Tomorrow is the day…

May 31, 2009

My Americana workshop begins bright and early in the morning. I cannot wait to start sharing all the projects I have created celebrating the red, white and blue. Here are a few new sneak peeks of what we will be creating over the next six weeks. See ya there my friends! I can’t...

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Mini Wall Hanging Sneak Peek #2…

May 29, 2009

Just a few teasers of the Mini Wall Hanging I created using my scraps from the June Kit by Cocoa Daisy. I am providing Tricia with a PDF of all the templates so Cocoa Daisy subscribers can recreate this piece if they choose. Next week I will show you how to make these adorable velvet ribbon...

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Maya Mist Ribbon Strip Flower…

May 28, 2009

Here is a flower embellishment I created similar to the “Fabric Flower” I made a few weeks ago. If you want to learn how I created this flower check out the Maya Road Design Team Blog. There you will find all kinds of wonderful tutorials and projects. Have a great...

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Cocoa Daisy Sneak Peeks…

May 27, 2009

I am the guest designer in June for Cocoa Daisy. And let me just say Tricia did a wonderful job putting the June kit together as it is so inspiring. I am providing a little PDF so that those who purchase the kit can download the templates needed to recreate a little wall hanging. I will share sneak peeks of this project later this week. And just so you all know, one lucky Cocoa Daisy subscriber will win a free pass to my Americana Workshop. I wonder if it will be you? Thanks for asking me to play Tricia. It was great to once again be among the Daisy...

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Americana Workshop Sneak Peeks…

May 25, 2009

Since my newest workshop is just a week away I thought I would share a few sneak peeks. This $19.95 workshop begins June 1st. We will create 12 projects. Each includes color photos and step-by-step instructions, along with a supplies and tools list. You will create items that bring the wonderful color scheme of red, white and blue into your family picnic and home decor. Some of these projects have me anticipating an evening sky filled with fabulous fireworks. I will post three projects each week for four weeks and then give you two additional weeks to finish your projects. This workshop will be available to you for a total of six weeks. When you sign up you have instant access to the supply list and can start gathering your supplies. I’m looking forward...

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Sidelined just a tad…

May 21, 2009

Well a few days ago I sliced my finger which means my creativity is a bit sidelined so I thought I would show you 4 embellishments using the same Cuttlebug Cut & Emboss Textile Hearts Set, Black Magic ColorCore Cardstock and Sand Paper. You can accent these with Crystal Stickles, paint and/or finish the edges using glass glitter or Platinum Stickles. Same paper and cut & emboss set gives you 4 different looks Sanded Embossed Area Sanded Recessed Area Back of Black Magic ColorCore Cardstock Front of Black Magc ColorCore...

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Kinda Sad…

May 20, 2009

Yesterday I received my complimentary issue of Memory Makers July/Aug issue… This layout is part of the “Trends To Try Today” article by MMM ’08 Staci Etheridge. It shouldn’t be too hard to guess my trend… Glitter! I used pre-glittered patterned paper and chipboard letters, created my own glittered brads, accented patterns on my papers using Stickles and altered chipboard using loose glitter. Yes, I love glitter. It is sad to think that this is my last publication with Memory Makers. I have so loved working with everyone and will certainly miss them and this...

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Sweet DIY Wedding Decor…

May 19, 2009

Do you need an easy to make table accent for a Bridal Shower or Wedding Reception? If so, here is an altered votive holder you can complete in no time flat! Click here for the...

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Butterfly Embellishment…

May 18, 2009

Saturday I received a little package from a sweet friend that contained two Cuttlebug Cutting Die and Embossing Folders this being one of the ones I received. I must admit I was like a little kid on Christmas morning… I had to open it immediately and begin creating. And here is my finished creation. A simple butterfly embellishment to add to any project. I hope you give this tutorial a try… just consider yourself warned.. you will become addicted. Supplies Needed: Simply Stencils (Plaid) Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Inks (Bottle, Denim, Terra Cotta) Liquid Pearls (Petal Pink) Ice Stickles (Crystal Ice) Butterflies Cut & Emboss Set (Cuttlebug) Tombow Mono Vellum Adhesive 4 – Self Adhesive Pearls Tools Needed: Cuttlebug Ink Applicator & Felt Scissors Paintbrush Instructions: Trim Simply Stencil material to size of Cuttlebug...

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Americana Workshop…

May 17, 2009

This $19.95 workshop begins June 1st. We will create 12 projects. Each includes color photos and step-by-step instructions, along with a supplies and tools list. You will create items that bring the wonderful color scheme of red, white and blue into your family picnic and home decor. Some of these projects have me anticipating an evening sky filled with fabulous fireworks. I will post three projects each week for four weeks and then give you two additional weeks to finish your projects. This workshop will be available to you for a total of six weeks. When you sign up you have instant access to the supply list and can start gathering your supplies. I’m looking forward to creating with...

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Fabric Flower…

May 15, 2009

Here is a simple fabric flower embellishment you can create for any project. Try digging in the remnant section of your local fabric store… you can find some great fabrics for really cheap. Supplies Needed: Fabric Remnant Embroidery Floss or Thread Vintage Button Tools Needed: Scissors (Pinking and Straight Edge) Sewing Needle Instructions: Using Pinking Scissors cut four strips each of fabric to approximately .75″ x 3″ and .5″ x 2″ Place large and small strips on top of each other as shown Place the small stack of strips on top of the large stack of strips. Using a sewing needle threaded with either embroidery floss or thread (I like to use 3 strands of embroidery floss) attach a button to the center of the flower starting at the back of the large flower...

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Love you tag…

May 14, 2009

Tags are a simple way to use up your scraps. I have a terrible time throwing any size scrap piece of paper away especially if it is a vintage piece as I always think it will be perfect to accent a tag, card or embellishment. I created this “Love you” tag using scraps from vintage sheet music, an old book page and even the area from a book pages blank margin… which is perfect for typing out my sentiment and keeping with the vintage feel. Supplies Needed: Office Tag (approx. 2 3/8″ x 4.75″) Vintage Sheet Music Faux Vintage Millinery Flower Maya Road Crushed Velvet Trim (Cream) Brown & White Baker’s Twine Dresden Trim ColorBox Fluid Chalk Ink (Creamy Brown) Tools Needed: Paper Trimmer Scissors Sewing Machine (optional) Tim Holtz Paper Distresser (Seriously is...

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Vintage Button Bouquet…

May 13, 2009

Simple is good and certainly enjoyed. This little project makes me reflect on all the fun I had with my grandmothers. Supplies Needed: 9 – Clear Buttons 9 – Vintage Buttons Scraps of Vintage Newspaper (mine came from Kenner Road), Ledger Paper and Sheet Music 24 Gauge Wire Glossy Accents 3 – Vintage Wooden Spools (I wrapped embroidery floss around mine) Tools Needed: Wire Cutters Scissors Paper Piercer Paper Towel Instructions: Place Glossy Accents onto the back of one clear button, place button onto selected paper, push button down to help remove air bubbles that may occur, let glossy accents set for about 5 min. Now that the Glossy Accents has set, using scissors cut out each button. Using a paper piercer poke through the button holes. Have a paper towel handy so you...

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My Little Book of Thoughts…

May 12, 2009

I am not much of a journal keeper but I love having something small to jot down a thought or two or make a note so I don’t forget a moment of inspiration or a nice quote. I think it is nice to have a little something to keep my thoughts noted in that I can carry along. So this is what I decided to create using the Book Page Flower from last weeks tutorials. My very own “Little Book of Thoughts”.  And I guess you can tell I am really into gold and black paint with crackling medium. Just love the look so much. Supplies Needed: Small Journal (approx. 3″ x 4″) Adirondack Metallics Acrylic Paints (Gold) DecoArt Crackling Medium (Weathered Wood) Making Memories Acrylic Paint (Asphalt) Book Page Flower ColorBox Fluid Chalk...

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Photo Holder using Sewing Pattern Flower…

May 11, 2009

I figured I should show you all how I decided to use the Sewing Pattern Flower I created last week. This simple photo holder will soon be sitting on a shelf in Terri’s apartment holding a photo of her and Laren. Supplies Needed: Jumbo Clothespin 6″ (The Tree House Studio) Adirondack Metallics Arylic Paint Dabber in Gold DecoArt Crackling Medium (Weathered Wood) Making Memories Acrylic Paint (Asphalt) Sewing Pattern Flower Studio 490 Wendy Vecchi Funky Flower Art Leaf Stamp Cream Felt Embroidery Floss (DMC 543) ColorBox Fluid Chalk Ink (Creamy Brown) Tools Needed: Paint Brush Sewing Needle Strong Adhesive or Hot Glue Gun Scissors Instructions: Paint the jumbo clothespin front and back using a Gold Adirondack Metallics Arylic Paint Dabber, let dry Once the paint is dry using a paintbrush cover the gold paint...

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Happy Mother’s Day…

May 10, 2009

A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts. ~Washington...

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Book Page Flower Tutorial…

May 8, 2009

Okay those of you that love to make flowers here is another tutorial. I really hope you all show me what you created with these tutorials. I would love for you to share how you use these to embellish your projects, cards, tags or layouts. Next week will be another week of tutorials just not sure what the theme will be… certainly will be thinking about it over the weekend. Wishing you all the best. Enjoy! Supplies Needed: Sizzix Die (Flower Layers #3) 2 – Old Book Pages ColorBox Fluid Chalk Ink (Creamy Brown) Maya Mists (Iridescent Pearl, Silver Metallic) Platinum Stickles 1 – Large Pearl Cabochon or Button Studio 490 Wendy Vecchi Funky Flower Art Leaf Stamp Cream Felt Embroidery Floss (DMC #543) Tools Needed: Sewing Needle Fabri-Tac Liquid Glue Martha Stewart Seal...

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Faux Vintage Millinery Pin Tutorial…

May 7, 2009

I love anything vintage especially vintage millinery pins. I always wonder how the previous owner wore theirs… did they adorn their hat, a lapel, accent a scarf or sweater etc… so with Mother’s Day just around the corner I thought it might be fun to make one just for Mom. You could present this pin to her by attaching it onto a card, placing it into a special altered box or by attaching it to the center of a bow to include with another gift. Either way I know she will love it especially since you made it just for her. I hope you enjoy this simple tutorial of a time gone by and oh so treasured millinery pin. Supplies Needed: Sizzix Die Flower, Build A Lilac (sign up for the Sizzix newsletter, they...

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Tissue Paper Flower…

May 6, 2009

Since my previous flower tutorial was so popular I thought I would make another one using the same Flower, Daisy #4 Sizzix Die. Hearing how much everyone enjoyed Sewing Pattern Flower Tutorial it certainly made creating the tutorial worth it as it is a bit time consuming. I love to share and hopefully inspire so thanks to those that left comments and sent a personal email. I really appreciate you taking the time. Now on to this tutorial. I think this flower would be super sweet with a small office tag attached with a little To: Mom with love and placed on top of an altered box, in a tiny milk glass vase or just placed on her bedside table as a morning surprise. Again, Enjoy! Supplies Needed: Sizzix Die Flower, Daisy #4 Tissue...

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Sewing Pattern Flower Tutorial…

May 5, 2009

This super easy tutorial has so many possibilities. If you don’t have access to a sewing pattern you could substitute it with coffee filters, old book pages, vintage sheet music, wallpaper or patterned paper. If you create one I hope you share your finished project. I would love to see how you use this flower. I think it would look great as a sweet pin for a hat or bag or as an embellishment for a card, layout or project. Such fun. Enjoy! Supplies Needed: Sewing Pattern (purchased mine at a Thrift Store for super cheap) 1- Vintage Button 2 – Small Beads Embroidery Floss Tools Needed: Sizzix Die (Flower, Daisy #4) Sewing Needle Martha Stewart Seal Punch Adhesive Instructions: Cut a portion of your folded sewing pattern and folded pattern instructions just big...

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Happy National Scrapbook Day…

May 2, 2009

Today I finally get to debut my “Vintage Sampler”. This is the first of many free online workshops I plan to share. For those of you who do not know about this workshop you can check it out here. Here is a little snippet of my thoughts behind the creation of this project. I wanted to create a project that incorporated items that reminded me of home as well as the strong family bond most of us share. I decided a vintage sampler would be the perfect project to accomplish this task. The letter “P” symbolizes my family name, the milk cap symbolizes how we as families nourish each other, the buttons and pearls symbolize how we mend each others spirits during difficult times, the vintage flocked flowers symbolize how families help each other...

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