Tuesday, July 31, 2018

DIY Garden Table with Etchall

A friend of mine inherited a glass top garden table from her father and wanted to gift it to her son.  She had seen the glass table I etched a few months ago (details here) and asked me if I wanted to tackle another project.  Time to play...

I cleaned the glass with soap and water, wiped it down with alcohol and dried it with a lint free cloth.  I cut the stencils apart and placed them in a box before lightly spraying them with etchall® stencil spray.  The spray makes the surface tacky and will adhere the stencil to glass, china, marble and slate.

I positioned the stencils on the glass, firmly pressing them into place before applying tape around the edges.  I used the etchall® squeegee and the pads of my fingers to make sure they were all firmly adhered and that there were no air bubbles.  I then applied the etchall® etching crème very thickly with the squeegee,  covering the stencil area completely. I waited 15 minutes then used the squeegee to scrape the crème back into the original bottle because etchall® is completely reusable!

I thoroughly washed off the rest of the crème under running water before removing the stencil and tape. 
NOTE:  Do NOT rinse in a porcelain sink as this is an etching product and it will remove the glaze.

I repeated the process for the 2nd half of the table.  After I etched a garden of flowers around the edge of the table...

...I decided to add some butterflies and dragonflies... 

...using the same process...

...and ending up with the same beautiful results! 


With a coat of paint for the frame the table was finished and ready for gifting! 


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

etchall® Materials for DIY Garden Table:

etchall® etching crème
etchall® reposition/reuse stencil spray
etchall® Squeegee

Plaid stencil - Floral Sampler
The Crafter's Workshop - Mariposas 6x6 stencil
Rubbing alcohol

Monday, July 30, 2018

Cards, Cards, Cards! with Eileen Hull's ColorBox Blends

Last week I shared a bunch of cards featuring Eileen Hull's ColorBox Blends from Clearsnap.  Here's a round up in case you missed any of them - just click on the image and the link will take you to the complete post. 



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

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Wander Off the Beaten Path card

Today we are going a little off the beaten path!  Eyelet Outlet recently released Boot Print Brads and they are perfect for hiking and nature projects!  I paired them with a die cut word from Eileen Hull's *new* Journaling Words Thinlits from Sizzix and came up with a great card for the wanderer in your life! Time to play...

The Boot Print Brads come 12 in a package with a selection of white or black boot prints.  The background of the Boot Prints are white and I decided I wanted to make mine look like they had spent some time on the trails.  I used Nutmeg ColorBox Blends to dab on a bit of "dirt"!  You can see the difference in this picture - instant grunge!

To make it easy for me to alter the brads, I stuck them in a bit of styrofoam.  I inked them up, added clear embossing powder and then applied heat to set.

I applied Leaf ColorBox Blends through a stencil to create a simple background. I also distressed the card with scissors before inking the edges with Nutmeg

I stamped in a compass rose and a sentiment and then I added a die cut word.  I actually cut the word 5 times and layered it before adding it to the card.  I love dimension!

Finally I  placed the altered Boot Print Brads and just a bit of Skinny Washi Tape.

You can find all of the newly released brads HERE.

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

Susie Bentz:  My Time to Play

Materials for Wander Card:

Eyelet Outlet Boot Print Brads
Eyelet Outlet Skinny Washi Tape
Sizzix Eileen Hull  Journaling Words Die
Clearsnap Eileen Hull ColorBox Blends - Nutmeg, Leaf
The Crafters Workshop Rebekah Meier Stencil - TCW525 Stencil Screen Print
Stamps - 7 Gypsies, Fiskars

Friday, July 27, 2018

Cardmaking with Eileen Hull

TGIF crafty friends!  If you have been following along this week you already know that Eileen Hull has developed 16 fabulous ColorBox® Blends colors.  The applicators hold 10x the ink of most ink pads, come with a built in sponge applicator and blend beautifully on porous surfaces.  Today's project is another card which also features one of her newly released die sets from Sizzix.  Time to play...

I absolutely love this image of  a bespectacled young lady sitting cross-legged with a camera in her hands. The stamp, Beautiful Girl - Isabella, is from Picket Fence Studios.  I stamped the image onto watercolor paper and used my craft mat as a pallet for Eileen's Blends:  Tutu, Bay, Nutmeg and Sunshine.

Add a spritz of water onto the craft mat and you can just paint your image with a brush.  If you want the color darker just go back and add more, layering until you are happy.  I kept the coloring on this image spare and soft because I want it to almost be a background, especially the camera in her hands.

I die cut the stamped image and some coordinating papers with Eileen's Journaling Cards, Flowers & Leaves dies...

....and added the sentiment with my Dymo label maker.  You can see now why I wanted the camera to kind of fade away, right?  I put a little red pickup truck in her hands instead - a Truck Brad from Eyelet Outlet!
(If you look really closely you can see the camera, but at first glance it works pretty well!)

It makes a lot more sense when you see the inside of the card. (*cue the cheesy grin*)

The sentiment and truck (which I colored with Stop ink) are also from Eyelet Outlet.

I wanted to enclose a gift card and the good news is that Eileen Hull has a die set for that - Credit Card Sleeve & Tags!  Here's a little tip to make placement of the slit die easy and consistent.

I die cut watercolor paper using this method.  To color coordinate it with the rest of the card, I dragged it through some watered down Bay ink on my craft mat.

After it dried I used Therm O Web Supertape to attach it to the inside of the card.

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

Materials for Cardmaking with Eileen Hull:

Clearsnap Eileen Hull ColorBox® Blends - Bay, Tutu, Sunshine, Nutmeg, Stop, Flagstone
Sizzix Eileen Hull Journaling Cards, Flowers & Leaves die set
Sizzix Eileen Hull Credit Card Sleeve & Tags die set
Eyelet Outlet Truck Stamp Set
Eyelet Outlet Truck Brad
Picket Fence Studios Beautiful Girls - Isabella
Therm O Web iCraft Supertape 1/4"
Dymo label maker
Watercolor and designer paper

Thursday, July 26, 2018

ColorBox Blends by Eileen Hull

Hello and welcome!  I am back for Day 4 of sharing Eileen Hull's ColorBox® Blends.  Today's card  also features one of her newest dies sets from Sizzix:  Journaling Cards, Flowers & Leaves.  Time to play...

 Eileen has developed 16 fabulous ColorBox® Blends.  I chose 4 of them to work with for today's card: Nutmeg, Golden, Stop and Sunshine

I  tapped out the inks onto a craft mat and started to blend them together. 

I applied them to watercolor paper, mixing the inks in differing amounts to vary the color.  I created colors ranging from almost pure yellow to a light peach to a deep orange hue.

I used Eileen's Flowers Journaling Card die to cut lots of flowers, both from the newly inked watercolor paper and from black cardstock.  I backed the black cardstock cards with tape and started to replace the flowers, layering and mixing the colors until I was happy with the arrangement.

The next step requires using the die cut journaling card as a stencil. I placed it over a piece of the colored watercolor paper and inked over it again with some of the blended ink from my craft mat.

I trimmed out the stenciled paper, adhered it to a card base and added a stamped sentiment from The Project Bin's #BFF stamp set.

The colorful die cut journaling card was added to the front of the card.

What a completely different look and feel from yesterday's card using the same die set!  Color makes such a huge difference, right?  Come back tomorrow as I will have one more card to share using Eileen's ColorBox® Blends

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

Clearsnap Eileen Hull ColorBox® Blends - Nutmeg, Golden, Stop, Sunshine
Sizzix Eileen Hull - Journaling Cards, Flowers & Leaves die set
The Project Bin - #BFF stamp set
Watercolor paper, cardstock

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Blends and Dies with Eileen Hull

Hello and welcome!  Day 3 of playing with Eileen Hull's ColorBox Blends and I am going to add some of her Sizzix dies into the mix! In her newest release from Sizzix, Book Club Chapter 2, Eileen included some Thinlits dies that I love to use for cardmaking!  Time to play...

I started by die cutting watercolor paper with the Flowers & Leaves Journaling Card die set.  It is very cool because it can cut the border and all of those flowers in one pass! 

Eileen's ColorBox® Blends come in 16 fabulous colors, hold 10x the ink of most regular ink pads, and they have an applicator sponge built right in!  I popped all of the flowers out of one of the die cut card and proceeded to ink them up with lots of Sunshine ink right there on a craft mat! 

For the second set of flowers I used Tutu.  It was easy to create different shades of pink by varying the amount of ink I used.

As I said, Eileen's die can cut the journaling card at the same time as it cut the flowers. I wanted to put flowers back into the card, so I added strips of tape to the back...

...and started to play with the arrangement, layering until I was satisfied.

For my next step I covered the whole card with clear embossing ink and powder and applied heat to set.

I repeated the process 3 times to build up a thick layer on the card. Lovely dimension!

I topped the flowers off with self adhesive Black Enamel Dots from Eyelet Outlet before adding it to a card base.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!  Come back tomorrow and see another take on using this die set with Eileen's inks.

~ Susie

Clearsnap Eileen Hull ColorBox® Blends - Sunshine, Tutu
Clearsnap Top Boss Mini Embossing Pad
Clearsnap ColorBox® Embossing Powder
Sizzix Journaling Cards, Flowers & Leaves
Eyelet Outlet - Enamel Dots, Black

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Sailing Card with Eileen Hull's Colorbox Blends

Hello and welcome to Day 2! I have another card to share using Eileen Hull's fabulous ColorBox® Blends! It is summertime so I guess it is no surprise that I am a bit obsessed with the beach, the ocean and all things nautical! Time to play...

I started by dispensing  some of Eileen's Bay and Hydrangea inks onto my craft mat.  I gave them a spritz of water and swirled them with a brush before I picked up the color by dragging the bottom of my mixed media cardstock across the mat.   After it dried, I stamped the sentiment and the sailboat image, adding Nutmeg to the hull of the boat and the ship's wheel.   

I used a brush to paint a shadow under and behind the boat with Hydrangea before masking the sailboat.  At this point I did 2 things:  I used a paintbrush to pickup and spatter more of the watered down Hydrangea ink, and I created the sky by softly blending Bay from the waterline to the top of the card.

The cork element at the bottom was inked along the edge with Nutmeg then wrapped with jute.  The compass brad is from Eyelet Outlet.

Inside the card I added a strip of Ropes Washi Tape, also from Eyelet Outlet. 

Here is another, simpler version of the card using a different sentiment from the same stamp set, Anchors Away from The Project Bin. 

Thanks for stoppping by and I hope you find some time to play today!  Come back tomorrow for another card featuring Eileen Hull's ColorBox® Blends! 

~ Susie

Materials for Sailing Card with ColorBox® Blends:

Clearsnap Eileen Hull ColorBox® Blends - Bay, Hydrangea, Nutmeg
The Project Bin - Anchors Away
Stampscapes - Sailboat
Eyelet Outlet - Compass Brad
Eyelet Outlet - Rope Washi Tape
DCWV The Adhesive Cork Stack