Favorite Ornaments

IMGP1054Each Friday, Scrap It Girl asks everyone to post their favorites.

Today, she asked us to post our favorite ornament to make. For me, this was easy … I love to make ornaments and I love to make ones with a little dome on them by Globecraft & Piccolo. They are so versatile and so much fun to make.

This time, I opted to make one featuring products from Elizabeth Craft Designs.


I started by tracing the outer edge of the frame onto a piece of paper. Then I cut well inside of the line to create the back of the ornament.


I placed it on top of the center ring, which I had already painted white.



Next, I cut out pieces of the candle from Velvet paper and Shimmer Sheetz. I lightly inked the candle and wax.

067I added a couple of sprigs cut out of cardstock and Glitter Dots.

IMGP1050I inked the top ring and then embossed it with an embossing folder. I then took ink and ran it over the top of the ring to highlight the embossing.

IMGP1051I put the dome on and added Art Glitter Designer Dries Clear Adhesive around it. Then I put on the ring and used clothespins to hold it in place white drying.


I finished it off with a jingle bell and a couple of pre-made ribbons.

What do you think?




Snowman Ornament Class

Snowman ornamentThere is still room in Saturday’s ornament class … this is a great gift idea for you, a teacher, grandma, the kids or anyone who loves snowmen. Older kids are welcome as long as mom stays … we use a heat tool in this class and it can burn!

Colors and embellishments can be completely customized.

Here’s another example …

globecraft wreath candy spiegel detail

I love how different each one can be!

Call Capture A Memory at 810-733-0716 for details.

Snowman Ornament

Today is a quick post … I’m off to Sunset Shores for the weekend where I will be cropping and teaching four classes! Each of the classes is completely different — we’re making a card, an ornament, a mosaic page and an altered spoon. I still have lots to pack and get ready for the event, but I wanted to share the ornament we’ll be making …

This is a group of experienced croppers, so I expect lots of variations on my sample, but we’ll all be starting with a snowman ornament from Globecraft Memories. (If they aren’t available in your area, click on the link to the right to order direct.)

I used a bit of paint and flock to cover the snowman (and discovered after the fact that I should have painted the snowman white so the flock remained white!). For the background, I painted the globe and then added Pure Sparkle Silver glitter.

For this frame, I kept it simple and just used Mermaid Tears Enamel Powder.

The insert and little Piccolo pieces are painted with Cool-Set Enamel. The leaves are coated with Mossy Glen Enamel Powder.

After I finished the pieces, I coated the ring and accents with Glastique for a durable shine.

I think he’s cute and I cannot wait to see what spin my friends put on theirs.


Sunset Shores Retreat

I apologize for being MIA this past week … I’ve been working on Globecraft Memories’ new website, having a shed (a.k.a. kitchen pantry) constructed and picking and preserving more food from the garden. It seems like time has totally slipped away from me — I haven’t even unpacked, yet!

My trip to Sunset Shores was amazing. In fact, I enjoyed the retreat, complete with classes taught by Linda Neff, more than when I just take my own things to crop. The fun factor — three days with the girls — and the amazing food was still there, but it was so much more relaxing to have each day already planned with projects. When I returned, I felt like I had been gone for weeks, rather than just a couple of days.

Here is Linda hard at work …

Here is one of the projects we made … it is made from a DIY Ornament and enamel powders by Globecraft Memories, clip art, moss and Art Glitter.

You can see the inside of the globe better in this photo …

Click here to see Linda’s version in progress …

We also did a quick make-n-take with a charm set from Globecraft Memories. These Piccolo parts are enameled and then coated in Glastique. It was very late when we did these and in my sleepiness, I did not choose the best colors of enamel powders, so the inside set of gears are a mess, but the other parts are awesome when covered in Glastique.

We also made a mini album, which I will show as soon as I add photos to it, and a window, which I will showcase tomorrow.

Despite being busy the whole time, I did manage to stop and smell the flowers …


Capture diamonds glistening on the water …

Take in an amazing sunset …

And get my feet wet …

Finally, here is a little teaser of our windows …

From left: Sandy, Lynnette, Faith, Me, Diane, Cathy and Lori showing off our windows.







Inspired by Tim Holtz

I look forward to the annual 12 Tags of Christmas by Tim Holtz like children look forward to Christmas morning.

For me, Tim is Santa Claus.

Each year, he inspires me with his amazing tags while providing dozens of new techniques and tips using his products. While I am not a tag person, I do love applying the ideas to my own projects.

A couple of days ago, he shared this tag:

I really liked the transfer technique he used to create charms that resembled vintage mercury glass ornaments. Get the directions here …

And, after I tried it, I realized it is both easier than I thought and much better than it appears in the photos. In fact, I loved it so much, I made three …

This was my first … I used Tim’s paper for this one. Although the technique calls for Ranger’s Foil Tape, I didn’t have any, but I used the metal sheets from QuicKutz and they seemed to work just fine.

Once I realized how fun this was, I made two more using Bo Bunny papers. Once they dried, I added some Idea-ology and Maya Road charms and beads and came up with these:

Click on the photos to see a larger version.

Aren’t they amazing?! Thanks, Tim!

Ornaments all year long

Each year, I make a special gift for each of my kids. It started after the divorce and we had our first Christmas with my now husband. It was important to me to have a special gift for each of them that was just between us.

This year, I decided to make Korie an ornament. Since I wanted her to be able to enjoy it all year, I dedicated it to her favorite thing in life — pom.

I printed four of the same photo and cut them into circles. I folded each one in half and attached the backs of them together to make a dimensional ornament. Before attaching the final pieces, I added a bit of twine down the center.

I tied the top of the twine to a ring (for easy hanging) and added a bow.

To the bottom, I tied on a Swivel Clasp from Tim Holtz and attached one of his Word Keys to the end.

Then, using the Charm Fragments by Tim Holtz, I made a couple of charms. For the first one, I used a photo of her poms. For another, I cut out the word Highlanders (the school mascot) out of a sheet of paper. For the final one, I added a couple of letter stickers from Creative Memories to say 2010. Using jump rings, I attached each of them to the chain on the Swivel Clasp.

I added a few Baubles and it was done.

Here’s to a happy and crafty new year!

Ornamenting the tree

Making ornaments for the Christmas tree is easy — if you have the right products.

These are wooden ornaments by KaiserCraft. They only cost a couple of dollars and can be covered with a variety of products for unique, and beautiful, gifts.

For this one, I wanted to play with Vintage Glass from Art Glitter. I thought it would provide a little more texture than just the microfine glitter I normally use, so I used it for the tree.

Then, I added glitter to the remaining part of the ornament. I just used my finger to spread around Art Institute Glitter Glue in Clear and then poured glitter on top.

Then, I added a few beads, also from Art Glitter, to finish it off.

Although it’s hard to see the beauty and dimension of the different hues and sparkles in the glitter, I hope the photos are good enough to inspire you. (Click on the photos to make them bigger) I can’t wait to see how they look next to the lights on my tree!

When I finished the first one, I found that I loved the deep purple so much, I covered the entire last one in it. It was simple and super easy, but I think the result is amazing!

For the middle one, I wanted to try something different, so I covered it in Tim Holtz Distress Ink.

Then, I used a snowflake stamp by Inkadinkado and black Ranger Archival Ink to create a patterned design.

Next, I added a bit of gold Perfect Pearls for some shimmer. In the end, there isn’t a whole lot of it visible, but I think it adds to the overall look.

Then, I applied four layers of UTEE, which¬†turned the ornament from flat to sculpted. I absolutely love the dimension it created. It’s going to Guam for my son’s tree.

The two glitter ornaments are currently at Scrap Tales, if you’d like a closer look …

Bird Cage Ornament

I wanted to share this ornament I made using the new Tim Holtz birdcage die.

I cut the die out of metal paper, by QuicKutz, and then colored it with alcohol ink and Perfect Pearls.

For the bird, I used an antique songbook as paper and colored it with Distress Ink. I then coated the bird with Diamond Glaze.

The music notes are cut from cardstock with a die from Dies Direct, then covered with Rock Candy Crackle Paint and Black Soot Distress Stickles.

I added beads, flowers and feathers for fun.

I love the way it turned out … what do you think?

Here’s a similar one I did … I’m thinking of teaching this one as a class.