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Random Pendants

Just a couple of quick pendants I made using old Magic Scraps metal tags covered with tiny scraps of paper and covered in Glossy Accents.  Added outline stickers to the one and Stickles to the edges of the other.  Haven’t figured out what I’m going to do with them yet, was just testing the suitability of the metal tags as a base material.

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Christmas Frame

This was another simple frame.  I used the basic $1 wooden frame from Michael’s and added paper and a tag from a Hot Off the Press 8×8 Christmas pad.  Something to note, 8×8 fits these frames almost perfectly.  You still have to trim, but with the exception of the middle cutout, you’ll get almost the entire design onto your frame!  I dressed up the design a bit (this page was fairly “complete”) using Glossy Accents (Ranger), Scribbles (Duncan), and some acrylic domes from Tulip (Duncan) to create the tree on the bottom right.

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Copper Swirl Acrylic Pendant

Have you noticed how good I’m doing on blogging lately?  Shhhh – I’m actually typing these all up in one day and scheduling them, lol.  You can tell because I’m not a morning person and you’ll see all the impressive looking 6:30 AM’s on them…not a chance I’m ever actually blogging at 6:30 AM.  I’m generally hitting snooze at that time and hoping my son gets up anyways to be ready when the bus shows up around 7.  I love being ahead of the game then can add in another post anytime I want/need to.

This was another item I had in the October issue of Scrapbook News + Review.  Again, I started with just a piece of acrylic album I cut into a smaller piece and sanded the edges and corners.  I backed it with some K & Co. paper from a 6×6″ pad (I will repeat this until I am blue in the face – I LOVE this size paper.  Every manufacturer needs to work this size into their repertoire!)  attached with Glossy Accents.  Over the top I did a layer of Glossy Accents and laid in the copper swirly paper clips while it was wet.  Note to self.  You know how cheap jewelry can turn one’s skin green?  Yea, these will bleed green into the Glossy Accents as well.  Ugh.  The flower is a Prima that was originally pink and I just colored it with a copper leafing pen.  Which gave it an interesting almost leather-like texture.  This was also embedded on top while the Glossy Accents layer was still wet.  A little rhinestone from Westrim finished off the look.  Then after everything had cured overnight, I added the edging with the same Krylon copper leafing pen.

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Thank You Card

This card was from the sketch section of the October issue of SNR.  I have to admit – I’m really not the greatest at “staging” my projects for photos.  But every so often, I come up with one I’m pleased with – this is one of them, lol!  Ok, back to the card.  The papers are all older ones I love from 7gypsies, fan folded then glued down into a circle (you need to use a fairly thick liquid adhesive to do this).  A simple ribbon bow with a tiny epoxy sticker from the $1 section at Michael’s.  After I rubber stamped AND attached the sentiment, I decided I wanted to beautify it.  My Glossy Accents weren’t handy, so I grabbed the Plaid version.  Which despite going on thinner, generally has the identical effect.  However the thinner formula combined with me putting this onto a surface that was raised caused some obnoxious warping.  Ah well.  Lesson learned!

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Quick and easy Christmas ornament

This is a glass tile (found in the general crafts section at either Hobby Lobby or Michael’s – think the brand was Darice, maybe?).  I used crackle accents to attach the paper (Basic Grey) to the back (mainly because I can’t find my Glossy Accents at the moment) and was hoping it might crackle even though it’s sandwiched, but it didn’t.  Anyways, I added a Making Memories rubon on the top, as well as Making Memories holly leaves and berry brad.  Accented everything with Stickles and glued an American Crafts ribbon to the back.  Besides glue drying time, the project took under 10 minutes.  And now I’m addicted, lol!

More acrylic pendants

Yea, I’m getting a little addicted to these!  Kinda cool how many you can get out of a single extra mini book page and some paper scraps!  These two were in the September issue of SNR and I have to admit, the first one is probably my favorite yet.  And it’s all the paper – I just love letting the paper BE the design and just add some sparkle!

Supply list (top):

Patterned paper – Daisy D’s
Acrylic – Clear Scraps
Glossy Accents – Ranger
Stickles – Ranger
Rhinestones – Westrim
Ribbon – American Crafts

Supply list (bottom):

Patterned paper – Zsiage
Bead – Fire Mountain Gems
Ribbon – American Crafts
Stamps – Hot Off the Press (swirl) and KI Memories (word)
Embossing powder – Stampendous
Acrylic: Clear Scraps
Inks: Ranger and Tsukineko
Glossy Accents: Ranger

Totally Challenged Tuesday

This week I chose to finally get around to the August challenge from Some Assembly Required.  This challenge blog focuses on altered goodies so right up my alley!  Of course, I found it RIGHT AFTER the birdhouse challenge was over with, lol!  Anyways, this month the challenge was to incorporate beads into an altered project.  Since one of their own designers did paper beads, I figured my own were fair game as well.  AND, if you stay tuned for Technique Thursday this week, (cough, and I can get it edited down for time), I did VIDEO this process to go along with my written tutorial!

Annnnd, here’s my finished project!

Now, I did NOT follow my own process for sealing them this time.  This is a test set to see how well they will hold up, but instead of dipping them in coat after coat of Future Floor Finish, I did two coats of spray on glossy stuff from the hardware store (Valspar brand).  I use this on a lot of my altered items that I want to remove stickiness from Mod Podge as well.  Runs around $4 a can.

The pendant was a simple chipboard circle (Creekbank Creations) covered with the same patterned paper (Ameican Crafts) that the beads were made from (altogether it required 1/3 of a piece of 12×12 paper plus the little bit for the pendant).  The pendant was then covered in Glossy Accents.  It’s a good way to show you how different a paper becomes once it’s turned into a bead.

The spacer beads I used are 6mm blackstone beads from Cousins Corp.

I’d love to know what challenges YOU’ve gotten done this week!  Link me up to see what you’ve made (just remember if you put more than one link in a comment for me it will automatically set it aside for approval in case its spam so don’t double post thinking it messed up)!