Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Mojo Monday Sketch, TAWC Martha Stewart Cover Again and Frayed Ribbon Tutorial

First of all, I love this sketch, so I just had to try it. It's from Julee Tilman's sketch blog. Isnt' it a fun one? So I combined it with all the other inspirations coming at me today!
I love this cover of the magazine so much that I just had to have another chance to play with it. This time around, the branch and little flowers were my inspiration. Then I read that today's color challenge on SCS is Pretty in Pink, Kiwi Kiss, and Baja Breeze. My brain says to me, "Hey! I think that's a great combo for our branch and flowers card!" Then I find out that my friend Barb, a sparkle sister and fellow demo, became a grandmother for the first time today to a bouncing baby girl. Yippee! So now this becomes a Mojo79, TAWC, CC211, baby girl card. I just love it when everything comes together like that.
I stamped the branch and flowers from Eastern Blooms. I punched flowers out of Pretty in Pink and Pink Pirouette with my SU! Trio Flower punch. No, that's not your imagination. They do appear to be 3-D. Stay tuned tomorrow for the tutorial on this. The flowers are mounted with mini glue dots. The centers were colored with Baja Breeze ink and a blender pen, then a bit of white gel pen over that to mute it a bit. The greeting was embossed with white EP and then stamped again for the shadow with Pretty in Pink. I used the Eyelet Border Punch for the edge of the bottom piece of Regal Rose Designer Paper, which comes in a Hostess Level 1 Designer Paper Pack. (BTW, that's a GREAT reason to host a workshop before the end of June.) The button is a piece of Pretty in Pink cardstock, run through the Big Shot with the Buttons #5 Sizzlit. I tied a bit of white crochet thread through it.

Are you asking yourself yet, "Where did she get that awesome frayed ribbon?" I made it. Yep, you read that right!
Cut along the long edge of your grosgrain ribbon. After cutting the whole edge off, pull away the fibers that you want to get rid of.
Now, flip over that ribbon and repeat on the other side. This photo shows you how little you cut away from the edge. For the piece that's on the branch, after following these two steps, I tied it in the center with a knot and then pulled the vertical fibers off to create a totally frayed look. If you're feeling creative, you can keep your long fibers from step 1, tie them in the center and use them as an accent on a project. I'd love to see what you can do with this. If you try this technique, please email me or leave a comment here with the link to your photo.

Thanks for stopping by the Stamping Station! Remember, come back tomorrow to learn how do add dimension to your punched cardstock flowers.

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  1. What an awesome way to multi-challenge and I love the finshed result!!! Fabulous tutorial too :)

  2. lovely spring card. I love the colors you choose:)

  3. Ooooh, how pretty...I love how you combined all those challenges and thanks for the great tutorial!!! I'll have to give that a try!!!

  4. you are too funny with Martha's mag I have mine sitting right here beside me and thought I need to be inspired by this picture! LOOL Well you were! Aqesome card and great trick for the ribbon thanks for sharing that with us!~Donna

  5. So beautiful! Love your take on the inspiration and thanks for the tip on the frayed ribbon. Can't wait to try it. Thanks for playing Mojo Monday! :)

  6. This is a beauty! Great flowers and ribbon!

  7. Great card! Love the flowers and the ribbon