Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year... finally!

Well, the new year is here and I  for one, am excited.
I hope you are too.
The year has been interesting.
Thank you so much my dear friends for staying for the year, for sharing your love and your hearts, and for giving me a reason to keep writing.
I am better for knowing all of you!
Thank you!

I have been playing with some new things. New year, new things, I started early. 
I thought these were very fun and I thought you might like to try too.

This is like scrapbooking jewelry... woooooooooooo whoooooooo.
I knew my boatloads of fun with Jodi would lead to something like this.
I also like it because it is one of the bib necklace findings I just loaded in to my HoardersCloset Etsy store here for gold,
and here for silver,

That is the finding right there in the background above with no decorations on it.
I have had these for years and I have added clay to them and that is fun, but this is cool because I can use all of my newly collected scrapbook and paper supplies on these too.

Here is a pic of some of the things I used on the necklace, plus some scrap book paper.

You will need:
1 brass or silver tone crescent
Chain necklace with clasp and jump rings
Scrap book paper 
Gel medium- soft gel
1/4" flat brush
jewels and metal bits
glossy accents
glitter glue
Distress inks
foam applicator
clay pieces
assorted goodies and beads
Distress ink
paper doilies
Glass rhinestones and cabs
Anything else you think might look wonderful on here

I started with one of the brass crescents   

Cut a piece of paper that is bigger than the crescent.

Glob on gel medium, with flat brush, on to the front of the crescent.

Turn over the crescent and place it on top of the paper.
Pick up the both of them and press the paper on.
The gel will squish out around the edges
Set this aside and let the gel dry for a little bit.

Cut off the paper below the loop on the crescent.

Like so. Do both sides.

After it has dried a little cut the excess paper around the crescent.

It should look something like this.
I go around the edges and press the edges to the crescent.

Now I cover a paper doily with metallic ink and let it dry or heat set it with a heat gun.

Now I distress the edges of the paper on the crescent with walnut stain Distress Ink.

This colors the edges of the paper so they are not stark white besides giving the paper on the front a nice soft antiqued look. I love this ink!!

I love the way this looks.

I place the doily over the crescent to see where I want it to go and then cut a section out.

Cut a section to go on one end also, I liked it like that.

I put a layer of gel on to the end where I am going to place the piece of doily and then paint the gel on the back of the doily and place the piece where I want it to go.

Place gel on the back of the other piece and place it where you want it.

Put gel on top of that one.

I set it aside and let it dry on the crescent. Because of the curve of the crescent I lift it upon something (scissor covers) so the edges down.

When dry cut, away the excess doily.
Like so.

With Crafter's Pick Ultimate or E-6000 Glue on your bits.

I had to throw in some clay. I only use a little glue in the centers of the butterflies the glue seems to press out to the edges when I press them down on the paper.

At this point I just start filling up the base with stuff, rhinestones, flowers, keys and other assorted things.
I haven't finished this but I will post it when I do.

Have fun with this. I would love to see what you do.
Have a great 2012, much prosperity, health, and peace for us all.
Blessings all over you all.


  1. Marie: I very seldom get to commenting but I must tell you I so enjoy your blog. Your sharing of techniques and projects and your personal insights are always a joy. Today was the day to stop and take time to say Thanks you so much. Hope 2012 is super for you and your family. Oma Linda

  2. Thank you for the great tutorial! Awesome, as usual. May you and yours have a healthy and peaceful new year. -Marlene

  3. oooh, gold nailpolish.

    marie, i'm reading this and thinking i'd be lost getting that paper glued properly. you are a whiz!

    happy happy new year. looking forward to all the trouble we can get into :^)


  4. Hi Marie ;o) Happy New Year ;o) Here's to a great 2012!!! I always love everything you share! You are so talented!!!

  5. Winner, winner, winner!!!

  6. Wow Marie that is great!! Happy new year.

  7. What a fantastic tut. Thanks for sharing this with us in great detail.

  8. Wonderful tips! Cant wait to try this out :) Happy new year!

  9. Marie please go to my blog to see what I created with your steampunk cab.
    Hope you are happy with the results

  10. Thanks petoskystone, I am churning in the brain seeing more ideas.
    These could be journal jewelry.

  11. Thank you FimoeArames. I thought it was a good one, I could hardly wait to share it.

  12. Awwwwwwwwww my dear Linda, thank you so much!! You made my year and I am so grateful for our experience together.

  13. Thanks Marlene, may your new year be filled with all you have wished for me x 10!!

  14. I made that polish my self kj!!
    Don't you love it??
    I can make tons of colors too.
    So fun!!
    This is not hard to do and I bet even you could do this.
    I am trying to stay out of trouble this year...choking... on my tea.
    Well, I almost said it with a straight face!!

  15. Thank you Stacy!! I hope you have a wonderful New Year!!

  16. Thanks Anonymous, I did win that bottle cutter.
    This tutorial is also a winner in my book.
    I can not wait to play with more.

  17. Thanks Woodwife you have a wonderful new year too!!

  18. I would love to see Ling!!
    Let me know how it goes.
    Happy New Year to you, dear!

  19. On my way!! I am sure it will be gorgeous!

  20. Hi Marie,

    Thanks for visiting my blog the other day -- you always leave the best comments. :)

    This necklace is just gorgeous -- what a great idea, too. If I ever get around to do something similiar to it, I will be sure to let you know. In any case, you are a true inspiration!


    PS: I am SO glad that you won the glass cutter, as I know that you will actually use it a lot. :) CONGRATS!


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