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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Bling It On!!

That's right, this post is all about the bling!! Glitter, Distress Stickles, Glimmer Mist & Sharpie. That's right....Sharpie!! We all have those don't we? Have you ever thought of using them to add some bling to your layouts or other projects? No, you say? I think I just might be able to change your mind.

But first, here's the layout I just made. See if you can spot the Sharpie.

Yes, there's definitely glitter on the title, and a bit of Glimmer Mist on the lace......

And there's definitely Distress Stickles on the butterfly & the leaves.........

Still can't see the Sharpie?

How about now? No? Need a hint? Take a look at the rhinestones. That's right, the rhinestones! Okay, let me explain.

Whenever I decide to purchase rhinestones, I don't know what color to buy. Let me back up. I don't normally shop for products with an end result in mind. I usually make my purchases based on appeal first, cost second & availability last. So, I never know what color flower, rhinestone, lace, etc I need before I sit down to scrap.

Needless to say, I rarely have the right color of everything I need, for any given project. One great reason why I love my Cuttlebug & Cricut so much, is that I can make anything in any color!! Especially flowers and leaves!! I also purchase lace in white or off-white, so I can tint it with Glimmer Mist or my home-made version of it. Distress Stickles is also great to have on hand, although I don't have many colors. I can still add some sparkle to any layout with the Rock Candy, as the color underneath will show through.

So, what does this have to do with a Sharpie? Well.......I have started purchasing clear rhinestones, including flourishes, this way I can color co-ordinate them with any layout or project I might have in mind!!

Now do you see it? If you're still unsure, here's a peek at some flourishes that I have started to color for another project......

Sorry, bad picture. Very cloudy today, the lights aren't helping, and the flash is giving off too much glare. As I was saying, take your Sharpie and color each individual, it doesn't take very long!! Don't like the color? Go over it with another color, and it will remove the first color you used, providing that it's not too dark. It takes no time to dry, so you can color, wait about 30 seconds, and apply it to your project.

I'm sure you're wondering if you can use other markers......yes, you can. As long as your marker is not water-based, it will work!!! And the best part of this, is that you are not limited to the 'in' colors or whatever color your local craft store may carry!!

Try it out for yourself, you'll love this idea. And stay tuned in for another great 'bling it on' idea. I'm testing something else!!

Happy blinging!!


  1. Oh Wow Lynne
    this page is beautiful!!!! Did you make the flowers and if so HOW? They are beautiful
    Love sarah XXX

  2. craftymum, I did make the flowers. It's not a complicated process. But it is easier to show you how, than to explain it in words. I will be including a tutorial on my next blin it on post!

  3. Now this such a fantastic way to use those Sharpie markers. Who would have thunk it, eh? Awesome!

  4. Woo,Hoo Lynne...another use for my color Sharpies. Great idea!!

  5. Hi Lynne,

    Very nice page you made there! And the tip about the blings is very nice! Don't know the Sharpie markers here in the Netherlands, almost all use Copics, but I'm sure these will work as well. Very good idea and thanks for the funny way of showing and an example in your beautiful page!
    A great day to you!

    Love, Wendy

  6. Just had to tell you what a beautiful page this is.

  7. That's really cool! I was looking for the classic "black sharpie" so I totally missed the guess! Awesome idea!



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