Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Christmas Configuration III

Evenin All
 It's Glen here with a new segment of my Christmas Configuration project. I use the Best Glue Ever to cover the box cover with papers along all four sides and the front with strips of a co-coordinating color, the same I used on the inside of the main box.






 I use it to seal  it Christmas tape over the edges and to re-enforce the tape over the on the corners and
edges of the box itself. The Best Cleaner Ever to get the residue off my fingers. You can see in my second picture that I used the Best Glue Ever to apply the tree and printers wood letters to the base project.
 

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Quick and Easy Birthday Card

Hey everyone, Steph Ackerman here today with a quick and easy birthday card that needed some dressing up.  I found some really pretty pattern paper, but it need a little "something" to make it extra special.



After creating the card and adding the sentiment, I wanted to add a little bling to the flowers on the paper.  This was extremely easy to do with the aid of the Best Glue Ever and the Embellie Gellie.  The Embellie Gellie picked up some Robin's Nest dew drops and easily placed them on the glue dots I created with the Best Glue Ever.

 
The added dew drops really added a little pizzazz to my card.




What will you craft today?

Thanks for stopping by.

Steph

Thursday, November 20, 2014

I'll Show You Mine...if You Show Me Yours! (Read to the end of the post.)

Amy here, starting to design this year's "Holiday Card". A bag of fake snow inspired an "Assembly Required" snowman card, so I made a bunch of polymer clay coal eyes & carrot noses and thought I'd add a baggie of the snow.  With no actual design in mind I set to work... After an evening of trying this and that, my table and floor and counter looked like this:


And I'm STILL not happy with the prototype. In fact, I might "SCRAP" the whole idea and start over. 

What does your area look like when your creative mood strikes??  
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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

It's Time to Make Those Holiday Cards

I hate to say it, but it's almost a month until Christmas.  While you can wait until the last minute to pick up a gift (usually), you don't have that same luxury for mailing holiday cards.  Crafting should be fun and enjoyable. If you're going to be making cards for family and friends, start now before things get hectic and you get stressed out.

This card was easy to put together thanks to the Perfect Crafting Pouch and the Best Glue Ever.   The background was made using two stamps on specialty stamping paper with the red ink slightly smudged for a more distressed look. 

I made the trees on white cardstock by treating the paper with the Perfect Crafting Pouch before stamping with Distress Ink.  I was able to use one large stamp block and stamp all three at the same time. Using the Distress Ink allowed me to vary the colors of the trees, and I then embossed them with clear embossing powder - a money and time saver!  The Perfect Crafting Pouch helps me get a great finished look as it keeps the embossing powder from sticking where I don't want it to stick.


After embossing I used gold spray ink to color the paper and then cut out my trees so I could assemble the card.

I like using stamps to make cards, because I can make as many as I need without worrying about running out of paper. Here's a fast one you can make in bulk using only black cardstock, three stamps, white pigment ink, white embossing powder and the Perfect Crafting Pouch.


I first used the Hero Arts chalkboard stamp with white pigment ink to stamp the background.  On top of that went the snowflakes. I wanted a more chalk-like image so I lightly swiped the ink over the stamp and then used a light touch to stamp. I like how some of the snowflakes look like they were partly erased. Since pigment ink can take forever to dry, I used the Perfect Crafting Pouch over the background to really dry my ink before going on to the next step.

If you're embossing on top of a background made with pigment ink, it's important to make sure it's dry before stamping and embossing anything else, otherwise the embossing powder will stick anywhere the ink isn't fully dry. I

Saturday, November 15, 2014

An Eerie Tale Wooden Box III

Hello Crafters
 It's Glen here with the next installment of my belated Halloween project I started weeks ago, I wish I had more time to indulge in my art but had to work today so I lost much time. But I made good use of the evening by finishing the frontispiece of the box on both sides now!  I used the Best Glue Ever to make the inside of the outside window you've seen in previous posts.



Thursday, November 13, 2014

Polymer Clay and a Cleaning DISCOVERY!

Hi All--Amy here!

EACH year I design one holiday card and make many many copies of it for everyone on my list. For his year's card, I needed to make some pieces out of Fimo polymer clay. 





CAN you guess what 
I'm making?
???
                               
   



AFTER rolling the clay into thin ropes and shaping the pieces, they were ready to bake.
                                  FIRST, I had to w-a-s-h my hands.



EVEN after soap & water, the black clay residue still remained
on my thumbs and fingers
:(




OUT came the Best Cleaner Ever™, the earth friendly, people safe hand, tool, stamp and brush cleaner. THIS solvent removes stubborn stuff from adhesives to paint, ink, pitch, and more yet has no fumes and is safe for skin!



I just sprayed on and rubbed my hands together like I was applying a hand lotion.





THEN I washed it off with soap and water and VOILA! My hands were sparkling clean!



Have you started to plan your holiday card design(s)????




Sunday, November 9, 2014

An Eerie Tale Wooden Box II

 Hello All

 It's Glen here with the next installment of this belated Halloween project. I had to have a scavenger hunt for more wooden paper to continue this one but at least I did. I use some plastic packaging for the window pane and glue strips of paper on both sides using the Best Glue Ever.




 The brick paper will be applied to the outside front of the shadow box with the plastic piece, The picture of the witch at her loom and the curious girl will be applied to the inside of the lid thus giving the window and the picture some depth. I used the Best Cleaner Ever to clean the plastic pieces and my fingers as well as the no-stick mat I'm working on during the process.