Sharing A Make’N Take

Feb 25, 2015

This altered chalkboard stand is the make’n take Caroline with Maya Road had me teaching, last weekend at Scrapbook Expo in Grapevine.  It was super popular so I thought I would share it with you blog readers. Supplies Needed: Chalkboard Stand, Twine Cording Ginger Root Brown, Vintage Felt Posies ~ Carnation, Leaves, Trinket Pins ~ Vintage Round Pearl, Strips of Patterned Paper, Alpha Stamp Set, Archival Ink Tools Used: Scissors, Hot Glue Gun & Hot Glue Stick Instructions: Using Archival Ink and an alpha stamp set, stamp your word onto a strip of patterned paper. Using a hot glue gun and hot glue stick, attach a leaf and word strip to the back of the felt flower. Cut a piece of twine cording long enough to create a bow, attach bow to back of felt flower as...

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Key To My Heart Mini Album

Feb 18, 2015

The cover for this mini album is created from plaster cloth. If you have not worked with plaster cloth you really should give it a try. It’s a fun medium. Once the plaster cloth dried I painted both covers. Then I antiqued the hearts with a color wash. You don’t need anything special to create a color wash. All you need to do is water down your acrylic paint to the desired shade and apply it to your project with a paintbrush. While the color wash is still wet, use a paper towel to dab random areas so some spots have more of a wash then others. Plaster is a great medium to add a color wash to because the wash runs deep into the crevices of the plaster. I plan to fill this mini album with pages created from...

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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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Weekend of Family Fun

Dec 23, 2014

This past weekend, my sister and her family came up for the weekend. Her Christmas gift to Brittain was a ticket to see the Cowboys play the Colts, Sunday. It wasn’t the game Brittain was hoping for but it was a fun time spent with his mom. Since he isn’t able to go to Beaumont for Christmas I decided to have a family Christmas party for him at our house. Saturday morning, Madelyn and Bellie made snowmen out of donuts for breakfast. These were a big hit with the girls. All you need are powdered donuts, orange jelly beans for the nose and mini chocolate morsels for the mouth and eyes. A cup of hot chocolate is a great drink to go with the snowman donuts too. Saturday evening, we had our family party....

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Making Customized Jewelry is Fun & Easy

Aug 5, 2014

Taking an item you have created and customizing it is something fun and easy and means the world to friends and family when given as a gift. This double heart pendant could have been left plain with just the wire wrapped freshwater pearl but adding a metal stamped word pops it up a notch. You too can customize all your gifts by metal stamping. All you need are these basic metal stamping tools and supplies. Brass Hammer, Stamping Block, Stamp Straight Tape, Stamping Blanks, Jump Rings and Letter Stamps. The list of items you can personalize is endless… Charms for Jewelry, Spoons, Housewarming Gifts, Key Chains and so much more. If you have any questions about metal stamping please ask and I will do my best to answer. I’m already starting to plan my holiday...

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Solitude Leather Bracelet

Jun 6, 2014

I made this bracelet the other night and love it so much I thought I would share a quick tutorial so you too can make one. Just a little note… the crystal and pearl beads are from old necklaces I’ve found in thrift shops or flea markets and the gold heart charm and red and gold glass bead are some mom and dad found. You can find similar items I’m sure but if you really want that vintage charm you need to dig around thrift shops and flea markets for items you can take apart. Cut a piece of 15m Suede leather cord that is double the length you wish your bracelet to be. Fold the cord in half, at the bent end about .5″ down from the bent area wrap tightly a piece of...

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Recycled Jewelry

May 14, 2014

When you combine thrift store finds, broken pieces of jewelry, beads and discarded chandelier pieces you can assemble beautiful and very unique jewelry such as this bracelet and set of earrings. Remember just because items are broken doesn’t mean they can’t be used. Now that the weather is really nice I’m looking forward to heading to flea markets to do some digging. The thrill of the hunt is addicting and so fun and the thrill of what’s around the next corner gets me every single time. I have several assemblage art ideas and all include items that can be found during a good junkin weekend. And you know I’ll have mom and dad on the hunt for things too. These two are the best pickers anyone could ever have. Tomorrow, is the start of A Call To Art #BringBackOurGirls online auction. Have you...

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Observations from an Alcoholic’s Sister ~ Emotions

Apr 16, 2014

There are so many different emotions family members of alcoholics feel. One emotion I definitely felt was anger. I was angry because of what I saw Richard’s alcoholism doing to him and to our family, especially mom. I felt as though Richard was being selfish and unappreciative of all that mom and dad were doing in hopes of him getting sober and it made me furious. I understand alcoholism is a brain disease but like any disease most do what they can to control or get rid of their disease, most don’t let the disease control them or end their life without some sort of fight. Alcoholism is a beast to control and I saw firsthand how strong the cravings were but I still felt Richard could have tried a little harder to gain...

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Weekend Fun

Apr 7, 2014

Since Terri and Laren live right in the heart of Deep Ellum, Saturday Alan and I headed down to see them, grand dog Lola AND go to the Deep Ellum Arts Festival. Laren’s parents came down too so it was a super fun afternoon. First we walked over to Pepe’s & Mito’s to fill up on their awesome Mexican food. After we were all stuffed we started walking the streets. The festival had some great bands playing and we had a wonderful time walking, talking, laughing, dodging rain drops and seeing some amazing art. I was so busy looking at art that the only photo I took was of this band. I can’t even tell you who they were but they were good. All the photos of Lola were taken by Laren’s mom, Michelle. I was...

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Hammered Metal Heart Charms

Mar 13, 2014

Each of these hearts literally took me 10 minutes to create. If you want to make some for yourself you will need a Steel Block, Metal Stamping Hammer, 16 Gauge Wire (I used Permanently Color Copper Silver Wire and Copper Wire) and Wire Cutters. To begin creating your heart charm using wire cutters, cut a piece of wire to about 6 inches in length. Form a heart shape then twist the ends of the wire together several times. Place the heart onto the steel block and hammer the wire until flat. You can create texture by using the ball end of your metal stamping hammer. Once you have the heart charm as you like, using wire cutters, cut off the twisted end of wire at the base. If you have a rough edge just...

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Baby Shower ~ Baby Shoe Decor

Mar 10, 2014

Need a baby shower decor piece? This project is perfect for a baby shower and was created from lots of Eileen Hull’s amazing dies. It’s no secret that I love Eileen’s dies as I have featured several projects using them but this one has the most dies used in one project. Just goes to show you how easy it is to incorporate so many in one project. After assembling the baby shoe I covered it completely in plaster. I let it dry overnight then decoupaged a decorative napkin over the entire baby shoe. When I decoupage napkins onto a project I peel the decorative top layer from the napkin. This gives you a thin layer to decoupage and eliminates the chance of getting wrinkles from the under layers of the napkin. Maya Road Trinket...

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Hearts of Red, White & Pink

Feb 5, 2014

I LOVE tissue paper and creating tissue paper garland is one of my favorite things to do. Tissue paper is cheap and the garland is simple to make. You can make your garland as long as you wish or just a small amount that is perfect to accent a card as I did in the photo above. The center of the tissue paper heart is a calendar card by Jenni Bowlin. I accented the center of the calendar using brown ink and crackle paint. Creating texture and dimension is something else I love doing. Pretty much all my projects have some kind of texture and dimension. This embossed heart is an accent on a tag. The heart is embossed, painted and glittered and surprisingly does not take much time at all to create. The doily...

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Handmade Eclectic Jewelry

Jan 29, 2014

Lately, I’ve been creating unique pieces of jewelry in my studio using bits & pieces of vintage jewelry I’ve been collecting. The heart shaped pendant in the photo above is one I cut from copper sheeting, soldered and accented with a vintage postcard image, red rhinestone trim and German silver glass glitter. The front and back of this pendant is covered with a layer of clear resin. Then I created the necklace from pearl, iridescent pink and red beads. This bracelet is created from a vintage earring that I could not pass up at a flea market. I LOVE the coral color and all the detail. The scallop lace around the outer edge and flower center is so intricate. The earring is attached to a bracelet that has a spring type hinge. This type...

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Jewelry Clay & Mini Glittered Hearts

Jan 24, 2014

To create this valentine pendant you will need EnviroTex Jewelry Clay, Dress It Up Valentine Collection Love To Flirt, My Jewelry Shoppe  Heart Shaped Bezel (21.5mm x 32.5mm), Metallic Pink Seed Beads & Bubble Gum Perfect Pearls. All but the metallic pink seed beads were purchased at Hobby Lobby. I had the seed beads in my stash already but I’m sure you can find some at Hobby Lobby if you need some. You can also use micro beads instead of seed beads. Mix the Jewelry Clay as instructed by the manufacturer. Once the clay is mixed well place it into the heart shaped pendant making sure to push the clay to the edges of the pendant. Note: I completely filled the pendant with jewelry clay. This way, once I started pushing the hearts into...

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Cupid’s Feathered Friend

Jan 21, 2014

Place a few drops of pink dye or Mist into a small cup of water, (the more dye the darker the color, less dye the lighter the color), mix together. Using a paint brush, apply dyed water onto white bird and let dry. You can speed up the drying process using a hair dryer set on the cool setting. Cover the body of the bird with a thin layer of instant decoupage, then apply Light Pink Glitter, tap off excess glitter and let dry. Cover the wings of the bird with instant decoupage and apply a thin layer of Iridescent Glitter and let dry. Apply instant decoupage to the beak of the bird then apply Fine Silver Glass Glitter, let dry. As you can see there is a lot of drying time but it should not take long...

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On My Table…

Jan 17, 2014

I’ve been playing around in my studio, this week and have really enjoyed working on a few soldering projects. Soldering is something I kinda put on the back burner for a bit while creating my last two books. I get so much satisfaction from creating items I have visualized in my head. I’m a true assemblage girl at heart. The house above has an adorable vintage Valentine image inside and is covered with a layer of resin. The vintage flocked flowers are a beautiful shade of pale pink and one is accented with the words “Love is”. I added two small rhinestones from a vintage necklace to the key. So I’m sure you figured it out that the title of this pendant will be “Love is Key”. I’m going to drill a hole in...

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Valentine’s Day Tag

Jan 14, 2014

I’m getting a jump start on creating some Valentine’s day tags and thought I would share this one with you. I think my little Handmade Kewpie Doll fairy looks adorable holding her “I Love You” vintage heart pick. Her wings are altered using white ink and Diamond Stickles. The red iridescent rhinestone trim is gorgeous against the red satin pleat trim. It’s hard to tell in this photo but gosh, I promise it’s so pretty. To top off the tag, I covered the chipboard center heart with silver ink and fine silver German glass glitter. Swoon! And you are in luck if you want to create a tag just like this as I have a limited supply of kits listed in my Etsy Shop. I even include easy to follow step by step instructions...

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Delight In Everyday Beauty

Jan 13, 2014

Some of you might have seen this piece I made on Facebook. It’s one of my favorite big and funky pendants I’ve created. I had planned on wearing it a bit before selling it in my Esty shop but a person contacted me really wanting it so I sold it. I must admit my heart hurts a little as I really love this piece and I know I wont be able to create another one like it. But it’s going to a great home in London. This pendant measures approximately 1.5″ in diameter. The words and letters are from vintage book pages from the early 1920’s. Iridescent green and clear iridescent rhinestone trim accent the outer edge of the pendant. The background is vintage sheet music from the 1920’s that is accented with a...

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Silent Night Ornament

Nov 19, 2013

I created this heart shaped shadow box from plaster several months ago. I had an idea for it then changed my mind and well it’s been sitting on my worktable since. Well, over the weekend an idea came to me and I’m happy to say, it worked perfectly. I love it when this happens. I decided to turn this lonely little plaster heart into a holiday ornament. The sides of the heart are covered in vintage sheet music from 1920 and the typed sentiment “Silent Night” is typed onto vintage note paper using my awesome antique Underwood typewriter. Then the entire pieces is covered in glitter. There is something so beautiful about the roughness of plaster being covered in glitter, it’s magical. When looking into this ornament I imagine a beautiful snowy winter night, where...

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Delightful Arty Crush ~ Diane Cook

Sep 20, 2013

“Delightful Arty Crush” is a feature I have on my blog which showcases artists who’s work I admire and find inspiring. It features a wide range of artists from collage, textile, encaustic and lots of other amazing mediums. I’m sure you will find each artists work just as inspiring as I do and I hope you will visit their blogs and other links included in their feature. The images I share with you are just the tip of the iceberg in regards to their awesomeness. Today, my “Delightful Arty Crush” featured artist is, Diane Cook. The jewelry she creates is simply stunning. I love every single piece she designs and find her style to be so unique and intriguing. One day I hope to take one of her classes. Diane Creates ~ Ruffled Poppies...

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