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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