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 you who...

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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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