SAF 2015: Accessories Challenge

By August 29, 2015Stamp-a-faire

Now you are in for a real treat!  Tim Gunn always says that accessories can make or break an outfit, so here's your chance to create your own wearable art!  Just think, you can make things to accent all of your favorite outfits!

Do you remember this peek at Project Runway, Season 12, Episode 2?  There were MILLIONS of dollars worth of diamonds and jewels brought in and the designers had to create a look inspired by them, totally letting the accessories take center stage!  SO fun!


Perhaps that will help inspire your next few projects!


These designers will be showing you how to use your favorite paper crafting supplies to create your very own wearable accessories.  Not only can you customize these to suit your personal style and taste, they also make wonderful inexpensive gifts!


Erin Lincoln says, "For this tutorial, I create a necklace using the Tri-Flower Necklace Base and Petal Stitch Die Collection and the rest of your necklace making supplies from the 2015 Stamp-a-Faire kit (no longer available as it was a limited edition purchase several weeks ago).    

Originality comes into play when you use flower and leaf dies from your own craft collection on your statement piece. Further variation is possible with individual beading and stitching choices. The end result will be a fashion forward original that you can wear with your favorite outfits all the way through spring. Have a blast and I'm looking forward to seeing your creations when you finish. Be sure to post for us all to gush and swoon."

Even if you did not purchase our SAF kit this year, take a look at other dies in your stash and see if you can "make it work!".

Stamp-a-Faire Necklace Base


Erin divided her tutorial into two videos.  The first covers creating the base of the necklace!



Stamp-a-Faire Necklace

Stamp-a-Faire Necklace Close Up

Next up is a tutorial on how to beautifully embellish the necklace base.  The sky is the limit here!!!  Enjoy the process!



Create your own felt necklace.  Be creative and customize it to suit your style!  Even if you did not order the kit this year, take a look at your die stash and try to "make it work"!

–Post your project on your blog, in your gallery or on any other photo-hosting site (such as photobucket or flickr).  You can also link up here using Instagram!

-Add your project to the InLinkz list below.



  • STAMP-A-FAIRE 2015 KIT: Tri-Flower Necklace Base Die, Petal Stitches Die, 18" Chain, Felt Assortment and Seed Bead Collections (no longer available as it was a limited edition purchase several weeks ago)
  • ADDITIONAL DIES: Friendly Flowers, Freshly Fallen, Beautiful Blooms 1
  • OTHER: Blingy Buttons (Hobby Lobby), DMC Floss, Hot Glue Gun


Maile Belles says, "It's been a long time since I last filmed a tutorial, but this occasion called for me to step up to the crafty plate.  In this video I'll bring you a bit of info and a bunch of useful tips on how to take a simple Popsicle stick (hopefully you've already shaped yours into bangles, instructions below) and transform it into a beautifully hand crafted piece of jewelry. I'll go over two ways to personalize them… 1) using your own stamps and 2) with pattern papers.  The sky is the limit!"
If you haven't done so yet, here's what you need and how to create wooden bangles of your own…
Supplies needed: 
Large Pot 
Popsicle Sticks
Drinking Glasses, Jars, or Mugs (with openings as big as the size you desire your bracelets to be)
How to:
Fill a large pot with water (more water the better since it will hold its heat longer after boiling), place your Popsicle sticks into the pot, and bring the water to a boil.  Make sure the sticks are fully submerged.  Remove the pot from the heat and let the sticks soak for at least 30 minutes.  After this time, the sticks will be pliable enough to form.  Do so gently by bending slightly as you move from the top of the stick to the bottom, and then bend enough to fit the stick into the top of your glass cup, jar, or mug.  Then let them dry overnight. 
Here are a coupe tips I've found helpful, I hope they help you out!  If you have them, the rim of a pint sized Mason jar is the perfect size for making bracelets for a small wrist.  Also, don't expect every Popsicle stick to turn out, some will break and be unusable.  It's just part of the process.  
Now onto decorating these inexpensive. easy-to-make beauties!
Wooden Bangles
Wooden Bangles 2

Make a bangle or two, of your own design.  Whip out your favorite paint colors and embossing powders.  Select pattern papers and stamps from your collections that make you smile.  Create a set of bracelets that's perfectly you!  Or even for gifts!  Most of all, just have fun! 

–Post your project on your blog, in your gallery or on any other photo-hosting site (such as photobucket or flickr).  You can also link up here using Instagram!

-Add your project to the InLinkz list below.



  • STAMPS: Choose Joy Stamp, Southwestern Style, Bloomers
  • INK: VersaMark
  • PAPER: Mood Mix Pattern Paper Pad
  • OTHER: Large Popsicle Sticks (already formed into bangles), Gold and Black Embossing Powders, Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue, Mod Podge Gloss
  • ACRYLIC PAINT: Wedding Cake, Beetle Black, Yellow Gold, Sterling, and Rose Chrome (Martha Stewart Crafts)


–You will have until 7am EST, Tuesday, September 1st, to add your link to the list to be eligible to win. And you can enter as many times as you like.

–TWO randomly selected winners will be chosen from ALL the entries within this list and each will receive a $25 PTI gift certificate. Winners will be announced on our Tuesday night Stamp-a-faire winners post.  

We look forward to seeing what you share here as well as having you back here in just a bit for the next challenge!  We're also available in the forums for a chat if you need company while you're stamping!

Nichole Heady

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