Owl Charms

Dec 31, 2012

My sis­ter, Belin­da has a seri­ous love of owls. She likes the fun whim­si­cal style so I thought I would cre­ate a few charms for her to wear. I print­ed off some owl images using my laser print­er then cut them to fit the bezels shown above. Using a paint brush I applied Nunn Design Glue inside each bezel then placed the image on top of the glue press­ing down with my fin­ger to make sure I removed any air bub­bles. Then I applied a lay­er of the glue on top of each image, let­ting it dry com­plete­ly then applied anoth­er lay­er of glue. Once dry I accent­ed the images with Dia­mond Stick­les. After the Stick­les dried I applied Judi Kins Gel du Soleil and used a Judi Kins UV Lamp. This prod­uct is dif­fer­ent than...

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Family is Everything

Dec 26, 2012

This is the can­vas I cre­at­ed for Mom. I made her a fam­i­ly tree sor­ta can­vas. You will see me at the top as I’m the old­est, then I placed my two daugh­ters Ter­ri and Ans­ley under­neath me. Next is my broth­er Richard, then my sis­ter Belin­da and her kids Aman­da, Brit­tain, Made­lyn and Isabel­la (Bel­lie). I cre­at­ed this can­vas using the Maya Road Por­trait Chip­board pieces, Clau­dine Hell­muth Stu­dio Acrylic Paint Char­coal Black, Tra­di­tion­al Tan and Blank Can­vas. I accent­ed the sides using the Heart sten­cil by Dina Wak­ley as the hearts were the per­fect size for this piece. I traced mine onto the sides using a pen­cil then using a paint brush filled them in with black paint and white accents. I paint­ed each por­trait chip­board piece using black paint. Once dry...

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A Shabby Christmas with Maya Road

Dec 13, 2012

Gosh it’s been a while since I last post­ed on my blog. I had to dust off the keys. This year, I’m mak­ing all my Christ­mas gifts so my still incred­i­bly orga­nized craft­room has had a flur­ry of glit­ter going on in it. Besides Christ­mas gifts it’s CHA prep time and book projects that are freak­ing me out but enough of that stress lets get on to this fun project. I thought of a cute idea when I found this lit­tle tro­phy in my scrap­book stash and just had to make this home decor accent or orna­ment (which ever you pre­fer) and of course share with all my blog read­ers. This shab­by tree is real­ly fun to make. Here are the basic sup­plies I used… small plas­tic tro­phy, Sisal Christ­mas Tree, Clau­dine Hell­muth Stu­dio...

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Love ~ Canvas

Aug 31, 2012

Before I share this can­vas tuto­r­i­al which is super fun and not dif­fi­cult to recre­ate at all I want to let you know about an awe­some give­away iLove­ToCre­ate is hav­ing on their blog. I real­ly love their Aleene’s adhe­sives and use them all the time. Well you have a chance to win my lat­est book “Delight In The Sea­sons” AND a won­der­ful assort­ment of Aleene’s adhe­sives. You can vis­it their blog HERE to enter their give­away. Ok now for the tuto­r­i­al. You will need a gallery wrapped can­vas, vin­tage ledger paper, vin­tage sheet music, Fiskars Round n’ Round Squeeze Punch­es Extra Large & Large, doilies, Maya Road Mini Chip­board Alphas (Love is the new Upper­case Lisa), Paint Brush, Clau­dine Hell­muth Stu­dio Mul­ti-Medi­um ~ Mat­te, Clau­dine Hell­muth Stu­dio Paint Tra­di­tion­al Tan, Blank Can­vas & Char­coal...

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Took a quick trip…

Oct 12, 2011

I decid­ed to go to Beau­mont over the week­end for some antique and thrift store shop­ping as well as hit this won­der­ful flea mar­ket. Mom, dad and I were up and out ear­ly Fri­day, Sat­ur­day and Sun­day and found some AWESOME items for me to use in upcom­ing class projects and work­shops. I was so hap­py. I just give mom and dad a list of items I’m look­ing for and they are off and run­ning. They scored some great finds for me this trip. Those two are keep­ers I tell ya. I took a few pho­tos of some of the items we found. I have box­es filled with great vin­tage stuff. But some I’m gonna keep a secret as a girl can’t share all her sur­pris­es… can she? We found salt and pep­per shak­ers,...

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Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabbers

Feb 11, 2011

I bet you were expect­ing anoth­er tag using Per­fect Pearls? Well this one fea­tures Ranger’s Adiron­dack Acrylic Paint Dab­bers. When using paint I find it most inspir­ing to cre­ate whim­si­cal pieces with brighter col­ors rather than my usu­al vin­tage style and shades. Kin­da strange when I think about it. Also, did you notice I used my Can­vas Album as inspi­ra­tion for this tag? If you did, you are a very devot­ed blog­ger. I always find it fun to use items around my scrap­room to cre­ate designs… one of the sim­plest things to cre­ate are pol­ka dots with the non-bris­tle end of my paint­brush­es. All you do is dip the end of the brush into the lid of the paint­brush and start cre­at­ing dots. Clean up is super sim­ple too. All you have to do...

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Pink Carnations

Feb 9, 2011

This tag uses all four of the new Per­fect Pearl col­ors from Ranger’s new Con­fec­tions Set. I real­ly like Pink Gum­ball as I think it is the per­fect shade of pink for tint­ing flow­ers. And Wendy’s but­ter­fly stamp is the per­fect accent to go over sheet music. I love how you can make Per­fect Pearls show in a sub­tle way by dry brush­ing them on (but­ter­fly image) or mix­ing them with water or Per­fect Pearl Mists on your non-stick craft sheet and apply­ing them with a paint brush like water­col­ors (pink car­na­tions). I had lots of fun with this tag. As you know or have fig­ured out by now I love mak­ing paper flow­ers and when you add Per­fect Pearls and Stick­les to that list I am hav­ing loads of fun. Sup­plies Used: Per­fect...

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Noel Tag

Dec 9, 2010

Today, I decid­ed to cre­ate a tag using some of my favorite things. It’s fun gath­er­ing sup­plies when all the while you have no clue what it is you’re going to cre­ate. I gath­ered and gath­ered (Vin­tage Images, Cream Felt, Maya Road Chip­board Snowflakes, Fine Sil­ver Ger­man Glass Glit­ter, Sisal Trees a.k.a. bot­tle brush trees, Self Adhe­sive Pearls, Mica, Dia­mond & Plat­inum Stick­les, Tiny Alphas and Fiskars Punch­es) until my work area was filled with inspir­ing prod­ucts. In the end this is what I cre­at­ed. It will be a gift tag for some­one’s gift this Christ­mas. The Fiskars Extra Large Postage Stamp Squeeze Punch is a great punch. I real­ly like the size the punched image cre­ates and if you out­line the images with Plat­inum Stick­les and accent them with Dia­mond Stick­les it makes...

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And finally we are done…

Aug 18, 2010

Oh I do not miss those stripes and stars for one sec­ond… not a tear was shed when they got cov­ered by this gor­geous col­or by Valspar. It is called Prairie Brush and I love it. Now I walk into a room that looks like this… Every sin­gle prod­uct is in its place and every sin­gle draw­er, box and nook and cran­ny has been cleaned out. It feels so good. I love that I final­ly have a spot for my Under­wood type­writer… this poor thing has been all over the house.  I still need to hang a shelf over the one you see for items that I need but do not use all that often. And I want to dig around some thrift stores to find some vin­tage prints to hang on the wall....

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Scraproom Makeover

Aug 16, 2010

I have not fall­en off the face of the earth… just been lost in my scrap­room. Last week­end my friend Lisa E. came over and helped me clean out my scrap­room… let me just say if you need to clean out yours she is the one to get to help as she will make SURE you stay on task and get it done… nine hours lat­er I had every shelf, draw­er, nook and cran­ny, AND the clos­et cleaned out. Noth­ing was left untouched. We filled the trunk of her car and half the back seat with prod­ucts to sell in a garage sale. So with all of this said yes­ter­day my sweet daugh­ters, son-in-law, hus­band and pret­ty much adopt­ed daugh­ter Mer­cy came and helped emp­ty out my scrap­room so the painters could paint my...

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Copic Markers and Silk Flowers

Mar 17, 2010

These two make a won­der­ful com­bi­na­tion. I picked up a bunch of cheap super pale yel­low silk flow­ers at JoAnns sev­er­al months ago. I fig­ured I would use them for some project as their size was per­fect. Well over the week­end while I was putting away, throw­ing out and orga­niz­ing my scrap­room I start­ed think­ing about dye­ing them dif­fer­ent col­ors but want­ed a super fast and easy way. Well just then I had my cop­ic mark­ers in my hand and made a note to myself to give it a try once I was fin­ished with my scrap­room. Sup­plies Used: Martha Stew­art Crys­tal Coarse Glit­ter, Col­lage Pauge Instant Decoupage — Glossy, Cop­ic Ciao Mark­er R22 — Light Prawn, Silk Flower, Paint­brush, Tweez­ers All I did was col­or the entire flower using the Super Brush end...

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Favorite Blog Posts of 2009

Dec 31, 2009

Well we are all back home safe and sound. It was nice get­ting to see the fam­i­ly over the hol­i­days but it sure does feel good sleep­ing in your own bed. Since it is New Year’s Eve and I can­not help but reflect on all the things that hap­pened in 2009 I thought it would be fun to post all my favorite blog posts over the past year. So below you will find a list of my favorites. I hope they are some of your favorites too. A Lit­tle Valen­tine Tuto­r­i­al Be Mine One Lit­tle Text 100 Com­plet­ed Fab­ric Flower Love You Tag Vin­tage But­ton Bou­quet Pho­to Hold­er using Sewing Pat­tern Flower Book Page Flower Faux Vin­tage Millinery Pin Tis­sue Paper Flower Sewing Pat­tern Flower Scal­lop Paper Lace In Antic­i­pa­tion Sim­ple Leaf Pick Lot­tie’s...

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Crepe Paper Ornament and Bottle Brush Trees

Dec 5, 2009

Fri­day night I was lucky enough to get to chat online as a guest with a bunch of Fisk-a-teers dur­ing their online crop. I tell ya if you want to chat with a fun group…you want to make sure you attend the next one. Before the chat I cre­at­ed these two projects in their hon­or. So I thought I would share the step by step instruc­tions for the orna­ment with you. (no instruc­tions for the large tree at the bot­tom of this post as I think you can fig­ure it out pret­ty sim­ply) You can make a sim­i­lar orna­ment for your­self by chang­ing the col­or of the crepe paper (Red, Green or Blue), Maya Road Maya Mists (Red) and beads. This is a real­ly fun orna­ment to make and you all know I have...

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Let it Snow…

Dec 4, 2009

I got­ta say I am impressed with myself today… two big blog posts in one day.… As promised here are the instruc­tions for this sweet snow­man orna­ment that was part of Deb­by’s 12 Days of Home for the Hol­i­days. You want to make sure to keep check­ing Deb­by’s blog because she has a new design­er fea­tured each day. I love read­ing how oth­ers pre­serve their hol­i­day tra­di­tions. How do you pre­serve yours? Instruc­tions: Using a paint­brush apply Mani­la paint all along the sides of your paper mache orna­ment, let dry. Cov­er the top of your orna­ment with vin­tage sheet music. Using Col­or­Box Flu­id Chalk Ink — Creamy Brown, ink the edges of the paper mache orna­ment. Using a paint­brush apply Col­lage Pauge Decoupage — Glossy all over the top of the vin­tage sheet music...

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Altered Cabinet Card

Nov 2, 2009

My “A Very Vin­tage Christ­mas” work­shop starts today so in its hon­or I fig­ured I would have a very vin­tage project. I found this old cab­i­net card placed between some very old Christ­mas cards that have been in the fam­i­ly for near­ly 60 years. No one rec­og­nized these two young ladies and there was no name on the back so I decid­ed to make their pho­to into a per­ma­nent hol­i­day orna­ment to enjoy each year. These ladies seemed to be in such a gaze that I decid­ed to have them look­ing out a win­dow, maybe at the new­ly fall­en snow or eager­ly antic­i­pat­ing the arrival of a wel­comed hol­i­day guest. Which ever it may be, I’m pret­ty hap­py with how this came out and cer­tain­ly see a new addic­tion in my future. If you...

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Noel…

Oct 29, 2009

And for you, SURPRISE anoth­er Christ­mas project. I have a feel­ing this year Old Fash­ioned Mica Snowflakes are going to be on every­thing! For the time being this lit­tle gem will sit in my curio cab­i­net until I can find it’s per­fect lit­tle hol­i­day spot.  I love how the light catch­es the glit­ter, tin­sel and mica snowflakes… it is so spark­ly. Tomor­row, I will share a lit­tle project that will make the cutest hol­i­day swap gift. Instruc­tions: First pull out the cord hang­er on the orna­ment as you will not need it. Paint a cube shaped paper mache orna­ment using a Mani­la col­ored acrylic paint. Once dry ink light­ly the edges using Col­or­Box Flu­id Chalk Ink in Creamy Brown. While the orna­ment is dry­ing bleach three dif­fer­ent sized Bot­tle Brush trees (4.5″, 3.5″, 2.5″)...

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A Happy Christmas…

Oct 28, 2009

Yes it looks as though I skipped Hal­loween and Thanks­giv­ing all togeth­er and went straight to Christ­mas. Hon­est­ly this was not my inten­tion it just kin­da hap­pened… I guess it comes as no sur­prise that I was the kid ready to pull the Christ­mas tree out of the attic the sec­ond I saw any sign of Christ­mas in the stores. Mom and I always had some kind of Christ­mas craft going on each year. I still have the stuffed fab­ric orna­ments we made one year… once we made lots of cute orna­ments using a sim­ple salt and flour dough mix­ture then paint­ed and coat­ed them in var­nish… not sure what hap­pened to those but I’m sure it had some­thing to do with South­east Texas humid­i­ty. Any­way, I could go on and on telling you...

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A Little Winter Wonderland…

Oct 21, 2009

Here is anoth­er sneak peek of a project I cre­at­ed for my “A Very Vin­tage Christ­mas”. You all know I love glit­ter. So com­bine that with bleached bot­tle brush trees, a lit­tle vin­tage rein­deer, some old sheet music and a cus­tom house… well, this only means one thing… I am real­ly in...

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In Anticipation…

Aug 28, 2009

of my upcom­ing work­shop “All Hal­low’s Eve” below is a tuto­r­i­al I put togeth­er show­ing you how to recre­ate this super cute Hal­loween themed Bot­tle Brush Tree. You all are going to love this one… promise! Sup­plies Need­ed: Bot­tle Brush Tree, Clorox Bleach, Maya Road Maya Mists Orange, Gold Mer­cury Glass Beads, Black Seam Bind­ing, Moth­er of Pearl But­ton, Black Embroi­dery Floss, Vin­tage Paper, Gold­en Rod Stick­les, Aleene’s Tacky Glue Tools Need­ed: Scis­sors, Tweez­ers Instruc­tions: In a well ven­ti­lat­ed area or out­side place a mix­ture of 1/3 warm water and 2/3’s Bleach into a glass con­tain­er. The amount made will deter­mine how many trees you will be bleach­ing at one time.  Place tree(s) into mix­ture and let set until bleached.  Once bleach­ing is com­plete remove from mix­ture and allow to dry. Using Maya Road...

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My Little Book of Thoughts…

May 12, 2009

I am not much of a jour­nal keep­er but I love hav­ing some­thing small to jot down a thought or two or make a note so I don’t for­get a moment of inspi­ra­tion or a nice quote. I think it is nice to have a lit­tle some­thing to keep my thoughts not­ed in that I can car­ry along. So this is what I decid­ed to cre­ate using the Book Page Flower from last weeks tuto­ri­als. My very own “Lit­tle Book of Thoughts”.  And I guess you can tell I am real­ly into gold and black paint with crack­ling medi­um. Just love the look so much. Sup­plies Need­ed: Small Jour­nal (approx. 3″ x 4″) Adiron­dack Metallics Acrylic Paints (Gold) DecoArt Crack­ling Medi­um (Weath­ered Wood) Mak­ing Mem­o­ries Acrylic Paint (Asphalt) Book Page Flower Col­or­Box Flu­id Chalk...

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Embellish the Embellishment…

Nov 12, 2008

I do this all the time… espe­cial­ly if what I am about to use already has glit­ter such as these cute lit­tle bells. It seems they nev­er put enough glit­ter on them so I dip a paint brush into some Elmer’s School Glue no run Gel, brush it on the bells, then sprin­kle more glit­ter on top. Once the glue is dry I take my Plat­inum Stick­les and go all around the edge. I feel this gives it that true vin­tage look. Then I put a drop of hot glue from my glue gun in the cen­ter of each bell and add tiny jin­gle bell to each one. Now you have a per­fect­ly embell­ished...

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