Make this gift! Wine Cork Key Chains!

Hi friends! This craft will help you use up some wine corks and random beads and you will end up with a beautiful sparkly bauble that you can tie to a present, hang from the tree or use as a key chain!

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It’s really easy and inexpensive. Watch the video to see how!

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Supplies from Rubber Stamp Tapestry:

Other Supplies:

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Directions:

  1. remove printing from a rubber wine cork with nail polish remover or by sanding.
  2. Stamp on a design and color it if desired,
  3. Insert eye pins to each end and put a key ring on the top.
  4. Cut 4 strands of tiger tail beading wire about 8″ long and place though bottom eye ring. Slide on a large hole bead to corral all the wires.
  5. Select a wire and string on beads ending with a seed bead and add a crimp bead to secure. Check to make sure the crimp is secure and trim the wire. Repeat for the remaining wires.
  6. Tie a ribbon o the key ring for a festive look! Seal the ends of the ribbon with fray-check or clear glue.

Do you have any quick gift ideas that are easy and fun to make? Let us know in the comments below and til next time happy crafting!

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Lovely and Inexpensive DIY Gift for ladies! {Great for Craft Fairs!}

Howdy friends! Tonight I have a beginner jewelry project for you and a super cute packaging idea!

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I wanted to design a holder hor handmade earrings that could double as a gift wrap and I came up with a sweet matchbook style display card that I think is adorable! Follow along with the video for the easy step by step instructions. I’ll also post the template below.

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Here is the template. I actually took a 12″x12″ piece of kraft cardstock and did all of my scoring (using the measurements os a guide I scored all the marks on the left side and then the right side) and then cut the cardstock in half and then in 2″ strips and it was quick and easy!

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Supplies: * Note, I have lined products to Consumer Crafts and Amazon where I am an affiliate and also Oriental Trading where I am not affiliated but I have had good luck with their products.

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Directions:
1. Remove jump ring from charm if needed. Open loop on ear wire and slide on charm. Make 2.

2. Cut a 2″x6″ strip of kraft cardstock and score/fold at 5/8″, 3 1/4″ and 3 3/4″.

3. Stamp “To & From” on the back of the cardstock as shown and glue a 2.5″ square of pattern paper on the part that will be the front.

4. Cut a 1 1/2″x2 1/2″ piece of white cardstock and poke 2 holes near the top. Nestle this into the folded kraft cardstock and staple at the bottom.

5. Insert earrings in the holes and tuck the top flap into the bottom lip to close.

This is such a simple project and I think it would be a great first earring project for a your girl to make for her classmates and inexpensive enough to make a bunch! Let me know what you think of this and if you enjoy this project please consider sharing it using one of the handy sharing buttons below. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

Mixed Media Jewelry! Let’s Create!

Hi friends! Today I have a fun mixed media jewelry experiment to share!

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I found some fun paint on clearance and thought it would be perfect to make jewelry with. In today’s video I’ll show you how I did it!

Today I am going to share some technique I learned playing around with Pebeo Prisme Fantasy Paint. It is an alkyd based paint that leaves a very glossy honeycomb or hammered effect when dry. We will use inexpensive items to make our jewelry.

Note, I found good prices on everything you need at Blitzy and linked them up below. These are affiliate links which means I earn a small percentage of the sale but it doesn’t cost you anything extra:) Thank you for your support!

I bought this set of 12 Pebeo Prisme Fantasy paints on clearance for $14 (normally $39!) so if you can I recommend using a coupon at a big box store or shopping around online for a good deal. Since I am doing small jewelry pieces I preferred to get the variety of small bottles to fewer large bottles but you can decided based on your needs. I did find a couple deals on the sets at Blitsy:
Prisme Fantasy: (honeycomb finish)
Moon Fantasy (hammered finish)
*Blitsy also carries the large bottles but I recommend starting with the smaller bottles to see if you like it because the big bottles, although on sale, are a larger investment!

Other Supplies:
Bottle caps you can get flattened or regular bottlecaps in lots of sizes and colors at Blitsy
Cabochons/frames/ trays (you can get these at a craft/jewelry supply store, mine were 25 cents each from a stamp show) I have purchased inexpensive tray charms from Mod-Podge too
Chain
Beads
Bails (or wire for making our bottlecap charms into pendants)
Metal filigree or charms such as gears
Jump rings/wire
Jewelry tools such as pliers 
Acrylic blanks or other sturdy substrates for metal collage pieces.
Glue: E600, Goop or liquid welder for glass or metal, Beacon 3-in-1 for plastic
Anything you darn well want can be used!

You might also want some oil or alkyd paints to use with the Prisme Fantasy paints because they do not have mica in them and provide a nice contrast!

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Tip! The Prisme Fantasy paints take 72 hours to cure, handling them too soon will result in fingerprints or dents in the paint surface (don’t ask me how I know!) I hope you enjoyed this fun and free workshop, happy crafting!

Let’s Make Jewely from Old Paintings!

Hi friends! I had a stack of half painted pictures (aka step outs from filming my Craftsy class) but I couldn’t bear to toss them. I figured I could swatch paint on the back or gesso over them and paint with acrylics on top but then it hit me! I could die cut them with tiny dies and turn them into unique light weight earrings! You could also use lightweight cardboard (cereal box weight) to make these if you don’t have old watercolor paper hanging around.

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Watch the video to see how easy it is to make these. Use the small dies you have and make something truly unique!

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Supplies:

*note if you don’t have embossing powder and clear ink you can use clear nail polish or any other clear sealer that is non toxic.
**Affiliate links to Simon Says Stamp used, thank you for your support!

If you want to see what the painting in the project came from check out my Craftsy Class at 50% off

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Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Die & Jewelry Kit Giveaway! Rainbow

Hi friends! I have a fun tutorial for you tonight and a giveaway! Craft Chameleon has so many really clever products perfect to keep you (and the kids) creative this summer.

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I will be giving away 3 packages containing: 2 dies, 2 card packs, 5 bracelets, package of oval jump rings (shipping included US only) from Craft Chameleon. To enter just leave a comment and I will pick 3 winners next Friday! Good luck! Now let’s learn how to make these!

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If you are doing this project with small kids you will probably need to open and close the jump-rings as it take a lot of coordination but they can help by die cutting plastic shapes and coloring them with permanent markers. It is a great family project! Don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win a bracelet kit! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Clay Play Day! Tips for Beautiful Beads and Stamped Pendants (with and without fancy tools!)

Hi there! We have had some stunning days in Maine this week. It was so nice outside I brought my clay supplies into the back yard and made some beads and pendants for jewelry:

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Watch the video for full instruction as well as tips for making these beads and pendants with or without tools. I will also post tips below the video for your convenience. If YOU have any polymer clay tips to share please leave a comment!

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Today I am using stamps from our sponsor Rubber Stamp Tapestry Use coupon code BEACH16 for 15% off any order of $10 or more through May 21, 2016

Supplies:
Polymer Clay: Sculpey 3
Ink: Versafine (any pigment ink is fine)
Stamps: Rubber Stamp Tapestry : Starfish and shells, Crab SmallCrab, Sea Turtle Mama, Compass or you can check out all of the nautical stamps they offer.
Jewelry findings: earring hooks, earring posts, headpins, eyepins, jump rings, beaded chain, clasp
Tools: pliers, oven, needle tool, potters scraper or palette knife

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Clay Tips!

  • Condition the clay by kneading it well before use, or the beads will be brittle.
  • Remove rings before working with clay so you won’t have to clean off the residue later.
  • Sculpey 3 is good for chunky beads like we made today, it is also easier to conditions BUT if you are making thinner items use Premo or Fimo as they are more durable.
  • Use an oven thermometer to make sure your oven is accurate, otherwise you might burn your clay.
  • Use a timer so you don’t over bake the clay (your smart phone has a timer on it!)
  • Use pigment ink, chalk or mica powder on raw clay and it will become permanent when you bake it.
  • Use an acrylic based sealer if you wish to seal your clay after baking. Oil based spray sealer or nail polish my make your clay sticky down the road.
  • Rough edges can be sanded and holes may be drilled after baking if desired.
  • Avoid mail ordering polymer clay in the summer as the clay can get “Truck baked” if it gets hot. Most big box craft stores sell polymer clay and it often goes on sale for 88 cents a brick. Those sales keep stock fresh and fresh clay is easier to use.
  • And the most important tip is to have fun!

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This was a lot of fun! I like to make extra beads when I have my clay out to use on future projects. I hope you try this and let me know how it turns out. If you have never used clay before you can get a pack of 30 colors of 2 oz blocks of clay at any big box craft store for about $25 (or less with a coupon) that is a great way to get started and then pick up the 4 oz block in the colors you run out of when they are on sale. If you think your friends would like to try this project feel free to share it using the handy-dandy sharing buttons below, I sure do appreciate you spreading the love! Thanks for stopping by ad til next time happy crafting!

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Fun& Easy Projects for Kids and Adults! (Summer vacation is coming!)

Hi friends! Sometimes I get a craft supply in and my girls really dig it. That was the case with these plastic tray/frames called Alta-Caps from Craft Chameleon. You can use them to make magnets, jewelry, card and scrapbook embellishments and so much more!

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I asked the girls if they would like to join me on today’s video and design some fun projects, see what they made!

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You could use these accessories with the decorated Alta Caps.

*Note: Don’t use adhesive sheets in punches, it may create a lot of buildup on the punch and make it work poorly, besides, the adhesive sheets cut great with scissors. If you get adhesive on the scissors you can clean it off with goo-gone.

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And now for a funny story…

I wore the butterfly necklace out that night to do some errands. I had to stop by a store and return a couple of shirts and the sales girl complimented me on my necklace to which I proudly exclaimed “I made it! It was super quick and easy, would you like it?” I think I came on a bit too strong, she gave me the ‘get this crazy lady out of here look’ handed me my receipt and said “No thank you ma’am” LOL! Some people just are not ready for my crafty enthusiasm I guess.

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I want to thank Craft Chameleon for sponsoring this post and my daughters for helping me with this video. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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