Friday, April 21, 2017

More Glass Bead Glitter Gel fun!!!

 I posted last week about my accidental order of Glass Bead Glitter Gel, and how I am now obsessed with it!  I ordered another tub of it!!!  Yes, I have used it that much!!!  I love paste with stencils, but I have had mixed results with paste.  This gel has been pretty error proof for me.  I wanted to share some of the projects I did with the gel paste over the weekend with you. 

I have tried to use tags more on my gifts.  I have a hard time making tags, no idea why, but I do. I think the key for me is to make them up BEFORE I need them.   I wanted to try the glass bead glitter gel on some tags.  The best part of my project was I used scraps of crumb cake cardstock that I had.  With my scrap bin organization, it was easy to see what pieces of cardstock  I had that were big enough to cut out some tags.  Check out my scrap organization HERE.   I used some tag dies that I linked below but you can use any that you have on hand.  Experiment with size and shapes of tags.  I ran the dies through my Vagabond machine.  When I am cutting a lot of dies, especially for my felt projects, I like using the electric Vagabond machine.  It makes it really easy!  After I cut out the tags, I grabbed some stencils and started putting on the glass bead glitter gel. I showed last week how to use the Color Burst powders on the glitter gel.  I played with more color combos this weekend.  Those are addicting too!!!  They are really easy to get some unique looks! Have you used the Color Burst powders?  I have also used them with some water color paper that I will be showing soon.  I want to try and watercolor with them as well.  What projects have you used them on?
This tag is for a gift for my friend who was in the hospital.  I made her up an emergency hospital kit with some things that she may need (comb, hairbrush, hand sanitizer, hand cream, nail clippers).  This was the tag in the was stunning!!!

This was the front of the tag, I made two tags and glue them together so they would be nice and strong and not show the backside of the tag.  
This tag is with the Glass Bead Glitter gel without any color added.  It is beautiful by itself.  I used a piece of a heart stencil to add the hearts to it.  

I used my label maker on the front of the tag. 

Here are some other tags that I made.  One tip, I use a tray in my craft room a lot.  This is just a plastic food tray.  I use it when I have anything that I need to dry.  I place the items on the tray.  It keeps the items flat, but if I need to move them, I can pick up the try easily.  I can fit several items on the tray.  It's plastic so it wipes off easily.  When I'm not using it, I slip the tray behind my shelves so its out of way.

I really liked the round tag out of the Lawn Fawn set.  

This was a cast off of one of my tags that I did with the stencil.  Sometimes the second generation comes out well, sometimes it doesn't.  I liked this one.

The Glass Bead Glitter Gel is a lot of fun.  I need some more tag dies to make a bunch of tags up!  Which tag dies are your favorite?
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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

More Felt Banner Fun

I have shared my obsession with felt before.  I LOVE working with felt.  I have tons of banners cut out that I will be sharing here every so often.  Stitching on the banners is relaxing.  
I just finished this banner last night and couldn't wait to share it with you.  This was my first 4th of July banner.  

I started with picking out my felt colors.  I have had the best luck with 100% wool felt.  I have gotten my felt at The Felt Pod.  They have lots of colors and it cuts like a dream!
I used the banner die from Lawn Fawn.  I love this banner set, it has 2 sizes of banners, and the circle die as well.  They are stitched on the edges, it shows up lightly on the felt, shows deeper on paper.  I like that it cuts the holes at the same time in the banner.  This makes it quick to cut on my banner pieces.   I linked the set below.  You could use any banner die you have.  Be sure to punch holes for your ribbon if you like that look.  I run the felt and die through my Vagabond.  This machine has SAVED me so much time.  I spend two days cutting out banners for an upcoming retreat, since the Vagabond is electric, it really made this easy!  I will share my die cutting Ikea cart soon.  I put all my banner pieces in ziplock baggies and label them, so I can sew them as I like.  
The first thing I do when I work on a banner, is pick out the sewing holes that the die cut in the felt.  The holes comes out easily but it looks neater if I get them out of the felt before I stitch on it.  I use a little dish to gather up the felt holes, it keeps my work station neater.  This is my "tv tray" station.  I often sew while watching tv. I also use this tray to cross stitch on.  

I like the magnetic needle nest to store my stitching needles in.  I can easily see the size I need as I stitch and switch to beading.  I just got back from a plane trip to Vegas, I had no problems taking my thread cutter through security.  I left my good stitching scissors at home because I've heard some stitchers say security won't let them on, some say they have no problem with security with their stitching scissors.  Since I LOVE my scissors, I didn't want to risk having to toss them.  The tread cutter is a good choice for on the go sewing and it is long enough to hang around my neck like a necklace so as I am sewing in the stands watching my kids play sports or on the plane, I can easily cut my floss!
I used the cross stitch alphabet die from Papertrey Ink to cut in the alphabet in this banner.  It was the first time I used it.  It made the banner sew really easily.  I used 6 strands of floss to sew the letter onto the circle.  

I love picking out the beads to use on my projects.  It is easy with my Darice bead storage.  I found this variety pack of beads at Walmart.  I loved the different colors of blue beads.  You can stitch the banners with or without the beads but I like that the beads adds some sparkle to the banner. 
I use a little bit of stop fray on all my knots as I sew.  

Sorry for the bad picture here, but I had just finished stitching it and wanted to share!!! It was 11:30 at night, my best stitching hours!  What time are you the craftiest?

Once my banner is all stitched, I get to chose the ribbon I want to use.  Different ribbons give the banner a different look.  I chose a shiny silver ribbon for this banner.  I wanted to share my ribbon containers.  These are AWESOME!!!  Several of my girlfriends use these to travel with their ribbons.  These are very handy to sort my ribbons and they have a handle.  Very inexpensive.  They are double sided.  

I am ready for 4th of July!!!  

Hope you enjoyed a new banner! More to come soon!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Using Glass Bead Glitter Gel or Embossing Paste

What happens when you order the wrong crafting tool?  Yes, this is a TRUE story!!!  I went to order embossing paste, I guess I didn't pay attention and ordered Glass Bead Glitter Gel instead.  In my defense.....well other than I have mommy brain half the time, and I am often doing 5 things at once.....the jars LOOK similar....yup, that's all I have.  When my order came, I was did I do that??  I didn't know what to do with glass bead glitter gel.  I sat it on my shelf and figured I would find something to do with it.  And there it sat.......UNTIL:
I saw Catherine Pooler's video using glass bead glitter gel!  You can view Catherine's video here: glass bead glitter gel .  I was so excited!  I had a use for my ordering error!!!  I had to try it out!!

I used the Faber-Castell Glass Glitter Bead Gel.  I added color to my project but I will say the glass glitter bead gel looks great by itself on projects, so you could leave it without any color.  Think how great it would look on dark cardstock or crumb cake cardstock!  I'm going to have to try it next time!  You need a stencil. I picked out several here that I used, but you can use any that you have on hand.  You also need a crafting knife or spatula to spread the paste evenly across the stencil.  
The easily way I found to do this was to put down my paper on my craft mat, lay the stencil on top and use some washi tape to hold the stencil in place while I am spreading the gel across the stencil.  Washi tape works best because it holds but releases easily when I want to lift up the stencil.  I spread the paste evenly across the stencil, picking up any extra with my crafting spatula.  Now if you just want the plain gel, you would lift up your stencil and set aside for it to dry.  I wanted to play with color so I added color burst powders to my gel. These are very concentrated color powder activated by water.  And let me warn you.....are SUPER fun to play with!!!

I picked a couple of color burst powders out and sprinkled them on my gel, still in the stencil, misted it with water, waited about a minute, and then carefully lifted up the stencil.  Clean up is easy with this gel.  I took my stencil and craft mat to the sink, washed off with warm water, and dried it all with a paper towel.  EASY....I like easy!  The gel smells like glue we all used in school.  I'll  show you some finished pieces with the glitter, scroll down for some step by step pictures. 

The light picks of the glass glitter beads.  So pretty!!! The edges of this are a little "muddy", I didn't worry about it because I knew that I am going to cut down the cardstock to fit a card front so those edges will be cut off.  And yes, my cutter cut through the paste like butter!  No problem there!

I loved this stencil so much I wanted to try it with some more color variations.

These colors reminded me of mermaid....not sure why but that pops in my mind when I see them together.  

The key with the color bursts is to be light handed with the water when you mist.  Mist, add some water, see how the color spreads and then add another spray or two where you see you need some water to activate the color powder.  Putting to much water on your project will cause the water to go under your stencil.  Now that is a pretty look too so play around.  It all depends on what you like!  Permission to PLAY!!!!!

Now here's the fun part, I got one card out of the stencil, but don't stop there.  I laid another piece of cardstock on the stencil to pick up more of the ink and gel.  Two card fronts!  Then I took the stencil and set it over a piece of cardstock and misted it heavily with water to get more of the color to spread.  I got a very pretty watercolor effect.  You can get 3 or 4 card fronts out of one stencil/color combo!  

I used both the Brusho and the Ken Oliver color bursts.  Both are beautiful.  The brusho comes in many sets, so you can get a huge set, or just as little as 6.  The Ken Oliver ones come in color sets that are nicely matched.  

This is the gel spread across the stencil.  It sounds like sand when you spread it because of the glass glitter in the gel.  

I sprinkled some color powder over the stencil.  This is the fun part, the colors you chose, where you put them, how much water you add!  

I loved that even fine lined stencils worked well with the gel.

This picture shows the original stencil card front and my 2nd generation card front.  
Even the second generation is pretty!

Here's another color variation.

This was the 3rd or 4th generation attempt I made while I was just playing.  I put cardstock back under my stencil and misted it heavily with water.  I think it is beautiful.  So pretty I had to turn it into a card right away.  
I wanted to keep the sentiment small, and keep the focus on the gorgeous background.  

Here's a tip I found working with the Brusho, The lids remove after you peel the tab.  But this make a BIG opening.  And a little goes a long long way!  So I took my craft pick, and stuck a hole in the top of the jars.  The hole is big enough to shake some color out but it keeps it from spilling all over the place.  Don't take the tabs off the bottles, leave them on!!  Sorry the pictures are sideways but it was a tip that I thought was so helpful to me.  The Ken Oliver ones are shaped differently so it wasn't an issue for those.  

I left my cardstock overnight to dry completely.  I tend to make a lot of card fronts up, then I put them in my pile to make cards with at a later time.  I have several of these to use yet.  I want to keep the sentiment small and keep the focus on the backgrounds.  I think these would look great on tags as well.  That might be my next project with the glass bead glitter gel. 
I have to say, for accidentally ordering the glass bead glitter gel, this was a fun mistake!!!  I love it!  I have already ordered another jar of it, as I am almost out!!!  I have done so many backgrounds!  It is really addicting to play with!  This post had a ton of pictures but I really wanted to catch the glass bead glitter gel at its best, it is stunning in person!
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