Jul 21, 2014

"Daintyfied" Project 1- Infinity Wrap Bracelet

To infinity and beyond! 

This wrap was made from products within Cousin Corporation's new line, "Daintyfied". The line includes charms, chains, and components that can be mixed and matched to create lightweight, delicate jewelry that can be worn everyday! This collection hits stores like JoAnn, Michaels and more August 14th, so look out for it! Also, it will be available on Prima Bead.
I used the Infinity charm seen on the far right.

I also used Cousin Jewelry Basics round crystals, gold jump rings, Cousin beaded chain and a gemstone 4mm round bead.

You know my obsession with stacking bracelets. Pair this rosary-style wrap with a chunky bangle and other bright neon beads for a cohesive look!

To make this wrap, simply take Cousin's Beaded Link Chain in a length 3X the size of your wrist, adding 6mm crystals in even spots along your length of chain. You will have to cut the beaded links and add your own link with this chain, then reconnect. 
For help on creating linked beaded chains, view my Crystal Amulet Necklace tutorial.

With the unfinished ends of chain, simply attach a clasp to one side and the Infinity charm to the other. Add a couple of charms to the other end of the infinity (I used one 6mm crystal, one 4mm gemstone and a blue bead from my linked chain). To wear, simply wrap and clasp at the jumpring!

All photos copyright Allison Beth Cooling. Do not post tutorial or pics without linking and crediting me!

Jul 16, 2014

"Daintyfied" Project 1- Buddha Bangle

Breathe in, breath out. Om. 

This delicate Buddha and dainty Om give a sense of serenity to this simple bangle. This is truly a beginner tutorial, because it takes less than 10 minutes to make, and the materials list is concise. 

I've layered my bangle with some other bracelets for a cool, eclectic look. Get the tutorial on how to make my Sparkle Strands bracelets (green/pink) and Fiesta Bracelet (orange) to complete your own bracelet wardrobe!

This bangle was made from products within Cousin Corporation's new line, "Daintyfied". The line includes charms, chains, and components that can be mixed and matched to create lightweight, delicate jewelry that can be worn everyday! This collection hits stores like JoAnn, Michaels and more August 14th, so look out for it! Also, it will be available on Prima Bead.

I am using the Buddhist charm set and the Bangle Bracelet for this tutorial. I also used 26 gauge Cousin wire and 4mm Cousin Jewelry Basics copper bicones. 

I simply cut a foot piece of wire, and wrapped it around the circular end of the bangle. After about 6 wraps (tight!) I added a bicone, and encased it in a wrap to hold in place. Then, I wrapped about two times with the wire, added another bead, and repeated. I used nine beads total. Wrap six more times with plain wire and cut flush to finish.

I added the Om and Buddha charms to the circle end of the bangle to finish. Voila! 

I decided to only wrap a little bit of crystals to keep the look dainty. Also, asymmetry in jewelry always  looks a little more modern and fresh!

You could easily do this look with any of the Daintyfied charms, and any colored crystals. Try pearls for a classy look, or even gemstone rounds for a bohemian vibe! Super lightweight and great for everyday wear.

You could of course wire wrap the whole bangle if you wanted, the possibilities!

Sparkly and makes a statement!

All photos copyright Allison Beth Cooling- do not use/post images without crediting and linking to me!

Jul 10, 2014

Christmas in July- Cousin 'Tis the Season Part 4

My last installment in my "Christmas in July" promotion are my "Holly Jolly Magnets", using Cousin Tis 'the Season charms as focal cabochons of sorts!


These cute little fridge magnets take the techniques I used in my last Christmas in July post and spin off that idea. My Glitter Deer pin tutorial can be seen here. I used Cousin's larger deer charm for this pin, and used the smaller two charms to make these two magnets. The snowflake charm is also from a 3-pack of gold charms in the 2014 Tis the Season line.

A simple walkthrough of the directions to make these magnets:
1. Take a ball of oven-bake clay (green or red, a little bigger than a quarter) and roll the outside in green or red glitter to match. Make sure the glitter coats the surface, and rub it in.
Simply press a charm into the top of the ball, flattening it and adhering the charm in the clay. 
To make the beaded decorations, take headpins and cut them to about .75". Add a bead, and press into the side of the clay to hide the empty part of the headpin. Your headpin should be stuck in the clay. Add them all around the edges of your cabochon! 
Bake at about 125 degrees for 20 minutes or so.

When cooled, glue a magnet piece on the back.

I also used Cousin pearls and red glass beads, as well as Jewelry Basic crystals here for the side decorations. These are so sparkly and detailed that they are great holiday decorations, or even make some for your friends! You can use any charms here really, and make them in different themes for different occasions.

Great for putting on the fridge to add some glam to your everyday coupons, lists and clippings!
The whole 2014 Tis the Season line is available at all craft stores such as Michaels, JoAnn Fabrics, AC Moore stores and at Primabead.com

All photos copyright Allison Beth Cooling. Do not post/use images without linking to me.

Jul 8, 2014

Raise.com "Closet Swap"-Summer 2014 Trend

Sun's out, weather's nice, it's finally time for some sweet summer fashion. And with summer fashion comes summer shopping. I stumbled upon a new website called Raise.com where you can buy and sell gift cards to your favorite stores. Have an old gift card to a store you really don't like? Raise.com makes it easy for you to list and sell these cards, and make money to buy new ones to your most beloved places! The gift cards for sale here are all listed at a discounted price, and the gift cards are for all types of store categories, including restaurants, electronics, clothing, pets and more.  I was asked to be a part of Raise.com's "Closet Swap" campaign, highlighting my favorite look for summer while familiarizing you all with the site. I've styled and photographed my favorite type of outfit here, and I've added some tips on how to replicate the look. A special thanks to my model, Karlee D. 

My favorite look this summer is an easy-breezy bohemian look. I'm lovin' an easy piece like a strapless dress in a bold, bright color as the base. Offset that flowy silhouette with edgy strappy heels to ground the outfit, and provide contrast. To finish off, it's all about the right accessories. Layer strands of long necklaces for a totally boho-glam look that won't weight the rest of the outfit down. A gold minimal cuff completes the look by adding shine and a modern vibe. It's like a romantic-modern-bohemian-edgy twist, which seems like too much, but it works. The trick is to keep a solid-color dress to prevent it from looking busy.

These necklaces you can actually make yourself, as they are part of my Crystal Amulet necklace collection. View the tutorial here. What's great about these layering necklaces is that they are lightweight but still pack sparkle and shine factor with the crystals and rhinestones. Gold cuff by Generation Bliss. Also, using these blue and earth toned necklaces keeps the look more sophisticated!

Of course, an almost messy-wavy hairstyle is the way to go. Minimal makeup here with just a bit of eyeliner. It keeps the look from being to overworked and shows that you don't need to spend forever on hair and makeup to have a rockin' summer vibe! I think this look is casual enough to go shopping but also chic enough to attend a summer party! What do you think?!

Photos copyright Allison Beth Cooling. Do not use/post images without crediting me and linking back.