Texas Big + Funky = My Kinda Charm

Oct 31, 2012

Oh goodness where do I start to tell you about this charm. I had so much fun making it but darn 4 days to complete something is a LONG time for me. Patience is not my best character trait but I did it and it was well worth being patient. I used EnviroTex Resin, made my round bezel by free forming some copper metal , then used lots of Nunn Design Metal Embellishments, vintage buttons, an old metal key, rhinestones, beads and trims. Day 1 I attached a piece of patterned paper to the front and back of the round chipboard piece using Nunn Design Glue. Once the glue was dry I sealed the chipboard circle using Nunn Design Sealant on the front, back and edges of the chipboard piece. I applied the sealant three...

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Metal Gift Tag

Oct 18, 2012

This year, I plan on using what I already have on hand to create name tags for all my gifts. All you need are a few punches, alcohol inks, metal stamps, rhinestones and twine. This tag will adorn my niece Madelyn’s gift this Christmas. This gift tag was super hard to photograph so sorry for the brightness. My camera was not happy with it’s shininess at all but the good thing is the tag is really easy to create. I’m also determined to make most of my gifts this year. These past few days I’ve been experimenting with Resin and Polymer Clay and talk about fun! I have lots of projects in mind to create. The full step-by-step tutorial can be found HERE in my Tips, Techniques and Tutorials online workshop....

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Archived Halloween & Fall Projects

Oct 17, 2012

With fall finally getting ready to hit my little neck of the woods.  I thought it would be fun to do some digging in my archives and list all the fall and Halloween projects I’ve created over the years. Even though some of the items I’ve used are no longer available from some manufacturers there are still plenty of products out there from others for you to easily make substitutions. Just click on each of the links below and they will take you to each of the blog posts. As you can see I have several cards, decorations and a mini album just waiting for you to create. Also, I thought it would be fun to show you one of the first layouts I ever made. This one is of Sonny our golden retriever...

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Altering Vintage Keys

Oct 16, 2012

Altering vintage keys is super simple and since you can find them in so many different shapes and sizes having several dangle from a necklace looks really nice. I plan on putting these two on a necklace with a tiny vintage lock that I have stashed in my scraproom someplace… right now I have no clue where that someplace is but I know it’s in here. I altered my keys using Ranger Embossing Powders, Ranger Stickles Dry Glitter and Maya Road Iridescent Rhinestone Trim I tinted with Ranger Adirondack Alcohol Ink. I’m in the process of uploading a tutorial in my Tips, Techniques and Tutorials online workshop if you want step by step instructions on how I altered the two shown. And I have a little happy news to share… I just completed my...

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Love ~ Canvas

Aug 31, 2012

Before I share this canvas tutorial which is super fun and not difficult to recreate at all I want to let you know about an awesome giveaway iLoveToCreate is having on their blog. I really love their Aleene’s adhesives and use them all the time. Well you have a chance to win my latest book “Delight In The Seasons” AND a wonderful assortment of Aleene’s adhesives. You can visit their blog HERE to enter their giveaway. Ok now for the tutorial. You will need a gallery wrapped canvas, vintage ledger paper, vintage sheet music, Fiskars Round n’ Round Squeeze Punches Extra Large & Large, doilies, Maya Road Mini Chipboard Alphas (Love is the new Uppercase Lisa), Paint Brush, Claudine Hellmuth Studio Multi-Medium ~ Matte, Claudine Hellmuth Studio Paint Traditional Tan, Blank Canvas & Charcoal...

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Homemade Hand & Body Scrubs

Jun 29, 2012

Each day while Madelyn is visiting I’m doing some kind of fun craft or project with her. Yesterday, she made some awesome yummy body and hand scrubs with products I already had at home. Madelyn had lots of fun and made 4 batches of each scrub. The photos above show how she made her “Vanilla Body Scrub”. Supplies Needed: Brown Sugar, Sugar in the Raw, Vanilla Extract and Canola Oil, 1/2 measuring cup, tablespoon, mixing bowl, mixing spoon, container you will use for your body scrub Instructions for ONE batch: Pour 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1/2 cup sugar in the raw into your mixing bowl and mix together. Place sugar mixture into the container you will use to store your body scrub in then add 2 tablespoons of vanilla extract. Mix the sugar...

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Rose Shaped Crayons

Jun 27, 2012

Madelyn had such a fun time creating these rose shaped crayons. All you need is crayons and gosh do I ever have a stash of crayons (I always saved those left over from Terri and Ansley’s school days) and a silicone rose muffin pan. I found mine at Hobby Lobby in the cake section. I have seen silicone ice cube trays in the $1 section at Target in different themes so look there too. I saw hearts, stars and luau themes, just yesterday. All you need to do is take the paper off of each crayon, break each crayon into 4 pieces, place into molds until the crayons fill each mold, place into preheated oven and bake at 350 degrees for 10 – 13 min., remove from oven and let cool completely. Once the...

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Craft Day with Madelyn

Jun 26, 2012

Madelyn, niece #2 is visiting this week. Each day we have a craft day so yesterday, we made a birthday banner and party hat for her My Twin doll. She had a blast with this craft since her 9th birthday is next week. Supplies Needed: Patterned Paper, Baker’s Twine, Alphabet Stickers, Diamond, Fruit Punch and Lime Green Stickles, White Boa, Yellow Seam Binding, Adhesive Tools Used: Fiskars Large Scalloped Heart Punch, Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch, Scissors, Scallop Scissors, Sewing Needle, Hot Glue Gun Instructions: My Twin Happy Birthday Banner Using the Fiskars Large Heart Punch and the Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch, punch 13 hearts and 13 butterflies out of two different patterned papers. Attach one alphabet sticker in the center of each punched butterfly to spell “Happy Birthday” Apply adhesive to the back of...

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Fun Encaustic Background

Apr 19, 2012

This background is super fun to create and surprisingly easy. All you need are 5 colored crayons, 1 white crayon, 1 mini 3″ x 3″ canvas, paper towels, natural bees wax, a non-stick craft mat, a spatula, an iron (Clover quilting iron) and a heat gun. Place the tip of each crayon, one color at a time, onto the tip of the hot iron and melt onto the non-stick craft mat. To clean the tip of my iron after each crayon I rub it clean on top of several layers of paper towels. Make each melted blob different thicknesses. Once the melted crayons are cooled and the wax has hardened lift them from the non-stick craft mat using a small spatula. Break the wax blobs into different shapes and sizes. Place each wax piece onto...

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Make n Take Giveaway

Feb 7, 2012

The last day of CHA-W, I showed lots of people how to create this super cute flower pin. You use about 12″ of Maya Road Satin Pleat Trim, 12″ of Maya Road Pleated Tulle and a Maya Road Antique Jewel Button for the center. To create the flower all you do is attach the pleated tulle on top of the satin pleat using Fabri-Tac adhesive at the sewn edge of each piece of trim. Then starting at one end  loosely begin rolling the two trims until you get to the opposite end. Next, apply Fabri-Tac to a punched patterned paper circle and attach the bottom end (sewn edging) of the rolled trims to the punched circle, let the trims spread out a bit to resemble a rose. Then using a hot glue gun, attach...

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Year In Review ~ UTEE

Jan 4, 2012

When I was asked to create some projects using Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE) I had no idea I would fall in love with this medium like I did. This product is endless in possibilities. I made rings and charms, altered a gift box, created a mini canvas, made faux lollipops, inspiration baubles and discovered a faux sea glass technique. This product is FUN! UTEE Rings I pressed a Tim Holtz button into Mold-n-Pour to create the flower mold and a vintage earring to create the blue polka dotted one. Once the mold was ready I removed the button and earring and filled them with UTEE. Altered Gift Box using UTEE The flower center is the same vintage earring mold I used to make the polka dot ring. The box lid is covered with...

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Dec 15, 2011

One thing I love to do is look in the $1 section at Target, in Thrift Stores or in the clearance aisle for silicone baking molds. I like to use them to create holiday and seasonal Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE) embellishments and small projects. Well, the other day I scored big time in the $1 section at Target. They had these super cute cupcake (Christmas Tree, Snowflake and Gingerbread Man) silicone molds. I grabbed them like they were gold and could not wait to get home and start playing. To make these soon to be ornaments all you need to do is melt clear UTEE as instructed on the UTEE Melting Pot. Make sure you have the Melting Pot on a Non-Stick Craft Sheet and remember UTEE and the Melting Pot are HOT...

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Miniature Charms

Dec 14, 2011

I’ve been having fun creating these miniature charms in between working on CHA projects and other design commitments. Yes, it’s that time of year again… CHA-W is just a little over a month away. I will be working in the Maya Road booth again with some wonderful make n takes lined up and have two book signings for my new book “Delight In The Seasons”…. I cannot wait for this book to debut. I’m so proud of it! Ok on to the charms… the base measure 3/4 inches square and are actually vintage bingo pieces. I attached heavy white cardstock on the top of each bingo piece then using Coffee Archival Ink and several different Antiquated Collection stamps I stamped parts of the images from the Perfumery (crown), Pocket Watch and Robe Pattern (Fine...

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Domino Art

Dec 8, 2011

Each time I use a domino it brings me back to how I acquired them… One day as I was taking Ansley someplace after school when she was around 13 or 14 years old, as we were about to leave the neighborhood I noticed dominoes scattered all over the street. Well, I’m sure you can see where this is going… I immediately stopped the car (thankfully, we live in a quiet neighborhood) and had her jump out to pick up as many as she could out of the road. I just could not stand the thought of these getting ruined by cars driving over them again and again. Well, Ansley was able to pick up all of them and not one car passed down the street. She on the other hand was horrified that I would...

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Ornamental Christmas PDF

Nov 23, 2011

Many of you asked if I planned to offer the “Christmas Wishes” and “Vintage Ornament Trio” classes I taught at The Crafty Scrapper as an online workshop. Well the answer is yes, but I did something a bit different this year. Instead of an online workshop where I post something each day like I usually do I (well let me clarify, Alan) created PDF’s for you to download. I took additional photos and added additional instructions to the PDF’s so it will make it easier to recreate the projects, since I’m not actually standing in front of you giving you all the instructions. Click the badge on the left to go to “Ornamental Christmas” on my “Workshops” page. The PDF downloads include step by step instructions, color photos, complete supply lists for both incorporated...

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Halloween 2011 Completed Album

Nov 8, 2011

Here is the completed Halloween mini album. I love how it turned out. Jenni Bowlin and Maya Road were made to go together. I accented the stems of the pumpkins using JBS Decorative Brads, MR Leaf Pins and Trim. It’s now ready to fill with cute Halloween photos of little trick -or-treaters and some journaling about their fun candy filled evening. Front Cover I added brown and white baker’s twine to the top of the smaller pumpkins and accented the edges of the JBS Alterable Letters – Micro Dots using Chicken Feed and brown ink. And of course I accented the top of each letter using Diamond Stickles. The 2011 are JBS Vintage Black Stickers. Pages 1 and 2 Pages 3 and 4 The numbers 3 and 4 on page three are from the JBS...

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Altering the Pumpkins

Nov 2, 2011

Please forgive me for the last few days. I have been working on some projects that I cannot wait to share. I will be doing an online chat with A Cherry On Top, November 19th (once we have the time set I will let you know) during this chat I will finally get to reveal my secret… needless to say, I am counting down the days. So, if you want to know make sure you are all signed up at ATOC to participate in the chat. Okay, so now to altering the chipboard pumpkins with Jenni Bowlin’s awesome Halloween 2011 line. To create the pumpkin template place a piece of computer paper on top and trace over the recessed area with a stylus and cut out. For the stem portion of the pumpkin I traced...

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Doily Flower Brooch

Sep 10, 2011

Here is a brooch I created using a vintage doily and some Maya Road Velvet Pleat Blossoms. It looks so cute on my sweater which I plan to wear during ScrapFest… come on cool weather. I’m so looking forward to teaching classes for Maya Road, helping them with make-n-takes and a book signing each day. It’s going to be so fun surrounded by crafty, creative people. If you want to make this brooch all you need is one small vintage doily, 7 Maya Road Velvet Pleat Blossoms, Fabri-Tac and a pin back. Then just start attaching the Blossoms using the Fabri-Tac. Once the adhesive is dry attach a pin back to the back of the doily and that’s it… instant brooch. Yesterday and today I have been out junking and antiquing and the finds...

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Rhinestone Wrap Bracelet

Aug 26, 2011

I know I told you yesterday I was going to show you a mini album I created of Terri from several years ago but I was so excited about this little project below I had to show you this today. I will post the mini album, Monday… promise! While surfing Pinterest I came upon this awesome pin showing all these neat wrapped bracelets. So yesterday, I thought I would give it a try and see what I could come up with… well this is it. This bracelet was so simple to make and honestly took me about 15 min. from start to finish. I will certainly be making more for sure. They are super fun and I think it will look adorable with a pearl bracelet I got while in Chicago for CHA-S. I...

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A Chevron Background

Aug 15, 2011

Hi! It’s Julie Fei-Fan Balzer and I’m so pleased to be here guest posting again on Lisa’s blog! Chevrons are all the rage lately, aren’t they?  A quick search on Pinterest comes up with thousands of entries: Clothing, home decor, paper crafts…chevrons are everywhere!  Feeling inspired, I put together this layout: And I loved it so much that I decided I had to do a video tutorial on how to create the chevron background. And since I had the pink-on-pink chevron paper, I decided to make another layout: I see a lot of chevrons in my future.  How about you? —– If you want to find me… Blog: Balzer Designs Facebook...

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Magnetic Clothespin Note Holders

Aug 10, 2011

Hi, my name is Darcy and I am representing Pink Persimmon today.  My sister (Judi) and I first got to know Lisa when she used some of our stamps in her first book “Delight in the Details”.  We are honored to be included as one of her guest bloggers this week.   One of our talented Creative Team members, Andrea Budjack, made these adorable magnetic clothespins and we’d like to share a little how-to here today. Andrea first cut three circles using her Sizzix Circles die, but you can use any circle punch or circle cutter that matches the stamp sizes.  She then stamped two images from the You’re a Jewel stamp set and the “a little note” stamp from Flower Greetings. She added a little distressing to the edges with ink and then...

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