April 10, 2010

OCC: Bows!

Hi everyone, it's time for another great Our Creative Corner challenge. This week the lovely Dana has challenged us to use bows (not knots!) on our creation.

I LOVE ribbon. It's rare that I make a card without it. So this week I made a different kind of bow from the kind I normally tie - anyone can do this, read on to find out just how simple it is!

I made this card for my parents 26th Anniversary last month. I started with the background paper and pulled my colours from there. I used Soft Sky, Always Artichoke, Vanilla and Kraft.

I stamped and sponged the three panels then used circle punches to cut out a space for that little dragonfly.

Here's a close up of my bow. It's really simple - cut five lengths of ribbon, making each length successively shorter by the same amount - for example: 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 inches. Your longest length should be double the length you want your finished bow to be.

Glue the ends of each length of ribbon together to create a round. Stack your rounds and tie the shortest length around the middle and secure with glue. I used a liquid glue - but if I wasn't out of Sticky Strip I probably would have used that.

The great thing about this bow is it folds flat for easy mailing!

I repeated the stamped image and sponging on the inside of the card. The sentiment is from Cheer & Wishes. Head on over to OCC to see the wonderful design team creations and link your card featuring a bow!

Stamps: Cheer & Wishes, Organic Grace (hostess)
Paper & Card: Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla & Kraft
Ink: Soft Sky, Mellow Moss & Always Artichoke
Punches: 1 1/4" Circle & 1 3/8" Circle punches
Other: Sponge Daubers
E-mail me to purchase.

Paper & Card: Periphery DP - Basic Grey
Other: Satin Ribbon, Self-adhesive pearls


  1. beautiful take on the bow. I bet your folks loved the card. Oh very nice card for Shan there. Like the tic tac toe image on the card.

  2. Wow, Sarah... this is just stunning. I love the colors, layout (especially what you did with the punches!), gorgeous ribbon... it's so beautiful!

  3. Well this one knocked my socks off!!!! WOW!!! What a breath-takingly beautiful creation!!!

  4. beautiful card....what a card to receive!!1

  5. Sarah this is BEAUTIFUL!!!! LOVE the bow! Another great card for this week's OCC challenge!

  6. Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous card Sarah!

  7. Uuuummmm, we just loved this card and its been put away safely! It's like getting it twice when we see it on-line and hear all about how it's been made. The difference with your cards is the love and thought that goes into every creation. Love you Baby, xxxxx

  8. what a great card! I love your bow :)

  9. Your bow is really super, but what I really love is the beautifully matted panels especially with the circle cut out! Really awesome creation this week, Sarah.

  10. JUst saw this card on OCC... LOVE how you did the dragonfly and cutout circle combo! Stunning card! TFS and I will checking out the rest of your blog now too!!

  11. You are so the bow queen ... beautiful!

  12. Sarah, your layout is BRILLIANT! I love it! Going to CASE the idea fer sher!!!

  13. Hi Sarah! The soft blue of this bow is just darling! I have just started bookmarking ideas for ribbons ... just for some variety! This is definitely going in the list! TFS Hugs, Andrea xxx


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