How to Make Earrings with Buttons

with Buttons Galore and More

button earrings

Buttons Galore and More sent me Smiley Buttons to make jewelry. The first piece I made was a bracelet. I had set aside these green buttons for a pair of earrings requested by my daughter. I added striped beads that matched the buttons to add to the length of the earrings. Silver spacer beads I used in the bracelet were also used as spacers for the earrings.

See the video below to learn how I punched out small circular faux leather for the back of the earrings.

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bracelet and earrings

The bracelet and earrings work well as a set or as individual pieces. Let me know which you like better in the comments below.

A Simple DIY Foil Technique for Tag it Tuesday

finished tag

This week’s tag uses aluminum foil for an embossing technique. Using aluminum foil for crafting offers a variety of different looks. I applied foil onto the cardstock and then embossed it. From there, I roughed up the embossed image and applied ink.

embossed foil

Here is a close-up look at the embossed foil and cardstock. You can see some of the sanded surfaces on the raised image. This step is optional and is not needed if you want to add ink. You do need to be gentle if you choose to sand the foil because it can tear easily.

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Join me each week on Tuesday for a new tag tutorial and technique.

Embed Technique – Tag it Tuesday

finished tag

This week’s Tag it Tuesday shares a paper embedding technique using an embossing folder. The technique is simple and one you might overlook but the results are amazing.

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close-up image of tag

The close-up image shows how the double-layered paper appears embedded by the embossing. The cutout circles remind me of a compass and now I think the word wander would have been a great choice! Have you tried this technique?

Let’s Make a Bracelet for Spring

with Gwen Studios

finished bracelet

Spring is almost here and adding a new accessory to your wardrobe is a great way to update without spending much time or money. I added beads to a fluted ribbon technique. Using Gwen Studios’ pink satin ribbon, I made this lovely bracelet to update my spring wardrobe.

This project was created for Gwen Studios. You can find all the design team projects listed on the Designer Crafts Connection website. Gwen Studios products can be found at Walmart and Michaels.

materials

To make the bracelet I am using a satin ribbon, a pencil, small beads, a sewing needle, thread, scissors, and hardware for jewelry making.

I began by making marks on the ribbon with a pencil. Using a small scrap of ribbon, I marked the width of the ribbon shown in the first photo above. Then I marked the center of the ribbon between those markings. I did not cut any ribbon off the roll, I will do that at the end once I have the length I need.

To understand the sewing process, it is best explained by showing you. Please refer to the video below.

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jewelry hardware

Once I had the length needed for the bracelet, I finished the ends off with jewelry hardware.

While this technique makes for a lovely bracelet, you could also use the ribbon for other crafts or as a trim to a sewing project.

DIY Your Own Mixed Media Sprays

final panels

I will show you how to make your own DIY Mixed Media Sprays. I called this “plastic paint” for lack of a better explanation. I was inspired by a video I watched on the Pink Poodles Craft channel and went in my own direction from her experimentation.

Materials:

  • spray bottle
  • beads
  • water
  • polyacrylic
  • craft paint

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2 variations of play

Depending on your chosen colors, you can end up with very different results. There is no end to how many layers of spray you can use.

close up

In the close-up image, you can see the variety of layered colors showing through and the spots created by the spray of paint and the spray of water on top.

I am not done experimenting, I want to try adding mica powders and metallic paints. It was really fun to do and hard to stop layering.

Tell me how you would use these creations, as card backgrounds. Would you die cut them? In collage? I want to make more to add to my stash for future crafting.

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Transfer Decal – Tag it Tuesday

transfer tag

For this week’s Tag it Tuesday, I started with a transfer decal from the Dollar Tree. They are rather easy to work with but if you have never done so, there are a few things to know. After transferring the image, the image was enhanced with colored pencils.

materials

The best way to work with a transfer decal is to cut out the image you want to work with from the full sheet of decals. Washi tape can assist in holding the transfer in place because you don’t want it to move or shift during the transfer process.

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Hidden Paper Clips – Wild Animals

paper clips

Yes, these cute images are hidden paper clips. I belong to a paper clip group on Facebook where we are challenged with a theme each month. For December the theme is wild animals. I thought the penguin was so cute I had to use it, and my daughter loves panda bears so that was chosen also. By the way, she loves the clip and will use it as a bookmark.

If you are interested the penguin image comes from Vecteezy.

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And here are the paper clips in use – so cute and functional!

Ultra Mini Ribbon Tag – Tag it Tuesday

mini tag finished

This cute little tag was made with a tag from the Dollar Tree and Gwen Studios Ribbons. After finishing it, I think it might be a nice altered paperclip so I will probably share that tutorial in the future. But back to this week’s tag.

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Tag it Tuesday – Shimmer Tag

shimmer tag

Today’s tag uses shimmer powders. They are so fun and unpredictable. This Shimmer tag might be my favorite tag so far in the series. The color is randomly created by using Nuvo Shimmer Powders.

I began by stamping an image and heat embossing it. Then I applied the shimmer powders. And then finally adding a die-cut sentiment. See how fun it was to create in the video tutorial.

If you are interested in learning about my cheap resource for cardstock, here is the video link: [Cheap Cardstock] This is one of the ways I cut words and sentiments to store for use later.

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close up

Look at all the color activity amongst the heat-embossed butterfly image.

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