Leather Bracelets

Mar 17, 2014

To cre­ate these three bracelets I used a fun prod­uct called Met­al Com­plex Flat Leather. They are pre-pack­aged leather strips that mea­sure 10 x 2mm and come in a wide assort­ment of col­or groups. The col­or group shown here is the Yellow/Steel Grey Metal­lic group. Met­al Com­plex also has avail­able 5mm spools in 20 dif­fer­ent col­ors as well as 3mm spools of col­ored faux snake leather. What I love about this prod­uct is you can leave the leather strips as is like I did with the top bracelet. This is just how the leather strip looks when tak­en out of the pack­ag­ing. For the mid­dle bracelet, I decid­ed to see if I could emboss the leather strip using my Sizzix Big Shot and an emboss­ing fold­er. It worked beau­ti­ful­ly and the emboss­ing was per­fect....

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Cleaning Out The Studio

Dec 3, 2013

I know I have been bom­bard­ing you all with kits, art and oth­er items in my Etsy shop but seri­ous­ly, I have got to get this stu­dio cleaned  out and under-con­trol. I do not have room for any addi­tion­al prod­uct not one bit more. It’s ter­ri­ble and San­ta will put me on the bad list if he sees this mess. Thank good­ness I don’t have a lit­tle elf on the shelf to rat me out or I would be super wor­ried. So since I’m clean­ing out I am pass­ing on some awe­some prod­uct deals. I just list­ed a Scrap­book Embell­ish­ment Grab Box that comes to you filled with lots of assort­ed Maya Road prod­ucts that’s per­fect for any scrap­book or craft enthu­si­ast and get this, SHIPPING is FREE on this item! Each filled to the brim...

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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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Rocky Mountain Memories

Apr 17, 2013

A week from today, I’ll be head­ing to Den­ver, CO to see my super awe­some friend Ron­da Palaz­zari then she’ll take me to Rocky Moun­tain Mem­o­ries for a week­end of cre­ative fun. I’ll be teach­ing two class­es, After­noon Tea from 1 — 5 Fri­day, on the 26th. Cheryl  (who I can­not wait to see for more than a few min­utes here and there like at CHA) even orga­nized a fun wine and cheese demo Fri­day, evening from 6:30 — 8:30. So if you have ques­tions on how to use prod­uct or want to know how to make cer­tain embell­ish­ments this will be the per­fect time to ask away. Ron­da and I will do some demo’s and make n takes too, sor­ry top secret, can’t tell. That is unless you offer me choco­late then I’ll be...

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Crop & Create ~ Winnipeg

Mar 18, 2013

I’m so excit­ed that in just a few short weeks I’ll be in Win­nipeg, Cana­da cre­at­ing with 100 fun and cre­ative women. April 5th from 4:30 — 7:30 I’ll be teach­ing my She is… altered House Shad­ow Box class. This class is super ver­sa­tile and loads of fun to cre­ate. You will begin alter­ing your Maya Road House Shad­ow Box with paint, ink and ges­so by Ranger as well as pat­terned papers and Sten­cils by Pink Paislee. While your House Shad­ow Box is dry­ing you will embell­ish­ment the four inside squares using prod­ucts by Jen­ni Bowl­in Stu­dio, Doo­dle­bug Design & Maya Road. You can alter your House Shad­ow Box in any theme you wish and with or with­out pho­tos. The fun thing about this project is you can place every­thing onto your altered house...

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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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See You in Winnipeg…

Feb 4, 2013

Here are some sneak peeks of the cards you will be cre­at­ing in my “Cre­ative­ly Cute Cards” Class at Crop & Cre­ate in Win­nipeg, April 5th — 6th. Teach­ing at one of Cather­ine’s events has been on my cre­ative buck­et list for quite some­time and I’m thrilled to get to check this one off my list. In my “Cre­ative­ly Cute Cards” Class you will cre­ate four beau­ti­ful cards using the new paper line Mod­ern Mer­can­tile by Lisa Dick­in­son that she designed for Jen­ni Bowl­in Stu­dio. I LOVE the col­ors and pat­terns of this awe­some new line. You will accent each card with Maya Road, Doo­dle­bug and Jen­ni Bowl­in embell­ish­ments and of course use awe­some Ranger prod­ucts like Dis­tress Ink and Dia­mond Stick­les to give your cards that added awe­some­ness. These pho­tos are sneak peeks of my...

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Sweet Little Girls Embellishment Tutorial

Jan 22, 2013

Using the prod­ucts list­ed below is a real­ly quick way to cre­ate cute embell­ish­ments and accents for any project. Plus when stor­ing your Adiron­dack Alco­hol Inks in a palette as I have shown above makes alco­hol inks super portable for crops and week­end retreats. To cre­ate your portable palette of alco­hol inks sim­ply apply enough drops of each alco­hol ink col­or to cov­er each of the inside cir­cles in the palette as shown above, let the alco­hol inks dry and you are ready to go. You fill the Adiron­dack Alco­hol Ink Fil­l­able Pen just as the instruc­tions on the back of the pack­ag­ing instruct only you use Adiron­dack Alco­hol Blend­ing Solu­tion instead of Alco­hol Inks. Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion by Lisa M. Pace ~ Pink Per­sim­mon Sweet Lit­tle Girls Stamp Set Ranger Prod­ucts  Tim Holtz Ink Palette, Tm...

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Handmade Embellishments

Nov 13, 2012

I’m hav­ing so much fun play­ing and cre­at­ing. This week, I fin­ished up a cute mini mono­gram charm and when I say mini I mean mini, it is only .5′ x .75″ and four mini embell­ish­ments. I’m think­ing about putting some of these in my online store but want­ed to get a lit­tle bit of feed­back to see if these are some­thing you all would like to use in your cre­ations. They are per­fect to accent cards, tags, lay­outs and oth­er projects. So let me know what you think, if you don’t mind. This set of embell­ish­ments range in size from .5″ — .75″. and can be almost any col­or com­bi­na­tion, which is the real fun part. I enjoy adding the col­or and glit­ter and watch­ing each one trans­form into tiny unique pieces of...

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Handmade Embellishments

Nov 9, 2012

Each night, I’ve been mak­ing embell­ish­ments to use in projects and jew­el­ry. I’ve loved exper­i­ment­ing with sev­er­al dif­fer­ent medi­ums, Envi­ro­Tex Resin being one and want­ed to show you the three embell­ish­ments I fin­ished, last night. I’m not sure what I’m going to use these pieces on but right now I just like look­ing at them. They are spark­ly & shiny and will look awe­some accent­ing a vin­tage project. Wish­ing you a won­der­ful week­end....

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