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 &...

read more

Lemon Bath Bombs

Mar 25, 2015

With all the crazi­ness of bath bombs right now, I decid­ed to give it a go and attempt to make my own. I looked all over Pin­ter­est at the ingre­di­ents in lots of dif­fer­ent bath bombs and by adding and tak­ing away cer­tain ingre­di­ents from recipes here is the recipe I cre­at­ed. These lit­tle bath bombs smell just like lemon bundt cakes. On my next batch I will add a bit more Lemon Essen­tial Oil (EO) to my next batch as it did­n’t smell as strong­ly as I want­ed in my bath but this is the only thing I will change when I make them again. Also depend­ing on the EO used will deter­mine the amount of drops need­ed. If you make Pep­per­mint bath bombs you will not need as many drops because the oil scent...

read more

Need a crown, of course you do!!!

Mar 18, 2015

Sat­ur­day, I was at The Crafty Scrap­per attend­ing a birth­day crop for my super sweet & awe­some friend Trisha Perkins. At her par­ty, she had Cheryl Dar­row of Ten Sec­onds Stu­dio come and instruct every­one on how to make leather crowns. This was WAY WAY WAY out of my com­fort zone as I’m a vin­tage paper kin­da girl and there was zero vin­tage paper to be found here, but let me tell you I now have a new addic­tion. Work­ing with emboss-able leather is so fun and if you ever have the chance to take one of Cheryl’s crown class­es do it, you will LOVE it! Cheryl brought her tools  and molds for the non-doo­dle cal­lig­ra­phy girls in the class, which as you can see I was one of those girls. Once every­one had their leather pieces embossed...

read more

I Love You Frame

Feb 13, 2015

This spark­ly chip­board frame is going to be added to the front cov­er of a mini album. I plan to cov­er the album with vin­tage sheet music and ledger paper than add pho­tos of Ter­ri and Ans­ley. If you want to make this chip­board frame it’s super sim­ple and here’s the tuto­r­i­al. Sup­plies Need­ed: 2 Maya Road Chip­board Frames, Maya Road Glit­ter ~ Red & Sil­ver, Red & Sil­ver Acrylic Paint, Vin­tage Sheet Music, Martha Stew­art Crys­tal Coarse Glit­ter, Vin­tage Glass Vial, Flocked Flow­ers, White Seam Bind­ing, Dia­mond Glaze, Glue Stick, Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue, Dina Wak­ley Gel Medi­um, Book Page Words “I LOVE YOU”, Adhe­sive Foam Squares Tools Used: Scis­sors, Paint­brush, Craft Knife, Craft Matt, Tweez­ers Instruc­tions: Using a glue stick type adhe­sive, cov­er the front of one chip­board frame with vin­tage sheet...

read more

So This Is Love ~ Tag

Feb 11, 2015

The star of this tag is one of my new hand­made Pen­ny Can­dy Dolls. I think she is the per­fect accent for this tag and I must admit she is one of my favorites. If you want to recre­ate a tag for your­self or a friend I put togeth­er a step by step tuto­r­i­al just for you. Sup­plies Need­ed: Mani­la Tag, Vin­tage Music Sheet, White Crepe Paper, Chip­board Heart, Dina Wak­ley Media Ruby Acrylic Paint, Maya Road Red Glit­ter, Plat­inum Stick­les, Dia­mond Stick­les, Small Red Flocked Flower, Brown & White Twine, 3 Cro­cheted Doilies, Doo­dle­Bug Rhine­stones, White Embroi­dery Floss, Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue, Fab­ric Tac Fab­ric Adhe­sive, Ranger Mul­ti Medi­um Mat­te, Martha Stew­art Crys­tal Coarse Glit­ter, Hand­made Pen­ny Can­dy Doll, Small Alpha­bet Stamp Set, Jet Black Archival Ink Tools Need­ed: Scis­sors, Paper Trim­mer,...

read more

Valentine Home Decor Accent

Feb 9, 2015

This valen­tine home decor piece show­cas­es one of the hand­made Pen­ny Can­dy Dolls I now have in my etsy shop. I love these dolls from long ago and when pos­si­ble make molds of dolls I think you too would like to use in your craft­ing projects. This lit­tle cutie is hold­ing a book under­neath it’s arm. I put togeth­er a tuto­r­i­al so you too can recre­ate this home decor accent. I plan on dis­play­ing this year round in my stu­dio. Sup­plies Used: Large Wood­en Spool, Vin­tage Sheet Music, White Crepe Paper, 2 Chip­board Hearts, Dina Wak­ley Media Ruby Acrylic Paint, 16 Gauge Wire, Dia­mond Glaze, Maya Road Red Glit­ter, White Embroi­dery Floss, Red & White Bak­er’s Twine, Martha Stew­art Crys­tal Coarse Glit­ter, Ranger Mul­ti Medi­um-Mat­te, Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue, Flocked Flower, Hand­made Pen­ny Can­dy Doll with...

read more

NEW Handmade Penny Candy Dolls

Jan 29, 2015

I’ve added two new doll designs to my Etsy Shop. These Hand­made Pen­ny Can­dy Dolls are cre­at­ed by me from vin­tage dolls in my col­lec­tion. They are per­fect to alter for art projects or jew­el­ry designs. Each set includes 3 dolls per pack and mea­sure approx­i­mate­ly 2.25″ tall. Since these are all hand­made each doll will be unique and have its own vin­tage charm. I ship Flat Rate so please email me if you wish to pur­chase more than one item as I can get sev­er­al pur­chas­es in the same box. My email address is...

read more

Ranger Designer Challenge 2015

Jan 16, 2015

It’s always so excit­ing to be invit­ed to par­tic­i­pate in the Ranger Design­er Chal­lenge. Basi­cal­ly how it works is Ranger picks a prod­uct line to fea­ture, sends the design­ers a box of the prod­ucts and you cre­ate a project using these prod­ucts. This year the chal­lenge was a can­vas using Dina Wak­ley’s Media paints, sten­cils and stamps. Talk about a fun chal­lenge. I also used some Tim Holtz Dis­tress Stick­les Dry Glit­ter Rocky Can­dy and of course Dia­mond Stick­les. I have fall­en in love with Dina’s Media paints. They come in a tube with a flip top and are heavy body acrylics that spread like but­ter! I already have her new col­ors Glitz, Ster­ling and Pen­ny on my list of “Must Have Now” as well as Dina’s super cool new Media Fine Tip Appli­ca­tor. These...

read more

Now Selling At The Crafty Scrapper

Dec 18, 2014

I’m so hap­py to tell you that I am now sell­ing my hand­made vin­tage tin neck­laces at The Crafty Scrap­per in Wax­a­hachie, Texas. Car­olyn Ross moved her amaz­ing store to a new build­ing and she now has a bou­tique that offers unique hand­craft­ed items. So, if you are look­ing for a lit­tle some­thing spe­cial for a friend, co-work­er or fam­i­ly mem­ber please go check out her store. All my neck­lace pen­dants are cre­at­ed from vin­tage tins and jew­el­ry pieces and each piece is one of a kind. No two will ever be alike. Also, I still have a few Mys­tery Goody Box­es avail­able. If you are inter­est­ed in pur­chas­ing one, each box is a Medi­um Sized Flat Rate box filled with new and very gen­tly used prod­ucts from major man­u­fac­tures like Ranger, Maya Road, Fiskars,...

read more

Recycle All Those Saved Christmas & Holiday Cards

Dec 10, 2014

In keep­ing with the “I’m using what I have for Christ­mas and cut­ting out the need­less things I don’t” I recy­cled some saved Christ­mas cards and cre­at­ed two super easy gift card hold­ers from one Christ­mas card. I know I’m not the only per­son that saves hol­i­day cards. I can­not throw Christ­mas cards of any kind away. I love them all and espe­cial­ly cher­ish the ones that have my grand­par­ents sig­na­tures inside. I start­ed with a Christ­mas card that mea­sured 4″ x 5.75″ but you can use any card size you want. This size just allowed me to keep the entire image with­out hav­ing to cut it down to fit a gift card. My com­plet­ed gift card hold­ers mea­sure 2.75″ x 4″. Once you have your card picked out and if you’re like me and save all your Christ­mas cards...

read more

Weekend of Holiday Decorating

Dec 8, 2014

The Christ­mas tree is the first item to go up in our house dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son. Ans­ley designed this “Pep­per­mint” tree a few years ago and we’ve kept it since. It’s a fun tree that is easy to put up and take down and lets face it dur­ing the hol­i­days easy is the key word. Once the tree is all set Ans­ley and I start to plan how we want to dec­o­rate the house. This year it is all about lights. In the den, we decid­ed to hang three wreaths with white lights and some gar­land with red and white lights in the bay win­dow. We added white lights on the fire­place man­tel and I accent­ed it with some of my favorite vin­tage mer­cury glass orna­ments, gar­land and green depres­sion glass. I say “I” accent­ed...

read more

25 Days Left To Bake Countdown Tray

Dec 1, 2014

I was­n’t kid­ding when I said I love count­down cal­en­dars as much as any kid… here is a count­down cal­en­dar for all you bak­ers. It’s per­fect to place on your counter next to your cook­books or placed on your kitchen island.  And this year, I’m all about using what I have so the hol­i­day pick is from years past. Hob­by Lob­by has one with faux pep­per­mints that is call­ing my name but nope I’m not gonna do it… I’m stick­ing with the, use what I have method this year. Prod­ucts Used: Tray, Dis­tress Paint Linen, Amer­i­cana Chalk­board Paint, Hol­i­day Pick, Vin­tage Wood­en Sporks, My Mind’s Eye ~ Joy­ous Dec­o­ra­tive Tag & Alpha Stick­er Sheet, Cof­fee Archival Ink Tools Need­ed: Paint­brush, Craft Mat, Blend­ing Tool & Foam, Hot Glue Gun, Hot Glue Sticks This tray is real­ly sim­ple to...

read more

Countdown to Christmas Calendar

Nov 24, 2014

This hol­i­day sea­son I’m all about get­ting projects done in a day. This year, I can’t afford the take a week to com­plete a project, you all know I’m very capa­ble of cre­at­ing a mole hill kin­da project into a moun­tain kin­da project. So I thought and thought of how I could cre­ate a “Count­down to Christ­mas Cal­en­dar” with­out it tak­ing me days to com­plete. I love count­ing down to Christ­mas just as much as a kid and thought I would share with you what and how I made mine. This project should take 3  hours tops from start to fin­ish includ­ing dry­ing time for the paints. Prod­ucts Used: Maya Road Count­down Shad­ow­box, Adiron­dack Acrylic Paint Dab­ber Juniper & Metal­lic Gold, Cof­fee Archival Ink, Glue Stick, My Mind’s Eye ~ Joy­ous 6” x 6”...

read more

New Listings in My Etsy Shop

Sep 30, 2014

I real­ly enjoy nee­dle felt­ing and as you can see I’ve been busy. I find cre­at­ing some­thing out of a rolled up piece of wool fun and reward­ing. If you live in the DFW area and are want­i­ng to learn nee­dle felt­ing Car­olyn Ross (The Crafty Scrap­per) and I are try­ing to fig­ure out when I can teach a class. So be on the look­out. This nee­dle felt­ed cup­cake or petit four hol­i­day orna­ment is cre­at­ed from brown, beige, red and green wool. It mea­sures approx­i­mate­ly 1.75″ in width and 2″ in height. The cup­cake sits in a vin­tage can­dy mold and can be found in my Etsy Shop.  Each acorn base is nee­dle felt­ed from wool in col­ors of Teal, Red, Orange, Gold, Green and Light Green then accent­ed with a dried acorn cap. The...

read more

FREE Shipping In My Etsy Shop

Aug 26, 2014

Next week, I will be on a mini road trip with mom and dad. I’ll be dri­ving them to Evans­ville, ID to see the LST-325 ship which is  sim­i­lar to the ship LST-557 that my grand­fa­ther Clay­ton Spin­ney, (dad’s father) was a mechan­ic on dur­ing WWII. Before gram­pa passed away and the last time I saw him, he shared with me a heart­break­ing sto­ry of see­ing his best friend killed on deck. That was the only time I ever saw my gram­pa have sad­ness on his face but I’m glad he shared the sto­ry. After we tour this ship we will then head over to Buck­han­non, WV to see mom’s side of the fam­i­ly at the old home­stead I love so much. I sure hope my house is still stand­ing when I return home. Alan, Ans­ley...

read more

Altered Art Journal ATC 1

Aug 25, 2014

I was so super hap­py when I dis­cov­ered (which is what hap­pens when you clean areas of your stu­dio, you dis­cov­er things) I had a set of 6″ x 8″ pock­et pages that fit inside my art jour­nal. Since these pock­et pages are a vari­ety pack I have sev­er­al dif­fer­ent sized pock­ets that are per­fect to add dif­fer­ent sized art pieces into my jour­nal. Yes, I’m hap­py. So once I dis­cov­ered I had more options for my art jour­nal I decid­ed to cre­ate a small ATC type piece to put into one of the pock­et pages. This card mea­sures 2.75″ x 4″ so it is a bit off in mea­sure­ments for a tra­di­tion­al ATC which is 2.5″ x 3.5″.  The base of the card is from a por­tion of the left over post­card I had from my first...

read more

Altered Art Journal Page 1

Aug 22, 2014

Well I final­ly did it, I start­ed an art jour­nal. But let me tell ya it was not an easy start. I start­ed out with one page, real­ly did­n’t like the bold col­ors because let’s face it, I’m not a bold col­or kin­da gal, so I then thought I would tone it down a bit, then I real­ly did­n’t like it and had to step away from the table because I could feel some major frus­tra­tion com­ing on. This is when I decid­ed I would try to make some DIY lip gloss, so I did. It was super fast, easy and I real­ly like it. DIY Lip Gloss Recipe All you need is 1 table­spoon of coconut oil, 1/4 tea­spoon of Vase­line and 5 drops of Pep­per­mint essen­tial oil or the essen­tial oil of your choice....

read more

Handmade Art Journal

Aug 21, 2014

I real­ly love see­ing all the amaz­ing art jour­nal­ing that lots of my friends do but I have issues, like seri­ous issues when it comes to the jour­nals. I love dimen­sion­al col­lage which means, I like to stick LOTS of bulky things in my art. Well, this does not work well with a lot of art jour­nals due to the type of bind­ing most have so the prob­lem was solved this week by cre­at­ing my own art jour­nal. Now I can add all the bulky items I want and the art jour­nal will still close. The thick­er my art jour­nal gets is no big­gie because all I need to do is use larg­er binder rings. Even though I’ve used vin­tage items that you might not have on had to cre­ate my art jour­nal my ideas...

read more

Charm Bracelets and Bangles

Aug 13, 2014

I love the sweet sound of charm bracelets and I’m so lucky to have my grand­moth­er’s charm bracelet. I still remem­ber the sound her bracelet made as she wore it. I LOVED being able to find the engraved charm with my name and birth­date, it hung nes­tled among all her grand­chil­dren and oth­er spe­cial charms she had been giv­en. These two charm bracelets are craft­ed from hand cut vin­tage tin, that I cut, sand­ed and turned into charms. Each charm cre­ates a soft sweet sound that reminds me of a wind chime far off in the dis­tance on a Texas farm. I accent­ed each charm bracelet with a strand of pearl like beads and the bot­tom charm bracelet has vin­tage clear glass beads wire wrapped and attach between the tin charms. Each bracelet is a one of a...

read more

A Look at What’s New

Aug 1, 2014

While Bel­lie was busy paint­ing or watch­ing movies I was busy cre­at­ing new one of a kind jew­el­ry designs for my Etsy shop. As you can see, this week I was able to add sev­er­al pieces. I must admit my favorite this week is the owl pen­dant. These new pen­dants will look gor­geous with any Autumn attire. Yes, I’m wish­ing this Texas sum­mer away, although I must admit it has been one of the coolest in 7 years. You’ll find some new resin charms too. These charms have vin­tage embossed papers or tin encased in resin with wire wrapped fresh­wa­ter pearls or vin­tage bead accents. This set reminds me of a beau­ti­ful mosa­ic. I love the warm tones of orange, red and yel­low. All my pen­dants come with either an 18″ or 24″ ball chain...

read more

Owl Pendant

Jul 24, 2014

This lit­tle cutie is a one of a kind orig­i­nal pen­dant that I craft­ed from vin­tage items. The tin is all hand cut using a tem­plate I designed. I can promise you there will nev­er be anoth­er pen­dant like this owl, it’s tru­ly a one and only. The Owl mea­sures approx­i­mate­ly 2″ in length and 2″ in width. It comes with either an 18″ or 24″ Sil­ver Ball Chain. If you wish to pur­chase this unique pen­dant I have it up for auc­tion HERE, bid­ding ends...

read more
css.php