Featured Stamper: Allison O.

Allison left a comment for me and I hopped on over to her blog (like I do with many of you who leave comments). When I got there she had this fabulous mini-tutorial at the top and I just had to share it with you all. You can visit Allison at her blog and check out her other great work. She really has some neat projects up and you should go say “Hi”.

Here’s what Allison said, when I asked her to introduce herself:

A little bit about me. . . five years ago my friend Karen introduced me to rubber stamping and paper crafting—and it’s been my passion ever since! I sneak in as much stamping as possible! About a year and a half ago, I became a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator so that I could support my hobby. Right now I am living in Los Angeles with my wonderful husband while he goes to school and my two adorable children–ages 3 and 8 months. I also love spending time with my family, reading, cooking, and traveling.

And here is Allison’s tutorial that caught my eye:

Ever since I saw Shelli show how to gather ribbon on Main Stage at Convention, I knew I wanted to try! I thought that this would be a perfect embellishment for a card. I was pleasantly surprised too, that is was pretty easy. Here are a couple pictures to show how this is done.

Begin by pulling the ribbon apart just a little at one end (pictured here is Basic Gray taffeta ribbon). Keep separating until you can find one (or two) little threads.

Very gently pull the individual thread while gently pushing down on the ribbon so that it starts to gather.

Keep working until it is as gathered as you want it to be.

Here is a picture of the finished card (also showcases the kissing technique). I used the stamp sets Flight of the Butterfly and Sanded, and the colors Pale Plum and Perfect Plum. Other accessories include pewter brads, dimensionals, and Sticky Strip (to attach the gathered ribbon to the card).

Isn’t that a great quick & easy tip??? I had heard about the ribbon gathering trick shown at convention, but Allison was the first to have any pictures/instructions on how to do it. Thanks Allison for sharing this!!!  And, one more time, Allison’s blog is Sweet Impressions and you can click here to find her.

**If you want to be a featured stamper, leave a comment here with your name and blog. If you have a favorite project or technique posted on your blog, mention that too. There are so many great ideas out there, I don’t have time to demonstrate all of them! Please share your ideas and hopefully we can all benefit!

I’m looking to do this more often so I’d love to have as many as possible. Thanks!**

Happy Stamping!


  1. That is way cool and so easy. What a great way to ’snazzy up’ a card and make it completely unique. Thanks for reminding me of that wonderful new embellishment that I already have…happy stampin’ Judy

    on September 4th, 2008 at 7:09 am
  2. your demo and instructions were very clear and so were the photos. Please continue making tutorials….you have a knack. thanks

    on September 4th, 2008 at 9:26 am
  3. Jen-
    I absolutely LOVE the things you make. They are super cute, and could each make a great sisterhood project for my sorority. We are doing a philanthropy project for recruitment for the U of M Children’s hospital and are making angels. Any ideas that you have on making those?

    on September 4th, 2008 at 10:21 am
  4. Mal,

    Are you making 3-D angels or flat angels (for cards or something)? I’m thinking something with the scallop punch, but I’ll work on it for you. :)


    on September 4th, 2008 at 12:47 pm
  5. OOOHHHH! I love this and will definately be using it on some cards. TFS

    on September 4th, 2008 at 3:24 pm
  6. WOW! This looks awesome, and your card you used it on is gorgeous!

    on September 6th, 2008 at 1:50 am
  7. What a great tutorial, thank you so much. I will certainly be trying this out.

    on September 9th, 2008 at 4:25 pm
  8. How neat. I’ll have to try this. Thanks jen! going over to visit allison next.

    on September 9th, 2008 at 5:09 pm
  9. This is wonderful. Thanks for sharing! The card is great and the ribbon is a fantastic addition. Beautiful!

    on September 9th, 2008 at 7:44 pm
  10. What a great technique! Thanks for leading us to Sweet Impressions!

    on September 10th, 2008 at 8:40 am

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