Welcome to my blog!My name is Melody M. Nuñez - I’m an artist, a writer, and an art teacher. To learn more about me and the book I published - An Altered Existence: Fictitious Stories About Faces from the Past - please view the “About” & "Book" pages…
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Congratulations to the winners of my photo watches giveaway! The winners are:
Watch #1: Karen
Watch #2: Linda
Watch #3: Oksana
I hope you enjoy making your photo watch jewelry, ladies! Please email me your mailing addresses so I can send your watches to you. You can follow the directions I shared in this post to make your own Vintage Photo Watches. :]
I’m reposting this project today – and this time I’m actually including the photos. ;] This super cool project turns old watches into photo keepsake jewelry. I’d like to say I dreamed up the idea for these amazing “photo watches”, but I didn’t. I saw a photo of them on Facebook and was instantly smitten. If you search online you’ll find other examples that are similar. It’s a simple idea – one that I love SO much. They’re easy to execute (except getting the back off the watch!), and make lovely and unique jewelry.
As you may know, I LOVE vintage photos. I collect them, have a drawer full of them, and use them in my artwork. I often use photos of strangers that I’ve purchased in my projects, but sometimes I use old family photos. My three samples make use of two cherished family photos, as well as one of the vintage photos I altered in my book – An Altered Existence.
Left: One of the characters from the story Cast from a Different Mold (in my book)
Center: My Grandma Neva in the 1920’s
Right: My Aunt Bobby as a little girl, in her swimming cap and bathing suit
I wear the watches featuring the photos of my aunt and grandma on a regular basis, and I often wear both at the same time. I sometimes pause during the day and look at their photos with love and gratitude. It makes me happy to have them close, particularly since they’ve both passed on…
Old watches – they don’t have to run
Photos – either copies or (if you’re daring) originals
Diamond Glaze or Mod Podge (optional)
Something to pry or screw open the backs of the watches
1. Open the back of the watch. You may need to reference the web to figure out how to open a specific type of watch, as I did. Two of the watches opened by prying them open with a metal tool, and one screwed open.
2. Select photos that will fit in the window of your watch. Make copies if need be.
3. Lightly trace the back of the watch onto the photo with pencil and trim the photo to fit inside the watch.
4. Remove the watch “innards” so you can place the photo inside. You may need to trim the photo a bit more to get it to fit and line up properly.
5. Secure the photo inside the watch – either with Diamond Glaze or by putting the watch innards back in the watch behind the photo. If you opt to affix the photo to the inside of the clear face cover, use a thin swipe of Diamond Glaze to “glue” it to the plastic or glass. I did this with the two round-faced watches because the photos were color copies, and were thinner. For the gold watch with the rectangular face I simply put the photo in and then placed the watch innards behind it.
6. Close up the back of the watch, wear, and enjoy!
I love how these pieces turned out, and look forward to making more. For me the tricky part is finding watch bands that fit my (big-boned) wrist. I ordered a few lots of watches from eBay in order to make this project, and because some of the watches are just too small for me I’m offering some of the watches that didn’t work out for me in a giveaway. If you win one of the watches you can customize it your own way – whether you opt to use a color photo or something black and white, as I did.
To enter, simply leave a comment on this post saying which watch you’d choose from the three I’m offering. Please include your first and second choices. I’ll choose names at random and will assign watches to folks until they’re all spoken for. The winners will be notified here on my blog a week from today, on March 26, 2014. Good luck!
The winner is… KATHERINE REGIER!
Congratulations on winning, Katherine! I know you’ll love the Big Shot, dies and embossing folders. Please email me your mailing address so I can send out your prize pack.
Big thanks to all who participated in this giveaway. Please stay tuned for my upcoming giveaways and more bloggy goodness!
Hi everyone! I did some crafting this past weekend, and thought I’d share some of the things I made with my trusty Big Shot – particularly since I’m currently hosting a giveaway for a Big Shot. I’m still getting to know my machine, and thought I’d try some new things. For example, I have some embossing foil I was dying to make use of, and also wanted to use a new die I recently purchased. The results? Some quick and easy Christmas Ornaments and Gift Card Holders!
Sizzix Big Shot machine
Ornament die – #A10126
Christmas Tree, Ornament, Snowflake & Stocking die – #A10599
Dots #4 Embossing Folder – bonus item from die #658189
Snow Village Embossing Folder – bonus item from die #658189
Little Sizzles white mat board – #656492
ArtEmboss embossing foil in silver, red, and gold
Vintage ledger paper
Vintage lace trim
Red striped washi tape
*Chipboard or mat board
I die cut red and gold embossing foil using the ornament die. Once the ornament was cut, I ran it through the Big Shot machine again using the patterned embossing folders. I finished each ornament by die cutting the silver ornament cap area and gluing it over the existing colored foil.
*Note: I didn’t mount the foil onto matboard or chipboard for more stability when making these “test ornaments”, but would recommend you do so since the foil is very pliable and is easily bent.
Mat Board Ornaments
For the vintage ornament, I glued the ledger paper to the mat board before cutting out the ornament shape. Next I affixed the lace trim and the button, and then glued on the silver ornament cap I’d cut from embossing foil.
The snowflake ornament was made by wrapping red and white washi tape around the ornament (two strips), and then gluing on a snowflake I’d cut from silver embossing foil. After gluing a rhinestone button to the center of the snowflake I attached the silver ornament cap I’d cut from embossing foil.
Gift Card Holders
Sizzix Big Shot Machine
Gift Card Holder die – #658189
Extended Crease Pad – #656159
Christmas Tree, Ornament, Snowflake & Stocking die – #A10599
Framelits Phrases – stamps & dies set – #658838
Little Sizzles white mat board – #656492
Printed & plain cardstock
Black ink pad
Run the Gift Card Holder die through the machine with a cutting pad on the bottom, the Extended Crease Pad on the top. (The crease pad keeps the die from cutting on the lines that are intended to be scored instead of cut) Fold the two small tabs in, apply glue or double stick tape to them, and then fold in to make the pocket for the card to rest in. Fold the rest of the gift card holder on the scored fold lines. Embellish as desired.
Green Gift Card Holder: I embellished this holder with a tree cut from dark green card stock. I glued a rhinestone atop the tree, wrapped a silver trim/thread around one end, and tied a bow.
Blue Gift Card Holder: I embellished this card holder with a white mat board snowflake. I finished by gluing a vintage button on top of the snowflake.
Floral Gift Card Holder: I embellished this holder with a “Happy Birthday” sentiment (set 658838). I stamped the sentiment in black ink on watercolor paper, and cut it and the floral border paper out using two sizes of framelits from the set.
Quick, Easy & Very Versatile
I think it’s easy to see how versatile the ornament and gift card holder projects are. By mixing different colors, textures, base materials and embellishments, you can use these dies to create endless variations. I just scratched the surface when crafting the other day, and look forward to using these dies – in different ways – for years to come.
Have You Entered the Giveaway Yet?
I’m giving away a Sizzix Big Shot Value Pack, and hope you’ll join in the giveaway fun and enter if you haven’t already. The winner will be announced a week from today. Click here to go to the giveaway page!
I’m super thrilled to share that this giveaway is for a Sizzix Big Shot Value Pack! Woo hoo! Not only does the value pack include the versatile and portable Big Shot die cutting and embossing machine, it also includes assortment of dies and embossing folders! This prize is worth hundreds of dollars, and is the biggest prize I’ve given away yet. Please join me in thanking Sizzix for donating it! :]
I’m super excited to be offering this prize – particularly as we near the holidays. If you don’t have this machine, you’ll LOVE it. And if you already have one, this Big Shot Value Pack would make an incredible gift for your favorite crafter!
The Big Shot Value Pack includes the following:
Sizzix Big Shot Machine
Originals Tags Die
Sizzlits Decorative Strip Flowers Die
Movers & Shapers XL Card Die Set
Extended Cutting Pads
Textured Impressions Embossing Folders – 4 Pack, Summer Set
Originals Arrows #2 Die
Sizzlits Transportation Die Set – 3 Pack
Textured Impressions Embossing Folders – 2 pack, Flower Vine & Twizzle Set
Textured Impressions Embossing Folders – 2 pack, Birds & Flowers Set
Embosslits Jeweled Tassel Die
Framelits Message Frames with Stamps Die Set
More on The Big Shot
As you may know, I was lucky enough to receive this same bundle, and have shared some related posts here on my blog.
To see a Sizzix Video about the Big Shot Machine, please click here.
How to Enter
One winner will be chosen at random, and they will receive the Big Shot Value Pack described above.
You must subscribe to my blog, confirm your subscription, and complete all steps of your entry by Monday, November 18th to be eligible for the giveaway.
The winner will be announced on Tuesday, November 19, 2013.
This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.
*The fab folks at Sizzix have donated this Big Shot Value Pack. I will be paying for shipping.Tweet
Busy, busy, busy. Fall is definitely my busy season! That’s when I hold my art supply drive to benefit at-risk public school kids, sort, organize and shop for supplies, get art supply kits made, and teach – in addition to my usual activities. Between home life, full-time work, and my art program for kids it’s hard to find time for much else in the fall. However, thanks to my Sizzix Big Shot and a set of awesome Framelits from Stephanie Barnard, I did find time to whip up some simple greeting cards to share with you.
I shared a post about the Big Shot last month, and have made some Washi Tape Tags and a Halloween Wreath with it since. These cards are the latest of my Big Shot creations. I purchased this set of Square Card Flip-its from Sizzix (which is where I work) after I watched a video of the fabulous Stephanie Barnard demonstrating how to use them. I love this Square Card design – it’s so easy to customize your cards and change the looks a million different ways by changing the colors, papers, stamps, and embellishments you use. Fun!
What I Used
Here are the elements and materials I used to make my cards:
Big Shot machine by Sizzix
Square Flip-its card set (#659175) by Sizzix
Phrases Stamp and Framelits set ((#658838) by Sizzix
Black StazOn ink pad
Acrylic Block to stamp with
Elmer’s Tape Runner
I always have a stash of printed papers and plain card stock on hand, so I didn’t have to purchase anything in order to create the 8 cards I made in this one card making session (3 shown in this post). I simply chose the printed papers I wanted, chose matching card stock, and then got to work. I made some birthday cards, a best wishes card, some thinking of you cards, and a few thank you cards. Quick and fun!
I look forward to the coming months, when I have more time to create art and craft. I’m sure I’ll be making some more cards soon. 🙂
You know that crocheted doily wreath that I first created last winter, and have then altered for different holidays and seasons since? Well, it’s been changed up again. This time the crocheted doily part is minimal – is really just the white base – but I love what’s been added to it.
Rabbits Aren’t Just for Easter Anymore
As you may know, hubby and I have two pet rabbits. Our cute little fur kids inspired me to go outside of the usual “Halloween animal” sphere when decking out this wreath. I used my Big Shot machine and a Tim Holtz Easter Elements die to cut out bunnies and bows in black and orange. When combined with some rhinestone strands, a black netting bow, and a sparkly button, this wreath has a fun and festive feel.
Have you done any crafting or decorating for Halloween yet? Do tell!
I’m pleased to announce the winner of my Washi Tape Giveaway.
Congratulations, Marybeth! You’ve won a roll of Washi Tape from the new Artsyville Washi Tape line. I hope you enjoy using it! Please email me your mailing address via my contact page.
Thanks to all those who participated in this month’s giveaway. :]