paper craft

Bowtiful Bows with Fantastic Ribbons

Have you got all that ribbon in the bottom of the box that’s too short to do anything with? Or maybe you’re like me and have lots of pretty ribbon that’s ‘too pretty’ to stick on the average card. Fear not! The bow maker is here and it’s going to save you loads of money in the festive season and make you look well posh. 

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This is my Embellishment Attic Bow Maker and beautiful ribbons from fantasticribbons.com !
First! Choose your ribbon. This is difficult especially if you keep a close eye on the http://www.fantasticribbons.com/ website and want to buy everything.. Come on, it can’t be just me.. At the moment they have a fantastic bumper pack including my favourite thing of all time WASHI TAPE and a gorgeous bow wreath kit! Ahh! Watch this space, payday it’s just about the corner and it’s only a matter of time before I treat myself.. again.
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Now I have both the bow maker and the big and bowtiful.. You can use one or the other or both! But on this occasion I used the smaller one.
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Slide your ribbon into the slot in the bottom..
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Decide what width you’d like your bow and put the ribbon across to the right and down the appropriate slot.
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Bring the ribbon behind and over to the left slotting it into the slot the same number of slots away from the end as you did the right one.. If you don’t get this bit right you’ll have a wonky bow with a knot off centre. I know some people have numbered the prongs to avoid confusion.

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Now your ribbon is back at the front, take it down the hole so it’s at the back again.
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Then bring the ribbon up the back and down the middle slot.
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Next unattach your tail that you put in first on the left and tie a knot with the two tail ends.
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Make sure this knot is super super tight it is the core of the whole bow! Don’t be afraid to use all your strength!
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Finally when you’re all secure push the bow up and off the bow maker and you’re done!
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There’s tons of different variations on the dvd that comes with the bow maker that is demoed by the lovely and very talented Steph Weightman and Nancy Watt.
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Keep an eye on the Mama Makes and Bakes Facebook page https://m.facebook.com/mamamakesblogor Instagram http://instagram.com/mamamakesandbakesfor lots of bow inspiration over the festive period!
The bow maker can be purchased here: http://www.fantasticribbons.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=86 for £15.. Highly recommended from me! You’ll never make a bad bow again! 

Mama’s Summer Flowers

I have always been terrible at origami, but since seeing some beautiful flowers at recent craft fairs, I’ve had a google and they’re actually not that complicated to make!



You can make them in all sizes and top them off with buttons or bling, they look fab! Here’s how they are made..


You need 4 – 8 pieces of patterned paper or card. I use paper as it’s easier to fold, if you choose card, make sure it’s not too thick or you’ll have trouble making the cone shapes at the end. Any size will do but remember the smaller, the more fiddly it will be. 


First, Take a square and fold it in half to make a triangle.

MAMA TOP TIP: Use a bone folder to score down your edges to give it that professional sharp edge.


Fold your bottom corner up to the middle and the same on the other side.


So now you should have a mini square made from 2 folded triangles.


Fold your triangles out, back on themselves, so you end up with 3 triangles, 2 small ones either side of the large one.


Next, hold up one of your outer triangles, put your finger in the inside and push the crease so you’re opening the triangle out into a kite, with the crease in the middle of it from when it was a triangle. 


Do the same with the other side so you are left with 3 kite shapes.


To neaten it up, fold down the triangles that are taller than the back triangle.



Nearly done! Next fold your triangles back down the middle where they were folded before. Glue your outer tabs and stick them together to create a cone shape.

MAMA TOP TIP: Use a peg or tweezers to hold the two glued tabs together while gluing, especially when you have quite a few petals!


And viola your first petal is done! Make 4, 6 or 8 more and then stick your petals together! 


Stick the petals together side by side, using tweezers or a peg. I used a glue stick but from now on I’ll be using my new hot glue gun!



Be patient, especially as you add more and more petals, it can be very fiddly but you’ll get there in the end. The final petal needs glue on both sides to glue to your petals either side. If you’re having trouble making them meet, make sure your points underneath are together in the middle.


 And there you have it! I like to stick a button or brad of some kind of bling in the middle to make it look complete. I also got some florist wire for £1 from Wilkinsons so they have stems to put in a nice vase!


Happy flower making!
Mama x

Grandpa’s Birthday Card

I find it really tough to find/make male birthday cards. I just find they’re always so generic. My dad doesn’t like fishing, football or DIY so.. none of the cards in the stores suit him! Also, when making cards, I sometimes find it tough to make a card not look too girlie.

I was appointed to make a birthday card for Charlie’s grandpa Bob, and decided to look through my dies to see what I could whip up. I found a shoe die and decided to get creative!

I put the shoe die through my big shot and decided to work my way around it on the card, finding card stock and papers to match. The papers I used was from an A5 paper pack by Papermania called ‘Elegance’.

I covered some card with the papers, and wrapped a matching ribbon around the card, placing a sentiment in the middle of the card, which was also from the Papermania Elegance range, so it matched perfectly.

To go with my shoes, I made a bow tie from some ribbon and some tape. I made a knot in the middle of the ribbon and then folded one side in sticking it with double sided tape, did the same to the opposite side. To neaten it up I folded a smaller separate piece of ribbon over the knot, to give it that bow tie effect.

My die cut shoes looked boring on their own so I decided to loop some waxed cord from my macramé bracelet making through the shoe lace holes. Then, to outline the detail I used a brown pro marker to gently outline the embossed detail.

When I stuck it all together on the card it looked great! Elegant and manly.

Do you have any tips to make cards look more manly? Stay tuned as up next on the calendar is Fathers Day!

Happy Crafting!
Mama x