They say that imitation is the highest form of flattery. For me, it’s having your son’s friends ask “Do you think your mom would make me a bracelet?” Uh SURE?! What better combination than being part of a design team for a bead company, loving to make things, and having a kid who likes to wear your stuff?
For these I used copper and antique gold metal beads from Blue Moon Beads. The colors are perfect for Fall.
Simple projects. Beads and stretchy cord.
I remembered that I had this little amulet in my BMB supplies and the antique gold went perfectly. Added it to one of the bracelets using a jump ring.
For the other bracelet, I used some leftover metal beads from my stash .
A couple of years ago I had so much fun altering these little coffin shaped boxes I found at Michaels. Darn if they don’t keep stocking them and darn if I don’t keep finding ways to play with them.
It helps ( or doesn’t help depending on whether you’re Mr. Chocolate) that I love digging through clearance aisles and 50-60% off bins which is where I found the embellishments that inspired this project.
The metal Fleur de Lis and Crown pieces were in the $1.50-$3 bins and were 60% off when I found them. On a previous hunting expedition, I’d found the Jolee’s Boutique embellishments on sale.
We went to France several years ago and while there we toured the Catacombs which are not for the faint of heart but an amazing piece of history. The ornate metal embellishments brought back memories of that trip and the coffin boxes brought back memories of the Catacombs so voila. Gothic Coffin Boxes. Welcome to my brain.
I left a couple of the boxes unpainted and painted the others black. Using the boxes as a template, traced around them and cut out coordinating papers and Mod Podge’d them onto the boxes.
I love it when a plan goes awry. I intended to use the polka dot paper on the BACKS of each coffin and oops…one made it on the front. Oh well. Lemons / lemonade.
You can’t really see it but I crumpled the skull and bones paper before applying so it would be a little wrinkly. And for once, I was patient and let the boxes dry overnight so the paper would be good and stiff when I sanded the edges.
TIP: Package of emery boards from the Dollar store work great for this
I glued the metal embellishments to the front and added the Jolee’s embellishments as shown. Edged the boxes with torn pieces of coordinating washi tape.
Happy Friday Eve everyone. Can you believe we're already past the mid point of SEPTEMBER? Neither can I. Halloween and Fall crafting are in full swing (even though I'm behind!) Here are some ideas to inspire you :)
Always a fan of book page crafts, I love what the Crafty Lumberjacks use book pages for in this wreath alternative.
Heather, from Woods of Bell Trees shared another great leaf themed project that would be fun to make for yourself or to give as a gift or both! Nesting leaf bowls made out of clay.
Fall is back to school / off to school time and Brooke at Artistic Endeavors 101 shared the tin ceiling tile memo board she and her daughter made for her daughter's dorm room.
Even if you're not a football fan you will be a fan of these Dark Chocolate and Peanut Butter cupcakes from Tackling Life.
Now let's see what everyone's been up to this week!
I've always loved the "used to be a dollar" section at Michaels ( yep...still bitter that it's now the $1.50 - $3 section). So when I find things there that are 50-60% off, I'm ecstatic.
If you've been a reader of this blog you also know that I just shake my head at the price of cards when it's so easy to make your own.
On a recent trip, I stumbled upon some finds from Spring. Papers and pre-made tags 60% off which turned out to be $.60 per package. So for a whole $1.20, you can make at least 16 cards from these two things.
The paper pack had 12 8x8 sheets of 6 different patterns. The gift tags came in a pack of 16 and coordinate with the papers.
For the birthday card I made I used :
Light metallic gold cardstock
Embossing folder and embossing machine ( I used my Cricut Cuttlebug)
2 papers from package
1 gift tag
Self adhesive pearls
3-D Cupcake , candles, metal sentiment stickers from stash
Cut gold cardstock to 7x10 for 5x7 card. Score down the middle
Cut patterned paper 4.75 x 6.75 , attach to card
Cut white cardstock 4x5 and run through embossing folder
Mat on solid paper as shown
Tear solid paper scrap, adhere to middle of white panel
Attach tag, 3-D stickers as shown
Embellish with self adhesive pearls
Even if you don't have extra stickers in your stash ( a concept with which I am completely unfamiliar!) picking up a package of birthday themed stickers will still put you way ahead of what you'd spend on a single card.
With Halloween approaching and the return of one of my guilty pleasure TV series “Sons of Anarchy” , I was inspired to make some fun gothic jewelry. My real life couldn't be further from what happens on the show but I do have some things in common with the female characters style: B L I N G. I love it when worlds collide.
Included in my Blue Moon Bead design team supplies (all supplies are Blue Moon Beads ; design is my own) were strands of black and clear crystal beads with rhinestone skulls. Also included were silver filigree bow beads.
My photography skills don’t do the details justice but these are the perfect combination of gothic and girly , bold and bling.
For the earrings I strung a glass bead, skull bead and bow bead on a head pin and attached to pendant pieces. These are non-pierced earrings so I glued clip findings to the back of the pendants.
For the bracelet, I used stretchy cord, two of the clear rhinestone skull beads , one of the bow beads and alternating black and clear crystal beads.
For the necklace ( choker length) I used two different chains, more of the pendants made the same way as the earrings and then clear and black beads on head pins attached directly to the links with jump rings.
Blue Moon Beads can be found at your local JoAnns.
Happy Friday eve all and happy SEPTEMBER if you can believe it. I'm still trying to digest the fact that College Boy started his senior year of college this week. I remember writing about when we first dropped him off. Yikes!
Hope you all had a nice Labor Day weekend and those of you kids off to school this week ( little or big, kindergarten or college) did so w/out too much anxiety.
Fun ideas from last week's party:
I know how excited a lot of people are about the early return of Pumpkin Spice Lattes at Starbucks. So this one's for you pumpkin fans...if you want to save but still want the PSL experience, visit Crafty Lumberjacks for their super fast recipe.
Alayna's Creations shared a two in one holiday project that will get you through from Halloween to Thanksgiving. Double sided wood blocks! Genius.
Speaking of two in one projects this week's chocolate feature is paired with another great fall idea. How cute are these football themed snack bags? Only made better with the Snickers Pretzel Snack mix that goes inside. Who needs game day?
This is a re-post of a popular project I shared last year, inspired by the Three Witches from Macbeth. Supplies I used last year were from Oriental Trading Company.Project idea 100% mine.
One reason I thought to re-post this is because to get ready for Halloween this year, they're having a spooktacular giveaway that you definitely want to enter:
The Grand Prize is $500 worth of stuff ( $500!!) but they're also giving away a $25 gift card to their site EVERY DAY until 10/18! Who wouldn't want to enter to win?
If you're not familiar with Oriental Trading Company or haven't been there in a while, in addition to a great selection of party supplies and project kids that are great for kids, they have really really expanded their crafting supply section. I was able to go through the ordering process which was straightforward and easy, and my shipment arrived quickly.
The hats themselves are not actually hats. They started out as these:
Plain paper mache cones. I covered them using torn and twisted kraft colored butcher paper and Mod Podge and glued them to a cardboard circle base.
Since I knew I wanted them to be old looking, I wasn’t precise and just kind of went over the form until it looked like a witch’s hat. When dry, painted with black paint. Now for the fun stuff!
I chose some of the Halloween papers from Oriental Trading Company along with epoxy poison labels. I used the papers to make layered flowers that I scrunched and crumbled. After all, the witches from Macbeth would not be seen in pristine new hats.
Using some of the die cuts and stickers I also received, I made accessories for my hats, keeping with a poison potion theme.
Waste not want not, so I used from of the scraps of paper to embellish the hats going around one of the cones, and one of the brims.