October 30th, 2014
Ad Tech Hot Temp Glue Gun (this one was perfect because of the small metal tip)
Ad Tech Glitter Glue Sticks
Ad Tech Silicone Glue Pad (nothing sticks to this sucker and it’s see-through)
Wood Veneer Snowflake ornament (Found these at my local Michaels)
The snowflakes can be used as a template for creating a full glue snowflake. You could also use any snow-flake item you have or print out a snowflake illustration. Slide your snowflake (or image) under the silicone mat.
With a glitter glue stick, simply glue directly onto the silicone pad over the snowflake using the snowflake/image as a guide. I HIGHLY recommend this hot temp glue gun. I tried this with a low temp and I just couldn’t get the flow that I needed to create details. Also this glue gun has a metal tip that you can use to manipulate the glue you’ve already put down.
I hand drew a few words too. You can also use a print-out of a font you like and place it under the pad to use as a template for any words you want.
After doing the glitter snowflakes, I embellished my wood snowflakes with some of the glitter glue too. I love how they turned out!
They would be super cute on a tree, wreath, or garland.
And if you want to see more Christmas fun, Check out my blog on November 1st (2014), I’ll be debuting my Michaels Makers Dream Tree Challenge Tree!
October 23rd, 2014
*This post contains affiliate links and is part of the Design Space Star contest by Cricut. All projects and opinions are 100% mine.
The thing that I love most about my Cricut Explore is that it cuts everything I give it. Usually I’m doubtful going into the cutting, and every single time the explore comes through and cuts even better than I imagined it would. Cutting burlap was no different. I found this awesome Laminated Burlap and I thought it would work out great because it’s already backed with a laminate that would keep it from moving on the cutting mat.
It cut my placemats like a dream!
To complete the placemats, I cut some heat-transfer glitter vinyl (mirrored the image first).
And then ironed it on to the center of the placemat.
I cut two different shapes of placemats and two different sayings – Give Thanks and Thankful so I could use these on my thanksgiving table.
The glitter is awesome, and the placemats turned out so pretty.
Here you can see the cut edge and how nice it looks:
October 13th, 2014
Do you follow Lia Griffith and her paper flowers? I’ve become a little obsessed lately and so I decided to have a little craft night with some girlfriends and make our own crepe paper peonies!
As of lover of paper, I just had to order this fancy italian floral crepe paper (in like every color). It was great to have an excuse to buy it.
In addition to the crepe paper, I pulled out all my glue guns for everyone to use including my trusty Ad tech full-size lo-temp gun (you want to always use a low temp glue gun for crepe paper). I also have to recommend this awesome silicone glue gun mat from Ad tech that keeps your work surface free of stray glue drips. You also need floral wire, and floral tape.
I printed out a handful of templates from Lia’s Site. And we all started cutting away!
Once everything is cut, it’s time for assembly. This can be a bit overwhelming, so I highly suggest watching Lia’s awesome video tutorial (over and over) to get the process down.
My favorite glue gun for making these flowers was this Ad tech Hybrid Cordless glue gun because it has a flat base which makes it super easy to grab and put down and grab again – which happens when your gluing about a million petals.
Did I mention petals?
And more petals?
But in the end it’s totally worth it because of these gorgeous flowers!
Aren’t they so pretty all in a bouquet?
And they are BIG too!
It was a super fun craft night and fun to see all the different variations of the peonies everyone made.
And I might have tried my hand at a ranunculus… which turned out gorgeous, but I did want to give up a few times along the way.
I haven’t gotten around to making more crepe paper flowers yet, but maybe for a special occasion, I’ll get all the supplies back out and go to town! It’s fun and fast with other people making them too!
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