Jul 232012

Tim’s tag for July uses a fun technique involving alcohol ink and canned air.  (Check out the link for a video with the details.)

His tag was patriotic, but I decided to make a few birthday cards for guys instead.


After making ink splats with Gold Metallic MixativeSailboat BlueWatermelonSunset Orange and Stream alcohol inks I stamped Ranger Glossy Cardstock with Jet Black Archival Ink using Tim’s The Journey and Curious Possibility stamp sets.

The best way to do this is to stamp larger images first, then fill in the remaining areas with the smaller stamps, collage style. Notice that the Archival Ink doesn’t do as well over the metallic ink.  That may be because I didn’t let it dry long enough.  Since it’s a collage, I didn’t worry about it.

The 8.5″ x 11″ glossy paper was cut into 2.75″ x 4.25″ pieces, enough for eight cards. (They’re all pretty similar, so I’m only showing you two.)


The collage panel was mounted to some colored cardstock and then glued to a Kraft cardstock card base.

The “Happy Birthday” sentiment is from Inkadinkado All Occasions and the Mini Gears were attached with 3/16-Inch Mini Glue Dots.

There you have it, quick and easy birthday cards for guys.

Happy Creating!

Jul 212012

Yesterday being my 25th anniversary, here’s a pic of a tag I made a few weeks ago using a photo from our wedding.


Such kids we were!  Times and finances being what they are, we aren’t doing much anything by way of celebration, but I figured I could at least make him a nice card.


This card was inspired by a similar one by Lisa Somerville in Just Steampunk 2011 (p. 83.)  I loved her use of Jim Croce’s lyrics, but thought it would be an excellent excuse to buy opportunity to use some of the Tim Holtz Mini Bottles.


The computer font is called Beyond Wonderland and can be found for free at DaFont.  

After printing the words onto my cardstock panel, I embossed the left side with the Steampunk embossing folder.  Before embossing, I inked the top portion of the embossing folder with Shabby Shutters Distress Ink.  This got the ink down into the lower portions of the design and left the raised areas the color of the card stock.

I inked around the right side of the words with Shabby Shutters to try to blend it in and create a sort of halo around the verse.  All the edges were inked with Vintage Photo or Walnut Stain Distress Inks.

The gears were cut using the Gadget Gears Die and were then lightly rubbed with several different Metallic Rub-Ons.


The bottle was filled with glitter, seed beads and tiny watch parts.  The I filled the whole thing up with Glossy Accents and stuck on the cork.  (It just occurred to me that if I put the cork on, the glossy accents on the inside may never dry.  Hmmmmm…..)


The inside panel was decorated with the clock stamp from Tim Holtz’s clear stamp set The Journey. I used a variety of blue & green chalk inks.  The “Happy Anniversary” is from Hero Arts’ Everyday Sayings clear stamp set.

This was a fun card to make, although it was kind of a pain to put together because he was working from home the whole time.  Every time he came upstairs I had to throw it under something and start making like I was working on something else, lol.

May all your days be special and creative!


Jul 172012

This weeks’ mess desk finds me in the middle of making some birthday cards. The free Pink Paislee papers and chipboard accents in the May issue of Cardmaking & Papercraft were why I bought the magazine.

The papers are all very pretty and girly.  I probably will have to work on some masculine b-day cards soon, but for now I’m enjoying all the lace, flowers & birds.  🙂


I wish I could afford to subscribe to some of the UK papercrafting magazines, I really prefer them to the U.S. versions.  (And the freebies are nice, too!)  Sadly, the cost of shipping puts them out of my range.

Which magazines do you find worth subscribing to?


Here are the cards I’ve finished so far.

Anyhow, today it’s birthday cards, then I have a special anniversary card to make, and then it’s back to some polymer clay projects.  There’s also a wedding outfit to finish, and a quilt to repair… it’s good to be busy.

Hope you are having a creative week!

Oh, and are you wondering why I posted a photo of my messy desk?  That’s cuz it’s What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday.  Have fun checking out the creative desks/messes of folks from all over the globe.

Jul 162012

I pulled a picture of a necklace out of a fashion catalog some time ago. There was just something about the design that appealed to me. Finally, I’m getting around to making it for myself.

In the video I explain my thought process, and how I made the design my own.


One thing that needs to be changed (and I kinda mention it in the video) is that the jump rings to the top of the center oval need to be a little larger.  At the size they are they actually stick and it doesn’t hang straight.  Just something to keep in mind…

Happy creating!

Jul 132012

Today is my mom’s birthday (Happy Birthday, Mom!), so earlier this week I whipped up this bracelet and earrings set as a gift for her.  Now that I know it’s arrived safely, I can share the video with you.

Of course, you can adapt the beads and colors to suit any occasion.  This is a great project for a last minute gift, or for gifts that you need in multiples, like for bridesmaids in a wedding party.


I still remember the first time I saw cube beads.  A friend brought me to a bead show and I was astounded.  Who’d have thunk of making them  square?    lol

Enjoy the video tutorial.

Happy creating!

Jul 102012

Welcome to another edition of What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday.

All I have to say today is, workdesk?  Seriously?

No, I don’t have workdesks.  I have places where things are piled up. Not a workdesk in sight.  Every horizontal space is covered with things that want doing.  Some things that need to be done, like the bridal satin for a friend’s wedding outfit.  Other things that might never get done.  We’ll see.


The table I’ve shown for the past few weeks hasn’t changed much, the piles have only gotten deeper.  Instead, here’s the view from behind the table.  Good luck if either one of us needs to iron something.

I’m most excited about my new tool dock for jewelry making tools.  Having them all in a bucket was Just. Not. Working.

It’s not like I need any new clothes or anything,  but I’m a sucker for the $1.99 and .99 patterns at Joanns.


I think the tropical print will be great in this  McCall’s 6399 blouse. (And I really, truly hate the print the model is wearing.  Good thing this pattern had sketches or I would have ignored it completely.)


The blue & white print (middle left) actually looks prettier on camera than irl.  I got it on clearance to use as a muslin for this dress McCalls 6504.  With all those seams, and needing nearly four yards of fabric, a muslin seems wise.


This dress, Butterick 5749, got mixed reviews.  If I do make it, it will have to be lengthened and the neckline upped a bit. Dunno if it’s worth the bother.


Got no fabric in mind for this one yet, McCalls 6607.  It just seemed like something that would be fun for layering in the fall.

If you do decide to go for any of these patterns, be sure to check out what others have to say over at PatternReview.com.  I’ve found them to be most helpful.

Whether your stash is neat or messy, I hope you find some time to be creative this week!

Jul 092012

Do you ever find that a favorite necklace would be perfect with a particular outfit… if only it were just a little bit longer or shorter?

One of my favorite techniques for solving this problem is to string beads or pendants onto a leather cord.  Today I chose to use some earthy-crunchy bohemian style beads, but you can just pull out whatever strikes your particular fancy.  🙂

The great thing about this necklace is that you don’t need any clasps or findings, AND in this video tutorial I’ll show you how to make an adjustable sliding knot closure so it can be any length you please.


The only supplies you’ll need are 1 mm Leather Cord and a few beads.


Enjoy the tutorial and happy creating!


Jul 052012

Oh, these are too much fun.  I was inspired by a package of Tim Holtz Mini Gears to make some adorable steampunk style earrings.


The only other supplies you’ll need are 2 ear wires, 6 jump rings (7 mm is good) and 2 short lengths of chain.


Happy creating!

Jul 042012

Today’s What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday post is going up quite late.  I’ve spent most of the day finishing up a few projects to list on Etsy (more on that in a moment.)  Anyhow, what’s left is just a mess.  I keep shoving everything to one side or to the back to keep that little 6 inch square clear for working.  (I’m sure you understand.)  ***grin***

If you’re in the mood to carefully study chaos, click on the photo for a closer look.


What I was making were some fun bead and polymer clay earrings.  (Photos below.) I love the  combination and kinda wanted to keep them all for myself.  But, I was a good girl, so you’ll find them all listed in my Etsy shop.

I’ve done a little blog housekeeping.  Now that Etsy allows Direct Pay by credit card I’ve gone ahead and taken down the “Shopping” page on this site.  I only had that up because there were folks who objected to having to pay through Paypal. You’ll find my non-jewelry stuff at this Etsy shop (which is kind of a mish-mosh of projects I’ve made over the years.)

I’m offering free shipping (international orders, too!)  now through July 20th.  The coupon code,  4JULY20, will work for either shop.


I love the way the flowers came out on these turquoise earrings.


Terra cotta earthy tones.


I love, Love, LOVE these purple earrings. Really, really wanted to keep them…


White and pearly, so pretty, and yet funky.


And, for 2012, something in tangerine orange.

Happy creating.  🙂

P.S.  Check back for a super cool earring video tutorial tomorrow.  If you like steampunk, you’re gonna love it!

Jun 302012

This necklace started with a photo from a fashion catalog and a handful of random charms from my stash.  When I realized how ridiculously simple it was to put together I knew I had to share it with you all.


Enjoy the video tutorial and be sure to share what you’ve made from the inspiration!

My only problem is that I’m now in serious need of some new jewelry storage, lol.

Happy creating.  🙂