Friday, December 27, 2013

Cardabilites sketch #89

Hi Everyone out there in craftyland :)  I hope that you all had
 a wonderful Christmas and are ready to relax and enjoy 
the last days of 2013.  I started to get all my pictures ready 
to be printed today so that I could get caught up with 
some pages and all that and realized I am just a little behind.  
But you have to start somewhere so I am getting it all out
to the printer and then getting busy this month and
next to catch up.  I had a great year and can't wait
to see what 2014 holds for me :)

So today I had a bit of time so I am joining in for the 
Cardabilites sketch for this month although I am a tad late.

   I did my card with a 6x6 paper pad by MME called
"In bloom" with pretty shades of pink, peach, yellow and grey.
I also used a new stamp from Verve stamps.  I have never
used them but boy are they great.  I ordered a whole bunch
with the sale going on now and they have really, really 
cute sentiments and other goodies!!  Can't wait to do more!

For the doily I made my own using one of the Die-D-lites
called Medallion Four.  I love these little beauties and think
I am going to have to get the whole set of them here....
 They are so cute and have the lots of styles and they
are small and fit cards perfectly....I really love using them!

and of course here is the sketch for this month--

I love the tab at the top and I think it would be super
cute to adapt for Valentines and put a pocket for sweets.

Hope all of you have a great day and thanks for
taking the time to stop and i would love to hear from you
if you would like to leave a comment :)

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Butterbee Scraps Necklace Set

Happy Saturday to all of you... 
 Today I have something really pretty to share that I made
to wear for New Years.  If you haven't gotten anything yet you
can put this together pretty quick and then you have the whole set
 to match and wear out to celebrate the new year!

Many of the things that I do are inspired from something and
I love the knights of the round table and the intricate chainmail 
that they made and wore.  My butterfly necklace is a quick
inspiration from just that.  I started it with a simple chain,
some 6mm jump rings, tiny bronze metal flowers and this beautiful
metal butterfly to match.  Below is a few of the things
that I used to make it.  The Large Butterfly is # 042-B and the little
bronze flowers are 103-B.  The Antique Bronze toggle clasp is CL071-B.
 And you can also get the jump rings and rhinestones in the store too.

Here is a photo of the finished necklace as it would look on.

To attach each of the flowers on the necklace I used 2 jump rings 
so that they would lay flat when i wore it. I attached the large 
Butterfly in the center and then counted over to attach each of
the flowers with the jump rings.  To finish my necklace I attached
the same clasp that you see on the bracelet below with jump rings
on the ends of my chain.  It's unbelievably lightweight and takes
some time but I think that it is worth it.

To make the bracelet, first measure your wrist with a tape measure
and then layout the flowers so that you have enough of them
to go around.  The jump rings don't add that much extra but
if you want you can lay them out too with a ruler to get an idea.
  Attach 2 jump rings between each of the flowers with your
pliers and then added another jump ring to attach the clasp
at both ends of the bracelet.  I wanted to add a little sparkle so I used
E600 with a toothpick and glued on tiny rhinestones inside each
of the flowers with my pointed tweezers.  I use my tweezers
alot and always come in handy for little things.

After I made it I found out that it would be better to glue on
another set of the flowers on the back of each like I did for the
earrings below.  Having the extra thickness will help make
the rings keep it together better.  Just a hint :)

To make the earrings I glued together 2 of the flowers for each
of them and let them dry like the bracelet.  I added a small jump
ring so that I could attach it to the earring pieces.

I hope you like it and try making something gorgeous
to wear too.  There is always something fun to make
with all the pretty things in the store.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Christmas Snowflakes

It's busy around our house this week... we are shopping and 
wrapping and I am getting those last few projects done
and mailed into Spellbinders and I can't wait to show you
some of the things that they are going to have for 2014!!
It is going to be more than amazing and like me
you are going to love all of it....  :)

But since I can't show you--- I made a Christmas card
to share with some of my favorite dies... snowflakes!
We don't get snow down here in southern California
although i can see it up in the mountains and I love
skiing in it and walking in a new snow in the mountains.

So i love making things with these dies.  Spellbinders
has lots of them that you can mix and match, add rhinestones
 and they are just beautiful and you can see them here...

I used the 2013 Snowflake Pendant die set for the center
of the card and I layered it on the Exquisite Circles Die Set.
To make the dies pop out i layered them with foam
dots and changed patterns of red and green. If you click on
the card you can see it better too.  The papers I used are
from Bo Bunny's Christmas line from last year.

At the bottom of my card I also cut the edge with another
of my favorite dies called Curved Borders Two.  You get 
6 dies in this set with lots of intricate edges and they
are really fun to mix and match to make your cards that
much more special to give out to friends and family.

Yesterday we got to spend a fun afternoon at Disneyland
and I have some wonderful photos to share.  It was so
fun watching all the kids and the characters get to excited
and all the decorations they have are just so beautiful.
It was really, really fun.

Thanks for stopping over and i hope you do something
fun and festive today too....

Sunday, December 15, 2013

First Butterbee Scraps Post up

Hi Everyone, today is my first post up for Butterbee Scraps 
and I have a couple of fun quick and easy things to share with all of you.  

My first project is an ornament that i made with one of 
the larger bronze Filigree Embellishments #941. We are decorating
everywhere in our house and after decorating my daughters tree
I had the perfect inspiration to create my own ornaments for it.

The big bronze filigree shape was the perfect size piece to use 
as the base and I started by gluing two of the pieces together with E600. 
That way if the ornament turned both sides would be pretty.
 Then I glued on the bronze cabochon filigree #F805-B  on the front
of the ornament and let it all dry.  

My next step was to add some really light pink fine glitter 
with some wet adhesive into the circle in the center of the ornament 
and let that dry. Then I glued on the acrylic dome over it.

To make the dangle, I used a bronze flathead pin and added
a clear bead, then a teardrop pink bead, another clear bead and a then
a matching pink bead and created a loop to attach it to the base with
my needle nose pliers and my nylon jaw pliers.  For the top of the ornament
I added 2 jump rings and then bent a piece of 20 gauge bronze 
wire to form a matching metal loop to hang up my ornament.  Lastly
 i finished it by gluing on a pink bow to give it a really feminine feel.  Wouldn't 
this be so pretty on a tree filled with clear glass and pink ornaments?

My next project is a paper box that I created with snowflake paper I 
had in my stash and I used a few Spellbinders dies and finished it 
with a beautiful Butterbee Scraps Filigree embellishment and the 
same circle filigree embellishment I used for the center of my ornament.

To create my box I cut 2 pieces of 6x6 paper and scored them 1" 
all around the four sides and then cut four slits and folded the sides
 in and glued them together.  To make my box sturdier
I also put a small 1/2" paper strip around the top to reinforce it.

Then I cut 2 pieces of the Spellbinders Labels Twenty Two and
layered them on the top with adhesive and foam dots.  My next 
step was to cut/emboss the Venetian Motifs die in both yellow
and aqua and layer that on the top with more foam squares.  

To finish it I glued two pieces of Bronze filigree 068-B in opposite 
directions and then glued on the beautiful Cabachon # F805-B.  This
time instead of filling it with glitter I traced the clear dome and cut
out a matching piece of paper to put under it and then glue both of them
down.  I added a few clear rhinestones on the top to make it a little 
more fancier and that was all it needed.  The filigree pieces are so
pretty and ornate and they finish everything so beautifully.

I hope you liked the projects I made
with all the wonderful products you can get from Butterbee Scraps!

Have a wonderful day,  Teresa

Friday, December 6, 2013

Exciting News to share today..

Today I have some great news to share....

There is a wonderful online shop that sells the most amazing 
products to create jewelry and lots of other fun things with
called Butterbeescraps (zibbet) and I get the
privilege of designing for them for the next 6 months. 

I am a huge jewelry junkie so this is right up my alley...
 I am so happy and so honored and can't wait to share
 lots of fun projects to make with all of you.

Be sure and check out the website and get ready to order..
their prices are the best and there is so much to chose from!!

Have a great day,


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