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Snowman Glass Block

Another thing we made this year for gifts were these snowmen!

Again they are done with the rectangle block and then lighted and filled similar to the nativities.

 

 

These ones that we filled with stuffing we added a snowy glitter to the stuffing as we went.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We want to make some more for next year, some to sell and some for us!!!

 

 

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Nativity Blocks

This year for our neighbor gifts we decided to do the nativity on a glass block. We found one we liked on the internet and downloaded it.   Love that this one has a dog and a cat! 

Deciding what size of block to use was the first decision. I guess I really like the rectangle block a little better than the square this year!  Then what and how much filling to put in it.  We played with the different colors and types of filling and decided we liked the silver or gold balls. We knew we wanted lights. Finding them with white cords was a challenge so we just went with the green cord.  We played with how much filling went in and decided that we liked it with a little less than full. 

Next we cut the scene our of matte, black vinyl. I like the matte a little better than the shiny, it seems a little easier to work with.  We made sure we liked how it looked on the block.

 

Then we started to assemble. Steve has a pair of needle nose pliers that are about 12″ long and they helped a lot to get the lights right where we wanted them. We know they will move some, but we positioned a few then added some filling, then lights, then more filling until we had them as full as we wanted. 

We ended up gluing the battery pack to the back of the block and that seemed to work well.

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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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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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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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Christmas Shaker Cards

I found a new shaker card kit and it was Christmas themed.

This time I decided to measure the shaker bits. I used a dash or two of the white pieces and a smidgen of the green. I don’t really think that the green goes with the color scheme so that is why I didn’t used it much. 

The other thing I did differently this time is that I took the backing off the sticky pat before I added the shaker bits, it made it so that none of the bits got stuck to the sticky when I took the backing off. This  made putting them together go a lot fast for me. Also with the sticky part, after I peeled the backing off I used a small piece of it under my finger to hold the card in place while I added the bits. 

Hope you like them!

 

Thanks for stopping by!

 

Lu

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More Shadowbox Kits – Christmas

This time it is Christmas!  The biggest challenge with these is finding paper that has a small enough print to work with the small pieces! I’m working on other’s by making some of my own paper designs! Hopefully I can show you that soon! For now just pictures of the Christmas one.

Same thing just in a black frame.

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Lu

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Christmas Stockings

steve-stockingSorry, the blog is late again this week. My days are all running together! And it seems like things have been really busy again, but I can’t figure with what!! lol

Anyway, I am working on new Christmas stockings for Steve and me. With the kids on their own, it is time for a change.  Here is a preview picture and I will post the finished project once I have them done. I used the Cricut to cut the letters out of the felt and that was a learning experience. Felt is a hard thing to get cut cleanly and all the way through. But felt is cheap and our names are small!!! I also had to learn how to get things to cut where I wanted them on the mat with the Cricut. All good things to know as I continue to teach others!

 

Lu

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New Card!!

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This is a step card. This week I asked Steve to help me program in a card template that I got off the internet. I thought “I love this card but drawing the template then cutting and scoring took so long!” So I thought if Steve could program it into my new Cricut we could cut and score it anytime we wanted to make one!! It took him a little bit to figure it out, but he did it!!! It is such a cool thing that now I can just send a paper through my Cricut and have the card base done! Now I am asking him to put the accent paper cuts in! They are the same lines so maybe it won’t be so bad! lol lol lol So here is my first attempt, hope you like it!!

Lu

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This Week -Watercolor and Dremel tooling for Christmas

Sorry that it is so late in the week that I am getting to this. I was trying to actually finish something!! That didn’t happen! It seems like it has been a busy week but I can’t figure with what! So I will just show you some of the practice stuff I have done.

I want to play with watercolors some more so I did these flowers. They aren’t done as I want them yet, they need some highlights and I am still trying to figure that out.0930161019c1

I really want to do this thing with Christmas ornaments and a Dremel tool. I figured out I need to draw on the shapes I want first and then use the Dremel. I’m not good enough to freehand it. And then it is going to take some more practice!! But here is a peek at the attempt!!09301610201

 

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