Mermaid sequin frame

Deep into summer and wanting a fun project to play with I decided to combine some sequins +a small frame to make a mermaid inspired “scale” filled frame.

Any sequins will work – the two tools you really will want is craft pick OR craft tweezers + PPA adhesive. PPA is a great clear, matte finish, all around glorious adhesive I use and recommend regularly. To start this project I decided to work from the inside out. Lay down some adhesive, and start lining up those sequins.

As you can see I only slightly overlapped them to create the look, but just enough for no gaps. Don’t worry if things aren’t perfect. This is hand crafted! Once you’ve made it all the way around, continue working in rows and work outward. I decided to work one quarter of the frame at a time.

There is no wrong answer here! I decided to mix up what kinds of sequins I used and do different patterns. You could continue the same design over and over if you wanted!

Once everything is finished, move any pieces around if needed. The glue does stay wet a while so it is forgiving. Then once dry- it’s final touches time!

Using my craft pick I added a sentiment sticker as well as some beads, pearls, and buttons. This frame took about ninety minutes to make but I was in no hurry – I was having so much fun placing the sequins just so!

I have a number of ideas for more of these in the future from rainbow to ombre to holiday themes. Such a fun way to dress up a frame! Have a darker color or badly colored frame you want to use? Just paint it and allow paint to dry before trying this.

Quick Formula: sequin card

Today I want to share with you one of my “quick and easy” formulas for crafting. Today’s example: An easy way to use up those loose sequins on your work space! This is something I come across a lot, and making a card is always a great easy way to “clean the desk” as well as use up some random supplies.

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It’s (vinyl) party time with the ScanNCut

If you’ve ever taken a class from me at a craft store then you already know: I like my embellishments stored simply, and to keep things fun!

Recently I realized that I needed to make a new container – one just for random sequins. I love to call my button and embellishment jars like this party jars. It’s a party in there – full of randomness and fun. This time though, I realized that I have the perfect jar – and a scrap of purple vinyl just right to become a “party jar mix” label.  Continue reading “It’s (vinyl) party time with the ScanNCut”

Watercolor card featuring new 28 Lilac Lane mix

When it comes to buttons & sequins I can never get enough! I’m so excited that new mixes are headed to stores now and you can begin enjoying a whole new batch of 28 Lilac Lane mixes!

This one is Indigo Mint – and a personal favorite. When trying to decide what to create with this mix I decided some brusho + cracked pistachio distress + a simple card would be just the thing! I made a YouTube video to show how I created this card.

The new mixes are viewable (and can be purchased) direct from BGM – and as I said before they’re shipping to stores as well. You can find Brusho, PPA, and the other supplies I used at Ellen Hutson. Note that the stamp is an older Tim Holtz/Stamper’s anonymous one – harder to find but it is around.

One of my favorite things to do is to play with wet paper then add color. It’s a whole different look and I love watching it dry, shift, and leave interesting colors.

Stay tuned for more projects with the new 28 Lilac Lane mixes coming soon – I’ve got so many ideas and I’m excited to see what you create with these as well!