Saturday, June 19, 2010

All Eyes On... RIBBON!

So, if you haven't acquainted yourself properly with Dawn Woleslagle and her amazing blog, I sincerely hope you will, soon! She's really on a groove these days, between her dynamic stamp line, super sense of design and color, and the overall fact that she's just a crazy-nice kind of soul, she is featuring a monthly post, showcasing one particular technique... This month she was responding to a fair amount of inquiry regarding her amazing way with ribbon... {And BELIEVE me, she is a magician of technique and engineering on the subject!!!} Anywhoo, when she shared with the design team the subject of this month's "All Eyes On" feature.... I gulped, real hard.

You see, I have never ventured into much "ribbon art", unless it was a sweet lil' bow. That's about all that's on my resume, regarding ribbon.

Oh, and I hoard it. {But you probably already knew THAT!}

Determined NOT to let Dawn down, I "googled" hand made ribbon flower tutorials... And basically clicked on the first post that sounded applicable. So, for a novice, ribbon flower maker, I was able to cough up, this:

(*Gasp!*) I can't believe I made that!

The tutorial I found was awesome! Several terrific pictures and super easy to follow instructions ~ please visit here if you've never made one of these because it was super fun and easy, and brace yourself.... You'll be seeing a LOT more of these from me! hee hee

Here's my card in it's entirety. I had a LOT of fun using a variety of Dawn's stamps from three different sets and Cosmo Cricket's new line, DeLovely.... {and, it truly is DELIGHTFUL!}

I'm so excited about how this all came together! I decided not to add my own tutorial because this gal, Sharon, did such an outstanding job and being the "ranch gal" that I am, I'm saving you the burden of having to see my un-manicured hands close up... Nevertheless, I have to add just a few recommendations, including the use of "Fabri-tac", if you've never tried the stuff - it's fantastic! I use it with 90% of my ribbon/fabric gluing needs ~ it dried FAST, and in most cases NEVER shows through the ribbon and really sticks! I used it to attach the pearl to the center of this lil' flower and also to secure the ribbon to the card stock base. The only note of caution I have about this product is that it can produce the most microscopic and spider-web like strings... You might not even notice them - UNTIL PHOTOGRAPHY! And while this might be a desired look, say for a Halloween card..., otherwise, not so good. Just use your best eyes at clean-up time. I can't WAIT to try this flower technique with ALL kinds of material - I'm so glad that Dawn gave me a little creative push! Hee Hee

Now, I urge you, GO OVER TO HER BLOG! And learn from her amazing and fun tutorial.... Drool, drool, drool! BUT WAIT, there's more! {Hee Hee} Dawn runs with some pretty amazing friends... Please check out what the rest of the DT "pack" has up their creative sleeves.... You'll be glad you did!

AND right now, a special, limited time offer ~ for even MORE inspiration, check out what my cutie patootie friend, Dana, has done with "burnt edged fabric flower" technique! It's right up the "ribbon art" alley and she has multiple links to tutorial sites, plus her own, riveting explanation of her collection-o-materials and technique. So much coolness in flower craft!!!

Thanks for checking in with me! I'm DElighted that you did and I hope you have a DElovely Father's Day and rest of YOUR weekend!

Supplies -

C/S - Stampin' Up!
D/P - Cosmo Cricket
Stamps - WPLUS9 design studio
Ink - Stampin' Up!
Border Punches - Stampin' Up!
Ribbon - Recollections/Michael's
Self-Stick Pearls - Kaiser Craft
Paper Leaves - Hand cut, hand embossed, coated with Crystal Effects


Carol L said...

Well, just look at you with that fancy ribbon flower! You go girl! I've never tried that yet, but TFS the link to learn how! You really did a great job on this card! The bird stamp is cute, but I must admit my eyes are drawn to that pretty flower every time! Great colors, bling, and punched borders thrown in add up to one gorgeous card! Happy weekend hugs!

Smita said...

Wow!! Your flower is beautiful... And you say you're a novice ribbon flower maker?!!

Thanks for being an inspiration!


Nancy L. said...

you are so funny! really cute card and flower!

Dawn said...

Yes girl, thank you for discovering that FAB tut on the flower. MUST make some now. ;o) I always love stopping by your blog for a daily dose of inspiration and smiles.

Dana Gustafson said...

Well now! This is out of DEpark! Holey moley! That ribbon flower is the PERFECT accent to all your DElovely pieces and your gorgeous birdie from Dawn's collection 'o cute stamps! I will definitely be trying your shared techniques because you know I DO love a fabulous handmade flower!

And awe gee and shucks! You are TOO sweet to me. I'm glad you liked my burnt edge rose. Thank you for sharing about it on your blog-o! You are DE-best!

Andi (RrlScrapGal) said...

Too darn fab! I LOVE that ribbon flower! Gorgeous!!! I must check out all the links! Ribbon is one tough customer...

I hear ya on the hands... I have the same hands.. They look 90 - not that your hands do! And, no nails. Can't stand them - so mine are shorties!!

Beth said...

Thinking you could make a TON of flip flop flowers for your little girlie girl :-)

Vanessa said...

AAah, I loooove this flower!!! Have to check out that tutorial! Beautiful card, dear friend!

~amy~ said...

Your card is absolutely DELIGHTFUL! I love that flower bloom and chuckled about the spidey webs...seriously SWEET card!

Rosemary said...

seriously??? you have NEVER made that kind of ribbon flower before???? it is PERFECTION!! woweee!!! gonna have to check out the link and see if i can whip one up! fabby, fabby card my friend!!

Emily Leiphart said...

Elise, your flower is stunning! There are no other words for it and I can't believe it was your first time trying it. Thanks for the link to the tutorial!

Ann said...

Eeee!!!! LOVE this to bits, girlfriend! The colors, the ribbon flower, the pearls...*SWOON!* You rocked this one, honey!

LeAnne said...

Sweet! This is so pretty! I think I have some of that Fabritac stuff, too! Maybe I'll give it a try....but I believe I am ribbon-challenged as well!

Karen said...

Your ribbon flower is adorable!! And you do know I love to play with ribbon (even if I haven't much lately! :< ). You ought to play with it more often! Also love your sweet happy dancing pearls on your oh so cute card!:>

Anonymous said...

Beautiful card made! Love your ribbon flower! Its so cute!