Patriotic Hairbows!

Hi Friends! Today I have a hairbow that you can make in 10 minutes using supplies from our sponsor Offray.

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In today’s Video I will show you how to make this triple-looped bow. It’s easy!

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Supplies:
3/8″ Dippy Dot Red/White Grosgrain ribbon
2 1/4″ wide double faced satin ribbon (blue)
1/2″ Maggie 341 Sapphire ribbon (metallic chevron design)
Spring clip barrette
Star shaped rhinestone
Hot Glue
Bow making tool or strong clothespins/binder clips clipped to a box

Directions:
1. Place pegs 4″ apart in a bow making tool.
2. Unravel several feet of each ribbon.
3. Lay the smaller ribbons over the larger one and carefully wrap around the bow maker 3 complete times making sure to keep the smaller ribbons facing out. Do not twist the ribbon.
4. Clip the ribbon and twist the ends together, then wrap one end around the ribbon bunch and ties securely in a double knot.
5. Slide the bow off the bow maker and “fluff” the ribbon loops.
6. Trim the ends and secure with glue then glue the barrette over the knot in the back.
7. Embellish with a rhinestone if desired.

You can make these up by the dozen this 4th of July using the super size ribbon rolls from Offray! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Super fun (quick) backgrounds!

Hi friends! Just a quick post tonight because I have a headache and can’t bear to look at a screen for another moment, I don’t often get headaches but this is a doozy! I was playing with my new Ken Oliver Color Burst powders that I got at the heirloom show last weekend (BTW Rubbernecker has them discounted until 6/24 if you want some) and a new stencil and made 2 backgrounds by using the stencil 2 ways, have a look at today’s video!

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The Color Burst powders are very similar to the Brusho but the vendors at the stamp show said they could not get the Brusho powders to sell. I have to say I enjoy the applicator bottles the Color Bursts come in (much better application compared to poking a hole in the cap of Brusho) but if you already have Brusho use that:) I did a review and first impression of Brusho here of you want to check it out. I got some great DIY ideas from viewers on my YouTube channel that you also might want to try if you have no watercolor powders.

Color Power Alternatives:

  • Kool Aid powdered drink mix, just beware it contains citric acid so do not use it on scrapbook pages, it’s acidic.
  • Fabric powdered dye- I tried this, the finer tie-die kit powder works, RIT looks lame
  • Powdered tempera, I have not tried it but great idea to those who suggested it
  • Shaving other media like Inktense, pastels and watercolor pencils/crayons (not as intense as the powders)

Let me know if you have any other suggestions or if you have a powder preference, there is also a brand called “Bister” I think but I have not tried it, if you have let me know what you think. I think it is a nice artsy fling and I am such a watercolor floozy! Now, off to put a cold wash-cloth on my head! Happy crafting!

It was only a matter of time before I posted a funny cat video…

Hi friends! I just realized that with all of the internet content I have posted over the years I have not shared a single cat video! I am definitely not doing my fair share. Also my crafts have been kinda spendy lately so I decided I would remedy both of those issues with today’s video.

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National Hairball Awareness Day is this Friday April 24th and it is meant to remind you how proper grooming of your cat can help prevent hairballs which are yucky and stressful for your cats. If my silly video makes you remember to brush your cats then mission accomplished! If you need a brush check out the complete line of deShedding products from FURminator. You will find the perfect one for your pet along with other grooming essentials.

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I want to thank the folks at FURminator for sponsoring this video and for caring so much about the animals we love. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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Bring on the Bows!

Hi friends! Today I will show you how to make a Bow-Tie Necklace:

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You can even use this technique to make bows to put on barrettes and headbands too! Watch the video to see how.

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Supplies:

Directions:
1. Cut a 7″ and 2″ piece of gold ribbon. Glue the 7″ ribbon into a loop (right side out.)
2. Glue the edges of the short piece to the back. this will be the center for the bow.
3. Flatten and accordion fold the looped ribbon, then place it on the center strip.
4. Glue the strip around the pleated bow.
5. Cut 25″ of black chiffon ribbon and glue to the inside of the bow loops to make a necklace cord.

Thanks to Offray for sponsoring this post and til next time happy crafting!

Metallic Stamping with PanPastels & Stamp Winner!

Hello friends! Well, the last time I looked at a clock it was lunchtime. Ever had a day like that? That’s fine, I like busy days once in a while and I love days when I get to announce winners! I got over 500 entries on the Artneko giveaway post and the lucky winner is…. Ruth Pfinder! Ruth, check your email! OK, I’m gonna keep this post short but I do have a fun technique video using clear embossing ink and metallic chalk. I am using the metallic PanPastels Hubby got me for Christmas but you can use whatever you have. Watch the video to see how it is done:

Video! Sorry, email subscribers, I still can’t get the video thumbnail to show up in email so you’ll have to see it on my blog:( 

Did you like the triple looped bow? If you want to get your paws on one of the handmade wooden bow making jigs my husband makes than you can email me at artstudiosofbangor@yahoo.com and I will send you a PayPAl invoice and ship one right out to you! Thanks to the several people who ordered today already after watching the video, it is very much appreciated;) The butterfly stamp I used is by ArtNeko and papers and cardstock are from the scrap bin. Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Watercolor Bookmarks!

Hi Friends! Small projects are a great way to try out new techniques. I used a combination of stamping, drawing and water-coloring to make these 3 bookmarks:

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I used a few Caran D’ache watercolor pencils I recently purchased at MerriArtist, I ordered these and some other goodies last Saturday and got them on Tuesday! Fast service, great prices and wonderful customer service. I am not affiliated with them but they did give me a coupon code to share: 10off for $10 off an order of $100 or more and free shipping. Today I am reviewing the Caran D’ache Supracolor pencils, Caran d’ache water brush (a gift from MerriArtist) and Aquabee 90lb watercolor paper (a real bargain!) Have a look at the video for the tutorial and review.

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After the picture was dry I cut it into 3 panels. I inked the edges and added some stamping with black ink. The edge swirls are by Autumn Leaves, the corner flourish is by Inkadinkado and the Chinese calligraphy is retired from PSX. When I was happy with the look I ran it through my laminating machine (I got my laminator from LTD commodities for $17 and the refill pouches come in a 100 variety pack for $5, another steal of a deal and it has worked well for me for a couple of years, unfortunately I could not find a link to this online.) You can also use contact paper or packing tape to laminate them even cheaper! The lamination really enhances the color and will protect the bookmarks (and your books) from color migration. I also wanted to mention the there is another watercolor pencil by Caran d’ache called “museum” which are more light-fast and expensive that are probably better in quality. I did not know about them when I ordered these or I would have bought a few to compare. I do not know how light-fast these are but the laminating will help prevent fading.

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I think I see more bookmarks in my future! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

A Freebie for Easter! {let’s make cards!}

Hi friends! I love looking through stacks of vintage postcards at antique shops. People used to send cards all the time, especially on holidays such as Easter. Today I have a free template (printable PDF and SVG cutting files) for you to create four cute cards that won’t cost a lot to make or send!

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We will also be using washi tape and baker’s twine, two of my favorite supplies, from our sponsor Papermart. Watch the video to see how it’s done:

Supplies:

  • White Cardstock
  • Baker’s Twine
  • Washi Tape
  • Stamps and Ink
  • Sponges or color dusters
  • Embossing folder (I used a Damask pattern from Darice)
  • Foam Tape
  • Scissors
  • Free Template
  • Also a craft knife or die cutter for cutting the templates.

Directions:

  1.  Die cut the SVG template on a full sheet of white cardstock OR print the PDF template. If hand cutting I recommend using a craft knife to cut out the windows on the cards and then cutting the scalloped frame with scissors. You will have 4 scalloped papers with windows.
  2. Emboss the papers with an embossing folder if desired. You can also stamp a sentiment on the paper if you want to keep it flat (unembossed.)
  3. Center the window on a card base and trace the window with a light-colored pencil.
  4. Apply washi tape over the traced image.
  5. Apply foam tape to the back of the window.
  6. Wrap the panel with baker’s twine and adhere to card base.
  7. Stamp an Easter sentiment on a label die cut (not included) and adhere over twine with foam tape.

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Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

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