Tuesday, January 31, 2012

RCC38-Paper Piecing With Kim


We LOVED your creations last week and can’t wait to announce the random winner and Top Spools on Friday. But until then, we have a brand new challenge for you!



Kim O’Connell is one of the newest members of the RCC Design Team, but you’d think she’d been here from the start! With a wit and humor that keeps us in stitches, Kim is a fabulous artist with tons of techniques up her sleeve. So this week, Kim is challenging us to use the paper-piecing technique somewhere on our creations. Now, if you are using fabric, that’ll work too…just be sure to “ cut and piece” some part of your creation.

And who would be a great sponsor for this challenge? Why, Birdie Brown would be!!



Hello everyone! My name is Torico, the owner of Birdie Brown, and you may know me as an illustrator for There She Goes Clear Stamps. I'm a mom to two kids who live in Japan. I've loved doodling since I was a child, and have a passion for card making now! At my Etsy shop, Birdie Brown, I'm offering whimsical and cute (Japanese "kawaii") digital stamps created from my original illustrations. Speaking about card making, I love "simple & cute" design. So, most of my digital stamps are designed to match such a style. If you also like "simple & cute" style, you'll find something you have been wanting on Birdie Brown!!

Torico will give one random winner their choice of 3 Digi Images from the Birdie Brown store!


Here are some creations from our FABULOUS crew members!!

We are also excited that Torico herself has joined us this week.




Kim O'Connell (the witty one)








RCC_PaperPiecing_LatteBears_DLounds



and our fabulous guest designer this month, Glenda Wyatt!




Your creation can be anything from cards, quilts, sewn items, paper crafts, paintings! *** Be sure to have ribbon, bakers twine, jute twine, lace, thread (basically anything that comes on a spool). ***

We'd love for you to join us this week! Here are the details:
  • Make your NEW creation following the ribbon carousel challenge of the week. Any submissions made prior to the challenge date will be deleted. Be sure to include some type of ribbon, twine, hemp, lace....basically, anything that comes on a spool.



  • Load your creation up onto your blog or a public viewing forum like Splitcoast Stampers, (use the keyword RCC38) with a direct link back to THIS post. Including the challenge graphic isn't a requirement, but sure is appreciated! (A participant of our very first challenge didn't link back or mention our challenge and couldn't be named Top Spool, so don't let that happen to you!)
  • Link up your creation using the Inlinkz button at the bottom of this post. Your image may take a little while to pop up, but don't worry, it will appear shortly.
  • Come back the Friday after the challenge ends to see if YOU are a Top Spool!





Friday, January 27, 2012

Check out the brand new Ribbon Carousel!



Hey everyone!  Today is a big day at RibbonCarousel.com. We are debuting the Brand New Ribbon Carousel© today and, of course, doing a giveaway on our Blog too!  

Here are the details:
 The Ribbon Carousel© is made out of White Marine Board Plastic (High Density Polyethylene), giving it a textured top with smooth scrolled edges.  Each Carousel comes with 8 Clear Acrylic rods allowing for many different configurations.  You can use it as a 4, 5, 6 or 8 post Carousel, depending upon your individual needs.


The Ribbon Carousel© holds up to 60 rolls of 3/8" ribbon using 4 rods, 40 Wooden Spools or 16 spools of your favorite Baker's Twine using 8 rods. It SPINS around on a lazy susan, allowing you to access your ribbon and twine easily! This easy-to-use organizer is compact, with a footprint less than 7" square on your workspace. The Ribbon Carousel©holds ribbon spools of any size up to a 4" diameter. Minimal assembly required.
 To use: Simply unscrew the knob on top of the Ribbon Carousel©.  Remove the top and place your spools on the posts as desired.  Replace the top by lining up the rods to the holes in the underside of the top.  Replace the knob to secure the Ribbon Carousel.
 Specifications: Each Ribbon Carousel is approximately 6.85" square and 13.5" tall.  The manufacturing and assembly of each Ribbon Carousel© is in Washington State, USA.
 Now head on over to the Ribbon Carousel Blog to be entered in our Giveaway, or for more info and to chat with us, you can find us on our FB page ! 

Fresh off the Spool and the NEW Ribbon Carousel!

Hey everyone!  Today is a big day at RibbonCarousel.com. We are debuting the Brand New Ribbon Carousel© today and, of course, doing a giveaway HERE on our Blog
(all of the info for the giveaway is at the bottom of the post)
But first, here are the details of the New Patent-Pending
Ribbon Carousel:
 The Ribbon Carousel© is made out of White Marine Board Plastic (High Density Polyethylene), giving it a textured top with smooth scrolled edges.  Each Carousel comes with 8 Clear Acrylic rods allowing for many different configurations.  You can use it as a 4, 5, 6 or 8 post Carousel, depending upon your individual needs.
The Ribbon Carousel© holds up to 60 rolls of 3/8" ribbon using 4 rods, 40 Wooden Spools or 16 spools of your favorite Baker's Twine using 8 rods. It SPINS around on a lazy susan, allowing you to access your ribbon and twine easily! This easy-to-use organizer is compact, with a footprint less than 7" square on your workspace. The Ribbon Carousel©holds ribbon spools of any size up to a 4" diameter. Minimal assembly required.
 To use: Simply unscrew the knob on top of the Ribbon Carousel©.  Remove the top and place your spools on the posts as desired.  Replace the top by lining up the rods to the holes in the underside of the top.  Replace the knob to secure the Ribbon Carousel.
 Specifications: Each Ribbon Carousel is approximately 6.85" square and 13.5" tall.  The manufacturing and assembly of each Ribbon Carousel© is in Washington State, USA.
How would you like to WIN one of the first Ribbon Carousels off the production line? There are 3 ways to enter.  You can do one or all 4, it is completely up to you!
  1. Leave us a comment on this post.
  2. Visit us on our FB page and leave a comment there.
  3. Share about the NEW Ribbon Carousel on your blog and leave us your blog address so we can come to say "Thank You".
  4. Sign up for our Posts and Newletter on the left hand side up above.
Drawing for the winner of a brand new Ribbon Carousel will be at 9pm EST Monday, January 30.
FRESH off the SPOOL Friday!
This week, we've got the newly released colors of the Twinery twine available in the store!





Whether you want 10 yards, a full spool, or all the spools.....we've got you covered!  You can see all of the new Twinery Twine in the Fresh Off the Spool section of the store.
OK, so that's the scoop.  Now, what will you do first?  Shop or head on over to the Ribbon Carousel Blog or FB page to be entered in our giveaway?  
Decisions. Decisions. That's a tough one.  I'll leave that one for you to decide!  



Top Spools for RCC36

Hey there everyone! Thanks so much for playing along this past week! We LOVE seeing all your creations!!


Without further ado, here are your TOP SPOOLS:

Tenia Nelson



Christyne K



Sara







And, the random winner of 3 digital images from Some Odd Girl is: MINA!!


Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:

6 

Timestamp: 2012-01-26 22:26:26 UTC


Be sure to send an email to info@ribboncarousel.com to claim your prize, Mina!!


Thursday, January 26, 2012

Valentine's Day Garland Tutorial by Suzanne

Super Simple Valentine’s Ribbon Garland


Hi everyone!
It’s Suzanne here to show you a super easy approach to making a Valentine’s Day heart garland using your ribbon and just a few other very basic supplies.
To start off, you need to choose your favorite ribbon. I am using 2 yards of the 1.5-inch pink/white striped grosgrain ribbon from the Ribbon Carousel store. 
I cut the ribbon into 8-inch sections, leaving me with 9 total pieces. I wanted there to be an odd number of pieces so that once we form the hearts and assemble the garland, there would be one heart falling in the center of the garland.
Each 8-inch piece of ribbon was first folded in half and pressed with a hot iron, to give the perfect crease which will later become the bottom point of the heart, as you see on the right side in the photo below.  Depending on the temperature of your iron and the material your ribbon is made of, you may need to cover your ribbon with another piece of cloth so it does not melt onto your iron. After that, each piece was flipped “inside out” and the opposite ends were adhered to one another, as shown below on the left side of the photo.
Fabri-Tac is perfect for this, and if you are worried about fraying then you may want to use some Stop Fraying on the cut ribbon ends as well. These are also available in the RC store:


After the glue dries, you want to shape each piece into the shape of a heart:



Next, we are going to string all the hearts together. One of the reasons why I chose striped ribbon is because it makes it SUPER EASY to find the center of each side; for example, the ribbon has 7 white stripes going across, and the 4th stripe is the one that falls in the center. I measured 2 inchesfrom the bottom point of each heart and strung the hearts together using sewing thread. This makes sure that the weight of the garland is not too heavy for hanging and it’s easier to slide the hearts onto the thread. I also sewed through the center of each heart along the edge of adhesive, so make sure the heart would keep its shape.



At this point, you could also think about stringing other things, such as buttons or beads, onto the thread, but it would probably be good to avoid anything too heavy. I am keeping mine super simple because I am going to hang it in my office when it’s finished.
When you are done, you can “puff up” the hearts so that it looks like this:



This makes a garland that is roughly 20 inches long, so if you want to make one that is much longer you will need more ribbon.


Mine is hanging on the white board in my office using a pair of magnets.  Cute, cute, cute!

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial. I hope you try this out yourself. If so, let us know how it goes! 

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

RCC37-Non-Traditional Colors with Suzanne

WOW, you continue to wow us with your creations and last week was no exception! We’ll announce the lucky random winner and Top Spools on Friday. To keep you busy till then, how about another challenge?!



This week, we’re changing things up in a Non-traditional kinda way! Suzanne is challenging us to use NON-Traditional colors for our creations. Making a valentine card? How about NOT using red or pink, or not too much of it anyways? Creating a gorgeous winter scene? Try it with creams instead of whites. Whatever you’re making….try a non-traditional palate as a challenge!

So, what else can we do in a Non-traditional manner this week? How about a JOINT challenge (One challenge, two sponsors on two challenge sites, twice as many chances to win) with our amazing sponsor this week, the fabulous Paper and Such!



Paper and Such is an online store that just opened in May of 2011. Shortly after opening, we decided to begin our own stamp line, and it's been nothing short of exciting. Our stamps are clear photopolymer, and are made right here in the USA! Our HOT SHOT line is a line of chicken stamps - if you haven't seen them, be sure to check them out. We are constantly adding to our stamp line, and love to hear what our customers want.



Paper and Such will be giving one lucky randomly drawn participant a $15 gift certificate to their store! And…..RibbonCarousel.com is sponsoring their challenge this week, so there is twice as much inspiration and twice as many chances to win! And yes, you can enter your creation here AND at the Paper and Such challenge.

Here are some creations from our SUPER TALENTED crew:


Kim O'Connell


Anita Autore



Debbie Carriere


Stephanie Muzzulin




Angela Thomas







Andrea Ewen





and our fabulous guest designer this month, Glenda Wyatt


***Your creation can be anything from cards, quilts, sewn items, paper crafts, paintings! Be sure to have ribbon, bakers twine, jute twine, lace, thread (basically anything that comes on a spool). ***

We'd love for you to join us this week! Here are the details:
  • Make your NEW creation following the ribbon carousel challenge of the week. Any submissions made prior to the challenge date will be deleted. Be sure to include some type of ribbon, twine, hemp, lace....basically, anything that comes on a spool.
  • Load your creation up onto your blog or a public viewing forum like Splitcoast Stampers, (use the keyword RCC37) with a direct link back to THIS post. Including the challenge graphic isn't a requirement, but sure is appreciated! (A participant of our very first challenge didn't link back or mention our challenge and couldn't be named Top Spool, so don't let that happen to you!)
  • Link up your creation using the Inlinkz button at the bottom of this post. Your image may take a little while to pop up, but don't worry, it will appear shortly.
  • Come back the Friday after the challenge ends to see if YOU are a Top Spool!