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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