My Etsy adventure begins

The past month or so has been extremely chaotic for my family. We had a death in the extended family, I had some health concerns that, thankfully, turned out to be minor, and work has been crazy busy with churning out content for several specials, including a month-long breast cancer awareness campaign. (Ladies, make sure to schedule your yearly mammograms!) And in between everything, I have started something rather scary… opening my own Etsy shop.

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Right now, I’ve just listed some of the jewelry I’ve made. I do enjoy making jewelry, but I don’t wear much of it myself, so otherwise, it would just sit in a box. I hope to soon add some crafting supplies such as resin pieces made from the various moulds I’ve collected, destash supplies, fairy artwork and handmade cards. But for now, it’s just jewelry.

I had an Etsy shop several years ago, selling cross stitch patterns. It was a bit successful, but I had to close it when Etsy changed their policies. I’ve revamped and renamed my shop to sell physical items now.

If you’d like to stop by, please visit my shop, CarolineByDesignTN. Thank you for your support and encouragement. I should be back to crafting in the next few weeks! 🙂

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Sparkling Swarovski

Since beginning my foray into jewelry making, I have discovered that I just love working with Swarovski crystals. Which isn’t really surprising. My mother collected Swarovski figurines when I was a child and we still have them lovingly displayed in their little cabinet. There’s just something breathtaking about seeing Swarovski crystals glitter in the light. But then, I’ve always been attracted to shiny things. Must have been a magpie in a former life.

I recently made some more jewelry to add to my “craft show” stash. Mostly earrings, but I did manage a bright blue necklace as well.

More jewelry making attempts

I’ve made a few more necklaces and other pieces since my last jewelry post. I’m hoping to open an Etsy shop soon, as well as gather enough stock to try my hand at a craft show closer to Christmas. Not sure if any of these will sell, but I’ve had fun making them, regardless. I don’t wear a lot of jewelry myself, but a couple of these pieces are keepers, I think.

 

Jewelry set using Swarovski flame gems

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Trying my hand at jewelry-making

I’ve been trying my hand at making jewelry lately. To teach myself, I’ve been following the free patterns over at Artbeads.com and I’m quite pleased with how everything has been turning out. These are some of my “learning” makes:

And now I’ve started making my own “patterns” for jewelry. Just a couple of memory wire bracelets and a necklace or two. But I have designs in my mind that I’m eager to try in the future.

I’m hoping to take most of these to a local craft fair soon!

3D cards with Spellbinders dies

Happy June! I can’t believe the month is half over already! My birthday was at the beginning of the month, so I treated myself to some new toys, including the 3D Vignette dies from Spellbinders. I’ve only played with two of them so far, but I am having a lot of fun with them. And I have so many ideas!

Best of all, they fold flat for mailing!

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Silent Night

The first one I tried was the Grand Arch die set. It’s a really cool set. I think it would spectacular with the scroll work cut all the way through, but I really wanted to use some of my favorite Memory Box dies to create a woodland scene. And I figured I might as well get a jump start on Christmas cards. It’s never too early, right? It’ll be here before we know it!

The beauty of these Memory Box dies is that they get progressively smaller, creating a tunnel-like effect. I cut all the layers in white for a snowy feel. I added the little church at the very back to give the illusion of distance. I inked it with Tea Dye Distress Ink just to have it stand out a little. The deer was also inked with Tea Dye, then edged with Vintage Photo. And just for a pop of color, I also added a red Cardinal to watch over the forest.

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Card with tea light placed behind vellum panel.

I die cut the back panel in vellum so I could add a battery-operated tea light behind it. It’s an amazing effect. I just wish I could capture it better in a photo!

For my next 3D card, I decided to make my dad’s Father’s Day card using the Grand Dome die set. I decided on a nautical theme as dad just loves messing around in boats.

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Father’s Day 2018

I cut my layers using papers from the St. Tropez collection by Prima. My focal images were all fussy cut from the lovely Sand & Sea collection from 49 & Market. I also added some Flower Soft for some scrubby beach grass and some twine around the posts for the salty ocean look. The final touches were adding some tiny starfish, Mini Art Stones and a couple of die cut seagulls.

I also made my first little video for this card. It’s not a tutorial — I’m not up to that point yet. But I wanted to show how the card folds flat for mailing.

I’m itching to try the Grand Cabinet die next!

NSD 2018 + Craft Fair Projects

National Scrapbook Day 2018 has come and gone, so I thought I’d share my makes for this year. I had planned on knocking out my mom’s Mother’s Day card early and work on other projects later in the day. Well… that did not happen. The card took all damn day. But it turned out pretty and I know she’ll love it, so it was worth it.

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Mother’s Day 2018

I did this card based on a Lawn Fawn YouTube tutorial. I used Lawn Fawn’s Fab Flowers the How You Bean? stamps and die sets to make this shaker card. I love getting Mom flowers, but they always die after a while, so this way, her card of flowers will last much longer. She still has last year’s Mother’s Day card on display, so I think she will like this one. And I ended up die cutting so many flowers, I had enough for two cards. The other I plan on adding to my craft fair stock.

Speaking of craft fairs, my goal this year is to attend one for the first time. So I am trying to build up some “stock” to sell at the annual craft fair held in my town before Christmas. I think I will mostly be making cards, but I have a few art pieces I’d like to add in as well. I’ve made four works using Oxide inks and Lavinia Stamps and I thought they turned out rather well. The artworks are 5×7, placed in a decorated 8×10 mat. I don’t know if anyone will be interested in them, but I’m pretty pleased with them.

Speaking of cards, here are some samples of ones I will be making for the craft fair.

Of course, if any of my dear readers are interested in anything ahead of time, just drop me a line at naiensama@gmail.com.

I’ll be back in a few days with updates on my Julie Nutting monthly layouts!