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Mom’s Sugar Cookies

Posted by on Feb 23, 2015 in Delight In Everyday Life | 0 comments

Mom’s Sugar Cookies

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. Icing: 1 Cup Pow­dered Sug­ar, 2–3 Table­spoons Milk, 1 Cap-full of Vanil­la Extract Direc­tions: Mix ingre­di­ents togeth­er using a fork. My icing is a glaze so it’s run­ny. If you want yours thick­er add a bit more pow­dered sug­ar. Before the icing is dry add sprin­kles if you want. Allow iced cook­ies to dry on cool­ing racks. Once dry you can sift pow­dered sug­ar over the cook­ies. If you like sug­ar cook­ies you are going to love this recipe. It’s all I can do to NOT make a batch dai­ly....

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Dazzle-It Rings ~ Dotted Ring

Posted by on Feb 20, 2015 in Delight In Everyday Life | 4 comments

Dazzle-It Rings ~ Dotted Ring

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 so you can see all the oth­er amaz­ing rings cre­at­ed by lots of tal­ent­ed artists for the Daz­zle-It Rings Blog Hop. Cyn­di Lavin  Maris­sa Decipe­da-Wong Tam­my Pow­ley Jen­nifer Try­on Nan­cy...

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Key To My Heart Mini Album

Posted by on Feb 18, 2015 in Delight In All Things Altered, Delight in Plaster, Delight in The Seasons | 0 comments

Key To My Heart Mini Album

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 vin­tage sheet music and ledger paper, then each page will be accent­ed using pho­tos of Ter­ri and Ans­ley as they both hold keys to my...

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Altered Bottle Brush Tree

Posted by on Feb 16, 2015 in Delight In All Things Altered, Delight in The Seasons, Delightful Tutorials | 0 comments

Altered Bottle Brush Tree

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 bind­ing around neck of bot­tle. Twist off wood­en base from bot­tle brush tree. Using your fin­ger­tip ran­dom­ly apply gel medi­um all around bot­tle brush tree, roll into white glit­ter, tap off excess. Using a hot glue gun attach small cro­chet doily to base of tree. Apply hot glue to the top of the bot­tle and secure bot­tle brush tree in place. That’s it, super easy and...

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I Love You Frame

Posted by on Feb 13, 2015 in Delight In All Things Altered, Delight in The Seasons, Delightful Tutorials | 0 comments

I Love You Frame

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 music. Using a paint­brush apply Dina Wak­ley Gel Medi­um over the top of the sheet music, place the frame onto a piece of scrap paper and gen­er­ous­ly apply Martha Stew­art Crys­tal Coarse Glit­ter to the frame, tap off excess glit­ter, let dry. Sep­a­rate the pieces on the sec­ond chip­board frame, put away the cen­ter chip­board piece as you will not need it for this project. Paint the out­er chip­board frame using red acrylic paint and the sec­ond out­er chip­board frame using sil­ver acrylic paint. Let dry. Cov­er the paint­ed pieces with Dia­mond Glaze, place each paint­ed piece onto it’s own piece of scrap paper and gen­er­ous­ly apply red glit­ter to the red frame and sil­ver glit­ter to the sil­ver frame, care­ful­ly pick up the glit­tered frames and tap off excess glit­ter, let dry. Using Tacky Glue attach the red glit­tered frame to the top of the chip­board frame you altered using sheet music. Apply adhe­sive foam squares to the back of the sil­ver glit­tered frame and attach to the frame as shown. Using Dina Wak­ley Gel Medi­um attach the words “I Love You” to the front cen­ter of a glass vial. Dou­ble knot a piece of white seam bind­ing around the top of the glass vial. Using Tacky Glue attach the vial to the cen­ter of the altered chip­board frame. Make sure you leave enough room for the flow­ers to be placed inside the vial. Place a bunch of small flocked flow­ers in the vial. If you don’t want to put this on an album cov­er you can eas­i­ly make this into an orna­ment, mag­net etc.. I would cer­tain­ly cov­er the back with vin­tage sheet music if it is going to be seen. It makes the piece look fin­ished and that much...

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So This Is Love ~ Tag

Posted by on Feb 11, 2015 in Delight In All Things Paper, Delight In Melt Art, Delight In The Art of Collage, Delight in The Seasons, Delightful Tutorials | 1 comment

So This Is Love ~ Tag

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, Paint­brush, Tweez­ers, Scal­lop & Zig Zag Dec­o­ra­tive Scis­sors, Sewing Nee­dle, Non-Stick Craft Matt Instruc­tions: Using a glue stick adhe­sive attach vin­tage sheet music to the front of a mani­la tag.  Using a paint­brush apply Mul­ti Medi­um over the sheet music and gen­er­ously apply Crys­tal Coarse Glit­ter, press into place and tap off excess glit­ter. Accent the edges of the tag  using Plat­inum Stick­les. Set aside to dry. Cut a  piece of crepe paper to 24″ in length. Thread a sewing nee­dle with three strands of white embroi­dery floss, at the end of the piece of crepe paper and about an 1/8″ from the edge begin to gath­er the crepe paper piece, once you get to the oppo­site end pull both ends of the floss tight­ly and dou­ble knot. Fold the crepe paper into what looks like a flower bud (gath­ered edge on bot­tom, open edge on top) then using dec­o­ra­tive zig zag scis­sors trim about 1/8″ off the top non-sewn edge. Accent the edge of the crepe paper rosette  using Plat­inum Stick­les, let dry. Using Scal­lop dec­o­ra­tive scis­sors cut out a heart from chip­board, using a paint­brush and Dina Wak­ley Media Paint in Ruby, paint heart. Once dry, apply Dia­mond Glaze to the front of the heart, gen­er­ously apply Maya Road Red Glit­ter, tap off excess and let dry. Once dry accent the scal­lop edges of the heart using Plat­inum Stick­les, let dry. Using Fab­ric Tac attach the 3 cro­chet doilies down the cen­ter of the tag. Accent the cen­ter of the top and bot­tom doily with a red self adhe­sive rhine­stone. Using Tacky Glue attach the crepe paper rosette to the tag as shown, then attach the glit­tered heart to the cen­ter of the crepe paper rosette, using Tacky Glue attach the Pen­ny Can­dy Doll to the heart, then a small flocked flower to the doll’s hand that is accent­ed with a small twine bow. Using a small alspha stamp set, stamp “So This Is Love” onto the blank areas of the sheet music using Jet Black Archival Ink, cut out each word, ink edges with the same ink and accent using Dia­mond Stick­les. Attach the words to the glit­tered heart as shown using Tacky Glue. This tag can be used as a gift tag, attached to the front of a card or even framed for a beau­ti­ful piece of Valen­tine’s Day...

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Valentine Home Decor Accent

Posted by on Feb 9, 2015 in Delight In All Things Altered, Delight In Melt Art, Delight in The Seasons, Delightful Tutorials | 0 comments

Valentine Home Decor Accent

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 Book. Tools Need­ed: Scis­sors, Paper Trim­mer, Wire Cut­ters, Hot Glue Gun & Glue Stick, Paint­brush, Tweez­ers, Zig Zag Dec­o­ra­tive Scis­sors, Sewing Nee­dle, Non-Stick Craft Matt Instruc­tions: Mea­sure and cut a strip of vin­tage sheet music that cov­ers the mid­dle of your wood­en spool. Apply Mul­ti Medi­um to the mid­dle sec­tion of the spool and attach the sheet music. Press firm­ly into place. Using a paint­brush apply Mul­ti Medi­um over the sheet music and gen­er­ous­ly apply Crys­tal Course Glit­ter, press into place and tap off excess glit­ter. Set aside to dry.  Cut two pieces of crepe paper to 24″ in length. Thread a sewing nee­dle with three strands of white embroi­dery floss, at the end of one piece of crepe paper and about an 1/8″ from the edge begin to gath­er the crepe paper piece, once you get to the oppo­site end pull both ends of the floss tight­ly and dou­ble knot. Fold the crepe paper into what looks like a flower bud (gath­ered edge on bot­tom, open edge on top) then using dec­o­ra­tive zig zag scis­sors trim about 1/8″ off the top non-sewn edge. Repeat these steps on the remain­ing crepe paper piece. Cut two hearts from chip­board, using a paint­brush and Dina Wak­ley Media Paint in Ruby, paint both hearts. Once dry apply Dia­mond Glaze to the top of both hearts, gen­er­ous­ly apply Maya Road Red Glit­ter, tap off excess and let dry. Using wire cut­ters, cut a piece of 16 gauge wire to 6″ in length. Once the Dia­mond Glaze and glit­ter are dry turn the hearts over, on the paint­ed side attach the wire using hot glue so the top end of the wire is in the cen­ter of the heart, apply Tacky Glue to the entire paint­ed side of the remain­ing heart and attach to the oth­er heart sand­wich­ing the wire piece in between the two hearts. Let dry. NOTE: If you attach the hearts using hot glue you will end up with a space between the hearts. I want­ed my edges to be flush so used Tacky Glue.  Using a Tacky Glue attach the two crepe paper rosettes on top of each oth­er. Place the wire heart pick through the cen­ter of the crepe paper rosettes, using hot glue attach the wire into the cen­ter hole of your wood­en spool. Using Tacky Glue attach the Pen­ny Can­dy Doll to the heart, then a small flocked flower to the dol­l’s hand that is accent­ed with a small twine bow. Now you have...

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It is Love ~ Scribbly Bird Tag

Posted by on Feb 3, 2015 in An Artist Cannot Fail, Delight In All Things Paper, Delight In The Art of Collage | 0 comments

It is Love ~ Scribbly Bird Tag

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

Posted by on Jan 29, 2015 in Delight In Antiques, Delight In Melt Art | 0 comments

NEW Handmade Penny Candy Dolls

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

Posted by on Jan 27, 2015 in Delight In Everyday Life | 3 comments

Scrap & Stamp Arts

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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