Bright and Blingy Holiday Card

Check out how you can use these flower blings this holiday season.

Dazzle your friends and family this year with light through our bling!

Dawn Mercedes, of Sunnyside Up


Joy Holiday Home Decor

Add holiday joy to your home decor with handmade crafts using Glue Dots. Designer Dawn is on our blog to show you how.
Here's what you need:
Here's What you do:
First, cut your canvas or burlap to fit inside your frame.  Out of felt, free hand cut letters to spell JOY, as well as a red heart. Use the embroidery floss to do a blanket stitch around the letters.
Glue Dots JOY Holiday Decor
Layout the buttons to create a wreath and leave room at the bottom for "JOY." Using Craft Glue Dots, adhere the buttons to the canvas. Then, use 1" Glue Lines to adhere the letters. Use a Pop Up Glue Dot to give the heart added dimension.
Joy Holiday Home Decor
Finally, make a bow using ribbon and embellish with two pearl head pins. Adhere to the wreath using Pop Up Glue Dots.
Holiday Joy Home Decor
That's it!
Happy Holidays,
P.S. You can find all of the supplies for this project at your local Hobby Lobby and Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores.


Muffin Tin Advent Calendar

Make this sweet treat of an advent calendar to count down 24 days until the big man in the red suit arrives at your house. Each mini muffin space can hold a chocolate treat or peppermint. Why not write up a list 24 holiday activities that you want to complete with your family this year. Some ideas could be: go caroling, bake cookies, read a Christmas story, etc. Type up each idea and cut them out into strips! Christmas comes just once a year and you can make the month of December full of family activities with the help of Glue Dots®!
Made by: Dawn Mercedes Barrett
Time: 2 hours
Level: Intermediate
Size: 11 x 17 x 1 inches
Here's what you need:
  • Glue Dots® Craft Dots™
  • Glue Dots® Permanent GlueTape™
  • Thin cardboard (Cereal boxes work great!)
  • Carta Bella 6"x6" card stock collection: Snow Fun pad
  • Main Stays 24 cup mini muffin pan
  • Rhinestones
  • Coordinating cardstock
  • 1" red satin ribbon (about 18 inches)
  • ½ inch magnetic strip
  • Decorative trim
  • Other embellishments as desired
  • Print out of advent numbers on cardstock. (Black or Brown to coordinate with your paper choice.)
  • eClips by Sizzix or other electronic die cutting machine
  • round and scallop punches
  • scissors
Here's what you do:
Use your electronic die cutting machine to cut 24 shapes, approximately 2.5 inches each, out of thin weight cardboard. Using decorative paper, cut out 24 paper shapes to cover the cardboard.
Using your die cutting machine or hand punches or dies, punch out the advent numbers. Choose coordinating colors of paper and cardstock and cut out additional layers. Lay them out and arrange them as you would like for your presentation.
Use Craft Dots in each corner of the card board shape to secure it to a piece of decorative paper. Be careful to match edges and sides. Add layers by using Permanent GlueTape. 
Tip: Add Glue Dots to the printed side of your cardboard. This will leave the clean, blank side showing on the back for a neat look.
Add embellishments such as rhinestones. Remember to use additional Glue Dots if needed to secure bling.
Cut the magnetic tape into ½ x ½ inch squares and apply two to the back side, on opposite corners. Fill the muffin tins with chocolate or mints and cover with your decorated square.
Another idea it to add one holiday themed activity to do each day to keep looking forward to Christmas!
Dress up your kitchen with a bit of holiday flair when you use Glue Dots and a mini muffin pan to plan out your holiday activities leading up to the arrival of Old St. Nick!

Seasons Greetings!

Although Thanksgiving is next week for Americans,
winter is upon us for the norther hemisphere!
Check out the fun winter/Christmas/holiday brads from Eyelet Outlet.
This Cardinal Brad has some matching washi tape (used on the inside of the card).
Both of these products are fan favs!

Cardinal Washi Tape

Love the many styles and sizes of Eyelet Outlet Bling!

I love the large, bold sentiments from The Project Bin. These can be the focal point because of their lovely fonts and meanings!

Enjoy your day!
Dawn Mercedes, of Sunnyside Up!


Country Chic Christmas Countdown

Glue Dots Adhesives
This project was created for Glue Dots ® and is published on their blog.
A brightly colored Advent Calendar is a great and fun way for the family to count down to Christmas! Using some coordinating colors and papers makes this project the perfect, functional decoration for the up-coming holiday.
Made by: Dawn Mercedes Barrett
Time:  45 minutes
Level:  Moderate Handiness
Size:  15" x 15" 

  • Glue Lines®
  • Craft Dots™
  • Permanent GlueTape
  • Christmas inspired/colored patterned paper
  • White card stock
  • Santa Stamps (if desired)
  • Momento Dye Ink (optional) 
  • 25 wooden clothes pins
  • 24 inches of red satin ribbon (1/2 inch wide)
  • Chipboard 
  • Pencil/paper
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Electronic diecut machine
  • 1.25 and 1.5 inch paper punches
  • Crop-a-dile
  • Eyelet
  • Scissors
  • Countdown numbers
Using your electronic diecut machine, cut out a 7” circle from your chipboard and one from a Christmas patterned paper. 
Tip:  The back of a paper pack has a great piece of chipboard/cardboard that is perfect for this project!
Continue to cut out a 3.25” white card stock circle and a 3” circle out of contrasting patterned paper.  Stamp a Santa or snowman image on the smallest circle, if desired.  Glue together all circles in a concentric pattern using the GlueTape ®.
Cut patterned paper into ¾” strips. These will be used to cover the wooden clothes pins. Use 1” Glue Lines ® to adhere the paper to the clothes pin. Then trim off the excess using scissors. I re-used the strips until I ran out and cut more as needed.country-chic-count-down-to-christmas-calendar-glue-dots
Print off (or create your own) the PDF of the count down numbers onto white card stock. Cut out the numbers using the 1.25” circle punch. Use coordinating colored papers and cut out 25 circles using the 1.5” paper punch.  Use Permanent GlueTape to adhere the numbers to the colored circles. Then, still using the GlueTape, add them to the ends of each clothes pin. 
Tip:  Remember to alternate patterns and colors before adhering them together.
At the top of the circle, insert an eyelet using a Crop-a-dial tool. Thread the satin ribbon through and tie a knot. This will be used to hang up your calendar.
Once you have all the pieces cut out for this project, younger kids and family members can help glue it together. Create memories as you make this calendar, and even more as you count down to the arrival of Santa Claus!
 ~ Dawn


Pocket Traveler's Journal

Glue Dots Adhesives
Designed for Glue Dots ® and published on their blog.

Create a pocket sized journal to chronicle your adventures, your thoughts, motivational quotes or organize memories captured in a photograph.
Made By: Dawn Mercedes Barrett
Time: 90 minutes
Level: Moderate Handiness
Size: 3" x 6" x .5"
 Directions:Choose a piece of 12” square paper from Paper House’s Color Washed Paper Pad.  (Trim off the extra border using a Paper Trimmer.)  Use a scoreboard to score at 3”, 6”, 9” along one side of the paper. Turn the paper a quarter turn and score at 6”.
Cut a slit in the center of the paper, on the fold, from 3” – 9”, using a craft knife. Glue-Dots-Paper-House-Pocket-Journal-score
Burnish all edges with a bone folder.  As indicated in the photo, fold your paper in half, (top to bottom) splitting the center edge in opposite directions. Be careful to match corners and make the folds precise.
Fold along the score lines to create a book by folding it in half. Again, burnish all edges carefully with a bone folder in order to have your journal lay flat and have its edges match up.
Glue-Dots-Paper-House-Pocket-Journal-foldUse Glue Lines to close the openings along the bottom edge of the paper. (Tip: Keep those 1” Glue Lines ® flat so your journal stays compact and easy to fold up.) Glue-Dots-Paper-House-Pocket-Journal-lines
Cut two extra flaps out of white card stock that measure 3" x 4.5". Score at ½" along the short edge of the paper. Crease, fold, and trim the bottom corners with a corner rounder punch. Use 1” Glue Lines to secure the added flaps to the openings at the top of the journal. (Tip: Trim the corners off the ½" paper fold to make it easier to insert into the top opening. )Glue-Dots-Paper-House-Pocket-Journal-extra-flaps
Create a flap out of white card stock that measures 2.5" x 6". Score along the long edge at .5" and 1” inch. Use a bone folder to make the crease. Glue Lines are used to secure this along the back edge of the journal.Glue-Dots-Paper-House-Pocket-Journal-cover
Decorate your journal as you’d like using decorative papers from the Paper House Color Washed paper pad. Round corners using a punch. This set has many borders and inspirational quotes in the paper pad. There is also a coordinating sticker pack. You may want to make journaling panels by die cutting shapes out of white card stock. Secure all layers with Premium Permanent GlueTape.  Be sure to add papers to the back of the journal to hide the addition of the flap piece. 
Add embellishments to the front of the journal using Ultra-Thin Dots.  Repositionable Dots are used to secure the front flap to the front cover. These dots keep the journal closed, but can be opened again and again, and the dots keep the flap secure. They will get less sticky over time, but that is okay, simply peel them off and replace!
 Use Permium Permanent GlueTape along with die cut sticky pix that coordinate with the paper to embellish the journal.
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After creating this pocket sized travel journal, fill it with your thoughts, motivational mantras, favorite photos or poems.  The colorful papers will inspire you and Glue Dots ® keep everything together!
~ Dawn



Send a summery hello to a friend, no matter the season!
This citrus inspired set has a great sentiment...and a matching die that comes with the stamps!
What a great deal. 
Plus...look at the fun green shadow layer I created...using another cut out of the sentiment.


Pumpkin Decor with Dew Drops

This week we're focusing on pumpkin decor for your home! Designer Dawn is starting us off with her Dew Drop Pumpkin decor.
I found this fun square frame at the local dollar store and created this cute pumpkin decor using some of my favorite products from Robin's Nest.
Here's what you'll need:
Here's what you do:
  1. Cut patterned paper to size of frame and use Ultra-Thin Glue Dots to adhere the patterned paper to the back of the frame.
  2. Cut out a pumpkin shape using scissors and orange card stock.
  3. Center the pumpkin in the frame and use Ultra-Thin Glue Dots to adhere it to the patterned paper.
  4. Add the flat leaf embellishments with Ultra-Thin Glue Dots. Keeping things flat under the glass, place patterned paper in the frame.
  5. On the outside of the glass, use Craft Glue Dots to adhere dew drops or other button-like embellishments on top of the orange
  6. pumpkin shape, filling it in.
  7. Embellish with flowers using Pop Up Glue Dots and curl the stems around a pencil to get a spiral shape. Insert trinket pins behind
  8. flowers, sticking them through the Pop Up Glue Dots.
  9. Cut out tag and stamp with sentiment. Secure the tag onto the frame with Pop Up Glue Dots. Add a brad and embroidery floss for embellishment.
  10. Make a bow with long strands using ribbon and use Craft Glue Dots to adhere it to the corner of the frame. Form bumps in the ribbon and use Mini Glue Dots to hold the strands in place.