Thursday, May 18, 2017

National Mod Podge Day Upcycled Memory Box

Celebrating Mod Podge 50th Anniversary
It's the 50th Anniversary of Mod Podge- can you believe it? To celebrate I upcycled a box I was going to throw away into an elegant memory box. There are so many things going on as part of the celebration - be sure to hop on over to the website above to share your projects and find some inspiration.

Upcylced Memory Box using Mod Podge for Paper

Plaid was generous enough to supply me with a some product to create with. Let me just tell you - that wide brush is my new favorite tool! You should run right out and get one. Today!
I started my project with a box that has been sitting in my studio for about a year. I received it as a gift - it was filled with skin care products. It was such a nice box I couldn't bring my self to throw it away!  I grabbed some tissue paper, and some Paper Mod Podge.

I started by tearing my tissue paper into random sized strips. Working in sections, I applied a thin coat of the Paper Mod Podge to the top of the box and started layering on the tissue. At this point I am not worried about covering every tiny speck of the box. I just want to cover most of it. As I lay the tissue pieces down, I apply a thin coat of Mod Podge on top as well, brushing to make sure everything is smooth.

While the box top is drying, I grabbed some embellishments and went to work. I used the new Stencil Spray from Folk Art to paint my chipboard pieces. Y'all - this was the quickest I have EVER colored chipboard. Ever. Then I just set them aside to dry.

When everything was dry I needed to jazz up the embellishments a bit- Sparkle Mod Podge has always been my favorite of the formulas. I am all about the Sparkle!! I used a foam sponge to apply small amounts to the flower layers.

Fabulous, right???

As a final touch I sponged some Brushed Metal in Gold onto the chipboard using a foam sponge.

Be sure to hop over to the Designer Crafts Connection Blog and enter for your chance to win the give away sponsored by Plaid. Who doesn't need more crafting supplies, right??

Monday, May 8, 2017

Super Mom Treat Holder

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Super Mom Treat Holder using Deflecto Stackable Cube

Mother's Day is right around the corner and we all know a Super Mom who deserves a treat. This fun Treat Holder made using the Deflecto® 2 Drawer Stackable Cube Organizer is just the thing to brighten that Super Mom's day. Fill it with some fun treats and you have a ready made gift.

Super Mom Treat Holder using Deflecto Stackable Cube
I started by grabbing one of the hundreds of 6 x 6 paper pads I have in my studio. Don't judge, you know you have a bunch too. They are the perfect size for decorating this line of fun storage cubes. Just a slight trim and the paper fits perfectly!

Super Mom Treat Holder using Deflecto Stackable Cube
I used an Eileen Hull die from Sizziz for the label on top of the cube, layering two of them with foam tape in between for some added dimension. I inked the edges of all the papers before adhereing to the cube.

Super Mom Treat Holder using Deflecto Stackable Cube

Super Mom Treat Holder using Deflecto Stackable Cube

I used a variety of flowers to trim the label on top. These are all from I Love Roses - they have great products if you have never used them before! I adhered everything down using a low temp hot glue gun - super quick and easy.

Super Mom Treat Holder using Deflecto Stackable Cube
For the front of the drawers themselves I added more patterned paper from the same 6x6 pad and more paper roses to finish the project off. I filled it with some tasty chocolates and it is ready to go!

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!


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