Technology Ribbon Wrap

To identify and contain your technology cables and cords, wrap and snap them with materials from Gwen Studios. #affiliate #design_team @gwenstudios

snap kit and ribbon wrap

Back to school is right around the corner for us. With more technology being used in the classrooms, there is a need to organize and identify those cables and cords. Using Gwen Studios ribbon and Snap Setting Tool can solve that problem.

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This project was created for Gwen Studios. You can find all the design team projects listed on the Designer Crafts Connection website. Gwen Studios products can be found at Walmart and Michaels.

gwen studios materials

To make a cable/cord wrap you will need Grosgrain ribbon, Snap Setting Kit, scissors, and a lighter.

Video Tutorial:

Ribbon Flower Enhanced Round Box

Make a round box with a ribbon flower accent.

with Gwen Studios

finished box

A handmade round box with a ribbon flower topper made with ribbon from Gwen Studios. The round box represents a pumpkin. I originally was collaging a napkin onto a pumpkin with the intent to add the flower near the stem. The pumpkin turned out nice but it was too busy to show off the ribbon flower.

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Gwen Studios and Designer Crafts Connection are featuring Fall and Halloween projects this month. To see all the design team projects, travel over to Designer Crafts Connection.


Gwen Studios ribbon is available at Walmart and Michaels. For this project, I used Green and Orange satin ribbons in 7/8th inch.

cricut Maker
Cricut Maker

I cut the round box on my Cricut Maker using two pieces of Solar Yellow cardstock from CutCardStock. The free box SVG file is available in the shop. [round box]

ink blending

Before putting the box together, I used Distress Oxide in Spiced Marmalade to add color and visual texture to the cardstock. Doing so was to help the round box have similarities to a pumpkin.

Putting the box together and making the ribbon flower and leaves are explained in the video tutorial below.

Video Tutorial:

open box

With the box open, you can better see the ribbon flower and leaves. The center of the flower is a button from an outfit my mom wore probably in the 70s.

Making a Paper Pocket

Make a beautiful paper pocket with products from Gina K.

with Gina K

This paper pocket was fun to make using stamps and ephemera from Gina K. The pocket can be added to a journal, used for a gift card, or a special note. I personally like it as a stand-alone piece to be used for a special inclusion.

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Such a well-known name in paper crafting, I feel honored to have Gina K sponsor a blog promotion with Designer Craft Connection. Visit the DCC website to see all the projects that were made with Gina K.


Gina K sent these beautiful products for this post. The stamp set Never Loose Hope, and the Ephemera Pack, Watercolor Florals coordinate well together.

stamp and emboss

I began with the butterfly stamp and embossed it in gold with embossing powder from Emerald Creek.


After fussy cutting the butterfly out, I painted it using stamp pad ink.

open pocket

I made a pocket out of cardstock and used another stamp from Gina K in the corner. Measurements for cutting and folding the pocket along with the complete tutorial are in the video tutorial below.

Video Tutorial:

close up

A close-up image of the final pocket. You can see the details of the pocket and the dimension of the butterfly.

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Black Cat Mobile

Let’s make a black cat mobile to decorate your home for Halloween. It is so cute you can really use it year round!

with Gwen Studios

black cat mobile

I can’t believe it is time to craft for Halloween! In this house we love cats and we aren’t afraid of black ones. In fact, we used to have a black cat. As a member of the Gwen Studios design team, I was asked to craft for Halloween or Fall. I chose to make this black cat mobile. While everything I used is black, it turned out rather cute and not scary at all!

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Gwen Studios ribbons can be found at Walmart and Michaels. To see all the projects made with Gwen Studios ribbons, make sure to visit the Designer Crafts Connection website.

paint materials


comparison of painted cats

At first, I thought all I needed was to paint the cats black – which I did. I painted them front and back and made sure to cover the edges as well. Then I decided to try the Dragonfly Glaze Paint on top of the black paint and that really finished off the look taking the flat black surface to something magical! I painted the embroidery hoop exactly the same way.

cats and bows

While the painting of the cats dried, I tied eight small bows from the Gwen Studios black satin ribbon. I used a lighter to finish off the ends of each bow so the ribbon doesn’t fray.

top knot

To begin the construction of the mobile, I took four very long strands of the black satin ribbon, folded them in half, and tied a knot leaving a loop at the top for hanging. At the very top of the loop where the ribbons are layered on top of each other, I used the Quick Grip glue between each layer to keep the ribbons in place.

knots on hoop

Evenly separating the ribbon strands around the embroidery hoop, I tied and knotted, and balanced the hoop. Once I was happy with the arrangement, I secured each knot to the hoop using the Quick Grip glue.

single cat

Each ribbon strand has a cat and bow attached at random lengths. I altered the direction each cat is facing. Looping the ribbon through the hole in the cat and tied a knot. Before making the knot tight, I slipped a bow into the knot loop. To finish off the ribbon, I cut the excess ribbon off, used a lighter to seal the end, and then glued the ribbon tail up onto the long strand of ribbon.

close up of cats on the mobile

Here is a close-up of the finished mobile cats. You can see how the cats are staggered in different lengths. When they touch each other the wood gives off a clicking sound that is subtle and pleasant.

Making a Mini Album

A beautiful mini-album made using materials provided by i-Crafter.

with iCrafter

This month, the DCC (Designer Crafts Connection) is being sponsored by i-Crafter. If you aren’t familiar with i-Crafter, you are going to love their products, they are so creative. I first experienced i-Crafter at a Creativation conference and their booth was all the buzz as a new company displaying products. They have been going strong ever since.

I would first like to thank Designer Crafts Connection for the opportunity to work with amazing companies and designers. And specifically for this post, I would like to thank i-Crafter for providing materials used with this project.

There are nine other projects created for this Designer Crafts Connection hop. Please take a moment to visit all the projects to see how each designer worked with i-Crafter.


The image above shows what i-Crafter sent to me. I love the little house dies and the 3D embossing folder, but I am setting them aside for another project. All those little clear pockets hold embellishments for a mini-album, which the parts were also included. A detailed direction document showed how the mini-album gets put together. I put mine together pretty much as explained.

The Pages:

first page

I jumped in and put the mini-album together. After designing the front and back cover, I started on the inside. There was no way i-Crafter could send all these dies for the album and embellishments, but it was amazing that they sent all the parts pre-cut and labeled. It was a fun project to put together and one I think they could easily sell as kits.

While the mini-album follows a theme, there is a lot of variety from page to page. The image above has a storage envelope, embellishments, and an acetate page. Each of the three acetate pages has a word on them: Live, Laugh, Love.

last page

The theme is also carried throughout using coordinating papers and shapes. The mini-album form is held together with an accordion binding which is so clever. The video below will walk you through the entire process and then show each page when finished.

Process Video

Making a Paper Clock

Making a 3d clock out of paper with Dreaming Tree. @DesignerCraftsConnection @3dsvg @OfficialCricut #sponsored

With Dreaming Tree

Can you believe this is paper? This beautiful 3D floral paper clock is made using an SVG file from Dreaming Tree. I am so excited to be working with them on this post. I’ve admired Dreaming Tree from afar for a while. Their creations are amazing. I was a bit intimidated when I chose the clock file, but I found it really easy to work with once I got started.

I would first like to thank Designer Crafts Connection for the opportunity to work with amazing companies and designers. And specifically for this post, I would like to thank Dreaming Tree for providing me with the opportunity to work with their SVG files.

There are nine other projects created for this Design Crafts Connection hop. Please take a moment to visit all the projects to see which SVG file each designer chose and how they personalized their projects.

Many of the items I use in my posts are provided by the manufacturers in order to promote their products.
A special thanks to those brands who sponsor this site.

The Process:

card stock

Once I chose my card stock colors, I felt more confident. At least I had a plan to start with. All the card stock I chose, except for the navy, is from Cricut.

Cricut Maker

I cut all the card stock on my Cricut Maker. You can see I used washi tape on my mat as an extra precaution. A setting of 100# card stock worked well with all the cuts.

cut pieces

I followed the PDF file included in my download from Dreaming Tree and progressed through cutting all the different colors of card stock.

putting it together

I began following step by step with the video on the Dreaming Tree website for the pendulum clock file I chose. I did alter a few pieces and chose a different look for my clock. The more I progressed through the steps the more excited I became to see the end result! I couldn’t stop. I worked through the entire project in one sitting.

clock parts

I didn’t care for the gold clock hands that were included in my clock kit so I decided to change their color using an alcohol ink marker. Of course mixing yellow and blue make green, but I much preferred it to the gold hands.

Process Video:

If you would like to see the steps I took to make this clock, you can follow them in the video below.


Here is a close-up of the finished clock at an angle. I really loved the entire process. Although this was my first Dreaming Tree project, it definitely will not be my last!

And the best comment of all – I showed it to my teen daughter and she said, “Can I have it!”

How to Make a Trinket Box with Little Birdie

I am participating in the Designer Crafts Connection group blog hop that is sponsored by Little Birdie this month. The decoupage trinket box is what I made with the supplies Little Birdie provided.

The Designer Crafts Connection group is hosting a blog hop that is sponsored by Little Birdie this month. The above decoupage trinket box is what I made with the supplies Little Birdie provided. I really enjoyed the creative process of making the trinket box and I added a few parts as I was creating that I had not originally envisioned. These additions were the stenciling and the feet. I am excited to see what the other designers made since I believe we all received different materials to work with. 

This is the box I received from Little Birdie.

The box contained two coasters, two packs of the decoupage paper, Deco Magic in matte and glossy, and Varnish.

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To begin, I mixed ivory chalk paint and blue together for the inside of the box.

I painted one coat inside.

The outside I covered in one coat of the chalk paint.

I began to decoupage over the outside painted surface, one side at a time.

After each side was decoupaged under and over the paper, and it had dried, I cut the paper for the opening.

I then decoupaged the inside of the box.
Note, the edges are messed up but they get fixed before I finish the box.

I stenciled the light blue color on the top of the box.
This hints at the inside color.

The focal image was fussy cut from the decoupage paper and added to the top of the box, then the entire box was covered three times with the decoupage glue.

I decided to add feet to the box and painted beads to match with blue paint and then sealed them with the decoupage glue.

Using mixed media glue, I added them to the bottom of the box.

Here is the inside of the finished box.
Notice those edges are all cleaned up!
This might be my favorite part of the trinket box.

Here is the finished box from the side.
I really think those feet are a great addition.

Don’t forget to check out the other designer posts for this blog hop with Little Birdie. Just click the logo above.