Estes Park

Apr 30, 2013

Friday, morning I jumped out of bed just as I did as a child Christmas morning. I was so excited to get to wander around town with Ronda before my Afternoon Tea class, because well, you all know laughter follows us where ever we go. Before walking out of my room I had to take a peek out the bedroom window and this is what I saw… a perfect sunny, blue sky Colorado morning. Talk about making me really get a jump start on my Texas makeover. But before getting ready, I quickly got side tracked watching birds and the cutest little chipmunk stuff his cheeks full of bird seeds. They were just outside this window singing and scurrying about. The chipmunk was super busy filling his cheeks with bird seeds, running off to...

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Up The Mountain

Apr 29, 2013

Colorado ~ another amazing place to add to my “Traveling Apron” sampler. Thursday, afternoon Ronda drove me to Estes Park so I could teach a few classes at Rocky Mountain Memories. Cheryl suggested that as Ronda brought me to the store she take the scenic route through the mountains and goodness am I ever so grateful for the suggestion. The views were simply amazing. I could easily trade living in the suburbs and live in the Rocky Mountains. I’ve never felt so at home in all my life. This is just one of the stops along the way to Cheryl’s store in Estes Park. The scenery was simply stunning. Every turn was truly a picture postcard view. I loved hearing all the birds singing and chirping as well as the water running down the...

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Thrift Store Finds ~ Storage & Photo Props

Apr 26, 2013

It’s no secret how much I love thrift store finds and the thrill of the hunt, I wish I could bottle up that feeling.  When scouring the shelves for items to use as storage and photo props I usually have no clue what I’m looking but when I find something I like I grab it. I don’t think I will ever have enough salt & pepper shakers on hand. They are perfect for storing glass glitter or filling with vintage buttons. I have an idea in my head right now using them as a base for a project that I cannot wait to start working on. I hope it comes out as well as I have it pictured in my head. I’ll let you know when it’s finished. The refrigerator box is perfect for...

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Mother’s Day Projects

Apr 25, 2013

With Mother’s Day just around the corner I thought I would share a few project ideas from my book “Delight In The Seasons” that would make wonderful gifts for any mom on Mother’s Day. You can create a beautiful mini album just for mom sharing stories and photos from special times and moments spent together. This project is featured in the Spring Chapter on pages 46 – 49. I show you how to create the beautiful flower accenting the front cover of this album. If you prefer to create projects, this piece can be found in the Spring Chapter on pages 50 – 54. I show you how to create this beautiful felt message banner.  You can hand stitch any special sentiment you wish for your mom. My mom has this project sitting in her...

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Textile Mini Album

Apr 24, 2013

This mini album is going to be a work in progress piece for quite some time. Each inside page will be it’s own unique piece of art. I don’t have a plan or even one idea on how to complete each page, I’m just going to pick it up and stitch off and on and see how it comes together. Sometimes it’s fun to create without ever having a plan. The album I’m using is a Maya Road Linen 4″ x 6″ Art Journaling Album that I accented with a Maya Road Linen Heart piece and a die cut doily from natural muslin using the Eileen Hull Sizzix Doily, Lace Medallion die. Before attaching the linen heart and natural muslin doily I first attached seam binding so I can keep the album closed with...

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Mini Fabric Tape Wreath

Apr 23, 2013

This mini fabric tape wreath is a fun project to create and can be used in so many different ways and for any holiday or celebration. If you want to create your own mini wreath I listed all the products used below. I see so many possibilities with this wreath. You could put a monogram in the center to use as a place card, you could string several onto a long piece of twine cording to create an adorable banner for a baby shower, a photo could be placed in the center to create wonderful ornaments to hang during any holiday. Gosh I could go on and on. This project along with the Fabric Tape Flower Mini Canvas, All Occasion Card and Smile Mini Canvas are using products that can be found in kits...

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All Occasion Card

Apr 22, 2013

This all occasion card is one I created for Maya Road to display while their product kits are being sold on HSN, tomorrow. I thought I would share a few projects using some of the products in each kit to give you a little inspiration. Caroline created I think 20 projects for the show. Talk about a crazy fast crafter. The Fabric Tape Flower Mini Canvas, Fabric Tape Mini Wreath (sharing with you tomorrow) and the Smile Mini Canvas that I shared with you last week are all projects using products from these kits. Since I’m sure you are not going to want to miss out I posted Maya Road’s time slots below, which as I understand can change at any given second so don’t hold me to it but these should be close to accurate. Beth...

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Smile Mini Canvas

Apr 19, 2013

Oh goodness I gotta share some awesome tips with you today. I painted the sides of this mini canvas using Adirondack Shell Pink, once dry I found the pink was just a tad bit too pink. So I lightly applied ColorBox Creamy Brown Chalk Ink over the paint and it created the most BEAUTIFUL shade of  pink which just so happened to match the pink in the Pink Paislee Cottage Farms background paper perfectly. The next tip is if you apply ColorBox Fluid Chalk Ink in Rose Coral on top of the Maya Road Mixed Blossom Mini Chipboard pieces then lightly apply Maya Road Pure White Pigment on top you create another gorgeous shade of pink that works BEAUTIFULLY with the Pink Paislee Cottage Farms patterned paper line. I just love discovering and sharing...

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Hemp & Vintage Button Bracelet

Apr 18, 2013

This is my new favorite bracelet. I plan on wearing it every single day. If you want to make one it’s super simple. All you need is Dazzle-It Hemp and 10 vintage shell buttons (3 small, 3 medium, 4 large) and a pair of scissors. The first thing you need to do is measure your wrist, then double the length and this is how long you need to cut 5 strands of hemp. Hold the strands evenly at one end, create a loop and secure it in place with a knot as shown above. Note: This loop needs to be large enough so one of the larger buttons will go through it. This bracelet will have a toggle style closure. Now thread one button onto three different strands of hemp, leaving two strands plain....

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Rocky Mountain Memories

Apr 17, 2013

A week from today, I’ll be heading to Denver, CO to see my super awesome friend Ronda Palazzari then she’ll take me to Rocky Mountain Memories for a weekend of creative fun. I’ll be teaching two classes, Afternoon Tea from 1 – 5 Friday, on the 26th. Cheryl  (who I cannot wait to see for more than a few minutes here and there like at CHA) even organized a fun wine and cheese demo Friday, evening from 6:30 – 8:30. So if you have questions on how to use product or want to know how to make certain embellishments this will be the perfect time to ask away. Ronda and I will do some demo’s and make n takes too, sorry top secret, can’t tell. That is unless you offer me chocolate then I’ll be...

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Jenni Bowlin Studio ~ Happy Birthday Card

Apr 16, 2013

Here is card 4 of 4 of my all occasion card set. I had a blast creating with Modern Mercantile and plan on using every single scrap I have remaining. It’s just too inspiring to toss away any scrap no matter how big or small. The 3D collage of Maya Road flowers accented with the butterfly & star pins, Doodlebug Design buttons and JBS milk cap completes this card perfectly. Creating 3D collages is one of my favorite things to do and the little groupings make a wonderful impact. And here are all the products I used to create this card. Jenni Bowlin Modern Mercantile ~ Patchwork, Hodge Podge & Miscellany, one Maya Road Kraft Note Envelope, one medium Jenni Bowlin True Vintage Milk Cap, one Maya Road Silver Fox Vintage Lace Mum, one Maya...

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Jenni Bowlin Studio ~ Thinking of U Card

Apr 15, 2013

Here is card 3 of 4. I always find it fun to surprise someone with a “Thinking of U” card. It’s such a simple to way to brighten someone’s day. And here’s a little tip for you… You can alter the Maya Road Afternoon Tea flower using Maya Mists, Inks and Distress Stains. This way you can color coordinate the flower with any project you are creating. Super fun and super easy. The Maya Road Wooden Buttons are another fun embellishment to alter. I left mine raw for this card but you can ink, mist, paint, glitter and don’t forget about adding transfer decals on them… And this is the list of all the products I used to create this card. Jenni Bowlin Studio Modern Mercantile ~ Paraphernalia, Miscellany & Etcetera,   one Maya Road Afternoon Tea...

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Maya Road Guest Designer Call

Apr 13, 2013

LISTEN UP…. Did you know Maya Road is having a guest designer call?  If you didn’t well they are and the deadline is fast approaching so get your entry in BEFORE the 16th. The great thing about this guest designer opportunity is Maya Road is not requiring the projects for your guest designer application include Maya Road products. Maya Road just wants to see how well potential guest designers create. They want to see each applicants strengths as well as how each applicant photographs their application projects. PHOTOGRAPHY will MAKE or BREAK you on this one so I highly recommend you visit the Maya Road DT blog and look at how the DT members photograph their projects.  If your projects cannot be showcased well in your photographs it really doesn’t matter how talented you...

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Jenni Bowlin Studio ~ Thank U Card

Apr 12, 2013

Here is Card 2 of 4 and I must say, I think this card set is one of my favorite sets I’ve ever created. I just love the patterned papers and embellishments on each card. I’m telling you Lisa Dickinson’s Modern Mercantile line she designed for Jenni Bowlin Studio is so super inspiring. I love to create mini collages as the focal point on all my cards. A collage is not just layering and attaching paper and ephemera to a canvas it can be items of any kind grouped together, which is what I had loads of fun doing with this card. The wooden butterfly, heart pins, milk cap and resin flower make an adorable collage and the “thank u” sentiment works great to balance the collage perfectly. Creating 3D collages are wonderful ways to use...

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Jenni Bowlin Studio ~ Congrats Card

Apr 11, 2013

It’s no secret I love Jenni Bowlin Studio products. I’ve been so lucky to have her sponsor all three of my books and have used her products since she started manufacturing items. When I saw the new line Modern Mercantile designed by Lisa Dickinson at CHA-W I was in love. Modern Mercantile works perfectly with all of Jenni’s amazing embellishments. Today’s card is 1 of 4 that I’ll be sharing with you over the next several days. All the completed cards measure 4″ x 5.5″. To create this card I used Modern Mercantile ~ Miscellany, Patchwork,  Etcetera & Hodge Podge patterned papers, a Maya Road Kraft Scroll Frame Journaling Tag, a JBS True Vintage Milk Bottle Cap & a Flatback Reader Flair Piece, some Maya Road Linen Burlap Trim, a JBS Kraft Feather Tags, Vintage Photo Distress...

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Fabric Tape Flower Tutorial

Apr 10, 2013

Here is a really fun flower to make using Maya Road Fabric Tape in Gingham Barn Red, Ocean Blue & Floral Garden. This little flower can be used in so many different types of projects and I have a feeling this is not the last flower I will create. Wouldn’t it look cute tied to the top of a package wrapped with butcher paper then tied with any of the awesome Maya Road Twine Cording. It could even be the main flower in a boutonniere or placed inside an altered wooden spool as a decor piece… so many ideas. To begin making your flower you will need to create a petal form. Using wire cutters cut a piece of 20 gauge wire to 4 inches in length. Then about an inch from one end...

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Crop & Create ~ Winnipeg Recap

Apr 9, 2013

My goodness are you Canadians ever so lucky to have all the Scrapbook & Cards Today Crop & Create events available to you throughout the year. Catherine Tachdjian really knows how to put together an amazing event. There was not one little detail overlooked. Each table was draped, had a bouquet of fresh spring flowers, chocolates and an event schedule. She had make n takes for everyone to do if they wished Friday and Saturday nights, as well as an amazing dessert bar. I’m still thinking about this dessert bar. It was CRAZY insane amazing. The classes during the event were spaced nicely and every single person I met was so warm and welcoming. Truly awesome. All day Friday and Saturday, you could find Catherine and Jen at the registration table or as I thought of...

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Dazzle-It Bracelet & Charm Tutorials

Apr 8, 2013

One thing I love is being asked to create items with products I have never used before. I’m always up for the challenge and get so excited when the mystery product lands at my front door. I do have somewhat of an idea of what product is coming just not the exact items so really it is exciting. So when Carmi Cimicata asked if I would be interested in trying some Dazzle-It products I was pretty happy. Anything Carmi is associated with I’m all in as Carmi creates some of the most amazing jewelry. If you’re not familiar with her blog Resin Crafts you can check it out here… you will be so amazed and inspired.   Click HERE for all the Links to these amazing jewelry projects When I received my envelope from...

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Winnipeg Here I Come

Apr 3, 2013

Today is all about laundry, packing and checking my “To Do List” making sure everything I need for Crop & Create is done and packed in my super stuffed suitcase. As I’ve said before, teaching at a Crop & Create event is one of the items on my arty bucket list. I’ve heard so many wonderful things about Catherine’s events and I’m super appreciative for this opportunity to teach. I have goody bags made up to hand to some lucky winners during my classes. They are filled with lots of great Maya Road products. I also have stamp sets and a mini album to give away. Below is a peek at some of the items all packed a ready to go. Each person that takes one or both of my classes gets their name...

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Stained Glass Boiled Eggs

Apr 1, 2013

Ansley and I had so much fun making these eggs, last night. She heard about this stained glass technique for boiled eggs and wanted to give it a try. After she explained it to me I had to see if it really worked so off to the store we went to get some eggs and neon colored food coloring because well that is how Ansley rolls. No vintage colors for this girl. It’s bright neon or nothing for her. I can’t believe I birthed two daughters that want nothing to do with anything vintage. How did this happen? To make your stained glass eggs you will need the following: boiled eggs, food coloring, vinegar & Ziploc sandwich bags First boil as many eggs as you want to make and let them cool. We ran cold...

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