Magnetic Board and Doily

Apr 5, 2011

Here is how I plan on using the tray I found a few weeks ago at Frisco Resale. Once my scraproom is cleaned up from all the book projects being created it will find a permanent home in there until then it will sit out in the living area. The button magnets are old buttons my dad attached magnets to the back of. They work perfectly on this tray and look adorable. I plan on using this tray as an inspiration board, receipt holder and what ever else I need to not misplace at the moment. I always keep the letter from my sweet Uncle Ed near by… he always has such wonderful words of encouragement and is so proud of my book. The doily flower magnet you see at the bottom of the...

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Fun notions project…

Feb 22, 2011

While I was on Pinterest looking at all the wonderful photos posted I came across this super cute project. I thought it was such an awesome idea and knew I had to make one. When my grandfather passed away mom and dad brought me back a cup and saucer they found in one of Grampa’s cabinets. The painted blueberries reminded mom of when we went blueberry picking one morning while we were visiting, this past summer. Well I decided I would use this cup and saucer to make my little notions holder and it was super easy. All you need to do is attach some small magnets to the bottom of the saucer using E6000 as directed on their package. Once the magnets were attached I attached the tea cup to the saucer using...

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Perfect Pearls Love Tag

Feb 7, 2011

I created this tag using the new Perfect Pearls Confections Kit just released at by Ranger CHA-W. If you went to Ranger’s booth you might have seen it. This new combination is so pretty and reminds me of Spring. If you would like to recreate this tag just go here and you’ll find the entire supply list and step by step instructions. I used the Tim Holtz Alterations Tattered Florals Bigz Die to make the flower. I like the look of the pearls and vintage buttons strung on 24 gauge wire. I think I might be doing this more often. And yes you can see I used UTEE on the tag. It adds just the right amount of dimension and is so simple to do. I need jars and jars and jars of this...

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Another Art Form…

Jan 2, 2011

Jump Rings, Bail Plates, E6000,Vintage Buttons and BAM… new addiction! Here are a few things I made, yesterday. I need to get some chains to put these on and I think several necklaces worn at once will look really cute and certainly blingy at CHA. I love how the lighting there makes everything seem to sparkle more. Tomorrow, it’s back to book projects… refocus, Lisa, refocus! I have a technique swirling around in my head I can’t wait to try and I feel it’ll be an awesome one for my book. These are a few pieces I made for Ansley And here are several pieces I made for me out of vintage pins, buttons and cuff links. This is so much fun and I love that all are unique. Are you going to try...

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Some Holiday Bling

Dec 23, 2010

This is a bracelet I created using some big pearl cabochons I’ve  had for a while and some vintage rhinestone buttons I’ve been hoarding. It’s super simple to make and one I will be wearing a lot as I love anything that sparkles. This idea came about while I was in Hobby Lobby, yesterday looking at all the holiday clearance items. While walking around I ended up in the jewelry aisle. I saw their bracelet with bezel items and BAM I had an idea. Well I could not get home fast enough to see if it would work and as you can see it did. I wish the sun was out today so you could see the sparkle but looks like a cloudy day for us. I plan on going back to Hobby Lobby...

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Clearly for Art…

Nov 5, 2010

My oh my, oh my is Wendy Vecchi’s “Clearly for Art” super cool to work with… seriously you will LOVE playing with this modeling film. It is literally fool proof you CAN NOT mess this stuff up… promise! Supplies Needed: Tim Holtz Alterations Tattered Florals Bigz Die, Alcohol Inks Cranberry, Ginger, Terra Cotta, Ranger Felt Applicator Tool, Studio 490 Be Inspired… Make Art Stamp Set, Archival Ink Jet Black, Ranger – Non Stick Craft Sheet, Heat Gun, 7 Vintage Buttons, Embroidery Floss Instructions: Using the Tattered Florals Die cut two of the daisy looking flowers. Punch a small hole in the center of each flower. Place these on a Non Stick Craft Sheet. Apply Cranberry, Ginger and Terra Cotta Alcohol Inks onto a Felt covered Blending Tool. Apply Alcohol Inks onto the two flowers....

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Boobie Canvas…

Oct 5, 2010

I bet that title got your attention. Remember the canvas I did and said it was for a great cause… well below is all the info on how you can try to win mine or any of the other talented artists who participated in Cheryl Darrow’s canvas raffle. It would be awesome if she could send a great big fat check to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. You can remove the Jenni Bowlin vintage image inside the canvas niche. I think it would be awesome to place your own family photograph inside. The ledger paper used on my canvas is from 1933, the book page flowers are from an old American Literature book and the vintage shell buttons are from a collection a man had been collecting for YEARS. He had over...

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I have a paper secret…

Sep 29, 2010

But I have to share. I just cannot keep this one a secret. While participating at the Cocoa Daisy Destination ~ Mykonos event I stumbled upon this gorgeous vintage paper line. And since I LOVE Christmas and anything with old Santa images well… you can only imagine my excitement. The designer is Gudrun Loennecken. She lives in Norway and is super talented. Gudrun did an adorable make n take with her papers one evening in Mykonos. Everyone loved her designs. The one shown below is Gudrun’s Christmas 2010 line and I cannot wait to start my Christmas album. Front view… love that little girl and the Santa images. Back view… the paper with the postcard images is incredible. Isn’t this little girl so cute among all the hearts and holly. Then you can only...

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These things make me smile…

Aug 19, 2010

I thought I would show you a few more things from around my scraproom. I just love old and new mixed together… although what I am going to be showing is mostly old… also, I find it fun to decorate my scraproom with items I have found with other people while digging in antique stores or thrift shops… makes me think of them a lot when I use the products I have stored in dishes etc. I have used these two candle holders for years to fill with candy hearts for Valentines Day or snow for Christmas but now they will be filled with vintage buttons of every kind. Oh how these make me happy sitting right on my worktable at arms reach. I always think of me and dad scooping out and counting ...

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Show Day 1

Jul 27, 2010

What a whirlwind of a day… One minute into the show I had a line waiting to create my make-n-take and 5 hours later all 78 were done. Then did some demos on how to make a really cute flower using our satin pleat trim. Tomorrow’s make-n-take will be creating a flower that has been misted with several different colors of Maya Mist… then the center will be one of the new bingo pieces. AND the giveaway is awesome… just saying. So stop by in the morning so you don’t miss out. From 11:00 to 11:30 I will have a book signing at the R & M booth #2025. So if you would like one of my books make sure you get there first thing at 11:00 as I will need to leave right...

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Starting to feel some progress

May 27, 2010

well it is day 3 of resting the shoulder well honestly semi resting the shoulder and I am starting to feel some improvement. So I guess I really did need to rest the darn thing and since I have been only working on CHA samples I thought I would share some more of my favorite projects in my book. Oh but first… those of you on the waiting list for my “Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend” technique class that I will be teaching at The Crafty Scrapper next month we have added another day. Here is the schedule for Friday, June 11th Noon “Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend” 6:00 “Tuscany and Roses” then Saturday, June 12th Noon “Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend” (Sold Out) So if you are on the waiting...

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New found love….

May 18, 2010

Saturday I took two soldering classes (101 and 201) at The Crafty Scrapper from the super talented Trisha Conlon. I am now addicted and have so many ideas swimming around in my head. So I thought I would show you the charms I made in her classes and then some that I made here at home. These were made in class 101. The flower one was learning the chunky technique and the other two were just standard straight line soldering. Actually the chunky is taught in 201 but she kinda slid that technique in for me. These were made in the 201 class. She taught us how to cut glass and do the chunky technique. We made the collage in 101. I added the vintage rhinestone buttons when I got home. The blob that...

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Doing the major Happy Dance…

Mar 15, 2010

Before I dropped off all the items I was donating to Frisco Resale I decided to stop in and take a look for any old books they might have sitting around… well no books were to be found but I did score this wonderful little set…. I nearly fainted when I saw these sitting on the shelf. Seriously I could not get to them fast enough… I got all of these for under $15.00. From what I can find out this is Pink Frosted Mayfair Open Rose Depression glass. It was made in the 1930’s and I LOVE it! I plan on taking these with me when I teach and filling the bowl with German Glass Glitter, sorted buttons will be placed in the relish dish and the platter and sugar and creamer will...

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I love Jenni Bowlin and her products…

Mar 12, 2010

Here is a little sneak peek of a project I created using lots of Jenni’s new products. It will be posted on her Inspiration blog sometime this month. Which means you will have to keep checking back to find out when mine is posted. But until then check out all the great projects that have been shared so far. You will quickly see why Jenni calls it the inspiration blog as there is LOADS of inspiration to be found by lots of talented people. Below is the list of products used to create this project. Supplies Used: Homespun Die-Cut Label Paper, Homespun Mini Papers, Homespun Banner Stickers, Red Banner Stickers, Multi Dotted Labels, Bingo Cards – Mini Springtime, Orange Embellished Butterflies, Vintage Style Sew-On Buttons – Green, Pearl & Rhinestone Pins – Cream Stick...

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New Products I love…

Jan 16, 2010

Since Maya Road sneak peeks will continue Monday I thought I would show you a few products already revealed that I really love. I love how gorgeous this Red Medallion Flower accented with a Crystal and Vintage Black Pearl Pin looks next to an Uppercase Philadelphia Chipboard letter that is altered with fine silver german glass glitter. You can bet I will be tinting some Crystal Pins with my copic markers or alcohol inks using this Tim’s cool fillable pen in the near future. I love how cute this heart and arrow from the Love Mini Chipboard Set looks altered with vintage sheet music and fine silver german glass glitter. It is attached to one of the Mixed Scallop Triangle Banners from the Mini Set. And I think this button from the Mini Button...

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Let the sneak peeks begin…

Jan 13, 2010

Oh how I love being on the Maya Road design team especially this time of year when I get to play with all their new release products. Here is a project I created using lots of new Maya Road products. This sweet banner will be displayed in my scraproom and certainly in a spot so that I can see it all the time. I just love it. I colored the Maya Road Hanging Chandelier Beads using a Copic Marker (Sand E33) and I embossed the Chipboard Buttons using my Cuttlebug and the French Script Embossing Folder. New Release Products Skinny House Button Mini Set Butterflies Mini Set Hearts Trinket Pins Leaf (Brown) Trinket Pins Mini Wave Mauve Trim Charcoal Ink Pad Pink Ink Pad And I am so in love with the new Butterflies...

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Mittens and Snowflakes

Nov 6, 2009

I love the cuff on these mittens. They remind me of when I was around 3 or 4 years old living in Kittery, Maine. One winter I remember sitting in the back seat of my Mom and Dad’s blue Volkswagen Beetle with my hands all toasty and warm inside my brand new muff. I loved that muff and thought I was something else using it. I think it’s funny how a little piece of craft Boa can remind me of something long ago. Instructions: Cover the front and back of three pages from a Maya Road Mitten Chipboard Coaster Book with vintage wallpaper. I used Aleene’s Paper Glaze adhesive when attaching the wallpaper. Sand the edges of each mitten using a sanding block or Emory board. Apply a clear drying liquid adhesive around the...

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Got a pair of plain gloves…

Oct 8, 2009

If not, I found this pair along with pink, brown and navy in the $1 section at JoAnns. Cut out some flowers from cream felt using a Sizzix die Flower Layers #3. Accent them with a simple backstitch using #543 embroidery floss. Cut three leaves free hand and make a butterfly out of the 2nd to smallest flower on the Sizzix die Flower Layers using the same cream felt. Stitch a simple backstitch on these as well using the same #543 embroidery floss. Attach a pearl bead in the center of two vintage buttons using #543 embroidery floss. Create 2 tulle flowers using white tulle gathered with #543 embroidery floss. Trim the edges of the tulle flower with pinking shears. Layer the flowers together and attach each flower layer using Fabri-Tac  (I layered the...

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Altered Vellum Buttons Part 2…

Jul 27, 2009

So last week as I was cleaning up my workstation I tossed the vellum accented buttons I made onto a pile of old book pages. Well I looked down and noticed the text coming through the vellum and had an instant Ah HA moment I just have to share. Look at how cool these buttons are when you add an old book page to the back of the vellum! I just love the layered look so much. All you do is after you have completed altering a clear button with vellum, cover the back of the vellum with Glossy Accents, place the button glossy side down onto the book page, press the button down firmly with your fingers to remove any air bubbles, poke the button holes with a paper piercer and let it...

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Mixed Scallop Banner Album…

Jul 24, 2009

Here is the new Maya Road Mixed Scallop Banner Album. This album comes with four scallop pages, four plain pages and 2 rings. I really like that you can stack the plain pages on top of the scallop pages creating a four page banner as I did below. I like the dimension you get with the pages stacked. You can also alternate between the scallop and plain pages creating an eight page banner. Lots of possibilities with this new little gem. Oh I had a little Ah Ha moment yesterday while I was tossing these clear buttons around on my workspace. I can’t wait to show you next week. I do believe you are gonna like it a lot! Although if you do a little investigating online you might be able to see what...

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Vellum Accented Buttons…

Jul 20, 2009

For those of you who loved my Vintage Button Bouquet tutorial here is another take using the clear buttons. The steps are the same to alter these I just replaced the ledger paper, music sheets and newspaper with vellum. These buttons will make a beautiful “Button Bouquet” or can be used as subtle accents for layouts, cards and mini albums. I guess I should just say, “Basically any project you can think up.” So try the vellum… I think you will like it. Supplies Needed: Clear buttons Webster’s Pages Sweet as Cherry Pie Vellum Glossy Accents Tools Used: Scissors If semi transparent is not for you, you can replace the vellum with any patterned...

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