Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Decorating Tote Bags

I always had different kinds of glue for different kinds of materials an projects, until I tried The Best Glue Ever. It simply works with every material you can imagine. It's strong, transparent and never clogs!



I embellished this tote using The Best Glue Ever to adhere all my embellishments. There are many kinds of materials in this project: fabric, plastic, paper, leather, feather, felt and glass. The Best Glue Ever had no problem gluing them all to the tote! I even created glue dots by making small dots of glue on a sticker backing paper and using them to adhere the small beads and flower centers.



- Einat

Monday, November 28, 2011

Wedding Layout

 

 A special thanks to my friend, Megan B. C. for letting use her photo.

Directions:
I printed the fonts directly to the 12x12 background paper, then applied the Best Glue Ever! to the areas I wanted to add the tulle, let it dry.  I made a knot in the center of the tulle and adhered to the tacky glue then sprinkled with iridescent art glitter and attached fabric flowers with clear rhinestone brads.  "Forever" is accented with small dots of Ice Stickles. 

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog!!
Come back soon.

Cheers,
Becky


Supplies: Romani Moonbeam paper by Basic Grey, fabric flowers, fine art glitter, Ice Stickles, clear rhinestone brads, white tulle; DUETICA.COM LETTER ARTS STUDIO; Font: DT-WoodWynds POO, FOO, BOO, HOO. JOO. GOO for "Forever"; DT-Mandolyn-1-A00 "With you"

Friday, November 25, 2011

Winter Layout

I just love Jillibean Soup!  It is so easy to work with that this layout almost created itself!



The only tricky part was that I wanted to add some detail to the sweet little mittens that run across the bottom of the pages…and I kept dropping the beads and sequins!  Duh!  I pulled out my Embellie Gellie and easily picked up each piece and added a dot of The Best Glue Ever.  I waited a minute for the glue to get tacky then I simply touched it to the page and it stayed exactly where I wanted it to stay!  See how I was able to position the little red “cherries” so perfectly?


And  the teeny-tiny gold star sequins really light up those little Christmas Trees, don’t you agree?

;) Susie

 Supplies: Paper & Journaling Cards:  Jillibean Soup; Alphas: Thickers and October Afternoon and Cosmo Cricket; Cardstock:  Bazzill; Edge Punch:  EK Success

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Using Old Slide Frames

I'm writing my next article for Natural Life Magazine answering a question about what to do with old slides. One answer: Use them in mixed media collage style scrapbooking.




I started this heritage project with a 6x6 inch wrapped canvas ready primed. I painted with acrylics and used a swirly stamp while the paint was still wet to lift the paint for texture. I inked my edges roughly with distress and pigment inks. I kept the scrappy style going by tearing, crumpling and inking some origami paper, a strip of sparkly card, and adding a border of ribbons - all adhered with Best Glue Ever.

I arranged three photos - one of my grandmother with me as an infant, one of my husband as a toddler with his grandmother, and one of my daughter with her Nan, my mother, punched and matted. I found some Asian characters on some kind of small trading card, which reflects my location in Singapore in the photo with my grandmother, which I cut and framed with one of the old slides I have. I used the film strip as another textural element peeking out from the matting. Again Best Glue Ever adhered everything, including the celluloid and craft foam remnants I used to raise some elements for a bit of dimension. I just dotted some BGE on the back of the items and let it sit for a few minutes.


I finished the project with some decorative rub-ons, a title tag, a pretty vintage style medallion (which had lost its sticky so it needed more BGE) and a stacked vintage look sticker. I used the Embellie Gellie to place some small pearl gems. I love aging small pieces of cardstock with my dedicated glass nail file and some pigment ink.

Finally to finish the piece, I painted some Distress Crackle on the sides, and pushed an enamel look heart pin into the foam behind the medallion. The Perfect Cleaning Cloth is great for removing fingerprints from photos.




*Stay tuned for a Tutorial on my blog for using old holiday cards, a circle punch and Martha Stewart score board to make some cute tree ornaments, glued with the Best Glue Ever, of course!


- Robyn

Supplies: Framed Canvas: Artist's Loft; Paper and card: Origami paper, Colorbok, K&Company; Embellishments: Making Memories, Michaels; Inks: Studio G, Distress Ink (Walnut); Rub Ons: Piggy Tales; Sticker: K & Company "Life's Journey;" Paints: Craft Smart, Artist's Loft, Ranger Distress Crackle Paint "Clear Rock Candy;" Ribbons: Making Memories "Animal Crackers", stash; Pen: IDenti Pen Dual; Glue: Best Glue Ever; Tools: Embellie Gellie, EK Success Circle cutter, glass nail file, bone folder; Stamp, slides: my stash


Monday, November 21, 2011

Printing on Vellum



I made a really special mini album for my friend who had a baby girl not
long ago.

I wanted to give the album a gentle, soft look so I decided to print all my journaling on vellum. The only problem I had is that printing on vellum is always a tricky business because it smears and it never looks crisp and sharp. To solve this problem I used The Perfect Crafting Pouch to remove all the static from the vellum before I printed on it. I rubbed the pouch on the vellum a few times and put it in my printer.

The printing came out just beautiful, sharp with no smears at all!

- Einat

Friday, November 18, 2011

Fall Mini Album

Good morning fellow bloggers, Stacy here today to share a mini album perfect for this time of year. On this projects I used The Best Glue Ever EVERYWHERE!!! There are so many fun things to do in the fall....picking apples, hayrack rides, pumpkin carving, raking leaves....well this mini will hold those perfect pictures that you capture during those fun times.

Here is the what the cover looks like:





The Best Glue Ever worked perfect to adhere the covered pumpkin to the front page.  It didn't slide around and stayed right where I placed it.

There are so many fun little things going on in this album.


 
 
 
 


In this album I used some shapes from Jillibean.  To adhere all of the corrugated shapes I used small amounts of The Best Glue Ever.  This also comes in very handy when putting the Sizzix Rosettes together.

Well that all from me today, I hope this gives you some ideas for your fall mini's.

~Stacy

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

We Heard You Saying "Pick Me! Pick Me!"

And we've got a winner for our Facebook Prize package! Congrats to Lisa Murphy Watson!!

Rosette Pumpkin

Thanksgiving is around the corner and I wanted to create some accents around the house. I recently purchased Authentique Papers’ Glowing Collection for Halloween and had some papers left over. Since the orange patterned papers caught my eye, I decided to create a pumpkin!

I love how this turned out but I think I’ll be taking a break from making those rosettes! LOL!!


I used various width of 12” strips of patterned paper and scored every 1/8”. Then I adhered the ends with The Best Glue Ever to form a ring. With a scrap piece of paper, I punched a circle and used it as a base. After lightly covering the punch with The Best Glue Ever, I flattened the scored ring on top and held it for a few moments to let the glue bond. Note: I placed a heavy book on top as it dried while I made the next rosette.


 Give this a try and hope it will bring fall into your home! For more ideas and inspiration, don’t forget to visit our FaceBook page and “like” us!

Thanks for stopping by.
MargieH

Monday, November 14, 2011

Transparencies!




To create the title block on the cloud paper, I marked the corners of a rectangle the size I wanted the opening to be and used a craft knife to cut the “x” shape connecting the corners diagonally.  I then rolled back each flap, using The Best Glue Ever to hold the coils in place (it dries very quickly!).  Next I pierced the paper every ¼” along the outside edges of the coils and lashed them in place with the Baker’s Twine.


 I treated the transparency with The Perfect Crafting Pouch because it is great at keeping stamps from slipping on slick surfaces.  I then stamped the banner with Stazon Ink and swiped off the powdery residue with The Perfect Cleaning Cloth.  (I also used The Perfect Cleaning Cloth to wipe away the inevitable fingerprints you get when handling transparencies!) The tight control of The Best Glue Ever allowed me to place *tiny* dots of glue along the top of the banner so I could add another piece of twine.

The transparency was layered over the letter stickers with the rest of the title and then the entire assembly was placed behind the opening in the cloud paper – Voila!

The metal plant stakes were adhered to the layout with dimensional glue spots I made using The Best Glue Ever.


 Supplies: ScraPerfect Perfect Crafting Pouch, Perfect Cleaning Cloth and The Best Glue Ever; Paper:  My Mind’s Eye, October Afternoon; Transparency: Simple Stories; Baker’s Twine:  Pink Paislee; Letter Stickers: Simple Stories, Cosmo Cricket; Journaling Blocks:  K & Company; Stamps:  Hampton Arts; Ink:  Stazon

Friday, November 11, 2011

Use Those Falling Leaves!

Here in the northeast we've got lots of beautiful fall leaves of all kinds, most of which seem to be scattered all over my lawn. But I don't rake all of them - I grab some of my favorites to use in art projects.

I'm sure you - or your children - have painted leaves before. I tried out a couple in one of my journals to see what kind of image I'd get. Use the back of the leaf - that's where all the veins will show the most.


Once I found a leaf that I liked, I grabbed a piece of patterned paper and the Best Glue Ever. I squirted some glue on the back of the leaf  and used my fingers to spread it around. Then I placed it onto my paper and rubbed with my fingers, taking care not to spread the glue outside the leaf. Then let it dry!

You can see the wet glue here:


Once the glue was dry and tacky, I foiled it using Clear Snap's Designer Foils. Here's what it looks like mid-foiling. As I had used the foil sheet a bit, I needed to keep moving it around and rub again.


Then, I took some Distress Stain and Distress inks to color in the leaf area.


Finally, I added it to my patterned paper card and stamped a sentiment on a scrap of the paper.  The foil adds such a cool element to this card - and since it was made with a real leaf it's got a wonderful natural quality. It's not perfect like a stamped image, but that's part of the fun.


Thursday, November 10, 2011

Make Your Own Journal Cover

Hello, all you crafty people out there!  I've been busy making journals and sketch books, here is one that could not have been without the help from some Perfectly Magical Products by ScraPerfect!



To make a journal cover like this, create a document on your computer, trim your background paper to size, rub lightly with the Perfect Crafting Pouch then print. Outline or highlight the fonts with The Best Glue Ever and apply art glitter.

Cut strips of another glossy card stockadd sewn accents in zig zag stitch. Add paper, glittered elements and rub-ons. I used elements by Grant Studios that I colored with color washes and Memory Mists. I mixed blueberry and silver acrylic paint together to paint the chipboard flourishes.





Finally clean the project surface with the Perfect Cleaning Cloth before coating the cover with a clear coat. Once the clear coat is dry you can adhere fabric flowers and other 3-D items.  Glue your cover to chipboard, then punch and bind.

- Becky

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Paper Mini Bag Album





Here is a paper bag mini album that I have made about my childhood traveling in Asia and Europe in the 1960's. It was a good chance to use all the ScraPerfect products and really gave the Best Glue Ever a workout.



The cardstock is mostly from Cosmo Cricket with a few Recollections and AC plain cardstock thrown in. I chose "Early Bird" because of the retro feel. The album is 4.75 x 3.5 inches, and is put together slightly differently so that there are some extra tabs and many pockets. I loved coming up with a new structure for the ever versatile paper bag.



I used Best Glue Ever exclusively for the whole project - for joining the bags, attaching the decorative papers, adhering the photos and all the embellishments and die cuts. In addition to paper and card, the different materials glued include fabric ribbons, metal charms and vellum, under which the tiny spots of glue are invisible!



I used the Perfect Crafting Pouch to treat the vellum before printing my fun quotes, to instantly dry stamped images, and to dry up some places where a tiny bit of tackiness from the glue peeped out from some of the very small cricut cut images.


Of course the Embellie Gellie continued to be really helpful in placing the small embellishments and buttons. I also used the small pointy stick to push ribbon into folds.


Recycled element: I created the hang tag on the front from a surprisingly sturdy tag from a clothing purchase, covering it with some origami paper. The hanging charms are from Orient Express.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Birthday Tag

Hey there everyone Stacy here with you today.  I wanted to share a fun little tag that I created.  You can use this tag simply by tying it on a gift, or add it to the front of a birthday card that you create.

I love this line by Nikki Sivils, and it's super easy to make cute stuff with it!  I started by covering a tag that I had picked up from an office supply store.  Once I covered it with paper I rubbed all over the paper with the Perfect Crafting Pouch before stamping the little banners on it.

Next I just started to decorate the tag with some of the images for the It's Your Day line.  Once I had everything where I wanted it, I grabbed for the Embellie Gellie and some bling then got to work.  Using the Embellie Gellie allows me to place the bling exactlly where I want it.  If I try and place the candy dots down without...well they end up flying out of my hand and stick to the floor!!

Here is the cute little tag.



So the next time you are tired of picking up pearls and bling from the floor, reach for the Embellie Gellie and you won't have this issue again.

Thanks so much for stopping by, hope you have a fabulous day!
~Stacy

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Finishing Those Layouts

If you are anything like me, you have a small stack of layouts somewhere that you haven’t quite finished -you need to add journaling, or a title or something and you are just not sure what!  This is one of those layouts:




 I knew I wanted to include one of my favorite quotes by Albert Camus:  Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.  I just wasn’t sure how  so I put the layout aside and actually kind of forgot about it.  When I found this stamp from Stampendous! I was ready to go.



 To be honest, I was a little concerned because the blue cardstock I was going to stamp on was very textured and I wasn’t sure how well it would transfer. I prepared the surface with The Perfect Crafting Pouch and stamped with brown ink then heat embossed.  The result – a perfect image:



 Here is the finished layout.  Although you may think the title is “almost 4” I know every time I see this layout that the real title is “My Fall Flower.”




;) Susie

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Air Dry Polymer Clay Embellishments

Working with clay is fun and easy - if you have the Perfect Crafting Pouch!



I used an air dry clay to make the pawprint embellishment. I was making a dozen tags and I wanted something unique that was easy to duplicate. I decided on air dry clay because I knew I could ink it with Distress Inks to match my tag.

After rolling out the clay was ready to stamp my paw prints. First, I dusted the stamp with the Perfect Crafting Pouch. It acts as a release agent with clay, so that your stamp doesn't stick in the clay and the clay doesn't stick to your stamp.






After stamping into the clay, I used a circle cookie cutter to cut around the shapes. Then I just let them dry. Once they were dry I inked them and adhered them on my tags with a bit of the Best Glue Ever.

And here's my finished tag:



Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Quilling


I love quilling! But sometimes it's a little difficult to adhere these gentle shapes to the surface. I have to hold them with my fingers and sometimes they lose their shape or get a little squashed.

I know the Embellie Gellie is for small bling or embellishments but I decided to try it with quilled shapes! It worked like a charm! It was so easy to pick the shapes and adhere them exactly where I wanted.

I made this box using Embellie Gellie only and it was easier, faster and cleaner because my hands
didn't get covered with glue every time I adhered something to the surface!