DIY Spring Necklaces

Mar 20, 2014

Since today is the first day of Spring I’m going to share how to recreate two necklaces that will compliment any of your spring outfits. These are quick and easy to make. I created this necklace for Ansley, she loves lots of color and the NEO cut chains are perfect for her style. To recreate this necklace you will need NEO cut chains in Purple 5 x 3mm, Lime Green 5 x 3mm, Turquoise 3.5 x 2mm,  NEO Findings 6.5mm Purple Jump Rings as well as pliers and wire cutters. Using wire cutters, cut the following NEO chains to these lengths… Purple 18″, 14.5″ and 8.5″, Lime Green 10.5″ and Turquoise 2 pieces cut to 12.5″. Please note this is a long necklace if you want your necklace shorter just cut to your desired lengths....

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DIY Leather & Rhinestone Bracelet

Mar 19, 2014

This sparkly spring bracelet is made using a strip of Metal Complex Flat Leather, Metal Complex Toggle Flat in Gold, Hemp by Dazzle-It and Maya Road Iridescent Rhinestone Trim. The Flat Leather is pre-packaged in strips that measure 10 x 2mm and come in a wide assortment of color groups. The one featured today is the Yellow from the Yellow & Steel Grey Metallic group. The other group colors are Black & White, Dark Brown & Turquoise, White & Metallic Gold, Metallic Purple & Pink, Green & Metallic Purple, Navy Blue & Metallic Navy Blue, Metallic Gold & Silver and Navy, Turquoise & Metallic Navy. I think they pretty much have everyone covered here and if you like snake skin designs they even have faux leather in this style in white, purple, brown and green...

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Handmade Tassels

Mar 14, 2014

Handmade tassels are the easiest things to make and I have some awesome plans for these that I will share with you next week. I’ve seen tassels adorn necklaces and bracelets and figured I might as well jump in on this fashion style. I used my favorite spring colored embroidery floss (DMC 352 coral, 712 off white, 772 green). I create my tassels in small, medium and large sizes. To make the tassels all I did was wrap the embroidery floss around my fingers several times until I was happy with the thickness of the floss. Once I was finished wrapping the floss I carefully slid the floss off my fingers. Make sure you keep the circle of floss in place. Now attach a jump ring through the top of the floss circle. Cut...

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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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Thrift Store Finds

May 8, 2013

It’s time again to share this weeks wonderful thrift store finds. I spotted this beautiful doll from across the store and seriously could not get to her fast enough. As soon as I saw her I had instant tunnel vision and was ready to start hurdling furniture if I felt it was warranted. I’m simply giddy, I love her so much. Her rust colored satin dress is a little worn in areas and her pantaloons have darkened with age but all I see is pure beauty. I’ve named her Laura and you will see her lots in blog posts. I also scored a great vintage piano book filled with beautifully aged music sheets. I cannot pass up vintage music sheets. They are one of my favorite items to use in collages. The five cute 4.5″ leaf...

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Mother’s Day Projects

Apr 25, 2013

With Mother’s Day just around the corner I thought I would share a few project ideas from my book “Delight In The Seasons” that would make wonderful gifts for any mom on Mother’s Day. You can create a beautiful mini album just for mom sharing stories and photos from special times and moments spent together. This project is featured in the Spring Chapter on pages 46 – 49. I show you how to create the beautiful flower accenting the front cover of this album. If you prefer to create projects, this piece can be found in the Spring Chapter on pages 50 – 54. I show you how to create this beautiful felt message banner.  You can hand stitch any special sentiment you wish for your mom. My mom has this project sitting in her...

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Crop & Create ~ Winnipeg Recap

Apr 9, 2013

My goodness are you Canadians ever so lucky to have all the Scrapbook & Cards Today Crop & Create events available to you throughout the year. Catherine Tachdjian really knows how to put together an amazing event. There was not one little detail overlooked. Each table was draped, had a bouquet of fresh spring flowers, chocolates and an event schedule. She had make n takes for everyone to do if they wished Friday and Saturday nights, as well as an amazing dessert bar. I’m still thinking about this dessert bar. It was CRAZY insane amazing. The classes during the event were spaced nicely and every single person I met was so warm and welcoming. Truly awesome. All day Friday and Saturday, you could find Catherine and Jen at the registration table or as I thought of...

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Happy New Year ~ 2013

Jan 1, 2013

Thank you all for such an awesome year. Throughout the year, I’ve celebrated with you the birth of our niece Olivia and Ansley turning 18. I introduced you to my love of needle felting, shared in my excitement of attending Ranger University and announced my Antiquated Collection Spring Release. I got to do a super fun Free Webinar with my friend Ronda Palazzari, had a blast at CHA-S and touring downtown. I was asked to do a demo & book signing for the Grand Opening of Jo-Ann Fabrics & Crafts in Sherman, Texas and got to teach classes at ScrapFest in MN. Caroline and I traveled to Bellagio, Italy where I taught at A Kiss on the Chic’s Creative Retreat. I discovered the art of resin and filled my online store and Etsy store with lots of fun stuff. I loved watching my nieces with the 25...

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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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Giveaway with Pink Persimmon

May 16, 2012

Here is a beautiful tag created by Ronda Palazzari using the new Spring Release Antiquated Collection Mini Silhouettes & Monograms stamp sets. She used the Monogram alphabet letters to spell “FLY” then accented the tag using the frame and border stamps also included in the Mini Silhouettes & Monogram stamp set. For this card Ronda used the new Antiquated Collection ~ Then Comes Baby and Mini Silhouettes & Monograms stamp sets. I LOVE the vintage pram so much. I think it will make the cutest baby shower invitations, cards, tags as well as new baby cards, decor piece or tags. To create the title for the card Ronda stamped the word BABY on shrink paper using the Monograms alphabet. Too cute. And just so you know… Pink Persimmon is giving away a complete set...

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Antiquated Collection Designer Samples

May 14, 2012

I just had to show you some of the adorable cards, tags and projects my design team created using the new Antiquated Collection Spring Release stamp sets. I am so in love with these new stamps sets. Susie Moore created these three adorable projects using the new Antiquated Collection ~ Sweet Little Girls and Knick Knack stamp sets. Each piece is detailed to perfection with pearls, flowers and trims. As you can see by Susie’s projects these stamp sets are fun to color in with inks and markers. I love how Susie used the Scooter Boy. This little plaque just screams boy with the baseball accents, domino piece and all the red, white and blue. Thanks, Susie. Karin Aguirre created these two super sweet tags using the new Antiquated Collection ~ Darling Little Ones...

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Antiquated Collection ~ Spring Release Debut

May 11, 2012

Here they are and I’m so happy to show you the new additions to my Antiquated Collection Stamp Sets. This Spring Release includes three 4″ x 6″ stamp sets and two 3″ x 4″ stamp sets. You can purchase these stamp sets along with my other Antiquated Collection stamp sets at Pink Persimmon. First up is this adorable 4″ x 6″  “Mini Silhouette” stamp set. You will find mini silhouettes for Grandma, Grandpa, Mom, Dad, Daughter, Son and Baby. You can fill in the oval area of the frame with a solid color using the solid oval stamp then stamp the silhouette or monogram image in the center. Or you can leave the center of the frame blank and let the patterned paper peek through. There is also a separate border that can be...

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Spring Release Sneak Peek

May 8, 2012

So excited about the new stamp sets for Antiquated Collection that will be released with Pink Persimmon on the 11th! These cute little dolls are part of a larger stamp set which is ADORABLE!!! Only one doll stamp is included in the set, I just double stamped the image for this piece. The top image shows the images stamped using Jet Black Archival Ink onto a square Maya Road Foundations Chipboard piece that I covered with vintage ledger paper. You can leave the Foundations square stamped as is and cover it with Glossy Accents or color it as shown in the photo below. Just so you know, this stamped Foundations piece showcases two new stamp sets. Not only is the doll stamp new but also the border around the square. The border is part...

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Ranger University Day 1

Apr 28, 2012

There are no words to describe how awesome it is to be so fortunate to attend Ranger U. Today was incredible from start to finish. I’ve played with all the products we used today and learned so much new information. I cannot wait to get home to play and try out all the ideas I have swirling inside my head. Each person had a personal basket of supplies and tools and we had a stack of Tim Holtz and Dylusions stamp sets to share. We got an amazing tour of the warehouse which was super interesting to see how each product was put together from start to finish. When we got to the area where they assembled the ink pads we each got to take a new pack of the new SPRING Distress Ink...

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For The Love of Peeps

Mar 21, 2012

Ahhh, it’s springtime which means flowers blooming, birds tweeting, the leaves on trees are a beautiful spring green AND the shelves in Target, Walgreen’s and Tom Thumb are FILLED with PEEPS! I love Peeps fresh from the package, dried out and a bit chewy or warmed in the microwave does not matter how they are given to me I will eat them. I do find it strange though that I prefer the yellow chicks and pink bunnies over the other colors. The taste is the same but for some reason the yellow chicks and pink bunnies are more appealing to me. Maybe it’s because I always got yellow chicks and pink bunny Peeps as a child every Easter. Since I’m addicted to Pinterest, I did a little search for “Peeps” and look at all the...

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In Honor of Spring

Mar 20, 2012

Since today is the first day of Spring what better way to celebrate than with a book giveaway. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post telling me which “Season” is your favorite and why. I will announce the winner of my book “Delight In The Seasons”, Friday. I love all the seasons but summer in Texas is my least favorite. The fun holidays and celebrations that come along  like birthdays, vacations, weddings, Independence Day etc., certainly helps make up for the 100+ degree temperatures BUT I still do not like summer. So, leave a comment for your chance to win… I can’t wait to read about your favorite season. Good Luck....

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Flocked Flower Accent Pin

Apr 26, 2011

Ok I do have to admit… even though I love winter and the cold weather that comes along with it I do love Spring and Summer and all the colors. The heat I can do without but the colors I really do enjoy. This flocked flower accent pin is just a little something that can brighten up a necklace by attaching it to the side of a chain, or accenting a simple cuff bracelet by pinning it to a piece of lace or trim and tying it around your wrist. This little piece has so many wonderful possibilities. Supplies Used: White Flocked Flower Bunch (Vintage Street Market), Copic Marker – YR31 Light Reddish Yellow, Diamond Stickles, Cream Felt, Brown and White Baker’s Twine, Cream Self Adhesive 2mm Pearl, Fabric Tac, Pin Back Tools Needed:...

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Creativity Blooms

Apr 12, 2011

It’s time for another Memory Makers Blog Bounce. This time we got to play with all the products from the Making Memories Dilly Dally Line. This line is perfect for spring. I really enjoyed playing with their Patterned Papers, Alpha and Banner Stamps, Stickers and Rub On Pack, Alpha Shimmer Stickers, Glitter Paper Flowers, Fabric Flowers and Die Cut Butterflies. They are perfect to create spring cards, tags and projects. Once I got started creating I kept thinking of other cute things I could make and kept going and going. Really the Dilly Dally Line is so inspiring. If you want a chance to win a wonderful Dilly Dally Giveaway click here to find out more. I created a spring card using the patterned papers, stamp set and stickers. I cut the bird out...

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Peep Houses

Mar 25, 2011

While on Pinterest I came across this fun tutorial and saved it to make with my niece Madelyn while she was supposed to visit this week for Spring Break. Well she decided she wasn’t ready just yet to stay a week so far away from home. So I sent the tutorial to my mom and she made them with Mad and Bellie. They were a hit so thanks a bunch Kasey Buick for this really fun project. Here are the photos dad emailed me. Mom made a batch of royal icing as it was a bit easier for the girls to keep their houses together when they started decorating. Not sure if little Bellie is still decorating or snagging a jelly bean. Mad and Bellie loved decorating their houses. You can see Bellie concentrating...

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Spring is near…

Mar 16, 2011

This little card was created for my design team post on the Maya Road blog. If you want to see loads of inspiration you need to check out their blog. The design team creates some of the most amazing projects. With spring just around the corner I thought it would be fun to use the “Green Thumb” mini chipboard set and the “Gingham Point Blossoms” as they work perfectly together on a card. One thing I love to do is add little banners to the “Vintage Pearl Pins” it is such a quick and easy thing to do and really finishes this card beautifully. And The Girl’s Paperie “Paper Girl” line is awesome for any spring project. I love, love, love the colors and the patterns. I created the cute little bunny using a...

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Another fun Blog Bounce

Mar 8, 2011

If you are coming here from Francine Clouden’s blog glad you’re here! If not, make sure you check out all those participating in this months blog bounce as it is so fun to see how everyone interpreted the theme “Favorite Treat”. And since spring is just around the corner I thought I would share with you one of our families favorite spring treats. I’ve been making these “Bird Nest” cupcakes since I was a little girl with my Mom. To me it just does not seem like spring if I don’t make them. I’ve made these with my girls each Easter and will most likely make them every Easter even when the girls no longer live at home. They are just a part of my childhood I like to reflect on each year. Below is...

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