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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