Lemon Bath Bombs

Mar 25, 2015

With all the craziness of bath bombs right now, I decided to give it a go and attempt to make my own. I looked all over Pinterest at the ingredients in lots of different bath bombs and by adding and taking away certain ingredients from recipes here is the recipe I created. These little bath bombs smell just like lemon bundt cakes. On my next batch I will add a bit more Lemon Essential Oil (EO) to my next batch as it didn’t smell as strongly as I wanted in my bath but this is the only thing I will change when I make them again. Also depending on the EO used will determine the amount of drops needed. If you make Peppermint bath bombs you will not need as many drops because the oil scent...

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Textured Background

Jun 26, 2013

Okay, so remember last weeks post, Stencils aren’t just for mists & ink and how I said you could learn how I created the background (shown above) for the tag shown below by going to Ronda’s blog only, I had the day wrong and well, since she is out of the country yadda, yadda, yadda you know how it all went down, whew.  Well TODAY is the day Ronda Palazzari is featuring my background technique tutorial so hop on over to her blog and discover a few of my secrets to create this awesome mixed media background....

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Stencils aren’t just for mists and inks

Jun 20, 2013

When I see all the awesome things my friend Ronda Palazzari creates with her stencil line I am absolutely amazed. I saw her in action while visiting her a few months ago and there is a reason why she wears a full apron and I wear a half apron. I am so not a messy kinda girl but I do love great stencil designs, I just go about using them differently. This is just another way we are so similar yet so different. We  use a lot of the same products just in very different manners. Since Ronda is currently off traveling the world and spending time with her family she asked if I would create a tutorial for her blog. So I decided to show you how I achieved the textured background  for...

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Studio Observations

May 20, 2013

Several weeks ago while staying at Ronda’s and playing in her awesome studio, as I looked around I noticed lots of similarities in the way we decorate and the products we use to create. Even though our styles are quite different we do have a love for similar things. So while I was noticing all the similarities I started snapping photos to show you how two totally different artists (I’m a vintage neutral girl and she is a wildly colorful stencil girl) can be such great friends. Ronda uses colored buttons in her art and has them sorted and lined up in rainbow order neatly on a shelf were as I use mostly clear or neutral colored buttons and have jars placed here and there in my studio. Ronda has some of her favorite Trinket...

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Creative Play

May 3, 2013

After teaching at Cheryl’s awesome store Rocky Mountain Memories, Ronda and I had a few days of creative play and a day of major thrifting and antiquing. Oh my goodness did we ever find amazing items that I cannot wait to show you but that is for another day. Today, is all about creative play. It amuses me that Ronda and I like most of the same products just in different colors. The one thing that we are way opposite on are the liquid products… sprays, mists, paints etc. I like these but use them in a far more controlled manner. But Ronda… not Ronda she has mists and paints flying all over the place and purchases Gesso by the gallon. I had to snap the above photo of her working as it really...

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Make-n-Take Madness

Apr 2, 2012

A SUPER FUN time was had by all at The Crafty Scrapper, Saturday. All you could hear was laughter, oh and the occasional DARLENE… GENA from Carolyn as she needed help off and on. It was so funny watching Darlene and Gena come running with some funny little smack down comment. It kept everyone laughing. Carolyn’s make-n-take was by far the messiest. She had ink and mists and stamps and stencils all over her table. I even got inky doing her make-n-take and will show it to you in a later post. It is CUTE. She used all the new dylusions ink spray, stencils and stamp sets. I plan on using Dyan Reaveley’s background and border stamps with my Antiquated Collection stamp sets. I think vintage meets quirky will fun to create. My “Trunk...

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Ranger’s Designer Challenge

Jan 29, 2012

I was so excited to be asked to participate in their Designer Challenge. They sent each designer a blank paper mache dress form to alter any way we wanted. All they asked was that we stayed true to our style and used any or all three of these items Stickles, Liquid Pearls and/or Crackle Accents.  Here is what I created… There are 18 different Ranger products on this piece. Adirondack Lights Acrylic Paint Dabber ~ Juniper Jenni Bowlin No. 10 Malted Milk Tim Holtz Distress Stain ~ Mustard Seed Distress Crackle Paint ~ Clear Rock Candy Inkssentials Crackle Accents Claudine Hellmuth Studio Multi-Medium Matte Claudine Hellmuth Studio Gesso Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Ink ~ Latte & Ginger Archival Ink ~ Coffee Perfect Pearls Mists ~ Biscotti Liquid Pearls ~ Copper Pearl & Gold Pearl...

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Anniversary Card

Jul 18, 2011

I createad this card using patterned paper from my Cocoa Daisy “Urban Loft” kit and several new Maya Road release items. The new “Winter’s Roses in Houndstooth Pumpkin” goes perfectly with their new “Satin Pleat Edging in Golden Yellow” and “Ruffle Crochet Trim – Single”. I had to put a “Black Wooden Bingo Calendar Piece” inside the rose center as it fit too well to pass up. I then accented the Winter’s Rose with “Vintage Pearl and Leaf” Trinket Pins. And one can never get tired of accenting cards or projects with the “Large Daisy Vintage Trim”. I love the softness it adds to my projects. FYI: You can mist this trim with any of the solid Maya Road Mists to color coordinate it with any of your projects. To make the color permanent just heat set it...

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Spring is near…

Mar 16, 2011

This little card was created for my design team post on the Maya Road blog. If you want to see loads of inspiration you need to check out their blog. The design team creates some of the most amazing projects. With spring just around the corner I thought it would be fun to use the “Green Thumb” mini chipboard set and the “Gingham Point Blossoms” as they work perfectly together on a card. One thing I love to do is add little banners to the “Vintage Pearl Pins” it is such a quick and easy thing to do and really finishes this card beautifully. And The Girl’s Paperie “Paper Girl” line is awesome for any spring project. I love, love, love the colors and the patterns. I created the cute little bunny using a...

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Ranger Designer Challenge

Feb 14, 2011

I was thrilled when Ranger asked if I would be interested in creating a canvas for their Designer Challenge. I could not reply back fast enough with a very excited yes! They sent each designer a box filled with a 12 x 12 frame, Perfect Pearls and Perfect Pearl Mists and told us to create something that reflected our style. Well I knew mine had to include book pages, Platinum Stickles and glitter and once I got started I could not stop. I used loads of Ranger product and when you look at the list below you’ll realize I’m not kidding. It was so much fun to sit and just create whatever came to mind. I cut the grungepaper into squares, embossed them using my cuttlebug then sewed them all together with a zigzag...

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Condolences and another tag…

Feb 10, 2011

First I must give my heart felt condolences to my Aunt and cousins. Yesterday, my Uncle David passed away peacefully at home. Uncle David was a quiet man yet when you talked with him he was so interesting as he could talk about all kinds of wonderful topics. Sadly, 10 years ago he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and not long after that Parkinson’s disease. Aunt Brenda cared for him at home every single day from the time of his diagnosis. Even though it is a blessing Uncle David has passed on it is still so sad and he will be missed. Aunt Brenda was a wonderful example of how family should care for family. We never heard her speak of any frustrations which I am certain there were many and we never ever heard...

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Pink Carnations

Feb 9, 2011

This tag uses all four of the new Perfect Pearl colors from Ranger’s new Confections Set. I really like Pink Gumball as I think it is the perfect shade of pink for tinting flowers. And Wendy’s butterfly stamp is the perfect accent to go over sheet music. I love how you can make Perfect Pearls show in a subtle way by dry brushing them on (butterfly image) or mixing them with water or Perfect Pearl Mists on your non-stick craft sheet and applying them with a paint brush like watercolors (pink carnations). I had lots of fun with this tag. As you know or have figured out by now I love making paper flowers and when you add Perfect Pearls and Stickles to that list I am having loads of fun. Supplies Used: Perfect...

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Who do you love?

Feb 8, 2011

As a child growing up I loved getting to visit my grandparents. Grammy Childers and Grammy Spinney always had one thing in common… flowers. I remember knowing I was at Grammy Spinney’s house as soon as I saw the pansies in her yard. And every summer Grammy Childers had the most gorgeous Hydrangea bush just below her kitchen window. The blooms were the size of dinner plates. Her garden always had flowers growing around it as well as along the sidewalk of her house. So each time I see flowers blooming I always think of them. So since flowers seem to remind me of those two special ladies I thought I would share this tag I created for Ranger. It was in there booth during CHA-W. The flowers on this tag were created using...

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You are going to LOVE these…

Jan 23, 2011

I was asked to create a canvas for Ranger’s designer wall at CHA. Well the product we had to highlight was their Perfect Pearl Mists and their new Perfect Pearls colors.You are going to LOVE these. Check out Suze Weinberg’s blog to see the new colors and a few sneak peeks of her canvas… I cannot wait to see it in person. It was fun to create what ever I wanted with the only requirements being it had to be my style and I had to use the products sent my way. I used WAY MORE Ranger products on my canvas than what was required but one technique seemed to lead to another which meant using another product and so on… I think the Rock Candy Crackle Paint looks AWESOME on the frame… I...

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Feels like winter…

Dec 12, 2010

Finally we are having some cold temperatures, once again. It has cooled down and warmed up so much this month. I’m ready for the cold weather to get here and stay. It is way too hard to get into the Christmas Spirit when it’s 70 something degrees outside. This is the last week of my “All Things Winter” workshop. Today, I shared tips on distressing. I love the distressed look on projects and there are so many fun tools you can use that allow you to achieve different looks. My absolute favorite distressing tool hands down is the Tonic Studios Tim Holtz Paper Distresser, this little tool fits perfectly in my hand and is always an arms reach away. This week I will show you how to recreate the layouts below. As you can...

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Another week flew by quick…

Aug 26, 2010

Gosh my blog is taking a huge hit right now. I guess I will give you a quick run through of my week. Lots of neat things going on. First off I am super excited to be a part of Paper Cowgirl next year. I was thrilled when Cindy asked if I would be the guest speaker and a teacher at her event. This is going to be such a super fun weekend. On a sad note my grandfather has said his good byes and has told everyone he is ready to pass on. If you would please send him comforting thoughts and prayers I would really appreciate it. My Dad has been with him since last Friday. Thankfully my Aunts made it to ME yesterday to see him. So needless to say since...

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CHA Projects and Local Classes

Jul 23, 2010

So tomorrow I head for CHA in Chicago. It is a lot of work yet so fun as I get to work with some super fun people and see friends from all over the country. Maya Road has a wonderful release. Each release I think there is no way they can top this one yet they do and they did not disappoint with this one either. So many wonderful new products. To see their new items check out their catalog online here. This release I got to play with some of the new Maya Road Jeans Pocket Binder Canvas Binder. I will be teaching this album project at The Crafty Scrapper Saturday, August 14th at 10:30 a.m. They also created this wonderful Pennant Canvas Album. I used lots of Maya Road Maya Mists on...

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Keep an open mind all my vintage friends…

Jun 17, 2010

as this is very different from my normal style by a long shot BUT painting sure has rested my shoulder and it is feeling much better. Only I would end up with a scrapping injury. So here is what I have been working on and am so glad I can finally share. This album uses Maya Road products from their Summer release as well as lots of Maya Mists and Claudine Hellmuth Studio Paints. Love these paints so much. This project will be a class at The Crafty Scrapper someday in the near future… just need to figure out when. This album includes photos of my dad, mom, me and my husband Alan. See I was not kidding… very different from what I usually...

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New Classes Scheduled at The Crafty Scrapper

Jun 16, 2010

Smile Canvas Banner ~ Maya Mist Technique Class Date: Friday, August 13th Place: The Crafty Scrapper 972-923-3151 While creating this banner you will learn how to make your own paint colors, alter acrylic items and create a semi clear glaze using Maya Mist incorporated with other common craft supplies. Your kit will come with a complete set of Maya Road chipboard letters so you can spell any name or word for you banner. The Maya Road Canvas Pendant Banner Album comes with 6 pages. If the word or name you wish to use has more than 6 letters Carolyn has additional Maya Road Canvas Pendant Banner Albums for purchase. Maya Road Maya Mists will be provided for use. There will be a wide assortment of colors but if you have a specific color scheme...

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Grungepaper Flower PDF

Apr 5, 2010

I finally got my hands on some Grungepaper! And yes, it is super fun to play around with and I have lots of ideas for this neat product. This photo is of a flower I created using one of my templates, some Maya Mist, Glitter and Stickles. It was not a great day for photos this morning as it was very cloudy. This flower is a much brighter pink… it kinda looks cranberry here. I did discover a helpful hint that I want to pass along. When using any of the Maya Mists it is much easier to apply to Grungepaper using a paintbrush instead of spraying. Grungepaper does not absorb the mist as fast as chipboard. If you over spray you will end up having to blot some of the mist off which...

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Crepe Paper Ornament and Bottle Brush Trees

Dec 5, 2009

Friday night I was lucky enough to get to chat online as a guest with a bunch of Fisk-a-teers during their online crop. I tell ya if you want to chat with a fun group…you want to make sure you attend the next one. Before the chat I created these two projects in their honor. So I thought I would share the step by step instructions for the ornament with you. (no instructions for the large tree at the bottom of this post as I think you can figure it out pretty simply) You can make a similar ornament for yourself by changing the color of the crepe paper (Red, Green or Blue), Maya Road Maya Mists (Red) and beads. This is a really fun ornament to make and you all know I have...

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