Red Nosed

A red nose is better than a brown nose. These sweet little icons need a card all for themselves. To keep it simple use kraft paper and one color ink. A little pop or red adds just a touch of personality.

I really wanted a sentiment on the front, but could not figure out where to put it. So, I pulled out the bag of circles that were cut from the card front die. I stamped it with one of the background icons, inked the edges and stamped the sentiment.

To finish off the card a pretty little bow from twine and glitter drops were all that was needed.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Red and White Christmas Card

I have been itching to make a striking two colored card for some time. What better holiday than Christmas than to make a red and white card for?!?

At First

My first inclination was to make it simple. I was just going to stamp the icons from the new CTMH bundle in red and pop dot the circle card front over it and call it good.

Then

I thought it would be so cute with the little peppermint shaker bits and red bling. Instead of combining all of it in one big shaker front, I decided to section it off into fourths and alternate my shaker fillings.

Before I added the shaker guts I used a piece of glitter foil on the card base where I stamped the images. A little red and white twine in a bow was the perfect finishing touch!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

It’s A Bootiful Shaker!

Okay, so the sentiment does not exactly match the card front, but it fit perfectly. I just can’t get enough of this CTMH stamp and die set! Today I decided to make another shaker using the shaker guts I bought from Queen and Co a few months ago.

For the backdrop in the shaker I added a piece of pattern paper. The two coordinating patterns really make this card pop with the simplicity of the layout. I did add a little shimmer to the green brew, but you can not see it in the picture.

Trouble Shooting

I did all my stamping and coloring at one time for these cards. Once I was done I realized I did not have any purple Halloween paper, so I made my own. I used Grape Crush (the same color as the sentiment) to swipe over the top of my card base. I did a few swipes to get the correct vibrancy. It looked a little boring just purple,so I spritzed some water on it for drops and towel dried it off.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

I Love Family Echo Park & Peachy Cheap Collaboration

It is a privilege and dream come true to be a guest designer for Peachy Cheap today! My first crafty purchase was made through them years ago. I would check my e-mail just to see what the daily special was long before Instagram was around. Needless to say, Peachy Cheap has a special place in my heart and I am so glad that they have stayed in business all of these years. A lot of small businesses in the craft industry do not withstand the test of time, but Peachy Cheap has!

Today’s deal is Echo Park‘s I Love Family line. I created 6 projects with it, that I am sharing with you today!

When I saw this gorgeous line I knew it would e perfect for home decor and a few scarp book layouts. Can you believe that I have a lot leftover?

Layouts

I created three layouts with I Love Family.

I could not pick which paper I wanted to use. The collection has 12 sheets that are double sided. The possibilities are endless! For this layout I used as much of the papers as I could get away with. Since there are so many patterns I opted to keep the layout flat with little embellishments.

I am a huge fan of white space and utilized it on this layout with a busy base page. The kit comes with a full 12 by 12 sticker sheet. I pop dotted the mason jar sticker by adding powder to the back of it which turned it into a glossy die cut. To add dimension to the page, I used pop dots on the photo and die cuts. distressing the edges and inking them also amped the interest level up for the layout.

The paper in the collection is just lovely and I wanted to use several pieces for this layout. I decided to create a background with three circles in various sizes and three mats off centered from one another. Three of the stickers were used in the traditional way. The flower in the pot I created into a die cut by powdering the back and pop dotting it on the bottom corner of the picture.

Home Decor Pieces

Upon receiving this collection I promptly made my way to Micheal’s and bought three wood pieces to decorate my home and office. The best part was the pieces I selected were each 99 cents!

I created this piece for my entry way this fall. Rubber Cement is my favorite adhesive for a strong long lasting bond. There are a few tricks to using it, but once you know them you are set! To create a permanent bond apply the rubber cement horizontal on the first substrate and vertical on the other. Let it dry completely before adhering. To create a temporary bond apply the rubber cement to one substrate and adhere it to the other wet.

I created this fun frame that can easily swap the picture out with it’s clipboard style for my husband’s office. He has recently lost over 100 pounds. For his birthday we took a hike and made it to the top. He could have never done that before. Our kids celebrated with him by hiking as well. This picture symbolizes that special day and amazing accomplishment he achieved. I created this for his office as a reminder.

My youngest is 14 and recently has taken up golf. He has surprised us with not only his talent, but his passion for it. This past summer he participated in the golf tournament that his great grandfather started over 50 years ago. As of right now he is the only great grandchild that plays in it. Tradition is strong in him and he was proud that he could carry on the legacy. I made this for his room.

Peachy Cheap

To get your own I Love my Family by Echo Park collection make sure you head over to Peachy Cheap today — Sept 4, 2019. The best part is it is discounted! Please let them know you visited my website too!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Trifold Circle Card

Recently I got my hands on an amazing stamp set with a gorgeous cake as one of the images. I wanted to create a unique card instead of the Standard A2 size. So, I came up with this fun twist on a tri-fold card. I added a pop out type circle featuring the image.

I just love how when it is opened the image is shown, Such a fun card to give and make. Here is the video tutorial on how to create your own:

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!

How to Use a Face Stencil on a Plate

Rita Barakat has a clever line of stencils to help people draw faces. The first thing I wanted to do when I got my hands on her face stencils was to put it on a plate! These stencils are unique in that they lay the base, but the artist really shines through by adding in the details, focus and colors according to personal style. My passion is hair.

I have created numerous journal pages with these stencils. Finally, I was able to get one on a plate!

Directions:

Gather material making sure to choose paint colors.

This plate had a perfect 6 by 6 square in the center that held the stencil.

Trace the image with sharp pointed object. A pencil works, but the color will transfer, so do so with caution.

Paint the image according to your desire. Make sure to do at least two coats per area!

Once the paint has dried, place the stencil back on the image and trace again.

Connect all the lines on the face.

Start to add the details.

Working with pottery paint is forgiving. Do not worry if you paint something and it does not turn out. I had to replace her mouth three times.

Use puffy paint for details.

Create eyelashes and eyebrows by laying a thick layer of puffy paint, allowing it to dry and going back in with a needle to remove hair like spots.

Once the face is to your liking, have it fired and glazed.

I really like crazy hair and spent a lot of time adding color and texture to her mane.

Rita Barakat stencils can be used on so much more than paper. Think outside of the box. You never know where your creativity will take you!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!