Happy Card Make’N Take Tutorial

Feb 27, 2015

Sor­ry I don’t have a big­ger pho­to of this card but it was so pop­u­lar dur­ing the Scrap­book Expo Grapevine event that I thought I would share the tuto­r­i­al to cre­ate your own card. It’s the per­fect card to cre­ate when you only have a few min­utes of craft­ing. Sup­plies Used: Pat­terned Paper, Blank Card, Small Mani­la Ship­ping Tag, Maya Road DIY Kraft Note Envelopes, Maya Road Feath­ered Friend Resin Embell­ish­ment, Small Flower, Gold Metal­lic Leaf, Seam Bind­ing, Alpha Stamp Set, Jet Black Archival Ink, Adhe­sive Tools Used: Paper Trim­mer, Scis­sors Direc­tions: Trim pat­terned paper so it is 1/4″ small­er ver­ti­cal­ly and hor­i­zon­tal­ly than the front of your blank card front. Attach pat­terned paper to the front of blank card. Assem­ble Maya Road enve­lope, wrap a piece of seam bind­ing around the enve­lope, tie...

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Create Mixed Media Art Retreat ~ Artists Faire

Sep 18, 2014

Tomor­row, Fri­day night, from 6:00–9:00 p.m. I’ll be par­tic­i­pat­ing in the 2014 Cre­ate Mixed Media Artists Faire at the Wyn­d­ham Gar­den North Hotel Dal­las. The address to the hotel is 2645 LBJ Free­way, Dal­las, Texas. I’ll be in the Cou­ture Ball­room shar­ing a table with Car­o­line Lau/Maya Road and will be sell­ing hand­made jew­el­ry and fab­u­lous vin­tage packs of assort­ed greet­ing cards, cab­i­net card pho­tos, jel­lo molds and more. These items are per­fect for col­lage, embed­ding into resin jew­el­ry and assem­blage art. Car­o­line is sell­ing all kinds of Maya Road good­ies. She always has some amaz­ing goody bags which sell out fast so get there ear­ly as you don’t want to miss out.   It will be a fun evening so stop by the table for a vis­it. I’d love to chat with...

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A Look at What’s New

Aug 1, 2014

While Bel­lie was busy paint­ing or watch­ing movies I was busy cre­at­ing new one of a kind jew­el­ry designs for my Etsy shop. As you can see, this week I was able to add sev­er­al pieces. I must admit my favorite this week is the owl pen­dant. These new pen­dants will look gor­geous with any Autumn attire. Yes, I’m wish­ing this Texas sum­mer away, although I must admit it has been one of the coolest in 7 years. You’ll find some new resin charms too. These charms have vin­tage embossed papers or tin encased in resin with wire wrapped fresh­wa­ter pearls or vin­tage bead accents. This set reminds me of a beau­ti­ful mosa­ic. I love the warm tones of orange, red and yel­low. All my pen­dants come with either an 18″ or 24″ ball chain...

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Delightful Arty Crush ~ Sarah Weyman

Jul 21, 2014

“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, Sarah Wey­man. I dis­cov­ered Sarah and her amaz­ing water­col­or art on Face­book. I instant­ly fell in love with her very unique style and I’m cer­tain you will too. I’ve not come across anoth­er artist that paints wildlife or por­traits quite like her. Sarah Wey­man ~ Sells her art on...

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Drying Flowers

May 6, 2014

Sad­ly, my vio­las are get­ting to the end of their peak bloom­ing sea­son. I love vio­las and these have brought me great joy all win­ter. I can’t stand the thought of toss­ing them out so I decid­ed to snip off all the blooms and dry them for future art and jew­el­ry projects. Press­ing and dry­ing these tiny flow­ers is so easy to do. All you need are sev­er­al sheets of wax paper, some heavy books and 7 days of patience. Since vio­las are so small 7 days is all you need to wait. If you are press­ing larg­er flow­ers depend­ing on the size it can take up to 4 weeks. To press/dry my vio­las I lined them on a sheet of wax paper then cov­ered them with anoth­er piece of wax paper and placed some heavy books on top. So...

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Jewelry Clay + Stamps = Awesome

Apr 10, 2014

I need­ed a big accent for an idea I have for a cuff  and since I could­n’t find what I had in mind I decid­ed to make my own. I mixed a batch of ETI Jew­el­ry Clay, formed it into the shape I want­ed, and pressed one of Dina Wak­ley’s Scrib­bly Birds stamps into the resin clay. Then to cre­ate a slight bend in the piece so it forms to the wrist bet­ter, I cov­ered a bot­tle with plas­tic wrap, put the bot­tle on it’s side and placed the resin clay piece on the bot­tle to cure overnight. Super sim­ple. Once the piece cured overnight, I add paint lay­ers in green, beige, gold and brown and this is what it looks like so far. I’m going to LOVE this piece and can­not wait to...

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Artist Trading Block ~ Night Light

Feb 25, 2014

Have you heard of Eileen Hul­l’s “Artist Trad­ing Blocks”? Artist trad­ing blocks allow you to cre­ate on a mul­ti-dimen­sion­al can­vas. I decid­ed to turn my ATB into a night light. Before cre­at­ing my ATB using a pen­cil I drew a heart shape on one end of the die cut ATB. Please Note: this end will open and close so you can place a bat­tery tea light inside so don’t seal it shut. Using a craft knife cut the traced heart out of mat board. Now you are ready to assem­ble the ATB per the man­u­fac­tur­ers instruc­tions. Attach pat­terned paper to the ATB then ink the edges using Chest­nut Roan ink. Using a craft knife, cut the pat­terned paper that is now cov­er­ing the heart to cre­ate a heart shaped win­dow. Attach a piece of lace...

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EnviroTex Jewelry Clay Mini Canvas

Feb 10, 2014

Jew­el­ry clay is a medi­um that can be used in so many dif­fer­ent ways. It’s a won­der­ful prod­uct and one I keep on hand in my stu­dio. It’s super easy to use as it’s a two part put­ty. All you do is mix equal parts of put­ty A and put­ty B togeth­er for two min­utes then you can get start­ed on your project. You can embed items as I did in this but­ter­fly shaped piece such as microbeads, but­tons, pearl beads and resin accents. If you have areas of jew­el­ry clay show­ing after you’ve added all the baubles you can apply a light coat­ing of per­fect pearls in the col­or of your choice to fin­ish these spots. The step by step instruc­tions to cre­ate the but­ter­fly accent can be found in “Delight In The...

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Jewelry Clay, Resin & Baubles

Jan 30, 2014

If you have not tried Envi­ro­Tex Jew­el­ry Clay and Jew­el­ry Resin I high­ly rec­om­mend you do. These prod­ucts are super easy to use and have end­less pos­si­bil­i­ties. I’m real­ly hav­ing a lot of fun cre­at­ing unique charms and pen­dants incor­po­rat­ing both prod­ucts. The hard­est part for me is being patient enough to allow the clay and resin to cure. My lit­tle secret is to let the clay and resin cure overnight to cut down on my need­ing to be patient for too long. It works like a charm. One thing to remem­ber is resin does not like cold weath­er at all. To fix this issue I let my projects cure overnight with a desk lamp on aim­ing direct­ly over the items. The heat from the lamp is just warm enough to allow my resin...

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Trash to Treasure Shrine Pendant

Jan 20, 2014

I had a lit­tle mishap with a vin­tage salt shak­er and had to keep it because of the way the front sec­tion broke. I was think­ing it would cre­ate a super cute shad­ow box type project so I hung on to it. Well, the oth­er day as I was look­ing at it I thought it looked like a shrine. This is when I had a light bulb moment… cre­ate a big funky shrine pen­dant. The first thing I need­ed to do was smooth out the sharp edges. I applied sol­der­ing tape all along the bro­ken edges and start­ed sol­der­ing. Once I had the this as I liked I start­ed dig­ging in my vin­tage jew­el­ry pieces for per­fect rhine­stone accents. When at flea mar­kets, antique shops or thrift stores I love look­ing for bro­ken jew­el­ry...

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On My Table…

Jan 17, 2014

I’ve been play­ing around in my stu­dio, this week and have real­ly enjoyed work­ing on a few sol­der­ing projects. Sol­der­ing is some­thing I kin­da put on the back burn­er for a bit while cre­at­ing my last two books. I get so much sat­is­fac­tion from cre­at­ing items I have visu­al­ized in my head. I’m a true assem­blage girl at heart. The house above has an adorable vin­tage Valen­tine image inside and is cov­ered with a lay­er of resin. The vin­tage flocked flow­ers are a beau­ti­ful shade of pale pink and one is accent­ed with the words “Love is”. I added two small rhine­stones from a vin­tage neck­lace to the key. So I’m sure you fig­ured it out that the title of this pen­dant will be “Love is Key”. I’m going to drill a hole in...

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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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Resin Charms

Jan 6, 2014

This week­end, I had fun mak­ing this bracelet and an assort­ment of charms using glass shards. I have a seri­ous love for glass of any kind so it only makes sense for me to wear it as well. Soon I’m going to be list­ing some of these charms in my Etsy shop. I have two fin­ish­es ~ Clas­sic and Boho Chic. The bracelet seen here has a Clas­sic smooth fin­ish. The Boho Chic fin­ish has a tex­tured sur­face that can be seen on some charms below. These charms have a Boho Chic fin­ish. They have a slight rus­tic feel to them. I think these will look nice strung onto a leather cord­ing or Hemp style neck­lace. They will look per­fect with jeans or any casu­al attire. These charms have the Clas­sic fin­ish. I think...

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Delight In The Art of Collage ~ Preview

Nov 18, 2013

Fri­day, was an amaz­ing mail day. I received a copy of my lat­est book “Delight In The Art of Col­lage”. So for the moment please just humor me and take a look at how gor­geous each chap­ter looks. I worked so hard on this book and it does­n’t mat­ter if you’re a begin­ner or an advanced crafter there is a lit­tle bit of every­thing for every­one. And of course it has that vin­tage feel I love so much. I’m so proud of this book I can hard­ly stand the wait for you all to see it for your­selves. It will be released in Jan­u­ary and is cur­rent­ly avail­able through pre-order on Ama­zon. I love how the design­er Aman­da Kleiman cre­at­ed a col­lage of my projects for the Intro­duc­tion and each chap­ter. The pho­tog­ra­phers, Chris­tine...

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Jenni Bowlin Studio ~ Thank U Card

Apr 12, 2013

Here is Card 2 of 4 and I must say, I think this card set is one of my favorite sets I’ve ever cre­at­ed. I just love the pat­terned papers and embell­ish­ments on each card. I’m telling you Lisa Dick­in­son’s Mod­ern Mer­can­tile line she designed for Jen­ni Bowl­in Stu­dio is so super inspir­ing. I love to cre­ate mini col­lages as the focal point on all my cards. A col­lage is not just lay­er­ing and attach­ing paper and ephemera to a can­vas it can be items of any kind grouped togeth­er, which is what I had loads of fun doing with this card. The wood­en but­ter­fly, heart pins, milk cap and resin flower make an adorable col­lage and the “thank u” sen­ti­ment works great to bal­ance the col­lage per­fect­ly. Cre­at­ing 3D col­lages are won­der­ful ways to use...

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EnviroTex Freeform Resin Pendant

Feb 27, 2013

This is the result of my first attempt at cre­at­ing a freeform type resin pen­dant. I must admit it took lots of patience on my part and I mean LOTS but I did it and learned a few things along the way, so I’m hap­py. To cre­ate the shape of my pen­dant I used 16 gauge cop­per wire that I pur­chased in the jew­el­ry sec­tion of JoAnns. I shaped the wire as I want­ed my pen­dant to look then twist­ed the ends to cre­ate a loop type hang­er at the top. Next, I placed the cop­per piece onto a steel bench block and ham­mered the wire until it was flat. Now, I need­ed some­thing to enable me to pour my resin into the pen­dant so the resin would not flow out from under­neath the wire so...

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EnviroTex Resin Button Charm

Feb 8, 2013

I love my “Vin­tage But­ton Bracelet” so much I decid­ed to cre­ate a match­ing charm to wear on a neck­lace. Using Nunn Design Glue I attached a piece of vin­tage ledger paper inside the bezel. I only put one coat of glue on top of the ledger paper since just a bit was going to be seen. If the resin pro­duced stain marks on my paper I was not going to wor­ry about it. But I’m hap­py to say one lay­er of glue did the trick. But I’m not going to push my luck with just one coat if I want more of the paper show­ing. I will do 2 or 3 glue appli­ca­tions because you know how Mur­phy’s Law works… Once the glue dried I placed a vin­tage but­ton that was slight­ly small­er than...

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Vintage Button Bracelet

Feb 7, 2013

This bracelet is seri­ous­ly the eas­i­est bracelet I’ve ever cre­at­ed. I start­ed with the Pat­era Bracelet Small Cir­cle by Nunn Design for the base of my bracelet. I love the aged look of all the Nunn Design items and the qual­i­ty is beyond awe­some. First I select­ed 7 vin­tage shell but­tons that fit nice­ly and secure­ly inside each of the bezels of the bracelet. I did not want any space show­ing between the but­ton and the bezel so I made sure these but­tons were almost an exact fit. Using E6000 as my adhe­sive, I applied a small amount of adhe­sive inside each bezel of the bracelet then pressed a vin­tage shell but­ton on top of the E6000. Next I select­ed 7 addi­tion­al shell but­tons that were slight­ly small­er than the oth­ers. I attached these to the...

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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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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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EnviroTex Memento Key Chain

Jan 4, 2013

Here is anoth­er key­chain I cre­at­ed as a gift for Christ­mas. This one was for my mom. I start­ed by cut­ting a piece of wall­pa­per from the old home­stead that mom and I peeled off the wall one sum­mer. I then placed the wall­pa­per piece inside the heart bezel. Using a paint­brush I cov­ered the wall­pa­per with three coats of Nunn Designs Glue allow­ing the glue to dry thor­ough­ly between coats. I then mixed a small batch of Envi­ro­Tex Resin and filled the bezel halfway. I set this aside and let it cure for 12 hours. Remem­ber there is no need to waste any of your resin. If you don’t have anoth­er charm you want to cre­ate, cre­ate resin paper by plac­ing the paper onto wax paper or foil and brush the left­over resin onto the papers...

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