Thursday, 16 August 2012

More earrings

I have 3 more pairs of earrings to share with you this evening.  I've had fun playing around with this new technique over the past couple of days and I'm excited to make a trip to the local hardware store soon to pick up some different sizes and shapes of washers to make more jewelry. 

For these pairs I used International Bazaar DSP again but decided not to punch a hole right through the centre.  I think I like this look better.



Here's a closer look at each pair:




The reflection of my camera flash on the Crystal Effects really makes them look really shiny here.   For instructions on how to create your own jewelry out of hardware click here.

Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Washer Woman

I was doing a little blog surfing last night when I came across a post from Terry at "Going Over the Edge"  where she showed how she had made some jewelry using washers and bolts (yes, the kind you find in your garage or at the hardware store).  I was SO inspired that I immediately sat down to make my own....even though it was 11 pm and I was tired.....that's how excited I was!!!!

I made a trip to my local arts and crafts store tonight to purchase some jewelry hardware (E.M. why do you live so far away?!) and voila....earrings and a necklace.....sweet!





It is really ridiculously simple to make these.....you might need a little patience though while everything sets : )  Here's what you do:

1.  Find some washers and/or bolts....any size will do.

2.  Cut or punch (I prefer the latter) your DSP to size.  For this set I used my favourite DSP of the moment....International Bazaar.

3.  Adhere the DSP to your hardware using Tombow liquid adhesive.  Let is dry.

4.  Punch or cut out the middle of your washer/bolt.  I used a hole punch for the smaller washers and my hobby blade for the larger one.

5.  Cover the whole piece with Crystal Effects and let set overnight.

6.  Repeat on the other side....either with the same DSP or with another pattern.

7.  Tie on some Baker's Twine or attach to earrings.

What do you think?  I'm super excited to try some more.  I think I'm going to have to discipline myself to get back to cards after this : )

Happy Crafting!!

Friday, 10 August 2012

Simple Anniversary

How time flies!  Today is my 10th wedding anniversary!!!!  It's really hard to believe that I've been married for a decade : )  We don't have much planned to celebrate as we've just returned from a 5 week trek across the continent (Ontario to Vancouver Island and back) with a 3 year old and a 4 month old.  Having a night in a hotel doesn't have the same appeal when you've been out of your own bed for that long : )  My brother and his wife have graciously agreed to babysit while we go out to supper tonight. 

I also haven't made my husband an anniversary card....what's that saying about the cobbler's children going without shoes?  Yeah, that's kind of what happens here with cards.  So in place of my own card I'm going to post the one my sister-in-law made for us that arrived in the mail yesterday.

Simple Anniversary card

I love how she used the butterflies.  I find that this Elegant Butterfly punch is very versatile and I know that my SIL likes it to add interest to cards too.  She doesn't have a Big Shot so this is a nice way to add some depth.  Such a simple card but so pretty.

Happy Stamping!

Merry Christmas for FMS362

Hi to all those who are still out there!  Thanks for sticking with me after all this time.  I had a very hard year professionally last year ...