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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Altered Art Journal Page 1

Aug 22, 2014

Well I finally did it, I started an art journal. But let me tell ya it was not an easy start. I started out with one page, really didn’t like the bold colors because let’s face it, I’m not a bold color kinda gal, so I then thought I would tone it down a bit, then I really didn’t like it and had to step away from the table because I could feel some major frustration coming on. This is when I decided I would try to make some DIY lip gloss, so I did. It was super fast, easy and I really like it. DIY Lip Gloss Recipe All you need is 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, 1/4 teaspoon of Vaseline and 5 drops of Peppermint essential oil or the essential oil of your choice....

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Handmade Tassels

Mar 14, 2014

Handmade tassels are the easiest things to make and I have some awesome plans for these that I will share with you next week. I’ve seen tassels adorn necklaces and bracelets and figured I might as well jump in on this fashion style. I used my favorite spring colored embroidery floss (DMC 352 coral, 712 off white, 772 green). I create my tassels in small, medium and large sizes. To make the tassels all I did was wrap the embroidery floss around my fingers several times until I was happy with the thickness of the floss. Once I was finished wrapping the floss I carefully slid the floss off my fingers. Make sure you keep the circle of floss in place. Now attach a jump ring through the top of the floss circle. Cut...

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Pre-Order Textile Collage Sampler

Jan 28, 2014

I am taking Pre-Orders for this new project kit ~ “Textile Collage Sampler” now through Monday, Feb. 3rd. This kit includes everything needed to complete the project with the exception of adhesive, brown & cream embroidery floss and a sewing needle. Once completed your Textile Collage Sampler will measure approximately 6″ x 7″ and can be proudly displayed in any room in your home. Your sampler can hang on the wall or you can easily attach it to a flat board canvas to display on an easel or attach it to the front of a journal or mini album. There truly are so many options for this piece. The cost for this kit is $34.95 plus flat rate shipping. I have a limited supply so make sure you grab yours now. Click HERE to...

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Button Love

May 21, 2013

If there is one embellishment that is my go to embellishment it has to be vintage buttons. I can always find ways to use buttons on any type project. And if you don’t believe me, well I have the photos to prove it. Just take a look at all the different type projects I’ve stuck a button or in most cases buttons on. Clear vintage glass buttons and vintage shell buttons accent the cover of this mini sampler album. Engraved vintage mother of pearl buttons adorn this hemp bracelet. Buttons are encased into this natural bees wax collage canvas. I attached buttons to the metal spoon with embroidery floss and to the canvas background using a strong clear drying liquid adhesive. Buttons are the perfect accent for this chicken wire skirt. Hand sewn buttons...

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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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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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Blast from the Past

Aug 2, 2012

While organizing photos in my gallery, late last night, I stumbled upon some layouts I created when I first started to scrapbook back in 2005. Oh goodness do I have some fun layouts to show you… it’s so funny to me looking back at what I’ve created. When we first moved into our home the summer of 1999 there were gorgeous sunflower fields all over. I loved going out each morning and taking photos of them with the morning sun highlighting each petal. It truly was gorgeous. I did learn one hard lesson though… did you know when you cut wild sunflowers they seep this REALLY STICKY stuff? When this sappy stuff gets on anything it’s like trying to remove gorilla glue… I didn’t think I would ever rid my kitchen table of this...

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Stepping out of your comfort zone…

Sep 2, 2011

How many of you fear stepping out of your comfort zone? I know I am raising my hand high in the air on this one. I am so guilty of sticking with what I know how to do and not venturing out of my comfort zone. When it comes to creating I love playing with vintage finds and textiles, beautiful ecru, black and shabby chic colors. I can promise you the first few items I grab for are not stencils, modeling paste or Twinkling H2O’s… they are more like Diamond Stickles, sewing needles, embroidery floss and vintage, vintage and more vintage embellishments. WELL, let me just tell ya, this week I’ve been dabbling with a 7″ x 9″ canvas that is WAY FAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRR out of my comfort zone we’re talking bright colors, stencils and...

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Thrift Store Storage Containers…

Aug 31, 2011

It is certainly no secret how much I love going to thrift stores and antique shops. I have shared my love of this many a time on my blog. I love the thrill of the hunt and never knowing what you will find around each corner. I thought it would be nice to show you what I do with some of the finds as they make me very happy in my scraproom. There is just something so calming looking at and using items from days gone by. This little planter was my grandmother’s. I just stuck some batting in the opening, covered it with material I found in the remnant section of my favorite resale shop and now use it as a pin cushion. It’s perfect for my Maya Road pins and sewing needles....

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Cute As A Button

Jul 19, 2011

This little enclosure card is created using the new “Cute As A Button” stamp set by Maya Road. The altered chipbpard buttons are Maya Road as well. I inked them, Stickled them and covered them with glossy accents. Once the glossy accents was dry I added cream embroidery floss to each button and attached them to the card. I’m so looking forward to 10:00 this morning as it is Day 1 of CHA! CHA is one of my favorite places to be… I love working with Maya Road (Booth #1523), teaching make-n-takes and chatting with all the friends I have from around the US. And don’t forget, I will be walking the floor in the afternoon to look at all the manufacturers new products if you are the first person to tell me hi, I...

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A Few Favorite Products and Projects

Jan 28, 2011

Not much time for chatting this evening so I will let the photos pretty much speak for themselves. I must warn you this post is heavy on the photos. Here are all the tags each design team member created. The Ornate Botanical Blooms are one of my favorite flowers in this release. Then these Alterable Vintage Lace Blooms and Flowers are gorgeous with the Maya Mist applied. Be still my heart… these are their new Antique and Lustrous Button Jewels. I will take a million of these, thank you very much! These are super fun and so cool…. Wooden Mini Spools and Alterable Buttons Then look at these…. Mini Chipboard Portrait and Cameo Sets. Then we have all been making these cuffs using the new Satin Pleat Edging, Button Jewels and other trims to...

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Lots of fun stuff today…

Dec 1, 2010

First I will end the suspense of who the winner of my book “Delight In The Details” and Free Access Pass to my “All Things Winter” workshop. The winner is … Judi Lindgren with her Comment: OMGYGTBK! This is a BFD – I’ve definitely got my FC! I had to research all those text words. . .I don’t even own one of those fancy phones or thing-a-ma-gings you text with! Got a really cute grandson that does tho(to young for a 16 year old I fear). I really want this- really, really! I would be SETE. Your Mom’s site is OTT! Congratulations, Judi. Email me your address and I will get your book in the mail. I will have you set up and ready to create in the workshop, today. And since many of...

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Clearly for Art…

Nov 5, 2010

My oh my, oh my is Wendy Vecchi’s “Clearly for Art” super cool to work with… seriously you will LOVE playing with this modeling film. It is literally fool proof you CAN NOT mess this stuff up… promise! Supplies Needed: Tim Holtz Alterations Tattered Florals Bigz Die, Alcohol Inks Cranberry, Ginger, Terra Cotta, Ranger Felt Applicator Tool, Studio 490 Be Inspired… Make Art Stamp Set, Archival Ink Jet Black, Ranger – Non Stick Craft Sheet, Heat Gun, 7 Vintage Buttons, Embroidery Floss Instructions: Using the Tattered Florals Die cut two of the daisy looking flowers. Punch a small hole in the center of each flower. Place these on a Non Stick Craft Sheet. Apply Cranberry, Ginger and Terra Cotta Alcohol Inks onto a Felt covered Blending Tool. Apply Alcohol Inks onto the two flowers....

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Lola Banner

Jun 30, 2010

I created this banner nearly a year ago for last years CHA-S. I love it so much that I thought I would share with you a tutorial on how to recreate it. I love the combination of the pale pink paint and vintage sheet music as well as the German glass glitter, crepe paper, Platinum Stickles and trims. I guess it is safe to say I love it all. Supplies Needed: Maya Road Mixed Scallop Triangle Banner Album, Maya Road Philadelphia Uppercase Alphabet, Maya Road Silver Metallic Mist, Vintage Sheet Music, Platinum Stickles, Pink Crepe Paper, 5mm Self Adhesive Pearls, Fine Silver German Glass Glitter, White Tulle, Brown and White Baker’s Twine, White Seam Binding, Embroidery Floss (color does not matter) ColorBox Fluid Chalk Ink – Creamy Brown, Glossy Accents Tools Used: Paintbrush, Scallop...

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If you know me you figured…

Apr 17, 2010

it was only a matter of time before I started trying to create some of these fabric flowers Jessica and I made out of crepe paper. To start all you need is a strip of crepe paper (I used pale pink) approx. 24″ in length. Fold it in 1/2 length wise. Using scallop scissors trim the non-folded edge. Thread a sewing needle with embroidery floss and begin gathering the crepe paper along the folded seam of the crepe paper. Once you get to the opposite end of the strip even out the gathers. Now begin rolling the crepe paper tightly at first then a little less as you go along until you reach the end. You can added a small dot of liquid adhesive along the way or wait until the entire strip has...

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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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Snow Day Tag

Dec 12, 2009

With all the snow lots of my friends seem to be having as of late I thought this might be a fun project to document their snow days. This tag can be used as an ornament for the tree or for an accent in any room of your house. I have always loved this photo of my Mom back in 1957. Salem, West Virginia, where my mom grew up had a snow storm that winter that left her little town looking like a winter wonderland. Her dog poochie loved playing outside with her in the snow as you can see from the photo. I find it kind of amusing that Mom and Dad had the same knickname growing up of “Dickie” and their dogs had the same name of “Poochie”. Supplies Used: Maya Road...

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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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Vintage Halloween Feather Tree Ornament…

Oct 16, 2009

I LOVE making these ornaments. Ansley says they are freaky and certainly not her most favorite project I have ever created but I am standing strong when I say, “I love them, I really, really love them and I will make them for every holiday.” If you would like to make one of these ornaments here is how to do it. Using wire cutters, cut a piece from a green Chenille Bump Stem so that you have two bumps on one piece (legs) and then either one or two bumps on a second piece (arms). I like to have two bumps for the arms so that I can curl the hands in to hold items. If I use one bump I find that the arms are too short. Next all you do is fold...

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