No Trick here just a Great BIG TREAT…

Oct 31, 2009

I am so hap­py to final­ly be able to show you the cov­er of my book. This has been the most incred­i­ble cre­ative jour­ney I have ever tak­en and one that I hope I get to do again. As you can see “Delight In The Details” is a tech­nique based book. Inside there are 40+ tech­niques and 100 projects all cre­at­ed by me to inspire you in so many dif­fer­ent ways. You will find, cards, tags, lay­outs, mini albums, ban­ners, wall hang­ings and of course a few home decor pieces. All the projects have my sig­na­ture vin­tage flare and I would say it is safe to say it cer­tain­ly has some­thing for every­one. So there you have it. My baby in all her glo­ry. It is so won­der­ful to final­ly be able to share...

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Vintage Doily Basket…

Oct 30, 2009

I think this doily bas­ket is the per­fect size to hold items for a fun filled vin­tage themed hol­i­day swap. Once filled and wrapped in cel­lo­phane then tied with red and white bak­er’s twine and accent­ed with hol­ly leaves and berries… well you have a per­fect gift. If a vin­tage hol­i­day swap is not in your future this vin­tage doily bas­ket would also look sweet sit­ting on a co-work­ers desk filled with pep­per­mints or oth­er hol­i­day can­dies. Sev­er­al hang­ing on a feath­er tree filled with good­ies would be cute too… as you can see there are lots of pos­si­bil­i­ties for this sweet bas­ket. Instruc­tions: Com­plete­ly sat­u­rate a Cot­ton Cro­cheted Doily using Aleene’s Stiff­en Quick. Place the wet doily over the cap of a 32 oz. Gatorade bot­tle (this is the per­fect size for this...

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Noel…

Oct 29, 2009

And for you, SURPRISE anoth­er Christ­mas project. I have a feel­ing this year Old Fash­ioned Mica Snowflakes are going to be on every­thing! For the time being this lit­tle gem will sit in my curio cab­i­net until I can find it’s per­fect lit­tle hol­i­day spot.  I love how the light catch­es the glit­ter, tin­sel and mica snowflakes… it is so spark­ly. Tomor­row, I will share a lit­tle project that will make the cutest hol­i­day swap gift. Instruc­tions: First pull out the cord hang­er on the orna­ment as you will not need it. Paint a cube shaped paper mache orna­ment using a Mani­la col­ored acrylic paint. Once dry ink light­ly the edges using Col­or­Box Flu­id Chalk Ink in Creamy Brown. While the orna­ment is dry­ing bleach three dif­fer­ent sized Bot­tle Brush trees (4.5″, 3.5″, 2.5″)...

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A Happy Christmas…

Oct 28, 2009

Yes it looks as though I skipped Hal­loween and Thanks­giv­ing all togeth­er and went straight to Christ­mas. Hon­est­ly this was not my inten­tion it just kin­da hap­pened… I guess it comes as no sur­prise that I was the kid ready to pull the Christ­mas tree out of the attic the sec­ond I saw any sign of Christ­mas in the stores. Mom and I always had some kind of Christ­mas craft going on each year. I still have the stuffed fab­ric orna­ments we made one year… once we made lots of cute orna­ments using a sim­ple salt and flour dough mix­ture then paint­ed and coat­ed them in var­nish… not sure what hap­pened to those but I’m sure it had some­thing to do with South­east Texas humid­i­ty. Any­way, I could go on and on telling you...

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Holiday Gift Tags…

Oct 27, 2009

These are so fun to make and can be used as either a hol­i­day gift tag (who would­n’t like see­ing their name on the front of these tags) or as an embell­ish­ment for hol­i­day cards. There are lots of pos­si­bil­i­ties here. Which means you’re cer­tain­ly going to be see­ing more projects over the next few months using these as well as this one and this one. I love just them! Instruc­tions: Stamp images onto white heavy weight card­stock using Archival Ink in Jet Black, trim each stamped image to 1 1/8″ x 2 3/4″, ink over images using Tea Dy and Vin­tage Pho­to Dis­tress Inks, trim the end of each tag using small scal­lop scis­sors, accent the sides, top and bot­tom of each tag with straight lines using a black pen, accent each scal­lop...

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Registration is now open…

Oct 23, 2009

If you like cre­at­ing projects with a vin­tage flare and work­ing with ran­dom items you’ve col­lect­ed, such as old sheet music, book pages or gold tin­sel, “A Very Vin­tage Christ­mas” is the Christ­mas work­shop for you. But if vin­tage is not your taste please don’t feel left out! You can cre­ate your ver­sions of these projects with sup­plies you have on hand that are a bet­ter fit to your own hol­i­day style. My newest online work­shop fea­tures 15 project tuto­ri­als. Each Mon­day, Wednes­day and Fri­day one of 12 orna­ment tuto­ri­als will be intro­duced. Each of the three Sat­ur­days, old fash­ioned Putz house project tuto­ri­als will be post­ed. Plus, each Thurs­day you will get either vin­tage Christ­mas Post­card down­loads or a Christmas/Winter themed mini flash­card down­load. Yes, this four week work­shop is filled with hol­i­day...

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Vintage Pink is so pretty…

Oct 23, 2009

Here is a real­ly quick orna­ment to cre­ate that is per­fect to make if you are in an orna­ment swap with a bunch of ladies that love pink. But the col­or scheme could eas­i­ly be changed to any that you pre­fer. Instruc­tions: Using a paint­brush apply Instant Decoupage to the entire medi­um sized silk flower, apply crys­tal coarse glit­ter all over wet decoupage, shake off excess and let dry. Apply Instant Decoupage over white dove, apply clear and iri­des­cent glit­ter all over the wet decoupage, shake off excess and let dry. Using a hot glue gun attach the medi­um silk flower on top of the pink satin orna­ment. Using a hot glue gun attach some sil­ver curly tin­sel to the cen­ter of the flower. Cre­ate a hang­er and small bow using white seam bind­ing,...

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A Little Winter Wonderland…

Oct 21, 2009

Here is anoth­er sneak peek of a project I cre­at­ed for my “A Very Vin­tage Christ­mas”. You all know I love glit­ter. So com­bine that with bleached bot­tle brush trees, a lit­tle vin­tage rein­deer, some old sheet music and a cus­tom house… well, this only means one thing… I am real­ly in...

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Dig out your old Christmas cards…

Oct 20, 2009

because you’re going to need some in my “A Very Vin­tage Christ­mas” work­shop. Below is a lit­tle sneak peek of one of the projects in the work­shop to show you why. I think this is such a beau­ti­ful and unique way to dis­play cards you’ve saved from friends and fam­i­ly over the...

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Get ready…

Oct 19, 2009

If you like cre­at­ing projects with a vin­tage flare and work­ing with ran­dom items you’ve col­lect­ed, such as old sheet music, book pages or gold tin­sel, “A Very Vin­tage Christ­mas” is the Christ­mas work­shop for you. But if vin­tage is not your taste please don’t feel left out! You can cre­ate your ver­sions of these projects with sup­plies you have on hand that are a bet­ter fit to your own hol­i­day style. My newest online work­shop fea­tures 15 project tuto­ri­als. Each Mon­day, Wednes­day and Fri­day one of 12 orna­ment tuto­ri­als will be intro­duced. Each of the three Sat­ur­days, old fash­ioned Putz house project tuto­ri­als will be post­ed. Plus, each Thurs­day you will get either vin­tage Christ­mas Post­card down­loads or a Christmas/Winter themed mini flash­card down­load. Yes, this four week work­shop is filled with hol­i­day...

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Vintage Halloween Feather Tree Ornament…

Oct 16, 2009

I LOVE mak­ing these orna­ments. Ans­ley says they are freaky and cer­tain­ly not her most favorite project I have ever cre­at­ed but I am stand­ing strong when I say, “I love them, I real­ly, real­ly love them and I will make them for every hol­i­day.” If you would like to make one of these orna­ments here is how to do it. Using wire cut­ters, cut a piece from a green Che­nille Bump Stem so that you have two bumps on one piece (legs) and then either one or two bumps on a sec­ond piece (arms). I like to have two bumps for the arms so that I can curl the hands in to hold items. If I use one bump I find that the arms are too short. Next all you do is fold...

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Heads up all you Art Journaling types… Winner Announced

Oct 15, 2009

The win­ner is April Hall, con­grats! Would you like try at a chance to win a free pass to Dina Wak­ley’s newest Art Jour­nal­ing class that begins Oct. 29th? If so, it’s super sim­ple… just leave a com­ment in the com­ments sec­tion of this post and Ans­ley will pick a win­ner. Dina is an incred­i­ble artist and her work­shops are ever so pop­u­lar. So post a com­ment and good luck! Here are a few sneak peeks and a descrip­tion of her newest class. Class descrip­tion for Art Jour­nal­ing 301: The Graf­fi­ti of my Life with Dina Wak­ley Are you ready for an artis­tic chal­lenge and adven­ture? In this project-based tech­nique class, you will learn how to cre­ate a stand-alone art jour­nal from start to fin­ish! First, you’ll iden­ti­fy words that mat­ter to you­quotes, advice,...

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Booo, eek, Howl…

Oct 14, 2009

Here is a quick card I cre­at­ed for Hal­loween. (so not hap­py with the way the glit­tered leaf pho­tographed… the col­or is so off but I can­not get it right… sor­ry) I am going to include this with a batch of apples and caramel dip­ping sauce for one lucky neigh­bor. Sur­pris­es are fun. I just love this time of year. Pat­terned Paper Mea­sure­ments: Bats: 4″ x 5.25″, Icon Stripe: 2.75″ x 4″, Spi­der: 1.5″ x 4″ Sup­plies Used: Mak­ing Mem­o­ries: Spook Alley Bats, Icon Stripe, Spi­der, Bro­cade, Stick­er Glit­ter Alpha Spook Alley, Scrap­book Shim­mer Grapesi­cle, Ranger: Dis­tress Ink — Dusty Con­cord, Clearsnap: Col­or­Box Flu­id Chalk Ink — Char­coal, Maya Road: Hang­ing Chan­de­lier Bead, Leaves Chip­board Sheet, Black Seam Bind­ing, Foam Squares, DCWV: Card And make sure you check back tomor­row because I will have...

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Digging, digging and digging…

Oct 13, 2009

My good­ness is it ever so obvi­ous when you look at my vin­tage stash just how much I love vin­tage Christ­mas items. But since my dad is San­ta I guess this is to be expect­ed. I have been pulling items out like a mad woman as I pre­pare for my next online work­shop… the CHRISTMAS work­shop. Oh how I love to cre­ate Christ­mas projects. I have a list of things to cre­ate that I think are going to make a charm­ing hol­i­day work­shop. The name is still yet to be deter­mined so I had a thought… leave a title idea in the com­ments sec­tion of this post. If your title is picked you will win a free access pass to the work­shop. If no title is picked I will have Ans­ley pick one per­son...

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Homespun Inspiration sneak peeks…

Oct 12, 2009

Here is a lit­tle sneak peek of the 3rd project in my Home­spun Inspi­ra­tion work­shop. Those that are reg­is­tered can see the full image along with the projects tuto­r­i­al in the Home­spun Inspi­ra­tion mem­ber­ship area on the 15th. The sup­ply list is already list­ed if you want to start gath­er­ing your sup­plies. Here is a sneak peek of what we cre­at­ed last month. And here is a sneak peek of the first project we cre­at­ed. I have start­ed gath­er­ing all my vin­tage Christ­mas sup­plies and prod­ucts for my next Hol­i­day work­shop. I can­not wait for this one. I have so many ideas, I think you are gonna like this one. I will update you soon on the work­shops start date. Until then I will con­tin­ue to post some Hal­loween and fall tuto­ri­als. Have a...

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It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown…

Oct 11, 2009

Oh how I love this movie… I looked for­ward to watch­ing it every year as a child and still like watch­ing it as an adult. Not only does this pump­kin look adorable sit­ting on our cof­fee table I think it will also be cute as a place­card on our table for Thanks­giv­ing din­ner. All I need to do is replace the “Hap­py Hal­loween” sen­ti­ment with a name. To recre­ate this project first paint the plas­tic pump­kin using orange acrylic paint and the stem (remove the stem for eas­i­er han­dling) with brown acrylic paint, let dry. Apply liq­uid adhe­sive to the pump­kin then gen­er­ous­ly apply orange glit­ter on top. Apply  liq­uid adhe­sive to the stem then gen­er­ous­ly apply brown glit­ter on top. Tap off excess. Let Dry. Cre­ate the leaves using this tuto­r­i­al. Wrap the...

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Boo Ornament…

Oct 10, 2009

Here is a sim­ple ornament/tag you can cre­ate for your home or attach to or give as a gift. The instruc­tions are pret­ty sim­ple. All you need to do is cov­er the front of a 4″ Maya Road cir­cle coast­er album page with an old book page (poke a hole for your hang­er using the back as your guide), paint the back and edges of the 4″ Maya Road cir­cle coast­er album page and Maya Road Jonathan Alphas using black acrylic paint. Next cov­er the let­ters in black glit­ter. Cre­ate three crepe paper rosettes out of Black, Orange and White crepe paper stream­ers. Accent the edges of the crepe paper rosettes using Gold­en Rod Stick­les. Now using a liq­uid adhe­sive begin attach­ing and stack­ing your crepe paper rosettes onto the front of the 4″...

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Got a pair of plain gloves…

Oct 8, 2009

If not, I found this pair along with pink, brown and navy in the $1 sec­tion at JoAnns. Cut out some flow­ers from cream felt using a Sizzix die Flower Lay­ers #3. Accent them with a sim­ple back­stitch using #543 embroi­dery floss. Cut three leaves free hand and make a but­ter­fly out of the 2nd to small­est flower on the Sizzix die Flower Lay­ers using the same cream felt. Stitch a sim­ple back­stitch on these as well using the same #543 embroi­dery floss. Attach a pearl bead in the cen­ter of two vin­tage but­tons using #543 embroi­dery floss. Cre­ate 2 tulle flow­ers using white tulle gath­ered with #543 embroi­dery floss. Trim the edges of the tulle flower with pink­ing shears. Lay­er the flow­ers togeth­er and attach each flower lay­er using Fab­ri-Tac  (I lay­ered the...

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I am so blessed…

Oct 3, 2009

to have so many won­der­ful friends. Hon­est­ly, I am tru­ly touched with all the com­ments and emails I have received this past week. You are all such a won­der­ful group of peo­ple. I am heal­ing great and get to have my stitch­es removed Tues­day. This is when I believe I get my lift­ing and tak­ing it easy restric­tions removed too. Which believe me will not come a sec­ond too soon. I have not felt this good in prob­a­bly 5 years so tak­ing it easy is not an easy task. If any of you have had symp­toms such as the ones I have spo­ken about (and I know there are some) please go and get your gall­blad­der checked. The issues with my gall­blad­der were so slow in pro­gres­sion that I real­ly did­n’t notice how bad...

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