DIY Spring Necklaces

Mar 20, 2014

Since today is the first day of Spring I’m going to share how to recre­ate two neck­laces that will com­pli­ment any of your spring out­fits. These are quick and easy to make. I cre­at­ed this neck­lace for Ans­ley, she loves lots of col­or and the NEO cut chains are per­fect for her style. To recre­ate this neck­lace you will need NEO cut chains in Pur­ple 5 x 3mm, Lime Green 5 x 3mm, Turquoise 3.5 x 2mm,  NEO Find­ings 6.5mm Pur­ple Jump Rings as well as pli­ers and wire cut­ters. Using wire cut­ters, cut the fol­low­ing NEO chains to these lengths… Pur­ple 18″, 14.5″ and 8.5″, Lime Green 10.5″ and Turquoise 2 pieces cut to 12.5″. Please note this is a long neck­lace if you want your neck­lace short­er just cut to your desired lengths....

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DIY Leather & Rhinestone Bracelet

Mar 19, 2014

This spark­ly spring bracelet is made using a strip of Met­al Com­plex Flat Leather, Met­al Com­plex Tog­gle Flat in Gold, Hemp by Daz­zle-It and Maya Road Iri­des­cent Rhine­stone Trim. The Flat Leather is pre-pack­aged in strips that mea­sure 10 x 2mm and come in a wide assort­ment of col­or groups. The one fea­tured today is the Yel­low from the Yel­low & Steel Grey Metal­lic group. The oth­er group col­ors are Black & White, Dark Brown & Turquoise, White & Metal­lic Gold, Metal­lic Pur­ple & Pink, Green & Metal­lic Pur­ple, Navy Blue & Metal­lic Navy Blue, Metal­lic Gold & Sil­ver and Navy, Turquoise & Metal­lic Navy. I think they pret­ty much have every­one cov­ered here and if you like snake skin designs they even have faux leather in this style in white, pur­ple, brown and green...

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Handmade Tassels

Mar 14, 2014

Hand­made tas­sels are the eas­i­est things to make and I have some awe­some plans for these that I will share with you next week. I’ve seen tas­sels adorn neck­laces and bracelets and fig­ured I might as well jump in on this fash­ion style. I used my favorite spring col­ored embroi­dery floss (DMC 352 coral, 712 off white, 772 green). I cre­ate my tas­sels in small, medi­um and large sizes. To make the tas­sels all I did was wrap the embroi­dery floss around my fin­gers sev­er­al times until I was hap­py with the thick­ness of the floss. Once I was fin­ished wrap­ping the floss I care­ful­ly slid the floss off my fin­gers. Make sure you keep the cir­cle of floss in place. Now attach a jump ring through the top of the floss cir­cle. Cut...

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Handmade Eclectic Jewelry

Jan 29, 2014

Late­ly, I’ve been cre­at­ing unique pieces of jew­el­ry in my stu­dio using bits & pieces of vin­tage jew­el­ry I’ve been col­lect­ing. The heart shaped pen­dant in the pho­to above is one I cut from cop­per sheet­ing, sol­dered and accent­ed with a vin­tage post­card image, red rhine­stone trim and Ger­man sil­ver glass glit­ter. The front and back of this pen­dant is cov­ered with a lay­er of clear resin. Then I cre­at­ed the neck­lace from pearl, iri­des­cent pink and red beads. This bracelet is cre­at­ed from a vin­tage ear­ring that I could not pass up at a flea mar­ket. I LOVE the coral col­or and all the detail. The scal­lop lace around the out­er edge and flower cen­ter is so intri­cate. The ear­ring is attached to a bracelet that has a spring type hinge. This type...

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Thrift Store Finds

May 8, 2013

It’s time again to share this weeks won­der­ful thrift store finds. I spot­ted this beau­ti­ful doll from across the store and seri­ous­ly could not get to her fast enough. As soon as I saw her I had instant tun­nel vision and was ready to start hur­dling fur­ni­ture if I felt it was war­rant­ed. I’m sim­ply gid­dy, I love her so much. Her rust col­ored satin dress is a lit­tle worn in areas and her pan­taloons have dark­ened with age but all I see is pure beau­ty. I’ve named her Lau­ra and you will see her lots in blog posts. I also scored a great vin­tage piano book filled with beau­ti­ful­ly aged music sheets. I can­not pass up vin­tage music sheets. They are one of my favorite items to use in col­lages. The five cute 4.5″ leaf...

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Mother’s Day Projects

Apr 25, 2013

With Moth­er’s Day just around the cor­ner I thought I would share a few project ideas from my book “Delight In The Sea­sons” that would make won­der­ful gifts for any mom on Moth­er’s Day. You can cre­ate a beau­ti­ful mini album just for mom shar­ing sto­ries and pho­tos from spe­cial times and moments spent togeth­er. This project is fea­tured in the Spring Chap­ter on pages 46 — 49. I show you how to cre­ate the beau­ti­ful flower accent­ing the front cov­er of this album. If you pre­fer to cre­ate projects, this piece can be found in the Spring Chap­ter on pages 50 — 54. I show you how to cre­ate this beau­ti­ful felt mes­sage ban­ner.  You can hand stitch any spe­cial sen­ti­ment you wish for your mom. My mom has this project sit­ting in her...

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Crop & Create ~ Winnipeg Recap

Apr 9, 2013

My good­ness are you Cana­di­ans ever so lucky to have all the Scrap­book & Cards Today Crop & Cre­ate events avail­able to you through­out the year. Cather­ine Tachd­jian real­ly knows how to put togeth­er an amaz­ing event. There was not one lit­tle detail over­looked. Each table was draped, had a bou­quet of fresh spring flow­ers, choco­lates and an event sched­ule. She had make n takes for every­one to do if they wished Fri­day and Sat­ur­day nights, as well as an amaz­ing dessert bar. I’m still think­ing about this dessert bar. It was CRAZY insane amaz­ing. The class­es dur­ing the event were spaced nice­ly and every sin­gle per­son I met was so warm and wel­com­ing. Tru­ly awe­some. All day Fri­day and Sat­ur­day, you could find Cather­ine and Jen at the reg­is­tra­tion table or as I thought of...

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Happy New Year ~ 2013

Jan 1, 2013

Thank you all for such an awe­some year. Through­out the year, I’ve cel­e­brat­ed with you the birth of our niece Olivia and Ans­ley turn­ing 18. I intro­duced you to my love of nee­dle felt­ing, shared in my excite­ment of attend­ing Ranger Uni­ver­si­ty and announced my Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion Spring Release. I got to do a super fun Free Webi­nar with my friend Ron­da Palaz­zari, had a blast at CHA‑S and tour­ing down­town. I was asked to do a demo & book sign­ing for the Grand Open­ing of Jo-Ann Fab­rics & Crafts in Sher­man, Texas and got to teach class­es at ScrapFest in MN. Car­o­line and I trav­eled to Bel­la­gio, Italy where I taught at A Kiss on the Chic’s Cre­ative Retreat. I dis­cov­ered the art of resin and filled my online store and Etsy store with lots of fun stuff. I loved watch­ing my nieces with the 25...

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CHA-Summer 2012 Day 2

Jul 18, 2012

Today, I was in the Maya Road booth all day doing make-n-takes. Let me tell you my feet and knees hurt so bad tonight I can hard­ly stand it. But before head­ing to bed I want­ed to show you some of my favorite Maya Road prod­ucts which just so hap­pen to be pret­ty pop­u­lar with store own­ers too. But before I show you these pho­tos let me first show you this one… this is Ter­ra Cameron with Simon Says Stamp. You can pur­chase my Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion stamp sets from Simon Says Stamp HERE. If you ever have a chance to chat with Ter­ra and/or Hei­di you will love every sec­ond. They are the sweet­est. Okay now on to the pho­tos of my favorite new Maya Road prod­ucts. You will be see­ing these a lot...

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Giveaway with Pink Persimmon

May 16, 2012

Here is a beau­ti­ful tag cre­at­ed by Ron­da Palaz­zari using the new Spring Release Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion Mini Sil­hou­ettes & Mono­grams stamp sets. She used the Mono­gram alpha­bet let­ters to spell “FLY” then accent­ed the tag using the frame and bor­der stamps also includ­ed in the Mini Sil­hou­ettes & Mono­gram stamp set. For this card Ron­da used the new Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion ~ Then Comes Baby and Mini Sil­hou­ettes & Mono­grams stamp sets. I LOVE the vin­tage pram so much. I think it will make the cutest baby show­er invi­ta­tions, cards, tags as well as new baby cards, decor piece or tags. To cre­ate the title for the card Ron­da stamped the word BABY on shrink paper using the Mono­grams alpha­bet. Too cute. And just so you know… Pink Per­sim­mon is giv­ing away a com­plete set...

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Antiquated Collection Designer Samples

May 14, 2012

I just had to show you some of the adorable cards, tags and projects my design team cre­at­ed using the new Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion Spring Release stamp sets. I am so in love with these new stamps sets. Susie Moore cre­at­ed these three adorable projects using the new Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion ~ Sweet Lit­tle Girls and Knick Knack stamp sets. Each piece is detailed to per­fec­tion with pearls, flow­ers and trims. As you can see by Susie’s projects these stamp sets are fun to col­or in with inks and mark­ers. I love how Susie used the Scoot­er Boy. This lit­tle plaque just screams boy with the base­ball accents, domi­no piece and all the red, white and blue. Thanks, Susie. Karin Aguirre cre­at­ed these two super sweet tags using the new Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion ~ Dar­ling Lit­tle Ones...

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Antiquated Collection ~ Spring Release Debut

May 11, 2012

Here they are and I’m so hap­py to show you the new addi­tions to my Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion Stamp Sets. This Spring Release includes three 4″ x 6″ stamp sets and two 3″ x 4″ stamp sets. You can pur­chase these stamp sets along with my oth­er Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion stamp sets at Pink Per­sim­mon. First up is this adorable 4″ x 6″  “Mini Sil­hou­ette” stamp set. You will find mini sil­hou­ettes for Grand­ma, Grand­pa, Mom, Dad, Daugh­ter, Son and Baby. You can fill in the oval area of the frame with a sol­id col­or using the sol­id oval stamp then stamp the sil­hou­ette or mono­gram image in the cen­ter. Or you can leave the cen­ter of the frame blank and let the pat­terned paper peek through. There is also a sep­a­rate bor­der that can be...

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Spring Release Sneak Peek

May 8, 2012

So excit­ed about the new stamp sets for Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion that will be released with Pink Per­sim­mon on the 11th! These cute lit­tle dolls are part of a larg­er stamp set which is ADORABLE!!! Only one doll stamp is includ­ed in the set, I just dou­ble stamped the image for this piece. The top image shows the images stamped using Jet Black Archival Ink onto a square Maya Road Foun­da­tions Chip­board piece that I cov­ered with vin­tage ledger paper. You can leave the Foun­da­tions square stamped as is and cov­er it with Glossy Accents or col­or it as shown in the pho­to below. Just so you know, this stamped Foun­da­tions piece show­cas­es two new stamp sets. Not only is the doll stamp new but also the bor­der around the square. The bor­der is part...

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Ranger University Day 1

Apr 28, 2012

There are no words to describe how awe­some it is to be so for­tu­nate to attend Ranger U. Today was incred­i­ble from start to fin­ish. I’ve played with all the prod­ucts we used today and learned so much new infor­ma­tion. I can­not wait to get home to play and try out all the ideas I have swirling inside my head. Each per­son had a per­son­al bas­ket of sup­plies and tools and we had a stack of Tim Holtz and Dylu­sions stamp sets to share. We got an amaz­ing tour of the ware­house which was super inter­est­ing to see how each prod­uct was put togeth­er from start to fin­ish. When we got to the area where they assem­bled the ink pads we each got to take a new pack of the new SPRING Dis­tress Ink...

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For The Love of Peeps

Mar 21, 2012

Ahhh, it’s spring­time which means flow­ers bloom­ing, birds tweet­ing, the leaves on trees are a beau­ti­ful spring green AND the shelves in Tar­get, Wal­green’s and Tom Thumb are FILLED with PEEPS! I love Peeps fresh from the pack­age, dried out and a bit chewy or warmed in the microwave does not mat­ter how they are giv­en to me I will eat them. I do find it strange though that I pre­fer the yel­low chicks and pink bun­nies over the oth­er col­ors. The taste is the same but for some rea­son the yel­low chicks and pink bun­nies are more appeal­ing to me. Maybe it’s because I always got yel­low chicks and pink bun­ny Peeps as a child every East­er. Since I’m addict­ed to Pin­ter­est, I did a lit­tle search for “Peeps” and look at all the...

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In Honor of Spring

Mar 20, 2012

Since today is the first day of Spring what bet­ter way to cel­e­brate than with a book give­away. All you have to do is leave a com­ment on this post telling me which “Sea­son” is your favorite and why. I will announce the win­ner of my book “Delight In The Sea­sons”, Fri­day. I love all the sea­sons but sum­mer in Texas is my least favorite. The fun hol­i­days and cel­e­bra­tions that come along  like birth­days, vaca­tions, wed­dings, Inde­pen­dence Day etc., cer­tain­ly helps make up for the 100+ degree tem­per­a­tures BUT I still do not like sum­mer. So, leave a com­ment for your chance to win… I can’t wait to read about your favorite sea­son. Good Luck....

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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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Creativity Blooms

Apr 12, 2011

It’s time for anoth­er Mem­o­ry Mak­ers Blog Bounce. This time we got to play with all the prod­ucts from the Mak­ing Mem­o­ries Dil­ly Dal­ly Line. This line is per­fect for spring. I real­ly enjoyed play­ing with their Pat­terned Papers, Alpha and Ban­ner Stamps, Stick­ers and Rub On Pack, Alpha Shim­mer Stick­ers, Glit­ter Paper Flow­ers, Fab­ric Flow­ers and Die Cut But­ter­flies. They are per­fect to cre­ate spring cards, tags and projects. Once I got start­ed cre­at­ing I kept think­ing of oth­er cute things I could make and kept going and going. Real­ly the Dil­ly Dal­ly Line is so inspir­ing. If you want a chance to win a won­der­ful Dil­ly Dal­ly Give­away click here to find out more. I cre­at­ed a spring card using the pat­terned papers, stamp set and stick­ers. I cut the bird out...

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Peep Houses

Mar 25, 2011

While on Pin­ter­est I came across this fun tuto­r­i­al and saved it to make with my niece Made­lyn while she was sup­posed to vis­it this week for Spring Break. Well she decid­ed she was­n’t ready just yet to stay a week so far away from home. So I sent the tuto­r­i­al to my mom and she made them with Mad and Bel­lie. They were a hit so thanks a bunch Kasey Buick for this real­ly fun project. Here are the pho­tos dad emailed me. Mom made a batch of roy­al icing as it was a bit eas­i­er for the girls to keep their hous­es togeth­er when they start­ed dec­o­rat­ing. Not sure if lit­tle Bel­lie is still dec­o­rat­ing or snag­ging a jel­ly bean. Mad and Bel­lie loved dec­o­rat­ing their hous­es. You can see Bel­lie con­cen­trat­ing...

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Spring is near…

Mar 16, 2011

This lit­tle card was cre­at­ed for my design team post on the Maya Road blog. If you want to see loads of inspi­ra­tion you need to check out their blog. The design team cre­ates some of the most amaz­ing projects. With spring just around the cor­ner I thought it would be fun to use the “Green Thumb” mini chip­board set and the “Ging­ham Point Blos­soms” as they work per­fect­ly togeth­er on a card. One thing I love to do is add lit­tle ban­ners to the “Vin­tage Pearl Pins” it is such a quick and easy thing to do and real­ly fin­ish­es this card beau­ti­ful­ly. And The Girl’s Paperie “Paper Girl” line is awe­some for any spring project. I love, love, love the col­ors and the pat­terns. I cre­at­ed the cute lit­tle bun­ny using a...

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Another fun Blog Bounce

Mar 8, 2011

If you are com­ing here from Francine Clouden’s blog glad you’re here! If not, make sure you check out all those par­tic­i­pat­ing in this months blog bounce as it is so fun to see how every­one inter­pret­ed the theme “Favorite Treat”. And since spring is just around the cor­ner I thought I would share with you one of our fam­i­lies favorite spring treats. I’ve been mak­ing these “Bird Nest” cup­cakes since I was a lit­tle girl with my Mom. To me it just does not seem like spring if I don’t make them. I’ve made these with my girls each East­er and will most like­ly make them every East­er even when the girls no longer live at home. They are just a part of my child­hood I like to reflect on each year. Below is...

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