Sunday, July 24, 2016

Tree of Life Pendants

Hi folks!! Hope you've had a great weekend! I've spent a good bit of the weekend creating some projects with wire wrapping. I think this is my new craft obsession. I watched several YouTube videos on how to create Tree of Life pendants and finally tried my hand at some. I am in love! Here are a couple I have made so far.

I used blue glass beads in 3 different tones on this one.
I used pink glass chips on this one. I really like how
they make the tree look really full. I also curled the
root ends to add a little something extra. 
I love that no two are ever the same. I also made a pair of earrings, but even they are slightly different. I am also making a pendant for my daughter with her little family's birthstones in it. There are so many ideas in my head for making these.

I haven't stopped with the Tree of Life pendants though. You probably know about my mermaid obsession, so why not combine the two? Yep, I made a wire wrapped mermaid! And also a really cool starfish. I will share those in the next couple of posts.

I'm excited for the upcoming week because my sweet friend Kristie is coming from Virginia for a visit and we are spending the weekend at another sweet friend Kathy's place. I am so excited to see these two again!

Thanks for dropping in to visit today. I'll be back soon to share more awesome projects! Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

I'm Really a Mermaid

Hello again friends! I'm back today to share something special I've been working on for a couple of weeks. So happy it's finally finished and love how it turned out!
It's a 7Gypsies 12x12 Shadow Box Insert that I attached to a canvas and decorated with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists, Graphic 45 papers and other embellishments that I made.

See, my obsession for mermaids continues :) I began by painting the shadow box insert and the canvas using the Tattered Angels Naturally Aged Kit called Peeled Paint and also added some turquoise and aqua blue acrylic paint as well until I achieved the look I wanted.

Before the shadow box insert was adhered to the canvas, I added all the papers, canvas fabric and burlap behind each "window".  I adore the papers in the Graphic 45 Voyage Beneath the Sea collection and the By the Sea collection. You can find them both in the Pickled Tink Crafts Etsy store. Once everything was in place, I glued the insert to the canvas with Beacon Adhesives 3-in-1 Advanced Craft Glue.

Then the real fun began! Each "window" was decorated with elements from the two paper collections, some sea shells I made from Makin's Clay and other ocean themed embellishments. The mermaid was fussy cut and then I added several layers of UTEE (ultra thick embossing powder) to make her sturdy. I also adhered the Scrabble letters spelling out "SEA" and the sand dollar to the frame.

Along the bottom "windows", I added May Arts ribbon, sea shells, sea glass, seed beads, micro-beads, flowers, and a chipboard flourish. The last little touch is the Voyage sign that is adhered to a piece of canvas fabric with frayed edges.

Ta-da!! I really love how it turned out :) Do you love it, too? I hope so!

I've also been busy making different kinds of jewelry. After watching many YouTube videos, I finally made a tree of life pendant. Yep, it's my latest craft obsession, lol. I've made three so far and have a a couple of orders for pendants and even earrings! I watched other videos on wire wrapping and am planning on trying so many different designs. I'll share what I make soon.
That's all from me today. Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Beachy Summer Tag

Hey there friends! I hope you are having a wonderful week so far! I have been busy watching videos and learning how to create wire wrapped jewelry. I will share a few items that I've been making soon. Today, I am sharing the tag I created for a swap that I participated in a Facebook group I am in. We were paired with someone to swap a summer themed tag with. This is the tag I created.

When I think of Summer, the beach is the first thing that comes to mind, so I created this cute little ocean/under the sea scene on the tag. The little mermaid is a stamp that I found at Tuesday Morning and had to have it. I've been slightly obsessed with mermaids since my trip to Tarpon Springs and the cruise to Cozumel a couple years ago. 

I made the tag using a thick piece of watercolor paper and sprayed it with several different Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists in blues and greens as well as some Gesso. I added May Arts netting ribbon using Beacon Adhesives 3-in-1 Advanced Glue. I used a 7Gypsies sea shell stamp set and stamped the shells on the same paper as the tag base and colored them with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists. 

I colored the mermaid with Copic markers and used my Westcott scissors to fussy cut her out as well as all the sea shells. I glued everything down with the 3-in-1 glue. I also adhered some seed beads, pearls and other little bits and bobs. To finish the tag off, I added some scrunched seam binding that I sprayed with Glimmer Mists. My swap partner really loved the tag!

Thanks for visiting today! I'll be back soon to share more fun projects.
Until next time....
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Cozumel Mixed Media Page

Hi friends! I hope you are doing well. Still hot here in SC, but it will be probably until November. Yeah, we have weird weather here.

In my last post, I shared a video of how I made sea shell embellishments using Makin's Clay and Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists and Stained Glass Paint. I used the sea shells on this mixed media scrapbook page I created for Scrap n' Art Online Magazine.

My inspiration for this page was this picture from my cruise to Cozumel. Oh, I how I loved Cozumel! I will never forget that trip! 

I used Graphic 45 papers from the Voyage Beneath the Sea Collection that you can find in my Etsy shop HERE. I love everything about this paper collection! 

Here is a close-up of the sea shells. I also used May Arts mesh ribbon in natural, lots of seed beads, micro-beads, Micah flakes and some crushed glass glitter. Beacon Adhesives 3-in-1 and Dazzle Tac Jewelry Glue were using to glue everything in place and of course I used my Westcott scissors and paper trimmer to cut the papers.

I think the little sea horse is my favorite :) He's so cute! I'm making more sea shells for another project, they are a little addictive. I also have some flower molds I want to try. Oh the possibilities!

Thanks for dropping in today. I hope you found some inspiration here. Be sure to visit Scrap n' Art Online Magazine for many more project ideas. (Did you hear? It's now all FREE! No more paid subscriptions. We've changed our format and are now a Facebook page. Please visit and like our page!!)

Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Sea Shell Embellishments

Hey there crafty friends! Whew! It's hot here in SC! The forecast is showing at least 100 degrees everyday this week. Ughhhhh. I hope where ever you are, you are keeping cool. Thank goodness for air conditioning.
Today, I'm sharing the video I made creating sea shell embellishments using Makin's Clay and Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists and Stained Glass Paint.

These are so easy and fun to make! Here is a sneak peek at the project that I used the sea shells on.

Makin's Clay is great for making embellishments because it's light weight and very versatile. Tattered Angels paints and sprays are a perfect medium to use with the clay as well. What kind of embellishments would you make with Makin's Clay? I would love to see your creations!

Thanks for visiting today. I'll be back soon to share more artsy stuff! Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Aqua Coastal Rectangle Wreath

Happy July 4th Weekend! It's very hot here in SC, feels like you will melt if you stay outside too long! What can make you feel cooler? The thought of being at the beach with the ocean breeze blowing through your hair. Walking in the cool ocean water with the waves coming in. That's what today's project reminds me of.

I made this wreath as an experiment with the new rectangular shaped work wreath form and the beautiful ribbon I found at Carolina Pottery. I love aqua blue, it reminds me of the beach and is one of my most favorite colors. 

This ribbon is just perfect for that beachy, coastal feel, too! I really like this shape wreath form and must get more! I put this together while watching the greenhouse nursery business a couple hours for my mom and dad last week. When Mom got home and saw this wreath, she loved it! So, I gave it to her because she's special :) We hung it on her front door right away. I'm happy it has a good home :) 

I hope you all have a fun and safe July 4th with family and friends! I'll be back soon with more fun crafty stuff! Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Mommy Daughter Tea Party

Hey there crafty friends! Sorry it's been awhile, life is good, but very busy lately, I've been trying my hand at more crafting videos and after several hours, I only got one decent video shot and edited. But it's all good, I'm learning. I am getting over the nervousness of talking on video. I hate the sound of my own voice on tape, lol. Today I'm sharing a scrapbook layout that I made using Spellbinders dies to create all the flowers. I adore all the different flower dies that Spellbinders offers!

The picture is of my beautiful daughter Amber and granddaughter Elizabeth taken when they attended a tea party at their church. Aren't they beautiful?

The flowers are made with two different die sets. The pink flowers were made with Heart and Home Flower Play and the purple flowers (sorry, they look blue in the pics) were made with Spiral Blossom One. I also used Create A Ivy for some of the greenery and the butterflies were made with Donna Salazar Designs Cascading Butterflies.

I added flat back pearls to all of the pink flowers and Stickles were applied to all the flowers once they were adhered. I tucked in a couple pieces of tulle here and there around the flowers, too.

Thanks for visiting today. I'll be back soon to share that video and some other projects. Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!