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Monday, December 23, 2013

Hybrid Christmas Card-Therm O Web and Lawn Fawn

I tend to go a little overboard when it comes to sending out our Christmas cards.  One year I made cute cards that actually turned into signs that you could hang on a door knob or on a rack and this year is no exception.  I saw on Pintrest a cute little mini album that a straw was used as a spine and just went with that idea.  

Lawn Fawn just has the cutest paper stacks and accessories and makes everything so easy to put together.  Using small glassine bags poke a hole in the bottom, and run baker twine through the bag and up through the straw.  Repeat as necessary.

This is a picture of the "card" open to reveal 2 other bags.  Use tags covered in patterned paper that slide into the bag, giving you a nice base for your card.  Decorate the bags as desired using foam squares to give dimension and zots for everything else.

I plan on sliding the kids school pictures in to the bag with a little note from each of the kids for the Grandparents.

Thank you so much for looking a my project today I hope you enjoy it and come back for more inspiration.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Quick and Easy Christmas Gift Wrap-Curtsey Boutique

Quick and Easy Christmas Gift Wrap
Curtsey Boutique Designer
Jenifer Cowles
Has the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping worn you out? Have you asked yourself - what are you going  to do with all the wonderful gifts you've accumulated?

Our shop has a great variety of bags, boxes, and envelopes for a wide assortment of gifts. Jenifer shares a stress free combination of tags, ruffle flowers, baker's twine and kraft boxes that will bring a bit of perfection to your parcels with little effort on your part.

Don't forget to take a moment to enjoy the Christmas lights and a bit of hot cocoa - only 8 days left till Christmas morning!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Christmas Gifts-May Arts Hop

One day when I was dropping my Daughter off at guitar practice i noticed that she had her guitar in one hand and a stack of music books and sheets of music and notebooks in the other and she was having a hard time getting to the door.  Then it hit me!!  She needs a music bag to carry all of her stuff in :)
I had the Music Note canvas ribbon in my stash just waiting for the most perfect project, and voila we have a ruffle music bag.  Music books and sheet music tends to be a little bit bigger than other books so I accounted for that.

Cut out 2 12x18 pieces of canvas for the bag.
Cut out 6 3x22" fabric for the ruffle and handle

I ran 4 of the plaid fabric through my sewing machine using a ruffler foot.  BEST foot you can have for your machine, makes perfect ruffles in minutes.  Mark every 4" starting at the bottom and sew a ruffle on each line followed by the Pom Pom ribbon and then the Music canvas on top of that, repeat.  Cut out a 1" square on the bottom corners of the canvas.  Sew the bottom and the sides together. Match the side seam with the bottom seam and sew the 2" seam together this will be giving your bag some room inside.  Fold down the top 2" top stitch.  Using your last 2 pieces of plaid fabric fold in half length wise down both sides, I left raw edges on mine to match the raw edges of the ruffles but you could easily turn your straps right side out and have your seam enclosed.   Sew the Music canvas ribbon down the center of each strap and attach the straps to the bag.  Done :)

To top it all off I had to add a perfect little bow to one of the handles.

May Arts ribbon used:
413-34-6 Music notes Canvas
462-04 Pom Pom
UK-5-05 Silky Crush

I hope you enjoyed my project today, it isn't to late to whip up one of these little bags, it only took me an hour or so.
Make sure you stop by all the blogs in the hop and leave comments for wonderful prizes :)

Christina Colón
Charlene Driggs
Courtney Lee
DeeDee Catron
Emily Lanham
Gini Williams Cagle
Jen Shears
Jenifer Cowles <---You are here
Karen Baker
Lalo IK
Shellye McDaniel
Virginia Fynes

Thursday, December 12, 2013

December Album-ThermOWeb and Little Yellow Bicycle

Hi this is Jenifer here with you today to share my Little Yellow Bicycle project with you.  I made a popular December album to document the Holidays.  With the wonderful papers, stickers and all the accessories this is a fun and easy project.
Book Instructions:  
Cut your cover piece 7 1/2"x12"  
Cut your pages 7"x12
Fold all the pages in half so they measure 7"x6".  Put them together in groups of 2 or 3 sheets inside the fold.  Sew the pages down the center and to the center of the Cover.  Cut a 2"x7 1/2" piece and attach it using the Memory Tape runner XL, to the "spine" of the book covering the stitching.  Cutting threads is optional, I like the look of them so I left them as they were.

Here is a close up of the cover:  Using a stencil and some spackle create some texture.  Spray with your favorite Mist or Glitter Spray.  Attach Doily with Super glue Stick and some Zots to attach the medallion.  For the banner use some Foam squares to really make it Pop. 

 Using a small circle punch, punch several circles and sew them down to the sides of the pages.  These will be the tabs for each day.  Place small number stickers on the tabs or they could be hand written.  Your book is now ready to be filled in as events happen for the Holidays.

Here are a few of my pages.  I can't wait to fill in all the pages and have a wonderful memento of the month.
I hope you have enjoyed my project.  Make sure you check out all the rest of our Little Yellow Bicycle projects.

Happy Holidays,

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Snow globe- May Arts and Scrapbook Adhesives

Hi and welcome to my project for the hop. I decided that it was time to try a snow globe from a mason jar. It was really very easy.  For the tree on the inside I cut a bunch of triangles from patterned paper and folded them in half and then glued them all together and wrapped them with the May Arts pearl wire.  You can't see it in the picture but on the ground under the tree I have some beautiful soft lace that makes it look like snow.  After the inside is all put together put in some glitters and micha flakes then it is time to decorate the outside of the jar.  This always involves more ribbon :)  When all done shake and watch the snow fall.  My kids love this and I see a few more being made this holiday season.

May Arts Ribbons Used:
FY-09 wired Pearls
377-38-30 gold velvet
390-1-01 Lace
SM09 Jute String

Glass Jar

Jenifer Cowles  <--- You are here :)

Thank you so much for stopping by today :)  Make sure you stop by the other blogs today for some more wonderful inspiration.
Happy Holidays,

Monday, December 9, 2013

Christmas Card- Curtsey Boutique

Did you see this fun card I had up on the Curtsey Blog last week?

Today we are taking a peek at a lovely holiday card created by Jenifer Cowles.  Jenifer says, "I created a hybrid Christmas card that I plan to send to Grandparents with the kids school pictures and little notes from each of the kids tucked into each bag."

 Jenifer used our paper straws from the shop to bind a series of glassine envelopes together with baker's twine.  What a genius idea (and so festive!).

Jenifer decorated the front of her card with a snowflake rosette and doilies from the shop.  After decorating the envelopes with more goodies from the shop, she asked her kids to write special notes to their grandparents and tucked them inside the envelopes.  What a brilliant holiday keepsake for grandparents!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Holiday Planner-May Arts

Jenifer here with you today to share a quick, beautiful  but simple planner you can keep in your purse to jot down ideas for the upcoming holidays.  I don’t know about you but this time of year I tend to get a little flustered and overwhelmed.  This quick planner will help keep me focused and on task.

For the cover I took a piece of cardstock 8 1/2x11” folded in half, a couple sheets of plain paper and  graph paper surrounded by a sheet of music paper all folded in half and sewn to the cover down the center.  Layer beautiful May Arts ribbons and flowers, and you have a simple planner to keep you straight.

May Arts Ribbons used:
439-01 & 14 flowers in white and red
448 jumbo leaves
462-14 Pom Pom
FY09 wired pearls
406-15-14 Burlap
DD46 Grosgrain Dot

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Happy Holidays Wall hanging-Therm O Web and Blend Fabrics

Happy Holidays wall hanging by Jenifer Cowles
Jenifer here with you today to share this simple wall hanging.  It can easily be done in an afternoon or weekend.
Assortment of 7 Blend Hip Holiday fabrics
1 yard for back Hip Holiday Cars
1 yard for front Hip Holiday White with Silver Swirl
1/2 yard binding
Therm O Web Glitter Dust in Silver 

Cutting instructions:
Cut out 8 Octagons in various Hip Holiday Fabrics
 1-22"x36" of the white with silver swirl for the front
1-22"x36" of the cars for the back
1-4"x44" Red fabric for the Bow
Red fabric for the title

Directions:  Place Octagons as desired in a circle to form a wreath on the white and silver background fabric.  Edge stitch around each octagon as desired.  Adhere the fusible fleece to the backing fabric, pin top of wall hanging to back of wall hanging and quilt as desired.  Hand embroider around the wreath if desired, this is optional but definitely makes it pop. 
For the Happy Holidays I went to the computer and found a font I liked and enlarged it to the desired size.  Print it mirrored.  Trace the appliqué title pieces on the HeatnBond® LiteIron to the wrong side of the fabric.  Cut out the title and peel off the backing.  Center it on the white swirl fabric and press in place. Outline stitch each of the appliqué pieces. 

Cut (3) 2.5″ strips and sew them together using a diagonal seam.  Press in half lengthwise.  Line up the raw edges and sew around the wall hanging.  Hand sew it in place.
Spray the 4"x44" with Silver Glitter dust, this will make the background fabric really stand out and sparkle.  Sew it in half long ways giving you a 2"x44" tube, turn right side out.  Stitch the ends closed.  Tie in a Bow.  Tack it in place with a few hand stitches.

Now enjoy your super cute wall hanging and your Holidays.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Christmas Card Hop-May Arts

Thank you so much for joining us on our Christmas card hop.  I hope you sit down have a cup of coffee and get inspired.  I decided to go with a easy classic look.  

May Arts Ribbons used:
439-01 Flowers
439-14 Flowers
448-16 Leaves
463-58-14 Burlap ruffle

DCWV paper

Make sure you stop by everyone in the hop you are in for a wonderful hop :)