Wednesday, April 8, 2020

DIY Etched Glass Bowl for Easter

I was browsing through the Silhouette Store the other day and I happened upon a file that really caught my eye.  Easter is just around the corner and I thought the rabbit design would be perfect as an etched design on one of my glass trifle bowls. 

Time to play... 

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.

Materials:


After cutting and weeding the design, cover it with transfer sheet and burnish with the squeegee...


...before removing the etchall® etchmask vinyl from the backing sheet. The glass trifle bowl should be washed and then wiped down with alcohol before applying the stencil.


Once the stencil is in place, burnish with the squeegee before removing the transfer sheet.  Be sure to protect any exposed areas of the glass that you do not want to etch with tape!

NOTE:  The cut file was designed for a cylinder with straight sides and the trifle bowl is smaller at the bottom than at the top.  I ended up cutting the file into 4 separate elements before placing them around the bowl.  I varied the height and direction a little so that the hare actually appears to run and leap!  

Since I was working with a bowl I knew I could only do half of the design at a time.  I covered up my work surface with plastic, laid the bowl on its side,  and used the squeegee to cover the design area with the etching crème.


After 15 minutes I scraped off the crème and returned it to the original container.  I gently wiped down this area with a paper towel before turning the bowl over and repeating the process with the other half of the design. 


After waiting another 15 minutes I used the squeegee to return the etching crème to the original container before thoroughly washing the bowl in the sink. 
NOTE:  Do NOT do this in a porcelain sink as this is an etching product and it will remove the glaze!

Remove the vinyl to reveal the design. 


It looks great as a decoration filled with Easter grass and eggs, but I plan to use it for my Ambrosia recipe on the dinner table this weekend! 


Happy Easter!

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


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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Road Trip with Eileen Hull's Tiny Book and Book Case

All month Eileen Hull's Inspiration Team is sharing projects created with her new Sizzix die release, the Tiny Book and Tiny Book Case.  I decided to create mine with a travel theme and of course I had to make mine a little bit different...and added a twist of working with directional paper! 

Time to play... 

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.

Die Cutting the Tiny Book Case Project


  • Choose paper and add adhesive sheets to the back. 
  • Do not remove the adhesive liner, but place it on top of the die with the right side of the designer paper facing the cutting blades.  NOTE: I imagine the point of the flap as an arrow.  It points DOWN, so decide which direction is DOWN on your paper and position it correctly.
  • Add a layer of mat board on top of the paper.  
  • Sandwich with 2 cutting plates and send it all through the Big Shot.
You can see that the paper is actually cut along all of the score lines.  Perfect!

Working with Directional Paper

I did choose directional paper and I thought I would share an option with you at this point.  I flipped the pieces in the middle so they are facing the other direction. 


Now it is just a matter of peeling off the release sheet from the back of the paper... 


...and adhering it to the die cut mat board.  


Make sure you keep the middle section flipped... 


...when you adhere it! 


Now if I was really clever, I would show you a picture of the reverse side of the Tiny Book Case at this point so that you could see that the cars on the back and sides are facing the same direction as the cars on this side - but in my excitement to finish this project off and send it off with Eileen I quite forgot to take that picture!  Oops!

Creating the Closure

I came up with a different closure mechanism that I wanted to share.  The dots are where I punched holes before I assembled the Tiny Case.  Thread elastic through the 2 holes on the box and tie it off on the inside.

(I did ink the parts of the inside that will show before I folded along the score lines.)

 Add a Hitch Fastener to the point of the flap.


With the elastic loop you can catch the Hitch Fastener and hold the case closed. 



I dangled a key off of the elastic as a charm. The key was die cut from mat board that was covered with metallic duct tape on both sides.  I cut the original closure piece from leather and turned it into a little key fob.


The Tiny Book Case is the perfect size to hold a gas gift card and I created a matching Tiny Book to use as a mileage log.   


Happy Trails!  

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

Materials for Road Trip Tiny Book and Book Case:

Sizzix Scoreboards Die - Tiny Book 
Sizzix Scoreboards L Die - Tiny Book Case
Sizzix Little Sizzles Mat Board
Therm O Web Eileen Hull Easy Cut Adhesive Sheets
Therm O Web Eileen Hull Red Liner Tape, 1/4"
Authentique Papers - Pastime Collection (retired)
Metal Duct Tape
Leather
Hitch Post Fastener
Elastic
Jump ring

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Age Gets Better with Wine!

Personalize a Wine Bottle with Vinyl 

(and a sense of humor)!

The gift of a simple bottle of wine becomes a little something more with a creative presentation!  I found a funny quote (perfect for a birthday), removed the wine bottle label, and pulled out a rainbow of Polished Metal vinyl!

Time to play... 


I cut each of the 5 words from a different color of vinyl...


...and used the weeding tool to carefully remove the vinyl in and around the letters. 


I used a piece of gridded transfer tape to pick up each of the words, gently burnishing them with the scraper tool... 


...before peeling the release paper off of the back. 


I positioned the vinyl on the bottle and burnished again with the scraper. 


Peeling away the transfer tape reveals that bright and shiny metallic finish!  Wow! 


To make this gifting even more festive I decided to use more of the Polished Metal vinyl to decorate a mylar balloon from the dollar store!  I cut and weeded a sentiment... 


...before applying it to the balloon using transfer tape and the scraper.  When I removed the transfer tape I have to say it did lift a tiny bit of color off of the balloon in different areas, but most people wouldn't even notice it. 


I cut stars to sprinkle around the balloon (and the wine bottle) and just used the pick tool to position them.


The Polished Metal vinyl really pops off of the background - just gorgeous! 


I have already made plans to decorate more bottles and balloons for upcoming events - anniversaries, retirements, housewarmings, and graduations! 


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



Looking for more inspiration?

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Supplies:
StyleTechCraft™ Polished Metal Vinyl
StyleTechCraft™ Gridded Transfer Tape
StyleTechCraft™ tools
Wine bottle with label removed
Mylar balloon
Silhouette Store - Jillibean Soup SVG 

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Eileen Hull Release Party - Tiny Book & Tiny Book Case

We are having a little party to celebrate the official release of Eileen Hull's newest dies from Sizzix.  You may have seen glimpses of these since their arrival at Creativation in January, but now that you can actually order them we want to give you some inspiration!



  • The Tiny Book measures 2-1/4" x 3" and is just right for wallet size photos, stamps, quotes or tiny cards.  
  • The Tiny Book Case is designed to hold the book and...a gift card, earrings, small treats or anything else you can dream up!  

If you haven't gotten your hands on a Tiny Book and Tiny Book Case die yet,you can find them at your local retailer or in Eileen's Etsy Store.

Through the whole month of April, the Inspiration Team will be sharing tutorials and videos of our Chapter 2 projects.  But today we are having a party!  Hop down the blog list below to see what the team has been working on.  If you leave a comment on each of the designer's posts by April 6th, you will be entered to win a Tiny Book die!  The winner will be announced on Eileen's Facebook Live on Tuesday, April 7th.  Now let's get hopping!




Friday, March 27, 2020

Fabric Bunny Basket for Easter!

Hey crafty peeps!  I found the cutest fabric bunny basket at the Dollar Tree.  The polka dot ears and heart shaped felt nose are so sweet!  I wanted to make it a little special though, so I decided to personalize it using Iron On Monogram letters from Joy®.

Time to play...

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 will need:
  • Joy® Iron-On Baby Monogram Letters - Pink
  • Fabric bunny basket from the Dollar Tree or other dollar store
  • Iron and press cloth

Instructions:

1. Remove needed letters from the sheet then position as desired.


2. Cover the letters with a lightweight press cloth.


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



4. Fill with Easter grass and prepare for the hunt!



You can find a wide selection of Joy® embroidered iron-on letters and alphabet sheets in different sizes and colors at your local crafts store.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

DIY Glass Etching with etchall® etching crème

Hello and welcome to the March Designer Crafts Connection Blog Hop!  March is National Craft Month and to celebrate we are sharing our favorite crafting products. One of my all time favorite products is etchall® etching crème!   

I have to confess that I am a committed DIY-er.  I love to haunt yard sales, thrift stores and flea markets looking for items to upcycle.  A recent trip to a thrift store turned up a set of glass coasters that were designed to hold pictures.  They were perfect to share photos of recent adventures but...they needed something.  I have found that etchall® is an easy and cost effective way to personalize glass, china, porcelain, marble and slate!  

Time to play…

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.


Directions
:

  • Die cut  the word “Journey” from a rectangle of vinyl. (If you do not have a word die you can certainly use an electronic die cutting machine.)  
  • Create a stencil by removing (or weeding) the letters. Save the centers of the “O” and the “R” and discard the rest.


  • Cover the stencil with transfer tape, burnish with the squeegee, and peel the release paper off the back of the vinyl.


  • Position the word on the glass coaster, remove the transfer tape and replace the pieces from the “O” and “R”.

  • Protect the rest of the coaster with tape and then apply a thick coat of etchall® etching crème over the entire design area. 



  • Wait 15 minutes and then scrape the crème back into the original container – because this product is completely reusable! 
  • Thoroughly wash off the rest of the crème.

NOTE:  Do NOT do this in a porcelain sink as this is an etching product and it will remove the glaze!
  • Peel off the vinyl to reveal the design. 

  • Add photos…


…and repeat using different words for each coaster.


These coasters sit on my coffee table and make me smile with all the memories they bring to mind! 



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


If you get lost along the way, you can find the master list at 

Materials for DIY etched glass coasters:

Glass coasters
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set, Traveler Words
Tape

Monday, March 16, 2020

Cat & Mouse Etched Glass Cheese Cloche

I recently developed a certain fascination with glass cloches, so when I hit the local thrift store the other day I was tickled to find a very basic glass cheese cloche.  It was just begging to be updated...and I had a jar of etchall® etching crème!

Time to play...

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 will need:
Glass cheese cloche
Silhouette Cameo 
Tape
Sandpaper'sanding block
Rustoleum spray paint

Online, I found a free SVG of a cat and mouse and I thought it would be so cute if a line of mice, trailed by a curious kitty,  circled the glass cloche looking for a way to get in!  I cut the file with my Silhouette Cameo and created a stencil by removing the etchall® etchmask from the areas I wanted to etch.


I covered the design with an etchall® transfer sheet and burnished it very well...


...before lifting the design and applying it to the glass.


With the pads of my fingers I firmly pressed the stencil into place, making sure there were no air bubbles, especially along the edge of the design.  I used tape to protect the rest of the glass.


I then applied a thick layer of etchall® etching crème over the entire design area. 


After 15 minutes I scraped the crème back into the original container (because it is completely reusable) and thoroughly washed away any remaining residue before removing the stencil.
NOTE:  Do not rinse in a porcelain sink as this is an etching product and it will remove the glaze.  


I decided to give the base a makeover as well.  I used a sanding block to prepare the surface before applying a coat of spray paint.


I love it!  Look at the detail! 


It just makes me smile!


I created an entire Pinterest board of glass cloches to inspire me (find it HERE), so who knows what I will come up with next!


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