Wednesday, May 23, 2018

DIY Home Decor Plate with Etchall

Here's a quick DIY tutorial on turning a ceramic plate from your cupboard into an inspiring piece of home decor!

Did you know that in addition to glass, slate, and marble you can also use etchall® etching crème on ceramic finishes?  It's true!  I started this project by washing a square, brown plate with soap and water and drying it with a lint free cloth.

This is the stencil I chose.  It was designed by Seth Apter for StencilGirl. It is a little different from most stencils in that the outer edge is not a square.  I think it is more a mask than a stencil - or maybe a combination of the two.

I placed the stencil in a cardboard box and lightly sprayed the back with etchall® reposition/reuse stencil spray and waited for it to dry.  The spray makes the surface tacky so that it will easily adhere to the surface you want to etch.

I placed the stencil in the center of the plate and used the etchall® squeegee and the pads of my fingers to make sure it was firmly adhered and that there were no air bubbles.

I applied a heavy coating of etchall® etching crème with the squeegee, making sure to cover the entire stencil and creating a pool in the center of the plate because I wanted an irregular edge around the words from the stencil.  Had I wanted a more defined edge I could have used tape to create a border.

etchall® etching crème is completely reusable, so after waiting for 15 minutes, use the squeegee to scrape as much of the etching crème back into the original jar. Be careful though because any area that is touched with the crème will be etched to some degree!  Thoroughly wash off  any remaining crème before removing the stencil.
Note:  Do NOT rinse in a porcelain sink as this is an etching product and it will remove the glaze. 

Brilliant!  Exactly what I was hoping to see!

To help the etched area stand out, I added some color with Gold Leaf Rub 'n Buff. I put a small amount on a fingertip and worked it into the etched image before buffing off the excess with a soft cloth.  I highly recommend working on a small area at a time because it is much easier to remove the excess when it has not dried.

Inspirational DIY Home Decor made easy with Etchall®!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!  Susie

Materials for DIY Home Decor Plate:

etchall® etching crème
etchall® reposition/reuse stencil spray
etchall® Squeegee 

Stencil Girl The Time, 6"x6"

Friday, May 18, 2018

Anchors Away Trinket Box with Eyelet Outlet and The Project Bin

This week's Eyelet Outlet Design Team project is a little out of the box. Okay, actually, it is a box!  Turns out if you take a really cool stamp set from The Project Bin and mix in some themed washi tape and brads from Eyelet Outlet, you can create a pretty sweet little trinket box!

I started with  Anchors Away which is a set of 5 high quality clear stamps with nautical sayings ranging from inspirational to humorous on a 4"x6" storage sheet.

The sailing theme made me want to work with natural materials.  I had some adhesive cork sheets in my inventory so I adhered it to mat board and pulled out Eileen Hull's Trinket Box die from Sizzix.  I die cut and assembled my box, inking the edges with brown ink. I almost did a happy dance when I realized the Wide Land and Sea Washi Tape was the perfect size to cover the sides of the box!

When I started playing with the stamps I realized the "eat SAIL sleep repeat" sentiment fit perfectly in the opening of the trinket box (time for another happy dance!).  I love every opportunity to add dimension  so I accented the stamped sentiment with a pair of  black enamel dots before sprinkling Sandcastle Brads and Seagull Brads around the oval opening.

Here is a good view of the sides of the assembled box with the Wide Land and Sea Washi tape. I used the Ship Wheel Brad as part of the closure, looping elastic cording over that and then hooking it onto a hitch fastener I had placed on the side.

Just like a card, it is always nice to make the inside look as special as the outside.

On the reverse side of the lid I added a 3"x4" card.  This time I stamped on the cork and the image is still nice and crisp!  I added Shell Brads and more washi tape - do you see the Rope Washi across the top?

And finally, the bottom of the box holds another sentiment stamped onto cork.

So what should I put in this little trinket box?  Perhaps a little salt water taffy?

And now it is time to head over to the 
Instagram Hop with The Project Bin!  
You will find the Hop lineup and all the details HERE.

Supplies Used for Anchors Away Trinket Box:

Eyelet Outlet Ship Wheel Brads
Eyelet Outlet Seagull Brads
Eyelet Outlet Sandcastle Brads
Eyelet Outlet Shell Brads
Eyelet Outlet Wide Land And Sea Washi Tape
Eyelet Outlet Rope Washi Tape
Eyelet Outlet Enamel Dots - Single Color, black

The Project Bin Anchors Away Stamp Set

Sizzix Scoreboards XL Dies Trinket Box by Eileen Hull
DCWV Adhesive Cork
Ideology Hitch Fasteners
Clearsnap ColorBox Blends - Nutmeg
Archival Ink, elastic cord, card stock

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Expo International Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the May Designer Crafts Connection Blog Hop!

This month we are partnering with Expo International and I received this colorful, 100% polyester Daisy Flower Trim to play with for my project. 

I decided to go back to my scrapbooking roots because one of my favorite ways to add texture and dimension to a layout is to use ribbons and trims!  I started with a basic black cardstock overlay because I knew the bright colors in this trim would just pop off the page! 

I cut down the overlay to 11.5" square and backed it with Color Washed paper that accented the trim.  The overlay comes with a built in laser cut title area and that is where started to play!  The daisies cut apart easily and are very light weight.  They add a lot of interest to the page without adding a lot of bulk.

I used clear adhesive dots on the back of a few flowers to adhere the daisy chain to the page.

I sprinkled some photo frames around the page and embellished them with Daisy Flower clusters, enamel dots and a camera brad!  So simple but lots of "wow!" factor!  The layout is done and ready for photographs!

Expo International has a large inventory of trims in a wide variety of styles.  To get a taste of what else is available and to see more ways to use these fabulous trims, check out the other stops in this month's hop: 

Susie Bentz - You are here!

If you get lost along the way you can find the master list here:

Expo International is hosting a 
Treasure Chest of Trims Giveaway!

In order to be eligible to win you must leave a comment about your favorite project on the Designer Crafts Connection blog


Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!  Susie

Materials for Expo International Scrapbook Layout:

Expo International Daisy Flower Trim - Multi Colors

Want2Scrap 12x12 Overlay
Paper House Productions Color Washed Paper Pad
Eyelet Outlet Enamel Dots - Multi Size
Eyelet Outlet Travel Brads
Jillibean Soup Placemats/Mini Journaling Frames

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Friday, May 11, 2018

Good Morning Gorgeous with Eyelet Outlet

Happy Friday!  Today I am sharing another ATC* and card that I created for Eyelet Outlet.  The focal point on this one is a 40mm wide washi tape with a wonderful collage of images: florals, birds, script and gorgeous women of days gone by!  Time to play...

The sentiments I used for this card are from the Believe Script set from Pink & Main.  I stamped with black ink onto off white cardstock.

Here is a tip for getting your washi tape on straight:  tape the cardstock to a cutting mat and then use the lines on the mat as a guide to apply the washi tape.

The images on this tape have a very soft, feminine, vintage feel. I inked the edges of the ATC with Nutmeg brown ink to create an aged appearance then added Pearl Bling Strips and Skinny Washi Tape in a classic black and white stripe pattern.

Turning this ATC into a card is super simple.  I chose coordinating paper in soft pink and added that on top of a black cardstock base.  I also matted the ATC with black cardstock then slipped in a small doily that I had "aged" with more Nutmeg brown ink.

A peek inside shows you that just a couple of strips of Skinny Washi tape adds a lot of class.

And yes, I did stamp off a couple extra ATCs that I would love to share.  If you are interested in one leave a comment for me over on my Instagram page.

Eyelet Outlet has a huge selection of  wide washi tape with a wide variety of subject matter.  Check it out HERE and have fun designing your own cards!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!  Susie

Material for Good Morning Gorgeous ATC:

Eyelet Outlet Women Washi Tape
Eyelet Outlet  Skinny Washi Tape - 5 Rolls
Eyelet Outlet Pearl Bling Strip - Brown
Pink & Main Believe Script stamp set
Clearsnap ColorBox Blends - Nutmeg

*Artist Trading Card -  2.5' x 3.5" original art made in any medium and intended to be traded with other artists.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Happy Girls are Beautiful with Eyelet Outlet

Today's ATC* and card are brought to you courtesy of a collaboration between Eyelet Outlet and Pink & Main!

Yep!  We are having an Instagram Hop today (with prizes!) and I share all the details at the end of this post!  But first, time to play...

As per usual, I started this card with an ATC*.

I was inspired by this stamp set from Pink & Main:  Believe Script.

So many empowering sentiments to choose from in this set, but I truly believe that "happy girls are beautiful" so I started by stamping with black ink on white cardstock.

Eyelet Outlet has the cutest Girl Washi Tape!  I think I love it so much because it reminds me of my daughter when she was little - brown hair, bangs, and always into something!  I alternated strips of these cute little images with trimmed down strips of Geometric Washi tape then I added a sprinkle of Enamel Hearts!

 I like it just the way it is, but turning an ATC into a greeting card is super simple.  For the front of the card I chose a background paper that echoes the colors and shapes in the washi tapes...

...and then made sure the inside of the card is as cute as the outside!

And now it's time to head over to Instagram for the 
Eyelet Outlet Hop with Pink & Main!  
(did I mention there are prizes?!)
You will find the hop lineup and all the details HERE.

Materials for Happy Girls ATC:

Eyelet Outlet Girl Washi Tape
Eyelet Outlet Geometric Washi Tape
Eyelet Outlet Heart Enamel - Pink
Pink & Main Believe Script stamp set

Paper House Productions Color Washed paper

*Artist Trading Card -  2.5' x 3.5" piece of original art made in any medium and intended to be traded with other artists.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Instagram Hop on Friday!

I am excited to be participating in an Instagram Hop for 
Eyelet Outlet and Pink & Main 
on Friday, May 4th!  

If you join in on the hop and comment on each stop along the way you will be entered to win one of two 
$25 Gift Certificates 
that are being offered by Pink & Main and Eyelet Outlet.

I will have a post up on Friday with an Instagram link to get you started - see you tomorrow!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!   Susie