Monday, December 31, 2012

Best Glue Ever for Minbooks

I've been doing a Journal Your Christmas/December Daily album for about four years now. This year I've been using vellum, Simple Stories page protectors and Maya Road transparent snowflakes -- all which just scream out for the Best Glue Ever.

On this page I used all three. I started by adhering a vellum envelope with the Best Glue Ever. I like to run thin lines on the back then use my fingers to smear the glue to lightly cover the back of the vellum.

And when you add it to your page, you don't see any of the adhesive. Cool, right?!

Next, I had a extra piece of a page protector left over. I've been punching lots of holes for my book, so after sewing around three sides I dumped the holes into the pouch, then folded the top down and sewed it shut. To add it to the page I used a large line of the Best Glue Ever - the glue starts just under the red thread and goes to just past the fold. And, you can't see ANY of it!

After adding a strip of paper across my envelope, I decided to adhere a Maya Road snowflake. So I grabbed the Best Glue Ever and made a swirl on the back.

Then used my finger to smear the glue over the back of the element. This photo is just after a finished, before the glue had completely dried clear & tacky.

The glue dries very quickly, and after you add it to your page it's virtually invisible.

And, a few more additions... and here's the finished page and a close-up.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Peace & Joy

This 3D window pane set from Globecraft Memories is awesome.  2 layers of window panes can be added together to create an amazing effect.

I used Mardi Gras Embossing Powder on the bottom frame and Poodle Skirt Embossing Powder on the top frame, coating each piece twice. 

I adhered the two pieces together with The Best Glue Ever and used alligator clips to hold the pieces together while they set.

While waiting for the pieces to adhere, I die cut two sizes of a candle scene using my Cricut Expression and A Quilted Christmas Cartridge.  Placing the windows atop my candles, I was able to determine exactly where I wanted the window panes to sit.
After creating my card, I stamped a sweet sentiment on cardstock and place it on the card before adding the window.  I used The Best Glue Ever  to adhere the window to the card.   I added some Gold Stickles on the tops of the candles so they appear to glow through the window panes.
Thanks for stopping by today.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Let It Snow Banner

When I saw this stamp set from A Jillian Vance Design (AJVD) and their exclusive {die}signs dies, I knew what I wanted to create! Just LOVE how it turned out!! See that bow - perfect every time!! All of these materials were put together by ScraPefect products - the Best Glue Ever, the Embellie Gellie and the Perfect Crafting Pouch!
Let It Snow Banner by Margie Higuchi
Supplies - Glittered Cardstock: Core'dinations ColorCore Cardstock; Patterned Papers: Authentique Paper (Festive Collection); Ink: Ranger (Peeled Paint Distress Ink); Markers: Copics; Stamp and Exclusive Dies: A Jillian Vance Design (Winter Wishes Stamp Set, 3D{ie} Bow Die and Banner {die}tails Nested Die); Die: Spellbinders™ Paper Arts (S5-117 2012 Snowflake Pendant); Epoxy Sticker: Epiphany Crafts; Pearls: Want2Scraps; Adhesive and Tools: ScraPerfect (the Best Glue Ever, the Embellie Gellie and the Perfect Crafting Pouch) and We R Memory Keepers (Crop-A-Dile); Other: White Cardstock; Cereal Thin Chipboard; Silver Cord; Foam Tape
First, I cut/embossed all the die cuts with patterned papers from Authentique Paper Festive Collection and cereal thin chipboard.

I adhered the chipboard on both sides with the Best Glue Ever. I let the back paper (red) show in the front for a border/accent. Love that the glue doesn't wrinkle the paper! Then ink the edges for a finished look. Punched two holes on the top edge and threaded a silver cord to hang.

Next I used the Perfect Crafting Pouch on my white cardstock before stamping my image for a great impression, colored with markers. I accented with pearls, using my Embellie Gellie for easy placement!

More use of my Embellie Gellie to place the pearls on the glitter paper snowflake :0)

Used the Best Glue Ever to create this wonderful bow die template from A Jillian Vance (exclusively manufactured from Spellbinders Paper Arts) and also adhered the Epoxy circle for its center. Here is another look of my banner on my Christmas tree. LOVE how it all came together!

Thank you so much for stopping by! On behalf of ScraPerfect, our fearless leader and owner, Amy Roszak, and my fellow design team members - we wish you and yours a WONDERFUL HOLIDAY SEASON~!!


Add Sparkle to a Winter Layout

Are you ready for a white Christmas? I am wishing for snow and scrapbooking some pictures from winters past.  Here's a layout featuring the Winterland Collection from Moxxie.
I customized the strip along the bottom a couple of ways.  Adding some sparkle was easy!  I used the Best Glue Ever to create tiny glue spots in the center of each of the snowflakes.  After just a minute they dried clear and tacky and ready to use!
 Next,  I used Embellie Gellie to pickup each of the tiny, 3mm rhinestones...
 ...and pop them into place on top of the glue spots!
I also created a zig zag edged strip along the bottom using Spellbinders Edgeabilities and Decorative Inserts.  Once the strip was cut and embossed, I sanded the paper to reveal the white paper in the core.  A quick swipe of the Perfect Cleaning Cloth removed all of the sanded  off bits.
I always carry ScraPerfect products in my tool kit because I use them all the time - they make scrapbooking easier!

Have a Merry Christmas and a Joyful Holiday Season!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

How to Make Tiny Gift Bag Ornaments! (Video)

We've got a new video for you. Make this cute little ornament, which is also great as a bag for a gift card OR even a tag for  present.

Personalize them and use them for table place cards and then your guests can take them home!

Watch this video for complete step by step instructions. It's simple to make them ANY size--with one easy trick!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Very Natural (and Cheap!) Decoration

Need a quick and cheap decoration?  How about a vase or candleholder? All you need is a handful of sticks from your yard, the Best Glue Ever, a glass, a bit of burlap and a flower.  I made mine very neutral, but this would be great in holiday colors as well.

First, grab your sticks and break or cut them to fit your glass. I wanted mine to extend beyond the top of the lid. Next, apply the Best Glue Ever to your sticks and let it set until tacky. I used a fairly thick amount of glue on each stick, because the sticks aren't totally flat. The extra glue ensures that I get good contact with the glass.

Once the glue is tacky apply the sticks one at a time, working your way around the glass.

Once you have the glass covered with the sticks, add a decorative ribbon, twine or flower. For this glass I tied a length of burlap around the entire glass, then added a twine bow before topping it off with a canvas flower.

Friday, December 21, 2012

December Daily Joy

Hi everyone!! Dani Donner here today to share with you the opening page of my December Daily. I was mesmerized by the beauty of the Christmas Tree Dew Drops, from Robin's Nest and I knew as soon as I saw them that the Best Glue Ever and the Embellie Gellie would be the perfect tools to create this page:

Believe me when I say, trying to place those drops that close together WITHOUT the Embellie Gellie is not pretty, folks... Trust me, I've tried that before my eyes were open to this amazing tool.

They look like jewels... :)

All I had to do was emboss my chipboard letters, adhere them to the painted chipboard (Yes! Best Glue Ever can adhere dew drops to paint and they don't come off!!!) and then I was free to play with my tear drops. I can easily say I was in my Happy Place. :)

How about you? Are you doing a December Daily? I'm sure going to have some fun with it this year.

Thanks for stopping by!!

Dani Donner

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Family Tree Ornaments

I love giving personal and handmade gifts. This year I have made wood ornaments using color photocopies of vintage photos of family members as transparencies, embellished with yarn, vintage laces, laser cut chipboard pieces and Dew Drops from The Robin's Nest. This is an absolutely addictive activity!

Paint Mod Podge, or your favorite decoupage medium, over the front of the photocopy. I found that three thickish coats, allowing each to fully dry, creates the best result.

In the meantime prepare your wood plaques. Sand lightly to remove any rough edges or nicks.

Whitewash with a diluted white acrylic paint - or other color as desired.

Drill tiny holes in the bottom for the tassel. I used a Dremel and a 1/16th inch drill.

When the final coat of Mod Podge on the ornament is dry, paint a layer on to the wood. Turn the image over and place on the wet Mod Podge. Burnish with a bone folder or roll firmly with a brayer to ensure there are no air bubbles, then allow to dry. Trim the edges closely.

Once the transfer is fully dry, and this may take overnight, take the whole shebang to a sink. I place a soaking sponge on the paper, and let it saturate before rubbing gently with the sponge and my fingers until the friction removes all the paper, leaving the image behind on the wood. You may need to allow it to dry to ensure that all the paper, which will look like a white fog when dry, is removed. You can re-wet the block again. However be careful of scraping at the image. Finger rubbing produces little balls or scraps or paper similar to eraser shmootz. Have patience, and your image will become clear.

Next I aged the images and wood with brown shoe polish and a soft paper cloth. You could also use ink or glaze, but I enjoy rubbing and polishing.
One of the great things about these blocks is the routed edge. I ran a very fine bead of Best Glue Ever along the corner, and then laid this festive yet muted striped yarn (Sugar 'n Cream Twists in Barnboard). 

I used the very pretty Fleur paper from The Robin's Nest for the backing on some of these blocks. I liked this color particularly with the sepia tones of the pictures. I chose the reverse ticking stripe for my 1964 image. I adhered it with a line of dots of Best Glue Ever, and also added hand written (by my relatives) notes about who was in the photos. 

Every ornament was embellished differently. For a couple I stamped an image, fussy cut and then adhered. For almost all of them I added Dew Drops placed into a spot of Best Glue Ever with the Embellie Gellie. For some I inked laser cut chipboard shapes with gold ink, and placed them on the images as preferred.

I also have a stash of antique lace trims and remnants that my mother in law sent over from her collection. I used these in various ways.

To finish I ran a line of tiny drops of Best Glue Ever around the flat edge, allowed the spots to dry tacky, then attached a satin ribbon trim. By allowing the BGE to get tacky and clear before placing the ribbon,  there is no bleed through the fabric.

While waiting for the medium to dry, I enjoyed spending some time making a bunch of yarn tassels. I used assorted red, striped and sparkling yarns, wrapped around a Nintendo DS game box - slightly smaller than a DVD box, and exactly the right proportion. I filled the holes I had previously drilled with Best Glue Ever, then stuffed the trimmed cord of a tassel into each, working it into the hole with my tweezers and the pointy end of the EG stick. Finally I screwed in a tiny eye hook for hanging. 

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Christmas Cards

Good morning, it's Steph again with some additional cards I've created using products from The Robin's Nest .   I honestly hate to waste supplies and that includes my left over scraps of pattern paper.   Rather than leaving the left over scraps of Robins Nest papers till next Christmas, I decided to see what I could create.

Using the reverse side of the  Glitter Black and White Pinetree cardstock from the North Pole Christmas Collection, I create the base for my card.  I then fussy cut one of the pinetrees and inked the edges with black ink before adhering it to the card base.   I also used a left over scrap from the same paper and stamped my sentiment on it.

A close up of the card.  I added some white dew drops from the Crimson Mini Dew Drops collection to the center of the pinetree with The Best Glue Ever.

On the next card, Santa and the sentiment were stamped on the same Glitter Black and White Pinetree cardstock from the North Pole Christmas Collection.   Now you have a totally different effect - more like swirling snow than pinetrees!  Matting both with black, red and black cardstock makes them pop off the page.  The striped paper is the reverse side of the Classic Roses cardstock.

Black Dew Drops were added to offset the sentiment and again, The Best Glue Ever was the perfect adhesive to use.

Here's a close up of Santa - doesn't he look great stamped on this paper?

So next time you have scraps laying around, play with them - you never know what you'll create!

Thanks for stopping by.


Thursday, December 13, 2012

Snowflake Ornament with Embellie Gellie and Dew Drops!

One of my favorite Christmas activities every year is making ornaments for the tree.  Lately I have been particularly enamored of snowflakes and once I received my Ace of Diamonds Dew Drops from Rachel at The Robin's Nest I was inspired to create this one:

Look complicated?  It's not!  It is really very easy with The Best Glue Ever and Embellie Gellie!
The first step is to draw a 2" square on a piece of scrap paper and draw diagonal lines through the center.
Next, tape a piece of vellum on top of that and cover the area with a thin coat of The Best Glue Ever.
While you are waiting for the glue to dry clear and tacky, arrange your Dew Drops into the design of your choice.  I also took this opportunity to gently file off the occasioinal burr with an emery board because it will help the pieces fit more snugly.
The next step goes very quickly because of the Embellie Gellie!  Pick up your first Dew Drop and place it so that the point touches the center of the square and the edge aligns with one of the diagonal lines.  Then you just add Dew Drops in sequence as shown below.
If you accidentally put one in the wrong spot, you can pop it off very quickly and try again. Once they are all in place, firmly press them onto the glue covered vellum.  Next I cut out the snowflake design, removed the scrap paper from the back and set it aside.
The lace snowflake actually came from a kit created by Wrights and I have had it in my stash for a while.  I am sure you can recreate it with lace from the local fabric store.  If there is not a pattern with holes along one edge, you can create them yourselves.  The lace is 2.5" wide and is gathered around a plastic ring as shown.
The red snowflake was cut and embossed with a Spellbinders Create A Flake die.  You can see I used my ScraPerfect supplies to place tiny rhinestones at the tips. I also used a Spellbinders Scalloped Circle die to cut a piece of shiny holographic paper to back the snowflake.
I used The Best Glue Ever (TBE) to attach the snowflake to the circle and the circle to the lace.  I also added a red rhinestone to the center of my snowflake.  I never have to worry whether it will work or not.  TBE works so well with all kinds of materials!

NOTE:  If you are tempted to  draw directly on the vellum instead of the scrap paper - Don't do it!  The Dew Drops are transparent and the pencil line will show through.  I know, because I did it with the first one I made so learn from my mistakes!  :)

Here is a close up of the finished project.

Thanks for stopping by!  Susie