Welcome to the 20/20 blog hop hosted by Glue Dots! You should have arrived here from Grace. If this is your first stop, please consider starting at the beginning so you don’t miss out on any of the gorgeous creations!
We were challenged to make a gift in 20 minutes for less than $20. I failed. Here’s what I made…
I made snap candy. (Which took more than 20 minutes! It was roughly 45 minutes to make enough to fill two jars.) However, you could easily use peppermints, they would look beautiful in the jar! Anyways… I made snap candy, and filled a small mason jar with it.
I adhered star sequins using Micro and Mini Glue Dots. I tied a bow around the mouth of the jar, then attached a skeleton key using twine. I definitely made it for less than $20- here’s the break down…
Powdered Sugar $1.52
Karo Syrup $2.59
Mason Jars $8.59
Old Key $12.00
For $8.59 you get twelve 16 ounce mason jars. So, I’m going to divide my total of $36.86 by twelve, and each gift costs $3.07 which I’d say… is less than $20!
Now hop on over to Joy to see what she’s created!
I had a conversation recently with a friend who was talking about photo quality. She said she wanted a more powerful camera to achieve higher quality photos… I bought my first DSLR, a Canon Rebel XTi, when I had my daughter in 2006. I got to know the camera. I became extremely comfortable with it, and could use it blindfolded. The thought to upgrade really hadn’t crossed my mind. After all, I was (and am) very satisfied with the quality of my photos.
I’m comfortable with my camera, and when it comes to things like cameras and cell phones, the thought of upgrading, switching ‘brands’ or even shopping around and researching scares the living daylights out of me!This photo was taken with a Canon Rebel XTi and a 50 mm f 1.4.
Last year I met someone who had just upgraded, and he was selling his Canon EOS 5D. He said I could try it out to see how I liked it. I liked it. A lot. The price was great. The camera was in great shape. So I worked really hard to earn some extra cash, and… I upgraded.
I don’t believe the camera ‘makes’ the photos, it’s the photographer. It’s KNOWING your camera and how to use it. It’s investing in a few good lenses. If you don’t know your camera very well, or are still trying to get comfortable with the settings, check out my board on Pinterest: photography how-to.
When you invest a lot of money into a lens, it’s important to protect it. Had I not protected my lens with a filter, my lens would have broke and the cost to repair a lens would far exceed the cost of a filter! I typically use a UV filter. Nothing fancy. The one in the photograph is a polarizing filter.
I am on the hunt for an awesome camera bag. For now I use a knock-off Coach bag that I picked up in Texas a few years ago! (If you know where I can get the real thing, PLEASE let me know, I’d love to have it!) So, whats exactly in my camera bag?
Here’s a photo I took with the 5D… same lens.This photo was taken with a Canon EOS 5D and a 50 mm f 1.4.
The photo of the little girl, and the photo of my son, were both edited with Florabella’s Colorplay Actions. I absolutely love this set of actions, and several others from Florabella. I can stay true to my style while quickly editing photos I love. To perform these edits, I use Adobe Photoshop CS6 for Mac.
Are you contemplating an upgrade?
I’m really excited to officially join the Glue Dots team as a Dottess! My name is Jessica and I create printables for Glue Dots. The most recent ones are my favorite!
You can download this free printable, and several others, from Glue Dots!
I love to decorate, however, my family and I live in an RV, and decorating doesn’t come easy. One of our favorite ways to decorate is hanging posters and photos using Poster Glue Dots. They are clean, and easy to peal off, making changing out posters and photos a breeze!
This week we’re pairing Dreamweaver Stencils with Quietfire Designs for an “Awesome Autumn” challenge. Here’s what I’ve created:
Dreamweaver Stencil: Translucent Embossing Paste
Dreamweaver Stencil: LJ 901 Mosaic Swirls
Quietfire Design: Butterflies & Dragonflies & Sentiment
Art Glitter: Crystal
Lindy’s Stamp Gang: Twilight Bronze Slate Embossing Powder
Tsukineko: Brilliance in Rocket Red and VersaMark
Glue Dots: Pop Up Glue Dots
Spellbinders: Labels Eleven
Here’s what I’ve created for you…
Other products used:
Golden: Soft Gel Gloss
Crayola: Oil Pastels
The Crafter’s Workshop: Harlequin and Mini Punchinella
Sparkle N Sprinkle: Dimensional Glue and Brushable Glue
Tsukineko: VersaMark and StazOn
Dreamweaver Stencils: Swirls LJ863, Houndstooth LJ913 and Herringbone LJ914
Dreamweaver Stencils: Glossy White Embossing Paste
Unity Stamp Co: Smak Kit January 2012
Heidi Swapp: Color Magic Chipboard Resist Alphabet
Before we moved into our RV I received a Silhouette. I haven’t been able to use it until recently, so I wanted to share the project I created!
I created this cup twice. The first time I used a liquid adhesive, the second time I used Glue Dots dry adhesive. I won’t share the photo of the first cup, it turned out terrible! I’m such a messy crafter, that liquid glue and I do NOT get along on projects like this where there are fine details.
You can see the complete process, from start to finish in this video tutorial:
SVGcuts.com: Tea For You and Me
Lindy’s Stamp Gang: Mad Hatter Flat Fabios
Lindy’s Stamp Gang: Teeth Chattering Teal
Silhouette Cameo and Silhouette Studio Designer Edition
Glue Dots: Micro Glue Dots, Mini Glue Dots, Continuous Glue Lines, Ultra-Thin Glue Dots, Permanent Glue Dots
The Crafter’s Workshop: Swiss Dot
Invoke Arts: Funky ATC Backgrounds
Tsukineko: VersaFine in Onyx Black
Here’s a detailed shot of the plate and spoon.
What’s your favorite adhesive?
It is the last and final day of the Dreamweavers and Woodware blog hop. I hope you’ve enjoyed all the inspiration, and discovered some new techniques!
For my card today I’ve used the Merry Christmas stencil from Dreamweaver Stencils, and this adorable little House Mouse! I stamped the mouse on acetate using StazOn. Then I used my Lindy’s Stamp Gang products mixed with Crystal Lacquer to give the little mouse some color! I used Glossy White Embossing Paste on his hat, to give him some fluff! I also used the glossy white to emboss the “Merry Christmas.” I covered it in Christmas Red Stickles Dry Glitter to make it pop! Christmas isn’t Christmas with out some glitter, right!? I then outlined the card with my Copic, R46. I love simple finishing touches like that!
I hope you’ve enjoyed my card! Thanks for stopping by!
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Welcome to the annual Dreamweaver and Woodware Christmas in August extravaganza week! This is your last stop along the hop, if you’ve come here first, please start at the beginning so you don’t miss out on the amazing projects!
Monday through Saturday we will be knocking your Christmas stockings off with fun and inspirational ideas for the upcoming holidays. All that you need to do is hop along each day and leave a comment for the designers. In return, you’ll be entered to randomly win one prize package! Two winners will be chosen, one in the US and one in the UK!
I’m sorry the photos are terrible! I’m so embarrassed to share them. Things have been so hectic with our move to Los Angeles (from Seattle), I’m finding, night time is the only time I have to craft! Anyways, here’s what I’ve created!
Not all the products I’ve used today can be purchased at Woodware in the UK. HOWEVER, all the products I am recommending as an alternative are products I have used before and DO recommend. It’s difficult living in a RV and storing a large amount of product in a small amount of space! :)
I have several video tutorials on YouTube featuring Dreamweaver Stencils and a variety of their Embossing Pastes. Including one showing you how to create the card featured in today’s post.
I’m getting a jump start on my Christmas cards this year. Is it too soon?
Today I’m using a stencil from Dreamweaver Stencils, LJ897, Rhinestone Wreath.
To create the paste for the word “Season’s Greetings” I mixed some Translucent Embossing Paste in a jar with some Candy Cane Red Gold Mica Powder. I added a little bit of color at a time until the red was exactly as I wanted.
Here’s a quick video, showing you how I’ve created the card above.