Friday, February 5, 2016

Tombow and Stampendous BLOG HOP!

Hello and welcome to the Tombow USA and Stampendous! Blog Hop!

You probably came here from the wonderful blog of Wendy Price, but if you stumbled across my blog, please go to the Stampendous! blog to start!

Now, on to my project!

The stamps the Tombow Design Team received from Stampendous! were so beautiful and winsome, so I created this lovely Blooming Box to feature the Stampendous! Cling Feminine Face #CRW169 - isn't she beautiful?

Peel the Feminine Face stamp from the acetate (notice that there is a clear plastic cling material that the stamp is attached to) and place on clear acrylic stamp block. 

Stamp the Feminine Face onto plain white cardstock and book paper with black archival ink, let dry.  I also received the Stampendous! Cling Beautiful Braid CRR247 stamp, which is gorgeous as well.

I then proceeded to pull out my Tombow Recycled Colored Pencils and create a sample color template on my white paper.  I used this as a guide and colored in both faces on the white paper and the book paper.

Originally, I was going to create 2 gift bags, but decided that these lovely ladies needed something more permanent, so I used the Walnut Hollow Card Box #1704op from my craft stash.  Stain the outside of the unfinished wood card box with Tombow Dual Brush Pen #126 Light Olive using random strokes, then go back across with a baby wipe and blend out all of the pen strokes to create an even layer of transparent color (I LOVE this technique!).

Next ,we are on to the embellishments - DIY Flowers from Petaloo, again from my stash.  Cover your work surface with an old towel and lay out a variety of flowers.  Color the flowers loosely with assorted colors of Tombow Dual Brush Pens then mist with water and let the magic happen!  The colors will blend into a beautiful watercolor effect.  Let dry for several hours, or use your heat tool if you are impatient, like me!

Cut out your Feminine Female and attach to top of box with Tombow MONO Aqua Liquid Glue.  The MONO Aqua will not leave wrinkles in your paper, grabs fast, sets in just a few minutes and dries quickly.  Finish the cut edge of her neck with off white half pearls to create her very own necklace!

Dry fit your flowers onto the top of your card box to create a blooming head piece!  Once you are please with the composition, attach the bottom layer of flowers with Tombow MONO Aqua Liquid Glue.  Attach the second and third layers with Tombow Xtreme Tabs, to not only create dimension, but also to create a permanent bond to your box lid.  Finish the flowers with colored half pearl centers (or you could also use rhinestones). 

Embellish the edge of the card box with lace trim attached with Tombow Xtreme Adhesive.  Remember to roll out the adhesive, then snap it off at the end.  The Xtreme Adhesive is 5 times stronger than regular adhesive runners and is my favorite!  The finishing touch is a shadow on the left side of the face made with several strokes of the Tombow Dual Brush Pen #126 Light Olive.

Now, on to the FUN STUFF!  We have two amazing prizes!

The second one is a bundle of Stampendous! NEW Stencil Duos:  Blossom Duo Stencil Set, Heart Duo Stencil Set, and the Butterfly Duo Stencil Set.

a Rafflecopter giveaway *Terms and Conditions

Use the Rafflecopter widget above to earn as many entries as you can! Winner will be announced on February 15th

YOUR NEXT STOP IS…the extremely talented Pam Bray

Here is the full line up for the entire Blog Hop:
Tombow USA

Thanks for stopping by!  -Beth

Thursday, January 21, 2016

No Sew Faux Cross Stitched Valentine's Gift Bags!

It's time for Craft Lightning Valentine's edition!  

All week my Designer friends have been posting 15 minute Valentine’s Day crafts with our hostess Country Chic Cottage and for this series, co-hosted with 30 Minute Crafts and 100 Directions. There are a ton of blogs joining in this series and you can see their 15 minute crafts at the bottom of each hosts' blog post!

I have lots of co-workers that I always give homemade gifts to on Valentine's Day and I needed a quick, but cute gift bag.  Scrap gingham fabric and Tulip Dimensional Fabric Paint to the rescue!  I love when I can craft from my stash!

Here's what you will need:  Tombow USA MONO Multi Liquid Glue; Tulip Slick Dimesional Fabric Paint in True Red and Black; Gingham Fabric; Ribbon; Buttons; Pinking Shears; Ruler; Pencil; Scraps of Paper and Non-Stick Craft Sheet.

Measure and cut rectangles with pinking shears.  I wanted my heart to be located in the center, so I created rectangles that are 11 squares wide by 36 squares long.  The dimensions carry through no matter what size gingham you are using. 

Run a line of Tombow USA MONO Multi Liquid glue along the long edges, fold in half on a non-stick craft sheet and tap gently to adhere.  Let dry.

Insert a small piece of paper inside the bag, then starting with the bottom center square, draw X's in the squares with Tulip Slick Dimensional Fabric Paint.  Use the photo above as a guide.  Let dry.

 Draw dashes along both edges.  Draw X's and O's above the heart.  Let dry.

Fill gift bag with your favorite goodies, then tie with a ribbon bow threaded through a button for a bit of whimsy!

Here are some detail shots...

More Easy Valentine’s Crafts:

All this week we are sharing fun and quick Valentine’s craft ideas with Angie from The Country Chic Cottage, Carolina from 30 Minute Crafts and Jen Goode from 100 Directions. Check out all the fun featured projects designed by 8 creative bloggers below.
Take a look at all these Quick Valentine’s Day Crafts
Thanks for stopping by!  -Beth

Friday, December 11, 2015

Tombow USA and Clique Kits Blog Hopping!

Hi and Welcome to the Holiday Blog Hop with Tombow USA and Clique Kits! We have a great lineup of Holiday projects created with Tombow USA Adhesives and the Clique Cards Holiday Edition Kit! In addition to all this amazing inspiration we have two amazing super prizes!

Now, on to my project:

Clique Kits sent this super fun collection of Christmas papers and embellishments from a wide variety of companies (some I had not heard of).  It's the Clique Cards Holiday Edition Kit.

Start out with a 12" flat wooden wreath form and color the inner ring with Tombow Dual Brush Pen #195 Light Green.

Measure and cut papers from the Photo Play Dear Santa paper pad into 2" by 6" strips, with a paper trimmer and dovetail the ends with scissors.  Starting at 12 o'clock and 6 o'clock, attach light colored papers to the wreath form with Tombow MONO Aqua Liquid Glue.  Fill the entire wreath.

Fill in a second layer with the brighter colored papers using Tombow Foam Tape to create dimension.

Measure and cut My Colors cardstock Herb Garden in two strips 2 1/2" by 11" and Firecracker in two strips 1 1/2" by 11".  Fan fold all four lengths, attach two pieces, then ends with Tombow Xtreme Adhesive to create a tube.  Xtreme Adhesive is 5x's string than a regular adhesive runner, so roll to apply then swipe to the side for a clean application - I LOVE THIS STUFF!

Punch White Smoke cardstock into two 2" circles.  Apply Tombow Xtreme Adhesive to one side.  Gather fan folded tube at the top and push down to create a rosette.  Apply circle onto the bottom and pinch to adhere.  

Punch a 3" scalloped circle from Granite cardstock and a 2" circle from Herb Garden cardstock apply to green and red rosettes with Tombow Xtreme Adhesive.  Select stickers from the Photo Play Dear Santa Element Sticker sheet and apply to rosettes.

Select embellishments from the Cocoa Vanilla 'Tis the Season Wood Veneer and color with Tombow Dual Brush Pens #195 Light Green; #173 Willow Green; #245 Sap Green; #847 Crimson and #993 Chrome Orange.  I am so glad that is discovered this technique because you can quickly add color to small wooden embellishments without have to wait for messy paint to dry!

Apply Wood Veneer Embellishments to rosettes with Tombow MONO Aqua Liquid Glue, let dry.

Tie red, white ribbon and bakers twine into a loopy bow and attach to top center of wreath with Tombow Xtreme Tabs.  Attach rosettes to left side of wreath with Tombow Foam Tape.  Apply flair buttons with Tombow Xtreme Tabs.  Randomly apply sticky back Enamel Dots from Eyelet Outlet over surface of wreath.

Now, on to the FUN STUFF!  We have two awesome prizes for this hop!

Use the Rafflecopter widget below to win one of these prizes! Giveaway ends December 20th, 2015.

I hope you are enjoying this hop!  Please use the navigation below to view the projects from the rest of the Tombow USA and Clique Kits Design Teams!

Join in on ALL of the FUN over on the Holiday Blog Hop FB Page and Thanks for stopping by!  -Beth

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

See You at CHA BLOG HOP!

Welcome to day 2 of the See you at CHA BLOG HOP! 

I’m getting pretty excited for the CHA Mega Show in January, and I’m also excited today to be joining some of the manufacturers and designers taking part in the show for the See You at CHA! Blog Hop

Are you ready for the biggest, most epic blog hop ever? Nearly 60 CHA members from around the world are coming together to help us celebrate the CHA MEGA Show’s 75th anniversary for a whole week – Monday, December 7 through Friday, December 11.

Each blogger will highlight something special about the upcoming CHA MEGA Conference & Trade Show. It could be a sneak peek of their new products being released, details about their workshops and make-n-takes, an inspiring project tutorial, or what they are most excited about doing and seeing at the Show.

You’ll have plenty of chances to enter to win our $500 Visa gift card each day of the hop, on any of the participating blogs. Everyone is eligible to win, whether you’re in the U.S. or international.

I am super excited to talk to you today about the DESIGNERS IN ACTION event that will take place during all four days of the 2016 MEGA SHOW, Saturday January 9th through Tuesday January 12th on the show floor.

The Designers in Action Event at CHA 2016 Mega Show!

The Designer Section Council is delighted to announce that the improved Designers in Action area will once again in Anaheim at the CHA 2016 Mega Show.  The areas formerly known as the Designer Showcase and Designer Display have now been combined and re-envisioned into this exciting area which will include “Showcase” stations, “Action” stations and Roundtable discussions on the show floor. Additionally, Designer Members will be encouraged to utilize this area for their meetings and networking. The concept is to have this area buzzing with designers, creating, sharing ideas and networking during the entire show.

Showcase Stations - The Showcase Stations are a sturdy cube shape of 39” high base and 41” square tops, that provides a 360 view of your work OR a 86” tall by 36” wide 2D wall display (double sided with 2 shelves), that is carpeted, so illustrations can be easily displayed.  Designers can display their 3D portfolios and handmade creations for viewing during the entire four day show. 


The Designer Meet and Greet will take place from 3:30 until 5:30 pm on Sunday January 10th.  This event allows the Manufacturers, Editors, Publishers and Retail Buyers the opportunity to meet the Designers, in person, to discuss services that can be provided.  Showcase Station participants also receive the proprietary list of event participants with complete contact information – great for follow ups!   

Action Stations - This exciting new format is designed to bring on-going activity and more visibility for Designer Members on the show floor. Demonstrations, book author signings, make and takes, social media, networking – the Action stations are designed to showcase the many talents of Designer Section members. Set at the front two corners of the event area, the Action station tables will create action, interest and on-going activity within the event space.

NEW! this year is the addition of the Designer Roundtables in our Designers in Action Event space during show hours!  Check out the schedule, then stop by to interact with, ask questions and obtain insight from our Designer Members on a variety of topics!

So, stop by the Designers in Action event at the 2016 CHA Mega Show located between Hall B and Hall C, and experience the creativity!

If you are a registered CHA Designer Member and would like additional information about the DESIGNERS IN ACTION event please click HERE! 

If you have questions, please contact the Designers in Action Committee Co-Leads Beth Watson at or Candice Lee Windham at 

To celebrate 75 years of crafting, the CHA Designers have pitched in for this fantasitc giveaway to a lucky winner!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Their are three entry options to win the MEGA Visa gift card:
  1. Leave a comment on your blog (mandatory) answering the question - "What is your favorite "can't live without" craft supply or tool?"
  2. Tweet about the giveaway  (tweet text includes #CHAshow hashtag; can tweet daily for extra entries)
  3. Answer a multiple-choice poll about how often you "cre8time" for crafting  (double entry value)
Anyone and everyone in the US and abroad is eligible to enter!

Thanks for stopping by and I look forward to seeing everyone at the show!  -Beth

Monday, December 7, 2015

Christmas Decorations Round Up!

Welcome to the Designers Craft Connect first Monday in December Blog Hop!  This month we are all about Christmas Decoration Inspiration!

And I have to say that I just LOVE Christmas decorations! 

Here is a special round up of some of my most favorite Christmas Decorations of ALL TIME!

Enjoy the EYE CANDY!

Smoothfoam Snowmen

Wooden Moulding Christmas Tree Canvas

Artist Trading Block lacy Snowman

Smoothfoam Snowman Wreath

Christmas House

Home for Christmas

Faux 2x4 Snow Family

Button Beard Santa Pillow

Smoothfoam Snowman in his own Hat

Now it is time to HOP around to see what Christmas Decorations 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!

Be sure to check out the DESIGNER CRAFTS CONNECTION BLOG and FACEBOOK PAGE as well for tons more inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by!  -Beth