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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Recycled Crafts

Hi Crafters!

I've long been an advocate or re-using and recycling materials in crafts.  I especially like doing that for kids' crafts, but recycled materials are also great for re-use in art collages, paper projects, decoupage, general crafts and even jewelry.

Here's a craft that I did recently for the Smoothfoam blog.  This Primitive Bunny Jar uses paper bags, old buttons and a jelly jar. You can find the instructions at the link.

Primitive Bunny Jar for Smoothfoam

Here's another of my favorite projects that I made using paper bags - Scrunched Paper Bangles.
All the instructions are on my blog at the link.  It's a fun gift for the kids to make for Mother's Day.
Scrunched Paper Bangles

Here's another craft that I made using recycled materials:  a Decoupaged Flower Pot. It's a great craft for everyone from kids to seniors!

Decoupaged Flower Pot
To make a pot like this, sponge on some acrylic paint, then glue on a selection of pieces from seed catalogs, gardening magazines and seed packets.  I also added some fabric leaves and flowers.  Stamp a message and decoupage that on top.  Add coats of decoupage medium.  This also makes a nice gift.  You can add a plant or fill it up with seed packets, a trowel and a pair of gardening gloves! 

Have fun with these and don't forget to look at your recyclables for crafting material!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Designer Crafts Connection: Etched Plate

Hi Crafters!
This month on the Designer Crafts Connection blog hop, we're celebrating spring with flower designs.  So, hop around and see all the different media that the designers used to create a flower design.

I decided on an etched plate with flower stencils.  It's so easy to make with etchall® etching creme that you'll want to make one, too!

I purchased a glass plate at a local craft store and had some adhesive-backed stencils in my stash.

I placed the stencil in the center and taped around it with masking tape to ensure that the etching creme didn't get on the glass around it.  I followed the instructions on the etchall® etching creme and you can see the result in the center.  Then, I added stenciled flowers around the edge.

Here's the finished result:
And, here it is in my cabinet:

This would make a great gift and is so easy to do and inexpensive to make. 
To see the other designs this month, use the big blue button to the left of this post.  And, if you want to purchase etching supplies, use the little bee button above it (I get a small percentage if you do!).  
Happy Crafting!
Terry

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Sage and Pearls Necklace for Craft Ideas

Happy Spring Everyone!

If you are looking for a design for bridesmaid jewelry or just something quick and elegant, here's a necklace that I designed for Craft Ideas magazine.  It's in their spring issue and you can also find the instructions on their website now under Sage and Pearls Bridesmaid Jewelry.  This necklace uses light green Swarovski pearls and Golden Shadow briolettes and a pear pendant. 
Sage and Pearls

The Sage and Pearls version of the necklace was re-designed to coordinate with the lovely muted palette of Sage and Sandalwood wedding colors in Craft Ideas.  I originally designed this necklace with glass teardrops and pearls with a silver pendant. It works either way and would look great in whatever colors you choose!
Teardrops and Pearls Necklace


Teardrops and Pearls on a stand
Happy Crafting! 

Monday, March 23, 2015

Pretty Palettes Challenge for March

Hi Crafty Friends,
This month I decided to participate in the Pretty Pallettes challenge on the Halcraft blog. Each month, they use a photo to inspire a selection of beads to use in a jewelry design. Here's the post for the March Inspiration.

I used three of the bead selection that is shown - the turquoise ceramic beads, the green AB rondelles and the copper-plated ovals and created a necklace and earrings.  I couldn't have asked for better colors and I love how the iridescent finish of the green beads matches the turquoise.  And, antique copper is one of my favorite metals to use in my designs.  I was very happy with this combination.
Spring Necklace and Earrings
I can't wait to see what the other designers have created when the designs are revealed!  
Happy creating!

Update:  Here's the link to see the March Reveal!  Check out the beautiful creations!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Connie Crystal Challenge: Rhinestone Cuff and Earrings

Hi Crafty Friends!

This month, some of us in the Designer Crafts Connection web ring are creating designs with Connie Crystal products.  It's one of our manufacturer's challenges where a company sends us product and we create a design.  The company involved benefits from the exposure and we get to try some wonderful new products.  To see what we all have created hop around the Designer Crafts Connection ring by clicking forward or backward on the big, blue button to the left of this post.

Here's what I received from Connie Crystal.  They carry a variety of beads, crystals and crystal sheets.  For this project, I'm working with their crystal sheets, which come in black and white.  They are a lightweight, flexible sheet of rhinestones set in plastic cups and held together with a lattice of thread. You can cut them apart with scissors and glue or adhere them to any surface.



Of the many ideas that I brainstormed, I decided on a Rhinestone Cuff and Earrings.  I love how they came out.  They were very quick and easy to make and are perfect for an evening out!
Rhinestone Cuff and Earrings
For the cuff, I used an aluminum cuff blank.  I used Aleene's Peel and Stick Sheets to adhere the crystal sheet to the aluminum cuff.  The only tool you need is a pair of scissors.  Such an easy project!

The earrings are a little more complicated, but not much!  You'll need some jewelry tools:  a wire cutter and two pairs of chain-nose pliers.  Cut chain for the fringe in the lengths you like and cut two more for the chain connection at the top.  Cut two pieces of crystal sheet in the size you like.  Connect them to the piece of crystal sheet with jump rings, add an earring hook, and you're done!  Instant glamour!

I can't wait to try more projects with these Crystal Sheets because they add glamour and sparkle to any project!

Happy Crafting!
Terry

Monday, March 9, 2015

Crafty Ideas for St. Patrick's Day

Hi Crafty Friends!

Hope you are enjoying National Craft Month, and taking time to create!  Nothing relieves stress and boredom like being absorbed in making something!

Here's a craft I made for the Smoothfoam™ blog.  Smoothfoam™ is great for all kinds of decorations, and is easy to hang on the wall because it is so lightweight.  It comes in lots of different shapes that make it easy to decorate for any holiday, and it's easy to paint because of its smooth surface.
Sweet Smoothfoam Shamrock
And, here's a few more crafts for more St. Patrick's Day fun! We've got you covered for St. Patrick's Day decorating!

Golden Irish Greeting Signs for your table!
Smoothfoam st patricks day sign
Irish Greeting Signs

Smoothfoam st patricks day leprechaun hat
Lucky Leprechaun Hat
And, a glittery Shamrock Topiary!
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Shamrock Topiary


Monday, March 2, 2015

Designer Crafts Connection: Inspired by Pinterest

Hi Crafty Friends!

Here it is another first Monday of the month and time for a round on the Designer Crafts Connection blog hop!  To see what everyone is up to this month, click on the links on the big blue DCC button to the left of this post.  This month we're creating crafts that are inspired by Pinterest.  As there are so many craft ideas on Pinterest, there will be a wide range of crafty ideas.  I'm sure you'll be inspired by the DCC crafts!

I love to create angels.  So, I took a look at the angel crafts category on Pinterest.  There are so many ideas that it can be overwhelming, but I decided to work with materials I have on hand and that I am comfortable with to create this Rustic Angel.  I used a blend of recycled materials and natural materials.
Rustic Angel by Terry Ricioli

Here are some of the materials that I collected:
A cardboard cone, cardboard coffee sleeves, burlap ribbon from Offray®, twine, a foam ball
Then, I added rusty wire and a paper lunch bag to the mix.  I was going to create wings from the cardboard sleeves, but I changed my mind!  You'll also need decoupage medium, tacky glue and scissors. 

Here's the basics if you want to create your own angel like this one:

1.  Add glue to the cone and wrap the cone with the burlap ribbon.  

2.  Cut a circle from the paper bag and decoupage it to the foam ball.  Glue the foam ball to the cone.

3.  Cut a strip the length of the paper bag about two inches wide.  Scrunch it up into a ball and unfold.  Tie a knot in the center and glue the ends at the back under the head.

4.  Glue and wrap twine around the head for hair.

5.  Cut a length of burlap ribbon and make a bow.  Glue it to the back over the arms.

6.  Make a halo with rusty wire and glue to the back of the hair.

I hope you'll try your version of this angel.  Use materials that you have around the house or you can gather outside.  Next, I want to create some angels for my garden.  I'm going to start collecting old rusty metal and furniture parts.

We on the Designer Crafts Connection circuit hope you will return later in the month when we create projects using Connie Crystal.  And, since this is National Craft Month, they'll be lot of ideas, so remember to #cre8time for extra crafting!