Just 4u

Jun 7, 2011

I really like the warm color scheme of this card. The combination of the red and cream is so pretty. Of course the pops of Diamond Stickles here and there are awesome too. I covered the bottom two journaling cards with patterned paper and left the top one “Just 4u” as is, then distressed and inked the edges and attached it to the middle circle using a pop dot. I think the October Afternoon Word Sticker strips work great as the tones match the tones of the red and cream perfectly. The strips add interest and color to the card in a super simple way. Products used are from the June Cocoa Daisy “Cherry Soda” Main Kit and “Chocolate Malt” Add On Kit. I have a few kits left over from my “Quilted Memories”...

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Quilted Memories

May 23, 2011

I’ll be teaching my “Quilted Memories” shadow box class Friday evening, June 3rd, at The Crafty Scrapper. The class will start at 5pm and costs $50. There is “LIMITED SPACE” available for this class so make sure you call the store (972.923.3151) and sign up now. After a day of shopping at GASC in Arlington, what better way to end the day than spending the evening at Carolyn’s fabulous store. Carolyn will have a crop going on one side, make n takes at the front and my class on the other side of the store. It’s going to be a FUN, FUN, FUN night! My class will take 3-4 hours depending on your skill level. Each square of this Maya Road shadow box is filled with baubles and ephemera bits reminding us of those days gone by....

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Instant Art

May 11, 2011

This week I’m going to enjoy creating without deadlines… just creating for me and making whatever comes to mind. This little piece will fill a small nook in my studio. Not sure where just yet but I know I will enjoy looking at it as I love old book pages, doily’s and cream pearls. The tutorial can be found...

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Mother’s Day Charms

May 5, 2011

Here is a very sweet gift to create for mom this Mother’s Day…. her very own mom charms. The charms shown below are charms of my mom as a little girl and her mom as a young lady and in her early 40’s. A necklace accented with charms of images of your mom, her mother and all your siblings would be a wonderful gift. You could even accent the charms with pearl baubles. I think this would make a very special gift and one she will cherish. Please note you will need to print your photos using a laser printer or the image will run once you apply the glossy accents. Supplies Used: Two Peas In A Bucket carries all the supplies used… Tim Holt Facets, Tim Holtz Baubles, Glossy Accents, Fiskars Fingertip Craft...

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Door Knob Photo Holder

May 4, 2011

Here is something for the mom that has everything. Moms always have room for one more family photo, so why not make her a unique photo holder using an old door knob. I think this is a perfect way to give mom a family photo to display on her special day. Keeping the posts short and sweet this week…. just two more projects to finish!...

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Mother’s Day Pin or Charm

May 3, 2011

This week with my final book deadline being Monday, of next week, I’m going to try to do some quick posts of projects you can create for Mother’s Day. If I miss a day or two… well you know what the deal is… So today I created a pin that can easily be placed onto a necklace and used as a charm, if pins are not for you. Or you can attach it to her gift as an accent on a gift bag or box. I’m sure you all can think of lots of different ways to use this cameo. The Maya Road Mini Chipboard Cameos Set is super fun to alter. If you’ve not yet had a chance to play around with these give them a try. I think you’ll love them. You can...

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Miniature stand

Apr 29, 2011

Well yesterday was a day of one flight disaster after another so I ended up not being able to attend Ranger U. I am so sad about it but it was out of my hands. I got to the airport, baggage checked in, through security and flight delay #1 came up, then not too longer flight delay #2 came up, not too longer after that flight delay #3 came up and then BAM flight canceled as well as all flights to Newark. I was on the phone, internet and texting trying to figure out a way to get to Newark but it was just not in the cards for me. So here I sit at home waiting for my luggage to return to me and let me just say I’m a true Texas girl...

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Leaving on a jet plane…

Apr 28, 2011

I’m heading to Ranger U today and cannot wait to play all weekend with a group of friends I’ve never met, yet feel like I already know.  We have been emailing and planning for weeks. New Jersey just might not ever be the same again once we hit the streets. So while I’m gone I thought I would give you all a little something to create this weekend. “You R 2 Tweet” is now a free online workshop. I hope you have fun creating the mini banner. This is a class I taught at CHA when my book debuted at CHA-W 2010. You can use my book “Delight In The Details” to reference the techniques used in this project. The page numbers are included in the instructions. To gain access to the workshop click...

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My work in progress necklace

Apr 27, 2011

Remember this blog post about the Stanley Ruler Necklace. Well I’ve been adding baubles to it here and there and love how it’s coming together. I attached some Tim Holtz idea-ology Baubles and an Adornment Bird Charm as well as some keys I’ve had in my stash for quite a long time. I really like the eclectic feel of this necklace. Today, I’ll be packing for my trip to Ranger U and trying to get one more book project completed before I leave. If I do, this means I’ll only have 4 left to complete when I get home. May 9th is the final deadline then book #2 will be on it’s way to the editor....

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Altered Chipboard Buttons

Apr 25, 2011

Here is a tutorial on altering chipboard buttons. These buttons can be used in so many great ways… on cards, tags, layouts, projects and altered art pieces. It is fast and can be customized with any theme you can come up with. Supplies Used: Maya Road Mini Chipboard Button Set, Book Page, Glue Stick, Creamy Brown Ink, Little Yellow Bicycle Love Letters Clear Stamp Set, Archival Jet Black Ink, Acrylic Block, Craft Knife, Sanding Block Instructions: Apply a glue stick type adhesive to the top of the chipboard buttons and attach to an old book page. Using a craft knife cut around the chipboard button, then sand the edges to make them flush with the button. Using a pencil or paper piercer punch through the button holes. Apply Creamy Brown ink to the edges...

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Coffee Cup Planter

Apr 22, 2011

Here is another project dad and I made while he and mom were up to visit. Using the Dremel we drilled a hole in the lower side of the coffee cup so water could drain, then I placed a few rocks in the bottom of the coffee cup, some dirt and my plant. Once it grows a bit more I’ll place it in a larger container like an old spice tin or something. Of course making sure to use my handy dandy Dremel to drill holes in the bottom of the tin. But until then it will sit in my kitchen window basking in the morning sun. Have a great...

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Stanley Ruler Necklace

Apr 20, 2011

Here is something I made with one of the items dad brought me. It’s a necklace made from a 6″ Stanley Ruler. It started out as a bracelet but I was going to have to leave two of the pieces off and did not want to do that so a necklace it became. I must admit it was hard cutting that cute little ruler but I really like it as a necklace so now I’m over it. Sunday night, dad and I went to Lowe’s and got a Dremel. Oh the ideas I have swirling in my head. Dad gave me a quick lesson on how to use all the parts that came with it but I still think there will be many a phone call made his way. But I plan on making some...

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Oh Pinterest…

Mar 18, 2011

Do you Pinterest? I sure do. My goodness this site can suck hours out of your day before it even starts. But I have to tell you it has so many wonderful DIY projects I can hardly stand it so if you don’t you need to check it out. The other day while I was “researching” as I call it, I came across this super cute Birds Nest Tutorial using paper mache and shredded brown lunch bags or dictionary pages. Yesterday, I could not take it any longer and had to make one although, I made mine smaller they they did in Country Living. So I pulled out our paper shredder and two brown paper lunch bags and got to business. Supplies Used: Collage Pauge Instant Decoupage Matte, Water, Shredded lunch bags, foil, plastic...

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Creating patchwork accents

Feb 25, 2011

                        I like to incorporate a patchwork look on many of my vintage inspired projects. This is a bit time consuming but an accent I feel is certainly worth the effort. All I do is cut patterned papers in different sizes then sew a straight stitch all around the inner edge of the patterned paper. Once I have all the stitching completed I take a pair of zigzag scissors and trim the outer edges on some of the patterned papers and leave some with a slight distressed straight edge.                   Above shows some of the straight edges distressed slightly and inked using a creamy brown ink. Below shows some of the edges trimmed using zigzag decorative...

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Paper Mosaic

Feb 24, 2011

This mini album is featured in my book on page 48. They didn’t show the cover so I thought I would share it with you now since Spring is just around the corner. The step outs on page 49 show you how to recreate a paper mosaic that looks like broken pieces of china. This is certainly another project of mine that is filled with dimensional objects. I guess I visualize in 3-D as nothing looks finished until items are popping off the project. I find how people create and visualize very interesting. My dad carves incredible objects out of wood. He can carve just about anything you request including wildlife and people as well as loads of other things. What I find fascinating is he cannot even begin to draw a 3 circled cat. My mom paints...

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Pieces of Time

Feb 21, 2011

I am so looking forward to the Paper Cowgirl Retreat coming June 9th – 11th. Paper Cowgirl is a retreat held every June in Waxahachie, Texas. You will find classes such as altered art, painting, soldering and more. This retreat even has a vendor craft show that I hear is really nice and filled with lots of wonderful items for purchase. This year, I will be the guest speaker. I’m always excited to help those who wish to break into the world of publication. So my speech “Artist to Author” will hopefully encourage and inspire many to jump out of their comfort zone and give their dream of being published a go. I created an altered shadow box to teach exclusively at Paper Cowgirl. The altered project is titled “Pieces of Time” and each...

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Birthday Box

Feb 18, 2011

This is a small gift box for a special birthday someone. I think my favorite part is the vial with the candle inside and the make a wish journaling strip wrapped around it. My husband Alan was looking at me a tad bit strangely as I was burning down the candle so it would fit inside. He is not a visual person so he could not figure out what in the world I was doing. But once he saw the finished project it all made sense to him and he loved it. I really like the tissue tape bow too… it is covered in crystal coarse glitter and outlined with Platinum Stickles. Anything birthday themed has to have glitter. Ha who am I kidding, it’s more like anything I create has to have glitter....

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Altered Birdhouse…

Feb 17, 2011

This altered paper mache birdhouse was so much fun to make. Every little spot has something attached to it. You’ll notice all kinds of Tim’s new products attached here and there. I must admit one of the products he sent were his new light bulbs. At first I was kinda stumped on what to do with them but then I had a “light bulb moment” sorry couldn’t help myself and started tucking them in among all the other baubles and think they worked perfectly. The light bulbs are the perfect size for the miniature projects I like to create. And that fractured doll… oh how I could have a million of them and would still want more. I love those dolls so much. You will be seeing them in future projects and classes for...

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Artful Couture Tag

Feb 16, 2011

Where do I even start… this 4.25″ x 8.5″ tag is FILLED with loads of inspiration! The dress form, button and spool are part of Tim’s new Sizzix Alterations ~Sewing Room Bigz Die. Those of you who know me know I am FAR from being a “couture” girl but for some reason seeing the dress form and other items made me think couture and I thought this theme would be a fun twist. And since Tim released the hanger clips it was only too perfect… “artful couture” was it’s destiny. I like how the book page flower boa adds just a tad bit more dimension to the tag… nothing cuter than flowers made of book pages. Then accenting the spool with one of his pearl baubles finished that simple cutie off perfectly. Adding glossy...

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Altered Paper Mache Book

Feb 15, 2011

This altered piece uses all brand new CHA-W release products by Tim Holtz. I was so happy to see the Fractured Doll in my box of products to design with…. I love these dolls and you get two different sized dolls per package! Next to the white seam binding I attached one of his new Chain Tassels. These are the perfect accent for a project and I love the movement of the tassel. The patterned papers used are from his new Paper Stash – Crowded Attic line. This paper line is so pretty and has designs in it for all styles. The butterflies and moths behind the Fractured Doll and among the paper flowers inside the book are from Tim’s new Salvage Stickers – Crowded Attic. I really like the butterflies and moths images....

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Creative Fun…

Dec 5, 2010

Saturday, Trisha Conlon and I got to spend the day with this wonderful group of artists at “The Crafty Scrapper”. Each one created their very own snow globe. I taught the paper part of the project which included altering the base of the snow globe, building the little house, creating a crepe paper rosette and then of course sprinkling everything with glitter and mica. It was so fun watching everyone’s project come together. Each little house was the same yet so different as everyone used different parts of their Melissa Frances patterned paper. Once everyone finished their sweet little house they then began to add everything to the altered base of the snow globe. Once everyone go to this point we all took a break for lunch, which came from “The Dove’s Nest”, next...

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