Always adding more…

Dec 9, 2011

So the more I looked at the domino art piece I posted yesterday, the more I felt it needed more… it just lacked that little something extra. So back into the scraproom it went as I had ideas in my head and well, once and idea enters my head I can’t do anything else until I give it a go. So here is what the finished piece looked like, yesterday. And here is what it looks like now. Since I could not apply alcohol ink to the face to darken the complexion, without worrying that the alcohol ink would ruin the stamped image, I decided to stamp the image onto the blank margin of a vintage book page then carefully and  ever so precisely cut out the face. I then placed the cut out image...

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Halloween 2011 Completed Album

Nov 8, 2011

Here is the completed Halloween mini album. I love how it turned out. Jenni Bowlin and Maya Road were made to go together. I accented the stems of the pumpkins using JBS Decorative Brads, MR Leaf Pins and Trim. It’s now ready to fill with cute Halloween photos of little trick -or-treaters and some journaling about their fun candy filled evening. Front Cover I added brown and white baker’s twine to the top of the smaller pumpkins and accented the edges of the JBS Alterable Letters – Micro Dots using Chicken Feed and brown ink. And of course I accented the top of each letter using Diamond Stickles. The 2011 are JBS Vintage Black Stickers. Pages 1 and 2 Pages 3 and 4 The numbers 3 and 4 on page three are from the JBS...

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Took a quick trip…

Oct 12, 2011

I decided to go to Beaumont over the weekend for some antique and thrift store shopping as well as hit this wonderful flea market. Mom, dad and I were up and out early Friday, Saturday and Sunday and found some AWESOME items for me to use in upcoming class projects and workshops. I was so happy. I just give mom and dad a list of items I’m looking for and they are off and running. They scored some great finds for me this trip. Those two are keepers I tell ya. I took a few photos of some of the items we found. I have boxes filled with great vintage stuff. But some I’m gonna keep a secret as a girl can’t share all her surprises… can she? We found salt and pepper shakers,...

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Altered Birdhouse…

Feb 17, 2011

This altered paper mache birdhouse was so much fun to make. Every little spot has something attached to it. You’ll notice all kinds of Tim’s new products attached here and there. I must admit one of the products he sent were his new light bulbs. At first I was kinda stumped on what to do with them but then I had a “light bulb moment” sorry couldn’t help myself and started tucking them in among all the other baubles and think they worked perfectly. The light bulbs are the perfect size for the miniature projects I like to create. And that fractured doll… oh how I could have a million of them and would still want more. I love those dolls so much. You will be seeing them in future projects and classes for...

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Altered Paper Mache Book

Feb 15, 2011

This altered piece uses all brand new CHA-W release products by Tim Holtz. I was so happy to see the Fractured Doll in my box of products to design with…. I love these dolls and you get two different sized dolls per package! Next to the white seam binding I attached one of his new Chain Tassels. These are the perfect accent for a project and I love the movement of the tassel. The patterned papers used are from his new Paper Stash – Crowded Attic line. This paper line is so pretty and has designs in it for all styles. The butterflies and moths behind the Fractured Doll and among the paper flowers inside the book are from Tim’s new Salvage Stickers – Crowded Attic. I really like the butterflies and moths images....

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Ranger Designer Challenge

Feb 14, 2011

I was thrilled when Ranger asked if I would be interested in creating a canvas for their Designer Challenge. I could not reply back fast enough with a very excited yes! They sent each designer a box filled with a 12 x 12 frame, Perfect Pearls and Perfect Pearl Mists and told us to create something that reflected our style. Well I knew mine had to include book pages, Platinum Stickles and glitter and once I got started I could not stop. I used loads of Ranger product and when you look at the list below you’ll realize I’m not kidding. It was so much fun to sit and just create whatever came to mind. I cut the grungepaper into squares, embossed them using my cuttlebug then sewed them all together with a zigzag...

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You are going to LOVE these…

Jan 23, 2011

I was asked to create a canvas for Ranger’s designer wall at CHA. Well the product we had to highlight was their Perfect Pearl Mists and their new Perfect Pearls colors.You are going to LOVE these. Check out Suze Weinberg’s blog to see the new colors and a few sneak peeks of her canvas… I cannot wait to see it in person. It was fun to create what ever I wanted with the only requirements being it had to be my style and I had to use the products sent my way. I used WAY MORE Ranger products on my canvas than what was required but one technique seemed to lead to another which meant using another product and so on… I think the Rock Candy Crackle Paint looks AWESOME on the frame… I...

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I’m focused… Promise!

Jan 3, 2011

While sitting here waiting for my Distress Crackle Paint – Rock Candy to dry I remembered I forgot to show you the bracelet dad and I made using one of my grandfather’s spoons. Well actually it’s really more like the bracelet I pounded flat, stamped poorly, dad bent into shape and fixed my stamping. Poor man, I tell ya we had some laughs or rather I laughed at the looks dad would give me when I would hand it over for him to fix. Dad’s just gotta love those crafty daughter’s that venture out into unknown art forms. We had fun though and it’s a bracelet I will cherish. All I could think of was the saying my grandfather would say from time to time when you got really focused on the imperfections of...

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Money Envelope

Dec 13, 2010

I created this money envelope using this tutorial created by Wendy Vecchi of Studio 490. I did have to substitute a few things since I didn’t have all the stamps she used or one of the Distress Ink colors. I must admit it’s nice stepping out of your comfort zone every once in awhile and stamping is certainly stepping out for me. It’s scary as I cannot get over the everything needs to be perfect stuff but I am trying. Oh and let me fill you in on a little secret… today is my super sweet friend Wendy’s birthday. I think she is celebrating something like her 25th. I don’t know I could be wrong but I know I’m not off by far. So when you go over to check out her awesome tutorial make sure you...

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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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And finally we are done…

Aug 18, 2010

Oh I do not miss those stripes and stars for one second… not a tear was shed when they got covered by this gorgeous color by Valspar. It is called Prairie Brush and I love it. Now I walk into a room that looks like this… Every single product is in its place and every single drawer, box and nook and cranny has been cleaned out. It feels so good. I love that I finally have a spot for my Underwood typewriter… this poor thing has been all over the house.  I still need to hang a shelf over the one you see for items that I need but do not use all that often. And I want to dig around some thrift stores to find some vintage prints to hang on the wall....

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Show day 2

Jul 28, 2010

Today we created flower pins using Petaloo flowers that were misted with several different colors of Maya Mist. Then we accented the center of the flower with one of the new Bingo Markers. It was a fun day and once again I had a blast meeting everyone that came by to say hi. Now how about a little Studio 490. I LOVE all the new items Wendy Vecchi is releasing. So I will just post all the eye candy and save all the WOW’s and OH MY GOODNESS, and I have to HAVE THIS for you… because honestly this is all I can think to say about her release. So enjoy. And if I don’t get this stamp set I think I might just die….is this incredible or what? So there you have it… loads...

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Sweet Treat Cup

Mar 23, 2010

Crepe paper and pipe cleaners… can it get much sweeter? For me, no. Here is a treat cup tutorial that will fit on an Easter tree if you shorten the handle a bit from what is shown here. Or you could score major brownie points by placing one of these little cuties on your co-workers desk filled with a few candy eggs, a chocolate Easter bunny, wrapped in cellophane and tied with a seam binding bow. You could also make several and use them as placecards for an Easter brunch. Pure sweetness I think. Supplies Used: White Nut & Party Cups (can be found in the Cake Section of large craft stores), Pink Crepe Paper Streamer, Maya Road Pink Ruffle Edge Trim, Jenni Bowlin Pink Embellished Butterflies, Fabri-Tac, Embroidery Floss (any light color as...

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New Maya Road Metallic Ink Colors…

Jan 14, 2010

You are going to LOVE the new Maya Road metallic inkpads… the coverage is incredible, the colors are great and I am so in love. But what is new right…. I know I always say I am in love when it comes to Maya Road but it is true. I don’t say it unless I mean it and I really do feel you are going to LOVE these new Inkpads just as much as I do. The inspiration behind this tag comes from a piece of Pennsylvania Dutch Folk Art I saw online… when I saw it the tulips on the piece reminded me of some chipboard pieces in the Maya Road Damask Chipboard Sheet, well one thing led to another and here you have it… my tag version of Pennsylvania Dutch Folk Art....

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12 Day Advent Pocket Calendar Pocket #5

Nov 12, 2009

Stamp image onto heavy weight white cardstock, ink on top of stamped image using Distress Ink, lightly color image using jewel tone chalks. Place glossy accents onto the back of a Fragments Charm and attach to stamped image. Using Alcohol Ink, ink the top of the Fragments Charm, accent the Fragments Charm with Distress Stickles, let dry. Once the Distress Stickles is dry apply a clear drying adhesive to the edge of the Fragments Charm and apply Gold German Glass Glitter to the edge, let dry. Once dry tie a piece of red seam binding on top. Cover the front top half of a 1 3/8″ x 2 3/4″ office tag with patterned paper, fold the end up to create a pocket, cover the folded part of the pocket with patterned paper, stitch around...

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Holiday Sweet Treats are now for sale…

Nov 4, 2009

Most everyone loves Sweet Treats, especially during the holiday season. So I put together a calorie free version from items I have been stashing away or maybe I should say hoarding? Honestly, that is more like it. Santa told me it’s time to share the goods! The “Holiday Sweet Treats” will be ready for sale sometime this afternoon. My techy elf’s been busy working on my “A Very Vintage Christmas” workshop as well as his full time job. If I don’t cut him a little slack I fear a strike may be in the near future and I cannot have that! You can purchase your “Holiday Sweet Treats” packet here. Each “Holiday Sweet Treats” packet sells for $12.95 and includes the following items. 2 Yards Red Seam Binding 2 Yards Green Seam Binding 2...

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Altered Cabinet Card

Nov 2, 2009

My “A Very Vintage Christmas” workshop starts today so in its honor I figured I would have a very vintage project. I found this old cabinet card placed between some very old Christmas cards that have been in the family for nearly 60 years. No one recognized these two young ladies and there was no name on the back so I decided to make their photo into a permanent holiday ornament to enjoy each year. These ladies seemed to be in such a gaze that I decided to have them looking out a window, maybe at the newly fallen snow or eagerly anticipating the arrival of a welcomed holiday guest. Which ever it may be, I’m pretty happy with how this came out and certainly see a new addiction in my future. If you...

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Holiday Gift Tags…

Oct 27, 2009

These are so fun to make and can be used as either a holiday gift tag (who wouldn’t like seeing their name on the front of these tags) or as an embellishment for holiday cards. There are lots of possibilities here. Which means you’re certainly going to be seeing more projects over the next few months using these as well as this one and this one. I love just them! Instructions: Stamp images onto white heavy weight cardstock using Archival Ink in Jet Black, trim each stamped image to 1 1/8″ x 2 3/4″, ink over images using Tea Dy and Vintage Photo Distress Inks, trim the end of each tag using small scallop scissors, accent the sides, top and bottom of each tag with straight lines using a black pen, accent each scallop...

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Digging, digging and digging…

Oct 13, 2009

My goodness is it ever so obvious when you look at my vintage stash just how much I love vintage Christmas items. But since my dad is Santa I guess this is to be expected. I have been pulling items out like a mad woman as I prepare for my next online workshop… the CHRISTMAS workshop. Oh how I love to create Christmas projects. I have a list of things to create that I think are going to make a charming holiday workshop. The name is still yet to be determined so I had a thought… leave a title idea in the comments section of this post. If your title is picked you will win a free access pass to the workshop. If no title is picked I will have Ansley pick one person...

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Great finds…

Jun 9, 2009

This week I am searching thrift and antique stores for items to use in projects as well as sell in my future online store. My store will include handmade embellishments and glass glitter as well as a few odds and ends that I like to use in projects, cards, tags and layouts. Vintage Postcards, Milk Bottlecaps, candy molds Love these bottlecaps I cannot wait to show you what I have in mind for these… I think you will LOVE the idea. These will be available for download in this years Christmas workshop. Off to do some more digging… can’t wait to see what I find today. Wishing you all a wonderful...

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Fabulous Finds…

Mar 27, 2009

Things I am loving right now… 1. This pot made by Ansley. I love love love it so much! Kenner Road Market this, these and all of these… dang that Kerry Lynn puts together some great kits! I think lots of other people feel the same way. Paper Tales Inc. has the best vintage millinery supplies in their etsy store and I mean the be still my heart kinda best! Paper Tales has that great Old Fashioned Rayon Seam Binding stocked up. Michelle is sweet give her a call she ships! Not scrapping related but my gosh I would love my Easter Brunch table to be set with these dishes. So cute! If I wore this in the kitchen I would be a better cook. I really would I just know it. What a...

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