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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Coming Home Layout-MLS

Hi Jenifer here with you today to share a fun quick layout with you.  I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and can sit back and relax now that the hustle and bustle is over.
My layout is a quick and easy one.  I cut out a circle and then used a border punch a few trips of the same patterned paper then cut them out and re-glued them back on the circle to create a fun border.  I used the Coming Home collection, and just like all of the other collections it is so easy to write out some quick journaling and place some foam squares on the chipboard stickers and you come out with a lovely but quick layout:)
Here is a close up of the circle.
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Saturday, December 22, 2012

Joy Pillow-MAy Arts

Did you see this quick Christmas pillow I had up on the May Arts Blog yesterday?  Go check it out:)
Hi, Jenifer here with you today to share this fun and quick pillow with you today. 
This technique is called reverse applique, this is where you put your fabric or ribbon in our case under the main fabric then sewed and cut away.
Sew your ribbon down to your scrap fabric making sure you leave enough space between your letters.   You can hand draw your letters or you could print them out on a computer and trace.  I use the Pilot Frixion pens, you can buy these at office supply stores, the pen marks erase with your iron. Pin your canvas fabric down on top of the ribbon fabric you created making sure your letters are placed on the ribbon and there are no gaps.  After you sew around each one of the letters, very carefully cut away at the canvas exposing the ribbon underneath.   Iron carefully not to melt the ribbon, but to get rid of the pen marks.
This is the time to sew down any trim you would want to use.   Tip:  it is easier to apply any trims when your corners are rounded.  Sew front to back.  Turn right side out, insert pillow form and close up the opening either by hand or with the sewing machine.
Here is the back, I decided to make it cute as well by adding a large ric rac to the back.
Thank you so much for taking the time to look at my project today.  I hope I have inspired you to try a new technique.  Make sure you come back tomorrow for even more inspiration by this talented Design team.
Blog post by: Jenifer Cowles

May Arts Ribbons Used:

Other Supplies Used:
  • Canvas
  • 14” Pillow form
  • Fabric for bac

Friday, December 21, 2012

Last Minute Gifts- Kindle Cover

I have a fun post up on the Therm O Web Blog today, making a quick but cute kindle cover, make sure you go and check it out:)

Do you still need a quick last-minute gift, or something quick to make that special gift even better?  Well here is a quick Kindle cover that I made for my daughter, I can’t wait to give it to her.
Jenifer_Cowles_TOW_Kindle Case Cover
Solid: Kona Cotton in charcoal
chipboard (optional for making your case a bit sturdier)
Ribbons: May Arts
Step 1:  Gather supplies, cut a piece of solid, flannel and HeatNBond Fusible fleece 12″x 8.5″.  Iron the fleece to the inside of the Solid cotton.
Jenifer_Cowles_TOW_Kindle Case supplies
Step 2: Apply Heat N Bond lite to your 7 scraps of fabric.  Cut out Hexagons, apply to the Sew in Fleece and sew around all edges at 1/8″.  Cut close to the edges leaving a small white space around the edge.  Sew your hexagons to the front cover of your case.
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Step 3:  Select 4 different ribbons for the corners, these will hold your device in place.  Sew them down 2″ over on each side.  Select another ribbon for your ties and cut 2 12″ pieces, place them in the middle of the 8.5″ side.
Step 4:  Sew the cover to the inside facing together making sure you catch the ribbon pieces.  Remember to leave a 3″ opening for turning.  Turn your case so both of the outsides are facing out, this is where you insert the chipboard pieces, 2 5″x8″ chipboard pieces, one for each side.  Stitch up your 3 inch opening and top stitch.
Step 5:  Sew down the center catching the loose ribbons on the inside.
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I hope you have enjoyed my little project today, it really isn’t that complicated and it took me about an hour to complete start to finish.
Make sure you come back tomorrow for more last-minute gifts from our very talented team.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Embossing on Fabric Challenge on the WOW Blog

Hi Jenifer here with you today to present our next challenge.  Did you know you could emboss on fabric?  Well you can, and just imagine all the possibilities :)
I have embossed on some plain muslin and made these cute gift tags for Christmas.
Here is a close up of the Metallic Platinum Sparkle embossing glitter on white muslin.  You emboss on fabric the same way you would on paper.

Here is a close up of the bright white embossing powder.

I hope this has inspired you to create some of your own custom embellishments. I hope you play along.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

December Daily-May Arts Crafter's Home

I have a post up on the Crafters Home blog go leave a comment there to win 5 spools of ribbon:)

Jenifer Cowles, May Arts Cameo Ribbonista, is here today to share her delightful December Daily project!

I thought since December Daily Albums were as popular as ever I’d share a small one I created for this year’s December Daily. It’s 4×6 and is small enough I can put it in my purse and carry it around with me to jot things down.
Here is the cover, the spine, and some of the guts.
Since this book is going to get pretty plump with all of the goodies I plan on filling it with I made a “Book Belt” to hold it closed.  To do this – sew 2 layers of ribbon together and then sew D rings at one end and loop the other end of the ribbons thru the rings, just like a belt!
Here are some of my favorite pages.  A great way to use up some of your ribbon scraps.
Thank you so much for taking the time to look at my work today! I hope I’ve inspired you to create and try a December daily for yourself!
May Arts Ribbons:
382-15-14 Chevron Twill
DD46 Green Polka Dot
412-14 &15 Bakers Twine
390-15-09 Lace
390-78-09 Lace
336-38-46 Stripes
RG46 Stripes

Patterned paper by Imaginisce Christmas Cheer
Snowflake punch and glitter flakes Martha Stewart
Number Stickers My Little Shoebox

Monday, December 17, 2012

Ribbon Scarves May Arts Blog Hop

Welcome to the May Arts Christmas Blog hop,  I am so glad you could stop by today.  I have a super quick and easy gift you could make for anyone.  My daughter need a couple quick gifts to give to her friends.  We came up with these ribbon scarves.

These scarves only took her about 1/2 hr to make and they turned out pretty cute.  We used some scraps of fleece measuring about 5x40".  We sewed them wrong sides together, turned right side out.  She picked out her favorite matching ribbons and folded them in half making a loop and sewed them to the ends of the scarf.   
There is a fun surprise with these scarves, we sewed a piece of 2.5" grosgrain ribbon about 1/3 from the end making a loop to tuck the end of the scarf through that way you don't have a bulky knot around your neck.

May Arts Ribbons used:

Thank you so much for stopping by today :)  Make sure you check out everyone's projects, there is something for everyone.

Have a Wonderful Holiday!!!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Believe Canvas-WOW

This is my project for the WOW Group post this weekend, make sure you check out everyone's wonderful work.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Christmas Trees with May Arts Ribbons

Welcome :)  Have you enjoyed all of the the May Arts trees?  Lots of beautiful things there.  Here is my tree and how I made these fun bows.
Our tree is really very "kid" friendly with bright colors and Hallmark ornaments.  I used 406-15-14 to create some full loopy bows to fill in some of the spaces but still keeping it casual with the burlap.

I used the Bowdabra to make these bows, I took really only minutes.  Just think of this contraption as just an extra set of hands to hold everything down.
It is very easy, 1 insert your wire 2 loop your ribbon (how ever many loops you want) 3. tie off 4. Fluff

I used this burlap ribbon, I love this ribbon it is one of my all time favorites from May Arts.
Make sure you stop by and check out everyone's wonderful trees.
Thanks for stopping by today,

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Ruffle Stocking-TOW

I have a cute Stocking up on the Therm O Web blog today:)  Go check it out:)
We're trimming the tree and home with ideas for ornaments, stockings and more!
Today Designer Jenifer Cowles has a sweet holiday ruffle stocking with you. Make this in any pattern or colors to fit your style and theme!

Christmas Stocking by Jenifer Cowles
Therm O Web Supplies:
Additional Supplies:
Canvas, trims, laces, fabric scraps, ribbons

1.  Draw out an outline of your stocking, trace a stocking you already have or sketch one out
2. Layout how you want your ruffles layered and sew them down
3. Gather supplies for the Monogram.  Use a font from the computer or just had draw the letter.
4. Iron the HeatNBond on to the fabric you want to use, trace the letter you want to use on the paper part of the HeatNbond.  Tip:  Make sure your letter is reversed that way when you cut it out it is on the correct side.
5. Iron your Monogram to the desired location on your stocking and sew it down.
6. Decorate as desired
Thank you so much for looking at my project today, make sure you come back often to see what else the design team has in store for you.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Exciting news

I would like to share that I am now a Design Team member at the Curtsey Boutique, you can see the announcement here.  It is for this super cute Etsy shop, Carrie Ann makes the cutest handmade embellishments for anything you can think of, check out her shop here.  I can't wait to start working with all of the fun goodies.
Have a great rest of the week,

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Stocking Advent Calendar-May Arts

Have you seen this super cute mini Stocking Advent I made:)  go take a look you will love it:)

Hi this is Jenifer here with you today to share this super cute and fun advent calendar with you today.
This is a great way to use up some of those ribbon scraps that you just cant seem to part with.  This project is pretty easy but it just takes some time because you are making so many little stockings. 
Step 1: collect the ribbons you want to use.
Step 2:  cut out 24 stockings.  I used felt scraps but you could use fleece or whatever you had laying around.
Step 3:  this is the hard part.  Layer all the ribbons you want to use on each stocking  Sew the ribbon down.  This is also when you would add your loop at the top for hanging.
Step 4:  Embroider the numbers on each stocking, this didn’t take me very long, I watched a movie while doing it.
Step 5: With right sides together sew the stocking up.  Turn right side out.   Tip: I use a chopstick to help turn, it makes the little spaces lay down better.
Step 6:  Repeat 23 more times then hang them all from a ribbon and enjoy.
Here is a close up of all the different stockings, I think I used about 30 different May Arts ribbons making these.  I love them and would love to see yours if you decided to make them.  Thank you so much for taking a look at my project today make sure you stop by again tomorrow for even more inspiration.
Blog post by:  Jenifer Cowles

May Arts Ribbon Used:

Other Supplies Used
  • Felt
  • Embroidery Thread
  • Sewing machine