Friday, March 27, 2015

DCWV and Tombow USA Gold and Cork Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Die Cuts with a View (DCWV) and Tombow USA Gold and Cork Blog Hop!  We have 2 days full with gorgeous projects using GOLD and CORK! You probably came here from Rita Barakat's blog but if you happened to stumble across my blog, please go to the Tombow USA Blog (on Friday) DCWV Blog (on Saturday) to start!

Now on to my Bridal Shower Faux Cake Centerpiece Gold and Cork project using the DCWV 6" x 6" Adhesive Cork Stack, DCWV Gilded Paper Stack, Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive, Tombow Adhesive Dots, Tombow MONO Multi Liquid Glue and Tombow Xtreme Adhesive Tabs.


Measure and cut papers from DCWV Gilded Paper Stack to fit around outside of round paper mache stacking boxes.  Attach with Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive - remembering to snap Xtreme Adhesive off at a 90 degree angle.

Repeat above steps with round box lids and rims, mixing and matching the decorative papers from the DCWV Gilded Paper Stack to create interest and dimension.

Apply Tombow Adhesive Dot to bottom of 3 wooden eggs, peel off liner and attach to cardboard for spray painting with Design Master ColorTool Brilliant Gold.  TIP:  The adhesive dot allows the round object to remain in place while it is spray painted.

Die cut two (2) labels from DCWV Adhesive Cork Stack and one (1) from chipboard.

Peel back adhesive liner paper and apply cork labels to either side of chipboard label.

"Stain" YOU & ME wooden embellishment with Tombow Dual Brush Pen Chocolate #969.  Remove a bit of the ink with a baby wipe to show the wood grain.  Paint the ampersand with gold acrylic paint.  Punch hole at the bottom, insert bird charm on safety pin with jump rings.

Cut out journal card from DCWV Gilded Paper Stack, then hand write names and dates with Tombow Dual Brush Pen Chocolate #969.  Embellish with additional heart themed papers.  Insert into nest using metal memo pin.

Attach grapevine wreath to top of medium round box with Tombow MONO Multi Liquid Glue.  TIP:  Rest something heavy on top to weight wreath down until glue dries.

Embellish boxes with paper trims created from the DCWV Gilded Paper Stack, rick rack, lace, pearls, decorative trims, stick pins, metal charms and ribbons applied with Tombow Xtreme Adhesive, Adhesive Dots and Xtreme Adhesive Tabs.  I used a bunch of products from my craft stash!  

To win, visit and comment on the participating blog posts. You have until March 31st at 11:59 EST to comment. A winner will be picked randomly and announced on April 1st 2015.

 DCWV will be giving away: The DCWV Gilded Stack, a 4x4 Cork Stack, Insta Kraft Album, Accordion Album and a set of Birthday Photo Props!

Remember to “Like” Tombow USA and DCWV on Facebook.

Friday, March 27th Blog Hop Participants:
YOU ARE HERE>>Beth Watson

Saturday, March 28th Blog Hop Participants:

YOUR NEXT STOP IS Jenifer Cowles

Check out more of my designs and inspiration on my PINTEREST and INSTAGRAM!

Thanks for stopping by! -Beth

Friday, March 20, 2015

Taylored Expressions and Tombow USA Spring Fling Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Taylored Expressions and Tombow USA Spring Fling Blog Hop! You probably came here from Shelly Mercado's Blog, but if you happened to just stumble across my blog, then please go to the Taylored Expressions blog on Friday OR the Tombow USA blog on Saturday to start!

Now, on to my SPRING FLING GIFT TAGS project using Tombow Dual Brush Pen Set, 10 Bright,  Tombow MONO AQUA Liquid Glue, Tombow Clear Power Tabs and Taylored Expressions You've Been Framed - SPRING Die

Die cut two sets of black cardstock with a Sizzix Big Shot using the Taylored Expressions You've Been Framed - SPRING Die.

Pop out the interior sections with a piercing tool.

Place die cut on top of BARC Wood White Birch Sheet with Tombow Dual Brush Pen Set, 10 Bright 

Outline areas to color in with a pencil and layer the colors as you go.

Apply die cut to birch sheet with Tombow MONO AQUA Liquid Glue, let dry.

The die cut outlines the colored image and really makes it finished!

Select coordinating ribbon and attach the finished GIFT TAG to your Easter Baskets/Gift Bags with Tombow Clear Power Tabs and give as gifts!

Enter to Win: Ready to hop into Spring? We've got TWO terrific prizes for TWO lucky winners to help you get started! To enter, leave some love on each of the participating designers' Spring Fling Blog Hop project posts by 11:59 pm PST on Wednesday, March 25, 2015. For each comment, you'll receive an entry to win one of two prize packs from Taylored Expressions and Tombow USA! We'll pick two winners at random. Here's what you can win:

Prize Pack #1: Taylored Expressions For Peep’s Sake Matched Kit, For Peep’s Sake Sequins,  Walking on Sunshine Embossing Folder

Prize Pack #2: Tombow XTREME Adhesive, Adhesive Dots, Dual Brush Set of 6 in Jellybean.

Remember to “LIKE” Tombow USA and Taylored Expressions on Facebook.

Here is the line up in case you get lost!

Taylored Expressions Blog: 
Shelly Mercado: 
Beth Watson <
Joan Ervin: 
Daniella Hayes-: 
Jeanne Streiff: 
Jennie Garcia: 
Tombow Blog:

Tombow USA Blog: 
Jennifer Priest:
Kendra Wietstock: 
Latrice Murphy: 
Charmaine Ikach: 
Marie Browning:
Courtney Kelley:
Tyalored Expressions Blog:

YOUR NEXT STOP IS Joan Ervin's Blog

Thanks for stopping by!  -Beth

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Monogram Gift Box Tutorial with CONNIE CRYSTAL!

Welcome to the Designer Crafts Connection blog hop with Connie Crystal!  Each designer received some of the BRAND NEW Crystal Sheets and let me tell you how amazingly brilliant they are and easy to work with too!

Now on to my project!

I started out with a 4" square paper mache box from my stash and painted it with Americana paints by DecoArt in Lamp Black.

Measure and cut the damask patterned paper to fit around the box bottom.  Attach with Tombow Xtreme Adhesive - just remember to "snap" off this strong adhesive runner at a 90 degree angle!

Next I mapped out my monogram on graph paper, filling in the background and leaving the letter white.  Then Start cutting out the black Crystal Sheet background with a craft knife.

Once the baclground is cut out of the black Crystal Sheet, then cut out the monogram letter from the white Crystal Sheet.

Once the background and letter are cut out, attach to box lid with Tombow MONO AQUA Liquid Glue, let dry.

Cut the remaining white Crystal Sheet into single strips and attach to top and bottom edges of box lid.

Now it's time to HOP AROUND to see what the other Designers have created with their Connie Crystal - Crystal Sheets!  Just use the Designer Crafts Connection navigation box on the right hand side of my blog!

The inspiration is DAZZLING!!  To see even more creativity visit the Connie Crystal FB Page!

Thanks for stopping by!  -Beth

Monday, March 2, 2015


Hi everyone!  Today is the first Monday in March and that means it is time for the Designer Crafts Connection BLOG HOP!  This month we were to be inspired by a project we saw in Pinterest!  I LOVE Pinterest, so this was so incredibly difficult for me to select just one project, but here goes!

I created my wreath with a "preppy" pink and green color scheme for Spring, but the color combinations and themes are unlimited with this quick and easy Pinterest Inspired craft!

Now it is time to HOP around to the other Designers participating in the DCC Blog Hop today!  Just use the HOP FORWARD and HOP BACK links in the navigation box on the right hand side of my sidebar to view all of the creativity that has been inspired by Pinterest!

Thanks for stopping by!  -Beth

Friday, February 6, 2015


Offray Ribbon recently sent members of the Designers Crafts Connection some ribbon - I received some peach, robin's egg blue and ivory double faced satin ribbons in various widths - YUMMY.  I checked out my giant stash of Offray Ribbon and added the polka dot, flowered and checkered ribbons to this cute lamp that I decorated for my Niece Marlee's bedroom - very girly!

The lamp was quick and easy to create in just a few hours by securing the cut ends of the ribbons to the inside top and bottom edge of the lampshade and lamp base with Tombow's MONO Aqua Liquid Glue.  More girly was in order, so I created the button center flowers and clipped them to the bottom edge of the lampshade!

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Please use the Designer Crafts Connection navigation box on my right hand sidebar to HOP through and check out what the other Designers have created with their Offray Ribbon - LOTS of inspiration here!

Thanks for stopping by! -Beth

Monday, February 2, 2015


Welcome to the Designer Crafts Connection Blog Hop for the first Monday in February!  This month's theme is a new product or technique.

Recently ETI - Environmental Technologies, Inc. sent each of the members of the Ann Butler Design Team a giant box of goodies including resin, molds, dyes and all of the other supplies needed to complete some pretty cool projects!

I have it admit that I was completely intimidated by the ETI resin when I first received the package and my first attempt was a complete CRAFT FAIL because I did not follow the directions exactly!  But I read through the instructions COMPLETELY and tried again.  The second time was a success and my project is presented below - Enjoy!

Snowflake Bottle Cap Ornament
1.) Stamp diamond patterning Aquamarine on aqua cardstock.  Punch out circle and coat twice with Ultra-Seal, making sure to seal front, back and sides.  Repeat with snowflake sticker.
2.) Attach stamped circle to bottle cap and sticker to stamped circle using Ultra-Seal.
3.) Following directions explicitly, measure equal parts of Resin and Hardener from EasyCast Clear 
Casting Epoxy kit (making sure not to mix more than 6 oz. total).  Mix according to directions, then immediately fill bottle cap.  Remove any air bubbles with the quick pass of a hair dryer.

4.) Let resin set for at least 24 hours.  Tie a bow in aqua ribbon, leaving a 4" long loop at the top.  Attach to top of bottle cap.

I also had a complete craft fail when working with the ETI Resin.  EVERYTHING must be fully and completely coated in the Ultra-Seal in order to retain the integrity of the item you are imbedding in the resin.  I placed plastic rhinestones in other bottle cap ornaments and did not seal them, so they MELTED!  Still pretty, but not at all was I was going for!

I mixed the full 6 oz. of resin, so I ended up with ALOT, so I experimented with some of the colored dyes, chunky glitter, buttons and created over 25 pieces!

Now it is time for you to HOP around to the other Designers' blog and see what they have created with the NEW PRODUCT or TECHNIQUE theme!  Just click on the Hop Forward and Hop Back links in the Designer Crafts Connection navigation box in my right hand tool bar.

Thanks for stopping by! - Beth

Monday, December 22, 2014

Faux Quilted Holiday Wreath Card with Ann Butler Designs

Christmas is certainly one of my favorite holidays of the year because there are SO MANY opportunities for creating and crafting!  Each year I design a new Christmas Card that I make for family and close friends.  My card this year features some of Ann Butler's Faux Quilting Stamps!

Here's how I made it!

Ann Butler {Faux Quilting} stamp sets by Unity Stamp Company – 1″ Leaves All Over and 1″ Doily Picnic
Westcott TrimAir Titanium Paper Trimmer with Ruler, 12" and Westcott Craft Titanium Non-Stick Scissors, 8" Bent
Tombow Xtreme Adhesive and Tombow Power Adhesive Tabs
Tim Holtz Distress Ink by Ranger - Peeled Paint, Fired Brick and Aged Mahogany; Cardstock - Red, Burgundy, Kraft, Light Green; Green Doily; Red Buttons, Fude Ball 1.5 Black Pen; White Ribbon; Merry Christmas and Gold Star cut outs; 'tis the season sticker.

1.)  Using Paper Trimmer, cut Kraft cardstock to 12" by 6", score at the 6" mark and fold in half, then set aside.  Cut Red and Burgundy cardstock to 6" by 6" squares.  Cut Light Green cardstock to 4" by 4".
2.)  Place Doily Picnic "Doily" stamp on acrylic block, ink with Aged Mahogany and stamp on Burgundy cardstock until covered.  Repeat with Leaves all Over "Stripes" stamp, Fired Brick ink and Red cardstock.  Repeat with Leaves All Over "Leaves" stamp, Peeled Paint ink and Light Green cardstock.  Cut Red and Burgundy cardstock squares in half diagonally.

3.)  Draw faux "stitches" on Red and Burgundy cardstock with Fude Ball pen.  Attach Red and Burgundy cardstock triangles to front of Kraft card with Xtreme Adhesive.

4.)  Cut the center from the Green Doily, trace center on to Light Green cardstock and cut out just a bit LARGER than the center.  Attach to back of doily with Xtreme Adhesive.  Attach buttons to front of doily with Xtreme Adhesive.

5.)  Attach cut outs to wreath and wreath to card with Power Tabs.  Attach sticker to bottom of card.  Tie ribbon in a bow, trim tails and attach to wreath with Power Tabs.

Thanks for stopping by!  -Beth