Zutter Bow-It-All Review

Hey guys! great news! As a Blitsy creative team member, I often get asked to create product reviews that I will post here.  Since CraftSwag is all about discovering new tools and techniques, you will also find product reviews there as well!

To kick things off, Today I am part of the Blitsy Creative Team Zutter’s Bow-It-All Blog Hop (say that three times- ha!).Blitsy Black Friday Promo


At first glance this tool might look intimidating, but after a few tutorials, that the Bow-It-All is perfect for the holiday season! Just think  —  bows on cards, wreaths, presents and decor.  Here is my very first set of bows:

Bows In A Row Zuter Bow It All Blitsy Tyra Blitsy Sutter Bow It All Red and White Bow Two Bows In A Row Zuter Bow It All Blitsy Tyra Blitsy

I started to walk around my house to see I what I could add a bow to. Um, how about everything? however, as I start,  I added a pretty ribbon to this tote:

Reindeer Bow Bag Zutter Bow It All Close UpBlitsy Tyra Babington


I like Big Bows and I cannot Lie!

(sorry, I totally couldn’t resist)

To summarize, I have a list of Likes / Dislikes


  • The ability to create bows sized between ½” wide up to 9”
  • Versatile for more than one craft: Perfect for card making memory keeping, home decor and food crafts/gifts.
  • A ton of tutorials on You Tube and Zutter’s own website


  • There is a learning curve.   The enclosed booklet did not help me, since I’m a very visual learner.  I spent maybe 30 minutes total on You Tube to perfect the bow-making technique. Here is a link to Blitsy’s You Tube Tutorial!
  • Space: This is not a space saving tool. I do have to clear off my craft desk, move my main project over in order to use this tool.

Given that the dislikes are not major, I would definitely recommend this tool for any crafter.  And guess what?  As part of the Blitsy Creative Team, I’m giving you the chance to win one To enter just leave a comment!    The comments you leave on each blog throughout the hop, the better your odds!




P.S. I did the same exact review over at CraftSwag.com, so please feel free to leave a comment there as well!

If you don’t win one of these handy tools in the blog hop,  The Bow-It-All 2.0 (Yes! The latest and greatest version) will be a part of Blitsy’s Black Friday Sale! That’s all I have for now, take care and thanks so much for stopping by!

Cards To Inspire…The Four Ls of Card Making

So, I wanted to share with you  some of the back story behind why I created this little class called the “Four Ls of Card Making Design.”

I created this course because there was a time I felt uninspired and not confident about what I was creating, but I kept creating.  I found that over time, the card designs I loved were ones that were born from heartfelt inspiration.  From my scribbles and notes, a class was born:

Four Ls Class Collage


So, if you find yourself in a creative rut, I encourage you to give this class a try.  This class is not about replicating anything I have designed or sketched out, but really more about using whatever inspires you and turning that inspiration into great card design.  More details can be found over at on my site CraftSwag.  Take care and thanks so much for stopping by! xo, Tyra

CraftSwag MiniWorkshops

Hi It’s Tyra and I’m excited to announce the first CraftSwag MiniWorkshop: The Four Ls of Card Making Design.  

Four Ls of Card Making Design

This fun workshop is for you if:

  • You are suffering from creative burnout

  • You want to infuse your design with your own inspiration.

This mini-workshop will share easy techniques for inspired design and card making.  Jumpstart your creative flow with tips on finding inspiration, easy layout ideas and more.  Bonus cutting files and design worksheets are included with class!

Check out the course and free sample lesson here!

Be Brave

Hello! I’m here to share a fun card I created for Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking’s Galley Idol 2014.  I’m far into watching American Idol (Go Caleb! Go Jena!) so  I thought this was the perfect opportunity to get in on the fun!

Here are one of the cards I created:

Brave Card JustTyra


I used We R Memory Keepers shape n tape washi tape for the gray decorative strips. I also used washi for all the butterflies.  I used my computer and printer to create the sentiment “be brave.”

“Brave,” the song sung by Sara Bareillis and the Disney Movie by the same name served as a source of inspiration.  Whenever I have the opportunity to create just for the sake of creating, I find myself using whatever song, quote or story I’m inspired by at any given moment. I’ll share more about how I channel that inspiration in a special announcement this weekend (smile).

Take care and thanks so much for stopping by!




CraftSwag Mini Workshops

Hello, It’s me checking in with my latest happenings and some exciting news to share! I’ve been away for a little bit working on an exciting series of mini workshops I’m planning over at CraftSwag.  Here is a sneak peek:

CraftSwag MiniWorkshops


Find more details on these Mini Workshops here.  I hope to fill a different niche in the wonderful paper crafting community and have fun being a design team of one!  An exciting new chapter for me and I hope you can join in on the fun!  In the meantime, I continue to be a part of the wonderful SEI and PaperHaus Design Teams, while balancing family and work.  It all makes for a crazy circus kind of life and that’s fine with me.  Sorry I’ve been away for a bit, but thanks for stopping by the blog! xo, Tyra

Designing December: My progress so far

Hi It’s Tyra and I’m here to share my December journal progress:.  First, stop here to see the supplies and journaling prompts I’m using and stop here for my recommendations for Designing Your December. Here is my progress:




I’m realizing that my journal is not following a particular order or coordination between pictures and journaling.  I am incorporating #30 days of lists (see sidebar for details) along with pictures from everyday life.  I may also add some advent readings that I love and maybe some entries from my Oh Life.  I guess that reflects how my life is here and there and everywhere right now.  This holiday journal will capture pieces of it before it turns into yesterday.

  Take care and thanks for stopping by! xo- Tyra

30 Days of Lists: The Rest of September

I’m here to share the rest  of my #30 Days of Lists, from September.  I’ll say it again (and again) how I love how #30 Days of Lists provides interesting questions that seem to get to heart who you are: your likes, dislikes, quirks and everything in-between.  I will share a few favorite lists from my remaining cards:


List #19: Qualities I admire in others:

  • Honesty
  • Integrity
  • lovingkindness (a beautiful sounding & looking word, isn’t it?)
  • respectful
  • kind
  • hunble /down to earth

I don’t really have anything further to say about this because I think each characteristic speaks for itself. Wouldn’t you agree?


List: #26: Rules for being my friend

Sounds like a long lost list note from high school, huh? Seriously, my closest friends are genuine and nonjudgmental.  It’s something my mind and spirit can really sense in another person and at the same time this puts me at ease.   The other characteristics that follow closely behind are trust and love.  And that makes a good friendship a great one.


List # 28: In my fridge

I just want to point out that I think it’s hilarious that at one point both Kale (the superfood) and Pecan Pie (ultimate super gooey sweet bad for you food) coexisted in my fridge.

That’s it for my September List!

It’s NOT too late to join the December Listing!!!

I’m listing in my holiday journal. It’s not too late to join the fun!  Click on the link below for more details. My fourth child CraftSwag is a sponsor this year and I have created a freebie for listers!!   Thanks so much for stopping by! xo, Tyra