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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