Friday, March 22, 2019

Beach Canvas with Mod Podge Ultra Spray

Hello and welcome to the March Designer Crafts Connection Blog Hop!

This month we are partnering with Plaid and showcasing an exciting new product: Mod Podge Ultra Spray.

Crafters have been asking for a medium that can glue and seal, with no brush strokes, and Plaid has delivered! Mod Podge Ultra Spray has all the same benefits you have loved over the years and now there's more:  it can be used for indoor and outdoor projects, it dries non-tacky and it is strong enough to hold and seal heavy items!   It comes in two finishes, gloss and matte.  I received a bottle of the matte finish and designed a mixed media canvas incorporating a variety of materials. Let's take a look!

I started with a canvas panel and used inks to create a horizon line and a setting sun.  I heat set the ink and...

...reached for these fish themed paper napkins.  They were 3 ply, so I carefully removed 2 layers and tore one of them into the desired shape.

I primed the Mod Podge Ultra Spray by gently shaking the bottle for 15 seconds and squirting in a trash bag a few times.  I sprayed the surface of the canvas panel, positioned the napkin, and sprayed again on top.  I intentionally left wrinkles in the napkin because I liked the texture but I did have time to arrange those wrinkles around!  At this point I left the canvas to dry overnight, being careful to raise it up on a small box lid so that it didn't stick to the paper below it as it dried!
NOTE:  Be sure to clean the nozzle with a baby wipe to keep it from sealing - because that is what it does best - and cap it when you are done.

The next day I primed the Mod Podge Ultra Spray again as I was getting started.  Time to add a few things!  I sprayed the canvas then placed cork and chipboard words...

...sequins and more die cut cork...

...more sequins and another layer of napkin fish...


...and a dusting of sugar white sand from the beaches of northwest Florida's Gulf Coast!

And here is the most amazing thing - Mod Podge Ultra Spray is all that is holding these seashells in place!  Seriously! I did have to spray them a second time, but I honestly think that was because I didn't wait long enough after I added the sand. You need to wait at least 4 hours for it to set so don't be an impatient crafter like me!  :)

I did one last spray across the entire surface and left it to dry overnight.  Ta-dah!

Check out the other stops along the blog hop for more ideas and inspiration!
Next stop is HERE  with  Erin Reed!

You can find the master list at 

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

Materials for Beach Canvas:

Plaid Mod Podge Ultra Spray, Matte
Clearsnap ColorBox Blends - Uniform, Sunshine, Golden, Stop, Bay
Want2Scrap - Fancy Chipboard Word, Paradise - Large
Sizzix - Adventure Words & Vacation Words Thinlits
Canvas Panel

Monday, March 18, 2019

Spring Treasure Box with Eileen Hull

Hello crafty friends!  This month the Eileen Hull Inspiration Team is sharing items with a Spring Things theme.  I am still so in love with her new Treasure Box die so I made one featuring butterflies and flowers - and a new technique for the lid!

I started with 2 pieces of mat board and applied double sided adhesive sheets from Therm O Web on one side.  On top of that I adhered  floral paper from the DCWV Pumpkin Spice Premium Stack.  On the other side I used Eileen Hull's Melon ColorBox Blends Ink and some water to create a watercolor effect. 

At this point I used the Treasure Box die to cut the prepared mat board. You can find a full tutorial on cutting and assembly in one of my previous posts - here.  

I assembled the lid and put the die cut top on the inside of the lid.  I added Supertape on the top of the tabs.

I cut an extra piece of mat board that measures 5.25" x 3.25" for the top of the box.  I covered one side with double sided adhesive sheets and adhered striped green paper from the same paper stack.  I used the Mover and Shaper die from Eileen's Trinket Box die to cut an oval in this piece.

I adhered clear acetate to cover the oval opening and then applied a sticker from the same premium paper stack. Isn't that floral spray beautiful?!  I adhered this new piece to the top of the treasure box lid and added a bit of lace around the edge.

I created a hinge for the box using Mixed Media Art tape.  Using the Melon Blends applicator I treated it to match the interior of the box.  To make sure the hold was secure, I applied a strip of 1/4" Supertape to the inside of the box and the lid...

...before applying the Mixed Media Art Tape.

I decided to add a dimensional element to the top of the box.  This butterfly was in my stash and I used the Melon Blends ink so that it coordinated with the box.  I added black details with a pen and then attached the butterfly with Therm O Web Zots.

I just love it when it all comes together!

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

Materials for Spring Treasure Box:

Sizzix Eileen Hull Treasure Box XL Die
Sizzix EIleen Hull Trinket Box XL Die
Sizzix Little Sizzles Mat Board
Sizzix Movers and Shapers Shuttle
Clearsnap Eileen Hull ColorBox Blends - Melon
Therm O Web - Supertape, Mixed Media Art Tape, Easy Cut Adhesive Sheets, Zots
DCWV Premium Stack - Pumpkin Spice
Resin butterfly
Black permanent ink pen

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Glass Block Night Light with etchall®

My niece recently had a beautiful baby boy and chose to decorate the new nursery with vintage airplanes.  My contribution was a custom night light, courtesy of etchall® dip n' etch!

I created a design in my Silhouette Studio, sized it to fit on a 6" glass block, and cut it in vinyl. 

Before applying the decal I wanted to treat the glass to blur or "soften" the lights a bit so I reached for my etchall® dip n' etch.

I cleaned the glass block with soap and water and then wiped it down with alcohol.  I poured the dip n'etch into a shallow plastic container...

...and added the glass block.  I was concerned about the contact points where the glass was resting on the plastic container so I actually used my hands to suspend the glass block in the liquid for the 15 minutes of etching time. My concerns were justified though because the etching on the face of the glass block had some minor imperfections - because my holding technique was imperfect! Sorry no pictures of that step but I did come up with a solution!

The glass block had a pretty large opening - about 3.5".  I used a bottle scrubber to clean the inside of the glass block and then pulled out a plastic funnel.  I poured dip n' etch inside the glass block laying it on its side so that only the front of the block would be etched.  I waited 15 minutes and then returned the liquid to the original container - because this stuff is reusable!

Here is a picture after I thoroughly washed the block and let it dry.  See how etchall® dip n' etch took away all that distracting reflection and shine?

Here's a side by side shot so you can see the untreated back face of the glass block versus the etched front face. Note:  I chose not to etch the entire inside of the glass block because I wanted as much illumination as possible from the back and sides.

At this point I added the vinyl...

...and turned on the lights!  I love the way the etched surface of the glass softens the light!

Glass Block Night Light supplies:

etchall® dip n' etch
Vinyl - Black, teal
Glass block

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

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Cardmaking and ATC's

Hey crafty friends!  It's been a while since I have done any cardmaking so today I will share one created with an ATC:  Artist Trading Card -  2.5" x 3.5" original art made in any medium and intended to be traded with other artists.  

Last June I created a card that was all about the Crazy Cat Lady (super cute and you can see it here).   Today's card will provide a little equal time for the dog lover in all of us!  Time to play...

This card actually started with these cute little Puppy Brads from Eyelet Outlet.

I realized they were the perfect size for this young man in my stamp stash, from Carabelle Studio. The image and sentiment were stamped on 2.5" x 3.5" watercolor paper with black Archival Ink.  I watercolored his face and hair and added some washi tape...

...before I embellished the sentiment with a Paw Print Brad.

I matted the ATC on black cardstock and used Therm O Web  Zots to mount it on a colorful card background!

I love to make ATC's by the batch! Sometimes I make them for swaps and sometimes I tuck them away to use on the front of a greeting card.   

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

Supplies For ATC Card:

Eyelet Outlet Puppy Brad
Eyelet Outlet Paw Brad
Eyelet Outlet Paw Washi Tape - Thin
Eyelet Outlet Skinny Washi Tape, Arrows
Eyelet Outlet Skinny Washi Tape - 5 Rolls

Therm O Web Zots

Carabelle Studio - Innocence
Cloud 9 - sentiment

Archival Ink - black
Watercolor Paper
Designer paper

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Wedding Shot Glasses with etchall®

There are so many details that go into planning a wedding! My nephew was married recently and one of the many ideas that came up was to personalize shot glasses with the initials of the bride and groom.  etchall® to the rescue!  
Time to play...


I cut the stencils from etchall etchmask® with my Silhouette Cameo.

After firmly adhering the vinyl...

...and protecting the rest of the shot glass with tape (I know it is hard to see because I used clear packing tape this time!), I  applied a thick coat of etchall® etching créme and waited 15 minutes.

Since etchall® etching créme is reusable, I used the squeegee to scoop it back into its original container...

...and then thoroughly washed off the rest of the créme before removing the etchmask® stencil.

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

What is better than one shot glass?  


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

Materials for etched wedding shot glasses:

etchall® etching créme
etchall® etchmask ComboPak
etchall® squeegee

Silhouette Cameo
Shot glasses

Friday, February 8, 2019

Fragrance Diffuser Treasure Box with Eileen Hull

Last month I shared a Mixed Media Art Card Storage Box using Eileen Hull's new Treasure Box die from Sizzix (you can find the step by step assembly tutorial HERE). This month I have paired it with one of Eileen's Movers & Shapers dies to create a Fragrance Oil Diffuser! Time to play...

I die cut the box elements from matboard and applied Melon ColorBox Blends Ink.

I assembled the lid using Supertape from Therm O Web...

...and placed the die cut top on the inside of the lid.

I cut an additional piece of matboard that is 5.25" x 3.25". After coloring it with the Melon Blends Ink, I centered the Floral Cutouts Movers & Shapers die on the mat board and cut it using the Movers & Shapers Shuttle.

I centered the Prismatic stencil on the top of the matboard and inked through it using Coconut ColorBox Blends.

I heat set the ink before covering the entire surface with clear embossing ink and clear embossing powder.  I melted the embossing powder and then flipped this piece over and applied clear embossing ink and clear embossing powder on the back side.  The reason I covered the back with clear embossing was to protect the matboard from the oils I use in the next step.

I cut a strip of adhesive backed white fun foam and centered it in the well on the top of the lid. I added just a couple drops of fragrance oil and worked it into the fun foam.  I applied Therm O Web Supertape around the edge of the lid and then adhered the top.

I used a liquid adhesive to adhere a small drawer knob on the center of the lid.

Before assembling the Treasure Box base I applied Melon ColorBox Blends Ink to both sides of the matboard and then applied clear embossing ink through the Prismatic stencil on the sides...

...and ends of the box. I then heat embossed with clear embossing powder and assembled the box base.

Next I went back to the lid and incorporated a brilliant idea from Jane Robson, a member of the Eileen Hull Fan Club on Facebook (If you are not a member you should definitely check that out for tons of inspirational projects using Eileen's dies!). I cut 4 extra strips of matboard, inked them to match, and trimmed them to fit inside the box lid.  Using more Therm O Web Supertape I adhered them so that they stick up about 1/4" above the actual sides of the lid.

With the addition of this lip, the box now fits on the base of the box without the need of hinges to hold it in place.  Thank you, Jane!

I had one more idea to incorporate into this box. I used the Treasure Box die to cut another piece of matboard for the top/bottom of the box.  I went back to the Big Shot and used the Floral Cutouts Movers & Shapers die to cut the design into the matboard 3 times. (The picture below shows how I used washi tape on the top and bottom edge of the Movers & Shapers die to hold it in place on the matboard.  The assembly was turned over before I topped it with a cutting plate and ran it through the machine.)

I pulled out the Melon ColorBox Blends Ink and went to town one last time!

I put cotton balls in the box base and added just a few drops of the fragrance oil before inserting the die cut piece.  I found there was just enough tension to hold it in place without adding any supports or adhesive.

Voila!  A lovely DIY Fragrance Diffuser with the scent of your choice wafting from the lid, from inside the box, or both!  It is easy to refresh the fragrance by using a dropper to add oil through the flower cutouts.  The best part is that with Eileen's Treasure Box die you can customize it to any bedroom or bathroom color and style!

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

Materials for Fragrance Diffuser Treasure Box:

Sizzix Eileen Hull Scoreboards XL die, Treasure Box
Sizzix Eileen Hull Movers and Shapers, Floral Cutouts
Sizzix Little Sizzles Mat Board Sizzix Big Shot
Sizzix Movers & Shapers Shuttle
Clearsnap ColorBox Blends by EIleen Hull- Melon, Coconut
Clearsnap Clear Embossing Powder
Clearsnap Top Boss clear embossing ink pad
The Crafter's Workshop Rebekah Meier - TCW802s Prismatic
White fun foam, adhesive backed
Fragrance Oil
Dap Rapidfuse
Ikea drawer pull