Saturday, January 31, 2009

guest design spot and a tutorial!

I have the pleasure of being this week's Guest Designer over at Sketches! {by tamara} :)
There are so many awesome sketches there, and the designers are amazing. Please check it out and say hello when you have a moment! I had a great time choosing which sketch and going a little bit over-the-top with it.

Here is the sketch that I worked with (#50) and my layout:

And here are a few close-ups of some fun flowery things:

Here is a simple little tutorial on how to easily glitter your brads - this is especially fun for the snowflake shaped brads:

Assemble your supplies on a paper towel or scrap paper. I'm using Crystal Effects by Stampin' Up! as the adherent - you can easily use any thick liquid adhesive that you're used to. I like the Crystal Effects because it really holds the chunky glitter (also from Stampin' Up!) that I love. (And it lasts a long time! I've been working through this bottle since 2005. It's almost time for a new one!)

Apply the Crystal Effects (or other adhesive) to only the top of the brad.

When applying the liquid to the top of the brad, try not to glop it on too much because you will lose the detail of the shape once the glitter hits it ;)

I dunk the brad right into the glitter container. Anyone who knows me well knows that I hate glittery messes with a passion! This is the neatest way to keep the glitter under control. (Just be very sure that your adhesive is thick so that it doesn't drip off into the container.)

And, ta-DA! You have a gorgeous, sparkling brad!

These dry very nicely in the sunshine. Check to make sure they've set before you start working with them, though, or else you'll need to start all over ;)

And here are my sparkly snowflakes on my layout:

Thank you for joining me today!! I hope you have a fantastic weekend :)


  1. Great idea...I LoVe those flower combinations and it make your daughters eyes stand out!

  2. Love your take on the sketch Jennie. Great idea with the glittered snowflake brads too, I will remember that one. TFS.

  3. Gorgeous take on the sketch! Congrats on the guest designer spot (I'm a guest designer for another site this week). ;)

  4. Thank you so much for being our GDT over at Sketches! Love your idea with the glittered brads, definitely going to remember that!!

  5. Wow,,, wonderful layouts!!! love the glitter idea...gotta try this one for sure, thanks for the inspiration Jennie!

  6. Jennie...not sure how I missed all these beautiful pgs. you have done recently they are absolutely gorgeous! i love the litte tutorial...i have a ton of brads and they could use a glitter coating!

  7. YOU ARE AWESOME,I love everything you do...Ann

  8. This was really a lovely idea! Thanks!

  9. Gorgeous work! Love your tutorial!!

  10. great tutorial!!! I love anything that sparkles so this works for me!!! I've been wondering about the glitter from SU. Guess I'll have to get me some now:)

  11. wow, how cool is this!
    Thanks for sharing.


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