Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Brad Earrings... So Crafty.

Hello there. Today I want to share with you 2 set of earrings I made out of Stampin' Up's designer builder brads. Sorry for those of you that were expecting and hoping for a new card... but not really because these earrings turned out awesome and I'm proud of them haha.

This idea stemmed from an experience my upline and I had at the 2012 Stampin' Up! convention. While standing in line the first morning, a fellow demonstrator had a bracelet on made out of our vintage faceted designer buttons. We were blown away by how cool of an idea it was! The bracelet was absolutely beautiful and it was a new and interesting way to use a Stampin' Up! product. We decided right then that next year (this year) we had to do something that would make other demonstrators go, "WOW!" I guess these earrings are my attempt at that. I made 2 pairs (one for me and one for my upline) for the Riverton Regional.

For these earrings all I did was pull the brad part off of the designer builder brads. The back part came off really easily and it didn't look bad so I left the back untouched. Then I punched out a piece of designer series paper using the circle punch from the Itty Bitty Shapes punch pack. I used the multipurpose liquid glue to glue the piece of paper to the brad and then adhered the epoxy bubble that the brads came with on top of the paper. I attached the brad to a hook earring and I was done! That may sound complicated but really it was easy and I was super happy with the results. Wanna see the earrings? Boom.

For my pair I used the green paper with white polka dots from the Sunshine and Sprinkles DSP and for Jennifer's pair I used the yellow chevron from the same DSP pack.

The Designer Builder Brads are retiring on May 31 so if you want to be crafty and make a pair of earrings like these let me know soon so you don't miss them. You get 16 brads in each pack; for the math challenged, that's 8 pairs of earrings that are completely customizable for only $6.95. So awesome!

Hopefully someone will be impressed with my craftiness in making these earrings. ;) Contact me if you'd like to get some of these brads to make earrings so you can impress someone with your craftiness too!

Thanks for reading!