These were a gift to our friends for their daughter’s first Christmas.
I used a LOT of glitter. I made a mess. Embrace it. The results are worth it!
The glitter I used, from red to purple:
- #7 – Red Rose – Ultrafine Opaque Glitter
- #349 – Garnet Red – Ultrafine Opaque Glitter
- #56 – Pumpkin Orange – - Ultrafine Opaque Glitter
- #350 – Butterscotch – Ultrafine Opaque Glitter
- #361 – Cat Eyes Yellow – Ultrafine Opaque Glitter
- #280 – Lime Rind Green – Ultrafine Opaque Glitter
- #109 – Cavalado Green – Ultrafine Opaque Glitter
- #234 – Turquoise Blue/Green – Ultrafine Opaque Glitter
- #113 – Sky Blue – Ultrafine Opaque Glitter
- #270 – Chesapeake Blue – Ultrafine Transparent Glitter
- #24 – Royal Wink Blue – Ultrafine Opaque Glitter
- #13 – Plum Pink (Purple) – Ultrafine Opaque Glitter
And I used 3D Embossit Art Glitter Adhesive to give the areas I glittered a little bit of a lift.
Here are the shoes prior to starting… (if you happen to want these shoes, I sell them on ebay)
First, I removed the bows from the shoes…
Then I smothered one shoe in glue using a paintbrush…
I then started slowly adding glitter in the red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple order…
I did the same thing to shoe #2 and voila… here they are all finished:
With the leftover glitter (isn’t it gorgeous?!), I made a few gift tags. I smothered each tag in glue using my finger and pressed it into the glitter, like so:
Today I’ll be making a hanging Thanksgiving sign out of a vintage postcard that I found at an antique shop.
I scanned that postcard in, blew it up and printed it. I used a piece of chip board, for the base of the sign.
I used pinking shears to cut out the enlarged vintage postcard copy and the “give thanks” page (see below) and outlined the image using Art Glitter Vintage Glass Golden Glow #612 Glitter and Art Glitter Designer Dries Clear glue to put that glitter on.
I then got an 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of white card stock and used one of my Tombow Dual Brush Pens #098 in Avacado green to write “Give Thanks” over and over and over again to use as a background for my sign…
Here’s the sign as I added more colors of glitter. Art Glitter Vintage Glass Red Damask #608 Glitter, Ultrafine Opaque Cat Eyes yellow glitter #361, Ultrafine Transparent Clear Glitter #89 Martini, and Ultrafine Opaque Calvado Green #109.
While the glitter dried, I started to put together my antique crepe paper border. I decided to use my new Tombow Stamp Tape Runner to put this together…
I have to say… I was very pleasantly surprised! Normally when I put on a crepe paper edge ruffle like this on anything, I use hot glue or wet glue and I make a MESS. This tape was easy to put down in straight line…
And as I folded the crepe paper, I could turn the Stamp runner vertically and push down the handle to give me just a small square of the tape. It was awesome!
The great part about the tape is that it’s not permanent until you press it down hard and leave it for a while. If I put down the crepe paper, but didn’t like it, I had time to move it and it didn’t tear the crepe paper.
So I was able to finish the frame in no time… it’s the fastest crepe paper border I’ve ever done!
I then quickly added my orange crepe paper. Which is just white crepe paper painted with orange watercolor to give it a muddled-faded look.
I then put down my “Give Thanks” page, again using the Stamp Runner.
And then the Thanksgiving postcard…
I then put down some Tombow Mono Multi Liquid glue, which is acid free and has two sides with two different applicators. One with a flat nose, for putting it onto paper, and one with a fine tip for smaller projects. This glue is super sticky and stretches, too. I put my ribbon into a daub of glue on one side, then the other.
Added some glittered flowers…
And a bow on top… and it’s finished!
Trick or Squirrel…
We’ve only been in our new place for 6 months, so we aren’t used to the comings and goings of things like a family of racoons, a few cats and tons of birds, including sea gulls.
Also, to our surprise, fruit! Strawberries on the ground, plums on the neighbor’s tree that dropped earlier this summer then behold… Meg’s absolute favorite… Apples!
OH SO MANY apples…
Then one day… there appeared ONE pear hanging over the neighbor’s fence. The day it fell was monumental…
It smelled different…
It rolled a bit differently when she pounced on it…
She respectfully studied this lone pear before eating it…
The pear was pretty fantastic, but she really REALLY loves the apples (which are sort of sour, in case you were wondering. AND, if I cut them up and give them to her away from the yard… she doesn’t want to eat them. It’s the whole playing-with-your-food thing that she really enjoys).
And yes, we know about apple seeds. We are super careful and supervise each snack :)
So, the other day… the gardener came and trimmed back some bushes in the yard and THIS appeared…
My guess is that it’s a pummelo. I had to look that up. I’ve never seen one of these in person!
What’s going to grow next?!?
A Halloween hare…
After I made 3 garlands a few weeks ago, I decided to add another little touch to the grouping…
Little glittered ghosts!
Here’s what I used:
- Frosted vellum paper
- Helmar Vellum Adhesive Spray
- Art Institute Ultrafine Transparent Glitter – #85 Crystal
- Masking tape
- Thin white sheer ribbon
- Large piece of paper to spray on
First I cut the ghosts out of vellum, punched a hole in the top of each, then I cut eyes and the “Boo” shapes out of masking tape and stuck them on the ghosts. I them lightly taped the ghosts with double stick tape to a large piece of paper.
Next… do this outside! You are going to be using spray adhesive and making a mess. I put a pretty substantial layer of spray glue on the ghosts and poured glitter over that…
Then I poured even more glitter on them all.
After I let the dry for a while, I removed the masking tape carefully to reveal my subtle non-glittered eyes and “boo”s.
I put ribbon through the hole in the top of the ghost and slowly started adding them to my other garlands.
Then I added all of the ghosts…
until it was packed!
These would also be fun as gift tags, hanging in chandeliers or as little ornaments on a tree!
Last year, I got a lot of fun Globecraft Memories & Piccolo crafting materials in the mail, including a great kit to make a clear bubble style ornament, which I’ve always wanted to try!
So, I decided to make a quick little Halloween ornament packed with dangles and baubles.
This piece has a lot going on and a lot to explain!
On the front bubble side I decided to have a glittered fence with a gate. The back bubble is filled with assorted glitter and large rhinestones. Sort of like a waterglobe. I decided that I wanted to have a clear acetate piece in the middle with a design on it, sandwiched between the two bubbles, so you could see all the way through it and to keep the glitter isolated to one side. So, the first thing I did was trace the bubble dome shape onto a piece of acetate and cut it out. I drew a design of an old spooky house on a hill in chalk on some black paper and put the acetate over it so I could paint the design onto the acetate.
I then used a tiny brush and some black acrylic paint to put the design onto the acetate.
While that was drying, I decided to get my gears and key charms all ready to to. In my Globecraft Memories and Piccolo sample pack, I got some super cool Piccolo paper charms. They’ve come up with a great product that gives you results like you would get with real kiln-based metal or porcelain enamel, but you don’t need a kiln or fancy special tools and expensive supplies. For this project, I used the Steampunk Gears Charm Set and the Vintage Lock and Keys Charm Set. The instructions say to use embossing glue or ink, but I ended up using Art Institute Designer dries clear adhesive. Then, I liberally poured the special Piccolo Vintage Copper enameling powder on each piece and tapped off the excess. The instructions say to put one coat on the back of the charm, and two on the front, but I just put one large coat over each charm.
I let those dry and then marched them downstairs to “enamel” them. The instructions say to heat the enameling powder the same as you would embossing powder, to use a heat gun or put into a 400 degree oven for 60-80 seconds. I decided to try the hot plate approach (the only way I’ve ever used enameling powder). I made a little tin foil tray and put the charms in. Don’t move them, don’t flip them and don’t try to pry them off of a cooled tin foil tray. I removed each charm from the still-hot aluminum foil tray using a straight pin, let them air cool and then put them down on my quartz countertops to cool them quickly. If you let them cool in the aluminum, they stick to it and it’s fairly difficult to pry them off.
This technique produced some really REALLY cool results! The copper was bumpy, looked old and imperfect and there was plenty of that gorgeous green patina sprinkled throughout. I have often wondered how Disneyland made metal look old, rusty and full of patina, especially on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride… they must use a technique like this. I had a lot of fun doing this and can’t wait to come up with more uses for it.
(Now I’m wishing I would have used it on that front gate I glittered on this piece… darn it!)
I then covered these pieces with Piccolo’s Glastique Gloss to make each piece thicker, seal in the gorgeous color and give it a good solid sheen.
So, to take an inventory of what else I was going to put on or in my ornament… here are my gears, keys, a brown dangling crystal that I found in my junk jar, some Graphic 45 Halloween Clocks, a chipboard Keyhole charm from the Olde Curiosity Shop Line and a Graphic 45 paper fence that I ended up x-acto cutting out and glittering with Art Institute #79 Black Ultrafine Opaque glitter, some flat back crystals (I glued two together so they were round and could be put in the back snow globe bubble of my ornament) and some glitter that will go in the back bubble, too. I chose Art Institute Elements Beehive, which is like glitter, sand and lovely bits of earth all rolled into one, and Art Institute Fine Vintage Glass Glitter – #612 Golden Glow.
After I cut out and glittered that little gate (Still wishing I would have made it copper!), I glued it in front of my acetate house onto a chipboard ring, put down one of the clear dome bubbles, then put another ring on top which I glittered way ahead of time using Art Institute #79 Black Ultrafine Opaque glitter). I then used some heavy duty clamps to hold it in place while the excessive amounts of glue I used, dried.
After the glittered front ring was dry (oops, looks like it’s going to need some touch-up glitter!), I laid out my gears and paper clock to get ready to glue them down…
And then I glued them on using Art Institute Designer dries clear adhesive.
While that was drying, I poured in the Beehive Elements Glitter and the Vintage Gold Glass Glitter into the back bubble and added those crystals I had set aside…
And carefully glued it to the back of the front dome and capped it off with the back black glittered chipboard oval. Again, I used way too much glue, so I made sure not to move this while it was drying, or the loose glitter would just stick to the sides (and then it’s no longer a free-sprinking snow globe, but more of just a solid mass of glitter).
And here it is finished after I added all the keys, the pocket watch clock and that crystal and excessive amounts of ribbon!
For my first bubble ornament, it’s not too shabby. It was a lot of fun to make… can’t wait to make more!
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