Freestyle Etched Halloween Lantern

Halloween lantern
Y'all I love Halloween! It is my second favorite holiday. For this years addition I made a new Halloween Lantern using freestyle hand etching! Did you know I used to be a wedding cake baker?  Yep, for a little over 15 years I made custom wedding cakes. I have been wanting to use my baking skills on everyday crafts and this was the perfect combo. 


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etchall® etching creme
I started by removing the glass panels from the lantern. They just slipped out from the inside after pushing the tabs aside.  I spooned the etchall® etching creme into an ordinary piping bag fitted with a small, round, piping tube.  This is WAY more than I needed for this project, but it makes the bag easier to hold and pipe with. 

freehand etching
I piped one of my favorite designs on all 4 panels of glass. This is by far my favorite piping pattern, and my most popular. This was my most requested cake design. Once the etching® creme is on the glass, just let it sit for 15 minutes to do it's work. Then scrape the creme from the glass back in the jar to reuse it. Rinse the glass under cold running water - don't worry, water deactivates the creme so it won't harm your pipes. 

hand piped wedding cake

 How lovely is this cake design?? I absolutely love it!! I made this pattern more times than I can count over the years!

Ann butler stamps and ink
While the creme is doing it's thing, let's make some fun ribbons to decorate the lantern with. Here I have used Ann Butler Crafter's Ink in Tangelo and a border stamp also from Ann Butler. I stamped the same design over and over on a piece of ivory grosgrain ribbon, then set it aside to dry.

hand stamped ribbon
How cute is that ribbon? So now you know it is super easy to make your own ribbon to match any project!  I tied a nice bow with the ribbon and attached it along with some Prima flowers to the lantern using my SureBonder Cordless Glue Gun. That thing is the bomb y'all - go get you one right now. 


Etched lantern
There you go! Easy peasy to make a fun holiday decoration that is uniquely yours. This project took less than an hour all together, including taking the panels out and reassembling the lantern. 

Hop over to the etchall® site to see more amazing things you can do with etchall® etching creme



Meeting Disney Characters Mini ALbum Layout

Disney Characters
I am still plugging away at my mini album from out family vacation to Disney last year. I have put it away several times due to being busy with other things, but I am hoping to finish it up in the next month. I am half way there! My DD2 loved meeting all the characters at Disney - totally her favorite part. The first thing she did when we walked in was grab a character to hug!  This layout is the 2nd day of our vacation.

I used:
Paper punches
I stamped my sentiment on the Silver/Gold Glossy Foiled Paper, let it dry, then punched with a scallop circle punch. I punched a larger circle using the Turquoise Starstruck Foiled paper.
Use Gossy Accents to adhere them together.

Embossing folders
I ran a piece of the Turquoise/Gold Glossy Foiled paper through my die cut machine using an embossing folder then cut a narrow strip just one circle wide. Use Glossy Accents to adhere to your page.

Layered punches
Here's the final result- lots of texture but still very flat. Which is important when I am trying to squeeze 9 days of vacation into one small SNAP Album!

Check out all the amazing things you can do with Rinea Foiled Papers over on the blog



Vinyl Halloween Sign using StyleTech Craft

Halloween Sign with vinyl

Hi everyone, today I am hopping with Designer Craft Connections and StyleTech Craft Vinyl. I **LOVE** StyleTech Craft vinyl. Really. I have used every brand on the market and NOTHING weeds like StyleTech Craft. I don't even put weeding lines in my designs anymore!

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Vinyl halloween sign
I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the vinyl. Did you know there is a NEW Silhouette machine on the way?? The Cameo 4 releases next month and you can pre- order yours. See this post to find out how to get it with free shipping.


Paint Prep

I started by prepping my surface with Folk Art Licorice Acrylic paint and a large flat brush, also from Plaid. The sign base is a 10 x 10 Wood Canvas from Plaid. It will cover with one coat of paint- but it is unfinished wood and will soak up a fair amount of paint.

Adding Sparkle

Once the paint was dry I added some sparkle using Shear Shimmer Spritz Spray from Imagine Crafts. This stuff is one of my go to products. I love adding a little bit of sparkle to my projects and this is quick, dries quick, and is beautiful!

Weeding vinyl
I used StyleTech Craft Luster vinyl Lemon-Lime #900 for my design and cut it using my Silhouette Cameo. This design is from the Silhouette Store and I used it as -is. I resized it for my project but that was it.

Hinge Method

For a large design like this I like to use the Hinge Method to apply my vinyl. After weeding and applying transfer tape I cut a small strip from the top of the backing (be sure to allow for this when you cut the transfer tape). Then position the design in the base, using a few pieces of low tack tape. I used the Purple Tape from Therm-o-web. It is great!

Transferring vinyl

Here you can see the small strip of transfer tape that extends beyond the backing.

Applying vinyl

Next up I lift the design up and begin pulling the tape backing away from the design, while smoothing the design down using a scraper.  Go slowly and make sure each piece is secure on the backing before you pull more of the tape backing away.

applying vinyl
Keep going slowly until you have the entire design down. Then use the scraper to go over the entire design to make sure that everything is pressed firmly to the base.


Here are a few close up shots.

Creepy Halloween


Shimmer Sign


Halloween decorations


Luster vinyl
See how shiny the Luster vinyl is? Love it!

Be sure to hop over to the Designer Crafts Connection blog to see all the 
amazing projects made with StyleTech Vinyl. 


Silhouette CAMEO® 4 - Everything You Need to Know



Silhouette CAMEO® 4

Y'all. I am so excited. I just can't even tell you how excited I am about this new machine. I was fortunate to go to the Silhouette CAMEO® 4 Launch Party and I am in love with this machine. You need one. Really you do. You are going to be mad if you don't pre-order yours and then all your friends are having more fun than you! Trust me on this.



Pre order CAMEO® 4

I pre-ordered mine and you can too.  Hop over to the Silhouette America website and add one to your cart. Use my exclusive code FLAMINGO to get free shipping when checking out. Seriously. Go now. I'll wait.


Did you get one? You are going to love it! They are shipping late September/early November.

So let's talk about some of the new features that come with the new machine.

More downward force

Silhouette is advertising a whopping 5kg of downward force. The CAMEO® 3 had 230g of force. WOW - what an upgrade!
At the launch party I was able to see the CAMEO® 4 cut felt and I was AMAZED. The machine zipped right through the felt and cut cleanly. I do a lot of quilt applique and I am super excited about this new feature. Especially combined with the new roller blade (more on that below).

Cameo 4 felt
Look at those cure little things!

Speed - super fast!

The CAMEO® 4 cuts at approximately three times the speed of the CAMEO® 3. It. Is. Fast. Y'all. Really fast. I was able to see it in action at the Launch Party and I was amazed at how quickly it moved.  The CAMEO® 4 has a dual tool carriage . Carriage 1 is for high speed and Carriage 2 is for force. They are driven by separate motors specific to their task.

Built in Roll Feeder

Yep. For those of you who cut tons of vinyl, the roll feeder is now built in. Previously you had to buy an additional piece to do this.

Cool New Tools

The CAMEO® 4 will have a suite of new tools.
The new tools and housing are designed for the huge increase in power of the Cameo 4 and will not fit into any previous Silhouette models.
  • Rotary blade- this is what I am dying to get my hands on! They are scheduled for release in November. This is what you want for cutting any kind of fabric. 
  • Kraft knife blade- this is the tool for cutting thicker materials. Think fun foam, mat board, heavy chipboard, etc.

The machine will also have automatic tool detection to allow it to automatically adjust to whatever tool you happen to load in the carriage — blade, pen, whatever — without you needing to fiddle around with settings in Silhouette Studio.

Single Tap Auto Blade

So, you know how we all loved the auto blade detection on the CAMEO® 3? But we hated that repeated clicking before each cut?  They heard us. The CAMEO® 4 has "single click" technology. It only clicks ONCE before each cut.

Other New Features

  • Built-in roll feeder allows you to easily load and cut rolled materials like vinyl and heat transfer.
  • Built-in crosscutter lets you trim vinyl or heat transfer right from the roll.
  • matless roller
  • Increased cutting length - up to 16ft now!
  • LED backlit touch panel
  • Improved roller adjustment
  • 3 mm clearance for thicker materials.
  • Sliding lid and backlit touch panel give your machine a sleek, compact aesthetic.
  • Bluetooth® connectivity allows wireless cutting.
  • Print & Cut registration capability
  • PixScan™ compatible
  • Driven by free Silhouette Studio® software to give you limitless design options to customize your project.
  • Mac/Windows compatible


The CAMEO® 4 is will be available in
  • White 
  • Pink
  • Black
The white version is available for pre order right now. The pink and black will come later this year.

Bigger is better

Are you dying to get your hands on a wider cutting machine? The Cameo Plus (15-inch cutting width) is expected to release in January 2020, selling at $399.99 and the Cameo Pro (20-inch cutting width) will release in March 2020, selling at $499.99.

Look how cute these cookies are y'all??? The stencils were cut using the new CAMEO® 4. They were so cute. And yummy.




Be sure to follow me on Facebook to see more information on the new CAMEO® 4 - I should have mine in the next couple of weeks. I will be over sharing for sure. 






Easter Fun Layout using Rinea Foiled Paper

Hey y'all! I am finally catching up on some of my scrapbook layouts. Holidays are so much more fun with a little kid in the house again. This was the princess' first real Easter. I have used Rinea Foiled Paper to embellish my layout. 

Scrapbook layout
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Look how cute she is! My goodness this little kid brings so much joy to our lives. I have been on a mission to keep my layouts FLAT. For years I have piled the embellishments on and it has become a problem getting them in albums. I use WRMK D-Ring Albums and I love how they hold up. I have been using them for about 10 years and the older ones are still in perfect shape with no leaning over.

For this layout I used papers from Pebbles and Imaginisce, stickers from Jillibean Soup and PhotoPlay, Rinea foiled papers, punches and embossing folders. 

Embossed paper
I started by embossing a piece of Gold/Gold Glossy Foiled Paper with a honeycomb embossing folder. Then I punched two sizes of hexagons with a hella old Creative Memories punch. 

border punch

Look how amazing they look. I love that punch - I have the larger version of it too and I use them probably more than I should!  I used a Fiskars border punch on a strip of Jade/Gold Glossy Foiled Paper and tucked that piece under my photo mat. 

die cut stickers

I finished up my layout by adding some sticker embellishments under the photo mat and a border sticker along the edge of the mat. I love to outline my stickers with a fine line black pen - I think it just makes them pop out from the page and really calls attention to them. My favorite is the Stabilo Black Fineliner - it has an ultra fine top and doesn't bleed.


Be sure to check out Rinea Foiled Papers on Facebook and Pinterest for great ideas and fun projects.