February 3, 2011

Moxie Talk: Go-to Gal Betsy Veldman Loves Beautiful Baubles

Baubles? Whimsies? Cabochons? Resins?

It’s a little tricky to write a blog post about something when you’re not even sure what to call them, but I’m going to give it a shot. And while I may not know what to call them, I sure do know them when I see them. Let me tell you, they shoot an arrow straight to this vintage-lovin’ girl’s heart. They are little resin accents that remind me of the pretty buttons I find in antique store button jars.

These resin accents come in the form of pretty-colored blossoms, birds, cameos, and more -- with a beautiful etched, almost translucent appearance. They’ve been around the jewelry world for awhile and started making an appearance in the paper crafting world sometime around last summer’s CHA show.

They are just the kind of embellishment that makes my heart go pitter-patter and freeze up all at the same time. I love them…but can I use them? Good golly, Miss Molly. They’re almost too pretty if you know what I mean. But stick with me to the end of the post and you’ll see that I managed to do it. I’ll even show you a trick for giving these little beauties the center stage they deserve.

Let’s check it.

From the jewelry world:








...to the paper crafting world:








If you’re a vintage button collector like me, you might just find some similar looking goodies nestled among the plain-jane buttons:

Buttons from my collection

So let’s take a deep breath and put some of these beauties to work, shall we? Sometimes it’s so hard to use these gorgeous little trinkets for fear that they’ll just get lost on a project. I clustered some resin flowers from American Crafts and Maya Road with a vintage button from my stash to make a big impact. Clustering works well to turn small embellishments into you-can’t-miss-me-now focal points.


I added a bit of lace, some leaves cut from felt and a trinket pin from Maya Road. And I feel better for having moved a few of these pretties out of my stash and into the light of day to be enjoyed.


So what have you been hoarding that needs to be put to use? Do you have some pretty trinkets stashed in a drawer? I challenge you to get them out and use them up! It will feel good. I promise. Be sure to link us up in the comments if you do!

Now friends, I had some time to play yesterday and I've got a make-your-own-resins tutorial up on my blog.


I had really good results with both resin and clay. Fun, fun! I've also created an additional card using one of my handmade pieces. I hope to see you there!

Baubles are beautiful,

~Betsy

32 comments:

Laura O'Donnell said...

I don't have any of these yet but I've been seeing them around and I love them!

NanaBeth said...

So I went to your blog and than I googled Ice Resin. Oh my they have it at Amazon-and who has a $25 gift certificate to Amazon. Yup Ice Resin is on the way-thanks for such an inspiring morning!

~amy~ said...

gorgeous....thanks for such a fun post!

nicoleqmullen said...

Wow, these are amazing! I can see a new crafting addiction kicking in for me, already looking up molds to order :)

Holly Saveur said...

Love this thank you so much!

jan said...

Been to your blog, already ordered my own molds and can't wait to play!! Thanks Betsy!

barbie_love said...

I love them they make my heart flutter!

Larajc said...

I do not have any of these but they are on my list! I love the WP birds the most!

Tanya R said...

Oh Betsy I sure share in your love of baubles. Thank you for the eye candy this morning.
Hugs
Tanya

Amanda M said...

how pretty! I saw these and now I want to use them so much!

Kelly in Canada said...

Betsy, your card is oh, so pretty. I love it. I had never really thought too much about using these items but now I am probably going to be thinking about it all day!

FryeStyle said...

Wow! Great post! Love the colorful embellishments for jewelry!

ScrapMomOf2 said...

Baubles ARE beautiful!! Love these!! Beautiful card!

sharon g said...

So very cute. They remind me of the flowers on some of my Lladro figurines

Cathy and Andrew said...

These are so you. You put them to good use. Adorable!

horseygal said...

I just love these!

Shemaine Smith said...

I've got them on my must have list from CHA! Betsy you are even more beautiful in person!

Scrapycandy said...

Very very nice! Thanks for sharing!

Sylvia said...

Thanks for the beautiful article! These are to die for. I visit you regularily because you are an inspiration!

Misty said...

I've been wanting to make something like this for about a year now. I was just getting ready to experiment with hot glue! Now I can see if I can find Ice Resin somewhere.

Linda said...

be still my heart indeed! I'm a vintage lovin girl too who yes, also has a collection of vintage buttons, lace and postcards among other things. I find it hardest to part with the postcards so I often make a copy. Your card is so beautiful!! Off to check your blog!:)LindaK

Glynis said...

Thanks for the demo! I just ordered some of these molds to try your clay method, and will be keeping my eyes open for that resin kit!! Can't wait to try them :O)

Amy said...

WOW!! These are just so incredible and the colors are brilliant!! GORGEOUS gorgeous card!! I so badly want all that jewelry now!! I am putting these at #1 on my wish list! I so need these!!

Tona said...

I don't have any of these pieces yet but they sure are pretty.
Off to check out your blog.

Justine said...

The are fantastic! To ironic that while I was scrolling through, my creative brain was thinking "FLOWER BOUQUET" and lo and behold you did it!! Love your style Betsy, thanks for sharing

Angie Blom said...

wow.. just amazing.. I love them.I need to try and make some of these.. thanks for this!

charli said...

yum! love these!

Helen F. said...

Oh my! these vintagy resins are amazing. Thanks so much, Betsy for sharing one of your faves with us!

Jean said...

Love these!

kathy/North Carolina said...

I love the idea of clustering these beauties. And, yes....I have some hidden away.

Wendy said...

I'm inspired enough to give this a try! Thanks!

Natasja said...

Love all these embellishments!!