Friday, July 22, 2011

Swimming Acetate Shaker

Acetate Shaker By Laura Davis

I do so wish you could hold this shaker card in your own hot little hands!  Rolling it back and forth is mesmerizing!

My friend and a PWA Beady Bud, Laura Davis had a brilliant idea to ink two pieces of acetate with alcohol inks (Stream and Bottle, I think).  Then she stamped fish on one sheet with Staz On black ink.  PWA 1/8” foam tape strips were used to create the shaker box.  Inside, Laura put in a variety of colors and sizes of beads… Bigger Beads in Teal Opaque, Regular size in Royal Blue, Light Teal and some Ultra Fine Clear.  What a wonderful mix of beads to complement this under the sea theme!  Last but not least, Laura put silver foil tape around the edges to hide the foam and to frame the card.  Since the back is made of acetate too, it’s completely see through and so well done!!

Oh!  And guess what!??!  You CAN hold one of these in your hot little hands!  Laura gave me TWO of them!  Ü  Leave a comment here and make sure to sign your name so if you win I can find you!

Hugs, Suzanne

Wednesday, July 20, 2011


carole butterfly

I received this multi layered luscious butterfly card last fall from artist Carole Miller.

“Blinged” to the hilt with swirls, shimmer, glitz and micro beads this is a wonderful example of using PWA beads to fill in the gaps of an intricately die cut shape.

Carole added O’So Sticky Tape to the back of the wings letting the sticky show through the outline.  When dipped into micro beads the area fills in nicely and adds another layer of dimension to the butterfly.

This creation is a jaw dropping wow in person, come on by and see it up close!  ;0)

Hugs, Suzanne

Monday, July 18, 2011

Springtime Tins Better Late Than Never, Right?

Spring Tins by Eunice

Is it July?  For reals?  It sure feels more like springtime here in the Pacific Northwest.  We’ve only had a few peeks at the sunshine in the last couple of months and our vitamin D levels are waning.

My deeeeeeeepest apologies to my dear friend and designer Eunice Creswell for the very, very belated posting of her simply gorgeous springtime tins.  Life happenings coupled with a computer virus sorta knocked me off my game for a bit.

I posted this in the largest size photo that I could because I want you to get a good look at the details!  If you click on the picture it should get even bigger!  Eunice’s punches were clearly happy to be out to play for these because they showed up in a big, big way.  The patience and coordination needed to work with such teeny pieces is admirable.  Of that patience, I am seriously lacking so I extra appreciate it when I see it done well.

The green tin has several layers.  Green grass and a white picket fence are the anchors.  Little white bunnies and colorful micro beaded butterflies frolic in the foreground.  Sweetness is what this tin is, pure sweetness.

The blue tin is a virtual tulip garden with tulips and butterflies making the rounds.  The entire rounds.  Ü  Eunice added texture to the striped ribbon with a strip of O’So Sticky tape and clear micro beads. 

The pink tin is sporting intricately punched white lace with ribbon threaded through.  The butterfly really takes the stage though with it’s delicate wings and rose micro beads.

Eunice’s artwork is always a treat to see.  Her hyper attention to details and finishing touches are what make her so unique.