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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