Mixed-Media Necklace



Have some fun when you create and wear this spring-garden inspired necklace.

This project has everything – upcycled gallon bottles – rubber stamping – studs – crystals – burnt-fabric flowers.  

The soft white of the bottles is the perfect base on which to rubber stamp with Ranger Industries, Inc. Acrylic Pearl Dabber.  It creates a nice tone-on-tone pattern.  It doesn’t matter what rubber stamp you use, just pick your favorite pattern stamp.


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New Tutorials

Please check out my new line of tutorials.

Rubber-Stamped Cuff - Great for parties 
Wearable Altered Sneakers -  Sneakers for a Playful Princess
Summer Necklace - Easy polymer clay necklace
Romantic Mixed-Media Bracelet - Put some romance back in your style 
Batik Scarf - Learn how to create batiks 




Altered Sneakers - Sneakers for a Playful Princess

Altered Sneakers - Sneakers for a Playful Princess


Imagine how your little princess' eyes will light up when she sees how you have turned her inexpensive white sneakers into fun play shoes. 


These shoes will quickly become her favorite. 


If she's like my niece, they will also be special to her because you made them for her.

The easy, step-by-step instructions show you the basics to paint and embellish a pair of white sneaker with matching shoelaces.

Once you learn the easy steps to create the sneakers, you can personalize the sneakers by using other paint color combinations to alter additional sneakers.


         Altered Sneakers - Sneakers for a Playful Princess      
   
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                 By Carol Heppner                    in Crafts & Hobbies                        
   
       Imagine how your little princess' eyes will light up when she sees how you have turned her inexpensive white sneakers into fun play shoes.  They will quickly become her favorite.  They will also be special to her because you made them for her. The easy, step-by-step instructions show you the basics to paint and embellish a pair of white sneaker with matching shoelaces. Once you learn the easy steps to create the sneakers, you personalize the …      
   
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Romantic Mixed-Media Bracelet

Capture the romance of a Jane Austin novel when you make this mixed-media bracelet.

This bracelet is perfect for proms, bridesmaids, flower girls, and summer-evening parties. It's perfect for romantic spring or summer dates.  

You can personalize the look of the bracelet by using ribbons that work with your color theme.


Floral bracelets for weddings can cost a small fortune. These ribbon bracelets are cost-effective, and just as beautiful.

Have a bracelet-making party before your big event. The instructions come with a supply list to help you see what items you need to purchase.

Just imagine how great you will feel when someone admires your work of art. You can proudly tell them you made it.

This bracelet made its debut at CHA in Los Angeles, CA, to rave reviews. I designed it for a CHA event.  While in LA, I wore it to several events and woman kept remarking how much they loved it.  Now, you can have the instructions to make your very own bracelet and have people admire your work.  




Mixed-Media Bracelet
Carol Heppner Issue 4:
Capture the romance of a Jane Austin novel when you make this mixed-media bracelet. This bracelet is perfect for proms, bridesmaids, flower girls, and summer-evening parties. You can personalize the look of the bracelet by using ribbons that work with your color theme. Floral bracelets for weddings can cost a small fortune. These ribbon bracelets are cost-effective, yet just as beautiful.Have a bracelet-making party before your big event…

Silk Batik Scarf

I've been asked by a number of readers to write a tutorial on how to create batiks.  I'm happy to announce that I have created an eight-page booklet on creating this silk scarf batik.

The booklet contains:
Photographs,
Step-by-step instructions,
Safety tips (wax can burn the skin and it can catch on fire - so you need to be careful when working with it),
and
The tutorial has an alternative method to using wax: Tulip® Fashion Art Resist™ .  
This resist is also easier to apply to the scarf and easier to remove from the scarf than wax. 

The dyes used in the tutorial are by ILoveToCreate Tulip® One-Step Tie-Dye Kits™.  These dyes are a breeze to mix and use.  The colors are beautiful, as you can see in the photo below. 


Click here for additional information on the tutorial.

Silk Scarf Batik
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Have you ever wanted to learn how to create batiks? This silk-batik tutorial is a step-by-step guide that shows you how to use wax and simple dyes to create a beautiful silk scarf. It also gives an alternative to using wax to create the scarf.Instructions include the pattern for the fish seen on the scarf.

Blog-Hop Birthday Giveaway

Birthday GIVEAWAY

Julie McGuffee, host of Scrapbook Memories/Scrapbook Soup TV, is having a Giveaway

May 5th is a great day! It's National Scrapbook day, Cinco de Mayo and her birthday! 

So, for the month of May the giveaway is a Birthday Present - FOR YOU!  

This month's winner will receive a box full of crafty products including some cool tools.
To enter to win you must guess what at least four (4) of these products will be.  To help with the guesswork, there is a different clue on four (4) of the blogs throughout our blog hop group. 

You'll find a clue wherever you see a photo of the birthday bag.  (Make sure to check my sidebar.)

TO ENTER: List your answers in the comments at Life in the Craft Lane. 

Comments won't be published until the winner is revealed on May 19th. BTW, the clues may not be in numerical order.

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Mother's Day Bracelet


Mixed-Media Bracelet


Create this charming mixed-media bracelet for Mother’s Day and be in style with the hot mixed-media jewelry that is trending this spring and summer. It’s fast and easy to create and is sure to be a favorite.

Click on the links in the materials list to view the jewelry elements.  

Almond Pearl Elegance™ bead, 6mm (10)Cousin® Corporation of America
Closed jump ring, 4 mm, silver Cousin® Corporation of America
Flat head jewelry pliers
Flat side freshwater pearl, 6mm, white Cousin® Corporation of America
Head pin, 2”, silver Cousin® Corporation of America
Needle and white cotton thread
Open jump ring, 6 mm, silver (2) Cousin® Corporation of America
Open jump ring, 4 mm, silver (2) Cousin® Corporation of America
Oval link chain, 18”, silver (1 link) Cousin® Corporation of America
Round nose jewelry pliers
Round toggle clasp, silver (1) Cousin® Corporation of America
White fabric, 2 x 6”
Wire cutters
Scissors

Fold the fabric so it measures 1 by 6 inches and then gather the open end with the needle and thread.  With the needle and thread still attached, curl the gathered material into a flower shape.  Stitch the fabric to hold the shape of the flower.  Sew the flat-side freshwater pearl in the center of the flower.

Stitch one closed jump ring on the left-back side of the flower and one closed jump ring on the right back side of the flower.  These closed jump rings will be used to attach the flower to the bracelet.

Use the wire cutters to remove the heads from ten of the head pins. 

Create a loop in one side of the first head pin with the round nose jewelry pliers. Slip the Almond Pearl Elegance™ on the head bead pin onto the head pin and then create a loop in the opposite end of the head pin.  Repeat this step nine more times to create a total of ten beaded links.

Use the flat head jewelry pliers to open one loop in the first beaded link to attach it to the second beaded link.  Do this four more times so that five beaded links are attached.  Attach a 6 mm open jump ring the last loop at the end of the beaded strand.  Repeat this step.

Attach the 6 mm open jump ring in the first beaded strand to the closed jump ring on the left side of the flower. Attach the second beaded strand in the same manner.

Use the 4 mm open jump rings to attach the toggle clasp to the ends of the bracelet.

Follow the directions in the Tim Holtz® Idea-ology Type Charms kit to create a personalized charm.

Remove one of the links from the oval link chain and then use it to attach the Tim Holtz® Idea-ology Type Charm to the 6 mm open jump ring on the right side of the flower.

These instructions are for personal use only.


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Mother's Day Card with Upcycled Fabric Leaves


Upcycled fabric leaves on a Mother's Day card?  That's right.  Not only the leaves, but the tiny white babies breath as well.  

While they may be too faded or outdated for your home decor, they are perfect for greeting cards for that vintage look.  

To clean the flowers and leaves, wipe them with a clean, damp washcloth and then let them dry.  They are now ready to use in your work. 


It seems when I work with Viva Decor products, my work becomes sophisticated and feminine.  The flower is my same flower pattern that was published in a Scrap and Stamp Arts Magazine article earlier this year.   If you don't have a copy of the magazine, you can find it online at Scott Publications. 

I use watercolor paper to make my cards.  Yes, many of us use scrapbooking cardstock, but I find that 140 pound (hot and cold press) watercolor paper makes my work look richer.   The paper has more body than regular cardstock.  So, for important cards (Mother's Day, Weddings....) I use watercolor paper. 


The watercolor papers that I use are sold in large sheets, but smaller pads will work too.   The flower is created with the 140 pound hot pressed watercolor paper, which is a smoother paper and better when using rubber stamps.

I used Viva Decor's Paper Soft on the flower.  Then I used their Transparent Gloss Gel to highlight the stamped images.  The petals are edge in Inka Gold Ink wax.  The wax, when dry, gives a great shine to the edge of the flower.

I also used the Inka Gold on the edge of the green background paper.  I used Light Moss Paper Soft to stamp the image and then to color the edge of the torn watercolor paper.  The gold edge gives the card an elegant feel.  Almost an old-world feel.   I used both the Rose and Light Moss colors  on the rubber-stamp tag.  

I used their Peridot Light Green Glitter Liner on the leaves on the card. I like the shine that the soft-colored glitter gives the leaves.  Their cream Pearl Pen was used to create the cream dots on the card. 

Aleene’s® Original Tacky Glue® from ILovetoCreate™ is used to glue everything together. 


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