Wednesday, April 13, 2011

A Penny For Your Thoughts!!

Penny for your thoughts?

Or a dollar or two!lol You have to admit there is something so fun about a piggy bank!

Whether it's a gift for a new baby or a special bank for a child to save their money in for a's the perfect gift. and addition to your child's room! Designer Kristen Swain gave her piggy bank a spunky, fun makeover and now has turned it into a personalized pig!lol  Just think perhaps  your son likes sports or camo. Or perhaps your child likes bugs can personalize and decorate one to match using our Accent it All vinyl! And our new Designer Audrey Pettit has a sweet, spring frame to kick off the day. Notice Audrey not only stamped on the vinyl Accent it All she embossed it too! So very creative don't you agree?

Accent it All Piggy Bank

Designer: Kristen Swain

White craft store piggy bank- ceramic
large pink gems
medium clear gems
Accent it All- Tickle Me Pink, Going Green, Wild Blue Yonder
Glue Arts- Mini adhesive squares, Extreme Adhesive Squares
Cricut Expression- Accent Essentials Cartridge
Cricut Vinyl- Yellow

1. Clean pig with rubbing alcohol to remove fingerprints and skin oils.
2. Cut out flowers and monogram with Accent it All.
3. Peel off backing, adhere Accent it all to Piggy Bank.
4. Adhere gems to flowers on pig with mini adhesive squares.
5. Use Extreme Adhesive Squares to adhere large gem eyes.

Accent it All Spring Banner Frame
Designer: Audrey Pettit

Glue Arts Supplies:
Glue Glider Pro with Perma Squares

Extreme Micro Adhesive Squares
U-Cut Foam
Accent it All Vinyl in Pumpkin Patch, Wilde Blue Yonder, Goin' Green, and White Out

Other Supplies:
October Afternoon patterned papers, journaling tags, and die-cut stickers

Cosmo Cricket chipboard letters
McGill flower punches
baker's twine and hemp cord

One of my favorite projects is to create seasonal or holiday decor for my home. Here I've altered an old thrift store frame using patterned paper, die-cuts and punches, and fabulous Accent it All vinyl sheets, just perfect for a touch of springtime cheer. It's bright and happy, and the best thing of all? The Accent it All sheets cling to a variety of surfaces, allowing you to add dimension and detail to both the background, and the top of the glass on a framed project like this, as well. Now you don't ever have to be limited by the depth of a picture frame again.

1. Measure your frame opening and create a background for your project using layered patterned paper and die-cut cardstock stickers. You're going to add in another layer of detail on top of the glass, so just guesstimate the background placement, leaving enough room around each element to add other embellishments later. I added ropes to the swing with baker's twine, and added a bit of machine stitching for fun.
2. Cut banner pieces from Accent it All Vinyl using die-cuts, templates, or a pattern you create yourself, like my simple shapes here. I used two different banner flags to add visual interest, and limited myself to three colors to keep the design cohesive. You can use any size or length banner you please. For my 12" frame, I created banner flags that were about 3.5" long and 2" wide.
3. Go ahead and have fun with your vinyl pieces. I decided to add texture to mine with both heat and dry embossing. The heating gun may cause your vinyl to bubble up a bit, but it will smooth out again as it cools. How awesome is that?
4. Layer your banner pieces with patterned papers, die-cut label stickers, punched and hand-cut flowers, and gems. Chipboard is easy to cover with traced Accent it All letters. The vinyl clings to the chipboard without any need for adhesive. I just LOVE this stuff!
5. Lay your glass over the background scene you created and add your banner pieces. Add additional details like vinyl clouds and stems for flowers. You'll be able to perfectly place your accents on top of the glass, but if you make a mistake, simply lift off the vinyl and try again. Once you get your banner placed, gently lift up the corners of each flap and put a hemp cord underneath. Tap the corners back down, and your line stays in place.
6. To create the flowers, punch or die-cut 2 small flower shapes from vinyl and 1 small flower from patterned paper for each flower. Starting with a vinyl flower, twist, scrunch, and roll flower up into a center bud. Add an Extreme Micro Adhesive Square to the bottom and place it onto the patterned paper flower. Scrunch these two together, playing with the shape until you are happy, and add it onto the last vinyl flower with another Adhesive Square. The lower vinyl layer will cling to your glass, or the frame itself, like mine did here.

To make the larger flower, follow the steps above, but add two more larger flowers, one punched from paper and one from vinyl.

Assemble the glass back into the frame and add in your background paper. It's easy to make any final adjustments to your top embellishments once your frame is back together. Simply peel off, move, and try again.


Many of you have expressed how much you like the Picture Keeper and knowing that your photos are safe. It's hard to put a price(or pennies!!) on this don't you think?! After all many of us are scrapbookers or started off as scrapbookers and now have moved into paper crafting, stamping and more. The fact are still one of the most important things people say they don't want to lose. With Picture Keeper..that's a worry of the past! 

Picture Keeper is the simplest automatic picture backup device. Simply plug in and save! No software to install and no password to remember.  With a PK-4, it's a snap to save up to 4,000* pictures! And because there's no software to  tht much easier. 

Just insert the Picture Keeper drive into any USB port on your PC, click "Start Backup" and Picture Keeper automatically finds and saves all your pictures. That’s it! They all fit right there on the Picture Keeper drive. What's more, subsequent backups are fast because Picture Keeper will only copy the newest images when you use it again to save your recently added or changed pictures.

And because Picture Keeper’s software runs right from the USB drive, you'll be able to easily save pictures on multiple PCs (WIndows AND Mac OS) up to the drive’s capacity).

Users can also choose the more "advanced" options which allow you to select additional types of files or directories you want saved. 

Picture Keeper is giving away a PK4 (retail value $29.99). And we're adding in a sheet of each color of our Accent It All Vinyl and a roll of our Extreme Adhesive Squares. To enter today we first ask that you visit Picture Keeper's Facebook page and click to be their friend, post on their wall and let them know Glue Arts sent you, then come back a comment letting us know you've friended them and posted a hello. We'll pick a random winner from those that leave a comment! And you're also welcome to leave some praise for our our projects today. If you leave two comments letting us know you've said Hello to Picture Keeper and then a praise comment...well you'll have two entries to win!! And today..we're giving you another way you can enter...visit the new Picture Keeper blog and click to follow! Leave us comment here letting us know and we'll give  you another chance. It's that easy! 

Check in tomorrow for more chances to win and projects using our Vinyl Accent It All!


  1. Fabulous projects. Love the swing with the twine. Such a great idea!!

    I went and friended picture keeper. I love this product. I've been looking for something like it for a while. Thanks for the chance to win.


  2. Cute projects!
    I liked/left a hello from Glue Arts on Picture Keeper on FB and am following their blog! Thanks for a chance to win!

  3. OH I love that bank! What a great idea!

  4. I love the projects! Picture Keeper looks really awesome, I need somethiing like this. I friended Picture Keeper. Thanks!

  5. Super adorable spring banner! Bank is very nice too haven't seen one of those in a long time :)

  6. Love the dressed up piggy bank! And also a very creative frame with all those elements!! Must use my vinyl!!

  7. Love the piggy bank and I stopped by Picture Keepers FB yesterday and said hi!

  8. that spring banner pic is adorable, I want one!! now to find an empty frame...

  9. I follow their blog too, such a great idea!

  10. So cute! I love giving piggy banks as baby gifts.


  11. Very Cute...would love to try vinyl...looks like alot of fun! Thanks for the opportunity of the giveaway!

  12. So Awesome, love those projects! Super creative!!

  13. i am a follower of PK blog. love the banners

  14. Love the projects! Really want to try the vinyl on glass.

  15. Awesome projects! I now "like' Picture Keeper and told them that you sent me. :)

  16. I really enjoyed this as I know now I am able to recreate my childhood piggybank for my granddaughters. I always love it and mybrother broke it to be so mean, seriously; boys! I also like the camo idea for a boy, even a pink camo for a girl would be adorable. As usual another piece of ART I will recreate! Thank you so much!

  17. What great projects. Love that banner.
    I already "like" Picture Keeper & have told them hi.

  18. I "Liked" Picture Keeper on FB!

    Carol B

  19. I am now a Follower of the Picture Keeper blog!

    Carol B

  20. Awesome piggy bank. I liked and left a Hello on Picture Keeper. Thanks for sharing.

  21. This is so sweet..I've never seen such a happy little pig :)

  22. I absolutely love the embossing on the vinyl!

  23. My daughters fav is the piggy bank! The swing picture is wonderful. Said a hello to picture keeper!

  24. As always faboulous projects! Thanks for sharing!

  25. I also popped in over at Picture Keepers and followed and said hello! Thanks for the chances!

  26. I posted a hello to Picture Keepers in their facebook page and said you sent me! Love the projects...

  27. How cute is that piggy! LOVE these projects! LOVE visiting here--always inspired:)

    sbmmhoover at yahoo dot com

  28. liked picture keeper on facebook!
    Love the picture frame!
    Mary Burnett

  29. Yvonne ysampson@lycos.comApril 14, 2011 at 9:50 PM

    I liked the picture keeper and said hello to them. I'd LOVE one of those, AND I love my glue glider. :)

  30. ohhhhhh I need some pigs!!! What a great birthday gift for my little nieces and nephews!!

  31. CUTE ideas! Love the adorable little piggy bank! This is totally something my daughter would love to do! And the Spring frame is adorable! I wish Spring was here!
    I left some love at Picture Keeper! Thanks for introducing them!

  32. Wow! Amazing projects that pig is just too cute!