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Red Rooster Fair Ribbon

I don’t know if the fair ribbon trend has left the building, but I am still in love with them!  Here is a vintage-inspired “Red Rooster Fair Ribbon” and a few instructions so you can make your own.



The supplies I used are as follows:

2 cut or punched cardstock circles. – Tissue paper trim from a Claudine Hellmuth papercrafting kit. – A Red/Black Dotted Label sticker from Jenni Bowlin Studio. –  A Red Doily Flower from Jenni Bowlin Studio. – A Rooster Flatback from Jenni Bowlin Studio. – Ribbon scraps. – Adhesive: Glue Dots, mounting squares and a tape runner.


Step 1 – Gather the tissue paper trim into a circle to make a rosette and knot the thread.  If you don’t have a pre-made tissue trim, you could cut a length of tissue paper, crepe paper or ribbon and sew a running stitch along one side and gather.

Step 2 – Adhere  a cardstock circle with glue dots or other adhesive to the back of the gathered tissue paper rosette. 

Step 3 – Layer the dotted label sticker, red doily flower and flatback pin on the front of the rosette.


Step 4 – Cut varied lengths of ribbon, arrange and adhere to back of rosette with mounting squares or other adhesive.  I left the crinkles in my ribbons to give a more vintage feel, but you could iron or steam yours flat.

Step 5 – Adhere another cardstock circle with a tape runner or other adhesive to sandwich the ribbons and finish off the back.


A fair ribbon like this would look  lovely on a scrapbook layout, as part of a craft project, on a gift package or framed as a home decor item.


  I hope you will love making fair ribbons as much as I do.  Get creative and have fun with the supplies you have on hand.  The possibilities are endless!


More wood embellies!

I’m still playing with Claudine Hellmuth’s wood veener pieces from her Whimsical Woodworks kit from HSN.  This time I painted them first and then layered on the rub-ons that come in the kit.


I first painted this cute dress form shape with Claudine Hellmuth Studio painterly pink acrylic paint, then layered on top the green dotted rub-0n and the black line rub-on.  I thought about adding  some gems or a bow at the waist, but I decided to wait until it finds a home on one of my layouts or projects.  Then I can customize it to fit in with what I’m working on.


I made these teapot and teacup pieces even more fun, by first painting them with Claudine Hellmuth Studio yellow pastel acrylic paint, layering each with orange and pink dotted rub-ons and the black line drawing rub-ons.  I can envision little letter stickers spelling out “hot” on the teapot and “tea” on the cup, but again I will wait to make those additions.

I had so much fun making these custom embelishments.  I made sure to use  light colors of paint first, before I layered what Claudine calls rub-on swatches, so the dotted patterns would really show up.  I really love working with this kit.  You can do so much with these little pieces!


Here is the cute lid of the box this fun kit comes in.  This kit along with Claudine’s other papercrafting kits are now available at Click here to link directly to her page.  Also, click here to visit Claudine’s fun blog.