Wedding Charms

Mar 28, 2015

Do you need a quick gift to give to a new bride? If so, this is one fast project she will cher­ish and can either wear, place in a shad­ow box or on the spine of a wed­ding album. To cre­ate the bead flower bou­quet all I did was place one bead onto a head­pin then curl the end of the head­pin to form a small loop. Once I had 12 com­plet­ed I bunched them togeth­er and wrapped a head­pin around the mid­dle of the bunch. Then I attached a jump ring to the wire wrapped area. Super sim­ple. Sup­plies Used: 13 Head­pins, 12 Beads, 3 Jump Rings, 2 Long Rec­tan­gle Blanks, 2 Vin­tage Beads, Black Acrylic Paint Tools Need­ed: Bench Block, Met­al Stamps, Brass Met­al Stamp­ing Ham­mer, Long Nose Pli­ers (PJ Tool Jew­el­ry &...

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Bunny Easter Egg or Treat Holder

Mar 19, 2015

How cute will this East­er egg or treat hold­er look sit­ting at each per­sons table set­ting for East­er brunch. You can fill it with a per­son­al­ized dec­o­rat­ed egg to use as a place card or fill it with choco­lates for an after brunch treat. It’s real­ly sim­ple to make and I’m cer­tain your guest will love the added touch. Sup­plies Used: Tim Holtz Alter­ations East­er Ele­ments Sizzix Die, Matt Board, Flo­ral Emboss­ing Fold­er, Tim Holtz Dis­tress Paint Aban­doned Coral & Cracked Pis­ta­chio, Dina Wak­ley Media Heavy Body Acrylic Paint Glitz, Self Adhe­sive Pearls, Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue Tools Need­ed: Scis­sors, Big Shot or Cut­tle­bug, Paint­brush, Paper Trim­mer with Scor­ing Tool Using a Big Shot or Cut­tle­bug die, Matt Board and the East­er Ele­ments die, die cut two bun­nies and two bows. Using a Big Shot...

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Need a crown, of course you do!!!

Mar 18, 2015

Sat­ur­day, I was at The Crafty Scrap­per attend­ing a birth­day crop for my super sweet & awe­some friend Trisha Perkins. At her par­ty, she had Cheryl Dar­row of Ten Sec­onds Stu­dio come and instruct every­one on how to make leather crowns. This was WAY WAY WAY out of my com­fort zone as I’m a vin­tage paper kin­da girl and there was zero vin­tage paper to be found here, but let me tell you I now have a new addic­tion. Work­ing with emboss-able leather is so fun and if you ever have the chance to take one of Cheryl’s crown class­es do it, you will LOVE it! Cheryl brought her tools  and molds for the non-doo­dle cal­lig­ra­phy girls in the class, which as you can see I was one of those girls. Once every­one had their leather pieces embossed...

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I Love You Frame

Feb 13, 2015

This spark­ly chip­board frame is going to be added to the front cov­er of a mini album. I plan to cov­er the album with vin­tage sheet music and ledger paper than add pho­tos of Ter­ri and Ans­ley. If you want to make this chip­board frame it’s super sim­ple and here’s the tuto­r­i­al. Sup­plies Need­ed: 2 Maya Road Chip­board Frames, Maya Road Glit­ter ~ Red & Sil­ver, Red & Sil­ver Acrylic Paint, Vin­tage Sheet Music, Martha Stew­art Crys­tal Coarse Glit­ter, Vin­tage Glass Vial, Flocked Flow­ers, White Seam Bind­ing, Dia­mond Glaze, Glue Stick, Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue, Dina Wak­ley Gel Medi­um, Book Page Words “I LOVE YOU”, Adhe­sive Foam Squares Tools Used: Scis­sors, Paint­brush, Craft Knife, Craft Matt, Tweez­ers Instruc­tions: Using a glue stick type adhe­sive, cov­er the front of one chip­board frame with vin­tage sheet...

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So This Is Love ~ Tag

Feb 11, 2015

The star of this tag is one of my new hand­made Pen­ny Can­dy Dolls. I think she is the per­fect accent for this tag and I must admit she is one of my favorites. If you want to recre­ate a tag for your­self or a friend I put togeth­er a step by step tuto­r­i­al just for you. Sup­plies Need­ed: Mani­la Tag, Vin­tage Music Sheet, White Crepe Paper, Chip­board Heart, Dina Wak­ley Media Ruby Acrylic Paint, Maya Road Red Glit­ter, Plat­inum Stick­les, Dia­mond Stick­les, Small Red Flocked Flower, Brown & White Twine, 3 Cro­cheted Doilies, Doo­dle­Bug Rhine­stones, White Embroi­dery Floss, Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue, Fab­ric Tac Fab­ric Adhe­sive, Ranger Mul­ti Medi­um Mat­te, Martha Stew­art Crys­tal Coarse Glit­ter, Hand­made Pen­ny Can­dy Doll, Small Alpha­bet Stamp Set, Jet Black Archival Ink Tools Need­ed: Scis­sors, Paper Trim­mer,...

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Valentine Home Decor Accent

Feb 9, 2015

This valen­tine home decor piece show­cas­es one of the hand­made Pen­ny Can­dy Dolls I now have in my etsy shop. I love these dolls from long ago and when pos­si­ble make molds of dolls I think you too would like to use in your craft­ing projects. This lit­tle cutie is hold­ing a book under­neath it’s arm. I put togeth­er a tuto­r­i­al so you too can recre­ate this home decor accent. I plan on dis­play­ing this year round in my stu­dio. Sup­plies Used: Large Wood­en Spool, Vin­tage Sheet Music, White Crepe Paper, 2 Chip­board Hearts, Dina Wak­ley Media Ruby Acrylic Paint, 16 Gauge Wire, Dia­mond Glaze, Maya Road Red Glit­ter, White Embroi­dery Floss, Red & White Bak­er’s Twine, Martha Stew­art Crys­tal Coarse Glit­ter, Ranger Mul­ti Medi­um-Mat­te, Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue, Flocked Flower, Hand­made Pen­ny Can­dy Doll with...

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A Joyful Snowman

Dec 3, 2014

This is one of my very favorite orna­ments I’ve ever cre­at­ed. It was orig­i­nal­ly post­ed on Decem­ber 4, 2009 but I love it so much that I thought I would repost the tuto­r­i­al again today. All the dif­fer­ent tex­tures and the col­or scheme make me super hap­py. Sup­plies Used: Paper Mache Rec­tan­gu­lar Orna­ment (Hob­by Lob­by), Cream Felt, Crys­tal Coarse Glit­ter, Vin­tage Sheet Music, 2.5″ Sisal Brush Tree (Christ­mas Sec­tion of most large Craft Stores), Maya Road Mini Snowflakes, Maya Road Mini Noah Chip­board Let­ters, Fab­ric Rem­nant, Red, Cream and Black Embroi­dery Floss, Rhine­stone, Gold Self Adhe­sive Gems, Gold Ger­man Glass Glit­ter, White Seam Bind­ing, Gold Jin­gle Bell, 3 — Vin­tage But­tons, 24 Guage Wire, Fab­ri-Tac, Col­lage Pauge Instant Decoupage — Glossy, Sizzix Snow­man Die, Adiron­dack Metallics Acrylic Paint Dab­ber — Gold, Mak­ing Mem­o­ries Acrylic Paint...

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Countdown to Christmas Calendar

Nov 24, 2014

This hol­i­day sea­son I’m all about get­ting projects done in a day. This year, I can’t afford the take a week to com­plete a project, you all know I’m very capa­ble of cre­at­ing a mole hill kin­da project into a moun­tain kin­da project. So I thought and thought of how I could cre­ate a “Count­down to Christ­mas Cal­en­dar” with­out it tak­ing me days to com­plete. I love count­ing down to Christ­mas just as much as a kid and thought I would share with you what and how I made mine. This project should take 3  hours tops from start to fin­ish includ­ing dry­ing time for the paints. Prod­ucts Used: Maya Road Count­down Shad­ow­box, Adiron­dack Acrylic Paint Dab­ber Juniper & Metal­lic Gold, Cof­fee Archival Ink, Glue Stick, My Mind’s Eye ~ Joy­ous 6” x 6”...

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Altered Art Journal Page 1

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 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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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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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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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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Merry and Bright

Nov 27, 2013

This shad­ow box is cre­at­ed from plas­ter then paint­ed and glazed with an antique wash to give it that per­fect aged look. It mea­sures approx­i­mate­ly 5.5″ W x 7″ H x 1″ D. The out­side edge of the shad­ow box is wrapped with vin­tage lace, red seam bind­ing and accent­ed with two vin­tage Christ­mas picks. The back­ground of the shad­ow box show­cas­es hand cut words “Mer­ry and Bright” from vin­tage sheet music from the ear­ly 1920’s and a glit­tery snowflake with an iri­des­cent rhine­stone cen­ter. I cre­at­ed the doll from plas­ter using a mold from a vin­tage doll in my col­lec­tion. She is hand paint­ed with acrylic paint and giv­en an antique wash. The dolls dress is cre­at­ed from antique doilies and she wears a crown made from a vin­tage book page sprin­kled with...

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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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Antiquated Collection Card Class

Sep 4, 2013

I will be teach­ing my Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion card class at Cre­ative Cards and Crafts the week­end of Octo­ber 18th & 19th. Please con­tact the store for class times and fees. It’s going to be a super fun cre­ative week­end. Class Descrip­tion: In this Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion class I will show you how to assem­ble 5 beau­ti­ful 4” x 5.5” vin­tage themed all occa­sion cards using pat­terned papers from the Pink Paislee Cot­tage Farms line as well as stamps from my Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion stamp line with Pink Per­sim­mon. Once all five cards are assem­bled and accent­ed using Stick­les, Pearls, Seam Bind­ing and Dec­o­ra­tive Stick Pins you will be ready to cor­re­spond with friends and fam­i­ly. Please Note: I will bring a lim­it­ed amount of stamps from my Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion stamp line. If you would rather a...

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Miniature Art ~ Affections

Aug 22, 2013

Today, I’m shar­ing a fun lit­tle (and I mean lit­tle as in 2″ x 2″  lit­tle) minia­ture can­vas. I want­ed the tex­ture of this can­vas to have that old stuc­co look and feel I came to love see­ing on so many build­ings while in Bel­la­go, Italy. To start I cov­ered the entire can­vas with plas­ter, once dry I applied a thin coat of a cream col­ored acrylic paint over the entire can­vas. Since I want­ed the plas­ter to resem­ble old stuc­co I applied a col­or wash over the dried cream paint using a watered down brown acrylic paint. While the wash was still wet I used a dry paper tow­el to wipe off the excess col­or wash. This tech­nique worked beau­ti­ful­ly and the plas­ter fin­ish looks just like the build­ings I remem­ber see­ing in...

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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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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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