I Love You Frame

Feb 13, 2015

This sparkly chipboard frame is going to be added to the front cover of a mini album. I plan to cover the album with vintage sheet music and ledger paper than add photos of Terri and Ansley. If you want to make this chipboard frame it’s super simple and here’s the tutorial. Supplies Needed: 2 Maya Road Chipboard Frames, Maya Road Glitter ~ Red & Silver, Red & Silver Acrylic Paint, Vintage Sheet Music, Martha Stewart Crystal Coarse Glitter, Vintage Glass Vial, Flocked Flowers, White Seam Binding, Diamond Glaze, Glue Stick, Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue, Dina Wakley Gel Medium, Book Page Words “I LOVE YOU”, Adhesive Foam Squares Tools Used: Scissors, Paintbrush, Craft Knife, Craft Matt, Tweezers Instructions: Using a glue stick type adhesive, cover the front of one chipboard frame with vintage sheet...

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Weekend of Family Fun

Dec 23, 2014

This past weekend, my sister and her family came up for the weekend. Her Christmas gift to Brittain was a ticket to see the Cowboys play the Colts, Sunday. It wasn’t the game Brittain was hoping for but it was a fun time spent with his mom. Since he isn’t able to go to Beaumont for Christmas I decided to have a family Christmas party for him at our house. Saturday morning, Madelyn and Bellie made snowmen out of donuts for breakfast. These were a big hit with the girls. All you need are powdered donuts, orange jelly beans for the nose and mini chocolate morsels for the mouth and eyes. A cup of hot chocolate is a great drink to go with the snowman donuts too. Saturday evening, we had our family party....

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Needle Felted Santa with Fir Tree

Oct 13, 2014

I’ve been having loads of fun needle felting. I started this Santa over the weekend and thought I would share with you a few photos of him in the works. If any of you are interested in learning this art form let me know and I will gladly put together a tutorial of a simple project for beginners. Here is my Santa before adding his rosey cheeks, eyes and eyebrows. It’s fun to see the personality of your piece come to life once you add these features. Every needle felted piece has it’s own unique look. And here is Santa with his facial features and a bit more fluff added to his beard. Love his rosey cheeks. I decided this Santa needed a prop so what better item than a small fir tree for him...

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Home and Missing the Old Family Homestead

Sep 15, 2014

I just returned from my yearly visit to Buckhannon, WV with mom and dad. I always love driving them up to see family. We have the best time together sitting in the car for 19 plus hours and literally laugh until we cry. It’s always a wonderful adventure with these two. But once home I miss seeing them every day and miss enjoying the quietness of sitting on my aunt and uncle’s porch listening to birds as they fly by, listening to a turkey or two and watching the deer eat pears and apples from trees planted by my great great aunts and uncles many many years ago. I’m truly a nature girl stuck smack dab in the middle of the burbs. Since family history is so important to me I thought I would...

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Altered Art Journal Tag 1

Aug 29, 2014

When you find your arty style art flows like a leaf floating downstream but gosh when you try to force it, it’s all upstream and darn near impossible to create something you love. I’m so happy with the style I’ve finally discovered as it has taken me a long time. But in the end all the trial and error paid off. This art journal tag measures 4″ x 8.5″ and is covered in layers and layers of paint. I still cannot get over that I’m using paint and getting my hands messy. On my Art Journal Page 2 blog post I shared with you a quick image transfer technique and today I’m going to share with you an image transfer technique that gives you a less distressed image transfer and a more defined image transfer. Image...

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Altered Art Journal Page 2

Aug 28, 2014

Oh boy did I have fun creating this art journal page. I believe I finally discovered the art journaling style for me. I even got messy hands in the process. This my friends is something because I cannot stand to have messy hands. I began my page with a simple image transfer using two photos I took while in Bellagio several years ago teaching at Laura McCullough’s awesome A Kiss On The Chic Creative Art Retreat. Laura hosts some amazing art retreats and if you can you really should join her for at least one. She is an amazing host. If you want to do an image transfer onto your art journaling page which I highly recommend you do because it is so fun to see the image transfer like magic. You will need to...

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Bellie’s Here For A Visit

Jul 30, 2014

This past Saturday, Isabella (a.k.a. Bellie) my 7 year old niece came for her week of everyday fun. We have had a blast doing one paint project after the next. This girl LOVES to PAINT! She wants to paint over going to see a movie, getting a makeover at Sweet & Sassy, eating breakfast at IHOP etc. I suggest something fun to do for the day and all she says is can I just paint. So paint is what we have done all week. I asked her Sunday what she wanted to paint and she said a horse. At first I panicked because this auntie does not draw especially horses. So I found some coloring pages of My Little Pony online, printed some out, let her pick which one she wanted to paint then...

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Garden of The Gods ~ Colorado Springs, Colorado

May 1, 2014

Garden of the Gods was first called Red Rock Corral. Then, in August 1859, two surveyors who helped to set up Colorado City explored the site. One of the surveyors, M. S. Beach, suggested that it would be a “capital place for a beer garden.” His companion, the young Rufus Cable, awestruck by the impressive rock formations, exclaimed, “Beer Garden! Why it is a fit place for the gods to assemble. We will call it the Garden of the Gods. The row of hogbacks. The Kissing Camels formation is the nearest hogback to the right of mom and dad. The camel’s heads are above a hole in the rock where the sky can be seen. It’s hard to see the hole in some of the photos. But if you look closely you can see it in the photo above. The...

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Rocky Mountain Memories ~ Estes Park, Colorado

Apr 30, 2014

All of last week I was in Estes Park, Colorado with mom and dad. We had a fabulous time exploring every inch of Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. I loved being able to combine work with play especially with mom and dad. They are a blast to travel with and guarantees lot of laugh until you cry moments. Throughout the week, I will be sharing loads of photos taken during our adventure. First I have to tell you about the fun I had teaching classes at Rocky Mountain Memories April 25th & 26th. Cheryl Grigsby is living my dream. Seriously I’m not kidding, she has a scrapbook store, an adorable rental cabin and a home in Estes Park. Oh how this Texas girl wants to move to Estes Park so badly. I truly belong...

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From The Archives ~ Paper Bag Easter Basket

Apr 8, 2014

This tutorial was originally posted on my blog, April 11, 2011. Paper Bag Easter Baskets are fun to create and with Easter just around the corner I thought I would re-share it. I love the simplicity of brown paper bags and think they make the perfect Easter baskets. I remember making them in grade school and being so excited to bring them home to show mom and dad. This basket can be left plain or altered using patterned paper, stamps, inks or paint. You can carefully use any of the many Fiskars border punches to create gorgeous edges along the top of your basket or you could take a hole punch and punch a hole just below where the scallop meets, thread a ribbon through the holes and create a pretty bow by tying...

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Leather & Rhinestones

Apr 1, 2014

I just added some new cuff style bracelets to my Etsy shop and I incorporated my love of vintage by adding vintage baubles to them. The combination of leather, hammered metal and the glam of vintage baubles is a favorite of mine. If you see something you love in my shop don’t wait to make your purchase because once the item or items are sold I will not create another piece exactly as the one you loved. I like to keep things unique and one of a kind. Also if you have teeny tiny wrists as did one of my customers, SIZE 5, I will certainly work with you as best I can, on making sure the bracelet you purchase fits. No matter the size I have no problem customizing a bracelet for you. And I...

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10 Years

Mar 28, 2014

Today marks the 10 year anniversary of my brother’s death. Ten years is a long time yet it still feels like yesterday, I was enjoying a fabulous morning sunrise training my golden retriever, Sonny in the field. I went to my car to get us some water and noticed I had a bazillion missed calls on my phone. I called home asking what was up and I will never forget Alan’s words,” Its Richard.” He didn’t have to say another word, I knew he was gone. I could hear it in his voice and I felt it deep in my soul, my little brother was gone. At that moment, my life and the lives of my family changed forever. Mom and Dad lost a son, my sister and I lost a brother, my daughter’s,...

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Delight In The Art of Collage ~ Book Review & Giveaway

Mar 27, 2014

Reviewed by Melissa Conner, Editor of FaveCrafts.com There’s something so artistically amazing about mixed media. To see items like broken spoons, beeswax, fabric scraps, and bottle caps come together to create something truly inspirational is a sight to behold. The beauty and artistry behind collage and joining unlike pieces together is a skill many have mastered…but few can create such incredible and innovative designs as artist, Lisa M. Pace. In her new book, Delight in the Art of Collage, author Lisa M. Pace shows us how to take everyday materials and morph them into these breathtaking designs that literally explode off the canvas. By combining different mediums and textures, the projects in this book engage the senses and are sure to inspire you to dive into your junk drawer and see what kinds of...

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Got Dapping Tools?

Mar 12, 2014

If you have a set of “Dapping Tools” you too can make this bracelet. I’m pretty raw at jewelry making but I like to wear unique pieces and figured I’d have a try at creating my own. Practice makes perfect, right? So far, I’ve found this style is pretty easy, fun and a great stress reliever when hammering away on metal. After I finished the bracelet I created this pendant. Next up, is making a big funky ring. I’ll share some photos once the ring is completed....

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Save The Dates

Feb 24, 2014

I’m so glad to be returning to Rocky Mountain Memories April 25th & 26th. I will be teaching an Altered Art Journal class as well as a Card Class. I will have photos of the card class soon. If you want to take the Altered Art Journal class shown above please call Cheryl at (970) 577.1415 for the date, time and cost for this class. In this class you will create a beautiful altered art journal using one of Wendy Vecchi’s new Studio 490 Art Parts Art Journal Covers. You will alter the front of your art journal cover using Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 Embossing Paste and NEW Crackle Texture Paste, The Crafter’s Workshop Stencils, Paint and more. The inside front and back covers will be altered using Vintage Sheet Music, Inks and Perfect...

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A Little Peek into Delight In The Art of Collage

Jan 7, 2014

Delight in the Art of Collage is a technique and assemblage style book. It includes 40 step by step techniques as well as the extra steps needed to complete each of the mixed media or collage art projects. With the projects in this book, I show you how to use found objects in new and creative ways. For example, some projects incorporate vintage finds from thrift stores, flea markets and antique shops. A vintage platter can become the canvas for a family photo. Tart tins and gelatin molds stacked together make beautiful flowers. In this book you will also create with current products and work with a wide assortment of mediums including textiles, metal, wax, resin, clay and paper. I share lots of unique ways to use each of these mediums. You will learn...

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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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Winter Ice Storm

Dec 9, 2013

Friday, all of Frisco was covered in a blanket of ice and sleet. Thankfully, we were lucky enough to keep our electricity but lots of others were not. Since I love winter so much I had to step outside and snap some photos as the landscaping was so gorgeous enveloped in ice. There is something so calming to me being outside in the winter. I love breathing the crisp air, feeling the cold on my cheeks and my nose running from the chill in the air. Winter truly is my favorite season. During the day, I enjoyed sitting in my studio sipping hot chocolate while working and watching a little girl ice skate up and down our street with her friends running along her side. This is the first time I’ve ever seen anyone...

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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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Society Lady ~ Card

Oct 22, 2013

Today I’m showing you how to create a simple all occasion or notecard using my Antiquated Collection Society Lady stamp set. First using Coffee Archival ink stamp the image of the lady onto cardstock or patterned paper. I used a sheet from the Pink Paislee Cottage Farms line. Next, cut a piece of patterned paper slightly smaller than the front of the blank notecard.  Using a Fiskars scalloped circle punch, punch a scalloped circle into the patterned paper piece in the lower right corner as shown in the photos. Apply Platinum Stickles along the outer edge of the large patterned paper piece as well as along the edge of the punched scallop circle as shown in the photos and let dry. Trim the area around the stamped image so it is a bit larger...

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Delightful Arty Crush ~ Diane Cook

Sep 20, 2013

“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, Diane Cook. The jewelry she creates is simply stunning. I love every single piece she designs and find her style to be so unique and intriguing. One day I hope to take one of her classes. Diane Creates ~ Ruffled Poppies...

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