Making corrugated ornies

My sister, Brenda, came down recently to visit. We wanted to get together to figure out how to use our Cricut Makers. That was pretty funny because we discovered they’re super easy!

After cutting a few files on the Maker we were ready to play with something a little more fun. I remembered I had some corrugated stars cut so grabbed those, the gesso, glitter, paint, and some printed words.

Corrugated cardboard is easily die cut with the steel-rule dies from Sizzix. I cut several more, then we sat down to play and decorate.

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Star ornies made from corrugated cardboard.

They’re so easy to make. They can be spritzed with water to help distress the top layer of paper by peeling and rolling it back. Add some gesso then paint. Glitter can be added white the paint is wet and it actually sticks!

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We added some vintage buttons, small medallions, printed words and wire. Vintage lace and beads can also be added to the wire to dress some up a bit more. So find yourself an old box and cut it up and use it for die-cutting some shapes. Get out the paints and glitter and have some messy fun!

Wearing my heart on my fridge …

Howdy! Wanted to share a quick little idea with you for creating magnets.

My fridge magnets were really in need of an update since all the kids have left home – and it’s been awhile.

I created a couple to start with that are a bit more my style than child-like. I was able to use up some materials I had stacked and stored (it’s always a good thing when you can decrease your stash!) which made me happy.

Whenever I cut dies such as the Sizzix Primitive Hearts or Sizzix Flowers, 3D, I save the extras I don’t use in a container. I started by gathering the smallest hearts and a couple of the cut flowers, some glitter, Xyron Magnet Tape, Gesso and printed words.

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If you’ve been following this blog for a while you know how much I love my Sizzix Primitive Heart die, especially when cut from corrugated cardboard.

I spritz the hearts with plain water so it’s easier to rough them up a bit.

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I ran some leftover scallop circles punched from old book pages through my Xyron 2.5″ Create-a-Sticker, roughed up a heart or two, blotted off some of the water and stuck the circles to the top of the hearts. The overhang is torn off.

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Dry the hearts briefly with a heat tool and finger paint them with a bit of Claudine Hellmuth Gesso. If the Gesso is too thick and you cannot see the book page words through it, just spritzed with a bit of water and use your finger to rub it around so it becomes a bit more translucent. Rough the hearts up a bit more if needed and briefly dry them again.

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Process the hearts face-down through the Xyron 2.5″ Create-a-Sticker Maker. For a distressed look I do not rub the back or outline the edges of the hearts while they’re on the Xyron backing. I tend to peel them off quickly so the adhesive is pulled off randomly and hap-haphazardly.  The point here is stringy and missed spots.

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Place the hearts, sticky side up, in a glitter tray and sprinkle with Art Glitter #102 Mimosa Ultrafine Transparent Glitter.

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The transparent glitter allows all the texture and dimension beneath to show through – it simply adds a nice gentle sparkle.

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Cut some printed words or words from old book pages and process through a Xyron 1.5″ Create-a-Sticker and adhere to the hearts.

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Adhere the decorated hearts to the top of the clip clothespins, overlapping as desired. Tie a knot in a small piece of dyed muslin and adhere to one of the hearts. Add a bit of Vintage Glass Glitter #901 Krystallos Shards to the upper corner of the top heart.

Zip off a bit of Xyron Magnet Tape and add to the back of the clothes pin. I simply sliced it to fit and used the remaining to totally cover the clothes pin.

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They look cute on the fridge and a bit more my style!

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To learn how to make the flower magnet, click on over to the Art Glitter Blog for another tutorial.

Sweet proposal leads to altered Altoid tin …

In case you’re one of the few who haven’t heard, my daughter, Rachel, became engaged recently while on a cruise with her boyfriend, Kyle, in Alaska. It was a total surprise to her. You can see the proposal here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=DarqARYy09E. In honor of their memorable day I made a little keepsake remembrance by altering an Altoid tin!

I have a whole box of empty Altoid and other tins just waiting to become projects and I’ve been wanting to do one for some time but couldn’t find the inspiration. Then along comes a blog hop using Xyron and Globecraft Memories and a very special proposal. What do I visualize? Altered Altoid tin!

This is a great project to use those little scraps of pretty papers you’ve been saving. I flip my paper over and trace the tin. I cut inside the pencil lines and find it usually fits pretty good. Ink the paper, distress the edges then run them through a Xyron 2.5″ Create-a-Station. I like to decorate the papers while still on the Xyron backing, especially if you’re using brads or staples.

Gather all your other little embellishments and collage elements and spread them out on your work area. I used Globecraft Memories Piccolo Card Decor Set #1 along with Crafty Secrets Altered Fairies and Vintage Photos. The Piccolo set used here is Card Decor Set #1. Cut the little collage elements and punch out the Piccolo pieces then ink all the edges. I like to do general prep work on all the pieces in the beginning then I can add more to them later.

I like to use clear embossing powder on chipboard. It just brings the pieces come to life. Use Ranger’s Perfect Medium marker or tap them with a Versa Mark or other clear embossing ink pad and dip them in clear embossing powder and heat set.

I die cut a primitive heart from corrugated cardboard then spritzed with water and roughed it up a bit and used clear embossing powder on the edges. I love my corrugated cardboard hearts – they’ve nearly become a staple for me. I love to add the new wings from Globecraft Memories to them. I painted the wings black, clear embossed and added a tiny pinch of Pure Gold Glitter. Lightly heat this again so the glitter embeds into the enamel. When it cools I brush on a light coating of Glossy Glastique to help protect them and make them more durable.

I wanted to add some texture to the Altoid tin so used our Vintage Copper enamel powder on the edges. It really added the texture I was looking for. I think I have about 2-3 coats here. It’s hard to tell. I just keep heating and dipping until I achieve the look I like.

Then it’s time to play! Place, move around, pop up, scrunch and move around some more until you get the pieces in a place that feels right. I added a number 2, which I painted black, then embossed with the Vintage Copper Enamel Powder. It turned out really cool. I cut out a mini song sheet, inked it and distressed the edges slightly and tucked it under the tip of the heart. This is in honor or Kyle who is a singer/songwriter.

I even cut a mini calendar from a checkbook register and circled the proposal date. This was a last minute thought and I must have spent a half hour looking for a mini calendar in the house rather than just print one! Once the placement is done on the cover and inside, and everything is glued in place, I coat a lot of the items in Ranger’s Clear Crackle Paint. What do you think? Click the photos to get a close-up look at the crackle.

I haven’t played with altering a tin in ages and this was really a lot of fun! Give it try. Just pull out some pretty scrap papers, some little bits and pieces, and some collage elements and sit and play!

Note: If you’d like to try your hand at one of these and are unable to purchase the Globecraft Memories products locally I have good news! Those products can now be purchased through my blog by clicking Globecraft Memories/Piccolo icon to the right; it will take you directly to the online store. Please email me with any questions.