Saturday, February 6, 2016

Faith, Family, Friends Signpost

Hi all,

Today I'm sharing my latest project for Smoothfoam™.  It's a signpost that reflects what is important to me.   It's very simple to make. I used a sheet of Smoothfoam™ and cut the signs, notched the edges and painted them.  Looks like painted wood, doesn't it?  But, it's so much easier to work with than wood.

For this project I've add some JOY letters in two different fonts, and it was painted with DecoArt® Chalky Finish Paints.  Both of these products work so well with Smoothfoam™.  The Chalky Finish paint covers with one coat since it's nice and thick.  And, lettering signs with JOY letters is a breeze - simply glue them on to the foam surface.  If you like, you can color them with inks or paint to get the color you desire.  You can find all these products at a large craft store near you. 

For all the details, head to the Smoothfoam™ blog and create a signpost that reflects your favorite phrases.

Happy Crafting,

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Pretty Palettes :: January Reveal

Hi Everyone1

Before January is totally gone, I wanted to squeeze in a little playtime for myself and create something for the January Pretty Palettes challenge on the Halcraft blog.  This month, Erin has found some amazing snowflake photographs for inspiration.  For me, January has been filled with tax forms, needlepoint designing and the Craft and Hobby Show, so this designing time is a great little break to play with the beads.

Life is so full that I didn't have time to head down to Michaels, but I did have some AB rondelles already on hand from the Bead Gallery and I picked up some Bliss Beads (also made by Halcraft) at my local JoAnn's.

So, here is what I created.  I made a pendant with a wire ring and some of the crystal AB beads in the shape of a snowflake and added it to a quick and easy necklace. 

I'm finishing this after the light has gone, so it is not as sharp as possible, but I like how the pendant came out.  I can see a necklace with a flurry of these in different sizes.
Snowflake Necklace

Happy Creating! And, check out all the other snowflake-inspired designs! 

Photos the next day:
Snowflake Necklace
 And, here's a close-up:
Close-up of Snowflake Pendant
It's so much easier to get a good photo with the right light.  I'm still working on it as you can see.  It's part of the learning process! Now, I'm wondering if I should have a dark background....

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Craft Ideas Winter Issue

Hi Crafty Friends!

I've had a design published in the latest Craft Ideas magazine.  The Winter 2015 issue is chockful of great designs, so I hope you'll check it out!

There are designs for Valentine's Day, snowflake designs, nursery ideas and great tutorials.

Here's my design for this issue: 
Crimson & Gold Necklace
You can find instructions and materials on the Craft Ideas website by clicking on the caption below the photo.

Happy Creating!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Live, Laugh, Love Wall Hanging

Hi Crafty Friends!

Today I'm sharing my latest project with JOY Iron-on letters.  In this design, I used some of the funky neon letters with black letters in another font.  Then, I cut some flowers with my Sizzix Big Kick and added buttons and floss.  It's so easy with these letters to create your favorite motto or saying.
Live, Laugh, Love Wall Hanging
You can find all the instructions on the Creating with JOY blog.

You can find these letters in Hobby Lobby or Michaels, or on the website if you don't have a store in your area. 

Happy Crafting!

Friday, January 15, 2016

We're All Ears :: January Reveal


Today I accepted the We're All Ears challenge on the Earrings Everyday site and have made a pair of earrings in the new Pantone colors.  There are two colors of the year for 2016 - Rose Quartz and Serenity - basically a soft pink and a soft blue.  I happen to like both of these colors and have created jewelry in both, but I have never combined them.  

Going through my stash of beads, I found this combination that I liked:  a frosted rose quartz faceted glass rondelle, an sapphire glass faceted cube with an AB finish and a clear pink E bead.  The AB finish on the blue glass picks up the pinks in the other beads.

Soft and Serene Earrings
These colors would be great for a wedding.  Making more of this same dangle and a vintage brass chandelier finding would be very elegant.  For a bolder look, add in the brighter pink or the darker blue from the 2016 Pantone colors.  Here's the full palette:

I think there are plenty of nice color combinations to last the year! That aqua and the tan, aqua and green and yellow, the grayish blue with the rose....yep, lots to work with!
Happy Creating!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

CHA Bound

Hi Crafty Friends!

In a few days, I'll be off to the Craft and Hobby Mega Show!  It's the 75th anniversary of the organization, so it's sure to be a show to remember.  

I'll be working in the Eye Connect Crafts booth again this year. Erin Sparler has created some amazing new products, which will be available at the show.  Eye Connect Crafts also has a new partnership with Sizzix/Ellison.  Be sure to check out the Eye Connect Crafts blog for more on that news.

Here's a little sneak peek of the project for the booth that is still in progress now!  Yes, I'm working up to the last minute!  I turned this:

Into these:

I'll be taking these butterflies along with some birds and making a mobile with them.  I really like the way they came out.  I painted them with Americana® Décor™ Chalky Finish Paint in three colors, then cut scraps of print fabric and old lace tablecloth to embellish the wings.  Then, I added paint or ink for distressing along with a little sanding and raveling of the edges of the fabric. 

For more craft ideas with the recycled tag board shapes - both poppets and lace-ups, check out the blog.  If you are attending the show, please stop by Booth #2206 and say hello.  We've got make-and-takes going on all day and we'd love to show you around!

Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Pretty Palettes Reveal for December

Hi Creative Folks!
This month on the Pretty Palettes challenge, Erin has challenged us with intricate Nordic knitting designs.  These wonderful patterns can be found in gloves, socks, sweaters and hats.  Here's one of her examples:
Selbuvotter – Nordic mittens – image from the
I have used designs like this when I stitch needlepoint designs, but I have never used these in my jewelry designs, so this should be fun!  In fact, one of my favorite winter sweaters is an example of this style of design.  And, with the chilly weather we've been having here in California, I have it right on hand for inspiration!

My sweater inspiration
Below are the beads that Erin chose for this challenge.  I wasn't able to find all of these at my local Michaels, so I made some substitutions.


Here are the beads I chose:

I didn't use the AB crackle beads, and I added some jet donut beads from Bliss Beads.  I couldn't find the suggested red beads but I found some in the same color that were faceted.  I also couldn't find the silver filigree beads but I found something similar.  Here are the earrings:
Winter Earrings

And, here is my necklace with the earrings:
Winter Set
Maybe I'll think of a better name later.  The white crackle beads remind me of snowballs and the rich red faceted beads are like berries.  Not sure how to combine that!

Head to the Halcraft blog for the designs inspired by these patterns and colors.

As usual, Erin, the inspiration was great - wonderful colors and patterns and an educational and informative experience (which I love!).  Thanks for the challenge!

Happy Creating and a very Happy and Heatlthy New Year to all!