Tuesday, June 18, 2013

SMOOTHFOAM Cupcake Shaped Gift Box

I have a project that has been featured over on the SMOOTHFOAM Blog!

Check out my Cupcake Shaped Gift Box and get the complete instructions!

Thanks for stopping by!  -Beth

Saturday, June 15, 2013


I was so excited when Barbee, the "Etchall Lady" sent some of the Designer Crafts Connection members etching creme, masking film, a craft knife and full instructions. I am always interested to try out products that are new to me and see what I can create with them. 
I have not etched anything since I was in grade school (in the 70's) and etched a monogram on to a glass plate for my 5th grade teacher. My Grandmother helped me (as she did with many crafting projects) and I can remember how we had to wear gloves, be very careful and the smell was not great.  
Now, Etchall Creme has no smell, is mild and works in 15 minutes. I was so excited to try this out! I purchased a few different glass items and was all set to etch, but while researching, I came across a cool technique which is a combination of etching and embossed stamping. I decided to try this technique on a glass pebble pendant - so many possibilities!
Now on to my project!
Hero Arts Kaleidoscope Flowers wooden block stamp set.
Ranger Ink Archival black ink pad.
Ranger Ink Heat It tool.
Clear embossing powder.
Black Lacing or Ribbon.

Basic Supplies:
Soft cloth and rubbing alcohol, scissors, ruler.

1.)  Clean the surfaces to be etched with soft cloth and rubbing alcohol. 

2.)  Die cut the smallest butterfly from the masking film. Peel the backing paper and apply the negative outline of the butterfly to the back of one of the glass pendants, smooth with squeegee.  Using the squeegee, apply a generous, but even amount of Etchall Etching Creme to the back of both pendants. Let sit for 15 minutes. Remove as much creme as possible with the squeegee and return to the container. Rinse pendants under cool running water and dry completely with soft cloth. 
3.)  Ink butterfly, place stamp ink side up on work surface and stamp by pressing glass pendant on to the stamp. this will allow for precise placement of your image. Sprinkle with clear embossing powder, set aside. Repeat with flower stamp.
4.)  Using Heat It tool, emboss both images. This will set the ink on the back of the pendants.
4.)  Allow glass pendants to cool. 
5.)  Color in images with Marvy Brush Markers and set ink with Heat It tool. Measure and cut black lacing or ribbon to desired length, thread through shank and secure end with a knot. 
Wear and enjoy!
A great craft to make with your kids, etching with Etschall Creme is quick, easy and not messy at all. The kids will be wowed by the etching process and results! 

Now it's time to Hop around to the other DCC designers to see the wonderful projects they have created using Etchall Etching Creme. Use the DCC button on the right side bar and click the back and forward.

I am excited to create more projects using Etchall Creme - I think mirrors are next!

Thanks for stopping by! -Beth

Monday, June 10, 2013

KOOL TAK Father's Day Treat Jar!

I have a project being featured over on the KOOL TAK Blog! 

Check out my Father's Day Treat Jar and get the complete instructions!

Thanks for stopping by! - Beth

Monday, June 3, 2013


June is here, the kids are done with school and Summer is just around the corner! 
It is the first Monday of the month once again and the Designer Crafts Connection is back with a creative blog hop loaded with tons of inspiration because our theme is HAPPINESS IS...
This theme swings open the doors of creativity and allows each Designer to showcase a craft or project that makes us HAPPY!
Now on to my project:
My happiest crafting projects are those that I can just create - they are not for a particular design team or magazine submission - they are just pure, wild and free!
I live in sunny Southwest Florida and some weekends are spent at the beach.  On a trip last year to Upper Captiva Island (which you can only get to by boat) we walked on the beach and collected shells.  I have collected shells from all over and they live in a dish on my coffee table.  I decided to feature several whole gems that I have found and decided to create a canvas shadow box to showcase them.
Materials and Supplies:

Pencil, ruler, decorative edge punches, craft knife, three small shells, three small starfish, self adhesive rhinestones and pearls, gorilla tape.
1.  Measure 6" in from the left edge and draw a line down the center of the canvas.  Measure in 4 1/2" from left edge, draw a line down the length.  Measure in another 3" and draw a line down the length.  Measure down 4" from the top edge and draw a line across the canvas.  Measure and draw lines across at 3", 3,5", 3", 3.5", 3" and 4".  Draw an X through each of the three 3" by 3" squares.  Carefully cut each X with a craft knife and secure the backside of the triangles to the inside of the jewelry box with Tacky Glue.  Secure on the backside of the canvas with gorilla tape.
2.  Measure and cut three squares that are 5" by 5" from scrapbook paper.  Cut a 2" long diagonal slit at each corner, fold and insert in to each box to dry fit.  Attach with Premium Extreme to secure.  Spray mist four lengths of crepe paper streamer in each of the four colors, let dry.
3.  Measure 16 to 18 different scrapbook papers between 3" and 4" wide.  Cut, tear and punch in random patterns.  Distress papers and edges with Tea Dye Ink.  Layer and dry fit the papers until pleased with the configuration.  Starting at the bottom, secure each layer of paper and crepe paper with Premium Extreme.
4.  Embellish the canvas with lace, chipboard shapes, seashells, starfish, rhinestones and pearls.  Attach the conch shell, starfish and sand dollar with Foam Adhesive Pads.  Trim edge of canvas with ribbon attached with Premium Extreme.
Hang and enjoy your beachy memories!
I hope that you have enjoyed my post for today! Now you can HOP around to all of the DCC Designers to see the HAPPINESS IS... themed projects they have created! Just use the navigation box on the right hand side of my blog to hop forward or hop back!
Thanks for stopping by!  -Beth