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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