Saturday, September 24, 2011


Hello everyone!

Me again with a fun way to make customizable charms. 

Way back in March, I did a tutorial on alterable jewelry.  Well, as I was making those bracelets, I ended up taking one link off each to make them smaller. I kept those extra links in hopes of finding some fun way to use them. This week I needed a charm for a mini album, and I remembered these extra links....

Here's what you need:
Alterable Jewelry*
Clear Embossing Powder
Metal Pan (heat safe, not for food!)
Non-stick craft sheet
Metallic Accents
Flowers (or other flat things to embed)
Stove (or Ranger Melting Pot)

*I am using a "Keepsake Bracelet" made for putting photos in. I found it at a variety store for about $2.00, I have also seen this kind of thing in the clay isle of craft stores.

 Step 1: Cut a piece of non-stick craft sheet to fit in your metal pan. (I'm using a cheap metal tin meant for party favors, but it has a flat bottom and holds up to the heat.)

 Step 2: Figure out how you want to arrange your decorations. I'm using tiny paper flowers and Metallic Inspirations. 

 Step 3: Once you know how you are going to arrange things, place your charm in your pan and turn on your burner to LOW.  (each stove is different, so experiment, however if it is too hot, the powder will burn.)  The Ranger Melting Pot is specifically made for melting embossing powders, so if you have it, use it instead of the stove.

 Step 4: Once the charm is warm, sprinkle on a little clear embossing powder. Allow it to melt, then add more until you have a thin layer across the entire bottom of your charm.

 Step 5: Using your tweezers, carefully place in your embellishments.

(if layering embellishments, add a thin layer of embossing powder between elements to fuse them together.)

 Step 6: for extra bling, add  Metallic Accents. (you can use rhinestone, but they will stick out. The beauty of using Metallic Accents is they add the bling element without adding hight!!!)

 Step 7: Add a layer of embossing powder over the whole collage to seal it all in, and remove from heat.

*ALLOW TO COOL before handling!!! Don't get burnt!!!!!

This would look fabulous as part of a bracelet, but I'm going to cut one of the loops off and use it as a charm. 

So, there's a fun new way to use Metallic Accents in your crafting!


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

life is good...

I have a couple very exciting things to share with you all today!
(well, at least I think they're exciting *grin*)

I have been invited to be a part of the brand new HoneyBee Corner Design Team!  I am so excited! Basic rundown... The owner, Mistyrose, designs AMAZINGLY gorgeous kits and classes. You can check them out here. I will be helping introduce the new kits each month as well as chatting at the Corner here.  We'd love to have you join in the fun of the forum! There are several different kinds of challenges all going on at the same time, as well as a swap group, and general chit chat... And we are just getting started! I'm so excited!!! It should be tons of fun! 

The rest of the team are now linked in my sidebar, so go check them out!

Look what arrived in the mail today:

The brand spankin' new limited edition distress inks.. EEEEEE!  (yes, that was me squealing like a little girl)  They are beautiful colors!  I feel so blessed that I was able to get my hands on a set.  (Good news for those who haven't gotten them yet, Tim Holtz said they are making another batch! Apparently Ranger didn't expect them to go quite as fast as they did. LOL!  You can read what he said here.) They already have a home in my distress ink tins... however the news of a winter seasonal series coming has me scrambling to refigure my storage... I can't fit to many more colors in my tins, but I love this ink too darn much to turn down new colors.... =)

Sigh... life is good!

And for those who dropped by for a little crafty inspiration... Here is a card I made for the Honey Bee Corner Color Challenge... the challenge is based on some photos, but the main colors are brown and plum... what a fabulous color combo!


Paper: Bazzill, Coredinations, watercolor paper
Ink: Archival (Coffee), Distress Ink (Dusty Concord, Victorian Velvet, Brushed Corduroy, Peeled Paint)
Stamps: Penny Black "Touch of Whimsy"
Other: Recollection Faux Pearls

Saturday, September 17, 2011

uniquely different...

Guessing game... what are these?

If you don't know, don't feel bad. A month ago, I wouldn't have either.  
Believe it or not, they are fish scales. Gar fish scales to be a little more precise. (ok.. random trivia from Wikipedia... Native Americans used Gar scales as arrow heads. VERY COOL!)


What does that have to do with today's tutorial?
Well... we're gonna paint them!  They make fabulous flowers that are always unique! 

here's what you need:
Gar Scales (I got mine off ebay)
Creative Inspirations Paint
Sticky Notes
Decoupage Sealant 
Non-stick Craft Sheet
Strong Glue*
Jeweled Inspirations (I'm using Clear 30)

*You want to use a really strong glue. I tried Glossy Accents (which I use for everything!!!) and it didn't work. So, I use Beacon 527. It says on the tube it works with shells, so it works for this. *

 Step 1: Find your petals. Gar scales come in varying sizes and irregular shapes. No two are the same. Play around with the scales until you find some that fit together a way you like. It is kinda like putting together a jigsaw puzzle, except there is no right or wrong way. =)

 Step 2: Line your chosen scales up on the sticky strip of your sticky note. This will make painting a ton easier because you don't have to hold individual scales, and you won't be chasing them around your table with your paintbrush. 

 Step 2: Paint on your first layer of CI paint, and let it dry. Yes, it looks bad. Don't worry, we'll fix it. 
I'm using Lavender here.

 Step 3: Paint on a second coat and let dry. The scales should look much better now. 
*You can paint a third coat if needed.

 Step 4: Seal your paint with a decoupage sealant, and let dry. This gets kinda messy, so I take the scales off the sticky notes so they don't get glued on. =)
*notice the super secret magic tool I told you about yesterday?

Step 5: Put a blob of glue on your non-stick craft sheet. 

 Step 6: Arrange your petals over your dot of glue. 

Step 7: Add another dot of glue over the center of your petals to ensure they are all glued in.

Step 8: Add a Jeweled Inspirations stone to the center to hide all the glue. 

Let dry, and you are ready to use!

These make fabulous embellishments, jewelry, and home decor! I've seen red ones used as poinsettias on Christmas tree ornaments... So many possibilities!


Thursday, September 15, 2011

rain drops...

Last night I had a case of insomnia... the good news? I had tons of fun crafting! Here is one of the projects I worked on last night...

 Isn't she just adorable? 
It has been cloudy here the last few days, so I think it is rather appropriate. =)

She is stamped on watercolor paper (my absolute fav when I'm painting!) and painted with Distress Inks.
I also added some Glossy Accents to the puddle and bigger rain drops so they look nice and wet.   

and, the inside.... The sun is stamped with Creative Inspirations Paint so it is all sparkly! =)


Speaking of Distress Inks.... Have you heard the news?  They are releasing 3 (very) limited edition colors!!! *swoon* Yes, I am very excited! I LOVE distress inks!!!!  I just hope I can get my hands on them!


Paper: My Minds Eye, Coredinations, watercolor paper, white cardstock
Ink: Archival Ink (Jet Black), Distress Ink (Peeled Paint, Stormy Sky, Weathered Wood, Chipped Sapphire, Victorian Velvet, Tattered Rose, Aged Mahogany, Pumice Stone, Brushed Corduroy, Walnut Stain, Dusty Concord, Aged Paper)
Stamps: Crafters Companion "SWST-After the Rain", Fiskars "Aged to Perfection", American Crafts "Laughter"
Dies: Quickutz (Nesting Circles)
Creative Inspirations Paint: Sunshine
Others: ribbon, rhinestones, Glossy Accents

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

waiting game...

Well, I currently have 3 projects in the "wait until it dries" phase.. Man it's hard to wait when I just want to finish it up! *Sigh*

I figured I could share a project here to help me pass the time. =)

Yup, another Halloween card. What I'm going to do with all these Halloween cards, I have no idea, but I'm having fun. LOL

The base of the card is Kraft paper. I then heat embossed the image with clear embossing ink. After that, I sprayed on a very diluted white acrylic paint. Before it dried completely, I wiped most of the paint off the embossed areas. This gave a really nice aged look.  I was going for simplistic color scheme, so I chose to add only a little orange and green to the pumpkins to make them pop, and leave the rest in shades of brown and white. The corners were stamped and cut out of another piece of Kraft paper and adhered using foam squares. It gave a little added dimension to an otherwise flat card. (yes, I like dimension and texture.... even on my simple cards. *grin*)


Paper: Kraft 
Ink: VersaMark, Distress Ink (Walnut Stain)
Stamps: Stampendous "Pumpkin Fence", Clear Art Stamps "Halloween Fun"
Creative Inspirations Paint: Mango, Evergreen
Other: acrylic paint

Monday, September 12, 2011

amazing textures...

I was once asked how long it takes me to finish a layout.. My answer... a long time. Part of that may be that I get distracted by other projects. LOL!

It always feels good to finally get a layout done though!
 This layout is another challenge project over at Honey Bee Corner... this one is the is the technique challenge. The challenge is to use at least 3 different textures. That wasn't too hard for me since I love textures! I think the hardest part was just getting it done. =)

 I used this fishnet technique  again... I really love the texture of fishnets! It is also a great way to recycle. Always a bonus!

These silk flowers were given a nice coat of Ivory CI paint to dull the white and add some shimmer.

I forgot to take photos of how I did the journaling.. I'll have to remember next time... 

Anyway, have a wonderful day! 


Paper: Prima, Coredinations, Kraft
Ink: All Purpose Ink (Burgundy), StazOn (Jet Black), Archival Ink (Coffee), Alcohol Ink (Ginger), India Ink
Stamps: Kaisercraft "Devonshire", Tim Holtz "Natures Elements"
Creative Inspirations Paint: Tickled Pink, Sage, Gold, Rustic Red, Mocha Latte, Ivory
Cricut: Calligraphy Collection
Other: Gesso, fishnets, acrylic paint, embossing powder, ribbon, silk daisies, tiny attatchers,

Saturday, September 10, 2011

New video tutorials as requested!

(if you can't see the whole screen, watch it on youtube by clicking here)

Note: There are several brands and names for the 2 part silicone mold putty. Ranger has one called Melt Art Mold-N-Pour, there's also Easy Mold Silicone Molding Putty, Silicone Plastique, Amazing Mold Putty.... Do a google search for silicone mold putty, and you find the stuff. =)


Thursday, September 8, 2011


Hey everyone!

It's been a while since I've participated in a challenge, but I really need a break from what I've been working on. Working on a challenge was a great way to force myself to focus on something different. 

I made this card for the Sweet Magnolia Honey Bee Corner card challenge (yes, long name, but fun anyway.. check it out!)
This month's challenge is Breast Cancer Awareness/Cards 4 the Cure.  It is a topic that has touched many lives!

I used the Bubblewrap Painting technique with acrylic paint as my main color and Silver Frost Creative Inspirations Paint for the accent dots. 

*quick side note: I seem to have developed the annoying quirk of always typing "inspiration" wrong. You would think that with how many times I type that word, it would be second nature. According to spell check, it is second nature for me to mistype that word. LOL!*

Ok... back to the card.
 This beautiful butterfly is made from a coffee filter. It has such an soft light texture! I colored the coffee filter by spraying on some distress inks mixed with water, then adding a light coat of Perfect Pearl mist. I then stamped the butterfly and cut it out. I have no idea if coffee filters are acid free, so you might not want to use them in scrapbooks, but for cards... beautiful!

 The ribbon is a sheer ribbon that I carefully overheated to make it curl. The flower is from Webster Pages, and the dangling pearl is from an old earring of my Grandmother's who died of cancer years ago. I thought it was fitting. 


Paper: My Minds Eye, Bazzill, white cardstock
Ink: All Purpose Ink (Truffle, Ash Rose, Burgundy), Archival Ink (Jet Black, Coffee), Distress Ink (Victorian Velvet)
Stamps: Kaisercraft "Devonshire", TPC Studio "Faith Expressions", Tim Holtz "Nature Elements"
Creative Inspirations Paint: Silver Frost
Other: Webster Pages flower, ribbon, earring, Perfect Pearls, coffee filter, Viva Decor Pearl Pen, acrylic paint

Monday, September 5, 2011

enjoy life...

Happy Labor day everyone!

I'm happy to say that I was allowed back in my studio today (I got kicked out while the stairs were being refinished), so I was able to finish this LO that I was hoping to have had done and posted last Saturday... Well, the best laid plans, right?
Paper: My Mind's Eye, Coredinations
Ink: StazOn (Jet Black, Cotton White), VersaMark
Stamps: Sassafras "Collage Trim", Inkadinkado "Sketchy Flourishes", Tim Holtz "Natures Elements", Hampton Arts "Artsy Edges", Fancy Pants "In My Words"
Creative Inspirations Paint: Antique Silver, Coal, Lavender
Metallic Inspirations: Matt Purple
Other: American Craft "Fashion Accents 2" stickers, rhinestones, Glossy Accents, Crackle Accents, Enamel Accents, Embossing Powder, Perfect Pearls, Chipboard Letters, Gesso, Doodlebug glitter

I stamped the edges of the smaller photos with StazOn ink, then filled in the stamped areas with Glossy Accents. It gives it a slightly discolored look and almost reminds me of tissue tape... except tissue tape isn't shiny.  It's a fun way to add a border to photos.

Another custom made rhinestone design based on an Inkadinkado flourish stamp.  Note: vinyl and photos don't mix well... When I was transfering the rhinestone design, the vinyl stuck to part of the photo.. it left a sticky residue behind. GRRR... Well, having no desire to start over, I decide to cover the sticky area with Perfect Pearls. It ended up looking really neat... So, it wasn't a mistake, it was an opportunity for creativity. LOL

This bird is actually made with embossing powder... Yup, you read that right. I made a mold of one of Tim Holtz Adornments and then filled it with melted embossing powder. After it had cooled, I un-molded it and had a fabulous enamel bird. I wanted to add color, so I painted on a layer of Gesso. Once the Gesso was dried, I painted a layer of Lavender CI paint. I then rubbed a little Coal CI paint over it to highlight the texture. Even with the layer of gesso, the paint was easy to scratch off, so after scraping off a little for a distressed effect, I sealed the paint with a decoupage glue.

On a side note... I came across a new site, Sweet Magnolia Rose Honey Bee Corner, that is looking for DT members for their classes & kits... These are seriously cute kits!!! Since they are looking for writers, and I love to write tutorials, I have decided that I'm going to apply for the position. wish me luck!!!

Friday, September 2, 2011

i'm current again...

Hey guys!  

Just wanted to drop in and let you know that my tutorial link page is once again current. I know I've been awful at keeping it up to date lately.. I always forget to update it while I'm on blogger.  This time I specifically got on just to update it so I wouldn't forget. =)

I hope to be adding more really soon