Tuesday, August 30, 2016

DIY Candy Apple Jars

Fall is coming and with fall we have apples, harvest, turning leaves (well not here in Texas but other places of the world), and pumpkins.  I love to play with the idea of food as art, and for this idea I made little apples out of jars and filled them with candy in red or green to look like little red and green apples.  I like to give these as gifts for the kids teachers, but it could also be used for a party favor, home decor item, table setting item for Thanksgiving, the ideas are endless!!

Here is a full video tutorial on how I made these fun little apple jars. 

I used some of the amazing Tattered Angels Stained Glass and Glimmer Glam paints to make the glass change color, then some Makin's Clay for the leave and stem at the top, and to hold it all together some Beacon 3 in 1 glue.

Happy Fall Y'all as they say here in Texas!

Supplies Used
Papers - Canvas Corp Brands
Paint - Tattered Angels
Clay - Makin's Clay
Clay Tools - Makin's Clay
Circle Cutter - Kreaxtions
Glue - Beacon

Friday, August 26, 2016

Creeper Zipper Pulls **Makin's Clay & Beacon**

My kids love Minecraft and anything about Minecraft, so I thought I would make them some fun zipper pulls for their backpack zippers in the shape of Creepers!!

They turned out so cute and perfect for a little backpack bling!!  I used a ton of Makin's clay clays, tools, and all.  Check out the Makin's Clay blog for full details!!

Here is also a video tutorial on how to make these fun little guys.

Did you know that Beacon 3 in 1 can also act like a top coat resin in a pinch?    To seal the top and fill in all the little gaps of the creeper faces I took some of the 3 in 1 glue and spread it all around to make a thick coat.  It worked like a charm!!  Amazing glue!!


Supplies Used
Clay - Makin's Clay
Clay Tools - Makin's Clay
Twine - Prima
Glue - Beacon

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Bee Beautiful Mixed Media Book **DCC Hop w/ Rebekah Meier**

Rebekah Meier graciously gave 12 Designer Craft Connection artists one of her new kits to play with and show what they can do.  I received the Mini Paper Quilt Kit - Stitch-n-Tear Technique.  Now, I did not follow the instruction for the kit, I did use all the items, but I went my own way - I am such a rebel!  I am in a mini book phase, they are so fun to make and just a chance to try fun techniques and get my hands all paint covered!!!

Here is the unboxing video of all the yummy products I got to work with from Rebekah Meier - these kits are available at her ETSY store and at select Michaels craft stores.

My inspiration for this mini book was her stencils ad kit, I kept seeing a bee/bug and I thought Bee Beautiful, would be wonderful for a title and then I went with the theme of yellow and black.  From there it just took on a life of its own.  I used a ton of Tattered Angels paints and mists along with some various mediums with Rebekah's stencils from The Crafter's Workshop.  I then added in some fun background stamps from Paper Wings Productions to help enhance the feel of the book.  Here is the first video which is filled with the cutting of the pages, mists, painting, stenciling, stamping, and a fun technique with the EZ Steam II material and glitter, embossing powder, and flower soft to add a great dimension and texture to the page.

From here I added in a few pictures of my little girl form this year, not many just there is room for more as the year goes along.  I also added in some fun bling, brads, and other little gems from Eyelet Outlet to enhance the entire effect.  I did not want to cover the pages up too much, I love the effect I got from all the mists, stamps, and stencils.

Here are some close up shots of some of the pages.

Now make sure you pop ob over to the DCC blog and check out all the other designers and their creations from the Rebekah Meier kits.  A little birdy told me there is even a prize - look below!!!


For this month's blog hop, Designer Crafts Connection members are creating with Fabric ElementsFabric Elements is a fabulous product line developed by CHA designer, Rebekah Meier.  If you are not familiar with the product, you can check it out at Rebekah’s Etsy store (rebekahmeierdesigns). You can also find more information and inspiration on Rebekah’s website, www.rebekahmeier.com.

Follow the links below to see how creative DCC members have been with this fabulous product, then comment on their blogs and here on this blog to be entered to win this amazing selection of product. Don't forget to use the Rafflecopter widget on the DCC blog page for your entry to be included!  Good luck and happy hopping!

Erin Reed  - YOU ARE HERE

Supplies Used
Raw Fabric/Paper Materials - Rebekah Meier Kit
Lace & Pearls -  Rebekah Meier Kit
Paints/Mists - Tattered Angels
Mediums  - Prima & Faber-Castell & Ranger
Stencils - TCW
Thread - Coats & Clarke
Beads - Crafts Etc
Washi Tape - Eyelet Outlet
Brads - Eyelet Outlet
Gem/Bling - Eyelet Outlet
Flowers - Eyelet Outlet
Chipboard - Creative Embellishments
Dies  - Spellbinders - Heartfelt Creations
Embossing Powder - Stampin Up
Mica - Imagination Creations
Flower Soft - Flower Soft
Glitter - Martha Stewart & Prima
Stamps - Paper Wings Productions
Ink - Prima
Brushes - Prima
Heat Gun - Marvy
Glue - Beacon

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Upcycled Bottle Cap Embellisments **Beacon & Eyelet Outlet**

Ever just get and itch to try something new you have been mulling over for a while.  That is what happened with my saved bottle caps and some beads, eyelets, and brads.  I had to make something with this idea!!  

Now I had to figure out what the best glue to use for this project- so here is a little video on how I tested out the glues.

Now that I figured out my glue - here is my video tutorial on how I made these fun little embellishments.  Perfect for cards, scrapbook pages, magnets, jewelry, or to decorate home decor with!!

For more info on how to make these please see the Beacon Blog for details!!

Supplies Used
Bottle Caps
Beads/glass - Prima
Micro Dots - American Crafts
Various found objects
Flower Soft

Friday, August 19, 2016

Vintage Faux Camera Mixed Media Mini Book **Canvas Corp & Tattered Angels & Dare 2B Artzy & Deflecto**

I got a chance to play with a couple of great companies and their products.  One is Canvas Corp Brands (I am on the Creative Team and also their Top Angel, but I LOVE their products) and the other is Dare 2B Artzy.  I got a couple of their acrylic stamps and ink to play with.  My box of supplies was all about red, France, vacation, and creativity.  So where could I got wrong?!?  I decided to make a mini booth with the supplies given, plus a few more from my stash.

Here is all the supplies I got to play with in an unboxing video.

Here is my video tutorial for how I made this fun mixed media mini book, and when it was all done on the Deflecto Mini Stand (pic below) it looked like those old fashioned cameras.  I just loved how it turned into something even better than I imagined!!


Here are some up close pictures of this fun little mini book.

This mini book is held together with lots of Beacon glue, specifically 3 in 1 and Power Tac.


We are doing a prize for the match -up and here is how this match-up works all week both companies are sharing projects (including mine) for a prize.  So just do the following.

1) Leave us a comment on the Canvas Corp Brands Blog Post (LINK HERE), include the #d2baccbmatchup!!! 
2) Then tell us your favorite social media site – Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube  and follow us there.  

DON"T FORGET TO USE THE #d2bccbmatchup on your posts - do it on FB, IG, Twitter, etc!!

You will then be eligible for this gift package from Dare 2B Artzy, PLUS a $25 gift card from Canvas Corp Brands to spend in the online shop, prize pic below.  Please check out the other CCB Crew Members page for their wonderful projects for the match up: Martha Lucia Gomez Hernandez, Peggy Lee Baker, and Nadine Carlier on our blog. We are also featured on the Canvas Corp Brands Blog where you will find all the details to win a great prize of stamps and inks from Dare 2B Artzy and a $25 gift card to the Canvas Corp Brands Shop

It is so easy to create when you have a simple color scheme.  Mine was red and black, with hints of gold, bronze, creme, and white which are all neutral colors.  you could easily add pictures in place of some of the little card to make this a brag book or a micro vacation book.  The ideas are endless!!

Supplies Used
Stand - Deflecto
Papers - Canvas Corp
Rope - Canvas Corp
Burlap - Canvas Corp
Wood - Canvas Corp 
Tags & Cards - Canvas Corp
Mists & Paint - Tattered Angels
Deco Tape - 7 Gypsies
Lace - 7 Gypsies
Metals - 7 Gypies & Prima
Ink - Dare 2B Artzy
Stamps - Dare 2B Artzy
Flowers - Petaloo
Frame - Melissa Francis
Punch - We R Memory Keepers
Scissors & Cutter - Fiskars
Bling - Eyelet Outlet
Glue - Beacon

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Craft Organization - Wafer Thin Die Storage **Deflecto & Beacon**

My wafer thin metal storage is a mess and I desperately needed to organize it so I could find my dies and actually use them!!  They were in such a huge mess that I hated to delve into the stash and find the one to use since they would just spill on to the floor when I opened my cabinet.  So here is my way to fix this problem so I can find the die I want to use and not break the bank on a way to store them!!

I used a couple of different methods to store the dies, but the main idea is to use a thick cardstock with a Deflecto magnetic sheet glued to it with Beacon Power Tac glue and slip these magnetic sheets into a plastic Deflecto pouch (or when I ran out a plastic wrapper the dies came in) and then place the pouches in a Heidi Swapp Memory book I had laying around.  

Check out my full video tutorial on how I made this DIY Wafter Thin Die Storage below!

Now I can find my dies very easily so I will use them more and also store them on a shelf and they look pretty and not just a giant mess!!

I can even store my stamps and dies that work together in one pouch!!!  Double win!!

I am hosting a 700 subscriber prize for my YouTube channel - all you need to do is
1) comment on the DIY Wafer Thin Die Storage Video
2) subscribe to my channel (link HERE). 

Please comment that you are interested in the prize and that you are a subscriber!!  Open to EVERYONE and ALL COUNTRIES.  Prize is various dies and other fun crafty goodies!!

Now it is your turn, what are you going to organize today?!?!

Supplies Used
Book - Heidi Swapp
Pouches - Deflecto
Magnetic Sheets - Deflecto
Various Dies - Spellbinders, Die-Namites, Craftwell, Heartfelt Creations, MFT, etc
Various Papers - Robin's Nest, Websters, etc
Glue - Beacon


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