Happy Card Make’N Take Tutorial

Feb 27, 2015

Sor­ry I don’t have a big­ger pho­to of this card but it was so pop­u­lar dur­ing the Scrap­book Expo Grapevine event that I thought I would share the tuto­r­i­al to cre­ate your own card. It’s the per­fect card to cre­ate when you only have a few min­utes of craft­ing. Sup­plies Used: Pat­terned Paper, Blank Card, Small Mani­la Ship­ping Tag, Maya Road DIY Kraft Note Envelopes, Maya Road Feath­ered Friend Resin Embell­ish­ment, Small Flower, Gold Metal­lic Leaf, Seam Bind­ing, Alpha Stamp Set, Jet Black Archival Ink, Adhe­sive Tools Used: Paper Trim­mer, Scis­sors Direc­tions: Trim pat­terned paper so it is 1/4″ small­er ver­ti­cal­ly and hor­i­zon­tal­ly than the front of your blank card front. Attach pat­terned paper to the front of blank card. Assem­ble Maya Road enve­lope, wrap a piece of seam bind­ing around the enve­lope, tie...

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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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It is Love ~ Scribbly Bird Tag

Feb 3, 2015

Since the birds are pret­ty hap­py Spring is com­ing and have been chirp­ing non-stop out­side my win­dow and Valen­tine’s Day is just around the cor­ner I decid­ed to cre­ate this tag using Dina Wak­ley’s Scrib­bly Birds and Col­lage Hearts stamp sets. I think her stamp sets are some of the most unique on the mar­ket as all are cre­at­ed from images she has drawn in her art jour­nals. This tag is lay­ered with a Jen­ni Bowl­in Sten­cil, Ranger Tex­ture Paste, Dina Wak­ley Media Paints, Plat­inum Stick­les, Book Pages, Washi Tape and of course stamped images using Mani­la Card­stock, Jet Black Archival Ink and Dina’s...

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Ranger Designer Challenge 2015

Jan 16, 2015

It’s always so excit­ing to be invit­ed to par­tic­i­pate in the Ranger Design­er Chal­lenge. Basi­cal­ly how it works is Ranger picks a prod­uct line to fea­ture, sends the design­ers a box of the prod­ucts and you cre­ate a project using these prod­ucts. This year the chal­lenge was a can­vas using Dina Wak­ley’s Media paints, sten­cils and stamps. Talk about a fun chal­lenge. I also used some Tim Holtz Dis­tress Stick­les Dry Glit­ter Rocky Can­dy and of course Dia­mond Stick­les. I have fall­en in love with Dina’s Media paints. They come in a tube with a flip top and are heavy body acrylics that spread like but­ter! I already have her new col­ors Glitz, Ster­ling and Pen­ny on my list of “Must Have Now” as well as Dina’s super cool new Media Fine Tip Appli­ca­tor. These...

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25 Days Left To Bake Countdown Tray

Dec 1, 2014

I was­n’t kid­ding when I said I love count­down cal­en­dars as much as any kid… here is a count­down cal­en­dar for all you bak­ers. It’s per­fect to place on your counter next to your cook­books or placed on your kitchen island.  And this year, I’m all about using what I have so the hol­i­day pick is from years past. Hob­by Lob­by has one with faux pep­per­mints that is call­ing my name but nope I’m not gonna do it… I’m stick­ing with the, use what I have method this year. Prod­ucts Used: Tray, Dis­tress Paint Linen, Amer­i­cana Chalk­board Paint, Hol­i­day Pick, Vin­tage Wood­en Sporks, My Mind’s Eye ~ Joy­ous Dec­o­ra­tive Tag & Alpha Stick­er Sheet, Cof­fee Archival Ink Tools Need­ed: Paint­brush, Craft Mat, Blend­ing Tool & Foam, Hot Glue Gun, Hot Glue Sticks This tray is real­ly sim­ple to...

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Altered Art Journal Tag 1

Aug 29, 2014

When you find your arty style art flows like a leaf float­ing down­stream but gosh when you try to force it, it’s all upstream and darn near impos­si­ble to cre­ate some­thing you love. I’m so hap­py with the style I’ve final­ly dis­cov­ered as it has tak­en me a long time. But in the end all the tri­al and error paid off. This art jour­nal tag mea­sures 4″ x 8.5″ and is cov­ered in lay­ers and lay­ers of paint. I still can­not get over that I’m using paint and get­ting my hands messy. On my Art Jour­nal Page 2 blog post I shared with you a quick image trans­fer tech­nique and today I’m going to share with you an image trans­fer tech­nique that gives you a less dis­tressed image trans­fer and a more defined image trans­fer. Image...

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Tin Necklaces

Jul 15, 2014

Not only have I been mak­ing cuff style bracelets but I’ve also been mak­ing some cute sim­ply stat­ed 24″ neck­laces. This neck­lace is what I call a dressed up ver­sion of a dog tag. Since I like my items to have a dis­tressed feel before stamp­ing my word I gave the met­al tag sev­er­al whacks with my brass ham­mer. Once I the sil­ver met­al tag was banged up a bit I met­al stamped the word smile onto the sil­ver met­al tag using what is now my favorite let­ter stamp set 3mm Newsprint low­er­case by Impres­sArt.  I applied some Mus­tard Seed Dis­tress Paint with my fin­ger into the stamped let­ters then instant­ly wiped away the excess with a paper tow­el. Next I wire wrapped some beads to cre­ate a charm and BAM just like that I was done....

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Weekend Fun

Apr 7, 2014

Since Ter­ri and Laren live right in the heart of Deep Ellum, Sat­ur­day Alan and I head­ed down to see them, grand dog Lola AND go to the Deep Ellum Arts Fes­ti­val. Laren’s par­ents came down too so it was a super fun after­noon. First we walked over to Pepe’s & Mito’s to fill up on their awe­some Mex­i­can food. After we were all stuffed we start­ed walk­ing the streets. The fes­ti­val had some great bands play­ing and we had a won­der­ful time walk­ing, talk­ing, laugh­ing, dodg­ing rain drops and see­ing some amaz­ing art. I was so busy look­ing at art that the only pho­to I took was of this band. I can’t even tell you who they were but they were good. All the pho­tos of Lola were tak­en by Laren’s mom, Michelle. I was...

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Doggie Name Tag

Mar 11, 2014

After car­ing for our grand dog Lola last week, I decid­ed she need­ed a girly name tag and col­lar. She gets called a HE way too many times. The hard­est part of the entire cre­ative process was ham­mer­ing out the dime I used for the name tag. If you want to make one for your dog here is a quick tuto­r­i­al. If you  missed my “Stamped Pen­ny Charm” tuto­r­i­al you might want to check this tuto­r­i­al out as well. It’s a fun one. Sup­plies & Tools Need­ed: Impres­sArt Bench Block ~ Brass Ham­mer ~ 2 Hole Screw Down Punch ~ Met­al Let­ter Stamps ~ Stamp Straight Tape ~ Half Round Pli­ers, Dime, Jump Ring, Maya Road Pearl Bead Chain, Maya Road Iri­des­cent Rhine­stone Trim Instruc­tions: Place dime on bench block and ham­mer until flat­tened. Met­al Stamp your dogs name onto your disk. Impres­sArt has...

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Hearts of Red, White & Pink

Feb 5, 2014

I LOVE tis­sue paper and cre­at­ing tis­sue paper gar­land is one of my favorite things to do. Tis­sue paper is cheap and the gar­land is sim­ple to make. You can make your gar­land as long as you wish or just a small amount that is per­fect to accent a card as I did in the pho­to above. The cen­ter of the tis­sue paper heart is a cal­en­dar card by Jen­ni Bowl­in. I accent­ed the cen­ter of the cal­en­dar using brown ink and crack­le paint. Cre­at­ing tex­ture and dimen­sion is some­thing else I love doing. Pret­ty much all my projects have some kind of tex­ture and dimen­sion. This embossed heart is an accent on a tag. The heart is embossed, paint­ed and glit­tered and sur­pris­ing­ly does not take much time at all to cre­ate. The doily...

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Valentine’s Day Tag

Jan 14, 2014

I’m get­ting a jump start on cre­at­ing some Valen­tine’s day tags and thought I would share this one with you. I think my lit­tle Hand­made Kew­pie Doll fairy looks adorable hold­ing her “I Love You” vin­tage heart pick. Her wings are altered using white ink and Dia­mond Stick­les. The red iri­des­cent rhine­stone trim is gor­geous against the red satin pleat trim. It’s hard to tell in this pho­to but gosh, I promise it’s so pret­ty. To top off the tag, I cov­ered the chip­board cen­ter heart with sil­ver ink and fine sil­ver Ger­man glass glit­ter. Swoon! And you are in luck if you want to cre­ate a tag just like this as I have a lim­it­ed sup­ply of kits list­ed in my Etsy Shop. I even include easy to fol­low step by step instruc­tions...

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Super Simple Holiday Gift Tags

Nov 21, 2013

Here are two hol­i­day gift tags that take just a few min­utes to cre­ate and dur­ing the busy hol­i­day sea­son some­times all you have are a few min­utes. This time of year is filled with fam­i­ly gath­er­ings, com­pa­ny par­ties, bak­ing, shop­ping and dec­o­rat­ing so if you find your­self in a crunch to cre­ate a quick gift tag here are two you can com­plete super fast. These tags are just ordi­nary 2.25″ x 4.75″ office tags and are cov­ered with pat­terned paper scraps I’ve been sav­ing for just this type of project. Apply adhe­sive to the front of your tag and cov­er with pat­terned paper. Cut a piece of pat­terned paper to 1.5″ x 2.25″, trim the top and bot­tom edges using scal­lop dec­o­ra­tive scis­sors, attach to tag as shown. Using a dis­tress­ing tool or...

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Just carving, he said…

Aug 15, 2013

Sev­er­al weeks ago while work­ing in my stu­dio, my nephew Brit­tain, who is now liv­ing with us while  attend­ing col­lege came in to chat. Well all of a sud­den he start­ed work­ing away on some­thing that involved a knife from my work table and a chop­stick. While we were chat­ting he was intense­ly busy cut­ting small pieces from the chop­stick and using some Tim Holtz Dis­tress Mark­ers. I asked him what he was doing and he said, just carv­ing. Oh if you are won­der­ing why I keep chop­sticks on my work table… well, I keep one on hand when sol­der­ing. FYI… Using chop­sticks to steady pieces when sol­der­ing is an awe­some tip my sol­der­ing instruc­tor Trisha Con­lon-Perkins shared dur­ing a class. She has saved my fin­ger­tips on more than one occa­sion with this won­der­ful tip. After a...

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Textured Background

Jun 26, 2013

Okay, so remem­ber last weeks post, Sten­cils aren’t just for mists & ink and how I said you could learn how I cre­at­ed the back­ground (shown above) for the tag shown below by going to Ron­da’s blog only, I had the day wrong and well, since she is out of the coun­try yad­da, yad­da, yad­da you know how it all went down, whew.  Well TODAY is the day Ron­da Palaz­zari is fea­tur­ing my back­ground tech­nique tuto­r­i­al so hop on over to her blog and dis­cov­er a few of my secrets to cre­ate this awe­some mixed media back­ground....

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Take Your Dog to Work Day

Mar 15, 2013

This morn­ing start­ed out with a Star­bucks stop and while Kristy and I were wait­ing for our cof­fee I noticed Star­bucks had a new cof­fee called Trib­ute Blend. After get­ting the low down on this new blend from the very infor­ma­tive cof­fee guy, which of course I can­not even remem­ber now due to the fact that I had zero caf­feine run­ning through my veins. But I am hap­py I was aware enough to snap a pho­to because after read­ing the lit­tle tag line under­neath the name of this new cof­fee blend I thought hey, this pret­ty much describes me with one sim­ple lit­tle word change… “Full-Bod­ied with Com­plex Dis­po­si­tion”  Gosh, I could real­ly have fun with this tag line. When we arrived at the pho­tog­ra­phy stu­dio “Lars” the cutest, sweet­est lit­tle dog was stand­ing...

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Maya Road Sneak Peek ~ Wood Bird Cages

Jan 8, 2013

In between book projects, I squeezed in a lit­tle cre­ative time to make some small CHA projects for Maya Road. I must say, I’m LOVING the new Wood Bird Cages (page 1 in the cat­a­log) and 4″ x 6″ Card Sen­ti­ment Words Stamp Set (page 4 in the cat­a­log). This tag was fun and pret­ty quick to cre­ate. I start­ed with an Inkssen­tials #8 Mani­la Tag and cov­ered it with Pink Paislee pat­terned paper. I then used the Maya Road Ornate Feath­ered Friends 4″ x 6″ stamp set as a back­ground stamp (page 15 in the cat­a­log). I then machine stitched a straight stitch all around the inside edge of the tag and dis­tressed and inked the edges. Tip: I leave the stamps on the clear sheet as the come when pur­chased then ink the stamps with...

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Queen Bee EnviroTex Resin Charms

Jan 7, 2013

This year, Aunt Bren­da spent Christ­mas with our fam­i­ly. This is the first Christ­mas I can remem­ber hav­ing her with us at Christ­mas since I was a very lit­tle girl, some­where around the age of 3 or 4 years old. It was fun and she made my mom and dad the best heir­loom ever, which I will share on anoth­er blog post. It’s amaz­ing! I decid­ed to cre­ate two dif­fer­ent styled charms for her this Christ­mas. Aunt Bren­da sews a lot and has cre­at­ed some beau­ti­ful quilts and remem­ber, she is the one who made my “Trav­el­ing Apron”. You can read about it in my “Every­thing Has A Sto­ry” blog post. So I thought I would cre­ate her a tex­tile style charm using a Maya Road mini can­vas tag for the base and hand...

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Inspiration for a Crafty Weekend

Nov 30, 2012

Since I am clean­ing out and reor­ga­niz­ing my craft room, this week, which is total tor­ture but thank­ful­ly I have an awe­some neigh­bor, Jen­nifer who is help­ing me and keep­ing me on task. I just keep telling myself once I’m fin­ished it’s going to be so awe­some work­ing in it once again. These are just a por­tion of the emp­ty box­es I had to go through, emp­ty out and put stuff away. Car­o­line Lau is to blame for LOTS of these box­es. Any­way, I thought I would take a break and go through my blog post Archives and find some week­end inspi­ra­tion for you. I plan on mak­ing all my Christ­mas gifts this year and if you are as well, well there might be a few things to inspire you. Some­times it good to...

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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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Artistic Journey 2012 ~ French Couture

Oct 4, 2012

I’m real­ly excit­ed for this week­end. I will be teach­ing at Artis­tic Jour­ney in Wax­a­hachie, Texas along side Dina Wak­ley and Angel­la Pear­don. This week­ends event is held at The Crafty Scrap­per and is filled with loads of fun. It starts off Fri­day evening with three fun make & takes, a tag swap and din­ner. Then Sat­ur­day morn­ing bright and ear­ly all three of us teach­ers begin teach­ing our exclu­sive class­es. I’ll be teach­ing an assem­blage class that has the atten­dees alter­ing a dress form. As you can see they are going to be busy, busy, busy dur­ing class. But once they fin­ish their dress form they’ll each have a beau­ti­ful­ly altered dress form to dis­play in their home or give as a gift. So now I’m off to pack, check my to do...

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The Scrapbook Page

Aug 20, 2012

This Thurs­day, August 23rd from 2:00 ‑5:00 I will be at The Scrap­book Page in Bar­boursville, WV sign­ing my lat­est book “Delight In The Sea­sons”. After the book sign­ing I will then show you how to cre­ate the tag below. This make-n-take is free but sup­plies are lim­it­ed so don’t miss out. River­Place Plaza 6007 US Rt 60 E Ste 202 Bar­boursville, WV 1 (304) 733‑9414 When cre­at­ing your make-n-take tag you will use prod­ucts from Maya Road and Ranger and the “Per­fumery” stamp set from my stamp line Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion. We will be stamp­ing, ink­ing and glit­ter­ing. It’s gonna be fun. See ya there....

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