Now Selling At The Crafty Scrapper

Dec 18, 2014

I’m so hap­py to tell you that I am now sell­ing my hand­made vin­tage tin neck­laces at The Crafty Scrap­per in Wax­a­hachie, Texas. Car­olyn Ross moved her amaz­ing store to a new build­ing and she now has a bou­tique that offers unique hand­craft­ed items. So, if you are look­ing for a lit­tle some­thing spe­cial for a friend, co-work­er or fam­i­ly mem­ber please go check out her store. All my neck­lace pen­dants are cre­at­ed from vin­tage tins and jew­el­ry pieces and each piece is one of a kind. No two will ever be alike. Also, I still have a few Mys­tery Goody Box­es avail­able. If you are inter­est­ed in pur­chas­ing one, each box is a Medi­um Sized Flat Rate box filled with new and very gen­tly used prod­ucts from major man­u­fac­tures like Ranger, Maya Road, Fiskars,...

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Recycle All Those Saved Christmas & Holiday Cards

Dec 10, 2014

In keep­ing with the “I’m using what I have for Christ­mas and cut­ting out the need­less things I don’t” I recy­cled some saved Christ­mas cards and cre­at­ed two super easy gift card hold­ers from one Christ­mas card. I know I’m not the only per­son that saves hol­i­day cards. I can­not throw Christ­mas cards of any kind away. I love them all and espe­cial­ly cher­ish the ones that have my grand­par­ents sig­na­tures inside. I start­ed with a Christ­mas card that mea­sured 4″ x 5.75″ but you can use any card size you want. This size just allowed me to keep the entire image with­out hav­ing to cut it down to fit a gift card. My com­plet­ed gift card hold­ers mea­sure 2.75″ x 4″. Once you have your card picked out and if you’re like me and save all your Christ­mas cards...

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Crafter’s Mystery Goody Boxes, Kits & Ornaments

Nov 25, 2014

I have been de-stash­ing my stu­dio and am offer­ing some real­ly great deals on new or gen­tly used prod­ucts, kits and hand­made orna­ments. If you wish to pur­chase a Crafter’s Mys­tery Goody Box please leave your email address and the box or box­es you wish to pur­chase in the com­ments sec­tion or email me at and I will then send a pay­pal invoice to that email address. US only. 1 — Medi­um Flat Rate Box $45.00 with FREE SHIPPING This Mys­tery box con­tains assort­ed new or very gen­tly used prod­ucts from Ranger Ink, Tim Holtz, Maya Road, Fiskars and oth­er major man­u­fac­tur­ers. 2 — Small Flat Rate Box­es $20.00 each with FREE SHIPPING Each Mys­tery box con­tains assort­ed new or very gen­tly used prod­ucts from Ranger Ink, Maya Road and oth­er major man­u­fac­tur­ers. This...

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From The Archives ~ Paper Bag Easter Basket

Apr 8, 2014

This tuto­r­i­al was orig­i­nal­ly post­ed on my blog, April 11, 2011. Paper Bag East­er Bas­kets are fun to cre­ate and with East­er just around the cor­ner I thought I would re-share it. I love the sim­plic­i­ty of brown paper bags and think they make the per­fect East­er bas­kets. I remem­ber mak­ing them in grade school and being so excit­ed to bring them home to show mom and dad. This bas­ket can be left plain or altered using pat­terned paper, stamps, inks or paint. You can care­ful­ly use any of the many Fiskars bor­der punch­es to cre­ate gor­geous edges along the top of your bas­ket or you could take a hole punch and punch a hole just below where the scal­lop meets, thread a rib­bon through the holes and cre­ate a pret­ty bow by tying...

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Stylish and Fashionable ~ Card

Oct 23, 2013

I love to cre­ate mini col­lages on most all my projects. I get great sat­is­fac­tion in com­bin­ing mul­ti­ple items to cre­ate a focal point on cards, tags etc. This card uses stamps from the Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion Soci­ety Lady & Styl­ish and Fash­ion­able stamp sets and pat­terned paper by Pink Paislee. I have a huge crush on their Cot­tage Farms Col­lec­tion. I close­ly trimmed around the brooch and boot using my favorite of all times as in for­ev­er, Fiskars Coastal Craft Knife. If you have not tried this craft knife do your­self a favor and give it a try. This knife fits per­fect­ly in my hand. To add a bit more dimen­sion to the card, because I don’t think I can ever have enough dimen­sion, I attached the brooch and boot to the card front...

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Society Lady ~ Card

Oct 22, 2013

Today I’m show­ing you how to cre­ate a sim­ple all occa­sion or note­card using my Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion Soci­ety Lady stamp set. First using Cof­fee Archival ink stamp the image of the lady onto card­stock or pat­terned paper. I used a sheet from the Pink Paislee Cot­tage Farms line. Next, cut a piece of pat­terned paper slight­ly small­er than the front of the blank note­card.  Using a Fiskars scal­loped cir­cle punch, punch a scal­loped cir­cle into the pat­terned paper piece in the low­er right cor­ner as shown in the pho­tos. Apply Plat­inum Stick­les along the out­er edge of the large pat­terned paper piece as well as along the edge of the punched scal­lop cir­cle as shown in the pho­tos and let dry. Trim the area around the stamped image so it is a bit larg­er...

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My Life In A Dingy ~ Stephenie Hamen

Sep 26, 2013

“My Life In A Dinghy” fea­tured artist, Stephe­nie Hamen. Stephe­nie is a cre­ative type per­son that fell in love with art at an ear­ly age. She has nev­er met a set of crayons, a sheet of paper, or a bot­tle of glit­ter that she didn’t imme­di­ate­ly fall in love with. She real­ly got into craft­ing and cre­at­ing with scrap­book­ing, which lead to oth­er crafts and cre­ative endeav­ors. While she still scrap­books and dab­bles in oth­er var­i­ous art projects, her cur­rent love is mixed media can­vas art. Stephe­nie spends a sig­nif­i­cant amount of time in her craft room (aka the fur­nace room in her base­ment), cre­at­ing, play­ing, and mak­ing a mess. When she isn’t cov­ered in ink and paint, she is a wife and moth­er to two boys, as well as a full time employ­ee for...

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Sweet Little Girls Embellishment Tutorial

Jan 22, 2013

Using the prod­ucts list­ed below is a real­ly quick way to cre­ate cute embell­ish­ments and accents for any project. Plus when stor­ing your Adiron­dack Alco­hol Inks in a palette as I have shown above makes alco­hol inks super portable for crops and week­end retreats. To cre­ate your portable palette of alco­hol inks sim­ply apply enough drops of each alco­hol ink col­or to cov­er each of the inside cir­cles in the palette as shown above, let the alco­hol inks dry and you are ready to go. You fill the Adiron­dack Alco­hol Ink Fil­l­able Pen just as the instruc­tions on the back of the pack­ag­ing instruct only you use Adiron­dack Alco­hol Blend­ing Solu­tion instead of Alco­hol Inks. Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion by Lisa M. Pace ~ Pink Per­sim­mon Sweet Lit­tle Girls Stamp Set Ranger Prod­ucts  Tim Holtz Ink Palette, Tm...

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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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Kitting and a Contract

Aug 8, 2012

I’m so hap­py to show you this pho­to… the offi­cial con­tract for book 3 arrived. I’m so super excit­ed about the con­cept for this book I can hard­ly stand it. I’m also very for­tu­nate to get to con­tin­ue work­ing with such loy­al spon­sors. I have a few new spon­sors that I’m real­ly hap­py to have that will be added to this LIST soon! Thank you all so much for your sup­port and ongo­ing spon­sor­ship. I real­ly appre­ci­ate both tremen­dous­ly. This week it’s been all about get­ting kits ready and shipped to Lake Como, Italy for “A Kiss On The Chic’s Cre­ative Retreat in Italy” Lau­ra’s put togeth­er a fab­u­lous event and Sept. 15th can­not get here soon enough. I’ve nev­er in my life wished I had a Sizzix Vagabond Machine so bad­ly as I...

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Craft Day with Madelyn

Jun 26, 2012

Made­lyn, niece #2 is vis­it­ing this week. Each day we have a craft day so yes­ter­day, we made a birth­day ban­ner and par­ty hat for her My Twin doll. She had a blast with this craft since her 9th birth­day is next week. Sup­plies Need­ed: Pat­terned Paper, Bak­er’s Twine, Alpha­bet Stick­ers, Dia­mond, Fruit Punch and Lime Green Stick­les, White Boa, Yel­low Seam Bind­ing, Adhe­sive Tools Used: Fiskars Large Scal­loped Heart Punch, Martha Stew­art But­ter­fly Punch, Scis­sors, Scal­lop Scis­sors, Sewing Nee­dle, Hot Glue Gun Instruc­tions: My Twin Hap­py Birth­day Ban­ner Using the Fiskars Large Heart Punch and the Martha Stew­art But­ter­fly Punch, punch 13 hearts and 13 but­ter­flies out of two dif­fer­ent pat­terned papers. Attach one alpha­bet stick­er in the cen­ter of each punched but­ter­fly to spell “Hap­py Birth­day” Apply adhe­sive to the back of...

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Make n Take Giveaway

Feb 7, 2012

The last day of CHA‑W, I showed lots of peo­ple how to cre­ate this super cute flower pin. You use about 12″ of Maya Road Satin Pleat Trim, 12″ of Maya Road Pleat­ed Tulle and a Maya Road Antique Jew­el But­ton for the cen­ter. To cre­ate the flower all you do is attach the pleat­ed tulle on top of the satin pleat using Fab­ri-Tac adhe­sive at the sewn edge of each piece of trim. Then start­ing at one end  loose­ly begin rolling the two trims until you get to the oppo­site end. Next, apply Fab­ri-Tac to a punched pat­terned paper cir­cle and attach the bot­tom end (sewn edg­ing) of the rolled trims to the punched cir­cle, let the trims spread out a bit to resem­ble a rose. Then using a hot glue gun, attach...

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Celebrating 45 Years…

Jan 25, 2012

Fiskars is cel­e­brat­ing 45 years of mak­ing their awe­some Orange Han­dled Scis­sors. I can­not remem­ber our house not hav­ing a pair of Fiskars scis­sors in it while grow­ing up. And I can hon­est­ly say they are still my all time favorite scis­sors. I cre­ate with sev­er­al dif­fer­ent styles Orig­i­nal Orange Han­dled 8″, Micro Tip Com­fort Grip #5, Micro Tip #5 and Non-Stick Fash­ion Detail #5 but the pair I seem to wear out the most are the Micro Tip #5 pair. I use these every sin­gle day as they fit per­fect­ly in my hand and cut so pre­cise­ly. To help Fiskars cel­e­brate the 45th anniver­sary of their icon­ic Orange-Han­dled Scis­sors, check out their page on face­book . This cel­e­bra­tion is going to be a fun-filled 45-day count­down lead­ing up to the first day of...

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My Friend Card

Aug 5, 2011

The embell­ish­ment on this card can be cre­at­ed and used for so many dif­fer­ent themes. I love mak­ing them for birth­day cards and oth­er spe­cial occa­sions. All you need are two dif­fer­ent sized scal­lop cir­cle punch­es. I used the Fiskars Extra Large and Large Scal­lop Cir­cle Punch­es, pat­terned paper, the but­ton is option­al as you can place a sen­ti­ment in the cen­ter if you would like, some rib­bon, pop dots and Stick­les (of course). Punch one scal­loped cir­cle using each punch, place the small­er scal­lop cir­cle onto the cen­ter of the large scal­lop using pop dots, cut two pieces of rib­bon to the desired lengths and attach them to the back of the large scal­lop cir­cle. I use Fab­ri-Tac as I find this holds trims bet­ter and you use far less liq­uid adhe­sive. You...

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Tissue Tape Flower

May 13, 2011

Sup­plies Used: Tim Holtz Tis­sue Tape, Vel­lum (pink & beige), Maya Road White Rose Organ­za Trim, Clear Dry­ing Adhe­sive, Fab­ric-Tac Tools Need­ed: Scal­lop Scis­sors, Scis­sors, Sewing Machine, Fiskars Scal­lop Cir­cle Punch, Paper Trim­mer Instruc­tions: Attach strips of Tis­sue Tape onto a piece of beige vel­lum cut to approx. 5″ x 8.5″. Make sure to attach the strips as close to each oth­er as pos­si­ble. You don’t want to have spaces in between each Tis­sue Tape strip. Draw a 3″ tear drop shaped petal onto a scrap piece of paper to use as a tem­plate, cut out, using a pen­cil trace 6 petals onto the back of the vel­lum cov­ered with Tis­sue Tape pieces. Using straight edge scis­sors cut out each petal. Using a paper trim­mer cut 6 pieces of pink vel­lum to approx. 2″...

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Mother’s Day Charms

May 5, 2011

Here is a very sweet gift to cre­ate for mom this Moth­er’s Day.… her very own mom charms. The charms shown below are charms of my mom as a lit­tle girl and her mom as a young lady and in her ear­ly 40’s. A neck­lace accent­ed with charms of images of your mom, her moth­er and all your sib­lings would be a won­der­ful gift. You could even accent the charms with pearl baubles. I think this would make a very spe­cial gift and one she will cher­ish. Please note you will need to print your pho­tos using a laser print­er or the image will run once you apply the glossy accents. Sup­plies Used: Two Peas In A Buck­et car­ries all the sup­plies used… Tim Holt Facets, Tim Holtz Baubles, Glossy Accents, Fiskars Fin­ger­tip Craft...

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Paper Bag Easter Basket

Apr 11, 2011

I love the sim­plic­i­ty of brown paper bags and think they make the per­fect East­er bas­kets. I remem­ber mak­ing them in grade school and being so excit­ed to bring them home to show mom and dad. This bas­ket can be left plain or altered using pat­terned paper, stamps and inks or paint. You can care­ful­ly use any of the many Fiskars bor­der punch­es to cre­ate gor­geous edges along the top of your bas­ket or you could take a hole punch and punch a hole just below where the scal­lop meets, thread a rib­bon through the holes and cre­ate a pret­ty bow by tying the two ends togeth­er. This sim­ple bas­ket has so many pos­si­bil­i­ties. I hope you share pho­tos of the bas­kets you cre­ate as I would love to see them. Have fun cre­at­ing....

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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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CHA Day 1…

Jan 29, 2011

What a great day in the Maya Road booth. I taught the art ban­ner make-n-take from 10:00 — 5:30. Every­one was so patient wait­ing in line too… some wait­ed for 1.5 hours. Tomor­row I will be teach­ing how to make the Pleat Flower Pins and Kraft Doily Pins. I will start the make-n-takes at 10:00 and go  until 2:00. Then I will head over to the Fisakars (Booth #1323) doing a card make n take from 2:30 – 4:00. We will be using all kinds of great Fiskars punch­es and pat­terned paper from “The Girls Paperie”. After I fin­ish this make n take I will head back to Maya Road for more make n take fun. Now for some pho­tos… Here are the project win­ners from the Maya Road Bring Your Project To CHA...

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CHA Schedule…

Jan 19, 2011

I tell ya this show seems to come faster and faster every year. But I love it as I get to recon­nect with friends from all over the world. Once again I am going with Maya Road (Booth #761) and will spend most of my time doing make-n-takes in their booth as well as being harassed by David. Yes, I’m an easy tar­get and he pulls pranks on me A LOT!!! Car­o­line designed all the make-n-takes for me to teach at the show and they are cute. Those attend­ing are going to have fun mak­ing them. Here is the sched­ule of where I’ll be dur­ing the show. Sat­ur­day, the 29th I will be with Maya Road all day. Sun­day, the 30th I will be with Maya Road until 2:00 and then with Fiskars (Booth #1323) from...

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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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