Saturday, April 19, 2014

Easter Banner featuring EZ -De's Clear Stamps & Crafter's Ink by Ann Butler Designs

Easter is almost here, but today I wanted to share a quick and easy banner made with supplies from Ann Butler Designs!

~ EZ-De's Easy Design Elements by Ann Butler Designs for kellycraft - 2" Tri Triangles Set: A; 2" Checkered Woven Hearts; Flourish 2" ABC's.
~ Ann Butler Designs Crafter's Ink for ColorBox in Lilac; Tangelo; Limelight; Berry; Sunshine; Aquamarine.
~ Tombow - Xtreme Permanent Adhesive Runner; Power Adhesive 3D Tabs 1/2" by 1/2" square.
~ Buttons Galore & More - seven assorted Buttons.
~ Cardstock in Light Orange; Dark Orange; Bright Green.
~ Ruler, Scissors, pinking shears, yellow ribbon 48", craft foam, baby wipes, towel, acrylic stamping block and 2" circle punch.

Here's how I made it:

1.) Stamp Striped Triangle on light orange Cardstock with Tangelo ink, six times.  Cut out and attach to dark orange Cardstock, then trim with pinking shears.  To get a solid stamped image each time, layer a sheet of craft foam under your paper.

2.) Stamp Checkered Squares on bright green Cardstock with Limelight ink, making three rows of six squares.  Cut each row out, then in half. Cut fringe on each rectangle and attach to each carrot top. 

3.) Stamp the word EASTER using Lilac, Berry, Sunshine and Aquamarine inks.  Punch out with 2" circle punch.  

4.) Attach stamped letters to carrots with 3D Adhesive Tabs.  Attach carrots to yellow ribbon with Xtreme Permanent Adhesive Runner.  Attach buttons to ribbon with 3D Tabs.

5.) Hang and enjoy!!

Thanks for stopping by! - Beth

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Rebekah Meier Designs Stencil Blog Hop - The Crafters Workshop

I was excited to see my crafty friend Rebekah Meier launch a new line of stencils with The Crafter's Workshop at CHA 2014. 
Here is some insight in what inspired Rebekah to create these stencils:
"Most of my stencils are collage in style.  Collage being my favorite medium, whether in paper, fabric or both combined.  My other stencils are inspired by circles and Mandalas (I love the art form) designs.  Mandalas for those not wanting to draw their own.  I sent four 6" mandala inspired stencils to nine of my creative friends.  Be sure to visit each of their sites, I can assure you each designer's creation will be awesome, unique and varied in their mediums.  I can't wait to see what they come up with."

Materials & Supplies:
Here's how I made it:

Decoupage Tissue Wrap Melange to each canvas using Golden Soft Gel Medium, set aside to dry.  Spray Repositionable Stencil Spray on back of each stencil and attach to canvas.  I positioned mine off the edge to create interest.

 Randomly spread Golden Molding Paste over surface of stencils.
 Covering entire surface of each canvas completely.
 Immediately, peel back the stencil gently.  Wash stencil off with warm water.  Set canvases aside to dry completely.
 Place a small amount of Winter Blue on paper plate and dilute with water. Brush randomly over top surface and sides of each canvas.  Remove excess with paper towel.
 Repeat with Slate Grey paint, let dry.
 Repeat with Neutral Grey paint, let dry.
Final coat is with Charcoal Grey paint.  Make sure to get into recessed areas, let dry for a few minutes, then remove excess paint from surface with paper towel.
 One Canvas One, highlight areas with Liquid Perfect Pearls using the tip of your index finger to spread on to surface randomly.  I love the shimmer that this step gives the canvases - it looks like metal showing through!
 Repeat on Canvas Two...
 Canvas Three...
 And Canvas Four...
Once dry, apply grey ribbon to canvas edges using Tacky Glue to secure.

I love working in mixed media because there are no rules and there are no mistakes!  If you don't care for the way one of your canvases looks, then just paint over that area and start again - LOVE IT!
Please click on the links below to see what the other Designers have created with Rebekah Meier Designs Stencils!


Friday, April 11, 2014


Just stopping by on this lovely Friday afternoon to share my BIG NEWS that I was invited to join the KUNIN DESIGN DREAM TEAM! 

Head on over to the Kunin Group website to discover all of the yummy felt, fabrics and crafts that they have to share!

My first project is Funky Flower Pin that is cute, quick and easy to make - check it out HERE! on the Kunin Felt Blog.  Their FB Page has tons of inspiration as well!

Can't wait to share the rest of the projects that are swimming around in my head just waiting to be created!

Thanks for stopping by!  -Beth

Monday, April 7, 2014

Easter Egg and Basket Tutorial

Today is the first Monday in April, so the Designer Crafts Connection is having their monthly blog hop!  This months theme is "April Showers Bring May Flowers!"  Instead of a traditional flower themed project, I took some creative license and have created my project with flower themed papers and embellishments.


  • 8" Round paper mâché box bottom.
  • Smoothfoam Eggs - one at 3 1/2", two at 2 7/8" and four at 2 5/16".
  • Golden Soft Gel Medium, Paint Brushes.
  • Basic Grey - Fresh Cut - Flower Kit; Violet Garden; Gardenia Row; Daisy Patch; Poppy Lane; Vellum Tape Strips.
  • Echo Park - Hippity Hoppity - Hippity Stripe; Easter Bunny; Hoppity Journaling; Sticker Accent Pieces.
  • Jillibean Soup - Kraft Hexagons (2).
  • Maya Road - Vintage Lace Tape in Antique Pink.
  • Rhinestones and Pearls - White, Golden Yellow, Light Green and Lavender.
  • Ranger Ink - Distress Ink Pad in Antique Linen and Dylusions Ink Spray in Lemon Zest.
  • Score Tape - 1/4" Double Sided Tape.
  • Scissors, Paper Trimmer, Craft Knife, Ruler, Pencil, Paper Shredder, Junk Mail, Tacky Glue.

Here's how I made it:

Cover the bottom of an 8" round paper mache box with teal decorative paper.  Crumple and distress with RANGER INK Antique Linen Distress Ink Pad, several decorative papers, then tear and decoupage onto SMOOTHFOAM Eggs with GOLDEN Soft Gel Medium.  Allow to dry and decorate your eggs with BASIC GREY and ECHO PARK stickers, borders, washi tapes, rhinestones and pearls.

Cover basket with hexagon kraft paper to give a woven basket look.  Trim a row from the hexagon paper, measure the width of the inside of the hexagon and cut a strip from the teal decorative paper.  Weave the teal paper through the hexagon paper and attach to the inside of the basket.  (note: this is a decorative handle only)  

Embellish basket with BASIC GREY Fresh Cut Flower Kit and ECHO PARK Hippity Hoppity Sticker Accents.  I needed yellow Easter grass for this basket, but did not have anything yellow I could use, so I took a handful of junk mail from my paper shredder and tinted it using RANGER INK Dylusions Ink Spray in Lemon Zest.  Worked like a charm!

I hope you have enjoyed my non-traditional flower themed post!

Now it is time to HOP around to the other Designers Blogs and see what FLOWER inspired projects they are going to share with us - I know I can't wait!  Use the HOP FORWARD and HOP BACK links in the DCC icon on the right sidebar to navigate!

Thanks for stopping by! -Beth