Here at 365 Days of Crafts we would just like to take a moment and extend our sympathies to those who lost loved ones in that fateful day ten years ago. We would also like to thank those who serve and sacrifice daily for our freedom and continued safety here in the USA. This simple card is a great reminder of the symbol of freedom we all fall under, our beautiful “Old Glory”. GOD BLESS AMERICA!
Papers Cardstock (Prism Papers) Nautical Blue Dark & Medium, Tawny Brown Medium Prismatics; Simply Smooth White.
Finally! I have been dying to learn how to make wire wrapped rings and I FINALLY have taken the time to do it! I knew it was simple I just never sat down to try. So this morning I did! I honestly didn’t finish the first one, I missed a vital step to keep the wraps neat and I hated it…so I didn’t waste my time in trying to finish it I just tossed it aside.
So please keep in mind – this is only my SECOND wire wrapped ring and there are still a few “defects” on it! LOL But be prepared, I have more to share on this as I have been creating with a vengance now that I am “hooked” on it! 🙂
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:
And how to make them:
Six Headpins (Here I have Antiqued Brass)
Six Beads of Your Choice (Here I have Bronze Pearls)
Pair of Matching Earwires
Round Nosed Pliers
Chain Nosed Pliers
Flush Cutters / Wire Nippers
Step One: Thead pearls onto bottom of headpins.
Step Two: Use wire snippers to trim about 1/2 inch from top of one pair of headpins.
Step Three: Use chain nosed pliers to bend headpin approximately 3/8 inch from top.
Step Four: Use round nosed pliers to turn loop at top of headpins.
Step Five: Thread second pair of headpins through loops. Repeat steps two – four.
Step Six: Repeat step five for final pair of headpins.
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.
Step Eight: Use chain nosed pliers to twist loop on bottom of ear wire closed.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!