No Trick here just a Great BIG TREAT…

Oct 31, 2009

I am so happy to finally be able to show you the cover of my book. This has been the most incredible creative journey I have ever taken and one that I hope I get to do again. As you can see “Delight In The Details” is a technique based book. Inside there are 40+ techniques and 100 projects all created by me to inspire you in so many different ways. You will find, cards, tags, layouts, mini albums, banners, wall hangings and of course a few home decor pieces. All the projects have my signature vintage flare and I would say it is safe to say it certainly has something for everyone. So there you have it. My baby in all her glory. It is so wonderful to finally be able to share...

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Vintage Doily Basket…

Oct 30, 2009

I think this doily basket is the perfect size to hold items for a fun filled vintage themed holiday swap. Once filled and wrapped in cellophane then tied with red and white baker’s twine and accented with holly leaves and berries… well you have a perfect gift. If a vintage holiday swap is not in your future this vintage doily basket would also look sweet sitting on a co-workers desk filled with peppermints or other holiday candies. Several hanging on a feather tree filled with goodies would be cute too… as you can see there are lots of possibilities for this sweet basket. Instructions: Completely saturate a Cotton Crocheted Doily using Aleene’s Stiffen Quick. Place the wet doily over the cap of a 32 oz. Gatorade bottle (this is the perfect size for this...

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Noel…

Oct 29, 2009

And for you, SURPRISE another Christmas project. I have a feeling this year Old Fashioned Mica Snowflakes are going to be on everything! For the time being this little gem will sit in my curio cabinet until I can find it’s perfect little holiday spot.  I love how the light catches the glitter, tinsel and mica snowflakes… it is so sparkly. Tomorrow, I will share a little project that will make the cutest holiday swap gift. Instructions: First pull out the cord hanger on the ornament as you will not need it. Paint a cube shaped paper mache ornament using a Manila colored acrylic paint. Once dry ink lightly the edges using ColorBox Fluid Chalk Ink in Creamy Brown. While the ornament is drying bleach three different sized Bottle Brush trees (4.5″, 3.5″, 2.5″)...

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A Happy Christmas…

Oct 28, 2009

Yes it looks as though I skipped Halloween and Thanksgiving all together and went straight to Christmas. Honestly this was not my intention it just kinda happened… I guess it comes as no surprise that I was the kid ready to pull the Christmas tree out of the attic the second I saw any sign of Christmas in the stores. Mom and I always had some kind of Christmas craft going on each year. I still have the stuffed fabric ornaments we made one year… once we made lots of cute ornaments using a simple salt and flour dough mixture then painted and coated them in varnish… not sure what happened to those but I’m sure it had something to do with Southeast Texas humidity. Anyway, I could go on and on telling you...

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Holiday Gift Tags…

Oct 27, 2009

These are so fun to make and can be used as either a holiday gift tag (who wouldn’t like seeing their name on the front of these tags) or as an embellishment for holiday cards. There are lots of possibilities here. Which means you’re certainly going to be seeing more projects over the next few months using these as well as this one and this one. I love just them! Instructions: Stamp images onto white heavy weight cardstock using Archival Ink in Jet Black, trim each stamped image to 1 1/8″ x 2 3/4″, ink over images using Tea Dy and Vintage Photo Distress Inks, trim the end of each tag using small scallop scissors, accent the sides, top and bottom of each tag with straight lines using a black pen, accent each scallop...

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Registration is now open…

Oct 23, 2009

If you like creating projects with a vintage flare and working with random items you’ve collected, such as old sheet music, book pages or gold tinsel, “A Very Vintage Christmas” is the Christmas workshop for you. But if vintage is not your taste please don’t feel left out! You can create your versions of these projects with supplies you have on hand that are a better fit to your own holiday style. My newest online workshop features 15 project tutorials. Each Monday, Wednesday and Friday one of 12 ornament tutorials will be introduced. Each of the three Saturdays, old fashioned Putz house project tutorials will be posted. Plus, each Thursday you will get either vintage Christmas Postcard downloads or a Christmas/Winter themed mini flashcard download. Yes, this four week workshop is filled with holiday...

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Vintage Pink is so pretty…

Oct 23, 2009

Here is a really quick ornament to create that is perfect to make if you are in an ornament swap with a bunch of ladies that love pink. But the color scheme could easily be changed to any that you prefer. Instructions: Using a paintbrush apply Instant Decoupage to the entire medium sized silk flower, apply crystal coarse glitter all over wet decoupage, shake off excess and let dry. Apply Instant Decoupage over white dove, apply clear and iridescent glitter all over the wet decoupage, shake off excess and let dry. Using a hot glue gun attach the medium silk flower on top of the pink satin ornament. Using a hot glue gun attach some silver curly tinsel to the center of the flower. Create a hanger and small bow using white seam binding,...

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A Little Winter Wonderland…

Oct 21, 2009

Here is another sneak peek of a project I created for my “A Very Vintage Christmas”. You all know I love glitter. So combine that with bleached bottle brush trees, a little vintage reindeer, some old sheet music and a custom house… well, this only means one thing… I am really in...

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Dig out your old Christmas cards…

Oct 20, 2009

because you’re going to need some in my “A Very Vintage Christmas” workshop. Below is a little sneak peek of one of the projects in the workshop to show you why. I think this is such a beautiful and unique way to display cards you’ve saved from friends and family over the...

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Get ready…

Oct 19, 2009

If you like creating projects with a vintage flare and working with random items you’ve collected, such as old sheet music, book pages or gold tinsel, “A Very Vintage Christmas” is the Christmas workshop for you. But if vintage is not your taste please don’t feel left out! You can create your versions of these projects with supplies you have on hand that are a better fit to your own holiday style. My newest online workshop features 15 project tutorials. Each Monday, Wednesday and Friday one of 12 ornament tutorials will be introduced. Each of the three Saturdays, old fashioned Putz house project tutorials will be posted. Plus, each Thursday you will get either vintage Christmas Postcard downloads or a Christmas/Winter themed mini flashcard download. Yes, this four week workshop is filled with holiday...

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Vintage Halloween Feather Tree Ornament…

Oct 16, 2009

I LOVE making these ornaments. Ansley says they are freaky and certainly not her most favorite project I have ever created but I am standing strong when I say, “I love them, I really, really love them and I will make them for every holiday.” If you would like to make one of these ornaments here is how to do it. Using wire cutters, cut a piece from a green Chenille Bump Stem so that you have two bumps on one piece (legs) and then either one or two bumps on a second piece (arms). I like to have two bumps for the arms so that I can curl the hands in to hold items. If I use one bump I find that the arms are too short. Next all you do is fold...

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Heads up all you Art Journaling types… Winner Announced

Oct 15, 2009

The winner is April Hall, congrats! Would you like try at a chance to win a free pass to Dina Wakley’s newest Art Journaling class that begins Oct. 29th? If so, it’s super simple… just leave a comment in the comments section of this post and Ansley will pick a winner. Dina is an incredible artist and her workshops are ever so popular. So post a comment and good luck! Here are a few sneak peeks and a description of her newest class. Class description for Art Journaling 301: The Graffiti of my Life with Dina Wakley Are you ready for an artistic challenge and adventure? In this project-based technique class, you will learn how to create a stand-alone art journal from start to finish! First, you’ll identify words that matter to you­quotes, advice,...

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Booo, eek, Howl…

Oct 14, 2009

Here is a quick card I created for Halloween. (so not happy with the way the glittered leaf photographed… the color is so off but I cannot get it right… sorry) I am going to include this with a batch of apples and caramel dipping sauce for one lucky neighbor. Surprises are fun. I just love this time of year. Patterned Paper Measurements: Bats: 4″ x 5.25″, Icon Stripe: 2.75″ x 4″, Spider: 1.5″ x 4″ Supplies Used: Making Memories: Spook Alley Bats, Icon Stripe, Spider, Brocade, Sticker Glitter Alpha Spook Alley, Scrapbook Shimmer Grapesicle, Ranger: Distress Ink – Dusty Concord, Clearsnap: ColorBox Fluid Chalk Ink – Charcoal, Maya Road: Hanging Chandelier Bead, Leaves Chipboard Sheet, Black Seam Binding, Foam Squares, DCWV: Card And make sure you check back tomorrow because I will have...

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Digging, digging and digging…

Oct 13, 2009

My goodness is it ever so obvious when you look at my vintage stash just how much I love vintage Christmas items. But since my dad is Santa I guess this is to be expected. I have been pulling items out like a mad woman as I prepare for my next online workshop… the CHRISTMAS workshop. Oh how I love to create Christmas projects. I have a list of things to create that I think are going to make a charming holiday workshop. The name is still yet to be determined so I had a thought… leave a title idea in the comments section of this post. If your title is picked you will win a free access pass to the workshop. If no title is picked I will have Ansley pick one person...

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Homespun Inspiration sneak peeks…

Oct 12, 2009

Here is a little sneak peek of the 3rd project in my Homespun Inspiration workshop. Those that are registered can see the full image along with the projects tutorial in the Homespun Inspiration membership area on the 15th. The supply list is already listed if you want to start gathering your supplies. Here is a sneak peek of what we created last month. And here is a sneak peek of the first project we created. I have started gathering all my vintage Christmas supplies and products for my next Holiday workshop. I cannot wait for this one. I have so many ideas, I think you are gonna like this one. I will update you soon on the workshops start date. Until then I will continue to post some Halloween and fall tutorials. Have a...

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It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown…

Oct 11, 2009

Oh how I love this movie… I looked forward to watching it every year as a child and still like watching it as an adult. Not only does this pumpkin look adorable sitting on our coffee table I think it will also be cute as a placecard on our table for Thanksgiving dinner. All I need to do is replace the “Happy Halloween” sentiment with a name. To recreate this project first paint the plastic pumpkin using orange acrylic paint and the stem (remove the stem for easier handling) with brown acrylic paint, let dry. Apply liquid adhesive to the pumpkin then generously apply orange glitter on top. Apply  liquid adhesive to the stem then generously apply brown glitter on top. Tap off excess. Let Dry. Create the leaves using this tutorial. Wrap the...

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Boo Ornament…

Oct 10, 2009

Here is a simple ornament/tag you can create for your home or attach to or give as a gift. The instructions are pretty simple. All you need to do is cover the front of a 4″ Maya Road circle coaster album page with an old book page (poke a hole for your hanger using the back as your guide), paint the back and edges of the 4″ Maya Road circle coaster album page and Maya Road Jonathan Alphas using black acrylic paint. Next cover the letters in black glitter. Create three crepe paper rosettes out of Black, Orange and White crepe paper streamers. Accent the edges of the crepe paper rosettes using Golden Rod Stickles. Now using a liquid adhesive begin attaching and stacking your crepe paper rosettes onto the front of the 4″...

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Got a pair of plain gloves…

Oct 8, 2009

If not, I found this pair along with pink, brown and navy in the $1 section at JoAnns. Cut out some flowers from cream felt using a Sizzix die Flower Layers #3. Accent them with a simple backstitch using #543 embroidery floss. Cut three leaves free hand and make a butterfly out of the 2nd to smallest flower on the Sizzix die Flower Layers using the same cream felt. Stitch a simple backstitch on these as well using the same #543 embroidery floss. Attach a pearl bead in the center of two vintage buttons using #543 embroidery floss. Create 2 tulle flowers using white tulle gathered with #543 embroidery floss. Trim the edges of the tulle flower with pinking shears. Layer the flowers together and attach each flower layer using Fabri-Tac  (I layered the...

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I am so blessed…

Oct 3, 2009

to have so many wonderful friends. Honestly, I am truly touched with all the comments and emails I have received this past week. You are all such a wonderful group of people. I am healing great and get to have my stitches removed Tuesday. This is when I believe I get my lifting and taking it easy restrictions removed too. Which believe me will not come a second too soon. I have not felt this good in probably 5 years so taking it easy is not an easy task. If any of you have had symptoms such as the ones I have spoken about (and I know there are some) please go and get your gallbladder checked. The issues with my gallbladder were so slow in progression that I really didn’t notice how bad...

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