Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Gems of the Sea Bracelet & Earrings


My Cindi's Simple Solutions project for WCK this week is this this fun Makin's Clay® seashell & Connie Crystal pearl set - Find the full instructions here.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

MY HSN - SOLD OUT! EXPERIENCE

What a truly amazing experience!  I would like to thank KellyCraft™ for allowing me to represent the company at HSN last Tuesday at HSN as part of the 24 Hour Craft Event!   It was fun, exhausting, informative, interesting, and amazing.  I also got to see and spend time with some familiar craft industry faces amongst my fellow guests - Pattie Wilkinson, Julie Fei-Fen Balzer, Lisa Bearnson, and Andrew Hiller. And drumroll please... I am thrilled to announce that we doubled our projected sales at the 3:20 AM airing, and then SOLD OUT following our 5:50 PM airing.  Feedback from HSN Sales Managers was that they couldn't believe I hadn't done TV sales before and I did a great job.   I guess I did okay for my first time despite the jitters!  Woooohooo!!!    Here's a few pictures of the "behind the scenes" experience!

Table ready - now on to hair and make-up! 
It's 3:15 AM - we go live in 5!  
5:50 PM - 2nd spot is live in action!




Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Faux Leather & Bling His & Hers Luggage Tags


I'm excited to be a part of the Designer Craft Connection Connie Crystal Blog Hop!  We each received a great package of sparkly goodness from Connie Crystal - fantastic crystal sheet in black and white, as well as assorted sun catchers with gorgeous pearls & unique glass beads.     Today I'm sharing a pair of His & Hers faux leather luggage tags I created with Makin's Clay® - one masculine and plain "leather", the second got the major bling treatment with
black crystal sheet!  Be sure to follow the Designer Craft Connection link in the right column so you can see what other fun creations the designers are sharing!


Materials:

Connie Crystal Crystal Sheet - Black
Makin's Clay®  - Black Clay
                          - Ultimate Clay Machine®
                          - Self Healing Cutting Mat
                          - Ultimate Clay Machine® Motor
                          - Clay Cutter
Westcott® Titanium Bonded Non-Stick Scissors
Gift card for use as tempalte
Business card for use as template
Beacon Adhesives® 521 Adhesive
Toner Plastics® Craft Lace - Black
We R Memory Keepers® Crop-A-Dile punch
Aluminum foil, parchment paper, transparency sheet
Spice tin for template

Instructions:

1. Open black Makin's Clay® and roll to #3 on Ultimate Clay Machine® (or hand roll to approximately 1/8".)

2.  Crumple tin foil.  Unfold and place onto black rolled clay.  Press with fingers to transfer crinkle to clay, giving the effect of black leather.

3. Place credit card onto clay and use clay cutter to cut clay rectangle.  Cut 4 (depending on # of tags you are making... 2 per tag).

4.  On 2 of the rectangles, use spice tin to cut opening for address window - offset slightly as shown (or hand cut lol - but the spice tin works perfectly and rounds the corners in a nifty way!)

5.  Use business card as template and cut 2 rectangles from transparency sheet.

6.  Place transparency sheets over window opening on tags, with edge extending out over small edge.

7.  Add small piece of parchment paper over transparency. (This keeps the back piece of clay from sticking to the transparency.)   Add small amount of Beacon 521 Adhesive around top, bottom and left (wider) edge of tag.  Place second solid rectangle of clay over first to create back of tag.  (Note - Wet clay will stick to wet clay without any additional adhesive; however, since these will likely get a lot of rough treatment in baggage handling at the airport - I wanted to be double sure they would stay together so I used the 521...)  Repeat to make 2nd tag.

8.  Crumple small piece of foil and press into all outer edges of each tag.  This further gives the look of faux leather.

9.  Cut sheet of Connie Crystal black crystal to fit back of one tag.  Cut second strip about 1" wide (5 crystals across).

(Don't you just LOVE how the camera picked up the sparkle & shine on this first photo in this group!?!  Love my Connie Crystal!) 

10.  Use 521 to mount crystal sheet to back of tag.

11. Add small piece of crystal sheet centered on small edge of address window.  From 4 crystal by 5 crystal piece, cut two center crystals, then use 521 to mount to wider edge of address label.

12  Let clay dry 24 hours, the use Crop-A-Dile punch to punch hole in wide edge of solid clay tag, and in center of crystal piece where crystals were removed.

13.  Add 4 strands of black Toner Craft Lace to each tag.  Remove parchment paper, trim edge of transparency.  Print address and insert beneath window.  

14.  Tie to suitcase handles using multiple tight knots.

That's it!  His & Hers Faux Leather Tags with a touch of BLING!




Friday, March 13, 2015

I'm Appearing on HSN!

I am so excited to announce that I will be representing KellyCraft Innovations on HSN for two sessions on their Craft Day on March 24th!  Stay tuned for more information!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Hoppy Easter with Smoothfoam™ & Makin's Clay®

I've got an Easter project on the Smoothfoam™ blog this week - complete with a Makin's Clay® chocolate bunny that looks good enough to eat - find the instructions here.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Glittered Easter Egg Wreath - DCC Blog Hop

It's the first Monday in March, which means it's time for the Designer Craft Connection blog hop!   This month we were challenged to create a project inspired by something we had seen in a retail store or online, etc.   My Glittered Easter Egg Wreath was inspired by the wreath below I saw at Pier I.   Mine is much simpler, by design, but still combines the elements of a grapevine wreath, spring flowers, and shimmering glittered Easter eggs.  I prefer chunky glitter, and JudiKins Roxs™ are my favorite.

Be sure to follow the Designer Craft Connection link in the column on the right to see what the other participating designers are sharing.

Materials:


Grapevine wreath
3 Smoothfoam™ eggs
JudiKins - Diamond Glaze™
               - Roxs™ - pink, green, light blue
               - Snappy Tray™
AdTech Hot Glue Gun
Artificial spring flowers
Wire cutters

Instructions:

Coat each Smoothfoam™ egg with Diamond Glaze™ - while still wet, cover one egg with each color of Roxs™.  Let dry.  Optional - you can paint your eggs first if desired - Smoothfoam's smooth texture is perfect for painting - I wanted the white to show through a bit on my egg to highlight the chunky aspect of the glitter clearly so I left mine white.

Determine desired arrangement of flowers, trim stems and hot glue in place on grapevine wreath.

Hot glue glittered eggs over flowers on wreath.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Snow Day Survival Jar

This wintry project, my Snow Day Survival Gift Jar, would be a fun surprise for a child’s teacher, a friend that’s a teacher, or for anyone who needs a fun break from the seemingly endless winter weather these days! Give them the gift of some hot drinks to warm them while they watch a movie and munch on popcorn through a blustery winter day. Substitute your “filling” as needed to make a surprise for someone of any age. When they are finished with the treats inside, they’ve still got a pretty jar to hold other treasures. 


Materials:

Instructions: 
1) Follow manufacturer instructions to cut multiple snowflakes from Etchmask using Artisan X-plorer™ and snowflake dies.   Apply snowflakes to jar.
2) Apply coat of Etchall® etching cream over snowflakes and jar surface.  Let set 15 minutes, return cream to jar.
3) Wash and dry jar. 
4) Apply Diamond Glaze to lower portion of etched jar and add Roxs™ to mimic icy snow at base of jar. 
Snow Day Jar How-To 1
5) Paint jar lid with Chalky Finish paint.  Let dry.  
6) Cut 1” x 18” strip of baby blue Friendlyfelt™.  Cut in fringe at each end about 1/2”. 
7) Open white Makin’s Clay® and make snowflake using push mold.  Place unused clay in zip lock bag with damp paper towel for later use.  Tip – when push molding embellishments, I usually make several extra to keep on hand for future projects. 

8) Apply coat of Diamond Glaze™ to snowflake, add Roxs™ and let dry.
Snow Day Jar How-To 2
9) Create Snow Day graphic image (2” circle) and Emergency Cash graphic.   Print and cut out.
10) Mount round graphic to lid.  Tie scarf around lid.  Mount clay snowflake to edge of lid as shown. Let dry. 
11) Stuff jar with popcorn packet, hot chocolate packet, tea bags, coffee, and $5 bill with emergency cash image. 
Snow Day Jar How-To 3