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21  MASTER CRAFTSTERS / Elmer's Products / Traveling Christmas Countdown Village - featuring Elmer's products on: November 01, 2012 11:32:23 AM
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Traveling Christmas Countdown Village  - featuring Elmer's products

This Christmas, we'll probably be traveling back to the mainland to visit family, and I was trying to come up with some sort of traveling countdown/advent calendar that was more than just opening doors on a piece of cardboard.

I present the Countdown-to-Christmas Village!



"Village?" you ask. "But it is just a box!"

"Nay!" I say.  

Look inside...


Twenty-four tiny paper clay houses are hiding inside!  Each is equipped with a velcro bottom so they can easily be "planted" in the lid, which is a snowy meadow of felt!



As we go through December, we can add a house to the scene each day, and when everyone has arrived, we will know Christmas is here!



Ah yes, and for the "traveling" part... The velcro holds the tiny houses in place in the lid, so I can close it up and carry it wherever we go for the holidays!



And now for the fine print:
All of this was made possible by Elmers Products!
The CraftBond Precision Embellishment Glue worked great to cover this paper mach box in paper (I applied it with a brush). I also used the embellishment glue to attach the velcro to the bottoms of the little houses.
The X-ACTO Precision Tip Scissors were perfect for trimming off the edges of the velcro after they were glued on.
The design on the top of the house was made with Elmer's Painters markers, and the stars around the outside are Elmer's Gel Pens.
22  MASTER CRAFTSTERS / Elmer's Products / Simple Pop-Up Card - featuring Elmer's products on: November 01, 2012 11:31:35 AM
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Simple Pop-Up Card - featuring Elmer's products

As the holidays approach, I start experimenting with different styles of cards to send to friends and relatives.

I love pop-up mechanisms, but my problem is trying to go overboard with designs, which makes them hard to reproduce many copies easily.

Here's a very simple pop-up mechanism which can easily be used for many cards!



Materials:
  • X-ACTO 9" Paper Trimmer
  • X-ACTO Gripster Craft Knife
  • X-ACTO 12" Self-healing Cutting Mat
  • CraftBond Glue Stick
  • CraftBond Glue Dots

Start by using the paper trimmer to cut the size you want for the card (remember it will need to fold in half!).


(For this, I just cut an 8.5" x 11" sheet of cardstock in half.  Not the best size to find envelopes for, but whatever.)

Fold it in half....



...and make two parallel cuts on the creased edge. (The X-ACTO precision tip scissors work great for this!)




Lift up the flap you made...



...and crease it down in both directions.



Open the card and invert the flap so it folds the opposite direction of the card.



Now, create your design (or cut out a photo) that you want to pop up inside the card. Make sure it is smaller than the space between the flap and the edge of the card, or it will stick out of the card when the card is closed.



Use the Gripster Knife and Self-Healing Mat to cut out the image.



Stick a glue dot in the center bottom of the back of your image.



And stick it on the front side of the flap!





Now to finish the outside... Use the paper trimmer to cut paper the same size as the inside.



Use the Glue Stick to coat the inside of one half of the outside sheet.



Stick one side of the card onto the outside sheet, making sure the center crease is lined up well.



Then glue the inside part and stick the other side together.



(I like to get all possible air bubbles out with my bone folder!)



As for the outside, you can use the glue stick or glue dots to attach another drawing or photo. Or, the Elmer's Painters Pens work well to cover patterned paper too.



Happy crafting!
23  MASTER CRAFTSTERS / Elmer's Products / Quick Curious Shell Guys! - featuring Elmer's products on: November 01, 2012 11:31:02 AM
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Quick Curious Shell Guys! - featuring Elmer's products

This was just a fun little thing I ended up with when playing around with Elmer's CraftBond Glue Dots.



All you need is:
  • Elmer's CraftBond Glue dots
  • Sharp scissors (X-ACTO Precision Tip Scissors work well!)
  • Small shells (or shell beads)
  • Googly eyes



I ended up cutting the medium-sized glue spots into quarters. With the way these glue dots are packaged, it's easy to fold the sheet over the dot (so it's covering both sides) and cut in half (and then in half again) with a pair of sharp scissors. Then, apply the glue dots to googly eyes and stick them on the shells!



No need to limit yourself to shells, or even to two eyes per object!
The flexible glue dots make it easy to stick googly eyes to pretty much anything!

24  MASTER CRAFTSTERS / Elmer's Products / Super Simple Table Placecards - featuring Elmer's products on: November 01, 2012 11:30:06 AM
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Super Simple Table Placecards - featuring Elmer's products

In my family, we don't really have specific spots where we sit, (and I don't think anyone really cares who sits where) but I think the idea of making placecards is fun.



Making these is super simple.  Here's what I used:


  • Cardstock or paper
  • X-ACTO 12" Self Healing Mat
  • X-ACTO 9" Paper Trimmer
  • CraftBond Dot Runner (or gluestick)
  • CraftBond Gel Pens (I used metallic)
  • A black pen (I used micron)
  • Bone folder or smooth object for creasing

Use your X-ACTO paper trimmer to easily cut an 8.5" x 11" sheet of cardstock or paper into quarters. (They will be 4.25" x 5.5")



The handy thing about this paper trimmer is the scored grid work surface.  I used the grid to score my paper at 1.75", 3.5", and 5" from the end.



Crease the end with the short flap, and the one adjacent to it. (I like to use my trusty bone folder!)



It should look like this:



Then, flip the paper over and draw your design on the uncreased square (there should still be the little score from before - we'll need that!). Make sure the folded sections are down, and try to leave about a half inch of space above your picture! (I used CraftBond metallic gel pens - they show up really well on dark paper!)



(I ended up outlining my design with a black pen to help it pop on the dark paper.)



Now, get your X-ACTO self-healing mat and Gripster Craft Knife and cut around the top of your design (above the score).  Make sure you don't cut along the score, because then your placecard will fall apart!



When you've cut the whole "pop-up" length, carefully fold down along the score and away from the design.



Then, crease that last flap backwards.



Run the Elmer's Dot Runner along the small flap, and stick to the top flap to make a triangle.





Done!



If you don't have much room to store these, you can make them all up ahead of time, and don't glue them together until you need them. The Glue Dot Runner makes it super easy to stick them together easily and fast!



25  MASTER CRAFTSTERS / Elmer's Products / Colorful Shrink Plastic Buttons! - featuring Elmer's products on: November 01, 2012 11:29:19 AM
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Colorful Shrink Plastic Buttons! - featuring Elmer's products

Colorful buttons can add a special touch to any project, and they're easy to make using Elmer's Paint Pens and shrink plastic!



What You'll Need:
  • Elmer's Painters Markers
  • Shrink Plastic
  • Sharp Scissors (such as X-ACTO Precision Tip)
  • Hole punch



Start by cutting large-ish circles out of the shrink plastic. (About 2.5 times bigger than you want your buttons to end up!) If you want your buttons to be consistent in size and shape, it's a good idea to make a stencil or find something to trace.  

I wanted varied buttons that didn't need to be perfectly round, so I just went with whatever the scissors did!

Then, use the hole punch to make holes in your button.



Use the Elmer's Painters pens to color the buttons however you want.  If you want an opaque look, you can color the whole thing!  (I like when there is some transparency.)  I think it's fun to color on both sides to create dimension when the plastic shrinks.  (Try not to make the paint too thick -- it puffs up a little bit when it bakes!)



They are super-addicting to make....



Then, stick 'em on a foil-covered pan and put them in the oven (as per package instructions) for 3 minutes.  I like to use the little toaster oven because it heats up really fast without using too much extra energy!



I ended up making lots of these, kind of by accident.  Anyone want some buttons? : )




Here are some of my favorites:


Alright, off to make more buttons!!
26  MASTER CRAFTSTERS / Elmer's Products / Moveable "Purple People Eater" ATC - featuring Elmer's products! on: November 01, 2012 11:27:53 AM
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Moveable "Purple People Eater" ATC - featuring Elmer's products!

My first swap on Craftster was the Ongoing ATC swap. In fact, I only participated in the ATC swaps for nearly my entire first year of swapping.

In ATC swaps, in addition to making cool art, sometimes I try to find ways to make the cards interactive. Here's how you can make a not-so-tricky pull-tab ATC!





Materials:
  • X-ACTO 9" Paper Trimmer
  • CraftBond Glue Stick
  • X-ACTO Precision Tip Scissors
  • CraftBond Double-sided scrapbook tape
  • X-ACTO Gripster Craft Knife
  • X-ACTO Self-healing Cutting Mat
  • Foam Craft Tape
  • Scrapbook Paper (small amount)
  • Cardstock (small amount)
  • Elmer's Painters Pens (optional)

For this, I used some old pieces of scrapbook paper:



Using the handy X-ACTO 9" Paper Trimmer, cut out two ATC-sized sheets (2.5" x 3.5"). One will be the background.  



I like to use the second one for my "moving object." (I like to start with an ATC size for the front part, because I can visualize how the drawing will fit on the actual card-- and  I can make sure it will fit on the card!)



Start drawing a picture for the moving object on your ATC. For now, make a picture that is two parts -- one will be stationary, and the other will move close to and away from it.



I used a black pen and an Elmer's Painters marker for this little guy.



Then, using some scissors, such as the X-ACTO Precision Tip Scissors, cut out the object, and use the CraftBond Glue Stick to stick it on some cardstock.



When the glue has dried a bit, cut out the pieces with the X-ACTO Precision Tip Scissors!




Now, let's go back to the background paper... You need to cut a "track" in it to guide the moving part when the tab is pulled. This is super easy with the X-ACTO Gripster Craft Knife and the X-ACTO Self-Healing Mat.



(I admit, I pretty much eyeball everything, so I do not have exact measurements. Feel free to measure more accurately in your version Tongue)

Now, let's make a pull tab. It's best to use the same pattern paper as your background, since some of the tab will be exposed. Again, I use the handy paper trimmer to cut a piece not quite as wide or tall as an ATC.



I then fold it roughly in thirds, although it doesn't need to be exact.



(I like to use my bone folder to make the creases nice and neat, but you can also use the handles of scissors or anything else smooth and hard.)



Then use your trusty glue stick to hold down the flaps to make the pull tab nice and sturdy.



Now you can crease one end (the "pull" end) of the tab, and cut out a hole the same size as the end on the background sheet of paper, using your X-ACTO Gripster Knife and Self-healing mat.



Turn the background sheet over, and lay the pull tab over the cutouts (the position where it will eventually be).



Now take out some foam craft tape and cut some narrow strips (with some sharp scissors such as the X-ACTO Precision Tips!) to use as pull tab guides inside the card.



Place the tape around the pull tab, and go ahead and create a border around the whole card. Get some cardstock ready.

It's a really good idea to get another scrap of your background paper, and use the glue stick to adhere it to a piece of cardstock. It doesn't need to be as big as the card, but it should be bigger than the pull tab guide hole.



Stick the whole taped background on the cardstock, making sure the pattern shows through the hole in the front!



Cut around the edges with your sharp scissors!



Slide in your pull tab (it should go in easily).



Now get your object pieces ready. Use CraftBond Permanent Scrapbook Tape to easily stick the non-moving part on the background. (Make sure it's only stuck to the background, and not the pull tab too!)



Then, cut out a small piece of foam tape and (with the tab fully inserted) place it at the top of the tab in the guide.



Pull the tab down a little bit....



...to make sure the top piece lines up correctly when you stick it on!



Moveable ATC complete!
Now, you just need to add your finishing touches and you have an interactive ATC!

27  MASTER CRAFTSTERS / Elmer's Products / Altered Photos featuring Elmer's products! on: November 01, 2012 11:26:59 AM
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Altered Photos featuring Elmer's products!

Do you ever have those random photo prints that didn't quite turn out right? Maybe they're blurry? Or maybe you just want to spice them up with a little more color or pizzazz?



Grab your Elmer's Painters and Gel Pens, and go!!



I used the old fuzzy print like a Paint-by-Number with Elmer's Painters Pens, finding similar colors and blocking out different areas I wanted to "fix."



You can choose to color the whole print, or just pick some focal objects to highlight... Voila!



The Elmer's Gel Pens also work rather well on photo prints. Once they dry, they don't smudge and I especially like how the metallic pens keep their shimmer and it doesn't rub off!



I used the gel pens to accent just the palm trees in this shot!



Happy altering!
28  MASTER CRAFTSTERS / Elmer's Products / Aloha Magnets - featuring Elmer's products on: November 01, 2012 11:25:56 AM
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Aloha Magnets - featuring Elmer's products

I had these little tiny canvases sitting around that I had made a while back, using primed canvas sheets and one-inch wooden tiles.  Every now and then I have gotten them out to make a miniature painting or whatever, but this time, I decided to make a little series.



Materials:
  • Tiny canvases, or small wooden tiles covered in paper or canvas
  • Micron pen or permanent stamp pad and alphabet stamps
  • Elmer's Painters Sherbet Swirl Markers
  • Elmer's Gel Pens
  • Elmer's CraftBond medium size glue dots
  • Elmer's Scrapbooking Double-sided tape
  • Magnets

This was mostly an experimental project from the start.  I was super excited about the Elmer's Painters pens and was looking for things to paint.  I started off by coloring on the canvases in a splotchy pattern and smudging it with my finger a bit.



I didn't get too many in-progress shots, because I was playing around with materials.  For the lettering, I had started off with alphabet stamps and a normal waterproof inkpad (which was a bad idea!).  The letters promptly rubbed off, so I traced over the shadows that remained with a micron pen.  I had also tested the ink around the edges, which also rubbed off, giving it a nice vintage-y look.

I also added some little swirls with Elmer's Neon Gel Pens to add a tiny bit more color.

To finish up the back, I cut some inch squares of scrapbook paper and stuck them on with a couple pieces of Elmer's double-sided scrapbook tape.  Then I used the Elmer's glue dots to attach a magnet to the back of each.



Since the first attempt at the lettering made me a little paranoid about the letters rubbing off, I coated the tiles with a quick layer of resin.

Yay!

29  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Hibiscus Tuba Mouthpiece! on: June 09, 2012 10:21:41 AM
Today is the big Kamehameha Day parade in Honolulu, and my husband (a tuba player) is marching...  He asked me to paint his plastic mouthpiece for the occasion. 



Technically, the state flower is the yellow hibiscus, but the band's colors are red and yellow, so we thought this would work.



Simple enough, but I think it adds a nice touch!




Thanks for looking!
30  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 75 ENTRIES / Fab Origami Shoes on: June 04, 2012 05:55:44 PM
I was working on this project for a fellow craftster when I realized it fits right into the theme of this challenge!



I wanted to alter a pair of very high heels.... and what better to do it with than origami?
I decided I wanted a repeating design pattern, and chose hearts!  Then folded and folded and folded and folded....





And after starting to put the origami hearts on the shoes I realized I had to go back and do a lot more folding! (haha!)

When the shoes were finally covered, I sprayed them with many many layers of shellac to help protect them!



I used red, white, black, silver foil, and red foil origami paper.


Here are just a few more pictures!








Thanks for looking!
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