Summer Craft Project

In This Post:
Crafting Summer Fun
Free Digital Download
Brienne Higgins - My Cousin, The Writer
Blog Hop Reminder - Giveaways

Crafting Summer Fun
June Designer Connections Blog Hop: Patriotic Necklace
 Summer is the best time for crafting outdoors.  Your craft projects should be manageable so you are not using a suitcase to haul your craft supplies from your craft space to your patio.  Look for projects that are portable, can be easily created, and still maintain the high-quality results that you desire.

This patriotic jewelry necklace is perfect for that alfresco-crafting experience because it meets all of the above criteria.  There are a few supplies needed, it’s fast and easy to make, and the results are chic.  

There are times when crafters will use double-stick tape to create rosettes like the ones in this necklace.  I use Aleene’s® Original Tacky Glue®, from ILoveToCreate because it gives the rosette strength and provides a strong bond.  Yes, the people from I Love To Create™ do provide me with Aleene’s® Original Tacky Glue® for my projects, but I do purchase this glue for my personal projects and for my Mom’s house.  This is my “go-to” glue for paper crafting.

 Digital Download

The digital version is a four-page PDF that can be read on computers and mobile devices.  To view these PDFs, you will need a PDF reader, which can be downloaded.  

Your digital issue is just for you, and has been customized with your name. Please respect my copyright. Do not upload them to any other website or forward them to others.   Instead, share my blog link with others and let them download their own customized issue.

The printed version can also be purchased for a small price from Magcloud.  

Brienne Higgins
My Cousin, The Writer
Everyday life can be quite interesting, even when it’s routine.  My cousin, Brienne Higgins, is a very talented new writer whose column on will captivate you.

Her unique way of thinking about being a wife and mother, whether or not you agree with it, is very entertaining.  She has a fresh point of few that will make you want to read more of her work.  Make sure to bookmark her column and visit it regularly because you will want to read every word.  

This is the description from her column:
“Brienne Higgins is a new wife and mother with very unique and honest insights on the good, bad, and real aspects of family life. She has one 5 month old little boy and another child on the way. She knows the real concerns and situations of the modern wife and mother.” -

Check her column out now at:

Looking for a unique gift for someone, or need something new for an upcoming event?   Check out my new tutorials at  Each tutorial has a materials list, step-by-step instructions, and detailed photographs to help you create a special piece of wearable art.

The tutorials can be found on Magcloud and can be purchased in two ways: in print or digital pdf.

The printed version is a high quality magazine format that uses 100# matte text stock.  

The tutorial is purchased and mailed directly to you by Magcloud. 

The printed version comes with a free digital copy of that same tutorial.  The digital version is a pdf that can be read on computers and mobile devices.  The file can be downloaded up to five times to view on different devices. 

Other Projects
I've been working on other projects this month

 --  A Journal and Bracelet   

The first photo is an inexpensive tablet that I've altered.  The second is a bracelet that I made for myself for a formal event that I attended.

Blog Hop Reminder - Giveaways
Make sure to visit all the other members of the Designer Connections Blog Hop to see their posts and projects.   You just may find giveaways or free downloads, you just never know what these talented designers are doing.   You will find many great ideas to inspire your summer crafting.  

And, when you visit their page, please make sure to leave a comment to let them know you were there and that you enjoy their work.  Like myself, these designers hope to inspire you to be creative through our projects and blog posts. 

New Designer Connection Blog Hop projects are posted the first Monday of every month.  Mark your calendars and make sure you visit every month for great projects.  You'll be happy you did!

Click on the link below to hop forward.


  1. Such a neat idea and I love all the additional freebies and pieces you are offering. Thank you so much for sharing your talents with the rest of us!

  2. Thanks, Jen, I appreciate it. It's my hope that those who have never made a necklace before will try it. Rosettes are SO much fun!

  3. The rosettes remind me of fireworks! Great job on your piece! Thank you for sharing the info on how to make it for others to be inspired.

    Wishing You Creativity,
    Suzann Sladcik Wilson

  4. You ARE the Queen, Carol. Love the idea of creating the paper rosettes for a necklace.

  5. Thanks for your kind comments, Everyone. Hope you had a great 4th!


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