Nov 13 2008

Pins and Pretties!

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Finally, here’s the info I promised you on the gorgeous pins you all saw in my Bare Necessitiespost a few days back. Admittedly, I am not a very good shopper, but thank goodness some people out there are! Isn’t it just wonderful we can all help each other like this –stamping cyberspaceis just the GREATEST place to hang out — thank you ALL so much, just for EVERYTHING!!! But special thanks today go out to my friend Sabrina who I’ve known for quitea few years over at SCS. I’m sure many of you know her too — okimom2girlz. Sabrina was so sweet hearted that she went shopping for pins and pretties a week or two ago and bought enough to share with me — and let me tell you, I was over the top excited when I got all the little packages of pretties. I’ll show them to you in a minute, but first here’s the card that Sabrina made and sent to me, using some of her new finds.


What a beautiful card — THANK YOU SO MUCH, SABRINA!! And I’d like to show you a close up of another pretty pin that Sabrina put together with her new toys.


Isn’tthis onejust so delicate and pretty!!! I love it!!!! And the question is, WHERE did Sabrina find these beauties. Well, at JoAnn Fabric. They were all in the jewelry making section, each piece sold in separate bags of like product. She bought a ton of different little things and sent me a sampling of each. Here’s a repeat pic that I posted the other day, showing a pin I put together with Sabrina’s goodies.


Kind of hard to see the top, but at least you get the idea and can see the pretty butterfly on the bottom, and I LOVE those brownish beads!!! OK, now on to some pics of what Sabrina actually purchased on her quest for pins and pretties.


Oh, so fun!!! I can’t tell you how these please me. They did all come from JoAnn Fabric, but Sabrina thought Michaels has a lot of these as well. The more ornate silver and gold pins in the forefront are by Blue Moon. The really long ones, about 5″, are by Darice, as are the beads. Sabrina did cut one of the 5″ pins and said it cut very easily. I think it was about $2 for those 3 pins. However the Blue Moon pins are a real steal at about $1.99 for 10 — WOW! They are also available at Now I will tell you these Blue Moon pins do not havea sharp tip, it’s blunt, so you can’t poke it through your ribbon, but you can easily weave it between the knot. And check out all the other pretty charms and beads to coordinate!!!


And here’s a look at some more beads from JoAnn’s. I particularly love the brown shades mixed with the clear crystals.


And here’s where I thought Sabrina was so creative. See the ones right in front here? Know what they are? Earring backs — yes!!! Scroll up to the photo of Sabrina’s card. There she used an earring back she had at home before finding these silver ones at JoAnns. She has ordered them in bulk — 120 for $2.09 — oh my goodness!!! Now scroll up again and look at the 2nd photo — see the stopper — it is one of these odd shaped beads in the background. It does look so pretty and delicate when she has used it as a stopper. Not sure, but I’m assuming she had to stick a bit of a glue dot in there? Sabrina??? (Editing to add Sabrina’s answer: Yes, the bead in the second picture is held up by a small glue dot, and when you put it on top of the little opening of the bead the pin will push it in and you cant even tell its there.) And if you are wondering what I used on the pin in my card, the one with the butterfly charm — well, that’s a stopper from the SU Pretties Kit.

Twokind readers, Laura M and Marilyn C, provided me with this link to Many Horses. This link takes you right to the Hat Pin page. They do have the earring back stoppers just like above, but I think I’m seeing something that sure look JUST like the SU stoppers as well!!! I am definitely going to have to check that out further!!! THANK YOU, LAURA and MARILYN!!!

I got an email from another reader, Dee Y, and she refers to a huge bead warehouse in Washington, and she provided this link to Shipwreck Beads, and, oh YES, there are those same stoppers (or so it appears) that SU sells. And I guess I’m learning through all this the proper name would be clutches??? THANK YOU SO MUCH, DEE!!!! I am most definitely doing some browsing to check these sites out more thoroughly — fun stuff!!!

And that wraps it up for tonight! Thank you to the above ladies for contributing so much!!! Greatly appreciated!!! So glad that YOU stopped in as well!!! Truly, I am getting back to simple and flat cards for the Holidays, but tomorrow our next Stamp Simply challenge is up, so hope to see you then!!! Thanks so much!!! Hope your week is going well!!!


29 responses so far

29 Responses to “Pins and Pretties!”

  1. Dealbaida says:

    What an amazing array of treasure-trove! Am going to see if Mr Google can find me anything similar this side of the pond. Thanks for posting the pictures.


  2. Latisha says:

    I finally broke down and bought the pretties kit, but now its nice to know where to find those pins when I run out!

  3. Joan Fricker says:

    Thanks so much for this information! I always admire the cards I see with the pens. I stopped by JoAnn’s last week and saw their large stock of jewelry things that even our small store carries. I will have to check it out closer. Thanks to Sebrina too!

  4. Charlene says:

    Wow…I’ve looked at JoAnn’s and thought those things might work but I’ve been too timid to try it out…Thanks to you and Sabrina for the inspiration!!

  5. Phyllis says:

    Why do I feel the urge to go shopping, it’s 5:30 in the morning!
    Thanks for another informative piece, I am certainly going to try some of these.

  6. Susan says:

    Does the ribbon hold the upper beads or do you use glue? So pretty!

  7. Sabrina aka okimom2girlz says:

    Thank You, Sharon. You make me blush at 6 AM in the morning :D. Yes, the bead in the second picture is held up by a small glue dot. and when you put it on top of the little opening of the bead the pin will push it in and you can’t even tell it’s there.

    Thanks to the other ladies that provided the sources as well. I was searching forever on Google, but everything that I’ve got was wholesale and a minimum of $ 100 purchase (can’t justify that one ;)) .

    Again, thanks Sharon you are a great inspiration.

    Hugs, Sabrina

  8. Jerri Kay says:

    Sharon, thank you, thank you, thank you for this post! OH MY GOSH, I have so many of those metal beads with Swarovski crystals and couldn’t figure out how I was going to use them. I feel like I’ve been hit over the head with the “dufus” club . . . LOL! Why didn’t I think of this? I was trying to use them as brads and it just wasn’t working. I’m off to see Sabrina’s gallery, thanks so much!

  9. Jeanne says:

    Thank you SO very much for sharing this! I’ve been looking in the jewelry/beading aisles at Joann and Michaels and seeing some of these items, but not being sure how to put them together I passed on purchasing any. But WOW, now I will be shopping with a purpose. I will also be checking out the links you’ve provided.

    THIS is exactly why I LOVE blogging! More creative minds than mine (and that would be just about everyone) are so willing to share their knowledge and finds.


  10. I think I see a trip to Joann’s on my lunch hour today!

  11. Amy Johnson says:

    Beautiful cards and pins. Thanks for the info on the ‘stoppers’. I have pins and beads, but no ‘stoppers’ and didn’t even know what they were called before! LOL!

  12. Pat (mspfd) says:

    Sharon, thanks so much for this article. I love the look of the pins and pretties and now know what to do to make my own! Fabulous resource!

  13. Cindy H. says:

    Thank you so much Sharon and Sabrina! I’ve always admired the pretty stick pins on so many ladies’ cards and didn’t know where they came from. I kept thinking it was a scrapbooking or stamping item – like Primas, brads or the like and wasn’t finding them. Obviously, l was looking in the wrong section! I know where to look now :) Thank you Sabrina for enlightening us and thank you Sharon for sharing this super idea! Love the pretty cards you both shared!! TFS

  14. Angel says:

    So cool! So much enabling though. :-)

  15. Shirley Lee says:

    Thank you Sharon and Sabrina! Am heading to the JoAnn site ASAP. I love reading these blogs because I gain so much information from all the sharing. By the way, both cards are gorgeous!
    Shirley Lee
    Roseville, CA

  16. Susan G says:

    Thanks to you and the others who have provided sources for all these goodies to make pins. I think they add so much to a card, but have never used one because I don’t have the SU pretties kit–too cheap to spend the bucks for it–LOL. Besides I’m more of a do-it-your-selfer so this is right up my alley. Can’t wait to go shopping now. Sabrina’s cards are lovely.

  17. Marisa says:

    You sound like a little girl in a candy shop when you talk about these :) Glad you have found some places to check out/shop at — all the more for us to be able to enjoy your wonderful creations with them (just love that butterfly pin).

  18. Jarie says:


    Thanks so very much for the informaton on the hat pins. I’ve been wanting to make some of these every since I did in a SU stamp camp but really didn’t want to buy the whole pretties kit.

    Thanks also for your wonderful blog and inspiration. You are really a talented lady and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing with all of us.

    Janet aka Jarie

  19. Debbie Olson says:

    These are the same ones that I love too, Sharon! I especially like the vintage copper ones–I add a pack to my cart every time I shop at :-)

  20. nancy littrell says:

    Gorgeous, gorgeous pin cards. What a sweetheart Sabrina is for sharing her pretties. TFS

  21. leslierich says:

    Well, this is right up your alley, and Sabrina sure does know what you love! Uh, oh–Joanne’s, watch out! There’ll be a run on these supplies! It sounds like so much fun to make your own stick pins like this, and they’re so pretty! Thanks for such a fun post, Sharon!

  22. Ashley says:

    Thanks so much for this valuable information! I’ve been to Many Horses before, but not the other site. And why didn’t I think to check the jewelry aisles at craft stores? I love blogging! Thanks so much!!!

  23. Angie says:

    Wow, this is absolutely amazing that you have sourced those hat pins and clutches!! Would you please please please keep us posted on which ones you bought and if they are the same as the SU ones? Many many kind thanks, I was only doing a search on the clutches and hatpins a couple of weeks ago but in the end just gave up because I really wanted them to look the same as the SU ones. I can’t believe I stumbled across your blog for the first time tonight and there right in front of me was your beautiful post. thank you so much for sharing all the info you have received from the other ladies who contacted you. – Tremendously appreicated!

    Angie from Australia :)

  24. Lenoria says:

    I love the idea of using the pins and beads. Another great place to order beads and findings and just stuff is Fire Mountain Gems. They have “stuff”.

  25. Hi there, you may also enjoy looking through our “bead warehouse” / online store. The items are priced at wholesale, and our selection is huge. You know what? Thank you for mentioning the word “stoppers”, I didn’t know this one…if you use it for clutches, I bet others are using it too. You’ve opened my ears!

    at Rings & Things

  26. […] pin I made.  Kind of hard to see, but I hope you can.  These are all things I got from Sabrina.  Refer to this post.  The stopper on the botton is an earring back from JoAnns and it was silver.  I colored it with […]

  27. PeggyO says:

    Thanks to your sharing spirit I was able to include my own ‘pins’ on many of my Christmas cards that I made this season and took home with me to Canada for friends and family. They were well received and I am now working on ‘thank you’s”. I too found my supplies at Jo Ann’s but I had to search for the earring backs and finally found some that were appropriate at A.C. Moore’s. It’s all good now!:)

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