Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Etcing Ornaments

I am sure by now, everyone is over all my ornaments and the photos I have put on Pinterest and Facebook.  But, I seen on another blog how to do etching and doing etching is what I like doing and I was doing etching before I did the glitter ornaments.

Here is the link to where I seen how to do the etching. They just used regular stickers and etching cream and they came out amazing so it is very easy to do nothing complicated at all.

Using my Silhouette Cameo I cut out the word Believe, then I used my transfer paper and transferred it to the ornament. This ornament is the shape of an M&M and that makes it easy to work with the surface of the ornament. I picked these up at Michael's they were 50% off.

Since I was etching the entire ornament I needed to find something to hold the ornament so that I could put etching cream over the entire ornament.  My husband came up with the perfect solution, we had a wooden pencil holder our daughter made when she was a child.  He took a  Ziploc bag and covered it then he took a new pencil and pushed it through the Ziploc bag to one of the holes.
Then we just place the ornament on the pencil. Here is a photo before I added the vinyl.

Here is a photo after I added the vinyl just before I etched it.

Now for the etching cream, in the photo you will see the etching cream is not white. It is still good, it just has changed color due to be exposed to the air. I used a small brush to put the etching cream on. I let it sit about 10 mins then rinsed.  You should wear gloves, will etching but, I did not and it was fine I just cleaned my hands really good and put lotion on them when I was done.

Here is the result.
Here is one that I etched the word and not the ornament. The photo does not do it justice it looks so pretty. I did put glitter in the ornament but, you could not see the word so before it dried I removed the glitter.

Here are some more ornaments where I etched the entire ornament except for the design.

Friday, December 6, 2013

More Ornaments.

I have been working on completing my glitter ornaments.  I have added the vinyl and the ribbon to a bunch more.  I still have more that I have to even start but, I will get them done soon.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Glitter and Vinyl Ornaments.

I have been working on making some more glitter and vinyl ornaments.  The photo does not do it justice. A place we go to eat at often has a server that just had twins.  She asked if I could make her some ornaments for her babies and I did.  They say their name and first Christmas. 

I made the purple one with the white snowflake for my sister and the Nativity scene is for my mom. The white one with Christmas tree is for my niece.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Christmas frame sign.

I seen a framed sign on a Silhouette blog and I thought I could do that but, I did not want to put it on the glass so that I had a lot of frames instead I used scrapbook paper and vinyl and put it in a frame. Then I took ribbon and glued it around the frame. I have made three of them , here is a photo of one of them.

Snowflake Glitter Ornament

I was so excited to put a snowflake on the red ornament with the snowflake ribbon.  It turned out so much better than I thought. More photos of my crafts to come.

Ribbons and Ornaments

So I decided that I wanted to use ribbons for my glitter ornaments instead of hooks.  I also took and glued ribbon around the cap and then tied a ribbon to the cap.  I have not put vinyl on many of them that is going to be the next step.

I should have done the vinyl before I did the caps and ribbon but, it is okay it will all work out just fine. So here are my glitter ornaments with ribbon.  I did two square ones that are plastic they need more Mop & Glo and glitter to really stick.  But, I do like the way they all turned out.

The one with the Nativity scene was a gift but, it came out crooked so I will keep it and just do another one on a different shape so that it can lay flatter.  The last photo I have not found the color ribbon that I would like for them but, I will.  I got lucky and found a perfect match to the pretty pink glitter ornament.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

ornaments with vinyl

Using my Silhouette Cameo I added some vinyl to the glitter ornaments.  Then I found some ribbon and just tied them on.
Since my daughter knows I am making them I am going to go ahead and post some photos of them here on my blog.

My Daughter's Glitter Ornaments.

My daughter lives in Virgina and is in the U.S. Navy, she is married with a 4 month old.  She works long hours but, she still managed to make some glitter ornaments.  I have posted different crafts and she never did any of them but, this one she really liked and felt that she could do it. 

I just wanted to post her results and to show you just how quick and easy it is to do and they come out so pretty.  Just Mop & Glo and some fine glitter. Below is the first ones she did, I really like the shape and the colors.

The complete step by step directions is the post labeled glitter ornaments.
Dated October 26, 2013

Here is another set she did, she is thinking she will add ribbon to use as the hanger instead of a hook.

This last photo is of all of them she did.  I really like the different sizes and colors.  She did a really good job.  She likes how quick and easy it is to do it and how beautiful they turn out.

I have some more ornaments in different shapes and I will be doing some more soon. Happy crafting everyone.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Glitter Ornaments.

So I seen on Pinterest different sites showing how to make glitter ornaments.  Here is one site that I looked at for some information.

This is all you need to make the ornaments.

1. Plain glass ornaments, I picked two sizes a small and a large. I am making the smaller ones first. I got them at Michael's on sale.

2. Ultra fine glitter, at first I purchased regular glitter then I seen that it needs to be ultra fine for better coating. I purchased this 6 pack at Hobby Lobby with a 40% off coupon.

 3. Mop and Glo, found this at Wal-Mart.

To begin with, pop the tops off of your ornaments.  I used the carton that they came in for them to dry.

Pour about a tablespoon of  Mop and Glo into the ornament.  Carefully spin the ornament around slowly so that the interior is evenly coated with the Mop and Glo.  If you shake the ornament, lots of little bubbles will form.

Turn the ornament upside down over the bottle to drain.

Grab a paper towel and wipe the excess Mop and Glo, out of the ornament stem before you turn it right side up.

Take your glitter, and pour about a tablespoon into the ornament.  I used some bathroom size paper cups so that I did not mix the glitter. I had a cup for each color of glitter.

Stick your thumb over the hole and shake it up.

 If you didn’t have enough glitter in it to coat the entire inside, add some more and shake it up again.
Once coated I took the ornament and placed it on top of the paper cup and poured all the extra glitter out.  Then, I poured the extra glitter back into the glitter container.

I read where you should leave the tops off for 24 hours so they are completely aired out and dried. Once they are all done I will cut out some vinyl designs using my Silhouette Cameo.  I will not be posting any photos of the completed projects since I am making them as gifts.  But, here is a photo of the what they look like before I put the vinyl on them.
I really like how they turned out. Can not wait to embellish them.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Pool Noodle Fall Wreath

I made another pool noodle wreath and I added some stuff to the first one.  I live in the South and the heat got to the first one where it lost it shape.  So I took some Fall wire ribbon and tied it in blank areas to make the wreath stronger.  Then I added some more Fall leaves. I do like the way it looks.

Then I had another pool noodle and Fall leaves and flowers so I made another one.  I decided to thread a piece of yarn through the pool noodle and pull the two end together to form the circle and tie the yarn really tight.  Then I taped the ends together using packing tape.  Not sure if that will help the pool noodle to keep it's shape in the southern heat but, it is worth a try. Here is the second Fall wreath. Sending the first to my daughter, since I do not need two.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Flocked Heat Transfer

Since the non-flocked heat transfer did not work I hesitated to use the flocked material.  But, I had a diaper cover and a onesis that I needed to decorated before my granddaughter would out grow them.

So I changed my design and used the yellow flocked heat transfer and it worked perfectly. Just cut the design out using my Silhouette Cameo  then I just ironed it on.  I am so very happy how well the material worked. Plus, how easy it is to use.

Heat Transfer

I ordered the Silhouette Cameo Heat Transfer starter kit.  When I first tried to do the iron on it would not work.  The material looked like it had gotten hot or something and for whatever reason it would not stick.

I tried with the teal and the pink I had ordered it through Amazon but, I let Silhouette know of the problems that I had with the heat transfer.  To my surprise they sent me an email and asked for some more information. 

They actually sent me some replacement heat transfer for the ones that did not work that was just so amazing to me and I just felt like that was good customer service even through I ordered it through Amazon.  So Thank you to Silhouette for doing that.

Halloween Mirror

For some reason my contact paper was not working when I did a second set of beer mugs.  I ended up using some vinyl and I picked a color that I thought I would not use so it would not be an issue.

The color I was using was orange.  I did not want extra small pieces of vinyl left over where I would not use it so instead I took and put some Halloween pumpkins on the vinyl.

Then I placed them on my living room mirror.  I liked it so much that I went and put some white and black decorations on the mirror.  I really like the way it came out.

This was all done using vinyl and my Silhouette Cameo. Took to photos with and without the flash.

I really like how the mirror looks.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Etched Beer Glasses

I was trying to come up with an etched design for my son.  He came up with putting his U.S. Navy rating badge along with the saying of his rate. "No Air Support  Without Ground Support."

So I purchased so beer glasses at the Dollar Tree and using my Silhouette Cameo we came up with what worked. For some reason my contact paper would not work so I used vinyl.  Here is a pic after my husband weeded out the excess.

I took alcohol and cleaned the glasses, then I made sure it was going on the side my son wanted. He wanted it to face out as he was using it.

Here is is taped up and with the etching cream on it. It is kind of hard to see the cream it is beading up on the vinyl but, it is etching the glass.

The finished product, my son held it up to the light so it could be seen better for the photo.
This is a 26 oz beer mug.  I am very pleased how it turned out.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Red Neck Glasses with straw holder.

After I made some red neck glasses for some family and friends I came across a website that had instructions on how to put a hole and rubber grommet on a canning lid.

Since my friends / family live out of town and already had the glasses w/ lids I just purchased a 12 pack of lids w/ rings.  So they will be able to use it closed up or with the hole.

Here is my husband drilling the hole in the lid.

Here, is one of the lids done before the grommet.
Now, we just push the grommet through to seal the edges.
I wanted a glass for myself just the jar not with the candle stick part.  Here it is all done with my drink.

Here is the top view with the straw and grommet.

Cannot wait to send to my family / friends so they can have the straw in their redneck glasses.
Here is a photo of the glasses I sent. Just a quick change out and they will have lids that have holes for the straws.  Once they get them I am going to ask them to send me a pic and then I will update this post.

Wire to hang slate sign.

I found this slate for a $1.00 at Michael's I made a sign for it but, it had no holes and I had no way to hang it.  The other day while at Hobby Lobby I came across some wire that is covered in grapevine and it was only $2.99  plus, I had a 40% off coupon.

My husband drilled the slate and we added the wire it is stronger than twine and looks real nice.
Here is the front and back views.
I have another blank slate and he went ahead and drilled the holes and put the wire in it so it is ready to decorate.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Pool Noodle Wreath.

I seen on Pinterest where you can make a wreath using a pool noodle. Here is the website link I followed:

 So I thought I would give it a try.  I got two pool noodles from the Dollar Tree.

Then I bent it into a circle and secured it with packing tape.
 I went to Hobby and I purchased some burlap ribbon and of course I had a 40% off coupon.

 It did cover the noodle but, you can see some of the color of the noodle but, once I cover it then it will be fine.

I was not sure how I was going to decorate the wreath.  While shopping at Hobby Lobby I found this cute scare crow that was on sale plus, I had a 40% off coupon.

 I purchased some flowers from the Dollar Tree but, I needed more so I picked up some from Dollar General for $3.00 and I got two bunches and that was just what I needed.

Then I just started arranging them and hot gluing them on the wreath.  I also added some of the leaves. I am pleased how it turned out and how easy it was to make.

Update to my wreath.  Once it was on the door it just seemed to need something in the center.  I found a couple of cute little signs at Hobby Lobby they were 40% off I only paid $5.31 for both, then I just tied one to the wreath.

Here it is completed and hanging on my front door.