Thursday, January 28, 2010

A Rainbow of BoB Ribbon! (Give Away Thread)

Thanks for visiting Colorfully Creating. If you have hopped over from the BoBunny blog, ACOT or Scrapbook.com - welcome! Before I get started with today's project I want to announce that everyone who is a FOLLOWER of my blog will be put in a drawing to win BoBunny's new PARADISE collection! The drawing will take place when I reach 100 followers, OR when the new product arrives at my door from BoBunny. Happy mail for me means happy mail for you is sure to follow!

Our daughter, Abby, is seven, and the subject of many of my scrapbooking projects. She has a wonderful imagination, is almost always doing something artsy, writes and illustrates short stories, loves to read - especially of horses and unicorns, and has the best horse neigh I have ever heard - they come running when she neighs! Some of my favorite moments are putting her to bed at night, and starting our day together in the morning. I love our conversations, and one that especially stood out was her recent excitement of a dream in which unicorns had wings and were flying around her room with butterflies and birds.

Today's project preserves that conversation in a project that also graces her bedroom door. I wrote a little poem about her dream, her talent and imagination, and created a door hanger that includes all of the things she loves: winged unicorns, birds, butterflies, pretty ribbons and as much bling as I could come up with. The poem is printed on Love Bandit "Bee Mine" paper prior to being punched with a 3" scallop circle punch. The tree trunk is made from layered strips of Coffee Dot cardstock, each strip inked, and stitches added for extra dimension.

Supplies Used:

Bo Bunny products
Cardstock: Coffee, Sunflower Dot
Blush Cascading Album – last page
Ribbon: Wild Berry, Burnt Orange, Buttercup, Clover, Brilliant Blue, Concord, Aquamarine
Persuasion papers: Persuasion paper, Combo stickers – alphabet
Love Bandit – Bee Mine paper, Combo Stickers Alphabet, U Stole My Heart rub-ons (birds)
Persuasion and Love Bandit Buttons & Bling
Stamp & Store Fancy Frills
Other:
Chipboard Unicorn shape: Magistical Memories
Ink - Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink
Embossing Powder: Ranger Poly Sparkle, Stampendous
Paint: Lumiere Sunset Gold by Jacquar, Liquitex Titanium White
Glitter Mist: Glimmer Mist Golden Terra Cotta
Thread: Sulky Metallic Monofilament, Coats & Clark
Staples: Making Memories
Craft felt

Some ideas to note about this project... I used the last page of a pink BoBunny Edgy album as a base, and coated it first with a sparkle medium. The grid side of Persuasion patterned paper was used on top of the album page, and stitched along outside edges for added durability - as the project is intended for a "high traffic" area in our home.

HOW TO:
1. Utilize the last page from BoBunny's pink “Edgy album” as the base. Paint with sparkle Mod Podge if extra bling is desired. Chipboard page measures approximately 5” x 11.25”.

2. From Persuasion patterned paper trim section 4 5/8” x 10.25”. If desired, stitch around edges with brown thread, ink edges, and adhere to Edgy page using Mod Podge. Note: Some machines may be heavy duty enough to stitch through the notably thick chipboard of an Edgy page, but I did not want to risk it.

3. Use circle templates, or round items to sketch rainbow onto thin chipboard or white cardstock. I used the medium and small circle templates of my Creating Memories set. However, on the smaller, inside circle I widened the base on each side of the rainbow. My chipboard arch measures approximately 4” wide and 2.5” high. This piece will serve as a base to assemble the ribbon strips onto.

4. Gather 3/8” Double Dot ribbons in the colors of the rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple. I opted to fold the ribbons as I went around the arch, beginning with purple on the inside and working my way around to the red. Perfection is not necessary in regards to equal spacing between the folds. Folds will help you angle the ribbon to follow the arch shape. You may secure with temporary adhesive, if planning to stitch into place, however, your needle can eventually become sticky and I found it best to work slowly and deliberately while sewing on each ribbon. Monofilament thread was used to give the rainbow sparkle. If you do not wish to sew, a strong double sided tape should work quite well for this application. Set rainbow aside.

5. If you wish to have a tree with a quote or phrase on the door hanger, pre-print onto a piece of 4x6 Love Bandit “Bee Mine” paper, green side up. (length may be determined by what works best with your specific printer.) Use a 3” scallop circle punch or other, and punch with the text in the center. Punch a second shape if desired if you would like to add offset dimension to your tree top. (Option: A rub-on phrase or sticker may also be used to add text to the tree top.) Set tree top(s) aside.
6. To create the tree trunk cut several strips from Coffee Dot cardstock approximately 3” in length and 1/4” - 3/8” wide. (This is a great opportunity to utilize skinny scraps of brown cardstock!) Ink edges brown for even greater dimensional effect. Assemble tree trunk by layering the brown strips about 1/25” from bottom scallop of Edgy album page. Position so that the tree top(s), once centered on the trunk, will hang off the side of the door hanger just a little bit. Stitch tree trunk if desired – this really gives it a wonderful “bark” appearance.

7. Add tree tops, dotting scallops with green bling if desired. If you would like to add birds to your tree top, rub the “U Stole My Heart” rub-on birds onto a piece of Persuasion, blue grid side, and cut out with micro tip scissors. The reason I chose to rub on the grid paper was to allow my cut-out to be imperfect, yet it would blend into the grid paper background. Yes, there is a method to my madness! (LOL) Note that one bird is positioned on the front of the tree top with one piece of foam adhesive, whereas the bird on the right is positioned behind the first tree top, with 2 stacked pieces of foamed adhesive. The tree is now complete!

8. Onto the unicorn – paint a Magistical Memories Unicorn from the Retro Set (rainbow, cloud and unicorn) white. Depending upon the thickness of your paint, two coats may be needed. Use gold embossing powder to paint hooves and horn gold. If you do not care to heat emboss use a gold Krylon paint instead. Coat the unicorn with sparkle Mod Podge and add tiny blue gem at this time – the Mod Podge will also serve as adhesive to keep the eye in place.

9. Use white craft felt to fashion yourself a couple of white clouds and two wings for the unicorn. Remember that clouds and wings are not perfect shapes – clouds are puffy and feathers on wings can have a ragged appearance – play with it until you have a shape you are happy with. (Optional: to add more detail to the wings I stitched curved lines with monofilament thread.) The wings are stitched onto the unicorn chipboard, with one in front and one in back, offset a bit so both wings are visible from the front. Coat both the clouds and wings with sparkle Mod Podge, if extra bling is desired. Place a small foam adhesive square/dot between the two wings to give space between them and angle the top wing outward.


10. Use a 2” circle punch to make “sun” from Sunflower Double Dot cardstock. I chose to mist mine with Terracotta Gold Glimmer Mist by Tattering Angels, which broadens the warm color range. The edges are lightly inked in brown.

11. Cut an 8” piece of 5/8” Wild Berry Double Dot ribbon to use as the hanger. Use tape to hold in place and test on a door knob to ensure the loop created is large enough. Once the right length is determined, staple the ribbon into place. I recommend using two staples on each side to ensure the ribbon is secure.

12. Now that the unicorn, rainbow, clouds and sun are all made, it is time to position the pieces onto your “canvas”. Feel free to set them down, move them around and play a bit before securing permanently. Foam adhesive squares were used on all items except for the rainbow, which is glued chipboard backside direct to blue grid paper. Note the sun has foam adhesive on the upper portion only as bottom is tucked behind rainbow, and the clouds have stacked foam adhesive for extra lift.

13. Add strip of 5/8” Aquamarine Double Dot ribbon along the bottom, decorating with Buttons and Bling from Persuasion collection. Note: Because I had stitching around the blue grid paper, I chose to run the ribbon through the sewing machine to place brown stitches down the center lengthwise, before adhering to the project. Turquoise staples were also used for added interest.

14. Use letter stickers from Persuasion and Love Bandit collections to add your child's name to the door hanger, and the word “room” if space is available and desired. Outline with fine point brown marker for extra definition.

15. If desired, fill some “holes” in the sky with little butterflies. The smallest butterflies in BoBunny’s Stamp and Store Fancy Frills set was used, along with Staz-On teal ink. One small butterfly was stamped on white cardstock and cut out to set upon the unicorn’s hindquarters, and a larger butterfly was stamped and cut out to alight onto the cloud. For a little extra sparkle, all butterflies were heat embossed with Poly Sparkle embossing powder. Other alternatives include painting over the top with sparkle Mod Podge, or Shimmerz paint in turquoise. (I had actually ordered this product with this project in mind, but it did not arrive in time.) Embellish the centers of the butterflies with small brown pearl stickers. Use a fine point brown marker to draw antennae on the butterflies stamped directly onto the blue grid paper.

With all winged creatures and beauties of nature in place, this door hanger is now ready to grace the entrance to the princess' room in your household.

If you have created a special project for a loved one using BoBunny products, please comment and share a link to your project. It can be older product or newer - it doesn't matter! From the comments there will be a random drawing to win LOVE BANDIT! Be sure you include a way for me to contact you. Anonymous winners have missed out before!

Happy Creating,
Rita S.

70 comments:

carrie said...

This is so amazing! Love what you did with that ribbon!

Tanya (gonecamping) said...

Rita, your creativity is amazing. Love it!

Tina said...

Wow! I ADORE that ribbon rainbow! I really have to give that a try! So much inspiration here!

Randy&Pipit said...

I love the rainbow! Great idea!

ScrapGoo said...

Super sweet rainbow! What a great idea!!

Brenda said...

What an absolutely gorgeous project!!! Love that tree!!! Great rainbow!!!

Megan A. said...

omg that is soo cute! thanks for the instructions too

jodcold said...

Your daughter must have been so happy to receive that beautiful door hanger! I love unicorns.

jcsmaestra said...

That rainbow is amazing!

Jill Sarginson said...

hmmmmmmmmm are you sure you didn't make this for my daughter Abigail?! :) She LOVES rainbows and unicorns!!! :) I think I might have to lift this, amazing project

Dorlene said...

AWESOME and thanks for the step-by-step for those of us who may be scraplifting this project.

To Blog or not to blog said...

WOW what an ADORABLE project! I absolutely LOVE IT! thanks for sharing it!

Em said...

This is so cute!!! I LOVE it!!

Rhonda V. said...
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Rhonda V. said...

I adore your rainbow and the beautiful way that you've "blinged" it up!! What a lovely way to preserve your conversation with your daughter!

My 'project' was the challenge layout on the Bo Bunny blog. I surprised my hubby with it. He just loves it!

* http://snapwhiz.blogspot.com/2010/01/bo-bunny-sketch-contest.html

(Forgot to include the link!)

scrappin_in_AK said...

what a fabulous room decoration. Love the creativity with the ribbon and all the other perfect details

byondbzr said...

LOVE that rainbow!

ScrapbookMary said...

Wow! Thanks for sharing this great project!!! It is fabulous! Cheers, Mary

Die Cut Lady said...

Great project I am sure Abby is loving it! What creative talent!
Donna Polley

Detra said...

Your talent amazes me! I am scraplifting some of the ideas for my granddaughter.

Summer Braxton said...

beautiful!

Charisma3103 said...

Hi Rita I just love that door hanger makes me wish I had a girl maybe I should make one for me well here is a project I made for my son's kindergarten teacher for Christmas she also became my friend. I used Bo Bunny Snowy Serenade here is the link

http://charisma3103.blogspot.com/2009/11/altered-jewellery-box-using-bo-bunny.html

Janie Boots

Charisma3103 said...

Oops forgot to leave my email address

boots3103@hotmail.com

Jenny said...

Hi, I'm new here, I'm new to the whole online scrapping community. But I saw your post on Two Peas, and so I came on over :) I'm so glad I found Two Peas and can't imagine now how I ever did without it :) I've been scrapping for four or five years now, and still have enough to do to keep me busy for the rest of my life, lol. Thanks for allowing others to share your blog and your projects, it's great to be able to see what kinds of things other people are doing.

Janet Z said...

This is an awesome project! I love how you used the ribbon.
janetzeppa@yahoo.com

Heather Lough said...

wow, that project is amazing. Love the ribbon rainbow. TFS

Anonymous said...

Wow! This is super sweet! Sooo creative too, love the pretty rainbow, what an adorable way to enter a room! Love it!

Janet said...

Wow that layout is amazing!

Allyson said...

Your projects are just fabulous! Thanks for the giveaway too. :)

Ann Cicilie said...

You are so creative, love your colorful art <3

KimR said...

Adorable door hanger! Love the acron card in the previous post as well! Definitely bookmarking your blog for inspiration! I just became a follower as well! Woohoo! you are almost to 100!

Mandi said...

This is so amazingly gorgeous! I just love how you made the rainbow and am definitely storing the idea away in my mental file for a future project!

teresamatz said...

amazing project! off to follow you!
matz.academy@gmail.com

Pattie said...

just signed up to follow you...great work...love that rainbow!

Lisa said...

ADORABLE!!! Love the little rainbow, the doorhanger itself is amazing! Awesome job!

Veronica said...

Love your ribbon technique! I'm now following your blog and happy to know that you've now reached your goal of 100 followers! =)

Manhattan Mandie said...

Your rainbow is great! I'm scraplifting that idea :)

I posted some Bo Bunnny projects to my blog: http://mandiesscrappin.blogspot.com/2010/01/bo-bunny-projects.html

Elizabeth said...

You are incredibly talented!! I am in awe of that ribbon rainbow, your work is inspiring!!

Mod Podge Amy said...

How cute is that? I love!

Marcie said...

you are very talented. I love all the beautiful colors.

Paula said...

this is so cute! Wish I had a little one so that I could make one of these for her. Oh, and the glitter, did I say that was yummy?

Summer Rose Scrapbooks said...

Wowzers! This is absolutely GORGEOUS! I love your unicorn and especially your rainbow the most. Now why didn't I think of that? LOL I came here from the BoBunny blog (LOVE BoBunny) and am gonna go click around your blog and see what else you've been up to. :)

Corinna
www.myscrapbooklife.com

Tanya said...

What a breath-taking project!!! Wow! I've been a fan for quite awhile but I am now a follower!

I made my boys a costume rack using Bo-Bunny's Grease Monkey- my blog post is here: http://tanyamsmith.blogspot.com/2010/01/costume-rack.html. It is currently competing in the Friends of Purple Cows Contest: http://sadiepurplecow.blogspot.com/, it's number 25.

Beth Warren said...

Awesome projects, you are so talented. I used Bo Bunny to make a mini album for a friend, but unfortunately didn't take any photos before giving it away.

Jude said...

I have hopped over from the Bo Bunny Blog and am now a fully fledged follower! I am so inspired by that layout - I love ribbons (and rainbows!) so it's right up my street. Will definitely be trying out the technique - thank-you for sharing it! xxx

stephanie said...

I love it. What a great idea.

Debby said...

Rita, I can't believe I wasn't following your blog already. Hmm. You did a great job with the door hanger for your daughter's room. Full of memories.

Canadian Candy said...

Great work Rita. That ribbon rainbow .. Very neat idea!!

Courtney said...

I love that ribbon rainbow! It is so creative!

lilmrmaid/Yvonne said...

that is awesome

Renee said...

OMGoodness, I can't WAIT to try and make this project for my DD, it's so beautiful, Thanks so much for sharing!

Paper Dolls said...

You are so talented! I love that ribbon, too!

scrappinmomto2girls said...

WOW!! What a great creation!! I love the bright colors!! Love it all really :)

Regina said...

What a fantastic creation! How creative, fun and just plain adorable!!

CorrieW said...

Great idea thanks for the tutorial

Heather said...

This is adorable, I am definately signing up to folow!

Janeen said...

This is so cute! Love all the 3-D elements and that rainbow is amazing! :)

Pamk said...

wow what beautiful items you've created. so colorful and bright. Love them.

Katie said...

I love that!!!!

baltoscrapper said...

Your stuff is awesome Rita!

anazelia said...

My daughter is loving your project. I will have to attempt one at some point. Although mine will not be nearly as striking as your.

scrapcrazee said...

You are so creative. Wow!! I love the ribon rainbow.

Sandy said...

You are so talented! I LOVE your project!!! TY for the instructions.

Treasa said...

OMGoodness...you are one talented chick!! That is freakin amazing Rita!!!!

Sharron said...

Rita ~ TFS! I have been snowed in for 2 days here on the East Coast--and this adorable project gave me some much needed inspiration to get back in my scrap room! Thanks for jumpstarting my "scrappin mojo"!!

luvbubbles2@hotmail.com
luvbubbles2 - on ACOT

Jeanne said...

Beautiful layout with the ribbon rainbow...wow! LOVE BoBunny's dots...and the glittery unicorn--wow! and you are going to SHARE. What a generous spirit. Thank you on all accounts!

Dawne Carlisle said...

This project is fantastic... so creative! I'm sure Abby loves it! The ribbon rainbow is amazing!

NancyJones said...

love it RITA! I know Miss Abby loves this too! What a neat idea for ribbon also!

Michelle said...

Beautiful work. You do amazing things. I will have to scraplift a few of those.

Marti said...

Gorgeous Rita! That rainbow is amazing! Thanks for sharing this!