Valentine Home Decor Accent

Feb 9, 2015

This valen­tine home decor piece show­cas­es one of the hand­made Pen­ny Can­dy Dolls I now have in my etsy shop. I love these dolls from long ago and when pos­si­ble make molds of dolls I think you too would like to use in your craft­ing projects. This lit­tle cutie is hold­ing a book under­neath it’s arm. I put togeth­er a tuto­r­i­al so you too can recre­ate this home decor accent. I plan on dis­play­ing this year round in my stu­dio. Sup­plies Used: Large Wood­en Spool, Vin­tage Sheet Music, White Crepe Paper, 2 Chip­board Hearts, Dina Wak­ley Media Ruby Acrylic Paint, 16 Gauge Wire, Dia­mond Glaze, Maya Road Red Glit­ter, White Embroi­dery Floss, Red & White Bak­er’s Twine, Martha Stew­art Crys­tal Coarse Glit­ter, Ranger Mul­ti Medi­um-Mat­te, Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue, Flocked Flower, Hand­made Pen­ny Can­dy Doll with...

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Altered Art Journal Page 1

Aug 22, 2014

Well I final­ly did it, I start­ed an art jour­nal. But let me tell ya it was not an easy start. I start­ed out with one page, real­ly did­n’t like the bold col­ors because let’s face it, I’m not a bold col­or kin­da gal, so I then thought I would tone it down a bit, then I real­ly did­n’t like it and had to step away from the table because I could feel some major frus­tra­tion com­ing on. This is when I decid­ed I would try to make some DIY lip gloss, so I did. It was super fast, easy and I real­ly like it. DIY Lip Gloss Recipe All you need is 1 table­spoon of coconut oil, 1/4 tea­spoon of Vase­line and 5 drops of Pep­per­mint essen­tial oil or the essen­tial oil of your choice....

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Just 4u

Jun 7, 2011

I real­ly like the warm col­or scheme of this card. The com­bi­na­tion of the red and cream is so pret­ty. Of course the pops of Dia­mond Stick­les here and there are awe­some too. I cov­ered the bot­tom two jour­nal­ing cards with pat­terned paper and left the top one “Just 4u” as is, then dis­tressed and inked the edges and attached it to the mid­dle cir­cle using a pop dot. I think the Octo­ber After­noon Word Stick­er strips work great as the tones match the tones of the red and cream per­fect­ly. The strips add inter­est and col­or to the card in a super sim­ple way. Prod­ucts used are from the June Cocoa Daisy “Cher­ry Soda” Main Kit and “Choco­late Malt” Add On Kit. I have a few kits left over from my “Quilt­ed Mem­o­ries”...

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Quilted Memories

May 23, 2011

I’ll be teach­ing my “Quilt­ed Mem­o­ries” shad­ow box class Fri­day evening, June 3rd, at The Crafty Scrap­per. The class will start at 5pm and costs $50. There is “LIMITED SPACE” avail­able for this class so make sure you call the store (972.923.3151) and sign up now. After a day of shop­ping at GASC in Arling­ton, what bet­ter way to end the day than spend­ing the evening at Car­olyn’s fab­u­lous store. Car­olyn will have a crop going on one side, make n takes at the front and my class on the oth­er side of the store. It’s going to be a FUN, FUN, FUN night! My class will take 3–4 hours depend­ing on your skill lev­el. Each square of this Maya Road shad­ow box is filled with baubles and ephemera bits remind­ing us of those days gone by....

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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 you who...

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If you know me you figured…

Apr 17, 2010

it was only a mat­ter of time before I start­ed try­ing to cre­ate some of these fab­ric flow­ers Jes­si­ca and I made out of crepe paper. To start all you need is a strip of crepe paper (I used pale pink) approx. 24″ in length. Fold it in 1/2 length wise. Using scal­lop scis­sors trim the non-fold­ed edge. Thread a sewing nee­dle with embroi­dery floss and begin gath­er­ing the crepe paper along the fold­ed seam of the crepe paper. Once you get to the oppo­site end of the strip even out the gath­ers. Now begin rolling the crepe paper tight­ly at first then a lit­tle less as you go along until you reach the end. You can added a small dot of liq­uid adhe­sive along the way or wait until the entire strip has...

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Sweet Treat Cup

Mar 23, 2010

Crepe paper and pipe clean­ers… can it get much sweet­er? For me, no. Here is a treat cup tuto­r­i­al that will fit on an East­er tree if you short­en the han­dle a bit from what is shown here. Or you could score major brown­ie points by plac­ing one of these lit­tle cuties on your co-work­ers desk filled with a few can­dy eggs, a choco­late East­er bun­ny, wrapped in cel­lo­phane and tied with a seam bind­ing bow. You could also make sev­er­al and use them as place­cards for an East­er brunch. Pure sweet­ness I think. Sup­plies Used: White Nut & Par­ty Cups (can be found in the Cake Sec­tion of large craft stores), Pink Crepe Paper Stream­er, Maya Road Pink Ruf­fle Edge Trim, Jen­ni Bowl­in Pink Embell­ished But­ter­flies, Fab­ri-Tac, Embroi­dery Floss (any light col­or as...

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Easter Ornaments and Canvas Sampler Class Info

Feb 17, 2010

In this class you will cre­ate 6 adorable East­er Orna­ments that are per­fect to accent any East­er tree, gift bag or ban­ner. These orna­ments range in size from 3” to 4” and each front show­cas­es an adorable vin­tage post­card image while the back of each orna­ment is sim­ply cov­ered with images of vin­tage sheet music. You will accent each orna­ment with a silk flower, self adhe­sive pearls, brown & white baker’s twine and but­tons. If you choose, the vin­tage images can be accent­ed with Dia­mond Stick­les and the scroll frames can be accent­ed using Plat­inum Stick­les. I will show you how to accent dan­gling chan­de­lier pieces using Cop­ic mark­ers which can be pur­chased at Crop-Paper-Scis­sors if you wish to accent your orna­ments. There will be lots of paint­ing, sand­ing, glit­ter­ing and glu­ing in this...

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Snow Day Tag

Dec 12, 2009

With all the snow lots of my friends seem to be hav­ing as of late I thought this might be a fun project to doc­u­ment their snow days. This tag can be used as an orna­ment for the tree or for an accent in any room of your house. I have always loved this pho­to of my Mom back in 1957. Salem, West Vir­ginia, where my mom grew up had a snow storm that win­ter that left her lit­tle town look­ing like a win­ter won­der­land. Her dog poochie loved play­ing out­side with her in the snow as you can see from the pho­to. I find it kind of amus­ing that Mom and Dad had the same knick­name grow­ing up of “Dick­ie” and their dogs had the same name of “Poochie”. Sup­plies Used: Maya Road...

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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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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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Webster’s Pages…

Jul 6, 2009

I am so hap­py, I can final­ly tell you all my news… I am now part of the Web­ster’s Pages Design Team. I was lucky enough to have Web­ster’s Pages as a book spon­sor and now get to be part of their amaz­ing team. If you are not famil­iar with their prod­ucts you real­ly need to check them out here. Their prod­ucts, col­or schemes and designs are incred­i­ble. Today, I cre­at­ed this brooch using the trim and lace they debuted at CHA‑W 2009. It is their Ivory and Cream, Coco Ruf­fle, Spring Green Lat­tice and Turquoise Petite. I am going to attach this to either a purse or t‑shirt… not sure which one just yet. Vin­tage Brooch Tuto­r­i­al Cut a piece of Ivory and Cream lace to 12″ in length. Thread a sewing nee­dle...

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Velvet Flower Tutorial…

Jun 2, 2009

Here is the wall hang­ing I cre­at­ed with scraps kept from my Cocoa Daisy June Kit. I pro­vid­ed Tri­cia with a PDF of all the tem­plates I cre­at­ed in this piece. If you are a sub­scriber she will have this avail­able for down­load. The mini vel­vet flow­ers in this piece are super sim­ple to cre­ate. All you need is scal­lop vel­vet trim (pro­vid­ed in the June Kit) , scis­sors, a sewing nee­dle, 3 strands of embroi­dery floss, adhe­sive and a rhine­stone. Cut the trim so you have 9 scal­lops (approx­i­mate­ly 3.25″) thread 3 strands of embroi­dery floss into a sewing nee­dle and begin gath­er­ing at one end. Con­tin­ue to gath­er the trim along the sewing nee­dle all the way to the oppo­site end of the trim Pull the embroi­dery floss togeth­er tight­ly until you have...

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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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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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