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Friday, April 11, 2014

Guest Designer Karen Jiles- "I Love Your Style" Keepsake Tutorial

Hi there,

This is my first post as a Guest Designer for Craft-Dee BowZ. I am sharing this little keepsake and tutorial titled, "I Love Your Style." This keepsake was a joy to create. The base for this project is a wooden frame. I used patterned papers, stickers and die cuts by We R Memory Keepers. The double bow was created using the Craft-Dee BowZ tool, which makes creating bows effortless. This makes a perfect gift for a stylish friend or for your own craft space. I am including a tutorial below...:)


Craft-Dee BowZ Tool

Frame (7 ¾ x 7 ¾)

Patterned Paper (7 ¼ x 7 ¼, Additional layers sized down in ½ increments)

Cardstock (Base layer: 7 ½ x 7 ½, Coordinating layer: 6 ½ x 6 ½)

Die Cuts



Clear Bulb

Black ink

Black Marker

Xyron Adhesive

Hot Glue

3-D Tape


Step One: Apply black ink to edges of patterned paper.
Step Two: Run Base layer of cardstock through Xyron Creatopia Machine and adhere to frame.

Step Three: Apply adhesive to back of patterned paper and wrap corners with ribbon. Using mega runner, apply adhesive to corners and adhere to frame.

Step Four: Apply black ink to all  patterned paper and sticker layers. Starting with 6 ½ x 6 ½ black cardstock layer, continue layering patterned papers, cardstock and stickers onto frame until happy with design. Use 3-D tape to pop up desired elements. Note: I cut various components from patterned paper and layered them together to achieve the desired look. Set aside.

Step Five: Add metal rods to desired width of bow and wrap ribbon around rods creating a U shape.  This particular bow created a 2 ¼ in. bow.

Step Six: Wrap ribbon around once more to create a double loop bow.

Step Seven: Tuck left tail under bow.

Step Eight: Tie into a knot. Even up the bow by tightening tails with both hands.

Step Nine: Slide bow off Craft-Dee BowZ tool and snip ends.  Use fingers to continue fluffing the bow out to create the desired fullness. Note: This particular bow was created for tutorial purposes.  The bow used on the “I Love Your Style” Keepsake was the same ribbon turned over to use the dull side of the ribbon versus the more enhanced designed side.

Step Ten: Adhere bow and clear bulb to frame using hot glue.

I Like Your Style by Karen Jiles Supplies Patterned Paper, Cardstock, Die Cuts, Stickers: We R Memory Keepers; Ribbon and Craft-Dee BowZ Tool: Craft-Dee BowZ; Clear Bulb: Prima; Ink: Tsukineko; Adhesive: Xyron; Other, Frame

Thanks so much for visiting today!



Vicki said...

Gorgeous card, Karen! Beautiful design and layering. Love the bow.

Donna Maligno said...

Karen this is a super sharp project! And kudos and thanks to you for the wonderful tutorial! Wonderful, wonderful job. Your bow making skills are unsurpassed :) Does it have anything to do with the Craft-Dee BowZ? LOL!

MG said... this! Very cool! That ribbon is yummy and I would not have thought to use the reverse side. I am going to start looking at my ribbons differently now. And where did you get that cool little bulb?
Thanks very much for taking the time to make the tutorial for us. That was really nice of you.
Much appreciated.

Karen Jiles Designs said...

Thanks, Ladies!!! Yes, The Craft-Dee Bowz tool is a must have for neat beautiful bows... :)

Karen Jiles Designs said...

MJ, thanks so much. The bulb is by prima. They are so cool... :)

Barbara Bruder said...

Karen, your card is gorgeous and the tutorial is great!!. Love that you used the dull side of the ribbon, goes to show both sides are great to use.That bulb is really cool, too.

Dana Tatar said...

Gorgeous piece Karen! I'm loving all the layers and the color palette is fantastic!