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Hi friends! Today I have a fun DIY jewelry project!

Supplies (affiliate links used)

Happy crafting!

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!

 

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!

Let’s Make Mosaics!

Hi friends! Today I have an easy mosaic project using supplies from the March Smart Art kit!

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I loved the tiny tiles in the kit so much I made some wire wrapped earrings too. Since I had leftover tiles from another project I added it to my coaster for interest, feel free to use flat marbles or broken dishes in your design as well. Watch the video for a full tutorial!

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Supplies:
Mosaic tiles
Coaster mold
Contact paper
Mosaic cement
Sealer and brush

For the earrings:
Wire
Earring findings
Chip beads

Please refer to the video for full instructions. Thanks to Smart Art for sponsoring this video and thank you for spending some of your day with me! Happy Crafting!

 

Make this for Valentines or Anytime!

Hi Friends! I am so happy, I feel better today than I have in days! I am loving my upstairs art table in my office where I can work in heat (although I have not had much time to enjoy it with the sickness and all the darn snow days) but the other day I made this pretty set of jewelry using new supplies from Panda Hall:

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I was really inspired to use the lovely beaded chain, faceted glass hearts and tiny brass star charms on these pieces. The earrings have hearts making them perfect for valentine’s day but since I added the star element and went with a non traditional color scheme they can be worn anytime and are not overly feminine. The great thing about getting supplies from Panda Hall is that you get a lot if items in a pack, I am still using those flower toggle clasps from my December haul. Buy those beautiful basics in bulk because you will return to them again and again in your designs. Watch the video to see how easily this set goes together and for helpful tips. This is a beginner project.

I know you have some great idea for jewelry making. Panda Hall would love to see what you are up to and they are having a contest too for any interested folks on YouTube! They are giving away four cash prizes to the top 4 winners and all entrants will receive Panda Hall coupon codes of $50, $20 and $10. The earlier you submit the entry, the higher value of coupon you will get. You can get the full contest details here.

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Good luck to everyone who enters! Thanks to Panda Hall for sponsoring this post, if you want to see the other goodies I received from them this month you can see my haul video here. I also have some coupon codes for everyone: Save $20 on your order of $200+ with coupon code: PHYoutube20 or Save $10 on your order of $120+ with coupon code: PHYoutube10 valid at Pandahall.com through May 1, 2015. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Let’s Make Swooshy Fish Dangle Earrings!

Hello Friends! I was inspired by a friends dangly earrings one day, I thought when I get a minute I am going to try something similar. Her earrings had long thin chains with a bead at the end of each. I used beads from my stash and cut lengths of chain to achieve the same effect! Do you want some swishy earrings for summer too? Well watch the tutorial and I’ll show you how to make them!

They takes longer than simple head-pin earrings but really the techniques are the same. I have another earring style I want to try, a copy of my favorite pair of earrings, and I think they are going to get made soon! Would you like to see more jewelry tutorials? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Let’s Make TARDIS Earrings! Allons-y!

Howdy friends! I finally get to see season 7 of Doctor Who, I am on the 2nd episode watching it on Hulu plus, that in and of it self was worth the $8 a month LOL! So I am not caught up with the episodes so please no spoilers in the comments OK? With the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who coming up I thought I’d share this craft perfect for any Whovian out there, TARDIS earrings! You can also use the charm for key chains and zipper pulls. Watch the video to see how to make them:

I found the clip art of the TARDIS here free to download. I used Matte Shrink plastic by Graffix, a Copenhagen blue Prismacolor marker, 2 jump rings and 2 ear wires. If you have any questions let me know and I will get back to you! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

 

Christmas Tree Paper Bead Earrings!

Hello Friends! I am in the holiday mood! I have been picking away at my Christmas shopping online and making stuff to sell at the craft fair in December. I was making some paper beads earlier this fall and they were coming out cone shaped and I thought that it would be great to make in green for Christmas Trees!  What do you think?

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I had some leftover paper strips so I made some more of my  Pandora Style Paper Beads too. I love the glassy look I get from the UTEE. Here is a video showing how to make the earrings.

And yes, you can make these to sell with my full permission! 😀 I think these lightweight earrings are perfect for children to wear as well as teacher gifts. If you don’t have UTEE you can use clear nail polish or Mod-Podge to glaze them. that way the kids could make these without worrying about burns.  I hope this project helps you get into the holiday spirit! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Glitter Cosmos Earrings and Display cards!

Hello Friends! I might as well call this an “inspired by pintrest” project because that is where I got the idea, I had seen lots of glitter resin jewelry being pinned and I really wanted to try it. Here are some of my first pieces:

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Then I got creative! I grabbed my silver, turquoise and purple glitter from Papermart (only 99 cents a tube too!) and some silver dry tempera. Dry tempera is a children’s craft item, you mix the powder with water to make washable paint for kids. I wanted to see if I could color resin with dry tempera and yay! It worked! Best of all it doesn’t add any moisture to the resin so it cures well! I love how it looks like outer space, hence the name “Cosmos Earrings”.

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I will also show you how to make the fun mesh window display cards in the video.  This is a great beginner resin project so don’t be scared, give it a try!

I really love wearing my fab new earrings!

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You can find all of the fabulous supplies I used and more at Papermart. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

Rice Paper Earrings!

Hello Friends! We made it to the fair, in the rain, yesterday but you know, it was OK, I’d take rain over crowds any day! I guess it was just going to be a soggy day, I went down to my studio yesterday morning to find half of the basement flooded and I freaked because my husband was at work and it was pouring buckets outside, what a time for my sump pump to poop out. I grabbed my bilge pump (actually I have been dying to try it out, we bought it over a year ago and had yet to have a flood) and I ran hose and pumped out that water, go me! It was like I was in a pirate ship! Outta my way you scurvy kids, me gots to dry out this vessel before ye gets to go to the fair arrrrrgh! Now that sounds way cooler with a pirate accent. Jason fixed the problem when he got home from work (a clogged pipe) and met us at the fair. I looked at a radar map that assured me it was going to rain until we got there then dry up for the rest of the day but apparently radar maps are not that accurate, I suggested the kids wear pants and raincoats but they chose shorts and sweatshirts. Since I have a “no whining” policy when I take them out they were happy as clams, clams ha,  they were as wet as clams too LOL! Speaking of clams today’s project reminds me of the delicate mother of pearl finish on seashells:

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I found a wonderful tutorial by Ross Barbera on making rice paper earrings, I saw it a few weeks ago and filed in in my brain under “something to try when I was feeling puttery” and a long weekend was just the time. I knew I’d have little snippets of time here and there to work and this was perfect due to all of the steps involved.

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Ross has a video of this process and wow, it was like taking a class. He goes over making the wire hoop, gluing the paper on, coloring it and varnishing it. Everything you need to know. He is fun to listen to as well because he sounds like Dustin Hoffman 🙂

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These are my first attempts, they lack the elegance and finesse of Ross’s work but I’m pleased with them for now. Looking at the close up photos I see that I need to do some additional filing on some.

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I was wondering how to display these pieces and I remembered a sheet of very fancy overpriced metal mesh I bought at a scrapbook store for $6 many years ago…

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…I do believe it the the same material we constructed out chicken pen out of…yep, about 2 cents worth of hardware cloth, oh well, at least it is getting used LOL!

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I recommend you make these earrings in batches because when you get to the part when you add watercolor you will want to experiment and you will wish you had more papered frames to play with, plus I have a hard time leaving something alone so I need another project to work on or I will frig with it until I ruin it, rice paper is quite delicate…

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I did experiment with some of the scraps tho and I will share that with you later. If you want to make some of these you can find Ross Barbera’s tutorial here, he has a wealth of info on his blog too so spend some time there! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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