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Hi all!  I have the tutorial today over at Catch the Bug and have done a very brief video on my new fave way to refill my Copics.  You can view the video below.

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Bugaboo Tutorial — Ribbon Weaving

Good Morning!  Today I have the tutorial over at Catch the Bug.  Ribbon weaving is a great way to add texture and color to a project — not to mention, use up some ribbon stash if it is overflowing.  So grab a cup of coffee or tea and sit back and relax.

The first thing you will want to do is pick your ribbons.  I find it easiest to use ribbons of the same width.  You can use more than two colors, if you’d like, but I did two to keep it simple.

 I chose to use 3/8″ wide satin ribbon.  A quick note — I started with a larger piece of cardstock than I ultimately wanted, so you will see a smaller piece on my completed project.  You will want to measure your paper so that your ribbon ends on an edge — so that it doesn’t overlap.

Next you will want to adhere your ribbon to the back of your cardstock.  I like to use Scor-Tape as a strong adhesive.

After turning your cardstock back over (you will see here that my ribbon is double sided), you will start weaving.  Bring down the first piece of green ribbon from the top and then pull over the first piece of pink (from the left) over the top of the green.

You will weave the first row — over and under with the green and pink.  Here you can see the second piece of green ribbon is over the top of the pink.  I’m holding back the pink to bring the third piece of green down.  The pink will be over the top of the green.

This is what the first row looks like after finishing the weave.  As you can see the pink is adhered to the back of the cardstock and the green is rather loose.  The second row will begin with the green on top and the pink underneath.

Here you can see five rows completed.  Make sure that when you cut your ribbon, you cut them long enough to be taped to the underside.  Don’t cut them too short or you will see your ribbon popping up.

Here is the completed weave.  I’ve done ribbon weaving in smaller pieces, as well as a full background for a card.

Here is my completed project, featuring the Easter Fancy Sunbonnet.  I cut out my Sunbonnet using an egg nestie.  I popped up the weave with dimensionals, which is on top of the bit of dimension it will already have from the ribbon.  In order to get the Sunbonnet on there with enough dimension, I used Scor-Tape on the bottom and doubled dimensionals at the top.  It worked  perfectly!  I cut out two smaller eggs and embossed them with Swiss Dots.

Challenge Submissions
A Spoon Full of Sugar — #145 Easter

Woven Easter Greetings
Stamps: Bugaboo Stamps Fancy Sunbonnet – Easter; There She Goes Hunny Bunnies
Paper: Gina K Grass Green, Innocent Pink; PTI Select White
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Copics: R85, RV06, G14, R81, YG11, Y11, RV10, B02, YG23, YG25, E000, E00
Other Stuff: ribbon, pearls, nesties, Cuttlebug Polka Dots and Swiss Dots; Modern Tag punch, Word Window punch, Enamel Accents, stickles

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Bugaboo Tutorial — Digi Stamping on Candles

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Hi all! Welcome to this week’s Bugaboo Stamps tutorial! I’m sure many of you have stamped on a candle, but today I have how to get your favorite digi stamps on a candle. Now, this will be a long and picture heavy post, so I recommend you grab a cup of coffee & a yummy snack before beginning.


First, your supplies — candle, image, coloring medium, tissue paper, wax paper, scissors, tape, glue, heating tool.

I printed my image on regular computer printer paper. You want to cut your piece of tissue paper bigger than your image.

Carefully tape your tissue paper over your image. Watch your corners — you don’t want anything to get jammed in the printer.

Put your paper back in your printer. Cross your fingers & toes. Hope it comes out okay and print again.

Your print out should look like this when done printing a second time.

I used my scissors to cut the tissue paper away from the paper — it was easier than carefully & painstakingly lifting up the tape.

Color in your image on the tissue paper. I used all Sharpies, except for the skin tone, which is a Copic. You will get some bleeding with your colors, so be extra careful. You might also want to keep this in mind when you pick your image.

After you finish coloring in your image, carefully cut it out, trimming it closely.

Use your glue stick to adhere your image to the candle. You can even use the glue that fades from purple to clear. You won’t see it on the candle. This will keep your image from moving.

Cut a piece of wax paper that will go around the candle entirely and be about the height of the candle. I cut mine longer so that I had a “handle” to hold.

Allow your heating tool to warm up for about 30 seconds. Then carefully heat the wax paper and image. Make sure you do not stay in one place for more than a few seconds. Your candle will melt if you stay in one place for too long. Also, having that additional amount of wax paper really comes in handy as you keep from burning your fingers!

After heating your entire image, very carefully peel back your wax paper. Your image will be on the candle now and you won’t see the tissue paper.

While the candle is still slightly warm, you can embellish it with brads by simply pushing them into the candle.

Voila! A perfectly dressed candle. If you are going to have “one more friggin’ candle”, this is definitely the one to have!

Stella’s Candle
Stamps: Bugaboo Stamps – Stella Birthday fireman call, one more candle
Paper: computer paper, tissue paper
Copics: E00
Other Stuff: Sharpies, wax paper, rhinestones, tape, glue, heat tool

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