Estes Park

Apr 30, 2013

Fri­day, morn­ing I jumped out of bed just as I did as a child Christ­mas morn­ing. I was so excit­ed to get to wan­der around town with Ron­da before my After­noon Tea class, because well, you all know laugh­ter fol­lows us where ever we go. Before walk­ing out of my room I had to take a peek out the bed­room win­dow and this is what I saw… a per­fect sun­ny, blue sky Col­orado morn­ing. Talk about mak­ing me real­ly get a jump start on my Texas makeover. But before get­ting ready, I quick­ly got side tracked watch­ing birds and the cutest lit­tle chip­munk stuff his cheeks full of bird seeds. They were just out­side this win­dow singing and scur­ry­ing about. The chip­munk was super busy fill­ing his cheeks with bird seeds, run­ning off to...

read more

Up The Mountain

Apr 29, 2013

Col­orado ~ anoth­er amaz­ing place to add to my “Trav­el­ing Apron” sam­pler. Thurs­day, after­noon Ron­da drove me to Estes Park so I could teach a few class­es at Rocky Moun­tain Mem­o­ries. Cheryl sug­gest­ed that as Ron­da brought me to the store she take the scenic route through the moun­tains and good­ness am I ever so grate­ful for the sug­ges­tion. The views were sim­ply amaz­ing. I could eas­i­ly trade liv­ing in the sub­urbs and live in the Rocky Moun­tains. I’ve nev­er felt so at home in all my life. This is just one of the stops along the way to Cheryl’s store in Estes Park. The scenery was sim­ply stun­ning. Every turn was tru­ly a pic­ture post­card view. I loved hear­ing all the birds singing and chirp­ing as well as the water run­ning down the...

read more

Thrift Store Finds ~ Storage & Photo Props

Apr 26, 2013

It’s no secret how much I love thrift store finds and the thrill of the hunt, I wish I could bot­tle up that feel­ing.  When scour­ing the shelves for items to use as stor­age and pho­to props I usu­al­ly have no clue what I’m look­ing but when I find some­thing I like I grab it. I don’t think I will ever have enough salt & pep­per shak­ers on hand. They are per­fect for stor­ing glass glit­ter or fill­ing with vin­tage but­tons. I have an idea in my head right now using them as a base for a project that I can­not wait to start work­ing on. I hope it comes out as well as I have it pic­tured in my head. I’ll let you know when it’s fin­ished. The refrig­er­a­tor box is per­fect for...

read more

Mother’s Day Projects

Apr 25, 2013

With Moth­er’s Day just around the cor­ner I thought I would share a few project ideas from my book “Delight In The Sea­sons” that would make won­der­ful gifts for any mom on Moth­er’s Day. You can cre­ate a beau­ti­ful mini album just for mom shar­ing sto­ries and pho­tos from spe­cial times and moments spent togeth­er. This project is fea­tured in the Spring Chap­ter on pages 46 — 49. I show you how to cre­ate the beau­ti­ful flower accent­ing the front cov­er of this album. If you pre­fer to cre­ate projects, this piece can be found in the Spring Chap­ter on pages 50 — 54. I show you how to cre­ate this beau­ti­ful felt mes­sage ban­ner.  You can hand stitch any spe­cial sen­ti­ment you wish for your mom. My mom has this project sit­ting in her...

read more

Textile Mini Album

Apr 24, 2013

This mini album is going to be a work in progress piece for quite some time. Each inside page will be it’s own unique piece of art. I don’t have a plan or even one idea on how to com­plete each page, I’m just going to pick it up and stitch off and on and see how it comes togeth­er. Some­times it’s fun to cre­ate with­out ever hav­ing a plan. The album I’m using is a Maya Road Linen 4″ x 6″ Art Jour­nal­ing Album that I accent­ed with a Maya Road Linen Heart piece and a die cut doily from nat­ur­al muslin using the Eileen Hull Sizzix Doily, Lace Medal­lion die. Before attach­ing the linen heart and nat­ur­al muslin doily I first attached seam bind­ing so I can keep the album closed with...

read more

Mini Fabric Tape Wreath

Apr 23, 2013

This mini fab­ric tape wreath is a fun project to cre­ate and can be used in so many dif­fer­ent ways and for any hol­i­day or cel­e­bra­tion. If you want to cre­ate your own mini wreath I list­ed all the prod­ucts used below. I see so many pos­si­bil­i­ties with this wreath. You could put a mono­gram in the cen­ter to use as a place card, you could string sev­er­al onto a long piece of twine cord­ing to cre­ate an adorable ban­ner for a baby show­er, a pho­to could be placed in the cen­ter to cre­ate won­der­ful orna­ments to hang dur­ing any hol­i­day. Gosh I could go on and on. This project along with the Fab­ric Tape Flower Mini Can­vas, All Occa­sion Card and Smile Mini Can­vas are using prod­ucts that can be found in kits...

read more

All Occasion Card

Apr 22, 2013

This all occa­sion card is one I cre­at­ed for Maya Road to dis­play while their prod­uct kits are being sold on HSN, tomor­row. I thought I would share a few projects using some of the prod­ucts in each kit to give you a lit­tle inspi­ra­tion. Car­o­line cre­at­ed I think 20 projects for the show. Talk about a crazy fast crafter. The Fab­ric Tape Flower Mini Can­vas, Fab­ric Tape Mini Wreath (shar­ing with you tomor­row) and the Smile Mini Can­vas that I shared with you last week are all projects using prod­ucts from these kits. Since I’m sure you are not going to want to miss out I post­ed Maya Road­’s time slots below, which as I under­stand can change at any giv­en sec­ond so don’t hold me to it but these should be close to accu­rate. Beth...

read more

Smile Mini Canvas

Apr 19, 2013

Oh good­ness I got­ta share some awe­some tips with you today. I paint­ed the sides of this mini can­vas using Adiron­dack Shell Pink, once dry I found the pink was just a tad bit too pink. So I light­ly applied Col­or­Box Creamy Brown Chalk Ink over the paint and it cre­at­ed the most BEAUTIFUL shade of  pink which just so hap­pened to match the pink in the Pink Paislee Cot­tage Farms back­ground paper per­fect­ly. The next tip is if you apply Col­or­Box Flu­id Chalk Ink in Rose Coral on top of the Maya Road Mixed Blos­som Mini Chip­board pieces then light­ly apply Maya Road Pure White Pig­ment on top you cre­ate anoth­er gor­geous shade of pink that works BEAUTIFULLY with the Pink Paislee Cot­tage Farms pat­terned paper line. I just love dis­cov­er­ing and shar­ing...

read more

Hemp & Vintage Button Bracelet

Apr 18, 2013

This is my new favorite bracelet. I plan on wear­ing it every sin­gle day. If you want to make one it’s super sim­ple. All you need is Daz­zle-It Hemp and 10 vin­tage shell but­tons (3 small, 3 medi­um, 4 large) and a pair of scis­sors. The first thing you need to do is mea­sure your wrist, then dou­ble the length and this is how long you need to cut 5 strands of hemp. Hold the strands even­ly at one end, cre­ate a loop and secure it in place with a knot as shown above. Note: This loop needs to be large enough so one of the larg­er but­tons will go through it. This bracelet will have a tog­gle style clo­sure. Now thread one but­ton onto three dif­fer­ent strands of hemp, leav­ing two strands plain....

read more

Rocky Mountain Memories

Apr 17, 2013

A week from today, I’ll be head­ing to Den­ver, CO to see my super awe­some friend Ron­da Palaz­zari then she’ll take me to Rocky Moun­tain Mem­o­ries for a week­end of cre­ative fun. I’ll be teach­ing two class­es, After­noon Tea from 1 — 5 Fri­day, on the 26th. Cheryl  (who I can­not wait to see for more than a few min­utes here and there like at CHA) even orga­nized a fun wine and cheese demo Fri­day, evening from 6:30 — 8:30. So if you have ques­tions on how to use prod­uct or want to know how to make cer­tain embell­ish­ments this will be the per­fect time to ask away. Ron­da and I will do some demo’s and make n takes too, sor­ry top secret, can’t tell. That is unless you offer me choco­late then I’ll be...

read more

Jenni Bowlin Studio ~ Happy Birthday Card

Apr 16, 2013

Here is card 4 of 4 of my all occa­sion card set. I had a blast cre­at­ing with Mod­ern Mer­can­tile and plan on using every sin­gle scrap I have remain­ing. It’s just too inspir­ing to toss away any scrap no mat­ter how big or small. The 3D col­lage of Maya Road flow­ers accent­ed with the but­ter­fly & star pins, Doo­dle­bug Design but­tons and JBS milk cap com­pletes this card per­fect­ly. Cre­at­ing 3D col­lages is one of my favorite things to do and the lit­tle group­ings make a won­der­ful impact. And here are all the prod­ucts I used to cre­ate this card. Jen­ni Bowl­in Mod­ern Mer­can­tile ~ Patch­work, Hodge Podge & Mis­cel­lany, one Maya Road Kraft Note Enve­lope, one medi­um Jen­ni Bowl­in True Vin­tage Milk Cap, one Maya Road Sil­ver Fox Vin­tage Lace Mum, one Maya...

read more

Jenni Bowlin Studio ~ Thinking of U Card

Apr 15, 2013

Here is card 3 of 4. I always find it fun to sur­prise some­one with a “Think­ing of U” card. It’s such a sim­ple to way to bright­en some­one’s day. And here’s a lit­tle tip for you… You can alter the Maya Road After­noon Tea flower using Maya Mists, Inks and Dis­tress Stains. This way you can col­or coor­di­nate the flower with any project you are cre­at­ing. Super fun and super easy. The Maya Road Wood­en But­tons are anoth­er fun embell­ish­ment to alter. I left mine raw for this card but you can ink, mist, paint, glit­ter and don’t for­get about adding trans­fer decals on them… And this is the list of all the prod­ucts I used to cre­ate this card. Jen­ni Bowl­in Stu­dio Mod­ern Mer­can­tile ~ Para­pher­na­lia, Mis­cel­lany & Etcetera,   one Maya Road After­noon Tea...

read more

Maya Road Guest Designer Call

Apr 13, 2013

LISTEN UP.… Did you know Maya Road is hav­ing a guest design­er call?  If you did­n’t well they are and the dead­line is fast approach­ing so get your entry in BEFORE the 16th. The great thing about this guest design­er oppor­tu­ni­ty is Maya Road is not requir­ing the projects for your guest design­er appli­ca­tion include Maya Road prod­ucts. Maya Road just wants to see how well poten­tial guest design­ers cre­ate. They want to see each appli­cants strengths as well as how each appli­cant pho­tographs their appli­ca­tion projects. PHOTOGRAPHY will MAKE or BREAK you on this one so I high­ly rec­om­mend you vis­it the Maya Road DT blog and look at how the DT mem­bers pho­to­graph their projects.  If your projects can­not be show­cased well in your pho­tographs it real­ly does­n’t mat­ter how tal­ent­ed you...

read more

Jenni Bowlin Studio ~ Thank U Card

Apr 12, 2013

Here is Card 2 of 4 and I must say, I think this card set is one of my favorite sets I’ve ever cre­at­ed. I just love the pat­terned papers and embell­ish­ments on each card. I’m telling you Lisa Dick­in­son’s Mod­ern Mer­can­tile line she designed for Jen­ni Bowl­in Stu­dio is so super inspir­ing. I love to cre­ate mini col­lages as the focal point on all my cards. A col­lage is not just lay­er­ing and attach­ing paper and ephemera to a can­vas it can be items of any kind grouped togeth­er, which is what I had loads of fun doing with this card. The wood­en but­ter­fly, heart pins, milk cap and resin flower make an adorable col­lage and the “thank u” sen­ti­ment works great to bal­ance the col­lage per­fect­ly. Cre­at­ing 3D col­lages are won­der­ful ways to use...

read more

Jenni Bowlin Studio ~ Congrats Card

Apr 11, 2013

It’s no secret I love Jen­ni Bowl­in Stu­dio prod­ucts. I’ve been so lucky to have her spon­sor all three of my books and have used her prod­ucts since she start­ed man­u­fac­tur­ing items. When I saw the new line Mod­ern Mer­can­tile designed by Lisa Dick­in­son at CHA‑W I was in love. Mod­ern Mer­can­tile works per­fect­ly with all of Jen­ni’s amaz­ing embell­ish­ments. Today’s card is 1 of 4 that I’ll be shar­ing with you over the next sev­er­al days. All the com­plet­ed cards mea­sure 4″ x 5.5″. To cre­ate this card I used Mod­ern Mer­can­tile ~ Mis­cel­lany, Patch­work,  Etcetera & Hodge Podge pat­terned papers, a Maya Road Kraft Scroll Frame Jour­nal­ing Tag, a JBS True Vin­tage Milk Bot­tle Cap & a Flat­back Read­er Flair Piece, some Maya Road Linen Burlap Trim, a JBS Kraft Feath­er Tags, Vin­tage Pho­to Dis­tress...

read more

Fabric Tape Flower Tutorial

Apr 10, 2013

Here is a real­ly fun flower to make using Maya Road Fab­ric Tape in Ging­ham Barn Red, Ocean Blue & Flo­ral Gar­den. This lit­tle flower can be used in so many dif­fer­ent types of projects and I have a feel­ing this is not the last flower I will cre­ate. Would­n’t it look cute tied to the top of a pack­age wrapped with butch­er paper then tied with any of the awe­some Maya Road Twine Cord­ing. It could even be the main flower in a bou­ton­niere or placed inside an altered wood­en spool as a decor piece… so many ideas. To begin mak­ing your flower you will need to cre­ate a petal form. Using wire cut­ters cut a piece of 20 gauge wire to 4 inch­es in length. Then about an inch from one end...

read more

Crop & Create ~ Winnipeg Recap

Apr 9, 2013

My good­ness are you Cana­di­ans ever so lucky to have all the Scrap­book & Cards Today Crop & Cre­ate events avail­able to you through­out the year. Cather­ine Tachd­jian real­ly knows how to put togeth­er an amaz­ing event. There was not one lit­tle detail over­looked. Each table was draped, had a bou­quet of fresh spring flow­ers, choco­lates and an event sched­ule. She had make n takes for every­one to do if they wished Fri­day and Sat­ur­day nights, as well as an amaz­ing dessert bar. I’m still think­ing about this dessert bar. It was CRAZY insane amaz­ing. The class­es dur­ing the event were spaced nice­ly and every sin­gle per­son I met was so warm and wel­com­ing. Tru­ly awe­some. All day Fri­day and Sat­ur­day, you could find Cather­ine and Jen at the reg­is­tra­tion table or as I thought of...

read more

Dazzle-It Bracelet & Charm Tutorials

Apr 8, 2013

One thing I love is being asked to cre­ate items with prod­ucts I have nev­er used before. I’m always up for the chal­lenge and get so excit­ed when the mys­tery prod­uct lands at my front door. I do have some­what of an idea of what prod­uct is com­ing just not the exact items so real­ly it is excit­ing. So when Car­mi Cim­i­ca­ta asked if I would be inter­est­ed in try­ing some Daz­zle-It prod­ucts I was pret­ty hap­py. Any­thing Car­mi is asso­ci­at­ed with I’m all in as Car­mi cre­ates some of the most amaz­ing jew­el­ry. If you’re not famil­iar with her blog Resin Crafts you can check it out here… you will be so amazed and inspired.   Click HERE for all the Links to these amaz­ing jew­el­ry projects When I received my enve­lope from...

read more

Winnipeg Here I Come

Apr 3, 2013

Today is all about laun­dry, pack­ing and check­ing my “To Do List” mak­ing sure every­thing I need for Crop & Cre­ate is done and packed in my super stuffed suit­case. As I’ve said before, teach­ing at a Crop & Cre­ate event is one of the items on my arty buck­et list. I’ve heard so many won­der­ful things about Cather­ine’s events and I’m super appre­cia­tive for this oppor­tu­ni­ty to teach. I have goody bags made up to hand to some lucky win­ners dur­ing my class­es. They are filled with lots of great Maya Road prod­ucts. I also have stamp sets and a mini album to give away. Below is a peek at some of the items all packed a ready to go. Each per­son that takes one or both of my class­es gets their name...

read more

Stained Glass Boiled Eggs

Apr 1, 2013

Ans­ley and I had so much fun mak­ing these eggs, last night. She heard about this stained glass tech­nique for boiled eggs and want­ed to give it a try. After she explained it to me I had to see if it real­ly worked so off to the store we went to get some eggs and neon col­ored food col­or­ing because well that is how Ans­ley rolls. No vin­tage col­ors for this girl. It’s bright neon or noth­ing for her. I can’t believe I birthed two daugh­ters that want noth­ing to do with any­thing vin­tage. How did this hap­pen? To make your stained glass eggs you will need the fol­low­ing: boiled eggs, food col­or­ing, vine­gar & Ziploc sand­wich bags First boil as many eggs as you want to make and let them cool. We ran cold...

read more