Tuesday, June 20, 2017

How to Create a Birthday Date Calendar with SRM Stickers

Happy Hump Day everyone!  The Designer Crafts Connection is hosting a blog hop with SRM Stickers and I am sharing how to create a Birthday Date Calendar.  A simple, easy way to stay organized and view all your upcoming important Birthdays all in one place!

Here's how to make it:


Select a 12" by 12" piece of decorative card stock.  Mine has a grid pattern to make creating your Birthday date Calendar a breeze!  Line up each month sticker from the SRM Sticker Live Life/Calendar Year sticker sheet in a three row by four column format.


Using the NEW Tombow USA MONO Drawing Pens in tip size 05 to fill in all of the important Birthday dates of all of the friends and family in your life.


Embellish with Tombow USA Dual Brush Pens in colors that match your stickers.  The Dual Brush Pens have a brush tip for bold strokes and a bullet tip for detailed writing.  Accent the borders and doodles by drawing over top of the color with the MONO Drawing Pens in tip sizes 01, 03 and 05.


To further embellish your Birthday Date Calendar, add additional stickers from the SRM Sticker Live Life/Calendar Year sticker sheet.

Hang your Birthday Date Calendar in a prominent place.  Mine hangs on the inside door of my computer hutch, so it is always in view, reminding me of all the important Birthday dates that are coming up!

Now it's time to hop on over to the Designer Crafts Connection blog to view what the other Designers have created with their SRM Stickers, I can't wait to check out all of the inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by!  Creatively, Beth

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Upcycled Patriotic Blue Jean Banner

Happy Thursday and welcome to the patriotic edition of CRAFT LIGHTNING!  Today I am sharing my 15 minute Upcycled Patriotic Blue Jean Banner, perfect for the upcoming Fourth of July celebrations!  

Hosting this week of quick and easy crafts are three of the most creative women I know - Angie from Country Chic Cottage, Carolina from 30 Minute Crafts and Laura from Me and my INKlings! PLUS there are a couple of dozen other designers linked up and sharing in the FUN!  Inspiration for DAYS!

Now, on to my project:  Upcycled Pariotic Blue Jean Banner

STEP ONE - Create a Template

I am always saving ordinary, everyday objects and upcycling them into craft projects and home decor items, so this project started out with the cardboard backing from a junior legal pad, which is 5" by 7".  Measure up 2" from the bottom and 2 1/2" in from the side to determine the center.  Draw a straight line with your ruler from that center point out to each corner.  Cut out with scissors to create a quick banner template that you can use over and over again!

STEP TWO - Create your Banner

Measure and cut an 8" length from an old pair of blue jeans.  Open the fabric flat by cutting up the seam.  Now, my jeans are boot cut, so they were wide enough that I could get three banners from one 8" section, but cut your old jeans up as needed.  Trace three banners on the inside of the jeans with a permanent marker.  My favorite is the Tombow USA MONOTWIN Permanent Marker because it has a broad tip for projects like this and a fine tip for drawing and doodling.  Plus there is no funky odor! Cut out the banners with scissors. 

STEP THREE - Remove Wrinkles

I like upcycled projects, but they should not be wrinkled, so smooth the blue jean banners with some spray starch and an iron.

STEP FOUR - Add Letters

JOY SA is a great source for embroidered letters, numbers and symbols that can be found at Michael's and Joann.  I selected the self adhesive red and white Collegiate 3" letters for this project. Since they are self adhesive, all you have to do is peel and stick, no ironing!

STEP FIVE - Add Trim

Measure and cut three 5" sections of white ball fringe to top each banner.  Attach with Tombow USA MONO Multi Liquid Glue, making sure to run a small bead down each cut edge, so the trim does not fray.  Then attach a 35" piece of white ribbon to the back, leaving 2" between banners and 8" on either end.  I like to use a woven type of ribbon for this such a gross grain or cotton twill tape for durability.

STEP SIX - Embellish

The final step is to add some festive ribbons between the banners.  I used what I already had in my ribbon stash, cutting 8" lengths and tying them in a knot between each banner and on each end. You could also add textured yarn, tulle and metallic fibers for some bling!

Here is a close-up shot of each banner, click to enlarge.


Now it's time to dash around and see the patriotic crafty, food and lifestyle projects that all of the other designers have shared this week!  Simply click on the CRAFT LIGHTNING icon below to be INSPIRED!

Thanks for stopping by!
Creatively, Beth

Sunday, March 19, 2017

How To Upcycle Mother's Day Gift Wrapping

Happy Sunday everyone!  Excited to be here today to share how to upcycle Mother's Day gift wrapping for the Craft Lightning Mother's Day Blog Hop!
I recently received and was blown away by the detail in the Beautiful Day stamp set from Altenew and just knew I wanted to do a Tombow Dual Brush Pen watercolor technique.  This post is sponsored, but all of the opinions are mine. 

On to my project!
I am always looking for inspiring ways to wrap a gift as I think the packaging should be as special as the gift inside.  I have several "Moms" in my life - my Mom, my Sister-in-Laws and a few close Mom friends and thought that these sewn book page "pillows" would be the perfect way to wrap a special gift card for Mother's Day!
Altenew features high quality photopolymer stamps that produce a crisp and clean image, even on the thinnest of detailed lines within the image.  I started out by stamping each image four times on smooth white card stock with black archival ink.

I always start my coloring projects with a color chart.  This way I can make sure that I like all of my color combinations before I start coloring my images.  I have included my color chart in the photo above.  Then I begin coloring with the lightest colors first.  Tombow Dual Brush Pens # 761 and 993.
Next I accented with Tombow Dual Brush Pen # 703.

I finished the main Peony flower with the darkest pink Tombow Dual Brush Pen # 815. 

The leaves and greenery were colored with Tombow Dual Brush Pens # 192 and 312.

And the berries with Tombow Dual Brush Pens # 553 and 533.

The next step is creating the watercolor effect, which is super easy since Tombow Dual Brush Pens are water based markers - you just add WATER!  Check out my Instagram video HERE to see the water color process!

Select your book pages.  Mine are vintage, so they are a bit heavier and approximately 8" by 10".  I gave the edges a fancy touch with my scallop pinking shears.  Place two book pages together and sew three edges.  Gently open and fill your "pillow" with your gift of choice.  I have included a gift card, some tissue paper and confetti.  Then sew the fourth side, closing the pillow.

Fussy cut your stamped and colored images, then arrange them on the top of the pillow with a lovely Altenew Antique Trim frame.  Attach with Tombow Xtreme Adhesive.  Wrap with stain ribbon and finish by tying on a tag created with one of the sentiments from the Beautiful Day stamp set - "Wish You the Most Beautiful Day".

I think that this makes such an elegant presentation for a simple item like a gift card.  This packing would be perfect for a Graduation present, Bridal Shower or even a Wedding Gift.  

I LOVE that the possibilities are endless!

Now, it's time to HOP around to the other designers that have contributed to the Craft Lightning Mother's Day Blog Hop!  Just click the link below - I can't wait to see what everyone has created!

Thanks for stopping by! -Beth

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Let's Make it SNOW with UDDERLY SMOOTH!

Wintertime is here even in Florida, with the drier air and less humidity, so Udderly Smooth is a necessity.  And with all the hand washing during the baking and crafting sessions, my skin gets so dry, but Udderly Smooth fixes my dry hands right up! 

SO, let's make it snow - IN FLORIDA!

Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue
Small, medium and Large spring style clothes pins (8 for each snowflake)
Design Master ColorTool spray paint - flat white
Chunky glitter

Remove the springs from the clothes pins.  You will need 8 clothes pins for each snowflake.

Attach flat sides of clothes pins together with Xtreme adhesive.  There is a specific way to apply the Xtreme:  run a line of adhesive then snap it off at a 90degree angle.

Apply Xtreme to both sides of the diagonal surfaces and attach as show in photo.  The double application makes the Xtreme even more powerful!

Spray top face of snowflakes with Design Master ColorTool Flat White spray paint, let dry.  I didn't worry about the sides as I like the rustic look.

Once dry, apply a thin layer of Mono Multi Glue with the broad tip.  Sprinkle with chunky glitter, shake off excess and let dry.

Layer the snowflakes on top of each other or leave single.  Attach a ribbon and hang on the tree or use as a package topper instead of a bow.

These are so quick and easy to put together that you could create a blizzard in an afternoon and paired with Udderly Smooth, it's a snow storm that won't dry out your skin!

Thanks for stopping by! -Beth

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Halloween Popcorn Box Blog Party 2016: Jack-O-Lantern Hot Air Balloon

For the past couple years Laura, of Laura Kelly Designs and Me and My Inklings, has hosted a Halloween Popcorn Box Party and this year, I'm happy to announce, I got to participate! The gist of the hop is that 50+ bloggers are given a popcorn box and asked to create something...anything, as long as it is uses the box and has a HALLOWEEN theme. Scroll down to discover how I turned this humble Popcorn Box into a Jack-O-Lantern Hot Air Balloon!

Now, on to my project!

Base coat an 8" paper mache pumpkin with Americana acrylics by DecoArt Georgia Clay and stem Dark Chocolate, let dry.  Using random strokes, top coat pumpkin with a combination of Jack-O-Lantern Orange and Tangelo, then stem with Burnt Umber, let dry. Base coat the top, bottom and folded edges of the Popcorn Box with Fawn, let dry.

Using the Basket stamp from ColorBox Background Basics by Ann Butler and Bark  ColorBox Crafter's Ink by Ann Butler to cover two pieces of Kraft cardstock.  

To create a template for the Popcorn Box, lay the box flat and trace around the edges, connect the last edge with a ruler and then cut out.  Trace three more times and cut out, so you have four pieces.  

Attach cut outs to each side of Popcorn Box with Tombow Extreme Permanent Adhesive.  Distress edges with Bark ink pad.

Cut our four "sacks" from Kunin Eco-fi® Classicfelt™ in Walnut and tie on pieces of twine.  Attach 3" lengths of twine to the back and adhere to Popcorn Box with Tombow MONO Multi XL Liquid Glue.

Draw Jack-O-Lantern face on pumpkin, fill in with DecoArt Graphite and accent with Antique Gold.

Attach a piece of scrap styrofoam to bottom of Jack-O-Lantern and inside Popcorn Box.  Paint 10" length of dowel with DecoArt Fawn, let dry.  Insert one end of dowel in base styrofoam and the other in pumpkin styrofoam, secure with MONO Multi XL

Cut five 14" lengths of sparkly black eyelash yarn and attach each length by stem lining up with each divide in pumpkin using MONO Multi XL, let dry.  Gently pull each length of yarn taught and attach to inside of Popcorn Box.

Fill with your favorite Popcorn (mine is cheesy popcorn) and ENJOY!

And now for my second project - SUPER quick and easy so even the kiddos can help!

Base coat the Popcorn Box with two coats of DecoArt Purple Rain, let dry between coats.

Using Tombow MONO Multi XL Liquid Glue to attach a variety of wiggle eyes to each side of the Popcorn Box.

Tie a funky ribbon around the center and finish with a bow to complete this project in under 30 minutes!

Now for the YOUR part! 

This year the popcorn boxes were provided by World Market and they have also sponsored a CONTEST! WOO HOO!! Everyone loves a contest and ANY of the FIVE PRIZES below would be awesome to win so, be sure to scroll down to the bottom of this post and get entered, via Rafflecopter. 

  • $50 World Market Gift Card
  • Sizzix Big Shot Machine (or Ellison Superstar) and Laura Kelly Dies - Value $100
  • Adorn It Planner Kit (Planner, Laura Kelly Papers and Stickers) - Value $65
  • Udderly Smooth Prize Pack with Hat and Mug - Value $75
  • DIY with Laura Kelly Crafty Stash (Kunin Felt, Expressionery Stamp, Expo International Pom Pom Trims and Tombow Products) - Value $100

ENTER TO WIN BELOW then scroll down and see what all the other participants made with their popcorn boxes! 

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Craft Lightning Halloween Kids Foot & Hand Print Art

Happy Wednesday and Welcome to Craft Lightning Halloween edition! All the designers participating this week will be sharing Halloween crafts created in 15 minutes, so let the fun begin!

All week long our hosts, Angie from The Country Chic Cottage, Carolina from 30 Minute Crafts and Jen from 100 Directions along with me and some other crafty friends will be sharing scouting related crafts! 

Click the Craft Lightning link at the very bottom of my post to see all the fun and inspirational Halloween crafts that have been created this week!

Now on to my project!

Use your child's foot and hand prints to create a cute, quick and easy Halloween craft to decorate your door this Fall!


Start out with three canvas boards 8" by 10".  Using Americana Acrylics by DecoArt, paint one Lamp Black, one Tangelo Orange and one Purple Rain, let dry.  

Place two child's footprints with Hauser Light Green on black canvas and two with Titanium White on orange canvas.  Place two child's hand prints (no thumbs) with Lamp Black on purple canvas. I put a quarter sized puddle on a paper plate and used a foam brush to apply the paint, then press down and lift straight up.  Clean up is easy with baby wipes.


I used glow-in-the-dark wiggle eyes, chipboard shapes and letter stickers from my stash along with my favorite adhesive Tombow MONO Multi Liquid Glue.


Add accents with permanent markers...

Metallic markers...

And ribbons.

Now it's time to HOP around and be inspired by all of the Craft Lightning Halloween Crafts!  Just click the link below!
Do you have a favorite Quick Halloween Craft? I’d love to hear about it, leave me a comment below or tag me on Instagram at @Beth3167 and tell me all about it!

Thanks for stopping by -Beth