Three Ways to Add Beads to Your Projects

I’m on a bit of a personal mission.

We have many different genres of crafts in our store and I field questions about all of them on a daily basis. I’ve also dabbled in a lot of them over the years, but wouldn’t call myself an expert by any stretch of the imagination. My mission right now is to find ways to incorporate as many as I can into my beloved paper crafting.

So far I’ve watercoloured on a background (not a huge stretch for me as I love to use my Distress Oxides to “paint” with). I’ve stitched on a card (so fun! Can’t wait to do it some more!) And I’ve created little clay embellishments for a card (fun, but I prefer to buy my embellishments pre-made to be honest.)

This week – Beads!

We sell pre-made jewelry pieces in our store and we sell a variety of beading kits for kids of all ages. But we don’t sell beads, or jewelry findings, or chains, or anything that one looking to get into jewelry making would need. Sorry, not sorry! That is a rabbit hole we are not prepared to go down at this point. But once upon a time I DID make jewelry! I gave away my containers of beads and findings many, many years ago to a particularly lovely babysitter who was celebrating a birthday. But as I mention in this video, I did find one little packet of beads plus some old necklaces that I tore apart just for this post. Here, take a look.

Fair warning, it’s a long one and there is a major disaster at one point. Sigh. What’s that saying about “measure twice, cut once”?

If you made it through that then thank you! This was one of those occasions of the project in reality becoming much larger than the project in my head! But I’m super happy with how they turned out (barring the shaker card mis-measure fiasco!) Here’s a look at each project individually.

The Bookmark

I think I need to go Thrifting to see if I can find more charms so I can make a ton of these to sell in the store. It is so cute! And if you’re looking for that stamp set, it’s still available from Three Room Studios. Click to go directly to it and then shop around as they have the best sets you won’t find anywhere else. And they are a Canadian company which I love supporting.

The Wedding Card

This is one of those projects that turned out even better than I imagined. I love the soft colours and how the pinks and burgundy work so well together. I realize wedding season is almost over but I will be making more of these to sell in the store. This stamp set is gorgeous too – if you like it, there’s only one left so come in or order it online soon!

The Shaker Card

Oh the trials and tribulations of putting this card together! I said in the video that shaker cards were a bit more work – little did I know! Sheesh!! But I am absolutely in love with this stamp set and the colour combo! After I’ve mentally recovered from making this card (LOL) I will for sure be making more cards with these. They may even be shaker cards!

Thank you for joining me for another Make It Monday (even though I’m posting this on Tuesday – just roll with it people, it’s been that kind of week And yes, I know it’s only Tuesday!) If you’re enjoying these posts I’d love to hear that in the feedback. And suggestions on future posts.

Until next week, have fun and be crafty!

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