Thursday, January 23, 2014

Hate to Say Goodbye...Round 4

Monday, I promised to share some projects that I created using the soon-to-be-retiring dark chocolate and black striped grosgrain ribbon.  I so love this ribbon!  I hate, hate, hate that it is going away, especially the dark chocolate.  Can you guess what I'm stocking up on? ;) I just find it so versatile.  Once you see how many projects in which I used it AND all the different ways I used it, you'll surely understand why I'll miss it so much. Warning...there's a lot of pictures here.  Hopefully you will see something that is new to you.
Leap Around the World with Me: Isn't this cool.  This was a technique that I picked up from Vicki Wizniuk.  It works so well, because this ribbon has enough body to hold it up.  Then when you put it in an envelope, you can simply fold the ribbon over the edge of the card.
Avonlea Card Workshop
August Stamp of the Month Blog Hop: Here you can just see a little of the ribbon under the flowers, but I intentionally frayed the end that was exposed.  As you will see, I really like fraying the edges...sometimes a little, sometimes a lot.
Mojo Monday #214 & ColorQ #110: Here I just created a loop banner to give the card a little somethin' somethin'.
December Stamp of the Month: Here I trimmed off the edges, cleaning up loose strings to give it a cleaner frayed edge.
February's Paper Trail Blog Hop: Fun, fun, fun!  That's what this ribbon is.  In the process of fraying a piece of ribbon, I ended up discovering that I could create this look by pulling out the shorter strings.
February's Paper Trail Blog Hop: This is a box that I created for a collection of cards like the last one pictured.  Don't you like how it is tied off to the side with hemp string?  I got that technique from Vicki Wizniuk, too.
May's Stamp of the Month Blog Hop..."Friendship Bouquet": Can you believe this is the same ribbon? Just by cutting it into strips and fraying the edges strategically, it caused the strips to almost look like two different striped patterns.

June's Stamp of the Month Blog Hop..."Life is Tweet". I love cutting this ribbon up into thinner strips.
My Heart's Group Swap Group Card: I just used this ribbon to embellish a box that contained a tri-shutter card.
July's Cards, Etc. Workshop Projects Using Victory: I still so love this card.  This looks like I tied the bow from one piece of ribbon, but it's an illusion.  The blog post discusses it.  The cool, adhesive backed square durables are also retiring this month.
July's Cards, Etc. Workshop Projects Using Victory: I love tying off one end of ribbon like this.  I also trimmed and slightly frayed the edges of the ribbon.
August's Stamp of the Month..."Baroque Borders": This techniqe adds such a cool look to a card.
Secret Message Thank You Card: I created a band for this card using a strip of cardstock and the black grosgrain ribbon that I trimmed down to make more narrow and again...the overextended ribbon is another Vicki technique.
April Cards, Etc. Workshop: Just wrapped around the Criss Cross card.
Another Workshop Card: Here I just used the ribbon as if it was a piece of pattern paper.  I actually used a little Fray Check to keep the edges from fraying.
August Stamp of the Month..."A Chocolate Affair: Again, I cut off the edges, so I could fray the edges. Notice in this project I didn't clean up the edges.  By the way, did I mention that I love to cut the ribbon up into smaller strips? :) 
My "Crazy for Cards" Cards: I actually folded the top of the ribbon over to form a loop (like the card in the second picture) and then secured it with brads.
A Few Laughing Lola Cards: Here I used it to create a little mini bow, by making it quite narrow.
July Stamp of the Month..."Sweet Life": This ribbon just adds so much to a simple card box.
June Scrap Club Layouts: This layout was part of a promotional kit called "You and Me" where we got a sneak peak at new new cardstock weight paper, striped grosgrain ribbon and mocha opaques (also retiring...but sold out already).  LOVED this kit!!!
If you would like to obtain some of this ribbon for yourself, just check out the retiring items section of your Close To My Heart consultant's website or on my website.

Don't forget...not only do the retired items go away on January 31st, but so does this month's promotion.  If you make a $35 purchase this month, you can pick up this absolutely incredible card kit for only $15 (a $46 value)!  You will be able to make 10 cards (2 each of 5 designs), get your hands on three accessories not available for purchase until Feb. 1 and a great stamp set that you can use over and over again.  Keep in mind, too.  If you purchase $35 in product and the $15 Cloud Nine cardmaking kit, you will automatically qualify for this month's stamp of the month. Check that out here.

And as if the Cloud Nine kit wasn't enough to celebrate National Papercrafting Month, I'm going to sweeten the deal.  I will ship the new CTMH Spring/Summer 2014 Idea Book to anyone who makes a $50 purchase on my website. The book has a $3.95 value, plus I'll pay the shipping (to U.S. addresses only).  Also, to all my local customers...if you place a $35 purchase and pick up the Cloud Nine Kit, I will open up my home in February for a free Cloud Nine workshop!  I will provide the inks, blocks, necessary tools, snacks, and the space needed to complete the projects.

Until next time...

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