Last year for my sister-in-law's birthday, I handmade some earrings and a card for her birthday.
The earrings were made from silver findings and green glass beads. I really love the way they turned out. (And I am sure they look beautiful on her!)
If you have been scared to create earrings, don't be! These were very simple to make. To create each earring, I used a silver headpin, two green glass beads in two different sizes, a silver spacer bead, and a silver fishhook ear wire.
Start by stringing your beads onto the headpin. You will create a simple loop at the top of your headpin. Then, just attach the loop you just made to the loop on the fish hook ear wire.
Here is a great online tutorial on how to make the simple loop: Making a Simple Loop
I got the idea for making this simple card from one of my favorite blogs, Little Lovelies.
To create the card, I cut a basic card shape from kraft card stock. Using my clear stamps, I stamped a birthday hat image three times onto the card as well as 'Happy Birthday'. I then stamped the birthday hat shape onto three different types of patterned paper. I cut out each hat shape and glued them over the stamped image on the card!
I hope this inspires you to make something handmade the next time you are giving a gift. I know, I always love to receive things someone took the time and care to make him/herself! Have you made any handmade gifts lately?