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Sandy Diller

A Way With Words Joset Designs Silk Microfine Glitter

All That Glitters!

September 19, 2019

Hi friends, it’s Sandy Diller back with you today to share a fun and easy way to add some glam to your holiday season!

This project is perfect for gift giving or an easy kids activity. Let’s get started making these festive ornaments.

To make these ornaments I started with the clear glass bulbs that can be found in any of the big box stores. If you don’t find them now, it won’t be long before they show up. They come in many shapes and sizes and I have used a variety here. The tops pull right out for filling with your choice of décor.

As shown below – I have used the Beacon Fast Finish Decoupage to coat the inside of the bulb.

You can use as much as you like to coat the inside because what you don’t use will be returned to the bottle for future use. I like to fill mine about half way – cover the opening with my finger and – then move the liquid around until the inside is completely coated. Try not to shake it because that causes bubbles. Return unused liquid to the jar. If you should get a bubble, turn the ornament upside down and the bubbles will slide out. You may have to give it a little shake or tap.

Once the inside of the bulb is coated with the Decoupage Finish – and while still wet – the Silk Microfine Glitter should be added. Once again, no need to be frugal with the glitter as the unused portion will be returned to the jar for another use. Cover the opening and this time you can feel free to shake it until the entire inside is coated with glitter. Return remaining glitter to the jar. Depending on where you live, you may want to leave the lid off the glitter jar and allow some time for the glitter to dry out. I live in Arizona so it doesn’t take long. If you live in a humid climate you may want to set the open jar aside over night.

Using the Flourished Christmas Minis, cut two designs from silver paper and glue to the outside of the ornament. When the inside is completely dry, replace cap and tie a bow on top.

Tip: First add Double Sided Adhesive to the back of the paper before cutting the design. This way you will have a nice clean sticker to add to the ornament.

The process is exactly the same for all the ornaments, decorate as desired.

For this one, Iced Teal Silk Microfine Glitter and the new Snowflake die from Joset Designs was used.

Here Real Red Silk Microfine Glitter was used and another Snowflake from the same set as above. The Snowflake was cut apart so it would lie flat.

Here is an example of one of the beautiful colors found in the Earth Microfine Glitter Pallette. This one is further decorated with the Berry Branch die and Nuvo Drops for the berries. The branch was cut apart for a perfect fit.

I’m really fond of this one because of it’s unusual shape. After adding the Royal Teal Silk Microfine Glitter it became the perfect night sky. Some adorable little houses were added using the Village Edges die and the star is from the center of the snowflake used on the red ornament. The final touch is a stamped banner.

I have enjoyed sharing these ornaments with you and I do hope you will give it a try. I have linked all the products I used below for your shopping convenience.

Until next time – stay crafty,

S@ndy

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ModaScrap Planner Essentials

Father’s Day Gift Idea

May 18, 2019

Hello, it’s Sandy here today!

We all know how difficult it can be to come up with a gift or card for the men in our lives, so I’m here to share an idea using my dies and stamps from the Planner Essentials. I love my ECD Planner but wanted to show you another way to use the great elements from this collection.

This fun photo holder can act as a card by folding it up to mail, or as a photo frame to display all of Dad’s favorite photos. It is perfect for his desk because it’s double-sided. I’ve added some small tags to each section so a personal message or information could be added.

This is a fun project –– so let’s get started making it.

I knew that I wanted 5 panels so the first thing to do is cut 10 large tags, 10 small tags and 10 Photo Frames. I have linked all the products below so you can easily find the sets I used. Also needed is 10 black strips of black cardstock to go on the frames behind the word “photo”. 1″ is the perfect height.

The Manly Man Paper Collection from ModaScrap was used for this project.

Assembly of the tags is pretty fast and easy. The black strip was added to the back and then the larger tag was added directly above that. The sizing on these are perfect.

With that completed, the small tags were stamped and decorated using the dies and stamps in the collection. For the final touch I edged all the tags with some brown ink. I then set everything aside to work on the stand.

To make the stand, two sheets of 120# black cardstock were used. The tags are about 3″ wide so the panels measure 3.25″ X 5.5″. I simply scored and folded the cardstock every 3.25″ and left a connecting tab on one end of the first section. When the two panels were connected a tag was positioned on the panel and a pencil line was added where a cut line should be. A few quick snips with the scissors and its ready to go.

Double-sided foam tape was added to each panel so it would stand out from the base. After adding the small tags with a black brad, I laid the panels out for placement.

A couple little trinkets were added from the Tim Holtz collection: the key, the stars and the charm (where 2019 was added).

All that is left now is to add my personal messages, information and photos. I’ll use the same photo frame from the die set to cut the photos so they will fit perfectly.

Thanks for joining me today and I hope this has sparked a few ideas.

Until Next Time, Happy Crafting,

S@ndy

Susan's Garden Club

Time Flies Photo Frame

April 30, 2019

Hello friends, it’s Sandy! Each year when hubby and I celebrate our anniversary, I create a mixed media project to commemorate the occasion. This year we will be celebrating number 55 so I have made a special photo frame, Time Flies.

I am showing it with no photo because that will be added later. There is a video at the end of the post – I hope you enjoy the process.

I began with the Timely Pocket Watch from Wendy Vecchi, I’ve had this in my stash for a long time so I’m not sure if they are still available.
I used the two main parts in the package and covered them with gesso. If you are not familiar with gesso, it is a primer that can be applied to nearly any surface to neutralize the color.
To get the desired color on the watch, I used Prima Metallique Wax, White Gold. This wax is really intended to be used to highlight details on a mixed media project but it worked great for this. After the wax dried, it was buffed with a soft cloth. In order to make the watch look old and a bit tarnished, I dry brushed on some black paint and then buffed it.
A small piece of corrugated paper was added to the top of the watch to make it look like the watch stem where you would wind it. It was then covered with the same wax.
There are three of different flowers and ferns used to decorate the pocket watch. I will link to Susan Tierney-Cockburn’s videos below so you can see how they are made. The Helenium, Ladder Fern and Baby’s Breath were used here.
The first thing to go on were the Heleniums.
Next all the rest of the flowers and ferns were added. Sometimes you just need to play with all the pieces to see how they look best and that is what I did here.
Using the same corrugated paper, I cut out the Butterfly Aperture and then cut it down the center.
The wings went on to the back section of the pocket watch.
Using the largest circle in the Fitted Circles die set, a white circle was cut out and placed on the inside of the frame. Since I still need to add a photo, the frame was only glued near the top. This way I can add my photo and then glue the rest together along with a piece of acetate to protect the photo.
For the final step, I added a piece of decorative paper to make the frame look complete.

I enjoyed making this and sharing it with you,
See you again soon,
Sandy

Here is Susan’s video on the Helenium:

Watch my process video here:

Joset Designs

DIY Safari Animal Gift Box

February 17, 2019

Hi friends, it’s Sandy Diller with you today and I have a fun project to share.

First of all, I must tell you that this is not my original idea –– I saw it on Mixed Up Crafts with Samantha. She made her box from scratch and decorated it with a fairy. I decided to up-cycle a box from my stash and am so pleased with the way it turned out!

Here are a few photos of the box that any child (or adult) would enjoy receiving. Below, I have also provided a complete step by step video of the project as well as the links to all the Elizabeth Craft Designs products I used.

ENJOY!

These cute jungle animals are perfect to decorate the top of the box.
When the box is opened, the adorable Monkey pops up. He is attached to a piece of acetate that folds down as the box closes.
The Safari Sayings Stamp Set is perfect for gift giving.

Watch the video tutorial below!

This is a fun and easy way to give a gift that is sure to be a hit! Hope you will give it a try.

See you soon,

Sandy

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Welcome 2019

January 22, 2019

Hi everyone,

Sandy Diller here! I hope your new year is going well. It is always refreshing to think that we have a chance to start over and that’s what it’s all about with my project today. I have started collecting my Planner Essentials and decided to try something a little different using them. I made a 2019 calendar using the Planner Essentials as my starting point and went from there with products from my Elizabeth Craft Designs stash. I hope you enjoy what I’ve done.

Instead of using the planner itself I began by making my covers using a lightweight chipboard and then covering it with some awesome paper from ModaScrap. I adhered the paper using Clear Double sided adhesive. Using one of the planner pages dies as a template – I made the holes at the top to correspond with all the pages inside. The entire thing is held together by 6 rings.

Because chipboard was used for the covers – it stands up by itself and can be flipped from month to month.

I have linked all the products at the end so you can take a closer look.

This project was so much fun to make and I loved giving it away because I know the recipient will be enjoying it all year long.

HAPPY 2019,

Sandy

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Elizabeth Craft Designs General

Snowflake Snow Globe Ornament

November 21, 2018

Hi Friends,  it’s S@ndy here today with a two-sided snowflake ornament for your Christmas Tree.  I used the Elizabeth Craft Snow Globe Scene die set in a little different way this time.  I didn’t add snow to this one but you could if you like.  These ornaments are the perfect size to use as a gift tag or embellishment, too.

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A Way With Words Soft Finish Cardstock Susan's Garden Club

Christmas Luminary

October 17, 2018

 

Hello friends – it’s Sandy back with you to share a fast and easy project that will add fun and sparkle to your holidays.  Yes, the holiday season will soon be upon us, whether we are ready or not.  We like to entertain and especially during the holidays.  I’ve made these fun little luminaries to decorate my dinner table and to use as place markers.  They are blank at the moment but as soon as my guest list is final I will add names using a label maker or typing and printing them from my computer.  The battery-operated candles last for a few hours so turn them on just before your guests arrive and they will last through dinner.

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Joset Designs

Festive Christmas Tree Onaments

September 12, 2018

Hi friends,  it’s Sandy here and I have a cute ornament project for you.  These little Christmas critters would be fun to make with the kids to give to their friends or family members.  You could even add the year on the hat to make it a Christmas memory to be treasured for years to come.  This new release from Joset Designs is full of festive fun for the holidays.

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