Wednesday, April 23, 2014

New tutorial posted (How to add polymer clay to bottle caps)

Special Guest tutorial posted on the Youtube channel.

How to add polymer clay to bottlecaps by Paci Agressive

Click HERE to view the tutorial :)

Friday, April 18, 2014

Bunny Cupcake wrapper (Free printable)

I printed these on both cardstock and regular paper (8x10) and they will work both ways. They make for some adorable EASY easter treats! 

Monday, March 31, 2014


Are you on Instagram?
Follow me! I will follow back. My instagram id is "mommycraftsalot".

I've been spending more time on Instagram and Pinterest lately (mommypinsalot). I think it's just so much more convenient for me to hop on my iphone rather than the laptop. I can do it in between juggling my other "mommy" duties during the day. Believe it or not, I've also been spending a lot of $ on there. HA!
I've bought several bows and even a smocked dress on there this past week. 

If you have a business then I highly suggest signing up for Instagram if you are not already on there. It's a great advertising tool for your "goodies".

Since I follow a lot of folks my instagram feed can be quite messy. I did a little housecleaning of sorts earlier with friendorfollow.

Friend or Follow is great because it will show all of the people that you are following THAT ARE NOT following you back. Some may have just fallen off due to inactivity or some may have just got rid of Instagram all together. I just like to keep my lists tidy and in order (unlike my craft room). So, I went through and removed a ton of accts. Now I can actually find more things to buy and more cute photos to like :)

Follow me? "MommyCraftsAlot"

Saturday, March 22, 2014

How to create bottlecap images in Photoshop

Want to create your own BOTTLECAP IMAGES? Here's how to make bottlecap images using Photoshop.

*The Elements and GIMP tutorials will be up soon :)

Click this link for the bottlecap image tutorial. This is a PDF file so you may need a PDF reader if there is not one already installed on your computer.

Free bottlecap images too!
Click this image and save it to your computer. It will need to be printed on 4x6 photo paper :)

Plastic egg tea cups

The eggs are out!
Grab a few extra packages so you can make these cute "tea cups".

It's a fun project for your little ones too!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Working with bottle caps

Bottlecaps are not NEW to the bow making scene. We have been working with them for as long as I can remember. I'll be honest though. I was NOT a fan of bottlecaps way back when....

Now? I have found NEW love for working with them.

Bottlecaps are great because they allow you to add ANY image you want to in the middles of your bows. 

I prefer flattened bottle caps.

I buy the majority of my bottlecaps via "group buys" on facebook. There are so many different GROUPS on facebook. I almost certain if you just type in "group buy" or "supply group buy" that several would pop up.
This is probably your best bet on finding them at discounted prices.

Here are a couple of other places that sell them :

Bottle Cap Co

Bottlecraft Art Supplies on Etsy (I have got some pretty good deals on "Scratched" bottlecaps from this vendor. The majority of the caps will have scuffs or "scratches" (Some not even noticeable) but they are easily covered up with a bottle cap image.) These would be great for other projects *Not limited to bow making.

Now that you have your bottle caps here is a list of OTHER items you will need : (or at least things that I use)

1 inch hole punch (This is for punching out your images) 1 inch is the perfect size to fit inside the caps.
Can be found at your local craft store usually in the scrapbooking section

Bottle cap images (the fun part) There are so many places to purchase bottle cap images. My two favorite are below.

Jazzy Caps 

I like big freebies (FREE IMAGES!)

Epoxy Circles
You can usually find these where you purchase your bottlecaps.
They go on top of your image to seal it and give it a better look :)

Felt Circles (one inch)
I use one inch felt circles on the backs of my bottlecaps before securing them to the project. It gives them better "grip".

If you are using the regular bottle caps (not flattened) then you may want to try these furniture pads (one inch) to go on the inside of the caps. This will provide a place for you to add your glue before attaching to your bow.

Watch this video for information on how to ATTACH THE BOTTLECAPS to your hair bows :

Tuesday, March 18, 2014


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Here's a couple of "crafty" tips for ya :)

Are you like me? Do you make a big mess in the craft room and then become too lazy to clean so you just shove things in a drawer? What? I'm the only one.

Well, if you ever do decide to shove ribbon in tiny drawers or fold it causing wrinkles then all you have to do is whip out your flat iron and "flatten" that ribbon. They also make a small flat iron (mini) that is perfect for ribbon.

This is also great for bows that have become SMASHED (eeeek!) Just take your mini flat iron on the inside of your loops and round them out again!

DULL Scissors?

Cut a piece of sandpaper several times OR a piece of foil :) This should help until you decide to buy a new pair.

Pesky glue strings?

Store your glue sticks in the freezer. This will help prevent the glue strings!

Still have them? a little heat will help them go away! Plug in the hair dryer and give your finished project some heat. If you are making a bow you can use your lighter. THE FLAME DOES NOT NEED TO TOUCH just a swipe around with the "HEAT" will do the trick :)

Don't like a FLOPPY bow? Want them to be FIRM or STIFF?
Try this trick:


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