So This Is Love ~ Tag

Feb 11, 2015

The star of this tag is one of my new handmade Penny Candy Dolls. I think she is the perfect accent for this tag and I must admit she is one of my favorites. If you want to recreate a tag for yourself or a friend I put together a step by step tutorial just for you. Supplies Needed: Manila Tag, Vintage Music Sheet, White Crepe Paper, Chipboard Heart, Dina Wakley Media Ruby Acrylic Paint, Maya Road Red Glitter, Platinum Stickles, Diamond Stickles, Small Red Flocked Flower, Brown & White Twine, 3 Crocheted Doilies, DoodleBug Rhinestones, White Embroidery Floss, Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue, Fabric Tac Fabric Adhesive, Ranger Multi Medium Matte, Martha Stewart Crystal Coarse Glitter, Handmade Penny Candy Doll, Small Alphabet Stamp Set, Jet Black Archival Ink Tools Needed: Scis­sors, Paper Trim­mer,...

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Altered Art Journal Page 1

Aug 22, 2014

Well I finally did it, I started an art journal. But let me tell ya it was not an easy start. I started out with one page, really didn’t like the bold colors because let’s face it, I’m not a bold color kinda gal, so I then thought I would tone it down a bit, then I really didn’t like it and had to step away from the table because I could feel some major frustration coming on. This is when I decided I would try to make some DIY lip gloss, so I did. It was super fast, easy and I really like it. DIY Lip Gloss Recipe All you need is 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, 1/4 teaspoon of Vaseline and 5 drops of Peppermint essential oil or the essential oil of your choice....

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Charm Bracelets and Bangles

Aug 13, 2014

I love the sweet sound of charm bracelets and I’m so lucky to have my grandmother’s charm bracelet. I still remember the sound her bracelet made as she wore it. I LOVED being able to find the engraved charm with my name and birthdate, it hung nestled among all her grandchildren and other special charms she had been given. These two charm bracelets are crafted from hand cut vintage tin, that I cut, sanded and turned into charms. Each charm creates a soft sweet sound that reminds me of a wind chime far off in the distance on a Texas farm. I accented each charm bracelet with a strand of pearl like beads and the bottom charm bracelet has vintage clear glass beads wire wrapped and attach between the tin charms. Each bracelet is a one of a...

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Handmade Eclectic Jewelry

Jan 29, 2014

Lately, I’ve been creating unique pieces of jewelry in my studio using bits & pieces of vintage jewelry I’ve been collecting. The heart shaped pendant in the photo above is one I cut from copper sheeting, soldered and accented with a vintage postcard image, red rhinestone trim and German silver glass glitter. The front and back of this pendant is covered with a layer of clear resin. Then I created the necklace from pearl, iridescent pink and red beads. This bracelet is created from a vintage earring that I could not pass up at a flea market. I LOVE the coral color and all the detail. The scallop lace around the outer edge and flower center is so intricate. The earring is attached to a bracelet that has a spring type hinge. This type...

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On My Table…

Jan 17, 2014

I’ve been playing around in my studio, this week and have really enjoyed working on a few soldering projects. Soldering is something I kinda put on the back burner for a bit while creating my last two books. I get so much satisfaction from creating items I have visualized in my head. I’m a true assemblage girl at heart. The house above has an adorable vintage Valentine image inside and is covered with a layer of resin. The vintage flocked flowers are a beautiful shade of pale pink and one is accented with the words “Love is”. I added two small rhinestones from a vintage necklace to the key. So I’m sure you figured it out that the title of this pendant will be “Love is Key”. I’m going to drill a hole in...

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My Life In A Dinghy

Sep 18, 2013

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if you gave a group of artists the same template and asked them to create something in their very own unique style? Well, I have always wondered this and decided to act on this idea. I sent emails to my favorite artists in the craft industry, those who replied stating they could participate I then followed up by emailing them a template and two rules… 1. use the template I sent and 2. the base of their project had to be made from a toilet paper roll… yes, you read correctly a toilet paper roll. I was so happy to have enough artists wanting to participate that this new blog feature “My Life In A Dinghy” was created. I will post each artists amazing dinghy...

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Plaster Posy

Aug 19, 2013

Before falling asleep one evening, I was thinking about things to create with plaster and thought a flower would be fun. So the next morning, I grabbed some wire and started bending and twisting it into shape creating the base for a neat plaster posy. Once I had everything the way I liked it I applied plaster and got really messy. I love the rawness of plaster and find it so inspiring. After the plaster was completely dry I used bees wax to seal images onto the posy. Then to accent the edges of each petal and the leaf I painted metallic gold paint all along the edges. I love how this little unassuming pop of gold looks. Painting the edges of any project really does help finish off your piece. To complete the...

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Enjoying the Process

Jul 31, 2013

These projects are sitting on my worktable just waiting for me to complete. I really enjoy creating several different plaster items at once. This way I have several different projects to pick from and I don’t have to wait for plaster to dry. I just dig around, pick out the piece that inspires me that day and start creating. It’s a lovely way to start the day. This heart is going to become a shadow box. It will be painted, inked, stamped, waxed and filled with who knows what kinda thrifty find. This plaster crown is just the first of many I plan on creating. Goodness was this fun to make. I must admit I did fuss with it far too long but I wanted it to have lots of rough, uneven textured areas...

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Vintage Button Bracelet

Feb 7, 2013

This bracelet is seriously the easiest bracelet I’ve ever created. I started with the Patera Bracelet Small Circle by Nunn Design for the base of my bracelet. I love the aged look of all the Nunn Design items and the quality is beyond awesome. First I selected 7 vintage shell buttons that fit nicely and securely inside each of the bezels of the bracelet. I did not want any space showing between the button and the bezel so I made sure these buttons were almost an exact fit. Using E6000 as my adhesive, I applied a small amount of adhesive inside each bezel of the bracelet then pressed a vintage shell button on top of the E6000. Next I selected 7 additional shell buttons that were slightly smaller than the others. I attached these to the...

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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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Metal Gift Tag

Oct 18, 2012

This year, I plan on using what I already have on hand to create name tags for all my gifts. All you need are a few punches, alcohol inks, metal stamps, rhinestones and twine. This tag will adorn my niece Madelyn’s gift this Christmas. This gift tag was super hard to photograph so sorry for the brightness. My camera was not happy with it’s shininess at all but the good thing is the tag is really easy to create. I’m also determined to make most of my gifts this year. These past few days I’ve been experimenting with Resin and Polymer Clay and talk about fun! I have lots of projects in mind to create. The full step-by-step tutorial can be found HERE in my Tips, Techniques and Tutorials online workshop....

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Year In Review ~ Jewelry

Jan 5, 2012

I had lots of fun creating necklaces and bracelets using broken pieces of jewelry found at flea markets or thrift stores. One of my favorite things to make are bracelets using vintage earrings. The hardest part is finding earrings at a reasonable price. It is always so fun when I stumble upon a pair during my travels and thrifting. For Christmas I made my niece Amanda and me matching bracelets. She purchased three pairs the two blue ones and the rhinestone shell looking one in the center. Then I scoured antique stores from Texas to West Virginia as well as Flea Markets in McKinney and Winnie, Texas to Antique stores in Frisco, Beaumont, Lumberton and Sour Lake, Texas. Finally, I gathered enough for us to have matching bracelets. I stamped XOXO on a small...

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Charm Inspiration…

Jun 23, 2011

I’ve really had fun making charms for Terri and Ansley as well as friends and family. I like to collect little things here and there to create something meaningful from a special moment or event. Then I’ll think and think on it until I come up with a unique way to incorporate the item or items into a small token to give as a remembrance of that day. Last year, while I was in Greece for Cocoa Daisy Destination ~ Mykonos I brought back a little bit of sand, some coins and evil eye charms. I had no idea what I was going to do with them at the time but figured something would come to mind. Well, I will be rooming with Christine and Ronda at CHA-S next month and decided this would be...

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Wall Art

Jun 16, 2011

This is a great way to use your scraps. I created this piece years ago but love how it’s still something I can displayed to this day. I used Maya Road Chipboard Blossoms for the flowers covered with patterned paper scraps, then I attached a button to the center of each one. The leaves and stems were hand cut and randomly placed onto the patterned paper base to look like a wildflower arrangement. The entire piece is attached to a canvas and sits on a easel. I accented the chipboard vase with rhinestones and twill. The saying says, “I’d rather have roses on my table than diamonds around my neck.” Which is very much me. So keep those scraps as they can help you create some really cute wall...

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Make Art!

Jan 4, 2011

I love these two little words. I have a wonderful cheerleader for a friend. She always sends me email filled with words like you can do it yes you can… I know you can… etc. She is the best and SHE is SUPER TALENTED too. She LOVES flowers and always signs her blog posts with “make art!” I love that. Late last night while I was looking at her blog I thought I would make her a little something to give to her at CHA. I soldered this flower pin several months ago and it’s been sitting on a shelf collecting dust. Actually, I have lots of stuff sitting on my shelves collecting dust. So I’ve decided to start sharing them with friends and family as well as in class participants. My sweet friend...

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I’m focused… Promise!

Jan 3, 2011

While sitting here waiting for my Distress Crackle Paint – Rock Candy to dry I remembered I forgot to show you the bracelet dad and I made using one of my grandfather’s spoons. Well actually it’s really more like the bracelet I pounded flat, stamped poorly, dad bent into shape and fixed my stamping. Poor man, I tell ya we had some laughs or rather I laughed at the looks dad would give me when I would hand it over for him to fix. Dad’s just gotta love those crafty daughter’s that venture out into unknown art forms. We had fun though and it’s a bracelet I will cherish. All I could think of was the saying my grandfather would say from time to time when you got really focused on the imperfections of...

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A Christmas Mouse

Dec 22, 2010

Mom and I love all the little figurines of Christmas mice that can be seen during the holidays. My grandmother on the other hand could not STAND seeing anything which slightly resembled that of a mouse. I can remember once when I was very, very young being at my grandparent’s camp in Acton, Maine and gram running out of the camp screaming. It was years later I found out my mom had discovered a little mouse nest in one of the kitchen drawers that had a baby mouse sleeping inside. Well gram did not want anything to do with that and left in a dash. Poor gram. So in the spirit of all the adorable Christmas mice mom and I see during the holiday season I thought it would be fun to make one for her...

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For a great cause…

Aug 30, 2010

I was asked by Cheryl Darrow to alter a canvas however I wished for a very good cause… this canvas will be up for auction at her Breast Cancer Crop. I created this canvas using a TENseconds Studio 12″ x 12″ canvas with a nitch as well as ledger paper from 1933, vintage buttons, old book pages, scrabble tiles, rhinestones, Maya Road trim and chipboard, a vintage flower frog, Stickles and Distress Stickles. The photo inside can be removed and replaced with your own family photo. The handmade flowers are created from old book pages. The instructions on how to create these flowers can be found in my book “Delight In The Details“. I love how they look. The trim has been aged with creamy brown ink. The scallops are accented with Diamond Stickles...

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Altered Prima Bottle

Mar 29, 2010

This looks so much prettier in person. I wish you could see all the sparkle. It is hard to photograph it well so that you can see the entire thing. Anyway, I had fun getting my fingers messy today. Not something I usually do as I am a super neat scrapper and have never liked having my hands dirty… never, ever, ever. And I passed that gene right on to my Sweet Pea Terri. That girl does not get dirty either. I wish I could have my son-in-law share with you the story of their first camping trip. He is a Saint is all I have to say, I have never laughed so hard! I hope you enjoy today’s project. Trying to think of something to make for tomorrow. I have a feeling it...

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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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12 Day Advent Pocket Calendar Pocket #1

Nov 16, 2009

Instructions: 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 white seam binding on top then attach gold paper wings to the back of the Fragments Charm. 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...

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