Internet Inspiration

While searching for a link I came across Ann Butler of Creativity Stirs The Soul created these fantastic DIY Bangles.  If you click on the links you can see the products she used to create them.  I think I need to get my hands on some of those Metallic Powders.

DIY Bangles with Earth Safe Finishes Metallic Powder

I will be demoing how to make these Bangles
on tomorrows Cool2Craft
using Earth Safe Finishes Metallic Powders!
I will post the video as soon as it is ready!

The Beautiful Bangles Continue

Looks like I am not the only one who loves the DIY Bangles.  The Bloggers over at Mill Lane Studios feel the same.  They have quite a few posts and boy are they fantastic.

Here is an exerpt from her Blog Mill Lane Studios
“The first bangle is coloured with Lumiere paints. I just can’t go past Lumiere paints for their shimmering pearlescence. With limited supplies on hand at CHA I didn’t have colour choices and had to use what I had on hand. So this one has been given two coats of Halo Blue Gold.

Next I added some white rub-on Doodles from DCWV. This set is called Fashion and apart from all the fashion accessories on the sheet it also has a good selection of borders which were perfect for a nice all over pattern.

Isn’t this a gorgeous bracelet she created?  Go to her blog and check out the others.  They are all stunning too.  More ideas will be posted here too.

Another Beautiful Bangle

Marakesh DIY Bangle
Marakesh DIY Bangle

This Beautiful DIY Bangle was created by painting the base, placing rubons in the various sections and coating it with Modge Podge  The images are moroccan or marakech inspired.

Directions and materials to make the DIY bracelet that is Marakech inspired

  • Wooden bracelet
  • Americana Acrylic paints: green
  • Rub-ons: Bollywood (Frances Meyer)
  • Mod Podge
  • paintbrush, Series 730B (Arnold Grumbacher)


  1. Base-coat bracelet with green paint. Let the bangle dry.
  2. Apply rub-ons in the pattern of your choice. I use a popsicle stick to apply them.
  3. Use paintbrush to apply three coats of Clear Coat to bracelet, letting dry between coats. Try not to stir the clear coat or you will get tiny bubbles.   If you do get bubbles you can sand them off and re-coat.
  4. wear and enjoy your new bangle.

Sizzix ScoreBoards Blog Hop–Rectangle Box

It’s Sizzix ScoreBoards blog hopping time again, this time featuring an adorable rectangle box with a lid!  My friend and ScoreBoards designer Eileen Hull sent me this sweet little box to work with and my brain started racing with possibilities.

The box measures 3 3/8″ x 1 3/4″ x 1 7/8″ when it is assembled, which makes it a great size for all sorts of things.  While I could have filled it with candies or other treats as a favor box, or kept it for the doodads that collect on my dresser (I was tempted!), I decided it would become an extra-special gift box for the earrings I made for a friend’s birthday.

I wanted to give the box a metallic look with a little bit of texture, so I used Watermark ink, a stamping wheel and clear embossing powder from Clearsnap to emboss a circle design onto the box.   After heat setting, I used a paintbrush to rub in Antique Silver Pearl-Ex powder and give the metallic sheen.  What I failed to consider, however, is how the metallic would photograph.  Whoops!  It looks fantastic, trust me!   The feet are beads, attached with glue to each corner, and the sentiment is stamped and embossed.

I was super-happy with the dry embossing on the lid that I did using the Sizzix Dots embossing folder and my Big Shot. I’ve never tried dry embossing mat board before, and the results were fantastic.  I love it when that happens!  A quick embellishment cluster of a printed sentiment, a glittered bookplate and leaf, and a Prima flower finished off the top of the box perfectly.  I used a small velcro dot to secure the lid closed.   Voila!  A special gift box for a special friend!

Upcycled Bath Salt Gift Basket

Upcycled Bath Salt Gift Basket

Perfect for a cute, casual gift, bath salts are fun to personalize.  Many bath salt recipes can be found online, or can be created from a premixed jar found in large hobby stores.  There are countless combinations of colors and scents and additives that can be used depending on the recipient’s tastes.  For instance, these salts were created using a few drops of a friend’s favorite colors and no scent at all (she is sensitive to scents).

I have many of these small embellishment jars left from reorganizing my craft flower stash, and they are perfect for giving this type of gift.  I mix the salts, colors and scents in a small plastic bowl, allow them to dry, then add to a thoroughly washed jar.  Wrapped with hemp cord, they make great upcycled containers!

To add a little more pizazz to the gift, I tied a long piece of scrap fabric around the outside of a kraft-colored, take-out-style container, securing with a few dots of Beacon’s Fabri-Tac Glue.

The tag was fashioned from a thin wood veneer (Midwest Products), cut with the Tags #3  die and my trusty Sizzix Big Shot Machine, and inked with Clearsnap Chalk ink in Chestnut Roan.  I then die-cut a scalloped hole in the tag with the Big Shot and a “Movers and Shapers” die and backed it with a yellow patterned paper scrap.  A few cut-out stamps and a hemp tie added the final touch to my personalized gift!

Until next time…

Peace Banner

My project this week was one of those projects that morphs along the way into something that ends up very different than how it started looking in my head.  First one of the colors change, then another, add a little embossing, take away a little leafing…   Until the traditional red/green/gold vertical banner becomes a pink/aqua/lime horizontal banner with 4 extra pieces.   What can I say.  I’ve never really been a traditional kind of girl anyway.

handmade peace banner sizzix blog hop

After I changed my mind a hundred times, I decided on an embossed brushed metal look.  The pieces of the album arrived cut out of heavy white cardstock, so I embossed each piece with my Big Shot and the dotted embossing folder, then brushed them with a matte silver acrylic paint.

**Tick-tock-tick-tock-tick-tock–amuse myself by watching paint dry.**

handmade banner sizzix blog hop

Then, the rest of the project went together pretty quickly.  I added aqua cardstock behind the open end album pages, and layered the silver and fabric brackets (from Brenda’s Coulour Vie fabric line from Henry Glass &Co).  The thin center bracket frame was hand cut from one of the open album pages and colored using aqua chalk ink.

One of the best things I’ve learned from Brenda is to never be afraid to add bold color, so I chose a bright citron green paint to tie the mismatched chipboard letters together.   I used this paint drying time to ink and back the chipboard words I found while rummaging around for my letters, and add an extra hole in the brackets to match the one that came punched in the die-cuts.

handmade banner sizzix blog hop

An aqua ribbon laced through the brackets for hanging and an embossed paper tree finished the project.  I added the tree using a removable adhesive dot so I can take it off after the holidays and hang the banner in my craft cave.  With our family schedule, I could use a little peace year-round!

Thanks for stopping by!  Keep hopping using the graphic in the sidebar or check out the main list on the Sizzix blog, and don’t forget to hop with us next week as we finish up the hop with some great treat topper Scoreboards by Eileen Hull.

Until next time…wishing you

homemade peace banner sizzix blog hop