Monday, August 27, 2012

Back 2 School Blog Hop


Hi everyone!!!  Welcome to the Back 2 School Blog Hop!!  If you came here from Cassie’s Blog….you are in the right place!  If you just happened upon the Blog Hop, please start over at Cassie’s Blog so that you don’t miss out.  There are giveaways along the way and Craftwell is giving away an eCraft Machine!!


When I get my boys ready to go back to school, we always come up with a little gift to give the teacher to welcome him or her back as well.  Usually we like to include some school supplies because teachers can’t seem to get enough school supplies!  A couple of weeks ago, I was contacted by State Line Bag Company and they asked me to try out some of their new Premium Muslin bags.  I just knew that these would be perfect for my teacher gift.  These bags are perfect for packaging so many kinds of things.  They are made from a high quality muslin and come in lots of different sizes.


To start my project, I turned to a Lettering Delights Cut Its Set called Toad-ally School.  I selected my image and then using Make the Cut, manipulated it by using the Boolean Join function so that I actually created a stencil of each color.  Then I cut out each one in vinyl.  Next, I took some scrap cardstock and placed it inside the bag.  I applied the first vinyl stencil.


Then I painted it in…


Then removed the stencil…


Once the paint is dry, apply the next layer and repeat until all done.

Now, I couldn’t stop there.  I decided to add the teacher’s name to the bag using a thin metal die and fabric and to do that I used my trusty eBosser.  I am guessing that you want to see how I did that, so I made you a little video…

Here is the final project!




Now, on with some fun stuff!  State Line Bag Company has given me some bags to give away!  To win the bags, you must be a follower of my blog and you must leave me a comment below!  That’s it! Easy Peasy!


And you don’t want to miss out on that eCraft giveaway, so make sure you continue on with the hop by going to Kelly’s blog next.  Here is the whole lineup in case you get lost!

Cassie Box

Denise O’Connor: <—YOU ARE HERE

Kelly Feldman: <—GO HERE NEXT

Kim Gaughan:

Carrie Walz

KimberlyRae Forde:

Aimee Maddern:

Jodi Baune:

Debi Tullier:

Lowri McNabb:

Craftwell Blog:


Happy Hopping Everyone!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Sweet Teacher Cookie Basket and another eBosser Video


So, I got the Papertrey Ink Berry Basket Die a few months ago and haven’t even used it yet…and I was sitting there thinking what can I make with this that is Back to School?  The problem was that none of the ideas that I thought of really worked with those classic back to school colors.  Then I thought…DUH!!!  I don’t have to use the classic colors if I don’t want to!


I went with my gut and drove myself over to our neighborhood bakery.  They make these wonderful sprinkled butter cookies and I could just envision a bag of them sitting in that berry basket.  After I bought the cookies (way more than I needed), I went home and got to work.  I cut the Berry Basket die four times from Aqua Mist cardstock and scored and adhered the four sides together to create the basket.  I added some pink shredded paper to the basket and then a clear bag and filled it with the cookies.  I knew that I wanted to make a tag to be tied in with the ribbon that I was using to hold the bag closed.  Again my eBosser came to the rescue!  I cut PTI’s Tag Sale 5 from Hibiscus Burst Cardstock, My Favorite Things Fancy Flourish from Aqua Mist, PTI Doily Details from Dark Chocolate, PTI Ad Sense from Dark Chocolate Gingham pattern paper and PTI Double Ended Banner from Hibiscus Burst. Now for my sentiment…


For the sentiment, I went through my stash of sentiment stamps and did not find something that I wanted to use.  So that is when I decided that I would just need to create my own.  Using my computer and the Lettering Delights LD Carefree Black font, I printed out my sentiment onto a piece of PTI Aqua Mist Damask patterned paper.  Then I picked out a Spellbinders Label #4 die that I wanted to cut it with.  The question was how to do that so that my sentiment was perfectly lined up.  That is when the experimenting started with different sandwiches in the eBosser.  I finally found one that allowed me to get that cut perfectly lined up and so that is what today’s video is all about!


Now, what to do with these leftover cookies…LOL!!!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

eBossers are Shipping!!!


Hello Crafty Friends!!


I have gotten confirmation that late last week, Craftwell started shipping eBossers to retailers that placed pre-orders at the CHA Winter 2012 show or sooner.  What this means is that stores may be getting them in stock any day now! 


I have been absolutely loving my eBosser and I can’t wait to hear what all of you think of it!  To celebrate, I have a little list for you!




5. Can cut all kinds of dies from thin metal dies to the old AccuCut wood dies.

4.The larger platform means I can cut out more dies in one pass.  Great time saver!

3. Love the safety features, don’t have to worry about my kids getting their little hands stuck in there.

2. Auto-eject feature!  Now I don’t have to worry about breaking my machine by using a sandwich that is too thick!

1. This is a no babysitting machine!  Love that I can get it going and then go and do something else while it cuts.  No button to hold down, and no need to catch the platforms when it is done!



This actually was a hard list to come up with!  There are just so many things that I love about the eBosser!  To help you get ready for your eBosser, I thought it would be a good idea to share one more time all the videos to date that I have done on the eBosser.  I do have more videos coming too!  So here we have over 50 minutes of videos all about the eBosser.  Sit back, relax, and dream about what you are going to create with your eBosser!


Monday, August 13, 2012

Back to School Chalkboard Countdown and Another eBosser Video


So we are in big time Back to School mode in our house!  My son Jared is going to be starting 2nd grade and he is a little nervous about it.  Part of the reason why he is so nervous is that for Kindergarten and 1st Grade, he had the same teacher whom he just loved!  Now with 2nd Grade he is about to get a new teacher and he is worried that he won’t like her as much as his last teacher.  To get him prepared for 2nd grade and maybe even excited about it, I decided that we needed to have a Countdown to the first day of school.


When thinking about how I wanted to do this project, I knew that I wanted to make something that could be used for other occasions as well.  So, my trusty wonderful eBosser helped me to create some bottle cap magnets for the title.  My eCraft has been a little lonely since the eBosser came home, so I had to show my eCraft some love too.  My eCraft cut out the green vinyl for the letters in the bottle caps as well as the “Countdown” out of the white vinyl.


The very first step was to prepare my surface…do you recognize what it was?  It is actually a cookie sheet.  I got a three pack of Chefmate cookie sheets from Target and decided to use the smallest one for this project.  I began by painting the back of the cookie sheet with some Martha Stewart Chalkboard Paint.  While my cookie sheet was drying, I cut out all my vinyl using the Lettering Delights font called LD Mon Cherie.  I set those to the side, and set out to flatten some bottle caps with my eBosser.


I experimented with a couple of sandwiches and finally found one that works great with the No More Shims Embossing Mat made by Scor Pal.  Want to see how it works?  Check out the video below!

After flattening the bottle caps, I used a 1” punch to punch circles from the My Mind’s Eye School Daze 6x6 paper pad.  I added one letter to each circle and then using a little Glossy Accents adhered the paper inside the bottle cap.  I added an epoxy sticker on top of each one and then once that was dry, I adhered a magnet onto the back of the bottle cap.  The cookie sheet is still magnetic through the chalkboard paint.  You just want to make sure the magnet is strong enough for it.  Once my cookie sheet was dry, I added the “Countdown” vinyl onto the chalkboard and then using my Big Bite punched a hole into the Cookie Sheet so that I could attach my ribbon.  I made the ribbon kind of on the long side so that my son can erase the numbers and write in the new one each day.


I just love that when Halloween comes around, I can make a new set of bottle caps that say Halloween to add on the board.  Also by using the back of the cookie sheet, the Back 2 School bottle caps can be stored on the other side for next year.  So easy! 


I think this just may work because when I was taking the above pictures, Jared asked me if he could be in the picture with it, and of course I said YES!


What do you think?  Have I won this Mommy battle? 

Monday, August 6, 2012

eBosser Videos & Back 2 School Project


BOY OH BOY!!!  My eBosser got a work out with my project for today!  Starting today, the Craftwell Design Team is going to be focusing on Back to School projects.  My oldest son starts 2nd grade in a couple of weeks and my youngest starts pre-school next month, so I have lots to get ready for!


Since my eBosser was on overdrive, I went ahead and filmed TWO all new eBosser videos for you!  Before we get to the videos, let’s talk about my project.  Today I made a card to give to one of the teachers.  This is something that I always do, mainly because I want them to understand that I am here to support them.  I always try to build a relationship with the teacher, because if there is something that I can do to help my kids do well in school, I want to be sure to know about it.  The extra little touch makes a difference!



To start with I picked my color scheme.  I decided on Papertrey Ink Dark Chocolate, Summer Sunrise, Pure Poppy and Vintage Cream.  I decided that I wanted to use a Papertrey Ink impression plate called Bookprint for the background so I used that in my eBosser onto a piece of Summer Sunrise cardstock.  The first video that I have for you today is all about embossing with various different materials.  Next I took a piece of Vintage Cream cardstock and using two Spellbinders dies (Labels #6 & 11), I cut and embossed those in the eBosser.  That just so happens to be the subject of my second video.  I then decided to use my Copic markers (R29 & YR15) and air brush those labels to enhance the embossing even more.  I also cut some Pure Poppy cardstock with the My Favorite Things Fancy Flourish die and some Dark Chocolate Striped Pattern Paper with a PTI Half & Half Die.  On the larger Spellbinder die, I stamped an apple from a Unity Stamps Itty Bitty set called To The Core with some Pure Poppy ink.  On the smaller Spellbinder die, I stamped my sentiment from the Taylored Expressions The Places You’ll Go stamp set in Dark Chocolate ink.  The final touch that I threw in right before assembling was to spritz the impressed background with a little Mister Huey’s Warm Calico spray ink.  Put it all together and I have a card that was created using my eBosser in about 20 minutes. 


So, now that I have my card all put together, it is time to watch the videos.  First we have one that is all about embossing!  In this video, I demonstrate embossing with embossing folders by Cuttlebug, Sizzix, and Lifestyle Crafts.  I also show how to use the Papertrey Ink impression plates like I used in my project today as well as using the Fiskars Texture Plates.


Next, we have a video that was requested by several people on demonstrating cutting and embossing with the Spellbinders dies.


Hope you all enjoyed my project and the videos today! 

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