Friday, July 22, 2011


     Isn't this a sweet Christmas Card, all wrapped up like a Christmas Gift.  And once again, so simple to make.  I found an old gift tag with a Poinsettia, cut it out, backed it with dark green card stock.  Then I cut a diamond shape graphic off, you guessed it, Graphic 45 Christmas Paper.  Applied it, Ribbon and Bling onto Red Polka Dot Paper (love polka dots), and onto a Ready to decorate Card.  I then found a little Bling left over from two weeks ago and put that on, connecting the embellishment with the bow.
    That's all there is to it. Now on to Michelle Cummings site to continue the Blog Hop.  Have fun and don't be afraid to try making some of the cards you see.  Paper and colors do not have to be the same, just follow the design.  Happy creating and keep smiling.

Festive Friday Blog Hop

Carol Berns                    You are here
Michelle Cummings      This is your next stop

Wednesday, July 20, 2011


 This is Sakura's Tin Box, approximately 4 3/4"Lx5 3/4"Wx1/2"D, just the right size to carry your latest 'Brag Photos' in.  And now it is my 'Monet's Water Lily Brag Tin'. Again, so easy to make. Before we get started, below is a close-up view of a section showing dimension.

A close-up view
Supply List:
     Sakura 3-D Crystal Lacquer, Pastel Crystal Color Laquer and Tin Box ~ Design Paper ~ Crystal Bling (I used a Pink one)
     Scissors ~ Large Corner Rounder, or use scissors ~ Ruler ~ Pencil

  Step 1.  Cut and round corners of Paper to fit top of Tin.

Step 2.  Create Round Disks using Crystal Color Lacquer (I used Transparent Pastel).  I placed
coins next to disks to show approximate size.  Let dry and when dry remove from Teflon Craft Sheet.

 Step 3.  Adhere Paper to top of Tin using 3-D Crystal Lacquer. I then had some fun (as if I hadn't    been having fun to this point) and added Color Lacquer to the Design matching the
 brush strokes. While this is drying, 
Cut Colored Disks, as shown, into spiral strand leaving a small base in the center.

 Step 4.  Take outside end and Roll the spiral strand to form a very small Flower. Take
a small amount of 3-D Crystal Lacquer, apply to Center Base and secure Flower.  
(I made Three Flowers for this project).
Step 5.  Adhere Flowers and Bling (if you decide to use) onto Paper,
then Cover entire Top of Tin with a coat of 3-D Crystal Lacquer. Let dry and repeat 
until desired appearance is achieved.  After it dries completely fill with a few of your
latest-greatest photos and BRAG, don't forget to brag about making the Brag Tin as well.

An example of various Design Papers I perused before selecting the one I used for this project.  
Hope you enjoy exploring all the beautiful papers out there and don't forget to check your archives, that's where I found all my wonderful papers.  Below, even more ideas on using 3-D Crystal Lacquer flowers.

Happy creating and keep smiling, Carol

Friday, July 8, 2011


Happy July everyone. Isn't it great having Christmas in July. Here's my card for this Friday.
This is Paper Products for red pattern background with , of course, Graphic 45 as the green, and topped with a Christmas ATC Stamp from, who else, Tim Holtz.  I added a little bling and voila!  Hope you enjoy and now off to Michelle and the rest of the Blog Hop.
Michelle Cummings

Here's the entire list of Participants:

Festive Friday Blog Hop

1. Terri Sproul  
2. Chris Hurley  
3. Cheryl Lindsay  
4. Amanda Marks  
5. Debbie Buckland  
6. Brenda Lee Burfeind  
7. Angela Bodas  
8. Yolanda  
9. Becky Conley  
10. Leslie-Rahye  
11. Laura Fisher  
12. The Robin’s nest  
13. Carol Berns  
14. Michelle Cummings  
15. Diane W. Tuggle  

Wednesday, July 6, 2011


     I was cleaning out my gift wrap cabinet and found a piece that had all these wonderful images.  Immediately I knew I would be making a Pendant Charm out of it. I'm sure you've seen them around, but you cannot believe how easy it is to make.  So, let's get started.
     Tools and Supplies needed:
Sakura Hobby Craft:  Rectangular Glass Gem, 2 Bales and 3-D Crystal Lacquer
Jewelers pliers     
Graphic (I used image from gift wrap paper)
Printed WORDS (I used my computer to print: Bon Voyage
Charm for bottom of Pendant
2 Split Rings
Lobster Claw Fastener
Memory Foil Tape
1.  Cut Graphic (image) to fit Rectangular Glass Gem.  Adhere WORDS to Graphic.
2.  Add a small amount of 3-D Crystal Lacquer to back of Gem and apply Graphic.  Let it dry.
     (if graphic is translucent, add white paint to backside of graphic).
3.  Apply Bales (one on Top and one on Bottom, centered) over graphic with more 3-D Crystal 
     Lacquer, and coat entire back of graphic.  Let it dry.
4.  Wrap Memory Foil Tape to sides and burnish edges (I used a Bone Folder tool).
5.  Add Split Rings to Bales.
6.  Add Lobster Claw Fastener to Top and Charm to Bottom Split Rings.
     That's it, you're done.  Simply attach to a chain or strand of Pearls and dazzle all your friends when you tell them that you made it.  
Happy creating and keep smiling, Carol

Monday, July 4, 2011

Here's What the Ladies Made in Class This Week

How do you organize your photos?  How about in 7 Gypsy's Library Drawer.  That's what the Ladies made in class.  Get creative and make one for yourself.  Keep smiling.

Friday, July 1, 2011


Here is my Mini Album Cover using Sakura Transparent Pastel Crystal Lacquer, and this is the way I made it:

Using Sakura Transparent Pastel Crystal Lacquer, I made Swirls and Leaf shapes onto a craft sheet and let it dry.  I then peeled it off the craft sheet carefully to keep the strand from attaching to itself.

Begin rolling the strand, making a tight center then flaring it slightly and you continue to roll. 
This is the Rose complete.  Make several.

Add to your project.  I used mine to make the embellish the cover of a mini album.  That's it.  Oh, some of my swirls were plain swirls, others I made with a scallop edge. Can you see the difference?  Have fun.
  Here's a complete list of participating artists: