Crazy for Burlap

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

My fellow crafters:
Ask not what burlap can do for you, but ask what you can do with burlap.

Burlap card

This year, for the Close to My Heart national convention, I had decided I wanted to experience the classes and presentations without the pressures of teaching. So I chose not to apply for Extravaganza, which is the most inspiring mad-house of simultaneous classes ever, a favorite tradition of convention.

In the months prior to convention, corporate invited me to fill a special job, as an accessories presenter onstage. I am so honored to have received this amazing opportunity.

My co-presenter, the talented Lisa Stenz (check out her fabulous blog here), and I both received identical boxes of new products and were told to create to our hearts’ content. Anything goes, no restrictions, just play and explore to discover the best use of the products. I was in heaven!

One of my favorite new products (okay, probably my very favorite), is the Burlap Ribbon. It’s one of the new bulk ribbons, and you get a HUGE 5 yard roll. The ribbon is 1-1/2” wide, which is small enough to get into a bow, but wide enough to use as more than just ribbon. At $7.95, you’ll get a LOT of projects out of just one roll.

And guess what? The burlap ribbon looks amazing with EVERY one of the new paper packs in the Autumn/Winter idea book!

I used the new Clementine paper pack with my projects here. Such a pretty shabby chic look when you mix the coordinating Cottage Asssortment fabric flowers with the burlap.

burlap card pleats CU

If you’ve ever worked with actual burlap fabric, from the fabric store, you’ll find that it is usually stiff, smelly, and it sheds a lot. Often it has an oily feel from the chemicals used in treating the fabric. I am delighted to say that the CTMH burlap ribbon doesn’t have any of those drawbacks.

It’s much softer, doesn’t smell, has minimal shedding when cutting, and leaves no residue on your hands or work surfaces. And while it has lots of dimension and body, I also found that it was easy to manipulate and held its shape much better than burlap by the yard.

burlap cherish LO

I created a huge flower for the layout above with just 10 inches of burlap ribbon. Fold the ribbon in half long-ways, so you get two bound edges, then use a needle and thread to stitch quickly down the length of the fold. Pull to gather and arrange in a double layer.

burlap flower CU

I just have to show off my blue pearl embellishment (below). Create your own custom colored pearl and rhinestone embellies using the new CTMH alcohol markers. My pearls started out white, can you believe it?

Burlap pearls CU

For a more rustic look with the burlap ribbon, trim off the binding and fray the edges (below). You can even use the discarded fibers to thread into your button holes!

I attached the ribbon with just a single swipe of adhesive from my ATG tape gun. By leaving it loose on the edges, you’ll be adding more depth to your projects with the loose edges lifting up.

Burlap LO CU

Want more burlap tips, ideas and artwork? You’re in luck, because I have MORE coming in my next post!


Casandra Bennett said...

So pretty. Now I think I must get burlap ribbon right away. Order #2 coming right up! Hehe.

Karen Pedersen said...

Brilliant! I loved your presentation.

sylvia said...

Your presentation was awesome! Thanks so much for the inspiration!

Linda Pekrul said...

I love burlap on projects, so was thrilled to see it in the Idea Book. You have done a beautiful job using it with these papers!

Joel and Amy said...

Beautiful! I will definately be making that burlap flower. Thanks for all the ideas.

Cheryl said...

This is probably among my very most favourite items from the new Idea Book. I didn't get to come to convention so I have been stalking your blog waiting for your artwork! Keep it coming! So far, it's gorgeous! Thank you for sharing it all.

Karen's Creative Nest said...

Beautiful work, can't wait to see this packet.

Lisa Stenz said...

I am still in awe at your amazing creations. Especially the ones with the burlap. For the life of me, I could not figure out what to do with that stuff. In your usual, fabulously artsy way, you showed me how wonderful that product can be. Hats off to you my friend!!!! Love you and love your burlap creations! :)

Annette Green said...

Wish I could have been there this year. But definitely NEXT year since it's right in my backyard practically. The burlap ribbon is one of my favorite new products also. Can't wait to play with it. Your creations are fabulous, as always. Congrats on the onstage presenter honor. You and Lisa certainly deserve it.

Helen said...

nice to see these projects and to know it doesn't smell........that is my least favorite aspect of using the burlap from the fabric store is the smell. Even after a year, it still stinks. Thanks, I have to order some of this right away!! I just can't imagine you and Lisa Stenz together, the projects all would have been to die for!!!!!!

Katy said...

{{{LOVE}}} everything you did with the burlap...can't wait to play!

Paige Dolecki said...

I was in love with the Burlap ribbon as soon as I saw it! Your projects using it are so totally awesome and I can't think of a better person to show off the new CTMH embellishments than you! Every Idea Book I know you'll come up with some lovely ways to use the newest embellishments and have me placing a big order (big grin). Can't wait to see the rest of your creations!


Shelly Nemitz said...

LOVE ... I ordered the burlap ribbon even though it's a mystery to me until I see it in real life. I can't wait to come back here and scrap lift : )

Shelly Nemitz said...

had to come back quick and say that I looked a little closer at the baby photo/date ... it's YOU!!! That's inspiring in itself. It never crossed my mind to do my own baby pages.

Michelle said...

I lOVE everything you do! Thank you for being such an inspiration.

Michelle said...

I lOVE everything you do! Thank you for being such an inspiration.

Shelly Wilson said...

You inspire me to search deeper and find my own creativity.. thanks

Alicia Brady said...

I added this to my first accessories order after seeing your beautiful artwork!! Always so inspiring!

Creatique Candy said...

Stunning! I adore the shabby chi look very much. This was my first year not being able to attend convention, now I truly wished I did to see two amazing ladies and what heARTistry you created would of been a true treasure to see. Ecspecially because it was to explore. You do such amazingly talented work. This is an incredible presentation Tresa.
Thank you so much for sharing.

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