Wednesday 19 March 2014 Crafting by Designs!

Hey there, crafty friends!
Today I have the pleasure of being a Guest Designer over at Crafting by Designs.
 The challenge this week is to USE A RIBBON on a project. 
There is a sponsor and prizes for this challenge plus you might be recognized in the Saturday Spotlight. Hope you'll play along!

I don't know about you, but I am SOOOO tired of winter. We are apparently getting 5-10 more cm of that white stuff tomorrow. It's half-past March, for Pete's sake!
One of the first signs of spring around here is bulbs starting to poke through the soil. That was the inspiration for my card: tulips made with ribbon.
To create this bunch of flowers, I first sketched the design in pencil onto  cardstock. Then I poked holes for the ribbon stitches using a paper-piercer. One at each end of the leaves and stems, and four each for the flowers, as shown below.
To make the flower buds or tulips, thread a wide-eyed needle with your ribbon. Using the needle, bring the ribbon up at the lower hole, then in at the top centre hole. Repeat this for the other two petals, as shown. 
 By using wide, light-weight ribbon for the petals and stems, you can create a nice leafy shape. I used thinner ribbon for the flower stems and also twisted it a bit, to make the stems appear thinner. I used tape to hold the raw ends of ribbon to the back of the work, instead of trying to tie knots. The stitched panel was mounted to the card base with foam tape, to give some room for the extra bulk.
 Further supplies for this card are listed at the bottom of the post.

So, off you go to Crafting by Designs to see some more original ways to use ribbon. I'll be checking the site this week--can't wait to see what YOU create!

Happy crafting, 

Cardstock: Kraft, Saddle, Colonial White (Close to My Heart)
Embossing folder: Close to My Heart lattice
Ink: Saddle (CTMH)
Ribbon: seam binding ribbon, Verve Stamps; green chevron ribbon, CTMH.
Large-eye embroidery needle: American Crafts
"Thanks" word die: Paper Smooches


  1. Your stitched flowers are wonderful! thanks for sharing how to! a very creative use of ribbon!

  2. What a cool card! Love the ribbon flowers, what a great technique!

  3. Caroline thank you so much for a great tutorial and sharing this beautiful card with us, and for being a Guest Designer at Crafting by Designs! I am so making a card like this - great way to use a ribbon!
    Hugs, Doris :)

  4. FABULOUS ribbon Tulips Caroline!

  5. Beautiful card Caroline... the tulips are great and I love the mix of plain and chevron ribbon for the stems and leaves. Really really lovely!

  6. Wow...this is one fabulous card! Love those sweet ribbon flowers!


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