Happy Halloween

Oct 31, 2011

Sonny’s a couch potato today… But tonight, he’s “Casper the Friendly Ghost”… it’s going to be a busy night for this sweet old boy. Those of you waiting for me to complete my Halloween Album. I’m working on it… I got side tracked because it was a happy mail day last week and I’ve been creating. Will be able to share soon! This waiting stuff is killing me....

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Getting Started

Oct 27, 2011

When creating a mini album I like to cover the base pages first and build from there. Jenni Bowlin’s Halloween line reminds me of the vintage Halloween items I come across now and then when thrifting and walking around flea markets. The images on the patterned papers are awesome. Tools and Supplies Used: Glue Stick, Craft Knife, Craft Mat, Sanding Block, Glossy Accents, Maya Road 1″ Ink Pads True Black, Metallic Gold, Maya Road Glitter Licorice Black, Regal Gold, Diamond Stickles Album Cover Pages 1 and 2 Pages 3 and 4 Pages 5 and 6 Pages 7 and 8 Back Cover Once all the pages are covered I then alter the mini chipboard embellishments. I inked and glittered a cat, two trees and two maple leaves. Then I altered two mini chipboard pumpkins using...

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The Creative Process

Oct 26, 2011

I’m often asked how I come up with my ideas and how I create… so today’s post will give you a little insight into my creative madness. LOL, I really do torture myself and I’m not kidding. First, I get an idea which usually comes to me at night when in bed. My brain starts to unwind because I’m always wound up like an 8 day clock. It is then that all the ideas start creeping in my head and I take notes. The other night a mini album idea popped into my head for Halloween. I have some of the new super awesome JBS Halloween line and embellishments that I have really been wanting to use but could not come up with an idea that I really liked. I was thinking about all...

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Needle Felting….

Oct 25, 2011

I have loved Heidi Boyd and her felted projects since the first day I discovered her… her cute “needle felted nesting bluebirds” project first caught my attention then when I discovered these adorable felted Hedgehogs and Bunnies  she posted on her blog, well I was hooked and have been thinking of trying the craft of needle felting everyday since. So this weekend, Ansley and I had a great time giving this craft a try and we really had fun. After a few painful sticks in the fingers and hours later we completed several small embellishments. I made an acorn and some leaves (want to add stitching for veins with gold embroidery floss) Ansley created a pumpkin, some stars and a flower. Her friend Matt even joined in and made a candy cane and a Christmas stocking....

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Water Well Carved by Dad

Oct 24, 2011

Dad is a woodcarver and has carved items for years from sea life, walking sticks, canes, boxes etc. but I think this water well he carved last week is just the cutest. He got the idea from a carving magazine and thought it would be fun to do. The well sits on top of a clear bottle so you can watch the bucket move up and down. This bottle is an old milk bottle from my grandparents. Mom told me grammy and grampa Childers used to sell whole milk to locals in the small town of Salem, WV,  from one of their jersey cows. I had no clue and was certainly happy to learn this tad bit of family history. The tiny bucket dad carved is smaller than a thimble. You can see it near...

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“Christmas Wishes”

Oct 21, 2011

When: November 13th Where: The Crafty Scrapper Time: 11:00 In this class you will create a home décor piece and holiday ornament using a fun mixture of new and vintage items. Some of the vintage items being used are mercury glass ornaments, sheet music, images from vintage cards, lace trim, aluminum garland and tinsel. I’ve been collecting vintage items with this class in mind all year long, from flea markets and thrift stores in Frisco, McKinney, Sour Lake, Winnie and Beaumont, as well as all the states from here to Maine. We will collage, paint, ink, glitter and of course Stickle when creating these two festive holiday projects. Once completed you can place the altered holiday tray on an easel or attach a hanger to the back. This will be left up to you...

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Last day of Show and Tell

Oct 20, 2011

This “Happy Birthday” tag can be found in the Summer chapter on page 64 of Delight In The Seasons. The technique featured is on page 65. But as you know this part still remains a secret. And just so you know, having to keep all of this a secret is killing me. I cannot wait for this book to hit the shelves. I used all kinds of fun products and tools when creating this tag…. Punches and Decorative Scissors, Ink and Paint, Stickles and Glitter, Stamping and Distressing and added texture using Seam Binding and Burlap. Machine stitching with a basic straight stitch using cream thread all around the patterned paper pieces and inner edge of the tag adds the perfect finishing touch. I hope this weeks Show and Tell has given you just...

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Joyful Gift Tag

Oct 19, 2011

This tag can be found on page 44 in the Spring chapter of Delight In The Seasons. The adorable chicks are from Crafty Secrets Vintage Heartwarming. I’ve always been a huge fan of their vintage images. They have a wide selection that are perfect for vintage inspired projects. The altered Maya Road Scallop Frames accent the chicks perfectly. And I was thrilled when I discovered that Jenni Bowlin’s Paint Dabbers in Chewing Gum and Soap Powder matched the Little Yellow Bicycle patterned papers so perfectly. When everything came together for this project I ended up with an adorable tag to place on a gift bag or inside a frame to use as a Spring themed piece of art. And many thanks go to the following book sponsors… Little Yellow Bicycle, Jenni Bowlin, Maya Road, Ranger, Crafty...

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Winter Mittens

Oct 18, 2011

This winter project was super fun to create. As you all know, I love Winter and think mittens look so cute placed around our home during the cold winter months.  I love the homey feel they give. This project can be found in the Winter chapter on page 24 of Delight In The Seasons. Page 25 features step by step instructions and detailed photographs showing you how to recreate the featured technique. I love all the sparkle from the white iridescent glitter, red rhinestones and silver beaded trim and think the white boa feathers accent the cuff of each mitten perfectly. The boa feather cuff on each mitten reminds me of the little white hand muff I had when I was around 3 or 4 years old. I remember like it was yesterday, sitting...

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So HAPPY to share…

Oct 17, 2011

Since my book has gone to print I can now share with you one of the four projects featured on the cover of Delight In The Seasons. This book has been inside my head for a very long time… I wanted one that was filled with lots of inspiration for holidays, celebrations and special occasions. I didn’t want it to be just holiday related. It’s so exciting to know this book idea will become a reality in just a few short months. Delight In The Seasons is filled with 40 techniques and 60 projects all created by me for Winter, New Year’s Day, Christmas, Valentines’ Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Spring, Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Summer, Independence Day, Graduation, Birthday, Wedding, Travel, Autumn, Halloween, Grandparent’s Day, New Baby and Thanksgiving. I think you can tell...

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Of all the albums…

Oct 14, 2011

I have created I do believe this one has been photographed and looked over more than any other. The cover of this album can be seen in my book “Delight In The Details” but due to space limitations the inside was not able to be featured. So as with The Garden Fairy mini album I posted yesterday, I thought I would share the inside of this album with you too. This album has photos of my great great aunts Minnie and Amanda and uncles Albert and Stephen along with their parents, my great great grandmother Rebecca Hinkle, grandfather Enoch Childers and his brother Jesse. Oh and these are the family members who lived in the old house I love going into on my aunt’s property in Buckhannon, WV. The swing Albert Childers is sitting...

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The Garden Fairy

Oct 13, 2011

This little album is one that can be found in my book Delight In The Details. The inside of the album was not able to be shown so I thought I would share it with you. The photos used are ones I took of my niece Madelyn when she and her family were staying with me and Alan during hurricane Rita, several years ago. Madelyn was having so much fun running around the backyard dressed up as a fairy. I just let her play while I snapped away catching her each and every move. I printed each of the photos in black and white onto a transparency then used a sewing machine set to a straight stitch to attach each photo to the patterned paper. You need to really pay attention to where you...

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Took a quick trip…

Oct 12, 2011

I decided to go to Beaumont over the weekend for some antique and thrift store shopping as well as hit this wonderful flea market. Mom, dad and I were up and out early Friday, Saturday and Sunday and found some AWESOME items for me to use in upcoming class projects and workshops. I was so happy. I just give mom and dad a list of items I’m looking for and they are off and running. They scored some great finds for me this trip. Those two are keepers I tell ya. I took a few photos of some of the items we found. I have boxes filled with great vintage stuff. But some I’m gonna keep a secret as a girl can’t share all her surprises… can she? We found salt and pepper shakers,...

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Thrift Store Art

Oct 6, 2011

I love thrift store art and get so excited when I find a framed print or watercolor, especially if the frame is just a tad bit tattered. For me, the more tattered and worn the better. I have a mix matched collection of framed prints hanging around the house all are different but all have the same color scheme. As long as I remain in the same color scheme the prints I find always look great hanging in any room of our house. I’ll show you another of my favorites on a later day. I really scored on this one. It is a large framed print by artist Huldah Cherry Jeffe and I love it! Are you a thrift store art collector? If so, what kind of art do you like to collect?...

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You know you are loved….

Oct 5, 2011

when a sweet little boy gives you one of his treasures. Once Artistic Journey was over I was loading my car with the help of a super sweet boy, Denton. Denton is Carolyn’s (owner of The Crafty Scrapper) son and I just adore him tremendously. He always helps me with anything I need when I’m getting ready to teach a class. He is super sweet, kind and a very talented artist. This boy can draw amazingly well. This weekend was Denton’s birthday. I didn’t have a chance to get him a card so while he was helping me carry things to my car I gave him some birthday money. As I was loading everything I noticed Denton digging around in Carolyn’s car. As we started to head back in the store he stops me...

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Artistic Journey Recap…

Oct 4, 2011

What an awesome weekend! I was so lucky to get to create with so many wonderfully creative and inspiring ladies. Weeks before the event began Caroline and Carolyn put out a challenge to those attending Artistic Journey to create a tag telling three things about themselves. Once they finished they then sent the tags to Carolyn so she could create a wonderful window display. These are just a few of the tags sent.  I love how each one captures their personality. Awesome job ladies. Friday night, during our meet and greet each attendee was given a canvas apron to alter any way they wanted…. Carolyn and Caroline had stations set up all over The Crafty Scrapper with lots of trims, embellishments etc. for them to use. It was so fun seeing how different everyone’s...

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