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September 4, 2015

Faux Shadow Box

eBrush Design Team: Yolie Burke Week 10 Cycle 2

Happy Friday, this is Yolie from the Team eBrush sharing a faux shadow box.

I loved playing with Bella Blvd's Just Add Color collection.  I took a 12" x 12"canvas and used the back side.  I then used the eBrush with Sharpies to color the white canvas and the wood frame.

I then used a heart stencil and modeling paste to decorate one side of the frame.

Once the modeling paste dried, I placed the stencil back on and eBrushed the hearts with a Sharpie.

Here's my faux shadow box.

Here's a closer look.  The flower background paper was black and white, screaming to be eBrushed and so I did.  No rhyme or reason with lots of over spray and I love it.  The enamel heart was green, but I eBrushed that too.

This is a photo of my husband and yours truly.  He over smized and looks sleepy or maybe the sun was in his eyes.  By far not the perfect picture, but it's OK.  It's us and I love us.

Here it sits on my mantel.  Thank you for stopping by today and enjoy your weekend.

September 3, 2015

Mixed Media and Bella Blvd.

eBrush Design Team: Mitsyana Wright Week 10 Cycle 2

Hey there Crafty Friends!! Today I got a little something different... I love mixed media!! I love the way you can take different medium and mesh it to create something simply beautiful or something over the hill extraordinary!! 

And today I'm expanding my Mixed Media Journey with Bella Blvd.!! Sponsors of Team eBrush for the month of September!!

Supplies Used
Tim Holtz Stencils- Measured, Splatters
Spellbinders Grand Nestabilities- Grand Labels One
Sharpie Markers- Blue and Navy Blue
Blue Painters Tape
Modeling Paste
Sequins (Virginia Turtle)
Diamond Glaze (Judikins)

I started off by ebrushing my Passcode paper by Bella Blvd. with a bright blue Sharpie marker.

Then I simply ebrushed a dark/navy blue ring in the center of that.

Then I added  my blue scalloped border from Bella Blvd's Treasures and Texts stickers. 

I wanted to add some texture to my layout. So I taped my layout to my work surface to help prevent warping and bowing.

Then I added modeling paste with a palette knife and my Splattered and Measured Tim Holtz stencils.

And while that was drying...

I die cut my my Bella Blvd Dotty paper with the largest die from my Spellbinders Grand Labels One set using my Cut'n'Boss.

Then I ran the die cut piece through my Xyron Creative Station for durability and adhered it to the base of my layout. Next I took my 4"x6" photo and matted it onto a 4.25"x 6.24" piece of Bella Blvd. Newsflash paper. Then ran my matted photo once again through my Creative Station.

Once my photo was adhered to my layout I embellished it using more stickers from the Bella Blvd. Treasure and Texts sheet. With my parvy circle punches I cut various circle in different sizes to add to my layout.  I tied everything in by scattering and adhering Guacamole Doodads across the page. I also added words from the Orange Little Bits stickers to my biggest circle.

I thought using the words "goofy boy moments" went perfectly with this picture of my son with his tongue hanging out.

Lastly I used my dimensional glue to adhere sprinkles of sequins onto my layout.

And here is my finished layout... 

I hope you all enjoyed my project today!!

Until next time...
~ Mitsy

To see more of my crafty projects visit my personal blog at: 

September 2, 2015

Bella Blvd Memories Album, part 1

eBrush Design Team: Jan Hunter Week 10 Cycle 2

It's Wednesday and my turn on the blog to share an easy-peasy project using Bella Blvd Just Add Color! papers and trims!

I was so excited when my package arrived with all the Bella Blvd goodies in it!  I wanted to combine my love of papercrafting and scrapbooking (of which I'm terribly behind!).  This accordion album seemed to be a perfect fit for the start of today's project --- I'll share more of it next week!

You'll need:
Craftwell USA eBrush
Markers (I used BIC brand)
Cardstock, white (110lb Neenah was my choice)
Bella Blvd (Just Add Color! papers,  Trinkets (stickers) B&W, Enamel DooDads (arrows, stars, photo corners, and hearts - I'll be using more of the stickers and DooDads in next week's post, so stay tuned!
die cuts (border, heart, flower, letters)
Micron .05 pen, black
Other embellishments as desired
Adhesive ( I used Xryon for this project for edge to edge coverage!)

 Let's get started:
Cut 4 white card sheets at 10.5 inches by 5 inches.  Score at 5" and again at 10" on the long side.  Repeat for each sheet.  Use the 1/2 inch wide scored section as your gluing tab to create your accordion style book.  Here's what mine looks like before adding any embellishments.

These are the die cuts I made using my electronic cutting machine.  If you have dies or chipboard cuts, those will work as well. 

Now the real fun begins.  Cut your Bella Blvd Just Add Color sheets to 3.75" square.  Enough for your cover and the number of pages you want to add them to.  Also get a few more sheets of your white cardstock and cut as many pieces as you have pages at 4 7/8 inch and set those aside.    Also cut 2 pieces white cardstock at 4" square.  For this particular post, I'm only sharing the front of the album.
Get your eBrush, markers and let's get some coloring done.

Now, that you have all your coloring done, time to get a few things put together.  I chose to use some Xyron adhesive for this project. Run the white 4 7/8" pieces through the machine and apply to each of the album pages.  Add a colored square of Bella Blvd to the center of each page as desired.

For the cover:  I have a roll of burlap and cut a square just a little larger than 5 inches.  I chose to also put that through the Xyron machine for good adhesive coverage and to make sure it would stick!  Added my cover elements as shown below.

I have to admit that since I'm crafting "on the run" this month, this didn't turn out all that bad.  Next week, I'll share some pics of the inside.

As much as I'm loving my current surroundings and being with extended family, I will be grateful to get back home and into my regular crafting space early next month!

Hope you have some crafting time set aside for the week!  If you haven't already, be sure to join us on the eBrush Facebook page!

September 1, 2015

Don't Worry...Be Happy - Mixed Media Card

eBrush Design Team: Lisa Somerville Week 10 Cycle 2

Hello and welcome to the Craftwell BlogLisa here today, sharing a Mixed Media Card Tutorial using using the eBrush, along with products from Bella BLVD our August Sponsor and Sharpie Markers.

Supplies: (some supplies not shown above)
eBrush with SP-01 Adapter 
Sharpie Markers - Colors of your choice, I used Pink, Yellow and Purple
Non Stick Craft Mat 
Silhouette Mat
Stamps - Prima Marketing (Julie Nutting Doll Stamp)
Ink - Ranger Black Archival, Ranger Gathered Twigs Distress Ink
Card Stock - White, Black
Other - Ink Blending Tool, White Emobssing Powder, Heat Gun, Gesso, Decou-Page
Bella BLVD - Just Add Color product line

Using scissors, cut the flowers from the Just Add Color paper collection that you would like to add color to.  Place the flowers onto a Silhouette Mat so that they don't move when you add the color.  Then using the eBrush, SP-01 Adapter and Sharpie Markers add color to the flowers.  Repeat with additional colors until you have all your flowers colored.

Using your fingers, apply Gesso to flowers to tone down the colors.  Lay onto pattern paper to find placement.

Once you are happy with placement of your flowers, adhere with Decou-Page.

Trim excess flower petals from edges, layer onto card panel, use as desired.

To finish my card, I stamped the Julie Nutting Doll image onto White card stock, then paper pieced her dress with Bella BLVD Just Add Color Daily Details pattern paper.  As you can see, I used the eBrush to add color to the pattern paper. The shoes and bow were paper pieced from the flower scraps.  The sentiments are from the Bella BLVD Just Add Color Trinkets Black and White Stickers Collection.

Thanks for stopping by the Craftwell Blog, I hope I've inspired you to create Art!

For more inspiration, please visit my blog.

August 31, 2015

Why Should I Own the Cut 'n' Boss?

Cut 'n' Boss, The First Fully Automated Embossing & Die Cutting Machine!

You've seen the shows on HSN, you have watched the Create & Craft episodes, and you are intrigued about purchasing a dry embossing & die cutting machine, but lets me honest, there are ALOT of options out there, and they all claim to do the same thing, but the price points say something different. 

 With some many embossing and die cutting tools on the market, you might ask yourself, why should I invest in the Cut 'n' Boss? What's so different about this one? 

What if I told you that this little machine here, is the easiest, strongest, most resilient, embossing & die cutter on the market. We are in the year 2015 and we were shocked to find out that this is the first fully automated no crank embossing and die cutter on the market ever, in the crafts division! Yes, there is no holding down a button while the machine does the work, or any type of cranking at all! I mean, if we can't have hover boards as predicted by Back to the Future, we should at least own a crafting tool that can do a lot, with very little effort!

The Cut 'n' Boss is Backward compatible, meaning you can use most of your embossing and dies you already own! Here is a quick list of some of the products you can use!

  • Compatible with Craftwell eBosser Embossing Folders & Cutting Dies
  • *Sizzix
  • *Spellbinders
  • *CuddleBug
  • *Anna Griffin embossing folders
  • *Lifestyle Crafts Letterpress and dies
  • * Accuquilt Dies
  •  *CheeryLynn Dies
  • & More!

  • What can the Cut 'n' Boss Do?

  • Cuts Multiple Layers of Fabric in one pass, perfect of quilting dies! 
  • Dry emboss, crisp and even thanks to our pressure technology, you will always get the perfect even emboss!
  • Designed With Safety In Mind, machine will not activate unless the right combination is inserted into the machine. Safe for kids to use!
  • SMART Chip Technogy: Automatic Motor & Gear Protection. Machine will autoreverse if the wrong combination is inserted, peace of mind. 
  • Built-in Handle for Portability
  • No cranking, or holding down buttons EVER!
  • All metal on inside gears can keep going, and going! No real way to force machine. 

MSRP *$299.99 varies with different bundles.
The  Cut 'n' Boss is the type of machine you can create a variety of projects! From cutting fabric for a quilt, to DIY party decor! 

Here are just some examples of what we created using dies and embossing folders!

Embossing is as deep and crisp as you can get. Because there is no manual pressure, the machine always gives the most perfect emboss every single time! 

Cutting dies are EASY to use! Create more in less time by using our large format platform system! With a 81/2 by 12 platform we were able to cut several dies in 1 even pass! 

The Cut 'n' Boss is equipped with 2 embossing folders, and all necessary platforms plus 1 set of Craftwell dies to get you started! *Different bundles are available, so contact your retailer for more information!

Loving it?

We do too! 

To find out more about the Cut 'n' Boss be sure to check out our website at 

Bella Canvas from Peggy

eBrush Design Team: Peggy Oliver Week 10 Cycle 2

Hello, Peggy here to show you how I made this 8x10 canvas using Bella Blvd papers and embellishments and my eBrush by Craftwell USA.
This month we are partnering up with Bella Blvd and their fantastic line of Just Add Color.

Supplies used today are: 
Old paint brushes
Sharpie Markers

I prepared my canvas with white gesso as this canvas was not already done for me. 
Gesso will give the surface "tooth" for the paint to grip onto and help keep the paint on the surface rather than leak through. 
First I placed my sentiment/words using stickers from the Bella Blvd. line. I spelled out "ART SPLATTERS". Then I made my background with stencils using my eBrush from Craftwell USA. 
I used sharpie markers and randomly placed my stencils to cover much of the white space. I used three different stencils to fill the background in and  I used three shades of blue and green.

Next I used my eBrush to create some splatter marks (I love this effect and I use it often).  I held my eBrush really close to the canvas and sprayed in one spot and let the air take the ink across the surface using green and yellow sharpies.  I also wanted to create some circles and I used white gesso with lids/caps from various bottles on my desk. I dipped them into the gesso and placed them onto my canvas.

Then it was time to get some Bella Blvd. goodness onto my canvas. I cut the 12x12 papers from the Just Add Color line to fit my 8x10 canvas leaving a quarter inch all around and creating a frame. 
I tore some paper and glued them down. I colored some cut out flowers from the collection and sprayed them with my eBrush with yellow sharpies to match my color scheme. 

I had some old paint brushes that were as hard as a rock so instead of throwing them away I glued them down! I made them co-ordinate by dipping the tips in yellow paint.  I used the stickers from Bella Blvd to give the eye more to look at and make my canvas more interesting. Finally it was time to add some dimension to my letters and I used black, and yellow sharpies to trace around my letters.

I now have a canvas for my art room/studio. And yes.. Art Splatters just as much as Art Matters.. lol 
Thank you for taking the time to view my post today. 
I hope everyone had a great weekend and I will see you next Monday!

August 28, 2015

'Sparkle' Card

Cut 'n' Boss Design Team: Tyra Babignton Cycle 11

Every Friday needs a little sparkle, and thanks to Tyra Babignton's cards you get that! See her cute cards below!

Happy Friday! It's Tyra and I'm back to celebrate the great collaboration between Xyron and Craftwell, this time sharing cards to sparkle and encourage! Now that I have had more time to play with Xyron's Creative Station, I have to tell you that it's FABULOUS to use with some of the most intricate die cuts -- die cut words! The Cut 'N' Boss and Creative Station play so well together!
              Let's get to the tutorial:    
  1. Use your cut 'n' boss to die cut a word or phrase of your choosing. The cutting recipe is D + Cutting Die + Material + A + B + A as shown below:Cutting-Dies
  2. Next, using the color medium of your choice, add color to your word die cut. You can also add color prior to cutting to avoid tearing your word die cut. I used inks and a blender to apply color.
  3. Sparkle_Card_Process_Xyron_Craftwell_JustTyraTake your die cut word(s) and gently feed into the Creative Station. Once you feel your paper "catch," start turning the Creative Station's handle to feed your die cuts fully through.
  4. Cut to release and use a tool to carefully burnish around your word die cut, resulting in a word die with adhesive perfectly applied and ready to go!
Let's take a look at the cards I created: Yellow_Sparkle_Card_Xyron_Craftwell_JustTyra Sparkle Card_Xyron_Craftwell_JustTyra Pink_Sparkle_Card2_Xyron_Craftwell_JustTyra Pink_Sparkle_Card_Xyron_Craftwell_JustTyra Were you ready for all of those pictures? I want to demonstrate how the die cut word "Sparkle" is cleanly cut and free of excess adhesive! So get out those word die cuts that are often so hard to use and get crafty! Thank you Craftwell and Xyron!! I enjoyed this pairing of two awesome products. And I'm an official Xyron convert! Have a wonderful weekend! 

Tyra :)

Thank you Tyra! 

What do you think of Tyra's cards?

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