As I’ve mentioned before, in addition to my jewelry, I’m also a crafty person in general. I enjoy a wide variety of crafts, craft projects and crafty hobbies. I also participate in a lot of craft swaps on Craftster as a result.

Recently, I needed to make bookmarks for someone. At first, I wasn’t sure how to go about it. I tried a few different types and didn’t like any of them. Then I wound up hitting on a great style; simple but with a wonderful result. I used my Cuttlebug, an assortment of embossing folders, a brayer (rolled brush for stamping), an assortment of rubber stamp inks and some assorted ribbon.

Here’s the result:

First, I ran the pre-cut bookmarks through various embossing folders to create a pattern and design. Next, I inked up my brayer with ink and rolled over the embossed image. Because it’s raised texture, you get interesting levels of color intensity. I repeated this process with different colors on the same bookmark until I liked the layered look of the colors. Finally, I punched a hole in the top and looped an coordinating ribbon to finish it off.

I found it was best to do them assembly-line style; all the embossing, then all the inking, etc. It took probably a couple hours all told but doing it a second time would probably be quicker. It’s an easy, afternoon project!

Apple Tree

My popular Apple Tree had previously sold out but another has been created and is now available again in the shop!

This lovely piece features genuine peridot leaves (the birthstone of August) and is accented with ruby red jade apples nestled in the branches. Finished in non-tarnish, sterling silver plated wire, this fun tree is a playful take on my normal tree of life pendants! A great gift for a teacher too.

Apple Tree - Tree of Life Pendant Wire Wrapped Sterling Silver

Available while it lasts HERE in the shop! Only one in stock.