Previously I showed you the swatches that I use with Copics, Prismacolors and color samples of stamp pad ink.  For anything that I have a few of, as time permits, I make a list or swatch pages to help me with colors or to help me remember what I already have.  Well, for my ribbon outing, I was intent on not duplicating any ribbon I currently have (truth be known, I can look in my ribbon drawers and have three of several kinds – guess I really liked it).

This is a notebook that I carry with me in the car and then it goes back to my studio; it helps remind me what I have.  I’ve just added the ribbon swatches since I can’t really go by name.  In this case it doesn’t contain every ribbon I have instead it just covers the basics in satin, grosgrain, stitched grosgrain, dotted grosgrain and specialty series at Michaels where they have a spread of colors.  When I made my last ribbon purchase at Michaels, this little baby kept me straight.

I belong to a group of women who are “list maniacs”, it’s a good thing (LK are you listening?)  Many of them put me to shame and have gotten me over my “fear of listing”.  Seriously, the front end investment in time, keeps me from always hunting for things and in the end means more crafting time.  Who can’t use more crafting time?….I’m just sayin’.

I’ll be back later with some new organization I have developed for keeping track of challenges and sketches.

  • Heather the MooseLoverApril 14, 2008 - 6:35 pm

    This ribbon notebook is fantastic! So organized- and I see you are like me and that you sort by type and not by color- which is how I think too.ReplyCancel

  • Debra BarkerApril 14, 2008 - 8:48 pm

    This is just to much, I like it . Keep up the organization. I am loving it.
    This is a good idea.ReplyCancel

  • Lynnette FlaglerApril 14, 2008 - 11:13 pm

    Great idea. Love the organizational ideas. Need all the help I can get.ReplyCancel

  • Savor the Journey * TexasGrammyApril 15, 2008 - 1:17 am

    No kidding!! You are so entirely organized!! Eeeek!
    Becca … you could package these up & sell them! Honestly!
    Way to go!


  • Mary KApril 15, 2008 - 11:47 am

    That’s a great idea. The last time Michael’s had a ribbon sale I bought 5 spools and when I got home I realized I already had all 5 of them. Your idea would’ve prevented that, but my sister-in-law might not like her free ribbon supply being cut off. I give her my duplicates. LOLReplyCancel

  • Linda KlebackApril 15, 2008 - 4:06 pm

    Yes, LK is still making lists! Now I want to create a list of all my acrylic stamp sets…ReplyCancel

  • nancy bApril 16, 2008 - 8:27 pm

    or you could package these and give them as Christmas gifts to your favorite RLs.ReplyCancel

  • Charlene Austin (Willow01)April 23, 2008 - 1:50 pm

    Becca, this is awesome! It scares the daylights out of me to attempt this but I do love it!ReplyCancel

  • KathleenNovember 18, 2008 - 8:40 pm

    A woman after my own heart. My mum used to call me the list queen.
    I currently have a book for both the card and paper stock I have and how much of each (not patterned papers, just plain).
    I must make a record of the stamps, punches, dies and ribbon I have now!!

  • emilyApril 3, 2010 - 7:41 am

    Oh Becca, I always aspire to make beautiful cards like your, now I will have to aspire to be as organized as you, too??!? :D
    Found this on the Crafty Storage blog today so I had to come back and visit you twice. No problem with that at all!
    Thanks for sharing! Hope you have a great Easter weekend! :o)ReplyCancel

  • Shelly B.April 3, 2010 - 7:20 pm

    I LOVE binders and notebooks for keeping track of what I have! This idea is great. I will keep checking to see when you post keeping track of challenges……. because someday I am going to enter one. :)ReplyCancel

On Friday, I happened to be in Michaels to pick up ribbon – it was on sale!!  Can you imagine my glee when I discovered this yummy satin ribbon at $1.00 a spool?  I splurged! 


It is called Simply Satin and my guess is that they are changing packaging because there are others on the shelf just like it except the label doesn’t say "Simply Satin".  The large rolls hold 4 yards and the smaller rolls hold 10 yards.   I use more solid colored ribbon than anything else and have simply fallen in love with the wide 1.5" width; this rounds out my "basics" quite nicely.    Who can’t use more ribbon?….I’m just sayin’



  • Heather the MooseLoverApril 14, 2008 - 3:05 pm

    Luscious ribbon!ReplyCancel

  • Kay McBrideApril 14, 2008 - 7:41 pm

    oh so pretty oh so pretty guess u need to roll those on your cards for your ribbon drawers. im still working on mine.

  • nancy bApril 16, 2008 - 8:22 pm

    I’m just saying you need therapy!!! Thanks for our goodies today. It has been a wonderful day.ReplyCancel

  • Charlene Austin (Willow01)April 23, 2008 - 1:47 pm

    Oh Yum-O!! Gorgeous. Did you wrap it to store in your 12×12 drawers? I just shared your link of the ribbon storage on the Papertrey forum. I hope you don’t mind.ReplyCancel

  • Nina QSeptember 15, 2008 - 7:54 am

    Howdy, this is my first reply and I just have to say to a closet lister and obsessed organizer you make my heart sing. I am going to pick up my special order matt board today and get started on my ribbon. I got the matt board for 60% off with a Jo’s coupon, woohoo. Any way, would you show us a close up of the ribbon check list opposite the swatches? Thanks.ReplyCancel

  • Martha NicholsonSeptember 1, 2010 - 2:23 pm

    I hit the same sale. So many lushious colors. Now to put on matt board squares and organize with my ribbon stock.ReplyCancel

Our family spent some special time together today and the stamp used in this card was on my mind.  This card is not my style, it is way simple but the stamps says everything I felt in my heart today.

Today is the last day of the kids spring break and we were up and out this morning early for doctor appointments.  Afterwards we were all able to sit down as a family for a fun lunch – all five of us.  It tickled my husbands heart, and guess what, everyone behaved.  We laughed our way through our meal – so today was a wonderful reprieve.  Make sure laughter is a part of your every day.

Okay, on to the card….well I finally broke open my package of Papertrey paper.  The stamp I used is shaped like a circle so it seemed obvious to me that I should cut a circle out of the middle of the Aqua Mist  panel and pop it up on pop dots.   I embellished the outside of the circle with one of the flourishes from the Sweet Love set and adhered it to a white panel that was then adhered to a Spring Moss card which I had already edged with a Fiskars scallop punch.  I tied on a short piece of Spring Moss ribbon and added a trio of paper flowers.   A heartfelt thanks to you for stopping by!

Stamps:  Stampourri, Papertrey Ink – Sweet Love
Paper:  PTI – Aqua Mist,  PTI – Spring Moss, Marco’s Cougar Opaque
Ink:  PTI – Aqua Mist, SU – Taken with Teal
Accessories:  Nestabilities, Paper Flowers, Fiskars Scallop Punch, PTI – Spring Moss Ribbon

  • Kay McBrideApril 12, 2008 - 8:28 am

    nothing wrong with simple when it is as pretty as this. love it, thats my punch!!

  • HilmaApril 12, 2008 - 9:13 am

    Awesome card!ReplyCancel

  • heather the mooseloverApril 12, 2008 - 6:58 pm

    This is gorgeous. I NEED that scallop punch!ReplyCancel

  • Linda KlebackApril 13, 2008 - 2:43 pm

    I especially love this one. The colors are beautiful together, and I, too, will be looking for this punch! Thanks for posting the supplies list with your cards.ReplyCancel

  • Charlene Austin (Willow01)April 13, 2008 - 9:20 pm

    This is so beautiful! I love the colors and that shiny glass embellishment on the flower….is that a brad? It is stunning.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer HodgeApril 14, 2008 - 11:10 am

    What beautiful card. I absolutely love the color combo!ReplyCancel

  • StephenieAugust 27, 2008 - 7:53 pm

    This is gorgeous! I love the sentiment as well. Just so pretty.

  • DebbieJuly 14, 2009 - 8:44 pm

    Just found your site-all of your cards are absolutly beautiful! Great artist-thanks for sharing your talent-DebbieReplyCancel