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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Mother Nature Creates Art

Nov 26, 2014

Not only does Moth­er Nature have an incred­i­ble col­or palette in autumn but did you know she also cre­ates beau­ti­ful masked images using maple leaves? I dis­cov­ered these on the side­walk dur­ing my walk which made this arty girl pret­ty hap­py. Lit­tle finds like these cer­tain­ly make walk­ing a lot more excit­ing.    ...

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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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Bellie’s Here For A Visit

Jul 30, 2014

This past Sat­ur­day, Isabel­la (a.k.a. Bel­lie) my 7 year old niece came for her week of every­day fun. We have had a blast doing one paint project after the next. This girl LOVES to PAINT! She wants to paint over going to see a movie, get­ting a makeover at Sweet & Sassy, eat­ing break­fast at IHOP etc. I sug­gest some­thing fun to do for the day and all she says is can I just paint. So paint is what we have done all week. I asked her Sun­day what she want­ed to paint and she said a horse. At first I pan­icked because this aun­tie does not draw espe­cial­ly hors­es. So I found some col­or­ing pages of My Lit­tle Pony online, print­ed some out, let her pick which one she want­ed to paint then...

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Altered Art Journal Pages 1 & 2 ~ Same Paint Different Styles

Jun 29, 2014

SAVE THE DATE: July 19th     TIME: 2:30      PLACE: The Crafty Scrap­per     CLASS Length: 3–4 Hours     LEVELS: All In this class you will alter one page (front and back) of a Wendy Vec­chi Art Jour­nal Cov­er Page. Some of the prod­ucts you will use in class are vin­tage papers, The Crafters Work­shop Sten­cils, Wendy Vec­chi Stu­dio 490 Gold Emboss­ing Paste, Dina Wak­ley Scrib­bly Birds stamps and Dina Wak­ley Media Paint. Page one is full of tex­ture, mut­ed col­ors and accent­ed with a wood­en cameo, seam bind­ing bow, vin­tage rick­rack and inspi­ra­tional words stamped onto vin­tage paper. Page two is bright and whim­si­cal. I will show you how sim­ple it is to cre­ate sil­hou­ettes and hand paint­ed whim­si­cal doo­dles. The tips and tech­niques you learn in this class can...

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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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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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Manitou Cliff Dwellings ~ Colorado Springs Colorado

May 2, 2014

After dri­ving around in the Gar­den of the Gods we went to see the Man­i­tou Cliff Dwellings. I am so fas­ci­nat­ed with any­thing that has to do with the past so walk­ing through the dwellings was real­ly inter­est­ing. The Man­i­tou Cliff Dwellings Muse­um exhibits relo­cat­ed Anasazi Indi­an cliff dwellings. The Anasazi lived and roamed the Four Cor­ners area of the Unit­ed States South­west from 1200 B.C. to A.D. 1300. The muse­um was estab­lished in 1904 and opened to the pub­lic in 1907. The Anasazi did not live in the Man­i­tou Springs area, but lived and built their cliff dwellings in the Four Cor­ners area, sev­er­al hun­dred miles south­west of Man­i­tou Springs. The Man­i­tou Cliff Dwellings were relo­cat­ed to their present loca­tion in the ear­ly 1900s, as a muse­um, pre­serve, and tourist attrac­tion. The stones were tak­en...

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Jewelry Clay + Stamps = Awesome

Apr 10, 2014

I need­ed a big accent for an idea I have for a cuff  and since I could­n’t find what I had in mind I decid­ed to make my own. I mixed a batch of ETI Jew­el­ry Clay, formed it into the shape I want­ed, and pressed one of Dina Wak­ley’s Scrib­bly Birds stamps into the resin clay. Then to cre­ate a slight bend in the piece so it forms to the wrist bet­ter, I cov­ered a bot­tle with plas­tic wrap, put the bot­tle on it’s side and placed the resin clay piece on the bot­tle to cure overnight. Super sim­ple. Once the piece cured overnight, I add paint lay­ers in green, beige, gold and brown and this is what it looks like so far. I’m going to LOVE this piece and can­not wait to...

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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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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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Outside My Window…

Aug 28, 2013

It always amazes me at all the wildlife we have around our house. Mind you we sit in the mid­dle of the burbs. But at any giv­en moment I can see Cana­di­an Geese strut­ting down our neigh­bor­hood street look­ing as though they are protest­ing against all the mal­lards tak­ing over the water­way. Or are get­ting ready for a West Side meets Easy Side scuf­fle. All day long I have birds vis­it­ing this bird­bath I made from a large piece of ter­ra cot­ta. Through­out the day birds come for a lit­tle drink on hot sum­mer after­noons or take a quick bath to cool them­selves off. And not a day goes by that I don’t have a mock­ing­bird and blue­jay spat­ting with one anoth­er out­side. I tell ya, it’s a busy lit­tle spot out­side my...

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Nominate a Kid

Jul 19, 2013

Tomor­row, Alan and I go to pick up our youngest niece Bel­lie. It’s her turn to come and vis­it us for a week of fun and spoil­ing. This means all next week it will be Kids Week 2, on my blog and I’ll be post­ing all the fun crafty & arty things Bel­lie and I do in my stu­dio. I had a blast with Made­lyn dur­ing Kids Week 1. As I was get­ting all the arts and crafts sup­plies ready for Bel­lie I thought it would be fun for my blog­gers to nom­i­nate a child for a free “Kids Crafts” art box. If you know of a child between the ages of 6 and 10 that would love to receive a box of arts & crafts good­ies in the mail please nom­i­nate him or...

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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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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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Up The Mountain

Apr 29, 2013

Col­orado ~ anoth­er amaz­ing place to add to my “Trav­el­ing Apron” sam­pler. Thurs­day, after­noon Ron­da drove me to Estes Park so I could teach a few class­es at Rocky Moun­tain Mem­o­ries. Cheryl sug­gest­ed that as Ron­da brought me to the store she take the scenic route through the moun­tains and good­ness am I ever so grate­ful for the sug­ges­tion. The views were sim­ply amaz­ing. I could eas­i­ly trade liv­ing in the sub­urbs and live in the Rocky Moun­tains. I’ve nev­er felt so at home in all my life. This is just one of the stops along the way to Cheryl’s store in Estes Park. The scenery was sim­ply stun­ning. Every turn was tru­ly a pic­ture post­card view. I loved hear­ing all the birds singing and chirp­ing as well as the water run­ning down the...

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Studio Makeover ~ Part 2

Mar 27, 2013

I am so close to being fin­ished with my stu­dio makeover. I just need to hang the cur­tains over the shelv­ing unit to the left, find a small piece for addi­tion­al stor­age to put up on the shelves along the wall on the far left then hang some vin­tage pho­tos I have and bam… it’s done. I’m real­ly lov­ing the mix of all the things I love with my sup­plies. To me, per­son­al touch­es are what make a room warm and invit­ing.  So let me give you a close up tour and show you how I com­bined per­son­al trea­sures and vin­tage finds among my crafty prod­ucts. This is what I see when sit­ting at my work table. I’m using a berry bas­ket to hold my adhe­sives, a mini pie tin works per­fect­ly for my...

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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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For The Love of Peeps

Mar 21, 2012

Ahhh, it’s spring­time which means flow­ers bloom­ing, birds tweet­ing, the leaves on trees are a beau­ti­ful spring green AND the shelves in Tar­get, Wal­green’s and Tom Thumb are FILLED with PEEPS! I love Peeps fresh from the pack­age, dried out and a bit chewy or warmed in the microwave does not mat­ter how they are giv­en to me I will eat them. I do find it strange though that I pre­fer the yel­low chicks and pink bun­nies over the oth­er col­ors. The taste is the same but for some rea­son the yel­low chicks and pink bun­nies are more appeal­ing to me. Maybe it’s because I always got yel­low chicks and pink bun­ny Peeps as a child every East­er. Since I’m addict­ed to Pin­ter­est, I did a lit­tle search for “Peeps” and look at all the...

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