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Friday, August 30, 2013

Elegant Kindle case-May Arts

Did you see my cute Kindle cover over on the May Arts blog?  go check it out and make one for yourself :)
I recently got a Kindle HD for  my birthday, so I had to make a beautiful cover for it. This project is very easy and could be accomplished in about an hour.

I hope you have enjoyed my project today I would love to check out your project if you make one,leave me a link so I can.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Simple Wall Art -DCWV/TOW

Have you ever met a piece of paper or fabric that you just loved so much you just couldn't cut into it?  When I received the Letterpress stack from DCWV all the papers were just so lovely I just wanted to frame and hang them all.  Don't be afraid to do a super simple project, simple is good.

Simple Wall Art : Jenifer Cowles

Therm O Web Supplies:
Therm O Web Superstick Glue stick
Therm O Web Super Tape

Other Supplies:
Ribbon- May Arts
Cut out the patterned paper to the size and glue it to the canvas.
Use Super Tape around the edge of the canvas to attach ribbon, giving it a fun finished look.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Easy Berry Basket Pin Cushion Curtsey Boutique

Easy Berry Basket Pin Cushion

Project Instructions:
Take a 4x4 piece of cardboard and put it inside the muslin bag, then fill the bag with batting.
Fold over the open end and insert into berry basket and you are finished.  Tie a fabric ribbon around the basket and insert pins and you have a cute pincushion.
Curtsey Boutique Supplies

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Curtsey Boutique DT call

Curtsey Boutique is having a Design Team call, this team has just been so much fun to work on,  Carrie Ann has the very best products, her attention to detail is like no other.  I recommend anyone to apply for this team.
Best of Luck-- here are the details.

Curtsey Boutique Design Team Call. 


Party and Event Planners
Card Makers
Home Decor Lovers
Project Lifers
Packaging Addicts
Accessory Makers
Anyone who loves the packaging, baskets, accessories, flowers, doilies, paper bows and other goodies we sell in the shop!


6 Month DT Term (October - March)

Create 2 projects a month

Create 1 separate tutorial a month (photo or video)

Be able to take clear, well staged photos of projects.

Be willing to allow project photos with proper credit to be used in shop listings even after your design term expires.

Must have an active blog, updated at least twice a week.

Must be able to create a Curtsey Boutique pinterest board to share projects and product updates.

All projects will be posted on your personal blog and the Curtsey Boutique Blog 

Post our DT badge on your blog sidebar.

Be an easy to work with, happy personality that meets deadlines and offers insight and inspiration when it strikes you!


Generous box of Curtsey Boutique product at the beginning of your term that you get to help select!

Additional product boxes throughout your term with shop updates and resupply items.

Discount on all shop purchases and free shipping if the purchase coincides with a DT package.

Link to your blog in all your project posts and on our DT members page.

Shop credit via product payment for publications when the shop is listed in the publication's supplies.


Provide your contact information:

Blog Address
Email Address
Mailing Address
Links to Social Media (facebook, pinterest, online galleries)

Images of 3 of the projects (layout, home decor, packaging, card, mini album, Project Life, etc) that best reflect your current style. They don't need to be new or contain Curtsey Boutique product (though its nice if they do!)

Provide a list of your experience (either in resume format or less formally) including current and past design team commitments

A brief introduction of yourself and why you would like to work on our DT.

Email all this to: with DT Call Submission in the subject line


September 1, 2013

Winning Designers will be contacted personally by 5 September 2013.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Congrats-May Arts New Website

CONGRATULATION TO May Arts and the new Website :)

I did a fancy card with some red foil paper and velvet to make it seem like the "Red" carpet :)
Congrats May Arts :)  Make sure you stop by the new blog :)  There are some Super huge fantastic prizes :)

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Twine Bowl-May Arts

Hi Jenifer here with you today to share this very cool, fun project with you.  My 7 year old and I made this bowl in just a few quick steps.

May Arts Ribbon used:
420-33 Paper cord
 watered down elmers glue
clear plastic wrap
 bowl to use as a mold

Cover bowl with Cling wrap, cut 2 foot lengths of paper cord and soak them in the glue.
Layer your gluey paper cord in loopy patterns around the bowl until you get the desired look.  Allow the glue to dry and remove your Twine bowl from the cling wrap and you are done

Here is a view from the top,

Imagine the possibilities, I am loving how well has turned out.  I hope you give it a try, if you do leave me a link I would love to see how it turned out.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Quick and easy headbands with May Arts

My Daughter wanted some fun headbands to put in her hair for the summer.  We came up with the super quick and easy ribbon headbands that took about 15 minutes to do all 3.
Cut a length of ribbon cut at 44" (you will need to be able to tie it under your hair)
Decorate as desired.  For the flowers I like to use 5 flowers, 1 as the base then the other 4 folded in quarters and then sewn down at the center.

 Fun and Sassy headband
May Arts ribbon used:
439 flowers

Classy headband
May Arts ribbon used:
439 flowers

Casual headband
For this headband we tore a scrap piece of fabric 2" wide and 44" long then sewed the ribbon in pleats on one side to dress it up.
May Arts ribbon used:
Thank you so much for taking the time to look at my simple project today, I hope you create some fun summer headbands for yourself.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Jennifer Jangles Week-Christmas Owl-TOW

Jenifer here with you today, when I heard we were going to do a Jennifer Jangles week I was so excited I could barely stand it.  Jennifer's whimsical designs are just to cute, bright and fun they put a smile on your face.  The hardest part for me was just picking out one project to do, but the Okey Dokey Owl won out.  

Jennifer's patterns were clear and easy to follow.  My 11 year old daughter and I made the owl together and had a great time and my 7 year old son has one on order in the colors blue and green:)
I knew this pattern was going to be a favorite and I believe we will be making some for Christmas presents so to make the pattern last I traced it on to the new StitchNSew Pattern Material.  StitchNSew is a nice light weight interfacing that you can see through to trace patterns or you can run it through your printer and print off your patterns.  This stuff is so cool, I know I will be using it all the time.
Here is a close up of our little Christmas Owl, we even put some little jingle bells on his wings:)  Thank you so much Jennifer for allowing me to make this fun project, you are so very talented.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Sunsets with WOW

 Hi this is Jenifer here with you today to share a fun layout.  Ever since I received the new Desert Sands collection I just knew I had to use it.  Well I found this old picture that was just perfect.  I used the Sahara on the card stock and it has just a touch of pink mixed in with the gold giving off the perfect sunset hue.
Did you know you could also use embossing powder on silk/polyester flowers, well you can.  I put some of the Kalahari glitter powder on the flower giving it a little sparkle.
I used the stamp NB Canvas to give it some fun texture, as you can see in this close up.

I hope you have enjoyed my quick layout today and I hope it has inspired you to pull out and scrap some of your sunset pictures.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Chevron Zipper pouch- May Arts

Hi, this is Jenifer here with you today to share a cute, fun project.  I have made this simple zippered pouch.  Imagine the possibilities… I am going to use mine as a little sewing kit but you could put pens, makeup or any fun thing you would like to store in there.  It would be a great little gift or stocking stuffer.
Chevron Rainbow Pouch
Chevron Rainbow Pouch

Cut out 2 pieces of canvas 9×7 and 2 pieces of desired lining fabric.  
Place your pieces of ribbon on the canvas in desired order and sew them down, leaving a ½” at the top and the bottom for the seams.
Chevron Rainbow Pouch
Once you have the ribbons sewn down then base the lining to the ribbon fabric at the top ½”, iron the ½” at the top and sew the zipper on each side.  Unzip the zipper a little so you can turn the pouch inside out and sew the side and bottom seams.  Clip the corners, turn inside out and you are done.  I just can’t seem to get enough of these May Arts flowers so I layered them and attached them to both sides to give it a little something extra.
Here is the pouch open.
Chevron Rainbow Pouch
I hope you have enjoyed my project today and I would love to see yours if you decide to make one, just leave me a link.
Blog post by: Jenifer Cowles

May Arts Ribbons used:
May Arts Ribbon Flowers

May Arts Ribbon Suede Leaves

May Arts Candy Cane Striped Ribbon

May Arts Chevron Striped Twill

Other Supplies Used:
  • Canvas
  • 9” zipper
  • Cotton for lining