So much countdown fun

Dec 14, 2012

I’ve really enjoyed getting nightly photos of my nieces Madelyn and Bellie enjoying their 25 Day Countdown to Christmas activity. They are loving everything I’ve included so far. Each night is a surprise for all me and them as I don’t know the order in which Belinda has them doing their activity. Warning… this is a very heavy photo blog post but I really want to share their fun with far away family so I hope you don’t mind it not being crafty today. Madelyn and Bellie were making their Christmas cards, this night. I can only imagine how they decorated them because both love anything that has to do with art. Here they had a blast making paper chain garlands. This is such a fun, simple old fashioned decoration to make that brings...

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A Shabby Christmas with Maya Road

Dec 13, 2012

Gosh it’s been a while since I last posted on my blog. I had to dust off the keys. This year, I’m making all my Christmas gifts so my still incredibly organized craftroom has had a flurry of glitter going on in it. Besides Christmas gifts it’s CHA prep time and book projects that are freaking me out but enough of that stress lets get on to this fun project. I thought of a cute idea when I found this little trophy in my scrapbook stash and just had to make this home decor accent or ornament (which ever you prefer) and of course share with all my blog readers. This shabby tree is really fun to make. Here are the basic supplies I used… small plastic trophy, Sisal Christmas Tree, Claudine Hellmuth Studio...

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Ornamental Christmas

Dec 5, 2012

Ornamental Christmas is a PDF compilation of my 5 very popular ornament projects: Joyeux Noel Star Joyeux Noel Snowflake Happy Christmas Gift Card Holder Santa’s Angel Baby Season’s Greetings Bird Ornaments The complete supply list is included, which lists all the items needed to recreate each ornament. You may also use similar items you already have on hand in your crafting supplies. This way you can recreate these ornaments to fit your holiday theme and style. Step-by-step instructions for each project are included, with color photos of each ornament as well as PDF’s of scanned vintage papers I’ve collected during my antique and thrift store shopping. You can follow this link to purchase an optional Ornamental Christmas Kit, which includes some of the supplies needed to recreate these ornaments. Please Note: This template and...

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Reindeer Ornament

Dec 4, 2012

Isn’t this ornament cute. I love the whimsy style and think my nieces will too. So let me tell you how this ornament came about because this is NO WHERE close to being my vintage style. While cleaning and organizing my craft room I found a set of cookie stencils that I bought LAST year to do what with I have no idea but they were in the dollar bin so I grabbed them mainly for the snowflake and reindeer. Well the other day, while I was doing some serious procrastinating in the cleaning department I was looking on Pinterest and came across these really cute reindeer cookies click HERE and HERE. Inspiration hit right then and there. I thought how cute would it to be to make an ornament using the Gingerbread Man cookie...

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Loving Christmas Wishes ~ Bell Ornament

Dec 3, 2012

Here is a sneak peek of a new ornament mini kit I created in my super clean craft room yesterday. I must admit it was almost too clean for me to work in. My neighbor Jennifer truly was a Saint to step into the disaster area I had created. She kept me going and honestly did make it fun. I love bells of all kinds during the holidays so when I found some aluminum bell molds while antiquing with Mom over Thanksgiving I grabbed them to create this limited kit. “Loving Christmas Wishes ~ Bell ~ Ornament Mini Kit“ $10.00 + Shipping at $5.50 Kit Includes: Aluminum Bell Mold, 2 Medium Sisal Trees, 1 Small Sisal Tree, 1 Small Silver Bell, 1 Chipboard Snowflake, 2 Beads (1 each Gold & Silver), 1 Holly Leaf...

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Inspiration for a Crafty Weekend

Nov 30, 2012

Since I am cleaning out and reorganizing my craft room, this week, which is total torture but thankfully I have an awesome neighbor, Jennifer who is helping me and keeping me on task. I just keep telling myself once I’m finished it’s going to be so awesome working in it once again. These are just a portion of the empty boxes I had to go through, empty out and put stuff away. Caroline Lau is to blame for LOTS of these boxes. Anyway, I thought I would take a break and go through my blog post Archives and find some weekend inspiration for you. I plan on making all my Christmas gifts this year and if you are as well, well there might be a few things to inspire you. Sometimes it good to...

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25 Day Countdown to Christmas ~ Recap

Nov 27, 2012

I had so much fun helping my nieces Madelyn and Bellie create their 25 Day Countdown to Christmas project over the Thanksgiving weekend. They were so excited and worked so hard on each and every envelope. We had a flurry of creativity going on as you can see by all the blurry photos. They were peeling, sticking, punching, stamping and Stickling like crazy. It was really cute to watch their creative minds at work. Madelyn loved accenting each of her envelopes with the rhinestone gems and snowflakes. She is all about sparkle and bling. But what little girl isn’t? And GASP, a niece of mine that does NOT like sparkle and bling… well that would be so wrong. Bellie LOVED these 3D stickers I found at the last minute in the $1 section at...

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Cyber Monday SALES

Nov 26, 2012

Here are a few of the Cyber Monday Sales I’m having in my online store and in my Etsy store. FREE SHIPPING on autographed purchases of my book “Delight In The Seasons“ 25% off in my Etsy store using coupon code: CYBERMONDAY 25% off all items in my Online Store...

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My Bucket List ~ Crop & Create

Nov 26, 2012

I have two bucket lists going… one lists things I want to do personally and one lists things I want to do professionally… well visiting Canada is on my personal bucket list and teaching at a Crop & Create event is on my professional bucket list so I’m thrilled to tell you I will get to cross two items off my lists in April. YES… I will be teaching two classes at the Crop & Create event in Winnipeg, April 5th & 6th. Class 1 She is… Altered House Shadow Box We will be using the beautiful bright and cheery “She Art” patterned paper line by Pink Paislee to alter a Maya Road House Shadow Box. Each square of the shadow box will be accented using patterned paper and Maya Road embellishments and trims....

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25 Day Countdown to Christmas

Nov 23, 2012

Today, I’m making a 25 day Countdown to Christmas project with my nieces Madelyn and Bellie. As you can see from the photo they are loving their new matching jammies. New flannel jammies are the best especially when you find matching ones like my mom did with a monkey print design. Ok sorry, back to the project. Both little sweet peas will decorate 12 standard sized card envelopes using stickers, self adhesive gems, then stamp the numbers needed on each of their bags. Madelyn will stamp the odd numbers and Bellie the even numbers. I will decorate envelope 25 for them to either use as a sample or for inspiration. Once all the envelopes are decorated I’ll fill each one with 2 pieces of candy and a printed strip of paper that has one...

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Happy Thanksgiving

Nov 22, 2012

Forever on Thanksgiving Day The heart will find the pathway home. ~Wilbur D....

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Give Thanks…

Nov 20, 2012

If you have my book “Delight In The Seasons” you just might recognize this project as it’s featured in the Autumn Chapter on pages 104 & 105. It showcases one of my favorite techniques using Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel also known as UTEE. It’s no secret how much I love UTEE and just the other day Suze Weinberg dubbed me the new “Queen of UTEE.” THE Queen, dubbing ME the new Queen, I will certainly wear this crown proudly. If you don’t have my book… GASP, well it’s your lucky day because “Create Mixed Media” is featuring my “Give Thanks” project/technique on their website just in time for Thanksgiving. Click HERE to view the complete project and step by step tutorial. And it’s double your lucky day because I’m offering FREE SHIPPING to anyone...

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Three Simple Words ~ Charm Tutorial

Nov 19, 2012

This charm requires several steps with a 12 hour waiting time in between the two resin pours and 48 hours before it achieves a hard cure. Once the hard cure has been achieved it’s ready to wear. Below is a little info on this resin that I copied from the EnviroTex webiste. Professional results are easy to achieve with EnviroTex® Jewelry Resin!  This product adds depth and crystal clear clarity like no other.  It visually enhances the surface on which it is applied, resulting in brighter, deeper and more intense colors.  EnviroTex® Jewelry Resin has amazing bubble release.  It is easy and fun to use and has a pleasing citrus scent!  Formulated for high resistance to light exposure and UV rays from the sun.  When cured, the resin coating is extremely durable, waterproof, heat...

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Three Simple Words

Nov 17, 2012

It’s amazing the amount of power words have when you really think about it. I’m sure we can all remember a moment when an unkind word was said to us on the playground, or whispers in the hall in school. I know I can. Sadly, it’s during those years that we really don’t know the power those words spoken have on a person. It’s so easy to remember the negative as I guess those are the ones that impact us and hurt us the most. The negative words are the first ones which creep up on us instead of the kind, they are the ones that I and I’m sure you, always have to push back down. So today, my wish is that we all give hope, courage and love to a stranger, a...

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Season’s Greetings ~ Bird ~ Ornament Kit

Nov 14, 2012

This mini kit includes the following products: 1-Chipboard Bird w/ 2 chipboard wings, 2-Vintage Buttons, 1-Holly Leaf, 2-Mini Fabric Flowers, 1-Jump Ring, 1-Silver Jingle Bell, 1-Season’s Greetings Banner, 1-Sheet of 3-2” x 3”Vintage Sheet Music, 3-2” x 3” Vintage Ledger Paper & 3-2” x 3” Vintage Bingo Cards I’ve collected and scanned for your personal use., Red & White Baker’s Twine, Color Photo with Instructions Items NOT included: Crystal Coarse Glitter, Diamond & Platinum Stickles, and Vintage Photo Distress Ink To purchase the Season’s Greetings ~ Bird ~ Ornament Kit click HERE to view other items in my online store click HERE. I really want to thank all of you who purchased my ornament kits and Handmade Frozen Charlotte Dolls… you have kept me mighty busy with packing and shipping....

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Handmade Embellishments

Nov 13, 2012

I’m having so much fun playing and creating. This week, I finished up a cute mini monogram charm and when I say mini I mean mini, it is only .5′ x .75″ and four mini embellishments. I’m thinking about putting some of these in my online store but wanted to get a little bit of feedback to see if these are something you all would like to use in your creations. They are perfect to accent cards, tags, layouts and other projects. So let me know what you think, if you don’t mind. This set of embellishments range in size from .5″ – .75″. and can be almost any color combination, which is the real fun part. I enjoy adding the color and glitter and watching each one transform into tiny unique pieces of...

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Santa’s Angel Baby ~ Ornament Kit

Nov 11, 2012

This mini kit includes the following products: 1 –  Silver Glittered Snowflake, 1 – Maya Road Dress Form Mini Album Page, Scanned Ledger, Book and Sheet Music from vintage papers I’ve collected, 1 – Pine Stem, 1 – Silver Jingle Bell, 1 – Vintage Button, 17 – Glittered Beads,  Red & White Baker’s Twine, Color Photo with Instructions. Items NOT included: Crystal Coarse Glitter, Vintage Photo Distress Ink,  Festive Berries Distress Ink (Optional Platinum & Diamond Stickles) Please note… I have a very limited supply of Santa’s Angel Baby ~ Ornament kits. Once they’re sold out there will be no more. I just found 3 Joyeux Noel ~ Snowflake ~ Ornament Kits left over from The Crafty Scrapper “Holiday Magic” event. This mini kit includes the following items: 1 – Iridescent Snowflake, 1 – Vintage Light Reflector, 1 –...

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Handmade Embellishments

Nov 9, 2012

Each night, I’ve been making embellishments to use in projects and jewelry. I’ve loved experimenting with several different mediums, EnviroTex Resin being one and wanted to show you the three embellishments I finished, last night. I’m not sure what I’m going to use these pieces on but right now I just like looking at them. They are sparkly & shiny and will look awesome accenting a vintage project. Wishing you a wonderful weekend....

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Mini EnviroTex Resin Charms

Nov 8, 2012

If you need to make some holiday gifts I really think you should make charms using EnviroTex Resin. It’s so simple and the outcome is beautiful. I created these using vintage book pages, ledger paper and sheet music as well as Sculpey Clay & my Antiquated Collection ~ Mini Silhouettes & Monograms Stamp Set. The vintage papers are accented using Nunn Design Transfer and Collage Sheets. I love how the collage sheet images are somewhat transparent so the images look as though they’ve been printed onto the vintage papers. I tell ya these charms are so much prettier in person. The upper right charm is topped of with a bauble I’ve been saving for quite sometime. I even accented the center of the flower with some Diamond Stickles for some sparkle. So are you...

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It’s a Templeton Post Kinda Day…

Nov 7, 2012

I love “Charlotte’s Web” and Templeton is one of my favorite characters. So today I believe I’m honoring him with this “Shmorgishborg” of a post. I created a  new style of Handmade Frozen Charlotte ~ Profile Dolls. These come 4 pieces to a pack and are $6.00 + Shipping. If you recently purchased a set of my original Handmade Frozen Charlotte Dolls and would like these as well, please email me and I will send you a paypal invoice minus the shipping fee as I will gladly combine your two orders to save on shipping. I have just a few of these mini Joyeux Noel ~ Star ~ Holiday Ornaments left over from Carolyn’s awesome “Holiday Magic” event, this past weekend at The Crafty Scrapper. Each kit is only $10.00 + Shipping. This mini...

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Frozen Charlotte Dolls ~ For Sale

Nov 5, 2012

If you love Frozen Charlotte Dolls as much as I do but really have a hard time parting with your vintage dolls here is what you need. I am selling packs of 7 handmade Frozen Charlotte Dolls as seen in the photos for $10.00 plus shipping. These dolls come with a flat back which makes them easy to attach to projects such as cards, tags, ornaments, jewelry etc. and range in size from the smallest being approximately 1/2″ wide to the biggest being approximately 2.75″ tall. Since these are all handmade by me, each doll will be unique and have its own vintage charm. I’m really enjoying mine as I’ve used them to create holiday ornaments and have altered the Frozen Charlotte bust with a faux patina finish and placed it into a charm....

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