Saturday, November 26, 2011

Wrapping up fall...

It's hard to believe we're at the end of November already but I am sooo excited that Christmas is just around the corner.  But before the month is over I wanted to share a few final fall projects I've made...

I made this Tri-Fold Screen with We R Memory Keeper's Autumn Splendor collection for the Glue Arts Blog...
The squares are connected by strips of ribbon adhered between the front and back layers.  You can find the details if you follow the link above for the tutorial. 

This quick card is made with Imaginisce's Happy Harvest collection, also for the Glue Arts Blog...
"Give Thanks"
U-Cut-It Adhesive and Raise 'Ns added dimension to the circle and leaves. 

And finally, this last project is goofy but looked super cute on our Thanksgiving table....Silly Turkey treat holders made with Bo Bunny's Forever Fall collection...

His body is an enclosed paper tube (like a sour cream container) that can be filled with small treats. Then the tail and wings are accordion folded strips that are hot glued to the back and sides.  

Thanks for visiting and hope you're enjoying the long holiday weekend as much as I am!  :)

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Thank You Card and a {Hop} Winner!!

I'm bouncing back and forth between fall and Christmas/winter projects this week.  For the past 2 months, I've been stocking up holiday projects for a craft show that I'm selling at early in December.  I haven't done one in years and to tell you the truth I'm just a wee bit stressed about!  I have a good inventory so far, but still MUCH more to do. This autumn card that I'm sharing today was a nice break from all the Christmas themed items I've been working on.... 

"Thank You"

I trimmed some fall floral sprigs and tucked them under the flower - adhered with Glue Arts Micro Extreme Adhesive Squares.  The Adhesive Squares also help keep the hemp bow from coming undone.  :)

Glue Arts - Pro+ High Tac with Glue Glider; Extreme Adhesive Squares (regular and Micro); U-Cut-It Adhesive Foam
We R Memory Keepers - Autumn Splendor pattern paper, flowers and chipboard

By the way, I want to thank all the wonderful Handmade Holiday Blog Hoppers that stopped by over the weekend!  You made the hop a great success!  And thank you also for all the lovely comments about my snowman! 

Now....for the winner of my own personal blog's hop prize......drumroll, please.............

Congratulations to............

............................Clare G!
Blogger Clare G said...
Love your project and it just so happens I have some of those little jars in my craft closet-guess what I'll be doing this evening!
November 5, 2011 4:54 PM

Congrats, Clare!!!  Please email me with your info and I'll have the G45/Glue Arts prize package out to you ASAP!  :)

Thanks for stopping by today!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Handmade Holidays {Blog Hop}!!!

Welcome to the Handmade Holidays Blog Hop!!!

Calling all crafters! We’ve gathered designers from some of our favorite manufacturers to show you ways to create something from the heart this holiday season. This 3 day Hop includes over 60 stops with inspiration brimming from every corner. Explore all thoughtful and frugal handmade gifts you could make for the holidays, all in one place on this Hop!

Today, I'm sharing this Snowman Jar...isn't he cute!?!  Jars always make great packaging for gift giving around the holidays.  You can fill them with treats, small gifts, gift cards or whatever you like.  And this project costs just a few dollars in total to create so it's both practical and economical...gotta love that!  This small jar is one that I found at IKEA but you can certainly create a similar project using any jar with a lid. 
*Snowman Treat Jar*



Here's the How-To:

  1. Paint a wooden craft doll head with white acrylic paint and let dry.  Use a dry round bristle paint brush (or cotton swab) to rub in blush (yep, real powdered blush…lol!) for cheeks.  Add eyes and mouth using the end of a paint brush to dot on black paint.  Set aside to dry – you may need to position the head so that the paint doesn’t drip down.
  2. Cover side of jar lid with a strip of pattern paper inked with Clearsnap's Chestnut Roan Chalk Ink.  I used Glue Arts' Ribbon Adhesive to attach the strip and ensure a snug hold.  Create a decorative design for the front of the jar – scalloped circle and snowflake sticker.  Apply glitter glue to the snowflake and a gem to the center.

  1. For the top of the jar, create a rosette using a 1” x 12” strip of pattern paper.  Score at ¼” marks and accordion fold.  My favorite way to secure rosettes is to use Glue Arts Hot Glue Gun and sandwich the rosette shape between punched circles.  This way they never come undone.

  1. Make a tiny paper cone from orange cardstock – I used a segment from 1” circle punch to do this.  Use Extreme Micro Adhesive Squares to secure the cone shape, then add 1 or 2 to the open end of the cone to secure it to the snowman’s face.  Additional liquid glitter glue applied later will help seal this to his face as well.

  1. Attach the rosette to the top of the jar lid with hot glue.  Attach the snowman head on top of the rosette with hot glue as well.  Wrap silver tinsel pipe cleaner around the neck twice and secure with a dot of hot glue.  Yes, I love my Glue makes quick work of this kind of craft.  : )
  2. With a paintbrush, lightly apply glitter glue to the snowman’s head and let dry thoroughly.  The nose may get a bit soft at first, but once it's dry it will harden and be secure.
  3. With a 4” circle of pattern paper, cut a wedge of the circle and create a cone hat.  Secure the hat shape using Extreme Adhesive Squares.

  1. Use the Glue Gun to attach the hat, tinsel ball and trim to the top of the snowman’s head.  Accent the hat with a snowflake button and tie ribbon to the neck of the jar to complete.  Then fill with your candy or treat of choice and it’s ready share with someone!   : )

Supply List:
Glue Arts:
Glue Glider Pro;1/4 High Tac PRO+ Cartridge Refill - Pro;Mini Adhesive Squares;Adhesive Squares;Extreme Micro Adhesive Squares;Spooled Ribbon Adhesive;Glue Gun;Glue Gun Stick Refills
Clearsnap Ink: Chestnut Roan Chalk Ink
Bo Bunny:
Blitzen Pattern Paper – Turtle Doves, Snow Globe, Blitzen, Stripe and Reindeer Games
Blitzen Combo Stickers, Jewels and Buttons
Fiskars Americas Tools: Round ‘n Round Squeeze Punches and Scallop Paper Edgers
Scor-Pal Tool
Other supplies: Wooden craft doll head; jar with lid proportionate to head; candies/treats to fill; glitter glue; silver tinsel pipe cleaner; red ribbon; black and white acrylic paint

I hope that I've inspired you a bit and that you've enjoyed the project!
More about the Handmade Holidays Blog Hop...
To sweeten the Hop, we’re offering a gift for you! For every comment you leave on the blogs (comment on each one!) in the Hop, you’ll be entered to win a prize pack from one of the participating manufacturer sponsors!

The winner of the Glue Arts prize package will receive an Embellishment Kit plus a Glue Glider PRO Handle and the *NEW* PRO+ Perma Tac Cartridge.

Visit the list of blogs below and leave a comment on EACH by Nov 7, 2011 at 11:59 PM PST.  Each day we will be sharing a brand new list of blogs with brand new projects for you to explore, be inspired by, and create from!

Today's link list includes:
Hampton Art
Donna Salazar Designs 
The Twinery 
Authentique Paper
Glue Arts 
Jan Hennings – Glue Arts
Kim Sonksen – Donna Salazar Designs 
Jamie Harper – Hampton Art
Jenny Suchin – The Twinery
Heather Conklin– Authentique Paper 
Gloria Stengel- Graphic 45
Christine Emberson - Spellbinders
Julie Overby – Spellbinders
Mary Dawn Quirindongo – Clearsnap
Lea Sanders – Zutter
Tara Orr – Graphic45
Patti Milazzo – Glue Arts  
Emily Lanham – Authentique Paper
Jessy  Christopher – Donna Salazar Designs

And.............I have a BONUS GIVEAWAY to offer you...from me!
On Tuesday morning, I will choose at random (from the comments left here on my blog) one lucky winner to receive a prize pack that I've put together.  It will include an assortment of Glue Arts Adhesives as well as an assortment of patterned papers from Graphic 45!   

Cheers to creating gifts from the heart this holiday season!  Happy Hopping!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Happy Friday!

It's Friday already!?!  Where did the week go?  I absolutely love this time of year but it flies by and I can barely keep up.  Fall is in full swing and we have another busy weekend ahead with band competitions and places to go but I'm hoping that we'll squeeze in a little time to enjoy this gorgeous weather we've been having this that the snow is gone!  

Today, I have a few recent fall projects that I've made with Bo Bunny's Forever Fall collection......

Visit the link above for a full tutorial on how to make this mini that is chock full of pages with pockets and tags and plenty of room to record your memories as well as photos.

This was my take on a "Fast Friday" challenge over at the Bo Bunny Blog.  Simple layouts are a big challenge for me since I'm always wanting to add more and more and!  I managed to stop myself though with this layout and tried to maintain some simplicity and clean lines.  :)

I even managed to not ink everything!  Check out the link for a list of supplies and a few tips on how to make this a multi-photo layout.

Goofy looking, isn't he?  His body is a "sour cream" style container that is perfect for holding small treats!  The "how-to" instructions can be found by clicking the project's title link above.

My kids aren't exactly little anymore, but they still love cute crafts especially around the holidays so we'll be making a few of these for our Thanksgiving table.  :)

By the starts the Handmade Holidays Blog Hop hosted by ClearsnapThe hop takes place Friday, Nov. 4th through Sunday, Nov. 6th.
Glue Arts (along with several other manufacturers) will be participating along with some of the Glue Girl designers. Go check out the details by clicking on Clearsnap to begin!  I'll be joining in the hop with a project on Saturday, so please drop by here to see the cute little project that I've made.  There will be a whole new list of designers tomorrow and more chances to win the fabulous prizes available.  Hopefully, it will help inspire you with a fun gift giving idea this season!