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DIY Designer Jewelry and Jewelry Box

Designers who attended Creativation this year received a bag full of samples. We were challenged to create something using at least five of these materials. I made a jewelry box with jewelry enclosed. My process took multiple days and I will share some of the steps with you in this post. I really enjoyed the challenge and thankfully, the colors I received all went together well. The only item I didn't incorporate was the 3L sticky foam shapes. They were an Easter theme and I will use them in another post.


the materials

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The material list:

1) DecoArt: Paints & Pouring Medium - paint used
2) G45: Book Box - used
3) Rinea: Sample sheets - used
4) TCW: Stencil - used
5) Crafter's Com.: Sparkle Marker - used
6) Sculpey Clay: Souffle Clay, Liquid, Molds - used
7) 3L: Sticky Foam Shapes
8) Beacon Adhesive - used

Additional materials used:

  1. DecoArt paint in white
  2. foam paint brush and a regular paint brush
  3. Sculpey clay in pearl
  4. jewelry findings and beads
  5. Silver leaf
  6. Future floor wax
  7. mirror
  8. jewelry pliers - round, flat, and wire cutter

working with the box


I began with the box, painting the outside with the DecoArt paint I received. The box absorbed the paint well and dried quickly. 

stenciled (wet)

I used the TCW mandala stencil with the DecoArt Galaxy Glitter paint. I mixed in a bit of white and blue paint to the glitter paint because I wanted the stencil to show up a bit more than the glitter paint would have done alone. 

making the bezel

Setting the box aside, I started working with the Sculpey products. I have been making beads and jewelry for years so this was probably the most familiar product to me however, there were a few new additions. The liquid Sculpey mold was really nice to work with and you bake it in the mold. The two other molds created bezels and cabochons that work together, once again baking in the mold. I have never baked a mold before so that was a new product and process to me. 

getting ready to glue

I used the Beacon adhesive to put the bezels and cabs together as well as attach the bail. It worked really well. This was my first time using Beacon but I am really happy to have it and I will continue to use it when making jewelry.

all the little parts

I made a few different beads with the Soufle Sculpey. I tried to focus on the two different colors as well as a color made by mixing them together. I added a bit of pearl Sculpey and Silver leaf to the blends. The process was just adding bits of clay together, twisting and shaping until I liked the color blend. The beads were shaped by hand except for one bead I used an old CD case to create a swirl of color. The jewelry finding pieces and accent beads I had on hand. 

coloring the Sculpey


finished ring

Working with the liquid Sculpey shapes, I chose a medium size and then colored it with the metallic pen. I added a miracle bead and some silver and purple wire. The wires were wrapped in a boho type (loose wrapping - unevenly placed) to form the ring. A bit of the purple was brought to the top of the ring to wrap around the bead. The liquid Sculpey once baked was really durable. I also found that you can easily cut it with scissors, which I had done to another piece I was experimenting with. 

tag back with a small box, and front of a tag 
with a necklace 

the tags were large enough to show an earring and necklace pair

three different earrings

Finishing up the jewelry box, I used the three tags enclosed in the Graphics 45 box to display the jewelry. I added shallow boxes made with Rinea paper to the backs of two tags to hold the excess necklace chain. I used the metallic pen to go around the edge of the tags.

the origami boxes

Folding origami boxes with the Rinea purple foil paper, I made two sizes. One to hold the ring, the other smaller box to work as a barrier for the tags to be held in the box. 

Finishing off the jewelry box, I want to add a mirror inside the front flap.

I think it might be easier to see the final product if I show it to you through video:






Welcome to the AFCI Designer Section Challenge. Each designer has created a project using the same products that were given to us at Creativation. The challenge is to use the products and create something unique. We have some great companies that have sponsored this hop. Thanks so much for joining us! Be sure and visit all the great designers listed below:

Erin Reed
Janet Trieschman (you are here)
Ann Strecko Koeman (Annmakes)
Susie Bentz
Marjolaine Walker  
Donna Budzynski
Terry Ricioli


How to Use Mod Podge Ultra Spray on a Picture Frame

I decided to change up a simple silver picture frame. Doing so using the new spray pump Mod Podge made it really easy. With the spray Mod Podge, I was able to work in small sections, just spraying the area I was going to work on. Originally I was going to use a large piece of a napkin for each side. The napkin I used was very easy to tear so I changed course and decided to add smaller pieces, overlapping them. This look I actually liked better because the overlap of colors created new blended colors and shapes. The spray pump Mod Podge really transformed the traditional way to decoupage. I think making it easier to do and making a smoother surface. I wanted to thank Plaid for sending me the matte version of their new spray pump Mod Podge in order to write this post.


The links below in parentheses contain affiliate links. Please know it costs you nothing to use them.


*Just like a paintbrush, Mod Podge Ultra Spray tops need to be cleaned after every use. If they aren't they will clog and become unusable.


I started with this inexpensive silver frame and I removed the unnecessary parts and set them aside.

I first thought I would use long strips of the napkin so I cut them into 1.5" strips to cover the frame.

I found pulling off the additional layer on the napkin that wasn't needed easier to remove after cutting the napkin into strips.

I started to apply one long strip of the napkin to the short side of the frame.
This proved to be more difficult than I anticipated.

So I tore the strips into smaller pieces.
This was much easier to work with and I really liked the visual result.

I used the paintbrush to tap the napkin down into place and remove any air bubbles.
While I sprayed the frame first and then placed the napkin pieces, I also sprayed Mod Podge on top of the napkin pieces too.
I didn't bother with the wrinkles, they work really well with the design on the napkin.
I left the frame to dry thoroughly. It takes about four hours in total.


The picture frame glass came with the Meow, I am not sure how to remove it.
In the future, I will probably replace the glass and use a different photograph in the frame.

Be sure to hop over to the Designer Crafts Connection blog to check out all the project that are a part of this hop.

Bunny Digging for Easter Eggs DIY

Talking with my daughter the other day, I said I needed to create a post for Easter. She said we needed a "bunny butt". This flower pot with bunny is really cute and easy to make. I had the flowerpot already and painted from a Designer Dinner at Creativation. DecoArt and Oriental Trading provided the materials for us to work with while we chatted and ate dinner - so fun! I just needed to make the bunny. 

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Make two pom poms from the yarn.
The large size I wrapped around 4 fingers, the small I wrapped around 2 fingers.

If you would like to make an entire pom-pom Easter Bunny check out this post: Easter Bunny

Using the Maker, I cut the felt for the bunny feet.


Glue the felt toes onto the felt feet.


All the parts.


Adhere the large pom-pom to the flowerpot and then smaller pom-pom on top of that.
Then place the feet attaching to the large pom-pom and the flowerpot.
Allow glue to dry.


Fill with jelly beans and you are finished!

This post is a part of the Creative Crafters Group on Facebook where we have a monthly craft challenge. For the month of March, we were to create a post with an Easter craft. Follow the Inlinkz below to see more Easter crafting fun.

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How to Make Oil Slick Paper

I saw this technique a while back and knew I had to give it a try. It really seemed unbelievable given the simple materials used. So my daughter and I gave it a try this week. She really loved the process so I let her do most of the "work" which was actually fun. I call this oil slick paper because that is what it reminds me of; when the pavement is wet and there is oil present you see this rainbow effect happen. I can't wait to use it in my paper crafting. 

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All the materials we used can be found at the Dollar Tree. You can use more expensive paper, but the effect isn't any different. 

Use the disposable tray and add water, about half full.

Submerge your paper under the water to the bottom of the tray.

Add a drop of nail polish to the top of the water. You will see a slight oil slick effect.
Lift the paper up, capturing the colors on the paper surface.

Set the paper aside and allow it to dry fully.

Once the paper is dry, you will see all the colors more prominently.

A few tips:

  • If you plan to make a few different pieces, remove any leftover nail polish from the water before making your next piece.
  • Try a variety of different colors of paper. We tried blue, black, and red.
  • Cut your paper so it fits into the tray with a bit of room around all sides. This makes removing the paper a bit easier to manage.
  • Place the wet pages onto a paper towel to help dry and clean up any watery mess.

St. Patrick's Day - Easy Decor

I found this plain green candle at my local Goodwill store. It appears to have been originally from Target as a Christmas candle. I thought it could use a little updating for a great St. Patrick's Day craft. I knew the glass had been painted but it appeared to be on the inside of the jar, so I thought etching the glass on the outside would look nice. Well, the color turned out to actually be on the outside of the jar and my Etchall etching cream removed the color! What a happy accident! So I went with it. 


I want to personally thank CricutTape Technologies, and Etchall for providing materials for this post.

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Using your personal cutting machine, cut out four clovers 1" tall.


After weeding the clover image away, I fold the vinyl in half to know where the middle is.


Apply the vinyl to the candle.


Apply the Etchall cream with a paintbrush.


Let the etching cream sit for 15 minutes, then wash.


So, this is the result, surprise!


The final product!

Cute, quick and easy.


How to Make Glitter Dot Embellishments


This month for the ScraPerfect design team, I am working with the No-Clog Writing Cap and The Best Glue Ever to create glitter dots to be used for embellishments. These would work well for scrapbooking and card making. I am sure you can think of other applications as well. After making them, I got a bit addicted and decided to make more because they were so fun to work with. 



 ScraPerfect's Best Glue Ever™


scrapbook paper

release paper

glitter dots


video tutorial for making glitter dots

Mod Podge's New Pump Spray Version Trial

I have joined the Bring on the Crafts March challenge using Mod Podge. Mod Podge has come out with a new formula which I received a sample of at the Creativation trade show and I was sent another sample as well. For this post, I am going to experiment with both versions and use them as a finishing coat on two different projects. The two variations of Mod Podge are matte and glossy. The following video will take you through the process I used to experiment with Mod Podge pump spray. 


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Bring on the Crafts — A Craft & DIY Blog Hop

On the first Wednesday of each month, a group of DIY and crafty bloggers join forces. Together with hosts Marie from The Inspiration Vault and Habiba from Craftify My Love, they bring you the #BringontheCrafts blog hop. Each blogger creates a fun craft or DIY project to share that follows a monthly materials theme. March's theme is Mod Podge! Each blogger chooses their own craft to make as long as they love it and it uses Mod Podge in the project.

Our March Co-hosts

Jenny at Cookies, Coffee and Crafts • Gail at Purple Hues and Me Heather at Glitter on a Dime • Marie at DIY Adulation • Janet at Try It - Like It

Join in on the fun! If you'd like to participate next month, you can request to join our Bring on the Crafts Facebook Group. Next month's theme is Flowers!

Not a blogger, but a creative mind none the less!? Don't worry, Share your awesome creations in our Craft Cult Facebook Group. This is also a great place to ask craft & DIY related questions and find inspiration for your next project.

Now let's see all of those amazing Craft and DIY Projects!

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Wink of Stella Pen Unbloxing

Check out how to start using a Wink of Stella pen. There are definitely a few important steps to get started and having it work correctly for you. 

Paper Decorating Technique with Aladine

I received a box of materials from Aladine right before Creativation 2019. Meeting with them at Creativation, I learned a bit more about their product line. This is my first technique tutorial using Aladine Izink products. I don't have a name for this technique but it includes both texture paste and dye spray. The result would work well for scrapbooking, card making, and I am sure other applications as well. 


  • Izink stencil
  • Izink Texture Paste
  • Izink Dye Spray
  • Izink palette knife
  • black or dark paper


Using a stencil, palette knife, and texture paste, apply to dark paper.
Allow to dry fully.

Spray with transparent dye first.
Spray with metallic spray second.

video of the technique

Making Envelopes with a Punch Board

I recently bought a We R Memory Keepers Punch Board at Tuesday Morning. It actually will make a variety of different things, and I will share those with you over time. But today I am focusing on the unboxing and making an envelope. It really is addictive and rather easy to do.

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The Punch Board. It makes envelopes, bows, and boxes.

(Opened) It contains a bone folder.

Measurement chart for the paper.
Envelopes are blue, bows are gray, and boxes are gold.
All information on the Punch Board has corresponding colors.

The back of the Punch Board showing the bone folder storage and the punch.

Video tutorial for unboxing and making envelopes.

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