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Beautiful Life Wall Hanging

This was a project I made for Helmar that went to CHA to go in the booth.  I miss it!  This paper line from Bo Bunny really looked great in my living room – going to have to hunt down some more and make a new one, lol!  For the base of the wall hanging, I used chipboard pieces from Creekbank Creations.  I think I’ve mentioned their chipboard before as I use it especially on jewelry.  It’s much denser than anything else on the market so it’s super strong and will hold up to any kind of application – paint, Mod Podge, inks, etc. without any warping.  They are local for me, so I can get my hands on their products easily but it’s not as readily available elsewhere so if you’d like to try it, you’d probably need to check their online store or see them at an event.  They have a whole second “store” that travels to all the CK conventions and lots of other events.  So if you’re at one of those, stop by and try this chipboard – they have lots of mini books and shapes and pages of cutouts plus will do custom word books.

Anyways, back to the project.  Again, I relied mainly on the paper and a page of cutouts that goes with the Beautiful Life line and just accented with lots of Stickles.  Some Prima flowers and epoxy washers from EK (Rebecca Sower’s Attic line) and a piece of ribbon from American Crafts and lots of Helmar adhesives to put it all together!  The little wooden house shape was a craft store find – they came in a package of four for $1, I think.






Heart Canvas Frame

Oops!  Still trying to get all these Valentine’s projects posted before the end of February.  😉

This little canvas frame took NO time at all.  You could literally make this in a half hour and give it for a gift a couple hours later (just to be sure the paint and glue were totally dry, lol).  The frame is one that EK used to sell – not sure if they still do or not?  Being canvas, it takes paint like a dream and I used Jacquard Lumiere paint to cover it in pink.  The rest is simply adding a few Prima flowers and some pre-glittered chipboard shapes from Scrapworks.  I used Helmar’s 450 Quick Dry Adhesive so it dried fast and strong.  Done!  Change up the colors and theme and you can have instant gifts for family, friends, relatives, teachers…



Love is All You Need Magnet

This was a quick little project that pretty much just came from the need to play with the Basic Grey Bittersweet line some more.  😉  I used a chipboard heart from Making Memories and covered it with the striped paper.  Then the hearts and quote are both stickers I layered and then edged with Distress Stickles (Ranger).  The dots around the edges are more Distress Stickles.  Added 3 small button magnets to the back using Helmar’s 450 Quick Dry Glue and voila – instant love for my fridge.




New Helmar Project – Bittersweet Bracelet

I have instructions for this bracelet up on the Helmar Adhesives DT blog this morning!  🙂  Come check out the picture of the whole bracelet and find out how to make your own


And don’t forget the Helmar USA giveaway ends Saturday, January 31,  as well, so make sure you’ve entered here!

Just spread the word about Helmar USA’s fabulous adhesives (seriously, they really are!) and you could get this in the mail to keep you busy!


Here’s the details on how to get your chance at one of TWO prize packages that will be drawn tomorrow:

Here are the guidelines.  Post a message, photos, links, information, etc. (be creative) on your blogs/message boards/etc. about your excitement for Helmar Adhesives.  Leave a comment attached to this post with a link to your post.  Let us know your favorite products!  How you heard of us, a link to our website (www.helmarusa.com), which product are you most excited to try.  Tell the world we will be at CHA Winter 2009 in Anaheim booth #2260 and have them stop by and see the Helmar Team!  Every individual post counts as an entry so the more posts increases your odds of winning (please leave one comment with a link to your post for each individual post).

Joy Wall Hanging

Here’s another one of the Making Memories chipboard pieces I altered.  I really love how this one came out – it was in the November/December issue of SNR as well.

Supply list:

Chipboard word – Making Memories
Patterned paper – The Paper Element
Grungeboard reindeer and snowflakes – Tim Holtz for Advantus
Charm – Provo Craft
Stickles – Ranger
Paint – Ranger
Other – ribbon

Just a note about the paper – have I mentioned how much I LOVE Paper Element’s papers?  Besides the fabulous designs, this has a texture that is simply delicious.  They’re located just a couple of hours away so a road trip may be in order one of these days…


Noel Tree

Ok, Michael’s back in school so I’m going to get caught back up on my blogging and try to get all the rest of my Christmas projects posted here in the next few days so bear with me!  Once they’re done I promise not to subject you to any more Christmas until at least…July, maybe? You’ll probably see numerous posts from me today and then I’ll move them to the dates I MEANT to post them (oops).  My drafts folder here on WordPress is getting a little out of hand because I haven’t had time to FINISH anything I start with Michael home (plus I watched the two little girls next door through the break – it’s been…an experience…).

I finally broke out my huge collection of those big Making Memories chipboard shapes and played this season.  Most I ended up just adding one of those 3M velcro hanger thingy’s to the back of and stuck them here and there around the house, but they also make nice ornaments tucked into a tree.  This one is my ode to Elsie, lol!  I picked up a page kit at an lss garage sale – actually just a bunch of leftovers from the Noel line she had put together into a bag.  Gotta admit – the whole doodly thing is just not…my thing, lol!  Maybe because I just can’t do it myself.  Anyways, I did love this little line though!  I simply used one piece of the paper (which I love, doodles and all!), some chipboard buttons (have to use a real adhesive on these – the “self-stick” lasts all of five minutes), and a few of the rubbery accents as well.  Quick and cute.


Noel Ornament/Stocking Hanger

I know, I know, Christmas is over and you probably don’t want to see these, but I still have a few Christmas projects to share with you that were in the November/December issue of SNR!  So bear with me and I’ll try to get them all done up and scheduled for the upcoming week then I’ll move on, I promise!

I made this as a hanger to hang a few special ornaments on.  The plaque with hooks was from Walnut Hollow and one I’ve used before (I use this one to hang my purse and keys on in my entryway) – it alters quickly because it’s a single, simple shape to cover and you can spend your time in decorating mode.  🙂  I used some paint from I started with some Scrapworks paper and the chipboard letters are also Scrapworks.  The ribbon (from L’il Davis Designs from years and years ago) has lightweight wires so that helped with my bow-tying deficiencies, lol!


What you can’t see well in the picture is that I used a gold glaze from Delta/Rubber Stampede over the whole thing.  I wet down a makeup sponge, wring the excess water, then use that to apply the glaze all over.  Tap it off on some scrap paper first so you’re applying light layers and build them up.  Pretty much the same technique I use with the Making Memories glazes.   Over the front it’s pretty light (catches the light beautifully though) and I used a lot more on the sides, which you can’t see.


The charms are also really old from Provo Craft.  I LOVE these and have carefully hoarded my little collection (the product was called “Changles”) – aren’t they darling!