Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Summer By the Sea Quick and Easy



This little card was so easy to put together. It was created with stamp sets and supplies from Stampin' Up! Here is the supply list.

Stamps: Summer by the sea, Words of wisdom
Card Stock: Watercolor Paper, Tempting Turquoise, Green Galore, Yoyo Yellow
Ink: black stazon and watercolor pencils
Accessories: Fiskar corner and embossing punch
Technique: watercolor

I stamped the Summer By the Sea images on water color paper and then trimmed the paper to a portable size. Then I packed these along with my watercolor pencils and aqua painter brushes into my carry on luggage for a flight to Ireland. This kept me busy during my down time and made the hours pass more quickly on the trip. Watercoloring is so pretty and easy to do if you use watercolor pencils and watercolor crayons. I prefer to use the Aqua Painters to blend the color. It is less messy and easy to control the amount of water on the paper. Just remember not to squeeze the pens very often to release the water and use a paper towel to absorb the extra moisture from the pen before placing it on the paper to blend. If you enjoy using the watercolor technique when you crop, then tell me about your experiences.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Dry embossed card

This card was easy to put together. Few tools are needed yet it is an elegant card. Trim the 4.25x5.50 inch beige card with decorative scissors. Next layer a piece of lavender paper or card stock. Top this with a decorative paper. I believe this one is a Brenda Walton design by K and Company. Attach this to the front of the card. Dry emboss a small oval using a brass stencil and a stylus. I used an Anna Griffin design by Plaid. Back this piece with a larger oval that has been trimmed with decorative scissors. Attach to the front of the card with a pop dot or a Stampin' Up! stamping dimensional. Stamp the sentiment onto beige card stock and back with dark lavender card stock. Attach a narrow organdy ribbon and hang over the embossed image. Apply a small amount of glue to the back of the sentiment and attach to the card. The sentiment stamp is by Anna Griffin and I think it is distributed through All Night Media.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Red and Silver Dangle Earrings



I had planned to show you how to make ear wires but I am having technical difficulties with my camera. Okay that is just a nice way of saying that I dropped it and now it is not working properly! In the meantime I will be using photos that I already have loaded on my computer.

I made this pair of earrings for the Christmas season and many people commented on how much they liked them and how festive they look. I decided to make about eight pairs for some friends and acquaintances this past Christmas. I purchased most of the silver pieces from a Bali bead company overseas. The corrugated and glass beads were bought through a mail order source in the United States.


I used a decorative sterling silver head pin that weighs .43 grams is .60 mm around and 74 mm in length. I placed a sterling silver cap that is approximately 4mm in depth on the head pin and then added an 8mm red druk bead. Place another cap bead on the head pin and add a 4mm corrugated sterling silver bead. Next place a .2 gram 1.5 x 5.5 gram daisy spacer above the corrugated bead. Add a 6 mm ruby Swarovski crystal diamond shaped bead and top it with another daisy spacer. Roll down the head pin with a pair of round nose pliers. Leaving a double loop to finish the top. A single loop may be used instead of the double, however the double is added security. I chose a matching ear wire to tie the design together but you may choose to design and fashion your own. Gently open the ear wire with the round nose pliers and attach the beads. Close the wire and enjoy!


Monday, July 23, 2007

Butterfly Card




I found a card very similar to this on the crafty turtle's blog http://turtlechronicles.blogspot.com/ and I cased it. I needed something that was pretty, quick and easy. I added my own touches and this was the result. The butterfly was stamped on a rainbow pad and then cut out and creased so that the wings look like they are in flight. The lower half of the card is the result of a cuttle bug embossing folder. The upper half is a decorative paper. A sentiment stamp from Stampin up! has been stamped on white card stock and applied over the decorative paper. The center strip was punched on a Fiskar border punch and applied over the butt joint of the decorative paper and embossed paper. All of this was applied to the front of a pastel pink 4.25 x 5.5 inch card and voila a simple summer card! Thanks Crafty Turtle for the inspiration! We'll be making this one for the card ministry for sure!



Sunday, July 22, 2007

Blue and Silver Drop Earrings

Now that vacations are over, I thought it was about time to work on this blog. It is time to get down to business and start creating. These earrings are easy and quick to create so let's get started.

Supply list:
Wire Jig
Round Nose Pliers
Wire Cutters
22 gauge semi hard round silver wire
3 pairs of beads (different shape and size will add interest)


If you are new to using a wire jig, then I would suggest purchasing a few rolls of inexpensive wire and practice first. Your practice pieces could be used with your cropping and card making. Here is a piece that I used as a decorative element on a card. I have fashioned many metal pieces on my jig especially for use on cards and scrapbook pages. Colored wire can add just that attention to detail you need to finish a project! There are a myriad of shapes that can be made. Take a look at the post it note holder in my first post. It has a piece that was formed on a jig. We'll talk more about using the jig with cropping at a later date. Right now we will focus on the earrings at hand.

Begin with the 22 gauge wire and 4 small pegs on the jig. I usually begin by taking my round nose pliers and creating the first loop and then placing it on the jig. Continue wrapping the wire as shown until the cross shape is complete. I have taken the wire from the jig after each bend so that you may follow which way to bend the wire. Typically you would leave the wire on the jig until the piece is completed.

Remove the wire from the jig and trim with wire cutters.



Flatten the shape with the nylon pliers or on an anvil and gently tap with a hammer. This will harden the wire and make it more durable. Be careful with the hardening step because there is a fine line between hardening the wire and breaking the wire! I say this from experience. Once the cross is completed, it is time to turn your attention to adding the glass beads.

Place a bead onto the wire. Then take the round nose pliers and make a tiny loop. Next cut the wire about a half inch beyond the bead and make a loop on the other end. Do this with each of the 3 beads and then assemble the beads together.

Next attach the beads to the cross. Make sure that each loop is closed neatly so that the piece will stay together. The earring is essentially finished at this point. It just needs to be attached to an ear wire. Gently open the loop and slip on the cross being sure to close the loop. Refer to the first photo. You may purchase ear wires or make your own. It is easy to make your own on the wire jig and I will show you how in an upcoming post. I hope this has inspired you to make a few pair of earrings for yourself or to give as gifts!

Monday, July 9, 2007

Basic Jewelry Tools of the Trade

Creating jewelry can be fun and relatively inexpensive to get started! If you like the sparkle of glass beads, then you will only need a few tools to get started. An assortment of pliers are always helpful. Chain nose pliers, side cutting pliers, nylon jaw pliers and round nose pliers are essential. There are many different types of pliers and they all have different uses but these will allow you to do the basics. A bead reamer, and bead crimper are also needed as basic tools. You may get started with these and later add a bead board and small snips if you enjoy creating watches, necklaces and bracelets. I made many items by lining beads up on a towel and that worked just fine until I could invest in a bead board.
If bending wire interests you, then add a wire jig and pegs to your tool box. You can spend hours and hours designing wire work and combining it with beads to create a myriad of interesting and unique pieces of jewelry or one of a kind gifts.
This is a craft that is portable and travels easily. My family and I get together and have bead parties. Everything fits easily down into a tote bag or two and off I go for a late night of beading and wire work while we visit with one another. It is also a fun craft to share with your adolescent or teenage children. Just when you think that your teen wants nothing to do with you, try designing jewelry together. You may find that they still enjoy talking with you and sharing creative ideas!

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Welcome!







Thursday, July 5, 2007

Welcome to my blog and the first post! I hope that you find interesting and useful information here to share with your friends or to spark you creativity. My goal is to share craft techniques, designs and stamping information with you. Workshop information and tutorials will be posted here too. This is a sample of what I have been doing lately. These are post it note holders that I created as a little thank you gift. I used stamp set Carte Postale from Stampin' Up! and a background stamp by Anna Griffin.
I hope that you keep checking in over the next few weeks to see how the blog is coming together and let me know what you think about it. Until then, have fun crafting!

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