Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Little B LLC Blog Hop

Just look at all this crafty goodness that arrived from Little B LLC...  I hardly know where to start. There are punches, dies, flower kits, washi tape in different widths, and lots of dimensional stickers. Each Designer Crafts Connection member received a different assortment - this assortment definitely said "baby"....

I had some Smoothfoam™ Fake Cake forms from a previous hop, so I decided to make a decorative cake for a baby shower.  I used the stickers, flower petals, washi tape and the border punch.

Step 1: I covered the sides of the cake form.  I used Washi tape with the tiny, gold foil hearts around the top and bottom edge, then added the 1/2" Washi tape with the pink baby feet design.

Step 2: To cover the open area between the washi tape, I punched a border from pink card stock as follows:
        Insert the paper into the punch with the edge of the paper aligned with the edge of the design on the punch lever.  Punch then slide the paper to the side until the punched paper is aligned with the pattern on the base.  Continue sliding the paper to one side and punching until you have a complete strip.  Cut enough strips to go around the cake form then adhere with glue dots.


Step 3.  Punch 3 additional strips of pink border paper.  Cut each strip in half lengthwise to create 6, narrow strips.  Using the pattern as a guide, accordion fold each strip, then run a length of cord through the bottom holes. Bunch the pleats together and tie tightly with the ends of the cord.



Fan the pleated strip into a circle, then glue the ends together with a small dab of tacky glue to create a rosette.  Make 6.  Adhere gold Washi tape on top of the punched strip around the cake form. Always overlap the ends of washi tape and add a little glue for extra security.  Push a quilt pin with a white, pearl head through the center of each rosette to attach to the sides of the cake form.  Add a baby shoe sticker to the area between the rosettes.


Step 4: Adhere the medium sized pink petals from the flower kit around the top of the cake form overlapping as shown.  Note, the petals already have an adhesive at the base of each petal. Cover the area at the center with a small, white doily.  Following instructions on the package, create a small flower from 4, white petal strips, then place (don't glue) on top of the doily.


 Step 6: Add stickers from the baby package as follows:

        a.  Adhere a craft pick to the back of the stork sticker for stability, then push the end of the pick through the center of the white flower and the doily into the center of the cake form. Cut 2, white, petal strips apart then adhere the individual petals around the doily. 

        b.  To make the banner, cut 2 bamboo skewers about 6" in length then wrap with narrow washi tape.  Push the skewers into the top of the cake form, one at each side of the doily then attach white cord across the top. Tie at each end then hold in place with the sock/clothespin sticker.  Hang the letter stickers on the cord and additional stickers at the base of each skewer to finish.

You can see even more inspiration using Little B products by visiting the Designer Crafts Connection blog and hopping thru our webring using the DCC logo in the sidebar,  plus there's a giveaway!  Just look at all this product! Valued at $150, there's enough product for you and a friend.

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Enjoy!  Y'all come back now.........

Yours truly,
Julie :)

                                    KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON CRAFTING! 

Monday, October 19, 2015

Etched Glass Halloween Jug

Chug-a-lug, here's a jug
Of Witches Brew just for you!

Halloween is the perfect time for special tricks and treats - so how about etching a unique glass jug for your favorite spooky libations.

You'll need etchall® re-usable etching crème, etchmask (to cut your stencil), etchmask transfer paper, a Pik tool and a squeegee. IMPORTANT! Double check colored glass!  I purchased an amber colored cider jug to etch my design, not realizing that the color was only a coating on top of clear glass. Coated glass will NOT etch, so I went back to the store and purchased a clear one.

Step 1.  Cut your stencil.  I use an electronic die cutting machine and uploaded my own design. If you like it, you may use it for personal use only.
Step 2. Cut a piece of transfer paper large enough to cover your design, remove the backing paper then cover your stencil with the transfer paper. Lift the stencil and transfer paper from your cutting mat.  Remove the backing sheet from the stencil then transfer onto the side of the jug.  Smooth the stencil securely with the squeegee then remove the transfer sheet.  Use the pik tool to remove the areas from the stencil that you want to etch. The wording at the top of the design was going to fall right over the curve at the top of my jug, so I cut the words from the stencil and etched them separately to prevent wrinkles.

Step 3.  To prevent rolling, place the jug on a towel, bunching it up on each side under the jug, then attach pieces of leftover backing paper around the edges of the stencil folding them upward to create a barrier. You don't want the etching crème to migrate down the curved surface of the jug and etch uncovered areas.  Cover the open areas to be etched with a liberal amount of etching crème and spread gently with the squeegee. You can't use too much of this product - remember it's re-usable. Wait 15 minutes then scrape the crème back into the container.  Rinse away any residue then remove the stencil.  NOTE: You can find videos and tutorials at for more detailed information on this process, or here on my blog.  Search "etched glass" in my sidebar.

Step 4. Now let's etch the wording.  While the stencil is still on the backing sheet, use the pik tool to remove the letters being careful not to lose the tiny pieces - dot for the "i", etc.  This process is known as weeding.  When you have finished weeding, cover with transfer paper, remove the backing paper from the stencil then position on the jug.  Carefully remove the transfer paper, making sure that the tiny pieces for your stencil are still in place.

Step 5.  Use your fingernail, or small craft stick to smooth away any wrinkles away from around the openings for the letters, otherwise the etching crème will seep under the edges.


Step 6.  Cover the edges with scraps of etchmask, or painter's tape.  I covered the etched design below with a large piece of backing paper, then taped and re-taped everything in place, making sure that only my lettering could be covered with etching crème.

Step 7.  Cover with etching creme then leave for 15 minutes. Scrape the crème back into the container, rinse away the residue, then remove the stencil, tape, etc.  PLEASE remember that this is etching crème - do NOT rinse in a porcelain sink!! It will etch the glaze......

Glass etching is a great way to upcycle inexpensive glass pieces.  You can personalize items for your home, for the holidays, for special occasions and to give as gifts.  It's easy to do, but if you haven't etched glass before, please read all the directions on the container and check the etchall website for more information before starting your projects.  You can also find lots of inspiration on Pinterest.  Remember that etchall® etching crème and dip is RE-USABLE, so it will last a long, long time.  Etchall provides the glass etching product for my etched glass posts, but you can order online directly from their website - use the code JULIEMC for 10% off.  Enjoy!  Y'all come back now........

Yours truly,
Julie :)


Thursday, October 1, 2015

Halloween Lantern

It's almost Halloween so I've been working on a special treat and also have a few etching tricks to share.


This is a simple lantern I found on sale at Walmart. The four glass sides are removable, so I created a design for each side.  (Yes, that's a photo I took of the Blood Moon from our back yard in the background. I layered the photo of the lantern on top in Photoshop.)

I also used the following supplies:

etchall® reusable etching crème
etchall® etchmask and transfer paper
Pik Tool (for weeding)
Squeegee tool to spread creme and scrape back into container

I uploaded each design then cut the stencils with my Cricut Explore and etchall® etchmask

Cut the designs: I cut the two larger designs, Haunted House and Gnarled Tree from one sheet of etchmask and the Spider Web, Jack O'Lanterns, Crow and Ghosts from a second sheet.  

     TIP: Draw a black border around the design the same size as the surface you want to etch to help with placement.  For example. Each piece of glass measured 4" x 8", so I used this size for my image. I created the border around the edge of the image, then positioned the design inside the border. When the design is cut, the border will also be cut around it.

Transfer the Design:  Cut a 4' x8" piece of etchmask transfer paper, the same size as the design, remove the backing sheet then place the transfer paper on top of the design with edges aligned with the border. Press firmly in place with the squeegee.  Carefully remove the cut stencil; the backing sheet will remain on the cutting mat.  This is an easy technique to use for small designs.

Etching the Design. Place the stencil on the glass.  Press firmly in place with the squeegee.  Remove the transfer paper then use the pik tool to carefully remove the areas of the design to be etched.  Make sure all the edges of the glass are covered - use extra pieces of etchmask or the transfer paper.  Cover the areas to be etched with a liberal amount of etching crème.  Let sit for 15 minutes, then scrape the etching crème back into the container. Rinse thoroughly then remove the stencil and discard. Dry the glass with a soft cloth. 

For more detailed instructions and step outs for this process, refer to this earlier post here or check out the video on the etchall website.

Now here's the "trick" I promised to share.  I wanted the ghosts to appear as if they were flying out of the haunted house, so instead of making them part of the house design, I cut a separate stencil and etched the ghosts on the back of the glass.  As you can see, the bottom part of the ghost overlaps the top of the house since each design is etched on a different side of the glass.


To help with placement of the ghost designs, I removed the stencil from around the design with the transfer paper leaving the ghosts on the backing sheet.  The ghosts can be used on another project later.


With the etched side of the glass facing upward, position the piece of glass on top of the stencil. Turn the glass over, remove the transfer paper, cover the glass around the stencil, then etch the ghosts.

I etched a crow on the back of the glass etched with the gnarled tree in the same way. 

The spider web was etched at the top of the third piece of glass and the Jack O'Lanterns on the fourth. These pieces were then placed on opposite sides of the lantern.

I really love designing and etching the designs on to glass. It's a great way to upcycle so many glass pieces.  Etchall is my product of choice for many reasons, the first being that it's re-usable. It has no unpleasant odor and I like the creamy consistency which produces an even etch.  When using this product for the first time, read the directions on the container and check out the etchall website for more tips, techniques and lots of inspiration.  Happy etching...... Y'all come back....

Yours truly,
Julie :)