Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Merry & Bright Printers Tray Kit

Merry & Bright- Printers Tray Kit
This is my Joli Paquet Holiday kit! You will get everything you need except adhesives and paint or stain. The tray is 16 inches by 12 inches and 1 ¼ inches wide. I designed the tray making each compartment to the size I wanted then my wonderful husband built it! A 9 inch tall bottle brush tree on a wood block is included in the kit. The wood tray comes bare so you can paint or stain it any color you want. Each one has the vintagy ceramic knob on top. Two kinds of glitter come with it. The vintage mica glitter and ultra fine snow glitter. The sheet music is from my very favorite stash. Its from 1888 and is absolutely gorgeous! You will be getting a whole page! I only have a few kits and they go on sale Thursday in my ETSY shop. Be sure to go over to Joli Paquet to see the other kits!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

The Tree Is Up

We had a lovely Thanksgiving! I hope you did too. My little guy and I went to see Harry Potter. LOVED it! I did NOT do any shopping. It was such a relief to enjoy family instead of fight the Black Friday crowds. I'm going to be making a lot of homemade gifts this year. I have most of my Christmas decor up. I have added Holiday items to my shop with a few more to come. Look for sneak peeks of my Joli Paquet kit soon! Have a great cyber Monday!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

The Glitter is Out

Photo and Tree by CINDY

There is an absolutely adorable tutorial over at Joli Paquet. Cindy made this cute tree. Be sure to go over to the Joli Pauet blog and say hi!

I have also been working on new tags. You can find them in my shop. I will be adding more and more Holiday things. My holiday gift wrappings this year are inspired by a few of my favorite things: craft paper, soft vintage lace, and pine cones! I think my new tags coordinate perfectly. I have more tags and labels to come!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

New Camera

My old camera was giving me serious grief. It took tons of adjusting, extra lighting, and then I had to photoshop the heck out of any pics I was taking.If something was moving, forget about it! After receiving many e-mails and feedback saying how much the item they purchased from my shop was so much better than the picture, I broke down and bought a new one. I got a Kodak Z981 and a tripod. I am so happy! This is going to save me soooo much time. These pictures were straight out of the camera. Its seriously ridiculous how much easier this makes work for me. Why didn't I do it sooner! Many new pictures to follow!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Mercury Glass Ornament

Clear glass ornament
Black spray paint
Hot glue gun
Assorted ribbons and embellishments
Self adhesive gems
Adirondack Alcohol Ink Mixatives

Adirondack Alcohol Inks (dark colors are best)

It’s only seven weeks until Christmas! Can you believe it? I really love aged and worn mercury glass. I like to scatter it throughout my home for the holidays. Unfortunately the real stuff in expensive and hard to find. So I found a way to make my own. You could use this technique for any glass surface: candle holders, frames, vases, and plates. I think it would make a great gift too.
1. Take off top of ornament. Using black spray paint gently make several short sprays into ornament.(best to do outside) Twist, turn, and shake ornament to move paint around in swirl patterns before it dries. You do not have to cover the whole inside. Irregular splotches are good. Let dry. This does not take long.

2. Stick a pencil, paint brush, or other object into ornament to have something to hold onto. Drop small dots of the Alcohol ink onto felt pad on ink applicator. Just use a random pattern using two darker colors of alcohol ink. Add a small amount of Alcohol ink blender.

3.Dab applicator onto ornament until you get the coverage you want. Let dry.

4. Use a new piece of felt and repeat step 2 with silver or gold alcohol ink mixative. Do not add as much alcohol blender. Dab onto ornament leaving spots blank for the black to show through. Make sure you dab NOT twist. Also be sure not to touch it with bare hands or it will leave a fingerprint. Let dry. Add more if necessary.

5. Add ribbon to the topper using hot glue. Apply self adhesive gem stones on each side. Tie some ribbon through the hanger. Embellish with tiny ornaments or buttons.

Don’t forget to send an email to cerri @ thelittlepinkstudio.com by Sunday the 14th if you want to be in the stocking swap! And if you try out our tutorials we would love to see what you made. You can post a picture in our Flickr Group.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Holidays With Joli Paquet

Its time for the Holiday Joli Paquet again! I'm so excited. We have all been working hard to bring you great tutorials and sweet kits for this year. We are also doing a Vintage Stocking Swap. Want to know how to join? Send an email to cerri @ thelittlepinkstudio.com by Sunday the 14th answering some questions. More info here. Tomorrow I will be doing a tutorial on how to make faux Mercury glass ornaments so be sure to come back! You won't believe how easy it is.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Joli Paquet Tutorial

Photo courtesy Cindy
Time to think of Thanksgiving! Here is a lovely place stetting idea using scrapbook supplies by Cindy!
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