Arty Friends are FUN!!!

Jan 12, 2012

I was chat­ting with my friend Wendy Vec­chi the oth­er day and while we were talk­ing away she shared a super cool tech­nique she dis­cov­ered while cre­at­ing with her Clear­ly For Art Black­out Mod­el­ing Film. Wait until you see what she altered using her tech­nique at CHA. STUNNING, is all I can say. My jaw dropped when I saw it. Tru­ly AMAZING!!! So fast for­ward a few days and while I was work­ing on this project, last night I want­ed to put this escutcheon piece on it but felt it looked too new. So thanks to Wendy, I decid­ed to try out the tech­nique she shared with me and I love the out­come. It looks just how I had it visu­al­ized in my head. THANK YOU, WENDY! Wait until you see this fin­ished project…...

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Art Requires Courage

Jan 10, 2012

As I was look­ing for a quote for this piece (yes I know sneak peeks… sor­ry), I came across the quote “All art requires courage” by Anne Tuck­er. I felt it was the per­fect quote as it is so true. Art does require courage. When cre­at­ing I start out with not a clue of what I will cre­ate… I have the base for my cre­ation but that is all, I just start gath­er­ing items from bags, draw­ers, box­es, stor­age bins etc. I pret­ty much cre­ate the same way I hunt for trea­sures in thrift stores, flea mar­kets and antique shops. I just dig and dig until I have a com­bi­na­tion of unique items that com­pli­ment one anoth­er then start putting them all togeth­er. Once fin­ished is when the real courage comes for me… post­ing it...

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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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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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Chicago Water Tower and HandBehg Felts

Jul 26, 2011

While sight-see­ing in Down­town Chica­go Ron­da, Chris­tine and I stum­bled upon the Chica­go Water Tow­er. The Chica­go Water Tow­er was built in 1869 and is the sec­ond old­est water tow­er in the Unit­ed States, after the Louisville Water Tow­er in Louisville, Ken­tucky. The archi­tec­ture on this build­ing is awe­some. While at CHA I came across a felt com­pa­ny called Hand­Be­hg Felts. This com­pa­ny has some of the cutest projects to cre­ate and are so nice. I real­ly enjoyed talk­ing with the own­er and learn­ing about her prod­uct. I will cer­tain­ly be cre­at­ing with some of these prod­ucts for sure. This was their make-n-take box… I made the cutest flower pin and could have stayed there all day mak­ing more. A box filled with adorable felt flow­ers. Adorable felt acorns. As you can see Hand­BE­HG...

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Cherry Soda

May 19, 2011

Yes­ter­day, felt like a play day… no work just play. I start­ed cre­at­ing a project using the June Kit ~ Cher­ry Soda by Cocoa Daisy. This kit and the add ons are so bright and fun I can’t put it down. As you know most of my work is done with lots of cream col­ors from old book pages and oth­er ephemera so this is quite a change. And a change I guess I need­ed at the moment. I’m hav­ing so much fun that I thought I’d share a tiny sneak peek with you. Just love the loads of sum­mer col­or. If you’re a Cocoa Daisy sub­scriber you can pur­chase the main kit and add ons start­ing, May 28th. Those that are not sub­scribers can make pur­chas­es, June 1st. But… this means you take...

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Cocoa Daisy

May 16, 2011

I’m so hap­py to tell you all I’m once again part of the Cocoa Daisy Design Team. I was on the team from Octo­ber 2006 — March 2008 but once I start­ed writ­ing and cre­at­ing my book Delight In The Details I felt the need to step down as I was a bit over­whelmed and did­n’t feel I could give 100%. The door remained open for me to return and I’m thrilled to be back. I feel this kit club is the absolute best. Chris­tine does an incred­i­ble job design­ing the kits, she has been awe­some book spon­sor and Chris­tine treats her design team with the utmost respect. Here are some sneak peeks of the June Kit and all the add ons… you’re gonna be so inspired. It’s incred­i­ble. June Kit ~ Cher­ry Soda...

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I survived…

Apr 4, 2011

Bare­ly, but I did sur­vive the tap­ing of two videos Fri­day, while in Cincin­nati. Glad that is over. But I do believe you are going to like the tuto­ri­als and now I know how I want to do some for my blog. Once they fin­ish per­form­ing mir­a­cles in the edit­ing room they will send me the videos to share with all of you. The week was super awe­some and I am so excit­ed to see this book come togeth­er. While talk­ing to every­one there about the design and lay­out I could final­ly pic­ture it com­ing togeth­er in my head. I’m going to be so proud of this book. It is exact­ly how I hoped it would be. Before I left for Cincin­nati I made a few fab­ric flow­ers and thought I would show you...

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Condolences and another tag…

Feb 10, 2011

First I must give my heart felt con­do­lences to my Aunt and cousins. Yes­ter­day, my Uncle David passed away peace­ful­ly at home. Uncle David was a qui­et man yet when you talked with him he was so inter­est­ing as he could talk about all kinds of won­der­ful top­ics. Sad­ly, 10 years ago he was diag­nosed with Alzheimer’s dis­ease and not long after that Parkin­son’s dis­ease. Aunt Bren­da cared for him at home every sin­gle day from the time of his diag­no­sis. Even though it is a bless­ing Uncle David has passed on it is still so sad and he will be missed. Aunt Bren­da was a won­der­ful exam­ple of how fam­i­ly should care for fam­i­ly. We nev­er heard her speak of any frus­tra­tions which I am cer­tain there were many and we nev­er ever heard...

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Being Productive…

Jan 22, 2011

feels so good and yes­ter­day was a won­der­ful­ly pro­duc­tive day.. I got the make-n-take I will be teach­ing for F+W Media all bagged up, start­ed gath­er­ing the extra items I need to bring to CHA and cre­at­ed, cre­at­ed, cre­at­ed. I fin­ished up the inspi­ra­tional baubles. Won­der who’s hands these will end up in at the show. Made this ring… Ans­ley is going to keep me super busy mak­ing these for her and her friends. Had an awe­some mail day… Thank you cThru Ruler Com­pa­ny… they are a book spon­sor and sent me the entire Art‑C line. Talk about loads of inspi­ra­tion in this box! Yikes I can­not wait to start play­ing with this. And then I topped the night off by mak­ing this cuff using vin­tage lace, cream felt and new Maya Road trims....

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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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A Christmas Mouse

Dec 22, 2010

Mom and I love all the lit­tle fig­urines of Christ­mas mice that can be seen dur­ing the hol­i­days. My grand­moth­er on the oth­er hand could not STAND see­ing any­thing which slight­ly resem­bled that of a mouse. I can remem­ber once when I was very, very young being at my grand­par­en­t’s camp in Acton, Maine and gram run­ning out of the camp scream­ing. It was years lat­er I found out my mom had dis­cov­ered a lit­tle mouse nest in one of the kitchen draw­ers that had a baby mouse sleep­ing inside. Well gram did not want any­thing to do with that and left in a dash. Poor gram. So in the spir­it of all the adorable Christ­mas mice mom and I see dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son I thought it would be fun to make one for her...

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Oh my STARS…

Dec 6, 2010

While surf­ing the net the oth­er day I came upon this gor­geous tree cre­at­ed by Karen Aguirre at Cre­ative Chaos. Need­less to say my jaw dropped as you all know how I love CREPE PAPER and GLITTER!!! Karen’s trees are so incred­i­bly adorable. What I should be doing is work­ing on book projects but NO some­one had to make an incred­i­ble piece of art and then felt the need to share her cre­ativ­i­ty with every­one, so now all I can think about mak­ing are these won­der­ful Crepe Paper Christ­mas Trees. Talk about the enabler. But all kid­ding aside I think her trees are absolute per­fec­tion and how could they not when cre­at­ed with crepe paper ruf­fles, glit­ter and tin­sel then accent­ed using glit­tery berries, a star and the sweet­est ban­ner. I could fill our...

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Winter Magpie

Nov 29, 2010

If you are won­der­ing what this title means well it means loads of cre­ative fun as “Win­ter Mag­pie” is the name of the Decem­ber kit at Cocoa Daisy. I am so lucky as I got to play with this kit because I am their Decem­ber Guest Design­er. When Chris­tine asked me I was thrilled. Then as she was telling me about all the won­der­ful prod­ucts she incor­po­rat­ed in the kit I felt it was so ME and could not wait to start cre­at­ing. Her kits are always gor­geous and so inspir­ing. Here are the projects I cre­at­ed using this kit… 2 lay­outs, a card and a gift card hold­er. I had prod­uct left over to cre­ate more items but these will be in my book (yes Cocoa Daisy is once again one of my...

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Clearly for Art…

Nov 5, 2010

My oh my, oh my is Wendy Vec­chi’s “Clear­ly for Art” super cool to work with… seri­ous­ly you will LOVE play­ing with this mod­el­ing film. It is lit­er­al­ly fool proof you CAN NOT mess this stuff up… promise! Sup­plies Need­ed: Tim Holtz Alter­ations Tat­tered Flo­rals Bigz Die, Alco­hol Inks Cran­ber­ry, Gin­ger, Ter­ra Cot­ta, Ranger Felt Appli­ca­tor Tool, Stu­dio 490 Be Inspired… Make Art Stamp Set, Archival Ink Jet Black, Ranger — Non Stick Craft Sheet, Heat Gun, 7 Vin­tage But­tons, Embroi­dery Floss Instruc­tions: Using the Tat­tered Flo­rals Die cut two of the daisy look­ing flow­ers. Punch a small hole in the cen­ter of each flower. Place these on a Non Stick Craft Sheet. Apply Cran­ber­ry, Gin­ger and Ter­ra Cot­ta Alco­hol Inks onto a Felt cov­ered Blend­ing Tool. Apply Alco­hol Inks onto the two flow­ers....

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Just a little Batty…

Oct 11, 2010

This is how I feel today… so many fun things in the works it is mak­ing me a lit­tle crazy. Good crazy but still crazy is crazy and I need to focus. So here is the last Hal­loween chip­board piece that I altered from the Lit­tle Yel­low Bicy­cle Jum­bo Chip­board set. I think I am going to keep all these grouped togeth­er in this arrange­ment as they add a lit­tle Hal­loween spir­it to the room. Sup­plies Used: Lit­tle Yel­low Bicy­cle Jum­bo Chip­board Shapes, Jen­ni Bowl­in (Fam­i­ly Tree) Uncle Jim Pat­terned Paper, Maya Road Felt Bead­ed Blos­som — Black, a Black Gel­ly Roll Pen, Gold Stick­les, Brown and Gold Seam Bind­ing Trick or Treat Boo Spooky And a Lit­tle Boo to you Also I have two new class­es sched­uled at The Crafty Scrap­per. “You’ve Got...

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and a little Boo to you…

Oct 10, 2010

This “Boo” would make a per­fect mask if you want­ed to do so. I was being a bit lazy yes­ter­day and did­n’t want to dri­ve to the craft store to pur­chase a wood­en dow­el but the “O’s” are per­fect for eye open­ings. This chip­board shape is cov­ered with Jen­ni Bowl­in paper, out­lined with Plat­inum Stick­les then cov­ered with Martha Stew­art Crys­tal Coarse Glit­ter. I then accent­ed the upper por­tion of the “B” with Maya Road embell­ish­ments and some seam bind­ing. Sup­plies Used: Lit­tle Yel­low Bicy­cle Jum­bo Chip­board Shapes, Jen­ni Bowl­in (Fam­i­ly Tree) Cousin Rose Pat­terned Paper, Maya Road Crys­tal Star Pin, Maya Road Vin­tage Pearl Pin, Maya Road Felt Bead­ed Blos­som — Brown, a Black Gel­ly Roll Pen, Plat­inum Stick­les, Martha Stew­art Crys­tal Coarse Glit­ter is not list­ed in the store but check out...

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Spooky…

Oct 9, 2010

Well maybe not so much… maybe more cutie than spooky. I like how this trio looks togeth­er and think I’m going to keep them in this green­ery. Sun­day, I will post the Bat and Boo. Now I am off to cre­ate a card class for The Crafty Scrap­per. If you are local I hope to see you there. Car­olyn’s store is such a hap­py place to be. Sup­plies Used: Lit­tle Yel­low Bicy­cle Jum­bo Chip­board Shapes, Lit­tle Yel­low Bicy­cle Lay­ered Felt Stick­ers, Jen­ni Bowl­in (Fam­i­ly Tree) Aunt Kathryn Pat­terned Paper, Jen­ni Bowl­in Dye Ink Pad ~ Foun­tain Pen, Maya Road Wood Bin­go Mark­ers — Num­bers, Maya Road Ecru Cro­chet Trim, Black and Orange Crepe Paper, a Black Gel­ly Roll Pen, White Pen, Dia­mond Stick­les and Gold Stick­les Trick or Treat...

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Boo to you…

Oct 8, 2010

Here is the altered Ghost… I think it looks sweet and tucked in the green­ery next to the pump­kin makes it look sweet­er. Next up will be the super cute haunt­ed house… mine wont be so haunt­ed though. Sup­plies Used: Lit­tle Yel­low Bicy­cle Jum­bo Chip­board Shapes ~ Ghost, Jen­ni Bowl­in (Fam­i­ly Tree)  Aunt Grace Pat­terned Paper, Jen­ni Bowl­in Dye Ink Pad ~ Foun­tain Pen, Maya Road Felt Bead­ed Black Blos­som, Maya Road Trin­ket Pins ~ Vin­tage Black Pearl, Vin­tage Pearl, Black and Burnt Orange Seam Bind­ing a Black Gel­ly Roll Pen, and Dia­mond...

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Trick or Treat

Oct 7, 2010

I’m not one for scary Hal­loween… I like cute and whim­si­cal Hal­loween so when I received these cute Jum­bo Chip­board Shapes from Lit­tle Yel­low Bicy­cle I knew just what I was going to do… cov­er them with Jen­ni Bowl­in pat­tern papers and accent them with lots of Maya Road good­ies. Today, I worked on this cute lit­tle pump­kin. Tomor­row, I will show you the ghost. I can’t make up my mind if I want to attach a dow­el to the back and make it a pick, make a hang­er out of a bow or just tuck them here and there around the house as they are… what do you think? Sup­plies Used: Lit­tle Yel­low Bicy­cle Jum­bo Chip­board Shapes ~ Pump­kin, Jen­ni Bowl­in (Fam­i­ly Tree) Aunt Char­lotte, Cousin Rose, Aunt Kathryn Pat­terned Papers, Jen­ni Bowl­in...

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Friday

Sep 25, 2010

A group of us went to lunch with Jen­ni Bowl­in and I was one of them… cer­tain­ly no sur­prise to you as it is no secret that I love and adore Jen­ni and her prod­ucts. The restau­rant Tri­cia took us to was a real­ly sweet restau­rant that was sea­side. The view was awe­some. the col­or­ful flags were so pret­ty as we walked into the restau­rant their menu felt just like a book… I had to keep remind­ing me with what Ali says… we do not steal or bor­row we gath­er.… I so want­ed to run out with this menu inside the restau­rant… loved the way they fold­ed the nap­kins to look like par­ty hats the view was gor­geous as you could see the sea and all the white build­ings of Mykonos Yes I ate...

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