Melt Art Mania

May 30, 2013

      This give­away is now CLOSED and the win­ner has been announced HERE. Thank you all for the won­der­ful com­ments. I was thrilled when Ranger asked me to par­tic­i­pate in their Melt Art Mania event. All they asked was that I cre­ate a project using their melt­ing pot and any oth­er Melt Art prod­ucts. If this is the first you’ve heard about their Melt Art Mania event go check out their blog. Start­ing May 15th, Ranger has fea­tured some of the most amaz­ing projects and tuto­ri­als cre­at­ed by artists from all over using prod­ucts from their Melt Art line. I decid­ed to fea­ture their Melt­ing Pot, Tex­ture Treads, Bees Wax and Ultra Thick Emboss­ing Enam­el ~ UTEE. I love the feel and col­or of Nat­ur­al Bees Wax and had my mind set on cre­at­ing...

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Virtual Trunk Show

May 29, 2013


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Get Acquainted All Occasion Card

May 28, 2013

col·lage ~ a tech­nique of com­pos­ing a work of art by past­ing on a sin­gle sur­face var­i­ous mate­ri­als not nor­mal­ly asso­ci­at­ed with one anoth­er, as news­pa­per clip­pings, parts of pho­tographs, the­ater tick­ets, and frag­ments of an enve­lope. One of the rea­sons I love col­lage so much is I can assem­ble all the ran­dom vin­tage finds I dis­cov­er in flea mar­kets, thrift stores and antique shops to cre­ate one of a kind items like this card. A col­lage can be cre­at­ed as a one dimen­sion­al piece using all types of ephemera or three dimen­sion­al piece using found objects like but­tons, milk caps, keys, millinery stems, etc.. This card is cre­at­ed using paper items, but­tons, seam bind­ing, twine and a milk cap that are all found in my Delight In The Art of Col­lage Kit 1 ~ Anti­quat­ed....

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In Remembrance

May 27, 2013

For love of coun­try they accept­ed death. ~ James A....

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The Art of Pen Pals

May 24, 2013

Those of you who fol­low me on face­book and/or Insta­gram might have seen this pho­to. It shows a small sneak peek of my cre­ative post­card, artis­ti­cal­ly you. This fun projects is part of Ron­da Palaz­zari’s super cool online work­shop, “The Art of Pen Pals”. This work­shop filled up fast but don’t fear if you want to par­tic­i­pate in the sec­ond round of this awe­some work­shop I believe she is doing it again in Sep­tem­ber. When she has a set date for reg­is­tra­tion I’ll make sure to let you know as it’s real­ly fun. I’m going to beg her to please let me do it again. In this work­shop, you send cre­ative post­cards to your pen pal along with a let­ter in an enve­lope that you cre­ate your­self (don’t know how to cre­ate an enve­lope,...

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Pre~Order ~ Delight In The Art of Collage ~ Book 3

May 23, 2013

I real­ly have no words to describe the excite­ment I feel over know­ing “Delight In The Art of Col­lage” is avail­able for PRE-ORDER on Ama­zon. This book pushed me cre­ative­ly in ways I would have nev­er imag­ined. But in order to grow as an artist you must push past your com­fort zone. There were days I thought I would nev­er ever have anoth­er cre­ative idea come to mind but they did and here I sit with book 3. This cre­ative jour­ney, as well as the oth­er two I’ve been on was filled with days of self doubt, ela­tion, frus­tra­tion, hap­py dances, I’m nev­er ever writ­ing anoth­er book again, this would be a great idea for book 4, call­ing my super awe­some edi­tor Kristy Con­lin in pure pan­ic mode and so on. But in the end...

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Delight In The Art of Collage ~ Kit 2 ~ Nana’s Sewing Basket

May 22, 2013

A lit­tle wick­er bas­ket with dain­ty han­dles and a fab­ric top always sat next to Nana’s favorite chair. When asked what it was she’d reply, “Nana’s sewing bas­ket”. Nana’s sewing bas­ket was filled with small trea­sures that made beau­ti­ful things. This is just what Delight In The Art of Col­lage ~ Kit 2 ~ Nana’s Sewing Bas­ket is all about, I’ve filled it with vin­tage and non-vin­tage trea­sures that will inspire you to cre­ate beau­ti­ful things. These items are per­fect for cre­at­ing three dimen­sion­al col­lages, accent­ing hand stitched sam­plers; mak­ing fab­ric flow­ers and so many oth­er hand craft­ed projects. Nana’s Sewing Bas­ket Kit Con­tains the fol­low­ing items. 1 Yard Vin­tage Cream Ric Rac 1 Yard Vin­tage Beige Lace 1 Yard Vin­tage Scal­lop Pink Lace 12 inch­es Red Trim 12 inch­es Iri­des­cent Red Rhine­stone Trim...

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Button Love

May 21, 2013

If there is one embell­ish­ment that is my go to embell­ish­ment it has to be vin­tage but­tons. I can always find ways to use but­tons on any type project. And if you don’t believe me, well I have the pho­tos to prove it. Just take a look at all the dif­fer­ent type projects I’ve stuck a but­ton or in most cas­es but­tons on. Clear vin­tage glass but­tons and vin­tage shell but­tons accent the cov­er of this mini sam­pler album. Engraved vin­tage moth­er of pearl but­tons adorn this hemp bracelet. But­tons are encased into this nat­ur­al bees wax col­lage can­vas. I attached but­tons to the met­al spoon with embroi­dery floss and to the can­vas back­ground using a strong clear dry­ing liq­uid adhe­sive. But­tons are the per­fect accent for this chick­en wire skirt. Hand sewn but­tons...

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Studio Observations

May 20, 2013

Sev­er­al weeks ago while stay­ing at Ron­da’s and play­ing in her awe­some stu­dio, as I looked around I noticed lots of sim­i­lar­i­ties in the way we dec­o­rate and the prod­ucts we use to cre­ate. Even though our styles are quite dif­fer­ent we do have a love for sim­i­lar things. So while I was notic­ing all the sim­i­lar­i­ties I start­ed snap­ping pho­tos to show you how two total­ly dif­fer­ent artists (I’m a vin­tage neu­tral girl and she is a wild­ly col­or­ful sten­cil girl) can be such great friends. Ron­da uses col­ored but­tons in her art and has them sort­ed and lined up in rain­bow order neat­ly on a shelf were as I use most­ly clear or neu­tral col­ored but­tons and have jars placed here and there in my stu­dio. Ron­da has some of her favorite Trin­ket...

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2014 Creative Retreat in Italy

May 18, 2013

I’m thrilled to be teach­ing once again for Lau­ra McCul­lough at her amaz­ing Cre­ative Retreat in Italy, May 17–24, 2014. I will be teach­ing along­side Hei­di Swapp, Rebec­ca Cross and Lau­ra. If you are not famil­iar with Lau­ra’s Italy event, let me just tell you when I taught for her last year, it was like no oth­er I’ve ever expe­ri­enced. Lau­ra is so knowl­edge­able of the area it’s like hav­ing your very own per­son­al tour guide. She knows the best places to get a great slice of piz­za for lunch and hosts some of the most amaz­ing din­ners. Lau­ra knows all the hot spots to shop and the best place to get some late night gela­to. She sched­ules amaz­ing sight see­ing excur­sions but also allows you enough down time to explore the area on your own....

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Petaloo Color Me Crazy & Ranger Ink ~ Altered Clutch

May 17, 2013

I’m hap­py to let you know I’m a guest design­er on the Petaloo Blog, today. This entire week has been their Col­or Me Crazy & Ranger Ink chal­lenge. Cheryl at Petaloo sent me a pack­age of the Petaloo Col­or Me Crazy prod­ucts and asked that I only alter them using Ranger Ink prod­ucts. To see how I cre­at­ed this mini shab­by chic clutch and read how to recre­ate one of your own, hop on over to their blog and check out the tuto­r­i­al I post­ed. This mini shab­by chic clutch is a fun project to make and girls/ladies of all ages will want one of their very own.   Below is a com­plete list of all the man­u­fac­tur­ers and prod­ucts used to recre­ate this project. Petaloo: Col­or Me Crazy Can­vas Fab­ric Flow­ers ~ Shab­by...

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Petaloo Color Me Crazy & Ranger Ink ~ Mini Wreath

May 16, 2013

When I saw the Petaloo Col­or Me Crazy Chip­board Fairies (1581–004) I knew I had to make a lit­tle some­thing for my nieces to hang in their room. So I decid­ed on a door hang­er. I tore two long strips of nat­ur­al muslin and wrapped them around a 3″ Sty­ro­foam wreath until the entire wreath was cov­ered. I then attached the end of the muslin to the back of the wreath using fab­ric adhe­sive. Next, I want­ed to add just a lit­tle word­ing here and there on the muslin so I inked my Per­fumery stamp with Archival Ink ~ Cof­fee and ran­dom­ly stamped the words here and there around the wreath. I did­n’t use an acrylic block to stamp the words. I just held the stamp with two fin­gers and rolled the stamp onto the muslin....

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It was a Junkin Mother’s Day Weekend

May 15, 2013

This past Moth­er’s Day week­end, I went to Beau­mont and had a won­der­ful vis­it with my par­ents. One thing mom, dad and I love to do is go junkin and when I roll out of bed, throw on a pair of jeans and a t‑shirt, pull up my hair and head out the door with no make­up on… it’s seri­ous junkin time. We spent Fri­day, Sat­ur­day and Sun­day at a great flea mar­ket, in some awe­some antique shops and a super great junk shop. We found so many great finds for upcom­ing Delight In The Art of Col­lage Kits that I’m going to have a hard time let­ting these finds go to new homes. Here’s just a peek at some of the awe­some things I pur­chased. I’m talk­ing vin­tage trims, vin­tage ear­rings, fab­ric for quilt squares,...

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Petaloo Color Me Crazy & Ranger Ink Week

May 14, 2013

All this week on the Petaloo Blog, Petaloo is show­cas­ing guest design­ers using their Col­or Me Crazy Line that have been altered with Ranger Ink prod­ucts. My guest design­er post isn’t until Fri­day so I thought I would show you a few of the oth­er projects I cre­at­ed just to peek your inter­est until then. You can see a gor­geous card Tam­my Tut­terow cre­at­ed and has post­ed on their blog now. This mini can­vas was a snap to cre­ate and alter­ing the Petaloo Col­or Me Crazy Petites, But­ter­flies, Fan­cy Frames and Keys are easy breezy lemon squeezy when using any of the prod­ucts Ranger Ink has to offer. To cre­ate this mini can­vas I first cov­ered the mini can­vas using a Paris themed nap­kin. If you have nev­er used design­er nap­kins as a base for a...

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Altered House Shadow Box

May 9, 2013

Some of you  might have seen this post ear­li­er in the week and won­dered what in the world is she doing… well I’ve always said I’m not a techy kin­da girl. I had the wrong post date so it post­ed before I had the blog post fin­ished. This is one of the class­es I taught at Crop & Cre­ate. It has so many tech­niques and ideas that can trans­fer on to oth­er dif­fer­ent projects. The decoupaged Pink Paislee Cof­fee Fil­ters on the roof can eas­i­ly be placed onto a can­vas,  mini album, paper mache box, wood­en plaque and lots of oth­er items. The Pink Paislee Mask and Ges­so Tech­nique can be placed on the projects I just list­ed as well as tags. And oh good­ness you can do so many cute things with the...

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Thrift Store Finds

May 8, 2013

It’s time again to share this weeks won­der­ful thrift store finds. I spot­ted this beau­ti­ful doll from across the store and seri­ous­ly could not get to her fast enough. As soon as I saw her I had instant tun­nel vision and was ready to start hur­dling fur­ni­ture if I felt it was war­rant­ed. I’m sim­ply gid­dy, I love her so much. Her rust col­ored satin dress is a lit­tle worn in areas and her pan­taloons have dark­ened with age but all I see is pure beau­ty. I’ve named her Lau­ra and you will see her lots in blog posts. I also scored a great vin­tage piano book filled with beau­ti­ful­ly aged music sheets. I can­not pass up vin­tage music sheets. They are one of my favorite items to use in col­lages. The five cute 4.5″ leaf...

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The Packaging Begins

May 7, 2013

WOW, thank you so much to every­one who pur­chased my first kit, Delight In the Art of Col­lage ~ Anti­quat­ed. Today, I’m busy pack­ag­ing up all the kits and will get them in the mail, tomor­row. I want­ed the pack­ag­ing to be some­thing you can use as well so I used seam bind­ing to wrap the bags togeth­er and stamped a small mani­la tag using my Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion ~ Soci­ety Lady stamp set. There are just a few kits remain­ing and then Delight In The Art of Col­lage ~ Anti­quat­ed will be sold out. THANK YOU!!! Tomor­row, I hope to start play­ing a bit with this kit to cre­ate a mini col­lage can­vas. Once com­plet­ed, I’ll share a step by step PDF  tuto­r­i­al with those who pur­chased the kit. You can cre­ate a sim­i­lar can­vas or one...

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Delight In The Art of Collage Kit 1 ~ Antiquated

May 6, 2013

I’m super excit­ed to tell you about my new col­lage kits, Delight In The Art of Col­lage. Each month­ly kit will be filled with lots of awe­some vin­tage (most­ly vin­tage) and non-vin­tage finds I’ve been col­lect­ing for quite some time. I final­ly feel as though I have enough con­tents in my stash to cre­ate some real­ly unique month­ly col­lage kits. Although if you ask Alan, he will tell you he’s felt I’ve had enough for quite some time. As an added Bonus, I’m includ­ing a PDF of a project I cre­at­ed using some of the kit con­tents. The Bonus PDF will be emailed to you. To me, there is noth­ing like cre­at­ing with dis­card­ed items and giv­ing them new life. It does­n’t mat­ter if you cre­ate col­lage can­vas­es, jew­el­ry, home decor items, mini albums, altered...

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Floral Chic Card Kits for Sale

May 3, 2013

I have a few remain­ing Flo­ral Chic Card Kits left over from teach­ing at Rocky Moun­tain Mem­o­ries, this past week­end. If you are inter­est­ed in pur­chas­ing one of these kits please send an email to and I will email you a pay­pal invoice for $35.50. In your email please include the email address you wish for me to send your invoice to. The Flo­ral Chic card kit includes step by step instruc­tions as well as col­or pho­tos of each com­plet­ed card. You will cre­ate 6 dif­fer­ent flow­ers using beau­ti­ful Tu-Tu Tulle, Antique Alter­able Scal­lop Trim, Tulle Pleat, Vin­tage Lace, Organ­za Ros­es and Zip­per Trims. Once each flower is cre­at­ed it will then be used as an embell­ish­ment to accent an all occa­sion card. You will cre­ate with papers I’ve scanned and print­ed from...

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Creative Play

May 3, 2013

After teach­ing at Cheryl’s awe­some store Rocky Moun­tain Mem­o­ries, Ron­da and I had a few days of cre­ative play and a day of major thrift­ing and antiquing. Oh my good­ness did we ever find amaz­ing items that I can­not wait to show you but that is for anoth­er day. Today, is all about cre­ative play. It amus­es me that Ron­da and I like most of the same prod­ucts just in dif­fer­ent col­ors. The one thing that we are way oppo­site on are the liq­uid prod­ucts… sprays, mists, paints etc. I like these but use them in a far more con­trolled man­ner. But Ron­da… not Ron­da she has mists and paints fly­ing all over the place and pur­chas­es Ges­so by the gal­lon. I had to snap the above pho­to of her work­ing as it real­ly...

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Down the Mountain we go with me kicking & screaming I might add

May 2, 2013

Hon­est­ly, do you blame me for leav­ing Estes Park kick­ing and scream­ing like a two year old? I mean real­ly, look at this view… just stun­ning. But it was kin­da odd in an awe­some way,  tak­ing pho­tos while stand­ing in the snow wear­ing short sleeves and feel­ing com­plete­ly com­fort­able. It was my kin­da weath­er. On the way back to Ron­da’s house she took me to Long­mont. This town had the coolest mosaics, an awe­some used book store and a super cool bead store that sad­ly was going out busi­ness. But I scored some awe­some finds for my upcom­ing col­lage kits. If you love to col­lage using vin­tage finds well, you are going to LOVE these kits. We are talk­ing all kinds of vin­tage inspi­ra­tion just wait­ing to be re-pur­posed into art pieces.… by you! This mosa­ic...

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