All the News Fit to Wear!

When my friend and former news reporter colleague had a birthday, she requested hand made gifts only. Brilliant! Right up my alley!

Since we are both writers, former reporters and newspaper junkies, this gift was easy:

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I used a Formica chip left over from a long-ago remodeling project and collaged pieces of newspaper. I gold embossed the edges and added some pretty yarns, bling and a pin back.

But I couldn’t stop there … I packaged it (and another bracelet) in this box:

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After collaging the box, I sprayed on some gold Perfect Pearls for a little sheen. I added a flower topper made from … that’s right … newspaper, which I cut using a Tim Holtz flower die. So easy and effective!

Here’s a photo that shows the other piece, a bracelet. I used a wood bracelet blank and covered it with pretty paper and a few strategically placed gemstones:
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Are you as addicted to Pinterest as I am? Come back Friday for a Fabulous Find … and a giveaway!

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Fabulous Finds Friday — Bangle Bling

This project was a departure for me, but I had a lot of fun making it, to give to a co-worker.

I used several different products to make this bracelet. I first primed the bangle (which I got a looong time ago from DIYBangles.com) with white acrylic paint on the outside and gold on the inside. When it was dry, I rubbed it with a blue Faber-Castell Gelato.

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I don’t know if I needed to heat set it, but I did.

I then rubbed on some Viva Decor Inka Gold in Rose Quartz for a little shine:
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Yum!

Next, I stamped using StazOn permanent inks:

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And finally blinged the heck out of it using gems and Viva Pearl Pens (my latest addiction.)
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It was hard to stop. Thanks for coming by!

Fun Friendship Find

A quick share ….

As a crafty kid (my favorite part of Girl Scouts was Craft Day!) I loved making friendship bracelets.

So when I saw this easy bracelet maker, I couldn’t resist sharing:

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Find more info here.

I may have to try it and get back to my childhood!