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A Little Travel. . .A Little Romance. . . and a Little Vintage

Posted by Jacqueline Arroyo on Tuesday, August 30, 2011, In : Crafting 
I have always loved items that have that vintage travel feel.  I have made several purses in the past with this theme. 

This one was the first cigar box purse  that I ever made with that vintage travel theme.  I called it "Around the World" since  I made it with this great wrapping paper I had that had maps of all over, and who knows where, and other travel motifs that I just loved. I went ahead and added some stickers, rhinestones and so forth, and I really ended loving the end product.

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The many ways to decoupage a cigar box!

Posted by Jacqueline Arroyo on Thursday, August 25, 2011, In : Crafting 
For the past year and half I've been quite obsessed with cigar boxes.  I had no idea how diverse and versatile cigar boxes could be until I started working with them.  I've made a lot of different styles of purses, and I'm still amazed at how many different things I can do with them.

In the beginning, I tried to do some simple decoupage with wallpaper remnants, magazine paper, calendar paper, scrapbooking paper, etc.

I've since graduated to add more embellishments on top of the existing decoupa...

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Making a necklace...a statement

Posted by Jacqueline Arroyo on Thursday, August 25, 2011, In : Crafting 
By now I've made several of these statement necklaces, and it never ceases to amaze me how many different ways a few relatively mundane elements can be combined to make a glorious statement.

In the beginning, I mostly used beads that I happened to have in my crafting arsenal.  Things that I had bought a while back but had not had the chance to use yet. 

This one was the first statement necklace I ever made.  I called it Bahama Fantasy.  Back then I tried to get creative with my titles.  I've s...

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