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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Cherish-May Arts/Scor-Pal Blog Hop

For my Layout I created these half medallions and used them like a banner under my picture.  The sequins added another dimension and sparkle to the layout, then I tucked a few pieces of the new ruched ribbon between the medallions.

I hope you have enjoyed my project today :)  make sure you stop along the way to view all of the other amazing projects and to be entered in a fun prize :)

Jen Shears
Abby Henderson -
Jenifer Cowles
Diane Zechman -
Karen Baker
Jennie Harper -
Lalo IK
Katie Tate -
Sandy Allnock
Lisa Silver -
Virginia Fynes

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Art Journal Curtsey Boutique

Did you see my new art journal/smash book over on the Curtsey Boutique blog?  Go check it out.

Monday, May 20, 2013

DCWV TOW Summer Lovin Blog Hop

Welcome to the DCWV/Therm O Web Summer Lovin’ Blog hop.   

Today, the design teams from DCWV and Therm O Web have brought together all the things we love about summer! The designers are have combined paper from DCWV’s Sunday Afternoon and Everlasting \Love stacks, together with a variety of adhesives, mists and other fantastic products from Therm O Web!    

If you have come here from Dayna Sabrina -  then you're on track! If not, you should go back to the DCWV blog ( and start today’s leg of the hop from there!

Hi Jenifer here with you today to share this fun summer journal I created with the Sunday Afternoon stack.  My Daughter loves to draw and write fun stories all the time and I thought that this would be a great place for her to put all of her fun little summer notes in.
I used the Super tape to adhere my journaling ribbon down and some zots and foam squares to help with the butterflies and pinwheels.

I have included fun inserts of patterned paper from the Sunday Afternoon stack and some plain paper and even some baggies and envelopes to put precious finds in.  I can't wait to see what this looks like at the end of the summer.

Be sure to visit all the blogs today, and leave comments for your chance to win!  Two lucky readers will win a set of 3 stacks from DCWV, and an additional reader will receive an amazing gift pack from Therm O Web!   The more you comment, the more chances you have to win!
Now, head on over to Hilde -  to see what kind of spring craftiness they have in store! 

List of Participants: 

Debbie -
Thomisia -
Andrea -
Amanda -
Patti -
Rita -
Rebecca -
Dayna Sabrina -
Jennifer C -
Hilde -
Audrey -
Britt -
Daniela -
Jan -
Erin -
Tessa -
Karen -
Alice -
Karla -
Emily - 
Julia Sandvoss –

Friday, May 17, 2013

Camera Bag-May Arts

Hi this is Jenifer here with you today to share this quick cute camera bag I made for my Daughter.  It is so easy but it looks so cute.

My Daughters camera is very small but you could adapt this to what ever size you needed.  I took a scrap of canvas that I had laying around it is 4x9 for the body of the bag and a piece that was 4x4 for the back pocket.  I stitched the beautiful eyelet ribbon in layers across the front, then sewed right sides together giving me my little bag.  Turn right side out.  Add a piece of 1 1/2" chevron Twill along the top as binding.
For the strap I sewed 3/4" chevron Twill and the 1/8" Diag Stripe ribbon together to have a little contrast, sew down on each side.  Sew on a button and a little loop to hold it all together.

May Arts Ribbons : 
Other Supplies:
Sewing Machine

I hope you have enjoyed my project today.  Make sure you stop by regularly to check out everything this wonderful talented team has in store.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Quilt Market and Therm O Web

I am so excited to share my projects that I made for the Therm O Web booth for Quilt Market.  All of the beautiful fabrics were designed by our very own Pat Sloan and they are gorgeous.  First off I have a kids apron, it really is very simple but you would never know it with all of the little details.
Kids Apron by Jenifer Cowles
Other Supplies:
Ribbon and RicRac May Arts
Trace around an existing apron and adjust the size if needed.  Apply a ruffle along the bottom with ribbon and ricrak trim.   Apply HeatNbond Lite to desired design, cut out, apply and sew.  Sew on a pocket with trim if desired.  Make ties using HeatNbond Extra Firm to give it more stability.   Make loops for attaching the D-rings to run the Ties through, bind the edges and arms and you are done.

I also made a large bag that I plan to use on day trips to the lake and other family trips.  Using HeatNBond Craft Extra Firm in the bag gives it the extra stability you need for everything you will be loading in your bags.    In this bag I also inserted a bunch of large pockets to hold all of the "little things" that tend to get lost in big bags.

Thank you so much for taking a look at my projects today, if you are lucky enough to be attending Quilt Market make sure you stop by the booth.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Decorative Ribbon Pillow May Arts

Hi this is Jenifer here with you today.  When it comes to ribbon I am always trying to figure out ways to make more masculine projects for my boys.  Well when it comes to the new denim ribbon I think I have found a winner.
This is a very quick and simple project.  I took a 14"x14" piece of canvas as my base and marked a ¼” around all of the edges, this will be your seam line.  You pin your ribbon along one end and then weave your way along the other end and you get this very cool pattern.  The neat thing is that this is all made with the same ribbon, it just looks different on the other side, giving you a nice pattern.
Decorative Pillow with Ribbon
Now that you have it all woven you sew around the edge using a ¼” seam allowance.  You now take your other 14"x14" piece of canvas and sew them together leaving an opening on one end.   Insert your pillow form and hand stitch the opening and you are good to go.
Decorative Pillow with Ribbon
Thank you so much for taking the time to look at my project today, I hope you have enjoyed my quick and easy pillow today, make sure you check back often for a ton of inspiration from this very talented team.
Blog post by: Jenifer Cowles

May Arts Ribbon Used:
May Arts Denim Ribbon
  • 440 1.5" Denim Ribbon

Other Supplies Used:
  • Canvas
  • 12×12 pillow form

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Wreath and Canvas with Simple Stories and TOW

Hi this is Jenifer here with you today to share my projects using Therm O Web and Simple Stories, Vintage Bliss collection.  I have to say this collection is so beautiful it was hard actually cutting into it. All was good once I started.

 Dream Big Canvas by Jenifer Cowles
Therm O Web Icraft adhesive tape 1/4"
Therm O Web Super Stick Glue stick
Therm O Web XL Memory Tape Runner
Therm O Web 3D Adhesive Squares
Therm O Web Medium Zots Clear Adhesive Dots
Simple Stories Vintage Bliss Collection:
12×12 Collection Kit and 12×12 Simple Basics Kit
8x10 canvas
Doilies: Curtsey Boutique
Pearl Wire: May Arts
Other: pearls, wax paper
Using the Super Stick Glue stick glue down the main paper on the canvas.  Adhere your favorite quote to the center using 3D adhesive squares.  Put Icraft tape under the side and adhere your fringed wax paper and cut doily trim.  Hand cut butterflies from patterned paper and adhere with a zot to the paper or the Pearl wire.

Wreath by Jenifer Cowles
Therm O Web Icraft adhesive tape 1/4"
Therm O Web 3D Adhesive Squares
Therm O Web Medium Zots Clear Adhesive Dots
Simple Stories Vintage Bliss Collection:
12×12 Collection Kit and 12×12 Simple Basics Kit
Ribbon: May Arts
Doilies: Curtsey Boutique
Other:  Foam Wreath, pearls, small clothes pins
Wrap the foam wreath with various layers of ribbons starting with the widest first.  Pick out a few of your favorite quotes and using Icraft adhesive tape apply the doily trim along the back, hang using small clothespins. Cut out several butterflies and flowers from the patterned paper and apply them to the wreath as desired using zots and the 3d Foam squares.  
Make sure you stop by the rest of the week for the rest of the teams gorgeous projects.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Easy Circle Quilt with Therm O Web and Cosmo Cricket

My fun quilt is up on the Therm O Web blog make sure you check it out :)

Circles Quilt by Jenifer Cowles
Hi Jenifer here with you today to share a easy quilt that you can make in a weekend start to finish and would you believe that I used no pins at all putting this quilt together :)  I don't know if this particular technique has been done before, I have never seen it but it was very helpful and saved me a ton of time with the Applique.

Therm O Web Supplies:
Cosmo Cricket-Salt Air fabric

Draw circles in multiple sizes on your HeatNBond Feather lite and roughly cut out a circle of fabric.  Using a 1/4" seam allowance sew the fabric and interfacing right sides together (right side of fabric and the glue side of the interfacing)
Eliminate some of the bulk using pinking shears or scissors cutting close to your seam.
Cut a small slit in the Interfacing.

Using the small slit cut in the interfacing turn your circle right side out taking care not to tear the interfacing to much.

Using a chopstick or another small devise gently go around the edge of your circle.

Do this multiple time until the desired amount of circles are created.  
Now that the circles are created with a nice finished edge you can now adhere them to your background fabric as desired. 
Lay out your backing fabric on a flat surface spray with Therm O Web SprayNBond basting spray, layer with desired batting and another coat of SprayNBond basting spray and then finally with the quilt top.  Quilt as desired.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

You are Loved Canvas-WOW

I thought I would share a canvas that I made for a very dear friend of mine who is going through a lot.  I can't wait to give it to her.

I took a 8x10 canvas and drew a heart in the middle of the page.  With the WoW embossing pen I then went around the heart a few times and applied Angel Wings embossing glitter which gave me a beautiful place to start.  Apply the texture, I inserted my title before the texture was dry to help keep it in place.

I tore up tiny scraps of paper in reds and pinks to give the heart a mosaic effect.  I hand cut the wings and applied Neutral Shimmer embossing glitter over them to make them sparkle.  Lastly I added the flowers.
I hope you have enjoyed my project today, stay tuned for more wonderful projects from the team.