First up, I have a gorgeous garden party hat. I started with a "plain Jane" $7 floppy hat from the farm store - you can find a similar one in nearly any discount store I'm sure. I made magic with a few types of ribbon and a couple of feathers, and this is what I ended up with:
Gluber. For the second layer, I gathered one edge of a 1 1/2" light turquoise ribbon using the longest stitch on my sewing machine and some upholstery thread. (Upholstery thread is much heavier than sewing thread, and won't break when gathering long lengths of ribbon.) For the final layer, I pulled out a bit of sheer glittery wire-edged ribbon. I removed the wire from one side, and gathered the wire on the other side for the center. I layered everything up, using an additional Gluber, and used a couple of Glue Dots to secure the large beaded button to the center. I stuck in a couple of feathers (one colored with my Copic Markers) for fun, and I was done.
My hat had its grand debut at my local Woman's Club annual reciprocity meeting. We met in a lovely mansion, and my hat fit right in!
Next in line is a scrapbook layout, declaring our favorite place for July 4th fun:
I love to use ribbon & fiber on layouts, and layer them up or use them in unexpected ways.
3/8" natural twill, and layered on a 3/16" string/loop trim. For a little extra pizazz, I added small silver star brads every 2 1/2" - and it has the added benefit of helping the string/loop lay flat!
Imaginisce, and they are easy to adhere to paper using Liquid Glass from Close To My Heart (or Glossy Accents from Ranger).
Products used for this layout:
- Superhero paper pack, Close To My Heart
- 3/8" natural twill ribbon, May Arts
- 3/16" string/loop trim in red, May Arts
- i-magicut ribbon cutter, Imaginisce
- Milepost Shapes corrugated stars, Close To My Heart
- White Daisy pigment ink pad, Close To My Heart
- Liquid Glass adhesive, Close To My Heart
- ATG Adhesive, 3M Scotch
- Cricut Expression with Country Life and Calligraphy Collection cartridges, Provo Craft
- silver star brads, from my stash
- red metal fasteners (on ends of ribbon), from my stash
I had purchased the tin star ornaments and Uncle Sam last year, so I recently made two additions. First, a patriotic banner garland:
I stamped "U", "S", & "A" on 7 sets of three mini pennants ans added some additional stamped designs as well. Then I made 8 star epoxy shapes using the Epiphany Crafts star Shape Studio tool, and adhered them to 8 of the mini pennants (see below). I strung the pennants on 15 yards of skinny striped ribbon, starting with a star pennant, then a group of USA pennants, then a star pennant, and so on. I left several inches between each USA group and the star pennants on either side.
NOTE: If you have only a small area to decorate, this would look really cute in a smaller form! Just buy one pack of mini pennants, make a single USA group and 2 stars, string them up and hang them just about anywhere. You'll still have 5 pennants left for another project - Halloween "BOO", anyone?
- 15 yards skinny patriotic striped ribbon, from the sewing store
- 3 packs Mini Pennant Banner Canvas Pieces, Maya Road
- Star 25 Shape Studio Tool & matching bubble Caps, Epiphany Crafts
- Super Hero paper pack, Close To My Heart
- 3-in-1 Advance Craft Glue, Beacon Adhesives
- Old World alphabet and American Celebration stamp sets, Close To My Heart
- Cranberry and Moonstruck stamp pads, Close To My Heart
Thanks for stopping by today. I hope to see you again soon!