Happiness is a way of travel, not a destination

I love this stamp from Wendy Vecchi. It describes my outlook on life — enjoying the moment, rather than just the final goal.

Anyhow, I used the stamp to make this card for Glue Dots.

 I started by layering papers by Little Yellow Bicycle onto a plain white card. I stamped the Wendy Vecchi saying onto a circle and then trimmed it to fit. Everything is attached with Ultra Thin Glue Dots.

Next, I stamped Riley on Cryogen paper and colored it with Copic Markers. I cut it out and used Pop Up Glue Dots to adhere the image with a bit of dimension.

Then, to add a bit of fun, I applied a Glue Line to the bottom corner and covered it with red Sparkly Fluff. I did the same technique, but used Mini Glue Dots on  the right side of the card.

Happy Birthday, Korie

My baby will be 18 at the end of February. Although her birthday is still a few months away, I think she is looking forward to it more than Christmas. Well, at least she talks about it more than she does Christmas!

So, when Glue Dots® asked me to create some sort of birthday decoration, this popped into my head. I figure it is never to early to start making the decorations!

Oh, and there is a “gift” for everyone coming soon … Glue Dots® will be releasing a new product at CHA in January — Micro Glue Dots®. They are smaller than Mini Glue Dots® and are perfect for attaching letters and other tiny items. I have been using them for a few weeks and I have been loving them!

Anyhow, back to the sign …

Supplies used: Paper by Bo Bunny (brown) and Creative Imaginations (circle); cardstock by American Crafts; Cricut fonts: Opposites Attract and Doodletype; Sparkly Fluff; Art Glitter; Continuous Glue Lines®; Micro Glue Dots®; Craft Glue Dots®; Pop Up Glue Dots®; gem by Bo Bunny

Here’s how I made it:

1. Cover 12×12 sheet of cardboard with paper using Continuous Glue Lines®

2. Add circle paper with Craft Glue Dots®

3. Cut out letters & numbers from cardstock with Cricut; ink with Distress Ink to provide a bit of dimension and attach with Micro Glue Dots®

4. Print out 8×10 photo and trim; attach with Craft Glue Dots®

5. Cut out birthday hat from cardstock and ink edges to add dimension.

6. “Draw” stripes with Continuous Glue Lines® and add Sparkly Fluff.  (Push the Sparkly Fluff into the lines before shaking off the excess to make it hold)

7. “Make” dots with Craft Glue Dots® and cover with Art Glitter.

8. Attach hat with Pop Up Glue Dots®

9. Add a gem to the top of the hat with Craft Glue Dots®

This post was created while participating on the Glue Dots® design team.

One-eyed Spiders

I am not a big fan of Halloween. I don’t like blood, ghosts and things that go bump in the night.  So, when asked to create a Halloween project for my first Design Team submission for Glue Dots®, I was more than a little challenged — not just in what to make, but what to do with it after I make it!

A friend suggested I use the Glue Dots® to make little spiders. I latched onto the idea and after several attempts, I created these adorable fuzzy one-eyed spiders.

Even someone like me who runs from the room screaming when they see a spider, has to agree that these little guys are cute! Of course, the best part is that they are super easy to make with Glue Dots®, Sparkly Fluff by OurCraftLounge,net, Dew Drops by Robin’s Nest and my newest favorite tool — Glaze Pen.

Here are the instructions for both the spiders and the little treat jar I made. The Glue Dots® give the spider dimension and the Sparkly Fluff makes him both fuzzy and just a little glittery. Too cute!

One-eyed Spiders Treat Jar

1. Ink the lid of a small, plastic jar with Slate Alcohol Ink. (I used an inexpensive jar from Meijer found in the kitchenware section of the store.)

2. Cut out a circle of paper (I used some Cloud 9 Design paper) to fit the top. Ink the edges with Black Soot Distress Ink and adhere to the lid with Glue Dots®. You will want to use one of the flat varieties — I used Mini Glue Dots®.

3. Apply a Pop Up Glue Dots® where you would like your spider to be. This serves as his body.

4. Cover in Sparkly Fluff (I used Coffee Bean Brown). Push in slightly to adhere well, being careful not to squish the spider. Tap off excess.

5. Use a Mini Glue Dots® to adhere a Dew Drop as the giant eye.

6. Create a dimensional circle in the center and legs with the black Glaze Pen to complete the look.

7. For the jar portion, cut a strip of paper to the desired width and ink the edges (it covers up the white edges you get from cutting patterned paper.)

8. Apply several Glue Dots® to one edge of the paper, make sure it is centered and straight and then press down. The Glue Dots® will provide an immediate hold. Then, wrap the paper around the jar until it starts to overlap. Trim. Apply another row of Glue Dots® and adhere.

9. The cobwebs are just a piece of May Arts ribbon, inked with Black Soot Distress Ink to match (they were a buttery cream color) and wrapped and adhered with Mini Glue Dots®. Only a few are needed this time.

10. The fence is made from American Crafts white cardstock and the Picket Fence Border die by Dies Direct. I inked it with Pumice Stone Distress Ink to add dimension and make it not quite so white. I used several Glue Dots® to adhere the first portion and then wrapped it just like the background paper and ribbon. However, I added Glue Dots® here and there on some of the posts. This makes the paper bend in and out and provides some added dimension. At the end, I added several Glue Dots® to finish it off.

11. The tag is made from the new Tim Holtz stamp set by Stampers Anonymous and the ticket strip die by Tim Holtz from Sizzix. I used the same white cardstock and then inked it with Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink and adhered with two more Glue Dots®. Be sure to ink the backside, as well, if you want it to stick out like mine does.

12. Finally, add a few more spiders — they are fun to make so stopping might be a problem.

13. Fill with your favorite treat (mine is filled with Candy Corn) and give to a teacher, co-worker or special child for Halloween!

(I wrote this blog while participating on the Glue Dots® Design Team)