Sunday, March 29, 2015

Kumihimo! Yes To A New Love!

Hi Crafty Peeps,
KUMIHIMO, How ever did I miss the onset of this crafty goodness?  Just a quick post to say WOWZER, I love to braid!!  I had shown the little one (Rory) a video by the "Frugal Crafter" (here is the link)
and I watched as her eyes widen. Perfect I thought for this summer.  Let's get braiding.  Now I am not FRUGAL in any sense of the word so even after watching numerous vids on how to make a braiding disk, I of course went out an bought not 1, not 2, but 3 disks so that all the girly girls in the HOUSE could get their BRAID on.  Here is my first pic of my set up with the disk.  A basic spiral thanks to the frugalcrafter!!
Now mind you I should be in Easter mode as we are here in the end of March but I just happen to have yards of orange and black 2mm satin rat-tail in my crafty stash (You go Lysa, Save Everything!! Atta Girl!!) Super easy and super quick I love me some KUMIHIMO!! This my friends will be the beginning of a new love affair with fibers, beads, and all kinds of crafty goodness. Shout out of THANKS to Lindsay over at her blog
because I now know my summer will be spent well poolside and at the beach with an awesome craft that Me, My Daughter and Granddaughter will be enjoying this summer.  Here is a pic of my first finished bracelet. WOW Halloween in March.  Somebody please send me a Bunny!!
 See you next week and thanks for stopping by,

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Busy In The Craftroom!!

Hi Everyone,
The weather here in Jersey is finally starting to break.  I still have my snowman collection on the mantle and was hoping to get them put away and all my Easter bunnies up this weekend but instead I hunkered down in the craftroom to play.  I completed 120 baby shower favors for one of the work peeps whose having a shower for her daughter. I have been making tons of bracelets too. First the favors: The shower theme is "Ahoy It's A Boy"  I had a lot of fun with this simple favor.  I used CraftArtist2 to print the tags and then cut them out with a Spellbinders label four die.  Each favor has 5 lifesaver candies that went into a plain candy bag from AC Moore.  The base of the topper is a 4X4 piece of cardstock, folded at the 2" mark.  I used a corner punch on the ends and a corner rounder on the top.  The label is popped up with SU stampin dimentionals.  Plain twine from the dollar store and an anchor punch to finish it off.  Simple and cost effective.  My friend from work saw a picture on Pinterest and they were super easy to duplicate.  Here are the pictures of them ready to go.
With the favors done and out of the way I could get back to some bracelet making.  I have been having a blast trying to use recycled products.  The first was the zipper bracelet.  I love, love, love this one.  I pulled the zipper out of an old pair of jeans.  I thought this would be a great summer bracelet and its patriotic too!  Here is a picture:
You can find instructions for these cuties all over the web.  I cut out the zippper and cut the binding as close to the zipper teeth as I could.  I sealed the binding along both sides with a lighter so that the binding will not fray.  I drilled a small hole right through the zipper bottom with my rotary tool.  I just added the clasp and some charms and called it done.
Then I wanted to make a bracelet for a friend who just got promoted to Court Administrator.  I picked up some law themed charms the last time I placed an order so I was ready to go when her promotion came through.  Here is a picture of the bracelet and the awesome box I made to put it in.
How cute is that? Here is the box:
She loved it!!!!
Then I got it in my head after seeing bracelets made out of guitar string online that I wanted to make one.  And don't you know the Hubs is a guitar player. Yup, he is and I have guitar strings all over the house.  So here is a picture of my first attempts:
 I made the Pink Floyd one for Samantha and I will be sporting the patriotic one this July.  I had a lot of fun with the guitar strings and will be making many more of them I am sure.
I have been complaining about my picture taking skills a lot lately so the Hubs went to the dollar store and for a grand total of $5.00 he made me a little portable photo booth.  Wow what a difference.  He bought 2 pieces of foamcore board, a sheet of white poster board, a roll of packing tape and a white plastic table cover.  He made 4 frames from the foamcore (3 sides and a top) He covered each frame with the white plastic and taped 3 side by side leave a little gap so they could fold up. He clipped the white poster board to the back with binder clips and rested the top in place.  I used my Ottlight for the lighting but plan to buy some clip on lights for each side.  It worked great and you can really see the difference in the last picture.  Oh yeah and I used a coupon at Michael's to get my hand.  At least you can see the bracelets now. And just to show one more picture, here is another summer bracelet:
Thanks for stopping by and enjoy whats left of the weekend,

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Charm Storage - Made by My Very Own Prince Charming!

Hi Everyone,
Snow is still falling here in Jersey, and I am DONE! I am not a winter person to start with and it just seems like it has snowed every weekend for the past 6 weeks.  While it is cold and not so inviting outside, here in the craftroom it is just charming. I have to say my charm stash has gotten a tad out of control and I figured I better get a handle on organizing these little cuties before I start buying things that I already have.  I liked the Darice bead storage jars from the starts and I had picked up a few to hold some scrapebooking embelishments awhile back. If you don't know what they are here is a picture:
24 little screw top containers that fit into a plastic case.  The lid of the case is not hinged so needless to say if you were to drop it all the containers would go flying. But I like them and I found them great for the charms when Rory and I were working on the bracelets during this past holiday season. I started to buy a lot of charms thinking of summer projects like the wine charms and the beachy bracelets. So back to the store for more containers I went.  True to form, like the craft hoarder I am, I was like a frenzied squirrel gathering nuts for winter. I don't know how it happened, it was like every time the family sat down to dinner I would sneak upstairs to the computer, get on ETSY and buy charms. Want to know how bad it is? Are you sure? OK, here it is, I have a charm of, of, (I can't) a dental chair! Yup, you know that silly reclining chair at the dentist's office, Yes I have a charm of it! OK, OK, so I have 4 of them . . . and I have toothbrushes and toothpaste and some cute little floss charms too! So wait, before you call the craft police I should mention that my Brother in Law is a dentist and I thought a set of dental themed wine charms might just be a cute gift to bring to the office the next time I go for a cleaning.  See I'm not so crazy, I just think ahead.  Now what I really wanted to tell you about is my awesome storage idea that the Hubster came up with.  I loved the trays and just needed a way for them to stack safely with no chance of falling.  So, my Prince built me a little shelving unit to match the awesome ink storage unit he made me last year.  Here are a few pics:
All that was left to do was paint it black to match the ink storage and figure a way to add a pull to the drawers.  Well I took care of that. I had looked at a few miniature draw pulls and liked a lot of them but all I kept thinking was the less I spend on the shelf the more I will have to spend on charms.  So here is what I did.  I drilled a small hold in the center of each tray and made a ribbon pull.  I locked each ribbon into place using some scrapbook eyelets (sweet, I love when I use something I already own) Here are some pics for the draw pulls:
I used a strip of white paper to find the center and  marked it with a sharpie marker.  I drilled the hole with my handy dandy drill master from Harbor Freight.
  It was easy and I didn't crack any of the trays.  Then I set an eyelet into the hole from the front and used a manual eyelet setter to lock it in place. Pictures? Why Yes, yes I do!:
I never thought I would use that manual eyelet setter ever again after getting my crop a dile. Good thing I am a hoarder and didn't get rid of it.(See, always prepared!!) Now to lock the ribbon in I made a knot in the ribbon and fed it through from the front to the inside of the tray. And ran a second eyelet from the inside to the front.  It looked like this:
Once in place I crimped the eyelet with a pair of needle nose pliers. It ended up looking like this after I trimmed the ribbon and sealed it with a quick pass of a lighter:
Once the trays were done it was ready to be filled and organized and now my awesome charm collection looks like this:

and it matches my ink storage too!
I am one happy camper thanks to my very own Prince Charming! Thanks Paul, you ROCK! Oh, I gotta go the peeps are heading out to shovel snow and I think I can get in one more charm order before the day ends! Thanks for stopping by,

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Valentine's For School 2015 - What To Do, What To Do!

Hi Friends,
One week before Valentine's Day and I haven't even thought of what I am bringing in for the work peeps. More important than that was what is Rory going to do for school.  Now that brings in a whole new question. New school, now Middle School, should I, should I not?  That was the question asked by the little one. Still young and wanting to make any occasion fun, but savvy enough to not want to appear a bit corny. Well, Nonna has the answer and here it is: "To thine own self be true, and be like all good Girl Scouts and be prepared." I suggested that we make a nice Valentine treat that would fit in her backpack.  She would be prepared and if she felt uncomfortable handing them out, well in the backpack they would stay.  No harm, No foul!  The best of both sides of a story if you ask me. Gee, I am getting wise as I push 60!  So we chose some Valentine's themed pencils from Walgreens and a Dove chocolate heart.  We chose a push pencil and Dove chocolate as perhaps they are just a bit more appealing to the "more mature audience" that we are making them for. No Monster High or Spiderman involved (It's the Dove chocolate heart that steps it up)! I really do think Middle School is on the tough side, but hey if you make it through you can most likely survive whatever life throws at you. So here are a few pics of this easy peasy favor that should please anyone. In fact I just may be making these for work as well.  After all who doesn't need a pencil?
I made the page of tags using CAP2 and we punched them out with the Stampin' Up heart punch.  I used my ZING and MTC to cut the shadow heart.  The cello bags are from Stampin' Up. The white rubber bands are Rainbow Loom.  I use those bands for all sorts of things!
Here they are in a vase by the front door until she takes them to school.  Let's hope not to many peeps stop by for a visit because who could resist saying "help yourself"!
So easy, all we did was bag up the pencil and trim the bag to about 1.5 inches above the top of the pencil. Grabbed a chocolate heart and wrapped it in a 5 inch square of white tulle and secured it to the pencil bag with a white rubber band. We punched a 1/8 inch hold in the tag and made an angle cut into the hole and stretched the rubber band to lock the tag on. They came out great. We made 16 in about 40 minutes or so.  Here is one more picture:
I hope Rory ends up passing these out but worst comes to worst we will have a few extra pencils in the house and some darn good chocolate too!
Thanks for stopping by,

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Wine Charms! I'll Be Making Lots Of These!

Hi Everyone,
Just a quick post before I have to hit the kitchen and start to get ready for "the BIG game" Yes, it is Superbowl and I should have been getting ready hours ago.  I am glued to the Kitten Bowl on the Hallmark Channel and while I have been up here in the craftspace all the others in the house have been getting ready for the game. So to be quick I want to tell you that I just can't stop buying charms, yup, they are rolling in for summer themed bracelets.  Now I have been buying most of the charms on etsy and loving all of them. Some I bought were just a bit to big for bracelets. I sit with a ruler by my side and still I just can't get a true handle on the size. I loved the look of this one crab that I bought but no way could he sit on a wrist. So enter the wine charm.  I also bought some sand dollars that were a bit big as well. I know I should be focused on Valentine's Day but I have been buying summer themed charms and as it happens we are going on a family reunion vacation this year at the Jersey Shore. With snow on the ground and all these awesome summer charms helping me to keep sunny thoughts I made quick work to make a favor to bring this summer. Not only that, I have so many friends with summer places at the shore that this will be an AWESOME little gifty to send them.  It took me about 5 minutes to make the wine charms and then about 5 hours to come up with the packaging.  So silly on my part, I had an idea in my mine and just could not bring it to light.  Here is a picture of the charms, so quick and easy with pre-made wine charm rings that I got from Bohemian Findings via ETSY(SHOUT OUT! I will post their link at the bottom) I had some blue and white beads in my stash from somewhere ???
  OMG.... the pic just does not show how great they look! But they do look fantastic . . . and now they need a package. I made myself some digi paper using Stampin Up Pacific Point and a some SU stamp graphics.  I did have a hard time deciding how to arrange them on cardstock.  In the end I used my We R MemoryKeepers Chinch to punch holes to hang the charms from.  Here is a pic of that action:
I cut the printed cardstock to 6.5 inches by 2.25 and the Cinch cut the holes perfectly.  I took a my SU paper snips and cut a slit on the angle into each hole.  This worked great to hold each charm in place. Now I needed a celo bag to bag them up. I saw the new "WeRMemoryKeepers" photo fuse tool and I thought why can't I just use a metal ruler and my Tulip rhinestone setter to make my bag? So I grabbed a scrapbook page protector and a metal ruler and it worked great.  I added a graphic topper and here is what you get:
How great does that look, but wait here is the back:
I love these little favors and like the label says, Shore to Please!! I used CraftArtist2 for all the printing and the cardstock is SU Pacific Point and Whisper White.  Here is the link to the ETSY shop for Bohemian Findings:
I love their stuff!!!!!! I just can't wait to order more charming fun!
I can't wait to give out these wine charms to my peeps, I think they are going to be a huge hit!
Enjoy the BIG GAME and hopefully I will be back soon with this years Valentine's favor
Thanks for stopping by,

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Charms, Charms, Charms! I Just Can't Get Enough!

Hi Everyone, (or anyone who is still pit stopping my neglected corner of the Web)
One small humble post over Christmas! How sad is that? Please know I have been crafting away every single spare moment I have.  I just can't seem to get back into posting.  I think it is because I am in a "gear shift" phase. I have become obsessed with charms and charm bracelets. Bad pictures and all, this post will show you just how obsessed I am.  With that said here we go: So the bracelets at Christmas went over so big that peeps were asking me "What's next?" and my first thought was a Valentine's Day bracelet and after careful thought and consideration I decided that the cost for a give-away for that holiday was just over my budget.  I soon realized that my next "big" time of year was summer.  I get into summer big! I love the beach and my pool.  I love 4th of July and all the patriotic themes and the whole red, white and blue. I decided that the first bracelet I was going to make was the "beach" theme bracelet.  I set off to ESTY on my quest to find beach themed charms that would be cost effective so that I could make a slue of bracelets to pass out to my peeps.  This time round I threw in some wine charm wires because I know a lot of people who just don't wear bracelets.  This way I could make a little some'in some'in for everyone. Now here is where I get a tad crazy obsessed . . . So I am on ETSY and I return to a favorite shop called Loretta's Beads.  Here is the link to her ETSY shop:
I just love her shop and have made multiple purchases from her.  She is located in California. Oh boy, did she ever save me at Christmas when I was making the music themed bracelets for the music teachers. Loretta had the best music note charms I could find! So of course with her great customer service and fast shipping I headed back to her shop for some beachy goodness.  Well right from the start I fell in love (that's love with a capital "L") with the open scallop shell #SC1909. 50 qty for $8.50.  OH BABY! that's a deal for sure! As soon as I saw them I knew I wanted them so without hesitation it was "add to cart"!!  They arrived fast.  Here is a picture of a few of them:
Are they not AWESOME!!!

So cute, right?  Yes, Yes they are perfect, but I knew I wanted more.(here is where the obsessed, she has to much time on her hands comes in) See the little silver ball that is the pearl.  Well, I thought lets get a real pearl in there. As it happens I had a broken bracelet of my Mom's in my crafty stash and I thought why not get out the ole Dremmel handpiece and get rid of the metal and add a real pearl.  By now you all realize this is a charm has a value of about 17 cents, but what the hay, I want to play with my craft supplies.  So I grabbed the E6000 glue, cleaned up the pearls from Mom's bracelet and there you have it . . . a real pearl in a .17 cent charm.  Here are some more pics:
Drilled out and ready for a pearl!!
Glued and ready to squeeze closed:
I squeezed carefully as to not snap the shell and it worked out perfectly. Here is a picture of the finished bracelet:

Now as you can see I can't take a picture to save my life, but I think you get the idea and the idea is when you spend your money on awesome craft supplies do your best to take it just one step further because that is what being crafty is all about.  Oh and check this out here is my other new crafty good mojo "Metal Stamping"  Yeah!, now all my bracelet include a tag with the recipients intials! Here is a pic:
Yup, this first beach bracelet is going to my daughter Samantha, simply because not only do I love her she is the best daughter EVER!!
Not all the charms on this bracelet came from Lorettas Beads but I highly recommend that if you are in need of bead she has the shop that can assist with all your needs.
Now I have to think of the perfect box for these bracelets.  Hope to be back soon with more bracelets to show you all.  Thanks for stopping by,

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Package For Bracelets, DONE!

Hi Everyone,
Just a quick post to show off the way I packaged the bracelets.  I just love how they came out.  All that is left to do is for Rory to add the To - From tags. I decided that a pull up package would be perfect for the bracelets and I think the girly-girls will love it too! The graphic and paper is Stampin' Up and the pull up fold over was easy peasy. Here are the pics:
How Cute are they?? I Just love this awesome SU stamp set!  This fold over was so simple after scoring it I hand colored the stamps and they look awesome. I really think these bracelets will go over big, I have been wearing one for a few weeks now and I have gotten a lot of compliments. I see A.C. Moore and Joann's are now selling completed bracelets for $14.99.  I think Rory and I did a great job and brought them in for less.  I bought the charms at retail, mostly from Oriental Trading and Joann's and when I did the math the charms worked out to be just under $1.00 a charm. If you add the in the retail value of the bracelet, which is about $3.50 and the fact that there are 9 charms, the cost is $12.50. So in my book we made an awesome gift from the heart that was affordable and nicer looking than the $14.99 bracelet (because of the amount of charms) that was being sold at the craft store.  Our theme was snow and the theme carried through from the bracelet to the package.  I am so happy with the way this all turned out that I have made them for my work peeps as well.  I also now have a new addiction for charms.  I have already been buying Halloween themed charms for next year!  Hope you all are having a festive weekend.  Thanks for visiting,

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Christmas 2014 - We Making Bracelets! How Charming!!

Hi Everyone,
Now that Thanksgiving is behind us and Christmas is in full swing at our house it is time to get our craft on.  I have been working like a mad woman trying desperately to stay one step ahead of things.  Truth be told I am racing just to stay in step let alone a step ahead.  The house is now decked from top to bottom, outside lights are glowing and the "big giant wreath" is hanging. The wreath is a story in itself as it takes a team of three people to get it in place and wired to the house via bedroom windows in two different rooms!  The Christmas/winter dishes are cleaned and in place so that we can enjoy all the caloric holiday frenzy on festive snowman themed plates. They surely make everything taste even better.  In order to clear the decks for the decorations my craftroom is a sight to be seen.  There is a line of boxes dividing the room in two.  Stuff is just piled everywhere and you have to move boxes just to get into a drawer or cabinet.  It really is awful and not a creative space at the moment. This bit of mess can't stop me from having a some crafty fun with the Granddaughter.  Rory and I had decided about a month ago that we wanted to make some charm bracelets for her friends as this years gifts.  Rory and her Mom love their Alex and Ani bracelets so we decided  that was the style we wanted to make. At first I looked into bending the wire bracelets myself.  I was able to find the wire and the mandrel that was needed but the start up cost was a to much for me for a craft that I might only make once.  I have to keep reminding myself  "I am a papercrafter, I am a papercrafter" This is why I am out of space in the craftroom.  So with a bit of searching I found some bracelet blanks online.  Actually I found a lot of sources for the blanks.  Some high end in precious metals and some in coated brass, stainless steel, etc. that were reasonable in the pocketbook department.  I chose to order from a lovely Etsy shop.  The name of the shop is The Jeweled Box and you can fine it here at this link:
Anne is the owners name and she is located in Georgia.  My order arrived quickly and everything was as pictured.  I even placed a second order because once I made the first bracelet I knew I needed to make a lot of them!!
I bought most of the charms from Oriental Trading but there are charms all over the place online and in stores.  I saw many at AC Moore and Joann's.  Rory and I sat online at Oriental's website and she chose the charms for her friends.  Then I hit Joann's and chose some too.  Here are some pic of the bracelets that we made.  The pictures are not the best but you can get the idea of how great they came out. I also had to add pics of Rory at work.  I just love my little crafty good bud!

Not the best work surface I know, but like I said the craftroom is one hot mess!
Look how many we made in just part of an afternoon

Each bracelet has 9 charms. Can you see the angel and the made with love heart? So cute! Now I can't wait to make the perfect packaging  for these cuties to go in.  I was amazed how easy it was for Rory to work with the jump rings and the pliers.  It did not take her long to get the hang of it.  This project would be an awesome fund raiser for a Girl Scout group or other community group. These charms are all cheap alloy metals and can be purchased in bulk.  I saw everything from book themes to medical themes.  I think I need to make a cancer ribbon one for the girls in the Oncology office where my daughter works.  I don't know you guys . . . it just might be time to buy the wire and the bracelet mandrel so I can start bending the wire bracelets myself, oh but remember "I am a papercrafter, I am a papercrafter"!! Thanks for visiting and enjoy getting your Christmas craft 2014 on!!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Lip Balm Holder for Halloween 2014

 Hi Everyone,
I am so happy to say my final Halloween favors are done.  As you know my most favorite non candy favors are made with AVON products.  I love their lip balms and hand creams for crafting.  I am almost always able to purchase them for .79 cents or so.  I also like to buy from AVON as I have a co-worker who is an AVON lady and I would much rather support her than Dollar Tree.  I used CraftArtistist2 to design the file and I used my Zing and MTC software to cut them out.  The pumpkin and bat are Martha Stewart punches that I have had for years.  Don't you just love when you spend money on something and you use it for years! I also printed all the paper using Stampin' Up digital files.  I buy all my favorite papers as digi files because as you know once they retire they are gone.  The pumpkin paper is from the "Cast A Spell" DSP line from back in either '09 or maybe '10.  I still use it all the time because I love it so much.  Here is a picture of the pdf file share for these quick and easy favors:
You can find the PDF file here at this link:
and the MTC file can be found using this link:
Here is a picture of the lip balm holders and whats left of the little jack o' lantern boxes waiting to be handed out at work next week:
So to sum up Halloween 2014, I think my favorite favor was the beaded spider.  I made so many of them and could have kept going if I had more peeps that I wanted to give them to.  He may resurface this Christmas as "The Christmas Spider" from the Ukrainian legend. Next week I will be on vacation from work for a few days and all the Halloween paper gets put away and out comes all the Christmas craft supplies. I can't wait for this years Christmas crafting season as I bought some great Stampin' Up paper and supplies.  They did a lot with Kraft paper and boxes this year.  Kraft is my all time favorite for Christmas.  Thanks for pit stopping my blog and I hope to see you again soon.  Enjoy Halloween!!

Monday, October 13, 2014

A Beaded Spider, Perfect for Halloween!

Hi Everyone,
I am so addicted to making these little cute beaded spiders this year.  I have made 10 and was thinking of making even more.  There are so many tutorials out there in cyber land all you have to do is google beaded spider and you will find many tuts and pictures of  them.  I think what got me going was the wreath kit from Stampin' Up.  The frightful wreath came with a beaded spider kit.  I didn't really like the wreath but loved the spider.  Everyone started to make them.  Angie over at Chic N Scratch made a nice video of hers and you can check it out here:
  Here is a picture of some of mine:

Look how cute they look just hanging out around the house:

I like them because they are creepy in a cute sort of way.  I made so many that I can get one done is less than 20 minutes.  Here are the supplies I used:
24 gauge wire
silver bead caps
silver decorative head pin
acrylic beads by Jewelry Fundamentals 
black seed beads size 15
small white glass beads size 2
silver tube (bugle) beads
Here is a picture of the beads I used.  There was no "mm" sizing on the package:
 All I did to create the body was thread one small bead along with a bead cap, large bead and second bead cap onto a head pin.  I twisted the end of the head pin to hold it all together.  I cut 4 strands of the wire in 6 inch lengths.  I twisted them around the body where the "head" meets the body of the spider.  I shaped the legs out to 4 on each side of the body.  On each leg I threaded the following bead patten:
3 black seed, 1 bugle, 3 black seed, 1 bugle, 3 black seed, 1 bugle, 3 black seed.
I then finished each leg with a white size 2 bead.  I looped the wire through twice and then clipped the wire flush. I used very thin wire and if you wanted something a bit more sturdy you may want to use 22 gauge wire in lieu of the 24 gauge.  I was posing one of my spiders and bent the leg so many times that I broke it.  I hope you give this little guy a try.  I am off to make a few more to bring to some friends at work. Thanks for stopping by,