Happy Halloween

Oct 31, 2011

Son­ny’s a couch pota­to today… But tonight, he’s “Casper the Friend­ly Ghost”… it’s going to be a busy night for this sweet old boy. Those of you wait­ing for me to com­plete my Hal­loween Album. I’m work­ing on it… I got side tracked because it was a hap­py mail day last week and I’ve been cre­at­ing. Will be able to share soon! This wait­ing stuff is killing me....

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Getting Started

Oct 27, 2011

When cre­at­ing a mini album I like to cov­er the base pages first and build from there. Jen­ni Bowl­in’s Hal­loween line reminds me of the vin­tage Hal­loween items I come across now and then when thrift­ing and walk­ing around flea mar­kets. The images on the pat­terned papers are awe­some. Tools and Sup­plies Used: Glue Stick, Craft Knife, Craft Mat, Sand­ing Block, Glossy Accents, Maya Road 1″ Ink Pads True Black, Metal­lic Gold, Maya Road Glit­ter Licorice Black, Regal Gold, Dia­mond Stick­les Album Cov­er Pages 1 and 2 Pages 3 and 4 Pages 5 and 6 Pages 7 and 8 Back Cov­er Once all the pages are cov­ered I then alter the mini chip­board embell­ish­ments. I inked and glit­tered a cat, two trees and two maple leaves. Then I altered two mini chip­board pump­kins using...

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The Creative Process

Oct 26, 2011

I’m often asked how I come up with my ideas and how I cre­ate… so today’s post will give you a lit­tle insight into my cre­ative mad­ness. LOL, I real­ly do tor­ture myself and I’m not kid­ding. First, I get an idea which usu­al­ly comes to me at night when in bed. My brain starts to unwind because I’m always wound up like an 8 day clock. It is then that all the ideas start creep­ing in my head and I take notes. The oth­er night a mini album idea popped into my head for Hal­loween. I have some of the new super awe­some JBS Hal­loween line and embell­ish­ments that I have real­ly been want­i­ng to use but could not come up with an idea that I real­ly liked. I was think­ing about all...

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Needle Felting.…

Oct 25, 2011

I have loved Hei­di Boyd and her felt­ed projects since the first day I dis­cov­ered her… her cute “nee­dle felt­ed nest­ing blue­birds” project first caught my atten­tion then when I dis­cov­ered these adorable felt­ed Hedge­hogs and Bun­nies  she post­ed on her blog, well I was hooked and have been think­ing of try­ing the craft of nee­dle felt­ing every­day since. So this week­end, Ans­ley and I had a great time giv­ing this craft a try and we real­ly had fun. After a few painful sticks in the fin­gers and hours lat­er we com­plet­ed sev­er­al small embell­ish­ments. I made an acorn and some leaves (want to add stitch­ing for veins with gold embroi­dery floss) Ans­ley cre­at­ed a pump­kin, some stars and a flower. Her friend Matt even joined in and made a can­dy cane and a Christ­mas stock­ing....

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Water Well Carved by Dad

Oct 24, 2011

Dad is a wood­carv­er and has carved items for years from sea life, walk­ing sticks, canes, box­es etc. but I think this water well he carved last week is just the cutest. He got the idea from a carv­ing mag­a­zine and thought it would be fun to do. The well sits on top of a clear bot­tle so you can watch the buck­et move up and down. This bot­tle is an old milk bot­tle from my grand­par­ents. Mom told me gram­my and gram­pa Childers used to sell whole milk to locals in the small town of Salem, WV,  from one of their jer­sey cows. I had no clue and was cer­tain­ly hap­py to learn this tad bit of fam­i­ly his­to­ry. The tiny buck­et dad carved is small­er than a thim­ble. You can see it near...

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“Christmas Wishes”

Oct 21, 2011

When: Novem­ber 13th Where: The Crafty Scrap­per Time: 11:00 In this class you will cre­ate a home décor piece and hol­i­day orna­ment using a fun mix­ture of new and vin­tage items. Some of the vin­tage items being used are mer­cury glass orna­ments, sheet music, images from vin­tage cards, lace trim, alu­minum gar­land and tin­sel. I’ve been col­lect­ing vin­tage items with this class in mind all year long, from flea mar­kets and thrift stores in Frisco, McK­in­ney, Sour Lake, Win­nie and Beau­mont, as well as all the states from here to Maine. We will col­lage, paint, ink, glit­ter and of course Stick­le when cre­at­ing these two fes­tive hol­i­day projects. Once com­plet­ed you can place the altered hol­i­day tray on an easel or attach a hang­er to the back. This will be left up to you...

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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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Joyful Gift Tag

Oct 19, 2011

This tag can be found on page 44 in the Spring chap­ter of Delight In The Sea­sons. The adorable chicks are from Crafty Secrets Vin­tage Heart­warm­ing. I’ve always been a huge fan of their vin­tage images. They have a wide selec­tion that are per­fect for vin­tage inspired projects. The altered Maya Road Scal­lop Frames accent the chicks per­fect­ly. And I was thrilled when I dis­cov­ered that Jen­ni Bowl­in’s Paint Dab­bers in Chew­ing Gum and Soap Pow­der matched the Lit­tle Yel­low Bicy­cle pat­terned papers so per­fect­ly. When every­thing came togeth­er for this project I end­ed up with an adorable tag to place on a gift bag or inside a frame to use as a Spring themed piece of art. And many thanks go to the fol­low­ing book spon­sors… Lit­tle Yel­low Bicy­cle, Jen­ni Bowl­in, Maya Road, Ranger, Crafty...

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Winter Mittens

Oct 18, 2011

This win­ter project was super fun to cre­ate. As you all know, I love Win­ter and think mit­tens look so cute placed around our home dur­ing the cold win­ter months.  I love the homey feel they give. This project can be found in the Win­ter chap­ter on page 24 of Delight In The Sea­sons. Page 25 fea­tures step by step instruc­tions and detailed pho­tographs show­ing you how to recre­ate the fea­tured tech­nique. I love all the sparkle from the white iri­des­cent glit­ter, red rhine­stones and sil­ver bead­ed trim and think the white boa feath­ers accent the cuff of each mit­ten per­fect­ly. The boa feath­er cuff on each mit­ten reminds me of the lit­tle white hand muff I had when I was around 3 or 4 years old. I remem­ber like it was yes­ter­day, sit­ting...

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So HAPPY to share…

Oct 17, 2011

Since my book has gone to print I can now share with you one of the four projects fea­tured on the cov­er of Delight In The Sea­sons. This book has been inside my head for a very long time… I want­ed one that was filled with lots of inspi­ra­tion for hol­i­days, cel­e­bra­tions and spe­cial occa­sions. I did­n’t want it to be just hol­i­day relat­ed. It’s so excit­ing to know this book idea will become a real­i­ty in just a few short months. Delight In The Sea­sons is filled with 40 tech­niques and 60 projects all cre­at­ed by me for Win­ter, New Year’s Day, Christ­mas, Valen­tines’ Day, St. Patrick­’s Day, Spring, East­er, Moth­er’s Day, Father’s Day, Sum­mer, Inde­pen­dence Day, Grad­u­a­tion, Birth­day, Wed­ding, Trav­el, Autumn, Hal­loween, Grand­par­en­t’s Day, New Baby and Thanks­giv­ing. I think you can tell...

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Of all the albums…

Oct 14, 2011

I have cre­at­ed I do believe this one has been pho­tographed and looked over more than any oth­er. The cov­er of this album can be seen in my book “Delight In The Details” but due to space lim­i­ta­tions the inside was not able to be fea­tured. So as with The Gar­den Fairy mini album I post­ed yes­ter­day, I thought I would share the inside of this album with you too. This album has pho­tos of my great great aunts Min­nie and Aman­da and uncles Albert and Stephen along with their par­ents, my great great grand­moth­er Rebec­ca Hin­kle, grand­fa­ther Enoch Childers and his broth­er Jesse. Oh and these are the fam­i­ly mem­bers who lived in the old house I love going into on my aun­t’s prop­er­ty in Buck­han­non, WV. The swing Albert Childers is sit­ting...

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The Garden Fairy

Oct 13, 2011

This lit­tle album is one that can be found in my book Delight In The Details. The inside of the album was not able to be shown so I thought I would share it with you. The pho­tos used are ones I took of my niece Made­lyn when she and her fam­i­ly were stay­ing with me and Alan dur­ing hur­ri­cane Rita, sev­er­al years ago. Made­lyn was hav­ing so much fun run­ning around the back­yard dressed up as a fairy. I just let her play while I snapped away catch­ing her each and every move. I print­ed each of the pho­tos in black and white onto a trans­paren­cy then used a sewing machine set to a straight stitch to attach each pho­to to the pat­terned paper. You need to real­ly pay atten­tion to where you...

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Took a quick trip…

Oct 12, 2011

I decid­ed to go to Beau­mont over the week­end for some antique and thrift store shop­ping as well as hit this won­der­ful flea mar­ket. Mom, dad and I were up and out ear­ly Fri­day, Sat­ur­day and Sun­day and found some AWESOME items for me to use in upcom­ing class projects and work­shops. I was so hap­py. I just give mom and dad a list of items I’m look­ing for and they are off and run­ning. They scored some great finds for me this trip. Those two are keep­ers I tell ya. I took a few pho­tos of some of the items we found. I have box­es filled with great vin­tage stuff. But some I’m gonna keep a secret as a girl can’t share all her sur­pris­es… can she? We found salt and pep­per shak­ers,...

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Thrift Store Art

Oct 6, 2011

I love thrift store art and get so excit­ed when I find a framed print or water­col­or, espe­cial­ly if the frame is just a tad bit tat­tered. For me, the more tat­tered and worn the bet­ter. I have a mix matched col­lec­tion of framed prints hang­ing around the house all are dif­fer­ent but all have the same col­or scheme. As long as I remain in the same col­or scheme the prints I find always look great hang­ing in any room of our house. I’ll show you anoth­er of my favorites on a lat­er day. I real­ly scored on this one. It is a large framed print by artist Hul­dah Cher­ry Jeffe and I love it! Are you a thrift store art col­lec­tor? If so, what kind of art do you like to col­lect?...

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You know you are loved.…

Oct 5, 2011

when a sweet lit­tle boy gives you one of his trea­sures. Once Artis­tic Jour­ney was over I was load­ing my car with the help of a super sweet boy, Den­ton. Den­ton is Car­olyn’s (own­er of The Crafty Scrap­per) son and I just adore him tremen­dous­ly. He always helps me with any­thing I need when I’m get­ting ready to teach a class. He is super sweet, kind and a very tal­ent­ed artist. This boy can draw amaz­ing­ly well. This week­end was Den­ton’s birth­day. I did­n’t have a chance to get him a card so while he was help­ing me car­ry things to my car I gave him some birth­day mon­ey. As I was load­ing every­thing I noticed Den­ton dig­ging around in Car­olyn’s car. As we start­ed to head back in the store he stops me...

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Artistic Journey Recap…

Oct 4, 2011

What an awe­some week­end! I was so lucky to get to cre­ate with so many won­der­ful­ly cre­ative and inspir­ing ladies. Weeks before the event began Car­o­line and Car­olyn put out a chal­lenge to those attend­ing Artis­tic Jour­ney to cre­ate a tag telling three things about them­selves. Once they fin­ished they then sent the tags to Car­olyn so she could cre­ate a won­der­ful win­dow dis­play. These are just a few of the tags sent.  I love how each one cap­tures their per­son­al­i­ty. Awe­some job ladies. Fri­day night, dur­ing our meet and greet each attendee was giv­en a can­vas apron to alter any way they want­ed.… Car­olyn and Car­o­line had sta­tions set up all over The Crafty Scrap­per with lots of trims, embell­ish­ments etc. for them to use. It was so fun see­ing how dif­fer­ent every­one’s...

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