Altering Melt Art Embellishments

May 30, 2014

I fell in love with this cameo in the cen­ter of a vin­tage tin I found, last week. As soon as I got home I made a mold so I could pour some UTEE into it. I did a ran­dom pour, just the cameo and then a lit­tle bit around it, wher­ev­er the UTEE land­ed is where I kept it. I want­ed the embell­ish­ment to look like an old dec­o­ra­tive piece that came off a wall tak­ing some of the wall along with it… I hope this makes sense. I also have a vin­tage pho­to album with the most amaz­ing embossed image on the front and decid­ed to cre­ate a mold of this as well. As you can see, I use sev­er­al dif­fer­ent mold prod­ucts and with all of them the results are won­der­ful. I get a beau­ti­ful­ly...

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Being an Aunt…

May 29, 2014

Means you can sur­prise your nieces before bed for a sur­prise adven­ture in their jam­mies. Means you can load your nieces up on a Son­ic Shake sug­ar high right before bed, take them home and let your sis­ter deal with their sug­ar high. Means you will crawl out of bed bright and ear­ly to take them to school for Muffins with Mom & their Book Fair. Means the only pay­ment you want for get­ting up super ear­ly to attend Muffins with Mom and the Book Fair is a sweet self­ie with your nieces plus one best friend. Means you get to throw a sur­prise mini birth­day par­ty for a very spe­cial 7 year old when she comes home from school. Being an aunt is the next best thing to being a mom. Aman­da, Brit­tain, Made­lyn and...

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Good Junkin Spots

May 28, 2014

Last week, while head­ing down to mom and dad’s place I stopped at one of my favorite junkin spots near New Waver­ly. This place is filled with all kinds of stuff and the best part is you nev­er know what you’ll find. Every time I’ve gone I’ve found some­thing awe­some. One of the places that is a must go to spot every sin­gle time I’m home is the Sour Lake Antique Mall. This place is filled with lots of amaz­ing things and I look with an eagle eye in every sin­gle booth. If you’re ever in or around Sour Lake this antique mall is worth the stop to shop. I found some awe­some things this past vis­it. This time my finds were all about vin­tage jew­els. I found so many fab­u­lous pieces that I can­not wait to use in my art...

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Ongoing Art Journal Class at The Crafty Scrapper

May 19, 2014

Sat­ur­day after­noon I had the plea­sure of spend­ing 4 hours with this love­ly group of cre­ative ladies. They inked, paint­ed, sten­ciled and cre­at­ed beau­ti­ful col­lage pieces on their altered art jour­nals. I find it so fun to give every­one the same sup­plies and prod­ucts and in the end see­ing how every­one’s projects turn out so dif­fer­ent­ly. I’m tru­ly blessed to get to teach art class­es in some of the most incred­i­ble places in the USA and abroad and to some of the most gen­uine down to earth peo­ple. There is not a class that I’ve taught that I haven’t thought of my 4th grade art teacher Mrs. Gibbs. She taught at Amelia Ele­men­tary in Beau­mont, Texas. Mrs. Gibbs gave me the free­dom to just cre­ate what­ev­er I wished and I will love her for­ev­er for...

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A Call To Art for #BringBackOurGirls Online Auction is LIVE

May 15, 2014

If you want to pur­chase some beau­ti­ful art please check out the A Call To Art #Bring­Back­Our­Girls online auc­tion. The auc­tion start­ed this morn­ing and will con­tin­ue until 3PM on May 17th. 3 Wish­es is the can­vas piece I have up for auc­tion. If you wish to bid just click HERE. Not only will the win­ning bid­der get a beau­ti­ful piece of art they will also be help­ing a won­der­ful orga­ni­za­tion, Girl Ris­ing. 3 Wish­es is an 8″ x 8″ one of a kind can­vas. It includes vin­tage items such as hand­made doilies, hand­writ­ten ledger paper, sheet music and book pages. The vin­tage spoon rests upon a stack of vin­tage but­tons and the Frozen Char­lotte Dolls I cre­at­ed from plas­ter using molds made from dolls in my col­lec­tion. The papers are cov­ered in lay­ers of bees wax and...

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Recycled Jewelry

May 14, 2014

When you com­bine thrift store finds, bro­ken pieces of jew­el­ry, beads and dis­card­ed chan­de­lier pieces you can assem­ble beau­ti­ful and very unique jew­el­ry such as this bracelet and set of ear­rings. Remem­ber just because items are bro­ken does­n’t mean they can’t be used. Now that the weath­er is real­ly nice I’m look­ing for­ward to head­ing to flea mar­kets to do some dig­ging. The thrill of the hunt is addict­ing and so fun and the thrill of what’s around the next cor­ner gets me every sin­gle time. I have sev­er­al assem­blage art ideas and all include items that can be found dur­ing a good junkin week­end. And you know I’ll have mom and dad on the hunt for things too. These two are the best pick­ers any­one could ever have. Tomor­row, is the start of A Call To Art #Bring­Back­Our­Girls online auc­tion. Have you...

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#BringBackOurGirls

May 12, 2014

I’ve always told my daugh­ters that THEY are the LUCKIEST women in the world because THEY were born in the USA and have EVERY oppor­tu­ni­ty to suc­ceed in life with hard work and deter­mi­na­tion. The sto­ry of the abduct­ed Niger­ian girls is one that sad­ly proves my point. The way so many girls and woman are treat­ed in oth­er coun­tries is heart­break­ing. Artist Jes­si­ca Sporn is putting togeth­er an auc­tion to help raise mon­ey for a won­der­ful orga­ni­za­tion called Girl Ris­ing. I am donat­ing the mixed media can­vas shown below to help raise mon­ey for this awe­some cause. Girl Ris­ing is a glob­al cam­paign for girl’s edu­ca­tion and their mis­sion is to change the way the world val­ues girls. Please take a few min­utes to vis­it the web­site and learn about Girl Ris­ing. If we all work togeth­er I tru­ly believe...

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Be Still Listen ~ Necklace

May 9, 2014

A lot of thought goes into items that are hand­made which is one of the rea­sons I love to pur­chase hand­made items. Most every piece is unique, has a sto­ry and is cre­at­ed with lots of love. I’ve dis­cov­ered that the cre­ative process can be quick and at times, not so quick which is exact­ly the case for this nature themed neck­lace. While work­ing on this neck­lace, I pon­dered ideas and dug in my stash sev­er­al times for the per­fect com­bi­na­tion of met­als and beads. This went on for weeks. I knew I want­ed the tee­ny tiny nest I cre­at­ed to be part of a neck­lace and that was all I knew. I decid­ed I liked the cop­per col­or next to the nest so I ham­mered and shaped a pen­ny for it to sit inside....

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Have YOU Signed Up?

May 7, 2014

I’m so glad to be head­ing back to The Crafty Scrap­per, May 17th to teach my fun tech­nique filled Altered Art Jour­nal from 12:00 to 4:00. If you want to take this class please call Car­olyn now at (972) 923.3151 because there are only a few spots left. In this Altered Art Jour­nal class you will cre­ate a beau­ti­ful altered art jour­nal using one of Wendy Vecchi’s new Stu­dio 490 Art Parts Art Jour­nal Cov­ers. You will alter the front of your art jour­nal cov­er using Wendy Vec­chi Stu­dio 490 Emboss­ing Paste and NEW Crack­le Tex­ture Paste, The Crafter’s Work­shop Sten­cils, Paint and more. The inside front and back cov­ers will be altered using Vin­tage Sheet Music, Inks and Per­fect Pearls Mist. I will show you how to make beau­ti­ful paper feath­ers to adorn...

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Drying Flowers

May 6, 2014

Sad­ly, my vio­las are get­ting to the end of their peak bloom­ing sea­son. I love vio­las and these have brought me great joy all win­ter. I can’t stand the thought of toss­ing them out so I decid­ed to snip off all the blooms and dry them for future art and jew­el­ry projects. Press­ing and dry­ing these tiny flow­ers is so easy to do. All you need are sev­er­al sheets of wax paper, some heavy books and 7 days of patience. Since vio­las are so small 7 days is all you need to wait. If you are press­ing larg­er flow­ers depend­ing on the size it can take up to 4 weeks. To press/dry my vio­las I lined them on a sheet of wax paper then cov­ered them with anoth­er piece of wax paper and placed some heavy books on top. So...

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Mountain Magick Art ~ Jeff Holoubek

May 5, 2014

Sev­er­al years ago, mom and dad were giv­en some geo­des by a dear friend who picked them up while in New Mex­i­co. When mom and dad found out they were going to Estes Park with me, mom dug them out of the clos­et and brought them so they could get the geo­des cracked opened at Red Rose Rock Shop & Dick­’s Rock Muse­um. If you’ve nev­er been to this rock shop the next time you’re vis­it­ing Estes Park you must go. It’s open year round and is filled with some of the most amaz­ing rocks, fos­sils, gems and min­er­als from around the world. Using this pret­ty basic con­trap­tion, Jeff Holoubek cracked open mom and dad’s three geo­des. The first two were nice but the third one, well it was REALLY nice. When Jeff saw what was  hid­ing inside he...

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Manitou Cliff Dwellings ~ Colorado Springs Colorado

May 2, 2014

After dri­ving around in the Gar­den of the Gods we went to see the Man­i­tou Cliff Dwellings. I am so fas­ci­nat­ed with any­thing that has to do with the past so walk­ing through the dwellings was real­ly inter­est­ing. The Man­i­tou Cliff Dwellings Muse­um exhibits relo­cat­ed Anasazi Indi­an cliff dwellings. The Anasazi lived and roamed the Four Cor­ners area of the Unit­ed States South­west from 1200 B.C. to A.D. 1300. The muse­um was estab­lished in 1904 and opened to the pub­lic in 1907. The Anasazi did not live in the Man­i­tou Springs area, but lived and built their cliff dwellings in the Four Cor­ners area, sev­er­al hun­dred miles south­west of Man­i­tou Springs. The Man­i­tou Cliff Dwellings were relo­cat­ed to their present loca­tion in the ear­ly 1900s, as a muse­um, pre­serve, and tourist attrac­tion. The stones were tak­en...

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Garden of The Gods ~ Colorado Springs, Colorado

May 1, 2014

Gar­den of the Gods was first called Red Rock Cor­ral. Then, in August 1859, two sur­vey­ors who helped to set up Col­orado City explored the site. One of the sur­vey­ors, M. S. Beach, sug­gest­ed that it would be a “cap­i­tal place for a beer gar­den.” His com­pan­ion, the young Rufus Cable, awestruck by the impres­sive rock for­ma­tions, exclaimed, “Beer Gar­den! Why it is a fit place for the gods to assem­ble. We will call it the Gar­den of the Gods. The row of hog­backs. The Kiss­ing Camels for­ma­tion is the near­est hog­back to the right of mom and dad. The camel’s heads are above a hole in the rock where the sky can be seen. It’s hard to see the hole in some of the pho­tos. But if you look close­ly you can see it in the pho­to above. The...

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