May Jewelry Color Challenge: Blue & Brown Necklace

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I held a monthly color challenge on swap-bot for the public & a private group swap. The colors were Blue & Brown, part of my influence of being in the Texas Hill Country in April. These are the creations I came up with for my swaps. My swaps are always ‘use your stash” to help people use what they have & not spend money on products AND postage.
I was on a roll & made a matching pair of earrings for each necklace.
Blue & Brown Cross Necklace set May 2011

Blue & Brown Cross Necklace set May 2011

Blue and Brown Swirly Necklace May 2011

Blue and Brown Swirly Necklace May 2011

These two necklaces are 20″ or more, so the chain adds the length for the person. I designed the chains to be on the side, not just around the back of the neck.¬† The heart necklace below has the closure in the front as well.Blue and Brown Heart Necklace May 2011
Blue and Brown Heart Necklace May 2011

Blue and Brown Heart Necklace May 2011

Hope my swap partners like what I created for them! ūüôā

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Mini Wreath Made From REAL Bird Eggs

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We have a big purple martin bird house in our yard and most of the ‘apartments’ are occupied with nests. However, during our nest check (daily or every other day), we noticed some house sparrows trying to build nests in one of the apartments.¬†¬†
 
¬†For those that don’t know about the house sparrow, they are invasive & will try to kill purple martin eggs/babies.¬† So every time we found a house sparrow nest, we removed it. However,¬†a few times¬†Mrs Sparrow apparently was in a hurry to build her nest to lay an egg.¬† Since we do not want any more house sparrows, we removed the nest & egg (if any).¬† Of course, being the crafty person I am, I saved the eggs for a craft project I had in mind.¬†
 
In a couple of the purple martin nests, there were some eggs that were unhatched (well after all the other eggs hatched). So we removed them.
 
The branches are off of our gardenia bush, and the dried flower bits are from our wildseed¬†flower garden, I believe that they are the bodies of Bachleor Buttons.¬† I had these mini birds in my stash from YEARS¬†ago & just came across them recently so … WAHLA… my mini bird egg wreath!¬†¬† The whole thing measures about 5″.¬† I adhered some magnets to the back & put it on my fridge so we can look at it all the time!
 
 
bird egg wreath

bird egg wreath

Coffee Gift Card holder

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I was inspired by this gift pocket wallet by Erica over at her blog   that I wanted to make a smaller version. Once I got the folds down correctly for my card size, my creativity flowed like a river!
coffe gift card holder front

coffe gift card holder front

pocket fits a Starbucks (or your favorite coffee shop’s) gift card -VERTICALLY!
coffe gift card holder inside

coffe gift card holder inside

¬†and I just couldn’t leave the back plain…
coffe gift card holder back

coffe gift card holder back

Great idea at the time….

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Well, over March & April my neighbor & her daughter helped clean/organize my craft room. They did a great job and have eliminated a lot of stuff that I just had everywhere. So because everything was being re-organized, I didn’t craft much, until now. ¬†I got back into swap-bot & making new cards for my stash & for swaps. Well, I’m kinda afraid to use my rubber stamps…

Having two non-crafters organize rubber stamps, uh, not a good idea. I had a gazillion Stampin Up! stamp sets, for the most part, the stamps that I used often (word stamps, tiny ‘filler’ stamps, etc) on my desk. Uh, yeah, not anymore… they seemed to have utilized my Stampin Up! plastic cases, however, they took EVERY stamp set apart & sorted by subject. Which means, every butterfly stamp I have (a bunch!), they put in 2 SU cases, every flower stamp, they put in a big 12×12 storage container (yeah, cuz I have THAT MANY flower stamps), and so on.

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Please help me rationalize their organization. I guess if I didn’t have Stampin Up! sets, I would organize them the way they did. Should I just get over them separating all the Stampin Up! sets? I’m not into SU any more. That was a phase. I got tired of “everyone” having the same stuff.

Well, one good thing about this ‘situation’, I’ve been afraid to use my rubber stamps, so I have been using my acrylic stamps that have just been in sitting in a drawer (pretty much never used). Its like I got a bunch of new stamps!!