Friday, April 11, 2014

"I Love Your Style" Keepsake Tutorial with Craft-Dee Bowz

Hi there,

I am Guest Designing today and sharing this little keepsake 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...:)


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Easter Album using Xyron & Craft-Dee BowZ

Hi there,

I wanted to share this little Easter Album that I created using a ribbon spool. The photos are of our 2013 Egg Hunt. The girls always have so much fun hunting for eggs and I have way too much fun taking pics....When I found this ribbon spool at my local TJ Maxx, I knew that it was perfect for an altered project. It was full of ribbon and many possibilities.

I used Khoe Lane patterned paper by The Paper Studios as a base for my layered photos. The album measures 2 1/2 x 23 1/2 in.  I combined (2) 2 1/2 x 12 in. papers together using eyelets. The 1/2 in. accounts for the joining of the pages. All photo layers were adhered using Xyron High Tack Tape.  I also used my 1.5 in. Xyron Sticker Maker to adhere ribbon to the edges of the album.  I also used eyelets and brads throughout the album. My bows were created using the Craft-Dee BowZ tool. All papers and flowers were enhanced and aged using Vintage Photo Distress ink. I also added some hidden journaling to the top of  the album using a spellbinders circle die. The closure was created with ribbon and a mini metal knob.  I loved how this turned out.  Non traditional albums are so much fun to create and for me always add that extra fun element to the process.


Easter Album by Karen Jiles Supplies Patterned Paper: The Paper Studio; Stamp: American Crafts; Flowers: Prima; Ink: Memento, Ranger; Die: Spellbinders; Adhesive: Xyron; Tools: Craft-Dee BowZ, Grand Calibur; Other: Ribbon, Brads, Eyelets, Charm
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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Vintage Altered Bottle

Hi there,

I finally finished altering one of the largest wine bottles that I have ever worked with. I love the way it turned out.  It has a vintage feel with fun textural appeal. I used cheesecloth as my main texture component. I ran pieces of cheesecloth through my Xyron 5" machine and began adding layers after layers until the bottle was covered.  I gesso'd the cheesecloth to prep it for various Lindy's Stamp Gang ink sprays. Love them! I also added some crocheted ribbon to the neck of the bottle. I was able to adhere it with some Teresa Collins Clear Hold Adhesive.  I then aged the bottle with a brown big brush marker.  The marker enhanced the pattern in the cheesecloth nicely.

The following pic is a close up of the seam binding and embellishment.  I dyed the seam binding using old coffee and vintage photo distress ink. The charm is an art-i-cake charm found at Michaels. The topper was an unbelievable find from Hobby Lobby. It was lying on the floor of the door knob section of my Hobby Lobby store.  Obviously broken, I decided to inquire about the cost since it was already in the shape I needed it.  The manager was so sweet. She took 80% off of the original price of item. It worked perfectly for this project.


Vintage Altered Bottle by Karen Jiles Supplies Seam Binding: Hug Snug; Charm: art-I-cake; Ink sprays: Lindy’s Stamp Gang; Gesso: Liquitex; Marker: Faber Castell; Adhesive: Xyron; Other: Wine Bottle, Cheesecloth, Knob; Crocheted Ribbon

Thanks so much for visiting today...:)

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Craft-Dee BowZ Blog Hop

Hi there,
I am Guest Designing over at Craft-Dee BowZ and I am participating in this month's Blog Hop. The theme for this month is “Sympathy.” Sympathy cards can be some of the most difficult cards to create, but they are always needed at some point in our lives. As you visit all of the participating team members' blogs, catalog the ideas for the next sympathy card you may need.  There is a prize opportunity on the Craft-Dee BowZ blog, so please visit to learn about how to be eligible to win. Good luck to you and please remember to stop by all of the participating design team members' blogs to leave a comment.

Blog Hop Participants:
Karen (You're here)

Craft-Dee BowZ




I decided to create the Sympathy card below. I started with a basic design and then the card evolved. Sometimes even Sympathy cards need to be just as elegant as the memory of the person that passed, so I decided to turn the card up a notch with the use of my Spellbinders dies, My Mind's Eye patterned paper, and the Craft-Dee BowZ tool. All layers adhered with Xyron adhesive.


I didn't realize how simple bow making could  be until I started working with the Craft-Dee Bowz Tool.  I was able to add this really pretty double bow using the tool. It's definitely a staple on my craft desk.

Sympathy by Karen Jiles Supplies Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned Paper: My Mind’s Eye; Button: Ranger; Photo Corners: EK Success; Ribbon, Bow Tool: Craft-Dee BowZ; Stamp: Woodsworth; Ink: Tsukineko; Die: Spellbinders; Adhesive: Xyron

Thanks so much for visiting today...:)


Sunday, March 30, 2014

Spring Mixed Media Journal

Hi there,

Today I am sharing a Spring Mixed Media Journal that I created using corrugated board and a card front that I previously created for a texture project. The journal measures 7 x 7 and each page inside is gesso'd corrugated board. All layers of the journal were adhered with Xyron adhesive. Creating this was very simple and fun. I enjoy projects that are no fuss, but still have the look of many elements and techniques.

This journal is  ready for some fun new spring mixed media pages. The possibilities are endless, but I think I will make various flowers as the focus for each page inside of the journal with some wonderful quotes and a few pics....We shall see...:)

The following pic is another view of the texture and thickness of the Journal. I love chunky albums and journals, so this is going to be amazing fun to work in.
Spring Journal by Karen Jiles Supplies Cardstock: Close to My Heart; Patterned Paper:  Stampin Up!; Hemp: Close to My Heart; Stamp: Heartfelt Creations; Ink: Tsukineko; Markers: Copic; Embossing Folder: Cricut; Gesso: Liquitex; Adhesive: Xyron; Other: Corrugated Board, Embossing Powder, Stencil
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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

It's "Not Xyron But Should Be" Project Week...

Hi there,

It's "Not Xyron But Should Be" Pinterest project week. The Design Team was challenged with choosing a piece of art from Pinterest to use as inspiration in creating our own art using Xyron. The inspiration for my canvas was this beautiful 7 Gypsies Canvas ...

I loved the variations of the hearts coupled with buttons. I just had to try to recreate my own variation of this canvas. I used several Xyron products: 1.5 Sticker Maker, 3" Sticker Maker, Teresa Collins Clear Hold Adhesive, and 3/8 Adhesive Dots. I loved this project! My tutorial for it is below.


Xyron 1.5 Sticker Maker

Xyron 3" Sticker Maker

Teresa Collins Clear Hold Adhesive by Xyron

Xyron 3/8 Adhesive Dots

Canvas Panel

Stamps (Worded)

Black inkpad


Big brush marker

Foam Brush


Black artist PITT pen

Water mister

Heart Punches (3 sizes)

Patterned Paper

Step One: Apply gesso to canvas panel as a base for the gelato application. Applying the gesso will enable the gelatos to flow and blend nicely.

Step Two: Begin applying gelatos to the top of the gesso’d canvas panel. I used colors: red, orange, gold and yellow.

Step Three
: Spray water using mister onto canvas panel and stand canvas up allowing full drippage of the gelatos and water.

Step Four: Use your finger to continue the blending of the gelatos as desired. Let dry.

Step Five: Punch hearts out of patterned paper.

Step Six: Edge each heart with a black big brush marker and rub to create a little shading around the heart.


Step Seven: Run the hearts through 1.5 “ and 3” Xyron Sticker Makers.

Step Eight: Adhere hearts to canvas.

Step Nine: Randomly layer scored medium hearts onto each other using Teresa Collins Clear Hold Adhesive. This creates a 3-D effect.

Step Ten: Stamp hearts using worded stamps with black ink onto hearts.

Step Eleven: Add faux stitches randomly to hearts using black pitt artist pen.

Step Twelve: Run button through 3” Xyron Sticker maker and adhere to canvas. Use Adhesive Dots to add additional layers of buttons on top of another.

 Step Thirteen: Finish canvas as desired.

Cherish Canvas by Karen Jiles Supplies Canvas: Artist’s Loft; Stamps: Stampin Up; Buttons: Foofala; Ink: Tsukineko; Gelatos, Marker, Pen: Faber Castell; Gesso: Liquitex; Adhesive: Xyron

Thanks so much for visiting today...:)

Hugs, Karen

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Harmony Card with loads of Texture...

Hi there,

I made this card for SNR Magazine. The navy and gold patterned papers and die cuts were the inspiration for this card.  They were perfect layered on top of each other. I loved the physical and visual texture also. It's amazing how different patterns flow beautifully together.

I can't remember where I ordered this luscious paper from, but it came in a bundle of several patterns and several colors. The paper is perfect for cards and also specialty gift boxes.

Harmony by Karen Jiles Supplies Patterned Paper, Die Cuts: My Mind’s Eye; Stamp, Ink: Stampin Up!; Silk Ribbon: May Arts

Thanks so much for visiting today...:)