Thursday, August 13, 2015

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BLOG HOP for Ann Butler!!

I have had the privilege of getting to know Ann Butler through the Designer Section of the Craft and Hobby Association over the last six (or so) years.  

Ann is an inspirational Role Model, fearless licensed Designer, digital magazine Entrepreneur (with Lisa and Theresa) and a I am honored to call her my Friend!

Today is Ann's Birthday and Larissa had this great idea to throw a surprise BIRTHDAY BLOG HOP!  Each member of the Ann Butler Design Team has created a Birthday card especially for Ann!


Since Ann loves sewing and quilting I decided to make a Spool of Thread card!  Now, as most of you know, I am not a scrapbooker or a card maker, but I have to say that I love the way this card turned out!  Cute, cute, cute!

Here's what you will need:
Here's how to make it:

1.) Measure a 6" by 6" square on scrap paper.  Create an "X" by drawing straight lines from corner to corner, diagonally.  Measure in 1" on each side and draw straight lines intersecting with diagonal lines to create spool shape.  Fold 12" by 12" piece of Kraft Cardstock in half.  Trace and cut out spool, leaving fold at top edge.

2.) Stamp Colorbox® Background Basics Stamps by Ann Butler Diamond along top and bottom of spool with Ann Butler Crafter’s® Ink by Clearsnap Bark, let dry.


4.) Wrap stamped twill tape around center section of spool and secure with Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive.  Tie 6" length of stamped twill tape in a knot and secure to front with Tombow Xtreme Power Tabs.  Attach green button to center of knot.

5.) Stamp Colorbox® Background Basics Stamps by Ann Butler Checks on lavender cardstock with Ann Butler Crafter’s® Ink by Clearsnap Lilac, let dry.  Write sentiment on stamped square with Tombow MONO Twin Permanent Marker.  Cut a notched end and attach to front of card with Tombow Xtreme Power Tabs.

6.)  Stamp Colorbox® Background Basics Stamps by Ann Butler Woven on pink cardstock with Ann Butler Crafter’s® Ink by Clearsnap Berry, let dry.  Write sentiment on stamped square with Tombow MONO Twin Permanent Marker.  Attach to inside of card with Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive.

I hope that you have enjoyed my special stamped Spool of Thread card for Ann's Birthday!  Please HOP around to the other Design Team Members' blogs listed at the bottom of my post.

Now it's YOUR turn to wish Ann a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!  Just visit her blog at Ann Butler Designs and link up your card.

Thanks for stopping by! -Beth




Monday, August 3, 2015

Crafting with School Supplies Round Up!

Good Monday morning and WELCOME to the Designer Crafts Connection August Blog Hop!  This month we a re crafting with school supplies and I have created this round up of projects to share with you today - ENJOY!


First, let's start out with this Vintage Ruler Picture Frame created with mini wooden rulers from 7 Gypsies. 



Up next is a quick and easy craft that can be completed with items you already have around the house!  Eraser Stamped Confetti Cards!



The next project is a Teacher's Apple Terra Cotta Pot that would make a perfect Back to School gift filled with some candy or a gift card!



This project is a great addition to any Teacher's desk a Pencil Holder created with #2 pencils!

And here are a few more, just for inspiration - ENJOY!


Chalkboard Tool Bucket...


Beary Special Teacher ornament... 

Terra Cotta Pot Teacher Angels...

Now it is time to HOP around to the see what the other Designers have created using our SCHOOL SUPPLY theme!  I can't wait to see the creative inspiration!  Use the Designer Crafts Connection navigation tool on the right hand side of my side bar to HOP FORWARD and HOP BACK through the ring.  

You can also visit the Designer Crafts Connection BLOG to see a round-up of all of the projects together!

Thanks for stopping by!  -Beth

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Ann Butler Designs and Deflecto Craft Blog Hop!

Good Saturday Morning and WELCOME to the Ann Butler Designs and Deflecto Blog Hop!


Deflecto sent each of the Design Team Stars a sample of the craft frames that they feature on their website, so we could dress them up with lots of Ann Butler Designs goodness!

You probably arrived here from the fabulous Paula DeReamer's blog, but if you stumbled across my blog, please go to Ann Butler Designs blog to start!

Now on to my project - 

BACKGROUND BASICS PINWHEEL PICTURE FRAME!


Here is what you will need:

Here is how I made it:
1.)  I received two Deflecto craft frames - 12' x 12" and 8" x 10", but decided to use the smaller because I had the perfect photo for this frame!

2.)  Stamp each of the four Colorbox® Background Basics Stamps by Ann Butler – Checks, Diamond, Basket and Picnic with the Ann Butler Crafter’s® Ink by Clearsnap – Limelight, Aquamarine, Sunshine, Lilac and Berry on the coordinating cardstock.  I love how Ann's brightly colored inks pop off the pastel cardstock colors! Trim each square neatly with scissors.

3.) Attach two contrasting squares together with Tombow Xtreme Adhesive. Draw lines from corner to corner, then measure 1" on either side of the center line.

4.)  Cut on each of the four solid lines, stopping at the 1" mark.

5.)  Attach a Tombow Xtreme Adhesive Tab to the center of the square. 

6.)  Fold in every other triangle point and secure to the adhesive to create a pinwheel.

7.)  Select a contrasting button and tie a bow with embroidery floss.  Attach button to pinwheel with Tombow Xtreme Adhesive Tab

8.)  Trim photo to fit frame.  Stamp Background Basics Picnic stamp on a 1" strip of green cardstock with Limelight Ink, then stamp sentiment with Night Ink.  Color a small heart with Tombow Dual Brush Pen.

9.)  Attach four pinwheels to top of frame with Tombow Xtreme Adhesive Tabs.

Here is the Blog Hop line up in case you get lost:
Ann
Larissa
Einat 
Zoey

Steph


Thanks for joining us on this creative blog hop today!  I hope that you have enjoyed all of the inspiration!

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For more project ideas, tips, tricks and techniques!

Thanks for stopping by!  -Beth 

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Back to School Craft: Vintage Ruler Picture Frame

It's the Back to School edition of Craft Lightning.  You can see more amazing 15 minute back to school crafts by clicking the LINK at the bottom of this post.  Don’t forget to follow along with our Hosts at The Country Chic Cottage,  30 Minute Crafts and Me and My Inklings to see all of the Back to School projects.






I had hoarded collected these cute vintage inspired rulers from Seven Gypsies several years ago and they have been waiting in my craft stash for just the right project.  Now is their time to shine!  This project was completely crafted in under 15 minutes and from my existing stash!





Now, on to my project:

Materials:



Instructions:


STEP ONE:  Paint the unfinished wooden frame with Lamp Black, let dry.  Distress the Black and White Ruler pieces with Chocolate Brown, let dry.






STEP TWO:  Measure and cut your sections on ruler, then dry fit on the frame.  Once you are pleased with the layout then glue all pieces in place with Aleene's Tacky Glue.  Set aside to dry.







STEP THREE:  Thread black twine through vintage button and tie in a knot.  Attach button to flower and burlap flower to frame.






I inserted a piece of dictionary paper with BACK TO SCHOOL written on it and will insert the First Day of School photo when the kids go back in August!

Follow this link to check out all of the Back to School inspiration!










  Thanks for stopping by!  -Beth

Monday, June 15, 2015

Simple and Elegant Lace Covered Wedding Card Suitcase


Create a simple and elegant lace covered suitcase that can be used for the Card Box at the reception, then becomes a keepsake for the Bride to incorporate into her Home Decor!

Pick up a faux Suitcase from your local craft store, they come in all shapes and sizes, so select one that best suits the size of the Wedding.  The cotton lace trim comes next, now selecting the lace trim will take longer than 15 minutes, because of all of the choices!  I selected 3 yards of  a 2" wide and 2 yards of a 1" wide Cluney Lace Trim.

Adhere the trim with Tombow MONO Aqua Liquid Glue to the top and sides of the suitcase, let dry, THEN trim around the edges with fine detail scissors.  Apply additonal glue to keep edges from fraying, let dry.

Attach self adhesive canvas letters to the inside lid of the suitcase, open and display on the Gift Table at the Wedding Reception to collect all of the well wishes from your guests!

All week long Angie from the Country Chic Cottage, Carolina from 30 Minute Crafts and Katie from Sweet Rose Studio, along with some crafty friends are sharing fast and elegant ways you can make any wedding memorable and stunning in no time flat!  Click on the box below to take you around on this Craft Lightning Wedding blog hop!


Thanks for stopping by and remember to visit each day to check out the Wedding Inspiration! -Beth





Monday, June 1, 2015

Puppy and Kitty Party for my special 5 year old Niece!

Welcome to the Designer Crafts Connection First Monday in June Blog Hop!  Our theme this month is PARTY and I have the CUTEST Puppy and Kitty Party ideas to share with you today!

We made Puppy and Kitty ears out of Kunin Eco-Fi Rainbow ClassicFelt™ attached to dollar store headbands.  Name Collars created with ribbon, tags and markers.


Name Collars for the soon-to-be-adopted Puppies and Kitties created from pipe cleaners and beads - easy for little fingers to string!


Puppy prints made from each of the kids foot prints with some marker, wiggle eyes, ribbon and sticker embellishments.


Adoption certificates created from an online file, I found here at the Chickabug Blog.  Plus a cute Kitty craft stick project colored with washable markers instead to keep the mess in check.


The kids LOVED playing in this doghouse created from a large cardboard box, craft paint and construction paper roof shingles!


Momma and big sister created this Pen from a cardboard box, craft paint and string, for the Puppies and Kitties to wait in for their newly adopted parents to pick them up!


Plain goodie bags were dressed up with construction paper ears, whiskers, noses and wiggle eyes, then labeled with the kids' names!


I created some cute centerpieces from plain wooden shapes that I found at my local craft store and dressed up with some craft paint.



Momma brought out her specialty - the CAKE!  Homemade from scratch and yummy, this Birthday Girl had TWO CAKES - the Kitty cake was vanilla and the Puppy cake was chocolate!!

Now it is time to HOP around to the see what the other Designers have created using our PARTY theme!  I can't wait to see the creative inspiration!  Use the Designer Crafts Connection navigation tool on the right hand side of my side bar to HOP FORWARD and HOP BACK through the ring.  

You can also visit the Designer Crafts Connection BLOG to see a round-up of all of the projects together!

Thanks for stopping by!  -Beth


Sunday, May 31, 2015

Faux Quilted Pencil Case with Ann Butler Designs


Happy Sunday and last day of May, everyone! Summer is almost here and I can't wait to fill this pencil case with fun supplies and do some crafting on the go!



The Design Team was recently challenged by Ann Butler, to stamp on fabric and, well, I have to admit, I kind of went a bit overboard!  I looked around my studio to find a handful of fabric items and stamped them ALL!



I think the most fun I had was stamping on this plain canvas pencil case AND stamping this cute scribbly bird on felt!


Here's how I made it!

Ink a scrap of white felt with ColorBox Crafter's® Ink by Ann Butler in Aquamarine, let dry.  Ink up the ColorBox® Background Basic Doily Picnic Stamp by Ann Butler with ColorBox Crafter's® Ink by Ann Butler in Ocean Breeze, let dry.  Place standing bird from the Scribbly Bird Stamp Set by Dina Wakely Media from Ranger Ink on an acrylic block, ink with ColorBox Crafter's® Ink by Ann Butler in Night, let dry.  Color in beak and legs with yellow craft paint, let dry.  Place self-adhesive half pearl for eye.  Fussy cut and set aside.


Ink up the ColorBox® Background Basic Doily Picnic Stamp by Ann Butler with ColorBox Crafter's® Ink by Ann Butler in Berry, mist with water and then stamp in center of pencil case,let dry.


Ink up the ColorBox® Background Basic Diamonds Stamp by Ann Butler with ColorBox Crafter's® Ink by Ann Butler in Tangerine, mist with water and then stamp on the left side of pencil case, let dry.  Repeat, stamping on the right side of the pencil case.

Mimic the scribbly bird lines around the outside edge of the quilt blocks with Tombow USA MONO Twin Permanent Marker.  Attach scribbly bird to pencil case with Tombow USA MONO Multi Liquid Glue, let dry.

Fill with your favorite craft supplies, like yummy colored pencils and ENJOY!!

Thanks for stopping by!  -Beth