I am really loving getting into Spring colours and stamps at the moment even if it is now Autumn here!

I noticed this morning that over at Sunny Challenges my lovely friend and downline Libby Dyson is a Guest Designer for the current challenge so I had to play along!  Well truth be told I was going to play along with their Colour Challenge I saw the other day however when I went to the Sunny challenge blog this morning I now realise that was 3 challenges ago!!

Here is this week’s sketch by the loverly Libby ….

Sunny Challenge 30/12

I decided I would still go with the stamp set and colours I’d planned on using and just used Libby’s sketch and here is my card …

Spring Blues

I still had my blue back drop and my pearls out from taking photo’s of the Wedding Invitations I’d made recently so decided to use that for this card too.

Now I thought today I’d share a little trick I’ve learnt with the ribbon on the front of the card.  If you have been to any of my classes you’ll know that I love to show my ladies how to save the amount of ribbon they use and therefore make it last a little bit longer … and every little bit helps right?  If you look at the above card you might think that I’ve wrapped the ribbon all the way around and tied the bow at the front?  welllllllllllllll its not!

Here’s what I do …

Doing the bows the way I do them this is how they would look on your card – but we want to look natural – like they have been tied behind the bow. So these next steps show you how to get that “natural” look.

1. Take a piece of ribbon and a small piece of twine.  The ribbon should be long enough to cover the front of your card piece and say 1cm on each side to adhere to the back.

2.  Take your twine and tie it around the centre of your piece of ribbon – tie in a knot and snip off the ends of the twine. At this stage you can pop your long piece of ribbon around the piece of card and then stick the bow on.

Adhere your bow over the tied/gathered section and wallah – it looks like you’ve tied the whole thing around the card and its all pretty.

I always use Mini Glue Dots to pop my bows on and just pop one, sometimes two, behind the knot and you’re done!  When I use the glue dots those bows never come off!

Dont forget to pop over to the Sunny Challenges Blog and play along 🙂

Don’t forget its still Sale•a•bration and for this week only anyone who places a $100 order with me will not only receive gorgeous Stampin’ Up! products but they’ll also receive a bonus Sale•a•bration set of their choice plus I’m giving away 2 bonus Sponge Daubers with every order!  So be sure to get that order to me by Friday 9th March to get your extra extra bonus 🙂


  1. I love the simplicity of your cards. Thanks for some good ideas. I am a new demonstrator, but have been stamping for about 25 years, Grandma and all that goes with that. Thanks again for good ideas. I have always wanted to visit your country. Love Australia.

  2. Congratulations Leonie, you are our Ray of Sunshine this week at Sunny Challenges and Creations. We hope that you will add our badge to your blog and that you will join us for more of our weekly challenges.
    You card is absolutely gorgeous.

  3. this is just gorgeous Lenoie. You always have great tips to share too. Thanks for playing this week at Sunny Challenges and Creations

  4. Beautiful card Leonie. Love your colours. The touch of brown in the ribbon finishes it off nicely. So happy you could join us this week at Sunny Challenges & Creations

  5. Hi Leonie! It is great that you have entered the challenge this week!! I love those colours for the flowers – very pretty!

  6. Very pretty colours and I too have always loved the set Field Flowers. Your flowers are beautifully stamped and cut out. Your sponging adds to your card.

  7. Great card Leonie and I love the ribbon tip. Sorry you missed the colour challenge but I love that you have used them on this beautiful creation. Thanks for playing along at Sunny Challenges & Creations this week.

  8. The more I see done with field Flowers the more I like it. The blues are very pretty. I have been tying my ribbon like this for some time. I have never really grasped the concept of going all the way around?? Beautiful card darl.

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