Sunday, February 28, 2016

3-D Etched Lid for Wedding Card Box


 Our Family has a joyous event coming this next August.  Our only daughter is getting married.  It has fallen to me to do much of the DIY decorating, cards and favors for the wedding.  I am thrilled to do so and this 3-D card box will be a nice addition to our wedding decor!

I started by gathering the supplies I would need to make my box.  I have pictured some of them in the photograph below.

For this project you will need the following:  

Etchall (R) reusable etching creme
Etchall (R) etchmask and transfer sheets

Die cut machine and die with wedding sentiment
12" Cardstock: Black; Black and White chevron design
Wooden Box with hinged lid:  12" wide x 3-3/4" deep
Vintage white Wooden Frame:  5 x 7"
Paints:  Teal, Vintage White, Matte Sealer
Paintbrushes:  1" flat, #6 fan brush
Embellishments:  Faux clear rhinestone trim with adhesive back; Pearl and Rhinestone adhesion's from a package.
Scissors
Paper Trimmer
Glue

Instructions:

Disassemble the frame. Discard the cardboard back and paper mat. Carefully remove, then wash and dry the glass.

Measure the space under the frame to decide how big to make your paper cut for the sentiment. Cut the sentiment from Black cardstock to get the right size for the space.

Using the same die and size; apply the transfer paper to the etchmask and cut out.  The etchmask image should be the same size as the black cardstock die cut.       

Remove the release paper from the yellow etchmask and adhere to the center of the frame glass. Follow the manufacturer's instruction and add the Etchall etching creme to the glass. When the time is up; scrape the etchall creme back into the bottle for another use. Then; thoroughly wash the glass in warm water before removing the Etchmask. Finish by removing the etchmask, rinse; then dry with a lint free towel.
Paint: Center the frame on the top of the lid and trace around the inside with a pencil.  Leave this portion of the lid white.  Paint the entire box vintage white.  Paint the top of the lid (Except for the middle portion) and sides of the lid teal.  Allow to dry.  Use the fan brush (dry) to apply vintage white to the frame and box lid to give it a distressed look.  Replace the glass in the frame and use the metal brackets to hold it firmly in place.  
The next step is the trickiest part.  Adhere the black cardstock sentiment directly under the etched portion of the glass.  This is what will give it the 3-D effect.  Center and glue the frame to the box lid. Double check to keep everything straight.

Cut the chevron cardstock as follows:  two 1-1/2" x 12" pieces for front and back; two 1-1/2" x 8-     3/4" for the sides. Cut 1/2" strips and glue around the sides of the frame. Make sure the seam is in the back.

 Finish: Complete by embellishing the box with the faux rhinestone trim and the adhesions.

Now it is ready for the wedding cards!  

This design can be adapted for any theme, party or color.  Enjoy!


Make sure to enjoy the small blessings along the way and,

Live Life with a Flourish!

Marilyn








Monday, February 1, 2016

I Love Valentine's Day!


Valentine's Day has always been a favorite day to celebrate!  It comes and goes way too fast; but if you plan a little ahead, you can be ready with some fun gifts and decor!
With some ribbon and cardstock you can create some fun seasonal decorations and gifts.  The ruffle flowers shown above are made with die-cut cardstock and hand gathered ribbons.  They are adhered to a fan handle and finished off with a few embellishments.  
Zoomed in for a closer view.......
Below is an idea for a Valentine's banner.
A bouquet of ruffled ribbon flowers......isn't it pretty?
The projects shown below were created using a Deflecto craft frame and clear vinyl pouches.  Here is the link to their craft site:  http://www.deflecto.com/craft/  The album is held together with a pear clip that deflecto also carries.

What is more fun than giving Love Coupons to a family member or friend?  There are a plethora of pretty cardstock papers to be found and there are many variations to be made of the mini Valentine coupon album shown in the photos given.


A closer look:..

I hope you are inspired by all of the Valentine ideas shown here today.  To see the rest of the designs shown on the blog hop today, just go to the link provided and hop on to the next designer's blog!

Have a wonderful Valentine's Day!


Make sure to enjoy the small blessings along the way and

Live Life with a Flourish!

Marilyn


Thursday, December 10, 2015

An Exciting Overview of what Deflecto has in store for CHA 2016!


"See you at the CHA Mega Show" Blog Hop





Deflecto has a line-up of exciting events coming to the 2016 CHA Mega Show!  If you haven't heard the name "Deflecto", you will be hearing it a lot in the near future!

To start the line-up of show events; we will be presenting a Deflecto Workshop on Thursday, January 11th.  Our theme is a Party theme and we will be celebrating with CHA for 75 years of craft world magic!

Below is a photo of the 5 projects we will be completing in the workshop.  If you haven't already made a reservation; there is probably still room available.  The space is limited to 25 attendees, so make sure to check it out!  I will be teaching the workshop along with some of our design team crew.

We just got exciting news!  Deflecto has won the honor of being a finalist in the "Hot New Product" line-up for the 2016 show!  The product being featured is the brand new 3-Tier Dessert Stand!  We will have one at our Workshop "Party" filled with cupcakes.  We have surprises in store so hope you can get a reservation!  Below is a photo of the Dessert Stand that we are so excited about!  It can be decorated with the theme of any party or event.  We will show you how!  Booth #2475.  It is among the CHA finalists for the New Hot Products at CHA!  Quite the honor!
Here is the 3-Tier Dessert Stand in action at a recent party!

AND!  That is not all!  We have more planned for this show!  This really big shew!

There will be 3 days of Make n' Take projects!  Here are some photos below of the 
gorgeous projects we have planned.  You won't want to miss any of them!


Green Frame with Flower - Day 1




Curved Magnetic Frame - Day 2






Fun new signage!  Day 3







Did I mention there is a cash prize for some very lucky person??  Check out how to get in on the give-away below!
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    1. Leave a comment on your blog (mandatory) answering the question - "What is your favorite "can't live without" craft supply or tool?"
    2. Tweet about the giveaway  (tweet text includes #CHAshow hashtag; can tweet daily for extra entries)
    3. Answer a multiple-choice poll about how often you "cre8time" for crafting  (double entry value)
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    Below is the blog hop schedule:  Make sure to click on it to continue with the hop!



    We are looking forward to seeing you at the show!

    Cheers!

    Marilyn 
    Design Team Coordinator
    for Deflecto





    *This is a sponsored post.  I have been provided complimentary product in exchange for sharing my ideas and designs.



    Monday, December 7, 2015

    Celebrate the Holidays with Deflecto! A peek at new product!!




    Is anybody else excited about attending the CHA Mega Show in January??  I sure am!  I will be teaching a workshop and Make n' Takes for Deflecto and can't wait to see everyone!

    Holiday celebrations are in full swing! I recently had a party at my house and I got to use the brand spankin' new 3-tiered cupcake rack by Deflecto!  This versatile rack can be decorated in numerous ways to fit in with your party theme.  I used some decorative Santa Belly paper tape by Little B.  I applied it around the edges of the tiered platters.  I had a Santa Belly theme going as you can see!


    The 3-tiered rack starts out flat.  This makes for easy storing, easy mantling and dismantling!


    Below is a picture of the rack with the paper tape that I used before assembling and decorating.


    Below is the rack after it is assembled.  The weather here has been dark and rainy.  There wasn't a good way for me to get this picture.  You do get the idea though, right?


    Deflecto has many products that are perfect for any celebration or party!  I used their risers, sign holders, (small and mini), and the clips for connecting signage to your displays.  Check out the website for the crafts division at http://www.deflecto.com/craft/  for all of your signage and storage needs!

     Below are some more photos of the party table and Deflecto products that I used.


     The gal in the photo below was graciously helping me by holding an ice cylinder for me.  We were just getting the party started.  The Santa Belly cones shown below were our party favors.  I used more of the Santa Belly tape to decorate the painted paper mache' cones.

    Hope you got some inspiration on this blog today.  Be sure to come and see us at the Deflecto booth at the CHA mega show in January!  We will be showing off all of the new products and have some very fun events in store.  Did I mention there is prize money involved??  


    Be sure to take time to enjoy the small blessings along the way and

    Live Life with  Flourish!

    Marilyn











    Wednesday, November 25, 2015

    Etched Mirror for Christmas Decor


    Peace on earth and good will to all men!  That phrase rings in our heads as we prepare to celebrate Christmas.  We all want peace.  World peace, peace at work and in our families.  It seems to be more and more elusive as our technology changes and we race to keep up. 
    I found a beveled mirror at the craft store and a simple wooden easel to go with it.  Etching is the perfect way to personalize a mirror like this one and the message and image can be changed up for the occasion.  I like this idea for the table decorations at a winter wedding.  A monogram could be etched on each mirror for the wedding couple.  Of course there are many other themes to be designed around; but  Christmas and weddings are two of my favorites.

    Etching is easy to do and etchall creme is my favorite product to etch with.  You can see all of the etchall products on the website at http://etchall.com/

    You will need the following supplies:

    etchallR etching creme
    detail pick tool
    squeegee
    etchmasktm vinyl
    transfer paper

    Beveled Mirror
    Easel
    Snow-Tex by DecoArt
    Sugar Shimmer Glitter by Clearsnap
    Die-cut Machine
    Scissors

    1.  Calculate the size of the pattern you will need.  Apply etchmask vinyl to the cutting mat and cut out the design.
    2.  Remove the mat from the machine and apply transfer paper to the top of the design.  Turn over and use the pick tool to remove the letters from the transfer paper.
    3.  Position and adhere the etchmask and transfer paper to the mirror.  Remove all of the air bubbles with the squeegee.  
    4.  Peel the transfer paper away from the etchmask. Use pieces of the transfer paper like you would use painter's tape to cover the mirror around the etchmask design as shown in the photo below.
    5.  Follow the manufacturer's direction to apply the etchmask to the stencil.  Make sure to use plenty as you will be returning the product back to the bottle when you are done.  You can use it over and over until it disappears.  The creme will turn a dark brown eventually, but it is still good to go!  Wait 15 minutes; carefully return the creme back to the bottle and rinse off the entire piece.
    6.  Remove all of the etchmask and transfer paper.  Wash the glass thoroughly and dry.

    7.  To finish:  Follow the manufacturer's instruction to apply the Snow-Tex to the sides of the mirror. (I would use a light hand!)  Before the snow dries, sprinkle with the glitter. 
    This is going to be a Christmas present for a friend.  I am planning to make several more with a different message and design.  I think "Noel" with a snowflake will be nice for one!

    I hope you have a wonderful holiday season filled with Peace, Joy and Love!  Make sure to take time to enjoy the small blessings along the way and,

    Live Life with a Flourish!

    Marilyn








    I received moderate compensation 
    for posting this design.











    Thursday, November 12, 2015

    Thanksgiving Decorating with Deflecto


    Thanksgiving is just around the corner!  Deflecto has some great products to help you with your holiday decorating.  Since it is difficult to see clear acrylic, I will tell you where to look in the photo shown here.  The bag is sitting on top of a deflecto Riser.  The risers come with 3 varied sizes in a package.  These are perfect for showcasing table decorations and candles when decorating the table.  The paper turkey is attached to the adhesive end of a deflecto Sign Dangler.  I curled it for more effect and adhered the other end to the back of the small sign holder.  The angled sign holder is in the forefront with the Happy Thanksgiving card in it.  A dangler is attached to the sign holder and the top end has a pumpkin sticker attached for decoration.

    Here is the link to the Deflecto website.  Check out their products once you get through this blog.  Most are available on Amazon and there are lots more new and exciting products to come!  http://www.deflecto.com/craft/
    I have added more photos for you to get an overview. There is a diagram at the bottom of the page that will show you how I made the paper turkey that is on the sign dangler.  I die cut most of the pieces on my electronic die-cut machine.  You might also use some punches.  A scalloped circle punch will also work to create the tail feathers.  I used varied sizes of maple leaves for the tail feathers on the turkey shown here.


     Close-up view

    Diagram for Turkey Embellishment


    I hope you have been inspired to start decorating for Thanksgiving if you haven't already.  The deflecto mini signs make wonderful place card holders.  There are so many options!

    Make sure to take time to enjoy the small blessings along the way and

    Live Life with a Flourish!

    Marilyn



    Sign Dangler & Angled Sign Holder


    Disclaimer:
    I have rec'd complimentary product for this blog post.
    I have not rec'd monetary compensation.

    Monday, November 2, 2015

    Handmade Gifts ( I am thinkin' Christmas!)


    Handmade gifts are gifts straight from the heart!  I treasure the gifts of love that I have rec'd over the years.  I also love designing and making my own gifts.  Much of the excitement I feel for the holidays comes from anticipating making gifts and ornaments for friends and to share some creativity as well.

    I was perusing through pictures and came upon some projects that I created last year for the holidays; Christmas in particular.  I thought I would share, as I am feeling inspired to get started on some new projects for this year.

    This guy was made from some paintbrush handles that my friend gave me.  They almost got used for fire kindling!  Noooo!

    Selfie Santa pictured above has a pocket on his back for a gift card.  I love designing tag/ornaments every year.  These make perfect little add-on gifts.


    I have loved making little dolls with wooden clothespins and ball knob heads for years.  Last years little kewpie doll was perfect on the tree.

    My little tree at Aunt Bee's vendor store was filled with original handmade ornaments and other goodies.  The store closed this Summer.  These pictures provide good memories from last Christmas.
    I am thinking about new projects to make this year.  I love the whole creative process!

     
    One of my favorite little gifts to give and sell are my little bag clips.  I make them for every season and with just about every character design that I can think up.  They are perfect for small gift giving and I will be selling them on my Etsy shop in the near future.

    Below are a couple more little ornaments from years gone by.  It is always fun to find photos from the past.  They inspire me to create for the future!





    Well, this has been my little trip down memory lane.  I hope you are inspired to get creative for the holidays.  No matter what the gift; a gift from the heart is the best!  If you don't like to make the gifts; we have online shopping opportunities for handmade gifts on sites like Etsy.  My shop needs some attention and I plan on adding some fun things for the holidays.  If you would like to check it out; go to https://www.etsy.com/shop/stuffandthingsandco?ref=hdr_shop_menu

    Make sure to take some time to enjoy the small blessings along the way and

    Live Life with a Flourish!

    Cheers!
    Marilyn


    Make sure to click on the Designer Crafts Connection (blue) button at the top of my blog.  You can check out what the other designers on the team have been creating.  Handmade is the word of the day!