Monday, December 6, 2010

Join Us for Making Memories Week!!

The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear! 
Buddy the Elf

We're taking a tip from Buddy the Elf and working on spreading a bit of Christmas Cheer.

Although we're not breaking out into a stirring version of Jingle Bells...we think you'll love what we have in store for you all this week!

We've paired up with Making Memories and our talented Glue Girls worked with Making Memories new (and beautiful too!) Noel holiday line.

So for something fun....we're going to showcase Christmas Ornament ideas with you all week long!!!

You'll find a variety of ideas with something for everyone!!

So sit back and join us all week long as we inspire you with beautiful handmade ornaments!!

Winter House Ornament
Designer: Linda Albrecht

Glue Arts Glue Glider Pro, High Tac Adhesive, Glue Arts Hot Glue Gun and sticks, 3D Foam Blanks
Making Memories Noel patterned papers, Noel Gem Buckle, Velvet Leaf, Glitter Die cut Poinsettia and miscellaneous gems
Maya Road Clear Gem pins
Clear Glitter and Mica Flakes
Jingle bells
Silver Pipe cleaners
chipboard house ( download template from: )

1. Assemble house pieces or use a premade chipboard house then adhere papers to the house.
2. Adhere silver pipecleaners to the rood edges and around base of ornament with Glue Arts Hot Glue Gun and sticks.
3. Poke a hole in the top of the roof for the hanger then adhere a sivler pipe cleaner into the hole and hot glue in place.
4. Use 3D Foam Blanks to pop up the poinsettia from the house front then glue a velvet leaf behind it.
5. Use High Tac Adhesive to ahdere the Making Memories clar buckle to the house then add a large gem to the center.
6. Poke gem top stick pins into the roof peaks.
7. Apply clear glitter to the entire surface of th house.
8. Tie jingle bells onto a silver pipe cleaner, make a bow with excess then use Hot Glue Gun to adhere the bells to the base of the house.
9. Apply foam snowflake to the bell cluster.
10. Apply a liquid glue to the roof peak fronts and to the base of the house then apply Mica Flakes to represent snow.

Making Memories Snow Globe Ornament
Designer: Lindsay Wahl

• Adhesives: GlueArts Glue Glider Pro Perma Tac, Extreme Mini Squares, 3-d combo pack, WallArt Zig 2-way glue
• Paper: Making Memories Noel
• Die Cuts: Sizzix
• Ink: Copic
• Ornament: packaging from Jillibean Soup chipboard pieces
• Pearls: Kaisercraft
• Ribbon: May Arts
• Other: beads, chalk, sanding tool, hole punch

1. Begin by covering the backing of the ornament with patterned paper. Cut a sheet of patterned paper to 6”x 6.” Adhere WallArt to the patterned paper. Adhere paper to scalloped chipboard backing. Trim and sand edges. Repeat on both sides of backing. Ink all edges.
2. Cut circle patterned paper to fit the opening of the packaging window. Die cut and assemble house and trees. Add fence by trimming border off of piece of patterned paper. Use the Pro to assemble die cuts, and use the 3-d combo pack to add dimension to the trees. Add pearls to tree and house.
3. Use liquid adhesive to adhere a few layers of beads to the bottom of the ornament. Make sure you leave room for the border of the packaging window. Use liquid adhesive to adhere the window to the ornament. (Because the packaging didn’t come off of the chipboard perfectly, I added chalk all the way around the edge of the circle to hide some of the flaws. This just adds character to an item that I am recycling!)
4. Cut the letters “Silent Night” from patterned paper. Adhere to ornament with Extreme Mini Squares. Add pearls around the border of the packaging window. Add ribbon and hang from the tree!

Mini Shadowbox Ornament 

Designer: Jessica Barnett

Glue Arts Extreme Adhesive Squares
Glue Glider Pro with Perma Tac refill
Glue Arts 3-D Combo Pack
May Arts Shiny Green ribbon and Green Stocking shape ribbon
Making Memories Journaling Spots
Making Memories Noel papers and embellishments
Glitter Glue
White opaque glitter
Dries clear liquid adhesive
craft knife
scoring board and bone folder
black paint and brush
black chalk ink
paper trimmer
scalloped scissors
pinking shears
heart shaped pin

To Make Shadow Box:
1. Cut 2 pieces of 6 by 6 inch chipboard for each box.

2. Score in one inch from each edge all around the squares.
3. Use scissors to cut along 4 of the 1" lines. Make sure you do the same lines at the top and bottom of the box.
4. Use the craft knife to cut out a window in what will be the box lid.
5. Use a bone folder to crease all folds to the same side of the box.
6. Attach the tabs to the inside of the box (for the lid) and the outside of the box (for the box back) using Glue Arts Extreme Adhesive Squares.
For the lid:

For the back:
7. Paint the box, inside and out, using the black paint and brush. Allow to dry.
To Embellish Box:
1. Use the Glue Glider Pro to attach a piece of transparency to the inside of the lid to make a window.
2. Use dries clear adhesive and opaque white glitter to make a snowy effect on the window and allow to dry.
3. Trim the edges of 1 inch strips with scalloped scissors and attach to front of box to make a window after inking. Add to the paper detail with glitter glue.
4. Attach more one inch strips of paper around the outside edges of the lid after inking.
5. On the inside of the box, layer elements with Glue Arts 3-D adhesives to add dimension. Ink all papers and photos. Cut the picture out with pinking shears before inking. Add any special trinkets to the box using Glue Arts Extreme Adhesive squares.
6. Place the lid on the box and wrap the box in a piece of May Arts shiny green ribbon. Use the knot to hang a beaded ornament hanger from the top.
7. Attach a metal Making Memories embellishment to the front of the box.

So to sweeten this week, since we don't think you would approve of Buddy's spaghetti and maple syrup sweet treat....we've got a beautiful prize from Making Memories that we're pairing up with our Glue Arts must have adhesives. The two products together are just what you need for holiday crafting!!

We're giving away a Making Memories Noel clear acrylic stamp set,  Making Memories Noel Ribbons and Trims and a few sheets of paper from the Making Memories Noel line! Plus our Glue Arts Embellishment Kit which includes our Ribbon Adhesive, Extreme Adhesives Squares and our Vellum Adhesive.

Simply leave us a comment! And we'll give you an additional entry for each day this week you leave a comment! We'll announce a winner next Monday on the blog!

And before we go today we need to announce the winner from last week's focus on dimension and our highlighting our U Cut It foam. The winner is..

beadz said...

I always love adding dimension to my projects, so I would be really interested to try this U Cut it Foam.




  1. Love the snowglobe and shadow box ornaments. SO many things you could tuck into those basic designs. Thanks for the tutorial.

  2. These are beautiful ornaments! And what a great week ahead with Making Memories!!
    Congrats to Gini too!

  3. All the projects are so creative and love all the tutorials too! Thanks for a chance.

  4. These are all outstanding-but I am so thrilled to get the shadow box template and instructions. Thank you so much!

  5. I have to admit that I did not expect the ornaments to come out this cute! I really want to try to make some of these.

  6. BEAUTIFUL! All of them are fantastic!!!

  7. Oh how lovely! WE are big fans of ELF here. Just showed it to my girls for the first time this year. DOn't forget to smile...Smiling is my favorite thing!

  8. Very nice. I do make ornaments, but mostly for others. Planning on starting soon, so these tips will sure help.

  9. LOVe the little tree all decorated in red

  10. Love all the ornaments, especially the snowglobe! Elf is one of my fav Christmas is it funny! So glad it was Buddy approved!!!

  11. Looking forward to seeing what you have in store for us this week. Love the tutorials.

    Carol B

  12. Beautiful ornaments! Love all the great ideas!

  13. Thanks for posting the wonderful tutorial and love these projects.

  14. Love your ideas and love the box template and decorations!! go Glue arts and Making Memories!! Whoohoo!!

  15. SWEET, Love the designers project so creative. Thanks for sharing !!!

  16. Love the house ornament, so cute.

  17. Beautiful ornaments! I <3 Elf! Thanks for the chance to win!

  18. Stunning, especially love the shadow box, such a wonderful item to make and bring out every Christmas :-)

  19. Fantastic ornaments. That 1st house ornament is just amazing.

  20. These are so beautiful! Thanks for sharing the tutorial! Glue arts and Making Memories equals awesome!

  21. How gorgeous..... I love the snowglobe ornament, very creative!

    Thank you so much for sharing!!!

    okj83 at live dot com

  22. I am sooo looking forward to this week. I love MM products and can't wait to see all the creations.

  23. I usually make ornaments for the people at work. Very cute ideas!

  24. very cute ornaments and I just Love the MM stamps!!

  25. wow!! what gorgeous projects! making memories and glue arts... a match made in heaven!

  26. What fabulous ornaments! I love that you are teaming up with Making Memories! (Since I have a Slice machine!!) Thanks for the inspiration!

  27. wow, just gorgeous! Love all the glitter and the pattern papers are fabulous....

  28. OH these are all lovely. I will have to try and find all these Adhesive I only have the glue glider. :-(

  29. Wow, amazing that plain chipboard could become something so pretty!

  30. I love the shadowbox ornament! Thanks so much for the detailed instructions. I just got new pictures of my best friend's children and I plan on making these for her. I know my GlueArts adhesives will help me make a long-lasting gift.

  31. Beautiful ornaments! LOVE Making Memories!

  32. This will be a great week! Love the Winter house ornament.

  33. All of those projects are gorgeous!!
    Thanks so much for all the inspiration!!

  34. Adorable ornaments! especially the winter house! thanks for the idea :)

  35. those ornaments with depth are so adorable!! I just love the dimension and dynamics!

  36. Great Projects!!! I love Linda's winter house ornament. I need a project for a gift exchange and this might fit the bill!

  37. Love the shadowbox ornament! What a cute way to display pictures of grandchildren on a Christmas tree. Can't wait to try this.
    Hazel. (hdhall6002atsbcglobaldotnet)

  38. what great ornaments I think I like the shadow box one the best. good job! stamping sue

  39. Just outstanding project- love it all!! Love to use GLUEarts TOO!!

  40. Congratulations to Beadz. An amazing array of projects I especially love the shadow box and will be making these for my mother in law using photo's of her great grandchildren.
    Kim xXx

  41. Beautiful ornaments! LOVE the shadow box.

  42. OHHH! I love these ornaments--and that box--FABBY! THANKS:)

  43. love all the ornaments. What a great idea!

  44. love the ornaments. thanks for sharing how to make them.

  45. Wow that little house is adorable, and the shaker box is super cute too.

  46. Liking these ornaments. The house is my fav but I like them all.

  47. WOW!! Everything is just AWESOME!! LOVE all the textures and ideas!! Thanks BUNCHES for sharing and all the inspiration!! Have a GREAT Day,
    Me-Ma Kim

  48. These ornaments are all so wonderfully creative, I especially love that house ornament and thanks for the template for it!!!
    Just love this sharing of the blogs!!! Such a Holiday spirit type of thing!!

  49. Great snow globe ornament. Will definitely try that one. Thanks for a chance to win.
    Kathy R

  50. Oh I love all of this so pretty I am fairly new to all this but this would be awesome to win thank you so much for the chance I am making notes to I know what to buy