Thursday, April 24, 2014

BFF Open House Link Party #155

The Answer Is Chocolate

Hello and Happy Friday Eve chocoholic friends! It's been a bit of a crazy week so hope everyone had a nice Easter and Passover last week. Barely getting this party up this week so no features today. 

Well jump right in to the party! 


Monday, April 21, 2014

1920's "Boardwalk Empire" Inspired Necklace and Bracelet

1920's Inspired Necklace

I don’t know about you, but I get inspiration from all kinds of places. For example, watching HBO’s Boardwalk Empire which I binge watched recently. The show is set in the 1920s and while there’s a lot about the era I’m glad we’ve moved past, I do swoon over some of the fashions of the time. (Not the bathing suits!)

1920's Inspired Necklace Focal

Lots of long necklaces with wonderful beads and filigrees to go with all those great flapper dresses. Hats! I really do wish hats were still more of a thing.

Brilliant me, I thought I’d uploaded the pics with the supplies and the steps for this necklace and so deleted them from my camera. Uh-oh.

I used a combination of bright and antique gold chains, champagne colored glass pearls, and gold and cream “beaded beads” for lack of a better descriptor. All supplies are from Blue Moon Beads ( I am a Design Team Member) .

1920's Inspired Necklace

I built this necklace around this antique gold feather pendant and chose gold chains with amber rhinestones for one side of the necklace, and made sections of pearl and gold chain for the other side.
1920's Inspired Bracelet

I threw rules away and used bright gold, antique gold, all kinds of gold tones figuring that truly vintage items patina at their own pace. 

What’s a necklace without a bracelet? For the bracelet, I used a combination of chains and then a made a center cluster of the same beads from the necklace.

1920's Inspired Bracelet Focal

Now, off to look for a fabulous cloche style hat!

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

BFF Open House LInk Party #153

The Answer Is Chocolate

Happy Friday Eve all. It's been another whirlwind and not so crafty week here at The Answer Is Chocolate so I've looked forward to the party all week to live vicariously through all of your creative projects! 

Here are a few highlights from last week! 

While this is Easter themed, the ladies over at Something Splendid have a fun and easy table runner project that could be adapted to any theme. 

Rena over at Jewelry Making Journal has another spectacular tutorial to share. With Mother's Day coming up soon, this would make a great gift and no fancy tools required! Plus I love what she named this. 

It's no secret that I love making cards, but I also love could say I'm punny that way ( everybody groan now). Julia at It's Always Ruetten as a fun all occasion card to share. 

Who else remembers the Oreo cookie commercial jingle "Ice cold milk and an Oreo cookie..." ?  If you do remember it, you can thank me for that ear worm that's now stuck in your head! Well Oreos could only be better stuffed in brownies am I right?  You'll want to check out Kay's recipe over at Love Food , Will Share

On to this week's party! 


Thursday, April 10, 2014

BFF Open House Link Party #152

The Answer Is Chocolate

Happy Friday Eve and welcome to another party here at The Answer Is Chocolate. Spring has definitely sprung as evidenced by last week's party. Here are some of the highlights. 

With all the extra eggs used this time of year, be sure to save the cartons so you can make this gorgeous wreath frame shared by Melanie at Blissbloomblog.  I would never have guessed egg cartons!

ampersand thumbtack art canvas Live Love DIY Living in a White Box Dollar Decor by The DIY Homegirl

Like so many crafters , I love finding things at the Dollar store. The DIY Homegirl has a great roundup of projects using Dollar store finds.

My Emiline has a fresh and fragrant lemon sugar scrub. Mother's Day is coming. Wonderful gift idea. 

I absolutely love this little bunny in a jar from The Crafty Lumberjacks. Wouldn't this make an adorable addition to an Easter tablescape? 

This week's chocolate feature is a delight. Feast for the eyes and the tastebuds. 

Lovely for an Easter table , shower, or special dinner. Visit Bonnie over at The Pin Junkie to see how she made the butterflies. 

Now for this week's party!


Monday, April 7, 2014

Spring Cards Using What's On Hand

Sympathy Card

My creative process is usually to survey what supplies I have on hand and then kind of “feel” a project. Sometimes I look at things, take them out, put them back. Sometimes it's instant. Other times it takes a while.

Right now half of my craft room is packed up  (  Mr.  Chocolate says “How can you tell” ).  I still used that process but could feel the absence of other stuff. ( I really can Mr. C.)

Still, I needed to make some cards so used what I had . All my dies and embossing folders are packed up. I have my neutral papers , a bin with miscellaneous embellishments and some stamps on hand.

Sympathy Cards Grey and White

For these cards, I used a combination of silver, gray and white papers. Stamped the floral medallion on white paper with grey chalk ink, and layered with torn silver paper circles. Embellished with rhinestones and self adhesive sticker borders.

Spring Card

For this card, I used a natural color scheme with fossilized leaves and a metal frame and tree as the focal.

Spring Card Closeup

For the last card, I used gray and white with a splash of color from  fern and 3D Iris stickers and a metal butterfly I found in the $1.50 bin at Michaels.

Metal Butterfly Card

Butterfly and Iris Card

Happy Spring ! 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

BFF Open House Link Party #151

The Answer Is Chocolate

Friday day of the week! Hope none of you endured any awful April Fool's day pranks. Not a fan of that day. 

Here are some inspiring ( inspire Spring?) ideas from last week's party: 

My readers know I love making cards. This one from It's Always Ruetten is a must make idea. Perfect for so many occasions. 

Spring and birds go together don't they? I really like this layered stencil bird project from Laura at Pet Scribbles

Doreen over at Altered Artworks took her love of altering things to a bigger level. Ab fab makeover of this flea market found metal file cabinet to some new Industrial Chic storage for her workroom. 

I couldn't believe that this gorgeous cake was Diane's first attempt at cake decorating. Visit An Extraordinary Day for the details. I can assure you , my first attempt looked nothing like this. I'm not even sure it looked like cake! Easter, Mother's Day, showers ...

Finally this week's chocolate feature. Simple, classic, delicious and never tire of this combination. Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars from The Pin Junkie