Saturday, January 24, 2015

Decorated Valentine's Pencil

I've been doing all sorts of paper crafting for the upcoming Valentine's Day holiday and thought I'd share this adorable Decorated Valentine's Pencil with all of you. It's simple to make and requires just a few supplies. These would be great to hand out to your child's classmates at school!

You'll need the following supplies from Stampin' Up! to make these Decorated Valentine's Pencils
  • Stacked with Love Designer Series Paper Stack
  • Brights 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock
  • You Plus Me Stamp Set
  • Stacked with Love Designer Washi Tape
  • Paper Trimmer 
  • 2" Circle Punch
  • Craft Glue Stick (buy anywhere)
  • Razor Knife (buy anywhere)

I used the red hearts on white paper as well as plain red paper for this project. You will start by punching out a 2" circle using each of the sheets of paper. Glue these together. Next, using the "twitterpated" stamp, apply black ink and stamp onto the red paper.

Cut out the stamped "twitterpated" piece using your paper trimmer. Then glue it int the middle of the red/white heart side of your paper circle.

You will then make a slice above and below the "twitterpated" area of your paper circle using the razor knife. Make sure it's big enough for the pencil to fit through.

Next, you'll wrap your pencil in washi tape, cutting off any excess at the end.

And that's it. You have now turned an ordinary pencil into a beautiful little favor for Valentine's Day!

Friday, January 23, 2015

We've Rebranded!

Hello everyone! I know it's been a very long time since you've last seen anything new on this blog and I'm here to tell you that won't be an issue anymore!

I sort of just let this blog die after I stopped designing jewelry and I never really meant to let that happen. But I had an awful lot going on in my life; from the loss of a parent, to gaining 3 more kids to nurture and support, to remodeling a completely gutted house and moving 45 minutes away. Life has been busy in the last 4 years, to say the least. When things finally slowed down, I put all of my focus into my other blog, Outnumbered 3 to 1 and turned it into a full time job.

But I wanted to bring new life into this one and a complete re-brand seemed to be in order. I've got the new domain, social channels and plans for content. I'm working with a designer to give this space a fresh new look and things will be in tip top shape before you know it. This blog will be a complete mixed bag of content like tips and tricks, recipes and shopping inspiration.

I hope you'll enjoy this whole new angle and follow along for the ride. You can follow through Google Friend Connect and/or our social channels - all of which can be found on the right side bar.

Monday, December 20, 2010 $100,000 Gift Card Giveaway - You Could Give a $10 Gift Card to Ten Friends!

How would you like your family and friends to receive a $10 gift card? Well it's easy to do, just share the joy of beading! $100,000 Gift Card Giveaway

"Share the joy of beading this holiday season! We're giving away $100,000 worth of gift cards and need your help choosing the lucky recipients. Whether they've been good or bad, you get to select up to ten of your friends or family members to receive a free $10 gift card, and we'll even let you take the credit! If you've ever wanted to introduce your friends to the joy of beading and jewelry design, this is a great way to help them get started.

There's no time to waste. We only have 10,000 gift cards and must send them all before Christmas. This means we need your list by Midnight on Wednesday, December 22. Plus, to be fair, we must limit gift cards to one per household. If someone else has already submitted the same person you have, your friend will not receive a second gift card. So show your friends how much they mean to you this holiday season and be the first to add them to our list."
Hurry up and check this special deal out now because you only have until Wednesday to share this special with your friends!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010 Colors of Fall Design Challenge

I've been a very busy girl again! I'm trying to find the time to get back into the swing of things and
get back to my true passion, which is creating gorgeous jewelry! Somehow, life and other obligations seem to always get in the way though. BUT, I have been making things!

I was challenged by to come up with some fall designs. This is one of my favorites and was actually inspired by my backyard and all of the beautiful colors in my garden. Fall to me, doesn't have to be just yellows, reds and oranges. I included purples and greens in this design.

This design {Autumn Nights} includes leaf beads,  glass beads and a pendant. I love this because it can be dressed up or worn casual.

The A-List Teacher Charm Bracelet was inspired by the wonderful teachers that my boys have been blessed with of course! Learning just wouldn't be the same without them! This lovely charm bracelet features glass beads, spacers and charms. The bracelet is finished of with a toggle clasp and the length can be adjusted.

Lastly, I have the Fairy Garden Charm Bracelet which features a fairy charm, a little star and a key to unlock the garden. I paired this with purple, red and bronze beads to finish off the look. provided me with the supplies to make these designs. Opinions expressed are my own.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Summertime Designs with


This summer has been extremely busy. I'm sure you're wondering where the posts have gone, right? Well I didn't fall off the face of the Earth, if that's what you were thinking!

I have been busy playing with Glass Beads and charms to create some new designs. I have made some completely new things. Pieces that are not only new to you, but new to me as well. I have dabbed with brass findings, charms and different glass beads to bring some totally new and original pieces straight from my imagination.

Inspiration came immediately for the first piece I made. It's a beaded link bracelet twisted with copper chain with bee, lady bug and flower charms hanging from it. It's in my shop now and is called "Helen's Garden" after my grandmother. Thoughts of her and her garden inspired it, so it was only fitting to name it after her. I'm going to check out some pendants and make a matching necklace in the very near future {when life finally slows down and I can design again}.

I picked out my beads, knowing that I would be making some kind of charm bracelet or necklace. I had the whole "Ocean" theme in mind when choosing the class beads as well. I just started adding beads, silver spacers and caps and below is the result. I just love the way it turned out. There are charms and beads galore, but it's still dainty enough for my style.

These last earrings were inspired from a pink pair I made just like them. I used two different styles of glass flower beads and brass findings capped off with a really light blue fire polished glass bead.