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Monday, January 26, 2015

It's time for Love, Hearts and Flowers!

It's not yet Spring, but once we put up the colorful Valentine's Day decorations, we begin to look forward to it with wild anticipation. I have always been an advocate of the holiday, although my participation is often limited to scouting out beautiful calorie laden goodies for my grand daughters.  I love to start hanging Valentine projects soon after the middle of January so that there will be ample time to enjoy the decorations and binge on Valentine treats.

 I love to make Valentine Clings and we have some projects coming up that feature this versatile category. Here the simple "LOVE" message is shown on a window, but you can stick them on mirrors, even car windows, to remind your loved ones that you care. And how about putting them on those inexpensive clear plastic plates from the party store. They have several sizes and this style is really inexpensive. I like the large one for all my round designs, since the 10" blank has been discontinued in many stores. We made an apple for the teacher on our dessert plate. You can burn a hole in the top and put a piece of curling ribbon or satin ribbon through it to make a hanger. 


  1. Miss Carol, that plastic plate that the apple is on...if you were to paint a design directly on the plate itself and let it dry would if be permanent once dry? I know I've read in some of my GG books that it says GG is permanent on plastic..if it is permanent that might be the perfect way to paint round window suncatchers without the fear of if they were to fall they would not break like glass would.

  2. The word "Permanent" is a little misleading. The plates are made of styrene, same material as our Gallery Glass 8"x10" panels. Cured Gallery Glass WILL peel off styrene but will NOT peel off acrylic sheeting such as Plexiglas or Lexan. So the answer is yes, they are a great option for suncatchers, in that they are a surface, but the drawback is that you have to come up with a way to hang them in the window--usually requiring a suction cup. However, I often melt the hole with a heated paper clip or ice pick (outdated tool) and thread the center of an 18" length of ribbon through the hole, put the ends through the loop, then make a knot at the top. This makes a hanger long enough to drape over a window sash lock--a convenient feature of double hung windows. You can also use a push pin to attach the ribbon to a mullion (wooden divider) to suspend them in the window. This discussion makes you realize why we love Clings so much--you can place them wherever you want--no hooks, no ribbons. It's a personal choice. They're all good!