did ...
What goes better with an acrylic album than ribbons and lace??

Up next is the Easter basket that I altered for My daughter...I bought the basket at a thrift store and spray painted it and added some double ruffle ribbons and VIOLA!  
A beautifully crafted UNIQUE basket for my daughter for Easter, and as an added bonus...I made a matching hair bow!

Here is my one of my MOST FAVORITE PROJECTS EVER: 
it is a shabby chic ribbon wreath, 
and it hangs proudly on the outside of my daughter's bedroom door. 
This was so super simple to make... I think I will make another one for my own bedroom door!
((( I think it will say NO KIDS on the sign though!)))

This was such an easy project that the girls could do it themselves. 
Actually, they DID tie on a few of the ribbons themselves!
For this wreath, all you need is
 a wire floral wreath
Lots of ribbon scraps cut in 6-8 inch lengths
I used a huge variety of pinks, browns, creams, and tans in all different sizes and styles possible.
You of course can use any color combinations you want.

Once I had a substantial amount of ribbons pre-cut, it was time to start tying them to the wreath base. 
All I did is double knot the ribbons and go on to the next one...
Keep adding and tying and trimming ribbons, filing up your wire wreath and filling in bare spots.

When you are done you will have a complete wreath made of ribbons!
I did not heat seal the ends, because I wanted the frayed look.
You can seal them, however, if you choose to.  

When I was done, I wanted to add the sign 
"No Boys"
I used a wooden plaque that I have had stashed away for YEARS.
I added some  foam thickers, buttons, a rose and some twine to it to spruce it up a bit. 

Now, it hangs proudly on the door to my daughters' bedroom!

I' sure you are all wondering why I have taken a trip down memory lane and posted these projects.  Well, May Arts is having a call for Ribbonistas, and I think I would be a Great fit so I am trying out.  Wish me luck! 
Have a wonderful Week!  Make it Crafty!