Organza Flower Pin

Aug 27, 2010

I found these three rolls of organza at JoAnns for $2.50 a piece. I love the fall colors and as soon as I saw them I thought they would make a gorgeous accent for a fall sweater, shirt or even a headband. This flower is super easy to make BUT you must take EXTREME CAUTION when using the candle to melt the edges. The organza trim will go up in flames if you hold it in one place too long… believe me when I tell you this… I am experienced. Yes my first attempt went up in flames but fearing this might happen I first filled the kitchen sink with water, placed my candle next to the sink and carefully started melting the edges so I thought… before I knew it dear husband is...

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Two weeks and 13 states later…

Jul 23, 2010

I am home and just in time to turn around and head to CHA tomorrow morning. I had a wonderful time with my mom and dad driving up to see my Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and my Grandfather. It was a lot of driving but so worth seeing everyone. Here is a quick recap of my last two weeks… Visited my mom’s (Childers) side of the family in Buckhannon, WV. Had so much fun seeing everyone. Downtown Buckhannon has some adorable and super wonderful antique stores. They even have a scrapping/stamping store that I was so happy to be able to visit. I found lots of items to incorporate into projects for classes. This is what you see as you look down the hill from my aunt and uncle’s house. This is the old homestead...

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Twisted Crepe Paper Rose

Apr 2, 2010

This sweet rose embellishment is perfect to use as an accent on any project or card. I think it would be gorgeous on a birthday, thinking of you or Mother’s Day card. This rose is really simple to make and I see an addiction headed my way as I just cannot seem to make enough of them right now. I guess the addiction is already here. Supplies Used: Crepe Paper Streamer – Pink, Self Adhesive Pearls – 2MM, Felt Leaves, Platinum and Diamond Stickles, Aleene’s Tacky Glue, Creamy Brown Ink, Book Page Tools Needed: Scissors, Fiskars Large Scallop Squeeze Punch – Seal Of Approval Instructions: Using a Scallop Punch, punch one scallop circle out of an old book page. Ink the edges using a creamy brown ink. Accent the scalloped edge of the circle...

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Day 3 of Maya Road Sneak Peeks

Jan 15, 2010

Check out all the new beauties. There are quite a few so I will start with the Felt Pearl Blossoms. They come in several different shades, off-white, brown, pink, grey, yellow and turquoise. The Heart Pins come in the gorgeous pearl red as shown in my project and the sweetest baby pink. And the fun thing about the Dangling Chandelier Beads is they are clear so you can color them any color you want using either copic markers or alcohol inks in this super cool fillable pen. The sky is the limit for these as you can make them any color you wish to match your projects. Then we have the super cute Kraft Mini Tickets that come in 13 different designs and the Kraft Mini Tags that come in 6 different designs. I...

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Let it Snow…

Dec 4, 2009

I gotta say I am impressed with myself today… two big blog posts in one day…. As promised here are the instructions for this sweet snowman ornament that was part of Debby’s 12 Days of Home for the Holidays. You want to make sure to keep checking Debby’s blog because she has a new designer featured each day. I love reading how others preserve their holiday traditions. How do you preserve yours? Instructions: Using a paintbrush apply Manila paint all along the sides of your paper mache ornament, let dry. Cover the top of your ornament with vintage sheet music. Using ColorBox Fluid Chalk Ink – Creamy Brown, ink the edges of the paper mache ornament. Using a paintbrush apply Collage Pauge Decoupage – Glossy all over the top of the vintage sheet music...

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Tarnished Ornament, Charm or…

Nov 3, 2009

REALLY cool keychain… yes, this is what I will be using as a keychain for a bit. This piece makes me so happy! It reminds me of my two sweet daughters Terri and Ansley, I love the sound of jingle bells (the little bells jingle), I love the look of tarnished silver, antique jewelry and chandelier pieces (this includes all three) and stamped on the Trinket Pin is one of my favorite words “Vintage” we all know I LOVE anything VINTAGE! So what do you think of my new keychain? I LOVE IT and think it will make running errands a lot more enjoyable. And now to the tutorial.. you know I LOVE figuring out ways to make things look old and yesterday I figured out how to make silver look tarnished… talk about...

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Got a pair of plain gloves…

Oct 8, 2009

If not, I found this pair along with pink, brown and navy in the $1 section at JoAnns. Cut out some flowers from cream felt using a Sizzix die Flower Layers #3. Accent them with a simple backstitch using #543 embroidery floss. Cut three leaves free hand and make a butterfly out of the 2nd to smallest flower on the Sizzix die Flower Layers using the same cream felt. Stitch a simple backstitch on these as well using the same #543 embroidery floss. Attach a pearl bead in the center of two vintage buttons using #543 embroidery floss. Create 2 tulle flowers using white tulle gathered with #543 embroidery floss. Trim the edges of the tulle flower with pinking shears. Layer the flowers together and attach each flower layer using Fabri-Tac  (I layered the...

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I am so blessed…

Oct 3, 2009

to have so many wonderful friends. Honestly, I am truly touched with all the comments and emails I have received this past week. You are all such a wonderful group of people. I am healing great and get to have my stitches removed Tuesday. This is when I believe I get my lifting and taking it easy restrictions removed too. Which believe me will not come a second too soon. I have not felt this good in probably 5 years so taking it easy is not an easy task. If any of you have had symptoms such as the ones I have spoken about (and I know there are some) please go and get your gallbladder checked. The issues with my gallbladder were so slow in progression that I really didn’t notice how bad...

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Webster’s Pages…

Jul 6, 2009

I am so happy, I can finally tell you all my news… I am now part of the Webster’s Pages Design Team. I was lucky enough to have Webster’s Pages as a book sponsor and now get to be part of their amazing team. If you are not familiar with their products you really need to check them out here. Their products, color schemes and designs are incredible. Today, I created this brooch using the trim and lace they debuted at CHA-W 2009. It is their Ivory and Cream, Coco Ruffle, Spring Green Lattice and Turquoise Petite. I am going to attach this to either a purse or t-shirt… not sure which one just yet. Vintage Brooch Tutorial Cut a piece of Ivory and Cream lace to 12″ in length. Thread a sewing needle...

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Butterfly Embellishment…

May 18, 2009

Saturday I received a little package from a sweet friend that contained two Cuttlebug Cutting Die and Embossing Folders this being one of the ones I received. I must admit I was like a little kid on Christmas morning… I had to open it immediately and begin creating. And here is my finished creation. A simple butterfly embellishment to add to any project. I hope you give this tutorial a try… just consider yourself warned.. you will become addicted. Supplies Needed: Simply Stencils (Plaid) Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Inks (Bottle, Denim, Terra Cotta) Liquid Pearls (Petal Pink) Ice Stickles (Crystal Ice) Butterflies Cut & Emboss Set (Cuttlebug) Tombow Mono Vellum Adhesive 4 – Self Adhesive Pearls Tools Needed: Cuttlebug Ink Applicator & Felt Scissors Paintbrush Instructions: Trim Simply Stencil material to size of Cuttlebug...

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Photo Holder using Sewing Pattern Flower…

May 11, 2009

I figured I should show you all how I decided to use the Sewing Pattern Flower I created last week. This simple photo holder will soon be sitting on a shelf in Terri’s apartment holding a photo of her and Laren. Supplies Needed: Jumbo Clothespin 6″ (The Tree House Studio) Adirondack Metallics Arylic Paint Dabber in Gold DecoArt Crackling Medium (Weathered Wood) Making Memories Acrylic Paint (Asphalt) Sewing Pattern Flower Studio 490 Wendy Vecchi Funky Flower Art Leaf Stamp Cream Felt Embroidery Floss (DMC 543) ColorBox Fluid Chalk Ink (Creamy Brown) Tools Needed: Paint Brush Sewing Needle Strong Adhesive or Hot Glue Gun Scissors Instructions: Paint the jumbo clothespin front and back using a Gold Adirondack Metallics Arylic Paint Dabber, let dry Once the paint is dry using a paintbrush cover the gold paint...

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Book Page Flower Tutorial…

May 8, 2009

Okay those of you that love to make flowers here is another tutorial. I really hope you all show me what you created with these tutorials. I would love for you to share how you use these to embellish your projects, cards, tags or layouts. Next week will be another week of tutorials just not sure what the theme will be… certainly will be thinking about it over the weekend. Wishing you all the best. Enjoy! Supplies Needed: Sizzix Die (Flower Layers #3) 2 – Old Book Pages ColorBox Fluid Chalk Ink (Creamy Brown) Maya Mists (Iridescent Pearl, Silver Metallic) Platinum Stickles 1 – Large Pearl Cabochon or Button Studio 490 Wendy Vecchi Funky Flower Art Leaf Stamp Cream Felt Embroidery Floss (DMC #543) Tools Needed: Sewing Needle Fabri-Tac Liquid Glue Martha Stewart Seal...

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Ever wonder how I work…

Mar 12, 2009

well I work best in small tight areas as you can see from this photo. This workspace is about 10 x 6 and I mean inches not feet. I made a project today in this teeny tiny space. Tomorrow I hope to work in at least a 12 x 12 inch space. To the right of this tight little space is this big mess but you can see some of my favorite embellishments and accents for projects… Stickles, Pearls, Scallop Ric Rac, Fiskars Tools, Cream Embroidery Floss, Tim Holtz Distressing Tool (seriously the best out there), Plastic Spoon for Glittering, Aleene’s Paper Glaze, Collage Pauge, Old Book Page etc. Wish I could show you the project I made using these items… I guess you will have to wait until Oh mid February of next...

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A little Valentine Tutorial…

Jan 19, 2009

I guess you can tell I LOVE Maya Road. Seriously love everything Deb and Caroline make and the great thing about their products are they mix and match perfectly. I always look at their coaster albums and think they would make wonderful fabric patterns. Well needing a break from book projects yesterday I decided to use the bird pattern to create my own fabric embellishment. Talk about super EASY to make. Seriously easy. This is the first piece of fabric anything I have ever sewn. Yes I got the sewing machine to sew on paper. Anyway, I thought I would create a little tutorial thinking you might like to give this a try. Supplies Needed: 2-Ring Heart Binder (1 page) Sheer Heart Scallop Book (1 page) Heart Chipboard Book (1 page) Bird Chipboard Book...

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Felt Addiction…

Nov 21, 2008

This is what I seem to have at the moment. I love felt. I created this card using my friend Wendy’s Studio 490 Art of Making it Merry stamp set. I just inked the stamps, stamped the image onto some cream felt, then used that as my embroidery pattern for the flourishes. Then I stamped the flower image three times onto some red felt, cut them out, layered them, put some french knots in the center and accented the edges using Platinum Stickles. I think this came out pretty cute. Adding the Platinum Stickles gives it the cheesy vintage look which I love so much right now too. So dig out those stamp sets you have stashed away and see what great embroidery patterns you have just waiting to be used. If you want...

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Monsieur Hiver…

Oct 1, 2008

My snowman decoration is now known as “Monsieur Hiver” a.k.a. Mr. Winter. I loved JulieG’s comment/name suggestion: Ooooohhhhhh….how yummy is he! For some reason I get a very sophisticated vibe from him so I am going with “Monsieur Hiver” (Mr. Winter in French). So Julie please email me your address and I will get your winter RAK in the mail. And since so many people replied I picked comment number 10 since today is the first day of Oct. so Erika M who also felt he had a sophisticated feel please email me your address and I will send a winter RAK to you...

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