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Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Seasonal Welcome Kits

 Hi Everyone!

Last year I designed this huge order for Herrschners.  For each season, I designed a wall hanging, a tissue cover and a set of coasters in a box.  The coordinated sets each have a border of a quilt motif with colors and style appropriate to the season.

Here's the set for winter:


Look for these kits on herrschners.com under plastic canvas. There's a whole year of stitching for you!

Friday, May 27, 2022

Summer Entertaining with Gwen Studios

 Ahoy, maties!

This month with Gwen Studios we have a nautical theme.  I have some red and white grosgrain ribbon with which to design, and I found this cute wood lighthouse-style birdhouse at Michaels.  It will make the perfect centerpiece for my table.  Michaels also carries the ribbon I used here.


Here's the ribbon I received from Gwen Studios:

To begin, I painted the lighthouse with white acrylic paint.

Next, I sanded it and gave it a wash of gray acrylic paint to soften the white. I painted it with red and blue acrylic accents and glued some ribbon around it.  I also wrapped twine around the posts on top.




Here are a few more ribbon ideas for your table:

Add ribbon to a small bucket and use it for your cutlery.


Wrap ribbon around the top of picks or bamboo skewers and use them for appetizer picks, skewers or decorations.


Use two sizes of stars, paint the smaller one and glue them to a short piece of ribbon for napkin rings.

Now I'm all set for summer entertaining!


Here are the links for the ribbon available at Michaels:

Head on over to the Designer Crafts Connection blog to see more fun ideas!

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Painted Desert Necklace

 Hi Everyone!

I'm excited to share that I have a new necklace design up on the Interweave site.


I had a lot of fun creating this.  I like to combine and contrast different materials so this necklace combines ceramic, gemstone, glass, coral and wood beads.  The necklace is strung on cord with a few easy overhand knots thrown in for spacing, so it's a simple style to create. The off-center clasp is a jasper toggle that I've been holding in my stash for quite a few years, and I was happy to finally find it a good home in this piece.

You can find the pattern on Interweave with all the details on materials and instructions.  Have fun!

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Button Chain Bracelet

 Hi Everyone!

Today I'll show you how to make a button chain bracelet with some super cute flower buttons.  These button are from Dress It Up and are called Happy Little Flowers.  

You'll need the buttons, 6mm jump rings and a clasp. The tools needed are two pairs of pliers - needle nose or flat-nose work best.


To open jump rings, grasp each side of the jump ring with pliers with the cut in the ring facing up.  Twist your pliers to open.  To close the jump ring, grasp the sides again and twist back to the closed position.  You should hear a small click as it goes back into place.

First, open all your jump rings.  This bracelet can be adjusted in size easily by subtracting or adding more buttons.  For an 8" bracelet, you'll need 33 jump rings.

Next, add two jump rings to each flower.  I used 10 flowers for the 8" bracelet.

Once you have done this for each flower, connect them with jump rings. To add more stability to the chain, you can add another jump rings alongside the first.

Add two more jump rings to one end.  To the other end, add two jump rings, and before closing, slide on the clasp.  I used a small lobster clasp.  Here's the back of the bracelet to show the rings.


And, here's the finished bracelet.


Doesn't that just make you smile!  I know all my granddaughters will want one.  And, it's a great project for them to learn how to use jump rings.  What buttons will you use for your bracelet?

Thanks to Dress It Up buttons for sending me supplies to use in my designs.  Stop by their site and see the amazing array of buttons.

And, for a little companion piece, try these Happy Little Flower earrings.





Friday, April 15, 2022

Ribbon-embellished Hat for Gwen Studios

 It's spring! It's time for a new hat!

I have just the thing to decorate my new hat - ribbons from Gwen Studios!      



I found this lightweight hat at walmart.com. It comes in five colors.


This versatile hat has so many ways that it can be embellished.  Here's what I did.

First, I wove a 3/8" grosgrain ribbon through the holes in the edge of the hat.  I used a safety pin to weave it, but you could do it with your fingers or a large eye needle.  Then, I hot glued the edges together underneath.



Then, I glued a large peony to one side.


I added a couple of leaves from the peony stem, then glued loops of ribbon behind the peony. To make a loop, simply cut a length of ribbon and fold it in half.  Add hot glue to the ends and tuck it in behind the flower. I used more of the 3/8" grosgrain in light pink and a darker pink grosgrain 7/8" wide.


I liked this, but I thought a few more loops would be better.

So pretty!  Now, I'm ready for brunch or a tea party! 

How will you decorate your spring hat?  There's a myriad of colors and styles of ribbon at Walmart.com.  Just search for Gwen Studios.

Stop by the Designer Crafts Connection blog to see all of our Mother's Day ribbon creations!











Saturday, March 12, 2022

Ribbon Flowers

 Hi Everyone!

Are you ready for Spring?  Me, too! Even if it's still storming outside, these button and ribbon flowers are super easy to make and will be a welcome addition to your spring decor. 

The ribbon I'm using today was provided by Gwen Studios.  I'm on their Design Team and receive materials from them to design a project each month.  They have high quality ribbon in beautiful colors.

This lovely pastel selection of grosgrain ribbon is perfect for spring designs.  To me, they spoke of spring flowers.  I found the perfect collection of buttons to go with them.

You can find these ribbons at WalMart.  I used the 3/8" ribbons found in the Favorites Pack.


In addition to the ribbon you'll also need:

Buttons, assorted to match or contrast with the ribbon

Bamboo skewers

Paintbrush and green paint

A container (I found this one at the dollar store.)

Floral foam to go inside the container

Easter grass or shredded paper

Hot glue and glue gun

Scissors

Ruler


To begin, cut your ribbon in 2- , 2 1/2- or 3-inch lengths depending on the size flower you want.  I used 8 pieces for each flower on most of these.

Hot glue the ends of the ribbon pieces to the back of the button.  I glued four on at right angles, then the next four in between the first set.


Then, bring the ends to create loops, gluing as you go around the button.



Paint your bamboo skewers green.

I chose a pastel green to go with the ribbon.  Stick your skewers in the floral foam in order to paint them.


Trim your floral foam to fit your container with a serrated knife. Press it into your container. Glue the skewers to the back of the flowers.  Cut the skewers different lengths.

Here's a flower with the skewer glued to the back.  You can cover this area with a circle of felt.


Arrange the flowers in the foam and cover the surface of the foam with a layer of tacky glue or decoupage medium.  Sprinkle on shredded paper or Easter grass.  

TIP:  I made my own shredded paper in my office shredder.  Before placing it in the glue, scrunch it in your hand to give it a crinkled look.  

Here's my finished arrangement:


There are lots of variations you can try with this simple flower - make double flowers like the coral one in the photo, use different sizes of buttons, use different widths of ribbon, mix ribbons of different colors in a flower, or add leaves to the stems.  I'm sure you'll think of more ideas.

Have fun creating! And, stop by the Designer Crafts Connection blog to see all the other ribbon designs.






Monday, February 14, 2022

St. Patrick's Day Garland

 Hi Everyone!

Today I'm again working with the fabulous ribbons from Gwen Studios to create a decorative garland for St. Patrick's Day.  

I used the grosgrain ribbon favorites pack to create rainbow colors along the garland, then interspersed them with sparkly shamrocks. 

This is such an easy project that anyone can make it.  It would be a great class or family project.

To create this garland, you'll need:

Green mesh tubing (from the Dollar Store)

A pack of glittery shamrocks (from the Dollar Store)

Gwen Studios Favorites Pack



Gwen Studios gold metallic ribbon

Double-sided tape or glue dots

Scissors

Instructions:

1. Begin by cutting the ribbon in 6" lengths.  Cut at a diagonal, so you don't have to go back and trim the ends like I did!

2. Tie a loop with an overhand knot in one end of the mesh tube and begin tying the ribbons on with a simple knot.  These hold well on the mesh, but you can also add a dot of glue to hold them in place securely.  I tied my ribbons in a rainbow pattern, then left a space of about 2" and continued the pattern.  I had 12 sets of ribbon rainbows and my garland is about 2 yards long.



3. To attach the shamrocks, I cut 3" of gold glitter ribbon and taped the loop to the back of the shamrock. Fold the ribbon over the tubing and tape down.  Glue dots would work well also.  These are lightweight foam shamrocks.  Options:  Hand cut or die cut your own or use felt.

4. Tie another loop in the mesh tubing and trim.  That's it!

Here is the finished garland:


Hang wherever you want some cheery St. Patrick's Day decoration.







Check out the Gwen Studios website for more fun projects! 
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For more fun St. Patrick's Day projects with Gwen Studios ribbon, go to the Designer Crafts Connection blog.