I Love You Frame

Feb 13, 2015

This spark­ly chip­board frame is going to be added to the front cov­er of a mini album. I plan to cov­er the album with vin­tage sheet music and ledger paper than add pho­tos of Ter­ri and Ans­ley. If you want to make this chip­board frame it’s super sim­ple and here’s the tuto­r­i­al. Sup­plies Need­ed: 2 Maya Road Chip­board Frames, Maya Road Glit­ter ~ Red & Sil­ver, Red & Sil­ver Acrylic Paint, Vin­tage Sheet Music, Martha Stew­art Crys­tal Coarse Glit­ter, Vin­tage Glass Vial, Flocked Flow­ers, White Seam Bind­ing, Dia­mond Glaze, Glue Stick, Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue, Dina Wak­ley Gel Medi­um, Book Page Words “I LOVE YOU”, Adhe­sive Foam Squares Tools Used: Scis­sors, Paint­brush, Craft Knife, Craft Matt, Tweez­ers Instruc­tions: Using a glue stick type adhe­sive, cov­er the front of one chip­board frame with vin­tage sheet...

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So This Is Love ~ Tag

Feb 11, 2015

The star of this tag is one of my new hand­made Pen­ny Can­dy Dolls. I think she is the per­fect accent for this tag and I must admit she is one of my favorites. If you want to recre­ate a tag for your­self or a friend I put togeth­er a step by step tuto­r­i­al just for you. Sup­plies Need­ed: Mani­la Tag, Vin­tage Music Sheet, White Crepe Paper, Chip­board Heart, Dina Wak­ley Media Ruby Acrylic Paint, Maya Road Red Glit­ter, Plat­inum Stick­les, Dia­mond Stick­les, Small Red Flocked Flower, Brown & White Twine, 3 Cro­cheted Doilies, Doo­dle­Bug Rhine­stones, White Embroi­dery Floss, Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue, Fab­ric Tac Fab­ric Adhe­sive, Ranger Mul­ti Medi­um Mat­te, Martha Stew­art Crys­tal Coarse Glit­ter, Hand­made Pen­ny Can­dy Doll, Small Alpha­bet Stamp Set, Jet Black Archival Ink Tools Need­ed: Scis­sors, Paper Trim­mer,...

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Valentine Home Decor Accent

Feb 9, 2015

This valen­tine home decor piece show­cas­es one of the hand­made Pen­ny Can­dy Dolls I now have in my etsy shop. I love these dolls from long ago and when pos­si­ble make molds of dolls I think you too would like to use in your craft­ing projects. This lit­tle cutie is hold­ing a book under­neath it’s arm. I put togeth­er a tuto­r­i­al so you too can recre­ate this home decor accent. I plan on dis­play­ing this year round in my stu­dio. Sup­plies Used: Large Wood­en Spool, Vin­tage Sheet Music, White Crepe Paper, 2 Chip­board Hearts, Dina Wak­ley Media Ruby Acrylic Paint, 16 Gauge Wire, Dia­mond Glaze, Maya Road Red Glit­ter, White Embroi­dery Floss, Red & White Bak­er’s Twine, Martha Stew­art Crys­tal Coarse Glit­ter, Ranger Mul­ti Medi­um-Mat­te, Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue, Flocked Flower, Hand­made Pen­ny Can­dy Doll with...

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Countdown to Christmas Calendar

Nov 24, 2014

This hol­i­day sea­son I’m all about get­ting projects done in a day. This year, I can’t afford the take a week to com­plete a project, you all know I’m very capa­ble of cre­at­ing a mole hill kin­da project into a moun­tain kin­da project. So I thought and thought of how I could cre­ate a “Count­down to Christ­mas Cal­en­dar” with­out it tak­ing me days to com­plete. I love count­ing down to Christ­mas just as much as a kid and thought I would share with you what and how I made mine. This project should take 3  hours tops from start to fin­ish includ­ing dry­ing time for the paints. Prod­ucts Used: Maya Road Count­down Shad­ow­box, Adiron­dack Acrylic Paint Dab­ber Juniper & Metal­lic Gold, Cof­fee Archival Ink, Glue Stick, My Mind’s Eye ~ Joy­ous 6” x 6”...

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Rocky Mountain Memories ~ Artist Flood Relief

Jun 20, 2014

Last Sep­tem­ber Col­orado was real­ly hit hard with unex­pect­ed flash floods.  Dams broke, roads were washed out, rivers took con­trol, and lives were lost.  It’s just so dev­as­tat­ing.  Com­plete towns were evac­u­at­ed, lives lost, peo­ple unac­count­ed for, homes & busi­ness­es demol­ished. Rocky Moun­tain Mem­o­ries is host­ing a silent auc­tion to help Cross­roads Min­istries. This non-prof­it orga­ni­za­tion has pro­vid­ed a total of 725 flood relief assists but their funds are deplet­ing.  Any assis­tance would be appre­ci­at­ed. Up for auc­tion are many great pieces from var­i­ous artists. I’ve donat­ed auto­graphed copies of  all three of my books Delight In The Details, Delight In The Sea­sons and Delight In The Art of Col­lage, plus sev­er­al oth­er items.   This shab­by chic bird­house was shared on my blog in July of last year. If you want to read how I cre­at­ed it...

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Faux Polaroid Ornaments

Dec 6, 2013

This orna­ment is going to do some seri­ous sparkling on the tree as I cov­ered each Maya Road Pho­to Frame Chip­board piece with iri­des­cent glit­ter. It shim­mers and sparkles beau­ti­ful­ly and will look gor­geous when the tree is lit at night. If you want to make an orna­ment like this one or sim­i­lar orna­ments below are the prod­ucts I used. Maya Road Pho­to Frames Chip­board, Maya Road Cloud White 1″ Ink Pad, Iri­des­cent Glit­ter, Dia­mond Glaze, Red & White Twine, Red Mini Ging­ham Trim,1  Hol­ly & Berry Pick, 1 Gold Jin­gle Bell, Black & White Pho­tos, Black Card­stock, Glue Stick, Strong Liq­uid Adhe­sive, Scis­sors, Sand­ing Block Step Out for Mak­ing This Orna­ment: Remove cen­ter square from pho­to frame and set aside. Apply white ink to the pho­to frame, place Dia­mond Glaze over the top...

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Noel Miniature Wreath

Nov 8, 2013

This is the lat­est mini kit added to my Etsy shop. Once com­plet­ed this minia­ture wreath mea­sures approx­i­mate­ly 7″ and will cer­tain­ly add a spark­ly fes­tive feel to any area of your home or hol­i­day tree. Since I ship Flat Rate if pur­chas­ing more than one kit please con­tact me so I can cre­ate a reserve list­ing for you with the cor­rect ship­ping charge. Noel Minia­ture Wreath Kit Con­tents 1 Yard Cham­pagne Tin­sel 1 Yard Brown & White Twine 24” Tan Seam Bind­ing 7 Chip­board Snowflakes 6 Self Adhe­sive Pearls 2 Wood­en Birds 1 Large Chan­de­lier Bead 1 Medi­um Chan­de­lier Bead Chip­board Let­ters ~ Noel 2 – 2” x 3” Sheet Music Pat­terned Paper Step by Step Instruc­tions with Col­or Pho­to Kit does NOT include: Martha Stew­art Crys­tal Coarse Glit­ter, Folk Art Vin­tage White Acrylic Paint,...

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Happy Holidays Photo Ornament Kit

Oct 31, 2013

  I’m still going through my stash and putting togeth­er mini orna­ment kits for the hol­i­days and last night, I was able to put togeth­er this cute pho­to orna­ment kit. FYI, I have a very lim­it­ed amount of kits. The kit con­tents are list­ed below and as always come with step by step instruc­tions and a col­or pho­to. Please note, Fes­tive Berries Dis­tress Ink used to col­or the chip­board frame and Plat­inum Stick­les used to out­line the chip­board base and frame are NOT includ­ed. Kit Con­tents: 1 — 4″ x 6″ daisy­d’s Snow­man Pat­terned Paper 1 — 4″ x 6″ daisy­d’s Pol­ka Dot Pat­terned Paper 1 — Chip­board Page 1 — Chip­board Frame (Frame will vary see pho­to for vari­a­tions) 1 — Small Bot­tle Brush Tree 2 — Hol­ly Leaves 1 — But­ton 2...

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Kids Week Day 1

Jul 9, 2013

Day one has been a whirl­wind of fun. As soon as Made­lyn’s feet hit the floor she was ready to go. Thank­ful­ly, I planned ahead the night before and had chip­board pieces, Stick­les and Liq­uid Pearls for her to use while I was try­ing to get my first cup of cof­fee in me. This was a life­saver, she cre­at­ed and I woke up. Then she decid­ed she would like to make a video of how she alters her chip­board pieces using Stick­les and Liq­uid Pearls. I was real­ly impressed with how well she did since we did­n’t talk about what she would say or any­thing. I basi­cal­ly just got my cam­era and start­ed film­ing her very first unedit­ed on-the-fly 10 min. instruc­tion­al video. Not bad for a first time video. I love her. While...

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Shabby Chic Birdhouse

Jul 5, 2013

The base of this altered bird­house is cre­at­ed using Eileen Hul­l’s 3D Bird­house die by Sizzix. After I assem­bled the bird­house I cov­ered it  with plas­ter. Once the plas­ter was dry I paint­ed it with acrylic paint and accent­ed the sten­ciled areas with Col­or­Box Chest­nut Roan ink. I’m not kid­ding when I say I LOVE plas­ter and want to cov­er every­thing in it. It’s all I think about. The tex­ture you can cre­ate with this medi­um is so amaz­ing. The sides and top areas of the front and back of the bird­house are accent­ed with images from dec­o­ra­tive nap­kins. The look is amaz­ing and it’s so sim­ple to do. Just cut out the image from your nap­kin, peel the white lay­ers of the nap­kin off until all you have is the image lay­er, using your...

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Stickles

Jun 5, 2013

Most of you should know by now that I have a seri­ous LOVE for Stick­les, espe­cial­ly Dia­mond and Plat­inum! When teach­ing these two are a giv­en for items need­ed in class. I use Stick­les on pret­ty much every­thing I cre­ate and I have a say­ing about them too, “Stick­les is to Crafters what Botox is to Plas­tic Sur­geons. You can always use a lit­tle some­where”. If you are a crafter that does not like loose glit­ter Stick­les is a prod­uct for you. It’s easy to use and there is zero mess. So today, I’m going to show you how I use a lit­tle or a lot on my projects. Dia­mond Stick­les is a great way to give a sim­ple flower a lit­tle pop. All you need to do is apply a small amount onto...

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Thrift Store Finds ~ Storage & Photo Props

Apr 26, 2013

It’s no secret how much I love thrift store finds and the thrill of the hunt, I wish I could bot­tle up that feel­ing.  When scour­ing the shelves for items to use as stor­age and pho­to props I usu­al­ly have no clue what I’m look­ing but when I find some­thing I like I grab it. I don’t think I will ever have enough salt & pep­per shak­ers on hand. They are per­fect for stor­ing glass glit­ter or fill­ing with vin­tage but­tons. I have an idea in my head right now using them as a base for a project that I can­not wait to start work­ing on. I hope it comes out as well as I have it pic­tured in my head. I’ll let you know when it’s fin­ished. The refrig­er­a­tor box is per­fect for...

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All Occasion Card

Apr 22, 2013

This all occa­sion card is one I cre­at­ed for Maya Road to dis­play while their prod­uct kits are being sold on HSN, tomor­row. I thought I would share a few projects using some of the prod­ucts in each kit to give you a lit­tle inspi­ra­tion. Car­o­line cre­at­ed I think 20 projects for the show. Talk about a crazy fast crafter. The Fab­ric Tape Flower Mini Can­vas, Fab­ric Tape Mini Wreath (shar­ing with you tomor­row) and the Smile Mini Can­vas that I shared with you last week are all projects using prod­ucts from these kits. Since I’m sure you are not going to want to miss out I post­ed Maya Road­’s time slots below, which as I under­stand can change at any giv­en sec­ond so don’t hold me to it but these should be close to accu­rate. Beth...

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Smile Mini Canvas

Apr 19, 2013

Oh good­ness I got­ta share some awe­some tips with you today. I paint­ed the sides of this mini can­vas using Adiron­dack Shell Pink, once dry I found the pink was just a tad bit too pink. So I light­ly applied Col­or­Box Creamy Brown Chalk Ink over the paint and it cre­at­ed the most BEAUTIFUL shade of  pink which just so hap­pened to match the pink in the Pink Paislee Cot­tage Farms back­ground paper per­fect­ly. The next tip is if you apply Col­or­Box Flu­id Chalk Ink in Rose Coral on top of the Maya Road Mixed Blos­som Mini Chip­board pieces then light­ly apply Maya Road Pure White Pig­ment on top you cre­ate anoth­er gor­geous shade of pink that works BEAUTIFULLY with the Pink Paislee Cot­tage Farms pat­terned paper line. I just love dis­cov­er­ing and shar­ing...

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Imperfect is Perfect to me.…

Mar 29, 2013

When I found this beat up old util­i­ty cart at Frisco Mer­can­tile I could not get my hands on it fast enough. I had been walk­ing up and down each and every aisle look­ing for some­thing to put in this very spot. I knew I need­ed it to be a cer­tain width and height, want­ed it to be an open piece so it would not close off the room too much, look nice and it had to be large enough to hold all the items seen. Well when I stum­bled onto this cart and saw that the price was $18.00 it was sold. Yes it is scratched, yes it leans a bit to one side (but it’s still lev­el) and yes it squeaks when the wheels roll but I think it’s imper­fec­tions are what makes it...

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Stamp Embossed Clay Charms

Mar 1, 2013

Here is a real­ly cool tip… when cre­at­ing poly­mer clay charms use chip­board embell­ish­ments for tem­plates. This is exact­ly what I did when cre­at­ing these adorable dress charms for my nieces. I used the chip­board dress from the Maya Road Laun­dry Day mini chip­board set to cre­ate these two charms. All I did was roll out my poly­mer clay to the thick­ness I want­ed, placed the mini chip­board dress on top of the clay then using a craft knife care­ful­ly cut around the chip­board dress. How sim­ple is that! And here are a few oth­er cool tips… to get the but­ter­fly image onto the dress­es I pressed the Maya Road Ornate But­ter­flies stamp set into the poly­mer clay. Stamps are a great way to emboss poly­mer clay. To add words to each dress I used...

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Book of The Week

Jan 23, 2013

So hap­py to share that my book “Delight In The Sea­sons” is the “Book of the Week” over at Cut Out + Keep. If you’re not famil­iar with this site you real­ly need to check it out. It’s FILLED with all kinds of awe­some craft­ing tuto­ri­als. Cat is even giv­ing away a signed copy of “Delight In The Sea­sons” so don’t miss out, you can enter HERE. She also has four sam­ple project/techniques from “Delight In The Sea­sons” for you to cre­ate. The Altered Bot­tle Brush Tree, a Felt Mes­sage Ban­ner, Embell­ished Clear But­tons and the Chip­board Cameo. As you scroll fur­ther down the page you will find a “Meet the Author” sec­tion that tells a lit­tle bit about me, my book, where I find my inspi­ra­tion, etc. So go check it out. Cut Out +...

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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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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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Reindeer Ornament

Dec 4, 2012

Isn’t this orna­ment cute. I love the whim­sy style and think my nieces will too. So let me tell you how this orna­ment came about because this is NO WHERE close to being my vin­tage style. While clean­ing and orga­niz­ing my craft room I found a set of cook­ie sten­cils that I bought LAST year to do what with I have no idea but they were in the dol­lar bin so I grabbed them main­ly for the snowflake and rein­deer. Well the oth­er day, while I was doing some seri­ous pro­cras­ti­nat­ing in the clean­ing depart­ment I was look­ing on Pin­ter­est and came across these real­ly cute rein­deer cook­ies click HERE and HERE. Inspi­ra­tion hit right then and there. I thought how cute would it to be to make an orna­ment using the Gin­ger­bread Man cook­ie...

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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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