Altered Bottle Brush Tree

Feb 16, 2015

Bot­tle Brush Trees are fun to alter for any hol­i­day or to use year round as a home decor accent. You can attach these to wood­en spools, per­fume bot­tles, small glass jars, in shad­ow box­es, real­ly pret­ty much on any­thing. Also, if you want to col­or your trees it’s easy using any of the non-iri­des­cent Maya Mist col­ors. This altered bot­tle brush tree is so fast to cre­ate you can have it com­plet­ed in under 5 min. Sup­plies Need­ed: Bot­tle Brush Tree, Small Glass Bot­tle, Seed Beads, Small Flocked Flow­ers, Seam Bind­ing, Cro­chet Doily, White Maya Road Glit­ter Dust, Dina Wak­ley Gel Medi­um Tools: Scis­sors, Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks Instruc­tions: Place seed beads into small glass bot­tle. Cut stems on small flocked flow­ers to short­en slight­ly, place into bot­tle. Dou­ble knot a piece of seam...

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Fun Getting To Know You Christmas Questions

Dec 19, 2014

Here are some fun get­ting to know you Christ­mas ques­tions you can share with friends and fam­i­ly at a fam­i­ly gath­er­ing or par­ty. I always find it inter­est­ing in how oth­ers cel­e­brate the hol­i­day sea­son. If you don’t cel­e­brate Christ­mas you can eas­i­ly change the ques­tions to fit your hol­i­day cel­e­bra­tion. My sis­ter and her fam­i­ly arrive late tonight and I can­not wait to have some fun with every­one. You know I’m on “best week­end ever” notice for Made­lyn and Isabel­la. I LOVE being their aunt. I have a week­end of fun all planned out that includes lots of hot choco­late, s’mores, cook­ie bak­ing, hol­i­day light look­ing and presents. It’s going to be a fab­u­lous week­end. 1. Wrap­ping paper or gift bags? This year it’s all about Gift Bags.  2. Real tree or arti­fi­cial? We...

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Recycle All Those Saved Christmas & Holiday Cards

Dec 10, 2014

In keep­ing with the “I’m using what I have for Christ­mas and cut­ting out the need­less things I don’t” I recy­cled some saved Christ­mas cards and cre­at­ed two super easy gift card hold­ers from one Christ­mas card. I know I’m not the only per­son that saves hol­i­day cards. I can­not throw Christ­mas cards of any kind away. I love them all and espe­cial­ly cher­ish the ones that have my grand­par­ents sig­na­tures inside. I start­ed with a Christ­mas card that mea­sured 4″ x 5.75″ but you can use any card size you want. This size just allowed me to keep the entire image with­out hav­ing to cut it down to fit a gift card. My com­plet­ed gift card hold­ers mea­sure 2.75″ x 4″. Once you have your card picked out and if you’re like me and save all your Christ­mas cards...

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DIY Holiday Gift Tags

Dec 9, 2014

I post­ed this tuto­r­i­al last year and since it was so pop­u­lar I decid­ed to repost it again. This Christ­mas I am still deter­mined to use what I have and not pur­chase any­thing if I can make it and gift tags were the first things to get knocked out of the pur­chas­ing depart­ment in this house. I made these cute gift tags using vin­tage images I’ve saved over the years. I think they make the most adorable tags and fig­ured I should share them with you. Sup­plies Used: Mani­la ATC’s, Dia­mond Stick­les, Red & White Bak­er’s Twine, Laser Print­ed Images Tools Used: Scis­sors, Xyron Cre­ative Sta­tion Home, Fiskars Cor­ner Punch, Crop-a-Dile Instruc­tions: Using a laser print­er, print each image to wal­let size. Using scis­sors, cut around each image as close to the edges as pos­si­ble....

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Weekend of Holiday Decorating

Dec 8, 2014

The Christ­mas tree is the first item to go up in our house dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son. Ans­ley designed this “Pep­per­mint” tree a few years ago and we’ve kept it since. It’s a fun tree that is easy to put up and take down and lets face it dur­ing the hol­i­days easy is the key word. Once the tree is all set Ans­ley and I start to plan how we want to dec­o­rate the house. This year it is all about lights. In the den, we decid­ed to hang three wreaths with white lights and some gar­land with red and white lights in the bay win­dow. We added white lights on the fire­place man­tel and I accent­ed it with some of my favorite vin­tage mer­cury glass orna­ments, gar­land and green depres­sion glass. I say “I” accent­ed...

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25 Days Left To Bake Countdown Tray

Dec 1, 2014

I was­n’t kid­ding when I said I love count­down cal­en­dars as much as any kid… here is a count­down cal­en­dar for all you bak­ers. It’s per­fect to place on your counter next to your cook­books or placed on your kitchen island.  And this year, I’m all about using what I have so the hol­i­day pick is from years past. Hob­by Lob­by has one with faux pep­per­mints that is call­ing my name but nope I’m not gonna do it… I’m stick­ing with the, use what I have method this year. Prod­ucts Used: Tray, Dis­tress Paint Linen, Amer­i­cana Chalk­board Paint, Hol­i­day Pick, Vin­tage Wood­en Sporks, My Mind’s Eye ~ Joy­ous Dec­o­ra­tive Tag & Alpha Stick­er Sheet, Cof­fee Archival Ink Tools Need­ed: Paint­brush, Craft Mat, Blend­ing Tool & Foam, Hot Glue Gun, Hot Glue Sticks This tray is real­ly sim­ple to...

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Countdown to Christmas Calendar

Nov 24, 2014

This hol­i­day sea­son I’m all about get­ting projects done in a day. This year, I can’t afford the take a week to com­plete a project, you all know I’m very capa­ble of cre­at­ing a mole hill kin­da project into a moun­tain kin­da project. So I thought and thought of how I could cre­ate a “Count­down to Christ­mas Cal­en­dar” with­out it tak­ing me days to com­plete. I love count­ing down to Christ­mas just as much as a kid and thought I would share with you what and how I made mine. This project should take 3  hours tops from start to fin­ish includ­ing dry­ing time for the paints. Prod­ucts Used: Maya Road Count­down Shad­ow­box, Adiron­dack Acrylic Paint Dab­ber Juniper & Metal­lic Gold, Cof­fee Archival Ink, Glue Stick, My Mind’s Eye ~ Joy­ous 6” x 6”...

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Oldies But Goodies

Oct 21, 2014

Are you ready to start cre­at­ing for the hol­i­days? If so, I have sev­er­al online work­shops that will keep you busy for months and the best part these are dis­count­ed and the prices are amaz­ing. Even though these work­shops were cre­at­ed sev­er­al years ago the foun­da­tion for each of the projects are time­less. All you need to do is replace the pat­tern papers I used with cur­rent papers and BAM you have some gor­geous hol­i­day dec­o­ra­tions. If you look through all the work­shops, you’ll find sev­er­al that are free. To get you start­ed just click on this link HERE and it will take you to one of the free online work­shops I...

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New Listings in My Etsy Shop

Sep 30, 2014

I real­ly enjoy nee­dle felt­ing and as you can see I’ve been busy. I find cre­at­ing some­thing out of a rolled up piece of wool fun and reward­ing. If you live in the DFW area and are want­i­ng to learn nee­dle felt­ing Car­olyn Ross (The Crafty Scrap­per) and I are try­ing to fig­ure out when I can teach a class. So be on the look­out. This nee­dle felt­ed cup­cake or petit four hol­i­day orna­ment is cre­at­ed from brown, beige, red and green wool. It mea­sures approx­i­mate­ly 1.75″ in width and 2″ in height. The cup­cake sits in a vin­tage can­dy mold and can be found in my Etsy Shop.  Each acorn base is nee­dle felt­ed from wool in col­ors of Teal, Red, Orange, Gold, Green and Light Green then accent­ed with a dried acorn cap. The...

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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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Fun Holiday Deals

Jul 3, 2014

Vin­tage Ephemera Paper Pack only $14.95 includes ship­ping USA only. Each Pack Includes the fol­low­ing (Please Note: Items will be sim­i­lar but not exact since they are vin­tage finds) Assort­ed Book Pages, Sheet Music, For­eign Lan­guage Book Pages, Bird Guide Book Pages, Chil­dren’s Book Pages, S&H Stamps or sim­i­lar, Paper­doll Clothes, Wall­pa­per piece, View Find­er Piece, Vin­tage Post­cards, Play­ing Cards, Cig­ar Labels, Can­celled Postal Stamps from around the world, Square Dance Cards & old Pre­scrip­tions. This paper pack is great for paper­craft­ing & col­lages. To pur­chase your own Vin­tage Ephemera Paper Pack please click HERE and it will take you to my Etsy Shop. This set of three fun and func­tion­al stamps are per­fect to use for projects and dis­play when not in use are on sale today! Get a set of cam­era stamps along...

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Rocky Mountain Memories ~ Artist Flood Relief

Jun 20, 2014

Last Sep­tem­ber Col­orado was real­ly hit hard with unex­pect­ed flash floods.  Dams broke, roads were washed out, rivers took con­trol, and lives were lost.  It’s just so dev­as­tat­ing.  Com­plete towns were evac­u­at­ed, lives lost, peo­ple unac­count­ed for, homes & busi­ness­es demol­ished. Rocky Moun­tain Mem­o­ries is host­ing a silent auc­tion to help Cross­roads Min­istries. This non-prof­it orga­ni­za­tion has pro­vid­ed a total of 725 flood relief assists but their funds are deplet­ing.  Any assis­tance would be appre­ci­at­ed. Up for auc­tion are many great pieces from var­i­ous artists. I’ve donat­ed auto­graphed copies of  all three of my books Delight In The Details, Delight In The Sea­sons and Delight In The Art of Col­lage, plus sev­er­al oth­er items.   This shab­by chic bird­house was shared on my blog in July of last year. If you want to read how I cre­at­ed it...

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Delightful Arty Crush ~ Becky Shander

Feb 11, 2014

“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, Becky Shan­der. Becky cre­ates with a wide range of items that I find very appeal­ing when com­bined. She cre­ate beau­ti­ful col­lage pieces using ephemera and found objects. Her tex­tiles pieces of all sorts are sim­ply stun­ning and her altered and jew­el­ry...

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Home For Christmas

Dec 27, 2013

This year, we seemed to cel­e­brat­ed Christ­mas a lit­tle bit at a time. We had a fam­i­ly get togeth­er with Ter­ri and Laren at their loft on the 23rd then a small Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tion at our house Christ­mas Eve.  Christ­mas morn­ing, my nephew Brit­tain and I head­ed down to Beau­mont to see fam­i­ly and cel­e­brate Christ­mas with my par­ents. Alan and Ans­ley both had to work on the 26th so they could­n’t come along but when I return home they’ll have a small Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tion with the gifts I bring back. We arrived at mom and dad’s house in the late after­noon and every­one was ready to exchange gifts. It’s always a flur­ry of excite­ment dur­ing Christ­mas at mom and dad’s. I’ve been very blessed to always have an amaz­ing Christ­mas. Mom and Dad...

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DIY Holiday Card

Dec 23, 2013

This card is cre­at­ed using an image Christy Tom­lin­son shared last week from one of her awe­some paint­ings. Christy has such a beau­ti­ful artis­tic style, which I tru­ly love. I decid­ed to cre­ate a few Christ­mas cards with her beau­ti­ful image to share with friends and fam­i­ly. Some I left as is with just a lit­tle Dia­mond Stick­les placed here and there and some I added a lit­tle dimen­sion by cut­ting out the wreath, boots, manger and baby Jesus. First to make 3 of the dimen­sion­al cards I cre­at­ed, using a laser print­er, print  4 — 3.5″ x 5″ images. If you use an inkjet print­er and put any liq­uid medi­um onto it, the ink will run. This mean NO STICKLES and well you know how I feel about Stick­les so I have to...

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Mini Snow Globe Charm

Dec 19, 2013

As soon as I saw the adorable snow globe charm cre­at­ed by Mar­got Pot­ter I knew I had to make one of these lit­tle cuties. Although, I cre­at­ed some­what of a Texas sized ver­sion. I love wear­ing big chunky charms and thought this would make for an adorable hol­i­day piece to wear on a sim­ple sil­ver or ball chain style neck­lace. I pret­ty much cre­at­ed my charm exact­ly as Mar­got,  although I did­n’t have to trim off the top of a bot­tle brush tree as I had one that was super small and fit inside my bot­tle per­fect­ly. All I need­ed to do was snip off the wood­en base of the tree using wire cut­ters. Sup­plies Used: 2″ Glass Bot­tle with Cork (Tim Holtz), .75″ Mini Glass Bot­tle with Cork (Maya Road), Tin­sel Trim,...

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Season’s Greetings Altered Hoop

Dec 16, 2013

I decid­ed to make a fan­cy hol­i­day altered hoop with this lit­tle embroi­dered piece I stitched using two new stamp sets by Pink Per­sim­mon, Christ­mas House & Hol­i­day Hel­lo. I find great joy in hand stitch­ing a bit each night. It’s a great way for me to relax as I’m usu­al­ly wound up tighter than an eight day clock. This sweet hol­i­day decor piece can either hang or sit on an easel to add a lit­tle hol­i­day cheer to any spot. The wood­en hoop mea­sures approx­i­mate­ly 4″ in diam­e­ter. I used Maya Road Rhine­stone Trim, Fab­ric Tape, and Satin, Mini Ging­ham and Tulle Trims to alter the side and back edge of the hoop. A White Snowflake Trans­paren­cy adorned with a vin­tage ear­ring and a clear glass but­ton accents the front. I hope this...

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Antiquated Collection ~ Holiday Tag

Dec 13, 2013

It makes me so hap­py when oth­ers share projects they’ve cre­at­ed using my Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion stamp sets. It’s amaz­ing how so many dif­fer­ent projects can be cre­at­ed while using the same stamp sets. This beau­ti­ful tag was post­ed in my Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion by Lisa M. Pace Face­book Page by Wan­da Hent­ges. I was so hap­py she shared her art with every­one and when I saw she post­ed a tuto­r­i­al on her blog I knew I had to share this with my awe­some blog read­ers. Thank you, Wan­da. If you’ve cre­at­ed projects using any of my Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion stamp sets please join my Face­book Page and post your cre­ations as I would love for you to share them with me and the oth­er mem­bers. If you missed out on being able to pur­chase “Win­ter Girl”...

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Hand Stitched Ornaments

Dec 5, 2013

I love to make hand­made items dur­ing the hol­i­days. I believe it all stems from my child­hood and mak­ing hol­i­day items with my mom. For as long as I can remem­ber she and I have made some­thing for the hol­i­days and these fab­ric orna­ments are fun to cre­ate espe­cial­ly if you like instant grat­i­fi­ca­tion. I did the stitch­ing one night and then stitched the back on the next. The images are Maya Road stamps that I stamped onto nat­ur­al muslin using Archival ink. I stitched a sim­ple out­line stitch all along the images, then using a pen­cil, light­ly wrote the name onto each orna­ment and hand stitched over it. Inside the but­ter­fly I added some Dia­mond Stick­les for a lit­tle sparkle. Once I had the images stitched I decid­ed to use a Maya Road...

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Something Fun to Entertain the Kids

Dec 4, 2013

When I was a lit­tle girl around the age of 3 or 4 my mom would go to an elder­ly lady’s house to do her hair. This lady had an awe­some album filled with greet­ing cards she put togeth­er for lit­tle ones to flip through. I remem­ber sit­ting on the floor look­ing at page after page in this album. I LOVED it so I thought of a fun idea for young kids dur­ing hol­i­day gath­er­ings. Find some old Christ­mas cards and if you are like me you have lots. I found this one that works per­fect­ly for this type of project. You will want one that you can cut the face out of (snow­man, gin­ger­bread man, San­ta, Elf, Rein­deer even ani­mals will work great). Using a craft knife cut out the face on your...

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Cyber Monday Etsy Sale

Dec 2, 2013

I hope you and your fam­i­ly had a won­der­ful Thanks­giv­ing. I know I have a few added pounds from mom’s awe­some turkey, stuff­ing and desserts. After din­ner every­one was stuffed and all us adults need­ed naps except Made­lyn and Bel­lie, they were run­ning around like the ener­giz­er bun­ny and were glued to Ans­ley’s hip. Made­lyn and Bel­lie LOVE Ans­ley. After 50 years, mom and dad final­ly have a table to sit the entire fam­i­ly. This has been one of mom’s wish­es for years and I’m so glad it final­ly came true. Thanks­giv­ing din­ner was a won­der­ful way to break it in too.  From left to right are Mom, Laren (son-in-law), Ter­ri (daugh­ter), Aman­da (niece), Steve (Aman­da’s boyfriend), Dad (San­ta), Brit­tain (nephew), Bel­lie (niece), Ans­ley (daugh­ter), Me and Made­lyn (niece). Today, through Dec. 16th I’m...

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