With Sympathy Masculine Colors Card

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Sending a sympathy card is usually done under pretty crummy circumstances, but acknowledging someone’s loss can be very meaningful. I designed this sympathy card in neutral, and what I would consider masculine, colors to really be a card you could send to anyone.

I started by picking out a few brownish-gray papers to layer and cut these down to size. Then I picked a stamp with the “With Sympathy” sentiment. I like the contrast of the swirly design and simple background together.

I decided to stamp in VersaMark and emboss with clear embossing powder. I love the way the embossing turned out. Adding the heat turned the clear powder a lovely darker shade of the tan paper, making it stand out, yet being understated at the same time.

If you need a sympathy card, you can pick up one of these in my Etsy shop, Sarcastic Squirrel.

Chunky Rose Gold Glass Bead Memory Wire Bracelet

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Rose gold has been popular for a while now, but I think this is only the second rose gold piece I’ve made!

These glass beads have a pretty, shiny, metallic rose gold finish. They’re a little bigger and heavier, making this almost like a cuff bracelet, but with the security of a memory wire bracelet. You won’t have to worry about this one falling off! This bracelet can definitely be worn for casual or formal situations, and while it is bigger and chunkier, it is simple and plain enough to be worn with other stacking bracelets.

Because this bracelet is memory wire and doesn’t have a size, it makes a perfect gift for anyone who loves easy, versatile jewelry. You can find more information about this bracelet in my Etsy shop!

Card for Wisdom Teeth Removal

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A few days ago, my husband had his wisdom teeth removed. I think dental work is pretty anxiety-filled for most people, so I wanted to make something for him that would make him smile. Usually when I sit down to make a card I have an occasion or sentiment in mind, but 9 times out of 10 I have absolutely no idea what exactly I’m going to make. This time was no exception. And here’s the outcome!

I started out by creating a print and cut file in Silhouette Studio. I found the tooth vector on my favorite site for free graphics – pixabay. I added the little smiley faces because…these were happy teeth. I picked out a font for the “Farewell!” sentiment and sent all of these items to print and cut. Once I had all the pieces cut, I decided the teeth needed a little something. I drew the tiny halos in glue on some scrap paper and covered with gold glitter. When the glue had dried, I cut around the halos and arranged the card with all the pieces I had cut.

I needed an envelope and thought I would put a little decoration on it. I used the same tooth design and added the “RIP” text. I decided to use my Silhouette sketch pens to draw this design on the envelope.

Finally, and I don’t have a great picture of this, I used print and cut again on some sticker paper to create a sticker to hold the envelope closed. I used the tooth shape one more time, and this time added some angel wings to the tooth in Gimp.

I LOVE how this card turned out – it just cracks me up, and is the weirdest card I think I’ve ever made.

If you know someone having their wisdom teeth removed and want to send them a smile, you can find this card in my paper shop, Sarcastic Squirrel.

Have you ever made a card…for TEETH?! 😀

Bright Fall Colors Czech Glass Memory Wire Bracelet

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How fun is this bracelet?! These beads were called the “Summer” pack, but I think they look more like fall.

I love the way these rectangular-ish beads lie against the wrist in a pretty, low profile. Bright colors combine with a few subtle flashes of metallic finish to give this bracelet a unique look. With so many colors, you can wear this bracelet with anything, although I think the colorful palette makes it lean a bit more casual.

I’ve got this piece listed in my Etsy shop if you’d like to take a closer look! Bonus? It’s only FIVE BUCKS!

Seriously…I think you need this bracelet.

Black Star Charm Bracelet

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I really love these charm chain bracelets, and this one is a little different. I usually make these in silver or gold, but I tried something new with this black star bracelet.

I’m not sure it’s quite my style, but is definitely fun to wear when I want an edgier look, and is perfect to wear with a ton of other bracelets. I think this will be a nice complement to some of my Halloween jewelry.

Do you have an edgier piece you keep in your collection, just for those special looks?

Amber Colored Glass Bead Memory Wire Bracelet

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This is a newer piece I have listed in my Etsy shop, and I think it is the perfect summer-to-fall piece.

Yellow, orange, brown and gold tones come together to create an overall amber color. This color arrangement reminds me of changing fall leaves. I know that’s been nearly a constant theme with me lately, but I am so ready for fall!

These beads are supported by gold plated memory wire. They are a bit chunkier than some of my other pieces, giving almost a cuff bracelet effect. The bracelet is big enough to be a statement piece, but not overwhelming. I love these glass beads because they look appropriate for both casual and more formal outfits.

If you’re interested in checking out this piece in my shop, click here!

Thank You Card

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Another card to share today, this time a thank you card.

I love this background stamp from Hero Arts and decided to spice it up a little bit by heat embossing with a glittery gold!

To tone down the shiny I used shades of red for the sentiment. The “Thank You” sentiment is stamped in red ink, then heat embossed with clear embossing powder. I left heat on the embossing powder longer than normal to give the finish a matte look instead of the shiny finish you typically get from heat embossing. This matte finish on the red cardstock makes a nice juxtaposition against the glittery background.

This was a nice, simple project for a card in a hurry. I will definitely be using this great background stamp again!

Orange Earrings for Fall

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These simple but sparkly earrings are a perfect fall accessory! While they’re an obvious choice for Halloween wear in such a vibrant orange color, I think they would look really great for Thanksgiving, too. They are also the perfect color to support my alma mater, and now that it’s college football season I’ll be wearing my pair every Saturday!

These earrings have been my best seller since revamping my Etsy shop and product line. I think it’s because they’re sort of the Goldilocks of earrings – just enough sparkle, just enough dangle, nothing too crazy or over the top.

These leverback ear wires are my favorite type, too. No more losing earrings (trust me, that’s a thing – at least for me – and these ear wires brought that to an abrupt halt).

What do you think of these fun fall earrings?

Boo!

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I love making these little 3″ x 3″ cards for sending quick notes or as gift tags. I’ve been working on making some for Halloween, and in the same spirit of yesterday’s post, I wanted to share this cute card!

I started by heat embossing the polka dot stamp using VersaMark and clear embossing powder, then adding the silver glitter tape (reinforced with some Tombow permanent tape adhesive), glittery Boo! sticker, and the cute mummy sticker.

This little mummy is probably my favorite sticker of all time.

BOO!

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Halloween Memory Wire Bracelet

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Whoooops. While getting ready for my first craft show (yay!), I missed a few days of posting, so I’ll be making up those posts over the next few days.

I am in FULL ON fall mode now. That means I’m also really into Halloween jewelry right now. I love using not just orange and black, but also lime green and purple for Halloween colors, and this bracelets uses all of those colors.

The tiny skull charm with rhinestone eyes is a cute finishing touch on this piece.

I usually lean more towards jewelry pieces that are multi-use – not very trendy or seasonal – but this bracelet screams Halloween and I can’t wait to wear it! You can order your own Halloween memory bracelet from my Etsy shop for only $9!