I Love Family Echo Park & Peachy Cheap Collaboration

It is a privilege and dream come true to be a guest designer for Peachy Cheap today! My first crafty purchase was made through them years ago. I would check my e-mail just to see what the daily special was long before Instagram was around. Needless to say, Peachy Cheap has a special place in my heart and I am so glad that they have stayed in business all of these years. A lot of small businesses in the craft industry do not withstand the test of time, but Peachy Cheap has!

Today’s deal is Echo Park‘s I Love Family line. I created 6 projects with it, that I am sharing with you today!

When I saw this gorgeous line I knew it would e perfect for home decor and a few scarp book layouts. Can you believe that I have a lot leftover?

Layouts

I created three layouts with I Love Family.

I could not pick which paper I wanted to use. The collection has 12 sheets that are double sided. The possibilities are endless! For this layout I used as much of the papers as I could get away with. Since there are so many patterns I opted to keep the layout flat with little embellishments.

I am a huge fan of white space and utilized it on this layout with a busy base page. The kit comes with a full 12 by 12 sticker sheet. I pop dotted the mason jar sticker by adding powder to the back of it which turned it into a glossy die cut. To add dimension to the page, I used pop dots on the photo and die cuts. distressing the edges and inking them also amped the interest level up for the layout.

The paper in the collection is just lovely and I wanted to use several pieces for this layout. I decided to create a background with three circles in various sizes and three mats off centered from one another. Three of the stickers were used in the traditional way. The flower in the pot I created into a die cut by powdering the back and pop dotting it on the bottom corner of the picture.

Home Decor Pieces

Upon receiving this collection I promptly made my way to Micheal’s and bought three wood pieces to decorate my home and office. The best part was the pieces I selected were each 99 cents!

I created this piece for my entry way this fall. Rubber Cement is my favorite adhesive for a strong long lasting bond. There are a few tricks to using it, but once you know them you are set! To create a permanent bond apply the rubber cement horizontal on the first substrate and vertical on the other. Let it dry completely before adhering. To create a temporary bond apply the rubber cement to one substrate and adhere it to the other wet.

I created this fun frame that can easily swap the picture out with it’s clipboard style for my husband’s office. He has recently lost over 100 pounds. For his birthday we took a hike and made it to the top. He could have never done that before. Our kids celebrated with him by hiking as well. This picture symbolizes that special day and amazing accomplishment he achieved. I created this for his office as a reminder.

My youngest is 14 and recently has taken up golf. He has surprised us with not only his talent, but his passion for it. This past summer he participated in the golf tournament that his great grandfather started over 50 years ago. As of right now he is the only great grandchild that plays in it. Tradition is strong in him and he was proud that he could carry on the legacy. I made this for his room.

Peachy Cheap

To get your own I Love my Family by Echo Park collection make sure you head over to Peachy Cheap today — Sept 4, 2019. The best part is it is discounted! Please let them know you visited my website too!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

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Mermaid Shadow Box (and a HOP!)

Anyone interested in a hop? I am super excited to be part of the collaboration hop between Rita Barakat and Style Tech Craft. After you check out my blog on how to upcycle a Dollar Tree Frame to a Summer Shadow box hop on over to Rita’s blog to see all the details on the hop.

Summer Vibes

I found a pretty bling shadowbox at the Dollar Tree and decided it would make the perfect Mermaid inspired decor piece.

The vinyl I choose are colors associated with water. I mixed in a rather plain one so the glitter is not overwhelming.

Next I used a wave ruler as a stencil.

After the waves were cut out, I laid them on the shadowbox back piece for alignment purposes.

Using a roll of transfer film, I carefully adhered the vinyl together.

Basically you lay the transfer sheet on the vinyl, remove the film protector from the piece you want to layer and lay it on top of the piece you want to cover.

Make sure to smooth it out between layers.

Once the vinyl is layered pop it back into the shadow box and cut your letters! I was so thrilled that it cut beautifully in my Scan-N-Cut! There are a few alphabet options on the machine. I cut two sets of letter in different colors. One was slightly larger than the other to create a shadow effect!

This silver is very cool! I had to use it on this project!

I just could not get over this holographic one either.

To lay out the letters I just eyeballed them and did not use transfer film. They adhered beautifully! I repeated with the silver.

Now for the stars of the show — MERMAIDS!

To achieve a lot of depth and dimension, I placed one mermaid on the backdrop with mixed media glue. I placed another using pop dots.

Once the first two mermaids were adhered, I popped the backdrop into the frame and added a mermaid to the front.

A little Stickles to finish it off.

Isn’t this a perfect piece for summer?

Now make sure to hop on over to Rita’s blog to join in the fun!

Hop List!

Rita
Betz Golden

Yolie Burke

Michelle Wells

Margie Higuchi

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! 

Heart Chain!

 I am over on the Rinea blog with an amped up Valentine’s Day inspired Chain! This is a great way to add a little festive love to your home. You can make a few strips of it and hang it off plantation shutters or your can connect the ends to create a beautiful wreath. Please stop by to see the picture tutorial and say hello!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Turkey Inspired Center Piece!

I am over on the Rinea Blog today with a fabulous Thanksgiving centerpiece!

There is a step by step tutorial on how to make one for your table. If you want to be able to view it from both sides simply make two and adhere in the middle.
I wanted something that reflected a turkey, but was not a turkey. I choose my favorite part — the tail and finished it off with a big beautiful rose.
Make sure you check it out over at Rinea!
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!