From now through Christmas day, we’re featuring a project here on the FaveCraftsBlog, and we invite you to leave a comment on this blog post between 12:01AM and 11:59PM CST on December 21. From those comments, we’ll pick a daily winner and you’ll receive a Gift from Santa’s Sleigh! How’s that for a great way to celebrate all month long?!
It’s Meet and Make Day, where we share 10 fun facts about our featured designer and then a project from them! This week’s featured designer is Becky Meverden who has a great blog called The Constant Crafter and has a very exciting crafting career. Here are her 10 fun facts:
1. I lived in South Korea for two years and miss it terribly. I may be returning for 2011 so stay tuned!
2. I am the oldest of three girls and we were all born within four years of each other. My poor mother.
3. I have a room especially for my crafting. There are days when you can’t even see the floor.
4. I love KPop (Korean Pop) music. It’s all I listen to these days. My favorite artist is Kim Bum Soo.
5. I’ve lived in the Midwest my whole life except for the two years in South Korea and am truly a Midwestern girl.
6. I love to teach and share crafts with others.
7. I went to five different grade schools. It was tough especially for a shy girl.
8. I married a mechanical engineer and we’ve been married for 30 years. We have two grown children.
9. I used to play trombone in the Salvation Army band. My grandparents were Salvation Army officers.
10. My favorite color is purple or lavender.
And here’s the project Becky shared with us. You might recognize it from our Finished on the 15th Blog Hop. I love this snowman!
“Snowballs for Sale” Snowman polymer clay ornament
By: Becky Meverden
- clear glass bulb ornament
- Premo! Sculpey:
– two 2-oz. blocks 5001 white
– 2-oz. block 5033 orange
– 2-oz. block 5323 green
– 2-oz. block 5382 cadmium red
– 2-oz. block 5562 ultramarine blue
- 2 black seed beads
- straight pin
- 12 white pompoms
- AAA-22 Snowflake Stamps by Judith
- 1/2″ Kemper circle cutter
- 3/8″ Kemper heart cutter
- pink & blue chalk
- cotton swab
- paring knife
- round toothpick
- pasta maker or acrylic roller
- black fine-tip pen
- white Pentel Milky gel roller
- light blue card stock
- eye pin
- gold cord or ribbon
- quilt batting
- baking dish or cookie sheet
- circle template (optional, to measure clay)
- clear Liquid Nails adhesive from beauty supply stores
1. For the snowman’s body: Roll a 1-1/8-inch ball of white clay into a cone. Press straight pin halfway into the top of the body to support the head.
2. For legs: Roll two 3/4-inch balls of white into 1-1/4-inch-long tapered logs. Use snowflake rubberstamp to indent snowflake on end of each leg. Apply blue chalk to snowflake indentations with a cotton swab. Attach legs to body.
3. For arms: Roll two 5/8-inch balls of white into 1-1/4-inch-long tapered logs. Attach arms to body.
4. For head: Roll a 7/8-inch ball of white clay. Press two black seed beads into head for eyes. Use a toothpick to make two squint lines at each eye. Roll a 3/16-inch ball of orange into an oval nose and press onto his head. For his mouth, use a circle cutter and press half of the cutter into the head under the nose. Blush cheeks using pink chalk and cotton swab. Set aside.
5. For hat: Roll a 1-inch ball of ultramarine blue into a 3-inch-long tapered log. Use the rounded end of a paintbrush to make a hole in the center of the hat. Gently roll the paintbrush around the hole, making the hole larger until it fits over the head.
6. Bend the tail of the hat up and down. Press onto top of head.
7. For the brim of his hat: Roll a 1/4-inch-wide log of ultramarine blue. Flatten with your fingers and then use the paintbrush to indent. Starting at the back of the hat, press the brim around the lower edge of the hat and cut off when ends meet.
8. For the pompom on the hat: Roll a 7/16-inch ball of white. Use the rounded end of the paintbrush to make a hole in the pompom. Press onto the end of the hat.
9. Press the eye pin into the top of the hat.
10. Sit the body on top of the ornament and press slightly against the glass. Attach the head to the top of the body. Lay the ornament on a piece of quilt batting.
11. For the holly accent: Flatten a sheet of green through the pasta machine at a #4 setting (5/64-inch if using an acrylic roller). Use the heart cutter to cut out three hearts. Fold each heart gently in half and press ends together to form holly. Press onto glass. For the berries, roll three 1/8-inch balls of cadmium red and press them onto the center of the holly.
12. Bake at 265 F degrees for 30 minutes and let cool. Gently remove clay pieces from the glass.
13. Remove the metal top of the ornament, put 12 white pompoms inside and replace top.
14. Glue the body and holly accent onto the bulb. Set aside.
15. For the sign: Cut a 1-1/4″ x 3/4″ rectangle of blue card stock. Use the black pen to dash lines around the edge of the sign. Use white gel roller to write “Snowballs 4 Sale.” Glue the sign into the hands of the snowman.
16. String with gold cord or ribbon.
Now leave a comment below – one lucky commenter will receive a Gift from Santa’s Sleigh. Hurry. You only have until Midnight central standard time to enter. Tomorrow will be another day, another featured project, and another giveaway!
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