Altered Art Journal Tag 1

Aug 29, 2014

When you find your arty style art flows like a leaf floating downstream but gosh when you try to force it, it’s all upstream and darn near impossible to create something you love. I’m so happy with the style I’ve finally discovered as it has taken me a long time. But in the end all the trial and error paid off. This art journal tag measures 4″ x 8.5″ and is covered in layers and layers of paint. I still cannot get over that I’m using paint and getting my hands messy. On my Art Journal Page 2 blog post I shared with you a quick image transfer technique and today I’m going to share with you an image transfer technique that gives you a less distressed image transfer and a more defined image transfer. Image...

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Altered Art Journal Page 2

Aug 28, 2014

Oh boy did I have fun creating this art journal page. I believe I finally discovered the art journaling style for me. I even got messy hands in the process. This my friends is something because I cannot stand to have messy hands. I began my page with a simple image transfer using two photos I took while in Bellagio several years ago teaching at Laura McCullough’s awesome A Kiss On The Chic Creative Art Retreat. Laura hosts some amazing art retreats and if you can you really should join her for at least one. She is an amazing host. If you want to do an image transfer onto your art journaling page which I highly recommend you do because it is so fun to see the image transfer like magic. You will need to...

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DIY Sugar Body Scrub

Aug 27, 2014

Ingredients: 1/4 Cup Coconut Oil (solid jar form not liquid form) 1 1/2 Cups Sugar (I used Imperial Pure Cane Sugar but you can use Raw Sugar if you want a coarser scrub) 10 Drops Lemon Essential Oil 2 Drops Peppermint Essential Oi Directions: Place coconut oil into medium sized microwave safe bowl for 25-30 seconds to melt. Add essential oils to melted coconut oil and stir. Add sugar to coconut oil and stir until mixed well. This sugar scrub makes enough to fill a small mason jar and one large medicine bottle, I know odd choice but it’s all I could find to hold the excess sugar scrub. This sugar scrub is not overly oily which is how I like my sugar scrubs. If you prefer more oil in your body scrubs you can increase...

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FREE Shipping In My Etsy Shop

Aug 26, 2014

Next week, I will be on a mini road trip with mom and dad. I’ll be driving them to Evansville, ID to see the LST-325 ship which is  similar to the ship LST-557 that my grandfather Clayton Spinney, (dad’s father) was a mechanic on during WWII. Before grampa passed away and the last time I saw him, he shared with me a heartbreaking story of seeing his best friend killed on deck. That was the only time I ever saw my grampa have sadness on his face but I’m glad he shared the story. After we tour this ship we will then head over to Buckhannon, WV to see mom’s side of the family at the old homestead I love so much. I sure hope my house is still standing when I return home. Alan, Ansley...

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Altered Art Journal ATC 1

Aug 25, 2014

I was so super happy when I discovered (which is what happens when you clean areas of your studio, you discover things) I had a set of 6″ x 8″ pocket pages that fit inside my art journal. Since these pocket pages are a variety pack I have several different sized pockets that are perfect to add different sized art pieces into my journal. Yes, I’m happy. So once I discovered I had more options for my art journal I decided to create a small ATC type piece to put into one of the pocket pages. This card measures 2.75″ x 4″ so it is a bit off in measurements for a traditional ATC which is 2.5″ x 3.5″.  The base of the card is from a portion of the left over postcard I had from my first...

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Altered Art Journal Page 1

Aug 22, 2014

Well I finally did it, I started an art journal. But let me tell ya it was not an easy start. I started out with one page, really didn’t like the bold colors because let’s face it, I’m not a bold color kinda gal, so I then thought I would tone it down a bit, then I really didn’t like it and had to step away from the table because I could feel some major frustration coming on. This is when I decided I would try to make some DIY lip gloss, so I did. It was super fast, easy and I really like it. DIY Lip Gloss Recipe All you need is 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, 1/4 teaspoon of Vaseline and 5 drops of Peppermint essential oil or the essential oil of your choice....

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Handmade Art Journal

Aug 21, 2014

I really love seeing all the amazing art journaling that lots of my friends do but I have issues, like serious issues when it comes to the journals. I love dimensional collage which means, I like to stick LOTS of bulky things in my art. Well, this does not work well with a lot of art journals due to the type of binding most have so the problem was solved this week by creating my own art journal. Now I can add all the bulky items I want and the art journal will still close. The thicker my art journal gets is no biggie because all I need to do is use larger binder rings. Even though I’ve used vintage items that you might not have on had to create my art journal my ideas...

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Making Your Own Headpin

Aug 15, 2014

This is one of my favorite headpins to make and add to my Boho chic style jewelry. It’s super easy and really unique. All you need are wire cutters, 20 gauge wire, a hammer and a steel block. Using wire cutters, cut a piece of 20 gauge wire to 2″ in length. The angle of this photo makes it look as though it’s less but believe me the wire is 2″. Using a hammer, flatten one end of the wire as shown. You want the end to be flattened wide enough so the bead you will be using does not fall off. Next, thread the bead onto the wire then wire wrap the bead onto the wire as shown in this previous wire wrapping tutorial. Here is an example of how the beads look...

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Charm Bracelets and Bangles

Aug 13, 2014

I love the sweet sound of charm bracelets and I’m so lucky to have my grandmother’s charm bracelet. I still remember the sound her bracelet made as she wore it. I LOVED being able to find the engraved charm with my name and birthdate, it hung nestled among all her grandchildren and other special charms she had been given. These two charm bracelets are crafted from hand cut vintage tin, that I cut, sanded and turned into charms. Each charm creates a soft sweet sound that reminds me of a wind chime far off in the distance on a Texas farm. I accented each charm bracelet with a strand of pearl like beads and the bottom charm bracelet has vintage clear glass beads wire wrapped and attach between the tin charms. Each bracelet is a one of a...

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Basic Bead Wire Wrapping Tutorial

Aug 11, 2014

Several of you have asked me to do a tutorial showing you how to wire wrap a bead. I tried to make this as simple to follow as possible by taking a photo at every step. I hope this tutorial helps you out and doesn’t confuse you even more. At first you will feel like you are fumbling your way through it as I know I certainly did but once you do it over and over again you will be wire wrapping beads without giving it a second thought. Tools Needed: Round Nose Pliers, Chain Nose Pliers, Side Cutter Pliers Supplies: Beads, Headpins Thread headpin through bead, place midway between your round nose pliers. Bend the headpin towards you. Reposition round nose pliers as shown. Bend the headpin upwards. Bend the headpin over the...

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Making Customized Jewelry is Fun & Easy

Aug 5, 2014

Taking an item you have created and customizing it is something fun and easy and means the world to friends and family when given as a gift. This double heart pendant could have been left plain with just the wire wrapped freshwater pearl but adding a metal stamped word pops it up a notch. You too can customize all your gifts by metal stamping. All you need are these basic metal stamping tools and supplies. Brass Hammer, Stamping Block, Stamp Straight Tape, Stamping Blanks, Jump Rings and Letter Stamps. The list of items you can personalize is endless… Charms for Jewelry, Spoons, Housewarming Gifts, Key Chains and so much more. If you have any questions about metal stamping please ask and I will do my best to answer. I’m already starting to plan my holiday...

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A Look at What’s New

Aug 1, 2014

While Bellie was busy painting or watching movies I was busy creating new one of a kind jewelry designs for my Etsy shop. As you can see, this week I was able to add several pieces. I must admit my favorite this week is the owl pendant. These new pendants will look gorgeous with any Autumn attire. Yes, I’m wishing this Texas summer away, although I must admit it has been one of the coolest in 7 years. You’ll find some new resin charms too. These charms have vintage embossed papers or tin encased in resin with wire wrapped freshwater pearls or vintage bead accents. This set reminds me of a beautiful mosaic. I love the warm tones of orange, red and yellow. All my pendants come with either an 18″ or 24″ ball chain...

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