Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Happy New Year!

I hope you all have had a great Christmas and that the New Year is brilliant .

 It's quiet on here at the present for two reasons. Firstly, my craft room is next to an occupied guest room. Since the occupant is a late riser, I'm not in my craft room in the mornings in the way I often am!
Secondly, I am busy when I am in there, learning how to use my new Silver Bullet cutter (which is really, really great!) and the SCAL 4 software that goes with it.

Give me a week, and I shall be back on the tutorials again, with lots of info and screencasts so you can see what it's like.

Meanwhile, have a browse through here for anything you may have missed and have a look at the youtube channel too.

See you soon!


Friday, 26 December 2014

Silver Bullet Cutters

Well I hope you all had a great Christmas!

I must have been VERY good this year because Santa was very generous. I got a SILVER BULLET cutting machine! I was jumping up and down with excitement, I can tell you. It's a wonder no one heard me across the pond.

Now I have loved having my Cameo and it is a great machine but I was wanting to cut more things than it can handle - and I wanted too, to be able to save files to SVG, so that they can be cut by people owning different brands of cutter and sadly, Silhouette America are not allowing that.

It will mean that I have to learn SCAL 4 software but I'm sure I shall cope. Less than 24 hrs after getting it I have already got the machine calibrated and done a successful print and cut.

My hubby is going to be selling my Cameo for me  (ebay!) but I shall continue to have the SSDE software, since it is user registered and I will keep up to date with that too.

What it does mean though, is that my files will be in SVG format from now on, and that I will also be making tutorials for SCAL 4, when I have got to grips with it. So those  who like my video style and want to learn the SCAL 4 software will be able to get tutorials in my familiar format.

The youtube channel 'createinspain' will be the same one, nothing is changing in that way.

Happy New Year to Everyone!

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Book Style Luminary

I really love Christmassy scenes combined with battery powered tea lights. I've made simple box style ones before but had not made a 'layered' one.

I do remember seeing some in a Christmas fayre at one time, but they were made from wood and quite pricey. I don't even think they had the option of having lights in them, it was too long ago.

What I did want to do, was make sure it wouldn't take up too much space when stored, flat storage being preferable.

Anyhow, I spent a couple of days fiddling with a basic design that would function and then with adding a scene to it.

This is what I came up with.   (No lights on it at the moment, since the pic is in daylight.) I have found it very hard to take decent night shots of it!

The background is just blue paper with some sparkle glue on it, stuck to the inside. Most of the rest is in white card, with just the front in a shimmery pale blue.

I've got some refinements to make and I need to do a video and written tutorial showing how to put it together but I thought I 'd show you what  I'm up to!

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Move and Replicate Windows in Silhouette Studio Advanced Settings.

I have spent the last day designing a basic form for a layered box frame card. This involved a fair number of pieces, each has to be precisely cut and scored, because if not, they just won't fit well together. It got me to thinking that many of you probably don't use the Move or Replicate windows to their full advantage.
So what do these windows do to make life easier? Let's look at the Move tool first.

The move tool should be used if you need to move an existing object to a precise position.

The top window allows you to move something in one direction at a time only -by a set amount. 
The second window allows movement of an object both to the left or right and up and down at the same time. (If the X and Y settings get you confused, just think of the X as across).
The third window allows you to choose where to move the object corner, also on both planes, while the last window allows you to choose to move the centre of the object to a precise location. 
The differences between these windows are subtle, you need to take care selecting the right one and then click on apply.

More useful, as far as I am concerned, is the replicate tool. This allows you to control exactly where a copy of an object is positioned. Very handy for lattice, grids and indeed, accurate score marks!  Windows in buildings are another use.
So here is the Replicate window, we are going to look at the Advanced pane at the bottom.
Most people are familiar with the basic functions already but the advanced ones are not hard to use, just often forgotten. Interestingly, this is where the duplicate in same position is located. I do sometimes use it when rotating objects around a centre point if I just want one more - as with flower petals because I then know exactly where the duplicate is.
Anyway, the duplicate to a custom position is particularly useful and the panel is pretty simple. Choose the number of replicas and decide how you want them laid out.

You can even choose to rotate the object by a set number of degrees while duplicating and moving them at the same time.

Just think how long it would take to draw all those shapes, replicate it so many times and then change the angles of them all! Here, a couple of clicks and you're done.

So, when you need to do something and repeat it, think about these windows, they could save you hours.

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Making Simple Boxes, Simply!

Here  is a link to a video I have made on how to easily make a simple box, without using a template from internet websites. Maybe your internet is down one day, or you don't have access for any reason.
It is useful to know how to make a box, without having to do it by trial and error. Believe me, there can be a lot of error involved!

You start with the basic size of your box. In my case a 10 cm square. To get the size you need to cut, you need to add twice the depth required to the length of each side. So, in my case, 10 cm + 2cm + 2cm = 14 cm. So that is the size square I drew to start off with.
 Next, I drew some 2cm squares. They need to be the size of your box depth. I used the knife tool (on solid setting)  to cut one diagonally to make two triangles.

After proper alignment, the triangles are subtracted from the corners of the large square. Then horizontal and vertical score lines are added. To make a lid, I duplicate it and then with all of it grouped, scale it to 102%. In most cases this is enough to allow the lid to fit over the box.  Do remember to label the top or bottom - if you want to make a plain base but cut out the wrong one, it will be a waste!

If you wish, you can add a circle to each side of the lid and subtract (modify window) to make finger grip placements, like this

To get all the details, watch the video linked at the start.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Seasonal Ramblings!

Well, if you have not done your Christmas shopping  by now then you are officially a last minute shopper. I've just returned from the UK, visiting friends and family and was in shock over the crowds of tormented souls dashing around the shops like there was no tomorrow.
Being in Spain, we tend to forget how manic it is in the UK. Here, the 6th of January and Three Kings is more important than Christmas, so often the shops are not even that busy, even on Christmas Eve!

I do confess to preferring to shop on line. I hate crowds when I know what I want but just can't reach it because there are others in the way.  However, family got me vouchers to spend while there, so I duly braved the local Marks and Spencer to find something special to take home. I decided on an oversized, hooded, furry sort of dressing gown, the sort of luxury one that covers you from head to toe and back again (especially if, like me, you are short and buy the long version). As you can imagine, there is rather a lot of it and I was concerned that the one suitcase we were taking back would not be able to cope with it and everything else. I would look like a furry Darth Vader, but who cares when you can snuggle up like that?

Hubby duly suggested I look on line to see if I could buy it and get it posted back to Spain. Brilliant idea!  So on line at the UK site I went, only to find I could get it sent to heaven knows where, but not to Spain. Italy, Portugal, Switzerland, everywhere BUT Spain. I had a light bulb moment. Perhaps, I thought, it was possible that you had to buy it on the EU site. Yes! That was it!

My joy was short lived. While I could in theory buy it (and even get it posted for free) what I could not do was pay for it with a gift voucher.  In desperation I rang both the customer service in the UK and the EU version.  Although the staff were trying to help, there was no way it could be done. Neither could I go into the local store with the person who had bought the voucher and get it refunded.

It says something for the dressing gown, that in the end, I bought it in store and we managed to squish it into our case. I'd had visions of wearing it through the airport but the security staff might not have approved.  I'm counting down the days till I can snuggle into it.  The cats will probably love it too. Perfect for lap hogging...because, yes, it gets cold in Southern Spain too! Come to think of it, hubby was eyeing it up.....

Monday, 8 December 2014

Will be Quiet Here for a Few Days

 I can't access my craft room for a few days so it will be quiet here.  It does not mean I am not thinking crafty thoughts, just that I can't put them into practise just now. Service will resume soon!


Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Traditional Picture Advent Calendar

I know, it's a bit late, but if you are going to be giving Advent calendars this weekend, you still have time to make some. If not, heck, keep the idea for next year. Or a count down for another occasion.

I've done other types of Calendars for Advent but not the traditional picture ones, so thought I'd give it a go for a young Spanish friend of mine.

It wasn't as simple to design as I thought it would be, hindered by the fact that for some reason my printer changed it's settings so that it was printing with a border and therefore would not print all my registration marks. Grrrr! Then when I did a test run, I found I couldn't open the windows easily. Hmmm. Then my printer ran out of ink..

I have split the file into several parts to make it easier to understand and because some parts may need different sizes of card.

You can find the file here.

I chose to make my base 25cm x35cm, to allow for the windows and a margin around them, but the printing of images needed to be done on an A4 paper to fit in my printer. Because of this, I chose to import my clipart and cut the pictures out in rectangles to mount on my base. There is one larger rectangle to be used for Christmas Day.

Here is the base. The lines only need to be sketched in by Studio, not cut, so I have made them black.
MAKE SURE TO CENTRE THE DESIGN TO PAGE, BOTH FOR THE BASE AND WINDOWS. You could be very disappointed if you don't.  Just to make sure, you may want to copy one onto the other, to check!

The next item is the print and cut of clipart or whatever images you choose. I am not supplying the clipart! People have different taste, you may want religious ones, or all teddies or something.
Just make sure it fits in the rectangles.The rectangles only, should be cut.

The windows were trial and error until I ended up with this. Notice that I have actually chosen to cut right through on the right sides of the rectangles. This is to make it possible to open them more easily.

I've added a Merry Christmas logo, to be sketched and cut, along with an offset to be cut in a different colour to add oomph. Finally, there are numbers ready to be cut, nice and chunky to make glueing easier!  You can place the numbers in an order you please. I used small remnants of card for these.

Now, a note on putting it together. The pictures are cut and glued onto the sketched places on the base. So far, easy! But then you have to line up the windows and the base, so that they will open up on the pictures but of course the windows have to stay shut... Now if you use the same size card for the base and the window piece, this is not a problem. My problem came about because the patterned card I wanted for the windows was 1cm smaller in both width and height, so it needed special attention.

A TIP - use a pin in the top right corner of the top right square (on the base) and put it through the corresponding point in it's window. Get another pin and do the same for the bottom right point of the bottom right square. When these are matched, glue down the opposite edge. Then the pins can be removed and the rest glued down.

Put the numbers on and decorate the border with tape if you like. I had some silver glitter tape unused and wanted to try it out.

Cut and arrange your sentiment as you wish and glue on firmly.

I punched a couple of holes in the top for a ribbon, tied it on and then backed the whole lot with another piece of card to increase the strength.

For final prep, I decided to draw lines inside my windows, with a silver pen, to make it clearer where the opening was and add a bit of further decoration.  I don't for some reason, have any Christmas themed card, so went for colourful stripes instead. Here is the end result.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Glues, Glitter and Gold - Accents Hints and Tips + NEWS for Silhouette Users!

I decided to make a video today of some bits I have in my craft room. It doesn't happen very often because it is a pain to set up my camera, watch what I am filming and do stuff at the same time! Talk about multi- tasking.

Anyhow, my friend had shared a cut file with me for some cute tags and I wanted to show you various options for adding glossy accents, sparkly bits to things like that.

There are a couple of other things in the video too, so take a look!  EDIT  Free file for a xmas place setting   the one that is seen in this video

 I forgot  to mention, that the Carioca things can be re filled when empty, in fact, I made up a black one this morning. It did take a while to clean it out first, but it was worth it!

The gold foil in the video is a great find. You can buy something very similar, sold for nails, on ebay, very cheaply. It comes in all sorts of colours and patterns and is used in exactly the same way. I suspect, but have not tried, that a mix of glycerine and water would work as a glue for it too, just as I believe it does for refreshing glue pads for stamping.

Big NEWS  for Silhouette users!  I have been able to beta test a new version of the software.

A while back I had brought to their attention that the Cameo was not cutting shapes completely, specially in the case of circles used in Rhinestone function. Every one would have a hanging chad. Irritating when there are a few, enough to make me tear my hair out when hundreds are involved!

The Beta version I have tested has put an end to the problem! YAY!  It was so nice to cut something out and not have to pull bits off!  These would never have been left behind on the mat before.

After testing on the Rhinestones, (the ones still in there are still actually cut out)  I did a few random shapes using all the different tools and some pesky stars...

Bliss!  Cutting as it should!  

 Now I did ask when the public can expect a release, and am told that they would LIKE to provide it before the end of the year but you know what software is like, it will be ready when it's ready.  Rest assured, I will let you know when it comes out!  I was really pleased to find that all my own cut settings for materials had been retained too, didn't lose any.

I'll take this opportunity to wish my American friends a  'Happy Thanksgiving' - just don't over do the Pumpkin Pie!


Saturday, 22 November 2014

Adding some Extra Dimension to your Paper Craft! Manual Embossing.

Sometimes it seems that there is no end to the variety of things we can use to make our projects more interesting. We go in phases of using certain methods for a while and then look to do something different and there is always something new (or old) to try.

Like this card. Sorry the colour is a bit off, artificial lighting!

I'm not talking about the butterfly but about the embossed foil beneath it.
I don't have any kind of embossing machine, no Big Shot or anything else like that. I do however have a silicone mat, a piece of craft foam (2mm) and a ball point pen.

Yes, there are a couple of embossing tools too but I didn't end up using them, the pen was better! Pens are designed to glide and so are made nice and smooth. Smoother than my embossing tools. This is important because I am using BBQ foil, not special metal sheets!

I found that straight foil still needs some extra strength, some support for embossing. Experimentation was the key to success but now that I have done the donkey work, you don't have to!

Plain foil with no backing was too fragile and even a pen left cuts and tears in it. I got good results though by putting a piece of glossy paper over the top before drawing with the pen, it was a big improvement, just put a silicone mat or piece of foam underneath the foil (shiny side down), paper on top and off you go.
There is one problem though with that method. In the process of sticking it on something, there is a high chance that you will damage or flatten it, there is still little substance.

Another method is to stick a sheet of adhesive paper on the back before embossing, that worked well.

You can see there is more depth and it looks more substantial.

Now this does mean you would need to tape it on with something else.

Using double sided tape was another option, good for small pieces. However, it does tend to crinkle a bit when you remove the backing.

See the diagonal striations?

I used a sticky backed vinyl on another bit.

It certainly made it stronger and the impression was good (bad photo though!).

Again, you'd need something to stick it onto your project.

I also tried the silver DIY tape found everywhere. It was great but you'd want to keep the backing on and not remove it. 

If you are not artistic, feel free to trace designs, just remember that any words will need to be reversed!  Decorative initials would be fun for cards.

For Cameo users, adding a backing to the foil means you can cut it easily and emboss afterwards, so leaves and flowers would be a great idea for embellishments.  Just make sure to avoid the rollers and unwanted indentations. A clean mat would be a must as any scraps left on it would leave marks.

 It is also possible to cut out small foam shapes by hand and cover them with embossed foil. If you have any, alcohol inks can be used to add colours for dramatic effect, or even 3D glues.

So there are some ideas to get you started!  No special equipment necessary and even the children can have a go.  If they do a big design, you could put it on a foam tile and hang it on the wall!

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Handy Bar Stencils

I am a great fan of making your own stencils. I'm not into stamping, so they replace that for me as the effects can be similar.

So what are Bar Stencils? Not stencils of alcoholic drinks, that's for sure! No, they are stencils that are designed to add a bar of pattern or sentiment to a card or other pre made design.
They can be used to add an occasion to a card, to jazz up a plain card or even used in a repeat pattern.

Stencils can be used in conjunction with pens, paints, air brushes, texture  and embossing pastes, glue and glitter and no doubt a myriad of other things. They are truly versatile craft items.

If you don't have a cutting machine or a steady hand with a scalpel, you could use punches to make some.

Start off with a bar the size you want your design. I usually do cards in A5 size, so mine are 148x30mm. Copy that a few times and keep to one side.  One of the copies can be lengthened to give you some room to tape it down, this is your finished stencil size. When you have your design finished in the smaller length, group it and place it into the longer rectangle. Centre it and group again.

You can mix and match shapes, do flowers, leaves, any small shape that is not too complicated, or you can choose a stencil font to make sentiments. If you wanted, you could even make crosshatch patterns or wavy lines, anything you like. Here we have simple dots, but flourishes make nice bar stencils too.

See the video here  and the file (with a couple more) here

Of course you can make them any size you like. It's a good idea to have several size versions of the same thing.   Tip - With stencilling, it is better to go over it a couple of times with a thin coat of paint than to try to get too much on in one go. Not so bad if you are using thick paste, but if your paint is runny it will find a way to run under your stencil!

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

I've Been Busy!

I've been busy trying to make improvements to the blog here and may make more changes over the next few days.

If you look to the right of the page when it loads, you should see a fly out with various options on it. I've now made it possible to subscribe and various other things. At the bottom of the page there are some options for sharing etc.

This part of blogging does not come naturally to me, social media is largely an unknown quantity as far as I am concerned! So please be patient, if you have any suggestions, feel free to comment.


Saturday, 15 November 2014

Paper Umbrellas Designed in Silhouette Studio- Free file

Sometimes my husband talks to me and I don't even hear him. It isn't that I have bad hearing, it's just that I can be so lost in thought that I block everything else out. I do it when reading a good book too, but I digress.
The reason for this is usually that I am deep in thought and often my thoughts are about how to do things a different way. How to do it better, more easily, more quickly. Yes, sometimes I want to do something just for the challenge but often I want to do something because I want the result and the method is not so important.

Take paper umbrellas for example.  Of course, you could just go out and buy some but that is not the way of crafters. We don't make stuff because we can't buy it, we make stuff because we like creating, it gives immense satisfaction.

So I  could make them the traditional way, in Origami/Kirigami, with nothing much more than a piece of paper and pair of scissors, after all, I learned Origami when I was about 8 years old - but, even I would say that it is a long process and not for the faint hearted.

Moreover, if you don't have proper Origami paper (which is very thin but quite strong) there is a chance that you will tear it by the time you have finished and that would be soul destroying!

No, there had to be another way, one that even people who have not been paper folders in the past, would be able to understand, that would yield decent results. I put my thinking cap on and came up with a process that uses our beloved cutting machines to do much of the hard work for us and makes it neater and easier for us to get a good result.

You can get the file here and see the Video here

I have designed these so that the paper is placed patterned side down on the cutting mat.  It  enables us to use the sketch pen setting to draw the spokes in, while cutting only the outer edge. It is therefore very important that your mat is not too sticky to release it when you finish cutting! The action of drawing the lines with a biro actually slightly scores the lines, making folding a breeze but not risking any kind of cut. For my paper, I used copy paper setting and a blade at 2.

To make the canopy, all you do is fold the canopy in half along one line, firstly folding wrong sides together and for the next, folding right sides together. Alternate so that it forms a circular accordion fold.

Do the same with the smaller one, if using. Line them up and lightly glue the small one on top, like this.

There are several variations, plain edges, scalloped and spoked. I have given you another copy of the 'spokes' too, so you can design  your own canopy if you want.  Some people like to tie the umbrellas closed, others like to leave them half open.  If you are a glutton for punishment, you could add more spokes, just line up the extra ones and rotate till the spaces are even but it will be quite fiddly to fold, so you have been warned!

If you wanted to use one on a card, you could just make half of one and stick the edges down, like this. Here I have used one small canopy, cut in half and layered. The handle is a cocktail stick with a home made paper bead on the end. I added a tiny bead at the tip of the brolly to finish it off. I mounted it on card to use as a design feature in the future. No doubt I shall put it on a card base and add a frame and some more 3D bits!

You can use two colours of paper or one, the handle can be made of paper, wire, wooden skewer or a mix of any of those. You can leave them plain or decorate with beads, glitter glue, ribbons or gems.

If you make the handle curved, they can be hung on the Christmas tree or you could use temporary adhesive and put them on the walls.

Here you can see some twisted aluminium I found. It makes a great handle!

You will notice that I have not made an interior mechanism for these brollies. The reason?  Most people would end up ruining what they have already done by trying to fit one in. I have however, put one (it's the brown bit)  in the file, in case anyone wishes to try it.
For my part, I see little point in doing it, it's a step too far and life is too short. There are videos out there that show how to fit them, if you are determined!

 If making a handle from paper, it is only a rectangle rolled up - with wire inside if you want to curl the end to hang it.
There are basically two ways to attach the handle. The most obvious is just to glue it into the inside at the top.  For the metal one, I put a big glob of hot glue inside the umbrella and held the handle in place till it cooled. The other is to make the tiniest hole at the top and pop the handle through. It will still need  glue but looks a bit more authentic. You can also add cocktail sticks as spokes if you wish - but be aware it makes things bulky, like this..

The one below (left) has an open scalloped edge, a paper handle and a tiny ribbon bow. The tip is dipped into glitter glue!  The one on the right is tied closed with a paper ribbon bow and has a bead at the tip and a skewer for a handle. I used purple sticky tape to neaten the end. The paper on that one is chequerboard purple and pink, which is how it has the two tone effect. It was the only one made the traditional Kirigami way.

So cut a few out and have some fun! It would be a great thing to do with the kids on a rainy afternoon or once the schools have closed for the holidays. It's also a great use for left over scraps of pretty papers!

Thursday, 13 November 2014


Baubles can be all sorts of sizes, made from different materials according to what effect you want.
The basics of making them will give you the opportunity to get creative, while using very few specialist materials.   Here  is the Video on the making of the Studio files.

Some baubles can be designed to open and close even after construction, others are not able to do that. You may like to make tiny ones for hanging on the tree or big ones for room decor for a party.
As long as you can cut it and the material is stiff enough to hold shape but still flexible, you can use pretty much anything you like, from acetate to metallic crepe paper!
Double sided card is good. You don't have to have the diamond cut out, I just think it adds something to the design, but you could also use a different shape for the cut out, like a circle or holly leaf shape.

So once you have the bits cut out, you can start putting things together. Make sure to thread them on so the outside pattern faces the knot on the base. If doing two colours, you alternate them.

Tie a knot in the ribbon, thread on the strips (you can knot again if you want). Decide how tall you want your bauble and tie another knot before threading the other ends on. Rotate the pieces till you get the effect you want. This 6 inch one takes 14 pieces.

The method is similar for the one piece baubles. For tiny ones, I use a thin wire and beads instead of ribbon and knots..
Start with a loop in the wire, add a bead and push through the centre of the base. Thread on the ends of the arms, uppermost first, in sequence. Get the depth you want, add another bead and close by looping the wire again. It has the advantage of giving you a hanging point too.  If you like you can thread beads on the internal wire to make it pretty, or put a length of drinking straw on it. 
To make it fancier, you can also add tassels to the base and a ribbon bow to the top.

Files for the designs are here.

I've used paper ribbon but you could also use decorative boot laces, fabric ribbons or tapes. These are so easy, a child could put them together, so it makes a good project for you to do together. Obviously, with young children it would be wise to steer away from wire and beads that can be swallowed!

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Christmas Ornament Bling! Free Studio File

I admit it, something has got into me. I blame it on living in Spain but I'm losing my British reserve, my stiff upper lip....Ok, so I never did have one of those..
What I am referring to is a warming towards Bling! Glitz, glamour, a bit of sparkle...the Spanish know how to do sparkle. Odd when their homes are often kept so dark, or maybe that is why? The spanish like a bit of bling in matters of clothing, bags, decoration... and it must be rubbing off on me.

I was browsing in the Chinese shop the other day and this stuff was in a roll on the counter as I left to pay for something else. I asked how much it was and it was only €2 a metre. (It's about 4.5 inches  (12cm) wide).

Tiny, shiny metallic discs all held onto a woven web of string. Shiny, cheap and multi coloured, what was not to like? I was pretty sure I could come up with something to use it on. (Think  it is largely used to cover phones). It is not self adhesive but that is not a problem.

I was musing over my purchase and wondering what to use it on when I suddenly had a brainwave.
Somewhere, among my cut files, I knew there was one for a Christmas ornament, one to be put on the tree or dangled from the ceiling.
This is the file  and here is what it looks like (for those who don't have a Cameo or Portrait to cut with).  You could copy this from a screen shot and cut it manually.

Note, I have marked the gaps in the lines with arrows for those trying this manually, also there is a hole cut out in the top to put a ribbon through.

Now, I chose to cut it from a piece of clear colourless plastic from a document sleeve. You could cut from card if you wish.
Follow this pattern to cover your design in bling. the strips for this size are two wide. I put double sided tape directly onto the back of the strips of bling, that way I could cut off required lengths, ready to stick.  Leave a gap at the top for the hole but cover the rest, all except the marked squares.  (Ignore the extra cut marks, I had used a scrap with cuts on it!)
Side 2 should look like this

Put double sided tape where I have marked the squares. Leave the backing on until you need to remove it.
 Here is the first join, I've done it without the bling so you can see it better. Turn it over to do the next one. Repeat.

 Here is a picture of the corner with just the tape on it..

Once one bit is joined, you turn it over and join the next square to itself, so repeat the process. Do it correctly and you should not have any gaps in the bling. Work outwards, turning the ornament over each time. You should end up with something like this!
It is much easier to do if you stick all the double sided tape and bling on before you start to assemble it.   I  LEARNED THAT THE HARD WAY so you don't have to!