Magical Beads!

Have you seen the Paper Bead YouTube videos? I must confess that when I first saw them I was kinda confused. Like, why would I make paper beads? Its not like I can wear them or use them anywhere that I could get wet. That was all before it dawned on me that I could seal them with embossing powder!

Not just any embossing powder though. Only Rita Barakat’s embossing powder would do because I could mix colors! Once I started creating I could not stop. Not only were the results gorgeous, the process was easy! It really is hard to put into words how to do this, so I created a video for you here:

Here are a few close ups of the beads made in the video:

I can not wait to create a charm for my planner with these! That is next month 😉

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

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DIY Matching Necklace and Magnet

Hi crafty friends! Betz Golden here!  Today I am sharing with you a sweet necklace and matching magnet I made as a gift for my Mom.

I found these keys with stickers by Tim Holtz in the clearance section at my local craft store and knew they would be perfect for jewelry! 
Since I made this necklace for my Mom I had to use the sticker “Her Majesty” because growing up she would always say she was the queen. First I added the sticker and covered it with the clear dome as provided in the package.
My Mom likes a little bling….well…she likes A LOT of bling and who can blame her? I had some pretty purple gems in my stash and added them to the key. I used Gem-Tac to adhere them.
I like odd numbers — so 3 it is!
I found some beautiful digital download at www.calicocollage.com that I knew would be perfect for the necklace. I selected the letter “P” because that is the first letter of my Mom’s name. I used a circle punch and cut it out.
I adhered the image to the metal circle piece with ZipDry.
I carefully placed it in the center of the circle.
I added the clear dome….
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And I blinged it out Using Gem-Tac and the same gems I used on the key.
I wanted to make a bottle cap magnet because I had leftovers and my Mom really likes to decorate her refrigerator. So, I took my craft hammer and flattened the edges of a bottle cap a little.
I then repeated the process on the magnet. Once the gems were dry I threaded a cord I had in my stash to make the chain of the necklace. I made a simple knot in the back of it making sure it was large enough to get over one’s head. 
This was a super easy and fun project and I highly recommend handmade jewelry for Mother’s Day, Easter and birthdays! 
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!
Betz Golden