Good morning!  Hope y’all are doing well and staying out of trouble.  Me . . . not so much . . . trouble I mean!

I’ve been hard at work in the studio with Christmas and CHA projects, but not too much to share yet.  However, I do have a few things today.

The above bezel and a gift box . .  .


are both being featured on the Quietfire Creations Blog today.  All the details for both, along with more pictures, are over there.  Please hop over and leave me a comment so I know that you were there!  It’s one of those things . . . I was here and you weren’t, now you’re here and I’m not!

I’m off for the weekly weigh in at WW and some quality time with my sister!  Oh wait, I don’t think I’ve mentioned this.  I started going to Weight Watchers with my sister back in October . . . as of last week, I had lost 20 pounds.  I’m tired of seeing pictures of myself plastered all over the internet looking like a short little stump . . .  hoping to remedy that.  I guess one remedy is to never ever have my picture taken again (which I don’t always have control over); the other remedy is to actually do something for myself . . . get healthy!

Okay that’s it for me today.  Thanks for stopping by!


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Hello and welcome to the second Design-abilities blog hop!  We are the Spellbinders® Blog Team and we wanted to do something fresh, fun and creative to bring our team together.  But before we get started we want to let you know this blog hop is just for fun and creative inspiration.  We are not sponsored by Spellbinders Paper Arts®.

This is also the first hop that our new Blog Team Members will be participating in.  If you missed the announcement on Friday that Darsie Bruno and Michelle Woerner have joined the Blog Team, you can find it here!

Sometimes we might not all be able to participate but we would still encourage you to visit all of the Blog Team Members and check out their blogs.  You will find all kinds of ideas for die cutting, paper crafting, mixed media, DIY projects, jewelry, home decor, lots of tutorials and techniques.  As designers we are always inspired by each other and we hope to inspire you too.

Including me, the Spellbinders Blog Team consists of:

My project today is something that I’ve had in mind for a month or more now . . . It was just finding the time to work on them!   I need a few special gifts for the holidays (hostess, open houses, friends, etc.) and I’m hoping these will be perfect.


When I first thought about this projects, I first had in mind polymer clay.  I even purchased some while at Michaels one day.  Later it dawned on me that I since I had never worked with clay before, that I should stick with something that I had used often . . .  Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE).

I began by adding clear UTEE in the melting pot.  Once it was melted I added a small amount of white UTEE and let it melt thoroughly.  Once all the UTEE was melted, I added drops of Turquoise, Jade and/or Coral Melt Art Heat It Inks.   White UTEE was added to make the colors opaque as opposed to translucent.   I think I ended up making 3 different pots of colors, pouring the mixes into various bezels/hat pins from the Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ Line.


Beads were strung and added to the melt art pieces.  If I used a hat pin, the wire was snipped off and looped at the base of the hat pin.  Lobster claw clasps were used so these dangles could be hung from a key chain, a purse . . . or anywhere the recipient wished to hang them!


I loved the variations created by the colors added to the UTEE and hopefully you’ll be able to see them in the photos below.

Diamond CloseuP

If air bubbles rose on the surface, I heated the UTEE with the heat tool to melt the UTEE again and cover in the holes.

Oval Closeup

The best part of heating the UTEE again, was watching the different colors move about the bezel, creating more variation.

Rectangle CloseUP

The darker lines are made by some of the Heat It Inks not being mixed entirely in the pot and then coming to the surface during the second, or even third, melting.

Square CloseUP

I have one still on my desk that had a speck of red (that I truly thought was blood from a cut on my finger) and when it was re-melted, it ended up being the coral additive.  I’ll show that one to you later.

Needless to say, I had a great time making these and have plans for a few more . . . Melt Art is so darned addicting!

That’s all for me today!  Don’t forget to visit the other Blog Team Members and see what inspiration they have for us today.  I myself can’t wait to see what they’ve been up to!

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Good Monday morning!  The first time I saw the Graphic 45 Typography Collection, I knew that it was a must have.  Every time I look at the collection I envision something else that can be done.  My project today is one that I have been wanting to do since the collection came out  . .  for the gypsy in all of us!


My first instinct was to find some old crayons  . . . but then a pencil stub hit me . .  . so I had to go with both.


Please pardon the glare on this one, the ICE Resin® over the crayon was a little difficult to photograph.


Who can’t resist drawing outside the lines . . .


Some colorful beads to mimic Crayola colors and one of my crossword pencils.


I LOVE it and now that I see it on the screen . . . I’ve just thought of another way to create it!

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Good Monday morning!  I hope everyone had a great weekend and didn’t get into too much trouble.  I spent Saturday cleaning up the basement after the sump pump failure the week before (yes, we are still trying to get things moved around, stuff we don’t need tossed out, and more of the carpet out of the downstairs room of stash).   Sunday was household chore day  . . . and racing of course!

Last week was a busy week with lots of blog hops, etc., and on Saturday I not only had the Quietfire Design/Dreamweaver Stencil hop, but also had a post go live on the eP Blog.   Typically I give you more info over there, but I saved most of it for here today because most of the project was created with Spellbinders®.


The project can either be a wall hanging or with an easel back attached could be set out on a shelf.  I just received the Graphic 45 Typography Collection and couldn’t wait to make something with it.  Actually this is the first of a number of projects I have envisioned.  Love this collection!!

The base is lightweight chipboard (because its easy to die cut with Spellbinders die templates).  Three separate pieces were die cut for the bottom base and then three more for the top layer.  Once die cut, they were glued together to make a sturdier base so the project wouldn’t bend or warp.


The sentiment is from the Typography Collection which was cut out twice, with the top trimmed and placed with foam mounting tape over the full bottom sentiment.

TypographyHanging CloseUP

The flower was die cut/embossed with Bitty Blossoms.  The frame was made with Labels One.  The frame and the sentiment panels were all mounted on chipboard before cutting.  The embellishment is the new Circle Hatpin from the Spellbinders Media Mixage line.  I added some glitter and then poured ICE Resin® into the bezel.


That’s all I have today.  Hopefully I’ll be back in the next day or so (depending on studio time this week) with another project.

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Good morning!  Today is the 9th day of the Quietfire Design 9 Days of Christmas Event and today just happens to be my day.

I’ve made three cards for my post and you can see them all, along with complete instructions, on the Quietfire Creations Blog.

Here’s one of my projects in the series


but you will need to join me on the Quietfire Creations Blog to see all the rest.  I hope you’ll also check out what the other designers have done as well (just in case you’ve missed any of the other 8 days).  There are some gorgeous creations to look at!

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