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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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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Sweet Darling ~ Card

Oct 16, 2013

Seam Binding and Archival Ink make for a fabulous combination. I wanted a little something different for the title of my card so I decided to stamp the wording onto seam binding. This effect reminds me of the cute satin tags I’ve seen on baby items in antique shops. And the best thing is this is a beautiful and super simple way to create unique titles for cards, tags and layouts. I mean really could it get any simpler? We are talking, ink & stamp, that’s it! The patterned paper used on this card is by Pink Paislee. It’s their Cottage Farms Collection. What I love so much about this line is that it can look vintage or modern. I tell ya, that Rebecca is so awesomely talented and super sweet. I’m thrilled that...

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A Kiss on the Chic’s Creative Retreat ~ Bellagio Day 4

Oct 1, 2012

September 21st, was the last day of the retreat. After I taught my Antiquated Curiosities Shadow Box class Caroline and I ate lunch and headed out for a walk to go see the harbor side of Bellagio. Talk about worth every single grueling step up and down all the hills and many, many, many sets of steps. I told her I felt like I was at ultimate fat camp and the only thing instead of chocolate being dangled in front of me to keep me going was the gorgeous view around each and every turn along our path. Photo 1 is of the amazing classroom. Photo 2 is the view from the amazing classroom. Photo 3 was taken along the short walk to Babayaga where we had a wonderful Cheese Platter, Caprese Salad and Pizza....

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A Kiss on the Chic’s Creative Retreat ~ Bellagio Day 3

Sep 30, 2012

September 20th, everyone got up bright and early to ride the ferry from Bellagio to Como to do some site seeing and and of course some much needed shopping.  The ferry ride down to Como was filled with beautiful sites all along to way. Photo 1 was the view of Lake Como from our front door. I loved hearing the church bells chime and watching the sun rise and highlightthe mountains. Photos 2, 3 and 4 were taken at the Ferry landing in Bellagio. It is just a short walk from the hotel and really pretty first thing in the morning. Photos 5, 6 and 7 were taken while riding the ferry down to Como. I’m not kidding when I say every single second you want to take a photo. Photos 8, 9, 10,...

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A Kiss on the Chic’s Creative Retreat ~ Bellagio Day 2

Sep 29, 2012

September 19th was day 2 of the retreat for me and Caroline. Classes started at 9:30 and I instantly started photographing the classroom. It was absolutely stunning. The opened windows allowed for a gentle breeze to enter the room as well as the sounds of birds and church bells. The group of ladies who attended this retreat were wonderful, fun and full of joy. It was a true pleasure to get to know each and every one and I hope our paths cross again. Photos 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 show just how amazing the classroom was… well as amazing as I could capture it in a photo. Honestly, these do not do this room justice at all. Seeing it in person is awe inspiring. All the details from floor to ceiling...

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Deadline is Coming Up FAST!

Feb 9, 2012

I’m so looking forward to attending this retreat with these awesome ladies (Debby, Laura & Stacey) in Lake Como, this September. Tammy had to work the Sizzix booth so she missed getting into the photo. And since the deadline for this amazing retreat is quickly approaching Laura asked us to pass along this info. Are you ready for an UNFORGETTABLE Experience? Would you like time away to RELAX & ENJOY beautiful Italy? Do you love to CREATE and be INSPIRED? How about combining ALL THE THINGS into a WONDERFUL week of PURE ENJOYMENT! Well, “A Kiss on the Chic” is going to Bellagio, Italy and we want YOU to JOIN US!!!! Yes, we are going to have a WEEK LONG event THIS September 15th~22nd, 2012 on the beautiful shores of Lake Como, Italy! This...

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Bellagio Italy Retreat December Special

Nov 29, 2011

I wanted to let you know of a Christmas SPECIAL Laura is having for her awesome ITALY RETREAT. It only lasts until the end of December, so don’t miss out! She knows some of you want to join us next September 15th- 22nd, 2012 but right now you have extra expenses and can’t spend the $550 for the first payment to secure your spot. SO… from now until January 1st, you can RESERVE YOUR SPOT for $100! Yes, if you want to join us next September in Lake Como, Italy for a week long DREAM vacation of relaxing, creating and touring the lake side villages of Bellagio, Italy, YOU can SIGN UP NOW FOR $100 and reserve your spot!! Just go to the REGISTRATION PAGE and you will see the “RESERVE YOUR SPOT“ button....

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So THRILLED to be a part of this event…

Aug 23, 2011

Thrilled really does not even begin to explain how excited I am to be a part of this event. It has been so hard keeping this a secret.  “A Kiss on the Chic Bellagio Retreat” is going to be awesome and teaching with Laura McCollough, Tammy Tutterow and Debby Schuh is going to be the icing on the cake. Click HERE to read about registering for the event and HERE to see the incredible accommodations. I cannot wait! And as you can see below, the itinerary Laura put together is packed with loads of fun. I hope to see you there! Itinerary & Daily Schedule:September 15 – 22, 2012 (schedule may change) Saturday, September 15: Arrive Milan throughout the day and be transferred to beautiful Bellagio, Italy. 3:00pm Check-in at the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni’s Apartments or...

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