Handmade Jewelry Ideas abound – Peaches and Cream Bead Soup 6

Beaded Jewelry Inspiration

Yes, I will admit  I have a weakness.  That weakness is handmade bead swaps. I simply love working with items I know were lovingly handmade and picked just for me.  Opening the package is the adult equivalent of opening the first present on Christmas day.  Yes, I get that excited every time.  The thought of someone taking their precious time and dedicated a small portion of it to create and select beads purely for my creative pleasure.  My special partner for this bead soup is Pamela Gangler of Pamela Lynn Jewelry.

Copper findings with Peaches and Cream Beads

This necklace literally designed itself. The beads poured out of the baggies in such a way that I moved a few pieces around and it came to me.


If you stopped at her blog you will notice the pictures of what she sent me are her pictures too. If you read the opening paragraph you might notice my reference to Christmas. Well, I was also the kid who snuck a peek at all of her presents and upon opening them would still be delighted. I also would have played with them all by noon. This package was not much different. Not only did I open them but I created with them too. A little to quickly to even take pictures. Yes, I was that excited.



The clasp is delicate and lovely.


The focal is Raku. I was not familiar with the material or the process used to make it. After watching several videos and articles online, I am eager to try the technique. I did not use the focal for the piece I made in this post. I am waiting until my order of Sari Silk comes in. I feel that is what it is calling for.

Back of Raku Focal Bead


Handmade jewelry is one of my many crafty passions. I love making pieces and giving them as gifts. Sometimes when I am making a piece I know who it is going to and others. I make because I feel the need to create. The earrings I made pictured below were of the – I simply need to create variety. I make a ton of earrings. I find it humorous that I love making earrings when my ears are not even pierced.  I usually give earrings as thank you gifts. A small gift that is homemade is the best.  I hope I have given you a few ideas on how you can make your own pieces of jewelry.

   Leave a comment to win the earrings.  Comments must be made by Aug 5th, 11:59 pm est, 2012.

Hostess, Lori Anderson, PrettyThingsBlog.com
 Alice Craddick,  Alice’s Beads and Baubles
Alicia Marinache,  All The Pretty Things
Amanda Tibbetts,  Amanda Made
Amber Dawn Goldish, Inventive Soul
Annita Wilson,  AW Jewelry
Beti Horvath, Stringing Fool
Birgitta Lejonklou,  Create With Spirit
Candida Castleberry,    Spinning Spun Sugar
Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn’s Creations
Cassie Donlen, Glass Beadle
Cheryl McCloud,  One Thing Leads to Another
Cheryl Roe, BeadRoe
Christina Hickman, Vintage Treasures Jewelry
Christine Hendrickson,  Clamworks
Cilla Watkins, Tell Your Girlfriends
Cindy Wilson, Mommy’s Dream
Cindy Wimmer, Sweet Bead Studio
Cory Celaya, Art With Moxie
Cory Tompkins, Tealwater Designs
Cris Peacock, Cris’ Page
Cynthia Deis, Shiny Little Things
Cynthia Machata, Antiquity Travelers
Cynthia Wainscott, Exotic Peru
Dana Hickey, Magpie Approved
Denielle Hagerman, Some Beads and Other Things
Diane Valasek, Dragonfly Close
Doris Stumpf, Glaszwerg
Dyanne Everett-Cantrell, Dee-Liteful Jewelry Creations
Elaine Robitaille, Too Aquarius
Eleanor Burian-Mohr, The Charmed Life
Enikö Fabian, Perl-eni
Erin Prais-Hintz, Treasures Found
Heather Davis, Blissful Garden Beads
Hilary Frye, FryeStyle
Inge von Roos, Inge’s Blog
Jami Shipp, Celebrating Life
Jennifer Cameron, Glass Addictions
Jennifer Pottner, Rock Candy Beads
Jennifer VanBenschoten,  Jewelry, Art and Life
Jenny Davies-Reazor, Jenny Davies-Reazor
Jenny Vidberg, Shyme Design
Jessica Dickens, My Jewelry, My Life, Me
Jessica Klaaren, Beadful-Things by Jessica
Joan Williams, Lilruby Jewelry
Judith Johnston, Judith Johnston
Judy Riggs, Rigglettes
Judy Turner, Silver Rains
Julie Anne Leggett, The Peaceful Bead
K Hutchinson, Jumbled Hutch
Karen Meador, Dreamcatcher Ranch
Karyn Bonfiglio, Plus Size Bangles
Katherine Gale, Terra Beadworks
Kathleen Lange Klik, Modern Nature Studio
Katja Benevol Gabrijelcic, Slovonske Technobe
Kelli Jacobson, Creative Moon
Kelly Ramstack, Adventures with Kelly
Keri Lee Sereika, Pink Lemonade
Kim Bender-Hora, KimmyKat
Kirsi Luostarinen, Kirsi Luo Korut
Kitty Bozzini, Kitty Lampwork
Laura Demoya, The Bead Therapist
Laurie Hanna, Laurie’s Jewelbox
Leah Curtis, Beady Eyed Bunny
Lesley Watt, The Gossiping Goddess
Linda Inhelder, Must-Haves Jewelry
Lisa Liddy, Metal Me This
Mallory Hoffman, For the Love of Beads
Marge Beebe, Rock Creek Creations
Marianna Boylan, Pretty Shiny Things
Marion Simmons, Shade Tree Studio
Marla Gibson, Spice Box Design
Marta Weaver, Marta Weaver Jewelry
Marti Conrad, Marti C’s Clay Blog
Maryse Fritzsch-Thillens, GlassBeadArt, Lampwork Beads
Melanie Brooks, Earthenwood Studio
Michelle Hardy, Firefly Visions
Mikala Coates, Maybe Just Perhaps
Mowse Doyle, HoCArt
Nancy Boylan, Snazzy Doodle Designs
Nancy Peterson, Beading From the Heart
Nicole Rennell, Nicole Rennell Designs
Niki Meiners, 365 Days of Craft
Niky Sayers, Silver Nik Nats
Norma Turvey, Moonlit Fantaseas
Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs
Pamela Gangler, She Always Loved Pink
Perri Jackson, Shaktipaj Designs
Raida Disbrow, Havana Beads
Renetha Stanziano, Lamplight Crafts
Shannon Hicks, Falling Into the Sky
Shannon LeVart, Miss Fickle Media
Sharon Driscoll, Right Turn Art Werks
Shelley Graham Turner, Fabric of My Life
Sherri Stokey, Knot Just Macrame
Shirley Moore, Beads and Bread
Skylar Bre’z, Brising Beads
Stacie Florer, Soul to Substance
Stacie Stamper, Park Avenue
Stacy Alderson, Iridal’s Attic
Stephanie Haussler, Pixybug Designs
Stephanie Stamper, Rainy Day Designs
Suzette Bentley, Ellie’s Bijoux
Tammy Jones, Jewelry Making Daily
Tanty Sri Hartanti, TJewellicious by Tanti
Terry Matuszyk, Pink Chapeau


Vonna Maslanka, Just Vonna

August 6th, 2012 Comments Closed and the Winner is:

Author: CraftyHope (CraftyHope@gmail.com)
Website: http://www.craftyhope.blogspot.com
Comment: permalink
Your necklace turned out really lovely. It’s so simple as well as simply beautiful!!

Handmade Cards, Blog Hop and giveaways

Homemade Hand Stamped Card Set

Hops and handmade cards go hand in hand and I am so excited to be participating in this hop.  I love giving handmade cards, but what I love even more is making them.  This set of cards was going to be a back to school gift for my sons new teacher in a few weeks.  Then I changed my mind and made a different set for whom ever his teacher might end up to be.  So what am I going to do? I will be sending this set of cards with envelops to a reader.  Leave a comment here and you could win.  Not only could you win these cards but you could win more.  $100 worth of prizes are up for grabs.  Read below to find out more! ***GIVEAWAYS HAVE ENDED***

My Favorite Things Stamps Blog Hop With Buttons Galore and More

MFT will give away 2 MFT Gift Certificates for the blog hop.  One $25 gift certificate to one randomly chosen winner from commenters on the MFT Designers’ blogs and one $25 gift certificate to one randomly chosen winner from the commenters on the Buttons Galore Designers’ blogs.  Buttons Galore and More will give two $25 button assortments the same way.  Winners will be announced on the BGM Blog on July 30.  Deadline to comment will be on July 29.  If you want to view the entire list of  blog hop participants visit the Buttons Galore and More blog.

Elise Durenberger http://mamacowcreations.blogspot.com/2012/07/buttons-galore-more-my-favorite-things.html

Niki Meiners www.365daysofcrafts.com  (You are HERE)

Laura Bray http://www.katydiddys.blogspot.com

Dana Gustafson www.paperdaydream.blogspot.com

Ann Butler http://www.creativitystirsthesoul.com

Laura Evangeline http://www.lauraevangeline.blogspot.com/

Carla Schauer http://carlaschauer.com/carla-schauer-blog-whats-new/

Jen Goode http://www.100directions.com/

Keri Lee Serika  http://pinklemonade.typepad.com/


The materials used to make the card set are:

Buttons –  Colored Bulk Buttons

Paper – Bazzill Basics Cardstock

Die Cuts- Botanical Beauty,

Stamps- Happy Mail,   4 Leaf Clover

Glue-  Beacon Adhesive Zip Dry

Other – Jacquard 3D Adhesive and Paint, Twine



How to blend ink colors on a stencil

If you like stencils and ink then you will want to watch this short video on this technique.  With a little practice you can learn to blend Smooch Ink colors like a pro.  Not only can you use the blending technique with Smooch Ink but you can use it with pigment ink and chalk ink too.  You can use the technique with water based ink on glossy paper.  In the video I use the Crafter’s Workshop Stencils and Clearsnap Smooch Ink on a C&T board book.




I used the same color blending technique to create these cards.  You can find more information about them on my personal blog Niki Meiners – Live a Life Handmade.


This is a card I made using the same color blending technique





Patriotic Party Printables – FREE

These Patriotic Party Printables are FREE and are just in time for Memorial Day and our most patriotic holiday of the year, July 4th, Carla Schauer Designs has posted a step-by-step tutorial for making paper medallions. These trendy paper decorations are all over Pinterest as Party décor, and now you can make them at home with cardstock or patterned paper, glue, and the FREE patriotic printable party circles from Carla’s Stars & Stripes Printable Party Kit.  There is also an entire party printable set if you are interested in going all out for your event.

free printable patriotic party, 4th of july



The patriotic medallions can be made in less than 30 minutes and can be hung, placed on bamboo skewer sticks, or tied to buffet tables or anything else you can imagine.

To download the free patriotic printables and see the full tutorial, visit Carla’s blog listed below.

link for tutorial post is http://carlaschauer.com/july-4th-party-medallions/

link for printable circles and party kit is http://carlaschauer.com/printable-shop/stars-stripes/














The link for tutorial post containing decorating ideas, free printable and a party printable kit that is available for purchase.

Enjoy a stars and stripes party with easy to make decorations.

Jewelry Guest Designer – Cloud Nine Designz LLC

During my sophomore year in college I joined a Sorority, Alpha Delta Pi.  During my time as an active member of the sorority I made many life long friends.  After college I joined the alumni association.  During on of our chat sessions online, I came across Mandee, a fellow crafter.  Funny thing is she live in my old stomping grounds, Cincinnati.  Too
bad I did not know her when I lived there.  I a sure we would have fun crafting together.  I thought I would share her work with you.  I asked her to write a little blurb about herself and list where you could view her work.

Cloud Nine Designz LLC by Mandee Mundrick

My name is Mandee and I make handmade jewelry. My company is Cloud Nine Designz LLC. I make handmade necklace, bracelets, earrings and rings. I have hostess/baby shower gifts suck as magnets sets, key chains and cards. I also make sorority items. I love to make custom items. I named my business Cloud Nine Designz because when you are happy your on cloud nine. I want you to feel this way when you wear/use my creation. The my jewelry items are made with Swarovksi crystals, pearls, gemstones and sterling silver.













You can out more about Cloud Nine here:

Twitter: @mandeemundrick
Pinterest: pinterest/mandeecndz