March 8, 2010

Birthday Creations

Hi everyone! I thought it was finally time to share Michelle's birthday present with you - I haven't done a lot of creating this weekend, Shan is off work sick, and I have the beginnings of what he has, so that's not nice! In fact I've been up since 3am this morning, so it may be time for a nap once I get this posted.

I think this is the first time I've shared one of my jewellery pieces on here. I've loved beading for a long time, I had a little business I started when I was 19 making jewellery sets for brides and bridal parties - it was so much fun outfitting groups for such a special day. I loved it, but over time, beading became a job instead of a passion. I love colour - and working entirely in pearl tones got a little tiresome!

During my time off from beading I discovered stamping (along with a bunch of other hobbies!) I think I'm a much better jewellery designer now because of my love for papercraft. I'm more in tune with colour - and love just going for it and trying new designs.

For Michelle I created this pendant - she can wear it with something dressy or with jeans for a more casual look. It's a long, earthy pendant, that can be knotted if she'd like to wear it shorter.

I've used a mix of tibetian silver, frosted czech flower beads (lighter in colour than they appear here), matt black glass and silver findings. I like this one so much I think I might have to make one for myself!
Here's the card I made to match the necklace display card I created. I embossed the Upsy Daisy image and sentiment with black embossing powder. More Mustard and Old Olive matched the pendant colours perfectly! A little bit of hardware, ribbon and dotting with a black marker finishes the card off.

I've repeated the focal image on the inside layer - and inked the sentiment with markers. I'm so happy to report she loved it - and I was really pleased to hear Michelle keeps everything I make her (watch out sweetie - your mailbox will be inundated now!)

I'm off to find something for my throat and to lay down with a book. I give it five minutes before I'm asleep! See you tomorrow with my Project Tuesday creation!

Stamps: Upsy Daisy, On Your Birthday
Paper & Card: Old Olive, More Mustard & Basic Black Card.
Old Olive and Spring Break Designer Paper.
Ink: Versamark, Basic Black, Stazon
Punches: Large & Scalloped Oval, Scalloped Edge Punches
Other: Basic Small Grommets, Black Grosgrain Ribbon, Black Brads
Stampin' Write Markers, Black Embossing Powder, Embossing Buddy
Circle Scissor Plus, Medium Cello Bags, Crop-a-Dile, Jumbo Eyelets
E-mail me to purchase.

Other: Assorted Beading Supplies, Jumbo Brads


  1. Absolutely gorgeous Sarah..both the card and the jewellery!

  2. hope you both recover quickly soon. Love the pendant you made, stunning work. Love how you have repeated the image inside the card.

  3. Absolutely gorgeous ... love the pendant ... love that the card and packaging is all matchy and you've thought of every last detail. Hope those nasty bugs don't hang around too long.

  4. GORGEOUS CARD AND NECKLACE!!! Love the in and outside of your card -Sarah!!! The necklace is the BOMB...I love to make jewelry too and my oldest daughter has a passion for it too!!! I bet your friend was blown away by this awesome birthday gift!?! Hugs ~S~

  5. Wow! Michelle is one really special friend ... I can tell by the time and effort you put into making this so special! Just lovely, Sarah! xxx


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