A Happy Christmas…

Oct 28, 2009

Yes it looks as though I skipped Halloween and Thanksgiving all together and went straight to Christmas. Honestly this was not my intention it just kinda happened… I guess it comes as no surprise that I was the kid ready to pull the Christmas tree out of the attic the second I saw any sign of Christmas in the stores. Mom and I always had some kind of Christmas craft going on each year. I still have the stuffed fabric ornaments we made one year… once we made lots of cute ornaments using a simple salt and flour dough mixture then painted and coated them in varnish… not sure what happened to those but I’m sure it had something to do with Southeast Texas humidity. Anyway, I could go on and on telling you...

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Holiday Gift Tags…

Oct 27, 2009

These are so fun to make and can be used as either a holiday gift tag (who wouldn’t like seeing their name on the front of these tags) or as an embellishment for holiday cards. There are lots of possibilities here. Which means you’re certainly going to be seeing more projects over the next few months using these as well as this one and this one. I love just them! Instructions: Stamp images onto white heavy weight cardstock using Archival Ink in Jet Black, trim each stamped image to 1 1/8″ x 2 3/4″, ink over images using Tea Dy and Vintage Photo Distress Inks, trim the end of each tag using small scallop scissors, accent the sides, top and bottom of each tag with straight lines using a black pen, accent each scallop...

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In Anticipation…

Aug 28, 2009

of my upcoming workshop “All Hallow’s Eve” below is a tutorial I put together showing you how to recreate this super cute Halloween themed Bottle Brush Tree. You all are going to love this one… promise! Supplies Needed: Bottle Brush Tree, Clorox Bleach, Maya Road Maya Mists Orange, Gold Mercury Glass Beads, Black Seam Binding, Mother of Pearl Button, Black Embroidery Floss, Vintage Paper, Golden Rod Stickles, Aleene’s Tacky Glue Tools Needed: Scissors, Tweezers Instructions: In a well ventilated area or outside place a mixture of 1/3 warm water and 2/3’s Bleach into a glass container. The amount made will determine how many trees you will be bleaching at one time.  Place tree(s) into mixture and let set until bleached.  Once bleaching is complete remove from mixture and allow to dry. Using Maya Road...

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Oak Leaves Cluster…

Aug 26, 2009

Can you tell fall is heavy on my mind? I cannot wait for some cooler weather. But for now it looks like another hot day here in Texas. I have no idea how these High School football players practice in 100 degree temps… nuts I tell ya. Anyway on to my post and more thoughts of fall. As you can see I am really loving my new Cuttlebug Leaf Dies and thought I would show you the cute cluster of leaves I created using the oak leaf die. This literally took me 15 min. to create from start to finish. And the tiny Maya Road Hanging Chandelier Beads are a great accent for acorns. They catch the light beautifully and will look great on a candlelit table setting. This leaf cluster would look really...

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Simple Leaf Pick Tutorial…

Aug 24, 2009

Here is a super simple leaf pick tutorial. As most of you know I love creating accents for projects out of book pages. While looking around our local Joann Craft Store this weekend I found lots of their Cuttlebug dies on clearance and I was thrilled when I found this leaf set. I plan on making a nice cluster of oak leaves to accent some Thanksgiving projects. But first I had to try out the Maple Leaf. Supplies Used: Cuttlebug Die Cutting Machine Cuttlebug Leaf Set Die Book Page 24 Gauge Wire Wire Cutters Aleene’s Paper Glaze Stickles – Platinum Instructions: Using your Cuttlebug and the Maple Leaf Die, cut two leaves out of a book page Using Aleene’s Paper Glaze apply adhesive (I like this adhesive as it will not buckle your paper)...

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A new online Class is coming…

Jun 19, 2009

The sentiment “Home Sweet Home” can make you think of many things… special items in your home a spring garden and most importantly those special people and pets. This project highlights all of the special things that help make our home a “Home Sweet Home”. Showcased in my album are photos of my brother’s trumpet, family members, flowers from our garden, Sonny and Buster our special canine companions as well as a few family quotes. In this four day altered class we will be altering a Maya Road Townhouse and Mini Album using a faux mosaic created from 4 beautiful Webster’s Pages patterned papers. Then accent the house and album with lots of Maya Road products such as their Vintage Sequins Edging, Pom Pom Trim, Double Stitched Velvet, Blossoms, Jewel Pins, Buttons and Rubons....

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Kinda Sad…

May 20, 2009

Yesterday I received my complimentary issue of Memory Makers July/Aug issue… This layout is part of the “Trends To Try Today” article by MMM ’08 Staci Etheridge. It shouldn’t be too hard to guess my trend… Glitter! I used pre-glittered patterned paper and chipboard letters, created my own glittered brads, accented patterns on my papers using Stickles and altered chipboard using loose glitter. Yes, I love glitter. It is sad to think that this is my last publication with Memory Makers. I have so loved working with everyone and will certainly miss them and this...

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Butterfly Embellishment…

May 18, 2009

Saturday I received a little package from a sweet friend that contained two Cuttlebug Cutting Die and Embossing Folders this being one of the ones I received. I must admit I was like a little kid on Christmas morning… I had to open it immediately and begin creating. And here is my finished creation. A simple butterfly embellishment to add to any project. I hope you give this tutorial a try… just consider yourself warned.. you will become addicted. Supplies Needed: Simply Stencils (Plaid) Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Inks (Bottle, Denim, Terra Cotta) Liquid Pearls (Petal Pink) Ice Stickles (Crystal Ice) Butterflies Cut & Emboss Set (Cuttlebug) Tombow Mono Vellum Adhesive 4 – Self Adhesive Pearls Tools Needed: Cuttlebug Ink Applicator & Felt Scissors Paintbrush Instructions: Trim Simply Stencil material to size of Cuttlebug...

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Faux Vintage Millinery Pin Tutorial…

May 7, 2009

I love anything vintage especially vintage millinery pins. I always wonder how the previous owner wore theirs… did they adorn their hat, a lapel, accent a scarf or sweater etc… so with Mother’s Day just around the corner I thought it might be fun to make one just for Mom. You could present this pin to her by attaching it onto a card, placing it into a special altered box or by attaching it to the center of a bow to include with another gift. Either way I know she will love it especially since you made it just for her. I hope you enjoy this simple tutorial of a time gone by and oh so treasured millinery pin. Supplies Needed: Sizzix Die Flower, Build A Lilac (sign up for the Sizzix newsletter, they...

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Embellish the Embellishment…

Nov 12, 2008

I do this all the time… especially if what I am about to use already has glitter such as these cute little bells. It seems they never put enough glitter on them so I dip a paint brush into some Elmer’s School Glue no run Gel, brush it on the bells, then sprinkle more glitter on top. Once the glue is dry I take my Platinum Stickles and go all around the edge. I feel this gives it that true vintage look. Then I put a drop of hot glue from my glue gun in the center of each bell and add tiny jingle bell to each one. Now you have a perfectly embellished...

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Gift Tag ~ Enclosure Card

Nov 4, 2008

Here is a quick tutorial to create a simple gift tag or enclosure card for your gifts during the holiday season. I love the feel of these two stamp sets by Pink Persimmon. I have really become quite the fan of these two lines… can’t seem to get enough of them. Supplies Needed: Little Yellow Bicycle Christmas Magic Collection – Red Floral Book Page Pink Persimmon Little Red Wagon Pink Persimmon Carnival Alpha (Small) Ranger Archival Jet Black Ink Pebbles Inc. Pearlescent Chalk Set Stickles (Platinum, Yellow) American Crafts Memory Marker Chestnut Brown & White Twine Silver Glass Glitter Tools Needed: Paper Trimmer Acrylic Block Decorative Scissors (Pinking) Clear Drying Adhesive Hole punch Instructions: 1. Cut book page to 3.5” x 3.5” using decorative scissors 2. Stamp tree using Pink Persimmon Little Red Wagon...

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It really is…

Nov 2, 2008

all about those little details. I just can’t seem to leave a project alone. I have to keep adding and adding and adding… for example… See that little button behind the pom pom… yep had to put it there or I wouldn’t be able to sleep… See the Platinum Stickles around the edge of the tag and in the center of each letter and the double bow of red & white and brown & white twine… yep another had to do it. See the thread in the button… had to have this too. So if you really want your projects to pop and have that added bit of umph… just keep adding little things here and there as they really do make a huge difference and all the little extras will make your eyes...

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“Home Sweet Home”

Oct 1, 2008

Class Length: 4 Hours Skill: All Levels The sentiment “Home Sweet Home” can make you think of many things… special items in your home a spring garden and most importantly those special people and pets. This project documents all of the special things that help make my home a “Home Sweet Home”. My album includes photos of my brother’s trumpet, family members, flowers from our garden, Sonny and Buster our special canine companions and a few family quotes which I have included in each kit. In this class you will alter a Maya Road Townhouse and Mini Album using a faux mosaic created from 4 beautiful Webster’s Pages patterned papers. Then accent the house and album with lots of Maya Road products such as their Vintage Sequins Edging, Pom Pom Trim, Double Stitched Velvet,...

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Last years project with this years tutorial…

Sep 23, 2008

I have had several people email me regarding this “Spooktacular” sign. So I thought I would do a little tutorial since the products are in stores right now…. So here ya go… Products: Maya Road Philadelphia Uppercase Alphabet Maya Road Midnight Black Velvet Ric Rac Maya Road Star Coaster Album Maya Road Motifs Chipboard Set Black Boa Wide Orange Ribbon Daisy D’s Spooky Dot (any Halloween patterned paper will work) Stickles (Orange Peel) Ranger Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabber (Gold) Martha Stewart Glitter (Florentine Gold) Making Memories Glitter (Black) Making Memories Paint (Black) Pre-painted Wooden Plaque (Michael’s) Tools: Hot Glue Gun Paint Brush Paper Trimmer Fiskars Scissors Liquid Adhesive Fiskars Hand Drill Instructions: Accent all orange painted areas on the wooden plaque using Stickles Orange Peel… Cover inside portion of your wooden plaque using patterned...

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WOW…

Jul 28, 2008

We used pages from several of the many Maya Road Chipboard Coaster Albums, placed one of the cut sheer sheet templates on top of the chipboard page, sprayed the Maya Mist Orange on top (hold about 6″ from the page for best overall coverage), removed the Sheer Die Cut Sheet and sprayed the Maya Mist Metallic Gold on top of the masked chipboard page.

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Boo…

Oct 13, 2007

I created the ghost using a Sheer Paisley by Maya Road. The velvet ric rac is Midnight Black by Maya Road. They are their Black Berkely Stickers. I coverd the word “BOO” using Black Diamond.

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5 Quick and Easy Chipboard Embellishments for any Project or Layout

May 2, 2007

To recreate this flower you will need a Maya Road Coaster Chipboard Flower and a Blossoms II Chipboard Flower. Now attach the Blossoms II Chipboard Flower on top of the crumpled flower and embellish the center of the Blossoms II Chipboard Flower with a button that has been threaded with fiber.

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Using Crackling Medium

Apr 29, 2007

Pace Supplies Needed: Acrylic Paints, DecoArt Weathered Crackling Medium, Paint Brush and chipboard (example is Maya Road Scroll Corners) I have found that when using crackling medium, foam brushes are not as effective as using a paint brush.

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