Send Your Kid to Art Camp

Jul 18, 2013

This week my nieces Made­lyn and Bel­lie are attend­ing “Art Camp”, at the Beau­mont Art League. Each day is split into two ses­sions, Paper Mache and Draw­ing. Made­lyn has always loved to col­or and paint and Bel­lie has loved draw­ing since she was old enough to hold a pen­cil. I guess you can say my fam­i­ly is cer­tain­ly of the artis­tic side. Real­ly we are, if we had to walk into a cal­cu­lus or physics class we would all look at each oth­er and the pro­fes­sor with the blank­est set of eyes he/she has ever seen. But if you are talk­ing paint­ing, carv­ing, cro­chet­ing, sewing, papercrafts,mixed media, assem­blage, cross stitch, pas­tel draw­ing, sketch­ing and so on… we could instruct our own col­lege cours­es about any of these. This we know well. Mom can draw...

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Shabby Chic Birdhouse

Jul 5, 2013

The base of this altered bird­house is cre­at­ed using Eileen Hul­l’s 3D Bird­house die by Sizzix. After I assem­bled the bird­house I cov­ered it  with plas­ter. Once the plas­ter was dry I paint­ed it with acrylic paint and accent­ed the sten­ciled areas with Col­or­Box Chest­nut Roan ink. I’m not kid­ding when I say I LOVE plas­ter and want to cov­er every­thing in it. It’s all I think about. The tex­ture you can cre­ate with this medi­um is so amaz­ing. The sides and top areas of the front and back of the bird­house are accent­ed with images from dec­o­ra­tive nap­kins. The look is amaz­ing and it’s so sim­ple to do. Just cut out the image from your nap­kin, peel the white lay­ers of the nap­kin off until all you have is the image lay­er, using your...

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Floral Chic Card Kits for Sale

May 3, 2013

I have a few remain­ing Flo­ral Chic Card Kits left over from teach­ing at Rocky Moun­tain Mem­o­ries, this past week­end. If you are inter­est­ed in pur­chas­ing one of these kits please send an email to and I will email you a pay­pal invoice for $35.50. In your email please include the email address you wish for me to send your invoice to. The Flo­ral Chic card kit includes step by step instruc­tions as well as col­or pho­tos of each com­plet­ed card. You will cre­ate 6 dif­fer­ent flow­ers using beau­ti­ful Tu-Tu Tulle, Antique Alter­able Scal­lop Trim, Tulle Pleat, Vin­tage Lace, Organ­za Ros­es and Zip­per Trims. Once each flower is cre­at­ed it will then be used as an embell­ish­ment to accent an all occa­sion card. You will cre­ate with papers I’ve scanned and print­ed from...

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Smile Mini Canvas

Apr 19, 2013

Oh good­ness I got­ta share some awe­some tips with you today. I paint­ed the sides of this mini can­vas using Adiron­dack Shell Pink, once dry I found the pink was just a tad bit too pink. So I light­ly applied Col­or­Box Creamy Brown Chalk Ink over the paint and it cre­at­ed the most BEAUTIFUL shade of  pink which just so hap­pened to match the pink in the Pink Paislee Cot­tage Farms back­ground paper per­fect­ly. The next tip is if you apply Col­or­Box Flu­id Chalk Ink in Rose Coral on top of the Maya Road Mixed Blos­som Mini Chip­board pieces then light­ly apply Maya Road Pure White Pig­ment on top you cre­ate anoth­er gor­geous shade of pink that works BEAUTIFULLY with the Pink Paislee Cot­tage Farms pat­terned paper line. I just love dis­cov­er­ing and shar­ing...

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Altering Paper Mache Eggs

Mar 11, 2013

I altered these paper mache eggs from start to fin­ish in less than an hour. These paper mache eggs mea­sure approx­i­mate­ly 1.5″ in length so they are rather small and per­fect to clus­ter togeth­er to accent lit­tle areas around your home. I start­ed alter­ing these eggs by first paint­ing each one with Clau­dine Hell­muth Stu­dio Blank Can­vas acrylic paint. When the eggs are paint­ed it makes the paper tape more vibrant. You don’t have to use paper tape either, you can use Washi Tape, Maya Road Fab­ric Tape, Tim Holtz Tis­sue Tape, basi­cal­ly any­thing you wish. Even mask­ing tape with stamped images using an archival ink would look nice. Now, that I’ve shared a few tips here are the sup­plies I used to alter my paper mache eggs. Paper Mache Eggs, Martha Stew­art Paper...

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Family is Everything

Dec 26, 2012

This is the can­vas I cre­at­ed for Mom. I made her a fam­i­ly tree sor­ta can­vas. You will see me at the top as I’m the old­est, then I placed my two daugh­ters Ter­ri and Ans­ley under­neath me. Next is my broth­er Richard, then my sis­ter Belin­da and her kids Aman­da, Brit­tain, Made­lyn and Isabel­la (Bel­lie). I cre­at­ed this can­vas using the Maya Road Por­trait Chip­board pieces, Clau­dine Hell­muth Stu­dio Acrylic Paint Char­coal Black, Tra­di­tion­al Tan and Blank Can­vas. I accent­ed the sides using the Heart sten­cil by Dina Wak­ley as the hearts were the per­fect size for this piece. I traced mine onto the sides using a pen­cil then using a paint brush filled them in with black paint and white accents. I paint­ed each por­trait chip­board piece using black paint. Once dry...

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Frozen Charlotte Dolls ~ For Sale

Nov 5, 2012

If you love Frozen Char­lotte Dolls as much as I do but real­ly have a hard time part­ing with your vin­tage dolls here is what you need. I am sell­ing packs of 7 hand­made Frozen Char­lotte Dolls as seen in the pho­tos for $10.00 plus ship­ping. These dolls come with a flat back which makes them easy to attach to projects such as cards, tags, orna­ments, jew­el­ry etc. and range in size from the small­est being approx­i­mate­ly 1/2″ wide to the biggest being approx­i­mate­ly 2.75″ tall. Since these are all hand­made by me, each doll will be unique and have its own vin­tage charm. I’m real­ly enjoy­ing mine as I’ve used them to cre­ate hol­i­day orna­ments and have altered the Frozen Char­lotte bust with a faux pati­na fin­ish and placed it into a charm....

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Gotta Love UTEE

Oct 22, 2012

I LOVE frozen Char­lotte dolls but real­ly don’t love the price that comes along with the orig­i­nal ones when I find them in antique shops. So I decid­ed to make a mold using Mold-n-Pour from the two I’ve been hoard­ing for just the right project. Once the mold set I popped out each frozen Char­lotte doll from it’s mold then filled both molds with clear UTEE. I did­n’t want to mix up a batch of white UTEE since I main­ly use clear and just let it cool in my pot. Yes, I know… shame on me for not clean­ing out my melt­ing pot after each use but it is what it is… you real­ly should clean it out after each use.  It’s real­ly easy and takes no time at all… so in this case, do...

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Mini Shadow Box

Aug 10, 2012

Tomor­row, I am par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Jo-Ann Fab­rics & Crafts Grand Open­ing in Sher­man, Texas. I will be there for a Book Sign­ing and Demo from 11:00–1:00. I’ll be instruct­ing those in atten­dance how to cre­ate a beau­ti­ful paper rose to accent a gift tag or card for any cel­e­bra­tion or spe­cial occa­sion. And with just a sim­ple change in paper col­or these beau­ti­ful ros­es are per­fect for any hol­i­day.  Come see me… it’s going to be fun! Jo-Ann Fab­rics & Crafts 4127 N. US High­way 75 Sher­man, Texas Ok, so on to today’s project. I love shad­ow box­es of any kind and decid­ed to cre­ate a mini shad­ow box tag for one of my projects for CHA. As I start­ed gath­er­ing Maya Road sup­plies I came across a Maya Road Scal­lop Square Basic Album...

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Dream Tag

Aug 9, 2012

Here is a fun tag to cre­ate that is filled with all kinds of lit­tle tech­niques that are per­fect to use on oth­er pro­ject­sl. I start­ed with a plain mani­la office tag and cov­ered it with vin­tage ledger paper. Next, using the Maya Road Ornate Frames stamp set and Jet Black Archival Ink, I stamped the frame images onto the ledger paper. Next I took the new Maya Road Flo­ral Gar­den Fab­ric Tape and filled the inside area of the frames. I then accent­ed the flow­ers with Dia­mond Stick­les and let it dry. Once dry, I cov­ered the Fab­ric Tape with Glossy Accents and let it dry. Make sure you have a pin handy to pop any air bub­bles that occur. Here is a lit­tle tip: I like to leave the stamps on the acetate...

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Ranger’s Designer Challenge

Jan 29, 2012

I was so excit­ed to be asked to par­tic­i­pate in their Design­er Chal­lenge. They sent each design­er a blank paper mache dress form to alter any way we want­ed. All they asked was that we stayed true to our style and used any or all three of these items Stick­les, Liq­uid Pearls and/or Crack­le Accents.  Here is what I cre­at­ed… There are 18 dif­fer­ent Ranger prod­ucts on this piece. Adiron­dack Lights Acrylic Paint Dab­ber ~ Juniper Jen­ni Bowl­in No. 10 Malt­ed Milk Tim Holtz Dis­tress Stain ~ Mus­tard Seed Dis­tress Crack­le Paint ~ Clear Rock Can­dy Inkssen­tials Crack­le Accents Clau­dine Hell­muth Stu­dio Mul­ti-Medi­um Mat­te Clau­dine Hell­muth Stu­dio Ges­so Tim Holtz Adiron­dack Alco­hol Ink ~ Lat­te & Gin­ger Archival Ink ~ Cof­fee Per­fect Pearls Mists ~ Bis­cot­ti Liq­uid Pearls ~ Cop­per Pearl & Gold Pearl...

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Stamped Muslin

Dec 16, 2011

Here is a won­der­ful way to cre­ate cus­tom rib­bon for any project or gift. All you need to do is tear strips of nat­ur­al or bleached muslin about 1″ wide and as long as you desire. Then place the Laven­der Salts stamp from my Anti­quat­ed  Col­lec­tion ~ Per­fumery Stamp Set ~ Pink Per­sim­mon onto an acrylic block, ink the stamp with Cof­fee Archival Ink and stamp all along the length of the torn muslin strip. I alter­nat­ed the top, mid­dle and bot­tom areas of the stamp to cre­ate a col­lage look. Super sim­ple and so pret­ty. This would look gor­geous tied around a gift wrapped in butch­er block paper and accent­ed with a sprig of pine, hol­ly or mistle­toe. May Flaum post­ed a tuto­r­i­al on her blog “Con­fes­sions of  a Choco­holic” show­ing you how...

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Scented Sachet

Nov 23, 2011

This sweet scent­ed sachet is per­fect to hang any­where in your home or leave the twine hang­er off and place it in a dress­er draw­er. I am thrilled with how well Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion stamps on muslin. Each lit­tle detail of Dr. Warn­er’s Corsets stamp, stamps beau­ti­ful­ly. If you want to make a few of these sachets for gifts it real­ly does not take much time at all. Sup­plies Need­ed: Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion ~ Dr. Warn­er’s Corsets Stamp, Acrylic Block, Jet Black Archival Ink, Muslin, Cream Felt, Brown & White Bak­er’s Twine, Cream All Pur­pose Thread, Vin­tage But­ton, Maya Road Hang­ing Chan­de­lier Bead, Pale Pink Seam­ing Bind­ing. Cot­ton Balls, Favorite Per­fume or Essen­tial Oils, Fab­ri-Tac Tools Used: Sewing Machine, Scis­sors, Sewing Nee­dle, Pink Shears, Straight Pins Instruc­tions: Using Jet Black Archival Ink, ink your Dr. Warn­er’s...

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A Blast from the Past…

Aug 25, 2011

I thought it would be fun to show you some lay­outs I cre­at­ed using Cocoa Daisy kits from around 2007. Now that Ans­ley is a senior this year I find these lay­outs even more spe­cial. She grew up way too fast. In the lay­out above I felt there was too much white space in the back­ground of Ans­ley’s pho­to so I used the end of my paint­brush and some acrylic paints to cre­ate a pol­ka dot back­ground. I like the pop of col­or the pol­ka dots cre­ate and they fill in the white space per­fect­ly. To pop the pho­to a bit more I paint­ed yel­low acrylic paint all around the edge of the pho­to cre­at­ing a bright col­ored bor­der. To fill in the white space on the pho­to above I attached clear but­tons to...

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Just a little something…

Jun 17, 2011

I’m so proud of my old­est daugh­ter, Ter­ri. She is a super hard work­er and doing so well in her career. I real­ly do miss the days when she was younger with her sweet lit­tle “Roo” voice, oh how I loved it when she would say “Mom­ma.” But I must admit, see­ing her grow and achieve her goals as an adult is equal­ly reward­ing. So yes­ter­day, I decid­ed to play in my stu­dio and cre­ate a lit­tle some­thing for her to put in her cubi­cal. As you can see it’s filled with lots of Wendy Vec­chi Stu­dio 490 and Tim Holtz Ranger good­ness. Sup­plies Used: Art Parts Square and Rec­tan­gle Frames, Art Parts Scal­lop Trim, Stu­dio 490 Botan­i­cal Art, Stu­dio 490 Live And Make Art, Dis­tress Crack­le Paint Rock Can­dy, Dis­tress Crack­le Paint Tat­tered...

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Just 4u

Jun 7, 2011

I real­ly like the warm col­or scheme of this card. The com­bi­na­tion of the red and cream is so pret­ty. Of course the pops of Dia­mond Stick­les here and there are awe­some too. I cov­ered the bot­tom two jour­nal­ing cards with pat­terned paper and left the top one “Just 4u” as is, then dis­tressed and inked the edges and attached it to the mid­dle cir­cle using a pop dot. I think the Octo­ber After­noon Word Stick­er strips work great as the tones match the tones of the red and cream per­fect­ly. The strips add inter­est and col­or to the card in a super sim­ple way. Prod­ucts used are from the June Cocoa Daisy “Cher­ry Soda” Main Kit and “Choco­late Malt” Add On Kit. I have a few kits left over from my “Quilt­ed Mem­o­ries”...

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Remember Me… MM Blog Bounce

May 10, 2011

It’s time for anoth­er Mem­o­ry Mak­ers Blog Bounce. The theme this month is “Remem­ber Me.” I thought it would be nice to give you a project to cre­ate for Memo­r­i­al Day. These orna­ments can be hung on a wreath or placed any­where in your home to add a bit of patri­o­tism and hon­or friends and fam­i­ly who have served our coun­try.  To those, I give a heart­felt thank you. Sup­plies Need­ed: 3 — Small Paper Mache Star Orna­ments (Hob­by Lob­by) Mak­ing Mem­o­ries Paint (Dusk, Red Wag­on) Ranger Adiron­dack Metallics Acrylic Paint Dab­ber (Sil­ver) Col­or­Box Flu­id Chalk Ink (Creamy Brown) Crepe Paper Stream­er (White) Embroi­dery Floss (DMC #543) Old Book Page Stick­les (Plat­inum) Martha Stew­art Seal Punch Paper Glaze or Glossy Accents Glit­ter (Water­slide, Red Wag­on, Steel) Old Fash­ioned Sil­ver Tin­sel Gar­land by Bethany Lowe...

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Altered Chipboard Buttons

Apr 25, 2011

Here is a tuto­r­i­al on alter­ing chip­board but­tons. These but­tons can be used in so many great ways… on cards, tags, lay­outs, projects and altered art pieces. It is fast and can be cus­tomized with any theme you can come up with. Sup­plies Used: Maya Road Mini Chip­board But­ton Set, Book Page, Glue Stick, Creamy Brown Ink, Lit­tle Yel­low Bicy­cle Love Let­ters Clear Stamp Set, Archival Jet Black Ink, Acrylic Block, Craft Knife, Sand­ing Block Instruc­tions: Apply a glue stick type adhe­sive to the top of the chip­board but­tons and attach to an old book page. Using a craft knife cut around the chip­board but­ton, then sand the edges to make them flush with the but­ton. Using a pen­cil or paper piercer punch through the but­ton holes. Apply Creamy Brown ink to the edges...

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Vintage Style Portrait Charm

Apr 13, 2011

I love the Por­trait Stamp Set by Maya Road as the images remind me of the sil­ver charms that are on my grand­moth­er’s charm bracelet. She has every grand­child and great grand­child rep­re­sent­ed and I can remem­ber always look­ing at it try­ing to find my charm. I thought it would be fun to make charms of my daugh­ters to put on a long neck­lace made from a piece of sil­ver ball chain. I real­ly like how vin­tage look­ing they turned out and plan on mak­ing more as gifts for friends. Sup­plies Need­ed: Foun­da­tion Chip­board Set, Por­trait Stamp Set, Acrylic Block, Vin­tage Ledger Paper, Black Eye­let, Jump Ring, Glue Stick, Black Archival and Creamy Brown Ink, Glossy Accents Tools Used: Craft Knife, Craft Matt, Sand­ing Block, Crop-a-Dile, Pli­ers Instruc­tions: Apply glue stick adhe­sive to the...

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Birthday Box

Feb 18, 2011

This is a small gift box for a spe­cial birth­day some­one. I think my favorite part is the vial with the can­dle inside and the make a wish jour­nal­ing strip wrapped around it. My hus­band Alan was look­ing at me a tad bit strange­ly as I was burn­ing down the can­dle so it would fit inside. He is not a visu­al per­son so he could not fig­ure out what in the world I was doing. But once he saw the fin­ished project it all made sense to him and he loved it. I real­ly like the tis­sue tape bow too… it is cov­ered in crys­tal coarse glit­ter and out­lined with Plat­inum Stick­les. Any­thing birth­day themed has to have glit­ter. Ha who am I kid­ding, it’s more like any­thing I cre­ate has to have glit­ter....

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Ranger Designer Challenge

Feb 14, 2011

I was thrilled when Ranger asked if I would be inter­est­ed in cre­at­ing a can­vas for their Design­er Chal­lenge. I could not reply back fast enough with a very excit­ed yes! They sent each design­er a box filled with a 12 x 12 frame, Per­fect Pearls and Per­fect Pearl Mists and told us to cre­ate some­thing that reflect­ed our style. Well I knew mine had to include book pages, Plat­inum Stick­les and glit­ter and once I got start­ed I could not stop. I used loads of Ranger prod­uct and when you look at the list below you’ll real­ize I’m not kid­ding. It was so much fun to sit and just cre­ate what­ev­er came to mind. I cut the grungepa­per into squares, embossed them using my cut­tle­bug then sewed them all togeth­er with a zigzag...

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