Monday, October 22, 2012

Trick or Treat Card

Wrapping up my posts for Halloween, I'm sharing the card I sent out to our family and friends this year.  The card was made with everything from Papertrey Ink!  Since my card was a single layer, it made it easy to mass produce.  I fell in love with the Spider Web Trio Dies and knew I just had to do something with them on a card!  Instead of using the large web as a traditional die, I decided to emboss the front of the card with it!  The sentiment and spider came from the Been Boo'd stamp set.  I heat embossed the scary cute little spider with black embossing powder.

Happy Halloween!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Organization - Ribbon Storage

I am constantly looking online for better ways to organize my craft room.  I'm not sure why but I always feel like there is just some genius way of organizing that I haven't thought of yet and I'm missing out!  I think I've got it perfect with my ribbon storage though!

My craft room is a mix of different furniture from Pottery Barn (the Bedford Collection) and Ikea (the Expedit series).  When we moved into our home in 2006 I purchased this Craft Organizer from Pottery Barn.  (I should probably warn that this item comes and goes every year at PB around Christmas time.  If you are reading this after Christmas, the link may not work).  Thankfully I did not pay full price for this baby.  If you have patience, it most likely will go on sale closer to Christmas (at least it has every year since I've purchased it).  When I originally bought it, I used the lower portion for wrapping paper. The unit includes 4 dowels, but I removed two so that I can perch my ribbon on them.  All of my ribbon comes from Papertrey Ink, I love having my paper, ink, ribbon and button match.  This system allows me to quickly view and grab the colors I need and as you can see, I still have a little room to grow.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Glitter Ornament Balls

I've been showing various pictures of the tea cart in our foyer and the displays I change out for each holiday and season (herehere and here).  Decorating with apothecary jars make it easy, quick and fun to change the theme each month.  One of the jars is usually filled with candy and one is always filled with these Glitter Ornament Balls.

Here's what you'll need to make these ornaments:
clear glass ornaments, glitter, Pledge Floor Finish
Remove the top of the ornament clip.  Pour a small amount of Pledge into the ball.  Swirl (don't shake) the Pledge around the entire inside of the ball.   Shaking the Pledge will cause bubbles and will not cover completely.  Empty remaining Pledge back into the bottle.  (I've been using the same bottle for dozens of ornaments and have only used a small bit).  Pour glitter into the ball and swirl it around, adding more glitter as needed to cover the entire inside.  Empty any extra glitter from the ball onto a folded piece of scrap paper (this glitter can be used for the next ball).  When finished, discard remaining glitter, do not return it to the bottle. Set the ornaments aside to dry before replacing the clip on top.   I use the original container the ornaments come in as a drying rack.  I love this technique because I love the look and the sparkle, but I don't like the mess of the glitter.