So This Is Love ~ Tag

Feb 11, 2015

The star of this tag is one of my new handmade Penny Candy Dolls. I think she is the perfect accent for this tag and I must admit she is one of my favorites. If you want to recreate a tag for yourself or a friend I put together a step by step tutorial just for you. Supplies Needed: Manila Tag, Vintage Music Sheet, White Crepe Paper, Chipboard Heart, Dina Wakley Media Ruby Acrylic Paint, Maya Road Red Glitter, Platinum Stickles, Diamond Stickles, Small Red Flocked Flower, Brown & White Twine, 3 Crocheted Doilies, DoodleBug Rhinestones, White Embroidery Floss, Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue, Fabric Tac Fabric Adhesive, Ranger Multi Medium Matte, Martha Stewart Crystal Coarse Glitter, Handmade Penny Candy Doll, Small Alphabet Stamp Set, Jet Black Archival Ink Tools Needed: Scis­sors, Paper Trim­mer,...

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It is Love ~ Scribbly Bird Tag

Feb 3, 2015

Since the birds are pretty happy Spring is coming and have been chirping non-stop outside my window and Valentine’s Day is just around the corner I decided to create this tag using Dina Wakley’s Scribbly Birds and Collage Hearts stamp sets. I think her stamp sets are some of the most unique on the market as all are created from images she has drawn in her art journals. This tag is layered with a Jenni Bowlin Stencil, Ranger Texture Paste, Dina Wakley Media Paints, Platinum Stickles, Book Pages, Washi Tape and of course stamped images using Manila Cardstock, Jet Black Archival Ink and Dina’s...

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Ranger Designer Challenge 2015

Jan 16, 2015

It’s always so exciting to be invited to participate in the Ranger Designer Challenge. Basically how it works is Ranger picks a product line to feature, sends the designers a box of the products and you create a project using these products. This year the challenge was a canvas using Dina Wakley’s Media paints, stencils and stamps. Talk about a fun challenge. I also used some Tim Holtz Distress Stickles Dry Glitter Rocky Candy and of course Diamond Stickles. I have fallen in love with Dina’s Media paints. They come in a tube with a flip top and are heavy body acrylics that spread like butter! I already have her new colors Glitz, Sterling and Penny on my list of “Must Have Now” as well as Dina’s super cool new Media Fine Tip Applicator. These...

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Countdown to Christmas Calendar

Nov 24, 2014

This holiday season I’m all about getting projects done in a day. This year, I can’t afford the take a week to complete a project, you all know I’m very capable of creating a mole hill kinda project into a mountain kinda project. So I thought and thought of how I could create a “Countdown to Christmas Calendar” without it taking me days to complete. I love counting down to Christmas just as much as a kid and thought I would share with you what and how I made mine. This project should take 3  hours tops from start to finish including drying time for the paints. Products Used: Maya Road Countdown Shadowbox, Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabber Juniper & Metallic Gold, Coffee Archival Ink, Glue Stick, My Mind’s Eye ~ Joyous 6” x 6”...

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Altered Art Journal ATC 1

Aug 25, 2014

I was so super happy when I discovered (which is what happens when you clean areas of your studio, you discover things) I had a set of 6″ x 8″ pocket pages that fit inside my art journal. Since these pocket pages are a variety pack I have several different sized pockets that are perfect to add different sized art pieces into my journal. Yes, I’m happy. So once I discovered I had more options for my art journal I decided to create a small ATC type piece to put into one of the pocket pages. This card measures 2.75″ x 4″ so it is a bit off in measurements for a traditional ATC which is 2.5″ x 3.5″.  The base of the card is from a portion of the left over postcard I had from my first...

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Mini Collage Card Class

Mar 3, 2014

I’m so glad to be returning to Rocky Mountain Memories April 25th & 26th. Along with the Altered Art Journal Class I will be teaching this Mini Collage Card Class. If you want to take one or both of these classes please call Cheryl at (970) 577.1415 for the dates, times and cost. In this class you will create 5 all occasion cards. I’ll show you how to accent each card with 3D collage style fronts. You will create with Maya Road chipboard, trinket pins, trims and more. I’ll show you unique ways to alter these items so you can customize them to fit any color scheme or project. If you aren’t a Sparkly Stickles kinda gal no worries, I created this card set to look great with or without Stickles. For this class...

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Hi, Valentine!

Feb 14, 2014

This adorable image reminds me of the cards I would see in gift shops, when I was little. These two have such sweet faces and how can you not love all that pink. If you’re in need of creating a last minute valentine right click on the image to enlarge it, now right click on the image again and choose “save image as” to save it to your computer. Now you can print the image in any size you wish. I think printed in 2.5″ x 3.5″ is a sweet size and would be so cute left on your co-workers desk. I think adding Diamond Stickles to the flower centers, headband and the pink on the puppy would be a nice addition to your card and still keep it in the quick and simple...

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New Antiquated Collection ~ Winter Girl

Nov 2, 2013

I’m thrilled to finally be able to share with you my new Antiquated Collection stamp set, Winter Girl. Each stamp has amazing details and is quite inspirational. I’ve created lots of cards, accented a gift bag and even used the Winter Girl and Holly & Berries stamps as embroidery patterns. I will share projects all next week of items I’ve created. Today, I’ll leave you with a cute card using Eileen Hull’s Sizzix Die ~ Canning Jars and my Antiquated Collection ~ Winter Girl stamps Jingles, Jingle Bell and Holly & Berries stamps. Here’s a close up of the Canning Jar card. It’s accented using the Holly Berries stamp, Jingles stamp, Maya Road trim, twine, Distress Stickles, Stickles and yes all those jingle bells are stamped individually in Archival Coffee ink and hand cut....

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Happy Holidays Photo Ornament Kit

Oct 31, 2013

  I’m still going through my stash and putting together mini ornament kits for the holidays and last night, I was able to put together this cute photo ornament kit. FYI, I have a very limited amount of kits. The kit contents are listed below and as always come with step by step instructions and a color photo. Please note, Festive Berries Distress Ink used to color the chipboard frame and Platinum Stickles used to outline the chipboard base and frame are NOT included. Kit Contents: 1 – 4″ x 6″ daisyd’s Snowman Patterned Paper 1 – 4″ x 6″ daisyd’s Polka Dot Patterned Paper 1 – Chipboard Page 1 – Chipboard Frame (Frame will vary see photo for variations) 1 – Small Bottle Brush Tree 2 – Holly Leaves 1 – Button 2...

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Society Lady ~ Card

Oct 22, 2013

Today I’m showing you how to create a simple all occasion or notecard using my Antiquated Collection Society Lady stamp set. First using Coffee Archival ink stamp the image of the lady onto cardstock or patterned paper. I used a sheet from the Pink Paislee Cottage Farms line. Next, cut a piece of patterned paper slightly smaller than the front of the blank notecard.  Using a Fiskars scalloped circle punch, punch a scalloped circle into the patterned paper piece in the lower right corner as shown in the photos. Apply Platinum Stickles along the outer edge of the large patterned paper piece as well as along the edge of the punched scallop circle as shown in the photos and let dry. Trim the area around the stamped image so it is a bit larger...

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CHA-S 2013 ~ Dress Form Card

Aug 20, 2013

This is a card I created for Ranger using the new Stickles they debuted at CHA-S. Oh my goodness are you going to LOVE the new colors. They are awesome and I have a few new favorites to add to my collection/addiction, Mercury Glass, Champagne and Pink Taffeta are my favorites from CHA-S.   In this close up you can really see how pretty the Pink Taffeta Stickles looks accenting the design on the wings. It is the most beautiful shade of vintage pink. The dress form and bow are accented using Champagne Stickles. This new color looks just like antiqued gold. It’s gorgeous. Tip: To make the Stickles pop even more on the edge of the dress I first inked the edges using Vintage Photo Distress Ink. Then I applied the Stickles.  I used...

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Plaster Posy

Aug 19, 2013

Before falling asleep one evening, I was thinking about things to create with plaster and thought a flower would be fun. So the next morning, I grabbed some wire and started bending and twisting it into shape creating the base for a neat plaster posy. Once I had everything the way I liked it I applied plaster and got really messy. I love the rawness of plaster and find it so inspiring. After the plaster was completely dry I used bees wax to seal images onto the posy. Then to accent the edges of each petal and the leaf I painted metallic gold paint all along the edges. I love how this little unassuming pop of gold looks. Painting the edges of any project really does help finish off your piece. To complete the...

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Home for Christmas

Aug 14, 2013

This is the second of three classes I will be teaching at Creative Cards and Crafts in Villa Park, IL ~ Oct.18th & 19th. In this Home for Christmas class I will show you how to create three old fashioned Putz style houses using patterned papers from the new Graphic45 12 Days of Christmas line. Once all three houses are built and accented with Stickles and glitter you will group them on a decorative acrylic platter covered with faux snow and sisal trees to complete a miniature winter themed neighborhood. As a bonus I will show you how easy it is to bleach sisal trees at home if you wish for yours to be off white in color. And a vintage Christmas project would not be complete without including a few vintage mercury glass...

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Kids Week Day 1

Jul 9, 2013

Day one has been a whirlwind of fun. As soon as Madelyn’s feet hit the floor she was ready to go. Thankfully, I planned ahead the night before and had chipboard pieces, Stickles and Liquid Pearls for her to use while I was trying to get my first cup of coffee in me. This was a lifesaver, she created and I woke up. Then she decided she would like to make a video of how she alters her chipboard pieces using Stickles and Liquid Pearls. I was really impressed with how well she did since we didn’t talk about what she would say or anything. I basically just got my camera and started filming her very first unedited on-the-fly 10 min. instructional video. Not bad for a first time video. I love her. While...

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Stickles

Jun 5, 2013

Most of you should know by now that I have a serious LOVE for Stickles, especially Diamond and Platinum! When teaching these two are a given for items needed in class. I use Stickles on pretty much everything I create and I have a saying about them too, “Stickles is to Crafters what Botox is to Plastic Surgeons. You can always use a little somewhere”. If you are a crafter that does not like loose glitter Stickles is a product for you. It’s easy to use and there is zero mess. So today, I’m going to show you how I use a little or a lot on my projects. Diamond Stickles is a great way to give a simple flower a little pop. All you need to do is apply a small amount onto...

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Petaloo Color Me Crazy & Ranger Ink ~ Altered Clutch

May 17, 2013

I’m happy to let you know I’m a guest designer on the Petaloo Blog, today. This entire week has been their Color Me Crazy & Ranger Ink challenge. Cheryl at Petaloo sent me a package of the Petaloo Color Me Crazy products and asked that I only alter them using Ranger Ink products. To see how I created this mini shabby chic clutch and read how to recreate one of your own, hop on over to their blog and check out the tutorial I posted. This mini shabby chic clutch is a fun project to make and girls/ladies of all ages will want one of their very own.   Below is a complete list of all the manufacturers and products used to recreate this project. Petaloo: Color Me Crazy Canvas Fabric Flowers ~ Shabby...

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Petaloo Color Me Crazy & Ranger Ink Week

May 14, 2013

All this week on the Petaloo Blog, Petaloo is showcasing guest designers using their Color Me Crazy Line that have been altered with Ranger Ink products. My guest designer post isn’t until Friday so I thought I would show you a few of the other projects I created just to peek your interest until then. You can see a gorgeous card Tammy Tutterow created and has posted on their blog now. This mini canvas was a snap to create and altering the Petaloo Color Me Crazy Petites, Butterflies, Fancy Frames and Keys are easy breezy lemon squeezy when using any of the products Ranger Ink has to offer. To create this mini canvas I first covered the mini canvas using a Paris themed napkin. If you have never used designer napkins as a base for a...

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Studio Makeover ~ Part 2

Mar 27, 2013

I am so close to being finished with my studio makeover. I just need to hang the curtains over the shelving unit to the left, find a small piece for additional storage to put up on the shelves along the wall on the far left then hang some vintage photos I have and bam… it’s done. I’m really loving the mix of all the things I love with my supplies. To me, personal touches are what make a room warm and inviting.  So let me give you a close up tour and show you how I combined personal treasures and vintage finds among my crafty products. This is what I see when sitting at my work table. I’m using a berry basket to hold my adhesives, a mini pie tin works perfectly for my...

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Crop & Create ~ Winnipeg

Mar 18, 2013

I’m so excited that in just a few short weeks I’ll be in Winnipeg, Canada creating with 100 fun and creative women. April 5th from 4:30 – 7:30 I’ll be teaching my She is… altered House Shadow Box class. This class is super versatile and loads of fun to create. You will begin altering your Maya Road House Shadow Box with paint, ink and gesso by Ranger as well as patterned papers and Stencils by Pink Paislee. While your House Shadow Box is drying you will embellishment the four inside squares using products by Jenni Bowlin Studio, Doodlebug Design & Maya Road. You can alter your House Shadow Box in any theme you wish and with or without photos. The fun thing about this project is you can place everything onto your altered house...

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Sneaks of 2 New Classes

Feb 20, 2013

Afternoon Tea is filled with soft tones of pinks, greens, gold and beige which are the perfect color combination for any shabby chic class. In this class you will create an altered cuff and linen mini album that’s perfect to fill with words or quotes to inspire or special moments you wish to document. You will use products by Maya Road, Ranger and The Crafter’s Workshop as well as vintage treasures I’ve included. You will decoupage, paint, ink and stamp and I’ll show you how easy it is using metal stamps to accent the butterfly embellishment for your altered cuff. These projects can be kept for you or are perfect to be given to a special friend as a gift for any occasion or special celebration. Here is a mini video I posted on Vine Afternoon Tea...

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See You in Winnipeg…

Feb 4, 2013

Here are some sneak peeks of the cards you will be creating in my “Creatively Cute Cards” Class at Crop & Create in Winnipeg, April 5th – 6th. Teaching at one of Catherine’s events has been on my creative bucket list for quite sometime and I’m thrilled to get to check this one off my list. In my “Creatively Cute Cards” Class you will create four beautiful cards using the new paper line Modern Mercantile by Lisa Dickinson that she designed for Jenni Bowlin Studio. I LOVE the colors and patterns of this awesome new line. You will accent each card with Maya Road, Doodlebug and Jenni Bowlin embellishments and of course use awesome Ranger products like Distress Ink and Diamond Stickles to give your cards that added awesomeness. These photos are sneak peeks of my...

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