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1  Re: HO HO HO (Holiday Object x 3) Swap! Sendouts Dec. 3 in The Swap Gallery by microjivvy on: December 07, 2012 08:52:13 AM
Early on in my Craftster life, I fell in love with Cackle's Gingerbread Houses (if you check my profile, you'll see they're one of my faves -- have been since about 10 seconds after I first saw them): https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=365869.msg4300187#msg4300187

Little did I know I would one day be the gleeful owner Cackle Gingerbready Goodness.

First the four three huge and soooo beautiful gingerbread cookies. This pic does not even come close to doing justice to Cackle's beautiful piping work. As someone who has done piping on cakes, I cannot get over the details and loveliness.

As to the fourth cookie (oh yes, the package arrived with four cookies)... well, the package got here late in the day and it's impossible to take good pics at night, so pics had to wait until morning and there were two tree cookies and well, one of the tree cookies somehow got out of the bag and then.

mmmm, gingerbread...

The cookies are not only beautiful, they are the yummiest -- both the most awesome gingerbread recipe and the icing is way better than any of my Royal Icing recipes, lol!

I did share the cookies with Mr. Jivvy (who is also in awe of their beautimousness). 

I tell you this so you won't think badly of me when I tell you that all of the ginormous cookies have already gone on to fulfill their Christmas destiny.  Cheesy

And then Cackle transferred her gingerbready skills to polymer clay. This is the sweetest little house with just fantastic details. 

Mr. Jivvy suggested that Cackle must have better tools for working with polymer clay than I do. He was 100% serious (<3), but... Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy

I told him I think she has better hands and brain.

There's a little tea-light inside, but I could not get a picture that showed off the glowy, so you'll just have to trust me.

Look at all those little shingles!  And there's such a marvelous contrast between the 100% perfectly flat walls and the bendy curly shingles.

I <3 it with all my <3, thank you, Cackle.  This little house is the first Christmas piece to go on my mantle this year -- a place of Christmas Honor that all my decorations aspire to (and only a few achieve).
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2  Christmas Tree Wall Art - featuring Elmer's products in Elmer's Products by microjivvy on: November 01, 2012 11:48:07 AM
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Christmas Tree Wall Art - featuring Elmer's products

  • Picture frame for 3.5" x 5" picture
  • Elmer's CraftBond Permanent Dot Runner
  • Cardboard
  • Elmer's CraftBond Permanent Scrapbooking Tape
  • Elmer's Precision Embellishment Glue
  • Elmer's CraftBond Gel Pens
  • Wood Stain Pens (Golden Oak and Mahogany)
  • CraftBond All Purpose Glue Stick
  • X-ACTO X3252 Designer Series Gripster Knife
  • Crystal Snow
  • Book Pages
  • Painter's tape or masking tape
  • Elmer's Painters Bright (optional)

This project started with a $0.50 picture frame that I picked up at a thrift store and a desperate need for some Christmas wall art.

I knew I wanted a simple and vintage design -- I started in Illustrator:

(You can download the two-page pattern at the end of this post. You must be logged in to access it.)

Once I had finalized the design, I took two sheets of standard printer paper and used blue painter's tape to affix pages from an old book (an old law book that was another thrift store purchase) -- this makes it easy to print onto the book pages. Now, I've never had the blue painter's tape get stuck in my printer (can't say the same about duct tape), but this probably isn't a manufacturer recommended process, so use at your own risk.

Once printed, I used wood stain pens to age my design.

I then used Elmer's CraftBond Permanent Dot Runner to run lines of "sticky" on the striped page. The Dot Runner is super easy to use and makes a line approximately 1/4" wide (the same width as the red and white stripes). Once I had the page prepped, I sprinkled on the Crystal Snow and tamped it down. I decided I wanted some "clumping" of the snow, so I rubbed the Dot Runner lines with my thumb. This pulled the glue up a bit (it is a tape-like strip of glue) -- I sprinkled on more snow, did some more tamping and there, I had my clumps.

I set the striped page aside and began working on the tree. I used Elmer's CraftBond Gel Pens to doodle ornaments and garland. These pens are fabulously sparkly and easy to use. As a non-glitter person, they're perfect -- just the right amount of shine with none of the mess of loose glitter. I then used the CraftBond All Purpose Glue Stick to glue the tree to a piece of scrap cardboard.

Initially, I intended to glue the tree directly to the striped background, but once I had the pieces in front of me, I decided I needed a bit more depth. A small piece of scrap cardboard and Elmer's CraftBond Permanent Scrapbooking Tape to the rescue.

I spent some time sanding and re-staining the frame -- I also added miscellaneous spots of paint (to add to the distressed look) with an Elmer's Painter's pen. (The great thing about the Painter's Pens?  No paintbrushes to clean up, an excellent perk.)

I then glued the piece into the frame and Elmer's Precision Embellishment Glue was perfect for getting into the groove of the frame -- no need for applying dabs of glue with a toothpick -- very nice.

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3  Christmas Matchbox Wrappers - featuring Elmer's products in Elmer's Products by microjivvy on: November 01, 2012 11:45:58 AM
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Christmas Matchbox Wrappers - featuring Elmer's products

I've offered matchbox wrappers for download on my blog, but the offered designs are seriously lacking Christmas spirit. Which is sad given how often we want "just a little something" for a gift or stocking stuffer.

So I'm correcting that now.  Cheesy

Wrapped matchboxes make the perfect size box for stocking stuffer baubles and are an easy project for kiddos who are making up inexpensive pressies for for classmates.

Using the wrappers is easy-peasy.


  • Matchbox
  • Matchbox Wrappers
  • X-ACTO Knife or Precision Scissors
  • Elmer's Craft Bond Stick Glue
  • Elmer's Precision Embellishment Glue
  • Heaviest grit sandpaper you happen to have on hand

Optional Supplies
  • Wooden Clothespins
  • Elmer's Painter Pens, Elmer's Gel Pens, Wood Stain Markers, Stamp Pads, Acrylic Paints
  • Beads, brads, rhinestones, etc.


Print and cut out one of the wrappers (see the download link at the end of this post).

To prep the matchbox, remove the "drawer" and peel the outer sleeve apart at the seam.  Use the sandpaper to scuff up the the painted/coated side of the matchbox.

Use the Elmer's Glue Stick to glue the painted side of the matchbox to the back of the wrapper.  It's important to get this step correct, because otherwise you end up decorating the inside of the box sleeve.

*knowing nod born of experience*

Allow time for the glue to dry. So many people don't think stick glue needs to dry and barrel on ahead -- those people end up with buckled and torn paper.

*knowing nod born of experience*

Re-glue the seam using the Elmer's Embellishment glue (the seam gets a lot of pressure from the drawer moving in and out and needs the stronger glue).  For projects like this, you just can't beat using wooden clothespins as clamps.

For the simple version, that's it, you're done.  Or you can use the extras included in the PDF file to add dimension and detail to your wrapped gift box. In the top pic, the matchbox on the left is "wrapper only"  and the matchbox on the right has been embellished with additional cutouts, Elmer's Gel Pens, stamp pad inks, and beads.

I even used one of the included graphics as a template for a simple clay ornament that fits perfectly inside the matchbox.

Here are the eight designs included in the download at the bottom of this post. (You must be logged in to access it!)

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4  The Happy Hippie Shack - featuring Elmer's products in Elmer's Products by microjivvy on: November 01, 2012 11:43:39 AM
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The Happy Hippie Shack - featuring Elmer's products

When is a lovely and elegant paper strip Christmas ornament a Happy Hippie Shack? When the creator of the paper ornament decides that the rules aren't for her.  Cheesy

It all started when I saw this tutorial. Isn't that a lovely ornament? And such clear instructions.

So, the first thing I decided was I wanted the strips to be shorter. Secondly, I decided they shouldn't be quite so wide.  

The second change was my downfall.

I started out with a piece of cardstock, I printed light guidelines of the strips and started hand-coloring them with Elmer's Gel Pens.

There are twelve strips. While hand-coloring them seemed like a fantastic idea, it also seemed to be taking longer than I expected.  About halfway in, I timed myself -- 30 minutes per strip. Did I mention that there are twelve strips?  That's six hours of coloring.

But I was committed by this point. So I finished the coloring and assembled the ornament.  And so discovered the error of my ways.

The skinniness of the strips meant the whole ornament was pretty gap-a-docious and the strips simply would not stay in place.  

And so, after too long trying to Make. It. Work. I gave up and the Happy Hippie Shack was born.

The strips became siding and trim (the trim pieces were toned down with an Elmer's Blue Painter Pen).

Oh, and the back?  The back is covered with classic rock posters from the 1960s. Wink

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5  DIY Washi/Fancy Tape - featuring Elmer's products in Elmer's Products by microjivvy on: November 01, 2012 11:42:57 AM
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DIY Washi/Fancy Tape - featuring Elmer's products

I love the idea of Washi/Patterned paper tape... and I love my game table that I covered in paper tape.

However, I have (once again) discovered that I am a fussy Craftster -- at any given moment, I never have quite the right pattern/color/style of tape. I think that even if I had every available pattern/color, I would end up not having the right tape at the right moment.

And that got me thinking... because I do have this nifty role of Elmer's Scrapbooking Double-Sided tape.

Oh yes, I'm now making my own paper tape.  And not just paper.

As you can see from the picture, I'm preparing to make fancy tape out of a map from an old book, a discarded neck tie, and some green tissue paper.

  • Elmer's Double-Sided Tape
  • Various Papers
  • Wooden Spools (optional)
  • Rubber Bands (optional)
  • Self Healing Cutting Mat
  • Ruler
  • X-ACTO Knife
  • Scissors


This is so simple (and a wee bit addictive).  Mark my words, you will be looking at everything in your stash wondering if you can make tape out of it.

1. Place the desired paper (or fabric) "right side down" on the self healing mat and run a line of double-sided tape on top of it. The most important thing to remember is that you are placing the tape on the "back" of your paper or fabric.

2. If paper, use the ruler and the X-ACTO knife to trim off the excess paper. If fabric, use the scissors.

What you're left with is a strip of tape that has your material on one side and the original white paper backing on the other side.  For simple storage, wrap the tape (white paper side "in") around an old thread spool and secure with a rubber band.

When you're ready to use the tape, just peel off the paper backing and apply. Here's an in progress pic of wrapping the "tissue paper tape" around a plain piece of cardboard.

And as I looked around my stash, my eyes fell on the finely shredded landscaping foam:

Yep, it worked!  Be forewarned, the landscaping foam tape sheds a bit.  This is one I would make on an "as needed" basis instead of prepping ahead.

Overall, I really like the freedom of making fancy tape out of whatever I happen to put my hands on.  Cheesy

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6  HO HO HO Banner - featuring Elmer's products in Elmer's Products by microjivvy on: November 01, 2012 11:42:22 AM
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HO HO HO Banner - featuring Elmer's products

I have this one window in my house that's an odd size. Actually, there are a number of odd sized windows in my house, but they're not important here. The reason this one window is an issue is because every Christmas I try to add one touch of holiday spirit to this window and they all end up looking... forced. Inelegant. The wrong size.

Obviously, the only answer was to make something.

I created a stencil in my favorite graphics program (Illustrator) and printed it on heavyweight scrapbook paper.  I used an X-ACTO knife to cut the stencils.  

A word on the X-ACTO knife.  I have always used the basic skinny silver blade handle.  It's not that I haven't tried any of the more expensive handles, I just like the way the basic one fits in my hand.  But I have discovered that I keep a lot of silvery things on my workbench and I am constantly losing my knife.  Then I received the skinny pink handle.

I'm not a "Bright PINK" type of a person, but this bright pink I love.  Cheesy

After the designs were cut out, I used the X-ACTO corner rounder.  I found the corner rounder's strength is cutting scrapbook/medium weight paper -- perfect for this project.

I rolled the top end of each card over and used Elmer's Embellishing Glue.  No, I wasn't embellishing, but the glue is strong and squeezes out in a relatively fine line (important because I didn't have a lot of wiggle room).

Everything is strung on a simple piece of twine and the wooden beads are from an old broken garland.  So nice that they get a second chance to fulfill their Christmas Destiny.  Cheesy

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7  Vintage Inspired Halloween Chunky House in Completed Projects by microjivvy on: October 27, 2012 11:54:47 PM
When I started searching for inspiration for a vintage chunky Halloween house, I found this postcard. Really, take a look at it isnt it fabulous?

As I started creating the scaredy house, I had no clue what was going to scare the house

No clue at all I thought about it as I worked and wondered where I would end up no ideas, no ideas

and then I remembered an ebay lot I purchased that had the doll you see below.

A giant devil toddler would certainly be scary, right?

His costume is painted and his horns, tail, and staff are made of bits of wire, paper scraps, and Plasti-dip. His trick or treat pumpkin is a hollow bead covered in polymer clay.

I know his costume isnt much by todays standards, but I wanted that vintage underpants-over-tights-homemade effect.

And, of course, heres the scale shot:

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8  Re: Covert Art Abandoners Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by microjivvy on: October 24, 2012 12:21:48 PM
I abandoned my first piece today (if you don't recall, I was delayed because of a sick pet -- who is doing much better).

I had to be at the courthouse (I volunteer as a court-appointed advocate for children in the foster care system) and while I was extremely nervous about abandoning at the courthouse, I really believe that the people at dependency court need more light in their lives than just about anyone else.

So I bucked up and abandoned one piece.  There were just too many people around to do more ... as it was, I pretended to be texting to take pics, lol.

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9  Re: FOC Second Chance Wishlist Rd 3 **Gallery** in The Swap Gallery by microjivvy on: October 22, 2012 12:57:57 PM
I received from  Lo{ve} today!

For my stash: jewelry bits, safety eyes in a variety of sizes, some vintage style halloween note cards, scrapbook paper, and a ginormous heap of embroidery thread (I'm gonna need a bigger boat!).

I asked for a zippered pouch with, if possible, a gusseted bottom and this definitely fits the bill -- I expect it will be with me whenever I travel as I'm always needing a little bag for something or other!

I also asked for some hand-carved stamps -- my two faves are the heart in a speech bubble and the too cute little birdie. Wink

Thank you, Lo{ve}!
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10  Re: Chunky Houses Halloween Edition Rnd 3 - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by microjivvy on: October 21, 2012 04:53:10 PM
Thanks, lovesclutter.  I'm starting to get used to working with polymer clay (the chimney), but it still a "clay vs hot hands" battle.  Cheesy

Here's another view:

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