Work In Progress

Jun 28, 2013

Who would have ever thought my fin­gers and both hands would look like this on a dai­ly basis and that I did­n’t mind. Cer­tain­ly not me. Nope not ever would I have thought this but here is the proof. I have real­ly been enjoy­ing some cre­ative free­dom late­ly. Just explor­ing new medi­ums, learn­ing new tech­niques and enjoy­ing the process. It’s fun to explore and try new things when I don’t have seri­ous dead­lines swirling around in my head. I’m sure this is true with most every­one, though some han­dle it bet­ter than oth­ers. I am the type that when I know I have a dead­line I can­not allow myself cre­ative free­dom until all dead­lines are met and every­thing is in order. I real­ly need to find a way to bal­ance this inside my head....

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Textured Background

Jun 26, 2013

Okay, so remem­ber last weeks post, Sten­cils aren’t just for mists & ink and how I said you could learn how I cre­at­ed the back­ground (shown above) for the tag shown below by going to Ron­da’s blog only, I had the day wrong and well, since she is out of the coun­try yad­da, yad­da, yad­da you know how it all went down, whew.  Well TODAY is the day Ron­da Palaz­zari is fea­tur­ing my back­ground tech­nique tuto­r­i­al so hop on over to her blog and dis­cov­er a few of my secrets to cre­ate this awe­some mixed media back­ground....

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Plaster Embellishments

Jun 25, 2013

Here is an accent I cre­at­ed yes­ter­day for the mini can­vas I’m cre­at­ing. This was super sim­ple to make. All I did was mix up some plas­ter, poured it into a mold, let it set, then paint­ed the face with Per­fect Pearls. The flower is a Petaloo flower from their Col­or Me Crazy Mixed Flo­ral set that I cov­ered in plas­ter, let dry and also paint­ed with Per­fect Pearls. Once both pieces were com­plete­ly dry I attached the two togeth­er using a strong liq­uid adhe­sive. Now if only decid­ing on a quote was this easy. I have been strug­gling with try­ing to find the per­fect one. Do you all have any sug­ges­tions? If so, please share. Have you pur­chased any plas­ter yet? If not, you’re miss­ing out on loads of cre­ative fun....

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Plaster, Plaster, Plaster

Jun 24, 2013

This is all that is on my mind at the moment. I tell ya I do believe I found a new love. I look at EVERYTHING and think man that would look awe­some cov­ered in plas­ter. This reminds me of my mom when I was younger. If that woman had a can of spray paint and it did­n’t move it got paint­ed… that women would spray paint any­thing and every­thing until the can was emp­ty. I love the tex­ture you can cre­ate with plas­ter and the smooth­ness you can get when cre­at­ing items from molds. It’s just the most amaz­ing stuff. You can carve on it, paint it, ink it, stamp it and of course cov­er it in bees wax and here are just a few of the projects I have in the works. I...

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Bees Wax Tools & Tips

Jun 21, 2013

Bees Wax is a medi­um I real­ly enjoy cre­at­ing with and if you are think­ing about giv­ing it a try I thought I would share some tips. First, if you are new to this medi­um there real­ly is no need to go out and pur­chase expen­sive encaus­tic sup­plies right off, if you find out you love work­ing with wax then you can begin adding high end encaus­tic wax and tools. But for what I do the tools I’m going to tell you about work per­fect­ly. Insert here… hus­band clap­ping hands and doing a lit­tle hap­py dance. The heat tools I use are a Non-Stick Craft Sheet (always work on a Non-Stick Craft Sheet), Heat It Craft Tool, Melt­ing Pot, Clover Quilt­ing Iron and a Wal­nut Hal­low Wood Burn­ing Set. As far as wax, I...

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Stencils aren’t just for mists and inks

Jun 20, 2013

When I see all the awe­some things my friend Ron­da Palaz­zari cre­ates with her sten­cil line I am absolute­ly amazed. I saw her in action while vis­it­ing her a few months ago and there is a rea­son why she wears a full apron and I wear a half apron. I am so not a messy kin­da girl but I do love great sten­cil designs, I just go about using them dif­fer­ent­ly. This is just anoth­er way we are so sim­i­lar yet so dif­fer­ent. We  use a lot of the same prod­ucts just in very dif­fer­ent man­ners. Since Ron­da is cur­rent­ly off trav­el­ing the world and spend­ing time with her fam­i­ly she asked if I would cre­ate a tuto­r­i­al for her blog. So I decid­ed to show you how I achieved the tex­tured back­ground  for...

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Dazzle-it! Lovely Knots

Jun 18, 2013

I love it when I get asked to use prod­uct I don’t nor­mal­ly grav­i­tate towards. So when Car­mi Cim­i­ca­ta recent­ly asked if I would be inter­est­ed in cre­at­ing a project with some new Daz­zle-it prod­ucts, I just could not say no. Those of you not famil­iar with Daz­zle-it, it is a jew­el­ry line of tools, string­ing mate­r­i­al, beads, chain and con­tain­ers. If you want to know where you can pur­chase Daz­zle-it prod­ucts email them at info@dazzle-it.com and they will help you find a store that car­ries their prod­ucts near you. I had so much fun cre­at­ing this Infin­i­ty Bracelet using the sim­ple to fol­low instruc­tions in the Daz­zle-it Love­ly Knots book. Instead of using two dif­fer­ent col­ors of Love­ly Knots Cord as was in the book I used one col­or, Olive. Once I had...

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Have Fun and Show you Care

Jun 15, 2013

Today, I am par­tic­i­pat­ing off and on at a won­der­ful online event, Okla­homa We Care Online Crop. This crop will ben­e­fit Okla­homa Tor­na­do Vic­tims as every sin­gle pen­ny raised goes direct­ly to the Okla­homa Unit­ed Way. The awe­some thing is, if you can­not join us today you can still par­tic­i­pate in the chal­lenges and games as you have a week to com­plete them so this real­ly is a win win sit­u­a­tion for every­one. This crop is spon­sored by some awe­some com­pa­nies as you can see in the fli­er below and lots of design­ers in the indus­try are host­ing chal­lenges and games with great prizes. To sign up for this crop go to cheekychicsscrapbooking.blogspot.com ~ on the upper right side of the site is an Okla­homa Tor­na­do Fund Pay­pal But­ton ~ click this but­ton and...

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Delight In The Art of Collage Kit 3 ~ The Playroom

Jun 14, 2013

This kit reminds me of all the Moms that have said, “If you kids don’t clean up this play­room right now, I’m throw­ing every­thing away”. It’s filled with so many items you would find scat­tered all around a play­room. Delight In The Art of Col­lage ~ Kit 3 ~ The Play­room is filled with vin­tage and non-vin­tage game pieces, wood­en blocks, bin­go cards, pages from chil­dren’s books and so much more, just look at the long list of con­tents below. Each kit is filled with awe­some items that are per­fect for cre­at­ing three dimen­sion­al col­lages and assem­blage type art. Kit Con­tents ~ 10 Vin­tage 1903 Flinch Play­ing Cards 2 Com­mu­ni­ty Chest Monop­oly Cards 2 Chance Monop­oly Cards 3 Real Estate Monop­oly Cards 9 Play­ing Cards (70’s Design 5 Fuch­sia, 4 Teal) 3 Vin­tage Bin­go...

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Outside my window

Jun 13, 2013

I don’t think it’s hard to guess that I love nature since I have sev­er­al bird nests sit­ing in my stu­dio win­dow. I find bird nests so intrigu­ing as each one is a lit­tle dif­fer­ent in style and place­ment yet all have the same pur­pose. To me a bird’s nest is nature’s most basic form of assem­blage art. The great­est thing about mov­ing my stu­dio to the front room of our house is this win­dow. Each day, I have the joy of get­ting to watch birds splash in the bird­bath, hear them chirp and tweet, and watch them hop, walk and fly.  Some days I’m real­ly lucky and get to see a baby bird or two learn to fly and hunt for food. This baby blue jay was rest­ing up from it’s first flight....

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Frozen Charlotte Mini Canvas

Jun 12, 2013

I decid­ed to cre­ate a 2″ x 3″ mini can­vas with a bees wax back­ground for my new hand­made frozen Char­lotte doll. I have oth­er ideas for this doll style that I can’t wait to try so get ready because you will be see­ing more for sure. Here is a close up of the back­ground I cre­at­ed using a Tex­ture Tread, a melt­ed Robin’s Egg Blue cray­on and White Bees Wax pel­lets. The gold accent is Gold Alco­hol Ink I applied here and there with the tip of my fin­ger. Super sim­ple! I think she’s love­ly and might cre­ate some to sell in my etsy store. I will let you know if and when I decide....

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Creative Play

Jun 11, 2013

I have a seri­ous love for frozen Char­lotte dolls and was so excit­ed when I found a small bisque bust of one at a flea mar­ket. Well last night, I decid­ed to make a mold of that bust and then one idea turned into anoth­er, then anoth­er and I end­ed up with her. She still needs a per­ma­nent spot in an art piece and maybe tonight one idea will turn into anoth­er, then anoth­er and I will have a fin­ished can­vas to show you tomor­row. I find late night cre­ative play to be the best. There are no phone calls to answer, no emails to write, no errands to run it’s just you and your art....

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Creating with the Unexpected

Jun 10, 2013

Most peo­ple don’t look at horse­shoe nails and think to make a cross but this is exact­ly what some­one did. Years ago dad stum­bled upon this idea and when I saw the cross he made for one of his wood­carv­ings I had him bend a few nails for me.  I find it so intrigu­ing when peo­ple take an unex­pect­ed item and turn it into some­thing so unique. I can promise you the thought of bend­ing horse­shoe nails into a cross would have nev­er ever come to my mind. If you want to make a horse­shoe nail cross sim­i­lar to mine you will need 4 horse­shoe nails, 2 pairs of pli­ers, 20 gauge gold wire, wire cut­ters and small cream col­ored beads. Hold each end of a horse­shoe nail with a pair of pli­ers. Bend...

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Altered Frozen Charlotte Dolls

Jun 6, 2013

I have to show you how Julie Smith Camp­bell alters some of my Hand­made Frozen Char­lotte Dolls as I think you just might be inspired by her cre­ations. I know I cer­tain­ly am. I think this Spring piece is so love­ly and  unique. I love how she incor­po­rat­ed the bro­ken egg shell for the base of this piece. And look how Julie altered these spoons. How can you not love any­thing that includes vin­tage spoons, Frozen Char­lotte Heads, rhine­stone trim, pearls, sil­ver glass glit­ter and oth­er awe­some vin­tage items. And just look at this adorable altered project. These are not my Frozen Char­lotte Dolls but these cer­tain­ly do inspire me to cre­ate some tiny bal­leri­na’s with mine. So cute! I think Julie and I could do some seri­ous dam­age at a flea mar­ket togeth­er....

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Stickles

Jun 5, 2013

Most of you should know by now that I have a seri­ous LOVE for Stick­les, espe­cial­ly Dia­mond and Plat­inum! When teach­ing these two are a giv­en for items need­ed in class. I use Stick­les on pret­ty much every­thing I cre­ate and I have a say­ing about them too, “Stick­les is to Crafters what Botox is to Plas­tic Sur­geons. You can always use a lit­tle some­where”. If you are a crafter that does not like loose glit­ter Stick­les is a prod­uct for you. It’s easy to use and there is zero mess. So today, I’m going to show you how I use a lit­tle or a lot on my projects. Dia­mond Stick­les is a great way to give a sim­ple flower a lit­tle pop. All you need to do is apply a small amount onto...

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50 Years

Jun 4, 2013

Today, my mom and dad cel­e­brate their 50th Wed­ding Anniver­sary. Please join me in wish­ing them all the best on this very spe­cial day. June 4, 1963 ~ June 4, 2013 Hap­py Anniver­sary, mom and dad. We love...

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Melt Art Mania Winner

Jun 3, 2013

I thought I would share a piece I am work­ing on using my “Pli­able Bees Wax Tech­nique”. This piece is going to be placed onto a mini can­vas also cov­ered in Nat­ur­al Bees Wax. Once it’s com­plet­ed I’ll share the fin­ished piece. I must admit this is becom­ing one of my favorite tech­niques. If you try this tech­nique please share a pho­to. I would love to see what you cre­ate and fea­ture some on my blog. Ok now on to announc­ing the win­ner of this awe­some Melt Art Mania give­away is… There­sa Grdi­na ~ This is fan­tas­tic!! I would nev­er have thought to use the UTEE on top/in back of the beeswax! This is a great tuto­r­i­al!!! Thanks for shar­ing. The recipe card makes it sim­pler, too. I have always want­ed to try beeswax.….AND the...

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