Saturday, December 8, 2012

Winter Wonderland Wreath - Upcycled from plastic grocery bags

PHOTO POST! This one is about a up-cycled wreath I made this year. This wreath is made up of Plastic Grocery Bags, a dollar store wreath and some floral stems from the craft store. Enjoy this winter wonder land!


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Friday, December 7, 2012

Pointsettia Winter Snowman Book Page Centerpiece

PHOTO POST! This one is about my third snowman I made for this season. Blues, Silvers and white with Poinsettias and feathers... LOVE IT!

Thanks for your time!
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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Mr. Jingles the Jingle Bell Book Page Snowman

PHOTO POST! Again I know... but time is money and you can't put a price on family time during the holidays. This is Mr. Jingle he is my jingle bell snowman. I just adore him, don't you?

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Santa Baby Snowman - Book Pages

PHOTO POST! I have a lot of these this time of year... to much to do so little time! I am sure you feel the same way. Santa Baby Book Page Snowman! This adorable guy stands about 12" tall and is so cute! Who doesn't love a Snowman dressed like a Santa?

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Dollar Store Holiday Decor - It's a Candy Can Christmas in the Kitchen

 Good Morning! Today is Dollar store Decor Day! Check out all these goodies I found at my local Dollar Tree.

 I added some candy canes and large glittered candy ornaments to this centerpiece.

These pot holders were at the Dollar Store too and I made hearts with the fake candy canes and added the glittered candy as a bow. 

Just added a glittered bow and some candy ornaments to these glass jars. 

Look at these cute towels and the heart candy ornament hanging in the middle. 

Here is the whole kitchen. I used their ribbons to hang from the tops of the cabinets with a glittered bow and some of the candy ornaments too. Topping them all off with the wrapping paper in the center of the cabinets.

Here is a close up of the cabinet decor.

 The inside of the top of the cabinets. These are Command Strips Hooks, small ones for the Christmas lights strands.

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Monday, December 3, 2012

Book Page Ball Ornaments - Pine cones and tags too

Here is a brief photo post of another one of my ornaments. This one is made up of glass 3" ball ornaments, book pages, glitter and pine cones. Enjoy!

They are paper mached book pages onto glass balls. For best results use Helmar's Decoupage & Craft Paste for all your paper mache needs.

They are now for sale in my local Book Store, Dinah's on D. St. and my shop, UniquelyGrace. Ejoy and have a wonderful holiday season!


Sunday, December 2, 2012 Here I come - Uniquely Grace

Today I am excited to share with you that I have decided to start my own Store, Uniquely Grace! After a year of successfully selling locally I decided to bump up my game. Please come visit and support a handcrafted artist.

My store contains mostly home decor items I have created and even custom costume orders. Thank you for your support! You will be able to find my Etsy link in the bar to the right as well as on my Facebook page, L. Grace Lauer or UniquelyGrace.


Saturday, December 1, 2012

Helmar Holiday Challenge - December 2012

Welcome to the Helmar December Challenge. Well its December and Christmas is just around the corner....Have you started your Christmas plans yet? Maybe we can give you a little kick start,
This month we are going to be using an inspiration picture, a Christmas colour scheme and incorporating Numbers with lots of Helmar adhesives. Let the Image inspire you to create what ever you wish, cards, layou
ts, Christmas decor or advent calendars of your own...Add the colours and be sure to use Numbers somehow, and be sure to share what Helmar products helped your creation eventuate!

Just load your completed project to the Helmar Flickr page (
) and add your details- before the end of the month, for your chance to win a fabulous Helmar goodie pack!
(Be sure to tell us what Helmar glue featured predominately in your creation)
Above all else, enjoy the process and Happy Helmar creating!!!

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Elegant Handcrafted Angel Ornament

Handcrafted and handmade angle ornaments are all beautiful in their own right. Yet I struggled with this design. I wanted mine to have the elegance and beauty we all associate with angels. I believe I was able to capture that within this final design.

(If you are here to view the HELMAR & MAY ARTS BLOG HOP scroll down it is the post below this one. Thanks!)

Gold and Silver adorns the wings and states words representing the spirit of an angelic presence and holiday season, HOPE, PEACE, BELIEVE, JOY, NOEL and FAITH.

The wings are sealed with Helmar Crackle Steps One and Two. Then finished off with coordinating inks and embellishments like feathers and crystal. Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive was sued to adhere the feathers and phrases.

Thank you so much for your time today! If you like what you see make sure you fallow my blog ------> over on the right side column here. Don't forget to leave a comment to let me know what you like or any ideas, questions and thoughts you may want to share.

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Monday, November 19, 2012

May, your Arts of Christmas be stuck together with Helmar - Cone Trees

Hello Everyone and welcome to the Hemar and May Arts blog hop Day one! What is even more fun is that Hemar and May Arts are giving away TWO chances to win some great product on this TWO day Blog Hop!

May Arts will be offering two prize packages of winner’s choice of 2 spools of ribbon and Hemar will be offering two Arts and Crafts Starter packs!
Picture is a graphical representation only.   

So, how do you enter to win a chance at one of these grand prizes? Hop through with us and visit each designer’s blog and leave a comment on their Hemar and May Arts Blog Hop post. The first winners will be chosen on the 21st and the second winners will be chosen after the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend! You just came here from Charlene Driggs at Paper and Ink Play ground and you will be going to Alexcia Patterson-Schroll at Make and Mingle.  So let’s get started!

Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive
Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots
Helmar Decoupage Craft Paste
Helmar V2 Vellum Adhesive - EMPTY
May Arts - String/Pearls
May Arts - Leaves
May Arts - Metallic Velvet
May Arts - Metallic Eyelash Wired
Mist Spray - Silver and Gold
Pearl Puff Paint
Gold Glittered Tulle
Glass Candle Holders
Paper Cones
Extra Tree Toppers (feather boa, jingle bell)
Book Pages

STEP 1:Use Helmar Decoupage Craft Paste to decoupage the book pages onto the paper cones. Let dry.

STEP 2: Mist cones of your choice with Color mist sprays. Let dry.

STEP 3: Adhere May Arts Ribbons to cones in a spiral with Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive, because it dries clear, drys fast, adheres to almost anything and won't leak/bleed through fabric ribbons.

STEP 4: Adhere May Arts - Metallic Eyelash Wired, a piece of feather boa or a jingle bell to the points of the cone trees with Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive, because of it's properties discussed above and it's permanent, strong hold once dry.

STEP 5: Gather supplies in the photo below for large tree. Take larger cone and your empty Helmar V2 Vellum Adhesive.

Run a bead of Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots along the bottom of the can.

Insert can bottom side up into large cone.

 Line top of clean candle stick with Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots, which I chose for it's strong hold on both plastic and glass. Place the lid of the Helmar V2 Vellum Adhesive can centered onto the candle stick. Straighten tree wild glue is still wet. For best results let dry over night.

STEP 6: Using Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive adhere tulle to the inside lip of an empty ribbon spool (that has been tested to fit inside the very bottom of the small tree.
Run a bead of Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive along the bottom of the inside of your tree's cone.

Insert Spool with tulle (completely dry) into bottom of tree. Use Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots to adhere the bottom of the tree to the glass candle stick.

STEP 7: For middle sized cone I used a broken ribbon spool and a 6" tulle by the yard spool. Taking my Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive  I ran a bead of it along one side of the 6" tube and adhered it to the center of the inside of the broken ribbon spool. Then once set, I ran a bead of Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive around the top of the 6" tube and adhered this center into the middle cone. Once set I used Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots to adhere the bottom of the tree to the glass candle stick.

 Hope you enjoyed this tutorial! We here at Helmar LOVE May Arts Ribbons! It's a match made in heaven! To enter our Giveaway leave a comment below with a way to contact you... so we can tell you if you won one of our fantastic prize packs! (photos and prizes listed below)


2 winners will get their choice of 2 rolls May Arts Ribbon.

Two starter packs will be randomly drawn from US, Canada, or Australia Fans for this Starter Pack.
***Hemar picture is a graphical representation only. Actual products are listed on website.***

Day 1 – November 19th
Day 2 – November 20th

Thank you so much for Hopping!!!! Enjoy the rest of the projects!Don't forget to leave your comment below and fallow my blog for future projects! Happy Thanks Giving!