Circle & Dot Flowerpot Design-A-Wall TMNT Party Rainbow Fish Geometric Photo Frame

Got Coffee? Necklace

Friends, I am super-duper excited to share today’s project with you.  I got to play with two new “toys” to make it, a doming block and a brand new font, and I’m loving how it turned out.  I hope you love it as much as I do…

Coffee Lovers Necklace

Materials:
- 1 lb Brass Metal Stamping Hammer
- Steel Stamping Block
- ImpressArt Alphabet Stamp Set: Juniper Lowercase
- 7/8″ Circle Soft Strike Aluminum Blank
- Wooden Doming Block
- Two-Hole Punch
- Painter’s Tape
-
 Black Permanent Marker
- Jewelry Polishing Cloth
- Sculpey Premo! Burnt Umber
- Sculpey Tool Set
- Mod Podge Gloss
- Jump Ring
- Needle Nose Pliers
- Necklace Chain

Before I start the tutorial, I just want to say that I know this supply list looks pretty long, but the reality is, once you invest in metal stamping supplies, most of these things will already be a part of your permanent stash.  When you get started and purchase basic tools like your stamping block, hammer, and an alphabet set, you’ll always have those things to use over and over again.  It’s an initial investment, but it really pays off as you’re able to make tons of personalized jewelry for yourself and your loved ones!

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Cat Bookmark

Well, friends, due to our family’s allergies I never thought I’d be a cat owner, but lo and behold, it looks like Fuzzy is here to stay!  So far, our allergies are mostly at bay and she’s slowly but surely making herself right at home.  I’m kind of in love with her…I mean, you saw her furry little face…how could anyone not be?  So, as I was playing around with some wire and jewelry tools this weekend, I made myself this cute little cat bookmark.  What do you think?

Hammered Wire Cat Bookmark

TIME REQUIRED: 10 minutes
DIFFICULTY LEVEL: easy
SPECIAL TOOLS/SKILLS: basic wire working

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Metal Stamped Washer Necklaces

Friends, you all know that I love creating all types of projects; everything from crochet to painting and sewing to using the Silhouette Cameo.  But I’d have to say that my all time favorite kind of creating to do is jewelry making.  I particularly enjoy projects that incorporate metal stamping because it allows me to make things that are so incredibly personalized.  I’m always looking for new design ideas, so I thought I’d share with you a basic design style I recently used for two similar yet unique necklaces for people I love.

Metal Stamped Washer Necklaces

Stamped Washer Necklace

The basic design is that you stamp around a washer, then you stamp on a smaller charm and attach the two together.  I used the same core supplies for both of these necklaces, with just a few variations to make them personalized for the recipients.

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Our #HappiMess: Circle & Dot Flowerpot

 

Here in the Artsy Family, we are expert mess makers!  When hubby and I first got married, I intended to keep everything in the house neat and clean at all times…but then I realized I had to choose between that and actually enjoying life.  You see, I’m happiest when I’m creating something {a trait Little Crafter has inherited too}…and creating almost always means a messy process. Sometimes it means there are beads and wire covering the floor.  Sometimes it means there’s paint all over the table {and our hands}.  Sometimes it means finding glitter literally everywhere.  Our messes take a lot of different forms, but they always mean the same thing: we had a blast!

Take this one, for example.

happimess

 

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Easy DIY Cat Toy

Hey, friends!  If you follow along on Facebook or Instagram, you already know the Artsy Family’s big news…we got a cat!!  Her name is Fuzzy and we had absolutely no intention of getting any cat as of last week this time.  We were visiting some friends on Saturday night for our fantasy football draft when they started talking about one of their cats; they received her from her elderly owner who had passed away, and their son was being too rough with her and making her unhappy.  She also happened to be hypoallergenic!  They said they needed to re-home her and asked if we were interested…were we ever!  She’s a real sweetheart and a fun addition to our family.  Here’s a fun little toy LC helped me make for her to welcome her to our home!

DIY Cat Toy

Materials:

- Oly*Fun {you can substitute felt or fabric}
- Scissors
- Polyester fiber fill
- Catnip
- Ribbon or yarn
- Google eyes
- Thread and sewing machine {you can also do a no-sew version}
- Hot Glue Gun and Glue

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