Winter Magpie

Nov 29, 2010

If you are wondering what this title means well it means loads of creative fun as “Winter Magpie” is the name of the December kit at Cocoa Daisy. I am so lucky as I got to play with this kit because I am their December Guest Designer. When Christine asked me I was thrilled. Then as she was telling me about all the wonderful products she incorporated in the kit I felt it was so ME and could not wait to start creating. Her kits are always gorgeous and so inspiring. Here are the projects I created using this kit… 2 layouts, a card and a gift card holder. I had product left over to create more items but these will be in my book (yes Cocoa Daisy is once again one of my...

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Fun project for any age…

Nov 16, 2010

This paper snowflake ornament will certainly keep kids of all ages entertained while waiting for their Thanksgiving meal. All you need are a few supplies and they should be busy for at least an hour and hopefully longer. The younger kids can punch the pieces needed, the older kids can fold them into shape then together they can attach and glitter everything to create the ornament. I think some made out of red and green solid cardstock or the adorable Tinsel & Twig collection by The Girls’ Paperie would look awesome. Supplies Needed: White Cardstock, Maya Road Iridescent Glitter, Maya Road Chipboard Snowflakes, Maya Road Pure White Ink, Rhinestones, Diamond Stickles, Aleene’s Quick Dry Tacky Glue Tools Needed: Fiskars Extra Large Square-a-Licious (scallop square) Punch, Fiskars Extra Large Seal of Approval (scallop round) Punch,...

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Memory Jar and a winner…

Oct 6, 2010

While in Mykonos I collected simple items I could use to fill a memory jar of my trip. This old sugar dispenser contains lots of wonderful memories. I picked the sugar dispenser because it reminded me of the columns I saw while touring Delos. I painted the metal top blue to remind me of all the blue on the houses and buildings. Then along the bottom of the jar I typed 2010 – Cocoa Daisy Destination – Mykonos on vintage paper to document the year and name of the event. I tied blue and white seam binding around the top of the container to remind me of all the gorgeous white buildings with blue accents. I then tied some red and white baker’s twine around it as there is always a little pop of...

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I spy…

Aug 6, 2010

a really messy bar and kitchen table. The bar is loaded with lots of fun things I purchased while in Maine and West Virginia and the kitchen table is filled with stuff I have been using this week. You too can have this mess if your scraproom is so out of control you need to ask your neighbor to help you come organize…. next week hopefully all that you see will fit into my scraproom. Pray for me that Jennifer does not leave the second she sees what I have done. You will spy with your little eyes vintage milk bottle caps (for my future Christmas online workshop), German glass glitter, bag full of vintage tinsel and aluminum garland (more items for an online workshop), old bottles to be cleaned and filled with vintage...

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Show Day 1

Jul 27, 2010

What a whirlwind of a day… One minute into the show I had a line waiting to create my make-n-take and 5 hours later all 78 were done. Then did some demos on how to make a really cute flower using our satin pleat trim. Tomorrow’s make-n-take will be creating a flower that has been misted with several different colors of Maya Mist… then the center will be one of the new bingo pieces. AND the giveaway is awesome… just saying. So stop by in the morning so you don’t miss out. From 11:00 to 11:30 I will have a book signing at the R & M booth #2025. So if you would like one of my books make sure you get there first thing at 11:00 as I will need to leave right...

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Lola Banner

Jun 30, 2010

I created this banner nearly a year ago for last years CHA-S. I love it so much that I thought I would share with you a tutorial on how to recreate it. I love the combination of the pale pink paint and vintage sheet music as well as the German glass glitter, crepe paper, Platinum Stickles and trims. I guess it is safe to say I love it all. Supplies Needed: Maya Road Mixed Scallop Triangle Banner Album, Maya Road Philadelphia Uppercase Alphabet, Maya Road Silver Metallic Mist, Vintage Sheet Music, Platinum Stickles, Pink Crepe Paper, 5mm Self Adhesive Pearls, Fine Silver German Glass Glitter, White Tulle, Brown and White Baker’s Twine, White Seam Binding, Embroidery Floss (color does not matter) ColorBox Fluid Chalk Ink – Creamy Brown, Glossy Accents Tools Used: Paintbrush, Scallop...

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New Classes Scheduled at The Crafty Scrapper

Jun 16, 2010

Smile Canvas Banner ~ Maya Mist Technique Class Date: Friday, August 13th Place: The Crafty Scrapper 972-923-3151 While creating this banner you will learn how to make your own paint colors, alter acrylic items and create a semi clear glaze using Maya Mist incorporated with other common craft supplies. Your kit will come with a complete set of Maya Road chipboard letters so you can spell any name or word for you banner. The Maya Road Canvas Pendant Banner Album comes with 6 pages. If the word or name you wish to use has more than 6 letters Carolyn has additional Maya Road Canvas Pendant Banner Albums for purchase. Maya Road Maya Mists will be provided for use. There will be a wide assortment of colors but if you have a specific color scheme...

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What a fun weekend…

Jun 14, 2010

This past weekend was filled with loads of fun at The Crafty Scrapper. I taught three sold out classes, 2 – Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend and 1 – Tuscany and Roses. I actually remembered to bring my camera AND take some photos. Although I must admit I forgot to take photos of the first class. I get so wrapped up in teaching and laughing that my camera is the last thing i think about BUT I put the camera in my apron for the 2nd and 3rd class and made myself remember. So here are a few photos of all the fun being had. This is Friday nights Tuscany and Roses Class And here are photos from Saturdays Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend Class. AND… since so many were not able...

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Heritage Pennant

May 17, 2010

This is one of my favorite photos of my Mom and her Mother. I am guessing this photo was taken around 1944. I think photo booth photos are the best. So wanting to be able to see this photo more often I decided to create a little heritage style pennant. Now I can display it however I wish. Tips, Techniques and Tutorials I had a super fun Saturday at The Crafty Scrapper. I took two soldering classes 101 and 201. Trisha is a great teacher. If you ever have a chance to take a class from her I suggest you do. You will be so happy you did. I will show you some of the charms I made later in the week. Have a great day. I’m off to send Carolyn the info needed...

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I love small houses…

May 11, 2010

I could create an entire village out of this old fashioned putz style house. Really, there are so many wonderful ways to decorate this sweet little house. I have other patterns in my head to create as well but I wanted something simple this go around. I like the simplicity of the black paint against the old book page. Also the accented star… it’s a Texas thing in gold German glass glitter really adds a nice pop of color to the front. Oh and don’t forget the crystal coarse glitter, it adds the perfect amount of sparkle. Tips, Techniques and Tutorials I have been super busy creating some new technique classes to teach at The Crafty Scrapper in Waxahachie. My “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend” Technique Class will be taught June 12th at...

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Mother’s Day Ornament/Tag

May 5, 2010

Here is an ornament/tag I created using an image from this vintage lady pdf. I LOVE these images and plan on creating a few more ornaments to attach to gift bags as needed. I always write a little note on the back of the tag for the recipient as I feel it adds such a personal touch to the gift. And I was really happy with how the rose looked on the tag too. I added a little creamy brown ink to distress it just a bit. I think it’s perfect. Those of you registered in my Tips, Techniques and Tutorials workshop, I will be posting the tutorial on how to recreate this soon. So be watching. Supplies Used: Maya Road Scroll Frames, Ledger Paper, Sheet Music, Platinum Stickles, Maya Road Chandelier Bead, Self...

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Twisted Crepe Paper Rose

Apr 2, 2010

This sweet rose embellishment is perfect to use as an accent on any project or card. I think it would be gorgeous on a birthday, thinking of you or Mother’s Day card. This rose is really simple to make and I see an addiction headed my way as I just cannot seem to make enough of them right now. I guess the addiction is already here. Supplies Used: Crepe Paper Streamer – Pink, Self Adhesive Pearls – 2MM, Felt Leaves, Platinum and Diamond Stickles, Aleene’s Tacky Glue, Creamy Brown Ink, Book Page Tools Needed: Scissors, Fiskars Large Scallop Squeeze Punch – Seal Of Approval Instructions: Using a Scallop Punch, punch one scallop circle out of an old book page. Ink the edges using a creamy brown ink. Accent the scalloped edge of the circle...

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Altered Paper Mache Box

Mar 28, 2010

I tell ya cleaning out my scraproom has allowed me to find some things I had forgotten all about having. This paper mache butterfly box was stashed away deep down in a drawer and these bunny picks where hanging in a bag that had been pushed way back in the closet. Putting the two together sure did make for a super cute altered box. I’m so glad I found them. This is what the Rabbit looked like originally. I found these in the Easter section at JoAnns. Supplies Used: Butterfly Shaped Paper Mache Box, Book Pages, Stamens, Creamy Brown Ink, Rabbit Pick, Krylon Silver Leafing Pen, Strong Liquid Adhesive, Glue Stick, Craft Knife, Craft Mat, Collage Pauge Instant Decoupage – Glossy, Martha Stewart Crystal Coarse Glitter, MM Manila Acrylic Paint Tools Needed: Paintbrush, Scissors...

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May Day Basket

Mar 27, 2010

This basket can be used as Easter decor in your home or given to a friend or neighbor filled with tummy treats.  You could also use this as a May Day Basket… One fun May Day tradition is to hang a basket full of spring flowers or other small gift on your neighbor’s doorknob. Just make sure you don’t get caught because if you do you will have to kiss them. Supplies Used: Peat Pot (Garden Section at Lowe’s), Maya Mist – Brown, Prima Hydrangea Blossoms, Self Adhesive Rhinetsons ($1 Section at Michaels), Bethany Lowe Designs All Seasons Festooning Garland, Pale Pink Seam Binding, Creamy Brown Ink, White Chenille Stem, Fabri-Tac Tools Needed: Scissors Instructions: Mist entire peat pot using Maya Mist – Brown, let dry. Attach to the top edge of the peat...

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Altered Paper Mache Box

Mar 24, 2010

How sweet will this be filled with a little Easter surprise? I love surprises and think this altered egg shaped paper mache box is perfect to hold that special Easter something. Supplies Needed: Small Egg Shaped Paper Mache Box, Vintage Easter Postcard Image, Folk Art 526 Soft Apple Acrylic Paint, Collage Pauge Instant Decoupage – Glossy, Martha Stewart Crafts Crystal Coarse Glitter, ColorBox Fluid Chalk Ink – Creamy Brown, Maya Road Vintage Crochet White Zig Zag Trim, Pale Pink Seam Binding, Fabri-Tac, Maya Road Clear Jewel Pins, Copic Ciao Markers RV13 Tender Pink & G21 Lime Green, 3mm Rhinestones, 5mm Self Adhesive Pearl Tools Used: Scissors, Pencil, Paintbrush Instructions: Using a paintbrush paint the entire paper mache box, let dry. Lightly ink the painted box using Creamy Brown ink. Note:  You just want a...

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Sweet Treat Cup

Mar 23, 2010

Crepe paper and pipe cleaners… can it get much sweeter? For me, no. Here is a treat cup tutorial that will fit on an Easter tree if you shorten the handle a bit from what is shown here. Or you could score major brownie points by placing one of these little cuties on your co-workers desk filled with a few candy eggs, a chocolate Easter bunny, wrapped in cellophane and tied with a seam binding bow. You could also make several and use them as placecards for an Easter brunch. Pure sweetness I think. Supplies Used: White Nut & Party Cups (can be found in the Cake Section of large craft stores), Pink Crepe Paper Streamer, Maya Road Pink Ruffle Edge Trim, Jenni Bowlin Pink Embellished Butterflies, Fabri-Tac, Embroidery Floss (any light color as...

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Vintage Postcard Easter Ornaments

Mar 21, 2010

If you are creating the Easter Ornaments I am posting here are a few more for your tree. I love vintage postcard images… especially Easter ones. I really think I was born in the wrong time period. Supplies Used: Maya Road Foundation Chipboard Set, Maya Mist – Silver Metallic, German Glass Glitter – Silver, ColorBox Fluid Chalk Ink – Creamy Brown, Glossy Accents, Diamond Stickles, Copic Ciao Marker RV13 Tender Pink, Self Adhesive Cream colored Pearls – 2mm & 5mm, Brown & White Baker’s Twine, Aleene’s Acid Free Tacky Glue Stick, Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue, Vintage Easter Postcard Images, Vintage Sheet Music (The Crafty Scrapper most likely has a lot of this product if you need to order online… give them a call 972.923.3151) Tools Used: Craft Knife, Craft Mat, Sanding Block Instructions: Cover...

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Easter Ornament Kits for Sale…

Mar 8, 2010

For those of you that asked if I was going to sell some Easter Ornament Kits here is your one and only chance to purchase a kit. Once I sell out they are gone. And just so you know I have a very limited supply.  The Easter Ornament Kits are are now available here. The price per kit is $30.00. Shipping is included in the price of the kit. With this kit you will create 6 adorable Easter Ornaments that are perfect to accent any Easter tree, gift bag or banner. These ornaments range in size from 3” to 4” and each front showcases an adorable vintage postcard image while the back of each ornament is simply covered with images of vintage sheet music. You will accent each ornament with a silk flower, self...

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Easter Ornaments and Canvas Sampler Class Info

Feb 17, 2010

In this class you will create 6 adorable Easter Ornaments that are perfect to accent any Easter tree, gift bag or banner. These ornaments range in size from 3” to 4” and each front showcases an adorable vintage postcard image while the back of each ornament is simply covered with images of vintage sheet music. You will accent each ornament with a silk flower, self adhesive pearls, brown & white baker’s twine and buttons. If you choose, the vintage images can be accented with Diamond Stickles and the scroll frames can be accented using Platinum Stickles. I will show you how to accent dangling chandelier pieces using Copic markers which can be purchased at Crop-Paper-Scissors if you wish to accent your ornaments. There will be lots of painting, sanding, glittering and gluing in this...

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New Products I love…

Jan 16, 2010

Since Maya Road sneak peeks will continue Monday I thought I would show you a few products already revealed that I really love. I love how gorgeous this Red Medallion Flower accented with a Crystal and Vintage Black Pearl Pin looks next to an Uppercase Philadelphia Chipboard letter that is altered with fine silver german glass glitter. You can bet I will be tinting some Crystal Pins with my copic markers or alcohol inks using this Tim’s cool fillable pen in the near future. I love how cute this heart and arrow from the Love Mini Chipboard Set looks altered with vintage sheet music and fine silver german glass glitter. It is attached to one of the Mixed Scallop Triangle Banners from the Mini Set. And I think this button from the Mini Button...

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Snow Day Tag

Dec 12, 2009

With all the snow lots of my friends seem to be having as of late I thought this might be a fun project to document their snow days. This tag can be used as an ornament for the tree or for an accent in any room of your house. I have always loved this photo of my Mom back in 1957. Salem, West Virginia, where my mom grew up had a snow storm that winter that left her little town looking like a winter wonderland. Her dog poochie loved playing outside with her in the snow as you can see from the photo. I find it kind of amusing that Mom and Dad had the same knickname growing up of “Dickie” and their dogs had the same name of “Poochie”. Supplies Used: Maya Road...

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