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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Sing Your Own Song

Jun 3, 2014

I was­n’t kid­ding when I said I LOVED Dina Wak­ley’s Scrib­bly Birds stamp set. Here is anoth­er piece I made over the week­end. Using Jet Black Archival Ink I stamped the bird image onto a 6″ piece of water­col­or paper, then filled it in with acrylic paints. I paint­ed the entire back­ground with teal acrylic paint. I used the Kalei­do­scope sten­cil by Ron­da Palaz­zari and some of Wendy Vec­chi’s Crack­le Tex­ture Paste to add tex­ture to the piece. Once the paste was dry and did it’s mag­ic I inked it with Archival Inks and Vin­tage Pho­to Dis­tress Ink. Using Mul­ti Medi­um I attached some vin­tage sheet music and an image from a book. Next I cov­ered the sten­ciled areas and the branch image with bits and pieces of a dress pat­tern. Once the mul­ti  medi­um dried I...

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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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Everything Wendy Vecchi

Jul 24, 2012

Yes, this post is all about my friend, Wendy Vec­chi. She has so many won­der­ful things going on right now that there is no way I could post sev­er­al through­out the week. I have to post it ALL today! First up are her awe­some new Stamp Sets by Stam­pers Anony­mous. They are adorable, gor­geous and funky. I love the unique mix in this release. Next are her new Art Parts… Look at the Pitch­er of Ros­es piece… I love how it has the inside piece cut out so the pitch­er stays flat on your piece… so smart that Wendy is I tell ya. Her Birds with Wings set is anoth­er of my favorites. And look at the huge secret she has been keep­ing… Wendy now has Sten­cils for Art… wait until you see what...

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CHA-Summer 2012 Day 1

Jul 17, 2012

Today was a total blast of a day. It was a busy one with make-n-takes, teach­ing a meet­ing and more make-n-takes but it was a fun one. Here is a run down of day one… 10:00 — 11:00 ~ start make-n-takes in the Maya Road booth. Gail Hol­ley an instruc­tor for The Scrap­book Page and More was my first make-n-take attendee AND knew the pass­word *** I love Maya Road Pearl Bead Chain *** so she won a signed copy of “Delight In The Sea­sons”. 11:00 ~ take work­shop kits and sup­plies to my class­room then head back to the booth to do a few more make-n-takes. 11:45 — 12:50 ~ back to the class­room to set up for my work­shop “Wel­come Home with Maya Road.” 1:00 ~ 3:00 ~ Teach my “Wel­come Home...

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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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Black Friday

Nov 25, 2011

I hope all of you had a won­der­ful Thanks­giv­ing. Ans­ley went out with friends ear­ly this morn­ing to do some Black Fri­day shop­ping. I on the oth­er hand enjoyed a nice qui­et evening and slept. I’m also hop­ing that what my friend Wendy says, “any pie eat­en on a hol­i­day has zero calo­ries” is true. But, from the tight­ness of my jeans, today I think the pie might have been calo­rie free but what got me was the turkey, sweet pota­to casse­role, mashed pota­toes, stuff­ing and dev­iled eggs.  I’m going to have to vis­it my long lost friend Mr. Tread­mill ASAP. I am so not look­ing for­ward to his vis­it. Ok on to the fun… All you local Scrap­pers, Stam­pers and Mixed Media Arts  The Crafty Scrap­per is hav­ing a won­der­ful BLACK FRIDAY SALE… I’m hap­py...

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Antiquated Collection and Studio 490…

Nov 24, 2011

Wendy did it again… I got this fab­u­lous sur­prise in my inbox today just after get­ting a text telling me to check my email. I can­not even describe the feel­ing of what it feels like see­ing my stamps used in projects but I can tell ya it is one awe­some feel­ing. When the Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion stamp sets were being put togeth­er nev­er did I at the time think of how per­fect­ly they would go with Wendy Vec­chi’s Stu­dio 490 Stamp Sets and Art Parts. But look for your­self… they work togeth­er per­fect­ly. In this project, Wendy used the gen­tle­man a.k.a. dap­per dude from my Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion Fine and Dandy stamp set. His robe is inked with the new Ranger Fes­tive Berries Dis­tress Ink. I’m so hap­py I just pur­chased this set while at The...

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Filled with thanks…

Nov 22, 2011

I try to stay pret­ty pos­i­tive in life but there are times when the old mon­key wrench gets thrown in and increas­es my anx­i­ety lev­els just a tad bit. Today, start­ed out being one of those days and then two won­der­ful things hap­pened that made me real­ize just how for­tu­nate I am to be blessed with won­der­ful friends and acquain­tances. This morn­ing, I get a text from my friend Wendy telling me to check my email… well I instant­ly do it because, well it’s from Wendy and she told me too… love her so much. Well my eyes near­ly popped right out of my head! Look at what was attached to her email. I can­not tell you how incred­i­bly excit­ed I was to see the awe­some project she cre­at­ed using my Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion Dr. Warn­er’s...

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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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Art Parts

Jul 16, 2011

While I was at the Great Amer­i­can Scrap­book­ing Con­ven­tion in Arling­ton, this past June, I got to see my friend Wendy Vec­chi. She sur­prised me and gave me one of her new Art Parts pieces and told me I could cre­ate any­thing I want­ed. I was so excit­ed and had so many ideas run­ning through my head it took me awhile to decide what to do but this is the idea that made it to the can­vas. Car­olyn, at The Crafty Scrap­per and I are work­ing on com­ing up with a date to teach this project at her store. It’s super fun to make. I have a few Maya Road new release items includ­ed in this project too, their “Wood­en Vin­tage Snowflakes” and “Vin­tage Find­ings Rasp­ber­ry Beads”. Today, is all about wash­ing, pack­ing and...

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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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Delight In The Seasons

May 13, 2011

Today is a won­der­ful day… I get to final­ly share with all of you the cov­er of my sec­ond book, Delight In The Sea­sons.   This book is filled with won­der­ful projects, cards, tags and lay­outs for all the mem­o­rable hol­i­days and spe­cial occa­sions cel­e­brat­ed through­out the year. The chap­ters are divid­ed by each of the four sea­sons, win­ter, spring, sum­mer and fall. The chap­ters are filled with projects for major hol­i­days, birth­days, a new baby, wed­dings and so much more. Delight In The Sea­sons includes 40 projects with tech­niques that have been stepped out with pho­tos and instruc­tions, just as in Delight In The Details, then there are 20 addi­tion­al projects in a gallery show­ing you how to use some of the tech­niques in dif­fer­ent ways for dif­fer­ent sea­sons. This book com­pli­ments Delight In The...

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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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Perfect Pearls Love Tag

Feb 7, 2011

I cre­at­ed this tag using the new Per­fect Pearls Con­fec­tions Kit just released at by Ranger CHA‑W. If you went to Ranger’s booth you might have seen it. This new com­bi­na­tion is so pret­ty and reminds me of Spring. If you would like to recre­ate this tag just go here and you’ll find the entire sup­ply list and step by step instruc­tions. I used the Tim Holtz Alter­ations Tat­tered Flo­rals Bigz Die to make the flower. I like the look of the pearls and vin­tage but­tons strung on 24 gauge wire. I think I might be doing this more often. And yes you can see I used UTEE on the tag. It adds just the right amount of dimen­sion and is so sim­ple to do. I need jars and jars and jars of this...

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