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September 12, 2017

Halloween Hauntings: Blast From The Past

Halloween Hauntings: Blast From The Past

Stores are already donning festive Halloween decorations to prepare for the spookiest holiday of the year!  We thought it only appropriate to visit an old 'haunt', an amazing tombstone project from past designer Alexia Misso. Take a look below for some spooktacular inspiration!


Cut 'n' Boss Design Team: Alexia Misso Cycle 12


Hi all crafty friends! Halloween is only few weeks away so today I have this Halloween project to share with you! Yesterday I went to Michaels and spotted this wooden tombstone piece and had to get it! I turned the piece into this Halloween decoration for my porch! 

Here is the before and after picture for the project. 

To create the background, I used Craftwell's eBrush with black Sharpie. Air brushed it all around the corners. 

Then with the Cut 'n' Boss I embossed the purple and orange card stocks with Darice embossing folder. I ripped the card stock in strips and embossed it one by one.


I arrange the embossed card stocks in alternate color (Purple and Orange) and adhere them to the wooden tombstone. After that I start decorating the piece with Halloween stamps and embellishments. 
That's it, and I absolutely love how the air-brushed effect on the background on top of title of the tombstone. 

The coffins and mummy are stamped images, colored with Spectrum alcohol markers.


August 28, 2017

Limited Edition Cut n' Boss Now Available!

Limited Edition Cut n' Boss Now Available




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April 27, 2017

Steppin' Up in style for Summer by Andrea Webster







Andrea here with another fun idea for some upcycling of some plain canvas slip-ons.  

You'll need:
Canvas Shoes
masking or painters' tape
Sharpies® (colors of choice)
eBrush® and SP adapter
Paper towels
protective covering for work surface
Rubbing Alcohol*

*Adult supervision is required and it is recommended that you work in a well ventilated area.

Below is a quick video overview of creating this project. 



For a more detailed step by step written tutorial, please click here.  

April 26, 2017

Owl Love Whoo Forever

Hi, Today I am showing a card using a coloring book image cut and colored. 
Supplies used today are: 
Alcohol Marker
Cardstock
Ribbon
Patterned Paper
Easy background coloring made in a jiffy. I colored my focal image with alcohol markers and outlined some of the leaves and left parts white/blank. Then I used my eBrush to color in all the white areas. I could literally get a fine mist of color onto my paper and it took about 10 seconds!.

 I cut and layered all of my patterned paper onto thick cardstock card base and placed some ribbon and within 15 - 20 mins I had a card ready to mail off.
Have a great rest of your week! 

April 25, 2017

Dainty Nest Eggs by Heather Wilson


Springtime is finally here guys! And that means it's time to decorate with flowers and bright colors of nature! Here is a little something I made to bring the beauty of spring inside my own apartment...

 Materials
Nest:
Hot glue
Aluminum foil
Floral tape
Artificial Flowers
Found items (moss, grass, sticks, feathers, wool, etc.)

Eggs:
Ebrush
Golden paint
Clear Acrylic varnish
Ebrush siphon adaptors
Polymer Clay 
Part One: Nest

 Start out the nest by shaping a strip of aluminum foil by fitting it into a little bowl. Remove carefully and tidy up the nest rim by folding down the edges of foil. Have your hot glue out to fasten down the ends of foil that want to stick out.

 Next, it's time to cover up the foil with your nesting materials. I just used whatever I happened to have on hand; wool, dried moss, and feathers. I used the softer materials for the inside of the nest (fine moss and feathers), like a real bird would do. Use hot glue to attach these to the nest.
 The fun part is finding things to decorate your nest with to make it look extra pretty! I made vines by twisting floral tape into long ropes, then curling them around my pinkie to make curls. Yellow flowers really made the nest stand out. I embellished it with leaves and a few beads too.

Part Two: Eggs
Start by rolling plain white polymer clay into egg shapes in your hand, then follow the baking instructions on the package. Give them plenty of time to cool off before painting them.


Next, it's time to get your Ebrush and siphon kit out! Thin your gold paint a little with water before starting. Remember to clean your siphon well after using it.
After the paint has dried, put a couple coats of clear acrylic varnish over your painted eggs.

 
Now all you have to do is find a place to tuck in that cute little nest!

April 24, 2017

Home Kool Kitty is bringing in the flowers for Earth Day!!

Flower Cards!!! We love Earth Day and want to celebrate it !





Materials:
Construction paper
Tissue paper
scissors
glue - non toxic
cutting dies (flowers)
cut n boss machine
Ebrush
Sp-01 adapter 
Sharpies




Using the flower die, cut out the flower (using construction paper) and the fringe (use the tissue paper). 


Fold one construction paper in half. Glue the flower as the base to the card. Add fringe to the flower base. In the video we show two different ways to do this. 

Using the sharpies, ebrush stems for the flowers. You can also decorate the flower and card. 

Last add butterflies, dragonflies...whichever you like  to the flowers and cards. 

There you have it...the perfect card to welcome Earth Day, spring, whatever you desire.

April 21, 2017

Freebie Friday: 'Owl' Always Love You

Freebie Friday: 'Owl Always Love You'


It's Friday, and that means it is time for you to be spoiled after a long week! Today, we bring you a free SVG cutting file.  Simply follow the link below to download your own free file and get crafting! 



April 19, 2017

April Flowers by Peggy Oliver

Hi Peggy here and today I am going to show you my handmade flowers using my eBrush and background paper using my Cut n boss electronic embossing machine. 
Supplies used today: 
markers
cardstock
stamped sentiment
ink
gel medium
flower punch/flower petals hand cut
water
glue/tape
floral wire
 I started with my flowers and petals. I eBrushed (sprayed) with alcohol markers to get different effects on each petal. Some were light on the outside and some not. Then I sprayed water on each petal and formed my petals with the bottom of a pen and rolling some over a pencil and squishing the ends to create a more natural form. Breaking down the fibers with water and a pen help to form the petals more easily. I let them dry before placing them all on top of each other and fitting them with some floral wire for stamen and gluing the centers in place.
Next, I chose some complementary colors of cardstock and quickly embossed them using my Craftwell embossing folders and my Cut N Boss electronic embossing machine. I cut them all down to size to make this Thank You card.
I taped and glued everything down and for a final touch, I painted the tips of my flowers with pearl metallic mica powders and gel medium.

Have a great day! Check out the store on the Craftwell site here: http://www.craftwellusa.com

April 18, 2017

Pretty Pineapples by Heather Wilson

My friend and I have been working on ideas to decorate her new apartment, and her primary decorative color is yellow. She wanted something pineapple related for her kitchen, so I put this project together for her using my Cut 'n' Boss and eBrush!

Materials
Decorative cardstock
Cut 'n' Boss
Embossing Folders (I used Checkered Argyle)
Scissors
Pencil and Paper
Double sided sticky tape
eBrush and Sharpies

First, choose some colored paper for the pineapple, leaves, and background. I chose a stack of some decorative paper that had watercolor-like effects on it.

Now you're ready to cut out your pineapple shapes. You can either print the picture I drew of one on the left to use as a template, or cut one free handed. To make your own, cut out a square, then round off the corners.
Now place your pineapples inside your embossing folder (this is Checkered Argyle) and place into the Cut 'n' Boss.

  

This is what your pineapples will look like using Checkered Argyle. Use your double stick tape to attach to your background paper.
Tip: Love Triangles also make great textures if you want smaller pineapples!
 Now take your green cardstock and start cutting long, thin triangles for the leaves. Make different sizes, and have a variation of light and dark greens so the leaves don't blend into each other. For the medium and small leaves, round off the bottom corners (those ends will be showing on the pineapple)
Now for the leaves to look 3-Dimensional, take the edge of your scissors (NOT the sharp edge) and quickly run it down the length of the cut out leaves. (If you have ever curled ribbons or feathers with scissors, do the exact same thing to the paper.) Do this to sections of the top and bottom part of the paper.
  If your paper is white underneath, you'll want to avoid the leaves curving too far outwards. I did mine in an S curve, so leaves still popped out towards the viewer. Attach your leaves with double stick tape, starting with the longest and having the shortest leaves in the front.

 Next, draw some flower leaves (or print mine to use as a template) on plain white paper. Then cut out each individual petal separately.
 Now take your eBrush and colored Sharpies of your choosing, and begin coloring in your petals. For mine, I started with yellow on the tips, then light pink in the middle, and a brighter pink in the center. I carefully made some darker spots by placing my bright pink Sharpie a little too far down the eBrush (make sure to practice this on a separate sheet of paper to get this just right.)
 Now curve your petals like you did for your leaves, and stick them down.
 I also made leaves and centers for the flowers. I slightly bent the middle of the leaves and tucked them under the petals with tape. Then I tucked in my second pineapple behind them.

After completing the second pineapple, draw in some vines with a light green Sharpie. Experiment and get your shapes right with a pencil before drawing over with a Sharpie, if you like. Draw very carefully when going over the textured parts of the pineapple, and use a light touch.


 The finished piece! Use a matte when framing it, so the leaves overlap with it instead of the frame itself.

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