Little birdy sings double-glitter praise …

Welcome to the Art Glitter/Dreamweaver Stencil Cross promotion month. We have paired up with this wonderful company to show you how our glitter can be used with these beautiful and detailed stencils. All of our designers will be using the Double Glitter Technique! Make sure and check out Dreamweaver Designers every Thursday!

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Play along all month with this fun challenge. Make sure and LINK to the Dreamweaver site to be eligible for 1-of-4 prize packages featuring stencils and glitter! You may even get your creation featured on Art Glitter’s Blog!

Hope everyone will play along with this fun challenge. If you don’t know how to do the Double Glitter Technique please head over to to see Lynell Harlow demonstrate.

Read on to see how I used the double-glitter technique on this tag –

I’m working through my Dreamweaver Stencils that I ordered for this Art Glitter/Dreamweaver Double-Glitter technique and came to the birdcage. Wasn’t sure how I was going to use it but here’s what I ended up with. I used the double-glitter technique with lots of masking. You can learn more about masking by hopping over to my post on the Art Glitter Blog today. What I’m going to do here is walk through the process of making the completed tag.

After glittering my birdcage using Dreamweaver Stencil LL3012 Birdcage I tried to use it as a card element but it was too stuffy. I debated for about an hour  – or more – whether to cut it out or not and just use it on a tag. I decided to pick up the scissors and have a go at it. I was so happy I did!

I inked a tag with Milled Lavender and Tea Dye Distress Inks from Ranger then mist  it with my homemade concoction of Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls and water mixed in a Mini Mister. Let the colors run a bit and heat set to stop the action.

The flourishes are Clear Art Stamps set No. SM29 Birds at Home from Crafty Secrets and stamped with Ranger’s Sepia Archival Ink. Then I over-stamped with a script stamp from Wendy Vecchi, LCS038 Live and Make Art using a dry pad of Jet Black Archival Ink to get a faint stamping of the words.

To create even more texture and depth (it was still too flat for me), I inked Cuttlebug A2 Victoria embossing folder with the Milled Lavender Distress Ink, placed my tag inside and embossed it. Tell me you don’t love the results!

There’s also a small piece of deep purple cardstock in here that is embossed with Cuttlebug A2 Script Texture embossing folder then inked slightly with a Staz-on Opaque White ink pad. I played around a bit (several hours) with the layout before it finally started to come together. The 1/2 is from Tim Holtz Idea-ology and it’s painted with Ranger’s Adirondack Snow Cap White, Cranberry, Eggplant and Gold paint dabbers to create the nice patina.

Because it’s a birdcage it needed a bird in there somewhere. The bird charms were not working for me so this guy is cut from chipboard with the Tim Holtz Mini Bird and Bird Cage die. His eye is a gem that is glued on first, then to bring in the several colors of glitter on his body I painted sections with Designer Dries Clear and just dipped him into the glitter jars of Tree Bark Microfine Opaque (524), Juicy Fruit Ultrafine Transparent (99) and Nirvana Transparent (97). There is Wisteria (106) and Boysenberry (257) Ultrafine Transparents and Red Velvet (155) Ultrafine Opaque and Iris (710) Microfine Transparent used for the bird cage.

The cage is popped up with dimensional foam squares and hangs from a beaded chain by 7 Gypsies; the words are printed then outlined and inked lightly with Milled Lavender and Tea Dye Distress Inks. I added some buttons at the bottom and used Karen Foster Floss in them. They’re glued on with Designer Dries Clear. I finished it off with a beautiful piece of gold ribbon. The color in this tag is just amazing and the photo just doesn’t do it justice. Don’t forget to hop on over to my post on Art Glitter’s Blog today to see how the double-glitter technique is done with masking.

Thanks for hanging out with me!

Repurposing with style

A recent challenge among the Xyron Design Team was to take an old project and make it new; Xyron would send the project with our supplies. Unfortunately I didn’t receive an old project with my supplies so I had to find something old and make it new on my own. I find it easier when someone just hands me something and says “here, fix this please.” But, that didn’t happen so I dug out my bin of ‘stuff’ I’ve held on to in hopes that one day I would use them to create a project. At first I found an old cd wooden advertisement box. Took photos of it and everything but nothing came to mind as to how I would use it. Then I stumbled upon my Nook box and I found the magnetic closure on the lid fascinating.

In my supplies from Xyron I received papers and stickers from the Curio collection by Basic Grey. It’s always been one of my favorite lines from that company so it would work perfectly. My daughter’s boyfriend had just left for a six-month journey so I decided to create a countdown journal for her that would fit into the Nook box and here’s how I did it.

I started by selecting papers for front and back then traced the outline of the box onto the paper. A little tip for cutting a traced image – cut just inside the pencil line rather than on it, that way the paper should fit really well without needing to be trimmed. The box was actually dark brown on all sides, top and bottom so I didn’t even need to paint or cover those areas! I inked all my white paper edges with Jet Black Archival Ink from Ranger because it dries fast. Then I ran all the papers through my Xyron Creatopia. See how nicely it all fit through the machine – very easy.

After peeling the cellophane cover from the Xyron-covered papers, I carefully placed the papers onto the box. I selected a butterfly dimensional sticker for the upper left corner and used Basic Grey’s paper tape on the front edges.

Next, I used a Tim Holtz Ornate Plate and matched ‘a perfect memory’ sticker to it for a title on the box; it is adhered with two brads.

This box was very easy to cover. The book inside was just as easy – I don’t think I’ve ever made a project that came together so easily. The book to fit inside the box was cut from three sheets of Curio papers. I measured them to fit in the box after they would be folded (the pages are made by simply folding the papers in half).

I used my Scor-it-all Board to get a good clean crease down the center of each paper. Then I lined the pages back-to-back  and used my Xyron Mega Runner to stick them together. I inked the edges of the pages with the black Archival Ink. An EK scallop border punch was used to make my spine, scored it down the center then inked it in black and ran it through the Xyron 2.5 inch Create-a-Sticker. Peeled away the backing, lined it up and pressed it into place.

I used a chipboard sticker from the Curio collection on the front cover. I kept the inside pages pretty simple so there is plenty of room for journaling and included stamped calendars (Tim Holtz) (CMS034 & CMS035) on each section so she can mark off the days till his arrival back home. I added additional stickers to the pages as well and sealed it all with a pretty ribbon.

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If you’d like to see the before and after hop on over to

Let me know what you think and please feel free to email with any questions.

Using minimal supplies to create one-of-a-kind gifts…

This old-fashioned looking tag came about because of a special gift I received from my friend Robin at Cracker Jack Stampers the other night. Robin made us all beautiful gift tags and adorable little wrapped packages of chocolate – love chocolate! The gift inspired me to create hand-made tags to add to the home-made peanut brittle I make and give each Christmas. The peanut brittle has become a cooking tradition for me and something I really enjoy making and giving.

So using some basic stamping supplies and a stack of manila shipping tags I set out to create a collection of individually-designed tags. I also proceeded to make one giant mess! It’s just the way I work, but I had such a good time. It’s so relaxing just to take the time to sit and play and see what materializes.

The supplies were minimal: Tim Holtz Distress Inks, Perfect Pearls in a mini mister, some holiday stamps (a combination of Tim Holtz and Wendy Vecchi from Stamper’s Anonymous), pretty ribbons and some steel-rule dies, my Vagabond and some little embellishments.

I started with tags I had stamped recently using the milk-resist technique. I really like the way the milk-resist leaves mottled designs in the background. My style is more prone to earthy, old-fashioned, classic Christmas style so the tags are kept pretty basic with minimal embellishments.

I swiped two colors of Distress Inks side-by-side on a non-stick craft sheet and spritzed them with water and Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls mixed in a mini mister, dragged the tag through the concoction then dried it with a heat tool. I dipped and dried the tag several more times, flicked with water and heat dried. The pine boughs, music notes and sentiment were stamped on after the tag was dry. I then added the rusty star, lace trim and button threaded with a tiny gingham ribbon. It seemed a little plain so I wrapped the gold bells around the star and added the gold ribbon topper.

It reminds me a little of a quaint, country Christmas. I just really love the mottled colors and hope the recipient will too!