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Lately I have been using “seed beads” to embellish my scrapbook pages and projects. I do not “string” the beads. I adhere them! I have been asked many questions about this so I decided to make it the topic of my August Tutorial for SNS.
What are seed beads? 
Here is a Wikipedia link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seed_bead that gives a great explanation and a photo. I buy my beads wherever I see some that strike my fancy. Usually, they are quite low cost.
Here is a photo of some beads I have on hand:

Endless variety is available in colour and type of seed beads!

  Here is a layout I created using seed beads: 

Photo credit: Pam Sandy”]

Photo A

Papers: Reminisce and BasicGrey’s Dasher Collection  

Seed beads: Clear glass and red glass  

Beads were used to enhance paper design, accent the flowers,  and pinpoint the snowflake centres   

Close-up view:  

Detailed view of clear & red glass seed beads”]

Photo B

How- to:  

1. First gather your supplies.   

– Glossy Accents by Ranger  

– Small container for your seed beads (Here, I’ve used a tiny fast-food BBQ sauce tub that I washed out and saved.)  

– Beads of your choice  

– Your project~  I have decided to embellish a journaling tag for this tutorial.  

NOTE: You will also want something such as waxed paper to cover/protect your work area.  

Supplies needed to add seed beads to an embellishment

I use Glossy Accents by Ranger as my bead adhesive.   


I prefer Glossy Accents because it  has a fine precision- tip applicator, adheres things where I need it to, and adds a clear, hard coating  that is shiny when it dries. 

Additionally, it is ACID FREE!  

Glossy Accents by Ranger

 2.  Apply a small dab of Glossy Accents where you wish to adhere a bead to your project.  

Applying a dab or "drop" of Glossy Accents

3. Then move your applicator tip over to your little tub of beads. Dab the tip of applicator onto the bead you want, “catching it” on the tiny amt of adhesive that it already on the tip.  

"Catching" a bead with tip of applicator

 4. Move applicator, with the caught bead, over to the dab of Glossy Accents on your project. Touch the bead to the adhesive on the project. The bead will go into place:  it seems to “release” from it’s position on applicator’s tip. This works best if the applicator tip has only a tiny amount of adhesive on it- and the dab on your project is larger- effectively pulling the bead off the applicator. (Try this- you will see what I mean! LOL)     

"Caught" seed bead is moved into place.

  5.  You can also use Glossy Accents in this way to adhere  a line of beads, as seen in photo B]. Work in a 1-inch long line.  

Just work a little more quickly, being sure the line of adhesive you have applied to the area does not start to dry out.  

If it does, reapply.  Glossy Accents works on curved lines in the same way!  

Sample shows Glossy Accents used to adhere seed beads on curved lines

6. Don’t worry: the Glossy Accents adhering the beads will look “wet,” but only for a few minutes! Allow to dry flat.    

Looks "wet" but will dry quite fast to a glossy, hard finish.

 7. All dry and ready to use on  your Layout!

Ready to use on a scrapbooking project

Other ideas for using seed beads: 

1. Stickles and cardstock flower-shapes can be covered in beads, then sealed with Glossy Accents to embellish the centre of a  handmade flower, as seen here:

Note Stickles, cardstock floral center & seed beads, sealed with Glossy Accents

2. Use a rounded “pile” of seed beads sealed with Glossy Accents to enhance a flower:

Floral centers using seed beads in different types of faux flowers. Ric Rac seen here is from the SNS August 2010 "Summer Adventures" Ribbon Kit

 Light yellow ric rac from August 2010 Ribbon Kit.  Link to this  beautiful “Summer Adventures” Kit is HERE.

3. Use a fine line of beads to accent a detail on patterned paper ( in this case a fern leaf): 

Beads can accent a fine line on your patterned paper

Yellow satin-edged organza and ric rac from August 2010 Ribbon Kit.  Link to this  beautiful “Summer Adventures” Kit is HERE.

 4. Use your beads to accent an embellishment, in this case a butterfly:

Butterfly wings sparkle with the addition of clear glass beads!

5. Embellish a cardstock medallion with concentric rings of beads to accent its’ pattern:

Cardstock medallion embellished with seed beads

6. Polka-dotted patterned paper becomes a 3-D  background when beads are adhered to it to accentuate its’ visual impact:

"Astilbe: Front Garden" created with SNS August 2010 Ribbon Kit- "Summer Adventures"

 Deep melon-red satin-edged organza ribbon from August 2010 Ribbon Kit.  Link to this  beautiful “Summer Adventures” Kit is HERE.

Have fun with those seed beads and “Thanks” for visiting us here at the SNS Blog today for this scrappy “How-to” all about seed beads! Come back soon!

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Hi it’s Janet here with a little tutorial for you.

If you are like me I love all the flourishes and swirls that are made of crystals and bling but sometimes I find them a little pricey.
So I am going to show you a way to make a version of them that isn’t expensive at all and I think they look very pretty.

Here are the supplies that you will need.

Office type transparency
Stickles or liquid pearls
Flourish template

In my first example I used a Bazzill template that has evenly spaced holes in it. Lay it on top of your transparency.

Place stickles or liquid pearls into each hole of the template.

Carefully remove the template. Here is what you will have.

In my next example I used a Crafters Workshop template that does not have holes so I placed the template on the transparency and traced the swirl with a pencil.

Remove the template and evenly space your stickles along the pencil line. You can always erase the pencil lines between the dots of stickles.

Now let your stickles dry. It will take quite a bit of time,maybe even over night is a good idea. Once they are dry cut them out and use them on your projects.

I think they look pretty good! I hope you give it a try.
Here is my layout using my handmade flourishes.

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Here is another one of my very favorite techniques that we learned at the Copic Certification course. I’ve been DYING to show you this one!! 🙂

Palette Blending
This is similar to tip-to-tip blending; however, it’s easier to see how much ink you’re picking up with this technique. You can use any plastic container for this one – and the nice thing is you can reuse your palette at a future date…just rewet your colors. 🙂 Also, you can get creative and mix a few colors together this way to see what you come up with. Okay – so basically, you choose three colors. For my example, I used the colors Y21 as my base color and G24 and R27 as my accent colors. I used an acrylic block for my palette, but you can use whatever you wish. Lots of people like to use the top of a CD case as this gives them lots of room to work.

The first thing I do is add some of my accent colors to my palette block (kinda hard to see the green, but it’s there).

Then using my main color (in this case, my Y21) I pick up a little of the accent color and start coloring from the base of my object into the center. I do the same with my second accent color from the top and blend these into the center taking care each time to make sure my marker tip has been cleaned off. I use my main color to finish coloring in the center of the object. This just gives the item a much smoother look when you need the colors to transition into one another.

For example, here you can see how I still have some green on the tip of my yellow marker to add some darker shading to the green at the bottom of my image. Just a note….I used VERY little red when doing this image as the red picks up so very fast!! You have to be careful and might even want to brush some off on a scrap piece of paper before applying to your “good” image.

Here is my finsihed image, which is ready to be cut out and applied to my project (hence the reason I didn’t care if I went out of the lines a bit)!! 🙂

And here is another image where I used the same colors on Tilda’s dress.

This technique is so much fun….I really hope you’ll give it a whirl.  Try using all sorts of different colors…the possibilities are endless!! 🙂

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I love to reuse and repurpose! I discovered another use for the fabric in old jeans. I make “scruffy posies” from the denim! With the distressed look one of the “in” things right now, the posies are sure to find a home on one of your layouts – or even a card! 

Want to try it? Read on!

Denim scraps from old jeans

First, gather some old denim, the scruffier, the better!

Denim circles, large darning needle, ribbon scraps

 Using scissors or pinking shears, cut some circles in graduated sizes. Make 3-4  circles  for each posy you’re creating.  

1 layer of posy after being "scruffed"

Place circle on a surface that is specifically for arts and crafts- not your table top, as it will become scratched! I used a craft mat.  

Using your darning needle or other sharp pointed instrument, scruff all around the edges of each circle, pulling threads  as you go. The threads will stick out “every which way;”  that’s just what we want!

Layered denim flower

 When you have finished scruffing the edges, layer the circles one atop the other.

CRAFTY TIP : Dark denim is usually lighter on the inside. Flip the second circle over when you layer it atop the first one.. This gives subtle colour contrast on the surface of your flower.

Note white stitch in center, holding assembled flower together.

Thread a needle with embroidery floss (I use it because it’s strong) and put a stitch throught the center of your posie to hold the layers in place. At this point you could use the floss to emboider a “center” in your flower. I don’t do this, I just finished the floss off with a knot in the back.

There- you have a scruffy posie! Ready to embellish?

Ideas for embellishing your posie with  “leaves” and flower “centers”:

Pretty ribbon can be used as leaves for your posies

1. Make some pretty ribbon “leaves” for your posies.  SNS Ribbon is perfect for this!  This is a great opportunity to use up small scraps of precious ribbon  treasure!

Patterned paper scraps make realistic leaves

2. Add a pretty button center. Adhere with a Glue Dot.

Floral button posie with Sizzlit leaves

3.  Use your Sizzix or other cutting system and some scraps of patterned paper  to create leaves. (BasicGrey’s “Perhaps” Collection patterned paper was used for the top flower.)  The Sizzlit die used for these leaves is  labelled  “Flower, center and leaf.” Only the leaves were used.

Leaves hand-cut from paper scraps

4. Try your hand at cutting some leaves from scraps. The leaves above were created with some scraps of Dream Street paper. The slightly distressed copper-look button is perfect for this scruffy posie!


5. Match buttons and ribbon for a “put-together” look.  For another look, you could  sew the buttons in place with matching floss or  thread rather than adhering with a glue dot.

6. The Dollar store is a great source of “faux” flowers. You can use leaves from them to embellish your posies.  Just remember to distress them so that they are suitably “scruffy!”

Sizzlit Architectural Accent #3: A source for swirls

Sizzlit Architectural Accent #4: A source for swirls

 7. Want some vines or swirls around your flower?  Keep your eyes peeled, because they’re everywhere! I found some in my “Architectural Accent” (#3 and  #4) Sizzlit dies,  as you can see above. Using scissors, I simply  trimmed out the swirly portions I needed. Presto: Vines!

Swirls and Scruffy Posies

7.  Here is my finished layout, using 3 scruffy posies embellished with buttons and swirls, and accented by Distress Stickles in Walnut Stain.

 St. Andrews Anglican Church, Lawrencetown, NS (2007)

 Thanks for  being here, hope you enjoyed this “making Scruffy Posies” tutorial. Can’t wait to see what YOU’LL create!

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  • white or light-colored cardstock
  • tea
  • pans or cooling racks
  • hole punch
  • ribbon, twine, or trim

1. Brew a pot of strong tea.  You can cool it or use it hot.  Hotter tends to dye the cardstock darker, but it also breaks the paper down a bit more.  If you are going for aged and distressed though, that’s not a bad thing.  🙂

2. Cut cardstock to the desired size of your tags.

3. Pour tea into a bowl and slip the tags into it, making sure they don’t stick together at first.

4. I add the teabags into the bowl as well if I’m going for a blotchy, uneven aged appearance on the tags.

5. When the tags have reached the color you want, carefully remove from the tea and place in a single layer on a pan or cooling rack. You can let them air dry or place in a barely warm oven just until dry.  I’ve found that the tags curl up a little more in the oven, but I like that. 🙂

6. Here’s a picture of the died tags with a couple that haven’t been died.

7. Stamp with desired images, punch holes, and string with twine or ribbon.

8.  Try different types of teas for different colors!  I’ve used different herbal teas to get aged pastels.

9. Use as a scrapbooking embellishment or gift tag.  Here I’ve used one on a gift bag using the beautiful May SNS kit and hand-crinkled seam binding!

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This is the template for the tri-shutter card.


1. Cut out a 12″ by 5.5″ piece of cardstock

2. Score the cardstock vertically at the 2″, 4″, 8″ and 10″ marks

3. Make 2 horizontal cuts from the 2″ to the 10″ mark, both 1.5″ for the edge of the paper

4. Crease the paper as shown on the template – the dash-dots lines are mountains and the dashes are valleys. You will get the following:

5. Decorate the card to your heart’s desire!

When the card is closed:

When the card is open:


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I’m going to show you how to make these cute and super easy crepe paper ruffles! I loved the look of crepe ruffles, but was intimidated to try to make them myself. I finally got up the nerve and I can’t believe how easy they turned out to be!


  • crepe paper (the crepe paper streamer rolls you can get at the dollar store are great for this!)
  • sewing machine and matching (or contrasting) thread
  • ribbon and/or seam binding or thin ribbon (Velvet and grosgrain ribbon I used came from the Feb SNS Cupcake Delight Kit.

1. Gather your supplies and thread your sewing machine.  I used a contrasting color of thread so it would be easier to see for this tutorial, but you can use matching or contrasting depending on how you want your finished ruffles to look.

2. For mini ruffles, cut a good length of streamer and fold it in half, using your fingernail or a bone folder to crease in the middle.  (Skip this step if you want wider ruffles)

3. Start feeding your folded crepe paper through your sewing machine.  BE VERY CAREFUL!!  Slowly sew down the middle of the folded crepe paper, bunching up the crepe paper as it goes under the machine foot.  Don’t try to make the folds even.  The beauty of these ruffles comes from their imperfections.

4. Work to the end of your paper.

5. I love adding a piece of velvet ribbon or grosgrain over the middle of the mini-ruffles.  I just attach this with glue, since the ribbon is too heavy to easily sew through with all the layers of crepe.

6. If you want to add a contrasting color without gluing on ribbon, use thin ribbon or seam binding and stitch it to the crepe paper as you are creating the ruffles.  Here I used a crepe paper streamer at it’s full width and stitched pink seam binding to the middle for a wider two-tone ruffle.

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USING SCRAPS to create Embellies

(thanks to my friend SARES for the inspiration to try this technique)

1. Gather your supplies, scraps, adhesive, punch and a base cardstock piece (I use 8 ½ x 11)

2. Glue the pieces together onto the cardstock to form a collage of scraps.

3. Cover as much of the cardstock as you think you will need!

4. Use your punch to punch out shapes that show several scraps in an appealing way.

5. These little embellishments are fun to arrange and rearrange due to their varied colors!

6. Place punched pieces onto your layout and enjoy!

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This is a fun “trash to treasure” project perfect for Christmas!  Following is the list of supplies I used, but you can adapt this to whatever you have on hand, as long as you have cardboard, glitter, and glue.


  • Corrugated cardboard box or sheet
  • Martha Stewart glitter in various colors
  • Liquid glue
  • Various patterned papers
  • Pop dots or other foam adhesive
  • Vintage sheet music
  • Ribbon and trim (I used ribbons and trim from the SNS Nov kit) and/or crinkled seam binding (mine is from etsy)
  • Tag shapes to trace and cut out or die cut tags of varying sizes
  • Distressing tool (or use scissors edge)
  • Eyelet and setting tool
  • Scissors
  • Pen
  • Scallop Punch
  • Distress Ink

1. Start with corrugated cardboard.  If yours has paper on both sides, just peel off the paper on one side.  As long as it’s not printed, you don’t have to get it perfect.

2. Draw rough tree shapes on the back of the cardboard.  Again doesn’t need to be perfect.

3. Cut them out.

4.  They should look about like this when you flip them back over.  Ink the “trunk” part of the tree. (I forgot to take a picture of this.)

5. Spread with liquid glue and sprinkle with glitter.  Keep in mind that the more glue you have on it, the more glittery your tree will be.

6. Play around with lots of colors!

7. Trace and cut out  (or die cut) several tags, so that they are slightly different sizes.

8. Distress the edges and stack them up with 3d foam adhesive between the layers.

9.  Punch and distress scalloped circle and add to tag.

10. Add some ribbon/trim/seam binding and attach eyelet.

11. When glue and glitter are completely dry, add tree to tag.

12. Add ribbon through eyelet.

13.  Use as is for a gift tag or attach to the front of a card or altered notebook for a gift!

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This is a very easy project. It is a bit time consuming but when you are done you will have a gorgeous tree.

You will need:

Styrofoam tree whatever size you like (I got mine at Michaels)
Pins & about 6 decorative pins for the top row
coordinating ribbon

ribbontree1 (Large)

The first thing you need to do is to cut your ribbon into strips about 2 – 2 1/2 inches in length. I cut as I went so I didn’t have left overs.

ribbontree2 (Large)

Next what you want to do is to fold the ribbon in half and use the pin to place it on your tree like this:

ribbontree3 (Large)

Then you continue all the way along the bottom:

ribbontree4 (Large)

For the next row you place your ribbon up a bit making sure to cover the pins. You can vary the placement depending on how “full” you want your tree.

ribbontree5 (Large)

Continue all the way up your tree. On the final row you want to use decroative pins because these will show. I left the top of my tree like that but you could use a star to top it or buttons.

ribbontree6 (Large)


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