Cherish life’s glittery moments …

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I know you may be tiring of all my DIY ornaments but please suffer through one more with me. I just can’t seem to get enough of them lately and when I finish one – or sometimes while working on one – thoughts of how I will decorate the next one are already running through my mind. They’re so easy to play with and you can fit them to any theme or event.

This one is actually reversible! The heart can be seen from either side so it can hang anywhere it may spin or be viewed from both sides. And, yes, that’s the Sizzix Primitive Heart once again as well. What can I say …

So here’s the steps to how I created this precious little hanging.

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I cut two of the hearts from corrugated cardboard, ran them through my Xyron 1.5″ Create-a-Sticker. I left the hearts on the Xyron backing and spritzed them with water and roughed them up a bit before painting them with G&P Pink Rose 3D Enamel Gel. While the Gel is still wet I sprinkled them with Art Glitter Mimosa #102 Ultrafine Transparent. I love the way this glitter glistens as the globe turns and moves – it sparkles in different colors. Really cool.

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The rims of the ornament are also painted with the Piccolo 3D Enamel Gel and the outer rims sprinkled with the same Mimosa glitter. I coated the fairy wings with a clear layer of Glastique so the natural color of the bookboard shines through. Once all the pieces are dry the assembly begins.

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I laid a strand of wire on the backside of one of the hearts and used Designer Dries Clear to adhere the wings to the same backside. The same Designer Dries Clear is used to adhere the hearts back-to-back. The printed, cut out and inked words and gems are also adhere with the Designer Dries Clear.

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I assembled the Globecraft DIY Ornament following the directions that came with it. Before adhering the top globe and rim to the bottom, the wired hearts are laid across the center of the globe. Designer Dries Clear is used to adhere the top half to the bottom half and I use clip clothespins to hold it together till the glue sets. One side of the heart says ‘wish’ and ‘dream,’ the other side says ‘cherish’ and ‘love.’ When the light catches this it just sparkles and makes me smile.

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Visit the Art Glitter blog to see another project I created recently with their glittery products!

Adding simple elegance to everyday cards

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Linda Neff

I rather enjoy the challenge of making cards nowadays. It took me a long time to feel comfortable creating a card, but it isn’t nearly as scary as it once was. I’ve learned to keep my designs simple, use my scrap papers and stick with simple embellishments. This first card is a design I use often. It’s great for using two pattern papers that coordinate and the pieces can be moved around, put at angles, left uneven and the design also works horizontally or vertically. The embellishments used here are by Globecraft & Piccolo, known as G&P.  They’re a local company out of Midland, Michigan and I like their products.

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I’m on their design team, but I was using their products long before that ever happened.  What I like about the bookboard accents for card making is that they are pretty thin. If they’re adhered directly to the page and not lifted, they will go through the mail at a normal rate.

For the card above I removed the pieces from their backing and coated them with Glastique Gloss Finishing Glaze. This product leaves a nice shiny finish on the piece and acts as a sealer. These pieces are from the Birds & Butterflies Accents. There are enough pieces in this collection to easily stretch over two to three cards.

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The Glastique is applied directly to the  bookboard piece from the bottle with the fine tip and left to dry for a bit. I also used the Glastique as an adhesive to attach the bookboard pieces to the card.

The next card uses the G&P Girl’s Night Out Embossing Powder applied with the G&P Embossing Powder Adhesive with a dabber top. The dabber top on the embossing powder adhesive really helps it to apply easily and with good coverage. We always recommend rolling our jars of embossing powder to blend the granules rather than shaking which could cause the larger granules to sink to the bottom of the jar. The heart on this card has three coats of powder on it; each applied after the previous coat is cool to the touch and then heat set again till smooth. The variegation of colors in the powders gives the embossed pieces a great dimensional look.

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The key is embossed with two coats of G&P Vintage Silver Embossing Powder in the same manner as the heart. Each piece is adhered to the card with Glastique. The embossing powders help to create a faux metal look which blends well with the paper selection.

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Cardmaking is a fun activity that anyone can learn. It doesn’t have to be difficult and over-the-top. Keep your cards basic and simple and easy to mail. It’s the sentiment that you write on the inside that touches people’s heart and the just the thought alone that you cared enough to send a hand-made card.

Celebrate every day

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Linda Neff

I think you know how much I enjoy making these little DIY Ornaments. I made several that traveled out to California for CHA and then back home to Michigan. I picked them up last week so was finally able to take some photos of them so I can share them with you all.

You’ll find a tutorial over on the G&P Blog today and I’m gonna give you a quick run-down here as well. On the G&P Blog I show you how I made one using clip art inside and this one here shows how I used some of my vintage button stash. They’re both very different.

For this one, titled ‘Celebrate every day,’ I wanted to leave the bookboard rings their natural color. I did, however, place them in an embossing folder and run them through my Vagabond. I did this for both outer rings. It’s not necessary for the inner ring because only the very edge shows.

I then squeezed on a good amount of Glastique Gloss on both outer rings and both sides of the inner ring and spread it around to give the bookboard rings some shine. It also acts as a sealant and really makes the embossing noticeable.

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DIY Ornament: outer rings embossed and treated with Glastique Gloss.

I cut and rolled several paper flowers with the Sizzix Flowers, 3D die. I had some leaves and a vine leftover from some project so decided to use them all together. I used a small paint brush to apply Glastique to the leaves and flower edges an sprinkled them all with a light dusting of Fawn Microfine Transparent glitter. I set those aside while I figured out what else was going in this globe.

I opted to finger paint some Rose Pink 3D Enamel Gel onto the inside of the back globe. This provides a bit of dimension and texture and is still transparent while making the finished piece look good from the back. When that dried I adhered vintage buttons in a single layer to fill the back globe. Now I could start assembly. I laid the vine, leaves and flowers in until I got an arrangement that appealed to me then I glued them all in place, added the computer printed phrase and let it sit a while to set up.

DIY Ornament: back globe with vintage buttons and 3D paper flowers.
DIY Ornament: back globe with vintage buttons and 3D paper flowers.

When it was pretty stable I added a thin line of Glastique to the unfinished side of the bottom ring and set the globe into it, clipping it together with clothespins while the glue sets up. When it’s pretty much set, run a thin line of Glastique around the lip of the globe and lay the inner ring on it; clip to set up.

DIY Ornament: inner ring glued to top portion of bottom globe.
DIY Ornament: inner ring glued to top portion of bottom globe.

The Glastique dries clear so no need to fret over a little bit oozing out. Now glue the top globe to the inner ring then glue the top embossed ring over that and clip till the glue sets. I like to leave these for a couple hours or overnight just so I’m sure all my glue is perfectly dry before messing with it.

DIY Ornament with all layers together; clipped to hold tightly until glue is set.
DIY Ornament with all layers together; clipped to hold tightly until glue is set.
DIY Ornament with Glastique finish.
DIY Ornament with Glastique finish.

This one went together quite quickly and I added a Tim Holtz Swivel Clasp to the top for hanging. There’s another ornament over on the G&P Blog today from me. If you’d like to try this on your own you can order your DIY Ornaments by clicking the link below. I’ll also have a class or two coming up at Scrapbook Peddler with the DIY Ornaments so watch for that date to be added to the calendar soon. I’ll be at the Scrapbook Peddler next weekend for a Piccolo Card Class.

Photo transfers and altered windows

Linda_Neff_mini_mug_shotI recently shared with you the altered window I was working on. Well, it’s finally finished – sort of. I still need to decide what will go into the three remaining panes but for now I’m very happy with the results.

I used Globecraft & Piccolo embossing powders on the Piccolo Accents that are used to decorate the window frame. It’s also used on some of the window frames’ edges to give it a touch of aged gold. My biggest thrill though, is the photo transfer that I finally got to work! It tool three tries but the third one turned out just as I had envisioned.

I printed a sepia-tone, color photo of my grandparents and my mother onto plain white office supply paper on my ink jet printer. I was determined to get it to work using my regular every-day supplies. I had read many articles on photo transfers and figured out that basically it’s an experiment for the most part and if you get lucky, it works. I got lucky.

My first attempt I did just by-the-book. I brushed Glastique Gloss Finishing Glaze onto a portion of  the window pane in a large enough area to fit the photo I had printed out and torn the edges off. I placed the photo face-down in to the Glastique and burnished it onto the glass and wiped up any extra Glastique before it dried. I left it overnight and spritzed it the next day to rub the paper away and it all came off. Not suppose to happen.

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So I cleaned the pane, printed another photo and tried again. This time I also brushed the Glastique onto the photo as well as the glass. Placed it on the glass, burnished it and to really hold it down, I brushed Glastique over the top. Wrong. The next day when I spritzed the paper to prep it for rubbing away, the water wouldn’t soak into it. The extra coating of Glastique sealed the photo onto the glass – Duh! So, I saturate the photo, scrap it up so I can get some water under it and finally get it all scrapped off. Onto the third try.

I referred back to my book again and decided maybe I wasn’t using enough medium (Glastique) for the transfer to work. This time I printed another photo, tore the edges away, brushed a good thick layer of Glastique onto the glass and onto the face of the photo. I carefully laid it onto the coated area of the glass and used a brayer this time to burnish. I rolled over it in both directions several times, being very careful not to get Glastique on the back of the photo. When I thought it was good, I took a damp cloth and wiped away the Glastique that oozed out from using the brayer. It sat overnight once again.

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The next day, I spritzed it with water and gently began to rub away the paper backing. Success! It worked just like it was supposed to. I think with photo transfers it’s just a matter of experimenting on different surfaces with different mediums. The G&P Glastique worked perfectly once I figured out how much I needed.

I also used three DIY Ornaments to create a banner to string across the window. The ornaments are connected with jump rings and Piccolo Accents that are embossed with G&P Vintage Copper Embossing Powder. I also used Vintage Copper Embossing Powder on the ornament rings and the key. I used the heat flash technique so the powder is not melted completely leaving an aged, worn look.

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The completed window looks even better than I imagined it would and the photo transfer is wonderful on the window pane. I backed it with a sheet of vintage music paper to add a bit of contrast. Those are old insulator knobs a friend spotted at an antique mall for me attached to the bottom. They’ll make a great hangar or shelf to perch an old book or other memorabilia on.

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I’m lovin’ playing with these DIY Ornaments. I’m always thinking of different uses for them. How about you – any ideas? Jump on over to the G&P Blog today to see the DIY Ornaments I hung from a vintage lamp shade.

Select your own G&P products to play with here:

The makeover of an old barn window

Just had to show you a project I’ve been working on lately. It’s another altered window but instead of messy embossing paste and a stencil I’m experimenting with Globecraft & Piccolo Accent pieces as adornments.

I asked for a specific flourish and some fleur-de-lies and they made them for me! I was so excited to play with them, to see how I could use them. After I punched out all my pieces I gathered my G&P Embossing Powders and adhesive and started to play.

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First I laid them out around the window frame to establish some sort of pattern or idea of how I might place them. Of course, all that went right out the window (no pun intended) once I began coloring the window frame and embossing the G&P Accents!

Vintage Copper and Gilded Rose Gold were used here in several alternating layers. I start by completely melting my first layer then alternately use the heat flash technique to achieve the aged, vintage look you see above. Because I wanted the pieces to look aged and worn I also applied Mars Black and Burnt Umber 3D Enamel Gels with my finger to tone down the shine. They worked great! The dark brown and black gels settle in the little nooks and crannies when rubbed on with the finger-application method.

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I also used the G&P Embossing Powders on an old key I had. It just wasn’t quite right so I applied Cobalt Turquoise, Burnt Umber and Mars Black 3D Enamels Gels with the fingers to achieve the look you see below. I think it turned out really great. Love all the little doses of turquoise I see in there.

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I also wanted to see how the Gilded Rose Gold embossing powder would look on the edges of the window frame to I dabbed on the Embossing Powder Adhesive and lightly sprinkled with the powder and heat set. Wow! It looked just like an old rusty edge. I liked it so well I added it sparingly around the entire window frame.

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Once the frame color was where I wanted it I began to add the G&P Accents pieces I had embossed and distressed earlier. Once the pieces were glued in place I added a thick coat of Glastique Gloss to seal and protect them. The Glastique speeds up the patina-look of the metallic embossing powders and really adds a special punch to the pieces.

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The window is not quite finished. I just haven’t been able to ‘see’ where it wants to go. But as soon as I do, you all will be the first to see!

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It’s been a busy week and I have several project posts out there today in addition to the window, so hop on over to the Globecraft & Piccolo Blog to take a look at another ornament I worked on recently then swing by Art Glitter to see how I used those cute little heart-shaped ornaments as gift tags on gift bags that I decorated with Art Glitter!

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!

A peek at some holiday fashion …

I just had to jump on here quick and share a project I’m working on tonight. I am so lovin’ it! Hope you will too.

This is part of the new ornament line from Globecraft Memories (the frame is drying with a thick coat of Glastique on it). The ornaments are really cute and come with holiday figures in them, but as you can see I opted to alter mine. I discarded the figure and used a fairy from Crafty Secrets Altered Fairy 09 cut-out sheet. I decked her out in holiday fashion using lots of Art Glitter, some moss and a holiday phrase printed on the computer. She’s not done yet, but so darn cute I just wanted to share. Dennis doesn’t seem to get as excited as you guys over stuff like this – go figure!

Ok, break’s over. Gotta get back to work on design team samples and finish up samples for CHA! I’m actually thankful for this heat because it’s keeping me inside working.