Monday, July 26, 2010

Stampington and Co. Art Doll Quarterly

There's some amazing art in the current issue (Aug./Sept./Oct 2010) issue of Art Doll Quarterly! My art was selected in the Spring of 2010 and it sparked a challenge and the results are in this magazine. If you get to Barnes and Noble..check it out!
The Heavy Metal Band sparked the challenge and the other metal creations are in the current issue!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Nashville Wraps ribbon

I love the ribbon from Nashville Wraps that I used on this mini book! Some of it feels so soft and some of it has a raffia type feel to it. When I saw the animal striped ribbon, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it. I made a mini book from Prima packaging, added pictures from a trip to the Cleveland Zoo and then tied ribbons on the ring holding the pages together. The bright blue ribbon is so pretty and adds just the needed punch of color.
Check out Nashville Wraps for some great ribbon!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Use your Ribbons ~ Sponsored by Nashville Wraps

This month the DT were sponsored by the very generous Nashville Wraps. They make eco-friendly packaging which is beautiful and they supply everything from tissue paper to re-usable shopping bags, you really should check them out! I was given a lovely selection of ribbons, which are all made from sustainable and recycled materials. I was really impressed with the quality of them and the richness of the colours. With so much of it at my disposal I decided to have a play and see if I could come up with any new ways to use it.

Here are a couple of layouts I made featuring the ribbons and an explanation of the ways in which I used them.

Dress it up!

To give the ribbon a whole new look and tie it in with the colour scheme of the layout, I put a rub-on on the white ribbon seen here:

Rub-ons are easy to apply and the possibilities are endless, you could also try using words as well as patterns.

Add some bling! Here I've used some studs for a more masculine feel, but you could also use gems, eyelets and brads.

Use it as an embellishment

On the 'Love' layout, I've used the raffia to make a heart embellishment.

And here I've wound it in a circle and stuck a pin through it. So simple! I adhered it to my page using fabric glue.

Layer it!.

On the 'A Team' layout I've layered the kraft coloured recycled fibre ribbon on top of the green eco grossgrain, I like the combination of different textures and I think it adds more interest.

I also plaited the raffia ribbon combining all three colours, creating an unusual effect.

I hope I've given you a few ideas you haven't tried before! If you have any other tips for using ribbon, please share in the comments!


Friday, June 18, 2010

Green layout using Nashville Wraps ribbon

I hope you have been enjoying our projects using Nashville Wraps amazing recycled ribbon!! They are our sponsor for the month of June -thanks again Nashville Wraps!!

The mesh at the bottom of the layout and both of the grosgrain are from them!! The grosgrain looks and feels just like regular grosgrain but is made from 100% post consumer recycled bottles- how cool is that!!

Today I have a layout to share:

 What's "green" about this is the tree :

Here is the back, before I attached it to the layout:

and here is the front- I inked, stamped and then added the leaves and the paper pieced (Unity stamp) owls:

And a close up of the ribbon:


Enjoy your weekend!!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Vintage Tractor Layout



This layout features Eco- friendly ribbon from Nashville Wraps, a fantastic company who  has sponsored Create it-GREEN! Check out the brown eco-grosgrain ribbon in the lower left corner - it was wonderful to work with, cut, and adhere. Apparently it was made from recycled water bottles!

 Isn't that amazing?

This LO is "GREEN" in several ways.

1-  Using up "stash"--  I used up a whole piece of patterned paper from 2002; Sandylion Design's "Tree Bark." Go on: dig through your paper stash- you WON'T regret it!

2- Creatively making use of scraps-- The floral medallion tucked uner the photos was a scrap. You'd never know I only had half a medallion, now, would you?!! *Grin*

3- Giving GREEN companies the business --  The medallion is from "Paper Trunk" paper, a GREEN manufacturer I love to use!

4- Trying new upcycled products!-- The  brown eco-grosgrain  ribbon used in lower left is made from recycled materials- in this case, WATER BOTTLES! GO Nashville Wraps!

5- Reducing waste-- I employed my CM Square punch to remove a very small portion of a photo that otherwise may have been discarded, then used it superimposed on my layout as a "focus" spot. The oxen are featured in that tiny photo.

6- Adapting older paper--  I was able to make use of the John Deere vintage  tractor motif from an older-style themed patterned paper from Creative Imaginations. I would never use the whole sheet but WILL use these motifs. To adapt the motif to my LO, I used my CM corner shaper  and ink to add some interest and create a more vintage-y look.  

I had fun being green and trying out the Nashville Wraps eco-grosgrain ribbon.

Thanks Nashville Wraps! 

Thanks for visiting  Create it-GREEN today! Come back soon!