Wizard of Oz party
silhouette card on gingham with red glitter bow
This card is something I dreamed up & knew I just HAD to make. I Googled for a silhouette of Dorothy of The Wizard of Oz as my base. I had a harder time than I expected finding something I liked so I ended up buying an image from an Etsy (tomkatstudio) shop.
I removed the round border (since I only wanted Dorothy) & printed my image onto vellum paper.
Next, I pulled out my Cricut Expression2 (that I got for Christmas & I’ve been playing with it, learning how to use it, what I do & don’t like about it). I synced up to the Cricut craft room & opened the Cricut Essentials. I opened frame 1 & removed the outer frame.
I cut the oval on some awesome blue gingham cardstock; glued the vellum image to show in the window I just cut; added some glittery red ribbon & glued the whole thing to a card blank.
I was so happy with the results I decided to do a Wizard of Oz party for my daughter Taryn who’ll be 4 in a couple of months. She loves the movie & often asks to watch just like her big sister Tori did when she little. We still have it on VHS!
Next I made a banner (with my Cricut Expression2 once again). I cut floral edged circles in white & gingham then layered them and added red glitter letters to spell out Taryn. I finished it off with alternating red & baby blue picot ribbon. (sorry for the glare, I suck at taking pics!) On a side note, the red glitter cardstock was a PAIN in the butt to work with! It was very thick & my Cricut had a hard time cutting through it & it shed EVERYWHERE!)
Right Angle Bead Weaving
One of my favorite beading techniques is bead weaving, specifically right angle weaving. It’s very versatile depending on the types and sizes of beads used.
Today I’m making a Lapis Lazli Celtic knot bracelet.. I’m using round Lapis stones, silver tone Celtic knot beads and seed beads.
-approximately 1 yard of 8 lb test mono-filament
-2 crimp beads
-spring ring clasp
-2 jump rings
-approximately 80 seed beads (for 7 inch bracelet)
-approximately 18, ¼ inch decorative beads
-approximately 36-38 accent beads
-flat nose or crimp pliers
- Attach a jump ring to the spring ring clasp; set aside. Cut mono-filament in half and add a crimp bead to one end of both strands. Loop both strands through the jump ring-clasp assembly then back through the crimp bead as shown and pinch shut. Now you are ready to start weaving
- String 3 seed beads on each mono-filament, making sure to catch the short ends just past the crimp bead. Next take 1 decorative bead & string each strand of mono-filament through each end (see diagram) and pull taut.
- Add 1 seed bead, one accent bead and another seed bead to each strand of mono-filament.
- Repeat steps 3 (minus the first 3 beads) and 4 until you have 6 ¾ inches of bracelet woven. Remembering to pull taut after each decorative bead is added.
- To finish the bracelet, string 3 seed beads on each strand. Attach crimp bead to both strands, then jump ring and loop through. Pull taut and pinch crimp bead. Tuck small tails into the seed beads. Your bracelet is now ready to wear!