Thursday, June 19, 2008

Praying For You

I've been having more fun with my Sing to the Lord stamp set by Our Daily Bread Designs. What a gorgeous image to color! This time I used Prismacolors and Gamsol. I thought the "We are praying for you" sentiment was the perfect size for a tall card (3 1/4 x 6 1/2). The flowers are popped up for some dimension. Everything is layered onto some yummy Wild Asparagus dp from my stash.

See that yummy taupe satin ribbon? You are NOT going to believe this!! I had heard about an Offray ribbon outlet in nearby Hagerstown, Maryland a while back from the ladies who had the sad job of closing down my local Recollections. After many months, my 4yo dd and I finally made the trek this week (only an hour away). Let me just say that even with gas prices and my gas-guzzling SUV, the trip was SO worth it. Take a look at just some of the many steals and deals we found:



The photos don't do justice to the size of these rolls. Both the taupe and white spools measure 6 inches in diameter. I'm guessing there are at least 40 yards of 1" satin ribbon on them. I paid $5 or less for each of them. The ivory one is smaller and probably has 15 yards. I'm so glad it was marked down to 25 cents, because I never would have paid the full 50 cents! [big WINK, WINK!] They also had bins of cute ribbon-type embellishments and package toppers for 10 cents each! Oh, and the grab bags -- I've gotta show you one of those (35 cents, that's a quart-size Ziplok!! Pinch me, I'm gonna pass out!!):



Here's a thought ... leave me a comment on this post telling me your current favorite ribbon style. On Saturday morning, I'll draw a random name and get a ribbon assortment sent out to the winner! My current favorite, you might have guessed, is satin!!

Have a great day!



Stamps: Sing to the Lord (Our Daily Bread Designs)
Paper: Medium Suede Brown Prismatics (Prism); "Always" Wild Asparagus (My Mind's Eye), Bordering Blue and White Naturals (SU!)
Ink: Adirondack Espresso (Ranger)
Accessories: Prismacolors, Gamsol, blending stump; taupe satin ribbon (Offray); Dew Drops; paper piercer, corner rounder, dimensionals
Size: 3 1/4 x 6 1/2

90 comments:

  1. Hi! I wish we had a ribbon outlet where we live...lucky you.

    My current favorite ribbon is also satin, but I'm kinda liking organza right now too. I've never played with it before and I've found it really easy to use on cards.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win!
    Lyndsay

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  2. You mean we HAVE to pick a favorite? Hmm... satin, organza, grosgrain, striped, dotted... It's so hard to choose!! Oh! I know!! Any ribbon that comes at a GREAT deal!! Yes, that's definitely my favorite!!
    Lucky you to be so close to such a great outlet!!
    Barb
    http://barbscraftcave.blogspot.com

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  3. I am so jealouse! My current fav is gingham or stipped ribbon. Adds a bit of run - but not to serious.
    Thanks for sharing your deals and making us all drool.

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  4. First of all let me say that your card is absolutely gorgeous! Your coloring is beautifully done and I do love that ribbon!

    You really got a steal with that ribbon, so very pretty! I love satin ribbon, but right now my favorite is velvet!!! Thanks for the chance to win some yummy ribbon! :D

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  5. Wow - how fun to make a trip to a place with such great deals on ribbon! So generous of you to give some of it away too!! My favorite has to be the satin ribbon too - it is just so yummy to feel and play with! My next favorite is definitely grosgrain because it ties so nicely!

    Your card is amazing too - love the layout, design, and coloring!!

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  6. WOW!!! Next time I visit NoVa I may need to check this place out! I LOVE grosgrain ribbon, but really, I am a fan of all ribbon!

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  7. Wow! What a deal! My current favorite ribbon is....striped grosgain. It's an old stand-by but I love it for my summery cards! I had some chocolate satin ribbon and used it this past winter...loved it too! What can I say? I am a ribbon-a-holic!!! Thanks for sharing and congrats on your great deals!

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  8. Are you kidding? That satin ribbon is YUMMY! Would you like me to send you some quarters?
    Thanks for the offer!

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  9. OMG that is awesome. Love the card. I live in Baltimore and haven't heard of it. Where is it located? May be worth a trip. Oh and my favorite ribbon is satin. Thanks for a chance at some beautiful ribbon.

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  10. Wow - great score! Love your card too! I have to agree that my fave right now is satin - I'm hoarding the su satin from a couple of mini's ago.

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  11. I'm still hooked on gross grain. I love using rub-ons on it or stickers :)

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  12. Gorgeous card...and ribbon! What an awesome find...and so generous to share ;)...i love the feel and look of the new SU! poly-twill ribbon!

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  13. Forget the ribbon....your card is over-the-top gorgeous!! Did I mention it was gorgoues!! Oh my gosh..you are such an old pro already with that gamsol stuff!!!!

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  14. Your card is just gorgeous!!! What a fun trip that is -- to a ribbon outlet!! My favorite right now is stitched ribbon - I bought some A Muse ones to try. They come in bright colors -perfect for summer cards!

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  15. What a great find with that ribbon! my current favorite (one that I seem to be using a lot lately for some reason) is polkadotted grosgrain - in various colors.

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  16. I ♥ ribbon!! That satin ribbon is so beautiful... I ♥ the taffeta ribbon. I've also been using a lot of 5/8" grosgrain ribbon...

    Have a great day!

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  17. Atta girl!!! What a great find! Oh I just love sales. Unfortunately, I don't live close to any outlets and what a sweet one you have!

    I've been using a lot of polka-dotted grosgrain and sheer ribbon lately, but my all time favorite is a satin. That's yummy!

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  18. What a gorgeous card! I love the 5/8' grosgrain and satin ribbon. Thanks so much! ~ Katie P.

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  19. Hmmmm...I really like velvet ribbon, but my favorite would be twill. It's so versatile, and I love that you can stamp on it.

    Take care - Regina Davis

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  20. Wow you big spender you!!! I wouldn't have paid the full $.50 either!!! :) This is awesome. I LOVE ribbons! I can't do a card without ribbons!!!

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  21. Your card is beautiful! I don't do religious sentiments, so I've turned away from this company. But your card and that lovely bird make me want to buy the set and give the rest of the stamps away!
    Right now, my fav ribbon is satin. It's just so elegant! Thanks for sharing your steals! :o)

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  22. Oh my goodness! That is sensational! I just about fell over when I found some clearnace bags for $1, but this!
    My favorite ribon right now has to be prints/patterns. I LOVE the satin but it does not fit some occassions. For those I like grosgain prints to add color and balance. Nice job on these ribbon finds!
    I can't wait to see you use them, Ivonne

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  23. Wow! Looks like you grabbed a bargin. How I love a bargin! I love RIBBON! I can't decide on a favourite! My mum got me an excellent stash of Satin ribbon when she went on a trip to Venezuela. Loving your blog :)

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  24. That is a hard one, but right now I would say my favorite is satin, especially with polka dots! Thanks for the chance to win....love your work.

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  25. Denise (luvthesea)June 19, 2008 at 3:21 PM

    This is just beautiful Amy!!

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  27. A ribbon outlet??!! SWEET! Wish we had one around here... well, maybe I don't... not sure I could afford it, LOL!

    BTW, I absolutely LOVE the bird card. It's perfect!!

    (oops! forgot to say that my favorite ribbon right now is velvet ric-rak! Love the stuff by Maya Road!)

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  28. Wow what a deal! My favorite ribbon is grosgran (sp?), but I'm really liking the satin ribbon I purchased from SU mini a few months back.

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  29. Oh I am such a ribbon hoarder!!!! I was addicted to grograin for awhile but have been using alot of satin lately. That taupe is yummy!!!

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  30. Oh man, I do love ribbon, too. I didn't even know ribbon outlets existed (probably better off... ignorance is bliss, right?? At least for my bank account! :) Anyhow, I dunno if I can pick a favorite type of ribbon, but I think I'm with you... right now I'm loving satin!!!

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  31. Wow! What a great deal you found! I love ribbon, and feel that my cards/scrapbook pages are too naked without it. I've really been enjoying using wider widths of ribbon lately, like the 5/8" SU ribbons. I also really like the twill ribbons they had in the recent mini -- it ties so well.

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  32. My favorite at the moment is twill. Your card is stunning!

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  33. I wish we had a ribbon outlet near here! Of course I don't think I have seen a ribbon I didn't like but my favorite ribbon is grosgrain - 1/2" or 5/8" or a sheer ribbon. They just look so charming!

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  34. Amy, that card is GORGEOUS! And I'm so jealous about the ribbon! We just passed Hagerstown on the way back from vacation! :( How lucky are you!

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  35. Oooo, I'm so jealous! No, that's some awesome deals. My favorite ribbon has to be satin, of any color.

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  36. What a gorgeous card. Sympathy cards are usually difficult to make, I always seem to find it difficult to strike the right balance, but yours completely fits the bill. I love all types of ribbon but especially like organza and grosgrain. Thanks for the chance at candy. Lots of love, Denise x

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  37. Oh my heavens isn't that a steal? Before I tell you my fav ribbon, I have to tell you that your card blows me over. OMG it is way awesome! My fav ribbon right now is satin too.

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  38. On my latest projects, I've been emjoying using polka-dotted ribbon, but just about any ribbon makes me happy!!!

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  39. Gorgeous card, Amy. Love that bird image and how you paired it with the Always DP. Soooo pretty!

    I'll have to see how far that outlet is from here. Definitely looks worth the trip. The ribbon is gorgeous!

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  40. Amy - WOW - your card is super gorgeous!!! Love the colors and you are absolutely right the stamp set is fabulous!!!

    Love your Ribbon's too and my favorites are definitely the Satin Ribbon!!! Super elegant and gorgeous on any card!!!

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  41. Oh my goodness Amy! Your cards are always so elegant and picture perfect! I love this card...it's beautiful!

    What a steal at that store! We don't have those here in Canada and I've actually never heard of them.

    You know I think my favourite ribbon these days is ANYTHING that is 5/8"...love to tie that...well now that I can tie a knot ;) lol

    Have a GREAT evening Amy!

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  42. i, too, love satin ribbon! my second favorite would be double stitched ribon with the stitches pulled out. lol!
    regina

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  43. I was at the outlet several years ago. The selection the day I went was okay. May depend on the day you go. My favorite ribbon right now is the colored twill. Love that stuff.

    Robbie

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  44. Whoah! Those are some great deals! I would have been in heaven too! It's tough to pick a favorite ribbon style but I'm going to go with polka dot organdy ribbon.

    The taupe satin ribbon is displayed beautifully on your card! I love the blue and browns together.

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  45. Wow, what a great card. Your creations are beautiful.

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  46. I love ribbons of all kinds but the satins are so rich looking. Thanks for sharing your find. Having new treasure is great and getting it for a song is terrific. Ann Lind

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  47. Michelle (MilwaukeeMommy)June 19, 2008 at 9:27 PM

    Wow!! That chocolate ribbon is GORGEOUS!! Wish we had an Offray outlet! I just bought some satin ribbon myself ~~ love it ~~ but I sure didn't get that good a deal!! I also LOVE organdy of any size ~~ preferably dotted ~~ seems easier for me to work with.

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  48. What fabulous finds, Amy! Your card is just beautiful and I can hardly wait to get this set!

    Off to check out your answers on the Verve blog!!

    Great inspiration card too -- I have to post everything on one post, b/c my computer is being wacko tonight!

    Love all the samples!

    My favorite ribbon is usually dotted organdy!

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  49. I'm so jealous! I wish we had a ribbon store near where I live. My fave ribbon would have to be grosgrain or anything with tiny polka dots on it. So cute!

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  50. You lucky girl you! What a great find! I'm a satin kind of gal too.

    Shawn K.

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  51. Although I like satin ribbon too most of my cards lend themselves to grosgrain ribbon. I went to the outlet years ago but they didn't have such good bargains the day I was there. Great finds!

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  52. Anything polka dotted or gingham. I have boys and organza is nowhere to be found at my house!

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  53. WOW! You lucky duck, you! I wish I lived near there.. maybe I'll drag my darling boyfriend on a RoAdTrIp?
    I loveee grosgrain and satin. I'm a fan of the big ribbon(like you have on your card). There's so much you can do with it!
    Thanks for giving us this chance to win!
    -Sarah B

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  54. Wow!! Amy your card is Beautiful.I love that ribbon.
    What a steal you got.I wish they had an outlet like that here in Canada (Edmonton,Alberta).
    I have to say that my favorite is grossgrain 5/8. I also like satin.(very rich looking)

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  55. Hi Amy, my favourite ribbon right now is grosgrain...especially 5/8" or the double stitched from SU. Have a great weekend!!

    Moe from Canada

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  56. Great find on the ribbon!!! Your card is beautiful!!

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  57. CherylQuilts at SCSJune 20, 2008 at 7:07 AM

    Gorgeous card...love your work!

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  58. Wow..what a great deal you got!!! Good for you! Right now I'm all into dotted satin...Papertrey and others.

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  59. First of all, the card is amazing and I think it now my new favorite of yours. TOTALLY beautiful!
    I love polka dot ribbon...satin or grossgrain, doesn't matter. Polka dots are so cheery to me!

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  60. I'm really wanting to get some taffeta ribbon. I saw someone ink up their white taffeta with a dauber and it looks so pretty! You can bet that will be on my next order to SU!
    Antoinette

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  61. My favourite used to be gros grain, but I love the softness of satin.

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  62. Gorgeous card, Pickler! And I'm right there with you, LOVING the satin these days! And I'm so jealous you're so close to that outlet. Maybe it's time for a road trip?!

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  63. I also am using lots of satin right now. I have made over 200 cards for my church fundraiser in the past month so I'm going through tons of ribbon!! Wish I had a place to get it from in bigger spools. If you want to Rak me some I'll sure put it to good use. thanks Crystal Joy

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  64. I am sooo envious!! Lucky you! I love ribbon too and I think I use it on every card. I love the wider ribbon. As a result, I tend to hoard it. LOL. Keep up the great work, Amy. You are a regular on my daily dose of blog browsing

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  65. now thats a lovely card miss A. really pretty.
    i get emails from the outlet all the time and keep thinking one day i'll get up there - but you're right - it is a haul... one day. years ago, in another life, i visited that company's hq in nj... that was fun... ribbon galore! i love grosgrain but you are always making the satin look good. and boy did you get some bargains. gosh i gotta get up there! sorry i've been busy and not checking in too much... busy busy

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  66. Congrats on the nice score!! :) I'm torn between the gross grain and the satin ribbons. Love them both depending on what type of card I"m making.

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  67. I love grosgrain right now. The texture is just perfect. Thanks for the chance at a "different" ribbon than I usually play with. This card is gorgeous by the way ;)

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  68. OMG what a fun trip that would be , sounds like some awesome buys ! My favorite ribbon right now is also satin , grosgrain would be my second choice . Love your gorgeous card !

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  69. My favorite ribbon is swiss dots on satin. I can't get enough of them. I wish there was a ribbon outlet near me. I'm just happy that a Michael's store finally was built close enough this past year for me to escape too!
    Thanks for sharing your beautiful card creations.

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  70. Yummy ribbon, wow
    I love tons of ribbon ideas, one is the ribbon blossom, that no longer has a tutorial post....and just a simple bow or not.

    Billie

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  71. Harriet Skelly (SCS hskelly)June 20, 2008 at 3:57 PM

    Oh thatribbon is so yummy - my favorite right now is satin with polka dots!

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  72. I sure do like that samp set and your card is gorgeous. Pretty dp and ribbon too.

    I love all ribbon but a fav is checked grosgrain.

    Thanks for the chance to win.

    Bev J. (Maxell on SCS)

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  73. Oh My Gosh! What an amazing deal you got! I'm so jealous that you have a ribbon outlet that close! My favorite ribbon of choice right now is cotton twill. I love the look of it and how it gives my projects added texture. Plus, I can stamp on it. :)

    V

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  74. I'm going to come down to visit you! We can make a field trip of going to that outlet after going out for a nice breakfast or cup of coffee!! I love the wide satin ribbon but I also love the narrow dotted organdy, and I love the twill carried by stampin' up in their mini catalog, and I love ... oh my, I love them all! A card just isn't complete without some ribbon! Jeanne

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  75. Gorgeous card Amy, WOW! Can't wait to see your card tomorrow on the OCC.

    Have a wonderful weekend,
    Jennifer :)

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  76. Any ribbon is awesome. It always depends on the project. Your card is beautiful as usual.

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  77. I love the large satin or sheer ribbon. I try to find ways to use to use in all area of my cards...just not bows or ties.
    love your site and love your cards even more!!!

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  78. Amy I left you a comment on SCS that I loved the card and the yummy ribbon and now I find out that you got it for a steal of a deal... I'm hoping some of that deal will find it's way to me!!!

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  79. I'd probably say right now it's grosgrain---mainly because I haven't really bought much satin---but I'd certianly love to try some!! :) Thanks for the chance!

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  80. My fav of all time is the satin that I got during the SU sale on ribbon.

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  81. I can't pick a favorite as I love them all...I guess organza is my fav.

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  82. Hi Amy! We're kinda neighbors--I live in Leesburg & I always see your name popping up in the stampin' community. I used to live in Frederick, MD so I too love that Offray Ribbon outlet--I've been going there for awhile; awesome deals! TFS--
    Suzanne
    www.scrapbitz.blogspot.com

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  83. You card is so stunning!!! I love it.My favorite ribbon style is satin, organza and gingham.

    greeting from Malaysia.
    ying

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  84. I love love love the color, and the texture of that chocolate satin ribbon! YUMMMY!

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  85. I love this card!!! Beautiful coloring on the bird--and I really like the popped flowers!!

    Currently my favorite ribbon is whatever matches the project I am doing ;)

    But if I had to choose--either 1/2" velour or 1" double sided satin.

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  86. I love ribbon with texture ... ribs, velvet, anything that makes you want to touch it.

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  87. Hey, Amy! Let me know if you want to go back to the outlet. We can ride up together sometime and split the gas. I've there a couple times and I'm always amazed!

    -Alissa H.

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  88. I am with you on the satin ribbon. It just seems to be the easiest to tie for me! Thanks Amy!
    Wish I lived close to that outlet!

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  89. Wow, I think I'm going to have to CASE that card for some friends. Beautiful! TFS
    Good thing I don't live near a ribbon outlet--big trouble!!
    I am in love with velvet ribbon!

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  90. Now that is what I call favor. I didn't know that God has crafters favor where you get your supplies for next to nothing. Lol.

    I hope to win some of your beautiful ribbon.

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