To display my pins, I cut a cloud with the Zoobaloo cricut cartridge. The large cloud is cut at 7". Yes, that's right, 7", even though the finished size is less than 4". It had another cloud on the same cut and I didn't use that one. The little cloud is cut at 3" and is about 1.5" high. I embossed the clouds with D'vine Swirls folder and then inked the edges with TH Antique Linen.
I got all my beads from Hobby Lobby. I'm not sure of the brands...just that they were on sale 50% off. : ) I'm getting a little braver with my stick pins. I bought two different types of bead caps and spacers. My packages of beads that I purchased had different shaped beads and I did try to mix it up and use different shapes on the pins. All in all, I'm very please with my progress. I have received lots of great stick pins in past swaps, so I have lots of inspiration!
I went with mud puddles, rain, and rainbows. Mud puddles: I tried to find some bronze or brown beads, but couldn't find anything that I liked. I ended up with some amber colored beads. Rain: A blue bead with some pretty bead caps. Rainbows: This pin is my favorite. I found this bag of metallic beads and when I saw them, I knew they would be perfect.
I also submitted this project for the Challenge Me Monday #107 at the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog.