December 11, 2008

Rib-N-Strips, come and get em'!

Edit: Thank you for all the great comments about my Rib-N-Strips. Unfortunately the Scor-Tape is out in both sizes at Papertrey. Nichole just let me know that a new shipment should be arriving next week, so keep checking. I'll try to give a head's up to you here on my blog too.

I love it when my Papertrey goody box comes each month. The first thing I do is dig out the ribbon spools. There is such a fun variety of colors, textures and styles that I nearly start drooling right there on the spot. When I'm gathering supplies for my projects, I almost always reach for Papertrey's coordinating ribbon colors. They add texture, dimension and such a nice finishing touch to projects. Today though, I'm putting the ribbon front and center. Check out what I have up my sleeve today!

Let's get right to the project, shall we? Start by gathering up some fun colors of Papertrey Perfect Match Exclusive Ribbon. I'm using a variety of Sweet Blush, Dark Chocolate, Spring Moss, Spring Rain and Ripe Avocado.

Grab your Scor-Tape. Haven't heard of it? Here's the details right from the Papertrey website:
Scor-Tape is an amazing product. It is a premium double sided adhesive, best on the market, acid free, heat resistant and incredibly sticky tape. It can be used with embossing powders, foils, beads, glitter, ribbon etc. It is the perfect permanent adhesive for card making, boxes, books and especially our exclusive My Timeless Templates line! We carry this tape in two widths, 1/4" & 1/2". This is good stuff folks, you won't be disappointed.

Begin your project by cutting a piece of cardstock (I'm using PTI Kraft) to 4.25" x 5.5". Lay this on a craft mat...the Teflon surface helps to peel the tape off very easily. Adhere strips of 1/2" Scor-Tape over the entire surface of the cardstock piece as shown below. The tape edges will extend beyond the piece of cardstock and will adhere to the craft mat.
Below is the cardstock, completely covered with Scor-Tape.
Peel off the sticky backing of the Scor-Tape.
Next, cut strips of ribbon a little longer than the width of the cardstock. Place the ribbon strips horizontally all the way down the cardstock.
You'll end up with a completely ribbon covered piece of cardstock. It's pretty already, isn't it?
Peel the cardstock off of the craft mat and turn upside down on a cutting mat. (I'm putting my quilting supplies to good use here). Using a clear ruler and rotary cutter, trim off any excess ribbon.
Turn your piece over and now you're left with all straight edges.
Using a rotary cutter, clear ruler and craft mat, cut the ribbon covered cardstock into strips. You want to cut the opposite way that your ribbon lays....so if your ribbon lays horizontal, make vertical cuts. You can cut the strips into any width you desire. I used 1" and 1/2" strips.
Now you have what I've lovingly named "Rib-N-Strips". Kind of like Chicken Strips or Riblets...fun little morslets of ribbon that you can pile high in a basket...and gobble up on all your projects!!
And of course, I had to play with my Rib-N-Strips. Here's a few cards I whipped up using Papertrey's Wise Owl and Paper Tray stamp set. I used a combination of stems, flowers and leaves to make some fun cards.
Base card is Papertrey Stamper's Select White, then Kraft and Dark Chocolate. Ink colors are Ripe Avocado, Sweet Blush and Spring Rain.
Here's a close up shot of the Rib-N-Strips. I was pleased that there was not a lot of fraying of the ribbon. I think that when the strips are cut with the rotary cutter, it pushes the ribbon edges into the Scor-Tape, giving the ribbon a nice sealed edge. Be careful though as I'm sure if you handle the Rib-N-Strips too much the edges might fray. I used Scor-Tape again to adhere the Rib-N-Strips to my projects.
There you go! ORDER UP!! Come and get your Rib-N-Strips! (insert ringing dinner bell here). I hope you've enjoyed my project! Be sure to send me your links if you give them a try!!

75 comments:

Jani said...

I love this idea. It's such a cool way to use scraps, add color, and add texture.

walshes5 said...

Very pretty! It's great idea to make a bunch at once to have on hand for future projects.

Denise....the Glitter Queen said...

thanks for the great tip! I went to the PT site to order the tape, and it's not available!

Oh well....I guess I will have to wait till next year to make my projects...

Thank you for sharing.

Anonymous said...

What a great idea!! What a beautiful result!! xoxoxo
chender@pldi.net

Geny (Mommy Geny) said...

Wonderful project Michelle, I really must do this!!! Very inspiring!

Charlene H. said...

I love this idea. Thanks for showing all of us!

Cynde said...

Great Cards!! Love the Ribbon, PT has the most gorgeous ribbons.
This is the same technique I use with strips of fabrics to make small quilt blocks strips. You can then make all sorts of patterns....What Fun!

Eveline said...

What a lovely idea and what great cards you made. TFS.
Eveline.

Elaine said...

You are too funny! And you are an enabler...big time enabler...you might have to go to enabler jail and make cards for us for the rest of your life...what a pity, huh? LOL just kidding! Thank you for sharing the neat technique!

Chris said...

Another great project for whipping up a group of cards. Many thanks for all your inspiration - I love it!

carole said...

Super amusant cette technique, j'adore.
Et les cartes sont très jolies.
Bravo.
--

Very fun this technique, I love it.
And cards are beautifful.
Well done.

Carole

mollymoo951 said...

WOW! What an awesome way to use ribbon! Your projects are gorgeous!

Nette said...

how cool is that???? thanks for this great idea, hope its ok, to show your post on my blog ;-)

thanks a lot from Berlin/Germany
warm wishes
nette

Joan B said...

What beautiful things you make!!!

Michelle said...

LOL @ insert dinner bell here. What a great idea, Michelle - and this looks relatively easy - gonna try it...neat embellishment idea!; thanks so much!

DeeDee said...

Well, aren't you the smarty pants!!! I love this idea....you always think of the best tips and tricks!!! I will try this....but first I need some of that nifty tape!!! LOL!!! Have a wonderful day girlie!! HUGS!!

Jenn said...

You get the Wayne & Garth "I'm not worthy!" bow this AM, Mish!!! Great tip! Love it.

Katy said...

What a clever idea! Thanks for sharing I will have to try.

Anonymous said...

Great idea, Michelle! Would it also work with the red line tape sheets?

Renae

Anonymous said...

Hint for a new quilter ... have separate rotary cutters for paper and fabric. (Same rule as for scissors.) Paper quickly "dulls" the blade and then won't cut fabric very well. I've been using a rotary cutter and my quilting rulers on my paper projects for months ... works great!

cherrylo said...

What a awesome idea. thanks for sharing that with us all

Christina Fischer said...

What a great idea! I love the way it looks on your projects!

SusieQ said...

This is such a wonderful idea....OMG!!! Beautiful

Debbie Fisher (debbiedee) said...

Michelle, that is such a cool idea! Thank you for sharing that with us. I will have to try this.

Annie said...

Michelle - what a great idea and time saver! Why didn't I think of it? Can't wait to get done with my emails and make some Christmas Rib-N-Strips to finish up my cards. Thanks so much for sharing. Have a great weekend.

Anonymous said...

What a great idea! Thanks for sharing.

lindastamps

Sara said...

This is great, thanks for sharing!! I don't have scor-tape but do have CM's photo tape. Is that comparible??

reeree62 said...

I just love this!!!!! Wow, you came up with a good one!!!

LeAnne said...

Mish, you are a GENIUS. What a fun, easy way to make some cool embellishments! TFS!
LeAnne

Dottie K. said...

Genius!!!! Great idea and perfect also for all those smaller pieces that we hold onto because you can't bear to throw out. Love the cards. Your ideas are always so useful. TFS :)

Beth said...

Oh Mish - now I have the "I want my baby back" Applebees theme song in my head "I want my Rib-N-Strips"....

Oh MY!!

Deanna said...

Brilliant... definitely doing this with some ribbon scraps! AWESOME!

Janet S said...

What a great idea, so easy and SO pretty. Gotta go and try this now!

Sandy said...

OMGosh Michelle ... I LOVE this ribbon strip idea!!!! You are a genius, girl.

Katie @ Paper Makeup said...

how fun! I love it! And with the pti ribbon, you can match it with the right ink and paper. Oh i'm in love!

Cassi said...

beautiful!

kellyrae said...

Great idea! Especially to use up all those last little bits of ribbon you just can't throw out.

Tricia said...

Love this!! Stamping & quilting... a perfect match! :)

Tami McBeain (tmarie) said...

You never cease to amaze me with your wonderful ideas! These little rib-n-strips are just yummy and I love the cards you made using them! I love the idea of having them pre-made just waiting to be used!

Karen said...

Very cool idea. Love the cards. I have quilters rulers in various sizes because I cut everything except the card bases with the ruler and an exacto knife. I think it works better to get straight, clean cuts than most paper cutters I have seen. Thanks for the beautiful eye candy.

StampinginKansas said...

WOW!! What a great idea. Adding this to my to do list. Thanks for sharing. I visit daily and love everythign you make.

Nancy Riley said...

Such a FUN, creative idea! I've never seen this before.

Jen said...

OOOOOoo - AAaaaHhh! What a great idea! And I love that it's so easy to create but gives a HUGE wow! Thanks for sharing!!

patriciad said...

You're like a freakin' genius. No...seriously, you are. What a great idea. I love Papertrey ribbons too and have quite the nice selection. I will definitely be using this great idea.

Linda E said...

Great technique! Thanks for sharing.

Sara Paschal said...

How beautiful is this thank you for the wonderful idea, still can use the fab PTI ribbon and have a flat card at the same time. Such and inspiring idea.

Julia Aston said...

Super, super ribbon project Mish! and I even have a cutting wheel from when I used to quilt!!! I love how this looks on a card - great project!

Julia Aston said...

Super, super ribbon project Mish! and I even have a cutting wheel from when I used to quilt!!! I love how this looks on a card - great project!

Jan Castle said...

Great idea! This way you can choose the stripe colors and patterns you want and not have to "hunt" the ribbon stacks at the store! Bravo!!!
Jan

Stephanie A said...

I love this! I would have never thought of it myself, and I've been looking for a reason to get the Scor-tape. Thank you for your WONDERFUL ideas!

Marie said...

So creative, and so pretty! Thanks for sharing all so many fabulous ideas.

Cindy H. said...

Great idea!! These cards are charming! TFS

krista said...

love this idea! i can't resist a good roll of ribbon, so i am always overflowing with it! this is a great way to use it!!!!

thanks for sharing!!!

mspiggy7 said...

Cute cards. I, too, LOVE ribbon (my favorite embellie) & Scor Tape.
Great idea - I'll have to try it. -Marlene

My lifes inky escape and more said...

This is a great idea!! I love how it turned out and I love the card!

veronica said...

your idea is the coolest thing that i have seen in a long time. love it.

Cathy said...

I love your idea -- clever, pretty, and different. But I've been frustrated that PTI has been consistently out of Scor-Tape the last few times I've tried to order! You're right - it's one of the best adhesives on the market!

Chok Keun (CK) said...

cool idea! Great for "mass production", thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

When using the cuttlebug, do you leave the foam in the dies?

retiredheather said...

Great idea. I`ll be giving this a try after Christmas.
Happy Holidays
Heather

Bev said...

Love the look with the Rib-N-Strips technique. tfs

Laurie in MN said...

Cute, cute, cute idea. Something I never saw before.

Debbie Olson said...

MISH! This is a fabulous idea!! You ROCK, girlie!

Michelle said...

I LOVE what you did with the ribbon!

Gay Ferland said...

great idea to put quilting supplies with paper crafting supplies together! Love what you did with the combo!

~*~ Stephanie ~*~ said...

I love this idea!! You know its funny you said about putting quilting supplies to good use... when I first got into scrapping my mom(a quilter) gave me a rotary cutter, cutting mat and clear rulers that she of course bought in the quilting supply section at Joann's... I've always used those and have NEVER felt comfortable using the cutting tools made for scrapping :)

Alisa said...

Do you even know what a rockstar you are? I don't always get to check in with your blog, but I am never disappointed when I do. Great project. I love it! TFS your talent and amazingness with us out here. =)

Lisa H. said...

I am speachless! this is absolutly fabulous! I HAVE to try this, I just love the look!

Ceiça said...

Eu amei a Idéia! lindo!! parabéns!
I love this idea! beautiful!!!

scrappin{jewlz} said...

wow, what a super cool idea!!

Anonymous said...

what a beautiful way to bring out the card colors and show off ribbon at the same time!
gardenia

Anonymous said...

What a fabulous idea! I can't wait to try it, thanks so much for posting this.
Linda

Melissa said...

Is there an alternate to using scor tape? thanks..

Jen said...

I recently tried this and love it! thanks for the inspiration.

HEIMLAGA said...

This is both genious and beautiful Michelle! You rock :O)

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