4 Chapters and 2 Promos…

Mar 31, 2011

Are in the can!!! Today, we worked it and got 13 techniques shot with 30 min. left in the day. So Jenni and I started organizing for the two technique videos I”ll be shooting tomorrow. I will be so glad when tomorrow is over. I’ve worried about shooting these videos all week long. But Jenni says it will all be okay and I have nothing to worry about. It’s so strange as I can talk to anyone, have taught at CHA, have instructed 1,000’s of make-n-takes, taught classes without any fear but pull that camera out and I freeze up. If I lose my fear of the camera tomorrow Amy Coon wont know how to act. Every time she comes to the Maya Road booth at CHA I want to just take off running...

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Techniques, Food and Props…

Mar 30, 2011

Today, we were one technique short of completing all the techniques for Chapter three but it was another great day in the studio. Here is a photo of just a few of the products I used today. Jenni took me and Christine to Skyline Chili for lunch. Let me just tell ya this chili is nothing like what I’ve ever had in Texas. I had a 3-Way which is spaghetti on the bottom then chili topped with shredded cheese. And when you take a bite you need to pop 1 or 2 oyster crackers in your mouth. I know it sounds crazy but it is so good. Then once you finish you place the remaining oyster crackers in the chili so they can soak up all the liquid and eat away. YUMMY is all...

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Chapter Two and Lunch…

Mar 29, 2011

It was another great day in the studio. We were able to complete the step outs for all of Chapter Two which means we’re halfway done. Completing each technique means I am that much closer to having this book in my very eager hands. I can’t wait to see it all finished. I do believe you all are going to LOVE it just as much as Delight In The Details. This is the table where all the supplies I need to recreate each of the 40 techniques in my book are placed. Yesterday this table was completely covered. It’s nice to see some empty space on it now. Each baggie is filled with supplies and marked with the chapter and technique numbers. Being organized like this helps speed up the process just a tad...

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Chapter One Techniques are Done!

Mar 28, 2011

What a great day. This morning, I finally got to meet my editor Jenni Claydon in person. We’ve chatted over the phone for months so finally having a face with the voice is awesome. We headed straight to the studio to start photographing techniques for each of the 40 techniques featured in my book. It was great getting to see Christine Polomsky once again. She is so patient when taking all the step by step photographs. In this photo I’m prepping some Pink Paislee patterned papers with Diamond Stickles. You will see lots of Diamond and Platinum Stickles being used in this book. Are you surprised? Something tells me not. And way over in the background hanging on her wall are two beauty shots from  my book. I was so surprised to see them...

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Peep Houses

Mar 25, 2011

While on Pinterest I came across this fun tutorial and saved it to make with my niece Madelyn while she was supposed to visit this week for Spring Break. Well she decided she wasn’t ready just yet to stay a week so far away from home. So I sent the tutorial to my mom and she made them with Mad and Bellie. They were a hit so thanks a bunch Kasey Buick for this really fun project. Here are the photos dad emailed me. Mom made a batch of royal icing as it was a bit easier for the girls to keep their houses together when they started decorating. Not sure if little Bellie is still decorating or snagging a jelly bean. Mad and Bellie loved decorating their houses. You can see Bellie concentrating...

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Did a little Thrifting yesterday…

Mar 24, 2011

I love to shop at Frisco Resale because not only do you find awesome things but the money goes back into our community to help those in need. It’s a win, win situation. As you can see in the photo it was a good finds kinda day. I found a nice silverplated tray and plan on doing this with it. I’m on the lookout for another one as I really like how the two look together. This will be a pretty way to keep reminders and other things out in front of me. And I plan on using vintage button magnets my dad made me to attach those reminders too. They’ll work perfectly. The book I found is going to be torn and turned into this bird and paper flower wreath someday after my...

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Clementine Candle

Mar 23, 2011

Discovered this fun project while doing some “research” once again on Pinterest. And since Clementines are out right now I thought I would share my find with you. If you want to impress the little ones you need to try this but don’t even bother on the teenagers as frankly I think there is very little you can do to impress them at the moment. I just got a cool and then that look. You know the one that says, “Like really mom, is this what you did all day”. Do you know what look I am talking about? Supplies Needed: Clementine, Olive Oil, Knife, Matches Using a knife carefully cut all around the Clementine horizontally. You want to cut just enough so you feel the meat part of the Clementine with the knife....

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New Tutorials…

Mar 22, 2011

I added a few new projects to my “Tips, Techniques and Tutorials” online workshop. You will find tutorials showing you how to recreate a cute fleece flower and an adorable yarn bunny. Below are a few sneak peeks of the two projects. I’m kinda scared, ok a whole lot of scared, to paint the face on the bunny so I’m leaving it blank. Although I do think it looks cute this way. Also if you like creating for Easter, here is a code CCBF3 for my “Hippity Hop Easter Workshop“. This is a $5.00 discount and will make the cost of the workshop only $4.95. I cannot believe I leave this weekend for Cincinnati, OH for the techniques photo shoot at F+W Media. I look forward to meeting my editor Jenni in person as...

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Paying it forward

Mar 21, 2011

A while back I talked about paying it forward on facebook and stated if anyone wanted help in submitting I would gladly help them as I feel it’s my duty to pay it forward. I certainly did not get where I am today in this industry without a little help and guidance from others along the way. I must say it does amaze me as to how many people will not help others advance. I’m not sure if it’s insecurities on their part and feel the person might be better than them or just flat out not caring or wanting to take the time to help others. This industry certainly has room for more creative people. New people keep things fresh and exciting and I love to see fresh and exciting creations. So I...

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Oh Pinterest…

Mar 18, 2011

Do you Pinterest? I sure do. My goodness this site can suck hours out of your day before it even starts. But I have to tell you it has so many wonderful DIY projects I can hardly stand it so if you don’t you need to check it out. The other day while I was “researching” as I call it, I came across this super cute Birds Nest Tutorial using paper mache and shredded brown lunch bags or dictionary pages. Yesterday, I could not take it any longer and had to make one although, I made mine smaller they they did in Country Living. So I pulled out our paper shredder and two brown paper lunch bags and got to business. Supplies Used: Collage Pauge Instant Decoupage Matte, Water, Shredded lunch bags, foil, plastic...

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Adding to my glitter containers

Mar 17, 2011

Oh how I love to see my glitter inside these salt shakers and sugar dispenser BUT when I was in Frisco Resale not too long ago I found these adorable ceramic houses. They were only .50 a piece and were screaming TAKE ME HOME with YOU! I had to figure out what I was going to do with them as believe me I have enough little pretties here and there around the house and I do NOT need anymore. Well I was looking at the chimney on both houses and instantly thought they would be perfect for pouring and then BAM new glitter containers came to mind. Honestly, they are perfect and look so cute sitting on my shelf in my scraproom. I took these photos in our living room to get some much...

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Spring is near…

Mar 16, 2011

This little card was created for my design team post on the Maya Road blog. If you want to see loads of inspiration you need to check out their blog. The design team creates some of the most amazing projects. With spring just around the corner I thought it would be fun to use the “Green Thumb” mini chipboard set and the “Gingham Point Blossoms” as they work perfectly together on a card. One thing I love to do is add little banners to the “Vintage Pearl Pins” it is such a quick and easy thing to do and really finishes this card beautifully. And The Girl’s Paperie “Paper Girl” line is awesome for any spring project. I love, love, love the colors and the patterns. I created the cute little bunny using a...

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That HUGE sigh…

Mar 15, 2011

of relief you just heard came from me. I just completed my second book deadline and let me just say, it was a humdinger, but I have 45 projects completed. I’m so glad this one is behind me and everything has either been emailed or shipped. I leave for Cincinnati in a few weeks to photograph all the step by step photos for each featured technique. It will be a week of photographing during the day and writing at night but I can finally start to see the book coming together and cannot wait for it to hit the shelves. I do believe you all are going to love this book. I’m already in love with it. So after a weekend of writing for 20 hours starting Friday evening and ending Saturday then packing...

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Another fun Blog Bounce

Mar 8, 2011

If you are coming here from Francine Clouden’s blog glad you’re here! If not, make sure you check out all those participating in this months blog bounce as it is so fun to see how everyone interpreted the theme “Favorite Treat”. And since spring is just around the corner I thought I would share with you one of our families favorite spring treats. I’ve been making these “Bird Nest” cupcakes since I was a little girl with my Mom. To me it just does not seem like spring if I don’t make them. I’ve made these with my girls each Easter and will most likely make them every Easter even when the girls no longer live at home. They are just a part of my childhood I like to reflect on each year. Below is...

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