Pocket Gift Card Holder: New PDF Tutorial…

Mar 31, 2010

Here is a lit­tle sneak peek of the project…it is a super cute (if I do say so myself) gift card hold­er. The PDF is avail­able here for $1.25 and includes col­or pho­tos, a sup­ply list, the gift card hold­er tem­plate, an 8.5″ x 11″ copy of old vin­tage sheet music (shown in pho­to) and of course the step-by-step instruc­tions. Fol­low this link to down­load...

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Altered Prima Bottle

Mar 29, 2010

This looks so much pret­ti­er in per­son. I wish you could see all the sparkle. It is hard to pho­to­graph it well so that you can see the entire thing. Any­way, I had fun get­ting my fin­gers messy today. Not some­thing I usu­al­ly do as I am a super neat scrap­per and have nev­er liked hav­ing my hands dirty… nev­er, ever, ever. And I passed that gene right on to my Sweet Pea Ter­ri. That girl does not get dirty either. I wish I could have my son-in-law share with you the sto­ry of their first camp­ing trip. He is a Saint is all I have to say, I have nev­er laughed so hard! I hope you enjoy today’s project. Try­ing to think of some­thing to make for tomor­row. I have a feel­ing it...

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Altered Paper Mache Box

Mar 28, 2010

I tell ya clean­ing out my scrap­room has allowed me to find some things I had for­got­ten all about hav­ing. This paper mache but­ter­fly box was stashed away deep down in a draw­er and these bun­ny picks where hang­ing in a bag that had been pushed way back in the clos­et. Putting the two togeth­er sure did make for a super cute altered box. I’m so glad I found them. This is what the Rab­bit looked like orig­i­nal­ly. I found these in the East­er sec­tion at JoAnns. Sup­plies Used: But­ter­fly Shaped Paper Mache Box, Book Pages, Sta­mens, Creamy Brown Ink, Rab­bit Pick, Kry­lon Sil­ver Leaf­ing Pen, Strong Liq­uid Adhe­sive, Glue Stick, Craft Knife, Craft Mat, Col­lage Pauge Instant Decoupage — Glossy, Martha Stew­art Crys­tal Coarse Glit­ter, MM Mani­la Acrylic Paint Tools Need­ed: Paint­brush, Scis­sors...

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May Day Basket

Mar 27, 2010

This bas­ket can be used as East­er decor in your home or giv­en to a friend or neigh­bor filled with tum­my treats.  You could also use this as a May Day Bas­ket… One fun May Day tra­di­tion is to hang a bas­ket full of spring flow­ers or oth­er small gift on your neigh­bor’s door­knob. Just make sure you don’t get caught because if you do you will have to kiss them. Sup­plies Used: Peat Pot (Gar­den Sec­tion at Lowe’s), Maya Mist — Brown, Pri­ma Hydrangea Blos­soms, Self Adhe­sive Rhinet­sons ($1 Sec­tion at Michaels), Bethany Lowe Designs All Sea­sons Fes­toon­ing Gar­land, Pale Pink Seam Bind­ing, Creamy Brown Ink, White Che­nille Stem, Fab­ri-Tac Tools Need­ed: Scis­sors Instruc­tions: Mist entire peat pot using Maya Mist — Brown, let dry. Attach to the top edge of the peat...

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I found something fun…

Mar 26, 2010

If you like vin­tage look­ing East­er cards here is a tuto­r­i­al I found at a site call Vin­tage Image Craft. I kin­da stum­bled on them via Face­book and oh am I so hap­py I did. Vin­tage Image Crafts has some adorable projects I thought you my super sweet blog­ger read­ers might want to try. This morn­ing cre­at­ed their adorable Victo­ri­an styled East­er Egg card. I love inter­ac­tive cards espe­cial­ly when it involves an adorable vin­tage image of an East­er chick like this one. I hope you give this card a try… it is pret­ty sim­ple and oh so cute. Wish­ing you all a won­der­ful­ly cre­ative week­end. Oh and don’t for­get about this.. or this. Those that par­tic­i­pate have a chance to win a won­der­ful RAK.Hugs!...

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Glittered Easter Eggs

Mar 25, 2010

I see glit­tered paper mache eggs all over the stores this time of year and nev­er can allow myself to pur­chase them since they are so easy to recre­ate. I love how they sparkle when the light hits them. You can find paper mache eggs in all sizes but since I have a bag full of small ones I decid­ed to make some mini glit­tered eggs. Right now it is all about me try­ing to use up my stash. You can cre­ate and attach a hang­er to the top of each egg out of Bak­er’s Twine then place it on that East­er tree I keep talk­ing about… which should just about be filled if you are mak­ing these projects. I tell ya what, if you are cre­at­ing these East­er projects send me a pho­to...

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Altered Paper Mache Box

Mar 24, 2010

How sweet will this be filled with a lit­tle East­er sur­prise? I love sur­pris­es and think this altered egg shaped paper mache box is per­fect to hold that spe­cial East­er some­thing. Sup­plies Need­ed: Small Egg Shaped Paper Mache Box, Vin­tage East­er Post­card Image, Folk Art 526 Soft Apple Acrylic Paint, Col­lage Pauge Instant Decoupage — Glossy, Martha Stew­art Crafts Crys­tal Coarse Glit­ter, Col­or­Box Flu­id Chalk Ink — Creamy Brown, Maya Road Vin­tage Cro­chet White Zig Zag Trim, Pale Pink Seam Bind­ing, Fab­ri-Tac, Maya Road Clear Jew­el Pins, Cop­ic Ciao Mark­ers RV13 Ten­der Pink & G21 Lime Green, 3mm Rhine­stones, 5mm Self Adhe­sive Pearl Tools Used: Scis­sors, Pen­cil, Paint­brush Instruc­tions: Using a paint­brush paint the entire paper mache box, let dry. Light­ly ink the paint­ed box using Creamy Brown ink. Note:  You just want a...

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Sweet Treat Cup

Mar 23, 2010

Crepe paper and pipe clean­ers… can it get much sweet­er? For me, no. Here is a treat cup tuto­r­i­al that will fit on an East­er tree if you short­en the han­dle a bit from what is shown here. Or you could score major brown­ie points by plac­ing one of these lit­tle cuties on your co-work­ers desk filled with a few can­dy eggs, a choco­late East­er bun­ny, wrapped in cel­lo­phane and tied with a seam bind­ing bow. You could also make sev­er­al and use them as place­cards for an East­er brunch. Pure sweet­ness I think. Sup­plies Used: White Nut & Par­ty Cups (can be found in the Cake Sec­tion of large craft stores), Pink Crepe Paper Stream­er, Maya Road Pink Ruf­fle Edge Trim, Jen­ni Bowl­in Pink Embell­ished But­ter­flies, Fab­ri-Tac, Embroi­dery Floss (any light col­or as...

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Vintage Postcard Easter Ornaments

Mar 21, 2010

If you are cre­at­ing the East­er Orna­ments I am post­ing here are a few more for your tree. I love vin­tage post­card images… espe­cial­ly East­er ones. I real­ly think I was born in the wrong time peri­od. Sup­plies Used: Maya Road Foun­da­tion Chip­board Set, Maya Mist — Sil­ver Metal­lic, Ger­man Glass Glit­ter — Sil­ver, Col­or­Box Flu­id Chalk Ink — Creamy Brown, Glossy Accents, Dia­mond Stick­les, Cop­ic Ciao Mark­er RV13 Ten­der Pink, Self Adhe­sive Cream col­ored Pearls — 2mm & 5mm, Brown & White Bak­er’s Twine, Aleene’s Acid Free Tacky Glue Stick, Aleene’s Orig­i­nal Tacky Glue, Vin­tage East­er Post­card Images, Vin­tage Sheet Music (The Crafty Scrap­per most like­ly has a lot of this prod­uct if you need to order online… give them a call 972.923.3151) Tools Used: Craft Knife, Craft Mat, Sand­ing Block Instruc­tions: Cov­er...

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Altered Easter Eggs

Mar 20, 2010

While clean­ing out a draw­er in my scrap­room I found a pack­age of 12 small (1.5″ tall) paper mache eggs. By the way, it is amaz­ing what you find when you clean out draw­ers. I high­ly rec­om­mend you give it a try. You’ll be sur­prised at the things you have that you total­ly for­got about…  any­way, I thought some altered eggs would look real­ly cute on my East­er tree along with the East­er Orna­ments (only 1 kit left) from the class I taught at Crop-Paper-Scis­sors. I think a set of 6 glit­tered with Ger­man Glass Glit­ter and 6 cov­ered with vin­tage sheet music and crys­tal coarse glit­ter will look adorable. The Glass Glit­ter and the vin­tage sheet music will accent the vin­tage post­card images per­fect­ly and trans­form a plain Spring tree into an adorable...

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Copic Markers and Silk Flowers

Mar 17, 2010

These two make a won­der­ful com­bi­na­tion. I picked up a bunch of cheap super pale yel­low silk flow­ers at JoAnns sev­er­al months ago. I fig­ured I would use them for some project as their size was per­fect. Well over the week­end while I was putting away, throw­ing out and orga­niz­ing my scrap­room I start­ed think­ing about dye­ing them dif­fer­ent col­ors but want­ed a super fast and easy way. Well just then I had my cop­ic mark­ers in my hand and made a note to myself to give it a try once I was fin­ished with my scrap­room. Sup­plies Used: Martha Stew­art Crys­tal Coarse Glit­ter, Col­lage Pauge Instant Decoupage — Glossy, Cop­ic Ciao Mark­er R22 — Light Prawn, Silk Flower, Paint­brush, Tweez­ers All I did was col­or the entire flower using the Super Brush end...

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Remember this sneak peek…

Mar 16, 2010

Well you can now see the entire piece on the JBS Inspi­ra­tion blog as today I’m the Guest Star. Now for a lit­tle ram­bling… I must say it feels real­ly great being able to walk around my scrap­room. This place is so clean and orga­nized, almost too clean and orga­nized. Any one wan­na guess how long it will take me to make a huge mess once again… oh what a vicious cycle. I have a few projects to get fin­ished this week for Mem­o­ry Mak­ers. They are pub­lish­ing anoth­er won­der­ful Idea Book which I am so hap­py to be a part of. They are so great to work with… hon­est­ly I can­not say enough won­der­ful things about them. I am still try­ing to come off my high from my great find yes­ter­day. I just...

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Doing the major Happy Dance…

Mar 15, 2010

Before I dropped off all the items I was donat­ing to Frisco Resale I decid­ed to stop in and take a look for any old books they might have sit­ting around… well no books were to be found but I did score this won­der­ful lit­tle set.… I near­ly faint­ed when I saw these sit­ting on the shelf. Seri­ous­ly I could not get to them fast enough… I got all of these for under $15.00. From what I can find out this is Pink Frost­ed May­fair Open Rose Depres­sion glass. It was made in the 1930’s and I LOVE it! I plan on tak­ing these with me when I teach and fill­ing the bowl with Ger­man Glass Glit­ter, sort­ed but­tons will be placed in the rel­ish dish and the plat­ter and sug­ar and cream­er will...

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Where is “Delight In The Details”?

Mar 13, 2010

I have a fun lit­tle thing I want to do and a won­der­ful RAK could be yours if you decide to par­tic­i­pate. If you see my book “Delight In The Details” while you are out and about take a pho­to of your­self hold­ing it. Include the name of the store, city and state then email me the pho­to. If you already pur­chased my book send me a pho­to of you hold­ing it and include the city and state you reside. I will have Alan make a pho­to album that I can post all the pho­tos into so you too can see all the dif­fer­ent places it has land­ed. After you email the pho­to to me your name will be entered for a chance to win a won­der­ful RAK (Medi­um Flate Rate box filled full)...

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I love Jenni Bowlin and her products…

Mar 12, 2010

Here is a lit­tle sneak peek of a project I cre­at­ed using lots of Jen­ni’s new prod­ucts. It will be post­ed on her Inspi­ra­tion blog some­time this month. Which means you will have to keep check­ing back to find out when mine is post­ed. But until then check out all the great projects that have been shared so far. You will quick­ly see why Jen­ni calls it the inspi­ra­tion blog as there is LOADS of inspi­ra­tion to be found by lots of tal­ent­ed peo­ple. Below is the list of prod­ucts used to cre­ate this project. Sup­plies Used: Home­spun Die-Cut Label Paper, Home­spun Mini Papers, Home­spun Ban­ner Stick­ers, Red Ban­ner Stick­ers, Mul­ti Dot­ted Labels, Bin­go Cards — Mini Spring­time, Orange Embell­ished But­ter­flies, Vin­tage Style Sew-On But­tons — Green, Pearl & Rhine­stone Pins — Cream Stick...

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Vintage Ledger Paper and other stuff

Mar 10, 2010

Here is a sweet pur­chase I made at Crop-Paper-Scis­sors after I fin­ished teach­ing my class­es this past week­end. As you all know I love vin­tage ledger paper (they have more… just say­ing) and use it in all kinds of dif­fer­ent ways… cov­er­ing chip­board and tags, mix­ing it with vin­tage sheet music and book pages to cre­ate unique paper flow­ers, using it in my die cut­ter and one thing I REALLY LOVE doing is sav­ing the blank mar­gins to type jour­nal­ing strips for projects. This keeps the vin­tage feel and theme of the project authen­tic. So don’t throw away any of your scraps, not even the tini­est of tiny ones. You will use them. And this lit­tle receipt book is going to make some adorable embell­ish­ments in projects. I feel so lucky to have found...

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Easter Ornament Kits for Sale…

Mar 8, 2010

For those of you that asked if I was going to sell some East­er Orna­ment Kits here is your one and only chance to pur­chase a kit. Once I sell out they are gone. And just so you know I have a very lim­it­ed sup­ply.  The East­er Orna­ment Kits are are now avail­able here. The price per kit is $30.00. Ship­ping is includ­ed in the price of the kit. With this kit you will cre­ate 6 adorable East­er Orna­ments that are per­fect to accent any East­er tree, gift bag or ban­ner. These orna­ments range in size from 3” to 4” and each front show­cas­es an adorable vin­tage post­card image while the back of each orna­ment is sim­ply cov­ered with images of vin­tage sheet music. You will accent each orna­ment with a silk flower, self...

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Ansley, my Sweet 16…

Mar 3, 2010

and I love her so...

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That little word Acceptance…

Mar 2, 2010

Lit­tle did I know just how per­fect this one lit­tle word would be this year. I guess I should keep it real with this post and explain why I have been pret­ty much absent since return­ing from CHA. My daugh­ter Ans­ley who by the way just turned 16 on the 28th has been diag­nosed with Pan­ic Dis­or­der. She had her first full blown attack the first night I was at CHA. Her attacks look like seizures they are so intense and see­ing her have them breaks my heart. She has not been able to attend school and has now been placed on Home­bound. We do see improve­ment and are hop­ing that she will be back on track in a month, fin­gers crossed. So with all that being said tak­ing care of Ans­ley 24/7 and...

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