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I pride myself on being a Do-It-Yourself kind of gal.
Well, at least when it comes to paper crafting. Let’s not talk about my ongoing bathroom rehab project!
I find it real fulfilling to raid my crafty stash every so often and make a few unique embellishments for my cards and paper crafting projects.
Most recently, I’ve been making stick pins. You don’t need a whole lot to make a pretty stick pin.
You just need a few beads, scraps of ribbon, paper and stick pins.
The easiest way to decorate up a pin is to add beads to it.
Here are two I recently made:
I started with pins with pearls already on them. Corsage pins in the floral department of most craft stores work great for this.
I applied a thin layer of glue to the pins. I prefer Super Glue. It is clear and really strong. And since I intended to use them on a card and not a scrapbook page, I did not have to worry about things being acid-free.
Then, I added a few beads. I was able to use the pins right away to make this card:
If you are feeling adventurous, you can also use ribbon and paper to make pretty pins.
I made the ribbon pin here by adding a bead to the pin. I then folded the ribbon and poked the pin through the ribbon over and over.
I made the pink pin with patterned paper. I randomly pierced holes in a strip of patterned paper and then wove the pin through them. I added a small dab of glue at the bottom of the paper, just to keep things nice and tight.
When I was finished, I put the pins on this card:
Have you made any fun embellishments lately?
Leave a comment here by midnight (MDT) on Thursday, April 15 and you could win one of two packs of beaded pins made by me. You’ll also get a copy of Paper Crafts’ May/June 2010 issue that has an excellent feature on DIY embellishments. For this feature’s two online bonus projects, click HERE for Sherry Wright’s Spring Fence Wall Hanging and HERE for Vanessa Menhorn’s Happy Birthday to You Card.
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Welcome to Magazine Monday! Did everyone have a good weekend? I hope you found some time to 1). go out and buy our new special issue Go-to Sketches, 2). sit down and devour this magazine and 3). create your own projects from some 66 inspiring sketches.
If you did get crafty this weekend, why not submit some of your entries? Just a reminder that our submissions deadline for our Holiday Cards & More, Volume 5 issue is tonight at midnight (MDT). Click HERE for more information!
Even though our Go-to Sketches Week is officially over, I’m going to squeeze in one more day of sketch-filled fun. Three weeks ago we launched our first ever Go-to Sketch Challenge. With sketches from Paper Crafts Go-to Gals Teri Anderson and Maren Benedict as inspiration, submissions poured in for all occasions. We picked these four entries (two per sketch) as our final winners!
Editor’s Note: Vanessa was just published for the very first time in our May/June 2010 issue! Not only that, her Rainbow of Butterflies Card (p. 74) made the cover! Click HERE to see cover girl Vanessa literally jumping for joy when her issue arrives in the mail.
Congratulations, ladies! Each of you has won either a one-year subscription to Paper Crafts or the special issue of your choice. I’ll be contacting you shortly to discuss your prizes. If you’re interested in seeing all the projects from our first Go-to Sketch Challenge, please visit our gallery HERE.
Wanna join the fun and participate in our next challenge? We just launched our bling-inspired April Gallery Challenge last Monday. This two-week challenge will run through midnight (MDT) on Monday, April 19. Click HERE to upload your sparkly entries today!
P.S. It’s time to announce each of the three winners from Cath’s Go-to Gals & Friends Blog Hop post, Kim Kesti’s Over the Top Inspiration post, Jennifer’s Behind the Lens post and my It’s a Sketch World After All post!
3. Debbie G.
1. Stacy (April 7, 10:18 a.m.)
2. Nancy M. (April 7, 11:02 a.m.)
3. Holly H. (April 8, 7:33 p.m.)
1. Kathy W. (April 8, 8:45 a.m.)
2. Denali (April 8, 12:36 p.m.)
3. Diane Jacobson (April 8, 7:32 p.m.)
1. Charlene (April 9, 5:31 p.m.)
2. Susan McMenamin (April 9, 8:23 p.m.)
3. Jessica (April 9, 9:25 a.m.)
Congrats, winners! You’ve each won a copy of Go-to Sketches! I’ll be contacting you shortly to get your mailing addresses. Thanks to all who left comments!
Welcome to Magazine Monday! Thanks again for all the comments from last week’s blogiversary celebration. You sure know how to make this humble editor feel good. It makes all the 2 a.m. “feedings” and lack of sleep well worth it. And now you know why I begin every morning with a tall glass of Coke over ice! Breakfast of champions!
Did everyone have a good weekend? For those of you affected by the snowstorms, I hope you enjoyed the opportunity to stayed indoors and catch up on some paper crafting. Perhaps a few of you even started or finished your Valentine’s Day projects. Remember it’s not too late to shower your sweeties in love!
But before Feb. 14 arrives, let’s fall in love with our January Gallery Challenge winners. These three ladies not only aced our marker-themed challenge, but they actually made me want to go play with my Copics!
Winner #1 – Vanessa Menhorn:
Winner #2 – Nina Brackett:
Winner #3 – Alice Wertz:
Congratulations, ladies! Each of you has won either a one-year subscription or the special issue of your choice. I’ll be contacting you shortly to discuss your prizes. If you’re interested in seeing all the marker projects from the January challenge, please visit our gallery HERE.
Wanna join the fun and participate in our next challenge? We launched our February Gallery Challenge last Monday and already have 87 entries! Since it’s the season of love, we want to see your very best Valentine’s Day projects. For inspiration, please turn to the Valentines for Everyone on Your List and Vintage Valentines features in our January/February 2010 issue. This three-week challenge will run through midnight (MST) on Monday, Feb. 22. Click HERE for all the details!
2. Sara-Jane (Feb. 4, 8:44 a.m.)
3. Maureen D. (Feb. 4, 5:14 a.m.)
1. Jami (Feb. 7, 4:14 p.m.)
2. Anita Young (Feb. 5, 11:13 a.m.)
3. Erika M. (Feb. 5, 6:42 a.m.)
Congrats, winners! I’ll be contacting you shortly to discuss your prizes and get your mailing addresses. Thanks to all who left comments!
Welcome to the first Magazine Monday of 2010! Like many of you, it’s time to head back to work after a nice, long break. While my “to-do” list literally has my head spinning, I’m excited to see what this brand new year has in store.
One of my personal goals is to make more time for me. I want to paper craft more, work out more and spend more time with the ones I love. And if I can paper craft with the ones I love, then it really doesn’t get much better than that! (I’ll worry about working off those nasty calories later!)
Speaking of paper crafting, we were blown away by our December Gallery Challenge - 912 entries from 187 members! Yes, I had the distinct pleasure of viewing every single design. In the end, these three ladies not only made Santa’s “Nice” list, but they also aced our holiday card challenge with their festive designs. Let’s meet our three winners!
Winner #1 – Melanie Douthit:
Winner #2 – Danielle Flanders:
Winner #3 – Vanessa Menhorn:
Congratulations, ladies! Each of you has won either a one-year subscription or the special issue of your choice. I’ll be contacting you shortly to discuss your prizes. If you’re interested in seeing all 912 projects from the December challenge, please visit our gallery HERE.
Wanna join the fun and participate in our next challenge? We just launched our January Gallery Challenge today! Since we know markers are all the rage (and a few of you received Copics in your stocking!), we want to see your best designs that incorporate markers. For inspiration, please turn to the Marker Magic feature and Tips, Tools, & Techniques column in our January/February 2010 issue. This three-week challenge will run through midnight (MDT) on Monday, Jan. 25. Click HERE for all the details!
1. Peggy (Dec. 31, 6:10 a.m.)
2. Darlene L. (Jan. 1, 6:01 p.m.)
3. Lynn (Dec. 31, 5:58 a.m.)
4. Brenda Lubrant (Dec. 31, 11:29 p.m.)
5. Marlena (Dec. 31, 3:37 p.m.)
1. Andrea (Jan. 1, 3:50 p.m.)
2. Denise (Jan. 1, 8:09 p.m.)
3. Alison Yarrish (Jan. 1, 7:53 a.m.)
Congrats, winners! I’ll be contacting you shortly to discuss your prizes and get your mailing addresses. Thanks to all who left comments!
We’ve been watching the gallery on the World Card Making Day web site grow and grow and grow…and I am just giddy that it’s over 1300 cards already. If you add in the 1000+ cards from the 2008 archive, there’s a whole lotta inspiration going on!
Cath spotlighted five gallery winners over at Moxie Fab World a few days ago, and I’m here to show you the other five winning gallery cards. Wow — what a group of talented cardmakers we have in our midst! Each winner will receive a one year subscription to Paper Crafts magazine.
As World Card Making Day continues to grow and bring cardmakers all over the world a lot closer to one another, we want to give a shout out to everyone who has helped spread the paper crafted love for this year.
P.S. It’s time to announce the three winners from Cath’s A Recap of World Card Making Day post! Here they are in no particular oder:
1. CKH in Tulsa (Oct. 6, 9:51 a.m.)
2. Mary Alice Leonard (Oct. 7, 1:28 p.m.)
3. Laura J (Oct. 6, 4:17 p.m.)
Congrats, winners! Kelly will be contacting you shortly to discuss your prizes and get your mailing addresses. Thanks to all who left comments!
Welcome to Freebie Friday! I hope everyone has enjoyed this exciting week on our blog. From Gallery Idol voting to Go-to Gal spotlighting, there’s been a huge outpouring of love and support for our designers. And at the end of the day, isn’t that what makes this
addiction hobby so great?
Thanks so much for embracing Kim Kesti and Kim Hughes as our next Go-to Gals. The “Kims” are full of energy, creativity and their own special brand of magic – just like the four other ladies we have yet to announce. Make sure you check back here next Tuesday and Thursday for the next set of Go-to Gal spotlights!
Should we get to the results of the first round of Gallery Idol? It was definitely a close race, but these 15 gals received the most votes in our wedding-themed card challenge. Here they are in no particular order:
Congratulations, ladies! By making it into our Top 15, you’ve each won a free special issue and this fantastic prize package, courtesy of American Crafts:
Top 15, are you ready for the next theme? Round 2’s theme is… incorporating household items! So we want to see cards featuring chairs, frames, bird cages, lamps, kitchen utensils, pillows, chandeliers, teapots, appliances, dishes, tables, etc. The deadline for submissions is next Monday, July 13 at 9 a.m. (MST). All “Around the House” cards must be posted to our gallery by this time. Voting for Round 2 will begin at noon!
Best of luck, Top 15!
P.S. Since it’s Freebie Friday, I’m contractually obligated to give away free prizes. :) To go along with Gallery Idol’s next theme of household items, I’m giving away three sets of Cosmo Cricket’s Early Bird Crafting Kit and Ready-Set-Chipboard, which features cute toasters, kitchen utensils, etc. To be entered to win, leave a comment telling me your most cherished household item. All comments must be received by midnight (MST) on Sunday, July 12. I’ll announce the three winners on Monday’s blog.
P.P.S. It’s time to announce the three winners from Alisa’s Dimensional Technique post! Here they are in no particular order:
1. Bev (July 8, 9:49 p.m.)
2. Maureen W. (July 9, 2:27 a.m.)
3. Pam K (July 8, 12:19 p.m.)
Congrats, winners! You’ve each won a copy of Paper Crafts 101! I’ll be contacting you shortly for your mailing addresses. Thanks to all who left comments!
Welcome to Magazine Monday! Sounds like everyone enjoyed our CC7 blog hop last week. Thanks so much for supporting our fabulous designers who all came together to bring you 15 different, yet very engaging blogs. All in all, I’d say it was a huge success!
Make sure you check back with us tomorrow to see who took home the 10 amazing prize packages we featured last Friday. I will be announcing five winners here and Cath will be announcing five winners on Moxie Fab World. You’ll also want to visit the blogs of our 15 designers to see if you won a free copy of Card Creations, Volume 7. This special issue is bursting with creativity and inspiration – just like our newly appointed Gallery Idol Top 20!
Yes, the results are in! Summer can officially begin because the next four weeks are going to be hot, hot, hot! We were blown away by not only the amount of submissions, but the quality as well. This year for our “Open Auditions” round, 276 members submitted 1,254 birthday cards for 20 coveted spots! It was an agonizing decision, but we’re confident we got it right with this batch of talented gals who are ready to bring their “A” game. Would you like to meet them? Drum roll, please…
Congrats, Top 20! Since all of you made it this far, here’s a sneak peek at your prize package, courtesy of:
Top 20, we absolutely loved all of your birthday creations and can’t wait to see what you come up with for round one. We thought long and hard about the theme and since summer has officially arrived, so has the season of weddings! The theme for round one is weddings! The deadline is next Monday, July 6 at 9 a.m. All wedding cards must be posted to our gallery by this time. I’ll be e-mailing you in the next couple of days to go over the specifics for posting and answer any questions you might have. It’s time to start to creating!
Hopefully you’re hearing wedding bells!
P.S. It’s time to announce the three winners from Susan’s Lucky Card Creations 7 post! Here they are in no particular order:
1. Kathy Kohner (June 25, 10:41 a.m.)
2. Carol (June 26, 10:53 a.m.)
3. Pat S. (June 25, 8:43 a.m.)
Congrats, winners! You’ve each won a copy of CC7 and a GCD Studios/SIStv prize package! I’ll be contacting you shortly for your mailing addresses. Thanks to all who left comments!