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‘Pants’ Bow Maker Video Tutorial – how to tie a perfect bow every time



‘Pants’ Bow Maker Video Tutorial – how to tie a perfect bow every time



I’ve been making this Bow Maker Template and showing my stamping friends how to use it for a number of years now… and over that time the template has moved from a plain white template into a ‘Pants’ Bow Maker.

Now along with the new name and cute little pockets and the like,  the way I explain how to tie the bows has changed too. How often have my stamping friends been in stitches of laughter trying to feed the ribbon through the pants crotch (teehee), round his knees and up to his pocket!!! LOL. It’s a great way of remembering a really easy method in which to make perfect bows every time.

Enjoy – and tell me what you think in the comments. 🙂 I LOVE comments – they make my heart sing.



Remember it’s the final week of Stampin’ Up!’s  Sale-A-Bration… make sure you get your orders to me real quick so you don’t miss out on getting a gift with purchase with every $90 spent. Email me or head to my online store to make your purchase.


x Carolyn

Paper Feathers video tutorial

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Hi folks, 
I’ve been filming again… this time its a ‘Carolyn’s Quickie Video Tutorial’ on how to make these cute paper feathers. I hope you enjoy. Leave some comment love if you do. 
Remember to ‘socialise with me’ on my business Facebook page – Carolyn Bennie – Stamping, Card Making & Papercraft Come for a visit and LIKE my page if you’d like to get updates. I’m off to the home of Stampin’ Up! in Utah USA in just 4 weeks and you’re going to want to see all my photo updates!! 
Paper Feathers Card Recipe
Stamp Sets: Wishes your way
Ink: Rich Razzleberry
Card stock: Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise 
Designer Series Paper: Summer Smooches 
Tools and accessories: 2 1/2″ Circle Punch, Paper piercer 
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Happy Stamping 
Live in the Sunshine. x Carolyn 

Inkspirations Challenge #92 – The Nicest Things

I’ve been busting to try out this technique for days after seeing photo of a piece of art on Pintrest (a website I’m a bit obsessed with at the moment!!). The technique had the image of a person on newsprint where you can see the newsprint on everything except for the peoples skin.

I’ve used our beautiful the little girls image from our ‘The Nicest Things’ stamp set  and the ‘First Edition Speciality’ designer series paper.  I also thought I’d play along with the Inkspirations Challenges blog which has a colour challenge this week using Cherry Cobbler, Not Quite Navy, Very Vanilla and Sahara Sand.

Here is a little tutorial on the ‘Stamping on newsprint’ technique:

I’ve run a piece of the First Edition DSP through my Big Shot machine with my Top Note Bigz Die. I’ve then stamped the little girls image in VersaMark and then covered in Black Embossing powered and heat set with my Stampin’ Up! Heat Tool.

I’ve used Craft White ink on a dry Aqua Painter pen to cover all of the skin on the little girls (and cover the newsprint) and then coloured the skin with my Blush Blossom Stampin’ Write Marker.

I’ve then added colour to the rest of the image using my Aqua Painters and my Classic Stampin’ ink Pads. (Using ink from the pads in the lids as a palette)… and a few touch ups with my markers.

I’ve then surrounded the whole image in grey to make it ‘pop’ out off of the page.

I’ve then gone over the faces of the girls with my black Stampin’ Write Marker ‘journal tip’ end. Now in hindsight I should have used a non water based pen as the image was still a tiny bit moist and the black ended up a little bit fuzzier and not as crisp as I wanted – and therefore the faces not as delicate. A learning for next time. 

And here is the finished card. What do you think? I’ve used my FAVOURITE Vintage wall paper embossing folder and sponged it with ink to distress it a little. I’ve also used the new yummy Seam Binding ribbon in Cherry Cobbler. 

Would you like to see more tutorials like this one?  Let me know if there are any techniques that you would especially like to see me make.

Happy Stamping,

x C

Sponges and Daubers

I’m a bit of a fan of sponging the edges of my cards and projects. Just LURV it…. and as my regular stamping friends would know – my second big love in this paper craft world behind stamping is ORGANISING!! So I’ve put together my love of stamping, sponging, organisation AND my little boy Macauley and what do you have????? BLISS!

I’ve got a bit of a collection of Stampin’ Up! sponges (that I always cut up into 1/4’s or even more) and daubers… because of holding classes over time, I’ve found that I often have 4 Chocolate Chip daubers and lots of others that I can’t identify. I’ve got busy and organised my sponges & daubers by enlisting Macauley to wash and dry them and then I’ve named them all. Now as I need a new sponge or dauber I grab my Dymo labler and make a label straight away. It’s great.

Here is a bit of a photo tutorial by Macauley on how we went about washing the sponges and Daubers.

The used sponges and daubers.

Here is Macauley (he’d just had a bit of a melt down and was just recovering from a bit of a cry). He’s showing us the ink filled sponge about to go for a dip in the sink.

Multi tasking and much happier 🙂

Drying the wet washed sponges in the sunshine and waiting patiently. Note that the sponges still a bit coloured but can now be used with another colour without messing up the new inkpad as most of the ink has been washed out.

The finished washed and labeled sponges and daubers. I’ve actually taken this to the next level since these photos and I now used the same coloured cardstock on the label that I’m going to use to ink the sponge with eg a Chocolate Chip coloured label attached to the sponge which I use for Chocolate Chip ink. So as usual, I’m always trying to find the ultimate organisation for stamping. 🙂

Happy Stamping everyone,

x C

Two Step Bird Punch Paper Broach – Stampin’ Up! Jewelry

Hi All,

Hope you enjoy my very first video tutorial.  I made this tutorial for the We Stamp for Lara  – and I’m so happy to report that the fundraising effort has raised over $8000!!!! If you’d like more information about We Stamp for Lara please visit

Happy Stamping,

Carolyn xx 

‘Bliss’ Sale-A-Bration Video Demonstration

Hi Everyone,

I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about what I’m going to do with my ‘Bliss’ free Sale-A-Bration stamp set when it arrives (Yes, I’ve checked the post box a few times today….Patience is not one of my virtues) and then I spied this little video from Stampin’ Up! and the lovely Shannon West (who by the way comes to Australia to do training every year for our annual Stampin’ Up! Convention….. and I must say she’s just one of those people who you want to be friends with!! Some people radiate good energy and she is definitely one of them.) Anyways………..

Check out this great little video and get inspired for your Sale-A-Bration projects. Then send me an email or call me and place your order.

  • Orders $100 or over will qualify for one of the free stamp sets!!
  • But remember if you spend $200 you’ll be able to order TWO free stamp sets….
  • $300 and order THREE free stamp sets
  • or $400 and get all FOUR free stamps sets!!!!

And if you’re ordering $400 worth – why not have me and a few friend together at your house for a fun evening of stamping and card making and gather some extra orders – Hosting a workshop of $600 or more will also qualify you for a further free Sale-A-Bration set too!!

Click on this link and have a look that the Bliss set and the other three sets available.

Happy Stamping,
Carolyn xxx

How to tie a simple flat bow

Tie a knot... left over right. Two ends should be facing in the north and south position.

Gather a small loop with the south facing end.

Wrap 'north pointing' ribbon around loop until end of ribbon is in the north pointing position again.

Push the middle of the 'north pointing' ribbon through the new loop you created when you wrapped the north pointing ribbon around the original loop.

Gently pull two loops into position.

Spend some time making loop size match and knot sit flat.

Snip ends of bow to points.

The completed bow.

Hope this helps you add some cute wee bows to your projects!!! Again, thanks to my handsome assistant Chris for his photo work…. (how excited was he to do this instead of watching the soccer?! hehehe   😉

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