I Love You Frame

Feb 13, 2015

This sparkly chipboard frame is going to be added to the front cover of a mini album. I plan to cover the album with vintage sheet music and ledger paper than add photos of Terri and Ansley. If you want to make this chipboard frame it’s super simple and here’s the tutorial. Supplies Needed: 2 Maya Road Chipboard Frames, Maya Road Glitter ~ Red & Silver, Red & Silver Acrylic Paint, Vintage Sheet Music, Martha Stewart Crystal Coarse Glitter, Vintage Glass Vial, Flocked Flowers, White Seam Binding, Diamond Glaze, Glue Stick, Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue, Dina Wakley Gel Medium, Book Page Words “I LOVE YOU”, Adhesive Foam Squares Tools Used: Scissors, Paintbrush, Craft Knife, Craft Matt, Tweezers Instructions: Using a glue stick type adhesive, cover the front of one chipboard frame with vintage sheet...

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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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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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Rocky Mountain Memories ~ Artist Flood Relief

Jun 20, 2014

Last September Colorado was really hit hard with unexpected flash floods.  Dams broke, roads were washed out, rivers took control, and lives were lost.  It’s just so devastating.  Complete towns were evacuated, lives lost, people unaccounted for, homes & businesses demolished. Rocky Mountain Memories is hosting a silent auction to help Crossroads Ministries. This non-profit organization has provided a total of 725 flood relief assists but their funds are depleting.  Any assistance would be appreciated. Up for auction are many great pieces from various artists. I’ve donated autographed copies of  all three of my books Delight In The Details, Delight In The Seasons and Delight In The Art of Collage, plus several other items.   This shabby chic birdhouse was shared on my blog in July of last year. If you want to read how I created it...

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Faux Polaroid Ornaments

Dec 6, 2013

This ornament is going to do some serious sparkling on the tree as I covered each Maya Road Photo Frame Chipboard piece with iridescent glitter. It shimmers and sparkles beautifully and will look gorgeous when the tree is lit at night. If you want to make an ornament like this one or similar ornaments below are the products I used. Maya Road Photo Frames Chipboard, Maya Road Cloud White 1″ Ink Pad, Iridescent Glitter, Diamond Glaze, Red & White Twine, Red Mini Gingham Trim,1  Holly & Berry Pick, 1 Gold Jingle Bell, Black & White Photos, Black Cardstock, Glue Stick, Strong Liquid Adhesive, Scissors, Sanding Block Step Out for Making This Ornament: Remove center square from photo frame and set aside. Apply white ink to the photo frame, place Diamond Glaze over the top...

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Noel Miniature Wreath

Nov 8, 2013

This is the latest mini kit added to my Etsy shop. Once completed this miniature wreath measures approximately 7″ and will certainly add a sparkly festive feel to any area of your home or holiday tree. Since I ship Flat Rate if purchasing more than one kit please contact me so I can create a reserve listing for you with the correct shipping charge. Noel Miniature Wreath Kit Contents 1 Yard Champagne Tinsel 1 Yard Brown & White Twine 24” Tan Seam Binding 7 Chipboard Snowflakes 6 Self Adhesive Pearls 2 Wooden Birds 1 Large Chandelier Bead 1 Medium Chandelier Bead Chipboard Letters ~ Noel 2 – 2” x 3” Sheet Music Patterned Paper Step by Step Instructions with Color Photo Kit does NOT include: Martha Stewart Crystal Coarse Glitter, Folk Art Vintage White Acrylic Paint,...

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Happy Holidays Photo Ornament Kit

Oct 31, 2013

  I’m still going through my stash and putting together mini ornament kits for the holidays and last night, I was able to put together this cute photo ornament kit. FYI, I have a very limited amount of kits. The kit contents are listed below and as always come with step by step instructions and a color photo. Please note, Festive Berries Distress Ink used to color the chipboard frame and Platinum Stickles used to outline the chipboard base and frame are NOT included. Kit Contents: 1 – 4″ x 6″ daisyd’s Snowman Patterned Paper 1 – 4″ x 6″ daisyd’s Polka Dot Patterned Paper 1 – Chipboard Page 1 – Chipboard Frame (Frame will vary see photo for variations) 1 – Small Bottle Brush Tree 2 – Holly Leaves 1 – Button 2...

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Kids Week Day 1

Jul 9, 2013

Day one has been a whirlwind of fun. As soon as Madelyn’s feet hit the floor she was ready to go. Thankfully, I planned ahead the night before and had chipboard pieces, Stickles and Liquid Pearls for her to use while I was trying to get my first cup of coffee in me. This was a lifesaver, she created and I woke up. Then she decided she would like to make a video of how she alters her chipboard pieces using Stickles and Liquid Pearls. I was really impressed with how well she did since we didn’t talk about what she would say or anything. I basically just got my camera and started filming her very first unedited on-the-fly 10 min. instructional video. Not bad for a first time video. I love her. While...

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Shabby Chic Birdhouse

Jul 5, 2013

The base of this altered birdhouse is created using Eileen Hull’s 3D Birdhouse die by Sizzix. After I assembled the birdhouse I covered it  with plaster. Once the plaster was dry I painted it with acrylic paint and accented the stenciled areas with ColorBox Chestnut Roan ink. I’m not kidding when I say I LOVE plaster and want to cover everything in it. It’s all I think about. The texture you can create with this medium is so amazing. The sides and top areas of the front and back of the birdhouse are accented with images from decorative napkins. The look is amazing and it’s so simple to do. Just cut out the image from your napkin, peel the white layers of the napkin off until all you have is the image layer, using your...

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Stickles

Jun 5, 2013

Most of you should know by now that I have a serious LOVE for Stickles, especially Diamond and Platinum! When teaching these two are a given for items needed in class. I use Stickles on pretty much everything I create and I have a saying about them too, “Stickles is to Crafters what Botox is to Plastic Surgeons. You can always use a little somewhere”. If you are a crafter that does not like loose glitter Stickles is a product for you. It’s easy to use and there is zero mess. So today, I’m going to show you how I use a little or a lot on my projects. Diamond Stickles is a great way to give a simple flower a little pop. All you need to do is apply a small amount onto...

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Thrift Store Finds ~ Storage & Photo Props

Apr 26, 2013

It’s no secret how much I love thrift store finds and the thrill of the hunt, I wish I could bottle up that feeling.  When scouring the shelves for items to use as storage and photo props I usually have no clue what I’m looking but when I find something I like I grab it. I don’t think I will ever have enough salt & pepper shakers on hand. They are perfect for storing glass glitter or filling with vintage buttons. I have an idea in my head right now using them as a base for a project that I cannot wait to start working on. I hope it comes out as well as I have it pictured in my head. I’ll let you know when it’s finished. The refrigerator box is perfect for...

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All Occasion Card

Apr 22, 2013

This all occasion card is one I created for Maya Road to display while their product kits are being sold on HSN, tomorrow. I thought I would share a few projects using some of the products in each kit to give you a little inspiration. Caroline created I think 20 projects for the show. Talk about a crazy fast crafter. The Fabric Tape Flower Mini Canvas, Fabric Tape Mini Wreath (sharing with you tomorrow) and the Smile Mini Canvas that I shared with you last week are all projects using products from these kits. Since I’m sure you are not going to want to miss out I posted Maya Road’s time slots below, which as I understand can change at any given second so don’t hold me to it but these should be close to accurate. Beth...

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Smile Mini Canvas

Apr 19, 2013

Oh goodness I gotta share some awesome tips with you today. I painted the sides of this mini canvas using Adirondack Shell Pink, once dry I found the pink was just a tad bit too pink. So I lightly applied ColorBox Creamy Brown Chalk Ink over the paint and it created the most BEAUTIFUL shade of  pink which just so happened to match the pink in the Pink Paislee Cottage Farms background paper perfectly. The next tip is if you apply ColorBox Fluid Chalk Ink in Rose Coral on top of the Maya Road Mixed Blossom Mini Chipboard pieces then lightly apply Maya Road Pure White Pigment on top you create another gorgeous shade of pink that works BEAUTIFULLY with the Pink Paislee Cottage Farms patterned paper line. I just love discovering and sharing...

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Imperfect is Perfect to me….

Mar 29, 2013

When I found this beat up old utility cart at Frisco Mercantile I could not get my hands on it fast enough. I had been walking up and down each and every aisle looking for something to put in this very spot. I knew I needed it to be a certain width and height, wanted it to be an open piece so it would not close off the room too much, look nice and it had to be large enough to hold all the items seen. Well when I stumbled onto this cart and saw that the price was $18.00 it was sold. Yes it is scratched, yes it leans a bit to one side (but it’s still level) and yes it squeaks when the wheels roll but I think it’s imperfections are what makes it...

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Stamp Embossed Clay Charms

Mar 1, 2013

Here is a really cool tip… when creating polymer clay charms use chipboard embellishments for templates. This is exactly what I did when creating these adorable dress charms for my nieces. I used the chipboard dress from the Maya Road Laundry Day mini chipboard set to create these two charms. All I did was roll out my polymer clay to the thickness I wanted, placed the mini chipboard dress on top of the clay then using a craft knife carefully cut around the chipboard dress. How simple is that! And here are a few other cool tips… to get the butterfly image onto the dresses I pressed the Maya Road Ornate Butterflies stamp set into the polymer clay. Stamps are a great way to emboss polymer clay. To add words to each dress I used...

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Book of The Week

Jan 23, 2013

So happy to share that my book “Delight In The Seasons” is the “Book of the Week” over at Cut Out + Keep. If you’re not familiar with this site you really need to check it out. It’s FILLED with all kinds of awesome crafting tutorials. Cat is even giving away a signed copy of “Delight In The Seasons” so don’t miss out, you can enter HERE. She also has four sample project/techniques from “Delight In The Seasons” for you to create. The Altered Bottle Brush Tree, a Felt Message Banner, Embellished Clear Buttons and the Chipboard Cameo. As you scroll further down the page you will find a “Meet the Author” section that tells a little bit about me, my book, where I find my inspiration, etc. So go check it out. Cut Out +...

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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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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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Reindeer Ornament

Dec 4, 2012

Isn’t this ornament cute. I love the whimsy style and think my nieces will too. So let me tell you how this ornament came about because this is NO WHERE close to being my vintage style. While cleaning and organizing my craft room I found a set of cookie stencils that I bought LAST year to do what with I have no idea but they were in the dollar bin so I grabbed them mainly for the snowflake and reindeer. Well the other day, while I was doing some serious procrastinating in the cleaning department I was looking on Pinterest and came across these really cute reindeer cookies click HERE and HERE. Inspiration hit right then and there. I thought how cute would it to be to make an ornament using the Gingerbread Man cookie...

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Love ~ Canvas

Aug 31, 2012

Before I share this canvas tutorial which is super fun and not difficult to recreate at all I want to let you know about an awesome giveaway iLoveToCreate is having on their blog. I really love their Aleene’s adhesives and use them all the time. Well you have a chance to win my latest book “Delight In The Seasons” AND a wonderful assortment of Aleene’s adhesives. You can visit their blog HERE to enter their giveaway. Ok now for the tutorial. You will need a gallery wrapped canvas, vintage ledger paper, vintage sheet music, Fiskars Round n’ Round Squeeze Punches Extra Large & Large, doilies, Maya Road Mini Chipboard Alphas (Love is the new Uppercase Lisa), Paint Brush, Claudine Hellmuth Studio Multi-Medium ~ Matte, Claudine Hellmuth Studio Paint Traditional Tan, Blank Canvas & Charcoal...

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