Friday, May 30, 2014

Swarovski Crystal Cube Beads

I used Swarovski Crystal Cube beads to make these earrings and a bracelet. Here are the earrings:

This pair of earrings were made with 4mm and 6mm Swarovski cube beads in black diamond and crystal AB colors.

This pair of earrings were made with 6mm and 8mm Swarovski cube beads in sapphire and light sapphire colors.

The above photo can show the comparison between the different sizes of these two pairs.

Here is the bracelet I made with 8mm Tanzanite color of cube beads and 4mm & 6mm crystal bicones:

Love the square toggle to match the cube beads. Below is another look of the bracelet.

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Friday, May 23, 2014

Watercolor Thanks

Here is the card I made for this week's Paper Smooches Sparks Anything Goes challenge. I also want to apply for Simon Says Stamp's Monday Challenge - Botanical. Here are the challenge photos:

And below is the card I made:

I used Paper Smooches' Botanicals 1 set to stamp the flowers and leaves on the watercolor paper with Distress Markers. Then, I used water brush to create the water color effect. The "thanks" stamp is from Paper Smooches' Bold Buzzwords set. A simple, clean, and pastel card.

Cardstock: watercolor paper, Stampin' Up
Stamps: Paper Smooches
Ink Pads: Versafine
Others: Distress Markers, water brush

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Sunday, May 18, 2014

Little Umbrella Pendants

I found two umbrella pendant diagrams on the Pinterest - one is in Japanese, and the other one is in Korean. I know Chinese, but not Japanese nor Korean. However, since both Japanese and Korean were originated from Chinese, I think I may have the ability to give them a best guess. So, I have the successful results. Here are the umbrella pendants I made with Japanese diagram:

I made two umbrellas - one blue and one yellow. There were made by 12mm twisted bugle beads, 6mm & 3mm Swarovski bicones, and size 11 seed beads. Are they really cute? Here is a closer look:

Below is the purple umbrella I made with the Korean diagram:

This umbrella pendant is a little bit smaller than the Japanese one, but it's more elegant. I used 7X5mm Fire Polished Teardrop glass beads, 4mm & 3mm Swarovski pearl, 3mm Swarovski bicones, 3mm bugle beads, and size 11 seed beads. Below is another look of the pendant:

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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Heartfelt Thanks - ric#59

Today is Mother's Day and I would like to make this card to show my heartfelt thanks to my Mom. Wish all of the Moms have a wonderful Mother's Day. I also have this card to attend Runway Inspired Challenge (ric#59). Here are the challenge photos:

And here is the card I made:

I applied watercolors on a piece of stamping acrylic block and sprayed with water, then I stamped the block on a piece of watercolor paper. Once it dried, I stamped butterflies and greeting on the watercolor background. Then I used scissors to cut out the watercolor paper. The card background was used Distress ink pads and stencil to make it. I attached the watercolor cutout with foam dots on the background. Finish the card with three little green dew drops. Below is a closer look of the watercolor cutout:

Cardstock: watercolor paper, PTI
Stamps: Clearly Besotted (Elegant Butterflies)
Ink Pads: Versafine (black), Distress ink pads
Stencil: Tim Holtz
Others: watercolors, foam dots, dew drops

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Saturday, May 3, 2014

Hero Arts Sketch Challenge

Hero Arts has a new sketch challenge now and here is the challenge photo:

I decided to use sketch#2 to make a card. Here is the card I made:

 I used the "iron-off embossing" technique to make this card. First, I clear embossed the peacock stamp on the white cardstock and colored the peacock with Distress ink pads and water brush (see below).

I turned on the iron to medium and sandwiched the cardstock with two pieces of white copy paper. Then, I ironed on the top piece of copy paper. The embossed portion will be melted onto the copy paper (see below).

For the background, I used the same iron-off embossing technique. But this time, after I applied the pumice stone and antique linen Distress ink on the embossed background, I sprayed the Perfect Pearls mist on it (see below).

After I ironed off the embossed portion, you will see the background colors look like gold and silver sparkling there (see below). Isn't it beautiful?

After assembling and silver embossing the text on the vellum, I glued some dew drops on the tag to finish this card.

Cardstock: PTI
Stamps: Hero Arts
Ink Pads: Distress ink pads, Versamark
Others: water brush, clear & silver embossing powders, Perfect Pearls, vellum, dew drops

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