Friday, May 27, 2016

Tombow USA and Altenew Blog Hop!

Hello and Welcome to the Tombow USA and Altenew Blog Hop! We have a great day of inspiration ahead of us. Make sure you leave a comment on all the blogs for the chance to win one of 4 prizes!

I was blown away by the detail in the Beautiful Day stamp set from Altenew and just knew I wanted to do a Tombow Dual Brush Pen watercolor technique - so, on to my project!

I am always looking for inspiring ways to wrap a gift as I think the packaging should be as special as the gift inside.  I have several friends who have daughters graduating from high school this June and thought that these sewn book page "pillows" would be the perfect way to wrap such a milestone gift.
Altenew features high quality photopolymer stamps that produce a crisp and clean image, even on the thinnest of detailed lines within the image.  I started out by stamping each image four times on smooth white card stock with black archival ink.

I always start my coloring projects with a color chart.  This way I can make sure that I like all of my color combinations before I start coloring my images.  I have included my color chart in the photo above.  Then I begin coloring with the lightest colors first.  Tombow Dual Brush Pens # 761 and 993.
Next I accented with Tombow Dual Brush Pen # 703.

I finished the main Peony flower with the darkest pink Tombow Dual Brush Pen # 815. 

The leaves and greenery were colored with Tombow Dual Brush Pens # 192 and 312.

And the berries with Tombow Dual Brush Pens # 553 and 533.

The next step is creating the watercolor effect, which is super easy since Tombow Dual Brush Pens are water based markers - you just add WATER!  Check out my Instagram video HERE to see the water color process!

Select your book pages.  Mine are vintage, so they are a bit heavier and approximately 8" by 10".  I gave the edges a fancy touch with my scallop pinking shears.  Place two book pages together and sew three edges.  Gently open and fill your "pillow" with your gift of choice.  I have included a gift card, some tissue paper and confetti.  Then sew the fourth side, closing the pillow.

Fussy cut your stamped and colored images, then arrange them on the top of the pillow with a lovely Altenew Antique Trim frame.  Attach with Tombow Xtreme Adhesive.  Wrap with stain ribbon and finish by tying on a tag created with one of the sentiments from the Beautiful Day stamp set - "Wish You the Most Beautiful Day".

I think that this makes such an elegant presentation for a simple item like a gift card.  This packing would be perfect for a Bridal Shower or even a Wedding Gift.  The possibilities are endless!


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Thanks for stopping by!  -Beth

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Preppy Wreath with Smoothfoam Ruled Wreath form

Trends for Summer continue to feature neon and preppy themes that were popular in the 80’s but have been completely re-imagined and refined for 2016!
I have always been preppy at heart, being a child of the 80’s, so I designed this wreath to feature the argyle pattern that I wore on sweaters and many pairs of socks!  I chose a neon color scheme to give it an updated and modern twist, but you can create a wreath with any color scheme or holiday color scheme you desire – BE CREATIVE!

Materials Needed:
1.) Measure and cut 4” wide strips of Polyester Quilt Batting.  Wrap around Smoothfoam Ruled Wreath, securing ends with Straight Pins.  Measure and cut 4” wide strips of cut by the yard Kunin™ Eco-fi Classicfelt™ in Charcoal Grey.  Wrap around wreath, securing ends with Straight Pins.
TIP:  Ruled Wreaths make design and layout simple.  Smoothfoam has molded lines and numbers into the foam to make creating easy.  Even numbers on one side and odd numbers on the other!  These brand new wreaths are round and will not break like traditional Styrofoam wreaths when shipped or dropped.  Proudly made in the USA!
2.) Cut 8 Diamonds from Kunin™ Eco-Fi™ Classicfelt™ Candy Pink.  Attach Mini Polar Puff to all four edges of each diamond with Tombow MONO Multi Liquid Glue, let dry.  Attach diamonds to wreath starting at 12 o’clock, 3 o’clock, 6 o’clock and 9 o’clock.  Fill in the remaining four diamonds, centered in the empty spaces.
3.) Measure and CAREFULLY cut the Schlange Sequin in sixteen 8” lengths.  Secure all edges with a dot of Tombow MONO Multi Liquid Glue, so the Sequins don’t unravel.  Attach two lengths of Sequins in an “X” pattern across the center of each diamond with Tombow MONO Multi Liquid Glue, let dry.
4.) Measure and cut eight 8” lengths of Black Middy Rick Rack.  Attach to spaces between argyle patterns on Charcoal Grey Felt with Tombow MONO Multi Liquid Glue, let dry.  Trace and cut five triangles from Kunin™ Eco-Fi™ Classicfelt™ Neon Green.  Attach to a 16” length of Black Middy Rick Rack, using Tombow MONO Multi Liquid Glue, let dry.  Attach Pink Canvas Letters spelling HELLO.  Attach banner to inside edge of wreath using Tombow MONO Multi Liquid Glue and Straight Pins, letting ends of trim dangle.  Attach remaining lengths of other trimmings with Tombow MONO Multi Liquid Glue and Straight Pins.
5.) Hang and Enjoy!
And be sure to check out the DESIGNER CRAFTS CONNECTION BLOG for the Link Up and FACEBOOK PAGE as well for tons more inspiration!
Thanks for stopping by!  -Beth

Friday, May 20, 2016

Notebook Paper Inspired Teacher Appreciation Book Bag

May is Teacher Appreciation Month, so I have created this cute book bag inspired by notebook paper for that special teacher!

Shout-out to Mrs. Hillary at Burns Middle School in Brandon, Florida!

Start with a plain canvas tote bag - mine is 16" square from Canvas Corp Brands.

Measure and draw horizontal lines across the width with a pencil - I started 3" from the top with the lines in 1" increments.

Mark two vertical margin lines at 1/4" apart, 2" in from the left side. To make the binder holes on the left, draw a small circle at the first line, a middle line and the last line.

Trace over all the pencil marks with fine-point permanent markers - red for the margin lines, blue for the writing lines, and black for the binder holes. 

Spell out your favorite teacher's name with Joy iron-on embroidered letters. Iron them on according to the package directions. I like to use a flat craft iron without steam holes for better adhesion.

Fill your Teacher Appreciation Book Bag with great BOOKS (of course) and give it to that special teacher!

Be sure to check out my Instagram for even more inspiration.

Thanks for stopping by!  -Beth

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Quick and Easy Mason Jar Crafts for Father's Day!

Happy Wednesday!

Today I will be sharing my Quick and Easy Mason Jar Crafts for Father's Day.

This project is part of Craft Lightning – Father’s Day. A whole week of 15-minute or less crafts that make great Father’s Day gifts! Carolina from 30 Minute Crafts is co-hosting this series with Angie from The Country Chic Cottage and Danielle from Busy Mom’s Helper. Check out ALL Father’s Day gift ideas by clicking on the Craft Lightning link at the bottom of my post.  There will be new projects posted each day this week from lots of crafty folks who are joining in!

Gather some Mason Jars and empty toilet paper tubes.  Squash the TP tubes and attach Tombow Xtreme Tabs to the bottom.  Insert in the Mason Jar, adhesive side down to secure.

Insert a Gift Card for Dad in the squashed TP tube.  The tubes are just wide and tall enough to accommodate a gift card.  And what a great way to recycle!

Fill the Mason Jars with Candy, Peanuts and Golf Tees.  You won't use quite so much candy with the TP tube filler AND Dad will have an extra surprise when he opens the Mason Jar!

Create cute Gift Tags with a variety of letter stickers from your stash.  We used some ink mists to color the tag, then used three different letter stickers to create an interesting look!  Tie the tag to the top of the Mason Jar with coordinating ribbon!  

Your Quick and Easy Mason Jar Crafts for Father's Day are ready to give.  This is a great craft to complete with the kiddos and only takes 15 minutes!  Let each kid pick the jar filling and craft up the gift tag for a personal touch.

Click the Craft Lightning link below to peruse the ton of crafty ideas that are being shared this week!

Thanks for stopping by!  -Beth

Monday, April 4, 2016

Holiday Icon Interchangeable Banner - April Flowers

I know that normally April Showers bring May flowers, but with all of the gloomy weather recently I needed to brighten things up with some beautiful blooms!  So, I am skipping the April Showers and switching it APRIL FLOWERS! 

Join me on the Designer Crafts Connection April Blog Hop!

You might remember THIS POST, where I shared my Holiday Icon Interchangeable Banner for St. Patrick's Day and Easter over on the Kunin Blog, but if not here are a few photos...

St. Patrick's Day is over and Easter is past, so the shamrocks and bunnies have been put away, but I wanted something new and fresh on my Canvas Corp Brands Burlap Shape Pocket banner, so I decided lavender flowers would be just the thing!

I cut out several flowers from a Sizzix die using my Big Shot machine from Kunin Eco-fi® Classicfelt™ Bright Lilac, Orchid and Purple.  This is a bigger die, so I could cut all three layers of felt at the same time.

Stack up the felt flowers largest to smallest and alternating colors for interest.  Sew bright yellow buttons to the center of the 2 smallest flowers in each grouping with embroidery floss.  Glue flower layers together and add a stem to the back of each flower with jumbo rick rack using Tombow MONO Multi Liquid Glue, let dry.

Attach Tombow Fastener Tabs (hook and loop tabs) to the back of the flowers, hang and enjoy!

Now it is time to HOP around to see what "April Showers Bring May Flowers" projects the other Designers have created!  Just click HOP FORWARD and HOP BACK links in the Designer Crafts Connection navigation tool on the right hand side of my blog!

And be sure to check out the DESIGNER CRAFTS CONNECTION BLOG for the Link Up and FACEBOOK PAGE as well for tons more inspiration!

Now if April Showers bring May Flowers, then what do May Flowers bring?  Leave me YOUR answer in the comments section! 

Thanks for stopping by!  -Beth

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Blog Hopping with Ann Butler Designs and ETI Resin

Happy Thursday everyone and Welcome to the Ann Butler Designs and ETI Resin Blog Hop! 

Today I will be sharing with you my Butterfly Quilt Block inspired jewelry box.  I love taking inspiration from actual quilt blocks when creating projects with Ann's line of Faux Quilting Stamps!

Crafting with resin has kind of become an obsession for me.  I scour the craft and thrift stores to see what items I can find and how I can incorporate resin into them.  Here is my latest find!

Now, on to my project:

Paint unfinished wooden box with Ann Butler Designs Iridescents Line in Onyx by Earth Safe Finishes, let dry.  Repeat with a second coat.  You can't really tell in the photos, but the Iridescents paints contain a shimmer that just makes this project GLOW!

Stamp the 2" triangles along the edge of the paper with points touching, as shown below.  Stamp the 1" triangle and square next to each other and then add a second square to the opposite side of the triangle, as shown below.

Cut out the shapes with scissors.  Match up contrasting colors on the top and bottom of your butterfly and then attach to black card stock with Tombow Mini Power Tape (sold exclusively at Michael's).  For detailed work, I like that this adhesive runner is tinted blue, so I can see exactly where it is placed.  Cut out complete butterfly with scissors.

Once you are pleased with the design placement, add wire antennae and letter stickers spelling out FLY.   Glue down and seal the stamped cardstock, wire and stickers with ETI Ultra-Seal. Make sure that you apply a nice heavy coat and let it dry overnight. You have to seal the all of the elements, so the resin does not seep underneath and discolor your project.

Prepare your project for resin by finding a level surface that is out of the way and line with waxed paper, a non-stick craft sheet or parchment paper.  Place your project on this surface.

Next mix the resin.  Pour equal parts of EnviroTex Lite resin and hardener into the plastic cup and stir for 2 minutes with wooden stick.  Make sure to scrap the bottom and the sides as you stir.  I used my cell phone to time my mixing.  Next, pour this mixture into a new plastic cup and stir for an additional 2 minutes with a new wooden stick.

Pour the resin onto your sealed wooden box lid, scrapping out all of the resin.  Spread resin out with wooden stick to make sure that all edges and corners are covered.  The resin will self level as it dries, so making sure that your surface is level is important.

The resin had a ton of bubbles in it this time and I thought my project was ruined.  First, I tried the "huff" method and breathed over the surface with my hot breath. This did not work very well.

I remembered that Ann uses a lighter to remove bubbles in her ETI Resin projects, so I tried that and it worked like a charm!

Attach additional 1" triangles in a variety of colors around the bottom edge of the wooden box with decoupage medium for

Here is close up of my finished project.  The resin looks just like glass and encases the elements in the lid perfectly!  I also like the contrast of the dark Onyx paint with the bright ink colors.

I hope you have enjoyed my project today!  I just love the sentiment of FLY - it is inspirational and to me means that the sky is limit!  Leave me a comment below with your favorite inspirational word.  
Now it's time to HOP around and see what the other talented designers have created!
Beth Watson - YOU ARE HERE
Einat Kessler - GO HERE NEXT

Check out the Ann Butler Design blog and the Resin Crafts blog for TONS more craftiness!

Thanks for stopping by!  -Beth

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Easter Craft Round Up - Sixteen of my favorite projects!

I love all of the Holidays and I especially love Holiday Crafting! 

Creating cute bunnies and chicks to wish everyone a Happy Easter is truly one of my joys in life. 

So, I have collected SIXTEEN of my all time favorite projects to share with you today!

Easter Bunny Faux Quilt block Gift Bags on the Ann Butler Designs Blog

Peter Cotton Tail Bunny Banner on the Kunin Felt Blog featuring Canvas Corp burlap banner panels

Easter Bunny Block Family over on the Smoothfoam Blog

Easter Candy Apothecary Jar over on the Tombow USA Blog 

Felt Carrot Easter Egg Basket over on the Kunin Felt Blog

Bunny Candy Dish created from Clay pots and Saucers, painted with Americana acrylics by DecoArt

Easter Basket created from a paper mache box

Cute Bunny and Chick name cards made from Smoothfoam and fancy Boucle Yarn

Easter candy treat cups made from upside down paper party cups!

Happy Easter Bunny Medallion to welcome guests at your front door.  Made from Smoothfoam

Sassy Easter Bunny crafted from a recycled and upcycled light bulb!

Easter Bunny night light upcycled from a vintage hurricane lamp

Easter gift bags, shaped then decorated with trims and craft foam

A recycled single serve cereal container makes a quick and easy Easter Basket

Clay pots transformed into a sweet Bunny and cute Chick are a great addition to your Easter decorations

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a very