2010 in Review…

Dec 31, 2010

2010 sure was a super fast paced year. I have so many wonderful moments and events to reflect upon. I am so grateful for you my blog readers as you are some of the most loyal and uplifting people. I always look forward to your replies and when needed your words of encouragement. I am so grateful I have the opportunity to work with so many wonderful manufacturers in the scrapbooking industry. I am very fortunate to be able to teach at an awesome scrapbook store in Waxahachie, Texas, “The Crafty Scrapper.” Some neat class ideas have been swirling in my head for the new year and I cannot wait to share them with Carolyn. I am leaning heavily towards mixed media right now which is so fun. It’s exciting to explore creatively as you...

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Merry Christmas

Dec 25, 2010

Wishing you and your family a wonderful holiday season. Here are a few of my favorite childhood Christmas photos. My brother and I Christmas morning when we lived in Kittery, ME. My cousin Heather, Me and my brother Richard celebrating Christmas at my grandparent’s home in Greenland, NH. My brother Richard and I Christmas Eve in Beaumont, Texas. And here is the two of us Christmas morning with our gifts from Santa. I LOVED that doll. May you all have a wonderful Holiday Season and the Best of a New Year! Much love,Lisa  ...

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more bracelets

Dec 24, 2010

Here are a few bracelets I made last night. I have one more to do and then I will be on the hunt for more baubles. These are fun to make not to mention the perfect accessory for any outfit… can’t wait to wear them. I created these the same way I did in my post, yesterday. It’s a rainy day here in Frisco, perfect weather for baking. Getting ready to put some “French Toast” in the oven… Ansley’s favorite holiday breakfast. Then need to do some last minute things before Terri and Laren get her to celebrate Christmas. I hope you all have a wonderful day with friends and...

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Some Holiday Bling

Dec 23, 2010

This is a bracelet I created using some big pearl cabochons I’ve  had for a while and some vintage rhinestone buttons I’ve been hoarding. It’s super simple to make and one I will be wearing a lot as I love anything that sparkles. This idea came about while I was in Hobby Lobby, yesterday looking at all the holiday clearance items. While walking around I ended up in the jewelry aisle. I saw their bracelet with bezel items and BAM I had an idea. Well I could not get home fast enough to see if it would work and as you can see it did. I wish the sun was out today so you could see the sparkle but looks like a cloudy day for us. I plan on going back to Hobby Lobby...

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A Christmas Mouse

Dec 22, 2010

Mom and I love all the little figurines of Christmas mice that can be seen during the holidays. My grandmother on the other hand could not STAND seeing anything which slightly resembled that of a mouse. I can remember once when I was very, very young being at my grandparent’s camp in Acton, Maine and gram running out of the camp screaming. It was years later I found out my mom had discovered a little mouse nest in one of the kitchen drawers that had a baby mouse sleeping inside. Well gram did not want anything to do with that and left in a dash. Poor gram. So in the spirit of all the adorable Christmas mice mom and I see during the holiday season I thought it would be fun to make one for her...

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A very ugly secret…

Dec 20, 2010

This industry that so many of us love and work very hard to make money at with our ideas and classes has a very ugly secret. This industry has some in it that will make deals and not follow through. This industry has people in it who send nasty emails to artists accusing them of untruths. Why do we as artists allow such treatment? Is it fear of ruffling feathers among the followers of these people? From now on I will not allow this… if my truths ruffle feathers well I am sorry, sometimes it is hard to accept people for whom and what they are. Their followers need to realize and accept it as well and be thankful that they have been saved from such treatment from these people as eventually it will...

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Sugar Cookies and a Glittered Bow

Dec 19, 2010

Okay well not the actual sugar cookies but I wanted to share with you the kind I used to look forward to making each Christmas with my Mom. I knew Santa had to have loved mine the best as he never left a crumb on his plate. I think the reindeer helped in licking the plate clean. The week before Christmas mom and I always headed to the store to get the rolled Pillsbury Sugar Cookie dough. Click here for a coupon. I loved making these Santa and Angel cookies so much. Each one always looked a little bit different after baking but they all were decorated the same… such a type A personality even back then. Santa had a red hat, white pom pom and trim on his hat, white mustache, red hot...

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Gift Bow

Dec 17, 2010

The other day Ronda sent me a few photos of some cute containers she created filled with some of her peppermint bark, click here if you want her recipe. Well I noticed she had the cutest gift bows on top of each container so I immediately asked her how she made them. Well she got the idea from Emily who got the idea from a post on Flickr. Oh the tangled web us crafters weave. Emily’s tutorial is super easy to follow and I think you will want to create some for yourself. These bows do not take much paper either so you could mix and match them with your paper scraps. Supplies Used: The Girls’ Paperier – Tinsel & Twig – Holly Berry Floral, ColorBox Fluid Chalk Ink – Creamy Brown, Aleene’s Quick Dry Tacky...

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Merry Christmas Gift Tag ~ Ornament

Dec 14, 2010

Here is another tag I plan on attaching to a gift this Christmas. It can then be kept and used as an ornament later on. I loved adding all the little details … pearls, buttons, jingle bells, flocked flowers, seam binding and lots and lots of Stickles. One can never have too much Stickles. I’m trying to convince Santa that I need a huge VAT of Platinum and Diamond Stickles this year. I know I have been good, good, good and really deserve them. Supplies Used: Tim Holtz Alterations Bigz Die Caged Bird, The Girls’ Paperie – Tinsel & Twig (Deck the Halls, Snowfall), Self Adhesive 2mm Cream Pearls, Rhinestones, Flocked Flowers, Vintage Buttons, 6mm Gold Jingle Bells, Brown & White Baker’s Twine, Dusty Olive Seam Binding, Creamy Brown Ink, Diamond & Platinum Stickles, Foam...

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Money Envelope

Dec 13, 2010

I created this money envelope using this tutorial created by Wendy Vecchi of Studio 490. I did have to substitute a few things since I didn’t have all the stamps she used or one of the Distress Ink colors. I must admit it’s nice stepping out of your comfort zone every once in awhile and stamping is certainly stepping out for me. It’s scary as I cannot get over the everything needs to be perfect stuff but I am trying. Oh and let me fill you in on a little secret… today is my super sweet friend Wendy’s birthday. I think she is celebrating something like her 25th. I don’t know I could be wrong but I know I’m not off by far. So when you go over to check out her awesome tutorial make sure you...

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Feels like winter…

Dec 12, 2010

Finally we are having some cold temperatures, once again. It has cooled down and warmed up so much this month. I’m ready for the cold weather to get here and stay. It is way too hard to get into the Christmas Spirit when it’s 70 something degrees outside. This is the last week of my “All Things Winter” workshop. Today, I shared tips on distressing. I love the distressed look on projects and there are so many fun tools you can use that allow you to achieve different looks. My absolute favorite distressing tool hands down is the Tonic Studios Tim Holtz Paper Distresser, this little tool fits perfectly in my hand and is always an arms reach away. This week I will show you how to recreate the layouts below. As you can...

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Simple Father Christmas Charm

Dec 10, 2010

This has to be the simplest charm I have ever created. Red Lead PaperWorks sent this charm to me a while back, as in last year sometime. It was a surprise added in with some goodies I had purchased. Well I have been holding on to it waiting for time to just play. Last night, was finally that time and talk about fun and fast. This took me from start to finish (excluding drying time) 5 minutes to make. I think it will be cute as a decorative accent on a gift then the recipient can place it on a bracelet or necklace to enjoy. Supplies Used: Charm from Red Lead Paperworks Circle, Oval, Vintage Image from Laura’s Garden, Self Adhesive 2mm Cream Pearls, 2 – Jump Rings, 3 – 6mm Gold Jingle Bells,...

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Noel Tag

Dec 9, 2010

Today, I decided to create a tag using some of my favorite things. It’s fun gathering supplies when all the while you have no clue what it is you’re going to create. I gathered and gathered (Vintage Images, Cream Felt, Maya Road Chipboard Snowflakes, Fine Silver German Glass Glitter, Sisal Trees a.k.a. bottle brush trees, Self Adhesive Pearls, Mica, Diamond & Platinum Stickles, Tiny Alphas and Fiskars Punches) until my work area was filled with inspiring products. In the end this is what I created. It will be a gift tag for someone’s gift this Christmas. The Fiskars Extra Large Postage Stamp Squeeze Punch is a great punch. I really like the size the punched image creates and if you outline the images with Platinum Stickles and accent them with Diamond Stickles it makes...

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Sneak Peeks Week 2

Dec 8, 2010

Here are a few sneak peeks of this weeks projects being created in my “All Things Winter” workshop. I’m also sharing lots of glittering tips as I have learned many things the hard way, believe me. So hopefully, I can spare you some of my disasters. We’ve created a gift tag which can be recreated and attached to any gift or gift bag for any holiday or special occasion just by changing the patterned papers. A layout that can be created using snow, holiday or family photos. And this mini album will be posted Friday, so everyone has a fun weekend project to create. This mini album contains 16 page for you to document a family photo as well as photos of your holiday tree, favorite recipes, cherished ornaments and...

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Paper Medallions…

Dec 7, 2010

Well since yesterday, I showed you my favorite Crepe Paper and Glitter artist, today, I decided to show you my favorite Paper Medallion Artist… who just so happens to love Crepe Paper too. Gosh how fun would it be to sit at a table with these two and create… I would LOVE that! Maybe someday… here is to wishing! Saturday, while co-teaching the snow globe project with Trisha, Ann-Denise Anderson of Whim & Fancy Designs was teaching in the next room. I’ve loved her work for such a long time. Ann-Denise has been featured in several issues of Somerset magazine and since the moment I laid eyes on her work I’ve hoped to meet her. Our paths just never seemed to cross at the same time so you can imagine my excitement when I...

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Oh my STARS…

Dec 6, 2010

While surfing the net the other day I came upon this gorgeous tree created by Karen Aguirre at Creative Chaos. Needless to say my jaw dropped as you all know how I love CREPE PAPER and GLITTER!!! Karen’s trees are so incredibly adorable. What I should be doing is working on book projects but NO someone had to make an incredible piece of art and then felt the need to share her creativity with everyone, so now all I can think about making are these wonderful Crepe Paper Christmas Trees. Talk about the enabler. But all kidding aside I think her trees are absolute perfection and how could they not when created with crepe paper ruffles, glitter and tinsel then accented using glittery berries, a star and the sweetest banner. I could fill our...

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Creative Fun…

Dec 5, 2010

Saturday, Trisha Conlon and I got to spend the day with this wonderful group of artists at “The Crafty Scrapper”. Each one created their very own snow globe. I taught the paper part of the project which included altering the base of the snow globe, building the little house, creating a crepe paper rosette and then of course sprinkling everything with glitter and mica. It was so fun watching everyone’s project come together. Each little house was the same yet so different as everyone used different parts of their Melissa Frances patterned paper. Once everyone finished their sweet little house they then began to add everything to the altered base of the snow globe. Once everyone go to this point we all took a break for lunch, which came from “The Dove’s Nest”, next...

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A few cards and a banner…

Dec 3, 2010

First the winner of the December Cocoa Daisy Kit Giveaway is… Kathryn, December 1, 2010 at 12:23 pm, This may be a long post but it’s a great one. You’re never one to skimp on providing clear directions. That’s what we love about you! Thanks for sharing this beautiful way to present a gift card. Congrats, Kathryn! Email me at lisa@lisapace.com your address and I will get Christine to mail your kit. Happy Creating!!! As you all know I love the etsy store Laura’s Vintage Garden. Well Laura has graciously created a coupon code for my blog readers. This coupon code will remain active until Dec. 10th. The coupon code is Lisa25 type the code in the coupon section when you pay and you will receive a 25% discount off your entire order, before...

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“Be A River” Campaign

Dec 2, 2010

Hi Roadies, are you ready to ” Be A River”? Help Maya Road surprise someone you love! During the “Season of Giving”, Maya Road wants you to nominate a friend who you would like to receive one of their Winter Wonder Warehouse Kits. In your email, include the nominees first name and why you want to “Be A River” and share this love with them. Maya Road will pick 5 people to “Be A River” to as you help us bless them. Send nominations til 12/10/10 to BeARiver@mayaroad.com Each kit has over $154.00 of Maya Road product and they will even include a personal note and extra goodies in their box. So share this post with a friend so they too can nominate someone during this “Season of...

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Lots of fun stuff today…

Dec 1, 2010

First I will end the suspense of who the winner of my book “Delight In The Details” and Free Access Pass to my “All Things Winter” workshop. The winner is … Judi Lindgren with her Comment: OMGYGTBK! This is a BFD – I’ve definitely got my FC! I had to research all those text words. . .I don’t even own one of those fancy phones or thing-a-ma-gings you text with! Got a really cute grandson that does tho(to young for a 16 year old I fear). I really want this- really, really! I would be SETE. Your Mom’s site is OTT! Congratulations, Judi. Email me your address and I will get your book in the mail. I will have you set up and ready to create in the workshop, today. And since many of...

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