Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Flower Bead Jewelry Set

I recently made this necklace and matching earrings as a gift for my mother.  I found the beautiful lined faceted crystal beads with the little flowers at Michaels, along with the leaves and accent beads.  I came up with the design fairly quickly, but then stalled while I figured out how I wanted to string it.  After making the focal dangle, I decided to create lots of beaded links to put it together.

Isn't that pretty?  It reminds of spring with all those beautiful colors.  I was very tempted to keep this jewelry for myself.  I may re-create it with different seed beads because I don't have quite enough of those left over to make another set.

While the focal dangle on the necklace has three leaves on chain at different lengths, I kept the earrings simple with just one leaf. 
It's a very easy design to make, of course.  It just takes a bit of time to create all the links, especially when you are inexperienced like me.  I absolutely love how it turned out!  I knew my mom would love it too.  We video chatted while she opened the box so I could see her reaction, and of course, she did!

It's been fun to dive back into making jewelry again.  There are so many wonderful tutorials out there and lots of pretty beads!

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Peas on Earth Tag

Here's my final set of Christmas tags for this year.  I wanted to use the adorable Peas on Earth stamp set from Lawn Fawn, and when I was searching for ideas, I saw a cute tag by Tammy Stark on the Lawn Fawn blog here.  I adapted it slightly to use stuff that I already had on hand.

This set of tags was pretty involved and they took the most time of all the tag sets I created.  It was fun though!  I love Lawn Fawn images.  I couldn't resist the punny sentiment either.  I cut a white tag base with the Tag Sale #10 die by Papertrey Ink and then cut another tag from their All Through the House patterned paper to glue on top.

For my little caroling scene, I sponged Broken China Distress Oxide ink on a white cardstock circle cut with the Tag Sale #12 dies from Papertrey Ink and then spritzed it with a little water.  I also cut a second circle, created a small hill using the In the Meadow dies from Papertrey Ink, and glued it on top of the inked circle.

I stamped and colored the peas from Peas on Earth with Copic markers on white cardstock, along with the Christmas tree and star from Yeti or Not by Lawn Fawn.  It's difficult to see in the photo, but I added clear Wink of Stella to the star for some sparkle.  I also added Glossy Accents to the light bulb garland on the tree.

I used the matching Peas on Earth dies to cut out the little caroling peas, but I hand cut the tree and star because I don't have the dies for that set.  (I wish it wasn't so expensive to get the dies for every stamp set I own.)  Anyway, I glued the Christmas tree directly to the circle with some cardstock behind it, so that it would stay level with the hill.  Then I popped up the two peas with foam tape.  I adhered the circle scene to a white scalloped circle cut using the Classic Scalloped Circles Small dies from Spellbinders and added it to the tag base with foam tape.  Oh, I did add a little grounding underneath the images with a light grey marker.

For the sentiment, I cut a banner using the Simple Wavy Banners dies from Lawn Fawn and Pinefeather cardstock.  I used white powder to emboss my sentiment from Peas on Earth, curving the stamp to fit the banner.  I then used foam tape to pop up the banner on the completed tag.  As a final step, I tied on some narrow white ribbon.

I love these tags so much!  They turned out super cute.  It's been so much fun to get back into my studio and create again.  The tags aren't all my original design, of course, but I needed to take the pressure off myself this year and just have fun making them.  What's amazing is that I got them all done before Thanksgiving!  Go me!

Hopefully, within the next two or three weeks, the basement remodel will get finished.  I can't wait to get my home back in order.  It's been a crazy two months.  This has been a welcome distraction from all the chaos.

Stamps:  Peas on Earth, Yeti or Not (Lawn Fawn) 
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento); VersaMark; Broken China (Distress Oxide)
Paper:  White, Pinefeather, All Through the House (Papertrey Ink)
Dies:  Tag Sale #10, Tag Sale #12, In the Meadow (Papertrey Ink); Peas on Earth, Simple Wavy Banners (Lawn Fawn); Classic Scalloped Circles Small (Spellbinders)
Copic:  0, C1, C5, R29, R59, Y13, Y15, R20, YG05, YG09, G17, G28, B06, RV55, E59, E70, E71, E74
Misc:  white embossing powder (Filigree); Glossy Accents (Ranger); clear Wink of Stella pen, blending tool, water spritzer 

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Pine Berry Tag

This elegant tag is a CASE of a design by Keeway Tsao that you can see on this blog release post here.  I couldn't find them on her own blog, unfortunately.  They are such lovely tags!  I only changed the sentiment and ink colors.

I cut out the tag layers using white cardstock and the Tag Sale #12 dies by Papertrey Ink.  For the ombre effect, I sponged the bottom layer with Specked Egg Distress Oxide ink using a blending tool.  I then stamped the word "Joy" from Glad Tidings by Verve Stamps in black ink.  The beautiful font suits this design very well.

Using the Beautiful Berries: Winter stamp set by Papertrey Ink, I stamped the pine sprig with berries in Pure Poppy, Scarlet Jewel, and Pinefeather inks.  I used a stamp positioner so I could quickly stamp a bunch of images in assembly line fashion.  I have leftover images, naturally, and I plan to make a card in this same style.

After die cutting the sprigs, I assembled the tags with foam tape for dimension.  You can see some of the background color along the bottom edges which gives the tag a cool look.  For a final touch, I tied on some black twine.

I really love how these tags turned out.  So elegant and classy!

Stamps:  Beautiful Berries: Winter (Papertrey Ink); Glad Tidings (Verve)
Ink:  Pure Poppy, Scarlet Jewel, Pinefeather (Papertrey Ink); Onyx Black (VersaFine); Speckled Egg (Distress Oxide)
Paper:  White (Papertrey Ink)
Dies:  Tag Sale #12 (Papertrey Ink); Charcoal twine (The Twinery); blending tool; foam tape

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Selfie Christmas Tag

This set of tags was fun to make.  I used my Copic markers to color this adorable image from Christmas sELFies by My Favorite Things.  I mean, how can you avoid smiling when you see this tag?  It's just too cute!

I cut my tag using Pinefeather cardstock and the Tag Sale #10 die by Papertrey Ink.  I also cut the Polaroid Shaker Frame die by My Favorite Things from white cardstock and then stamped a sentiment from Christmas sELFies at the bottom with black ink.

After coloring the image and adding some gold Wink of Stella to the bells, I glued the polaroid frame on top and then adhered it to the tag on an angle.

I found this fun metallic red, green, and gold ribbon in my stash and thought it was perfect for my silly little selfie takers.  After my first three tag sets were done, my daughter Emily said I needed to do some more cute-style tags so that's what brought about this design.  I knew this stamp set would make a fun tag!

Stamps:  Christmas sELFies (My Favorite Things)
Ink:  Onyx Black (VersaFine); Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Paper:  Pinefeather, White (Papertrey Ink)
Dies:  Tag Sale #10 (Papertrey Ink); Polaroid Shaker Frame (My Favorite Things)
Copic:  0, C0, B00, B02, 100, E000, E00, E23, E25, E29, E30, R29, R59, G16, G19, G29
Misc:  gold Wink of Stella pen 

Monday, November 23, 2020

Red Silhouette Gift Tag

Here we go with tag set number three!  I CASE'd this idea by Betsy Veldman from her blog post here.  I only made two small tweaks for my version of her tag.  She designs such wonderful products.  This tag set uses the dies from the Tinsel & Tags kit that was released by Papertrey Ink way back in 2014.  

It's such a simple design, but it has a big impact.  I love the combination of red and white with that classic Christmas silhouette!  I cut a tag using Pure Poppy cardstock and the Tag Sale #4 die by Papertrey Ink.  I then cut white cardstock with the Tinsel & Tags: Scenery die and layered it on top.

I embossed the sentiment from Tinsel & Tags with red embossing powder before gluing it down, of course.  I refuse to admit how many times I did it before getting four pieces that weren't messed up in some way.  Betsy Veldman stamped it with red ink on her tags, but I really wanted a bold sentiment with some dimension and shine.  My red embossing powder was a bit difficult to work with despite using a stamping buddy.  It was quite frustrating, to say the least, but I really like how it looks.

My other little design tweak was to add White Blizzard Nuvo Crystal Drops to the background for some snowy texture.  After that was dry, I tied on some narrow white ribbon. 

I really love these tags!  They have an understated elegance about them.

Stamps: Tinsel & Tags (Papertrey Ink) 
Ink:  VersaMark
Paper:  Pure Poppy, White (Papertrey Ink)
Dies:  Tinsel & Tags: Scenery; Tag Sale #4 (Papertrey Ink)
Misc:  White Blizzard (Nuvo Crystal Drops); red embossing powder (Hero Arts)

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Reindeer Head Tag

Here's my second set of tags for Christmas this year.  I used Cookie Cutter Christmas by Stampin' Up along with the matching punch.  I CASE'd it from an idea I found on the internet, but the photo is not watermarked, so I have no idea who to credit for it.  I used a different sentiment stamp set and tag die, but the basic idea is the same.

I cut a tag with the Tag,You're It die by My Favorite Things from Crumb Cake cardstock.  I stamped the reindeer image on the same cardstock so the edges would blend into the background and then colored it with Copic markers.

I used Ebony Black Nuvo Crystal Drops to give shiny dimension to the eyes.  For the nose, I used Glossy Accents over the red marker.

On the tag, I glued a strip of green patterned paper from the Warmth & Cheer pad by Stampin' Up.  I stamped the sentiment from Christmas Cheer by Avery Elle using Dark Chocolate ink.  Then I popped up the reindeer head with foam tape and tied on some narrow green ribbon.

Simple and cute!

Stamps:  Cookie Cutter Christmas (Stampin' Up); Christmas Cheer (Avery Elle)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento); Dark Chocolate (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Warmth & Cheer pad (Stampin' Up)
Copic:  E57, E59, R59, RV17
Misc: Cookie Cutter Builder punch (Stampin' Up);  Tag, You're It die (My Favorite Things); Ebony Black (Nuvo Crystal Drops); Glossy Accents (Ranger); green ribbon

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Poinsettia Tag

I just completed this year's Christmas tags.  We're in the middle of a huge basement remodel and our lives have been a little chaotic for the past two months.  My son and his family are coming to spend December with us, so I have to move most of the stuff in my studio down to the basement storage room when it's ready.  My little two-year-old grandson would have a heyday with my ink pads, scissors, stamps, and other assorted paraphernalia if I don't.  My studio will be converted into a guest bedroom temporarily while they are here.  Therefore, I needed to get all the Christmas tags done before December 1st.

My first tag uses the Poinsettia dies from Stampin' Up.  I had some pieces left from the Deck the Halls patterned paper and decided to cut layered poinsettias from this pretty red text print.

I usually make a set of four tags, but I had just enough paper to make a fifth poinsettia so I made an extra tag.  I'm sure I'll find a reason to use it.  It's always good to have tags on hand!

I stacked the three layers of the poinsettia and slightly curled each petal to add dimension.  I adhered the flower to a tag cut using the Berry Wreath Tag die from Papertrey Ink and Early Espresso cardstock, along with pine sprigs cut from the Funky Festive dies by Tim Holtz with Always Artichoke cardstock.

As a final step, I added Stickles to the center of the poinsettia to create a flower center.  It gives a pretty touch of sparkle!  Then I tied on some narrow gold ribbon.

Paper:  Always Artichoke, Early Espresso, Deck the Halls dsp (Stampin' Up)
Dies:  Poinsettia (Stampin' Up); Berry Wreath Tag (Papertrey Ink); Funky Festive (Tim Holtz)
Misc:  Tidings Stickles; gold ribbon