Thursday, October 16, 2014

Fringe Earrings with Hebe Cord

Hi Crafters!

Today some of us on the Designer Crafts Connection are working with a new product that we received from Sullivans USA called Hebe Cord.  This new cord comes in 31 beautiful colors and can be used for knitting, crocheting, knotting and tatting.

I received two shades of purple.  Here is one of the projects that I created.  It's a simple project that anyone can make.  You'll love wearing these fun and trendy Fringe Earrings.

Fringe Earrings with Hebe Cord

To make these earrings, you'll need:

Hebe Cord, medium purple
Bullet style bead caps
22-gauge wire to match
Earring wires to match
66 2/0 E beads (I used Beader's Paradise 2/0 Czech Glass E-Beads in Lavender Mix)

Cut 32 nine-inch pieces of cord.  Fold 16 in half and slide 6" length of wire through the fold. Fold wire and wrap one around the other. Trim wrapping wire and slip on bead cap.  Add one bead and make a wrapped loop.  Open earring wire and connect to wrapped loop.  Repeat for the other earring.

Slide a bead on each strand and knot beneath the bead.  Add a small dot of glue to hold knot. These earrings are about 4-1/2 inches long.  

And, here's another project that I created with Hebe Cord.  (I couldn't stop creating with this cord!)  This bracelet is done with a French Knitter and I'll provide the details on my next post.  So, here's a sneak peek!
Hebe Cord French Knit Bracelet
  I hope you'll take a few minutes to see all the other projects designed with this cord.  There are projects in crochet, knitting, macrame and more!  Just click on the big blue Designer Crafts Connection button in my sidebar.

Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Sea Life Mobile

Hi All!

Today I want to show you another craft that I have designed using the Totem Poppets from Eye Connect Crafts.  I am having fun trying different ideas with these.  Today, I'm working with Starfish and Crab Poppets.

Here's the packaged Poppets:
Totem Poppets
These are made from recycled chipboard and are easily removed from the square of chipboard from which they are laser cut.  They were designed to be put together with 1/16" eyelets, but they can also be put together with brads, small screws or fibers.  Each Poppet comes with a statement on its totem representation, which you can incorporate into your artwork if you wish.  

For my version of these Poppets, I popped them out and painted them with acrylic paint.  I painted them with a main color, then dry brushed and dabbed other colors on top.  For the crab, I added bead eyes.  To hold them together, I used hemp twine.  I think it adds a nice natural feel.  It's very easy to work with also.

Here's the crab:
Crab Poppet
And, here's the starfish:
I arranged the poppets on a mobile constructed of driftwood, a piece of net and some shells that I had in my stash.
Ocean Life Mobile by Terry Ricioli
If you want to start playing with Poppets, head over to the website:  Eye Connect Crafts 
While you're there, check out the blog and see what Erin Sparler, the owner and creator or Eye Connect Crafts is up to with her amazing Poppets and with the other chipboard line, Lace-Ups.

Come back soon for more fun with Totem Poppets and Lace-ups!
Happy Crafting!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Jack O'Lantern Jars

Hi Crafty Friends!

I love to decorate for the fall holidays and Jack O' Lanterns are one of my favorite decorations.  I made these Jack O' Lanterns with canning jars.  It's so easy to do with etchall® etching creme!  These jars look great sitting on my window sill filled with tinted water. 

They also make great party glasses with orange punch or soda.  You can make different faces on each one so your guests will remember which one is theirs!

Or, fill them up with candy corn or other treats and give them to your neighbors!  Add tea lights and set them on your porch (use the battery-powered ones for safety).  You can even darken the etched area with permanent marker for another look. 

To make these jars, you'll need some etchall® etching creme.  Then, you'll need some sticky paper to mask your jar so it will only be etched where you want it to be.

I didn't have any etchmask with which to create the design, so I tried a few other sticky papers that I had around the house like masking tape, address label stickers and shelf liner. Shelf liner worked the best.  The grid on the back of the liner helps in drawing the design.  But, for jack o' lantern faces, you don't have to be too symmetrical!

I cut or punched out the features for my jack o' lanterns and stuck the paper on the jar making sure it was sealed down to the jar around the cut-outs.  Then, I masked off the area around the design and applied the etchall® etching creme.

Fifteen minutes later, I scraped off the creme and put it back in the jar (it's re-usable!!).  I rinsed the jar, removed the mask and - voila! - it's ready to go!  Add some ribbon, rick rack or twine with beads or charms for jaunty jack o' lantern jars!

If you are excited about etching your own jars, follow the etchall® link on my sidebar and tell them that I referred you!  (Since I'm an ambassador, I get a small percentage of the sale.)

Hope you will #cre8time for crafting!

Monday, September 29, 2014


Hi Crafty Friends!

Fall leaves, bright pumpkins, garden harvests...there are so many reasons to enjoy this time of year.  And, it's so much fun to use all these things to decorate your porch or table.  

I created this little scarecrow to go with my fall decorations this year.  He was created for Smoothfoam™ and the instructions are on their blog.                                          

Scarecrow Decoration for Smoothfoam

He's very easy to make with Smoothfoam™ and upcycled fabric.  I used an old shirt and a pair of jeans.  Add some burlap and a few buttons and you'll have a decoration you'll set out every fall! 

I'd like to make more of these since I really like scarecrows.  I think a few in different sizes and fabric would be fun!  Maybe a whole scarecrow family!

Happy crafting and fall decorating!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Owl Poppet

Hi Crafty Friends!

Recently I was introduced to a new craft product. You know how I like that!  And, it's a craft material just full of possibilities - even better!  The company is Eye Connect Crafts and they produce chipboard animal shapes called Totem Poppets that can be connected with eyelets or buttons or string.  Since the animal is jointed, you can position the limbs and head as you like. 

Below is what one looks like pulled from the package.  It is laser cut with the holes punched in the pieces.  This is the Totem Owl Poppet and it comes with a moon also.
Totem Owl Poppet
Totem Owl Poppet pieces
You carefully remove the pieces from the sheet and paint or stamp or collage them.  You can use whatever art style or medium you like.  I painted mine and added some pieces of burlap.  Then, I glued them into a wreath.  But, you could put them in a card, in a scrapbook or journal, or grouped with other fall or holiday decorations.  They are so versatile!

After you have added paint or other media, you connect them together.  These are connected with eyelets, but you could use any number of different connectors.  Or, you could glue the pieces together.

Owl Poppet
Here's how I created this owl.  He's a perfect addition for your fall decorating!

Totem Owl Poppet, 1/16” eyelets and eyelet setter (
Acrylic Paint:  Khaki Tan, Buttermilk, Jack-O’-Lantern Orange, Bright Yellow, Milk Chocolate (Americana® by DecoArt®)
Grapevine wreath, 6” (Darice®)
Two buttons, gold or yellow, 3/8”
Black embroidery floss
Small scraps of tan burlap
Tools:  paintbrush, scissors

1.  Basecoat body with Milk Chocolate, wings and head with Khaki Tan and feet and moon with Buttermilk.  Cut two small triangles for beak from extra board and basecoat with Buttermilk.
2.  Cut semicircle of burlap for breast of owl and shape to fit around neck and wing.  Dab and edge with Milk Chocolate and lightly with a mix of Khaki and Orange.  Cut two ½” circles of burlap for eyes.  Dab in center and around edges with Milk Chocolate.
3.  Use a scrap of burlap as a stamp and add Milk Chocolate to wings.  Layer other colors over this.  Do the same in a triangle on the head. 
4.  Layer Yellow and Orange over feet and beak.  Add Khaki and Yellow to moon.  Edge the moon with Milk Chocolate.
5.  Sew black embroidery thread on buttons.
6.  Use the eyelet setter and eyelets to construct the owl following the setter instructions.  Place the right wing under the body. 
7.  Glue the burlap pieces in place.  Glue the buttons over the burlap.
8.  Position the owl wings and head as desired.  Glue owl and moon onto the wreath.

I'm sure you'll want to add these Totem Poppets to your craft projects and I hope you'll take a look at the great variety of animals and shapes available at Eye Connect Crafts.

Happy Crafting!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Shirt Memo Board

Hi Crafty Friends!
This week some of us on Designer Crafts Connection are participating in the manufacturer's challenge and creating with Kunin™ Felt, Buttons Galore and More buttons and Beacon™ glues.  It's a winning combination for creating fun projects.  This time our focus is on home decor. 

For a manufacturer's challenge, we designers receive free samples to create a project and showcase it on our blogs.  

When I saw the felt I received, it reminded me of menswear with gray flannel and pinstripes, so I created a memo board that looks like a man's shirt.  The Fancifelt™ and the Embossedfelt™ were perfect for this.  The Beacon Felt Glue was wonderful to use.  I've had problems with gluing felt.  This glue worked very well and had no odor, which is always a plus.  And, I always love adding buttons to any project and Buttons Galore and More has a great selection from which to choose.  A Smoothfoam™ scrapbook mount is the perfect lightweight surface to use for a memo board.

Shirt Memo Board and Pencil Holder
Here's how to make the memo board:

Shirt Memo Board

Kunin™ Felt: 

9x12 Cobblestone Smoke Embossedfelt™

9x12 White Classicfelt™

12x12 piece of white/grey chevron print Fancifelt™

12x12 Smoothfoam™ Scrapbook Mount

4 orange shirt buttons and one larger orange button (Buttons Galore & More)

Beacon™ Felt Glue

Slate Gray acrylic paint (DecoArt® Americana®)

Scissors, white sewing thread and needle, paintbrush

1.  Paint edges of Smoothfoam™ scrapbook page mount with Slate Gray.

2.  Cut a 12x12 piece of chevron print centered evenly on print.  Glue felt to Smoothfoam™. 

3.  For the collar, mark off right triangles with sides of 4” and 5” on the white felt and use a ruler to draw the triangles.  Cut out and glue along the top edge of the board overlapping in the center.  Cut white rectangles for the cuffs (2 ¼” x 3 ¼”).  Glue felt pieces to the bottom corners of the shirt front. 

4.  To create the body of the tie, make a pattern by folding a piece of printer paper in half lengthwise.  Draw a tie shape on the fold and cut out the pattern.  Unfold and check the size against the shirt front. Pin to the felt and cut out.  Cut a small oval from the felt for the knot on the tie and glue over the end of the tie.

5.  Sew thread through the buttons and glue in place on the collar points and cuffs.  Add a larger button for the tie tack.

Use the same idea on other items for your desk like a pencil holder or journal cover.

This would be a great idea for Father's Day or a man's birthday gift.

Happy Crafting!  Don't forget to use the DCC button to hop around and see the other home decor ideas! And, enter for a chance to win $100 in product from Kunin felt, Beacon Adhesives and Buttons Galore and More!

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