Altered Coffee Can

I rarely have a coffee can because I don’t make my own coffee. I buy it at a local coffee shop. It is a small luxury in life allow myself. You can imagine that when I finally did have one I had to alter it and put it in my craft room! I originally thought it would be a pretty spring center piece made up of flowers I create with Rinea Foiled Paper and felt! In the center there would be a cute little fairy popping by to say hello!

Rita Barakat has one of my favorite books for creatives. It is a digital download — Magical Theater. The background in which I wrapped the can with is the background coloring sheet.

Fairy

The little fairy is also from the book! I used the little face she created and used colored pencils to bring her to life.

Wrapped Can

For the coffee can I used the new Eileen Hull Color Blends 2 to color the flowers. Tutu pink and Frog were the perfect shades! Using a paint brush I carefully painted on the flowers edge transfer gel, allowed to dry and foiled with rose gold.

It never did turn into a spring floral arrangement. Instead it homes my stickles The fairy is waiting to adorn a project in the near future.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

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You are Mermazing!

Temperatures should be warming up soon and I am dreaming of summer! In anticipation of warmer months I created a sweet little Mermaid card to give away to one of you 🙂

This card was a lot of fun to make! I used the fin background stamp from Joy Clair and embossed it with Rita Barakat Mermaid Fin Powder. I added colorburst to the fins. For the image I used a sentiment from a Pink and Main set and stamped it with this Rita Barakat stamp. Here is the video:

I want to give this card away to one of you! All you need to do is tell me in the comments what your favorite part of summer is! I will randomly pick a winner and announce on April 1st.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Betz Golden

Mail Art with Gel Press and Art Foamies

I have a pretty good relationship with my mailman. He drops packages off about three times a week. Since I work from home I am usually at home and answer the door. He often will wait for me to answer and we will strike up a conversation. It was during one of these chats that he told me postal workers love to see envelopes decked out in art! Ever since I have been stamping, painting, and drawing on my envelopes.

One of my favorite techniques is using the gel press with paint and a Rita Barakat art foamie stamp. To keep a nice clean area for the address I use washi tape to mask off the spot to write. I use three strips of the standard size tape.

I created this particular envelope for a card I made that I will be sharing at the end of the month. So make sure you subscribe and don’t miss out! I am going to mail this to one of you with the card 😉

Here is how to create mail art . Make sure you check it out because it is a great tutorial!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Betz Golden

Kiss Me I’m Irish Pop Up Box

The leprechaun from the Lucky Clover Joy Clair set looks adorable, but naughty. I knew that I wanted to create something of a surprise with it.

From the outside it looks like a pretty little box, but on the inside…

This little guy pops out! Isn’t it fun? Here is now I created this pop up box.

Material:

The box is just an old jewelry box I have hung on to for years. The pattern paper is from a Christmas line as well as the gold ribbon. I ended up painting the box over with an artichoke color. The green pictured was a bit to bright. I never used the stickles, but had them out just in case.

Directions:

First layer on some Gesso as to prime the box and paint it.

Using a gold paint dry brush a flower just enough to add highlights.

As the paint dries, color in the stamped images and cut them out.

Once the box is dry add the rainbow and sentiment in the lid.

To create the springs cut two strips of card stock and according fold every 1/4 to 1/2 inch.

Adhere to box and leprechaun with glue dots.

Now your box is ready to be given away!

Make sure to hop through to other awesome projects created by the fabulous design team!

Until Next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Magical Theater Presents the Love Princess

Magical Theater, by Rita Barakat, is the base for creating the Love Princess. It is a downloadable book full of whimsy and magic. This is a wonderful art resource to have on your hard drive. Not only are there tips and directions on creating your own paper dolls, there are also a few scenes completed. For this project I used things created in the book and added the finishing touches.

The base is a piece of cardboard from a package I received in the mail. Mod Podge was used to seal and attach the scene to the cardboard. For the princess I used a foam board as her base to give her structure and dimension.

The finishing touches on the piece were a mix of glitter glue, Nuvo Dew Drops and gems from the dollar store.

I used Glitter Mod Podge for the Princess because she needs to shine! Bits of extra trim from my stash was used along the edges.

It is okay to borrow other people’s creativity to spark your own. Or, perhaps like me you want to create something from the heart, but are limited on time. The Magical Theater is a great resource to have!

Here is another piece I created using it.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!