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Snapdragon Bookmark for Doodle Pantry

Another combination project here. I used the fabulous snapdragon image from Doodle Pantry along with a swap for Swap-Bot to make an encouraging quote bookmark.

snapdragon bookmark

Yep, I know, there is no quote on it. I hope it was OK to put it on the back and darn it if I didn’t forget to take a photo of the back. It is a quote from Oprah, something about everyday having the opportunity to kick off your shoes and dance. I really like that one because way too many people take life way too seriously and forget to stop and have fun!

I hope my partner likes it! If you haven’t checked out Doodle Pantry, be sure to head on over there to check out the fabulous images Laurie has drawn. This one was really easy to colour and there are zillions of colours and colour combos available for snapdragons. Just Google snapdragons and then click on images at the top for photos only! This colour combo was easily my favourite.

TIP: When colouring pale flowers, be sure to add a wash of colour around them to help them stand out from the paper.  Here I contrasted the peachy pink with a bluish green wash. Try using a colour that is opposite (or close) on the colour wheel. Green is the opposite of red (pink) on the colour wheel but I chose bluish green because I like how this colour looks as a wash. For purple, use yellow and vice versa. For blue, use peach, for green use pink… You get the idea. When using Copics, use a colour that ends on 0, 00 or 01. Go around the outline of the flowers and don’t forget to fill in any gaps between the flowers too. Then blend the edge out to white with the blender pen.

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Image:
Doodle Pantry, background-SU!
Ink: antique linen Distress (makes white CS look ivory), chocolate chip-SU!
Paper: white CS-Taylored Expressions, bookmark-Hero Arts, DP-Lily Kate-Basic Grey
Accessories: pearls-Dollarama, ribbon-May Arts, button,twine-PTI. Copics-Y21,YR61, R11,22, G21,85, C00, BG10 (background wash), Blender, Corner rounder-EK Success

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Dragonfly Cards for Whimsical Wednesdays

These are the last two dragonfly cards I’ll get finished before the deadline to send them in. If you haven’t read my previous posts about the card drive, please read HERE.

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I actually managed to get two done with this week’s sketch. TIP: The ribbon below is white twill coloured with a Copic marker. I didn’t like how much white showed through the twill texture so I sprayed it with alcohol in a Mini Mister. This dissolved the colour and allowed it to soak through the thickness of the ribbon.

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Just two other quick notes. I added pearls to both cards. They are harder to see in the photos than IRL but I think they add a nice touch. The background for the butterfly is airbrushed with B12 and a handcut cloud template. I am really having fun with the airbrush system. I can’t believe I had it for well over a month without playing with it!

I hope you will all play this week’s sketch! Isn’t it a fun one, courtesy Nikki? The DareDevils would love for you to visit their blogs to see their work! Everyone is playing except Valerie and Kim. Please be sure link up your card so you can be eligible for this month’s prize from our Sponsor, The Character Cafe. Make sure you leave a DIRECT link to your post at Mr Linky on the Whimsical Wednesdays blog, not the link to your main blog page. I am very sad to say that Sandra is resigning after this week. We will really miss you, Sandra! I’ve really enjoyed your fabulous, creative cards! Best wishes with your new job, DTs and your family!

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Stamps:
flourishes-Autumn Leaves
Ink: Baja, celery-SU!
Paper: Baja, white CS-SU!, LilyKate DP-Basic Grey
Accessories: foam dots-Jody Morrow, twill-stash, Copic markers, airbrush system, Jesse James buttons, Nestabilities, scalloped punch-SU!

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Swinging “Whee” Card Tutorial for Whimsical Wednesdays

I started out not too inspired by this colour challenge. I am more into pastels, muted and jewel tone colours. With bright pink, pink, turquoise and grey-green, I was kind of stuck. I started with one of my new Pure Innocence girls from MFT and I found a pack of paper I had forgotten about with the required colours in it! No way, really? WAHOOO! Then I remembered a card by Jody Morrow where she had the girl actually swing back and forth on the front of the card. It was a fabulous tutorial but after I saw her card, I thought about it for ages, I was sure there must be a wee bit easier way to get the same effect.

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As you can see, I DID IT!! Now my tree isn’t nearly as impressive as Jody’s which had many, many leafy punch outs to make her tree, with a trunk, she had a fence and grass… I decided to try going with a faster card and I’m glad because I am so pleased with it, my kids want me to make more! I am going to do  tutorial for you which also meant making another card so everyone is happy!

swing tut1Step 1. Stamp the image on white CS. If you want to colour with a specific medium, make sure the paper matches your choice of colouring tools. Stamp the ropes part of the image again. Leave a circle of cardstock at the top of the ropes. (mine isn’t trimmed into a circle yet, see next photo)

swing tut2 Step 2. Cut out the image, DO NOT cut out the space between the ropes. Cut off the hands on the ropes-only image (I did the final trimming after this photo), cut off the tree tufts on the full image. Colour, paper piece or embellish as you wish. You will see in my photos I left that for later but only because this is a tutorial. You will need to overlay the ropes, gluing them together to make them longer. You could of course just use the length of rope attached to the image but you will only get a very short swinging distance that way. The photo shows approximately how much overlap you need.

swing tut3 Step 3. Choose your background paper, in my case, I used cloud paper from MME. You can add grass or other ‘landscaping’ as you wish but keep them near the bottom so they don’t interfere with the swinging action. Lay your girl over the background paper. It may need to be quite large, especially if you want grass or a fence etc., my cloud paper alone is 4.25×5.5”. I know a lot of this photo is fuzzy but that is because I focused on the brad.

swing tut4 Step 4. Referring to the photo in step 3, notice the brad I have chosen is quite flat-headed. It is a diamond shape but I photographed it from the side to show how thin it is. Sorry I couldn’t get in closer, I don’t have a macro lens for my good camera. Notice too that there are now holes punched in the swin tut5papers. A small one, 1/16”, at the top of the ropes and a larger one, 3/16”, in the background paper. The larger hole must allow the brad prongs to swing freely, if you use a larger brad with larger prongs (this one has an 1/8” head and slightly smaller prongs) be sure to use a bigger hole if needed. Put the brad through the  holes attaching the girl to the front. Make sure you fasten the brad very loosely as seen in this photo but the prongs need to be flat. If needed, put a few layers of CS under each prong and press flat; the CS will prevent the prongs from tightening on the paper. See how loose it is from the front?

swing tut5 Step 5. Create your tree top. I just hand drew a tree top from CS. If you’d like the file, email me and I’ll send it to you. In the photo you can see the dud tree top I made. I thought I could make it more lifelike by cutting slits and lifting them up with foam dots to get some dimension but I hated it. So I cut another and the first one became a sponging template. First sponge all the entire tree top edges with a similar or slightly darker ink. Then placing your swing tut6 sponging template as shown, slightly askew, start sponging your ink. I just use a pouncing (straight up and down motion) with a bit of an angle away from the template. Continue sponging, moving the template back and slightly askew each time (so there aren’t perfect rows of leaves), until you are at the top of the tree.

swing tut7 Step 6. Now you need to add foam dots to the back of the background paper (clouds), one in each corner and one near the brad but not close enough to interfere. (Please ignore the white strip of CS near the brad, I goofed.) The tree also needs foam dots along the edges and I have carefully placed two as stoppers for the girl so she doesn’t swing off the edges of the card too much. It really doesn’t matter but as you can see, she has foam dots on the back of her too and those will catch as she swings off the edge and you have to fix her. Not as fun to play with. The foam dots on her are optional but I found that she swings better when the foam dots, WITH BACKING PAPER STILL ON!, because there is less friction against the background paper. I marked the placement of the ‘stopper’ foam dots buy placing the tree temporarily in its final location, swinging the girl as far as I wanted her marking the locations with a pencil. Then I added the foam dots to match. These pencil lines are ones I made to show you what I have done. The pencil lines you make will be on the front of the tree; mine were too small to photograph.

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Missing from this photo are the C-3 and the clear Spica I used to colour the dots (nails) on the swing. I used E00 and E21 for the skin with E93 for the cheeks. E08 and E37 for her auburn hair (I always use more than one colour). Pink Spica for her shoes, W-5 and E71 for an aged wood look for the swing. And finally RV19 for the heart in her hair.

That is the action part. Now all you do is adhere your tree as in the final card photo and finish your card. A couple tips. If you will be giving this to a small child were it will receive some serious playtime, consider backing your girl with the white chipboard from the back of paper packs or gluing a toothpick to the back of the ropes. Adding a penny to the back of the image will make her really swing quickly but I think she is quick enough. If using a penny, definitely reinforce the ropes. Can’t find a flat-headed brad? Use a hammer to flatten a round-headed one or use double foam dots to lift up the tree higher to clear the brad. Whatever you do, DON’T MAIL without some serious protection to make sure the brad doesn’t flatten. I accidentally flattened mine while feeling where the brad was on my finished card to locate it to make my tutorial card. I accidentally squished it and had to slide my bone folder underneath to loosen it up, NOT EASY!

Thanks to mom Jessica for the colour challenge this week. I actually like it when a challenge is a TRUE challenge for me sometimes and this was a good week for it because I started early. I hope you will blurf to see what awesome creations the other DareDevils have in store. I am always even more excited to see what they do when I start off struggling to think of what I am going to do! As always, be sure to leave them all some great comments. They work so hard every week making a commitment to bring you such fabulous artwork! Come on, you gotta try it! Visit Whimsical Wednesdays to see the colours, tag your project with keyword DDSC23 if you want to upload to an online gallery and return to the WW blog with a DIRECT link so we can all see your take on the challenge!

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Stamps:
Whee Pure Innocence-MFT
Ink: memento black, Ancient page turquoise, celery-SU!
Paper: DP stripe, pink polka dot-SU! cloud DP-MME, white CS mat-SU!, white CS image-Taylored Expressions, sweet blush CS-PTI
Accessories: foam dots and circles-Jody Morrow, brad-SU!, ribbon-May Arts, flower eyelets-stash, ribbon tag trio die-Spellbinders

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Truffle Boxes

I made these for my sale, I think I should have labelled them on the front because no one asked what they were or picked them up except one lady. Who muttered, “too expensive!” So many people expect to go to a craft sale and get things for less than they could at their local drug store. It is so sad that they don’t realize that handmade should mean more expensive! The chocolates inside are Lindt. They aren’t labelled Lindt because I got them at a bulk store but the wrappers are identical in every other way.

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This box design was by Katie Renz for Clearly iStamp, the blog for Clear Dollar Stamps. She made a clever set of dividers for hers creating 9 sections but I didn’t add them because they wouldn’t have fit with my chocolates and besides, I only bought 16 for two boxes so I couldn’t have used 9 sections!

truffle box 1Note: The box lid lookd ramped up at the back but really fits perfectly. But the chocolate wrapper ‘twisty parts at the ends’ wouldn’t lay nicely. After being packaged for a while, they behaved and the lid stayed flat.  The lid is made with labels 1 Nestabilities but to make it large enough, you emboss the shape into your cardstock, then cut about a fat 1/8” beyond the largest outline. I think next time I will just reduce the size of the box by a tiny bit so I can cut around the largest outline exactly, but if I needed the dividers, I would do it her way again rather than redesigning them too. The DP is cut using the second largest label 1.

truffle box 2 TIP: One trick when making a box like this. Often the instructions read something like this, “cut cardstock to 5.5”, score at 1” then again at 4.5”, turn 90 degrees and repeat.” This clearly gives you a 1” score lines on each side. I find that if your paper isn’t perfectly 5.5”, the sides won’t line up smoothly; some corners don’t line up. I prefer to score at 1”, then turn 90 degrees and repeat 3 times. That way, each side is perfectly 1” from the outer edge so the corners line up.

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Stamp:
PTI Mega Mixed Messages
Ink: regal rose-SU!
Paper: chocolate, white CS-SU!, DP-Basic Grey Bittersweet
Accessories: Labels 1 Nestabilities, tag trio (I think)-Spellbinders, pink grosgrain-SU!, button-PTI, satin ribbon-stash

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Cream Coloured Ponies and Crisp Apple Strudels

OK, so there is no strudel image on this card but it worked as a fun title! This is another entry for My Favourite Things challenge on the Flourishes blog. Be inspired by the song, ‘My Favourite Things’ from the Sound of Music. My first thought was ‘girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes’, this was my second. (I typed up that post already intending to post it first but my picture sucked so I am going to have to re-take it.) I don’t see any ‘one entry only’ rule so I am entering two! I had a brand new horse stamp that has been waiting to be used. This is also for the latest SCS Sketch Challenge SC253 and for Clear Dollar Stamps “Give me 5” challenge to use 5 of something on your card. Mine uses 5 colours, dark brown, medium brown, light yellow, blue and ivory; the 5 brads at the bottom also qualify! I was worried that 5 colours might be too easy, especially since they were already in the DP!

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Here is a TIP for you. The ribbon I used looks like it is 2” wide right? It is actually two strips 1” wide each but you can’t tell because the middle is covered. Instead of the triangles, another ribbon layered over the middle also works well. I have to tell you, it is really hard to colour a cream-coloured pony! I think he still looks creamy. What do you think??

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Stamps:
TAC
Ink: Memento brown, bordering blue, distress ink chocolate-CTMH, Antique linen Distress ink
Paper: Ivory CS-Taylored Expressions, Bordering blue CS, DP-SU!
Accessories: twine-Clear Dollar Stamps, brads, ribbon-Stash

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So You Think You Can Stamp-Week 1: Wedding View Master Card

What a fun challenge from My Favourite Things! So You Think You Can Stamp, every week the theme is based on a different dance style. This week was West Cost Swing; if you aren’t familiar with it, it has a lot of tricks and lifts so this week’s card had to include a flip, spin or lift element. I decided to go with a View Master Card, I’ve made only a couple before and I made a few mistakes, OF COURSE. I should have looked up the directions again.

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I should have cut the hole first, traced it onto the wheel multiple times and then removed the wheel and stamped the sentiments. A couple are off center and one is down right crooked too. ***SIGH***  Also be sure to measure the length and width of your largest image/sentiment before creating your hole. Remember, the maximum length and width may not both be found in the same stamp. Ex: my tallest sentiment with long ascenders and descenders was not the longest. I had to measure all of them to be sure.

To create my hole with nice rounded ends, I die cut a tag shape. It was too short and I couldn’t have used it directly anyway because of another tag on the same die so I used the negative image as a template and used a craft knife to cut it out. Of course, mid-way I had to slide it over to make it long enough. I extended the lines with a ruler to make sure it was still straight after moving the template. (I had considered die cutting it twice, overlapping them to create one long cut out, you could do that if your die is a single like Nestabilities.) Just be sure when you cut your hole that it centered (if your layout is like mine) and far enough in so that the sentiments won’t show at the edges where the wheel sticks out.

BTW, When I assembled it, I put the brad in so the head is inside the card and the ends are under the focal panel so it looks decent inside. The card edges are finished with a silver paint pen. TIP: To get a perfect line, use scrap cardstock or thin chipboard to press a groove into the felt tip of your pen. Hold your paper up off the table, flex it so it isn’t floppy, place the paper in the groove and slide the pen along the paper’s edge.  When making the groove in the felt tip, if you do it off center, you can even have two grooves, each different depths for different widths of lines.

I meant to add Tiny Twinkles to the scallops on the dress so I will go back and add them. I may also put one in her hair.

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Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Paper:
DSP, white CS-SU!, Focal image CS-Taylored Expressions 
Ink: memento black, pink pirouette-SU!
Stamps: MTF
Accessories: silver brad-SU!, foam dots-Jody Morrow, Copic markers, wave scissors-UK, silver paint pen-Pilot, tag die-Cuttlebug

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Gift for Wyatt – Giant Paper Clip Photo Holder

I so enjoyed my time as a Guest Designer at Clear Dollar Stamps that I wanted to thank the Design Team Leader Laurie Wilson. She had a baby just a week or two after my term ended at the end of June so I thought a personalized gift might be nice, especially with a name like Wyatt, she won’t find too many things with his name on them. This was pretty easy to make, I used an unfinished clothes pin and used a three-step crackle on it.  You WYATTstart with the colour you want to see in the cracks, then apply the crackle medium. Then apply the top colour. TIP: Be sure to apply the top coat smoothly and quickly. No matter how bad you think it looks, don’t try to smooth it out after about 30 seconds or you will make a HUGE mess. Ask me how I know and why there is patterned paper over the front of the pin! GRRR!!

The letters are chipboard by Karen Foster and I applied them with Mod Podge Matte Decoupage Medium. The ‘Y’ and the ‘T’ have flocking on them, you can still tell it is raised but not how fuzzy and nice it used to be but I figure if I don’t seal it, it might end up catching dust and then it wouldn’t be nice anymore. I was glad the letters were the right colours; if the first three had all been red, it wouldn’t have looked that good would it?

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Paper:
SU! DSP
Ink: Antique Linen Distress Ink
Accessories: clothes pin-Oriental Trading Company, Mod Podge, Letters-Karen Foster

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I Promised You This ~ Flat Bow Tutorial

Here is a mini tutorial for the bow I made for this card.

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I started to explain how I made this bow and meant to add the photos before I posted, but forgot, as usual. So here is LINK to the original post in case you missed it.

 

 

 

 

flat bow1a Step 1. Measure out your ribbon. Fold the ribbon to mimic the loops and the length for tails. You do not need any extra length except what is needed to tuck behind a panel like mine does at the top.  (Later, you will need another piece equal in length to 2-3 times the width of the ribbon.) Do not worry if your loops are not even yet. So you can see there are two upper loops and two lower loops. Where the two lower loops touch in the center is where the glue goes in the next step. Note or mark this point on both sides. It won’t show so a tiny pencil mark is fine. (I didn’t mark mine because mine is a demo and I didn’t realize how hard this would be to explain without telling you to mark it. Feel free and guestimate if you wish!!)

flat bow1 Step 2. Apply a thin line of glue at the mark on one side only, allow to dry slightly. My line of glue is a bit too wide at one end(rushing), a thin line is all that is needed. 

flat bow2Step 3. Gently press the marked points together. DO NOT PRESS TOO HARD, YOU DO NOT WANT YOUR GLUE LINE TO SPREAD OUT AND GET WIDER!

 

 

 

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Step 4. I like to hold the ribbon with a clamp during drying. It is very hard to get a clip to hold on straight by clipping it on from the side so I fold up my ribbon tails and clamp this way. Use a bigger clamp for wider ribbon. You DO NOT want pressure right on top of the glue or it will squish it making the line of glue not so thin anymore. You want it thin or it won’t lay as flat in following steps. Notice my clamp is just ABOVE where the glue was placed, not on it. Let it almost fully dry.

flat bow5Step 5. Press the middle of the loop down. See how you now have two loops?It is so easy to get the loops the same size this way!!  If your glue is still tacky, it should hold when you press it together, otherwise add a tiny dab of glue. I use a clamp again to finish the drying process, sometimes I use one on each side. This makes it easier to complete the center of the bow. Seems like a lot of steps but with quick dry glue this takes about 60-90 seconds. If you use traditional white glue or other slow drying glues, it will take a lot longer.

Step 6. Now all you have to do is wrap a second ribbon around the middle of the bow, it doesn’t even have to overlap on the back side but I usually do unless thickness is an issue. I clamp again until the glue dries. You can barely see the center wrap in my photo because my flower mostly obscures it, sorry, I decided to do the tutorial after finishing the card and giving it away!

TIPS: I traditionally use this bow for stiffer ribbons like grosgrain that do not tie a nice ordinary bow. If you want an even puffier bow, slip foam dots inside the loops and/or under the loops! Try a contrasting ribbon for the bow center. What about a narrower ribbon or lace over the base ribbon for another fun look. This will also work with cardstock or even patterned paper but definitely use foam dots to support the loops or you will get creases in them. Great for home dec or 3-D objects where the loops will not be crushed inside a scrapbook or in an envelope! If you use a very soft ribbon, try crimping the ribbon before adding the center wrap. This is a very tailored bow so use it for an elegant, finished look. Great for wedding pictures!

I really like this method because it has two advantages over most bows of its type which have at least 2-4 more layers involved. 1. If you are really low on ribbon, it saves a bit! 2. If thickness  matters, like when you are using a specialty ribbon, working on a ‘flat’ scrapbook/mini album or minimizing bulk in an already overstuffed album, saving on thickness could be great. It is also much less fiddly than other methods of making this type of bow and you don’t have to worry much about where the center of the bow is, it all falls into place!

Enjoy, Rebecca

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Bow Easy and Tutorial Plus Bow Tying Tips

I bought a Bow Easy from Sharon Johnson of No Time To Stamp. She has great photos on her site but I thought I’d add a bit more adding how to include extra tails and an extra ribbon to tie around a panel or jar etc. I also took my photos very close up so hopefully it can help some of you out there. Now I already tie a pretty nice bow so I was skeptical of how much I would end up using this little gadget but for $6, why not! I actually really love it. I find myself wasting less ribbon because I know exactly how much I need after making the same bows over and over.

When you are new to this, choose a long piece of ribbon so you don’t have to worry about it being long enough. A short ribbon is very hard to work with. Start with a piece you don’t care much about to practice and try different sizes out. You might also want to check your Bow Easy for little sharp pokey things on the edges, I just used a nail file to remove them before I went any further. I think they were just leftover from the manufacture, the edges weren’t cut perfectly smooth. If you don’t, they will catch on thinner ribbons, snagging them and make thicker ribbons harder to remove!

Bow Easy Tying

Step 1. Starting at the left side of the Bow Easy template, lay your ribbon over the plastic.be1 

Step 2. Wrap your ribbon under the template and back across to the right side. The tail is under my right thumb.
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Step 3. Thread the tail into the groove in the plastic above the ribbon you have already laid across. If you are using wider ribbon, you may need to scrunch the ribbon lower on the template  to make it work.be3
Step 4. Bring the ribbon tail  from the back, up in the groove on the lower edge of the template. Do not pull the ribbon tight, YET! This will create a loop. (Keep in mind that the ribbon you just looped around the back is the center of the bow front so you might want to check and make sure that your ribbon is right way up if it is one-sided!)
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Step 5. Cross your ribbon tail over the loop.
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Step 6. THIS IS WHAT NOT TO DO!!! A big mistake and one I’ve made often! This bow will not tighten and stay tied.be6
Step 7. This is the RIGHT WAY!! Tuck your tail into the loop and out to the right. (not out the bottom)
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Step 8. Now all you have to do is tighten it!
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Step 9. Remove it from the Bow Easy. If you like a ‘shabby chic’ bow, stop here!
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Step 10. Fiddle with the tails so they are both on one side of the loops.
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General TIPS I think bows look classic (my favourite look) when the loops are 1-1.5 times as long as the ribbon is wide and the tails are 1.5-2.5 times as long as the ribbon is wide. Of course you can do what you like but this is a great guideline to start with if you aren’t sure how you want your bow. One the Bow Easy, I use the 1 1/4 width for 3/8” ribbon and 1 3/8” for 1/2” ribbon. I haven’t got a ‘rule’ for ribbon sizes beyond that yet.

Part 2! Adding extra ribbon to your bow.

If you read my blog much, you will know I don’t like the look of a bow glued right on to a ribbon unless the ribbon is puckered making it look like you really tied two different ribbons across the panel. So I tried adding a ribbon at different places in the tying sequence, here are the results.

Extra Bow Tails

Please perfect your bow tying before you try this! It is easy to get confused. I recommend you practice with different coloured ribbons!

Step 1. To get extra bow tails, lay another ribbon (or as many as you’d like) across the first ribbon wrapped around the template. I will have to shimmy  my ribbon down before I can tie it! Place the ribbon face down if it is one-sided.bee1 
Step 2. Tie as normal. Try your best to ignore the extra ribbon.bee2

Step 3. This is what the bow looks like when removed. Just like a normal bow, you may have to fiddle
with the tails.
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Extra Ribbon for Tying Across a Panel Etc.

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Step 1. Tie ribbon up to the point where you are ready to tuck the tail into the loop.bee4 

Step 2. Lay a ribbon across the template. Because I was taking  photos holding the template in front of my camera, the ribbon slipped down. This actually makes it easier to tie! You can see I am holding the ribbon tail at the back so it doesn’t slip out of the slot. If your ribbon is one-sided, place it face down during the tying.bee5

Step 3. Tie as usual. bee6 

Step 4. This is what it looks like in the end. Now you can tie these around a jar or basket handle. Or glue the ends around the back of a panel like in my example above. Don’t worry about exactly where on the ribbon you tie the bow, you can slide it along later. however, if your ribbon is very  delicate, you might want to leave extra at both ends to help you with placement. You could even use embroidery floss, fishing line or twine instead of the second ribbon if you want to tie the bow around a 3-D object and not have much showing. You could also bead the ribbon etc. for a really cool look.bee7 

Enjoy, Rebecca

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Charlie Horse Thank You for Dad-Clear Dollar Stamps

My dad generously paid for the ponies we hired for out BBQ on Saturday. Thanks DAD! (Not that he reads this or anything!) I can’t wait to sit down and look at all the pictures but Design Team commitments await. (I will post some soon!) Besides, my stamps were getting lonely and I was missing them too! I had a lot of fun putting this card together. I am kinda getting into the whole western theme since I got this stamp set.

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This sweet little horse is from Lean on Me Charlie by Clear Dollar Stamps. Remember, I used him on my lasso card earlier this month? The largest star is from SU!, their first pack of chipboard whatever it was called. Who remembers these things!?!? I covered the star with western-themed paper and cut it out with an x-acto knife. I stamped Charlie on the star and on white CS. I managed to position him on the star just right so his arms and legs didn’t need to be cut out! YEAH! I coloured Charlie’s body and hooves on the white CS and cut them out and popped them up with foam dots. The two hooves that are off the star required extra layers of foam dots to give them enough height. I got a little carried away with the Glimmer Mist I was using on another card so I decided to spray the small chipboard stars heavily and the card base lightly too. OK, not typical on a Western card especially one for a guy but the final result is subtle, especially since the stars are largely covered by this oversized brads! I wish the brads were a bit smaller but they were so perfect for this theme that I used them anyway. And the card base looks speckled, not sparkly. Under the stars are ovals punched out and folded over the edges of the card.

The layer of brown star paper is distressed with white pigment ink, brown chalk ink and Heidi Swapp distresser, the one that looks like a pink Pac-Man. I came up with a tip while using it. If you use the distresser at a 90 degree angle to the paper or cardstock, I find the distressing is fairly fine, it kinda fuzzes up the edge. However if you lay the disk down somewhat so it is closer to being parallel to the paper, it can take out bigger chunks! Who knew? (Besides Heidi!) The next layer is sage CS heavily distressed with first sage ink, then chocolate chip ink and then hit with the distressing tool. The sentiment was stamped then cut out with the word window punch. I reinserted the punchie into the punch from the bottom to remove some the length. Custom word window length!

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Stamps:
Lean on Me Charlie-Clear Dollar Stamps
Ink: memento brown, chocolate, sage-SU!, Cloud white-VersaMagic, ColorBox chestnut brown chalk ink
Paper: white CS-Taylored Expressions, sage, chocolate, kraft, DSP-SU!
Accessories: chipboard: large star-SU!, small stars-Sassafrass Lass, Brads-stash, oval, word window punches-SU!, Glimmer Mist-Tattered Angels, Heidi Swapp Distresser, silver paint pen-Pilot (horseshoes), foam dots-Jody Morrow and stash