Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Sticky Sticks

So what are Sticky Sticks you may wonder......  Well, this is the brain child of a mom who likes to craft with her children and wondered "why can't they put adhesive on the ends of these craft sticks.  It would make it so much easier!".  Instead of just wondering, she put her idea into action and made it happen and now all of us can craft with Sticky Sticks!

Here are a few ways I used Sticky Sticks recently.  My grandson just turned ONE and his party was all about Monkeys! 

 

We downloaded all kinds of artwork which we printed out to make banners, cupcake toppers, bottle wraps, banners, etc., but there were going to be a lot of children coming to help celebrate, so we thought it would be fun for them to make masks.  This is what I came up with using punches, a Fiskars shape cutter and templates, red, dark brown and tan cardstock and, of course, a Sticky Stick.

 

I pre-cut all the pieces, so all that had to be done was to glue them together and pop a Sticky Stick handle on the back.  I started by cutting a 6" circle and a 6" x 5" oval.  I used a large oval punch for the ears and a small round punch for the nose.  The red hat and mouth shapes were cut from the sides of a large red circle and finally I used a 1" circle punch to make holes for the eyes.  The pom pom on the top of his hat is a flower punch.

It's still pretty warm in Texas, 90˚ the day of the party, so we also had little fans for the ladies.  I started with a 12" sheet of patterned cardstock and cut three, 3" wide strips.  I then scored each strip at 3/4" intervals.  TIP:  It goes much faster if you cut a 9" x 12" piece, score it then cut into 3" wide strips.  Accordion fold each strip then glue the ends together to create one long folded strip, 3" wide.  Attach a Sticky Sticky to each end as shown below.   Glue the sticks together to create a "rosette".  I  used a large round punch to create the Monkey disc then glued it to the center of the rosette.



I didn't stop there.  I rinsed a 1/2 gallon milk container (you can re-cycle anything similar) then cut it down to 4" in height.  I covered each side with Sticky Sticks then wrapped a 1/2" strip of red cardstock around the center and embellished the sides with a Monkey disc.  For an additional touch of red, I wove additional strips of red paper around the top.  We made quite a few and used them as containers for straws (shown below), red twizzle sticks (no photo 'cos we ate them all), plastic forks and more.  This little project took about 5 minutes to put together.  EZPZ Quick'n EZ, just like I like it.  If you've ever tried to glue something to a waxy milk container, you'll understand how really great these Sticky Sticks are!


And yes, there's one more.  This balloon wreath is so adorable I had to share.  Yes, the monkey was attached to the center of the wreath with a Sticky Stick..........


My daughter-in-law's inspiration for the Sock Monkey party came from here: www.chickabug.com/blog/2011/07/sock-monkey-party-august-is-1.html and instructions for the balloon wreath can be found here: www.howdoesshe.com/birthday-wreath/

For even more Sticky Stick ideas, click on the Designer Crafts Connection logo in my sidebar to see what other designers have created.  But, before you hop forward, what do YOU wish you had to make crafting easier?  Don't just wish it, make it happen!  Who knows, maybe you'll be the one to come up with the next, great new product.

Enjoy!  Y'all come back now..........

Yours truly,
Julie :)

KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON CRAFTING!

14 comments:

  1. That's adorable, Julie! I am definitely doing that monkey mask for my little monkey! PS. Where can we get Sticky Sticks?

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    1. Thanks Sara! Darice is distributing Sticky Sticks and you can get them at Michaels; not exactly in your neighborhood, so e-mail me your address and I'll see if I can get some for you! :)

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  2. Adorable Julie. Esp like the monkey mask! Congrats on your grandson turning one! Cant believe you are a Grandmother!

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    1. LOL - he's the youngest of 3. My oldest grandson is in 2d grade! They keep me young :)

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  3. Julie were is Beth, id much rather watch U and Beth, Are U guys going to be back anytime soon!!!

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  4. Hi Julie, Were is Beth, Can't watch Scrapbook Soup because U can hear 2 people talking at one time, What's up with that, and Ud So Much Rather listen to U and Beth!! Were'd U guys go???

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    1. Hi Judi, Yes, we miss Beth too, but with 2 children growing like weeds, she isn't able to take time away from home now. It's not easy trying to please all our viewers all the time, but we've had to recognize that after taping the show for 15 years, things have changed quite a bit and we have a whole new generation of viewers. Julie Fei Fan Balzer appeals to our younger viewers,
      with her ideas and mixed media techniques and we encourage our guests to share basic scrapbooking and card making ideas as much as possible. Our new series 300 of Scrapbook Soup is now online 24 hours per day at www.scrapbooksouptv.com. It's different, but hope you'll enjoy it. You can also comment on our Facebook Page. We do take viewer into consideration. Sorry about the "interrupting" :( We have so much to share it's hard not to blurt things out every once in a while. Take care and Happy Scrapping!

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  5. How adorable! These are sooo cute, Julie! Upscale, easy and super cute! <3

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    1. Thanks Marilyn and thanks for putting the hop together. This was lots of fun! :)

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  6. Oh my gosh how cute is this party?! LOVE!

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    1. Thanks Jennifer! The food was good too and you should see the Monkey bean bag board I painted.......... :)

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  7. Julie, You are amazing!! I can't believe how talented you are to turn Sticky Sticks into so many fabulous things!! I've been trying to figure out that fan thing for a long time, and you did it so easily! Thank you so much for using Sticky Sticks and for doing it with so much enthusiasm!! I hope I can do something nice for you someday!! Stacey (Sticky Sticks, LLC)

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  8. Thanks Stacey! I think all the designers in the group did a great job. I don't think any of us lack creativity and "sticktuitiveness"... LOL Hope to see you at CHA!

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  9. Oh my cuteness!!! I LOVE these! I think I'm fully using that fan idea for my girly-girl's fancy tea party coming up (only with a tiara or a princess or something in place of the monkey of course). She's going to LOVE it!

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