I’m not sure who…

Jun 29, 2009

is having more fun running to the mailbox me or Madelyn. Here are the two cards she has sent me so far. I think they are so cute. Madelyn created these all by herself with scrapping supplies I gave her. Not too bad for a nearly six year old (she might be reading so if I say 5 well… you know how that goes) I love her butterflies… to me there is nothing cuter than kids art. I just love, love, love it. And then of course there are the hilarious topics of discussion. Today’s card made me laugh out loud. Buster is our dog and Zeus is her dog. Glad he was just sleeping and that she isn’t drinking hot chocolate considering it was over 100 in Beaumont a few days ago. The...

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Guess who is celebrating a Birthday…

Jun 25, 2009

On this day in 1942… inside this quaint little house in Salem, West Virginia,  a little girl was born into the Childers family. She is the youngest of three kids. Grew up with the nickname “Dickie”, dressed her kittens in doll clothes and pushed them in her doll carriage for hours. She loved to roller skate, draw, color and play outside. After High School she went to Beauty School… found out she married Santa Claus and well… the rest is history. Happy Birthday, Mom. I hope your day is great! I love...

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Summer Pen Pal…

Jun 24, 2009

Do you have one? I do and it is my 5 year old, no excuse me my almost 6 year old sweet little niece Madelyn. While I was down for my sweet niece Amanda’s High School Graduation (yes, lots of girls in the family… 5 to 1 poor Brittain) Madelyn and I decided we would be summer pen pals. So each week we send each other a handmade card. At first I kinda freaked because I feel like I have to make over the top cards complete with machine stitching, inking, glitter and all the other things I think I have to do but then I came to my senses and realized all Madelyn really wants is mail… nothing over the top. Just a card from me to her. So here is the second...

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A new online Class is coming…

Jun 19, 2009

The sentiment “Home Sweet Home” can make you think of many things… special items in your home a spring garden and most importantly those special people and pets. This project highlights all of the special things that help make our home a “Home Sweet Home”. Showcased in my album are photos of my brother’s trumpet, family members, flowers from our garden, Sonny and Buster our special canine companions as well as a few family quotes. In this four day altered class we will be altering a Maya Road Townhouse and Mini Album using a faux mosaic created from 4 beautiful Webster’s Pages patterned papers. Then accent the house and album with lots of Maya Road products such as their Vintage Sequins Edging, Pom Pom Trim, Double Stitched Velvet, Blossoms, Jewel Pins, Buttons and Rubons....

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Lottie, talk about a cutie…

Jun 17, 2009

I love this time of the year as all the manufacturers are buzzing with new products. I like to check out what new items my book sponsors are creating and when I saw this new doll stamp Lottie by Pink Persimmon yesterday, well my jaw dropped. I love that this stamp set is named after their crafty Grandma Lottie. Such a sweet gesture. I think I see a new workshop in the future. And here is something fun! The girls at Pink Persimmon are hosting a  Paper Doll Challenge using this very stamp. I say give it a try as the winner will receive vintage embellishments and papers. That right there would be enough for me to give it a go. And to get you jump started Darcy even created a PDF so you...

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Back Home…

Jun 16, 2009

We had a great time in Beaumont visiting family. It was an action packed week to say the least. So this week will be full of family type blog posts for those family members that live so far away. A few sneak peeks of some Americana Workshop projects will be thrown in here and there too. I cannot believe we are already into week 3’s projects. But first I must say being 2 and 5 sure is fun when school’s out for the summer. Isabella and Madelyn did a lot of this each day… They each loved it when I would pull their feet to get them swinging. Not sure what it is about that but they always wanted me to start them swinging in this manner. I guess it is the thrill of...

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Vintage Jello Molds…

Jun 11, 2009

I found these cute vintage jello molds in one of my favorite antique stores. I saw the cutest project made here and have to make some. If I lived closer I would have taken this class in a second. I want to make some of these little Pixies as Christmas gifts for the girls in my family so I am collecting the needed items now. I think these little vintage pixies are so super cute and...

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Thrift Store Find…

Jun 10, 2009

My German Glass Glitter will look great stored in these little cuties. They are the perfect size to keep on my work station. I like to have two kinds of silver German glass glitter on hand at all times. It seems as though I can’t create anything without a little coarse or fine glitter someplace on a project. I will be offering some of these for sale...

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Great finds…

Jun 9, 2009

This week I am searching thrift and antique stores for items to use in projects as well as sell in my future online store. My store will include handmade embellishments and glass glitter as well as a few odds and ends that I like to use in projects, cards, tags and layouts. Vintage Postcards, Milk Bottlecaps, candy molds Love these bottlecaps I cannot wait to show you what I have in mind for these… I think you will LOVE the idea. These will be available for download in this years Christmas workshop. Off to do some more digging… can’t wait to see what I find today. Wishing you all a wonderful...

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Class of 2009

Jun 8, 2009

This weekend was a proud family weekend. My niece Amanda graduated High School (National Honor Society, Cum Laude, Texas Scholar). We are all very proud of her accomplishments. Congratulations Amanda! We love...

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Another this and that post…

Jun 5, 2009

If you love vintage items then you need to check out the etsy store Paper Tales. They were lucky enough to get to dig in an old warehouse full of vintage items. Each day it seems Cass and Laura add new items to their store that I want and I’m sure you will too. If you tell them Lisa sent you they will add a little surprise with your order. I also discovered Scrap-Diner has two new paper lines that I love and think are adorable. Cosmo Cricket Early Bird and October Afternoon Cherry Hill. It is going to be a great mail day for me pretty soon. I can’t wait to play with these two lines. Remember my votive tutorial? FaveCrafts created a DIY Wedding eBook that includes my altered votive candle holder tutorial and LOTS...

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Quick Card for Dad…

Jun 4, 2009

This card is simple to make (once again using my Cocoa Daisy June Kit Scraps, Cardstock, Rub On and Alpha Stickers) Cut a piece of cardstock to 5.5″ x 8″, fold it in half and ink the edges using ColorBox Fluid Chalk Ink (Creamy Brown) Cut a piece of patterned paper to 3.75″ x 5.25″, stitch a straight stitch around the inner edge of the patterned paper using a sewing machine, ink the edges using Creamy Brown Ink Cut another piece of patterned paper to 1.75″ x 5.25″, trim the edges using scallop scissors then poke a hole in the center of each scallop using a paper piercer, ink edges using Creamy Brown Ink Cut a piece of cardstock (same color as card) to 1 1/8″ x 5.25″, ink edges using Creamy Brown Ink, adhere...

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Scallop Paper Lace Tutorials…

Jun 3, 2009

Oh am I ever so excited to share these two tutorials with you. This post is long but I believe you will think it was worth the extra long read. The Scallop Paper Lace (top) reminds me of the vintage paper lace I have seen online. Even though nothing can replace the love I have for vintage items this new discovery sure does open up a lot of possibilities for my creativity. The Scallop Ric Rac Paper Lace (bottom) I accidentally made trying to figure out how to make the scallop paper lace. I love it when things like this happen. These two styles of paper lace will be perfect to accent my cards, tags, layouts and projects. You can ink or mist these too. And if you do so on cardstock you will...

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Velvet Flower Tutorial…

Jun 2, 2009

Here is the wall hanging I created with scraps kept from my Cocoa Daisy June Kit. I provided Tricia with a PDF of all the templates I created in this piece. If you are a subscriber she will have this available for download. The mini velvet flowers in this piece are super simple to create. All you need is scallop velvet trim (provided in the June Kit) , scissors, a sewing needle, 3 strands of embroidery floss, adhesive and a rhinestone. Cut the trim so you have 9 scallops (approximately 3.25″) thread 3 strands of embroidery floss into a sewing needle and begin gathering at one end. Continue to gather the trim along the sewing needle all the way to the opposite end of the trim Pull the embroidery floss together tightly until you have...

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Cocoa Daisy Layouts…

Jun 1, 2009

I finally get to share the layouts I created using this months kit by Cocoa Daisy. As you can see the June Kit and the Add On Kit are very versatile. It was loads of fun playing the Daisy Divas once again. I used Vintage Photo Distress Ink to darken the Eyelet Cardstock. Traced a dinner plate to create the circle out of patterned paper, cut out leaves and butterflies from a piece of Webster’s Pages patterned paper using a craft knife, attached Maya Road green pom pom trim around the edge, created a scallop border using scallop scissors and a paper piercer, accented the horizontal strip with self adhesive pearls then used my sewing machine to add additional texture by sewing a straight stitch along the circle and horizontal strip. I wanted this layout...

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