Thursday, July 4, 2013


For the third installment of a medal swap I'm in, the theme was anything with wings.  My medal is called Time Flies.

Paint a piece of grunge paper with metallic gold acrylic paint.  Stamp winged watch face twice on painted grunge paper with tuxedo black Memento ink.  Cut out images.  Paint back of one image with gold paint.

Stamp winged watch face with tuxedo black on off white paper.  Cut out the watch face only.

On flat gemstone bead, stamp TIME FLIES with gold pigment ink and emboss with metallic gold powder.  Put head pin through bead and make a loop at the top.

Cut a 4 in. piece of woven ribbon and fold in half.  Gather fold into a point and stitch the point down with black thread then sew through the loop of the gemstone piece and the ribbon point several times to secure gemstone to ribbon.  Tie a knot
in thread and secure knot with a drop of glue.

Place double sided tape between ribbon halves and press together.

Place winged watch face with painted back down first and cover with glue.  Press top 3/8 in. of ribbon on watch face.  Put some glue on the part of ribbon on watch face.  Place the other watch face on top of this.  Press down and clamp with spring clothespins until dry.

Glue the off white watch face to the gold watch face.  Cover watch face with a round clear acrylic sticker.

With finger, spread diamond glaze on stamped gemstone to give it some shine.  Glue a pin back to the back of the winged watch face.

Saturday, June 22, 2013


I found these picture frames marked down to 25 cents at
a Dollar Tree and couldn't resist them.  The color wasn't the greatest but they could be repainted.  I kind of like the dark brown ink color with the goldenrod frame.

Using dark brown permanent ink, I stamped the flourish in the upper left hand corner and the hearts down the right side.  I embellished with the pearl flourish in the lower left hand corner and with some stick on jewels randomly placed on the stamped flourish. 

The frame was cheap, quick and easy and would make a nice gift.

Saturday, May 25, 2013


Here's another medal I did for a swap.

I stamped the heart (PSX) with clear embossing ink on cream card stock and embossed with violet embossing foil (Ranger), filled in the center heart with purple stickles (Ranger), cut down the heart to fit in the long heart bezel (The Jewelry Shoppe), glued it in the heart bezel and covered it with diamond glaze (Judikins).

I stamped the flower (Cloud 9 Designs) with clear embossing ink on cream card stock and embossed with violet embossing foil.  I colored the stems with a green gel pen.  I glued a flower jewel to the center and a rhinestone to the center of the flower.  I cut out the flower and glued it to the metal medallion (Fire Mountain Gems) and brushed diamond glaze over the stamped flower.  I attached the medallion to the heart with a jumpring and glued a pin bail on the back.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013


Meet Evelyn Kathleen Nycz, born Tuesday, April 16th, 3lbs. 7 oz., 16 3/4 inches.  My new cute little grandbaby burrito.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013


I joined a swap on an on-line group where you had to make a medal using rubber stamps.  I came up with this Celtic medal.

With a pasta machine or rolling pin, roll brown polymer clay  to a 1/8 in. thickness.  Stamp the lace stamp (Judikins) with white pigment ink.  Cut out one of the lace points.  Set aside.

Roll gold polymer clay out to a 1/8 in. thickness.  Stamp with Celtic square from the Judikins Celtic Cube #1.

With a stirrer straw or toothpick, punch a hole in the bottom point of the lace and a corner of the Celtic square.  Bake both pieces according to instructions on polymer clay package.  Let cool

Paint the square with green mica gloss (Judikins).  Let try. With a little gold Rub n' Buff on your finger, highlight the design.

Adhere four emerald self-stick jewels to the lace piece.  Cover both pieces with Diamond Glaze (Judikins)
Use a gold paint pen to cover the sides and back of the Celtic square.

Take a small piece of ecru lace with picots on both edges wide enough so the picots extend on either side of the lace piece.  Mix some green mica gloss with Diamond Glaze to make a stiffener.  Swish the lace in the mixture making sure the entire piece of lace is covered.  Squeeze out the extra siffener.  I would suggest wearing rubber gloves for this procedure.  Flatten out the lace on a non-stick surface.  Press the polymer clay lace piece unto the real lace.  The Diamond Glaze will glue the pieces together.  Let dry completely.

Make a small bow out of 3/8 in. sheer green ribbon.  Glue to top of polymer clay lace piece.  Attach Celtic square to lace piece with a large oval jump rink.  Glue on a pin back.

Thursday, February 28, 2013


My wrist is now out of a cast and I'm back to crafting.  My first post-fractured wrist project is a stamped candleholder.  I picked up the square clear glass candle holder at a thrift store for $.50.  Check out your local dollar stores for candleholders to stamp on.

Clean your candleholder well.  Vinegar and water is good to clean glass with. 
Make sure the glass is completely dry before sponging.  I sponged all sides with an ochre permanent ink.  Acrylic paint would work just as well. 
Using a Judikins shell cube stamp, I stamped a different shell on each side with burnt sienna fluid chalk ink by Colorbox.  Again, acrylic paint would work just as well.  I heat set the fluid chalk ink.
I applied Distress Stickles in straw to the top rim and bottom half inch of the candleholder.  Real shells were glued to the bottom using the Distress Stickles as glue.
Put in a votive candle and you're all set for those summer nights.

Saturday, January 5, 2013


Due to a Christmas Day accident, I will be taking a "break" from crafting for a few weeks.  Check back in Feb. for updates.