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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Bow Maker Tool/Decor

Susan of Expression Avenue gave me the info on this Bow Maker. Since I have a Cricut Explore Air I figured it was a good chance to learn how .svg files work in Cricut Design Space & how to cut it.

I used 3 pieces of a thicker than most Kraft cardstock for inside and it is sturdy. Thought about using chipboard/cardboard from a cereal box. Then I cut the front and the back from some honeycomb paper but forgot to flip the image when I was cutting the back. Changed to Echo Park cardstock with a Bee theme, flipped the image for back horizontally and cut which I then discovered was not necessary since the EP cardstock is double-sided. Oh well,  learned how to flip an image.

Assembled the Bow Maker using Tombow liquid glue. Was going to use red tape adhesive but the Tombow glue worked better, was quicker and I did not have to cut & peel red tape. 

Stamped a Bee sentiment. Cut the sentiment out with a stitched die. Stamped a Bee and cut it out with a Bee die.

Added black & white ribbon. Made 2 small yellow bows using the Bow Maker & added them for decor.

Supplies List 

ink: VersaFine Onyx Black
machine: Cricut Explore Air, Sizzix 
paper:  cardstock - Kraft, Echo Park Bees Knees
ribbon: Celebrate it 360 - black/white , Spool 'O Ribbon - yellow
Simon Says Stamp: die - Stitched Rectangle
stamp: Cardz TV "Birds and Bees" sentiment
stamp/die: Hero Arts Garden Flowers Set - Bee
.svg file: Bow Maker - details - Expression Avenue
Tim Holtz: Distress Ink - black soot 

 Entering this into the following challenges:  

4/10 HIMCR#194 Think Spring 3E(#3) 4/4 Spring - Bees

4/11 Pile It On #63 Die Cuts and/or Punches UE 4/5

4/12 Craftin Desert Diva Link It Up & Craft It Up Linky Party Anything Goes Ch#52 UE 3/30

4/13 Loves Rubber Stamps Ch#146 Anything Goes UE 4/7

4/16 Cardz TV 3D Des Ch#6 Spring Home Decor 3E(#2) 4/3  
   not sure if this can be a home decor to some but it is to me since it will be a decor in my craft room 
   as well as bee-ing a handy tool

4/25 Inky Chicks Ch#49 Stitching (real or faux)  UE 4/7 
   faux stitching on the SSS Stitched Rectangle sentiment tag

4/30 Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper April 2015 Ch UE 4/1


  1. Such a clever idea to cut your own bow turned out great! Hope you had fun learning how to use svg files. Thanks for playing along with us this week at Loves Rubberstamps, we always enjoy your creativity.

  2. Wonderful idea, I think I might make one for myself. Thank you for joining us this week at HIMCR.

    Sue HIMCR DT

  3. What a crafty idea! You did a great job! I have one of the bow makers and they are a lifesaver! Can't tie a bow without one! Thank you so much for playing along with us at Loves Rubberstamps this week! We hope you play along with us again soon!

  4. Hi there, lovely hangers..glad to see you each week at the challenges of Loves Rubberstamps Melissa, Hugs Blankina

  5. What a good idea, Melissa. Another lovely entry for my Patterned Paper April challenge. x