Congratulations To My New Team Member!
First of all, I want to congratulate the recipient of the FREE Starter Kit…my newest Too Cool Demo Team member…Jodi Geers! I'm so excited that she is joining our team and I'm looking forward to helping her grow her stamping business! She told me that she already has a booking in the works! Woohoo! If you know Jodi, help her get her business off the ground by booking a second workshop with her during Sale-A-Bration!
Make & Takes Part 2
Yesterday, I posted about some of the fabulous Make & Takes we created on our last day of Leadership: Clearly For You Card, DVD Notebook Holder, and Springtime Vintage Brooch.
Today, is Part 2 of our Make & Takes, featuring beautiful Simply Adorned Jewelry!
Have you seen this line? It's on p189 of the current Idea Book & Catalog. It's a beautful selection of high quality chains and charms that can be decorated with your stamped artwork! Larger charms have beveled, tempered glass on the front and back, and all charms come with lobster clasps for secure attachment to a 24" or 34" chain or 8" bracelet.
Valentine's Amour Insert
Using our Clearly For You free set, we clear embossed the background on Basic Black for some shiny texture. Next we stamped on a sheet of Botanical Gazette DSP, tore the corner so the background would peek through, and curled up the edges for extra detail (click to enlarge).
We received a long piece of 5/8" Black Satin Ribbon to use as the chain for this one…I had never thought to use a ribbon instead of the chain. That's a great idea, especially if you want to save some money and focus on decorating the charms.
The back is just a simple stamp on more DSP. You could definitely spice up that side, too, but we only had so much time at our event!
Shimmering Blue Birds Insert
This insert is a great way to show how much room there is between the beveled glass panes in these charms! I used Dimensionals for the sentiment and it's layered on top of two pieces of ribbon. You can definitely create some amazing 3-D artwork in there!
The background was sponged with Baja Breeze and Crumb Cake. The stamps are from the Clearly For You set—they are the perfect size for this project!
We outlined the bird images with Crumb Cake Marker, then painted them with Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint to make them glisten (click to enlarge to see the detail). We added two 1-1/4" scrunched scraps of ribbon: Crumb Cake Seam Binding and Victoria Crochet Trim. Just another reason to save all your scraps!
I added this charm to a 24" chain that I had already purchased (I used the 34" one we received on the next project). I wanted you to see how nicely constructed the chains are! They are lightweight, yet very secure, with an easy-to-use toggle clasp and decorative clasp charm (the mini charm by the toggle).
We received the Trinket Key, Trinket Crown and Vanilla Pearl Bauble to decorate our chain, and those are all sold separately. As someone who used to create hand-made earrings with glass beads and crystals, I can tell you that these trinkets and baubles are very high quality and are competitively priced!
The matching back insert (at right) is another piece of Botanical Gazette DSP. I'll have to stamp something on it…it's way too plain!
Oh, I don't think I mentioned that each piece of Simply Adorned jewelry you receive comes beautifully packaged in a lovely, padded, brown box…
This is the box for the charm, but the chains and baubles all come in separate boxes, which makes it perfect if you want to give it as a gift! Stampin' Up! never goes half-way with their products! Awesome!
Springtime Vintage Monogram Necklace
This was the piece de resistance of the Simply Adorned Make & Takes! We created a pretty monogrammed insert (that also matches the Springtime Vintage Brooch), and a matching tied-ribbon, 34" chain! Love, love, love it!
We sponged and stamped with Baja Breeze, Rose Red and Crumb Cake, then added a Basic Black monogram from the Broadsheet Alphabet set.
Talk about scraps! We used the teeniest little bits of paper and Springtime Vintage Designer Fabric to make a mini collage! When I was tearing my paper, I noticed one piece said "The blossoming." "Blossom" is my word for the year! Too Cool! I had to add that to the top and it's my favorite part of this piece! Well, that and the Rhinestone bling!
The chain was fun to make, too! First , we weaved a long strip of Baja Breeze Seam Binding in and out of the links and tied off the ends. Then we tied ribbon and fabric—more scraps!—to the chain, and added the trinkets and bauble we had received (I just transferred them from the previous project—they are interchangeable!).
This one had another simple Springtime Vintage DSP back that will have to be jazzed up!
I had SO much fun creating our versatile jewelry! I was very surprised that the charm wasn't very heavy considering its size. I think it would make a fabulous Christmas ornament filled with photos or beautiful holiday stamped images.
What type of insert would you put in your Simply Adorned jewelry? Who would love to receive one of your Simply Adorned creations as a gift? Let me know in the Comments section!