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Ribbons and Bows

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As promised, today I’m going to do a tutorial on one of the bows I use a lot and a corner treatment.  The theme of today’s tying lesson is non-square knots!  As you know, square knots (left over right, then right over left or vice versa) lead to such pretty cards.  Today, however, we will make ugly knots!  They have a purpose, though, and the ugly part get covered up.  So grab some ribbon and let’s get started!!

Single or double bow 

First decide the size of your bow.  Wind the ribbon back and forth:  three times for a single bow, five time for a double.

Bow 1Bow 2

 

The first picture shows the single, the second shows the double.  Click on any picture to see it larger (sorry they are a bit blurry…still learning how to take good tutorial pics).  Cut your ribbon and set aside (you’ll have to fold it again in a minute).  Cut a second length a bit longer than the paper layer you want the bow to tie around.  Put the second layer down flat on your work surface, refold the “bow” and place it face down on your straight piece (the bottom becomes the front of the bow).

Bow 3

 

Now, start tying your knot except it will NOT be square.  In my case I tied it left over right then left over right again.  You’ll see that the knot is not pretty to look at. 

Bow 4

 

The reason you do this is to get the tying section to run parallel to the bow.  If you do a square knot, it will be perpendicular (that can have its uses, too).  If it doesn’t lay just like you want, you can turn one of the long pieces over to see if that helps. 

Now flip the ribbon over and you have your bow.  Use your bone folder to “fluff” up the bow as desired and put it on your card!!

Bow 5Bow 6

 

 

Of course, now that I have this bow I had to make a card for it!!  I used the Mojo Monday sketch challenge 127 again to make this fun little card.  I really do love this layout!!  Since the ribbon is Old Olive, the rest of the colors were inspired by the Color Throwdown challenge CTD81.  They chose Olive, Brown and Pink/White this week.  So pretty together!

Mojo127 - Flowers and bows

 

Corner Treatment

This one is even easier.  First, cut a generous piece of ribbon for your corner.

Corner treatment 1

 

Cut a second, larger piece (mine was about 9 inches).  Using the larger piece to tie, make another “ugly” knot.  Both ends will easily go one direction (see the next pictures).

Corner treatment 2Corner treatment 3

 

Just flip the ribbon over and the other side is pretty!!  Yea!!

Corner treatment 4

 

Using Mini Glue Dots, attach the knot to where you want it to be on your card, then tuck the ends under and secure with additional Mini Glue Dots.  You may have to pull and adjust the ribbon a bit to get it just like you want it (this is true with the bow, as well).  Once it is on your card, trim the ends.  Easy peasy!!!

Corner treatment 5Corner treatment 6

 

Corner treatment 7

If you have any questions, let me know and I’ll try to clarify them!  Thanks for dropping by to visit!!  Oh, and don’t forget to let me know if you try it.  I’d love to see your cards!

Card 1  Stamps:  A Flower for All Seasons, Short & Sweet; Paper:  Sweet Pea DSP (Occasions Mini), Old Olive, Pink Pirouette (ret), Chocolate Chip; Ink:  Pretty in Pink, Old Olive, Close to Cocoa, So Saffron; Accessories:  Olive Taffeta ribbon (Holiday mini, ret), Blender Pen

Card 2  See Where, Oh Where, Is Spring

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Stampin' Addicts Birthday Blog Hop

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Mark your calendars!  One of my favorite sites, Stampin’ Addicts, is having its first birthday this month!!  They are hosting a Birthday Blog Hop featuring birthday themed cards and projects with Stampin’ Up! products.  I’ll be joining 24 amazingly talented stamping bloggers in this celebration on February 20th and 21st.  Don’t miss this fun event!!

Share the happiness!

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The wonderful Marie McClellan over at From Combat Boots to Rubber Stamps has passed on this very nice award to me!  Thanks for thinking of me, Marie!!  You should pop on over to her site and see her latest Inspiration Challenge…it will get you motivated for a beautiful card!

I’m supposed to list 10 things that make me happy.  My list may be a little specific to this week since I have been obsessed with snow and all things caused by lots of snow.  In no specific order:

1.  Hearing from my husband when he is on a trip and knowing he is safe.

2.  My husband actually getting home from a trip and getting to stay a while!

3.  My 4 year old son telling me “I very love you Mom!”.

4.  Waking up to my two sons giving me hugs (after they slept in).

5.  Finally clearing a path through the snow that the plows had piled on my sidewalk.  I live on a corner and my kids were having to walk in the street to see their friends…nothing more determined than a mother keeping her kids safe!!

 6.  Finally sitting down after the kids are in bed with a cup of tea and an old kitty firmly planted on my lap.

7.  Stamping a card that comes together exactly like I had in my imagination…and liking it!

8.  The joy of knowing I have amazing friends and family who will do anything to help me.

9.  The fun of meeting new friends through stamping!

10.  Realizing that I am blessed beyond measure as I look at the list above!

Thanks for dropping by!

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