Daily Archives: September 15, 2012

Ghoulish Ghouls

It’s time again for another SUO challenge and this time the theme is Bags and Boxes.  Well the Holiday Mini made THAT easy with the FUN Ghoulish Ghouls Designer Kit!

SHHHH…don’t tell!  This is also going to be a mnt in some of my workshops this month!  It’s just too cute NOT to share!  Like I said the Ghoulish Ghouls Designer Kit makes this fun and easy!  I took the Glassine bag and ran it through the Spider Web Embossing Folder.  I stamped the mummy onto the oval tag then took three pieces of the Howlstooth and Scaringbone dsp, cut into banners, added behind the oval tag.  I stamped boo onto a piece of Pumpkin Pie, cut with the Bitty Banners Framelit and added to the oval using dimensional.  I punch two hole in the tag/bag then tied the bag closed using a piece of the Pumpkin Pie/Whisper White Baker’s Twine that came with the kit.  I finished it off with a googlie for the mummy’s eye.  What a fun, fun way to give a Halloween treat!

Set(s): Googly Ghouls
Paper: Pumpkin Pie, Howlstooth and Scaring Bones dsp
Ink: Basic Black
Other: Ghoulish Ghouls Designer Kit, Spider Web Embossing Folder, Bitty Banners Framelits, 1/8” hole punch, Dimensionals





Making “Bows”

Okay…well, every time I post a card using one of my ‘bows’ I get multiple emails on ‘how do I make such perfect bows’.  Well today I bribed my DH with peanut butter cookies to help me shoot the photos I needed for this online tutorial.  So…click to read more and to see the picture of how I make the perfect ‘bows’…

First, I need to explain that there absolutely NO TYING or using of ANY SPECIAL DEVICES to make my ‘bows’.  All you need is some ribbon, a brad, and your hands (oh, and some practice until you get the hang of it!)

Pick a brad.  For the purpose of this tutorial and getting some good pictures I used the 5/16” neutral brad.  This is MUCH TOO LARGE for the ribbon I am using but I was able (well my DH was able to) shoot it better with it!


So take a brad (really I’ve use ALL the various brads that SU sells…they all work!) and spread the prongs apart.  One of the secrets for making the perfect ‘bow’ is to make sure you really spread these prongs apart.  The first picture shows the brad, the second one is looking down into the back of the brad once you spread the prongs apart and the third picture shows the side view of the brad so you can see they really are spread far apart.  Now set that aside and work on the ribbon.

We are going to start with making a single ‘bow’…

Take a piece of ribbon.  Now there are two parts that you need to be familiar with…the ‘hangy’ down part and the ‘loopy’ part.  In the first picture the ‘hangy down part is on top and goes to the right.  The ‘loopy’ part is over the the left.

In the second picture I made a ‘loopy’ part over to the right and the brought the ‘hangy’ down part over the top and crossing over to the left.  You want to notice the to two ‘hangy’ down parts are on the top and the two ‘loopy’ parts are on the bottom.  This is important for a good finished ‘bow’.

Now take your ‘bow’ that you are holding and shove it down between the open prongs.  Squeeze the prongs shut.  I usually make a hole in the my project and put the ends of the brad in the hole and use like a regular brad except it is now a pretty ‘bow’.  Before you close the prongs on the back, you might want to turn it over to make sure you have the brad ‘centered’ in your bow.  If you are careful, you can pull on the ‘hangy’ down parts if you need to even out a loop – that takes a little practice though too!


Now how is that for the perfect ‘bow’! (oh…I did switch to a vintage brad instead of the 5/16” neutral brad that I was using to shoot the tutorial)

Go practice that for awhile until you are comfortable making single bows and now it is time to work on the double ‘bow’.  Start with the same ‘brad’ preparation.


You are going to make a second ‘loopy’ part on the left (you will notice it is down below the first one), cross over behind and make a second ‘loopy’ part to the right.  Notice this loop is ABOVE the first one.  As you are finishing off the second right ‘loopy’ part, bring the ribbon up and around the top to form the loop and cross the end over the top of your initial ‘hangy’ down end.  You know have two loops on each side with the two ‘hangy’ down parts crossed on the top.

Now, just like with your single loop bow, shove your ‘bow’, ‘loopy’ sides in first between the open prongs of the brad.  Depending on the ribbon you are using the the brad you are using, it can take a little work to get it in there.  Because this ribbon (the 5/8” satin) is a thicker ribbon, I just bent the prongs over the back of the ‘bow’ when I was finished.  In this case, I would probably use sticky strip to attach to my card.  Again I switched the brad before showing you the finished ‘bow’.


Now a couple of additional notes…

I LOVE making the ‘bows’ with the 3/8” taffeta ribbon and the seam bindings for my smaller bows.  These ribbons are very easy to work with and you can use such a wide range of brads.  I just love make little tiny ‘bows’ by using our regular gold and silver brads.  It takes some practice to get this little bows just right but once you do, they are just DARLING!  Here’s an example of the little ‘bows’ made with the seam binding and the small brad.

I LOVE using the Glitter brads but have find that you have to be careful when you work with these as the prongs will snap off.  It happens…just get another one!  The Vintage Brads and the Rhinestones brads are fun to use too!

I also LOVE making bows with the 1 1/4 Striped Grosgrain Ribbon.  It is EXTREMELY lumpy and using really do need to add these with the sticky strip!

And one final thing…when wanting to make it look like it is ‘tied’ on the card, I take a second piece of the ribbon and after I have put the ‘bow’ between the prongs’ I layer this piece of ribbon between the prongs then close them up.  This works best when you have an extra layer where you can tuck the ends under.  Check out my card here.

Okay…I hope you have enjoyed my tutorial!  And speaking of tutorials, if you stop by tomorrow (Sunday, January 9th – just incase you are stopping by another time), I will be sharing another cool project with a FREE tutorial!  Until then…HAPPY STAMPIN’!


Tweet Leaves

Tweet LeavesOh…trust me…I’m not done with this fun little stamp yet!  LOL!!  I thought the colors for the Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge was just PERFECT for another Tweet Leaves card so I just went for it.  You couldn’t possibly be sick of it…I still have another one for you!

We have such a FABULOUS color challenge this week… Tangerine Tango, Lucky Limeade and Rich Razzleberry and I just LOVE it on this card.  The base of the card is Very Vanilla and I used my Apothecary Framelites to create the card base.  Then I used one of the smaller framelits, cut another in Very Vanilla and ran that through the Woodgrain Embossing Folder.  This is added to the card base using dimensionals.  Once again cut out a Very Vanilla leaf from the Autumn Accents, stamped in versamark and clear embossed then sponged on the three colors of ink.  I stamped the greeting in Rich Razzlebery on Very Vanilla, cut into a banner and added a ribbon lace Tangerine Tango strip underneath it before adding to the card front.  I made a ‘bow’ (click here for my tutorial) using the natural 7/8” cotton ribbon (LOVE IT!) and a Lucky Limeade Incolor Printed brad.  I added the bow to the leaf then the leaf to the card front using dimensionals.

This week on Create with Connie and Mary Holiday Edition 2012 our team has been creating with the Fall products in the mini!  WOW…what a creative bunch!  But you need to be a subscriber to see our exclusive projects.  Subscription price is $29.95…for 30 INCREDIBLE projects each with a full downloadable tutorial.  So head over to Create with Connie and Mary and join today!

Until next time…HAPPY STAMPIN’!


Tweet Leaves

Oh…I do love this little stamp and this technique together!  And since it is Saturday it is time for the Create with Connie and Mary Holiday Edition 2012 Saturday Challenge for our subscribers!  Oh…and just a quick little note…I’m now official!  I’m a ‘Dirty Girl’ on SCS!

The base of the card is More Mustard 3 /12 x 5 1/2 finished.  I took another piece of the More Mustard, ran through the Woodgrain Embossing Folder, added two Early Espresso Brads and added to the card front.  I took a piece of the Cherry Cobbler dotted dsp from the Orchard Harvest pack, added a Lucky Limeade scallop strip (large scallop strip edgelit), wrapped a piece of Early Espresso 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon around it then added the panel to the card base.  I cut out a Very Vanilla leaf from the Autumn Accent die, embossed the stamp with clear embossing powder then sponged Cherry Cobbler, More Mustard and Lucky Limeade ink on the stamp.  I added the leaf using dimensionals.  I stamped the greeting using Early Espresso, cut with the Bitty Banner Framelit and added using dimensionals.

Set(s): Tweet Leaves, Itty Bitty Banners
Paper: Very Vanilla, More Mustard, Lucky Limeade, Orchard Harvest dsp
Ink: Versamark, Cherry Cobbler, More Mustard, Lucky Limeade, Early Espresso
Other: Autumn Accents Die, Bitter Banners Framelits, Large Scallop Edgelit, Clear Embossing Powder, Woodgrain Embossing Folder, Neutral Brads, Early Espresso 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon, Dimensionals


Until next time….HAPPY STAMPIN’!