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How to Decoupage with Denise Boddey Designs

The decoupage paper I used was Quite Place. It is a part of the Out in my Garden set from Denise Boddey Designs. The one-sheet covered the entire project and was used in a few different ways. The Quite Place design has a colorful plant design with a subtle overall pattern. The different areas of design were used specifically on the birdhouse. The birdhouse makes a great decorative piece and there is a lot of attention to detail.

I am excited to announce that I am a member of the Denise Boddey Design Team.


  • Quite Place sheet
  • wooden birdhouse
  • green paint
  • sponge paintbrush
  • small paintbrush
  • decoupage glue
  • scissors
  • satin ribbon (green)
  • sparkle paste
  • UV resin
  • bird sticker


To make the leaves have more stability, I covered them in UV resin and cured it.
Then I cut out the leaf design and set them aside for later.

Using a Foliage Green colored paint, I covered the birdhouse with a thin coat.

Here is the house painted.

I began to fit the subtle paper design to the sides of the birdhouse using decoupage glue under and over the paper.

Using a matte decoupage glue added a nice sheen to the paper.
Trimming the paper to the bottom edge of the birdhouse while the paper was wet left a rough edge which I will hide later.×280&–HY7wDUhtwKMOh%2CAGkb-H8jo_0ZULvY2WuuQbPcRMuIKEK5-kcH-a9XHPMdvtFt1mcZlvwy-Tew2JSANy_gfMyk6ym3gg&pvsid=962885958521269&pem=299&!4&btvi=1&fsb=1&xpc=bt05rBYmeQ&p=https%3A//

The back of the birdhouse has a nice surprising leaf design.

I added the decorative elements to the front. The resin leaves at the top and a bird sticker at the bottom.
In the above photo, you can also see the ribbon wrapped around the bottom.
I used decoupage glue for all of these elements.×280&–HY7wDUhtwKMOh%2CAGkb-H8jo_0ZULvY2WuuQbPcRMuIKEK5-kcH-a9XHPMdvtFt1mcZlvwy-Tew2JSANy_gfMyk6ym3gg&pvsid=962885958521269&pem=299&!5&btvi=2&fsb=1&xpc=Hnc6i6kp0J&p=https%3A//

The chimney and the circled end of the perch are also covered with the designed paper.×280&–HY7wDUhtwKMOh%2CAGkb-H8jo_0ZULvY2WuuQbPcRMuIKEK5-kcH-a9XHPMdvtFt1mcZlvwy-Tew2JSANy_gfMyk6ym3gg&pvsid=962885958521269&pem=299&!6&btvi=3&fsb=1&xpc=QXVFjgGQ3P&p=https%3A//

I also decoupaged the bottom of the birdhouse, paying attention to details.

For a final touch, the roof was wiped with sparkle paste, I applied this with my fingers for a light coat.

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How to Make Ribbon Flowers

These Ribbon Flowers are very versatile. You could use them as craft embellishments or how about for clips in girl’s hair? I found them to be very comforting and peaceful to make, maybe even more therapeutic for me than for their final use. 

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Any supplies used may be given to me free of charge, however, all projects and opinions are my own.


  • sheer ribbon (Dollar Tree – DT)
  • scissors – (DT)
  • tweezers
  • hot glue gun
  • finger protection (optional) – (DT)
  • needle – (DT)
  • lighter – (DT)


Follow the video tutorial

Here is a variety of flowers made in different colors. I think they look like roses.

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Swift Bead Needle by Clover

I was so excited to get a sample of the Swift Bead Needle by Clover. I originally saw it demonstrated at Creativation in January and I was speechless when I saw it. I know it is going to dynamically change how I bead and make jewelry.

The Swift Bead needle is available on Amazon. (affiliate link)

How to Etch a Glass Decanter with EtchAll

The minute I saw this decanter advertised on the Dollar Tree website, I knew I had to have it. I wanted to etch it with etchall. I love the iridescent quality of the glass. I had a hard time deciding which color decanter to get but ultimately decided upon the purple version. I originally envisioned etching all four sides of the glass, but I ran into a bit of an issue I will explain in detail below. 

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  • glass decanter
  • etchall creme
  • paintbrush
  • cardstock scrap
  • vinyl
  • free SVG file
  • personal cutting machine (Cricut Maker)
  • craft knife
  • rubbing alcohol
  • paper towels


Download the free SVG file. [stencil]

Cut the stencil design from vinyl.

Weed away the area that will etch.

Here is where I ran into a bit of trouble. The first time I etched the decanter it removed the purple iridescent layer.
So I used a craft knife to scratch off all the purple from one side of the decanter.

Clean the glass with rubbing alcohol and then adhere the stencil to the glass.

Cover the stencil with etchall etching creme, be generous.

After 15 minutes has passed, remove the excess creme and return it to the container.
I used a scrap of cardstock to remove the creme.
etchall creme is reusable.

Here is a close-up of the final result.
I am happy I resolved my issue and it turned out well!

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How to Craft a 3D Rose Panel

Designer Craft Connection is having a blog hop sponsored by DCWV’s Petal Paper. I’d never worked with Petal Paper before so I ran a few tests before I decided upon what I was going to create. I will share those experiments with you before I share the tutorial for my project.

Visit all the other designers who are participating in this blog hop. [petal papers]

I received a package of white Petal Paper to work with for this blog hop.

Right now the papers are only available at JoAnn stores in the US.

I was wondering about coloring the Petal Paper.

I tried coloring the Petal Paper with watercolor.

Then I tried iZink spray dye.

Then I tried Nuvo Shimmer Powers with water.

Finally, I tried Americana acrylic paint.

All the different colors adhered to the Petal Paper, some better than others. None of them carried through to the other side. I think the acrylic paint had the best coverage. But since none of them seemed to have full coverage, I chose to leave the Petal Paper white for my project.

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  • Extreme Sheen Gold
  • Paintbrush
  • small canvas
  • Cricut Maker
  • hot glue gun
  • Best Glue Ever
  • Petal Paper
  • Sheer ribbon
  • cardstock
  • tape runner

I covered the canvas with gold paint; it took three applications to get good coverage.

I used the Cricut Maker to cut leaves and the shape to roll into roses.
I cut using the crepe paper setting.

Once the gold paint dried, I glued leaves to the canvas.

Then the flowers were added in a pleasing arrangement.

I then covered a whiteboard with a ribbon that contained gold leaves.
It is adhered on the back with tape runner tape.

Then I hot glued the canvas to the ribbon covered board.

To finish it off, I hot glued a soda can tab to the back for hanging.

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Digital Stamp Collab Hop and Giveaway

I am sharing this card I made using Sunshine and Bee Design’s digital stamp. This project is a part of the Facebook group Craft Collabs. We are sharing projects made with this digital stamp as well as a giveaway.

Sunshine & Bee Designs is giving away a gift voucher to one winner residing in the UK or Europe only; not open to U.S. residents.


  • computer print of digital stamp
  • light blue cardstock
  • blue cardstock
  • red cardstock
  • colored pencils (woodless Arteza)
  • Sizzix sidekick, die, and stamp
  • crimson stamp pad
  • tape runner
  • foam tape

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Stay Home Free SVG

This month’s Free SVG Group’s theme is Quarantine. Stay Positive and Stay Home is my submission for the theme. I like how the colors graduate down the shirt but you could easily change the color for your own creation. I am showing the design on a black shirt but it would work well on a tote or pillow or basically any base. I really do hope that you stay positive during this trying time.

free download

If a shirt isn’t your thing consider placing the design (or any of the ones below) on a tote.

Take a look at all the free SVG files and use the links below to visit their posts.

Leap of Faith Craftingbecause Quarantine 2020
Brooklyn Berry DesignsNamaste… 6 Feet Away
We Can MakeThatQuarantined teacher of the year
That’s What Che SaidQuarantine Coordinator
Hello Creative FamilyWorld’s Okayest Homeschool Mom
The Girl CreativeStraight Outta Quarantine
Liz on CallCaffeine & Quarantine
Try it – Like it – Create itStay Home
Everyday Party MagazineStaycation 2020
Happy Go LuckySurviving quarantine one sip at a time
Kelly Leigh CreatesI’m not drinking alone…i’m social distancing
A Home To Grow Old InI was avoiding people before it was trendy
Mom of 5 Trying To SurviveHow to survive quarantine…one craft at a time

Making a Rinea Paper Spinner

I have a really fun post and video tutorial on the Rinea blog today making this paper spinner. The bend in the foiled paper catches the wind and causes it to spin. I am a part of the Rinea Design Team and I post tutorials on their blog twice a month. [Wind Spinner]

If you make a purchase on Rinea, Use the following affiliate linking discount code JANETTRIESCHMAN at Rinea for a 10% off savings.

How To Make Metal And Leather Earrings

I enjoy making jewelry, I have been doing it for years. Recently I was introduced to Creative Edge, their CrossOver II die-cutting machine, and all the wonderful jewelry making materials from Makers Movement. It opened up a new level of creativity for me. 

The thing I find the most useful with the Crafter’s Edge CrossOver II die cutting machine is the ability to change the thickness of the channel that the materials run through. This isn’t the only remarkable thing about the CrossOver II. The rollers are made of steel, making the machine very durable. Then add the metal plate which makes cutting clean and also removes the wear and tear on the other sandwich layers, and you have one workhorse of a machine. I want to thank Maker’s Movement and Crafter’s Edge, both divisions of PMA Industries, for providing materials that were used in this post.

Follow along and learn how to make these earrings with the video tutorial below.

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