Always adding more…

Dec 9, 2011

So the more I looked at the domi­no art piece I post­ed yes­ter­day, the more I felt it need­ed more… it just lacked that lit­tle some­thing extra. So back into the scrap­room it went as I had ideas in my head and well, once and idea enters my head I can’t do any­thing else until I give it a go. So here is what the fin­ished piece looked like, yes­ter­day. And here is what it looks like now. Since I could not apply alco­hol ink to the face to dark­en the com­plex­ion, with­out wor­ry­ing that the alco­hol ink would ruin the stamped image, I decid­ed to stamp the image onto the blank mar­gin of a vin­tage book page then care­ful­ly and  ever so pre­cise­ly cut out the face. I then placed the cut out image...

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Halloween 2011 Completed Album

Nov 8, 2011

Here is the com­plet­ed Hal­loween mini album. I love how it turned out. Jen­ni Bowl­in and Maya Road were made to go togeth­er. I accent­ed the stems of the pump­kins using JBS Dec­o­ra­tive Brads, MR Leaf Pins and Trim. It’s now ready to fill with cute Hal­loween pho­tos of lit­tle trick ‑or-treaters and some jour­nal­ing about their fun can­dy filled evening. Front Cov­er I added brown and white bak­er’s twine to the top of the small­er pump­kins and accent­ed the edges of the JBS Alter­able Let­ters — Micro Dots using Chick­en Feed and brown ink. And of course I accent­ed the top of each let­ter using Dia­mond Stick­les. The 2011 are JBS Vin­tage Black Stick­ers. Pages 1 and 2 Pages 3 and 4 The num­bers 3 and 4 on page three are from the JBS...

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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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Altered Birdhouse…

Feb 17, 2011

This altered paper mache bird­house was so much fun to make. Every lit­tle spot has some­thing attached to it. You’ll notice all kinds of Tim’s new prod­ucts attached here and there. I must admit one of the prod­ucts he sent were his new light bulbs. At first I was kin­da stumped on what to do with them but then I had a “light bulb moment” sor­ry could­n’t help myself and start­ed tuck­ing them in among all the oth­er baubles and think they worked per­fect­ly. The light bulbs are the per­fect size for the minia­ture projects I like to cre­ate. And that frac­tured doll… oh how I could have a mil­lion of them and would still want more. I love those dolls so much. You will be see­ing them in future projects and class­es for...

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Altered Paper Mache Book

Feb 15, 2011

This altered piece uses all brand new CHA‑W release prod­ucts by Tim Holtz. I was so hap­py to see the Frac­tured Doll in my box of prod­ucts to design with.… I love these dolls and you get two dif­fer­ent sized dolls per pack­age! Next to the white seam bind­ing I attached one of his new Chain Tas­sels. These are the per­fect accent for a project and I love the move­ment of the tas­sel. The pat­terned papers used are from his new Paper Stash — Crowd­ed Attic line. This paper line is so pret­ty and has designs in it for all styles. The but­ter­flies and moths behind the Frac­tured Doll and among the paper flow­ers inside the book are from Tim’s new Sal­vage Stick­ers — Crowd­ed Attic. I real­ly like the but­ter­flies and moths images....

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Ranger Designer Challenge

Feb 14, 2011

I was thrilled when Ranger asked if I would be inter­est­ed in cre­at­ing a can­vas for their Design­er Chal­lenge. I could not reply back fast enough with a very excit­ed yes! They sent each design­er a box filled with a 12 x 12 frame, Per­fect Pearls and Per­fect Pearl Mists and told us to cre­ate some­thing that reflect­ed our style. Well I knew mine had to include book pages, Plat­inum Stick­les and glit­ter and once I got start­ed I could not stop. I used loads of Ranger prod­uct and when you look at the list below you’ll real­ize I’m not kid­ding. It was so much fun to sit and just cre­ate what­ev­er came to mind. I cut the grungepa­per into squares, embossed them using my cut­tle­bug then sewed them all togeth­er with a zigzag...

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You are going to LOVE these…

Jan 23, 2011

I was asked to cre­ate a can­vas for Ranger’s design­er wall at CHA. Well the prod­uct we had to high­light was their Per­fect Pearl Mists and their new Per­fect Pearls colors.You are going to LOVE these. Check out Suze Wein­berg’s blog to see the new col­ors and a few sneak peeks of her can­vas… I can­not wait to see it in per­son. It was fun to cre­ate what ever I want­ed with the only require­ments being it had to be my style and I had to use the prod­ucts sent my way. I used WAY MORE Ranger prod­ucts on my can­vas than what was required but one tech­nique seemed to lead to anoth­er which meant using anoth­er prod­uct and so on… I think the Rock Can­dy Crack­le Paint looks AWESOME on the frame… I...

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I’m focused… Promise!

Jan 3, 2011

While sit­ting here wait­ing for my Dis­tress Crack­le Paint — Rock Can­dy to dry I remem­bered I for­got to show you the bracelet dad and I made using one of my grand­fa­ther’s spoons. Well actu­al­ly it’s real­ly more like the bracelet I pound­ed flat, stamped poor­ly, dad bent into shape and fixed my stamp­ing. Poor man, I tell ya we had some laughs or rather I laughed at the looks dad would give me when I would hand it over for him to fix. Dad’s just got­ta love those crafty daugh­ter’s that ven­ture out into unknown art forms. We had fun though and it’s a bracelet I will cher­ish. All I could think of was the say­ing my grand­fa­ther would say from time to time when you got real­ly focused on the imper­fec­tions of...

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Money Envelope

Dec 13, 2010

I cre­at­ed this mon­ey enve­lope using this tuto­r­i­al cre­at­ed by Wendy Vec­chi of Stu­dio 490. I did have to sub­sti­tute a few things since I did­n’t have all the stamps she used or one of the Dis­tress Ink col­ors. I must admit it’s nice step­ping out of your com­fort zone every once in awhile and stamp­ing is cer­tain­ly step­ping out for me. It’s scary as I can­not get over the every­thing needs to be per­fect stuff but I am try­ing. Oh and let me fill you in on a lit­tle secret… today is my super sweet friend Wendy’s birth­day. I think she is cel­e­brat­ing some­thing like her 25th. I don’t know I could be wrong but I know I’m not off by far. So when you go over to check out her awe­some tuto­r­i­al make sure you...

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These things make me smile…

Aug 19, 2010

I thought I would show you a few more things from around my scrap­room. I just love old and new mixed togeth­er… although what I am going to be show­ing is most­ly old… also, I find it fun to dec­o­rate my scrap­room with items I have found with oth­er peo­ple while dig­ging in antique stores or thrift shops… makes me think of them a lot when I use the prod­ucts I have stored in dish­es etc. I have used these two can­dle hold­ers for years to fill with can­dy hearts for Valen­tines Day or snow for Christ­mas but now they will be filled with vin­tage but­tons of every kind. Oh how these make me hap­py sit­ting right on my work­table at arms reach. I always think of me and dad scoop­ing out and count­ing ...

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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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Show day 2

Jul 28, 2010

Today we cre­at­ed flower pins using Petaloo flow­ers that were mist­ed with sev­er­al dif­fer­ent col­ors of Maya Mist. Then we accent­ed the cen­ter of the flower with one of the new Bin­go Mark­ers. It was a fun day and once again I had a blast meet­ing every­one that came by to say hi. Now how about a lit­tle Stu­dio 490. I LOVE all the new items Wendy Vec­chi is releas­ing. So I will just post all the eye can­dy and save all the WOW’s and OH MY GOODNESS, and I have to HAVE THIS for you… because hon­est­ly this is all I can think to say about her release. So enjoy. And if I don’t get this stamp set I think I might just die.…is this incred­i­ble or what? So there you have it… loads...

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Sweet Treat Cup

Mar 23, 2010

Crepe paper and pipe clean­ers… can it get much sweet­er? For me, no. Here is a treat cup tuto­r­i­al that will fit on an East­er tree if you short­en the han­dle a bit from what is shown here. Or you could score major brown­ie points by plac­ing one of these lit­tle cuties on your co-work­ers desk filled with a few can­dy eggs, a choco­late East­er bun­ny, wrapped in cel­lo­phane and tied with a seam bind­ing bow. You could also make sev­er­al and use them as place­cards for an East­er brunch. Pure sweet­ness I think. Sup­plies Used: White Nut & Par­ty Cups (can be found in the Cake Sec­tion of large craft stores), Pink Crepe Paper Stream­er, Maya Road Pink Ruf­fle Edge Trim, Jen­ni Bowl­in Pink Embell­ished But­ter­flies, Fab­ri-Tac, Embroi­dery Floss (any light col­or as...

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New Maya Road Metallic Ink Colors…

Jan 14, 2010

You are going to LOVE the new Maya Road metal­lic inkpads… the cov­er­age is incred­i­ble, the col­ors are great and I am so in love. But what is new right.… I know I always say I am in love when it comes to Maya Road but it is true. I don’t say it unless I mean it and I real­ly do feel you are going to LOVE these new Inkpads just as much as I do. The inspi­ra­tion behind this tag comes from a piece of Penn­syl­va­nia Dutch Folk Art I saw online… when I saw it the tulips on the piece remind­ed me of some chip­board pieces in the Maya Road Damask Chip­board Sheet, well one thing led to anoth­er and here you have it… my tag ver­sion of Penn­syl­va­nia Dutch Folk Art....

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12 Day Advent Pocket Calendar Pocket #5

Nov 12, 2009

Stamp image onto heavy weight white card­stock, ink on top of stamped image using Dis­tress Ink, light­ly col­or image using jew­el tone chalks. Place glossy accents onto the back of a Frag­ments Charm and attach to stamped image. Using Alco­hol Ink, ink the top of the Frag­ments Charm, accent the Frag­ments Charm with Dis­tress Stick­les, let dry. Once the Dis­tress Stick­les is dry apply a clear dry­ing adhe­sive to the edge of the Frag­ments Charm and apply Gold Ger­man Glass Glit­ter to the edge, let dry. Once dry tie a piece of red seam bind­ing on top. Cov­er the front top half of a 1 3/8″ x 2 3/4″ office tag with pat­terned paper, fold the end up to cre­ate a pock­et, cov­er the fold­ed part of the pock­et with pat­terned paper, stitch around...

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Holiday Sweet Treats are now for sale…

Nov 4, 2009

Most every­one loves Sweet Treats, espe­cial­ly dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son. So I put togeth­er a calo­rie free ver­sion from items I have been stash­ing away or maybe I should say hoard­ing? Hon­est­ly, that is more like it. San­ta told me it’s time to share the goods! The “Hol­i­day Sweet Treats” will be ready for sale some­time this after­noon. My techy elf’s been busy work­ing on my “A Very Vin­tage Christ­mas” work­shop as well as his full time job. If I don’t cut him a lit­tle slack I fear a strike may be in the near future and I can­not have that! You can pur­chase your “Hol­i­day Sweet Treats” pack­et here. Each “Hol­i­day Sweet Treats” pack­et sells for $12.95 and includes the fol­low­ing items. 2 Yards Red Seam Bind­ing 2 Yards Green Seam Bind­ing 2...

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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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Holiday Gift Tags…

Oct 27, 2009

These are so fun to make and can be used as either a hol­i­day gift tag (who would­n’t like see­ing their name on the front of these tags) or as an embell­ish­ment for hol­i­day cards. There are lots of pos­si­bil­i­ties here. Which means you’re cer­tain­ly going to be see­ing more projects over the next few months using these as well as this one and this one. I love just them! Instruc­tions: Stamp images onto white heavy weight card­stock using Archival Ink in Jet Black, trim each stamped image to 1 1/8″ x 2 3/4″, ink over images using Tea Dy and Vin­tage Pho­to Dis­tress Inks, trim the end of each tag using small scal­lop scis­sors, accent the sides, top and bot­tom of each tag with straight lines using a black pen, accent each scal­lop...

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Digging, digging and digging…

Oct 13, 2009

My good­ness is it ever so obvi­ous when you look at my vin­tage stash just how much I love vin­tage Christ­mas items. But since my dad is San­ta I guess this is to be expect­ed. I have been pulling items out like a mad woman as I pre­pare for my next online work­shop… the CHRISTMAS work­shop. Oh how I love to cre­ate Christ­mas projects. I have a list of things to cre­ate that I think are going to make a charm­ing hol­i­day work­shop. The name is still yet to be deter­mined so I had a thought… leave a title idea in the com­ments sec­tion of this post. If your title is picked you will win a free access pass to the work­shop. If no title is picked I will have Ans­ley pick one per­son...

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Great finds…

Jun 9, 2009

This week I am search­ing thrift and antique stores for items to use in projects as well as sell in my future online store. My store will include hand­made embell­ish­ments and glass glit­ter as well as a few odds and ends that I like to use in projects, cards, tags and lay­outs. Vin­tage Post­cards, Milk Bot­tle­caps, can­dy molds Love these bot­tle­caps I can­not wait to show you what I have in mind for these… I think you will LOVE the idea. These will be avail­able for down­load in this years Christ­mas work­shop. Off to do some more dig­ging… can’t wait to see what I find today. Wish­ing you all a won­der­ful...

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Fabulous Finds…

Mar 27, 2009

Things I am lov­ing right now… 1. This pot made by Ans­ley. I love love love it so much! Ken­ner Road Mar­ket this, these and all of these… dang that Ker­ry Lynn puts togeth­er some great kits! I think lots of oth­er peo­ple feel the same way. Paper Tales Inc. has the best vin­tage millinery sup­plies in their etsy store and I mean the be still my heart kin­da best! Paper Tales has that great Old Fash­ioned Ray­on Seam Bind­ing stocked up. Michelle is sweet give her a call she ships! Not scrap­ping relat­ed but my gosh I would love my East­er Brunch table to be set with these dish­es. So cute! If I wore this in the kitchen I would be a bet­ter cook. I real­ly would I just know it. What a...

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