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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Fluffy bow tutorial revisited

Hello dear crafter,

As so many people keep asking for the tutorial of how I make my fluffy bows, I decided to make a newer version as the old one dates from 3 years ago, and I have since "perfected" it a bit. So here the step by step how to make those luscious fluffy bows.

I start out with blank crinkle ribbon or seam binding. I wrap it around my hand about 5, 6 or 7 times. It depends on how fluffy you want it. I cut that piece off. This is your blank "canvas" now. Sometimes I stain it with distress ink, distress stain or distress markers. 

I am making a very Dutch themed tag, so I coloured the ribbon with red and blue distress markers, festive berries and chipped sapphire to be exact. I always mist a bit of water over it after colouring and immediately dry it with my heat tool. This makes the ink bleed a tiny bit.

I wrap the dried ribbon around my hand again, this time not all the way, I measure a piece (by eye) to cut off to fasten the fluffy part of the bow with.

So now I have a shorter and a longer piece of ribbon.

As you can see, I made a very Dutch themes tag, hence the red, white and blue ribbon lol. I take the shorter piece of ribbon and lace it through the tag. You use this to fasten the fluffy part of the bow to the tag. 

Once again I wrap the ribbon around my hand. Normally I just wrap it around my hand, not neatly like this, but I wanted the colours to stay where they are.

I slide it off my hand and pinch the centre of the loops. 

Now put the loops on the hole, with the shorter piece of ribbon. Now the next step is a bit teicky but after a try or two it will go super easy.

I put my pinky on the centre of the bow, to make sure it stay put. Same as you do when teaching a child to tie its shoes. With the rest of my fingers I take the short piece of ribbon and tie the bow down with a half knot. This way you can see if the bow is centred.

I am happy with my bow so I tighten the knot. And then make a bow on top of my bow.

This is how it looks unfluffed. I trimmed the ends of the ribbon and now we fluff the bow!

I gently pull the individual loops of the bow apart and scrunch them a bit.
This will puff up the bow...

And VOILÁ, you have a perfect fluffy bow on top of your tag, or even on your card. 

And here is the finished tag!

I hope you learned a bit and will create your own bows now.

Thank you for stepping by. Take care and keep your craft on.


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Crafts Dreamy Design Team March

Welcome dear crafter,

Today I am sharing my project I made for the Crafts Dreamy Challenge Blog.

Every month we make something inspired by a mood bord. This month it was this one:

I immediately had an idea in my head. So this is what I made:

 This is how I started out. I stamped the coffee cup, a Tim Holtz Blue Print stamp, and heatembossed it with Mercury Rising embossing powder from Emerald Creek Craft Supplies . Then I stamped the crackle over the whole tag and also embossed this with Mercury Rising. After that cools you just start colouring. Cell by cell to create that faux stained glass look. 
I coloured the cup first and then the background. I made sure to use various colours to get the right effect. 

I stamped the sentiment on the crinkle ribbon and them coloured the edges with distress markers to make it tie in more with the colours of the tag. I stamped the same sentiment on some card stock and heat embossed it with Just Java embossing powder from Emerald Creek Craft supplies. This is amazing powder that smells like coffee! Not only when heated, but also when cooled down. So the tag has a whiff of coffee! 

And here it is again, the finished faux stained glass tag that smells like coffee!

Thank you for visiting and I hope you will give the challenge a try! 

Take care and keep your craft on!


Thursday, February 15, 2018

February challenge for Crafts Dreamy Design Team

Hello again,

I would like to share with you my project for the Crafts Dreamy challenge blog for February. The mood board gave us pastels and a romantic valentines theme.

I used various Tim Holtz dies and crackle paints as well as stencils and oxides.

Go and have a nosey if you like.

Thank you for stepping by and hopefully until next time :-)

Take care and keep your craft on!


Monday, January 15, 2018

First DT project for Crafts Dreamy challenge blog.

As I have announced in my previous post, I have been asked to join a new design team for a challenge blog called Crafts Dreamy

Every month we create a project inspired by a mood board.

This is my project for this month. I stamped the plaid background with old paper distress ink and inked over it with antique linen.
I then stamped the stag with black archival ink and coloured it with brushed corduroy and tea dye distress ink. I stamped the twigs with pine needles and stamped the sentiment with embossing ink. I used Emerald Creek Northern Lights embossing powder.
I cut two pine cones and embossed them with the die. I just love pine cones!
To make it all pop I put some white accents everywhere with a white gelli roll pen.

I stuck it to a blue faux leather card blank and my card is done.

Thank you for stepping by. Take care and keep your craft on.


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Crafts Dreamy Challenge Blog Design Team

I have been asked to join a new design team for a challenge blog called Crafts Dreamy. We create a monthly project inspired by a mood board. So keep an eye out for my monthly DT projects 😃😃😃 on 

Somethig about the founder of the blog:

Welcome to Crafts Dreamy, a challenge blog. I am Zowie Dixon from the United Kingdom, a mother of three beautiful children who never fail to inspire me. I am a passionate crafter and have been crafting for 8 years.

Since ages now, I have been wanting to start a challenge blog as I love crafting and believe that art is for everyone, and is a great way to express oneself. So finally today, I have taken to my dream and have decided to start this new adventure! 

Personally, I love Vintage and Shabby Chic style of crafting and this reflects a lot in my work. I also love mixed media and collage art.  I have been a self-taught artist/crafter without any formal training and crafting does bring me a lot of joy.

The intention of Crafts Dreamy is to let you all play, craft and have fun. Every month we will bring to you a new mood-board with some fabulous inspirations from our Design Team members to get your creative juices flowing. This would be an ‘Anything Goes’ Blog and so we really look forward to seeing all your unique creations based on the boards.

Starting 15th of every month we will have a new mood-board to play with.

So watch out and do come back on the 15th of January for the very first challenge!

Looking forward to your creations and participation!

Happy crafting!

Take care and keep your craft on!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Alcohol ink background cards

Hello there,

I know it has been a while. Summer is always my least productive season. I always make up for it in Autumn and Winter though...

I made a few halloween cards using some alcohol ink backgrounds I made. I love making the backgrounds. Once I start it is so hard to stop!!

These backgrounds are so versatile!!

Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog.
Hopefully until next time.

Take care and keep your craft on!


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Heat embossing on glass

I have been toying with the idea of heat embossing on glass for a while now.  After I saw it done on the Emerald Creek Dare blog, and decided to take the plunge.

I have been addicted to olives for a while now and the ones we buy come in these huge pretty jars. I wanted to recycle thwm and give them a make over so that they can be used as a decorative piece, or even as a useful jar.

After I finished making this one, I decided it was too pretty to give away or just sit somehwere, so I kept it for myself and keep my crinkle ribbon in it. I always pre cut me ribbon to the length I need to make my fluffy bows. And now instead of a plastic ice cream tub, they are kept in my pretty jar!!

Here is how I transforned my glass jar with lid....

I started with the lid. I cut a piece of cotton fabric to size. In this case from an old bed sheet.
And I stamp it with archival ink to give it a country style look. This sap green is almost identical to bundled sage distress ink. The relevance will make sense later *wink wink*

I trimmed most of the excess fabric off, I will trim some more once the lid is done. 

I stuck the fabric to my lid using two sided tape. I made sure I put it on there really tight.

Normally the fabric is tied around the "neck" of the jar with string or ribbon, but that means I would have to untie that everytime I use the jar. So I decided to make a faux tied lid, so I can open the jar more easily.

I put double sided tape on tge edge of my lid, to create the illusion of a tied up lid. 

My phone acted up and didn't save the pics I took of staining my ribbon and putting it on the double sided tape. So I will try and describe what I did. The ribbon is stained with distress ink in the colour Bundled Sage. So now it matches the fabric. I stuck the piece of ribbon on the tape on the rim of the lid. I made sure I had enough ribbon to tie my fluffy bow. I tied my bow the same way I do on my tags and cards. I must say that I LOOOOOOVE how it turned out!

Now onto the jar itself!

I want a plaid print on my jar. To do this I used the plaid stamp by Tim Holtz, embossing ink and the glorious Aurora Stone Blue embossing powder by Emerald Creek Craft Supplies.

I stamped the image on the jar with embossing ink and the unmounted cling stamp. I didn't put it on a block so I could press it along the curves of the jar. I didn't press too hard at the edges as I didn't want it to look too tidy. Then I took my heat tool and embossed it. It takes a while as the glass heats up much slower than paper, obviously. But once it heats up it melts quickly. And after it cools down it stays put. I scratched my nails over it and nothing chipped off! I was quite surrised about that! Yaaaaay!!!


I am soooo pleased with the outcome of this experiment. I am so keeping this jar on my desk :-)

Thank you for taking the time to visit and read my blog. I hope to see you here again. 

Take care and keep your craft on!