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Last fall Stampington issued a Dollar DIY Challenge for their magazine, Altered Couture.  I figured I must be able to use ink and stamps to create some kind of accessories. I went to the dollar store and found three hair barrettes on a $1 card, so I was able to submit three projects for my buck.

I was thrilled when they wrote asking me to write a whole article for the Summer issue.  My copy arrived yesterday with that cool yellow “You've been published” insert… so exciting!

I used my Sizzix Vagabond, three embossing folders (Sizzix and Cuttlebug), Ranger distress inks and embossing powder to make these:


There are lots of process photos and step-by-step instructions in the article.  If you see a copy, check out pages 87-89.

I'll also enter this into the Anything Goes theme at Simon Says Stamp and Show.

Thanks so much for the visit!



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  2. Shar B on April 28, 2012 at 6:24 am

    Way to go! That’s awesome!!

  3. gio on April 24, 2012 at 6:20 am

    Oh my congratulations, Marjie!Lovely barrettes!

  4. Teresa Jaye on April 21, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    WOW! This is beyond awesome! Congrats – I’m so happy for you! And, of course, the barrettes are beee-utiful!

  5. Linda on April 20, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    congratulations Marji! How wonderful! The barrettes are adorable.

  6. Lisa Sackett on April 20, 2012 at 9:09 am

    You go girl! Awesome…I’ll be looking for that issue. Congratulations!

  7. Cathy Calamas on April 20, 2012 at 5:53 am

    So beautiful! I would wear them in a skinny minute!! Congrats, too!

  8. fern cawley edwards on April 20, 2012 at 3:52 am

    I love how you transformed these barrettes!

  9. Cindy Pointe on April 19, 2012 at 11:41 am

    A BIG CONGRATS to you!! Fabulous project that I will check out as I love to wear barrettes.

  10. Lynne Moncrieff on April 19, 2012 at 10:51 am

    I am positively thrilled for you!!!!!!!!! Congratulations, this is the most fabulous news. To have an article is the most special feeling and if you are anything like I was you will be on Cloud 9 for the longest time! So glad you shared some of the pages as this is a publication I don’t read. Gorgeous.
    You deserve this, you really do.

  11. Lori on April 19, 2012 at 10:15 am

    How cool Marjie! Love the barrettes! Congratulations!

  12. Chriss on April 19, 2012 at 9:50 am

    Congrats!! Very clever.

  13. Janine on April 19, 2012 at 8:56 am

    Love them Marjie. They are SO right in style. So pretty….can’t believe they started out as a buck….they look $$$$

  14. Alison on April 19, 2012 at 8:30 am

    Congratulations on being published Marjie! your barrettes look fabulous! x

  15. Judy B (JJ) on April 19, 2012 at 8:06 am

    whoo hoo! Congrats Marjie! These are beautiful!

  16. Claudine on April 19, 2012 at 5:35 am

    OMG Marjie, congrats!! THese are soo cool!!! Love them!!

  17. Brenda Brown on April 19, 2012 at 5:00 am

    Fabulous ways to alter hair slides Marjie, love the look of them and congrats on being published with them.
    Hope your week is going well.
    hugs {brenda} xox

  18. Victoria Sturdevant on April 18, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    Beautiful! I’ll be on the look for a copy.

  19. michele s on April 18, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    Marjie your barrettes are amazing! such wonderful creativity for $1! beautiful work and congratulations on being published! xo

  20. Wanda H on April 18, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    Congratulations, Marjie!!! I’m so excited for you!!!!!!!!!!!! Woohoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. Shar B on April 18, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Congratulations! That’s awesome!!

  22. gerri herbst on April 18, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    Wow! this is so exciting…Congrats on being published, these are wonderful! take care, gerri

  23. Renee Zarate on April 18, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    I am so IMPRESSED!!! Congrats, can’t wait to see the issue. The barrettes are so gorgeous, makes me wish I had long hair again.

  24. Linda Coughlin on April 18, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Totally AWESOME, Marjie! So clever and inventive. Your barrettes came out fantastic. What a wonderful idea. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! on being published and having an entire article!!!!!

  25. debi ryan on April 18, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    you’re so clever!!! these are pretty and cool, Congrats on being published so exciting! Debi x

  26. Willy on April 18, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Congrats, Marjie! This is great!

  27. sarah engels-greer on April 18, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Wooooooooo hoooooooooooooo! Got my poms-poms out over here….would even do the splits if my belly would allow it. Just fabulous Marjie – well done you! Very creative, thrifty and yummy! And….Thanks so much for joining in at Simon Says Stamp and Show. Sarah

  28. Anita Houston on April 18, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    OH MY GOSH…OH MY GOSH!!! That is fabulous! WOW! And the barrettes are fabulous! A whole article…you rock girl!!!

  29. KimMJ on April 18, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Wow Congrats! You must be soo excited! Those are really beautiful and such a great idea! Thanx for sharing :)

  30. Diana on April 18, 2012 at 11:49 am

    How cool is that really!!!! Congrats to you !!’n

  31. Susan on April 18, 2012 at 11:08 am

    You are SO COOL!
    I knew you when.

  32. snazzyoriginal on April 18, 2012 at 10:51 am

    Congrats, these look great and the technique could be used by anyone whatever their style, just mix up the stamps/papers. Such a clever idea xx

  33. Shelly Hickox on April 18, 2012 at 10:18 am

    Congrats!! That’s too cool! Will be sure to look for it.

  34. Kathy Eddy on April 18, 2012 at 10:05 am

    Way to go girlfriend!!! Woo-hoo for you. These are so cool.

  35. Jeeves on April 18, 2012 at 9:33 am

    woo HOO

  36. france papillon on April 18, 2012 at 9:33 am

    Way to go Marjie, congrets!!! these barrettes look so lovely!

  37. Annette G on April 18, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Congratulations Marjie, your barrettes are wonderful. Annette x

  38. Nancy on April 18, 2012 at 9:05 am

    How cool!!!! Love the barrettes! Congrats!!

  39. lynnef on April 18, 2012 at 9:05 am

    YOU GO GIRL…….that is BEYOND AWESOME!!! and those barrettes are FREAKIN’ AWESOME!!!

  40. Lynn Stevens on April 18, 2012 at 8:39 am

    WOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOO A Big Congrats Marjie, your altered barretts are wonderful!
    Hugs Lynn

  41. PetraB on April 18, 2012 at 8:13 am

    Just awesome! Congratulations for being featured.

  42. Sandra on April 18, 2012 at 7:55 am

    Love these! Congratulations! You’re a genious!

  43. Terry on April 18, 2012 at 7:30 am

    WooHoo! Congratulations and what love hair decorations! Very cool!

  44. Helen Tilbury on April 18, 2012 at 6:51 am

    Oooh how exciting! COngrats!! They are indeed FABULOUS!!!

  45. Kate on April 18, 2012 at 6:07 am

    Awesome barrettes! These are works of art! Lovely and congrats on being published.

  46. Candy on April 18, 2012 at 6:01 am

    Hey Marjie…how smart are YOU!!?! Fantastic idea and congrats on the publication!!! Your dollar barrettes don’t look like a buck after you finished them! :) Thanks for sharing your good news and your cool project with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

  47. Silvia on April 18, 2012 at 4:56 am

    Congrats on being published, your altered barrettes look wonderful.