Monday, January 17, 2011

Sweet Snowman Topiary

It's Monday...good morning to you!!

We've got a little of this and that for you today.

Last an amazing week here on our blog and on our Facebook wall. Thank you to all of our fans who invited their friends to come follow up! And a very warm welcome to all of our new fans. We hope if you have'll sign up to receive our blog emails. This will let you know when the blog is updated! So please sign up! Just takes a click on the left hand side of the blog.

For today we have one more amazing Echo Park Paper Wintertime project to share with you. Designer Patti Milazzo made this Sweet Snowman Topiary (love this!!!)....and we're showing all week some more ideas for using The Girls' Paperie line too!

Snowman Topiary

Designer: Patti Milazzo

Designer Tip: One of my favorite products by Glue Arts is the Glue Gun. It is by far the tool I reach for again and again when I’m doing crafty home d├ęcor projects. I’ve found that I can use it on virtually any surface and in tiny and large amounts, plus it heats quickly and doesn’t drip on my work surface. This wintery Snowman Topiary is sure to brighten up the gloomy days this season and it’s the perfect example of how much I love to use this Glue Gun. 

Glue Arts:
Glue Glider Pro with
1/4 Perma Tac Cartridge Refill - Pro
3D Combo Pac – U Cut It
Extreme Adhesive Squares
Glue Gun
Glue Gun Sticks

Echo Park: Wintertime Alpha Stickers (snowflake border)
Wintertime Element Stickers
Wintertime pattern papers – Berries, Stripes, Flurry and Falling Snowflakes
3” and 4” Styrofoam balls; 4”H x 3”D terra cotta flowerpot; ¼”D x 12”H wooden dowel; white, brown and light blue acrylic paints; glitter paint and glitter glue; silver tinsel wire stems; red and silver jingle bells; green floral moss and floral picks; floral foam (inside flowerpot); floral mini mushroom bird; Snowtex; buttons; black mini brads; 

1. Paint flowerpot light blue and brown and set aside to dry.
2. Push wooden dowel through Styrofoam balls to create snowman. Remove the pieces, apply hot glue inside the holes with the Glue Arts Glue Gun and reinsert the dowel.
3. Paint the Styrofoam balls and exposed part of the dowel with white paint mixed with glitter paint/glue and set aside to dry thoroughly.
4. To create the snowflake medallion, start by cutting 2 – 12” x 1 ½ “ strips of Falling Snowflakes pattern paper. I cut one edge of both strips with a scallop edge trimmer blade. Ink the edges with brown ink, then accordion fold at 1/8” – 1/4" increments. To make mine easier to fold, I ran the strips through a crimping tool first.

5. Once both strips are accordion folded, attach the ends of the strips to create a circle. To keep the circle shape in place, punch/cut a 2” circle from brown cardstock, apply a circle of hot glue with the Glue Gun on the cardstock circle. Then position the accordion paper on top. Hold briefly to let the glue cool.
6. Punch/cut a 2” circle from red pattern paper (Berries) and use an Extreme Adhesive Square to affix to the front of the accordion circle. Then apply the snowflake sticker and adhere the small circle snowflake sticker with a piece of U-Cut-It Adhesive Foam. Apply glitter glue and tiny gems, then set it aside to dry.
7. In the meantime, cut a piece of floral foam to fit inside the flowerpot – just below the top rim. Apply hot glue inside the pot and push in the foam in securely. Insert the bottom of the wooden snowman dowel into the center of the floral foam and remove. Apply hot glue inside the hole and reinsert the dowel. Again, use the Glue Gun to apply hot glue on the top surface of the foam to affix the moss and various winter themed floral pieces.

8. When affixing the accordion snowflake medallion I wanted it to be positioned straight. But because of the cut of the flower pot, the medallion would sit in an awkward position. To fix this, I used a piece of U-Cut-It foam and an Extreme Adhesive Square – this evened out the surface behind the medallion and allowed it to sit straight.

Tip: Prior to apply the medallion to the flowerpot, color the sides of the foam with a coordinating marker. I used brown to blend in with the flowerpot rim and the back of the medallion. This makes the white adhesive foam less noticeable from the side.

9. Apply the snowflake border sticker around the remaining rim of the flowerpot.
10. To decorate the snowman, again create 2 strips (1/2” wide) of scalloped pattern paper (Flurry). Crimp and accordion fold each piece. Use the Glue Gun to apply the hot glue around the snowman’s neck and place one strip around the front of the snowman’s neck. Repeat this to apply the other strip to the back of the neck, joining the edges at the side.
11. Twist a silver tinsel stem around the top of the accordion collar; add jingle bells to the ends and curl the wire using the end of a paintbrush handle. Add a dot of hot glue to the top of the sticker tag and tuck it under the collar.

12. Insert black mini brads for the eyes.
13. Create a tiny cone from orange cardstock and use hot glue to affix to the snowman’s face. Paint the nose with a little glitter glue and let dry.
14. Apply snowflake stickers to the center of brown buttons and again use the hot glue to affix the buttons to the front. Apply glitter glue and gems.
15. Punch a small heart from the red Berries pattern paper, add a tiny dot of hot glue on the back and adhere to the snowman’s chest.
16. For the hat, create another accordion medallion (straight edge) from brown cardstock. Adhere a 1 ½” circle to the center to secure, then apply hot glue to the top side of the snowman’s head and press the medallion to affix the hat’s brim in place.
17. Punch/cut a 2” circle from brown cardstock. Cut a 2 ½” x 10” strip of brown cardstock. Apply a line of glue around the edge of the circle and position the cardstock strip around this to form a cylinder. Cut a 1” x 10” strip of Striped pattern paper, apply Perma Tac with the Glue Glider Pro and adhere this near the open end of the cylinder. Use the Glue Gun to apply hot glue to affix the cylinder on top of the accordion brim. Apply the winter sticker to the top of the hat and embellish with glitter glue and a gem.

18. Run lines of hot glue around the top and bottom of the hat (cylinder) to affix pieces of silver tinsel stems.
19. Adhere 2 ribbon leaves to the brim of the hat with the Glue Gun as well as the small mushroom bird.
20. Apply Snow-tex on the floral pieces and on the snowman’s hat.

Don't you just love that??!!! Now onto some beautiful Girls' Paperie cards...

All Occasion Card Set
Designer: Kristen Swain
Papers/sticker - Girls Paperie
black houndstooth paper and glitter stickers- ( pink paislee)
Adhesive- Glue Arts Perma Tac and Glue Glider Pro- UCutIt foam- Glue Arts Adhesive Squares
accordion pleat stickers- American Crafts
black pen and paper piercer
letter stickers- american crafts
twine/buttons/mini clothes pins- craft supply
adhesive pearls- Kaisercraft
Imagine machine- scalloped circle cut
Embossing folder- Cuttlebug and Script folder
corrugated white paper - recycled from Pepperidge Farms cookie container
seam binding
glitter glue

Designer Tip- You can find items to use in your creating in unexpected places. I found a large piece and circle piece of white corrugated paper lining a tin of Pepperidge Farms cookies( Pirouette cookies) . The cookies were in their own packaging, and the tin was lined with this paper. I didn't even have to cut the circle shape, it was already precut!

Miss you card

1. Cut two papers into strips and add them vertically to card using Perma Tac adhesive. Cut off diecut edge of pink paper, then adhere scalloped part between two papers.
2. Paper pierce faux stitched lines, and then use pen to make fake thread lines.
3. Adhere corrugated circle piece to left edge, cutting off overlap.
4. Thread twine onto large button, tie bow and adhere with Adhesive Squares.
5. Adhere fabric stickers and accordion pleat stickers to card.

Love Potion No. 3 card

1. Adhere strips of papers horizontally across card, including punched pink scallop strip.
2. Add UcutIt foam to back of ruler sticker and adhere to top 1/3 of card.
3. Cut scallop circle with Cricut Imagine machine, then emboss with Cuttlebug and Script embossing folder, adhere over sticker, adding pieces of UCutIt foam to part of circle not under ruler sticker.
4. Adhere glitter stickers to circle.
5. Tie bows under buttons with twine, adhere to each end of ruler sticker.
6. Cut flower piece from patterned paper, carefully crumple piece, then adhere to card with Adhesive Squares, add glitter glue to leaf parts of paper piece.
7. Tie bow with seam binding and adhere pearl to center.

For you card

1. Cut diecut scallop from paper, adhere to bottom part of card, then add paper strips to card.
2. Cut another diecut edge from paper, add UCutIt foam to paper, then adhere across bottom of card as shown.
3. Tie bows with twine under buttons and adhere with Adhesive Squares to each end of diecut strip.
4. Cut square of paper, then add UCutIt foam to back, also adding small mini clothes pins to top ends of square.
5. Loop twine under one clothes pin and add pearl to pin as well.
6. Cut out floral piece from paper, crumple carefully and adhere to card with Adhesive Squares, then use glitter glue to add glitter to leaves.
7. Adhere letters to card. about a truly inspiring post today! Don't you agree??

This last week with Echo Park Paper's Wintertime collection was such a fun week and so perfectly timed with all the snowfalls being reported! We do have one more winner to announce and that is:

Izzyb said...

That frame is absolutely darling and scrap-liftable. Beautiful projects all week. Such talent!


  1. That snowman is darling. I am loving the accordian folds embellishments that were used on him and one of the cards. All of the cards are beautiful.

  2. The snowman is Fabulous!! The cards are so pretty, I love them!

  3. SO Cute. Love the snowman and cards. I was needing a new snowman decoration. LOVE IT.

  4. Love today's cards! Very nice colors!

  5. You always have such great projects. I really like the For You card. Well done!

  6. AWWW!! That SNOWMAN is SOOO CUTE!! The cards are just GORGEOUS!! TFS!! CONGRATS to all the winners last week! Have a GREAT Day,
    Me-Ma Kim

  7. Very cute! I like those folded strip flowers too. Thanks for sharing.

  8. I absolutely love all of the amazing creativity you feature on your blog! Thank you so much!

  9. Lovely snowman and very nice cards! I didn't even know you made a glue gun!

  10. Love that adorable snow man! The cards are soooo pretty too :)

  11. love the snowman!

  12. As always, cute project inspirations! Thanks and keep up the good work!

  13. OH MY! These projects are always the CUTEST! I loooooove that snowman! SO SO SO CUTE:)

  14. Cute! Cute! Cute! I love all the projects today. I need to get some of these papers to go with my glue =)

  15. That snowman topiary is adorable...may be making a couple of those this week...and those cards. What else can I say but I LOVE THEM. The miss you card is my favorite with its quilt feel (I just love quilts). Very nice projects indeed. Thanks for sharing!!

  16. Thanks for sharing the snowman topiary. It is just adorable.

  17. Cute snowman and the cards are gorgeous too! Margaret K.

  18. Love the snowman topiary! So cute! Those cards are absolutely gorgeous.

  19. I so want to try the "For You" card - it's beautiful!

  20. Aww! Fabulous Girl's Paperie cards! I love them! So bright and cheery (it's cold and dreary here, so it's such a welcome sight!)

  21. What another wonderful project! I just love your detailed instructions!! Gorgeous cards toO!

  22. I love snowmen and that one is awesome, I love glue arts too of course! thanks for the opportunity to win! God bless!

  23. Adorable! Thanks for the great idea!

  24. Such an adorable snowman! Loved the beautiful Girls' Paperie cards!! Love Glue Arts Blog for inspiration!

  25. Awesome Snowman, another great project to do for a friend who LOVES snowmen. Thank you for another gift idea. I love the cards also.

  26. Wow! All that detail in the snowman topiary. What an amazing project.
    Love the cards too with that pretty paper.

  27. I am always in awe of the creative talent you showcase here. How creative to make a Snowman Topiary. LOVE it! Those cards are so striking too!

  28. This is the best 3-D project since I've started reading back when you partnered with May Arts. I love the cards too.

  29. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the snowman and the cards are pretty! :-)

  30. What a fun "this and that" post. I love the snowman and the cards. Can't wait to see what the rest of the week brings.

  31. Beautiful projects. The snowman is soooo cute and those cards are gorgeous.

  32. Oh I love that snowman and the cards are stunning!

  33. Beautiful projects! I am so loving those cards!

  34. Too cute snowman. Love all the little details!

  35. OMG!! I don't know how long it has been since I have seen such wonderful inspiration. These cards and snowman are amazing... I love them.. keep up the good

  36. I love these cards!! And the snowman???..well it's too cute! Thanks again for giving us a chance to win some awesome goodies!

  37. really like the accordion folded flowers...see them alot now. Eould love to win some Glue Arts goodies...a girl can never have too much adhesive !

  38. I love those accordion folded flowers on the card. so cute. the other cards are cute as well and so is that lovely snowman.

  39. the folded flowers are AWESOME....gottta try that idea!

  40. great idea, thanks for sharing

  41. loving the accordion flowers, they are so cool!

  42. neat ideas. both of them the snowman and the folded circles. TFS

  43. very interesting, thanks for sharing

  44. I like the projects done here today. very nice!

  45. Such a cute snowman project and beautiful cards!

  46. I have an aunt who will LOVE that snowman! I'm totally scraplifting it.. will make her one for next Christmas!

  47. Great projects! They are varied and I love the cards. One of the things that I like best about your blog is that they help me figure out what type of adhesive to use with different materials. I am still trying to figure out when I should reach for my glue glider/hot gun/foam, etc. This is very helpful. TFS!

  48. So creative!! Love that snowman!!

  49. Glue Arts products make such fabulous projects possible.

  50. I love that snowman! SO adorable!!! The cards are great too! I would love to try your ribbon adhesive--I have been trying to find something that will hold the ribbons down!

  51. Love that snowman...very interesting, thanks for sharing
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  52. Glue arts, you have an excellent DT, those Girls' Paperie cards are vry beautiful....

  53. LOVE the snowman topiary! So absolutely adorable!

  54. I love that adorable snow man! The cards are gorgeous! Thank you for sharing these awesome projects, I'm off to create!

  55. What a sweet snowman topary and all those wonderful cards.
    stamping sue

  56. Ooh! I love anything Valentine themed! Hearts make me happy!

  57. Today's projects range from the cute and adorable to the chic and elegant. Thank you for your inspiration!

  58. Love the topiary and the cards are really pretty. Congrats to Izzy.
    Kim xXx

  59. Great projects! Love the snowman and the cards!

  60. The Snowman Topiary is asolutely gorgeous... I love it, and all of the cards are fantastic.... especially the Miss You card!

    Thank you so much for sharing!!!

    okj83 at live dot com

  61. Amazing projects!! I'm loving this blog!!