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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Fabric Tape Flower Tutorial

Apr 10, 2013

Here is a real­ly fun flower to make using Maya Road Fab­ric Tape in Ging­ham Barn Red, Ocean Blue & Flo­ral Gar­den. This lit­tle flower can be used in so many dif­fer­ent types of projects and I have a feel­ing this is not the last flower I will cre­ate. Would­n’t it look cute tied to the top of a pack­age wrapped with butch­er paper then tied with any of the awe­some Maya Road Twine Cord­ing. It could even be the main flower in a bou­ton­niere or placed inside an altered wood­en spool as a decor piece… so many ideas. To begin mak­ing your flower you will need to cre­ate a petal form. Using wire cut­ters cut a piece of 20 gauge wire to 4 inch­es in length. Then about an inch from one end...

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Vintage Button Bracelet

Feb 7, 2013

This bracelet is seri­ous­ly the eas­i­est bracelet I’ve ever cre­at­ed. I start­ed with the Pat­era Bracelet Small Cir­cle by Nunn Design for the base of my bracelet. I love the aged look of all the Nunn Design items and the qual­i­ty is beyond awe­some. First I select­ed 7 vin­tage shell but­tons that fit nice­ly and secure­ly inside each of the bezels of the bracelet. I did not want any space show­ing between the but­ton and the bezel so I made sure these but­tons were almost an exact fit. Using E6000 as my adhe­sive, I applied a small amount of adhe­sive inside each bezel of the bracelet then pressed a vin­tage shell but­ton on top of the E6000. Next I select­ed 7 addi­tion­al shell but­tons that were slight­ly small­er than the oth­ers. I attached these to the...

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Maya Road Sneak Peek ~ Wood Bird Cages

Jan 8, 2013

In between book projects, I squeezed in a lit­tle cre­ative time to make some small CHA projects for Maya Road. I must say, I’m LOVING the new Wood Bird Cages (page 1 in the cat­a­log) and 4″ x 6″ Card Sen­ti­ment Words Stamp Set (page 4 in the cat­a­log). This tag was fun and pret­ty quick to cre­ate. I start­ed with an Inkssen­tials #8 Mani­la Tag and cov­ered it with Pink Paislee pat­terned paper. I then used the Maya Road Ornate Feath­ered Friends 4″ x 6″ stamp set as a back­ground stamp (page 15 in the cat­a­log). I then machine stitched a straight stitch all around the inside edge of the tag and dis­tressed and inked the edges. Tip: I leave the stamps on the clear sheet as the come when pur­chased then ink the stamps with...

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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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Art Requires Courage ~ Canvas Class

Apr 6, 2012

I’m so look­ing for­ward to teach­ing my “Art Requires Courage” can­vas class Sat­ur­day, April 21st. Class starts at 10:00 a.m. and will take approx­i­mate­ly 4 hours to com­plete. Car­olyn told me I have just 4 slots left so if you want to join me and learn some fun mixed media tech­niques please call Car­olyn at The Crafty Scrap­per 972.923.3151. The cost for the class is $45.00. In this mixed media class you will alter an 8″ x 10″ can­vas using an eclec­tic mix­ture of ele­ments such as chick­en wire, vin­tage papers, stamped images, tex­tiles, paint and glit­ter. I will show you how to cre­ate a faux stamped met­al accent as well as a faux tin type pho­to­graph using a vin­tage spoon. We will alter silk leaves to look as though they have been air dried and accent your can­vas...

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A Little Dylusion

Apr 3, 2012

is very good for the cre­ative soul! This was the make-n-take Car­olyn taught Sat­ur­day, dur­ing her March Make-n-Take Mad­ness event at The Crafty Scrap­per. And since I took my tag home to fin­ish it I decid­ed to accent mine with a lit­tle bit of Dia­mond Stick­les, Self Adhe­sive Pearls, Per­fect Pearls Mist and Glossy Accents. I got­ta say, I love cre­at­ing with Dyan Reave­ley’s fun and quirky styled Dylu­sions prod­ucts. It was fun cre­at­ing so far out of my style. You will be see­ing more in the future for sure. And since I fin­ished my tag at home I thought I would show you a few step by steps so you can make one for your­self. Of course I got the okay from Car­olyn to share it since it is her make-n-take design. The first...

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Always adding more…

Dec 9, 2011

So the more I looked at the domi­no art piece I post­ed yes­ter­day, the more I felt it need­ed more… it just lacked that lit­tle some­thing extra. So back into the scrap­room it went as I had ideas in my head and well, once and idea enters my head I can’t do any­thing else until I give it a go. So here is what the fin­ished piece looked like, yes­ter­day. And here is what it looks like now. Since I could not apply alco­hol ink to the face to dark­en the com­plex­ion, with­out wor­ry­ing that the alco­hol ink would ruin the stamped image, I decid­ed to stamp the image onto the blank mar­gin of a vin­tage book page then care­ful­ly and  ever so pre­cise­ly cut out the face. I then placed the cut out image...

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Gentlemen’s Ornament or Gift Tag

Dec 1, 2011

I love the detail you get from the Gen­tle­men’s Puff stamp in the Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion ~ Fine and Dandy Stamp Set. Each fine line in the Puff can be seen and it makes me so hap­py. This project can be used as an orna­ment for your tree to rep­re­sent the men in the fam­i­ly or attached to a gift and used as a gift tag. The back is cov­ered with the blank mar­gin from a piece of vin­tage book page. I used two Maya Road Rec­tan­gle Foun­da­tion chip­board pieces as the base for this project. One com­plete rec­tan­gle front was cov­ered with vin­tage sheet music. Then just the out­er piece of the sec­ond rec­tan­gle was stamped using the fir tree stamp from Lit­tle Red Wag­on by Pink Per­sim­mon. I used Jet Black Archival Ink...

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Altering the Leaves

Nov 3, 2011

As you can see the album is start­ing to come togeth­er, but please note I do not have any­thing attached to the cov­er just yet. Every­thing is just sit­ting in place. I like see­ing the stems of the leaves and pump­kins stick­ing out. The album still lacks all the details that makes it spe­cial but you can begin to see how the com­plet­ed mini album is going to look. I’m still not sure how I want to alter the ban­ner.. paint, ink, paper? I’ll fig­ure it out lat­er. Today we are alter­ing the leaves of the coast­er mini album. I find it eas­i­est when alter­ing some­thing like the shape of leaves is to apply the adhe­sive to the chip­board piece, attach the pat­terned paper and then cut the piece out using a craft knife...

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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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Just a note.

Aug 19, 2011

Hel­lo again! Chris­tine from Cocoa Daisy here to share a cou­ple fun cards I made using this mon­th’s kit “Siren’s Call”. Every month before I put my kit away to start work­ing with the next one I like to make a cou­ple cards with the left­over bits on my desk. This mon­th’s kit had the per­fect bright, pri­ma­ry col­ors to cre­ate a cou­ple cheery cards. For this first card I punched 1″ cir­cles from the Cos­mo Crick­et paper and then ran them through my sewing machine, let­ting the machine run a few stitch­es in between each cir­cle to cre­ate a ban­ner like affect. I laid them out on the card in ran­dom order, plac­ing foam adhe­sive under some to add a lit­tle dimen­sion. I fin­ished off the card with a tag and this cute...

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True Love

Jul 20, 2011

This is the last of the cards I cre­at­ed using new Maya Road prod­ucts. They are releas­ing the cutest “Mini Bot­tle Caps” and when I say, “mini” I mean mini they are only .5″. I cre­at­ed the flower by col­or­ing the bot­tle cap using the car­di­nal cop­ic mark­er, one daisy from their “Large Daisy Vin­tage Lace Trim” and their new “Skin­ny Spool”. The “Wavy Lay­er­able Ban­ner” is mist­ed with “Egg­plant Put­ple Maya Mist” and stamped using the alphas from the “Just My Type” stamp set. The love chip­board word is inked using their “Pink 1” Ink Pad”. The“Mini Bot­tle Cap” is half filled with glossy accents and sil­ver Ger­man glass glit­ter then a self adhe­sive pearl was placed in the cen­ter. I accent­ed the pat­terned paper from my Cocoa Daisy “Urban Loft” kit, scal­lop cir­cle cen­ter and chip­board pieces...

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Jul 15, 2011

Cameos… one can nev­er have too many cameos and now you can stamp them on any­thing you wish. Maya Road has a new set called just that “Cameos”. The stamp set includes three ornate frames, an oval cen­ter stamp, four dif­fer­ent sized  ladies, small accents and words. You get 17 stamps total. I will cer­tain­ly be using this set a lot. I accent­ed the lady’s hair using one of the new “Vin­tage Paper Posies” and three self adhe­sive pearls to cre­ate a tiny chok­er. The pat­terned paper used are scraps from my Cocoa Daisy “Urban Loft” kit. Sun­day, I’m off to Chica­go to meet up with Ron­da and then Chris­tine, Mon­day for CHA. It’s going to be a blast room­ing with them again. The last time I saw them we were room­ing togeth­er in...

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Hi, my love

Jul 14, 2011

Here is anoth­er new stamp set Maya Road is releas­ing at CHA. It’s called “Just My Type.” I love the old type­writer stamp and font which I’m sure comes as no sur­prise to you. The words “my love” are from their new “Tell Your Sto­ry” stamp set. It too has a cute type­writer just not the old Under­wood style. And I can always find a place to put some of their adorable “Large Daisy Vin­tage Lace Trim.” I like to accent the cen­ter with a 5mm self adhe­sive pearl. And here is a lit­tle sneak peek of tomor­rows project. Oh how I love tomor­row’s stamp set....

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Celebrate Cupcake Picks

Jul 3, 2011

Here is a project even the kids could help you cre­ate. Bak­ing, icing and dec­o­rat­ing cup­cakes is always fun no mat­ter the age. I think a few dozen cup­cakes accent­ed with this cup­cake top­per and dis­played on a table would be adorable. You know your guests will love snag­ging these treats. You could even type or print dif­fer­ent words describ­ing your July 4th cel­e­bra­tion. Below is a list of words I com­piled that cer­tain­ly describes this very impor­tant hol­i­day. Britain, Colonies, Jef­fer­son, Dec­la­ra­tion, Inde­pen­dence, Fourth, July, Philadel­phia, Free­dom, Nation, Thir­teen, Han­cock, Con­ti­nen­tal, Con­gress, Red, White, Blue, Stars, Stripes, Anthem, Flag, Lib­er­ty, Bet­sy Ross, Amer­i­ca, Unit­ed, States, Hon­or, Mem­o­ry, Con­sti­tu­tion, Loy­al­ty, Memo­r­i­al, Franklin Sup­plies Need­ed: Pat­terned Paper: Melis­sa Frances (Caleb, Daniel) White Card­stock Col­or­Box Flu­id Chalk Ink (Creamy Brown) Self Adhe­sive Pearls: Melis­sa Frances (White)...

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Smile Sweet Heart Card

Jul 1, 2011

Here is a bright and cheery card I cre­at­ed using the Cocoa Daisy Main Kit “Urban Loft” and the “South Loop” Add On Kit. I’m lov­ing all the bright col­ors and designs on these flow­ers and accent­ed with self adhe­sive pearls which are includ­ed in the main kit, makes them even cuter. You all know how much I love pearls! Today, I will be cre­at­ing with some new CHA release prod­ucts for Maya Road which make me so hap­py, just wait until you see them… oh my good­ness did Car­o­line and Deb ever out do them­selves with this release. I think it’s my favorite ever. Then tonight, I will be edit­ing into the wee hours of the night, again. My Aunt would cringe if she saw my sleep sched­ule right now it’s worse than...

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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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Jun 9, 2011

Hon­est­ly, this has to be the fastest card I’ve ever cre­at­ed. All I did was machine stitch around the inside edge of the pat­terned paper, dis­tressed and inked the edges with creamy brown ink, attached the fab­ric flow­ers using Fab­ri-Tac, accent­ed the pat­terns with Dia­mond Stick­les, added a 2mm self adhe­sive pearl to each flower cen­ter, put on my sen­ti­ment and BAM… done! That is FAST for me! Prod­ucts used to cre­ate this card are from the Cocoa Daisy June “Cher­ry Soda” Main Kit and “Fruit Smooth­ie” Add On Kit. Just wait until you see tomor­row’s project… you’ll nev­er look at brads the same and will be look­ing for more brads to make sev­er­al more of tomor­row’s fea­tured project. I can­not wait to show you. I want to make LOTS more of these as...

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A Moment In Time…

Jun 8, 2011

To cre­ate this tag I used the super cute Amper­sand stamp in this months Cocoa Daisy “Cher­ry Soda” kit along with the “Coor­di­nat­ing Paint and Ink” and Word Stamp Set Add On Kits. I think the Amper­sand and Word stamps make an adorable back­ground pat­tern for this tag. The but­ter­flies are cre­at­ed using a Martha Stew­art punch, 2mm self adhe­sive pearls and Dia­mond Stick­les accents. I like the pop of yel­low under each but­ter­fly as it com­pli­ments the card­stock stick­er so well. I cut the jour­nal­ing tag that came in the main kit to place at the bot­tom of the tag then attached the red brads in each of the four holes on the tag. The trim used is from the “Choco­late Malt” Add On Kit. I then attached a strip of 5mm self adhe­sive...

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