ProCRAFTINATING Apron

I have to share with you this apron I created with Chalk Couture transfer, chalk ink and Rita Barakat’s new flower Art Foamies. The new Art Foamies are awesome because you can swap out the centers!

First, I used a transfer on the top and stamped the flowers starting from one corner up to the next.

The green stamped image is actually a flower center as well as the pink faces.

To set the ink a hot ironed is pressed on to each image. The setting process takes about 20 minutes. This apron is for crafting and will only get better with age. All the mists and paint drops that are going to make their way onto it will be lovely!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

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Magical Beads!

Have you seen the Paper Bead YouTube videos? I must confess that when I first saw them I was kinda confused. Like, why would I make paper beads? Its not like I can wear them or use them anywhere that I could get wet. That was all before it dawned on me that I could seal them with embossing powder!

Not just any embossing powder though. Only Rita Barakat’s embossing powder would do because I could mix colors! Once I started creating I could not stop. Not only were the results gorgeous, the process was easy! It really is hard to put into words how to do this, so I created a video for you here:

Here are a few close ups of the beads made in the video:

I can not wait to create a charm for my planner with these! That is next month ūüėČ

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Butter Beer Float Recipe and Harry Potter Etching!

To announce our upcoming vacation I decided to create each family member a Harry Potter glass mug full of a Butter Beer float! We are heading to Universal Studios pretty much for Harry Potter. Two summers ago we visited and went crazy over the Butter beer they served in the park. I knew this was the perfect hint to our vacation.

Not only have I created a pictorial tutorial for you I also created a video of how to etch on glass and as a bonus the Butter Beer Float recipe!

Video

Tutorial:

Cut a Circle from vinyl

Save the circle for another use and keep the frame.
Flip the frame over to adhere to a transfer sheet and remove the backing.

Adhere to mug.
Remove transfer sheet.
Place vinyl image in center of frame using the same process.
Carefully apply a thick coat of etchall to circle.
Let it sit for at least 15 minutes and remove etchall….
…making sure to return the etchall cream to the jar for a later use.
Rinse with warm soapy water.
Remove the vinyl image.
And remove the frame.
Your mug is now ready to be used!

Butter Beer Float Recipe

Ingredients:

2 C Heavy Whipping Cream

1/4 C Starbucks Caramel Syrup

1/4 C Sugar

1 gallon of Vanilla Ice Cream

Butterscotch syrup for ice cream

Serves 4 (with left overs)

Directions:

–Beat the whipping cream, caramel syrup and sugar until fluffy.

— Drizzle Butterscotch syurup along inside of mug.

— Scoop icecream in mug.

–Drizzle with more Butterscotch.

–Top with Caramel Whipped Cream.

–Finish it off with more Butterscotch syrup.

I hope you enjoyed this post! We had a lot of fun creating it and my kids wanted me to let you know that if you want any more sweet related projects they will happily help test them out! ūüėČ

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Chalkology 101 — Layering an Image

I recently have started creating chalkboards. I love it because I can change out the focal point as much or as little as I like. I use chalk paste and a transfer to create the the board. I purchase them here. I have purchased a few of the chalkboards through Chalk Couture that are lovely and high quality. However, I am quite happy with the boards I find at Hobby Lobby and Micheals. To ship a board from Chalk Couture is pricey! I use my 40% off coupon from one of the craft store and save a ton of money. I only recommend the transfers and chalk paste from Chalk Couture . The chalk paste is unique in that it does not just rub off like traditional chalk. A little water and a sponge easily removes it, but it is there until the creator wants it off! I have created a tutorial playlist on youtube called Chalkology 101 . Go check it out if interested in this form of art.

Today I wanted to share with you how to layer an image. Before removing the transfer from the backing it is important that you mark it. You want your transfer to be stored on the glossy side because you can get at least 20 uses out of it. I take a sharpie and do this:

 The next step is to fuzz the transfer. It is extremely sticky and will be hard if not impossible to remove from your board if you do not add some lint to it. I just do this on my clothing. Usually my shirt, but this time my sweats.

 Once the transfer is fuzzed apply it to the board and smooth out the air bubbles.

 Once the transfer is laid, open up the paste making sure not to discard the protective covering. Stir the paste carefully.

 With the craft stick quickly lay the paste out over the image.

 Using a squeegee spread the paste with firm even preassure (the transfer is a screen print).

 Once the transfer is covered lift it by pulling it from two corners NOT on opposite ends of each other. If you pull just by one corner you will stretch the transfer.

¬†Once the transfer is lifted, place it in a shallow pan of water or rinse it under water. The chalk is fast drying and needs to be rinsed or soaked right away. I like to just wash mine with warm water and place sticky side up in my drying rack. Give the chalk paste in the container a spray of water. Seal it with the protective cover and the lid. By doing so you will keep your paste moist and it won’t dry out.

 Let the chalk dry and then layer on the next transfer.

I like to use a darker color as I add my next layer.

 Add another layer on a different part of the image. This allows the layers to dry by working back and forth on the image.

 Once the image is done I add the sentiment and hang it on the wall.

Once the transfers are dry just place them on their backing and store for use at a later time. Make sure you check out the playlist I posted above to see chalking in action! It really is easy and fast. The results are impressive. My 13 year old usually does the majority of chalking in my home. 
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting! 

4th of July DIY

4th of July is almost here! I created this fun center piece! 

 I gathered some paint, Rinea Foiled Paper, stencils and FloraCraft cubes to create it.

 Here are the pictorial steps on what I did to make the centerpiece.

To see the full tutorial and find all of the supplies I used to create this please head on over to the Rinea Blog
Unitl next time ~ Happy Crafting!
Betz