Monday, April 6, 2015

Crafty Secrets April Linky Party

Welcome to the Crafty Secrets April Linky Party!  We are excited to be partnering with Really Reasonable Ribbon  in this fun cross-promotional event that we are calling "Anything Goes with Ribbon."

Really Reasonable Ribbon sponsored the Design team this month, giving us the beautiful April Ribbon Club Collection of Ribbons to add to our projects. Here’s some info about our gracious sponsor.

"Really Reasonable Ribbon" is the ribbon source that has been meeting the needs of the crafting community for over 15 years.  We offer a large variety of ribbon in sampler packs and mid-length pieces along with full spools at discount prices.  
We offer a wide variety of grosgrain ribbon, satin ribbon, baker's twine, seam binding, sheer organza ribbon, wired ribbon, gingham ribbon, satin double ruffle ribbon, crochet lace, mulberry flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts, and much more.  Our products are perfect for card embellishments, scrapbooks, hair bows, gift wrapping, sewing and DIY wedding projects to name a few.

Our orders ship same or next day and we offer excellent customer service along with very competitive pricing.

We also carry a wide variety of hair accessories including plastic headbands in a large variety of sizes, french clips, snap clips and alligator clips.

Please visit our Really Reasonable Ribbon's Ramblings Blog for great ideas and project inspiration.

Look for free hair bow instructions that will show you how to make adorable hair bows and accessories for your favorite little girl.  You will find new tutorials each month on how to use ribbon in a variety of different projects.  We also feature a new Challenge on the 1st and 15th of each month and we would love to have you play along."

Crafty Secrets shared some awesome goodies with the design team at RRR, and they will be featuring those projects on the Really Reasonable Ribbon BLOG   from April 3rd through April 11th, so you will want to pop over for even more inspiration from the RRR Design team.

To play along, simply create any project that features Crafty Secrets products and add ribbon or trim to your project.  You do not have to use Really Reasonable Ribbon to play along, any ribbon or trim will do.

To thank you for playing along, we have selected a pretty digital paper and a fun seasonal image that you can download from this post.  You may use this on your project if you wish, or save it for another day. You may link any project you like, however if you wish to be eligible for this month's prize package, you must feature Crafty Secrets products in your project.
This month’s lucky winner will receive a $25 gift certificate for any DIGITAL products in our online store!  You can choose from our Digital Art Stamps, digital paper packs, digital printable sheets or digital Creative Scraps and fill your shopping cart to the brim with wonderful digital vintage goodies from Crafty Secrets!
Link your “Anything Goes with Ribbon” project to this post no later than midnight PT on Sunday, April 19th.  We'll be hopping by to take a peek at your beautiful creations and leave a nice comment on your blog.  On Wednesday, April 22nd, the winner of this month's prize package will be announced on the Crafty Secrets Blog.

So, are you as excited about our Crafty Secrets April linky party as I am??
I was in a very "needy" Spring mood when I decided to make a somewhat
vintage Spring Wreath!

I used a green "moss" wreath form to build my wreath on.
I started out by cutting several images from the 
Digital Birds and Blossoms 4 page download.
I placed them strategically around the wreath where I thought they would look best.

Next came the gorgeous ribbon flowers....
WOW..this ribbon was so beautiful to work with.

I cut several lengths (approx. 3")..these can be any size you want...the longer the piece,
the larger the flower you will have.

Fold the ribbon as shown, then do it for each piece, 
adding one to the other with a needle and thread..

The more pieces you add, the fuller the flower.

Once you are satisfied with the fullness, 
sew the last piece to the first piece and tie off your thread.

There you now have your flower!!
Easy, easy!!

I go to garage sales and buy old pieces of jewelry to use in my projects.
I chose a few pieces for my centers,
but you could use buttons or whatever you want to.

You might notice, I decided to "flip" the pink flower
I wanted to really showcase the gorgeous design on the ribbon!!

The little flower "Rosettes" you see on the wreath
were made by simply gathering along one edge.

To complete the wreath, I added moss here and there.

Take a peek over at the Crafty Secrets blog and see all the creative project
my teammates have created.....visit each blog for a tutorial of their creations!

Design Team Members:

Entering the following challenges:
Simon Says Monday Challenge .... "A" is for  "ART"
Crafty-Dee Bowz .... ATG with a handmade bow
Artistic Inspirations .... ATG With A Twist of Flowers
That Craft Place .... Easter/Spring
All  Crafts April/May .... Anything But A Card


Kathy/NorthCarolina said... who's drooling over someone else's stash??? Uh...that would be me! I love these ribbon flowers soooo much! And the jeweled centers are the crowning touch. This is such a gorgeous project! Original, creative and such a great way to use the ribbons. Thanks for another fabulous Linky Party Project!

Unknown said...

This is so lovely! Thanks for the ribbon flower tutorial, I'll have to add that to my bag o' tricks :)

Bonnie Garby said...

I am loving all of these beautiful Spring wreaths! Your ribbon flowers are fantastic!!

Darlene said...

WOW girl this is AWESOME! LOVE the mossy wreath and those ribbon flowers are just gorgeous!! I have never made ribbon flowers and doubt mine would look at perfect as yours but (when I have a whole day to dedicate) I want to give them a try. And, with the gems/jewels center ... BEAUTIFUL! I just love this project! Awesome TUT ... thanks for the springtime breath of fresh air! YOU NAILED IT GIRL!!!

Elizabeth said...

Those flowers are gorgeous. and what a lot of work went into them. I would want to put those flowers with their jewelled centres on evening shoes. Wonderful project and so perfect for this month's Party.

Gloria Stengel said...

Those ribbon flowers are beyond amazing. I love them so much. Along with those fussy cut birdies....priceless!

Kristi said...

Wow! Beautiful wreath! Awesome idea.Love the sweet birdies too!

Shantaie said...

you had me drooling over the ribbon flowers...and then I fell off my chair at your garage sale box of goodies!!!! oooooohhhhhh! I love how they finished the flower centers! I must start a collection!

Donna Maligno said...

Clever project - love the use of ribbon for flowers. Thanks for joining the Craft- Dee BowZ challenge this month.

Sheila Rumney said...


Just love your spring project! I can't wait to try to make these gorgeous ribbon flowers! Thanks for the great tutorial!

Leslie Miller said...

LOVE those flowers and your jewelry findings! Those small ribbon flowers are the sweetest! In my retired future I plan to collect a big box of trinkets and use them to decorate boxes, frames, and such. I sure hope I'll have time for all my big plans!

Lisa said...

Absolutely beautiful!! I love how you decorated it!! Fabulous tutorial, too!! Have a great day :)

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Suzanne C said...

What a lovely spring wreath! Beautifully embellished and sweet! Thanks for playing along with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!