Creating patchwork accents

Feb 25, 2011

                        I like to incor­po­rate a patch­work look on many of my vin­tage inspired projects. This is a bit time con­sum­ing but an accent I feel is cer­tain­ly worth the effort. All I do is cut pat­terned papers in dif­fer­ent sizes then sew a straight stitch all around the inner edge of the pat­terned paper. Once I have all the stitch­ing com­plet­ed I take a pair of zigzag scis­sors and trim the out­er edges on some of the pat­terned papers and leave some with a slight dis­tressed straight edge.                   Above shows some of the straight edges dis­tressed slight­ly and inked using a creamy brown ink. Below shows some of the edges trimmed using zigzag dec­o­ra­tive...

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Paper Mosaic

Feb 24, 2011

This mini album is fea­tured in my book on page 48. They did­n’t show the cov­er so I thought I would share it with you now since Spring is just around the cor­ner. The step outs on page 49 show you how to recre­ate a paper mosa­ic that looks like bro­ken pieces of chi­na. This is cer­tain­ly anoth­er project of mine that is filled with dimen­sion­al objects. I guess I visu­al­ize in 3‑D as noth­ing looks fin­ished until items are pop­ping off the project. I find how peo­ple cre­ate and visu­al­ize very inter­est­ing. My dad carves incred­i­ble objects out of wood. He can carve just about any­thing you request includ­ing wildlife and peo­ple as well as loads of oth­er things. What I find fas­ci­nat­ing is he can­not even begin to draw a 3 cir­cled cat. My mom paints...

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I love dimensional layouts…

Feb 23, 2011

First I got­ta tell ya… reg­is­tra­tion for Paper Cow­girl OPENS today at 9:00 a.m. cen­tral time.… go here to reg­is­ter and sign up for class­es. I hope to see ya there. Oh and one lit­tle bit of infor­ma­tion I left out regard­ing my project are the dimen­sions… the shad­ow box mea­sures approx­i­mate­ly 7.5″ square by 1″ deep. I will also have my book avail­able for pre-sale at the dis­count­ed rate of $17.99 + tax for those attend­ing Paper Cow­girl. All books must be picked up at Paper Cow­girl. I will have a few avail­able for pur­chase dur­ing my book sign­ing but they will be at my reg­u­lar cost of $22.99 + tax. I will let you know when I have the spe­cial link up and ready. Okay now on to why I love dimen­sion­al lay­outs…...

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Fun notions project…

Feb 22, 2011

While I was on Pin­ter­est look­ing at all the won­der­ful pho­tos post­ed I came across this super cute project. I thought it was such an awe­some idea and knew I had to make one. When my grand­fa­ther passed away mom and dad brought me back a cup and saucer they found in one of Gram­pa’s cab­i­nets. The paint­ed blue­ber­ries remind­ed mom of when we went blue­ber­ry pick­ing one morn­ing while we were vis­it­ing, this past sum­mer. Well I decid­ed I would use this cup and saucer to make my lit­tle notions hold­er and it was super easy. All you need to do is attach some small mag­nets to the bot­tom of the saucer using E6000 as direct­ed on their pack­age. Once the mag­nets were attached I attached the tea cup to the saucer using...

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Pieces of Time

Feb 21, 2011

I am so look­ing for­ward to the Paper Cow­girl Retreat com­ing June 9th — 11th. Paper Cow­girl is a retreat held every June in Wax­a­hachie, Texas. You will find class­es such as altered art, paint­ing, sol­der­ing and more. This retreat even has a ven­dor craft show that I hear is real­ly nice and filled with lots of won­der­ful items for pur­chase. This year, I will be the guest speak­er. I’m always excit­ed to help those who wish to break into the world of pub­li­ca­tion. So my speech “Artist to Author” will hope­ful­ly encour­age and inspire many to jump out of their com­fort zone and give their dream of being pub­lished a go. I cre­at­ed an altered shad­ow box to teach exclu­sive­ly at Paper Cow­girl. The altered project is titled “Pieces of Time” and each...

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A new favorite…

Feb 19, 2011

I love jew­el­ry, the hand­made every­day kin­da jew­el­ry, not the fine stuff… that makes me too ner­vous to wear. The one big issue I have and is the rea­son I don’t wear a lot of neck­laces and such is I am super picky about what I like… my style is one of a kind, spark­ly and any­thing vin­tage. If I can get any one of these three things in a piece of jew­el­ry well I’m excit­ed and if I can get all three well I’m  SUPER over the moon excit­ed! Well the oth­er day I was read­ing Suze Wein­berg’s face­book page and saw she opened up an etsy store called Suze does Fan­cy Schman­cy. Well I hopped on over to take a look and BAM what did my eyes find… a one of a...

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Birthday Box

Feb 18, 2011

This is a small gift box for a spe­cial birth­day some­one. I think my favorite part is the vial with the can­dle inside and the make a wish jour­nal­ing strip wrapped around it. My hus­band Alan was look­ing at me a tad bit strange­ly as I was burn­ing down the can­dle so it would fit inside. He is not a visu­al per­son so he could not fig­ure out what in the world I was doing. But once he saw the fin­ished project it all made sense to him and he loved it. I real­ly like the tis­sue tape bow too… it is cov­ered in crys­tal coarse glit­ter and out­lined with Plat­inum Stick­les. Any­thing birth­day themed has to have glit­ter. Ha who am I kid­ding, it’s more like any­thing I cre­ate has to have glit­ter....

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Altered Birdhouse…

Feb 17, 2011

This altered paper mache bird­house was so much fun to make. Every lit­tle spot has some­thing attached to it. You’ll notice all kinds of Tim’s new prod­ucts attached here and there. I must admit one of the prod­ucts he sent were his new light bulbs. At first I was kin­da stumped on what to do with them but then I had a “light bulb moment” sor­ry could­n’t help myself and start­ed tuck­ing them in among all the oth­er baubles and think they worked per­fect­ly. The light bulbs are the per­fect size for the minia­ture projects I like to cre­ate. And that frac­tured doll… oh how I could have a mil­lion of them and would still want more. I love those dolls so much. You will be see­ing them in future projects and class­es for...

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Artful Couture Tag

Feb 16, 2011

Where do I even start… this 4.25″ x 8.5″ tag is FILLED with loads of inspi­ra­tion! The dress form, but­ton and spool are part of Tim’s new Sizzix Alter­ations ~Sewing Room Bigz Die. Those of you who know me know I am FAR from being a “cou­ture” girl but for some rea­son see­ing the dress form and oth­er items made me think cou­ture and I thought this theme would be a fun twist. And since Tim released the hang­er clips it was only too per­fect… “art­ful cou­ture” was it’s des­tiny. I like how the book page flower boa adds just a tad bit more dimen­sion to the tag… noth­ing cuter than flow­ers made of book pages. Then accent­ing the spool with one of his pearl baubles fin­ished that sim­ple cutie off per­fect­ly. Adding glossy...

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Altered Paper Mache Book

Feb 15, 2011

This altered piece uses all brand new CHA‑W release prod­ucts by Tim Holtz. I was so hap­py to see the Frac­tured Doll in my box of prod­ucts to design with.… I love these dolls and you get two dif­fer­ent sized dolls per pack­age! Next to the white seam bind­ing I attached one of his new Chain Tas­sels. These are the per­fect accent for a project and I love the move­ment of the tas­sel. The pat­terned papers used are from his new Paper Stash — Crowd­ed Attic line. This paper line is so pret­ty and has designs in it for all styles. The but­ter­flies and moths behind the Frac­tured Doll and among the paper flow­ers inside the book are from Tim’s new Sal­vage Stick­ers — Crowd­ed Attic. I real­ly like the but­ter­flies and moths images....

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Ranger Designer Challenge

Feb 14, 2011

I was thrilled when Ranger asked if I would be inter­est­ed in cre­at­ing a can­vas for their Design­er Chal­lenge. I could not reply back fast enough with a very excit­ed yes! They sent each design­er a box filled with a 12 x 12 frame, Per­fect Pearls and Per­fect Pearl Mists and told us to cre­ate some­thing that reflect­ed our style. Well I knew mine had to include book pages, Plat­inum Stick­les and glit­ter and once I got start­ed I could not stop. I used loads of Ranger prod­uct and when you look at the list below you’ll real­ize I’m not kid­ding. It was so much fun to sit and just cre­ate what­ev­er came to mind. I cut the grungepa­per into squares, embossed them using my cut­tle­bug then sewed them all togeth­er with a zigzag...

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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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Pink Carnations

Feb 9, 2011

This tag uses all four of the new Per­fect Pearl col­ors from Ranger’s new Con­fec­tions Set. I real­ly like Pink Gum­ball as I think it is the per­fect shade of pink for tint­ing flow­ers. And Wendy’s but­ter­fly stamp is the per­fect accent to go over sheet music. I love how you can make Per­fect Pearls show in a sub­tle way by dry brush­ing them on (but­ter­fly image) or mix­ing them with water or Per­fect Pearl Mists on your non-stick craft sheet and apply­ing them with a paint brush like water­col­ors (pink car­na­tions). I had lots of fun with this tag. As you know or have fig­ured out by now I love mak­ing paper flow­ers and when you add Per­fect Pearls and Stick­les to that list I am hav­ing loads of fun. Sup­plies Used: Per­fect...

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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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Snow day..

Feb 4, 2011

It is nice to get a snow day instead of ice days. Frisco is on day 4 of no school due to ice and snow. I do believe we got more than the 1″ they were pre­dict­ing and we should get anoth­er 1″ this morn­ing. I must admit I do love look­ing at it and watch­ing the snow flakes fall but I’m sure all the peo­ple try­ing to arrive today for Super Bowl week­end aren’t too hap­py. This much snow in our area real­ly is not good. I heard Love Field Air­port is closed at the moment… yikes. Not sure about DFW. The left of our neigh­bor­hood look­ing out the front door. The right of our neigh­bor­hood look­ing out the front door. What you see when you open the back door. And our back­yard....

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I’m home

Feb 3, 2011

It sure did feel great sleep­ing in my bed last night although I was hang­ing on for dear life because Chief was hog­ging my entire side of the bed. I must say the dri­ve was a whole lot of scary get­ting home. I have nev­er seen so much ice ever in Texas. Ans­ley has not had school since Mon­day and will not have school tomor­row either. Tonight and tomor­row morn­ing we are sup­posed to get snow so no telling what tomor­row will bring in the weath­er depart­ment. Although they say it should get warmer Sat­ur­day so the ice should melt. We shall see. I cer­tain­ly have enough work to keep me busy for the next month as my step-by-step pho­to shoot is next month. While at CHA I was hap­py to get a new...

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CHA Day 3

Feb 1, 2011

What a great day today was. Thank you to all my sweet friends who came by the booth to wish me a hap­py birth­day. It was so sweet of all of you. Those of you that decid­ed to sing hap­py birth­day to me I thank you too even though I want­ed to run and hide. It was fun­ny and I must admit so sweet. Car­olyn and Keri made me a birth­day card out of one of the cat­a­logs they got at the show. I will have to take a pho­to of it tomor­row so you can see… it is too cute!  Car­o­line and David took all the Road­ies out to eat and sur­prised me with a won­der­ful brown­ie and singing wait­er after din­ner. Yes I was beet red, want­i­ng to hide but was touched...

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