May 05 2009

Bows Made Easy with Bow-Easy

I am so excited with what I have to share with you today! I think it’s a given that everyone loves a beautiful bow, but many of us struggle making them. Well, we will struggle no more!!! Thanks to my friend, Jenny Gropp, I was turned on to the Bow-Easy. Jenny has been using this little bow-making template for a long time and for those familiar with her work, you will instantly recognize her beautiful little bows in the sample boards below. I just got in my order of the Bow-Easy templates and I’m so happy to be able to share them with you all. They are NOW listed at the Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.

Here’s a card with a bow made using the Bow-Easy, and it WAS so easy!!! I am just jumping for joy! It’s the same double 1.25″ wide silk bow that I made on yesterday’s Dirty Laundry card. But I think I cut my tails a bit differently, giving it a slightly different look:


Just another simple card to put together, making use of my beloved Cotton Scraps. Today I cut them with my brand new dressmaker pinking shears by Fiskars and adhered to the Soft Sky base with my Glue Glider (my FAV adhesive for card making). A few buttons on top (sewn on with the May Arts String), my beautiful silk bow using 1.25″ Silk Ribbon by May Arts and a simple sentiment finish it off. Maybe it’s hard to see, but I used a black Kaiser pearl for my birds eye. Even on the Cotton Scraps, adding an eye to a bird just brings him to life. I know I keep saying this, but that one little detail makes SUCH a diff in the image!!! OK, now on to the bow:


My bow was made using the Bow-Easy. When making bows on the Bow-Easy, they are always independent bows that need to be attached to your project. Think how fun it would be to sit and watch TV some night and make up a ton of gorgeous bows, all ready and set to go for when you need them – now THAT’S an idea!!! LOL!!! As you can see, I’ve been wrapping my ribbon around my card and just tying it into a tight knot. I’m using the May Arts Silk Ribbon (1.25″ wide) and it is SUCH a thin and light weight ribbon thatit works beautifully in this application. I then just attach my bow with some Zots (glue dots). (I’ve been told of another adhesive product that is supposed to be super-duper for adhering on bows. I have some on order and if it turns out to be as good as reported, I’ll be sure to let you know what it is and where to get it — this may take a couple weeks yet, but I’ll be sure to share once I can try it out myself)!!!

OK, so what’s the Bow-Easy? Here it is:


The Bow-Easy is a heavy plastic template with 7 leg configurations that allows us to make bows in 7 sizes ranging from 3/4 to 2 3/4, using a variety of ribbon widths. And we can easily do a standard single bow, double bows, triple bows, etc. with no extra effort. And both ribbon tails ALWAYS end up on the back side of the bow!!! The Bow-Easy is available on Page 2 Tools of the Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.

And I’d like to share with you the creations of some great designers who are also totally hooked on the Bow Easy:

Jenny Gropp who got us all hooked! She’s offering BLOG CANDY TODAY!!!

Jerri Kay Jimenez — her work just DEMANDS these beautiful, dainty bows. Here is Jerri’s creation for today in a style ONLY Jerri can do!

Joan Fricker, who fell in LOVE with the ease of the Bow-Easy — what a gorgeous creation she made to share with us today! I’m ga-ga over all that purple!!!

Below aresome sample boards that Jenny so kindly made up for me to share with all of you. As you can see, you can do bows with single loops, double loops, triple loops, etc. Instructions come with each Bow-Easy and I will also provide you with a photo tutorial on using the Bow Easy. It is SO easy once you do it just once. You will be amazed!!! Now let’s check out Jenny’s beautiful sample boards:


These were all made with 3/8″ wide ribbon. You can see both single loops and double loops on the bows. And they are all so neat and perfect!!!


Here we have a variety of ribbon widths and weights. Again there aretriple, double and single loops. Personally, I am swooning over the luscious double bluebow on the bottom!


And here are more of Jenny’s beautiful samples of bows made on the Bow-Easy — double loops, triple loops, more loops than I can count, pearls and cording added — WOW!!! The options are endless!!! I am just so excited at the thought of easily creating these bows with my new Bow-Easy.

To see more samples in use on cards, I’d like to share these lovely creations with you:

Jerri Kay used the Bow-Easy on this unbelievable creation, Happy Easter.

Jenny’s blogis overflowing with creations using the Bow-Easy, but here are just a few for you to check out now, and then you can hop on over to her blog for more eye candy:

Crazy Quilt, Happy Holidays, Naughty or Nice, Wild Spring Sprinkle

Hope you enjoyed the Bow-Easy creations we all put together for you today! If you haven’t yet, make sure to check out all the links — some GREAT ideas! Bow-making has NEVER been easier!!! Available here.

Oh, and I almost forgot — how does a Bow-Easy Blog Candy offering sound?Jenny Gropp is sharing today, so make sure you stop in to sign up!!!

Thanks much for stopping in here again, everyone — truly appreciate it!!! Many thanks!!!

Stamps: Glamour Girls by Crafty Secrets

Paper: PTI Vintage Cream, SU Soft Sky

Ink: ColorBox Chalk Creamy Brown, Versa Fine Vintage Sepia

Accessories: Bow-Easy, Cotton Scraps (Flowers) by Crafty Secrets, Wide Silk Ribbon and String by May Arts, Wal-Mart Buttons, Kaiser Pearls and Rhinestones, SU Corner Rounder and Large Oval Punch, Zots , Glue Glider, Fiskars Pinking Shears.


The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store carries the Bow-Easy, May Arts Silk Ribbon and String, Crafty Secrets Cotton Scraps, Fiskars Pinking Shears.

Joans Garden carries Glamour Girls by Crafty Secrets, Glue Glider, Kaiser Pearls and Rhinestones.

35 responses so far

35 Responses to “Bows Made Easy with Bow-Easy”

  1. […] tie the most beautiful bows you’ll ever make.  So what’s this Bow Easy?  Take a peek here and you’ll see what the Bow Easy is all about.  I’m pleased to share with you that the […]

  2. jojot says:

    YOU are a miracle worker….I HAD one of these years ago and it does work fabulously…..but it got lost along the way (or borrowed??) and I never could find another…..the stamp store that sold them went out of business years ago…..will certainly be ordering some (for ME and for GIFTS)

  3. Jenny Gropp says:

    Sharon — You have such a way with Ribbon! I have long admired your creative talent and the fab ribbon you share on your creations! Your bows and knots have always been top notch! I look forward to the even more amazing bows and seeing the ribbon creations– now that you have a little helper! Your card is fantastic — I love how you showed the way you attached it! Many thanks for all your kind words and deeds!

  4. Cathy says:

    I am glad it finally has arrived. I have been drooling over her bows ever since I first saw them. I am over to your shop where I can get the bow maker and, of course, some of your beautiful ribbon!


  5. Kathyc on SCS says:

    Oh my, this card is so beautiful! I just love those cotton scraps; I NEED to dig mine out and of course the bow, stunning; you are so inspiring to me; thank you, as always!

  6. k.m. says:

    WOW! These bows are all gorgeous…….I think this bow maker is a “must have”……….it would be great to win it! Thanks for offering such great blog candy.

  7. Tosh says:

    What a fantastic tool Sharon! I definitely need to have this!! Wonderful!! Your card is stunning also!! Gorgeous!!

  8. tina p says:

    Sharon, Thanks for reminding me I have one of these! I’m going to be digging it out! Thanks for sharing your creativity with all of us.

  9. Joan Fricker says:

    Sharon, I can tell that you are having so much fun with your new Bow-Easy Tool. It certainly makes bow making fun and easy!

    I love your card too! Those Cotton Scraps are just perfect for those Stamp Simply cards. Beautiful colors and such a luscious bow!!! Great job!!

  10. Amy says:

    I love the Bow-Easy.

  11. Carolen says:

    Sharon, your card is absolutely incredible! And, I
    feel fortunate to be one of the one’s that doesn’t
    need to wait on the Bow-Easy! Can’t wait to get
    my hands on it!

  12. rainy says:

    Oh I’m so excited to see how these gorgeous bows are made!! You are the QUEEN of ribbon, Sharon!

  13. Niki Estes says:

    Gorgeous card, Sharon! I love the fabric image and the silk bow is gorgeous!!

  14. […] Bow-Easy Update:  Anticipated date of arrival is Monday, May 18 — keeping fingers crossed!  And, YES, I do ship to Australia, UK, Sweden, etc.  My initial reorder has been sold out to those of you on the WAITING LIST.  A third order has been placed, so I will eventually have some to offer to the general public, but if you want one for sure,  shoot me an email to be put on the WAITING LIST.  Read about the Bow Easy here. […]

  15. […] you can use any width ribbon once you get the hang of it.  The post shows a card I did with a bird and blue bow.  On this card I have a double bow using 1.25” silk […]

  16. sharon nelson says:

    I would like 2 bow easy’s. how do I order?

  17. I would like 2 bow easy’s how do I order?

  18. […] waiting list, just email me at [email protected] and I’ll add you.  Read more about the bow easy here and […]

  19. […] know what the Bow Easy is — read here and […]

  20. […] know what the Bow Easy is read here and here. You may still request to be on the waiting list by emailing me at […]

  21. […] know what the Bow Easy is, then read more about the bow easy here and here. I have plenty more coming and orders are welcome at any […]

  22. […] a few seconds using my Bow-Easy.  If you don’t know what a Bow-Easy is, you can read more here and here.  I am still gladly taking orders.  My bow is attached with a glue dot.  Making pretty […]

  23. OK you have convienced me. How do I order a Bow Easy?

  24. […] sure what the Bow Easy is? Read here and […]

  25. Wendy Moore says:

    I would love to order a Bow Easy. How would I go about it.


  26. […] then made using the Bow Easy and applied with glue. Dont’ know what the Bow Easy is? Read here and […]

  27. Laurie says:

    Would love to get the Bow Easy, but can’t find your e-mail address. please let me know how to place an order. Thanks

  28. Patricia Cooper says:

    Hi….I just found your web site and the info on Bow Easy! I can’t make a pretty bow if my life depended on it…hahahahah
    Do you still have them in stock and how do I order one?



    Are you taking orders on the “Bow Easy”? I would like to order! Please let me know. Thank you… Debbie

  30. […] Refer to this post if you arent familiar with a Bow Easy. […]

  31. Barbara Wilson says:

    How do you know what length to cut your ribbon for different size bows?

  32. Lora says:

    The bows are really nice and it just adds so much to the card too.

  33. layla says:

    Were can u buy a bow templete

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