Merry and Bright

Nov 27, 2013

This shad­ow box is cre­at­ed from plas­ter then paint­ed and glazed with an antique wash to give it that per­fect aged look. It mea­sures approx­i­mate­ly 5.5″ W x 7″ H x 1″ D. The out­side edge of the shad­ow box is wrapped with vin­tage lace, red seam bind­ing and accent­ed with two vin­tage Christ­mas picks. The back­ground of the shad­ow box show­cas­es hand cut words “Mer­ry and Bright” from vin­tage sheet music from the ear­ly 1920’s and a glit­tery snowflake with an iri­des­cent rhine­stone cen­ter. I cre­at­ed the doll from plas­ter using a mold from a vin­tage doll in my col­lec­tion. She is hand paint­ed with acrylic paint and giv­en an antique wash. The dolls dress is cre­at­ed from antique doilies and she wears a crown made from a vin­tage book page sprin­kled with...

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3rd Annual Creative Retreat ~ Bellagio ~ Class 2

Nov 22, 2013

I shared a sneak peek of my “Tex­tile Col­lage Sam­pler” a few days ago and today I’m shar­ing a sneak peek of my sec­ond class “Charmed Memen­to”. In this class I’ll show you how to take a sim­ple wood­en spool and turn it into a beau­ti­ful piece of wear­able art. You’ll use pieces of linen burlap and scal­lop trim to cov­er the spool then add accents of iri­des­cent rhine­stone trim and vin­tage but­tons. You will cre­ate a unique charm hold­er from cop­per wire that will attach to the base of the spool to dis­play charms like a minia­ture hand­made cro­cheted doily lov­ing­ly cre­at­ed by my mom, a vin­tage but­ton, a glass bot­tle you fill with a bit of sand from Lake Como and a chan­de­lier bead ready for you to add words to from a...

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Delight In The Art of Collage ~ Preview

Nov 18, 2013

Fri­day, was an amaz­ing mail day. I received a copy of my lat­est book “Delight In The Art of Col­lage”. So for the moment please just humor me and take a look at how gor­geous each chap­ter looks. I worked so hard on this book and it does­n’t mat­ter if you’re a begin­ner or an advanced crafter there is a lit­tle bit of every­thing for every­one. And of course it has that vin­tage feel I love so much. I’m so proud of this book I can hard­ly stand the wait for you all to see it for your­selves. It will be released in Jan­u­ary and is cur­rent­ly avail­able through pre-order on Ama­zon. I love how the design­er Aman­da Kleiman cre­at­ed a col­lage of my projects for the Intro­duc­tion and each chap­ter. The pho­tog­ra­phers, Chris­tine...

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Noel Miniature Wreath

Nov 8, 2013

This is the lat­est mini kit added to my Etsy shop. Once com­plet­ed this minia­ture wreath mea­sures approx­i­mate­ly 7″ and will cer­tain­ly add a spark­ly fes­tive feel to any area of your home or hol­i­day tree. Since I ship Flat Rate if pur­chas­ing more than one kit please con­tact me so I can cre­ate a reserve list­ing for you with the cor­rect ship­ping charge. Noel Minia­ture Wreath Kit Con­tents 1 Yard Cham­pagne Tin­sel 1 Yard Brown & White Twine 24” Tan Seam Bind­ing 7 Chip­board Snowflakes 6 Self Adhe­sive Pearls 2 Wood­en Birds 1 Large Chan­de­lier Bead 1 Medi­um Chan­de­lier Bead Chip­board Let­ters ~ Noel 2 – 2” x 3” Sheet Music Pat­terned Paper Step by Step Instruc­tions with Col­or Pho­to Kit does NOT include: Martha Stew­art Crys­tal Coarse Glit­ter, Folk Art Vin­tage White Acrylic Paint,...

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Jingle, Jingle, Jingle

Nov 6, 2013

The Jin­gles and Jin­gle Bell stamps from my new Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion “Win­ter Girl” stamp set makes me hap­pi­er than an elf on a sug­ar high. The jin­gle bell is the per­fect size for hol­i­day cards, tags, lay­outs, Project Life and your Decem­ber Dai­ly album. When stamped with Cof­fee Archival ink, reminds me of the vin­tage ones I see in antique shops. I used foam squares to attach mine to the card as I love dimen­sion­al cards and want­ed them to resem­ble those found strung togeth­er and hung for the hol­i­days. I can almost her them jin­gling. For DIY hol­i­day projects please check out my etsy shop as I have sev­er­al mini kits...

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Happy Holidays Photo Ornament Kit

Oct 31, 2013

  I’m still going through my stash and putting togeth­er mini orna­ment kits for the hol­i­days and last night, I was able to put togeth­er this cute pho­to orna­ment kit. FYI, I have a very lim­it­ed amount of kits. The kit con­tents are list­ed below and as always come with step by step instruc­tions and a col­or pho­to. Please note, Fes­tive Berries Dis­tress Ink used to col­or the chip­board frame and Plat­inum Stick­les used to out­line the chip­board base and frame are NOT includ­ed. Kit Con­tents: 1 — 4″ x 6″ daisy­d’s Snow­man Pat­terned Paper 1 — 4″ x 6″ daisy­d’s Pol­ka Dot Pat­terned Paper 1 — Chip­board Page 1 — Chip­board Frame (Frame will vary see pho­to for vari­a­tions) 1 — Small Bot­tle Brush Tree 2 — Hol­ly Leaves 1 — But­ton 2...

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Enjoy The Creative Process

Oct 29, 2013

Today, I thought I would give you a lit­tle insight into my cre­ative process. This could be scary so con­sid­er your­self warned. I have a real­ly hard time slow­ing my brain down at night which means I’m always think­ing of new things to try. Well sev­er­al nights ago I had an idea of cre­at­ing a 3 dimen­sion­al can­vas using plas­ter with a col­lage back­ground. That was real­ly all that came to me as I had no idea what would be cre­at­ed from the plas­ter just that plas­ter was going to be used. The next morn­ing, after a few cups of cof­fee I head­ed for my stu­dio and start­ed get­ting plas­tered and before you know it I had a beau­ti­ful girl cre­at­ed using plas­ter and attached to an 11″ x 14″ can­vas. While the plas­ter...

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3 Wishes ~ For Sale

Oct 28, 2013

I’ve decid­ed to start mak­ing art to sell. I have lots of ideas in my head and hope my style of art inspires you to cre­ate your own piece or pur­chase mine. I’ve list­ed this 8″ x 8″ can­vas titled “3 Wish­es” in my Etsy store. This piece is one of a kind and includes vin­tage items such as hand­made doilies, hand­writ­ten ledger paper, sheet music and book pages. The vin­tage spoon rests upon a stack of vin­tage but­tons and the Frozen Char­lotte Dolls I cre­at­ed from plas­ter using molds made from dolls in my col­lec­tion. The papers are cov­ered in lay­ers of bees wax and accent­ed with crys­tal rhine­stones. The price for this piece is $125.00 and includes ship­ping. Here’s to a cre­ative day filled with loads of inspi­ra­tion. If you fol­low me on...

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Society Lady ~ Card

Oct 22, 2013

Today I’m show­ing you how to cre­ate a sim­ple all occa­sion or note­card using my Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion Soci­ety Lady stamp set. First using Cof­fee Archival ink stamp the image of the lady onto card­stock or pat­terned paper. I used a sheet from the Pink Paislee Cot­tage Farms line. Next, cut a piece of pat­terned paper slight­ly small­er than the front of the blank note­card.  Using a Fiskars scal­loped cir­cle punch, punch a scal­loped cir­cle into the pat­terned paper piece in the low­er right cor­ner as shown in the pho­tos. Apply Plat­inum Stick­les along the out­er edge of the large pat­terned paper piece as well as along the edge of the punched scal­lop cir­cle as shown in the pho­tos and let dry. Trim the area around the stamped image so it is a bit larg­er...

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Sweet Little Girls ~ Card

Oct 17, 2013

This card is stamped using my Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion ~ Sweet Lit­tle Girls stamp set. Can you tell I have a seri­ous crush on Cof­fee Archival Ink? It is now my go to ink when I need some­thing per­ma­nent. It’s the per­fect shade of vin­tage brown. The lit­tle girls can be col­ored using Dis­tress Mark­ers or Cop­ics but again, as I did in yes­ter­day’s post I left them sim­ply stamped on sol­id card­stock. I love how the stamped images look as if I just cut them out of a vin­tage mag­a­zine. The pat­terned paper used on this card is Pink Paislee ~ Cot­tage Farms Col­lec­tion. I think the mod­ern design mixed with the vin­tage girls works per­fect­ly...

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Sweet Darling ~ Card

Oct 16, 2013

Seam Bind­ing and Archival Ink make for a fab­u­lous com­bi­na­tion. I want­ed a lit­tle some­thing dif­fer­ent for the title of my card so I decid­ed to stamp the word­ing onto seam bind­ing. This effect reminds me of the cute satin tags I’ve seen on baby items in antique shops. And the best thing is this is a beau­ti­ful and super sim­ple way to cre­ate unique titles for cards, tags and lay­outs. I mean real­ly could it get any sim­pler? We are talk­ing, ink & stamp, that’s it! The pat­terned paper used on this card is by Pink Paislee. It’s their Cot­tage Farms Col­lec­tion. What I love so much about this line is that it can look vin­tage or mod­ern. I tell ya, that Rebec­ca is so awe­some­ly tal­ent­ed and super sweet. I’m thrilled that...

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Stitching Some Time Away

Oct 9, 2013

Before leav­ing on my epic road trip with mom and dad I start­ed this embroi­dery piece. I thought it would be a fun project to work on when there was a lit­tle bit of down time. Well, I fin­ished it last night and could not wait to show you the results. The aprons remind me of the kind my great great aunts would have worn while cook­ing in the kitchen of the old home­stead. I’m such a vin­tage girl at heart. And if the aprons look famil­iar well they are my Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion Stamp Set ~ Miss­es’ Apron. I just light­ly stamped the images onto nat­ur­al muslin using Cof­fee Archival ink then start­ed stitch­ing...

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Thrifty Paintbrush Holder

Oct 8, 2013

While wan­der­ing around an antique store in Maine, I came upon this adorable planter. I was going to pass on it as I real­ly did­n’t need it but aunt Bren­da talked me into it as she knew I thought it was real­ly cute AND it was only $6.00. Then dad chimes in and says, “Lisa, all this stuff is about want, not need” which is so true. So now I have an adorable vin­tage planter that will be the cutest paint­brush hold­er ever! Plus, I have the added bonus of hap­py mem­o­ries when I look at it. Also, the awe­some frame around my pho­to is one from #rhon­nade­signs app. If you haven’t checked it out you real­ly need to do so, it’s amaz­ing and so...

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Delightful Arty Crush ~ DJ Pettitt

Oct 4, 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” fea­tured artist is, DJ Pet­titt. DJ cre­ates some of the most amaz­ing books and art jour­nals. Each one is cre­at­ed with beau­ti­ful tex­tiles and adorned with beads, a lit­tle embroi­dery, but­tons and more. She also enjoys paint­ing with acrylics on lots of dif­fer­ent medi­ums. FYI…...

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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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Milk Glass

Sep 17, 2013

I have a seri­ous love for milk glass. When I spot pieces of it when I’m out look­ing for trin­kets to use in projects I think of every way pos­si­ble I can use it in my stu­dio. So today, I thought I would share with you some of the ways I use the pieces I’ve found. This lit­tle sher­bet dish holds some of my favorite glass but­tons. I placed the lit­tle bird on top of the but­tons just because it looked cute. This is a small ash­tray. I place beads in it when I’m accent­ing embroi­dery pieces or sewing them into flower cen­ters. This is a great way to keep lose beads in one spot when stitch­ing. These items… can­dy dish, cups and saucers, bowl and sug­ar and cream­er are per­fect to use as...

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Delightful Arty Crush ~ Charlotte Lyons

Sep 13, 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” fea­tured artist is, Char­lotte Lyons. I fell in love with Char­lot­te’s work sev­er­al years ago.  I’m not sure how I stum­bled upon her but one of her gor­geous sam­plers caught my eye and I’ve been hooked on her work since. Char­lot­te’s style is so...

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Antiquated Collection ~ A Merry Christmas ~ Sneak Peek 1

Sep 9, 2013

Today, I have some­thing fun to share, a sneak peek of a project I cre­at­ed using a new Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion stamp set. It com­bines two of my favorite things… vin­tage and Christ­mas! And I kid you not, I lit­er­al­ly squealed when I pulled this stamp set out of the enve­lope. I LOVE it so much. I cre­at­ed all week­end so I have sneak peeks ready to share all week long. See ya back here...

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Delightful Arty Crush ~ Andrea Singarella

Sep 6, 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” fea­tured artist is, Andrea Sin­garel­la. If you have not seen Andrea’s blog “Every­day Beau­ty” you must give it a vis­it. Andrea cre­ates the most beau­ti­ful Vin­tage Trin­ket Jew­el­ry, adorable spe­cial occa­sion Prize Rib­bon Rosettes and ele­gant Book­marks. I’m cer­tain you will tru­ly find her...

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Antiquated Collection Card Class

Sep 4, 2013

I will be teach­ing my Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion card class at Cre­ative Cards and Crafts the week­end of Octo­ber 18th & 19th. Please con­tact the store for class times and fees. It’s going to be a super fun cre­ative week­end. Class Descrip­tion: In this Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion class I will show you how to assem­ble 5 beau­ti­ful 4” x 5.5” vin­tage themed all occa­sion cards using pat­terned papers from the Pink Paislee Cot­tage Farms line as well as stamps from my Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion stamp line with Pink Per­sim­mon. Once all five cards are assem­bled and accent­ed using Stick­les, Pearls, Seam Bind­ing and Dec­o­ra­tive Stick Pins you will be ready to cor­re­spond with friends and fam­i­ly. Please Note: I will bring a lim­it­ed amount of stamps from my Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion stamp line. If you would rather a...

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Birdcage Home Decor Accent

Aug 27, 2013

This prim­i­tive style bird­cage was cre­at­ed with wire and you guessed it.… plas­ter. I tru­ly love the cre­ative free­dom plas­ter gives me. I dis­cov­ered when cre­at­ing with plas­ter, per­fec­tion is acquired with it’s imper­fect result. This is a free­dom I’m shocked I’ve come to embrace as you know with my paper art I’m not this way at all. Every­thing has to be pre­cise. I find it real­ly inter­est­ing how I embrace these two medi­ums so dif­fer­ent­ly. I’m going to con­tin­ue adding vin­tage bits and baubles to the bird­cage as I find them as well as a few inspir­ing words on the bird’s tail feath­ers. I envi­sion the base of the bird cage hav­ing a poem or some kind of word­ing wrap around it but I’ve not found the per­fect say­ing quite yet. So this...

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