Saturday, January 7, 2017

What to do with coloring book pages?

Last year was the year of trying new things.  I started creating pages in adult coloring books.  As people found out this was an interest of mine I was gifted more books, coloring pencils, etc.  This year I have tried to figure out what to do with some of these fun pages.  Four bookmarks later, the result.  All are different, and could be used as greeting cards (with your favorite message) or perhaps earring cards for gifting (earrings can be attached inside of the card).  It is joined at the top and opens to mark your spot in your favorite book.  My hubby said with a grin, "what's a book", as most reading is done online or Kindle. These are fun to make with no pattern,  and I'm trying to exercise my artistic skills, teaching new ways to use color and shade.  Lots of free materials out there on Pinterest.

Cut to size card making heavy stock in complimentary colors
Round the corners
Find small ribbon to tie it all together at the top
Hole punch top (try to center it) (or glue together)
Top paper colored original is glued to the top sheet of colored paper with Beacon 3 in 1 glue
You can open up this card and write your own message, inspiration, thought or mantra for the day

So fun to make, and every time the giftee picks up a book, they will think of you, the gifter.

Just a thought for today...

a joyful gem for you....

Testing, prep for 2017 Bead Soup....

Testing (can I still remember how to post stuff?)  These are several years old (no longer in my collection) but were some of my favorites, using many techniques.  Embossed, painted, hammering, drilling, etc.  1" square, Vintaj components and just plain cute.  For the last 6 years I have primarily made just earrings.  Lived in a community where artsy stuff was appreciated and collected, I was grateful to move jewelry from my art table to others' homes (ears).

Am glad to see I can still remember how to post stuff (testing, testing, 1, 2, 3)

Be joyful....
January 7th, 2017

Thursday, October 10, 2013

This is Ranger - Coton de Tulear, 2 years old in July, 2013.  He just made puppies this week and they will be available for viewing, purchase, in the December timeframe from:

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Third Reveal - Bead Soup

Greetings BS travellers.  Scroll down to see what I got from my very generous partner Karla Morgan .  Since I'm a very busy pet sitter I chose the last date, and got started on my project early, and it's a good thing as I would have run out of time.  I would have liked to use all of her fabulous beads, but alas my dogs require my attention.  Lots of future design possibilities with the leftovers.

My first idea flopped - right out of the gate with a mistake.  I wanted to do a wire wrapped frame around the gorgeous focal (jasper or agate) I chose to use.  My wire cracked/chipped the top drilled hole in the corner so I cut it off and had to start over.  I decided to use the Tiger Eye chips and "sew" them using fine Softflex beading wire twice. This idea totally covered up the crack and actually gave me more symmetry  and seemed to tie things together more. I sewed the chips to cover the top once around the front and then again around  the back.  Where there's a will.... (usually ) there's a way.  I really like the way it turned out too.  My 2nd mistake was in editing pictures.  Can't believe I spelled neclace wrong - please substitute necklace.  duh

I'm always amazed at what detail people come up with.  I'm kind of a simple gal and prefer varied textures, colors and shapes.  Here's my finished piece and I love it at 18" long, just perfect for me.
I used Karlas focal and clasp in this neclace plus some of her chips, quartz squares and Tiger Eye rectangles. The back neck beads are a very cool and colorful seed bead that I just love, had on hand and were the perfect finish complementing the colors so well.   I live in Arizona so these reds really speak to me.

Bracelet:  Karla sent me 6 beautiful  oval 15cm jasper rocks and it just so happened that I had some very similar smaller faceted beads that worked great to compliment.  My copper Tierra Cast toggle really pulled these shapes togther.  I followed the theme somewhat with 10mm Quartz faceted rounds sandwitched with 18 mini copper wire wrapped beadies.  Different sizes, colors and shapes helped thrill me even more.  It's the little things, right?  My copper balls helped the wire spin and swirl around the softflex. Feels great on the wrist.

Everybody loves earrings, and I'm one of those nuts that like to sorta match.  Enough leftovers in this soup to whip up 2 pairs to be worn whenever the mood strikes me.  Shall I wear a single drop (matching the big beads in the bracelet) or shall I go for the triple whammie..... hmmmmm. you decide.

Today I wore my necklace in to Kohls, and the checker complimented me on my necklace.  Was so nice to thank her and tell her I made it myself.   Enjoy the rest of your BS journey.  Thank you so much Karla, I love my new wearables.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

I'm So Excited.....

Can't show you what I made (yet), but can tell you that I finished my SOUP yesterday.  Mum's the word on what I made, what I used, but stay tuned.  Come on back on  April 13th to see what's cookin'.  I'm pleased.  Still have more beads and will try to work up something else if I can spare the time.  I didn't want to let my partner down, so got right on it.

Keep cooking, Chefs..... - BEAD SOUP CHEFS, THAT IS.

thejoyfulgem - Joyce

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Beads from Karla for BEAD SOUP 2013

ooooooeeeeee, lookeeeee lookeee.  this is what I got in my soup from my partner Karla from Texas.
I love everything.  Now, the tough part is to figure out what to do first.  This is always my biggest challenge, not having that natural creative gene.  Thank you Karla - I love it all.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Bead Soup.....time is ticking

For now, please start making up your soup
with these rules in mind.....

500 people, 3 different groups and reveal dates, and some minor rules.  I sent my stuff to my partner, Karla in Texas, and she sent and I received my packet of wonderful beads.  I will be photographing what I received and post it here.   Here were our requirements of what we were to send. (the rules)
We are each supposed to challenge ourselves to make something, using the focal bead and a clasp, not necessarily in the same piece.  It does not have to be jewelry, although this is a beading group.  So we are off to the races.   Thank you Karla for my wonderful bowl of soup!

 :: One focal ::
 ::  One special clasp (not a lobster claw) ::
::  Some coordinating beads (no need to send a million) ::
No religious items -- crosses, Buddhas, goddesses, etc.
No political items.
No naked bits of bodies (yup, it's happened.)
No cabochons unless you're sending to a seed beader.
Please do not show what you are planning to send 
until after your partner has received it.

You can also join the 
to join in the chat and the excitement
and get tips and tricks from veteran Soupers.

Thank you and stay tuned!