Art Between the Lines is Moving!

March 25, 2009 at 11:10 am (Uncategorized)

rotatephpI’ve recently teamed with a fellow crafter/blogger to begin a new website.  www.clevernesting.com  Our focus is crafting, recycling, and DIY.   I’m really excited because two creative minds are surely better than one!   So, I won’t be posting on this site anymore and am slowly deleting posts as I move to the new site. 

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Mixed Media & Collage Artist, Rex Ray

February 13, 2009 at 12:28 pm (how-to) ()

It’s fairly difficult to find things I really love and would be excited to display in my home.  When I stumbled across the mixed media/collage artist Rex Ray, I instantly told my husband, “This is my style!”  As a paper crafter, I love collage and the look of each hand-cut piece.  Plus I like these color schemes. You can purchase Rex’s prints through Gallery 16.  

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But, in the spirit of DIY, I spent many hours yesterday composing three collages inspired by the circles & rectangles in the pieces above.  They’re 12 x 12 sheets of white cardstock with colored cardstock shapes.  I just cut shapes, played with patterns, and glued all the pieces when I was happy with the overall look. 

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Perhaps I’ll gift them.  Or maybe I’ll work them into my living room or son’s room.

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Salvaged Oven Pieces

January 25, 2009 at 9:55 pm (how-to) ()

My oven is officially dangerous and beyond repair since it began flash scorching and filling my kitchen with smoke.   So, along with making plans to obtain a new-used oven, I’ve begun looking for ways to use the old oven’s parts.  

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So far  I made this lid holder for my cupboard.  I originally had my lids resting awkwardly in a pot.  Now I can grab them more easily.  All I did was lay the two metal pieces at about a 130 degree angle to each other (no cutting, gluing, or drilling!)  They’re securely jimmied between the wall and the metal pan holder.

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Call for Submissions

January 13, 2009 at 11:09 pm (news) (, )

I enjoy contributing my project ideas to various magazines, books, and websites that publish reader submissions.  I’m listing my research on these “calls for submissions” in case anyone else is also up for the challenge.  

Bead Trends, Scrapbook Trends, Simply Handmade Magazines

Bead Star Magazine

Lark Books

Book Authorship Opportunities

North Light craft books

…more to come!!

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Jewelry Gifts

December 11, 2008 at 11:11 pm (how-to) (, , )

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Here are earrings I originally made to sell on my Etsy store, but decided to give them as Christmas gifts instead…hopefully I’m not ruining any surprises!

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Christmas Tree Card Ideas

December 8, 2008 at 10:12 pm (how-to) (, , )

Here’re more Christmas cards I made this weekend…

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…a little paper, “Christmas” stamp, ribbon attached with staples, a felt tree, and a metal word glued on.

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…paper, snowflake stamp, black ink, clear embossing powder, and Stickles glitter.

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Loads of Eye Pins Necklace

November 23, 2008 at 11:08 pm (events, how-to) (, , )

purple-eye-pin-necklaceHere’s the necklace I’ll be teaching at my Nov 28 Jewelry Class. You’ll be bending eye pins forever, but it’s a great way to add metals into your design!

Materials: 11 large beads (I used semi precious Blue Onyx from Blue Moon Beads ), 26 smaller beads (I used fire-polished crystals), eye pins (one for each bead), clasp.

Instructions: Put a bead on an eye pin. Make a loop snug against the bead. Put the eye of the next eye pin in the loop and close it. Repeat for desired pattern & to desired length. Attach clasp.  Attach front dangle so that it ‘s centered and loops around two eye pins of the main necklace. For the large bead on the dangle, I made a loop at the bottom and smushed it against the bead to hold the bead in place, but you could also use a head pin.

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Fringe Earrings

November 3, 2008 at 2:38 am (events, how-to, news) (, , )

brown-fringe-earringsToday I finished the earrings I’ll be demonstrating at my Nov 14 Jewelry Class.

Materials: Ear wires, bead weaving thread (two strands about 18 inches each), beading needle, bead stopper, 2 6mm round crystal beads (color A), 2 4mm round crystal beads (color A), 8 4mm crystal beads (color B), 94 seed beads.

Instructions: Take one strand of bead thread and place a bead stopper at one end and the beading needle on the other. String: 6 seed beads (for top of the loop), 1 6mm bead, 10 seed beads, 1 4mm bead (color B), 3 seed beads. Now skip the last 3 seed beads you just placed on the thread, and beginning with the 4mm bead send the thread through all your beads. This will create a fringe strand with a triangle of 3 seed beads at the bottom. Next, take your thread down through the 6mm bead. You have created the top loop.

Now you will add the second fringe strand. String: 10 seed beads, 1 4mm color B, 1 4mm color A, 1 4mm color B, 3 seed beads. Again, skip the last 3 seed beads and string through all beads up through the top 6mm bead. Now tie a knot between your working piece of thread and the loose end of thread.crystal-fringe-earrings

Now the third fringe strand. String: 12 seed beads, 1 4mm color B, 3 seed beads. Again, skip the last 3 seed beads, thread through all beads up to the top and around the top loop. Tie a knot between your working piece of thread and the loose end of thread. Add a dot of glue to the knot. Attach to ear wires.

*Variation option for smaller seed beads* 8 seed beads on top loop; first fringe: 12 seeds, 4mm, 3 seeds; second fringe: 14 seeds, 4mm, 3 seeds; third fringe: 16 seeds, 4mm, 3 seeds.

*Note* I created these patterns. They’re a variation inspired by a friend’s earrings that she asked me to restring. I don’t know where she originally purchased them.

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Knotted Bead Bracelet & Designing Jewelry for Clothing & Body Type

October 21, 2008 at 3:49 pm (events, news) (, , )

I’m frequently a substitute instructor for a beaded jewelry making class. It’s an open studio format where you come, bring or buy supplies, and bead together. I’m available if you need ideas or help. It’s a lot of fun to get inspiration from others, share patterns, or even to learn the basics if you’re a newbie!

Last class I taught a mini-lesson on designing jewelry that looks best with your clothing & body type. I cited info from the book Jewelry Just For You! Projects That Flatter Every Face Shape and Neckline and this link on jewelry & body types. I also demonstrated how to make jewelry with knots in between each bead.

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Christmas Cards in September

September 26, 2008 at 8:32 pm (how-to) (, )

Each year around September I begin thinking, “I need to get a head start on Christmas shopping.” So this year my first goal is to finish all my Christmas cards by the end of September. So far I have 11 cards completed. Here are my favorites.

Purple Toilet: This is a photo of a purple toilet turned planter. My husband & his roomate in college painted this toilet and filled it with plants. The green paper is punched so it holds the photo. The “Merry Christmas” patterned paper has each letter filled in with Glossy Accents to make it dimensional & shiny.

Snowman: The snowman stamp is embossed and filled in with Glossy Accents. The patterned papers are torn and adhered. The word “wonder” is raised with foam. The snowflakes are punches, and the “sewing” is rub-on tape from daisyd’s.

Merry & Bright: The squares are cut with a punch. I used scalloped scissors to cut the red patterned paper. “Merry & Bright” is stamped with black ink and embossed with red tinsel embossing powder.

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