How to Make Bows : Bowdabra

Bow making can be challenging.  But with the right tools, bow making can be so much fun.  Bowdabra has the tools to help you create bows for wreaths, cards, packages and even hair bows.

I recently needed a baby shower decoration so I used a Smoothfoam ruled wreath and covered it with assorted blue ribbons. 


Using Proxxon's Model Building and Engraving Set, I made holes in the baby shoes so I could insert ribbon.

Finally I created a bow to finish it off.

And how about a straw Easter wreath. 
Just wrap it with ribbon until totally covered.
Tie a multi looped bow over a die cut bunny and her eggs.
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Summer Smoothfoam Wreath

It's time to get ready for summer and today I'm working with a Smoothfoam ruled wreath as part of the Designer Crafts Connection blog hop this month.  These ruled wreaths allow you to evenly space the ribbon or fabric you are working with.

I began by cutting strips of Metallic Olyfun (Rose Gold, Gold, Silver) and wrapping them around the wreath.  Overlapping the strips adds nice interest to the wreaths.  Using the Silver as the main color, I altered Rose Gold and Gold around the Silver.

Once the wreath was wrapped, all that was left to do was add flowers and a bow.

I cut a larger strip of Silver Metallic Olyfun to create a ribbon which I then tied to the wreath.

And now I have a beautiful wreath for the upcoming summer.
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Soar with Eyeconnect Crafts and Clearsnap

ClearSnap and EyeConnect Crafts Blog Hop

Eyeconnect Crafts and Clearsnap are blog hopping this week and I'm so excited to be participating.

My project on the Eyeconnect Crafts blog uses the Totem Monarch along with some amazing products from Clearsnap.

Be sure to stop by the Eyeconnect blog for the details of my projects and while there, check out what all the designers have created for you this week.

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Life is short Card

Hi everyone.    It's time for a new challenge at  The Ink Spot.  This week's theme Fun and Fancy.
The background was embossed and lightly inked.  I love Rainy Day Riley and how he's dancing in the rain. I colored him with Copic Markers then die cut him.

I've used the Life is Short stamp, placing it slightly behind the die cut image.  Finishing up is a  scrap of lace under the sentiment.  I placed it on foam adhesives for dimension.
Please visit the Ink Spot Design Team's cards on their blogs: 
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Happy New Baby

Hi everyone, check out the newest cards I've created for JoyClair.  The full tutorial is on the JoyClair blog.

This baby stamp set is adorable.  Containing images and phrases, you can create so many fun projects.

I've created a baby boy card.

I've also created a baby girl card.

Please stop by the JoyClair blog for more projects.
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It's a Celebration Blog Hop

We here at Joy Clair have collaborated with two awesome companies:  Die-Versions  and DL.ART  to come up with a fun and festive Celebration Blog Hop. We want to showcase how well our three companies products work together.  Die-Versions makes very intricate and lovely dies; Joy Clair makes high quality clear stamps; and DL.ART makes gorgeous rayon hand dyed crinkle ribbon and also carries bakers twine and other hand crafted seasonal supplies.

The Celebration Blog Hop will take place on Wednesday, May 18th, Thursday, May 19th and Friday, May 20th.  Over the three days all Design Team Members will be sharing with you projects they have made for all the many upcoming Celebrations that come around this time of year, ie....Weddings, Baby Showers, Baby Births, Graduations, Father's Day, and of course Birthdays!  All Design Team Members will be using supplies from all three companies to make their projects so you can see for yourself how lovely these products work together and how dies, stamps and ribbons are the perfect combination!!

There will be prizes for those who comment on all the blogs over the three days and who become followers of all the blogs. Die-Versions is giving away a $50.00 Gift Certificate to the Die-Versions store. Joy Clair is giving away 3 $25.00 Gift Certificates to the Joy Clair store, one each day  and DL.ART is giving away a $10.00 Gift Code to the DL.ART store to one lucky winner!!  The prizes will be announced on all three of the companies  Die-VersionsJoy Clair and DL.ART blogs on Sunday, May 22nd.

DL.ART is running a 3 day Special during the Blog Hop for all of the Design Team Followers ~ 12% off your entire order at DL.ART by using code:  DJDHOPS this code will only be valid on the 3 days of the Celebration Blog Hop.

You should have come here from Alicja Asia Panewka 's blog, if not, then please start at the beginning of the at Die-Versions Blog.   The entire list of Designers for the entire Celebration Blog Hop is listed on the Die-Versions Blog.

Today is  Day 3 of the hop between Joy Clair Stamps, Die-Versions and DLArt.  I hope you've enjoyed everyone's projects so far.

Since we are celebrating (and I'm getting ready for a baby shower), I've created a baby banner using the Oh Baby clear stamps from Joy Clair.  I paired the stamps with this amazing Rocking Horse die from Die-Versions and some pretty ribbon from  DL Art.    The  dies are so delicate, yet they cut wonderfully and the crinkle ribbon is awesome.  

I cut two layers of cardstock and sandwiched pattern paper between them.  On the top layer I repeatedly stamped Girl! from the  Oh Baby clear stamp set.  Once the three layers were assembled, I added a topper and stamped Congratulations! (also from the Oh Baby clear stamp set) on each.  I punched holes in the banner and  assembled them with White Crinkle ribbon from  DL Art.

I die cut the rocking horses from pink cardstock, then lightly inked them before adhering them to the banner.  I used Helmar Scrap Dots to give the rocking horses some dimension.

What a perfect combination of products to create an amazing banner.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Your next stop on the blog hop is Emilia van den Heuvel's blog

I hope you have enjoyed the Celebration Blog Hop!! Be sure to leave comments on on all the blogs for a chance at winning one of the many prizes!

If you should get lost along the way please go back to the Die-Versions Blog and the whole list for each day will be listed there.






Honey Bee Stamps Design Team 2016 Entry

Honey Bee Stamps is having a Design Team call.  I love stamps and the wide range of projects that use stamps.  They have some amazing stamps in the store and I can see myself creating a wide variety of projects.

These are some of my favorite stamped projects:

Wish card with stamps, inks, paint, stencils:

Bloom canvas with stamps, inks, stencils, paint

Crabby card with chipboard, stamps, inks, paint

ATCs with Gelatos, stamps, ink

Butterfly card with embossing folder, dies, stamps, inks, paints

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TKE Centerpieces

Hi everyone, I've got a project to share today using etchall etching crème.  Etchall is so much fun to work with and the variety of projects you can create is endless.

My son recently asked me to create some centerpieces for his fraternity dinner.  I did this last year, but wanted to do something different this year.  I found some glass mugs that worked perfectly.

I began by die cutting the letters TKE from vinyl then wrapped the vinyl around the glasses. 
Using etchall® etching crème, I covered the letters.  To be sure I didn't get the etching crème on other areas of the glass, I placed painters tape on the exposed areas.

I used liberal amounts of etchall® etching crème and allowed it to sit for 15 minutes.

After 15 minutes I scraped off the etching crème and placed it back in the jar.  Since etchall® etching crème is reusable, there is no waste.  Rinse off the jars and remove the vinyl.

I filled the glasses with small stones to give the centerpieces some weight. 

I spritzed white tissue paper with ColorBox Spritzers in Fireberry and Pinkolicious.  Fanning out the tissue papers, I placed them in the jar and added the fraternity crest in the center.

I didn't see them at the fraternity dinner, but my son said everyone loved them and took them home.  That was a nice complement!
So what will you etch today?
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It's a pirate party!!

Ahoy Mateys, today I'm on the Makin's Clay blog with a pirate partyensemble.

Makin's® Clay - Earth Tones, Black
Makin's Professional® Cutting Mat
ColorBox Art Screen - Rounded
Earth Safe Finishes Gesso
Sizzix Framelits Banner Dies
Molding Paste
Silicone Mold

I found this fun pirate silicone mold in a local store.  It's really an ice cube mold, but I knew it would work well for a Makin's clay project.  Using the mold, I created an assortment of embellishments from the blended clay.  To make the embellishments more realistic, I also used black clay on portions of the embellishments. 
Now that I finished my embellishments, I pulled out a small wood box and painted it.  Then I used the ColorBox Rounded Art Screen to create some dimension.  I used Earth Safe Finishes Gesso to adhere the gauze in the corner.

While waiting for everything to dry,  I created place cards from cardstock.  On the top layer I placed stickers spelling out the children's names.  Then I added additional pirate embellishments to coordinate with the banner.

Once the box was dry, I adhered several clay embellishments amongst the gauze as well as another on the front of the box.

The pirate embellishments are adorable and perfect for a pirate party.  Makin's clay is light weight and the embellishments added little weight to the banner and place cards.
Are you ready for your pirate party?

Full details can be found on the Makin's Clay blog.
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Father's Day Cards with Joy Clair

Hi everyone, check out the newest cards I've created for JoyClair.  The full tutorial is on the JoyClair blog.

I've used the Dad's Day stamp set which is adorable with it's funny images and play on words.

Please stop by the JoyClair store and see all the fun stamps they have.

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Missing You Card

Hi everyone.    It's time for a new challenge at  The Ink Spot.  This week's theme is to create a masculine card, so pull out your stamps and get creating.

I've created a card using some fun stamps from Cornish Heritage Farms.

The background was created with a Cuttlebug embossing Folder and lightly inked for dimension.  The tag was inked with distress ink and placed on top.

The post card and sentiment are from the We Remember stamp set.  This stamp set has 15+ images and phrases that can be used for lots of projects.   The post card and sentiment were matted with kraft cardstock and adhered to the card.  I slipped a ticket under the post card.

Missing You was added to the card with foam adhesives for dimension.

Please visit the Ink Spot Design Team's cards on their blogs: 

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Prima Design Team Call

Just found out that Prima is having a design team call.  So excited as I love their products and just adore the Julie Nutting doll stamps.

The background of this canvas is tissue paper which was spritzed with a variety of colors of ink.  Rollagraph wheels were used around the canvas.  Graphic 45 papers were cut apart and add to the canvas with foam adhesives.  The doll was stamped and fussy cut.  A second layer was stamped on pattern paper, fussy cut and then the doll was dressed.

This large tag was so much fun to create.
The background was stamped and distressed.  Die cuts were placed between the layers.  The doll was stamped and fussy cut.  A second layer was stamped on pattern paper to create her dress.  Assorted die cuts were added to the tag.

Christmas door hanger.  The background was stamped and inked.  Assorted elements were added amongst the flowers.  A Prima doll was stamped and fussy cut then dressed and added to the door hanger.
And what about a couple of fun travel cards.  These stamps make it easy to create masculine cards.  The boys were stamped and fussy cut then added to the cards amongst travel elements.

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Couture Creations 2016/17 Design Team Audition

Couture Creations is having a Design Team call.  What a wonderful opportunity it would be to work with so many wonderful embossing folders and dies.   I do have quite a selection of embossing folders so here's what I've created with them.
Happy Birthday -
Couture Creations Embossing Folder, Heartfelt Creations Stamps, Petaloo flowers
The embossed cardstock was lightly inked before adding it to the card
Bee Happy -
Darice Embossing Folder, spray inks, May Arts ribbon
White cardstock was spritzed with several colors of ink
A piece of white cardstock was cut apart and added to the main panel
Friendship -
Couture Creations Embossing Folder, Clearsnap Ink, Hero Arts Stamp, May Arts Ribbon
2 panels of white cardstock were embossed and then inked
The smaller panel was matted, wrapped with ribbon and adhered to the main panel
Friend -
Couture Creations Embossing Folder, Clearsnap Ink, Hero Arts Stamp, May Arts Ribbon
A watercolor panel was spritzed with several colors of inks then embossed
Black ink was used to add dimension to the embossed designs
Thank You -
Couture Creations Embossing Folder, Clearsnap Ink, EKSuccess punches, Petaloo Flowers
2 white panels were embossed and inked
The center was cut from one of the panels and added atop the second panel with foam adhesives
The flower was added to the center
Fabulous Day -
Spellbinders dies, Clearsnap Ink and Foils
Use dies to create the card
Use leaf dies as stencils to emboss the next layer
Die cut leaves from foiled cardstock

I love working with embossing folders and dies.  You have so many options and the ability to create a wide range of projects with them.

Thanks for stopping by today.