Sherindipity Share – The Perfect Bow Maker!

I promised to share this little trick I learned at Leadership on how to make the Perfect Bow so here goes!  This is what I now use to make my bows. It’s a bit different and fancier than what they showed us at Leadership (theirs was just a bit of cardboard), but with my OCD and need for perfection I actually covered mine with Designer Series Paper and applied Modge Podge so it would keep for awhile. I do make alot of bows you know! I am usually making the same sized bows to fit a standard A4 card so this is what I came up with for myself. What follows is a tutorial on how to make the Perfect Bow Maker and then I will show you the 5 steps to making the Perfect Bow!

I started with a piece of left over heavy weight cardstock backing from one of Stampin’ Up’s Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP) packs since it is a bit heavier than the cardstock backing in the regular DSP packs. I then cut a square measuring approximately 2-3/8″ x 2-3/4″ using a heavy duty pair of scissors.  The inside section you will need to cut out is 3/4″ x 1-1/4″.  I then cut out two pieces of the new Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper which is featured as one of the FREE items you can select from the Sale-A-Bration Catalog when you purchase $50.00 in Stampin’ Up! product. Such a pretty paper!  I applied the DSP to the square using a Glue Stick – so easy. Then I trimmed away any excess hangover edges with my Paper Snips and filed the edges with my Distressing Tool to smooth them out.  Don’t forget to cover both sides.

I sponged the edges with Baja Breeze ink to purty it up. Then I applied Modge Podge all over my Bow Maker to protect the DSP, make it sturdy and keep it dirt free from finger prints. I applied it to one side just enough to cover it and the edges and waited 5 minutes for it to dry and then flipped it over and repeated the process.

 I punched a hole in the bottom center of my Ribbon Maker with my Crop-A-Dile using the smaller hole puncher and inserted a one-inch Book Ring. Added some Baja Breeze and Pear Pizzazz Seam Binding Ribbon to the ring to jazz it up abit.  The ring will allow me to attach it to my stamp/scrap supply bag and keep it handy for use.  Here’s another view of it. Isn’t this just the coolest thing ever? If you’re not sure yet, you will be soon. Just after the supply list is a 5 Step process on how to make the Perfect Bow!

Supplies:  Heavyweight Card Stock Backing from Stampin’ Up! Specialty DSP pack or Chip Board, Heavy Weight Scissors, Enchanted Evening DSP, Glue Stick, Crop-A-Dile, Modge Podge and Sponge Brush, One-Inch Book Ring, Stampin’ Sponge, Baja Breeze Classic Ink, Baja Breeze and Pear Pizzaz Seam Binding Ribbon.


You will need the following supplies:  The Perfect Bow Maker, 2 pieces of Ribbon – one measuring 16″ and the other 6″, and Scissors.

Step 1 - Lay the 16" piece of ribbon from left to right as shown.

Step 2 - Take the long right side of the ribbon and start wrapping it around to the back of the Bow Maker - wrap it twice around for a double loop bow and once for a single loop bow. You will always want to end up with the ribbon on the lower right side front of the Bow Maker. The length of ribbon used in this tutorial is for a double loop bow.

To gather the center of your bow, you will need the 6" piece of ribbon. Insert the ribbon from the back of your Bow Maker and pull it up through the bottom center of your wrapped ribbon as shown in the picture towards the front. You will then tie the 6" ends together giving you a second set of ends for your bow as shown in the next picture. Tie it a second time to secure the bow.

Step 4 - This is how your bow should look once you have tied the 6" ends securely. Now you can flip it over and begin to trim the ends. Slowly remove the bow from the Perfect Bow Maker.

Now that you have trimmed your ends, you can pull apart your double loops and shape your Perfect Bow!

If you want to save on ribbon, you can use a piece of Linen Thread to gather the center of your bow and add a Basic Pearl to jazz it up a bit as shown here on my project from last week. I prefer the Linen Thread myself as you can get a tighter looking bow.  Also, if you want to make a bigger or smaller bow, just adjust the width of your bow maker when you are cutting out your pattern.

If you are not all about the fuss of making one yourself and would like to purchase a Perfect Bow Maker for $7.95 plus shipping, please e-mail me at  Local Pickup is free, of course!

Enchanting Swap!

Camera is still MIA! Hoping it will reappear before I leave for Leadership this weekend. I don’t want to have to use my camera phone the whole trip so I am still searching. But I wanted to show you all my swap card so the camera phone it is.  I used the new Everyday Enchantment Designer Series paper because I needed something quick that would pack alot of elegance at the same time.  The Soft Suede flower is punched with the new Blossom Punch from the Mini Occasions Catalog. There is a matching stamp set to use with the punch called Mixed Bunch, but I didn’t purchase it as it comes as a part of my Leadership packet. I will feature it in another posting. However, so my blossom wouldn’t look naked I ran it through my Big Shot with the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder to give it some texture. The center of my flower was stamped using a Sale-A-Bration stamp set called Fresh Vintage. This set coordinates with the Everday Enchantment Designer Series Paper. Both are available beginning January 24 in the new Sale-A-Bration catalog. Sale-A-Bration is a wonderful time to hostess a workshop! As Hostess you can earn FREE product in addition to the regular hostess benefits and as an attendee of a workshop with every $50.00 you purchase, you get FREE product! The Everyday Enchantment DSP and Fresh Vintage stamp set are two of the items you can get for FREE! My greeting is from another new stamp set you can get for FREE – it is called Elementary Elegance. It features a beautiful frame, two word greetings and some cute little stamps such as the butterfly featured next to my greeting. Pearls add a finishing touch to my butterfly and the center of my flower and some of the new 1/8″ Lucky Limeade Organdy Ribbon as leaves for my flower. Hope you enjoy!

Supplies:  Stamp Sets:  Elementary Elegance and Fresh Vintage; Cardstock:  Poppy Parade, Soft Suede, Lucky Limeade and Very Vanilla; Ink:  Poppy Parade, Soft Suede and Lucky Limeade; DSP: Everyday Enchantment; Accessories:  Blossom Punch, 1/2″, 1-3/8″ and 1-1/4″ Circle Punches, Oval and Oval Scallop Punches, Basic Pearls, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Very Vanilla 5/8″ Satin Ribbon and Lace Crochet Trim, 1/8″ Lucky Limeade Organdy Ribbon.

Published in: on January 12, 2012 at 11:34 am  Comments (1)  
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Pretty in Pink Spring Banner

Happy Spring Everyone!  I wanted to make a banner for my Spring Home and Garden Expo display and this is what I came up with.  I was so busy at the Expo I forgot to take pictures there, so I displayed it on my Baker’s Rack at home.  I think I’ll keep it there on display for my Open House next month (May 15).  I used Pretty in Pink, Crumb Cake and Whisper White cardstock.  The Big Shot makes banner making quite easy. The cardstock is folded in half and placed on the Pennant Die and run through the Big Shot.  When you pull it out, open it up and you have a full-sized pennant for your banner.  I love vintage so I used the “Bliss” stamp set once again. The flowers were made with the Fun Flowers die, sponged with ink, layered and secured with a Vintage brad in the center.  The brad also secured it to the end of each pennant section.  I put Jumbo Eyelets in each side of the pennant sections and grouped them together with Pretty in Pink 5/8″ satin ribbon.  Here is a closeup of one of the pennant sections.  The lettering for “Spring” was made using the “Serif Essentials Alphabet” die.  I mounted each letter on a Crumb Cake oval cut from the Oval Scallop Frame and then popped them up on the center of each pennant.  The possibilities are endless with this die – birthdays, holidays or just about any celebration. You would definitely get your money’s worth out of this die!

Supplies:  Stamp Set:  Bliss; Cardstock:  Pretty in Pink, Crumb Cake and Whisper White; Ink:  Crumb Cake and Pretty in Pink; Accessories:  Big Shot, Dies:  Pennant, Fun Flowers, Oval from the Oval Scallop Frame and Serif Essentials Alphabet, Vintage Brads, Jumbo Eyelets, Pretty in Pink 5/8″ Satin Ribbon, Sponges, and Stampin’ Dimensionals.

A Manly Birthday

Manly Happy Birthday Card

It’s a rare occasion that I make a manly card. For one thing I don’t own many manly stamps and for another I have a hard time not adding ribbon to a card!  Frankly, I just don’t find them as much fun to make as one that includes ribbon or glitter. LOL!  In the Punch Bunch stamp set you will find an assortment of stamp images for different occassions, but this great Happy Birthday image fits the bill and makes for a quick birthday card.  The bold HB stands out along with the Not Quite Navy cardstock.  I think the strips of cardstock could count as ribbon, don’t you?  To add texture I ran some striped Designer Series Paper from the Springtime Vintage paper pack through my Big Shot using the Textured Impressions “Square Lattice” Embossing Folder and then sponged Certainly Celery across the embossed image to add more depth.  Added an antique brad to complete the manliness.  What do you think – is it manly enough?

Supplies:  Stamp Set:  Punch Bunch; Cardstock:  Very Vanilla, Not Quite Navy, and Certainly Celery;  Designer Series Paper:  Springtime Vintage; Ink: Not Quite Navy; Accessories:  Big Shot, Textured Impressions Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Antique Brads, Stampin’ Dimensionals and Sponges, Scallop Square Punch and 3/4″ Circle Punch.

Published in: on February 28, 2011 at 12:03 am  Comments (2)  
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A Perfect Shade of Blue and Blog Candy!

A Perfect Shade of Blue Daisy

Blue Daisies! Only in the papercrafting world can you make any shade of flower that you want! LOL! I had been wanting to use Stampin’ Up!’s new Paper Daisies in the IB&C and decided what better way than to pair it up with the new Botanical Gazette Designer Series Paper in the Mini Occasions catalog. This card was part of a Baggie Sampler that I created for my Sherindipity Stampers group meeting in January showcasing products from the new Mini Catalog and the Sale-A-Bration Catalog.  The paper daisy was so easy to color! I used my Marina Mist marker and colored a little on each petal and then used my aqua painter to spread the color around. Use only a small amount of water with your aqua painter – do not soak your flower!  I dried it quickly using my heat tool. Repeated the process to  get a little tie-dye effect going on.  You can also color the daisy by placing a few drops of one of the reinkers into a small dish with some water and paint it on with your aqua painter.  But you don’t get as much control this way on how the color turns out I thought.  Any way you do it, it’s pretty easy. I then splattered some ink on the flower using my color spritzer tool and a marker to make it look real. I also folded up each petal for more definition.  I used the Punch Bunch from Sale-A-Bration to make the center of my flower.  Use markers on the stamp so you can color each section of the stamp. Don’t forget to huff on the ink to rewet it before stamping! The cute little hearts also express the perfect shades of blue too!

Supplies:  Stamp Set:  Nature Walk and Punch Bunch; Cardstock:  Very Vanilla, Early Espresso and Marina Mist; Designer Series Paper:  Botanical Gazette; Ink:  Early Espresso and Marina Mist; Accessories:  Heat Tool, Aqua Painter, 1-3/8″ Scallop Circle Punch, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Itty Bitty Buttons, Linen Thread, Color Spritzer Tool, Early Espresso, Old Olive and Marina Mist Stampin’ Write Markers, Stampin’ Dimensionals, and Paper Daisies.

Easter Blooms - # 122057 Clear Mount/#121905 Wood Mount


Do you have a favorite shade of daisy?  Leave a comment below letting me know your favorite shade to win some blog candy shown here!  Check back on Friday for the winner! It is the stamp set featured in yesterday’s post – Easter Blooms.  I received this clear mount stamp set as a prize at Leadership, but I already have it in wood mount. Do you want to be the lucky recipient?

I prefer wood mount stamps myself.  I’ve been using them for 12 years – it’s hard to teach an old dog new tricks. I just prefer the feel of wood in my hand.  But Stampin’ Up! now offers you a choice between the two styles of stamps that they offer. Clear mounts are great if you don’t have alot of storage space. They fit on a shelf just like your DVD’s.  The images are not attached to anything. When you are ready to use them, you just mount the image on a clear block and stamp away.  They also sell the empty clear mount stamp cases in a set of 4 for $4.95 (Item #119105). Watch for a new class I will be offering on how you can use the empty cases later this week!

Published in: on February 23, 2011 at 10:45 am  Comments (14)  
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New Stamp Camp – Check Book Covers

Want to make writing a check a little more exciting? Check out my new Check Book Cover Stamp Camp!  We will be making 12 beautiful inserts to change out monthly. January is pictured here with beautiful snowflakes from the Serene Snowflakes stamp set stamped in Night of Navy and Bashful Blue.

January Snowflakes

I thought this cover would be appropriate with all the snow we have had on the Shore lately!  Each of the large snowflakes is finished off with a beautiful Rhinestone in the center.

A plus for those of you already thinking of gifts to make for Christmas gifts next year, this would make a lovely gift.  For all those scrapbookers that don’t think stamping is for them, just think how cute these would be by adding a picture of your kids or grandkids throughout this year.

February 6, 2011 – 1 PM to 5 PM – Customer Cost:  10.00/Demo Cost:  $5.00 – Place an order for $30.00 or more during this class and your class fee is waived. Bump it up to $50.00 and get a FREE Sale-A-Bration stamp set too!   Please RSVP by February 2, 2011.

To see how you can qualify for the Demo Cost of my classes, please contact me via my demonstrator website.

Published in: on January 27, 2011 at 2:25 pm  Leave a Comment  
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I wanted to share with you the beautiful handmade card I received from the owner of Stampin’ Up!, Shelli Gardner.  She even signed the back. I won it during the first prize patrol at Leadership. 

I also wanted to share with everyone my AHA moment at Leadership.  While there, Stampin’ Up! introduced a new Campaign of +One.  The concept behind the Campaign is simple: any growth or progress starts with one simple change. One more conversation can lead to one more customer, one  more workshop, and even one more recruit.   Now, I can tell you I never got into this business to recruit.  I started out being a hobby demonstrator and only wanted the discount. But I found out  I loved teaching stamping – that is what I do best and have done so for 12 years.

I guess you could kinda say I got lucky when it comes to downline. It took me moving to the Eastern Shore eight years after I joined Stampin’ Up! before I got my first recruits.  My group has slowly climbed over the last 4-1/2 years and most of these ladies signed up for the discount just like me, but are now growing their own businesses just like I did.

At Leadership I found out what +One could do for me by sharing what I love – and that love is stamping!  Stampin’ Up! gave me the opportunity to offer a FREE Starter Kit to a person I thought would truly benefit from it.  I had a time limit of one week to give it to them. I made a few phone calls with no success, but then happened to run into one of my customers at the local pharmacy.  I had not seen her in awhile and I thought to myself, why not offer her the FREE Starter Kit.  She said she would think about it.  Much to my surprise I got a phone call from her later that day and she said “I’m really thinking about this opportunity”.  Well, I met with her to go over the paperwork, along with her daughter and we sat for two hours talking about Stampin’ Up!  She was very excited picking out her new stamp sets and other accessories for her FREE Starter Kit.  I thought back to when I first chose my starter kit contents and how excited I had been.  Her daughter even drove home to get her mom’s SU! Idea Book & Catalog because it had a bunch of post it notes on stamp sets she had been wanting to buy and now she would be able to get some of them for FREE!  She was able to exchange some of the recommended stamp sets for ones on her wish list.  I can’t wait for her to receive her kit – I express mailed the application so she could get all her goodies quickly.  Another new addition to my Sherindipity Stampers Group – how blessed am I! Seven Wonderful Women in my group building friendships and supporting each other, no matter if they decide to just keep it a hobby or if they want to build a business!

If you missed out on the FREE Starter Kit opportunity, don’t worry!  Stampin’ Up! has another great promotion beginning January 25 when Sale-A-Bration starts.  Purchase the standard Starter Kit or our Digital+ Starter Kit – both at a 15% discount AND you will receive a special bonus bundle of over $50 in free products.  If you are interested, check out my website beginning January 25 at  You can sign up on-line,  just contact me so I can give you the password.  I would love for you to become a part of my Sherindipity Stampers Group!

Published in: on January 25, 2011 at 1:07 am  Comments (2)  
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It’s A New Year Open House!

My first Open House of the New Year is almost here!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

1-6 p.m.

Sherahl’s Stampin’ Up! Home Studio

RSVP by:  Wednesday, January 19, 2011

New stamp sets and accessories from the new Mini Occasions and Sale-A-Bration Catalogs – what more could you ask for!  You don’t want to miss out on all the fun! We’ll be doing FREE make & takes featuring the stamp set “Filled With Love. The special promotion on this set ends on 1/24 and you won’t want to miss it. You can find the details on this promotion by clicking on the Filled With Love picture on my left sidebar. I also will be choosing a MYSTERY HOSTESS based on all sales received from my Open House and will be giving away FREE STUFF every hour – stamp sets, punches, and ribbon, oh my! There will also be retired stamp sets, cardstock, ink pads and other accessories for sale.  My new class schedule will also be posted for signups.  Please RSVP by Wednesday, January 19 if you will be attending so I can make sure there are enough make & takes available for everyone. 

For a sneak preview of the sets offered in the new Mini Occasions Catalog and Sale-A-Bration Catalog,  check out these Baggie Book Samplers my Sherindipity Stampers Group and I made at our last meeting:

2011 Mini Occasion and Sale-A-Bration Baggie Book Samplers

But of course, you will have to come to the Open House to see all the ideas featured in these samplers.  We all brought three new card ideas from a favorite stamp set out of  the new Mini Occasions Catalog for all of us to complete.  I did an additional three card ideas from the Sale-A-Bration catalog. So in total we each have 21 new card samples to show all of you at our Open Houses.   I have the best Stampin’ Up! group – they are all great stampers so you don’t want to miss seeing all their creative ideas. Want to join our group? Contact me and I’ll let you know how you can get in on the fun!  I have a special bonus awaiting the next person who becomes a part of my Sherindipity Stampers, but you must attend the Open House to see it!   Hope to see you all there!

Unable to attend? You can still enter to win the mystery hostess drawing by calling me at 410-673-1673 and placing an order no later than 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 23.  No on-line orders will be accepted for this drawing.

Stamp Sets Featured in the Baggie Book Samplers:  Mini Occasions – Eat Chocolate, Easter Blooms, Nature Walk, Thanks for Caring, Plane and Simple,  and Create A Cupcake; Sale-A-Bration – Punch Bunch.

What’s Hootin’ Valentine?!

It’s a New Year and Valentine’s Day is just around the corner already! I created this cute Valentine Card as part of a baggie book sampler that my downline group, Sherindipity Stampers, and I worked on last weekend.  We prepared samples using 7 different stamp sets to show our customers for upcoming workshops and open houses featuring stamps and accessories from the new Mini Occasions catalog which runs from January 4 – April 30 and the Sale-A-Bration catalog which runs from January 25 – March 31. Aren’t the little owls so cute? They are made by stamping the owl from the new “Punch Bunch” set from the Sale-A-Bration catalog and then punching them out using Stampin’ Up!’s owl punch.  You can get this stamp set FREE with a $50 purchase beginning January 24! I was so happy with the way this card turned out, especially using the new Red Glimmer Paper from the Mini Occasions catalog, that I decided to use the idea for my scrapbook layout class that I will be teaching at a crop in Ocean City later this month at the Princess Royale Hotel. 

Filled With Love Scrap Layout - Left Side

Filled With Love Scrap Layout - Right Side

 Click on each page to enlarge and see the details.

I wanted to be able to show how you can extend the card idea all the way into a scrapbook layout when you have such a versatile stamp set such as the “Filled With Love” stamp set that originated in the Holiday Mini catalog last fall but has been extended through 1/24/11.  Check out my Stampin’ Up! website to see the great “Filled With Love” Bundle Promotion Details featuring this stamp set, a pack of designer series paper and FREE package of bitty buttons.

Stamp Supplies:  Stamp Sets:  Filled With Love and Punch Bunch; Cardstock:  Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Real Red, & Crumb Cake; Ink:  Chocolate Chip & Versamark; Specialty Paper:  Red Glimmer Paper; Accessories:  Clear Embossing Powder, Embossing Gun, Punches:  Two-Step Owl, Scallop Trim Border, Small Heart, Full Heart, Circles – 3/4″, 1″, 1-1/4″, 1-3/8″, 2-3/8″ Scallop Circle, Rhinestones, and Dimensionals.

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