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July Blog Hop - Ribbon

Hi Everyone

Welcome to our casual monthly  Blog Hop for another month. This month we are showcasing  Stampin' Up! Ribbon. You may have come from the blog of  Ros Davidson, but if not, you can join the Blog Hop from here using the link to the next blog at the end of the post.  This month we have 7 Stampin' Up! demonstrators sharing their inspiration and the full list of contributors is also at the end of the post.

Stampin' Up! has a fabulous range of ribbon styles matching a selection of colours in each of the colour groups.  Hopefully we will also get some of the fabulous ribbon and twine options that are now available in the US,  in our new Idea Book & Catalogue that is released on 1 September.  I'm a huge fan of ribbon to add that special touch and differentiate hand made cards from the shop bought variety. 

Today, I thought I would show you some options for the 1 1/4" striped grosgrain ribbon. My first thoughts when I saw this ribbon, was that the width would make it difficult to work with.  However, the ribbon is so soft and pliable, this is not a problem at all. My first project shows this ribbon used in the simplest way, as a border and base for layering other fibres, which in this case is Linen Thread but could be other ribbon, twine etc. This is a good option for masculine cards where you want something a bit bolder.

I've used watercolour crayons to create  a background wash for the sky and sea (masking the circle to be used for the sun). When it dried, the sun was created with a reverse mask and a sponge to apply the ink.  The 'Sail Away' image from the Autumn/Winter Mini Catalogue was stamped on the finished background and then die cut.  The sails were cut out from another image (lightly washed with Very Vanilla) and popped up for some dimension. The striped grosgrain ribbon grounds the image and the Linen Thread has been used to attach the sentiment 'flag'.


Project Details
Stamps Sail Away, Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Card stock & Papers Night of Navy, Real Red, Sahara Sand, Watercolour paper    
Ink Night of Navy, More Mustard, Real Red
Accessories 1 1/4" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon (Night of Navy), Linen Thread, Silver Eyelet (not SU), 5/16" Silver brads
Tools Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Oval Nestabilities, Big Shot,  Dimensionals, Watercolour Crayons, Aqua Painter, Circle Punch, Cropadile, Sponge, Sponge Dauber

With the focus on Christmas in July at the moment, the next projects are Christmas cards. For this second card I've used the a la carte stamp 'Dasher' as the focus. I've stamped his body in Soft Suede and then gold embossed his antlers. The striped grosgrain has been used as a background with a knot as the main embellishment.   


Project Details
Stamps Dasher, Delightful Decorations
Card stock & Papers Old Olive, Very Vanilla, Rich Razzleberry, Soft Suede, Brights Pattern Stack (Rich Razzleberry)
Ink Soft Suede, Versamark, Rich Razzleberry
Accessories 1 1/4" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon (Rich Razzleberry), Basic Rhinestones
Tools Circle Punches, Gold Embossing powder, Heat gun, Dimensionals

The final card uses  the flourish  from the new 'Creative Elements' stamp set, coming in the new Idea Book & Catalogue in September.  I've coloured in the open elements with a Stampin' Write  marker and added a luscious bow made with the 1 1/4" grosgrain Real Red. These are super easy to make with either a brad or a button in the centre, depending on how you want to attach it to your project. I always put a bit of Fray Stoppa on the edges of the ribbon  after I have cut the tails, so they don't fray. I have a simple tutorial on how to make this bows. Contact me if you are interested.


Project Details
Stamps Creative Elements (new in the 2011/12 IBC), Four the Holidays
Card stock & Papers Very Vanilla (Textured and Smooth), Real Red, Wild Wasabi
Ink Wild Wasabi, Real Red
Accessories 1 1/4" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon (Real Red), Antique Brad, Basic Pearls
Tools Scallop Border punch, Scallop Trim Corner punch, Itty Bitty Flower punch, Stampin' Write Markers (Wild Wasabi, Real Red), Dimensionals

The next stop is the lovely and talented Tina Gillespie.  Below is a list of the contributors for this month's Blog Hop.

Ros Davidson

Tina Gillespie

Nikki Sadler

Di Dunk

Alisha Watson

Kathryn Ruddick

Thanks for 'hopping' by!



Andrea L - EnchantINK

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Andrea L - EnchantINK

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Kathryn Ruddick

I adore the striped ribbon and love how you have showcased it - your bows are amazing!

Wendy J.

Oh these are all totally fabulous, Judy! I have to say I especially love the sail boat masculine card. I'm a sucker for the red, white, and blue I think! Although they are all 3 great!

Claire Daly

I agree with everyone else Judy, your cards are just amazing. My fave is the first one for sure.

Alisha Watson

Love your cards Judy as always. The first card really pops to me but I do love that last one too. TFS

Sue Madex

Wow how good does that striped ribbon look in navy! Love the colours for that card. And the bow with the brad is a beautiful feature. Just GORGEOUS.

Chris H

Absolutely beautiful cards, Judy. I love the way you have used the ribbon differently in each one. And yes please...I would love the bow tutorial!

Tina G

Fantastis cards Judy! That wide ribbon is so scary, but you've showcased it so well I may just have to get some!

Christine Blain

Beautiful, my friend! The stand-out for me is the last card; I love your creative use of that stamp set. Stunning examples of how to use this lovely ribbon.

Kerry S

Beautiful cards as usual Judy, my fave is the last one.

Di Dunk

You always make such beautiful cards Judy and this is no exception. They are gorgeous. WOuld love to kniow how you get your bows so perfect.

Margaret Knoops

WOW! Your cards are always beautiful Judy! Love the use of the wide ribbon in 3 different ways.

Nikki Sadler

what beautiful cards. I really love the first one (I love them all but I REALLY love the first one. Yes I too am worried about the ribbon being so thick - you've inspired me to get it out and have a play with it. Have a great weekend Judy.

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