Antiquated Collection ~ Holiday Tag

Dec 13, 2013

It makes me so happy when others share projects they’ve created using my Antiquated Collection stamp sets. It’s amazing how so many different projects can be created while using the same stamp sets. This beautiful tag was posted in my Antiquated Collection by Lisa M. Pace Facebook Page by Wanda Hentges. I was so happy she shared her art with everyone and when I saw she posted a tutorial on her blog I knew I had to share this with my awesome blog readers. Thank you, Wanda. If you’ve created projects using any of my Antiquated Collection stamp sets please join my Facebook Page and post your creations as I would love for you to share them with me and the other members. If you missed out on being able to purchase “Winter Girl”...

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Documenting My December Album Pt. 2

Dec 12, 2013

Ok so today lets finish up showing you the other pages and tags from my “Documenting December” album. This is the back of Tag 3. I made a little banner and placed a journaling sticker on it for the photo I plan to put on Page 7 of Terri and Ansley sitting on Santa’s “Paw Paw’s” lap they had taken when we went down for Thanksgiving. Page 8 I think I’m just going to let it become either a spot for a photo or some quotes. Tag 4 is a fold out tag I made from a large Kraft Tag. This is going to hold cookie recipes at least this is what I think right now, I could change my mind in the next few minutes. Tag 4 is a tri-fold tag, I think...

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Documenting My December Album

Dec 11, 2013

This year, I was super inspired by Caroline Lau to make a December album. I started to call mine a “Capturing Christmas” album but then thought I really wanted to document a few other things as the family and I prepared for Christmas so I decided on calling it my “Documenting December” album. I cannot do the every single day route, this just does not work for me at all. I over think everything and having to commit to everyday makes me instantly start to stress out. I love seeing how everyone documents their December each day and I applaud them for being able to do it, so I’ve decided highlighting the month decorating, baking, wrapping and shopping is something I can do without any stress. Today, I thought I would share what I’ve...

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Hot Chocolate Recipe

Dec 10, 2013

During our iced in long weekend I made several pots of this hot chocolate. One batch for the family and a surprise batch for the neighborhood kids so they could warm up as they played outside. They had so much fun all weekend sledding down our driveway and ice skating in the street. And when you are between the ages of 6 & 10 years old there’s nothing better than having someone bring out a crock pot filled with Free Hot Chocolate, a Bag of Marshmallows and Dixie Cups then sitting everything on the porch telling you to drink all you want. Oh and I got a great laugh as I overheard one little boy telling his friend, “This is actually really good hot chocolate.” These kids really reaped the rewards of me terribly...

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Winter Ice Storm

Dec 9, 2013

Friday, all of Frisco was covered in a blanket of ice and sleet. Thankfully, we were lucky enough to keep our electricity but lots of others were not. Since I love winter so much I had to step outside and snap some photos as the landscaping was so gorgeous enveloped in ice. There is something so calming to me being outside in the winter. I love breathing the crisp air, feeling the cold on my cheeks and my nose running from the chill in the air. Winter truly is my favorite season. During the day, I enjoyed sitting in my studio sipping hot chocolate while working and watching a little girl ice skate up and down our street with her friends running along her side. This is the first time I’ve ever seen anyone...

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Faux Polaroid Ornaments

Dec 6, 2013

This ornament is going to do some serious sparkling on the tree as I covered each Maya Road Photo Frame Chipboard piece with iridescent glitter. It shimmers and sparkles beautifully and will look gorgeous when the tree is lit at night. If you want to make an ornament like this one or similar ornaments below are the products I used. Maya Road Photo Frames Chipboard, Maya Road Cloud White 1″ Ink Pad, Iridescent Glitter, Diamond Glaze, Red & White Twine, Red Mini Gingham Trim,1  Holly & Berry Pick, 1 Gold Jingle Bell, Black & White Photos, Black Cardstock, Glue Stick, Strong Liquid Adhesive, Scissors, Sanding Block Step Out for Making This Ornament: Remove center square from photo frame and set aside. Apply white ink to the photo frame, place Diamond Glaze over the top...

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Hand Stitched Ornaments

Dec 5, 2013

I love to make handmade items during the holidays. I believe it all stems from my childhood and making holiday items with my mom. For as long as I can remember she and I have made something for the holidays and these fabric ornaments are fun to create especially if you like instant gratification. I did the stitching one night and then stitched the back on the next. The images are Maya Road stamps that I stamped onto natural muslin using Archival ink. I stitched a simple outline stitch all along the images, then using a pencil, lightly wrote the name onto each ornament and hand stitched over it. Inside the butterfly I added some Diamond Stickles for a little sparkle. Once I had the images stitched I decided to use a Maya Road...

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Something Fun to Entertain the Kids

Dec 4, 2013

When I was a little girl around the age of 3 or 4 my mom would go to an elderly lady’s house to do her hair. This lady had an awesome album filled with greeting cards she put together for little ones to flip through. I remember sitting on the floor looking at page after page in this album. I LOVED it so I thought of a fun idea for young kids during holiday gatherings. Find some old Christmas cards and if you are like me you have lots. I found this one that works perfectly for this type of project. You will want one that you can cut the face out of (snowman, gingerbread man, Santa, Elf, Reindeer even animals will work great). Using a craft knife cut out the face on your...

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Cleaning Out The Studio

Dec 3, 2013

I know I have been bombarding you all with kits, art and other items in my Etsy shop but seriously, I have got to get this studio cleaned  out and under-control. I do not have room for any additional product not one bit more. It’s terrible and Santa will put me on the bad list if he sees this mess. Thank goodness I don’t have a little elf on the shelf to rat me out or I would be super worried. So since I’m cleaning out I am passing on some awesome product deals. I just listed a Scrapbook Embellishment Grab Box that comes to you filled with lots of assorted Maya Road products that’s perfect for any scrapbook or craft enthusiast and get this, SHIPPING is FREE on this item! Each filled to the brim...

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Cyber Monday Etsy Sale

Dec 2, 2013

I hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I know I have a few added pounds from mom’s awesome turkey, stuffing and desserts. After dinner everyone was stuffed and all us adults needed naps except Madelyn and Bellie, they were running around like the energizer bunny and were glued to Ansley’s hip. Madelyn and Bellie LOVE Ansley. After 50 years, mom and dad finally have a table to sit the entire family. This has been one of mom’s wishes for years and I’m so glad it finally came true. Thanksgiving dinner was a wonderful way to break it in too.  From left to right are Mom, Laren (son-in-law), Terri (daughter), Amanda (niece), Steve (Amanda’s boyfriend), Dad (Santa), Brittain (nephew), Bellie (niece), Ansley (daughter), Me and Madelyn (niece). Today, through Dec. 16th I’m...

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Delightful Arty Crush ~ Danielle Donaldson

Nov 29, 2013

“Delight­ful Arty Crush” is a fea­ture I have on my blog which show­cases artists who’s work I admire and find inspir­ing. It fea­tures a wide range of artists from col­lage, tex­tile, encaus­tic and lots of other amaz­ing medi­ums. I’m sure you will find each artists work just as inspir­ing as I do and I hope you will visit their blogs and other links included in their fea­ture. The images I share with you are just the tip of the ice­berg in regards to their awesomeness. Today, my “Delightful Arty Crush” featured artist is Danielle Donaldson. I first discovered Danielle’s amazing art on Instagram. I kept seeing these little snippets of her art off and on and fell in love, so much so that I had to start following her. The girls Danielle draws and...

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Merry and Bright

Nov 27, 2013

This shadow box is created from plaster then painted and glazed with an antique wash to give it that perfect aged look. It measures approximately 5.5″ W x 7″ H x 1″ D. The outside edge of the shadow box is wrapped with vintage lace, red seam binding and accented with two vintage Christmas picks. The background of the shadow box showcases hand cut words “Merry and Bright” from vintage sheet music from the early 1920’s and a glittery snowflake with an iridescent rhinestone center. I created the doll from plaster using a mold from a vintage doll in my collection. She is hand painted with acrylic paint and given an antique wash. The dolls dress is created from antique doilies and she wears a crown made from a vintage book page sprinkled with...

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Old Fashioned Sugar Cookie Recipe

Nov 26, 2013

This is the sugar cookie my mom has used for years and everyone in the family loves them. I thought since lots of you will be starting your holiday baking I would share the recipe. My family can devour a batch of these in minutes. They are...

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New Handmade Holiday Ornaments

Nov 25, 2013

These are the latest handmade ornaments I created over the weekend. I love cold rainy days when I can just sit, listen to music and create. These cute characters are created from antique ornaments that were made in Japan. I created a mold of each one then filled them with plaster, let them dry and started painting. I think each one is adorable. And since they are all hand painted no two of the same character will ever be alike. Each ornament base is painted, has vintage sheet music from the early 1920’s and is sprinkled with glitter. Glitter and Christmas just go together and I feel makes everything so magical.  Santa’s Helper  Santa Claus  Christmas Caroler  Christmas Angel...

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3rd Annual Creative Retreat ~ Bellagio ~ Class 2

Nov 22, 2013

I shared a sneak peek of my “Textile Collage Sampler” a few days ago and today I’m sharing a sneak peek of my second class “Charmed Memento”. In this class I’ll show you how to take a simple wooden spool and turn it into a beautiful piece of wearable art. You’ll use pieces of linen burlap and scallop trim to cover the spool then add accents of iridescent rhinestone trim and vintage buttons. You will create a unique charm holder from copper wire that will attach to the base of the spool to display charms like a miniature handmade crocheted doily lovingly created by my mom, a vintage button, a glass bottle you fill with a bit of sand from Lake Como and a chandelier bead ready for you to add words to from a...

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Super Simple Holiday Gift Tags

Nov 21, 2013

Here are two holiday gift tags that take just a few minutes to create and during the busy holiday season sometimes all you have are a few minutes. This time of year is filled with family gatherings, company parties, baking, shopping and decorating so if you find yourself in a crunch to create a quick gift tag here are two you can complete super fast. These tags are just ordinary 2.25″ x 4.75″ office tags and are covered with patterned paper scraps I’ve been saving for just this type of project. Apply adhesive to the front of your tag and cover with patterned paper. Cut a piece of patterned paper to 1.5″ x 2.25″, trim the top and bottom edges using scallop decorative scissors, attach to tag as shown. Using a distressing tool or...

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3rd Annual Creative Retreat ~ Bellagio

Nov 20, 2013

In six months I will once again get to enjoy the beauty of Bellagio, Italy. This place is so magical and if you want to see how amazing a trip Caroline and I had all the while teaching, creating and making new friends just check out these past blog posts. It was an amazing adventure. Laura really knows how to put together an amazing event. Every last detail is thought out and filled. AND are you ready for this… she just had TWO SPOTS OPEN for her 3rd Annual Creative Retreat May 17th – 24th. It was sold out but sadly two ladies had to back out so if you want to experience a fantastic creative retreat AND make some amazing new friends you need to jump on this opportunity NOW as they will...

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Silent Night Ornament

Nov 19, 2013

I created this heart shaped shadow box from plaster several months ago. I had an idea for it then changed my mind and well it’s been sitting on my worktable since. Well, over the weekend an idea came to me and I’m happy to say, it worked perfectly. I love it when this happens. I decided to turn this lonely little plaster heart into a holiday ornament. The sides of the heart are covered in vintage sheet music from 1920 and the typed sentiment “Silent Night” is typed onto vintage note paper using my awesome antique Underwood typewriter. Then the entire pieces is covered in glitter. There is something so beautiful about the roughness of plaster being covered in glitter, it’s magical. When looking into this ornament I imagine a beautiful snowy winter night, where...

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Delight In The Art of Collage ~ Preview

Nov 18, 2013

Friday, was an amazing mail day. I received a copy of my latest book “Delight In The Art of Collage“. So for the moment please just humor me and take a look at how gorgeous each chapter looks. I worked so hard on this book and it doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or an advanced crafter there is a little bit of everything for everyone. And of course it has that vintage feel I love so much. I’m so proud of this book I can hardly stand the wait for you all to see it for yourselves. It will be released in January and is currently available through pre-order on Amazon. I love how the designer Amanda Kleiman created a collage of my projects for the Introduction and each chapter. The photographers, Christine...

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Banana Butter Bread Recipe

Nov 15, 2013

If you want an awesome Banana Bread recipe this is one you need to try. When I was down visiting mom and dad last week, mom had two loaves waiting on the counter so we could as she says, have something to nibble on, but it was really more like devour. Oh my goodness is this bread GOOD! Needless to say, by the time I left there were no longer two loaves. Which is the reason there is no beautiful photo of the loaves sitting on the counter, but at least I did think to photograph the recipe and share it with you. This way you can have the actual loaves sitting on your counter. This recipe is awesome, I...

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