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Bead Trends March/April 2008 Update

Yay! Got my copies today!! I have the following projects:

Wood Dreams Necklace – page 47 (these yellow wood jasper beads photographed beautifully!!)
Pink Drop Bracelet – page 98
Spring Green Floral Bracelet – page 101
In Full Bloom Bracelet – page 120 (uses scrapbook supplies)

There are some really fabulous pieces in this magazine! Some of my favorites:
Amethyst Serpentine by Michelle Gowland – pages 38 and 39 – the purple jasper pendant is just gorgeous!
Just Peachy by Michele Hamby – page 112 – vintage lucite beads…yum!
Rising Sun by Dina Lamison – page 144 – she did some wire wrapping that is just stunning for the pendant!

Well, off to go devour this more thoroughly!

Mail Sorter

Well, I’ve now made FOUR new birdhouses this week…but I can’t share any of them with you yet! One will be in a special issue of Scrapbook News + Review, two I’ve submitted and am busy crossing my fingers for, and the third, of course, is the one Kazan won and I want her to see it before I post it so it will still be a surprise for her!

So instead, I thought I’d share the mail sorter I finished up last night. We’ll see if it actually keeps all my mail off the coffee table…

The sorter itself is from DecoArt (at Michael’s). The patterned papers are Surf & Turf and Cape Cod Stripe from Jen Starr’s New England collection from Zsiage. The scrapbook film letters ans swirls are also from Zsiage – 1.5″ Monica font and chippies. I used Espresso alcohol inks from Ranger on them, then outlined them with silver stickles, also from Ranger. The flowers are from the floral department at Hobby Lobby and I used turquoise stickles to embellish them.

I had several emails regarding the paper beads so I’ve begun work on a tutorial for them. I need to take a few more pictures and hope to have it up later today or tomorrow. I hope you’ll give them a try!!