Archive for October, 2008

Yes that is the ribbon kit I was playing with in October, loev the colours of these ribbons, they are absolutely lovely!

These are 2 pages I created for a Circle journal, had fun with these ribbons.

Just a page I had fun playing with, I used some older photo and tried my hand at doodling a bit again.

and last but not least these Halloween cards, I really like using Inkadinkadoo stamps set on them.

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School’s Out!


What I mean is, this Zany Zinnia Kit, called “School Days”, is now sold out! And I’m not at all surprised. I mean look at it…gorgeous grosgrain, giant ric-rac, cotton lace, stretch lace, and so much more.

For my “Whale of a Time” layout I layered the Columbia Blue with White Stitch over the Wine grosgrain

I also got caught up on a few Christmas cards using the beautiful cream cotton blend lace:



The wine grosgrain was a perfectly simple touch to this quick card I made for a friend who was taking a vacation…

If you’d like to see what the rest of our Designers did with the October Ribbon kits, don’t forget to drop by the SNS gallery

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Have you seen the Art Freckles ‘Go Coastal’ Kit??  It’s available on the Art Freckles website right now! It’s a truly gorgeous kit.  All the papers have little glitter to them, and the embellishments co-ordinate so well! (If I do say so myself!)

And check out the matching ribbon kit available in store!  Savvy n Sassy will be providing you with ribbon kits every month to co-ordinate with the Art Freckles kits!

These two make a beautiful partnership!!

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Dreaming about Creamcicles Treats

This kit is as yummy as its name.  When I saw it I knew I had to had it, I just love love love the different oranges in the kit.  And yes, you can get the buttons too at SNS’ store.

Here are some of my samples and close ups w/ this happy happy kit!


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Okay, I admit it.  The one color I have the hardest time with is purple.  So I thought I was in for a challenge working with the October Sugarplum Fairies Kit from SavvynSassy.  But it turned out to be not too hard after all.  🙂 

There’s a great variety of types of ribbon and trims in this kit, that you can make work just about everywhere.  And don’t forget the gorgeous Sugarplum Fairies buttons available in the SnS store!  (I have a serious button addiction, y’all!)

Autumn Candle

This is such an incredibly cheap and simple gift to make!  A candle from the dollar store, a rub-on (this one from Basic Grey), and some organza from the Sugarplum Fairies Kit along with some gingham from my stash.


Here’s a great use for those buttons!  I added my journaling around the outside of the layout on scraps of purple cardstock, using staples to attach the pieces to the page. 

Card Assortment

I made these fun cards during SavvynSassy’s online crop, using some sketches (still posted in the forums).  Lots of ribbon and trim from the kit made it onto these.

Altered Monogram

DD LOVES this altered letter in her room.  🙂

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School Days Creations

To say that I enjoyed working with this month’s kit would be an understatement…I couldn’t get enough of it!  The chunky rickrack is a fabulous accessory for lending that distressed look,  the burgandy grosgrain makes the most perfect bows, and the lace added perfect texture to my projects!  I created 4 layouts and 3 cards with this kit and still have more of this beautiful ribbon left over.  I think this is one of my favorite kits!

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A vintage Christmas


I had the fortune of working with Natural Beauty ribbon kit for October. I love the blues and browns, some of my favorite colors. I made Christmas cards with this kit and I love the vintage look. Here they are:

October 1

October 2

October 3

October 4

I also did a couple of layouts with this ribbon. It matches so much. Loved this kit.

October 5

October 6

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If you’re looking for a last-minute Halloween project, or want to get a head-start on Christmas decor, this is a great, relatively inexpensive project to decorate your house or give as a gift!

The only things I had to buy for this project were black paint, black glitter (LOVE the Martha Stewart glitter) and some Halloween papers.  All the fabrics, ribbons, lace, buttons, etc. came from my stash.  (A lot of the vintage lace and other items are picked up at yard, rummage, and estate sales for practically nothing!)


-medium to large corrugated cardboard box OR roll of corrugated cardstock OR plenty of heavy cardstock and a paper crimper

– tulle (or wide ribbon)

-patterned paper with coordinating stickers or other embellies  (The Halloween Kit from SavvynSassy would be GREAT for this project!)

-coordinating lace, trim, and ribbon scraps

-stapler (NOT the mini-stapler….you’ll need a good office stapler) and staples


-coordinating glitter

-Large alphas (I traced large chipboard letters onto cardstock and cut them out, but you could use chipboard, stickers, words printed from the computer, etc)

-scalloped cardstock OR scalloped punch OR deco scissors

Optional Supplies:

-sewing machine

-sand paper or distressing tools

– stickles


-googly eyes 🙂

-embroidery floss and large needle

-circle cutter or something to trace


Step 1 – Prep

A. Prep your cardboard

Tip:I started out with a used cardboard box, and pulled most of the top layer of paper off to reveal the corrgated layer.  But it takes a lot of time, so you may want to use a roll of corrugated cardboard or cardstock and a crimper instead.  The benefits of using an old box though–it’s cheap and it adds a lot of character, since you can tear off part of the top layer and leave some of it.  It results in a very cool vintage/distress look after paint.

B.  Trace the pennant pattern onto the box and cut out.  Mine was 5 1/2 inches across the top, and 6 3/4 inches on each side.  If you want, you could do a circle, square, etc.

C. Cover your workspace with plenty of newspaper for protection

D. Trace and cut out letters if desired.

Step 2 – Paint and Glitter

A. Paint with a generous layer of acrylic paint and allow to dry.

B. While paint is drying, prep your letters.  I chose to trace and cut mine out of cardstock, but you can use just about anything.  I covered mine with a layer of glue and then covered with silver glitter.

Tip: If you use this method, make sure to put foil or waxed paper under them, so they come up without tearing.

C. When the first layer of paint has dried, apply a thin second layer and make sure that they are fully covered in paint.

D.  Working quickly, dust glitter over the entire surface of the wet paint.  Make sure you get the glitter on while the paint is still very wet, or it won’t stick.

E. Allow letters and shapes to dry completely.

Tip: Overnight works great!

Step 3 – The fun stuff!

A. Add a scalloped edge to the top of each shape.  I punched a border on black cardstock, then cut it off and glued the strip to the back of each shape, with the scalloped edge showing over the top.

B. Embellish to your hearts desire!  Here are some ideas I used:

-cut circles from patterned paper to layer your letters on.  Distress the edges, then sew for a vintage look

-cut images from pattered paper

-add flowers, buttons, and ribbons along the top of the shape

-search for templates online and create cute creatures from felt to add to your banner (I did a google search for a bat template and got tons of results

C. Add letters to your shapes

D. Add more glitter!  I used stickles to embellish my embellishments.  Here are some ideas:

-create a spiderweb on your patterned paper

-add glitter to stickers, felt, and other embellies

E. Allow everything to dry.

F. Attach to tulle or wide ribbon for hanging.  While you can punch holes and thread the ribbon or tulle through, I found it easier to turn over each piece and attach to the bunched tulle with a stapler.  I then covered the staple ends on the front side with a button or other embellishment.

Tip: If, after attaching to the tulle or ribbon, your shapes don’t want to hang flat, try gluing a flat marble to the bottom back of each one to act as a weight.

Using these same techniques, you could also make a single pennant banner!  Here are some other completed projects, using the same idea:

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Empowered by Purple

SnS October Sugarplum Fairies Kit

SnS October Sugarplum Fairies Kit

How many of you have that colour you ‘avoid’ scrapbooking with?  I hear a lot of ‘ummhmm’s’ going on out there!  Well for me that colour has always been purple. I love the colour, but just could not scrapbook with it.  That is until THIS kit came along! Now, I’m feeling empowered by purple!!

I started off smaller scale with a few cards…

and quickly discovered that I hadn’t really given this colour a fair chance, lol.  When you sort through your scrappy stash you’ll quickly find that there are little hints of purple in a lot of your supplies, and all you really need is a great piece of ribbon to bring in that finishing touch.

Here I used a bit of ribbon stiffener to make a crisp bow.

I think it’s safe to say I’m now a newly born fan of purple again!!  No matter what your colour struggle is, all you really need is a great ribbon kit (like Sugarplum Fairies) to help you conquer it!

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SNS Strawberry Shortcake Kit

SNS Strawberry Shortcake Kit

I must start with an appology for being late with this blog post.

This kit is so beautiful and oh-so-easy to work with. If these coloirs appeal to your style, well you’re in luck because there are still a few available in the store.

Here are a few pages I created using this kit:

As you can see, this kit has a vast array of ribbons which will work wonderfully on any style of page.

Don’t forget to share your SNS ribbon creations in the gallery 🙂

Have a gret week everyone!

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