Thursday, September 19, 2019

Home Decor with StyleTechCraft Vinyl

Hello and welcome to the September Designers Crafts Connection Blog Hop! This month we are partnering with StyleTech Craft, and had a chance to create with their amazing vinyl product line!

Things are hopping at my house this fall!  We are finishing up a bedroom re-do for my daughter and we just adopted a little black kitten.  I felt it was the perfect time to create a few home decor pieces for her bedroom featuring our new family member!

StyleTech Craft has a wide selection of  adhesive vinyl colors from which to choose - and in a nice variety of finishes.  The pieces I chose were in the Ultra Metallic and Ultra FX lines.

I created the design on my Silhouette Cameo.

The machine settings recommended on the StyleTech Craft blog worked perfectly.

I got clean, crisp cuts that were easy to weed.

I cut each color separately...

...and used the Gridded Vinyl Transfer Tape to line up and layer the colors in the sentiment before applying it to the glass.

I positioned the cat on the glass with the Gridded Vinyl Transfer Tape and then added the rest of the design.

The glass was returned to the frame (without the backing ) and hung on the wall with a hook and loop product. I have to say I am really happy with how it turned out!

Using the same vinyl colors I created two more fun framed cat art pieces for the wall!

Here are some close ups - love the sparkle and shine - and the detailed cuts were impressive!

NOTE:  This is a sponsored post.  I have been provided product in exchange for creating the projects in this post. My views and opinions are my own.

Check out the other stops along the blog hop for more inspiration and ideas! 

You can find the master list at

Materials for StyleTechCraft Vinyl Home Decor:

StyleTech Craft Ultra Metallic - Black 128, FL Blue 163
StyleTech Craft Ultra FX - Purple FX 185FX
StyleTech Craft Gridded Transfer Tape
Dollar Store photo frames, 8"x10"

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Etched Glass Honey Bee

Have you ever created a scrapbook embellishment using glass?

I made a honey bee themed journal for my sister and wanted to make the inside as unique as the outside so I created one today using etchall® etching crème!

Time to play...

I used a die from my stash to cut a honey bee out of vinyl. 

After it was weeded I transferred the bee to a 2" square piece of glass.  You can see that I completely covered the back of the glass with tape to protect it from the etching process. 

I covered the entire design area with etchall® etching crème. This jar of crème has darkened from white to a dark brown but it still etches beautifully!  After waiting 15 minutes, I scraped the etching crème back into the original container - because it is completely reusable! I thoroughly rinsed the design... 

Note: do NOT rinse in a porcelain sink as this is an etching product and it will remove the glaze.

...before removing the vinyl to reveal the results!  

Just look at that beautiful detail!  I applied a double sided sheet of adhesive to the entire back of the glass slide and then adhered it to a piece of gold Rinea foiled paper.

It makes a stunning embellishment for this bee themed journal! 
(A full tutorial for the journal can be found HERE

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

Materials for Etched Glass Honey Bee:

etchall® etching crème
Love Nicole cutting die - bee
Ranger Memory Glass - 2"x2"
Rinea Metallics Foiled Paper Variety Pack
Therm O Web iCraft Easy Cut Adhesive™ Sheets

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Friday, September 6, 2019

Natural Stone etching with etchall® etching crème

For my etchall® Design Team project this month I wanted to show how easy it is to personalize natural stone with etchall® etching crème.

The ceiling fan on my porch has 2 pull chains - one for the light, one for the fan - and I am constantly mixing them up.  Quick, easy and stylish solution? Create a decorative chain pull ornament using  a natural stone pendant I found in the jewelry section of the local craft store.  Even better - personalize it with etchall® etching crème.

Time to play...

Strolling down the aisle of the same craft store I was just tickled to find a set of Peel & Stick Painting Stencils with a beachy theme!  I chose the seahorse design and positioned it on the stone pendant.

I protected the rest of the pendant with tape then completely covered the design area with etchall® etching crème. I waited 15 minutes before scraping the crème back into the original container (because it is completely reusable) and thoroughly rinsing the design.

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

I used Ebony Rub n' Buff to add color to the etched image. 

I finished it off with twine and a pretty bead...

...before adding it to the ceiling fan!

DIY home dec projects are fun and easy with etchall® etching crème!

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

etchall® etching crème
Plaid FolkArt® Peel & Stick Stencil - Beach Attitude
Natural Stone Pendant
Rub n' Buff - Ebony

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Halloween Shrink Plastic

Hello crafty friends! 

The theme this month over on the Blank Page Muse blog is "Halloween, Cute or Spooky".   I pulled out shrink plastic again for a fun and useful project - wine glass charms!

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

Blank Page Muse Stamps:
Halloween Takes Flight Rubber Stamp Set
Halloween Bingo Rubber Stamp Set

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Monday, August 26, 2019

Fairy Bookmark with Blank Page Muse

"Once upon a time..." is a phrase that brings back so many happy memories.  I remember the Christmas my parents gave me my first real book - a huge collection of fairy tales.  This was a book that was heavy on words and light on illustrations so my imagination was instantly engaged.  That was (and still is) a book that deserves a very special bookmark!

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

Blank Page Muse Anime Fairies & Baby Dragons Fantasy Art Rubber Stamp Sheet Set SC62

Friday, August 23, 2019

Fun and Games with Blank Page Muse Stamps!

Hey crafty friends!  

I am continuing with this month's "Fantasy, Fairies & Magic" theme over on the Blank Page Muse blog with a DIY twist on a traditional party game! I created this 3 ft tall "pin the flower on fairy" game with a 2.25" tall stamp!

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

Blank Page Muse Winking Fairy Fantasy Art Rubber Stamp 
Blank Page Muse Flower from the Scribble & Scratch Mixed MediaSet 2

Friday, August 9, 2019

Fantasy, Faeries and Magic with Blank Page Muse

Hey crafty friends!  

The theme this month over at The Blank Page Muse Blog is "Fantasy, Faeries and Magic!" and the Inspiration Team has some very creative ideas to share!

My first project this month is "charming"...

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

Blank Page Muse: Anime Fairies and Baby Dragons Fantasy Art Rubber Stamp Sheet Set
Archival Black Ink
Stamping platform
Shrink plastic
Hole Punch
Misc beads and findings

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Eileen Hull's Trinket Box Becomes a Tissue Box!

Hello crafty friends!  Today I am sharing a tissue box I created using Eileen Hull's Trinket Box, Book and Frame Die. 

The idea to turn this into a tissue box originally came from my friend and former Eileen Hull Inspiration Team teamie, the amazing Anne Redfern!  You can find her version of the box HERE.   I was inspired, I had some wide washi tape and I thought you might like to see a little tutorial. 

Time to play... 

Start by cutting the trinket box out of white matboard.  You do not need the scored hinge piece to assemble this version of the box.

Assemble the sides of the box using red line tape on the tabs. Wrap the  outside of the box with decorative 30mm wide washi tape, aligning the top edge of the tape with the top edge of the box.  Use the die pick to trim the tape by running it along the score lines and peeling away the excess.

Use coordinating metallic washi tape to cover the base and the lid of the box, trimming and overlapping as needed to ensure smooth and complete coverage.

Assemble the base of the box. Center the lid on top of the box and then adhere it with 1/2" red line tape. Peel the liner and cover with the coordinating washi tape.

Fill with tissue and enjoy! 

Take a quick look through your washi tape stash because you can create a tissue box to coordinate with any decor!  

I am entering this project in the 
at the Funkie Junkie Boutique  Blog


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

Materials for Tissue Box:

Sizzix Trinket Box, Book and Frame Scoreboard XL Die 
Sizzix Little Sizzles Matboard 
Sizzix Die Pick
Therm O Web Supertape - 1/2" and 1/4"
Washi tape - 30mm wide 
Washi tape - metallic

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Stash Building with ATC's and Blank Page Muse stamps

Hello crafty friends!

We are finishing up the Mail Art theme over on the Blank Page Muse blog and I thought I would share my super easy card stash building technique! 

Check out the details HERE.

Flower from the Scribble & Scratch Mixed MediaSet 2
Watercolor paper cut to ATC size 2.5" x 3.5"
Clearsnap clear embossing ink and powder
Clearsnap ColorBox Blends 2 - Pansy
Want2Scrap self-adhesive rhinestone bling
Stamping platform
Craft mat

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Shot Glasses - Positive and Negative Glass Etching

I am etching shot glasses as favors for a friend's wedding and I offered her a choice.  I used the same design but used 2 different methods and products to etch the glasses and I got very different looks!

Basically positive etching is cutting a stencil, weeding out the design elements and marking that area.  With negative etching, you remove the opposite areas of the pattern and use the design elements like stickers to protect those areas of the glass.

Glass#1 is an example of positive etching.

I created a stencil by cutting the design in etchall® etchmask using my Silhouette Cameo.  I weeded the vinyl and covered it with transfer tape.  After burnishing really well I peeled the release paper from the back of the vinyl.

 To prepare the glass I washed it and then wiped it down with rubbing alcohol.  Once it dried I applied the stencil and burnished it onto the glass. I removed the transfer tape being careful to leave all the tiny bits behind. (Tip:  Instead of pulling the transfer tape up and away from the surface, I kind of roll it and peel it.) I then covered the exposed part of the glass with tape.

Glass #2  To be honest this is a bit of a hybrid because I did weed the sugar skulls the same way.  (The stencil design included a thin outline of the skulls that I removed in the first design but left in the 2nd.)  The text on the glass is actually the best example of the negative etching technique.

I cut the same design a second time but I weeded it differently.  I covered the design area with transfer tape, burnished it and then peeled off the release paper from the back of the vinyl.

I applied the stencil to the 2nd glass in the same way: clean, apply, burnish, and peel!

The first glass treated with etchall® etching crème.  I covered the stencil area and set it aside for 15 minutes.  The second glass was submerged in a plastic cup filled with etchall® dip 'n etch. The etching liquid is about 1/8" under the lip of the glass. I did not etch the inside of the glass.  I added a roll of quarters on the inside to keep it submerged and I left it for 15 minutes.

After 15 minutes the etching crème and the dip 'n etch were returned to their original containers because etchall® is completely reusable!  I thoroughly rinsed the glasses before removing the stencils.
Note:  Do NOT rinse in a porcelain sink as this is an etching product and it will remove the glaze!

And here they are!  Positive etching on the left and negative etching on the right.

And the bride and groom chose...Glass #1.  Time for me to start cutting some stencils!

Want to try dip'n etch?
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Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!  Susie

Materials for Sugar Skull Wedding Favor Shot Glasses :

etchall® etching crème
etchall® dip 'n etch
etchall® etchmask Stencil ComboPak
etchall® Squeegee
Shot glasses