Friday, February 26, 2016

Blooming Box

This month the Craftwell Design Teams are featuring Teresa Collins' dies and embossing folders.

I created a blooming box perfect for Spring. I first took the flower die and cut multiple pieces of each flower.  I also cut photo corners on gold foil paper.  Please note when using the magnetic shim, place your die, with the smooth side down.  I wasn't paying attention on my last cut and placed  the die wrong and ended up cutting my magnet sheet.  I now have a cute magnet photo corner for the fridge.

The Cut N Boss' embossing is nice and deep, but you need to use a heavy paper weight otherwise it will tear your paper.  The results are simply gorgeous.  I cut the box on the Cricut Explore and then embossed it using the Diamond embossing folder.

I then took my petals and eBrushed both front and back using Sharpies.

Here is the top view of the Blooming Box.  I added sprigs to the flowers and  used pretty buttons for the centers.

I felt the lid needed more color so I layered two lace ribbons around the edge.  Love these colors! They make me happy!

I added the photo corners to each side of the box.  It really helped ground my box.

I hope you enjoyed my project today.  Thanks for visiting.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

DCWV Stateside - Coming Soon!

I'm so excited! I've been playing with the NEW Stateside Collection by DCWV!!  This collection is remarkable and it will be available soon at your local Joann's.

For my first project, I used one of the U. S. posters to alter the deer from the DIY Wall Zoo collection.

I placed the parts on the map, traced and cut.  Not all of the components fit on the the map so I set aside the sides of the head, antlers and the backboard to paint.  I applied the map cutouts to each part with Mod Podge.

All the pieces are numbered so before I painting the sides and the antlers, I snapped a photo to reference.

I applied 2 coats of black chalk paint, directions indicate allow 2 hours in between coats, but the paint dried pretty fast and since I won't be writing on the chalkboard surface, I applied the second coat after 15 minutes.

While the paint dried, I removed the flower patterns from the Stateside DIY Project Stack and made 4 small flowers, 1 large flower and assembled with hot glue.

My second project is a set of canvas panels.  I painted the edges of 2-12"x12" canvas panels.

I covered the panels with black burlap from the 12"x12" Premium Burlap Stack.   I layered pattern paper on top of the burlap, used the California state chipboard and added an enamel geo tag.

And here you have it, my deer in bloom with 2 coordinating altered panels.  I am so loving the quote, "The shortest way to anywhere is to have good company". That quote is everything!

 This wall is the entry way to the family room & kitchen and it was due for a makeover.  

Thank you for visiting.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Amor #LatinaCrafter February Sketch

Love is in the air!  Just a few more days until Valentine's Day.  Today I am sharing the card I made following Latina Crafter's Monthly Sketch.

I love using my Cut N' Boss. It was sitting on my dining room table and now it has a space of it's own, right next to my Cricut Explore.  I used My Mind's Eye, Filled with Love paper to cut out the heart.  

I then took one of the many acetate packaging I've been hoarding and embossed it with the heart embossing folder.

I cut the Amor die by Latina Crafter out of gold foil.  The Cut N' Boss came with the magnetic plate, seriously love using it when cutting smaller dies or if I'm cutting more than one die at a time.

This is my take on the sketch. I didn't follow the sketch exactly, the layers are not in the same order, but love how it turned out.

I embellished it with just a clay heart and gold rhinestones.

Here's another close up.

The challenge ends on the 29th and I hope you decide to join us.

 Thanks for visiting.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Stencil Frenzy #LatinaCrafter #eBrush

I had time to play with Latina Crafter's stencils.  Let me take you step by step.

I took a white cardstock and embossed it with a grid embossing folder using the Cut N' Boss.

I then secured Latina Crafter's sunburst stencil and eBrushed with a lavender Sharpie.  Removed the stencil and turned it clockwise and eBrushed with a teal Sharpie.

Using the first setting on the eBrush and holding the wand approximately 6" from the paper, I eBrushed the white background with a purple Sharpie.  I then took the heart stencil and eBrushed the hearts with the same purple Sharpie, 2" away from the paper.

I then took the circle stencil and eBrushed both the teal and purple Sharpies.  I used embossing paste for the heart banner.

In this next photo, I used both the negative and positive heart stencil.  I first outlined the heart with a lavender Sharpie, followed by a bright pink.  I then took the stencil and eBrushed the inside of the heart with the bright pink Sharpie.

The "amor" stencil has hearts above it so I masked them off with painter's tape.  I used a black Sharpie on the first setting, holding the wand about 2" away from the paper.  I also eBrushed the edge of the card front, aiming the wand right outside of the edge of paper.

I embellished the card with Prima flowers, black  cording and black pearls.
Here are some close ups:

Below are linked photos of the product used.  Thanks for visiting.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Mardi Gras with the #eBrush

"Let's alter an apron for Mardi Gras," she said. 
We altered 2 aprons for Mardi Gras with the help of the eBrush of course.  My sister now owns her very own eBrush and she's loving it!  I may have had a little bit to do with that.
This was a collaboration, I created the stencils on the Cricut Explore and we both eBrushed.  Here are some close ups and some tips:

Make sure your fabric is freshly laundered without fabric softener.  After eBrushing and before adding embellishments, heat set your design with an iron on low to medium setting, depending on the fabric type.

¿Te animas?, read the subject line. {Are you up for it?} with the attached sketch.

So we altered a flag/banner.  My sister had the nylon fabric and scraps of purple fabric.  She made the banner, I cut the stencils and we both eBrushed the flag banner.

It was windy on Saturday, but the flag turned out pretty fantastic!!  Before my sister made the flag/banner, I asked her to test a Sharpie for bleeding on piece of scrap and to dunk it water.  It didn't bleed nor did the colors run.   Both sides have the same design and embellishments.

Let's back track a bit, Dulce got the baby figurine in the slice of Rosca de Reyes during the Feast of the Epiphany, aka Three Kings DayIt means she gets to host dinner on Día de la Candelaria, which is February 2nd. 
Here are the sweet treats my super talented Dulce made for the Día de la Candelaria.

My sister's home decorated for Mardi Gras.  All of her decorations are from previous years.  Only the aprons and the flag/banner where made with the eBrush.

Thank you for visiting and Happy Fat Tuesday!
{Debi, are you reading this? If so, I believe I earned my beads}