Monday, July 15, 2013


Recently, my Designer friend, Marisa Pawelko started working with ROWLUX® ILLUSION FILM - and WOW what a fabulous and interesting product!  The films have intensely saturated colors and very cool three dimensional effects.  They are flexible and easily cut with scissors or a craft knife, so they are perfect for many different applications within your craft projects.

Now, on to my project!

I love Christmas year round - making and giving ornaments is my favorite thing!  I have always wanted to make one of these spheres, but never had the right materials.  Now with the flexible Rowlux® Illusion Film, the sphere will keep it's shape when packed and not be crushed like scrapbook paper.



1.)  Measure and draw propeller style pattern on plain white paper with pencil.  Make each blade 2" long with 1/4" circles at both ends and the middle.  Cut out pattern.  Trace pattern four times on film with black pen.

2.)  With scissors, cut out four pieces.

3.)  Punch holes in top, middle and center of each piece.

4.)  Measure and cut a 24" length of thin white ribbon.  Thread button on to ribbon, placing in center, leaving two 12" "tails".  Knot ribbon.

5.)  Thread on each piece, using center hole.

6.)  Thread on a second button and knot ends of ribbon.

7.)  Measure 2" and make a knot in the ribbon.  Thread on a third button and knot ends of ribbon.

8.)  At this point the pattern pieces are stacked on top of each other.  Thread the left end, then the right end of the first pattern piece on to the ribbon.  Repeat with the other three pattern pieces.

9.)  Knot the ribbon.  Thread on a fourth button and knot the ends of the ribbon.  Trim the ribbon tails to 8" and knot at the top to create a hanger.

Experiment with other shapes, punches, stamps and stickers to create an ornament of your own.  This product is also very kid friendly, since you can cut it with scissors!

Now HOP on over to Marisa's Blog and see all of the other imaginative projects that the other Designers have created with Rowlux® Illusion Film!

This revolutionary material has been utilized in award winning point of purchase displays, packaging, signage, artwork, footwear, lighting, interior design, retail display fixtures and beyond. Our new frontier is the craft industry! There's absolutely nothing like it on the market, and I personally believe without a doubt that Rowlux® Illusion Film is THE future of crafts!

Rowlux® Illusion Film is made in the USA and comes in a diverse range of spectacular eye-catching colors and patterns.  These durable, translucent, 12" x 12" polycarbonate sheets add instant pizzazz to craft projects, seasonal accents, party decorations, scrapbooks, greeting cards, jewelry, furniture, frames, gifts, favors, accessories, art and DIY home decor projects. Easily cut with scissors, Rowlux® is also the perfect material for scoring, folding, embossing and die cutting. The creative possibilities are endless. This innovative and inspiring new craft material manipulates light to create dazzling visual effects. The illusion of depth and motion is the result of thousands of tiny parabolic lenses that are molded into the surface of both sides of the material. These lenses create a pattern of light reflection and refraction resulting in stunningly brilliant optical effects.

To instantly add "POP" and "WOW" to your projects, just add Rowlux®!

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Helpful Hints for Crafting with Rowlux®:

Adhesives: The optical effects are diminished when the product gets wet, therefore the ideal method for adhering translucent Rowlux® is with a light coating of spray mount. This works very well when you are applying flat pieces to flat surfaces. Liquid adhesives and resins will fill the lenses and diminish the optical effects.

If you wish to manipulate the material and create a stronger bond than can be accomplished with spray mount, I recommend hot glue. Just be sure to glue strategically in spots that are hidden, such as in the back or on corners, since the liquid nature of hot glue will diminish the optical effects and the glue will be visible due to the transliucent nature of the material. You can always cover any areas where the glue shows and effects are diminished with a button, gem or other embellishment.

Tools: Rowlux® can easily be cut and scored with paper trimmers. Scissors, Sizzix® steel rule dies, Sizzix® embossing folders and Sizzix® Scoreboards (which cut and score) by Eileen Hull also work well. Rowlux® can be manually bent, rolled and folded and is also great for flatwork.

If you come up with inspiring new ideas, techniques and methods for working with Rowlux®, we invite you to share what you’ve come up with in your posts!

Thanks for stopping by!  -Beth

Monday, July 1, 2013


Good Monday Morning everyone! 

Well, it is the First Monday in July, so the Designer Craft Connection is hosting our monthly Blog Hop and the theme for July is CELEBRATIONS!

There are ALOT of Celebrations throughout the year, so I have created a Chalkboard Banner - this way the message can be changed to suit each Celebration!

Now, on to my project!

Maya Road canvas banners - 6
Americana paint by DecoArt - chalkboard paint in black
Tim Holtz Alterations tiny attacher
Ranger ink Tim Holtz distress ink in Tea Dye
Hero Arts stamp design block  Dots and Flowers - S5213
Xyron Mega Runner - 1/2" by 100'
Xyron 3/8" Adhesive Dots
Aleene's Original Tacky glue
Scrapbook papers - black and white stripe, flowered, solid coral and patterned turquoise.
Wooden circles - six that are 3" in diameter
Ribbon - 1" ivory gross grain - 60" long
Buttons - ivory, six
Rhinestones - amber, six
Mists in turquoise and mocha

Pencil, ruler, paper trimmer, flower punch, scalloped border punch, paper plate for palette, water basin, paper towels, scissors, corner rounder punch and chalk.

1.) Ink flowers and dots stamp with tea dye and stamp on all 6 canvas banners.  Mist lightly with mocha and turquoise spray mists.  paint 6 wooden circles with at least 2 coats of black chalkboard paint, let dry. 
2.) Cut twelve 2" by 12" strips from flowered paper, fan fold.  Attach two pieces together with mega runner, then attach ends to form a tube.  Apply tacky glue to the backside of a wooden circle.  Gather fan folded tube with one hand and push down with the other to form a fan.  Center on BACK of wooden circle in glue.  Place glue bottle on top to weigh down until dry.  Repeat to create five more rosettes.
3.) Cut twelve 1/2" by 12" strips from black and white striped paper.  Punch one edge with scallop border punch.  Attach to backside of canvas banners with mega runner, trim excess paper to fit.  Punch six flowers from coral paper, attach buttons and rhinestones with adhesive dots then attach to point of each banner.
4.) cut six 1" by 6" strips from turquoise patterned paper and round corners with a punch.  Attach to top edge of each banner with mega runner.  Using tacky glue, attach rosettes to banners, let dry.
5.) cut a 60" length of 1" wide ivory ribbon.  Measure in 12" from end and attach first banner with tiny attacher stapler in an "X" pattern.  Attach rest of banners leaving 1" in between each.  Write message on banner with chalk, hang and enjoy!


There are ALOT of other messages that can be added to the Chalkboard Banner - here are just a few:

I ❤ Art!

Now you can HOP AROUND to see what the other Designers have created to CELEBRATE this first Monday in July!  Just click the HOP FORWARD or HOP BACK buttons on the DCC icon on the right hand side of my toolbar!

Thanks for stopping by! - Beth