Friday, November 14, 2014

Review- Upcycled Jewelry Bags, Belts and More!

Today I am participating in a Upcycled Jewelry blog hop-book tour.
Upcycled Jewelry Bags, Belts and More! is by Linda Peterson.
As crafters you know we hate to throw things away.
Especially me. I'm always holding on to 'ahem' trash with a dream to make it into something better down the line...
If this sounds like you, then you are going to love this book!
Tools, Materials, Techniques
 The sections are very well organized with bright precise photos of every tool, material and technique you'll want to know.
  • Tools, Materials and Techniques
  • Simple and Chic
  • Big and Bold
  • Handbags and Accessories

In Upcycled Jewelry, there are 35 ways to reuse everyday objects.
From "Simple and Chic "- Bike Chain Pendant

From " Handbags and Accessories" - Soda Tab Belt

From "Big and Bold" - Dangle Me pretty
I have always wanted to make jewelry from water bottles and Linda's instructions were spot on.
Here is my take from "Dangle Me Pretty"
 You can find Linda Peterson's new book on Amazon and a collection of free video tutorials here.
Visit the other inspiring Artists on the Upcycled Jewelry Blog Hop for more upcycled fun!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Fall Thank You Cards

It's Fall!
 The air is chilly, soup is simmering and everything smells of cinnamon and spice!
Fall and pumpkins inspired me to create these thank you cards.
 I hope you enjoy my tutorial. :)

 Materials needed:
  1. Plain white 4x6 cards.
  2. Paper to paint.
  3. Standard and iridescent watercolors.
  4. A paint brush.
  5. Metallic gel pens in red and gold.
  6. A fine and wide tipped black pen.
  7. Adhesive.
  8. Scissors.
  9. 8" of embroidery thread per pumpkin.
 Begin by coloring you paper in shades of fall colors. First with the standard watercolors, then with the iridescent colors and finish with more standard colors. Let paint dry naturally. Do not use heat to dry the papers as heat with cause the colors to fade.
 Once the paint is dry, you may begin drawing in your swirls with the fine pen. Fill in the entire sheet.
 Next, add some random dots all over with the red gel pen. Then add random swirls over the whole sheet with the gold gel pen.

 Cut pumpkin like shapes from the paper- 2"to 3" for the large and 1.5" for the small.
  Edge them with the wide pen, then draw the the inside lines with the fine pen.
 Paint some dark shades of brown onto some paper using the standard and iridescent watercolors.
Let dry, then cut out some pumpkin stump shapes- about 1" long.
Edge these with the wide pen.

 Glue down one large and one small pumpkin to the front of your card.

 Lay the thread across each pumpkin and glue down the stem as shown.
This will help hold down the thread while tying.
 Flip the card upside down and proceed to tie a even bow. Trim off extra thread.
 I know this sounds weird, but I'm all thumbs in tying bows and this is the only way that works for me. :)
Perfect bows every time!
 Using your fine pen, write your sentiment at the bottom of the card.
If you don't like your handwriting, you can also use a rubber stamp and ink. 
Thanks for coming by, I hope you enjoyed my tutorial!
Happy Fall!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Ghouls Ghost and Glamour Girls swap reveal!

 I recently participated in a Halloween swap called "Ghouls, Ghost and Glamour Girls"!
It was hosted by Jennifer Harris Hayslip and Jessi Nagy.

 The premise was to purchase or make sparkly glamorous jewelry or accessories for our swap partner.

 My swap partner was Marian Mclemore. We exchanged likes and dislikes by email and then set to making our pretties! These are what I sent Marian. She likes lace, glitter and vintage items.
 She also loved chunky bracelets and I love to make them!

 She expressed that she liked brass, owls, black, cream and purple.
This is one of my favorite creations so far. I really love the colors!
 Below is what she sent me!
It was a delight to open up those coffins...stuffed with amazing presents.
She knew I liked to craft, bake, and I loved Halloween!
She made me a spooky Halloween banner too!
 Of course we both love owls. :)
 This hair clip is so beautiful. I love how she added the bling in the center.
I plan to dress up as a witch this year but was worried my hat would get caught on spider webs and such....this clip will be just perfect. I can't wait!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Holiday Display with Deflecto

 I love all things Halloween and bats, don't you? 
In the past, I've tried hanging them in  windows with suction cups, but then they cant flutter and twirl as bats do...
It was pointless to try to hang a hook because the window structure is metal, so no help there.

Then I discovered a fantastic way to hang my bats and other decoration by way of Deflecto!
I used Sign Hangers,  some "s" hooks and fishing line.

 I traced and cut bats from black cardstock and used this wet erase marker for the eyes.

 The sign hangers come with a strong double stick foam square. I placed the squares on top of the window, just behind the blinds. I added the hooks and hung the bats. So easy!


 With Halloween and other entertaining events coming up, I thought I'd get a head start on some place cards.

 Also by Deflecto, these black plastic Sign Tags work really well with a Top Note die and Sizzix Big Shot! The Sign Tags come 10 to a package and are 4 1/8" x 5 7/8" each. They also come with the wet erase marker I used for the bats.
After I ran the tags through the big shot, I cut them in half- as shown.
The wet erase marker works beautifully when writing names or adding designs!
The Display Holder keeps the place cards upright on plates and tables.
 Done entertaining? Use a wet cloth to clean the tags so you are ready for the next event.
You can even use them in your studio!
 Flip the place cards upside down, and use them with a Versa Grip Sign Holder for storage bins!

 I love how one end of the clip is 'narrow' and the other end 'wide', perfect to hold signs and tags.

 So...what to do with the leftover sign tags plastic?
Decorate them with the wet erase marker, then add some strips of magnet sheet to the back with double stick tape.

 Presto! A instant piece of art for the refrigerator!
Thank You for coming by.
You can view more Deflecto items here.
Visit them to see where you can purchase these items in a store near you!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Steampunk Blog Hop and a Giveaway!

Welcome to another Steampunk Blog Hop hosted by  Leslie Rahye!  
Halloween has always been my favorite Holiday.
 I guess its the thrill of the "UN-known". 
Here I am showing off a 3"x4" mini book I made using Steampunk Spells from Graphic 45.
I just love this collection!

 I added some washi tape here and there....

Front of  the 2 tags.
Some Mini Dew Drops too.....

 Hard to believe it's only 3"x4".

 I love the images!

Back of the 2 tags.

 So that's what I made.
Just a "little" something.
Below is my 'giveaway'!
A variety of vintage trim, lace, twine and some Steampunk faux embossed leather.
All for one lucky person to create with!
*update Nov, 2 2014*
Congratulations to winner "Joy"!
 Blogger joy said...
Amazing minibook.
Thanks for being inspirational.


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