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BOOK REVIEW: Foxy Epoxy by Kristal Wick

July 18, 2014

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I was send a copy of “Foxy Epoxy: 44 Great Epoxy Clay Projects with Serious Bling” by Kristal Wick, to review. To properly review the book, I was sent some Swarovski Ceralun Epoxy Clay too. You can see the review for the clay, here. This is an advanced jewelry making book, focusing on the use of […]

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PRODUCT REVIEW: Swarovski’s Ceralun Epoxy Clay

July 17, 2014

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I received a sampling of Swarovski’s Ceralun Epoxy Clay to test out. I don’t make a lot of things with clay, since I normally manage to ruin it during baking. However, this clay is self-hardening! Got to love that! This particular clay was formulated to use with the Swarovski chatons, when making jewelry. The chatons […]

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Review: Clover Bead Loom Kit

April 29, 2014

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  Not too long ago I wrote a Review of the Clover Bead Loom and in it I said that I’d always admired beadwork but that I was intimidated because of the intricate designs. If I had known how relatively easy weaving on a loom could be I would have checked it out sooner. But then, […]

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No-Loom Inverted Fishtail Bracelet

March 25, 2014

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Do you love those rubber-band bracelets? (Or have a younger person in your life who does?) Well, this post is for YOU! You don’t even need a loom for this bracelet- just a broken plastic fork and a crochet hook. It’s so easy, I made you this little video:   Try it out! You’ll get […]

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Jacquard Pearl Ex – New Colors

March 24, 2014

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Jacquard Pearl Ex pigment powders are extremely versatile supplies for any artist or crafter. They now come in over 30 colors. I’ll be testing some of the brand new Chromatic Colors: Citrine, Emerald, Magenta, Sapphire Blue, Scarlet and Dark Brown. This collection is a really gorgeous intense set of jewel tones with a deep lovely […]

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Fun with Metal Foil Tape

February 21, 2014

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One of the best thins about the crafting/artin community is that I’m constantly getting inspired by other blogs. One of my favorites is BalzerDesigns.com- Julie is an amazing mixed-media artist and I’ve been lucky enough to appear on her show “Scrapbook Soup” the past few years. Last week, she shared a canvas that she did […]

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Faux-Dichroic Glass Pendants (Recycle Craft)

July 3, 2013

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Faux Dichroic Glass Pendant Tutorial from CraftTestDummies.com

Today I have a fun recycle craft for you- Faux Dichroic Glass Pendants. I love the look of fused glass but don’t have the time, tools or inclination! So I came up with this great way to reuse beach glass (or tumbled glass shards) and….wait for it….basket cellophane! Before I get to the tute, let […]

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GreatGatsby-Inspired Necklace Featuring Martha Stewart Crafts Jewelry Components

May 28, 2013

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Last week I shared a video of the new Martha Stewart Jewelry line available exclusively at Michael’s Craft Stores- so much goodness! Beads, chain, tools, findings epoxy clay, rhinestones, jewelry glaze, jewelry enamel- even mold-making putty! Literally there was so much goodness I haven’t even had time to do all of the reviews. But I […]

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Recycle Craft: Faux Lampwork Paper Beads

April 16, 2013

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Green Craft: Faux Lampwork Paper Beads from Paper Scraps

Ok- Time for a show of hands- who here is a paper hoarder?? Don’t worry- you are among friends. No judgment here. I find that not only that sometimes to I have a hard time cutting into my favorite sheets of paper, but sometimes when I do, I can’t even toss the little baby scraps. […]

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Book Review: 101+ Things to do with Glitter by Momtaz Begum-Hossain

March 13, 2013

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Sometimes glitter gets a bad reputation. Often referred to as “the herpes of the craft world,” once you let glitter into your life, it likes to stay forever. But who says that’s a bad thing? Glitter is bright, bold, funky, and easy to use, and Momtaz Begum-Hossain’s 101+ Things to do with Glitter offers a […]

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Ruffles and Sparkles Bracelet Tutorial {with Video}

February 22, 2013

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Earlier this week I shared my review of Artistic Wire Mesh and I got pretty excited making a Ruffle and Sparkles bracelt- so today I’m sharing the tutorial with you! You’ll need some basic supplies: Now for the How-To Video:   Which do you like better: the sweet red delicate version or the chunky/edgy black […]

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How-To: Quilled Hearts Jewelry

February 6, 2013

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It’s that time of year again- when we all wear our hearts on our sleeve…or ears….or hands…. or lapel! Time to make and wear some really cut Valentine’s Day jewelry…this year, I’m integrating one of my favorite paper crafts: QUILLING! Never fear, friends! It’s easy and Mod Podge Dimensional Magic Silver Glitter Formula makes it […]

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How-To: Beaded Napkin Rings for your Thanksgiving Table

November 8, 2012

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This post originally appeared on CraftsUnleashed while I was a design team member there. But now it’s time for you to have the crafty goodness here! All supplies were from ConsumerCrafts.com. I just realized that I don’t have ANY napkin rings for my Thanksgiving Dinner table- so I got out some supplies that I had […]

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How-To: Minecraft Images in Perler Beads

October 22, 2012

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I kid about my children being my “junior assistants.” But lately, my 11-year-old son has taken on a crafting identity all his own. I really wanted to share his creations- and process- with you. “D” really enjoys playing a game called MineCraft and has been playing for the last 6 months or so. Minecraft is a […]

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Mixed Media Necklace- SLK Industrial Chic Blog Hop

August 14, 2012

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I love a good craft challenge or blog hop- every now and then I need a creative kick in the pants, you know? So today I’m participating in the Industrial Chic Blog Hop and can’t wait to show you what I made! But first, here’s a bit about SLK Industrial Chic: Industrial Chic is a […]

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Happy Independence Day & Patriotic Locket

July 4, 2012

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To my fellow Americans, Happy Independence Day! We’ve got three different holiday events planned, and every year I try to wear something homemeade. This year, I literally pulled together a “Patriotic Locket” from things I had in my studio. The only item you need to purchase- or find a similar item- is the locket. I […]

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How-To: Make Earrings from Crafter’s Clay

May 31, 2012

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I’ve been a jewelry maker for about 15 years. It’s funny, because almost everything that crosses my desk is fair game to become a piece of jewelry. Martha Stewart Crafts Crafter’s Clay is no exception. I molded some leaves, and they just spoke to me- so I turned them into earrings. They are pretty easy […]

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How-To: Crystal Pearl Prayer Bracelet

March 22, 2012

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This prayer bracelet was one of the jewelry projects that were originally featured in a FREE  downloadable Jewelry eBook, available by clicking HERE. All of the supplies came from ConsumerCrafts.com- a great resource for online craft supplies. (Their shipping is stellar!) It’s perfect for a wedding, shower, first communion, baptism, or confirmation!   Supplies: 26 […]

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Happy Leap Day – Frog Art Celebration

February 29, 2012

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Happy Leap Day! What better way to celebrate then with some great froggy art? So many crafty froggies….. have fun with it!

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How To: Craft a Chic Bib Necklace from Fabric Scraps

February 21, 2012

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Today I’ve got a show-stopper statement piece that I designed for ConsumerCrafts.com. It was originally featured in their downloadable Jewelry eBook, available by clicking HERE. Bold is IN- and you’ll make a statement with this stunning bib! I used black stones, but you could use any color that matches your outfit. You will need: (6) […]

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“100 Days” Craft Idea

February 17, 2012

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So, this is new to me: my kids celebrate the first 100 days of school. (We didn’t do this back in the day.) As a result, my first grader was required to bring in 100 items- anything, really- and display them for the class. The purpose is counting, I suppose. But I saw this as […]

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Skinner Blend Polymer Focal Pendant Featuring Jill MacKay Components

February 7, 2012

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This as part of an e-book I co-authored for ConsumerCrafts.com, which you can download for free HERE. If you know me, then you know I love polymer clay and love to use it to jazz up jewelry. I found these lovely swirly pendants from the Jill McKay designer collection and thought it needed a pop […]

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DIY Candy Conversation Heart Engagement Ring

January 26, 2012

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  If you’ve got more love then cash, then you need to make this sweet little DIY engagement ring for your sweetie. Perfect for geeks, crafters, nerds, and conversation-heart-candy aficionados, especially! It’s pretty simple. Just buy some boxes on Candy Conversation Hearts at the Dollar Store, and find the one that says “Marry Me.” You’ll […]

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The Lost Tooth Necklace

January 25, 2012

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    So, this story is cute or creepy, depending on your perspective. Last week, my little girl lost her front tooth. This is a picture I snapped right after it came out: {Photo altered with the Lo-Mob app for iPhone} She was, as you can imagine, super-excited for the tooth fairy to come. So […]

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Tween Craft: Personalized Locker Mirrors

December 28, 2011

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Here’s another tutorial I did for CraftsUnleashed- it’s so fun and easy for the kids to do! Would be fun for their rooms, as well. I got the idea for decorating a mirror from this post I wrote about Pattie Wilkinson’s washer necklaces! Remember getting your first locker? How cool it felt- and SO grown-up- […]

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Faux Cloisonne Earrings featuring Letraset Markers and Mod Podge Dimensional Magic

December 27, 2011

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  Start Ups from Buttons Galore and More might just be my favorite product from the site! I love their smooth, white surface… like a canvas just begging to be painted upon.  I rifled through my sticker stash in order to come up with this easy-peasy faux cloisonne technique.   You’ll need: Start Ups- I […]

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Think Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Month Bookmark

October 24, 2011

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This post originally was published on CraftsUnleashed.com and they supplied the materials to create it. Visit their sponsor, ConsumerCrafts.com for craft supplies at great prices! Here’s another lovely craft for October and Breast Cancer Awareness Month- a sparkly Pink Ribbon bookmark! What a lovely gift to give to a survivor. You’ll need: Shepherd’s Hook Bookmark […]

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Pink Ribbon Breast Cancer Awareness Earrings- Tutorial

October 13, 2011

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Like many of you, I have been touched by breast cancer. I know both victims and survivors. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month (celebrated here in the USA in October) . I designed these earrings for ConsumerCrafts.com for the CraftsUnleashed blog last year-but never posted them here. Get out your supplies, you’ll be able […]

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Craft Project: Washer Collage Necklaces from Pattie Wilkinson

July 28, 2011

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As you saw in my CHA post, I swung by the I Love To Create booth a few times during the show. The lovely PattieWack- aka Pattie Wilkinson- was manning a make-and-take, creating stunning mixed-media necklaces. I sat down to make one myself, and she graciously said I could share the step-by-step with YOU, crafty […]

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Green Crafting: Recycled Aluminum Can Brooches

April 20, 2011

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It’s amazing to me what the right tool can do for you- and in this case, the tool is the Cuttlebug  This little hand-cranked gem can help you transform old aluminum soda cans into cool, kitchy blooms that you can wear as pins! For this craft, you will need: Aluminum can, rinsed well Craft Blade […]

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