Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Faux Christmas Cookie Ornaments

Happy Wednesday everyone!  Up on the blog today is a fun hop called Craft Lightning Holiday Edition - everything is made in 15 minutes or less! How fun is that?  It is hosted by The Country Chic Cottage, 30 Minute Crafts and co-host Aunt Peaches.

One thing that I always have time for is Christmas Ornaments!  All shapes, sizes and colors - the options are endless!  Today I am featuring these Faux Christmas Cookie ornaments!  Made from craft foam and three dimensional fabric paint - they are QUICK, EASY and CUTE!  A great craft to make with the kiddos and the cost of the supplies won't break the bank either.

Faux Christmas Cookie Ornaments

Here is what you will need:

Here is how to make it:

1.)  Trace cookie cutter shapes onto craft foam.  Cut out with scissors.  Distress edges of cookies with Colorbox® Crafter's Ink by Ann Butler in Bark.  This gives your cookies that "just baked" look!

2.)  "Frost" cookies with Tulip® Dimensional Fabric Paint in True Red and White.  Accent with silver beads, sprinkle with clear chunky glitter and let dry.

3.) Embellish with Tulip® Dimensional Fabric Paint in Pistachio, let dry.

4.) Attach 8" length of gold cord to back of each cookie with  Aleene's® Original Tacky Glue®, let dry.

Now, here is the FUN part - click on the Craft Lightning button below and hop around to see what inspiration has been created!

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Handmade Holidays 2015 Blog Hop Keepsake PalletTree

Welcome to Day 2 of the 5th Annual Handmade Holidays Blog Hop!  

I am excited to be participating with this awesome group of creative friends that will inspire you with great gift ideas for the Holiday season!

As my Mom and Dad get older, the gifts that mean the most to them are keepsake gifts, so I have decorated this Pallet Tree with cherished photos of Christmases Past.  It was a fun walk down memory lane and I know my parents, siblings, nieces and nephews will get a kick out of the "vintage" photos.  Good times!

Now on to my project!

1.)  Stain the Pallet Tree by misting with water and applying Crafter's Ink in Limelight, Evergreen and Deep Woods over entire surface, sides and back.  Start with darkest color and end with lightest color.  Apply a second coat and re-ink pads, if necessary.  Let dry.  Stain trunk with Crafter's Ink in Bark.

2.) Mist wood again with water and allow the inks to bleed and seep into all of the nooks and crannies of the rough wood surface.  Blend in Limelight Crafter's Ink Refill on Colorbox Stylus with circle tip and stamp on surface of Pallet Tree.  Fill in edges using Stylus loaded with Evergreen and Deep Woods Crafter's Ink Refills.

3.) Color mini clothes pins with Tombow Dual Brush Pen in Crimson.  I love the Dual Brush Pens for quick projects, as they cover a variety of surfaces well and dry instantly.

4.)  Attach clothes pins to Pallet Tree with Tombow MONO Multi Liquid Glue, let dry.

5.)  Decorate your Pallet Tree with lines dots and squiggles of Tombow MONO Multi Liquid Glue.  Draw on, let dry to clear, then apply Colorbox Designer Foils.  The MONO Multi Liquid glue does not dry completely, but rather remains tacky which makes a perfect base for Designer Foils to adhere to.

6.)  Copy, trim and attach vintage Christmas photos to clothes pins.

Display your Pallet Tree and ENJOY the smiles that all of these wonderful memories bring to you and your family!

Side note:  I have to say that I was not at all sure how this technique would turn out, but I am so incredibly pleased with the results!  Misting the inks with water blended them together like butter and gave the piece such depth.  I LOVE IT and will definitely use this technique again!  Just make sure you leave plenty of drying time (at least over night).

Products and Materials Used:
Clearsnap® ColorBox Crafter's® by Ann Butler Inks and Refills - Limelight, Evergreen, Deep Woods and Bark
Clearsnap® ColorBox Designer Foils - Goldmine, Silver Fog and Lucky Penny
Clearsnap® ColorBox Stylus and Tips - Circle Tip and Oval Tip
Color Copies of Christmas Photos, Water Mister, Scissors, Pencil, Ruler, Paper Trimmer, Mini Clothes Pins (8).

Now on to the really FUN STUFF - PRIZES!!  Tombow USA is giving away a  great package of prizes, featuring Dual Brush Pens and Adhesives!  Enter through the Rafflecopter widget below from November 6th until November 15th!

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And EVEN MORE PRIZES!! The Handmade Holidays Blog Hop is having a giveaway of over $600 (Yes, I said $600, just look at the photo below!) in craft supplies to help you make this holiday handmade. Enter to win using the Rafflecopter widget below:

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A BIG THANK YOU to all of our sponsors!

Thanks for stopping by! -Beth

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

5 Thankful Projects Round-Up

It's the first Monday in November, so it is time for the Designer Crafts Connection blog hop!

This months theme is Thank You cards and gifts.  I am not much of a card maker, so I wanted to share 5 of my all time favorite "Thankful" Thank You gifts - great to make and give as a Hostess Gift for Thanksgiving - and easy enough to make with the kiddos!

First up is the Thankful Turkey Mason Jar Craft  Each family member writes a note about what they are thankful for and places it in the jar!

Second is the Thankful Banner  Scrapbook paper leaves are stitched together and each family member can write a note about what they are thankful for on each leaf!

Third is the Turkey Shelf Sitter.  A clay pot, wooden head, some fabric and felt come together to create this quick and easy craft you can make with your kids!

Fourth is the Turkey Place Cards   Made with scrapbook paper and punches, then embellished with googly eyes, chenille stems and rick rack!

Fifth is the Turkey Shelf Sitter.  Made from wooden pieces, stamped cardstock, some paint and tons of imagination!

I hope that you enjoyed my projects and they will inspire you to create cute Thank You gifts during this Thanksgiving season!

Now it is time to HOP around to see what THANKFUL CARDS & GIFTS 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!

Thanks for stopping by!  -Beth

Friday, September 18, 2015

Tombow USA & Stampendous BLOG HOP!

WELCOME to the Stampendous and Tombow BLOG HOP!.  Each of the designers were sent some wonderful products from Stampendous to create with!  I received this cute snowman stamp along with a matching die cutting and stencil/masking set, glitter and bling - and, of course, my markers and adhesives from Tombow!!  YUMMY!
I decided to get an early start on my Christmas ornaments this year with this cute and flaky Snowman in a Snowflake!  Living in Florida makes me miss all things snow, but I can build a snowman anytime of the year with Stampendous and Tombow!

Here's what you will need:
Maya Road 6" x 6" Sheer Snowflake Coaster Album; Archival Black Ink; White and Black Cardstock; Sizzix Big Shot; Scissors
Here's how to make it:
1.) Stamp the Snowman head, face and snowflakes with archival ink on white cardstock four times from the Stampendous Create Winter Stamp Set .
2.) Draw outlines and details on sheer snowflake coasters with Tombow MONO Multi Liquid Glue.  TIP: I used a piece of black cardstock, so I could see my snowflake more clearly.  Sprinkle with  Stampendous Winter Micro Glitter over black cardstock.  Tap off excess and place snowflake to the side to dry.  Fold cardstock in half and funnel remaining glitter back into container.  Repeat with all snowflakes.  Once first color is dry, add a second color of glitter to each snowflake.
3.) Add color to Snowman faces and snowflakes with Tombow Dual Brush Pens.  Shade the face and snowflakes with Sky Blue #451; carrot nose with Orange #933; coal eyes and mouth with Cool Grey 5 #N65.
4.) Die cut Snowman heads and snowflakes with Sizzix Big Shot using Stampendous Create Winter Die Cut Set.  These Stamp and Die Sets are amazing because they match up perfectly and make cutting out your images a piece of cake!  Apply Tombow 3D Foam Tabs to back of Snowman heads and snowflakes and attach to sheer snowflake coaster.  Repeat with all snowflakes.
5.) Embellish with Stampendous Dot Sparklers Turquoise.  Thread silver ribbon through hole in top of completed Snowflake Ornament and tie a bow.
These Snowman in a Snowflake ornaments were quick and easy to make, so create a blizzard for your family and friends this Holiday Season!
Now on to the GOOD STUFF - PRIZES!
There will be 2 prize packages that include:
A roll of Tombow Foam Tape
Your choice from Stampendous Create Fall, Create Christmas, Create Winter or Create a Poinsettia Cling Stamp set and Matching Dies
To win:
Have a US Mailing Address
Follow @tombowusa and @stampendous on Instagram
Follow Tombow USA and Stampendous on Pinterest
And comment on all the blog posts from both teams all week.  We’ll give you until Tuesday, September 22 to get all those great comments in, then we’ll choose 2 winners on Sept 23.

Here's the line up:

Thanks for stopping by!  -Beth

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Glow in the Dark Monster Eyes

I just love Halloween for all the crafty possibilities it brings and what better way to celebrate and showcase Halloween than with a week of Craft Lightning projects!

I love participating in this quick and crafty collaboration with other bloggers and I am so appreciative of the Hosts: Angie from the Country Chic Cottage, Carolina from 30 Minute Crafts AND for this edition of Craft Lightning there's guest host Jen Goode, from 100 Directions!

Click on the link at the end of my post to check out all of the other great 15 minute Crafts from the bloggers participating this week!

Now on to my project - Glow in the Dark Monster Eyes!

Here's what you will need:
Paint Brushes - 1" flat wash and #4 round, pencil, 8" Circle Template and 4" Circle Template (I used a dessert plate and a drinking glass).

Here's how to make it:
1.) Base coat both half balls with Glow in the Dark Paint, let dry.
2.) Trace 8" circle in center of each half ball to create pupil.  Trace 4" circle in center of 8" circle to create iris.
3.) Paint 8" circle Lavender, let dry.  Outline with jagged lines in Lemonade, let dry.
4.) Paint 4" circle Lamp Black, let dry.  Outline with Desert Turquoise, let dry.
5.) Create bloodshot veins with dimensional fabric paint, let dry.

Insert your creepy Monster Eyes in a shrub, vine or bush in the front yard to let all of the neighbors know why "I always feel like somebody's watching me!"

The Monster Eyes will also make the trick-or-treaters do a double take when walking up to your front door!

They are quick and easy to make and are a great project to tackle with your kids.  Make several sets in different sizes and colors to create an entire gang of monsters for Halloween!

Now it is time to click on the link below and discover all of the Craft Lightning 15 Minute Halloween Crafts that all of my designer friends have created this week!

Thanks for stopping by!  -Beth

Thursday, August 13, 2015


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