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...

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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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