Gold Ruffle Trim & Handmade Tidbits

Today I’m going to tell you some more details about the handmade embellishments in my April Counterfeit Kit:

Gold Ruffle Trim and Handmade Tidbits

Starting with the Gold Ruffle Trim!

Here’s how to make your own…

Step 1: Get some gold balloon ribbon, and cut 60 pieces of ribbon at 4″ long.

gold trim 1

Step 2: Cut a piece of yellow (or gold if you have it) cardstock to 6″ long by  deep. Put some removable double-sided tape along on side of the cardstock, and stick the ribbon lengths all the way along it:

gold trim 2

Step 3: Once you’ve filled up the cardstock, put some more removable tape on top of the ribbon, and repeat step 2, so that you have a double layer of ribbons. Then machine stitch along the top edge, through the cardstock and both layers of ribbon, to make sure the ribbons won’t come off. If you don’t have a sewing machine to use on this, then you could try using a stronger (non-removable) adhesive on the previous steps and just hope it stays stuck, or you could handstitch it:

gold trim 3

Step 4: Use some scissors to curl the balloon ribbon. You hold a piece of ribbon between your thumb and one blade of scissors, pulling the scissors along the length of the ribbon. Make sure you keep the ribbon between your thumb and the blade so you don’t cut yourself (you can also use scissors that aren’t too sharp – I used my daughter’s kid scissors):

gold trim 4

That’s it! Your ruffle trim is curly and ready to add to a project:

gold trim finished

Next up are my Handmade Tidbits. I loved the Elle’s Studio Day to Day Tidbits in the Gossamer Blue kit that we were counterfeiting, in fact I loved them so much that I’d already bought myself a pack and used them all up! So I’ve tried to make some of my own with the same kind of feel.

First I used my Slice Design Cutter to cut 6 circles 1½” in diameter out of paper scraps:


The I decorated them! I didn’t take photos of all the processes, I’ll just let you know what I did on each circle!


From left to right:

Circle 1 – I stamped ‘the story’ onto cream cardstock using some Studio G alpha stamps and grey ink, stuck this onto the centre of the circle, and then machine stitched a black border all around.

Circle 2 – I put some My Mind’s Eye All is Bright washi tape across the middle of the circle, and then some Glitz ‘choose happiness’ tape on top of that, trimmed off the edges of the tape to match the circle, and then inked the circle edges with gold ink.

Circle 3 – I used a foam number 5 stamp and grey ink to stamp on the circle, and inked the circle edges with the same ink.

Circle 4 – I stamped ‘today’ onto cream cardstock using a different set of Studio G alpha stamps, and the same grey ink, then I cut the cardstock into a banner flag shape, sticking it onto the circle before trimming the top edge, then I machine stitched a border around the banner using dark yellow thread.

Circle 5 – I heat embossed an Elle’s Studio Day to Day ‘Right Here’ stamp onto the centre of the circle, using American Crafts Gold Glitter Zing Powder, and then distressed the edges of the circle with gold ink.

Circle 6 – I punched a Martha Stewart Vintage Doily shape from cream cardstock, adhered it to the centre of the circle, and then filled the holes with crystal Stickles.

I can’t wait to add these to my projects!

Finally there’s my Crocheted Flower:

crochet flower

Which I won’t do a tutorial for, as I totally just followed this tutorial at Little Birdie Secrets! I used Anchor Artiste Metallic Gold Crochet Thread, which I also put into my gold add on kit, in case I want to crochet any more!

I hope something here has inspired you today! Which of my handmade embellishments would you be most likely to use on a project? x

  • Super cute ideas. Thanks for sharing! Blessings,

    April 2, 2013 at 12:20 pm
  • Lisa Swift

    These are wonderful transformations! I would most likely use the tidbits. 🙂

    April 2, 2013 at 12:26 pm
  • These are fun! I love to make handmade embellishments too. That ribbon is really cool! 🙂

    April 2, 2013 at 12:29 pm
  • I much prefer your handmade tidbits to the originals … I’m always disappointed by Elle’s stuff when I realise it’s all printed with stitching etc and has no dimension! Awesome circles and such fun to make them truly unique

    April 2, 2013 at 12:32 pm
  • Thanks for all these great ideas. I particularly love what you did with the circles.

    April 2, 2013 at 1:04 pm
  • Great ideas, you have far more patience that me 🙂

    April 2, 2013 at 1:09 pm
  • these are all awesome!!

    April 2, 2013 at 1:48 pm
  • Milissa M

    Love your little tutorials – quick and easy are my kind of tutorials! That gold curly trim is definitely going on my to do list!

    April 3, 2013 at 3:41 am
  • Oh, that ribbon is a really cool idea!

    April 3, 2013 at 4:17 am
  • What a fantastic lot of ideas!! You have blown me away with your genius!! Thanks so much for sharing :0)

    April 3, 2013 at 2:31 pm
  • what a cool idea for the ruffle! and great circle embellies too.
    thanks for sharing

    April 3, 2013 at 3:11 pm
  • Sherrie Breese

    Some quick and easy ideas here. Thanks for sharing. I have some tiny paper doilies that I could use to copy tidbit #6

    April 3, 2013 at 6:21 pm
  • Love those circles and your crochet flower!

    April 4, 2013 at 2:55 am
  • thanks for the ribbon tutorial; I woulda done it all wrong! And I too made my own circle embellishments but I love yours more!

    April 4, 2013 at 4:33 am
  • hisglorygirl

    These are amazing!!! Love the flower and the fringe. BEAUTIFUL creations, all!

    April 4, 2013 at 4:59 am
  • Louise

    I absolutely love how you made the circle embellishments – I am trying to make my own embellishments more and more as I feel they make the page more ‘mine’ . I have recently bought some nesting circle dies and am now going off to play and make some of my own! Thank you so much for the inspiration. x

    April 4, 2013 at 6:56 am
  • Hello and delighted to find your fresh new home! Wishing you lots of joy and success here :). I like very much what you’ve done with those circles …

    April 4, 2013 at 3:25 pm
  • Alison

    Love what you’ve done with the circles, Jennifer….have just downloaded and read your tips ffor taking pics of layouts and cards..thanks for that!
    Alison xx

    April 5, 2013 at 6:22 pm
  • Love these tidbits Jennifer – and will definitely be copying! Thanks for sharing another genius idea! :o)

    April 6, 2013 at 10:45 am
  • Fabulous fun elements here! Love that little gold flower and those counterfeited circle embelishments!!

    April 9, 2013 at 3:39 pm
  • I love it all, but I really like your circles :). It reminds me that I need to get back to creating more little tidbits.

    April 11, 2013 at 1:31 am
  • Love your tutorial and fun embellishments – I often think I should be able to crochet enough to do some flowers as embellishments, but I never do!

    April 12, 2013 at 1:09 pm

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