Arty Friends are FUN!!!

Jan 12, 2012

I was chatting with my friend Wendy Vecchi the other day and while we were talking away she shared a super cool technique she discovered while creating with her Clearly For Art Blackout Modeling Film. Wait until you see what she altered using her technique at CHA. STUNNING, is all I can say. My jaw dropped when I saw it. Truly AMAZING!!! So fast forward a few days and while I was working on this project, last night I wanted to put this escutcheon piece on it but felt it looked too new. So thanks to Wendy, I decided to try out the technique she shared with me and I love the outcome. It looks just how I had it visualized in my head. THANK YOU, WENDY! Wait until you see this finished project…...

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Art Requires Courage

Jan 10, 2012

As I was looking for a quote for this piece (yes I know sneak peeks… sorry), I came across the quote “All art requires courage” by Anne Tucker. I felt it was the perfect quote as it is so true. Art does require courage. When creating I start out with not a clue of what I will create… I have the base for my creation but that is all, I just start gathering items from bags, drawers, boxes, storage bins etc. I pretty much create the same way I hunt for treasures in thrift stores, flea markets and antique shops. I just dig and dig until I have a combination of unique items that compliment one another then start putting them all together. Once finished is when the real courage comes for me… posting it...

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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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A Blast from the Past…

Aug 25, 2011

I thought it would be fun to show you some layouts I created using Cocoa Daisy kits from around 2007. Now that Ansley is a senior this year I find these layouts even more special. She grew up way too fast. In the layout above I felt there was too much white space in the background of Ansley’s photo so I used the end of my paintbrush and some acrylic paints to create a polka dot background. I like the pop of color the polka dots create and they fill in the white space perfectly. To pop the photo a bit more I painted yellow acrylic paint all around the edge of the photo creating a bright colored border. To fill in the white space on the photo above I attached clear buttons to...

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Chicago Water Tower and HandBehg Felts

Jul 26, 2011

While sight-seeing in Downtown Chicago Ronda, Christine and I stumbled upon the Chicago Water Tower. The Chicago Water Tower was built in 1869 and is the second oldest water tower in the United States, after the Louisville Water Tower in Louisville, Kentucky. The architecture on this building is awesome. While at CHA I came across a felt company called HandBehg Felts. This company has some of the cutest projects to create and are so nice. I really enjoyed talking with the owner and learning about her product. I will certainly be creating with some of these products for sure. This was their make-n-take box… I made the cutest flower pin and could have stayed there all day making more. A box filled with adorable felt flowers. Adorable felt acorns. As you can see HandBEHG...

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Cherry Soda

May 19, 2011

Yesterday, felt like a play day… no work just play. I started creating a project using the June Kit ~ Cherry Soda by Cocoa Daisy. This kit and the add ons are so bright and fun I can’t put it down. As you know most of my work is done with lots of cream colors from old book pages and other ephemera so this is quite a change. And a change I guess I needed at the moment. I’m having so much fun that I thought I’d share a tiny sneak peek with you. Just love the loads of summer color. If you’re a Cocoa Daisy subscriber you can purchase the main kit and add ons starting, May 28th. Those that are not subscribers can make purchases, June 1st. But… this means you take...

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Cocoa Daisy

May 16, 2011

I’m so happy to tell you all I’m once again part of the Cocoa Daisy Design Team. I was on the team from October 2006 – March 2008 but once I started writing and creating my book Delight In The Details I felt the need to step down as I was a bit overwhelmed and didn’t feel I could give 100%. The door remained open for me to return and I’m thrilled to be back. I feel this kit club is the absolute best. Christine does an incredible job designing the kits, she has been awesome book sponsor and Christine treats her design team with the utmost respect. Here are some sneak peeks of the June Kit and all the add ons… you’re gonna be so inspired. It’s incredible. June Kit ~ Cherry Soda...

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I survived…

Apr 4, 2011

Barely, but I did survive the taping of two videos Friday, while in Cincinnati. Glad that is over. But I do believe you are going to like the tutorials and now I know how I want to do some for my blog. Once they finish performing miracles in the editing room they will send me the videos to share with all of you. The week was super awesome and I am so excited to see this book come together. While talking to everyone there about the design and layout I could finally picture it coming together in my head. I’m going to be so proud of this book. It is exactly how I hoped it would be. Before I left for Cincinnati I made a few fabric flowers and thought I would show you...

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Condolences and another tag…

Feb 10, 2011

First I must give my heart felt condolences to my Aunt and cousins. Yesterday, my Uncle David passed away peacefully at home. Uncle David was a quiet man yet when you talked with him he was so interesting as he could talk about all kinds of wonderful topics. Sadly, 10 years ago he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and not long after that Parkinson’s disease. Aunt Brenda cared for him at home every single day from the time of his diagnosis. Even though it is a blessing Uncle David has passed on it is still so sad and he will be missed. Aunt Brenda was a wonderful example of how family should care for family. We never heard her speak of any frustrations which I am certain there were many and we never ever heard...

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Being Productive…

Jan 22, 2011

feels so good and yesterday was a wonderfully productive day.. I got the make-n-take I will be teaching for F+W Media all bagged up, started gathering the extra items I need to bring to CHA and created, created, created. I finished up the inspirational baubles. Wonder who’s hands these will end up in at the show. Made this ring… Ansley is going to keep me super busy making these for her and her friends. Had an awesome mail day… Thank you cThru Ruler Company… they are a book sponsor and sent me the entire Art-C line. Talk about loads of inspiration in this box! Yikes I cannot wait to start playing with this. And then I topped the night off by making this cuff using vintage lace, cream felt and new Maya Road trims....

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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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A Christmas Mouse

Dec 22, 2010

Mom and I love all the little figurines of Christmas mice that can be seen during the holidays. My grandmother on the other hand could not STAND seeing anything which slightly resembled that of a mouse. I can remember once when I was very, very young being at my grandparent’s camp in Acton, Maine and gram running out of the camp screaming. It was years later I found out my mom had discovered a little mouse nest in one of the kitchen drawers that had a baby mouse sleeping inside. Well gram did not want anything to do with that and left in a dash. Poor gram. So in the spirit of all the adorable Christmas mice mom and I see during the holiday season I thought it would be fun to make one for her...

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Oh my STARS…

Dec 6, 2010

While surfing the net the other day I came upon this gorgeous tree created by Karen Aguirre at Creative Chaos. Needless to say my jaw dropped as you all know how I love CREPE PAPER and GLITTER!!! Karen’s trees are so incredibly adorable. What I should be doing is working on book projects but NO someone had to make an incredible piece of art and then felt the need to share her creativity with everyone, so now all I can think about making are these wonderful Crepe Paper Christmas Trees. Talk about the enabler. But all kidding aside I think her trees are absolute perfection and how could they not when created with crepe paper ruffles, glitter and tinsel then accented using glittery berries, a star and the sweetest banner. I could fill our...

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Winter Magpie

Nov 29, 2010

If you are wondering what this title means well it means loads of creative fun as “Winter Magpie” is the name of the December kit at Cocoa Daisy. I am so lucky as I got to play with this kit because I am their December Guest Designer. When Christine asked me I was thrilled. Then as she was telling me about all the wonderful products she incorporated in the kit I felt it was so ME and could not wait to start creating. Her kits are always gorgeous and so inspiring. Here are the projects I created using this kit… 2 layouts, a card and a gift card holder. I had product left over to create more items but these will be in my book (yes Cocoa Daisy is once again one of my...

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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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Just a little Batty…

Oct 11, 2010

This is how I feel today… so many fun things in the works it is making me a little crazy. Good crazy but still crazy is crazy and I need to focus. So here is the last Halloween chipboard piece that I altered from the Little Yellow Bicycle Jumbo Chipboard set. I think I am going to keep all these grouped together in this arrangement as they add a little Halloween spirit to the room. Supplies Used: Little Yellow Bicycle Jumbo Chipboard Shapes, Jenni Bowlin (Family Tree) Uncle Jim Patterned Paper, Maya Road Felt Beaded Blossom – Black, a Black Gelly Roll Pen, Gold Stickles, Brown and Gold Seam Binding Trick or Treat Boo Spooky And a Little Boo to you Also I have two new classes scheduled at The Crafty Scrapper. “You’ve Got...

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and a little Boo to you…

Oct 10, 2010

This “Boo” would make a perfect mask if you wanted to do so. I was being a bit lazy yesterday and didn’t want to drive to the craft store to purchase a wooden dowel but the “O’s” are perfect for eye openings. This chipboard shape is covered with Jenni Bowlin paper, outlined with Platinum Stickles then covered with Martha Stewart Crystal Coarse Glitter. I then accented the upper portion of the “B” with Maya Road embellishments and some seam binding. Supplies Used: Little Yellow Bicycle Jumbo Chipboard Shapes, Jenni Bowlin (Family Tree) Cousin Rose Patterned Paper, Maya Road Crystal Star Pin, Maya Road Vintage Pearl Pin, Maya Road Felt Beaded Blossom – Brown, a Black Gelly Roll Pen, Platinum Stickles, Martha Stewart Crystal Coarse Glitter is not listed in the store but check out...

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Spooky…

Oct 9, 2010

Well maybe not so much… maybe more cutie than spooky. I like how this trio looks together and think I’m going to keep them in this greenery. Sunday, I will post the Bat and Boo. Now I am off to create a card class for The Crafty Scrapper. If you are local I hope to see you there. Carolyn’s store is such a happy place to be. Supplies Used: Little Yellow Bicycle Jumbo Chipboard Shapes, Little Yellow Bicycle Layered Felt Stickers, Jenni Bowlin (Family Tree) Aunt Kathryn Patterned Paper, Jenni Bowlin Dye Ink Pad ~ Fountain Pen, Maya Road Wood Bingo Markers – Numbers, Maya Road Ecru Crochet Trim, Black and Orange Crepe Paper, a Black Gelly Roll Pen, White Pen, Diamond Stickles and Gold Stickles Trick or Treat...

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Boo to you…

Oct 8, 2010

Here is the altered Ghost… I think it looks sweet and tucked in the greenery next to the pumpkin makes it look sweeter. Next up will be the super cute haunted house… mine wont be so haunted though. Supplies Used: Little Yellow Bicycle Jumbo Chipboard Shapes ~ Ghost, Jenni Bowlin (Family Tree)  Aunt Grace Patterned Paper, Jenni Bowlin Dye Ink Pad ~ Fountain Pen, Maya Road Felt Beaded Black Blossom, Maya Road Trinket Pins ~ Vintage Black Pearl, Vintage Pearl, Black and Burnt Orange Seam Binding a Black Gelly Roll Pen, and Diamond...

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Trick or Treat

Oct 7, 2010

I’m not one for scary Halloween… I like cute and whimsical Halloween so when I received these cute Jumbo Chipboard Shapes from Little Yellow Bicycle I knew just what I was going to do… cover them with Jenni Bowlin pattern papers and accent them with lots of Maya Road goodies. Today, I worked on this cute little pumpkin. Tomorrow, I will show you the ghost. I can’t make up my mind if I want to attach a dowel to the back and make it a pick, make a hanger out of a bow or just tuck them here and there around the house as they are… what do you think? Supplies Used: Little Yellow Bicycle Jumbo Chipboard Shapes ~ Pumpkin, Jenni Bowlin (Family Tree) Aunt Charlotte, Cousin Rose, Aunt Kathryn Patterned Papers, Jenni Bowlin...

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Friday

Sep 25, 2010

A group of us went to lunch with Jenni Bowlin and I was one of them… certainly no surprise to you as it is no secret that I love and adore Jenni and her products. The restaurant Tricia took us to was a really sweet restaurant that was seaside. The view was awesome. the colorful flags were so pretty as we walked into the restaurant their menu felt just like a book… I had to keep reminding me with what Ali says… we do not steal or borrow we gather…. I so wanted to run out with this menu inside the restaurant… loved the way they folded the napkins to look like party hats the view was gorgeous as you could see the sea and all the white buildings of Mykonos Yes I ate...

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