Flocked Flower Accent Pin

Apr 26, 2011

Ok I do have to admit… even though I love winter and the cold weather that comes along with it I do love Spring and Summer and all the colors. The heat I can do without but the colors I really do enjoy. This flocked flower accent pin is just a little something that can brighten up a necklace by attaching it to the side of a chain, or accenting a simple cuff bracelet by pinning it to a piece of lace or trim and tying it around your wrist. This little piece has so many wonderful possibilities. Supplies Used: White Flocked Flower Bunch (Vintage Street Market), Copic Marker – YR31 Light Reddish Yellow, Diamond Stickles, Cream Felt, Brown and White Baker’s Twine, Cream Self Adhesive 2mm Pearl, Fabric Tac, Pin Back Tools Needed:...

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Pocket Favors

Apr 15, 2011

These Pocket Favors are perfect to hold all kinds of items to hand out at bridal or baby showers or birthday parties… really these are great for any holiday or special occasion. A group sitting in a bowl waiting to be handed out would look really cute. Especially, if they are all done in different but coordinating papers. Supplies Used: TP Roll, Jenni Bowlin Patterned Paper, Scallop Scissors, Glue Stick Adhesive, Sewing Machine, Cream Thread Instructions: Apply a glue stick type adhesive onto the back of your patterned paper and cover the TP roll with patterned paper. I used Jenni Bowlin’s 4″ patterned paper so I needed 2 sheets. Using a sewing machine  and cream or white thread, stitch the end of the TP roll as shown above. Now here is the tricky part...

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Paper Bag Easter Basket

Apr 11, 2011

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 and 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 the two ends together. This simple basket has so many possibilities. I hope you share photos of the baskets you create as I would love to see them. Have fun creating....

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Creating patchwork accents

Feb 25, 2011

                        I like to incorporate a patchwork look on many of my vintage inspired projects. This is a bit time consuming but an accent I feel is certainly worth the effort. All I do is cut patterned papers in different sizes then sew a straight stitch all around the inner edge of the patterned paper. Once I have all the stitching completed I take a pair of zigzag scissors and trim the outer edges on some of the patterned papers and leave some with a slight distressed straight edge.                   Above shows some of the straight edges distressed slightly and inked using a creamy brown ink. Below shows some of the edges trimmed using zigzag decorative...

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A Christmas Mouse

Dec 22, 2010

Mom and I love all the little figurines of Christmas mice that can be seen during the holidays. My grandmother on the other hand could not STAND seeing anything which slightly resembled that of a mouse. I can remember once when I was very, very young being at my grandparent’s camp in Acton, Maine and gram running out of the camp screaming. It was years later I found out my mom had discovered a little mouse nest in one of the kitchen drawers that had a baby mouse sleeping inside. Well gram did not want anything to do with that and left in a dash. Poor gram. So in the spirit of all the adorable Christmas mice mom and I see during the holiday season I thought it would be fun to make one for her...

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Gift Bow

Dec 17, 2010

The other day Ronda sent me a few photos of some cute containers she created filled with some of her peppermint bark, click here if you want her recipe. Well I noticed she had the cutest gift bows on top of each container so I immediately asked her how she made them. Well she got the idea from Emily who got the idea from a post on Flickr. Oh the tangled web us crafters weave. Emily’s tutorial is super easy to follow and I think you will want to create some for yourself. These bows do not take much paper either so you could mix and match them with your paper scraps. Supplies Used: The Girls’ Paperier – Tinsel & Twig – Holly Berry Floral, ColorBox Fluid Chalk Ink – Creamy Brown, Aleene’s Quick Dry Tacky...

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Money Envelope

Dec 13, 2010

I created this money envelope using this tutorial created by Wendy Vecchi of Studio 490. I did have to substitute a few things since I didn’t have all the stamps she used or one of the Distress Ink colors. I must admit it’s nice stepping out of your comfort zone every once in awhile and stamping is certainly stepping out for me. It’s scary as I cannot get over the everything needs to be perfect stuff but I am trying. Oh and let me fill you in on a little secret… today is my super sweet friend Wendy’s birthday. I think she is celebrating something like her 25th. I don’t know I could be wrong but I know I’m not off by far. So when you go over to check out her awesome tutorial make sure you...

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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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These things make me smile…

Aug 19, 2010

I thought I would show you a few more things from around my scraproom. I just love old and new mixed together… although what I am going to be showing is mostly old… also, I find it fun to decorate my scraproom with items I have found with other people while digging in antique stores or thrift shops… makes me think of them a lot when I use the products I have stored in dishes etc. I have used these two candle holders for years to fill with candy hearts for Valentines Day or snow for Christmas but now they will be filled with vintage buttons of every kind. Oh how these make me happy sitting right on my worktable at arms reach. I always think of me and dad scooping out and counting ...

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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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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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New found love….

May 18, 2010

Saturday I took two soldering classes (101 and 201) at The Crafty Scrapper from the super talented Trisha Conlon. I am now addicted and have so many ideas swimming around in my head. So I thought I would show you the charms I made in her classes and then some that I made here at home. These were made in class 101. The flower one was learning the chunky technique and the other two were just standard straight line soldering. Actually the chunky is taught in 201 but she kinda slid that technique in for me. These were made in the 201 class. She taught us how to cut glass and do the chunky technique. We made the collage in 101. I added the vintage rhinestone buttons when I got home. The blob that...

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I love small houses…

May 11, 2010

I could create an entire village out of this old fashioned putz style house. Really, there are so many wonderful ways to decorate this sweet little house. I have other patterns in my head to create as well but I wanted something simple this go around. I like the simplicity of the black paint against the old book page. Also the accented star… it’s a Texas thing in gold German glass glitter really adds a nice pop of color to the front. Oh and don’t forget the crystal coarse glitter, it adds the perfect amount of sparkle. Tips, Techniques and Tutorials I have been super busy creating some new technique classes to teach at The Crafty Scrapper in Waxahachie. My “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend” Technique Class will be taught June 12th at...

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Altered Prima Bottle

Mar 29, 2010

This looks so much prettier in person. I wish you could see all the sparkle. It is hard to photograph it well so that you can see the entire thing. Anyway, I had fun getting my fingers messy today. Not something I usually do as I am a super neat scrapper and have never liked having my hands dirty… never, ever, ever. And I passed that gene right on to my Sweet Pea Terri. That girl does not get dirty either. I wish I could have my son-in-law share with you the story of their first camping trip. He is a Saint is all I have to say, I have never laughed so hard! I hope you enjoy today’s project. Trying to think of something to make for tomorrow. I have a feeling it...

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Altered Paper Mache Box

Mar 28, 2010

I tell ya cleaning out my scraproom has allowed me to find some things I had forgotten all about having. This paper mache butterfly box was stashed away deep down in a drawer and these bunny picks where hanging in a bag that had been pushed way back in the closet. Putting the two together sure did make for a super cute altered box. I’m so glad I found them. This is what the Rabbit looked like originally. I found these in the Easter section at JoAnns. Supplies Used: Butterfly Shaped Paper Mache Box, Book Pages, Stamens, Creamy Brown Ink, Rabbit Pick, Krylon Silver Leafing Pen, Strong Liquid Adhesive, Glue Stick, Craft Knife, Craft Mat, Collage Pauge Instant Decoupage – Glossy, Martha Stewart Crystal Coarse Glitter, MM Manila Acrylic Paint Tools Needed: Paintbrush, Scissors...

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Feb 14, 2010

Little Red Wagon is one of my all time favorite stamp sets by Pink Persimmon. You will find a tag I created using this stamp set on page 66 in my book Delight In The Details. And the above card is a card I created last year (which just happens to be my all time favorite Valentine’s Day card) if it looks familiar to my long time blog readers. If you are new to my blog you can learn how to recreate this card here. I have been busy creating some adorable vintage inspired Easter Ornaments that can be used as either ornaments, tags or accents on a spring garland. This class will be taught in the morning on March 6th at Crop, Paper, Scissors in Waco. And the cool thing is you will...

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It’s a Texas Winter Wonderland…

Feb 12, 2010

and I am loving it!!! Here are a few photos from around our house that I thought I would share. This is a record snowfall for us Dallas/Fort Worth Texans. Looking down and across the street while standing in our driveway. The birch tree in our back yard. These are trees in our front yard peeking over the backyard fence. This is a view of the landscaping in our backyard in front of our kitchen window. A view of our backyard taken while standing in front of the birch tree. As you can see this is going to be a perfect scrapbooking day. I will be finishing up my second class to be taught at Crop, Paper, Scissors in Waco, March 6th. This is really going to be a fun day. I will be...

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What was I thinking?

Feb 11, 2010

Seriously, I had no idea I would have such a wonderful response over my book. I honestly put my heart and soul into each project and wrote in the hopes that you would feel like we were sitting at the kitchen table chatting. You all have been so incredibly wonderful and I thank you so much. This being said I had NO idea I would be so busy after I came home from CHA. My feet hit the floor running. Everyone that purchased a book from me… it is on the way so start stalking the mailman now. I have been answering email like crazy so if you sent me one and I have not responded as of yet please know I am answering them as quickly as I can. I am also designing...

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Free project tutorial from my book…

Feb 5, 2010

This month on the Memory Makers blog they are offering a free project from my book “Delight In The Details“. It is my “Crepe Paper Rosette” tutorial. As you all know I LOVE creating crepe paper rosettes. I create them in many different sizes, love to use decorative scissors to create unique edges as well as accent the edges using Stickles. This tutorial will show you step by step how I make mine as well as show you a few examples of them used in projects. Crepe Paper Rosettes are wonderful accents for cards, tags, layouts, home decor projects etc. Anyplace you want to add a flower in my opinion is the perfect spot for a crepe paper rosette. You will also notice products in the projects shown from a few of my many...

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Silver Foil Cupcake Liner Flower

Dec 13, 2009

Here is a super simple flower you can create using silver foil cupcake liners. I think this would make a wonderful flower/bow attached to a gift bag or present, or create several and place them as a decoration on the branches of your Christmas tree. You could create a garland buy attaching them to string or baker’s twine to hang in a window or drape along a mantel. You could even create ornaments to hang on your tree or place them in a wreath… I could go on and on with ideas for this simple flower. To create one flower all you need are three silver foil cupcake liners, one gold jingle bell, scissors and glue dots. Cut three foil cupcake liners as I did here… just don’t cut the hole in the center...

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Cupcake Liner Holiday Light Reflectors…

Dec 9, 2009

While sitting in the Doctor’s office this morning with Ansley (poor girl has a terrible sore throat but a shot and antibiotics will fix her in no time) I saw this really neat idea in one of the magazines. I cannot remember which magazine I saw this in but find it rather amusing that I can remember how to make the entire project step for step… does not make sense at all. Anyway, these are super easy to make and will look so pretty attached to white lights wrapped around some garland. They remind me of the old aluminum foil reflectors used in the 60’s. Supplies Used: Foil Cupcake Liners Tools Used: Scissors Instructions: Fold cupcake liner in half four times. Using Scissors snip the top portion of the cupcake liner as shown in...

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