Love ~ Canvas

Aug 31, 2012

Before I share this can­vas tuto­r­i­al which is super fun and not dif­fi­cult to recre­ate at all I want to let you know about an awe­some give­away iLove­ToCre­ate is hav­ing on their blog. I real­ly love their Aleene’s adhe­sives and use them all the time. Well you have a chance to win my lat­est book “Delight In The Sea­sons” AND a won­der­ful assort­ment of Aleene’s adhe­sives. You can vis­it their blog HERE to enter their give­away. Ok now for the tuto­r­i­al. You will need a gallery wrapped can­vas, vin­tage ledger paper, vin­tage sheet music, Fiskars Round n’ Round Squeeze Punch­es Extra Large & Large, doilies, Maya Road Mini Chip­board Alphas (Love is the new Upper­case Lisa), Paint Brush, Clau­dine Hell­muth Stu­dio Mul­ti-Medi­um ~ Mat­te, Clau­dine Hell­muth Stu­dio Paint Tra­di­tion­al Tan, Blank Can­vas & Char­coal...

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Editing iPhone Photos

Aug 29, 2012

I get email all the time ask­ing me how I edit the pho­tos I take using my iPhone. So today I thought I would put togeth­er a tuto­r­i­al (WARNING this is a LONG tuto­r­i­al) and show you how I do it. I love edit­ing my images and use Typoins­ta, Insta­gram and Pic Stitch the most. There are lots of oth­er free edit­ing pro­grams avail­able but I seem to go back to these three the most. Here is an unedit­ed pho­to of some beau­ti­ful sun­flow­ers I took on a not so sun­ny day while in West Vir­ginia. The light­ing was ter­ri­ble but I want­ed the pho­to no mat­ter what and knew I could have fun doing some edit­ing using my favorite apps. The first app I use is Pic Stitch. This app allows you to...

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Hand Stitching

Aug 28, 2012

Most of you have heard about my “Trav­el­ing Apron” cre­at­ed by my aunt out of a feed sack that was my grand­moth­er’s and a dress that was my great great aun­t’s. While in West Vir­ginia, I start­ed a lit­tle sam­pler to keep in the pock­et with all the states I’ve been to with my apron. This is some­thing real­ly fun to do while sit­ting in the car, wait­ing in the air­port or on the plane. I plan on stitch­ing pearls in between each state and adding small pieces of vin­tage trims here and there as well as doing a few dec­o­ra­tive type stitch­es. If you are inter­est­ed in hand stitch­ing your own sam­pler and want to learn more embroi­dery stitch­es I dis­cov­ered Sarah’s Hand Embroi­dery Tuto­ri­als on Pin­ter­est and I LOVE every­one of her tuto­ri­als....

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I’m Home…

Aug 27, 2012

I had a won­der­ful 10 day cre­ative break and now it’s back to dead­lines, work­shops and trav­el­ing. I love doing what I do but must admit this short break was nice and just what I need­ed. I pret­ty much work 7 days a week and some­times feel like my head will explode. Dri­ving with mom and dad to West Vir­ginia was as fun as dri­ving 21 hours can be, we had lots of laughs and enjoyed a lit­tle antique shop­ping along the way. I found some true vin­tage trea­sures for sure and can­not wait to share pho­tos my finds. One thing I was real­ly hap­py about get­ting to do on our way home was stop and vis­it “The Scrap­book Page” in Bar­boursville, WV. Max­ine Hodges has a won­der­ful store. If you are near or...

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Back to Reality

Aug 22, 2012

This morn­ing was the last morn­ing to look out Aunt Wilda’s kitchen win­dow to see  deer graz­ing on clover and I’m going to miss it some­thing ter­ri­ble. I’ll miss watch­ing the sun set on the old home­stead. It still amazes me that the house was rolled up over the hill from across the street. They had it sit­ting on top of logs pulled by hors­es and placed in its spot by my great great grand­fa­ther Enoch Childers in 1900. I’ll miss dig­ging for trea­sures with my cousin Con­nie. She is the best dig­ger ever. We were out­side talk­ing and before I knew it she put a rake in my hand, had one in her’s and off we went rak­ing out from under­neath the old smoke­house. Some of these trea­sures will be found in cre­ations...

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The Scrapbook Page

Aug 20, 2012

This Thurs­day, August 23rd from 2:00 ‑5:00 I will be at The Scrap­book Page in Bar­boursville, WV sign­ing my lat­est book “Delight In The Sea­sons”. After the book sign­ing I will then show you how to cre­ate the tag below. This make-n-take is free but sup­plies are lim­it­ed so don’t miss out. River­Place Plaza 6007 US Rt 60 E Ste 202 Bar­boursville, WV 1 (304) 733‑9414 When cre­at­ing your make-n-take tag you will use prod­ucts from Maya Road and Ranger and the “Per­fumery” stamp set from my stamp line Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion. We will be stamp­ing, ink­ing and glit­ter­ing. It’s gonna be fun. See ya there....

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The little cousins

Aug 17, 2012

Mom, dad and I have been stay­ing with mom’s sis­ter “Aunt Wil­da” and broth­er-in-law “Uncle Jim” since we arrived in West Vir­ginia. Yes­ter­day, my cousin “Ang­ie” brought her three boys (Patrick 7 yrs., Michael 5 yrs., Nicholas 3 yrs.) to see us and boy did they keep us enter­tained.  As you will see by the pho­tos Nicholas was the major source of enter­tain­ment. Love that he still calls me his “lit­tle skunk” Makes the best jel­lo sal­ad ever! Nicholas blow­ing bub­ble after bub­ble after bub­ble. While look­ing around in an antique shop dad found some pieces from an old pipe organ for only $3.00 and had to buy them. Mom thought they were $3.00 to much. Nicholas on the oth­er hand had fun mak­ing sound come out and thought it was the best $3.00...

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Hand Blown Glass & Quilts

Aug 16, 2012

One thing I love is glass­ware. Mom passed this gene right on down to me. She and I love to hunt for glass pieces in antique stores and thrift shops. I like to col­lect milk glass and green depres­sion glass. Mom likes hand cut glass. Hand blow glass is anoth­er love of ours and get­ting to watch Ron Hin­kle demo how he makes some of his items was a true treat. We’ve vis­it­ed his shop in Buck­han­non, WV 4 years straight and he’s always been no the road but this time we hit our vis­it just right. He is such a won­der­ful guy and cre­ates some of the most amaz­ing pieces of art. It’s sad to me that hand blown glass is a fad­ing art. It was won­der­ful get­ting to watch him cre­ate beau­ti­ful...

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Stopping to Smell the Flowers

Aug 15, 2012

For the next 10 days I am going to do my best to unwind. Those of you who know me, know I’m wound up tighter than an 8 day clock. Well, for the next 10 days, I’m deter­mined to unwind and not think of my “To-Do List” that is wait­ing for me when I get home. Although, just typ­ing the words “To-Do List” makes my inner 8 day clock wind up. Yikes! Any­way, back to the unwind­ing… Yes­ter­day, I start­ed my day look­ing at this view. As my niece Made­lyn calls these days… “It was a Blue­bird Kin­da Day”. There were hard­ly a cloud in the sky and it was blue, blue, blue. Yes­ter­day, mom, dad and I drove around and did a lit­tle antiquing. I found some real­ly awe­some things for class­es and...

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Art Abandonment

Aug 14, 2012

As mom, dad and I left the hotel this morn­ing I left a piece of aban­doned art in the lob­by. This was the third piece I left on our trip to WV and must say it is so super fun. You real­ly need to do this… the gift of receiv­ing an email from a recip­i­ent is so worth it. Here is an email I received from a lady who found my dream tag. Just want­ed to say thank you. My name is Karen and I serve break­fast at the Hol­i­day Inn express in White House, TN. I hope you enjoyed your stay and I was the one who found your gift and I love it. I went out and hung it from the rear view mir­ror in my car. I wish I knew who...

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On the Road with Mom and Dad

Aug 13, 2012

I’m on my year­ly dri­ve to Buck­han­non, WV with mom and dad to see fam­i­ly at the old home­stead. We left ear­ly, Sun­day morn­ing… so ear­ly we watched the sun­rise… this is not some­thing dad and I see all that often if ever… now mom most like­ly every sin­gle morn­ing, dad and I, well we are more of the sun­set kin­da peo­ple. After about three hours of dri­ving we stopped to eat break­fast. I left a lit­tle piece of Art Aban­don­ment at a Crack­er Bar­rel, as we left. This is so fun to do… if you haven’t done this before you real­ly should. There is a won­der­ful Face­book Group called Art Aban­don­ment that you real­ly should join. Click HERE to check out the group. It’s always nice look­ing at the dif­fer­ent types of land­scap­ing...

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Jo-Ann Fabrics & Crafts Demo ~ Book Signing

Aug 11, 2012

Today, I will be cel­e­brat­ing the Grand Open­ing of the Jo-Ann Fab­rics & Crafts in Sher­man, Texas with a Free Demo & Book Sign­ing. I will be sign­ing my books “Delight In The Sea­sons” & “Delight In The Details” as well as show you how to make the ever so pop­u­lar paper rose as shown above. Sup­plies are lim­it­ed so don’t be late. See ya there!...

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Mini Shadow Box

Aug 10, 2012

Tomor­row, I am par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Jo-Ann Fab­rics & Crafts Grand Open­ing in Sher­man, Texas. I will be there for a Book Sign­ing and Demo from 11:00–1:00. I’ll be instruct­ing those in atten­dance how to cre­ate a beau­ti­ful paper rose to accent a gift tag or card for any cel­e­bra­tion or spe­cial occa­sion. And with just a sim­ple change in paper col­or these beau­ti­ful ros­es are per­fect for any hol­i­day.  Come see me… it’s going to be fun! Jo-Ann Fab­rics & Crafts 4127 N. US High­way 75 Sher­man, Texas Ok, so on to today’s project. I love shad­ow box­es of any kind and decid­ed to cre­ate a mini shad­ow box tag for one of my projects for CHA. As I start­ed gath­er­ing Maya Road sup­plies I came across a Maya Road Scal­lop Square Basic Album...

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Dream Tag

Aug 9, 2012

Here is a fun tag to cre­ate that is filled with all kinds of lit­tle tech­niques that are per­fect to use on oth­er pro­ject­sl. I start­ed with a plain mani­la office tag and cov­ered it with vin­tage ledger paper. Next, using the Maya Road Ornate Frames stamp set and Jet Black Archival Ink, I stamped the frame images onto the ledger paper. Next I took the new Maya Road Flo­ral Gar­den Fab­ric Tape and filled the inside area of the frames. I then accent­ed the flow­ers with Dia­mond Stick­les and let it dry. Once dry, I cov­ered the Fab­ric Tape with Glossy Accents and let it dry. Make sure you have a pin handy to pop any air bub­bles that occur. Here is a lit­tle tip: I like to leave the stamps on the acetate...

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Kitting and a Contract

Aug 8, 2012

I’m so hap­py to show you this pho­to… the offi­cial con­tract for book 3 arrived. I’m so super excit­ed about the con­cept for this book I can hard­ly stand it. I’m also very for­tu­nate to get to con­tin­ue work­ing with such loy­al spon­sors. I have a few new spon­sors that I’m real­ly hap­py to have that will be added to this LIST soon! Thank you all so much for your sup­port and ongo­ing spon­sor­ship. I real­ly appre­ci­ate both tremen­dous­ly. This week it’s been all about get­ting kits ready and shipped to Lake Como, Italy for “A Kiss On The Chic’s Cre­ative Retreat in Italy” Lau­ra’s put togeth­er a fab­u­lous event and Sept. 15th can­not get here soon enough. I’ve nev­er in my life wished I had a Sizzix Vagabond Machine so bad­ly as I...

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Blast from the Past 3

Aug 7, 2012

This is the mini album that start­ed it all… I want­ed to cre­ate some­thing spe­cial for my old­est daugh­ter Ter­ri, who was get­ting ready to cel­e­brate her 17th birth­day. I had seen lots of mini albums in the gallery at Two Peas In A Buck­et and decid­ed Ter­ri’s upcom­ing birth­day was just the push I need­ed to jump into the world of cre­at­ing mini albums. At first I was scared to death because I had no clue what in the world I was doing or even how to begin. I went to a scrap­book store which was just down the street and start­ed look­ing at all the prod­ucts. Mind you, this was a very strange world to me. I was still learn­ing what Rub ons and brads were and nev­er mind the over­whelm­ing feel­ing...

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Handmade Charms

Aug 6, 2012

I added a few mixed media charms to my online store… HERE. I cre­at­ed these charms from vin­tage finds and a mix­ture of mate­ri­als such as burlap, can­vas, wool rov­ing and lace. Each charm is one-of-a-kin­da and will look adorable hang­ing from your neck­lace....

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Blast from the Past 2

Aug 3, 2012

Here is a lay­out I did in 2005 doc­u­ment­ing Ans­ley going to her first “Dad­dy Daugh­ter Dance.” This lay­out actu­al­ly got picked up for pub­li­ca­tion and can be found in the JoAnn ScrapEssen­tials Idea Book Vol. 2. If you have this idea book this lay­out is fea­tured on page 51. You can see I still love to use glossy accents and iri­des­cent glit­ter. That is what I used to accent the jour­nal­ing strips. Still love the jour­nal­ing strip look. I still accent the edges of my paper with brown ink. Still love to use rib­bon, but­tons and rhine­stones. Don’t use brads all that much any­more. Still love to cre­ate my own embell­ish­ments. Love using silk flow­ers but now would dis­tress them with ink or paint and cov­er them in crys­tal coarse glit­ter. I cre­at­ed...

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Blast from the Past

Aug 2, 2012

While orga­niz­ing pho­tos in my gallery, late last night, I stum­bled upon some lay­outs I cre­at­ed when I first start­ed to scrap­book back in 2005. Oh good­ness do I have some fun lay­outs to show you… it’s so fun­ny to me look­ing back at what I’ve cre­at­ed. When we first moved into our home the sum­mer of 1999 there were gor­geous sun­flower fields all over. I loved going out each morn­ing and tak­ing pho­tos of them with the morn­ing sun high­light­ing each petal. It tru­ly was gor­geous. I did learn one hard les­son though… did you know when you cut wild sun­flow­ers they seep this REALLY STICKY stuff? When this sap­py stuff gets on any­thing it’s like try­ing to remove goril­la glue… I did­n’t think I would ever rid my kitchen table of this...

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