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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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