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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