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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