Aug 19 2010

Stamp Simply #153 – Pleated Ribbon

Pleated Ribbon – Pleated ribbon seems to be all the rage of late, so today we are going to make creations with pleated ribbon. You may use purchased pleated ribbon, you may pleat your own by hand or on a sewing machine or with tape. Whatever you can dream up — let’s just see some fun pleats on our projects today. Oh, and for the purpose of this challenge, we will equate gathers to pleats — either/or is fine!

Here’s a link to a mini tutorial done by Michelle Woerner for a simple pleat method.

Anyone is welcome and invited to play! SCS Keywordis ssnotime153 for those who upload at SCS. There is no time limit. You can play this challenge anytime at all. The point is to keep it simple, quick and have fun!!!

And be sure to Link to Mr. Linky below.

Check outthe fabsamples on the blogs of the Stamp Simply Challenge DT:

Charlene Driggs: Paper and Ink Playground -AugustGuest Designer

DebNeerman: Paper, Ink, Scissors & Stamps

Barbara Anders: Paper Pursuits

Jenny Gropp: One Krafty Kat

Janine Orchard: 2bKrafty

AJ Otto: The Willow Garden

Deb Saaranen: Dream In Color

Barb Schram: Explore. Dream. Discover

Please bear with us all as we each upload and link on Thursday night. Everyone should be up and set by Friday morning.

You may see all SCS Gallery Submissions here.

And I had so much fun with this challenge that I got carried away and made 2 cards today! Though they look quite different, they are both from the same 6×6 pad of designer paper – Up, Up and Away by Kaisercraft. GREAT fall pad in subtle shades of browns and sages that I simply adore! GREAT for autumn — take a look:


I thought these fun hot air balloons fromUp, Up and Awaydesigner paper would make a cheery get well card! I used my new May Arts pleated ribbon to comply with the challenge — what fun stuff! Today was the first day that I’ve played around with it much and I’m surely loving it!!! Very LUSH!!!


I first adhered theRinglet Trim to the PleatedSatin with Scor-Tape. I then wrapped it around my card front, joining together under the Silk Ribbon Bow, which was made on the Bow Easy. It’s fairly easy to neatly hide the seam with the pleats. My Get Well Soon is from Rose Border, a clear set by Wordsworth.


Same pad, Up, Up and Away and same stamp set, Rose Border. The upper corner is die cut with my Vintage Dies by Cuttlebug, accentedwith Lavender Kaiser Pearls. I used my new Primas on this one, Trellis Roses in Purple Mist and Fairytale Roses in French White –LOVE them! I have a little of my String Leaves hanging down as well.


This time I used my 3/4″ Pleated Trim in Ivory on top of my Pleated Satin (an 8″ piece), adhering the same way with Scor-Tape. This time it is not wrapped around the card front — I just folded under the edges before adhering to give it a clean, finished look. I just made the ruffled up areas with my fingers as I layed the ribbon down on the Scor-Tape — super easy. I left a flat spot to adhere my flowers, just like shown in Michelle’stutorial linked at the top of this post. I made my Moss Silk Bow on the Bow Easy and adhered with glue. Truly a simple card to make — just playing with pretty things, which is what I LOVE to do!!!

Editing 8/21 — I apparently didn’t make it clear, so sorry — the PLEATED SATIN I am using is satin ribbon by May Arts that is pre-pleated. It comes pleated — how EASY can it get. Here’s a picture of all the colors available:


White, Teal, Ivory, Black, Pink, Burgundy

Silver, Brown, Rust, Dark Silver, Plum, Sage

1.5″ Satin Pleats – Elegant and Luxurious!

$2.10/yd OR $28/15 yd spool

All items used are available at The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.


Have a wonderful weekend, everyone! I hope to be back soon!!!

Note: Mr. Linky seems to be acting up! It appears there are no links, but there are — they show up when you click — so link away as normal. Sorry — beyond my control or expertise!

21 responses so far

21 Responses to “Stamp Simply #153 – Pleated Ribbon”

  1. nancy littrell says:

    So, so pretty! I agree, pleated ribbon is the really popular. I would love to play. Such a busy time of year. TFS

  2. Marilyn says:

    Love your card with the purple flowers, just beautiful!!!

  3. Deb Neerman says:

    WoWzA, these are absolutely stunning, Sharon! Your ribbons … and flowers … look good enough to eat! Love your cards!!

  4. Beautiful cards! Loving the pleated ribbon!

  5. paula says:

    just gorgeous. Love the ribbon you are using to pleat – some one would be honoured to receive your wonderful creations.

    I read them all since getting your blog on rss feed – but don’t always comment – as I could get very repetitive LOL.

    Thanks for inspiring the many people, like me, that visit your blog to look at your creations.

    Paula x x x

  6. Charlene says:

    Wow, Sharon! Both cards are stunning…I knew you’d have something fabulous with that ribbon! Thanks for the awesome ideas.

  7. Darlene Gabriel says:

    Sharon your cards are so elegant. Your ribbons and bows are so luscious looking! I haven’t tried the pleated ribbon technique yet, but with creations like this to inspire me I will be trying it out very soon. Sorry I can’t get in on this challenge though.

  8. barb schram says:

    LOVE the pleated ribbon! And those flowers are super wonderful! Both cards are just gorgeous, Sharon!

  9. nancy littrell says:

    Thanks Sharon for a fun challenge. I used sticky strip and my stylus to pleat my ribbon. Used the new SU French Foliage stamp set that is in the Holiday Mini due out Sept. 1st.

    French Foliage Autumn:

  10. Very beautiful and attractive flowers. I love it. Now I have to bought such type of flowers for my cute friend.

  11. Barbara says:

    Both just stunningly beautiful, Sharon! Love that brown pleated ribbon, especially!

  12. I linked. So fun to try pleating ribbon. Thanks for the challenge.

  13. Sav O'Gwynn says:

    What beautiful cards:) Love pleating ribbon! I just linked up twice–same technique and ribbon:) THANKS for sharing:)

  14. Lisa Kind says:

    Always loved your style, Sharon, and decided to finally play! Loved Michelle’s tutorial and followed it! Thanks so much for that one!

  15. Carol says:

    I’ve just found your site, Sharon and you inspired me to play with ribbon and enter your challenge for the first time. Thanks for the inspiration.
    Carol x

  16. Love your cards! The balloon is my favorite–just because it has the balloons!

  17. joann says:

    Sharon, I tried to link a card and a card I did last year showed up. Is there any way to get it off of here and put the right one up?

  18. Nancy says:

    Love the pleated ribbon you used! I linked my card; I’m ribbon challenged, but gave it my best shot. 🙂

  19. Mary Dinucci says:

    A question… Do you mail your cards? Extra postage? Ways to protect fancy things like ribbon, larger/thick flowers?
    Do you know if anyone has ever posted info that would answer my questions?
    Thanks for your time….

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