Drab to FAB! Cool cards with old & recycled supplies!

Hi friends! Today we are going to raid the recycling bin and use up some older stash while making 3 cards!

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I like to use patterned paper from themed paper stacks. They are a great value but I often end up with a couple stray papers I don’t like very much, namely the black and white papers. Today I’ll show you 3 ways to add color so they can go from drab to fab! Watch the video to see how!

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1. Cut cardboard to 3 1/4″ x 4.1/2″ and cover with scrapbook paper using a glue stick to adhere.

2. Stamp trees and birds on the cardboard panels in clear ink and heat emboss with clear detail embossing powder.

3. Ink up the panels with ink pads, markers or Brusho as shown in the video and let air dry.

4. Punch holes along the edge of the panel, insert eyelets if desired and wrap with wire. You can string beads on the wire too if you like.

5. Use heavyweight white cardstock to make A2 card bases and adhere the decorated panels in the center of the folded card base with hot glue.

Do you have any older stash you want to use up? Try incorporating it in your next design. It feels so good to put older supplies to good use, you may even find some forgotten treasures in your stash! Thanks for stopping by 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!

How to make a ring from wire {and it’s fancy!}

Howdy folks! Does your art and crafts reflect your environment? Mine always seems to. My son was off to camp this week so it was just me and the girls during the day, we hung out in the craft room creating and watching the show “Once Upon A Time” on Netflix. They worked on dozens of pearler bead coasters and I made these:

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Well a lot more actually, they are addicting and very easy to make. But if flowers aren’t your thing you can use whatever beads, charms or embellishments you like. Here is how I made the rings and earrings too!

I only used the leaf beads on one because I could not get them to hold tight without wiggling.

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I think these will sell well at my next craft fair, they will look great with my enchanted fairy bubble wands I think! All the beads I used (except the leaves which were from a  kit in the dollar bin at Joann fabrics) were from Fire Mountain Gems.

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And since I used acrylic beads the earrings are very light, light enough for children to wear!

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I hope you give this project a try! Let me know if you have any questions and til next time happy crafting!

WOYWW Another Week, Another Mess!

Hello folks! For those of you following along in my resin adventure I am happy to report that after 3 days my resin is hard and glassy, it was bit dicey for a while and it didn’t help that I kept visiting my creations and poking them to see if they were cured yet. Note to self: KEEP YOUR GRIMY PAWS OFF THE RESIN! So for those of you at home who want specifics it took 3 days to cure my polyester resin (mixed per package directions) with a room temperature around 70 and humidity at 66%. Higher temperature and lower humidity would have taken less time I suspect. Hey, here is a fun fact, thicker pieces take less time to cure, it seems that resin makes it’s own heat that speeds it’s curing process, Good to know. Also, don’t stick your fingernails in the resin to see if it cured…just sayin. BTW it is What’s on your workdesk Wednesday! On my desk are some bottle-cap resin rings and barrettes I just glued, paint from a project I just finished and other assorted supplies…

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But wait, there’s more! I can’t even sit down in here, it is madness I tell you!

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Crafty fun madness that is:) Want to join the crafty fun? Head on over to Julia’s blog the Stamping Ground and see for yourself! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Wiggle it! {fun interactive card!}

Howdy folks! This tutorial is by request! A you tube viewer asked me if I could come up with a homemade version of the pricey product Action Wobble Springs that are sold for $6 for a 12 pack. Well I came up with an alternative that costs less than 2 cents each!

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You will need a spool of 28 gauge craft wire. I paid $2 for a 40 yard spool at Joanns (in the jewelry aisle  you can see the package in the video) and that was full price! You will also need a knitting needle or pencil to wrap the wire around. Watch the video to see how easy it is and watch the card be put together:

Ah! I forgot to mention you need a glue gun to, I really think there is no alternative in this case as it needs to hold tight, fast and invisible but if you have another adhesive that works for you let us know!

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Another fun technique I tried on this card was a watercolor resist to give the dragonflies a batik look.  first I inked up the dragonflies (About Art Accents) with clear embossing ink and stamped on white cardstock. Then I sprinkled with clear embossing powder and heat embossed. finally I water-colored them, spritzed with my homemade shimmer spray, let dry and cut out. They look so lively fluttering around on the springs!

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And best of all, they will squash down and fit in an envelope!

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Thant’s all for today, til next time happy crafting!

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Birds Nest Jewelry Video tutorial!

Darn it, every time I go to put away my beads I end up making more stuff! To add to my wire wrapping obsession of making trees I am now making nests.  These nests are quick and easy, it take less than 10 minutes to make one and they are so cute:

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You can use the nests for rings, pendants, pins, earrings-you name it! This is a great use of natural stones such as turquoise, jasper, pearls and other semi-precious stones that can otherwise be dwarfed in a jewelry design. It is also great for using up leftover beads for other projects.

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Here is a video to show you how.  I went on the hunt for inexpensive, good quality wire (my current obsession had me using my wire stash up like it was going out of style!) and I found some deals. I talk about that, and review types of wire and tools a bit at the start of this video so if you know all that and want to get strait to the tutorial skip to 3:00.

Easy huh? Be warned, this is addictive! I am planning to sell these at the local spring fair this year, I think they will be lovely Mother’s day gifts. I will sell them for $5-$15 depending on the cost of the beads I used 🙂

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Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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