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Aug 22, 2014

Well I finally did it, I started an art journal. But let me tell ya it was not an easy start. I started out with one page, really didn’t like the bold colors because let’s face it, I’m not a bold color kinda gal, so I then thought I would tone it down a bit, then I really didn’t like it and had to step away from the table because I could feel some major frustration coming on. This is when I decided I would try to make some DIY lip gloss, so I did. It was super fast, easy and I really like it. DIY Lip Gloss Recipe All you need is 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, 1/4 teaspoon of Vaseline and 5 drops of Peppermint essential oil or the essential oil of your choice....

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Handmade Art Journal

Aug 21, 2014

I really love seeing all the amazing art journaling that lots of my friends do but I have issues, like serious issues when it comes to the journals. I love dimensional collage which means, I like to stick LOTS of bulky things in my art. Well, this does not work well with a lot of art journals due to the type of binding most have so the problem was solved this week by creating my own art journal. Now I can add all the bulky items I want and the art journal will still close. The thicker my art journal gets is no biggie because all I need to do is use larger binder rings. Even though I’ve used vintage items that you might not have on had to create my art journal my ideas...

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Handmade Gifts are Best

Jul 25, 2014

I truly believe a handmade gift is one of the best gifts one can receive. I know I love to receive anything handmade. The thought that someone took the time to make something special just for me, means more than I can describe. If you are just starting out in hand stamping jewelry charms or are thinking about starting this charm is something you can create fast and easily. One tip I have for beginners is to start out with ImpressArt Soft Strike Metal Stamping Blanks. These are amazing!!! The stamping blank used in my example is the Pewter, Square, 15/16″ Item # IAD13102. I secured the blank onto a stamping block using stamp straight tape. Don’t even try to stamp your metal without using this awesome tape. I promise you stamp straight tape saves you loads...

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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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ThermoMorph ~ Moldable Plastic

Jul 8, 2014

I was asked to try ThermoMorph and give an honest review on what I thought and how I liked it. ThermoMorph is made from polymorph granules. I know I was like what the what? I just skipped over the it’s made of this and went straight to playing. Well, ThermoMorph is super cool and so easy to use. It does everything it states on the front of the container. Very Easy to Use Reusable No Tools Required Strong When Set Can be Molded, Carved, Painted, Dyed etc. Applications Are Endless You all know how I love vintage baubles so I made some molds out of vintage lockets using a silicone mold putty that I purchased at Hobby Lobby. Once the molds were set I heated the ThermoMorph as stated in the directions. Again, super easy. Heat water...

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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 ATC Collage

Jun 5, 2014

If you only have a short amount of time for some creative play this ATC takes less than 30 min. from start to finish to make. Apply glue stick adhesive to an ATC and cover with vintage ledger paper. Apply Multi Medium to the left side of the ledger paper and attach a torn piece of dress pattern Apply Vintage Photo Distress Ink around the edges of the ATC Attach Washi Tape and Vintage Stamps Using Jet Black Archival Ink, Stamp Scribbly Bird image onto a book page and cut out. Using Twinkling H2Os and a Tim Holtz Water Pen paint onto book page, let dry. Using a glue stick adhesive attach the Scribbly Bird to the ATC Cut vintage images out of book and apply to ATC using a glue stick. Accent edges 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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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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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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Drying Flowers

May 6, 2014

Sadly, my violas are getting to the end of their peak blooming season. I love violas and these have brought me great joy all winter. I can’t stand the thought of tossing them out so I decided to snip off all the blooms and dry them for future art and jewelry projects. Pressing and drying these tiny flowers is so easy to do. All you need are several sheets of wax paper, some heavy books and 7 days of patience. Since violas are so small 7 days is all you need to wait. If you are pressing larger flowers depending on the size it can take up to 4 weeks. To press/dry my violas I lined them on a sheet of wax paper then covered them with another piece of wax paper and placed some heavy books on top. So...

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Wire Wrapped Bird Nest Pendant

Apr 18, 2014

I love nature, especially anything having to do with birds and actually have several nests sitting in my studio window. Two are wren’s nests that mom removed from her hanging planters after the little wren family flew the nest. The other nest is one I found that fell from a tree in our front yard. I even have two bird baths outside my window and enjoy the daily battles of a Blue Jay and Mockingbird trying to claim its ownership. Since I’ve started making jewelry pieces I decided to include my love of nature in some of my creations. Wire wrapping is a fun and so simple technique to do once you get the hang of it. At first you feel like you are all thumbs but then all of a sudden it clicks and working with wire and...

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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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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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Handmade Tassels

Mar 14, 2014

Handmade tassels are the easiest things to make and I have some awesome plans for these that I will share with you next week. I’ve seen tassels adorn necklaces and bracelets and figured I might as well jump in on this fashion style. I used my favorite spring colored embroidery floss (DMC 352 coral, 712 off white, 772 green). I create my tassels in small, medium and large sizes. To make the tassels all I did was wrap the embroidery floss around my fingers several times until I was happy with the thickness of the floss. Once I was finished wrapping the floss I carefully slid the floss off my fingers. Make sure you keep the circle of floss in place. Now attach a jump ring through the top of the floss circle. Cut...

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Hammered Metal Heart Charms

Mar 13, 2014

Each of these hearts literally took me 10 minutes to create. If you want to make some for yourself you will need a Steel Block, Metal Stamping Hammer, 16 Gauge Wire (I used Permanently Color Copper Silver Wire and Copper Wire) and Wire Cutters. To begin creating your heart charm using wire cutters, cut a piece of wire to about 6 inches in length. Form a heart shape then twist the ends of the wire together several times. Place the heart onto the steel block and hammer the wire until flat. You can create texture by using the ball end of your metal stamping hammer. Once you have the heart charm as you like, using wire cutters, cut off the twisted end of wire at the base. If you have a rough edge just...

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Doggie Name Tag

Mar 11, 2014

After caring for our grand dog Lola last week, I decided she needed a girly name tag and collar. She gets called a HE way too many times. The hardest part of the entire creative process was hammering out the dime I used for the name tag. If you want to make one for your dog here is a quick tutorial. If you  missed my “Stamped Penny Charm” tutorial you might want to check this tutorial out as well. It’s a fun one. Supplies & Tools Needed: ImpressArt Bench Block ~ Brass Hammer ~ 2 Hole Screw Down Punch ~ Metal Letter Stamps ~ Stamp Straight Tape ~ Half Round Pliers, Dime, Jump Ring, Maya Road Pearl Bead Chain, Maya Road Iridescent Rhinestone Trim Instructions: Place dime on bench block and hammer until flattened. Metal Stamp your dogs name onto your disk. ImpressArt has...

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Faux Soldered Scallop Border Accent

Feb 18, 2014

Need a unique border for your canvas art? All you need are Ranger Memory Foil Tape ~ Aluminum, Scallop Scissors and a Stylus to create the decorative edge shown in this photo. Here’s how you do it, it’s super easy. First, measure the top edges of the canvas, then cut a strip of foil tape to fit each edge. Next, trim the right edge of each foil tape strip using scallop scissors. Now, attach each strip to the top inside edge of the canvas as shown in the photo. Using a stylus press the larger tip of the stylus in the middle of each scallop to create an indented dot. That’s it. The step by step instructions showing how I created the silhouette and tips on creating this canvas can be found in “Delight In...

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