Friday, July 26, 2019

Countdown to Christmas!

Hi Crafty Folk!

Sometimes I lose track of the time!  This Countdown to Christmas Wall Hanging was designed back in March.  Sometimes Christmas designing is done six months ahead for magazines or catalogs!  It can be confusing!

But, I'm on track now!  Yesterday was the 25th, so we have just under five months until Christmas!  And, plenty of time to make this new design!

Happy Stitching!

You can find this cheerful snowman on the Herrschners site under Plastic Canvas.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Christmas in July Plastic Canvas Designs

Hi Stitchers!

Herrschners has released a few more of my plastic canvas designs, and I can't wait to share them with you.  It's like Christmas in July!

The first is a look through a window at a winter scene:

And, the second set is more Christmas-y - fun ornaments that hold candy canes!
Check them out on Herrschners and have fun stitching!

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Summer Plastic Canvas Designs

Hi Everyone!

Herrschners has come out with a few of my plastic canvas designs.  Head on over to their site to see them and all the other new designs.  They have a lot of cute, summery ones.

Here's a Pueblo House Tissue Cover.  You can place those little appliques wherever you want on the box.

And, some Pueblo Pottery Coasters.  Those were fun to design - I love Southwest motifs!

And, last, another set of coasters of Country Barns:
Have fun stitching some summer designs!

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Joy-ful ideas

Hi Everyone!

Thanks for stopping by!

Over on the Creating with Joy blog, there are always great ideas on how to embellish your projects with Joy letters and embroideries.

Here's a few that I have created recently as a member of the design team.  (I receive compensation for these projects and a lot of letters!)

I like to create games for the grandkids.  Here's a Bowling Game that I designed using chocolate milk bottles.  I love when you can reuse things.  This uses some multi-surface paint from Plaid.

And, for the graduate, I made a Mortarboard Gift Box, which can hold a gift card, or your graduate's favorite gift - cash!

Here I've use some Kunin stiff felt and a recycled box.  Add your favorite saying and personalize it with the school colors of your grad.

And, back in April, I created a sign for the yard to point the way to the Easter egg hunt!  Joy letters make it so easy to create a sign!

There are so many ways to use JOY letters - games, signs, gifts.  Stop by the Creating with Joy blog and see more ideas from the design team!

Friday, May 24, 2019

We're All Ears:: Encapsulated Potential

Hi everyone!

Thanks for stopping by.  Today I created a pair of earrings inspired by Erin Prais-Hintz on the We're All Ears post from May.  This is the photo inspiration from the post.  It is Ruth Asawa's wire sculptures.  Read more about her and her amazing art on Erin's post.

Here is a set of earrings that were inspired by Ruth Asawa's sculptures:

This doesn't show any encapsulation, but I like the way they came out.  Getting the globe to sit well on the wire was solved with the bead caps that sit inside the mesh bead.  The next photo shows how they sit in the large hole.

This was a fun challenge, but I was too late to post a photo on the blog.  Go here to see the other designs inspired by this amazing wirework.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Steampunk Butterfly

Hi Everyone!

Today I'm participating in a really fun blog hop using new products from {a vintage girl}.  These vintage and steampunk chipboard shapes are designed by Candy Rosenberg.

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As a designer participating in this blog hop, I received free product to use in my designs.  I used the Wicked Wings, letters from the Alphanumeric sheet and a gear from the Trinkets sheet.  In addition,
I used a canvas, various paints including some from Paper Artsy (from a Seth Apter class) and Perfect Pearls metallic powders.  I created the face using a push mold from Sculpey with some clay from Crayola.

I painted the canvas in layers starting with a dark, brownish red and layered with orange, brown and cream colors added on with a toothbrush.  The chipboard pieces of the butterfly and letters were painted with metallic with added layers of the same paints.  The face was also brushed with metallic and brown.  The body of the butterfly was cut from the chipboard in between the wings.  The arms are pieces of corrugated cardboard.  As the butterfly image morphed and developed (I started out thinking I was creating an angel) as my art pieces tend to do, I decided "emerge" was a good word to go with the butterfly.  Then, it needed a chrysalis from which to emerge.  I played with more corrugated cardboard, but that didn't look quite right and finally decided on twisted pieces of natural tissue paper.

Terry Ricioli

Thanks, Candy, for the opportunity to play with your new products!  I had so much fun!  Happy Birthday!

Now, browse our blog hop and see all the other fabulous designs using these fantastic new products.

Friday, April 26, 2019

Beachcombing Necklace

Hi everyone!

Thanks for stopping by.  I am pleased to be able to share one of my necklace designs with you today.  This one is published in the June/July issue of Beadwork in the Fast and Fabulous section.

I love the ocean and visit as often as I can.  But, when I can't visit, I like reminders of it - a shell, a piece of driftwood, a shiny rock or sea glass.  With this necklace, I've created a collection of elements you might find on the beach - a piece of driftwood, different types of shells and sea glass beads.  But, the matte beads in the necklace weren't churned by the ocean.  I used etchall® dip 'n etch to create the soft, matte surface on shiny, glass beads.  It's so easy and quick to do this (15 minutes!) and I love the look.  Go to this post to see the easy process or search my blog for etched jewelry.

Beachcombing Necklace
Close-up showing etched beads
Close-up of the bottom of the necklace
I really had a lot of fun making this one.  It's a freeform style that's open to whatever you have around as far as shells, wood chips and beads. And it's all knotted making it easy and quick to do.

Here it is hanging on a wooden stand:

The editors and photographers at Beadwork did a fabulous job of photographing and showing the details of this necklace, so I hope you'll check out the magazine.  You can get it in print and digital.

Happy Creating!

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Rinea Foil Blog Hop


Today I'm participating in a blog hop with the Designer Crafts Connection.  We're featuring Rinea Foiled Paper in our designs.

It was so much fun to create this card for the hop.  My inspiration was this dancing girl paper doll.  It's a happy card that you could use for a birthday or spring.  Rinea foiled paper is the perfect material for a bright and cheery card.

"I hope you dance"
To create this card, adhere two layers of Starstruck to your card blank.  The Marigold Orange layer is 1/8" in from the edge, and the Turquoise is 1/4" in from the edge.  The sizes will depend on your card blank.

Cut small pieces of Emerald and Starstruck Jade and layer on the bottom of the card.  These were cut freehand.  This is a good place to use up some scraps.

Die cut flowers of your choice from two or three different pink Starstruck foils (Fuchsia and Blush).  Arrange and glue flowers at their centers leaving petals free.  Add glue to centers with a toothpick and add sequins.  Add more sequins on the background.

Paint dancing paper doll dress with a wash of pink paint.  Let dry and glue in the center.

Write a sentiment on the inside of your choice.  I like "I hope you dance".

Join the blog hop and see all the other beautiful projects here when we hop on April 18.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Foil Paper Irises

Hi folks!

UPDATE:  I made it into the finalists (WooHoo!) in the Best Blogger Contest!  Go here
to see all the project finalists and vote for your favorite!  I'd love to have your vote!

Today I'm sharing a flower sculpture that I made with Rinea foiled paper.  This paper is perfect for making flowers because it cuts and shapes easily and holds its shape.  And, you can't beat the beautiful colors!  I'm looking forward to making more flowers with Rinea foil.
Foil Paper Irises

This design is now on  You can find the instructions here.  This project was created as part of the Best Blogger contest sponsored by FaveCrafts.  Finalists will be announced on April 15 and then the contest is open for voting.  There are some great prizes for the winners, so wish me luck!

Need more craft ideas?  Select a free newsletter from FaveCrafts and enjoy more project ideas.  (This is an affiliate link and I get a small amount if you sign up for a newsletter.  Thanks!)

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Working in Wire


Thanks for stopping by!

Today I'm sharing some wirework that I did for the Now That's a Jig! monthly challenge with Brenda Schweder and the JigUFacturers.  I got to work with the jig when I participated in the Project Embellish challenge at Creativation in January.

This month's theme was desert greenery-inspired.  Here's the photo collage from the challenge.
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There is such variety in the desert, and sometimes, you get the impression that there is no color.  You just have to look a little harder for the color in some seasons, but the textures are always there.

I don't have a Now That's a Jig! (yet), but working with the small plastic jig I had and some pliers, I shaped a saguaro cactus in brass wire.  Then, I took a smaller gauge of wire and wove it across the frame.  I bent the smaller gauge with pliers back and forth to crinkle it.

Here's how that came out:
I brushed the brass wire with Moss Patina from Ranger Inks.  It turned out pretty bright, and needed some bright cactus flowers.  I used some howlite beads and tied them on with waxed thread.
Right now it's hanging from a brass jump ring and silk ribbon, but that may change.
This was a fun challenge and like all challenges, stretched my creative ability.  What creative stretches are you trying?  Gotta keep those artistic muscles in shape!

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Burlap and Lace with Sparkle

Hi Everyone!

Today, I'm creating some quick and easy wedding ideas using trims and accessories from Expo International.

Here's what I received:

When I saw these trims, the colors just said wedding d├ęcor to me.  But, I like a more rustic look , so I decided to add some burlap to the lace and sparkle.

I wrapped a mason jar to hold a bouquet or a candle and made a matching napkin ring, which combines burlap ribbon with the lace and the daisy trim that I received.  I love the fresh look of the daisy trim against the burlap.  It would be so cute for a country wedding or bridal shower.
Napkin Ring and Wrapped Mason Jar
These are very easy to create.  Just cut the burlap ribbon to fit the jar and napkin.  Then, glue lace to the back of the ribbon.  Glue the ends to create a ring, then adhere the daisy trim.

This embroidery hoop orb decoration can be used to decorate the table or hung above it.

To construct this hoop decoration, paint an embroidery hoop white, then sand the edges to show some of the wood.  Glue the smaller hoop inside the larger with hot glue.  Glue ivy and flowers of your choice inside the hoop and on top.  Glue the bird among the flowers inside the hoop  Add pieces of burlap ribbon, pieces of lace and loops of the rhinestone and pearl trim in the top arrangement.  For this hoop decoration, I used the white dove accent, the rhinestone and pearl trim and pieces of the organza and lace trim.

Here are the links to the trims I used:

Krystal Rhinestone Daisy Trim
Alessana 1/8" Rhinestone and Pearl Trim
6" x 5" White Dove Bird Accent
Organza and Lace Trim

And, there were a few that I received that I didn't use in this set:

3-D Mini Bow Sequin Applique
Sequin Trim
Asai 1/2" Centerpiece Rhinestone Trim
Lorlana Baby PomPom Fringe

Be sure to check the Expo International facebook page.  There are frequent giveaways of selections of their wonderful trims.  Here's the current one:

Our next spring assortment pack is ready! We’re giving away this awesome assortment of fun trims and patches to one lucky winner!
1. Like and follow this page
2. Invite 2 friends to like this page.
Tag a friend who loves FREEBIES!
giveaway winner will be announced Friday March 29. Continental US residents only over 18, please.
Giveaway not sponsored or affiliated with Facebook or Instagram.

So cute!  But, better hurry and get in soon!  The deadline is noon on Friday, but if you miss this one, there are a couple of giveaways a month.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Designer Swag Bag Challenge

Hi Crafty People!

Today, I'm participating in a blog hop using products we received in the Designer Swag Bag at the Creativation show.

We received some wonderful products at the show and in appreciation, we are creating a project using five of them.

One of the items we received is a Book Box from Graphic 45.  I decided to paint the box with some beautiful Spa Blue paint from DecoArt.

We also received other paint and pouring medium from DecoArt.  Go to this project on my blog for the project I did with those.

After I adhered a piece of coordinating paper to the top of the box, I added a piece of turquoise blue Rinea foil paper.
I love this set of colors and they were perfect with the paint and paper I had already used for the box.  I die cut some flowers and leaves using the turquoise and jade foils.

To adhere the paper and foils to the box, I used Beacon Quick Grip.  Beacon creates a variety of glues for any craft purpose.

And, for the centers of the flowers, I used Sculpey's Souffle clay and molds.

Here's the flower-decorated box I created with these products.

Thanks to all the companies who donated product to our Designer Swag Bag.  I look forward to working more with your fine products in the future!

Check out these blogs for more great designs:

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Mod Podge Ultra Blog Hop

Hi Crafty Friends!

Today I'm participating in a blog hop with Designer Craft Connection and we are featuring projects using Mod Podge Ultra.  Those on this blog hop were given samples of a new Mod Podge formulation that comes in a spray bottle.

I decided to use it to make fabric beads and create a necklace with the beads.  Here's the fabric I used.  It's a roll of coordinated fabric designed for quilting.

 These are my materials:  a strip of fabric, a bamboo skewer and the Mod Podge Ultra.  I covered my work surface with some waxed paper.  Before spraying, shake the Mod Podge Ultra.

 After spraying the fabric, I rolled up the bead around the skewer.

Then, I sprayed the bead again and wiped up the overspray with the bead so it was thoroughly coated.  I slid it off the skewer and set it aside to dry.  Just like a paint brush, Mod Podge Ultra Spray tops need to be cleaned after every use.  If they aren't, they will clog and become unusable.

Here are some of the beads that I created:
Rolled Fabric Beads
As I said, these are just a few of the beads I created.  I liked the way the process and the Mod Podge Ultra worked so much, I just kept on rolling!

I created more beads from old jeans.  I rolled them in the same way as before, then held them down with toothpicks to dry.  The heavier denim takes longer to dry.  I let mine dry overnight.

Then, I created a statement necklace with the long fabric beads and some shorter denim beads.
Fabric Bead Necklace
I used more upcycled denim to create the leaf beads on the end and the toggle for the clasp.  In the center, I wrapped a cloth strip around a long denim bead.

Fun to make and fun to wear!  And, so easy with Mod Podge Ultra!

Starting on March 23rd, head to the Designer Crafts Connection for the rest of the fabulous designs using Mod Podge Ultra.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

National Craft Month

Hi Everyone!

March is National Craft Month, so I hope you are having fun creating in whatever medium you like.  I'm all over the place as usual.  Sometimes, I wish I didn't like so many different types of media.  My vision is that someday all of these different media will come together in one spectacular project combining them all!  But, in the meantime, here's what I have been making...

a copper cuff

free motion embroidery

card making with beautiful Rinea papers and a Spellbinders die

In none of these am I an expert.  The above card, which I am happy with, was my second try.  The leaf is my first attempt doing free motion embroidery on my sewing machine.  I already broke one needle.  And, next time I make a cuff with a hole in it, I need to measure more accurately.

There are a couple of other items that I will show you later in the month on special blog hops, so check back for those!

But, I keep on making!  And, learning!  You should, too.  Don't be afraid to try something new.  Or, pick up one of those UFO's and continue on... Keep on making!

Need some free ideas?  Check out FaveCrafts and sign up for totally free ideas!  (This is an affiliate program and I get some $$ to buy more craft goodies if you sign up!  Thanks in advance.)

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Birthday Card

Hi Everyone!
My oldest grandchild is turning nine this year, so I wanted to create a special card for her.  This showcases more of the wonderful samples that I received at Creativation.  I received some new dies from Spellbinders.  This one called Birthday Animals is by Sharon Sowell, and is just perfect for a birthday card.
Shapeabilities Birthday Animals Etched Dies Happy by Sharyn Sowell

I combined this die with some beautiful Rinea foil papers, some scrapbook papers and cardstock to create the card.

My tips for this card:

I cut all the animals from Rinea foil paper, but because these are detailed and delicate die cuts, I also cut a cardstock backing.  I glued the foil to the cardstock, then I glued the assembly to the card.  

I used a glue stick.  It was the easiest way for me to get the glue on the legs of these pieces.  It was the least messy to use for me.  You also have to be careful not to get glue on the foil front.  (I am a mess with glue and this was my second try at this card!)

The "Happy Birthday" is washi tape.  

I didn't have the ink color I wanted to edge the paper, so I used a pink Sharpie.

Have fun creating your own version and be sure to check out Sharon Sowell's dies at Spellbinders and Rinea foil paper.  Both are a joy  with which to work!
Happy Crafting!

Monday, February 11, 2019

Paint Pouring

Hi everyone!

Have you wanted to try paint pouring?  Me, too!  This year at Creativation, I received a sample of Pouring Medium from DecoArt.  

I bought some paint in my favorite ocean colors to go with the Pouring Medium along with an 8"x8" canvas.

I followed the instructions for the "dirty pour" on the DecoArt website.  This consists of mixing the paint and the medium in separate paper cups and then layering them in a larger cup.  Then, you invert the canvas over the cup and turn the two over together.  Lift the cup and the paint starts to flow over the canvas creating your abstract masterpiece.  So much fun, and so simple.  

Here's my first one:
Ocean Paint Pour
I had a couple of corners where the paint didn't flow, so I added drips of leftover paint and swirled them in with a small stick.  I also did this on the edges.

And, I had some paint left over which was too pretty to waste, so I had a smaller canvas on which I caught the drips from the main canvas.  Here's how that turned out:
There are so many possibilities with this technique and you can see lots of them at DecoArt.   I definitely have to try this again!

Friday, February 1, 2019

Project Embellish Part Two

Hi Everyone!

I wanted to share the results of the Project Embellish Challenge at the AFCI show in Phoenix this past month.  (Can you believe it's already February!)  I have to tell you that it was probably the most exciting thing to happen to me in awhile, so I may be talking about it all year! I am so grateful for the opportunity.

Here is my roommate and I at the show before the challenge:

We were situated on the show floor in a large booth that had places for all six designers around the edge of the rectangle.  The judges sat at one end and Brenda Schweder was in the center along with Susan LeGuyader, Queene Bead Design, who helped us out with 10 minute lessons on the jig if we desired.

Here's a photo of us contestants and Brenda after the challenge.
Project Embellish Challenge
I was in such AMAZING company for this challenge.  Next to me is Jen Cushman, then Monica PenaBrenda is in the center.  Next to the sign is Kymona Tracey, then Cat Kerr, then Carol Foldvary-Anderson.  Take a look at their work.  They are wonderful designers and it was a pleasure to meet those whom I didn't know.

We had to create a necklace in 2 1/2 hours and use elements from each of our sponsors, who were:

Now That's a Jig, the amazing jig system that Brenda Schweder invented
Beadalon, who provided us with Artistic Wire
ImpressArt. maker of products for metal stamping
TierraCast, who makes findings for jewelry making
Xuron Corp., maker of the tools we used
Craftoptics, makers of magnifying eyeglasses
Beads Baubles and Jewels, a popular jewelry-making show
Deflecto, maker of storage caddies and organization systems

We had to use the jig, wire, stamped metal pieces, and TierraCast charms and create a piece in the theme of Charm and Whimsey.  We were judges by three judges, who walked around and observed us as we worked (pressure!).  They were Rita Panulla, from TierraCast, Tamara Honamon, from Interweave, and Tracy Gonzales, from TierraCast.

Here's a link to the finished necklaces.  They were all amazing (I know I'm using that word a lot!).

Here's a photo of my finished piece:
I created in an ocean theme.  I created waves and the necklace with wire on the jig.  I stamped the metal pieces with the words "Under the Sea" and added some patina.  I used the TierraCast charms in two ways - to hold the ribbon that I attached to the wire and hanging in the sea waves.  I added ceramic fish, turtle and starfish beads, blue and green glass beads and some wood pieces.

In addition to using all the elements from the sponsors, Brenda threw in a mystery element that we had to incorporate into our design.  The mystery element was an antique postcard.  I wasn't sure what to do with it.  My postcard had roses and leaves on it and didn't go with my colors or theme.  Time was running out!  Then, I had the idea to cut up the postcard and make rolled beads with it.  They looked like messages in a bottle or a rolled treasure map.  Whew!  To finish the necklace, I attached ribbon and made a toggle with a crystal and loop.

I was delighted (and, amazed!!) to be awarded Runner Up!  And, again a big thank you to the sponsors from which I received this prize.

Thanks for stopping by!  This was so much fun and I hope AFCI will bring it back next year.  These necklaces were auctioned off and the money generated was donated to Beads of Courage.  This charity provides kits for children in hospital with serious illnesses.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Project Embellish Challenge


Every year in January, I head to Creativation -the craft and hobby trade show.  It's a great time to take classes, view the latest craft supplies and meet up with clients and other designers.  This year is especially exciting.  I have been accepted to compete in the Project Embellish challenge on the show floor.

We will have three hours to complete a jewelry piece with the materials and tools provided.
Brenda Schweder, creator of Now That's a Jig!, is the originator of the challenge.  There will be six of  us competing and we must create a jewelry piece in three hours!  As someone who designs slowly, this will be quite a challenge for me!  No second guessing, no sleeping on it, no staring at it for a couple of weeks!

Project Embellish
I will be competing against some fabulous designers - Jen Cushman, Cat Kerr, Carol Foldvary-Anderson, Kymona Tracey and Monica Pena.   These designers have such a variety of styles and techniques, they are sure to create some unique and amazing pieces of wearable art!  All of our pieces will be auctioned off at the Association for Creative Industries show in Phoenix.  The proceeds of the auction will be donated to Beads of Courage.  We get to have fun and do good - what's better than that!

To view more about the challenge and see the latest updates from the show, check out Project Embellish Challenge on Facebook.  And, wish me luck!