Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Here are two ornaments that we made at our December Meetup Meeting. You can view instructions below.

Glitter Ornament____ _________ _________ _________ _________ _________


- Clear Glass Ornament

- Pledge Future Shine Floor Wax (found at Walmart)

- Glitter - Fine or Chunky will work. I like the fine because you get better coverage. The chunky tended to leave some gaps which did have an interesting look.

This video shows how easy these are to make. http://cricutchrist mas.blogspot. com/2009/ 11/week-18- crafty-gift- glitter-ornament s.html

Paper & Bead Ornament____ _________ _________ _________ _________ _________

I got the inspiration from Split Coast Stampers. Please review this article before reading my instructions. http://www.splitcoa ststampers. com/resources/ tutorials/ doubleballorname nt/


- (6) ½" x 4" strips of B&T Paper (3" x 4" piece cut into 6 strips)

- 17 to 20 glass beads {The size of beads will depend on what type of beads you use. I used what I consider to be a medium sized glass bead because it is bigger than the tiny beads.}

- 3" Head Pin [ I used Blue Moon 3" Head Pins from Joann's that I found in the beading section. The cost was $1.29 for 18. Here is a link to what the pins look like http://joann. com/joann/ catalog/productd etail.jsp? pageName= search&flag=true&PRODID=prd2077 ]

- Long Nose Pliers or Round Ended Pliers [ I used a pier like the ones in this tool set: http://www.scrapboo index.asp? PageAction= VIEWPROD&ProdID=1519 ]

- Ornament Hook, any kind or you could use ribbon. I used an earring hook.

1.) Poke holes on both ends of the strips of paper with a piercing tool. I would say 1/8 to ¼ of an inch from the end.

2. ) You will put one bead on the head pin.

3. ) The put the 6 strips of paper on the pin. Putting the pin through only one hole on each strip. You don't have to fan out the pieces yet. Alternate the pattern that faces upward like the ornament above.

4.) Put 15 beads on the pin

5.) Bend the paper strips and place the other end (through the hole on the pin). Fan out the paper to make the ball shape.

6. ) Place another Bead on top of the paper. Depending on how you want the ball to be shaped and how much excess wire is showing.

7.) Using the pliers, bend the end of the pin. I used a twisting motion with my Wrist to make a loop at the end of the pin (wire).

8.) Attach the hook or the ribbon to the loop and hand your ornament on your tree. :-)

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Victoria's Room

Victoria's room has finally been completed. Who would have thought removing a wall paper border would be such a nightmare? There were two wall paper borders, and whoever put them up did not prepare the surface correctly. But thanks to our handyman, he was able to remove the wall paper, texture the damaged wall, and paint her room. I think it looks rather beautiful.



Sunday, April 26, 2009

You're a Hoot!

Boy! Am I behind on blogging. Life has just been so busy. I just wanted to take a minute to share with you a new Stamp Set from Close to My Heart. It is called "You're a Hoot!" It features these adorable little owls, that I just love. These cards are birthday cards for some of my co-workers. I hope you like them.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

January is National Paper-Crafting Month

Close to My Heart introduced four new colors this past fall: Juniper, Sorbet, Tulip and Creme Brulee. And now, they are offering these fabulous colors in a special Level 2 Paper Pack with an E-Size Key to My Heart Stamp Set. Click here to learn more, or email me to find out how you can get this set for a reduced price or for free!

New Year, New Blog

Hello, World!

Here I am...trying once again to start a blog. I hope this one gets updated more frequently than my last one. My goal for this year and this blog is to share fun family moments, pictures, papercrafting artwork and ideas, and give some technical advice. Don't worry the technical advice is just the basics and something everyone can understand.

I guess I should mention a little bit about myself. I'm a mom to one girl and two yorkies, wife to the best husband ever, software engineer/document-er of everything not documented before to my employer, and Scraplifter/Stamp-Knapper in my spare time.

I live in Euless, Texas which is between Dallas and Fort Worth. Overall, I love it here.

So how's that for my first post?