Thursday, November 20, 2014

No Sew Advent Calendar--Tombow Finalist Entry

Hello everyone! As you know just a few short weeks ago I was announced as one of the top 10 Finalists in the Design Team call from Tombow.



I was so excited and I knew instantly what I wanted to do when they told us what product we had to use. We had to use the new Tombow Xtreme Adhesive!
Let me tell you this adhesive is AMAZING. It works on all kinds of material from paper to metal to plastic, wood, felt, burlap, canvas and everything else in between. I used everything just to show how well it holds all these different mediums. It rolls brilliantly on felt too. ;)

THIS is what I made with just 2 rolls of it: a Canvas NO SEW Advent Calendar.


 Yes, you read that right...NO SEW. I used nothing but the Tombow Xtreme Adhesive and a teensy tiny bit of the Mono Aqua adhesive (on the tiny script letters only). I decided it was GO BIG or GO HOME.  I went all in on this. It took me close to 2 weeks to make but I am thrilled with the results.

My daughter and I are advent calendar addicts. I try to make at least one every year. I am hoping to have quite a collection by the time I have grandchildren. ;)

Here is a video to show you the process. Please note, I did this video a little different. It was too big to video tape as I created it so I took pictures and wrote the instructions throughout the video. I hope it is easy for you to understand.






All products that I could get links to  are linked at the bottom of this post and on the YouTube channel where the video is posted. Please note though...I used a lot of older Christmas product I had been hoarding for years.  Some was recently purchased at Michael's too. If you have a question about a particular product just ask and I will let you know where it came from.

Thank you to Tombow for considering my application. I had an absolute blast during the application process. Your products ROCK!!!!

Until next time....
Michelle


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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Peaceful Poinsettia's

Hello everyone! Today I am guesting over on A Blog Named Hero. They are having a month long celebration of Christmas Favorites. For my "Favorite" I chose Poinsettia's for the pure reason that every time I see one I am reminded of my Gram. I remember seeing them in all different colors in her bedroom as I was growing up. She loved them and she used to have them in every color.

This is one of the 3 cards that I made. If you would like to see the other two please head over to A Blog Named Hero. :)

Make sure you leave some love on all the blog posts over there this month too. Simon Says Stamp is giving away 2 $25 Gift Certificates and Hero Arts is offering a prize package....which I am sure is AMAZING!!!!

Thanks for stopping by.

Have a wonderful day.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Exciting News!!!!

Look what came in my e-mail:


Can I just say how stinking EXCITED I am!!! or in Boston lingo...I am WICKED EXCITED!!!!

Here is a list of finalists from the Tombow Blog. Make sure to check them out....they are FAB!!!!!


and ME!!!!!

A HUGE THANK YOU to Tombow and Kasey Barber. You made my week. I am off to work on my project! Wish me luck!!!!

HUGS!
Michelle

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Getting Crafty with Tombow

Hello,  today I am sharing 3 projects that I created with Tombow products. I had a lot of fun with these. I am a huge Tomobw fan. In fact, the only adhesive I use is my Tombow mono mini dot roller. I love this thing to pieces.

For my first project I have this very fun Witch Hat. I used the Tombow Mono Aqua on this. I wanted to try something other than Modge Podge. While Modge Podge is great for some products I really don't like the tacky feel it leaves. I can say beyond a shadow of a doubt that the Tombow Mono Aqua works PHENOMENAL on these types of products. The finish is AMAZING and there is absolutely NO TACKY FEEL to it.

I started with just a paper mache witches hat that I bought at Michael's for a dollar on clearance:


I tore up some Halloween paper that I picked up on clearance as my LSS last year. I tore it up into rectangles and squares and used a marker to cover up the white core. I just used a Sharpie for this part. Acid free didn't really matter as I am not preserving photos.

I put some of the Tombow Mono Aqua Glue on the back of the paper and then placed it onto the hat.

 I used the broad tip for this portion of the project. It went super fast and it was really easy to apply it directly to the paper on the hat to seal down the edges firmly. I continued by these same steps until the hat was completely covered.  The glue dries pretty fast so there was very little wait time between finishing the application and the decorating.


You can see how I overlapped the papers to give it dimension. I wanted it to look like an old witch hat.


I die cut some stars out of DCWV Glitter Stack and applied those with the Tombow Mono Aqua Glue too.  I used some Maya Road rose ribbon, sprayed it with some Hero Arts Silver Spray and attached that with the Aqua Glue too. I have to say I was shocked & pleasantly surprised that I didn't have to fabric glue for that!


I added some twigs with berries that I found in my stash, a paper rose and a feather clip that I also picked up at Michael's for a dollar


The back was missing something so I decided to make a paper rose with my Silhouette Cameo and then attach that to the back. This is a home decor piece so I wanted to make sure it looked good from all angles.

It was a really quick project and took me only a day to make the entire thing. Usually with Modge Podge I have to wait a day for the paper to dry. The Tombow Mono Aqua is my new "go to" glue for these kinds of projects. 


Next up is this cute little monster box that I made for my son.  I die cut him with a file from My Scrap Chick and Bazzill cardstock. I used watercolor paper for the eye and used the Tombow Dual Tip Markers to color the eye. I love that these markers are water soluble. I scribbled a little bit of ink on the wet water color paper and then let my waterbrush do the rest. It was so simple to do.

Last but not least I have a card that I created using the Tombow Dual Tip Markers. I have been dying to do this card for a while now.

I started with a Hero Arts Die. I die cut some Reynolds Freezer Paper with it and then ironed on the negative space and the heart onto my watercolor paper.  The freezer paper has a thin layer of wax on one side. When you iron it onto your paper it seals the edges to that creating and using it as a stencil put a barrier and doesn't let the water bleed through.

I took my Tombow Dual Tip Markers and scribbled a little of each color onto a scrap piece of Reynolds Freezer Paper on the wax side. I used a water brush to pick up the color from the markers and place it inside the stencil.  I mixed some of the colors for darker tones.  I am so in love with the way these markers work with water. I love to watercolor and this technique just takes it to a whole other level.

When I pleased with the colors I slightly heated the Reynolds Freezer Paper again with the iron and peeled it off. If some of the freezer paper sticks just put a plain piece of copy paper over it and iron it. It will take it right off.  I added a Hero Arts sentiment in black ink, mounted it on black Bazzill and added a few dots.  So simple, so fun.

Well that is all from me today. I do hope you will try some of these fun techniques and try these Tombow products. You will not be disappointed.

Until next time.....

Michelle




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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

BOO! Halloween Lantern

Hi!  So with Halloween coming up and the city turning into the Hallowed City I figured I better get moving on my Halloween decorations. If you are new to my blog, I live in Salem, MA.. We are the Halloween Capital of the World and life is crazy around here until November 2nd when all goes back to normal again. I try to fight the Halloween madness but my kids have been hounding me. They LOVE Halloween....what kid doesn't?

I have so much more space to decorate for holiday's in the new house.  While I think we are building a graveyard in the front yard this year I have decided to start small on my mud porch.

I made this little sucker in less than an hour!  I love projects like that! All thanks to my Silhouette and this little file by Jennifer Wambach.


I cut the box out of black cardstock and then I cut 4 panels of vellum and placed those underneath the pumpkins. I took my Copics and colored them and added some Wink of Stella to them.  I left the bottom piece off of it so I could put a little light under it and light it up at night.

So simple, so cute. I think I need to make more with different things in place of the pumpkin.

I also wanted to share this cool candle base I bought at Michael's last week. It was 50% off with another 25% off at the register. You can't beat that!


I was looking for something plain to decorate with vinyl but this is even better and cheaper than it would have been to make it myself. LOVE that! :)

Do you decorate for Halloween? I would love to see your creations. Link me up. :)

Michelle