DIY Southwest Skull Necklace with Day of the Dead Inspiration

skull necklace pink turquoise

Pink and Turquoise for Halloween?……Say What? Well we say, bring it on!  Plus – we think this would be super cute on Day of the Dead.

The beads are a combo of crystals, pink chunky turquoise and skull shaped turquoise.  The skull cabochon is from our supply shop and the metal pendant from is from our Mod Podge line.  The frame are available at Michaels or online here.

Have a peek at how we made this cutie!

skull necklace pink turquoise e600 glue

First we glued the Skull Cabochon to the Oval Pendant Podgeable Metal Pendant – we used E6000 glue.


skull necklace pink turquoise glue gems

Next, we glued small gems around the skull.  We used gem glue that dries strong and clear.


I really really *heart* these beads….

skull necklace pink turquoise bead board

Make a design plan for your beads.  I like to use a bead board…. so much easier for shuffling and designs.

skull necklace pink turquoise crimp bead clasp

Start stringing!

skull necklace pink turquoise final

Enjoy! xo C&S


DIY Victorian Skull Pin…. perfect for Halloween and meeting ELVIRA!

diy halloween jewelry pin

I am smitten with our Halloween Skull Cabochons at the supply shop.  I have made tons of stuff with them….. but this quick and easy Victorian Skull Pin is a favorite of mine!   The cabs are at the shop here: skull cameo.

Begin by gluing some mini pom pom trim around the skull cameo.
 I attached with Hot Glue but you could use any fabric glue.
I added a {fast and furious} felt and pin-backing back to the cameo.  I was racing against the clock to make this because I was off to meet Elvira!  Yes ELVIRA!!!
This was made by cutting two slits in the back of a piece of felt and adding a pin back through the hole.  I then just hot glued the felt to the back of the skull cabochon.
Ready to go!
home and family elvira cathie filian
As you can see I had a blast at Home and Family and meeting Elvira was AWESOME!

Dollar Store Makeover: Glitter Deer

Have you seen the cute glitter deer at the dollar store?  Mine had gold and silver ones – only a buck each.  I hot glued some velvet leaves {{from my supply shop}}, some gold velvet ribbon and a bunch of buttons from my button stash around the neck.  I made a few deer to match the new stockings I made this year.  Have a look here to see the new stockings.

These are the velvet leaves.  Visit the shop here.

Happy Holidays and Dollar Store Hunting!
XO – Cathie

D.I.Y. Christmas Party Invitations

PaRty TiME!

Having a party this holiday?  You still have time to whip up so custom party invations.  All you need is few sheets of scrapbook paper and some embellishments.

What you will need:
Solid Green Scrapbook Paper
Holiday Patterned Paper
Decorative Scissors or Rotary Cutter
Glue Stick
Holiday Paper Tags
Paper Punch
Gem Glue

Begin by cutting a 5″X 5″ square of green paper.  Next cut two smaller squares from the holiday printed paper.  Use the picture as a size guide.

Next, glue a holiday themed journal tag and a small strip of green paper to the card.   Hand write the details of the party on the tag

 Cut a strip ofmesh ribbon (or other ribbon) to fit down the side of the card overlapping the green strip.

 Apply a thick coat of glue stick to the back of the ribbon and position on the card over the green strip.

Use a glue stick to attach 3 paper punched flowers to the card in a random pattern.  Add a drop of gem glue to the centers of the flowers.

  Place a clear gem in the center of each flower.
Done!Now send them out to friends and family!
Happy Holidays,

Etsy: New Holiday Items at the Cathie Filian Shop

 I am totally in love with these sweet trees!  They come in a set of six!

 {{DIY}} Assemble and Alter your own Vintage Style Church Ornament.  This goes together with just a little glue and can be altered with paint, paper, inks, ribbons, glitter, etc….

 Tweet Tweet!  Love my feathered friends.  I always have stock on birds of all shapes, colors and sizes.

Sparkle Baby!  Mrs. Claus would love this sparkle ribbon!

We won’t get snow in LA this year……but my projects can get sparkling snowflakes!

 {{DIY}} Assemble and Alter your own Vintage Style Farm House Ornament.  This goes together with just a little glue and can be altered with paint, paper, inks, ribbons, glitter, etc….

Velvet soft with rich color.  These holly leaves come in a set of 12.  Use them on cards, layouts, ornaments….endless ideas!

 {{DIY}} Assemble and Alter your own Vintage Style Cottage House Ornament.  This goes together with just a little glue and can be altered with paint, paper, inks, ribbons, glitter, etc….

Just a little shimmer and sparkle.  This puffy snowflake ribbon is offered in 3 yard cuts.