Craft Day

Welcome to the spooky season! I am glad to be here as life has gotten in the way but I have been creating over on my Instagram: @sewmuchglitter so please go check it out! Crafting is my therapy so when 2020 really got me down, I did craft it out. My advice to you is to take it one day at a time and do not make any major life decisions without exploring your options and lots of support. That being said I hope you are safe, happy and well!

Since today is craft day on HSN, I wanted to share a project with you that will be sure to make your spooky spirits bright. Glitter stemless wine glasses are fun for any gathering or to decorate your space with. This is a craft that takes some time, so I love doing it while watching my favorite crafty videos or a true crime documentary. This is not a craft that will be done in 5 minutes, it does take time and letting it cure is key. As long as you go into this project knowing that, you will do great and won’t loose patience. Let’s go!

  1. I start of with a stemless wine glass from the Dollar Tree. Wash it and wipe the outside of it down with a rubbing alcohol, then do not touch the bottom of the glass.
  2. Next I gather my supplies as shown. I use dishwasher safe Mod Podge (it takes 28 days to cure, but you can use it after 48 hours if needed). I use a fun color of extra fine glitter (to be found at any craft store). I also fine 2-3 old DVDs and stack them (this is how high I want my glitter line on the bottom of my glass). As seen in the picture, I tape an expo marker on the top of the DVDs, which are also tapped together so they don’t move. Paper plates are a must!
  3. Ok, now we are ready to start!! I put the wine glass on the counter and place it next to my DVD contraption, place the marker on the glass and move the glass in a circle while placing my hand on top of the DVD stack as an anchor. I move it around until there is a line all the way around the glass. This is your guide for the glitter.
  4. Now, Tape on the line (electrical tape is recommended but I only had masking tape on hand). Follow the marker guide and keep the tape flush with the glass so there are not wrinkles on the bottom or gaps. Now, Apply your 1st coat of Mod Podge under the the tape line, even on the bottom. Over your paper plate start pouring the glitter (Liberally, You will put the excess glitter back). Now, let dry! I live in So Cal and it has been hot and dry this year so it only takes an hour to dry, other climates will have different drying times.
  5. Once it is dry, come back and repeat the process. Mod Podge then glitter. Let dry and repeat for a total of 3 layers.
  6. Now it is time to seal the glitter once all of the layers are dry. I use Triple Thick (Amazon.com, craft store). I brush on the Triple Thick over the glitter, in an even layer (don’t forget the bottom). Now, let dry for 24 hours!
  7. 24 Hours later you are ready to add your decal. I use Cricut Design Space. I measure on my glass for space, which normally ends up to be about 2 x 2.5 (ish). Be careful of the curve because your vinyl will bubble easily. Before you apply the decal, alcohol the glass to remove oils and dirt.
  8. TIP! If you have trouble on the curve, you can cut your transfer sheet on the sides and ALWAYS start in the MIDDLE! Once the middle of the decal is placed down, work your way out and it is ok to heat with a hair dryer to help remove bubbles as needed. Set aside for 48 hours to cure and do not submerge the glitter in water. The Dishwasher safe Mod Podge takes 28 days to fully cure and become water resistant but the cups can be used prior as long as prolonged moisture is not introduced.

TADA! You are done. I normally do a set of 4 for each holiday and everyone at the Christmas table has their own. These are great for use, display or gifts. Please go check out my previous blog post ALL THAT GLITTER, you can make a great gift for pens, pencils, make-up brushes and beyond (all Dollar Tree materials, picture posted above)

I am excited to see how yours turns out. If I have inspired you, please post on your social media and #sewmuchglitter, if you have any additional tips/tricks or questions please comment below. I am working on a nummy easy fall recipe that I cannot wait to share, so please subscribe to get notified of future blog posts. I am always updating my Instagram/Facebook @sewmuchglitter please check me out and let me know that you were there.

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Shape it up

Hi, 2020 does not disappoint but I hope for a fabulous 2021 for everyone! I wanted to share with you a fun seasonal project that is easy and creative. Let’s check it out.

I enjoy making all types of cards and with the slimline card taking over the crafting community, I thought it would be fun to throw another idea in the ring. Shape cards! I love ordering fold it cards from The Stamps of Life and I enjoy getting creative with my craft stash, so I mixed the two together.

First I use a die that has a shadow layer. I fold an 8.5 x 11 piece of card stock and place my shadow layer (blade side up so you are not cutting into your cutting pad). I choose a side that would best be used to open the card so it can stand up and I place the paper over the die with about 1/4″ of the die showing on the fold as the picture shows. Now I am ready to feed it through my die cutting machine. Once completed you have a shaped card!

Next, I stamp the image and color as desired or I cut the same image to create a second piece. Place this extra piece over the card, it will cover the fold so it looks like one image. Decorate your card as you want, you are the creative genius in the scenario. These are fun creative cards and will defiantly be one of a kind.

Let me know in the comments what kind if shaped cards you would like to create with your stash of die cuts. Please check out my Instagram @sewmuchglitter to see the spooky fun that I am having with this fabulous stamp and die set! As always, if I have inspired you please tag me and use #sewmuchglitter so we can all inspire each other.

Let’s hope 2020 calms down now that the holidays are approaching and we can ring in a peaceful 2021! I have been going through some transitions and have not been able to keep a schedule but plan to do so in the coming days.

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Coloring Challenge

Happy Wednesday! I hope you had a great Fourth of July and are finding yourself well today. I wanted to share a quick bit on the 30 day coloring challenge I’ve discussed before. Hopefully some mindless fun will get you through your week (we all need distractions in 2020!)

As featured on Kathyrac IG

I enjoy taking part in @Kathyrac 30 day coloring challenge on Instagram that she hosts a few times a year. Just set aside 10 minutes a day for yourself and color. Color anything that makes you happy, use any form of coloring. I enjoy using all of my coloring supplies at least once during this challenge because I always learn something new. Let me show you what I recently worked on.

Summertime inspiration

I enjoy stamping a lot of images at one time, coloring them and them coming back later to create a full project. Sometimes we don’t have the time to commit but we enjoy the creative process. I stamped these Stamps of Life images in Versa Fine black onyx ink, colored them in with my prisma colored pencils (any colored pencils will work) and blended the coloring smooth with my blending stumps and gamsol. You can find the supplies at any major retailer, Amazon, and the stamps only at The Stamps of Life.com (if you order, tell me first I can help get you points for goodies!). Don’t forget to check my previous blog post about paper choices because it matters for best results. Come back this weekend for a finished project. I have a great idea, just not the time in one sitting.

Comment below how you enjoy taking your creative time in tidbits. Taking time for ourselves serves everyone in a positive way, the 30 day challenge gives me the perfect excuse. Check out my Instagram/Facebook/Pinterest @sewmuchglitter to see what’s happening.

Enjoy the rest of your week!

Sewmuchglitter

Let’s talk paper

Thanks for joining me. I hope everyone is safe and well. Just as we thought 2020 couldn’t get anymore challenging, we are faced with sad circumstances. On a positive note, it is great that we can still still come together to witness the revolution of space exploration. I grew up during a time that NASA was embraced and it’s exciting to see that become a reality again.

I’m not here to create a forum about our differences but here to create a place where we can share our creativity and gather inspiration. So, on that note……LET’S TALK PAPER!

We all create things differently and have different design tastes, but we still use the staples, like paper! I am a big paper crafter and have realized that not all paper is created equal. We see some retailers or influencers tell us that the paper doesn’t matter but the other products do, and we have some tell us only the paper matters. So which is it? We kind of have to figure that our on our own. I am here to share my experience with you and hope it helps guide you the next time you are walking the craft store isles.

FIRST, let’s talk watercolor paper. In my experience, this DOES matter. Water generally breaks down paper and eventually rips it. The thicker the watercolor paper, the better. There are different textures, hot or cold pressed. I’m not a scientist so I will share that Strathmore watercolor paper cold pressed 300 series is my favorite. It is thick enough to take on a lot of water and allow the colors to remain as vibrant as you want them. I am a stamping water-colorist because my free hand skills aren’t great. This paper can handle it all and remain intact. Water coloring on regular card stock, no matter how thick can be a mess. This is my best recommendation. The price point is a bit higher but so is the quality (get your coupons out!)

NEXT up let’s discuss mixed media paper. There is a world of mixed media paper to be discovered. I don’t just watercolor, so mixed media papers are my go to. Especially when Michael’s has BOGO! I’ve experimented in this area a lot. My work horse has been Canson XL mixed media paper 98 lb. I can watercolor without the paper pilling as long as I do not stay in the same area for too long (it’s not Strathmore but it’s versatile). I can use my prismacolor pencils and gamsol on this paper and I can use my alcohol markers without a problem. The price point is great too, that’s why it’s my most used.

Another mixed media paper I have tried is also a Strathmore, but mixed media (98lb) I got this at Target. Now that Target has spruced up their craft section I always have to look. This price point is a little more than the Canson XL and the quality does NOT hold up. I was very disappointed. The paper pills with very little water and it smears other mediums. I do not know if the quality was subpar because it was sold at Target or if it is just that paper. Either way, there are plenty of other products to spend your money on. Let’s talk about those!

As we keep moving along, lets address marker paper. I’m specifically referring to alcohol markers when discussing this paper but the marker world is large, so please share your experiences with me in the comments below. Ok, We’ve rounded back to Strathmore again. I LOVE their marker paper 400 series 50 lb. It is smooth, spreads the color beautifully and does not soak it in. Your projects remain vibrant and clear. Again, another great Micheal’s BOGO opportunity! This price point is comparable to that of Canson XL, so even without a sale, you get your money’s worth. On a side note, I have used Crafter’s Companion alochol marker paper and really enjoy that too. It is harder to find in retail but is sold online and HSN. I feel the better deal is the Strathmore because Hey, I make mistakes and throw things out sometimes. I don’t feel like I’m loosing with the Strathmore when that happens.

OK, those are a few of my favorite papers. I hope this helps you. The options can be overwhelming. Please share with me your favorite papers in the comments below. Don’t forget to checkout my Instagram/Facebook: @sewmuchglitter for the projects I have completed with these papers. And tag me #sewmuchglitter in the projects you have used or tried because of my recommendations. I realize this was long-winded but chats can be that way.

If there’s a project you’d love to see, tell me in the comments below. I’ll be back very soon! Checkout Instagram for sneak peeks.

2020 Graduates

Happy Saturday! I hope everyone had a good week and things near you are opening. It has started here in Southern California, in phases and slowly. The positive side is not everyone rushes out at the same time and we are beginning to feel less trapped. I hope this is the case all across America in the coming days.

I wanted to share a project idea that can double as an act of kindness. I have a graduating senior this year, who is feeling discouraged about missing out on all she has accomplished. She is also feeling overwhelmed regarding the college selection process and her upcoming journey. I know that my 2020 graduate is not alone and I wanted us to be able to support those special graduates in our lives. I have been busy during this quarantine making cards for seniors and other organizations that donates cards to those in need. I hope we can all show acts of kindness to our 2020 graduates by sending encouraging cards regarding their accomplishments.

This can be a home made gesture or a card that celebrates their accomplishment. The 2020 graduate doesn’t have to be a high school senior either. A kindergarten, middle school or college graduate is just as important and they are all missing out on important milestones. Leave a comment with the graduate you are celebrating and your address, if you are comfortable. If not leave an email address or find me on Facebook/Instagram: sewmuchglitter and we can private message. This will be done via the postal service because our graduates need some happy mail. There are several groups on social media doing similar things and I think it is important to show acts of kindness during this time. We are in this together! This can be a group effort and we can all share handmade kindness, so don’t forget to leave a comment on how we can contact you.

I look forward everyone’s response and don’t forget to check out my Facebook/Instagram: sewmuchglitter for card making ideas. I previously shared a fun and simple card making idea on my previous blog post that would be perfect!

See you soon! and HAVE A WONDERFUL MOTHER’S DAY WEEKEND!