I’m In The Mood…

{Featured Stamp Set: Stampin’ Up! “Valentine Defined” Clear Mount (#123057, $18.95)}


Simply Adorned

Stampin’ Up! announced its line of customizable jewelry pieces several months ago. However, some issues with quality control kept the line from debuting until the recent Occasions Mini Catalog. I finally got around to playing with a couple of pieces I purchased to try out.

The idea behind the ‘Simply Adorned’ line is indeed simple. It consists of an oval link bracelet and necklace (available in two lengths) with charms available in different sizes and shapes. The charms are key to the “adorned” part of the concept. These nickel-plated charms are locket-style pieces with glass fronts and backs. There is a clasping mechanism that allows you to open the charms and create your own mini-artworks to display. Of course, you can use photographs or other keepsakes–but the fun is really in using your creativity, stamps, and other crafting supplies to create little expressions of yourself to wear for others to see.

The first piece I purchased was the 34″ Simply Adorned chain (#116853, $12.95). The chain has an alternating oval link pattern to it with a bar and toggle closure and a ‘Simply Adorned/Stampin’ Up!’ hang tag. (The chain is also available in a shorter 24″ length.) To go along with it, I purchased the Simply Adorned rectangular (1″ x 1 1/2″) charm (#116798, $18.95). The charm features a tempered bevel glass front and a flat glass back. The nickel-plated charm frame attaches to your chain via a lobster claw clasp.

Inspired by the upcoming Valentine’s holiday, I worked a quick design for my charm using some decorative paper, metallic inks, a white pen and a bit of sketching. For a quick example, I don’t think it turned out half bad. I look forward to making new inserts and to giving these to the important people in my life. A little reminder to carry around their neck of my love and devotion.

Wherever today takes you, do something unexpected and nice for someone. We can all use a little unexpected love in these days. Have a happy Monday and may February bring us all the bounty of love.

(p.s. Don’t forget to sign-up for Giveaway #2 in the previous post!)

Giveaway #2–Hearts Flutter

It’s time for giveaway #2…and of course, it’s inspired by the upcoming salute to St. Valentine. So put your cupid wings on and enter for a chance to win this week’s loot.

Up for grabs, a package that includes:

  • Fancy Pants “French Market” rub-ons
  • 7 Gypsies “Zanzibar” rubbings
  • Prima Marketing Journaling Bloc-Notes & Storage Box (30 sheets, 4″x6″)
  • Heidi Swapp “Crowns” Journaling Spots
  • K&Co. “Smitten” Holographic Puffed Heart Stickers
  • K&Co. “Smitten” Adhesive Chipboard Heart Collection
  • Pebbles Inc. Ribbon Sampler in “Chocolate Box”
  • Papertrey Ink 6″ x 6″ Patterned Paper Pad in “Pink Patterns” (36 sheets)

    For a chance to win, leave a comment on this post telling us: “What makes your heart flutter?”. The winner will be chosen by random draw. Entries accepted until 11:59 p.m. MST on February 3, 2010. The winner will be announced on February 4, 2010 on this blog. As always, consider officially “following” my weblog to stay abreast of giveaways and updates (see right sidebar).

    Good Luck and have a terrific weekend ahead!

  • Love Struck 2010

    I seem to be enchanted with hearts these days. While two-thirds of the country may be finding icicles dripping from their tickers, it’s safe to say that the blood is still flowing in my neck of the woods. (Which reminds me, I should really clear up the latest craft-blog rumor about myself: That story about me dating an entire NFL football team is so overblown. I swear. It was just the offensive line of the Indianapolis Colts–not the entire team.)

    Hearts are so randy… Now, where was I? Oh, hearts. Not to be obvious or anything, but Valentine’s Day is soon upon us and Cupid will be looking to pierce his little sticks of love (or lust) into unsuspecting paramours around the world. I’ll shortly be handing out my yearly application for potential boyfriends and other assorted play toys.

    One of the new timely releases from ProvoCraft’s new line of seasonal limited-edition cartridges is appropriately entitled ‘Love Struck 2010’. It features a very nice array of highly-detailed cuts celebrating all things love and hearts. This weekend, I played around with the cartridge a bit and thought I’d share a couple of examples of the intricate hearts found on this mini-cartridge. It’s truly a must-have in my opinion (but, aren’t they all usually?)

    These first two are base cut out of Bazzill cardstock and the overlay is cut from a piece of K & Co. decorative cardstock from the “Smitten” collection.

    The final two examples (which I A-D-O-R-E-!) are cut with base layers of Bazzill white cardstock. The top layers are cut from Stampin’ Up! textured cardstock in Melon Mambo. To really set off the intricate designs, I used a layer of Stampin’ Up! Crystal Effects for gloss, sheen and added dimension.

    Now all of you crafty peeps, go break some hearts….