Monday, November 5, 2018

DIY Tussie Mussie Holder with Eileen Hull Notebook Pocket Die

Tussie Mussie - small bouquets of herbs and flowers with symbolic meanings

Traditionally a tussie mussie was placed in a small metal vase designed to be carried. I think  a small nosegay is a charming home dec accent but I needed a way to hang it. So for my Eileen Hull Inspiration Team project this month I came up with a stylish solution using the Notebook Pocket die from Sizzix and the Pumpkin Spice Premium Stack from DCWV!
 

I die cut a Notebook Pocket from mat board.  See that beautiful orange color?  I used Eileen's ColorBox Blends inks from Clearsnap: Stop and Sunshine blended together perfectly.  I applied the ink to both sides of the mat board.


I used a Crop-a-Dile® to punch an extra hole in each side, aligned with the holes which were already cut by the die, and then I threaded a ribbon through them and tied overhand knots at each end. 


I assembled the Notebook Pocket using double-sided iCraft Supertape.


I was gifted with the Pumpkin Spice Premium Stack from DCWV and inside I found a lovely sheet of 3" x 4" cards.


I trimmed out a couple...so hard to choose...


...then finally adhered one on the front of the Notebook Pocket with a mat.


I tucked in a small bouquet and found the perfect place to hang my little tussie mussie!


It is a great little DIY home dec accent but I can also see it being carried by a flower girl or junior bridesmaid, can't you?


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


Supplies for DIY Tussie Mussie:

Sizzix Notebook Pocket Scoreboards XL Die
Sizzix Little Sizzles - 6" x 13" Mat Board Pack
Clearsnap ColorBox Blends - Stop, Sunshine
Therm O Web iCraft Supertape Roll,1/4"
DCWV Premium Stack - Pumpkin Spice

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Christmas Ornaments with etchall®!

Last month I shared how I altered ceramic tiles into accents for Thanksgiving decorating. This month I am re-imagining them as Christmas tree ornaments!   I used 2 different techniques and 2 different products from etchall®: etching créme and dip 'n etch.  Time to play...


I created the stencil by cutting etchmask® on my Silhouette Cameo and I weeded out the bird.  After firmly adhering the vinyl and protecting the rest of the tile with tape I  applied a thick coat of etchall® etching créme...

 

...and waited 15 minutes before scooping the créme back into the original container (it is reuseable!) and rinsing off the remainder. 

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


I applied Rose Gold Metallique Wax to the etched image before I removed the etchmask® stencil.


Add a ribbon and voila - a simple and elegant ornament with a vintage feel!



As I was playing with the tiles, I suddenly realized that the raised edge gave me the opportunity to  use a different product - etchall® dip 'n etch! I grabbed another tile and stencil and started to play...


I used the transfer tape from the etchall® etchmark ComboPak and centered the bird on the tile.


Because the tile had a lip, I realized that I could pool some dip'n etch liquid in the center of the tile.  I think I have decided that the optimal tool for this technique is a pipette - which I didn't have.  No worries, I grabbed a straw and it worked just fine!


I waited 15 minutes then poured the dip 'n etch back into the original container and thoroughly cleaned off the tile.  I left the stencil in place and waited for it to dry.  You can't tell in this picture, but the etched surface has a very matte finish and the outer edge is still covered with a shiny ceramic glaze.


I dipped a small amount of the Metallique Wax out and then rubbed it into the tile surface.  As expected, it did not adhere to the shiny, glazed edge.


After a little more buffing I removed the vinyl and attached a ribbon to reveal an ornament with a completely different look thanks to etchall® dip 'n etch.


These ornaments are easy and fun to make so I have a couple more samples for your viewing pleasure!



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


Materials for etchall Christmas Ornaments:

etchall® etching créme
etchall® dip 'n etch
etchall® etchmask ComboPak
etchall® squeegee

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

Monday, October 22, 2018

Eileen Hull Fall Themed Cutlery Holder

Ready for one more cutlery holder created with Eileen Hull's XL Card Organizer die from Sizzix?  I absolutely love using my dies to create things that are useful and pretty!  This one was made using the beautiful Autumn Woods Collection from Paper House Productions.


Just like the ones I shared earlier this month (see HERE for the tutorial and step out assembly pics) I have not permanently adhered these together.  I alternated the way the Card Organizers were facing and then wrapped them with a little raffia for stability.  By keeping them separate like this, I can mix and match them in the future with other themed or patterned designs!


The finishing touch was a pretty cardstock sticker.

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


Materials for Eileen Hull Fall Cutlery Holder:

Sizzix Scoreboards XL Die - Eileen Hull Card Box Planner Storage & Organizer
Therm O Web Supertape, 1/4"
Paper House Productions Autumn Woods Cardstock Stickers
Paper House Productions One Big Happy Family 12" Double Sided Scrapbook Paper
Paper House Productions Country Strong Tags 12" Double Sided Scrapbook Paper

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 practical...like 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.
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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"