Monday, September 11, 2017

Create a Trio of Votives with Tombow

I love taking conventional products such as Tombow Dual Brush Pens and MONO Aqua Liquid Glue and using them in unique and unconventional ways.  I recently developed a method to tint glass with these two products and decided to experiment with some additional techniques.  Some worked and some did not, but below are three that I thought turned out pretty cool.  Follow along to see how I made them...

Ombre Votives:
Pick three shades of Dual Brush Pens in the same color family, dark 606, medium 603 and light 620. Scribble the darkest color on the bottom third of the votive.

With the pen tip of the MONO Aqua Liquid Glue, draw squiggly lines around the votive.  Then set aside to dry.

Repeat with the medium and light tones of purple Dual Brush Pens, letting each each section dry before moving on to the next.  Once completely dry, you can remove the excess Dual Brush Pen ink with a paper towel.

Here's a close up of the ombre votive, the glue lines flattened some as they dried, but I have to say I love this effect.  Perfect for a wedding reception or baby shower.

Splatter Votives:
Start by coating the outside of the votive with a layer of MONO Aqua Liquid Glue.  Let dry.

Scribble Dual Brush Pens 856 and 837 on the Palette from the Blending Kit, then roll the votive into the ink.  This works best if you hold the Palette in your hand.  Repeat until the votive is covered.  Now, I thought I had picked a darker red and burgundy color, but they have definitely come across as bright red and this looks kinda like blood splatter. 

With this color scheme, these votives would be great for Halloween!  Change up the colors to match any color scheme.

Mermaid Votives:
Apply MONO Multi Liquid Glue in a scale pattern around the outside of the votive holders.  When set this glue will turn from white to milky, but will remain tacky.

Once the MONO Multi is tacky the foil can be applied.  I used Designer Foils from Clearsnap in Lagoon and Seaport.  Just apply the dull silver side of the foil to the glue, burnish gently with your finger and peel away.

Repeat with alternating colors until all the glue is covered.

To complete the look, scribble Dual Brush Pen 555 on the palette from the Blending Kit, squeeze a quarter size dollop of MONO Aqua Liquid Glue, mix with an old paintbrush and apply to the inside of each votive.  Allow to dry completely.  NOTE: Once the inside of the votive is covered in glue only use a battery operated candle.  Do not use a flame candle.

I love how these votives turned out!  Just the thing to brighten up a mermaid birthday party!

I hope that y'all have enjoyed my trio of votives with Tombow and that you will use my projects as a jumping off point to showcase YOUR Tombow creativity.  Try something new and experiment with your supplies.  You never know where inspiration will take you.

Thanks for stopping by!
Creatively, Beth

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

How to Create a Flowering HeARTfelt Journal

I am so very excited to share with you my Flowering HeARTfelt Journal featuring a die created by one of my craftiest friends, Eileen Hull!

My HeARTfelt Journal cover was actually a craft fail.  Painting over my ugly faux wood grain with black saved it from the trash bin!  Add bright pops of color by hand coloring a fabulous flowering die cut card stock, then accent with doodling to create my Idea Journal.  A special place where I can draw and write down all my inspirational ideas and thoughts.  I hope my journal will get your creative juices flowing!

HeARTflet Collection - Sizzix® ScoreBoards™ XL Die - Journal by Eileen Hull™ #661906
Sizzix® Little Sizzles - 6" x 13" Mat Board Pack, 6 White Sheets
Americana Paint by DecoArt Lamp Black and Graphite
Decorative Scrap Book Paper – 12’ x 12”
American Crafts - Amy Tangerine Oh Happy Life Die cut cardstock: Much Love
Waxed Paper
Elastic Cord – black – 48” length
Grid Paper – 48 sheets
Assorted Ribbons – 8” lengths
Pearls – self-adhesive in assorted colors

Sizzix® Big Shot with Multi Purpose Plate and Cutting Pads
Paint Brush – Flat wash ¾”
Paper Trimmer
Corner Rounder Punch
Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive
Tombow Dual Brush Pens – assorted colors of choice
Tombow MONO Drawing Pens 01, 03 and 05
Tombow MONO Aqua Liquid Glue

1. Die cut a front and back cover for your Journal.

2. Paint the inside and outside of both covers lamp black, let dry.  Dry brush the outside of both covers horizontally and vertically with graphite to resemble linen, let dry.

3.     Measure and cut two pieces of scrapbook paper 4” by 8 ¼” then round the two outside corners.  Attach to the inside front and back covers of your journal with xtreme adhesive.

4.     Measure two 4 ½” wide by 8 ¾” tall rectangles onto the die cut paper Much Love.  Color with a variety of dual brush pens, leaving the words white.

5.     Doodle over the hand colored paper with permanent pen, using the bullet and fine tips to give dimension to your design.

6.     Rough cut colored and doodled rectangles with scissors.  Flip over, and on a protected surface apply liquid glue to the back of the first paper rectangle.  Carefully apply to the outside front cover of your journal, layer with waxed paper and press down to adhere.  Gently lift up waxed paper and discard.  Press down in additional areas needed with fingers.  Repeat with outside back cover of journal.  Let glue dry.

7.     Once dry, trim any excess paper from edges of journal covers with scissors.

8.     Overlap the spine of the front and back journal covers and attach with xtreme adhesive.  Make sure to line up the top and bottom sets of holes on the spine.

9.     Thread the elastic through the holes in the spine creating four long loops.  Secure both ends of the elastic with knots.

10. Measure and cut 48 sheets of grid paper 8 ½” wide by 8” tall.  Make four groups of 12 sheets, then fold each group in half to create four signatures 4 ¼” wide by 8” tall.

11. Insert each signature through each elastic loop to create the inside pages of your journal.

12. Tie assorted ribbons to the elastic along the outside spine of the journal.  Embellish the front cover with self-adhesive pearls.

I hope that you will use my Flowering HeARTfelt Journal as a jumping off point to showcase your creativity using Eileen Hull Dies from Sizzix.

Thanks for stopping by!
Creatively, Beth

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Dollar Store Flip Flop Welcome Sign

Happy Sunday!

Create this quick and easy flip flop welcome sign in under 30 minutes with supplies from the dollar store! 
I purchased 4 pairs of colorful flip flops, one bunch of daises and 2 butterflies for just $6.00 - SCORE! The letters, ribbon and glue were from my craft stash.
flip flop welcome sign

Here's how I made it:

1. Arrange seven flip flops on your work surface, with the largest in the center to the smallest on the end, in an arch.

2. Using Tombow MONO Multi XL Liquid Glue, attach flip flops together, side by side as shown, at the top and bottom. Secure together in the back with strips of heavy cardboard or wood, glued in place.

3. Snip daisy heads from the bunch and attach one each thong and a butterfly to the last flip flop, using Tombow MONO Multi XL Liquid Glue.

4. Spell out the word WELCOME with Joy embroidered letters. Peel off the backing and apply the letters to bottoms of the flip flops.  NOTE: the are self adhesive, so the application is quick and easy!

5. Turn over the sign and tie a ribbon hanger to the second and sixth flop flop (tied to the thong button). Tie a bow.

Hang your sign and enjoy it all summer long! And if you're like me and live in Florida, you can leave it up year round!  

This is also a great project to make as a hostess gift for all of those backyard barbecues you will be invited to!

Thanks for stopping by!
Creatively, Beth

I have been compensated by the companies linked in this post, but all of the ideas and opinions are my own.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

DIY Ruler Sign Welcome Back to School

Happy Wednesday!  Today I am participating in a craft challenge called Craft Lightning, where all of the projects have to be created within a 15 minute time frame and this month's theme is Back to School.  I love being challenged to be creative within specific parameters.  It ups the inspiration quotient and sets my mind to brainstorming the possibilities!  Our hosts for the Back to School Craft Lightning are Angie from Country Chic Cottage, Carolina from 30 Minute Crafts and Kara from Happy Go Lucky Blog  and great group of designers are sharing new projects each day this week!

Here's how I made my fun and colorful DIY Ruler Sign:

Gather nine wooden rulers and your favorite rainbow colored Tombow Dual Brush Pens.

Color each wooden ruler a different color.  This is quick and easy with the Tombow Dual Brush Pens AND there is NO drying time.  Perfect for the impatient crafter, like me!  I really love the transparent stained effect that these pens give the unfinished wood.

Attach the rulers to a Kunin® Classicfelt™ 9” x 12” Craft Cut in Sandstone with Tombow MONO Multi XL Liquid Glue.  The MONO Multi has a quick set up time and works on a variety of surfaces.

Spell out your greeting using JOY self adhesive embroidered letters.  I selected WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL using the 3" Varsity Block and the 1 1/2" Cooper Style letters.  Then just peel off the backing paper and attach!  

Attach white ball fringe to the bottom edge of the sign and a black ribbon hanger to the top with Tombow MONO Multi XL Liquid Glue. Embellish with bows.

Cut pencils and attach to right and left side of sign to finish.  

Personalize your DIY Ruler Sign with your school's colors or your teacher's name to create a unique gift for Back to School.

Now it's time to click on the link below and check out all of the creative and inspirational projects that this group of fabulous designers has created for the Craft Lightning Back to School challenge!

Thanks for stopping by!
Creatively, Beth

I have been compensated by the companies linked in this post, but all of the ideas and opinions are my own.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Quilt Block Inspired Home Sweet Home Decor

Happy Friday!  Today I am sharing with you a trio of quilt block inspired Home Sweet Home, houses!  A great addition to your home decor, plus they are quick and easy to make in just an evening or afternoon!

Here is what you will need:
Here is how I made it!

Step One
Stamp each of the six Colorbox® Background Basics Stamps by Ann Butler Designs – Checks, Diamond, Basket and Picnic both the square stamps and the triangular stamps with the Ann Butler Designs Crafter’s® Ink by Clearsnap – Aquamarine, Sunshine, Lilac, Limelight, Tangelo and Berry once on the coordinating cardstock.  I love how Ann’s brightly colored inks pop off the pastel cardstock colors!

Step Two:
Cut out all square and triangular stamped images with scissors.  Dry fit colors and patterns on each wooden house shape.  There are six sides to each house and six different colors of stamped images, so you can mix and match!  Apply stamped images to houses with Tombow MONO Aqua Liquid Glue with the broad tip.  Then use the base of the glue bottle to smooth out the paper and obtain a good bond.

Step Three:
Apply lace trim to each house with Tombow Xtreme Adhesive Runner.  The Xtreme is 5 times stronger than traditional adhesives, so it works well on bulky embellishments like lace. 

Step Four:
Cut out doors and windows from stamped images and apply to houses with Xtreme adhesive runner.

Step Five:
Apply white enamel dot "door knobs" to each door.  Apply letter stickers to each house to spell "HOME SWEET HOME".  

Display on a shelf or coffee table to brighten your Home Sweet Home!

Make a set to give as a gift to congratulate a friend on their new home!

More creativity and inspiration can be found on my Instagram HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!  
Creatively, Beth

Friday, June 30, 2017

Treasure Map How to with Lawn Fawn Stamps

Good Friday Morning! The Tombow USA Design Team is hosting a blog hop today with Lawn Fawn Stamps!  We were recently given the opportunity to select product from the Lawn Fawn website and I picked the AHOY, MATEY! Clear Stamp set and the companion Lawn Cuts - super cute!  I used these sets and my favorite Tombow Pens and Adhesives to create the Treasure Map and coordinating party projects outlined below.

The Lawn Fawn stamps are high quality photo-polymer and provide a clear, crisp image the first impression out of the package and the die cuts are 100% steel to create clean cut shapes!

Now, on to my project!

STEP ONE:  Create Distressed Map Paper

Start with a sheet of 8 1/2" by 11" ivory cardstock.  Scribble Tombow Dual Brush Pen #977 on the Tombow Blending Palette, mist with water, then flip over and smear across surface of paper.  Let dry and repeat until you get the desired look.  Trim 1" section from distressed paper, set aside.  NOTE: Start out by adding more water for a lighter overall color, then less and less water to create darker tones in random areas.

While the paper is still wet, crumple and tear it randomly.  Highlight the tears and edges with the Dual Brush Pen, then mist with more water from the Tombow Spray Mister to blend.  Set aside to dry.  I love the different colors that only one Dual Brush Pen created, it's kind of magical!

STEP TWO:  Stamped Images

Attach clear stamps from Lawn Fawn AHOY MATEY! set to a block, load with black archival ink (waterproof) and stamp several times on white cardstock.

Some of my images did not stamp completely because I did not apply even pressure.  My trick is that I filled in the low areas with the NEW MONO Drawing Pens, which are waterproof.

STEP THREE:  Coloring Stamped Images

I selected a color palette and started the most fun part - COLORING!  A great time to relax and experiment!  I love my Tombow Dual Brush Pens for coloring because each pen has a brush tip for larger areas and a bullet tip for details - check out the stripes on the pirate's shirt and the cross hatching on the palm trees.

I always start out my projects with a color palette, here are the Dual Brush Pens I selected:

STEP FOUR:  Cutting Stamped Images

The great thing about most of the Lawn Fawn Clear Stamp sets is that they come with companion AHOY MATEY! Lawn Cuts dies!  Lay out your images on the magnetic surface of your cutting machine, attached the dies and run through.  VIOLA!  Perfectly cut out images without any of the fuss!

I wanted just a bit more detail, so I cut out the inside of the palm trees and ship with a sharp craft knife.

STEP FIVE:  Embellish the Treasure Map

Place your images on the map until you are pleased with the composition.  Attach with Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive, roll to apply then swipe tip to the side for a clean application.  Add the wave, compass and X marks the spot stamps with archival ink directly on the map.  Sketch in the dotted lines, then fill in with Dual Brush Pen # N15.  Add a red outline around the X marks the spot and stamped message across the bottom: "You're a Treasure, Thanks for showing me the way, Matey!"

STEP SIX:  Creating Treat Bags

Stamp "You're a Treasure!" on the white section of striped cardstock then fishtail then end with scissors.  Punch scallop circle from red cardstock and smaller black circle in black cardstock and attach with Xrteme Adhesive.  Adhere treasure chest, coins and gems to medallion with Tombow Foam Tape, just cut to fit!  Attach medallion to striped cardstock, fill brown paper lunch sack with PIRATE BOOTY, fold cardstock over top of sack and secure with staples.

STEP SEVEN:  Creating Straw Messages

Cut black cardstock 3/4" by 6".  Cut white cardstock 1/2" by 6" and attach with Xtreme Adhesive. Stamp messages from the Lawn Fawn AHOY, MATEY! stamp set.  Fold in half and attach to straw with Xtreme Adhesive, then fishtail end with scissors.

STEP EIGHT:  Create Message in a Bottle Favors

Stamp messages and images on the 1" strip of distressed paper that was trimmed in Step One.  Color images with Dual Brush Pens.  Trim to fit bottle, then fishtail ends with scissors.  Place in bottle, add cork then wrap with bakers twine tied in a knot.  NOTE: Have the Birthday Boy or Girl write a personal message to each guest on the back before placing in the bottle.

STEP NINE:  Create a Cupcake Medallion

Cut a rectangle of striped cardstock large enough to wrap around the base of your cupcake and secure with Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive.  Punch two scallop circles from black cardstock and a smaller circle from red cardstock.  Attach the red circle to the first black scallop.  Flip medallion over, run a line of adhesive down the center, place skewer on adhesive, then attach second black scallop over top of skewer, securing with Xtreme Adhesive.  Stamp the word AHOY! at the top of the medallion.  Adhere boy and girl pirates and parrot to medallion with Tombow Foam Tape.

Click on the photos below to see all the details!

I hope that you have enjoyed my projects and that you will use them as a jumping off point to showcase YOUR creativity using Lawn Fawn and Tombow!

If you landed here by chance today, THANKS!  But please go back to the Lawn Fawn blog at the beginning of the hop to experience all of the inspiration!

Here is the complete list for the hop:

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Thanks for stopping by today!

Creatively, Beth