Sue’s ADORNit Unboxing Video

You may remember last month when I mentioned that I’d been given the opportunity

to be a ADORNit Brand Ambassador.

I patiently waited for my Happy Mail to arrive.  They said it’d be worth the wait.

They weren’t kidding.

For the next three months…

I will be sharing with you a variety of fun projects using their products.

I thought it might be fun to show in a video you what was in side.

I’m not the best at making video’s and this one gave me quite a few unexpected challenges.

But being fully determined, I finally got it done.  (Thanks in to my son Justin.)

To see all that ADORNit has to offer make sure to visit them at www.adornit.com.

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Berry Boxes and Bunny Bubbles

Berry Baskets for my Grandsons…

This year, I decided to get a little creative with the boys Easter present.

I recently received these cute little berry baskets from Leisure Arts and decided to use them

for the boys instead of traditional Easter baskets.  (see Leisure Arts Ad below)

I painted the berry boxes with acrylic paint.  I made tags with each of the boys names and

tied the tags on to the boxes with color coordinated twine.  (simple, simple, simple)

My daughter recently told me…

she never forgot the year I made their Playdoh containers into Easter Bunnies.

I had forgotten all about it.   (sounds like something I’d do)

Apparently it had made an impression on her.

So inspired by the memory… I made plain old bubble containers into “Bunny Bubbles”.

To make the Bubble Bunnies…

  • Remove the label that came onto the bottle.
  • Measure and cut a piece of white felt to go around the side of the bottle.
  • Use a craft glue and apply glue around the area on the bottle where the felt will go.  (It’s easier to apply the glue to the bottle than the felt.)  Wrap felt around bottle and secure into place.
  • For the bowtie…Wrap and glue ribbon around the top of the felt.  Create a little bow from additional ribbon and glue to cover  the ribbon seam.
  • Glue small buttons on the seam of the felt.
  • Cut two ears out of white felt.  Color the center of the ears with a light pink marker.  Glue ears onto the top of the lid.
  • Glue googly eyes and a small pink triangle nose onto the side of the lid.  (Add whiskers under the nose if you like.)
  • Glue a small white pom pom on the back for a bunny butt.

A fun little addition to the berry box.

And…Maybe, just maybe, they’ll remember the year grandma made  bunny bubbles.

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How to make a Springtime Delights Resin Magnet

I have to admit, working with Resin intimidated me at first.

With a little practice, I found that it’s really not hard and you can get some amazing results.

Especially when you start small.    (Just make sure to read the package instructions)

My Springtime Delights magnet measures only 2″ x 2.

Materials:            (*affiliate link)

Directions:

Cut and glue a small piece of scrapbook paper to fit inside of tin.

Arrange 3D stickers inside of tin.  You may need to add extra glue under each sticker to make sure they stay in place.

Measure, Mix and pour the resin as directed in the product packaging.

Blow air onto the resin using a thin straw to help remove bubbles.

Allow plenty of drying time for the resin to cure before gluing magnet onto the back of the tin.

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Stamping in White Embossing Powder

 

Good Old Embossing Powder…                             

When I was introduced to stamping in 1996, do you know what hooked me?

It was the Gold Embossing Powder.

The first time I watched them melt that gold embossing powder.  WOW!

At the time, I had a gift store and was looking for something new.

I can’t tell you how many people I hooked with that gold embossing powder.

Here’s a little throwback to where I started.

Back to embossing powder.  (this time with a twist)

For this project, I started with a oval that was cut from chipboard.

I rubbed Colorbox White Embossing Pad*  onto the surface of the oval.

Next, I poured White Embossing Powder* over the entire oval.

After pouring the excess powder off, heat the oval with a

Multi-Purpose Embossing Heat Tool*.

Make sure all the embossing powder is melted.

Repeat that step 3 or 4 times, building up a thick layer of embossing powder.

After it was thick enough, I added a little red ink to the edge of the oval and

inked up the “Windmill” stamp.

I heated up the oval again, making sure the powder was really hot and melted.

I pressed the inked stamp into the hot, melted powder.  Success!

I love the way it looks like red toile.  (which is something I collect)

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Holiday DIY with Old Kitchen Hardware

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I have this old jar of assorted hardware on my shelf in my workshop.

I keep it just in case.  (Why you ask?)

Because I’m a “you never know” type of crafter.

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I had picked up a bag of old kitchen hardware at a garage sale a couple years ago

for fifty cents and used it on a few projects and even made a couple of ornaments.

(you can see them here)

While it may be too late for you to make this year…

it’s an idea that you can put away on the shelf, so to speak, for next year.

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Here’s how I made my ornament…

After disassembling the hardware, I spray painted the base plate cream.

What a difference spray paint makes.

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I added silver around the edge using a  Chisel Point Calligraphy Paint Marker, Silver*    (*affiliate link)

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I used the small hole at the top of the hardware plate to string red and white twine.

I embellished it with a glitter berry cut from a glitter berry sprig (see previous picture)

wrapped around a small craft pine stem to form a small swag.

I glued the pine swag and small red and white bow to the hardware with Beacon Adhesives Zip Dry.*

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I painted a small wood snowflake, found at the craft store, with silver acrylic paint and added

the “let it snow” sticker from Small Talk Stickers by Tim Holtz Idea-ology*.

I added a small red pearl to cover the bottom hole in the hardware and glued the

snowflake on top.

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A quick and easy upcycled ornament for the Christmas Tree.

 

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How to make a Christmas Tree in a Bottle Necklace

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Christmas Tree in a Bottle Necklace

I got this idea from a project I’d seen made by Tim Holtz.

Of course, I had to find a cheaper way to make it.

I’ve seen small bottles like these at Hobby Lobby with the jewelry supplies.  (I got mine online.)

I picked up small bleached trees at Michael’s.

Very Important…You need to make sure the base of the tree is small enough to fit in the

top of the bottle.

 

How to make a Christmas Tree in a Bottle Necklace:                                    (*affiliate link)

  1. I used a re-inker, Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Reinker, Peeled Paint*, and diluted it with water in Ranger Inkssentials Mini Misters*.  I sprayed each tree generously with the diluted ink.  (it took 3 days until the ink came off of all my fingers)
  2. After the tree was dry I rubbed Ranger Stickles Glitter Glue, Diamond*on the tree.  Allow glitter glue to fully dry on the tree before continuing.
  3. Apply a small bit of Quick Grip All Purpose Permanent Adhesive* on the end of the Q-tip.  Insert Q-tip into bottle and add the glue to the bottom center of the bottle.
  4. Insert tree into bottle and stick onto the glue.
  5. Pour glitter or micro beads into bottle.
  6. Screw loop screw into top of the cork and add necklace.  I added glue around the side of the cork before putting it back into the bottle.

If you’re feeling a little funky…how about making your tree pink or purple? 

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Don’t feel like making them?    (You can find the finished ones here in my Etsy Shop.)

 

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