Hopping with Graphic 45

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mayartsbloghop-3-585x1024Good morning crafty friends! Today is day three of The Ribbon Resource and Graphic 45 blog hop!  Both design teams have all sorts of pretty products to showcase this week, and today, I get to share a project I created with the Children’s Hour collection and some beautiful silk ribbons (one of my new crafting obsessions).

I have a little confession to make before I start – besides my immediate family, I have a really hard time remembering birthdays.  I can tell you what month people are born in, but the details always seem to allude me.  Given that there were so many calendar themed papers in this collection from G45, I thought I would make a little home decor piece that would also serve as a month reminder of when, specifically, there are birthdays that I want to help celebrate.  Thus was born: my monthly birthday reminder!

This “calendar” was a lot of fun to put together.  Since I didn’t want to use it for particular days in a particular year, I decided to use the calendar grid pages as a background for each month.  I then simply fussy cut and layered pieces on top that were themed for each month, varying the layouts on each page.

 

In terms of ribbon – each page was embellished with either 1/4″ silk ribbon or 1.25″ ribbon;  1/4″ Silk in brown (SK-4-93) and ivory (SK-4-09) and 1.25″ Silk in ivory (SK-5-09).

I tied each in different ways, sometimes using double bows, single bows and even pulling it through different chipboard tags.

Each page ended up with a journaling space that I will use to write in names and birthdays.

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I just used a pencil on this page to give you an idea of what I will do.  I figured that most of my family would disown me if I posted their actual pictures here on the blog!😉

Finally, I also added a really double mixed bow onto a large paper clip that can be moved to mark each month that I am on.  I love the extra dimension that it adds to each page!

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So there you have it!  With great product from two great companies, I may be able to keep on track with the birthday front!  Maybe, just maybe!😉

Now for the important part!  Both companies have giveaways for the hop so make sure you get a chance to pop over and enter!  The Ribbon Lady actually has 3-$25.00 gift cards up her sleeve.  Also make sure you check out the great posts from the other designers up today! Here are the ladies on our team…

Thanks for stopping by!

Stampendous Hop

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It’s hopping time!  This week, The Ribbon Resource has teamed up with Stampendous to create some fun projects featuring stamps and ribbon!  Over the last couple of days, members from our team have shared some really beautiful projects, and today, it’s my turn!  If you have ever popped by Scrappy Canuck Studios before, you will know that I am no stranger to stamping.  In fact, it’s not only how I got started in crafting, but it is also what at least half of my blog posts are about.  So I am always up for a new stamp, especially when I get to team it up with some of my favourite ribbon!
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Once I chose the paper I wanted to work with (this happens to be from DCWV), I stamped 3 of the Stampendous stamps on white cardstock and coloured them up with Copic Markers to match the paper.  I then took my trusty CutterBee scissors and fussy cut each image (I never get tired of fussy cutting – some people colour to relax…I fussy cut)!  I then started to assemble my pieces, using some foal adhesive for each of the stamped images to make them pop off the page.

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Then I hit my ribbon stash, and I found some 1/4″ Silk ribbon (Silver – SK-4-31) that I thought would be a great compliment to the bright yellows and greens in the stamps and paper.  I tied the ribbon onto a large paper clip at the top, looping the ribbon twice for a full effect.  I slipped the paper clip onto a banner on the card and I was all done!Stampendous-front

This card reminds me so much of the fresh colours that we will be seeing in a few months up here in Canada.  It is usually a late spring for us up here, but it will be worth the wait!

Today, the team at The Ribbon Resource have three ladies up with projects (including me).  Make sure you pop by to see what they were up to with other Stampendous and The Ribbon Resource products!

Thanks for stopping by!

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  • DCWV patterned paper and cardstock

Bargain crafts

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Good morning crafty friends! This time of the year can be hard on the pocket book!  But today, the team at May Arts/The Ribbon Resource is sharing some ideas for budget friendly crafts!

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I love to give little treats away to my colleagues at work during the Christmas season, but it is important to me that I watch my spending too!  One of the things I realized not too long ago was that by adding a little crafty touch to even the simplest things, little gifts can have a profound effect on how people feel.

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At this time of the year, my family loves hot chocolate.  And it is a “safe gift” – no offending the coffee or tea drinkers!🙂  Up here in Calgary, these little hot chocolate packages are easily purchased – they are cute too and come in a variety of flavours.  Wrapped in a bit of DCWV paper and topped with a big bold bow made with 3/4″ Black Grosgrain ribbon (QH-4-10), and some 3/8″ mini pompom ribbon in green (SKU: 419-16), this already cute little gift now has a personal touch that I can also use as a card!  And quite frankly, the recipient could also regift the packaging and share the love again!  How’s that for a bargain?  While this gift cost less than $2.00 for me to complete, it would have been even cheaper if I had just used bulk hot chocolate and bagged it myself!  You can even add some marshmallows!

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Okay, and just on a side note – this mini pompom ribbon is my new love!  I have to admit that I wasn’t sure about it when I first picked it up, but it is finding it’s way on almost all of my Christmas projects this year!   I see more colors in my future!

Alright – I hope this project has inspired you to add a little bit of a personal touch to gift giving this season!  Make sure you check out what all the other ladies have up on their blogs today – we are all on a budget but having a blast!

And as always, Bethney has a give away on the Ribbon Resource blog for you – so get over there and enter!  Thanks for stopping by!

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