Saturday, December 7, 2013

Snow Globes

I saw a fun tutorial the other day that showed how to make these cute snow globes.

Since my oldest granddaughter, Alessondra, loves Owls, I thought it would be fun for both of us to make an Owl snow globe.

First, you can find these plastic snow globes at Michaels, on sale about $4.00.
There are 3 pieces. The globe, the removable base and the screw on bottom.  I chose to make "water-less globes,  instead, I  added loose glitter and snow flakes.

I added glitter to the top of the base (I glued this glitter down), then I started adding all my elements.

I needed something to attach the sticker to, so I put a battery operated tea light in.  It also gives it a cool glowing look and can be used as a night light.

We attached a mini sled, jingle bells, and some snow balls, glueing them all down to the base.
I die cut a large scallop piece from cardboard and painted it red, then added some of the snow texture.
After screwing on the bottom piece, I glued it to the red cardboard, then added a green piece of scrap paper, then a red bow.

Of course, I had to make me a  pink, shabby chic globe.  I found a bag of bottle brush trees, in 3 different sizes. (Remember, they can't be too tall, or your globe won't fit over you tree.)  They were in the miniature village pieces at Michaels.   I painted the tree a baby pink, then added snow texture and pink candy gems.
I then glued a crystal angel, snow flakes and snow balls.  I also mixed some pink glitter with snow flake glitter.   I used a pink bling piece to top the tree.
Again, another cut scallop piece out of cardboard, painted it pink and added snow texture.  I used 2 pink trims that I bought on one of my favorite etsy sites:


I stamped a Christmas sentiment and die cut a label and placed it on the front of the globe.

My last snow globe was a fun, traditional one.  I glued colored crystals on the tree, snow texture and topped it with a bow and bling.  Another miniature sled and snowman was added.

I placed on the scalloped base and used gingham ribbon and red crystals to embellish the base of the globe.  Roses were added to the center of the bow.

My 3 year old granddaughter had to get in on the crafts and she made her a little Christmas scene on a base.  (She kept adding things, so they all wouldn't fit under a globe, but she didn't care.)
We finished the day with eating chili at our son's and DIL's house and made Christmas cookies.
I think equal parts of the dough were eaten and baked!
It was a perfect day of making fun memories and crafts.  I am so blessed with a husband of 41 years, 2 wonderful sons and daughter in laws, and 4 beautiful granddaughters.  I can't wait for all of us to be together on Christmas day.

Make some memories and happy crafting,

Cindy(or Nindy, as my grandkids call me- it's a cross between Cindy and Nanny)

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Crafty Snow Day

The "craft stage" is set today.  It's less than 20 degrees outside, a moderate snow storm taking place, a crockpot full of black-eyed peas with ham hocks is cooking, (ok, yuck, I don't like black-eyed peas, but my husband does-I'll eat the fried potatoes and corn bread) and a fire in the fireplace.
I have just 2 trees up this year.   My main tree is 16 foot, but not this year.  With my shoulder surgery, there is no way I could reach to hang all of the ornaments it takes to fill that tree.  So I put up a smaller tree.

I chose chrystal and white this year for a snowy , winter wonderland look.

My second tree is my seasonal tree that is up all year.  I change it with the different seasons.  At Christmas, I have a more shabby chic tree and fill it with pictures of my 4 granddaughters.  The girls love seeing their pictures hanging on the tree.

So with both trees up and decorated, I wanted to craft today.

For my birthday, my sister gave me a bag of old clothes pins to decorate.  She was getting ready to throw them away, so I'm glad I had them on my birthday wish list.

After a couple of good coats of gesso, they were ready to transform.

I lightly dry brushed a couple of the pins with a light pink and a baby blue.  I found this cool sparkle texture paint and I put a light coat of this on the pins, flowers and ribbons.  It looks like this:
It gives a pretty snowy look with a golden sparkle.

I colored my own seam binding and scrunched it up so it would have a wrinkled look.  These were so easy to make and it was a chance for me to use up some scraps.
Of course I like the shabby look, so pastels are a must.   I made some purple ones too and I love how they turned out.
I am making some snow globes tomorrow, so I used some of my Christmas embellishments to make a holiday pin.
You can use these to put on top of packages or to wrap you laces around to put on display.

Enough crafting today; going to go ice my shoulder and get ready to watch "The Sound of Music"- the live version with Carrie Underwood.  What a great way to end a beautiful, snowy day.

Thank you God for the beautiful picture you painted today with the snow and the ability to use your gifts to create for others for one more day.

Happy crafting.