Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Blue Glass Garden Totem Tutorial


Completed Glass Totem

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Warning this tutorial is picture heavy.

It took many trips to my local thrift stores to find inexpensive glass pieces that I could attach together, it was like being on a treasure hunt. I also added blue half marbles on the base of the totem.  The glass pieces that work best are heavier pieces that have a very flat base so that pieces will stack together. You could use pottery but I really wanted the sparkle that you get from glass.

All the glass plates are inverted and then glued, it really makes the base stable by flipping the plate over.

You will need to wash each piece and let it dry completely before you begin to glue the pieces together.

I started by using DAP Waterproof Auto Marine Sealant in a thin line to put 2 pieces together at a time and letting them dry for (24 hours)  Then you just start laying the glass and glue and let dry.  I glued mine outside on the grass just in case they did not stay together that way I could not break anything.  The top is a cute angel which I thought could watch over the yard.

The pictures below are of the various pieces I purchased to create the totem.

Base of Totem
Clear glass candle holder
Cobalt blue Bowl
Clear Glass Plate

Cobalt Stemmed Cup
Clear Glass Plate

Glued sections - 1 Base, 2 Middle, 3 Center
Top Piece, Angel, Cobalt Votive & Candle Holder
Dap Auto Marine Sealant it is waterproof (purchased at Home Depot)


Monday, July 27, 2015

Jack O Lantern Coach


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I think my favorite card design in making scenes. I really am not good at making paper flowers and I can't color or stamp at all.  Even my picture taking is extremely limited.

Materials:
Lawn Cuts - Stitched Hillside Borders
Memory Box - Perfect Pumpkins & Olde Halloween
Poppy Stamps - Gothic Gate, Rustic Wagon & Frenchy
Impression Obsession - Pumpkin & Trick Or Treaters
Spellbinders Matting Basics A

Friday, July 24, 2015

Brewing Up Magic

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I found of piece of card stock with fun Halloween words on it for the background.  Then framed it with the Matting Basics A.    I added the fence to the front and tucked the graveyard behind.  Then added the witch, cat and tree. To complete I attached the web at the top and finished with the three punched bats.

Materials:
Martha Stewart Bat Punch
Poppy Stamps - Cozy Kitties & Spider Web Border
Memory Box - Graveyard Landscape & Weathered  Fence
Impression Obsession - Witch Brewing & Wide Tree
Spellbinders Matting Basics A


Sunday, July 19, 2015

Cat Stencil Face

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Wow, how cute is this cat face, I hope Poppy Stamps creates a whole line of these type of dies.  So simple to use, I die cut the face after selecting and die cutting the black from the Matting Basics and then used a larger one from the set for the orange background and another larger size for the purple.

Materials:
Poppy Stamps - Trick or Trick & Kitty Cat Face
Spellbinders 5 X 7 Matting Basics A

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Trick Or Treat If You Dare


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I am tickled pink to introduce you to my new friends and followers, thank you for joining:

Materials:
Spellbinders - Standard Circles & A2 Bracket Borders One
Spellbinders - Brick Embossing Folder
Cuttlebug - Textile embossing folder
Lawn Cuts - Stitched Hillside Borders
Memory Box - Medium Steampunk Pipes & Ghastly Ghosts
Impression Obsession - Witch Flying, Door & Window, House 


This doe actually has three fawns but I could not get all of them together.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Why, oh why think Christmas in July!?

  • Dash Away Candlelight Santa Figure
I was delighted to write a Christmas in July article for those of you thinking about the holidays.  For some fun holiday ideas check out the Patience Brewster Company for those not familiar with them stop by their website and see all the fabulous creative holiday products and Christmas ornaments.

Well, June has already flown by and I keep thinking Christmas will be right around the corner.  With the long hot summer days we are having in the northwest I start to long for cooler days and crisp nights.  I tend to stay indoors more to avoid the heat and spend my time creating holiday cards, crafts, reviewing recipes and surfing the web for ideas.  If I am going to make my cards by hand I have to start early. It also gives me time to update my Pinterest page with holiday ideas and decorations from people that have a lot more talent and creativity than me.   

I start saving grocery coupons and look for sales for the Boy Scouts of America annual (Scouting for food drive).I find I can purchase a lot more food and sundries for those in need if I start early.  I start several boxes and each trip to the grocery store pick up items and start filling the boxes.  I always get a laugh at how excited the boys are when they come to the front door and pick up the heavy boxes.  Each troop receives a patch for their uniforms and competes to see who picked up the most pounds of food.

It really is true the saying it’s better to give than receive.

I hope this year so far has brought you joy, happiness and lots of creativity.

Diane

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Halloween Wreath

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Just a fun little Fall wreath makes a very quick and simple card design.

Materials:
Impression Obsession - Tiny Flowers, Tiny Pumpkins & Halloween Hill Die
Poppy Stamps - Breezy Wreath & Grand Madison Door
Spellbinders Ribbon Banners
Sakara Crystal Lacquer
Viva Decor Orange

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Cascading Bouquet

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I hardly use punches anymore, but I thought the Floral Vine Punch would make a lovely card design.  I used the Fiskars 4 in 1 corner punch on the left edge of the white and pink card stock.  Die cut the Fabulous Phlox flowers and added a fun half pearl.  To finish I punched two Martha Stewart Monarch Butterflies.  I should call this card the 5 minute design because that is how long to took to create.

Materials:
Martha Stewart - Floral Vine Deep Edge Punch & Monarch Butterfly
Memory Box - Fabulous Phlox
Half Pearls
Fiskars 4 in 1 corner punch
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