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New class this month at Scrap Chicks!

Please forgive the work in progress blog.  I’ve had a crazy couple of weeks and I’ll get to it soon.

Let’s get to that class!

This month at Scrap Chicks it’s Christmas in Septmeber!  It may seem early to start thinking about ways to decorate your home for the holidays, not to mention that most of us aren’t even beginning to think about what we’re giving as gifts this year.  The thing is, now is the perfect time!  School is in full swing (here anyway) and if you haven’t started school, you will be soon.  September is a great time to work on holiday projects.  If you’re not convinced, let me tell you another little something.  For many of the projects that we’re featuring this month, the design team has made two versions for you.  One in a fall theme and one in a winter theme.  Make one now, make one later!  Just what you need to get creative and be ready for the seasons 🙂

I volunteered to post a project on the first day of the crop, and here is what I posted today…

Holiday Shadow Box

I made this Christmas version last year for a DT project. I loved how it came
out and I ended up making a bunch (and even selling ten of them to a friend).
They’re cute and very easy!

Go here for the tutorial for the basic (smaller) version of the box.

Now, this year I decided to do a Halloween version in a much larger size for Fall

The measurements are different on this one (I started with an 8.5×11 piece of
chipboard) but the principle is the same. I used the hot glue gun to attach
everything and put it together on this one too. No glue dots. Goodness knows the
kids will mess with it and it will take a beating.
Let me know if you have any questions or need help figuring out the measurements for a different size box!

There you go!  Hopefully this post works out (since it’s the first one I’m doing here on wordpress).  Have a great day!

Christmas, Spellbinders, stamps

Gift tags!

This is just a quick post to let you all know that I haven’t forgotten about you 🙂
I do have some more projects that I’ll be posting over the next few days, but I have to get them finished up first!
These tags are sooo easy.  I use them on layouts and projects all the time and you could make them into ornaments (like they suggested last month over at Scrapfreak) or make pretty little gift tags like I have here.

To make the main part, just score 2 pieces of paper that are 1-2 inches wide by 12 inches long.  I score about every half inch.  Accordion fold, cut the folds to points on one side and glue the ends together.  Shape into a circle and hot glue the shape and a loop of twine or ribbon to a scrap piece of paper to hold in place.  (I usually use a punched circle).  Glue a stamped die cut to the top. Easy peasy!  I hope everyone is enjoying the season!

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More sparkly Christmas trees!

I told you I had a lot of glittery things drying in my craft room 🙂
These were made for Glue Arts with some amazing paper sent to us by Graphic 45.  They are a little bit time consuming, but the part that takes the longest is one of those things that you can do while you sit and watch TV.  You know I love projects that work like that!

Christmas Tree Set

Designer: Jessica Barnett

Supplies Needed:

Glue Arts hot glue gun

Graphic 45 Christmas Past paper pad

May Arts green faux suede leaves

Silver Pearl trim

Small ornaments

Paper trimmer



Postage stamp shaped punch

Glitter Mod Podge and brush

Liquid glue

Opaque white glitter

Paints that coordinate with chosen papers and brush

Glimmer mist

Paper Mache tree kit or foam trees, pots and dowels to make your own set  (my set was purchased a while back at Oriental Trading)


1. Choose your papers from the stack. You’ll need at least one sheet for each tree. I was so excited that colors other than just the traditional red and green were included in this pad!

2. Use the paints and brush to paint the pieces of your tree kit. Paint each tree a color that will coordinate with the paper you’re going to use on it. The paint will help hide the natural color of the trees in case you don’t get full coverage from your paper pieces. Paint the bases the same color and don’t forget to paint the dowels. Allow to dry.

3. Cut the pieces of paper into 1 by 12 inch strips. Cut these strips along the bottom to create a fringe, then cut the strips into smaller pieces, like shingles. The trees can’t be covered with the strips when they’re still in one piece because the cone shape of the tree doesn’t allow them to lay flat. You can hold two of the strips and cut them at the same time if your scissors are sharp.

4. Start at the bottom of your tree and use the Glue Arts hot glue gun to attach the pieces of paper to the form. Curl the ends of the strips up as you go.

5. When your tree is covered, use the brush to give the strips a quick, thin coat of the glitter Mod Podge. Use the brush to fluff up the cut ends as you go so they don’t dry flat against the form.

6. Use the bottle of liquid glue to add drops of “snow” to the branches of the trees. The opaque glitter is great for a wintry look.

7. Use a postage stamp shaped punch to make little postcards from one of the sheets of paper, and spray them with the glimmer mist.

8. Use the hot glue gun to attach the postcard shapes and mini ornaments to the tree.

9. Measure the top of each flower pot shaped base and cut a strip of paper to fit it. Attach each strip with the Glue Arts hot glue gun, and then attach a strip of pearl trim under the strip.

10. Use the Glue Arts hot glue gun to attach a small ornament to the top of each tree. A strip of pearl trim can be added to hide and other imperfections near the top of the tree.

11. Cut the May Arts leaves apart and attach to the base of each tree with the Glue Arts hot glue gun.

I hope you like them!  I’ll be back soon to post another little idea I had that involves a little sparkle 😀

Baking, Christmas, gifts

Cookie time!

I did my holiday baking this weekend!  I hate it when I get so behind that I don’t finish it, so it’s a relief that I’m done with it now.  Lots of treats at my house!

 This is the finished product.  Trays are from the dollar store and I already had the ribbon and cellophane wrap from past food gifts 🙂

 There is fudge, lemon sandwich cookies, peppermint whoopie pies, chocolate covered brownies and spritz.

Here is the finished tray with the sugar cookies piled on top!

They turned out pretty cute and everything is yummy.  Hope you all are getting things done on your holiday to-do list as well!

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Another project down!

This project was shared with me a little while ago and I knew that I wanted to make a set for my house.  The originals with instructions are over at Shanty 2 Chic and they are so cute!  Those are shabby chic, and I like that style a lot, but it doesn’t really go with my Christmas decor.  I’m all about the glitter and sparkle!  My fake tree is silver if that helps you understand 😀

Anyway, here are the trees that I made…

I bought one large and two smaller styrofoam tree forms.  The ribbon all came from Wal-Mart (believe it or not) and I don’t have a ruffler foot, but my mom came over one day and gathered it all for me after I told her I was too lazy and impatient to do it myself.  The candlestick bases are from Hobby Lobby and so are the glass doorknob tree toppers.  All on sale, woohoo!  I added a little more cheapo wired ribbon around the toppers to help hide the top and wrapped it around a pencil to give it that ringlet shape.  The bases are attached with liquid nails.
Anyway, I hope you like them!  I know I do 🙂

Christmas, Glue Arts, Making Memories

DIY Shadowbox Ornament

This week Glue Arts paired up with Making Memories to bring you ornaments!  I decided to make this little shadowbox and had a lot of fun with it.  Now I just need to finish the ones for the other boys (they’re jealous).  These are pretty quick and easy and they look awesome on the tree.  If there’s a little something that’s special to the person in the photo, you could include it in the box.  This one should probably have a little Hot Wheels car in it or something 🙂

Mini Shadowbox Ornament By Jessica Barnett

Supplies Needed:

Glue Arts Extreme Adhesive Squares

Glue Glider Pro with Perma Tac refill

Glue Arts 3-D Combo Pack

May Arts Shiny Green ribbon and Green Stocking shape ribbon

Making Memories Journaling Spots

Making Memories Noel papers and embellishments
Glitter Glue

White opaque glitter

Dries clear liquid adhesive


craft knife

scoring board and bone folder



black paint and brush

black chalk ink

paper trimmer

scalloped scissors

pinking shears

heart shaped pin


To Make Shadow Box:

1. Cut 2 pieces of 6 by 6 inch chipboard for each box.

2. Score in one inch from each edge all around the squares.

3. Use scissors to cut along 4 of the 1″ lines. Make sure you do the same lines at the top and bottom of the box.

4. Use the craft knife to cut out a window in what will be the box lid.

5. Use a bone folder to crease all folds to the same side of the box.

6. Attach the tabs to the inside of the box (for the lid) and the outside of the box (for the box back) using Glue Arts Extreme Adhesive Squares.

For the lid:

For the back:

7. Paint the box, inside and out, using the black paint and brush. Allow to dry.

To Embellish Box:

1. Use the Glue Glider Pro to attach a piece of transparancy to the inside of the lid to make a window.

2. Use dries clear adhesive and opaque white glitter to make a snowy effect on the window and allow to dry.

3. Trim the edges of 1 inch strips with scalloped scissors and attach to front of box to make a window after inking. Add to the paper detail with glitter glue.

4. Attach more one inch strips of paper around the outside edges of the lid after inking.

5. On the inside of the box, layer elements with Glue Arts 3-D adhesives to add dimension. Ink all papers and photos. Cut the picture out with pinking shears before inking. Add any special trinkets to the box using Glue Arts Extreme Adhesive squares.

6. Place the lid on the box and wrap the box in a piece of May Arts shiny green ribbon. Use the knot to hang a beaded ornament hanger from the top.

7. Attach a metal Making Memories embellishment to the front of the box.

Christmas, decor, Hanukkah


I can’t show everything I’ve been working on, but here’s a pic of something that’s been keeping me busy this week. 🙂

I’ll be sure to share pics of the whole to-do once it’s all done, but for now here’s a peek.

Also, this has been keeping me busy today…

Gotta love pretty presents!  I think I’ll be putting the tree up this week so I can have the house decorated in time to host dinner on Dec. 4th.  Then I’ll have somewhere to put these!

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Holiday OCD

Those of you that know me well are aware of my craziness when it comes to party planning.  I work on menus, guest lists and favors months ahead of time.  I make lists, scour magazines and the internet for recipes and tear ideas out of the paper.  When one of the girls at ScrapFreak posted a holiday journal project I knew it would be the best thing for me to make!  This was so quick and easy to put together and I’ve been filling it with lists since I finished gluing everything down 🙂

I bought a little album at Hobby Lobby on clearance for a little over $2.  I took the binding rings out so I could cover it completely with the paper (which is gorgeous doily paper by Hambly).  I used my Xyron to attach the paper to the covers because I know that no matter how much this thing gets used and taken in and out of my purse, the paper won’t be going anywhere.  The tabs that I added to the pages were just little circle die cuts that I made with my Spellbinders scalloped circle dies.  I ran them through my Xyron, and folded them in half over certain pages to make the tabs.
Some embellishments, ribbon and silver mist spray finished it off.

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Glue Arts and Imaginisce!

So, these peeps sent me an awesome box of goodies the week of Thanksgiving. I got a chance to play last week and these are the things I made!

These kiddos belong to the girl that did my nails. I thought they looked really cute with these Christmasy papers. Cut the circle after tracing it onto a paper. It was cut using scalloped scissors, but whatever I did, I held the scissors backwards. I still think it looks cool 🙂

A double layout of my Tucker in the snow.

Cut this box from a template (there are many out there that you can find for free online). Wrapped it in ribbon and placed a ribbon flower under a scalloped circle that I stamped with one of the Imaginisce stamps. In place of the stamp you could also write a name or initial and use them for place cards at a holiday dinner.

This card was made with a few different papers. Used the Glue Arts adhesive along the back of a strip of paper, pleated it as I attached it to the card. The sentiment is actually cut from a different piece of paper. You could make a ton of cards with these!

For this one I traced an ornament shape onto the papers and cut them out. I attached little ribbon loops using the Glue Arts adhesive to hold them in place.

These are ornaments I made. Cut out five scalloped circles in each paper, and used my Glue Glider Pro to attach them to each other (But I ran a length of ribbon through them before attaching the last two). Ran some beads onto the ribbon for a little detail and sparkle, then stamped onto two more circles and attached them back to back over the ribbon.

Hope you like these easy holiday projects!
Thank you to Glue Arts and Imaginisce for the fun stuff to play with!