Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Make these beautiful, but simple wired ribbon Christmas butterflies! So pretty and so much fun to do!
Click on the link below to see my full YouTube tutorial:
 
 
 
Materials Needed
2.5 inch wide Wired Ribbon with glitter (Michael's or Hobby Lobby)
Gold Plated Wire (Thin enough to be easily manipulated by hand) (Found mine at Michael's)
Pipe Cleaners or Fuzzy Sticks in white opalescent color (Found at Walmart)
10mm round, faceted acrylic beads for head
8mm round, faceted acrylic beads for body
Aleene's Turbo Tacky glue
Hot Glue Gun
Wire Cutters
 
*Optional: Flat nose pliers and round nose pliers

DIY~Elegant Crimson and Gold Lace Pearl Earrings!

Make these very simple, but elegant earrings for Christmas!
Please click on the following link to see my complete tutorial on YouTube:
 
 
 
Materials Needed for Single Drop Earrings
 
12mm Red Pearls (2)
15mm Gold Plated Leaf Bead Caps (2) -I purchased my bead caps from the following Ebay seller: http://stores.ebay.com/beadsandfinding/
22 Gauge Head Pins (2)
2mm Gold Metallic Czech Glass Beads (2)
Gold Plated Ear Wires (2)
 
 

Monday, October 20, 2014

DIY~Amazing Faux Druzy Pendants! Simple and Beautiful!

 Make these gorgeous faux druzy (or druse) penants, using nothing more than two ingredients!
Please click on the following link to see my full YouTube tutorial:
 
See the photo below...this is what we made in the tutorial. I'm just sorry that 3-D images don't come out right on camera. :o(  The pendant is really beautiful in person! the photo doesn't do it justice!
 
 
I purchased my heart bezels from the following Etsy seller:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/CleverDelights
I purchased my earring bezels from the following Etsy seller:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/SunAndMoonCraftKits
 
 
You will need the following materials:
*Bright Silver Bezels
*Necklace chains
*Mod Podge Dimensional Magic in the regular gloss (Michael's)
*Ultra Fine Glitter in pastel or light colors (I used Martha Stewart's Glitter in colors such as Aquamarine, Turquoise, Amethyst, etc.
Creatology Glitter in "Crystal" (Very important! Please see video tutorial for further explanation.)
*Toothpicks
 

Monday, September 29, 2014

DIY~Adorable Recycled CD Christmas Card Pendant Necklace!

Learn how to make this adorable and EASY Recycled CD Christmas Card Pendant! Click on the following link for the complete YouTube tutorial:  http://youtu.be/-TZpof9OQYA
These would make wonderful gifts or craft fair items! You can also use birthday cards or ANY cards you have on hand. Enjoy!
 
Materials Needed:
*Old CD
*Christmas Cards (I used the Mary Engelbreit Christmas cards found in Michael's dollar bins.
*Mod Podge Dimensional Magic
*Metal Repair Foil Tape
*Black Acrylic Paint
*Recollections fine glitter in "Glitz" or "Blanco Rosado"
*E-6000 Glue
*Glue-On Bail
*Ball Chain Necklace

DIY~Adorable Snowman Figurines For Candle Arrangements!

Make these adorable lightweight snowmen from paper clay! You can make several in any size you want and hot glue them onto a candle arrangement for Christmas. Please click on the following YouTube link to see my complete tutorial:  http://youtu.be/jgOXpn3qZoc

Materials Needed:
*Paper Clay (I purchased mine at Michael's)
*Christmas socks from the Dollar Tree
*Toothpicks
*Orange Acrylic Paint
*Ultra Fine Black Sharpie Permanent Marker
*Aleene's Turbo Tacky Glue
*Hot Glue

DIY~Stunning Emerald Lantern Christmas Earrings!





Make these stunning Emerald Lantern Christmas Earrings for Christmas! Please click on the following YouTube link to see my complete tutorial:   http://youtu.be/YtRhugKb6Xk

Materials Needed:
*Two 10mm Square Glass Beads (I found mine at Michael's)
*Four 10mm Squaredelles
*Four Silver Rondelle Beads, about 8mmx4mm (I found mine at Michael's)
*Four 6mm Crystal Bicones in the color Emerald
*Two Ear Wires, Silver Plated
*Two Head Pins, 22 Gauge...(I like the 3 inch head pins)


*Jewelry Making Tools Needed: Round Nose Pliers, Flat Nose Pliers, Nippers

I buy my head pins from the following Etsy seller:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/oldsmarbeads
I bought my squaredelles from the following Etsy seller:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/SuppliesSundries

DIY~Gorgeous Sparkling "Christmas Lights" Earrings!




Make a pair of these gorgeous earrings for Christmas! Very lightweight with lots of sparkle!
Click on the following link to see my complete YouTube tutorial on how to make these earrings:
http://youtu.be/USvCtj3pxe4

Materials Needed:

*Two 12mm Acrylic Shamballa Beads (I found mine at Michael's)
*Four 4mm and Four 6mm Daisy Spacers in antique silver
*Four 6mm Bicone Crystals
*Four 3mm Round Spacer Beads
*Two 3 Inch Head Pins
*Two Ear Wires
Jewelry Making Tools: Round Nose Pliers, Flat Nose Pliers, Nippers

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

DIY~Beautiful Rustic Story Ornaments For Your Tree!


These rustic looking story ornaments were so fun to make and extremely easy! You will need 2 inch cork circles from Michael's (Raw Bar) to make these OR you can order them online. Here is a complete list of materials below. Be sure to click on my YouTube link to see the complete tutorial on how to make these ornaments! To see a close up view of these ornaments, simply click on the picture above with your mouse and a larger picture will appear.

Click on this link to see my YouTube Tutorial:
http://youtu.be/NHOotj1BiM4

Materials Needed:
*2 Inch Cork Circles from Michael's (Raw Bar)
*Dress It Up Buttons, ArtMind Buttons or Jesse James Buttons (Buttons must be under 2 inches high)
Tip: You can find these buttons at any craft store, however, they also sell them on Ebay and Etsy for very reasonable prices!
*Recollections brand self-adhesive rhinestone sheet (Found at Michael's)
*Acrylic Shamballa Beads (I found mine at Micheal's in the bead section)
*Ornament or Bead String
*Hot Glue Gun

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

DIY~Gorgeous Embellished Felt Christmas Ornaments! Super EASY!


Click on the picture above for a "close up" look at the ornaments!
 
These ornaments turned out so nice and I really enjoyed making them! The ornaments are lightweight, so they won't weigh down your Christmas tree branches and they have an exceptional sparkle to them! The lonely red ornament in the picture was kind of my prototype and the white ones are my finished projects. Don't miss this tutorial! Click on the following YouTube link to see full instructionshttp://youtu.be/yR1-b2anUXY

Materials Needed:
*White STIFF felt (NOT the sticky back kind!)
*Decoart Twinkles glitter paint in "Crystal"
*Ribbon
*Filigree Metal Connectors (These are super inexpensive and can be found on Etsy or Ebay.)
*Flat Back Rhinestones of various sizes, textures, colors (I purchased most of mine when the Recollections brand was on sale for 40% off at Michael's.)
*Christmas Ornament Patterns (I Googled "free Christmas ornament patterns" and many patterns came up, however, I chose to use the pattern at this link:  http://scrapbooking.about.com/od/freepatterns/ss/freechristmasornamentpatterns.htm

Tools Used
Low Temp. hot glue gun
Sharp pair of scissors
Scrapbooking hole punch
Cheap paint brush
Mechanical Pencil
Beading thread or ornament thread


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

DIY~Adorable & Sparkly Christmas Cupcake Picks! Nice Hostess Gift Too!

For a close up view, please click on the image above.
 
 
Make these adorable little Christmas cupcake picks to use at Christmas OR to give as a hostess gift at Thanksgiving! Yes, people love these! If giving as a gift, you can place in a votive holder and decorate with ribbon and charms. Use your imagination! These are incredibly easy and would make a great "Summer project".
 
Please click on the following link to see my FULL YouTube tutorial on how to make these cute picks!  http://youtu.be/C8k1lDTqwaw
 
Materials Needed:
 
*1.25 or 1.5 inch Scalloped circle punch (I bought a Marvy Uchida punch from Michael's with a coupon.)
*Colorful Christmas scrapbook paper with a touch of glitter on it. Don't buy the cardstock kind because your punch will not go through it!
*Toothpicks (I used tall, plastic toothpicks that I found at Target, however, you can purchase any kind of tall toothpicks that you want.
Aleene's Turbo Tacky Glue
*Christmas Sickers (I used the 3-D stickers by Jolee's, however, you can use any kind you want. As it gets closer to the holidays, you can find stickers at the Dollar Tree.
 


DIY~Sweet Little Cocoa House Ornament OR Gift Card Holder!

Click on the image above for a close up view

Make this sweet little hot cocoa house to use as an ornament OR a lovely gift card holder! So easy! Click on the link below to see a full tutorial on how to make this little house:

http://youtu.be/rXFI0BVW_pE?list=UUGldq5163yDvpEag98XFpSQ

Materials Needed:

Archer Farm Brand Hot Cocoa Envelopes (Found at Target)
Wide, Colorful Glittered Wired Ribbon (About 2.5 inches wide)
Solid Color Glittered Wired Ribbon for Door. About 1.5 inches wide)
Low Temp. Hot Glue Gun
Small Candy Canes
Sheer Ribbon (Found at the Dollar Tree)
Flat Back Rhinestones

Glowing Organza Christmas Candle Holder or Party Favor!

Click on the photo above for a close up image
 
Make this lovely faux Christmas tea light in an organza bag for your next Christmas dinner! This is such a simple project, however, the effect is amazing! Place on individual dinner plates or the table. All you need is an organza bag, which can EASILY be found on Ebay or Etsy. They usually sell them in sets of 10 to 200, depending on your needs. Decorate the bag with small pointettias, charms, beads and more! You may also want to add some candy surrounding the tea light. Use your imagination! For a complete tutorial on how to make the organza bag sit upright, please click on the following link:
 http://youtu.be/ccGDdWd76ls?list=UUGldq5163yDvpEag98XFpSQ

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Beautiful and Ornate Wooden Spool Ornaments!

 
To see my FULL tutorial on how to put these together, please click on my YouTube video at:
 
I made these beautiful little spool ornaments out of unfinished wooden spools (Approx. 1-1/8 inch tall and a little under 2-1/2 inches around the middle part.) I loved this project because the ornaments are SO easy, yet they look like something you took a long time putting together. The first thing I did was to paint all of the spools with white glossy acrylic paint. I did this because I thought the white would look nice against a green tree AND because I wasn't too sure what color scrapbook paper I would be using. When I finished painting all of them white, I added some "sparkle" to the tops and bottoms by giving it a coat of DecoArt's "Craft Twinkles" in the color "Crystal." You don't HAVE to do this, but I did it for a little extra sparkle. I then cut strips of scrapbook paper, ultra fine glittered vinyl, and rhinestone bling. I glued everything on  with a fairly generous amount of Aleene's Turbo Tacky Glue. After it dried, I painted some craft twinkles over the ornaments with scrapbooking paper.
The rest of the details can be found in my tutorial. I posted the link at the top of this post so you can  see what I did to put everything together. Listed below are the materials you will need.
 
Materials
 
*Unfinished Wooden Spools (I purchased mine on  Ebay from  
*3 inch Silver Plated Head Pins (I purchased mine on Etsy from https://www.etsy.com/shop/oldsmarbeads
*White Glossy Acrylic Paint
*DecoArt Craft Twinkles in the color "Crystal" OR any clear acrylic glitter paint
*Scrapbook Paper, Ultra Fine Glittered Vinyl, Scrapbook Rhinestone Bling
*Glass Beads in various colors and sizes. I would start with 4mm or 6mm, 14mm, and 8mm
*Various bead caps and spacers in various sizes...the wire type bead caps work the best. You can buy assorted mixtures on Ebay or Etsy.
*Ornament thread for hanging (I used beading thread)
*Round Nose Pliers (Found in the jewelry making section)
*Optional: wire cutters 
 
 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

DIY~Gorgeous and EASY Angel Earrings!

 
Please click on the following YouTube link to see my FULL Tutorial on how to make these Gorgeous angels, along with some other ideas for angels! They are so easy to do and make lovely Christmas gifts! To see an up close image of the earrings, simply click on the photo above.
 
Click on the following link: http://youtu.be/jknh8Ry_L_Y


Materials needed:
*Bead caps or bead cones in various sizes, depending on how small or large you want your angel to be. I found a package of bead caps in the "Bead Landing" section at Michael's.
*Angel or Fairy wing beads (I purchased mine from Hackberry Creek on Ebay. Here is the link: http://www.ebaystores.com/Hackberry-Creek
*A few 6mm, 8mm and 10mm Crystal Clear Czech beads AB (For the head and to stabilize the skirt.)
*5mm Crystal Rondelle Spacer
*Tiny charms (I found some heart ones at Michael's)
*2 inch silver plated EYE pins (NOT head pins!) about 22 gauge

UPDATE: Hi everyone! I've had a few questions asking about the sizes I used for the cone-shaped bead caps, so I measured the ones I showed in the video. I found the bead caps at Michael's in the "Bead Landing" section. The package was hanging up with the rest of the findings and I believe the package was a light tan or beige color. Please keep in mind that the measurements are not EXACT, however, it will give you an "idea" of what you would need to make similar angels. When deciding on your bead caps,  pay special attention to the HEIGHT of the cap. I don't feel the width is that important.

Caps I Used In The Video Tutorial:

Tall Cap: 16mm High X 11mm Wide (at the bottom)
Short & Wide Cap: 15mm High x 11mm Wide (at the bottom)
Blue Acrylic Trumpet Flower: 12mm High X 18mm Wide (At the very bottom)
Red Acrylic Bell Flower: 10mm High X 14mm Wide (At the bottom)