Thursday, May 25, 2017

Magazine Mosaic Necklace features in the Gallery of Belle Armoire Jewelry Summer Issue 2017

Magazine Mosaic in the spirit of Monet

Recently our ceiling fell (another story for another time but it was due to our A/C).  The only thing that was ruined was.... you guessed it- my magazines that were on the coffee table.  I am so very grateful that no one was hurt. Our furniture was cleaned and restored but…. Oh the sad state of a stack of my treasures (magazines), wet and somewhat crumpled.   What was I to do?  …. Get creating!

With my wet British County Living, I decided to try a paste paper technique to try and save some of the beautiful images..   What I love with this technique is that each pendant, collage or bezel will be different.  With the blending of the papers, the effects can be soft as Monet’s flower fields or vibrant as Georgia O’Keefe.   So if you are willing to part with your magazines, let’s get started and create these works of art…. if you can’t part with your treasured publications, just ask your neighbor for theirs…. Happy Creating!!


A few supplies

Brush the Paper Sealer onto the trimmed paper

Old Magazines
Paper trimmer
Collage glue stick
Metal bezel
ICE Resin®, disposable cup, stir stick 
*ICED Enamels, ICED Enamels Medium, Relique Powder or Acrylic paint (*Optional)
Heat tool
Wire, jewelry pliers wire cutters
Leather Cording or Chain


1.  Using paper trimmer and pages from magazines, cut long strips of varying width

2.  With collage glue stick, glue strips next to and even overlapping each other on the base cardstock

3.  Once a large enough area is covered, lay the template down.

Paper strips glued onto base yardstick
 and the template for the bezel

4.  To cut out the bezel size, with pencil trace and then use scissors to cut out or with a Xacto knife cut around the template through the paper.  Make sure that the paper is on a self-healing cutting mat. Brush on two coats of Paper Sealer and  Set aside.
The paper trimmed heart and 2 other bezels 
5.  Now prepare the bezel with a little bit of ICED Enamel Powder or Acrylic Paint.
Brush on ICED Enamel Medium in the bezel

Sprinkling on the Relique Powder.  Then
heat set with embossing/craft heat tool. 

 6.  Prepare the ICE Resin®  -

*Mix equal amounts of part A and part B in the disposable cup.  

*Using the plastic stir stick and gently fold the two parts stirring for two minutes.

6.  With the stir stick, drip the Resin into the bezel and fill to the edge.  Let dry 8-10 hours
Drying on the Studio Sheet
7.  With annealed wire, thread through the loop on the bezel.  String 3 beads and then create a loop at the top and wire wrap the longer tail.

8.  String the wire and heart bezel onto leather or chain

Sunlight  shinning on my Mosaic Garden

A few fun facts about my Love of Jewelry…

*When I was a little girl, stringing beads was a favorite in our home.  From there the love just grew and the little girl in me, loves to create jewelry pieces for others and myself.

I was inspired to make this piece so I could rescue wet magazines that I couldn’t bear to throw away.

The Best part of Jewelry making for me is the feeling of accomplishment and the absolute freedom to create each piece as unique as the person who will wear it.

 Until next time, Grab a few magazines and enter Monet's Gardens or Georgia O'Keefe's flowers 

A little more abstract bezel, ready for ICE Resin®

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Amazing Appliance Makeovers featuring a vintage 1940's Kitchen Aid mixer and a little crockpot dipper and Mod Podge™

Covered in TLC and Mod Podge®

A new 1940's vintage Kitchen Aid

Mod Podge®…. who knew it would be the go to decoupage, sealer and more way back in the 70’s when as a little girl, I remember my mom using this amazing stuff that was in a funky orange and yellow bottle!! She would use it on everything from “Decoupage-ing” recipes onto wood breadboards to sealing hand painted home décor items and more.   I love the story of how it began by Jan Wetstone in the 1960’s!!  She has made a lasting impact on crafters everywhere and also on the beautifully crafted pieces that are made.  My mom’s breadboards are as perfect today as they were when she first made them. 

So when I was asked to participate in this blog hop, without hesitation, I added my name to the list.  I have been “Mod Podging” since I was a little girl and it is my go-to glue, decoupage and sealer. 

My Goody Box!!

To my surprise, I received a wonderful goody box that contained Mod Podge®, brushes that were made by Plaid for Mod Podge® and a few other treasures.  Thank you, Plaid®!! But what was I to create; the ideas are boundless, limitless…paper or fabric, glass or wood…and then I remembered how on a recent trip to London, I had fallen in love with  Liberty of London’s famous fabric patterned toasters, mixers and more. 

Liberty of London's Toaster and Tea Kettle!- My Inspiration!!

A few supplies....

Would there be a way to use Mod Podge on an appliance????  YES… it’s the Dishwasher safe Mod Podge®!! So to the treasure store I went, searching for an appliance to cover with originally designed paper and Mod Podge®!  On my first stop, I found (and purchased) a little Crockpot dipper for $3.99 and it was 30% off!!  I continued to look for more appliances but some were too big, too many hinges, too expensive… So this little dipper was just the right size to begin this endeavor.

While working with this project, I decided to use the brushes that were in my goody box.  I have seen them in the stores but truthfully,  I thought all brushes were equal and I always used sponge brushes…well, not anymore!  These are fantastic brushes and brushing on even coats has never been easier!!  They wash and dry beautifully and are ready to be used again and again!  These now will be special brushes only for Mod Podge® and as for the sponge brushes- they will get to be used with something else.

Now, that I have finished this little appliance, I am onto  covering a 1940’s vintage Kitchen Aid Mixer (see pictures below-blog post to follow)and is search of the perfect tea kettle!!  I feel that if Jan and I had met in person, we would be covering everything from dishes to doors and everything in between! 

Ready, Set…Mod Podge!!


Mod Podge® brush set, decoupage
Mod Podge® - Dishwasher safe
Mini Crockpot or appliance of choice
Sand block or sandpaper
Paper - I used one of my Original Designs Collage Art Papers
Pencil or marking tool
Rubbing Alcohol
Cotton pads
Damp Rag


1.  Wash and Dry appliance.  If there is a sticky residue, use rubbing alcohol and a cotton pad to remove.  Wash and dry again.

2.  If the appliance has stainless steel or metal, use the sanding block to remove the finish and provide “tooth” for the paper to adhere.
Sand lightly with a sanding block to remove finish

3.  Lay the paper around the appliance in manageable lengths.  Use a pencil or marking tool to mark the area to be trimmed so as to fit the appliance.  Repeat this to cover entire area.
Mark paper around odd shapes or cords in the appliance

Trimmed and ready to apply

4.  With the Mod Podge® decoupage brush, apply Dishwasher safe Mod Podge® to the back of the paper and onto the corresponding area of appliance.  Gently Place paper onto the appliance smoothing it down in one direction; repeat this step until the entire area is covered.

5.  Once the entire area is covered, begin to seal the paper-covered appliance with DW Mod Podge®.  Coat the entire area making sure to smooth out any bubbles or “blobs” of the Mod Podge®.  Let dry for 1 -2 hours and repeat this 3-4 times to build up a strong seal. 

***Use the damp rag to wipe any excess Mod Podge® that may get onto parts of the appliance that is not being covered as you work on covering and sealing the appliance.

Need to smooth out the paper and the bubbles- the brushes
work great here!!

Until next time,  grab something that needs a little TLC and cover it with a little Mod Podge® Love!!


To find more Mod Podge® inspiration, visit their website and this wonderful blog hop by Designer Crafts

Monday, April 24, 2017

Two for Texas featuring etchall® creme and two techniques for two different styles for etching glass

Two jars found there way in to my studio....what to do? etchall®!!  This was such a fun and quick project and yet the result is Texas-size beautiful!!  

Using my Cricut and the etchall® etchmask, I cut a 3" stencil of Texas.  On the first jar, I used the stencil outline along with the etchall® creme...set the timer for 15 minutes...poured the creme back in to the jar of etchall®, rinsed, removed tape and stencil and....TEXAS!!!  I added some jute and a hand painted ICE Resined wood heart.  I just love this jar!!!  And whatever will go in it,  will shine as bright as the stars at night....

Nestle the jars between two rolled up dishtowels

Tape all around the jar so as not to spread the etchall®
creme in unwanted places

Pour enough creme to cover entire surface.this one could
have even had little more creme....

For the second jar, I used the solid Texas from the stencil and used a slightly different technique...texturizing or stippling for those of you in the "Stencil World." Once "Texas" was adhered to the jar, I used a sea sponge to dab etchall® creme to the entire jar (except the Texas area)...set the timer for 15 minutes... rinsed, removed the Texas etch mask and...the jar was etched in a beautiful allover textured pattern while Texas was clear and crisp just like our perfect Texas evenings in the fall.  To finish this jar, I added white seam binding, a heart etched with arrows and a little dangling heart!!

In this texture technique, do not reuse the etchall® creme as it is not
as thick and you do not want to smear the design!

I do love all thing Texas and with etchall®, it was easy to add the great state to a few repurposed jars!!

As an etchall® Ambassador, I love to share with you tips, techniques and projects for you to be inspired... Here's one more inspiration wishing you JOY as big as Texas!

This jar is filled with flowers of joy---the etched
 background is perfect for dry erase markers!!!

For more wonderful ideas for using and purchasing etchall® products and to learn more about etching, please visit their website.  

Until next time, I hope your day is etched with great memories and great joy!!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

It's in the Bag....Ribbonry and French Knots with Hand Dyed Seam Binding

Today, my sweet little linen bag is featured on Ann Butler Designs Blog.  Creating your own dyed seam binding has never been easier and it's a great way to custom color your projects.  In this tutorial, you will also learn a few other techniques as well as how to manipulate ribbon while stitching with French knots.  It's all in this bag...color, stamping, stitching and filling.  Hop on over and great ready to create your own little goody bag!!!

Until next time,  I hope you will find a few moments to sit and stitch....

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Bohemian Embroidered Banner featured on Ann Butler Designs

Bohemian Embroidered Banner 
Happy Wednesday!  Being on a Creative Design team is a joy and privilege.  And one that I am  currently enjoying is that of the Creative Team with Ann Butler and her amazing designs in stamping,   her color palette in her line of inks and more.  This is my first project with this new team of 2017.  My focus will be stitching and embroidery while incorporating her products in my pieces.  In this banner, we take 2 of her faux quilting stamps to create our background.  Then to give it a focal point and share a sentiment I added french knots to one of my labels (these will be available in mid to late April- there are 4 sayings).  To complete the banner, vintage red trim, eyelets and lace create a this Bohemian style wall hanging.  To see the complete step by step tutorial, visit annbutlerdesigns 

I love that I have the opportunity to sit, stitch and share inspiration projects and little pieces of my heart!

Until next time,

Happy Stitching.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Mirror Mirror, on the Wall- I love etchall® - A DIY project using a repurposed mirror, stencils and etchall®

Etched Mirror using etchall® etching creme
I am so excited to be part of the DCC blog hop featuring etchall® and their fabulous etching products!! Today, I want to share with you the ease  in using the etchall®etching creme and the amazing results you can have!  There are many etching products available to us and I have used many of them.  But once I started using etchall®, I was hooked!!  It etches deep, leaving a beautiful shade to your surface.  It can work on mirrors, glass, slate and more.  It's reusable - can you believe it?  You just scoop the excess back into the jar!!!  For this project, the supply list is short, the time it takes to etch is short but the enjoyment will last a lifetime!!  Let's get started...

Let's gather...

Thrift store find mirror
Etchall® etching creme
Stencil tape or painters tape
Glass Cleaner and paper towels

Let's get etching...

1.  Lay mirror onto a surface such as a counter top or a table.  Be sure to protect the surface where you will be etching.
Taping the stencil

2.  Position stencil and then with stencil/painter's tape, Tape stencil securely to the mirror,keeping the stencil tight up against the mirror

3.  Pour a little of the etching creme on to the corner of the stencil.  Using the squeegee, begin to spread the creme across the stencil.  Apply this in one direction so as to not disturb the stencil
beginning to spread the creme

Any excess of creme, can go back in the jar!!!

4.  Once stencil is covered with the creme, set the timer to 15 minutes.

5.  When the 15 minutes are finished, begin to rinse with warm water, the stencil areas, trying to get all the creme off before removing the stencil
stencil covered in etchall® etching creme

6.  Remove the stencil and continue rinsing.

7.  Once all of the etching® creme has been rinsed away, use glass cleaner and paper towels to clean up any residue.

the finished piece
I absolutely fell in love with this mirror.  After is was all cleaned, I sanded the edges to reveal 4 layers of paint.  I left the patinas on the mirror to give it that vintage feel.  With the french sentiment stencil and the etchall® etching creme, this mirror could hang in the cafe or in your home!!

Until next time, look for thrift store mirrors, glasses and all those etching possiblities can become reality...all it takes is 15 minutes!!!  I hope you will give it a try!!

Be sure to join me on the blog hop to see what others have done with etchall® products!!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

The Eessence of Opal - featured on the ICE Resin blog

The Essence Of Opal necklace

Today, I am thrilled to be on the ICE Resin Blog,  sharing how to create this Blue Australian Opal Inspired Trio Necklace (and  lots more pictures).  This necklace incorporates inclusion such as the new ICE Resin © Glass glitter chards, the new IR luminous papers and my go to for lots of color and texture- ICED Enamels.™  All of the supplies can be found on the Ranger © or ICE Resin© websites.  I hope you will be able to find inspiration and a little gemology in this jewelry tutorial.

Until next time,  I hope you find joy in each day!!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Petticoats on the Prairie- Vintage Market in Coleman, Texas

I am so excited to be a part of this wonderful West Texas Vintage Market that will be in just a few weeks from now!!  It will be a two day show with great vendors, food trucks and of course, great treasures!!! From handmade to antiques, you will be able to find a treasure to take home!!  I will be debuting my own paper and fabric line along with my hand painted Resined jewelry and home decor...along with a few vintage finds...I hope to see y'all here - make plans for a weekend getaway!!  For more information, check it out here

My paper pads!!! 

Until Next Time, I hope you're finding treasures in the everyday!!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Joy of Journaling Lists – Two Words

There are many books on lists, making lists,  the top 100 lists, specific lists, a list on how to make lists…all of which are good.  I would like to share with you a simple way to add to your journaling or even to begin journaling.  When I was teaching a Creative writing class, we would do brainstorming in our journals.  It was uncensored, free thinking and I would limit the words to a few, like two.  We didn’t have to think of grammar, the sentence police or write with complete thoughts…they were truly lists of our first thoughts, first instincts, those first ripples in the river that create even more ripples…and then the beauty of fluid thoughts leap off the page into a grandeur picture of what is on our hearts.

Each morning, I take a few moments to write in my gratitude journal.  It is a simple notebook from Target simply titled Notes with the months and the dates listed at the top of each page and you circle the appropriate Month and the corresponding date.  Each day, it starts the same…

“I am grateful for…”

I skip two lines and begin to write to the last line of the page.  Sometimes my entries are filled with sentences; paragraphs-  but more often then not, they are lists.   Limiting words, or areas of my life can help me focus on that which I have to be truly grateful—my lists could be endless but my favorites are the two word lists…it gets me thinking of powerful words, feeling, people and even places. 

Here is my journal from today…

“I am grateful for…”

This morning
Lovely evenings
Hearts changing
Thoughts shared
Tears shed
Feelings explained
Healing words
Hugs given
New days
Unfamiliar routes
Road trips
Safe havens
Fresh starts
Happy endings
Journal writing
Mind’s wandering
Hands recording
Love’s story
God’s story
Unending Mercy
Generous Grace
Jesus’ sacrifice
Perfect redemption
Sharing Lives
Soul restoration
Hope eternal
Unlimited promise....

I could see a pattern in my words, the thoughts that came out of where my heart is and who I am thinking of.  You can do this 2 word lists for almost any area of your life.  From light hearted things like Favorite foods… list would begin  like this..

Good Coffee
French bread
Eurpoean butter
Fresh eggs
Dark chocolate....

To the power of friendship…my list would start with...

Share Burdens
Celebrate Victories
Listen intently
Cry together
Laugh together....

The focus of just two little words can become light-hearted, thought- filled, or perhaps, fill your heart's reservoir.  If you  are new to journaling and would like to begin ....or if you have written for years and perhaps seem to be stuck, in a rut or out of words, you only need two little words to get you started… Begin Now.


Until next time,  Sending Love!!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Phoenix + Art+Friends+Creativation = A happy He{art}

It's January and for the Craft and Hobby Industry-it's a new year!!! A new year that will begin with  creative inspiration mixed with creative people and creative new products- IT'S Creativation (formerly CHA). Last year, in Los Angeles,  I was able to attend for the first time and it was jaw dropping, eye opening and heart fluttering- when the whole convention center was filled with creativity!!  This  year, it will be in Phoenix and I am sure it will be just as exciting  with new creativity and new inspiration...Also this year, I will be at the ICE Resin® Booth under the big Ranger® sign....I'll be sharing the love of ICE Resin® and all that goes with it....there will be new products that you will just absolutely fall in love with...I already have...I was able to create a few projects for the booth using some of the new products...YOU are going to have so much fun creating your one of kind jewelry pieces, cast embellishments and playing with paper is so fun with ICE Resin®...If you're at the show, please stop by and say Hi and let's create something together.

Susan Lenart Kazmer - What an incredible artist with an
amazing heart!!!

Creativation will also be a wonderful reunion of my art friends...I can't wait to connect with design team members, friends, kindred spirits..and of course, to meet new friends that will become treasured friends through this great experience...
Susan, Susan and Me- Design Teammates and also, friends

We love John Creighton Peterson --Can't wait to see him again!
The incomparable Jen Cushman!! Love her!!!

Classes and Workshops are held during the 4 days - this was
last year's class on Casting with ICE Resin®

I hope you'll follow along this journey with me...I'll be posting on Facebook and hopefully here on the blog as well...Starting the 21st, I'll show pictures of the new projects that I made for this special event that will hang in the ICE Resin® booth....Until next time, I hope your journey is filled with creative, he{art}filled days...