1.22.2019

Valentine's Day Treat Box


What will you tuck into this valentine box? A sweet treat? A special coupon? A bit of spending money? Make a small treat extra special with this lovely treat box!
Made by: Dawn Mercedes Barrett
Time: 45 minutes
Level: Intermediate
Size: 3 x 3 x 1 inch
Here's what you need:
  • Permanent Glue Dots®
  • DCWV Glitter Neutral Cardstock stack
  • Echo Park: Love Story 6x6 paper pad
  • Other card stock as needed
  • Colored dye ink
  • Embellishments as desired:
    • Paper Flowers from Eyelet Outlet,
    • Swirl bling and bling hearts from Eyelet Outlet
    • Washi tape from Eyelet Outlet
    • Offray microspool ribbon: stitched pink ribbon
    • Pearl brad from Eyelet Outlet
  • ScorPal
  • Fiskars Paper Trimmer
  • Taylored Expressions Stamps: Happy Heart
  • Scissors
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Here's what you do:
Cut Glitter Neutral card stock to 3 x 12 inches. Use the ScorPal and score at 1”, 4”, 5”, 8”, 9”. Score along each measurement.
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Cut a piece of double sided designer paper to 4 7/8” x 4 7/8”. Score at 1”. Turn the paper a quarter turn and score at 1”. Repeat two more times. On one side of the square, use scissors to cut two notches along the score lines. Repeat the cuts on the opposite side of the square at the other 2 score lines.
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Apply Permanent Glue Dots to the front side of each flap. Fold in to create a tray. Use a decorate brad to secure small piece of ribbon to the side of the tray.
Apply Permanent Glue Dots to the 1” section of the Glitter Neutral. Fold up and secure so that you have created the outside of the box with an extra flap. 
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Slide the tray into the glitter cover. Decorate as desired. Stamp a sentiment and adhere it to the inside of the box using Glue Dots ®. Layer on flowers and bling and jewels for a dazzling look.
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Fill this treat box with candy, notes, or coupons!
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1.17.2019

Head Tomatoes



Really Hungry is a new set from The Project Bin.
This can be used for any foodie/gardener in your life.
Just add a bit of fun embellies like these brads from Eyelet Outlet.

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1.16.2019

Golden FIshie


My mom has been purging and gifting away...
and I received many of her stamp sets. Here is a sweet one from Stampin  Up.
Toucan of My Love

Embellies from Eyelet Outlet:
decorative brads, glitter washi tape, glitter enamel dots

Held together with Glue Dots ®



I love you so, Valentine...Cocoa Holder


Donut you know? Designer Dawn is on our blog today with an adorable valentine stuffed with hot cocoa for a friend. Get the Glue Dots!
Time: 20 minutes
Level: Intermediate
Size: 4" x 5"
Here is a simple way to create a gift to show your appreciation to those who help you throughout the winter months. A quick treat to give to a coworker, bus driver, the pharmacist... or the kid that shovels your walk or walks your dog!
Here's what you need:Glue Dots Donut Valentine
Here's what you do:
  1. Cut a piece of card stock to 5" x 9" with Fiskar's Rotary Cutter.
  2. Using your Bigshot, score along the long side at 4", 4.5", and 5". Then, fold an accordion fold.
  3. Give your paper punches added dimension with Pop Up Glue Dots.
  4. Use Mini or Micro Glue Dots to embellish your card as desired.
  5. Use Removable Glue Dots to temporarily secure hot cocoa packets on the inside of the card.
  6. If you would like to add a note, write it on a separate piece of paper and secure it to the back of this folder using Glue Dots!
Hot Cocoa Valentine
Who will you make this cute card for?
~Dawn

1.15.2019

It's Official!!


It's officially January 15th...and look who's was tapped to be on


If you want to see the super talents of the current Dirty Dozen Design team,
you have to be a Fan Club member of Splitcoaststampers!

Valentine's Day Coffee Filter Wreath


Brighten up your February decor with this simple, yet stunning heart wreath. No one will suspect it is made from coffee filters and a card board box!
Made by: Dawn Mercedes Barrett
Time: 45 minutes plus drying times
Level: Intermediate
Size: approx. 18" x 16", not including the hanging ribbon

Tips: Find an old glass bowl and metal spoon for this project that you will no longer use for food preparation or service. Use them for this project and then keep them in your craft/art supplies for future projects.
Here's what you need:
Here's what you do:
Add about 1" of cool water to the bowl. Squirt in Red Hot acrylic paint, as desired. Mix with the metal spoon till dissolved to create a dye bath. Separate coffee filters into small batches. Place into the dye bath long enough for the filters to soak up the dye. Place on old towels and let dry for several hours, or over night.
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As your coffee filters are drying, draw a large heart (approx 14" x 14") on a piece of corrugated cardboard with your marker. Draw a smaller one inside so that the space between the 2 shapes is 3 1/2". Carefully cut it out with your utility knife. Use a knife to create a small hole near the center point of your heart wreath in order to hang it up for display later.
Once your filters are dry, gently separate them so there are 2-3 in a group. Use a paint brush to dry brush on Red Hot acrylic paint to the very edge of the filter. Allow to dry.
Apply XL Glue Dots around the front of the cardboard wreath shape. The Glue Dots should be close, but not touching each other. Tip: Press firmly on the adhesive with a rubbing motion before removing the liner. This will help it remove more cleanly.
Start at the top of the wreath. Loosely fold each section of filter into fourths and adhere it to the cardboard wreath on top of the XL Glue Dots. Fluff and scrunch as you go. Once your wreath fills up, you may need to use Craft Glue Dots to fill in gaps. Be sure that the filters spill over the edges of the cardboard wreath, but stay in a heart shape.
Thread the red, ruffled satin ribbon through the hole in the cardboard to create a hanger.


Don't over think making the cardboard wreath shape. The coffee filters will fluff up and out, covering any lopsided areas! Due to its delicacy, you'll want to keep the wreath indoors.
~Dawn

1.14.2019

Owlways crafting


Here is a great way to use those patterned papers that have a scene on them...
add some of Eyelet Outlet's brads to complete the look!


This tree is bedazzled with pearls and rhinestones.
We carry all colors and sizes!  The two Sketch Owl brads nesting make this a great friendship...or Valentine...card.
Gold Glitter Washi Tape gives added interest to the layers!  Be sure to pick up some mini and micro Glue Dots ® to keep your pearls and rhinestones secure on paper projects!

Thanks for joining us today.
Dawn Mercedes, of Sunnyside Up



1.13.2019

Paint Stick Snowman



Make an indoor snowman with the kids and leave the mess outside. This kids craft from Designer Dawn can be modified for a small group or classroom.  Designer Dawn shows you how.
Paint Stick Snowman SuppliesHere's what you need:
  • All Purpose Glue Dots®
  • 1" Glue Lines®
  • Mini or Micro Glue Dots®
  • Unfinished paint stirring sticks or wooden sticks
  • 3" Popsicle Stick
  • White and Black acrylic craft paint
  • Rhinestones (Eyelet Outlet)
  • Holly leaves
  • 10" x 1" fleece strip
  • Buttons (Bella Blvd)
  • Orange Sculpley dough
  • Googly eyes
  • Sponge brushPaint Stick Snowman Details
  • Scissors
  • Drill with 1/4" bit (optional)
  • 10" gold ribbon (optional)
Here's what you do:
  1. First, if you want to be able to hang your snowman after it's made, drill a small hole (1/4 inch) near the top of the paint stick.  This will be used to tie ribbon through at the end if you want to hang it up on a tree.Glue Dots Snowman Pieces
  2. Using a sponge brush, paint your paint stick handle and the small Popsicle stick black. Then, after the black paint dries, paint the long portion of the stick white. You will need two coats for good coverage.
  3. While the paint is drying, create orange carrot "noses" out of the Sculpey dough. Bake according to the package directions.
  4. Tip: For large groups, paint the paint sticks and bake the noses ahead of time.Paint Stick Snowman Detail
  5. Adhere the small Popsicle stick with 1" Glue Lines to form the brim of the hat.
  6. Embellish the hat with holly leaves and rhinestones using Mini or Micro Glue Dots.
  7. Add googly eyes and carrot nose using Mini or Micro Glue Dots.
  8. Then, wrap the fleece strip around the stick, securing it with All Purpose Glue Dots. Use scissors to make a fringe on the scarf.
  9. Finally, add buttons down the center with Mini or All Purpose Glue Dots (depending upon the size of your buttons) to finish your snowman.
  10. If you drilled a hole at the top of the paint stick in step 1, add the gold ribbon through the drill hole in order to hang your snowman on the tree.
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Don't forget to write the name of the child on the back of the snowman when it's done so you know who it belongs to!
Happy Holidays,
~Dawn

1.11.2019

Snowman Popcorn Sleeve


This holiday season, get your kids involved with Christmas cards with this simple printmaking project. Each card will have its unique look and you will have the start of a yearly holiday tradition.
Made by: Dawn Mercedes
Time: 30 minutes
Level: Beginner
Size: 3.25 x 58 inches
Here's what you do:
  • Glue Dots® Glue Lines™
  • Glue Dots® Craft Dots™
  • 8.5 x 5.5 inch white card stock
  • Flipflop card stock stack from DCWC
  • 2 googly eyes (5/8")
  • Enamel dots from Eyelet Outlet
  • Decorative washi tape from Eyelet Outlet
  • Pink dye ink
  • Black dye ink
  • Green dye ink
  • 2 black buttons
  • 12" of red ribbon
  • Package of microwave popcorn
  • Sizzix BigShot
  • Sizzix holly die
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities
  • Daubers
  • Black Sharpie Marker
  • Fiskars Paper Trimmer
  • Scissors
  • Stamps from Pretty Cute Stamps
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Here's what you do:
Here is a fun way to dress up a simple back of microwave popcorn. Have them on hand to give as a gift when unexpected guests arrive at your door this winter season. They also make a great gift for bus drivers, teachers, lunch aids, and coworkers!
Using Glue Lines, wrap the 5.5 x 8.5 inch white card stock around the package of microwave popcorn. Press to secure the adhesive.
To make a hat, cut a strip of DCWV card stock that measures 4.5 x ¾ inch. A piece of card stock that measures 2.75 x 3 inches can be trimmed into a hat shape. Use decorative washi tape to add silver glitter washi band across the hat.
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Use the Sizzix BigShot and holly die to cut out holly leaves from green DCWV card stock. Use Craft Dots to adhere the holly leaves and red enamel dots to the hat. Glue to the top of the popcorn sleeve.
Use a dauber to create pink cheeks using pink dye ink. A black Sharpie marker is used to create coal mouth. Add the googly eyes and orange triangle nose, cut from DCWV FlipSide stack, to build your snowman face.
Wrap the red ribbon around the popcorn, just below the center part. Tie a knot and secure it and the ribbon ends with Craft Dots. Then add the black buttons.
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Tip: Keep your button box full when you clip and save buttons from clothes you are discarding.
Flip the popcorn sleeve over. Create a tag using card stock scraps and Spellbinders Nestabilities shapes. Use colored dye inks for a more eye catching look. Adhere to the back of your snowman popcorn sleeve. There is room on the bottom of the back of the sleeve for you to write a personal note or sign your name.
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A simple treat can bring a smile to anyone’s face when you dress it up using Glue Dots and some wintry holiday style!
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~Dawn