Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Shabby Chic Chipboard Ornament

     Hi y'all, this is Kim Murray.
  I absolutely love crafting and I wanted to make a special ornament for one of my Swap partners. 
 I started off with just a plain pre-made chipboard ornament. Second I applied my Best Glue Ever sparingly but all over the front of the ornament to make sure that I have no lifting of the paper. I waited about 2 minutes to wait for the glue to become tacky and put my paper in place. Third, I smoothed it down with the edge of my bone folder and then began to dry brush  white Gesso randomly over the decorated music paper. I waited about 1 minute or so for it to dry and then added some light pink acrylic paint also using the dry brush technique. This gives it a very distressed look and does not over power the original design of the decorated paper.   I used some tiny bubble wrap and dipped it in the gesso and applied to the paper to give it a snow ball effect, and again let it dry completely this time.  I then added a coat of Shimmerz antique lace paint over the entire top of the decorated paper to seal it and give it an antique feel to the piece as a whole.

 I used my best glue ever to attach my vintage ribbons, I applied the glue first and then waited about 2-3 minutes for it to become tacky, if you apply too quickly it can go straight through the ribbon. At this point I put it to the side to finish drying and took my winter girl image and some left over cardboard and cut the cardboard to the rectangle shape of the image and then used the Best glue ever to attach the image to the cardboard. I then used my Perfect Crafting Pouch and ran it across the top of the image, I do this because whenever I add glitter to a project I don't want the glitter to stick to everything and the pouch helps prevent that. (It's AWESOME) Then I add tiny dots of glue and then sprinkle glitter atop to give it a snowing effect.  I also apply glue along the four edges/sides of the cardboard and dip it in German crushed glass to give it a beautiful icy effect and then put it aside to dry.

 In the meantime, I take a strand of beads and apply all around the edge of the top of the ornament. Just to add a little more shabby Chic look and also a great way to cover up the edges of the ribbon and seal them to keep from fraying over time.  I go back to the image and then use some pearls and two leaves that I paint over with white gesso and apply best glue ever and sprinkle some iridescent glitter on the top of them to give it a snowed on effect. Then I attach those to the top left hand corner of the image. I put that aside and begin to paint my chipboard embellies with payne's grey acrylic and pink acrylic paint and set aside to dry. Lastly I apply my image on the center of the ornament and then apply the Music note wood embellie's in random areas that are open on the ornament.
Here is an image of my final piece


Saturday, December 27, 2014

"SNOW NEWS DAY" Newspaper Snowman

Amy Here with a perfect little project to do on a slow news day in the winter: make a Snow News Day Newspaper Snowman!

For complete Step by Step Directions, check out this video:

SUPPLIES:  newspaper, cardboard, Best Glue Ever™, black and white paint, fine glitter, "fake snow" (styrofoam, Flowersoft, flocking, tinsel or ???), a polymer clay carrot (or orange paint), and decoupage medium (like Ultra Seal, Mod Podge or even white school glue-like Elmer's).

You'll also need scissors or a snowman die & cutter. (I used Cheery Lynn's Crossover and Deep Dish Die for cardboard and for multiple sheets of cardstock.)

Let's hope for many SLOW NEWS DAYS in the year to come! Happy Crafting:)

Friday, December 26, 2014

Christmas Clock Mouse House


 Hello All
 It's Glen here with a cute new project for the holiday, I took a Ideaology Assemblage Clock and made it a comfy home for a pair of mice who are gathering trinkets and bits of stuff to make furniture for the Xmas Season. I use the Best Glue Ever on the inside back of the clock to adhere a piece of Graphic 45 paper, then later I use it again to adhere two wooden numbers in a place where they can be seen.
 

 Then after dabbing Distress Paint over the outside of the clock I start on the inside by putting a blob of the glue in the center of the clock and holding my precolored tree in place. I let it dry for a while so it stands stands on it own. Then I carefully cut a focal image for the outside of the clock and used the Best Glue Ever to place it on the outside of the clock face.


 So as you can see the finished clock is quite adorable and would make a nice gift for anyone on your list for 2015. It was all made possible using the great products from ScraPerfect. Thanks for stopping by today and make sure to check out the blog for more great projects and have a Happy and Healthy New Year and a "Scrappy-One" too!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Holiday Bonus: FREE Release Paper for DIY Glue Dots™

Amy Here...
Don't toss the release paper you are receiving!
(You need it for these easy-to-make, inexpensive sticky dots.)

Just about every big name store or shipper includes it with your order!

BUT WHERE????

Watch this quick video to learn more!!!!!

 

 I'm including wishes for a happy, healthy, peaceful, and crafty New Year. 

 Please know how much I really appreciate your comments, ideas, feedback, and friendship!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Blinged out Thank you Pouch

Hi everyone, Steph Ackerman here today with a quick and easy project.


I found these little canvas bag in my studio, but they seemed rather plain.  So I pulled out the Best Glue Ever and my Embellie Gellie and some bling.



The Embellie Gellie works really well for picking up and placing the gems exactly where you want them.


There you have it, a blinged out Thank You pouch.  Put some candy or gift card inside and give to that special someone.
 
Thanks for stopping by today.
 
Steph
 

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Use Sparingly--BUT what does that mean???

Hi All-
Amy Here, just finishing up a bottle of Best Glue Ever™. It happens so rarely but it's such a pleasure to open a new bottle and start with a clean label! How does it last so long? I love that I REALLY need to use so little to achieve a very, very strong bond. How much is "so little"?
        Watch this video and then let us know... 



                                             ...were you using too much glue????

Takeaway Lesson
Use glue sparingly to make it:
•  Last longer 

• Dry quicker
       • Be neater to use


Friday, December 19, 2014

Best Cleaner Ever to the Rescue!

I've been making some homemade plastic ornaments using my Silhouette to cut vinyl. Which usually goes pretty well .... until it doesn't and you have to scrape off some vinyl that got twisted or wonky. Anyone else ever had vinyl problems? I know I'm not alone.

However, once you peel off the vinyl pieces you're left with sticky residue.  Can you see all the smudges?  The word Christmas ended up overlapping on a couple of letters so I carefully pulled it off the ornament. This was a present for a teacher, so I couldn't let it remain all smudged


I took out my bottle of the Best Cleaner Ever and spritzed a paper towel then carefully wiped the adhesive smudges on the ornament.  It literally took one minute and all the smudges were wiped away.  Now I had a clean surface to adhere another piece of vinyl and fix my mistake.


See? All shiny!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Christmas Ornament

Evenin All

 It's Glen here with a new project featuring the great products from ScraPerfect! I started by using the Best Glue Ever to adhere paper to card-stock to make a strong base for my ornament. As you can see from the picture my kitten Mr Bishop is on hand to make sure everything goes smooth as I work.






Focus on Card Techniques: Printing, Gluing, Design

Amy here with another sympathy card... Hoping, you don't need to make one, I think there are several techniques of interest in this card which I've stepped out for you.

During the whole process, I’m thinking about the person for whom I am making this card. I feel sad. But I feel by making this card, I am letting her know people care, and she is loved. 

I find I tend to choose muted colors, natural materials, and usually a flower or leaf embellishment of some sort.


For the creative process and step-by-step printing techniques, read on:

For this card, I chose a lot of handmade papers from India. They are very beautiful, but can be a gluing challenge because of the deep textures, shiny coatings, absorbent qualities, translucency, and the sparkles and glitters. 
The Best Glue Ever™ works perfectly, of course! It is very tacky--so you really don’t need to apply a lot. In fact, there’s more on this paper than usual because of the textured paper.
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The thing about creating is you start down one path and then might decide it’s not right. 
That happened here! I began by trying a "bejeweled" strip and adding hemp twine... 

Hemp twine? Nah.

Two line message?? Hmmm.
Long thin message? sigh.

(For complete step-by-step on how to create this vellum message, scroll to end of post.)

 
NOPE! I just don't like the white strip of paper across the card with a second message. 
>>I decided to print directly onto a strip of mulberry paper instead


But HOW?
(PSSST! It's really easy.)

1. Print message on regular inkjet printer paper
2. Use painter's tape to affix specialty paper on top of writing. 

3. treat paper with the Perfect Crafting Pouch™ so the ink will be crisp and won't bleed into the absorbent paper.

4. Put paper back into the paper try (in reverse) so it prints the same message in the same place...but this time it will print onto the specialty paper!

Because the mulberry paper is both absorbent and translucent, I applied the glue to the brown coated paper and I let it dry to nearly clear so it wouldn’t show though the mulberry paper.
Left a little longer, it will becomes just like Glue Dots™, 
but I just needed to wait long enough that it wouldn't seep through the material.
Press mulberry onto the sticky adhesive.





Apply glue to the chipboard stem and press.


NICE TOUCH: 
The twine at the top makes it look more finished!







Now for a vellum message inside the card...

1. Write and print out message using computer.

2. Temporarily tape vellum to paper using masking tape.
(If you have lots of WASHI tape around and don’t know what to do with it, use it to temporarily hold the vellum in place. It’s a little tackier than painter’s tape, but it works.)
3. On vellum which can smear, bleed, or take too long to dry,
 wipe with Perfect Crafting Pouch™ for perfect result
s!

4. Insert paper so it reprints right onto the vellum piece.

Pretty, right?
Now to adhere the vellum invisibly:
No need for special vellum adhesive!
The Best Glue Ever™ dries clear and invisible!
Just spread it completely onto the back and let it dry to clear and tacky.I often use a snippet of foam rubber as a “foam brush” because it’s cheap and I don’t have to wash it.
This time I used a makeup wedge from a pack I found for 10¢ at a garage sale.

Press down. Here’s a closeup so you can see you can't see the glue!In about a minute or less, the glue was clear and very tacky, so I stuck it inside.
Anyone who uses vellum will appreciate the fact that it doesn’t turn yellow or begin to show through even after years
Finished card.

One more thing...although I don’t recommend storing the bottle uncovered, it’s nice that you can leave the top off during while crafting and not have to worry about the glue drying up or clogging.
(If it does ever clog, there’s probably a the tiny glue dot plug at the tip. Just pull it out and you’re good to go! )

****Here’s how to print on vellum or specialty paper:

1. Print message on regular printer paper. Don’t worry about location on the paper, but get the words, size, and font right.



2. Use painter’s tape to tape the vellum or specialty paper right over the words.



3. Swipe the Perfect Crafting Pouch over the vellum to assure crisp, perfect results with no bleeding or smearing and instant drying.


4. Put the paper back into your printer so it prints in the same place as before. (For HP it means upside down.)


5. Reprint with Normal ink settings. VOILA!



Monday, December 15, 2014

Best Cleaner Ever Indeed!

Hello
 It's Glen here with a short but sweet post about the Best Cleaner Ever and how it works wonders on anything. I'm a guy and like most guys I can really be rough on my things. I mean I destroy my non-stick mat and as you can see in the pictures both sides are covered in Gesso and ink and adhesives and glitter as well.








Friday, December 12, 2014

Best Cleaner Ever!!!

Hi everyone, Steph Ackerman here today.  Those who know me, know that when I get into my creative zone, I don't stop.  I generally end up covered with paint and ink and glue. 

I've always had difficulty removing all the stuff from my hands when I'm done.  Soap and water doesn't all cut it and I dread using turpentine. This is what's left as scrubbing!!!!




So I pulled out the Best Cleaner Ever to see if it would remove all that residue from my hands.  And you can see the results here.
 


I was even able to easily remove the paint from under my nails.   And the best parts is there is no greasy residue.  Just use the Best Cleaner Ever and once all the residue has been removed, simply wash you hands in warm water.




Well, what do you think?  It worked really well, has no odor and leaves no residue as turpentine does.
If you've ever smelled turpentine, you know that odor can be overwhelming.  Not so with the Best Cleaner Ever. 

So next time you have a job that needs you to be clean, reach for the Best Cleaner Ever.  You'll be glad you did.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Steph

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Quick and Easy Shaker Card


Shaker elements are really fun, but can be tricky to make.  I used some left over foam board and the Best Glue Ever to put together a shaker element for my Christmas card -- in a snap!

Here's what you need:  some paper, foam board, Best Glue Ever, sequins, and a piece of clear plastic (I used a piece of a page protector).  Any die that has an opening will work, however for the thin wafer dies you'll have to cut your foam board by hand.  Since the steel ruled dies will also cut through foam board it saves you quite a bit of time and energy.

First, I used a Tim Holtz steel ruled die to cut my pieces out of paper and then the foam board.  For the back paper I used the paper scrap from the die cut to trace the exterior shape onto my paper and then cut out.

Assembling is a breeze!  The order is: (1) top paper, (2) plastic, (3) foam board. 

Use the Best Glue Ever to glue your plastic onto the back of your top paper.  I made sure I ran a line of glue all around the exterior so no sequins would escape.  Next, glue your piece of foam board to the plastic, making sure to line it up so that it doesn't show through the front.


I went one additional step here.  Because the window openings were small I choose to cut the center piece out and snip most of the connections so that my sequins could flow throughout the card.  Here it is after gluing both sections of the foam. 


The next step is to fill your shaker. Use sequins, beads, glitter, or just the paper waste from your hole punch.  Then add a line of glue around the entire edge(s) of your shaker box to contain the material inside the shaker and add your back paper.


Finally, you're ready to add this to your project!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Christmas Configuration IV

Evenin All
 It's Glen here with the final?, installment of my project. I used the Best Glue Ever to wrap the battery pack in paper and then adhere it to the back down low to prevent tipping. 



Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Re-Adhesive : 3D Foam Pads

Good Morning ScraPerfect Friends! Chelsea here with a quick tip to restick your unsticky foam pads!

I had some really old cheap dollar store 3D foam pads from years ago that lost their stick, but the pads were in excellent shape and I wanted to use them up some how.

Of course with the Best Glue Ever (BGE) it rescued them and made them new again! 

Apply a small dab of BGE then spread evenly with the end of the glue bottle over the entire surface of the side you wish to stick down. Let it sit for a couple of minutes until the glue turns clear. 


Once clear use a sticker sheet to stick your now re-sticky foam pads ready for your next 3D project. NOTE: Only re-stick one side of the foam pad (the side which is on your sticker sheet.) When you are ready to use them apply your newly re-sticky side down to your project and apply BGE to the opposite end as previously done to the already stuck down side, again let dry and adhere your project.


This is a very simple but easy way to use some of those un-sticky foam pads that may be laying around. Before you throw them out attempt to re stick them.

Let us know about tricks and tips you have discovered using the BGE on our Facebook page! We are always excited to see what you have come up with!