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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Purple, Gold and Bling

Hello and good morning!

Warning, this post today is photo heavy.

Today is a new challenge over at Tuesday Alchemy - Challenge 41 Anything But a Card.  Do you KNOW how fun that is?  The sky's the limit, and the prizes are awesome.

4 Digital Stamps
3 Digital Stamps

So hop on over and start crafting.  You have until Monday, Nov. 26 at NOON Pacific to submit your project, Anything But a Card!  (You may enter as many times as you wish and combine with as many challenges as you wish, too!)

My "anything" this week is the jewelry I make for my cards, specifically, hat or stick pins.  Not all of them wear a pin, but I'm starting to use them more because let's face it, no matter how pretty the face, doesn't it look a little better wearing a bit of jewelry?  

You'll have to forgive the dreadful green tomato pincushion, it was the best I could find, which tells me I need to make my own - something tall (in a wineglass maybe?) and lacy and elegant in which to hold my sparkly bits.  It would be decorative all by itself.  Now on to the pins...

The variety can be endless when you make your own.  Some of mine are short, made on pearl-head dressmaker's pins, some are 3" long, and some as yet to be made will be 5" long.  Now THAT'S some serious pinnage.  I've only just received those long ones in the mail and will be starting on them later this week.
Isn't this little pig cute?  But hmmm, to whom can I send a card with a PIG on it?  
I love these copper angel wings.

Dominoes - how fun!

I often add a charm to the pin.

And now for an example of how to use them.  The colors used on this card are for the current CR84FN color challenge to use plum, gold and tan.  (There's a wee bit of tan around the edges of all that purple!) 

You need to make sure that the embellishment behind which you stick these pins is secured to the card tightly so the pins won't become too heavy and try to lean or fall off the card.

 I made this pin specifically for this card, which was made for a couple (well, three actually) challenges today.  Believe it or not, I didn't have a single pin in my stash that would fit, but since they go together in minutes, it wasn't a problem.  These pins are very relaxing to make - the hardest part is deciding which blend of beads, gems and/or findings to use!

The base layer has been embossed with a snowflake ef and then brushed with gold pigment ink on a sponge dauber.  The squares are two layers consisting of a bottom layer of gold glitter CS and the top layer of purple CS embossed with an overall snowflake design, then again brushed with gold pigment paint.

The snowflake is a two layer die cut from the gold glitter paper, and the sentiment is a tiny Dienamics tag.  The bow is seam binding from my stash.

The pin in all of its glory.  These pieces really do finish a card nicely.  And they are so easy.

So thank you for joining me today, and I hope you find time to go check out Tuesday Alchemy and make your own "anything" for the Anything But A Card challenge!

Happy crafting!!


Paper: SU Elegant Eggplant, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, gold glitter CS
Ink: gold pigment ink
Stamps: SU Teeny Tiny Wishes
Accessories: SU Northern Flurry and Snow Burst EFs, SU square and postage stamp punches, Dienamics Mini Wavy Pennants and Let It Snowflakes dies; seam binding, sponge dauber, custom stick pin.

Challenges entered:

CR84FN Color Challenge #67 - Plum, Gold Tan
Pause Dream Enjoy Challenge #46 - Thank You Project
The Sweetest Thing SSSC172 - Sketch



Anonymous said...

OMGoodness. Those pins, Shea, ALMOST make me want to get into another addiction. Nope, can't do it, but I can enjoy yours. They DO add so much to your cards.

Mum of 4 said...

All those pins are just beautiful and they add soooo much to your cards. I look forward to seeing your cards with the pins attached. This card is just beautiful with the purple and gold! TFS!!!

Kimie said...

Me, me, me! I would love that pin with the pig on it. :) LPL Those pins are really gorgeous, especially the last one with the charm. Your card is gorgeous too with with the purple and gold. MWAH!

Mona L. Pendleton said...

Beautiful card! I love the fancy stick pin and beautiful layered snowflakes! The snowflake background looks fabulous! Thanks for joining along with CR84FN :)

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

Like the stick pin & wonderful snowflake look to your thank you card. I won some stick pins awhile ago and need to make something to use them on. Thanks for entering Pause Dream Enjoy Thanks challenge.
"Sunshine HoneyBee"
PDE DT Group B

Sue Lelli said...

Shea, LOVE the pin you designed for your card and all of those GORGEOUS snowflakes! Such a PRETTY card! THX for playing with us at CR84FN!

Patty K said...

Gorgeous Shea! Love those pins!

Vickie Z said...

You embraced these colors wonderfully! Love all your stickpins and the one you created for the card is perfect! Thanks for playing at CR84FN!!

Deborah Frings said...

The snowflake flurry with the golden shine is just lovely! And the stick pin is fab! Thanks for playing along with CR84FN this week!

MackieMade Paper Creations said...

Your pin is so beautiful! It looks fabulous with the gold snowflake! Pretty card! Thanks for joining us this week at cr84fn!

mum of two said...

What a beautiful card. I love the embossing and the pin is the perfect touch. Thanks for playing with us this week at Pause Dream Enjoy's "Thank You" challenge. Hope to see you again soon :)


Laine Kammeraad said...

Wow Shea - all your pins are so pretty. Its so wonderful to have you as a DT member with TA. I love your blog - am now a follower.

Hugs and smiles


By the way I am having a blog candy give away if you would like to join in.

Colorado Crafter said...

May I ask where you buy the findings and beads for your pins? I thought I was going to make some of these pins and bought some beads and things at Michaels, Hobby Lobby and Joann's, but WOW, your beads are so pretty! Did you have to order them from some bead supply place or did I just miss things that pretty at my local craft stores??? Your card is so pretty... I love the gold on the embossing as well as the pin!

Shea said...

Hi Colorado Crafter! Thank you for the compliment! I bought most of my findings from two wholesale online sources - and They will have just about everything you could want. The stickpins themselves, however, came from manyhorses.come. Good luck and I hope to see your pins in blogland!

Colorado Crafter said...

Hi again!

Thanks so much for sharing your bead sources!!! I've heard of Fire Mountain Gems, but not the others. I will definitely check all of them out! I don't have a blog yet, but maybe one of these days. Thanks again!!!

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