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!

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Boxed In

As we know, I love boxes and I love this box die from Lifestyle Crafts (now owned by We R Memory Keepers).

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The wood-look papers are from Kaisercraft, the rosettes were cut using a Tim Holtz/Sizzix die.

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The papers here are from Basic Grey.

These were so fast and easy to make — I used them as gifts for my co-workers.

That was a quick posting, eh? Have a great week.

Merry Christmas

I got in the holiday spirit with these paper trees:

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The trees are built on a skewer (yes, the kind you’d use for shish kabob!). The base is made of two coasters, sandwiched together. (I covered the base with torn book pages). Poke a hole in one coaster, add a little glue to the flat bottom of the skewer (not the pointy end), and then push the pointy end of the skewer through the coaster until the gluey bottom of the skewer is snuggled inside the coaster. Let the glue dry a bit, then thread the papers onto the skewer, starting with the largest size and alternating the direction of the papers (so the tree looks fluffy!). When you get to the next size of paper, add a small piece of corrugated cardboard to build the the height of the tree. Continue like that until you reach the desired height, then cut off the skewer. Add a star or a ball or whatever to the top of the skewer. Glue another coaster to the bottom for stability.

(For added dimension you can ink the edges of the papers before you start building the tree. Or if you are lazy, like me, I just sprayed them after the tree was put together.)

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I used Spellbinders Nestabilities dies for all the paper cutting.

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There are several well done tutorials on this technique to be found on the Internet.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Fabulous Finds Friday — Box Die

Happy Friday folks! As I mentioned before, I am fixated on dies!
Today’s find is a candy box die from Sizzix. Here’s my first attempt:

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Since we all know how impatient I am when I get a new toy, er, creative tool, I didn’t plan this out, I just grabbed a piece of cardstock and some scrap paper (that had been hanging around my desk) and cranked out the box. I cut the box first, then cut the scrap paper pieces to fit. The top embellishment was something that had been given to me long ago… but there it was and it seemed to fit perfectly!

The die is a steel-rule big die, 657726, and requires an extended cutting pad. This die cuts and scores most chipboard and mat board. I cut it using my Big Shot. (Had I thought more about it I would have covered the bottom of the box before I took the photo!)

Stay tuned for more die-licious projects! Thanks for stopping by.