Stickle dots

Hello everyone!  We have something fun to show you today!

Do you like to find alternate ways to use your old supplies?  Do you own a bottle or twelve of Ranger Stickles?  And do you like these new enamel candy dots all the companies are making to coordinate with their lines?


I got it in my head that I’d like to try making some “candy dots” out of Stickles!  I figured if I made the dots on my craft mat, they could dry and I could peel them off easy-peasy.



And what do you know?  It worked!


The dots dried in only a few hours and were so easy to peel off.  My only complaint is that they flattened quite a bit from the original dots.  Not exactly sure why that happens but I’m mostly ok with it.  Which is to say, I’d like them better if they retained their bulk but I’m not going to throw them away or not use them if they don’t.  And it’s crazy how handy this little bag of sparkle dots has been lately!


(This layout uses a photo of our family before the last child was born.  I’ve always loved it, but didn’t scrap it because it felt like it was missing something.  Something major, like a whole human bean.  Finally I decided to go for it and acknowledge on the layout, the fact that Ben had not yet completed our family.)


I find, I like better, being able to lay some dots randomly on the page and move them around until I’m happy with their placement before gluing them down, rather than winging it with the bottle and letting the dots dry on the page.  As well, the dried dots are not always the exact same shade as what you see through the bottle, so I like to know that what I’m sticking down is the color the dots will remain.


The dried dots can be adhered any number of ways - I used Tombo Mono Multi liquid glue, but glue dots would work just as well.


Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you’ll give this a try!

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This post was written by Norine on October 23, 2013

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Happy Sunday, another beautiful weekend here!!

Since I’m not much help with the construction going on here I decided to take advantage and spend some time at my table playing.

As soon as Lori got the Tim Holtz Distress Paint in the store I snatched some up, but I had yet to play with them…shocking I know.  I’m happy to say that I decided enough was enough I needed to crack into those babies and have some fun!!!


I used the Tim Holtz Movers & Shapers Sized Arches die to create the frames for my project.  The inside panels were cut from thing chipboard and colored with the Distress Paint.

I took some Picked Raspberry and Seedless Preserves dabbing them on my splat mat then sprayed the paint with some water before swiping the panels through the paint.  Because I was using chipboard I decided the panels needed a second layer of paint for better coverage, this time though I applied the paint directly to the panels then sprayed with water.

I love the marbled effect you get with combining water with the Distress Paint!


For the frames I cut them using a thicker chipbaord to give my project a little more dimension and make it sturdy enough to stand on it’s own.

I started the frames by painting them with Vintage Photo Distress Paint, but they weren’t quite as dark as I wanted them to be, so I swiped a light uneven coat of Black Soot Distress Paint over top.

Next I sanded the edges and inked with Walnut Stain Distress Ink, then added a layer of Vintage Photo Distress Stickles.  I still wasn’t happy so I sanded the frames again, which change the look of the Distress Stickles, and added some more Walnut Stain Distress Ink.

I love how all the different layers & sanded ended up!


I finished the panels with some Die Cuts, and a little stamping with Archival Ink.  To attach the panels together I used the adorable little hinges from Tim Holtz.

Thank you for stopping by today, take some time to pull out your supplies and get DISTRESSED!

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This post was written by Lisa on July 28, 2013

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