Tuesday, December 27, 2011


Finished card

Paper piecing tutorial....better late than never!

The holidays are over and things are simmering down a bit. I feel like a human garbage can....ugh. I went to the gym this morning and felt every bite of holiday food. Anyway....

So a dear friend of mine had asked me about some paper piecing I had done and I thought I'd do a little tutorial. I'm using this ah-door-ah-bull stamp from The Greeting Farm. I stamped her on white card stock for my base and then stamped her dress on pink designer paper and I stamped the puppy again on a seperate piece of white cardstock. I cut out the dress and colored the belt. I colored the puppy with my Copic markers then cut him out. I colored my base stamp with my Copics and then glued my print dress onto the base with a glue pen. I then used foam pop dots to attach my puppy to the base being careful to line up his leash. I added an earring and a diamond tag for the pup. I adore the dimension.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Etching is AWESOME

Merry Christmas to all!! I've been busy as a Christmas bee trying to create little gifts and keep them all secret. Today I made little ponytail holders for Gracie (my adorable sweet Yorkie) and her puppy friends: Phoebe, Chloe and Porsche. I also made flannel flower snap clips for my dear friend Carol's daughter. But my big project today was.....(drumroll please).......etching wine glasses. If you haven't tried glass etching you are in for a real treat. I predict that by the end of next week everything glass in my house will be sporting etching of some sort!

There are etching tutorials all over the web, YouTube and my most recent addiction Pinterest. I'll give you the run down for this project but if you want something more formal there are tons available.

Wine glasses
Vinyl (I used contact paper but you could also just use masking tape)
Armour Etch Glass Etching Cream
Paint brush

After deciding on a design I used my cricut to cut it out of my contact paper. It helps to keep in mind we are making a sticky stencil. I placed my stencil on the wine glass and used a credit card as a burnisher to ensure all the edges were stuck down well. Make sure you are in a well ventilated room. Using an old cruddy paint brush, apply the etching cream in a nice, even, slightly thick layer over your stencil. Please be careful not to get any of the etching cream on your skin and follow all precautions listed by the good folks at Armour. Let your cream get to work while you have a diet coke and a Christmas cookie ....or two. Let your etching cream sit for at least 20 min and wash your glass in warm soapy water. Peel off your stencil and prepare to ooh and ahh. That's it! You just etched glass. You ROCK!

Here are my helpful hints (read as my booboos)
Don't slosh your cream on, it can splash and make etch specks.
To get a nice end result the edges must not leak. I reinforced a few of my edges with masking tape.
Small detailed designs don't work as well.