Friday, October 14, 2011

Autumn Paper Bead Necklace

I'm really happy with the way this paper bead necklace turned out.  It's a generous 23"necklace strung onto stretch cord.  Two coats of polyurethane give the beads a smooth, high-gloss appearance.  I've put these up on Etsy ( and would love to send them to you!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Black and White Beads

My obsession with paper beads continues with these freshly-rolled black and white beauties.

The completed necklace is 18 inches finished with lime green glass beads.  Sunday afternoon fun!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Calendar Swap 2012

The new year will be here before you know it!  I know...we haven't even celebrated Thanksgiving or Christmas yet but it's the perfect time for a 2012 calendar swap.  These are four of my favorites.  All pages are acrylic painted cardstock.  The calendars are found here:

I slathered at least three different shades of paint on to each calendar page.  An old credit card is my tool of choice.

Embossing folders added texture.  I rubbed more acrylic paint over the pattern to make the design pop. 

The calendar is displayed in a CD cover and I discovered that the embossing added just enough bulk that the fit was a bit tight.  I pressed the calendar under several heavy books and now it fits better.

December features a collage image from Altered Pages.   A hand-drawn border adds additional detail to the image.   Fun swap!