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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