Sand vs Glitter

When you go to the beach, you wind up with sand almost everywhere.  When you craft with glitter, you wind up with glitter almost everywhere.

So, when creating a beach scene, I had to use glitter to create the background.  And yes, I have swept, mopped, dust mopped, and there is still glitter everywhere.  And that was after using Swiffer Dusters to wipe up throughout.  I’m not that much of a fan of glitter, but I do love how this turned out.

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Yes, that is 4 different shades of glitter on 1 sticky background that was 9 1/8″ x 3 5/8″.  I took a bit of the trimmings and tried stamping directly onto the glitter with VersaFine Clair ink.  Amazingly, it worked well.  So, I used the Theresa Momber set, Tropical Skies to create my scene.

This is being entered in the Double D Beach challenge, as well as the ModSquad Slimline Scene challenge.

I was also working on some glitter pieces for something I’ll post next month.

Thank you for spending some of your valuable time with me today!  Have a wonderful rest of your weekend, or week.

Camp Create Day 5

My Favorite Things Camp Create Day 5 is Glitzy Glitter:

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Had lots of fun with this one!  It was problematic, as well, as my black Souffle Pen wouldn’t work, so had to try other options for getting my image on the glitter paper in order to color.

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Heat embossed one of the Santas from the Jingle All the Way set on a sheet of glitter paper, then colored him with alcohol markers.  As I didn’t have a white marker and the glitter paper wasn’t as white as I would have liked (see his skin), I found some white paint that I used for the white parts.  It was actually the stuff where you can make your own “pearls”, so the beard has a bit of depth and texture to it, which my husband loved.  Granted, the paint covered up the sparkle of the glitter, but I like it.  Added a strip of paper from one of the MFT Christmas paper sets, then heat embossed the sentiment in red.  I couldn’t decide if I wanted the Santa on the strip or in the white area under the sentiment, but finally decided he needed to go on the strip, so stamped the tree from the set in the white area (it was too much white area) and colored it with Sakura Stardust pens to add even more sparkle.

Whew!  Lots of creating, lots of Christmas, and LOTS of fun!

Thanks for spending some of your valuable time with me today!

Fairy Prayer

I was trying to use the Hero Arts Fairy Window die with different papers.  In doing this, I realized my Cuttlebug has gotten to the end of it’s life.  Even with new plates, it didn’t cut well.  Fortunately, I have a Spellbinder’s Grand Calibur, which worked.  So, wanted to use what I made, that was useable.  (The vellum wasn’t savable after cutting it with the Cuttlebug.  I’m very sad about this, as I’ve had the Cuttlebug for a very long time.)

For this one, I used some glitter paper I got from My Favorite Things, which they no longer have.  It goes perfectly with the Plum Punch card at Gina K Designs.  Also used Tuskineko Brilliance Archival Pigment Ink Pad in Peacock.  I just used the bright green, as I thought it needed a bit of color, besides pink/plum.  (Apparently, this isn’t readily available anymore.  Yes, I keep and treasure/use sparingly what I actually purchase.)

Anyway, here’s the card.

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I just love all the sparkle.  Putting this one in the A Blog Named Hero challenge, as well.

Thanks for spending some of your valuable time with me today!  Have a wonderful weekend.

Somewhat Contained Glitter

Last weekend, I was trying to think of some Christmas Card ideas, as it is, already, September and I don’t have many done.  So, I thought about butterflies and glitter.  Here’s what I did, for a few.

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Actually, what I did first, was put some 2-1/2″ double sided adhesive tape on some white card stock.  I just used the cheap kind of card stock.  Then, I took this wonderful die I got at Simon Says Stamp called Butterfly Drift, put it on top of the adhesive backer, which I had left on the top, then ran it through as a regular cut.  I didn’t add any shims, as I didn’t want it to cut all the way through.

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You can kind of see the cut lines in the above picture.

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Next, I pulled up the “frame” edge.  I used a paper piercer to start that, though an edge of a paperclip, or something else small and sharp would have worked, too.  I grabbed that and slowly pulled it up, to get all of it.  Then, I opened up my dark green micro-fine glitter.  (This has to be MICRO fine glitter, or it doesn’t work well.)

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I dabbed my finger in and using just what was on my finger, started rubbing firmly over the adhesive that was now showing.

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As you can see, there’s not much extra glitter left on the top of the adhesive liner.

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Then I used that little piece of Swiffer Sweeper cloth, that I had cut off and wiped up the excess glitter.  There wasn’t much.  Quick and easy cleanup, that way.

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Next, I pulled the liner off the butterflies and rubbed on gold micro-fine glitter.  Cleaned up the bit of excess glitter with another small piece of Swiffer Sweeper cloth.  I decided I didn’t want the whole piece of adhesive, as that would take too much room, so I just used my scissors and cut around the butterflies.  I used a craft knife to get that one small center piece out, too.

On the side of my card base, I used gold embossing powder and embossed my “Merry Christmas” greeting.  It didn’t show up very well against my stamped background, so I found a piece of similar green paper, embossed it on there, and adhered that.

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Done.  Fairly quick and easy.  And, the glitter doesn’t fall off, as it is quite well adhered.  Also, when I was wiping off the little bit of excess glitter, I went over my piece, as well, which picked up any extra.

Thanks for spending some time with me today.

Glitter Everywhere

Gina K. Designs had a new release last night.  I wasn’t overly thrilled with the stamp sets that were released – personal preference, not that they aren’t great sets.  However, there are always 2 questions and a challenge with their releases.  I could answer 1 of the questions, but the other I had no clue on.  I refuse to look at other answers, so I just won’t answer that one.  However, the challenge was to make a SPARKLY card.  So, I went about making one.

Products Used:

  • Art from the Heart stamp set (Gina K. Designs)
  • Sparkly black embossing powder (Sparkle n’ Sprinkle)
  • Assorted glitters (Martha Stewart)
  • Stardust pens (Sakura)
  • Embossing heat tool
  • Mini Misti (My Sweet Petunia)
  • Versamark embossing ink
  • Lemon Drop, Turquoise Sea and Layering Weight White card stock (Gina K. Designs)
  • Scotch Advanced Tape Glider
  • Designer Dries Clear Adhesive (Art Glitter) – with detail tip

First, I decided what sentiment I thought would be fun, found 2 images from the set I thought would work great with it, picked out some colors, cut my card stock to size, then went to bed.  I had gotten up early for work, it was 9pm and I knew it would take too long to do, I would probably make mistakes as I was tired, and I had to get up early this morning.  So, after everything was done for the day, I got to work on my card.

I just have to tell you, the Mini Misti was quite expensive.  I did a lot of research on it, thought it was worth it and put it on my wish list.  I showed it to my husband and he told me to go ahead and get it.  Yep, he’s an amazing husband.  I found it on sale, so I purchased it.  This is one of those purchases I am so glad I made.  It is that good.

I had an idea in my head, which is actually what I wound up with in the end.  Now that was a surprise, as there are usually adjustments made as I’m working.

First, I laid out the pieces of card (base was already folded), then laid the stamp on the base, where I thought it looked good.  After I put the magnets in place on the base card, I closed the top of the Misti to pick up the stamp.  As there are lines on the top, I adjusted my stamp slightly to make sure it was straight.  It may not be perfect, but that us user error.  I inked up the sentiment with Versamark ink, closed the top, pressed it down, turned on a bright light to make sure the whole image was stamped, then took it out and poured on my embossing powder.  I went ahead and heated that.

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Next, I put in the white layer, laid out the two images where I wanted them and went through the process again.  Heated those, then removed the flower image, cleaned the pencil stamp and laid it down where I wanted it next.  Embossed that and did it again for the last image.

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Next, I put the detail tip on the bottle of glue and went to work adding adhesive to areas, then laying down a color of glitter.  Went through until I had all the areas done.

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There were a few areas I didn’t get, as they were too fine for the tip and I didn’t want to cover up my sparkly black lines.  For those areas, I went back, after giving it time to dry, and used some similarly colored Stardust pens to fill in.  I definitely cleaned the tips of the pens afterwards.  (Sorry, that picture isn’t as clear as I’d like.)

Then, I put it all together.

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You can’t see the sparkle of the black in the picture, but in real life it has amazing sparkle, too.

I used a Swiffer sweeper cloth to clean up, so there isn’t too much glitter left in the room.  Though, I’m sure I’ll still be finding glitter for weeks.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!

Wedding Card

This was intended to be for the Inspirational challenge this week, but it gradually changed as I worked on it, so it is now for the Friends Of SpeedyTV challenge. (Sorry, the link won’t work.) It is a wedding shower card for a friend of mine that is getting married in 3 weeks.

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Sorry this, and the last few, posts aren’t done very well. The iPad and WordPress don’t play well together.

Thanks for spending some time with me today.