Friday, August 31, 2018

How to make SIMPLE Star Wars costume from a pillow and paper.

HI All-

It's Purim* which means it's time for a costume and this year's theme is Star Wars. Unfortunately, in March Goodwill is lacking in costumes, and I don't want to spend a lot of time or money getting one. I googled Star wars and found this photo which gave me an idea:


All I needed was a Yoda doll and a backpack, but Goodwill had no Yoda dolls either. Instead, I bought a square green pillow for $4 and here's what I did:

1.  I gathered opposite corners of the pillow and rubber banded them into "ears". 

2.  I unzipped the pillow a little and stuck a cardboard wrapping paper roll inside to make a "neck" and spine which I wrapped with a green towel pinned at the "neck" of the pillow-head. (The cardboard roll while not necessary, gave the head and body good support.)


Doesn't it already look like YODA?

3. After googling "high resolution image Yoda face, I printed and cut it out.



4. I then applied the Best glue Ever to the back of the face. Notice, I put on a much thicker amount of glue than I would use when making cards or layouts. This extra glue wasn't actually necessary, but I wasn't sure how it would stick to the thick nap of the pillow fabric, so I applied it thicker than normal.


5. SINCE I might want to actually use the pillow or donate it back,  I decided to let the glue dry to clear and tacky before pressing it onto the pillow. This would make the glue re-positionable and I'd be able to remove the face easily.
See how the glue dried to clear?

6. I adhered a few wisps of pillow stuffing the the back of the face to mimic Yoda's fuzz.

When dry, the glue is not only clear, but VERY, VERY tacky! See it sticking to my finger?

7. Then I used the velcro tabs on a pair of green gloves to attach them onto the backpack straps so it looks like Yoda is hanging on to my shoulders.


The costume was a hit and people actually recognized I was "Luke Skywalker in Training"!
(And wouldn't you know I'm not going to remove the face after all as I'm going to save it for Halloween!)



WET OR DRY? SOME THOUGHTS ABOUT the BEST GLUE EVER™ ON FABRIC
If you are wondering whether you should you use the Best Glue Ever "wet" or wait for it to dry, I'll start by saying it depends upon several things. 

For one, it depends on whether you see the other side of the fabric. In this case that wouldn't matter since the other side of the fabric is inside and can't be seen. But if you are adhering a satin ribbon to a paper card, you won't want the glue bleeding through the ribbon, so let the glue at start to dry. (You may not need for it to be completely clear.) 

It also depends upon the fabric since the thinner the fabric (and the heavier the application of the glue), the more likely the glue will bleed through. 

Finally, the BEST GLUE EVER™ gets tackier as it starts to dry and so it will actually hold better to fabric when it is allowed to at least start to dry. If you let it dry all the way to clear, it will be re-positionable; but keep in mind that the thinner the layer of glue and the longer the glue sets, the more less tacky and more re-positionable it is and likewise, the less dry it is and the thicker the layer of glue, the more permanent it is.

Letting the glue start to dry is important in other situations such as the use of charms and buttons, making homemade glue dots, and re-stickying your electronic die cutter mat, adhering vellum and transparencies. I have many videos about this on the website, but if you have any questions...please, PLEASE ASK!


* PURIM is a Jewish holiday commemorating the defeat of Haman's plot to massacre the Jews in ancient Persia. The story is recorded in the book of Esther where it is decried that Jews should commemorate the Jewish People's delivery from annihilation with a holiday of feasting and gladness, sending portions to one another, and gifts to the poor. Today, Israelis dress in costumes to go to work, to synagogue, and to parties, and kids dress up for school although ironically, costumes and masks aren't ever mentioned in the Book of Esther (or in any of the codifications of Jewish law or in the writings of the biblical scholars of the Middle Ages). Italian Jews in the 14th century and may have first added this component to the feasting and celebrating when the Christians around them were celebrating the Feasts of the Epiphany with carnivals and merriment on Fat Tuesday before Lent.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

How to Upscale a Household Key Holder

Good morning crafters' Penny here today to show you how to upscale a key holder. 




I bought this shadowbox key holder at a thrift store.  The door was broken, it was dirty, and the front photo was water stained, but it had great potential.


The inside was really cute, and had sections where you could have your house keys without anyone knowing they were there.


So to get rid of the dirt, and grime that had built up on it I used ScraPerfect's Best Cleaner Ever and the Perfect Cleaning Cloth . Together they made an amazing difference to the frame of this box as you will see in the last photo on this post. This cleaner works on a huge assortment of materials, and the Perfect Cleaning Cloth  cleans eyeglasses, laptop screens, electronic touch screens, camera lenses, and a multitude of other surfaces. Together they can tackle just about any dirty job with success.


This is the chipboard backing of the photo.  You can clearly see it has some pretty serious water stains, and needs to be replaced. 


So using the old piece as a pattern I cut out some thick white cardstock to replace it with. Wow, what a difference!


To replace the stained front section I cut a piece of pastel checked pattern paper, using the old photo as a template..


On top of the pastel check I added this cute quote, and added some bling gems to give it a little more color. I held everything in place with 4 pink brads. I couldn't add too many embellishments because there wasn't room in the area in between the glass..


Then I removed enough of the staples to reinsert the new front photo, and backing. At this time I also replaced the missing screws that held the door on properly.


I plan on giving this as a Christmas gift.  I hope you like it as much as I do, and you do your own "Trash to Treasure" remake. Till next time Happy Scrapping, Love Penny

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Calling All Coffee Lovers!

Hi crafters, Kim L. here today as a Guest DT to share a fun and easy way to wrap a gift for the coffee lover in your life,  The concept for this gift box can be applied to any theme you can imagine, and it's sure to be a crowd pleaser.  I designed this box with a Starbucks theme since it is my favorite coffee. The only thing to keep in mind is that the gift has to fit inside the box.  Some ideas would be K cups, a bag of coffee, or a coffee mug. With the help of many of the amazing products from ScraPerfect,  here is what I created:


I started with a cardboard box and collected all of my coffee themed supplies from my stash.  I used the
Best Glue Ever (with the No Clog Writing Cap on it) to adhere a piece of coffee dyed paper to the inside bottom of the box to make it sturdy.As  you can see, you only need to use small dots of the Best Glue Ever, so a little goes a long way!





Next, I embossed some chipboard pieces from my stash with a heat tool and white embossing powder to help it stand out on the box. I swiped each piece first with the Perfect Crafting Pouch for it's anti-static properties.




To further decorate the box,I used the Best Glue Ever to secure polka dot brown card stock from my stash.  I also used some coffee stirrers and cardboard sleeves that I had saved as embellishments.
 Foam tape was secured to the coffee sleeve for dimension.  You can also see brown glitter card stock used throughout my project and well as brown ink that was applied with an edger.



I wanted to make the top of the box special, so I make a very big bow using everything brown I could find in my stash, including:  eyelash trim, gross grain ribbon, organdy ribbon, a crinkled coffee filter, a piece of brown leather and dew drops. To get the placement of the dew drops perfect, I used some Embellie Gellie for precision.   Also in my stash were some awesome Starbucks resin pieces that were perfect for this box!  The four tiny coffee cups served as the feet of my box, and the round piece on my bow on top. I am guilty of hoarding these and am so glad I did, they look great on this project!  I also placed a gold coffee cup charm on the top of one of the coffee stirrers using the Best Glue Ever.  Finally, scrabble tiles were added to spell out "java" after they were inked up and put on one side of the box.  As always,when I finish a project, I use a squirt of the Best Cleaner Ever on the Perfect Cleaning Cloth to clean up in a jiffy.   Take a look:










Thank you so much for stopping by today and checking out my coffee lovers embellished gift box!  I will be back again as a Guest DT since I use my ScraPerfect family of products all the time.  I look forward to seeing you then.
                                    
Happy Crafting,

Kim Lippincott








                                     

Calling All Coffee Lovers

Hi crafters, Kim L. here today as a Guest DT to share a fun and easy way to wrap a gift for the coffee lover in your life,  The concept for this gift box can be applied to any theme you can imagine, and it's sure to be a crowd pleaser.  I designed this box with a Starbucks theme since it is my favorite coffee. The only thing to keep in mind is that the gift has to fit inside the box.  Some ideas would be K cups, a bag of coffee, or a coffee mug. With the help of many of the amazing products from ScraPerfect,  here is what I created:


I started with a cardboard box and collected all of my coffee themed supplies from my stash.  I used the
Best Glue Ever (with the No Clog Writing Cap on it) to adhere a piece of coffee dyed paper to the inside bottom of the box to make it sturdy.As  you can see, you only need to use small dots of the Best Glue Ever, so a little goes a long way!





Next, I embossed some chipboard pieces from my stash with a heat tool and white embossing powder to help it stand out on the box. I swiped each piece first with the Perfect Crafting Pouch for it's anti-static properties.




To further decorate the box,I used the Best Glue Ever to secure polka dot brown card stock from my stash.  I also used some coffee stirrers and cardboard sleeves that I had saved as embellishments.
 Foam tape was secured to the coffee sleeve for dimension.  You can also see brown glitter card stock used throughout my project and well as brown ink that was applied with an edger.



I wanted to make the top of the box special, so I make a very big bow using everything brown I could find in my stash, including:  eyelash trim, gross grain ribbon, organdy ribbon, a crinkled coffee filter, a piece of brown leather and dew drops. To get the placement of the dew drops perfect, I used some Embellie Gellie for precision.   Also in my stash were some awesome Starbucks resin pieces that were perfect for this box!  The four tiny coffee cups served as the feet of my box, and the round piece on my bow on top. I am guilty of hoarding these and am so glad I did, they look great on this project!  I also placed a gold coffee cup charm on the top of one of the coffee stirrers using the Best Glue Ever.  Finally, scrabble tiles were added to spell out "java" after they were inked up and put on one side of the box.  As always,when I finish a project, I use a squirt of the Best Cleaner Ever on the Perfect Cleaning Cloth to clean up in a jiffy.   Take a look:










Thank you so much for stopping by today and checking out my coffee lovers embellished gift box!  I will be back again as a Guest DT since I use my ScraPerfect family of products all the time.  I look forward to seeing you then.
                                    
Happy Crafting,

Kim Lippincott