Thursday, June 11, 2009

My Time Sketch Challenge.....a la Ribbon!

Sitting down to work on Lauren Meader's My Time To Create Sketch Challenge, I thought I would be able to make quick work of it.............well, I did, but only once I figured out how to make it work for me!

As someone who has been paper crafting for quite awhile now, you would think that it would be simple enough to sit down and put some cardstock and/or patterned paper (either pre-made or created) to a card and make the sketch work, right?! I don't know what was up with me, but I could Not make cardstock or paper work for me, not at all. I was getting grumpy, gloomy, and even a bit sullen. There was a lot of sighing. A lot of me putting my head in my hands. A lot of the kidlets asking Mama what was wrong. And even my hubby demanding, "What's wrong?!", like I must have had a broken limb or the mother of all migraines for my face to be contorted into a disgruntled squished up grimace like it was.

Coming to my senses, I realized that I needed to stop trying to force something that just was not working for me. So, I pulled out three different ribbon spools in Pure Poppy. I still followed the sketch, but used ribbon where I would have usually used cardstock/paper. Wanting more than flat ribbon, I decided to loop each piece and leave the ends unadhered, so they could have a fun little raised loop at the top and bottom.

For the horizontal strip, I used the backside of some swiss dot satin ribbon. I layered two pieces together so the polkas would not show through the front. It would be a shame to waste such wonderful polkas though, so I trimmed the left ends in an inverted 'v', folded it over to reveal the happy little dots, and tied it off with some twine. Staying away from paper entirely (other than the card base), I used flowers for the focal piece. I layered some Petaloo white velvet flowers, cut out the glued in green beads that were originally there for the flower center and added a pretty little red silk flower that I received in a flower swap I participated in about a year ago (thanks, Elise!). I glued all four layers together with Fabri-Tac. Remembering rub-ons (twice in the same month....holey camole macarole!) again, I cut out a 'for you' from the sheet and rubbed it on (you have to press pretty hard on the ribbon) to my ribbons. And two little white half pearls completed my ribbon card.

Considering the self imposed torment that I endured at the beginning of this process, I was amazed at how quickly the whole card came together as soon as I switched materials! I suppose that's true in life as well.........when we get stuck, sometimes its good to change things up a bit! Hope you are having a fantastic week and that Life brings you some happy little surprises along the way!

Cardstock: Kraft - PTI
Ribbon: Pure Poppy Satin, Swiss Dot Satin, Saddle Stitch - PTI; Natural Hemp Twine - SU!
Flowers: White - Petaloo; Red - Stash
Rub-Ons: Love & Happiness - SU!
Embellishments: Pearls - Kaiserscrapbook


  1. What a neat way to incoporate ribbon onto a project!

  2. Yeah for ribbons and YEAH for Karen! Talk about perking things up! Oh my heck! That is gorgeous! And may I say that your photography is really rocking my world these days! Your photos are dreamy! And of course, your work is fabulous! Sorry to your family, but it was worth it! Heh Heh! GREAT JOB, sweet gal!

  3. OOOOH...what a clever take on the sketch!! Love how you used the ribbon as your panel, and RED! My absolute favorite color :O)

    Thanks for playing along! Hope to see you this Saturday for the inspiration challenge! It's a good one :O)

  4. Hooray for ribbon! I have never seen Pure Poppy look more glamourous! What a fantastc idea and the inverted swiss dots are smashing! Your story is a familiar one and I love that you took a risk, scrapped it all and ended up with a fabulously happy ending!

    Kristen is right...lots of options this coming weekend with the inspo challenge. I hope you'll have time to be back!

  5. That's neat, I've never seen ribbon used that way before, the colors are great!

  6. well check out this awesome master piece. Girl, so sorry you had all the torment but I feel you. Frustrating isnt it. I love how it turned out!

  7. Very cool idea using ribbon to replace cardstock!

  8. What a fun twist on using cardstock! I'm sure if I tried it, it wouldnt' work, but like you said sometimes it comes together when we stop and change directions. Fabulous card!

  9. This is not only very clever, but it looks awesome, too!!

  10. this is pretty darn genius! You're so funny, I've had plenty of those moments too where nothing seems to come together and my husband says I "cannabalize everyone in the house!" lol I think we all can relate to that. Just amazing what you came up with. Great job!!!

  11. This is not only very creative but absolutely beautiful as well!!

  12. What a fab and original idea Karen!
    I think sometimes it's good to stand back and not try to force an idea, as you have proved only too well!
    It really is stunning and the colours you've chosen really make the ribbon stand out.
    Fab work Karen,
    Love Sarita xx

  13. How original! You are the queen of ribbon, for sure! I would have never thought to use ribbon that way. It's creative and lovely! Great job...sorry it was so frustrating, but Great Job!

  14. Love the way you used ribbons - the 3D affect is great.

  15. I love the idea of being creative, so when I see something like this, I go 'ooooh' I could do that. Thanks for sharing.


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