Lots of handmade goodies on this hop …

Hey, come on over to Globecraft & Piccolo blog where we’re involved in the 2nd Annual Handmade Holiday Blog Hop sponsored by a good variety of companies. During this 3-day Hop you can view over 60 stops offering up a slew of affordable and creative gifts for the holidays!

We’re giving away some fantastic prize packages just for following along and commenting on the participating blogs. Every comment you leave adds another chance for you to win. To earn extra entries: Follow our blog – by email or become a Follower. Like our Globecraft & Piccolo Facebook Page and share the Hop info with all your Facebook Friends. Leave a comment to let us know how you’re enjoying this 2nd Annual Handmade Holidays Blog Hop. Extra entries can also be earned by using the Rafflecopter widget on Clearsnap blog to gain extra entries each day: http://clearsnap.blogspot.com.

I’m participating daily on our Globecraft & Piccolo blog where you’ll see my projects! Friday I made a mini book with a decorated tin storage box and today you’ll find some blank cards and gift bag suitable for Thank You’s, Sympathy or a simple Hello! So hop on over there and you’ll find the links to all the other participants. I seen lots of great projects Friday (feel free to back-track) and I’m sure there are loads more today!

On another note: A few spots remain for Sunday’s Coin Envelope Mini Book class at Scrapbook Peddler in Saginaw. Check it out here and contact the store if you can make it! Would love to have you!


Creating the look of delegate lace in minutes

I love being part of the Art Glitter Design Team. It is pushing me to try new things and use products in ways I never really gave any thought to before. Now I’ll be driving here or there and all of sudden it will dawn on me -“hey, this might work this way” or “I wonder what would happen if I did that.”

This faux lace technique is one of those “wonder” moments I couldn’t wait to try. As a member of the Art Glitter Design Team I am responsible for creating several samples each month that demonstrate techniques for using Art Glitter product. The faux lace technique is one I’ve seen done several times over the years with mica powders. It occurred to me recently that it may work just as well with glitter so I couldn’t wait to get home and give it a try; when it worked I immediately wanted to share it with all of you!

I think I actually like the finished results even better with Art Glitter! It looks so delegate, yet elegant, and I made this card in just a few minutes – easy peasy. Here’s how:

Start with a piece of black cardstock cut to 3 ¾ inches by 5 inches. Run 4-6 strips of solid tape next to each other across the cardstock. Uncap three to four jars of glitter.

Take your finger and gently roll the tape in opposite directions to create a lace-like appearance.

Randomly pinch very small amounts of the Art Glitter colors over the tape on the cardstock. Do not tip to remove access; leave the glitter-covered cardstock lay flat on your workspace. When glitter covers most of the taped area, gently tap on some pieces of gold leafing. The leafing will adhere to any remaining uncovered tape and add a bit of bling to your project.

Gently rub leafing and glitters into any remaining uncovered tape; tap access off (save access in a separate jar and use as a party mix).

Cut a patterned paper (for backing) 4 inches by 5 ¼ inches. I used coral gold dot paper from the Coral Couture Stack from Die Cuts With a View. Cut teal cardstock to 4 1/8 inches by 5 3/8 inches. This, and the coral used for the card base, is both from the Die Cuts With a View Coral Couture Cardstock Stack. Stamp a sentiment in black Archival Ink onto a ¾-inch by 3 ¾-inch strip of the coral cardstock. Attach with tape and Tiny Attacher to the glittered lace cardstock. Adhere layers together with tape and adhere to card base to complete the card.

Materials used:

Art Glitter: Berren, Flax and Dreams – all Ultrafine Transparent Glitters; Butterscotch Ultrafine Opaque; Gold Leaf

Tape: ATG 700

Papers: The Coral Couture Cardstock Stack and The Coral Couture Stack

Adhesive: Xyron Mega Runner

Stamp sentiment: Stampavie

Stapler: Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher

Give this technique a try – you’ll love how easy it is! Visit the Art Glitter Blog to see what other projects the Art Glitter Design Team has created.