Merry and Bright

Nov 27, 2013

This shad­ow box is cre­at­ed from plas­ter then paint­ed and glazed with an antique wash to give it that per­fect aged look. It mea­sures approx­i­mate­ly 5.5″ W x 7″ H x 1″ D. The out­side edge of the shad­ow box is wrapped with vin­tage lace, red seam bind­ing and accent­ed with two vin­tage Christ­mas picks. The back­ground of the shad­ow box show­cas­es hand cut words “Mer­ry and Bright” from vin­tage sheet music from the ear­ly 1920’s and a glit­tery snowflake with an iri­des­cent rhine­stone cen­ter. I cre­at­ed the doll from plas­ter using a mold from a vin­tage doll in my col­lec­tion. She is hand paint­ed with acrylic paint and giv­en an antique wash. The dolls dress is cre­at­ed from antique doilies and she wears a crown made from a vin­tage book page sprin­kled with...

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Old Fashioned Sugar Cookie Recipe

Nov 26, 2013

This is the sug­ar cook­ie my mom has used for years and every­one in the fam­i­ly loves them. I thought since lots of you will be start­ing your hol­i­day bak­ing I would share the recipe. My fam­i­ly can devour a batch of these in min­utes. They are...

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New Handmade Holiday Ornaments

Nov 25, 2013

These are the lat­est hand­made orna­ments I cre­at­ed over the week­end. I love cold rainy days when I can just sit, lis­ten to music and cre­ate. These cute char­ac­ters are cre­at­ed from antique orna­ments that were made in Japan. I cre­at­ed a mold of each one then filled them with plas­ter, let them dry and start­ed paint­ing. I think each one is adorable. And since they are all hand paint­ed no two of the same char­ac­ter will ever be alike. Each orna­ment base is paint­ed, has vin­tage sheet music from the ear­ly 1920’s and is sprin­kled with glit­ter. Glit­ter and Christ­mas just go togeth­er and I feel makes every­thing so mag­i­cal.  San­ta’s Helper  San­ta Claus  Christ­mas Car­ol­er  Christ­mas Angel...

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Super Simple Holiday Gift Tags

Nov 21, 2013

Here are two hol­i­day gift tags that take just a few min­utes to cre­ate and dur­ing the busy hol­i­day sea­son some­times all you have are a few min­utes. This time of year is filled with fam­i­ly gath­er­ings, com­pa­ny par­ties, bak­ing, shop­ping and dec­o­rat­ing so if you find your­self in a crunch to cre­ate a quick gift tag here are two you can com­plete super fast. These tags are just ordi­nary 2.25″ x 4.75″ office tags and are cov­ered with pat­terned paper scraps I’ve been sav­ing for just this type of project. Apply adhe­sive to the front of your tag and cov­er with pat­terned paper. Cut a piece of pat­terned paper to 1.5″ x 2.25″, trim the top and bot­tom edges using scal­lop dec­o­ra­tive scis­sors, attach to tag as shown. Using a dis­tress­ing tool or...

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Noel Miniature Wreath

Nov 8, 2013

This is the lat­est mini kit added to my Etsy shop. Once com­plet­ed this minia­ture wreath mea­sures approx­i­mate­ly 7″ and will cer­tain­ly add a spark­ly fes­tive feel to any area of your home or hol­i­day tree. Since I ship Flat Rate if pur­chas­ing more than one kit please con­tact me so I can cre­ate a reserve list­ing for you with the cor­rect ship­ping charge. Noel Minia­ture Wreath Kit Con­tents 1 Yard Cham­pagne Tin­sel 1 Yard Brown & White Twine 24” Tan Seam Bind­ing 7 Chip­board Snowflakes 6 Self Adhe­sive Pearls 2 Wood­en Birds 1 Large Chan­de­lier Bead 1 Medi­um Chan­de­lier Bead Chip­board Let­ters ~ Noel 2 – 2” x 3” Sheet Music Pat­terned Paper Step by Step Instruc­tions with Col­or Pho­to Kit does NOT include: Martha Stew­art Crys­tal Coarse Glit­ter, Folk Art Vin­tage White Acrylic Paint,...

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Jingle, Jingle, Jingle

Nov 6, 2013

The Jin­gles and Jin­gle Bell stamps from my new Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion “Win­ter Girl” stamp set makes me hap­pi­er than an elf on a sug­ar high. The jin­gle bell is the per­fect size for hol­i­day cards, tags, lay­outs, Project Life and your Decem­ber Dai­ly album. When stamped with Cof­fee Archival ink, reminds me of the vin­tage ones I see in antique shops. I used foam squares to attach mine to the card as I love dimen­sion­al cards and want­ed them to resem­ble those found strung togeth­er and hung for the hol­i­days. I can almost her them jin­gling. For DIY hol­i­day projects please check out my etsy shop as I have sev­er­al mini kits...

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Assembly Line Holiday Card Idea

Nov 5, 2013

This card is one I think is designed per­fect­ly to assem­ble rather quick­ly and in large quan­ti­ties. Cut two rec­tan­gles one slight­ly small­er than the oth­er Cut two long nar­row strips one slight­ly small­er than the oth­er Cut two squares one slight­ly small­er than the oth­er Stamp the Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion Win­ter Girl ~ Hol­ly Berry stamp onto sol­id card­stock, cut out and accent berries with Dis­tress Stick­les Stamp the Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion Win­ter Girl ~ A Mer­ry Christ­mas stamp onto sol­id card­stock, cut out and accent flow­ers with Dia­mond Stick­les. Attach papers to card base, attach “A Mer­ry Christ­mas” sen­ti­ment and Hol­ly Berry embell­ish­ment. Dis­tress edges. Machine stitch­ing is option­al and would need to be done pri­or to attach­ing each lay­er of pat­terned papers. Thank you to every­one that has emailed me or com­ment­ed on...

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Happy Holidays Photo Ornament Kit

Oct 31, 2013

  I’m still going through my stash and putting togeth­er mini orna­ment kits for the hol­i­days and last night, I was able to put togeth­er this cute pho­to orna­ment kit. FYI, I have a very lim­it­ed amount of kits. The kit con­tents are list­ed below and as always come with step by step instruc­tions and a col­or pho­to. Please note, Fes­tive Berries Dis­tress Ink used to col­or the chip­board frame and Plat­inum Stick­les used to out­line the chip­board base and frame are NOT includ­ed. Kit Con­tents: 1 — 4″ x 6″ daisy­d’s Snow­man Pat­terned Paper 1 — 4″ x 6″ daisy­d’s Pol­ka Dot Pat­terned Paper 1 — Chip­board Page 1 — Chip­board Frame (Frame will vary see pho­to for vari­a­tions) 1 — Small Bot­tle Brush Tree 2 — Hol­ly Leaves 1 — But­ton 2...

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Stylish and Fashionable ~ Card

Oct 23, 2013

I love to cre­ate mini col­lages on most all my projects. I get great sat­is­fac­tion in com­bin­ing mul­ti­ple items to cre­ate a focal point on cards, tags etc. This card uses stamps from the Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion Soci­ety Lady & Styl­ish and Fash­ion­able stamp sets and pat­terned paper by Pink Paislee. I have a huge crush on their Cot­tage Farms Col­lec­tion. I close­ly trimmed around the brooch and boot using my favorite of all times as in for­ev­er, Fiskars Coastal Craft Knife. If you have not tried this craft knife do your­self a favor and give it a try. This knife fits per­fect­ly in my hand. To add a bit more dimen­sion to the card, because I don’t think I can ever have enough dimen­sion, I attached the brooch and boot to the card front...

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Home for Christmas

Aug 14, 2013

This is the sec­ond of three class­es I will be teach­ing at Cre­ative Cards and Crafts in Vil­la Park, IL ~ Oct.18th & 19th. In this Home for Christ­mas class I will show you how to cre­ate three old fash­ioned Putz style hous­es using pat­terned papers from the new Graphic45 12 Days of Christ­mas line. Once all three hous­es are built and accent­ed with Stick­les and glit­ter you will group them on a dec­o­ra­tive acrylic plat­ter cov­ered with faux snow and sisal trees to com­plete a minia­ture win­ter themed neigh­bor­hood. As a bonus I will show you how easy it is to bleach sisal trees at home if you wish for yours to be off white in col­or. And a vin­tage Christ­mas project would not be com­plete with­out includ­ing a few vin­tage mer­cury glass...

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Merry Christmas

Dec 25, 2012

I hope you and your fam­i­ly are all enjoy­ing a won­der­ful hol­i­day sea­son. I cer­tain­ly do wish you all the very best and hap­pi­est of hol­i­days. Now that every­one has opened their gifts I can final­ly share all the projects I cre­at­ed this Christ­mas to give to my fam­i­ly. Today’s can­vas was my gift to my dad. As you all know he is San­ta and has quite a col­lec­tion of San­ta’s so I thought I would add to it. I’m hap­py to report San­ta’s sit­ting in his reclin­er with his feet up and a tum­my full of milk and cook­ies rest­ing from all his trav­els dur­ing the night. I real­ly did have a lot of fun cre­at­ing this 4″ x 4″ can­vas for dad. I  tried hard to make each gift I cre­ate per­son­al....

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Christmas Cookies

Dec 17, 2012

Over the week­end I baked sev­er­al of our favorite Christ­mas cook­ies. I dou­bled up on each cook­ie as one batch was for us and our local friends then made anoth­er batch for fam­i­ly in Beau­mont. Need­less to say our house smelled great all week­end. In case you want to try some or all of our favorite hol­i­day cook­ies I thought I’d share the recipes. This is a new cook­ie I cre­at­ed this year. Alan and I love them but Ans­ley not so much. They are a spice cake type cook­ie with white choco­late morsels mixed inside and are kin­da more like a brown­ie tex­tured cook­ie. I love spice cake as it brings back won­der­ful mem­o­ries of my grand­moth­er, so I thought I would try to hon­or her at Christ­mas with a spice cook­ie. Gram­my...

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A Shabby Christmas with Maya Road

Dec 13, 2012

Gosh it’s been a while since I last post­ed on my blog. I had to dust off the keys. This year, I’m mak­ing all my Christ­mas gifts so my still incred­i­bly orga­nized craft­room has had a flur­ry of glit­ter going on in it. Besides Christ­mas gifts it’s CHA prep time and book projects that are freak­ing me out but enough of that stress lets get on to this fun project. I thought of a cute idea when I found this lit­tle tro­phy in my scrap­book stash and just had to make this home decor accent or orna­ment (which ever you pre­fer) and of course share with all my blog read­ers. This shab­by tree is real­ly fun to make. Here are the basic sup­plies I used… small plas­tic tro­phy, Sisal Christ­mas Tree, Clau­dine Hell­muth Stu­dio...

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Ornamental Christmas

Dec 5, 2012

Orna­men­tal Christ­mas is a PDF com­pi­la­tion of my 5 very pop­u­lar orna­ment projects: Joyeux Noel Star Joyeux Noel Snowflake Hap­py Christ­mas Gift Card Hold­er Santa’s Angel Baby Season’s Greet­ings Bird Orna­ments The com­plete sup­ply list is includ­ed, which lists all the items need­ed to recre­ate each orna­ment. You may also use sim­i­lar items you already have on hand in your craft­ing sup­plies. This way you can recre­ate these orna­ments to fit your hol­i­day theme and style. Step-by-step instruc­tions for each project are includ­ed, with col­or pho­tos of each orna­ment as well as PDF’s of scanned vin­tage papers I’ve col­lect­ed dur­ing my antique and thrift store shop­ping. You can fol­low this link to pur­chase an option­al Orna­men­tal Christ­mas Kit, which includes some of the sup­plies need­ed to recre­ate these orna­ments. Please Note: This tem­plate and...

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25 Day Countdown to Christmas

Nov 23, 2012

Today, I’m mak­ing a 25 day Count­down to Christ­mas project with my nieces Made­lyn and Bel­lie. As you can see from the pho­to they are lov­ing their new match­ing jam­mies. New flan­nel jam­mies are the best espe­cial­ly when you find match­ing ones like my mom did with a mon­key print design. Ok sor­ry, back to the project. Both lit­tle sweet peas will dec­o­rate 12 stan­dard sized card envelopes using stick­ers, self adhe­sive gems, then stamp the num­bers need­ed on each of their bags. Made­lyn will stamp the odd num­bers and Bel­lie the even num­bers. I will dec­o­rate enve­lope 25 for them to either use as a sam­ple or for inspi­ra­tion. Once all the envelopes are dec­o­rat­ed I’ll fill each one with 2 pieces of can­dy and a print­ed strip of paper that has one...

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Give Thanks…

Nov 20, 2012

If you have my book “Delight In The Sea­sons” you just might rec­og­nize this project as it’s fea­tured in the Autumn Chap­ter on pages 104 & 105. It show­cas­es one of my favorite tech­niques using Ultra Thick Emboss­ing Enam­el also known as UTEE. It’s no secret how much I love UTEE and just the oth­er day Suze Wein­berg dubbed me the new “Queen of UTEE.” THE Queen, dub­bing ME the new Queen, I will cer­tain­ly wear this crown proud­ly. If you don’t have my book… GASP, well it’s your lucky day because “Cre­ate Mixed Media” is fea­tur­ing my “Give Thanks” project/technique on their web­site just in time for Thanks­giv­ing. Click HERE to view the com­plete project and step by step tuto­r­i­al. And it’s dou­ble your lucky day because I’m offer­ing FREE SHIPPING to any­one...

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Frozen Charlotte Dolls ~ For Sale

Nov 5, 2012

If you love Frozen Char­lotte Dolls as much as I do but real­ly have a hard time part­ing with your vin­tage dolls here is what you need. I am sell­ing packs of 7 hand­made Frozen Char­lotte Dolls as seen in the pho­tos for $10.00 plus ship­ping. These dolls come with a flat back which makes them easy to attach to projects such as cards, tags, orna­ments, jew­el­ry etc. and range in size from the small­est being approx­i­mate­ly 1/2″ wide to the biggest being approx­i­mate­ly 2.75″ tall. Since these are all hand­made by me, each doll will be unique and have its own vin­tage charm. I’m real­ly enjoy­ing mine as I’ve used them to cre­ate hol­i­day orna­ments and have altered the Frozen Char­lotte bust with a faux pati­na fin­ish and placed it into a charm....

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Art Abandonment

Aug 14, 2012

As mom, dad and I left the hotel this morn­ing I left a piece of aban­doned art in the lob­by. This was the third piece I left on our trip to WV and must say it is so super fun. You real­ly need to do this… the gift of receiv­ing an email from a recip­i­ent is so worth it. Here is an email I received from a lady who found my dream tag. Just want­ed to say thank you. My name is Karen and I serve break­fast at the Hol­i­day Inn express in White House, TN. I hope you enjoyed your stay and I was the one who found your gift and I love it. I went out and hung it from the rear view mir­ror in my car. I wish I knew who...

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Ready for the New Year

Dec 28, 2011

I hope you all had a won­der­ful time with fam­i­ly and friends this hol­i­day sea­son. My mom and dad arrived at our house Christ­mas day and we had a blast. We all laughed, ate too much food, baked way too much and did some shop­ping… can’t real­ly ask for much more than that in 2.5 days. Our tree this year designed by Ans­ley… hope­ful­ly, I will take it down before March, this year.  I have issues with this… Taught Mom and Dad how to cre­ate cute lit­tle felt­ed embell­ish­ments… This quote is so true… “One of the most glo­ri­ous mess­es in the world is the mess cre­at­ed in the liv­ing room on Christ­mas day. Don’t clean it up too quick­ly.” ~Andy Rooney First pho­to of EVERYONE togeth­er at the same time… Christ­mas mir­a­cle for...

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Merry Christmas

Dec 25, 2011

Wish­ing you and yours a won­der­ful hol­i­day sea­son. Richard and Me Christ­mas Morn­ing ~ 1968 Christ­mas waves a mag­ic wand over this world, and behold, every­thing is soft­er and more beau­ti­ful. ~Nor­man Vin­cent...

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Growing up with Santa

Dec 19, 2011

No mat­ter how old San­ta’s grand­kids are they’re nev­er too old to have a pho­to tak­en with San­ta. This year, Laren (SIL) and Ter­ri my old­est daugh­ter went to Beau­mont for Thanks­giv­ing. This meant they were able to get their pho­to tak­en with San­ta. It’s been sev­er­al years since they’ve been able to make it down for the hol­i­days and Mr. and Mrs. Claus were very hap­py to see them. This pho­to is of San­ta and my sis­ter Belin­da’s kids… from left to right is my adorable nephew Brit­tain (poor boy he is the ONLY boy out of 6 grand­kids), Isabel­la, Paw Paw San­ta, Made­lyn hold­ing Grand-Dog Zeus and niece Aman­da. Believe it or not this pho­to was the first one they took! Talk about a Christ­mas mir­a­cle. Even Zeusy was good and looked...

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