Estes Park

Apr 30, 2013

Fri­day, morn­ing I jumped out of bed just as I did as a child Christ­mas morn­ing. I was so excit­ed to get to wan­der around town with Ron­da before my After­noon Tea class, because well, you all know laugh­ter fol­lows us where ever we go. Before walk­ing out of my room I had to take a peek out the bed­room win­dow and this is what I saw… a per­fect sun­ny, blue sky Col­orado morn­ing. Talk about mak­ing me real­ly get a jump start on my Texas makeover. But before get­ting ready, I quick­ly got side tracked watch­ing birds and the cutest lit­tle chip­munk stuff his cheeks full of bird seeds. They were just out­side this win­dow singing and scur­ry­ing about. The chip­munk was super busy fill­ing his cheeks with bird seeds, run­ning off to...

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Studio Accents

Mar 28, 2013

Some of you emailed me ask­ing to see a few things clos­er up so here ya go. I find it fun to add per­son­al touch­es to my work area and when you are a col­lec­tor of many things like I am it’s easy to do. These are a few lit­tle fig­urines I’ve col­lect­ed from Good­will and oth­er Thrift Stores. I enjoy tuck­ing them (that is until I have to dust them) in among oth­er decor items. I think of them as lit­tle unex­pect­ed sur­pris­es.  The two small­er pho­tos are of fig­urines sit­ting on the pie crust table. I have the squir­rel posi­tioned so it is hid­ing behind the berry bas­ket filled with adhe­sives yet peek­ing out from in front of a chair. This is how my broth­er’s trum­pet, old home­stead Clorox bot­tle and farm­ing...

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DIY Yarn Bird Nest

Mar 4, 2013

As much as I love the win­ter I do have to admit I love cre­at­ing home decor items for spring. I can tell spring is on it’s way because  the still­ness of our win­ter morn­ings is being replaced with the chirp­ing of birds, yards in the neigh­bor­hood are turn­ing green and the land­scap­ing is start­ing to bud which means soon they will be in full bloom. So in hon­or of the fast approach­ing spring sea­son I thought I would cre­ate a sweet lit­tle bird’s nest from yarn. I still need to fin­ish dec­o­rat­ing mine but thought I would share with you how I cre­at­ed mine so you can get start­ed mak­ing yours. The process is pret­ty sim­ple. You will need yarn, cling wrap and a mold for your nest. I used a jel­lo mold...

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Maya Road Sneak Peek ~ Wood Bird Cages

Jan 8, 2013

In between book projects, I squeezed in a lit­tle cre­ative time to make some small CHA projects for Maya Road. I must say, I’m LOVING the new Wood Bird Cages (page 1 in the cat­a­log) and 4″ x 6″ Card Sen­ti­ment Words Stamp Set (page 4 in the cat­a­log). This tag was fun and pret­ty quick to cre­ate. I start­ed with an Inkssen­tials #8 Mani­la Tag and cov­ered it with Pink Paislee pat­terned paper. I then used the Maya Road Ornate Feath­ered Friends 4″ x 6″ stamp set as a back­ground stamp (page 15 in the cat­a­log). I then machine stitched a straight stitch all around the inside edge of the tag and dis­tressed and inked the edges. Tip: I leave the stamps on the clear sheet as the come when pur­chased then ink the stamps with...

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EnviroTex Memento Key Chain

Jan 4, 2013

Here is anoth­er key­chain I cre­at­ed as a gift for Christ­mas. This one was for my mom. I start­ed by cut­ting a piece of wall­pa­per from the old home­stead that mom and I peeled off the wall one sum­mer. I then placed the wall­pa­per piece inside the heart bezel. Using a paint­brush I cov­ered the wall­pa­per with three coats of Nunn Designs Glue allow­ing the glue to dry thor­ough­ly between coats. I then mixed a small batch of Envi­ro­Tex Resin and filled the bezel halfway. I set this aside and let it cure for 12 hours. Remem­ber there is no need to waste any of your resin. If you don’t have anoth­er charm you want to cre­ate, cre­ate resin paper by plac­ing the paper onto wax paper or foil and brush the left­over resin onto the papers...

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Ornamental Christmas

Dec 5, 2012

Orna­men­tal Christ­mas is a PDF com­pi­la­tion of my 5 very pop­u­lar orna­ment projects: Joyeux Noel Star Joyeux Noel Snowflake Hap­py Christ­mas Gift Card Hold­er Santa’s Angel Baby Season’s Greet­ings Bird Orna­ments The com­plete sup­ply list is includ­ed, which lists all the items need­ed to recre­ate each orna­ment. You may also use sim­i­lar items you already have on hand in your craft­ing sup­plies. This way you can recre­ate these orna­ments to fit your hol­i­day theme and style. Step-by-step instruc­tions for each project are includ­ed, with col­or pho­tos of each orna­ment as well as PDF’s of scanned vin­tage papers I’ve col­lect­ed dur­ing my antique and thrift store shop­ping. You can fol­low this link to pur­chase an option­al Orna­men­tal Christ­mas Kit, which includes some of the sup­plies need­ed to recre­ate these orna­ments. Please Note: This tem­plate and...

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Season’s Greetings ~ Bird ~ Ornament Kit

Nov 14, 2012

This mini kit includes the fol­low­ing prod­ucts: 1‑Chipboard Bird w/ 2 chip­board wings, 2‑Vintage But­tons, 1‑Holly Leaf, 2‑Mini Fab­ric Flow­ers, 1‑Jump Ring, 1‑Silver Jin­gle Bell, 1‑Season’s Greet­ings Ban­ner, 1‑Sheet of 3–2” x 3”Vintage Sheet Music, 3–2” x 3” Vin­tage Ledger Paper & 3–2” x 3” Vin­tage Bin­go Cards I’ve col­lect­ed and scanned for your per­son­al use., Red & White Baker’s Twine, Col­or Pho­to with Instruc­tions Items NOT includ­ed: Crys­tal Coarse Glit­ter, Dia­mond & Plat­inum Stick­les, and Vin­tage Pho­to Dis­tress Ink To pur­chase the Sea­son’s Greet­ings ~ Bird ~ Orna­ment Kit click HERE to view oth­er items in my online store click HERE. I real­ly want to thank all of you who pur­chased my orna­ment kits and Hand­made Frozen Char­lotte Dolls… you have kept me mighty busy with pack­ing and ship­ping....

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UTEE, Resin & Sculpey Clay Charms

Oct 30, 2012

I’ve had so much fun this past week exper­i­ment­ing with UTEE, Resin and Sculpey Clay. At the moment it’s a charm par­adise in my craft­room. The acorn charm is made from UTEE. I hunt­ed all over my back­yard for the per­fect­ly shaped acorn so I could make a mold of it. I found one and think this charm came out so cute. The top of the acorn is the actu­al acorn top I glit­tered and attached to the UTEE acorn. I cov­ered the entire acorn with a thin lay­er of resin. The bird charm is cre­at­ed out of Sculpey Clay, embossed with a Melt Art Tex­ture Tread, paint­ed and cov­ered with a thin lay­er of resin. The always be amaz­ing charm is cre­at­ed using Sculpey Clay, resin paper but­ter­flies, glass glit­ter and topped with...

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Maya Road Sneak Peek 3

Jan 22, 2012

I’m real­ly lik­ing all the wood items Maya Road is releas­ing at CHA. You can alter these in so many dif­fer­ent ways. I applied watered down Espres­so Brown Maya Mist on the Wood­en Doily then once dry light­ly rubbed a Maya Road Gold Ink Pad around the edges. This gave the doily a nice aged look. Next, I paint­ed the entire top side of the Wood­en Bird with a thin lay­er of acrylic paint, while the paint was still wet I sprin­kled a light coat­ing of Maya Road Iri­des­cent Glit­ter on top. Once the paint was dry I cov­ered the top of the bird with two lay­ers of Dia­mond Glaze, mak­ing sure it dried com­plete­ly in between each lay­er. The top of the bird is accent­ed with vin­tage but­tons, a piece of Vin­tage Rhine­stone...

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Maya Road Sneak Peeks Day 1

Jan 20, 2012

Final­ly the day is here… Maya Road Sneak Peeks have begun. I tell ya I don’t think I could have wait­ed anoth­er day. I’ve been so inspired with this win­ter release and want to share, share, share. I know I say this every time but I hon­est­ly do believe it… this is their BEST RELEASE ever! So many awe­some new items. Okay, on to today’s project. One of my favorite new items are the Wood Vin­tage Birds. Each pack­age con­tains 5 styles & 10 birds that are just wait­ing for you to alter. They range in mea­sure­ments from 1.5″ to 3″ and are per­fect to paint, ink, glit­ter etc. I had fun paint­ing, ink­ing, crack­ling and glit­ter­ing the fat chub­by bird. He looks like a win­ter bird sit­ting in the snow all fluffed up...

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The Art of Felting

Jan 11, 2012

I’ve been play­ing around with sev­er­al new medi­ums late­ly and felt­ing has been the lat­est one. It has always intrigued me and I find tak­ing wool rov­ing and shap­ing it into some­thing is quite relax­ing, that is unless your my dad. Then, well… it’s not so relax­ing. I taught him and mom how to do it dur­ing their Christ­mas vis­it and he was not too impressed. He’s decid­ed to stick to wood­carv­ing. But I do have a star and a bird that they both com­plet­ed that I’ll show you tomor­row. They did a great job. I decid­ed to take this felt­ed heart and cov­er it with small scraps of stamped muslin, linen and burlap then accent them with vin­tage but­tons, pearls and charms. I attached two jump rings at the top of the heart...

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What a journey…

Nov 21, 2011

Way back in 2005 nev­er in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would end up where I am today. I have been blessed with guid­ance, encour­age­ment, deter­mi­na­tion, a lit­tle bit of tal­ent and end­less sup­port from fam­i­ly and friends. I am lucky and I know and appre­ci­ate it great­ly. I try my best to give back and help those try­ing to break into this indus­try and feel a bit of my suc­cess is pos­i­tive Kar­ma com­ing back my way. So the next bit of fun that has come my way is work­ing with these three won­der­ful ladies… Ron­da Palaz­zari, Kris­tii Lockart and Karin Aguirre. They are mem­bers of my “Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion” Design Team. Yes, I am now coor­di­nat­ing my very own Design Team. I know there is no way I can show the ver­sa­til­i­ty of my...

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Thrift Store Storage Containers…

Aug 31, 2011

It is cer­tain­ly no secret how much I love going to thrift stores and antique shops. I have shared my love of this many a time on my blog. I love the thrill of the hunt and nev­er know­ing what you will find around each cor­ner. I thought it would be nice to show you what I do with some of the finds as they make me very hap­py in my scrap­room. There is just some­thing so calm­ing look­ing at and using items from days gone by. This lit­tle planter was my grand­moth­er’s. I just stuck some bat­ting in the open­ing, cov­ered it with mate­r­i­al I found in the rem­nant sec­tion of my favorite resale shop and now use it as a pin cush­ion. It’s per­fect for my Maya Road pins and sewing nee­dles....

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Quick and Easy Mini Album

Aug 29, 2011

A lit­tle bird once said…  Here is the mini album I told you I would share, last week. It is one of Ter­ri I did for her, her senior year in High School in 2006. It seems like it was just yes­ter­day, we were tak­ing these pho­tos. Now Ans­ley is a senior. Peo­ple are not kid­ding when they say time flies! It does and FAST. The chip­board and flower embell­ish­ments on the cov­er of the album are by Maya Road that I altered using crack­le paint, glit­ter and Dia­mond Stick­les. I cov­ered the back of each page with a sol­id piece of pat­terned paper, this was Scenic Route… sure do miss them… the front of the remain­ing album pages I cov­ered with pat­terned paper, pat­terned paper strips cut using dec­o­ra­tive scis­sors, a pho­to and jour­nal­ing....

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Bird Nest Charm

May 9, 2011

I’ve been notic­ing a lot of bird nest charms being cre­at­ed late­ly and thought I would give mak­ing one a try over the week­end. It’s not per­fect, yet not too bad for a first attempt either. So you have a ref­er­ence point this charm is about the size of a quar­ter. The cre­ative process is pret­ty sim­ple… just thread a bead for each child in your fam­i­ly onto 26 gauge wire (I used 24 gauge but think the 26 would look nicer), twist the wire near the beads to secure them in place, then just wrap the wire around and around and around the beads until you get the birds nest to the size you like. I then cut two pieces of wire to about 2 inch­es in length and wrapped them around the...

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My work in progress necklace

Apr 27, 2011

Remem­ber this blog post about the Stan­ley Ruler Neck­lace. Well I’ve been adding baubles to it here and there and love how it’s com­ing togeth­er. I attached some Tim Holtz idea-olo­gy Baubles and an Adorn­ment Bird Charm as well as some keys I’ve had in my stash for quite a long time. I real­ly like the eclec­tic feel of this neck­lace. Today, I’ll be pack­ing for my trip to Ranger U and try­ing to get one more book project com­plet­ed before I leave. If I do, this means I’ll only have 4 left to com­plete when I get home. May 9th is the final dead­line then book #2 will be on it’s way to the edi­tor....

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Creativity Blooms

Apr 12, 2011

It’s time for anoth­er Mem­o­ry Mak­ers Blog Bounce. This time we got to play with all the prod­ucts from the Mak­ing Mem­o­ries Dil­ly Dal­ly Line. This line is per­fect for spring. I real­ly enjoyed play­ing with their Pat­terned Papers, Alpha and Ban­ner Stamps, Stick­ers and Rub On Pack, Alpha Shim­mer Stick­ers, Glit­ter Paper Flow­ers, Fab­ric Flow­ers and Die Cut But­ter­flies. They are per­fect to cre­ate spring cards, tags and projects. Once I got start­ed cre­at­ing I kept think­ing of oth­er cute things I could make and kept going and going. Real­ly the Dil­ly Dal­ly Line is so inspir­ing. If you want a chance to win a won­der­ful Dil­ly Dal­ly Give­away click here to find out more. I cre­at­ed a spring card using the pat­terned papers, stamp set and stick­ers. I cut the bird out...

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I will be making more…

Apr 8, 2011

This egg was real­ly fun to make and was the per­fect cre­ative break I need­ed yes­ter­day. I’ve been writ­ing, writ­ing and writ­ing all week and can final­ly see the light at the end of that long, long tun­nel. It was­n’t easy find­ing sup­plies to use so thank good­ness I still have my fin­gers and a super worn out paint­brush. I plan on mak­ing a few more with dif­fer­ent designs to fill the bird nests I made a while back. Okay, back to writ­ing… just had to share my sweet lit­tle egg with you all. Have a great...

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Did a little Thrifting yesterday…

Mar 24, 2011

I love to shop at Frisco Resale because not only do you find awe­some things but the mon­ey goes back into our com­mu­ni­ty to help those in need. It’s a win, win sit­u­a­tion. As you can see in the pho­to it was a good finds kin­da day. I found a nice sil­ver­plat­ed tray and plan on doing this with it. I’m on the look­out for anoth­er one as I real­ly like how the two look togeth­er. This will be a pret­ty way to keep reminders and oth­er things out in front of me. And I plan on using vin­tage but­ton mag­nets my dad made me to attach those reminders too. They’ll work per­fect­ly. The book I found is going to be torn and turned into this bird and paper flower wreath some­day after my...

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Paying it forward

Mar 21, 2011

A while back I talked about pay­ing it for­ward on face­book and stat­ed if any­one want­ed help in sub­mit­ting I would glad­ly help them as I feel it’s my duty to pay it for­ward. I cer­tain­ly did not get where I am today in this indus­try with­out a lit­tle help and guid­ance from oth­ers along the way. I must say it does amaze me as to how many peo­ple will not help oth­ers advance. I’m not sure if it’s inse­cu­ri­ties on their part and feel the per­son might be bet­ter than them or just flat out not car­ing or want­i­ng to take the time to help oth­ers. This indus­try cer­tain­ly has room for more cre­ative peo­ple. New peo­ple keep things fresh and excit­ing and I love to see fresh and excit­ing cre­ations. So I...

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Oh Pinterest…

Mar 18, 2011

Do you Pin­ter­est? I sure do. My good­ness this site can suck hours out of your day before it even starts. But I have to tell you it has so many won­der­ful DIY projects I can hard­ly stand it so if you don’t you need to check it out. The oth­er day while I was “research­ing” as I call it, I came across this super cute Birds Nest Tuto­r­i­al using paper mache and shred­ded brown lunch bags or dic­tio­nary pages. Yes­ter­day, I could not take it any longer and had to make one although, I made mine small­er they they did in Coun­try Liv­ing. So I pulled out our paper shred­der and two brown paper lunch bags and got to busi­ness. Sup­plies Used: Col­lage Pauge Instant Decoupage Mat­te, Water, Shred­ded lunch bags, foil, plas­tic...

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