Melt Art Mania

May 30, 2013

      This giveaway is now CLOSED and the winner has been announced HERE. Thank you all for the wonderful comments. I was thrilled when Ranger asked me to participate in their Melt Art Mania event. All they asked was that I create a project using their melting pot and any other Melt Art products. If this is the first you’ve heard about their Melt Art Mania event go check out their blog. Starting May 15th, Ranger has featured some of the most amazing projects and tutorials created by artists from all over using products from their Melt Art line. I decided to feature their Melting Pot, Texture Treads, Bees Wax and Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel ~ UTEE. I love the feel and color of Natural Bees Wax and had my mind set on creating...

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Virtual Trunk Show

May 29, 2013


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Get Acquainted All Occasion Card

May 28, 2013

col·lage ~ a technique of composing a work of art by pasting on a single surface various materials not normally associated with one another, as newspaper clippings, parts of photographs, theater tickets, and fragments of an envelope. One of the reasons I love collage so much is I can assemble all the random vintage finds I discover in flea markets, thrift stores and antique shops to create one of a kind items like this card. A collage can be created as a one dimensional piece using all types of ephemera or three dimensional piece using found objects like buttons, milk caps, keys, millinery stems, etc.. This card is created using paper items, buttons, seam binding, twine and a milk cap that are all found in my Delight In The Art of Collage Kit 1 ~ Antiquated....

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In Remembrance

May 27, 2013

For love of country they accepted death. ~ James A....

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The Art of Pen Pals

May 24, 2013

Those of you who follow me on facebook and/or Instagram might have seen this photo. It shows a small sneak peek of my creative postcard, artistically you. This fun projects is part of Ronda Palazzari’s super cool online workshop, “The Art of Pen Pals”. This workshop filled up fast but don’t fear if you want to participate in the second round of this awesome workshop I believe she is doing it again in September. When she has a set date for registration I’ll make sure to let you know as it’s really fun. I’m going to beg her to please let me do it again. In this workshop, you send creative postcards to your pen pal along with a letter in an envelope that you create yourself (don’t know how to create an envelope,...

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Pre~Order ~ Delight In The Art of Collage ~ Book 3

May 23, 2013

I really have no words to describe the excitement I feel over knowing “Delight In The Art of Collage” is available for PRE-ORDER on Amazon. This book pushed me creatively in ways I would have never imagined. But in order to grow as an artist you must push past your comfort zone. There were days I thought I would never ever have another creative idea come to mind but they did and here I sit with book 3. This creative journey, as well as the other two I’ve been on was filled with days of self doubt, elation, frustration, happy dances, I’m never ever writing another book again, this would be a great idea for book 4, calling my super awesome editor Kristy Conlin in pure panic mode and so on. But in the end...

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Delight In The Art of Collage ~ Kit 2 ~ Nana’s Sewing Basket

May 22, 2013

A little wicker basket with dainty handles and a fabric top always sat next to Nana’s favorite chair. When asked what it was she’d reply, “Nana’s sewing basket”. Nana’s sewing basket was filled with small treasures that made beautiful things. This is just what Delight In The Art of Collage ~ Kit 2 ~ Nana’s Sewing Basket is all about, I’ve filled it with vintage and non-vintage treasures that will inspire you to create beautiful things. These items are perfect for creating three dimensional collages, accenting hand stitched samplers; making fabric flowers and so many other hand crafted projects. Nana’s Sewing Basket Kit Contains the following items. 1 Yard Vintage Cream Ric Rac 1 Yard Vintage Beige Lace 1 Yard Vintage Scallop Pink Lace 12 inches Red Trim 12 inches Iridescent Red Rhinestone Trim...

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Button Love

May 21, 2013

If there is one embellishment that is my go to embellishment it has to be vintage buttons. I can always find ways to use buttons on any type project. And if you don’t believe me, well I have the photos to prove it. Just take a look at all the different type projects I’ve stuck a button or in most cases buttons on. Clear vintage glass buttons and vintage shell buttons accent the cover of this mini sampler album. Engraved vintage mother of pearl buttons adorn this hemp bracelet. Buttons are encased into this natural bees wax collage canvas. I attached buttons to the metal spoon with embroidery floss and to the canvas background using a strong clear drying liquid adhesive. Buttons are the perfect accent for this chicken wire skirt. Hand sewn buttons...

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Studio Observations

May 20, 2013

Several weeks ago while staying at Ronda’s and playing in her awesome studio, as I looked around I noticed lots of similarities in the way we decorate and the products we use to create. Even though our styles are quite different we do have a love for similar things. So while I was noticing all the similarities I started snapping photos to show you how two totally different artists (I’m a vintage neutral girl and she is a wildly colorful stencil girl) can be such great friends. Ronda uses colored buttons in her art and has them sorted and lined up in rainbow order neatly on a shelf were as I use mostly clear or neutral colored buttons and have jars placed here and there in my studio. Ronda has some of her favorite Trinket...

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2014 Creative Retreat in Italy

May 18, 2013

I’m thrilled to be teaching once again for Laura McCullough at her amazing Creative Retreat in Italy, May 17-24, 2014. I will be teaching alongside Heidi Swapp, Rebecca Cross and Laura. If you are not familiar with Laura’s Italy event, let me just tell you when I taught for her last year, it was like no other I’ve ever experienced. Laura is so knowledgeable of the area it’s like having your very own personal tour guide. She knows the best places to get a great slice of pizza for lunch and hosts some of the most amazing dinners. Laura knows all the hot spots to shop and the best place to get some late night gelato. She schedules amazing sight seeing excursions but also allows you enough down time to explore the area on your own....

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Petaloo Color Me Crazy & Ranger Ink ~ Altered Clutch

May 17, 2013

I’m happy to let you know I’m a guest designer on the Petaloo Blog, today. This entire week has been their Color Me Crazy & Ranger Ink challenge. Cheryl at Petaloo sent me a package of the Petaloo Color Me Crazy products and asked that I only alter them using Ranger Ink products. To see how I created this mini shabby chic clutch and read how to recreate one of your own, hop on over to their blog and check out the tutorial I posted. This mini shabby chic clutch is a fun project to make and girls/ladies of all ages will want one of their very own.   Below is a complete list of all the manufacturers and products used to recreate this project. Petaloo: Color Me Crazy Canvas Fabric Flowers ~ Shabby...

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Petaloo Color Me Crazy & Ranger Ink ~ Mini Wreath

May 16, 2013

When I saw the Petaloo Color Me Crazy Chipboard Fairies (1581-004) I knew I had to make a little something for my nieces to hang in their room. So I decided on a door hanger. I tore two long strips of natural muslin and wrapped them around a 3″ Styrofoam wreath until the entire wreath was covered. I then attached the end of the muslin to the back of the wreath using fabric adhesive. Next, I wanted to add just a little wording here and there on the muslin so I inked my Perfumery stamp with Archival Ink ~ Coffee and randomly stamped the words here and there around the wreath. I didn’t use an acrylic block to stamp the words. I just held the stamp with two fingers and rolled the stamp onto the muslin....

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It was a Junkin Mother’s Day Weekend

May 15, 2013

This past Mother’s Day weekend, I went to Beaumont and had a wonderful visit with my parents. One thing mom, dad and I love to do is go junkin and when I roll out of bed, throw on a pair of jeans and a t-shirt, pull up my hair and head out the door with no makeup on… it’s serious junkin time. We spent Friday, Saturday and Sunday at a great flea market, in some awesome antique shops and a super great junk shop. We found so many great finds for upcoming Delight In The Art of Collage Kits that I’m going to have a hard time letting these finds go to new homes. Here’s just a peek at some of the awesome things I purchased. I’m talking vintage trims, vintage earrings, fabric for quilt squares,...

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Petaloo Color Me Crazy & Ranger Ink Week

May 14, 2013

All this week on the Petaloo Blog, Petaloo is showcasing guest designers using their Color Me Crazy Line that have been altered with Ranger Ink products. My guest designer post isn’t until Friday so I thought I would show you a few of the other projects I created just to peek your interest until then. You can see a gorgeous card Tammy Tutterow created and has posted on their blog now. This mini canvas was a snap to create and altering the Petaloo Color Me Crazy Petites, Butterflies, Fancy Frames and Keys are easy breezy lemon squeezy when using any of the products Ranger Ink has to offer. To create this mini canvas I first covered the mini canvas using a Paris themed napkin. If you have never used designer napkins as a base for a...

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Altered House Shadow Box

May 9, 2013

Some of you  might have seen this post earlier in the week and wondered what in the world is she doing… well I’ve always said I’m not a techy kinda girl. I had the wrong post date so it posted before I had the blog post finished. This is one of the classes I taught at Crop & Create. It has so many techniques and ideas that can transfer on to other different projects. The decoupaged Pink Paislee Coffee Filters on the roof can easily be placed onto a canvas,  mini album, paper mache box, wooden plaque and lots of other items. The Pink Paislee Mask and Gesso Technique can be placed on the projects I just listed as well as tags. And oh goodness you can do so many cute things with the...

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Thrift Store Finds

May 8, 2013

It’s time again to share this weeks wonderful thrift store finds. I spotted this beautiful doll from across the store and seriously could not get to her fast enough. As soon as I saw her I had instant tunnel vision and was ready to start hurdling furniture if I felt it was warranted. I’m simply giddy, I love her so much. Her rust colored satin dress is a little worn in areas and her pantaloons have darkened with age but all I see is pure beauty. I’ve named her Laura and you will see her lots in blog posts. I also scored a great vintage piano book filled with beautifully aged music sheets. I cannot pass up vintage music sheets. They are one of my favorite items to use in collages. The five cute 4.5″ leaf...

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The Packaging Begins

May 7, 2013

WOW, thank you so much to everyone who purchased my first kit, Delight In the Art of Collage ~ Antiquated. Today, I’m busy packaging up all the kits and will get them in the mail, tomorrow. I wanted the packaging to be something you can use as well so I used seam binding to wrap the bags together and stamped a small manila tag using my Antiquated Collection ~ Society Lady stamp set. There are just a few kits remaining and then Delight In The Art of Collage ~ Antiquated will be sold out. THANK YOU!!! Tomorrow, I hope to start playing a bit with this kit to create a mini collage canvas. Once completed, I’ll share a step by step PDF  tutorial with those who purchased the kit. You can create a similar canvas or one...

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Delight In The Art of Collage Kit 1 ~ Antiquated

May 6, 2013

I’m super excited to tell you about my new collage kits, Delight In The Art of Collage. Each monthly kit will be filled with lots of awesome vintage (mostly vintage) and non-vintage finds I’ve been collecting for quite some time. I finally feel as though I have enough contents in my stash to create some really unique monthly collage kits. Although if you ask Alan, he will tell you he’s felt I’ve had enough for quite some time. As an added Bonus, I’m including a PDF of a project I created using some of the kit contents. The Bonus PDF will be emailed to you. To me, there is nothing like creating with discarded items and giving them new life. It doesn’t matter if you create collage canvases, jewelry, home decor items, mini albums, altered...

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Floral Chic Card Kits for Sale

May 3, 2013

I have a few remaining Floral Chic Card Kits left over from teaching at Rocky Mountain Memories, this past weekend. If you are interested in purchasing one of these kits please send an email to and I will email you a paypal invoice for $35.50. In your email please include the email address you wish for me to send your invoice to. The Floral Chic card kit includes step by step instructions as well as color photos of each completed card. You will create 6 different flowers using beautiful Tu-Tu Tulle, Antique Alterable Scallop Trim, Tulle Pleat, Vintage Lace, Organza Roses and Zipper Trims. Once each flower is created it will then be used as an embellishment to accent an all occasion card. You will create with papers I’ve scanned and printed from...

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Creative Play

May 3, 2013

After teaching at Cheryl’s awesome store Rocky Mountain Memories, Ronda and I had a few days of creative play and a day of major thrifting and antiquing. Oh my goodness did we ever find amazing items that I cannot wait to show you but that is for another day. Today, is all about creative play. It amuses me that Ronda and I like most of the same products just in different colors. The one thing that we are way opposite on are the liquid products… sprays, mists, paints etc. I like these but use them in a far more controlled manner. But Ronda… not Ronda she has mists and paints flying all over the place and purchases Gesso by the gallon. I had to snap the above photo of her working as it really...

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Down the Mountain we go with me kicking & screaming I might add

May 2, 2013

Honestly, do you blame me for leaving Estes Park kicking and screaming like a two year old? I mean really, look at this view… just stunning. But it was kinda odd in an awesome way,  taking photos while standing in the snow wearing short sleeves and feeling completely comfortable. It was my kinda weather. On the way back to Ronda’s house she took me to Longmont. This town had the coolest mosaics, an awesome used book store and a super cool bead store that sadly was going out business. But I scored some awesome finds for my upcoming collage kits. If you love to collage using vintage finds well, you are going to LOVE these kits. We are talking all kinds of vintage inspiration just waiting to be re-purposed into art pieces…. by you! This mosaic...

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