Thursday, September 29, 2016

Art Jewelry Elements: Tree Challenge

I am a huge fan of all the Talent gathered over at Art Jewelry Elements.

I am talking Talent with a capital T.

They generally offer a challenge each month and invite others to play along.  

I have on occasion and am doing so again this month.

The challenge this month is trees.

Well, I knew this would be the perfect challenge for me.

A while back I made a tree stamp from polymer clay.

And here are the new, naked beads.

It is one of my all time favorite stamps to use.

I love how the beads and components look.

So I knew I could use some of those for this challenge.

So here you go....

A Fairy Tale Forest necklace...

Here is one of those tree beads all dressed up...

And a little woodland fox too...

The key focal and magic bead are just what this necklace needs.

But then I had to make a fairy forest too.

   Flowers say fairy to me.

So I added some polymer beads and flower focals made from real flowers.

And last but not least, this little tree has a bee friend and a vintage inspired focal.

Join the team for more tree-inspired goodness:

Jennifer Stout Cameron

Lesley Watt

Jenny Davies-Reazor

Laney Mead

Niky Sayors

Cooky Schock

Cathy Spivey Mendola

Caroline Dewison

And the other guests:

Karin Grosset Grange

Merja Sundstrom

Cindy Martin Shaw

Allison L Norfleet Bruenger

Melissa Trudinger

Kathy Lindemer

Gloria Allen

Shai Williams

Tammy Adams

Mona Arnott

Terry Del Signore

Thanks for stopping by....

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Workbench Wednesday...Getting Ready For An Art Abandonment...

It has been some time since I showed you what was on the workbench.

It seems something always is...I just don't always take a picture.

Here is what is going on this week...

These charms and beads are on their way to becoming something extra special...

The beads will be turned into bracelets that will be given as gifts...

There are some people I need to thank and art seems like the natural way for me to do it...

Each bracelet will have a hope bead as well as a few others...

I want to make enough that each person can choose the one they like best...

Of course the beads will have to be dyed...

I am thinking pink, blue, purple....

And then I made a pile of these little charms and beads.

My plan is to do a couple different bracelet designs...

And the charms???

Well, they have a special purpose...

They are destined to be a part of my next art abandonment...

What is that, you ask?

Well, there is a movement in art where artists take the things they make and leave them for others to find and take.

All these little charms will be sprinkled about next week in a place where I know they are needed....

The funny part of this story is that after taking these photos, I took the tray of pieces into my garage where I was going to color them....

The whole try flipped over and the beads and pendants scattered down into a huge pile of paint cans and such next to the sink.


I gathered the ones I could see, but I will be making more soon....

Oh my...

Thanks for stopping by....

Saturday, September 17, 2016

And the winner is....

Just a quick post to announce the winner of these earrings....

Lennis C.

If that is you, please get in touch with me so I can get your address and send these out this week.


And thanks everyone for leaving comments and visiting.

Thanks for stopping by...

Friday, September 16, 2016

Woodland Fox Card

As you know, I am a member of the Susan K. Weckesser design team.

I love so many of her stamp sets.

She has a fun, whimsical quality to her designs.

This little fox is one of my very favorites...

Sometimes simple is best.

I stamped the little fox from the Going Wild stamp set on a cork tag I picked up at the Michael's bins on clearance.

And that is all.

I will write a sweet note inside and send it to my daughter soon.

Short and sweet.

Thanks for stopping by....

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Halloween Craft Lightning

It is time for another Craft Lightning.

I love Craft Lightning.

This time is Halloween crafts.

So I made a cute little pumpkin luminary from a glass jar from the recycling bin.

Let's gather supplies.

Paper towel
clean glass jar
Masking Tape
Silver spray paint
solar light
(You don't need the spray bottle of water for this if you use this kind of paint).

Let's get started.

Cut the face shapes from your masking tape and put them on the jar.

Also tape off the top of the solar light where it catches the light.

Wrap the edge of the solar light with masking tape until it fits snugly in the top of the glass jar.

Flip it over and tape off the light bulb and the area underneath.

Spray paint your jar. 

 You can re-coat quickly with this paint.

Allow 2 hours to dry.

Paint the solar light too.

Once it is dry, remove the tape pieces from the face.

Also remove the top and bottom tape from the solar light.

Tuck the solar light into the top and you are ready to go.


Thanks for stopping by....

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

It was such a great weekend, I almost forgot to announce the winner of the Free issue of GreenCraft.

Better late than never...

The Winner is ......

Linda Nelson!

Linda, I will be forwarding your email to Stampington and they will be sending you your issue soon.  Enjoy!  And I loved everyone's projects!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Artisan Headpin Challenge

I am a huge fan of  Art Jewelry Elements.

It is a bonus to have so many talented artists all sharing in one place.

It is one of the few blogs I subscribe to and always read.

When they suggested an art headpin challenge, I was intrigued and emailed right away to sign up.

Just one problem....

I did not actually own any art headpins.

Which leaves me 2 options: buy some or make some.

Well, I am a making kind of girl.

So here is what I came up with this weekend.

Well that is just the first half of the story.

Want to see some of the designs I came up with using those headpins?

Ok, here they are....

Which is your favorite?

Leave a comment below for a chance to win this pair.

Just tell me your favorite pair shown and your email address so I can get in touch with you if you win.  

I will choose and announce a winner September 17th.

This is a long contest...

Tell all your friends

And good luck.

Want to see more fabulous art headpins?

Visit each of these blogs for more fabulousness.


AJE Team Members:

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to leave a comment with your favorite pair from this post and your email before September 17th for a chance to win....