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DIY Jewelry Fun with Michaels “Pemberley” Collection

A few weeks ago, I attended SNAP Conference in Salt Lake City. It’s an annual event that brings together creative and lifestyle bloggers to learn, meet with sponsors, and network. Since I normally work at home either banging on a keyboard or throwing paint and ink around, my typical daily wardrobe is decidedly un-glamourous. (Think sweatpants and souvenir t-shirts.) So attending an event that is populated partially by fashion bloggers? Well, that had me hyperventilating. The pressure was on to step up my game!

Accessories are a big part of finishing any outfit, and I decided to wear my portfolio by making some of my own jewelry for the event. I had fallen in love with the new Pemberley collection from Michaels’ house brand Bead Landing the moment I saw it. It turned out to be a perfect match for some of my new SNAP outfits, and after a shopping spree at my local Michaels store, I got down to creating.

Pemberley necklace

For this necklace to go with a lace top,  I wanted a romantic look. I mixed the Pemberley collection with another recent Michaels jewelry collection, a boho chic collection called “Gypsy Desert”. A lot of the elements mix surprisingly well with the heavily vintage Pemberley.

Pemberley necklace close-up

Supplies:

  • Bead Landing “Pemberley” Chain
  • Bead Landing “Pemberley” Charms (rose & green drop)
  • Bead Landing “Gypsy Desert” feather charm
  • Bead Landing “Gypsy Desert” quote charm
  • Bead Landing magnetic clasp
  • Bead Landing jump rings (7mm)

The necklace design is easy to assemble. It’s just a collection of charms that are arranged in various lengths of cascade. I made the rose charm into a drop pendant by attaching it to the end of some leftover chain before attaching it partway down the green drop pendant.

Pemberley necklace construction

Opening and closing jump rings (and chain link) is the only skill required to make this project!

May is National Arthritis Month, and you may have noticed a special kind of clasp on the supply list above. I suffer from minor arthritis-like symptoms due to my lupus. Traditional jewelry clasps are difficult for me to do as a result. Magnetic clasps, like the one below, are much easier. If you are a crafter with a loved one struggling with arthritis, you might consider offering to use your skills to replace their jewelry clasps with easier to fasten magnetic ones!

Magnetic necklace clasp

I loved the Pemberley collection so much, though, that I couldn’t stop with making one piece! I also used it to make a gift for my SNAP secret sister. For this Pemberley necklace project, I used two different kinds of chain to make a double stranded necklace.

Pemberley double strand necklace

Like the necklace above, the charms on this one are just an arrangement of cascades of varying lengths. The only skills needed to assemble this are the ability to open and close jump rings.

Pemberley double strand close-up

Supplies:

  • Bead Landing “Pemberley” Chain
  • Bead Landing “Pemberley” Pearl Chain
  • Bead Landing “Pemberley” Charms (rose, drop & sewing themed)
  • Bead Landing “dream” charm
  • Bead Landing magnetic clasp
  • Bead Landing jump rings (7mm, 4mm)

For a beginning jewelry maker (or anyone looking to make a quick and easy project) working with a coordinated collection of jewelry findings is a perfect way to create a beautiful project. I have plenty of leftover elements from these projects. What will I make next? I can’t wait to decide! Maybe a matching bracelet…

Chalk A Storage Bin with Cricut Stencil Vinyl!

[Disclaimer: Although I work for Cricut as a demonstrator, this product was independently purchased for my own use on a personal project that I was working on. Cricut had no input into this article. Some links in this article may be affiliate links that support Craft Critique if you make a purchase after clicking.]

Love the look of decorative chalk but are hopeless at freehand drawing and writing (like I am)? Maybe stenciling is the answer!

I bought this lovely tin basket at my local Michaels store, from their Make Market home decor collection, that is perfect for storing my oversized cards that I’ve made until they get used. But it had a (very trendy) chalkboard panel on the side.

If you know me at all, you know that doing freehand chalk work is absolutely not in my skill set! So how did I get such lovely looking chalking?

Make Market bin

I found the answer in a roll of the new Cricut Stencil Vinyl! The Cricut Stencil Vinyl is clear, and designed to be reusable. You can cut a stencil with your Cricut machine, stencil with it, and then save it to use again!

With stencil material, you “weed” off of the backing the part of the design that you want to paint, chalk or color, leaving it open to receive color. When you’re done weeding you can use transfer tape to apply the stencil to your surface.

Cricut Stencil Vinyl

I created this design using a frame from Anna’s Decorative Monograms and the “Hello” from the Cindy Loo cartridge.

If you have a Cricut Explore machine would like to use this design yourself, here’s a link to the file in Cricut Design Space: bin label. Depending on your owned cartridges and subscription access, it may cost up to $1.98 to cut the file.

Chalk Art

After cutting the stencil out, I adhered it to the bin and started chalking! Eagle-eyed readers may have noticed the two different chalk colors on the bin have a different texture. For the straight lines of the border, I got out a white chalk marker. It flowed nicely in those long lines and was almost exactly the width of the stencil, so it was convenient to use.

For the varying width of the lettering, I got out more traditional chalk pieces and colored inside of the stencil. This left a more dusty appearance than the chalk marker. I think the variance provides texture to the design.

So, what would you chalk if you could use a stencil to guarantee it would be perfect?