Happy Handy Hippo Day to you!
I hope you had a good weekend.
As promised last week here I am with yet another Valentine's Day make .. .. and one that is a "little bit different" to what you normally see from me. But I just "love it" and was so pleased with the end result. I think this might be Hubby's Valentine from me in a couple of weeks time
I also promised to do a little session on things I do with ribbon .. .. well I started putting some ideas together and it just got longer and longer and longer .. .. so I am going to spread this out over a few sessions with this week being Part 1.
But to begin with here is my share for the day:
Below you can find the Handy Hippo magic button .. .. and if you click on it you can see all the lovely goodies I used to make this little project. Everything I have used has been automatically added to a shopping basket and as always you can remove anything you do not need (or add anything else you can't resist).
I wasn't too sure how I would get on with a black distress ink pad .. .. but now I am struggling to put it away!! I love it!!! I also stamped with the distress pad too so that I had a more "uneven" stamped image.
Cupid, the Heart and the Arrow are all from the same Sizzix Die.
So now round to what I do with my ribbons .. .. .. Part 1
This first picture shows you one idea for using up those pesky little bits of ribbon. Not long enough to tie around anything but too good to throw away!!
|Here I am simply threading ribbon through|
the holes that were formed after using
an edge punch
But you could just as easily thread the ribbon
through holes made with an eyelet punch
or even a standard office type punch.
The thicker the ribbon the more
difficult it is to thread and tighten up.
This looks extra funky if each piece of ribbon is a
|To attach your ribbon simply|
fold your scrap of ribbon in half and
thread the fold through the
hole of your choice.
|Then thread the tails of your ribbon|
through the loop. Tighten by pulling
gently on the tails.
I quite often don't tie my ribbons around the whole of my card .. .. sometimes it seems such a waste .. .. so let's say this is the finished look I want to achieve. It looks as though I have used one continuous piece of ribbon and simply tied it around the cream card. But in reality it is two scrappy little bits.
Here is how I achieve this look
|I start by taking my length of ribbon .. .. wrap it|
around my card and secure it with a
couple of pieces of sticky tape
|Next I add double sided sellotape|
all around the edge of my card - making sure that
I secure the ribbon well .. .. .. I don't want
the ends of the ribbon to be able to
work their way loose!!!!
|Next turn your work over and |
thread a second piece of ribbon underneath
the band you have just attached
|Then simply tie this ribbon.|
I always cross the ribbon from the
left over the front .. .. and then take it
over and through as below
|Pull the two ends to tighten it up|
|Move the ribbon you are tying to where you|
want your knot to be and trim the
end up and there you have two
scraps of ribbon that look like one
|Just like this|
If you would rather your ribbon looked like a proper bow .. .. like the one below then that is just as simple.
You do exactly as you have above but use a longer second piece of ribbon and do not cut the ends off once you have tightened the knot.
|So you have tightened up your knot and now|
have two long lengths of ribbon left.
Make two loops (or bunny ears as the lady
who owned the dressmaking shop where I used to have
a Saturday job called them)
|I cross the right hand loop over the left hand|
|Push the loop under and through|
|Then pull the two loops to tighten up your bow.|
It will look completely rubbish at this
point .. .. but don't panic LOL!!!
|Just like this .. . tee hee|
|But work on the bow by pulling and twisting|
the tails and straightening out the
loops. I usually find hooking my
finger into the loop helps.
|I promise that this is the same "rubbish" bow|
you saw earlier .. .. but a bit of love and care
I simply cut the ends of the ribbon where I wanted
but this time in a fish tail shape rather than at
Sorry about the photograph overload. I hope it all makes sense and that you all have some fun using up your scrap ends of ribbon.
I will post some more ideas for using up your smaller lengths of ribbon next week. I am sure you will have had enough for this week LOL!!!
Until then have a good week.
and all the lovely friendly people at Handy Hippo