Monday, January 20, 2020

Dry Erase Sign with Eileen Hull's *New* Display Stand Die

Hey crafty friends!  Today I am sharing a project created with another of Eileen Hull's newest dies from Sizzix - the Display Stand! 

This highly versatile, one piece die cut is lightweight, easy to assemble and has the added bonus of folding flat for transport.  It occured to me that it is perfect for making signage at craft shows!  I have found that glossy vinyl makes an excellent dry erase surface - what could be better for last minute show specials!?  I like projects that are pretty as well as practical, so I added a little seasonal touch! 

Time to play...  

I covered both sides of a piece of matboard with pink cardstock before die cutting.

I cut the vinyl for my project with my Silhouette Cameo. 

The first thing I adhered to the display stand was a rectangle of  White Ultra Metallic vinyl - the shimmer from the glitter in the vinyl adds such a festive touch!  After burnishing it in place...

...I removed the transfer tape...

...and added the rest of the design elements one color at a time. 

Use a dry erase marker to share your show specials... 


...and easily change as needed! 

Display Stand Assembly:

  • Die cut from matboard

  • Fold on all the score lines

  • Fold in the panel on the right and push it down through the center

  • You will hear a click when the tab locks into the slot 


  • Fold in the left side panel and snap it into place - no adhesive required

  • Decorate as desired

  • To fold flat, simply remove the tab from the slot in the back of the display stand

Be sure to check out Eileen's blog this month as the Inspiration Team will be sharing lots of clever ideas on how to use her new dies!

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

Supplies for Dry Erase Display Stand:

Sizzix Scoreboards XL Die - Display Stand
Sizzix Little Sizzles Mat Board
Therm O Web Eileen Hull Easy Cut Adhesive Sheets, 6"x12"
Caluya Designs Loving Gnomes SVG
StyleTech Craft Ultra Metallic Vinyl - White
StyleTech Craft Clear Application Tape with Grid Liner
Craft Vinyl - red, black, gray, tan, pink
Dry erase marker and eraser

Friday, January 17, 2020

Customize Store Bought Bags for Your Valentines!

Customize store bought treat bags with Joy® Iron-On Embroidered Letters for a quick and easy way to gift your favorite Valentines!

I was very excited when I found these cute, heart printed fabric bags at the local Dollar Tree! There were 3 in each pack for only one dollar! I grabbed 2 then ran home to pull out my stash of letters from Joy®.  I decided to keep it simple and use traditional "candy heart" style sentiments.  

Time to play...


1.  Select black letters in a mix of sizes and styles.

2.  Arrange letters on treat bags to create traditional Valentine's Day words & phrases.

3.  Following the directions on the packaging, use an iron to fuse the letters in place.

4.  Fill bags with your favorite candy for a special treat! (ummm - chocolate, right?)

Fast, easy and oh so cute!  

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

You can find a wide selection of Joy® embroidered iron-on letters and alphabet sheets in different sizes at your local craft stores!

Supplies for Valentine Treat Bags:

  • Joy® Baby Monogram Letters & Numbers, black
  • Joy® Iron-On Embroidered Monogram letters, black
  • Valentine fabric treat bags from Dollar Tree or other dollar store
  • Iron and press cloth

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Winter Blocks with Eileen Hull's *New* Gift Box Die

Hey crafty friends!  Today I am sharing a set of winter themed blocks created with one of Eileen Hull's *new* Scoreboard XL dies from Sizzix: 
Gift Box with Scallop Edges

I started by painting one side of 2 pieces of matboard with almond spray paint and then die cut them both using the XL Scoreboards die.  To create one gift box you need to cut (2) of the large box pieces.  The smaller elements on the right are decorative elements that you can choose to use if you like. I actually cut 3 sets so that I could create 3 blocks.

 I used black chalk paint on one panel in each set of die cuts.  Using my Silhouette Cameo I cut 3 different snowflakes out of white vinyl.  I weeded the designs and applied them to the panels with transfer tape. 

I had a total of 18 panels to decorate on the 3 blocks and this was just the start!

 I used a limited color palette of vinyl - red, olive, white and black - and designed cut files using a mix of winter themed images and words.

I left one of the panels blank and framed it on 2 sides with the narrow scallop edges cut from the matboard.  I adhered the scallops with 1/8" SuperTape™ along the straight edge only.  I plan on using this as a photo panel, sticking the edge of the photo under the scallops.

Here's a picture showing all of the panels before I assembled the boxes using 1/4" Red Liner Tape.

There are a LOT of ways to arrange the boxes for display!

This month Eileen Hull's Inspiration Team will be sharing projects featuring clever ways to use her new dies.  You can find all the inspiration over at Eileen's blog HERE.

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

Materials for Winter Blocks:

Sizzix XL Scoreboard Die - Gift Box with Scallop Edges
Sizzix Little Sizzles Mat Board
Vinyl - white, black, red, olive
StyleTech Craft Gridded Transfer Tape
Almond Spray Paint
Black Chalk Paint
Silhouette Cameo
Font Bundles - Crackers font
Therm O Web Eileen Hull Red Liner Tape, 1/4"
Therm O Web SuperTape™, 1/8"

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Etch a Festive Ceramic Mug with etchall®!

Christmas is over but winter is still here and I will be drinking my share of hot chocolate to keep warm from the inside out!  I made myself a festive little mug with some etchall® etching crème, vinyl and a snowflake die from my stash!

Time to play!   

It is really easy to create a stencil from vinyl if you have a Silhouette Cameo or other electronic die cutting machine.  It is also possible to create a stencil using a die and a manual cutting machine, like a Sizzix Big Shot. I used a Spellbinders die to cut out a snowflake from vinyl.

I popped the shape out of the die and placed it face up on my craft mat.  I covered it with a piece of etchall® etchmask transfer tape and burnished it with the squeegee.  

I peeled the transfer tape off of the craft mat and flipped it over.  I pulled the release paper off the back of the snowflake... 

...and then positioned it on my ceramic cup (which I had cleaned with rubbing alcohol). 

After burnishing it with the squeegee, I peeled away the transfer tape... reveal the vinyl snowflake. I used the pads of my fingers to make sure the vinyl was firmly attached and that there were no air bubbles...

...before applying a thick coating of etchall® etching crème with a foam brush.  I wanted a soft edge on the outside so I didn't create a vinyl or tape mask for the rest of the mug.

I waited 15 minutes then scraped the crème back into the jar - because etchall® etching crème is completely reusable! 

I washed off the rest of the crème under running water.
Note: Do not rinse in a porcelain sink as this is an etching product and it will remove the glaze.

I left the snowflake in place and worked a small amount of Rub 'n Buff  into the etched area.

I used a soft cloth to remove the excess... 

...before peeling off the vinyl... 

...and revealing the design!  

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

~ Susie 

Materials for Festive Ceramic Mug:

etchall® etching crème
etchall® etchmask Stencil ComboPak 
etchall® Squeegee
Ceramic coffee mug
Rub 'n Buff, silver
Rubbing alcohol

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Mermaid Christmas Ornament with Blank Page Muse

Hello crafty friends! 

I added a mermaid to my Christmas tree with a stamp from Blank Page Muse and a little shrink plastic! 

Disclosure:  I receive compensation in the form of free product and/or pay from companies and manufacturers in return for creating projects showcasing those products.  While the content of my blog is influenced by these products, my opinions regarding these products  and projects are my own.

You can see the tutorial and get all the details HERE.

Blank Page Muse Stamp:
The Femmes Mermaid Ocean Scene Large Rubber Stamp 

Saturday, December 21, 2019

CAS Christmas Cards with Stenciled Envelopes

Christmas is such a busy season that I am happy that I love to make CAS (clean and simple) cards!  Here's a couple I made to send to friends just last week!

I started by creating a circular mask with simple cardstock.  I placed the Floral Spectacle stencil underneath and inked through using Eileen Hull's Bay ColorBox Blends ink. 

Doesn't it remind you of snowflakes?!

Next I added a sentiment using a tiny Studio G stamp from my stash - I am a collector of tiny sentiments! 

I stamped, heat embossed, and colored the focal image on watercolor paper before trimming it out.  I decided to add a little sparkle with Stickles... 

...and really was happy with the results! 

I stamped the same image on adhesive backed fun foam before trimming it out...

...and gluing it to the back of my finished focal image.  Then I peeled the protective liner off the back... 

...and popped it into place!  Adding a coordinating stencil design on an envelope flap just adds a classy touch, don't you think? 

Here's another version with a little girl sledding in some sparkly Stickles snow! 

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

CAS Christmas Card Supplies:

Blank Page Muse Santa Face Art Rubber Stamp
Blank Page Muse Child Riding A Sled Winter Line Art Rubber Stamp
The Crafter's Workshop Floral Spectacle TCW838
Studio G sentiment stamp
Clearsnap ColorBox Blends Bay
Ranger Stickles
Adhesive Fun Foam