Sirens Call

Jul 29, 2011

It’s Cocoa Daisy sneak peek time again and I think you will love the colors and textures of the August kit. I certainly do. The main kit is called “Sirens Call” and Christine has several wonderful add-on kits. I picked “Calypso” and the “Mist and Ink” Add On kits. Christine certainly has an eye for blending patterns and colors. She has the perfect balance of neutrals and brights. I accented the dots on the patterned papers above using Diamond Stickles and stitched and stitched and stitched this project like crazy. Aug. 1st I will get to show you all the projects in full. I had fun creating these little wired button flowers. I used 24 gauge wire if you want to give them a try. I think they look super cute. I altered the...

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Studio 490 and Maya Road

Jul 28, 2011

I cannot believe these are the only photos I took of Wendy’s incredible art pieces. I was in the Ranger booth several times looking at her art as well as in the Stampers Anonymous booth. But as you can see she never ever disappoints. I could look at her art over and over again and still find things I did not notice the first 100 times I looked at them. Not one detail is forgotten. I must say the door knob projects above really fascinate me. They are awesome! As you can see Wendy has lots of new Art Parts that go with her stamps. I think I’m an Art Parts kinda girl too. Just look at how cool they are. And her flowers below are just amazing. Wendy even tells you what products...

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Chicago Tribune and Pink Paislee

Jul 27, 2011

I tell ya we walked all over downtown Chicago. You would think we spent days down there but nope just one complete afternoon. That Ronda is a fast paced walker, no southern strolls when she is around. I like how in this photo the Chicago Tribune is peeking out from the other buildings. I do believe Chicago has my favorite downtown. I could spend days there. The tall building on the left makes me think of Batman. I have no clue why as I am not a Batman fan. But I always think of Gotham City when I see it. As we walked and walked and walked I had to capture this photo of the Chicago Sun Times. I just love all the different sized buildings nestled all together. One thing about most of...

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Chicago Water Tower and HandBehg Felts

Jul 26, 2011

While sight-seeing in Downtown Chicago Ronda, Christine and I stumbled upon the Chicago Water Tower. The Chicago Water Tower was built in 1869 and is the second oldest water tower in the United States, after the Louisville Water Tower in Louisville, Kentucky. The architecture on this building is awesome. While at CHA I came across a felt company called HandBehg Felts. This company has some of the cutest projects to create and are so nice. I really enjoyed talking with the owner and learning about her product. I will certainly be creating with some of these products for sure. This was their make-n-take box… I made the cutest flower pin and could have stayed there all day making more. A box filled with adorable felt flowers. Adorable felt acorns. As you can see HandBEHG...

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Sight Seeing and Jenni Bowlin

Jul 25, 2011

The day before CHA opened Ronda, Christine and I walked the Magnificent Mile and came upon a gorgeous church. The First Presbyterian Church building was dedicated on May 10, 1914 and every single square inch of this church is stunning. We could have stayed there all day taking photos. The garden was so peaceful with not one bit of color but green. Just incredible. I love that the plaque near the church entrance says, “This church is open daily for rest, prayer and relaxation.”  Just a little warning… this blog post is heavy on photos. I was not kidding when I said we could have stayed there all day long. So now onto CHA. The day it opened I could not wait to see what my book sponsors where debuting. Well Jenni Bowlin certainly...

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Jul 22, 2011

Gotta say, I am loving the new packaging for all the Melt Art products by Ranger. It looks so edgy and cool.  While at CHA I studied every square inch of the Ranger booth looking at all the incredible products. One of the make n takes taught by Debbie Tlach was creating this really cute ring you can see on Ranger’s blog… click here for that link and here for the step by step instructions. Great minds do think alike as I too loved Tim’s rose button from his Fanciful Flower button collection and made the very same mold using Ranger’s Mold-n-Pour back in January. His rose button is the perfect size for a ring or charm for a necklace. I used a simple silver ring base on mine because Ansley is a simple kinda...

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CHA Day 2

Jul 21, 2011

It was another fun day at CHA. This afternoon I helped Caroline teach her 6 Ways To Use Maya Road Workshop. It was a wonderful class and most everyone finished their project. Then I walked the floor with Ronda looking at all the wonderful new products which will be hitting stores soon. Christine on the other hand was stuck in her hotel room sorting through all kinds of projects for the Cocoa Daisy Kits. All I can say is they are going to be AWESOME!. Today, I have to share a few photos and tell you about all the fun we had in the Crafters Workshop booth. After looking at all of Julie Balzer’s new stencils Ronda and I played with Julie and a great group of friends. We all know I’m not a get messy kinda girl...

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True Love

Jul 20, 2011

This is the last of the cards I created using new Maya Road products. They are releasing the cutest “Mini Bottle Caps” and when I say, “mini” I mean mini they are only .5″. I created the flower by coloring the bottle cap using the cardinal copic marker, one daisy from their “Large Daisy Vintage Lace Trim” and their new “Skinny Spool”. The “Wavy Layerable Banner” is misted with “Eggplant Putple Maya Mist” and stamped using the alphas from the “Just My Type” stamp set. The love chipboard word is inked using their “Pink 1″ Ink Pad”. The”Mini Bottle Cap” is half filled with glossy accents and silver German glass glitter then a self adhesive pearl was placed in the center. I accented the patterned paper from my Cocoa Daisy “Urban Loft” kit, scallop circle center and chipboard pieces...

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Cute As A Button

Jul 19, 2011

This little enclosure card is created using the new “Cute As A Button” stamp set by Maya Road. The altered chipbpard buttons are Maya Road as well. I inked them, Stickled them and covered them with glossy accents. Once the glossy accents was dry I added cream embroidery floss to each button and attached them to the card. I’m so looking forward to 10:00 this morning as it is Day 1 of CHA! CHA is one of my favorite places to be… I love working with Maya Road (Booth #1523), teaching make-n-takes and chatting with all the friends I have from around the US. And don’t forget, I will be walking the floor in the afternoon to look at all the manufacturers new products if you are the first person to tell me hi, I...

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Anniversary Card

Jul 18, 2011

I createad this card using patterned paper from my Cocoa Daisy “Urban Loft” kit and several new Maya Road release items. The new “Winter’s Roses in Houndstooth Pumpkin” goes perfectly with their new “Satin Pleat Edging in Golden Yellow” and “Ruffle Crochet Trim – Single”. I had to put a “Black Wooden Bingo Calendar Piece” inside the rose center as it fit too well to pass up. I then accented the Winter’s Rose with “Vintage Pearl and Leaf” Trinket Pins. And one can never get tired of accenting cards or projects with the “Large Daisy Vintage Trim”. I love the softness it adds to my projects. FYI: You can mist this trim with any of the solid Maya Road Mists to color coordinate it with any of your projects. To make the color permanent just heat set it...

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CHA Summer Schedule

Jul 17, 2011

July 19 –  Maya Road Booth #1523  – 10:30 – 1:00 July 20 – Maya Road Booth #1523  – 10:30 – 11:15 July 20 – Assist Caroline during her “Take A Journey with Maya Road 6 Ways” Workshop from 12:00 – 2:00 in Room 3 July 21 –  Maya Road Booth #1523  –  9:30 – 12:00 While walking the floors in the afternoon at CHA I’m going to give away one autographed book a day. So if you’re attending the show come up to me and say hi, if you’re the first one to do so you’ll get that days signed copy of my book “Delight In The Details”. As you can see the design team canvas I created for Maya Road is filled with lots of new release items. Click HERE to see their new...

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Art Parts

Jul 16, 2011

While I was at the Great American Scrapbooking Convention in Arlington, this past June, I got to see my friend Wendy Vecchi. She surprised me and gave me one of her new Art Parts pieces and told me I could create anything I wanted. I was so excited and had so many ideas running through my head it took me awhile to decide what to do but this is the idea that made it to the canvas. Carolyn, at The Crafty Scrapper and I are working on coming up with a date to teach this project at her store. It’s super fun to make. I have a few Maya Road new release items included in this project too, their “Wooden Vintage Snowflakes” and “Vintage Findings Raspberry Beads”. Today, is all about washing, packing and...

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Jul 15, 2011

Cameos… one can never have too many cameos and now you can stamp them on anything you wish. Maya Road has a new set called just that “Cameos”. The stamp set includes three ornate frames, an oval center stamp, four different sized  ladies, small accents and words. You get 17 stamps total. I will certainly be using this set a lot. I accented the lady’s hair using one of the new “Vintage Paper Posies” and three self adhesive pearls to create a tiny choker. The patterned paper used are scraps from my Cocoa Daisy “Urban Loft” kit. Sunday, I’m off to Chicago to meet up with Ronda and then Christine, Monday for CHA. It’s going to be a blast rooming with them again. The last time I saw them we were rooming together in...

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Hi, my love

Jul 14, 2011

Here is another new stamp set Maya Road is releasing at CHA. It’s called “Just My Type.” I love the old typewriter stamp and font which I’m sure comes as no surprise to you. The words “my love” are from their new “Tell Your Story” stamp set. It too has a cute typewriter just not the old Underwood style. And I can always find a place to put some of their adorable “Large Daisy Vintage Lace Trim.” I like to accent the center with a 5mm self adhesive pearl. And here is a little sneak peek of tomorrows project. Oh how I love tomorrow’s stamp set....

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Let it Snow by Maya Road

Jul 13, 2011

“Let it Snow” yes I know… in my dreams! But at least I have my dreams because I am dreaming about being in Alaska. I am loving the new “Let it Snow” Clear Stamp Set Maya Road is releasing at CHA-S. The snowflake designs are awesome and stamp beautifully. There are 10 Snowflakes in several different sizes per set. I used the 1″ Maya Road Blue Ink Pad to stamp the snowflake designs. This ink color is the perfect blue for any winter themed project. And notice I used more of their new “Vintage Paper Posies” I am not kidding when I say I am so in love with these. Check back tomorrow to see the project below in full. Here is a little sneak peek as a tease. Sorry, couldn’t help...

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Memory Makers Blog Bounce

Jul 12, 2011

It’s time again for another Memory Makers Blog Bounce. The theme this month is “Vacation.” I know I try to keep in touch with friends when I travel by sending them a little note or postcard from different places. What about you? I remember getting postcards from my grandmother and aunt when they traveled. It was always so exciting to see where they were traveling to and from. I created this card using a new stamp set by Maya Road called “Love Banner” it includes 3 triangle, 3 pennant shaped banner pieces, an alphabet set and 3 additional banner embellishment stamps. You get 30 pieces in all. And look at these… I LOVE their new “Vintage Paper Posies”. You can ink, mist, glitter and alter these anyway you want. These are certainly going to...

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A quick trip…

Jul 11, 2011

Ansley and I decided to take a quick trip down to Beaumont to see my parents and aunt since she had several days off last week. The plan was to surprise my mom and let’s just say, everyone kept the secret but me… even my 8 year old niece kept the secret. I called mom, Wednesday morning asking what she was doing just like I do every morning… and folded like a cheap tent. I told her well we are all packed and on our way down to see you. I swear nothing has changed… I get so excited I just can’t keep it in. So she was still surprised just not open the front door and see us surprised. So while we were in Beaumont we drove to Galveston Island. On the way...

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Faux Beach Glass

Jul 6, 2011

You all know how I love UTEE, well I figured out how to make embellishments look like tumbled pieces of glass found on the beach. I wanted something that resembled a broken piece of glass from a  jar or vase that looked as though it had been tumbling and tumbling in the ocean and the rough edges smoothed by the sand… this is what I made. I love it. It looks just like old mason jar glass. I will certainly be creating more of these with different images to make into charms. And if you want to pop it up a little just add some Perfect Gold ~ Perfect Pearls and you get a nice embellishment that reminds me of vintage bowls and platters with embossed areas accented with gold. This is so super...

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Another Simple Bracelet

Jul 5, 2011

This cute bracelet is featured on my “Tips, Techniques & Tutorials” online workshop. It matches lots of Ansley’s summer clothing so she was thrilled to have something new to accessorize her outfits with… this post is short and sweet… I have lots of CHA projects to complete. So off to create. Hugs!  ...

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Us ~ 1972

Jul 4, 2011

Above is the complete layout using the silhouette I created of me and my brother, Richard. I was around 7 or 8 and Richard was around 5 or 6. Sadly, Richard passed away in 2004 from alcoholism at the age of 38. The photo below has always been a favorite of mine and even though I cannot see or talk to him now, I know he’s always at my side. July 4th has never been the same since he passed. His 5 niece’s and 1 nephew (poor boy) knew Richard would purchase a ton of fireworks for them to shoot off. He would either take all the older kids out of the city limits to shoot them off or take his chances and shoot them off down the street at mom and dad’s house. Watching Richard...

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Celebrate Cupcake Picks

Jul 3, 2011

Here is a project even the kids could help you create. Baking, icing and decorating cupcakes is always fun no matter the age. I think a few dozen cupcakes accented with this cupcake topper and displayed on a table would be adorable. You know your guests will love snagging these treats. You could even type or print different words describing your July 4th celebration. Below is a list of words I compiled that certainly describes this very important holiday. Britain, Colonies, Jefferson, Declaration, Independence, Fourth, July, Philadelphia, Freedom, Nation, Thirteen, Hancock, Continental, Congress, Red, White, Blue, Stars, Stripes, Anthem, Flag, Liberty, Betsy Ross, America, United, States, Honor, Memory, Constitution, Loyalty, Memorial, Franklin Supplies Needed: Patterned Paper: Melissa Frances (Caleb, Daniel) White Cardstock ColorBox Fluid Chalk Ink (Creamy Brown) Self Adhesive Pearls: Melissa Frances (White)...

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