Did somebody say “Giveaway?”

The sweet cookie cutter garden stakes (shown below, and featured in the March/April 2014 issue of Create & Decorate) are so much fun to make, that Diamond Tech has offered us some product for a giveaway! How about a pair of Jennifer’s Mosaics Wheeled Glass Nippers and a 20 oz. Variety Tumbled Glass? Yes, please! At a value of over $34.00, the lucky winner will have beautiful garden stakes completed in plenty of time for spring planting.

To enter, leave us a “pick me!” comment.

Good luck! The lucky winner will be announced Monday March, 10.

(Feel free to share with your friends!)

Check out the many fun products Diamond Tech has to offer here! And, for more ideas, fun, and giveaways, go like them on their Facebook page, too!

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materials

•Diamond Tech

—Tumbled Glass

—Jennifer’s Mosaics Outdoor Cement

—Jennifer’s Mosaics Wheeled Tile Nipper (optional)

• Open-bottom flower-shaped cookie cutters (approximately 3”)

• Delphi Glass No. 30386 plant stakes

• Aluminum foil, contact paper, measuring cup and tablespoon, newspaper, petroleum jelly or cooking spray, pen, plastic bowl and mixing spoon, scissors, soft cloth, tape, Liquid Nails ­Silicone Adhesive, water

instructions

Note: Stones can also be used as paperweights at home, in the office, or even to prevent napkins from blowing away at picnics. Simply do not add stakes to backs of stones.

1. Cover work area with newspaper.

2. Collect all supplies needed for project and place on work surface.

3. Place each cookie cutter on a piece of contact paper and trace around inside of the cutter. Cut out pattern.

4. Remove backing paper from contact paper and secure it to work surface with a piece of tape.

5. Place glass pieces on contact paper, smooth-side down. Fit pieces together like a jigsaw puzzle, leaving 1/8” between each piece. If you wish, use Wheeled Nipper to shape glass to fit pieces inside contact paper (referring to color photo if necessary).

6. Once you are happy with the design, press firmly on glass to secure it to contact paper. Remove tape from contact paper.

7. Apply a thin coat of petroleum jelly on walls of inside of each cookie cutter.

8. Place a 4” square of aluminum foil on work surface and top with contact paper, glass, and cookie cutter. Pinch-crimp aluminum foil around base of cookie cutter to create a secure seal (Fig. 1).

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9. Mix 1/2 cup Outdoor Cement (per 3” cookie cutter) with approximately 2-1/2 ounces of water in bowl. If mix seems dry, add more water, one tablespoon at a time, until you have a smooth and pourable consistency, similar to cake batter. (To make the three garden stakes for this project, we used 1-1/2 cups of cement and approximately 4 ounces of water.)

10. Pour cement into each mold until it is about half full. Lightly tap sides of cutters to remove air bubbles (Fig. 2).

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11. Allow to cure overnight, then remove from mold (Fig. 3).

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12. Use soft cloth to buff glass to a clean shine. Place pieces on folded paper and allow 48 hours for stone to cure.

13. When cured, use Silicone Adhesive to apply each plant stake to back of each stone. •

“What is it?” Wednesday #148-The Answer

Well, another week has passed us by (how is it MARCH?), and you know what means.: time to find out how good your guessing skills were on this week’s puzzle.

match box

If you guessed matchbox, bully for you! How adorable are those little birdies? Spring must be around the corner…

To see the answers, scroll down and click the comment icon. Happy weekend!

“what is it?” Wednesday #148

Welcome back to play our “What is it?” Wednesday game.

Ready to play? Here’s how:

• Take a look at the photo below.

• Please leave your guess (of the identity of the vintage item) as a comment.

• Stop back in on Friday to see the puzzle revealed—and to read the guesses (we don’t post them until the answer is revealed)!

Happy guessing!

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“what is it?” Wednesday #147

Welcome back to play our “What is it?” Wednesday game.

Ready to play? Here’s how:

• Take a look at the photo below.

• Please leave your guess (of the identity of the vintage item) as a comment.

• Stop back in on Friday to see the puzzle revealed—and to read the guesses (we don’t post them until the answer is revealed)!

Happy guessing!

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what is it #146 – the answer

Happy Valentines Day! We love you ALL! Thank you for making our jobs so much fun.

hallmark valentine

How interesting to learn that so many of you used this week’s item while you were in school. They are especially dangerous for children to use, and many of you remember the warnings given by your instructor about taking care while using it, especially about your fingers!

Yes,  you clever puzzle players, this week’s item is a vintage paper cutter. We still have one in our office, and use it often. The smaller versions are awesome for paper crafting, and we guess that many of you still use one.

Perfect to make your sweetheart a valentine with! ❤

To read this week’s guesses, scroll down to the previous post and click on the response icon. Happy weekend!

vintage paper cutter

“what is it?” Wednesday #146

Welcome back to play our “What is it?” Wednesday game.

Ready to play? Here’s how:

• Take a look at the photo below.

• Please leave your guess (of the identity of the vintage item) as a comment.

• Stop back in on Friday to see the puzzle revealed—and to read the guesses (we don’t post them until the answer is revealed)!

Happy guessing!

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monthly cross stitch series! – January & February

While brainstorming with one of our favorite embroidery designers, Terry Loewen, we decided to begin a monthly cross stitch series with her designs. Of course, when the smoke was still circling our wonderful idea, it was still January. Not so much now. So, to keep our series in order we are offering BOTH January and February charts in this post. Since February is the shortest month, your fingers will need to be busy!

The idea of this blog series is to offer you a cross stitch design of same size to change every month just as you change your calendar picture.

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“January is here, with eyes that keenly glow,


A frost-mailed warrior striding a shadowy steed of snow.”– Edgar Fawcett

 

January Cupcake, monthly cross stitch series designed by Terry Loewen.

January Cupcake, monthly cross stitch series designed by Terry Loewen.

january cupcake

designed by Terry Loewen

materials

• Wichelt

—28-ct Jobelan in No. 429-508 Pink Dahlia

— No. GBFRM10 6” x 6” frame

• DMC embroidery floss in: white, 818, 3766, 3831, 3832, 4190,

• Button of choice, double sided tape, embroidery hoop, iron and ironing surface, needle, scissors

instructions

1. Stitch design using two strands of floss for cupcake and “January” and one strand for everything else.

2. Handwash in cool water, then gently squeeze out water and press facedown to dry.

3. Sew on button on with three strands of No. 3831 floss.

4. Apply double-sided tape to frame insert. Center design and place in frame.

January Cupcake cross stitch designed by Terry Loewen.

January Cupcake cross stitch designed by Terry Loewen.

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“Freezing
cold winds,
biting chills, and
white snow fluffed hills, 


Valentines day, oh how gay! Presidents’ day is coming our way.


February, sweet and small, greatest month of all.”
- Eric Lies

 

February Sweet Treat monthly cross stitch series designed by Terry Loewen.

February Sweet Treat monthly cross stitch series designed by Terry Loewen.

  

february sweet treat

designed by Terry Loewen

materials

Wichelt

—28-ct Jobelan in No. 429-508 Pink Dahlia

—No. GBFRM10 6” x 6” frame

Mill Hill Magnifica beads in No. 10056

DMC embroidery floss in DMC 602, 604, 938, 4200

Button of choice, double sided tape, embroidery hoop, iron and ironing surface, needle, scissors

instructions

1. Stitch Chocolates with two strands of floss and everything else, including beads, with one strand.

2. Stitch arrow in No. E316 floss.

3. Stitch February in No. 4200.

4. Sew French knots using No. 10056 beads.

5. Handwash in cool water, then gently squeeze out water and press facedown to dry.

6. Apply double-sided tape to frame insert. Center design and place in frame.

February treat cross stitch designed by Terry Loewen.

February treat cross stitch designed by Terry Loewen.

“what is it?” Wednesday #145

Welcome back to play our “What is it?” Wednesday game.

Ready to play? Here’s how:

• Take a look at the photo below.

• Please leave your guess (of the identity of the vintage item) as a comment.

• Stop back in on Friday to see the puzzle revealed—and to read the guesses (we don’t post them until the answer is revealed)!

Happy guessing!

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