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Ruby Rock-It Stepper Card—Special CHA Feature

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Ruby Rock It Stepper Card

Ruby Rock It Booth PhotoRuby Rock-It’s booth at the Winter Craft & Hobby show in January was just packed to the brim with pretty! They had a really cute wrought iron gazebo in the center of the action, and their Design Team filled every shelf with gorgeous projects that warranted looooong periods of lingering in the booth to admire.

They have an extensive line of lovely papers and embellishments for cardmaking, scrapbooking, and general crafts. Rachel Carlson, Ruby Rock-It’s Marketing Director, took some time to show me their new Stepper cards and their gorgeous Decoupage dimensional elements.

Watch my YouTube video visit with Rachel Carlson at the Ruby-Rock It booth!

Stepper cards are pre-scored pop-up cards in a “stair step” shape that come with matching envelopes. In just 4 easy steps, you have a beautiful and unique greeting card!

1. Fold the Stepper card along the score lines and press with a bone folder.

2. Adhere background paper(s) to the larger back panel and to the smaller front panel.

3.  Embellish one corner of the front panel with a multi-layered Ruby Rock-It Decoupage image, using dimensional foam dots or squares.

4.  Add a sticker or stamp with your desired sentiment on the front panel.

Ruby Rock-It Giveaway CHA
Now here’s your chance to win a lovely selection of Ruby Rock-It papers and embellishments! Leave a comment here for your chance to win…deadline to enter is 3/24/13. (Contest open to residents of USA only.)

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New Years Crown by EcoHeidi Borchers

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New Years Crown by EcoHeidi Borchers

A New Year’s Celebration is not complete without a crown! EcoHeidi Borchers transforms a dollar store crown with beads, baubles and butterflies! Featured on Cool2Craft TV!

Watch EcoHeidi’s super cool Dollar Store Crown YouTube video tutorial!

Materials

Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
Dollar store plastic crown
Miscellaneous beads, charms, rhinestones, jewelry pieces
Craft wire (34 gauge and 22 gauge)
Wire cutters
Butterfly stickers

1. Cut a long (but manageable) piece of 34 gauge wire.

2. Wrap and secure end of wire on back of crown. Wrap wire several times around, across and up and down around crown. This will add stability and interest.

3. With a piece of 22 gauge wire secured at back, add beads to wire and wrap around crown vertically, aligning beads to fit that particular section of crown. Continue to wrap and add beads for desire pattern on crown.

4. Cut 22 gauge wire to approximately 12″. Glue butterfly stickers back-to-back on end of wire. Swirl end to create visual interest and glue or wire to crown.

5. If desired, create more wire swirls and attach to crown.

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Glittered Butterfly Pick Earrings by Savannah Starr

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Glittered Butterfly Pick Earrings by Savannah Starr

Savannah Starr shares how to transform butterfly picks into BIG fashion earrings! Be sure to check the floral department of your local craft store to see what floral pick treasures you can find. You never know where inspiration will strike! Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch Savannah’s super cool Glittered Butterfly Earring YouTube video tutorial!

Materials

Glittered butterfly floral pick
Jewelry chain
Wire cutters
Needle nose pliers
Jump rings (medium and small)
Fish hook earrings

Instructions

1. Cut wire stems from floral picks.

2. Measure chain to determine length – do you want your earrings to reach to your chin or collar bone?

3. With needle nose pliers, attach medium jump ring to top outside wing of butterfly. Attach cut chain to jump ring.

4. With needle nose pliers, attach small jump ring to other end of chain and attach to fish hook earrings.


 

Fairy Garden Jar by EcoHeidi Borchers

Fairy Jar by EcoHeidi Borchers

Fairy Jar by EcoHeidi Borchers

EcoHeidi Borchers transforms a canning jar into a fantasy fairy garden. A magical gift for the fairy lover featuring moss, flying butterfly, flowers and a miniature fairy. Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch Heidi’s super cool Fairy in a Jar YouTube video tutorial!

Materials:

Aleene’s Super Thick Tacky Glue
Aleene’s Tacky Double Stick Sheet
Small fairy (available at Michaels)
Cardboard – thin (I use cereal box cardboard)
Sheet moss
Scrapbook paper – green print (for leaves and bottom of jar), print of choice for top
Scissors
Silk flowers (small for inside garden and top)
Small paper butterfly (or cut from scrapbook paper)
Plastic dove or other embellishments (for top)
Toothpick (to apply glue)
Monofilament – fine
Tape (clear)
Straight pin (to punch hole in scrapbook paper to string butterfly)

Fairy Jar by EcoHeidi Borchers 1 Use lid from jar to mark circle pattern on cardboard and Aleene’s Tacky Double Stick Sheet. Cut along pattern line. Remove paper backing and adhere Sheet to cardboard. Remove paper backing to expose adhesive.
Fairy Jar by EcoHeidi Borchers 2 Place scrapbook paper over adhesive.
Fairy Jar by EcoHeidi Borchers 3 Cut paper to match cardboard.
Fairy Jar by EcoHeidi Borchers 4 Apply Aleene’s Super Thick Tacky Glue with toothpick over center area of cardboard circle.
Fairy Jar by EcoHeidi Borchers 5 Glue down moss and fairy to cardboard circle.
Fairy Jar by EcoHeidi Borchers 6 Glue flowers and leaves into moss. Let dry for approximately 1/2 hour.
Fairy Jar by EcoHeidi Borchers 7 Gently place entire piece into jar.
Fairy Jar by EcoHeidi Borchers 8 Repeat gluing process with Aleene’s Tacky Double Stick Sheets to make second scrapbook paper covered cardboard for lid of jar.
Fairy Jar by EcoHeidi Borchers 9 Using lid as pattern, cut one circle of decorative doublesided cardstock. Tape clear monofilament line to back of butterfly.
Fairy Jar by EcoHeidi Borchers 10 Punch small hole in cardstock. Insert monofilament line through hole, adjust length of line so that butterfly hangs inside jar without touching. Tape monofilament in place on cardstock. Cut away excess monofilament.
Fairy Jar by EcoHeidi Borchers 11 Apply Aleene’s Thick Designer Tacky Glue to rim of jar. Place cardstock circle over opening (letting embellishments dangle inside.) Let dry for a few minutes. Screw lid onto jar.
Fairy Jar by EcoHeidi Borchers 12 If desired, cut a strip of scrapbook paper and glue around outside rim of lid.
Fairy Jar by EcoHeidi Borchers 13 Cut leaf shape from scrapbook cardstock. Fringe edges with scissors. Score and bend slightly down center vein of leaf. Glue to outside bottom edge of jar.
Fairy Jar by EcoHeidi Borchers 14 Decorate top of jar lid with additional leaves and flowers and glue decorative bird in place.

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Burnt Brown Bag Butterfly Necklace by Savannah Starr

Burnt Brown Bag Butterfly Necklace by Savannah Starr

Burnt Brown Bag Butterfly Necklace by Savannah Starr

Savannah Starr shares her great-grandmother Aleene’s super cool technique of Burnt Brown Bag to create a stunning butterfly necklace. Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch Savannah’s super cool Burnt Brown Bag Butterfly Necklace!

Materials:

Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
Brown bag
Candle (plumber or emergency candle works best. You want a candle with a tall flame.)
Cardboard or plastic squeegee
Wax paper (to protect work surface)
Butterfly pattern of your choice
Pencil
Wire – 18 gauge stem – for holding butterfly while burning
Paper towel
Wire for antennae and loop for necklace
Rub ‘n Buff – gold

Burnt Brown Bag Butterfly Necklace by Savannah Starr 1 Cut two layers of brown bag. Trace a butterfly design on one piece. (Note that you will trace the butterfly wings separately and the butterfly body separately. These pieces will be layered after they are burned.)
Burnt Brown Bag Butterfly Necklace by Savannah Starr 2 Squeeze Aleene’s Tacky Glue onto the piece of brown bag without the pattern.
Burnt Brown Bag Butterfly Necklace by Savannah Starr 3 Use squeegee to spread out the glue evenly.
Burnt Brown Bag Butterfly Necklace by Savannah Starr 4 Place a piece of wire into the glue and then place the brown bag pattern over the wire. (This wire is what you will hold on to while burning the glue but will be removed in a later step.) Press both pieces together with fingers.
Burnt Brown Bag Butterfly Necklace by Savannah Starr 5 Let set for a few minutes and then use scissors to cut along pattern line.  Gently shape the brown bag to give a slight curve to the wings. Let dry overnight.
Burnt Brown Bag Butterfly Necklace by Savannah Starr 6 To create the burned effect, cover one side of butterfly with Aleene’s Tacky Glue. Be sure to cover the entire side of the bag with a generous (but not drippy) coat of glue. You do not want any bag showing.
 Burnt Brown Bag Butterfly Necklace by Savannah Starr 7 Note: Be sure to do this next step in a well ventilated area as there is soot that will rise from the candle flame.
Light candle and carefully hold wet glue side down over the candle flame. It works best if the glued side just slightly touches the tip of the flame. Keep the butterfly moving in circles.
Burnt Brown Bag Butterfly Necklace by Savannah Starr 8 Check every few seconds to see the progress of burning the glue. You will see the surface of the glue start to get darker and sooty. Continue to burn until the entire surface of the glue is black and sooty. Set aside to dry for several hours. Repeat glue application and burning process on back side of butterfly. Let set for several hours.
Burnt Brown Bag Butterfly Necklace by Savannah Starr 9 Remove or cut wire from butterfly. Use paper towel to gently wipe away the soot to reveal a slightly shiny surface. If the glue is still wet underneath the surface, you can gently press on it to create interesting texture but do not break through the skin of the glue.
Burnt Brown Bag Butterfly Necklace by Savannah Starr 10 Apply a light coat of Rub n Buff with finger to highlight the texture of the surface of the butterfly.
Burnt Brown Bag Butterfly Necklace by Savannah Starr 11 Create butterfly body in same manner and glue in place over wings. Let dry.
Burnt Brown Bag Butterfly Necklace by Savannah Starr 12 I glued a wire loop to the back of my butterfly in order to hang on to a necklace. I also created wire antennae and glued them to the butterfly head.

 


Look of Metal Butterfly by EcoHeidi Borchers

Look of Metal Butterfly by EcoHeidi Borchers

Look of Metal Butterfly by EcoHeidi Borchers

EcoHeidi Borchers crafts pretty wall art with a vintage Aleene’s technique. Starting with cardboard butterfly die cuts, it’s easy to transform kitchen aluminum foil  into the look of burnished metal. Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch Heidi’s awesome Look of Metal Butterfly YouTube video tutorial!

Materials:

Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
Kitchen aluminum foil
Butterfly cardboard cut-outs (Michaels kids department)
Candle wick
Pencil with eraser
Scissors
Rhinestones – various sizes for texture – black for embellishments
Acrylic paint – black
Brush – 1/2″ shader
Paper towel
Optional: upholstery tack
16 gauge black jewelry/craft wire
Round nose pliers

Look of Metal Butterfly by EcoHeidi Borchers 1 For each butterfly, you will need two cardboard cut outs.
Look of Metal Butterfly by EcoHeidi Borchers 2 Cut head and tail off one cut out and then cut body from other cut out. This will give the body more dimension as you will be creating two layers.
Look of Metal Butterfly by EcoHeidi Borchers 3 Apply line of glue along outside edge of butterfly wings.
Look of Metal Butterfly by EcoHeidi Borchers 4 Press candle wick into glue. Continue until desired pattern is achieved.
Look of Metal Butterfly by EcoHeidi Borchers 5 Glue rhinestones on butterfly. Let dry.
Look of Metal Butterfly by EcoHeidi Borchers 6 Cut foil approximately 6″ larger than butterfly.
Look of Metal Butterfly by EcoHeidi Borchers 7 Crinkle foil to center and re-open. (Do not roll into ball.) Repeat until foil has desired texture.
Look of Metal Butterfly by EcoHeidi Borchers 8 Lay textured foil on work surface and roll with glue bottle (or rolling pin) to help foil lay flat.
Look of Metal Butterfly by EcoHeidi Borchers 9 Apply glue directly from bottle to top of butterfly.
Look of Metal Butterfly by EcoHeidi Borchers 10 Spread glue with finger over entire front of butterfly.
Look of Metal Butterfly by EcoHeidi Borchers 11 Press face down onto dull side of foil.
Look of Metal Butterfly by EcoHeidi Borchers 12 Press foil into glue with fingers and pencil eraser until foil is flat and you can see the detail of the candle wick and rhinestone.
Look of Metal Butterfly by EcoHeidi Borchers 13 Cut away excess foil leaving approximately 1/2″ along edges. Clip into foil along edges. Wrap foil around to back and glue in place.
Look of Metal Butterfly by EcoHeidi Borchers 14 Paint over foil. Immediately wipe back with paper towel to create an antiqued look.
Look of Metal Butterfly by EcoHeidi Borchers 15 Glue candle wick onto butterfly body. If desired, press upholstery pin through head. Foil over body. Glue body in place over wings. Cut and swirl wire to create antenna. Glue in place. Let dry.

 


Butterfly Garden Tablescapes by Tiffany Windsor

Butterflies Garden Tablescapes by Tiffany Windsor

Butterflies Garden Tablescapes by Tiffany Windsor

Tiffany Windsor decorates painted canvases, stamped boxes and garden rocks with moss and fluttering butterflies. Mix and match for some pretty garden tablescapes. Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch Tiffany’s beautiful Butterfly Garden Tablescape YouTube video tutorial!

Materials:

Aleene’s Turbo Tacky Glue
Tulip Fabric Soft Paint – white plus colors of your choice
Brush – 1/2″ shader
Canvases (sizes of your choice)
Pencil with eraser
Wet wipe
Sheet moss – green
Butterflies
Optional: easel, favor box, rubber stamp, cosmetic sponge, rock

Butterfly Garden Tablescapes by Tiffany Windsor 1 To create the butterfly canvas, paint a mini canvas desired color. Let dry. Dip pencil eraser into white paint and dot around edge of canvas. Be sure to create a generous dot. After about 1 hour, use a wet wipe to remove any paint that has not dried. Because you applied a thick dot, the paint in the center should still be wet and will easily wipe away to reveal a circle within a circle design. Let dry.
Butterfly Garden Tablescapes by Tiffany Windsor 2 Tear off a piece of sheet moss to desired size and glue onto canvas.
Butterfly Garden Tablescapes by Tiffany Windsor 3 Glue butterfly onto sheet moss. Let dry.
Butterfly Garden Tablescapes by Tiffany Windsor 4 If desired, display on mini easel.
Butterfly Garden Tablescapes by Tiffany Windsor 5 For the favor box, keep box flat. I applied white acrylic paint to my rubber stamp with cosmetic sponge (in a dabbing motion) and stamped onto the box.
Butterfly Garden Tablescapes by Tiffany Windsor 6 This creates a beautiful white on white design. Glue sheet moss and butterfly to top lid of box. Let dry.
Butterfly Garden Tablescapes by Tiffany Windsor 7 Select a rock of desired size and color.
Butterfly Garden Tablescapes by Tiffany Windsor 8 Glue sheet moss and butterfly onto top of rock. Let dry. Any of these can be used as placecard holders or display together for a pretty tablescape.

 


Recycled Leather Butterfly Plant Stakes

RECYCLE WEEK AT COOL2CRAFT
Submitted by: Estrella Azul

I made these little guys when I was in 6th or 7th grade and thought I’d brag about how talented I was even back then. Okay, seriously now: I love how they turned out, they’ve decorated different pots of plants since then and they still look very nice. Visit my blog!

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Paper Punch Butterflies Card


PAPER WEEK AT COOL2CRAFT

Submitted by: Maike Vw

Playing with paper punches on a Birthday card. Visit my Picasa album!

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Butterfly Collage

COLLAGE WEEK AT COOL2CRAFT
Submitted by: Anat Goldich

This is my collage. It is made from polymer clay. Visit me on Flickr!

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