Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Vintage greeting card

I really like these vintage images from the Tim Holtz Crowded Attic paper pad...dusty and rusty! Here's a quick and easy greeting card I made with a reminder to enjoy the journey, wherever it takes you.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Retro 70s peace sign jewelry

I love how these wood and resin beads blend with this copper chain and a wood peace sign pendant from Prima Bead. If you have short hair, beads around the sides and back of your neck look really pretty.

I found some smaller white resin peace sign beads at a consignment store to make matching earrings.
Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us, and the world will be as one.  —John Lennon

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Leather Kumihimo necklace with shell and stone

This month I've been working with natural materials to make some new jewelry, mostly from Prima Bead - leather, stone, metal, wood. I did some Kumihimo projects a couple months ago and it was so much fun, I wanted to have another go.

For this statement necklace, I made a basic Kumihimo braid with two colors of leather cord, green and yellow. I love how thick the braid turned out - it's about a 1/2" around.

I trimmed, twisted and glued the ends inside some spare metal filigree cone findings I've had in my stash forever, using E6000 adhesive. Then I added a magnetic clasp with some sturdy jump rings.

The braid was pretty enough to leave as is, plus I didn't think I'd be able to find something bold enough in the right colors to hang from it.

But my stash served me well - I happened to have these large, flat beads in the right shapes and colors. The circle is shell (1-1/2" diameter) and the rectangle is stone (1-1/2" long). I placed a natural pebble bead in between and coiled the top eye pin around two of the individual cords.

The combination of leather, shell and stone makes for a lovely organic look. I really like how this turned out!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Halloween Birthday Blog Hop with Bella Crafts Quarterly

Bella Crafts Quarterly is one year old! They're celebrating with a Halloween-themed designer blog hop and a prize giveaway. Four fabulous manufacturers provide the designers with product to create something cool and creepy:

Since World Cardmaking Day was just last week, I created a couple Halloween greeting cards.

The Classic Squares dies by Spellbinders were perfect for creating window frames from black cardstock - the dies stay right where you want them with the magnetic mat. The Westcott trimmer sliced through the Rowlux sheets like buttah, and the non-stick surface of my Westcott scissors made it much easier to trim little strips from the double-sided Tacky Sheets. And when that shiny black Tulip Glitter hits those Tacky strips, it stays put beautifully.

I placed white cardstock behind the orange Rowlux in each die-cut window so it looks like it's glowing, when compare to how the Rowlux looks against the black cardstock. With some fun little resin stickers, black gems and creepy rubber spiders, my cards are frighteningly fabulous!

Click here to enter to win an awesome selection of Graphic 45 paper, diecuts and embellishments - good luck!

Check out the links below to see what the rest of the designers on the hop did with their supplies.

Happy Birthday, Bella!

Monday, October 07, 2013

Painted wood file tray

I really like the new DecoArt Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Paint - I'm going to be using these bright seasonal colors on lots of projects, I think!

After sanding the wood, I painted one coat of each color and dry brushed brown around the edges to distress it. I painted the bottom and back of the tray with brown, too.

I added a sepia-toned image of leaves and pinecones to the front panel using Craft Attitude printable film. Then I finished it off with some bronze-tone metal accents. Perfect for keeping pretty scrap papers and envelopes on hand.

Be sure to click on the "hop" links in the Designer Crafts Connection logo in my sidebar to see what lots of other designers are making this week...inspiring!