Altered Drawstring Bag

Mar 30, 2015

I found this cute can­vas linen draw­string bag in the dol­lar spot at Tar­get. I loved it so much that I grabbed all they had know­ing I could alter them through­out the year. This design was super easy to make and is per­fect to fill with East­er can­dy. Sup­plies Used: East­er Ele­ments Tim Holtz/Sizzix Die, Burlap, Trim, Seam Bind­ing, Fab­ri Tac, Pearl Beads, Sil­ver Blank Disk, Jump Rings, Head Pin Tools Need­ed: Die Cut­ting Machine, Scis­sors, Bench Block, Brass Ham­mer, Long Nose Pli­ers, Met­al Stamps Met­al Stamp­ing Sup­plies can be found HERE at PJ Tool Jew­el­ry & Craft Instruc­tions:  Using the East­er Ele­ments die and burlap, die cut the bun­ny. Using Fab­ri Tac attach the bun­ny to the front of the bag Using Fab­ri Tac attach trims all around the top sec­tion of the bag as...

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Bunny Easter Egg or Treat Holder

Mar 19, 2015

How cute will this East­er egg or treat hold­er look sit­ting at each per­sons table set­ting for East­er brunch. You can fill it with a per­son­al­ized dec­o­rat­ed egg to use as a place card or fill it with choco­lates for an after brunch treat. It’s real­ly sim­ple to make and I’m cer­tain your guest will love the added touch. Sup­plies Used: Tim Holtz Alter­ations East­er Ele­ments Sizzix Die, Matt Board, Flo­ral Emboss­ing Fold­er, Tim Holtz Dis­tress Paint Aban­doned Coral & Cracked Pis­ta­chio, Dina Wak­ley Media Heavy Body Acrylic Paint Glitz, Self Adhe­sive Pearls, Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue Tools Need­ed: Scis­sors, Big Shot or Cut­tle­bug, Paint­brush, Paper Trim­mer with Scor­ing Tool Using a Big Shot or Cut­tle­bug die, Matt Board and the East­er Ele­ments die, die cut two bun­nies and two bows. Using a Big Shot...

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So This Is Love ~ Tag

Feb 11, 2015

The star of this tag is one of my new hand­made Pen­ny Can­dy Dolls. I think she is the per­fect accent for this tag and I must admit she is one of my favorites. If you want to recre­ate a tag for your­self or a friend I put togeth­er a step by step tuto­r­i­al just for you. Sup­plies Need­ed: Mani­la Tag, Vin­tage Music Sheet, White Crepe Paper, Chip­board Heart, Dina Wak­ley Media Ruby Acrylic Paint, Maya Road Red Glit­ter, Plat­inum Stick­les, Dia­mond Stick­les, Small Red Flocked Flower, Brown & White Twine, 3 Cro­cheted Doilies, Doo­dle­Bug Rhine­stones, White Embroi­dery Floss, Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue, Fab­ric Tac Fab­ric Adhe­sive, Ranger Mul­ti Medi­um Mat­te, Martha Stew­art Crys­tal Coarse Glit­ter, Hand­made Pen­ny Can­dy Doll, Small Alpha­bet Stamp Set, Jet Black Archival Ink Tools Need­ed: Scis­sors, Paper Trim­mer,...

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Valentine Home Decor Accent

Feb 9, 2015

This valen­tine home decor piece show­cas­es one of the hand­made Pen­ny Can­dy Dolls I now have in my etsy shop. I love these dolls from long ago and when pos­si­ble make molds of dolls I think you too would like to use in your craft­ing projects. This lit­tle cutie is hold­ing a book under­neath it’s arm. I put togeth­er a tuto­r­i­al so you too can recre­ate this home decor accent. I plan on dis­play­ing this year round in my stu­dio. Sup­plies Used: Large Wood­en Spool, Vin­tage Sheet Music, White Crepe Paper, 2 Chip­board Hearts, Dina Wak­ley Media Ruby Acrylic Paint, 16 Gauge Wire, Dia­mond Glaze, Maya Road Red Glit­ter, White Embroi­dery Floss, Red & White Bak­er’s Twine, Martha Stew­art Crys­tal Coarse Glit­ter, Ranger Mul­ti Medi­um-Mat­te, Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue, Flocked Flower, Hand­made Pen­ny Can­dy Doll with...

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NEW Handmade Penny Candy Dolls

Jan 29, 2015

I’ve added two new doll designs to my Etsy Shop. These Hand­made Pen­ny Can­dy Dolls are cre­at­ed by me from vin­tage dolls in my col­lec­tion. They are per­fect to alter for art projects or jew­el­ry designs. Each set includes 3 dolls per pack and mea­sure approx­i­mate­ly 2.25″ tall. Since these are all hand­made each doll will be unique and have its own vin­tage charm. I ship Flat Rate so please email me if you wish to pur­chase more than one item as I can get sev­er­al pur­chas­es in the same box. My email address is...

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Ranger Designer Challenge 2015

Jan 16, 2015

It’s always so excit­ing to be invit­ed to par­tic­i­pate in the Ranger Design­er Chal­lenge. Basi­cal­ly how it works is Ranger picks a prod­uct line to fea­ture, sends the design­ers a box of the prod­ucts and you cre­ate a project using these prod­ucts. This year the chal­lenge was a can­vas using Dina Wak­ley’s Media paints, sten­cils and stamps. Talk about a fun chal­lenge. I also used some Tim Holtz Dis­tress Stick­les Dry Glit­ter Rocky Can­dy and of course Dia­mond Stick­les. I have fall­en in love with Dina’s Media paints. They come in a tube with a flip top and are heavy body acrylics that spread like but­ter! I already have her new col­ors Glitz, Ster­ling and Pen­ny on my list of “Must Have Now” as well as Dina’s super cool new Media Fine Tip Appli­ca­tor. These...

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Weekend of Family Fun

Dec 23, 2014

This past week­end, my sis­ter and her fam­i­ly came up for the week­end. Her Christ­mas gift to Brit­tain was a tick­et to see the Cow­boys play the Colts, Sun­day. It was­n’t the game Brit­tain was hop­ing for but it was a fun time spent with his mom. Since he isn’t able to go to Beau­mont for Christ­mas I decid­ed to have a fam­i­ly Christ­mas par­ty for him at our house. Sat­ur­day morn­ing, Made­lyn and Bel­lie made snow­men out of donuts for break­fast. These were a big hit with the girls. All you need are pow­dered donuts, orange jel­ly beans for the nose and mini choco­late morsels for the mouth and eyes. A cup of hot choco­late is a great drink to go with the snow­man donuts too. Sat­ur­day evening, we had our fam­i­ly par­ty....

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Countdown to Christmas Calendar

Nov 24, 2014

This hol­i­day sea­son I’m all about get­ting projects done in a day. This year, I can’t afford the take a week to com­plete a project, you all know I’m very capa­ble of cre­at­ing a mole hill kin­da project into a moun­tain kin­da project. So I thought and thought of how I could cre­ate a “Count­down to Christ­mas Cal­en­dar” with­out it tak­ing me days to com­plete. I love count­ing down to Christ­mas just as much as a kid and thought I would share with you what and how I made mine. This project should take 3  hours tops from start to fin­ish includ­ing dry­ing time for the paints. Prod­ucts Used: Maya Road Count­down Shad­ow­box, Adiron­dack Acrylic Paint Dab­ber Juniper & Metal­lic Gold, Cof­fee Archival Ink, Glue Stick, My Mind’s Eye ~ Joy­ous 6” x 6”...

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New Listings in My Etsy Shop

Sep 30, 2014

I real­ly enjoy nee­dle felt­ing and as you can see I’ve been busy. I find cre­at­ing some­thing out of a rolled up piece of wool fun and reward­ing. If you live in the DFW area and are want­i­ng to learn nee­dle felt­ing Car­olyn Ross (The Crafty Scrap­per) and I are try­ing to fig­ure out when I can teach a class. So be on the look­out. This nee­dle felt­ed cup­cake or petit four hol­i­day orna­ment is cre­at­ed from brown, beige, red and green wool. It mea­sures approx­i­mate­ly 1.75″ in width and 2″ in height. The cup­cake sits in a vin­tage can­dy mold and can be found in my Etsy Shop.  Each acorn base is nee­dle felt­ed from wool in col­ors of Teal, Red, Orange, Gold, Green and Light Green then accent­ed with a dried acorn cap. The...

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Home For Christmas

Dec 27, 2013

This year, we seemed to cel­e­brat­ed Christ­mas a lit­tle bit at a time. We had a fam­i­ly get togeth­er with Ter­ri and Laren at their loft on the 23rd then a small Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tion at our house Christ­mas Eve.  Christ­mas morn­ing, my nephew Brit­tain and I head­ed down to Beau­mont to see fam­i­ly and cel­e­brate Christ­mas with my par­ents. Alan and Ans­ley both had to work on the 26th so they could­n’t come along but when I return home they’ll have a small Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tion with the gifts I bring back. We arrived at mom and dad’s house in the late after­noon and every­one was ready to exchange gifts. It’s always a flur­ry of excite­ment dur­ing Christ­mas at mom and dad’s. I’ve been very blessed to always have an amaz­ing Christ­mas. Mom and Dad...

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My Life In A Dinghy ~ Candy Rosenberg

Sep 19, 2013

“My Life In A Dinghy” fea­tured artist, Can­dy Rosen­berg. Can­dy has been paper craft­ing since she was a child and comes from a cre­ative fam­i­ly of artists, car­toon­ist and painters. She has been in the scrap­book­ing indus­try since 2007 and dur­ing this time has been in online mar­ket­ing, design and edu­ca­tion team coor­di­na­tion, prod­uct devel­op­ment and com­mis­sion work for a num­ber of man­u­fac­tur­ers and mag­a­zines. There is no mis­tak­ing her style; a blend of vin­tage, shab­by chic and mixed media all inked up, fussy cut and lay­ered. When she first start­ed out her style was not like “oth­ers,” how­ev­er, no mat­ter what she nev­er com­pro­mised her style and now it is more main­stream than ever. Can­dy works with some of the top man­u­fac­tur­ers in the indus­try includ­ing Spell­binders and May Arts Rib­bon and has cre­at­ed...

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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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Keeper of Secrets & Dreams

Jul 1, 2013

The base for this altered box is Eileen Hul­l’s Box, Can­dy Draw­er die. I tell ya I have a seri­ous LOVE for Eileen’s dies and can pret­ty much pick her’s out with­out even look­ing at the name of the design­er. After I cut the box out of mat board and assem­bled it I applied a thin lay­er of plas­ter all over the inner and out­er areas of the draw­er as well as the out­er top, bot­tom and sides of the box. I real­ly like the sta­bil­i­ty plas­ter gives to this box and when dry it resem­bles that of a ceram­ic box. Once com­plete­ly dry I applied images around the box and sealed them in place with melt­ed white bees wax pel­lets. I accent­ed this Keep­er of Secrets & Dreams box with lots of dif­fer­ent...

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Delight In The Art of Collage

Mar 19, 2013

It’s the name of my new baby, book 3!!! I am so hap­py to final­ly be able to share the title AND a few sneak peeks from each chap­ter. I’ve worked my tail feath­ers off on this one as it real­ly pushed me cre­ative­ly into a new direc­tion that I tru­ly love. My edi­tor Kristin Con­lin was with me all the way on the crazy emo­tion­al roller coast­er of writ­ing and cre­at­ing a book. Believe me it’s one long emo­tion­al roller coast­er too. Some days I was near­ly in tears, which I quick­ly told myself to suck it up but­ter­cup, to being super hap­py from won­der­ful feed­back she’d heard. It’s crazy. Delight In The Art of Col­lage is a col­lec­tion of Assem­blage, Mixed Media, Tech­niques and Projects. As you know, I get bored eas­i­ly...

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Funky Little Canvas

Jan 3, 2013

This is the funky lit­tle can­vas I made for my niece Aman­da, for Christ­mas. It is of her and her boyfriend Steve after a TCU game. They are the most adorable cou­ple and I real­ly do hope he ends up being my nephew. Steve is sweet, smart and cute! Ok enough of that because I can hear Aman­da say­ing, “BEASIE” all the way from Hous­ton. Not sure why she named me Beasie when she was a baby but she did and it stuck, so I’m Beasie. Any­way, enough of all that and on to the can­vas. I did a pho­to trans­fer of their pho­to onto a 4 x 4 can­vas, then using Clau­dine Hell­muth Stu­dio paints and stamps I accent­ed the sides of the can­vas. I pro­tect­ed the image trans­fer with a coat­ing of...

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Family is Everything

Dec 26, 2012

This is the can­vas I cre­at­ed for Mom. I made her a fam­i­ly tree sor­ta can­vas. You will see me at the top as I’m the old­est, then I placed my two daugh­ters Ter­ri and Ans­ley under­neath me. Next is my broth­er Richard, then my sis­ter Belin­da and her kids Aman­da, Brit­tain, Made­lyn and Isabel­la (Bel­lie). I cre­at­ed this can­vas using the Maya Road Por­trait Chip­board pieces, Clau­dine Hell­muth Stu­dio Acrylic Paint Char­coal Black, Tra­di­tion­al Tan and Blank Can­vas. I accent­ed the sides using the Heart sten­cil by Dina Wak­ley as the hearts were the per­fect size for this piece. I traced mine onto the sides using a pen­cil then using a paint brush filled them in with black paint and white accents. I paint­ed each por­trait chip­board piece using black paint. Once dry...

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So much countdown fun

Dec 14, 2012

I’ve real­ly enjoyed get­ting night­ly pho­tos of my nieces Made­lyn and Bel­lie enjoy­ing their 25 Day Count­down to Christ­mas activ­i­ty. They are lov­ing every­thing I’ve includ­ed so far. Each night is a sur­prise for all me and them as I don’t know the order in which Belin­da has them doing their activ­i­ty. Warn­ing… this is a very heavy pho­to blog post but I real­ly want to share their fun with far away fam­i­ly so I hope you don’t mind it not being crafty today. Made­lyn and Bel­lie were mak­ing their Christ­mas cards, this night. I can only imag­ine how they dec­o­rat­ed them because both love any­thing that has to do with art. Here they had a blast mak­ing paper chain gar­lands. This is such a fun, sim­ple old fash­ioned dec­o­ra­tion to make that brings...

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25 Day Countdown to Christmas

Nov 23, 2012

Today, I’m mak­ing a 25 day Count­down to Christ­mas project with my nieces Made­lyn and Bel­lie. As you can see from the pho­to they are lov­ing their new match­ing jam­mies. New flan­nel jam­mies are the best espe­cial­ly when you find match­ing ones like my mom did with a mon­key print design. Ok sor­ry, back to the project. Both lit­tle sweet peas will dec­o­rate 12 stan­dard sized card envelopes using stick­ers, self adhe­sive gems, then stamp the num­bers need­ed on each of their bags. Made­lyn will stamp the odd num­bers and Bel­lie the even num­bers. I will dec­o­rate enve­lope 25 for them to either use as a sam­ple or for inspi­ra­tion. Once all the envelopes are dec­o­rat­ed I’ll fill each one with 2 pieces of can­dy and a print­ed strip of paper that has one...

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Archived Halloween & Fall Projects

Oct 17, 2012

With fall final­ly get­ting ready to hit my lit­tle neck of the woods.  I thought it would be fun to do some dig­ging in my archives and list all the fall and Hal­loween projects I’ve cre­at­ed over the years. Even though some of the items I’ve used are no longer avail­able from some man­u­fac­tur­ers there are still plen­ty of prod­ucts out there from oth­ers for you to eas­i­ly make sub­sti­tu­tions. Just click on each of the links below and they will take you to each of the blog posts. As you can see I have sev­er­al cards, dec­o­ra­tions and a mini album just wait­ing for you to cre­ate. Also, I thought it would be fun to show you one of the first lay­outs I ever made. This one is of Son­ny our gold­en retriev­er...

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CHA-Summer 2012 Day 2

Jul 18, 2012

Today, I was in the Maya Road booth all day doing make-n-takes. Let me tell you my feet and knees hurt so bad tonight I can hard­ly stand it. But before head­ing to bed I want­ed to show you some of my favorite Maya Road prod­ucts which just so hap­pen to be pret­ty pop­u­lar with store own­ers too. But before I show you these pho­tos let me first show you this one… this is Ter­ra Cameron with Simon Says Stamp. You can pur­chase my Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion stamp sets from Simon Says Stamp HERE. If you ever have a chance to chat with Ter­ra and/or Hei­di you will love every sec­ond. They are the sweet­est. Okay now on to the pho­tos of my favorite new Maya Road prod­ucts. You will be see­ing these a lot...

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Art Requires Courage ~ Canvas Class

Apr 6, 2012

I’m so look­ing for­ward to teach­ing my “Art Requires Courage” can­vas class Sat­ur­day, April 21st. Class starts at 10:00 a.m. and will take approx­i­mate­ly 4 hours to com­plete. Car­olyn told me I have just 4 slots left so if you want to join me and learn some fun mixed media tech­niques please call Car­olyn at The Crafty Scrap­per 972.923.3151. The cost for the class is $45.00. In this mixed media class you will alter an 8″ x 10″ can­vas using an eclec­tic mix­ture of ele­ments such as chick­en wire, vin­tage papers, stamped images, tex­tiles, paint and glit­ter. I will show you how to cre­ate a faux stamped met­al accent as well as a faux tin type pho­to­graph using a vin­tage spoon. We will alter silk leaves to look as though they have been air dried and accent your can­vas...

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