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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Sew Ribbon Envy - still in a thankful mood ;)

Hello bloggers!  One of the crafting retailers I subscribe to (yikes I forgot which one and I have already deleted the email!) sent an email notice over the weekend about a set of We R Memory Keepers ribbon punchers available for purchase.  They apparently debuted in CHA (I think it stands for Craft and Hobby Association) this past summer.  Here is a link for a youtube video highlighting it - it looks very cool!  Well my crafting budget is tapped out at the moment so I know I can't possibly afford these punchers -  so I decided to see if I could create something similar using my Gypsy and my Cricut. 

For this project I've created more Thank You cards to build up my stash as I stated in my previous post below this one.  The base of the card is again from Sophie (did I say I LOVE this cart enough times?) and is sized A2.  To create the holes for the ribbon I borrowed border images from Elegant Edges cart and the MS Birthday Cake Art cart; I supposed you could use other border images as long as they have holes big enough for the width of the ribbon you want to use, or use basic shapes and line them up where you'd want to thread the ribbon.  For my cards I lined up the border image vertically along the front side of the card.  I stretched the border image to fit the height of the card, allowing for EVEN number of holes.  The border images I chose had odd numbers of holes so I just hid the extra ones using the hide contour on my G.  You would also need to hide the outline of the border, leaving only the even number of holes. 

Here's the image using the MS Birthday Cake Art border:

Using hide contour, hide the outline of the border and one of the holes:

Here are pics of the cards after I cut with the Cricut (the first one is using a border from the Elegant Edges cart and the one below is using a border from the MS Birthday Cake Art cart):

I then threaded ribbon.

After cutting the excess ribbon I tucked in the edges inside the card using ATG, attached a piece of green printed cardstock behind the bird "window", then covered it all up with a cream cardstock .  Then with the same green cardstock, I cut a strip the same height as the cream cardstock and punched one side using an MS doily puncher before I attached it on the inside. 

The sentiment is a stamp from Inkadinkado, stamped on a circle from George and Basic Shapes cart,  I used a scalloped doily from Elegant Edges cart to layer the sentiment and put them on a rosette.  To finish off the cards, I used purple strip of cardstock and punched both sides using the same MS doily puncher to adorn the sides of the cards - the strip wrapped around the back of the cards as pictured below. 

And there you go!  This satisfies my Sew Ribbon Envy for the moment  :).  Someday I'd experiment using other shapes on my G to recreate the other shapes of the Sew Ribbon punchers - or I'll cave in and buy those suckers using 40% off coupons if and when they hit the local Michaels or Joann's.

Oh, almost forgot, this is Project #12 for Using My Stash pledge at the CC MB.  Thanks for stopping by! 


Nadia (With Glittering Eyes blog) said...

I love your cards and I love your creative solution!!!! Beautiful cards!

Diane said...

Thank you for sharing this! I think my craft budget is in the same place as yours;)

Dayna Sabrina said...

Great idea Melody! And it cost you absolutely nothing! The cards are fantastic.