Hammered Copper Bangle

Hammered Copper Bangle
Hammered Copper Bangle

Love affair

Copper, I must confess is my new love.  This hammered copper bangle is one of many copper bangles I’ve made since I took a metalsmith class.  I have tried other metals but I keep coming back to copper.  Hammered, embossed and etched it is all beautiful when applied to copper.

Hammered copper has and added depth created when the hammer strikes the metal.  Each depression form the hammer head creates little pockets for patina.

Not mention hammering copper is a great stress reliever.  You can bang out all of your frustrations and at the ed of your frustration relief you will have create a hand hammered copper bangle that you can wear or give as a gift.

Sketch Time!

It’s that time of the week where I get a chance to share my CPS card of the week. Each week Card Positioning Systems has a new card sketch that is released on Sunday mornings. Generally CPS also has a sponsor that they like to highlight. This week the sketch was way too cute and the sponsor was SO MUCH FUN, it was My Favorite Things Stamps. Here’s the card I created using their stamps and coordinating Die-namics from the Notched Tag Die & Stamp Set. Enjoy!

 
So Sweet Smile
Designer: Keri Lee Sereika
Sponsor Product: Die-namics Notched Tag die and stamp set My Favorite Things, Flower Girl Stamp Set
Papers: My Minds Eye
Inks: Clearsnap
Pearls: Want2Scrap

Fern Leaf Embossed Copper Cuff and Freebie Friday

IFern Leaf Copper embossed cuff Bracelete
Fern Leaf Copper embossed cuff Bracelete

 Metalsmith

This fern  leaf embossed copper cuff was made after a metalsmith class in Wilmington, NC. One day I hope to be as good as my instructor Melissa Manley.  Each class we took from her was packed with insight and knowledge that can only be gained through experience.  She did not teach us a project, she taught us a skill.  That skill we had to apply to our own creation.  I fell instantly in love with embossing on metal and in particular, copper.  Embossed copper can have so many different looks.  I love it after it is dipped in liver of sulpher. The solution gives the piece instant age and depth.  It is a chemical that is as stink as it is useful.   It’s hard to mistake the odor of rotten eggs produced by liver of sulfur. But don’t let the smell scare you, because nothing else can produce such eye-catching color on the surface. This mysterious solution creates colors as dark as night or as beautiful as an iridescent rainbow and they range from subtle gold to magenta, purple, and everything in between.  I like to seal my pieces after I get the look I want.

I have started an etsy shop due to the many requests I get from friends and family.  I will tell you more about that later and provide a link.  Don’t forget that for the month of August we are doing Freebie Friday.   Every Friday this month we will be giving away prizes to our facebook friends.  So if you are interested become a fan.  Click on the facebook logo.

Technique Tags – A great way to build your archive of techniques – By Keri Lee Sereika

Next Monday I am teaching at my local scrapbook store, Scrap, Stamp, Ink.    I will be teaching these two tags which showcase a variety of techniques: Colored Pencil Technique (with Gamsol), how to create your own ribbon roses, how to alter embellishments using Copic Markers, how to guild edges, how to distress using ink, how to create ruffled cardstock embellishments and more! Once completed tags are a great way to create an archive of techniques that you can run to for inspiration, and instruction. Enjoy!
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8-15-11 Technique Tags Class for 8-22 - Keri Lee Sereika-1

8-15-11 Technique Tags Class 2  for 8-22 - Keri Lee Sereika

Interchangeable Polymer Clay Medallion Ring

EPolymer Clay Ring
Polymer Clay Ring

 Make this interchangeable ring.

This adjustable ring also has an interchangeable medallion that is made with Sculpey polymer clay and painted with Lumiere.  What makes the medallion interchangeable is the super strong magnet placed into the clay before baking. The photo below show the magnet embed in the clay.  The medallion is a mold from the Krafty Lady Molds in Australia.  That link will take you to another project using her molds and a link to her site.  If you are looking for challenge – Polyform holds a contest each month on their FB page.  This month the contest is for rings.  I am going to enter this one.  I might be able to come up with one more before the month ends.

Rear view of clay medallion
Rear view of clay medallion

Hand Print Silhouette Wall-hanging

 

Hand print Silhouette Wall-hanging

 

I made these a few years ago as a birthday gift for my mother after seeing something similar on tumblr. I loved the idea of capturing my children’s hand prints without the mess of plaster of paris (tried that!) or paint (also done that!) or even ink (did that too!) It also married my love of embroidery with my love for embroidery hoop wall hangings.  It’s an exceptionally simple craft!

1. Determine embroidery hoop size. I used 2 5-inch hoops for my girls and my oldest daughter’s hand just barely fit. Now I would need 1 5-inch and 1 8-inch.

2. Cut out a square of fabric 1 1/2 inches larger than the size of your hoop. Trace around child’s hand with a water soluble pen.  You could also include child’s name and the year if you like. I waited until my (then) 18 month old was napping to trace her hand, it helped immensely! 🙂

3. Place fabric in embroidery hoop. With a back stitch, stitch around hand print and name and date with 3 strands of embroidery floss in your desired color.

4. Take fabric out of hoop. Spray lightly with water to remove water soluble pen marks, press lightly on back side of fabric with low heat iron.

5. Take embroidery hoop and trace the inside hoop on a piece of white cardstock, cut out traced circle with scissors. (This will make your piece look “clean” without the stitching in the back showing through or any wall color. I also like to include the child’s name, age, and the date on the edge of the paper circle.) Place fabric back in hoop and then fit cardstock circle into hoop, pressing gently to back of fabric, trimming as needed to get a snug fit.

6. Trim around fabric, leaving about half of an inch. Sew large running stitches around outer edge of fabric with white thread and pull to gather excess in back. Keep taught and knot thread.  You’re done!

Stacked Button Hair Barrette for Girls

Stacked Button Hair Barrette for girls
Stacked Button Hair Barrette for girls

Fun Summer Craft

Need a fun craft project for your tween?  Try stacked button hair barrettes.  They are not just for little girls, I wear them too.   You will need a variety of buttons.  I get mine in bags of assorted colors from Buttons Galore and More.  A little dollop of glue between the buttons and a big dollop between the button stacks and the hair barrette and you are all set.  Give the glue ample time to dry.

 

 

 

For other summer crafting ideas visit the links bellow.

Keri Lee Sereika Card and Earrings

Meggan Maravich Paint Stick Crafts

Stacked Button Barrette
Stacked Button Barrette

 

Muchas Gracias (Thank You very Much) Card

Floral Vase Card
Floral Vase Card

Spanish Greeting Cards

Spanish or even another language can easily be placed as a sentiment on a card.  I don’t know about you, but I have a lot of friends that speak another language.  I thought it would be fun to create some greeting cards in their native language.  I used Duetica.com to create the sentiment.  I happen to speak a little Spanish (or Spanglish since I am no longer fluent).   If you do not speak another language and would still like to create a card, you can use an online service like www.bablefish.com or google translate.  I use them to double check my translations.

To make this greeting card I used a Marvy Uchida vase punch.  I cut the top of the pieces on the outside to make them look a different size and then a stylus to lightly emboss on them to give them depth.  I inked the edges and used foam dots to give them hight.  Lumiere Paint was used on the flowers and as a base for the vases.  I used rub-ons for the inside.

 

Muchas Gracias
Muchas Gracias

Dream pillow

Dream Pillow

 

Sweet Dreams

This sweet pillow was a special order for a friend who was expecting her 1st baby, a sweet little boy named Graham. She worked so hard to make his nursery super sweet with homemade touches through out and wanted a pillow for his rocking chair. She mailed me the leftover fabric scraps from her projects and asked for the word “dream.”  And this was what I came up with.

It’s such a delight knowing friends from across the US have handmade items in their baby’s rooms, made by me. We may have never met face to face or gotten to hold each others little ones but love and prayers and blessings have been shared across the miles.

back of dream pillow

Come on be a Rock Star!

Being back on the CPS team is going great! I have had fun tackling the challenge of creating from a sketch again on a regular basis. It’s fun to have the challenge as well as the inspiration!

This week’s card was totally FUN and hip. I decided to go for more of a paper crafted look than a “stampy” look ~ Enjoy!

8-2-11 CPS229 - TSOL Rock Star - Keri Lee Sereika

Supplies:
Stamps: The Stamps of Life
Ink: Clearsnap Fluid Chalk Ink
Papers: My Minds Eye
Dies: Spellbinders
Embellishments: Ribbon, Brads, Gems and Button