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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Inspiration for a Crafty Weekend

Nov 30, 2012

Since I am clean­ing out and reor­ga­niz­ing my craft room, this week, which is total tor­ture but thank­ful­ly I have an awe­some neigh­bor, Jen­nifer who is help­ing me and keep­ing me on task. I just keep telling myself once I’m fin­ished it’s going to be so awe­some work­ing in it once again. These are just a por­tion of the emp­ty box­es I had to go through, emp­ty out and put stuff away. Car­o­line Lau is to blame for LOTS of these box­es. Any­way, I thought I would take a break and go through my blog post Archives and find some week­end inspi­ra­tion for you. I plan on mak­ing all my Christ­mas gifts this year and if you are as well, well there might be a few things to inspire you. Some­times it good to...

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Arty Friends are FUN!!!

Jan 12, 2012

I was chat­ting with my friend Wendy Vec­chi the oth­er day and while we were talk­ing away she shared a super cool tech­nique she dis­cov­ered while cre­at­ing with her Clear­ly For Art Black­out Mod­el­ing Film. Wait until you see what she altered using her tech­nique at CHA. STUNNING, is all I can say. My jaw dropped when I saw it. Tru­ly AMAZING!!! So fast for­ward a few days and while I was work­ing on this project, last night I want­ed to put this escutcheon piece on it but felt it looked too new. So thanks to Wendy, I decid­ed to try out the tech­nique she shared with me and I love the out­come. It looks just how I had it visu­al­ized in my head. THANK YOU, WENDY! Wait until you see this fin­ished project…...

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Always adding more…

Dec 9, 2011

So the more I looked at the domi­no art piece I post­ed yes­ter­day, the more I felt it need­ed more… it just lacked that lit­tle some­thing extra. So back into the scrap­room it went as I had ideas in my head and well, once and idea enters my head I can’t do any­thing else until I give it a go. So here is what the fin­ished piece looked like, yes­ter­day. And here is what it looks like now. Since I could not apply alco­hol ink to the face to dark­en the com­plex­ion, with­out wor­ry­ing that the alco­hol ink would ruin the stamped image, I decid­ed to stamp the image onto the blank mar­gin of a vin­tage book page then care­ful­ly and  ever so pre­cise­ly cut out the face. I then placed the cut out image...

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Last day of Show and Tell

Oct 20, 2011

This “Hap­py Birth­day” tag can be found in the Sum­mer chap­ter on page 64 of Delight In The Sea­sons. The tech­nique fea­tured is on page 65. But as you know this part still remains a secret. And just so you know, hav­ing to keep all of this a secret is killing me. I can­not wait for this book to hit the shelves. I used all kinds of fun prod­ucts and tools when cre­at­ing this tag.… Punch­es and Dec­o­ra­tive Scis­sors, Ink and Paint, Stick­les and Glit­ter, Stamp­ing and Dis­tress­ing and added tex­ture using Seam Bind­ing and Burlap. Machine stitch­ing with a basic straight stitch using cream thread all around the pat­terned paper pieces and inner edge of the tag adds the per­fect fin­ish­ing touch. I hope this weeks Show and Tell has giv­en you just...

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Just a little something…

Jun 17, 2011

I’m so proud of my old­est daugh­ter, Ter­ri. She is a super hard work­er and doing so well in her career. I real­ly do miss the days when she was younger with her sweet lit­tle “Roo” voice, oh how I loved it when she would say “Mom­ma.” But I must admit, see­ing her grow and achieve her goals as an adult is equal­ly reward­ing. So yes­ter­day, I decid­ed to play in my stu­dio and cre­ate a lit­tle some­thing for her to put in her cubi­cal. As you can see it’s filled with lots of Wendy Vec­chi Stu­dio 490 and Tim Holtz Ranger good­ness. Sup­plies Used: Art Parts Square and Rec­tan­gle Frames, Art Parts Scal­lop Trim, Stu­dio 490 Botan­i­cal Art, Stu­dio 490 Live And Make Art, Dis­tress Crack­le Paint Rock Can­dy, Dis­tress Crack­le Paint Tat­tered...

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Remember Today…

Jun 6, 2011

Actu­al­ly I wish the card­stock stick­er said “week­end” as it was such a fun one. Fri­day night, I taught my “Quilt­ed Mem­o­ries” class at The Crafty Scrap­per. I left a few kits with Car­olyn if you would like one. Just give her a call at the store: 972–923-3151. My friend Lisa E. joined me at the store which is always fun. We’ve been friends going on 11 years. She is my scrap­ping bud­dy. I had some super fun ladies in class and hope to see them again soon because we sure did laugh a lot. After the class was fin­ished Lisa and I stayed and laughed with Car­olyn (the own­er). The girl cracks me up and is always enter­tain­ing. Sat­ur­day, Lisa E. and I went to GASC in Arling­ton to see Car­olyn’s awe­some booth....

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Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabbers

Feb 11, 2011

I bet you were expect­ing anoth­er tag using Per­fect Pearls? Well this one fea­tures Ranger’s Adiron­dack Acrylic Paint Dab­bers. When using paint I find it most inspir­ing to cre­ate whim­si­cal pieces with brighter col­ors rather than my usu­al vin­tage style and shades. Kin­da strange when I think about it. Also, did you notice I used my Can­vas Album as inspi­ra­tion for this tag? If you did, you are a very devot­ed blog­ger. I always find it fun to use items around my scrap­room to cre­ate designs… one of the sim­plest things to cre­ate are pol­ka dots with the non-bris­tle end of my paint­brush­es. All you do is dip the end of the brush into the lid of the paint­brush and start cre­at­ing dots. Clean up is super sim­ple too. All you have to do...

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Condolences and another tag…

Feb 10, 2011

First I must give my heart felt con­do­lences to my Aunt and cousins. Yes­ter­day, my Uncle David passed away peace­ful­ly at home. Uncle David was a qui­et man yet when you talked with him he was so inter­est­ing as he could talk about all kinds of won­der­ful top­ics. Sad­ly, 10 years ago he was diag­nosed with Alzheimer’s dis­ease and not long after that Parkin­son’s dis­ease. Aunt Bren­da cared for him at home every sin­gle day from the time of his diag­no­sis. Even though it is a bless­ing Uncle David has passed on it is still so sad and he will be missed. Aunt Bren­da was a won­der­ful exam­ple of how fam­i­ly should care for fam­i­ly. We nev­er heard her speak of any frus­tra­tions which I am cer­tain there were many and we nev­er ever heard...

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Who do you love?

Feb 8, 2011

As a child grow­ing up I loved get­ting to vis­it my grand­par­ents. Gram­my Childers and Gram­my Spin­ney always had one thing in com­mon… flow­ers. I remem­ber know­ing I was at Gram­my Spin­ney’s house as soon as I saw the pan­sies in her yard. And every sum­mer Gram­my Childers had the most gor­geous Hydrangea bush just below her kitchen win­dow. The blooms were the size of din­ner plates. Her gar­den always had flow­ers grow­ing around it as well as along the side­walk of her house. So each time I see flow­ers bloom­ing I always think of them. So since flow­ers seem to remind me of those two spe­cial ladies I thought I would share this tag I cre­at­ed for Ranger. It was in there booth dur­ing CHA‑W. The flow­ers on this tag were cre­at­ed using...

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It’s a BeaUTEEful day over here…

Jan 24, 2011

(I think I just saw some eye­rolls, but real­ly how cute is the word BeaU­TEE­ful? Talk about mak­ing a super cute t‑shirt… and I would wear it!) Ok on to some projects. This was a sim­ple brown box that a neck­lace came in and I turned it into this using these prod­ucts … Vin­tage Pho­to Dis­tress Ink, Blend­ing Tool, Jet Black Archival Ink, two Wendy Vec­chi Stu­dio 490 Stamps (Script & Flower), Emboss­ing Ink, Mold-n-Pour, Clear UTEE, Heat Gun, Non-Stick Craft Mat, Plat­inum Stick­les, Heavy Weight White Card­stock, Seam Bind­ing and Foam Squares. From start to fin­ish this took no more than 30 min. And I also made this sweet tee­ny tiny house cov­ered it in UTEE (did you real­ly think I would­n’t?) then altered trees, trims and a ban­ner. The entire piece is...

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Money Envelope

Dec 13, 2010

I cre­at­ed this mon­ey enve­lope using this tuto­r­i­al cre­at­ed by Wendy Vec­chi of Stu­dio 490. I did have to sub­sti­tute a few things since I did­n’t have all the stamps she used or one of the Dis­tress Ink col­ors. I must admit it’s nice step­ping out of your com­fort zone every once in awhile and stamp­ing is cer­tain­ly step­ping out for me. It’s scary as I can­not get over the every­thing needs to be per­fect stuff but I am try­ing. Oh and let me fill you in on a lit­tle secret… today is my super sweet friend Wendy’s birth­day. I think she is cel­e­brat­ing some­thing like her 25th. I don’t know I could be wrong but I know I’m not off by far. So when you go over to check out her awe­some tuto­r­i­al make sure you...

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No Stress Just Work…

Oct 24, 2010

This will be my new mot­to told to me by a sweet friend for the next six months as I will begin work­ing on my SECOND book tomor­row. I am so hap­py I have been giv­en the chance to work with F & W Media once again. My new book will be tech­nique based just as “Delight In The Details” but it will have step outs on how to recre­ate not only the tech­niques but ALSO some of the projects. So excit­ed about this new twist. My first dead­line is Novem­ber 26th so i will be some­what of a her­mit over the next month as these projects will be for the cov­er and I want them over the top won­der­ful. Not sure if I can tell you the theme of the book just yet...

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Show day 2

Jul 28, 2010

Today we cre­at­ed flower pins using Petaloo flow­ers that were mist­ed with sev­er­al dif­fer­ent col­ors of Maya Mist. Then we accent­ed the cen­ter of the flower with one of the new Bin­go Mark­ers. It was a fun day and once again I had a blast meet­ing every­one that came by to say hi. Now how about a lit­tle Stu­dio 490. I LOVE all the new items Wendy Vec­chi is releas­ing. So I will just post all the eye can­dy and save all the WOW’s and OH MY GOODNESS, and I have to HAVE THIS for you… because hon­est­ly this is all I can think to say about her release. So enjoy. And if I don’t get this stamp set I think I might just die.…is this incred­i­ble or what? So there you have it… loads...

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Make Art…

Sep 2, 2009

So do you wish you could stamp like Wendy Vec­chi as much as I do? Well it just got a lot eas­i­er for me. I had a great mail day yes­ter­day because Wendy sent me a copy of her new book “Make Art, Stu­dio 490 Style”. Let me tell ya… this book will nev­er leave my work­sta­tion and I am not kid­ding! Behind this cov­er con­tains loads and loads of  incred­i­ble infor­ma­tion. Read­ing Wendy’s book is kin­da like being able to pick her brain. You know when you look at her incred­i­ble cre­ations and think to your­self… who’s prod­uct is this, how did she do that… what did she use here.… well it is all inside. Wendy lists her favorite sup­plies (the basics and the extras) tips, stamp stuff, basic info and has approx­i­mate­ly...

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Photo Holder using Sewing Pattern Flower…

May 11, 2009

I fig­ured I should show you all how I decid­ed to use the Sewing Pat­tern Flower I cre­at­ed last week. This sim­ple pho­to hold­er will soon be sit­ting on a shelf in Ter­ri’s apart­ment hold­ing a pho­to of her and Laren. Sup­plies Need­ed: Jum­bo Clothes­pin 6″ (The Tree House Stu­dio) Adiron­dack Metallics Arylic Paint Dab­ber in Gold DecoArt Crack­ling Medi­um (Weath­ered Wood) Mak­ing Mem­o­ries Acrylic Paint (Asphalt) Sewing Pat­tern Flower Stu­dio 490 Wendy Vec­chi Funky Flower Art Leaf Stamp Cream Felt Embroi­dery Floss (DMC 543) Col­or­Box Flu­id Chalk Ink (Creamy Brown) Tools Need­ed: Paint Brush Sewing Nee­dle Strong Adhe­sive or Hot Glue Gun Scis­sors Instruc­tions: Paint the jum­bo clothes­pin front and back using a Gold Adiron­dack Metallics Arylic Paint Dab­ber, let dry Once the paint is dry using a paint­brush cov­er the gold paint...

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Book Page Flower Tutorial…

May 8, 2009

Okay those of you that love to make flow­ers here is anoth­er tuto­r­i­al. I real­ly hope you all show me what you cre­at­ed with these tuto­ri­als. I would love for you to share how you use these to embell­ish your projects, cards, tags or lay­outs. Next week will be anoth­er week of tuto­ri­als just not sure what the theme will be… cer­tain­ly will be think­ing about it over the week­end. Wish­ing you all the best. Enjoy! Sup­plies Need­ed: Sizzix Die (Flower Lay­ers #3) 2 — Old Book Pages Col­or­Box Flu­id Chalk Ink (Creamy Brown) Maya Mists (Iri­des­cent Pearl, Sil­ver Metal­lic) Plat­inum Stick­les 1 — Large Pearl Cabo­chon or But­ton Stu­dio 490 Wendy Vec­chi Funky Flower Art Leaf Stamp Cream Felt Embroi­dery Floss (DMC #543) Tools Need­ed: Sewing Nee­dle Fab­ri-Tac Liq­uid Glue Martha Stew­art Seal...

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Felt Addiction…

Nov 21, 2008

This is what I seem to have at the moment. I love felt. I cre­at­ed this card using my friend Wendy’s Stu­dio 490 Art of Mak­ing it Mer­ry stamp set. I just inked the stamps, stamped the image onto some cream felt, then used that as my embroi­dery pat­tern for the flour­ish­es. Then I stamped the flower image three times onto some red felt, cut them out, lay­ered them, put some french knots in the cen­ter and accent­ed the edges using Plat­inum Stick­les. I think this came out pret­ty cute. Adding the Plat­inum Stick­les gives it the cheesy vin­tage look which I love so much right now too. So dig out those stamp sets you have stashed away and see what great embroi­dery pat­terns you have just wait­ing to be used. If you want...

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What a fun weekend…

Oct 13, 2008

This week­end I stayed in Wax­a­hachie with some of the Maya Road girls… Car­o­line, Jes­si­ca, Aubrey and Wendy. I got­ta tell you, Wendy taught some of the most inspir­ing class­es all day Sat­ur­day and all day Sun­day at the Crafty Scrap­per. If you ever see that Wendy Vec­chi is com­ing to a store near you I say run and sign up as fast as you can. You do NOT want to miss any of her class­es. Wendy is the first per­son I have ever tak­en a class from and I want more. She taught me so many great tech­niques that I plan on car­ry­ing over into future projects. Thanks Wendy for all the inspi­ra­tion. This lit­tle album is one I cre­at­ed in Wendy’s Frag­ments class. Wendy has you bring scraps of paper, rubons and...

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