Countdown to Christmas Calendar

Nov 24, 2014

This hol­i­day sea­son I’m all about get­ting projects done in a day. This year, I can’t afford the take a week to com­plete a project, you all know I’m very capa­ble of cre­at­ing a mole hill kin­da project into a moun­tain kin­da project. So I thought and thought of how I could cre­ate a “Count­down to Christ­mas Cal­en­dar” with­out it tak­ing me days to com­plete. I love count­ing down to Christ­mas just as much as a kid and thought I would share with you what and how I made mine. This project should take 3  hours tops from start to fin­ish includ­ing dry­ing time for the paints. Prod­ucts Used: Maya Road Count­down Shad­ow­box, Adiron­dack Acrylic Paint Dab­ber Juniper & Metal­lic Gold, Cof­fee Archival Ink, Glue Stick, My Mind’s Eye ~ Joy­ous 6” x 6”...

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Mini Collage Card Class

Mar 3, 2014

I’m so glad to be return­ing to Rocky Moun­tain Mem­o­ries April 25th & 26th. Along with the Altered Art Jour­nal Class I will be teach­ing this Mini Col­lage Card Class. If you want to take one or both of these class­es please call Cheryl at (970) 577.1415 for the dates, times and cost. In this class you will cre­ate 5 all occa­sion cards. I’ll show you how to accent each card with 3D col­lage style fronts. You will cre­ate with Maya Road chip­board, trin­ket pins, trims and more. I’ll show you unique ways to alter these items so you can cus­tomize them to fit any col­or scheme or project. If you aren’t a Spark­ly Stick­les kin­da gal no wor­ries, I cre­at­ed this card set to look great with or with­out Stick­les. For this class...

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Save The Dates

Feb 24, 2014

I’m so glad to be return­ing to Rocky Moun­tain Mem­o­ries April 25th & 26th. I will be teach­ing an Altered Art Jour­nal class as well as a Card Class. I will have pho­tos of the card class soon. If you want to take the Altered Art Jour­nal class shown above please call Cheryl at (970) 577.1415 for the date, time and cost for this class. In this class you will cre­ate a beau­ti­ful altered art jour­nal using one of Wendy Vecchi’s new Stu­dio 490 Art Parts Art Jour­nal Cov­ers. You will alter the front of your art jour­nal cov­er using Wendy Vec­chi Stu­dio 490 Emboss­ing Paste and NEW Crack­le Tex­ture Paste, The Crafter’s Work­shop Sten­cils, Paint and more. The inside front and back cov­ers will be altered using Vin­tage Sheet Music, Inks and Per­fect...

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Cupid’s Feathered Friend

Jan 21, 2014

Place a few drops of pink dye or Mist into a small cup of water, (the more dye the dark­er the col­or, less dye the lighter the col­or), mix togeth­er. Using a paint brush, apply dyed water onto white bird and let dry. You can speed up the dry­ing process using a hair dry­er set on the cool set­ting. Cov­er the body of the bird with a thin lay­er of instant decoupage, then apply Light Pink Glit­ter, tap off excess glit­ter and let dry. Cov­er the wings of the bird with instant decoupage and apply a thin lay­er of Iri­des­cent Glit­ter and let dry. Apply instant decoupage to the beak of the bird then apply Fine Sil­ver Glass Glit­ter, let dry. As you can see there is a lot of dry­ing time but it should not take long...

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Shabby Chic Birdhouse

Jul 5, 2013

The base of this altered bird­house is cre­at­ed using Eileen Hul­l’s 3D Bird­house die by Sizzix. After I assem­bled the bird­house I cov­ered it  with plas­ter. Once the plas­ter was dry I paint­ed it with acrylic paint and accent­ed the sten­ciled areas with Col­or­Box Chest­nut Roan ink. I’m not kid­ding when I say I LOVE plas­ter and want to cov­er every­thing in it. It’s all I think about. The tex­ture you can cre­ate with this medi­um is so amaz­ing. The sides and top areas of the front and back of the bird­house are accent­ed with images from dec­o­ra­tive nap­kins. The look is amaz­ing and it’s so sim­ple to do. Just cut out the image from your nap­kin, peel the white lay­ers of the nap­kin off until all you have is the image lay­er, using your...

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Gentlemen’s Ornament or Gift Tag

Dec 1, 2011

I love the detail you get from the Gen­tle­men’s Puff stamp in the Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion ~ Fine and Dandy Stamp Set. Each fine line in the Puff can be seen and it makes me so hap­py. This project can be used as an orna­ment for your tree to rep­re­sent the men in the fam­i­ly or attached to a gift and used as a gift tag. The back is cov­ered with the blank mar­gin from a piece of vin­tage book page. I used two Maya Road Rec­tan­gle Foun­da­tion chip­board pieces as the base for this project. One com­plete rec­tan­gle front was cov­ered with vin­tage sheet music. Then just the out­er piece of the sec­ond rec­tan­gle was stamped using the fir tree stamp from Lit­tle Red Wag­on by Pink Per­sim­mon. I used Jet Black Archival Ink...

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Paper Purse

Apr 14, 2011

I’ve had sev­er­al emails sent my way ask­ing how I cre­at­ed the paper purse in the Mem­o­ry Mak­ers Blog Bounce Cre­ativ­i­ty Blooms blog post. Below are the steps to cre­ate your own paper purse if you want. It’s easy to make. First you need to start out with a piece of paper cut to 8″ square. This is my favorite size. But the small­er your square the small­er your purse and the larg­er the square the larg­er the purse. Next fold the pat­terned paper in half by bring­ing the bot­tom point up to the top point. If you want a tight crease I sug­gest you use a bone fold­er. Bring the right point­ed end all the way over to the left side of the tri­an­gle as shown below. Using a strong liq­uid adhe­sive attach...

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Lots of fun stuff today…

Dec 1, 2010

First I will end the sus­pense of who the win­ner of my book “Delight In The Details” and Free Access Pass to my “All Things Win­ter” work­shop. The win­ner is … Judi Lind­gren with her Com­ment: OMGYGTBK! This is a BFD — I’ve def­i­nite­ly got my FC! I had to research all those text words…I don’t even own one of those fan­cy phones or thing-a-ma-gings you text with! Got a real­ly cute grand­son that does tho(to young for a 16 year old I fear). I real­ly want this- real­ly, real­ly! I would be SETE. Your Mom’s site is OTT! Con­grat­u­la­tions, Judi. Email me your address and I will get your book in the mail. I will have you set up and ready to cre­ate in the work­shop, today. And since many of you who...

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New Classes Scheduled at The Crafty Scrapper

Jun 16, 2010

Smile Can­vas Ban­ner ~ Maya Mist Tech­nique Class Date: Fri­day, August 13th Place: The Crafty Scrap­per 972–923-3151 While cre­at­ing this ban­ner you will learn how to make your own paint col­ors, alter acrylic items and cre­ate a semi clear glaze using Maya Mist incor­po­rat­ed with oth­er com­mon craft sup­plies. Your kit will come with a com­plete set of Maya Road chip­board let­ters so you can spell any name or word for you ban­ner. The Maya Road Can­vas Pen­dant Ban­ner Album comes with 6 pages. If the word or name you wish to use has more than 6 let­ters Car­olyn has addi­tion­al Maya Road Can­vas Pen­dant Ban­ner Albums for pur­chase. Maya Road Maya Mists will be pro­vid­ed for use. There will be a wide assort­ment of col­ors but if you have a spe­cif­ic col­or scheme...

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What a fun weekend…

Jun 14, 2010

This past week­end was filled with loads of fun at The Crafty Scrap­per. I taught three sold out class­es, 2 — Dia­monds Are A Girls Best Friend and 1 — Tus­cany and Ros­es. I actu­al­ly remem­bered to bring my cam­era AND take some pho­tos. Although I must admit I for­got to take pho­tos of the first class. I get so wrapped up in teach­ing and laugh­ing that my cam­era is the last thing i think about BUT I put the cam­era in my apron for the 2nd and 3rd class and made myself remem­ber. So here are a few pho­tos of all the fun being had. This is Fri­day nights Tus­cany and Ros­es Class And here are pho­tos from Sat­ur­days Dia­monds Are A Girls Best Friend Class. AND… since so many were not able...

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Heritage Pennant

May 17, 2010

This is one of my favorite pho­tos of my Mom and her Moth­er. I am guess­ing this pho­to was tak­en around 1944. I think pho­to booth pho­tos are the best. So want­i­ng to be able to see this pho­to more often I decid­ed to cre­ate a lit­tle her­itage style pen­nant. Now I can dis­play it how­ev­er I wish. Tips, Tech­niques and Tuto­ri­als I had a super fun Sat­ur­day at The Crafty Scrap­per. I took two sol­der­ing class­es 101 and 201. Trisha is a great teacher. If you ever have a chance to take a class from her I sug­gest you do. You will be so hap­py you did. I will show you some of the charms I made lat­er in the week. Have a great day. I’m off to send Car­olyn the info need­ed...

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I love small houses…

May 11, 2010

I could cre­ate an entire vil­lage out of this old fash­ioned putz style house. Real­ly, there are so many won­der­ful ways to dec­o­rate this sweet lit­tle house. I have oth­er pat­terns in my head to cre­ate as well but I want­ed some­thing sim­ple this go around. I like the sim­plic­i­ty of the black paint against the old book page. Also the accent­ed star… it’s a Texas thing in gold Ger­man glass glit­ter real­ly adds a nice pop of col­or to the front. Oh and don’t for­get the crys­tal coarse glit­ter, it adds the per­fect amount of sparkle. Tips, Tech­niques and Tuto­ri­als I have been super busy cre­at­ing some new tech­nique class­es to teach at The Crafty Scrap­per in Wax­a­hachie. My “Dia­monds Are A Girl’s Best Friend” Tech­nique Class will be taught June 12th at...

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If you know me you figured…

Apr 17, 2010

it was only a mat­ter of time before I start­ed try­ing to cre­ate some of these fab­ric flow­ers Jes­si­ca and I made out of crepe paper. To start all you need is a strip of crepe paper (I used pale pink) approx. 24″ in length. Fold it in 1/2 length wise. Using scal­lop scis­sors trim the non-fold­ed edge. Thread a sewing nee­dle with embroi­dery floss and begin gath­er­ing the crepe paper along the fold­ed seam of the crepe paper. Once you get to the oppo­site end of the strip even out the gath­ers. Now begin rolling the crepe paper tight­ly at first then a lit­tle less as you go along until you reach the end. You can added a small dot of liq­uid adhe­sive along the way or wait until the entire strip has...

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Twisted Crepe Paper Rose

Apr 2, 2010

This sweet rose embell­ish­ment is per­fect to use as an accent on any project or card. I think it would be gor­geous on a birth­day, think­ing of you or Moth­er’s Day card. This rose is real­ly sim­ple to make and I see an addic­tion head­ed my way as I just can­not seem to make enough of them right now. I guess the addic­tion is already here. Sup­plies Used: Crepe Paper Stream­er — Pink, Self Adhe­sive Pearls — 2MM, Felt Leaves, Plat­inum and Dia­mond Stick­les, Aleene’s Tacky Glue, Creamy Brown Ink, Book Page Tools Need­ed: Scis­sors, Fiskars Large Scal­lop Squeeze Punch — Seal Of Approval Instruc­tions: Using a Scal­lop Punch, punch one scal­lop cir­cle out of an old book page. Ink the edges using a creamy brown ink. Accent the scal­loped edge of the cir­cle...

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May Day Basket

Mar 27, 2010

This bas­ket can be used as East­er decor in your home or giv­en to a friend or neigh­bor filled with tum­my treats.  You could also use this as a May Day Bas­ket… One fun May Day tra­di­tion is to hang a bas­ket full of spring flow­ers or oth­er small gift on your neigh­bor’s door­knob. Just make sure you don’t get caught because if you do you will have to kiss them. Sup­plies Used: Peat Pot (Gar­den Sec­tion at Lowe’s), Maya Mist — Brown, Pri­ma Hydrangea Blos­soms, Self Adhe­sive Rhinet­sons ($1 Sec­tion at Michaels), Bethany Lowe Designs All Sea­sons Fes­toon­ing Gar­land, Pale Pink Seam Bind­ing, Creamy Brown Ink, White Che­nille Stem, Fab­ri-Tac Tools Need­ed: Scis­sors Instruc­tions: Mist entire peat pot using Maya Mist — Brown, let dry. Attach to the top edge of the peat...

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Vintage Postcard Easter Ornaments

Mar 21, 2010

If you are cre­at­ing the East­er Orna­ments I am post­ing here are a few more for your tree. I love vin­tage post­card images… espe­cial­ly East­er ones. I real­ly think I was born in the wrong time peri­od. Sup­plies Used: Maya Road Foun­da­tion Chip­board Set, Maya Mist — Sil­ver Metal­lic, Ger­man Glass Glit­ter — Sil­ver, Col­or­Box Flu­id Chalk Ink — Creamy Brown, Glossy Accents, Dia­mond Stick­les, Cop­ic Ciao Mark­er RV13 Ten­der Pink, Self Adhe­sive Cream col­ored Pearls — 2mm & 5mm, Brown & White Bak­er’s Twine, Aleene’s Acid Free Tacky Glue Stick, Aleene’s Orig­i­nal Tacky Glue, Vin­tage East­er Post­card Images, Vin­tage Sheet Music (The Crafty Scrap­per most like­ly has a lot of this prod­uct if you need to order online… give them a call 972.923.3151) Tools Used: Craft Knife, Craft Mat, Sand­ing Block Instruc­tions: Cov­er...

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Easter Ornaments and Canvas Sampler Class Info

Feb 17, 2010

In this class you will cre­ate 6 adorable East­er Orna­ments that are per­fect to accent any East­er tree, gift bag or ban­ner. These orna­ments range in size from 3” to 4” and each front show­cas­es an adorable vin­tage post­card image while the back of each orna­ment is sim­ply cov­ered with images of vin­tage sheet music. You will accent each orna­ment with a silk flower, self adhe­sive pearls, brown & white baker’s twine and but­tons. If you choose, the vin­tage images can be accent­ed with Dia­mond Stick­les and the scroll frames can be accent­ed using Plat­inum Stick­les. I will show you how to accent dan­gling chan­de­lier pieces using Cop­ic mark­ers which can be pur­chased at Crop-Paper-Scis­sors if you wish to accent your orna­ments. There will be lots of paint­ing, sand­ing, glit­ter­ing and glu­ing in this...

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Snow Day Tag

Dec 12, 2009

With all the snow lots of my friends seem to be hav­ing as of late I thought this might be a fun project to doc­u­ment their snow days. This tag can be used as an orna­ment for the tree or for an accent in any room of your house. I have always loved this pho­to of my Mom back in 1957. Salem, West Vir­ginia, where my mom grew up had a snow storm that win­ter that left her lit­tle town look­ing like a win­ter won­der­land. Her dog poochie loved play­ing out­side with her in the snow as you can see from the pho­to. I find it kind of amus­ing that Mom and Dad had the same knick­name grow­ing up of “Dick­ie” and their dogs had the same name of “Poochie”. Sup­plies Used: Maya Road...

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Crepe Paper Ornament and Bottle Brush Trees

Dec 5, 2009

Fri­day night I was lucky enough to get to chat online as a guest with a bunch of Fisk-a-teers dur­ing their online crop. I tell ya if you want to chat with a fun group…you want to make sure you attend the next one. Before the chat I cre­at­ed these two projects in their hon­or. So I thought I would share the step by step instruc­tions for the orna­ment with you. (no instruc­tions for the large tree at the bot­tom of this post as I think you can fig­ure it out pret­ty sim­ply) You can make a sim­i­lar orna­ment for your­self by chang­ing the col­or of the crepe paper (Red, Green or Blue), Maya Road Maya Mists (Red) and beads. This is a real­ly fun orna­ment to make and you all know I have...

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12 Day Advent Pocket Calendar Pocket #5

Nov 12, 2009

Stamp image onto heavy weight white card­stock, ink on top of stamped image using Dis­tress Ink, light­ly col­or image using jew­el tone chalks. Place glossy accents onto the back of a Frag­ments Charm and attach to stamped image. Using Alco­hol Ink, ink the top of the Frag­ments Charm, accent the Frag­ments Charm with Dis­tress Stick­les, let dry. Once the Dis­tress Stick­les is dry apply a clear dry­ing adhe­sive to the edge of the Frag­ments Charm and apply Gold Ger­man Glass Glit­ter to the edge, let dry. Once dry tie a piece of red seam bind­ing on top. Cov­er the front top half of a 1 3/8″ x 2 3/4″ office tag with pat­terned paper, fold the end up to cre­ate a pock­et, cov­er the fold­ed part of the pock­et with pat­terned paper, stitch around...

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Mittens and Snowflakes

Nov 6, 2009

I love the cuff on these mit­tens. They remind me of when I was around 3 or 4 years old liv­ing in Kit­tery, Maine. One win­ter I remem­ber sit­ting in the back seat of my Mom and Dad’s blue Volk­swa­gen Bee­tle with my hands all toasty and warm inside my brand new muff. I loved that muff and thought I was some­thing else using it. I think it’s fun­ny how a lit­tle piece of craft Boa can remind me of some­thing long ago. Instruc­tions: Cov­er the front and back of three pages from a Maya Road Mit­ten Chip­board Coast­er Book with vin­tage wall­pa­per. I used Aleene’s Paper Glaze adhe­sive when attach­ing the wall­pa­per. Sand the edges of each mit­ten using a sand­ing block or Emory board. Apply a clear dry­ing liq­uid adhe­sive around the...

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