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!

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Wedding Card for Cousin

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Over the holiday weekend, I had the great opportunity to celebrate my cousin’s wedding. It was such a nice ceremony, and it’s always fun to see family at these types of events. I wanted to give them a little gift, including a card with a personal touch, so I put this together!

I really love how it turned out. I couldn’t find a sentiment I really liked in any of the craft stores near me, but I was able to find this great sentiment (“Your wedding day may come and go, but may your love forever grow”) on a cling stamp on Amazon and it arrived just in the nick of time Friday afternoon – we were leaving at 5AM Saturday morning!

Since it was for a wedding I wanted it to have an elegant look, so I chose the frilly background stamp and heat embossed with Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder. If you look closely, the swirls create a bit of a heart pattern that I also thought was wedding appropriate.

However, the wedding was a more casual affair, so I wanted the formality level of the card to match the event. I think the burlap bow and “raw” congratulations stamp on the front of the card give it that more rustic feel, without making it too casual.

As a finishing touch I added a pink embossed heart on the back. I used a Copic Multi Liner pen in Sepia to sign the card to go along with the other colors in the card.

Overall I was thrilled with how this turned out and I hope they really love it, too! Have you ever made a wedding card?

I Love You Awesome Nerds

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I sat down at my desk last night, just to kind of mess around and see what came out of it. Well, I ended up with this card that is just cracking me up.

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I always love the combination of orange and blue since I went to the University of Illinois. Once I started painting the circuits I thought, “geez, this is really nerdy”. Did I mention I studied electrical engineering at U of I?

The “I love you awesome nerds” quote from Pitch Perfect popped into my head, and I thought it would be a great sentiment for the card.

Since I was already in Illini mode, of course I had to make the “I” in the sentiment the great block I that Illinois uses.

I absolutely love the way this turned out! What do you think?

I – L – L!

Glittery Fall Colors Glass Ball Ornaments

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OK, here’s the thing.

I LOVE GLITTER.

A lot. So, why not glitter up some ornaments?! I wanted to make something that would make a fun Thanksgiving tree/arrangement and came up with these colors. These sparkle like CRAZY! I used the floor polish + glitter instructions you can find anywhere online. I definitely prefer a finer glitter – you get a lot more shine out of a finer glitter as opposed to a chunkier type.

I also made the “tree” shown in the photos. I searched and searched for a cheap, generic tree that could be decorated for any season, not just Christmas. I couldn’t find anything, so I decided to make my own! I purchased some sticks from a craft store, but you could definitely just pick up some sticks from your backyard (not an option in the urban areas I’ve lived in!). I used floral foam secured to the bottom of a galvanized bucket, then filled the bucket with some awesome glittery/sequined fall floral filler. I really love the way the tree/bush turned out, and it’s surprisingly sturdy!

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Happy Labor Day!

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Happy Labor Day to those in the US! Labor Day is always a bittersweet holiday for me. I’m always sad to see the summer go, but with that comes excitement for fall. I absolutely love fall and winter, so I have a lot to look forward to as the seasons change.

I always associate Labor Day as a kind of patriotic day. I think that’s because growing up, I was in a ton of parades, and there were always so many flags in the parades! When I was little my dad would sometimes be in the parade and I would walk with him, and when I was older I was in the marching band. I always pause to think about my band director who would always take a moment before the parade to tell us a little bit about why we were celebrating the holiday. He was a really special teacher and mentor.

So, for my Livergood Makes of the day, I wanted to pick something kind of patriotic. This bracelet is subtly patriotic, and is also a great piece to show your team spirit for teams with red and blue colors. The red and blue dangles are glass charms on a nickel free silver bangle bracelet. I really love this style of bracelet because it’s so easy! Just latch it and go, no fighting with a clasp. I also like that this hooks “in” toward the wrist so it doesn’t get caught on clothing or other jewelry. The charms give a little sparkle, but not too much. Because it’s simple and dainty, it can be worn with anything, from the most casual to the most formal. I especially love to wear my bracelet to support my favorite baseball team! You can get more info about this bracelet here!

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Dainty Mossy Green Square Beads on Gold Chain Bracelet

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With Labor Day weekend comes the end of summer and unofficial beginning of fall (but dangit, I’ll wear white if I want to!). I LOVE this bracelet for fall. The mossy green beads and gold chain create a dainty, warm look.

Simple to wear on its own, or add to other bracelets for a layered look. The green beads have a bit of a antiqued, golden sheen to them which make them a little special.

I especially like this bracelet for the beginning of fall. The colors are very warm, and remind me of the trees before the leaves begin to turn. Get more info here!

Coral Seed Bead Stretch Bracelets

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Happy Labor Day weekend! As summer comes to a close, I still like to wear these coral colored seed bead bracelets. They’re just a dark enough color to work really well in this transitional season. I always get a little sad when I put these away for the season, so I’m hoping to get lots of wear out of these before it gets too cold! I think I’ll be able to get a little more wear out of them than usual since I’m now living in the warmer south.

Beachy Decor Glass Ornaments

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As summer comes to a close, I’m looking back on these ornaments I hand painted in beautiful beachy colors. I especially love the frosted, matte finish of these. That finish, to me, makes these look a little more rustic, beachy cabin, instead of in-your-face shiny ornaments.

While these would look beautiful on a Christmas tree, I actually prefer this type of look and ornament for other types of decor, like hanging from ornament stands as nursery or baby shower decor, or even ornaments on an Easter tree. Of course the sky is the limit when working with plain, solid colors like these! Find more info here!

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Colorful Bubble Glitter Embossed Thank You Card

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I have always loved stamping and making cards. Recently, I’ve become really interested in learning new card making methods, and wanted to share my first thank you card!

I recently had a birthday and wanted to thank my sister for the awesome gift she sent me. This is what I came up with!

I love using darker paper and a metallic or white gel pen to write my message inside.

Because I’m still feeling summery, with fall coming on strong, I wanted to keep this card colorful and bright. I used an embossing powder that was a black base with rainbow glitter to heat emboss the thank you’s. The glitter was a fun effect. I chose the red, green and blue bubble background paper to match the colors of the glitter in the embossing powder. I’m excited to create and share more cards in the future, and would really love to know what your favorite card making tips, tricks and methods are!

Blue Glass Starfish Wire Wrapped Ring

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This is a piece I made ages ago, and it’s certainly not my best work, but we all have to start somewhere, right? This is one of the first wire-wrapped rings I ever made, and I love the glass starfish bead.

The glass used for these starfish beads is so interesting. It has a little bit of a marbled effect. The particular bead shown is mostly blue, but has a bit of white and even some coppery red marbled throughout. Really unique and really pretty.

My biggest motivation for posting this ring I’m less than proud of is to post an update in a few months when I become a little more comfortable with wire wrapping, kind of like a before and after comparison.

Do you wire wrap? I’d love to hear your tips and tricks!