A Little Handmade Jewelry

Hi friends,

I had a friend ask me recently if I thought I might start making jewelry. I said no because I really didn’t need to add another hobby to my already bursting craft room. Who was I kidding???

Not too long ago, Taylored Expressions came out with these great Designer Dangles dies and all the supplies to make fun jewelry. I was already of big fan of Taylored Expressions rubber stamps, dies, and embossing folders so it was just a natural progression for me to try out the Designer Dangles dies. You can see my first creations I made in this post.

I also love the look of natural unfinished wood beads like the ones I used to make my DIY Farmhouse Natural Wood Bead Garland in this post. I started seeing the natural wood beads paired with other beads to make bracelets and the next thing I knew, I was on Amazon ordering beads!!😳

So here are my latest jewelry creations that I wasn’t going to make! πŸ˜‰

The blue bracelet was made using the 6mm and 8mm natural wood beads from this set I found on Amazon. The blue beads are these 6mm beads also from Amazon. The spacer beads, “made with love” charm, and the stretch elastic I used to make the bracelet are from Hobby Lobby.

I cut my elastic about 14 inches long so I’d have plenty of room to work with. Then I gave the piece a good 3 to 4 stretches – this will help keep the finished bracelet from stretching out as it is worn. I tied a knot near one end so my beads wouldn’t slip off as I was stringing them. Simply string your beads in a sequence that you like. I added a jump ring to the charm before stringing it onto the bracelet. The bracelet measures about 7 inches long before tying it off. Of course, you can make it any length you’d like! Tie the elastic off with a good knot – there is some great info here on making this type of bracelet.

This next bracelet was made in the same way using 10mm natural beads from the set from Amazon and these beautiful 8mm beads. The spacer beads and charm came from Hobby Lobby.

The pendant necklace was made using the Designer Dangles – The Bigger the Better and Free Flow dies from Taylored Expressions. The faux leather also came from Taylored Expressions. I found my necklace chain and jump rings at Michaels.

So…now I have another new hobby to add to my list of crafty creations! I think I’ll be spending a lot of time searching Pinterest for ideas…

Thanks for stopping by,

Anita

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Sparkly Gift Birthday Card

Hi friends,

I have a quick to make card to share with you today. Sometimes something quick and easy is just what you need when time is short. This is a great birthday card when you need to get it in the mail ASAP!

Sparkly Gift is a stamp set from Unity Stamp Company. The set also includes a “birthday wishes” sentiment stamp. (By the way, you need to check out this stamp company – they are the best!!) The embossing folder is from Stampin’ Up. This particular folder is discontinued, but this one from Tim Holtz would be great. Or maybe this one from Kaisercraft.

To make the card, stamp the gift with black ink (this is my favorite black ink) on white card stock. Color with Copic Markers and punch with a circle punch (I love this one). Sponge the edges of the circle with red ink.

Emboss a panel of red card stock and attach to a white card. Attach a rectangle of patterned paper and a strip of patterned paper to the card. Attach the stamped image to the card with foam tape.

And that’s it! Quick and easy! Make this card in any color combo to celebrate a special birthday!

Thanks for stopping by,

Anita

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Crochet Classic Coverlet Baby Blanket

Hi friends,

When I found the pattern for this Crochet Classic Coverlet on the Lion Brand website, I knew I wanted to make it! You’ll need to create an account to access the free pattern download, but then you’ll have access to all their free patterns. And who doesn’t want free patterns?!? πŸ˜‰

I used Caron Simply Soft yarn in White and Soft Blue with an H/5mm hook to stitch up my blanket. (I used 2 and 1/2 skeins of white and part of a skein of soft blue.) The pattern is really easy to follow. I did the 1st row of the border in white and then switched to blue for rows 2-5. The pattern also calls for a smaller hook to do the border, but I didn’t do that. I just stitched the whole blanket with my H/5mm hook.

I love the texture of this blanket! I like the way it turned out with the contrasting border, too. I’m sure I will make more in different color combos.

I think you will enjoy this pattern the next time you need to make a baby blanket. I would love to see your creations!

Thanks for stopping by,

Anita

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Rustic Patriotic Star

Hi friends,

I was inspired by this pin to make a Rustic Patriotic Star, but I wanted to make a smaller version of it. This pin used wood paint stirrers and I knew they would be the perfect size for what I had in mind. So I combined the inspiration from both projects and here’s what I came up with!

You’ll need some wood paint stirrers – I picked up a package of 10 in the paint department of my local home improvement store. You’ll also need acrylic paint in red, white, and blue, and a star rubber stamp. I used dark brown acrylic paint to add a little distressing to the star, but I forgot to add it to the pic below.

Paint 2 of the stirrers red, 2 of them white, and 1 of them blue. I painted both the front and back along with the sides to give it a more finished look. I painted 2 coats, letting it dry completely between coats.

Next, using white paint with the star stamp, randomly stamp stars onto the blue paint stirrer. I used a foam brush to apply a thin coat of the white paint to the star stamp. Don’t worry if some of the blue paint shows through the star – that’s part of what makes it rustic. πŸ™‚

Then, I used my dark brown paint and lightly dry brushed all of the painted stirrers.

Using a strong glue, like e6000, glue the stirrers together in a star shape like in the photo below. I used clips to hold everything together until it was dry.

And here’s the finished star! I think it turned out pretty cute! πŸ™‚

Here it is with the wood “4” I made in this post.

And with a grapevine wreath for something a little different.

This is a really inexpensive and fun project! Let me know how yours turns out!

Happy 4th! πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

Anita

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Happy 4th!

Hi friends,

I have a fun 4th of July project to share with you today. I saw a picture of this project, but there weren’t any instructions. I thought it would be so quick and easy to make – and it was!

I picked up all my supplies at Hobby Lobby. My wood number 4 is about 8-inches tall. (Make sure that your number is able to freely stand.) The star paper is from the scrapbook department. You can find red/white bakers twine in the scrapbook or cake decorating department. You’ll need a small amount of red acrylic paint. You’ll also need matte finish Mod Podge to attach the paper to the 4.

Trace the wood 4 on the back of the scrapbook paper. I decided to put it on both sides of the 4, so I flipped it over and traced it both ways. (You can also paint the back of the 4 red.) Carefully cut out both images.

Paint the edges of the 4 red, including the center part (and the back if you are not adhering the star paper). Apply a thin coat of Mod Podge to the front of the 4 and carefully attach the star paper, smoothing out any wrinkles or bubbles. Let dry. Apply a thin coat of Mod Podge over the top to seal. Let dry. Repeat on the back.

After it is dry, wrap the bakers twine around the 4 several times and tie with a knot in the front.

And that’s it! Super easy and quick to make!

I love it with my little patriotic bear!

Happy 4th! πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

Anita

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Patriotic Rag Wreath

Hi friends,

I recently saw this post on Pinterest and thought it would be fun to make a rag wreath to match the Patriotic Rag Balls I made in this post since I had fabric leftover. I did have to buy another fabric bundle from Hobby Lobby to have enough to complete the wreath. I used one full bundle and about half of another one.

My wire wreath form came from the Dollar Tree and is 14-inches in diameter.

First you’ll need to wash, dry, and iron your fabric. Next you will need to tear it into strips. My strips were 2-inches wide by 7-inches long. Simply snip the edge of the fabric and then tear. It will tear easily and straight.

You will need a lot of strips! I ended up using 180 strips – 6 on each section of the inner ring, 7 on each section of the next ring, 8 on each section of the next ring, and 9 on each section of the outer ring.

To tie the fabric strips onto the wreath form, fold the strip in half and insert it from front to back – beginning with the inner ring. Then, wrapping the ends around the wire, pull them through the loop of the strip and pull tight.

Continue adding strips of fabric until you have covered the entire wreath form. I just tied them on randomly without any specific order.

When finished, fluff up your fabric and you have a fun Patriotic Rag Wreath for your front door!

Of course you can use fabric for any holiday or something to match your everyday decor…the possibilities are endless! And the fabric tearing step is a great stress reliever!! πŸ˜‰

Thanks for stopping by,

Anita

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Birthday Wishes Delivered with Love

Hi friends,

Masculine cards can sometimes be a challenge. But this stamp set from Unity Stamp Company called A Guy and His Truck makes it easy! I made this card for my nephew’s birthday.

I stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on white card stock and colored it with Copic markers. (I forgot to write down the colors I used πŸ™) I sponged around the truck with a light brown ink, layered the panel to blue card stock, and attached it to a white card.

I stamped the sentiment with brown ink on white card stock and punched it with a label punch. This one is discontinued, but here is a similar one from Stampin’ Up. I layered the sentiment to a scalloped oval die cut from blue card stock using foam tape. (Here’s a great set of scalloped oval dies.) Then I attached the piece to the card with foam tape.

If your guy has his own truck, it would be fun to color this image up to match it! This is a great set for birthday, Valentine’s Day (like I did here using the same layout with slightly different colors), or just thinking of you.

Happy Stamping!

Anita

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