Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Ribbon and Jump Rings Necklace

Ribbon Rings Necklace

Sometimes the idea for something comes when you aren’t trying so hard to think of one. At least that’s true for me. I am one of those people who likes scrounging around in the clearance section of places like Michaels which is what prompted this project. I found this pre-made ribbon and cord necklace by Bead Landing for $1.99!

Ribbon Necklace Supplies

The Darice beads and jump rings I already had in my stash from one of those previous scroungy trips. This was super super easy to make.

I strung some of the biggest jump rings onto the necklace ( over all of the ribbons/cord). Added as many as I felt like which ended up being eleven.

Ribbon Rings Necklace

Then I put some of the Darice beads on a large jump ring and attached to some of the rings already on the ribbon.  In my stash, I found some leftover washers from a Washer Charm Bracelet I made last year with washers from The Dollar Tree, and put those on a couple of the large jump rings, and then added one more bead/ring combo to the middle jump ring on the ribbon. Added a toggle clasp to each end.

Ring and Ribbon Necklace

Ribbon Rings Necklace

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Daycation: Seattle Great Wheel

Seattle Great Wheel

Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz was right. Sometimes what you’re looking for is right in your own backyard or words to that effect.

We had what I call a “Daycation” last week where we spent the day doing fun touristy things in our own city, Seattle. We started the day with a nice brunch at a locally owned restaurant and then headed to the Seattle waterfront.  June saw the opening of a fun new  attraction, The Seattle Great Wheel. If you’ve been watching the Olympics and have seen the London Eye, ours is similar but smaller.

Great Wheel

The “wheel” sits on the end of Pier 57 and goes out over the waters of Puget Sound. It’s 175 feet high and has 42 climate controlled gondolas including one “VIP” car which at $50 per ticket we did NOT ride in! We stuck to the regular tickets of approx $14 per adult.

Great Wheel Tix

These tickets are perfect for scrapbooking right? Wrong…this pic is as close as that’s going to get since you have to surrender them to board. Boo.

Great Wheel Cars

Each car holds 6 adults and is air conditioned for Summer and heated for the rest of the year.  The VIP gondola is black and has a see thru bottom and did I mention the $50 per person ticket?  You do get some other perks for the price but we were very content with our ride for the not $50 per person price!

You get to spend about 12 min on the ride and get a fantastic view Puget Sound:

View From The Wheel

The weekend we went was our big Seafair celebration which brings lots of Navy ships and the Blue Angels to town. In the pic above is one of the Navy ships in front of Norwegian Cruise Line’s Pearl ship getting ready to depart for Alaska.

The weather couldn’t have been more perfect and it was a fun family outing we got to do before College Boy heads back to school. If you get to Seattle, I highly recommend doing this if you can!  See? We do get some awesome weather!

Monday, August 13, 2012

BFF Open House Link Party #65 Wrap Up and Features

Thanks for another great party! As always , lots of great ideas so if you haven’t visited the other links. I hope you will. Here are just a few to get you started.

Jess, from Cox’s Corner, shared a new twist on the idea of an interchageable wreath. Go check out her wonderful tutorial.

Need a great way to store those Summer Vacation memories? Malia from Yesterday on Tuesday has one. It’s small, portable, and uses something I’ll bet you have on hand.

Mint Tin Upycled Mini Album - Yesterday on Tuesday

Is there anything you can’t cover with washi tape? Rhetorical question! Julie from White Lights on Wednesdays made a super cute washi tape bangle that even used an old painter’s tape roll.

And finally, you know I have to show off something chocolate. These Double Decker Coconut Cream Brownies from Back for Seconds just had me swooning:

Again, thanks everyone who linked up and hope to see you again on Friday. Make it a creative week!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

BFF Open House Link Party #65

Eeeek! Happy Friday Eve everyone…popped into Michaels last Sunday and it was a collision of Halloween and Christmas. OVERLOAD! College Boy is getting ready to head back to school so I will be a hot mess next week. Laying in an appropriate supply of chocolate!

Let’s see what everyone’s been up  to this week!

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Party On!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Core Cards Creative Frenzy DT Call

Core'dinated Damask Cards

I love it when an unplanned plan comes together. Core’dinations is having a design team call and it so happens they asked for three cards. It also so happens I needed to make three cards and so VOILA.

If you’ve seen any of my card posts, you know I already love their stuff and use their papers a lot so naturally already had some in my stash. I also have a thing for neutrals so I coordinated my Core’dinations cards using a neutral palette.

I chose a Core Essentials paper in Weathered Tin and a Gemstone paper in Pearl. Also used a floral print paper from my stash:

Core'dinations Papers

You can see the textures in the two solid papers which are fun on their own, but I love running this through an embossing folder to really bring out the texture.

Embossed Panel

I used a Tim Holtz embossing folder (Damask) and ran through my Cuttlebug. TIP: Cut your panel slightly larger than your embossing folder and then trim to size after you emboss. The Core’essentials paper is great for sanding or tearing. I used a sponge-sander-thingy leftover from a pedicure. TMI?

Tim Holtz Die

Speaking of Tim Holtz, I also used one of his dies to cut out some layered flowers for my cards. Some of these I cut from the damask paper. Others I used pieces of my Core’dinations papers.

Layered Flowers

For the patterned paper flowers, I scrunched them up before I layered / glued them together. For the Core’dinations flowers I used the end of a small paintbrush to curl the edges. I just couldn’t leave them flat ya know?

Damask Card Black

This card uses a handmade Japanese paper for the main layer; the embossed Core’dinations panel; “molded” Core’dinations flower with a rhinestone center. I tied black and white baker’s twine around the panel and finished off with a floral charm.

Damask Card Smiles

For this card, the first layer is Core’dinations Gemstone Pearl; embossed Weathered Tin panel, handmade Japanese paper strip and “scrunched” dlowers. Trimmed with rhinestone strip, a chipboard die cut, and “smiles” sticker.

Damask Cards Happy Days

For the last card, I used a Weathered Tin panel as the first layer; embossed Gemstone layer rubbed with Rub N Buff and Ranger Distress ink; a suede paper strip; scrunched floral flower and baker’s twine.

Damask Cards Collage

Wish me luck!

Monday, August 6, 2012

BFF Open House Link Party #64 Wrap Up and Features

I still can’t believe it’s August. July was definitely a blur. It was great seeing what everyone’s been up to so here are a few features from last week’s party. Thanks to everyone who linked up!

If you’re looking for a cool, stylish look for these hot Summer days, visit Bev at Flamingo Toes for the how-to on this sandal re-fashion!

I need to eat more cheese. What does that have to do with this ab fab birthday banner in a box? You’ll have to pop over to visit Keri at Shaken Together to find out!

Were you as excited by the first week of the Olympics as we were? I love watching the athletes realize their dreams. Celebrate week two and the closing ceremonies with these gold medal worthy cake pops from Karyn at Pint Sized Baker:

Finally, do you have any of those battery operated candles and do you want to transform them?
Mary over at Sweetwater Style has a great tutorial showing how she upscaled these.

Hope you’ll go and visit these ladies as well as the other wonderful links. Make it a creative week!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

BFF Open House Link Party #64...The Let's Get Back to Partying Edition

Hope you didn’t forget that I have a party! Wouldn’t blame you since I bailed abruptly last week. Glad to be back home. Glad the Mumster’s doing well. Trying to get caught up on my day job and back to some crafty time. So since I’ve made almost nothing in the last three weeks, let’s see what everyone’s been up to!!!

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Party on and thanks for keeping the fun going while I was away!