Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Ribbons, and clips, and bows Oh my!

My adorable niece Zara has some great long bangs that always falls into her face. Even though we try to tie her hair back with a hair band, she always finds a way to take it out! So in comes the hair clippies. Unfortunately, with all small things around a child, small hair clippies have the tendency to fall off or be pulled off. So I decided that I was going to make my niece some awesome hair clips.

The process is really easy, and quite therapeutic when you just have that itch to make something, but don't want to lug out all your gear!

Here's what you need:

Alligator clips or any type of hair clip that you want to use
Hot Glue Gun
Space separator contraption (for diff bow types)

Cut your ribbon to about 3.5in. This will be the piece that covers your hair clip. Start at the back part of your clip and place a dot of glue at the end. Quickly push down on our ribbon to put it in place. Wrap around to the top end of the clip and glue into place.

Your clip is now covered! Yay!

For the ribbon part, you can do 2 things. One is super easy, the other is easy, but might need some pictures to show you how to do it. I'll cover that one in a separate post when I can get some pictures up of the process. (this process requires the space separator contraption listed above!)

So without the special contraption, I will walk you through how to make the easier bow. Take a piece of ribbon, probably about 4 inches long and put glue on one end. and secure the other ribbon end on top of that to form a circle. Place a dot of glue in the middle of your clip and place your ribbon circle on top. place another dot of glue in the middle of that circle, and press the top part of the ribbon down to form a floppy bow. to finish off, wrap another piece of ribbon across the middle and wrap underneath the top part of the clip.

Make sense? I'll follow up with pictures. It's easy, but easier if you have a visual.

Anyway- hope you have time to make clippies for the adorable little girls in your life!

The possibilities are endless!

My latest creation

A friend of mine contacted me last week to create invitations for her daughter's 13th birthday party at a park. I asked for a theme, and she said "cupcakes!" Yay! Then I asked for the daughter's favorite colors. She said "purple, pink and green" Yay again! I love those colors too!

So I quickly whipped up 2 prototypes. One flat card with a purple and white checkerboard border, with the info, and room to "pop up" a cupcake paper piece from cricut. The second prototype that I whipped up was a scallop card, with white paper circles with a cupcake on one side, and the information on the other.

My friend chose the scallop card.

I'm really happy with the way these turned out. I was able to use my cricut and stickles! I was stressing off of how to print out the information and cut it into a circle. But I solved that problem by buying a Making Memories Circle cutter. And while I don't think that is the easiest tool to use, it definitely did the job. Any one have any suggestions on a better circle cutting tool?

Hope you like them! I love the way they turned out!

Contact me for any invitation/card needs :)


I've been crafting for a few years now, and while I've posted many of my creations onto my "craftastic" album on facebook, I've decided to go ahead and create a blog to show you my projects, maybe take you step by step on some projects, as well as just to talk about my ideas and inspirations.

I hope this blog will inspire you to create!

Thanks for looking :)