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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.