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September 30, 2016

Design Team Favorites, Part 4

It is with heavy hearts that our design team term has come to an end with these talented ladies! Although we are thrilled to welcome a new round of talent in the next few weeks, this team will be sorely missed. In our final post of this week, it is time we recognized two creative minds deserving of immense praise.

Tyra Babington
Truly a joy and such an uplifting spirit! Her contributions to the design team have been numerous, making our job extremely difficult when picking out a 'favorite'. They are all so good!!!

See the post here:

faith cards up close

Yolie Burke
A woman of so many talents! She doubled as a designer on the eBrush team as well as the Cut n' Boss team, and we couldn't be more spoiled! Her work makes it quite clear why we are so very attached to this crafting talent!

See the post here:

September 29, 2016

Designer Favorites, Part 3

It is now time to say goodbye to our current design team. We thought it fitting to feature our favorite projects they have designed over the past term. Please give them warm wishes as they continue their journey onward!

Barbara Rankin
We were so blessed to have this amazing talent as part of our Craftwell Design Team. She will be sorely missed, but we are looking forward to welcoming her back as a guest designer from time to time!

See the tutorial here:

Yolie Burke
Talk about a jaw-dropping talent! This designer has made impressions on us with her talented style that no doubt will revolutionize the craft industry as she continues on her crafting journey!

See the tutorial here:

September 28, 2016

Design Team Favorites, Part 2

As this cycle of our design team comes to an end, we were feeling nostalgic! Each designer has been such an incredible asset to the Craftwell blog with their projects and inspiration. Today, we honor and thank Pam Bray and Jan Hunter. Thank you ladies for your incredible additions to the crafting world.

Pam Bray
Take a look at one of our favorite projects from this talented woman. What a treat to be able to see her work on a weekly basis over the past several months!

See the original post & step-by-step post here:

Jan Hunter
This woman never ceases to amaze us! Stay tuned on the Craftwell blog, because we might be spoiled by future posts with this talented designer!

See the original post & step-by-step post here:

September 27, 2016

Fall Color Palette Inspiration



I can't stop myself from admiring beautiful things...and finding beauty in the most unlikely of places. This particular image was breathtaking, created by photographer Agnieszka Lorek.

As you can imagine, it was impossible for me to turn a blind eye and not find a purpose for this photograph. I absolutely love the color palette...which got me thinking...

I see color palettes ALL OVER PINTEREST!

I won't lie...I always saw them, but I had NO IDEA how I would actually utilize them in my own life aside from some major projects such as an entire room renovation.

However, as I started digging deeper I found myself inspired by a plethora of ideas for using color palettes. Thus I made my own.

Here is my
'How To Purpose A Color Palette'

 Thanks for stopping in on this Tips & Tricks Tuesday! -Emily

September 26, 2016

Design Team Favorites

Congratulations to our talented design team on an inspiring 6 month term! This week, we will recap some of our favorite projects by our amazing designers.

Mitsyana Wright

In celebration of the 'upcycling' movement, Mitsyana 'wow'ed us with this perfect shabby chic storage rack.  

See the full tutorial here:

Peggy Oliver

During our time partnering with Clearsnap, Peggy brought a birthday card to life with the Teresa Collins ink pads and stamps that paired perfectly with the capabilities of the eBrush. The finished result? A birthday card for her daughter that would make anyone envious!

See the tutorial here:

See more favorites this entire week as we feature our designers from this design team as it comes to a close!

September 23, 2016

Not so traditional Christmas by Yolie Burke

Hello and Happy Friday, this is Yolie with Team eBrush!  Well, as you may already know, Autumn made it's appearance yesterday, but at the time I created my card, it was feeling more like Summer.

So here you go, a Summery Christmas card, makes me crave watermelon.

I took a pink and green watercolor marker and randomly eBrushed them on watercolor paper.

I wanted shimmer, so I lightly sprayed the Glimmer Mist.

I then embossed it with Teresa Collin's Cabana embossing folder.

I used the newest word dies from Pink and Main.  Love that it comes with the background die cut as well.  Oh that font is gorgeous!!  Cuts beautifully on the Cut N' Boss.

I added silver jewelry string and embellished with glittery enamel dots.

I love it! Now for some watermelon!
Thank you for visiting and enjoy your weekend!

September 22, 2016

Mixed Media Fall Canvas by Barbara Rankin

Hey all!  Are you thinking about Fall yet?  I sure am, which brings me to my mixed media canvas today.  Of course, I am going to be adding color with my Craftwell eBrush.  Did you know your eBrush works fabulously in mixed media?  I does, so let's get started.

I cut a piece of corrugated cardboard to 11" x 8-1/2".  Then, I tore some of the top layer off, exposing the corrugations in some areas.  Next, I added some strips of flower printed fabric tape and gave the entire background a rough textured coat of Teresa Collins' modeling paste.  Let this dry thoroughly.

Spread extra course garnet gel in a couple of spots, then sprinkle gold micro beads over wet medium.

Brush random strokes of gel medium over background and lay pieces of torn book pages over it.  Let all mediums dry. 

Remove any portions of the book pages that did not adhere and you will get this really cool torn effect.

Brush on a wash of white gesso and water to give a nice, light background for the eBrushed colors to adhere to.

I die cut a piece of script paper with Teresa Collins Honeycomb Project Die using my Cut n Boss. 

Tear honeycomb apart and adhere pieces to canvas, as shown, along with some of the punched out honeycomb pieces.  Let dry.

Emboss white card stock with the Teresa Collins Beautiful Words A6 Embossing Folder and cut out the word "FOREVER".  (This was left over from another project, so nothing goes to waste.)

Adhere to canvas, as shown.  Let dry.  I also die cut and embossed some leaves from thin chipboard and arranged the on the canvas.  It is a good idea to do this to get an idea of where you are going with your piece, although it can change. 

Now the fun begins.  eBrush the first layer with BG15 Aqua, concentrating on the edges and corrugations. 

Next layer is eBrushed with R85 Rose Red. 

I wanted to warm the background a bit so I eBrushed Y21 Buttercup Yellow over the background, concentrating on the center of the piece. 

The yellow leaf was eBrushed with YR23 Yellow Ochre, then E74 Cocoa Brown around the edges.

The two large orange leaves were first eBrushed with YR 23 Yellow Ochre, then YR68 Orange was eBrushed around the edges.  A light coat of E74 Cocoa Brown was added over it to tone it all down.

The wider small red leaf was first eBrushed with YR23 Yellow Ochre, then R29 Lipstick Red was eBrushed around the edges, and a light coat of E74 Cocoa Brown was added over all to tone it all down.

The last reddish green leaf was first eBrushed with YR23 Yellow Ochre, then R29 Lipstick Red was eBrushed in the center.  Next, the edges were eBrushed with the G09 Veronese Green, and a light coat of E74 Cocoa Brown was added over all to tone it all down.  All leaf stems were also eBrushed with the Cocoa Brown.

I found these puffy plastic letters to spell "fall" in my stash, so I eBrushed them with the E74 Cocoa Brown.  It would have been impossible to color them straight from the marker because each brush stroke of the marker removed what I put down.  So the eBrush is super fantastic for this sort of technique.  (Tip:  They are stickers, so you want to place them on your craft mat before eBrushing them so that you can remove them.)

Since I had already adhered my "FOREVER" word to my canvas, I used post it notes to protect the area around it from overspray and eBrushed it with the E74 Cocoa Brown. 

I removed the post it notes and outlined the letters with a brown Micron pen to add depth.

I used a die cut piece of card stock as a stencil and eBrushed the E74 Cocoa Brown through it in random spots.

I used brown distress ink and a blending tool to edge all of the leaves, as well as the edges of the canvas.  I just really like the look.

Supplies Used:

Teresa Collins Beautiful Words and Stars A6 Embossing Folder
Copic Markers - BG15, R85, Y21, YR23, YR68, E74, R29, G09
Teresa Collins Modeling Paste
Gel medium
White gesso
Extra course garnet gel medium
Gold micro beads
Sizzix Tattered Leaves die (Tim Holtz)
Sizzix Layered Leave die (Tim Holtz)
Corrugated Chipboard from boxes
Vintage book pages
Distress ink - Vintage Photo
Blending tool

There will be more fun projects featuring up cycled projects, 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!

September 21, 2016

Embossed Autumn by Jan Hunter

I <3 embossing!  For this project, I used the Teresa Collins Herringbone and Hounstooth A6 folders.  I hope you can see it in the details.

Even the twill tape has the Herringbone design imprinted on it using the folder and some ink.

You'll need:
Teresa Collins Embossing folders
eBrush, marker adaptor (TB for this project0
Markers (Tombow 985, 977, 933, 847)
Stamps (Autumn DaysGlass Blooms)
Detail Embossing Powder (White by Ranger)
Twill Tape (1/2 inch wide)
Heat gun
staples, stapler
glue dots
Other embellishments as desired

Stamp and heat emboss the leaves, Set aside.
Emboss a piece of card stock measuring 4 x 5.25 using the Houndstooth folder. Using the Herringbone folder, emboss the left side of a piece of cardstock measuring 2.5 x 5.5.

Using the herringbone folder, slide the twill tape through the center area at the fold.  Flip the tape up and ink the bottom side of the folder where the tape will lay.  Lay the twill tape on the inked portion and press with your hands or a brayer being careful that the tape doesn't move. The pattern will be pressed into the tape.  Remove the tape.  Repeat as needed for the remainder of your tape.  Heat set ink if needed.  "Pleat" the tape and if desired stitch or staple.  You could also use glue dots to secure the pleats in place.  Clip the ends into an inverted V.  Set aside.

Using the eBrush, edge the sides of the white cardstock the base and the smaller piece using the brown (977).  Set those pieces aside (oops, no picture os this step).

Using the lightest colored marker in the eBrush, begin coloring the leaves. Add layers of color wiping excess off off the embossed areas.  Trim the leaves.

Arrange the leaves on the strip of paper, adding pop-up dots as desired for some added height. Stamp the sentiment to the same strip. Add the twill tape using glue dots to secure. Wrap some twine around the whole strip of card a couple of times. Finish the twine as desired.

Secure the large embossed cardstock to the card pase. Add the strip securing with tape or glue.  Add any additional elements as desired.

Change the dimensions to 4x6 and choosing a fall sentiment, this would look very nice framed.

Wishing you happy crafting and don't be afraid to mix textures with embossing folders OR to add more dimension using the folders and ink to tape or ribbons.  There's lots of fun to be had.

Wishing you time in your crafting room this week and every week!

September 20, 2016

Tip and Technique from Jan Hunter - Halloween by Candlelight

Halloween colors, jack-o-lanterns and candles make for a great centerpiece for Halloween which is just around the corner.  This tray by Dreaming Tree and designer, Ron Gutman is perfect for this project.  Let's get started.

You'll need:
eBrush, AD Adaptor with foam cushion hack
Bic Mark-its
Electronic Cutting machine (Sizzix eclips2 and eCal2 software)
Bella Halloween Strips Collection (
Hydrangea Tray (Dreaming Tree)
AC Cardstock (3 sheets, white)
Cut - n - Boss
Design Grid embossing folder (Teresa Collins for Craftwell)
Quick dry glue
Xyron Creative Station & permanent adhesive

Open the hydrangea tray file and cut with the electronic machine. Cut the jack-o-lantern border from the Bella Halloween Strips Collection.

Emboss the panels for the tray and the border pieces using the Cut-n-Boss and the Design Grid folder using the standard sandwich for the machine.

Using the eBrush, color the borders and panels as desired.

Before putting the tray together, run each of the panels through the Xyron machine and secure to the tray pieces.  Add the border pieces using the same method. Glue the tray together as shown in this video. 

Fill the tray with the greenery.  Insert your short pillar candles (remember that you shouldn't light wax candles as seen in the photo). It would be safest to use battery operated lights.

Enjoy some crafting time... using the eBrush makes quick work of coloring large pieces.  The added texture makes it all the more interesting.

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