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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Layered Flower Cuff

Hi Crafty Friends!

Today I'm sharing a tutorial for a layered flower cuff.   It's a design that I created for a make and take at the Creativation Show last January.  It's quick and easy and you can use your fabric scraps to create your own version. 
Layered Flower Cuff
Here's what you need to make this cuff:

An aluminum cuff (or other type of cuff)
A 1 yard strip of unbleached muslin (1" wide)
2 small pieces of double-sided tape
1 12" piece of print fabric (1"wide)
A crocheted flower
1 medium die-cut flower in denim
1 small die-cut flower in leather
1 small button
4" narrow ribbon
6" wire (22 gauge)
Needle and thread
Metal punch, scissors

The components for the cuff

First, punch a hole in the center of the cuff.  This is where you will attach the flower. However, if you don't have a hole punch, just cut your wire longer so that you will be able to wrap the flower on securely.

Next, make a running stitch along one edge of the print fabric.  Pull up to gather into a circle and tie the ends.

Now, fold the wire in half.  Thread the button on the wire.  Tie the ribbon onto the wire loop above the button. 

Thread both ends of the wire through the leather flower, denim flower, gathered flower and crochet flower.

Push both ends of the wire through the hole in the cuff and wrap the ends of the wire around the cuff tightly.  Press ends flat against the cuff.


Tape one end of the muslin strip at one end of the cuff.  Start over the end of the cuff so that the aluminum doesn't rub.  You can also add some extra fabric on the end and wrap over it. Wrap around the cuff working under the flower.  Wrap to the other side of the flower and tape down the end.  Trim the extra muslin and any threads.


And, here's the cuff:
Layered Flower Cuff
As you might have noticed, I changed the layering on the tutorial as I went along and placed the gathered flower in a different place.  It's all good!  That's what creating is all about!

I hope you have fun creating your own version of this easy cuff.  It's great for a group craft like a birthday party or craft night.  And, it's a nice way to use up some fabric scraps.  I am going to try it in a red, white and blue version for the Fourth of July with the denim and some scraps of bandana fabric.  What will you try? I'd love to see your version! 



Thursday, June 15, 2017

June Pretty Palette Challenge

Hi there!  Ready for some summer beading?

Here's the palette created for the challenge for June:

It has a Southwestern feel and is a perfect palette for summer wear!

Here is the photo from which the palette was derived:

And, here are the Bead Gallery beads that Molly picked:


Nice, huh!  I think I have a few of these already, but I might need a few of the agate beads and some patterned silver spacers to add to my collection!  Off to Michaels I go!

Connect back to Molly's article on how she found inspiration for this palette.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Pretty Palette Reveal for May

Hi everyone,

This spring has been amazing in the number of shades of green and the abundance of flowers here in California.  We've had a record amount of rain after five or so years of drought and the change has been dramatic.

So, it's wonderful to explore the shades of green in the palette that Molly Schaller chose for this months Pretty Palette.  Inspired by shades in succulents and the Pantone color of the year, she created this palette.

Not only are there lots of shades of green there, but there are some interesting patterns, too.


Molly chose these beads from the Bead Gallery line from Halcraft.



I had some leftover Bead Gallery beads in shades of green and aqua from previous projects, so I thought I'd combine them.  I also had some of the Czech seed beads from Bliss Beads.
I managed to use most of these (everything except the wood round).  I also discovered a carved adventurine pendant from Bead Gallery that went into the mix. 

From these, I created a two-strand necklace and a memory wire bangle.
Here's another photo with both of them:
As usual, I tend toward the blue side of green, but, that way, I'll be wearing this spring into summer!  Thanks for the inspiration, Molly!

Now, head on over to the Pretty Palettes Reveal for May at the Halcraft blog to see all the amazing designs!  And, one more special blog post to see the designs of Erin Prais-Hintz for Pretty Palettes.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Monogrammed Wreath

Hi Crafty Friends!

Today, I want to show you something I created for JOY Iron-on letters.  They have a lot of new items out now, and one of them are these nice large monograms.  These are 5" high.  I used it to make a monogrammed spring wreath:


The monograms come in white, but for this wreath, I wanted a softer tone.  Since the iron-on letters are dye-able, I used some RIT Dye to add a soft tan color.

The dye I used is Ecru, but that particular color is not available anymore.  You can use Tan or Taupe.  Leaving it in the dye bath for a shorter period of time will give you a lighter color. While you have your dye bath, consider dying some ribbon to match.

If you want a little more structure to your letter, you can iron it onto some heavy fabric like canvas or denim and trim the fabric to make a border for your monogram.  Or, you can iron it onto some lightweight wood or tag board, depending on how you want to display your monogram.

A note on the materials used:  The wonderful script wired ribbon is from Offray (purchased at JoAnn's).  The little foam eggs are available from Smoothfoam.

For all the instructions and materials on how to make the wreath, go to the Creating with Joy blog.  If you need more ideas, check out Pinterest under Monogrammed Wreaths!  There are so many ways to Create with Joy!

Have fun!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

"Bloom" Bottle Hangers

Hi all,

Here's a quick and easy craft for springtime -  Flower bottle hangers!  It's so easy and quick that you could make a set in time for Mother's Day.  Cut out your own flowers or use die cuts like I did here.  Joy Iron-on letters add just the right touch!  Don't have a matching set of bottles or vases?  No problem!  A mixed set of recycled vases or bottles looks even cuter!

"Bloom" Bottle Hangers
And, you can recycle even more by using whatever papers you might have.  Here I used scrapbook paper and some leftover tissue and gift wrap.  You could try any number of papers from paper bags to shiny foils.  If you don't have the letters in the color you want, just dye them or color them with pens!

I designed this craft for the Creating with Joy blog.  All the details on how to create this project are on the blog here.  You can find these iron-on letters in major craft stores like Michaels and Hobby Lobby.  They have just come out with some new large letter sizes, fashionable monograms and, now, emojis!

I hope you'll have fun making your own version of this craft, because being creative is what it's all about! 


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Pretty Palettes for April


Hi all,

This month's inspiration is the artwork of Heather Powers of Humblebeads.  I've been an admirer of Heather's beads and jewelry compositions from seeing her designs in magazines and books, but I didn't realize she also painted and illustrated.  Do stop by her website and see her amazing work! This is one of her paintings:

Here's the palette generated from the artwork:

I made it to my local Michaels and found a great bunch of beads.  I had a hard time with the palette as it is.  I could find beads with the greens and golden tan or I could find the purples and the gold, but I couldn't seem to find a way to get all of the colors to work together for me.  So, I went with the greens and gold. 
I was very happy with this selection which includes ceramic, glass, two colors of quartzite, amazonite and howlite chips. 

My pendant is resin which I created from a mold of the carved knobs on my old desk.  It looked like this only more opaque when I started.



I added some tan paint and wiped it off.  Then, I added a blend of alcohol paints (verdigris and jade from Ranger).  I wiped it off again.  After all that, here's what it looked like:
I made some holes to connect the pendant with an awl and used waxed linen to string the beads.  After I made this pendant, I used sari silk to string it.  I'll have to go back to this when I get more time - at least to make some earrings - because I have lots of beads left!  Oh, and I did add some of the purples with the Czech glass rings I had left over from a previous challenge!

Here's my pendant:
Pendant with patina and tassel


Monday, April 24, 2017

Twig Trivet and Coaster

Hi everyone,

It's time to get outside - to garden, to enjoy your yard, and to get some fresh air and sunshine.  Lucky for us, the Garden Issue of Craft ideas is out with lots of ideas for refreshing your space!  You can get a sneak peek here.


I'm pleased to say that I have a craft in the Crafting with Twigs section.  Twigs are so much fun with which to craft and they are cheep, uh, I mean, cheap!  That's a good thing!  We did some pruning around here and I found the perfect twigs from our mulberry trees.  But, use whatever you have. 
My twig mats will add a nice rustic touch whether you use them on your dining table or out on the patio. 

If you make them in a coaster size, it's best with some nice straight pieces and lighter twine. 
Twig Coaster
Or, you can make your twig mat larger for a trivet.
Twig Trivet
These are a great craft for the whole family because you can use twine like I did here or yarn, ribbon, strips of fabric or even wire.
Order your Garden Issue on the Craft ideas website for a wonderful selection of great ideas for the outdoors and indoors!
Happy Crafting!