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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Love Wreath

I created this wreath using papers from the Echo Park Victoria Garden Collection.  I love this paper and wanted to make sure that I used every single scrap of it.  You will notice that all of the flowers are hand made either out of paper or ribbons.


  • 12×12 paper
  • Brads
  • Pearls
  • Ribbons used
  •  May Arts Ribbon: 379-15-09, 331-22, 331-28, DD27, DD17, 365-2-17, RG17, RG76, 361-58-26, 361-58-10, XL16, 357-34-16, PV34, PV35
  • Therm O web super tape 1/8”


First I took my 12×12 paper and drew a circle about 8 1/2” circumferences.  Then I put down Cream Satin pleats 379-15-09 that way if any of my flowers showed thru then there would be this lovely ribbon underneath.
Then I punched out a bunch of 1” circles to make some flowers.  I cut these in a spiral and rolled them from the outside in.
Don’t you just love all these yummy flowers just waiting for a project?
Then by mistake I made these fantastic ribbon flowers.  I love them.  I used this 1/8” super tape from Therm O Web.
Apply the super tape along one edge of the ribbon.  I used 331-22 and my ribbon is 6” long.
Peel off the paper and then fold the ribbon in half length wise.  Then you apply the super tape along the length of the ribbon.
Now cut little slits to the tape about every ¼” apart.
Peel of the paper and roll your flower starting at one end.
Now you have this super cute flower.  I love how it looks and I can’t wait to use it on other projects.
Now I have taken all the different flowers and placed them around my circle and put the letters love in the middle.  I love how this turned out and now I just have to find the perfect frame for it.
I hope I have inspired you to use your ribbons in new ways.  I can’t wait to see what you come up with

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Advent Calendar Graphic 45-May Arts Blog Hop

 I was so excited to do this product swap Graphic 45 is definately one of my favorites.  I decided to put together a quick little advent calendar.  My pages are just 4x4 and I kept them pretty simple added some ribbons and tags and bound it with my bind it all and voila.  Supply list at the end. 
Its a nice thick little book, it stands on its own and I can use it every year. 
Here are some of my favorite pages...
May Arts ribbons used:)
357-34-04, 357-34-16, PV34-174, PV25, PV34, XL16, 385-58-46, 389-18-46, 361-58-10, XV16.
If you would like to leave a comment please go here Contact Us and I will forward them to May Arts thanks so much for taking the time to look at my project, Dont forget to look at all the others wonderful work.
Thanks, Jenifer

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                                                                                                            Graphic 45
                                                                                                         Lynette Carroll


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                      Jenifer Cowles     YOU ARE HERE

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Saturday, December 17, 2011

New Year Planner

I don’t know about you but I love starting off the new year with a nice place to write my thoughts and ideas.  I make a new one of these every year and it helps me stay organized.  I used some Pink Paisley Papers and lots of ribbons.  I just took a purchased spiral blank book and covered the front and decorated it to my liking then divided out the blank pages and decorated them as well.  I used 3d foam squares for dimension, medium zots, and the SuperStik Glue stick for everything else

I hope you enjoy my project and I hope you have a wonderful holiday

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Exciting News

I can finally tell everyone that I am on the WOW Embossing powder Design Team here is the post from Suzy West: I wanted introduce you to my wonderful new DT!! We are all very excited!!!

LEADS: *Tricia Wilson--lead
*Gina Lideros--lead
*Jen Deal--lead
*Angel Bartonico--lead
*Erin Payne--lead

1.Sesil Cratin, Utah
2. Ilene Tell, Delaware
3. Lara Scott, Utah
4. Amy Sotolongo, California
5. Diana McGraw, California
6. Jeannie DeGruccio, California
7. Jennifer Matott, New York
8. Anne Brown, Texas
9. Sherrie Suttles, Ohio
10. Linda Abadie, Virginia
11. Jamie Cripps, Michigan
12. Jenifer Cowles, idaho----- Thats ME13. Tanisha Long, New Jersey
14. Jan Hennings, Iowa
15. Patti Hamil, Georgia
16. Gini Williams Cagle, North Carolina
17. Tina McDonald, Canada18. Donna O'Leary, New Zealand
19. Benedicte Raphalen, France
20. Amy Prior, Australia
21. Irit Shalom, Israel
22. Jennifer Roach, Canada
23. Erika Taylor, Canada
24. Iris Uy, Philippines
25. Katarina Damm-Blomberg, Finland
26. Birgit Koopsen, Netherlands

I have lots going on and I will share very soon!!! For now, thank you so much for all the sweet support you give me. I appreciate it and it motivates me a ton!!!!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Vixen Tag

When I received my Lawn Fawn Stamps I thought that this little vixen drinking cocoa was so sweet I decided I wanted to go with something simple.  I decided to make little gift tags for gifts that I will hand out at work.  I wanted them simple so I could make a bunch in a little amount of time.
I stamped the image on the brown, pink and yellow patterned paper, I cut out what I wanted from each.  The mug is adhered with foam to make it raised from the fox.  I cut out the background flourish from a piece of scrap and stuck everything on one of my Core-dinations tag.  Ran some beautiful velvet ribbon (PV34) thru the grommet and voila a cute tag in a little amount of time, and it will make all the difference.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Easy No Pattern Skirt


  • Fabric for Skirt, I used a fine corduroy
  • Elastic
  • 357-34-04 Corduroy Velvet Aqua
  • 389-18-04 1/8” Velvet
  • 392-58-17 Sheer box pleats Pink
  • Heat N Bond Lite by Therm O Web
This skirt is really super easy and doesn’t require a pattern.  It is basically a bunch of rectangles.  The first thing you need to do is take a couple measurements.  You need the waist measurement and the length of the skirt measurement.  My daughter’s waist is 21” and I wanted it to be 23” long (plus 2” for elastic casing and hem).  Cut out 3 rectangles to your measurements, mine were 21"x25".  Cut 1 of your rectangles in half 10 1/2"x25" these will be the sides that you will sew your ruffles to.  Then determine what size and how many ruffles you want.  Mine are 5”x21" and I have 3 on each side.  You could do 2 6” ruffles, this is where you make the choice.
Hem all your ruffle pieces and then ruffle the other end (I ran mine thru a ruffle foot for my Sewing machine.)  Evenly space your ruffles on your side pieces and sew them down.  Sew down your ribbon over the top exposed seam to enclose it.
Sew the ruffle sides to the front and back rectangles, making sure your ruffles are laying down properly.  At the top fold down the edge ¼” and then fold it over again 1” down and sew your elastic casing leaving a 2” gap to insert the elastic.  Insert the elastic and sew it together and close the gap.
Hem the bottom of the skirt, I used a ½” at the bottom.  Find some fabric scraps, apply some Heat N Bond and hand draw a little bird and wing or any cute little shape you like.  Sew down the 1/8” velvet for the legs.  Cut out and Iron the bird to the front of your skirt.  For fun I added the sheer box pleats to make it look like the bird was wearing a cut little ruffle skirt as well. 

Thanks so much for reading my tutorial today.  Please leave a link if you make one of your own I would love to see it.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Joy Canvas

I have been so inspired by all the mixed media pieces lately that I thought that I would give it a try.  I haven’t done anything like this ever and I am pretty pleased with the results.

First take your Canvas, mine was a royal blue one that I had used to make a piece for my sons room a couple years ago that didn’t match his d├ęcor any longer.  I just started layering book pages, patterns, tissue paper and really anything that I had in reach.  I just modge podged them willy nilly.  After that dries then I just stared layering paint and inks here and there and finally I thru on some glitter.
After I had the background just so I went to my Core’dinations paper and cut out some stripes and then used a large scallop punch to round off some of the edges.  I roughly sketched a tree once I had the shape I wanted I glued it on with some more modge podge.  I inked the tree with some shades of green and some white to soften it up.  To get a nice tree topper I used a petaloo flower on the top to finish up my tree.
Now the fun starts.  I added ribbons and buttons to decorate the tree and the presents under the tree.  Just have fun with it and remember there is no wrong way to make art.  I can’t wait to see what you come up with.


Thursday, October 20, 2011

Machine Quilt Binding

I just finished up a quilt for my own bed and I thought that I would put together a quick tutorial for you.  I have always sewn my quilt binding by hand, but after spending so much time on all the detail of my new quilt by the time I got to the binding I was ready to be done with it.  This seriously saved me at least a week of hand sewing.  So with just a few steps I am going to show you a pretty slick way to sew your binding down nicely, the first time.
I used the Heat N Bond Lite 5/8” on my binding.
1.        Sew the binding on your quilt.

2.        Iron on the Heat N Bond lite to the inside of the binding.

3.       Peel the paper off.

4.        Iron the binding over so that it is just slightly covering the stitching from step 1.

5.        Sew in the ditch on the front of the quilt.

6.        Turn your quilt over and admire your work.  You will notice a perfectly sewn binding.  YEAH HOO!!

7.       Now clip all your threads and put your new quilt to work.

I was inspired to make this quilt from an anthropology catalog and with the very high price tag on it I decided to go ahead and make my own.  It was definitely a little more work than I thought it was going to be, but definitely worth it.
I hope you have enjoyed my tutorial and find that it has helped in your binding troubles.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Thinking of you Card

Today I am going to show you a card that I made with the Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze in Plumeria.  I had never used this Glaze before and I love it.  It is a thin substance and the brush is like a fingernail polish brush giving you great control.

The card that I made is monochromatic and I only used the glaze.  First I colored the May Arts ribbon NV01 and just added a little of the paint thru the middle and it spread out to the ends.  This paint also made the ribbon a little bit stiff and very easy to poke the hole thru for the brad.  I then painted a chipboard frame with the same glaze and the effect was a bit different since the chipboard was natural and not white, giving it just a bit of a shade difference.  I then painted a paper flower that I had laying on my desk and got yet another color with the type of paper the flower was made of.  I hope you liked my little tutorial and the use of one paint on different mediums.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

From Scraps to an Apron

I got a new position at work that required that I carry around 2 phones a set of keys a badge and key card.  Needless to say I had a lot of stuff to keep track of.  I made this apron to keep me more organized and cute at work  :)
The entire apron was designed around this great piece of fabric.  It had peaches and shades of grey, and of course May Arts had the perfect ribbons to go with it.  The first thing you need to do is gather your supplies.

  • Canvas
  • Fabric and fabric scraps
  • Metal D rings
  • Therm O Web Heat N Bond Lite 5/8” (this will help keep your ribbons down)
  • Therm O Web Heat N Bond fusible interfacing (this will keep your fabrics down)

I cut out the main canvas 12 ¾ x 23 3/4, the main pocket also cut of canvas is 6 ½ x 23 3/4.  I laid out random bits of fabric, ribbons and lace on the canvas and ironed them down with the Therm O Web Heat N Bond and then quilted my main pocket.  I just did straight lines down with my sewing machine foot as my guide, nothing fancy.  I marked where I would sew this down on my main canvas piece, this is where my large pockets will be (about every 5” or so).

I cut a small pocket with my main fabric and sewed the peach lace with the suede grey cord woven thru it along the top.  I then sewed it down on top of the main pocket.  At this time I sewed the Main pocket to the Main canvas, sewing down the pocket where I marked the lines, use a heavy stitch here to make sure you have sturdy pockets.
I made a 2” ruffle along the bottom of the apron and sewed it to the bottom, then put my ¾” velvet on top of that to hide the rough edges.

I cut out a 3” x 44” strip of my main fabric and interfaced it with Therm O Web Heat N Bond Medium weight interfacing to give it some strength.  I folded it in half wrong sides together then sewed the ¾” ribbon over top to tie it all together.  I sewed the ties to the ends of the top of the apron and then attached my D rings and I am ready to go.  The ties wrap around the back across the front then loop into the rings.  I love it and it works really well for keeping all my stuff together.

Thanks so much for reading my tutorial today I hope it helps you keep yourself organized.  If you have questions or make one please post a link I would love to see what you create.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Thanks Card Our Craft Lounge/May Arts

I received this great Halloween stamp set from Our Craft Lounge but I just wasn’t quite in the “Halloween” mood. I absolutely love this Tree stamp and definitely wanted to use it.
Cardstock and patterned paper
Therm O Web Zots for bling

I first stamped my Tree with brown ink. Then I cut out all the leaves from BY66. I attached them with some super small zots to make the tree nice and full. I added my stamped tree to some patterned paper and to my card base. I took my turquoise ruffle ribbon and cut it down the center and attached it to the green corduroy velvet, to give it a ruffle along each side. Attached my ribbon and phrase and I was done.

I love it and can’t wait to use the rest of the stamps for some Halloween fun. It is always fun to see what other things you can come up with, with seasonal stamps. What can you do?

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Canopy Curtains

I am so excited to be bringing you my first project with May Arts.  This looks a lot more complicated than it actually is.  There are 3 parts to this project and you could do them all or just one.


Supplies for the Curtains:

  • Sheer Fabric
  • NV01  5/8” Faux Suede/Ruffle Edge in white (this is for the curtain ties at the top)

The Sheer fabric is 56”-60” wide, cut to length, my curtains are 2 yards long or 72”.  I hemmed each end then put 5, 15” pieces of the faux suede ribbon along the top.  I tied these to the bars along the top of the bed to hang.

Supplies for Banner:

  • SK01 1/8" silk ribbon in white
  • All of your scrap pieces of May Arts ribbon that you just couldn’t part with

This is an excellent way to use up all of the little pieces of ribbon scraps that you just couldn’t throw away.  I took 2 yards of the silk ribbon and sewed 4” pieces of ribbon (folded in half).  I put them about a hand span apart.  I think it is the perfect touch to the bed.  You could make a bunch of these and decorate for a birthday party or a special occasion.

Supplies for the Tie Backs:

  • RG34 1.5" Grosgrain Stripe in Blue
  • RG17 1.5" Grosgrain Stripe in Pink
  • RG28 1.5" Grosgrain Stripe in Orange
  • RG46 1.5" Grosgrain Stripe in Green

I couldn’t decide what colors to use so I used them all.  I cut each Grosgrain Stripe into 1 yard pieces then sewed them together with a small zigzag stitch making them 2 yard tie backs.  I think the combination of the two colors in the tie really brings out all the fun colors in the banner.
I hope you have enjoyed my project today and give it a try.  I can’t wait to see what you come up with.  If you make one of these projects please leave a link so I can come check it out.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Canvas Journal

As soon as I saw this huge Hydrangea Stamp from Stampendous I just knew that it had to go on a piece of canvas.  I chose to make a journal.  This would make a great gift for anyone, go ahead and give it a try.


  • A piece of canvas
  • Tea or coffee
  • SK05 1/8” silk ribbon in purple
  • XV16 5/8” faux suede in green
  • Heavy thread
  • Bead
  • Fabric paint
  • Card Stock

I took my piece of canvas and soaked it over night in some tea to make it a little bit aged.  I then let it dry.  I wanted it a little bit wrinkled but you could iron it out if you wanted to.
After my piece of canvas was dry I stamped my image.  I used some black acrylic paint of the outline.  I had some faint parts so I just filled it in with a sharpie to make it a bit bolder.  I used some fabric paint by Jacquard.  This fabric paint, Lumiere, has a nice sparkle to it. I watered it down and then just painted in the flowers and stem.  Let it dry.  You have to heat set the fabric paint by ironing on both sides for about 30 seconds, and then you are good to go.  After the canvas is dry you can add the heat set stones, I added these to the center of some of the flowers to give it some dimension.  I sewed a coordinating fabric to the inside front (almost like a pocket), this is where I sewed in my purple silk ribbon with a nice big bead on the end.  This ribbon will hold our journal closed when not in use.

At this time I determined where my paper would go and sewed my ribbons on.  I did a double width of the green Faux Suede then sewed the Crochet Lace on top of that.  I folded my cardstock in half in three sets of 15 sheets each.  I poked holes in my paper with an Awl and thru the canvas in between the 2 pieces of green ribbon.  I did a basic bookbinding stitch to insert the paper.  To cover up my stitches I ran the 1/8” purple velvet thru the crochet lace.

I hope you have enjoyed my tutorial and would love to see what you create.