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Ruching Ribbon, the Real Way…

Hi and welcome once again.


I have to tell you I saved the best for last from my Friday Night class. Any one who knows me, knows I LOVE BIRDS!  The moment I see anything with a bird on it, I have to  have it. I think that’s why I feel in love with the Nature Walk Stamp Set from Stampin’ Up! The bird image is magnificent! Stampin’ Up! has the best stamps ever. The lines on their images are so clear and crisp and shows every detail right down to the tinest speck.


Now, while I love birds, I didn’t want the bird to be the main focus here, However, I did want a balance between it and the Ruched Ribbon. Here’s what I came up with: Finished Nature Walk Ruching CardWe started by ruching our ribbon. There is a faster technique to ruching, but, I think the sewing method can’t be beat. The end result is gorgeous!


You begin by measuring the amount of ribbon needed and multiple it by about three.  For instance, if you need a 3″ piece of ribbon, you’ll need to cut a 9″ strip. Along the top edge of the ribbon mark off every inch. Don’t worry about seeing the marks, because once the ribbon is gathered you won’t see them. On the bottom edge of the ribbon mark every half-inch. You need to start your measuring at the beginning edge of the ribbon for both measurements, because, you want the half -inch marks staggered between the one-inch marks. You’re really stitching every inch, but, this is an accurate way to get your marks exactly staggered and in the middle. Understand???? For  this card I used the 5/8″ Certainly Celery Satin Ribbon.

Ribbon Ruching Detail 1Thread your needle with a single thread and a good knot on the end. Then, you simply stitch with a running stitch as shown. the trick is to begin you stitching from the bottom and end the last stich on the top so you can loop around the ribbon’s edge to begin your new row of stitching from the bottom. You stitch your rows from one top edge mark to the other one inch bottom mark. Get it?


Your stitches don’t have to be perfect, nor does the color of thread have to match the ribbon. I used a quilting thread, because it’s a bit stronger and doesn’t break when you gather the ribbon.

Ribbon Ruching Detail 2When you’re done stitching, you simply pull the thread and pull the ribbon away from the thread until the gathering looks appealing to you. The more you pull, the tighter the gather. If the gathering twists, just flatten it out with your hands. Isn’t it beautiful?

Pulled Ribbon Ruching Detail

Once the ruching was done, we moved on to making the card. For this:

Cut a 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ of Early Espresso Card Stock and score it at 4-1/4″.

Cut two Very Vanilla Card Stock pieces, one at 4-3/4″ x 3-1/2″ and the other at 4-1/4″ x 3″.

Cut a 5-1/4″ x 4″ piece of Crumb Cake Card Stock.

Cut a 4-1/2″ x 3-1/4″ piece of Certainly Celery Card Stock.

Ribbon Ruching Detail 3

On the smaller 4-1/4″ x 3″ piece of Very Vanilla Card Stock,  stamp the egg image in Baja Breeze, leaf image in Certainly Celery and the bird image in Early Espresso Ink in a random collage pattern. Keep the images more to the left of the Very Vanilla Card Stock.


With Watercolor Pencils color in the bird image and distress the edges of card stock with  the Tea Stain from the Distressing Kit and a Sponge Dauber.


On the right hand side of the card stock, lay a piece of Sticky Strip vertically and carefully layer your Ruched Ribbon on the Sticky Strip. Pull both ends of the ruching to make sure it extends from top to bottom, making sure you have enough of the ribbon to wrap around the card stock.

Finished Nature Walk Ruching Card 2


Layer the pieces of card stock as shown. For the stamped piece of Very Vanilla layer it using Stampon’ Up! Dimensionals. Sit back and admire your creation. This one you won’t want to give away, so you’ll have to make two!





Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you soon.


Stampin’ Hugs,

Siggy 2







Stampin Up! Product Used in this Project: (Just click on product name to order)

STAMP SET:    Nature Walk

INK:    Baja Breeze, Early Espresso, Certainly Celery

CARD-STOCK:     Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Certainly Celery, Crumb Cake

FRILLS:    5/8″ Certainly Celery Satin Ribbon, Distressing Kit, Sponge Daubers, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Watercolor Pencils, Sticky Strip

NON-STAMPIN’ UP!:     Sewing Needle, Quilting or Button Thread



Get Creative with Stampin’ Up!…

Good Afternoon!

Here's a video from Shelli Gardner, the co-founder and CEO of Stampin' Up! I hope it gives all of you thinking of purchasing Stampin' Up! products a boost. And, if you're thinking about joining our Stampin' Up! family now is the time to do it. During Sale-A-Bration all starter kits are $148.75 and is packed full with over $310.00 worth of merchandise. If you sign up during Sale-A-Bration!, you'll receive additional FREE products.  For details CLICK HERE and sit back and enjoy Shelli's video.



Embedded Embossed Butterflies…

Welcome, once again Lakeside Stamper Friends!

This card is one we made at my Friday’s Folded Card and Embedded Embossing Class.  Embedded Embossing is the hottest trend today in card-making. This was a hit with all the ladies in the class. They actually got giddy with excitement when it was their turn to emboss their cards. The Embedded Embossing Technique is very easy, but, has very impressive results. I’m always amazed at what one can achieve with paper. See if you don’t agree?

Embedded Embossing Card

Here’s what to do:

For your Card Stock layers,

1.    Cut a 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ piece of Early Espresso Card Stock and score it at 4-1/4″.

2.    Cut a 4-3/4″ x 3-1/2″ of Baja Breeze Card Stock.

3.    Cut a 5″ x 3-3/4″ piece of  Very Vanilla Card Stock.

4.    With a piece of  Very Vanilla, the Big Shot and the Lattice Bigz Die cut out a lattice.

5.    With a piece of Pawsitively Prints II Designer Series Paper, the Big Shot and the Embosslits Beautiful Wings, cut & emboss the butterflies.

6.    With Snail Adhesive, tape the Very Vanilla Lattice cut-out on the Baja Breeze Card Stock.

7.    Then adhere the largest and smallest butterfly as shown.

Now comes the magic!

Detail ! Embedded Embossing
8.    Place the Baja Breeze with the lattice and butterflies, in the Square Lattice Embossing Folder and run it through the Big Shot.



9.    With a Paper Piercing Tool, pierce three holes in the bottom right corner and place one Real Red Detail 2 Embedded Embossing Brad in each hole.


10.    Layer the Very Vanilla on the Early Espresso and the Baja Breeze on the Very Vanilla.

11.    Adhere the other two butterflies as shown in the photo.

Sit back and admire the results!

This technique could not be done without the Big Shot. The Big Shot and Big Shot Dies offer an amazing multipurpose cutting system. Cut paper, chip-board, vinyl, fabric, cork, wood and metal sheets and more! Embossing is also made possible with the Big Shot.

If you don’t own a Big Shot  CLICK HERE to order one.

For your shopping convenience, click on the product name in the post text to order that item.

Stampin’ Hugs,


Business/Gift Card Holder…

Hello, Lakeside Stamper Friends!

I FINALLY got to hold a Stampin Up! Class last night! It did snow here and there was some icing, but, my loyal Lakeside Stampers  showed up and stamped their little hearts out! It was nice seeing everyone so excited and thrilled with the projects. To me that’s what it’s all about, the friendships and the sharing. And thanks to John we had nice desserts. Thanks John!

All in all we made four projects. This class covered a double fold card technique. inlay embossing, ribbon ruching and how to cut and score a business card holder. Today’s post will share with you the business card holder.

I din’t come up with the measurements of this project. These instructions were given to me by my up-line, Cathy, who shared them with us at our last meeting. I did  however, design and color coordinate this one.

Card Holder

What I think I love the most about this project is the fact that you use three envelopes. You can use it to store any business cards for handy referral. Im using mine for restaurant business cards which always seem to be in a drawer. This would be a nice welcoming gift for new neighbors or for a bridal shower filled with local business cards.

For starters you’ll need three 3-5/8″ x 6-1/2″ envelopes. Seal the envelopes and trim off 1/2″ from each end on all three envelopes.

Trimmed Envelopes with Brads 1 Next score the envelopes at 2-5/8″,  flip and score again at 2-5/8″ from the other end. You should wind up with a 1/4″ scored strip.

In the middle of the strip, pierce two holes with a Paper Piercer and hold the three envelopes together with two Silver Brads as shown.

Covered Envelopes with Designer Series Paper




To cover the envelopes I cut six 3-1/2″ x 2-3/8″ pieces of Greenhouse Gala Designer Series Paper and six pieces of 3-1/2″ x 2-3/8″ of Pear Pizzazz Card Stock. I adhered the pieces as shown using the Greenhouse Gala Designer Series Paper on the front of each envelope ans the Pear Pizzazz Card Stock on each back.



Punched Envelopes Punched & Designer Series Papered Envelopes

On each envelope I punched half circles with a 1-1/4″ Circle Punch. On the sides of the punch there are two ridges which help you to line up your paper at the halfway point accurately.

For the outside cover cut a 9″x 4″ piece of Early Espresso Card Stock and score it at 2-7/8″, 3-3/8″, 6-1/4″ and 6-3/4″. You can use any color card stock of choice and will get two cover out of one 8-1/2″ x 11″ and three out of a 12″ x 12″ sheet.               Cutting & Score Lines

To decorate the outside cover I cut one 3-3/4″ x 2″  and two 3-3/4″ x 2-5/8″ pieces of Pear Pizzazz Card Stock. Out of  Greenhouse Gala Designer Series Paper I cut one 3-1/2″ x 1-3/4″ and two 3-1/2″ x 2-3/8″ pieces.  This is how the cover looks covered.

Outside Paper Placement Card Holder

Sticky Strip Placement





The last step is to put some Sticky Strip as shown in photo and adhere the envelopes to the inside of the cover.

To secure the outside flap you can use Velcro Dots or Magnetic Dots.




I hope you like this project as much as the class did. Mix and match different papers and card stocks. It really is a “So Simple” project and the end result is not only useful, but, pretty to look at.


Stampin’ Hugs,

Siggy 2



Valentine’s Day Card-Making for Kids…

Children's Valentine's Day Workshop I’m holding a card -making and craft workshop for children. Years ago when I had a shop my children workshops were always filled. It was during those times the shop came alive with spirit, laughter and creative imaginations. Children always have a great time at my workshops, because they have the freedom to let their imaginations soar and balanced out with the proper guidance.


for ages 7-14

On: Saturday, February 5, 2011

Time: 11:00 – 1:00 pm

Location: My House

Workshop features: 4 Valentine’s Day Postcards, 5 Valentine’s Day Tag Cards & A Valentine’s Day Heart Pouch

       Red Mouse Valentine's Day Card

Valentine's Day Tag Cards

Red Mouse Detail Detail Blue Glitter Mouse

In the workshop, children will stamp, emboss, color and have the opportunity to add embellishments such as glitter, flocking, ribbon and rhinestones to their projects.

A light lunch, drink & all materials are included in the price of $15.00. CLICK HERE to RSVP by Tuesday, February 1, 2011 or call (914) 621-7522 today.

If additional cards are needed pre-stamped/colored cards will be available after the workshop,  to decorate at home, for $1.00 each.

So, sign your child up and invite one of their friends to join them.

*Please note these cards were made with an old retired Stampin’ Up! Stamp Set. 


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