Friday, October 7, 2011

All that Glitters

Hello Friends -

Today is my first day of guest designing with the wonderful ladies at Humbug Hall. One of the reasons I love their challenge site is they always come up with interesting little twists.  This week was no exception.  They challenged us to use... Glitter.  Have I mentioned how much I HATE glitter.  I tend to ban it from my craft room.  It truly doesn't matter what you do, you end up with glitter EVERYWHERE.

So, when I first read the request for glitter, after I stopped shuttering, I immediately thought of these lovely glass bulbs.  The idea of trapping all that glitter inside the bulb appealed to me.  These have been all the rage for a few years now.  My twist this time, the flattened bulb.  Isn't it wonderful?  It is also so much easier to put vinyl on something that isn't completely round.

I'm not much on housework so it took some doing to find the floor polish.  Eventually, I located the correct aisle in my grocery and then the correct polish.  For those on my side of the pond, you use Pledge with Future Shine.  If you are on the other side of the pond, or down under, I've been told you can use any floor polish that gets a bit sticky as it dries.

Here is a video on how to make these little buggers.  There are tutorials all over the web if you need more info but they are easy and a ton of fun.  I made them last year with a dozen little children.  They loved it, the ornaments came out wonderful and the glitter stayed away from my house.

Here are a couple more pictures of the Christmas ornaments.
I love being able to make something a little more personal.  This is one that I thought I could send to my cousins for their baby's first Christmas.
I put the year on the back for them.

I love the look of this one.  The green on that sparkly red.  Isn't it yummy?

For everyone looking for their card fix, I have two more little projects.  The first was inspired by a lovely lady over at Mod Paperie.  Theinly has some of the most incredible creations.  She recently introduced me to a new site called  They have some wonderful SVGs to be used in your electonic cutting machines.  This little guy was so cute, I couldn't resist trying.

I like Theinly's take on him better than mine but I thought he was fun and he has a bright glittery nose.  I ran his antlers through my cuttlebug with a Tim Holtz embossing folder, the wood grain one.  I thought it gave a bit of added fun.  Instead of messing around with two little itty bitty eyes, I used a couple of gems.  It was a lot easier and gave him some dimension.

Finally, the best glitter in my book, Stickles.  It doesn't get away from you, you don't really need to be fast to keep it from spilling and it comes in many yummy colors.  I used my Cuttlebug on this card also.  This time it was a holiday folder from Cricut. I thought it would be fun to carry the Christmas trees over from the embossing folder, to cutting them out (the basic Christmas shapes that came with SCAL had the perfect tree once I stretched it) and even placing them on the tag.

I made the tag by using the path feature in SCAL and then printing instead of cutting.  I'm trying to teach myself to write on a path using MS Word or some other program but I haven't worked it out.  This seems to be doing the job so far.

I recommend hopping over to Humbug Hall for a look at the lovely creations by Ann, Max and Brenda.  They have been having crazy weather while here in the South (that is the US South) we have had the most incredibly beautiful weather.  It is making it tough to stay indoors and work or craft.  We only have about two weeks every year when you can have the windows open and enjoy the great outdoors (in between it being so hot and humid that you practically drink the air and so chilly and rainy that you want to bundle next to the heater).  So, the Wonderkid and I have been having a nice time out of doors.  Hopefully you are having more of my weather than the Baltic wing of Humbug Hall.

I'll see you tomorrow for some more fun.


DonnaMundinger said...

WooHoo Kendra! A huge congrats on your new Guest DT position. Aren't the lovely Humbugger's wonderful? WOW, you sure have gone to town! I swear I bought stuff to make ornaments like that several years ago and STILL haven't tried it. LOVE them. Your reindeer is the cutest (soo wish I'd bought SCAL when I had the chance) and great idea for that CB folder. I don't think I've ever used that either. The trees on trees is brilliant! xxD

Pink Dandelion said...

Beautiful projects Kendra, love your sparkly decorations and that cute little reindeer is adorable. Look forward to seeing more from you during your stay at Humbug Hall. Debs xx

Ann said...

Hi Kendra - what fabulous projects. I just love those baubles - sounds like a really fun thing to do - must investigate further.
Great to have you on the team at Humbug Hall.
Ann xxx

Max said...

Yoo Hoo Kendra-Sue =)
When I saw your projects for this week's challenge I very nearly fell off the chair with delight. All so very different and I love them all! You have excelled yourself and no one would ever guess you hated the sparkly stuff. Hope you enjoy your wee stay at Humbug Hall.

Max's Craft Creations
Bah! Humbug! Challenges DT

Julie said...

These baubles are fab - thanks for the link to the video - normally I get in and out of the cleaning aisle in the supermarket as quickly as possible - however I may have to have a better look next time! xx

Ruth said...

All of your creations are beautiful! I love that you included such wonderful instructions - I'll definitely need to try the ornaments! So sparkly and fun!