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August 29, 2016

Dreamy Tag by Mitsyana Wright


Happy Monday, Crafty Friends!!
I'm back starting off a new week with the Cut'n'boss Team. This week the team we will be featuring the Teresa Collins A6 Embossing Folders!! And for today's project I used the Teresa Collins Alpha Folder (from the Decor & Alpha Pack) to make this bright and cheerful tag.

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Other Supplies Used
Cut'n'boss (Craftwell)
Autumn Leaves Mini Stack (DCWV)
Mega Runner (Xyron)
Distress Tool (Tonic)
Crop-a-dile (We R Memory Keepers)
Jumbo Java (Imagine Crafts)
Ink Sweeper (Imagine Crafts
Glue Pen (EK Success)
Glossy Accents (Ranger)
Paper Trimmer (Fiskars)
Scissors (EK Success)
Scuffers (Lasting Impressions)

 First, I started by creating a tag. I used paper from the Autumn Leaves Mini Stack. I wanted to make it a relatively large take but didn't have a tag die big enough. I thought of an easy solution... create my own. I measured a piece of cardstock to 4"x6". 

I snipped a corner of one side of the tag. Placed the cut off piece face down onto the opposite side. Then I used that piece as a guide and cut off the other corner. Doing this helps to make both sides even.

I used a distressing tool to rough up the edges. 

Then, inked the distressed edges with Jumbo Java and an Ink Sweeper.

Then, in coordinating paper, I cut a piece of cardstock measuring 3"x 3-1/8"; and another measuring 4"x 4-1/8".

I embossed the 3"x 3-1/8" using the Teresa Collins Alpha Embossing Folder and ran it through my Cut'n'boss machine.

To emboss with the Cut'n'boss, I used the following platform combination:

From Bottom to Top
D PLATE
A PLATE 
EMBOSSING FOLDER & PAPER
A PLATE


One my paper was embossed, I opened my folder and sanded the top layer off the raised impression to make the embossing stand out more. I leave my paper in place on the folder while doing this. This helps keep the raised image from being smashed down.


Then I used left over pieces of cardstock from my previous cuts to die cut leaves and flowers. The great thing about using my scraps is that the paper I used not only coordinates with each other but they also are double-sided. All I did was flip my paper over to give the appearance of different paper, without waste.



After die cutting my leaves and flowers I inked all the die-cuts with more Jumbo Java.


I stacked my flowers biggest to smallest. Then fastened them together with an eyelet.


I folded each flower petal in half and toward the center to make it more dimensional.

Using my Mega Runner, I matted my embossed cardstock onto the 4"x4-1/8" piece. Then attached that piece to the tag base.

I used a glue pen to attach my die-cut leaves.

Then, used glossy accents to attach my flower.


Next, I die cut just the word "DREAM" from the Teresa Collins Frame Die (Noteworthy Set) and trimmed off the ends of the word. 

Then, adhered it to the tag in an arch.

Finally, I punched a whole in the tag, tied hemp twine into a multi-loop bow and fastened it.

And, here is my finished tag...


I hope you enjoyed my project for today!!

To see more inspirational projects visit my personal blog at:

Hope to see you next time!
~Mitsy

August 26, 2016

Trick or Treat by Yolie Burke

Happy Friday! This is Yolie with the Team eBrush bringing you another Halloween project.

I purchased the corrugated sign after Halloween, when everything is practically is given away.  I got this sign for .50 cents and it measures 21.5" l x 6.8" h.

I eBrushed the sign with the Spectrum Noir orange, but the color wasn't vibrant enough on the corrugated background.  So I used an orange Sharpie along with the black Spectrum Noir.  I used the 3rd setting on the eBrush since I had more to cover.


I also used the black market to cover the brown along the edges of the corrugated sign.  I added spider webs, but then realized it needed spiders too.   There's a slight crack on the R in treat, but I'm ok with it.




Thanks for visiting and enjoy your weekend.

August 24, 2016

Summer Sunshine by Jan Hunter




We're celebrating national Upcycling month and the Craftwell Design Teams are having some fun.  I hope you'll enjoy this fun prim project.

For this project I chose to recycle some material and a plastic juice bottle.  The eBrush, Tulip Fabric dye, white glue and hot glue were used on the flowers, leaves and a bit of tea for a little more vintage look.



Cut the circles in the sizes desired.  I chose to add a little design to the flower centers using the glue.  Be sure to let it dry before you use the eBrush with the siphon adapter to add color. Once you've finished spraying, let dry. Heat set the dye. If desired you can wash out the glue, I liked the way it looked, so left it on.




Stitch the flower centers to the circles. Cut the larger circles to make flower petals. Do not cut the past the stitching.  Brew some tea (4 bags to 1 1/2 cup of boiling water).  Let cool.  If desired, add some ground cinnamon to the tea.  Dip the flower into the tea.  Squeeze out the excess tea and place on a parchment colvered cookie sheet. Repeat for each of the flowers.  Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees F. Place the cookie sheet in the oven for about 20 minutes. You will want to watch to make sure you don't over cook the flowers.



TIP:  HEAT SET the DYE!  I didn't heat set the first batch of flowers so the dye faded a lot.  I re-colored the petals and center for a bit more color.  The flowers looked a lot happier!  :)

For the leaves, cut double the number of shapes and spray or dip with dye.  Let dry.  Iron if needed. Using the glue gun, on one side of the leaf draw in some veins... put a leaf shape on the top, matching the edges as best as you can. You may want to tap lightly to make sure that both pieces of fabric are "stuck." Flip over. You should be able to see your vein pattern. Repeat as needed. When all your leaves are finished, grag a sharpie and the eBrush and spray around the edges for a little more color and depth.  Using the glue gun, glue the leaves to the back of the flower head OR glue to a "stem" you've added to the flower.  (Kabob stick are my stems for this project.)  Sorry, no pics....

I chose to recycle a fruit juice bottle for my vase. Just cut with an exacto knife at the height you want. I chose a copper paint so I gave the vase a quick spray.  Spray a second coat following manufacturer's directions if desired. It was a bit humid here the day I sprayed so it took longer on the drying time.  Hot glue a piece of reclaimed styro and add your flowers



I liked the 'copper' look of the vase, but wanted a little more "punch"  So Ranger's Vintaj Patinas were perfect!  You use the siphon OR a brush to apply.








Thanks for stopping by today.  Hope you're enjoying all of this month's projects.  Be sure to check back the rest of the week for more of the #eBrushteam's projects right here!


August 23, 2016

Testors Paints using the eBrush Siphon

The CraftwellUSA eBrush is so versatile as a craft tool. It also can be used in so many ways.  Today I share my video of using Testors Acrylic paint. It is thin and be sure that you lightly spray and allow to dry so that it doesn't make a puddle on your paper.  If you have any questions about the eBrush please feel free to leave a comment and I will answer you! I hope you enjoy it!





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August 22, 2016

Recycled Ginger Jar by Peggy Oliver!



Happy Monday Morning to all!!
In keeping with this month's  Reuse and Recycle I went to the second hand store and found this. 
My find was apparently a ginger jar estimated $40.00 (that I found out later) lol 
I painted this jar originally with chalk paint To my dismay this left A lot of streaks. 
I sanded, rubbed and finally it came to me this must be spray painted.  
I am smart.. just not quick.. haha




Finally I took out my eBrush by Craftwell and sprayed over my streaky mess. I chose chalk paint from Americana DecoArt a color called Refreshing.  I used Debi Tullier's video as my lead and watered it down a bit so it would work with my siphon.  
Lastly I used some sticky lace stencils with some white acrylic paint to try to draw attention away from my now bumpy surface.  This was a bit of a trial and error project but I thought I would share anyway.  My end result was not terrible but I certainly would have done it much differently and used my eBrush to begin with. 




 I have to admit I did not clean my equipment good enough the last time I used it and when I went to use my siphon it was clogged. I used a very thin wire for jewelry making to help me unclog it but lesson learned. When I was finished spraying this time I got some water and sprayed until it ran clear.  We had a bit of fun with this as it was so hot we were spraying our faces, it was very refreshing!




Warmly, 


August 19, 2016

Trick or Treat by Yolie Burke

Hello and welcome, this is Yolie with Team eBrush with a super quick Halloween card.

I used a checkered stencil and Sharpies with the eBrush to white card stock.  I set the e Brush to the 2nd setting, alternating colors.


My Halloween tote is front and center in my craftroom.  I went through my stash and found a pack of chipboard.  I added the "trick or treat" and added purple twine.  I then embellished with black and purple enamel dots.

That's it, quick and easy Halloween card.
Thanks for visiting.




August 18, 2016

A Crafty Little Organizer by Babara Rankin

Hi everyone!  Barbara here on the Craftwell Blog today with an upcycled project using my Craftwell eBrush.  Did you know that August 17th is National Thrift Shop Day?  To honor this quirky holiday, the Craftwell design team has been given a challenge to upcycle a thrift store item or something around the house.  

So, I ask you, what can you do with a few empty prescription bottles and a large plastic jar lid?


I know!  How about a crafty little organizer for your craft desk?  In this organizer, I keep my smaller, but oh-so-necessary everyday supplies, like Q-tips, glue sticks, wooden skewers for stirring, decoupage scissors for fussy cutting, and my most needed writing tools (pencil, black pens, and a white gel pen).  



Step 1:  To begin, I eBrushed color onto an 8-1/2" x 11" piece of white card stock with a light pink marker.  I just wanted to get some color down, but not necessarily going for full coverage.


Step 2:  Next, place a stencil over the paper and eBrush through it with an orange marker.



Step 3:  Repeat Step 2 with the same stencil and a darker pink marker.



Step 4:  Repeat Step 2 again with the same stencil and a yellow marker.


Step 5:  Now that I have some "texture" down, I filled in the background with a bit more of that light pink marker from Step 1.


Step 6:  Using a different stencil, I added some additional design with a blue marker.



Step 7:  To add a vintage feel to the paper, I lightly eBrushed the background with a brown marker.


Step 8:  I used my Cut n' Boss to die cut a couple of honeycomb shapes using my Teresa Collins Honeycomb Project Die.  I love the versatility of this die and use it a lot.


Step 9:  Using the honeycomb die cut as a stencil, I laid it over my background paper and stenciled though it with a green marker, while coloring the die cut at the same time.


Step 10:  Continue coloring the second honeycomb die cut with the same green marker from Step 9.  I left some of the honeycomb bits in the die cut while coloring so I could use them for future projects.  I love saving the bits from my dies for this purpose.  They make great confetti, too!


Step 10:  For a bit of pizazz, I eBrushed the two die cuts with a silver marker.  Set these aside for now.


Step 11:  Use a script stamp with black archival ink to add more depth and texture to the background paper.


Step 12:  Cut two strips 2-3/8" x 8-1/2" from the card stock.


Step 13:  Add adhesive to the two strips, or use your Xyron machine for quick and easy application.  Cut each strip in half and adhere to the four smaller bottles. 


Step 14:  Trace around the large cap, keeping close to the edge of the paper, as shown.  Cut just inside the pencil lines of the circle and adhere the piece inside the cap.


Step 15:  First cut a 2" x 8-1/2" strip from the remaining piece left, and then cut a 2-7/8" x 4-1/4" piece, as shown.  From the 2" x 8-1/2" piece, cut two 1/2" x 8-1/2" strips, leaving a 1" x 8-1/2"strip.   You will use this for Step 18.




Step 16:  Cover the outer edge of the large cap with the two 1/2" x 8-1/2" strips and cut off excess.

Step 17:  Cover the larger bottle with the 2-7/8" x 4-1/4" piece.

Step 18:  Lastly, cut 1/4" strips from the remaining pieces to finish off the top of each bottle.  



I tried to make my paper colors match the amber color of my bottles, since I knew some of it would be showing.  Keep that in mind whenever you cover something that you know will not be covered completely.  

Step 19:  Glue all of the bottles inside the large lid, as shown.  I used a wet glue for this and allowed it to dry before handling it any further.


Step 20:  Cut the honeycomb die cuts in half, but in an uneven fashion.  Adhere the pieces around the bottles, adding glue where the die cut touches the bottle.  Continue adding the pieces until you have gone around the bottles completely.  


Step 21:  Lastly, add some floral embellishments to the organizer.  Use your markers to eBrush any flowers or leaves that you want to have match your project.  Below, I used the four markers shown in the photo, starting with the lightest pink, at the bottom, then the darker pink, following with the orange and then the silver marker.  


Step 22:  For this white flower, I wanted to keep it very pastel, so I only eBrushed it very lightly with the same light pink marker. 


Step 23:  Add the embellishments to the front side of the organizer, as shown.  Below is a view from each side.  



Supplies Used:

Craft well Cut n' Boss
Teresa Collins Project Dies - Honeycomb
Stencils
Markers
Black archival ink
Script stamp

I hope you enjoyed this upcycled project today.  There will be more fun upcycling projects to come, so make sure to check out the Craftwell Blog all month long for more inspiration from the team. 

Thanks for stopping by, and have a crafty day!


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