From The Archives ~ Paper Bag Easter Basket

Apr 8, 2014

This tutorial was originally posted on my blog, April 11, 2011. Paper Bag Easter Baskets are fun to create and with Easter just around the corner I thought I would re-share it. I love the simplicity of brown paper bags and think they make the perfect Easter baskets. I remember making them in grade school and being so excited to bring them home to show mom and dad. This basket can be left plain or altered using patterned paper, stamps, inks or paint. You can carefully use any of the many Fiskars border punches to create gorgeous edges along the top of your basket or you could take a hole punch and punch a hole just below where the scallop meets, thread a ribbon through the holes and create a pretty bow by tying...

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Hi, Valentine!

Feb 14, 2014

This adorable image reminds me of the cards I would see in gift shops, when I was little. These two have such sweet faces and how can you not love all that pink. If you’re in need of creating a last minute valentine right click on the image to enlarge it, now right click on the image again and choose “save image as” to save it to your computer. Now you can print the image in any size you wish. I think printed in 2.5″ x 3.5″ is a sweet size and would be so cute left on your co-workers desk. I think adding Diamond Stickles to the flower centers, headband and the pink on the puppy would be a nice addition to your card and still keep it in the quick and simple...

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Hearts of Red, White & Pink

Feb 5, 2014

I LOVE tissue paper and creating tissue paper garland is one of my favorite things to do. Tissue paper is cheap and the garland is simple to make. You can make your garland as long as you wish or just a small amount that is perfect to accent a card as I did in the photo above. The center of the tissue paper heart is a calendar card by Jenni Bowlin. I accented the center of the calendar using brown ink and crackle paint. Creating texture and dimension is something else I love doing. Pretty much all my projects have some kind of texture and dimension. This embossed heart is an accent on a tag. The heart is embossed, painted and glittered and surprisingly does not take much time at all to create. The doily...

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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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DIY Valentine’s Day Charm Bracelet

Jan 23, 2014

This bracelet came to mind as I was strolling the aisles of Hobby Lobby. I love just roaming around looking at things and really love it when inspiration hits. I’ve created this tutorial so you too can create this super cute charm bracelet to wear for Valentine’s Day. To make your bracelet you will need to head to the Valentine’s day aisle to get these cute miniature cookie ornaments (on sale right now for 30% off) then head to the jewelry aisle to get this chain bracelet, some silver 2″ head pins, silver jump rings to make wire wrapped bead charms and some silver earring hooks. I already had pink and red raspberry beads as well as iridescent (large & medium) and pink (small) glass beads to make the triple bead charms. If you...

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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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Happy New Year

Jan 1, 2014

Wishing you all a Happy New Year filled with love, prosperity and lots and lots of...

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Home For Christmas

Dec 27, 2013

This year, we seemed to celebrated Christmas a little bit at a time. We had a family get together with Terri and Laren at their loft on the 23rd then a small Christmas celebration at our house Christmas Eve.  Christmas morning, my nephew Brittain and I headed down to Beaumont to see family and celebrate Christmas with my parents. Alan and Ansley both had to work on the 26th so they couldn’t come along but when I return home they’ll have a small Christmas celebration with the gifts I bring back. We arrived at mom and dad’s house in the late afternoon and everyone was ready to exchange gifts. It’s always a flurry of excitement during Christmas at mom and dad’s. I’ve been very blessed to always have an amazing Christmas. Mom and Dad...

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Merry Christmas

Dec 25, 2013

Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. ~Norman Vincent...

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Awesome Cookie Recipes

Dec 24, 2013

With just the switch of two ingredients you too can bake these two amazing cookies. I love any baked item that contains lemon and these Lemon cookies are AMAZING!!! You have been warned. You will NOT be able to eat JUST ONE!!! Lord help my hips and thighs. Now if you substitute the Lemon Cake Mix and White Chocolate Morsels for a Devils Food Cake Mix and a regular sized bag of Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels you get these AMAZING chocolate cookies. My daughter Ansley and her friends LOVE these and can devour a single batch in no time flat! Happy Baking! I hope you enjoy these cookies as much as me and my...

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DIY Holiday Card

Dec 23, 2013

This card is created using an image Christy Tomlinson shared last week from one of her awesome paintings. Christy has such a beautiful artistic style, which I truly love. I decided to create a few Christmas cards with her beautiful image to share with friends and family. Some I left as is with just a little Diamond Stickles placed here and there and some I added a little dimension by cutting out the wreath, boots, manger and baby Jesus. First to make 3 of the dimensional cards I created, using a laser printer, print  4 – 3.5″ x 5″ images. If you use an inkjet printer and put any liquid medium onto it, the ink will run. This mean NO STICKLES and well you know how I feel about Stickles so I have to...

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Mini Snow Globe Charm

Dec 19, 2013

As soon as I saw the adorable snow globe charm created by Margot Potter I knew I had to make one of these little cuties. Although, I created somewhat of a Texas sized version. I love wearing big chunky charms and thought this would make for an adorable holiday piece to wear on a simple silver or ball chain style necklace. I pretty much created my charm exactly as Margot,  although I didn’t have to trim off the top of a bottle brush tree as I had one that was super small and fit inside my bottle perfectly. All I needed to do was snip off the wooden base of the tree using wire cutters. Supplies Used: 2″ Glass Bottle with Cork (Tim Holtz), .75″ Mini Glass Bottle with Cork (Maya Road), Tinsel Trim,...

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Documenting My December Album Pt. 3

Dec 17, 2013

Over the weekend, I started adding photos, created a fun snow filled pocket and attached some baubles to the jump rings of my album. This album is coming together nicely and I’m having so much creative fun, no deadlines, no specific requirements just fun! I decided the top jump ring of my album needed a little sprucing up so I dug in my Christmas stash and added several holiday themed items, a vintage bell ornament, gold & silver jingle bells and a white snowflake transparency. Each item is attached with holiday trims in colors of red and green. And in this family no Christmas is complete unless you have a photo taken with Santa a.k.a. Paw Paw. This is my dad’s 11th year as Santa at Parkdale Mall in Beaumont, Texas. He truly is the...

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Season’s Greetings Altered Hoop

Dec 16, 2013

I decided to make a fancy holiday altered hoop with this little embroidered piece I stitched using two new stamp sets by Pink Persimmon, Christmas House & Holiday Hello. I find great joy in hand stitching a bit each night. It’s a great way for me to relax as I’m usually wound up tighter than an eight day clock. This sweet holiday decor piece can either hang or sit on an easel to add a little holiday cheer to any spot. The wooden hoop measures approximately 4″ in diameter. I used Maya Road Rhinestone Trim, Fabric Tape, and Satin, Mini Gingham and Tulle Trims to alter the side and back edge of the hoop. A White Snowflake Transparency adorned with a vintage earring and a clear glass button accents the front. I hope this...

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Antiquated Collection ~ Holiday Tag

Dec 13, 2013

It makes me so happy when others share projects they’ve created using my Antiquated Collection stamp sets. It’s amazing how so many different projects can be created while using the same stamp sets. This beautiful tag was posted in my Antiquated Collection by Lisa M. Pace Facebook Page by Wanda Hentges. I was so happy she shared her art with everyone and when I saw she posted a tutorial on her blog I knew I had to share this with my awesome blog readers. Thank you, Wanda. If you’ve created projects using any of my Antiquated Collection stamp sets please join my Facebook Page and post your creations as I would love for you to share them with me and the other members. If you missed out on being able to purchase “Winter Girl”...

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Documenting My December Album Pt. 2

Dec 12, 2013

Ok so today lets finish up showing you the other pages and tags from my “Documenting December” album. This is the back of Tag 3. I made a little banner and placed a journaling sticker on it for the photo I plan to put on Page 7 of Terri and Ansley sitting on Santa’s “Paw Paw’s” lap they had taken when we went down for Thanksgiving. Page 8 I think I’m just going to let it become either a spot for a photo or some quotes. Tag 4 is a fold out tag I made from a large Kraft Tag. This is going to hold cookie recipes at least this is what I think right now, I could change my mind in the next few minutes. Tag 4 is a tri-fold tag, I think...

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Documenting My December Album

Dec 11, 2013

This year, I was super inspired by Caroline Lau to make a December album. I started to call mine a “Capturing Christmas” album but then thought I really wanted to document a few other things as the family and I prepared for Christmas so I decided on calling it my “Documenting December” album. I cannot do the every single day route, this just does not work for me at all. I over think everything and having to commit to everyday makes me instantly start to stress out. I love seeing how everyone documents their December each day and I applaud them for being able to do it, so I’ve decided highlighting the month decorating, baking, wrapping and shopping is something I can do without any stress. Today, I thought I would share what I’ve...

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Hot Chocolate Recipe

Dec 10, 2013

During our iced in long weekend I made several pots of this hot chocolate. One batch for the family and a surprise batch for the neighborhood kids so they could warm up as they played outside. They had so much fun all weekend sledding down our driveway and ice skating in the street. And when you are between the ages of 6 & 10 years old there’s nothing better than having someone bring out a crock pot filled with Free Hot Chocolate, a Bag of Marshmallows and Dixie Cups then sitting everything on the porch telling you to drink all you want. Oh and I got a great laugh as I overheard one little boy telling his friend, “This is actually really good hot chocolate.” These kids really reaped the rewards of me terribly...

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Faux Polaroid Ornaments

Dec 6, 2013

This ornament is going to do some serious sparkling on the tree as I covered each Maya Road Photo Frame Chipboard piece with iridescent glitter. It shimmers and sparkles beautifully and will look gorgeous when the tree is lit at night. If you want to make an ornament like this one or similar ornaments below are the products I used. Maya Road Photo Frames Chipboard, Maya Road Cloud White 1″ Ink Pad, Iridescent Glitter, Diamond Glaze, Red & White Twine, Red Mini Gingham Trim,1  Holly & Berry Pick, 1 Gold Jingle Bell, Black & White Photos, Black Cardstock, Glue Stick, Strong Liquid Adhesive, Scissors, Sanding Block Step Out for Making This Ornament: Remove center square from photo frame and set aside. Apply white ink to the photo frame, place Diamond Glaze over the top...

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Hand Stitched Ornaments

Dec 5, 2013

I love to make handmade items during the holidays. I believe it all stems from my childhood and making holiday items with my mom. For as long as I can remember she and I have made something for the holidays and these fabric ornaments are fun to create especially if you like instant gratification. I did the stitching one night and then stitched the back on the next. The images are Maya Road stamps that I stamped onto natural muslin using Archival ink. I stitched a simple outline stitch all along the images, then using a pencil, lightly wrote the name onto each ornament and hand stitched over it. Inside the butterfly I added some Diamond Stickles for a little sparkle. Once I had the images stitched I decided to use a Maya Road...

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Something Fun to Entertain the Kids

Dec 4, 2013

When I was a little girl around the age of 3 or 4 my mom would go to an elderly lady’s house to do her hair. This lady had an awesome album filled with greeting cards she put together for little ones to flip through. I remember sitting on the floor looking at page after page in this album. I LOVED it so I thought of a fun idea for young kids during holiday gatherings. Find some old Christmas cards and if you are like me you have lots. I found this one that works perfectly for this type of project. You will want one that you can cut the face out of (snowman, gingerbread man, Santa, Elf, Reindeer even animals will work great). Using a craft knife cut out the face on your...

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