Pretty Please with an Eyeball on Top!

Candace 31 Days Zipper Pull

Today’s Halloween treat is a polymer clay cupcake zipper pull a la Smeared Ink.  The cartoony cupcake is from a collection of cool digital stamps called Candy is Dandy.  My cupcake is a nod the incredible group of artists I was blessed to hook up with recently through Smeared Ink.  The group is the Smeared and Smudged Forum and they are a hoot!


Polymer Clay – purple, brown and orange
Colorful micro beads
Glossy sealer
Needle tool
20 Gauge wire
Accent beads
Eyeball bead
Round nose pliers
Chain nose pliers
Wire cutters
Lanyard clip

You can see here the simple shapes required to make a cupcake shape.

Make a hole in the cupcake with the needle tool.

Bake according to directions.


When the cupcake bead is cool, paint some glossy sealer on the orange icing.

Drizzle some micro beads on the icing while the sealer is still wet.

Allow to dry.

I chose an orange accent bead and stacked a tiny green bead on that to make a little pumpkin dangle.

Cut a 4″ piece of wire.

Fold 1/2″ over the round nose pliers to form a loop.

Slide the dangle onto the loop.

Slide the folded wire into the cupcake bead from the bottom up.
Add the eyeball bead.

fold the wire over, just above the eyeball bead and make another loop.

Slide the loop on the lanyard clip.

Wrap the wire tail around just below the loop to secure it.

Click here for detailed photos of the wire wrapping techniques described in this tutorial.

Vintage Inspired Glass Photo Pendant by Candace Jedrowicz

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10-1-2012 Vintage Inspired Photo Pendant by Candace Jedrowicz

Candace Jedrowicz is using some of her favorite photos of her family to make vintage inspired pendants including a hand wrapped wire bail!  Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch Candace’s fun and easy Glass Photo Pendant YouTube video tutorial!


Aleene’s Decoupage – glossy
Aleene’s Super Gel Instant Adhesive
Glass blob
Wire – no smaller than 20 gauge
Printed and downsized photo – print on regular printer paper
paint brush
Round nose pliers

1. Place the glass blob over the photo and trace around it.
2. Cut the photo out.
3. Brush Aleene’s Decoupage Glossy on the back of the glass blob.
4. Position the photo and press into the glue.
5. Immediately brush Decoupage on the back of the photo.  Allow to dry.
6. Cut 6″ of wire, wrap the center around a pencil, small glue stick, or what ever you have around that would make a large enough loop to put a chain through.  Wrap twice.
7. Wrap one tail of the wire into a spiral, this will glue onto the back of the glass.
8. Bend the other tail in a meander (see video tutorial) ending in a small spiral.  This will glue to the front of the glass, so be sure that your wire won’t cover up anything important.
9. Use a small amount of Super Gel on the wire on any parts of the wire that will lay against the glass.  Hold in place for a minute, or until the bail stays in place.

Coffee Cup Tool Caddy Easy Upcycle by Candace Jedrowicz

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Coffee Cup Tool Caddy by Candace Jedrowicz

Candace Jedrowicz is all about crafty convenience.  Having tools, glues and brushes handy is a must!  It’s time to upcycle the overcrowded coffee cup tool caddy!  Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch Candace’s fun and easy Tool Caddy Upcycle YouTube video tutorial!


Paper and plastic coffee cups – any sizes
Cardboard coffee sleeves
Aleene’s Tacky Dots

Click here to see instructions to make the original Coffee Cup Caddy

If you’re like me you’ll want to wrap the paper coffee cups in pretty paper, but it’s not important to the construction. Put the sleeve on the cup.
If you are just starting to build your tool caddy, refer to the original project by the link above. That being said, it’s not rocket science. It’s the same basic idea, but you’ll be joining the cups without sleeves. Place the cup with sleeve on, where you want to attach it.Make a pencil mark on the sleeves at the point of contact on both sides.
Apply Tacky Dots to the inside of the pencil marks on the sleeves at the top and bottom.Leave the middle clear so the craft knife goes through smoothly.
Leaving the cup in the sleeve, push into place.Remove the cup and press firmly to secure it.
Using a craft knife, cut a slit in both the cup next to the sleeve and the sleeve.Wiggle the blade back and forth to open the slit slightly. This will help you get the brad through easily.
Push the brad through the cup and sleeve and open the prongs.
Repeat on the other side of the sleeve, going through both sleeve and the cup next to it.Repeat for each sleeve. Fill with your tools!If you try this or any of the projects from this show, please take photos and email them to so we can share them on our Creative Community Blog!Stay crafty, my friends!

I shared this project on Craft-O-Maniac’s Monday Blog Party

Back to School Pirate Zipper Pull by Candace Jedrowicz

8-13-12 Pirate Zipper Pull by Candace Jedrowicz

8-13-12 Pirate Zipper Pull by Candace Jedrowicz
Do pirates go to school?  Sure!  Pirate school!  If you don’t happen to go to a pirate school, you can still declare your piratey goodness with this super easy, pirate zipper pull!  Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch Candace’s fun and fabulous Pirate Zipper Pull YouTube video tutorial!


Skull bead
Metal charm
Accent bead with a hole large enough to fit 2 wires through
20 gauge wire
Lanyard clip
Round nose pliers
Chain nose pliers

Cut a 5″ piece of wireBend 1 1/2″  around the round nose pliers.

Create a loop by pinching the wire on the other side of the bend.

  Slide the metal charm onto the loop.
  Slide a bead over both ends of the wire.
  Bend the short wire tail down and wrap is around the long wire tail 2 or 3 thimes.Trim off the excess.
  Slide the skull bead on the wire.
  Grab the wire with the round nose pliers just above the skull bead and wrap it around the pliers.
  Continue holding the wire with the pliers and wrap the tail around between the pliers and skull bead 2-3 timesTrim excess wire.
  Slide the loop onto the lanyard and crimp the lanyard slightly with the chain nose pliers to secure the dangle.


A Merrie Hogle Sunshiny Day

Merrie Hogle Sun Catcher

It’s a Merrie Hogle Sunshiny Day and Merrie has created a beautiful sun catcher to share with us!  It’s so colorful that it is causing a melodic hummmm to escape my lips without my consent!  I’m humming, can you hear me?  It’s definitely a hum.

Merrie has been watching our craft videos and found my soda can sun catcher.  Here’s what Merrie had to say:

“Attached is my version of your Sun Catcher project.  I did not use tin, but fashion papers for my substrate.  This is my second attempt.  The first Sun Catcher I produced found its way into my dear friend’s possession before I could complete it.  I used wire instead of thread.  The beads found their way to the bottom of the substrate instead of the top.  Now what to do with all my extra colored plastic pieces!?   I do enjoy a happy problem.”

Me too, my crafty friend!  I can’t wait to see what’s next!  Thanks for sharing your sunshine!

Candace the Muse


Button Tree by Heather Valentine

Button Tree by Heather Valentine

Button Tree by Heather Valentine

Heather Valentine of The Sewing Loft shares a super simple and adorable fabric button tree project.  Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch Heather’s super cool Button Tree YouTube video tutorial!

Visit The Sewing Loft for Heather’s tutorial


Bead Sprinkle Jar by Candace Jedrowicz

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Bead Sprinkle Jar by Candace Jedrowicz - Hero

A colorful stash of beads can add just the right touch to any project! With a quick switch of a mason jar lid,  you’ll be dispensing color, color and more color!  I first saw this idea on Pinterest and followed it to the original post.  The Cheese Thief made it for a gift with spices in it.  Featured on Cool2Craft TV.



Mason jar
Decorative paper
Salt box with spout
Craft knife
Aleene’s Double Stick Tacky Sheets
Aleene’s Tacky Glue

Trace around the jar lid insert on your decorative paper and cut out.
Place the lid ring on top of the salt box to position the spout and trace on the inside of the ring.
Cut the top of the box out.
Check to be sure the spout will fit in in the lid.
Make a template with a hole for the spout.
Cut the spout opening leaving the paper attached at the back of the cut.
Check to make sure the spout will open before using double sided tape to attach the paper.Use glue to secure the flap of paper to the spout.
Allow to dry and add beads.


Faux Enamel Jewelry by Linda Peterson

Faux Enamel Jewelry by Linda Peterson

Faux Enamel Jewelry by Linda Peterson

Get more designs and value from your vintage metal findings by colorizing them with nail polish. Linda Peterson of Sweet Antiq’s shows you how to create a faux enamel effect on metal jewelry findings. Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch Linda’s Super cool Faux Enamel Jewelry YouTube video tutorial!


Nail polish in various colors
Nail polish in light pearl color or may use a clear glitter varnish
Sweet Antiq’s metal jewelry findings
Aleene’s  Clear Varnish Spray
Wax Paper
Glitter of choice (optional)

Make sure that the surface of your finding is clear of any oily residue.  Wipe with alcohol if needed.Mix 2 to 3 parts pearl polish to 1 part color on wax paper with a tooth pick.
Use toothpick to paint on polish to colorize metal.  Allow to dry.
If necessary you may want to put on another coat of paint – this is totally optional.Go over surface with clear glitter varnish.  Lightly sprinkle with glitter if desired. Let drySpray entire finding with Aleene’s Clear Varnish sealer and let dry.

Around the World Linky Party on Cool2Craft!

Around the Worldl Linky Party

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Every week is a new theme, so check back often to see what’s up next! Be sure to view the other projects to see what everyone else is doing. Creative inspiration abounds here!

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Cup and Saucer Flower by Candace Jedrowicz

Cup and Saucer Flowers

Candace Jedrowicz is planting coffee cup flowers in her sister-in-law’s yard!  These flowers will never fade and you never have to cut them back!  That’s perfect for a pair of non-gardening coffee lovers!  Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch Candace’s awesome Cup and Saucer Flower YouTube video tutorial!


Aleene’s Platinum Bond 7800 Glue
Ceramic cup and saucer
Electrical wire – 3′ per flower
Large and small glass blobs
3/4″ PVC pipe – 3′ per flower
3/4″ coupler – 1 per flower
Spray paint to cover the pipe and coupler

Prepare your pipe and coupler by painting it, and your cup and saucer by drilling one hole in the cup and two holes in the saucer.
The hole in the cup is for drainage.One hole in the saucer is for drainage and the other is for your wire.Make sure your wire hole will be outside of the cup.
Begin wrapping the wire around a something round – I used a glue bottle.Wrap around 3/4 of the bottle.
Make a sharp bend in the wire and repeat 5 or 6 times.These will be petals.
Check to make sure the wire will fit properly, allowing room for the cup and keeping the petals within the outer edge of the saucer.
Pull the shape together and bend the wire tails down so you can put them through the hole in the saucer.
Bend the wire tails out of the way and glue the cup in place.
Glue your large glass blobs inside of the wire petals.Allow the glue to dry.
Glue the small glass blobs around the rim of the cup.Turn the cup and saucer over to keep the blobs in place while they dry.
Glue the larger end of the coupler to the bottom of the saucer in the center and allow to dry.Glue the pipe/stem into the coupler.