I'm starting a series of Washi Tape and ribbon tying tutorials for Fantastic Ribbons. There are huge numbers of newbie paper crafters starting paper crafting on a weekly basis. By giving new crafters
some really cool ideas to expand their thirst to learn more tips and
techniques, there will never be a shortage of ideas for them to try.
When I started crafting in 2001 - youtube did NOT exist. I could have easily gotten lost in its endless abyss of gorgeous tutorials back then.
To date, Ive lost count of how many tutorials I have watched - Im so grateful to have access to these videos.
Here is a sweet little project to start off the Washi Tape series:
and a quick tutorial on how to ruffle with washi tape
Isnt this an absolute treasure? Read on and find out what Carole has to say about this:
This month the design team at Fantastic Ribbons were asked to create a project with ribbon flowers and for my project I decided to decorate a summer door wreath.
The flowers on this wreath are made from a selection of ribbons all available from Fantastic Ribbons. I always have a seasonal wreath on our front door, but wanted to create an inviting summery wreath for an internal door.
flowers are all very easy to make and were made using three different
techniques. I added finishing touches of buttons, beads and felt for the
To make the 'loopy'
flower, just take a small square of card, locate the centre and stitch
the ribbon in loops joining at the centre. When you have finished, trim
away any excess card and you will have a looped flower like the one
below. I have added a second blossom to the centre, along with a bead.
blossom in the centre of the loopy flower is made by zig zag stitching
along a length of ribbon: when you get to the end, just pull it together
and sew the ends to create a double ruched affect and a very full
My third blossom
was made by simply making a running stitch along a length of ribbon;pull
it in at the end, sew the two ends together and you will have a flower
just like the one below, to which I have added some pearl beads.
Thank you very much
for visiting and I do hope that you have been inspired to brighten up
your rooms with some ribbon for the summer!
A slight hiatus and now the team are back with a wonderful challenge this month! Ribbons and flowers, a sa-weeeeeeeeeeeet combination, is always a winner. Louise brings you here contribution for you to take inspiration from:
Good Evening to you all. On this fine fresh Spring day the Fantastic Ribbons Design Team will be bringing to you the theme of Flowers this month.
For the project I had in mind I wanted some light and fluffy flowers and decided to use
A running stitch was placed along one edge of the lace. The stitch was
then pulled together to create the scrunched flower. I made two
a few (I got a little carried away...) and used them to decorate an
over-sized, layered, shaker tag to accompany a thank you pressie. The
flowers are just enough to add texture and dimension.
I haven't used lace to make a scrunchie flower before neither have I
tried making shaker tags. A friend showed me how and the effect is
Mothers day is always a pretty affair - the team have come up with some very gorgeous projects to share with you that you can use on any girly card and not just for mothers day. Lets start with Carole's project:
Today is my March Design Team card for Fantastic Ribbons..our theme this month is Mother's Day...
I chose papers
from Tilda and Pink Petticoat..and some fuchsia satin ribbon from
Fantastic Ribbons. I wanted the ribbon to be the focal point of the card
and tied it in a criss-cross around the front panel, finishing off with
a big double bow.
I also decided to
make a small box with the left over card, tying it with a selection of
ribbons..the fushcia, a pale pink satin and a white heart Grosgrain..all
finished with an abundance of bows!
Friends, if you are looking for ribbon take a look at Fantastic Ribbons there a huge choice of gorgeous ribbons, buttons and wash tape.
And now for Louise's project:
Sunday the 10th March is Mothers Day here in the UK, so the Fantastic Ribbons DT were asked to share their Mothers Day Cards.
Washi Tape Feathers - have you seen them?
I first noticed them on Pinterest and decided to make some myself.
All you will need is your washi tape and a fine wire.
Place a strip of wire down the middle of your washi tape, the length of
the tape (and wire) will depend on how long you'd like your feather to be.
Fold your tape over and down the other side, leaving a little tape at the end with no wire in it.
Shape your tape by slightly tapering the top and rounding each end.
Cut into the sides of the tape to create those ruffles.
I look forward to seeing all your projects with your very own handmade washi tape feathers.
Big or small you can ruffle them all.
And finally, Bethans project:
The challenge this month at Fantastic Ribbons was to make a mothers day
card, sadly I have no one to make one for, but here is a card I made for
my lovely Aunt whose birthday was last week.
I used a kraft card base
and a selection of wallpapers from the Galerie Memories papers I was
given. The main floral image is cut from a border. I added some faux
stitching around the outside, some lovely senorita ribbon, then some layered circles and a button with twine. Ribbon and twine are from Fantastic ribbons. The sentiment is a printed one from Kirsty Wiseman, and is punched with a 1.5" circle punch.
I think this would make a lovely mothers day card if you changed the sentiment.
Marions simple yet stylish ties really do add that lovely finishing touch to your projects, here is what she came up with this month
This month for Fantastic Ribbons we were asked to make BOWS....
So here's what's probably the quickest layout EVER..... With added dimension, thanks to Fantastic Ribbons :) :)
Whoops....sorry the picture's a bit wonky ;)
quickly made a gathered flower using the red grosgrain and attached it
top right of the photo, then I wrapped the lovely Center stitch ribbon
around the photo and tied it off in a 'faux' bow then added a multi bow
with the bakers twine...
And lastly, I added 'leaves' to the stems of the flowers by way of more 'faux' bows...
And there you have it, a quick and simple layout where the ribbon and paper did all the work !!
Tune in over the next few days for Mothers Day ideas x
Beth has come up with a dinky, cute way to tie ribbon - see what she had to say..........
So this month the challenge for the design team was to do something fantastic with bows! Easy, right?!!
Well I think its fair to say everyone can tie a simple bow (although
getting it to sit right on a card isn't always easy), but I decided to
do something a little different.
This is a tiered bow.
The great thing about this type of bow is that you can use up all your scrap pieces of ribbon.
used 3 different types of ribbon, varying lengths and widths, and used
some white cotton thread to tie them together, as I was putting an
embellishment over them. You could just as easily use another piece of
ribbon to tie them together to get a nice neat finish. Think I'll try
that on another card!
Here it is on the card, and I put a length of the main ribbon along the card too.
The card is for our next door neighbours who have just had their first
little one, and I cut the name on my Silhouette Portrait. The concentric
circle stamps are Waltzingmouse Teeny Trees, and the Special delivery
date stamps are from Post Marks PTI, and the Welcome little one is from a
Hero Arts Baby set. Ribbon is from, of course, Fantastic Ribbons