Glitter, Vinyl and…. Floor Wax??!!

Have you seen the gorgeous glitter ornaments with monograms or names on them?  They caught my eye when I joined a Cricut Facebook Group, so I decided to give it a try.  The gist of it is you put some type of glue on the inside of a glass ornament, swirl it around, add glitter – shake/swirl it around and you have a glittery ornament without glitter all over the place (because it stays on the inside).

I already had some glass ornaments for another project and I had plenty of glitter – I just needed the glue.   Some quick internet research showed a few options – floor wax like Mop & Glo; Mod Podge (I totally thought this stuff was called modge podge!); or something called Polycrylic.

I’m a little impatient – so I went with the floor wax (the cheapest I could find).  My first try was OK – not as stellar as I wanted (I expected a total blackout with the glitter and I could see some light shining through) – so I returned to the store to get a ‘brand name’ version – maybe it would be stickier.  I still got about the same results – the glitter would coat the inside, but I could see through some areas.  If I just looked straight on, the ornament looked great – but holding it up to the light I could see the bare spots.

I did a little research and found that fine glitter works better than the regular sized glitter I was using – Oh Darn – another trip to the craft store!  The fine glitter worked much better.  (but the ornament below used regular glitter – for some reason the green covered better).

 

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I was ready to move on to decorating the outside.  I decided to make this one for my nephew, Jake.  I cut his name using the Happy Camper font (designed by Erika Fisher) that I got as a free download a couple of weeks ago.  The ‘J’ in the background is one of my system fonts – Monotype Cursiva.  The white lines look crooked and torn – but they aren’t – the vinyl went on very nicely even with the curve of the ornament.

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He’s a hunter so in addition to his name, I added a deer head from the CTMH Artistry Cricut cartridge.  I sized this image to 2.3 and left the sizing locked (the width came out to 1.47).  As you can see from the picture – this gave me a little more trouble than the name to get it to form around the ball.  I’m still thinking recutting this to a smaller size or I might try putting a top coat over it to try to keep the air bubbles out.

For my first try – I’m pretty happy with this project (except maybe that bubbly deer).  My son has me working on a few more for a school ornament exchange and possibly for some teachers.  If I get to those, I’ll come back and add some more pictures and anything new that I learn in making them.  Overall this is an easy and non-messy project.

I would love to see any ornaments you’ve made!

Enjoy!

~Gerri

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Oh Deer!

I’m going to confess.  When I first saw the December featured paper in the Holiday Expressions Idea Book, it was my least favorite.  It’s not that I didn’t like it – it just didn’t jump out and grab me.  But let me say that once I opened the  Oh Deer! Paper Packet (X7214B)   and started playing with it – I fell in love!

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This paper pack incorporates Bamboo, Cocoa, Colonial White, Desert Sand, Fern, Juniper, Sea Glass, Slate, Whisper, and White Daisy.  The paper patterns mix outdoors (trees, pine branches, bark) with sparkly stars, 3d boxes and sheet music.  It can be quite versatile for Christmas, Winter or just outdoors layouts.

I love that CTMH has started offering coordinating cardstock packs.  This lets you build up your cardstock a little at at time (each coordinating pack as 3 sheets each of 4 colors) and they coordinate perfectly with the paper you’re working with.  The Oh Deer! Coordinating Pack (X7214D) includes Fern, Sea Glass, Slate and Whisper.  It also looks great with the Sea Glass glitter paper!

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The Complements (X7214C) for this paper pack are so cute!  It has a Christmas/holiday twist, but yet it doesn’t scream Christmas.  You could easily use the titles in non-holiday layouts.  There are a couple of things that say ‘holiday’, ‘Christmas’ or ‘Joy of the Season’; and the jingle bells are more of a holiday thing.  But really the stars, pine cones, bows, and even the deer could be used in other layouts.

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Here are a few of the projects I’ve been working on with the Oh Deer! paper –

 

If this paper catches your eye – check out my class page and see if any of those dates work for you; contact me for an one-on-one class, or head over to gerri.closetomyheart.com and see where these fun papers take you.

Silent Night

img_0537-copyThis is probably my favorite card from the November class. It doesn’t scream Christmas… it’s not the traditional red & green…yet it so nicely conveys what is so important to me during the Christmas season.  The church I attend has Christmas Eve services. Now that my boys are old enough, we like to go to the midnight service. We always end by lighting small hand held candles, dimming the lights and singing Silent Night – it’s absolutely beautiful!

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I started with the Hymns of Praise stamp set as my inspiration.  I really liked how the Sapphire and Crystal Blue worked so well with the green anchor piece on the bottom. A little Silver Shimmer trim, some Bitty Sparkles… and you have the makings of a lovely card.

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The new Holiday Expressions Idea Book now includes packs of coordinating cardstock for each of the My Reflections Paper Packets.  This is a great way to build your stash of CTMH cardstocks while ensuring you have the colors that work with patterned B&T Duos papers.  I love how CTMH makes it so easy to coordinate & get projects done quickly as well as beautifully!

My wish for you as we head into this crazy season is that along with the busy nights, the harried nights, and the try-to-fit-everything in nights that you’ll be able to take a few moments and enjoy a silent night or two.

Enjoy!

~Gerri

Other items used – you can find them at gerri.closetomyheart.com

Cheers! New Year’s Cheer – SOTM

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This is a fun and versatile stamp set.  Although it’s themed for the New Year (it includes drink glasses, bubbles, and an invitation stamp) – you can easily use the other elements on additional projects.

Honestly this card looks a little flat in the picture – you can’t really see the edge distressing on the blue and red pieces behind the stamped section.  I also added a couple of bitty sparkles to the starbursts to add some more sparkle.

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The flags are fun to use to add a little flair to almost any project.  The sparkles can be stars – snow flakes – twinkling lights  – and that bow – another fun addition.

1611-maincarousel-city-sidewalks-dCheck out these fun projects from the CTMH Home Office artists (they’re amazingly talented!!)

City Sidewalks Workshop Your Way

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These are such FUN Christmas papers!  I love the bright, non-traditional colors like Lagoon & Peacock and I love how well they coordinate with the beautiful green & red that we’re used to around Christmas.

This Workshop Your Way adds the City Sidewalks complements and Washi Pack for great embellishments to accent your photos.

I used these layouts to document capture our trip to California in 2003 (wow – that was so long ago!).  This was the year we got 2 Christmases.  We were in PA for Thanksgiving & celebrated Christmas with my family and then went to CA to visit my husband’s family.  My son was about a year and a half and he had lots of fun getting to know his cousins and hanging out with his aunts & uncles.

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This is one of my favorite papers – love the word search letters in the background.  If I was documenting a Christmas that actually had snow – I’d use my journalling pen to circle ‘dashing through the snow’!  I’ll have to go back and see if I can find any other words to circle.

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This green background paper is great for Christmas or non-Christmas fun!

These Workshop Your Way layouts are part of my November class series – November – City Sidewalks – contact me if you’d like more info!

Enjoy!

~Gerri

Supplies Used – this project is simple – everything you need is included in the Workshop Your Way kit – available through 31 December (or while supplies last!) at gerri.closetomyheart.com

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City Sidewalks Workshop Your Way Kit

Happy, Happy Christmas Card Workshop

I know – it’s not even Thanksgiving, yet – but with everyone’s busy schedule (including my own family’s) I wanted to get this  card workshop out there.

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I love the polar bear and the deer in these cards, and the sleigh, and…. I guess I just really like them all.

This workshop uses the Picture My Life Happy, Happy Christmas cards, a pack of red enamel gems, and various pieces of cardstock to complement the PML cards to create 20 unique cards for your friends and family.  I did not include any stamped images on the outside of these (the pictures and sentiments on the PML cards really worked well on their own).  If you’d like, you can add a stamped message on the inside or include a hand-written hello.

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These pocket scrapbooking set include 20 – 4×6 and 36 – 3×4 cards with patterns, pictures, and journaling areas.  They are double-sided – with the image in a portrait layout on one side an a landscape layout on the other.  So – they’re sure to fit in whichever orientation works best for you.

To get the complete workshop, just contact me directly.  The cost is $40 and I’ll have all the pieces cut and ready for you to assemble.  If you’re in the local area, you can join me on 9 December starting at 5 PM for a free workshop (please note, you need to RSVP and pre-purchase the workshop to attend).

Alternatively, you can order the value pack of cards (X254), Picture My Life; Happy, Happy Christmas cards (Z4019) and a package of red enamel gems (Z3090) through my website (gerri.closetomyheart.com) and I can email you the cutting guide.  Please note, that with this option, you’ll need to figure out your own cardstock additions – I used a variety of bits and pieces for the – I’ll provide the sizes and colors  I used in the cutting directions, and you can use your own personal stash of what fits for you.

Enjoy!

~Gerri

 

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