Tomorrow is the day…

May 31, 2009

My Amer­i­cana work­shop begins bright and ear­ly in the morn­ing. I can­not wait to start shar­ing all the projects I have cre­at­ed cel­e­brat­ing the red, white and blue. Here are a few new sneak peeks of what we will be cre­at­ing over the next six weeks. See ya there my friends! I can’t...

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Mini Wall Hanging Sneak Peek #2…

May 29, 2009

Just a few teasers of the Mini Wall Hang­ing I cre­at­ed using my scraps from the June Kit by Cocoa Daisy. I am pro­vid­ing Tri­cia with a PDF of all the tem­plates so Cocoa Daisy sub­scribers can recre­ate this piece if they choose. Next week I will show you how to make these adorable vel­vet rib­bon...

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Maya Mist Ribbon Strip Flower…

May 28, 2009

Here is a flower embell­ish­ment I cre­at­ed sim­i­lar to the “Fab­ric Flower” I made a few weeks ago. If you want to learn how I cre­at­ed this flower check out the Maya Road Design Team Blog. There you will find all kinds of won­der­ful tuto­ri­als and projects. Have a great...

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Cocoa Daisy Sneak Peeks…

May 27, 2009

I am the guest design­er in June for Cocoa Daisy. And let me just say Tri­cia did a won­der­ful job putting the June kit togeth­er as it is so inspir­ing. I am pro­vid­ing a lit­tle PDF so that those who pur­chase the kit can down­load the tem­plates need­ed to recre­ate a lit­tle wall hang­ing. I will share sneak peeks of this project lat­er this week. And just so you all know, one lucky Cocoa Daisy sub­scriber will win a free pass to my Amer­i­cana Work­shop. I won­der if it will be you? Thanks for ask­ing me to play Tri­cia. It was great to once again be among the Daisy...

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Americana Workshop Sneak Peeks…

May 25, 2009

Since my newest work­shop is just a week away I thought I would share a few sneak peeks. This $19.95 work­shop begins June 1st. We will cre­ate 12 projects. Each includes col­or pho­tos and step-by-step instruc­tions, along with a sup­plies and tools list. You will cre­ate items that bring the won­der­ful col­or scheme of red, white and blue into your fam­i­ly pic­nic and home decor. Some of these projects have me antic­i­pat­ing an evening sky filled with fab­u­lous fire­works. I will post three projects each week for four weeks and then give you two addi­tion­al weeks to fin­ish your projects. This work­shop will be avail­able to you for a total of six weeks. When you sign up you have instant access to the sup­ply list and can start gath­er­ing your sup­plies. I’m look­ing for­ward...

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Sidelined just a tad…

May 21, 2009

Well a few days ago I sliced my fin­ger which means my cre­ativ­i­ty is a bit side­lined so I thought I would show you 4 embell­ish­ments using the same Cut­tle­bug Cut & Emboss Tex­tile Hearts Set, Black Mag­ic Col­or­Core Card­stock and Sand Paper. You can accent these with Crys­tal Stick­les, paint and/or fin­ish the edges using glass glit­ter or Plat­inum Stick­les. Same paper and cut & emboss set gives you 4 dif­fer­ent looks Sand­ed Embossed Area Sand­ed Recessed Area Back of Black Mag­ic Col­or­Core Card­stock Front of Black Magc Col­or­Core...

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Kinda Sad…

May 20, 2009

Yes­ter­day I received my com­pli­men­ta­ry issue of Mem­o­ry Mak­ers July/Aug issue… This lay­out is part of the “Trends To Try Today” arti­cle by MMM ’08 Staci Etheridge. It should­n’t be too hard to guess my trend… Glit­ter! I used pre-glit­tered pat­terned paper and chip­board let­ters, cre­at­ed my own glit­tered brads, accent­ed pat­terns on my papers using Stick­les and altered chip­board using loose glit­ter. Yes, I love glit­ter. It is sad to think that this is my last pub­li­ca­tion with Mem­o­ry Mak­ers. I have so loved work­ing with every­one and will cer­tain­ly miss them and this...

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Sweet DIY Wedding Decor…

May 19, 2009

Do you need an easy to make table accent for a Bridal Show­er or Wed­ding Recep­tion? If so, here is an altered votive hold­er you can com­plete in no time flat! Click here for the...

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Butterfly Embellishment…

May 18, 2009

Sat­ur­day I received a lit­tle pack­age from a sweet friend that con­tained two Cut­tle­bug Cut­ting Die and Emboss­ing Fold­ers this being one of the ones I received. I must admit I was like a lit­tle kid on Christ­mas morn­ing… I had to open it imme­di­ate­ly and begin cre­at­ing. And here is my fin­ished cre­ation. A sim­ple but­ter­fly embell­ish­ment to add to any project. I hope you give this tuto­r­i­al a try… just con­sid­er your­self warned.. you will become addict­ed. Sup­plies Need­ed: Sim­ply Sten­cils (Plaid) Tim Holtz Adiron­dack Alco­hol Inks (Bot­tle, Den­im, Ter­ra Cot­ta) Liq­uid Pearls (Petal Pink) Ice Stick­les (Crys­tal Ice) But­ter­flies Cut & Emboss Set (Cut­tle­bug) Tombow Mono Vel­lum Adhe­sive 4 — Self Adhe­sive Pearls Tools Need­ed: Cut­tle­bug Ink Appli­ca­tor & Felt Scis­sors Paint­brush Instruc­tions: Trim Sim­ply Sten­cil mate­r­i­al to size of Cut­tle­bug...

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Americana Workshop…

May 17, 2009

This $19.95 work­shop begins June 1st. We will cre­ate 12 projects. Each includes col­or pho­tos and step-by-step instruc­tions, along with a sup­plies and tools list. You will cre­ate items that bring the won­der­ful col­or scheme of red, white and blue into your fam­i­ly pic­nic and home decor. Some of these projects have me antic­i­pat­ing an evening sky filled with fab­u­lous fire­works. I will post three projects each week for four weeks and then give you two addi­tion­al weeks to fin­ish your projects. This work­shop will be avail­able to you for a total of six weeks. When you sign up you have instant access to the sup­ply list and can start gath­er­ing your sup­plies. I’m look­ing for­ward to cre­at­ing with...

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Fabric Flower…

May 15, 2009

Here is a sim­ple fab­ric flower embell­ish­ment you can cre­ate for any project. Try dig­ging in the rem­nant sec­tion of your local fab­ric store… you can find some great fab­rics for real­ly cheap. Sup­plies Need­ed: Fab­ric Rem­nant Embroi­dery Floss or Thread Vin­tage But­ton Tools Need­ed: Scis­sors (Pink­ing and Straight Edge) Sewing Nee­dle Instruc­tions: Using Pink­ing Scis­sors cut four strips each of fab­ric to approx­i­mate­ly .75″ x 3″ and .5″ x 2″ Place large and small strips on top of each oth­er as shown Place the small stack of strips on top of the large stack of strips. Using a sewing nee­dle thread­ed with either embroi­dery floss or thread (I like to use 3 strands of embroi­dery floss) attach a but­ton to the cen­ter of the flower start­ing at the back of the large flower...

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Love you tag…

May 14, 2009

Tags are a sim­ple way to use up your scraps. I have a ter­ri­ble time throw­ing any size scrap piece of paper away espe­cial­ly if it is a vin­tage piece as I always think it will be per­fect to accent a tag, card or embell­ish­ment. I cre­at­ed this “Love you” tag using scraps from vin­tage sheet music, an old book page and even the area from a book pages blank mar­gin… which is per­fect for typ­ing out my sen­ti­ment and keep­ing with the vin­tage feel. Sup­plies Need­ed: Office Tag (approx. 2 3/8″ x 4.75″) Vin­tage Sheet Music Faux Vin­tage Millinery Flower Maya Road Crushed Vel­vet Trim (Cream) Brown & White Bak­er’s Twine Dres­den Trim Col­or­Box Flu­id Chalk Ink (Creamy Brown) Tools Need­ed: Paper Trim­mer Scis­sors Sewing Machine (option­al) Tim Holtz Paper Dis­tress­er (Seri­ous­ly is...

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Vintage Button Bouquet…

May 13, 2009

Sim­ple is good and cer­tain­ly enjoyed. This lit­tle project makes me reflect on all the fun I had with my grand­moth­ers. Sup­plies Need­ed: 9 — Clear But­tons 9 — Vin­tage But­tons Scraps of Vin­tage News­pa­per (mine came from Ken­ner Road), Ledger Paper and Sheet Music 24 Gauge Wire Glossy Accents 3 — Vin­tage Wood­en Spools (I wrapped embroi­dery floss around mine) Tools Need­ed: Wire Cut­ters Scis­sors Paper Piercer Paper Tow­el Instruc­tions: Place Glossy Accents onto the back of one clear but­ton, place but­ton onto select­ed paper, push but­ton down to help remove air bub­bles that may occur, let glossy accents set for about 5 min. Now that the Glossy Accents has set, using scis­sors cut out each but­ton. Using a paper piercer poke through the but­ton holes. Have a paper tow­el handy so you...

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My Little Book of Thoughts…

May 12, 2009

I am not much of a jour­nal keep­er but I love hav­ing some­thing small to jot down a thought or two or make a note so I don’t for­get a moment of inspi­ra­tion or a nice quote. I think it is nice to have a lit­tle some­thing to keep my thoughts not­ed in that I can car­ry along. So this is what I decid­ed to cre­ate using the Book Page Flower from last weeks tuto­ri­als. My very own “Lit­tle Book of Thoughts”.  And I guess you can tell I am real­ly into gold and black paint with crack­ling medi­um. Just love the look so much. Sup­plies Need­ed: Small Jour­nal (approx. 3″ x 4″) Adiron­dack Metallics Acrylic Paints (Gold) DecoArt Crack­ling Medi­um (Weath­ered Wood) Mak­ing Mem­o­ries Acrylic Paint (Asphalt) Book Page Flower Col­or­Box Flu­id Chalk...

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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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Happy Mother’s Day…

May 10, 2009

A moth­er is the truest friend we have, when tri­als heavy and sud­den, fall upon us; when adver­si­ty takes the place of pros­per­i­ty; when friends who rejoice with us in our sun­shine desert us; when trou­ble thick­ens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeav­or by her kind pre­cepts and coun­sels to dis­si­pate the clouds of dark­ness, and cause peace to return to our hearts. ~Wash­ing­ton...

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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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Faux Vintage Millinery Pin Tutorial…

May 7, 2009

I love any­thing vin­tage espe­cial­ly vin­tage millinery pins. I always won­der how the pre­vi­ous own­er wore theirs… did they adorn their hat, a lapel, accent a scarf or sweater etc… so with Moth­er’s Day just around the cor­ner I thought it might be fun to make one just for Mom. You could present this pin to her by attach­ing it onto a card, plac­ing it into a spe­cial altered box or by attach­ing it to the cen­ter of a bow to include with anoth­er gift. Either way I know she will love it espe­cial­ly since you made it just for her. I hope you enjoy this sim­ple tuto­r­i­al of a time gone by and oh so trea­sured millinery pin. Sup­plies Need­ed: Sizzix Die Flower, Build A Lilac (sign up for the Sizzix newslet­ter, they...

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Tissue Paper Flower…

May 6, 2009

Since my pre­vi­ous flower tuto­r­i­al was so pop­u­lar I thought I would make anoth­er one using the same Flower, Daisy #4 Sizzix Die. Hear­ing how much every­one enjoyed Sewing Pat­tern Flower Tuto­r­i­al it cer­tain­ly made cre­at­ing the tuto­r­i­al worth it as it is a bit time con­sum­ing. I love to share and hope­ful­ly inspire so thanks to those that left com­ments and sent a per­son­al email. I real­ly appre­ci­ate you tak­ing the time. Now on to this tuto­r­i­al. I think this flower would be super sweet with a small office tag attached with a lit­tle To: Mom with love and placed on top of an altered box, in a tiny milk glass vase or just placed on her bed­side table as a morn­ing sur­prise. Again, Enjoy! Sup­plies Need­ed: Sizzix Die Flower, Daisy #4 Tis­sue...

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Sewing Pattern Flower Tutorial…

May 5, 2009

This super easy tuto­r­i­al has so many pos­si­bil­i­ties. If you don’t have access to a sewing pat­tern you could sub­sti­tute it with cof­fee fil­ters, old book pages, vin­tage sheet music, wall­pa­per or pat­terned paper. If you cre­ate one I hope you share your fin­ished project. I would love to see how you use this flower. I think it would look great as a sweet pin for a hat or bag or as an embell­ish­ment for a card, lay­out or project. Such fun. Enjoy! Sup­plies Need­ed: Sewing Pat­tern (pur­chased mine at a Thrift Store for super cheap) 1- Vin­tage But­ton 2 — Small Beads Embroi­dery Floss Tools Need­ed: Sizzix Die (Flower, Daisy #4) Sewing Nee­dle Martha Stew­art Seal Punch Adhe­sive Instruc­tions: Cut a por­tion of your fold­ed sewing pat­tern and fold­ed pat­tern instruc­tions just big...

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Happy National Scrapbook Day…

May 2, 2009

Today I final­ly get to debut my “Vin­tage Sam­pler”. This is the first of many free online work­shops I plan to share. For those of you who do not know about this work­shop you can check it out here. Here is a lit­tle snip­pet of my thoughts behind the cre­ation of this project. I want­ed to cre­ate a project that incor­po­rat­ed items that remind­ed me of home as well as the strong fam­i­ly bond most of us share. I decid­ed a vin­tage sam­pler would be the per­fect project to accom­plish this task. The let­ter “P” sym­bol­izes my fam­i­ly name, the milk cap sym­bol­izes how we as fam­i­lies nour­ish each oth­er, the but­tons and pearls sym­bol­ize how we mend each oth­ers spir­its dur­ing dif­fi­cult times, the vin­tage flocked flow­ers sym­bol­ize how fam­i­lies help each oth­er...

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