Altering Paper Mache Eggs

Mar 11, 2013

I altered these paper mache eggs from start to finish in less than an hour. These paper mache eggs measure approximately 1.5″ in length so they are rather small and perfect to cluster together to accent little areas around your home. I started altering these eggs by first painting each one with Claudine Hellmuth Studio Blank Canvas acrylic paint. When the eggs are painted it makes the paper tape more vibrant. You don’t have to use paper tape either, you can use Washi Tape, Maya Road Fabric Tape, Tim Holtz Tissue Tape, basically anything you wish. Even masking tape with stamped images using an archival ink would look nice. Now, that I’ve shared a few tips here are the supplies I used to alter my paper mache eggs. Paper Mache Eggs, Martha Stewart Paper...

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DIY St. Patrick’s Day Charm

Mar 8, 2013

Remember the Valentine’s Day charms I showed you last month, well you can just as easily create charms for St. Patrick’s Day too. All you need is a little gold and green glitter a few Maya Road Memory Glass Vials and some Tim Holtz Screw Eyes and you’re done.  I filled these St. Patrick’s Day Charms with several different kinds of glitter. I placed gold glass glitter inside the larger glass vial then Martha Stewart Peridot Fine Glitter and Recollections (Michaels Brand) Gold Tinsel Glitter inside the smaller glass vial. I think these would look cute filled with green and gold micro beads as well. Now you have the perfect green accessory to save yourself from those pesky pinchers that are always looking for those who forget to wear green....

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Stamp Embossed Clay Charms

Mar 1, 2013

Here is a really cool tip… when creating polymer clay charms use chipboard embellishments for templates. This is exactly what I did when creating these adorable dress charms for my nieces. I used the chipboard dress from the Maya Road Laundry Day mini chipboard set to create these two charms. All I did was roll out my polymer clay to the thickness I wanted, placed the mini chipboard dress on top of the clay then using a craft knife carefully cut around the chipboard dress. How simple is that! And here are a few other cool tips… to get the butterfly image onto the dresses I pressed the Maya Road Ornate Butterflies stamp set into the polymer clay. Stamps are a great way to emboss polymer clay. To add words to each dress I used...

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EnviroTex Resin Charm Trio

Feb 5, 2013

I just realized I forgot to show you the Charm Trio I created for my oldest niece Amanda. If you are still on the fence about trying resin stop thinking about it and DO IT NOW! It is so much fun and EnviroTex Resin is so easy to use. So here is pretty much what I did for each charm. Starting from Top to Bottom. Charm One has a layer of Martha Stewart Brownstone glitter and a Making Memories Glitter Alpha Sticker. Charm Two has a punched circle of sheet music that is sealed using Nunn Design Glue. After about three applications of glue which was dried completely in between applications I attached a Nunn Design Transfer Decal on top of the sheet music as instructed on the packaging. I love that the decals...

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Glittering Thrift Store Vases and Bottles

Jan 28, 2013

This was a fun late night, last minute project I decided to do since I’ve seen this technique many times pinned on Pinterest. Some things on Pinterest look super easy and amazing but in the end, end up being epic failures. I have heard several stories. But I am happy to say this technique works like a charm and makes this glitter girl super happy. Supplies Used: Collage Pauge Instant Decoupage ~ Glossy, Recollections Extra Fine Glitter ~ Champagne, Thrift Store Vases or Bottles, Non-Stick Craft Mat, Aluminum Foil, Popsicle Stick Instructions: Squirt some Glossy Collage Pauge Instant Decoupage into the bottom of your vase or bottle. I just counted one, two, three while squirting the Collage Pauge Instant Decoupage into the vase and stopped. No rocket science here.  Next I placed about 2...

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CHA-W 2013 ~ W should stand for Whirlwind

Jan 21, 2013

CHA~W was a whirlwind for sure. There were so many exciting things to see and do I have no idea where to start. To me CHA is like a mini reunion, it’s always wonderful seeing old friends and making new ones.  Below are the adorable make n takes Caroline designed for me to teach each day of the show. I love that she always has a different one each day. And can you believe some attendees have created every make n take I’ve done with Maya Road since my first show with them in 2007. The Maya Road make n takes were so popular that each day by 1:00 we finished all we had prepared and had to scramble to come up with a new one. My table is always crazy with a line...

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CHA~W 2013 Schedule

Jan 11, 2013

Just one more day until the fun begins and if you’ve got a flair for buttons make sure to come find me and ask  for one of my “Delight In The Seasons” Flair Buttons. I have a limited amount of buttons to pass out and once they’re gone… they’re really gone. Each flair button will have a number written on the inside. If I blog, tweet or facebook the number that matches the one on the back of your flair button you win an autographed copy of my book “Delight In The Seasons”. Caroline will pick the number Monday, the 14th around 3 p.m. You must pick up the autographed copy in person at the Maya Road booth #565 and have your flair button to verify you are the winner. If the winner does...

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Maya Road Sneak Peek ~ Our Town

Jan 9, 2013

Maya Road is releasing these adorable “Our Town” Kraft embellishments (page 1 of the catalog) at CHA. These cute little houses come in either Black or White and each set contains 8 Styles, 16 Pieces and range in size from 1.2″ to 2.2″. They are perfect to accent any project not matter how big or small. They can be layered, accented with Stickles or glitter, painted, inked, distressed, misted… whatever your little heart desires to do with them will be perfect. Promise. To see the NEW FULL Maya Road CATALOG click HERE. Note: The “Welcome Home” stamped words are from the new Maya Road Card Sentiment Words 4″ x 6″ stamp set (page 4 of the catalog). I leave today for CHA and hope the travel God is with me… no rain delays and...

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Maya Road Sneak Peek ~ Wood Bird Cages

Jan 8, 2013

In between book projects, I squeezed in a little creative time to make some small CHA projects for Maya Road. I must say, I’m LOVING the new Wood Bird Cages (page 1 in the catalog) and 4″ x 6″ Card Sentiment Words Stamp Set (page 4 in the catalog). This tag was fun and pretty quick to create. I started with an Inkssentials #8 Manila Tag and covered it with Pink Paislee patterned paper. I then used the Maya Road Ornate Feathered Friends 4″ x 6″ stamp set as a background stamp (page 15 in the catalog). I then machine stitched a straight stitch all around the inside edge of the tag and distressed and inked the edges. Tip: I leave the stamps on the clear sheet as the come when purchased then ink the stamps with...

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Queen Bee EnviroTex Resin Charms

Jan 7, 2013

This year, Aunt Brenda spent Christmas with our family. This is the first Christmas I can remember having her with us at Christmas since I was a very little girl, somewhere around the age of 3 or 4 years old. It was fun and she made my mom and dad the best heirloom ever, which I will share on another blog post. It’s amazing! I decided to create two different styled charms for her this Christmas. Aunt Brenda sews a lot and has created some beautiful quilts and remember, she is the one who made my “Traveling Apron“. You can read about it in my “Everything Has A Story” blog post. So I thought I would create her a textile style charm using a Maya Road mini canvas tag for the base and hand...

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Family is Everything

Dec 26, 2012

This is the canvas I created for Mom. I made her a family tree sorta canvas. You will see me at the top as I’m the oldest, then I placed my two daughters Terri and Ansley underneath me. Next is my brother Richard, then my sister Belinda and her kids Amanda, Brittain, Madelyn and Isabella (Bellie). I created this canvas using the Maya Road Portrait Chipboard pieces, Claudine Hellmuth Studio Acrylic Paint Charcoal Black, Traditional Tan and Blank Canvas. I accented the sides using the Heart stencil by Dina Wakley as the hearts were the perfect size for this piece. I traced mine onto the sides using a pencil then using a paint brush filled them in with black paint and white accents. I painted each portrait chipboard piece using black paint. Once dry...

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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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My Bucket List ~ Crop & Create

Nov 26, 2012

I have two bucket lists going… one lists things I want to do personally and one lists things I want to do professionally… well visiting Canada is on my personal bucket list and teaching at a Crop & Create event is on my professional bucket list so I’m thrilled to tell you I will get to cross two items off my lists in April. YES… I will be teaching two classes at the Crop & Create event in Winnipeg, April 5th & 6th. Class 1 She is… Altered House Shadow Box We will be using the beautiful bright and cheery “She Art” patterned paper line by Pink Paislee to alter a Maya Road House Shadow Box. Each square of the shadow box will be accented using patterned paper and Maya Road embellishments and trims....

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EnviroTex Jewelry Resin

Oct 23, 2012

I’ve been wanting to play with resin for a long time and finally just took the time to do it and I LOVE it. Mind you these are no where amazing compared to what is out there to be found but I am happy with my first attempts. I did learn a few things in the process that I will share with you in hopes you will not make the same errors I did. Although, things are going to happen that you might not like as you learn, just accept it but then again it goes both ways… you might discover something you really like too. I was worried about a heavy chemical smell and was happy to discover that EnviroTex had no smell at all. So I could check this worry off my...

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Altering Vintage Keys

Oct 16, 2012

Altering vintage keys is super simple and since you can find them in so many different shapes and sizes having several dangle from a necklace looks really nice. I plan on putting these two on a necklace with a tiny vintage lock that I have stashed in my scraproom someplace… right now I have no clue where that someplace is but I know it’s in here. I altered my keys using Ranger Embossing Powders, Ranger Stickles Dry Glitter and Maya Road Iridescent Rhinestone Trim I tinted with Ranger Adirondack Alcohol Ink. I’m in the process of uploading a tutorial in my Tips, Techniques and Tutorials online workshop if you want step by step instructions on how I altered the two shown. And I have a little happy news to share… I just completed my...

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Planes, Trains & Automobiles

Sep 27, 2012

What an incredible two weeks I’ve had… truly amazing! September 12th, I left for ScrapFest where I taught lots of card and mini album classes and helped keep Emily and Ronda loaded up with supplies for the make & takes they were doing in the Maya Road booth. Caroline and I cut trim after trim after trim and so many paper stars I can’t even think about cutting out stars ever again. I think the one thing I love about working with Maya Road is we may work hard but we also have LOADS of fun at the same time. We all four laughed so much and so hard every single day. I think the best way to tell you about our awesome time is with photos and bullet points. If not, I fear...

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Still Here…

Sep 10, 2012

This is my work area due to the results of one insane deadline after another which I have more approaching faster than I care to think about. I LOVE what I do and feel very fortunate to get to do it but right now, in order to keep any amount of sanity I have left, and depending on who you speak with there is a very broad spectrum to my sanity, I must surrender to the fact that I cannot do it all. So for now I will be taking a blog break and hopefully get back on schedule in a few weeks. I am heading to ScrapFest, Wednesday (need to start packing) to help Maya Road with set up for all their awesome make-n-takes, teach some workshops and host an area crop then...

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Love ~ Canvas

Aug 31, 2012

Before I share this canvas tutorial which is super fun and not difficult to recreate at all I want to let you know about an awesome giveaway iLoveToCreate is having on their blog. I really love their Aleene’s adhesives and use them all the time. Well you have a chance to win my latest book “Delight In The Seasons” AND a wonderful assortment of Aleene’s adhesives. You can visit their blog HERE to enter their giveaway. Ok now for the tutorial. You will need a gallery wrapped canvas, vintage ledger paper, vintage sheet music, Fiskars Round n’ Round Squeeze Punches Extra Large & Large, doilies, Maya Road Mini Chipboard Alphas (Love is the new Uppercase Lisa), Paint Brush, Claudine Hellmuth Studio Multi-Medium ~ Matte, Claudine Hellmuth Studio Paint Traditional Tan, Blank Canvas & Charcoal...

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Mini Shadow Box

Aug 10, 2012

Tomorrow, I am participating in the Jo-Ann Fabrics & Crafts Grand Opening in Sherman, Texas. I will be there for a Book Signing and Demo from 11:00-1:00. I’ll be instructing those in attendance how to create a beautiful paper rose to accent a gift tag or card for any celebration or special occasion. And with just a simple change in paper color these beautiful roses are perfect for any holiday.  Come see me… it’s going to be fun! Jo-Ann Fabrics & Crafts 4127 N. US Highway 75 Sherman, Texas Ok, so on to today’s project. I love shadow boxes of any kind and decided to create a mini shadow box tag for one of my projects for CHA. As I started gathering Maya Road supplies I came across a Maya Road Scallop Square Basic Album...

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Dream Tag

Aug 9, 2012

Here is a fun tag to create that is filled with all kinds of little techniques that are perfect to use on other projectsl. I started with a plain manila office tag and covered it with vintage ledger paper. Next, using the Maya Road Ornate Frames stamp set and Jet Black Archival Ink, I stamped the frame images onto the ledger paper. Next I took the new Maya Road Floral Garden Fabric Tape and filled the inside area of the frames. I then accented the flowers with Diamond Stickles and let it dry. Once dry, I covered the Fabric Tape with Glossy Accents and let it dry. Make sure you have a pin handy to pop any air bubbles that occur. Here is a little tip: I like to leave the stamps on the acetate...

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Kitting and a Contract

Aug 8, 2012

I’m so happy to show you this photo… the official contract for book 3 arrived. I’m so super excited about the concept for this book I can hardly stand it. I’m also very fortunate to get to continue working with such loyal sponsors. I have a few new sponsors that I’m really happy to have that will be added to this LIST soon! Thank you all so much for your support and ongoing sponsorship. I really appreciate both tremendously. This week it’s been all about getting kits ready and shipped to Lake Como, Italy for “A Kiss On The Chic’s Creative Retreat in Italy” Laura’s put together a fabulous event and Sept. 15th cannot get here soon enough. I’ve never in my life wished I had a Sizzix Vagabond Machine so badly as I...

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