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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Key To My Heart Mini Album

Feb 18, 2015

The cov­er for this mini album is cre­at­ed from plas­ter cloth. If you have not worked with plas­ter cloth you real­ly should give it a try. It’s a fun medi­um. Once the plas­ter cloth dried I paint­ed both cov­ers. Then I antiqued the hearts with a col­or wash. You don’t need any­thing spe­cial to cre­ate a col­or wash. All you need to do is water down your acrylic paint to the desired shade and apply it to your project with a paint­brush. While the col­or wash is still wet, use a paper tow­el to dab ran­dom areas so some spots have more of a wash then oth­ers. Plas­ter is a great medi­um to add a col­or wash to because the wash runs deep into the crevices of the plas­ter. I plan to fill this mini album with pages cre­at­ed from...

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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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Home and Missing the Old Family Homestead

Sep 15, 2014

I just returned from my year­ly vis­it to Buck­han­non, WV with mom and dad. I always love dri­ving them up to see fam­i­ly. We have the best time togeth­er sit­ting in the car for 19 plus hours and lit­er­al­ly laugh until we cry. It’s always a won­der­ful adven­ture with these two. But once home I miss see­ing them every day and miss enjoy­ing the quiet­ness of sit­ting on my aunt and uncle’s porch lis­ten­ing to birds as they fly by, lis­ten­ing to a turkey or two and watch­ing the deer eat pears and apples from trees plant­ed by my great great aunts and uncles many many years ago. I’m tru­ly a nature girl stuck smack dab in the mid­dle of the burbs. Since fam­i­ly his­to­ry is so impor­tant to me I thought I would...

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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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Documenting My December Album Pt. 3

Dec 17, 2013

Over the week­end, I start­ed adding pho­tos, cre­at­ed a fun snow filled pock­et and attached some baubles to the jump rings of my album. This album is com­ing togeth­er nice­ly and I’m hav­ing so much cre­ative fun, no dead­lines, no spe­cif­ic require­ments just fun! I decid­ed the top jump ring of my album need­ed a lit­tle spruc­ing up so I dug in my Christ­mas stash and added sev­er­al hol­i­day themed items, a vin­tage bell orna­ment, gold & sil­ver jin­gle bells and a white snowflake trans­paren­cy. Each item is attached with hol­i­day trims in col­ors of red and green. And in this fam­i­ly no Christ­mas is com­plete unless you have a pho­to tak­en with San­ta a.k.a. Paw Paw. This is my dad’s 11th year as San­ta at Park­dale Mall in Beau­mont, Texas. He tru­ly is the...

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Documenting My December Album Pt. 2

Dec 12, 2013

Ok so today lets fin­ish up show­ing you the oth­er pages and tags from my “Doc­u­ment­ing Decem­ber” album. This is the back of Tag 3. I made a lit­tle ban­ner and placed a jour­nal­ing stick­er on it for the pho­to I plan to put on Page 7 of Ter­ri and Ans­ley sit­ting on San­ta’s “Paw Paw’s” lap they had tak­en when we went down for Thanks­giv­ing. Page 8 I think I’m just going to let it become either a spot for a pho­to or some quotes. Tag 4 is a fold out tag I made from a large Kraft Tag. This is going to hold cook­ie recipes at least this is what I think right now, I could change my mind in the next few min­utes. Tag 4 is a tri-fold tag, I think...

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Something Fun to Entertain the Kids

Dec 4, 2013

When I was a lit­tle girl around the age of 3 or 4 my mom would go to an elder­ly lady’s house to do her hair. This lady had an awe­some album filled with greet­ing cards she put togeth­er for lit­tle ones to flip through. I remem­ber sit­ting on the floor look­ing at page after page in this album. I LOVED it so I thought of a fun idea for young kids dur­ing hol­i­day gath­er­ings. Find some old Christ­mas cards and if you are like me you have lots. I found this one that works per­fect­ly for this type of project. You will want one that you can cut the face out of (snow­man, gin­ger­bread man, San­ta, Elf, Rein­deer even ani­mals will work great). Using a craft knife cut out the face on your...

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Creative Weekend at Rocky Mountain Memories

May 1, 2013

Fri­day after­noon, I taught the After­noon Tea class, which was loads of fun. Every­one cre­at­ed a mini album and cuff. The one thing I tru­ly love about teach­ing is even though every­one has the same sup­plies and prod­ucts, no two fin­ished projects ever look the same. Each per­son incor­po­rates their own lit­tle flare and style to their pieces. Teach­ing is one of my favorite things to do and being able to teach at such a won­der­ful­ly awe­some store with super friend­ly peo­ple makes it even more fun. In the “After­noon Tea” class every­one was hand stitch­ing, stamp­ing, sten­cil­ing, ink­ing, paint­ing, glu­ing and met­al stamp­ing. And in all the excite­ment I com­plete­ly for­got to get pho­tos of their fin­ished projects. Such a bum­mer as each mini album and cuff were gor­geous and so unique. There...

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Mother’s Day Projects

Apr 25, 2013

With Moth­er’s Day just around the cor­ner I thought I would share a few project ideas from my book “Delight In The Sea­sons” that would make won­der­ful gifts for any mom on Moth­er’s Day. You can cre­ate a beau­ti­ful mini album just for mom shar­ing sto­ries and pho­tos from spe­cial times and moments spent togeth­er. This project is fea­tured in the Spring Chap­ter on pages 46 — 49. I show you how to cre­ate the beau­ti­ful flower accent­ing the front cov­er of this album. If you pre­fer to cre­ate projects, this piece can be found in the Spring Chap­ter on pages 50 — 54. I show you how to cre­ate this beau­ti­ful felt mes­sage ban­ner.  You can hand stitch any spe­cial sen­ti­ment you wish for your mom. My mom has this project sit­ting in her...

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Textile Mini Album

Apr 24, 2013

This mini album is going to be a work in progress piece for quite some time. Each inside page will be it’s own unique piece of art. I don’t have a plan or even one idea on how to com­plete each page, I’m just going to pick it up and stitch off and on and see how it comes togeth­er. Some­times it’s fun to cre­ate with­out ever hav­ing a plan. The album I’m using is a Maya Road Linen 4″ x 6″ Art Jour­nal­ing Album that I accent­ed with a Maya Road Linen Heart piece and a die cut doily from nat­ur­al muslin using the Eileen Hull Sizzix Doily, Lace Medal­lion die. Before attach­ing the linen heart and nat­ur­al muslin doily I first attached seam bind­ing so I can keep the album closed with...

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Winnipeg Here I Come

Apr 3, 2013

Today is all about laun­dry, pack­ing and check­ing my “To Do List” mak­ing sure every­thing I need for Crop & Cre­ate is done and packed in my super stuffed suit­case. As I’ve said before, teach­ing at a Crop & Cre­ate event is one of the items on my arty buck­et list. I’ve heard so many won­der­ful things about Cather­ine’s events and I’m super appre­cia­tive for this oppor­tu­ni­ty to teach. I have goody bags made up to hand to some lucky win­ners dur­ing my class­es. They are filled with lots of great Maya Road prod­ucts. I also have stamp sets and a mini album to give away. Below is a peek at some of the items all packed a ready to go. Each per­son that takes one or both of my class­es gets their name...

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Sneaks of 2 New Classes

Feb 20, 2013

After­noon Tea is filled with soft tones of pinks, greens, gold and beige which are the per­fect col­or com­bi­na­tion for any shab­by chic class. In this class you will cre­ate an altered cuff and linen mini album that’s per­fect to fill with words or quotes to inspire or spe­cial moments you wish to doc­u­ment. You will use prod­ucts by Maya Road, Ranger and The Crafter’s Work­shop as well as vin­tage trea­sures I’ve includ­ed. You will decoupage, paint, ink and stamp and I’ll show you how easy it is using met­al stamps to accent the but­ter­fly embell­ish­ment for your altered cuff. These projects can be kept for you or are per­fect to be giv­en to a spe­cial friend as a gift for any occa­sion or spe­cial cel­e­bra­tion. Here is a mini video I post­ed on Vine After­noon Tea...

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Archived Halloween & Fall Projects

Oct 17, 2012

With fall final­ly get­ting ready to hit my lit­tle neck of the woods.  I thought it would be fun to do some dig­ging in my archives and list all the fall and Hal­loween projects I’ve cre­at­ed over the years. Even though some of the items I’ve used are no longer avail­able from some man­u­fac­tur­ers there are still plen­ty of prod­ucts out there from oth­ers for you to eas­i­ly make sub­sti­tu­tions. Just click on each of the links below and they will take you to each of the blog posts. As you can see I have sev­er­al cards, dec­o­ra­tions and a mini album just wait­ing for you to cre­ate. Also, I thought it would be fun to show you one of the first lay­outs I ever made. This one is of Son­ny our gold­en retriev­er...

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Editing iPhone Photos

Aug 29, 2012

I get email all the time ask­ing me how I edit the pho­tos I take using my iPhone. So today I thought I would put togeth­er a tuto­r­i­al (WARNING this is a LONG tuto­r­i­al) and show you how I do it. I love edit­ing my images and use Typoins­ta, Insta­gram and Pic Stitch the most. There are lots of oth­er free edit­ing pro­grams avail­able but I seem to go back to these three the most. Here is an unedit­ed pho­to of some beau­ti­ful sun­flow­ers I took on a not so sun­ny day while in West Vir­ginia. The light­ing was ter­ri­ble but I want­ed the pho­to no mat­ter what and knew I could have fun doing some edit­ing using my favorite apps. The first app I use is Pic Stitch. This app allows you to...

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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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Blast from the Past 3

Aug 7, 2012

This is the mini album that start­ed it all… I want­ed to cre­ate some­thing spe­cial for my old­est daugh­ter Ter­ri, who was get­ting ready to cel­e­brate her 17th birth­day. I had seen lots of mini albums in the gallery at Two Peas In A Buck­et and decid­ed Ter­ri’s upcom­ing birth­day was just the push I need­ed to jump into the world of cre­at­ing mini albums. At first I was scared to death because I had no clue what in the world I was doing or even how to begin. I went to a scrap­book store which was just down the street and start­ed look­ing at all the prod­ucts. Mind you, this was a very strange world to me. I was still learn­ing what Rub ons and brads were and nev­er mind the over­whelm­ing feel­ing...

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Artistic Journey 2012 Sneak Peeks

Jul 31, 2012

Check Out The Project Peeks For Artis­tic Jour­ney! Artis­tic Jour­ney 2012 is brought to you by The Crafty Scrap­per. This event fea­tures 3 of Maya Road­’s design­ers and they are set to inspire you to try new tech­niques and learn new things on your Artis­tic Jour­ney. Check out the details below for peeks of each of the fab­u­lous 3 hour class­es. We have a spe­cial make and take that you will love for our Fri­day meet and greet! So join us on this Artis­tic Jour­ney, Octo­ber 5th — Octo­ber 7th, 2012. We Want To Learn About The Teach­ers And See Peeks Of Their Class­es! Meet Dina Wak­ley: Dina Wak­ley lives Ari­zona with her hus­band and three boys. She love every­thing about art…making it, talk­ing about it, teach­ing it. Dina dis­cov­ered scrap­book­ing in 1995. Scrap­book­ing...

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Maya Road Linen Album

Jul 12, 2012

So hap­py to final­ly be able to share the Maya Road Cat­a­log for CHA-Sum­mer. They have some awe­some prod­ucts com­ing out this release and one of my favorite’s is their new 4″ Binder Linen Album that has 3 linen pages and 3 chip­board pages. I fin­ished my mini album using this album just in the knick of time too… I leave bright and ear­ly… no, wait it wont even be bright when I head to the air­port Sat­ur­day morn­ing, just ear­ly… ugh. I’m so not a morn­ing per­son… I just hope while I’m passed out in my seat on the plane I don’t drool. Okay enough of my trav­el­ing and on to my mini album… I had fun alter­ing this album with lots of amaz­ing new prod­uct. Notice the key in the cen­ter, it’s...

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Thimbles

Apr 10, 2012

I always get asked “What are you going to do with these”? when I’m dig­ging in flea mar­kets and such for lit­tle trea­sures to use in projects and such. So I thought I would give you a lit­tle insight into my head. Warn­ing: Enter at your own risk! It’s a scary place inside this head of mine. I love adding to my ever grow­ing, tar­nished, slight­ly scratched and dent­ed thim­ble col­lec­tion. Oh how I love tar­nished, slight­ly scratched and dent­ed every­thing as well as tat­tered, torn and frayed. So here goes… 15 sec­onds inside my head. Accent for a shad­ow box Charm for a neck­lace or bracelet Tiny pot for vin­tage flow­ers Cute minia­ture cup­cake GASP… smashed flat… an embell­ish­ment for a her­itage themed mini album or lay­out Base for a minia­ture orna­ment You all...

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