Tuesday, January 10, 2017


Happy New Year!

I hope you all have a very crafty New Year!  If you don't have a hobby that is fun and satisfying to you, it's never to late to start.  There's something out there for everyone.

And, speaking of crafts and creativity, I'll be heading to Phoenix this month for Creativation.  This is the new name of the Craft and Hobby Association trade show that has been located in Anaheim for the last few years.  It promises to be a great time with lots of wonderful new ideas and products to view.  And, we'll have the city of Phoenix to explore.

This year I will be teaching a Make and Take in the Creativation Café.

So, if you are going to the show, stop by and say hi!  I'll be teaching a variation of this wrapped cuff bracelet:
Denim Wrapped Cuff by Terry Ricioli
For those of you not going to the show, I'll be sharing my Make and Take later in January with some show pics.

The Designer Section of CHA will be Sharing the Creative Heart(TM) on Sunday, the 22nd.  Participating designers are making a heart-inspired art piece and hiding it somewhere on the show floor for others to find and keep!  My plan is to make a pair of heart-inspired earrings - so keep an eye out on Sunday if you are walking the show!

And, a couple of my etched snowmen ornaments will be hanging around the etchall booth.  Etchall is new to the show this year, so stop by and find out about this amazing product at Booth #627 and try it out with a free Make and Take.

Hope to see you at the Creativation show!  Keep on creating!

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Last Minute Gift Idea: Leaf Earrings

Hi Everyone!

Are you ready for the holidays?  Do you need a last minute gift idea for a friend or family member?  You've come to the right place!

We invite you to join the Last Minute Gift Ideas blog hop with a great group of talented designers.  Hop from blog to blog and find easy, fast and amazing last minute gift ideas.

You can also win a great prize!  Visit all the blogs participating in the hop, leave a comment, and you can win a $100 Visa gift card!

Earrings are always a great gift.  Here's some mixed media ones that will be sure to be a hit.  Leather is such a popular jewelry medium right now, and all you do to create the leaf is use a die cutter.  You can find the tutorial here.
Leather Leaf Earrings
While I really like these in tan suede and dark red, I wanted to try a different color to show how versatile this idea is.  Here's a necklace I made using turquoise leather.  For more on this necklace, go to this link.

Blueberry Tassel Necklace

Blueberry Tassel Necklace Close-up
As you can see, it's a very versatile design idea.  With so many colors and textures in leather and suede, it's easy to create your own version for any occasion. 

More ideas - try a different die cut, use leaf or other fancy chain, use pre-strung dangle chain, add a smaller leaf, a filigree stamping or other layer in between the leaf and the chain.

You have plenty of chances to enter to win a $100 Visa gift card each day of the hop, on any of the participating blogs.  Everyone is eligible to win whether you're in the U. S. or international.  The prize winner will be announced on Christmas, December 25, on

Here's the hop list:

Ola Khomenok
Patti Hodder
Kathy Clement
Alexandra Morein
Sandy Trefger
Gloria Stengel
Pam Bray
Einat Alagem
Keren Tamir
Terry Ricioli - YOU ARE HERE!
Katelyn Grosart
Einat Kessler
Susan M. Brown
Steph Ackerman
Eileen Hull
Rita Barakat
Mahe Zehra

In order to win, leave a comment answering the question - "What is your favorite 'can't live without' craft supply or tool?"
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Happy Creating and Happy Holidays!

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Winter Woods Necklace

Hi Crafty Friends!

The winter issue of Craft Ideas is out in its digital edition and will be on newsstands soon.  It is filled with all sorts of great crafts for winter making and decorating.  Embroidery hoop ideas, how to use those coloring pages and ideas for decorating the kids' rooms are among the many ideas available.
Craft ideas
Of course, there are some jewelry designs for those of you who love beading.  Among them is one of mine!
Winter Woods Necklace
I love to mix different elements in my jewelry.  Here there are two different ceramic beads, three kinds of gemstones, glass daggers and wood combined with natural brass chain and spacers.  I tried to evoke a wintry scene with this piece - a view of snow-decked pines and firs, rocks half hidden under caps of white.  And, I'm pleased to say - the photo is mine, too.  I found the perfect old board with it's grays and peeling white and green paint.

Check out Craft Ideas; it's always full of great crafting inspiration!
Happy crafting!

Friday, December 2, 2016

Pretty Palettes November Challenge

Hi friends!

Today I'm designing with the Pretty Palettes November Challenge. Erin Prais-Hintz held a photo contest to come up with this month's palette.   Here's the color palette generated from the beautiful photo of lamb's ears and maple leaves by Susan Conaway.  Follow the link to her blog, which is filled with gorgeous fiber art!

Erin chose these beads from the Bead Gallery(R) line at Michaels.

Here's what I picked up at Michaels.
My favorites are the first strand; it's green banded agate and combines almost all the colors in the palette.  I also found a pendant that looked just like a lamb's ear leaf.  I added some fire agate rounds, faceted Czech glass in greenish turquoise with flecks of brown, and gold spacers.  Although I didn't pick up quite the same shades in the palette, the colors are all in the photo.

The first thing that I did was remove the bail from the pendant.  I used brass wire to make my own wrapped bail. 

To embellish the pendant, I added an antique gold oak leaf tied on with waxed linen with a few beads on the ends.  Then, I strung the pendant on a strand of the Czech glass turquoise beads.  I added another strand of the banded agate and fire agate and attached them to an antique gold rope-textured jump ring.  I tied red deerskin lace to the jump rings and tied them at a length that I could slip over my head.  I considered gold chain instead of lace, but I like the informal feel of the leather. 
Banded Agate and Turquoise Necklace
Not a very inspired name, but it's the best I can come up with for now!

Here are the earrings:
I happen to have both lambs' ears and maple leaves in my yard, so I couldn't resist placing them in the photo!

Thanks for the inspiration, Erin and Susan!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Rinea Foil Blog Hop

Hi Crafty Friends,

Today, the designers from the Designer Crafts Connection are designing with Rinea paper-foil.  It's a paper-foil combination with a paper core sandwiched between two layers of foil.  This gives it more durability and stability.  You can cut it, roll it, emboss it or fold it and it holds its shape.  It comes in some beautiful colors and finishes. 

I tried a number of different things with this paper-foil.  Here's a snowflake ornament:
Snowflake Ornament

To make the ornament, I die cut 3 snowflakes.  I folded them in half and glued the creases together.  On this one, I glued a loop of nylon thread for hanging in between the layers.   You can also glue eye pins into the ends.  With an eye pin, you can add a bead or connect lots of snowflakes!

TIP:  When die cutting, place a piece of cardstock in between the foil paper and the cutting plate.  The foil picks up impressions from the cutting plate and the cardstock keeps that from happening.  I tried a piece of notebook paper at first, but it isn't thick enough to work.

Here's another dimensional snowflake with silver and gold papers.  It is three snowflakes glued together with the arms on the gold ones bent up.  I glued Dew Drops from The Robin's Nest to the ends and in the center and glued a loop of nylon thread under the drop on one side.
Silver and Gold Snowflake with Dew Drops

I tried some origami also.  I found that the simplest patterns work the best.

Boxes work well with this paper.  Here's one with red/gold double-sided paper.

Here's an origami flower (Cherry Blossom) with some die cut leaves and Dew Drops layered and glued in the center.
I really like how easy it was to add veins to the leaves.  This would look nice on a gift box or bag.

Here's a tree I made.  It's very simple and would look great on a card or as an ornament.
Tree with Dew Drops
Another TIP from my experience:  Practice with paper first until you know where you want to make the folds, then work with the Rinea foil paper.  The paper-foil will show all your folds!

Check the Designer Crafts Connection blog to see what the other designers have done with this amazing paper-foil.  And, enter the giveaway for some Rinea paper-foil of your own!  Here's what you could win:

(I received samples of Rinea paper-foil in order to create these designs.  Thanks Global Crafting!)

Monday, October 24, 2016

Harvest Plaque

Hi friends!

Ready for some quick and easy fall decorating?  JOY Iron-on letters make it easy to create memorable designs for any occasion!
Harvest Plaque
Go to the Creating with Joy blog for all the details on what you'll need to create this plaque.

Basically, you paint a canvas with a wash of orange.  I went around the edges with full-strength orange paint (Jack-O'-Lantern Orange from DecoArt.)  Cut out a nice fall napkin and decoupage it to the canvas.  I tore the napkin edges and inked them (Ann Butler's ColorBox(R) Crafter's craft ink in Canyon).  Then, I glued burlap ribbon to the canvas.  I pulled threads from the edges of the burlap ribbon and inked the edges with Canyon.

I added JOY letters across the napkin.  To paint the letters easily, stretch a piece of tape across a box sticky side up.  Adhere the letters to the tape and paint!  It's so easy when they don't move around!  Here's another word that I thought about using.  You can use your favorite fall word or saying.

Here's how the plaque looks after the word and the ribbon.
Before adding the leaves
I die cut some leaves from scrapbook and amate papesr, inked the edges and added splotches here and there.  I also folded and wrinkled the leaves a bit.  I arranged them and glued them down, then added a twine bow.

So easy - you can make one for any season!

Happy Crafting!

(Disclaimer:  As a member of the design team for JOY letters, I received monetary compensation and iron-on letter samples to use in my designs.)

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Amazing Casting Products Blog Hop

Hi all,
Today I'm working with a couple of products new to me provided by the Alumilite Corporation - Amazing Mold Putty and Amazing Clear Cast.  I was provided samples to try and to use in my design work as part of a blog hop with Designer Crafts Connection.

I had never used an epoxy mold-making compound before and found Amazing Mold Putty very simple to use.  I have an old desk with carved knobs, so I decided to make a mold of one of those.  It was ready in minutes and I was ready to mix the Amazing Clear Cast epoxy resin to go into the mold.  One thing I noticed when I molded this knob - the Mold Putty picks up everything - every defect in the knob - even the dirt!  Next time, I'll brush the crevices!
My first mold
As with all epoxies, it's a two part compound that you mix together.  Then, you can add color.  I decided to add a drop of acrylic paint (Buttermilk).  It wasn't enough paint to achieve the opaque effect I wanted, but it has a nice antique look. 
Clear Cast with yellow acrylic paint

I had extra Clear Cast, so I set up some bezels and proceeded to fill them.  I added a couple of brass pieces to the first one, but it was too soon and they sank.  Not so good.  Then, I decided to add more paint to get the opaque effect I wanted.  I added some blue acrylic paint and filled a couple more bezels.  This, I liked.  They look like enamel.

Here's one:
Clear Cast with blue acrylic paint
After the resin set up, I made a necklace with the door knob resin piece.  First, I added some Antique Gold Rub 'n Buff(R).  This made it look even more like an old antique piece, so I found crazy lace agate beads, ribbed howlite rounds and natural brass chain to coordinate with it.  I found that a bead reamer will make holes in the resin, which was something I didn't know. 

Here's my necklace:
Antique Flower Medallion Necklace
Here's another shot:
Antique Flower Medallion Necklace

There is a giveaway of these great products.  Here's what you get if you win:

Be sure to go to the Designer Crafts Connection blog to see all the "Amazing" designs and to enter the contest!