Altering Melt Art Embellishments

May 30, 2014

I fell in love with this cameo in the center of a vintage tin I found, last week. As soon as I got home I made a mold so I could pour some UTEE into it. I did a random pour, just the cameo and then a little bit around it, wherever the UTEE landed is where I kept it. I wanted the embellishment to look like an old decorative piece that came off a wall taking some of the wall along with it… I hope this makes sense. I also have a vintage photo album with the most amazing embossed image on the front and decided to create a mold of this as well. As you can see, I use several different mold products and with all of them the results are wonderful. I get a beautifully...

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Being an Aunt…

May 29, 2014

Means you can surprise your nieces before bed for a surprise adventure in their jammies. Means you can load your nieces up on a Sonic Shake sugar high right before bed, take them home and let your sister deal with their sugar high. Means you will crawl out of bed bright and early to take them to school for Muffins with Mom & their Book Fair. Means the only payment you want for getting up super early to attend Muffins with Mom and the Book Fair is a sweet selfie with your nieces plus one best friend. Means you get to throw a surprise mini birthday party for a very special 7 year old when she comes home from school. Being an aunt is the next best thing to being a mom. Amanda, Brittain, Madelyn and...

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Good Junkin Spots

May 28, 2014

Last week, while heading down to mom and dad’s place I stopped at one of my favorite junkin spots near New Waverly. This place is filled with all kinds of stuff and the best part is you never know what you’ll find. Every time I’ve gone I’ve found something awesome. One of the places that is a must go to spot every single time I’m home is the Sour Lake Antique Mall. This place is filled with lots of amazing things and I look with an eagle eye in every single booth. If you’re ever in or around Sour Lake this antique mall is worth the stop to shop. I found some awesome things this past visit. This time my finds were all about vintage jewels. I found so many fabulous pieces that I cannot wait to use in my art...

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Ongoing Art Journal Class at The Crafty Scrapper

May 19, 2014

Saturday afternoon I had the pleasure of spending 4 hours with this lovely group of creative ladies. They inked, painted, stenciled and created beautiful collage pieces on their altered art journals. I find it so fun to give everyone the same supplies and products and in the end seeing how everyone’s projects turn out so differently. I’m truly blessed to get to teach art classes in some of the most incredible places in the USA and abroad and to some of the most genuine down to earth people. There is not a class that I’ve taught that I haven’t thought of my 4th grade art teacher Mrs. Gibbs. She taught at Amelia Elementary in Beaumont, Texas. Mrs. Gibbs gave me the freedom to just create whatever I wished and I will love her forever for...

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A Call To Art for #BringBackOurGirls Online Auction is LIVE

May 15, 2014

If you want to purchase some beautiful art please check out the A Call To Art #BringBackOurGirls online auction. The auction started this morning and will continue until 3PM on May 17th. 3 Wishes is the canvas piece I have up for auction. If you wish to bid just click HERE. Not only will the winning bidder get a beautiful piece of art they will also be helping a wonderful organization, Girl Rising. 3 Wishes is an 8″ x 8″ one of a kind canvas. It includes vintage items such as handmade doilies, handwritten ledger paper, sheet music and book pages. The vintage spoon rests upon a stack of vintage buttons and the Frozen Charlotte Dolls I created from plaster using molds made from dolls in my collection. The papers are covered in layers of bees wax and...

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Recycled Jewelry

May 14, 2014

When you combine thrift store finds, broken pieces of jewelry, beads and discarded chandelier pieces you can assemble beautiful and very unique jewelry such as this bracelet and set of earrings. Remember just because items are broken doesn’t mean they can’t be used. Now that the weather is really nice I’m looking forward to heading to flea markets to do some digging. The thrill of the hunt is addicting and so fun and the thrill of what’s around the next corner gets me every single time. I have several assemblage art ideas and all include items that can be found during a good junkin weekend. And you know I’ll have mom and dad on the hunt for things too. These two are the best pickers anyone could ever have. Tomorrow, is the start of A Call To Art #BringBackOurGirls online auction. Have you...

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#BringBackOurGirls

May 12, 2014

I’ve always told my daughters that THEY are the LUCKIEST women in the world because THEY were born in the USA and have EVERY opportunity to succeed in life with hard work and determination. The story of the abducted Nigerian girls is one that sadly proves my point. The way so many girls and woman are treated in other countries is heartbreaking. Artist Jessica Sporn is putting together an auction to help raise money for a wonderful organization called Girl Rising. I am donating the mixed media canvas shown below to help raise money for this awesome cause. Girl Rising is a global campaign for girl’s education and their mission is to change the way the world values girls. Please take a few minutes to visit the website and learn about Girl Rising. If we all work together I truly believe...

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Be Still Listen ~ Necklace

May 9, 2014

A lot of thought goes into items that are handmade which is one of the reasons I love to purchase handmade items. Most every piece is unique, has a story and is created with lots of love. I’ve discovered that the creative process can be quick and at times, not so quick which is exactly the case for this nature themed necklace. While working on this necklace, I pondered ideas and dug in my stash several times for the perfect combination of metals and beads. This went on for weeks. I knew I wanted the teeny tiny nest I created to be part of a necklace and that was all I knew. I decided I liked the copper color next to the nest so I hammered and shaped a penny for it to sit inside....

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Have YOU Signed Up?

May 7, 2014

I’m so glad to be heading back to The Crafty Scrapper, May 17th to teach my fun technique filled Altered Art Journal from 12:00 to 4:00. If you want to take this class please call Carolyn now at (972) 923.3151 because there are only a few spots left. In this Altered Art Journal class you will create a beautiful altered art journal using one of Wendy Vecchi’s new Studio 490 Art Parts Art Journal Covers. You will alter the front of your art journal cover using Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 Embossing Paste and NEW Crackle Texture Paste, The Crafter’s Workshop Stencils, Paint and more. The inside front and back covers will be altered using Vintage Sheet Music, Inks and Perfect Pearls Mist. I will show you how to make beautiful paper feathers to adorn...

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Drying Flowers

May 6, 2014

Sadly, my violas are getting to the end of their peak blooming season. I love violas and these have brought me great joy all winter. I can’t stand the thought of tossing them out so I decided to snip off all the blooms and dry them for future art and jewelry projects. Pressing and drying these tiny flowers is so easy to do. All you need are several sheets of wax paper, some heavy books and 7 days of patience. Since violas are so small 7 days is all you need to wait. If you are pressing larger flowers depending on the size it can take up to 4 weeks. To press/dry my violas I lined them on a sheet of wax paper then covered them with another piece of wax paper and placed some heavy books on top. So...

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Mountain Magick Art ~ Jeff Holoubek

May 5, 2014

Several years ago, mom and dad were given some geodes by a dear friend who picked them up while in New Mexico. When mom and dad found out they were going to Estes Park with me, mom dug them out of the closet and brought them so they could get the geodes cracked opened at Red Rose Rock Shop & Dick’s Rock Museum. If you’ve never been to this rock shop the next time you’re visiting Estes Park you must go. It’s open year round and is filled with some of the most amazing rocks, fossils, gems and minerals from around the world. Using this pretty basic contraption, Jeff Holoubek cracked open mom and dad’s three geodes. The first two were nice but the third one, well it was REALLY nice. When Jeff saw what was  hiding inside he...

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Manitou Cliff Dwellings ~ Colorado Springs Colorado

May 2, 2014

After driving around in the Garden of the Gods we went to see the Manitou Cliff Dwellings. I am so fascinated with anything that has to do with the past so walking through the dwellings was really interesting. The Manitou Cliff Dwellings Museum exhibits relocated Anasazi Indian cliff dwellings. The Anasazi lived and roamed the Four Corners area of the United States Southwest from 1200 B.C. to A.D. 1300. The museum was established in 1904 and opened to the public in 1907. The Anasazi did not live in the Manitou Springs area, but lived and built their cliff dwellings in the Four Corners area, several hundred miles southwest of Manitou Springs. The Manitou Cliff Dwellings were relocated to their present location in the early 1900s, as a museum, preserve, and tourist attraction. The stones were taken...

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Garden of The Gods ~ Colorado Springs, Colorado

May 1, 2014

Garden of the Gods was first called Red Rock Corral. Then, in August 1859, two surveyors who helped to set up Colorado City explored the site. One of the surveyors, M. S. Beach, suggested that it would be a “capital place for a beer garden.” His companion, the young Rufus Cable, awestruck by the impressive rock formations, exclaimed, “Beer Garden! Why it is a fit place for the gods to assemble. We will call it the Garden of the Gods. The row of hogbacks. The Kissing Camels formation is the nearest hogback to the right of mom and dad. The camel’s heads are above a hole in the rock where the sky can be seen. It’s hard to see the hole in some of the photos. But if you look closely you can see it in the photo above. The...

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