Outdoor Ornaments Blinged Out

A few weeks ago I posted how to make these balls into ornaments. My friend (Dee) told me how cute she thought they were and how fun she thought they would look on her hook. I hadn’t figured out what to do for her for Christmas yet. So I decided that’s what I would do for her! So here they are with a little more decoration than the earlier post! I use glitter glue and strings of gems to do the decorating!! And then we delivered them and hung them on her hook! She seemed to like them!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Merry Christmas!!!

Thanks for taking time to stop by!

 

Lu

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Glass Block Temple

A friend of mine asked me if I would help her make a gift for a friend of hers.  She wanted to do an LDS temple on each side, as well as some wording. I thought it would be a pretty fast and easy thing! It wasn’t and so I thought I’d tell you some of the things I learned.

The first thing was finding the pictures and I had her do that so she got the views she wanted.

Then deciding on the fonts and placement of the wording was the next thing, Again I was letting her decide on the fonts. We gave her too many options and so this took longer!  The placement is something I worked on later and it had it’s own challenges. The font she chose had the capital letters spaced differently than the lower case and she wanted those moved. Then to get it centered in the temple shape made it so I had to separate some of the lines.

Then I cut it out of shiny, black vinyl.  It cut ok but by the time we sized it to the block the parts were so small that weeding was a challenge!  I had to get a magnifying glass out to get it done!

When I finally was ready to put it on the glass I ran into more problems. I don’t know if it was because the vinyl was older or if it was the way I was applying it but I ended up with bubbles everywhere that wouldn’t come out. So I had to start over with the cutting and weeding and applying. I looked online to see if I was doing something wrong. I even contacted Cricut to see if they could tell me what to do. They couldn’t. So I ended up having Steve hold the vinyl up off the glass while I worked it down about 1/8″at a time. I still had bubbles but not near as many.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now it has been a long time since I did one and the kicker to all this is that I put the design on so that the opening was on the bottom! After all the problems we left it that way!

Next was the filling and ribbon and attaching the battery packs.

The filling I left up to my friend. Here are a couple of pictures of what she tried. She ended up liking the clear stones the best but it makes the block very, very heavy.

The ribbon was just a matter of finding one she liked and then the ribbon was easy but attaching the 2 battery packs was a bit of a challenge because she didn’t want the black to show. We ended up covering 2 ends with ribbon and making the bow tight enough to hold them in place.

Overall I think it turned out ok but I would sure do things different next time!!!

The final recipient really liked it and that is what matters!!!!

 

 

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Lu

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Christmas Boxes

We had a few requests for some Christmas boxes like we did for Halloween. It took us a little bit to find the boxes and we found some that weren’t the book style first.  So we decided to tie them all up with ribbons!!! There are a few more that I don’t have tied yet, we will add the pictures in the next couple of days!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They are just $12.00 a set!  Just shot us an email if you are interested in one!

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Lu

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Coloring Book Portfolio

I think I mentioned in a few blogs back that I was trying to make a coloring book portfolio for a friend. Well here is my attempt.

 

I started with figuring out the size for the cardboard base. Steve helped me cut it and then we laid it out to see. Then I scored the cardstock on my scoring board where it was going to need to fold. The next thing I did was to figure out the magnet placement and tape the cardboard to the cardstock. You can see that I chose to use double sided tape. I taped next to the score lines and then more in the larger areas.

Figuring out the pocket that would allow the coloring book to be replaced was a challenge. But I got it to work. I adhered it with WeldBond glue (thanks for the advice Danette).

Then because the size was a full 12″ tall I needed a way to cover the edges. I chose ribbon. This was put on with WeldBond glue again. This was a time consuming process because I could only do one side at a time and then had to turn it over to do the other side, but I had to do the corners on both sides at the same time.  I’m sure one of my crafty friends has a better way to do that but …..

The next thing to do was attaching the zipper pocket.  The plastic pocket wouldn’t stick to the paper no matter what I tried. So we came up with the idea to sandwich it between 2 pieces of cardboard and secure it with brads and tape.  This worked great and I love the way it looked!We didn’t take many pictures in the process but here are a few in the done stages.

After we got this done we agreed that it would be easier and less expensive and last longer if you made it from material and just sewed the cardboard pieces into pockets. So when I took it to my friend that I had done it for, that is what we told her. She is a quilter so she could do those better than I could! If I could find my sewing machine I would do that!!

We decide to give the prototype to my granddaughter for Christmas. So here are a few pictures with it decorated out!

 

 

 

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Lu

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Outside Christmas Ornaments

I’ve been wanting to make some of those oversized yard ornaments for years. Steve just still hasn’t gotten on board with it. So I thought making a smaller one would get him to see how cool they are.  It hasn’t convinced him yet, now he says they will blow away in the wind!

We started with this spreadable cheese container that he is cussing at me for saving after we have eaten the cheese! (because we have so many!) You just need to drill a couple of holes in the bottom.  We just used a cable tie for your ornament hook.

Paint the cup with a color you would like.  Most common are gold and silver.  Let your imagination go wild. If you use a light color, then you might want to sand off the writing on the cup.  Put the cable tie through the 2 holes and cinch, making sure the cinch end is inside the cup.

I found a small red ball at the local dollar store, it could be any color or you could paint it. Then I just glued the two things together! I used WeldBond but have seen things that use the 6000 kind also.

You could hang them from the house, from a Christmas tree, on a shepherd’s crook, from the fence.  You decide.

I still want to do the giant ones if I can convince Steve somehow that they won’t blow away!!!

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Lu

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Happy Birthday Popup Card

This is Steve.

I wanted to make my dad a birthday card.  I didn’t want to use a normal card.  I thought of a popup card.  I looked at the box popup that we have used before.  So I went searching on the internet for something.

I found a pop up balloon card that looked simple. 

Instructions can be found here http://paperproud.blogspot.com/2011/03/tutorial-3d- pop-up-balloon-card.html

I love to have the Cricut cut and score so I put in the design into Cricut and found some paper.  My handwriting is bad, so I had Cricut Write the big message.

Now you need to fold on the score lines, so you will have a base for the popups to set in.

Top view

Side view, the base of the popups set here in the middle.

Then you can decorate the front

And make the popups.  Use plastic acetate strips so they are see through.  You can use plastic from trays you might get rolls or vegetables in.  Just trying to be frugal.

This is what it looks like from the top

The decoration ideas came from Lu.  She is the creative one.  I had a lot of emotion in making this one.  It is his 99th birthday.

Thanks

Steve

 

I love when Steve finds an idea he wants to do! This one was pretty simple for him! We all remember the ZigZag village from a few years back!!!

Lu

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Simple Gnome Card

Sometimes you just need a simple card.

I needed to make a card for Lu.  Something simple, yet handmade,  I discovered recently that she like gnomes.  Her favorite color is yellow.  On my quest to find some yellow paper to make her a card, I found the bright yellow paper, and then the design in her paper scraps.  I remembered we had downloaded a gnome picture from DesignBundles.net.

How to put this together?  I wanted to first cut out the gnome on the front cover with the Cricut machine, and put the print behind to show the gnome. Then I found that to be too complex for me!

I decided to cut out the card base and the front on the Cricut.  I used a double score line for the card base to fold in half.  Then I thought, maybe I would have the Cricut draw the gnome with a black pen.  That works.  I found a cute saying for gnomes.

At our house, we look on the back of the card for the date.  That helps to put it in a scrapbook later.  No, we don’t look for the Hallmark brand like some people do.

Lu noticed some yellow paper in the trash can before I gave her the card.  She knew I was up to something.  Hard to keep secrets from her.

Steve

I have the best husband! Thanks buddy!!

Lu

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Last Halloween Project

I’ve got just one more Halloween project to show you then we will move onto something else!

I actually did this project to clean up a part of my house.  We had a gap between our house and our foundation that needed sealed. Steve had this idea to use drywall tape mesh to help hold the spray foam in. So he asked me to cut him some lengths. I did too many and so we had some lengths left. So they have been sitting here waiting to have something done with them.  

I bought a couple of pans from the dollar store and got my glue gun out! I know you have all seen these a million times!

First you have to paint them.  

So here are my drywall  tape mummies!!!

We put the picture of the one (below) I did a few years back in also  so you could see the difference in the materials. I did that one with gauze.

So these are $12.00 each

Lu

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Lighted Hanger Star Outside Decoration

As you know making things from hangers is nothing new these days. But I haven’t really had a chance to put my spin on things, so we decided to try some of the ideas out this year!

 

We have taken pictures all through the process of putting it together, and I don’t know that a lot of explanation is necessary.

 

 

 

This makes a pretty large star, the pvc pipe is 4′ . I wanted it not to rest right on the ground.  I really like the idea of lighting it up. Laying those lights out and knowing how big of a string is the critical thing there. We used a 100 light set and it did a little more than we needed but I like it!

 

So these are $16.00 and the rebar is not included.

Lu

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Stationary Portfolio

A friend of mine wanted to make these stationary portfolios for some friends of hers. She saw a you tube video but then thought the measuring and math was too complicated. I said I would see what I could do to simplify it for her and come up with a design that would work for her. 

The first thing I noticed in the design was that the folds were just paper and I think that will wear out easily. So I tried with a single sheet of chipboard that I had. I scored where I wanted it to fold and turned out ok but not large enough to hold the things she wanted in it.

So I went back to the folds being just paper and cutting the chipboard for the pieces in between the folds. I still had a little trouble with the paper not folding correctly as the portfolio opens and closes. Gently scoring that line helps.

The other issue that you need to figure out before making one is how big the spine needs to be. The spines need to be a little bigger than the clearance you need to have for the pockets and writing pad stack on each other when it closes.

I didn’t put anything in it to hold it closed.  So I had to figure that out after. I will put something in it next time as I’m making it, like magnets or ribbon.

I made “pockets” the same way I make boxes and that seemed to work out well. Next time I might add a piece of chipboard on the sides to help them stay a little less “squishy”!

 

The adhesives for something like this can be pricy, so I suggest trying to find them on sale. Some places like the pockets and the pad need a very strong adhesive to stay in place with the wear and tear of use.

The decoration was hard for me this time because I used paper that I’ve had for over ten years and I didn’t have things to match it. But I like the way it turned out!

I also have had the ribbon and that clasp for over ten years and I think it worked perfect! Thanks Janah for sewing the ribbon together for me!!!!

 

I’m now in the process of designing one that can hold a coloring book and crayons for another friend! I’ll be sure to post those when I get them done! 

 

Lu

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