Friday, September 14, 2012

September Blog Hop at Scrapbook Steals - Martha Stewarts glitter

I was soooooo excited when Kristy Lee from Scrapbook Steals - my favorite website for scrapbook supplies asked me to be part of the September blog hop. But when I heard that we were going to be using glitter.... I had a sinking feeling. I had never used glitter on any of my projects before. Even as a kid I would run away from any dress that had anything that was remotely shiny - weird... I know. To top it all I now have two boys and somehow I never associated boys with glitter so I stayed away from it.

But then, I decided to embrace it and start on my projects. By the end of it, I was totally in love with Martha Stewart glitters. Most of all they are so much fun to work with. You can go subtle or over the top and your project will still look great. Also did I just say that I thought glitter is not for boy stuff. I was mistaken .... you can make it work for anything or anyone.
I also loved the three colors that I got to work with.

Project 1 - Decorating a three ring binder

My 7 year old has been learning guitar for two years now. He had so much music all shoved into this folder and it would keep falling out. I took this opportunity to decorate a three ring binder and organize all his music.

I cut card stock to fit into the front of the binder and the side of the binder. I then stuck washi tape to create a grid pattern. I stuck double sided square tape in the grid squares. I poured the glitter on and dusted it off and voila I had neat  little glitter squares. Next, I cut out some rock star shapes using 'Life is a party' cricut cartridge. I then outlined the shapes with glue and accented it with glitter. After I was done with this project, I realized that like washi tape, the glitter has a slightly different shine to it with different backgrounds. So cool. Here is my finished product. My son's teacher was so happy to see all the lessons finally organized.

 
 Project 2 - Scrapbook layouts

 
I used glitter in three different ways on this layout that I made of my family's vacation in Cancun. I used Kristy Lee's sketch from the Mid Week Mojo Opal series. I first misted the background using a stencil with Mister Huey's mists. I then sprinkled WinterMint glitter on the paper. So the background has a very subtle shine. I also used the glitter on the brads. I put dots of Aleene's liquid glaze on the center of each brad and put some glitter on when the glaze was wet and let it dry. It adds so much interest to the flowers. Lastly I added some glue onto hemp and glittered it up and wrapped the hemp along the circular element.

 
 
I made another layout of my son when he was 8 months old. It is such an adorable age. Here I used glitter again on a double sided tape to make borders around the photo that extend out. I then punched little shapes around the edges, stuck the double sided tape behind the punched out shapes and poured the glitter onto it. I then added glitter to some of the punched out shapes and stuck them on panel with the letters.

Project 3 - Decorating Candle votives

 
 
Next I decorated some plain candle votives with glitter. I taped off the center with masking tape and covered the votives with mod podge. I then poured glitter on the votives and let them dry. I then peeled off the masking tape and sprayed with mod podge acrylic sealer. Don't you think they would look great for a baby shower or dinner party?!!
 
Project 4 - Decorating a Photo frame
 

 
Nothing is complete without a decorated photo frame. So that is exactly what I did next. I made this as a gift for my friend for her little princess. I got a plain wood frame and painted it gold. I then sprinkled the glitter on when the paint was still wet randomly and spread it around with a foam brush. For the stars, I covered them aleene's liquid glaze, poured the glitter on them, let them dry and stuck them on to the frame and with aleene's tacky glue.
 
 Project 5 - Cards

 

I made this simple card using shapes cut out with cricut. I cut out the letters with Paper Lace cricut cartridge and the buggy with Baby steps cricut cartridge. I then added glue with a glue pen on parts of the shapes and added glitter to them.

 
 
Lastly I wanted to make a card that showed all the three different colors side by side. I stamped on the banner shapes with grey ink and then poured clear embossing powder on them. I then heat embossed them. I added glue to the non embossed part and then added the glitter to them. I made the happy birthday shape similarly and filled in the letters with glitter.
 
Do leave me a comment and all the other blogs on the list below and you will be eligible for a gift certificate from scrapbook steals.
 
Hope you enjoyed going through my glittery sparkly journey. Now go get yourself some Martha Stewart Glitter to sparkle your creative life.
 
Make sure you hop on to extremely talented Amy Brock Coose's blog next. She has some beautiful projects lined up to show you. 
  1. ScrapbookSteals
  2. Erica Bass     
  3. Julie Ann Cordero
  4. Ren-Yi Lo
  5. Lisa Bankes-Lahiff
  6. Neela Nalam  ( You are here)
  7. Amy Brock Coose (Go here next)
  8. Becki Adams  


64 comments :

Anonymous said...

Neela, the candle votives are pure genius! Your projects are amazing and I'm soooooo happy that you were able to participate this month! Thanks so much! :)

Anonymous said...

Not sure if my comment got lost or if you have to approve it. At any rate, THANK YOU again! Loved your projects. :)

Kerys said...

OMGOSH! SO many ADORABLE projects! I love how creative you were with the glitter! It's definitely got me thinking more about using glitter! I just LOVE the votives - so beautiful - and the cards - although all your projects were amazing! Just became a new follower :-)
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Teresa said...

I love all of the different ways that you used the glitter. I will need to try the binder idea. Thanks for sharing

Melissa D. said...

WOW! You were a busy lady! What a great variety of ideas! I plan to use the votive idea sometime...genius!

Madhavi said...

Great job Neela. I really want to try it out. Good inspiration..

tosha said...

I really like the cards! I need to use glitter more!

Jackie - aka funhockeymom25 said...

i am in love with those votives!!! great projects!

Miriam Prantner said...

You went all out! Love how you showcased the glitter on so many projects!

Karen (karey2005) said...

Great projects! I'm sure your kid loves that binder!!

Jennifer M said...

i love all of your projects...so many!

Varshitha said...

so many ways u have used the glitters..... the candles are zoo beautiful!!!!!!

Melanie Rozwood said...

All these projects are really cool. A lot of great inspiration.

Mom Cheryl said...

Cute cards. I'll have to break out my MS glitters and use them more often.

Gail said...

WOW! For someone who didn't ever use glitter, you did an awesome job on everything!! I love the votives the best, I think... or the layouts... or the binder... they're all just amazing!

Anonymous said...

All I can say is 'FABULOUS'! I love your use of glitter on all of your projects! I especially can't wait to try making some votive candle holders like yours!

Kira said...

What a great way to dress up some cheap, plain votive holders. Cute!

arlene turano said...

Great inspiration! Love the votive candles!!

Staci said...

Wow! All of these projects are so fantastic! I love the candle holders!

Heather said...

Wow! So many awesome projects! My favorite is the paradise LO!!

Abbey said...

Love the glitter colors you were working with. First thing I thought was beach....looks like that one occured to you too!

Jessica said...

I love those candle holders - and I totally get the disdain of glitter but all these projects are making me need to sparkle in a big way!

Beatrice Lawson said...

Great idea for the votives, I will do that for Halloween and Xmas!

Charity Becker said...

SUPER in love with those votives!!! They are fabulous

cutiephinphin said...

Great ideas... I especially love the candle votives. Thanks for sharing the different ways of using glitter. I'm a glitter newbie and I can't wait to receive my order now.

Julie Koets said...

Wow! For someone with no glitter experience, you did a wonderful job! I love the votive holders!

Mistylynn said...

all of your projects are so fun. I love the frame!

Stephanie U said...

LOVE the folder. You did an amazing job on all of your projects!

Julie Odil said...

Such an array of projects. You are very talented!

krafting kelly said...

Wow, that's a lot of glittery projects! My favorite is the "paradise" scrapbook page.

Deborah Johnson said...

The votive candles are my fav! Thanks for sharing your creative skills!

Dil said...

Love your work

Amy said...

Wow! So many fabulous projects! But I think my favorite was the sparkly votives - what a great idea!

Adrienne Crist said...

What great projects, looks like you've been having a ball.

Cathryn said...

WOW so many cute projects!!!! Love the colors you got and how you used them. Especially those candles. Gorgeous!!!

Heather (goldiecar) said...

I really like those votive candles! Beautiful!

Kimberli said...

Wow, such beautiful projects - you definitely did the glitter justice for never having used it!

Margie said...

Gorgeous projects!! I love the votives and the notebook!

Helen said...

Such beautiful crafts! Thanks so much for sharing!!

The Gov. said...

Love all your projects using glitter!

Toneisha B. said...

Nice projects but I really love what you did with the candles!!

Ruth G said...

Wow! So many wonderful ideas! You certainly embraced the glitter and gave me the courage to do the same! TFS!

Bella's mama said...

Thanks so some great scrapbook layouts with glitter.

LittleBird said...

Love the votive holder project the best!

Michele Duffy said...

Tons of inspiration in your projects! thanks!

vicky said...

Love Love Love the votives im going to make some tomorrow and the colors you got are my favorite combo!!! Thanks

Jen McD said...

wow!!! Those votives have got to be my favorite! Your glitter colors were stunning. Great inspiration!

Abigail Stoops said...

I love all this bling!

Lori said...

wow you definetely took off with the glitter mojo! lots of great ideas!

cmarie said...

My granddaughter thinks the binder is to die for. Guess we will be lifting this idea. Thanks for sharing you time and talent.

Anonymous said...

Wow! Great projects. I see some holiday votive holder projects coming my way. :) I never would have thought of that!

Giddy Michelle said...

love the binder idea and the votive holders

craftgirl007 said...

Wow, so many great projects...love the binder, the votives, everything. Thanks for the inspirations and new ideas!

Patti aka NW Lady said...

I like the idea of adding glitter to brads. All your projects are darling

Wendy said...

Loved all these awesome projects!

Karen Weingartner said...

Love the votive holders! Thanks for sharing your projects!

Michelle said...

Love all your creations, so many new ideas to try.

Isabelle said...

i love your votive holders - genius!

Ren-Yi said...

what an amazing set of projects. you really showcased glitter from every angle. very impressive! my favorites are the candle votives!

SandiB said...

All your projects are gorgeous, but I really love the votives. Simply beautiful. Thanks for sharing and the chance to win.

ajmaluck said...

Your projects are amazing. That notebooks is too cute. Thanks for sharing all of them and for the chance to win.

scrappingnana said...

Wow, awesome projects. I really love the votive candle idea. Very creative ideas.

Kristina said...

You say you don't like glitter, but you sure used it wonderfully! Great projects.

kai wong said...

The votives are my favourite...very creative!