A Call To Art for #BringBackOurGirls Online Auction is LIVE

May 15, 2014

If you want to pur­chase some beau­ti­ful art please check out the A Call To Art #Bring­Back­Our­Girls online auc­tion. The auc­tion start­ed this morn­ing and will con­tin­ue until 3PM on May 17th. 3 Wish­es is the can­vas piece I have up for auc­tion. If you wish to bid just click HERE. Not only will the win­ning bid­der get a beau­ti­ful piece of art they will also be help­ing a won­der­ful orga­ni­za­tion, Girl Ris­ing. 3 Wish­es is an 8″ x 8″ one of a kind can­vas. It includes vin­tage items such as hand­made doilies, hand­writ­ten ledger paper, sheet music and book pages. The vin­tage spoon rests upon a stack of vin­tage but­tons and the Frozen Char­lotte Dolls I cre­at­ed from plas­ter using molds made from dolls in my col­lec­tion. The papers are cov­ered in lay­ers of bees wax and...

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Delightful Arty Crush ~ Becky Shander

Feb 11, 2014

“Delight­ful Arty Crush” is a fea­ture I have on my blog which show­cas­es artists who’s work I admire and find inspir­ing. It fea­tures a wide range of artists from col­lage, tex­tile, encaus­tic and lots of oth­er amaz­ing medi­ums. I’m sure you will find each artists work just as inspir­ing as I do and I hope you will vis­it their blogs and oth­er links includ­ed in their fea­ture. The images I share with you are just the tip of the ice­berg in regards to their awe­some­ness. Today, my “Delight­ful Arty Crush” fea­tured artist is, Becky Shan­der. Becky cre­ates with a wide range of items that I find very appeal­ing when com­bined. She cre­ate beau­ti­ful col­lage pieces using ephemera and found objects. Her tex­tiles pieces of all sorts are sim­ply stun­ning and her altered and jew­el­ry...

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Assemblage at Heart

Feb 4, 2014

I am always asked, “What are you going to do with this thing?” when I pur­chase odd items as I’m out and about junk­ing. Hon­est­ly, some­times I have not one clue but I’ve learned from expe­ri­ence if I see some­thing that real­ly intrigues me or some­thing that I’m on the fence about I make the pur­chase. My dad has a say­ing, “You only regret the things you don’t buy.” and he’s right! Today, I thought I would show you what I did with lots of ran­dom items that helped me cre­ate this assem­blage style doll. Now I know this might not be for every­one but I just love her and have her sit­ting on my shelf in my stu­dio. As you can see she is made from lots of dif­fer­ent flea mar­ket and non-flea...

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3 Wishes ~ For Sale

Oct 28, 2013

I’ve decid­ed to start mak­ing art to sell. I have lots of ideas in my head and hope my style of art inspires you to cre­ate your own piece or pur­chase mine. I’ve list­ed this 8″ x 8″ can­vas titled “3 Wish­es” in my Etsy store. This piece is one of a kind and includes vin­tage items such as hand­made doilies, hand­writ­ten ledger paper, sheet music and book pages. The vin­tage spoon rests upon a stack of vin­tage but­tons and the Frozen Char­lotte Dolls I cre­at­ed from plas­ter using molds made from dolls in my col­lec­tion. The papers are cov­ered in lay­ers of bees wax and accent­ed with crys­tal rhine­stones. The price for this piece is $125.00 and includes ship­ping. Here’s to a cre­ative day filled with loads of inspi­ra­tion. If you fol­low me on...

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Milk Glass

Sep 17, 2013

I have a seri­ous love for milk glass. When I spot pieces of it when I’m out look­ing for trin­kets to use in projects I think of every way pos­si­ble I can use it in my stu­dio. So today, I thought I would share with you some of the ways I use the pieces I’ve found. This lit­tle sher­bet dish holds some of my favorite glass but­tons. I placed the lit­tle bird on top of the but­tons just because it looked cute. This is a small ash­tray. I place beads in it when I’m accent­ing embroi­dery pieces or sewing them into flower cen­ters. This is a great way to keep lose beads in one spot when stitch­ing. These items… can­dy dish, cups and saucers, bowl and sug­ar and cream­er are per­fect to use as...

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Button Love

May 21, 2013

If there is one embell­ish­ment that is my go to embell­ish­ment it has to be vin­tage but­tons. I can always find ways to use but­tons on any type project. And if you don’t believe me, well I have the pho­tos to prove it. Just take a look at all the dif­fer­ent type projects I’ve stuck a but­ton or in most cas­es but­tons on. Clear vin­tage glass but­tons and vin­tage shell but­tons accent the cov­er of this mini sam­pler album. Engraved vin­tage moth­er of pearl but­tons adorn this hemp bracelet. But­tons are encased into this nat­ur­al bees wax col­lage can­vas. I attached but­tons to the met­al spoon with embroi­dery floss and to the can­vas back­ground using a strong clear dry­ing liq­uid adhe­sive. But­tons are the per­fect accent for this chick­en wire skirt. Hand sewn but­tons...

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Studio Observations

May 20, 2013

Sev­er­al weeks ago while stay­ing at Ron­da’s and play­ing in her awe­some stu­dio, as I looked around I noticed lots of sim­i­lar­i­ties in the way we dec­o­rate and the prod­ucts we use to cre­ate. Even though our styles are quite dif­fer­ent we do have a love for sim­i­lar things. So while I was notic­ing all the sim­i­lar­i­ties I start­ed snap­ping pho­tos to show you how two total­ly dif­fer­ent artists (I’m a vin­tage neu­tral girl and she is a wild­ly col­or­ful sten­cil girl) can be such great friends. Ron­da uses col­ored but­tons in her art and has them sort­ed and lined up in rain­bow order neat­ly on a shelf were as I use most­ly clear or neu­tral col­ored but­tons and have jars placed here and there in my stu­dio. Ron­da has some of her favorite Trin­ket...

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Vintage Button Bracelet

Feb 7, 2013

This bracelet is seri­ous­ly the eas­i­est bracelet I’ve ever cre­at­ed. I start­ed with the Pat­era Bracelet Small Cir­cle by Nunn Design for the base of my bracelet. I love the aged look of all the Nunn Design items and the qual­i­ty is beyond awe­some. First I select­ed 7 vin­tage shell but­tons that fit nice­ly and secure­ly inside each of the bezels of the bracelet. I did not want any space show­ing between the but­ton and the bezel so I made sure these but­tons were almost an exact fit. Using E6000 as my adhe­sive, I applied a small amount of adhe­sive inside each bezel of the bracelet then pressed a vin­tage shell but­ton on top of the E6000. Next I select­ed 7 addi­tion­al shell but­tons that were slight­ly small­er than the oth­ers. I attached these to the...

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CHA~W 2013 Schedule

Jan 11, 2013

Just one more day until the fun begins and if you’ve got a flair for but­tons make sure to come find me and ask  for one of my “Delight In The Sea­sons” Flair But­tons. I have a lim­it­ed amount of but­tons to pass out and once they’re gone… they’re real­ly gone. Each flair but­ton will have a num­ber writ­ten on the inside. If I blog, tweet or face­book the num­ber that match­es the one on the back of your flair but­ton you win an auto­graphed copy of my book “Delight In The Sea­sons”. Car­o­line will pick the num­ber Mon­day, the 14th around 3 p.m. You must pick up the auto­graphed copy in per­son at the Maya Road booth #565 and have your flair but­ton to ver­i­fy you are the win­ner. If the win­ner does...

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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 Linen Album

Jul 12, 2012

So hap­py to final­ly be able to share the Maya Road Cat­a­log for CHA-Sum­mer. They have some awe­some prod­ucts com­ing out this release and one of my favorite’s is their new 4″ Binder Linen Album that has 3 linen pages and 3 chip­board pages. I fin­ished my mini album using this album just in the knick of time too… I leave bright and ear­ly… no, wait it wont even be bright when I head to the air­port Sat­ur­day morn­ing, just ear­ly… ugh. I’m so not a morn­ing per­son… I just hope while I’m passed out in my seat on the plane I don’t drool. Okay enough of my trav­el­ing and on to my mini album… I had fun alter­ing this album with lots of amaz­ing new prod­uct. Notice the key in the cen­ter, it’s...

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Need some INSPIRATION

Feb 13, 2012

You need to check out the lat­est Maya Road Design­er’s Chal­lenge Inspi­ra­tion Book. Click HERE and you will see some real­ly super cute tags that sev­er­al of the Maya Road design team mem­bers cre­at­ed, after Car­o­line gave us a 7 prod­uct chal­lenge. And I have to show you this super cute neck­lace Shel­ley Hagan­man sent me for my birth­day. She makes the cutest flair but­tons. The flair but­tons for the neck­lace are mag­net­ic so I can put which ever but­ton I feel like wear­ing at the moment. And I must say I do think it is all about keep­ing calm and glit­ter­ing on. I find the glit­ter part eas­i­er than the calm part though… got­ta be hon­est. If you’re not famil­iar with Shel­ley’s etsy store “A Flair for But­tons” you real­ly need to take...

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Upcoming Jewelry Class

Sep 26, 2011

I’m so excit­ed to tell you I will be teach­ing a new class at The Crafty Scrap­per, Sat­ur­day, Octo­ber 15th. The time is still to be deter­mined but I will let you know ASAP. This class is all about hand­made jew­el­ry. You will learn how to cre­ate two dif­fer­ent bracelet styles. One is the pop­u­lar wrap bracelet using but­tons and waxed linen and the oth­er is cre­at­ed using Leather Cord and Waxed Linen that is accent­ed with all sorts of inter­est­ing baubles. You will cre­ate two charms, a vin­tage style charm using a wood­en spool that you accent with vin­tage ephemera and an adorable Pom Pom charm topped with a seam bind­ing bow. We will then com­plete the class learn­ing how to make a brooch/headband accent using Zip­per trim. I will bring oth­er bracelets...

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A Blast from the Past…

Aug 25, 2011

I thought it would be fun to show you some lay­outs I cre­at­ed using Cocoa Daisy kits from around 2007. Now that Ans­ley is a senior this year I find these lay­outs even more spe­cial. She grew up way too fast. In the lay­out above I felt there was too much white space in the back­ground of Ans­ley’s pho­to so I used the end of my paint­brush and some acrylic paints to cre­ate a pol­ka dot back­ground. I like the pop of col­or the pol­ka dots cre­ate and they fill in the white space per­fect­ly. To pop the pho­to a bit more I paint­ed yel­low acrylic paint all around the edge of the pho­to cre­at­ing a bright col­ored bor­der. To fill in the white space on the pho­to above I attached clear but­tons to...

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Some Family Fun…

Aug 20, 2011

Hi! Hope every­one had a great week! So hap­py to be back here again to share with you some of the new vin­tage-inspired, Vin­tage Street Mar­ket prod­ucts. This col­lec­tion of fun paper dolls is from our Fam­i­ly Fun line, which includes great paper doll die cuts for embell­ish­ing, and coor­di­nat­ing 12x12 card­stock. One thing I espe­cial­ly love about our own prod­ucts is  how well they coor­di­nate with authen­tic vin­tage items, which leads me to the first project I’d like to share today… Remem­ber these ice cream cups from child­hood? I remem­ber every day at school dur­ing lunch, we would get to choose a fla­vor of ice cream, and would be giv­en one of these cups and a lit­tle wood­en spoon. We were all so eager to eat the ice cream the threat of splin­ters...

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Just a note.

Aug 19, 2011

Hel­lo again! Chris­tine from Cocoa Daisy here to share a cou­ple fun cards I made using this mon­th’s kit “Siren’s Call”. Every month before I put my kit away to start work­ing with the next one I like to make a cou­ple cards with the left­over bits on my desk. This mon­th’s kit had the per­fect bright, pri­ma­ry col­ors to cre­ate a cou­ple cheery cards. For this first card I punched 1″ cir­cles from the Cos­mo Crick­et paper and then ran them through my sewing machine, let­ting the machine run a few stitch­es in between each cir­cle to cre­ate a ban­ner like affect. I laid them out on the card in ran­dom order, plac­ing foam adhe­sive under some to add a lit­tle dimen­sion. I fin­ished off the card with a tag and this cute...

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Magnetic Clothespin Note Holders

Aug 10, 2011

Hi, my name is Dar­cy and I am rep­re­sent­ing Pink Per­sim­mon today.  My sis­ter (Judi) and I first got to know Lisa when she used some of our stamps in her first book “Delight in the Details”.  We are hon­ored to be includ­ed as one of her guest blog­gers this week.   One of our tal­ent­ed Cre­ative Team mem­bers, Andrea Bud­jack, made these adorable mag­net­ic clothes­pins and we’d like to share a lit­tle how-to here today. Andrea first cut three cir­cles using her Sizzix Cir­cles die, but you can use any cir­cle punch or cir­cle cut­ter that match­es the stamp sizes.  She then stamped two images from the You’re a Jew­el stamp set and the “a lit­tle note” stamp from Flower Greet­ings. She added a lit­tle dis­tress­ing to the edges with ink and then...

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UTEE Fun

Jul 22, 2011

Got­ta say, I am lov­ing the new pack­ag­ing for all the Melt Art prod­ucts by Ranger. It looks so edgy and cool.  While at CHA I stud­ied every square inch of the Ranger booth look­ing at all the incred­i­ble prod­ucts. One of the make n takes taught by Deb­bie Tlach was cre­at­ing this real­ly cute ring you can see on Ranger’s blog… click here for that link and here for the step by step instruc­tions. Great minds do think alike as I too loved Tim’s rose but­ton from his Fan­ci­ful Flower but­ton col­lec­tion and made the very same mold using Ranger’s Mold-n-Pour back in Jan­u­ary. His rose but­ton is the per­fect size for a ring or charm for a neck­lace. I used a sim­ple sil­ver ring base on mine because Ans­ley is a sim­ple kin­da...

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All Occasion Card

Jun 30, 2011

Here is a quick card to cre­ate and give for any occa­sion. I used prod­ucts from the Cocoa Daisy July Main Kit “Urban Loft” and the “Tele­graph Hill” Add On Kit. I love the lace paper found in the “Tele­graph Hill” Add On Kit. It’s gor­geous and was so hard to make the first cut. I added the vin­tage milk bot­tle cap (from my stash) because the cork but­tons fit inside so per­fect­ly. Then Jen­ni Bowl­ins yel­low rhine­stone bow topped it off and com­pli­ment­ed the Maya Road trim at the same time. I’m in major book edit­ing mode right now so please excuse the short­ness of the blog post. But since going out­side does not appeal to me one bit since the temps will be 100 degrees all week. Edit­ing is the per­fect thing...

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Cocoa Daisy ~ Urban Loft Sneak Peeks

Jun 24, 2011

Since reveal day is only four days away I thought I would share a few sneak peeks of some projects I com­plet­ed using the July Kit “Urban Loft” by Cocoa Daisy. I also had to have two Add On Kits “Tele­graph Hill” and “South Loop”. Chris­tine cer­tain­ly has a gift in putting kits togeth­er as they’re awe­some. This is a sneak peek of a project I cre­at­ed using the Main Kit “Urban Loft” and the Add On “South Loop”. This project uses the Main Kit “Urban Loft” and the Add On “Tele­graph Hill.” I added the vin­tage milk bot­tle cap… the cork but­tons and JBS bow fit so per­fect­ly in the cen­ter I could not pass it up. For this project I used the Main Kit “Urban Loft” and both Add On Kits “South...

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Altered Chipboard Buttons

Apr 25, 2011

Here is a tuto­r­i­al on alter­ing chip­board but­tons. These but­tons can be used in so many great ways… on cards, tags, lay­outs, projects and altered art pieces. It is fast and can be cus­tomized with any theme you can come up with. Sup­plies Used: Maya Road Mini Chip­board But­ton Set, Book Page, Glue Stick, Creamy Brown Ink, Lit­tle Yel­low Bicy­cle Love Let­ters Clear Stamp Set, Archival Jet Black Ink, Acrylic Block, Craft Knife, Sand­ing Block Instruc­tions: Apply a glue stick type adhe­sive to the top of the chip­board but­tons and attach to an old book page. Using a craft knife cut around the chip­board but­ton, then sand the edges to make them flush with the but­ton. Using a pen­cil or paper piercer punch through the but­ton holes. Apply Creamy Brown ink to the edges...

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