Jewelry Clay & Mini Glittered Hearts

Jan 24, 2014

To create this valentine pendant you will need EnviroTex Jewelry Clay, Dress It Up Valentine Collection Love To Flirt, My Jewelry Shoppe  Heart Shaped Bezel (21.5mm x 32.5mm), Metallic Pink Seed Beads & Bubble Gum Perfect Pearls. All but the metallic pink seed beads were purchased at Hobby Lobby. I had the seed beads in my stash already but I’m sure you can find some at Hobby Lobby if you need some. You can also use micro beads instead of seed beads. Mix the Jewelry Clay as instructed by the manufacturer. Once the clay is mixed well place it into the heart shaped pendant making sure to push the clay to the edges of the pendant. Note: I completely filled the pendant with jewelry clay. This way, once I started pushing the hearts into...

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Wire Wrapping

Jan 22, 2014

As I’m sure you’ve noticed I’ve been having a bit of fun creating unique pendants and decided I needed to learn how to wire wrap some vintage pearls and beads. Well, I’m not sure why this is so hard for me to accomplish but I’m trying my best. Suze Weinburg gave me a quick lesson and I remember thinking that is it? Suze makes it look so easy and really it is but for some reason I’m making a mountain out of this mole hill. I think I’m so worried about perfection it’s causing me difficulties. I really need to learn to let some of this type A personality go. Once I master this task I’ll take step by step photos to share. Until then, I’m going to continue to remind myself “An Artist Cannot...

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Cupid’s Feathered Friend

Jan 21, 2014

Place a few drops of pink dye or Mist into a small cup of water, (the more dye the darker the color, less dye the lighter the color), mix together. Using a paint brush, apply dyed water onto white bird and let dry. You can speed up the drying process using a hair dryer set on the cool setting. Cover the body of the bird with a thin layer of instant decoupage, then apply Light Pink Glitter, tap off excess glitter and let dry. Cover the wings of the bird with instant decoupage and apply a thin layer of Iridescent Glitter and let dry. Apply instant decoupage to the beak of the bird then apply Fine Silver Glass Glitter, let dry. As you can see there is a lot of drying time but it should not take long...

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Trash to Treasure Shrine Pendant

Jan 20, 2014

I had a little mishap with a vintage salt shaker and had to keep it because of the way the front section broke. I was thinking it would create a super cute shadow box type project so I hung on to it. Well, the other day as I was looking at it I thought it looked like a shrine. This is when I had a light bulb moment… create a big funky shrine pendant. The first thing I needed to do was smooth out the sharp edges. I applied soldering tape all along the broken edges and started soldering. Once I had the this as I liked I started digging in my vintage jewelry pieces for perfect rhinestone accents. When at flea markets, antique shops or thrift stores I love looking for broken jewelry...

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On My Table…

Jan 17, 2014

I’ve been playing around in my studio, this week and have really enjoyed working on a few soldering projects. Soldering is something I kinda put on the back burner for a bit while creating my last two books. I get so much satisfaction from creating items I have visualized in my head. I’m a true assemblage girl at heart. The house above has an adorable vintage Valentine image inside and is covered with a layer of resin. The vintage flocked flowers are a beautiful shade of pale pink and one is accented with the words “Love is”. I added two small rhinestones from a vintage necklace to the key. So I’m sure you figured it out that the title of this pendant will be “Love is Key”. I’m going to drill a hole in...

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Steampunk Bird Pendant

Jan 15, 2014

Yesterday, I decided to pull out my soldering tools and have a little creative play. I created a bird from copper and started soldering. Once I had the bird base I just kinda sat there for a bit thinking, now what? Then it hit me, I’ve been taking apart some old watches my dad gave me and thought I’ll make an attempt at “Steampunk”. I feel Candy Rosenberg is the “Queen” of Steampunk so I was a bit intimidated at even getting started. Then I remembered what I tell everyone, “An Artists Cannot Fail“. Really, if YOU create it and YOU love it then as I see it, it’s a double win situation. I can’t decide how to finish my Steampunk Bird, do I place it on a mini canvas or turn it into a...

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Valentine’s Day Tag

Jan 14, 2014

I’m getting a jump start on creating some Valentine’s day tags and thought I would share this one with you. I think my little Handmade Kewpie Doll fairy looks adorable holding her “I Love You” vintage heart pick. Her wings are altered using white ink and Diamond Stickles. The red iridescent rhinestone trim is gorgeous against the red satin pleat trim. It’s hard to tell in this photo but gosh, I promise it’s so pretty. To top off the tag, I covered the chipboard center heart with silver ink and fine silver German glass glitter. Swoon! And you are in luck if you want to create a tag just like this as I have a limited supply of kits listed in my Etsy Shop. I even include easy to follow step by step instructions...

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Delight In Everyday Beauty

Jan 13, 2014

Some of you might have seen this piece I made on Facebook. It’s one of my favorite big and funky pendants I’ve created. I had planned on wearing it a bit before selling it in my Esty shop but a person contacted me really wanting it so I sold it. I must admit my heart hurts a little as I really love this piece and I know I wont be able to create another one like it. But it’s going to a great home in London. This pendant measures approximately 1.5″ in diameter. The words and letters are from vintage book pages from the early 1920’s. Iridescent green and clear iridescent rhinestone trim accent the outer edge of the pendant. The background is vintage sheet music from the 1920’s that is accented with a...

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Decoupage Papier-Mache

Jan 9, 2014

This project is one you will find in Delight In The Art of Collage Chapter Four ~ Paper on pages 112 – 115. It is a fun technique that creates awesome results. I was so happy to see and North Light Books offer it as a free online tutorial. The papier-mâché bird on this canvas is actually half of a decorative box. When I found the package of three bird boxes, I saw six birds that I could alter in all kinds of different ways. I decided to decoupage, paint and stamp this one, but I have ideas to cover the others with fabric, mists, modeling paste and glitter. Just because an item is meant for one thing doesn’t mean that’s how you have to use it. If you want to create your...

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Maya Road CHA 2014 Winter Release

Jan 8, 2014

Prepare to be inspired and amazed with several projects featured using new Maya Road products. These projects were created by some super talented members of the Maya Road design team, Angella Peardon, Jennifer Beason and Julia Stainton. To view the entire Maya Road 2014 Catalog click HERE. You can also see some amazing projects created by the Maya Road Design Team HERE. I have lots of new items that are a must have on my list: Skinny Pennant Banner Album, Vintage Doily & Vintage Butterfly Pieces Transparencies, Vintage Pearl Pins ~ Hot Pink, Star Pink ~ Silver & Pink, Stained Wood Buttons & Heart Buttons, Antique Sew Cute Scissor Charms, Pinwheel Charms, Soaring Bird Charms, My Cup of Joe Vintage Metal Clips, Resins ~ Feathered Friend, Soaring Bird & Mini Sparkle and Shine Flowers,...

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Resin Charms

Jan 6, 2014

This weekend, I had fun making this bracelet and an assortment of charms using glass shards. I have a serious love for glass of any kind so it only makes sense for me to wear it as well. Soon I’m going to be listing some of these charms in my Etsy shop. I have two finishes ~ Classic and Boho Chic. The bracelet seen here has a Classic smooth finish. The Boho Chic finish has a textured surface that can be seen on some charms below. These charms have a Boho Chic finish. They have a slight rustic feel to them. I think these will look nice strung onto a leather cording or Hemp style necklace. They will look perfect with jeans or any casual attire. These charms have the Classic finish. I think...

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Sweet Little Baby of Mine ~ Shadow Box

Nov 14, 2013

Last night, I finished my first fully constructed shadow box. The shadow box, mini canvas and baby are all constructed of plaster, then painted with acrylic paint and aged with an acrylic glaze. The inside of the shadow box is accented with vintage crocheted doilies, ledger paper from the early 1900’s, flocked flowers, tulle trim, and a vintage perfume bottle perfectly sized to hold baby’s first curl. The space just below the baby can be personalized with a child’s name if desired. The name will be typed onto vintage notebook paper that has been perfectly aged using my vintage Underwood typewriter. The vintage perfume bottle is not attached to the shadow box. It sits sweetly inside just waiting to hold baby’s first curl and there is still space left to place other treasured mementos, next...

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Noel Miniature Wreath

Nov 8, 2013

This is the latest mini kit added to my Etsy shop. Once completed this miniature wreath measures approximately 7″ and will certainly add a sparkly festive feel to any area of your home or holiday tree. Since I ship Flat Rate if purchasing more than one kit please contact me so I can create a reserve listing for you with the correct shipping charge. Noel Miniature Wreath Kit Contents 1 Yard Champagne Tinsel 1 Yard Brown & White Twine 24” Tan Seam Binding 7 Chipboard Snowflakes 6 Self Adhesive Pearls 2 Wooden Birds 1 Large Chandelier Bead 1 Medium Chandelier Bead Chipboard Letters ~ Noel 2 – 2” x 3” Sheet Music Patterned Paper Step by Step Instructions with Color Photo Kit does NOT include: Martha Stewart Crystal Coarse Glitter, Folk Art Vintage White Acrylic Paint,...

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3 Wishes ~ For Sale

Oct 28, 2013

I’ve decided to start making art to sell. I have lots of ideas in my head and hope my style of art inspires you to create your own piece or purchase mine. I’ve listed this 8″ x 8″ canvas titled “3 Wishes” in my Etsy store. This piece is one of a kind and includes vintage items such as handmade doilies, handwritten ledger paper, sheet music and book pages. The vintage spoon rests upon a stack of vintage buttons and the Frozen Charlotte Dolls I created from plaster using molds made from dolls in my collection. The papers are covered in layers of bees wax and accented with crystal rhinestones. The price for this piece is $125.00 and includes shipping. Here’s to a creative day filled with loads of inspiration. If you follow me on...

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Home for Christmas

Aug 14, 2013

This is the second of three classes I will be teaching at Creative Cards and Crafts in Villa Park, IL ~ Oct.18th & 19th. In this Home for Christmas class I will show you how to create three old fashioned Putz style houses using patterned papers from the new Graphic45 12 Days of Christmas line. Once all three houses are built and accented with Stickles and glitter you will group them on a decorative acrylic platter covered with faux snow and sisal trees to complete a miniature winter themed neighborhood. As a bonus I will show you how easy it is to bleach sisal trees at home if you wish for yours to be off white in color. And a vintage Christmas project would not be complete without including a few vintage mercury glass...

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Quilted Memories

Aug 13, 2013

I’ll be teaching three classes at Creative Cards and Crafts in Villa Park, IL ~ Oct. 18th & 19th. This project is just one of the three classes I’ll be teaching. In my “Quilted Memories” class you will paint and alter a 5” x 5” wooden shadow box using a beautiful butter cream colored acrylic paint and vintage sheet music. You will accent the back of the shadow box using stamps from my Antiquated Collection Line which I’ll be sharing so you can personalize the back as you wish. Inside each 1.5” square you will attach fabric pieces from a tattered and torn quilt lovingly sewn by my great great aunts. You will accent each fabric piece with items like vintage shell buttons, crocheted doilies handmade by my mom, a vintage glass vial filled with silver...

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Enjoying the Process

Jul 31, 2013

These projects are sitting on my worktable just waiting for me to complete. I really enjoy creating several different plaster items at once. This way I have several different projects to pick from and I don’t have to wait for plaster to dry. I just dig around, pick out the piece that inspires me that day and start creating. It’s a lovely way to start the day. This heart is going to become a shadow box. It will be painted, inked, stamped, waxed and filled with who knows what kinda thrifty find. This plaster crown is just the first of many I plan on creating. Goodness was this fun to make. I must admit I did fuss with it far too long but I wanted it to have lots of rough, uneven textured areas...

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Santos Doll Inspiration

Jul 30, 2013

Do you remember this work in progress project I showed you several weeks ago? Well I finally finished it and cannot wait to start creating another similar piece. I love Santos Caged Dolls and thought of another idea I’ve got to attempt. I will keep you posted. I planned on putting items inside the cage area of the base but the more I kept trying to add things the more I kept wanting to keep it plain & simple. Plain & Simple is not something in my creative vocabulary. I usually feel the need to fill each and every spot on a project but working with plaster has me seeing things differently. I really have discovered a true love for creating with plaster. I wake up and go to sleep thinking of ideas. Once...

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Shabby Chic Birdhouse

Jul 5, 2013

The base of this altered birdhouse is created using Eileen Hull’s 3D Birdhouse die by Sizzix. After I assembled the birdhouse I covered it  with plaster. Once the plaster was dry I painted it with acrylic paint and accented the stenciled areas with ColorBox Chestnut Roan ink. I’m not kidding when I say I LOVE plaster and want to cover everything in it. It’s all I think about. The texture you can create with this medium is so amazing. The sides and top areas of the front and back of the birdhouse are accented with images from decorative napkins. The look is amazing and it’s so simple to do. Just cut out the image from your napkin, peel the white layers of the napkin off until all you have is the image layer, using your...

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Textured Background

Jun 26, 2013

Okay, so remember last weeks post, Stencils aren’t just for mists & ink and how I said you could learn how I created the background (shown above) for the tag shown below by going to Ronda’s blog only, I had the day wrong and well, since she is out of the country yadda, yadda, yadda you know how it all went down, whew.  Well TODAY is the day Ronda Palazzari is featuring my background technique tutorial so hop on over to her blog and discover a few of my secrets to create this awesome mixed media background....

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Frozen Charlotte Mini Canvas

Jun 12, 2013

I decided to create a 2″ x 3″ mini canvas with a bees wax background for my new handmade frozen Charlotte doll. I have other ideas for this doll style that I can’t wait to try so get ready because you will be seeing more for sure. Here is a close up of the background I created using a Texture Tread, a melted Robin’s Egg Blue crayon and White Bees Wax pellets. The gold accent is Gold Alcohol Ink I applied here and there with the tip of my finger. Super simple! I think she’s lovely and might create some to sell in my etsy store. I will let you know if and when I decide....

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