Thursday, September 20, 2012

Dish Soap Bottle - Glass Etching

 Look what I did last week! We needed a new bottle for our dish soap. We've been using the plastic bottle that it comes in and we bought it at BJ's so it's giant and doesn't fit well at our sink. So I went to the craft room to my alterations cupboard to see what I had that I could use. Of course this just happened to be waiting for me. It's really designed for olive oil, but it will do the job just fine and I love how clean and simple it looks sitting next to my sink!
So let me tell you how to make this.

Clear glass bottle
Big Shot
Big Shot alphabet die of your choice
Etching Cream
Foam paint brush
vinyl or contact paper
scrap paper

The first thing you want to do is prepare your working space by putting down newspapers or scrap paper where you will be working.
Next make sure that you wash your glass bottle to get off any residue that might be on the bottle. Spray it down with some Windex after and wipe it off just to be extra careful.
Let's talk etching cream for a minute. Etching cream can be found at your local big box craft store. Etching cream is expensive so what I do is to make sure that I use a 40 or 50% off coupon that you can find in your newspaper or online so that you can make this project more affordable. Etching cream can be stinky so make sure your in a well ventilated room. I haven't had a problem with the smell, but I do know that some people have. It can smell like rotten eggs.

1. Using your vinyl or contact paper cut out whatever saying you want to use from your big shot.
2. Peel off the backing to your letters and carefully place them on your bottle. Making sure that all the edges of the letters are sealed down on the bottle so that the etching cream doesn't leak under the letters.
3. Liberally apply etching cream to all areas of the bottle that you want to etch. I find dabbing it on instead of brushing it on will give you better coverage and less brush lines when your finished.
4.Wait for 15 - 20 minutes and go make sure that your sink is cleaned out and that you don't have any glass near where you'll be working on the next step.
5. After your 20 minutes, go rinse off all the etching cream. I use my hands to get all the etching cream off.
6. Dry off your bottle and peel off your vinyl letters and your good to go.

 I think these would make fantastic Christmas gifts. You could use the family's last name in place of the dish soap, or even do one that says olive oil.
 I love how every time I fill up the soap bottle I can use a different color soap and the bottle will look new every time.
Now go try one for your self. If you do, make sure that I get to see it.
Have a great day!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Birthday box & Tag

Happy fall  morning to you! I have to apologize to everybody. I've been posting to my blog from my cell phone several times in September or should I say I THOUGHT I was posting to my blog. Went to check my blog from my computer and the posts aren't there! Frustrating, oh well. So back to taking pictures with my camera and posting from my computer. So what have I been up to this week? Well thanks for asking! Today my daughter has a birthday party to go to and the little girl who's party it is, is turning 8. So I went shopping for a gift the other day and didn't really find anything I liked in the toy isles. Eight is kind of a transition age where they are starting to grow up a little bit. So I went and looked at books, but I was at Wal mart and lets face it, they don't have a good book selection. So then I went and looked at the beauty products and knew exactly what we where going to give her as a gift. I hope she likes it, Kayla loved it and can't wait to give it to her so hopefully that's a good sign. I made up a little manicure set. Why am I telling you all this? Well to lead up to this.... I made the box and the tag that the gift is in.
 Here is a picture of the full gift. Can you see those fun nail colors in there shriek!! Pink, Green, Blue and a Goldish brown. You can see that there are all sorts of fun things in the box. Nail decals, fancy nail files, nail wraps and of course the polishes.
 The box was made out of 5 cardboard coasters that I wrapped in designer paper.
 The tag was very simple as I knew it was for an 8 year old and they are just going to rip it off and throw it away.
I used both scallop circle punches and a retired stamp set. The colors of ink used where pretty in pink and melon mambo.
Just a quick post for today, I hope that you enjoy it and can see it! lol

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Back to Spool Promotion

Good morning, what exciting news we have from Stampin UP! For every $40.00 that you spend you will receive a spool of 3/8 stitched satin ribbon for FREE! There are five beautiful colors to choose from. This promotion runs through the end of September. Contact me to place an order, or order online here. Just click on shop now in the upper right hand corner.
Stamp Club starting soon
There is a stamp club that will be starting soon and we are looking for 2 or 3 more ladies to fill out the club. If you like would like a girls night out once a month where you get the opportunity to learn new stamping techniques and want to build your Stampin Up supplies over time. If you like getting free hostess benefits, then stamp club is for you. Only a couple spaces left. If you are interested or have any questions, please feel free to contact me.