Thursday, September 30, 2010

European Papers

This is the exterior of European Papers, the shop that hosted our soldering class.

If you're ever in Columbus, you'll definitely want to visit this lovely little gallery and shop located in a historic carriage house in the downtown area.
The Gallery features gorgeous mixed media art collections.

The shop is packed to the rafters with artsy goodness.
Artist Trading Card Supplies

Beautiful Handmade Papers
Bookbinding Supplies
Fabulous Findings
Unusual Collage Materials
(Randy was especially taken with these tiny cards! But unlike me, he was able to admire them from afar and leave them in the store!)

He did purchase this awesome bookbinding kit for me though! I can't wait to use it!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Dreaming of Paris

A weekend in Paris...that's how we celebrated our 28th anniversary last weekend. Okay, not really. But we did spend a wonderful weekend in Columbus, OH learning how to create these dreamy soldered shadow box pendants! Randy and I both love soldering, so when I found about this class at European Papers, we decided to make the class and a weekend excursion to the fair city of Columbus our gift to each other. This is the second workshop we've taken from the amazing instructor Paula Hardesty, and it was worth the trip!
Here's Randy laughing it up with our classmates. He's usually the only guy at these events, but he loves it!

And here we are together! Do we look a little alike after 28 years? Only my hairdresser knows what's under that all that hair color!

Here's my shadow box pendant filled with vintage glass glitter and one of my favorite icons: the Eifell Tower. And it's pink! What more do you need?

This is Randy's shadow box. He had to get fancy and add the decorative dots! But I chose the image of course! How else do you think we've stayed married all these years? Our actual anniversary is Thursday, September 30th, but I just want to say happy anniversary to my sweet husband and thanks to him for being my best friend!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010


It's long been my dream to have an article published in a magazine, so I was absoluely thrilled when Artella  contacted me to request permission to reprint my Tattered Lampshade Collage tutorial!
The article can be found on pages 72-75 of of the September 2010 Art Journal Journey online magazine, issue #22. The magazine contains 72 lush pages filled with ideas, inspiration, book reviews and other resources for creative art journals and will be available for purchase individually for $7.00 or as part of a subscription. Artella gave me permission to share the article on my blog, so here's a PDF for you to view! Thanks Artella!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

May Arts DT Project: Velvet Ribbon Jewelry!

My first post as an official design team member is on the May Arts blog today! I took the jumble of elements above, added in some gorgeous May Arts velvet ribbon, and made vintage inspired jewelry with a modern twist. To see the full tutorial and lots of pictures just visit this post on the May Arts blog! Here's a little sneak peek of my Velvet Ribbon Slide Bracelet.

And a fun velvet choker with interchangeable adornments.

And here's this picture just cause I like the sparkly bling!

For a downloadable PDF of this tutorial click here or click the picture on the left sidebar under tutorials.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Green Patina

Rusty metal junk makes my heart beat a little faster! And if it's green rusty metal junk...I'm over the moon! I found these metal file boxes during a recent foray to the Hoosier Antiques Mall in Jasper, IN. I did a doubletake when I rounded the corner and discovered them stacked on a table just waiting for me. I imagined them brimming with collage supplies, tear sheets from magazines, vintage photos, ephemera - all the pretty little things I love to collect!

I found this pint sized beauty a few booths down, and knew I had come to the right place.

Items like these garner a quizzical lift of the brow from my husband, but he just helps me unload them and find a place for them in my cluttery treasure-filled studio.

I snagged this fabulous vintage ledger for a mere $2.00!

But all in all it was a study in green patina.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

For the love of blogs {and Corgis}

This is our adorable Pembroke Welsh Corgi. Rainbows Princess Madeline Emily Margaux is her name, but you can call her Maddi! She is a testament to the power of blogging. A few years ago, I became a devoted reader of Posie Gets Cozy, the quirky, funny blog of the ever so charming Alicia Paulson. Alicia/Posie posts about the simple joys of her everyday life in Portland, Oregon. She shares a rose covered cottage with her husband Andy, two cats, and the star of the show: a Cardigan Corgi named Clover Meadow! On any given day Clover can be found lounging on the sofa under one of Posie's signature afghans or quilts, tangled up in a skein of yarn, exploring the garden, or curled up in her cozy bed dreaming doggy dreams.
It's strange to think that a complete stranger, thousands of miles away, not even knowing of your existence, can have such an impact on your life, but that's my whole point about the power of blogging. When we decided a couple of years ago to give in to our daughter's impassioned pleadings for a puppy of her own, we had no doubt what breed we wanted: a sweet little corgi like Clover! After much searching, we found our own little bundle of doggy goodness and she has brought us joy everyday! We love her from the top of her pink nose to the tip of her non-existent tail! We love her stubby but sturdy little legs, her penchant for running in circles as fast as she possibly can, and for her loyal, unconditional love for us. So this post is really a thank you to Clover, to Alicia and Andy, and to the original Posie Corgi, the beloved and much missed Audrey. And thanks to the power of the blog, a wonderful source of inspiration and of connection to all those kindred spirits around the wide, wide, world.
Do you have a favorite blog? I'd love to hear about it and what makes it a special destination for you!

The Winner!

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Anonymous said..
Cute, cute, cute! This is so great and the tutorial is wonderful. Thanks!
September 14, 2010 3:50 PM

You are the randomly chosen winner of the Easy Peasy Mini Album Kit!
Please email your name and address to and I'll send your prize!

Thanks to everyone for your lovely comments and for participating in the giveaway! Hope you win next time!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Mini Album Tutorial & Giveaway!

The time has arrived for the promised mini album kit giveaway! In honor of posting my very first downloadable tutorial, I'm giving away a kit packed with everything you need to make the Easy Peasy Mini Album and and lots of fun extras! You'll receive a full sheet each of Tickled Tulip and Apricot Afternoon fabric paper, one sheet of Vintage Patchwork cardstock from The Girls' Paperie, several yards of luscious May Arts Sheer Dot ribbons, buttons, and a package of Dimensional Remarks stickers! If you would like to have a chance to win these goodies for your very own, just leave a comment on this post between now and midnight central time on Friday, September 17th. I'll use a random number generator to select the winning comment, so comment as often as you wish! The winner will be announced on the blog Saturday, September 18th.

Now for the tutorial! As I mentioned, this is the first downloadable PDF I've ever posted, so if there are any problems with it, please let me know! Enjoy!
Click here for mini album tutorial

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Easy Peasy Mini Album

I am so in love with Dear Lizzie fabric paper by American Crafts! The creator, Elizabeth Kartchner, posted the most adorable tutorial on her blog showing how to create a quick and easy mini album using just your scraps. I decided to include this album as a bonus project for my Fun with Fabric Paper class at the Doodlebug this Saturday! I used fabric paper to create the binding tabs and spine cover. Cardstock from The Girls' Paperie  blends beautifully with the colors and patterns in the Dear Lizzie line, and made perfect pages for my petite album.
May Arts sheer dot ribbon is my go to choice for so many of my projects! I love the vibrant colors, the silky feel, and how easy it is to tie into a bow! I used the brown 3/8" size for this project, but it's also available in a 1.5" width. Check back on Monday for a free downloadable tutorial featuring my version of this easy peasy mini album and a chance to win your own mini album kit!