Thursday, December 8, 2016

Brutus Monroe Ink Lab - Part 3: Clay, Foil, Tile, & Wood **Giveaway**

Here we go again, let test some more surfaces with various types of inks, this time it is clay, foil, tile, and wood.  I also did the same tests on a variety of other inks in my Brutus Monroe Ink Test Lab Part 3.



So for these tests I did a video to show how they all compered against each other.  Brutus Monroe is offering an amazing deal for all Chalk Ink Pads plus Chalk Ink Re-inkers for the next couple months - a 20% off your ink purchase

coupon code: erinreed 

Plus here is the best part, you have a chance to win a set in mini chalk inks for just subscribing to my YouTube Channel.  All you need to do is
1) Subscribe to my video - if you are already a subbie awesome!!
2) Leave a comment on this video that you have subbed and would like to win the prize!!



The inks I tested were Brutus Monroe Chalk ink in Wagon, Ranger Distress ink in Fired Brick, StazOn in Pumpkin, Dare 2B Artzy in Red, Studio G Chalks in Red, Colorbox Fluid Chalk ink in Tangerine, Prima Quick Dry fluid chalk ink in Brick Wall, and Prima Resist Chalk Edger in Rose Bud.  I kept all the color as close as possible in the range of red and oranges.

Test 1 - Air Dry Clay
I tested each of the 8 inks on a Makin's Clay rolled of sheet of white clay and let it air dry for about 2 hours.  I tested if it smeared when it was first stamped and how well it heat set.  For results please see the video.


Test 2 - Rinea Foil Paper
I tested each of the 8 inks on a sheet of Rinea foil in silver.  I tested if it smeared when it was first stamped and how well it heat set.  For results please see the video.



Test 3 - Tile
I tested each of the 8 inks on a section of white tile.  I tested if it smeared when it was first stamped, how well it heat set, and if it bled when water was sprayed on it.  For results please see the video.


Test 4 - Wood
I tested each of the 8 inks on a section of untreated sanded pine wood.  I tested if it smeared when it was first stamped and if it bled when water was sprayed on it.  For results please see the video.



I will say that the Brutus Monroe inks were amazing for all these tests.  I loved that they held up too different kinds of surfaces and are holding up tho the name of an all purpose ink!!  Amazing inks!!


Sunday, December 4, 2016

21 Christmas Card Ideas from a Card Swap

I got a chance to be apart of a card swap about a month ago, and I got some amazing cards back from some fantastic crafty ladies.


I made 2 of the cards, but the other 21 cards are all from the various ladies in the swap.  Here is a complete video rundown of all the amazing cards in the swap, plus my thoughts on how they made them!!


The big themes for this year based on these cards:
1) Foil  - there are some many card that had foil on them in some way, embossed foil, foil cut outs, foil on the bow, it really does make for a beautiful card!!


2) embossed white cardstock - take a simple sheet of white cardstock and embossing it seem to be a huge trend, and it looks amazing!!






3) Vertical Flip up Cards - cards that open differently, those that flip up but are vertical seemed to be a huge trend!




Enjoy some amazing cards from some truly talented ladies!!!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Brutus Monroe Chalk Ink Test Lab: Part 2 - Canvas, Burlap, Plastic, & Glass **Giveaway**


We are back for part 2 of the Brutus Monroe Ink Test Lab where we test a variety of inks such as Brutus Monroe, Ranger Distress, Colorbox, Stazon, and more on canvas, burlap, plastic and glass to see if the stamped image would hold.



So for these tests I did a video to show how they all compered against each other.  Brutus Monroe is offering an amazing deal for all Chalk Ink Pads plus Chalk Ink Re-inkers for the next couple months - a 20% off your ink purchase

coupon code: erinreed 

Plus here is the best part, you have a chance to win a set in mini chalk inks for just subscribing to my YouTube Channel.  All you need to do is
1) Subscribe to my video - if you are already a subbie awesome!!
2) Leave a comment on this video that you have subbed and would like to win the prize!!

Here is my video.


You can also go back and leave the same comment on the Part 1 Video where I test out the inks on cardstock, glossy paper, if it the ink can be turned into a water color, and how it holds up to various markers. This give you 2 entries into the giveaway!! 
Here is the link to that video:



The inks I tested were Brutus Monroe Chalk ink in Wagon, Ranger Distress ink in Fired Brick, StazOn in Pumpkin, Dare 2B Artzy in Red, Studio G Chalks in Red, Colorbox Fluid Chalk ink in Tangerine, Prima Quick Dry fluid chalk ink in Brick Wall, and Prima Resist Chalk Edger in Rose Bud.  I kept all the color as close as possible in the range of red and oranges.

Test 1 - Canvas
I tested each of the 8 inks on a Canavs Corp Brands square of white canvas material.  I tested if it smeared when it was first stamped, how well it heat set, and if it bled when water was sprayed on it.  For results please see the video.



Test 2 - Burlap
I tested each of the 8 inks on a Canvas Corp Brands square of ivory burlap material.  I tested if it smeared when it was first stamped, how well it heat set, and if it bled when water was sprayed on it.  For results please see the video.



Test 3 - Plastic
I tested each of the 8 inks on a section of acrylic plastic sheet.  I tested if it smeared when it was first stamped, how well it heat set, and if it bled when water was sprayed on it.  For results please see the video.



Test 4 - Glass
I tested each of the 8 inks on a section of a glass pane.  I tested if it smeared when it was first stamped, how well it heat set, and if it bled when water was sprayed on it.  For results please see the video.



 I will say that the Brutus Monroe inks were amazing for all these tests.  I loved that they held up to different kinds of surfaces and are holing up tho the name of an all purpose ink!!  Amazing inks!!

Enjoy!
 


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Rosemary Mini Wreaths with Hangning Ornament **Makin's Clay & Canvas Corp & Tattered Angels & Beacon**

I have a ton of rosemary in my front yard and my husband brought up the idea that I should use it for some type of craft, so I thought how fun would they be in a wreath!!  Add a pretty bow and then a little hanging ornament and viola a cute little Christmas decor item!



For full video details on how to make this wreath please click below.


These wreaths are so simple to make, a little bit of rosemary, make a pretty bow, add a cute ornament and you are ready to go!!






This is perfect for indoors our outdoor decor, a door hangar, ornament on the tree, a mini wreath for a door like a dorm, or as a cute gift for teachers or friends!!  The rosemary is perfectly usable even when it has dried!!

Supplies Used
Rosemary
Floral Wire
Gold Floral Wire
Burlap - Canvas Corp Brands
Twine - Canvas Corp Brands
Clay - Makin's Clay
Clay Tools - Makin's Clay
Glitter Paint - Tattered Angels
Sealer - Beacon Adhesives
Glue - Beacon Adhesives




Thursday, November 24, 2016

Brutus Monroe Chalk Ink Test Lab - Part 1: Stamping, Watercolor, Markers **Giveaway**

Ever since I received the Brutus Monroe Chalk Inks I have heard they can replace all my ink types in this amazing all in one ink pad.  I had to test it out.  So here is my first of a few tests to see how it holds up!!







So for these tests I did a video to show how all the inks compered against each other on various trials.  Brutus Monroe is offering an amazing deal for all Chalk Ink Pads plus Chalk Ink Re-inkers for the next couple months - a 20% off your ink purchase

coupon code: erinreed 

Plus here is the best part, you have a chance to win a set in mini chalk inks for just subscribing to my YouTube Channel.  All you need to do is
1) Subscribe to my video - if you are already a subbie awesome!!
2) Leave a comment on this video that you have subbed and would like to win the prize!!

There will be 4 winners, each receiving one set of 4 mini chalk inks- see pic below!!  Amazing!!! Here is my video.


  Here is the prize and there are 4 winners!!!
**colors may vary for prize**
I tested the ink against a variety of other inks:
Brutus Monroe Chalk ink in Wagon
Ranger Distress ink in Fired Brick
StazOn in Pumpkin
Dare 2B Artzy in Red
Studio G Chalks in Red
Colorbox Fluid Chalk ink in Tangerine
Prima Quick Dry fluid chalk ink in Brick Wall
Prima Resist Chalk Edger in Rose Bud

I kept all the color as close as possible in the range of red and oranges.  First I tested the ink on plain white cardstock to see how easy it stamped and if it smeared when applied.  I then tested if the ink has the ability to act as a watercolor.  Refer to the video for full results.


I then tested each for the 8 inks on glossy paper and tested how well it stayed to the paper.  Since stampers love to color in their stamped imaged I also tested each of the stamps with 4 types of markers:
Spectrum Noir in CG2 (light green)
Tombow Dual Brush Pens in 055 (yellow)
Copic Sketch in Y17 (yellow)
Faber-Castell PITT artist pen big brush in Dark Naples ochre 184. 
For results please see with video above.


I will say that the Brutus Monroe inks were amazing for all these tests.  I loved that they held up to different kinds of papers, that I could watercolor with them, and that they held up to 4 different kinds of markers without a fail!!  Amazing inks!!


Monday, November 21, 2016

DIY Christmas Glitter Votives **Makin'g Clay & Tattered Angels & Beacon**

I had a fun idea about 3 months ago to use the Tattered Angels Clear Glimmer Glam to coat the inside of a votive with glitter, so make it pretty day and night.  So now I am taking that idea to the next level by blending it with Christmas with a fun little clay tree and piping on the top.


Here is the full video tutorial on how I made these fun Christmas votive candle holders.


Head on over to Makin's Clay blog for more details!!

Supplies Used
Clay Tools - Makin's Clay
Glitter - Martha Stewart
Internal Glue - Tattered Angels
External Glue - Beacon Adhesives



Thursday, November 17, 2016

Decorative Letter for Home Decor **Rinea & Eyelet Outlet & Beacon**

I love the large decorative paper mache letters you find at all the big box craft stores.  You can do so much them with them, and when I got my Rinea foil papers I knew I had to make something fun with it!!

This letter can be used for all kinds of things, as a decorative mantle home decor piece, by the way the "R" is for Reed my last name. Right now it is sitting on my mantel over my fireplace, but this is so light it can be hung on a wall, on a table surface, as a letter for a kids door.  You can even do the rest of the letters in your name and make it larger.  The possibilities are endless.  


Here is the full video on how I made this fun decorative letter.



The main part of the letter is covered in Rinea foils, I used the embossed copper color and it make it look so rich and beautiful!! I even added in the foils to the flower up in the corner!!  Top it off with some beautiful brads and pearls swirls from eyelet Outlet and you have a beautiful decor piece.


The paper takes distressing really well.  I used a little bit of sandpaper to distress the foil and it looks amazing!!


Supplies Used
Letter - Michaels
Foil - Rinea
Decoupage - Mod Podge
Pearls - Eyelet Outlet
Brads - Eyelet Outlet
Flowers - Eyelet Outlet
Punches - EK & McGill
Cutting Tool - EK
Sandpaper
Glue - Beacon Adhesives

Here is my fun unboxing video plus me playing with the Rinea Foil paper to see what it can do!



Rinea is doing a blog hop with the Designers Crafts Connections and there is an amazing prize!!  Check it out below!
http://www.globalcrafting.com/

Now make sure you hop on over to all the other ladies starting with Designer Crafts Connection.




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