Thursday, March 27, 2014

CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge #70

Welcome back to another week at CAS(E) this Sketch! We have another fun sketch for you to try this week, check it out...


I have the die that is pictured in the sketch and it was very hard not to go ahead and use it, so I went digging through my technique book and found something different to try. It's a very simple technique and it has endless possibilities. You use a punch or die and cut out whatever shape you like and then adhere the shape(s) to another piece of cardstock. Then you run the whole thing through a Big Shot (or whatever machine you have) with an embossing folder of your choice. The result looks like your punched/cut image is embedded into the cardstock with a pretty pattern :)


The design team would love to have you play along this week, so be sure to stop by and join in the fun! Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!
Julie



Wednesday, March 26, 2014

What's in the jewelry box?

I finally finished the second earring of the latest set I have been working on and I'm pretty sure I will be making more of these and exploring some new patterns. I have seen this style of earring with some beautiful Native American patterns which I wouldn't mind giving a try too. I went for a more contemporary look with my colour choices using deep jewel tones and iridescent beads and a little bit of bling using Swarovski crystals :)


Thanks for stopping by and have a great crafty day!
Julie

Thursday, March 20, 2014

CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge #69

It's that fun, creative time again! We have a great sketch for you to try out this week at CAS(E) this Sketch, check it out...


I was in a pure stamping mood when I made this card, so I went digging for stamps that rarely see the light of day, along with some ink pads that have been neglected. The ray burst stamp is from a set that Stephanie Washburn designed for Market Street Stamps and I inked it by using my brayer and a rainbow ink pad. The sentiment is from Technique Tuesday and of course no card would be complete without a wee bit of bling :)


The design team would love to have you play along this week, so be sure to stop over to get some inspiration and then join in the fun!
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!
Julie

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

What's in the jewelry box?

This past week I have had fun in expanding my bead weaving skills by trying out some new techniques and following some great tutorials. My current favourite technique is making earrings that look like beaded lace. 


I found this great tutorial by Iulia Postica on etsy, you can purchase it here: Pearly Lace Tutorial. Once you make one earring, the pattern is quick to remember for the second earring. Thanks for stopping by and stop by on Thursday to check out the latest CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge!
Julie


Thursday, March 13, 2014

CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge #68

Welcome back to another week of CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge! Check out the fun sketch to play along with this week!


I think I have become addicted to using up the odds and ends I find lying around my art room. Perhaps I can make it through the whole year without buying any supplies to make my cards :) I found a journaling box from a an old My Mind's Eye collection along with some matching papers. I would have used black stickers for my sentiment, but I am currently out, so I just used a black zig marker to write the sentiment. This was literally a 2 minute card, gotta love CAS and quick!


I hope you get a chance to play along with us this week! 
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!
Julie

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

What's in the jewelry box?

Today I thought I'd share a quick post on my other hobby that enjoy immensely...jewelry making. I'm off of work this week and have found it a perfect time to catch up on projects and try out some new techniques.

The first thing a tackled this week was ornate beaded beads, which were supposed to be a pair of earrings, but they were too big and heavy so I am going to make them into necklace pendants.


The other two items are some bracelets I tried this week as well.

Another project I tried out this week is a wrap bracelet. I have seen these everywhere on the internet. They are pretty simple to make, just time consuming. This particular bracelet is 24" long and has amethyst, pearls and cat eye beads all in varying shades of purple. The clasp is a simple leaf patterned pewter button.


The last technique I tried out this week is a regular brick stitch and circular brick stitch. This is a pair of earrings I started, one down!


The next photo is a work in progress as I am not sure exactly what I am going to make these into, but this was trying out the circular brick stitch on a round bead.


Thanks for stopping by and have a great crafty day!
Julie



Thursday, March 6, 2014

CAS(E) this Challenge #67

Time for another CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge and what a fun sketch to play along with this week, check it out...


I had fun this week digging out odds and ends and finding supplies I had forgotten about. I used 2 different colour paint chips, a chipboard letter, a sticker, cardstock and some paint I found. I randomly brushed some paint over the card front and painted the "U" the same colour and then attached the U to the paint chip and stuck it over the second paint chip with pop dots. The stray sticker I found worked out perfectly and the finishing touches were a few faux stitch holes along the card edges and some rounded corners.


Do you have any odds and ends lying around that you could make into a card? Looking forward to seeing the ideas that come from this sketch!
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!
Julie


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