Perfect Fork Bow | How To’sday

I have to let you in on a secret… Even after 17 years of scrapbooking, I still don’t know how to make a good bow. Occasionally I’ll get a compliment on how nice my bow looks (which is a total crap shoot), so I graciously smile and say thank you as if it’s something that I can do in my sleep, and then quickly change the subject before anyone can ask how I do it.

Thankfully today Jennifer Blomquist will teach us all how to make a perfect bow using a fork. I’ll be busy mastering this technique so the next time someone asks I can whip out a fork (since I’ll be carrying one at all times now) and I can show them just how easy it is. :)

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I don’t know about you, but I love the look of bows on cards. However, I know it can be challenging sometimes to get a cute little bow to look just right; which is why I love this technique for creating a perfect bow everytime! It is super easy to do and is especially great for tying those little tiny bows. All you need is some ribbon and a fork! (The bigger the fork, the bigger the bow.)

Start with a piece of ribbon and wrap it around the outside of the tines of a fork so that both ends of the ribbon are on the same side and the front of the ribbon is “above” the ribbon in the back.

Next, take the ribbon that is going across the front of the fork and wrap it around to the back. Bring the ribbon across the ribbon piece in the back and pull the end between the middle tines of the fork so that your ribbon end is back in the front of the fork again.

This is what it looks like when you turn your fork over and look at it from the back.

Take your ribbon end that you pulled through to the front of the fork and pull it over the ribbon stretched across the fork. Bring it through the middle tines to the backside of the fork again.

If you flip over your fork, it should look like this.

Now, both ribbon ends should be on the back side of the fork.  So, just tie your ends together in a knot and pull the ends out to the sides.

Here is what it looks like from the front.

Slide your bow off the fork, trim your ends, and you are done!

Then you can use a glue dot or your favorite adhesive to adhere your bow to your finished project like this card here.

I’ve done this with different sizes of ribbon and forks, so experiment with what you have and I’m sure you’ll find a style you love!

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Jennifer, your tutorial is positively fantastic! Don’t mind me, I’m off to master this technique right now! But before I go I’m so happy to announce the winner of the $20.00 gift code from the August Blog Hop. Megan Smith, you are our lucky winner! I have already given your email address to our marketing department so they will be emailing you soon with your code to use in the ScrapbookSteals.com store. Have fun shopping.

I’ll see you all tomorrow for a little Mid Week Mojo! :)

Fancy Pants Designs Ribbon Bundle | July Blog Hop

I would trim the entire world if I could! It’s so fun to add a little ribbon to the cuffs of jeans or some fringe around a throw pillow. I love the addition that a little dash of color can give. Today, seven awesome designers show us different ways that today’s steal, the Fancy Pants Designs Ribbon and Trims, can be used to create all sorts of unique projects for this month’s Blog Hop.

If you’re not familiar with how the Blog Hop works, it’s easy-peasy and lots of fun!

Here’s how to enter for a chance to win a $20 ScrapbookSteals.com gift code:

After drooling over the seven sneak peeks, visit each of the designers’ blogs and leave a comment every stop along the way (including this post).

This month’s random winner will be one lucky person who left a comment on one of the eight blogs! So, without further delay, here’s the line up:

  1. ScrapbookSteals (You are here—leave a comment!)
  2. Julie Koets
  3. Sherri Thompson
  4. Corina Colquhoun
  5. Mary Pat O’brien-Siehl
  6. Michelle McClure
  7. Savannah O’Gwynn
  8. Melissa Dehne

Have fun hopping, and remember you have until Sunday at 11:59 PM MST to drool over the creations and leave your comments. A winner will be selected and announced on Tuesday in our How To’sday blog post.

If you aren’t already joining in on Facebook, be sure to “like” us so that you don’t miss out on any of our fun!

Happy hopping and good luck!

P.S. If you have interest in participating as a designer in an upcoming ScrapbookSteals Blog Hop, please send me an email to kristy@stealnetwork.com, with Blog Hop in the subject line. Have a lovely weekend. :)

~ Kristy

American Crafts Summer Ribbon | How To’sday

Hello everyone! Happy How To’sday to ya! Today we have a super summery treat as Jen McDermott does an amazing job showing what you can create with today’s steal, American Crafts Summertime Ribbons.

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Good morning, fellow Stealers! I am so excited to be bringing you a fun How To’sday today, featuring American Crafts Summertime ribbon! I jumped at the chance to work with such a fun product, as I have always loved playing with ribbon, especially the super cute prints from American Crafts.

Today I’d like to show you how to make some cute ribbon hair clips. And with summer around the corner, the prints from today’s Steal are perfect!

First, you’ll need some 1.5” alligator clips, a hot glue gun, and ribbon cut into 4”, 2.5”, and 1” pieces.

  1. Run a bead of hot glue along the inside top of the clip (the top of the clip is the side that is at a bent angle at the hinge). Stick your 4” piece of ribbon to the glue, making sure to center it on the clip. (Just a PSA: Hot glue is HOT. As in, burn-your-fingers-hot. Be careful when squeezing the ribbon on the clip that the molten lava glue doesn’t squirt out the sides and burn your fingers.)
  2. Run a bead of hot glue along the top outside of the clip and smooth the ribbon on top.
  3. Flip the clip over, and dab a little bit of glue on the bottom of the clip, then stick that last little bit of ribbon down.
  4. Take your 2.5” piece of ribbon, and glue the two ends together, making a circle.
  5. Glue the little circle to the top of your clippie.
  6. Take your 1 inch piece of ribbon and glue one end of the piece on the inside top of your clip, right underneath the ribbon circle. Wrap it around the top (pinching the circle down in the middle) and glue the remaining end back in the inside of the clippie.

Voila! You now have a super cute summer clippie. And, since the prints and colors from the American Crafts ribbon match each other so well, making a million of these coordinating pretties is super easy. They also make a wonderful handmade gift, and if you want to spruce up the presentation, just add them to a homemade card.

If you’d like these cute clips for yourself, head over to my blog, wonkywares.blogspot.com, and you just might find a little giveaway!

A fun way I like to use ribbon is at parties: to jazz up boring plastic ware, and to pretty up plain stemware. Using ribbon to decorate the elements you already have saves you money, since you can use what you have in your cabinets, and just use a ribbon print to tie in the theme of your party. Today’s steal just screams summer barbecue to me, so I gathered up some supplies from my pantry, and got started!

At your next barbecue, instead of just laying out piles of utensils and napkins, try wrapping them up in a printed napkin and tying a coordinating American Crafts ribbon around them. It is such a quick way to take boring forks and spoons and make them pretty. (and keep it all from blowing away outside!) How cute are those popsicles?!

Here, I fancied up a plain glass by adding a ribbon bow to the stem, and using my Cameo, I cut a butterfly to rest on the rim. (You could use the butterfly as a place card, too. Just write the names of your guest on the side) Punch just tastes so much better when drinking it from a fun glass, don’t you think?

I needed to switch out my drab winter wreath, so I broke out my hot glue gun again, and made this squiggly, loopy ribbon wreath for the inside of my front door. I love how cheerful it is, and how the different patterns of ribbon blend so well.

I was inspired by a past How Tosday by Julie Koets and made this altered paint can for my son’s preschool teacher. I’m going to fill it with homemade caramel corn, and give it to her for an end of the year teacher’s gift. I cannot get over all of the cute patterns that come with this set.

Seriously, there is so much ribbon included today, that you will have enough for several projects. Thank you so much, Kristy, for allowing me to play with such a fun product!

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Thank you Jen! Your projects today are amazing and you make me even that much more excited for summer!

Have a great day and be sure to check in tomorrow as we reveal another amazing guest sketcher and TWO fun sketches for your Mid Week Mojo enjoyment!

We R Memory Keepers Sew Ribbon | Monday Card Madness #76

You know you have it — that exorbitant ribbon stash and you’re just not quite sure what to do with it. Obviously you won’t part with it as ribbon is practically a girl’s best friend! While you’re at it, you may as well add to that stash because with today’s steal, the Sew Ribbon by We R Memory Keepers, your ribbon will have a whole new meaning of love. And if the Sew Ribbon weren’t enough to have your heart palpitating with excitement, today’s guest blogger, the infinitely talented and highly published Roree Rumph, will have you weak in the knees with her amazing creations.

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Hey everyone!  Roree here, and today I have some cards to share with you that I created with the We R Memory Keepers Sew Ribbon.  This is a really fun and easy tool to use and it is perfect for cards (which I love to make.)

First off are a couple of cards I made using the Sew Ribbon Weave.

I created a stem for the flower using the Sew Ribbon Green Ribbon. I added a few brads in the spaces between the ribbon, looped a piece of ribbon, and tucked it behind the laced ribbon for a leaf.

Using the same Sew Ribbon Weave, I made a quick and easy card with a rainbow of ribbon-stitched lines.

This card ‘pops’ with all of the rows of colorful ribbon.

For the next card, I used the Sew Ribbon Shoelace.

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I made a frame around my card with the orange ribbon. To create the frame, I place the Sew Ribbon along the top and bottom of the card and punched. For the sides, I flipped the paper over to punch. It kept the ribbon slanting in the same direction.

For the next two cards I used the Sew Ribbon Leaf.  This one was my favorite!

For the first card, I created a patterned background with the aqua ribbon. I punched two rows together, and I added some large brads to the center of each pair.

I really love how this one turned out!

Here is my last card:

Instead of starting and stopping the threading at the edges, I started threading the ribbon at the inside from the front, reached it around the back, and finished threading it on the other side. This allowed me to finish by tying the ends together in a bow.

It seems like the options are endless with these fun tools, and I can’t wait to try it out on more projects.  Thanks so much for letting me share my cards with you today.  Have a great day!
~ Roree

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Wow. Now that I’ve finished picking up my jaw off of the keyboard I’d like to thank you so much Roree for being our guest blogger today. Your cards are outstanding and you truly make me want to put everything aside, toss the boy a box of Cheerios and get my crafty on. :)

Don’t forget to be sharing your Monday Card Madness creations for a chance to win a monthly drawing for a little scrappy goodness. This week’s “sketch” is to base a card creation off of any one of Roree’s cards, and include ribbon. Be sure to have any of the March card sketches created and posted somewhere on line then linked to one of the March Monday Card Madness blog postings by Friday, March 30th at 11:59 PM MST for your chance to win.

If you want another chance to cash in on our weekly prizes here at ScrapbookSteals.com, then be sure to join us in our Mid Week Mojo! Every Wednesday. :)

Check in tomorrow for yet another great crafty tutorial on How To’sday!

American Crafts Ribbon | Monday Card Madness #42

Ribbon. Let  me guess. Most of you just went a little weak in the knees, and if you haven’t seen today’s steal, the American Crafts Dot Grosgrain ribbon, then you’d best sit down.

It always seems there are a million and ten ways to use ribbon on your projects. I had a hard time narrowing down what I wanted to do but settled on a triple bow row for the focus of this week’s sketch.


I am so in love with the huge variety of colors that come with today’s steal. A perfect fit for every project!

It’s amazing what a little splash of ribbon can do to a project to give it a little flair. If you’re saying to yourself that you have too much ribbon, well, I’ll let you in on a little secret. A girl can never have too much ribbon.  :)

Don’t forget to have this week’s card sketch posted to our Facebook fan page or your own personal blog by August 5th at 11:59 pm in order to be eligible for the July random drawing.

In case you haven’t heard we are hosting another card swap. The past two have been an amazing success and the talent is unreal! Here are the details for the current card swap:

  • Create 10 cards. They can all be the same or each can be different.
  • All cards must include an envelope.
  • Cards must be received to the ScrapbookSteals warehouse by August 31st. (ScrapbookSteals, Attn: Card Swap, 2181 California, #400, SLC, UT  84104)
  • Once your cards have been sent in the mail, please send me an email to kristy@stealnetwork.com, to let me know that I need to be on the lookout for your amazing creations. I will then randomly re-distribute the cards and mail back 10 different cards to each participant.

Don’t forget the ongoing challenge to send out joy!