Canvas Ballet Bag

Have you tried Art Foamies? When I first got my hands on them I was a little scared of them. Stamping with foam? Are you serious? Rubber is for stamps — not foam! Boy was I wrong! They are the most versatile easy to use stamps ever. Not only can Art Foamies be stamped on paper, but on Canvas and pretty much anything else your creative heart desires.

I have about a dozen canvas bags and thought one would make a perfect bag for a little dancer to carry her shoes. I used Rita Barakat’s Ballet Art Foamie, Plaid Fabric Paint and Expo trim to make this bag:

Materials:

Grapefruit Fabric Creations Paint

Fruit Punch Fabric Creations Paint

Ballet Art Foamie

Cloud art Foamie

Trim

Canvas Bag

Directions:

Using the Cloud Art Foamie and Grapefruit Fabric Paint, stamp the bottom half of the doodle cloud along the top of the canvas bag.

Cover the Ballet Shoes with a coat of Fruit Punch Fabric Creation Paint. Center the Art Foamie on the bag and press.

Allow the bag to dry for several hours. Once dry to the touch press an iron on the images with a piece of parchament paper between the bag and the iron. Don’t actually iron the image — just press it. I pressed each section for about 45 seconds, lifted the iron and pressed another session and repeated the process.

Using a fabric glue (I like Beacon’s Fabric Tac), adhere the trim. Set aside to dry.

I do have this one of a kind bag listed in my shop. If you are interested in purchasing it please check it out there.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Kiss Me I’m Irish Pop Up Box

The leprechaun from the Lucky Clover Joy Clair set looks adorable, but naughty. I knew that I wanted to create something of a surprise with it.

From the outside it looks like a pretty little box, but on the inside…

This little guy pops out! Isn’t it fun? Here is now I created this pop up box.

Material:

The box is just an old jewelry box I have hung on to for years. The pattern paper is from a Christmas line as well as the gold ribbon. I ended up painting the box over with an artichoke color. The green pictured was a bit to bright. I never used the stickles, but had them out just in case.

Directions:

First layer on some Gesso as to prime the box and paint it.

Using a gold paint dry brush a flower just enough to add highlights.

As the paint dries, color in the stamped images and cut them out.

Once the box is dry add the rainbow and sentiment in the lid.

To create the springs cut two strips of card stock and according fold every 1/4 to 1/2 inch.

Adhere to box and leprechaun with glue dots.

Now your box is ready to be given away!

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Until Next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Star Struck ATC

My daughter is involved in the drama department at her school. She has been in one play and one musical this last year. There was a mini album class featuring Graphic 45 and their vintage hollywood line. I knew it would be perfect for her, so I signed her up. She cam home with lots of scraps which I was thrilled with! I could not wait to make cards with them, but first this ATC:

To see the details on how to make your own ATC please visit the Rinea Blog . There is a ton of great inspiration over there!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Betz

4th of July DIY

4th of July is almost here! I created this fun center piece! 

 I gathered some paint, Rinea Foiled Paper, stencils and FloraCraft cubes to create it.

 Here are the pictorial steps on what I did to make the centerpiece.

To see the full tutorial and find all of the supplies I used to create this please head on over to the Rinea Blog
Unitl next time ~ Happy Crafting!
Betz

Mod Podge Blog Hop

This might be my favorite project this year:

 I wanted to create a fun serving tray that I could carry two drinks on that would not only serve as something of function, but also a focal piece. I have no intention of serving food on it so I knew I could add some fibers on the inside of the tray to finish it off.

 I started off with dominoes that I found at Walmart, a tray I picked up at Joann’s, Beacon 527 adhesive, Cowgirl Digital from Calico Collage , Sparkle Mod Podge (because every Cowgirl can benefit from a little bling, right?), and Dishwasher Mod Podge.

 The first thing I did was adhere the digital download images to dominoes. I did not ink the edges, because those would not be seen in the tray. I also really liked the white! For this tray I needed 34 dominoes.

 Using Beacon 527 I laid the dominoes like tile on the tray making sure to mix up the pattern to create interest.

 I applied a medium coat of the sparkle Mod Podge first stirring well with my brush. It is important to stir and not shake it. I let this dry overnight.

 Since my intention is to use this as a serving tray with cold beverages I needed to make it waterproof. I will never run it through a dishwasher because it is medal and will rust. Plus, I wanted to use some fun burlap in it. The dishwasher Mod Podge is safe for a dishwasher which means it is waterproof so I finished off the project with it. I layered it on really thick making sure that it filled in the holes between the dominoes. I let this sit for 28 days.It takes that long to properly make sure it is cured. I then finished it off by adding burlap to the edges with the Beacon 527.

I am very happy with how it turned out! Not only can I serve drinks on it, I can also prop it up to display when not in use. 
Make sure to check out how other crafters used Mod Podge in their art!
Until Next time — Happy Crafting!
Betz

Sugar Skull ATC

Cinco De Mayo is right around the corner! Every time I think about it or Day of the Dead which is November 2 I associate sugar skulls with them. I decided I wanted to make a spooky yet beautiful sugar skull ATC card. I download an ATC digital print sheet from Calico Collage and pulled out my Rinea Foiled Paper to make a shiny bright flower. I used vellum to give it a spooky appearance over the original digital art. I then used a permanent rubber cement technique to adhere the rest.

I uploaded a nice tutorial on the process here. Feel free to check it out!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Betz

Enchanted Rose Coaster

I am going through this phase right now that includes dominoes, Brutus Monroe Surface Inks and background stamps. No Joke! It is hard to find a universal ink that does everything and can be used on anything. Add to that a big beautiful image and being able to use it all on an everyday item…or at least something that most homes have in a new way makes me a happy crafter! I created this:

It’s a coaster. A totally usable functional beautiful coaster. I’ m over on the Brutus Monroe Blog today in which I show you how to create this step by step. Check it out here: Brutus Monroe. I am even enabling because you can visit the store and pick up the stamp and inks. Sorry….not really….but don’t say I didn’t warn you 😉 For realz though! Head over and check it out! This is one of the coolest things I have come up with in my wee little brain in a long time.

Until Next Time ~ Happy Crafting!

Summer Paradise Planner

Hi Friends! I am super excited about the new and one of a kind planner kits that you can digitally download! I talked at great lengths with the owner of Calico Collage about what us planner gals would find useful. I am proud to present the “Summer Paradise Planner Kit”

This is not like your typical Etsy sticker planner kit. This is entirely different and amazing! I show you here . Please go check it out — you won’t be disappointed! 
Until Next Time ~ Happy Crafting 
Betz

Rinea Flower Band

I created a travel journal last week and this week I wanted to finish it off with a travel band! This is both pretty and functional. It is common for me to lose paper and bits I need while on the road in my car because it falls out of the place it was suppose to be! 

The tutorial on how to make this is here

You can find the Rinea here

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Betz

DIY Matching Necklace and Magnet

Hi crafty friends! Betz Golden here!  Today I am sharing with you a sweet necklace and matching magnet I made as a gift for my Mom.

I found these keys with stickers by Tim Holtz in the clearance section at my local craft store and knew they would be perfect for jewelry! 
Since I made this necklace for my Mom I had to use the sticker “Her Majesty” because growing up she would always say she was the queen. First I added the sticker and covered it with the clear dome as provided in the package.
My Mom likes a little bling….well…she likes A LOT of bling and who can blame her? I had some pretty purple gems in my stash and added them to the key. I used Gem-Tac to adhere them.
I like odd numbers — so 3 it is!
I found some beautiful digital download at www.calicocollage.com that I knew would be perfect for the necklace. I selected the letter “P” because that is the first letter of my Mom’s name. I used a circle punch and cut it out.
I adhered the image to the metal circle piece with ZipDry.
I carefully placed it in the center of the circle.
I added the clear dome….
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And I blinged it out Using Gem-Tac and the same gems I used on the key.
I wanted to make a bottle cap magnet because I had leftovers and my Mom really likes to decorate her refrigerator. So, I took my craft hammer and flattened the edges of a bottle cap a little.
I then repeated the process on the magnet. Once the gems were dry I threaded a cord I had in my stash to make the chain of the necklace. I made a simple knot in the back of it making sure it was large enough to get over one’s head. 
This was a super easy and fun project and I highly recommend handmade jewelry for Mother’s Day, Easter and birthdays! 
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!
Betz Golden