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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Fun project for any age…

Nov 16, 2010

This paper snowflake orna­ment will cer­tain­ly keep kids of all ages enter­tained while wait­ing for their Thanks­giv­ing meal. All you need are a few sup­plies and they should be busy for at least an hour and hope­ful­ly longer. The younger kids can punch the pieces need­ed, the old­er kids can fold them into shape then togeth­er they can attach and glit­ter every­thing to cre­ate the orna­ment. I think some made out of red and green sol­id card­stock or the adorable Tin­sel & Twig col­lec­tion by The Girls’ Paperie would look awe­some. Sup­plies Need­ed: White Card­stock, Maya Road Iri­des­cent Glit­ter, Maya Road Chip­board Snowflakes, Maya Road Pure White Ink, Rhine­stones, Dia­mond Stick­les, Aleene’s Quick Dry Tacky Glue Tools Need­ed: Fiskars Extra Large Square-a-Licious (scal­lop square) Punch, Fiskars Extra Large Seal of Approval (scal­lop round) Punch,...

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Clearly for Art…

Nov 5, 2010

My oh my, oh my is Wendy Vec­chi’s “Clear­ly for Art” super cool to work with… seri­ous­ly you will LOVE play­ing with this mod­el­ing film. It is lit­er­al­ly fool proof you CAN NOT mess this stuff up… promise! Sup­plies Need­ed: Tim Holtz Alter­ations Tat­tered Flo­rals Bigz Die, Alco­hol Inks Cran­ber­ry, Gin­ger, Ter­ra Cot­ta, Ranger Felt Appli­ca­tor Tool, Stu­dio 490 Be Inspired… Make Art Stamp Set, Archival Ink Jet Black, Ranger — Non Stick Craft Sheet, Heat Gun, 7 Vin­tage But­tons, Embroi­dery Floss Instruc­tions: Using the Tat­tered Flo­rals Die cut two of the daisy look­ing flow­ers. Punch a small hole in the cen­ter of each flower. Place these on a Non Stick Craft Sheet. Apply Cran­ber­ry, Gin­ger and Ter­ra Cot­ta Alco­hol Inks onto a Felt cov­ered Blend­ing Tool. Apply Alco­hol Inks onto the two flow­ers....

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Lola Banner

Jun 30, 2010

I cre­at­ed this ban­ner near­ly a year ago for last years CHA‑S. I love it so much that I thought I would share with you a tuto­r­i­al on how to recre­ate it. I love the com­bi­na­tion of the pale pink paint and vin­tage sheet music as well as the Ger­man glass glit­ter, crepe paper, Plat­inum Stick­les and trims. I guess it is safe to say I love it all. Sup­plies Need­ed: Maya Road Mixed Scal­lop Tri­an­gle Ban­ner Album, Maya Road Philadel­phia Upper­case Alpha­bet, Maya Road Sil­ver Metal­lic Mist, Vin­tage Sheet Music, Plat­inum Stick­les, Pink Crepe Paper, 5mm Self Adhe­sive Pearls, Fine Sil­ver Ger­man Glass Glit­ter, White Tulle, Brown and White Bak­er’s Twine, White Seam Bind­ing, Embroi­dery Floss (col­or does not mat­ter) Col­or­Box Flu­id Chalk Ink — Creamy Brown, Glossy Accents Tools Used: Paint­brush, Scal­lop...

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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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Having fun with paints

Jun 1, 2010

I have been play­ing around with a new style that is so funky and whim­si­cal and I am real­ly lov­ing it. Paint­ing seems to be less stress­ful on my shoul­der so I am work­ing in this medi­um for a bit. You will notice I still includ­ed my favorites… vin­tage ledger paper and sheet music as well as a beau­ti­ful vin­tage rhine­stone but­ton. It has been fun ven­tur­ing out­side of my com­fort zone. The paints I used  are by Clau­dine Hell­muth and I think they are awe­some. The col­ors are won­der­ful and the con­sis­ten­cy of each bot­tle  is per­fect. Her paints are super creamy. I used the end of my paint­brush to make the pol­ka dots, a cof­fee mug to cre­ate the white cir­cles, an old sten­cil I had for the num­bers. A char­coal pen­cil...

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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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Use your scraps…

May 12, 2010

This card was cre­at­ed using up some of the scraps I have been sav­ing. Scraps make the per­fect sized cards to attach to gift bags, presents or to use as enclo­sure cards. And with Grad­u­a­tions just around the cor­ner I’m sure some of you will be need­ing a few cards… I say make them and keep the sav­ings for more scrap­ping sup­plies. Instruc­tions: Trim 3 pat­terned paper scraps to 2″ x 4″ Scor the left edge of the pat­terned paper piece that will go on top of your card a .25″ from the edge. Fold over the scored sec­tion and attach it to the pat­terned paper piece that is 2″ x 4″ (this will be the inside sec­tion of the card) using a strong adhe­sive. Sew a straight stitch along the left side of...

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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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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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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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Altered Cabinet Card

Nov 2, 2009

My “A Very Vin­tage Christ­mas” work­shop starts today so in its hon­or I fig­ured I would have a very vin­tage project. I found this old cab­i­net card placed between some very old Christ­mas cards that have been in the fam­i­ly for near­ly 60 years. No one rec­og­nized these two young ladies and there was no name on the back so I decid­ed to make their pho­to into a per­ma­nent hol­i­day orna­ment to enjoy each year. These ladies seemed to be in such a gaze that I decid­ed to have them look­ing out a win­dow, maybe at the new­ly fall­en snow or eager­ly antic­i­pat­ing the arrival of a wel­comed hol­i­day guest. Which ever it may be, I’m pret­ty hap­py with how this came out and cer­tain­ly see a new addic­tion in my future. If you...

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Vintage Doily Basket…

Oct 30, 2009

I think this doily bas­ket is the per­fect size to hold items for a fun filled vin­tage themed hol­i­day swap. Once filled and wrapped in cel­lo­phane then tied with red and white bak­er’s twine and accent­ed with hol­ly leaves and berries… well you have a per­fect gift. If a vin­tage hol­i­day swap is not in your future this vin­tage doily bas­ket would also look sweet sit­ting on a co-work­ers desk filled with pep­per­mints or oth­er hol­i­day can­dies. Sev­er­al hang­ing on a feath­er tree filled with good­ies would be cute too… as you can see there are lots of pos­si­bil­i­ties for this sweet bas­ket. Instruc­tions: Com­plete­ly sat­u­rate a Cot­ton Cro­cheted Doily using Aleene’s Stiff­en Quick. Place the wet doily over the cap of a 32 oz. Gatorade bot­tle (this is the per­fect size for this...

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Scallop Paper Lace Tutorials…

Jun 3, 2009

Oh am I ever so excit­ed to share these two tuto­ri­als with you. This post is long but I believe you will think it was worth the extra long read. The Scal­lop Paper Lace (top) reminds me of the vin­tage paper lace I have seen online. Even though noth­ing can replace the love I have for vin­tage items this new dis­cov­ery sure does open up a lot of pos­si­bil­i­ties for my cre­ativ­i­ty. The Scal­lop Ric Rac Paper Lace (bot­tom) I acci­den­tal­ly made try­ing to fig­ure out how to make the scal­lop paper lace. I love it when things like this hap­pen. These two styles of paper lace will be per­fect to accent my cards, tags, lay­outs and projects. You can ink or mist these too. And if you do so on card­stock you will...

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Book Page Flower Tutorial…

May 8, 2009

Okay those of you that love to make flow­ers here is anoth­er tuto­r­i­al. I real­ly hope you all show me what you cre­at­ed with these tuto­ri­als. I would love for you to share how you use these to embell­ish your projects, cards, tags or lay­outs. Next week will be anoth­er week of tuto­ri­als just not sure what the theme will be… cer­tain­ly will be think­ing about it over the week­end. Wish­ing you all the best. Enjoy! Sup­plies Need­ed: Sizzix Die (Flower Lay­ers #3) 2 — Old Book Pages Col­or­Box Flu­id Chalk Ink (Creamy Brown) Maya Mists (Iri­des­cent Pearl, Sil­ver Metal­lic) Plat­inum Stick­les 1 — Large Pearl Cabo­chon or But­ton Stu­dio 490 Wendy Vec­chi Funky Flower Art Leaf Stamp Cream Felt Embroi­dery Floss (DMC #543) Tools Need­ed: Sewing Nee­dle Fab­ri-Tac Liq­uid Glue Martha Stew­art Seal...

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Sewing Pattern Flower Tutorial…

May 5, 2009

This super easy tuto­r­i­al has so many pos­si­bil­i­ties. If you don’t have access to a sewing pat­tern you could sub­sti­tute it with cof­fee fil­ters, old book pages, vin­tage sheet music, wall­pa­per or pat­terned paper. If you cre­ate one I hope you share your fin­ished project. I would love to see how you use this flower. I think it would look great as a sweet pin for a hat or bag or as an embell­ish­ment for a card, lay­out or project. Such fun. Enjoy! Sup­plies Need­ed: Sewing Pat­tern (pur­chased mine at a Thrift Store for super cheap) 1- Vin­tage But­ton 2 — Small Beads Embroi­dery Floss Tools Need­ed: Sizzix Die (Flower, Daisy #4) Sewing Nee­dle Martha Stew­art Seal Punch Adhe­sive Instruc­tions: Cut a por­tion of your fold­ed sewing pat­tern and fold­ed pat­tern instruc­tions just big...

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Gift Tag ~ Enclosure Card

Nov 4, 2008

Here is a quick tuto­r­i­al to cre­ate a sim­ple gift tag or enclo­sure card for your gifts dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son. I love the feel of these two stamp sets by Pink Per­sim­mon. I have real­ly become quite the fan of these two lines… can’t seem to get enough of them. Sup­plies Need­ed: Lit­tle Yel­low Bicy­cle Christ­mas Mag­ic Col­lec­tion — Red Flo­ral Book Page Pink Per­sim­mon Lit­tle Red Wag­on Pink Per­sim­mon Car­ni­val Alpha (Small) Ranger Archival Jet Black Ink Peb­bles Inc. Pearles­cent Chalk Set Stick­les (Plat­inum, Yel­low) Amer­i­can Crafts Mem­o­ry Mark­er Chest­nut Brown & White Twine Sil­ver Glass Glit­ter Tools Need­ed: Paper Trim­mer Acrylic Block Dec­o­ra­tive Scis­sors (Pink­ing) Clear Dry­ing Adhe­sive Hole punch Instruc­tions: 1. Cut book page to 3.5” x 3.5” using dec­o­ra­tive scis­sors 2. Stamp tree using Pink Per­sim­mon Lit­tle Red Wag­on...

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Faux Mosaic Tag…

Aug 25, 2008

To recre­ate this tag you will need: 1 Medi­um sized Office Tag, a 1″ square scal­lop punch by Martha Stew­art, pat­terned papers by Web­ster Page’s and Tera Leigh’s Faux Mosa­ic Kit by Ranger, 1 Flower and some rib­bon.

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Thanks so much…

Apr 11, 2008

I don’t know how you all do it month after month after month but I am clap­ping and bow­ing to you all. I have searched high and low for Fiskars new “THREADING WATER” scal­lop bor­der punch and I’m so hap­py to say she found one and is mail­ing it to me.

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Fun projects using Fiskars tools…

Apr 1, 2008

Tem­plate Emboss­ing Bor­der punch Cir­cle Bor­der Punch Large and Small Heart Squeeze Punch Eye­let Tool Tex­ture Plate and Stylus/Texturizing Tool Stamp Press Clear Stamps Addi­tion­al Sup­plies: Card­stock and Pat­terned Papers (Cloud9) Sand Paper Black and White Pens Pen­cil Scis­sors Chest­nut Roan Flu­id Chalk Ink Foam Dots Adhe­sive (wet or dry) Rib­bon Just two more days until I head out to Last­ing Mem­o­ries.

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Quick Christmas Card and the Winner…

Nov 13, 2007

To recre­ate this card you will need a blank note card, one sheet each of Can­dy and Glit­ter Can­dy pat­terned paper, Alpha Punch Outs (heart) and the Add-On Punch Outs (round tag), Every­day Grace Green Rib­bon Card (Ric Rac) and the Fiskars Bor­der Punch these are so cool, they punch and emboss at the same time (a lit­tle hint when using this punch stand up and punch, it is much eas­i­er this way).

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