Lots of fun stuff today…

Dec 1, 2010

First I will end the suspense of who the winner of my book “Delight In The Details” and Free Access Pass to my “All Things Winter” workshop. The winner is … Judi Lindgren with her Comment: OMGYGTBK! This is a BFD – I’ve definitely got my FC! I had to research all those text words. . .I don’t even own one of those fancy phones or thing-a-ma-gings you text with! Got a really cute grandson that does tho(to young for a 16 year old I fear). I really want this- really, really! I would be SETE. Your Mom’s site is OTT! Congratulations, Judi. Email me your address and I will get your book in the mail. I will have you set up and ready to create in the workshop, today. And since many of...

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Fun project for any age…

Nov 16, 2010

This paper snowflake ornament will certainly keep kids of all ages entertained while waiting for their Thanksgiving meal. All you need are a few supplies and they should be busy for at least an hour and hopefully longer. The younger kids can punch the pieces needed, the older kids can fold them into shape then together they can attach and glitter everything to create the ornament. I think some made out of red and green solid cardstock or the adorable Tinsel & Twig collection by The Girls’ Paperie would look awesome. Supplies Needed: White Cardstock, Maya Road Iridescent Glitter, Maya Road Chipboard Snowflakes, Maya Road Pure White Ink, Rhinestones, Diamond Stickles, Aleene’s Quick Dry Tacky Glue Tools Needed: Fiskars Extra Large Square-a-Licious (scallop square) Punch, Fiskars Extra Large Seal of Approval (scallop round) Punch,...

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Clearly for Art…

Nov 5, 2010

My oh my, oh my is Wendy Vecchi’s “Clearly for Art” super cool to work with… seriously you will LOVE playing with this modeling film. It is literally fool proof you CAN NOT mess this stuff up… promise! Supplies Needed: Tim Holtz Alterations Tattered Florals Bigz Die, Alcohol Inks Cranberry, Ginger, Terra Cotta, Ranger Felt Applicator Tool, Studio 490 Be Inspired… Make Art Stamp Set, Archival Ink Jet Black, Ranger – Non Stick Craft Sheet, Heat Gun, 7 Vintage Buttons, Embroidery Floss Instructions: Using the Tattered Florals Die cut two of the daisy looking flowers. Punch a small hole in the center of each flower. Place these on a Non Stick Craft Sheet. Apply Cranberry, Ginger and Terra Cotta Alcohol Inks onto a Felt covered Blending Tool. Apply Alcohol Inks onto the two flowers....

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Lola Banner

Jun 30, 2010

I created this banner nearly a year ago for last years CHA-S. I love it so much that I thought I would share with you a tutorial on how to recreate it. I love the combination of the pale pink paint and vintage sheet music as well as the German glass glitter, crepe paper, Platinum Stickles and trims. I guess it is safe to say I love it all. Supplies Needed: Maya Road Mixed Scallop Triangle Banner Album, Maya Road Philadelphia Uppercase Alphabet, Maya Road Silver Metallic Mist, Vintage Sheet Music, Platinum Stickles, Pink Crepe Paper, 5mm Self Adhesive Pearls, Fine Silver German Glass Glitter, White Tulle, Brown and White Baker’s Twine, White Seam Binding, Embroidery Floss (color does not matter) ColorBox Fluid Chalk Ink – Creamy Brown, Glossy Accents Tools Used: Paintbrush, Scallop...

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What a fun weekend…

Jun 14, 2010

This past weekend was filled with loads of fun at The Crafty Scrapper. I taught three sold out classes, 2 – Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend and 1 – Tuscany and Roses. I actually remembered to bring my camera AND take some photos. Although I must admit I forgot to take photos of the first class. I get so wrapped up in teaching and laughing that my camera is the last thing i think about BUT I put the camera in my apron for the 2nd and 3rd class and made myself remember. So here are a few photos of all the fun being had. This is Friday nights Tuscany and Roses Class And here are photos from Saturdays Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend Class. AND… since so many were not able...

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Having fun with paints

Jun 1, 2010

I have been playing around with a new style that is so funky and whimsical and I am really loving it. Painting seems to be less stressful on my shoulder so I am working in this medium for a bit. You will notice I still included my favorites… vintage ledger paper and sheet music as well as a beautiful vintage rhinestone button. It has been fun venturing outside of my comfort zone. The paints I used  are by Claudine Hellmuth and I think they are awesome. The colors are wonderful and the consistency of each bottle  is perfect. Her paints are super creamy. I used the end of my paintbrush to make the polka dots, a coffee mug to create the white circles, an old stencil I had for the numbers. A charcoal pencil...

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Heritage Pennant

May 17, 2010

This is one of my favorite photos of my Mom and her Mother. I am guessing this photo was taken around 1944. I think photo booth photos are the best. So wanting to be able to see this photo more often I decided to create a little heritage style pennant. Now I can display it however I wish. Tips, Techniques and Tutorials I had a super fun Saturday at The Crafty Scrapper. I took two soldering classes 101 and 201. Trisha is a great teacher. If you ever have a chance to take a class from her I suggest you do. You will be so happy you did. I will show you some of the charms I made later in the week. Have a great day. I’m off to send Carolyn the info needed...

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Use your scraps…

May 12, 2010

This card was created using up some of the scraps I have been saving. Scraps make the perfect sized cards to attach to gift bags, presents or to use as enclosure cards. And with Graduations just around the corner I’m sure some of you will be needing a few cards… I say make them and keep the savings for more scrapping supplies. Instructions: Trim 3 patterned paper scraps to 2″ x 4″ Scor the left edge of the patterned paper piece that will go on top of your card a .25″ from the edge. Fold over the scored section and attach it to the patterned paper piece that is 2″ x 4″ (this will be the inside section of the card) using a strong adhesive. Sew a straight stitch along the left side of...

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Twisted Crepe Paper Rose

Apr 2, 2010

This sweet rose embellishment is perfect to use as an accent on any project or card. I think it would be gorgeous on a birthday, thinking of you or Mother’s Day card. This rose is really simple to make and I see an addiction headed my way as I just cannot seem to make enough of them right now. I guess the addiction is already here. Supplies Used: Crepe Paper Streamer – Pink, Self Adhesive Pearls – 2MM, Felt Leaves, Platinum and Diamond Stickles, Aleene’s Tacky Glue, Creamy Brown Ink, Book Page Tools Needed: Scissors, Fiskars Large Scallop Squeeze Punch – Seal Of Approval Instructions: Using a Scallop Punch, punch one scallop circle out of an old book page. Ink the edges using a creamy brown ink. Accent the scalloped edge of the circle...

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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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Mittens and Snowflakes

Nov 6, 2009

I love the cuff on these mittens. They remind me of when I was around 3 or 4 years old living in Kittery, Maine. One winter I remember sitting in the back seat of my Mom and Dad’s blue Volkswagen Beetle with my hands all toasty and warm inside my brand new muff. I loved that muff and thought I was something else using it. I think it’s funny how a little piece of craft Boa can remind me of something long ago. Instructions: Cover the front and back of three pages from a Maya Road Mitten Chipboard Coaster Book with vintage wallpaper. I used Aleene’s Paper Glaze adhesive when attaching the wallpaper. Sand the edges of each mitten using a sanding block or Emory board. Apply a clear drying liquid adhesive around the...

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Altered Cabinet Card

Nov 2, 2009

My “A Very Vintage Christmas” workshop starts today so in its honor I figured I would have a very vintage project. I found this old cabinet card placed between some very old Christmas cards that have been in the family for nearly 60 years. No one recognized these two young ladies and there was no name on the back so I decided to make their photo into a permanent holiday ornament to enjoy each year. These ladies seemed to be in such a gaze that I decided to have them looking out a window, maybe at the newly fallen snow or eagerly anticipating the arrival of a welcomed holiday guest. Which ever it may be, I’m pretty happy with how this came out and certainly see a new addiction in my future. If you...

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Vintage Doily Basket…

Oct 30, 2009

I think this doily basket is the perfect size to hold items for a fun filled vintage themed holiday swap. Once filled and wrapped in cellophane then tied with red and white baker’s twine and accented with holly leaves and berries… well you have a perfect gift. If a vintage holiday swap is not in your future this vintage doily basket would also look sweet sitting on a co-workers desk filled with peppermints or other holiday candies. Several hanging on a feather tree filled with goodies would be cute too… as you can see there are lots of possibilities for this sweet basket. Instructions: Completely saturate a Cotton Crocheted Doily using Aleene’s Stiffen Quick. Place the wet doily over the cap of a 32 oz. Gatorade bottle (this is the perfect size for this...

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Scallop Paper Lace Tutorials…

Jun 3, 2009

Oh am I ever so excited to share these two tutorials with you. This post is long but I believe you will think it was worth the extra long read. The Scallop Paper Lace (top) reminds me of the vintage paper lace I have seen online. Even though nothing can replace the love I have for vintage items this new discovery sure does open up a lot of possibilities for my creativity. The Scallop Ric Rac Paper Lace (bottom) I accidentally made trying to figure out how to make the scallop paper lace. I love it when things like this happen. These two styles of paper lace will be perfect to accent my cards, tags, layouts and projects. You can ink or mist these too. And if you do so on cardstock you will...

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Book Page Flower Tutorial…

May 8, 2009

Okay those of you that love to make flowers here is another tutorial. I really hope you all show me what you created with these tutorials. I would love for you to share how you use these to embellish your projects, cards, tags or layouts. Next week will be another week of tutorials just not sure what the theme will be… certainly will be thinking about it over the weekend. Wishing you all the best. Enjoy! Supplies Needed: Sizzix Die (Flower Layers #3) 2 – Old Book Pages ColorBox Fluid Chalk Ink (Creamy Brown) Maya Mists (Iridescent Pearl, Silver Metallic) Platinum Stickles 1 – Large Pearl Cabochon or Button Studio 490 Wendy Vecchi Funky Flower Art Leaf Stamp Cream Felt Embroidery Floss (DMC #543) Tools Needed: Sewing Needle Fabri-Tac Liquid Glue Martha Stewart Seal...

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Sewing Pattern Flower Tutorial…

May 5, 2009

This super easy tutorial has so many possibilities. If you don’t have access to a sewing pattern you could substitute it with coffee filters, old book pages, vintage sheet music, wallpaper or patterned paper. If you create one I hope you share your finished project. I would love to see how you use this flower. I think it would look great as a sweet pin for a hat or bag or as an embellishment for a card, layout or project. Such fun. Enjoy! Supplies Needed: Sewing Pattern (purchased mine at a Thrift Store for super cheap) 1- Vintage Button 2 – Small Beads Embroidery Floss Tools Needed: Sizzix Die (Flower, Daisy #4) Sewing Needle Martha Stewart Seal Punch Adhesive Instructions: Cut a portion of your folded sewing pattern and folded pattern instructions just big...

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Gift Tag ~ Enclosure Card

Nov 4, 2008

Here is a quick tutorial to create a simple gift tag or enclosure card for your gifts during the holiday season. I love the feel of these two stamp sets by Pink Persimmon. I have really become quite the fan of these two lines… can’t seem to get enough of them. Supplies Needed: Little Yellow Bicycle Christmas Magic Collection – Red Floral Book Page Pink Persimmon Little Red Wagon Pink Persimmon Carnival Alpha (Small) Ranger Archival Jet Black Ink Pebbles Inc. Pearlescent Chalk Set Stickles (Platinum, Yellow) American Crafts Memory Marker Chestnut Brown & White Twine Silver Glass Glitter Tools Needed: Paper Trimmer Acrylic Block Decorative Scissors (Pinking) Clear Drying Adhesive Hole punch Instructions: 1. Cut book page to 3.5” x 3.5” using decorative scissors 2. Stamp tree using Pink Persimmon Little Red Wagon...

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Faux Mosaic Tag…

Aug 25, 2008

To recreate this tag you will need: 1 Medium sized Office Tag, a 1″ square scallop punch by Martha Stewart, patterned papers by Webster Page’s and Tera Leigh’s Faux Mosaic Kit by Ranger, 1 Flower and some ribbon.

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Thanks so much…

Apr 11, 2008

I don’t know how you all do it month after month after month but I am clapping and bowing to you all. I have searched high and low for Fiskars new “THREADING WATER” scallop border punch and I’m so happy to say she found one and is mailing it to me.

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Fun projects using Fiskars tools…

Apr 1, 2008

Template Embossing Border punch Circle Border Punch Large and Small Heart Squeeze Punch Eyelet Tool Texture Plate and Stylus/Texturizing Tool Stamp Press Clear Stamps Additional Supplies: Cardstock and Patterned Papers (Cloud9) Sand Paper Black and White Pens Pencil Scissors Chestnut Roan Fluid Chalk Ink Foam Dots Adhesive (wet or dry) Ribbon Just two more days until I head out to Lasting Memories.

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Quick Christmas Card and the Winner…

Nov 13, 2007

To recreate this card you will need a blank note card, one sheet each of Candy and Glitter Candy patterned paper, Alpha Punch Outs (heart) and the Add-On Punch Outs (round tag), Everyday Grace Green Ribbon Card (Ric Rac) and the Fiskars Border Punch these are so cool, they punch and emboss at the same time (a little hint when using this punch stand up and punch, it is much easier this way).

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