Did you know the Silhouette Cameo can be the launching pad for beautiful etched glass projects? 

Oh yes it can. 

And not only that, but your friends and family will marvel at your rare talent, declaring you a genius and lining up to be on your gift list. 

Wanna hang out for a quick tutorial? Of course you do! 

Here’s the list of cool stuff that makes this whole “genius” thing come to life:

  • Silhouette machine 
  • Self adhesive vinyl
  • Svg file (lots in the Silhouette store!)
  • An old towel
  • Etching cream (I use Armour Etch)
  • Painters tape
  • Transfer film
  • A cheap paintbrush 

Step one:

Choose your svg file (hint: Silhouette store)

Decide what size you want for your etching

Cut design from the vinyl (as listed above)

Step two:

Weed the design like this:  you’ll want to remove the actual design and use what’s left. We will call that our stencil. 

Place transfer film over the design. (Actually you CAN use painters tape for this step). Peel off the backing.  

 The sticky side of the vinyl is now exposed. 

Put the design onto your glassware. Be sure to take care in placing it- the vinyl gets pretty serious at this step. It really wants to stick!  Once it’s on the glass, press down everywhere. ESPECIALLY along the edges of the design. This is pretty important if you want crisp lines. I used my fingernail to trace along the “B” and the swirls, being sure to seal all the edges against the glass.  Those far edges are not a big deal at this point. We’re gonna put the tape there in a minute! 

 Once you’ve pressed all around your design, start removing the transfer film.  

Now see those bubbly edges? Rogue – that’s what they are! In this particular design, the etching area is a bit close to the edge so I’m gonna smooth it down.  

 See? It just took a bit of “Oh no you ain’t!” And that edge just laid right down! 

So here’s the “tools” of our trade: Armour Etch, an old towel, cheap paintbrush and that painters tape. 

Y’all hang on. It’s about to get real. 

 Tape the edges. Be sure to press them down very well so the etching doesn’t happen outside of the design. Shake up the bottle of etching cream.  Dip that brush in and slather the stuff on.  Yeah, I said “slather”. I’m pretty sure it’s a word. 

Here’s the crazy part: don’t worry about what the bottle says! For some reason the folks at Armour Etch want us to put it on and remove it in one minute. 

Don’t do it. No. Nada. 

Here’s what: not only can you (and in my opinion this is pretty much the way to get the best result) LEAVE the cream on for 12-20 minutes or even overnight (I haven’t tried that yet) but you should also come back every 2-4 minutes and put on another coat until you have maybe 4 applications on your design area. 

I know, I’m a big ole rule breaker, but wait- you’ll see that whole “genius” part in just a minute! 

So after about 12-20 minutes, LEAVING THE STENCIL ON, (didn’t mean to yell, but yeah- leave it on) rinse away the etching cream.  

(This picture was taken right after we had rinsed it all off, then removed the stencil and was rinsing for the final time. My bad.)

By the way, I rinse the sink out right away just in case that etching cream gets crazy. 

 Did I mention GENIUS? Yeah. It’s kinda easy to look super smart, talented and ok, even uppity when you create stuff like THIS!  
I’m excited to use this in our camper- yep, I’ll take it camping and put water (Wait. Wine.) in it. We call that “glamping”. I think it’s just genius. 

Thanks for stopping by! Be blessed. 

Kathy Bo 

It is that time of year when crafters realize we have just a few months to get ready for Christmas! I think I’m in the group of crazies who cannot wait for the next holiday… whatever it may be! But Christmas is truly my favorite holiday. While most of my Christmas cards reflect my faith and the birth of Jesus Christ, this card is just a fun, wintry-themed creation that just makes me happy.

I used several techniques to make it, can you spot a few? Go ahead and guess! I’ll list them at the end.

Here are some of the goodies I used to create the card:


The Stamping’ Up products I used are: (and you can find the current items in my store here!)

Memento Tuxedo Black ink

Bootiful Occasions stamp set

Oval Framelits

Filigree Frame embossing folder

and the “Merry” is part of a framelit set that has been discontinued

Stampin’ Dimensionals

Versamark ink

Whisper White cardstock

Black cardstock

Designer series paper

Stampin’ Up heat tool

Stampin’ Up white embossing powder

Other products include: 

Sizzix Machine (you can see it in the card photo. I have a Stampin’ Up! machine as well, but this one matches my studio!

Clear embossing powder (given to me by a friend)

Copic markers (the tape on each cap is so I’ll pick up the sharp tip rather than the chisel tip first)

You may notice that some items are retired, but the real focus here are the techniques. Have you spotted some?

Give yourself a pat on the back if you noticed how thick the “Merry” die cut is! I cut it six times, glued them all together and put the clear embossed one on top. Let me just say that it was easiest to simply slather a small section of cardstock with Versamark, add the clear embossing powder, heat emboss it, and THEN cut the “Merry” from the embossed area. While there was a bit of waste, I could use the scraps for small punches if I wanted to.

Other techniques:

Copic Markers: I used two shades of pink and my colorless blender to provide a more realistic shading on the boots.

The fur at the top and on the pom poms heat embossed with white embossing powder

And finally, note that the stamp set only has ONE boot of each design. Did you notice that my stamping shows one boot in the background of the other? I was able to achieve this by stamping the first boot (on the left) and then making a mask by stamping again on a separate sheet of paper. I cut a section of the right side of the boot, then with a teeny bit of adhesive, I covered the edge of the original stamped boot, then stamped again. I lifted up the mask and voila! The second boot is behind the first.

I hope to do a video on that soon, so comment below if you need more info.

ALL of this to say that I’m participating in the Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge and the theme of Winter Wonderland. I hope you enjoyed my card. It was fun to make as I’m sweltering in the July heat of Savannah, Ga., planning on a pool date with my grandLittles this afternoon.

I’m sure we’ll have a “Merry” time!

Be blessed!

Kathy Bo

My son (The Boy) and his beautiful wife Em are expecting their third baby in the next few weeks. His or her arrival brings a total of 5 grandLittles in our blessed family.

There’s a baby shower tonight and among the surprises I have for Em is this sign.


While planning this gift I realized that I’m not so sure I like telling the anonymous public that there’s a baby in the house, so I decided “Quiet Time” would get the point across just fine.

I started with this inexpensive chalkboard blank from Walmart.


I wanted teal vinyl but didn’t have any so I chose the green, loaded the mat into my Silhouette, chose the font and BadaBing! It’s a gift.



Well, actually it became a gift after I weeded the vinyl letters, drew little dashes with my Expo marker and added some perfectly matching  (green with white dashes!) ribbon from Stampin’ Up! This ribbon is discontinued BUT there are lots of gorgeous ribbons here in my store!


Come back later to see the super cute cards I made to go on the gifts!

Y’all have a blessed day! Thanks for stopping by!

Kathy Bo

I am so excited when my Paper Pumpkin surprise arrives in the mail each week! Even better is when I can use part of the kit to create something entirely different! The Paper Pumpkin for April 2015 features the base that this sweet greeting is built upon. That kraft sleeve is the Paper Pumpkin part. All other goodies are from the 2014-2015 Stampin’ Up annual catalog or the 2015 Occasions Catalog.

Y’all know how much I love vintage (as does Shelli Gardner, co-founder and CEO of Stampin’ Up!), so I couldn’t wait to put all these beautiful elements together. image


And the fact that there is not a specific sentiment means this beauty can be personalized for any occasion.

As far as supplies are concerned, I had them all listed here with links to my store, but there was a glitch and I lost all of the text in this post! So sad when that happens!  I will gather those items and list again, complete with links. Meanwhile, visit my store here! 

Thanks for stopping by! God bless.

Kathy Bo

Stampin’ Up! has added bonus products to Sale-A-Bration and they are all FREE! How to get them? Simple:

Order $50 (before tax/shipping) of Stampin’ Up from my store and choose a free item! Check out the catalogs here!

Any current $50 catalog order qualifies for a free SAB item!  Just click, shop, select your faves and get ready for a box of fun to be delivered!

HURRY! Sale-A-Bration ENDS MARCH 31, 2015 OR WHILE SUPPLIES LAST! Check it out here! 

Encourage your guy card!

Encouraging cards are rarely masculine – unless they are plain and boring. I designed this one with a vintage flair and filled with removable bookmarks. Perfect for a guy! Here’s the video- compete with tutorial and a product feature!

While you’re on YouTube, please subscribe to my channel. Visit my store HERE and check out my Facebook page HERE

Guy card: techniques and products focus!

What a week this has been! I began on Sunday, meeting with a super sweet lady who loves Stampin’ Up as much as I do, then on Monday I signed up a wonderful friend to be on my Stampin’ Up team. I received a phone call tonight from my new (Sunday) friend and she is going to sign up as well! That makes my downline number FIVE! I am so excited! They are all talented demonstrators and I am just thrilled to be a part of this amazing group of women.

I’ll spend all next week making sure I’m up on all the latest so I can encourage my downline to succeed in their dreams. What a gift God has given me. I do not understand the timing, and I won’t question it… I’m just incredibly, wholeheartedly blessed.

To celebrate, I made this video! LOL! Please subscribe to my channel… it’s brand new and I promise to keep it fun and informative! God bless!
Kathy Bo

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