Friday, July 25, 2014

Ann Butler Designs and Cool2Cast BLOG HOP!

I was given a great opportunity recently from being on the Ann Butler Designer Team of working with Tiffany Windsor's Cool2Cast product - and COOL it is!  Tiffany has great videos, tutorials and tons of project ideas to explore!  Check it out.  And, of course, everyone knows that I am in LOVE with The Faux Quilting Stamps from Ann Butler Designs - finally even I can quilt!

Now on to my project!

Americana Paint by DecoArt in Buttermilk, Light Buttermilk, Sand, Bleached Sand, Butterscotch, Mulberry, Black Plum, Georgia Clay, Fawn, Honey Brown, Burnt Sienna and Light Cinnamon.  
Ranger Ink Tim Holtz Mini Distress Pad in Broken China.
Wilton Candy Mold #2115-1561 Seashells.
Glass Votive Candle Holders - 2. 
Votive Candles - 2. 
Container with lid, room temperature tap water, kraft card stock, acrylic stamp block, paint brushes, palette, water basin, paper towels, Emory board, 1/2 and 1/4 measuring cups.

Following directions on the Cool2Cast package, measure, mix and pour the casting medium into your molds.  I used 1/2 cup of casting medium to 1/4 cup of water and it was just enough to fill both of my molds.

Fill to the top edge of your molds, being careful not to overfill.  Let set 24 hours.

Pop shapes from molds.  Sand off any rough edges.  I used an Emory Board.

Paint shell and starfish shapes with Americana paints by DecoArt.  I used real shells that I had collected on the beach as my inspiration, but you could use photos from the internet.

Stamp two rows of the Stripes Stamp from the 2" Stripes.Dots.Hearts stamp set from Ann Butler Designs with the stripes all running vertically.  Stamp two more rows alternating vertical and horizontal position.

Position the shells on the stripes until you are pleased with the placement.  Cut out the stamped strips with scissors, apply Tombow Stamp Runner Adhesive to back of strip and wrap two strips around the outside of the glass votive holder.  Repeat with second votive.

Attach shells to front of votive candle holders with Tombow Power Adhesive Tabs.  Insert votives, lite and enjoy!  I am addicted to this Cool2Cast Casting Medium and plan on creating a bunch of "COOL" projects!

Please HOP around to the participating Designers listed below to see what wonderful things they have created with their Ann Butler Designs products and Cool2Cast!  Scroll down to get the details about the GIVEAWAY!
Please leave a comment on my blog, as well as all of the other Designer's blogs for a chance to win some fabulous products from Tiffany and Cool2Cast!  A 1 lb. jar of Cool2Cast, Jewerly Molds and Pre-Poured pieces.

Thanks for stopping by! - Beth

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Burlap Fabric Blog Hop - Burlap Wreath Tutorial

The Designers In the Designer Craft Connection were recently invited to participate in a blog hop with  We were sent a big box of goodies and I was immediately drawn to a large piece of denim blue burlap fabric called Billow Blue - love that name!  I have always wanted to create a rustic wreath with burlap and this has been the perfect opportunity!

It was quick and easy and I didn't need that many supplies, so here's how I made it:



Cut a section of the Billow Burlap Fabric 16" wide by 2 yards long.

Gather the burlap fabric in a circle and place the wreath on top.  Leave the the plastic on the straw wreath for a cleaner project and work space!  Fold over the raw edges and secure to the back with greening pins.

Continue to gather the burlap fabric while folding over and secure every few inches with the greening pins.

Cut a section of the red jute webbing 24" long, fold in half, overlapping 4" in the back to form a loop.  Gather and secure with a 12" piece of wire.  Wrap red twine around the center to hide the wire.  Cut 2 lengths of red jute webbing 12" long each and fish tail one end on each piece.  Attach bow and tails to wreath with greening pins.

Stamp a W on the linen favor bag with red ink.  Pull draw strings and attach under bow to wreath with a greening pin.

Hang and enjoy!!! is offering a prize package valued at over $100 which includes a fabulous variety of natural and colored burlap yardage, ribbons, embellishments and totes.  There are several ways to enter - leave a comment here on my blog, follow the DCC Facebook page, via the website and

Here is the link to enter the prize giveaway drawing
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Monday, July 7, 2014

Tangled Party Games and Decorations!

Today is the first Monday in July and it is time for the Designer Crafts Connection Blog Hop!  This month's theme is PARTY DECOR, so I thought that I would share all of the decorations, games and crafts that were created for Josie's 4th Birthday Tangled Party!  

We started out creating braids that the kids could all wear and decorate with flowers and butterflies!  Heavy duty yellow yarn from the craft store that was braided, then secured around each child's head with glue.  Flowers were attached by their wire stems.

Next we had a cute photo booth, where we took photos of all of the girls in their "Tangled" braids - SMILE!  (Even Mom got in on the Photo Booth!)
Photo booth frame was purchased at the craft store and painted with purple acrylic paint.

We crafted yellow and purple paper lanterns!
Construction paper lanterns decorated with glitter crayons and stickers, then secured together with a few strategically placed staples!

We made glittering sun centerpieces for the food and gift tables!
Wooden sun shapes discovered at the craft store then painted with acrylic paint and glitter.  "Planted" in clay pots with tissue paper "soil"

And a banner that said - "BEST DAY EVER!"
Crafted with purple cardstock and ribbon

Treat bags were topped with cute tapestry style artwork that we found online (copywrite free, of course)!

The girls had a scavenger hunt that ended with them all finding "Gleam and Glow Flowers"!
Yellow silk flowers embellished with lots and lots of glitter!

We even had a Tangled valence over the window!
Created from two plastic party tablecloths and some purple ribbon!

Of course there was a pink and purple castle cake that the Birthday girl's Mom made - it was YUMMY!

Now it is time to HOP around to the other Designer Crafts Connection blogs to see all of the wonderful handmade gifts they have created!  Just use the DCC navigation box on my right hand tool bar to HOP FORWARD or HOP BACK through the Blog Ring!

Stop back by on July 13th to view all of the great projects that will be created for the Burlap Fabric Blog Hop AND to enter the giveaway!

Thanks for stopping by!  -Beth

Monday, June 2, 2014

Handmade Gifts for the GRADUATE!

Today is the first Monday in June and that means it is time for the Designer Crafts Connection Blog Hop and this month's theme is handmade gifts!

My good friend's daughter graduated from High School this past weekend in Orlando and Saturday they had a large celebration for her.  Such an exciting time, especially since she will be attending FGCU in the Fall which is down here by me in Fort Myers!

Her Mom wanted me to create a WISH JAR, which I thought was such a great idea.  All the guests write a special wish or words of wisdom for the graduate on slips of paper and leave them for her in a jar to remind her of home when she is away at college!

I personalized an apothocary jar with her school colors - black, purple and silver - the initials of her High School, her name and the year she graduated.  This will be a keepsake that I am sure she will cherish for years to come!

I have known the graduate since she was little, so I wanted to make her a personal piece of art that she could take with her to decorate her dorm room.  Something inspirational and colorful.  She LOVED it!  <3 p="">

I also wanted to make sure that she would have everything she needed to start her college life, so I got her a gift card and created this cute Graduation Cap gift box.  I used a 4" round paper mache box, a 6" by 6" square of black craft foam, a skein of purple embroidery floss and a brad.  Quick and easy to make!

I hope you have enjoyed my Graduation Gifts!  

Now it is time to HOP around to the other Designer Crafts Connection blogs to see all of the wonderful handmade gifts they have created!  Just use the DCC navigation box on my right hand tool bar to HOP FORWARD or HOP BACK through the Blog Ring!

Thanks for stopping by!  -Beth

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Faux Quilted Butterfly Chalkboard Sign

Excited to be a part of this Ann Butler Designs and Walnut Hollow Blog Hop!

I have been crafting with Walnut Hollow wood products for as long as I can remember.  Great quality wood surfaces, wood burning tools and fabulous customer service!

And by now you all know how obsessed  enthusiastic I am about the Ann Butler Design Faux Quilting Stamps!  While searching and pinning all kinds of quilt patterns and quilt blocks I came across this Butterfly quilt block and fell in LOVE.  It is the PERFECT accent to the Mini Hinged Sign from Walnut Hollow.  Don't you just love it when two worlds collide like that to create a great design?  I know I do!

Now, on to my project!

  • Ann Butler Designs {Faux Quliting} Stamp sets - 2″ Diamonds & Plaid and 1" Diamonds & Plaid.
  • Colorbox Crafter’s® Ink by Ann Butler - full size ink pads in Tangelo, Lilac, Aquamarine, Sunshine, Berry and Limelight.
  • Walnut Hollow - Hinged Sign, mini.  
  • Tombow - Xtreme Permanent Adhesive Runner
  • I love to Create - Aleene's® Original Tacky Glue®
  • Americana Paints by DecoArt - Chalkboard Paint.
  • Core' Dinations Core Essentials 6 x 6 Pastel Cardstock.
  • Paint Brush, Acrylic Stamp Block, Scissors, Sanding Block, White Cardstock, Black Wire 24 Gauge, Wire Cutters, Pencil

    1.)  Smooth all edges of Hinged Sign with sanding block.  Remove fine saw dust with damp paper towel.  Apply two even coats of Chalkboard Paint, according to directions and let dry for 24 hours.

    2.)  Select pastel paper to coordinate with the Ann Butler Crafters Inks, then stamp two 2" Triangles, one 1" Triangle and two 1" Squares.  Use photos above as a guide for placement of stamps on paper.

    3.)  Cut out Faux Quilting shapes and dry fit two sets on work surface until you create the color and pattern combinations that you are happy with.  Attach first set to white cardstock with Xtreme Permanent Adhesive Runner (this stuff ROCKS!).  Cut out with scissors.  Attach wire antennae and second set to backside of white cardstock.  Fold in center to crease and attach to top of Hinged Sign with Tacky Glue, let dry.

    4.)  Write a message on your Faux Quilted Chalkboard Sign and enjoy!

    This sign is so versatile and it could be used in so many different ways - as a cheery greeting in your front entry; as table numbers for a Wedding; as a menu sign in your kitchen or even as a Teacher appreciation gift - the possibilities are endless!

    Here are the links for the Designers participating in our Blog Hop today.  Please hop through and check out all of the wonderful and creative projects!

    There is also an Ann Butler Designs Giveaway - here are the rules to enter:
    To Enter for the giveaway please leave a comment.  For each blog you leave a comment on your name will be entered into the giveaway drawing, so be sure to check out the entire Blog Hop for more chances to win!

    There is also a giveaway over on the Walnut Hollow blog, so check that out too!

    Thanks for stopping by!  -Beth

    Monday, May 19, 2014

    MAY FLOWERS Hydrangea "Chandelier" Tutorial

    May is here and so are the colorful flowers everywhere.  I have always LOVED hydrangeas, so having the chance to work with the Borders & Hydrangeas die by Eileen Hull was a dream come true.  Now I can enjoy my hydrangeas all year round with this cute "chandelier".

    Sizzix Bigz Die by Eileen Hull - Borders & Hydrangeas
    Sizzix Bigz Die by Eileen Hull - Ribbon 3-D
    Sizzix Bigz Die by Eileen Hull - Leaves
    Sizzix Big Shot Machine
    Smoothfoam balls - 3" (1), 2 1/2" (1) and 2" (1)
    Americana paint by DecoArt -Purple Cow
    Cardstock - four shades of purple, two shades of pink and three shades of green, paper trimmer, ribbon 8" (3), pearl head straight pins, paint brush, mouse pad, Tonic Paper Piercing tool, wooden skewers (3)

    1.)  Insert skewers in Smoothfoam balls and paint with Purple Cow, let dry by placing in a cup or glass.

    2.)  Trim four shades of purple cardstock to fit just the hydrangea section of the Borders and Hydrangea die (2 1/2" by 6") and die cut.  Repeat with three shades of green cardstock and Leaves die (5" by 6") and die cut.  Repeat with two shades of pink cardstock and Ribbon 3-D die (6" by 6") and die cut.  This is a good way to mix and match and use up your scraps!

    3.)  Turn mouse pad upside down on work surface.  Lay out hydrangea flowers and using the rounded end of the piercing tool or paint brush handle, rub a circle in the center of each flower.  This will give the flowers shape.

    4.)  Layer hydrangea flowers (two at a time) and secure with pearl head straight pin.  Repeat until all three Smoothfoam balls are covered. 

    5.)  Fold each section of ribbon in half and secure with straight pin to top of 3" ball.  Repeat and connect all three balls. 

    6.) Fold bow section of Ribbon 3-D die in thirds and thread on to a straight pin, trim stem from leaves and thread on to the pin then insert in to the top of the largest foam ball.  Repeat with the middle and smallest foam balls.

    Hang and enjoy!

    If you would like to enter this month's challenge, here is the information.

    You could win an awesome PRIZE!

    The Art with Heart Challenge is a monthly celebration of creativity!  Each month the Inspiration Team will be showcasing their Art with Heart created with Eileen Hull’s innovative Sizzix dies. They will be following a broad theme left entirely open to creative interpretation.  We invite you to play along with us and share YOUR art with heart!

    We want this to be a place for everyone to create, inspire and share.  We would love to see what you can do with Eileen Hull’s fabulous products but this is not a requirement.  Use what ever products your artful “heart” desires.  Art is for everyone so come along and share your Art with Heart!

    We want you all to create freely there are no rules here, just a few simple guidelines…

    1.) Create a new project following the Art with Heart Challenge Theme (however you interpret the theme) OR if you have created something that fits the theme previously create a new post with a photo and link to the original post.  

    2.) Include a link to the current Art with Heart Challenge in your post so others can play along too!

    *Buttons and graphics are available for you to display in your sidebar if you would like to help us spread the word :)

    3.) When linking up your project please include a direct link to your post.

    4.) You are not required to use Eileen Hull Products in your projects.  However, those who do use Eileen Hull products will be given two entries into the prize draw.

    That’s it!  So get going, get creative and share your Art with Heart!

    Be sure to come back each week on Tuesday to see more creative project ideas from the Inspiration Team and check out the latest entries in the challenge.

    Now it’s your turn to share some inspiration by sharing YOUR creations!  You have until May 29, 2014 to link up your projects HERE! for a chance to win the Eileen Hull Picket Fence die as a prize.  The winner and Top 3 will be announced on May 30, 2014.  

    In the meantime the Inspiration Team will be bringing you more creative projects and inspiration every Tuesday on Eileen's Blog HERE!  

    I can’t wait to see your Art with Heart!

    Thanks for stopping by -Beth