Estes Park

Apr 30, 2013

Friday, morning I jumped out of bed just as I did as a child Christmas morning. I was so excited to get to wander around town with Ronda before my Afternoon Tea class, because well, you all know laughter follows us where ever we go. Before walking out of my room I had to take a peek out the bedroom window and this is what I saw… a perfect sunny, blue sky Colorado morning. Talk about making me really get a jump start on my Texas makeover. But before getting ready, I quickly got side tracked watching birds and the cutest little chipmunk stuff his cheeks full of bird seeds. They were just outside this window singing and scurrying about. The chipmunk was super busy filling his cheeks with bird seeds, running off to...

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Studio Accents

Mar 28, 2013

Some of you emailed me asking to see a few things closer up so here ya go. I find it fun to add personal touches to my work area and when you are a collector of many things like I am it’s easy to do. These are a few little figurines I’ve collected from Goodwill and other Thrift Stores. I enjoy tucking them (that is until I have to dust them) in among other decor items. I think of them as little unexpected surprises.  The two smaller photos are of figurines sitting on the pie crust table. I have the squirrel positioned so it is hiding behind the berry basket filled with adhesives yet peeking out from in front of a chair. This is how my brother’s trumpet, old homestead Clorox bottle and farming...

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DIY Yarn Bird Nest

Mar 4, 2013

As much as I love the winter I do have to admit I love creating home decor items for spring. I can tell spring is on it’s way because  the stillness of our winter mornings is being replaced with the chirping of birds, yards in the neighborhood are turning green and the landscaping is starting to bud which means soon they will be in full bloom. So in honor of the fast approaching spring season I thought I would create a sweet little bird’s nest from yarn. I still need to finish decorating mine but thought I would share with you how I created mine so you can get started making yours. The process is pretty simple. You will need yarn, cling wrap and a mold for your nest. I used a jello mold...

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Maya Road Sneak Peek ~ Wood Bird Cages

Jan 8, 2013

In between book projects, I squeezed in a little creative time to make some small CHA projects for Maya Road. I must say, I’m LOVING the new Wood Bird Cages (page 1 in the catalog) and 4″ x 6″ Card Sentiment Words Stamp Set (page 4 in the catalog). This tag was fun and pretty quick to create. I started with an Inkssentials #8 Manila Tag and covered it with Pink Paislee patterned paper. I then used the Maya Road Ornate Feathered Friends 4″ x 6″ stamp set as a background stamp (page 15 in the catalog). I then machine stitched a straight stitch all around the inside edge of the tag and distressed and inked the edges. Tip: I leave the stamps on the clear sheet as the come when purchased then ink the stamps with...

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EnviroTex Memento Key Chain

Jan 4, 2013

Here is another keychain I created as a gift for Christmas. This one was for my mom. I started by cutting a piece of wallpaper from the old homestead that mom and I peeled off the wall one summer. I then placed the wallpaper piece inside the heart bezel. Using a paintbrush I covered the wallpaper with three coats of Nunn Designs Glue allowing the glue to dry thoroughly between coats. I then mixed a small batch of EnviroTex Resin and filled the bezel halfway. I set this aside and let it cure for 12 hours. Remember there is no need to waste any of your resin. If you don’t have another charm you want to create, create resin paper by placing the paper onto wax paper or foil and brush the leftover resin onto the papers...

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Ornamental Christmas

Dec 5, 2012

Ornamental Christmas is a PDF compilation of my 5 very popular ornament projects: Joyeux Noel Star Joyeux Noel Snowflake Happy Christmas Gift Card Holder Santa’s Angel Baby Season’s Greetings Bird Ornaments The complete supply list is included, which lists all the items needed to recreate each ornament. You may also use similar items you already have on hand in your crafting supplies. This way you can recreate these ornaments to fit your holiday theme and style. Step-by-step instructions for each project are included, with color photos of each ornament as well as PDF’s of scanned vintage papers I’ve collected during my antique and thrift store shopping. You can follow this link to purchase an optional Ornamental Christmas Kit, which includes some of the supplies needed to recreate these ornaments. Please Note: This template and...

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Season’s Greetings ~ Bird ~ Ornament Kit

Nov 14, 2012

This mini kit includes the following products: 1-Chipboard Bird w/ 2 chipboard wings, 2-Vintage Buttons, 1-Holly Leaf, 2-Mini Fabric Flowers, 1-Jump Ring, 1-Silver Jingle Bell, 1-Season’s Greetings Banner, 1-Sheet of 3-2” x 3”Vintage Sheet Music, 3-2” x 3” Vintage Ledger Paper & 3-2” x 3” Vintage Bingo Cards I’ve collected and scanned for your personal use., Red & White Baker’s Twine, Color Photo with Instructions Items NOT included: Crystal Coarse Glitter, Diamond & Platinum Stickles, and Vintage Photo Distress Ink To purchase the Season’s Greetings ~ Bird ~ Ornament Kit click HERE to view other items in my online store click HERE. I really want to thank all of you who purchased my ornament kits and Handmade Frozen Charlotte Dolls… you have kept me mighty busy with packing and shipping....

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UTEE, Resin & Sculpey Clay Charms

Oct 30, 2012

I’ve had so much fun this past week experimenting with UTEE, Resin and Sculpey Clay. At the moment it’s a charm paradise in my craftroom. The acorn charm is made from UTEE. I hunted all over my backyard for the perfectly shaped acorn so I could make a mold of it. I found one and think this charm came out so cute. The top of the acorn is the actual acorn top I glittered and attached to the UTEE acorn. I covered the entire acorn with a thin layer of resin. The bird charm is created out of Sculpey Clay, embossed with a Melt Art Texture Tread, painted and covered with a thin layer of resin. The always be amazing charm is created using Sculpey Clay, resin paper butterflies, glass glitter and topped with...

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Maya Road Sneak Peek 3

Jan 22, 2012

I’m really liking all the wood items Maya Road is releasing at CHA. You can alter these in so many different ways. I applied watered down Espresso Brown Maya Mist on the Wooden Doily then once dry lightly rubbed a Maya Road Gold Ink Pad around the edges. This gave the doily a nice aged look. Next, I painted the entire top side of the Wooden Bird with a thin layer of acrylic paint, while the paint was still wet I sprinkled a light coating of Maya Road Iridescent Glitter on top. Once the paint was dry I covered the top of the bird with two layers of Diamond Glaze, making sure it dried completely in between each layer. The top of the bird is accented with vintage buttons, a piece of Vintage Rhinestone...

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Maya Road Sneak Peeks Day 1

Jan 20, 2012

Finally the day is here… Maya Road Sneak Peeks have begun. I tell ya I don’t think I could have waited another day. I’ve been so inspired with this winter release and want to share, share, share. I know I say this every time but I honestly do believe it… this is their BEST RELEASE ever! So many awesome new items. Okay, on to today’s project. One of my favorite new items are the Wood Vintage Birds. Each package contains 5 styles & 10 birds that are just waiting for you to alter. They range in measurements from 1.5″ to 3″ and are perfect to paint, ink, glitter etc. I had fun painting, inking, crackling and glittering the fat chubby bird. He looks like a winter bird sitting in the snow all fluffed up...

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The Art of Felting

Jan 11, 2012

I’ve been playing around with several new mediums lately and felting has been the latest one. It has always intrigued me and I find taking wool roving and shaping it into something is quite relaxing, that is unless your my dad. Then, well… it’s not so relaxing. I taught him and mom how to do it during their Christmas visit and he was not too impressed. He’s decided to stick to woodcarving. But I do have a star and a bird that they both completed that I’ll show you tomorrow. They did a great job. I decided to take this felted heart and cover it with small scraps of stamped muslin, linen and burlap then accent them with vintage buttons, pearls and charms. I attached two jump rings at the top of the heart...

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What a journey…

Nov 21, 2011

Way back in 2005 never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would end up where I am today. I have been blessed with guidance, encouragement, determination, a little bit of talent and endless support from family and friends. I am lucky and I know and appreciate it greatly. I try my best to give back and help those trying to break into this industry and feel a bit of my success is positive Karma coming back my way. So the next bit of fun that has come my way is working with these three wonderful ladies… Ronda Palazzari, Kristii Lockart and Karin Aguirre. They are members of my “Antiquated Collection” Design Team. Yes, I am now coordinating my very own Design Team. I know there is no way I can show the versatility of my...

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Thrift Store Storage Containers…

Aug 31, 2011

It is certainly no secret how much I love going to thrift stores and antique shops. I have shared my love of this many a time on my blog. I love the thrill of the hunt and never knowing what you will find around each corner. I thought it would be nice to show you what I do with some of the finds as they make me very happy in my scraproom. There is just something so calming looking at and using items from days gone by. This little planter was my grandmother’s. I just stuck some batting in the opening, covered it with material I found in the remnant section of my favorite resale shop and now use it as a pin cushion. It’s perfect for my Maya Road pins and sewing needles....

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Quick and Easy Mini Album

Aug 29, 2011

A little bird once said…  Here is the mini album I told you I would share, last week. It is one of Terri I did for her, her senior year in High School in 2006. It seems like it was just yesterday, we were taking these photos. Now Ansley is a senior. People are not kidding when they say time flies! It does and FAST. The chipboard and flower embellishments on the cover of the album are by Maya Road that I altered using crackle paint, glitter and Diamond Stickles. I covered the back of each page with a solid piece of patterned paper, this was Scenic Route… sure do miss them… the front of the remaining album pages I covered with patterned paper, patterned paper strips cut using decorative scissors, a photo and journaling....

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Bird Nest Charm

May 9, 2011

I’ve been noticing a lot of bird nest charms being created lately and thought I would give making one a try over the weekend. It’s not perfect, yet not too bad for a first attempt either. So you have a reference point this charm is about the size of a quarter. The creative process is pretty simple… just thread a bead for each child in your family onto 26 gauge wire (I used 24 gauge but think the 26 would look nicer), twist the wire near the beads to secure them in place, then just wrap the wire around and around and around the beads until you get the birds nest to the size you like. I then cut two pieces of wire to about 2 inches in length and wrapped them around the...

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My work in progress necklace

Apr 27, 2011

Remember this blog post about the Stanley Ruler Necklace. Well I’ve been adding baubles to it here and there and love how it’s coming together. I attached some Tim Holtz idea-ology Baubles and an Adornment Bird Charm as well as some keys I’ve had in my stash for quite a long time. I really like the eclectic feel of this necklace. Today, I’ll be packing for my trip to Ranger U and trying to get one more book project completed before I leave. If I do, this means I’ll only have 4 left to complete when I get home. May 9th is the final deadline then book #2 will be on it’s way to the editor....

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Creativity Blooms

Apr 12, 2011

It’s time for another Memory Makers Blog Bounce. This time we got to play with all the products from the Making Memories Dilly Dally Line. This line is perfect for spring. I really enjoyed playing with their Patterned Papers, Alpha and Banner Stamps, Stickers and Rub On Pack, Alpha Shimmer Stickers, Glitter Paper Flowers, Fabric Flowers and Die Cut Butterflies. They are perfect to create spring cards, tags and projects. Once I got started creating I kept thinking of other cute things I could make and kept going and going. Really the Dilly Dally Line is so inspiring. If you want a chance to win a wonderful Dilly Dally Giveaway click here to find out more. I created a spring card using the patterned papers, stamp set and stickers. I cut the bird out...

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I will be making more…

Apr 8, 2011

This egg was really fun to make and was the perfect creative break I needed yesterday. I’ve been writing, writing and writing all week and can finally see the light at the end of that long, long tunnel. It wasn’t easy finding supplies to use so thank goodness I still have my fingers and a super worn out paintbrush. I plan on making a few more with different designs to fill the bird nests I made a while back. Okay, back to writing… just had to share my sweet little egg with you all. Have a great...

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Did a little Thrifting yesterday…

Mar 24, 2011

I love to shop at Frisco Resale because not only do you find awesome things but the money goes back into our community to help those in need. It’s a win, win situation. As you can see in the photo it was a good finds kinda day. I found a nice silverplated tray and plan on doing this with it. I’m on the lookout for another one as I really like how the two look together. This will be a pretty way to keep reminders and other things out in front of me. And I plan on using vintage button magnets my dad made me to attach those reminders too. They’ll work perfectly. The book I found is going to be torn and turned into this bird and paper flower wreath someday after my...

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Paying it forward

Mar 21, 2011

A while back I talked about paying it forward on facebook and stated if anyone wanted help in submitting I would gladly help them as I feel it’s my duty to pay it forward. I certainly did not get where I am today in this industry without a little help and guidance from others along the way. I must say it does amaze me as to how many people will not help others advance. I’m not sure if it’s insecurities on their part and feel the person might be better than them or just flat out not caring or wanting to take the time to help others. This industry certainly has room for more creative people. New people keep things fresh and exciting and I love to see fresh and exciting creations. So I...

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Oh Pinterest…

Mar 18, 2011

Do you Pinterest? I sure do. My goodness this site can suck hours out of your day before it even starts. But I have to tell you it has so many wonderful DIY projects I can hardly stand it so if you don’t you need to check it out. The other day while I was “researching” as I call it, I came across this super cute Birds Nest Tutorial using paper mache and shredded brown lunch bags or dictionary pages. Yesterday, I could not take it any longer and had to make one although, I made mine smaller they they did in Country Living. So I pulled out our paper shredder and two brown paper lunch bags and got to business. Supplies Used: Collage Pauge Instant Decoupage Matte, Water, Shredded lunch bags, foil, plastic...

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