Altered Helmar “Glue Daddy” Caddy

Caution: This post is photo heavy!

I was so excited when I came home from picking the kids up from school on Friday to find my Glue Daddy Caddy waiting on my doorstep! It didn’t take long for me to tear open the box and take it for test spin. Here’s the naked caddy decked out with my fave Helmar glues:

I knew this would be something I wanted easily accessible on my craft table and would be used frequently, so I had to make sure I created something that would really last. I started by applying Acid Free glue to one face of the caddy at a time and adhering tissue paper by 7 Gypsies. To remove the excess, I simply let the glue dry then sanded the edges, then moved onto the next side. Once all sides were covered, I inked the edges with distress ink. I then applied the 2 step crackle. Since this was my first project using this product, I was a little nervous, but let me tell you…it was soooo easy to use and the results are fantastic! I could readily see the crackle affect, but to accentuate them, I lightly buffed the piece with a papertowel dipped in a bit of brown acrylic paint. Working it into the cracks, I wiped the excess off with another part of the papertowel as I went, then sealed with Helmar’s Acrlic Sealer.

I LOVED the affect so much I didn’t want to cover the tissue paper design or crackle too much, so I only embellished one end of the holder with a couple 7 Gypsies sprocket gears, a Graphic 45 chipboard button and flower.

Here’s the finished piece with the fabulous Helmar products that helped make it happen:

Here are my happy glues in their new home:


To order your own Glue Daddy Caddy from Tracy (Pres of Helmar USA), CLICK HERE. There are 2 models to pick from…mine, pictured above, is the deluxe model. The difference between this one and the standard model? The Deluxe model has pockets on the sides as shown. 😀


Love Everlasting – Let’s Capture These Sketches

Earlier in the summer a relative gave me this photo of Larry’s parents sitting together. It’s hard to find a photo with just the two of them since Bruce was so active in the community, did a lot of volunteer work and they had such a large extended family. When I saw sketch #96 for our dt work at Let’s Capture These Sketches, I knew this was the photo I wanted to use. Picking out the right product proved to be a bit harder. At the time, I had just finished a layout working with the Cosmo Cricket Fleuriste line and the colors seemed to work for this photo as well, but things were not clicking for me an I think it had a lot to do with not have the right embellishments to go with the papers for this page, so I switched gears and went with Prima’s fabulous Botanical Collection and things fell into place for me then.

I chose the title Love Everlasting for this piece because it’s just the two of them and I can’t help but think of love and devotion when I see it. Bruce passed away a year before Larry and I met, so it’s been over 8 years and Grace has never once taken off her wedding ring and has no intentions of doing so. For her, it’s not “’til death do us part”…it’s “until we meet again.” Here’s what I came up with:


Prima Botanical Collection papers
Prima Botanical Collection stickers
Prima Botanical Collection diecut stickers
Prima trim
Prima flowers
Kaisercraft pearls
October Afternoon mini market alpha stickers
Pink Paislee Wood Shop Alphas
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists
Distress Ink


Helmar 450 Quick Dry
Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots
Helmar Zap Dots
Helmar adhesive runner

Here’s the fab sketch #96 by Guest Sketch Designer, Sue Sykes:

TFL! If you’d like to play along with sketch #96 or any of the other wonderful sketches for this month, CLICK HERE.

Altered Box for the Paper Secrets Birthday Bash

The Paper Secrets Birthday Bash officially starts 10am PDT today on their forum! Come join in on all the fun games and challenges scheduled for this weekend…for each challenge you complete and upload to the gallery, you will be entered to win a prize. Each challenge has its own prize (pics of the prizes you could win are attached to the individual challenge posts). All entries need to be submitted by 11:59 pm PDT on April 4, 2011.

I’m hosting the altered box challenge. You can alter any type of box you’d like (cardboard, chipboard, wood, etc), as long as you incorporate paper in some way. You can make it as simple or as elaborate as you’d like! For my example today, I went with simple. I started with a plain wood/wooden box:

Then I painted the edges on the interior and exterior:

Then covered all sides with paper:

I’m actually going to be creating a type of photo shadowbox with this, so it’s not embellished yet in these photos. After the weekend, I will post more pics with the completed project. TFL!

***Once you get to the Paper Secrets Forum, just click the topic “Paper Secrets Birthday Bash Games & Challenges.” That will then take you to the challenge and game posts. :-D***

Altered Frame using Webster’s Pages Hollywood Vogue and Bloomers

Last weekend, I stopped by JoAnn’s for their 40% off sale on scrapbook supplies. While I was there, I found this cute unfinished wood frame and thought it would be fun to alter for a challenge on Sketches for All. I was originally going to use Graphic45 papers for it, but saw on their blog that one of their DT members made a frame almost exactly like what I had in mind (check it out when you have a chance, great blog for inspiration!). Then I remembered that Webster’s Pages has a challenge on their blog where all you need to do to enter is incorporate some of their bloomers and/or trims in your project. Scrap Whispers is also having a challenge (challenge 88) where you use a forgotten treasure, so I used the paint that Larry had bought last year for Madison’s dollhouse. 😀 Here’s what I came up with:

There’s a bit of a glare on the the papers in that photo, so here’s the frame at an angle:



Unfinished wood frame
Folk Art Acryllic Paint in Rose
Webster’s Pages Hollywood Vogue 12×12 papers
WP Hollywood Vogue trim
WP Fall 2010 Bloomers
Any sewing thread (used to sew the ribbon flower/bow and also attach the bloomer to it)
decorative pins (mine are handmade, but you can also buy them premade)


Mod Podge
Helmar 450 Quick Dry
American Crafts This to That foam dots

To enter a challenge on Sketches for All, CLICK HERE.

To enter a challenge on Webster’s Pages, CLICK HERE.

For the Scrap Whisper’s challenge, CLICK HERE.

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