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ZZ February – Notorious Kit is such a perfect February kit! It is elegant, romantic, passionate!  (Remember to click on the images, to see a bigger version of the project, or come by our gallery to see close up shots)

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1. On this one I wanted to accentuate the funky shape of the card and the black rick-rack was just perfect for this.  I also threaded a bit of the black and white ribbon through the button.

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2. Layering ribbon is as much fun as layering paper.  Here I layered 2 different ribbons to create a very elegant card.  Check out the cute ribbon embellishment on the front tab.

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3.  Sometimes a card only needs a bit more of interest and ribbon is the answer, and this eyelet ribbon is just great!

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4.  I love the detail of lace knotted down to hold down a piece of embellishment.  In this case the piece of lace was stapled and this is what’s holding in place the clear embellishment.

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How sweet is this kit?  I’ve loved working with it and still have plenty left.  (Except for the blues-those I wiped out pretty quickly-too yummy!)

The Scissor Princess

All ribbons on this page are from the Candy Shoppe kit!   Had lots of fun mixing and matching various products here-including a lot of my favorites-Pink Paislee, American Crafts, Luxe.

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I used ribbons from the kit, as well as some red organza to make a large “photo corner” for this picture.  The vintage crocheted butterfly embellishment is from a rummage sale.

Cards

All of these are made with random scraps from layouts as well as ribbons from the kit.

You Rock!

Pink Paislee, October Afternoon, and Amy Butler Papers went great with the lovely blue ribbons from this kit!

Food and Exercise Log

I upcycled some used mat board to make this food and exercise log with chart printed from the internet.  Blue organza from the kit is threaded through the clear button from Autumn Leaves.

Sugar Cookies

The gold grosgrain and organza from the kit were perfect with the gold accents in this American Crafts paper.

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My kit for this month was Chocolate kisses. A gorgoeus kit!

This is what I made with it:

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Duckyls farm

My London top 3

My London top 3

Both layouts are pictures of our trip to London again. On the top layout you see the cottage we stayed in that week. It was a lovely cottage on top of a hill. For this layout I used Crate paper and some My Minds eye/ Penny Lane. I also used some dotted cardstock. Don’t know which manufacturer that is…

The second layout is about what for me are the 3 highlights of London. On the first day we went to London, I was blown away when I saw the Big Ben again, the London Eye and of course the red telephones. They are so typicall off London.

For this layout I also used Crate paper and some My Minds eye/ Penny Lane. The poststamp is for Magnolia.

Thanks for looking!

Miranda

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I just love the red and black colour combo from the Zany Zinnia February – Notorious Kit, so I used it for 3 layouts!

Crazy Fun Together

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The black and white stitch ribbon nicely ties off my photos to keep the black and white popping off the red.

Destruction!

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My son got a real kick out of destroying his gingerbread house last Christmas. I used the red lace to connect the page and tied the black and white stitch ribbon through my buttons.

Ride, Baby Ride

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My daughter loves any opportunity to ride a pony. For this layout I threaded the red lace through the holes in the black combo eyelet tape.

Love and Best Friends cards

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I used some older Pebbles Inc. kits for these 2 cards. The colours are perfect for the huge tan ric rac and toffee satin edge organza from the kit. 

Thanks and Best Wishes cards

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I used some scalloped Bazzill cardstock and the medium black ricrac from the kit to make these 2 quick cards. The best wishes card uses Sassafras Lass Happy Place papers and stickers.

Thanks for looking!

Linda

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A Ticket to “Whoo-Ville”

Is this not the cutest name ever!! I love this kit. These are totally my colors, brown and blue. You can take a look at the kit here

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The first project I did with this kit was a Fall mini album. This ribbon matches the October Afternoon Weathervane paper perfectly.

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I also did a few layouts with this yummy ribbon

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This next one was based on a Becky Fleck sketch

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And finally some Heidi Swapp paper

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Ribbon and Staples! 

 

I think the best way to attach ribbon to layouts isn’t an adhesive at all.  It’s staples!  I use them on the majority of my layouts and usually the techniques that combine ribbon and staples are the ones that get the most questions- “how did you do that?” 

 

So, here’s “how I do that.”  J

 

 

Straightfoward Staples

 

I use staples frequently to attach ribbon across a layout.  It can make a great border and often takes the place of patterned paper while at the same time adding texture and dimension to the page.  With a lot of adhesives, I’ve found that, after time, the edges of the ribbon detach from the page and get folded up in my albums, but the staples really keep things in place better, even over time.

 

How To: Stretch a piece of ribbon across a page.  Fold over each end and staple to the back of the layout.  Or, for shorter pieces, just attach with a staple or two on each end.

 

 

Staples as Embellishments

 

With the right kind of layout, adding extra staples really adds to the design.  For example, in this funky layout, the staples are an edgy addition to the overall layout

 

How To: You can do these however you want, but I really like putting two together at slightly staggered heights or crossing them to have them form an X.

 

 

Pleats

 

It uses a lot of ribbon, but it’s so worth it!  J  Pleats like this are more formal and finished looking.  No staples show, but they’re what make the pleats work.  Adds an incredible amount of dimension to any project.

 

 

How To:

 

  1. Start with a LONG piece of ribbon. 
  2. Staple down on one end
  3. Fold ribbon back over the first staple
  4. Staple down (second staple goes almost over the first) and then fold to cover the staple
  5. Continue steps 3-4 until you reach the end of the layout, then cut off any excess ribbon and adhere the end to the back of the layout.

 

Informal Pleats

 

How To:

 

This is the same method as the pleats above, but instead of keeping the ribbon in a straight line, I folded towards the top or bottom each time before stapling down.   Still looks clean and without visible staples, but has a more fun look.

 

Random Folds

 

This is the one that generally gets the most comments and it’s also probably the method I use the most.  And it’s just what it sounds like, random folds.  The key here: don’t think!  Just grab your stapler and a length of ribbon and start.

 

  1. Staple
  2. Fold and/or twist
  3. Staple
  4. Repeat (over and over again)

 

Don’t try to plan it out, the key is playing with it and letting the ribbon do its own thing.  Don’t try to make it perfect, just play!

 

You can do this for a whole length of ribbon, or just for a little bit of it to add some texture to a page. 

 

The Twist

How to:  Super simple.  Staple, twist, staple, twist. 

 

 You can do a really tight one (like the how to pics) or looser (like the example layout). 

 

 

Ribbon Scraps

 

Have lots of little ribbon scraps?  Try stapling them to the outside of a shape or photo for a frame or using just a little bit to add some extra color or dimension to a layout. 

 

 

The different ways to combine ribbon and staples are infinite!  What are some of your favorite techniques?

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New in the store this week…………

February 13thNew Arrivals

Fiskars Border Punch – Apron Lace
Fiskars Border Punch – Effervescence
Fiskars Punch – Treading Water Border Punch
Basic Grey Porcelain & Marrakech  {Rub-Ons, Paper Pack, Brads, Buttons}
Basic Grey Stamps
My Mind’s Eye 12×12 Paper Kits
Scrapbook Trends Magazine – Simply Handmade February

February 10th

Hero Art Stamp sets
Making Memories Flower Patch Collection
My Little Yellow Bicycle Rub-Ons
Prima Book Rings
Sizzix Dies

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