Happy Easter

Mar 31, 2013

‘Twas Easter-Sunday. The full-blossomed trees Filled all the air with fragrance and with joy. ~Henry Wadsworth...

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Imperfect is Perfect to me….

Mar 29, 2013

When I found this beat up old utility cart at Frisco Mercantile I could not get my hands on it fast enough. I had been walking up and down each and every aisle looking for something to put in this very spot. I knew I needed it to be a certain width and height, wanted it to be an open piece so it would not close off the room too much, look nice and it had to be large enough to hold all the items seen. Well when I stumbled onto this cart and saw that the price was $18.00 it was sold. Yes it is scratched, yes it leans a bit to one side (but it’s still level) and yes it squeaks when the wheels roll but I think it’s imperfections are what makes it...

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Studio Accents

Mar 28, 2013

Some of you emailed me asking to see a few things closer up so here ya go. I find it fun to add personal touches to my work area and when you are a collector of many things like I am it’s easy to do. These are a few little figurines I’ve collected from Goodwill and other Thrift Stores. I enjoy tucking them (that is until I have to dust them) in among other decor items. I think of them as little unexpected surprises.  The two smaller photos are of figurines sitting on the pie crust table. I have the squirrel positioned so it is hiding behind the berry basket filled with adhesives yet peeking out from in front of a chair. This is how my brother’s trumpet, old homestead Clorox bottle and farming...

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Studio Makeover ~ Part 2

Mar 27, 2013

I am so close to being finished with my studio makeover. I just need to hang the curtains over the shelving unit to the left, find a small piece for additional storage to put up on the shelves along the wall on the far left then hang some vintage photos I have and bam… it’s done. I’m really loving the mix of all the things I love with my supplies. To me, personal touches are what make a room warm and inviting.  So let me give you a close up tour and show you how I combined personal treasures and vintage finds among my crafty products. This is what I see when sitting at my work table. I’m using a berry basket to hold my adhesives, a mini pie tin works perfectly for my...

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Studio Makeover ~ IKEA Finds

Mar 22, 2013

I gotta share my IKEA finds with you because I got some great deals yesterday and you need to know about them just in case you want to run to an IKEA near you. My awesome neighbor Jennifer went with me on this trip and gosh am I ever so glad she did. I had so many ideas running through my head I could not stay focused. I think I would still be in there trying to find my way out if it wasn’t for her. Jennifer spotted so many great finds because I was like a squirrel that discovered an oak tree with 100’s of acorns on the ground. I had no idea which thing I wanted first or which way I needed to go. So Jennifer’s first find is the adorable Raskog...

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Studio Makeover

Mar 21, 2013

Oh my goodness… yesterday, I started the big switch a roo. I’m moving my studio from one room of our house to the front much larger room of our house. The front room has the most amazing light and it lasts all day long. But let me tell ya, I cannot wait to have this task completed. When I went to bed last night, I was hoping my fairy godmother would show up and finish it all but nope… she must have been busy helping someone else. Although, I pretty much have as close to a fairy godmother as I’m going to get. My neighbor Jennifer is so awesome. She is the best cheerleader, always positive, everything is fun and when I’m purging out my studio I just walk a few feet and dump...

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Delight In The Art of Collage

Mar 19, 2013

It’s the name of my new baby, book 3!!! I am so happy to finally be able to share the title AND a few sneak peeks from each chapter. I’ve worked my tail feathers off on this one as it really pushed me creatively into a new direction that I truly love. My editor Kristin Conlin was with me all the way on the crazy emotional roller coaster of writing and creating a book. Believe me it’s one long emotional roller coaster too. Some days I was nearly in tears, which I quickly told myself to suck it up buttercup, to being super happy from wonderful feedback she’d heard. It’s crazy. Delight In The Art of Collage is a collection of Assemblage, Mixed Media, Techniques and Projects. As you know, I get bored easily...

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Crop & Create ~ Winnipeg

Mar 18, 2013

I’m so excited that in just a few short weeks I’ll be in Winnipeg, Canada creating with 100 fun and creative women. April 5th from 4:30 – 7:30 I’ll be teaching my She is… altered House Shadow Box class. This class is super versatile and loads of fun to create. You will begin altering your Maya Road House Shadow Box with paint, ink and gesso by Ranger as well as patterned papers and Stencils by Pink Paislee. While your House Shadow Box is drying you will embellishment the four inside squares using products by Jenni Bowlin Studio, Doodlebug Design & Maya Road. You can alter your House Shadow Box in any theme you wish and with or without photos. The fun thing about this project is you can place everything onto your altered house...

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It’s All About Spring

Mar 17, 2013

On this St. Patrick’s Day morning I thought I would share with you loads of Spring time inspiration. I dug around my blog archives and linked you up with some that I feel are timeless and ready for you to start recreating today. It’s crazy how many tutorials I have posted on my blog just waiting to be rediscovered. We are talking all the way back to 2006. So grab a cup of coffee, a diet coke, some water, or a 5 Hour energy drink, sit back and get ready for some Spring Inspiration. Once you view them all, I’m pretty sure you’re gonna want to get a little crafty. Peeps Layout Altered Bottle Altered Paper Mache Box May Day Basket Victorian Style Easter Card Glittered Easter Eggs Altered Paper Mache Egg Box Vintage Postcard Easter...

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Take Your Dog to Work Day

Mar 15, 2013

This morning started out with a Starbucks stop and while Kristy and I were waiting for our coffee I noticed Starbucks had a new coffee called Tribute Blend. After getting the low down on this new blend from the very informative coffee guy, which of course I cannot even remember now due to the fact that I had zero caffeine running through my veins. But I am happy I was aware enough to snap a photo because after reading the little tag line underneath the name of this new coffee blend I thought hey, this pretty much describes me with one simple little word change… “Full-Bodied with Complex Disposition”  Gosh, I could really have fun with this tag line. When we arrived at the photography studio “Lars” the cutest, sweetest little dog was standing...

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Carrot Cake Pancakes

Mar 14, 2013

Today for lunch Kristy, Christine and I had breakfast for lunch at First Watch. I decided to try their Carrot Cake pancakes because I LOVE a good carrot cake and had to try it in pancake form. Well let me just tell ya, these pancakes were AMAZING!!! The kind of amazing that you cannot stop thinking about them and could eat them until you got sick AMAZING!!! But then when I looked at the Nutritional Facts for one pancake the sick amazing quickly turned into sick amazing guilt! Ugh… why do things that taste so incredibly great have to be so incredibly not so great for you? Even with nutritional facts guilt looming over my shoulder I’m on a mission to find a super simple carrot cake pancake recipe that comes as close to the...

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Some Behind the Scenes In the Studio

Mar 13, 2013

This week I’m in Ohio doing the step outs for book three, titled… Delight @#$%^ gosh, I cannot wait to be able to tell you more. I kinda got the go ahead to tell you, today… no I did get the go ahead to tell you while eating some awesome Dewey’s Pizza for lunch… love their Green Lantern pizza by the way… but when Jamie and Kristy started talking about how far out we were from the publication date  BAM just like that Jamie ripped the okay right out from under me and said I needed to wait a bit longer. Ugh, it was painful… one minute total excitement and then BOOM too bad so sad. I can tell you this though, I’m super excited about Delight @#$%^ and I know you will love it....

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Altering Paper Mache Eggs

Mar 11, 2013

I altered these paper mache eggs from start to finish in less than an hour. These paper mache eggs measure approximately 1.5″ in length so they are rather small and perfect to cluster together to accent little areas around your home. I started altering these eggs by first painting each one with Claudine Hellmuth Studio Blank Canvas acrylic paint. When the eggs are painted it makes the paper tape more vibrant. You don’t have to use paper tape either, you can use Washi Tape, Maya Road Fabric Tape, Tim Holtz Tissue Tape, basically anything you wish. Even masking tape with stamped images using an archival ink would look nice. Now, that I’ve shared a few tips here are the supplies I used to alter my paper mache eggs. Paper Mache Eggs, Martha Stewart Paper...

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DIY St. Patrick’s Day Charm

Mar 8, 2013

Remember the Valentine’s Day charms I showed you last month, well you can just as easily create charms for St. Patrick’s Day too. All you need is a little gold and green glitter a few Maya Road Memory Glass Vials and some Tim Holtz Screw Eyes and you’re done.  I filled these St. Patrick’s Day Charms with several different kinds of glitter. I placed gold glass glitter inside the larger glass vial then Martha Stewart Peridot Fine Glitter and Recollections (Michaels Brand) Gold Tinsel Glitter inside the smaller glass vial. I think these would look cute filled with green and gold micro beads as well. Now you have the perfect green accessory to save yourself from those pesky pinchers that are always looking for those who forget to wear green....

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DIY Super Easy Bead Charm

Mar 7, 2013

Making a charm really cannot get much easier than this one. I recently purchased Margot Potter’s 1 Pound Luxury Bead Soup Mix and as soon as Ansley saw the neon beads she instantly claimed them as hers. This bead mix is filled with all kinds of awesome beads. When I poured all the beads onto my work table I was thrilled with the wide assortment. Ansley decided she wanted a double sided charm so I placed the smaller of the neon beads on one side and once the Diamond Glaze is fully dried I will fill the back side of this charm with the larger neon beads shown above. To create this charm I used Diamond Glaze, Neon Beads, a sprinkle of Iridescent Glitter and a My Jewelry Shoppe 3/4″ Circle Double Sided Bezel...

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DIY Yarn Bird Nest

Mar 4, 2013

As much as I love the winter I do have to admit I love creating home decor items for spring. I can tell spring is on it’s way because  the stillness of our winter mornings is being replaced with the chirping of birds, yards in the neighborhood are turning green and the landscaping is starting to bud which means soon they will be in full bloom. So in honor of the fast approaching spring season I thought I would create a sweet little bird’s nest from yarn. I still need to finish decorating mine but thought I would share with you how I created mine so you can get started making yours. The process is pretty simple. You will need yarn, cling wrap and a mold for your nest. I used a jello mold...

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Stamp Embossed Clay Charms

Mar 1, 2013

Here is a really cool tip… when creating polymer clay charms use chipboard embellishments for templates. This is exactly what I did when creating these adorable dress charms for my nieces. I used the chipboard dress from the Maya Road Laundry Day mini chipboard set to create these two charms. All I did was roll out my polymer clay to the thickness I wanted, placed the mini chipboard dress on top of the clay then using a craft knife carefully cut around the chipboard dress. How simple is that! And here are a few other cool tips… to get the butterfly image onto the dresses I pressed the Maya Road Ornate Butterflies stamp set into the polymer clay. Stamps are a great way to emboss polymer clay. To add words to each dress I used...

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