A Simple Quote for a Monday

Mar 31, 2014

This is a great quote to start the week. Although the words are sim­ple I find the actu­al act of wak­ing up, doing my best and sleep­ing very hard to accom­plish all in the same day. Some morn­ings it takes me hours and sev­er­al cups of cof­fee to ful­ly wake up due to a night of not sleep­ing and instead just toss­ing and turn­ing. Some nights, I can­not turn my brain off and I will think of all the things I did that day that I can improve on (got­ta love hav­ing a type A per­son­al­i­ty) or I will think of all the things I need to do the fol­low­ing day. I know I can’t be the only one that does this, so here’s to a week of wak­ing up, doing our best and...

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10 Years

Mar 28, 2014

Today marks the 10 year anniver­sary of my brother’s death. Ten years is a long time yet it still feels like yes­ter­day, I was enjoy­ing a fab­u­lous morn­ing sun­rise train­ing my gold­en retriev­er, Son­ny in the field. I went to my car to get us some water and noticed I had a bazil­lion missed calls on my phone. I called home ask­ing what was up and I will nev­er for­get Alan’s words,” Its Richard.” He didn’t have to say anoth­er word, I knew he was gone. I could hear it in his voice and I felt it deep in my soul, my lit­tle broth­er was gone. At that moment, my life and the lives of my fam­i­ly changed for­ev­er. Mom and Dad lost a son, my sis­ter and I lost a broth­er, my daughter’s,...

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Delight In The Art of Collage ~ Book Review & Giveaway

Mar 27, 2014

Reviewed by Melis­sa Con­ner, Edi­tor of FaveCrafts.com There’s some­thing so artis­ti­cal­ly amaz­ing about mixed media. To see items like bro­ken spoons, beeswax, fab­ric scraps, and bot­tle caps come togeth­er to cre­ate some­thing tru­ly inspi­ra­tional is a sight to behold. The beau­ty and artistry behind col­lage and join­ing unlike pieces togeth­er is a skill many have mastered…but few can cre­ate such incred­i­ble and inno­v­a­tive designs as artist, Lisa M. Pace. In her new book, Delight in the Art of Col­lage, author Lisa M. Pace shows us how to take every­day mate­ri­als and morph them into these breath­tak­ing designs that lit­er­al­ly explode off the can­vas. By com­bin­ing dif­fer­ent medi­ums and tex­tures, the projects in this book engage the sens­es and are sure to inspire you to dive into your junk draw­er and see what kinds of...

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Delightful Arty Crush ~ Carmi Cimicata

Mar 26, 2014

“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, Car­mi Cim­i­ca­ta. I first dis­cov­ered Car­mi on Pin­ter­est while look­ing at resin jew­el­ry and kept see­ing her work. I soon fell in love with her quirky, funky and amaz­ing resin jew­el­ry. She has a style all her own and I find...

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Handmade Leather Cuffs & Bracelets

Mar 25, 2014

I’ve been busy hav­ing loads of fun cre­at­ing (and sell­ing and ship­ping, thank you so much) hand­made wrap bracelets and leather cuffs. Believe me, I do not need anoth­er media to cre­ate with since my stu­dio is already about to burst, but real­ly how much space can a few beads take up? HA HA HA that was the laugh heard around the world. Beads are so ADDICTIVE espe­cial­ly when you love spark­ly like me, OMGood­ness are there some amaz­ing beads on the mar­ket. But this fun art form was just scream­ing to emerge so I had to do it. I’ve been wrap­ping, ham­mer­ing, attach­ing, hole punch­ing and list­ing like a crazy woman. I’ve even found ways to incor­po­rate my love for vin­tage finds into some of my bracelets. The wrap bracelet shown in the...

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Bracelet to Necklace

Mar 24, 2014

Remem­ber this bracelet fea­tured in my New­fan­gled NEO Chain blog hop post? Well I got to think­ing it would look real­ly cool as a neck­lace too. So with just one quick clasp removal and added black Neo chain I now have a gor­geous neck­lace loaded with awe­some baubles. How cool is this? Now I’m look­ing at all my oth­er bracelets and think­ing about wear­ing them as neck­laces, it’s an awe­some two for one...

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Hammered Metal Flower Cuff Bracelet

Mar 21, 2014

This ham­mered met­al flower start­ed out as a pen­dant but the more I looked at it the more I thought the flower would look real­ly cool as a focal point on a leather cuff. So with just a lit­tle alter­ation (punch­ing an addi­tion­al hole) I attached the flower to a leather strip, added some vin­tage rosary beads and cre­at­ed a clo­sure. As you can see the rosary beads are lose when the bracelet is not worn but when you wear it the rosary beads fit snug against the leather as shown in the bot­tom pho­to. This bracelet is for sale and can be pur­chased in my Etsy shop along with oth­er hand­made jew­el­ry items. I’m real­ly enjoy­ing work­ing with met­al and thought I would share a lit­tle fun­ny from my sis­ter. A few days...

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DIY Spring Necklaces

Mar 20, 2014

Since today is the first day of Spring I’m going to share how to recre­ate two neck­laces that will com­pli­ment any of your spring out­fits. These are quick and easy to make. I cre­at­ed this neck­lace for Ans­ley, she loves lots of col­or and the NEO cut chains are per­fect for her style. To recre­ate this neck­lace you will need NEO cut chains in Pur­ple 5 x 3mm, Lime Green 5 x 3mm, Turquoise 3.5 x 2mm,  NEO Find­ings 6.5mm Pur­ple Jump Rings as well as pli­ers and wire cut­ters. Using wire cut­ters, cut the fol­low­ing NEO chains to these lengths… Pur­ple 18″, 14.5″ and 8.5″, Lime Green 10.5″ and Turquoise 2 pieces cut to 12.5″. Please note this is a long neck­lace if you want your neck­lace short­er just cut to your desired lengths....

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DIY Leather & Rhinestone Bracelet

Mar 19, 2014

This spark­ly spring bracelet is made using a strip of Met­al Com­plex Flat Leather, Met­al Com­plex Tog­gle Flat in Gold, Hemp by Daz­zle-It and Maya Road Iri­des­cent Rhine­stone Trim. The Flat Leather is pre-pack­aged in strips that mea­sure 10 x 2mm and come in a wide assort­ment of col­or groups. The one fea­tured today is the Yel­low from the Yel­low & Steel Grey Metal­lic group. The oth­er group col­ors are Black & White, Dark Brown & Turquoise, White & Metal­lic Gold, Metal­lic Pur­ple & Pink, Green & Metal­lic Pur­ple, Navy Blue & Metal­lic Navy Blue, Metal­lic Gold & Sil­ver and Navy, Turquoise & Metal­lic Navy. I think they pret­ty much have every­one cov­ered here and if you like snake skin designs they even have faux leather in this style in white, pur­ple, brown and green...

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The Newfangled Neo Chain Blog Hop

Mar 18, 2014

It goes with­out say­ing that there are so many dif­fer­ent types of chain to choose from for string­ing and sewing projects. Daz­zle-it NEO is a new col­lec­tion of chain and find­ings fea­tur­ing clas­sic col­ors with a new age twist! The vivid col­ors are quite eye catch­ing and make a great accent to your jew­el­ry designs. Mix these col­ors togeth­er for an extrav­a­gant look or sim­ply add them togeth­er with black or white beads to pop the indi­vid­ual col­ors. The pos­si­bil­i­ties are end­less. For this fun blog hop I was sent the black and white chain and find­ings to use to cre­ate what ever items I want­ed. I decid­ed on cre­at­ing a match­ing neck­lace, bracelet and ear­ring set. The NEO chain glit­ters because the cut in the chain expos­es the brass beneath, which worked per­fect­ly...

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Leather Bracelets

Mar 17, 2014

To cre­ate these three bracelets I used a fun prod­uct called Met­al Com­plex Flat Leather. They are pre-pack­aged leather strips that mea­sure 10 x 2mm and come in a wide assort­ment of col­or groups. The col­or group shown here is the Yellow/Steel Grey Metal­lic group. Met­al Com­plex also has avail­able 5mm spools in 20 dif­fer­ent col­ors as well as 3mm spools of col­ored faux snake leather. What I love about this prod­uct is you can leave the leather strips as is like I did with the top bracelet. This is just how the leather strip looks when tak­en out of the pack­ag­ing. For the mid­dle bracelet, I decid­ed to see if I could emboss the leather strip using my Sizzix Big Shot and an emboss­ing fold­er. It worked beau­ti­ful­ly and the emboss­ing was per­fect....

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Handmade Tassels

Mar 14, 2014

Hand­made tas­sels are the eas­i­est things to make and I have some awe­some plans for these that I will share with you next week. I’ve seen tas­sels adorn neck­laces and bracelets and fig­ured I might as well jump in on this fash­ion style. I used my favorite spring col­ored embroi­dery floss (DMC 352 coral, 712 off white, 772 green). I cre­ate my tas­sels in small, medi­um and large sizes. To make the tas­sels all I did was wrap the embroi­dery floss around my fin­gers sev­er­al times until I was hap­py with the thick­ness of the floss. Once I was fin­ished wrap­ping the floss I care­ful­ly slid the floss off my fin­gers. Make sure you keep the cir­cle of floss in place. Now attach a jump ring through the top of the floss cir­cle. Cut...

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Hammered Metal Heart Charms

Mar 13, 2014

Each of these hearts lit­er­al­ly took me 10 min­utes to cre­ate. If you want to make some for your­self you will need a Steel Block, Met­al Stamp­ing Ham­mer, 16 Gauge Wire (I used Per­ma­nent­ly Col­or Cop­per Sil­ver Wire and Cop­per Wire) and Wire Cut­ters. To begin cre­at­ing your heart charm using wire cut­ters, cut a piece of wire to about 6 inch­es in length. Form a heart shape then twist the ends of the wire togeth­er sev­er­al times. Place the heart onto the steel block and ham­mer the wire until flat. You can cre­ate tex­ture by using the ball end of your met­al stamp­ing ham­mer. Once you have the heart charm as you like, using wire cut­ters, cut off the twist­ed end of wire at the base. If you have a rough edge just...

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Got Dapping Tools?

Mar 12, 2014

If you have a set of “Dap­ping Tools” you too can make this bracelet. I’m pret­ty raw at jew­el­ry mak­ing but I like to wear unique pieces and fig­ured I’d have a try at cre­at­ing my own. Prac­tice makes per­fect, right? So far, I’ve found this style is pret­ty easy, fun and a great stress reliev­er when ham­mer­ing away on met­al. After I fin­ished the bracelet I cre­at­ed this pen­dant. Next up, is mak­ing a big funky ring. I’ll share some pho­tos once the ring is com­plet­ed....

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Doggie Name Tag

Mar 11, 2014

After car­ing for our grand dog Lola last week, I decid­ed she need­ed a girly name tag and col­lar. She gets called a HE way too many times. The hard­est part of the entire cre­ative process was ham­mer­ing out the dime I used for the name tag. If you want to make one for your dog here is a quick tuto­r­i­al. If you  missed my “Stamped Pen­ny Charm” tuto­r­i­al you might want to check this tuto­r­i­al out as well. It’s a fun one. Sup­plies & Tools Need­ed: Impres­sArt Bench Block ~ Brass Ham­mer ~ 2 Hole Screw Down Punch ~ Met­al Let­ter Stamps ~ Stamp Straight Tape ~ Half Round Pli­ers, Dime, Jump Ring, Maya Road Pearl Bead Chain, Maya Road Iri­des­cent Rhine­stone Trim Instruc­tions: Place dime on bench block and ham­mer until flat­tened. Met­al Stamp your dogs name onto your disk. Impres­sArt has...

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Baby Shower ~ Baby Shoe Decor

Mar 10, 2014

Need a baby show­er decor piece? This project is per­fect for a baby show­er and was cre­at­ed from lots of Eileen Hul­l’s amaz­ing dies. It’s no secret that I love Eileen’s dies as I have fea­tured sev­er­al projects using them but this one has the most dies used in one project. Just goes to show you how easy it is to incor­po­rate so many in one project. After assem­bling the baby shoe I cov­ered it com­plete­ly in plas­ter. I let it dry overnight then decoupaged a dec­o­ra­tive nap­kin over the entire baby shoe. When I decoupage nap­kins onto a project I peel the dec­o­ra­tive top lay­er from the nap­kin. This gives you a thin lay­er to decoupage and elim­i­nates the chance of get­ting wrin­kles from the under lay­ers of the nap­kin. Maya Road Trin­ket...

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Leather Cuff

Mar 7, 2014

Did you know you can bend the Antique Plume Feath­ers by Maya Road? Well if you did­n’t, you do now, which means you can turn them into real­ly pret­ty bracelets. I gen­tly bent the one shown above to rest per­fect­ly on top of a piece of leather to cre­ate this eclec­tic leather cuff. I accent­ed the quill end of the met­al feath­er using a few Maya Road Iri­des­cent Rhine­stone Trim pieces and accent­ed the edges of the vin­tage lace with Maya Road  Twine Cord­ing Gin­ger Root Brown. I’m try­ing to think of a few words to place on top of the feath­er but so far I’ve got noth­ing… do you have any ideas? If so, please share your thoughts or ideas because I need...

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Walk, Eat & Shop

Mar 5, 2014

To off­set all the calo­ries Alan and I have been con­sum­ing with just one meal a day Lola has been get­ting some nice walks when the sun decides to show its face. My gosh, Ter­ri and Laren live near so many amaz­ing places to eat.  Hon­est­ly, all we can eat is one meal and I can’t even fin­ish my entire meal. The food in Deep Ellum is so incred­i­ble. For Lunch/Dinner Alan and I went to All­go­od Cafe. He had their amaz­ing Chick­en Fried Steak and I had their OMGOSH lick your plate clean Truck Stop Hot Beef Sand­wich. This sand­wich was so darn incred­i­ble. Their mashed pota­toes are absolute­ly to die for too. I could only eat half of my sand­wich so Alan fin­ished it off for me. I have no idea how...

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Watching the Grand~Dog

Mar 4, 2014

While these two cuties enjoy a lit­tle vaca­tion in Cal­i­for­nia Alan and I are tak­ing care of our grand~dog Lola. Ter­ri and Laren live in the coolest loft in the coolest spot in Deep Ellum. So basi­cal­ly Alan and I cater to Lola’s each and every whim (treats, snug­gles, eat, pot­ty, and repeat) while we work dur­ing the day and then go walk to din­ner. Thank­ful­ly, Ter­ri and Laren come home tomor­row or Alan and I would need to pur­chase larg­er pants. Sat­ur­day, we walked to din­ner and ate at Pepe’s & Mito’s. It was super awe­some. We ate out­side and obvi­ous­ly this was before the cold front hit with sleet, ice and snow. I ate their Chick­en Chipo­tle Enchi­ladas and Alan ate their Rib Eye En Sal­sa Ranchera. We cleaned our plates. Sun­day,...

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Mini Collage Card Class

Mar 3, 2014

I’m so glad to be return­ing to Rocky Moun­tain Mem­o­ries April 25th & 26th. Along with the Altered Art Jour­nal Class I will be teach­ing this Mini Col­lage Card Class. If you want to take one or both of these class­es please call Cheryl at (970) 577.1415 for the dates, times and cost. In this class you will cre­ate 5 all occa­sion cards. I’ll show you how to accent each card with 3D col­lage style fronts. You will cre­ate with Maya Road chip­board, trin­ket pins, trims and more. I’ll show you unique ways to alter these items so you can cus­tomize them to fit any col­or scheme or project. If you aren’t a Spark­ly Stick­les kin­da gal no wor­ries, I cre­at­ed this card set to look great with or with­out Stick­les. For this class...

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