Texas Big + Funky = My Kinda Charm

Oct 31, 2012

Oh goodness where do I start to tell you about this charm. I had so much fun making it but darn 4 days to complete something is a LONG time for me. Patience is not my best character trait but I did it and it was well worth being patient. I used EnviroTex Resin, made my round bezel by free forming some copper metal , then used lots of Nunn Design Metal Embellishments, vintage buttons, an old metal key, rhinestones, beads and trims. Day 1 I attached a piece of patterned paper to the front and back of the round chipboard piece using Nunn Design Glue. Once the glue was dry I sealed the chipboard circle using Nunn Design Sealant on the front, back and edges of the chipboard piece. I applied the sealant three...

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UTEE, Resin & Sculpey Clay Charms

Oct 30, 2012

I’ve had so much fun this past week experimenting with UTEE, Resin and Sculpey Clay. At the moment it’s a charm paradise in my craftroom. The acorn charm is made from UTEE. I hunted all over my backyard for the perfectly shaped acorn so I could make a mold of it. I found one and think this charm came out so cute. The top of the acorn is the actual acorn top I glittered and attached to the UTEE acorn. I covered the entire acorn with a thin layer of resin. The bird charm is created out of Sculpey Clay, embossed with a Melt Art Texture Tread, painted and covered with a thin layer of resin. The always be amazing charm is created using Sculpey Clay, resin paper butterflies, glass glitter and topped with...

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Holiday Magic ~ The Crafty Scrapper

Oct 29, 2012

I’m really looking forward to participating in this years “Holiday Magic” event at The Crafty Scrapper. Starting at 10 a.m. this Saturday, November 3rd, Carolyn and her staff will have the store ready for you to view its holiday transformation. She has make & takes designed by the teachers for you to create that range in price from $5.00 – $12.00. You can see sneak peeks of each make & take in the above photo. There will be demos, sale prices, Exclusive sign ups for all holiday classes, new product releases, new designs displayed around the store created by her awesome design team, Christmas gift ideas and loads of other exciting things that will be going on throughout the day. These are the two make & takes I will be teaching. I created two since...

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Birthday Wishes

Oct 25, 2012

There’s no other love like the love for a brother. There’s no other love like the love from a brother. ~Terri Guillemets I think of you every single day. Love you,...

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EnviroTex Jewelry Resin

Oct 23, 2012

I’ve been wanting to play with resin for a long time and finally just took the time to do it and I LOVE it. Mind you these are no where amazing compared to what is out there to be found but I am happy with my first attempts. I did learn a few things in the process that I will share with you in hopes you will not make the same errors I did. Although, things are going to happen that you might not like as you learn, just accept it but then again it goes both ways… you might discover something you really like too. I was worried about a heavy chemical smell and was happy to discover that EnviroTex had no smell at all. So I could check this worry off my...

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Gotta Love UTEE

Oct 22, 2012

I LOVE frozen Charlotte dolls but really don’t love the price that comes along with the original ones when I find them in antique shops. So I decided to make a mold using Mold-n-Pour from the two I’ve been hoarding for just the right project. Once the mold set I popped out each frozen Charlotte doll from it’s mold then filled both molds with clear UTEE. I didn’t want to mix up a batch of white UTEE since I mainly use clear and just let it cool in my pot. Yes, I know… shame on me for not cleaning out my melting pot after each use but it is what it is… you really should clean it out after each use.  It’s really easy and takes no time at all… so in this case, do...

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Metal Gift Tag

Oct 18, 2012

This year, I plan on using what I already have on hand to create name tags for all my gifts. All you need are a few punches, alcohol inks, metal stamps, rhinestones and twine. This tag will adorn my niece Madelyn’s gift this Christmas. This gift tag was super hard to photograph so sorry for the brightness. My camera was not happy with it’s shininess at all but the good thing is the tag is really easy to create. I’m also determined to make most of my gifts this year. These past few days I’ve been experimenting with Resin and Polymer Clay and talk about fun! I have lots of projects in mind to create. The full step-by-step tutorial can be found HERE in my Tips, Techniques and Tutorials online workshop....

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Archived Halloween & Fall Projects

Oct 17, 2012

With fall finally getting ready to hit my little neck of the woods.  I thought it would be fun to do some digging in my archives and list all the fall and Halloween projects I’ve created over the years. Even though some of the items I’ve used are no longer available from some manufacturers there are still plenty of products out there from others for you to easily make substitutions. Just click on each of the links below and they will take you to each of the blog posts. As you can see I have several cards, decorations and a mini album just waiting for you to create. Also, I thought it would be fun to show you one of the first layouts I ever made. This one is of Sonny our golden retriever...

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Altering Vintage Keys

Oct 16, 2012

Altering vintage keys is super simple and since you can find them in so many different shapes and sizes having several dangle from a necklace looks really nice. I plan on putting these two on a necklace with a tiny vintage lock that I have stashed in my scraproom someplace… right now I have no clue where that someplace is but I know it’s in here. I altered my keys using Ranger Embossing Powders, Ranger Stickles Dry Glitter and Maya Road Iridescent Rhinestone Trim I tinted with Ranger Adirondack Alcohol Ink. I’m in the process of uploading a tutorial in my Tips, Techniques and Tutorials online workshop if you want step by step instructions on how I altered the two shown. And I have a little happy news to share… I just completed my...

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Artistic Journey 2012 ~ French Couture

Oct 4, 2012

I’m really excited for this weekend. I will be teaching at Artistic Journey in Waxahachie, Texas along side Dina Wakley and Angella Peardon. This weekends event is held at The Crafty Scrapper and is filled with loads of fun. It starts off Friday evening with three fun make & takes, a tag swap and dinner. Then Saturday morning bright and early all three of us teachers begin teaching our exclusive classes. I’ll be teaching an assemblage class that has the attendees altering a dress form. As you can see they are going to be busy, busy, busy during class. But once they finish their dress form they’ll each have a beautifully altered dress form to display in their home or give as a gift. So now I’m off to pack, check my to do...

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Last Day in Venice

Oct 3, 2012

These photos were taken the last day Caroline and I were in Venice. I could have spent weeks taking photos as each turn of the narrow streets are filled with gorgeous architecture. We spent the morning and early afternoon just roaming around seeing as much as we could and believe me we covered a lot of ground. Photos 1, 2 and 3 were taken in the Museum of Music. It is a free museum that the museum that showcases the life of Antonio Vivaldi who was a composer and musician from Venice. Photo 4 is of San Moise Church. Photo 5, 6, 7 and 8 were taken while we were roaming the streets. Photos 9 and 10 are of Santa Maria della Salute. I walked for what seemed like forever to see this and must...

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An Afternoon in Verona & an Evening in Venice

Oct 2, 2012

September 22nd Caroline and I along with Laura, her daughter Victoria and a group of ladies from the retreat got up early that morning to meet our driver so he could take us to Venice. Laura planned a stop in Verona so we could each lunch and site see for a bit. She named off some sites she thought we would love to see and sent everyone on their way. To which we all headed in different directions. Photos 1, 2 and 3 are photos I took in the Piazza Bra. There’s a fountain in the middle with benches and trees. You can get coffee and gelato and it has an amazing view of the Roman Arena. Photo 4 is of Juliet’s Balcony. The area was super crowded but still cool to see. Photos 5,6, 10,...

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A Kiss on the Chic’s Creative Retreat ~ Bellagio Day 4

Oct 1, 2012

September 21st, was the last day of the retreat. After I taught my Antiquated Curiosities Shadow Box class Caroline and I ate lunch and headed out for a walk to go see the harbor side of Bellagio. Talk about worth every single grueling step up and down all the hills and many, many, many sets of steps. I told her I felt like I was at ultimate fat camp and the only thing instead of chocolate being dangled in front of me to keep me going was the gorgeous view around each and every turn along our path. Photo 1 is of the amazing classroom. Photo 2 is the view from the amazing classroom. Photo 3 was taken along the short walk to Babayaga where we had a wonderful Cheese Platter, Caprese Salad and Pizza....

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