Celebrate Fall

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Welcome Fall! I love fall. It is one of my favorite times of year. I love those crisp, cool evenings and mild, sunny days. The sky seems bluer and the sun seems brighter in the fall. And then Mother Nature offers a generous treat as leaves turn orange, yellow and red. It is beautiful!

So, when we were asked to make a fall project for this month’s Elizabeth Crafts Designs’ Designers Challenge, I jumped at the opportunity to bring some of those fall colors into my house with a banner.

This banner uses BRAND-NEW TAG DIES from Elizabeth Crafts Designs. The dies come in pieces so you can make dozens of different tags out of the same set of dies. I chose to use Tags & More 3 — Leaves to make the banner.

The banners are easy to use and I wanted to give you step-by-step directions to show you how.IMGP0838 1. Cut cardstock 4×5″. Tape outer die onto cardstock with removable tape (I use Washi Tape). Run it through die-cutter.IMGP0839 2. Remove first die and lay on leaves die — matching holes and making sure it is even. Tape it down and die cut it.IMGP0841 3. Use scissors to trim the edge of the die-cut portion off. Then use a paper trimmer to make the rest of the tag the same width. With this system, the tag can be any length.

IMGP0842 4. Use the circle die (included in the package) to cut holes on each side of the tags. This is where they will attach to each other.

IMGP0843 5. To create a back panel to provide color behind the leaves, cut a piece of cardstock (or paper) 4×2″. Tape the curved die and die cut it. Then adhere it to the back of the tags.

IMGP08466. Use a variety of colors and patterns to repeat the tags, so they look like this. (I used paper from Doodlebug’s new fall line Friendly Forest).

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7. Cut out a variety of photo corners, flowers and leaves from the die set and adhere as shown. I also added some strips of paper. Coat fall Peel-Offs with Elizabeth Craft Designs Silk Microfine Glitter and color with Copics. Cut out designs and adhere as shown.
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8. I painted chipboard letters and included those, as well. I used brads to cover the hole in the flowers, but you could also paper or a gem.

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9. Tie tulle (May Arts) to first and last tags at the top. Also use it to connect each of the tags together.

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10. I decided to go back to my finished banner and add hangers. I used a Crop-A-Dile and decorative eyelet, but you could also use the circle die to make the holes, if you did it before the tags were all decorated. Then, attach twine (May Arts) to the tags to serve as hangers.

Here’s another look at my completed banner … I love it!IMGP0909

 

Happy Halloween

I hate Halloween.

I don’t like spiders or vampires or things that go bump in the night and I find the whole holiday rather creepy. I know, it is supposed to be that way, but frankly there is nothing about being scared that appeals to me. So I avoid all things related to Halloween — normally.

But then new paper started arriving at Capture A Memory and I fell in love. So, when I was asked to make some samples for the store, I agreed and came up with these from the new line Hallowe’en by Reminisce.

 

This piece of Halloween art is made with a picture frame made for a 4×6 photo. The center is a giant sticker from Reminisce — yes, a 4×6 sticker! How perfect is that. I then used a bit of Art Glitter Designer Dries Clear Adhesive to glue a bit of baker’s twine around the edge of the frame.

Then I added some orange buttons I found in my stash. I attached them with Glue Dots Pop Up because the thick adhesive allows them to attach firmly to the uneven levels on the frame.

Finally, I grabbed in old bottle cap from my stash, flattened it with a mallet and used a 1″ punch to cut a picture out of another sheet of Reminisce paper and then glued it to the frame.

Super simple, super easy and super cute!

Next, I turned my attention to a little altered book. I started with a mini composition book … Staples usually has these in stock this time of year for about .50 each. They are 3 1/4″ x 4 1/2″ — the perfect size for a pad to fit in the purse or for a little gift to someone special.

I covered the book cover with paper from the Reminisce line and sanded the edges so they matched the shape of the book. Then I cut out the little girl greeting from another sheet and attached it. I wrapped twine around a few times and added a little charm from My Mind’s Eye.

Another super easy, super cute project!

Finally, I used some of the papers to make a layout for the store. I cut the little pumpkin guys out and used dimensional foam to adhere them.

My dislike of Halloween is so great, I don’t have any photos to use, so it is going to the store without the picture!

Stop by Capture-A-Memory to see all of these projects in person, or click on the photos for a better view.

 

Bunny Water: Updated

UPDATE: I can’t believe I completely forgot the most important part of this project.

Once finished, I coated the all of the paper and stickers with Glue ‘n Seal by Ranger. This product goes on white/semi-clear and dries crystal clear. It comes in either matte or gloss (I used matte). Once dry, it becomes waterproof. I know it is hard to believe, but I did a birdhouse some time ago and coated it in Glue ‘n Seal. It has been sitting outside in the weather ever since and although some of the papers have faded, there is absolutely no deterioration from water. It is amazing.

So, I coated these papers in Glue ‘n Seal, too, since there is no way to continually fill and pour from a pop bottle without dripping a bit of water. Thank you, Ranger, for another great project!

 

Our rabbits are not located near a water source. So, we fill up a container in the kitchen sink, take it out back and then fill each of the bunny’s water bowls.

My husband decided a 2-liter bottle works best (and he’s right). The cap prevents any spillage along the way and it holds more than enough water to wash out and refill the bowls.

But, looking at an empty pop container in my kitchen was not an option, so I altered it …

I used the Summer Fresh line from Simple Stories. It has that country feel that matches perfectly in my kitchen. (click on the photos for a larger view).

I removed the label off the pop bottle and wrapped it in the navy floral print. Since the circumference of the bottle is longer than 12″, it left a gap on the back side. I created a tag out of another sheet of paper and attached it so it looks like this …

Then I added a bunny I cut out with my Cricut and a variety of stickers to complete the look.

The word water was printed off of my Cricut using my Gyspy. The letters that make “bunny” are just some left over sticker letters from long ago.

I love how it turned out and I think I might be making another … though probably not for the bunnies. I think this is a great idea to create custom labels so the bottles of soda match the decor at your next party.

Easter Tubes

I absolutely love Easter paper. Those little bunnies and chicks are just so cute!

Unfortunately, I never seem to have really good Easter photos to scrapbook. So, I have learned to improvise.

Instead of scrapbooking Easter photos, I used the Easter papers to make these adorable little holiday gifts:

Aren’t they adorable filled with Starburst Jelly Beans?!

I used papers by Three Bugs in a Rug and Best Creation Inc. to make them. Then, I added some My Mind’s Eye Twine, ribbon and little Peeps cutouts made with a Lifestyle Crafts die. (Click on the photo for a larger version).

For the tops, I used the Tim Holtz Tattered Flowers die. Before I cut out the flowers, I used a Wendy Vecchi technique and Ranger’s Glue and Seal to adhere the papers to Clearly for Art by Studio 490. Then, I cut them out and heated them with a heat tool. While warm, they can be molded in any way you desire and when they cool, they retain their shape no matter what. It’s a really neat technique that I have used a lot recently. Check out Wendy’s blog for more information.

Here’s one of the flower tops: 

I used a bit of Distress Ink and a brad for the center.

Altered Cupcakes

I have altered lots of things using Glue Dots … picture frames, jars, boxes, books, signs, etc. So, when Glue Dots asked me to make something that was altered for this month’s submission, it took me a while to come up with something I haven’t already altered.

And then, it hit me … I have never altered a cupcake for Glue Dots!

So, with the Lifestyle Crafts Scalloped Cupcake Liner set, I altered this cupcake …

I used Craft Glue Dots on this one … they are the ones I choose most often, since they seem to hold really well.

I used them to connect the leaves and flowers to the lollipop stick, as well as to attach the edges of the cupcake liner and the scalloped paper button.

The paper is from American Crafts.

Summer Party

Who says a backyard BBQ can’t be a fun and elegant event?

Glue Dots asked me to create summer party decorations and while that idea was bouncing around in my head, I found this paper by My Mind’s Eye. The rest, shall we say, was serendipity. I love the juxtaposition between formal and playful created in this table setting.

I have directions for each piece, so you might want to grab a cup of coffee before reading …

First is the place mat. I used one sheet of 12×12 paper for the middle. Then, I cut 2 4×12 strips for each side.

I applied Continuous Line Glue Dots to the front of blue pattern so 1 inch of the paper ended up behind the middle piece for stability. The final size is 18×12.

Finally, I used Memory Book Glue Dots to attach strips of paper and cut outs from My Mind’s Eye to the front. Simple and cute!

Candy’s Tip: When working with punch out die cuts, use a sanding block (I love the one by Tim Holtz) to take off the little paper nubbies where the die cut was attached to sheet of paper.

For the place card, I used a leftover piece of paper, folded and scored. I then used one of the labels from the die cut sheet by My Mind’s Eye, attached with Memory Book Glue Dots, along with a portion of the die cut border, attached with Mini Glue Dots, and a star attached with a Pop Glue Dot for extra dimension.

For the napkin ring, I tied raffia around the napkin. Then, I punched out one of the die cuts from My Mind’s Eye. I added a brad to the center and then attached it to the raffia with a Craft Glue Dot.

The jar is my favorite part of the collection. It started life as a mini milk jar filled with Prima flowers. I cut a strip of paper that would fit the jar, applied Glue Lines to one edge of the paper and then carefully wrapped it around the jar, securing with more Glue Lines at the end. I used the same technique to add the red star border.

For the decorative edge, I attached Mini Glue Dots at each of the red dots and then wrapped it around the jar. I added a few stars from the cut-out sheet as well.

Finally, I took another cut out, added a few brads and attached with Craft Glue Dots.

I filled the jar with some decorative rocks left over from another project.

And now, the pinwheels.

I wanted them to be able to spin in the breeze, so after a bit of online research and trial and error, this is what I came up with …

Start with a square of double-sided paper. I made mine with two different size squares.

Then cut a diagonal line from each corner almost to the center. Put a Craft Glue Dot on every other corner and then attach it to the middle, but don’t crease it. You want it to be rolled rather than folded so it catches the wind.

Then, put an eyelet in the center of each one.

Next, I used a QuicKutz (Lifestyle Crafts) die cut to cut out two stars for each pinwheel. I poked a hole in one and threaded a bit of wire through it. Then, I folded it 90 degrees and added Craft Glue Dots, topping it with another star to make a sandwich.

Next, I poked a hole in a straw. Then, I picked up my star/wire sandwich and put a bead under the star, then the pinwheel, then another bead (or two if you have a larger pinwheel) and then stuck the wire through the straw. Finally, I wrapped the remaining wire around the straw and they are ready for a breeze!

This post was created while serving on the Glue Dots Design Team.

Birdy Easter Basket

Easter is, hands down, the best candy holiday.

But, if you have any chance of collecting jelly beans, Cadbury Creme Eggs or chocolate bunnies, you have to have a basket. Sure, you could buy one in the store … or you could use some of your crafting supplies to embellish a basket into a one-of-a-kind creation worthy of serving as a centerpiece on your dining room table.

I have had this particular basket for years. I think it once served as an Easter basket. When I got married, we added a little ribbon and used it to hold our tiny bottles of bubbles to hand out to guests. And, for the past several years, it has held things in my craft room. Since it holds so many memories, I thought it was time to make it a more prominent feature in the house.

Armed with a few die-cutting machines, papers from American Crafts (Peachy Keen), Craft Glue Dots®, Mini Glue Dots® and Micro Glue Dots® and a bag of paper scraps, I set to work. (Click on the photos to see a larger version). Here are the dies/companies I used: Fence, banner — Cheery Lynn Designs; large eggs — Papertrey Ink; nest and small eggs, sign, letters — QuicKutz; Easter Bunny — Cottage Cutz; house, cracked egg and birds — Cricut. I inked many of the cut outs with Distress Ink to add dimension.

I started by adhering ribbon to the outside of the basket. I used Craft Glue Dots® since they have such an amazing hold. I then tied a bit of leftover ribbon to the handles.

Next I adhered the letters to the banner and then added Liquid Pearls by Ranger. Once dry, I attached it to the basket.

I assembled the houses, adding brads for door knobs and making a chimney, and then used Craft Glue Dots® to attach it to the back of the basket and the fences to the rest of the basket. I tucked a few giant Easter eggs around the outside of the fence.

Then, I filled the basket with crumbled newspaper and then added Easter grass. I assembled the birds and then bent the bottoms so they would “sit” in the basket. They are only adhered on one side, but seem to stay in place.

Finally, I added the rest of the die cuts to finish the scene and then placed a few Easter eggs in the basket to finish it off.

I’m not sure if it was more fun to look at this one or make it!

This post was made while serving on the Glue Dots® design team.

Play Ball!

It may not feel like it with all of  the snow on the ground, but spring is just around the corner.

If you don’t believe me, just ask the professional baseball players who are in the midst of spring training. Granted, they are in Arizona and Florida, but they are gearing up to return to their hometowns  for opening day at the end of the month.

In Michigan, the Detroit Tigers won’t be in town until April 8 — after they beat New York and Baltimore — but I am ready for opening day with this pennant I made using cutting dies by Lifestyle Crafts and Glue Dots®.

To make a banner of your own:

Cut out cardstock pennants using the Nesting Pennants collection from Lifestyle Crafts in your team’s colors.

Attach the layers together using Craft Glue Dots.®

Stamp “Let’s” and “Go” with Hero Arts alphabet stamps and Ranger Adirondack Paint Dabbers in white. Use the same paint to cover chipboard letters in your team’s name. Once dry, attach them to the pennant with Micro Glue Dots®. Use a red marker to create baseball stitching on the letters. (This is easier after they are attached).

Use a thin black marker to apply faux stitching to the pennants.

For the baseball, punch or cut out a small circle and use Distress Ink to apply shading. Then add faux stitching with a red marker and attach with a Pop-Up Glue Dot®.

Finally, add Glue Lines® to the tabs of the pennants and wrap them around a bamboo skewer or straw. Cover any adhesive that shows on the back side with matching cardstock.

Now, you can hang the banner, plant it in a flower pot of grass or use it as a cake-top decoration.

Play ball!

I posted this while serving on the Glue Dots® Design Team.

What’s your fortune?

When I discovered this Chinese template box by Lifestyle Crafts, I knew I had to have it.

Chinese food holds a special place in my heart. When my husband and I went on our first date, which was also the first time we met in person, it was at a Chinese restaurant. Since then, we have spent every anniversary dining at the same Chinese restaurant. But that was just one of the reasons to get the box.

I also thought it would be a cute way to present little gifts for Valentine’s Day or Easter to my niece and nephew or co-workers.

Then I decided to make a 3-D banner …

This was so easy …

I used papers from Bo Bunny, TPC and Rusty Pickle.

First, I cut out the boxes using the template and my Big Shot machine.

This is what you will have after you cut it out. Then, you just fold and adhere with Mini Glue Dots®.

Next, I used a piece of wire to connect the boxes together and tied a bit of ribbon to each end for hanging.

That’s it!

And, now I can be reminded how lucky I am to have accepted that date to a Chinese restaurant!