Thursday, May 21, 2015

Graduation Mortarboard Card Box

Welcome to the Designer Crafts Connection JOY Embroidered Letters Blog Hop!

JOY has a line of high quality embroidered letters, numbers and symbols in a large variety of popular colors, styles and fonts.  Available with iron on and self adhesive backings to give you a very wide range of creative applications!

Graduation season is upon us and I have a niece who will be graduating from high school in June. In preparation for her party, I created a Mortarboard Card Box to collect all of the greeting cards and well wishes that she will receive.  

The varsity line of 3" letters from JOY was perfect to embellish the mortarboard with RVHS (Riverview High School) and 2015 in her school colors of blue and black - PERFECT!

Here's what you will need:
JOY Varsity 3" Embroidered Self Adhesive Letters and Numbers - RVHS and 2015 - Royal Blue.
Americana Paints by DecoArt - Lamp Black and Sapphire.
Tombow USA MONO Aqua Liquid Glue.
Paper Mâché Box - 8" diameter; Royal Blue Embroidery Floss; Black Craft Foam 11" by 17"; Scissor; Ruler; Pencil; Black Brad; Paint Brush; Palette and Water Basin. 

Here's how I made it:

1) Base coat outside of box bottom and lid with Lamp Black, let dry.  Apply a second coat, if necessary. Base coat inside of box bottom and lid with Sapphire, let dry.  Apply a second coat, if necessary.

2) Measure and cut Craft Foam to 10" by 10" square.  

3) Attach square to top of box lid with Tombow USA MONO Aqua Liquid Glue, let dry.  

4) Create tassel from full skein of embroidery floss.  Measure and cut two 6" lengths, tie one around top loop of skein, then remove top paper wrapper.  Tie then wrap the other length around to create the top of the tassel.  Secure ends with MONO Aqua Liquid Glue. Cut other end with scissors to finish the tassel. 

5) Measure center of mortarboard square, then apply the tassel and black brad, securing with MONO Aqua Liquid Glue, let dry.

6) Peel backing paper from self adhesive letters and numbers, then apply to the top and bottom edge of the mortarboard square. 

Here is a detail shot of the letters - SHARP!

Place on a table at your party to collect all of the greeting cards and well wishes For the special Graduate!

Now it's time to HOP around to see what the other Designers have created with their JOY Embroidered Letters!  Just click on the Hop Forward and Hop Back links in the Designer Crafts Connection navigation box on my right hand sidebar.  

Make sure to visit the JOY Facebook, JOY Pinterest and JOY Blog for additional inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by! -Beth

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

CHA Paper Arts Show Blog Hop featuring MD Hobby & Craft

Welcome to the CHA Paper Arts Show Blog Hop!  

My Dressing Table Mirrored Tray project today features a decorative metal sheet and tools from 

Here's what you will need:

Here's how I made it:

Wearing M-D Hobby and Craft Gloves, carefully cut your pattern from the Mosaic Perforated Aluminum Sheet with Hobby Shears.  Repeat and cut a second pattern, leaving the finished straight edge along the 2' length of both pieces.

Using needle nose pliers, turn over and crimp tightly each of the metal "tabs".  Dry fit both strips of Mosaic Perforated Aluminum Sheet around Smoothfoam 12" Disc.  Trim metal with Hobby Shears to match pattern at joints.

Have rubber Bands ready.  Apply generous layer of MONO Aqua Liquid Glue around outside edge of Smoothfoam 12" Disc.  Wrap around first strip, then second strip of Mosaic Perforated Aluminum Sheet.  Secure with rubber bands and let dry completely.

Remove rubber bands and place newspaper on work surface outside (or in a well ventilated area inside).  Spray paint embellished disc and 4 Smoothfoam 1 1/4" Balls with Design Master Colortool Robin's Egg.  Use several light coats to get proper coverage and avoid drips, let dry completely.  TIP:  Insert skewers into bottom of Smoothfoam Balls, then into a cardboard box lid to keep the balls from rolling around when sprayed.

Flip embellished disc over.  Trim skewers to 3" long.  Secure one end of skewer in ball and the other end into disc at 12 o'clock, 3 o'clock, 6 o'clock and 9 o'clock using Tombow USA MONO Aqua Liquid Glue, let dry.

Distress finish with wet paper towel dipped in Americana Paint Chocolate Brown by rubbing in nooks and crannies, then buffing with a clean paper towel.

Insert mirror, securing with glue, then place on your dressing table to organize perfumes and jewelry!


Follow along on the CHA Blog from May 18 – 22 to see which products the Designers used and the creations they came up with. PLUS, you’ll learn how to make the projects yourself!

There will be a “password” at the end of each designer's blog post. Make sure you keep track of the password each day. At the end of the hop you’ll need to use the “passwords” to form a phrase.

The first two people to tweet us @Craftandhobby the correct phrase will win:
1st Prize: $500 toward travel to the Paper Arts+ Show
2nd Prize: $25 AMEX gift card

Be sure to follow the #CHAShow hashtag on social media to share in all of the Paper Arts+ Show fun!

Here is my "password": show!

And here is the full schedule for the week:

CHA Designer: Michele Emerson Roberts
Paper Arts+ Exhibitor: Graphic 45
CHA Designer: Keri Sallee
Paper Arts+ Exhibitor: Art Impressions

CHA Designer: Carmen Flores Tanis
Paper Arts+ Exhibitor: Pink and Main
CHA Designer:  Susan M. Brown
Paper Arts+ Exhibitor: Little B LLC
CHA Designer: Rita Barakat
Paper Arts+ Exhibitor: Bo Bunny

CHA Designer: Debra Quartermain
Paper Arts+ Exhibitor: Ellison
CHA Designer:  Beth Watson
Paper Arts+ Exhibitor:  M-D Building Products
CHA Designer:  Carol Heppner
Paper Arts+ Exhibitor:  Hot of the Press

CHA Designer: Candice Windham
Paper Arts+ Exhibitor: Dare2BArtzy
CHA Designer: Marjolaine Walker
Paper Arts+ Exhibitor: Linnie Blooms LLC
CHA Designer: Linda Swingle
Paper Arts+ Exhibitor: Thermoweb

CHA Designer: Lisa Fulmer
Paper Arts+ Exhibitor: Kaisercraft
CHA Designer: Kristi Parker
Paper Arts+ Exhibitor: Stampendous
CHA Designer: Madeline Faiella
Paper Arts+ Exhibitor: The Ribbon Print Company

Registration is now open for the CHA Paper Arts+ Show in Chicagoland where you’ll see, touch and learn about product, like the products that were donated for this Blog Hop by M-D Hobby and Craft.  

Paper Arts+ is a CRAFT FUSION experience with exhibits offering everything from paper to jewelry to mixed media materials.  

The industry will be there looking for fourth quarter trends and new product SKU's.  

Members attend for FREE!  For more information and to register, visit

Check out M-D Hobby and Craft on INSTAGRAM and FACEBOOK for more inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by!  -Beth

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Tombow USA and Paper Issues Blog Hop!

Good Friday morning and WELCOME to the Tombow USA and Paper Issues Blog Hop!

You probably got here from Paper Issues but if you stumbled across my blog go the Paper Issues Blog to start!

I am not a traditional scrapbooker, card maker or paper crafter, instead I love to work in the Home Dec and three dimensional world of crafting, so on to my PATCHWORK CANVAS project!

Here's how I made it:

The Tombow USA Design Team received the Paper Issues March Swag Bag (monthly mini embellishments kit) and 12x12 paper from Webster's Pages and Crate Paper - YUMMY!  I loved that all of the papers had a similar color scheme and that YELLOW was a reoccurring color, so I decided to cut all of the Swag Bag papers up and create a Patchwork Canvas!

I have been very into creating from my craft stash recently, so I selected an 8" by 8" Walnut Hollow Basswood Canvas and went to town measuring and cutting and piecing the papers together until I was happy with the composition.

Next, squeeze out several dollops of Tombow USA MONO Aqua Liquid Glue on to the canvas, then spread evenly with the notched rubber broad tip.  The MONO Aqua Liquid Glue is acid free and photo safe, so it is PERFECT for applying paper to wood.  And there was no wrinkling or bubbling of the papers - another reason to LOVE Tombow USA products - SCORE!  

TIP:  Since I had so many edges, I burnished them gently with my bone folder to obtain a good adhesion.

Continue to add MONO Aqua Liquid Glue and paper until the front of the canvas is covered.

I wanted a bold contrast for the sides of the canvas, so I selected Webster's Pages These are the Days paper by Megan Hoeppner
Measure and cut four rectangles to fit the sides of the canvas and attach with MONO Aqua Liquid Glue, burnish edges and let dry.

On to embellishing (one of my FAVORITE things!).  My March Swag Bag also contained a yellow printed doily, "I am" chipboard frame, gold button, gold stars and stickers.  Which I paired with Tombow USA 3D Foam Tabs to create a dimensional flower for the corner of my canvas.

I created "leaves" for my flower from additional papers and stickers, then attached them with Tombow USA Adhesive Dots  These Adhesive Dots are colored, so they are easy to see on your work surface, as well as on your projects!

I had these cool Amy Tan foam Thickers in my stash as well and what a fun statement - "meet me in the sunshine friend"  The Paper Issues March Swag Bag was filled with gold stars, hearts and arrows plus two sheets of great stickers and I think that they are the perfect addition to finish off my Patchwork Canvas!

Here is a detail of the finished Flower...

Now on to the FUN STUFF - PRIZES!!

The Tombow USA prize includes: Tombow Mono Adhesive Permanent, NEW Tombow Adhesive Dots, Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue and Tombow Mono Aqua Liquid Glue.

The Paper Issues prize: $20 Gift Card to the Paper Issues Shop

To win, visit and comment on the participating blog posts AND go to the Paper Issues Facebook Page and tell us which project was your favorite! You have until May 12 at 11:59 EST to comment. A winner will be picked randomly and announced on May 13, 2015.

Remember to “Like” Tombow USA and Paper Issues on Facebook!


Here is the line up in case you get lost.

YOU ARE HERE  Beth Watson
GO HERE NEXT  Kathy Skou
Tombow USA Blog

THANKS for stopping by!  -Beth

Friday, May 1, 2015

Tombow USA and Art Impressions Blog Hop!

Hello and Welcome to the Art Impressions and Tombow USA Blog Hop!

You probably got here from Cheri Burry but if you stumbled across my blog go the Art Impressions’ Blog to start!

Now on to my project!

Here's what you need:
Tombow USA Dual Brush Pens - Primary set and Soda Shop set.
Tombow USA Xtreme Permanent Adhesive.
Art Impressions Unmounted Trifolds #4577 Beach TF set.

Clearsnap Top Boss Embossing InkColorBox® Embossing PowderAcrylic Stamp Block, Heat Tool, Velum, Ruler, Pencil, Paper Trimmer, Glass Vase, Sand, Candle, Plain Computer Paper, Sheet of Craft Foam.

Here's how to make it:
Place craft foam on work surface, then place velum on top.  TIP: I use craft foam under my stamping projects to get a solid impression.  Using embossing ink, stamp Each of the Art Impressions Trifolds Beach set on velum.  Sprinkle on black embossing powder.  Tap off excess onto plain paper, fold paper in half and return to original container.  Set embossing powder with heat tool. 

Flip stamped velum over and color in images with Tombow USA Dual Brush pens from the Soda Shop and Primary sets.  Shade using Cool Grey N65. 

Measure glass vase and trim velum to fit.  

Apply a line of Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive to one short end of velum and attach to vase. 

Fill vase with sand and a candle.  Accent with shells collected on vacations to the beach to create a memorable vignette. 

When lit, the candle glows through the colored velum with warm brilliance!

Now on to the fun stuff - PRIZES!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The Art Impressions prize includes: Elephant Set, Cat Big Mouth, The Queen Set and Joy Found Window.

To win, enter on the Rafflecopter above! You have until May 5th at 11:59 EST to enter. A winner will be picked randomly and announced on May 6th 2015.

Remember to “Like” Tombow USA and Art Impressions on Facebook!


Here is the line up in case you get lost.

Thanks for stopping by -Beth

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Monogramed Gift Bags with Ann Butler Designs

The end of the school year is fast approaching (YIKES!), so get a head start on all of those teacher appreciation gifts with these quick and easy Monogram Gift Bags using Ann Butler Designs Background Basics Stamps and Crafter's Ink both from Clearsnap!

Here's what you need:

ColorBox® Background Basics by Ann Butler Diamonds, Checks and Picnic
ColorBox Crafter's® Ink by Ann Butler - Night, Aquamarine, Berry and Lilac
Ann Butler Designs EZ-De's Flourish 2" ABC's clear stamps
Fabric Drawstring bags, Water Mister, Acrylic Stamp Block, Buttons, Embroidery Floss and Fabric Glue.

Here's how to make it:

Load ColorBox® Background Basics by Ann Butler  with ColorBox Crafter's® Ink by Ann Butler, mist lightly with water, then stamp on fabric bag, let dry.  TIP:  The water makes the ink a bit more fluid, so it will seep into the texture of the fabric.  Repeat with all bags, stamping on the front and back, let dry.

Place monogram initial from Ann Butler Designs EZ-De's Flourish 2" ABC's clear stamps on acrylic stamp block, load with Night (black) Ink, mist with water and stamp in center of bag, let dry.  Repeat with all bags.

Select a button and thread with complimentary colored embroidery floss.  Attach to bag with fabric glue.

Fill with some candy (or other small trinkets) and a gift card to the Teacher's favorite store!

Quick, easy and the kids can help too!

Thanks for stopping by! -Beth

Friday, April 24, 2015

Tombow USA and Die-namites Blog Hop!

Hello and Welcome to the Tombow USA and Die-Namites Blog Hop!

You probably HOPPED here from the blog of Martha Lucía Gómez but if you stumbled across my blog go the Tombow USA Blog to start!

I am not a traditional paper crafter, card maker or scrapbooker.  I like to take traditional materials and turn them in to unexpected creations.  I hope you like what I have designed for today's HOP! Now on to my project!

Here's how I made it:

I am IN LOVE with Damask, especially black and white Damask! So, when I saw the Die-namites Elegant Medallion Die, I was over the moon excited to create something glamorous and elegant! 

Die cut heavy black cardstock with the Die-namite Elegant Medallion Die using the Sizzix Big Shot, Multi Purpose Platform, Cutting Plates

Use a push pin to remove the small sections of the Die Cut.  There are holes in the back of the Dies to assist with this process.  The dies from Die-Namites are beautifully detailed, cut a sharp image and they are compatible with all die cutting machines.

Apply Tombow MONO Multi Liquid Glue to the Damask Die cut using the pen tip, carefully filling in the Damask pattern.  The MONO Multi Liquid Glue is permanent when applied wet and has a strong adhesion for items like glitter.
Sprinkle with Onyx Glitter from Martha Stewart.  Tap off excess and return remaining glitter to container.  Repeat Glue and glitter steps until the front of the Die Cut is covered.  Let dry completely (overnight).  

Once dry, repeat the Glue and Glitter steps on the back of the Die Cut for stability.  Let dry completely, overnight.

Gather some chain, jump rings, needle nose pliers, jewels and medallions to create a necklace.  Punch a hole at the top and the bottom of the Die Cut.  Attach jump ring to the top, then the coral connector, then the chain.  At the bottom of the Die Cut attach a jump ring, then a black pearl.

Here is a close up of the necklace and Damask Die Cut medallion.  I love how detailed the Die-Namites Die Cut is and how the coral connector really makes the black POP!  

Here is another view of the necklace.  Can't wait to wear it to work tomorrow!

NOW ON TO THE FUN STUFF!  To win, visit and comment on the participating blog posts. You have until April 28 at 11:59 EST to comment. A winner will be picked randomly and announced on April 29 2015.

The Tombow USA prize includes: The Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive, NEW Tombow Foam Tape, NEW Tombow Adhesive Dots and the Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue.  The Die-Namites prize is: a $25.00 Gift Certificate.

Remember to “Like” Tombow USA and Die-Namites on Facebook!

YOUR NEXT STOP IS the lovely Pam Bray!

Here is the line up in case you get lost.

YOU ARE HERE Beth Watson

Thanks for stopping by!  -Beth