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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Holiday Traditions!!

Start with Glue Arts and Graphic 45!

What kind of traditions do you have around the holidays? Decorate with a special theme....snowmen, reindeers? (we think after today...you'll absolutely want to!!!)

Well guess what we have for you...two beautiful holiday decorations from Designers Patti Milazzo and Linda Albrecht that will inspire you to want to include those in your holiday traditions and decor!!!



Holiday Reindeer
Designer: Patti Milazzo


Supplies:

Glue Arts:
Glue Glider Pro with
1/4 High Tac Cartridge Refill - Pro
Glue Gun
Glue Gun Sticks

Graphic 45:
Christmas Past pattern paper – The Holly & The Ivy, Holiday Spirit and Glad Tidings
Christmas Past Tags

Other: wooden reindeer used as a template; red bells; beads; 6” of trim; glitter glue

Introduction:
We keep a wooden reindeer and sleigh set that holds candy in our family room.  I’d love to update it as it’s become dated over the years but my kids are attached to keeping it as is so I decided to recreate the cute reindeer design with chipboard, the beautiful Graphic 45 Christmas Past collection and some help from Glue Arts adhesives.
Title: Reindeer Décor


Instructions:
  1. Trace wooden craft décor (reindeer pieces) onto chipboard and cut out with a craft knife and scissors.  Ink edges with brown.
  2. Cover one side of each cut piece of chipboard with High Tac Adhesive using the Glue Glider Pro and apply the Holiday Spirit pattern paper on the body and Glad Tidings pattern paper to the antlers.
  3. Trim excess around chipboard with scissors and craft knife.
  4. Repeat Step 3 to cover other side of chipboard pieces and ink edges of each piece.
  5. Use small amounts of hot glue with Glue Arts Glue Gun to where the reindeer pieces join and briefly hold in place to set.
  6. Once the reindeer is assembled, attach decorative trim around the neck and secure with hot glue.  Also use the Glue Arts Glue Gun to attach additional embellishments – bells, tag and punched holly leaves.
  7. Highlight embellishments and antlers with glitter glue to complete.
  
Notes: I’ve used liquid glue in the past for projects where I’m covering surfaces with pattern paper, but found that the High Tac Adhesive did a perfect job on this project.  There was no worry of the paper or chipboard warping and no need to wait for it to dry.

Snowy Season Box
Designer: Linda Albrecht

Supplies:
Glue Arts Glue Glider Pro with Perma Tac Adhesive, 3/8" Adhesive Squares, Glue Arts Hot Glue Gun and glue sticks
Graphic 45 Christmas Papers and tags
Cardboard box
3 styrofoam balls (4", 3", and 2")
Mica Flakes and clear glitter
small jingle bells
Paper Clay (for nose)
Stars floral pick
Snow-Tex paste
Silver Pipe Cleaners
2 black mini brads, 3 rust brads, 2 rust mini brads
black, rust, and white acrylic paint
twigs for arms
large silver bead
Rhinestones and other miscellaneous embellishments
Liquid Adhesive

1. Cover the cardboard box with patterned papers then adhere 3 Graphic 45 tags to the bottom front using Glue Arts Perma Tac Adhesive. Use brads to decorate tags. Distress box edges with sandpaper if desired.
2. Roll the styrofoam balls onto a flat hard surface to slightly decompress the outer layer then use fingertips to make divets and dents for a non uniform look. You'll also want to make the largest ball have a flat spot on the bottom for sitting.
3. Once balls are done use a piece of wire to insert through the 3 balls to hold in place. Insert the wire into the bottom ball first, add a large dollup of hot glue then stick through the 2nd ball, pressing them together firmly and holding in place for a minute allowing the hot glue to cool. Repeat for the top ball to hold in place.
4. Paint the entire surface of the snowman with white paint, allow to dry, then distress with a brown inkpad or watered down brown paint. Wipe off excess as desired.
5. Cut the hat for snowman from patterned paper in a 1/4 of a circle shape.
6. Glue hat into a cone shape using Perma Tac Adhesive, cut off the tip and use a 3/8" Adhesive Square to hold the silver bead in place. Use hot glue to wrap a piece of silver pipecleaner around the base of the bead.
7. Make a nose from Paper Clay and allow to dry or put in oven then make an indent into the snowman's face for the nose and hot glue in place. Hot glue the hat onto the head and trim with silver tinsel to hide cut edges.
8. Paint nose and apply clear glitter. Use lipstick or paint or chalk to make cheeks on snowman face.
9. Add jingle bells to tummy by inserting a piece of pipecleaner into the bell, gluing the end into the snowman with hot glue then wrapping the pipecleaner around the bell.
10. Add embellishments to hat, add mini black brads for eyes and paint on a smile with black paint. Paint entire snowman with a liquid adhesive then apply Mica Flakes and allow to dry. Once you add those Mica Flakes the balls don't look like sytrofoam anymore! After the adhesive is completely dry, you can rub of some of the excess Mica with your hands.
11. Cut three 2x12" strips from patterned paper, paint the edges with white paint by using a straight edge (I used a scrap piece of paper), allow to dry then apply Perma Tac Adhesive along the white painted strip.
12. Apply clear glitter to the strips along the adhesive then accordion fold each piece. Adhere the ends of the paper strips together.
13. Adhere the accordion folded piece to the top of the box as shown using hot glue then adhere the snowman to the top of the accordion folded piece.
14. Insert twigs into body for arms and add Snow-Tex paste to twigs, top of hat, etc. as desired.


So tell us....how have you enjoyed this week? Have you visited the Graphic 45 blog as well? The inspiration is just everywhere around us all this week!! Graphic 45 has a truly talented group of designers all sharing projects there for you this week!!

And speaking of inspiring....we've got some more projects from our Guest Designer Candy Rosenberg to share with you today!!! Candy's work is so unique....be sure to click on the images if you would like to see the details of her projects.


 Life is Good Layout
Guest Designer:  Candy Rosenberg


 Notes Altered Album
Guest Designer: Candy Rosenberg


Be sure to visit us tomorrow to see one of our favorite projects of Candy's! We're sure you'll love it as well!

Just a reminder....take a moment today to leave us a comment! For doing so we'll enter you to win Graphic 45's beautiful  Christmas Traditions 12 by 12 Paper Pad along with a Glue Glider Pro, a refill of YOUR choice and our Extreme Adhesive Squares (which no crafter should be without!!) Sound good? Be sure to visit Graphic 45's blog. for more chances for you to win!


Before we bid you adieu today... could we ask you to sign up for our new Email Newsletter? We'll use this method of communication to keep in touch with you concerning our weekly sponsors, contests and promotions. Just click this link to go to our Facebook page....then post a comment on our wall that you've signed up and we'll enter you to win a Glue Glider Pro, refill of your choice and our New Extreme Adhesive Squares. 


See you tomorrow!! And remember when you need it to stick....chose Glue Arts!

71 comments:

  1. Gorgeous projects!!! Love the altered album.

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  2. These projects are sooooo beautiful! Love Graphic 45 and all of these ideas make me want to go get me some more :) Thanks for the inspiration Glue Arts!!@!

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  3. Beautiful projects! Thanks for all the inspiration.

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  4. I love all of the projects posted today! Can't wait to get out my supplies and make something of my own for the holidays! Anne, yourmainestamper

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  5. The snowman is AMAZING!! Beautiful projects today ladies!!! *claps*

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  6. I would love to have one of those reindeer's in my house! The detail of the snowman is amazing! And love Candy's book!

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  7. WOW!!! what fantastic projects today! love, love, love the raindeer! and the snowman box.... too cute!!

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  8. the snowman and reindeer are just GORGEOUS!!!

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  9. I love the projects shared today---my house is decorated in reindeer and the snowman just melts my heart!

    I've been following all week long---thanks !!!!!!!

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  10. That little snowman box is THE most adorable thing I've seen all season long ... I'm definitely going to have to give this a try as he's just too dang cute for words!

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  11. Beautiful items, great job!!! Thanks for the inspiration and sharing your talents!

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  12. wow! What beautiful projects you are sharing today! I love that snowman box and the reindeer is elegant and whimsical! I always love Candy's projects - she is so talented! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  13. All the projects are so inspiring. What fabulous ideas and thanks for sharing the tutorials too. I've really enjoyed all the ideas.

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  14. Beautiful beautiful projects. The altered notes is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing!

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  15. That snowman is the cutest thing ever!!!!

    Thanks!

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  16. Snowman, reindeer, a gorgeous layout oh my! What wonderful inspiration today!

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  17. Omg! I love that snowman and the reindeer (wish I had a pattern). Such beautiful projects, thanks for sharing them!

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  18. OH! Now I want to make that snowmand and reindeer like you said!! They are just adorable!

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  19. What gorgeous projects! I'm inspired. Margaret K.

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  20. Oh I like that reindeer. Very cute!

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  21. Love the reindeer - he's so sweet!

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  22. wow! great projects! I really don't know which I like best the snowman or the reindeer!

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  23. Love the reindeer, what a simple cute idea

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  24. The snowman is so cute! Loved all the projects!

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  25. Wow! I would love to win this prize! Thanks for the chance :)

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  26. Just love that reindeer! THink I might have to try making one! Thank you for a chance to win.

    mjmarmo@comcast.net

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  27. Wow! Great projects today! Love that advent calender, but really they are all incredible. Thanks for sharing these with us, everyone. :)

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  28. wonderful projects today! that snowman would fit perfectly in my snowman collection! *wink* TFS!

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  29. I love the snowman & the reindeer! I have been back-and-forth between your blog & G45. Such amazing projects & the tutorials have been Great!!
    Thanks for a wonderful week of spectacular Inspiration!! Merry Christmas!!!

    debpaint16@aol.com

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  30. These are all so gorgeous.... I love the reindeer & snowman!!! Such beautiful work!!!

    ~Ola
    okj83 at live dot com

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  31. I always love seeing what Patti and Linda have up their sleeves! Their work is amazing--and today's work is no exception! Cindy's Lo and album are really cute, too!

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  32. Yet again, more great projects!!! You're right, now I do want to decorate with snowmen & reindeer.

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  33. Love the Reindeer and snowman projects, they are so festive and pretty!!! And love the graphic 45 papers!!!
    DJ

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  34. Love, Love, Love that snowman! Need to make one - soon, very soon!

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  35. That reindeer is phenomenal!

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  36. The reindeer is absolutely wonderful. And the Graphic 45 blog is also awesome. Thanks for pointing us in their direction.

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  37. I'm so makin' that SNOWMAN!!! Love, love, love, love it!!! AGGGHGHG. And of course, I signed up and I'm headin' over to FB now! :D

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  38. AWESOME PROJECTS!! TFS! I signed up for the newsletter on your facebook page! Have a GREAT Day,
    Me-Ma Kim

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  39. The snowman project is amazing! I love that it is wintery, not just Christmasy! Thanks for sharing!! I signed up on Facebook

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  40. Love the reindeer! I have also signed up again for the newsletter

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  41. Beautiful projects! My favorite theme is Gingerbread. I have a Gingerbread Village and Gingerbread People everywhere. They make me happy!

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  42. What beautiful projects!! My favorite is the Holiday Reindeer. Any chance that you could post the pattern for that? I'd love to make one!

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  43. I love the snowman! They are all beautiful projects.

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  44. Once again- some gorgeous projects!

    Carol B
    ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

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  45. I decorate with snowmen so I will have to make this one. Both projects are adorable.

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  46. The reindeer and snowman are awesome. What different ideas to use your scrap paper for. Absolutely wonderful
    The life is good layout is also great.

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  47. I love the Graphic 45 papers, and especially the winsome snowman.

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  48. Adorable snowman and elegant reindeer....both are amazing! I do have to admit to a soft spot for snowmen though....and these are fabulous!

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  49. Love the projects! I collect both, but snowmen have my heart. Thank you so much for showing me a new way to make one!!! I'd be THRILLED to win!

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  50. I found your blog coming from Linda's blog and I LOVE your projects!!! My Christmas decoration is 99% snowman and with your project will be 99.1% Thank you for sharing such a beautiful snowman. I can't wait to go to the store to buy the items I need to make it.
    best regards,
    Wanda

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  51. OMGoodness! What spectacular projects!!! They are all gorgeous...and that snow man is "to die for!". I am so glad to know that the glue glider is great for this type of project! I am getting so tired of the liquid glue mess!

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  52. I love the projects you post on your blog! They're all wonderful!

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  53. beautiful projects, as always! Thank you for providing daily crafty inspiration!

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  54. Boy you are coming up with some great projects. Love that snowman box.

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  55. Gorgeous and very creative projects!!
    Thanks for the inspirations!!

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  56. That reindeer is just too cute!! Great way to keep the decore up to date, but yet still not loose your family traditions. Linda S. in NE

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  57. The Snowman is fabulous. I have an old Jack In The Box, and I felt this had a familiar feel to it except a snowman. Love the whole vintage feel of it. Super job, thanks for all the great instructions also!

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  58. THANKS so much for the awesome inspiration!! I love them all!! I can't wait to see what you create next!! =) Have a FABULOUS DAY!!

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  59. I am in awe of the snowman packaging - gorgeous! I love the idea of the faux snow on the rosette.

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  60. a person just can't get enough of candy's creation.....looking forward to some more. Thank goodness glue arts is strong glue for those projects!!!
    ava
    cottagerca

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  61. Wow these are amazing projects, love the reindeer. Thanks for sharing.
    Kim xXx

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  62. Such fantastic projects today! The reindeer is so cute and the snowman is awesome !Thanks for sharing the instructions!

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  63. I love all the projects. I love Graphic 45 papers. Just discovered them at Halloween and love everything I see.

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  64. OHHH--these projects are just gorgeous!

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  65. J'adore ! Merci beaucoup !!

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  66. Hello, your reindeer are beautiful! I am French and I discovered your blog with happiness! is it possible to have the model of the reindeer? to try to do the "same" my email address is: titissdalibert@gmail.com
    Congratulations again!!

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