Saturday, December 17, 2011

Snowman Domino

Snowman Domino

After digging through my craft room I finally unearthed one of the dominoes I created for a Pennywise Arts swap.  (Maybe two years ago?)

A regular domino is transformed into a Christmas ornament (or in this case a magnet) with a snowman stamp from Stampin Up!, Staz On black ink and Adirondack markers from Ranger.

The sides are colored silver with a Krylon paint pen and left to dry.  Then 1/4”  O'So Sticky Tape is wrapped around the outside and pressed into clear micro beads.

I sprayed a light spritz of silver glitter spray over the top to look like snowflakes and then sealed it with a thick clear spray glaze.

I just received my package of swapped doms so in the next few days I will have photos of this years Pennywise Arts Yahoo group domino swap. 

Hugs, Suzanne

Friday, December 16, 2011

Holiday Candle Lights

Holiday Lights Box Wrapped

Heavy decorative paper was used to create this festive gift box.  A Scor It tool provides interesting texture lines (hard to see in the photo).

Inside neatly nested are four votive candles.

Holiday Lights Box INside

A template for any glass votive can be made by wrapping it with paper and trimming the edges to fit.  Then the template can be traced directly onto a sheet of O'So Sticky Tape.  All four votives are wrapped with O'So Sticky Tape and embellished using masking techniques.  Save the liners from the O'So Tape to use as release paper masks.  Always put the shiny side down when using release papers.  The other side of the liner is designed to be able to write and draw on and will not release if place onto O'So

Candy Candle

Candy Candle: Release paper from the O'So was hand cut into circles and swirls.  First, all the circles are placed shiny side down onto the exposed O'So and the whole votive rolled in Lettuce Translucent micro beads.  Then the circle masks are removed and the swirls put into place in the centers (shiny side down)/  Then White Opaque micro beads are sprinkled into each area.  Finally the swirl masks are removed and Red Opaque micro beads complete the candy centers.

Red Candy Candle

Red Candy Candle:  Decorative paper circles were punched and placed on the the exposed O'So Sticky Tape.  Then the votive rolled in Red Translucent micro beads.  The candy circles were added with foam tape for dimension.

Snowflake Candle

Snowflake Candle:  Snowflakes are punched from the release paper and placed shiny side down onto the exposed O'So Sticky Tape.  A 1/4" strip of liner is put around the top edge of the votive and the candle is rolled into Gold Opaque Micro Beads.  Then the 1/4" strip is removed and the exposed tape is dipped into Lettuce Translucent Micro Beads.  Lastly, the snowflake masks are removed and White Opaque micro beads are sprinkled onto the exposed tape.

holly candle

Holly Candle:  Holly and berries were hand drawn onto the liner from O'So Sticky Tape, cut out and placed shiny side down onto the exposed tape on the votive.  The candle was then rolled in clear Mini micro beads.  The holly masks were then removed and the leaves cut from the berries.  The berries were then put back, shiny side down.  The holly leaves were beaded with Lettuce Translucent micro beads and then the berries in Red Opaque micro beads.

Finish off the box with ribbons and a gift tag.

May your holidays be bright and sparkly!   Holiday Lights Lit


Holiday Lights Chunky ATC

Vicki Chunky ATC3Vicki Chow also participated in the Gingersnap Creations “holiday lights” challenge.  Her chunky ATC is so fun!

The lights were die cut with O’So Sticky Tape on the colored papers.  All Vicki had to do next was peel the liner and dip into clear micro beads.

Vicki Chunky ATCa





The star on top has a border of mixed micro beads and the back side of Vicki’s ATC has a big beaded poinsetta. 

Vicki said that to start she just laid a bunch of Christmas stuff on her craft table and went to town.  The chunky atc block came from Pennywise Arts.  She wrapped it with fabric and then let her creative muse take it from there.

Vicki is a super talented lady, I hope she’ll share more of her artwork again soon!  Ü

Hugs, Suzanne

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Beaded Holiday Lights

How much fun are these micro beaded holiday lights by Debbie Warren?!!

Holiday Lights

Debbie started with an inexpensive strand of decorative lights that came with clear plastic additions (flowers, bells, leaves, etc)

She used alcohol inks on the plastic petals to color them and a clear drying glue to add clear micro beads to the tips of the petals for icicles. 

Then Debbie put pieces of O'So Sticky Tape  over the tips of the light bulbs and dipped them into clear micro beads for the sparkly middles.   O'So Sticky Tape is heat resistant and won't melt or burn on the lights.

So clever she is! 

Hugs, Suzanne

Monday, December 12, 2011

Santa’s Sleigh Snow Globe Ornament

This O’so pretty ornament was made by PWA Design Team member Dee Moran.

santas sleigh ornament

Here’s how she did it:


One clear 2” glass ornament

Iridescent Bubble Beads (Pennywise Arts)

Transparency (3 inch square) (Pennywise Arts – near the bottom of the page)

Rubber stamp of your choice (this one is from Stampin Up)

Thin cording

Small hole punch

Black Staz On ink

Sharpie pens

Cut a 2” circle out of the Transparency. Stamp image onto the transparency using the Staz On ink and stamp of choice.  Color image with Sharpie pens. Dabbing a paper towel over the colored image will even out the look. Let it dry for a few minutes.

Punch a hole at the top of the transparency and thread the thin cording through it.

Remove the cap from the clear glass ornament, then roll up the dry transparency and push it down inside, leaving the cording hanging out. It will open up once inside the ball. Tie a knot in the cord. (The knot is left on the outside of the ornament and is held in place by the cap and hidden when the embellishments are added.) Pour Iridescent  Bubble Beads into the ornament and put the cap back onto the ball leaving the corded knot on the outside. Decorate with ribbons, fibers, wire and flowers.


Hugs, Suzanne

**Another variation that Dee said works well is to print a holiday image from one of our collage sheets onto a transparency and insert that inside.