Thursday, March 24, 2011

EmbEllies: Card Pins

Have you seen one of the newer trends, to embellish your cards with beautiful and unique "stick pins"? 

These are typically found stuck in a bow, or behind a flower, or even simply as the featured item on the card.  I'd been looking for ultra-sweet stick pins without having to pay a small fortune ... without success.

So what does a crafter do, but make her own!

Here are just a few of the EmbEllies' Card Pins I've made for my own use. I've made them two different ways: first, by straightening out earring wires into a pin; second, by using beading head pins.

I then thread the pins with unique glass or metal beads I've found back when my principal hobby was beadmaking.  A tightened crimp bead below the bead holds the EmbEllie* in place. 

Would you like to win a half-dozen EmbEllies?  Why not?!  I'll randomly pick a follower who comments on this post and/or any of my posts from now through through March 27 (midnight EST).  One post per day, please.  Please include a way to contact you, when you win!

I'm a HOP STOP for two hops this weekend, so there will be extra opportunities to win more blog candy this weekend.  So stop back too!! 

♥ Thanks for stopping by! ♥

(*What in the world is an EmbEllie?  Ellie ... that's me ... the term of endearment my hubby uses for me.  When I started making and marketing my own embellishments, I started calling them Ellie's Embellies, but that sounded redundant, so EmbEllie it is. For now!)


Lizzie Laine said...

These are great, too pretty!
thanks for sharing and for the chance to win:)

Kimmarie Baker said...

These look beautiful! It so nice to be able to make your own embellishments. This way you can customize to your layout or liking. I would love some of these pretties. Thanks for the chance of winning.

~ Creating a Crafty Life ~ said...

Ellen, the pins are so pretty! I would love to win them ♥ TFS!

CreatingACraftyLife at gmail dot com

ScrappyScavenger said...

I just started making my own, but winning them can also be fun!!!! Those are shiny and adorable! Thanks for the chance to win! Tanya


Tanya said...

They turned out really pretty! I have been wanting to make some but never have gotten the supplies to do it. Thanks for the chance to win some!

phenis2031 at yahoo dot com

Jolanda said...

Those pins look really pretty! I think it's more satisfying when you have made your own embellishments rather than buying them :)
yolanda.bravery at hotmail dot co dot uk

Kimmers said...

Super cute, I've also been looking for the pins and have had no luck. Great idea! TFS

kimsheppard6 at hotmail dot com

Cyndi S said...

Those are great. I had not seen them before. I am debating if I should show my 13 year old daughter because she is a bead junkie, if she sees them we will be on our way to the bead store. Thanks for sharing these.

Kim said...

Oh, I Love your pins!! They seem to be the new cool thing:)


LesleyfromWI said...

Beautiful pins. I love using them but they can be a little pricey. Thank you for the chance to win!

bcriminger said...

I was just thinking, wow, those are amazing, wish I had some when I read you are giving some away~awesome!!!

jengd said...

Cute pins! I like the thought of using eyepins rather than hatpins- I like to keep sharp objects to a minimum around here with the 3yr old running around. :)

Star said...

Beautiful, simply beautiful. Thanks for sharing, Ellen.

SpantastiKreations said...

Your pins are so pretty. I have been so tempted to get some beads and start creating. Oy, I can't afford ANOTHER hobby. LOL

Great job.

Audrey said...

OH I just love these! Thank you for the opportunity to win!

Rubies Crafts said...

These are awesome. TFS and thank for the chance to win.


Babe O'Mara said...

I would love to win some of these pins. What a darling way to bling up a card. Thanks for the chance.


AmyJRockstar said...

I love your gorgeous pins and would love to win some! Thanks for the chance!

XO ~ Amy Jo (follower)
amyjrockstar at gmail dot com

Patricia Hurlburt said...

These are beautiful. Nice job!! Thanks for sharing.


Lucy said...

Wow, Those are beautiful! Are they hard to make? Love them. Lucy

Anonymous said...

Oh wow! They are so pretty! I've got a bunch that I've held onto for years ... I've always been 'afraid' to use them because what if I want them for a 'better' project? or what if I 'ruin' them?! But I have gotten out of that and I've managed to use a few in the last couple years ... :) I think if I had time, I would make them too! Just to stare at. LOL! Thanks for the chance to win! They really are gorgeous.

Unknown said...

These are so cute. I bet they look lovely behind some flowers

Burffrau @ aol dot com

PinkSugar said...

Love them girl. Oh so pretty I will have to try this myself. Good luck with your Hop and havea great weekend. I so love your profile pic with the coffeemug full of yumminess with the cute monkey design. did you actually make that? To drink or to eat???

Shauna said...

These pins are precious, I love them!

Kaitlin said...

Very pretty!:)


Unknown said...

Great giveaway! Your candy has been listed at Blog Candy Lists:


Gramjak said...

Hi -- I just discovered your wonderful blog through the Disney blog hop and would LOVE to win one of your darling embellie stick pins!
So cute!

kastenc at sbcglobal dot com

Many thanks!

Anna said...

Just beautiful!!! Awesome.
I'm a follower.
Thanks for the chance to win.
http: // mamawann. blogspot. com/
annadowdy at gmail dot com

Love to scrap Lyndra said...

You're stick pins are beautiful. I was in Michaels on Friday looking for pins because I want to start making these for my craft projects. Thanks for sharing.

dbjb1519 at yahoo dot com

Melissa said...

I don't know how I missed these during the hop, but I did! They are so pretty!


Debra said...

Gorgeous!!! Could you share, for those of us unfamiliar with beading, what the silver fitting on the bottom that keeps the beads from slipping down the pin is called? Thanks in advance :_)

Penni said...

Wow these are so pretty, I would love to win these. Thanks for the chance.