Making a holiday fashion statement …

I love Christmas decorating. It’s killing me that my tree isn’t up yet and my decorations are still in tubs! Hopefully we’ll remedy that later this week.

I’ve been working with these ornaments from Globecraft & Piccolo (G&P) a lot lately and just having so much fun with them. The ornaments are really cute and come with holiday figures in them, but as you can see I opted to use G&P’s DIY Ornament (which is blank inside) and a fairy from Crafty Secrets Altered Fairy 09 cut-out sheet.

I ran the rings through my Vagabond in an embossing folder to add some texture then painted the top and bottom rings of the ornament with Pearl Adirondack Paint Dabber. When the paint was dry I brushed on some G&P’s Glastique Gloss Finishing Glaze. Glastique in a clear-drying dimensional adhesive so have a multitude of uses! While the Glastique is wet I sprinkled on G&P’s Pure Sparkle Glitter to add a bit of shimmer to the ornament.

After all that dried, I put a heavy coat of Glastique Gloss Finishing Glaze on and let it sit to dry. A coat this thick will usually need to cure overnight so I set it aside and worked on the inside of my ornament.

I used the Glastique again by painting it on the inside of the back bubble. This acts as my adhesive to hold my Krystallos Vintage Glass Glitter in place. I just sprinkled on the glitter and tapped out the excess. The glitter in the back of the bubble allows the light to show through but still gives your interior a background. The cute little Fairy is fussy-cut from the Crafty Secret sheet and all decked out for the holiday in more glitter! She’s wearing Art Glitter Ruby Red 500 Microfine Opaque and Cavalado 109 Ultrafine Opaque. The little word phrase is printed on white cardstock, but out and trimmed in a fine line of glitter.

I use dried moss behind my characters to lend them support and give them dimension. It’s all glued in place and left to dry before sealing in the bubble frame.

The next day the thick layer of Glastique on the outer rings should be dry and assembly takes place. I simply layer all the pieces, following assembly directions for the ornament, and glue it all in place with Glastique. I clamp it together with wooden clip clothespins because they are gentler than binder clips and will not leave indents in my Glastique finish. Usually it only take 15-20 minutes for the frame to set up nicely.

I finished this ornament off by piercing a hole in the bottom, inserting a jump ring and adding a clear bead with mini gold jingle bell. I used a thin wire to make a beaded hook at the top for hanging and added a pretty bow.

I’m in love with these ornaments. They make such a lovely gift and can be filled with a variety of clip art to be used year-round! I like to hang them from lamps and drawer pulls. Some day I hope to have a vintage ornament tree of ancestors!

I’ve been busy making Christmas decorations and gifts. Take a look over on the Globecraft & Piccolo blog today to see how I made these terracotta pot Christmas candle holders!

Meet my little Halloween Boo Boo…

I’ve been busy working on projects this weekend and just wanted to take a minute and share this little Halloween Boo Boo ATC with you that I made with Globecraft Memories products. The clip art is from Red Lead Paperworks (a free download) and the ATC is constructed on an ATC-size Globecraft Memories Card Decor punch-out.

It’s my first ATC that I can remember ever making. I’ve avoided them like the plague because of the smaller dimension but actually enjoyed creating it and watching it come together very much!

For the most part I used Globecraft Memories Glastique for the adhesive, sealer and dimensional finish along with the company’s new Cool-Set Enameling Gels. You can find complete instructions in a tutorial on the Globecraft Memories Blog and you can shop for the Globecraft products right from my blog if you cannot find them locally (just click the Globecraft Memories ‘shop’ button on the sidebar).

Products I used:
Piccolo Card Decor Set #5
Piccolo Card Decor Set #6
Glossy Glastique (adhesive, sealer and dimensional finish)
Mars Black Piccolo Cool-Set Enameling Gel
Cobalt Turquoise Cool-Set Enameling Gel
Ranger Adirondack Pitch Black Paint Dabber
Ranger Black Soot Distress Ink

It really isn’t that hard to work on the smaller surface. I just found that I had to edit the embellishments down so I wouldn’t detract from that gorgeous face and those haunting little goblins! This could also be used as a knob hangar for a door, cupboard or window by adding ribbon or wire to the top for hanging. It would also work well as an embellishment on a scrapbook page.

Sending Halloween greetings …

You know, I love all the Halloween decorations I see popping up everywhere lately. I don’t really get into decorating for any holidays except Christmas since the kids are all grown, but I do appreciate what others do to celebrate. We passed a house on our way to Williamston last night that was really decked out with lots of ghouls and ghosts hanging from trees – it made me smile and I could only imagine how scared the little ones will be come Halloween when they walk through that yard to the front door for Trick-or-Treat.

I’ve made this Halloween card for our Cracker Jack Stamp Club that meets tonight. This months’ theme, after all, is Halloween!

I used Bazzill Basics paper and cardstock from its “All Hallows Eve” collection in the 6-inch by 6-inch pad. The patterns in this line are really cute and easy to work with; they coordinate really well.

I started with a free clip art sheet from Red Lead Paperworks and selected the lovely little girl with her Jack-o-Lantern. The edges are distressed and inked with black ink. It’s then matted with the Bazzill Basics cardstock. I layered it all up using more of the black cardstock and two different pattern papers from the collection. Yarn is wrapped and tied around the purple paper strip.

The adorable little Jack-o-Lanterns lining down the side are from Globecraft Memories. The Piccolo Accents – Happy Pumpkins Accents – are coated in Art Glitter Monarch 501 Microfine Opaque glitter. The perfect color for pumpkins! I love the contrast of the glittery sparkle alongside the Vintage-looking clip art.

A very simple card to make and I’m sure it will bring a smile to any recipients face! We all love to get mail – the old-fashioned kind – in an envelope and everything! So get your supplies out and start making some cards to drop in the mail. There’s still plenty of time!

Supply list:

Art Glitter Monarch Microfine Opaque Glitter
Globecraft Memories Piccolo Happy Pumpkins Accents
Bazzill Basics Paper “All Hallows Eve”
Xyron Mega Runner
Free Halloween Clip Art from Read Lead Paperworks
Black Soot Distress Ink
Yarn

Hop on over to Art Glitter’s blog for another AG/Globecraft Memories project from me!