Tuesday, September 30, 2014

{Halloween Owl Necklace with Stamped Metal "Boo" Charm}

Hey, y'all!  Yesterday I shared my very first metal stamping project with you.  I had fun creating that charm, but I wanted to create an entire piece of jewelry, so as soon as I finished my charm, I made a Halloween Owl Necklace featuring another metal stamped charm.
Halloween Owl Necklace with Stamped Metal "Boo" Charm pitterandglink.com
To create my necklace, I began by stamping the "boo" charm with the tools and supplies sent to me by Goody Beads.
Halloween Owl Necklace with Stamped Metal "Boo" Charm pitterandglink.com
I placed a rectangular tag blank on my bench block and stamped the word "boo" on the tag with my hammer.
Halloween Owl Necklace with Stamped Metal "Boo" Charm pitterandglink.com
To make the word pop, I colored over it with a Sharpie.
Halloween Owl Necklace with Stamped Metal "Boo" Charm pitterandglink.com
I removed the excess marker with a paper towel soaked in rubbing alcohol.  Then I worked on creating the other elements for my necklace.
Halloween Owl Necklace with Stamped Metal "Boo" Charm pitterandglink.com
I recently bought some wooden owl embellishments from the craft store, and I already had some orange and purple beads.  I knew one of the wooden owls would be a perfect pendant for a necklace, and would be great paired with a beaded charm in the official Halloween colors.
Halloween Owl Necklace with Stamped Metal "Boo" Charm pitterandglink.com
In order to hang the wooden owl on my necklace, I had to drill a hole in it to be able to attach a jump ring.
Halloween Owl Necklace with Stamped Metal "Boo" Charm pitterandglink.com
I attached a medium sized jump ring through the hole I created and attached a large jump ring to that so that my other charms wouldn't completely cover up the owl.  I created a beaded charm by threading a a few beads onto a head pin and creating a loop on top using my round nose pliers.  I also attached a small jump ring to my stamped charm.
Halloween Owl Necklace with Stamped Metal "Boo" Charm pitterandglink.com
I attached the a medium sized jump ring to the large jump ring I had attached to the owl.  I attached my beaded and stamped charm to that same jump ring.  I threaded that ring onto a long chain I made to complete my Halloween necklace.
Halloween Owl Necklace with Stamped Metal "Boo" Charm pitterandglink.com
I love the finished piece, and of course, I'm already thinking of new jewelry pieces I can make utilizing my new metal stamping skills!
Disclosure: While Goody Beads supplied some of the tools and materials for this project, all opinions are 100% mine.

Monday, September 29, 2014

{A Stamped Metal Charm: The First-Time Metal Stamper's Guide to Metal Stamping}

Hey, y'all!  Do you ever see a project online and just KNOW you have to try whatever technique was used to create it?  My friends Adrianne of Happy Hour Project and Amy of One Artsy Mama often post these awesome metal stamping projects.  Every single time I see that they've posted a new metal stamping project, I always think to myself, "I MUST try metal stamping!"  This past week, I decided that I needed to stop thinking about it and just DO IT.  I was sent all the supplies needed to try metal stamping for the first time from the folks at Goody Beads.  Today I want to show you my very first metal stamping project.  Please keep in mind that I'm honestly showing you the VERY FIRST piece I ever metal stamped in my life, so it's nowhere near perfect, but I want to keep it real with y'all as always.
A Basic Guide to Stamping Metal from a First-Time Metal Stamper pitterandglink.com
I began my project with some basic jewelry stamping tools and supplies.  (For this project, I didn't use all the supplies in the picture below, but stay tuned for later projects where I'll put them all to use.)
Metal Stamping Supplies for the Beginner pitterandglink.com
If you would like to create your own stamped charm, you'll need the following supplies:
How to Stamp a Metal Blank pitterandglink.com
I'll admit that I was nervous to begin this project.  While it's true that Goody Beads sent me the supplies to try metal stamping, I still didn't want to make a mess of my first project.  Fortunately, Adrianne has an AWESOME beginner metal stamping tutorial.  I carefully read her tutorial and felt so much better about starting the project.  (If you want to try metal stamping, I strongly suggest you read her tutorial as well.)  To begin, I taped my metal blank to my bench block.  This helps hold the blank in place, and, most importantly, helps you stamp your letters straight.
How to Properly Space Letters When Metal Stamping pitterandglink.com
I wanted to try an easy word to begin with, so I went with my last name, which has three letters.  I made three evenly spaced marks on my stamping tape with a Sharpie to help me space my letters correctly.  Then I simply lined up each letter stamp and hit it REALLY hard with my hammer.  At this point of the process, I was thinking of Bob Ross's advice for cleaning paint brushes, "Just beat the devil out of it."  I feel like I definitely beat the devil out of my stamps.
A Stamped Metal Charm: My First Attempt at Metal Stamping pitterandglink.com
I didn't do too poorly for my first try.  I ended up with a small scratch between the L and the E, and, honestly, I think I must have applied my tape a little crookedly because the word ended up a little crooked in my opinion.
A Stamped Metal Charm: My First Attempt at Metal Stamping pitterandglink.com
Also, I bent the blank a little when I hammered it, so I flattened it by hitting it with a nylon hammer.  As you can see in the above pic, the word doesn't stand out that much.  There's one more step in the stamping process to make it pop.
Make stamped letters pop using a Sharpie.  pitterandglink.com
Color over the letters with a black Sharpie and wipe the excess marker off with a paper towel dampened with alcohol.
A Stamped Metal Charm: My First Attempt at Metal Stamping pitterandglink.com
To finish off the charm, I attached a small jump ring to the metal blank so that I can attach it to a chain later on.
How to Stamp Metal: A Beginner's Project pitterandglink.com
So what are my thoughts about metal stamping and was it all that I hoped it would be?  Honestly, it was actually easier than I thought it would be.  No, my first piece isn't perfect, and I have a lot to learn, but I don't think I did too badly for my first time.  And I'm pretty much addicted now.  Adrianne warned me that I would be.  She was right.  I already have another metal stamping project complete to share with you tomorrow, and I think you're going to love it.  
Before I go, I'd like to thank the awesome Goody Beads for the supplies for this project.  Thanks to them I now have a new crafting addiction!
Disclosure: While Goody Beads supplied the materials for this project, all opinions are 100% mine.  For more info about my disclosure policy, check out the fine print tab at the top of the page.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

{Pumpkin Pie Sugar Scrub Recipe & Free Printables}

Hey, y'all!  Sorry to have been MIA last week.  I was really busy with work and life in general, but I'm back today to share the recipe for the yummiest-smelling sugar scrub EVER with you.  And to make up for my absence last week, I have not one...not two...not even three...but FOUR free printables to share with you!  Yep.  Two free printable jar labels (that come in two different sizes) and two free printable gift tags.  So let's get to it!
Make a sugar scrub that smells like pumpkin pie--great for a gift or party favor! Free printable jar labels and gift tags in post. pitterandglink.com

To make your own scrub, you need to purchase and/or gather a few ingredients together.
Make a sugar scrub that smells like pumpkin pie--great for a gift or party favor! Free printable jar labels and gift tags in post. pitterandglink.com
Ingredients:
  • 2 Cups of Dark Brown Sugar (or Light Brown Sugar)
  • 4 Tablespoons (or 1/4 cup) of Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons of Pumpkin Spice Latte Hand Soap (or Body Wash if Available)
  • 4 Drops of Vitamin E Oil
  • 4 Dashes of Pumpkin Pie Spice
This recipe makes approximately  2 1/2 cups of scrub--enough to fill three small glass jars.
Recipe:
  • Coconut oil like I used comes in a solid state and has to be melted in order to get it into a liquid state.  To begin making your scrub, use a double boiler to melt 4 tablespoons (or 1/4 cup) of coconut oil.  My double boiler is always a glass bowl over a pot of boiling water, so you don't need any fancy equipment for this step.  ;)
  • Next, place the brown sugar in a large bowl.  Add the melted coconut oil and all the other ingredients.  Mix well.  NOTE: At this point, you get to decide if you like the consistency of the scrub as is.  If you think your scrub is too runny, add more sugar.  If you think it's too thick, add more coconut oil.  I don't like my scrub to be really runny, but I don't like it super thick either.  The recipe above yielded the consistency that I was going for.
  • Store your scrub in air tight containers.  (The recipe made enough to fill two small glass mason jars and one small all-glass jar like in the picture below.)
Make a sugar scrub that smells like pumpkin pie--great for a gift or party favor! Free printable jar labels and gift tags in post. pitterandglink.com
Of course if you plan to make a lot of scrub to give as gifts, you can adjust the recipe accordingly.
Make a sugar scrub that smells like pumpkin pie--great for a gift or party favor! Free printable jar labels and gift tags in post. pitterandglink.com
You just won't believe how great this stuff smells.  You will want to eat it.  It smells that good!
Make a sugar scrub that smells like pumpkin pie--great for a gift or party favor! Free printable jar labels and gift tags in post. pitterandglink.com
To use the scrub, place a nickel to quarter-sized dollop in your wet hands and rub your hands together vigorously while making sure to inhale the yummy scent.  Rinse and enjoy how smooth your hands feel!  Of course, you can use this on your feet as well, but be careful using it in the shower because it could make the your feet very slippery!  Also, make sure you don't get any of the scrub on your clothes or light-colored towels because the dark brown sugar could discolor them.
Make a sugar scrub that smells like pumpkin pie--great for a gift or party favor! Free printable jar labels and gift tags in post. pitterandglink.com
And as promised, I have free printables for y'all!  Click the name of the jar label or tag you'd like to download to be taken to the download page.
Small Orange with Pumpkin Jar Labels
Larger Orange with Pumpkin Jar Labels
Small Black and White Jar Labels
Larger Black and White Jar Labels
Orange and Green Gift Tag
Orange and Black Gift Tag
***Note: The hand-drawn circle graphic on the orange jar label is courtesy of We Lived Happily Ever After.***
Make a sugar scrub that smells like pumpkin pie--great for a gift or party favor! Free printable jar labels and gift tags in post. pitterandglink.com
Packaged in the small jars like I used, the scrub would make great party or wedding favors.  In larger jars, the scrub would make great Christmas gifts.  Whatever you decide to do with it, remember--just don't eat it!  :)
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Three-Ingredient Sugar Scrub Recipe with Printable Jar Labels pitterandglink.com
Free Printable Friendship Gift Tag and Jar Label pitterandglink.com
Free Printable Friendship Gift Tag and Jar Label

Friday, September 5, 2014

{Sharpie-Decorated Ring Dish}

Hey, y'all!  I enjoy constantly trying to challenge myself to see items in new ways.  Sometimes I wander the aisles of Walmart to try to find items to use in unique ways.  In my small town, Walmart is one of the only places to shop that stays open past 5 or 6 o'clock, so that's where I want last Friday night.  While was walking through the bathroom accessory aisle, I spotted several soap dishes.  I looked at a white one and immediately knew that it really wanted to become a ring dish.  (Yes, people, this is how my brain works!)  So today I'm sharing the very brief tutorial for my Sharpie-decorated ring dish.
Sharpie-Decorated Ring Dish pitterandglink.com
As I already mentioned, the project started with a plain white soap dish that cost me about $2.
Sharpie-Decorated Ring Dish pitterandglink.com
Have you seen the Sharpie mugs floating around the web?  I've always thought it would be fun to make a Sharpie mug, but I like to put my own spin on projects.  I knew that Sharpies would be perfect to use to decorate my little soon-to-be ring dish.  It helps that I own lots of Sharpies, so I got a whole bunch of them out to use to decorate my dish.
Sharpie-Decorated Ring Dish pitterandglink.com
When I was trying to figure out what I wanted to draw with my Sharpies, I thought of how much I love the flowers on many of the Rifle Paper Co. products.  I browsed the products on the website until I found an image I really liked, which just so happened to be one of their Floral Temporary Tattoos.  Now a good blogger would have step by step photos of how I recreated the floral image.  Saturday I was being a slack blogger.  I was drawing while watching my Clemson Tigers play, and I couldn't stop watching the game long enough to take process pics.  So all I have to show you is the final product, which is pretty cute if I do say so myself.
Sharpie-Decorated Ring Dish pitterandglink.com
After I finished drawing my floral image, I baked the dish in the oven following directions for the Sharpie mugs that I found online.  I placed the dish in my cold oven and turned the temperature to 350 degrees.  Once the oven was heated to 350, I set my oven timer for 30 minutes.  After the time was up, I let the dish cool in the oven.  I should mention that some sites say that regular Sharpies like I used won't stay on dishes through washes, but since this is a ring dish, that shouldn't be a problem for me.
Sharpie-Decorated Ring Dish pitterandglink.com
I love my little $2 ring dish, and I'm itching to decorate another dish with Sharpies!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

{DIY Interchangeable Instagram Photo Frame}

Hey, y'all!  Back in July, Consumer Crafts sent me some supplies to create a project for Crafts Unleashed, their craft blog.  I came up with this fun Instagram photo display.  (You can find the original post HERE.)  Today I want to share the the project with y'all.
Most people these days are guilty of using their camera phones way more than other types of cameras, and Instagram is all the rage.  The only problem with this is that we often fail to display these pictures anywhere other than the web.  Making a frame dedicated to holding Instagram pics is a great way to display these photos so that you can appreciate them daily.
DIY Interchangeable Instagram Photo Frame pitterandglink.com

The best feature about this frame is that you can change the layout of the pics anytime you want.
Supplies needed to make your own Instagram photo frame:
DIY Interchangeable Instagram Photo Frame pitterandglink.com
The first step to creating the Instagram frame is painting the shadow box.  I painted the actual frame part of the box pink.
DIY Interchangeable Instagram Photo Frame pitterandglink.com
I painted the inside white.
DIY Interchangeable Instagram Photo Frame pitterandglink.com
To seal all the paint, I sprayed the box with matte sealer.
DIY Interchangeable Instagram Photo Frame pitterandglink.com
Y'all know I like my glitter and don't like anything too plain, so I used sparkle tape to create gold stripes on the background of the shadow box.
DIY Interchangeable Instagram Photo Frame pitterandglink.com
I attached a sawtooth hanger to the back of the frame.  To do this, I marked the middle of the frame with a pencil and simply lined the middle of the sawtooth hanger up with the line and nailed it down.
DIY Interchangeable Instagram Photo Frame pitterandglink.com
I used photo corners to adhere my photo to the back of the shadow box.
DIY Interchangeable Instagram Photo Frame pitterandglink.com
I wanted to create a little something extra to decorate the frame, so I created a pennant banner.  I painted polka dots on the canvas triangles and attached baker's twine to the back of the triangles with hot glue to complete the banner.
DIY Interchangeable Instagram Photo Frame pitterandglink.com
The frame can display a grouping of Instagram photos.
DIY Interchangeable Instagram Photo Frame pitterandglink.com
Or it can display one larger Instagram photo.  And as you can see, the banner can be attached to the frame or above the frame.
DIY Interchangeable Instagram Photo Frame pitterandglink.com
Because the pictures are attached with the photo corners, you can remove them at any time and change the layout.
DIY Interchangeable Instagram Photo Frame pitterandglink.com
Now that I have my frame finished, I have no excuse to not print and display my Instagram photos!
While Consumer Crafts sent me materials to create this project, all opinions are 100% mine.