Altered Art Journal Tag 1

Aug 29, 2014

When you find your arty style art flows like a leaf float­ing down­stream but gosh when you try to force it, it’s all upstream and darn near impos­si­ble to cre­ate some­thing you love. I’m so hap­py with the style I’ve final­ly dis­cov­ered as it has tak­en me a long time. But in the end all the tri­al and error paid off. This art jour­nal tag mea­sures 4″ x 8.5″ and is cov­ered in lay­ers and lay­ers of paint. I still can­not get over that I’m using paint and get­ting my hands messy. On my Art Jour­nal Page 2 blog post I shared with you a quick image trans­fer tech­nique and today I’m going to share with you an image trans­fer tech­nique that gives you a less dis­tressed image trans­fer and a more defined image trans­fer. Image...

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Altered Art Journal Page 2

Aug 28, 2014

Oh boy did I have fun cre­at­ing this art jour­nal page. I believe I final­ly dis­cov­ered the art jour­nal­ing style for me. I even got messy hands in the process. This my friends is some­thing because I can­not stand to have messy hands. I began my page with a sim­ple image trans­fer using two pho­tos I took while in Bel­la­gio sev­er­al years ago teach­ing at Lau­ra McCul­lough’s awe­some A Kiss On The Chic Cre­ative Art Retreat. Lau­ra hosts some amaz­ing art retreats and if you can you real­ly should join her for at least one. She is an amaz­ing host. If you want to do an image trans­fer onto your art jour­nal­ing page which I high­ly rec­om­mend you do because it is so fun to see the image trans­fer like mag­ic. You will need to...

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DIY Sugar Body Scrub

Aug 27, 2014

Ingre­di­ents: 1/4 Cup Coconut Oil (sol­id jar form not liq­uid form) 1 1/2 Cups Sug­ar (I used Impe­r­i­al Pure Cane Sug­ar but you can use Raw Sug­ar if you want a coars­er scrub) 10 Drops Lemon Essen­tial Oil 2 Drops Pep­per­mint Essen­tial Oi Direc­tions: Place coconut oil into medi­um sized microwave safe bowl for 25–30 sec­onds to melt. Add essen­tial oils to melt­ed coconut oil and stir. Add sug­ar to coconut oil and stir until mixed well. This sug­ar scrub makes enough to fill a small mason jar and one large med­i­cine bot­tle, I know odd choice but it’s all I could find to hold the excess sug­ar scrub. This sug­ar scrub is not over­ly oily which is how I like my sug­ar scrubs. If you pre­fer more oil in your body scrubs you can increase...

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FREE Shipping In My Etsy Shop

Aug 26, 2014

Next week, I will be on a mini road trip with mom and dad. I’ll be dri­ving them to Evans­ville, ID to see the LST-325 ship which is  sim­i­lar to the ship LST-557 that my grand­fa­ther Clay­ton Spin­ney, (dad’s father) was a mechan­ic on dur­ing WWII. Before gram­pa passed away and the last time I saw him, he shared with me a heart­break­ing sto­ry of see­ing his best friend killed on deck. That was the only time I ever saw my gram­pa have sad­ness on his face but I’m glad he shared the sto­ry. After we tour this ship we will then head over to Buck­han­non, WV to see mom’s side of the fam­i­ly at the old home­stead I love so much. I sure hope my house is still stand­ing when I return home. Alan, Ans­ley...

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Altered Art Journal ATC 1

Aug 25, 2014

I was so super hap­py when I dis­cov­ered (which is what hap­pens when you clean areas of your stu­dio, you dis­cov­er things) I had a set of 6″ x 8″ pock­et pages that fit inside my art jour­nal. Since these pock­et pages are a vari­ety pack I have sev­er­al dif­fer­ent sized pock­ets that are per­fect to add dif­fer­ent sized art pieces into my jour­nal. Yes, I’m hap­py. So once I dis­cov­ered I had more options for my art jour­nal I decid­ed to cre­ate a small ATC type piece to put into one of the pock­et pages. This card mea­sures 2.75″ x 4″ so it is a bit off in mea­sure­ments for a tra­di­tion­al ATC which is 2.5″ x 3.5″.  The base of the card is from a por­tion of the left over post­card I had from my first...

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Altered Art Journal Page 1

Aug 22, 2014

Well I final­ly did it, I start­ed an art jour­nal. But let me tell ya it was not an easy start. I start­ed out with one page, real­ly did­n’t like the bold col­ors because let’s face it, I’m not a bold col­or kin­da gal, so I then thought I would tone it down a bit, then I real­ly did­n’t like it and had to step away from the table because I could feel some major frus­tra­tion com­ing on. This is when I decid­ed I would try to make some DIY lip gloss, so I did. It was super fast, easy and I real­ly like it. DIY Lip Gloss Recipe All you need is 1 table­spoon of coconut oil, 1/4 tea­spoon of Vase­line and 5 drops of Pep­per­mint essen­tial oil or the essen­tial oil of your choice....

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Handmade Art Journal

Aug 21, 2014

I real­ly love see­ing all the amaz­ing art jour­nal­ing that lots of my friends do but I have issues, like seri­ous issues when it comes to the jour­nals. I love dimen­sion­al col­lage which means, I like to stick LOTS of bulky things in my art. Well, this does not work well with a lot of art jour­nals due to the type of bind­ing most have so the prob­lem was solved this week by cre­at­ing my own art jour­nal. Now I can add all the bulky items I want and the art jour­nal will still close. The thick­er my art jour­nal gets is no big­gie because all I need to do is use larg­er binder rings. Even though I’ve used vin­tage items that you might not have on had to cre­ate my art jour­nal my ideas...

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Making Your Own Headpin

Aug 15, 2014

This is one of my favorite head­pins to make and add to my Boho chic style jew­el­ry. It’s super easy and real­ly unique. All you need are wire cut­ters, 20 gauge wire, a ham­mer and a steel block. Using wire cut­ters, cut a piece of 20 gauge wire to 2″ in length. The angle of this pho­to makes it look as though it’s less but believe me the wire is 2″. Using a ham­mer, flat­ten one end of the wire as shown. You want the end to be flat­tened wide enough so the bead you will be using does not fall off. Next, thread the bead onto the wire then wire wrap the bead onto the wire as shown in this pre­vi­ous wire wrap­ping tuto­r­i­al. Here is an exam­ple of how the beads look...

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Charm Bracelets and Bangles

Aug 13, 2014

I love the sweet sound of charm bracelets and I’m so lucky to have my grand­moth­er’s charm bracelet. I still remem­ber the sound her bracelet made as she wore it. I LOVED being able to find the engraved charm with my name and birth­date, it hung nes­tled among all her grand­chil­dren and oth­er spe­cial charms she had been giv­en. These two charm bracelets are craft­ed from hand cut vin­tage tin, that I cut, sand­ed and turned into charms. Each charm cre­ates a soft sweet sound that reminds me of a wind chime far off in the dis­tance on a Texas farm. I accent­ed each charm bracelet with a strand of pearl like beads and the bot­tom charm bracelet has vin­tage clear glass beads wire wrapped and attach between the tin charms. Each bracelet is a one of a...

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Basic Bead Wire Wrapping Tutorial

Aug 11, 2014

Sev­er­al of you have asked me to do a tuto­r­i­al show­ing you how to wire wrap a bead. I tried to make this as sim­ple to fol­low as pos­si­ble by tak­ing a pho­to at every step. I hope this tuto­r­i­al helps you out and does­n’t con­fuse you even more. At first you will feel like you are fum­bling your way through it as I know I cer­tain­ly did but once you do it over and over again you will be wire wrap­ping beads with­out giv­ing it a sec­ond thought. Tools Need­ed: Round Nose Pli­ers, Chain Nose Pli­ers, Side Cut­ter Pli­ers Sup­plies: Beads, Head­pins Thread head­pin through bead, place mid­way between your round nose pli­ers. Bend the head­pin towards you. Repo­si­tion round nose pli­ers as shown. Bend the head­pin upwards. Bend the head­pin over the...

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Making Customized Jewelry is Fun & Easy

Aug 5, 2014

Tak­ing an item you have cre­at­ed and cus­tomiz­ing it is some­thing fun and easy and means the world to friends and fam­i­ly when giv­en as a gift. This dou­ble heart pen­dant could have been left plain with just the wire wrapped fresh­wa­ter pearl but adding a met­al stamped word pops it up a notch. You too can cus­tomize all your gifts by met­al stamp­ing. All you need are these basic met­al stamp­ing tools and sup­plies. Brass Ham­mer, Stamp­ing Block, Stamp Straight Tape, Stamp­ing Blanks, Jump Rings and Let­ter Stamps. The list of items you can per­son­al­ize is end­less… Charms for Jew­el­ry, Spoons, House­warm­ing Gifts, Key Chains and so much more. If you have any ques­tions about met­al stamp­ing please ask and I will do my best to answer. I’m already start­ing to plan my hol­i­day...

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A Look at What’s New

Aug 1, 2014

While Bel­lie was busy paint­ing or watch­ing movies I was busy cre­at­ing new one of a kind jew­el­ry designs for my Etsy shop. As you can see, this week I was able to add sev­er­al pieces. I must admit my favorite this week is the owl pen­dant. These new pen­dants will look gor­geous with any Autumn attire. Yes, I’m wish­ing this Texas sum­mer away, although I must admit it has been one of the coolest in 7 years. You’ll find some new resin charms too. These charms have vin­tage embossed papers or tin encased in resin with wire wrapped fresh­wa­ter pearls or vin­tage bead accents. This set reminds me of a beau­ti­ful mosa­ic. I love the warm tones of orange, red and yel­low. All my pen­dants come with either an 18″ or 24″ ball chain...

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