Thursday, September 9, 2010

Flourishes Friday - Cool Tools

Hey....this is my 500th post!  Cool hey?

I have a cool post for you today too....the Flourishes Design Team is giving you all kinds of creative ideas for the Tools of the Trade Section of the Flourishes store.   Things that you may have over looked in the store.  Today I'm going to focus on a few of the tools I use and like.  One is our Ribbon Organizer , and Spooler , and also Scor Tape ....I have a special project I've created today for one of my best friends.  We're going for lunch on Friday to celebrate her birthday.   So here's where the project started... (lots of pictures to follow - sorry night shots so a little orange ...)


If you're anything like me....ribbon storage is an issue for you.  One thing that I absolutely LOVE about Flourishes is that I can get beautiful ribbon at a fraction of the price by purchasing it by the yard.  That way I only buy what I'll use, and then I can get more ribbons to sample!  But...then to store ribbon by the yard was becoming a serious issue for me.

When ribbon arrives for me from the store it usually looks like this, delicious ribbon, but not super functional and a little messy to store like this.



So, this is one of the nifty tools I bought  - the Ribbon Spooler and also the Organizer tray that I'll show you in a jiffy.


Here's how it works... feed your ribbon through the slit in the ribbon spooler (up to 7/8 inch wide ribbon), put on a provided divider disk and rubber stopper to hold the ribbon in, and then take the length of ribbon and feed it up along the handle (next photo).


Then put your thumb on the ribbon on the handle (to hold it to the proper tension) and wind the handle!  Works for lefty's or righty's too



Then just push the little ribbon off either onto the divider tool, or just in your hand holding the end. 




Then, the great part, pop it into the little divided holder, leaving the loose end out so you can pull it to cut when you need it!


Below is some blue satin finish cotton (some of my current favourite styles of ribbon we have).  I usually buy about 2 yards at a time, and that's the perfect length to fit on the spool with some room in the case still....


Here's a whole LOVELY row of Satin Finish cotton and Linen cotton ribbons.



And here they are below all in the tray....now I could have pulled all my ribbon ends in nicely so it would look a little neater, but let's just be honest this is how it normally is :)

It holds six rows of six ribbons.  I'm just waiting for a new tray to arrive so I can load it up too. It stacks nicely in my stamping cupboard, and it's easy to pull out.


The only con is that it only takes ribbon up to 7/8 inch, and I have ribbon that is wider that I have to organize differently.  If it took wider ribbon widths, I'd do this to all my ribbons.  I can see what I have, or what I need and it's easy to pull out and cut.

So, here's what I made with my ribbons and also a great new product to Flourishes, Scor Tape.  I've been using it a long time.  It's really superior for sticky-ness and sturdy-ness and comes in a variety of widths (3 sizes in store).  I was SO excited to see it in the store!!!


I cut a box 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 out of textured Pink Pirouette paper and then a bottom 6 1/4 x 6 1/4 inches.  I scored at 2 inches all the way around (both sheets), cut slits on opposing ends on the inside of the short squares (to make the pieces you fold in to make the box), and added Scor Tape to the fold in squares, and patterned paper (Memory Box Jubilee) to the outside panels on the box lid.  I notched out little 1/2 circles with my circle punch. Then fold in.  




I had colored up an image from our gorgeous Spring Bouquet Set  with copic markers, and then trimmed it out and added it to the box top, overtop of some beautiful ribbon.


So...embarrassing moment...my inside box was too narrow and they didn't hold together how I wanted, so I had to get creative with my embellishing.  I wanted to show off lots of ribbon anyway....

I used the Scor Tape all around the box and added ribbon as well, some pleated (which stays GREAT with Scor Tape), and then some just adhered.



Here's a closeup of the coloring and the beautiful glitter that I added with Spica pens after coloring.  I know the photo won't do it justice, it's super shimmery.


Now to find a pretty present for IN the box and we're set!

Head on over to the Flourishes Girls playing today in the Cool Tools episode.  Julie also has a feature on the Flourishes Blog too!  Dawn, Cindy, Laura, Julie and Leslie

20 comments:

Susan (rainy) said...

That box is so beautiful. It doesn't need a gift to go inside. IT can be the gift itself!
And look at all your organized ribbon!

Yvonne Russell said...

Such a beautiful box. And a great way to keep ribbon "under control".

Crystal said...

Oh WOW your box is BEAUTIFUL and that ribbon organizer is FABULOUS..TFS!

NancyK said...

Thank you so much for showing that box - I am always on the lookout for ways to make boxes - yours is just gorgeous!

Joan Ervin said...

Well, Christine, how cool is that ribbon organizer....you should see my ribbon organization...yikes!!! I'll have to order some of those wonderful little containers!! I love your box, too...sooo pretty and vintage!!! Love the colors you used and your coloring and details are over the top!!! Hope all is well with you and your's!!!

Julie Koerber said...

Wow... beautiful box Miss Christine! Love the papers and ribbons you matched up and of course, your coloring is... magnificent! Thanks too for the ribbon organization inspiration!

Laura (scrapnextras) said...

Gorgeous little box! Love the paper...it works so beautiuflly with that stamp! Awesome tutorial on the ribbon spooler!

Lusilla said...

Beautiful box! I will try to do it.:))

Shari said...

Oh my goodness! This is to die for! So beautiful.

Amanda said...

Oh My Gosh!! I LOVE your tutorial, you have no idea how great your timing is on that!! :) Loved your whole post, It's really helpful and informative! :)

KarinsArtScrap said...

it looks fabulous christine
great idea and product.
great and beautiful box too

greetings karin

Leslie Miller said...

Well, I think the ribbon spooler is pretty darn cool! Your box is ultra-feminine and pretty! I love how you added the ribbon to take up space. What a great idea, and one can never have too much ribbon, right? Thanks for sharing all this great info, Christine!

Dawn B. said...

This is a great tutorial.. Love the box too.. You did a super job on this one..

Peachy Wessels said...

Oh, how pretty! I loved that flower set when I first saw it, now seeing it colored, I guess I will have to buy it! Thanks for the great tool tips, very helpful!

Denise (peanutbee) said...

That ribbon spooler is definitely a cool tool and your box is amazing! Beautifully colored and that May Arts crochet lace is one of my F-A-V-O-R-I-T-E-S!!

Anonymous said...

Congrats on your 500th post!!!
What a nifty little gadget you've got there!! So for such organization ;-)
Love the beautiful box you've made. That is so pretty!!
Beth Greco

dpkennedy said...

Gorgeous box Christine! Your coloring and sparkles on the bouquet are so pretty!! The ribbon organization is great! I tried to be organized once...ha!

Dee Jackson said...

Wow! This box is GORGEOUS!! I love the lace.

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Your ribbon looks great all nice and neat. Want to come do mine now? LOL The box is beautiful!

Beate said...

GORGEOUS box. Beautiful coloring!
Hugs and smiles