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!

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!
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!


Friday, February 6, 2015

Valentine's Day Project with Offray Ribbon

Hi Crafters!

Today some of us on the Designer Crafts Connection are participating in a Manufacturer's Challenge.  On this project, we are working with Offray® ribbon and creating a design for Valentine's Day.  If you've done any sewing or crafting in your life, undoubtedly you have worked with Offray's fine selection of ribbons and trims!  I was delighted to participate in this challenge and received a generous supply of ribbon with which to create.
Here's the ribbon I received in colors of Apple Green, Shocking Pink and White.

I love these colors!  They remind me of high school and the bright colors I wore then.  We were to create a Valentine's Day project, and with these bold colors, I decided on some wall art.

Love Wall Art by Terry Ricioli
Here's how I created this:

To start, I painted a 12x12" scrapbook mount from Smoothfoam™ with Sour Apple acrylic paint from DecoArt®.  Smoothfoam™ has a smooth, easily paintable surface so it makes a great surface for any wall art you want to create.

Shocking pink chevron ribbon (1 1/2"):  Five 5 1/2" pieces

Shocking pink grosgrain ribbon (5/8"):  Five 6" pieces plus shorter pieces for each letter

Apple green grosgrain ribbon:  60"

Pink Baker's twine


Double-sided tape or tape runner

Mark off a 1" border around the edge of the scrapbook mount.  I used pins to mark off the border along the outside edge of the foam.

To create the L, turn under the ends of the chevron ribbon.  Add a grosgrain piece over the chevron ribbon.  Tape this to the board and add another grosgrain piece for the other part of the L.  Turn up the end to miter it and trim.  Use tape to adhere the ribbon to the board.

For the O, use two chevron pieces, two grosgrain pieces and cut small pieces of grosgrain to fit between the chevron pieces.  For the V, use one chevron piece and two grosgrain pieces.  For the E, use one chevron piece of ribbon, one 6" piece of grosgrain and smaller pieces of grosgrain.

Use the photo as a guide to create the letters, turning under the ends at an angle or straight across according to the photo.

You can find all these ribbons on the Offray® website or in your favorite craft store.  You can sign up for the Offray® newsletter for more great projects with ribbon.

For more Valentine's Day projects with Offray® ribbon, click on the Designer Crafts Connection logo on the side of my blog.

And, here are more Valentine's projects from the Offray® site.

Burlap Valentine Wreath, Burlap Love Banner, Burlap Table Runner, Love Birds Centerpiece and Silverware Sleeves.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Love Birds Centerpiece
Burlap Love Banner

Happy Crafting and Happy Valentine's Day!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Designer Crafts Connection: Etched Jewelry

Hi Crafty Friends!

It's the first Monday of February and time for another round of the Designer Crafts Connection!  This month we're working with our favorite product, tool, craft or technique.

One of my favorite crafts is making jewelry.  And, a new technique that I've tried lately is etching.  I've been wanting to etch some glass beads and make jewelry with them, so it seemed the perfect time to combine the two.

Here's what I created with beads I etched with etchall® dip 'n etch:

Snow and Ice Bracelet by Terry Ricioli
For this bracelet, I bought two sizes of crystal beads.  I etched half of them and found they made a nice contrast with the un-etched beads.  The etched beads looked like snow to me and the crystal ones like ice.  

Here's the process.  String your beads loosely.  I used the plastic string that they were strung on and tied a loose knot in between the beads so they would be exposed on all sides while etching.  Tie the string to a skewer.

Pour some etchall® dip 'n etch into a plastic container or use the container itself and dangle the beads in the liquid.  With beads, you'll need to check frequently to see how the etching is working.  Different sizes and qualities of glass will yield different results.  

Remove the beads when they are etched and rinse well with water.  I also washed mine in some soapy water to remove the etching medium.  Here's how they look after the etching.  Etchall® dip 'n etch was so easy to use, and there was no odor at all.

Now, you can use them in your jewelry designs.  I made a wrapped loop dangle after adding silver bead caps to each end.  I added a clasp to a 7-inch length of chain and arranged the dangles next to them to get an idea of how many I needed.

Then, I connected the dangles to the chain with jump rings.  I used a total of 21 dangles on the bracelet.  

Here's the finished bracelet:
Snow and Ice Bracelet by Terry Ricioli

I love the look of the frosted glass beads in this bracelet and I'm looking forward to trying etchall® dip 'n etch in future jewelry designs.  If you would like to try this product, the Etchall Ambassador on the side of my blog will direct you to the website (and, I'll get a small percentage of the sale.) 

 Happy Crafting!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Crafts in my Kitchen: Yarn-Wrapped Snowman

Hi Crafters!

There's a decided lack of snow (and rain) here in California, so I created a little snowman that doesn't need snow. Its the craft that the kids (and moms!) and I crafted in my kitchen this month - a yarn-wrapped snowman.  If you're stuck inside waiting for a snowstorm to stop or don't have any snow to work with, why not craft along! It's easy and the materials are readily available.

Yarn-wrapped Snowman
To start, make balls with scrap paper.  I used old computer printer paper.  Make a ball for a head and one or two for the body.  Shape them by rolling or pushing against your work surface.

Next, wrap the balls with yarn until the paper is covered. Add a little glue to hold the ends down.

Glue the balls together.  You can use a toothpick to connect the balls together more securely if you like.

Now, it's time to decorate.  You can use felt, buttons, chenille stems, pom poms, wiggle eyes or whatever you like and have around the house.

Here's a cute snowman that one of the kids created:
Happy Crafting!