It is Love ~ Scribbly Bird Tag

Feb 3, 2015

Since the birds are pret­ty hap­py Spring is com­ing and have been chirp­ing non-stop out­side my win­dow and Valen­tine’s Day is just around the cor­ner I decid­ed to cre­ate this tag using Dina Wak­ley’s Scrib­bly Birds and Col­lage Hearts stamp sets. I think her stamp sets are some of the most unique on the mar­ket as all are cre­at­ed from images she has drawn in her art jour­nals. This tag is lay­ered with a Jen­ni Bowl­in Sten­cil, Ranger Tex­ture Paste, Dina Wak­ley Media Paints, Plat­inum Stick­les, Book Pages, Washi Tape and of course stamped images using Mani­la Card­stock, Jet Black Archival Ink and Dina’s...

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I’m a Nature Girl Living in The Burbs

Sep 16, 2014

I have always loved and appre­ci­at­ed nature. One of my favorite things we did as a fam­i­ly grow­ing up was to go sail­ing near Plea­sure Island hop­ping from island to island or spend­ing the day at Crys­tal Beach or Sea Rim State Park. I was always look­ing on the ground for fid­dler crabs and shells, in the trees for nests and birds or pick­ing flow­ers along the sand dunes. I’m still like that and find natures beau­ty in the small­est of things. Even though I live in the sub­urbs I still try to find and enjoy all the nature around me. I get dai­ly plea­sure in watch­ing blue jays, car­di­nals, mock­ing­birds and house spar­rows vis­it bird baths I have strate­gi­cal­ly placed out­side my stu­dio and kitchen win­dows. I love look­ing at the red oak tree in...

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Rocky Mountain Memories ~ Artist Flood Relief

Jun 20, 2014

Last Sep­tem­ber Col­orado was real­ly hit hard with unex­pect­ed flash floods.  Dams broke, roads were washed out, rivers took con­trol, and lives were lost.  It’s just so dev­as­tat­ing.  Com­plete towns were evac­u­at­ed, lives lost, peo­ple unac­count­ed for, homes & busi­ness­es demol­ished. Rocky Moun­tain Mem­o­ries is host­ing a silent auc­tion to help Cross­roads Min­istries. This non-prof­it orga­ni­za­tion has pro­vid­ed a total of 725 flood relief assists but their funds are deplet­ing.  Any assis­tance would be appre­ci­at­ed. Up for auc­tion are many great pieces from var­i­ous artists. I’ve donat­ed auto­graphed copies of  all three of my books Delight In The Details, Delight In The Sea­sons and Delight In The Art of Col­lage, plus sev­er­al oth­er items.   This shab­by chic bird­house was shared on my blog in July of last year. If you want to read how I cre­at­ed it...

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Paper Clay Beads

Jun 10, 2014

These paper clay bird beads are a fun and unique way to cre­ate your own hand­made sum­mer neck­lace, bracelet or ear­rings. All you need to have on hand is Paper Clay, Acrylic Paint, Paint Brush­es (Medi­um & Fine Tips), Mul­ti Medi­um,  20 Gauge Wire, Jew­el­ry Tools and a Sty­lus. Mold the paper clay into the size bird you need for your project. Mine range in sizes from 1″ to 1.75″. The­ses mea­sure­ments are from the tip of the beak to the tip of the tail. The width mea­sures .5″ and a bit small­er. This mea­sure­ment is from the top mid­dle of the back to the bot­tom mid­dle of the bel­ly. Using a Sty­lus poke a ver­ti­cal hole all the way through the bird from the bel­ly to the top mid­dle of it’s back. You...

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Scribbly Bird ATC Collage

Jun 5, 2014

If you only have a short amount of time for some cre­ative play this ATC takes less than 30 min. from start to fin­ish to make. Apply glue stick adhe­sive to an ATC and cov­er with vin­tage ledger paper. Apply Mul­ti Medi­um to the left side of the ledger paper and attach a torn piece of dress pat­tern Apply Vin­tage Pho­to Dis­tress Ink around the edges of the ATC Attach Washi Tape and Vin­tage Stamps Using Jet Black Archival Ink, Stamp Scrib­bly Bird image onto a book page and cut out. Using Twin­kling H2Os and a Tim Holtz Water Pen paint onto book page, let dry. Using a glue stick adhe­sive attach the Scrib­bly Bird to the ATC Cut vin­tage images out of book and apply to ATC using a glue stick. Accent edges of...

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Scribbly Bird Silhouette

Jun 4, 2014

Here is a fun ATC to cre­ate. Cov­er an ATC with vin­tage sheet music using mul­ti medi­um as your adhe­sive. Using Dylu­sions Ink Spray and a paint brush apply the ink spray over the sheet music blend­ing sev­er­al col­ors togeth­er. Ink one of Dina Wak­ley’s Scrib­bly Bird stamps using Jet Black Archival Ink and stamp image onto ATC.  Using black acrylic paint, paint over the entire stamped image to cre­ate a sil­hou­ette. Using Wendy Vec­chi’s Dots & Stripes Bor­ders sten­cil and green acrylic paint accent the edge of the ATC using the Stripes sten­cil. Cre­ate a hat out of an old book page and apply Dylu­sions Ink Spray onto the page. Dry the hat with a heat tool then out­line the hat and edge of the ATC using black acrylic paint. Add a cut out word from...

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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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Scribbly Bird Obsession

Jun 2, 2014

I have a huge obses­sion with Dina Wak­ley’s Scrib­bly Birds stamp set. I’ve col­lect­ed glass birds since I was in the 2nd grade and have aban­doned bird nests sit­ting in my stu­dio win­dow. So when I saw Dina’s stamps she got me instant­ly. My favorite way to use them at the moment is to sim­ply stamp the bird images onto water­col­or paper using Jet Black Archival Ink then sim­ply col­or them in using Twin­kling H2O’s and a Tim Holtz Water Brush. Super sim­ple and no messy clean up. Here is what my fin­ished col­lage of paint­ed birds looks like. I real­ly like how the brown, gold and teal col­or com­bi­na­tion looks togeth­er. These are mini 2″ square pieces of water­col­or paper that I stamped and paint­ed. I think they look super cute and this size is...

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Be Still Listen ~ Necklace

May 9, 2014

A lot of thought goes into items that are hand­made which is one of the rea­sons I love to pur­chase hand­made items. Most every piece is unique, has a sto­ry and is cre­at­ed with lots of love. I’ve dis­cov­ered that the cre­ative process can be quick and at times, not so quick which is exact­ly the case for this nature themed neck­lace. While work­ing on this neck­lace, I pon­dered ideas and dug in my stash sev­er­al times for the per­fect com­bi­na­tion of met­als and beads. This went on for weeks. I knew I want­ed the tee­ny tiny nest I cre­at­ed to be part of a neck­lace and that was all I knew. I decid­ed I liked the cop­per col­or next to the nest so I ham­mered and shaped a pen­ny for it to sit inside....

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Wire Wrapped Bird Nest Pendant

Apr 18, 2014

I love nature, espe­cial­ly any­thing hav­ing to do with birds and actu­al­ly have sev­er­al nests sit­ting in my stu­dio win­dow. Two are wren’s nests that mom removed from her hang­ing planters after the lit­tle wren fam­i­ly flew the nest. The oth­er nest is one I found that fell from a tree in our front yard. I even have two bird baths out­side my win­dow and enjoy the dai­ly bat­tles of a Blue Jay and Mock­ing­bird try­ing to claim its own­er­ship. Since I’ve start­ed mak­ing jew­el­ry pieces I decid­ed to include my love of nature in some of my cre­ations. Wire wrap­ping is a fun and so sim­ple tech­nique to do once you get the hang of it. At first you feel like you are all thumbs but then all of a sud­den it clicks and work­ing with wire and...

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Jewelry Clay + Stamps = Awesome Part 2

Apr 17, 2014

Here’s a peek at how the bird piece I cre­at­ed from jew­el­ry clay is com­ing along. If you missed the blog post about it last week you can view it here. As you can tell, I paint­ed, inked and stamped all over the cured jew­el­ry clay. Now I just need to wire wrap lots of beads and pearls to attach between each link. I love hav­ing lots of pret­ty spark­ly baubles on bracelets. I’m still not sure I like the tog­gle, actu­al­ly I know don’t the more I keep look­ing at it the more it both­ers me so it’s com­ing off and will be replaced with I have no clue as of...

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Textile Bird Nest & Collage

Feb 17, 2014

If I were a bird this is just the kind of nest I would want in a tree. The nest is cre­at­ed with vin­tage tex­tiles, but­tons and tiny trin­kets and sits inside a vin­tage ladle. The nest is the focal point for a col­lage can­vas I cre­at­ed using vin­tage ephemera and wall­pa­per mom and I peeled from the walls of the old home­stead. If you are a reg­u­lar blog fol­low­er you know how much I love the old home­stead. Incor­po­rat­ing items from this spe­cial place in any of my work always makes me super hap­py. The col­lage can­vas is accent­ed with small vin­tage but­tons and addi­tion­al items like Scrab­ble tiles, Dres­den trim, mul­ber­ry leaves, a vin­tage ear­ring and beads from a bro­ken neck­lace. The step by step instruc­tions show­ing how I cre­at­ed the nest and...

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Cupid’s Feathered Friend

Jan 21, 2014

Place a few drops of pink dye or Mist into a small cup of water, (the more dye the dark­er the col­or, less dye the lighter the col­or), mix togeth­er. Using a paint brush, apply dyed water onto white bird and let dry. You can speed up the dry­ing process using a hair dry­er set on the cool set­ting. Cov­er the body of the bird with a thin lay­er of instant decoupage, then apply Light Pink Glit­ter, tap off excess glit­ter and let dry. Cov­er the wings of the bird with instant decoupage and apply a thin lay­er of Iri­des­cent Glit­ter and let dry. Apply instant decoupage to the beak of the bird then apply Fine Sil­ver Glass Glit­ter, let dry. As you can see there is a lot of dry­ing time but it should not take long...

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On My Table…

Jan 17, 2014

I’ve been play­ing around in my stu­dio, this week and have real­ly enjoyed work­ing on a few sol­der­ing projects. Sol­der­ing is some­thing I kin­da put on the back burn­er for a bit while cre­at­ing my last two books. I get so much sat­is­fac­tion from cre­at­ing items I have visu­al­ized in my head. I’m a true assem­blage girl at heart. The house above has an adorable vin­tage Valen­tine image inside and is cov­ered with a lay­er of resin. The vin­tage flocked flow­ers are a beau­ti­ful shade of pale pink and one is accent­ed with the words “Love is”. I added two small rhine­stones from a vin­tage neck­lace to the key. So I’m sure you fig­ured it out that the title of this pen­dant will be “Love is Key”. I’m going to drill a hole in...

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Steampunk Bird Pendant

Jan 15, 2014

Yes­ter­day, I decid­ed to pull out my sol­der­ing tools and have a lit­tle cre­ative play. I cre­at­ed a bird from cop­per and start­ed sol­der­ing. Once I had the bird base I just kin­da sat there for a bit think­ing, now what? Then it hit me, I’ve been tak­ing apart some old watch­es my dad gave me and thought I’ll make an attempt at “Steam­punk”. I feel Can­dy Rosen­berg is the “Queen” of Steam­punk so I was a bit intim­i­dat­ed at even get­ting start­ed. Then I remem­bered what I tell every­one, “An Artists Can­not Fail”. Real­ly, if YOU cre­ate it and YOU love it then as I see it, it’s a dou­ble win sit­u­a­tion. I can’t decide how to fin­ish my Steam­punk Bird, do I place it on a mini can­vas or turn it into a...

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Decoupage Papier-Mache

Jan 9, 2014

This project is one you will find in Delight In The Art of Col­lage Chap­ter Four ~ Paper on pages 112 — 115. It is a fun tech­nique that cre­ates awe­some results. I was so hap­py to see CreateMixedMedia.com and North Light Books offer it as a free online tuto­r­i­al. The papi­er-mâché bird on this can­vas is actu­al­ly half of a dec­o­ra­tive box. When I found the pack­age of three bird box­es, I saw six birds that I could alter in all kinds of dif­fer­ent ways. I decid­ed to decoupage, paint and stamp this one, but I have ideas to cov­er the oth­ers with fab­ric, mists, mod­el­ing paste and glit­ter. Just because an item is meant for one thing does­n’t mean that’s how you have to use it. If you want to cre­ate your...

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Milk Glass

Sep 17, 2013

I have a seri­ous love for milk glass. When I spot pieces of it when I’m out look­ing for trin­kets to use in projects I think of every way pos­si­ble I can use it in my stu­dio. So today, I thought I would share with you some of the ways I use the pieces I’ve found. This lit­tle sher­bet dish holds some of my favorite glass but­tons. I placed the lit­tle bird on top of the but­tons just because it looked cute. This is a small ash­tray. I place beads in it when I’m accent­ing embroi­dery pieces or sewing them into flower cen­ters. This is a great way to keep lose beads in one spot when stitch­ing. These items… can­dy dish, cups and saucers, bowl and sug­ar and cream­er are per­fect to use as...

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CHA‑S 2013 ~ Bird Cage Card

Aug 29, 2013

Here is anoth­er card I cre­at­ed for Ranger using a few of the new Stick­les released at CHA‑S. It looks like this week on my blog it’s all about birds. I cer­tain­ly did­n’t intend it to be but it sure did hap­pen. This all occa­sion card is cre­at­ed using the Tim Holtz Sizzix ~ Caged Bird die. I accent­ed the cage and birds edges using Mer­cury Glass Stick­les. The Petaloo Col­or Me flow­ers are paint­ed with Per­fect Pearls Pow­ders ~ Con­fec­tions Kit then the edge of each petal is accent­ed with Ice Blue and Pink Taffe­ta Stick­les. I real­ly wish you could see how pret­ty these flow­ers look in per­son. The shim­mer from the Per­fect Pearls and the sparkle from the Stick­les real­ly makes the flow­ers shine. To fin­ish the card I placed sev­er­al vin­tage leaves under the flow­ers,...

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Work In Progress

Jun 28, 2013

Who would have ever thought my fin­gers and both hands would look like this on a dai­ly basis and that I did­n’t mind. Cer­tain­ly not me. Nope not ever would I have thought this but here is the proof. I have real­ly been enjoy­ing some cre­ative free­dom late­ly. Just explor­ing new medi­ums, learn­ing new tech­niques and enjoy­ing the process. It’s fun to explore and try new things when I don’t have seri­ous dead­lines swirling around in my head. I’m sure this is true with most every­one, though some han­dle it bet­ter than oth­ers. I am the type that when I know I have a dead­line I can­not allow myself cre­ative free­dom until all dead­lines are met and every­thing is in order. I real­ly need to find a way to bal­ance this inside my head....

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Plaster, Plaster, Plaster

Jun 24, 2013

This is all that is on my mind at the moment. I tell ya I do believe I found a new love. I look at EVERYTHING and think man that would look awe­some cov­ered in plas­ter. This reminds me of my mom when I was younger. If that woman had a can of spray paint and it did­n’t move it got paint­ed… that women would spray paint any­thing and every­thing until the can was emp­ty. I love the tex­ture you can cre­ate with plas­ter and the smooth­ness you can get when cre­at­ing items from molds. It’s just the most amaz­ing stuff. You can carve on it, paint it, ink it, stamp it and of course cov­er it in bees wax and here are just a few of the projects I have in the works. I...

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Outside my window

Jun 13, 2013

I don’t think it’s hard to guess that I love nature since I have sev­er­al bird nests sit­ing in my stu­dio win­dow. I find bird nests so intrigu­ing as each one is a lit­tle dif­fer­ent in style and place­ment yet all have the same pur­pose. To me a bird’s nest is nature’s most basic form of assem­blage art. The great­est thing about mov­ing my stu­dio to the front room of our house is this win­dow. Each day, I have the joy of get­ting to watch birds splash in the bird­bath, hear them chirp and tweet, and watch them hop, walk and fly.  Some days I’m real­ly lucky and get to see a baby bird or two learn to fly and hunt for food. This baby blue jay was rest­ing up from it’s first flight....

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