Altered House Shadow Box

May 9, 2013

Some of you  might have seen this post ear­li­er in the week and won­dered what in the world is she doing… well I’ve always said I’m not a techy kin­da girl. I had the wrong post date so it post­ed before I had the blog post fin­ished. This is one of the class­es I taught at Crop & Cre­ate. It has so many tech­niques and ideas that can trans­fer on to oth­er dif­fer­ent projects. The decoupaged Pink Paislee Cof­fee Fil­ters on the roof can eas­i­ly be placed onto a can­vas,  mini album, paper mache box, wood­en plaque and lots of oth­er items. The Pink Paislee Mask and Ges­so Tech­nique can be placed on the projects I just list­ed as well as tags. And oh good­ness you can do so many cute things with the...

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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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Jenni Bowlin Studio ~ Thank U Card

Apr 12, 2013

Here is Card 2 of 4 and I must say, I think this card set is one of my favorite sets I’ve ever cre­at­ed. I just love the pat­terned papers and embell­ish­ments on each card. I’m telling you Lisa Dick­in­son’s Mod­ern Mer­can­tile line she designed for Jen­ni Bowl­in Stu­dio is so super inspir­ing. I love to cre­ate mini col­lages as the focal point on all my cards. A col­lage is not just lay­er­ing and attach­ing paper and ephemera to a can­vas it can be items of any kind grouped togeth­er, which is what I had loads of fun doing with this card. The wood­en but­ter­fly, heart pins, milk cap and resin flower make an adorable col­lage and the “thank u” sen­ti­ment works great to bal­ance the col­lage per­fect­ly. Cre­at­ing 3D col­lages are won­der­ful ways to use...

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DIY St. Patrick’s Day Charm

Mar 8, 2013

Remem­ber the Valen­tine’s Day charms I showed you last month, well you can just as eas­i­ly cre­ate charms for St. Patrick­’s Day too. All you need is a lit­tle gold and green glit­ter a few Maya Road Mem­o­ry Glass Vials and some Tim Holtz Screw Eyes and you’re done.  I filled these St. Patrick­’s Day Charms with sev­er­al dif­fer­ent kinds of glit­ter. I placed gold glass glit­ter inside the larg­er glass vial then Martha Stew­art Peri­dot Fine Glit­ter and Rec­ol­lec­tions (Michaels Brand) Gold Tin­sel Glit­ter inside the small­er glass vial. I think these would look cute filled with green and gold micro beads as well. Now you have the per­fect green acces­so­ry to save your­self from those pesky pinch­ers that are always look­ing for those who for­get to wear green....

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EnviroTex Resin Charm Trio

Feb 5, 2013

I just real­ized I for­got to show you the Charm Trio I cre­at­ed for my old­est niece Aman­da. If you are still on the fence about try­ing resin stop think­ing about it and DO IT NOW! It is so much fun and Envi­ro­Tex Resin is so easy to use. So here is pret­ty much what I did for each charm. Start­ing from Top to Bot­tom. Charm One has a lay­er of Martha Stew­art Brown­stone glit­ter and a Mak­ing Mem­o­ries Glit­ter Alpha Stick­er. Charm Two has a punched cir­cle of sheet music that is sealed using Nunn Design Glue. After about three appli­ca­tions of glue which was dried com­plete­ly in between appli­ca­tions I attached a Nunn Design Trans­fer Decal on top of the sheet music as instruct­ed on the pack­ag­ing. I love that the decals...

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Glittering Thrift Store Vases and Bottles

Jan 28, 2013

This was a fun late night, last minute project I decid­ed to do since I’ve seen this tech­nique many times pinned on Pin­ter­est. Some things on Pin­ter­est look super easy and amaz­ing but in the end, end up being epic fail­ures. I have heard sev­er­al sto­ries. But I am hap­py to say this tech­nique works like a charm and makes this glit­ter girl super hap­py. Sup­plies Used: Col­lage Pauge Instant Decoupage ~ Glossy, Rec­ol­lec­tions Extra Fine Glit­ter ~ Cham­pagne, Thrift Store Vas­es or Bot­tles, Non-Stick Craft Mat, Alu­minum Foil, Pop­si­cle Stick Instruc­tions: Squirt some Glossy Col­lage Pauge Instant Decoupage into the bot­tom of your vase or bot­tle. I just count­ed one, two, three while squirt­ing the Col­lage Pauge Instant Decoupage into the vase and stopped. No rock­et sci­ence here.  Next I placed about 2...

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A Shabby Christmas with Maya Road

Dec 13, 2012

Gosh it’s been a while since I last post­ed on my blog. I had to dust off the keys. This year, I’m mak­ing all my Christ­mas gifts so my still incred­i­bly orga­nized craft­room has had a flur­ry of glit­ter going on in it. Besides Christ­mas gifts it’s CHA prep time and book projects that are freak­ing me out but enough of that stress lets get on to this fun project. I thought of a cute idea when I found this lit­tle tro­phy in my scrap­book stash and just had to make this home decor accent or orna­ment (which ever you pre­fer) and of course share with all my blog read­ers. This shab­by tree is real­ly fun to make. Here are the basic sup­plies I used… small plas­tic tro­phy, Sisal Christ­mas Tree, Clau­dine Hell­muth Stu­dio...

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UTEE, Resin & Sculpey Clay Charms

Oct 30, 2012

I’ve had so much fun this past week exper­i­ment­ing with UTEE, Resin and Sculpey Clay. At the moment it’s a charm par­adise in my craft­room. The acorn charm is made from UTEE. I hunt­ed all over my back­yard for the per­fect­ly shaped acorn so I could make a mold of it. I found one and think this charm came out so cute. The top of the acorn is the actu­al acorn top I glit­tered and attached to the UTEE acorn. I cov­ered the entire acorn with a thin lay­er of resin. The bird charm is cre­at­ed out of Sculpey Clay, embossed with a Melt Art Tex­ture Tread, paint­ed and cov­ered with a thin lay­er of resin. The always be amaz­ing charm is cre­at­ed using Sculpey Clay, resin paper but­ter­flies, glass glit­ter and topped with...

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Mini Shadow Box

Aug 10, 2012

Tomor­row, I am par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Jo-Ann Fab­rics & Crafts Grand Open­ing in Sher­man, Texas. I will be there for a Book Sign­ing and Demo from 11:00–1:00. I’ll be instruct­ing those in atten­dance how to cre­ate a beau­ti­ful paper rose to accent a gift tag or card for any cel­e­bra­tion or spe­cial occa­sion. And with just a sim­ple change in paper col­or these beau­ti­ful ros­es are per­fect for any hol­i­day.  Come see me… it’s going to be fun! Jo-Ann Fab­rics & Crafts 4127 N. US High­way 75 Sher­man, Texas Ok, so on to today’s project. I love shad­ow box­es of any kind and decid­ed to cre­ate a mini shad­ow box tag for one of my projects for CHA. As I start­ed gath­er­ing Maya Road sup­plies I came across a Maya Road Scal­lop Square Basic Album...

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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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Maya Road Linen Album

Jul 12, 2012

So hap­py to final­ly be able to share the Maya Road Cat­a­log for CHA-Sum­mer. They have some awe­some prod­ucts com­ing out this release and one of my favorite’s is their new 4″ Binder Linen Album that has 3 linen pages and 3 chip­board pages. I fin­ished my mini album using this album just in the knick of time too… I leave bright and ear­ly… no, wait it wont even be bright when I head to the air­port Sat­ur­day morn­ing, just ear­ly… ugh. I’m so not a morn­ing per­son… I just hope while I’m passed out in my seat on the plane I don’t drool. Okay enough of my trav­el­ing and on to my mini album… I had fun alter­ing this album with lots of amaz­ing new prod­uct. Notice the key in the cen­ter, it’s...

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Apr 20, 2012

I love the word “if”. I find it to be one of the most thought pro­vok­ing words and thought it worked per­fect­ly for this tag. If I had not final­ly giv­en in to my deep desire of play­ing with wax I would have nev­er found out just how much I tru­ly love this art form. I start­ed this tag with one I blend­ed ink and dabbed mist here and there as well as stamped the lady from “Soci­ety Lady” stamp set using Jet Black Archival Ink. Then using a Clover iron melt­ed three dif­fer­ent shades of green on top of the tag. Using the hot iron I spread the wax over the entire tag as well as swept some areas of the wax away show­ing the ink, mist and stamped areas. Once the base...

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Late Night Creative Play

Apr 18, 2012

I was play­ing late into the night with Bees Wax and thought I would give you a keep­ing it real pho­to of my work area. Maybe this is why I love junk shops and thrift stores so much… the messier the bet­ter. You’ll find all kinds of things in this pho­to… fin­ished projects, dried flow­ers, lace, but­tons, sheet music, bees wax etc… all the things I love. Encaus­tic art is were I want to remain. I love the smell of melt­ing wax, I love how it swirls, bub­bles and flows. It’s been quite a jour­ney get­ting to this place but this place feels nat­ur­al, effort­less and makes me so hap­py. This piece is still in the works. I love how dried flow­ers look under­neath lay­ers nat­ur­al bees wax. I’m not sure how this piece...

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Featured Artist ~ Susie Moore

Mar 23, 2012

I’m thrilled to show you the tag and mini hang­ing Susie Moore cre­at­ed using my Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion stamp sets. Susie cre­at­ed the tag above using the Per­fumery  stamp set. The altered flow­ers with their bold col­or are per­fect to accent the side of the per­fume bot­tle. And you know I love the glit­tered edges of the tag. Then the pearl accents on the crown com­plete the tag per­fect­ly.  Good­ness, my stamp set, glit­ter and pearls could it real­ly get any more per­fect? Then the mini wall hang­ing shown below fea­tures the ATC Miss­es’ Aprons stamp. Look at all the awe­some­ness Susie has going on here… the flower accents on the apron are adorable. And all the pearls and baubles she added to the wall hang­ing com­plete it per­fect­ly. I tell ya I can­not cre­ate a thing...

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Feb 13, 2012

You need to check out the lat­est Maya Road Design­er’s Chal­lenge Inspi­ra­tion Book. Click HERE and you will see some real­ly super cute tags that sev­er­al of the Maya Road design team mem­bers cre­at­ed, after Car­o­line gave us a 7 prod­uct chal­lenge. And I have to show you this super cute neck­lace Shel­ley Hagan­man sent me for my birth­day. She makes the cutest flair but­tons. The flair but­tons for the neck­lace are mag­net­ic so I can put which ever but­ton I feel like wear­ing at the moment. And I must say I do think it is all about keep­ing calm and glit­ter­ing on. I find the glit­ter part eas­i­er than the calm part though… got­ta be hon­est. If you’re not famil­iar with Shel­ley’s etsy store “A Flair for But­tons” you real­ly need to take...

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Maya Road Sneak Peek 3

Jan 22, 2012

I’m real­ly lik­ing all the wood items Maya Road is releas­ing at CHA. You can alter these in so many dif­fer­ent ways. I applied watered down Espres­so Brown Maya Mist on the Wood­en Doily then once dry light­ly rubbed a Maya Road Gold Ink Pad around the edges. This gave the doily a nice aged look. Next, I paint­ed the entire top side of the Wood­en Bird with a thin lay­er of acrylic paint, while the paint was still wet I sprin­kled a light coat­ing of Maya Road Iri­des­cent Glit­ter on top. Once the paint was dry I cov­ered the top of the bird with two lay­ers of Dia­mond Glaze, mak­ing sure it dried com­plete­ly in between each lay­er. The top of the bird is accent­ed with vin­tage but­tons, a piece of Vin­tage Rhine­stone...

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Maya Road Sneak Peeks Day 1

Jan 20, 2012

Final­ly the day is here… Maya Road Sneak Peeks have begun. I tell ya I don’t think I could have wait­ed anoth­er day. I’ve been so inspired with this win­ter release and want to share, share, share. I know I say this every time but I hon­est­ly do believe it… this is their BEST RELEASE ever! So many awe­some new items. Okay, on to today’s project. One of my favorite new items are the Wood Vin­tage Birds. Each pack­age con­tains 5 styles & 10 birds that are just wait­ing for you to alter. They range in mea­sure­ments from 1.5″ to 3″ and are per­fect to paint, ink, glit­ter etc. I had fun paint­ing, ink­ing, crack­ling and glit­ter­ing the fat chub­by bird. He looks like a win­ter bird sit­ting in the snow all fluffed up...

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Dress Forms, Angel Wings and Glitter

Jan 16, 2012

This project includes prod­ucts I’m real­ly lov­ing right now, so I thought I would share them with you… Maya Road Mini Chip­board Set “Sew Cute” Dress Forms Maya Road Mini Chip­board Set “Wings & Hearts” Wings Maya Road Mini Chip­board Set “Crowns” Maya Road Glit­ter Iri­des­cent, Regal Gold & Licorice Black Maya Road Vin­tage Lace Trim Mums — Sil­ver Maya Road Tulle Pleat Trim Mocha Ranger Ink Crack­le Accent Clau­dine Hell­muth Stu­dio Mul­ti Medi­um Mat­te Tim Holtz Dis­tress Crack­le Paint Clear Rock Can­dy Jen­ni Bowl­in for Ranger Acrylic Paint Dab­bers Malt­ed Milk & Foun­tain Pen I’m also hav­ing fun with the tiny word­ing strips you see on the dress forms. They are from my Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion stamp sets Soci­ety Lady & Styl­ish and Fash­ion­able. The “Fig­ure No. 296K.” and oth­er like word­ing are just...

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Simple Stories and Maya Road

Dec 5, 2011

I hope you are ready for a fun blog hop this week. Sim­ple Sto­ries and Maya Road will be fea­tur­ing lots of awe­some projects for the hol­i­day sea­son all week using the Sim­ple Sto­ries 25 Days of Christ­mas line and loads of Maya Road prod­ucts. Last night, I cre­at­ed a card that reminds me of a hol­i­day scene from the ear­ly 1900’s. A lady and gen­tle­man stand­ing in front of their Christ­mas tree look­ing out the win­dow as peo­ple pass by their home all dec­o­rat­ed for the sea­son or maybe watch­ing snowflakes as they gen­tly fall to the ground. Either way it is a mag­i­cal evening for them both. The win­dow is attached to the front of the card using foam squares to give it a bit of dimen­sion. I attached the minia­ture hol­ly...

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Getting Started

Oct 27, 2011

When cre­at­ing a mini album I like to cov­er the base pages first and build from there. Jen­ni Bowl­in’s Hal­loween line reminds me of the vin­tage Hal­loween items I come across now and then when thrift­ing and walk­ing around flea mar­kets. The images on the pat­terned papers are awe­some. Tools and Sup­plies Used: Glue Stick, Craft Knife, Craft Mat, Sand­ing Block, Glossy Accents, Maya Road 1″ Ink Pads True Black, Metal­lic Gold, Maya Road Glit­ter Licorice Black, Regal Gold, Dia­mond Stick­les Album Cov­er Pages 1 and 2 Pages 3 and 4 Pages 5 and 6 Pages 7 and 8 Back Cov­er Once all the pages are cov­ered I then alter the mini chip­board embell­ish­ments. I inked and glit­tered a cat, two trees and two maple leaves. Then I altered two mini chip­board pump­kins using...

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“Christmas Wishes”

Oct 21, 2011

When: Novem­ber 13th Where: The Crafty Scrap­per Time: 11:00 In this class you will cre­ate a home décor piece and hol­i­day orna­ment using a fun mix­ture of new and vin­tage items. Some of the vin­tage items being used are mer­cury glass orna­ments, sheet music, images from vin­tage cards, lace trim, alu­minum gar­land and tin­sel. I’ve been col­lect­ing vin­tage items with this class in mind all year long, from flea mar­kets and thrift stores in Frisco, McK­in­ney, Sour Lake, Win­nie and Beau­mont, as well as all the states from here to Maine. We will col­lage, paint, ink, glit­ter and of course Stick­le when cre­at­ing these two fes­tive hol­i­day projects. Once com­plet­ed you can place the altered hol­i­day tray on an easel or attach a hang­er to the back. This will be left up to you...

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