Saturday, November 30, 2013

DIY Earrings with Embellishments

When my daughter, who had recently had her ears pierced, saw Pebbles' Candy Dots Crystals embellishments, she thought they would make lovely earrings.  After rounding up a couple of basic earring supplies at the craft store, we made DIY earrings with embellishments.

DIY Earrings with Embellishments

With only a few basic crafting and common jewelry supplies, it is easy to make your own stud earrings.  

Not that I'm taking a huge mystery out of making earrings, but here are a few simple steps I took to make DIY earrings out of scrapbooking embellishments: 
  • Gather supplies, including embellishments, earring studs, and adhesive.  I used E-6000 for this project because it works well when adhering metal to metal. 
  • Apply a bit of adhesive to the earring stud and adhere the embellishment.  NOTE: Remove the sticky back on the embellishment first. 
  • Allow earrings to dry/set standing straight up.  I placed my earrings in a foam piece that holds brads.  It worked perfectly! 

You could make earrings using all sorts of fun embellishments.  I also like that they are really inexpensive making it a non-stressful event when they get lost on the playground.  

Thanks for stopping by today! 

Amanda

Supplies: 
earring studs and backs
adhesive

Friday, November 29, 2013

Glittered Gift Card Holder

I have a love/hate relationship with glitter.  I love the way it looks, but I hate the way it gets into everything.  I even found some in my contacts when I took them out at the end of the day.  But alas, when a project calls for glitter, I'll use it.  This glittered gift card holder is easy to make and is perfect for all holiday occasions. 

Glittered Gift Card Holder


For more details on this project and a complete list of supplies, click HERE or head over to the Silhouette blog.  

Have a great weekend! 

Amanda

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Stamps: 

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

You Turn Me On Card for Guys

Do you get stumped when you have to make a card for your husband, boyfriend, son, dad, etc.?  I know I do.  I tend to gravitate toward feminine crafting supplies which makes it hard to make a card for a guy.  But, if you take a closer look at your supplies, you are bound to find bits and pieces from various collections that would be suitable for a guy card.  For this you turn me on card for guys I used a variety of prints to give the card a masculine feel. 

You Turn Me On Card for Guys

Cards for guys don't have to be complicated.  Mix together a variety of patterned paper, add a playful sentiment and an embellishment or two and you're done!  

You can see my card and a whole bunch of amazing cards for guys in Paper Crafts magazine latest special issue--Card Creations for Him.  You won't regret it!  

Have a fun and safe Thanksgiving!

Amanda

Supplies:
GCD Studios Special Delivery collection, May Arts striped twill ribbon

Monday, November 25, 2013

Three Christmas Trees Card

Crafty Confession: Every year I make dozens of Christmas cards with the intent to send them out to an ever growing mailing list, but I rarely send any out.  My Christmas card stash is growing out of control.  This year I made a three Christmas trees card to add to my, uh, collection.  

Three Christmas Trees Card

Doodlebug makes little decorative straws called Pixies to use as embellishments on cards, crafts, etc.  Cut into pieces, Pixies can make just about any shape.  I kept the overall design of the card simple so the trees would stand out. 


To make the Christmas trees, I trimmed green Pixies and adhered them to patterned paper and then cut out the shape.  I adhered the trees to the card and then added bits of brown Pixies to make the tree trunks.  I topped the biggest tree with a yellow star jewel. 

Merry Christmas! 

Amanda

Supplies: 
Doodlebug Home for the Holidays collection, Pixies, and star jewels

Friday, November 22, 2013

Ribbon Carousel Holiday Blog Hop

Hey everyone! We've got such a treat in store for you this weekend! To celebrate all of those beautiful Ribbon Carousels being used around the world (yes, we've shipped Carousels to 27 countries now!) to keep ribbon, twine, washi tapes and spooled items tidy, we'll be hopping around our amazing Crewmates blogs for the next 4 days showing you all of the beautiful and creative ways that our designers use THEIR Ribbon Carousels!

I am fortunate enough to have two Ribbon Carousels and I LOVE them!  Below are a few pictures of my Ribbon Carousels and their content.


With each rod stacked to the top, Ribbon Carousels can hold a lot of ribbon.  You can customize the arrangement of the rods to allow for wider spools of ribbon, too. 

Tiny Doodlebug doodle twine spools fit nicely on the carousel.  If you look closely, you can see that I have two full spools of twine on the center rod also. 

The maple spools are my favorite.  They are perfect for storing smaller lengths of ribbon.  The only problem is that I don't have enough!

This is what my ribbon stash looked like before I got my first Ribbon Carousel.  No kidding.  I had to search through this pile on my desk every time I needed a ribbon.

Would you like to win your very own Ribbon Carousel? Here is what you need to do: Visit the Designer’s blogs that are participating in each day of the blog hop and comment on their posts as you go. One of the Crewmate’s Holiday blogs (from each hop day) will be randomly chosen as the ‘it’ blog and a winner will be picked using a random number generator from the comments left on that Crewmate’s Holiday Blog Hop post.

You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more Crewmate Blogs you comment on, the better your chances are of winning your very own Ribbon Carousel! The Blog Hop will be open until 11:59 PM Eastern Time Monday, November 25th with the winners being announced Tuesday morning on the Ribbon Carousel Blog.

Already have a Ribbon Carousel?  Share a photo of YOUR Ribbon Carousel on our FaceBook page OR email it to info@ribboncarousel.com, and we'll share it for you!  You'll be in special drawing  for your choice of a Ribbon Carousel or 4 packages of spools!

For those that want a Ribbon Carousel NOW! Mark your calendar! We'll be having our LOWEST SALE PRICE of the YEAR sale on the Ribbon Carousels and Spools beginning Wednesday, November 27 - Cyber-Monday, December 2!  No coupon code needed!  Just go to our store and enjoy some happy shopping!

Amanda

Here are the participants for Day 1 of the Ribbon Carousel Holiday Blog Hop.  Enjoy! 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Sketched Christmas Card and Coordinating Envelope

If I haven't said it already, I love my Silhouette sketch pens!  Pop these little babies right into your CAMEO and you can create your very own sketched Christmas card.  This is a great way to mass produce enough cards for your mailing list with minimal effort.  Head on over to the Silhouette blog for more details.

Sketched Christmas Card

I used a metallic silver sketch pen on red cardstock to make a simple card with a lot of impact.  The metallic silver pen is opaque which makes it stand out nicely on dark cardstock.  I almost feel like I cheated making this card.  Doesn't it look like I sat down and sketched the whole image?  Shhh...I won't tell if you don't! 

I also made a coordinating sketched envelope to go along with my card.  Be sure to stop by the Silhouette blog for a brief tutorial on how to sketch both mailing and return addresses onto an envelope.  So easy! 

Have a great day! 

Amanda

Supplies: 
oogie sketch font
sketch chalkboard frame
Christmas card
sketch pens
Bazzill cardstock

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Gratitude Mason Jar Craft

In an effort to increase the spirit of gratitude in our home during the month of November, I created a simple gratitude mason jar craft that we can fill to the brim with things we are grateful for.

Gratitude Mason Jar Craft

The goal is fill the jar to overflowing with strips of paper where you have written down what you are grateful for.  You can fill the jar up all at once, perhaps during Thanksgiving dinner, or add a strip of paper to the jar once a day.  Save the jar and the paper strips for next year or scrap your favorite ones.

I couldn't think of a more perfect sentiment for how I feel when I ponder on the things I am grateful for.  I created the jar label by layering patterned paper and border stickers on top of a strip of burlap.  The dimensional leaf stickers and jute twine make a perfect accent.

Coke Zero, indoor plumbing, and mountains are just a few things I am grateful for.  What kinds of things will make your cup runneth over?

Grateful for you!

Amanda

Supplies:
Doodlebug Happy Harvest collection
Mason jar
Burlap
Jute twine

Monday, November 18, 2013

Rock On Chevron Card

Have you seen the new issue of Stamp It! Card Challenges?  If not, you should.  It is packed to brim with creative and inspiring card creations.  I have two cards in this issue, including the Rock On chevron card below.  I created this card for the "combine two or more sentiments to create a new sentiment" challenge.  


Rock On Chevron Card

At the time I made this card I was experimenting with making my own stamps.  I made a chevron stamp from a regular ol' pink school eraser.  I simply drew the pattern onto the eraser and cut it out with a craft knife.  Pink erasers are not the ideal stamping medium, hence the vast imperfections in the stamp.  However, I like how the imperfections contrast the crisp and tidy sentiment. 


I combined two sentiments from the same stamp set to create my own custom sentiment.  In keeping with correct grammar, I added a comma with a pen. 

If you are looking for more stampy inspiration, pick up a print or digital copy of Stamp It! Card Challenges today!  




Happy stamping!

Amanda

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Give Thanks Card

Good Thursday to you!  Today I am sharing a give thanks card for the Thursday's Sketch feature over on the Silhouette blog.  If you like layers, you'll want to check out the sketch--it's a good one! 


Give Thanks Card

Silhouette sketch pens are my new favorite product!  They are inexpensive and super easy to use.  Use them on their own or in combination with a cut file to create additional dimension on your cards and paper crafts.  Click HERE for more details and a step-by-step tutorial on creating an outline with Silhouette sketch pens.  

Thanks for stopping by! 

Amanda


Supplies: 
Pebbles Front Porch collection
American Crafts cardstock
May Arts ribbon and twine
Burlap
Sequins

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

DIY Christmas Tree Advent Calendar

I love advent calendars!  Each year I put up a variety of advent calendars, but the ones that hold little treats are everyone's favorite.  This year I made a quick (one hour) and easy DIY Christmas tree advent calendar to add to the mix.


DIY Christmas Tree Advent Calendar

A bunch of tiny Christmas tree grouped together have a big impact.  The fun colors and patterns from Doodlebug's Home for the Holidays collection are so festive and bright.


I have hidden treats underneath each Christmas tree for the kids to fight over discover each day leading up to Christmas.  Yum!  (I promise I'll put better treats in the trees come December.  Can you tell I only had Halloween candy at the time I took these photos?)

Making Christmas tree cones is super easy.  Here's how I did it:

How to Make Christmas Tree Cones

1. Cut circles of various sizes from patterned paper.  My circles ranged anywhere from 7.5" to 11.5".
2. Cut circles into quarters.
3. Snip a tiny wedge from the top of each quarter.  (This makes it easier to roll into a cone.)
4. Roll quarters into cones, securing the edges with adhesive.  Trim any excess paper from the bottom of the cone.
5. Staple the seams of each cone.
6. Top cones with round sequins and adhere number stickers.


If you make your own Christmas tree advent calendar, I'd love for you to share on my Popper & Mimi facebook page

Happy crafting! 

Amanda

Supplies: 
Doodlebug Home for the Holidays collection, round Christmas sequins, and Teensy Type stickers

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Graphic Geometric Card: A Moxie Fab Thanks! Blog Hop


Thanks for joining me today in celebrating Cath and her moxie fabness!  Knowing that Cath has a love for trendy triangles, I created this graphic geometric card with her in mind.  

Graphic Geometric Card
My inspiration for this card was THIS poster that I ran into on Pinterest quite a while ago.  I thought I would recreate the same pattern using colored vellum.  All that was required was a little math to get all of my corners and angles to match up. 


The simple, vintage typewriter-inspired font is a lovely contrast to the more crisp and modern geometric shapes.  The trick to getting the vellum to look just right is using an adhesive formulated especially for vellum.

If you are hopping along today, your next stop is #70, Dana Warren.

To Cath: You rock!  I will miss your daily inspiration on the Moxie Fab blog.  You have inspired me and my paper crafting in ways that cannot be measured.  

Much love!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Peace on Earth Card

Good Thursday everyone!  I am sharing my first project up on the Silhouette blog today!  I used some new Hero Arts die cut files and stamps.  Click HERE to see more details on my Peace on Earth card.  

Peace on Earth Card


Are you having trouble getting to the new Silhouette blog?  You may need to clear your browser's cache and history. 

Have a great day! 

Amanda

Supplies: 
Christmas greetings
White glitter
Winter Trees Pattern stamp (Hero Arts)

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Polka Dot Welcome Baby Card (RCC 87)

Hey there!  Welcome to this month's Ribbon Carousel Challenge!  This month's theme is Holidays and Celebrations!  There are many reasons to celebrate in November--Thanksgiving, Veteran's Day, and Hanukkah, just to name a few.  There are also more personal reasons to celebrate.  A friend of mine just had a baby girl and if that's not a reason to celebrate, I don't know what is!  I made this sweet polka dot welcome baby card to give to my friend and her family. 

Polka Dot Welcome Baby Card

I found some letter beads in my stash and thought they would be perfect for a baby card.  To make the banner, I simply threaded twine with the beads, tied the ends in knots and adhered it to the card.  I kept the overall design simple so the banner would really stand out. 

I positioned the little birdies as though they were holding the beaded banner.  Aren't they cute?  I wish I had 100 of them! 

So what prize is up for grabs? How about a Ribbon Carousel?!

 
 There are only three (3) rules you must follow to be eligible for the prize:

  1. You MUST use ribbon, twine, thread, washi tape or anything that comes on a spool on your creation 
  2. Your project must be based on the theme of the month. 
  3. You must add a NEW project to the inlinkz on THIS POST and link directly back to your project on your blog or online gallery.
 Have fun and good luck! 

Amanda

Supplies:
Paper, twine, stickers (Doodlebug)
Beads (Nicole Crafts)

Monday, November 4, 2013

DIY Paper Cornucopias Tutorial

Happy November!  These easy DIY paper cornucopias would make a fun appetizer and/or place holder at your Thanksgiving table, or just make them to serve up a healthy snack.  (Shhhh....no one will tell if you fill them with candy.)



All you need to make the cornucopias is some paper and adhesive.  Here is how to do it:

1. Cut a 11.5" circle into quarters.  Snip a narrow wedge off of one side near the top.  This makes it easier to roll the cone to a fine point.
2-3. Apply adhesive to the straight edge and roll into a cone shape. 
4-5. Flatten the narrow half of the cone.  Curl the end around a wide marker. 
6. Punch holes around the open end of the cornucopia, spacing them about 1/4" apart. 
7. Thread ribbon around top of cornucopia using a simple back-stitch. 
8. Line the cornucopia with a piece of food-safe paper (parchment, wax, etc.).  

Embellish the cornucopia as desired and stuff with delicious veggies!  The basket weave print from Happy Harvest adds an authentic touch to the cornucopias.  


These little cuties are bound to be a hit with kids or Thanksgiving guests.  The pixies straws make perfect flag holders!

If you make some paper cornucopias, I'd love for you to share them on my Facebook page!  

Happy creating!

Amanda

Supplies: Doodlebug Design Happy Harvest Collection, 3/8" brown satin ribbon