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Photo Watches – Giveaway Winners!

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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.  :]

Warm regards,
Melody

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Vintage Photo Watches & Giveaway (w/ pics this time!)

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.

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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…

Materials
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Old watches – they don’t have to run
Photos – either copies or (if you’re daring) originals
Diamond Glaze or Mod Podge (optional)
Scissors
Pencil
Something to pry or screw open the backs of the watches

Instructions
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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!

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Giveaway!
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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!

Warm regards,
Melody

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Giveaway: Winner of the Sizzix Big Shot!

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I’m pleased to announce the lucky winner of the Sizzix Big Shot Value Pack that was so generously donated by Sizzix.  Thank you for the wonderful giveaway prize, Sizzix!

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!

Warm regards,
Melody

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Holiday Crafting with the Sizzix Big Shot

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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!

Christmas Ornaments
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Materials:
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 button
Vintage lace trim
Red striped washi tape
Rhinestone button
Adhesive
Silver thread
*Chipboard or mat board

Metal Ornaments

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.

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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.

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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.

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Gift Card Holders
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Materials:
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
Glue
Black ink pad
Silver trim
Vintage Button
Rhinestone

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Quick, Easy & Very Versatile
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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?
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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!

Happy Crafting!

Warm regards,
Melody

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Giveaway: A Sizzix Big Shot Value Pack!

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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 Prize
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One lucky winner will receive a Big Shot Value Pack.  The retail value of this value pack is over $300, and it can currently be purchased for $139.99 on sizzix.com as part of a special sale/promotion!

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
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As you may know, I was lucky enough to receive this same bundle, and have shared some related posts here on my blog.

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For an overview on the machine, and the variety of materials it can cut, please click here.

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To see a post about the Washi Tape Tags I made using my Big Shot, please click here.

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To see a post about the custom greeting cards I made using my Big Shot, please click here.

Video, Too!
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To see a Sizzix Video about the Big Shot Machine, please click here.

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How to Enter
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One winner will be chosen at random, and they will receive the Big Shot Value Pack described above.

To enter the giveaway:
1. Subscribe to my blog, if you haven’t already
2. Take a peek at my book, An Altered Existence, on amazon.com. :]
3. Leave a comment on this post

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.

Good luck!

Warm regards,
Melody

*The fab folks at Sizzix have donated this Big Shot Value Pack.  I will be paying for shipping.

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Washi Tape Giveaway Winner

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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.  :]

Warm regards,
Melody

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Washi Tape Giveaway

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I recently ordered a roll of Washi Tape from Aimee at Artsyville – it was the first design from her new Washi Tape line.  Rather than just order a single roll, I purchased two, so I could give one roll away here on my blog.  I know it’s an itsy-bitsy giveaway, but hey – who doesn’t like free stuff?  :]

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In order to enter, simply leave a comment on this post sharing one way you might use your tape if you’re the lucky winner.  The winner will be announced a week from today, on Tuesday, September 24th.  Good luck!

Warm regards,
Melody

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Reader Participation Haiku/Giveaway: Winner!

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Congratulations, Jo!  You won the Reader Participation Haiku Giveaway!  I hope you enjoy Julia Cameron’s book, The Artist’s Way.  Please email me your mailing address so I can mail out your book.

I really enjoyed reading Jo’s haiku.  For those of you who didn’t see it, here’s what she wrote to go along with the jellyfish photo.

Weightless, beautiful,
strength in its fragility.
Ballet in the sea.

Big thanks to all those who participated.  :]

Warm regards,
Melody

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Reader Participation Haiku & Giveaway!

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This month’s haiku is a bit different.  Instead of me writing the haiku, I’m hoping YOU will.  Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to write a haiku based on the photo above.  I took this photo at the Monterey Bay Aquarium last year, and would like to see which words it brings to your mind.  I hope you’re ready to compose a haiku, because I’m combining this reader participation haiku with a giveaway!

Wait, what’s a haiku again?*
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A haiku is a poem with three lines.  Each line has a set number of syllables.

Line 1 – 5 syllables
Line 2 – 7 syllables
Line 3 – 5 syllables

Here’s an example:
To write a haiku,
remember five seven five.
I hope you enter!

Giveaway – The Artist’s Way
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To submit your haiku, simply comment on this post and include your haiku.  All those who enter will be entered in a giveaway.  The winner will receive a softcover copy of the classic book The Artist’s Way, by Julia Cameron.  You may post multiple haikus if you’d like, but only one entry will count per person.  The winner will be drawn at random, so don’t be shy or feel like it’s a competition.  I’ll announce the winner on my blog on Tuesday, July 16th, so write/comment/enter today!  🙂

Happy Haikuing!

Warm regards,
Melody

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Making Your Creative Mark + Giveaway!

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Greetings!  Today I’m sharing a new book with you, published by the folks at New World Library.  The book is Making Your Creative Mark, by Eric Maisel, PhD – something that I think will interest a number of you. Not only will I share a bit about the book, I’m also offering a giveaway since NWL was nice enough to send me a giveaway copy.  Woo hoo!

Mr. Maisel is an esteemed creativity coach and a prolific author.  He’s written over 40 books, including both fiction and non-fiction, but his specialty is helping artists of all kinds (visual artists, musicians, actors, etc.).  He coaches internationally, trains creativity coaches, and lectures internationally, and has created a book that contains nine keys to achieving your artistic goals.

Here’s the text from the book’s back cover:

Writers, painters, singers, filmmakers, musicians, craftspeople, and actors confront daunting challenges every day. It is hard to produce new work, find success in the marketplace, manage relationships, and keep spirits up. Many doubt that solutions to these very real problems exist, but they do, and world-famous creativity coach Eric Maisel has compiled them in this book. You will learn how to:

* make sense of the challenges of your personality, the challenges inherent in creative work, and the challenges of culture and marketplace
* quiet your overactive mind
* increase motivation and avoid blocks
* engage in practices that create and reinforce meaning
* align self-talk with goals, avoiding negative loops that block creativity
* identify stressors and implement stress-management techniques designed specifically for artists
* maintain emotional intimacy and healthy relationships in the midst of the creative process
* claim your identity as an artist
* rekindle passion for your art and feed that flame during dark days and dry spells

Intended for professional artists and those aspiring toward professional status, this book offers the nuts and bolts of sticking to a successful and fulfilling life in the arts.

Topics include The Mind Key, The Confidence Key, The Passion Key, The Freedom Key, The Stress Key, The Empathy Key, The Relationship Key, The Identity Key, and The Societal Key.  In addition the book contains an Artist Plan and a Refresher Course of 97 Creativity Tips.

How to Enter the Giveaway
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To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment here on this post sharing one (or more) of your creative endeavors, whether it’s cooking, creating art, singing, etc.

The winner will be drawn at random, and will be announced here on my blog on May 9, 2013.  Good luck!

Warm regards,
Melody

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