Hammered Metal Flower Cuff Bracelet

Mar 21, 2014

This hammered metal flower started out as a pendant but the more I looked at it the more I thought the flower would look really cool as a focal point on a leather cuff. So with just a little alteration (punching an additional hole) I attached the flower to a leather strip, added some vintage rosary beads and created a closure. As you can see the rosary beads are lose when the bracelet is not worn but when you wear it the rosary beads fit snug against the leather as shown in the bottom photo. This bracelet is for sale and can be purchased in my Etsy shop along with other handmade jewelry items. I’m really enjoying working with metal and thought I would share a little funny from my sister. A few days...

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The Newfangled Neo Chain Blog Hop

Mar 18, 2014

It goes without saying that there are so many different types of chain to choose from for stringing and sewing projects. Dazzle-it NEO is a new collection of chain and findings featuring classic colors with a new age twist! The vivid colors are quite eye catching and make a great accent to your jewelry designs. Mix these colors together for an extravagant look or simply add them together with black or white beads to pop the individual colors. The possibilities are endless. For this fun blog hop I was sent the black and white chain and findings to use to create what ever items I wanted. I decided on creating a matching necklace, bracelet and earring set. The NEO chain glitters because the cut in the chain exposes the brass beneath, which worked perfectly...

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Leather Cuff

Mar 7, 2014

Did you know you can bend the Antique Plume Feathers by Maya Road? Well if you didn’t, you do now, which means you can turn them into really pretty bracelets. I gently bent the one shown above to rest perfectly on top of a piece of leather to create this eclectic leather cuff. I accented the quill end of the metal feather using a few Maya Road Iridescent Rhinestone Trim pieces and accented the edges of the vintage lace with Maya Road  Twine Cording Ginger Root Brown. I’m trying to think of a few words to place on top of the feather but so far I’ve got nothing… do you have any ideas? If so, please share your thoughts or ideas because I need...

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Walk, Eat & Shop

Mar 5, 2014

To offset all the calories Alan and I have been consuming with just one meal a day Lola has been getting some nice walks when the sun decides to show its face. My gosh, Terri and Laren live near so many amazing places to eat.  Honestly, all we can eat is one meal and I can’t even finish my entire meal. The food in Deep Ellum is so incredible. For Lunch/Dinner Alan and I went to Allgood Cafe. He had their amazing Chicken Fried Steak and I had their OMGOSH lick your plate clean Truck Stop Hot Beef Sandwich. This sandwich was so darn incredible. Their mashed potatoes are absolutely to die for too. I could only eat half of my sandwich so Alan finished it off for me. I have no idea how...

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Artist Trading Block ~ Night Light

Feb 25, 2014

Have you heard of Eileen Hull’s “Artist Trading Blocks“? Artist trading blocks allow you to create on a multi-dimensional canvas. I decided to turn my ATB into a night light. Before creating my ATB using a pencil I drew a heart shape on one end of the die cut ATB. Please Note: this end will open and close so you can place a battery tea light inside so don’t seal it shut. Using a craft knife cut the traced heart out of mat board. Now you are ready to assemble the ATB per the manufacturers instructions. Attach patterned paper to the ATB then ink the edges using Chestnut Roan ink. Using a craft knife, cut the patterned paper that is now covering the heart to create a heart shaped window. Attach a piece of lace...

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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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Felted Heart

Feb 7, 2014

Incorporating an assortment of textiles not only adds visual interest to your projects but it can also add unique textures too. The background of this canvas is layered with several different types of textiles and each layer adds beauty and texture. When I started this canvas I knew I wanted to create a somewhat monochromatic background as I wanted the felted heart embellishment to be the main feature. I decided on creating a soft cream background but knew I could not just go with one piece of fabric. I love to add texture and dimension to all my projects so I needed at least three textile layers. Once I had my game plan mostly figured out, using fabric adhesive I attached a piece of cream colored wool felt to the canvas. After the felt was...

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Embedded Objects in Beeswax

Feb 6, 2014

Embedding miscellaneous objects into beeswax is a technique that allows for some pretty amazing results with your mixed media projects. Some of my favorite items to embed are scanned copies of old photos, vintage ephemera, buttons, feathers and dried flowers. The look these items give to your projects are fabulous and as you can see, I embedded all my favorites into this Putz style house. The photo embedded on the front of the house is of my great grandmother on her wedding day and is one of my favorites I have of her. I prefer using natural beeswax pellets over white beeswax pellets and is only because of it’s off white color. The coloring of the natural beeswax goes perfectly with my vintage style. I also don’t have or use any high end encaustic...

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Assemblage at Heart

Feb 4, 2014

I am always asked, “What are you going to do with this thing?” when I purchase odd items as I’m out and about junking. Honestly, sometimes I have not one clue but I’ve learned from experience if I see something that really intrigues me or something that I’m on the fence about I make the purchase. My dad has a saying, “You only regret the things you don’t buy.” and he’s right! Today, I thought I would show you what I did with lots of random items that helped me create this assemblage style doll. Now I know this might not be for everyone but I just love her and have her sitting on my shelf in my studio. As you can see she is made from lots of different flea market and non-flea...

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Handmade Eclectic Jewelry

Jan 29, 2014

Lately, I’ve been creating unique pieces of jewelry in my studio using bits & pieces of vintage jewelry I’ve been collecting. The heart shaped pendant in the photo above is one I cut from copper sheeting, soldered and accented with a vintage postcard image, red rhinestone trim and German silver glass glitter. The front and back of this pendant is covered with a layer of clear resin. Then I created the necklace from pearl, iridescent pink and red beads. This bracelet is created from a vintage earring that I could not pass up at a flea market. I LOVE the coral color and all the detail. The scallop lace around the outer edge and flower center is so intricate. The earring is attached to a bracelet that has a spring type hinge. This type...

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Optical Lens Pendant

Jan 27, 2014

When thrifty finds come together like this it makes me want to jump in my car and go junking even more. I found the optical lens, vintage lace, broken rhinestone necklace piece and book page words while looking around flea markets, thrift shops and antique stores. These items were purchased for little of nothing but when combined together these little bits of discarded items turned into something fabulous.  A beautiful optical lens inspirational pendant. I really like how the lace, words and rhinestones look encased in resin on this pendant. Being able to still see through the lens by using lace creates a beautiful effect. I attached lace pieces to the front and back of the optical lens. When creating this pendant, first I attached the rhinestone necklace piece around the optical lens using...

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Wire Wrapping

Jan 22, 2014

As I’m sure you’ve noticed I’ve been having a bit of fun creating unique pendants and decided I needed to learn how to wire wrap some vintage pearls and beads. Well, I’m not sure why this is so hard for me to accomplish but I’m trying my best. Suze Weinburg gave me a quick lesson and I remember thinking that is it? Suze makes it look so easy and really it is but for some reason I’m making a mountain out of this mole hill. I think I’m so worried about perfection it’s causing me difficulties. I really need to learn to let some of this type A personality go. Once I master this task I’ll take step by step photos to share. Until then, I’m going to continue to remind myself “An Artist Cannot...

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Trash to Treasure Shrine Pendant

Jan 20, 2014

I had a little mishap with a vintage salt shaker and had to keep it because of the way the front section broke. I was thinking it would create a super cute shadow box type project so I hung on to it. Well, the other day as I was looking at it I thought it looked like a shrine. This is when I had a light bulb moment… create a big funky shrine pendant. The first thing I needed to do was smooth out the sharp edges. I applied soldering tape all along the broken edges and started soldering. Once I had the this as I liked I started digging in my vintage jewelry pieces for perfect rhinestone accents. When at flea markets, antique shops or thrift stores I love looking for broken jewelry...

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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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Valentine’s Day Tag

Jan 14, 2014

I’m getting a jump start on creating some Valentine’s day tags and thought I would share this one with you. I think my little Handmade Kewpie Doll fairy looks adorable holding her “I Love You” vintage heart pick. Her wings are altered using white ink and Diamond Stickles. The red iridescent rhinestone trim is gorgeous against the red satin pleat trim. It’s hard to tell in this photo but gosh, I promise it’s so pretty. To top off the tag, I covered the chipboard center heart with silver ink and fine silver German glass glitter. Swoon! And you are in luck if you want to create a tag just like this as I have a limited supply of kits listed in my Etsy Shop. I even include easy to follow step by step instructions...

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Delight In Everyday Beauty

Jan 13, 2014

Some of you might have seen this piece I made on Facebook. It’s one of my favorite big and funky pendants I’ve created. I had planned on wearing it a bit before selling it in my Esty shop but a person contacted me really wanting it so I sold it. I must admit my heart hurts a little as I really love this piece and I know I wont be able to create another one like it. But it’s going to a great home in London. This pendant measures approximately 1.5″ in diameter. The words and letters are from vintage book pages from the early 1920’s. Iridescent green and clear iridescent rhinestone trim accent the outer edge of the pendant. The background is vintage sheet music from the 1920’s that is accented with a...

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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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2013 Year in Review

Dec 31, 2013

Last year, I did several Year In Review blog posts that were pretty popular but this year I decided to do one for 2013. This year, I was all over the place creatively. I pulled one project from each month and the 12 featured in this post were some of my favorites. You will find a photo transfer canvas of my sweet niece Amanda and her boyfriend Steve, creative jewelry using small bottles, vintage buttons and horseshoe nails, a cute little DIY yarn nest, projects created using plaster, a pliable bees wax technique a fun blog feature “My Life In A Dinghy” and a new Antiquated Collection Stamp Set ~ Winter Girl. I hope you enjoy looking back at these past projects. Now that I have recuperated from creating and writing “Delight In The...

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Mini Snow Globe Charm

Dec 19, 2013

As soon as I saw the adorable snow globe charm created by Margot Potter I knew I had to make one of these little cuties. Although, I created somewhat of a Texas sized version. I love wearing big chunky charms and thought this would make for an adorable holiday piece to wear on a simple silver or ball chain style necklace. I pretty much created my charm exactly as Margot,  although I didn’t have to trim off the top of a bottle brush tree as I had one that was super small and fit inside my bottle perfectly. All I needed to do was snip off the wooden base of the tree using wire cutters. Supplies Used: 2″ Glass Bottle with Cork (Tim Holtz), .75″ Mini Glass Bottle with Cork (Maya Road), Tinsel Trim,...

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Delightful Arty Crush ~ Jenny & Aaron

Dec 18, 2013

“Delight­ful Arty Crush” is a fea­ture I have on my blog which show­cases artists who’s work I admire and find inspir­ing. It fea­tures a wide range of artists from col­lage, tex­tile, encaus­tic and lots of other amaz­ing medi­ums. I’m sure you will find each artists work just as inspir­ing as I do and I hope you will visit their blogs and other links included in their fea­ture. The images I share with you are just the tip of the ice­berg in regards to their awesomeness.   Today, my “Delightful Arty Crush” are featured artists Jenny & Aaron of Everyday is a Holiday. I can’t remember when I discovered this amazing duo but I’ve been a fan for a very long time. I love the taffy shades of paint they use in all their creations...

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Season’s Greetings Altered Hoop

Dec 16, 2013

I decided to make a fancy holiday altered hoop with this little embroidered piece I stitched using two new stamp sets by Pink Persimmon, Christmas House & Holiday Hello. I find great joy in hand stitching a bit each night. It’s a great way for me to relax as I’m usually wound up tighter than an eight day clock. This sweet holiday decor piece can either hang or sit on an easel to add a little holiday cheer to any spot. The wooden hoop measures approximately 4″ in diameter. I used Maya Road Rhinestone Trim, Fabric Tape, and Satin, Mini Gingham and Tulle Trims to alter the side and back edge of the hoop. A White Snowflake Transparency adorned with a vintage earring and a clear glass button accents the front. I hope this...

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