Hammered Metal Flower Cuff Bracelet

Mar 21, 2014

This ham­mered met­al flower start­ed out as a pen­dant but the more I looked at it the more I thought the flower would look real­ly cool as a focal point on a leather cuff. So with just a lit­tle alter­ation (punch­ing an addi­tion­al hole) I attached the flower to a leather strip, added some vin­tage rosary beads and cre­at­ed a clo­sure. As you can see the rosary beads are lose when the bracelet is not worn but when you wear it the rosary beads fit snug against the leather as shown in the bot­tom pho­to. This bracelet is for sale and can be pur­chased in my Etsy shop along with oth­er hand­made jew­el­ry items. I’m real­ly enjoy­ing work­ing with met­al and thought I would share a lit­tle fun­ny from my sis­ter. A few days...

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The Newfangled Neo Chain Blog Hop

Mar 18, 2014

It goes with­out say­ing that there are so many dif­fer­ent types of chain to choose from for string­ing and sewing projects. Daz­zle-it NEO is a new col­lec­tion of chain and find­ings fea­tur­ing clas­sic col­ors with a new age twist! The vivid col­ors are quite eye catch­ing and make a great accent to your jew­el­ry designs. Mix these col­ors togeth­er for an extrav­a­gant look or sim­ply add them togeth­er with black or white beads to pop the indi­vid­ual col­ors. The pos­si­bil­i­ties are end­less. For this fun blog hop I was sent the black and white chain and find­ings to use to cre­ate what ever items I want­ed. I decid­ed on cre­at­ing a match­ing neck­lace, bracelet and ear­ring set. The NEO chain glit­ters because the cut in the chain expos­es the brass beneath, which worked per­fect­ly...

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Leather Cuff

Mar 7, 2014

Did you know you can bend the Antique Plume Feath­ers by Maya Road? Well if you did­n’t, you do now, which means you can turn them into real­ly pret­ty bracelets. I gen­tly bent the one shown above to rest per­fect­ly on top of a piece of leather to cre­ate this eclec­tic leather cuff. I accent­ed the quill end of the met­al feath­er using a few Maya Road Iri­des­cent Rhine­stone Trim pieces and accent­ed the edges of the vin­tage lace with Maya Road  Twine Cord­ing Gin­ger Root Brown. I’m try­ing to think of a few words to place on top of the feath­er but so far I’ve got noth­ing… do you have any ideas? If so, please share your thoughts or ideas because I need...

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Walk, Eat & Shop

Mar 5, 2014

To off­set all the calo­ries Alan and I have been con­sum­ing with just one meal a day Lola has been get­ting some nice walks when the sun decides to show its face. My gosh, Ter­ri and Laren live near so many amaz­ing places to eat.  Hon­est­ly, all we can eat is one meal and I can’t even fin­ish my entire meal. The food in Deep Ellum is so incred­i­ble. For Lunch/Dinner Alan and I went to All­go­od Cafe. He had their amaz­ing Chick­en Fried Steak and I had their OMGOSH lick your plate clean Truck Stop Hot Beef Sand­wich. This sand­wich was so darn incred­i­ble. Their mashed pota­toes are absolute­ly to die for too. I could only eat half of my sand­wich so Alan fin­ished it off for me. I have no idea how...

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Artist Trading Block ~ Night Light

Feb 25, 2014

Have you heard of Eileen Hul­l’s “Artist Trad­ing Blocks”? Artist trad­ing blocks allow you to cre­ate on a mul­ti-dimen­sion­al can­vas. I decid­ed to turn my ATB into a night light. Before cre­at­ing my ATB using a pen­cil I drew a heart shape on one end of the die cut ATB. Please Note: this end will open and close so you can place a bat­tery tea light inside so don’t seal it shut. Using a craft knife cut the traced heart out of mat board. Now you are ready to assem­ble the ATB per the man­u­fac­tur­ers instruc­tions. Attach pat­terned paper to the ATB then ink the edges using Chest­nut Roan ink. Using a craft knife, cut the pat­terned paper that is now cov­er­ing the heart to cre­ate a heart shaped win­dow. Attach a piece of lace...

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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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Felted Heart

Feb 7, 2014

Incor­po­rat­ing an assort­ment of tex­tiles not only adds visu­al inter­est to your projects but it can also add unique tex­tures too. The back­ground of this can­vas is lay­ered with sev­er­al dif­fer­ent types of tex­tiles and each lay­er adds beau­ty and tex­ture. When I start­ed this can­vas I knew I want­ed to cre­ate a some­what mono­chro­mat­ic back­ground as I want­ed the felt­ed heart embell­ish­ment to be the main fea­ture. I decid­ed on cre­at­ing a soft cream back­ground but knew I could not just go with one piece of fab­ric. I love to add tex­ture and dimen­sion to all my projects so I need­ed at least three tex­tile lay­ers. Once I had my game plan most­ly fig­ured out, using fab­ric adhe­sive I attached a piece of cream col­ored wool felt to the can­vas. After the felt was...

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Embedded Objects in Beeswax

Feb 6, 2014

Embed­ding mis­cel­la­neous objects into beeswax is a tech­nique that allows for some pret­ty amaz­ing results with your mixed media projects. Some of my favorite items to embed are scanned copies of old pho­tos, vin­tage ephemera, but­tons, feath­ers and dried flow­ers. The look these items give to your projects are fab­u­lous and as you can see, I embed­ded all my favorites into this Putz style house. The pho­to embed­ded on the front of the house is of my great grand­moth­er on her wed­ding day and is one of my favorites I have of her. I pre­fer using nat­ur­al beeswax pel­lets over white beeswax pel­lets and is only because of it’s off white col­or. The col­or­ing of the nat­ur­al beeswax goes per­fect­ly with my vin­tage style. I also don’t have or use any high end encaus­tic...

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Assemblage at Heart

Feb 4, 2014

I am always asked, “What are you going to do with this thing?” when I pur­chase odd items as I’m out and about junk­ing. Hon­est­ly, some­times I have not one clue but I’ve learned from expe­ri­ence if I see some­thing that real­ly intrigues me or some­thing that I’m on the fence about I make the pur­chase. My dad has a say­ing, “You only regret the things you don’t buy.” and he’s right! Today, I thought I would show you what I did with lots of ran­dom items that helped me cre­ate this assem­blage style doll. Now I know this might not be for every­one but I just love her and have her sit­ting on my shelf in my stu­dio. As you can see she is made from lots of dif­fer­ent flea mar­ket and non-flea...

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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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Optical Lens Pendant

Jan 27, 2014

When thrifty finds come togeth­er like this it makes me want to jump in my car and go junk­ing even more. I found the opti­cal lens, vin­tage lace, bro­ken rhine­stone neck­lace piece and book page words while look­ing around flea mar­kets, thrift shops and antique stores. These items were pur­chased for lit­tle of noth­ing but when com­bined togeth­er these lit­tle bits of dis­card­ed items turned into some­thing fab­u­lous.  A beau­ti­ful opti­cal lens inspi­ra­tional pen­dant. I real­ly like how the lace, words and rhine­stones look encased in resin on this pen­dant. Being able to still see through the lens by using lace cre­ates a beau­ti­ful effect. I attached lace pieces to the front and back of the opti­cal lens. When cre­at­ing this pen­dant, first I attached the rhine­stone neck­lace piece around the opti­cal lens using...

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Wire Wrapping

Jan 22, 2014

As I’m sure you’ve noticed I’ve been hav­ing a bit of fun cre­at­ing unique pen­dants and decid­ed I need­ed to learn how to wire wrap some vin­tage pearls and beads. Well, I’m not sure why this is so hard for me to accom­plish but I’m try­ing my best. Suze Wein­burg gave me a quick les­son and I remem­ber think­ing that is it? Suze makes it look so easy and real­ly it is but for some rea­son I’m mak­ing a moun­tain out of this mole hill. I think I’m so wor­ried about per­fec­tion it’s caus­ing me dif­fi­cul­ties. I real­ly need to learn to let some of this type A per­son­al­i­ty go. Once I mas­ter this task I’ll take step by step pho­tos to share. Until then, I’m going to con­tin­ue to remind myself “An Artist Can­not...

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Trash to Treasure Shrine Pendant

Jan 20, 2014

I had a lit­tle mishap with a vin­tage salt shak­er and had to keep it because of the way the front sec­tion broke. I was think­ing it would cre­ate a super cute shad­ow box type project so I hung on to it. Well, the oth­er day as I was look­ing at it I thought it looked like a shrine. This is when I had a light bulb moment… cre­ate a big funky shrine pen­dant. The first thing I need­ed to do was smooth out the sharp edges. I applied sol­der­ing tape all along the bro­ken edges and start­ed sol­der­ing. Once I had the this as I liked I start­ed dig­ging in my vin­tage jew­el­ry pieces for per­fect rhine­stone accents. When at flea mar­kets, antique shops or thrift stores I love look­ing for bro­ken jew­el­ry...

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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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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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Delight In Everyday Beauty

Jan 13, 2014

Some of you might have seen this piece I made on Face­book. It’s one of my favorite big and funky pen­dants I’ve cre­at­ed. I had planned on wear­ing it a bit before sell­ing it in my Esty shop but a per­son con­tact­ed me real­ly want­i­ng it so I sold it. I must admit my heart hurts a lit­tle as I real­ly love this piece and I know I wont be able to cre­ate anoth­er one like it. But it’s going to a great home in Lon­don. This pen­dant mea­sures approx­i­mate­ly 1.5″ in diam­e­ter. The words and let­ters are from vin­tage book pages from the ear­ly 1920’s. Iri­des­cent green and clear iri­des­cent rhine­stone trim accent the out­er edge of the pen­dant. The back­ground is vin­tage sheet music from the 1920’s that is accent­ed with a...

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A Little Peek into Delight In The Art of Collage

Jan 7, 2014

Delight in the Art of Col­lage is a tech­nique and assem­blage style book. It includes 40 step by step tech­niques as well as the extra steps need­ed to com­plete each of the mixed media or col­lage art projects. With the projects in this book, I show you how to use found objects in new and cre­ative ways. For exam­ple, some projects incor­po­rate vin­tage finds from thrift stores, flea mar­kets and antique shops. A vin­tage plat­ter can become the can­vas for a fam­i­ly pho­to. Tart tins and gelatin molds stacked togeth­er make beau­ti­ful flow­ers. In this book you will also cre­ate with cur­rent prod­ucts and work with a wide assort­ment of medi­ums includ­ing tex­tiles, met­al, wax, resin, clay and paper. I share lots of unique ways to use each of these medi­ums. You will learn...

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2013 Year in Review

Dec 31, 2013

Last year, I did sev­er­al Year In Review blog posts that were pret­ty pop­u­lar but this year I decid­ed to do one for 2013. This year, I was all over the place cre­ative­ly. I pulled one project from each month and the 12 fea­tured in this post were some of my favorites. You will find a pho­to trans­fer can­vas of my sweet niece Aman­da and her boyfriend Steve, cre­ative jew­el­ry using small bot­tles, vin­tage but­tons and horse­shoe nails, a cute lit­tle DIY yarn nest, projects cre­at­ed using plas­ter, a pli­able bees wax tech­nique a fun blog fea­ture “My Life In A Dinghy” and a new Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion Stamp Set ~ Win­ter Girl. I hope you enjoy look­ing back at these past projects. Now that I have recu­per­at­ed from cre­at­ing and writ­ing “Delight In The...

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Mini Snow Globe Charm

Dec 19, 2013

As soon as I saw the adorable snow globe charm cre­at­ed by Mar­got Pot­ter I knew I had to make one of these lit­tle cuties. Although, I cre­at­ed some­what of a Texas sized ver­sion. I love wear­ing big chunky charms and thought this would make for an adorable hol­i­day piece to wear on a sim­ple sil­ver or ball chain style neck­lace. I pret­ty much cre­at­ed my charm exact­ly as Mar­got,  although I did­n’t have to trim off the top of a bot­tle brush tree as I had one that was super small and fit inside my bot­tle per­fect­ly. All I need­ed to do was snip off the wood­en base of the tree using wire cut­ters. Sup­plies Used: 2″ Glass Bot­tle with Cork (Tim Holtz), .75″ Mini Glass Bot­tle with Cork (Maya Road), Tin­sel Trim,...

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Delightful Arty Crush ~ Jenny & Aaron

Dec 18, 2013

“Delight­ful Arty Crush” is a fea­ture I have on my blog which show­cases artists who’s work I admire and find inspir­ing. It fea­tures a wide range of artists from col­lage, tex­tile, encaus­tic and lots of oth­er amaz­ing medi­ums. I’m sure you will find each artists work just as inspir­ing as I do and I hope you will vis­it their blogs and oth­er links includ­ed in their fea­ture. The images I share with you are just the tip of the ice­berg in regards to their awe­some­ness.   Today, my “Delight­ful Arty Crush” are fea­tured artists Jen­ny & Aaron of Every­day is a Hol­i­day. I can’t remem­ber when I dis­cov­ered this amaz­ing duo but I’ve been a fan for a very long time. I love the taffy shades of paint they use in all their cre­ations...

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Season’s Greetings Altered Hoop

Dec 16, 2013

I decid­ed to make a fan­cy hol­i­day altered hoop with this lit­tle embroi­dered piece I stitched using two new stamp sets by Pink Per­sim­mon, Christ­mas House & Hol­i­day Hel­lo. I find great joy in hand stitch­ing a bit each night. It’s a great way for me to relax as I’m usu­al­ly wound up tighter than an eight day clock. This sweet hol­i­day decor piece can either hang or sit on an easel to add a lit­tle hol­i­day cheer to any spot. The wood­en hoop mea­sures approx­i­mate­ly 4″ in diam­e­ter. I used Maya Road Rhine­stone Trim, Fab­ric Tape, and Satin, Mini Ging­ham and Tulle Trims to alter the side and back edge of the hoop. A White Snowflake Trans­paren­cy adorned with a vin­tage ear­ring and a clear glass but­ton accents the front. I hope this...

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