Ribbon Carousel Holiday Blog Hop

Hey everyone!  We are doing a special blog hop this year, showing you all the ways that our team members use their Ribbon Carousels.  For my post, I thought I'd do something a little different and show you HOW the Ribbon Carousel came to be.
I made the very first Carousel by hand myself from a dream that I had, while living in Virginia in 2007.  Having been an inventor all my life, I was really proud of this concept and took it to show my parents in NY during Christmas 2007.
My Dad helped me refine the design based on parts available for production and beautiful Cherry hardwood that he had cut and milled himself off his land.  Here is the second Ribbon Carousel. 
For about another year, we tried many designs, many configurations, and decided that to mass produce for others to enjoy, I would have to find a different material to use.  MDF seemed like the next best choice.
A white knob and MDF made the Ribbon Carousel affordable and easier to get produced.....somewhat.  It took 3 manufacturers and 2 years of trial and error, to find the right person for the job.  Once the manufacturer was in place, and the patent was applied for, now was time for the website and to sell to the public.  
After a year, we realized that across the country expansion and contraction of the wood, made the Carousels difficult for some customers.  So we had to find a new material.  Plastic. Our friends in Tacoma at Kel-Tech Plastic made it work for us! 
And here we are today, with a wonderful team of Designers for our challenge blog, and a fabulously successful website.  We've got more designs and additions coming in 2014!  We've been blessed by women and crafters in 27 countries, loving the Ribbon Carousel and sharing their photos and stories with us daily.  Such a blessing to our little company, and still, MADE IN THE USA!

Would you like to win your very own Ribbon Carousel? Here is what you need to do: Visit the Designer’s blogs that are participating in each day of the blog hop and comment on their posts as you go. One of the Crewmate’s Holiday blogs (from each hop day) will be randomly chosen as the ‘it’ blog and a winner will be picked using a random number generator from the comments left on that Crewmate’s Holiday Blog Hop post. 
You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more Crewmate Blogs you comment on, the better your chances are of winning your very own Ribbon Carousel! The Blog Hop will be open until 11:59 PM Eastern Time Monday, November 25th with the winners being announced Tuesday morning on the Ribbon Carousel Blog.

Already have a Ribbon Carousel?  Share a photo of YOUR Ribbon Carousel on our FaceBook page OR email it to info@ribboncarousel.com, and we'll share it for you!  You'll be in special drawing  for your choice of a Ribbon Carousel or 4 packages of spools!
For those that want a Ribbon Carousel NOW! Mark your calendar! We'll be having our LOWEST SALE PRICE of the YEAR sale on the Ribbon Carousels and Spools beginning TODAY - Cyber-Monday, December 2!  No coupon code needed!  Just go to our store and enjoy some happy shopping!

Here are the participants for Day 4 of the Ribbon Carousel Holiday Blog Hop. Enjoy!

Happy Halloween to my Soldier

Oh. My. Word.  You are aren't seeing things.  No hullucinations.  I'm back, 2 days in a row.  Hasn't happened in 2 years.  Y'all BETTER be leavin' me some SERIOUS amounts of love today! ;) JK.
Seriously, I have no idea what is happening, but it's like the mojo that I lost for almost 2 years just flooded my craft room.  That and the 60mg of Predinsone that I took in the afternoon that still has me wired. ;)

So my oldest son, Ian, is stationed and serving at Ft. Bragg, NC.  I miss him dearly and realized yesterday that while I wasn't crafting, he wasn't getting any cards!  I don't know if he really cares, but I gotta believe, deep down there somewhere, he's wishin' for a mama hand-made card.  Well, he's probably done wishing and just plain givin' up.  So here is his BIG surprise that I'm actually going to OVERNIGHT to him with some goodies to arrive for Halloween.

Just a side look.  You can really see the fussy cut layers this way.  Makes the card a bit more detailed and fun to look at!
I've got one more Halloween post to share.  It's a bit of Home decor for my husband.  I'll see you back here again this week. ;)

Cardstock: Bazzill Card Shoppe
Designer Paper: MME Mischief
Brads: MME Mischief
Twine: May Arts

Eyeballs....only 5 cents!

Hey everyone!  I'm back....again.  This is a bonus week for the Ribbon Carousel Design Team to wow you with their creations!

This month's theme is Fall anHalloween!
So what's the prize? How about a Ribbon Carousel?!

  Each month we are giving away a Ribbon Carousel to one of our randomly chosen challenge participants! 
I've been wanting to start crafting again for a while, but just never seem to have the time to follow through.  Dylan, my adorable step-son, turns 17 this year.  He's a junior in HS and so this year and next, I'm going to do all of those hokey, mom makes me crazy at the holidays, over the top, kinda things to make his time here with us as special as possible.

Here is his Halloween card.  Nothing too crazy, just some eyeballs. ;) 

Stamps: Papertrey Ink Friendship Jar Stamp SetFall Filler and Coordinating Dies
Ink: Memento Black, Copic Red, VersaMagic White
Colored Pencils: Prismacolor

That's all for now.  I've got a couple Halloween Projects almost complete that I'll share this week too! Feelin' the Mojo return!

Ribbon Carousels are a STEAL today!

If you've been looking for a great time to buy a Ribbon Carousel or some spools, NOW is the time!

We've partnered with the Steals.com Network to bring the Ribbon Carousel to you at a GREAT price!
 You've only got till 9pm PST tonight, so head on over to Scrapbook Steals to get yours!  And don't forget to come back tomorrow to see if YOU might be our Favorite Find Friday!

A Letter to Miley Cyrus....and a blog update.

Hey everyone.  Yup, still breathing.  I know, I know....it's not acceptable to have 4-5 months between posts.  I've decided to start blogging again.  I might do some artwork too.  And I'll be telling the stories of my Living Locket, Origami Owl customers.  Oh, and of course, I'll update on the Ribbon Carousel, show you some of our customers pics too. (HINT*BIG, HUGE announcement coming this fall!)  

So to kick off the "I'm Back Tour", I thought I'd share a pop-culture post from blogger, iamrhianna, that I thought was provocative.  We (my DH and I) are experiencing the early teen years of my DSD (Darling Step-Daughter), and I am curious to see what she thought of Miley's performance.  What did you think?
Dear Miley,
Last night I, as well as millions of Americans, sat in amazement as I watched your VMA performance. No, you are not the first artist to grind on a backup dancer (however you may be the first to grind on a teddy bear but who knows), sing about your life of partying and drug abuse, or to strip down to your chonies. It’s all been done before. So why is your performance evoking such media attention, anger, amusement, and general confusion? Well, I have yet to speak to the millions of viewers personally, but here are a few of my guesses.
1. Yes, we all know that you are NOT Hannah Montana and we are all aware that you are of legal age to make your own decisions and mistakes. I am sincerely sorry that at such a young age you were forced to adhere to the pressure of being a role model when no 12 year old can really comprehend what that even means. I am sorry that you became a media product and you had to remain marketable despite your growth and interest in finding yourself. You were forced to push your own dreams and desires aside in order to keep the money rolling in for everyone around you. I have never been a child star and I will not pretend to know what that is like. However, you’ve been on a constant quest to prove how very not Hannah Montana you are and after a while it gets old. I mean, look at Britney. She too wanted to prove that she was no longer a girl but not yet a woman so she just penned a nice, catchy ballad about it, recorded a music video of herself singing it over a mountain top and moved on. The point is, instead of parading your rebellion 24/7, try letting us into your world and your heart.
2. I know I mentioned that a 12 year old should never have to be a role model, but as you have been very clear, you are no longer 12. You are 20. Therefore, you now have the responsibility of being a role model. So when you sing about getting a line in the bathroom, getting high on Molly, shaking it like you’re at a strip club, and doing whatever you want, you are sending the wrong message to girls everywhere. You see, you are the exception to the general rule. When you do those things, you get media attention. You get paid for club appearances. You get checks in the mail for your iTunes downloads. But when our girls do that, they get pregnant. They get addicted to heroin and end up on the streets leaving their family and friends in constant fear and grief over them. They drop out of school. They get kicked out of college and lose their scholarships. So, they really do end up shaking it at a strip club in order to pay the rent for themselves and their deadbeat boyfriends who can’t hold a job because of their alcohol dependency. You see, your music paints a false picture of what reality is. Partying and using drugs doesn’t lead to number one hits and nights filled with champagne, limo service, paparazzi attention and Snoop Dogg (lion?) calling you his homie. It leads to disaster, poverty, heartache and unfortunately for some, death.
3. Watching you perform makes me sad. I don’t mean that in the passive-aggressive “I don’t like you so I’m going to call you pathetic to make you feel stupid” kind of way. It really makes me feel sad because you have one of the greatest voices in the music industry. You have talent beyond what you may even know and you just cannot sustain a long term career using sex and drugs as your only muse. I know that there is something deeper in that little heart of yours and that’s what the world wants to see.
So Miley, you will probably never read this because I think the most hits my blog has had in a day is 400 (and yes I felt cool), but this is my prayer for you. I pray that you stop dancing with Molly. I pray that if you insist on wearing nude colored shorts that you consider picking a pair that leaves more to the imagination. I pray that you really do find yourself the way you so desperately want to. I pray that you live a LONG life full of fulfilled dreams, adventures, and love. I pray that you find your way back home and rediscover the heart that got you to where you are. I really am rooting for you. All the best.

Ribbon Carousel Birthday Blog Hop

Hey everyone! It's our 2nd Birthday today and we are celebrating with a Blog Hop! This is no ordinary Blog Hop. Our amazing Crew has gathered up AMAZING prizes totalling over $750 just for YOU!  It's our way of saying THANK YOU for all of your support these past two years!

And...this month ONLY, the Ribbon Carousels will be on sale for 30% off! Visit our Brand New Ribbon Carousel Store for details!!

Here are the RC Birthday Blog Hop details:
Between now and Saturday, May 4 at 11:59pm EST, visit each Ribbon Carousel Crewmates blogs listed below and leave a comment. We'll draw a winner from the comments on EACH Crewmates blog using Random.org and announce the winners on Monday, May 5. So the more blogs you visit, the more chances of winning!

The Prize for my Blog comes from Sharon at the Stamp Simply Ribbon Store!

This is such a beautiful assortment of gorgeous Prima paper and accessories as well as
....drumroll please....
Seam Binding!!
So for all of you that have been searching for great seam binding.....here's your store!

P.S. We'll be giving away prizes on the Ribbon Carousel FaceBook Fan Page each day, so be sure to visit!

Thanks again for all of your support, good luck and have fun hopping!

I Love You to Infinity and Beyond

 {cough, cough, hack, cough, wipe eyes}.....

OH, HEY!!!  It's been a little while since I posted here on the 'ol blog.  After clearing out the dust and spider webs, I decided some remodeling was in order.  I'll be tinkering with the design over the next few days, but should have it finished soon.
After a bit of search and rescue, I found most of my tools, dies and stamps to make a creation for this month's Ribbon Carousel Challenge ...

Love Is In the Air

I decided to go literal in my translation of the challenge.  I inked up a cloud embossing plate with white VersaMagic ink and embossed the light blue CS.  Then die cut the 3 heart shapes.  After taping the Carta Bella Devoted DP behind cut-outs, I added more white VersaMagic ink to the clouds with a sponge dauber and deepened the clouds with B0000 and B000 Copic Markers. Next is the May Arts Sheer Ruffled Edge ribbon topped with an embossed pink die-cut heart.
The Papertrey Ink sentiment says "i <3 U to infinity and beyond", perfect for the challenge, dontcha think?! Finishing touches are the VersaMagic again around the edges and a cute heart rhinestone heart by Kaisercraft.

I did realize/remember a few things....

1. I am SOOOO happy that I made something!  I forgot how absolutely enjoyable crafting is!
2. Blogging isn't easy! 
3. I better get caught up on my Jessica Spraque photo editing class TODAY! ;) I haven't photographed artwork in a while and this was probably NOT a great piece to start with.
4. I need to learn how to use the linking system for the products I use this week as well. 

Thanks for stopping by!
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