Thursday, July 3, 2014

3 Patriotic Washi Tape Coasters


4th of July is my favorite Summer Holiday. I love to decorate my home with Sparkles, Stars and Stripes. I wanted to create Red, White and Blue coasters to bring some Patriotic Spirit to the outdoors.

One of my favorite Craft Supply is Washi Tape. On a trip to my favorite discount store; I stumbled upon a Patriotic Themed Washi Tape package. Along with my current Washi Tape stash, I decided to create two sets of Patriotic Washi Tape Coasters.

Here is what you will need to make your own coasters.

Materials:
  • 4 - 4" Square Ceramic Tiles; purchased at Home Depot for 16 cents each.
  • Patriotic Washi Tape
  • Patriotic Graphics or Clip Art
  • Contact Paper
  • Tracing Paper
  • Mod Podge/Foam Brush
  • Pair of Tweezers
  • Felt sheets
  • Pinking Shears
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Polyurethane - I used Minwax Clear Satin
  • Small Paint Brush

Instructions:
1. Clean your tiles with bathroom cleaner to get rid of any dust. Let the tiles dry completely.
2. Begin adding your choice of Washi Tape across the tiles; slightly overlapping the stripes.
3. Select the Graphics you wish to trace and use as your tile's foreground. I found mine online.

If you wish to use my images, click on the right arrow to download and print the file.




4. Trace your Graphics using the Tracing and Contact papers by creating layers. Lay the contact paper with backing facing up; add tracing paper and finally your graphics.


5. Flip Contact paper over. Apply Washi tape to cover your traced graphics. I found it helpful to insert a blank sheet of printer paper under your contact paper to make it easier to see your traced lines.


6. Cut your graphics around the traced lines. I used the tweezers to separate your traced images from the contact paper.


7. Begin adding your contact paper images to your tiles.
8. For extra durability, apply 2-3 coats of Polyurethane all over the tiles. Let dry between coats.
9. I glued felt squares to my tiles to protect my furniture from the tile's harsh bottom. Using a tile as a guide trace and cut felt squares to fit each tile.


I love how my Patriotic Coasters turned out. My favorite one is the Firecracker one.  What's yours??? I hope you find some inspiration from this project and give this tutorial a try.

Happy 4th of July...



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Sunday, May 25, 2014

21 8th Annual Bead Soup Reveal

Welcome To My First Bead Soup Blog Party....

I am super excited to share my creations as a participant of the 8th Bead Soup Blog Party. To learn more about what a Bead Soup Blog party is all about click HERE.

First of all, I wish to apologize to my partner Lori Callahan and our Host Lori Anderson for my late reveal.

My partner Lori sent me an array of seed, glass beads, an incredible Pendant and a Beautiful Button I used as my clasp.

This was the Bead Soup I received from Lori.....


For my first piece, I created a necklace. I decided to add some sparkle to the Pendant by adding Seed and Firepolished beads embellishments and created a Bail using Crossweave Technique. The neck strap for this necklace is a Seed and Firepolished Spiral Rope.




The Necklace's clasp consists of a beaded closure made from the Beautiful Glass button with a basic loop closure.


My second piece is a pair of earrings using Peyote Stitch plus Seed and the cute Star glass beads included in my Soup.


I made a second pair of earrings using Bead Crochet plus Seed and the wonderful Glass Bead mix received with my Soup. The basic construction consisted of 5 seed beads, 1 focal bead repeats; worked into loops.


My last piece is a Bead Crochet bracelet using the same bead repeats as for the earrings.


I had fun participating and creating these jewelry pieces. I hope my partner Lori likes what I created with her wonderful Bead Soup. Please visit Lori's Blog to view the wonderful pieces she created.

Finally, Here is the Participant Link List. Please visit some of these blogs. You will be amazed by the wonderful jewelry creations. Also, visit the 8th Bead Soup Blog Party Pinterest Board.

Happy Beading!!!!


Thursday, March 20, 2014

5 8th Annual Bead Soup Blog Party

The 8th Annual Bead Soup Blog Party is on its way..... There have been so many interesting and beautiful Soups sent and received. The choices of Focal, Clasps, components and color schemes are amazing. I can't wait for the Reveal Day to see all the wonderful creations...


I am so excited to be participating for the first time in Lori Anderson's Bead Soup Blog Party. I have been partnered with Lori Callahan. Our partnership is special as I am the first Jewelry Maker Lori has met online who resides in the same State.

Lori started Jewelry making in the late 70's, after landing her first job at a Bead Shop. Lori's latest passion is Bead Embroidery. She loves this beading method and has created a few pieces that have encouraged her to continue perfecting the skill...

Lori and I have been chatting online about our passions, family and life itself. She shared two of her Facebook Jewelry photo albums. Her jewelry work is beautiful. This is one of my favorite pieces... The color scheme of this Necklace is amazing!!


Come visit Lori's Facebook page HERE to see more of her beautiful Jewelry.

Lori sent me a wonderful Bead Soup, including a beautiful Metal Filigree Pendant. The Clasp she chose is a beautiful Shank Button, which complements the rest of her Soup components. Here is the Soup I received from my partner Lori....


I decided on a Summer Themed Soup for Lori and am thrill to know she has wanted to create some Beach Themed Jewelry. My soup included an ABALONE Shell Pendant, along with Amber Glass Starfish, Aqua Shell Nuggets, Glass rounds and various Seed Beads... Here is the Soup I sent Lori.


I hope Lori has fun with my Soup Ingredients.
I can't wait to begin creating my piece.

Happy Beading!!!


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