Thursday, December 13, 2012

Ribbon Wreath Tutorial

Okay so I have a confession to make, I just realized that I have a problem with ribbon.  I totally blame my friends site Ribbononlogy .  I have so much that I didnt know what to do with it all....a girl can only make so many hair bows, and with my only daughter getting older she is anti bows right now anyway.  So while discussing my dilemma with some friends she told me to look into ribbon wreaths......I LOVE THEM!  Thanks Tina!

So with that being said I wanted to do a tutorial to help you all make a beautiful ribbon wreath.  So lets get started.

You will need:

10 yards of pretty ribbon different widths most of mine are 7/8 with a few 1in. and 3/8 thrown in
    if you just have a bin of scraps you could use that too there is no need to buy a ton of new ribbon if  you have a ton of scraps

1 spool of 2in plain ribbon 

glue gun (I like the multi temp glue gun for this because the cool setting works best)

glue sticks ( if you have the multi temp glue gun just make sure you have multi temp sticks)

12in wreath.   You can use a Styrofoam wreath or you can use one of the straw wreaths
                      ( straw wreaths are allot cheaper and both use the same amount of ribbon )

Be prepared for a crazy amount of pics :)

So to start I got all my matching ribbon out 
 and picked a few that I wanted to use, I like using allot of different ribbon so I used about 10 different designs 1 yard of each
 Cut all your ribbon into 4in lengths
Once all your ribbon is cut put aside and grab your wreath
Here are the 2 different type of wreaths I was talking about.  In this tutorial I used the Styrofoam wreath.  I will show you other pics after the tutorial and for all of those I used the straw wreaths.

Now with the plain ribbon I take my wreath and cover it.  I just thinks it looks better and it gets less damaged if its styrofoam and if its the straw wreath it lays better on the wall.
I just take the end and glue it on.  I have a 2 temp hot glue gun though, I feel these work best because I can keep it on the cool setting and it doesn't melt the Styrofoam or plastic around the straw wreath (I do leave the plastic wrap on if using straw)  If you don't have a multi temp you can still use it and be just fine I would just put the glue directly on the ribbon and hold it for a second before placing on the wreath.

Then just start wrapping
Now with the wreath wrapped I just start putting my ribbon on according to ribbon pattern that way you can separate the patterns and make sure all spaces are getting filled.
Getting there see how you can still see the gaps, so I just keep adding.

Once all ribbons are added I just added my bells underneath
you can tell they are just glued on under the ribbon rolls, not real neat but wanted to make sure they were center.

Next I added my ribbon hanger for the back.  I covered it with a slip of the left over ribbon used for covering the wreath just so it looks nice.

 Now that its done you can decorate it anyway you want!  I put a bow made out of a different 2in ribbon on this one and some bells I got from the dollar store.  
Here are some pictures of other wreaths I made with other decorations.  All these were made with the straw wreaths
again this one I just used a different ribbon for the bow and added a bling center that I just had laying around.  The bells I got at my dollar store.

Here is a winter theme I made and I got the star ornaments from the dollar store in the Christmas section.  I swear dollar store decorations are the best for decorating things like these!

Here is a Thanksgiving wreath I made.  I got the leaves at JoAnns but yet again they were in the dollar section!  The green leaves at the top are from the grave blanket picks I just pulled them off.

And lastly:
Here is a Halloween one I was my very first one and I made some mistakes along the way but it turned out pretty good still.  I added the bats, and spider just from my scrap stash I had lying around but I made the web out of yarn and Popsicle sticks.  I can teach you how if you want to know.

Well I hope you liked my wreaths and if you have any questions at all please feel free to ask I will answer best as I can :)  I have never done a tutorial before so I hope it helps you all make some amazing wreaths!  Please if you make one send me a pic I will post on my blog for all to see, I would love to see what everyone creates!!!!

Have a great Holiday Season if I don't talk to you all before Christmas.  Thanks for spending time with me,

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Welcome Fall Blog Hop!

Hi! Welcome to the Welcome Fall Hop! I love Fall. The smells, the colors, the cooler weather, baking and the decorating! Something about Fall just makes us feel all warm and cozy!
So sit back and relax and enjoy the wonderful projects my good friends have made!

Oh and has CallyAnn got some AWESOME BLOG CANDY FOR YOU!

Tammy Smith- Amuse Studios $30 and $20 GC 
Kreations by KimberlyRae-Handmade Apron ($30 value)
KaBoodle Bug Designs- Fall Fairies File
Jaded Blossom- Happy Owloween Stamp(new release!)
Donna Salazar Designs -Paper

So you can see you do not want to miss a thing!
Here is the awesome line-up!

Yes my friends I am last in the amazing line up so I don't want to disappoint :) I decided to share with you today a little witch hat I made for my daughter who is loving the feather trend that is out and about right now. I have seen many embellished hats and headbands out on the Internet lately and they can be so pricey so I decided to give it a try and make my own. I bought a little hat from Joann's. Right now they have them in the area up front of the store with all the holiday goodies they put out, I got 6 of them for like 4.99 or something like that. I made the flowers from little bits of satin ( they are so easy to make if you don't know how and want directions just let me know I will hook you up lol ) I added some ribbons and a little black feather puff and TA-DA a cute little Halloween witch hat. Here are the pics if you want any how to info let me know, its so fun and easy to make.

So I so hope you enjoyed hopping with us all today.  I am so glad you stopped by.  For my little blog candy I am going to make a candy corn witch hat just like this for a lucky winner, or if you want to try it yourself I am also going to put in some instructions for you so you can make more if you want :) All you have to do is be a follower and leave a comment I will pic a winner on Sunday.  Thanks so much and HAPPY FALL!


Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Welcome To Keira’s Double-Digit Birthday Crafting Bash!

Oh, the dilemma of it all, what to get a talented gal such as Keira who is going to be 10 for her birthday!!!!! I know what, let's have a blog hop for her .....

Keira has sooo many talents and likes such as:
she will be going in the 5th grade, loves dogs and cats, loves to garden, is a competitive gymnast, but more importantly, she is the best crafting partner Lisa Woodward could have!  At 9, she can use a cricut independently, and with SCAL and CCR. She likes to paper piece and scrapbook and loves making cards for everyone~and everything!!!!  Hallmark may not have a card for “Sorry my Golden Retriever ate your shoe at my sleepover” but Keira sure does!  Keira crafts along side Lisa, working on her own projects, and with helping Lisa with hers.  Now, bear in mind that Keira is not a "kid" crafter so to speak but her skills go way beyond pipe cleaners and pom poms!

We have a talented group of crafters to help Keira celebrate her birthday and know she will be hopping along as part of her "surprise" .....

Our complete line-up is:
Day 1
Day 2

If you're just visiting me today, I'm thrilled but wouldn't want you to miss a single birthday wish to this special 10 year old!!!! The hop begins with Lisa.
If you have arrived from Erica then you are most definitely following the cake crumbs and the birthday banners and streamers!!!

So here is the card I made for Keira

My daughter just turned 10 as well and she insisted on us making a Hello Kitty Card.  

I am not much of a card maker so for all you AMAZING card makers out there ( and if you have done both days of this hop, you have seen who some of those amazing cards) I have to say me and my daughter sooooo tried :) I am so GRATEFUL that Lisa let us hop along with all of you for such an amazing and special day. So from me and my daughter, and the rest of my family
Happy Birthday Keira!

Time to cut the cake…..WAIT….this is a blog hop party, there’s no cake….there’s CANDY! We have some awesome sponsors for this blog hop who are offering some great prizes!

Our next fantastical Sponsor is Kristy with Scraptastical Kreations. Kristy has donated a $15 gift certificate to her online store at To be eligible for this prize drawing, please like Scraptasitical Kreations’ Fan Page on Facebook, and become a follower of her blog at and comment on each blog posting in our hop.

The amazingly talented Daisy Collins of “I Love Sketches by Tsunami Rose” has donated a $10 gift certificate to her store ( and a copy of “I Love Sketches By Tsunami Rose” sketches from the month of July! In addition to leaving blog love for all of our participants and following their blogs, please follow for updates and inspiration for Daisy’s sketches and visit and like her fan page at

The creatively diverse Christine Jones of Custom Creative Expressions ( will be creating a personalized tumbler for another lucky winner! Perfect for a gift, or those crafting happy hours! To qualify for this great prize, please leave comments and follow our participating bloggers. 

After a long afternoon of crafting, deadline rushes for orders and posts, what would be better than a prize package from SimplySilverton-a soap and paperworks company? This prize pack will include 2-4oz. handmade luxury soap, a 5 oz. body souffle’, 8 oz of scented massage oil, and a pound of bath salt soak.  To be eligible, please show your blog love to our participants by leaving comments and following their blogs, and also visiting and liking their page at 


Our Blog Hostess, Lisa Woodward would like to say “Thank You” for celebrating this wonderful event with us!.  She is offering one lucky winner a $50 prize pack of crafting supplies, embellishments, goodies and bling.  In order to be eligible for this prize, please follow and comment on each blog post in our hop. 

(All winners will be chosen from eligible entries at random. I will post the winners NLT Sunday, July 22nd, 12 midnight, EST. All entries through Saturday at midnight will be considered eligible.)

Well, we hope you enjoyed the birthday wishes we have prepared and now that you won't want to miss <insert following blog addier here> as she too wishes Keira a wonderful double digit birthday!!! You can just imagine how thrilled she is as she is grinning "ear-to-ear" with all of her birthday wishes!

If you too would like to send a special card or crafting wish the address to mail to is:

Keira Woodward
3448 Valley Creek Drive
Tallahassee, FL  32312

Thank you so much for hopping along with all of us for these last few days. I am the last stop on the 2 day hop so I hope you had as much fun as I did, and once again I hope Keira has an AMAZING Birthday as well!


Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Happy Birthday to Lisa and Becky Blog Hop!!!

This hop is dedicated to Lisa Peters and her daughter Becky who are lucky to share a birthday!!! How awesome is that to share a birthday as a mother and daughter which is what we are celebrating today!!!! If you remember, Lisa became a first-time grandma this year and Becky is the mother of Maxwell .... Let's Celebrate!!!!! Bring on the cake!!! Watch out for the candles!!!! Let's have some balloons and not forget the confetti!!!!

You ask for prizes, well, you're just in lucky as Lisa is also the proud owner of Scrapping with Lisa's Designs and is offering $25 in FREE files!!! Woo hoo!!!! To qualify for the prize, you must stop and visit all the stops along the way and remark! Don't forget to wish Lisa and Becky a Happy Birthday too!!!

I'm sooo glad you were able to stop by and visit but I don't want you to miss a single party along the way!!!! The hop begins with Lisa at If you have arrived from <insert previous blog here> then let the party begin here!!!!

My project for you today is a mini CD swap I took place in. I will share with you my CD I made for the swap then show you everyone elses. The theme was Happy Birthday and it had to be for a boy or a girl. I had never done an altered CD page before so this was a learning experience, to say the least. Here is what I came up with.

Here is side 1

I put pop dots under the balloons so they would stand up a little.

Here is side 2

I made this page so that the top of the gift will pull out and you can add photos or jounaling.

Well here is a quick look at all the other CD's that were in my swap group.



In case with all the candles, balloons, and streamers, here is the entire line-up as I don't want you to get lost along the way!!!

Happy Birthday to Lisa and Becky Blog Hop Lineup:

  1. Lisa -
  2. Lynne ~
  3. Kimberly ~
  4. Theresa          YOUR HERE
  5. Audrey
  6. Anita~
  7. Evila ~
  8. Mickie ~

Happy Happy Birthday to Lisa and Becky!!!!!

Now who can have a birthday with out presents?!?!?!?! NOT ME!!!! Please leave a comment here and become a follower. I will pick a lucky winner to receive a new paper piecing pattern designed by one of the birthday girls themselves :) Lisa has an amazing paper piecing shop she just opened up Scrapping with Lisa Designs. Go scope out your favorite one and let me know what one is your fav. I will pick a winner on Friday night.
Happy Birthday Lisa, I hope you have an amazing day!

Thanks everyone for spending time with me,

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Scrapping with Lisa's Designs DT blog hop

Welcome to the Team Queen bi-weekly blog hop for Scrapping With Lisa’s Designs. 

Team Queen of my Craftroom is working on the same bird files as Team Princess used last week. We really wanted to show the versatility of the wonderful files that Lisa creates. 

This week the team was provided the files and asked to use as many of them in their project as possible. We wanted to see one cohesive project. I think you will be pleased with the work the team has done, and I hope you will take the time to fly to my Sister Design Team Members blogs and see what they have created with this file. I am sure you will be pleased.

One nice thing about Paper Piecing is the ability to cut the files out with a machine, or you can cut them out by hand if you do not have the capabilities of using your machine. Lisa provides digital images of each pattern as well. This means that you can print and color as you desire. 

Today I am sharing a project me and my daughter worked on together.  Every year at our cabin on the lake we have little birdies make their nests behind out front porch light.  Alayna wanted to make a birdhouse for them to live in. Here is what we created.

 Here are some close up photos of the birds.
The cow is just so cute, I loved making him!

The Robin I taped the back to a piece of wire and then the other end of the wire was secured on the underside of the birdhouse roof.

I hope you like our project, it was so much fun having a little helper this week :)  I am posting this on Mother's Day so I hope all the mothers out there had a beautiful day with your babies, no matter what the age.  We went up to our cabin and today guess who hatched, and in perfect time for this posting....
The little Robins hatched, and on Mother's Day no less.  Happy Mommy's day to mama Robin too :)

Our blog hop starts here, , so please start from the beginning and spread your wings to fly from one blog to the next and check out the wonderful Projects. 

The bird file can be found by following this link to Lisa’s Store (

Here is the line up for this weeks hop:

1. Lynne ~ 
2. Shawnee ~
3. Anita ~
4. Theresa ~
5. Rhonda -
6. Bonnie~

Thanks for spending time with me today,