Tuesday, August 8, 2017

How to Create a Flowering HeARTfelt Journal

I am so very excited to share with you my Flowering HeARTfelt Journal featuring a die created by one of my craftiest friends, Eileen Hull!

My HeARTfelt Journal cover was actually a craft fail.  Painting over my ugly faux wood grain with black saved it from the trash bin!  Add bright pops of color by hand coloring a fabulous flowering die cut card stock, then accent with doodling to create my Idea Journal.  A special place where I can draw and write down all my inspirational ideas and thoughts.  I hope my journal will get your creative juices flowing!

HeARTflet Collection - Sizzix® ScoreBoards™ XL Die - Journal by Eileen Hull™ #661906
Sizzix® Little Sizzles - 6" x 13" Mat Board Pack, 6 White Sheets
Americana Paint by DecoArt Lamp Black and Graphite
Decorative Scrap Book Paper – 12’ x 12”
American Crafts - Amy Tangerine Oh Happy Life Die cut cardstock: Much Love
Waxed Paper
Elastic Cord – black – 48” length
Grid Paper – 48 sheets
Assorted Ribbons – 8” lengths
Pearls – self-adhesive in assorted colors

Sizzix® Big Shot with Multi Purpose Plate and Cutting Pads
Paint Brush – Flat wash ¾”
Paper Trimmer
Corner Rounder Punch
Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive
Tombow Dual Brush Pens – assorted colors of choice
Tombow MONOTWIN Permanent Pen
Tombow MONO Aqua Liquid Glue

1. Die cut a front and back cover for your Journal.

2. Paint the inside and outside of both covers lamp black, let dry.  Dry brush the outside of both covers horizontally and vertically with graphite to resemble linen, let dry.

3.     Measure and cut two pieces of scrapbook paper 4” by 8 ¼” then round the two outside corners.  Attach to the inside front and back covers of your journal with xtreme adhesive.

4.     Measure two 4 ½” wide by 8 ¾” tall rectangles onto the die cut paper Much Love.  Color with a variety of dual brush pens, leaving the words white.

5.     Doodle over the hand colored paper with permanent pen, using the bullet and fine tips to give dimension to your design.

6.     Rough cut colored and doodled rectangles with scissors.  Flip over, and on a protected surface apply liquid glue to the back of the first paper rectangle.  Carefully apply to the outside front cover of your journal, layer with waxed paper and press down to adhere.  Gently lift up waxed paper and discard.  Press down in additional areas needed with fingers.  Repeat with outside back cover of journal.  Let glue dry.

7.     Once dry, trim any excess paper from edges of journal covers with scissors.

8.     Overlap the spine of the front and back journal covers and attach with xtreme adhesive.  Make sure to line up the top and bottom sets of holes on the spine.

9.     Thread the elastic through the holes in the spine creating four long loops.  Secure both ends of the elastic with knots.

10. Measure and cut 48 sheets of grid paper 8 ½” wide by 8” tall.  Make four groups of 12 sheets, then fold each group in half to create four signatures 4 ¼” wide by 8” tall.

11. Insert each signature through each elastic loop to create the inside pages of your journal.

12. Tie assorted ribbons to the elastic along the outside spine of the journal.  Embellish the front cover with self-adhesive pearls.

I hope that you will use my Flowering HeARTfelt Journal as a jumping off point to showcase your creativity using Eileen Hull Dies from Sizzix.

Thanks for stopping by!
Creatively, Beth

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Dollar Store Flip Flop Welcome Sign

Happy Sunday!

Create this quick and easy flip flop welcome sign in under 30 minutes with supplies from the dollar store! 
I purchased 4 pairs of colorful flip flops, one bunch of daises and 2 butterflies for just $6.00 - SCORE! The letters, ribbon and glue were from my craft stash.
flip flop welcome sign

Here's how I made it:

1. Arrange seven flip flops on your work surface, with the largest in the center to the smallest on the end, in an arch.

2. Using Tombow MONO Multi XL Liquid Glue, attach flip flops together, side by side as shown, at the top and bottom. Secure together in the back with strips of heavy cardboard or wood, glued in place.

3. Snip daisy heads from the bunch and attach one each thong and a butterfly to the last flip flop, using Tombow MONO Multi XL Liquid Glue.

4. Spell out the word WELCOME with Joy embroidered letters. Peel off the backing and apply the letters to bottoms of the flip flops.  NOTE: the are self adhesive, so the application is quick and easy!

5. Turn over the sign and tie a ribbon hanger to the second and sixth flop flop (tied to the thong button). Tie a bow.

Hang your sign and enjoy it all summer long! And if you're like me and live in Florida, you can leave it up year round!  

This is also a great project to make as a hostess gift for all of those backyard barbecues you will be invited to!

Thanks for stopping by!
Creatively, Beth

I have been compensated by the companies linked in this post, but all of the ideas and opinions are my own.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Quilt Block Inspired Home Sweet Home Decor

Happy Friday!  Today I am sharing with you a trio of quilt block inspired Home Sweet Home, houses!  A great addition to your home decor, plus they are quick and easy to make in just an evening or afternoon!

Here is what you will need:
Here is how I made it!

Step One
Stamp each of the six Colorbox® Background Basics Stamps by Ann Butler Designs – Checks, Diamond, Basket and Picnic both the square stamps and the triangular stamps with the Ann Butler Designs Crafter’s® Ink by Clearsnap – Aquamarine, Sunshine, Lilac, Limelight, Tangelo and Berry once on the coordinating cardstock.  I love how Ann’s brightly colored inks pop off the pastel cardstock colors!

Step Two:
Cut out all square and triangular stamped images with scissors.  Dry fit colors and patterns on each wooden house shape.  There are six sides to each house and six different colors of stamped images, so you can mix and match!  Apply stamped images to houses with Tombow MONO Aqua Liquid Glue with the broad tip.  Then use the base of the glue bottle to smooth out the paper and obtain a good bond.

Step Three:
Apply lace trim to each house with Tombow Xtreme Adhesive Runner.  The Xtreme is 5 times stronger than traditional adhesives, so it works well on bulky embellishments like lace. 

Step Four:
Cut out doors and windows from stamped images and apply to houses with Xtreme adhesive runner.

Step Five:
Apply white enamel dot "door knobs" to each door.  Apply letter stickers to each house to spell "HOME SWEET HOME".  

Display on a shelf or coffee table to brighten your Home Sweet Home!

Make a set to give as a gift to congratulate a friend on their new home!

More creativity and inspiration can be found on my Instagram HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!  
Creatively, Beth

Friday, June 30, 2017

Treasure Map How to with Lawn Fawn Stamps

Good Friday Morning! The Tombow USA Design Team is hosting a blog hop today with Lawn Fawn Stamps!  We were recently given the opportunity to select product from the Lawn Fawn website and I picked the AHOY, MATEY! Clear Stamp set and the companion Lawn Cuts - super cute!  I used these sets and my favorite Tombow Pens and Adhesives to create the Treasure Map and coordinating party projects outlined below.

The Lawn Fawn stamps are high quality photo-polymer and provide a clear, crisp image the first impression out of the package and the die cuts are 100% steel to create clean cut shapes!

Now, on to my project!

STEP ONE:  Create Distressed Map Paper

Start with a sheet of 8 1/2" by 11" ivory cardstock.  Scribble Tombow Dual Brush Pen #977 on the Tombow Blending Palette, mist with water, then flip over and smear across surface of paper.  Let dry and repeat until you get the desired look.  Trim 1" section from distressed paper, set aside.  NOTE: Start out by adding more water for a lighter overall color, then less and less water to create darker tones in random areas.

While the paper is still wet, crumple and tear it randomly.  Highlight the tears and edges with the Dual Brush Pen, then mist with more water from the Tombow Spray Mister to blend.  Set aside to dry.  I love the different colors that only one Dual Brush Pen created, it's kind of magical!

STEP TWO:  Stamped Images

Attach clear stamps from Lawn Fawn AHOY MATEY! set to a block, load with black archival ink (waterproof) and stamp several times on white cardstock.

Some of my images did not stamp completely because I did not apply even pressure.  My trick is that I filled in the low areas with the NEW MONO Drawing Pens, which are waterproof.

STEP THREE:  Coloring Stamped Images

I selected a color palette and started the most fun part - COLORING!  A great time to relax and experiment!  I love my Tombow Dual Brush Pens for coloring because each pen has a brush tip for larger areas and a bullet tip for details - check out the stripes on the pirate's shirt and the cross hatching on the palm trees.

I always start out my projects with a color palette, here are the Dual Brush Pens I selected:

STEP FOUR:  Cutting Stamped Images

The great thing about most of the Lawn Fawn Clear Stamp sets is that they come with companion AHOY MATEY! Lawn Cuts dies!  Lay out your images on the magnetic surface of your cutting machine, attached the dies and run through.  VIOLA!  Perfectly cut out images without any of the fuss!

I wanted just a bit more detail, so I cut out the inside of the palm trees and ship with a sharp craft knife.

STEP FIVE:  Embellish the Treasure Map

Place your images on the map until you are pleased with the composition.  Attach with Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive, roll to apply then swipe tip to the side for a clean application.  Add the wave, compass and X marks the spot stamps with archival ink directly on the map.  Sketch in the dotted lines, then fill in with Dual Brush Pen # N15.  Add a red outline around the X marks the spot and stamped message across the bottom: "You're a Treasure, Thanks for showing me the way, Matey!"

STEP SIX:  Creating Treat Bags

Stamp "You're a Treasure!" on the white section of striped cardstock then fishtail then end with scissors.  Punch scallop circle from red cardstock and smaller black circle in black cardstock and attach with Xrteme Adhesive.  Adhere treasure chest, coins and gems to medallion with Tombow Foam Tape, just cut to fit!  Attach medallion to striped cardstock, fill brown paper lunch sack with PIRATE BOOTY, fold cardstock over top of sack and secure with staples.

STEP SEVEN:  Creating Straw Messages

Cut black cardstock 3/4" by 6".  Cut white cardstock 1/2" by 6" and attach with Xtreme Adhesive. Stamp messages from the Lawn Fawn AHOY, MATEY! stamp set.  Fold in half and attach to straw with Xtreme Adhesive, then fishtail end with scissors.

STEP EIGHT:  Create Message in a Bottle Favors

Stamp messages and images on the 1" strip of distressed paper that was trimmed in Step One.  Color images with Dual Brush Pens.  Trim to fit bottle, then fishtail ends with scissors.  Place in bottle, add cork then wrap with bakers twine tied in a knot.  NOTE: Have the Birthday Boy or Girl write a personal message to each guest on the back before placing in the bottle.

STEP NINE:  Create a Cupcake Medallion

Cut a rectangle of striped cardstock large enough to wrap around the base of your cupcake and secure with Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive.  Punch two scallop circles from black cardstock and a smaller circle from red cardstock.  Attach the red circle to the first black scallop.  Flip medallion over, run a line of adhesive down the center, place skewer on adhesive, then attach second black scallop over top of skewer, securing with Xtreme Adhesive.  Stamp the word AHOY! at the top of the medallion.  Adhere boy and girl pirates and parrot to medallion with Tombow Foam Tape.

Click on the photos below to see all the details!

I hope that you have enjoyed my projects and that you will use them as a jumping off point to showcase YOUR creativity using Lawn Fawn and Tombow!

If you landed here by chance today, THANKS!  But please go back to the Lawn Fawn blog at the beginning of the hop to experience all of the inspiration!

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Thanks for stopping by today!

Creatively, Beth

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

How to Create a Birthday Date Calendar with SRM Stickers

Happy Hump Day everyone!  The Designer Crafts Connection is hosting a blog hop with SRM Stickers and I am sharing how to create a Birthday Date Calendar.  A simple, easy way to stay organized and view all your upcoming important Birthdays all in one place!

Here's how to make it:


Select a 12" by 12" piece of decorative card stock.  Mine has a grid pattern to make creating your Birthday date Calendar a breeze!  Line up each month sticker from the SRM Sticker Live Life/Calendar Year sticker sheet in a three row by four column format.


Using the NEW Tombow USA MONO Drawing Pens in tip size 05 to fill in all of the important Birthday dates of all of the friends and family in your life.


Embellish with Tombow USA Dual Brush Pens in colors that match your stickers.  The Dual Brush Pens have a brush tip for bold strokes and a bullet tip for detailed writing.  Accent the borders and doodles by drawing over top of the color with the MONO Drawing Pens in tip sizes 01, 03 and 05.


To further embellish your Birthday Date Calendar, add additional stickers from the SRM Sticker Live Life/Calendar Year sticker sheet.

Hang your Birthday Date Calendar in a prominent place.  Mine hangs on the inside door of my computer hutch, so it is always in view, reminding me of all the important Birthday dates that are coming up!

Now it's time to hop on over to the Designer Crafts Connection blog to view what the other Designers have created with their SRM Stickers, I can't wait to check out all of the inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by!  Creatively, Beth

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Upcycled Patriotic Blue Jean Banner

Happy Thursday and welcome to the patriotic edition of CRAFT LIGHTNING!  Today I am sharing my 15 minute Upcycled Patriotic Blue Jean Banner, perfect for the upcoming Fourth of July celebrations!  

Hosting this week of quick and easy crafts are three of the most creative women I know - Angie from Country Chic Cottage, Carolina from 30 Minute Crafts and Laura from Me and my INKlings! PLUS there are a couple of dozen other designers linked up and sharing in the FUN!  Inspiration for DAYS!

Now, on to my project:  Upcycled Pariotic Blue Jean Banner

STEP ONE - Create a Template

I am always saving ordinary, everyday objects and upcycling them into craft projects and home decor items, so this project started out with the cardboard backing from a junior legal pad, which is 5" by 7".  Measure up 2" from the bottom and 2 1/2" in from the side to determine the center.  Draw a straight line with your ruler from that center point out to each corner.  Cut out with scissors to create a quick banner template that you can use over and over again!

STEP TWO - Create your Banner

Measure and cut an 8" length from an old pair of blue jeans.  Open the fabric flat by cutting up the seam.  Now, my jeans are boot cut, so they were wide enough that I could get three banners from one 8" section, but cut your old jeans up as needed.  Trace three banners on the inside of the jeans with a permanent marker.  My favorite is the Tombow USA MONOTWIN Permanent Marker because it has a broad tip for projects like this and a fine tip for drawing and doodling.  Plus there is no funky odor! Cut out the banners with scissors. 

STEP THREE - Remove Wrinkles

I like upcycled projects, but they should not be wrinkled, so smooth the blue jean banners with some spray starch and an iron.

STEP FOUR - Add Letters

JOY SA is a great source for embroidered letters, numbers and symbols that can be found at Michael's and Joann.  I selected the self adhesive red and white Collegiate 3" letters for this project. Since they are self adhesive, all you have to do is peel and stick, no ironing!

STEP FIVE - Add Trim

Measure and cut three 5" sections of white ball fringe to top each banner.  Attach with Tombow USA MONO Multi Liquid Glue, making sure to run a small bead down each cut edge, so the trim does not fray.  Then attach a 35" piece of white ribbon to the back, leaving 2" between banners and 8" on either end.  I like to use a woven type of ribbon for this such a gross grain or cotton twill tape for durability.

STEP SIX - Embellish

The final step is to add some festive ribbons between the banners.  I used what I already had in my ribbon stash, cutting 8" lengths and tying them in a knot between each banner and on each end. You could also add textured yarn, tulle and metallic fibers for some bling!

Here is a close-up shot of each banner, click to enlarge.


Now it's time to dash around and see the patriotic crafty, food and lifestyle projects that all of the other designers have shared this week!  Simply click on the CRAFT LIGHTNING icon below to be INSPIRED!

Thanks for stopping by!
Creatively, Beth