Thursday, August 25, 2016

Rebekah Meier Designs Fabric Elements Blog Hop!

Happy Thursday and welcome to the Designer Crafts Connection Blog Hop with Rebekah Meier Designs Fabric Elements!


Rebekah is one of my dear crafty friends and a fabulous fabric artist, so I was excited when she came out with her Fabric Elements line.  It makes fabric art easy for a mixed media artist to be successful at AND won the best new product award at the 2015 Craft & Hobby Show.

For those not familiar with Fabric Elements, here is a little background in Rebekah's own words:  "Award winning Fabric Elements™ is a culmination of my experiments, favorite materials, and techniques.  It is a collection of my stencils, tissue paper, and fabric designs with pre-packaged fiber goods – such as batting, felt, gauze, Lutradur, and many others.  The collection is designed to work together with my techniques and instructions to create endless mixed media and fiber art projects.  I love to take the ordinary – like quilt batting and interfacing – and combine them with paint, inks, and other embellishments to elevate them into something extraordinary!"

Each designer received a Fabric Elements kit and then I broke out my Rebekah Meier Designs stencils from the Crafter's Workshop, some DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - let the crafting begin!


The instructions were simple to follow (I always read through directions first, so I can avoid craft fails), then I just started layering paint and stencils and more paint.  I used Cobalt Turquoise Hue, Prussian Blue Hue, Green Gold, Ultramarine Blue and Quinacridone Magenta.  The fluid acrylics are partially transparent, so they are perfect for layering.


The last step was adding the Titan Buff accents to the top layer, which really makes the entire piece POP!


I ripped a few strips with the Green Gold background, tinted the lace trim with the Magenta before adding these elements to my Quilt.  I layered the fabric, then the batting then my mixed media piece on top, instead of having a border around the edge.


I stenciled the smaller piece of batting included in the kit with Prussian Blue and then accented with Turquoise and Green Gold. I then stitched around the edges of the Mini Paper Quilt in black and through the center of the medallion, which gives it dimension.


I accented the stenciled words FLY AWAY with Tombow MONO Twin Permanent Marker, which I think really makes them jump off the page.


The mixed media nature of this project allowed me to be loose with my stitching and not worry about perfectly straight lines! Imperfection is perfect!  The final accents were off white pearls and purple rhinestones.  I enjoyed letting go and just creating this Mini Paper Quilt!


NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF!  Make sure you visit the Designer Crafts Connection blog to HOP through to all the designers projects AND enter for your chance to win the FANTASTIC PRIZE below from Rebekah Meier Designs.  WOW!


Thanks for stopping by!  -Beth

Friday, July 29, 2016

ETI and GEL PRESS Blog Hop!

Happy Friday and Welcome to the 
ETI and Gel Press Blog Hop
The designers for both companies have been busy creating wonderful projects for this blog hop. You should have hopped here from the wildly talented Cindi at Behind these Eyes, but if you just stopped by my blog today, please start the hop at the ETI Resin Crafts Blog!

Now, on to my project!

Gel Press sent a 5" by 7" gel printing plate, so I watched a few of the videos on their site and I couldn't wait to get started!

Below are some of the mono prints that I made in just a few hours with DecoArt Media Paints, Ann Butler's Iridescents by Earth Safe Finishes, plus her Art Screens and Background Basics Stamps by Clearsnap.  Now I am HOOKED!


Here is a close up of the two mono prints that I decided to use for my project featuring DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Green Gold, Titan Buff and Colbalt Turquoise Hue - can you see the shimmer of the Iridescents Paint? GORGEOUS!



I found the oval and square recessed wooden shapes at the local craft store and hoarded saved them for a resin project!  Paint the edges with Iridescents Copper.  Place plain computer paper in the center of each shape and then score around the edge with a bone folder to create a template.  Cut out the template and trace on to your mono print.  Trim mono print and attach to wooden shape with gel medium, making sure to apply a thick, solid coat.

Attach chipboard letters and embellishments with Tombow MONO Aqua Liquid Glue.  Once dry, apply a layer of gel medium to seal these items to the background.

Next comes measuring and mixing the resin.  I found this intimidating the first time I did it, but it really is quite simple! 

When using EnviroTex Lite always measure equal parts of resin and hardener. Blend in an ETI plastic cup with a wood stick (only a wooden stick) for two minutes, mixing vigorously while scraping sides and bottom of cup. Then pour resin into a new, clean cup and blend for another minute with new wooden stick. Thorough blending is achieved by the above mixing method only! Discard mixing stick. Pour resin onto project immediately. Use stick lighter to remove bubbles from coating. You may need to use the lighter several times during a forty five minute period following application. 

Important: read all instructions included with EnviroTex Lite.

Always pour resin on a level surface that has been protected with waxed or freezer paper. 

Immediately pour your resin onto your project.  Remembering that the resin will self level.

Remove any bubbles with the flame of a stick lighter.  Repeat as needed over the first 45 minutes of the resin hardening process.

Your resin should be as clear as glass.  Here is a detailed photo...

After your resin has cured for 24 hours, cut a 48" length of cotton ribbon and attach wooden shapes with Tombow Xtreme Tabs.

Here are close up photos of each panel - HOME, SWEET, HOME




And, a close up of the Iridescent Copper Paint through the resin - WOW!

Please leave a comment on EACH blog, then tell us on the Gel Press blog and on the Resin Crafts blog which projects you found most interesting or inspiring. 
Now, on to the fun stuff - PRIZES!

One winner will be picked, at random, Sunday, July 31, 2016, at 10pm CST. The winner will get both Petite sets of Gel Press plates and ETI Jewelry Resin! Winner must be 18 or over and live in the USA.

Hop now through Sunday and GOOD LUCK!

Be sure to check out the social media accounts for ETI Resin Crafts and Gel Press for TONS more inspiration!



Thanks for stopping by!  -Beth

Monday, July 25, 2016

Tombow and Avery Elle Blog Hop



HAPPY MONDAY! and welcome to the Tombow USA and Avery Elle Blog Hop! 


To follow along in the blog hop, I hope you have arrived here from the talented Caryn Davies blog, but if you have stumbled across my blog, please make sure you start the hop party directly at the Avery Elle Blog


Now on to my project!


I LOVE the Canopy Clear Stamp Set from Avery Elle for coloring with my Tombow Dual Brush Pens, so This was definitely a FUN project for me to complete - plus who doesn't LOVE glitter!

STEP ONE:
For me, the first step is ALWAYS a color scheme.  I placed the flower section of the Canopy Clear Stamp Set onto an acrylic block and stamped it about 8-10 times with black archival ink.  A brand new stamp normally takes 2-3 impressions before the image becomes crisp and clear.  Then I started selecting colors of Tombow Dual Brush Pens.  Once I was pleased with my selection of colors, I wrote in the number on the color swatch.  This allows me to stay organized.

STEP TWO:
Then we are on to coloring in the images.  I needed five of the canopy of flowers, so I colored while watching a movie with my niece and nephew.  Coloring is very relaxing!!

STEP THREE:
I roughly cut out the five canopy of flowers, selected some bright yellow and bright pink coordinating cardstock and then got busy glittering some chipboard letters!  Tombow MONO Multi Liquid Glue is excellent for glittering chipboard letters and this Lapis Glitter matches the Tombow Dual Brush Pen #452 perfectly!  My tip is to color the edges of your chipboard with the matching color of Dual Brush Pen, so the color is uniform.

STEP FOUR:
Measure and cut five rectangles 4 1/4" wide by 5 1/2" long from bright yellow cardstock. Measure up 1" from the bottom and to the center, then connect the center dot to each of the bottom edges to create a triangle.  Cut triangles out with scissors, add Tombow Foam Tape to the top edge and attach canopy of flowers for dimension. Attach glittered chipboard letters to banner with Tombow Foam Tape, then draw a dotted line to highlight the bottom edge with Tombow Dual Brush Pen #N15.  Cut 1" strips of bright pink cardstock, then punch with decorative edge punch.  Attach to bottom of banner with Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive. Trim excess cardstock flush with side of banner.

STEP FIVE:
Attach each banner to 60" length of lavender satin ribbon, leaving 12" at either end and 2" in between banners with Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive.

Here is a close up detail of the "H" section of the HELLO banner! It's bright and sunny and I am going to hang it on my mantel to welcome family and friends.  


NOW ON TO THE FUN STUFF - PRIZES! 


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Thanks for stopping by! -Beth

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

DIY Frog Ball and Cup Game made from TP Tubes

Craft Lightning Week is back with Scout Crafts!  

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

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

Now on to my project!

Craft projects are always fun to do with Scouts, but when that craft is a game the fun really begins!  Follow along below to see how to make these DIY Ball in Cup Games (or rather FLY and FROG games) from recycled TP Tubes!


STEP 1: Squash the bottom of your TP tube and cut off about 3/4".  I used the glue line as my guide, so no measuring needed.


STEP 2: Paint the inside of the tube pink using Americana Paints by DecoArt Peony Pink, let dry.


STEP 3: Measure and cut rectangles from Kunin™ Eco-Fi™ 9" x 12" Craft Cuts Classicfelt Kelly Green. Secure with Beacon Adhesives Felt Glue, let dry.


STEP 4: Cut out frog arms and legs from Kelly Green Kunin Felt and circles from Neon Green Kunin Felt.  Attach felt arm and leg pieces and wiggle eyes with felt glue, let dry.  I didn't have enough of one size wiggle eyes, so I mixed and matched the sizes to use up my stash!


STEP 5: Cut a 24" length of jute twine and attach to inside bottom edge of tube with felt glue.


STEP 6: Staple bottom edge of tube with 3-4 staples.


STEP 7: Attach wiggle eyes and wings cut from Silver Grey Kunin Felt to 1" in diameter black buttons.  Thread jute twine through button hole, tying a knot in the back to secure.


Once complete, your Scouts will have hours of fun swinging the Fly into the Frog's mouth!  

This craft can be used to teach your Scouts about recycling and the eco-system in a pond or stream, as well as working on hand/eye coordination and dexterity. 


Now its time to HOP over (pun INTENDED!) to see what all of the other fabulous Designers have created for this round of Craft Lightning SCOUT CRAFTS!  Just click on this Craft Lightning icon below...


Thanks for stopping by!  -Beth

Friday, May 27, 2016

Tombow USA and Altenew Blog Hop!

Hello and Welcome to the Tombow USA and Altenew Blog Hop! We have a great day of inspiration ahead of us. Make sure you leave a comment on all the blogs for the chance to win one of 4 prizes!


I 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 - so, 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 friends who have daughters graduating from high school this June and thought that these sewn book page "pillows" would be the perfect way to wrap such a milestone gift.
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 Bridal Shower or even a Wedding Gift.  The possibilities are endless!



NOW on to the FUN STUFF - PRIZES!

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Thanks for stopping by!  -Beth