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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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  • 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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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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Looking for a great gift or stocking stuffer for girls?  This is a fun and quick project that you can complete in  a few minutes.  Clips work great for little girls, but these can also be attached to bobby pins or even to pin-backs for brooches.


  • Poly Satin fabric scraps (you can also use organza or other fabric, just make sure it’s a polyester fabric)
  • coordinating ribbon
  • hair clips
  • tweezers, pinch-type clothespin, or an extra hair clip (for holding fabric over flame)
  • candle and lighter
  • needle and embroidery floss or strong thread
  • small glass beads or pearls
  • scrap of felt
  • hot glue gun
  • water (to dunk fabric in, in case of fire)
  • Sizzix with circle die or small circles to trace and cut out from fabric

How To:

Cut fabric circles of various sizes using Sizzix. I used two or three circles of each size on mine.  I used a total of three colors.

Wrap hair clip with ribbon, gluing as you go. Use the following pictures for guidance.clip 1Clip 2PA291460

Holding fabric circle with tweezers, clothes pin, or extra clip, CAREFULLY and SLOWLY lower towards flame until the edges begin to singe and curl.  DO NOT ALLOW FABRIC TO TOUCH FLAME! Turn fabric circle until the entire edge is singed.  KEEP WATER CLOSE BY TO DOUSE ANY ACCIDENTAL FLAMES!


Layer fabric circles together until you like the way they look and place felt circle on the back.

Tie a knot in floss and pull a stitch up through the felt and all the fabric layers.


Flip flower over and add beads.


Stitch back through the flower and tie off floss.

flower 2

Use hot glue gun to attach flower to clip. The felt backing sticks better with the glue than the fabric does.

flower clip

flower clip 2

Let the glue cool and it’s ready to wear!

flower in hair

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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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Altered VHS Case Mini-Book or Storage Box

I picked up a bunch of these cases for 10 cents each thinking that there had to be something cool to do with them. I set them on a bookshelf and it made me think…what a cool way to store a mini book or photos/momentos of a special occasion! It keeps everything together in a durable, easy to store case.

Supplies Needed:
-VHS case with clear plastic cover
-Patterned papers of your choice (I also used a Hambly overlay)
-Embellishments of your choice
-Ribbon and/or fabric tape (7gypsies Gaffer tape works well)
-Small binder rings or bind-it-all and small coils if you wish to bind your book
-Alphabet stickers or stamps or a printed title

1. If you are re-using a VHS case, remove the paper “label” from under the plastic cover and use it as a template to cut your patterned papers. If your case does not have a label, measure the space and cut your patterned paper to size. If you have double-sided paper, that’s a bonus, because it will show on the inside as well!

2. Carefully slide your cut patterned paper inside the cover. If you are adding an overlay, measure to size, and slide that in as well. (see detail pic, for reference)

3. Use ribbon and a good glue or gaffer tape around the outside of the cover, to add some texture. (see detail pic for reference)

4. Add any other desired embellishments. Flat embellishments can go on the inside of the cover, “lumpy” ones on the outside. If you are applying embellishments to the outside, be sure to use a really good glue.  Here’s a detail pic.  You can see how I added the overlay inside the plastic cover, the gaffer tape on top, the flower on top, and the chipboard in the bottom right corner.

5. Add a title under or over the cover on the spine.

6. Leave as-is for a photo case or…

7. Cut several pieces of cardstock to approximately 4″ x 6.5″ (exact size will depend on the case you are using) I chose black cardstock to make the colors pop.  I also used some Hambly overlays on their own as pages. 

8. Punch holes in the cardstock pages for binding

9. Embellish pages with patterned paper, ribbon, photos, embellishments as desired.

10. Bind pages and store in case.  Since I’m doing a make-ahead book, I punched the pages with my bind it all, but I’m temporarily tying with ribbon, so that I can add some full-size 4×6 prints as additional pages when I get them from this year’s vacation.  Here are some of the inner pages:

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Ever wonder how to give a new look to your silk or fabric flowers?  Well I was wondering last week, and this is what I came up with.  My sample is w/ a Bo-Bunny Silk flower but it could be done w/ any silk flower or fabric flower.  I hope you enjoy doing these as much as I do.

Here is a close-up of the flower, and I promise, yours will look as pretty as this one and I also promise that it’s really simple.




  • silk flower (or die cut fabric flower)
  • cuttlebug embossing folder
  • ink 
  • scissors
  • strong adhesive (I used my X150 w/ permanent adhesive)
  • button
  • ribbon



1. I took my silk flower and passed it through my X150 (those itty bitty sticker machines that look like a letter X).  You could use any other adhesive, but you want something that can do a good cover and you do NOT want repositionable adhesive.  You want a good strong adhesive that is going to hold on good.  And keep that fabric or flower in place.
NOTE:  If you do not have silk flowers then you could either die cut a flower from fabric or you could free-hand cut a fabric flower.  Or you could so stars, or hearts, or whatever you heart desires at a specific moment that is the awesome thing about this technique.

2. You want to glue the flower to a piece of cardstock.  I like using non-texture cardstock, or the back of my texture-cardstock.


2. Burnish that flower down into the cardstock.  This is a key step, you want that flower not to peel from the cardstock (that is why I do NOT like repositionable tape and why I DO like non-texture cardstock).

I used my bone folder to burnish the flower from the center of the flower to the end of each petal.  Do NOT overlap petals, you want to be able to see clearly the separation between petals for easy cutting.

To be sure I even burnished mine from the back.  😉



img_14303. Cut out the flower, yes, you read correctly, you are going to cut out the flower.  Try to not allow any cardstock be seen from the front.  I like doing this task w/ a small pair of scissors.







4.  The fun part…. put your cut-out flower inside your Cuttlebug embossing folder.  I like how the Swiss Dot looks like when all is set and done, but you could  use any of them, there are so many!

I played around where exactly to place mine, ’cause I wanted to have little dots in almost all my end of each petal, but that is up to your discretion. 






5. Check it out!  Isn’t it cool?!?!?!  I just love how different they look!  Now you can add some distress inks, ribbon,  a button or a brad or another layer of a different size/color flower w/ a different embossing folder (the combinations are endless) and voilá you have ONE AWESOME embellishment from that not so cool (in comparison) flower.  😉

I also used my fingers to add some dimension to the flower by bending the petal (check out the close-up image).  Since the base of your flower is cardstock now the new shape you give to those petals WILL stay… woohooo!!!!!



Have fun!


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If you’re looking for a last-minute Halloween project, or want to get a head-start on Christmas decor, this is a great, relatively inexpensive project to decorate your house or give as a gift!

The only things I had to buy for this project were black paint, black glitter (LOVE the Martha Stewart glitter) and some Halloween papers.  All the fabrics, ribbons, lace, buttons, etc. came from my stash.  (A lot of the vintage lace and other items are picked up at yard, rummage, and estate sales for practically nothing!)


-medium to large corrugated cardboard box OR roll of corrugated cardstock OR plenty of heavy cardstock and a paper crimper

– tulle (or wide ribbon)

-patterned paper with coordinating stickers or other embellies  (The Halloween Kit from SavvynSassy would be GREAT for this project!)

-coordinating lace, trim, and ribbon scraps

-stapler (NOT the mini-stapler….you’ll need a good office stapler) and staples


-coordinating glitter

-Large alphas (I traced large chipboard letters onto cardstock and cut them out, but you could use chipboard, stickers, words printed from the computer, etc)

-scalloped cardstock OR scalloped punch OR deco scissors

Optional Supplies:

-sewing machine

-sand paper or distressing tools

– stickles


-googly eyes 🙂

-embroidery floss and large needle

-circle cutter or something to trace


Step 1 – Prep

A. Prep your cardboard

Tip:I started out with a used cardboard box, and pulled most of the top layer of paper off to reveal the corrgated layer.  But it takes a lot of time, so you may want to use a roll of corrugated cardboard or cardstock and a crimper instead.  The benefits of using an old box though–it’s cheap and it adds a lot of character, since you can tear off part of the top layer and leave some of it.  It results in a very cool vintage/distress look after paint.

B.  Trace the pennant pattern onto the box and cut out.  Mine was 5 1/2 inches across the top, and 6 3/4 inches on each side.  If you want, you could do a circle, square, etc.

C. Cover your workspace with plenty of newspaper for protection

D. Trace and cut out letters if desired.

Step 2 – Paint and Glitter

A. Paint with a generous layer of acrylic paint and allow to dry.

B. While paint is drying, prep your letters.  I chose to trace and cut mine out of cardstock, but you can use just about anything.  I covered mine with a layer of glue and then covered with silver glitter.

Tip: If you use this method, make sure to put foil or waxed paper under them, so they come up without tearing.

C. When the first layer of paint has dried, apply a thin second layer and make sure that they are fully covered in paint.

D.  Working quickly, dust glitter over the entire surface of the wet paint.  Make sure you get the glitter on while the paint is still very wet, or it won’t stick.

E. Allow letters and shapes to dry completely.

Tip: Overnight works great!

Step 3 – The fun stuff!

A. Add a scalloped edge to the top of each shape.  I punched a border on black cardstock, then cut it off and glued the strip to the back of each shape, with the scalloped edge showing over the top.

B. Embellish to your hearts desire!  Here are some ideas I used:

-cut circles from patterned paper to layer your letters on.  Distress the edges, then sew for a vintage look

-cut images from pattered paper

-add flowers, buttons, and ribbons along the top of the shape

-search for templates online and create cute creatures from felt to add to your banner (I did a google search for a bat template and got tons of results

C. Add letters to your shapes

D. Add more glitter!  I used stickles to embellish my embellishments.  Here are some ideas:

-create a spiderweb on your patterned paper

-add glitter to stickers, felt, and other embellies

E. Allow everything to dry.

F. Attach to tulle or wide ribbon for hanging.  While you can punch holes and thread the ribbon or tulle through, I found it easier to turn over each piece and attach to the bunched tulle with a stapler.  I then covered the staple ends on the front side with a button or other embellishment.

Tip: If, after attaching to the tulle or ribbon, your shapes don’t want to hang flat, try gluing a flat marble to the bottom back of each one to act as a weight.

Using these same techniques, you could also make a single pennant banner!  Here are some other completed projects, using the same idea:

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