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Friday, March 22, 2013

Spring Wreath-TOW

Do you need an idea for a cute spring wreath?  Go check mine out on the ThermOWeb blog:)

Hi Jenifer here with you today to share a no Sew project using Fabric Fuse.
This is a quick and easy way to add some fabric to your projects without pulling out the sewing machine.  I put together this fun spring wreath using my fun Fabric Fuse leaves.
Therm O Web Supplies:
Other Supplies:
Doilies and Vintage pattern flowers Curtsey Boutique
Foam Wreath
Ribbon May Arts
Fabric Scraps

I put together some cute leaves in 3 easy steps.


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Here is a closeup of the Flower Cluster.

JeniferCowles_TOW_SpringWreathCUThank you so much for taking the time to look at my project today.  I hope I have inspired you to use some Fabric Fuse in your next project.  Leave me a link I would love to check out your project.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Embroidered Gift Bag-May Arts

I have a fun little gift bag up on the May Arts blog today :)  go check it out.
Hi this is Jenifer here with you today for a quick and easy gift bag that can be done in about 15 minutes.  I got these cute little canvas bags at Curtsey Boutique and they are the perfect size for a small gift.  I took out the string that tied the bag close and replaced it with the 1 ¼” silk ribbon for the closure.
Embroidered Gift Bag
At the bottom corner I put a little embroidered rose using the “woven rose” technique here is a link with a great tutorial on how to create these roses.  I also added a couple French knot clusters. Lastly I cut out some leaves from BY66 and tacked them down with a few stitches.  I think with just a few minutes and some beautiful silk ribbons you can create a very special gift.
Embroidered Gift Bag
Thank you so much for taking the time to look at my project today, be sure to check back daily for more inspiration from this very talented Design Team.
Blog post by: Jenifer Cowles

May Arts Ribbon Used:
May Arts Silk Ribbon

May Arts Silk Ribbon

May Arts Ribbon Leaves

Other Supplies Used:
  • Curtsey Boutique Canvas Bag
  • Thread
  • Needle

Monday, March 18, 2013

My Core’dinations Creative Frenzy

I thought I would throw my hat into the Core'dinations Design Team Call.  I absolutely love Core'dinations their quality of cardstock is top notch and with all the fun embossed patterns and variety of paper you just can't go wrong.  Almost all of my projects start with a base of Core'dinations Cardstock.
I love that there is many possibilities with Core'dinations that I just don't get with other cardstock.  I do a lot of scrapbooking, mixed media and altered projects.  Please sit back and enjoy my projects and keep your fingers crossed.    

Project #1
Here are the steps that I took to create this page:
  1.  Sand the cardstock to revel the cool pattern underneath.
  2. Punch your white glitter paper and your patterned paper.
  3. Take your 2.5” Grosgrain ribbon 351-94 and do a large running stitch with the Twine 412-17 and gather it to give it some texture.
  4. Layer your ribbons as desired.
  5. Add your pictures and other small bits and pieces.
  6. Create and add some flowers.
  7. I added some iridescent paint around the edges of my paper and also on the aqua grosgrain just for fun.

Project #2

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 mod podged them willy nilly.  After that dries then I just stared layering paint and inks here and there and finally I threw 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 mod 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.
Project #3
For my last project I have this super fun notebook I put together, it is definitely one of my all time favorite projects.  Core'dinations works wonderfully for covers and for the insides of notebooks as well as all the decorative pieces in between.

Thank you so much for taking the time to look at my work, best of luck to everyone trying out, you never know until you try. 

Friday, March 15, 2013

Muslin Bag-Curtsey Boutique

I have a fun gift bag up over at the Curtsey Boutique make sure you check it out :)
Misted Muslin Bag
Curtsey Boutique Designer
Jennifer Cowles

Jennifer has it all in the bag today as she showcases our brand new muslin bags, accented with misting and Curtsey Boutique embellishments

"I first sprayed the bag with some Color Shine and then I layered the doily and the tag.  I also wrapped a small clothespin with some of the bakers twine to "jazz" it up a bit."

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Silk Ribbon Embroidered Notebook-May Arts

I have this cute notebook up on the Paper Crafter's Library, go check it out. Leave a comment and enter to win 2 spools of ribbon :)
For my project I took a plain 9×6 spiral notebook and gave it a beautiful new cover in just a few spare moments.  On the bottom corner of my patterned paper I did a little silk ribbon embroidered rose with some french knot flowers clustered on the sides.
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The May Arts leaf ribbon is perfect to wind around and through some of the flower clusters.  Using the May Arts bakers twine I quickly embroidered “Notes” along the bottom, and woven through a doily towards the top to tie everything together.  After all the fun details were applied I adhered it to the notebook along with a cute polka-dot ribbon along the spiral to tie it all together.  It immediately went from bleh to WOW, in no time at all.

May Arts ribbons:
Patterned paper: My little Shoebox
Doily: Curtsey Boutique

We hope you have enjoyed today’s feature. We want to extend a sincere thank you to Jennifer for her fabulous projects and May Arts for sharing their company with us. Be sure to visit May Arts to see more of their great products and to enter the fabulous give-away.
In order to enter the give-away to win the ribbon rolls, please leave us a comment in the comments section of this post and visit May Arts to leave a comment on their blog as well. Winners will be announced next week on the Paper Crafter’s Library blog!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Fabric Feathers with TOW

Here is my latest on the Therm O Web blog go check it out:)

Feathers are so popular right now! Everywhere you look…feathers are being used for crafts, embellishments, fashion and more!
Today I thought I would figure out how to make some feathers with some scraps of fabric and HeatnBond.  Imagine all the possibilities.
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Therm O Web Supplies:
Other Supplies:
Fabric Scraps
small piece of Craft Wire

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Step 1:  Iron on the HeatnBond to the scrap of Fabric.

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Step 2:  Before you Adhere the 2nd scrap of fabric put a piece of craft wire between the 2 pieces of fabric.
Step 3:  Cut out a feather shape.  Fold your feather in half and cut small diagonal clips on the sides.

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Your Feathers are now ready.  The possibilities are endless.  You could used them as a decoration for your jacket or pillow.  Make a fun headband! Add a bright colorful array to a tote bag or cute wristlet!You could even attach them to a scrapbook layout or card or tuck some into a spring wreath!
I hope you have enjoyed my project today, come back often for more inspiration.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

I have this fun little gift box up on the Curtsey Boutique blog.  Go check out all the fun cute little projects over there.
Gift Box with Pin
Curtsey Boutique Designer
Jennifer Cowles

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

WOW Bracelets

My daughter and I were looking through a Restoration Hardware catalog and we came across these simple bracelets that sold for about 50$ each.  Well the cost was definitely high for a 10 year old but I knew we could produce something similar for a fraction of the price.  I gathered my supplies some suede string from May Arts, some jump rings, a piece of paper (punched into a 1/2" circle) and of course some WOW embossing powders.  We used Bodacious Blue, Presidio Purple, Clear Gloss and Metallic Silver.

Step 1:  take your circle and pierce a small hole at the top and run your jump ring through it, this makes it easier to hold on to while embossing.  I put 3 layers of power on it and then sealed it with a layer of clear.  For the "m" one I stamped it quickly while it was still hot.  Last step is to run your suede string through the jump ring and then tie around your wrist.  We made 3 bracelets in about 10 minutes.  The lengths of suede are about 20" and that way they can also be worn as a necklace.

I hope you have enjoyed my project today, make sure you stop by often to check out the rest of the wonderfully talented design team.