Monday, December 6, 2010

Crafty distractions

Hello readers,

Boy is it chilly here this afternoon. I apologize for being a bit absent again from the blog. If you're like me you're busy too trying to get Christmas shopping/prep done. I have to sit down later this afternoon to get a handle on what I've done and what I have left to do. 

In typical fashion, although I tried not to do it...I've veered a bit off course and got myself involved in a Christmas "project". I'm really diggin' making "scrabble tile" necklaces. The ones I've been prepping to make are actually round and rectangular. I got the itch to make them after buying the one pictured below. I get so many compliments on it when I wear it.

There are various shops on Etsy selling them but I was fairly confident I could make them. So, I spent hours upon hours looking at the graphics, jewelry supplies and paper cutting tools both online and in the local craft stores. So this is my current obsession/creative outlet/time consumer in my life!  I'll post some of my work when I finish a few pieces. I'm even thinking of making one for my son for Christmas with a soccer ball and his team number on it.

If you'd like to join the madness, here are a few of the places I've found my supplies:

Michael's and JoAnn's both carry the Fiskars "round and round" paper punches in 1 and 1.5 inch diameter. Use a weekly 40% coupon and you'll spend much less than you can get them for online. Both craft stores (and Hobby Lobby) carry the 1and 1.5 inch wooden circle/disks that will be the base of the pendants. I picked up the bails and ball and chain necklaces at Hobby Lobby in silver but they're probably not the best quality and the price wasn't great.  I already have Mod Podge but there are other glue/glaze products made specifically for this kind of crafting. I'll be trying out a product called Diamond Glaze very soon and also have Paper Glaze.

I've looked at several Etsy shops*{see list below} for graphics that I may buy from in the future. For now I've been raiding my scrapbooking stash for pretty designs.

I bought the bulk of my supplies from Candy Tiles Craft and Jewelry Supply on Etsy. My goodies should arrive this week and I hope to be crafting shortly thereafter! I can't wait!

Have a warm and toasty night with your loved ones,

*A few Etsy shops that sell pretty digital graphics in 1 and 1.5 inch circles:
Charmed Memory Collage

Sabine Sydney

Kitsch & Kaboodle

P.S. If you have any questions about crafting these pretty little baubles, please feel free to contact me!


Karley said...

Have fun! Wait until you see the results of Diamond Glaze, VERY nice.

Enjoy this creative outlet. We all need to spend a little alone time indulging our creative sides :)

Deanna said...

Thank you Karley! I've been having a lot of fun spying paper to use. I've even been re-purposing the pretty Kleenex boxes for their graphics. Also using old calendars & Christmas cards.

Have a lovely evening with your guys,

heidiyost said...

Deanna - Love this idea- fairly easy as well too! Thanks for posting. Probably make them into a nice pin as well.. hmmmmm
Have a good day!

Deanna said...

I've seen a something similar made with circular glass tiles made into push pins or magnets.

Happy Crafting,