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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Let it Snow…

Dec 4, 2009

I gotta say I am impressed with myself today… two big blog posts in one day…. As promised here are the instructions for this sweet snowman ornament that was part of Debby’s 12 Days of Home for the Holidays. You want to make sure to keep checking Debby’s blog because she has a new designer featured each day. I love reading how others preserve their holiday traditions. How do you preserve yours? Instructions: Using a paintbrush apply Manila paint all along the sides of your paper mache ornament, let dry. Cover the top of your ornament with vintage sheet music. Using ColorBox Fluid Chalk Ink – Creamy Brown, ink the edges of the paper mache ornament. Using a paintbrush apply Collage Pauge Decoupage – Glossy all over the top of the vintage sheet music...

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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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A Happy Christmas…

Oct 28, 2009

Yes it looks as though I skipped Halloween and Thanksgiving all together and went straight to Christmas. Honestly this was not my intention it just kinda happened… I guess it comes as no surprise that I was the kid ready to pull the Christmas tree out of the attic the second I saw any sign of Christmas in the stores. Mom and I always had some kind of Christmas craft going on each year. I still have the stuffed fabric ornaments we made one year… once we made lots of cute ornaments using a simple salt and flour dough mixture then painted and coated them in varnish… not sure what happened to those but I’m sure it had something to do with Southeast Texas humidity. Anyway, I could go on and on telling you...

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Vintage Halloween Feather Tree Ornament…

Oct 16, 2009

I LOVE making these ornaments. Ansley says they are freaky and certainly not her most favorite project I have ever created but I am standing strong when I say, “I love them, I really, really love them and I will make them for every holiday.” If you would like to make one of these ornaments here is how to do it. Using wire cutters, cut a piece from a green Chenille Bump Stem so that you have two bumps on one piece (legs) and then either one or two bumps on a second piece (arms). I like to have two bumps for the arms so that I can curl the hands in to hold items. If I use one bump I find that the arms are too short. Next all you do is fold...

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Altered Vellum Buttons Part 2…

Jul 27, 2009

So last week as I was cleaning up my workstation I tossed the vellum accented buttons I made onto a pile of old book pages. Well I looked down and noticed the text coming through the vellum and had an instant Ah HA moment I just have to share. Look at how cool these buttons are when you add an old book page to the back of the vellum! I just love the layered look so much. All you do is after you have completed altering a clear button with vellum, cover the back of the vellum with Glossy Accents, place the button glossy side down onto the book page, press the button down firmly with your fingers to remove any air bubbles, poke the button holes with a paper piercer and let it...

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Vellum Accented Buttons…

Jul 20, 2009

For those of you who loved my Vintage Button Bouquet tutorial here is another take using the clear buttons. The steps are the same to alter these I just replaced the ledger paper, music sheets and newspaper with vellum. These buttons will make a beautiful “Button Bouquet” or can be used as subtle accents for layouts, cards and mini albums. I guess I should just say, “Basically any project you can think up.” So try the vellum… I think you will like it. Supplies Needed: Clear buttons Webster’s Pages Sweet as Cherry Pie Vellum Glossy Accents Tools Used: Scissors If semi transparent is not for you, you can replace the vellum with any patterned...

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Quick Card for Dad…

Jun 4, 2009

This card is simple to make (once again using my Cocoa Daisy June Kit Scraps, Cardstock, Rub On and Alpha Stickers) Cut a piece of cardstock to 5.5″ x 8″, fold it in half and ink the edges using ColorBox Fluid Chalk Ink (Creamy Brown) Cut a piece of patterned paper to 3.75″ x 5.25″, stitch a straight stitch around the inner edge of the patterned paper using a sewing machine, ink the edges using Creamy Brown Ink Cut another piece of patterned paper to 1.75″ x 5.25″, trim the edges using scallop scissors then poke a hole in the center of each scallop using a paper piercer, ink edges using Creamy Brown Ink Cut a piece of cardstock (same color as card) to 1 1/8″ x 5.25″, ink edges using Creamy Brown Ink, adhere...

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Cocoa Daisy Layouts…

Jun 1, 2009

I finally get to share the layouts I created using this months kit by Cocoa Daisy. As you can see the June Kit and the Add On Kit are very versatile. It was loads of fun playing the Daisy Divas once again. I used Vintage Photo Distress Ink to darken the Eyelet Cardstock. Traced a dinner plate to create the circle out of patterned paper, cut out leaves and butterflies from a piece of Webster’s Pages patterned paper using a craft knife, attached Maya Road green pom pom trim around the edge, created a scallop border using scallop scissors and a paper piercer, accented the horizontal strip with self adhesive pearls then used my sewing machine to add additional texture by sewing a straight stitch along the circle and horizontal strip. I wanted this layout...

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Butterfly Embellishment…

May 18, 2009

Saturday I received a little package from a sweet friend that contained two Cuttlebug Cutting Die and Embossing Folders this being one of the ones I received. I must admit I was like a little kid on Christmas morning… I had to open it immediately and begin creating. And here is my finished creation. A simple butterfly embellishment to add to any project. I hope you give this tutorial a try… just consider yourself warned.. you will become addicted. Supplies Needed: Simply Stencils (Plaid) Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Inks (Bottle, Denim, Terra Cotta) Liquid Pearls (Petal Pink) Ice Stickles (Crystal Ice) Butterflies Cut & Emboss Set (Cuttlebug) Tombow Mono Vellum Adhesive 4 – Self Adhesive Pearls Tools Needed: Cuttlebug Ink Applicator & Felt Scissors Paintbrush Instructions: Trim Simply Stencil material to size of Cuttlebug...

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Fabric Flower…

May 15, 2009

Here is a simple fabric flower embellishment you can create for any project. Try digging in the remnant section of your local fabric store… you can find some great fabrics for really cheap. Supplies Needed: Fabric Remnant Embroidery Floss or Thread Vintage Button Tools Needed: Scissors (Pinking and Straight Edge) Sewing Needle Instructions: Using Pinking Scissors cut four strips each of fabric to approximately .75″ x 3″ and .5″ x 2″ Place large and small strips on top of each other as shown Place the small stack of strips on top of the large stack of strips. Using a sewing needle threaded with either embroidery floss or thread (I like to use 3 strands of embroidery floss) attach a button to the center of the flower starting at the back of the large flower...

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Vintage Button Bouquet…

May 13, 2009

Simple is good and certainly enjoyed. This little project makes me reflect on all the fun I had with my grandmothers. Supplies Needed: 9 – Clear Buttons 9 – Vintage Buttons Scraps of Vintage Newspaper (mine came from Kenner Road), Ledger Paper and Sheet Music 24 Gauge Wire Glossy Accents 3 – Vintage Wooden Spools (I wrapped embroidery floss around mine) Tools Needed: Wire Cutters Scissors Paper Piercer Paper Towel Instructions: Place Glossy Accents onto the back of one clear button, place button onto selected paper, push button down to help remove air bubbles that may occur, let glossy accents set for about 5 min. Now that the Glossy Accents has set, using scissors cut out each button. Using a paper piercer poke through the button holes. Have a paper towel handy so you...

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Faux Vintage Millinery Pin Tutorial…

May 7, 2009

I love anything vintage especially vintage millinery pins. I always wonder how the previous owner wore theirs… did they adorn their hat, a lapel, accent a scarf or sweater etc… so with Mother’s Day just around the corner I thought it might be fun to make one just for Mom. You could present this pin to her by attaching it onto a card, placing it into a special altered box or by attaching it to the center of a bow to include with another gift. Either way I know she will love it especially since you made it just for her. I hope you enjoy this simple tutorial of a time gone by and oh so treasured millinery pin. Supplies Needed: Sizzix Die Flower, Build A Lilac (sign up for the Sizzix newsletter, they...

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Tissue Paper Flower…

May 6, 2009

Since my previous flower tutorial was so popular I thought I would make another one using the same Flower, Daisy #4 Sizzix Die. Hearing how much everyone enjoyed Sewing Pattern Flower Tutorial it certainly made creating the tutorial worth it as it is a bit time consuming. I love to share and hopefully inspire so thanks to those that left comments and sent a personal email. I really appreciate you taking the time. Now on to this tutorial. I think this flower would be super sweet with a small office tag attached with a little To: Mom with love and placed on top of an altered box, in a tiny milk glass vase or just placed on her bedside table as a morning surprise. Again, Enjoy! Supplies Needed: Sizzix Die Flower, Daisy #4 Tissue...

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A little Valentine Tutorial…

Jan 19, 2009

I guess you can tell I LOVE Maya Road. Seriously love everything Deb and Caroline make and the great thing about their products are they mix and match perfectly. I always look at their coaster albums and think they would make wonderful fabric patterns. Well needing a break from book projects yesterday I decided to use the bird pattern to create my own fabric embellishment. Talk about super EASY to make. Seriously easy. This is the first piece of fabric anything I have ever sewn. Yes I got the sewing machine to sew on paper. Anyway, I thought I would create a little tutorial thinking you might like to give this a try. Supplies Needed: 2-Ring Heart Binder (1 page) Sheer Heart Scallop Book (1 page) Heart Chipboard Book (1 page) Bird Chipboard Book...

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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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12 Days of Christmas…

Oct 27, 2008

I have decided to hold a month long event of holiday crafting starting November 1st. I will post three tutorials each week, recipes for some of my tried and true holiday baked goods, holiday quotes, decorating ideas, templates, downloads and anything else holiday related I think of. My popular “Monsieur Hiver” will be included as a project as well as another little cutie. Hint: Jingle. These ideas will be exclusive on a private site and the cost will be $19.95. I will keep everything available on the private site until December 15th. After that they will be removed. So if you are interested in joining in on the fun be on the look out for the 12 Days of Christmas link. Alan is getting everything set up now so as soon as it is...

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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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Different format….

Jun 9, 2007

I thought I would try 8.5 x 11 just for a little change…. I think I’m a 12 x 12 scrapper. I love this photo I took of a sunflower and think the aqua color looks so nice with the yellow.

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Altered Letters

Nov 27, 2006

Making sure to trace your letters backwards, then cut out Apply Mod Podge to your letters, place your your cut out letter on top and smooth out all bubbles, set aside and allow to dry Cut ribbon make sure to allow enough ribbon for a double knot and attach the jump rings to the metal eyelet letters Once letter is dry using a Krylon leafing pen outline the edge of the paper on the letters as well as covering all the white or wood on the top, bottom and inside of letters.

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