Quick and Easy Wire Wrapped Sea Glass Jewelry!

Hello Friends! I have a fun summer project to share today! I love collecting sea glass, it is a thrill to find these little treasures in the sand on a summer’s day. The kids love beach combing too. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could do something with your treasures? Today I’ll show you how to make them into beautiful adjustable necklaces using supplies from our sponsor Papermart:

You can even use this technique with pretty tumbled stones or small tiles. If you don’t have access to the ocean you can buy sea glass at craft or dollar stores.

You will need:

Directions:

  1. Cut 12″ of wire. Make a loop 2″ from the end. Holding the loop at the top of a piece of beach glass start wrapping the long tail around while trapping the short tail under the wire in the back. Pull the long tail back to the top and wrap around the loop for security. Wrap extra wire into a decorative spiral and press against the back or you can trim it off.
  2. Cut 30″ of cord and slid pendant on. Tie each end to the opposing side with a surgeons knot. Tie the loose ends in an overhand knot close to the surgeons knot, trim and burn ends.

I did this class with two groups of children this week and they loved it! You might have to make the hanging loop for them but then they can manage the wrapping. I hope you try this fun jewelry project, it makes a great gift! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

DIY Hairsticks! Easy to make and fun to wear!

Hi friends! Today I will share a fun hair accessory that is inexpensive to make using supplies from Papermart!

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Watch this video to see how to make and use them:

Supplies for the Organza Ribbon Flower Hairsticks:

  • 2 3/4 organza ribbon in pink and 7/8″ wide in green
  • scissors
  • wire
  • cute bead or button
  • wire cutter and needle nose pliers
  • skinny dowel
  • pencil sharpener
  • fine sandpaper, waved paper, awl and a small saw or cutting tool
  • hot glue

Directions:

  1. Prepare the hairsticks by cutting a small dowel into 6″ long sections. Sharpen one end with a pencil sharpener and sand smooth, buff with waxed paper.
  2. Wrap 2 3/4″ wide organza ribbon around your hand 4 times and cut. Cut through the folds on each side of the ribbon so you have 8 squares of organza. Stack them up randomly so they do not line up and make a hole in the center with an awl or needle. Cut a 4″ piece of wire and slide a bead or button in the center and pull the wire to the back and securing with a small twist. Push the wire ends through the hole in the ribbon. Holding the flower by the wire make a few snips in the organza and gently heat the flower over a candle. Make sure you move the flower so all of the layers get curled.
  3. Wrap the wire ends around the blunt end of the hairstick and the add a bit of glue and wrap a foot of 7/8″ wide green organza ribbon over the wire, tie the ends in a double knot to secure.

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Directions for the Feather Hairsticks:

  1. Prepare the hairsticks by cutting a small dowel into 6″ long sections. Sharpen one end with a pencil sharpener and sand smooth, buff with waxed paper.
  2. Select feathers for hairsticks. I used a combination of turkey and guinea feathers from Papermart. Hot glue the ends of the feathers an inch from the blunt end of the dowel.
  3. Place a thin bead of hot glue along the area where the feathers are glued to the stick then tightly wrap rat-tail cord around the base of the feathers until they reach the bare dowel. This gives the hairsticks a neat appearance and keeps the feathers secure.
  4. Embellish with beads and rhinestones as desired.

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I hope you enjoyed these projects and til next time happy crafting!

DIY Organza Ribbon Cords for Pennies!

Hi friends! When I saw organza ribbon necklace cords for sale online I knew I could make them on the cheap using high quality supplies from Papermart:

Supplies:

  • 1/4″ Organza Ribbon (100 yards for $3.22)
  • 2mm Rat tail Cord  (200 yards for $8.03)
  • Jewelry findings: cord ends, jump rings, barrel clasps
    Tools: Chain nose pliers, needle nose pliers, scissors
  • Optional: 3″x5″ clear bags for packaging finished jewelry like I showed in the video (1,000 bags for $12.20)

Directions:

  1. Cut ribbon and cord to desired length.
  2. Center cord over ribbon and place on cord ends and crimp closed with chain nose pliers.
  3. Add clasp.

Sure, pre-made ribbon cords are not that expensive, you can buy them made for a dollar or less a piece but they are probably made with cheap supplies, you can make them with really good supplies for 5 cents worth of ribbon and a few inexpensive findings and only a couple of minutes of your time. Best of all you can make any color you want! I hope you enjoyed today’s project and til next time happy crafting!

 

How to Line an envelope & Make a Quick Card!

Hi Friends! Do you ever need a last-minute card to send? Or maybe you want to make a stationery set to give as a  gift or sell at a craft fair? Well today I’ll show you how to line and envelope and make a chic and trendy card in under 5 minutes!

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I think it took me 10 minutes to make the set of three! Talk about a great craft fair idea and you can do it affordably using supplies from our sponsor Papermart:

Supplies

  • white envelopes
  • scrapbook paper
  • cream cardstock
  • organza ribbon
  • adhesive
  • ink pads
  • embossing folder and die cut machine
  • Optional: Clear bags for packaging up your card sets for sale-I like the 6″x9″ size

Directions

  1. Measure envelope from under the glue on the flap to the bottom of the envelope. Measure the width minus 1/8″ Cut paper scrapbook paper to that size.
  2. Trace the flap of the envelope on the scrapbook paper and cut on the lines.
  3. Insert liner into envelop and attach with a bit of glue.
  4. To make the card emboss the front panel of a card with and embossing folder and fold in half. Ink the raised design if desired.
  5. Adhere a strip of leftover scrapbook paper to the front and tie a ribbon around that area.

I hope you try this easy cardmaking idea and if you need a large quantity of envelopes, ribbon or any other packaging supplies please check out Papermart and don’t forget to tell them Lindsay sent you. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

A Snazzy Stamped Wine Gift Bag! {Reusable!}

Hello Friends! Today I have a fun project that can be adapted for everyone. I made a wine gift bag but you can find high quality muslin bags and pouches in many sizes perfect for any occasion and you will at the best price at Papermart:

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I chose a round bottom bag for my project. I also attached a stamped shipping tag with bakers twine for an extra special look. Watch the video to see how it’s made. *Side note, I had a couple people say that this video was not playing on their mobile devices, I have not done anything different but I think you may need to update something, it is playing fine on my computer though, it seems to be only on phones and tablets. Let me know if you can not view this. :)

I would love to get a gift wrapped up like this! and I would totally keep the tags for a bookmark (My birthday’s next month…just sayin’) :) I think you could do a similar project for a birthday party too, you can have guests stencil or stamp their names on a bag, add pretties, and the bag can hold party favors…pair that with a homemade pinata and you have a custom party on the cheap! I mentioned a tutorial for making your own spray ink and dauber, it is here. I hope you liked today’s project and that it inspired you to try stamping on cloth. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Copyright Confusion? What is a stamper to do?

Howdy friends! Remember the good ol’ days? We crafters would buy supplies, make crafts with them and sell some at a craft fair so we could go buy more supplies? Those were the days eh? But now it seems everyone is opening ETSY shops and stores online and selling their handmade items there which I think is fantastic…until you come to the subject of copyright. I have several people this week ask specifically about copyright, specifically if they could use their rubber stamps on cards for sale. Should be a simple yes right? Not always. Watch the video to find everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask about crafting and copyright:

I asked my YouTube friends what they thought and we had a spirited discussion (you can read it in the comments section for this video on YouTube) and I found myself learning a thing or two. Did you know that there is a rule called The First Sale Doctrine that allows you to resell licensed items that you paid for. A lady had bough John Deer fabric from a fabric store and made crafts with it and a policeman confiscated all of them at a craft fair saying that you can’t sell copyrighted items…well she bought the fabric and was reselling it right? Hmmmm, there is a lot to think about there.

Here is the list of Angel Companies on the About.com Stamping forum, please chick through to a stamp company in case their terms have changed, I saw one that had. *An angel company is a stamp company that allows you to use their rubber stamped images on cards and crafts for sale. Each company has their own rules so be sure to check.

What IS subject to copyright:
original artwork (drawings, paintings, sculptures, photographs)
books
performances (sound and video recordings)
song lyrics

What is not subject to copyright
ideas
techniques
utilitarian objects (clothes, furniture)
works of art or song lyrics in the public domain (please note, recording of old music are copyrighted to the performer even though the music is in the public domain, you cannot use the recording without permission)

See also trademark and patent law if you want to get more confused, or you need sleep aid.

Want to weigh in? Leave a comment!

Here are a couple of stamp companies with awesome Angel Policies that I mentioned in the videos but there are so many more. In fact most independent stamp companies are Angel Companies who would not dream of biting the hand that feeds them because if you can make money using their stamps you can buy more stamps!

Lost Coast Designs

About Art Accents/Art Neko (save 10% with coupon code Lindsay10%)

Hambo Stamps

Speaking of stamps I am in W. Springfield MA as you read this getting ready for the Heirloom Productions Rubber Stamp Convention happening this weekend at the Big E. I’ll be there all day Saturday so please say “howdy” if you see me:)

So, what are YOUR thoughts on stamps and copyright, please share your opinion and experiences in the comments section. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

DIY Faux Cloisonne Trinket Boxes!

Hi Friends! Do you want to spice up your jewelry packaging? Today I will show you an opulent looking technique that you can achieve on the cheap using little kraft jewelry boxes from Papermart:

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The size I use in the video are 1 1/8″ x 1 3/4″ and you get a box of 100 for $23. They have many sizes available making it perfect for whatever you need to package. Tip: Get your friends together and place an order for several sizes and divvy up the loot so you can try a variety without having to keep 100 of each on hand. Although these are so useful you will probably use them up in no time! Watch the video to see how easy it is to make faux cloisonne:

Supplies: kraft paper jewelry box, black acrylic paint, rubber stamp (an open line art stamp works best, avoid stamps with a lot of detail), metallic pigment in, gold embossing powder, heat gun, metallic watercolors,a small round brush.

Directions: Paint the box lid with black paint. You can paint the bottom of the box any color you like. Let dry. Stamp design on lid and ink the edges of the top with metallic ink, add embossing powder and heat with a heat gun to melt the powder to get the shiny metal look. Paint the design with metallic watercolor paint.

I hope you try this elegant project, it is sure to impress both your customers and friends. The box is a gift in itself. Please check out Papermart if you are in need of any type of creative packaging, I don’t think you’ll find better prices or quality anywhere else. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

How to make a set of cute cards and package them!

Hello Friends! It is not a shocker, we always need more birthday cards right? Well, did you ever think of making a set of birthday cards with matching envelopes to give as a gift? They are wonderful presents for non crafty friends. Here is a set of cards I made using adorable Penny Black stamps and supplies from Papermart:

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I also came up with a couple cute ways to package them. Using clear bags is a great idea if you sell cards at craft fairs because it keeps the cards visible and clean.  The paper portfolio is a great idea for gifting because the cards and be easily accessed and stored right there, plus it can be used to organize other cards after the original set is used up…just a warning, if you give cards this cute you will be asked to make more! Watch the tutorial to see how easy it is to make this set:

This project is an example of assembly line card making. By doing the similar tasks together you will save time and end up finishing all the cards at once (that’s right, you won’t get 2 cards done and get bored with the project.) It is also great if you have a limited amount of time to craft, if you have 10 minutes you can cut all of your papers and stamp your images. Next time you can color etc.

Directions:

1. Cut two 8.5″x11″ sheets of cardstock in half (5.5″x8.5″) and fold each of these papers in half to make 4 cards.

2.  Choose two or three designs of patterned paper (scraps are great for this!) and cut into strips, labels, circles or rectangles.

3. Stamp images on white cardstock and color with colored pencils or markers. Stamp a border on 4 white envelopes.

4. Assemble all cards. Tie on bakers twine and embellish as desired.

5. Package the cards in a clear bag with left over patterned paper as a topper or make a paper portfolio to store them in using this tutorial.

6. Tie a bow on the finished gift with organza ribbon.

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How easy is that? It is a useful, thoughtful, handmade gift and aren’t those the best kind? I also wanted to mention that the polypropylene bags I used are FDA food safe so they can also be used to make treat bags for parties or other food packaging. It’s good to have lots of uses for them because you get 1000 in a box! That said, I’m on my 2nd box LOL! Thanks so much for spending part of your day with me and til next time happy crafting!

Perfect Jewelry to Make for Mom…

Good evening friends! Have you given thought to this years mother’s day gift? Maybe you want to help your kids craft something special for grandma (or the grand kids craft something special for mom.) This project is easy and all you need is some 20-24 gauge wire, beads and 3-in-1 pliers (or round nose pliers and a wire cutter.) Watch the video and see how easy it is to make these pea pod pendants:

I recommend placing a bead for each child in the pendant, you could even use birthstone colors if you like.

Want more Mother’s Day Jewelry ideas? How about a bird’s nest pendant? (time required: 30 minutes, skill level beginner)

Or the Tree of life pendant (time required: 1 hour, skill level intermediate/advanced)

Wire working is fun and I hope these tutorials inspire you to create something beautiful for mom this year. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Who’s Ready for Spring?

I just drove home from my son’s boy scout meeting in a snowstorm…well, not a real storm but it was snowing enough to get the sand trucks out. I am so ready for spring, how about you? Today I am going to share a glittery project with a flower (take that snow!) and it is really easy to make. You can customize it to make a pin or a hair clip depending on your preference and it is affordable using supplies from Papermart! Why not whip up a bunch of these for Easter gifts or to sell at a spring fair (I’m totally OK with you selling the crafts you make with my tutorials!)

Here is where you can find the supplies I used:

Barrettes (you get a bag of 100 of the 3″ size I used for $8.80-smaller sizes are even less!)

or Pin Backs

Foam Flowers

Glitter (99 cents a tube people! It is my favorite)

I hope today’s video sparked some spring-y ideas for you! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

 

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