Thursday, January 6, 2011

All You Need Is Love

Now that I have a new laptop (Merry Christmas to me) I have spent a bit more time browsing and getting ideas.  I just found a wonderful blog called KT Hom Designs .  She had a great tutorial on ribbon weaving with a video tutorial here.  Her cards were so pretty that I just had to try this new technique.  It was a bit tricky at first but by the time I finished, I felt like a pro.  There was a bit of a learning curve to keep the weaving tight evenly, but it got better as I worked with it.  She had made her woven ribbon into a wreath but I had a different idea and was thrilled it worked.

I used pink and white striped cardstock and ran it through my new “He Loves Me” Cuttlebug Embossing Plus folder.  So many of these folders that cut and emboss do not show all the details in the packaging.  This one is absolutely beautiful.  It also cuts the heart out in the center.  I layered this onto gold paper and trimmed out the heart to show a little gold border.

The floral heart stamp is a new stamp I bought from Impression Obsession (D6337 Ladybug Vine Heart).  I stamped and embossed it in gold and colored it, using red and gold Smooch (love that shimmer) and a green Tombow marker.  I glued the woven ribbon into a heart shape around the cut out window, and then used pop dots to layer it over the stamped image so it was centered in the heart window.  This is then layered on top of some darker striped paper that I actually bought a few years ago at Target in their $1 area.  I used gold Brilliance ink to stamp CC043 Cover-a-Card Roses background stamp, also from Impression Obsession, over the paper.  It creates a beautiful, subtle affect that shows up more, depending on the lighting.  I tried to angle the card in my picture so it would pick up the design.  This is all layered on a white card base.  I also added two gold decorative corners, cut using a die from the HCD 702 Decorative Butterfly-Border Die Set from Heartfelt Creations.

I really love the look of the woven ribbon on this card.  It gives the card sort of a vintage look.  It was a bit trickier to get it shaped like a heart but I was pleased with how it turned out.  I was going to add some white edging around the popped up area, using a Martha Stewart border punch, but I decided not to because I felt it took away from the simple elegance of the ribbon.  I did add a few little flowers to add just a little more color and to cover up where the two ends of the ribbon overlap.

I have entered this card in the following challenges:
Impression Obsession Challenge – Love Is All You Need
Crazy4Challenges C4C68 - "celebrate something" (I am celebrating love)
Creative Inspirations Challenge Blog #50 - Use Something New on your project/New Element
Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge (FTTC99) - Add  Flowers
Flourishes Bring Back the Beautiful - The Beauty of Vintage
Speedy the Cat's Friends Challenge #35 - use something NEW (I used a new technique, a new embossing folder, and a new stamp).
The Shabby Tea Room Challenge Week 43 – Eleven Elements (5 layers incl. base card + 2 different stamped images + 2 different die cuts/embossing folder + 1 ribbon heart + flowers = 11)
Simon Says Stamps Challenge – New Beginnings
CES Challenge #17 - Anything Goes
The Cuttlbug Spot Challenge - Inspiration (create a project that was inspired by a book - I chose to be inspired by the Love Comes Softly series by Janette Oke)


Dawn said...

Oh this turned out just beautiful!
I also enjoy the weaved look and can't help thinking of braiding my daughters hair when she was young.LOl
Thanks for joining us at Craft Your passion this week.

April said...

Wow! This is so lovely. I know this took a lot of time to create! Do we get a tutorial this weekend?
Great job!


redwasher1 said...

WOW!!! Beautiful card and I love the ribbon around the heart.
Thanks for sharing it with us at Speedy's Friends.

Suzi said...

Gorgeous card, I love the ribbon treatment and the sweet heart. Thank you for joining us at Creative Inspirations this week with your lovely creation.
Suzi x

lindyloo said...

oh wow love heart shape and the ribbon work is great thanks for sharing with us at the creative cottage huggies lindyloo x

Nicole said...

Beautiful! That ribbon work is amazing! Thanks for playing along with us at TSTR! :)

Vicki Dutcher said...

Very pretty! Thanks for playing with Speedy's Friends!

Jodie Mackrell said...

wow! fantastic card! thank you for joining this weeks Bugaboo challenge at Catch the Bug.

Jan Hunnicutt said...

What a beautiful card! Thanks for playing in our challenge at Catch The Bug!

Basement gal said...

It's a beautiful card. Lovely creative heart. Thanks for entering the challenge at creative inspirations.

PapierGirl said...

Very pretty - I love that stamp! You're right the woven ribbon is such a beautiful accent! Thanks for joining us this week at TSTR! :)

KathyJ (Wattle) said...

WOW - that weaved ribbon heart is gorgeous! Thanks so much for playing along with the BBB challenge!!

Heather Jensen said...

So creative! Great job combining all these challenges. Thanks for playing at BBB. :)

margaret said...

So Beautiful. THe ribbon is a real winner. I hope you can tell us how you did it. Thanks for sharing

DonnaMundinger said...

Oh this is just exquisite! I've been meaning to try the ribbon weaving and I love how you've made it into a heart. Now I must try it! Thanks for joining us at TCS this week. xxD

Jane said...

Wow!! That weaving must have taken ages, it looks fabulous! thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp, hugs, Jane xxx