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 - 


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:


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

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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:



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

Friday, May 29, 2015

Meet me in the Sunshine Friend - Inspirational Canvas

Good Friday morning and WELCOME to the Tombow USA and Paper Issues Blog Hop!

You probably got here from Paper Issues but if you stumbled across my blog go the Paper Issues Blog to start!

I am not a traditional scrapbooker, card maker or paper crafter, instead I love to work in the Home Dec and three dimensional world of crafting, so on to my PATCHWORK CANVAS project!

Here's how I made it:

The Tombow USA Design Team received the Paper Issues March Swag Bag (monthly mini embellishments kit) and 12x12 paper from Webster's Pages and Crate Paper - YUMMY!  I loved that all of the papers had a similar color scheme and that YELLOW was a reoccurring color, so I decided to cut all of the Swag Bag papers up and create a Patchwork Canvas!

I have been very into creating from my craft stash recently, so I selected an 8" by 8" Walnut Hollow Basswood Canvas and went to town measuring and cutting and piecing the papers together until I was happy with the composition.

Next, squeeze out several dollops of Tombow USA MONO Aqua Liquid Glue on to the canvas, then spread evenly with the notched rubber broad tip.  The MONO Aqua Liquid Glue is acid free and photo safe, so it is PERFECT for applying paper to wood.  And there was no wrinkling or bubbling of the papers - another reason to LOVE Tombow USA products - SCORE!  

TIP:  Since I had so many edges, I burnished them gently with my bone folder to obtain a good adhesion.

Continue to add MONO Aqua Liquid Glue and paper until the front of the canvas is covered.

I wanted a bold contrast for the sides of the canvas, so I selected Webster's Pages These are the Days paper by Megan Hoeppner
Measure and cut four rectangles to fit the sides of the canvas and attach with MONO Aqua Liquid Glue, burnish edges and let dry.

On to embellishing (one of my FAVORITE things!).  My March Swag Bag also contained a yellow printed doily, "I am" chipboard frame, gold button, gold stars and stickers.  Which I paired with Tombow USA 3D Foam Tabs to create a dimensional flower for the corner of my canvas.

I created "leaves" for my flower from additional papers and stickers, then attached them with Tombow USA Adhesive Dots  These Adhesive Dots are colored, so they are easy to see on your work surface, as well as on your projects!

I had these cool Amy Tan foam Thickers in my stash as well and what a fun statement - "meet me in the sunshine friend"  The Paper Issues March Swag Bag was filled with gold stars, hearts and arrows plus two sheets of great stickers and I think that they are the perfect addition to finish off my Patchwork Canvas!

Here is a detail of the finished Flower...

Now on to the FUN STUFF - PRIZES!!

The Tombow USA prize includes: Tombow Mono Adhesive Permanent, NEW Tombow Adhesive Dots, Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue and Tombow Mono Aqua Liquid Glue.

The Paper Issues prize: $20 Gift Card to the Paper Issues Shop

To win, visit and comment on the participating blog posts AND go to the Paper Issues Facebook Page and tell us which project was your favorite! You have until May 12 at 11:59 EST to comment. A winner will be picked randomly and announced on May 13, 2015.

Remember to “Like” Tombow USA and Paper Issues on Facebook!


Here is the line up in case you get lost.

YOU ARE HERE  Beth Watson
GO HERE NEXT  Kathy Skou
Tombow USA Blog

THANKS for stopping by!  -Beth

Tombow USA and Waffle Flower BLOG HOP!

HAPPY FRIDAY and WELCOME to the Waffle Flower and Tombow USA Blog Hop!!

This week Tombow USA is teaming up with Waffle Flower Crafts to bring you a blog hop full of inspiration! Make sure you visit Tombow USA and Waffle Flower on Facebook and tell them how much you loved this Blog Hop!

You probably hopped over here from Tessa Wise's blog but if not, please go back to the beginning of the hop at the Waffle Flower Blog so you don't miss any of the inspirational projects!

Here's how I made my Feathered Wreath:

Die cut approximately 30 large feathers and 30 small feathers from the Wafffle Flower Feather More Die Set using a variety of robins egg blue and turquoise patterned papers.  The Waffle Flower Dies are thin metal dies, that cut 2 layers of cardstock at a time - great for a project like this!

Place medium feather from the Waffle Flower Feather More Stamp Set on a clear acrylic stamp block.  Ink up stamp with Ranger Distress Inks Evergreen Bough, Broken China, Peacock Feathers, Faded Jeans and Salty Ocean.  The waffle Flower Stamps are a great quality and transfer the ink to the paper evenly without having to use a lot of pressure.

Repeat with large feather from the Waffle Flower Feather More Stamp Set.  The clear stamps make it super easy to line up the stamped image with the die cut shape!

Paint the 6" wreath form with Americana paint by DecoArt in Bahama Breeze, let dry. Attach approximately 12 large feathers to the front and 12 large feathers to the back of the wreath form using Tombow USA Xtreme Permanent Adhesive.  The Tombow Xtreme Adhesive has a strong, permanent bond, so attaching cardstock to wood is no problem!

Apply Tombow USA 3D Foam Tabs in between the large feathers on the front of the wreath.  Using your thumb nail and fore finger, curl each feather slightly.  Peel back liner paper and attach 12 medium feathers.  Tombow 3D Foam Tabs have a strong bond and are great for giving dimension to any project!

Attach a second layer of  Tombow USA 3D Foam Tabs in between the first layer of medium feathers.  Curl and attach 12 more medium feathers.

Here is a detail of the layers of curled feathers.  Just that slight curl gives a three dimensional POP to the wreath.

Attach 4 medium and 2 large feathers with Tombow USA 3D Foam Tabs to center of wreath for added texture.  Accent random feathers using the Tombow USA MONO Glue Pen to "draw on" detail lines, then sprinkle with glitter for extra sparkle!  The Tombow MONO Glue Pen literally draws the glue on to your surface which is great for super fine details and hard to reach places!

Here is another detail photo, so you can really see the dimension and the glitter!  LOVE!

Now on to the FUN stuff - PRIZES!!

You have until June 5th, 2015 to comment and the winner will be announced on June 6th.

If you want an extra entry go to the Tombow USA Facebook Page and let them know what your favorite thing on this hop was!

YOUR NEXT STOP IS Katie Gehring's blog!

YOU ARE HERE Beth Watson 
GO HERE NEXT Katie Gehring 

Please visit my Instagram and Pinterest for additional Home Dec project inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by! -Beth