A Few of My Favorite Things in 2019!

I must admit that as a crafter of over 3 decades it is challenging to find new products that blow me away. My 2019 list of My Favorite Things are not all new things to the craft industry. The items I have listed are currently my “go to” things this year. Most are new, but not all and there is one that might surprise you! Here is the direct links to each item. To see them up close, in action and more information please check out the video I created for you!

The List!

Rinse Well The most go to thing on my desk to clean my brushes!

Ultra Mod Podge This is a multi-purpose medium! It is a glue, sealer and can be used to paint pour. I like it because I can use it as traditional Mod Podge and get no brush stroke marks.

Dina Wakley Media Journal The paper in this little journal is amazing! It is super absorbent with wonderful texture and thickness.

Make Art Station I think it is the magnets that set this apart for me. They don’t pinch!

Simon Hurley Stamps Not only are these super cute, but they also can work with other sets in his line.

Archival Mini Ink Pads The best waterproof ink pads around and in the perfect size for my over crowded craft room (my real estate in my studio is super valuable!)

Dome Ink Blenders Not only do they leave no harsh lines I like them better than blender brushes. They are cheap and can be used with a multitude of handles.

Catherine Pooler Mini Ink Pads Once again the size is what gets me! Take the best colored ink around and put them in an easy to store container. You will want the refills for these!

Etchall Stencil Spray I like this better than the trending Pixi spray because I can actually find it and it’s not sold out. I have been using this for years!

Tri-Blend Markers I appreciate that this solves all my shading questions in one marker! No longer trying to match and buy three markers. Tri Blends take the guess work out of it.

I hope you enjoyed this year’s list! Now, I want to know…what are your favorites for 2019? Tell me in the comments!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Butter Beer Float Recipe and Harry Potter Etching!

To announce our upcoming vacation I decided to create each family member a Harry Potter glass mug full of a Butter Beer float! We are heading to Universal Studios pretty much for Harry Potter. Two summers ago we visited and went crazy over the Butter beer they served in the park. I knew this was the perfect hint to our vacation.

Not only have I created a pictorial tutorial for you I also created a video of how to etch on glass and as a bonus the Butter Beer Float recipe!

Video

Tutorial:

Cut a Circle from vinyl

Save the circle for another use and keep the frame.
Flip the frame over to adhere to a transfer sheet and remove the backing.

Adhere to mug.
Remove transfer sheet.
Place vinyl image in center of frame using the same process.
Carefully apply a thick coat of etchall to circle.
Let it sit for at least 15 minutes and remove etchall….
…making sure to return the etchall cream to the jar for a later use.
Rinse with warm soapy water.
Remove the vinyl image.
And remove the frame.
Your mug is now ready to be used!

Butter Beer Float Recipe

Ingredients:

2 C Heavy Whipping Cream

1/4 C Starbucks Caramel Syrup

1/4 C Sugar

1 gallon of Vanilla Ice Cream

Butterscotch syrup for ice cream

Serves 4 (with left overs)

Directions:

–Beat the whipping cream, caramel syrup and sugar until fluffy.

— Drizzle Butterscotch syurup along inside of mug.

— Scoop icecream in mug.

–Drizzle with more Butterscotch.

–Top with Caramel Whipped Cream.

–Finish it off with more Butterscotch syrup.

I hope you enjoyed this post! We had a lot of fun creating it and my kids wanted me to let you know that if you want any more sweet related projects they will happily help test them out! 😉

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!