Snowglobe Class…

Nov 30, 2010

I’m so looking forward to this weekend as Trisha Conlon and I will be teaching our “Winters Wonderland Snowglobe” all day workshop at The Crafty Scrapper. Today I will be busy kitting my part of the class and typing up instructions. I will help you with the paint and paper part, Trisha will help you with the snowglobe assembly and soldering part. It is going to be so much fun and lunch is included. I really wish you could see this beauty in person as it shimmers from top to bottom. The patterned papers used are from the new Melissa Frances Line “Home for The Holidays”, you will adorn three sisal trees with Mica and the roof of the house with Diamond Stickles and Iridescent Glitter. You will outline the house with Platinum Stickles...

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Winter Magpie

Nov 29, 2010

If you are wondering what this title means well it means loads of creative fun as “Winter Magpie” is the name of the December kit at Cocoa Daisy. I am so lucky as I got to play with this kit because I am their December Guest Designer. When Christine asked me I was thrilled. Then as she was telling me about all the wonderful products she incorporated in the kit I felt it was so ME and could not wait to start creating. Her kits are always gorgeous and so inspiring. Here are the projects I created using this kit… 2 layouts, a card and a gift card holder. I had product left over to create more items but these will be in my book (yes Cocoa Daisy is once again one of my...

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I have a GIVEAWAY…

Nov 28, 2010

Since my “All Things Winter” workshop starts this Wednesday, December 1st, I thought it would be fun to have a giveaway. This means one lucky winner will receive a copy of my book “Delight In The Details” AND gain free access to my “All Things Winter” online workshop. All you need to do is leave a comment  to this blog post no later than midnight, Monday then I will have Ansley pick the winner, Tuesday. So if you want to grab the attention of a 16 year old you might want to be creative when leaving your comment. Good...

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Super fun gift for both Dads and sons

Nov 26, 2010

I have got to tell you about this neat toy my brother-in-law Douglas has that I think will be a great surprise gift for all the men in your family. Last year he thought these remote controlled helicopters or the Phantom 6010 as he calls it were so cool he bought one for Alan. Let me tell you Alan was entertained for hours which I deeply appreciated and I am sure you would too. Although, Buster our schnauzer thought it was an alien coming down from outer space trying to invade his territory, so he was set on seeing it destroyed. I suggest if you have dogs in your house you might be a tad bit careful flying this thing around them. If it ends up in their reach it will experience instant death....

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What a busy week…

Nov 24, 2010

I hope you all are getting ready to enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with friends and family. We will be having a very slow paced day tomorrow. This year we are staying put as we decided to do our traveling to see family for Christmas. I must admit it will be nice to just relax and not worry about entertaining or traveling. This Thanksgiving I am getting off so easy… all Ansley requested is “Stove Top” stuffing and a pumpkin pie!!! Can you believe that… Ansley is not a big turkey eater and Alan doesn’t want me to go to all the trouble of cooking for just us three. So they got major brownie points with me this Thanksgiving. I’m thinking a big pot of stew or chili will be great to eat while...

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Working on something fun…

Nov 23, 2010

For the past few days in between last minute book stuff, packing projects for shipment, a Dr. visit for Ansley (poor girl is sick again) and everyday life I have been creating a simple “Countdown Banner”. This year, I am determined to keep it simple for the holidays and I am hoping this banner will remind me of this each day in December. This will be another cute project featured in my “Tips, Techniques & Tutorials” workshop. I will have the mini flashcard PDF for you to download as well as the supply list and tools needed. Now I am off to ship a box full of book projects to my sweet editor Jenni. I am truly blessed once again with a wonderful editor. F&W Media has the best staff ever… Managing Editor, Editors,...

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Holiday gift card holder…

Nov 21, 2010

As you all know I LOVE the holidays especially Christmas. But the one thing I really don’t like doing is giving gift cards even though I know that is what my nieces and nephew really want. I must get this from my mom as she does not like giving gift cards either. It just feels so impersonal. But we both end up buckling at the knees every year and grant them their wishes. So I decided this year I will make personalized gift card holders for everyone. It will make me feel a little bit better about handing them out. Those registered in my Tips, Techniques and Tutorials workshop will have access to the PDF of the template I used to create the gift card holder shown above. I will post it tomorrow in...

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What a fun day…

Nov 20, 2010

Today, I taught my “Home for the Holidays” class at The Crafty Scrapper to a super sweet group of ladies. That store is my happy place without a doubt!!! I think it is the best store in the area. Carolyn has the best customers and the best product selection around not to mention the sweetest staff. If you haven’t visited her store you need to… it is worth the drive. You will love it. See the little sweetie in yellow… it was her 14th birthday. Her grandmother purchased my class as a gift for her. Happy Birthday, Gracie! I hope it was a wonderful day. Wishing you all the best and hope to see you again soon. Each kit included three different house templates and lots of fun little goodies to use to decorate....

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Fun project for any age…

Nov 16, 2010

This paper snowflake ornament will certainly keep kids of all ages entertained while waiting for their Thanksgiving meal. All you need are a few supplies and they should be busy for at least an hour and hopefully longer. The younger kids can punch the pieces needed, the older kids can fold them into shape then together they can attach and glitter everything to create the ornament. I think some made out of red and green solid cardstock or the adorable Tinsel & Twig collection by The Girls’ Paperie would look awesome. Supplies Needed: White Cardstock, Maya Road Iridescent Glitter, Maya Road Chipboard Snowflakes, Maya Road Pure White Ink, Rhinestones, Diamond Stickles, Aleene’s Quick Dry Tacky Glue Tools Needed: Fiskars Extra Large Square-a-Licious (scallop square) Punch, Fiskars Extra Large Seal of Approval (scallop round) Punch,...

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All Things Winter

Nov 14, 2010

I’m so excited to tell you about my next upcoming online workshop. This workshop “All Things Winter” will include winter and holiday themed projects from my book “Delight In The Details“. This workshop will include step by step instructions, color photos and tips to help you recreate the projects listed below. Page 15 Merry & Bright Ornament Page 26 Joy Banner Page 30 Joy Mini Album Page 42 Snow Day Layout Page 44 Winter of 78 Layout Page 72 Gift Tag Page 76 Christmas Cookies Layout Page 91 Silent Night Christmas Card Page 95 Christmas Greetings Christmas Card Page 125 Santa Baby Layout The cost for this online workshop is only $19.95. FYI… I will not be teaching the techniques as those are in the book, just the instructions needed to make recreating these...

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Clearly for Art…

Nov 5, 2010

My oh my, oh my is Wendy Vecchi’s “Clearly for Art” super cool to work with… seriously you will LOVE playing with this modeling film. It is literally fool proof you CAN NOT mess this stuff up… promise! Supplies Needed: Tim Holtz Alterations Tattered Florals Bigz Die, Alcohol Inks Cranberry, Ginger, Terra Cotta, Ranger Felt Applicator Tool, Studio 490 Be Inspired… Make Art Stamp Set, Archival Ink Jet Black, Ranger – Non Stick Craft Sheet, Heat Gun, 7 Vintage Buttons, Embroidery Floss Instructions: Using the Tattered Florals Die cut two of the daisy looking flowers. Punch a small hole in the center of each flower. Place these on a Non Stick Craft Sheet. Apply Cranberry, Ginger and Terra Cotta Alcohol Inks onto a Felt covered Blending Tool. Apply Alcohol Inks onto the two flowers....

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