Delightful Arty Crush ~ Danielle Donaldson

Nov 29, 2013

“Delight­ful Arty Crush” is a fea­ture I have on my blog which show­cases artists who’s work I admire and find inspir­ing. It fea­tures a wide range of artists from col­lage, tex­tile, encaus­tic and lots of oth­er amaz­ing medi­ums. I’m sure you will find each artists work just as inspir­ing as I do and I hope you will vis­it their blogs and oth­er links includ­ed in their fea­ture. The images I share with you are just the tip of the ice­berg in regards to their awe­some­ness. Today, my “Delight­ful Arty Crush” fea­tured artist is Danielle Don­ald­son. I first dis­cov­ered Danielle’s amaz­ing art on Insta­gram. I kept see­ing these lit­tle snip­pets of her art off and on and fell in love, so much so that I had to start fol­low­ing her. The girls Danielle draws and...

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Merry and Bright

Nov 27, 2013

This shad­ow box is cre­at­ed from plas­ter then paint­ed and glazed with an antique wash to give it that per­fect aged look. It mea­sures approx­i­mate­ly 5.5″ W x 7″ H x 1″ D. The out­side edge of the shad­ow box is wrapped with vin­tage lace, red seam bind­ing and accent­ed with two vin­tage Christ­mas picks. The back­ground of the shad­ow box show­cas­es hand cut words “Mer­ry and Bright” from vin­tage sheet music from the ear­ly 1920’s and a glit­tery snowflake with an iri­des­cent rhine­stone cen­ter. I cre­at­ed the doll from plas­ter using a mold from a vin­tage doll in my col­lec­tion. She is hand paint­ed with acrylic paint and giv­en an antique wash. The dolls dress is cre­at­ed from antique doilies and she wears a crown made from a vin­tage book page sprin­kled with...

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Old Fashioned Sugar Cookie Recipe

Nov 26, 2013

This is the sug­ar cook­ie my mom has used for years and every­one in the fam­i­ly loves them. I thought since lots of you will be start­ing your hol­i­day bak­ing I would share the recipe. My fam­i­ly can devour a batch of these in min­utes. They are...

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New Handmade Holiday Ornaments

Nov 25, 2013

These are the lat­est hand­made orna­ments I cre­at­ed over the week­end. I love cold rainy days when I can just sit, lis­ten to music and cre­ate. These cute char­ac­ters are cre­at­ed from antique orna­ments that were made in Japan. I cre­at­ed a mold of each one then filled them with plas­ter, let them dry and start­ed paint­ing. I think each one is adorable. And since they are all hand paint­ed no two of the same char­ac­ter will ever be alike. Each orna­ment base is paint­ed, has vin­tage sheet music from the ear­ly 1920’s and is sprin­kled with glit­ter. Glit­ter and Christ­mas just go togeth­er and I feel makes every­thing so mag­i­cal.  San­ta’s Helper  San­ta Claus  Christ­mas Car­ol­er  Christ­mas Angel...

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3rd Annual Creative Retreat ~ Bellagio ~ Class 2

Nov 22, 2013

I shared a sneak peek of my “Tex­tile Col­lage Sam­pler” a few days ago and today I’m shar­ing a sneak peek of my sec­ond class “Charmed Memen­to”. In this class I’ll show you how to take a sim­ple wood­en spool and turn it into a beau­ti­ful piece of wear­able art. You’ll use pieces of linen burlap and scal­lop trim to cov­er the spool then add accents of iri­des­cent rhine­stone trim and vin­tage but­tons. You will cre­ate a unique charm hold­er from cop­per wire that will attach to the base of the spool to dis­play charms like a minia­ture hand­made cro­cheted doily lov­ing­ly cre­at­ed by my mom, a vin­tage but­ton, a glass bot­tle you fill with a bit of sand from Lake Como and a chan­de­lier bead ready for you to add words to from a...

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Super Simple Holiday Gift Tags

Nov 21, 2013

Here are two hol­i­day gift tags that take just a few min­utes to cre­ate and dur­ing the busy hol­i­day sea­son some­times all you have are a few min­utes. This time of year is filled with fam­i­ly gath­er­ings, com­pa­ny par­ties, bak­ing, shop­ping and dec­o­rat­ing so if you find your­self in a crunch to cre­ate a quick gift tag here are two you can com­plete super fast. These tags are just ordi­nary 2.25″ x 4.75″ office tags and are cov­ered with pat­terned paper scraps I’ve been sav­ing for just this type of project. Apply adhe­sive to the front of your tag and cov­er with pat­terned paper. Cut a piece of pat­terned paper to 1.5″ x 2.25″, trim the top and bot­tom edges using scal­lop dec­o­ra­tive scis­sors, attach to tag as shown. Using a dis­tress­ing tool or...

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3rd Annual Creative Retreat ~ Bellagio

Nov 20, 2013

In six months I will once again get to enjoy the beau­ty of Bel­la­gio, Italy. This place is so mag­i­cal and if you want to see how amaz­ing a trip Car­o­line and I had all the while teach­ing, cre­at­ing and mak­ing new friends just check out these past blog posts. It was an amaz­ing adven­ture. Lau­ra real­ly knows how to put togeth­er an amaz­ing event. Every last detail is thought out and filled. AND are you ready for this… she just had TWO SPOTS OPEN for her 3rd Annu­al Cre­ative Retreat May 17th — 24th. It was sold out but sad­ly two ladies had to back out so if you want to expe­ri­ence a fan­tas­tic cre­ative retreat AND make some amaz­ing new friends you need to jump on this oppor­tu­ni­ty NOW as they will...

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Silent Night Ornament

Nov 19, 2013

I cre­at­ed this heart shaped shad­ow box from plas­ter sev­er­al months ago. I had an idea for it then changed my mind and well it’s been sit­ting on my work­table since. Well, over the week­end an idea came to me and I’m hap­py to say, it worked per­fect­ly. I love it when this hap­pens. I decid­ed to turn this lone­ly lit­tle plas­ter heart into a hol­i­day orna­ment. The sides of the heart are cov­ered in vin­tage sheet music from 1920 and the typed sen­ti­ment “Silent Night” is typed onto vin­tage note paper using my awe­some antique Under­wood type­writer. Then the entire pieces is cov­ered in glit­ter. There is some­thing so beau­ti­ful about the rough­ness of plas­ter being cov­ered in glit­ter, it’s mag­i­cal. When look­ing into this orna­ment I imag­ine a beau­ti­ful snowy win­ter night, where...

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Delight In The Art of Collage ~ Preview

Nov 18, 2013

Fri­day, was an amaz­ing mail day. I received a copy of my lat­est book “Delight In The Art of Col­lage”. So for the moment please just humor me and take a look at how gor­geous each chap­ter looks. I worked so hard on this book and it does­n’t mat­ter if you’re a begin­ner or an advanced crafter there is a lit­tle bit of every­thing for every­one. And of course it has that vin­tage feel I love so much. I’m so proud of this book I can hard­ly stand the wait for you all to see it for your­selves. It will be released in Jan­u­ary and is cur­rent­ly avail­able through pre-order on Ama­zon. I love how the design­er Aman­da Kleiman cre­at­ed a col­lage of my projects for the Intro­duc­tion and each chap­ter. The pho­tog­ra­phers, Chris­tine...

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Banana Butter Bread Recipe

Nov 15, 2013

If you want an awe­some Banana Bread recipe this is one you need to try. When I was down vis­it­ing mom and dad last week, mom had two loaves wait­ing on the counter so we could as she says, have some­thing to nib­ble on, but it was real­ly more like devour. Oh my good­ness is this bread GOOD! Need­less to say, by the time I left there were no longer two loaves. Which is the rea­son there is no beau­ti­ful pho­to of the loaves sit­ting on the counter, but at least I did think to pho­to­graph the recipe and share it with you. This way you can have the actu­al loaves sit­ting on your counter. This recipe is awe­some, I...

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Sweet Little Baby of Mine ~ Shadow Box

Nov 14, 2013

Last night, I fin­ished my first ful­ly con­struct­ed shad­ow box. The shad­ow box, mini can­vas and baby are all con­struct­ed of plas­ter, then paint­ed with acrylic paint and aged with an acrylic glaze. The inside of the shad­ow box is accent­ed with vin­tage cro­cheted doilies, ledger paper from the ear­ly 1900’s, flocked flow­ers, tulle trim, and a vin­tage per­fume bot­tle per­fect­ly sized to hold baby’s first curl. The space just below the baby can be per­son­al­ized with a child’s name if desired. The name will be typed onto vin­tage note­book paper that has been per­fect­ly aged using my vin­tage Under­wood type­writer. The vin­tage per­fume bot­tle is not attached to the shad­ow box. It sits sweet­ly inside just wait­ing to hold baby’s first curl and there is still space left to place oth­er trea­sured memen­tos, next...

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Trying something new

Nov 13, 2013

Here’s a lit­tle peek at a project I have in the works. I’ve been busy mak­ing molds, pour­ing plas­ter and paint­ing. Paint­ing on plas­ter is some­thing I’m find­ing quite enjoy­able. Although after today’s paint ses­sion, I’ll be get­ting some tee­ny tiny paint­brush­es because the tini­est one I have is still too big. The face of this doll mea­sures about 3/4 inch­es which means the eyes and lips are super tee­ny tiny. So tiny, I had to put on my cheaters because with­out them I could­n’t even begin to see the mouth or eyes. Once fin­ished I’ll be list­ing this project in my Etsy shop. Start­ing today through Sun­day, when you enter coupon code: JUSTBECAUSE you will receive 15% off your entire order of $10.00 or...

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Strands of Strength

Nov 12, 2013

Today, I have to tell you about my super sweet 10 year old niece, Made­lyn. This is a self­ie I took of us soon after I arrived in Beau­mont, last Thurs­day. I want­ed to cap­ture a pho­to that por­trayed how proud I am of her and how adorable she looks with her new hair cut. After learn­ing about “Stands of Strength” in an adver­tise­ment through Altus Can­cer Cen­ter Made­lyn dis­cov­ered there was going to be a local event held for those who wished to, could donate their hair. Well Made­lyn being the super sweet, giv­ing and thought­ful lit­tle girl start­ed grow­ing out her hair so she could donate it to “Strands of Strength”. “Estab­lished in 2011 by a can­cer sur­vivor, Strands of Strength (SOS) is a non­prof­it orga­ni­za­tion whose mis­sion is to pro­vide wigs...

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Noel Miniature Wreath

Nov 8, 2013

This is the lat­est mini kit added to my Etsy shop. Once com­plet­ed this minia­ture wreath mea­sures approx­i­mate­ly 7″ and will cer­tain­ly add a spark­ly fes­tive feel to any area of your home or hol­i­day tree. Since I ship Flat Rate if pur­chas­ing more than one kit please con­tact me so I can cre­ate a reserve list­ing for you with the cor­rect ship­ping charge. Noel Minia­ture Wreath Kit Con­tents 1 Yard Cham­pagne Tin­sel 1 Yard Brown & White Twine 24” Tan Seam Bind­ing 7 Chip­board Snowflakes 6 Self Adhe­sive Pearls 2 Wood­en Birds 1 Large Chan­de­lier Bead 1 Medi­um Chan­de­lier Bead Chip­board Let­ters ~ Noel 2 – 2” x 3” Sheet Music Pat­terned Paper Step by Step Instruc­tions with Col­or Pho­to Kit does NOT include: Martha Stew­art Crys­tal Coarse Glit­ter, Folk Art Vin­tage White Acrylic Paint,...

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Dear Santa ~ Card

Nov 7, 2013

I was­n’t kid­ding when I said I LOVED this jin­gle bell stamp. Here’s anoth­er card I made using the Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion Win­ter Girl, Jin­gles and Jin­gle Bell stamps. I could cov­er every sin­gle thing I cre­ate this hol­i­day sea­son in these jin­gle bells I love them this much! And attached with foam squares makes them even cuter too!!! I’m head­ing out to do some junk­ing with mom and dad this week­end and can­not wait to see what trea­sures we find. Walk­ing around flea mar­kets and antique shops is not only fun but so...

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Jingle, Jingle, Jingle

Nov 6, 2013

The Jin­gles and Jin­gle Bell stamps from my new Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion “Win­ter Girl” stamp set makes me hap­pi­er than an elf on a sug­ar high. The jin­gle bell is the per­fect size for hol­i­day cards, tags, lay­outs, Project Life and your Decem­ber Dai­ly album. When stamped with Cof­fee Archival ink, reminds me of the vin­tage ones I see in antique shops. I used foam squares to attach mine to the card as I love dimen­sion­al cards and want­ed them to resem­ble those found strung togeth­er and hung for the hol­i­days. I can almost her them jin­gling. For DIY hol­i­day projects please check out my etsy shop as I have sev­er­al mini kits...

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Assembly Line Holiday Card Idea

Nov 5, 2013

This card is one I think is designed per­fect­ly to assem­ble rather quick­ly and in large quan­ti­ties. Cut two rec­tan­gles one slight­ly small­er than the oth­er Cut two long nar­row strips one slight­ly small­er than the oth­er Cut two squares one slight­ly small­er than the oth­er Stamp the Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion Win­ter Girl ~ Hol­ly Berry stamp onto sol­id card­stock, cut out and accent berries with Dis­tress Stick­les Stamp the Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion Win­ter Girl ~ A Mer­ry Christ­mas stamp onto sol­id card­stock, cut out and accent flow­ers with Dia­mond Stick­les. Attach papers to card base, attach “A Mer­ry Christ­mas” sen­ti­ment and Hol­ly Berry embell­ish­ment. Dis­tress edges. Machine stitch­ing is option­al and would need to be done pri­or to attach­ing each lay­er of pat­terned papers. Thank you to every­one that has emailed me or com­ment­ed on...

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Frozen Charlotte Christmas Ornaments

Nov 4, 2013

Here is a new Frozen Char­lotte Christ­mas Orna­ment kit I put togeth­er, this week­end. If you are inter­est­ed in pur­chas­ing this cute DIY hol­i­day orna­ment kit please vis­it my Etsy shop. Once com­plet­ed your orna­ments will look adorable adorn­ing any tree, wreath or gift. Since I ship Flat Rate if pur­chas­ing more than one kit please con­tact me so I can cre­ate a reserve list­ing for you with the cor­rect ship­ping charge. I can usu­al­ly get up to three kits in one small Flat Rate box depend­ing on which kits are pur­chased. Kit Con­tents: 3 Scal­lop Chip­board Pieces (Small, Medi­um, Large) 2 Hand­made Frozen Char­lotte Doll Busts from mold I cre­at­ed from doll in my stash 1 Small Gold Jin­gle Bell 2 Rosary Beads 1 Small Chan­de­lier Bead 1 White Paper Flocked Flower 3...

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New Antiquated Collection ~ Winter Girl

Nov 2, 2013

I’m thrilled to final­ly be able to share with you my new Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion stamp set, Win­ter Girl. Each stamp has amaz­ing details and is quite inspi­ra­tional. I’ve cre­at­ed lots of cards, accent­ed a gift bag and even used the Win­ter Girl and Hol­ly & Berries stamps as embroi­dery pat­terns. I will share projects all next week of items I’ve cre­at­ed. Today, I’ll leave you with a cute card using Eileen Hul­l’s Sizzix Die ~ Can­ning Jars and my Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion ~ Win­ter Girl stamps Jin­gles, Jin­gle Bell and Hol­ly & Berries stamps. Here’s a close up of the Can­ning Jar card. It’s accent­ed using the Hol­ly Berries stamp, Jin­gles stamp, Maya Road trim, twine, Dis­tress Stick­les, Stick­les and yes all those jin­gle bells are stamped indi­vid­u­al­ly in Archival Cof­fee ink and hand cut....

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