Thursday, April 20, 2017

Hope Wall Hanging using Rinea Foil

Howdy everyone, today I have a project showing a fun way to use Rinea Foil papers. I created this Hope Wall Hanging as a gift and I think she is going to love it! Rinea is sponsoring the blog hop this month at the Designer Crafts Connection blog, so be sure to check out all the amazing projects and ways to use this great product.


I used a Tim Holtz die to cut the rosettes using Rinea Foil - the foil paper holds it's shape amazingly well. It is two layers of foil, with a paper sandwiched between - so BOTH sides are shiny!! I finished the rosettes with some jewelry pieces I had in my box.

I started my project by painting a chipboard piece using some new Folk Art finishes. I used the Pickling Wash all over the base, then let it dry. It gives a light coat that is almost transparent. I layered on some of the new Coastal paint using a dry brush, going mainly around the edges. The last step was a layer of the Glaze. You can't really see the glaze, but it blended the two layers together beautifully!!


I used a make up sponge to paint my chipboard title with more of the Coastal paint. I applied two coats, allowing them to dry between. Using the sponge gave it quite a bit of texture - I love how it turned out.

All the other bits and pieces, the canvas, burlap, lace, corrugated paper, tag, and fairie, are from 7 Gypsies. They have some many fun things to play with!

Rinea has glossy and embossed foil, in single color and variety packs. Hop over to their blog to check them out.




Monday, April 3, 2017

The Best Marker Storage Ever!



Best Marker Storage

Hi everyone! Today I want to show off the new Interlocking Marker Organizer from Deflecto. This is seriously the BEST marker storage ever. I have a LOT of markers. Really. I am always looking for a great way to organize and store them. These are amazing!



You can fit 6 of the marker units in one Stackable Caddy Organizer. They are interchangeable with the clear bins so you can customize your storage. The Stackable Caddy sets use the "lift and lock" feature so you can just grab the whole stack and go. They are perfect for going to crops or retreats.




I have the full set of Tombow markers and storage for these has always been an issue. Because the inserts are a soft, flexible, material, I am able to fit TWO of these slim markers into each slot!




Since the inserts are flexible you can also fit big FAT markers in them! We all have that one set of giant markers that won't fit in anything, right? Well, guess what? They went right in there!



The inserts also work beautifully on your desktop. The dovetail design allows you to interlock the units together in pretty much any configuration. You can stack them up in towers, even make bridges with them. Whatever takes your fancy.



Did I mention interchangeable? Here I used 3 marker units and two clear containers. Fair warning - if you take your Stackable Caddys to a crop, be prepared to defend them! Everyone will want them.



Thursday, March 16, 2017

Etched Vanilla Jar

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Etched vanilla jar
Who wouldn't love to get a beautiful etched jar full of homemade vanilla as a gift? I love vanilla and I love to make my own. I also love to give it as a gift - so presentation is important. etchall™ reusable etching creme makes it super easy to turn a plain glass jar into something wonderful to give to a special someone.

This month etchall™ is sponsoring the blog hop at Designer Crafts Connection - be sure to check out the blog to see all the great projects we made!


etchall® makes a wide variety of products to work with. For this project I used
So let's get started!

I used my Cameo Silhouette to cut the etchmask™ sheet. It's hard to see in the photo, but there is a box round the word that is about the same size as the side of the bottle where I wanted to etch. Because I am going to use transfer paper to place to mask, I won't be able to see the cut for placement. I use a black marker to outline to cut so I will be able to see it. Once this is done I cut the excess etchmask™ away.

Cut a piece of etchmask™ Transfer Sheet and place it over the mask. Use the squeegee tool to smooth it down. Cut the excess away.


Peel the backing from the etchmask™ and apply it to the surface to be etched. Use the squeegee tool to make sure it is adhered securely. Remove the transfer sheet from the top and remove the letters using the Swivel Knife or Detail Pick.  Insert the point of the knife into the center of a letter, rather than at the edge; this will keep the edges from the distorted. Apply masking tape around the edges to keep from accidently getting etching creme where you don't want it!

Apply a thick coat of etching creme and allow it to sit for 15 minutes. My supply looks a little like chocolate pudding because it was shipped in the heat of summer - it still works just fine!  After 15 minutes, scrape the creme back into the jar and rinse the area with cold running water taking care not to get it on the bottle.

Once the glass is etched you can apply color using paint or other methods. I like Rub 'n Buff, it is quick and easy! I prefer to leave the mask in place when I apply it - it's just less messy this way in my opinion. Apply the Rub 'n Buff with a soft cloth, and then buff away the excess. Remove the mask and tape.

Fill with vanilla add a ribbon, add to a basket with some baking goodies and you have the perfect gift!





Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Spring Butterfly Craft Frame

Spring Butterfy Acryllic Craft Frame
It's spring time here in Texas and my thoughts have turned to flowers and butterflies. I created this fun frame to go with my spring decor and I have to say it is pretty versatile!  I used the 4X6 Green Craft Frame from Deflecto for this project.  My butterfly in the center is a chipboard piece from Blue Fern Studios that has been heat embossed.

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I added some fun dots around the outside edge using a Testors Acrylic Paint Marker - the let the frame sit overnight to dry. I found out the hard way that it takes the paint a while to dry on this surface :)

For my center section I wanted to use a Sign Tag but it wasn't quite large enough to cover the opening in the center of the frame. I made a double mat using cardstock, stamping the smaller layer using StazOn ink and a smaller Dyan Reaveley stamp.

The Sign Tags are a beautiful mat surface which makes them perfect for using rub ons. This is one from an older set and I don't even remember what brand it is. Yes, I am a hoarder. For the leaves I used a McGill punch I have had literally for years. It was one of the very first punches I bought back when I started scrapbooking!

I used lots of Prima Flowers, some buttons and embellishments, and pearls in the corners to dress the frame up. I have found that a hot glue gun works very well to adhere these on to the front of the frames.

Yes, these flowers from Prima are forever old too. Did I mention that I am a hoarder? I love these huge blooms and I am sad that I have very few left.


Be sure to stop by the Deflecto Blog and see all the wonderful projects over there.



Sunday, February 5, 2017

My True Love Frame

Deflecto Acrylic Craft Frames are perfect to alter and hold your precious memories
This little princess is my True Love and I love to show off her photos!   For this project I have used the 4 x 6 Craft Frame which is perfect for the smaller prints I order online. I have also used an older paper line from Authentique, Blue Fern Studios Chipboard, Tattered Angels paints and Sprays, and several paper flowers.


I added a Beaded Stick Pin to the corner of my frame. You can see a tutorial on how to make your own stick pins here.  I used foam tape from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L to give my sentiment some dimension and finished this section off with a few small flowers.



In the upper corner I added a piece of distressed chipboard to the back of the frame, adding flowers and a small ribbon bow on top.  I used a variety of paints and sprays from Tattered Angels on the chipboard piece.


I started with a couple of coats of High Impact Paint, letting each coat  dry before adding another.


Next I added a spray of Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist and used a low temp heat gun to dry it.

Here is the finished product - lovely!

Be sure to hop over to the Deflecto Blog to see more great ideas from our amazing team. 


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