Funky Little Canvas

Jan 3, 2013

This is the funky little canvas I made for my niece Amanda, for Christmas. It is of her and her boyfriend Steve after a TCU game. They are the most adorable couple and I really do hope he ends up being my nephew. Steve is sweet, smart and cute! Ok enough of that because I can hear Amanda saying, “BEASIE” all the way from Houston. Not sure why she named me Beasie when she was a baby but she did and it stuck, so I’m Beasie. Anyway, enough of all that and on to the canvas. I did a photo transfer of their photo onto a 4 x 4 canvas, then using Claudine Hellmuth Studio paints and stamps I accented the sides of the canvas. I protected the image transfer with a coating of...

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EnviroTex Resin Key Chain

Jan 2, 2013

I created this key chain for my sister, Belinda. It was created in memory of my brother, Richard who passed away from alcoholism, March 28, 2004. He loved the water and worked on a boat off the Gulf of Mexico. I found this image of the anchor by doing a google search and the quote from Quote Garden. I had Alan resize the image for me to fit inside the bezel then printed it out on my laser printer. Next, I applied Nunn Design Glue on the bezel and placed the image on top, pressing the bubbles out from underneath the image as best I could using my finger and paint brush for the corners. Once I felt I got all the bubbles out, using a paint brush I applied a layer of Nunn...

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Owl Charms

Dec 31, 2012

My sister, Belinda has a serious love of owls. She likes the fun whimsical style so I thought I would create a few charms for her to wear. I printed off some owl images using my laser printer then cut them to fit the bezels shown above. Using a paint brush I applied Nunn Design Glue inside each bezel then placed the image on top of the glue pressing down with my finger to make sure I removed any air bubbles. Then I applied a layer of the glue on top of each image, letting it dry completely then applied another layer of glue. Once dry I accented the images with Diamond Stickles. After the Stickles dried I applied Judi Kins Gel du Soleil and used a Judi Kins UV Lamp. This product is different than...

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25 Day Countdown to Christmas ~ Recap

Nov 27, 2012

I had so much fun helping my nieces Madelyn and Bellie create their 25 Day Countdown to Christmas project over the Thanksgiving weekend. They were so excited and worked so hard on each and every envelope. We had a flurry of creativity going on as you can see by all the blurry photos. They were peeling, sticking, punching, stamping and Stickling like crazy. It was really cute to watch their creative minds at work. Madelyn loved accenting each of her envelopes with the rhinestone gems and snowflakes. She is all about sparkle and bling. But what little girl isn’t? And GASP, a niece of mine that does NOT like sparkle and bling… well that would be so wrong. Bellie LOVED these 3D stickers I found at the last minute in the $1 section at...

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Dream Tag

Aug 9, 2012

Here is a fun tag to create that is filled with all kinds of little techniques that are perfect to use on other projectsl. I started with a plain manila office tag and covered it with vintage ledger paper. Next, using the Maya Road Ornate Frames stamp set and Jet Black Archival Ink, I stamped the frame images onto the ledger paper. Next I took the new Maya Road Floral Garden Fabric Tape and filled the inside area of the frames. I then accented the flowers with Diamond Stickles and let it dry. Once dry, I covered the Fabric Tape with Glossy Accents and let it dry. Make sure you have a pin handy to pop any air bubbles that occur. Here is a little tip: I like to leave the stamps on the acetate...

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Blast from the Past 3

Aug 7, 2012

This is the mini album that started it all… I wanted to create something special for my oldest daughter Terri, who was getting ready to celebrate her 17th birthday. I had seen lots of mini albums in the gallery at Two Peas In A Bucket and decided Terri’s upcoming birthday was just the push I needed to jump into the world of creating mini albums. At first I was scared to death because I had no clue what in the world I was doing or even how to begin. I went to a scrapbook store which was just down the street and started looking at all the products. Mind you, this was a very strange world to me. I was still learning what Rub ons and brads were and never mind the overwhelming feeling...

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Ranger’s Designer Challenge

Jan 29, 2012

I was so excited to be asked to participate in their Designer Challenge. They sent each designer a blank paper mache dress form to alter any way we wanted. All they asked was that we stayed true to our style and used any or all three of these items Stickles, Liquid Pearls and/or Crackle Accents.  Here is what I created… There are 18 different Ranger products on this piece. Adirondack Lights Acrylic Paint Dabber ~ Juniper Jenni Bowlin No. 10 Malted Milk Tim Holtz Distress Stain ~ Mustard Seed Distress Crackle Paint ~ Clear Rock Candy Inkssentials Crackle Accents Claudine Hellmuth Studio Multi-Medium Matte Claudine Hellmuth Studio Gesso Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Ink ~ Latte & Ginger Archival Ink ~ Coffee Perfect Pearls Mists ~ Biscotti Liquid Pearls ~ Copper Pearl & Gold Pearl...

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Gentlemen’s Ornament or Gift Tag

Dec 1, 2011

I love the detail you get from the Gentlemen’s Puff stamp in the Antiquated Collection ~ Fine and Dandy Stamp Set. Each fine line in the Puff can be seen and it makes me so happy. This project can be used as an ornament for your tree to represent the men in the family or attached to a gift and used as a gift tag. The back is covered with the blank margin from a piece of vintage book page. I used two Maya Road Rectangle Foundation chipboard pieces as the base for this project. One complete rectangle front was covered with vintage sheet music. Then just the outer piece of the second rectangle was stamped using the fir tree stamp from Little Red Wagon by Pink Persimmon. I used Jet Black Archival Ink...

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Antiquated Collection Sneak Peek #3

Nov 16, 2011

This gorgeous crown sits atop a beautiful item and was begging to be accented with ink, Diamond Stickles and of course a cream pearl. I stamped the image using Jet Black Archival Ink. I really love how this ink stamps. It gives a very nice crisp edge and since it is waterproof when Stickles is applied the ink will not bleed and ruin the stamped image. My other favorite color of Archival Ink is Coffee. It’s a gorgeous shade of brown. I will be using this color a lot on muslin combined with crocheted trims, burlap and cream felt. The look is amazing. I set up a Facebook Page for Antiquated Collection so click Like to keep up with what’s new with my stamp line. I do have other stamp sets in the works...

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Altering the Leaves

Nov 3, 2011

As you can see the album is starting to come together, but please note I do not have anything attached to the cover just yet. Everything is just sitting in place. I like seeing the stems of the leaves and pumpkins sticking out. The album still lacks all the details that makes it special but you can begin to see how the completed mini album is going to look. I’m still not sure how I want to alter the banner.. paint, ink, paper? I’ll figure it out later. Today we are altering the leaves of the coaster mini album. I find it easiest when altering something like the shape of leaves is to apply the adhesive to the chipboard piece, attach the patterned paper and then cut the piece out using a craft knife...

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“Christmas Wishes”

Oct 21, 2011

When: November 13th Where: The Crafty Scrapper Time: 11:00 In this class you will create a home décor piece and holiday ornament using a fun mixture of new and vintage items. Some of the vintage items being used are mercury glass ornaments, sheet music, images from vintage cards, lace trim, aluminum garland and tinsel. I’ve been collecting vintage items with this class in mind all year long, from flea markets and thrift stores in Frisco, McKinney, Sour Lake, Winnie and Beaumont, as well as all the states from here to Maine. We will collage, paint, ink, glitter and of course Stickle when creating these two festive holiday projects. Once completed you can place the altered holiday tray on an easel or attach a hanger to the back. This will be left up to you...

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True Love

Jul 20, 2011

This is the last of the cards I created using new Maya Road products. They are releasing the cutest “Mini Bottle Caps” and when I say, “mini” I mean mini they are only .5″. I created the flower by coloring the bottle cap using the cardinal copic marker, one daisy from their “Large Daisy Vintage Lace Trim” and their new “Skinny Spool”. The “Wavy Layerable Banner” is misted with “Eggplant Putple Maya Mist” and stamped using the alphas from the “Just My Type” stamp set. The love chipboard word is inked using their “Pink 1″ Ink Pad”. The”Mini Bottle Cap” is half filled with glossy accents and silver German glass glitter then a self adhesive pearl was placed in the center. I accented the patterned paper from my Cocoa Daisy “Urban Loft” kit, scallop circle center and chipboard pieces...

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A Moment In Time…

Jun 8, 2011

To create this tag I used the super cute Ampersand stamp in this months Cocoa Daisy “Cherry Soda” kit along with the “Coordinating Paint and Ink” and Word Stamp Set Add On Kits. I think the Ampersand and Word stamps make an adorable background pattern for this tag. The butterflies are created using a Martha Stewart punch, 2mm self adhesive pearls and Diamond Stickles accents. I like the pop of yellow under each butterfly as it compliments the cardstock sticker so well. I cut the journaling tag that came in the main kit to place at the bottom of the tag then attached the red brads in each of the four holes on the tag. The trim used is from the “Chocolate Malt” Add On Kit. I then attached a strip of 5mm self adhesive...

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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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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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Chapter One Techniques are Done!

Mar 28, 2011

What a great day. This morning, I finally got to meet my editor Jenni Claydon in person. We’ve chatted over the phone for months so finally having a face with the voice is awesome. We headed straight to the studio to start photographing techniques for each of the 40 techniques featured in my book. It was great getting to see Christine Polomsky once again. She is so patient when taking all the step by step photographs. In this photo I’m prepping some Pink Paislee patterned papers with Diamond Stickles. You will see lots of Diamond and Platinum Stickles being used in this book. Are you surprised? Something tells me not. And way over in the background hanging on her wall are two beauty shots from  my book. I was so surprised to see them...

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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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Altered Birdhouse…

Feb 17, 2011

This altered paper mache birdhouse was so much fun to make. Every little spot has something attached to it. You’ll notice all kinds of Tim’s new products attached here and there. I must admit one of the products he sent were his new light bulbs. At first I was kinda stumped on what to do with them but then I had a “light bulb moment” sorry couldn’t help myself and started tucking them in among all the other baubles and think they worked perfectly. The light bulbs are the perfect size for the miniature projects I like to create. And that fractured doll… oh how I could have a million of them and would still want more. I love those dolls so much. You will be seeing them in future projects and classes for...

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Ranger Designer Challenge

Feb 14, 2011

I was thrilled when Ranger asked if I would be interested in creating a canvas for their Designer Challenge. I could not reply back fast enough with a very excited yes! They sent each designer a box filled with a 12 x 12 frame, Perfect Pearls and Perfect Pearl Mists and told us to create something that reflected our style. Well I knew mine had to include book pages, Platinum Stickles and glitter and once I got started I could not stop. I used loads of Ranger product and when you look at the list below you’ll realize I’m not kidding. It was so much fun to sit and just create whatever came to mind. I cut the grungepaper into squares, embossed them using my cuttlebug then sewed them all together with a zigzag...

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Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabbers

Feb 11, 2011

I bet you were expecting another tag using Perfect Pearls? Well this one features Ranger’s Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabbers. When using paint I find it most inspiring to create whimsical pieces with brighter colors rather than my usual vintage style and shades. Kinda strange when I think about it. Also, did you notice I used my Canvas Album as inspiration for this tag? If you did, you are a very devoted blogger. I always find it fun to use items around my scraproom to create designs… one of the simplest things to create are polka dots with the non-bristle end of my paintbrushes. All you do is dip the end of the brush into the lid of the paintbrush and start creating dots. Clean up is super simple too. All you have to do...

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Pink Carnations

Feb 9, 2011

This tag uses all four of the new Perfect Pearl colors from Ranger’s new Confections Set. I really like Pink Gumball as I think it is the perfect shade of pink for tinting flowers. And Wendy’s butterfly stamp is the perfect accent to go over sheet music. I love how you can make Perfect Pearls show in a subtle way by dry brushing them on (butterfly image) or mixing them with water or Perfect Pearl Mists on your non-stick craft sheet and applying them with a paint brush like watercolors (pink carnations). I had lots of fun with this tag. As you know or have figured out by now I love making paper flowers and when you add Perfect Pearls and Stickles to that list I am having loads of fun. Supplies Used: Perfect...

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