Cupcakes & Frosting

Apr 6, 2015

I have to share with you an amazing frosting that is so simple and so good. I’m all about simple when it comes to the kitchen. I love to cook and bake as long as a recipe does not involve ingredients that are hard to find or is one that keeps me in the kitchen forever. If this is the case well, count me out on cooking that recipe. Ingredients Needed: Lemon Cake Mix or mix of your choice plus eggs, Water & Oil, Lemon Curd, Wilton White Sparkling Sugar, Cupcake Liners, So here is a fabulous cupcake recipe that is simple and does not take long at all. First mix a lemon cake mix as instructed on the box. Fill a muffin pan with cupcake liners, place lemon cake mix inside each liner  then...

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Altered Drawstring Bag

Mar 30, 2015

I found this cute canvas linen drawstring bag in the dollar spot at Target. I loved it so much that I grabbed all they had knowing I could alter them throughout the year. This design was super easy to make and is perfect to fill with Easter candy. Supplies Used: Easter Elements Tim Holtz/Sizzix Die, Burlap, Trim, Seam Binding, Fabri Tac, Pearl Beads, Silver Blank Disk, Jump Rings, Head Pin Tools Needed: Die Cutting Machine, Scissors, Bench Block, Brass Hammer, Long Nose Pliers, Metal Stamps Metal Stamping Supplies can be found HERE at PJ Tool Jewelry & Craft Instructions:  Using the Easter Elements die and burlap, die cut the bunny. Using Fabri Tac attach the bunny to the front of the bag Using Fabri Tac attach trims all around the top section of the bag as...

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Wedding Charms

Mar 28, 2015

Do you need a quick gift to give to a new bride? If so, this is one fast project she will cherish and can either wear, place in a shadow box or on the spine of a wedding album. To create the bead flower bouquet all I did was place one bead onto a headpin then curl the end of the headpin to form a small loop. Once I had 12 completed I bunched them together and wrapped a headpin around the middle of the bunch. Then I attached a jump ring to the wire wrapped area. Super simple. Supplies Used: 13 Headpins, 12 Beads, 3 Jump Rings, 2 Long Rectangle Blanks, 2 Vintage Beads, Black Acrylic Paint Tools Needed: Bench Block, Metal Stamps, Brass Metal Stamping Hammer, Long Nose Pliers (PJ Tool Jewelry &...

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Lemon Bath Bombs

Mar 25, 2015

With all the craziness of bath bombs right now, I decided to give it a go and attempt to make my own. I looked all over Pinterest at the ingredients in lots of different bath bombs and by adding and taking away certain ingredients from recipes here is the recipe I created. These little bath bombs smell just like lemon bundt cakes. On my next batch I will add a bit more Lemon Essential Oil (EO) to my next batch as it didn’t smell as strongly as I wanted in my bath but this is the only thing I will change when I make them again. Also depending on the EO used will determine the amount of drops needed. If you make Peppermint bath bombs you will not need as many drops because the oil scent...

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Bunny Easter Egg or Treat Holder

Mar 19, 2015

How cute will this Easter egg or treat holder look sitting at each persons table setting for Easter brunch. You can fill it with a personalized decorated egg to use as a place card or fill it with chocolates for an after brunch treat. It’s really simple to make and I’m certain your guest will love the added touch. Supplies Used: Tim Holtz Alterations Easter Elements Sizzix Die, Matt Board, Floral Embossing Folder, Tim Holtz Distress Paint Abandoned Coral & Cracked Pistachio, Dina Wakley Media Heavy Body Acrylic Paint Glitz, Self Adhesive Pearls, Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue Tools Needed: Scissors, Big Shot or Cuttlebug, Paintbrush, Paper Trimmer with Scoring Tool Using a Big Shot or Cuttlebug die, Matt Board and the Easter Elements die, die cut two bunnies and two bows. Using a Big Shot...

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Need a crown, of course you do!!!

Mar 18, 2015

Saturday, I was at The Crafty Scrapper attending a birthday crop for my super sweet & awesome friend Trisha Perkins. At her party, she had Cheryl Darrow of Ten Seconds Studio come and instruct everyone on how to make leather crowns. This was WAY WAY WAY out of my comfort zone as I’m a vintage paper kinda girl and there was zero vintage paper to be found here, but let me tell you I now have a new addiction. Working with emboss-able leather is so fun and if you ever have the chance to take one of Cheryl’s crown classes do it, you will LOVE it! Cheryl brought her tools  and molds for the non-doodle calligraphy girls in the class, which as you can see I was one of those girls. Once everyone had their leather pieces embossed...

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Mar 17, 2015

Nothing like a french bread clover covered in cinnamon sugar to start your St. Patrick’s Day morning. This is really easy to make and pretty darn yummy too. All you need to make french bread clovers is a tube of Pillsbury Crusty French Loaf, melted butter, ground cinnamon and sugar. Instead of greasing my cookie sheet I placed mine on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper. Preheat the oven per instructions on the tube. Cut 5 long strips of the Pillsbury Crusty French Loaf. Leave about 2 inches at one end for the clover stem, then loop the strip as shown in the upper left photo. Create the second loop as shown in the upper right photo. Create the third loop as shown in the lower left photo, tuck the end of the strip...

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Her “Happily Ever After”

Mar 9, 2015

Early Saturday, morning we all piled into the car and drove to Houston for my niece Amanda’s wedding. Saturday, was certainly a day filled with lots of love, happiness and a few tears. It’s amazing how fast time does fly. Amanda was a beautiful bride and married the best guy. We are all so happy to have Steve join our family. He and Amanda are a wonderful couple and we all wish them the very best. The Chapel of the Church of Saint John the Divine ~ Houston, Texas Mr. & Mrs. Steven King Newton Congratulations, Amanda and Steve. I love you....

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Happy Card Make’N Take Tutorial

Feb 27, 2015

Sorry I don’t have a bigger photo of this card but it was so popular during the Scrapbook Expo Grapevine event that I thought I would share the tutorial to create your own card. It’s the perfect card to create when you only have a few minutes of crafting. Supplies Used: Patterned Paper, Blank Card, Small Manila Shipping Tag, Maya Road DIY Kraft Note Envelopes, Maya Road Feathered Friend Resin Embellishment, Small Flower, Gold Metallic Leaf, Seam Binding, Alpha Stamp Set, Jet Black Archival Ink, Adhesive Tools Used: Paper Trimmer, Scissors Directions: Trim patterned paper so it is 1/4″ smaller vertically and horizontally than the front of your blank card front. Attach patterned paper to the front of blank card. Assemble Maya Road envelope, wrap a piece of seam binding around the envelope, tie...

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Sharing A Make’N Take

Feb 25, 2015

This altered chalkboard stand is the make’n take Caroline with Maya Road had me teaching, last weekend at Scrapbook Expo in Grapevine.  It was super popular so I thought I would share it with you blog readers. Supplies Needed: Chalkboard Stand, Twine Cording Ginger Root Brown, Vintage Felt Posies ~ Carnation, Leaves, Trinket Pins ~ Vintage Round Pearl, Strips of Patterned Paper, Alpha Stamp Set, Archival Ink Tools Used: Scissors, Hot Glue Gun & Hot Glue Stick Instructions: Using Archival Ink and an alpha stamp set, stamp your word onto a strip of patterned paper. Using a hot glue gun and hot glue stick, attach a leaf and word strip to the back of the felt flower. Cut a piece of twine cording long enough to create a bow, attach bow to back of felt flower as...

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Mom’s Sugar Cookies

Feb 23, 2015

Ingredients 1/2 Cup Butter, Softened 3/4 Cup Sugar 1 Egg 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract 2 Cups All-Purpose Flour 1/4 Teaspoon Salt 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder 2-3 Tablespoon Milk Directions Preheat oven to 375 Degrees. Cream butter and sugar in mixer bowl until light and fluffy. Add egg; beat until blended. Mix in vanilla. Add sifted mixture of flour, salt and baking powder alternately with milk; mix well. Chill dough until firm 15-30 min. Roll to a 1/4-inch thickness on floured surface. Cut with 4 to 5-inch cookie cutter. Arrange on greased cookie sheet or one that is lined with parchment paper. I prefer parchment paper. Bake for 5-7 minutes. Mom’s oven is 5 min. mine is 7 min. Cool cookies on cooling racks completely then add icing. This recipe makes about 1 1/2 Dozen Cookies....

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Dazzle-It Rings ~ Dotted Ring

Feb 20, 2015

I was asked by Carmi Cimicata if I would be interested in participating in an upcoming blog hop for Dazzle It. The blog hop starts Monday, February 23rd and has lots of really cool jewelry designers participating. Since I am always up for any creative challenge I jumped on the opportunity. After viewing the technique booklet she included along with the products needed I decided to give a try at making the Dotted Ring. The Dazzle-It Rings by Giovanna booklet has very easy to follow step by step instructions which pretty much guarantees a successful project every time. Supplies & Tools Used: Dazzle-It Rings by Giovanna Technique Book, #12 Beading Needle by Dazzle-It, Beadalon Wildfire Black .006in/0.15mm Weaving Thread, Dazzle-It Czech 22g Vial SeedBead Orange, Lemon Yellow, Opaque Royal Blue, Scissors Click on each name below...

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Key To My Heart Mini Album

Feb 18, 2015

The cover for this mini album is created from plaster cloth. If you have not worked with plaster cloth you really should give it a try. It’s a fun medium. Once the plaster cloth dried I painted both covers. Then I antiqued the hearts with a color wash. You don’t need anything special to create a color wash. All you need to do is water down your acrylic paint to the desired shade and apply it to your project with a paintbrush. While the color wash is still wet, use a paper towel to dab random areas so some spots have more of a wash then others. Plaster is a great medium to add a color wash to because the wash runs deep into the crevices of the plaster. I plan to fill this mini album with pages created from...

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Altered Bottle Brush Tree

Feb 16, 2015

Bottle Brush Trees are fun to alter for any holiday or to use year round as a home decor accent. You can attach these to wooden spools, perfume bottles, small glass jars, in shadow boxes, really pretty much on anything. Also, if you want to color your trees it’s easy using any of the non-iridescent Maya Mist colors. This altered bottle brush tree is so fast to create you can have it completed in under 5 min. Supplies Needed: Bottle Brush Tree, Small Glass Bottle, Seed Beads, Small Flocked Flowers, Seam Binding, Crochet Doily, White Maya Road Glitter Dust, Dina Wakley Gel Medium Tools: Scissors, Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks Instructions: Place seed beads into small glass bottle. Cut stems on small flocked flowers to shorten slightly, place into bottle. Double knot a piece of seam...

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I Love You Frame

Feb 13, 2015

This sparkly chipboard frame is going to be added to the front cover of a mini album. I plan to cover the album with vintage sheet music and ledger paper than add photos of Terri and Ansley. If you want to make this chipboard frame it’s super simple and here’s the tutorial. Supplies Needed: 2 Maya Road Chipboard Frames, Maya Road Glitter ~ Red & Silver, Red & Silver Acrylic Paint, Vintage Sheet Music, Martha Stewart Crystal Coarse Glitter, Vintage Glass Vial, Flocked Flowers, White Seam Binding, Diamond Glaze, Glue Stick, Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue, Dina Wakley Gel Medium, Book Page Words “I LOVE YOU”, Adhesive Foam Squares Tools Used: Scissors, Paintbrush, Craft Knife, Craft Matt, Tweezers Instructions: Using a glue stick type adhesive, cover the front of one chipboard frame with vintage sheet...

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So This Is Love ~ Tag

Feb 11, 2015

The star of this tag is one of my new handmade Penny Candy Dolls. I think she is the perfect accent for this tag and I must admit she is one of my favorites. If you want to recreate a tag for yourself or a friend I put together a step by step tutorial just for you. Supplies Needed: Manila Tag, Vintage Music Sheet, White Crepe Paper, Chipboard Heart, Dina Wakley Media Ruby Acrylic Paint, Maya Road Red Glitter, Platinum Stickles, Diamond Stickles, Small Red Flocked Flower, Brown & White Twine, 3 Crocheted Doilies, DoodleBug Rhinestones, White Embroidery Floss, Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue, Fabric Tac Fabric Adhesive, Ranger Multi Medium Matte, Martha Stewart Crystal Coarse Glitter, Handmade Penny Candy Doll, Small Alphabet Stamp Set, Jet Black Archival Ink Tools Needed: Scis­sors, Paper Trim­mer,...

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Valentine Home Decor Accent

Feb 9, 2015

This valentine home decor piece showcases one of the handmade Penny Candy Dolls I now have in my etsy shop. I love these dolls from long ago and when possible make molds of dolls I think you too would like to use in your crafting projects. This little cutie is holding a book underneath it’s arm. I put together a tutorial so you too can recreate this home decor accent. I plan on displaying this year round in my studio. Supplies Used: Large Wooden Spool, Vintage Sheet Music, White Crepe Paper, 2 Chipboard Hearts, Dina Wakley Media Ruby Acrylic Paint, 16 Gauge Wire, Diamond Glaze, Maya Road Red Glitter, White Embroidery Floss, Red & White Baker’s Twine, Martha Stewart Crystal Coarse Glitter, Ranger Multi Medium-Matte, Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue, Flocked Flower, Handmade Penny Candy Doll with...

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It is Love ~ Scribbly Bird Tag

Feb 3, 2015

Since the birds are pretty happy Spring is coming and have been chirping non-stop outside my window and Valentine’s Day is just around the corner I decided to create this tag using Dina Wakley’s Scribbly Birds and Collage Hearts stamp sets. I think her stamp sets are some of the most unique on the market as all are created from images she has drawn in her art journals. This tag is layered with a Jenni Bowlin Stencil, Ranger Texture Paste, Dina Wakley Media Paints, Platinum Stickles, Book Pages, Washi Tape and of course stamped images using Manila Cardstock, Jet Black Archival Ink and Dina’s...

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NEW Handmade Penny Candy Dolls

Jan 29, 2015

I’ve added two new doll designs to my Etsy Shop. These Handmade Penny Candy Dolls are created by me from vintage dolls in my collection. They are perfect to alter for art projects or jewelry designs. Each set includes 3 dolls per pack and measure approximately 2.25″ tall. Since these are all handmade each doll will be unique and have its own vintage charm. I ship Flat Rate so please email me if you wish to purchase more than one item as I can get several purchases in the same box. My email address is...

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Scrap & Stamp Arts

Jan 27, 2015

I’m really happy to tell you that I am featured in the upcoming Feb/Mar issue of Scrap & Stamp Arts magazine. On pages 36-39 I share lots of creative ideas for storing art supplies, tools and more in my home studio. The best part is these items can be found inexpensively in thrift shops and antique stores and will give your home studio a warm welcoming feeling to you and your guests. I hope you take a look and find some creative storage ideas that work perfectly for you in your...

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Ranger Designer Challenge 2015

Jan 16, 2015

It’s always so exciting to be invited to participate in the Ranger Designer Challenge. Basically how it works is Ranger picks a product line to feature, sends the designers a box of the products and you create a project using these products. This year the challenge was a canvas using Dina Wakley’s Media paints, stencils and stamps. Talk about a fun challenge. I also used some Tim Holtz Distress Stickles Dry Glitter Rocky Candy and of course Diamond Stickles. I have fallen in love with Dina’s Media paints. They come in a tube with a flip top and are heavy body acrylics that spread like butter! I already have her new colors Glitz, Sterling and Penny on my list of “Must Have Now” as well as Dina’s super cool new Media Fine Tip Applicator. These...

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