Make a Rocker Bracelet

Rocker Bangle Bracelet
Rocker Bangle Bracelet

Rocker Girl Bangle Bracelet

Make a cool bangle for yourself or the cool rocker girl in your life.  It is quick and easy and uses less than 5 materials.

1. DIY Bangle

2. Clearsnap Pinkolicious and Black Archival ink

3. Clearsnap  Molding Mat in Plaid

4.  Clearsnap Smooch Spritz in Vanilla Shimmer

 

 

Scrapbook page idea

Card stock only page
Card stock only page

 

Make a simple scrapbook page using only card stock.

Scrapbooks do not have to be complicated or require a lot of material.  This page is very simple and easy to reproduce.  The title is cut from a Pazzles Inspiration.  I chose a variety of fonts to pick it a little pizazz. Cleasnap Chalk ink in Chestnut Roan was used along the edges to ad a tiny bit of definition.

For other scrapbook page ideas check out these links.

Keri Lee

Niki

Theresa

Embellished Candlesticks

 CPS 005Visit the wood supply section of your favorite craft store and use products from Jacquard to create these elegant candlesticks, its easy!

Here is a quick glimpse of the supplies you will need.

Candle sticks 001I made the top of the candlesticks using 4″ wood circles and metal foil sheets. If possible, try to find the circles with thicker sides, it will make attaching the metal foil much easier.

Candle sticks 002To make the scalloped edge, I unrolled a package of Walnut Hollow’s Creative Metal sheet in silver and used a long piece of scalloped edged wood trim to trace the scallops. You could also use scalloped edged cardstock for this step. Wood scalloped edged trim in found in home improvement stores.

 Candle sticks 003After cutting out my scallops, I used Jacquard’s Pinata Inks in Blanco Blanco (White) and Matilla Black to randomly place ink spots on the metal trim. You can speed dry with a heat tool, but the inks dry pretty fast on their own.

 Candle sticks 004To finish the wood sticks, I painted them Neopaque in Black. When dry, I used a color wash of Neopaque in Turquoise so that the black paint would show through.

Candle sticks 006I painted the circle black and used Aleene’s Liquid Fusion to attach the metal foil around the edges of the circle. Using the liquid fusion, I glued the circle to the top of the candlestick. This will need to sit an hour or so before handling so the glue can create a seal.  
 
Candle sticks 007To create the embellishment. Use Staz on ink to stamp a 7/8″ piece of white grosgrain ribbon. Die cut flowers using Sizzix Flower Layers Bigz Dies and Dry brush the edges with Neopaque in black.

Candle sticks 008Layer the flowers together, using some Aleene’s Fabric Fusion to adhere. Cut two 4″ lengths of sheer ribbon and glue on top of the stamped ribbon. Glue this piece to the flowers and top the whole thing off with a centered embellishment and some die cut leaves.

CPS 003Now that the wood circle has dried thoroughly to the top of the candlestick, lay the candlestick on the backside and adhere the embellishment using liquid fusion.

CPS 001Live Life Creatively,

 
 MelonysSignature

How to Use Shipping Tags in Handmade Books

Some taggy inspiration…

Hello crafty friends!  Today I wanted to give you some inspiration on how to use tags in handmade books.  I happen to love making books…and I really like using tags a lot also.  Shipping tags make fantastic elements in handmade books, cards, scrapbook pages, altered art and much more.  They are so versatile.  You can dye them, stamp them, write on them, attach them to each other….you are really only limited by your imagination!

Here are some fun projects I have made using shipping tags.  I hope you enjoy!

Artfully yours….Theresa

Handmade Message Spools

Message Spools

Wrap a special message around a painted and embellished wooden spool using Jacquard’s ExtravOrganza and present it to a friend as a special handmade gift.

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I began with various unfinished wood shapes which can be purchased in the woodworking supply section of your local craft store or online at Cupboard Distributing Wood.

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I chose Jacquard’s Lumiere paints because of their extra special luminosity and Neopaque in rich hues in a color palette of turquiose, citrine green (my personal fav), Metallic Copper, Metallic Silver and True Gold. You can, of course, vary the color scheme to your personal liking, or Mom’s.

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After painting the pieces on all sides very throughly, let them dry. While you wait for the peices to dry, find some inspiring quotes. I found a great selection of quotes from Quote Garden. Bear in mind that you will be printing these quotes in the font of your choosing on 8 1/2 x 11 sheets of ExtravOrganza so you will need to use a smaller font with more lines for longer quotes or larger fonts for only one or two lines for shorter quotes, Additionally, they have to be able to fit around the base of the wooden spool so keep that in mind as well. Here are the fonts I chose:

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I have posted about ExtravOrganza before, but it you are unfamiliar with it, it is a super neat product Jacqaurd produces. ExtraOrganza is a Inkjet Printable 100% semi transparent silk organza fabric sheet that is paper backed to run through an inkjet printer or inkjet copier. It is easy to use and extremely versatile and allows you to layer transparent images over the top of other artwork without blocking them.

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To add depth I dry brushed all my pieces with either the Lumiere in the Metallic Silver or the True Gold.

Mom message spools 006Once you have printed and cut your ExtraOrganza into the appropriate sized strips (measure length of inner spool), use a clear drying adhesive to attach the end of the quote to the inner part of the wooden painted spool. This will allow the recipient to read the message from left to right as she unwraps it.

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Now it time to assemble the remainder of the spool. This is the super fun part! Start by placing a generous amount of glue on one end of the cut dowel. I used a sqaure one and yes,fitting a sqaure peg into a round hole seemed to work well in this case. Play with the dowel sizes according to the spool sizes you end up using, making sure it fits snuggly but does have room to make it inside the hole.

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Decide if you would like to use an antique photo, a recent photo or a wood bird shapes as the top embellishment on the spool.

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If you opt for an antique image, either scan your antique photo into your computer for editing, or download an image from one of the hundreds of clip art sites available for a small purchase such as The Vintage Workshop. Use your circle to trace a portion of the image cut out leaving 1/4″ off the edge and decoupage or glue the image to the circle.

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Glue the back of the circle to the top of the dowel. leave in lying on its backside until the glue it throughly set.

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There are hundreds of options for decorating the top of the spool to add that extra special touch but here are a couple I like. I cut silk flowers in half and glued each half to the sides of the top of the spool so that it appears to be a complete flower surrounding the dowel. I them use jewelry glue to adhere small stones, pearls, etc from my embarrassing extensive stash (: I am better at buying product than I am using it right away for projects. But somehow, I always seem to get to it.)

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Finally wrap the message all the way around the spool and use a pearl head pin to hold in place. Try to position the pin in a position where it doesnt stick out too far.

Opening photo
Live Life Creatively,

MelonysSignature

Play Dough Party Favors

Play Dough Party Favors

 

What would a birthday party be without fun party favors? Instead of the usual plastic trinkets and candy often passed out my daughter and I decided on a little something handmade to give out at the end of her party.

We made kool-aid play dough, divided each recipe into 1/4ths, packaged it up in little 4oz. gladware containers, wrapped in strips of cute papers and a hand written label on the top. Easy, fast, and so fun! And I’ve heard from several friends that their kids love it too!

play dough party favors

recipe here

labels here

 

Junk Mail Card

 
Security Envelope Card
Today I am sharing a card for you made from the secuity lining of junk mail and Marvy Uchida punches. It is simple and gives a new use for your everyday junk mail.

collected junk mailStart by collecting some envelopes that has interesting security lined patterns.

Security lined envelope craftOpen the envelopes and lay them flat so you can punch flower shapes or other chosen shapes from the envelopes.

PunchesHere are some the the Clever Lever Craft Punches I chose to complete this project.

envelope punched flowersPunch from the envelopes. Adding other interesting details such as metered postage or bar codes will add to the interest of your card.

Embellished flowersLayer flowers together and adhere. Use details such as inked edges, stitching and a little or a lot of bling. Make several of these flowers to your hearts content and make several cards at once so you will have them on hand for later use. 

Stamping a card 
Chose a relavent sentiment such as this one that says “Friends are flowers in the garden of life.”” Or chose several different sentiments such as “Thank you” or “Happy Birthday” if you are making more than one card. Stamp in black ink.

Sewn border on cardI chose to sew my border using a machine, black thread and straight stitch.

Security lined envelope cardI finshed my card by glueing on the flowers and using a straight stich for stems.

Flowers in handThese cards are fun to make with Marvy’s Clever Lever Flower punches.

Live Life Creatively,

MelonysSignature

Make a super fun scrapbooking layout using PAINT!

This month over at Pixie Dust Paperie we have a super cool Sketch Challenge going on! While you don’t have to use this month’s kit I highly suggest you order one and have some fun playing with all the AMAZING trinkets you will find inside!! I had fun whipping up this layout using a few different goodies from the kit, and a bit of paint and the bottom of a water bottle that I just happened to have sitting on my workspace! Go figure, right? I applied dark brown paint to the bottom of the water bottle then stamped the bottle onto the top left of my layout to kinda add a bit of contrast to my papers and embellishments. Hey, you “go green” when you can, right??? LOL Enjoy!

K

Pixie Dust May Kit - Cruisin' Layout - Keri Lee Sereika