Showing posts with label crystals. Show all posts
Showing posts with label crystals. Show all posts

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Windowpane mosaic greeting card

I recently picked up a few sheets of this super cute embossed swiss dot cardstock on sale, so I had to make a quick windowpane mosaic card.

windowpane mosaic greeting card

I love windowpane mosaics - it's a great way to use up paper scraps. Just punch or cut a bunch of 1" squares and adhere them to a dark background with just a skosh of space between each square. I added a few self-adhesive gems in the centers of some of the flowers, too.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Beaded statement necklace with earrings for New Year's Eve

The good folks at Prima Bead sent me a selection of beads to make a statement necklace that one could wear on New Year's Eve. I think this piece would look bold and fabulous over a solid shell or sweater. For those who prefer their necklines to plunge, it would also hang nicely against the skin betwixt the girls, tee hee!

I added three hand-blown clear glass beads from my stash, as well as a black glass buckle-style focal bead. The necklace is strung on a .015 nylon-coated stainless steel wire cable. I really like the pop of red, too!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Make a Christmas tree topper with Smoothfoam and gems from The Robin's Nest

I'm delighted to be part of this holiday ornament blog hop, using Smoothfoam and products from The Robin's Nest. There are lots of designers to see - be sure to visit the TRN blog for the complete list of links.

I made a sparkly tree topper with a Smoothfoam disc that I embellished with these cute Dew Drops plastic gems that come in lots of different colors and shapes.

First I painted one side of the disc with a clear gloss glitter paint, then I glued pretty holiday papers from TRN around the back and sides. I used a clear gel glue to adhere each gem, one by one, into a repeating circular pattern. I really liked having a variety of circles, teardrops and diamonds to work with. The last step is to insert a painted dowel into the bottom of the disc and it's ready to poke into the branches at the top of the tree and secure with a little hidden twist tie if needed.

Leave a comment here to be entered for a chance to win a great prize of crafty goodies from Smoothfoam and The Robin's Nest - enter on each blog you visit in the hop!

Monday, September 30, 2013

Halloween blog hop with Craft Attitude

I'm thrilled to be kicking off this year's Halloween blog hop with Craft Attitude! This week and next, you'll see lots of verrry scary Halloween projects from some fabulous designers.

I made this freestanding "full moon" decoration using a variety of clip art. Set it on the party table, dinner table, coffee table, bookshelf, fireplace mantel - anywhere you need a little Halloween spirit.

Craft Attitude is a sheet of film that you print on your inkjet and then adhere to virtually any surface. It's a super fun and easy way to create with your favorite imagery! It looks especially cool on textured surfaces because the film settles in to all those nooks and don't even know the film is there. It's like the surface came custom-printed with your images. 

Here's how you can make this Halloween decoration for yourself - enjoy!


Craft Attitude Printable Film
Smoothfoam 3" cube

Smoothfoam 6" disc
Elmer's Craft Bond Extra-Strength Glue Stick

Paper trimmer
Paint marker
Black cardstock
Self-adhesive gems
Computer and printer
(FTC disclosure: This blogger was compensated for this post)

Select or create the images you want to use - I used clip art from Microsoft - and print them on to the Craft Attitude film, following the package directions. You'll need images for four sides of the cube, both sides of the disc, plus the edge of the disc. Gang up as many images as you can to fill one sheet of film - I used Powerpoint to this.

Cut some acetate down to a 3" square to use as a crop guide, place it on the printed sheet and trace around it to get the desired crop. Cut out all the images to their final sizes.

Cover the surface of one side the Smoothfoam cube with the glue stick - be sure to get glue all the way out to the edges. Peel back the liner of the film on one corner of one image and position it, image side down, on to the surface of the cube. Rub the image down, then slowly peel off the liner, leaving the film adhered to the cube. Rub the image with your fingers to work out any creases or air bubbles if needed.

Repeat for the rest of the cube and the disc. Color the edges with a black paint marker to give each image a finished look - this also hides any of the white surface that might be peeking out.

Adhere black cardstock to the top and bottom of the cube. Use a 6" skewer (trim as needed) to poke a pilot hole into the bottom edge of the disc - about 3" in. Pull the skewer out and then poke it down through the top center of the cube to the bottom, leaving 3" of skewer sticking out. 

Place the disc on top of the cube by putting the skewer into the pilot hole of the disc. Position the disc on the diagonal to the cube. 

Add some self-adhesive gems to the top of the cube, and embellish the disc with little dimensional charms or die-cuts if you like. 

Be sure to visit these designers' blogs to see what cute-n-spooky projects they create with Craft Attitude:

Wednesday, Oct. 2 -   Theresa Cifali

Friday, Oct. 4 -   Kristi Parker Van Doren
Monday, Oct. 7 -   Jennifer Priest
Wednesday, Oct. 9 -   Ann Butler
Friday, Oct. 11 -   Heather Mann

For even more inspiration, follow Craft Attitude on Facebook!

Monday, September 23, 2013

A holiday cocktail ring - with a giveaway!

For one of my projects this month for Prima Bead, I made a holiday cocktail ring...a cute cluster of mini crystals in red, green and clear.

Meet Balsa, my lovely hand model, lol. Anyway, what I love about these bicone beads is that they are ready-to-go right from the package - they come pre-loaded on to little silver head pins with eyes at the top. All I had to do was string them on to a long piece of silver wire, then I gathered them into a cluster right in the center of the wire.

I bent the wire in half and ran both ends down through the center of a flat connector charm.

Because I started with a super long piece of wire, I was able to loop the ends together and do a coiled wire wrap so it's sturdy and smooth.

I'm happy with how it turned out; it makes a lovely holiday cocktail ring!

Now for the giveaway - I have a lovely selection of Christmas beads and charms from Prima up for grabs! One lucky winner will be picked on Saturday, September 28 - good luck!

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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Glass bead earrings & necklace - for Prima Bead

I really like these large-hole glass beads from Prima Bead - and the smaller metallic beads nest just inside the glass beads perfectly so they don't shift on the headpins.

Here are the supplies I used...for each dangle, arrange your beads on a headpin, add a loop to the top, then slip it on to your earwire or chain. The little crystal beads are the perfect finishing touch at the top and bottom of each dangle. In just a few minutes, you can make a set of earrings and a necklace to match whatever outfit you're wearing.

I really love using beads that come together in a pre-designed mix - makes the process quick and easy, especially when the company sends you such a generous selection of products to choose from!

I'm very happy to contribute projects to the folks at Prima Bead - keep an eye on my blog for more ways I'll be using beads and findings in my projects - from jewelry to cardmaking, mixed media to general crafts - my head is spinning with ideas!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

New Year's resolutions in a deck of handmade cards

Check out this week's Cool2Craft episode, all about projects for the New Year. For my segment, I used stamping and decoupage techniques to create a unique deck of cards that will keep me reminded of the good things I want to do in the new year.

These would also be really fun to make and swap, like artist trading cards!

(ps:  RAK stands for "random act of kindness")

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

more fun with podgeables

i'm addicted to these little acrylic shapes!

i had received this lovely image trio of a vintage lady printed on a fabric sheet as a gift from someone i swapped artist trading cards with. the images were perfect for adhering to the back of the podgeables with mod podge, and the woven texture of the fabric still shines through.

for the smaller tiles, i inked the edges with a black permapaque marker and embellished the top with a little bling. they are just the right size for a pendant or an artist trading card.

on the larger tag tile, i wrapped the edges with washi tape and added a little dimensional magic and glitter in the corners and on top of the rose.

this card with the atc and pendant are for sale on my etsy.
click here to see a sun catcher i made with podgeables - it's sparkly!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

podgeable sun-catcher

i really like these little plastic "podgeables" shapes - i used 4 together to make a sun-catcher. it's super easy to drill little holes in them for hanging.

for the crown at the top, i dabbed it with a bright yellow-green alcohol ink to give it a marbleized effect. then i outlined the edges with dimensional magic and glitter. the sun shines through this bright piece beautifully!

in the center, i used a blue alcohol ink to tint the flower shape and stamped it with a dotted circle pattern.

i used mod podge to adhere some glittery leaf paper to the circle shape and glued it to the center. the flower is outlined with a gold leaf pen.

i inked the key and then covered it with mod podge and dipped it into some blended blue and gold glitter and added a little bow to the top.

i bent decorative headpins with beads to make all the little hooks and added some bling - it's nice and light and it looks really cute and sparkly hanging in my window!

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

layered board book cover

so i'm hosting a new weekly webcast for c&t publishing (how much do i love my job!) called wednesday night live.

on our first show last night, i demo-ed how to make this pretty cover for a board can become an art journal, a scrapbook, a recipe book, a place to glue in the atc's you collect...board books are so versatile, i just love 'em.

here is the replay link for the show - i hope you enjoy it, and i hope you'll be inspired!

visit my website for discounted prices on almost all the things you need to make one of these for yourself!

join me (and guest demonstrators too) every wednesday night (6pm pst; 8pm ct; 9pm et) in c&t publishing's digital lounge for free, live and interactive demos and lots of fun chatter with people all over the world.

Thursday, March 04, 2010

commissioned project

my coworker commissioned me to make a super-rush birthday card and gift for her mother-in-law. i strung some pretty hematite and agate beads together to make a simple necklace with matching earrings (which i completely forgot to snap a picture of). she said the gift went over well - yay!

here is the birthday card, a quick and easy layout. i just love using fine art postcards as focus paper, this is from a postcard book i bought at the museum when they had the monet in normandy exhibit, called waterlilies and japanese bridge.

  1. trim white cardstock to 7"x10" and score in the center to fold to 5"x7"
  2. distress the edges with a stamp pad - i chose purple
  3. choose a patterned or image-rich focus paper - such as a cropped art postcard - cut it to 3"x4" then choose two contrasting background papers to frame it
  4. trim the background papers, one larger 4.5"x6.5" and the other smaller 4"x6"; use a pinking blade if desired
  5. adhere the focus paper off-center to the smaller frame with a tape runner, then adhere the smaller frame to the larger frame (centered)
  6. choose one wide ribbon and two narrow ribbons in sheer coordinating colors; layer and wrap around the paper stack as shown above; secure ribbons on the back of the larger frame with tape
  7. center and adhere the paper stack to the front of the white cardstock with dimensional glue dots
  8. embellish with self-adhesive crystals

Friday, September 11, 2009

altered cigar box

macanudo cigars, made in jamaica...i have no idea how i ended up with this empty cigar box, but i finally decided it was high time i altered it.

i covered it with wrinkled gold foil mylar tissue and painted the mylar with caramel, green and black alcohol inks. i wrapped a wide green woven fiber ribbon around the sides, and added gold leafing pen to the lip.

on the top, i layered sheets of timtex and lutradur that I sprayed with color wash and glimmer mist. then i embedded some gold punchinella into a strip of green polymer clay, and coated it with crackle medium. i finished it off with a square of glass (painted with metallic ink) and lots of gold and bronze crystals.

Sunday, September 06, 2009


this is a chipboard angel that i painted yellow and gold, then embellished the wings with glass bead texture gel medium and bronze and white embossing powders.

her bodice is a diamond stamp with the bronze embossing powder, and i criss-crossed gold wire and beads on her legs to look like ribbons coming from her gold ballet slippers. i made her petal skirt with textiva fusible film, fused around gold wire.

she was really fun to make!

Monday, August 03, 2009

projects made at cha

my poor blog was sadly ignored the whole time i was at cha...i was posting more to my facebook page and my work blog. but now i'm back, invigorated and inspired after seeing so many new products, techniques and projects.
thought i'd start by sharing two little things i made there. this first piece is a pendant i made in a class taught by judikins, using their new curing epoxy that sets up to a smooth glass finish in only 15 minutes with exposure to sun or a uv light source.

first i stamped a piece of paper that had been painted with mica-infused inks. i cropped and clipped the image to size and taped it inside the pendant. then i added texture by pressing into the paper with the tip of a pen. then i poured in a thin layer of the epoxy, put it under the light and done! i added a little gem on top.

the tag was a make-n-take project at the clearsnap booth. they were showing off their new colors of smooch paints and a new smooch mist coming out in another couple months. i painted and misted the black tag and white flower, then added the dahlia stamp and embossed it white. I added the ribbon, crackle medium and flowersoft sprinkles at home.

got lots more ideas wantin' to bust loose now!!

Saturday, June 06, 2009

time for a follower prize...or two

yesterday was the 5th, so i have drawn two names from all you lovely blog followers out from the google peeps, and one from the facebook peeps. congrats—one of my handmade greeting cards is coming your way!!

ivolina from bulgaria
dianna from idaho

here are the cards i made today at an all-day cardmaking event at mainely stamping. i went with my good friend glenna. they had little stations all throughout the store, each with a designed card sample and pre-cut card pieces to assemble. of course, me being me, i didn't follow any of the rules...i mixed it up and distressed and inked and blinged things just the way i like!

this was my first time at this store, what a sweet place! the staff was very friendly. i bought some fabulous large background texture stamps that will be really fun for collages, including a stamp with my very favorite picasso quote:

"art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life"

Saturday, May 02, 2009

may flowers

the challenge at scrappy hours this week is flowers - join us!

i just love these collage flowers and leaves and the leaf charm straight pin...i buy these lovely embellishments from my friend daniela, she makes the best kits!

Monday, March 09, 2009

another swaparooni •••

i belong to a cardmaker's group on facebook - once a month the group does a card swap. last month i swapped with a woman in the u.k. and this month i'm swapping with a woman in canada. fun to trade handmade cards across the miles! here is what i made for jenn in canada, it's a design i created last year, i really like trying it with different papers and embellishments.

Sunday, March 08, 2009

see why you should follow my blog?

i like how this card turned out. it's for the winner of my last drawing. a nice design that really lets the paper do the talking....i'll have to make more of these to sell!

if you want a chance to win a handmade card, following my blog is can do it through google or facebook. just click on the gadgets over there to the right. yay!

Monday, March 02, 2009

new challenge at scrappy hours •••

scrappy hours just posted a fun challenge...a day in the life. head over there and submit your card or layout!

I combined lots of different things i've been wanting to do on a card in this one. it represents "a day in the life" for me in a couple ways. one is that i'd love each day to be full of sunshine, flowers and song...carefree and idyllic.  of course that is cliché and totally unrealistic....but i do my best to capture some of it each day. the other way this card is like "a day in the life" for me is all the different techniques i used, the best day for me is when i discover a new way to create.

i recycled an acetate overlay from a valentine's card i already had the white doodly flower on the front. i dripped alcohol inks on the back and let them bleed into each other for a mottled stained glass effect. i figured out how to create words on my cricut, and i made a pinhole border for the first time. the gold foil behind the floral cut paper is recycled crinkled tissue paper from an xmas gift. 

so it's kinda busy-looking, but i like it, i think it's cheery!

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