Sunday, December 2, 2018

DIY Stamped Thank you Treat Bags


This time of year I am always looking for ways to say thank you to family, friends, and associates. These stamped treat bags are the perfect way to say thank you to anyone you know.  They are quick and fun and even the little ones can get involved with this craft.


I started by stamping on pre made muslin bags. These little bags are so cute and you can pick them up at Hobby Lobby. They are about 4" x 5" and are the perfect size for holding small treats.  I used Fabric Creations paint and stamps - both by Plaid Crafts. These Fabric paints are designed just for fabric and are fast drying and opaque. They are available in a wide range of colors to suit any project.


 After the paint was dry I used ink and a small stamp to add the leaf accents around the flowers. To set the Fabric Creations be sure to let it dry over night and then heat set following the instructions on the bottle.

I colored my Joy Iron on Letters with a matching ink, then applied the letters following the directions on the package. They are super easy to iron on and they are permanent once applied!



My supplies are:

Fabric Creations soft fabric paint and Stamps from Plaid Crafts 
Pre made muslin bags
Joy Iron on Letters - Baby Monogram
Ranger Archival Ink
assorted stamps
Iron
Ironing pad







Friday, November 30, 2018

DIY Etched Wine Glasses


 
Christmas is coming! It's almost here. Are you ready? You know you are going to need some last minute gifts for someone. Make your own DIY etched wine glasses using etchall® etching creme, some beautiful glasses, and silkscreen stencils. I LOVE these cobalt glasses - would you believe they are from Dollar Tree?? ONE DOLLAR EACH for these beautiful glasses!



The first step is to apply the silkscreen stencil. Follow the instructions on the package as every brand is different. They are available in the stencil section of the larger craft stores. I love this little grape cluster! 


Mask off the area that you do not want etched. Apply masking tape around the outer edges of the stencil. Cup the tape upwards so that the etching creme doesn't run. Apply a thick coat of etching creme and let it sit for 15 minutes. Scrape the creme back into the jar and rinse the area with cool water. 

I had the worst time getting a great shot of the finished glass so please excuse the reflection in this photo!! Using a silkscreen stencil gives a crisp, clean, etched image. There are so many options for stencils and bases - be sure you give this a try.

Check out the etchall® Facebook page for more fun ideas. 





Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Black Friday Silhouette Deals

Let's start the shopping early! Are you wanting a new Cameo Silhouette? The time is NOW! I have access to the Black Friday Bundles and deals at Cameo America and I am sharing them with you.  Save up to 50% and be ready to start your holiday crafting.


Have you been wanting to try the new ALTA 3-D printer.  This bundle includes:
SILHOUETTE ALTA
WHITE FILAMENT
BLACK FILAMENT
$25 DOWNLOAD (CODE)
Free Shipping

Regular price $354.97 - SALE Price: $249.99

 Bundles are available with multiple color machines: Mint, Slate, Aqua, and White!
 The bundles include:
SILHOUETTE CAMEO 3
$25 DOWNLOAD (CODE)
WINTER SPECIAL CONTENTS (DIGITAL)
BUSINESS EDITION (CODE)
HANDBOOK (CODE)
VINYL STARTER KIT
HEAT TRANSFER STARTER KIT
SILKSCREEN STARTER KIT
SKETCH PENS BASICS (8 PENS)
TOOL KIT
FREE SHIPPING

All Cameo 3 Starter Bundles are sale priced at $249.99


The Curio starter bundle is the perfect price so you can finally get one of your own!

The bundle includes:
SILHOUETTE CURIO
BUSINESS EDITION
$25 DOWNLOAD (CODE)
WINTER SPECIAL CONTENTS (DIGITAL)
NATURAL CURIO DUST COVER
GOLD FOIL TRANSFER SHEETS
METAL STIPPLING SHEETS
EMBOSSABLE FOIL
LTR SIZE EMBOSS PAPER
LARGE CURIO BASE
4 GLITTER SKETCH PENS
4 METALLIC SKETCH PENS
FREE SHIPPING

Regular price $575.92  SALE PRICE $199.99


There will be doorbuster sales Thursday and Friday on a variety of vinyl and HTV bundles. They are going to be HALF OFF - so be sure you grab yours.

To grab your new gear hop over to the Silhouette America site and be sure to use my code for early access. These deals are available starting 8:00am MST on WEDNESDAY November 21st. 

There are so many deals I couldn't list them all here so be sure to check the website for the full list. Pretty much if you want it, it is going to be on sale this weekend!

Remember - these deals don't officially start until 6:00pm on Thanksgiving day - but using my code FLAMINGO will grant you early access!

Now go forth and shop!




Monday, October 29, 2018

How to Etch a Glass Christmas Ornament

It's almost Christmas!! Are you getting ready? I always need new Christmas ornaments and I love glass ones. These are perfect for using etchall® etching creme to personalize them or fit any theme!

https://etchall.com/


For this project I used a large punch to create my stencil. Etchmask is perfect for using pretty much any kind of cutting system or supply you have!


Apply transfer paper over the mask - this will make it easier to transfer to the project surface.


So- I totally forgot to take a photo of this step- but here's a different project with the same process. Apply the stencil to your project surface, tape off the the edges so you don't accidentally get creme where you don't want it, then apply your etching creme®. Allow it to sit for 15 minutes, scrape the excess creme back in the jar, and rinse with cold water.

I finished the ornament with a white paint pen around the etched area. After that dried I added a large bow and that's it!









Thursday, October 25, 2018

How to Create a Layered Background using Stamps

Look at my sweet princess! She was so cute and roly poly!  I love the look of layered backgrounds on my layouts. I don't like bulky pages that warp once I put them in my albums. Using stamps, inks, and stencils is a great way to create a detailed background. So much texture but no bulk!

My first step is to use a stencil, ink, and a dauber to add a layer of color randomly on the background. Here I am using ColorBox Crafter's Ink by Ann Butler Designs (Desert Sand). This is a nice opaque ink - I love it! Remember if you are using a multi surface ink on paper you need to dry it.


What do you do when you love the design of a stamp but not the shape? Make a mask!! I used a punch and a scrap of cardstock here and then stamped through the mask. This gave me a very random pattern which is exactly what I was looking for. This stamp is Ann Butler Stamp by Unity: Doily.


Here is a look at the result. Isn't that cool??

I used more Ann Butler ink to cover my chipboard (this time in Berry) and used a clear embossing powder over it. Heat set for a sparkling finish.

The last detail for the background is some tiny hearts scattered randomly around the photos. Because I wanted them to blend in I stamped them on a piece of scrap paper before stamping on the layout.

Here's another look at the chipboard pieces. I love how the clear embossing powder gives them a sparkly finish.


This journal card is from my stash - I swear I have had it forever. It's from Creative Imaginations.

Here's another look at the finished background. It gives some visual weight to the layout, but it doesn't take over the layout. I want my photos to stand out - not the embellishments!




For more great ideas using Ann's amazing products be sure to check out her social pages.