Thursday, February 14, 2013

A Lot Of Valentine's Bling

For Kaylee and Abby's Sunday School classes and for the kids on the school bus I made these Valentine's Hershey Kiss rings. I bought some glittery pipe cleaners at the dollar store. And the Kisses were bundled up at the bulk foods store in bags for 99 cents and it was 20% off day. OK, sold! I wouldn't even want to guess the actual price of Hershey Kisses the week before Valentine's day so I lucked out there! Of course I was inspired by Pinterest and this is the post I followed for directions. These were my supplies: pipe cleaners, Kisses, and needle nosed pliers (you will thank me for this later).
Take 2 pipe cleaners and twist them together in the middle so that they are perpendicular.
Then place your Kiss bottom side down right in the center of your pipecleaners. I also removed the paper that was sticking out above the Kiss. It really just gets in the way.
Bring two of the sides up and give them and twist and then do the same for the other two sides. Try to keep them as close to the top of the Kiss as you can or your ring will stick up really high.
Then set the Kiss upright on top of one of your fingers or your thumb, depending on how big you want your ring size to be.
Wrap one side of your pipecleaners around your thumb and then wrap the tails around the bottom of your ring.

Wrap the other tails around the bottom of your ring also. This is where the pliers come in. Use them to tuck the sharp ends of the pipe cleaners in so that they don't cut/poke any little fingers. You don't need pliers to do this but your thumbs will get very sore if you do a lot of them "manually".

And a couple of shots with my models of course!

And the completed bling rings project!
I chose not to use the almond Kisses because there are so many children with nut allergies out there but the gold wrapped Kisses would have also made great bling rings if you knew they were safe for the children you were giving them to. And one other note, I didn't change rooms while working on my project, the carpet is the same carpet in all the pictures, I have no idea why it shows up as several different colors depending on which picture I took. Too funny.
Happy Valentine's Day all!
Shared at:
The Answer Is Chocolate linky party #92

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Happy Chinese New Year

When the Chinese United Church closed in our town, the last few members joined our Church. We usually sit in the row ahead of them and they have made very good friends with our little girls. Because Chinese New Year falls on a Sunday this year, we wanted to take them some cards. I used Fan's Cricket by Mo Manning for my image. I colored her using Prismacolor pencils and some glitter gel pens for her trim and on the cricket cage. The Happy New Year banner, lanterns and Chinese lattice corner pieces were all cut files from my Silhouette. I did go over the gold cardstock that backs the lanterns with a Martha Stewart glitter marker to add some shine. I also used a gold trimmed crochet cotton as the string for the lanterns. The little girls decorated the insides. I love how they turned out!
I would like to share my cards at:
Mo's Challenge Blog anything goes, closes Feb. 14,
Crafty Ann's tie a yellow ribbon, closes Feb. 14,
Moving Along With The Times only girls allowed, closes Feb. 14,
QKR Stampede someone special, closes Feb. 15,
Glitter n Sparkle Challenge girls are made of, closes Feb. 17 ***Winner!***