Cross Necklace

Jul 16, 2014

This simply stated cross is a reminder that we are all slightly flawed yet still beautiful. I love the red, aqua and yellow colors as they scream RETRO and go with any summer attire. The tin has a few slight scratches here and there but I feel it only adds to the beauty of the cross. I wire wrapped a vintage clear iridescent bead that dangles from two jump rings. The cross measures approximately 2.25″ in length and hangs from a 24″ ball chain necklace. It is listed in my Etsy Shop. This matching bracelet measures approximately 7.5″ in length. If needed, I can custom size the bracelet for you. I attached vintage wire wrapped pearl beads to jump rings which dangle all along the bracelet.  This piece can be found in my Etsy Shop too. I...

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Tin Necklaces

Jul 15, 2014

Not only have I been making cuff style bracelets but I’ve also been making some cute simply stated 24″ necklaces. This necklace is what I call a dressed up version of a dog tag. Since I like my items to have a distressed feel before stamping my word I gave the metal tag several whacks with my brass hammer. Once I the silver metal tag was banged up a bit I metal stamped the word smile onto the silver metal tag using what is now my favorite letter stamp set 3mm Newsprint lowercase by ImpressArt.  I applied some Mustard Seed Distress Paint with my finger into the stamped letters then instantly wiped away the excess with a paper towel. Next I wire wrapped some beads to create a charm and BAM just like that I was done....

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Leather Cuff with Vintage Tin & One Little Word

Jul 14, 2014

This weekend, I was busy creating one of a kind bracelets. This bracelet is mixed with all sorts of fun stuff. The base of the cuff is leather and is accented with tin that I hand cut from a vintage tin. The tin is attached to the leather with crystal rivets that I LOVE. The rivets are by ImpressArt and I need buckets of these in every color. I LOVE LOVE LOVE them so much. Each end of the leather is covered with a strip of vintage tin and is also attached with crystal rivets. I metal stamped the word True using the letter stamp set Newsprint 3mm lowercase also by ImpressArt. Since this bracelet has a boho chic feel to it I didn’t want the letters stamped straight onto the metal if I had I would have used some stamp...

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Assemblage Makes Me Happy

Jul 10, 2014

I love taking discarded items found in thrift stores or flea markets, putting them together and creating something wonderful. It gives me absolute pure joy and is just what I did to create this bracelet. I used opaque white beads from a broken rosary, clear iridescent beads from a broken necklace, metal chain, wire wrapped some clear and pearl beads taken from a broken bracelet and cut a piece of tin from a beat up old vintage tin. When assembled together these discarded items create a beautiful piece. This bracelet is available for purchase at $34.95 plus Flat Rate Shipping of $5.80. This bracelet is created from hand cut pieces of vintage tin and assembled along with two vintage iridescent beads. This bracelet is available for purchase at $24.95 plus Flat Rate Shipping at $5.80. These earrings are assembled using...

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Leather & Vintage Tin Bracelet

Jul 9, 2014

It makes this momma so proud when one of my daughters sees a jewelry project on my worktable, picks it up and says, “I’d wear this, this is cool.” Lately, I’ve been playing around with vintage tins cutting them into simple shapes to create accents for bracelets and earrings. I love old tins and think up-cycling them into jewelry is fun. The leather lace used on this bracelet is fabulous and is my favorite. It’s 15mm Deerskin lace and is “SUPER SOFT”. You can find it at Endlessleather.com. The color I used to make this bracelet is called cognac. If you want to see more vintage tin jewelry I’ve created please check out my Etsy shop. It’s filled with earrings, bracelets and rings all reasonably priced for handmade jewelry. I’ve done all the leg work of...

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Altered Art Journal Pages 1 & 2 ~ Same Paint Different Styles

Jun 29, 2014

SAVE THE DATE: July 19th     TIME: 2:30      PLACE: The Crafty Scrapper     CLASS Length: 3-4 Hours     LEVELS: All In this class you will alter one page (front and back) of a Wendy Vecchi Art Journal Cover Page. Some of the products you will use in class are vintage papers, The Crafters Workshop Stencils, Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 Gold Embossing Paste, Dina Wakley Scribbly Birds stamps and Dina Wakley Media Paint. Page one is full of texture, muted colors and accented with a wooden cameo, seam binding bow, vintage rickrack and inspirational words stamped onto vintage paper. Page two is bright and whimsical. I will show you how simple it is to create silhouettes and hand painted whimsical doodles. The tips and techniques you learn in this class can...

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All The Gals ~ Collage

Jun 19, 2014

Here is a small 4″ x 6″ collage I created using one of the gals stamps from Dina Wakley’s new All The Gals stamp set and her new Media paint. First, if you have not tried her paints you are really missing out. These paints spread like butter and are heavy enough to create peaks and brushstrokes in your art. They are AMAZING. To create this little art journal page I first covered the left side of the watercolor paper using pieces of a dress pattern and Multi Medium as my adhesive. Using Jet Black Archival Ink I stamped one of the All The Gals stamps onto the watercolor paper. Using watercolors, I painted the gals stamped image as well as all around the background of the stamped image. Using a stencil and Dina’s Media paints...

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Paper Clay Beads

Jun 10, 2014

These paper clay bird beads are a fun and unique way to create your own handmade summer necklace, bracelet or earrings. All you need to have on hand is Paper Clay, Acrylic Paint, Paint Brushes (Medium & Fine Tips), Multi Medium,  20 Gauge Wire, Jewelry Tools and a Stylus. Mold the paper clay into the size bird you need for your project. Mine range in sizes from 1″ to 1.75″. Theses measurements are from the tip of the beak to the tip of the tail. The width measures .5″ and a bit smaller. This measurement is from the top middle of the back to the bottom middle of the belly. Using a Stylus poke a vertical hole all the way through the bird from the belly to the top middle of it’s back. You...

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Solitude Leather Bracelet

Jun 6, 2014

I made this bracelet the other night and love it so much I thought I would share a quick tutorial so you too can make one. Just a little note… the crystal and pearl beads are from old necklaces I’ve found in thrift shops or flea markets and the gold heart charm and red and gold glass bead are some mom and dad found. You can find similar items I’m sure but if you really want that vintage charm you need to dig around thrift shops and flea markets for items you can take apart. Cut a piece of 15m Suede leather cord that is double the length you wish your bracelet to be. Fold the cord in half, at the bent end about .5″ down from the bent area wrap tightly a piece of...

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Scribbly Bird Silhouette

Jun 4, 2014

Here is a fun ATC to create. Cover an ATC with vintage sheet music using multi medium as your adhesive. Using Dylusions Ink Spray and a paint brush apply the ink spray over the sheet music blending several colors together. Ink one of Dina Wakley’s Scribbly Bird stamps using Jet Black Archival Ink and stamp image onto ATC.  Using black acrylic paint, paint over the entire stamped image to create a silhouette. Using Wendy Vecchi’s Dots & Stripes Borders stencil and green acrylic paint accent the edge of the ATC using the Stripes stencil. Create a hat out of an old book page and apply Dylusions Ink Spray onto the page. Dry the hat with a heat tool then outline the hat and edge of the ATC using black acrylic paint. Add a cut out word from...

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Sing Your Own Song

Jun 3, 2014

I wasn’t kidding when I said I LOVED Dina Wakley’s Scribbly Birds stamp set. Here is another piece I made over the weekend. Using Jet Black Archival Ink I stamped the bird image onto a 6″ piece of watercolor paper, then filled it in with acrylic paints. I painted the entire background with teal acrylic paint. I used the Kaleidoscope stencil by Ronda Palazzari and some of Wendy Vecchi’s Crackle Texture Paste to add texture to the piece. Once the paste was dry and did it’s magic I inked it with Archival Inks and Vintage Photo Distress Ink. Using Multi Medium I attached some vintage sheet music and an image from a book. Next I covered the stenciled areas and the branch image with bits and pieces of a dress pattern. Once the multi  medium dried I...

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Scribbly Bird Obsession

Jun 2, 2014

I have a huge obsession with Dina Wakley’s Scribbly Birds stamp set. I’ve collected glass birds since I was in the 2nd grade and have abandoned bird nests sitting in my studio window. So when I saw Dina’s stamps she got me instantly. My favorite way to use them at the moment is to simply stamp the bird images onto watercolor paper using Jet Black Archival Ink then simply color them in using Twinkling H2O’s and a Tim Holtz Water Brush. Super simple and no messy clean up. Here is what my finished collage of painted birds looks like. I really like how the brown, gold and teal color combination looks together. These are mini 2″ square pieces of watercolor paper that I stamped and painted. I think they look super cute and this size is...

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Altering Melt Art Embellishments

May 30, 2014

I fell in love with this cameo in the center of a vintage tin I found, last week. As soon as I got home I made a mold so I could pour some UTEE into it. I did a random pour, just the cameo and then a little bit around it, wherever the UTEE landed is where I kept it. I wanted the embellishment to look like an old decorative piece that came off a wall taking some of the wall along with it… I hope this makes sense. I also have a vintage photo album with the most amazing embossed image on the front and decided to create a mold of this as well. As you can see, I use several different mold products and with all of them the results are wonderful. I get a beautifully...

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Recycled Jewelry

May 14, 2014

When you combine thrift store finds, broken pieces of jewelry, beads and discarded chandelier pieces you can assemble beautiful and very unique jewelry such as this bracelet and set of earrings. Remember just because items are broken doesn’t mean they can’t be used. Now that the weather is really nice I’m looking forward to heading to flea markets to do some digging. The thrill of the hunt is addicting and so fun and the thrill of what’s around the next corner gets me every single time. I have several assemblage art ideas and all include items that can be found during a good junkin weekend. And you know I’ll have mom and dad on the hunt for things too. These two are the best pickers anyone could ever have. Tomorrow, is the start of A Call To Art #BringBackOurGirls online auction. Have you...

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Be Still Listen ~ Necklace

May 9, 2014

A lot of thought goes into items that are handmade which is one of the reasons I love to purchase handmade items. Most every piece is unique, has a story and is created with lots of love. I’ve discovered that the creative process can be quick and at times, not so quick which is exactly the case for this nature themed necklace. While working on this necklace, I pondered ideas and dug in my stash several times for the perfect combination of metals and beads. This went on for weeks. I knew I wanted the teeny tiny nest I created to be part of a necklace and that was all I knew. I decided I liked the copper color next to the nest so I hammered and shaped a penny for it to sit inside....

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Have YOU Signed Up?

May 7, 2014

I’m so glad to be heading back to The Crafty Scrapper, May 17th to teach my fun technique filled Altered Art Journal from 12:00 to 4:00. If you want to take this class please call Carolyn now at (972) 923.3151 because there are only a few spots left. In this Altered Art Journal class you will create a beautiful altered art journal using one of Wendy Vecchi’s new Studio 490 Art Parts Art Journal Covers. You will alter the front of your art journal cover using Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 Embossing Paste and NEW Crackle Texture Paste, The Crafter’s Workshop Stencils, Paint and more. The inside front and back covers will be altered using Vintage Sheet Music, Inks and Perfect Pearls Mist. I will show you how to make beautiful paper feathers to adorn...

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Rocky Mountain Memories ~ Estes Park, Colorado

Apr 30, 2014

All of last week I was in Estes Park, Colorado with mom and dad. We had a fabulous time exploring every inch of Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. I loved being able to combine work with play especially with mom and dad. They are a blast to travel with and guarantees lot of laugh until you cry moments. Throughout the week, I will be sharing loads of photos taken during our adventure. First I have to tell you about the fun I had teaching classes at Rocky Mountain Memories April 25th & 26th. Cheryl Grigsby is living my dream. Seriously I’m not kidding, she has a scrapbook store, an adorable rental cabin and a home in Estes Park. Oh how this Texas girl wants to move to Estes Park so badly. I truly belong...

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Jewelry Clay + Stamps = Awesome Part 2

Apr 17, 2014

Here’s a peek at how the bird piece I created from jewelry clay is coming along. If you missed the blog post about it last week you can view it here. As you can tell, I painted, inked and stamped all over the cured jewelry clay. Now I just need to wire wrap lots of beads and pearls to attach between each link. I love having lots of pretty sparkly baubles on bracelets. I’m still not sure I like the toggle, actually I know don’t the more I keep looking at it the more it bothers me so it’s coming off and will be replaced with I have no clue as of...

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Rocky Mountain Memories ~ I’ll be There Soon

Apr 14, 2014

I’m getting so excited about my return visit to Rocky Mountain Memories in Estes Park, CO. This is the sweetest most quaint store that sits in the heart of downtown Estes Park along the riverwalk. Rocky Mountain Memories is filled with great products and super fun people. Cheryl Grigsby, the owner is living my dream. Seriously, a scrapbook store in Estes Park, CO, pure heaven. Last year, when I taught there I got to stay in Rick and Cheryl’s amazing cabin. While there all I could think about was how much mom and dad would love staying at “Redemption Cabin“. So this year, I’m bringing Mr. & Mrs. Claus along for the ride. They are getting  a wonderful mini vacation in one of their all time favorite spots while I teach. Mom and Dad...

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Jewelry Clay + Stamps = Awesome

Apr 10, 2014

I needed a big accent for an idea I have for a cuff  and since I couldn’t find what I had in mind I decided to make my own. I mixed a batch of ETI Jewelry Clay, formed it into the shape I wanted, and pressed one of Dina Wakley’s Scribbly Birds stamps into the resin clay. Then to create a slight bend in the piece so it forms to the wrist better, I covered a bottle with plastic wrap, put the bottle on it’s side and placed the resin clay piece on the bottle to cure overnight. Super simple. Once the piece cured overnight, I add paint layers in green, beige, gold and brown and this is what it looks like so far. I’m going to LOVE this piece and cannot wait to...

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Bracelet to Necklace

Mar 24, 2014

Remember this bracelet featured in my Newfangled NEO Chain blog hop post? Well I got to thinking it would look really cool as a necklace too. So with just one quick clasp removal and added black Neo chain I now have a gorgeous necklace loaded with awesome baubles. How cool is this? Now I’m looking at all my other bracelets and thinking about wearing them as necklaces, it’s an awesome two for one...

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