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Handmade Holidays - DIY Winter Necklace


Welcome Handmade Holidays Blog Hop Visitors!

Jewelry is such a great gift to give as a gift and handmade jewelry is treasured even more since you put your heart into it! Giving a piece that's seasonal is fun too since every year they will be reminded of your love year after year.

For this project you need:

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I like using Ice Resin for projects like this because it's a jeweler's grade resin, so it's dries clear, is naturally doming, self-leveling, and there's NO BUBBLES...that's HUGE my crafty friends!!! Now while they sell this two part resin in individual contains that you can mix (which is great if you're making a bunch of jewelry for all your friends), I strongly recommend getting the one that has a pump so you can accurately squeeze out the exact amount you need of each part, it' makes it sooooo much easier if you're just making a few pieces! Oh, and you can just use the amount you need and place the cap back on to use it later. -Love that!


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Ok, here's a video tutorial on how to create your very own necklace to keep to give as a gift:




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Yay, My First Rocksbox!

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Have you heard about Rocksbox? It's a great way to add jewelry into your life with out the clutter, big price tag, and boredom you sometimes get from trendy pieces when the trend is dying out.

Here's a video of what was in my first box:


When Rocksbox first asked me to try out their jewelry I wasn't too sure about the whole thing...I'm really picky with jewelry...but my stylist did a great job with figuring out what would work for me based on their style survey. I love that the three pieces they sent in my first box work great together and on their own mixed with things I already own. Now the tough part is figuring if I just want to continue to borrow it or if I should splurge and buy it!

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Chime in if you have an opinion!  I'm really thinking about keeping the's too versatile to pass up!

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Hurry on over to Rocksbox and use code: erinbff528 to get your first month FREE!!


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Disclosure: I have received jewelry from Rocksbox to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely my own and based on my use of the product. This post contains affiliate links. If you buy from this link it won't cost you a penny more but I make a little bit of money (not enough for a pony)


DIY Jewelry Earring Holder

After moving (over a year ago) my jewelry became quite a mess.  Necklaces tangled. Earrings and rings awry. Day after day I just delt with it since I didn't have time to fix it. 

DIY Jewelry Earring Holder 2Today that stops, or I'm going to lose my mind.

While I was purging my studio/office I found a 12"x12" sheet of punched metal that was giving to me at a trade show and although I loved it & wanted to use it I just never got around to it until now. So while I was at my local craft & hobby store I picked up one of those adjustable shadow boxes that you have the ability to layer stuff in, and crossed my fingers that the metal sheet would fit into it. (It did, just barely.)
DIY Jewelry Earring Holder 2The way I ended up sandwiching this whole thing together was by flipping the frame upside down and removing the glass.  Then I added two of the frame inserts, adding the metal sheet, adding another frame insert, added the glass, added a white piece of cardstock (I tried different patterned papers but it was just too busy and I wanted my earrings to be easily chosen without distraction.), and then I finally added the frame backing on.
DIY Jewelry Earring Holder 2Then I started the arduous task of sorting through my earring pile. Not fun...but I'm making headway...and I've discovered I have a lot of earrings.  ;)  Time to purge & make second earring holder!
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DIY Jewelry Earring Holder 2


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Sponsor Giveaway: Lisa Leonard Designs

Happy weekend!

How about a giveaway?  Lisa Leonard Designs would love to give one special blog reader their very own gold wildflower necklace!  Keep it for yourself or give it away to a special Valentine.  

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I will draw a random winner from all the entries on Tuesday, February 4, 2013 and will promptly email them.  Winner must reply within 48 hours or a new winner will be drawn. 

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Fly Away Necklace

Today I’m sharing a necklace/pin I made for Basically Bare that Kathy Cano-Murillo inspired me to make awhile ago and I just never got around to it.  -I’m sure none of you can relate to that, LOL! Here’s what the finished piece looks like:

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This project is almost 100% Basically Bare product,  I used the following Basically Embellies: Bare Basic WingsLOVELY Locket SetBare Basic Hears Set #1.  The only other supplies I used were Foil Tape (from the hardware store), craft foam, adhesive, a tiny bit of fiber paste, a bit of acrylic paint, and a black Sharpie.

I used Kathy’s embossed foil technique to create the main heart piece.

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To make the smaller chipboard lock piece,  I covered it with the foil tape without adding any foam to it and then I put it inside an embossing folder and ran it though my embossing machine.  I then finished it off the same way I did the heart, by scribbling with a Sharpie all over it and then rubbing the marker off with a baby wipe.

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I covered the wings with a thin coat of fiber paste and then scratched lines into it and let it dry.  Then I painted it with acrylic paints.

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For the felt key hole,  I painted it with the acrylic paint and used a paper towel to fluff up the felt before it dried.  Once it was dry I used the fine tip of the Sharpie to draw faux stitch lines onto it…and a heart too.

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Then I just assembled it all together using some Beacon adhesive and one square of foam adhesive to pop up the chipboard lock piece.

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I covered the backside of the heart and wings with more foil tape and then just doodled over them quickly with a bamboo shishkabob skewer.  I then added a clip to the back so that I could either clip it to my shirt or to a necklace.  I like versatility!!

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And now I have a great handmade piece to wear!

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DIY Embroidered Heart Necklace

I did this video for Imaginisce recently...check it out!


And here is one of the pieces of jewelry I made with the Magni-Top necklace for the video. It's my favorite piece of jewelry I did...and because it's magnetic I can just take it apart and put a new magnetic piece on! 

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I started off by quickly tracing an Imaginisce Magnet Daddy onto my fabric with a Zig disappearing ink pen and then  I drew a heart into the center of the circle as you saw on this post.  Then I just cut it out leaving about a half an inch around the circle I drew and made a button out of it with my iTop.  Then I took some of the plastic washers that separate the magnets that come in the pack and wrapped the same variegated embroider floss around each of them that I used to embroider the's a good TV watching activity!  I just put the washers onto the chain along with the embroidered Magnet Daddy and I was done!

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CHA Winter 2012

So I've been back from the Craft and Hobby Association's annual winter trade show (aka: CHA-W) for a few days now...and now that I've had time to relax and catch up on the home front I thought you might like my two cents.  ;)


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The Show...

While it felt like a smaller winter show then past years (there were "networking parks" set up where I assume they tried to sell booth space and failed, and all the booths combined were only in two of the halls), it was still a great show!  This year I was blessed to be able to "walk the floor" and not be stuck in a booth all day.  (Don't get me wrong, I love to teach and talk, but boy does it wear you out!!)  So I actually got to see outside the path from the booths to the food & restroom!  It was such a nice change!


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some of "Love My Tapes" display

The Trends...

The major trends I saw at the show were washi tape, chevron patterns,'s still hot!  -Loved Lawn Fawn's twine since it's lightly waxed it's perfect for mixed media, alterables are still big along with DIY jewelry....everyone from Imaginisce and Creative Imaginations to Darice (who partnered with Tori Spelling) has a line coming out.  And of course mixed media stuff!  Check out "my favs" below to see what I love!

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The Celebrity....

Speaking of Tori Spelling, I got to go to her launch party with Darice for her new [Styled] line of jewelry.  It was an intimate get together, with mostly media in attendance.  Tori got up and told us about the new line and how easy it was to use and we got to see the pieces and meet the design team that helped develop the line, and then it was time to mingle! Tori was very gracious with taking photos and talking to people.  I was thankful to be sitting with my friends from Northridge Publishing who were interviewing Tori for an upcoming piece, so we got to chat for quite awhile.  I do have to say that she comes off as "real"...and I mean really she could live next door to you real.  She talks like a real crafter...knows all our slang, and has such a mother's heart.  She puts her family first and it was just really heartwarming to listen to her share examples of how she does that.  

After Tori had to move on to talk with other people, everyone at my table were chatting about how down to earth she is.  Talking with Tori was very much like talking with any of my friends in the crafting industry in that she's a real woman, wife, mother, and entrepreneur.  It was good to see!


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Tori & Erin at the [Styled] launch party

Oh, and Tori liked my necklace.  ;)  Every time she saw me she'd tell me that she was still loving it.  Funny thing too, since I changed my top, shoes, and jewelry for the event because I love it too!


My Favs...

These are my top 5 favorite products (in not particular order) that are coming out this year:

1. Basic Grey Canvas Frames....they come with a pre-printed design on them that you can add paint, fabric, canvas, photos, etc to in order to make it your own.


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2. SEI's fabric spray...Yes, finally a permanent color spray for fabrics!  Hello new obsession for Erin!!


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3.  Ranger & Crafter's Workshop Dylusions masks...and just about any mask Crafter's Workshop makes.  ;)  Love them!!


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 4. Kreinik...a new to me manufacture...has iron-on thread!!!  Seriously, my heart skipped a beat.  Of course I love regular thread, but iron-on?  How awesome is that????


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Here's they are showing us how to make our own cording.


5. Kodak and Avatrex partnered up to create this cool substrate that you can print on and then apply it to surfaces such as shoes!!  It's really cool and the perfect answer for people who have been trying to jazz up textured surfaces like yoga mats and flip flops with the look of screen-printing (ie: YuDu) and were unsuccessful!


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What about paper-crafts?

Well, there wasn't a lot that's ground braking's more of a "flowers in 'new' colors" type of year!  There are lots of awesome papers and stamps coming out, punches too, just nothing that made me feel I have to have that right this instant....which is a little sad.  I will give some honorable mentions for....

1. Bazzill's new washi tape and antique paper.  The paper is thin...kind of like tissue paper but a bit thicker then really has a neat feel to it like old paper.


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And Margie (a vintage, totally Margie, line) and Janet (a travel-ish line) also came out with new great lines for Bazzill.


2. Heidi Swapp and Pink Paislee teamed up for a new release.  Now I will have to admit that when I got the sneak peek emails online prior to the show I was not too thrilled with the line...however seeing it in person is MUCH more appealing!  It has a less juvenile look in real life then the emails showed....also, the display & samples in the booth were terrific.

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Love the concept of using these cool file folders for scrapbooking
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Love the patterns for the Color Wonder line

3. Love the new colors of Gelatos from Faber-Castell as they continue to expand the Design Memory Craft line.


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I uploaded all the photos I took at CHA to my Flickr account so you could see feel free to browse through the slide show of them.  I tried to take photos of the manufactures name when I was in a booth so the photos around the "name" photo are where those products and project samples came from...I will update the photo descriptions on Flickr when I have time.





Disclaimer: I work with the following companies that are mentioned in this article and my doing so had no baring on me reporting on them in this article....I only report what I really think not what I'm paid to like.  ;)   (Imaginisce, Northridge Publishing, and Faber-Castell)



More Crafty Book Week Giveaways!

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How have you been enjoying Crafty Book Week?  I'm so thankful for sponsors who want to share some love with my blog readers!!  -Ok, so we're on to the next day of books...and giveaways!

Now I know none of you are idiots, but if you're like me it's always nice to have a book that contains the nitty gritty of a craft you may not know much about but want to learn to do.  And often, for me, when I already know about a craft, it's nice to fill in the gaps of my knowledge about it.  These books are perfect for that!




 The Complete Idiot's Guide To Beading Basics 


Beading Basics

This book contains everything you want to know about beading...the history, tools, design basics, techniques, for stringing, techniques for wiring, techniques for stitching beads, making your own beads, and more!

While this book contains only black and white photos, it does show many close up photos and graphics to help explain what to do.  

For more information about this book, or to purchase it check it out on Amazon here.






The Complete Idiot's Guide to Quilting Basics  


Quilting BasicsOk Quilters or wannabe Quilters...this book will lead you step-by-step through quilting with either your machine or by hand.  It shows you how to plan your quilt, quilt designing, all the tools you need, and the steps involved in making a quilt you love.  It also has some beginner sampler quilts you can make!

Like the book above, the photos and graphics in this book are only in black and white, however they clearly show what is being described.  

For more information about this book, or to purchase it check it out on Amazon here .


And now another giveaway!  

One copy of each of the books will be given away!  

To enter to win one of the books....To enter to win one of the books....comment below with which book you'd like to win and I'll randomly pull a winner for each book on Sunday, 12/4/2011 and the winners will be promptly emailed.  An alternate winner(s) will be chosen if winner does not respond to my email within 48 hours.  Open to USA residents only.

This post is now closed...winner announced here.

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Disclaimer: Penguin Group Inc/Alpha is providing the prize for this promotion at no cost to me.  Prize fulfillment will be done by Penguin Group Inc/Alpha I will provide them with the winners name, postal address, and email address.  I received a review copy of these books from Penguin Group Inc/Alpha.



Jewelry Making: Fall Broach

Happy Thanksgiving!  I hope that you are able to focus on all the blessings in your life this week as you celebrate with friends and family.

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Since I'd rather you be off relaxing and enjoying yourself, I'll keep this short. Here's a broach that I made out of a silk flower that is perfect for wearing at Thanksgiving. I just ripped out the center of the flower and then created a button out of burlap using my iTop 2.0 with the XL Button Daddies (don't forget you need the X-LG head to make that size button) and hot glued it in place. I then added tulle, twigs, and a chain (which, in real life, is more copper colored) to it and then glued a pin to the back.

If you need to see how to use the iTop 2.0 check out this video tutorial.

Super simple, yet cute!!

Now, go off an have some fun!



Sponsor: Imaginisce


Fashion Accessories Mini Blog Hop

Summer Accessories

Today I'm hoping along with some of the Imaginisce girls for a summer fashion accessories blog hop.  Below are the other bloggers participating, if you haven't hopped over to their blogs please do it!!  They've made some super cute things, and if you comment on our blogs and the Imaginsce blog you will be entered to win an Imaginisce i-top and fashion accessory bundle!



Erin (that's me!)


And here's my accessory...a paper beaded bracelet!

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It's super easy to make these paper beads..just grab some paper (I used some of the Animal Cracker line, but you can use anything...even magazines & newspaper!), some type of glue medium (I used Golden's gel medium...but Mod Podge will work great too), and add a few beads (mine are made by Plaid) and some jewelry findings.

Here's a quick video on how I made the beads:



After all the beads are dry just string them and some beads onto a string..add your clasps..and you're done!

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Also, there's still time to enter the giveaway for a vintage necklace from Shabby Apple...just click here for more details.

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