Upcycled Puzzle Wreath Tutorial

When Tombow sent me the first box of products they threw down the gauntlet and asked us to get creative with the materials that we use and attach crazy and heavy items to push their adhesives to the limit.  Challenge ACCEPTED!  Puzzle pieces are thick and oddly shaped, which makes them a great material for Tombow Adhesives.

Upcycled Puzzle Wreath



Every family has a few puzzles that are missing pieces and when glued together make a fun and interesting wreath. Here’s how to make it!

Step 1 – Base coat puzzle pieces with Design Master ColorTool Primer, let dry.  Top coat puzzle pieces with Design Master ColorTool in Robins Egg Blue (or color of your choice), let dry.

TIP – I always spray paint outside on a large piece of cardboard.

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Step 2 – Trace a 10″ circle and an 8″ circle on corrugated cardboard.

TIP – I used Smoothfoam shapes that I had in my studio, but you could trace mixing bowls or cake pans.

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Step 3 –  Cut outside edge with scissors.  Cut inside edge with craft knife.

TIP – Make sure to cut on top of a self healing mat when using a craft knife.

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Step 4 – Run a double line of Tombow Xtreme Adhesive to wreath form, making sure to snap the Xtreme off at a 90 degree angle to break the adhesive.  Attach first layer of puzzle pieces to wreath form.

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Step 5 – Attach Tombow 3D Foam Tabs to the blank spaces around the wreath form.  Then attach second layer of puzzle pieces to wreath.

TIP – If you still have some “bald spots” on your wreath, add puzzle pieces with Xtreme Adhesive to fill in those gaps.

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Step 6 – Cut a 24″ length of ribbon, tie in a bow and notch the ends.  Apply Tombow Xtreme Mounting Putty to the back of the bow, then attach to the top of the wreath.

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Here’s a detail shot of the puzzle layers:

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And here is a shot of the final wreath – Hang and ENJOY!

These wreaths are quick and easy to make.  Think about making a few extras to give as a gift to family and friends using their favorite colors!

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Thanks for stopping by! -Beth





These Fast Fabulous Tags are the perfect finishing touch for any gift.  They are almost a gift all by their self!  These tags are super easy to make using Tombow products!

Mono Mulit Liquid glue has 2 tips.  We will use the Broad Tip first.


Step 1~ Make a swirl/squiggle of the Mono Multi Liquid Glue.


Step 2~ Add glitter to the glue and remove the excess.


Step 3~ Add sequins using the Fine Tip of the Mono Multi Liquid Glue.

Step 4~ Write your recipient’s name on your tag using the Tombow Dual Brush Pens.

Step 5~ Add a ribbon!  You have a FABULOUS Tag to go with your gift!!


Here is a TIP!  Mono Multi Liquid Adhesive is repositionable when dry.  Add a line of glue to the back of the tag with the fine tip and let it dry.  Now you can stick a gift card on the back, that will stay in place and come off easily.  How fun is that????

Thanks for visiting!!



Vintage Heart Photo Holder

Vintage Heart Photo Holder


To make the photo holder you will need: 6″ x 6″ x 1 3/4″  wooden canvas, Beautiful cardstock that matches your decor, Letter blocks (you could also use children’s wooden blocks for a different look!) Mono Aqua Liquid Glue, Xtreme Tabs and Foam Tape.


For the letter block photo holders, you will also need alligator clips, 22 gauge wire and crystal beads.


Step 1: Adhere the cardstock to the wooden canvas using the Mono Aqua Liquid Glue. Cut all the pieces to size, and if you wish, color the edges with a stamp pad. Use the Aqua’s brush tip for an easy, mess-free application. Simply brush the Aqua Glue to cover the wooden surface and then apply the paper. You have a little time to adjust for perfect alignment with no wrinkles or bubbles.


Step 2: Decorated the front of the wooden canvas. Cut out two small hearts and used the Aqua Glue to adhere in place. If you wish additional embellishment (and a place to tuck in more photos) wrap linen twine around the wooden canvas. Put a drop of Aqua Glue in the middle of the bow to hold the knot firmly. Cut out one large heart and for dimension, adhere in place with Foam Tape.


Step 3: Construct the photo holders. Cut a 6″ piece of wire and fold in half. Thread the wire into the alligator clip and fold down the small metal flaps to hold. Thread on a crystal bead. Hold the wire ends with the pliers, and twist the clip to create an even twisted stem.

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Adhere the clip to the back of the letter blocks using two Xtreme Tabs. Cut a piece of cardstock the same size as the letter block and cover the exposed tabs. Hint: I laid out my letter blocks and photos first to determine the length of each clip. The letter block photo holders were then attached to the top of the wooden canvas using a Xtreme Tab. A perfect Valentine’s gift that took no effort, but crafted with lots of love!

IMG_1748Have you played in our Tombow Valentine’s Day Challenge? Hurry up! You have until February 15 at 11:55 pm!

Valentine Challenge

Here is the amazing prize for the Valentine’s Day Challenge! You get Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive, the NEW Adhesive Dots and the Dual Brush Pen Bright Set! Add your link for the challenge HERE!

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Have a Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone!

Valentine’s Day Card by Jennie Garcia

Have you played in our Tombow Valentine’s Day Challenge? If you haven’t don’t worry, you still have until February 15 at 11:55 PM! Check out this technique to give your die cuts more dimension! You can even use this idea for your challenge submission! My Valentine

I made this Valentine’s Day Card 17 times for my daughter’s class and you know that Kindergartners are not the most careful bunch so I used the Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive.

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Start by die cutting hearts and gluing them at the center using the Tombow Mono Removable Adhesive to keep them together while you sew them. If you don’t like sewing you can bend them (don’t fold and crease, just bend lightly) at the center and use the Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue. My Valentine1

I sewed at the center back and forth a few times. My Valentine2 Once you sew or glue the center, use Tombow Foam Tabs to keep the dimension.

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It will look like this. My Valentine5

Add your die cut to the card using the Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive.

My Valentine3 To add the final touches to my card I added enamel dots and I made the sentiment using a Label Maker.
My Valentine6And the amazing prize for the Valentine’s Day challenge! You get the Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive, the NEW Tombow Adhesive Dots and the Tombow Dual Brush Pens- Bright Set!

Valentine ChallengeTo join the challenge just make a Valentine’s Day Project (any project) and link it to the challenge HERE! **You have until February 15 11:55 PM EST!**



All wrapped up

Welcome to another Valentine’s post. I’m keeping this one simple since we are drawing closer and closer to The Big Love Day. You should have your gift all ready to give to your special loved one. If not, I’ve got a simple way to dress up any package in just a few minutes.

Today we’re wrapping a box of chocolates in some elegant satin and lace ribbon. You’ve got to make it really yours, so we’ll add some dimension to it as well. Here is the finished gift all wrapped up and ready to give. IMG_0354 IMG_0363

I’ve created step by step instructions for you along with images to help you along the way.

1. Using the Xtreme adhesive, adhere your lace down the center of the black satin. Make sure to measure how much you’ll need by practice wrapping it first.

2. Next, wrap the ribbon around your package and add a little bit of glue under the center to keep it from sliding around while you secure the bow.

3. After the bow is tied it’s time to embellish a little bit. Using a small heart punch, a piece of patterned paper, foam tabs and the Xtreme adhesive, make a few little hearts and fold them in half.

4. Secure the tails of your bow with a little bit more Xtreme adhesive and adhere your hearts around the package.

And you’re done! It doesn’t take too much time to take a tasty treat for your sweet and make it a little bit more special. This one actually is for my son’s teacher. We love her and she brings out the best in him, so she totally deserves it.

Thanks so much for stopping by! More creativity headed your way tomorrow.


Latrice (Come visit me) 

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3 Easy Valentine Cards You Can Make Tonight

Do you need a Valentine card in the next two days? No fear! Here are 3 easy Valentine cards you can make tonight with some basic craft supplies that you probably already have in your stash, like yarn, and Tombow adhesives.

3 Super Easy Valentine Cards to Mak Tonight

The cards come together in no time! Make your special someone feel oh so loved this Valentine’s Day by creating and giving them one of these handmade cards. Make a few cards to keep in your stash to use for anniversaries, engagements, congrats, and even birthday cards! Keep staples like Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue, Tombow 3D Foam Tabs, and Tombow Adhesive Permanent Runners in your stash so you can always whip one of these cards up in a jiffy.

Here’s how to make these easy Valentine’s Day cards:

Here are all the details on the supplies you’ll need to create each one of these cards to give this Valentine’s Day:

Heart Card: Sequins + Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue + Glitter + Heart Shape

BELOVED Valentine Card


Yarn Heart Card: Yarn + Heart Shape + Tombow Foam Tabs

Yarn Heart Card


Foil Heart Card: Tombow Mono Adhesive Runner + Gold Foil + Heart + Tombow Foam Tabs

LOVE Heart Shaped Card



Additional Supplies:

  • Card bases
  • Stamps and Ink

Here’s a tip for finding card bases:

Check the dollar spot of your local craft store or big box retailer, like Target. They often have pre-printed cards that have patterns on the front but are blank on the inside. The hot pink and gold striped card in this set was from a set I got at the Dollar Spot in Target.

The techniques used to create these cards can be applied to cards for any occasion so be sure to pin and bookmark this post so you can reference it later.

Who do you give Valentine’s Day cards to in your life? Let us know in the comments!

Before you go, check out our Sweet Valentine Challenge!

Valentine Challenge

This month Tombow has a great challenge for you!  We are all getting prepared for February 14th!  That special day where we exchange little bits of love with our favorite people.  The challenge is easy, make something for Valentine’s Day.  It could be a card, layout, a gift or whatever your crafty heart wants!  The challenge started February 2nd and ends February 15th at 11:59PM EST.  You have 2 whole weeks to make your project and link it.  Tell your friends to join the challenge too and spread the love! The winner will be picked randomly and that person will WIN the Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive, Tombow Adhesive Dots and a Dual Brush Pens Bright Set pictured above!

Link up your Valentine’s Day projects HERE until February 15th at 11:59 PM EST!

Thanks for stopping by the Tombow blog today!


See more of my crafty ideas over at Hydrangea Hippo

Upcycled LOVE Plaque

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and LOVE is definitely in the air here on the Tombow Blog!  Have you entered our Valentine’s Day project contest yet?  Well, if you haven’t there is still time – You have until February 15th at 11:59 PM EST at this LINK!

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I LOVE to upcycle and think of new ways to use ordinary or discarded materials, so inspired by Pinterest, I gathered up some materials from my craft stash and created this LOVE plaque – now on to my project!

Here’s what you’ll need:

Tombow Xtreme Adhesive

NEW! Tombow Adhesive Dots

Tombow MONO Aqua Liquid Glue

Tombow Dual Brush Pen Set – Muted

NEW! Tombow Xtreme Mounting Putty

Americana paints by DecoArt – Dazzling Metallics Glorious Gold, Charcoal Grey, Dark Chocolate, Bleached Sand and Heritage Brick; wooden plaque 7″ by 9″; large metal key; wooden medallion; vintage ruler pieces; black buttons – 11; paint brush; palate; water basin; baby wipes; brown ribbon – 3 yards.

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Here’s how I made it:

1.) Base coat metal key in Glorious Gold by pouncing with paint brush, let dry.  Base coat wooden medallion Bleached Sand, let dry.  Base coat plaque Dark Chocolate and Charcoal Grey using random strokes, let dry.

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2.) Apply Tombow MONO Aqua Liquid Glue to surface of plaque, evening out with a paint brush, let dry completely (I let mine dry overnight).

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3.) Distress wooden medallion by covering surface with Tombow Dual Brush Pen #969 from the Muted set, let dry.  Buff raised surfaces with baby wipe, leaving color in crevasses.  Distress vintage ruler pieces by repeating process.

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4.) Top coat plaque with a thick coat of Heritage Brick paint, set aside to dry and watch the cracks forms!  I was so EXCITED to see this process work with the Tombow MONO Aqua Liquid Glue - SUCCESS!

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5.) Attach pieces to the plaque as follows: Use NEW! Tombow Xtreme Mounting Putty on the metal key and the wooden medallion.  Use Tombow Xtreme Adhesive on the vintage ruler pieces.  Use NEW! Tombow Adhesive Dots (the red ones) on the buttons.

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6.) Tie bow in the center of the ribbon and attach to the back of the plaque with Tombow MONO Aqua Liquid Glue, let dry.  Hang and enjoy or give to someone you LOVE!

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Check out more upcycled projects on my Pinterest and Instagram.

Valentine Challenge

This month Tombow has a great challenge for you!  We are all getting prepared for February 14th!  That special day where we exchange little bits of love with our favorite people.  The challenge is easy, make something for Valentine’s Day.  It could be a card, layout, a gift or whatever your crafty heart wants!  The challenge started February 2nd and ends February 15th at 11:59PM EST.  You have 2 whole weeks to make your project and link it.  Tell your friends to join the challenge too and spread the love!

The winner will be picked randomly and that person will WIN Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive, Tombow Adhesive Dots and a Dual Brush Pens Bright Set!

Link up your Valentine’s Day projects HERE until February 15th at 11:59 PM EST!

Thanks for stopping by! -Beth



Hello!  Today I am sharing a really fun “Card in a box” that I made for Tombow.  It is super easy to make and will be a fun surprise for your Valentine!


To make your Card in a Box, start with a piece of 8.5″x5.5″ Cardstock.  Score it at 2″, 4″, 6″ and 8″.  Turn 90 degrees and score in half.  Cut the lines to the middle on one half of the paper.  Cut the half inch piece off of the side you cut only!  You need the other half inch for a tab.  Just like in the picture above.

Use the Mono Multi Glue on the tab and fold the card to the center.  Take the other side and fold to the center so you glue your card in a box together.  Using Mono Multi liquid glue lets you move the box if you have to, to get it even, but it dries fast too.  Then cut a 3″x3″ piece from the cardstock and cut it in half.  Fold a half inch flap on each side.  Fold these papers so they look like a “Z”.  Add Mono Multi to the flaps and attach them inside the box part of the card (you can see them in the first picture).  You will attach the acetate to them later.

Cut your patterned paper.  Cut a large piece for the back of the card ~ 5.25″ x 2″.  Cut 3 more pieces 2″ x 2.5″.  Adhere all 4 pieces to the card back and top flaps with Xtreme adhesive.  This adhesive is 5x stronger than standard tape runners!

Next, use the 3D Foam Tabs to attach some fun Valentine embellishments to the 3 flaps.

I used the rub-ons on white cardstock and cut them out.  I cut some acetate 2 1/4″ x 1/2″ and attached the cut out cardstock to them with the new, super awesome, adhesive dots.  Then, add an adhesive dot to the bottom of the acetate and adhere them inside the box.  The big ones in the back, smaller ones in front.

Here is a view from the side of the card in a box.  You can see inside the box and the acetate sticking to the inside paper.

The view from the other side.  I think this is sooooo cute!!

Here you can see that when you fold the card in a box in half, it fits inside a standard A2 envelope.  And when someone opens it, it’s a PARTY!!  

And don’t forget about our Challenge!  You can read all about it HERE.

You could win this prize pack!!  Sweet!!


Marie Browning’s Easy D.I.Y. Cork Magnets.

In just 3 easy steps, you can create these easy Cork Magnets.

Marie Browning's East Cork Magnets


Product List
Tombow Power Adhesive Tabs – Corks – Magnet – Serrated Knife


Step 1: Use a serrated knife to cut the corks in half lengthwise, or into three pieces width-wise.
(The sizing is really up to whatever style you are going for.)  Cork_1-- Step 2: Attach a Tombow Adhesive Power Tab  to the end of the cork and remove the backing paper  from the Power Tab. Cork_2---

Step 3: Apply the magnet to the Power Tab and you’re done!



In just 3 easy steps you are creating magnets that you can share with all your friends. Cork_4-Edited You can add hooks to your cork magnets to turn them into a key holders.
The best part is your probably already have all the materials needed for this project already.
The only part that could be missing is the wine corks but- Wine and crafting? Sounds like the perfect ladies night to me!

I hope you enjoyed this blog post!

Valentine Treat Bags by Marie Browning

Love is in the air at Tombow! Here’s a cute little bag to fill with chocolates, theater tickets or diamonds for your sweetheart(s)! Follow the simple steps on how to create your own using Tombow’s new Adhesive Dots! Make sure you read the whole post so you see the bonus tip PLUS how to enter our Valentine Challenge and win a prize!

First the bag – using a 8″ x 5.5″ piece of unbleached muslin with the top edged frayed. Fold in half, place a 16″ piece of 1/4″ width silk ribbon from May Arts into the seam and sew up bottom and side.

The NEW Adhesive Dots from Tombow are super for adhering paper panels or small embellishments with a firm, strong hold. They are also colored (Pink, Yellow, Green and Blue!) so you can see them. This glitter dot technique is also a favorite to do with the colored dots! With the pink Adhesive Dots, remove from the backing and place 8 to 10 dots onto the lower part of the bag.

Remove the top protective sheet and sprinkle on fine clear or transparent white glitter. Use your finger to rub the glitter into the Adhesive Dots.

Brush the excess glitter onto a piece of paper to reclaim it. I like to use a large, clean mop style brush for this task.

To make the clothespin ‘tag’, I simply write my message with the fine point of a Dual Brush Pen, and then again with the Glue Pen. Sprinkle on the glitter and let dry.

Fill with treats, tie the bow, clip on your message! These are so simple you can make lots!


Bonus! Layer the adhesive Dots to create even more hues! From left to right: Pink Adhesive Dot, Pink and Yellow to create Orange, Yellow Adhesive Dot, Green Adhesive Dot, Blue Adhesive Dot, Blue and Pink to create Purple! I also forgot to include my favorite layered combination of Blue and Green to create a pretty Teal.

DON’T FORGET!! This month Tombow is challenging you!  We want
to see your Valentine’s Day crafts, gift and projects.  The challenge
started February 2nd and ends February 15th at 11:59PM EST.
You still have time to make your project and link it.
Tell your friends to join the challenge too and spread the love!
Valentine Challenge
The winner will be picked randomly and that person will WIN
the Tombow Xtreme Adhesive, Tombow NEW Adhesive Dots and a Dual
Brush Pens Bright 10 Set pictured below.
See more at:  Tombow Blog 
Link up your Valentine’s Day projects HERE until February 15th at
11:59 PM EST!