Wedding Charms

Mar 28, 2015

Do you need a quick gift to give to a new bride? If so, this is one fast project she will cher­ish and can either wear, place in a shad­ow box or on the spine of a wed­ding album. To cre­ate the bead flower bou­quet all I did was place one bead onto a head­pin then curl the end of the head­pin to form a small loop. Once I had 12 com­plet­ed I bunched them togeth­er and wrapped a head­pin around the mid­dle of the bunch. Then I attached a jump ring to the wire wrapped area. Super sim­ple. Sup­plies Used: 13 Head­pins, 12 Beads, 3 Jump Rings, 2 Long Rec­tan­gle Blanks, 2 Vin­tage Beads, Black Acrylic Paint Tools Need­ed: Bench Block, Met­al Stamps, Brass Met­al Stamp­ing Ham­mer, Long Nose Pli­ers (PJ Tool Jew­el­ry &...

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Altered Art Journal Pages 1 & 2 ~ Same Paint Different Styles

Jun 29, 2014

SAVE THE DATE: July 19th     TIME: 2:30      PLACE: The Crafty Scrap­per     CLASS Length: 3–4 Hours     LEVELS: All In this class you will alter one page (front and back) of a Wendy Vec­chi Art Jour­nal Cov­er Page. Some of the prod­ucts you will use in class are vin­tage papers, The Crafters Work­shop Sten­cils, Wendy Vec­chi Stu­dio 490 Gold Emboss­ing Paste, Dina Wak­ley Scrib­bly Birds stamps and Dina Wak­ley Media Paint. Page one is full of tex­ture, mut­ed col­ors and accent­ed with a wood­en cameo, seam bind­ing bow, vin­tage rick­rack and inspi­ra­tional words stamped onto vin­tage paper. Page two is bright and whim­si­cal. I will show you how sim­ple it is to cre­ate sil­hou­ettes and hand paint­ed whim­si­cal doo­dles. The tips and tech­niques you learn in this class can...

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Rocky Mountain Memories ~ I’ll be There Soon

Apr 14, 2014

I’m get­ting so excit­ed about my return vis­it to Rocky Moun­tain Mem­o­ries in Estes Park, CO. This is the sweet­est most quaint store that sits in the heart of down­town Estes Park along the river­walk. Rocky Moun­tain Mem­o­ries is filled with great prod­ucts and super fun peo­ple. Cheryl Grigs­by, the own­er is liv­ing my dream. Seri­ous­ly, a scrap­book store in Estes Park, CO, pure heav­en. Last year, when I taught there I got to stay in Rick and Cheryl’s amaz­ing cab­in. While there all I could think about was how much mom and dad would love stay­ing at “Redemp­tion Cab­in”. So this year, I’m bring­ing Mr. & Mrs. Claus along for the ride. They are get­ting  a won­der­ful mini vaca­tion in one of their all time favorite spots while I teach. Mom and Dad...

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Save The Dates

Feb 24, 2014

I’m so glad to be return­ing to Rocky Moun­tain Mem­o­ries April 25th & 26th. I will be teach­ing an Altered Art Jour­nal class as well as a Card Class. I will have pho­tos of the card class soon. If you want to take the Altered Art Jour­nal class shown above please call Cheryl at (970) 577.1415 for the date, time and cost for this class. In this class you will cre­ate a beau­ti­ful altered art jour­nal using one of Wendy Vecchi’s new Stu­dio 490 Art Parts Art Jour­nal Cov­ers. You will alter the front of your art jour­nal cov­er using Wendy Vec­chi Stu­dio 490 Emboss­ing Paste and NEW Crack­le Tex­ture Paste, The Crafter’s Work­shop Sten­cils, Paint and more. The inside front and back cov­ers will be altered using Vin­tage Sheet Music, Inks and Per­fect...

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On My Table…

Jan 17, 2014

I’ve been play­ing around in my stu­dio, this week and have real­ly enjoyed work­ing on a few sol­der­ing projects. Sol­der­ing is some­thing I kin­da put on the back burn­er for a bit while cre­at­ing my last two books. I get so much sat­is­fac­tion from cre­at­ing items I have visu­al­ized in my head. I’m a true assem­blage girl at heart. The house above has an adorable vin­tage Valen­tine image inside and is cov­ered with a lay­er of resin. The vin­tage flocked flow­ers are a beau­ti­ful shade of pale pink and one is accent­ed with the words “Love is”. I added two small rhine­stones from a vin­tage neck­lace to the key. So I’m sure you fig­ured it out that the title of this pen­dant will be “Love is Key”. I’m going to drill a hole in...

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A Little Peek into Delight In The Art of Collage

Jan 7, 2014

Delight in the Art of Col­lage is a tech­nique and assem­blage style book. It includes 40 step by step tech­niques as well as the extra steps need­ed to com­plete each of the mixed media or col­lage art projects. With the projects in this book, I show you how to use found objects in new and cre­ative ways. For exam­ple, some projects incor­po­rate vin­tage finds from thrift stores, flea mar­kets and antique shops. A vin­tage plat­ter can become the can­vas for a fam­i­ly pho­to. Tart tins and gelatin molds stacked togeth­er make beau­ti­ful flow­ers. In this book you will also cre­ate with cur­rent prod­ucts and work with a wide assort­ment of medi­ums includ­ing tex­tiles, met­al, wax, resin, clay and paper. I share lots of unique ways to use each of these medi­ums. You will learn...

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Delight In The Seasons ~ Autumn & Winter

Oct 25, 2013

These are just a sam­pling of the projects you will find inside “Delight In The Sea­sons” Autumn and Win­ter chap­ters. In these chap­ters you will learn fun tech­niques to cre­ate 3‑D Embell­ish­ments, Tis­sue Paper Trims, Inter­ac­tive Lay­ers, a Paint & Ink Pati­na, Altered Bot­tle Brush Trees, Cre­at­ing Pearles­cent Water­col­ors, Paper and Felt Bows, Fab­ric Cuffs and more. This book is filled with loads of inspi­ra­tion and right now when you order an auto­graphed copy the ship­ping is FREE! This is an awe­some deal. So if you are look­ing for a beau­ti­ful idea book that is not only pret­ty to look at but also filled with easy to fol­low step by step tech­niques for you or your craft­ing friends, I hope you con­sid­er pur­chas­ing this...

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Work In Progress

Jun 28, 2013

Who would have ever thought my fin­gers and both hands would look like this on a dai­ly basis and that I did­n’t mind. Cer­tain­ly not me. Nope not ever would I have thought this but here is the proof. I have real­ly been enjoy­ing some cre­ative free­dom late­ly. Just explor­ing new medi­ums, learn­ing new tech­niques and enjoy­ing the process. It’s fun to explore and try new things when I don’t have seri­ous dead­lines swirling around in my head. I’m sure this is true with most every­one, though some han­dle it bet­ter than oth­ers. I am the type that when I know I have a dead­line I can­not allow myself cre­ative free­dom until all dead­lines are met and every­thing is in order. I real­ly need to find a way to bal­ance this inside my head....

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Pre~Order ~ Delight In The Art of Collage ~ Book 3

May 23, 2013

I real­ly have no words to describe the excite­ment I feel over know­ing “Delight In The Art of Col­lage” is avail­able for PRE-ORDER on Ama­zon. This book pushed me cre­ative­ly in ways I would have nev­er imag­ined. But in order to grow as an artist you must push past your com­fort zone. There were days I thought I would nev­er ever have anoth­er cre­ative idea come to mind but they did and here I sit with book 3. This cre­ative jour­ney, as well as the oth­er two I’ve been on was filled with days of self doubt, ela­tion, frus­tra­tion, hap­py dances, I’m nev­er ever writ­ing anoth­er book again, this would be a great idea for book 4, call­ing my super awe­some edi­tor Kristy Con­lin in pure pan­ic mode and so on. But in the end...

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Delight In The Art of Collage

Mar 19, 2013

It’s the name of my new baby, book 3!!! I am so hap­py to final­ly be able to share the title AND a few sneak peeks from each chap­ter. I’ve worked my tail feath­ers off on this one as it real­ly pushed me cre­ative­ly into a new direc­tion that I tru­ly love. My edi­tor Kristin Con­lin was with me all the way on the crazy emo­tion­al roller coast­er of writ­ing and cre­at­ing a book. Believe me it’s one long emo­tion­al roller coast­er too. Some days I was near­ly in tears, which I quick­ly told myself to suck it up but­ter­cup, to being super hap­py from won­der­ful feed­back she’d heard. It’s crazy. Delight In The Art of Col­lage is a col­lec­tion of Assem­blage, Mixed Media, Tech­niques and Projects. As you know, I get bored eas­i­ly...

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Some Behind the Scenes In the Studio

Mar 13, 2013

This week I’m in Ohio doing the step outs for book three, titled… Delight @#$%^ gosh, I can­not wait to be able to tell you more. I kin­da got the go ahead to tell you, today… no I did get the go ahead to tell you while eat­ing some awe­some Dewey’s Piz­za for lunch… love their Green Lantern piz­za by the way… but when Jamie and Kristy start­ed talk­ing about how far out we were from the pub­li­ca­tion date  BAM just like that Jamie ripped the okay right out from under me and said I need­ed to wait a bit longer. Ugh, it was painful… one minute total excite­ment and then BOOM too bad so sad. I can tell you this though, I’m super excit­ed about Delight @#$%^ and I know you will love it....

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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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Give Thanks…

Nov 20, 2012

If you have my book “Delight In The Sea­sons” you just might rec­og­nize this project as it’s fea­tured in the Autumn Chap­ter on pages 104 & 105. It show­cas­es one of my favorite tech­niques using Ultra Thick Emboss­ing Enam­el also known as UTEE. It’s no secret how much I love UTEE and just the oth­er day Suze Wein­berg dubbed me the new “Queen of UTEE.” THE Queen, dub­bing ME the new Queen, I will cer­tain­ly wear this crown proud­ly. If you don’t have my book… GASP, well it’s your lucky day because “Cre­ate Mixed Media” is fea­tur­ing my “Give Thanks” project/technique on their web­site just in time for Thanks­giv­ing. Click HERE to view the com­plete project and step by step tuto­r­i­al. And it’s dou­ble your lucky day because I’m offer­ing FREE SHIPPING to any­one...

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Metal Gift Tag

Oct 18, 2012

This year, I plan on using what I already have on hand to cre­ate name tags for all my gifts. All you need are a few punch­es, alco­hol inks, met­al stamps, rhine­stones and twine. This tag will adorn my niece Made­lyn’s gift this Christ­mas. This gift tag was super hard to pho­to­graph so sor­ry for the bright­ness. My cam­era was not hap­py with it’s shini­ness at all but the good thing is the tag is real­ly easy to cre­ate. I’m also deter­mined to make most of my gifts this year. These past few days I’ve been exper­i­ment­ing with Resin and Poly­mer Clay and talk about fun! I have lots of projects in mind to cre­ate. The full step-by-step tuto­r­i­al can be found HERE in my Tips, Tech­niques and Tuto­ri­als online work­shop....

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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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Artistic Journey 2012 Sneak Peeks

Jul 31, 2012

Check Out The Project Peeks For Artis­tic Jour­ney! Artis­tic Jour­ney 2012 is brought to you by The Crafty Scrap­per. This event fea­tures 3 of Maya Road­’s design­ers and they are set to inspire you to try new tech­niques and learn new things on your Artis­tic Jour­ney. Check out the details below for peeks of each of the fab­u­lous 3 hour class­es. We have a spe­cial make and take that you will love for our Fri­day meet and greet! So join us on this Artis­tic Jour­ney, Octo­ber 5th — Octo­ber 7th, 2012. We Want To Learn About The Teach­ers And See Peeks Of Their Class­es! Meet Dina Wak­ley: Dina Wak­ley lives Ari­zona with her hus­band and three boys. She love every­thing about art…making it, talk­ing about it, teach­ing it. Dina dis­cov­ered scrap­book­ing in 1995. Scrap­book­ing...

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Delight In The Seasons Autumn Sneak Peeks

Jul 27, 2012

This week, as I was in Hob­by Lob­by I saw that they are putting out all their sea­son­al items and crafts for all those who like to start work­ing on projects for craft fairs, gifts and home decor items. So I thought I would share some sneak peeks of projects in Chap­ter Four ~ Autumn of my book Delight In The Sea­sons. You will find lots of fun projects and tech­niques in Chap­ter Four ~ Autumn. I had so much fun cre­at­ing projects for Grand­par­en­t’s Day, Hal­loween, Thanks­giv­ing, Autumn and even a Baby Show­er Cen­ter­piece. You will teach you tech­niques using Ultra Thick Emboss­ing Enam­el (UTEE), Maya Mist, Per­fect Pearls, Cop­ic Mark­ers, Glit­ter, Punch­es, and so much more. And remem­ber, Delight In The Sea­sons is so much more than just hol­i­days. Don’t let the...

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Custom Art Journal

May 7, 2012

While at Ranger U, Dyan Reave­ley taught us some super fun tech­niques using her dys­lu­sions ink spray and stamps. After we fin­ished cre­at­ing our tech­nique tags she showed us her jour­nals (which are AMAZING) and talked about doing what feels right for us and to make it our own. Well, art jour­nal­ing scares me to death! Not sure why but my good­ness it sends shiv­ers down my spine just think­ing about doing it. Real­ly it should­n’t freak me out so much because no one has to see what I cre­ate but it does… BUT I’m deter­mined to do it my way with a lit­tle or a lot of inspi­ra­tion from Dyan. Remem­ber, “An Artist Can­not Fail.” So while doing a lit­tle thrift­ing I found this cute vin­tage hard­back book from 1909. It mea­sures 4″...

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Ranger University Day 2

Apr 29, 2012

This morn­ing we start­ed our day with Clau­dine Hell­muth. Clau­dine is such a sweet and very fun­ny lady. She was quite enter­tain­ing and filled our heads with so many tech­niques and ideas my head was spin­ning by the time we stopped for lunch which was some awe­some square piz­za. Dur­ing Claudine’s class we paint­ed, trans­ferred, glazed and tint­ed. The hands on expe­ri­ence you get with each instruc­tor here at Ranger is unbe­liev­able. They give you so much infor­ma­tion that hon­est­ly by the end of the day my brain hurt and once again was swirling with ideas. Dur­ing Claudine’s class Ron­da and I laughed at the dif­fer­ence in our work area. She ALWAYS had a lit­tle mess here and there and I ALWAYS had mine cleaned up after each tech­nique. So typ­i­cal. After Clau­dine fin­ished...

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Art Requires Courage ~ Canvas Class

Apr 6, 2012

I’m so look­ing for­ward to teach­ing my “Art Requires Courage” can­vas class Sat­ur­day, April 21st. Class starts at 10:00 a.m. and will take approx­i­mate­ly 4 hours to com­plete. Car­olyn told me I have just 4 slots left so if you want to join me and learn some fun mixed media tech­niques please call Car­olyn at The Crafty Scrap­per 972.923.3151. The cost for the class is $45.00. In this mixed media class you will alter an 8″ x 10″ can­vas using an eclec­tic mix­ture of ele­ments such as chick­en wire, vin­tage papers, stamped images, tex­tiles, paint and glit­ter. I will show you how to cre­ate a faux stamped met­al accent as well as a faux tin type pho­to­graph using a vin­tage spoon. We will alter silk leaves to look as though they have been air dried and accent your can­vas...

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Art of Layers Blog Hop

Mar 21, 2012

Wel­come to the “Art of Lay­ers” Blog Hop… you should have just come from Julie Fei-Fan Balz­er’s blog and hope­ful­ly left a com­ment for a chance to win an auto­graphed copy of Ron­da’s new book “Art of Lay­ers”. To increase your odds of win­ning an auto­graphed copy make sure you leave a com­ment on my blog post before Sun­day, March 25th at 7pm CDT. A win­ner will be picked Sun­day, evening and announced on my blog Mon­day, March 26th. Good Luck! Ron­da’s altered sewing trin­ket box is fea­tured on the cov­er of her book and can be found in Chap­ter 1 ~ Paper. As you can see it is filled with lots of tiny vin­tage finds which I love tremen­dous­ly. To me there is noth­ing more enjoy­able than dig­ging around in thrift stores, antique shops...

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