Sunday, October 22, 2017

Glass Etching with Stencils

It's so exciting when a manufacturer adds something new to their existing product line; especially when it's an amazing product! 


I love etchall® etching crème and etchall dip'n etch for etching designs on glass and more. For the most part, I cut my own designs from etchmask on the Cricut Explore, so it's easy for me to custom etch anything.  Not everyone however, has an electronic cutting machine to use and finding designs to etch can be limited.  This is why I was SO excited when I received etchall's new Reposition/Reuse Stencil Spray to try.  Now everyone has an opportunity to etch designs using mylar stencils.  AND when you etch with a mylar stencil, you can re-use the stencil mutiple times - just like the creme and the dip! 

This is the first sample I tried on a 5" x 7" piece of glass.


The result was amazing so I decided to etch this glass accent frame.

 

I found this accent window frame at a local home store.  It was supposed to be used to display photographs, but I needed something long and horizontal for a large, empty wall in my half bath and this was the perfect size.  First of all, I removed the bulldog clips which were meant to hold the photos then after cleaning the glass, I was ready to etch.

I decided to use alphabet stencils to spell out a 5-letter word on each of the two rows - one letter in each space.


The letters came in sets of 4 or 5 to a sheet, so I separated the ones I needed and set the remainder aside.  Etch as follows:

1. Starting with the top row,  following directions on the back of the can, spray the back of each letter with stencil spray, let dry then center each one on the glass.


2. Press each stencil securely in place then cover the glass around the stencil opening with blue painters tape, making sure that the glass is completely covered.


3. Using the squeegee, cover each letter liberally with etchall crème then leave for 15 minutes.


4. After 15 minutes scrape the crème off the stencil and return to the container. A plastic spoon is also helpful for this process.  Wipe away any remaining residue with damp paper towels, or baby wipes. 


5. When the area is completely clean, remove the tape and stencil.  Clean the glass once more then buff dry with a soft cloth.  Repeat the process with the second row of letters and voilà, I have a cool etched frame with a positive message for everyone!



With so many stencils to choose from, what do you plan to etch?  The stencil spray is on sale thru the end of October, so this is a great time to try!  Enjoy!  Y'all come back now..........

Yours truly,
Julie 

KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON CRAFTING!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Mini Halloween Lampshades

I love to decorate with candles, tea lights, votive candles and more, especially around the holidays. With so many types of battery operated LED lights available, it's really easy to make decorative lighting accents yourself with simple items you probably have around the house. 


These wine glass tea lights are perfect for Halloween. The laminated shades are made with napkins, so you can use this idea to make decorative shades for any occasion!

You'll need the following supplies:
Xyron® Creative Station with  5" Laminate cartridge
LED Tea light
Plastic stemware - one glass for each light
One portion plastic cup
Glue dots
Scissors
Napkins


1. To make a pattern for the shade, cut an 8" circle with a 4" diameter hole cut from the center.  Cut  in half.  You can use a circle cutter to make the pattern, or draw around plates, jar lids, etc.

2.  Open up the napkin then lay the pattern on top.  Cut the napkin in half then trim at each end so it's a little longer than the pattern.  Make sure the pattern covers elements of the design you'll want on your shade.


3.  Place the laminate cartridge in your Xyron machine, then laminate the cut piece of napkin. Do not separate the napkin layers.  You can also use the larger laminate cartridge and place the napkin piece horizontally across the width of the cartridge.


4.  Place the pattern on the laminated napkin then cut out.  Option: Use decorative edge scissors along the lower edge.



5.  The napkin layers will separate after cutting. Use the top layer for the shade.  Simply pull the ends together, overlapping about 1/2" then secure with extra strength glue dots. The second layer can be also be used for another shade. 

 

6.  Assemble the plastic wine glass then place the one portion cup inside.  This will suspend the LED tea light above the bottom, so the light will shine thru the shade.  Place the shade on top of the rim.


 

Plastic stemware and the one portion cups can be found at your local grocery, or party store together with a wide range of fun napkins!  Enjoy!


Y'all come back now.........

Yours truly,
Julie :)

KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON CRAFTING!



Thursday, September 21, 2017

Felt Crafts

L O V E working with felt.  We first met in the 50's when I learned simple sewing stitches in school so we could make dolls. We used felt for the bodies - and yes, my mum kept them.  Please note I was only 8 at the time.....


Felt and I are now grown up, but we remain fast friends.  We just don't see each other as much as we used to, so I was excited to participate in the Designer Crafts Connection blog hop sponsored by Kunin®.

Felt is SO versatile, the hardest part of the project was trying to decide what to create with the samples of felt and trim I received.


I grew up reading stories about fairies, elves and gnomes and over the past few years I've being seeing lots of fairy gardens and fairy houses. Thinking it might be fun for my granddaughter and I to make our own little village, I've been saving small cartons and plastic bottles.  Now seemed like a good time to start. Since felt is made from recycled plastic bottles, I thought it only right to start with an empty water bottle for my project and so it began......  First came the fairy house, which is also a night light,

    

then the "Kunikins".....


a tree of course.....

   

and before the day was over I had the beginnings of a small fairy village for the hearth:

Welcome to "Kunindorf"!


Fairy House/Night Light

You will need:
Classic felt 9"x12" craft cuts in 2 shades of green and a light color*
1" Smoothfoam™ Ball
Small and large Pom Pom trim as shown
Lo-temp glue gun
2" LED Tea light
Scissors
Metal (or metal edge ruler)
Craft knife
Cutting mat
Empty plastic water bottle
Small rubber band
* There are lots of wonderful colors of felt to choose from, so please feel free to use colors of your choice.

1.  Use the craft knife to cut the top (rounded part) off the bottle.  This will be the roof.
2.  Cut the bottom of the bottle to about 3" high.
3.  Cut a 3" x 9" strip of light colored felt.  Tip: I prefer to use a craft knife for straight cuts, but make sure the blade is sharp.


4.  Roll the felt and place inside the bottom half of the bottle. Trim as needed.  Place the tea light, upside down in the top.   



5.  Cut a 2.5" x 9" strip of neon green then cut 1.25" deep slits along the edge about 1/2" apart.


6.  With edges even, glue around the top of the bottle.  You may need to adjust the width of the strip to cover the top, since each brand of bottle is different.  Smooth the strips upward towards the neck of the bottle, overlapping as needed then hold in place at the top with the rubber band.



7.  Cut a second strip of felt about 2.5" x 5" in a darker green color.  Cut 4 slits from the edge to within 1" from the opposite edge.  Cut as shown to form an approximate leaf shape.  Cut 5 additional leaf shapes then glue these on top as shown.  With the added leaves on the under side, glue the "collar" around the neck of the bottle on top of the neon green.



8.  To finish, glue large pom pom trim around the bottom edge of the "roof" and the smaller pom pom trim around the neck.  Glue the Smoothfoam ball over the opening at the top of the bottle.  


9.  Since this is a Kunin sponsored project, I printed the Kunin logo onto adhesive backed paper, wrapped it around a toothpick, then inserted the toothpick into the top of the ball.  To finish I added a small pom pom to the top of the toothpick and glued a door shape on the front of the base.  A quilt pin pushed into the bottle is the door knob.


Kunikins

You will need (each):
1" Smoothfoam ball
Classic felt cuts (your choice of color)
Fur yarn - white
Toothpicks
Quilt pins - large red; 2 small black

1.  Cut a 2" x 9" strip of felt.  Roll tightly then secure end with lo-temp glue.


2.  Insert a toothpick into the ball to use as a handle, then glue fur yarn around the center for hair and beard.  Add as much as you like, then trim as needed. Insert the toothpick into the center of the rolled felt (body) and secure with glue.  Push the red quilt pin into the center of the ball for a nose and the 2 black quilt pins will be the eyes.  If the quilt pin is long and comes thru to the opposite side, trim with wire cutters. 



3.  To make a long, skinny hat, roll a 3" wide strip of felt into a cone shape.  Glue then trim into shape.  Secure to the head with 1 or 2 small pins, or glue.  Glue a white pom pom to the tip of the hat.

 


4.  To make the arms, roll felt (about 3" long) around a piece of cord.  Glue along the edge to secure, then glue the center to the back of the body.  Trim if necessary.

  



Kunindorf Tree

You will need:
Green or other color of either Classic or Premium felt
2" Wood spool for base (Option: recycle a spool of thread)

1.  For each tree, cut one each 2", 3" and 4" circles.  I used my Cricut® Maker for this - quick and easy, but scissors work fine of course.


2.  Cut each circle in half then roll into a cone shape.  Secure with glue.  Starting with the largest cone, stack and glue the cones on top of each other then place over the top of the spool.  Trim the edge of the bottom cone with small pom pom trim to finish.


3.  Cover the spool with scraps of felt.


Our little village wouldn't be complete without a "Welcome" sign, so I cut small, 1" x 1.5" banner shapes (one for each letter) from felt on my Cricut Maker (easy to cut with scissors too), then added Joy® iron-on embroidered letters.


I hung them from a length of cord with tiny clothes pins between 2 bamboo skewers, stuck into a rectangle of Smoothfoam. 


I'm sure I'll be adding more to our little village as the days go by....  this is just the beginning......  Look for more felt projects on the Designer Crafts Connection blog then comment on your favorites for a chance to win a collection of Kunin felt.  Enjoy!  Y'all come back now. 

Yours truly,
Julie :)

KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON CRAFTING