December 17, 2008

How to make your own Christmas Ornaments...

Christmas is my favorite time of year! I love listening to festive music, enjoying beautiful decorations, mailing out cards, shopping for gifts, and wrapping presents. All of this sets the mood to make a few special ornaments for our tree. It’s easy to cut chipboard shapes with your favorite die cut machine or purchase precut designs. Helmar Adhesives provide the perfect adhesives when working with chipboard products. It’s easy to apply with a foam craft brush, which goes on smoothly and dries quickly.

Here’s the supply list and directions to help you create your own Christmas ornaments.

Helmar Premium Craft Glue
Helmar Craft & Hobby PVA Glue
Helmar Scrap Dots
Making Memories Gold Glitter & tag
Prima Angelic Collection “Cherub” (810283), “Wings” (810313) and “Angel Kisses” (810276)
Prima Center Kissed Ivory Jewels (524951)
Prima Angelic Ribbons (810184), Dude Ribbon (820053)
Prima Flowers (519223)
Rusty Pickle Grinch-mas Chipboard Ornaments


1. Cut out chipboard or use precut chipboard designs.
2. Apply Helmar Craft & Hobby PVA Glue evenly onto the chipboard shape.
3. Place on a piece of pattern paper, here I used Prima Angelic Collection.
4. Trim around the ornament with a sharp blade.
5. Repeat process until all sides of chipboard is covered with pattern papers.
6. The Helmar Premium Craft Glue is perfect to adhere the lace to the photo frame. The glue goes on evenly, dries clear and sets quickly.
7. Embellish the ornaments using the Helmar Scrap Dots to attach flowers, jewels and tags.
8. The twist top on the Helmar Craft & Hobby PVA Glue allows you to apply glue to the edges of the ornament so glitter can be added to the edges.
9. Add ribbon to the ornaments.
10. Give the ornaments as a gift or enjoy on your own tree!

Merry Christmas!

December 13, 2008

Quick and Easy Christmas Gifts made with....

the Zutter Bind-it-all and DeamKuts tools.

Do you have a long list of gifts to make yet you are short on time? Create mini albums using the Bind-It-All and DreamKuts Innovative Tools. Cut chipboard out and cover it with your favorite pattern papers and embellishments. The page inserts were created using a single sheet of cardstock cut with the DreamKuts tool. I love the look and texture of ribbons; they look great tied to the Zutter OWires. Now you are ready for the holidays!

A tip to making these mini albums so quickly: choose coordinating colors and embellishments. By choosing similar product colors and working with one theme, the work flows faster.

My Zutter Zisters Design Team Friends have been busy creating some wonderful Christmas projects, please check out for more inspiration.

Supplies Used:
K&Co Papers
Cardstock – Bazzill
My Mind’s Eye Time to Time Ephemera
Making Memories Rub-ons
Antique Brass 3/4” O’wire
Tools Used:
Zutter Bind-it-All
Zutter DreamKuts
Zutter Wire Cutters
Fiskars – Paper Trimmer
EK Success – Scissors

December 7, 2008

Final presentation for class....

Whew, I am making my final portfolio presentation for my Drawing I class Monday night. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I have enjoyed taking both painting and drawing classes this semester. It’s not always easy working all day, taking classes at night and playing catch up on the weekends. I plan on taking a break for the spring so I can focus on the family. My “baby” will be graduating in May and I want to attend all his track meets in the spring.

I wanted to share a few of my projects that I created for my Drawing I class.

December 2, 2008

I can finally share this good news....

When I recieved the phone call from Tracy, I wanted to scream out loud. Only it wouldn't have been a secret, I was in the midst of checking out at Hobby Lobby. I am thrilled to announce that I have been chosen to be a part of the very first Design Team for Helmar Adhesives. Please check out the new official HELMAR blog at for giveaways, contests, guest designer announcements, project photo galleries, design team projects & articles and much more!

Helmar's USA Design Team:

Tracy Weinzapfel Burgos, Design Team Coordinator
Jenna Franklin
Amber Hillman
Laura Achilles
Carla Schauer
Tish Treadaway
Jennifer Beason
Marci Knecht
Beth Root
Becky Teichmiller