Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Crafting with Mary

I spent the last couple of days at my parents' house, and my sister and niece Mary were there too.  Mary  shares my love of crafting, so when I saw Jana Eubank's post about making a beaded necklace on the Cricut blog, I knew it would be a fun project for us to attempt.

We began by cutting narrow triangles of patterned paper from my collection of scraps.  Mary rolled each one from the base of the triangle to the tip, wrapping the paper around a paintbrush to create a hole for the thread to go through later.  We added some Scotch Quick Dry glue to secure them.  Since Mary was worried about the paper beads holding up as a necklace, she decided to make a paper garland instead, which she plans to drape around the mirror in her bedroom.

Since I didn't want to lug my Cricut up to my parents' house, we created our shapes with dies instead.  I brought up my collection of My Creative Time and Papertrey Ink dies, and Mary quickly became an expert using the Cuttlebug.  Of course, she also had to create a stash of various shapes to take home for future card making.

It took a while to string the 47 paper beads, 47 die cut shapes, and 94 plastic beads, but we did it!  It was definitely a great project that we recommend for summer fun!

And for more fun, pull out your dies from the My Creative Time What's Growing On? stamp and die kit.  Hours of entertainment!


  1. Katie ~ Mary is just a CUTIE PIE!!! What a FUN project for children! I LOVE she shares your passion for paper crafting! That is a TON of shapes and die cutting but WOW the result ~ her smile and the end product! She has to just ADORE you!!! This is why I love die cutting ~ children can do this ~ safely! GREAT pics and idea!

  2. Love your post! Your niece is adorable and your project rocks!

    What a great summer project!


  3. first of all I love the picture of your niece with the stash and glasses! next what a great way to use your scraps up! just tooo cute!

  4. Using our crafts with others to make lovely things...nothing better than that!

  5. Your Niece Mary will remember crafting with Aunt Katie when she sees the project draped on her mirror...what a great memory! Too funny with the What's Growing On? set.
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  6. awesome project, your niece looks like she had tones of fun and what a keepsake to remember the fun with her Aunt!!


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