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Catching up – Love Blocks

Wow.  I keep sitting down to blog and just can’t seem to get it done, lol!  Re-discovered Twittering though, lol, so if you REALLY want to know what’s happening in the oh-so-exciting life of Jenna, you’re welcome to follow me!  I’m michaelcsmommyj on there, since I can’t for the life of me figure out how to put one of those cute little feeds in my sidebar (WordPress has issues with different kinds of code being put on their blogs – apparently the version I tried wasn’t well liked…).  🙂

Meanwhile, I have all kinds of things I need to get caught up on here!  Some projects that I can share (hehe, and some I can’t!), news, several weeks worth of Shout Outs, lol!

So let’s start with a project I made for the Helmar Adhesives DT.  Have I mentioned how much I love their adhesives?  I’m waiting for our DT coordinator to send out new boxes of everything I’ve already run out of, lol!  This started out as just four little unfinished 1.5″ wood blocks (Lara’s Crafts).

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I painted all the edges pink (Making Memories) then trimmed the Basic Grey paper to fit.  I used the Helmar Professional Acid Free Glue to adhere the papers to the wood – this really works well for this purpose and dries fast so you can keep moving right along!  I used the Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive to attach the letters.  The letters are actually old L’il Davis Designs clay letters.  They were originally gold and silver but I dabbed on some of the Making Memories paint then added some glitter (Art Institute Glitter) over the top of the wet paint.

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I spritzed some Prima flowers (using flowers to mimic leaves as well) lightly with Glimmer Mists and attached them and the rhinestone centers (Westrim) with the Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive as well.

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The final step was to use Swarovski beads (Cousin Corp) and Helmar Gemstone Glue to build up the final tower.  It makes a nice little decor item for a tabletop.  🙂

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Another Birdhouse

It’s been a while since I’ve made one of these!  I’ve missed it.  But I pre-painted up several of them so plan on seeing some more here soon!

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This one used some K & Co. papers I fell in love with.  They match my living room, lol.  Or at least two of the colors in my living room.  anyways, I took some felt flowers from Creative Impressions and spritz them with Glimmer Mist and then added Making Memories crystal brads to the center.  But wait!  I used Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive to attach them.  Tracy, our DT leader had mentioned that the 450 wasn’t suitable for use with flat-backed crystals because it reacted with the backs of them.  Well, enough of the glue went past the prongs and hit the crystal backs.  And reacted.  And it is actually a really cool look, lol!  It’s no longer got that faceted crystal look, but more of a crackled…I don’t know, but I like it.

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I also used the Helmar 450 to attach this metallic ribbon from Michael’s to the rooflines.  It’s a slippery ribbon, so the quick grab on the 450 made this soooo much easier.

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And, of course, Mod Podge and acrylic paint from Plaid round out the supply list.

Wintery Frame

I made this frame (of course it’s one of the Michael’s $1 frames) last weekend from a sketch challenge at SNR’s Christmas crop.  I had skipped some elements (stitching around the outside and the title and journaling section in the top left corner).  The papers are all Basic Grey, outlined with my favorite – cinnamon Stickles.  The whole thing is also heavily sprayed down with Glimmer ist (especially the sides – the silvery blue over the brown paint ties in really nicely with the papers on the front) The picture of it has been sitting here on my computer waiting to be posted, but the frame itself has been sitting on top of my monitor mocking me.  Sitting across the room from it last night I finally figured out I didn’t like it the way it was and finally knew why.  Here’s how it originally looked:

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Yup, it needed a snowflake up in that corner!  I had known I wanted to use it with a snow day pic of my son (which is also why I “moved” the big roundish element from the bottom right hand corner up a bit – originally it was more of a side of a sunset look and I wanted more of a snowball look so pulled it out of the corner a bit).  So how I hadn’t thought of adding a snowflake before eludes me.  🙂  Maybe because I’m rebelling against winter in general, lol – the only good snowflake is a crafted version, IMO!  So anyways, here’s the final version.  It’s grungeboard (LOVE this holiday themed set – so glad I begged my lss to get it in for me!)  I squished it onto my moonlight white Brilliance pad (my go-to inkpad for snowflakes this winter, lol) then hit it with the same Glimmer Mist (Frost) to get the blue tones into it.  Adhered it with some Helmar Scrap Dots to pop it up a bit then edged it with the cinammon Stickles.  I layered a second grungeboard snowflake covered in Stickles over it with more Helmar Scrap Dots (really loving this stuff!).  I almost started fluffing with it some more, digging through my embellishments to see what ELSE I could add to it, but much as I love the whole layered/piled on look, I just can’t make myself do it most of the time.  I get to a point and just decide “it’s done”.  One of these days though – because I’ll NEVER whittle this stash down if I don’t start getting it USED, lol!

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Snowy Canvas Frame

Remember those little white easel-backed canvas frames EK Success used to have?  Well I still have a handful of them left and thought I’d pull one out for a quick holiday project.  I first painted the sides and back with a pearl Lumiere paint for a nice subtle shimmer.  Then I covered the front with some Heidi Grace snowflake paper.  The dots around the center are Scribbles and the snow on the outer edge of the frame is Delta’s Fantasy Snow.

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Now this stuff is NOT the easiest thing to work with (though I definitely prefer it to DecoArt’s Snow-Tex).  You need to apply it with a palette knife or something similar and it takes some nudging to get the flakes (big, gorgeous glitter flakes) all situated to completely cover your surface.  Fair warning – the end result doesn’t look ANYTHING like the picture on the jar – this product is white based and the pic makes it look like it will be more clear.  But it’s still a really pretty product.   And on top of it all, just because you can’t sparkle TOO much, there’s a nice misting of Glimmer Mist.

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Peppermint Candy Tree

I bought a package of these paper mache cones at Michael’s ages ago meaning to play with them for Christmas.  They were over in the decoupage section (with the decorative tissue papers and such) by a company called Artifacts and they’re really nice, thick paper mache.  The cones don’t go all the way to a tip though, which made finishing off the top difficult (lol – the reason the bow became part of the design…).

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I used an EK circle punch to punch out the peppermint candy looking designs from a sheet of Basic Grey paper and just started gluing them onto the base using a liquid adhesive (quick drying, since you have to sit and hold the papers down until it tacks).  After all the circles were attached (and some fidgeting with the top to create a cone where there was none), I added Stickles to the centers for some bling.  Then I misted the whole tree with Glimmer Mists.

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I found this piece of nice, satin ribbon but it was a bright red, which didn’t match the darker red in the paper. So I started playing with the glimmer mists and finally after a mixture of a brown and a black mist and spreading it around with my fingers, I got the look I wanted (well, kind of).  It’s a bit splotchy in places, but the paper itself had a bit of a distressed effect as well so I decided I liked it after all.

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To finish it off, I took a snowflake from Technique Tuesday and covered it in Stickles then added a bunch of rhinestones from Westrim as well.

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Home Sweet Home Altered Shutter

This was originally a finished seasonal piece I had purchased.  It had cutesy snowmen or something or other and I got tired of it almost immediately, lol, but LOVED the frame itself.  Already distressed and ready to go!  I simply added some My Mind’s Eye papers and cardstock to the centers of the frames.  I used a paper from the same line to cover a Valentine’s Day chipboard heart from Making Memories and use some Stickles to edge it and give a little more pop to the letters.  The little wood houses come four to a pack at Hobby Lobby for a dollar, I believe.

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The mottled look on the “Home” letters was completely a happy accident!  I had attempted to use Glimmer Mist on my Zsiage Scrapbook Film letters and I didn’t like the result.  When I went to spray paint over them, I went right over the Glimmer Mist and got that neat look.  Then I took the Glimmer Mist again over the top and rubbed at it a bit with a damp rag when it was almost dry to give it that little bit of gold.  It looks like aged hammered iron and really went well with the existing hardware.  Sorry the photo really doesn’t do it justice!

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Happy Halloween!

I have to admit, this one will be strange for me.  It will be my first without taking my son trick-or-treating.  I’ll be taking him over to his dad’s this afternoon and he’ll go out tonight over there in Champaign with his dad.  I’ll definitely be taking some pics beforehand though of my little skeleton!  I was thinking about stopping by a cemetery for some pics – luckily it’s supposed to be a gorgeous day so wish me luck!

I have a couple of Halloween projects left to show you (and a few more that I can’t share until next month so if you want to see them, you’ll need to check them out in the October issue of Scrapbook News + Review!

First, meet Jack!  This little wooden Jack-O-lantern was in the $1 bin at Michael’s last year and I got it for my son.  Well, Michael doodled a bit on one side with a marker then got bored and threw it away, lol.  Of course, I rescued it and dug it out this year to do something with it.  It was really quick – I covered it with paper from K & Co (this is where the scraps for yesterday’s earrings came from).  Edged everything with shiny black Scribbles (Duncan) and gave the spiders each a shot of Stickles (Ranger).  Found some old Twistel (think this one was DMD) to tie around the top and added a curled tag from Making Memories.  Then I hit the whole thing with some black gold Glimmer Mists (Tattered Angels) – I did this from a prety good distance to get the coverage the way I wanted it.  Something I want to point out is I LOVE how Glimmer Mists look on the Twistel (which I still have a huge stash of, lol) – definitely will be doing this again!  Usually I paint the back as well but I left Michael’s original artwork intact on this one!  I can’t decide if I want to put this in front of a candle or hang it in a window.  Sorry for the bad pics – I wanted to re-take them outside but just never got around to it.

Off to go photograph my little haunted house now!