It is Love ~ Scribbly Bird Tag

Feb 3, 2015

Since the birds are pret­ty hap­py Spring is com­ing and have been chirp­ing non-stop out­side my win­dow and Valen­tine’s Day is just around the cor­ner I decid­ed to cre­ate this tag using Dina Wak­ley’s Scrib­bly Birds and Col­lage Hearts stamp sets. I think her stamp sets are some of the most unique on the mar­ket as all are cre­at­ed from images she has drawn in her art jour­nals. This tag is lay­ered with a Jen­ni Bowl­in Sten­cil, Ranger Tex­ture Paste, Dina Wak­ley Media Paints, Plat­inum Stick­les, Book Pages, Washi Tape and of course stamped images using Mani­la Card­stock, Jet Black Archival Ink and Dina’s...

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Keeper of Secrets & Dreams

Jul 1, 2013

The base for this altered box is Eileen Hul­l’s Box, Can­dy Draw­er die. I tell ya I have a seri­ous LOVE for Eileen’s dies and can pret­ty much pick her’s out with­out even look­ing at the name of the design­er. After I cut the box out of mat board and assem­bled it I applied a thin lay­er of plas­ter all over the inner and out­er areas of the draw­er as well as the out­er top, bot­tom and sides of the box. I real­ly like the sta­bil­i­ty plas­ter gives to this box and when dry it resem­bles that of a ceram­ic box. Once com­plete­ly dry I applied images around the box and sealed them in place with melt­ed white bees wax pel­lets. I accent­ed this Keep­er of Secrets & Dreams box with lots of dif­fer­ent...

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Jenni Bowlin Studio ~ Thinking of U Card

Apr 15, 2013

Here is card 3 of 4. I always find it fun to sur­prise some­one with a “Think­ing of U” card. It’s such a sim­ple to way to bright­en some­one’s day. And here’s a lit­tle tip for you… You can alter the Maya Road After­noon Tea flower using Maya Mists, Inks and Dis­tress Stains. This way you can col­or coor­di­nate the flower with any project you are cre­at­ing. Super fun and super easy. The Maya Road Wood­en But­tons are anoth­er fun embell­ish­ment to alter. I left mine raw for this card but you can ink, mist, paint, glit­ter and don’t for­get about adding trans­fer decals on them… And this is the list of all the prod­ucts I used to cre­ate this card. Jen­ni Bowl­in Stu­dio Mod­ern Mer­can­tile ~ Para­pher­na­lia, Mis­cel­lany & Etcetera,   one Maya Road After­noon Tea...

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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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Jenni Bowlin Studio ~ Congrats Card

Apr 11, 2013

It’s no secret I love Jen­ni Bowl­in Stu­dio prod­ucts. I’ve been so lucky to have her spon­sor all three of my books and have used her prod­ucts since she start­ed man­u­fac­tur­ing items. When I saw the new line Mod­ern Mer­can­tile designed by Lisa Dick­in­son at CHA‑W I was in love. Mod­ern Mer­can­tile works per­fect­ly with all of Jen­ni’s amaz­ing embell­ish­ments. Today’s card is 1 of 4 that I’ll be shar­ing with you over the next sev­er­al days. All the com­plet­ed cards mea­sure 4″ x 5.5″. To cre­ate this card I used Mod­ern Mer­can­tile ~ Mis­cel­lany, Patch­work,  Etcetera & Hodge Podge pat­terned papers, a Maya Road Kraft Scroll Frame Jour­nal­ing Tag, a JBS True Vin­tage Milk Bot­tle Cap & a Flat­back Read­er Flair Piece, some Maya Road Linen Burlap Trim, a JBS Kraft Feath­er Tags, Vin­tage Pho­to Dis­tress...

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Crop & Create ~ Winnipeg

Mar 18, 2013

I’m so excit­ed that in just a few short weeks I’ll be in Win­nipeg, Cana­da cre­at­ing with 100 fun and cre­ative women. April 5th from 4:30 — 7:30 I’ll be teach­ing my She is… altered House Shad­ow Box class. This class is super ver­sa­tile and loads of fun to cre­ate. You will begin alter­ing your Maya Road House Shad­ow Box with paint, ink and ges­so by Ranger as well as pat­terned papers and Sten­cils by Pink Paislee. While your House Shad­ow Box is dry­ing you will embell­ish­ment the four inside squares using prod­ucts by Jen­ni Bowl­in Stu­dio, Doo­dle­bug Design & Maya Road. You can alter your House Shad­ow Box in any theme you wish and with or with­out pho­tos. The fun thing about this project is you can place every­thing onto your altered house...

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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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See You in Winnipeg…

Feb 4, 2013

Here are some sneak peeks of the cards you will be cre­at­ing in my “Cre­ative­ly Cute Cards” Class at Crop & Cre­ate in Win­nipeg, April 5th — 6th. Teach­ing at one of Cather­ine’s events has been on my cre­ative buck­et list for quite some­time and I’m thrilled to get to check this one off my list. In my “Cre­ative­ly Cute Cards” Class you will cre­ate four beau­ti­ful cards using the new paper line Mod­ern Mer­can­tile by Lisa Dick­in­son that she designed for Jen­ni Bowl­in Stu­dio. I LOVE the col­ors and pat­terns of this awe­some new line. You will accent each card with Maya Road, Doo­dle­bug and Jen­ni Bowl­in embell­ish­ments and of course use awe­some Ranger prod­ucts like Dis­tress Ink and Dia­mond Stick­les to give your cards that added awe­some­ness. These pho­tos are sneak peeks of my...

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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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CHA-Summer 2012 Day 2

Jul 18, 2012

Today, I was in the Maya Road booth all day doing make-n-takes. Let me tell you my feet and knees hurt so bad tonight I can hard­ly stand it. But before head­ing to bed I want­ed to show you some of my favorite Maya Road prod­ucts which just so hap­pen to be pret­ty pop­u­lar with store own­ers too. But before I show you these pho­tos let me first show you this one… this is Ter­ra Cameron with Simon Says Stamp. You can pur­chase my Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion stamp sets from Simon Says Stamp HERE. If you ever have a chance to chat with Ter­ra and/or Hei­di you will love every sec­ond. They are the sweet­est. Okay now on to the pho­tos of my favorite new Maya Road prod­ucts. You will be see­ing these a lot...

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What a DAY!

Jul 16, 2012

Today, cer­tain­ly did NOT start out as a nor­mal sec­ond day of set up in the Maya Road booth. Our booth did NOT arrive until 11:30 this morn­ing… YES, 11:30 and the first day of CHA is TOMORROW!!!  I have nev­er had such a pit in the bot­tom of my stom­ach as I had today. I can­not even imag­ine how Car­o­line and David felt. There is so much work to be done get­ting this booth ready for a show it will make your head spin and eyes glaze over. We stopped for 30 min. to eat lunch and thank­ful­ly, Jim­my John’s deliv­ers. We inhaled our food and it was right back to work unload­ing crates filled with floor­ing, the dis­play, prod­uct and lots of design team box­es… One good thing is we do have...

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Welcome Home with Maya Road

Jul 11, 2012

Here is a pho­to of the “Wel­come Home with Maya Road” work­shop (#W0701) I’ll be teach­ing for Maya Road at CHA. I’m so look­ing for­ward to teach­ing this sold out class. I also want to give a great big Texas THANK YOU to my awe­some SPONSORS… Clearsnap, Fiskars, Jen­ni Bowl­in Stu­dio and Ranger. They gra­cious­ly donat­ed prod­uct for me to alter the NEW Maya Road House Shad­ow Box. Each class attendee will have a kit filled with awe­some Maya Road prod­ucts and get to cre­ate using prod­uct by these top man­u­fac­tur­ers. And of course a class always needs a give away or two, or three etc., so I’ll be giv­ing away copies of my new book “Delight In The Sea­sons” to sev­er­al lucky win­ners dur­ing the work­shop....

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Halloween 2011 Completed Album

Nov 8, 2011

Here is the com­plet­ed Hal­loween mini album. I love how it turned out. Jen­ni Bowl­in and Maya Road were made to go togeth­er. I accent­ed the stems of the pump­kins using JBS Dec­o­ra­tive Brads, MR Leaf Pins and Trim. It’s now ready to fill with cute Hal­loween pho­tos of lit­tle trick ‑or-treaters and some jour­nal­ing about their fun can­dy filled evening. Front Cov­er I added brown and white bak­er’s twine to the top of the small­er pump­kins and accent­ed the edges of the JBS Alter­able Let­ters — Micro Dots using Chick­en Feed and brown ink. And of course I accent­ed the top of each let­ter using Dia­mond Stick­les. The 2011 are JBS Vin­tage Black Stick­ers. Pages 1 and 2 Pages 3 and 4 The num­bers 3 and 4 on page three are from the JBS...

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Altering the House

Nov 5, 2011

I feel like I’m burn­ing the can­dle at both ends, right now. I’ve been work­ing on spe­cial projects, writ­ing instruc­tions for three class­es that I will be teach­ing, next week­end at The Crafty Scrap­per, gath­er­ing sup­plies to kit for the class­es and try­ing to fin­ish up this Hal­loween Mini Album. So tonight I fin­ished alter­ing the house and thought I would share it now instead of wait­ing until Mon­day. I cov­ered the major­i­ty of the chip­board house using this Hal­loween 2011 pat­terned paper by JBS Mer­can­tile. The small sec­tions are per­fect to alter the house and pump­kin. The owl and stars on the roof are from this pat­terned paper. After I cov­ered the house with pat­terned paper I sand­ed and inked the edges using a brown ink. Then I attached the pat­terned paper of...

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Altering the Leaves

Nov 3, 2011

As you can see the album is start­ing to come togeth­er, but please note I do not have any­thing attached to the cov­er just yet. Every­thing is just sit­ting in place. I like see­ing the stems of the leaves and pump­kins stick­ing out. The album still lacks all the details that makes it spe­cial but you can begin to see how the com­plet­ed mini album is going to look. I’m still not sure how I want to alter the ban­ner.. paint, ink, paper? I’ll fig­ure it out lat­er. Today we are alter­ing the leaves of the coast­er mini album. I find it eas­i­est when alter­ing some­thing like the shape of leaves is to apply the adhe­sive to the chip­board piece, attach the pat­terned paper and then cut the piece out using a craft knife...

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Altering the Pumpkins

Nov 2, 2011

Please for­give me for the last few days. I have been work­ing on some projects that I can­not wait to share. I will be doing an online chat with A Cher­ry On Top, Novem­ber 19th (once we have the time set I will let you know) dur­ing this chat I will final­ly get to reveal my secret… need­less to say, I am count­ing down the days. So, if you want to know make sure you are all signed up at ATOC to par­tic­i­pate in the chat. Okay, so now to alter­ing the chip­board pump­kins with Jen­ni Bowl­in’s awe­some Hal­loween 2011 line. To cre­ate the pump­kin tem­plate place a piece of com­put­er paper on top and trace over the recessed area with a sty­lus and cut out. For the stem por­tion of the pump­kin I traced...

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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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The Creative Process

Oct 26, 2011

I’m often asked how I come up with my ideas and how I cre­ate… so today’s post will give you a lit­tle insight into my cre­ative mad­ness. LOL, I real­ly do tor­ture myself and I’m not kid­ding. First, I get an idea which usu­al­ly comes to me at night when in bed. My brain starts to unwind because I’m always wound up like an 8 day clock. It is then that all the ideas start creep­ing in my head and I take notes. The oth­er night a mini album idea popped into my head for Hal­loween. I have some of the new super awe­some JBS Hal­loween line and embell­ish­ments that I have real­ly been want­i­ng to use but could not come up with an idea that I real­ly liked. I was think­ing about all...

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Last day of Show and Tell

Oct 20, 2011

This “Hap­py Birth­day” tag can be found in the Sum­mer chap­ter on page 64 of Delight In The Sea­sons. The tech­nique fea­tured is on page 65. But as you know this part still remains a secret. And just so you know, hav­ing to keep all of this a secret is killing me. I can­not wait for this book to hit the shelves. I used all kinds of fun prod­ucts and tools when cre­at­ing this tag.… Punch­es and Dec­o­ra­tive Scis­sors, Ink and Paint, Stick­les and Glit­ter, Stamp­ing and Dis­tress­ing and added tex­ture using Seam Bind­ing and Burlap. Machine stitch­ing with a basic straight stitch using cream thread all around the pat­terned paper pieces and inner edge of the tag adds the per­fect fin­ish­ing touch. I hope this weeks Show and Tell has giv­en you just...

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Joyful Gift Tag

Oct 19, 2011

This tag can be found on page 44 in the Spring chap­ter of Delight In The Sea­sons. The adorable chicks are from Crafty Secrets Vin­tage Heart­warm­ing. I’ve always been a huge fan of their vin­tage images. They have a wide selec­tion that are per­fect for vin­tage inspired projects. The altered Maya Road Scal­lop Frames accent the chicks per­fect­ly. And I was thrilled when I dis­cov­ered that Jen­ni Bowl­in’s Paint Dab­bers in Chew­ing Gum and Soap Pow­der matched the Lit­tle Yel­low Bicy­cle pat­terned papers so per­fect­ly. When every­thing came togeth­er for this project I end­ed up with an adorable tag to place on a gift bag or inside a frame to use as a Spring themed piece of art. And many thanks go to the fol­low­ing book spon­sors… Lit­tle Yel­low Bicy­cle, Jen­ni Bowl­in, Maya Road, Ranger, Crafty...

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The Ferry Ride

Aug 1, 2011

When we went to Galve­ston a few weeks ago I took a few pho­tos of Ans­ley and her boyfriend Matt while wait­ing for and rid­ing the fer­ry over to Galve­ston. So when I saw the col­ors and pat­terns in this months Cocoa Daisy kit “ ‘Siren’s Call” I was thrilled, as they matched the pho­tos per­fect­ly. The ban­ner is cre­at­ed with the adorable stamp set includ­ed in this months kit. I used the ink from the “Mist and Ink” Add On kit to cre­ate the ban­ner and the red and white twine came from the “Calyp­so” Add On Kit. And I was so hap­py to be asked to be this months Guest Design­er for Vin­tage Street Mar­ket. If you are not famil­iar with this com­pa­ny you need to check them out. They have lots of fun vin­tage...

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