Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Beaded Raven's Necklaces for Sale $20 each; Zipper Pulls $3.00

I will be selling Raven's necklaces and zipper pulls at my class at Hobby Lobby on Saturday, Feb. 2 from 10-1pm if anyone wanted to stop in and take a look or buy one.   I only have a few with me so if you arrive early you will have a better chance of getting one.  They are $20.00 each.   I will be in the classroom which is in the left rear corner of the store.  It would be best if you could arrive between 9:30 and 10:00 before my class started so as to not interrupt the class.  All of the necklaces can be made to order, you choose the image on both sides of the bottle cap and which beads you like.   If you are interested in a particular one, let me know and I can have it made for you early next week.  I am also looking into making matching bracelets.

These are some of the necklaces.  You can click on any image to enlarge it:

You can have it with or without the ribbons 

This is the front side of necklace #2

This is the backside of necklace #2; it is reversible

above is front side of necklace #4

above is back side of necklace #4

above is front side of necklace #5

above is back side of necklace #5 -- the charm can be reversed to either side or taken off

above is front side of necklace #6

above is back side of necklace #6

above is front side of #7

above is back side of #7

zipper pulls $3.00 a piece 

close up of zipper pulls

Email me with any questions at 

Monday, January 28, 2013

Bottle Cap Card Making Classes - Feb.15 -- Registration Closed

Class will meet from 10-1 at the Columbia Hobby Lobby on Feb. 15.  If you are not pre-registered, registration is closed.

If you want to do the card making with the bottle caps, the cost of the class is $20; if you want to do the jewelry making it is $15.

 Sorry, registration for this class is closed.

The supplies you will need to bring to class are:

A pair of scissors, tweezers and a bone folder if you have one
Roller adhesive if taking the card making class
A roll of large glue dots, 1/2" in size for both card making and jewelry making classes
Two sided tape such as Scor-Tape if you have it, either 1/8" or 1/4" or a bottle of Glossy Accents for the card making class
Small jewelry pliers if taking the jewelry making class (if you have them)
All other materials, bottle caps, digital images, epoxy dots, etc, will be provided.

This is a sample of the cards we will be making.  If you have any questions about the class, please email me at

Friday, January 25, 2013

Cuttlebug Techniques Class, Saturday, Feb. 9, Sold Out

In this class you will learn hands-on how to use the Cuttlebug and make cards at the end using the techniques you've learned.  This class can be either for the beginner, the experienced user or someone who is considering purchasing a Cuttlebug.  Hobby Lobby sells the Cuttlebug for $89.99 plus it is one of the only stores that allows you to use a coupon on it as well, bringing it down to $53.99 plus tax.  You get the A plate, two B plates and an embossing folder with it.

You can also take this class if you just want to come and make cards with us.  You do not need to have a Cuttlebug.

We will use Cuttlebug dies, Sizzix Bigz dies, Spellbinder dies, embossing folders, and a variety of other materials that can be used in the Cuttlebug, making it the most versatile die cutting machine on the market for it's size and price.   I will also compare the Cuttlebug to the Spellbinders Grand Calibur and the Sizzix Big Shot and Vagabond so you know the difference between them all.

This is a sampling of the items we will make:

Spellbinders Picot Edge circle die, Tim Holtz large rosette die, Paper Studio embossing folder

Tim Holtz Tattered Pine Cone used as a rose, Spellbinders rose leaf die, Paper Studio & Sizzix embossing folders
Paper Studio embossing folder, Stampin Up embossing folder (tulips) and Memory Box butterfly die

Spellbinders Floral Ovals die, large rosette die, bottle cap flattened in the Cuttlebug, scallop punch

If you own a Cuttlebug, please bring it with you to class, along with the A, B and C plates if you have all of them.  Please also bring a small tan embossing mat that fits the Cuttlebug.  You can pick up a package of two of these for $8.99 minus a 40% coupon at Hobby Lobby.  We will use these to emboss Spellbinder dies.  You will also need a bottle of glossy accents or other quick dry glue and a paper piercing tool and pad.

Please also bring some kind of roller adhesive to use when making the cards or a glue stick.  All other materials and tools will be provided.

If you would like to register for this class, please send me an email at before Feb. 7 so I can get materials ready.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email me.

Schedule of Upcoming Classes

This is the schedule of my current classes for the next few weeks at Hobby Lobby.  You can see a separate post on each class within the blog for further details:

Monday, Jan. 28:  6-7:30pm         Beaded Raven's necklaces    $12.00
Saturday, Feb. 2: 10-1pm             Bottle Cap Cards                  $20.00
Saturday, Feb. 9, 10-1pm            Cuttlebug Techniques             $15.00
Friday, Feb. 15, 10-1pm             Bottle Cap Cards / Jewelry     $20 / $15
Friday, Feb. 22, 1-4pm               Monthly Card Making Class    $20 (tattered pinecone into a rose)

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Ravens Beaded Necklace Demo on Saturday, Jan. 26

I will be doing a demo of the Ravens bottle cap beaded necklace on Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Columbia Hobby Lobby  around 1pm until 4pm.  I will also have several cards with me that we will be making during the next month's classes.

The beaded Raven's necklace class is on Monday, Jan. 28 and only has a few seats left.  If you want to register for the class, please email me immediately as I expect the last few seats to sell during the demo on Saturday.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Beaded Raven's Necklace class -- two dates offered

This class will be offered twice:

Saturday, Jan. 26 from 3-4:30pm AND
Monday, Jan. 28 from 6-7:30pm

You only need to sign up for one of the classes as they are both the same.  However, class size is limited due to the number of beads I was able to purchase, so please reserve your spot early by emailing me with your preferred date at

 The cost is $12.00* for the class.  See details below:

I will provide the beads (exactly like in the photo for the first 8 people to sign to sign up and very similar to the ones in the top photo for anyone after the first 8), the bottle caps and an assortment of Ravens digital images, and the ribbons but you will need to pick up a necklace at the store.  This is the necklace that you will need to bring with you to class:

It is item #547661 and is on the Bottom Row in the jewelry dept. at Hobby Lobby toward the very back of the store in Columbia.  It does not have a chain on the clasp, that is a different kind of necklace and will not work.  Please make sure you bring this necklace as it is just the right size to fit into the opening of the beads.
Also, please do not wait until the day of the class to purchase this necklace as it might be out of stock.  If you know you want to take the class, purchase the necklace now before it goes out of stock.

*If you cannot get to the store before the class to purchase the necklace cord, I can provide the necklace cord for you but the cost of the class will then be $15.00.  Please let me know when you sign up if you have a necklace cord or if you will be buying one of mine.

Since you can change bottle caps that you put on the necklace by just opening the jump ring on the bottle cap, you will need to bring the following supplies with you to make the extra bottle caps:

A bottle of Scotch quick dry adhesive or a roll of large glue dots
A 1" circle hole punch if you have one
A 1.8mm metal jewelry hole punch if you have one (not necessary but makes the class go faster and you will be able to make more bottle caps if you have your own jewelry punch -- available at HL in the bottle cap dept.
Fine nosed jewelry pliers or needle nose pliers if you have some to open the jump rings with
Scissors to cut ribbon with
A bone folder to press out bubbles on the bottle caps, if you have one, if not we can share

This is the 1.8mm metal hole punch:

If you want to dangle a charm from the necklace, you can bring one (also available at Hobby Lobby but may not be available on the day of the class, they cost $1.47):

We will not be making this necklace, I am just showing it to show the charm below the bottle cap.

The cost of the class is $12.00 payble in cash only the night of the class please.  Class size is limited due to the fact that I could only get a certain number of beads.  Please email me at if you want to take this class.  You will leave the class with one complete beaded necklace and up to 10-15 extra Raven's bottle caps to swap out for the one on the necklace.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Feb. 2 Bottle Cap Class is also a Card Making Class

I have had several requests for a class on making cards with the bottle caps on them, so the Feb. 2 class is going to be split -- some people will make cards with bottle caps and others will make the jewelry with bottle caps.

If you want to take this class, please let me know which you want to do, either the cards or the jewelry.

These are the cards we will be making, in as much as time will allow:

You may not have time to assemble the cards in class but you will have time to make all the parts to the cards and then be able to assemble them at home.  We will start off by making the butterfly card together as a group, then you will move on and make any or all of the other cards at your own pace.

  The cost of the card making class will remain at $20 due to the prep work that I will have to do ahead of time, but the jewelry making class will be $15.  You will not be able to do both as time will not allow.  I may need to substitute portions of the cards based on amount of my material and the number of students who register for the class but the overall appearance of the card will remain the same.

Supplies you should bring to class:

Roller adhesive or a glue stick
Two sided tape such as Scor-Tape if you have it
Scissors and tweezers
A bottle of Scotch Quick Dry adhesive or large glue dots
A roll of clear / invisible Scotch tape on a tape dispenser if possible

Please email me by Jan. 29 at the latest if you want to take this class so I can get the materials ready.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Congratulations Ravens! New Lower Price for all Bottle Caps Classes

Since classes are filling better than expected for the Bottle Caps Classes, I have decided to reduce the cost of the class for everyone to $15.00.

There are still some seats available in the Feb. 2,  Feb. 15 and Feb. 18 classes if anyone is still interested in registering.  Just send me an email a few days before the date of the class you want to take.  My email address is

A few ladies expressed interest in the Feb. 2 class in making a particular card with a bottle cap on it.  Therefore, if you are interested in making a card or cards rather than the jewelry with the bottle caps, you might want to register for the Feb. 2 class as this is the only class that I will be doing the cards with bottle caps.  The other people who signed up for the Feb. 2 class who want to make the jewelry will be able to do the jewelry making.

Go Ravens!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

A woman's touch to the bottle cap necklace

Thanks to Donna Lehr in the Scrapbook Dept. at Hobby Lobby for this idea, although Donna's necklace  looked much nicer............she had prettier beads than mine.  This is a bottle cap necklace that more women might be more likely to wear.  If you shop at the Columbia MD Hobby Lobby, look for Donna in the Scrapbook Dept.  later in the day or evening.  Catch her on a Friday or Saturday and she will probably be wearing her Ravens necklace.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Triple Time Stamping Card Class coming soon

I am going to try to get back into the routine of a regular card making class at least once a month at Hobby Lobby but haven't decided if it will be Thursdays or Fridays early afternoons.  I have to check with the lady who does the scheduling of classes at Hobby Lobby to see which day is more readily available.   Whichever day it is, I would like class to be out before the 5:00pm rush hour traffic, as I am sure those of you who take my classes would agree.

The cards below are made using a technique called Triple Time Stamping.  They look much harder to make than they are.  These would be the cards we would make in my first class coming up, most likely.

As you can see, you can switch around the framing to just two layers or three and mix it up any way you want for a variety of looks.  I will post the date of the class in a few days.  Thanks.  Ann

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Bottle Cap Demo at Hobby Lobby on Saturday, Jan. 19 from 10-?

I will be bringing all my bottle cap jewelry and cards with me to Hobby Lobby on Saturday, Jan. 19 for a demo beginning at 10am and lasting until whenever least until 1pm.  If the store is really busy, I will stay longer.

I will also be bringing all the Raven's bottle cap jewelry I have been working on this past week which includes a large variety of necklaces and keychains.  So if you are a Ravens fan and are interested in seeing the Ravens bottle cap jewelry, this is the time to see it in person.  It is so easy and inexpensive to make yet you can turn around and easily mass produce it and sell it for a profit or give it to your friends as gifts.

I hope to see some of you there.

Below is just a sampling of the jewelry that I have made and will be bringing with me.  If you take a class, you will see much more and see all the digitals that you will have access to use as well.

The last of the bottle cap cards

Okay, this is it for the bottle cap cards.  I need to move on and start using the Sizzix 3D heart box die I just got.  It's been sitting on my desk for a few days now and I havent' even touched it.

I did find out how to flatten bottle caps in the Grand Calibur but they did not turn out nearly as nicely as they do in the Cuttlebug.  They didn't always come out perfectly round, and for me, that's not okay.  I will stick with the method I use in my Cuttlebug which I'm sure you can also use in any Sizzix machine, including the Vagabond.

So here are the final cards using bottle caps as embellishments.  Notice the new colors on the bottle caps??
I broke down and ordered light pink and light purple online since I couldn't find those two colors in any of the local stores.

If you sign up for one of my classes coming up on one of these dates, I will provide an assortment of colors of bottle caps now that I have an assortment of different colors and not just the chrome and black ones.
These are the dates: (all of these classes are the same, you only need to sign up for one)
Monday, Jan. 21, 2-5pm
Saturday, Feb. 2, 10-1pm
Friday, Feb. 15, 10-1pm
Monday, Feb. 18, 2-5pm
The classes all meet at the Columbia, MD Hobby Lobby.  Please email me to sign up for a class at at least 4 days in advance of the class date if possible.  The cost of the class is $20 as I will supply the bottle caps in various colors and sizes, necklaces, earrings, several digital images and stickers to choose from, the epoxy and glass covers, key chain rings,  plus all the instructional techniques on how to make bottle cap jewelry and embellishments.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Cards with Bottle Cap Embellishments

Just some other ideas of how to use bottle caps.................they come in so many different pretty colors; it's easy to use them on cards and scrapbook pages to give extra dimension.  So if you didn't think you would ever use bottle caps, do you want to give them a try now?  Just sign up for any of my classes coming up and I will show you everything you need to know about using bottle caps.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Valentine cards 2013


The first card I found on Pinterest by  and since I have the mason jar stamp, I knew I had to try it.  I stamped on acetate with Stazon ink then cut out the jar.

The second card was also on Pinterest............again, since I already had the embossing folder and SU bird punch, I wanted to give it a try.  I always change them up a little but keep the basic idea.

More stores now carrying bottle caps

Recollections is now making their own bottle caps for Michaels, see photo below:

I couldn't believe it when I saw a huge end cap at Michaels that was filled with new bottle caps in all different colors.  Apparently the bottle cap craze has taken off and is becoming a big hit in the scrapbooking world.

I would expect JoAnn Fabric to bring in some to their store as well since they are doing a total remodel of their scrapbook dept. right now.

For the longest time I held on to a pack of plain silver bottle caps I bought at a store and never knew how to use them.  Then I decided to do some research and found they were coming back after several years.  The difference is now they are coming back in all these bright colors with neat patterns and designs on them.

So I learned how to flatten them in a die cut machine and I came up with a really cheap way to do it rather than having to use a steel Cuttlebug die (costing $13) that everyone suggested.  If you take one of my classes I will show you how to do this.

I will share everything I've learned through my own experience with you, from what steps to take if making the jewelry to how to prevent your digital images from running when gluing them in the caps.  I learned a lot of little tricks that really make a big difference and will save you both frustration and money.

Fortunately the standard size for bottle caps is 1 inch which makes them perfect for scrapbooking and cardmaking in so many ways.  They fit just right in the center of rosettes and a lot of die cuts.  So if jewelry making isn't your thing, but scrapbooking or cardmaking is, this class will also be perfect for you.

See my other posts for class dates and times.  Please email me with any questions at

Saturday, January 12, 2013

More Bottle Cap Jewelry -- Ravens Fans !!

A sampling of the jewelry you can make in class on any of these dates:

Monday, Jan. 21 -- 2-5pm (MLK Day, no public school)
Saturday, Feb. 2 -- 10-1pm
Friday, Feb. 15 -- 10-1 pm (no public school today)
Monday, Feb. 18 -- 2-5pm (Presidents Day, no public school)

If you want to take this class, just send me an email at at least four days before the class date you want to sign up for and let me also know the date of the class you want.  If you look at my other blog post you will see a list of items I will provide along with a few items you will need to bring, basically a special glue called Glossy Accents, a pair of tweezers, a pair of scissors, and a 1" circle hole punch if you have one.

The cost of the class is $20 as I will be providing everything for you to make all this jewelry plus additional medallions to put on the necklaces.  Please see the other post for further information or email me with any questions.