Cupcakes & Frosting

Apr 6, 2015

I have to share with you an amaz­ing frost­ing that is so sim­ple and so good. I’m all about sim­ple when it comes to the kitchen. I love to cook and bake as long as a recipe does not involve ingre­di­ents that are hard to find or is one that keeps me in the kitchen for­ev­er. If this is the case well, count me out on cook­ing that recipe. Ingre­di­ents Need­ed: Lemon Cake Mix or mix of your choice plus eggs, Water & Oil, Lemon Curd, Wilton White Sparkling Sug­ar, Cup­cake Lin­ers, So here is a fab­u­lous cup­cake recipe that is sim­ple and does not take long at all. First mix a lemon cake mix as instruct­ed on the box. Fill a muf­fin pan with cup­cake lin­ers, place lemon cake mix inside each lin­er  then...

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Altered Drawstring Bag

Mar 30, 2015

I found this cute can­vas linen draw­string bag in the dol­lar spot at Tar­get. I loved it so much that I grabbed all they had know­ing I could alter them through­out the year. This design was super easy to make and is per­fect to fill with East­er can­dy. Sup­plies Used: East­er Ele­ments Tim Holtz/Sizzix Die, Burlap, Trim, Seam Bind­ing, Fab­ri Tac, Pearl Beads, Sil­ver Blank Disk, Jump Rings, Head Pin Tools Need­ed: Die Cut­ting Machine, Scis­sors, Bench Block, Brass Ham­mer, Long Nose Pli­ers, Met­al Stamps Met­al Stamp­ing Sup­plies can be found HERE at PJ Tool Jew­el­ry & Craft Instruc­tions:  Using the East­er Ele­ments die and burlap, die cut the bun­ny. Using Fab­ri Tac attach the bun­ny to the front of the bag Using Fab­ri Tac attach trims all around the top sec­tion of the bag as...

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Wedding Charms

Mar 28, 2015

Do you need a quick gift to give to a new bride? If so, this is one fast project she will cher­ish and can either wear, place in a shad­ow box or on the spine of a wed­ding album. To cre­ate the bead flower bou­quet all I did was place one bead onto a head­pin then curl the end of the head­pin to form a small loop. Once I had 12 com­plet­ed I bunched them togeth­er and wrapped a head­pin around the mid­dle of the bunch. Then I attached a jump ring to the wire wrapped area. Super sim­ple. Sup­plies Used: 13 Head­pins, 12 Beads, 3 Jump Rings, 2 Long Rec­tan­gle Blanks, 2 Vin­tage Beads, Black Acrylic Paint Tools Need­ed: Bench Block, Met­al Stamps, Brass Met­al Stamp­ing Ham­mer, Long Nose Pli­ers (PJ Tool Jew­el­ry &...

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Lemon Bath Bombs

Mar 25, 2015

With all the crazi­ness of bath bombs right now, I decid­ed to give it a go and attempt to make my own. I looked all over Pin­ter­est at the ingre­di­ents in lots of dif­fer­ent bath bombs and by adding and tak­ing away cer­tain ingre­di­ents from recipes here is the recipe I cre­at­ed. These lit­tle bath bombs smell just like lemon bundt cakes. On my next batch I will add a bit more Lemon Essen­tial Oil (EO) to my next batch as it did­n’t smell as strong­ly as I want­ed in my bath but this is the only thing I will change when I make them again. Also depend­ing on the EO used will deter­mine the amount of drops need­ed. If you make Pep­per­mint bath bombs you will not need as many drops because the oil scent...

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Bunny Easter Egg or Treat Holder

Mar 19, 2015

How cute will this East­er egg or treat hold­er look sit­ting at each per­sons table set­ting for East­er brunch. You can fill it with a per­son­al­ized dec­o­rat­ed egg to use as a place card or fill it with choco­lates for an after brunch treat. It’s real­ly sim­ple to make and I’m cer­tain your guest will love the added touch. Sup­plies Used: Tim Holtz Alter­ations East­er Ele­ments Sizzix Die, Matt Board, Flo­ral Emboss­ing Fold­er, Tim Holtz Dis­tress Paint Aban­doned Coral & Cracked Pis­ta­chio, Dina Wak­ley Media Heavy Body Acrylic Paint Glitz, Self Adhe­sive Pearls, Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue Tools Need­ed: Scis­sors, Big Shot or Cut­tle­bug, Paint­brush, Paper Trim­mer with Scor­ing Tool Using a Big Shot or Cut­tle­bug die, Matt Board and the East­er Ele­ments die, die cut two bun­nies and two bows. Using a Big Shot...

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Need a crown, of course you do!!!

Mar 18, 2015

Sat­ur­day, I was at The Crafty Scrap­per attend­ing a birth­day crop for my super sweet & awe­some friend Trisha Perkins. At her par­ty, she had Cheryl Dar­row of Ten Sec­onds Stu­dio come and instruct every­one on how to make leather crowns. This was WAY WAY WAY out of my com­fort zone as I’m a vin­tage paper kin­da girl and there was zero vin­tage paper to be found here, but let me tell you I now have a new addic­tion. Work­ing with emboss-able leather is so fun and if you ever have the chance to take one of Cheryl’s crown class­es do it, you will LOVE it! Cheryl brought her tools  and molds for the non-doo­dle cal­lig­ra­phy girls in the class, which as you can see I was one of those girls. Once every­one had their leather pieces embossed...

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Mar 17, 2015

Noth­ing like a french bread clover cov­ered in cin­na­mon sug­ar to start your St. Patrick­’s Day morn­ing. This is real­ly easy to make and pret­ty darn yum­my too. All you need to make french bread clovers is a tube of Pills­bury Crusty French Loaf, melt­ed but­ter, ground cin­na­mon and sug­ar. Instead of greas­ing my cook­ie sheet I placed mine on a cook­ie sheet cov­ered with parch­ment paper. Pre­heat the oven per instruc­tions on the tube. Cut 5 long strips of the Pills­bury Crusty French Loaf. Leave about 2 inch­es at one end for the clover stem, then loop the strip as shown in the upper left pho­to. Cre­ate the sec­ond loop as shown in the upper right pho­to. Cre­ate the third loop as shown in the low­er left pho­to, tuck the end of the strip...

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Her “Happily Ever After”

Mar 9, 2015

Ear­ly Sat­ur­day, morn­ing we all piled into the car and drove to Hous­ton for my niece Aman­da’s wed­ding. Sat­ur­day, was cer­tain­ly a day filled with lots of love, hap­pi­ness and a few tears. It’s amaz­ing how fast time does fly. Aman­da was a beau­ti­ful bride and mar­ried the best guy. We are all so hap­py to have Steve join our fam­i­ly. He and Aman­da are a won­der­ful cou­ple and we all wish them the very best. The Chapel of the Church of Saint John the Divine ~ Hous­ton, Texas Mr. & Mrs. Steven King New­ton Con­grat­u­la­tions, Aman­da and Steve. I love you....

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Happy Card Make’N Take Tutorial

Feb 27, 2015

Sor­ry I don’t have a big­ger pho­to of this card but it was so pop­u­lar dur­ing the Scrap­book Expo Grapevine event that I thought I would share the tuto­r­i­al to cre­ate your own card. It’s the per­fect card to cre­ate when you only have a few min­utes of craft­ing. Sup­plies Used: Pat­terned Paper, Blank Card, Small Mani­la Ship­ping Tag, Maya Road DIY Kraft Note Envelopes, Maya Road Feath­ered Friend Resin Embell­ish­ment, Small Flower, Gold Metal­lic Leaf, Seam Bind­ing, Alpha Stamp Set, Jet Black Archival Ink, Adhe­sive Tools Used: Paper Trim­mer, Scis­sors Direc­tions: Trim pat­terned paper so it is 1/4″ small­er ver­ti­cal­ly and hor­i­zon­tal­ly than the front of your blank card front. Attach pat­terned paper to the front of blank card. Assem­ble Maya Road enve­lope, wrap a piece of seam bind­ing around the enve­lope, tie...

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Sharing A Make’N Take

Feb 25, 2015

This altered chalk­board stand is the make’n take Car­o­line with Maya Road had me teach­ing, last week­end at Scrap­book Expo in Grapevine.  It was super pop­u­lar so I thought I would share it with you blog read­ers. Sup­plies Need­ed: Chalk­board Stand, Twine Cord­ing Gin­ger Root Brown, Vin­tage Felt Posies ~ Car­na­tion, Leaves, Trin­ket Pins ~ Vin­tage Round Pearl, Strips of Pat­terned Paper, Alpha Stamp Set, Archival Ink Tools Used: Scis­sors, Hot Glue Gun & Hot Glue Stick Instruc­tions: Using Archival Ink and an alpha stamp set, stamp your word onto a strip of pat­terned paper. Using a hot glue gun and hot glue stick, attach a leaf and word strip to the back of the felt flower. Cut a piece of twine cord­ing long enough to cre­ate a bow, attach bow to back of felt flower as...

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Mom’s Sugar Cookies

Feb 23, 2015

Ingre­di­ents 1/2 Cup But­ter, Soft­ened 3/4 Cup Sug­ar 1 Egg 1/2 Tea­spoon Vanil­la Extract 2 Cups All-Pur­pose Flour 1/4 Tea­spoon Salt 1/2 Tea­spoon Bak­ing Pow­der 2–3 Table­spoon Milk Direc­tions Pre­heat oven to 375 Degrees. Cream but­ter and sug­ar in mix­er bowl until light and fluffy. Add egg; beat until blend­ed. Mix in vanil­la. Add sift­ed mix­ture of flour, salt and bak­ing pow­der alter­nate­ly with milk; mix well. Chill dough until firm 15–30 min. Roll to a 1/4‑inch thick­ness on floured sur­face. Cut with 4 to 5‑inch cook­ie cut­ter. Arrange on greased cook­ie sheet or one that is lined with parch­ment paper. I pre­fer parch­ment paper. Bake for 5–7 min­utes. Mom’s oven is 5 min. mine is 7 min. Cool cook­ies on cool­ing racks com­plete­ly then add icing. This recipe makes about 1 1/2 Dozen Cook­ies....

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Dazzle-It Rings ~ Dotted Ring

Feb 20, 2015

I was asked by Car­mi Cim­i­ca­ta if I would be inter­est­ed in par­tic­i­pat­ing in an upcom­ing blog hop for Daz­zle It. The blog hop starts Mon­day, Feb­ru­ary 23rd and has lots of real­ly cool jew­el­ry design­ers par­tic­i­pat­ing. Since I am always up for any cre­ative chal­lenge I jumped on the oppor­tu­ni­ty. After view­ing the tech­nique book­let she includ­ed along with the prod­ucts need­ed I decid­ed to give a try at mak­ing the Dot­ted Ring. The Daz­zle-It Rings by Gio­van­na book­let has very easy to fol­low step by step instruc­tions which pret­ty much guar­an­tees a suc­cess­ful project every time. Sup­plies & Tools Used: Daz­zle-It Rings by Gio­van­na Tech­nique Book, #12 Bead­ing Nee­dle by Daz­zle-It, Beadalon Wild­fire Black .006in/0.15mm Weav­ing Thread, Daz­zle-It Czech 22g Vial Seed­Bead Orange, Lemon Yel­low, Opaque Roy­al Blue, Scis­sors Click on each name below...

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Key To My Heart Mini Album

Feb 18, 2015

The cov­er for this mini album is cre­at­ed from plas­ter cloth. If you have not worked with plas­ter cloth you real­ly should give it a try. It’s a fun medi­um. Once the plas­ter cloth dried I paint­ed both cov­ers. Then I antiqued the hearts with a col­or wash. You don’t need any­thing spe­cial to cre­ate a col­or wash. All you need to do is water down your acrylic paint to the desired shade and apply it to your project with a paint­brush. While the col­or wash is still wet, use a paper tow­el to dab ran­dom areas so some spots have more of a wash then oth­ers. Plas­ter is a great medi­um to add a col­or wash to because the wash runs deep into the crevices of the plas­ter. I plan to fill this mini album with pages cre­at­ed from...

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Altered Bottle Brush Tree

Feb 16, 2015

Bot­tle Brush Trees are fun to alter for any hol­i­day or to use year round as a home decor accent. You can attach these to wood­en spools, per­fume bot­tles, small glass jars, in shad­ow box­es, real­ly pret­ty much on any­thing. Also, if you want to col­or your trees it’s easy using any of the non-iri­des­cent Maya Mist col­ors. This altered bot­tle brush tree is so fast to cre­ate you can have it com­plet­ed in under 5 min. Sup­plies Need­ed: Bot­tle Brush Tree, Small Glass Bot­tle, Seed Beads, Small Flocked Flow­ers, Seam Bind­ing, Cro­chet Doily, White Maya Road Glit­ter Dust, Dina Wak­ley Gel Medi­um Tools: Scis­sors, Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks Instruc­tions: Place seed beads into small glass bot­tle. Cut stems on small flocked flow­ers to short­en slight­ly, place into bot­tle. Dou­ble knot a piece of seam...

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I Love You Frame

Feb 13, 2015

This spark­ly chip­board frame is going to be added to the front cov­er of a mini album. I plan to cov­er the album with vin­tage sheet music and ledger paper than add pho­tos of Ter­ri and Ans­ley. If you want to make this chip­board frame it’s super sim­ple and here’s the tuto­r­i­al. Sup­plies Need­ed: 2 Maya Road Chip­board Frames, Maya Road Glit­ter ~ Red & Sil­ver, Red & Sil­ver Acrylic Paint, Vin­tage Sheet Music, Martha Stew­art Crys­tal Coarse Glit­ter, Vin­tage Glass Vial, Flocked Flow­ers, White Seam Bind­ing, Dia­mond Glaze, Glue Stick, Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue, Dina Wak­ley Gel Medi­um, Book Page Words “I LOVE YOU”, Adhe­sive Foam Squares Tools Used: Scis­sors, Paint­brush, Craft Knife, Craft Matt, Tweez­ers Instruc­tions: Using a glue stick type adhe­sive, cov­er the front of one chip­board frame with vin­tage sheet...

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So This Is Love ~ Tag

Feb 11, 2015

The star of this tag is one of my new hand­made Pen­ny Can­dy Dolls. I think she is the per­fect accent for this tag and I must admit she is one of my favorites. If you want to recre­ate a tag for your­self or a friend I put togeth­er a step by step tuto­r­i­al just for you. Sup­plies Need­ed: Mani­la Tag, Vin­tage Music Sheet, White Crepe Paper, Chip­board Heart, Dina Wak­ley Media Ruby Acrylic Paint, Maya Road Red Glit­ter, Plat­inum Stick­les, Dia­mond Stick­les, Small Red Flocked Flower, Brown & White Twine, 3 Cro­cheted Doilies, Doo­dle­Bug Rhine­stones, White Embroi­dery Floss, Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue, Fab­ric Tac Fab­ric Adhe­sive, Ranger Mul­ti Medi­um Mat­te, Martha Stew­art Crys­tal Coarse Glit­ter, Hand­made Pen­ny Can­dy Doll, Small Alpha­bet Stamp Set, Jet Black Archival Ink Tools Need­ed: Scis­sors, Paper Trim­mer,...

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Valentine Home Decor Accent

Feb 9, 2015

This valen­tine home decor piece show­cas­es one of the hand­made Pen­ny Can­dy Dolls I now have in my etsy shop. I love these dolls from long ago and when pos­si­ble make molds of dolls I think you too would like to use in your craft­ing projects. This lit­tle cutie is hold­ing a book under­neath it’s arm. I put togeth­er a tuto­r­i­al so you too can recre­ate this home decor accent. I plan on dis­play­ing this year round in my stu­dio. Sup­plies Used: Large Wood­en Spool, Vin­tage Sheet Music, White Crepe Paper, 2 Chip­board Hearts, Dina Wak­ley Media Ruby Acrylic Paint, 16 Gauge Wire, Dia­mond Glaze, Maya Road Red Glit­ter, White Embroi­dery Floss, Red & White Bak­er’s Twine, Martha Stew­art Crys­tal Coarse Glit­ter, Ranger Mul­ti Medi­um-Mat­te, Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue, Flocked Flower, Hand­made Pen­ny Can­dy Doll with...

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It is Love ~ Scribbly Bird Tag

Feb 3, 2015

Since the birds are pret­ty hap­py Spring is com­ing and have been chirp­ing non-stop out­side my win­dow and Valen­tine’s Day is just around the cor­ner I decid­ed to cre­ate this tag using Dina Wak­ley’s Scrib­bly Birds and Col­lage Hearts stamp sets. I think her stamp sets are some of the most unique on the mar­ket as all are cre­at­ed from images she has drawn in her art jour­nals. This tag is lay­ered with a Jen­ni Bowl­in Sten­cil, Ranger Tex­ture Paste, Dina Wak­ley Media Paints, Plat­inum Stick­les, Book Pages, Washi Tape and of course stamped images using Mani­la Card­stock, Jet Black Archival Ink and Dina’s...

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NEW Handmade Penny Candy Dolls

Jan 29, 2015

I’ve added two new doll designs to my Etsy Shop. These Hand­made Pen­ny Can­dy Dolls are cre­at­ed by me from vin­tage dolls in my col­lec­tion. They are per­fect to alter for art projects or jew­el­ry designs. Each set includes 3 dolls per pack and mea­sure approx­i­mate­ly 2.25″ tall. Since these are all hand­made each doll will be unique and have its own vin­tage charm. I ship Flat Rate so please email me if you wish to pur­chase more than one item as I can get sev­er­al pur­chas­es in the same box. My email address is...

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Scrap & Stamp Arts

Jan 27, 2015

I’m real­ly hap­py to tell you that I am fea­tured in the upcom­ing Feb/Mar issue of Scrap & Stamp Arts mag­a­zine. On pages 36–39 I share lots of cre­ative ideas for stor­ing art sup­plies, tools and more in my home stu­dio. The best part is these items can be found inex­pen­sive­ly in thrift shops and antique stores and will give your home stu­dio a warm wel­com­ing feel­ing to you and your guests. I hope you take a look and find some cre­ative stor­age ideas that work per­fect­ly for you in your...

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Ranger Designer Challenge 2015

Jan 16, 2015

It’s always so excit­ing to be invit­ed to par­tic­i­pate in the Ranger Design­er Chal­lenge. Basi­cal­ly how it works is Ranger picks a prod­uct line to fea­ture, sends the design­ers a box of the prod­ucts and you cre­ate a project using these prod­ucts. This year the chal­lenge was a can­vas using Dina Wak­ley’s Media paints, sten­cils and stamps. Talk about a fun chal­lenge. I also used some Tim Holtz Dis­tress Stick­les Dry Glit­ter Rocky Can­dy and of course Dia­mond Stick­les. I have fall­en in love with Dina’s Media paints. They come in a tube with a flip top and are heavy body acrylics that spread like but­ter! I already have her new col­ors Glitz, Ster­ling and Pen­ny on my list of “Must Have Now” as well as Dina’s super cool new Media Fine Tip Appli­ca­tor. These...

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