Jewelry Tutorial – Fun & Easy Handmade Earrings

Today I have a fun set of earrings to share with you. And a tutorial to boot! These earrings couldn’t be any easier but they are show stoppers. Every time I wear a pair of these earrings I am sure to get comments and I just laugh at how simple they are to make. (If you don’t make jewelry but would like a pair…keep your eyes peeled for another big reveal coming next week! 🙂  )

 

So here’s the finished project:
10 - Finished Earrings - Keri Lee Sereika

And how to make them:

01 - Supplies Needed - Keri Lee Sereika
Supplies Needed:
Six Headpins (Here I have Antiqued Brass)
Six Beads of Your Choice (Here I have Bronze Pearls)
Pair of Matching Earwires
Tools Needed:
Round Nosed Pliers
Chain Nosed Pliers
Flush Cutters / Wire Nippers

 

02 - Thread Pearls Onto Headpins - Keri Lee Sereika

Step One: Thead pearls onto bottom of headpins.

 

 

03 - Trim Headpins - Keri Lee Sereika

Step Two: Use wire snippers to trim about 1/2 inch from top of one pair of headpins.

 

04 - Bend Top of Headpins - Keri Lee Sereika

Step Three: Use chain nosed pliers to bend headpin approximately 3/8 inch from top.

 

05 - Turn Circle at top of Headpins - Keri Lee Sereika

Step Four: Use round nosed pliers to turn loop at top of headpins.

 

06 - Thread Next Set of Headpins Through Loop at Top of Headpins - Keri Lee Sereika

Step Five: Thread second pair of headpins through loops. Repeat steps two – four.

 

07 - Repeat Steps 3-5 - Keri Lee Sereika

Step Six: Repeat step five for final pair of headpins.

 

08 - Twist Loop on Bottom of Ear Wire - Keri Lee Sereika

Step Seven: Use chain nosed pliest to twist bottom of ear wire loop to open; place top of earring loop in open ear wire loop.

 

09 - Twist Loop on Bottom of Ear Wire Closed - Keri Lee Sereika

Step Eight: Use chain nosed pliers to twist loop on bottom of ear wire closed.

 

10 - Finished Earrings - Keri Lee Sereika

And here’s your final project! Enjoy!

Just a simple card post – Steadfast Love

Today I just wanted to share my Card Positioning Systems card from last week. I thought I would share last week’s card and tell you to hurry on over to CPS this week’s sketch! Enjoy!

8-28-11 CPS233 Clearsnap - Keri Lee Sereika

 

 

Clearsnap Smooch: Mocha & Smooch Spritz – Cashmere, Candleglow & Holly Berries (Used to alter white flowers)
Stamps: Layers of Color
Patterned Papers: K& Co.
Dies: Spellbinders Labels Twenty-One
Pearls: Want2Scrap

Simple, Sparkly & Feminine

I hope you are not too tired of my jewelry posts yet, cause I have a few more to show you! *WINK*
This fun floral necklace was also featured in April 2010 issue of Crafts ‘n things. They have gotten some of my best work to be honest! LOL I have tons of projects that I have made and have been published on those pretty glossy pages but I never think to upload them! So here’s another.

This necklace focuses on the offset floral focal point again, but by using Beadalon’s Crinkle Wire, I feel I have brought an interested element of texture to this project as well! Adding delicate touches of sparkle due to the gorgeous cuts on the semi-round crystals.

Enjoy!

Girls Night In Necklace - Keri Lee Sereika WEB

Another Oldie but Goodie

So I thought I would share with you one of my designs that is was featured in the June 2010 issue of Crafts ‘n things. I LOOOOVE this necklace! I was inspired by all the fabulous jewelry I had been seeing at J.Crew, Anthropologie, and in Target. Lots of florals, off set focal points, and ribbons! LOTS of RIBBONS!!! Silk was huge everywhere I looked and so I tied that into my design here. Utilizing dies from Sizzix, Inks from Ranger, Crystals from Swarovski and jewelry findings from Beadalon I was able to combine my love for paper crafting, jewelry design and gift giving all in one pretty little package.  I hope you enjoy it!

 

Grunge Floral Necklace - Keri Lee Sereika WEB

An older project that still holds it’s charm and beauty

I had a fun earrings and bracelet set as part of the Girls Night In feature in the October 2010 issue  of Crafts ‘n things. These are some of my favorite projects to date I think! Created using Swarovski pearls, pale purple crystals and copper metals this set just oozes hip and fun…They are SUPER fun to wear and just make me feel sparkly all over!

This year I have delved into silversmithing and let me tell you, it’s an awesome new craft. I hope to get some projects done since I will be practicing my new skills and then I will be back here with an update. I hope you like JEWELRY cause you are about to see some of my stuff over the next few days. 🙂 Enjoy!

Girls Night In Earrings and Bracelet - Keri Lee Sereika WEB

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

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!
K

 

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

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

 

Vintage Floral (Flower Soft) Happy Birthday Card

MMMM I love a beautiful card…while fun and bringht can bring a smile, a BEAUTIFUL, Feminine card just can not be beat! I find using Layers of Color Art Stamps seem to be JUST THE TICKET for me to accomplish just that style and feel. Today, I have used this week’s CPS Sketch as the starting point for my creation. I have to admit…the touches and hints of Flower Soft, this week’s sponsor over at CPS really adds a level of texture to this card, don’t you think?  I hope you will find yourself inspired and play along with us at CPS this week! We love seeing new faces join in the fun! 🙂

 

8-3-11 CPS230 FS Happy Birthday - Keri Lee Sereika

Supplies:
Sponsoring Company: FlowerSoft – Ivory, Baby Blue & Baby Pink; High Tack Glue
Stamps: Layers of Color – Merci Bouquet, Gifts of Love
Inks: Tsukineko – Memento Rich Cocoa, Tuxedo Black
Patterned Papers: K & Company – Ancestry Collection
Cardstock: Bazzill
Dies: Spellbinders – Fluer De Lis Motifs, Circle Nesties
Markers: Copic Sketch & Copic Airbrush System
Pearls: Want2Scrap
Other Embellishments: Ribbon & Button

Make a card using a simple sketch as a starting point

If you have spent ANY TIME AT ALL on my blog you know I have a special spot in my heart for Impression Obsession stamps…it’s like they climb into my hands and the projects make themselves…I have a few companies like that and IO is one of em! I also love working with Mitra (IO Owner) because she’s a HOOT! An absolute hoot! LOL Anyway, my CPS card from a few weeks back showcases some of my FAVE stamps from IO – Solid Florals…this is a serious MUST HAVE, ALWAYS REACH FOR set for me! My two year old recently scattered the stamps from this set all over the house and I am still missing a few…I am sooo bummed….. But I still have this one and so I hope you enjoy!

 

7-16-11 CPS228 - IO & Webster's Heartfelt Thanks - Keri Lee Sereika