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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