Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Fall Decorating with Eileen Hull

This month Eileen Hull's Inspiration Team is sharing some of our favorite Fall projects using her Sizzix dies. My favorite projects are always pretty and these cute cutlery caddies created with Eileen's Card Organizer XL die.

I originally shared one of these caddies back in April and used green Color Washed papers that looked beautiful on a spring buffet table (HERE).  Now it is fall and we need a completely different color pallette.  Lucky for me I was gifted a Pumpkin Spice Premium Stack by the kind folks over at DCWV!

One of the papers immediately grabbed my attention - a gold foiled leaf pattern on a very white background.  Perfect!  I have a set of Eileen's ColorBox Blends from Clearsnap and I decided to add a little bit more fall color! I used Stop and Sunshine to create a lovely orange and applied it to the paper.

I used double sided adhesive sheets from Therm O Web to adhere the paper to one side of a piece of mat board.  I flipped it over and applied the blended orange ink to the entire surface before die cutting the Card Organizer. (Note: When using Eileen's dies, remember to place the "right side" down - the foiled paper in this case - and it will be cut and scored for the outside.)

At this point I want to mention that the paper is 12" wide and the die cut is actually closer to 13". Do you see the white tab on the left in the photo above? That tab does not show in the finished piece as it is folded to the inside as the box is assembled.  I paid close attention to the placement of the die and purposely lined that up!

Another paper that caught my eye was a beautiful light wood grain. In this instance I decided to piece a couple strips of the paper so that the entire mat board was covered.  (I still lined it up so that the pieced portion ended up as the tab.)

I adhered the wood grain paper to BOTH sides of the mat board so that the organizer box would be lined. I assembled the box according to instructions, using 1/4" Supertape on the tabs.  I folded and adhered the sides first and then added the bottom piece last.

There were several papers in the DCWV stack that had foiled accents and I had an idea for a foiling technique I wanted to try using Deco Foil™ sheets from Therm O Web.  I die cut and assembled another organizer box so that the Easy Cut Adhesive was on the outside.

I peeled off the protective cover sheet from one side.  I took a piece of Gold Deco Foil™ and crumbled it all up so that it was nice and wrinkled. I lightly touched the foil to the adhesive and then lifted it off leaving behind a grungy bit of foil.  Perfect!  I repeated it many times leaving little splotches of foil all over the side of the box.  Next I took a nice smooth piece of the Gold Deco Foil™ and laid it on top.  I burnished the foil before peeling it back to reveal a really cool texture!

I made 2 more organizer boxes using a purple paper from the Pumpkin Spice Premium Stack.  It is covered in gold foiled words and phrases:  PUMPKIN PATCH, APPLE CIDER, GRATEFUL, HAY RIDE, etc.  

When I was done playing I ended up with a total of 6 finished Organizer Boxes.

I grouped them together in sets of 3 and tied them together with ribbon...

...and twine, tucking in a sentiment card from the paper stack.  These are going to look great on dessert tables this fall!

NOTE:  I purposely did not adhere the individual boxes to each other because I want to be able to mix and match them in the future.  The wood grain boxes and the gold foiled box are neutral and are going to be easy to change up with new patterns in the future!

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

Materials for Eileen Hull Cutlery Caddies:

Sizzix Scoreboards Card Organizer XL Die
Sizzix Little Sizzles - 6" x 13" Mat Board Pack
Clearsnap ColorBox Blends - Stop, Sunshine
DCWV Premium Stack - Pumpkin Spice
Therm O Web - iCraft Easy Cut Adhesive Sheets
Therm O Web - iCraft Supertape Roll, 1/4"
Therm O Web - Deco Foil™ Transfer Sheets, Gold

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Thanksgiving Tiles with etchall® etching creme

Hello and welcome!  For my etchall® Design Team project this month I am sharing a quick and easy way to add personal touches to my Thanksgiving decorating using decorative ceramic tiles.

Did you know that etchall® etching créme is not just for glass?  It will also create an etched image on marble, slate, mirrors and items with ceramic glazes - tiles and mugs, for example.  I found some small beautifully shaped ceramic tiles and started to play...

I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut my Thanksgiving images and text from etchmask®.

I wanted to create stencils so I weeded the etchmask® vinyl, removing the elements that I wanted to etch and leaving an outline and the text.

I used the transfer tape from the etchall® etchmark ComboPak to transfer the stencils to the ceramic tiles, making sure to pick up all the letters.

I used tape to protect the rest of the tile...

...before applying a thick coat of etchall® etching créme.  I let the tiles sit for 15 minutes...

...and then used the  squeegee to return the etchall® etching créme to the original bottle - because it is reuseable!

I thoroughly washed off the remaining créme under running water before I removed the etchmask® stencil.

NOTE:  Do NOT rinse in a porcelain sink as this is an etching product and it will remove the glaze! 

I decided to try something new to highlight the etching.  Prima Marketing has a line of Metallique Waxes in some really pretty colors so I chose Rose Gold.

Tah-dah!  It is absolutely beautiful!  It does have a slightly uneven coverage but I think it gives it a bit of an aged, vintage appearance.  I love it!

I attached a loop to the back and tied it onto the base of a floral arrangement.  Perfect, right?

The second tile was finished using the Brushed Iron Metallique Wax...

...and is just perfect for adorning a Thanksgiving bread basket!

I actually taught a small class at the local store and the ladies asked if the wax was permanent so I did a test.  I applied some wax to an etched coffee cup and let it sit for a couple of days before I ran it through the dishwasher in the top rack.  I am happy to report that it came through with the color intact!

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

Materials for etchall® Thanksgiving tiles:

etchall® etching créme
etchall® etchmask ComboPak
etchall® squeegee

Silhouette Cameo
Ceramic Tiles
Prima Art Alchemy Metallique Wax - Brushed Iron, Rose Gold
Small D rings
E6000 glue

Monday, September 3, 2018

Talk Like A Pirate Day Decor with Etchall!

International Talk Like A Pirate Day is on September 19th and I am getting ready by creating some DIY Home Decor with etchall® etching créme!

I created stencils by cutting etchall® etchmask with my Silhouette Cameo.  As a big fan of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, I just had to incorporate the name of the Black Pearl and an image of a "Jolly Roger" flag.

I weeded the vinyl, lifted the stencil with transfer tape and applied it to a glass bottle that I had cleaned with rubbing alcohol.

After I transferred the 2nd design I made sure that both stencils were firmly adhered with no gaps or air bubbles.  I applied a thick layer of etchall® etching créme using the etchall® squeegee, covering the stencil area completely. 

After waiting 15 minutes I used the squeegee to scrape the etchall® etching créme  back into the original bottle because it is completely reusable!  I thoroughly washed off the rest of the créme under running water before removing the vinyl stencil and tape.

NOTE:  Do NOT rinse in a porcelain sink as this is an etching product and it will remove the glaze! 

I decided to add some color to one of the etched bottles by applying Gold Rub n' Buff.

I left the 2nd bottle alone and I think the unadorned etched glass (seen in the background of this picture) is just as lovely!

I had picked up a small pirate figurine at Michaels and decided to give him special home in a glass cupcake cloche.  Of course I planned to dress it up a bit, but first I  usedTherm O Web Supertape on his feet to hold him in place.  It is great tape and is strong enough to keep him stable but will also make it easy for me to remove him later if I want to change things up a bit - which I almost always do!

I used the exact same process that I shared above to etch a pirate ship on the glass cloche.

Here's a closer look:

The good thing about these designs is that I plan to carry them over for Halloween decorating!

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

etchall® Materials for Talk Like A Pirate Day Decor:

etchall® etching créme
etchall® etchmask
etchall® squeegee
Rub n' Buff - Gold

Glass Cloche
Glass Bottles
Silhouette Cameo
Rub n' Buff Antique Gold
Therm O Web Supertape, 1/4"

Monday, August 27, 2018

Get Wrapped! Blog Hop with Eileen Hull Designs

Hello and welcome to the Get Wrapped Blog Hop 

Get ready for INSPIRATION with a series of wonderful projects from talented designers that incorporate products from our very generous sponsors: 
Paper Artsy, Seth Apter, Emerald Creek and Eileen Hull!  
You also have the chance to win a $150 prize package - check out the details at the end of my post!

All of the designers began with Eileen Hull's very popular Wrapped Journal XL die from Sizzix.

Here is my project:

I die cut  the journal from mat board and applied a coat of Seth Apter's Limited Edition Spanish Mulberry Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic from Paper Artsy.  These paints are water based, highly pigmented and dry very quickly to a matte finish.

After applying a crackle medium on top of the Spanish Mulberry, I added a layer of Glacier Ice and watched the magic happen!

I painted the inside of the journal with Glacier Ice.  Eileen's Wrapped Journal die pre-cuts the holes for 4 signatures so it is quick and easy work to lace in and tie the elastics in the spine.

Emerald Creek sent along some metal brads and embossing powders.

I heat embossed one of the Antique Silver Metal Circle Dot Brads with Allure Silverster-Kracher Embossing Powder (red with white mixed in) and used it as part of the closure for the journal.  I anchored the brad in the spine and then added a loop of elastic to the front flap.

Next I used one of Eileen's dies to cut a Heart Journal Card from lightweight cardboard.  I used more of the Allure Embossing Powder to heat emboss the card...

... before die cutting it again with one of the Hearts Journal Card dies.  I separated the hearts from the journal card and set them aside to sprinkle throughout my love themed mini!

Next I adhered (2) layers of lightweight cardboard together.  I used one of Eileen's Heart Journal Cards again.  These dies are Thinlits so they didn't cut all the way through the cardboard.  It cut through the top layer but left the bottom layer intact so the hearts all stayed in place.  The edge was almost cut through, so it was very easy to clean it up with a pair of scissors - I just followed the cut line!

Emerald Creek also sent this lovely Silver Sparkle Embossing Powder and  I used it to heat emboss the journal card and "love", which was die cut from Eileen's Journaling Words set.

I layered the heart journaling cards so that the silver peeks through the hearts of the top layer, and then adhered it to the front of the Wrapped Journal.

I added a cut out of my parents and the title "Young Love".

When you open the top flap of the journal you find another layer.  This is where I added the heat embossed word, "love".  I also added a sprinkling of the heat embossed hearts that were die cut from the cards.  (There are 2 heart card dies in the set, which is why you see 2 different size hearts below.)

I also created a stencil with one of the Hearts Journal Cards.  I did not show the step here, but I used it to add tiny Venice Blue hearts with more of the Fresco Finish Chalk Paints.

On the inside I added some texture by using a sponge to "pounce"  a mixture of Glacier Ice, Venice Blue and Spanish Mulberry.  I added another photo of my parents on the inside.  It was also die cut with the Hearts Journaling Card set, which includes a smooth or wavy edge card.  I used another die from the Credit Card Sleeve and Tags set to create the smaller inner border and then used a black marker to color in the edge.  And yes!  I did sprinkle on some more heat embossed hearts!

Here's a close up of the inside detail:

I mentioned that Eileen's Wrapped Journal holds 4 signatures. I had a bunch of plain gray cards that were 7"x5" (when opened).    I used a brayer to apply the Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics.

I just put a little paint on my craft mat, rolled the brayer through to pick up the paints, and then rolled it over the cards.  It is such an easy way to add texture and layered color!

After the paint dried I used the cards to create the signatures inside the journal by stacking 3 or 4 of them together and then slipping them under one of the elastics in the spine.

Here's a close up that shows how I used the Flower Square stamp from Emerald Creek to create a focal point on the front of the first signature.  It worked beautifully with the chalk paint!  I finished it off with one of the Metal Circle Dot Brads and a permanent black pen.

The next signature used a Heart Journal Card heat embossed with the Silver Sparkle.  The photo of my parents was die cut using Eileen's Credit Card Sleeve and Tags set.

More stenciling and die cutting on this signature!

Let's Get Wrapped Blog Contest!

We are blog hopping with some amazing people today all in the name of fun, and cross brand creativity. 
Of course there will be a prize pack valued over $150 USD from PaperArtsy, Seth Apter, Eileen Hull & Emerald Creek.

To be entered you must pop by and comment on each of the blog posts. 
(We don't want you to miss any of the tips and tricks.)

Contest closes Aug 29th at midnight and a winner will be announced Aug 30th, 2018.  

Susie Bentz (you are here)

Supplies for Wrapped Journal:

Sizzix Eileen Hull Wrapped Journal XL die
Sizzix Eileen Hull Thinlits Journaling Cards, Hearts
Sizzix Eileen Hull Framelits, Credit Card Sleeve and Tags
Sizzix Eileen Hull Thinlits Journaling Words
Sizzix Little Sizzles Mat Board
Emerald Creek Antique Silver Metal Circle Dot Brads
Emerald Creek Flower Square Art Stamp
Emerald Creek Allure Silverster-Kracher Embossing Powder
Emerald Creek Silver Sparkle Embossing Powder
Paper Artsy/Seth Apter Limited Edition Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics:  Spanish Mulberry, Venice Blue, Glacier Ice, Steel Grey