Photo Friday – Birds Nest Fungi!

Birds Nest Fungi

It’s no secret that I have had a life long obsession with fungi.  I dig mold, lichen and Mushrooms! I am completely fascinated on all levels. So I was so excited when I found this Bird Nest Mushroom in Oklahoma last spring. I have always wanted to find this kind but they are so tiny! They are only about 1/4 inch in diameter.

We were out walking with the neighbor’s dog when she lead us down the street to a neighbor’s pond. I was looking for mushrooms but not that kind. It was fate, I dropped something and when I picked it up I noticed the Birds Nest Fungi right next to it! I took some home and experimented. I watered it everyday and it actually grew! It was fun!

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The little “nests” or fruiting body holds the little “eggs” which are spore filled.  The nests are called “peridia” (“peridium” in the singular), they work like splash cups, raindrops fall into the nest, then the eggs (called “periodoles”) are thrown into the air, where they latch onto twigs, branches, leaves, and then continue to grow.


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Fun ways to Rearrange Jewelry

I recently came across some random pieces of jewelry, I had one vintage earring, and a couple lockets.  I really like to use jewelry in unexpected ways, so when I came across some ring blanks, I thought, that could be interesting!

Here is the vintage earring into a ring

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The Rose Locket Ring

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The Heart Locket Ring

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Heart Locket Ring 3

Heart Locket Ring 4

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I know, I know I should have painted my nails! But, what a fun project! Now I am looking all over my house for things to stick to rings!

If you want to do this project, all you need is random pieces of jewelry, ring blanks, and a glue gun.

Of course if you would like to help support my little Etsy store (which I appreciate!) you can purchase them here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/SugarBeetCrafts

Happy Crafting Everyone, have a super wonderful week!

 

 

Adventures in Art Journaling – Spring Butterflies

 

Dylusions Ink spray!

I love this stuff.

Also used were stamps, black archival ink stamp pad,

and Tim Holtz distress dabber in white, markers, white gel pen.

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 Spray the card with a fine mist of water.

Then  spray with Dylusions color ink spray.

Let dry.

 

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Using the Tim Holtz Distress dabber in white,

I dabbed a flower stamp with the Distress paint then

stamped around the bottom of the card.

Using the same stamp, re-stamp the pattern slightly

off the first white pattern with the black stamp pad.

 Use accent stamps for boarders.

The diamonds were dabbed with white, then outlined with a white gel pen.

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Grab a blank index card, and spray with ink spray for butterflies.

Then stamp the inked index card with a butterfly stamp a few times. Cut them out,

To add detail, color in your stamped butterfly with markers,

 then glue in place.

Let Dry.

Have fun!!

 

Let’s Make Stickers!

Hi Everyone! I hope everyone is wonderful.  I spent this weekend going through some of my office supplies, and I found a bunch of packs of labels. Then it happened…the idea!

I don’t know why it took me so long to do this. I love stickers.. I mean LOVE stickers. I have a wicked collection.

Lately, I have been sealing packages and letters with them but I wanted something more personalized without spending a bunch of money.  Then lightning struck, I can make my own!!

So, if your like me your might have packages of labels around collecting dust. I always have leftovers from yard sales and organizational sprees, or if you burn your own CD’s, you might have those CD Label making programs,they usually leave you with left over sticker parts. I keep everything I might be able to use later on (no, I haven’t reached hoarder status…yet).

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I kept the CD label thingy because I thought I could use the round part or the thin CD case labels.

So lets make some stickers…

You want to start with a background.

I used Dylusions Ink spray and sprayed the labels. You could totally use ink pads or markers. Once covered let them dry.

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Next, Use a lighter color stamp pad to stamp a pattern onto the background. This part is fun, you can do a million different things.

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Next, More stamping..Use letters, pictures, whatever your heart desires. I was making Thank You & Sugar Beet Crafts Stickers.

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You can use a white or metallic pen to make some fun highlights…

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Here are some more fun ideas…stamps and markers. The background was done by rubbing the labels with a stamp pad, stamping and filling in with markers.

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Here is a fun way to use the thin strips of sticker for the side of the CD case…

Doodle across the lines…

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Then remove for an awesome sticker!

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Use it to decorate a card..

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I am already totally addicted. It is a fun way to add some pizzazz to any project. It’s also super sweet to get a personalized handmade anything.

This would be so fun to do with kids, and you have no guilt because you get to use up some extra’s lying around. The environment gives you a big hug for that!

I hope this gets your imagination going!

What will you make?

I would love to see your stickers!