Thursday, September 27, 2018

How to Etch a Photo Frame

I picked up this sweet photo frame the other day - the color and the size just appealed to me. Of course  I had to dress it up. Etching a photo frame is super easy and a way to add a special touch.

 I gathered a few supplies before I started;
etchall® etching creme
etchmask® stencil
Transfer tape
wafer thin die
StazOn ink
some assorted flowers
hot glue gun
Plaid Pickle Wash and Glaze

I started by determining my area to etch and trimming a piece of etchmask®. I used a Spellbinders die from way back to cut three little hearts.

I taped off the edges of the frame to make sure I didn't get any creme on it. After I applied the stencil I also taped the open edge to make sure I didn't get any extra creme on the glass. I am totally famous for this!  Apply your etchall® creme and let it sit for 15 minutes.

Because the glass was GLUED in the frame (thanks Broyhill) I used baby wipes to clean the excess creme off the glass. I left the stencil in place and used StazOn ink and a sponge to color the etched area. Since StazOn will also adhere to regular glass it is important to leave the stencil in place.

I applied a coat of Cottage White Pickle Wash from Plaid to the frame and let dry. I finished it with a drybrushed coat of glaze.

I finished the frame off with some matching flowers applied with a hot glue gun.

Be sure to check out the etchall® Facebook page to see more great ideas. There is just so much you can do with glass etching!

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Sweet Princess 10 month old Layout

10 Month old layout

I am finally catching up with some scrapbook layouts and I love this one. My sweet princess was just so cute in this outfit - she was 10 months old. Yes - I did choose that outfit to match her amazing blue eyes!  I used a mix of new and old supplies to create this layout and I love how it came together.

stenciled background
I started project by adding some texture to the background paper using a DCWV stencil and Brea Reese paste.  I used 49 and Market papers for this layout- the colors are so pretty and matched my photos so well.  A Prima Crystal adorns the flower center of the fussy cut piece here.

I used Golden Heavy Body Gel Medium and colored it with Brea Reese Watercolor inks. After I marked out where my photos were going to go on the layout, I added the gel to the background and threw on a few Prima Art Stones in the small and medium size.  

Fussy cut papers
I layered lots of papers to create my background. The flowers in the corner were fussy cut from another piece of the same line. The mat behind the photo, the strips to the right of the photo, and the punched strip are all from the 49 and Market line - Cottage Life.

Metallic chipboard
My chipboard is Creative Embellishments and I used Lindy's Stamp Gang embossing powder to add the metallic coating. My punches are Martha Stewart  and the flower is from Petaloo. I removed the flowers centers and added a pearl instead - it was much less bulk than the original center. I am really working on keeping my a little more flat so I can fit more in an album. It's so hard!!!!

Prima Art Stones

The bottom photo is raised using foam tape so there was room to put the chipboard and gel behind it. I inked my edges using VersaMagic Dew Drops. I fussy cut two tiny butterflies and added them to the corner of the upper photo.  I finished the layout off with some doodling around the edge and a half tag as a journal spot. Some Snug-Hug seam binding was the finishing touch.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

How to make a Disney Countown Jar with a Thrift Store Cookie Jar!

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Disney countdown

We are taking our whole family to Walt Disney World this fall and I am SO excited y'all! I can't wait. I have been wanting a way to countdown the days with the princess AND store the gift cards we have been collecting and this vintage thrift store cookie jar fit the bill perfectly. And it was a buck! What a steal!

Vintage cookie jar
For this project I used the following supplies:
Cookie jar make over
 This project was a breeze to assemble.
  1. Paint the chipboard with the Plaid Chalkboard paint. You need two coats, dry between coats. Use the side of a piece of chalk to rub all over the chalkboard then wipe it clean. This "conditions" the chalkboard so that it is east to clean after each use. Set aside.
  2. Trace the jar onto the patterned paper and trim to fit. Mine is slightly smaller than the jar front. 
  3. Use the low temp glue gun to adhere to letters to the strip of cardstock. Adhere the cardstock to the patterned paper using tape runner and trim to fit. Adhere additional letters below cardstock strip. 
  4. Adhere patterned paper to jar front using tape runner. 
  5. Trim daisy from bunch and adhere to chipboard with glue gun. Use glue gun to adhere chipboard to front of jar. Write message on chipboard using chalk. 
  6. Done! 
Embroidered flowers
 I decided at the last minute that my project needed these cute little daisy accents. I absolutely love this new line from Joy. Be sure to look for them in your favorite craft store next time you are shopping.

Hop over to the Joy Facebook page to see some amazing projects and pick up some inspiration for your next crafty adventure!

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

How to Upcycle a Thrift Store Candy Dish

Upcycle candy dish

Are you like me and have a whole cabinet of cute glassware you picked up in the thrift store? I mean, who can resist it?!?!? Vintage glassware is so beautiful but after a while the hubs starts looking at me funny. I can just hear him saying "really Anita? Really?" So the time has come to move some of it out. Today I am sharing how to upcycle a thrift store candy dish into a beautiful gift using etchall® etching creme. This project is so easy and you will love how it comes out!

stencil material
Start out by creating a stencil for the top of the dish. I used a die to cut this one out of a new stencil material that is hopefully coming to the market soon. I LOVED working with it! Adhere the stencil to your project and make sure that all the edges are pressed down well before applying the etching creme.

To see the full etching process check out this blog post.

upcycled candy dish
After I etched the top I finished the box off with some ribbon and flowers around the side of the container.

etching creme
To accent the etched surface I added small pearls all around the outside of the design. I love the way it turned out and I can't wait to gift it to someone!

vintage glass
Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you give this a try and I would love to see what you come up with. Be sure to stop by the etchall® Facebook page to see more great projects.

Monday, July 9, 2018

How to use Adhesive Vinyl to Create Beautiful Framed Quotes

Framed quote
Do you love making new things for your home but you also like to replace them every few months to keep things looking fresh? I sure do and I don't want to spend a fortune to do it either! One of my favorites is to pick up a frame in a thrift store or dollar store and transform it with a quote cut from adhesive vinyl. Framed quotes are perfect room accents and you can switch them up depending on your mood! Cheap, easy, fun, and beautiful! What more can you ask for?

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For this project I used the Transparent Vinyl from StyleTech Craft. Y'all. This vinyl is SEE THROUGH. It has the most amazing look in person - although it was a tad difficult to photograph. This product would be perfect for creating a stained glass effect on a window in your home!

Adhesive vinyl

I used a quote I purchased from Silhouette Store - quick and easy remember?  I cut it out using my Silhouette Cameo and mat, then weeded the excess vinyl away. I simply sized it to my frame opening and cut it out. Five minutes!  Because I am all about the pink (my poor hubs!) that was my go to for this project as well. I think this will look perfect in the princess's new room.

paper flowers

No project would be complete without flowers and ribbons. I grabbed a handful from I Am Roses and created a spray on the corner of the frame. I used my Ryobi rechargeable hot glue gun to attach the flowers then finished them off with a bow made from seam binding.   I used a piece of contrasting cardstock behind the glass to make the vinyl stand out. Pink and green is such a classic combo!

Mega Glitter Mod Podge
Have y'all tried this new formula of Mod Podge? This Mega Glitter is amazing!! Glitter all the things!! It has big chunky specks of holographic glitter in it. Go get you some today and pick up some of the Mod Podge brushes while you are there. Those little brushes make apply Mod Podge a breeze and they clean up so easy. No more hard, sticky brushes!

Holographic glitter Mod Podge
Do you see those huge flecks of glitter?? I brushed the lightest coat imaginable on here and this is how it turned out. Seriously, go get you some today.

Hop over to the StyleTech Facebook page to see new products and project ideas.