Glittered Easter Eggs

Mar 25, 2010

I see glit­tered paper mache eggs all over the stores this time of year and nev­er can allow myself to pur­chase them since they are so easy to recre­ate. I love how they sparkle when the light hits them. You can find paper mache eggs in all sizes but since I have a bag full of small ones I decid­ed to make some mini glit­tered eggs. Right now it is all about me try­ing to use up my stash. You can cre­ate and attach a hang­er to the top of each egg out of Bak­er’s Twine then place it on that East­er tree I keep talk­ing about… which should just about be filled if you are mak­ing these projects. I tell ya what, if you are cre­at­ing these East­er projects send me a pho­to...

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Altered Paper Mache Box

Mar 24, 2010

How sweet will this be filled with a lit­tle East­er sur­prise? I love sur­pris­es and think this altered egg shaped paper mache box is per­fect to hold that spe­cial East­er some­thing. Sup­plies Need­ed: Small Egg Shaped Paper Mache Box, Vin­tage East­er Post­card Image, Folk Art 526 Soft Apple Acrylic Paint, Col­lage Pauge Instant Decoupage — Glossy, Martha Stew­art Crafts Crys­tal Coarse Glit­ter, Col­or­Box Flu­id Chalk Ink — Creamy Brown, Maya Road Vin­tage Cro­chet White Zig Zag Trim, Pale Pink Seam Bind­ing, Fab­ri-Tac, Maya Road Clear Jew­el Pins, Cop­ic Ciao Mark­ers RV13 Ten­der Pink & G21 Lime Green, 3mm Rhine­stones, 5mm Self Adhe­sive Pearl Tools Used: Scis­sors, Pen­cil, Paint­brush Instruc­tions: Using a paint­brush paint the entire paper mache box, let dry. Light­ly ink the paint­ed box using Creamy Brown ink. Note:  You just want a...

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Lottie’s Dress…

Sep 17, 2009

I just real­ized I for­got to include the PDF for Lot­tie’s dress. Sor­ry about that. If you wish to make your own Farmer’s Wife Paper Doll the step by step instruc­tions can be found here. The arms on my dress pat­tern are posi­tioned a bit dif­fer­ent than the one cre­at­ed by Pink Per­sim­mon. So make sure to check out theirs as...

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Trick or Treat with Lottie…

Aug 29, 2009

Lot­tie by Pink Per­sim­mon I have so many ideas for this adorable stamp set and since Hal­loween items are start­ing to show up in stores all over the area I fig­ured now would be great time for a lit­tle “Mas­quer­ade Ball” theme.  So if you are par­tic­i­pat­ing in any Hal­loween tag or card swaps I think Lot­tie will cer­tain­ly make a grand entrance. Wish­ing you all a won­der­ful week­end. It’s going to be a great one here in Texas. Sup­plies Used: Jen­ni Bowl­in Mini Bin­go Cards — Hal­loween, My Mind’s Eye — Night Light Sug­ar Dots, Adiron­dack Metallics Acrylic Paint Dab­ber — Gold, Mak­ing Mem­o­ries Scrap­book Shim­mer — Gold, Orange Peel Stick­les, Pink Per­sim­mon Lot­tie Stamp Set, Black Boa, Black Card­stock, Aleene’s Tacky Glue, Aleene’s Paper Glaze, Book Page, Bril­lance Pig­ment Ink Pad —...

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In Anticipation…

Aug 28, 2009

of my upcom­ing work­shop “All Hal­low’s Eve” below is a tuto­r­i­al I put togeth­er show­ing you how to recre­ate this super cute Hal­loween themed Bot­tle Brush Tree. You all are going to love this one… promise! Sup­plies Need­ed: Bot­tle Brush Tree, Clorox Bleach, Maya Road Maya Mists Orange, Gold Mer­cury Glass Beads, Black Seam Bind­ing, Moth­er of Pearl But­ton, Black Embroi­dery Floss, Vin­tage Paper, Gold­en Rod Stick­les, Aleene’s Tacky Glue Tools Need­ed: Scis­sors, Tweez­ers Instruc­tions: In a well ven­ti­lat­ed area or out­side place a mix­ture of 1/3 warm water and 2/3’s Bleach into a glass con­tain­er. The amount made will deter­mine how many trees you will be bleach­ing at one time.  Place tree(s) into mix­ture and let set until bleached.  Once bleach­ing is com­plete remove from mix­ture and allow to dry. Using Maya Road...

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Forced Creative Vacation…

Aug 14, 2009

For the past few weeks I have had back spasms which has caused me to take a forced cre­ative vaca­tion. Which by the way is com­plete and total tor­ture for me. But sit­ting and cre­at­ing for any length of time is just too painful. Since I real­ly love shar­ing tuto­ri­als on my blog and hav­ing the issue of not being able to sit upright for too long a peri­od this has not allowed much blog time. And since I am work­ing on my All Hal­lows Eve online work­shop my sit­ting time is very lim­it­ed. So what I plan on doing for the next sev­er­al weeks is share some tips and prod­ucts I real­ly love. I get emails sent to me all the time ask­ing what type of tools I use and pre­fer for cer­tain...

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Homespun Inspiration…

Jul 29, 2009

My new online work­shop “Home­spun Inspi­ra­tion” is a vin­tage themed mem­ber­ship style work­shop and includes three online class­es. I will post to a pri­vate blog, one class project on the 15th of each month for three months start­ing August 15th and end­ing Octo­ber 15th. You will con­tin­ue to have access to the pri­vate blog until Novem­ber 1st. Each month’s vin­tage themed project will include a com­plete sup­ply list, full col­or images, step by step instruc­tions, tips, notes and sug­ges­tions. These projects include some of my favorite items such as fab­ric rem­nants, sewing pat­tern tis­sue, old but­tons, sim­ple flo­ral picks, seam bind­ing and Baker’s twine. With these items com­bined you can­not help but cre­ate an ele­gant home­spun project. Click Here to Sign Up As a lit­tle “Thank you” to the ear­ly birds who sign up...

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Altered Vellum Buttons Part 2…

Jul 27, 2009

So last week as I was clean­ing up my work­sta­tion I tossed the vel­lum accent­ed but­tons I made onto a pile of old book pages. Well I looked down and noticed the text com­ing through the vel­lum and had an instant Ah HA moment I just have to share. Look at how cool these but­tons are when you add an old book page to the back of the vel­lum! I just love the lay­ered look so much. All you do is after you have com­plet­ed alter­ing a clear but­ton with vel­lum, cov­er the back of the vel­lum with Glossy Accents, place the but­ton glossy side down onto the book page, press the but­ton down firm­ly with your fin­gers to remove any air bub­bles, poke the but­ton holes with a paper piercer and let it...

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New Online Class…

Jul 12, 2009

I pic­ture this “Sweet Treats” mini ban­ner hang­ing dur­ing fam­i­ly birth­day par­ties or an after­noon tea or lun­cheon with a group of your clos­est girl­friends. With it’s col­or com­bi­na­tion of pale pink and cream and vin­tage style Die Cut accents this mini ban­ner is cer­tain to add a warm nos­tal­gic feel to any spe­cial occa­sion. Hon­est­ly, once you com­plete your Sweet Treats mini ban­ner you might decide it needs a per­ma­nent spot in your home so you can look at it all year long. This online class begins July 15th. At the time of sign up you will be giv­en access to the pri­vate blog. There you will be able to get a com­plete list of sup­plies and tools need­ed to com­plete your ban­ner. You will con­tin­ue to have access for 4 weeks. All...

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A new online Class is coming…

Jun 19, 2009

The sen­ti­ment “Home Sweet Home” can make you think of many things… spe­cial items in your home a spring gar­den and most impor­tant­ly those spe­cial peo­ple and pets. This project high­lights all of the spe­cial things that help make our home a “Home Sweet Home”. Show­cased in my album are pho­tos of my brother’s trum­pet, fam­i­ly mem­bers, flow­ers from our gar­den, Son­ny and Buster our spe­cial canine com­pan­ions as well as a few fam­i­ly quotes. In this four day altered class we will be alter­ing a Maya Road Town­house and Mini Album using a faux mosa­ic cre­at­ed from 4 beau­ti­ful Webster’s Pages pat­terned papers. Then accent the house and album with lots of Maya Road prod­ucts such as their Vin­tage Sequins Edg­ing, Pom Pom Trim, Dou­ble Stitched Vel­vet, Blos­soms, Jew­el Pins, But­tons and Rubons....

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Tomorrow is the day…

May 31, 2009

My Amer­i­cana work­shop begins bright and ear­ly in the morn­ing. I can­not wait to start shar­ing all the projects I have cre­at­ed cel­e­brat­ing the red, white and blue. Here are a few new sneak peeks of what we will be cre­at­ing over the next six weeks. See ya there my friends! I can’t...

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Happy Birthday Sweet Pea…

Apr 23, 2009

We are cel­e­brat­ing a big birth­day today. Ter­ri turns 21 years old. I first saw this altered cup­cake box on Ran­jini’s blog many many months ago. She found the cup­cake box at Tues­day Morn­ing. I imme­di­ate­ly ran to ours to see if they had some and I got lucky. They had two left which I imme­di­ate­ly grabbed as I knew I would be using them as mon­ey hold­ers for Ter­ri’s 21st and Ans­ley’s Sweet 16 next year. The box is quite plain but has such poten­tial for alter­ing. The can­dle is held on by a mag­net although I attached mine to the top per­ma­nent­ly. Below is what it looks like before a lit­tle vin­tage sheet music, book page flow­ers, pearls, lace and glit­ter have been added. Enjoy your day Ter­ri. We love you...

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Miniature is so fun…

Nov 23, 2008

I think these minia­ture bot­tle brush type wreathes are so charm­ing. They remind me of the vin­tage orna­ments my grand­moth­er would have had. This lit­tle project is part of my Count­down to Christ­mas project in my 12 Days of Christ­mas Work­shop. Lots of cre­ative fun has been going on in there. We will be cre­at­ing Mon­sieur Hiv­er this week. Oh how I love this project. So if you have a lit­tle tin or box and want to put a sen­ti­ment inside as a lit­tle sur­prise to who ever opens it, this is super easy and cute… give it a try. And the best part is these are cheap and add such sim­ple charm to any...

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Rhinestones and Glitter…

Nov 7, 2008

As many of you know I love that com­bi­na­tion.… spark­ly things make me so hap­py. Espe­cial­ly around the hol­i­days. I love see­ing all the lights twin­kle, the glit­ter sparkle and the rhine­stones shim­mer. This is a lit­tle sneak peek of what we will be mak­ing tomor­row in my work­shop while we await the arrival of San­ta. Each Sat­ur­day evening San­ta will vis­it the gallery to pick some­one who has been very cre­ative with their work­shop projects. Then Sun­day, I will announce who will receive a RAK of fab­u­lous Maya Road good­ies. Oh the fun that is being had by...

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Fall is in the air…

Oct 26, 2008

Final­ly it feels a bit like fall here in Texas. Actu­al­ly almost had frost on the pump­kins a few morn­ings ago. Which just so hap­pens to be the inspi­ra­tion behind this card. Yes­ter­day, I had so much fun play­ing with some new stamp sets. They are by Pink Per­sim­mon. My three favorite stamp sets are the “Lit­tle Red Wag­on”, “Ban­ner” Small and Large and “Car­ni­val Alpha” Small and Large too cute for words… so go take a look. Adorable I tell ya. I cre­at­ed this card using lots of my favorite prod­uct lines… Melis­sa Frances (How can you not love Melis­sa Frances?) Maya Road… no brain­er there, Martha Stew­art Glit­ter and Ranger Stick­les. Also… here is a lit­tle sneak peak of a tuto­r­i­al that will be avail­able for down­load Novem­ber 1st. I absolute­ly love...

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Home for the Holidays…

Oct 20, 2008

Check out the Home for the Hol­i­days con­test Maya Road is host­ing… if you like to alter projects and love Maya Road prod­ucts here is your chance to win lots of Maya Road good­ies. With the Hol­i­days around the cor­ner, we here at Maya Road are proud to present the Maya Road Home for the Hol­i­days Con­test! Take one or more of our Maya Road chip­board hous­es and dec­o­rate them for the Hol­i­days to enter our con­test! We are look­ing for the best look­ing hous­es on the block filled with inno­v­a­tive tech­niques and more! This con­test will be judged by the tal­ent­ed Maya Road design team. Maya Road will be offer­ing over $500 in prizes for this con­test to be giv­en to 5 win­ners. The prizes will be divid­ed up as fol­lows: Grand Prize...

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He makes me happy…

Sep 27, 2008

AND he needs a name. If you want to play please help me name my newest cre­ation. Just leave a com­ment (US only please. I’m so sor­ry but inter­na­tion­al ship­ping is too expen­sive). If I pick the name you sug­gest I will send a sweet lit­tle win­ter RAK that includes some Maya Road Snowflakes. I am going to see if I can teach this as a class local­ly. We will see if there are any snow­man lovin peo­ple in Texas. Mis­ter Snow­man stands about 24″ tall so he is a big­gie. After all he is in Texas and every­one knows “Every­thing is big­ger in...

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Teaching a class…

Sep 15, 2008

I thought I would share a lit­tle sneak peek to a class I am teach­ing Jan. 15th — 18th at Split Rock Retreat for Scrap­pin’ Away Vaca­tions. This Maya Road Town­house and Mini Album kit is loaded with lots of Maya Road prod­uct, vin­tage items and gor­geous Web­ster’s Pages.

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Altered Coffee Tin…

Sep 12, 2008

Prod­ucts Used: Cut­tle­bug Emboss­ing Fold­er — Script, My Lit­tle Yel­low Bicy­cle Christ­mas Mag­ic Col­lec­tion — Rib­bon Stripe, Mak­ing Mem­o­ries Ledger Paper, Maya Road Sheer Blos­som, Vel­vet Pleat Blos­soms, Vel­vet Pleat Blos­soms — Red &

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So what do you think…

Sep 11, 2008

Yes­ter­day I was won­der­ing how a small brown paper bag would emboss using an emboss­ing fold­er well… I used the tex­tile emboss­ing fold­er (seems to be my favorite) then cov­ered the embossed bag using Ranger Dis­tress Inks in Vin­tage Pho­to and Spiced Mar­malade.

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Maya Road Sheers and Alcohol Inks…

Sep 10, 2008

This can­dle accent was cre­at­ed using a Maya Road Sheer Oval Key­chain Set, Alco­hol Inks by Ranger in Ter­ra Cot­ta, Lat­te and Pearl, Maya Road Jonathan Chip­board Alpha­bet, Adiron­dak Metallics Acrylic Paint Dab­ber in Gold and Gold Glit­ter from the Regal Glit­ter Col­lec­tion by Melis­sa Frances.

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