Thrift Store Storage Containers…

Aug 31, 2011

It is certainly no secret how much I love going to thrift stores and antique shops. I have shared my love of this many a time on my blog. I love the thrill of the hunt and never knowing what you will find around each corner. I thought it would be nice to show you what I do with some of the finds as they make me very happy in my scraproom. There is just something so calming looking at and using items from days gone by. This little planter was my grandmother’s. I just stuck some batting in the opening, covered it with material I found in the remnant section of my favorite resale shop and now use it as a pin cushion. It’s perfect for my Maya Road pins and sewing needles....

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Always On The Go…

Aug 30, 2011

Since I have been a bit sentimental about how time seems to be flying by so fast with my girls I thought I would share with you a mini album I created of little Noah when he was just a wee one… I would go over and watch him off and on some days when Caroline was bogged down with work. It was always so fun watching him explore his surroundings. I created this mini album documenting one afternoon with him and as you can see he was “Always On The Go.” This is another album that is pretty easy to recreate if you need a fast album to make. The mini album, rubons, ribbon and chipboard embellishments are by Maya Road. That patterned paper is Piggy Tales. Pages 1 & 2 Pages 3...

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Quick and Easy Mini Album

Aug 29, 2011

A little bird once said…  Here is the mini album I told you I would share, last week. It is one of Terri I did for her, her senior year in High School in 2006. It seems like it was just yesterday, we were taking these photos. Now Ansley is a senior. People are not kidding when they say time flies! It does and FAST. The chipboard and flower embellishments on the cover of the album are by Maya Road that I altered using crackle paint, glitter and Diamond Stickles. I covered the back of each page with a solid piece of patterned paper, this was Scenic Route… sure do miss them… the front of the remaining album pages I covered with patterned paper, patterned paper strips cut using decorative scissors, a photo and journaling....

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Rhinestone Wrap Bracelet

Aug 26, 2011

I know I told you yesterday I was going to show you a mini album I created of Terri from several years ago but I was so excited about this little project below I had to show you this today. I will post the mini album, Monday… promise! While surfing Pinterest I came upon this awesome pin showing all these neat wrapped bracelets. So yesterday, I thought I would give it a try and see what I could come up with… well this is it. This bracelet was so simple to make and honestly took me about 15 min. from start to finish. I will certainly be making more for sure. They are super fun and I think it will look adorable with a pearl bracelet I got while in Chicago for CHA-S. I...

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A Blast from the Past…

Aug 25, 2011

I thought it would be fun to show you some layouts I created using Cocoa Daisy kits from around 2007. Now that Ansley is a senior this year I find these layouts even more special. She grew up way too fast. In the layout above I felt there was too much white space in the background of Ansley’s photo so I used the end of my paintbrush and some acrylic paints to create a polka dot background. I like the pop of color the polka dots create and they fill in the white space perfectly. To pop the photo a bit more I painted yellow acrylic paint all around the edge of the photo creating a bright colored border. To fill in the white space on the photo above I attached clear buttons to...

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This waiting is about to kill me…

Aug 24, 2011

I just have to tell you a teeny tiny bit about something I’ve been holding in for quite sometime. If I don’t tell you a teeny tiny bit I just might explode. I’ve been working on a project with a company and it looks as though a dream of mine is close to being accomplished. This journey will take me in a fun new direction in the industry and one I hope is welcomed by all with open arms. This company and I have been working to make sure every last detail is refined and they are just as detail oriented as I am so we’re a perfect match. The second I get to tell you about my new venture you will certainly know, as this secret keeping is pretty hard. Okay so with...

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So THRILLED to be a part of this event…

Aug 23, 2011

Thrilled really does not even begin to explain how excited I am to be a part of this event. It has been so hard keeping this a secret.  “A Kiss on the Chic Bellagio Retreat” is going to be awesome and teaching with Laura McCollough, Tammy Tutterow and Debby Schuh is going to be the icing on the cake. Click HERE to read about registering for the event and HERE to see the incredible accommodations. I cannot wait! And as you can see below, the itinerary Laura put together is packed with loads of fun. I hope to see you there! Itinerary & Daily Schedule:September 15 – 22, 2012 (schedule may change) Saturday, September 15: Arrive Milan throughout the day and be transferred to beautiful Bellagio, Italy. 3:00pm Check-in at the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni’s Apartments or...

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Back to Reality…

Aug 22, 2011

Today, summer is over as Ansley started back to school as a senior. My goodness did these years pass by fast. I still cannot believe this is her last year in high school. I best enjoy her as much as possible this year as I know she will be ready to fly the coup soon. Which brings me to ask this question… What in the world will Alan and I do with just the two of us at home? We have always had a child in the house as I married Alan when Terri was 2 years old. I’m just going to put all this way deep in the back of my mind for now and share with you some photo collages from my trip to Buckhannon, WV. It was an awesome visit with...

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Some Family Fun…

Aug 20, 2011

Hi! Hope everyone had a great week! So happy to be back here again to share with you some of the new vintage-inspired, Vintage Street Market products. This collection of fun paper dolls is from our Family Fun line, which includes great paper doll die cuts for embellishing, and coordinating 12×12 cardstock. One thing I especially love about our own products is  how well they coordinate with authentic vintage items, which leads me to the first project I’d like to share today… Remember these ice cream cups from childhood? I remember every day at school during lunch, we would get to choose a flavor of ice cream, and would be given one of these cups and a little wooden spoon. We were all so eager to eat the ice cream the threat of splinters...

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Just a note.

Aug 19, 2011

Hello again! Christine from Cocoa Daisy here to share a couple fun cards I made using this month’s kit “Siren’s Call”. Every month before I put my kit away to start working with the next one I like to make a couple cards with the leftover bits on my desk. This month’s kit had the perfect bright, primary colors to create a couple cheery cards. For this first card I punched 1″ circles from the Cosmo Cricket paper and then ran them through my sewing machine, letting the machine run a few stitches in between each circle to create a banner like affect. I laid them out on the card in random order, placing foam adhesive under some to add a little dimension. I finished off the card with a tag and this cute...

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Reminiscing

Aug 18, 2011

Well Lisa will be back in town soon. I am sure she is not missing the 100+F weather we have here in Dallas. Even though she has been rubbing in how nice and cool it has been since she was gone, at the end of the day she knows what she is coming back too. She is going to be busy this Fall with lots of things going on with Maya Road. Lisa will be teaching 6 classes at Scrapfest in Minnesota in about a month for Archivers.  Lisa is also coming along to do make and takes with Maya Road. The Maya Road classes Lisa designed were very well received and sold out in less than a day.  Here is a peek at the card and mini album classes she designed: Then two...

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Vintage Girl Birthday Card

Aug 17, 2011

Hi all!  It’s Darcy from Pink Persimmon again.  This week my sister, Judi, created this set of cards using our new Hello Vintage Girl stamp set and a sneak peek of some ATC patterns that we are releasing at the end of the month. (wink…you’re the first to see them!) Judi had so much fun making these envelopes look just like a vintage pattern.  She even created a template to share with you today.  Download the envelope template at our website here.  It is sized to be similar to an A2 card, so it fits a standard 4.25″x5.5″ card inside. Our Hello Vintage Girl set is really fun to use with paper piecing.  Stamp the outline of the girl on to the envelope or tag first, then stamp her onto another piece of white...

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Vintage Photo Decor

Aug 16, 2011

Hi Everyone! Rebecca Cross here from Pink Paislee with a fun and super easy home decor idea for the upcoming halloween season.  Most of us have vintage photos tucked away in a keepsake box or maybe even in an album but I seriously doubt you would want to “embellish them” or cut them up in order to use them for decoration purposes right?  And that is where the internet comes in handy…or maybe even your local flea market or antique store because it is a lot easier to have fun with an old time family photos if they don’t belong to anyone in your family! I recently picked up a free standing wrought iron photo display holder and I have plans to feature vintage photos in it to create a Halloween Centerpiece.  I want...

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A Chevron Background

Aug 15, 2011

Hi! It’s Julie Fei-Fan Balzer and I’m so pleased to be here guest posting again on Lisa’s blog! Chevrons are all the rage lately, aren’t they?  A quick search on Pinterest comes up with thousands of entries: Clothing, home decor, paper crafts…chevrons are everywhere!  Feeling inspired, I put together this layout: And I loved it so much that I decided I had to do a video tutorial on how to create the chevron background. And since I had the pink-on-pink chevron paper, I decided to make another layout: I see a lot of chevrons in my future.  How about you? —– If you want to find me… Blog: Balzer Designs Facebook...

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Time passes quickly

Aug 14, 2011

First, I want to thank everyone who has taken over my blog posting duties while I’ve been gone. It’s been really nice not having to worry about blog posts all week and I cannot wait to see what you post about this week. The photos below are photos of the old Childers homestead that was established in 1900 by my great great grandfather Enoch Childers. He moved to Buckhannon, WV with his nine children Daniel, John, Stephen, James, Robert, Minnie, Albert, Amanda and Jesse. Toby Childers had sadly passed away from an accident in 1893. His wife Rebecca Hinkle Childers died from consumption in 1894. The main one room log home was rolled over the hill from across the dirt road not far from it’s location now, using large logs and horses. They added...

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Get “Vintagey” with Vintage Street Market!

Aug 13, 2011

   Hi! I’m Michelle Jackson, co-owner of Vintage Street Market. We are so excited this month to have Lisa as the Guest Designer on our site (www.vintagestreetmarket.com), and are just thrilled that Lisa invited us to participate on hers!   If you’re familiar with us, one thing that makes Vintage Street Market a little unique, is that we started as an online store, stocked full of authentic vintage materials gathered with the paper crafter/altered artist in mind. Since then, we’ve expanded to developing our own branded product line, which can be found in stores,  but still keep the online store stocked with fun authentic vintage for the direct consumer. Today, I’m going to step over into the spooky side, and show you a project I’ve created using our “new” Vintage Halloween Banner Kit and...

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Playing with paper flowers.

Aug 12, 2011

Good morning! My name is Christine Drumheller and I am the owner of the monthly kit club, Cocoa Daisy. I was thrilled to be invited to post on Lisa’s blog this week. I am normally a very clean, linear kind of scrapbooker but this being Lisa’s blog I thought I would stretch out of my comfort zone and add some extra layers of flowers and ribbon to a layout. I used bits and pieces from our July kit “Urban Loft” and its add-ons to create this layout about my Mom and I on Mother’s Day. Layering with paper flowers is a fun and versatile way of creating some texture on your page. I used the Sassafras kraft flowers and some of their new “foldies” on my layout but you can cut flowers from patterned...

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Back In The Day

Aug 11, 2011

Hi there this is Caroline Lau – one of the partners at Maya Road. When Lisa asked me to post here on her blog I was first at a loss at what I would post. So I decided that I would talk about how Lisa made it onto the Maya Road team way back in 2006 during our very first (and only so far) Design Team call. I honestly had never heard of Lisa or seen her work before. Lisa was new to the world of scrapbooking back then. The first time I noticed her work was when I saw this project on Two Peas In A Bucket: Lisa had done some amazing things with our bottlecaps that I had never seen before. I was floored at the execution and details of her work....

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Magnetic Clothespin Note Holders

Aug 10, 2011

Hi, my name is Darcy and I am representing Pink Persimmon today.  My sister (Judi) and I first got to know Lisa when she used some of our stamps in her first book “Delight in the Details”.  We are honored to be included as one of her guest bloggers this week.   One of our talented Creative Team members, Andrea Budjack, made these adorable magnetic clothespins and we’d like to share a little how-to here today. Andrea first cut three circles using her Sizzix Circles die, but you can use any circle punch or circle cutter that matches the stamp sizes.  She then stamped two images from the You’re a Jewel stamp set and the “a little note” stamp from Flower Greetings. She added a little distressing to the edges with ink and then...

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Modern Vintage Never Looked So Vogue

Aug 9, 2011

Good Morning Bloggers!  My name is Lynn Ghahary and I am representing Pink Paislee today!  When Lisa asked us to jump in and participate on her blog this week we were thrilled to say YES! As you know Pink Paislee just released a Vintage Sewing / Textile inspired collection called Vintage Vogue during the Summer CHA Show in Chicago and today we want to show you a fun letter tray project that features this collection. I snapped these photos of my brother and his wife along with my adorable little niece Gia this past spring.  As soon as I saw the gorgeous Vintage Vogue collection by Pink Paislee I just knew this collection and these photos would be perfect together!  I decided to create an altered photo tray and plan on giving it to...

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Getting Glittery with the Herringbone Stencil

Aug 8, 2011

Hi!  My name is Julie Fei-Fan Balzer and I’m so delighted to be guest posting here on Lisa’s blog! I have a quick and fun tutorial for you on how to make these cool glittered circle embellishments. I’ve used them here on a layout: And to make this cute and quick card… …I simply punched the butterflies from some completed circles. Lots of different possibilities with this technique!  Check out the video to see the how-to! Thanks for letting me share!  I’ll be back with another post next Monday.  In the meantime, if you want to find me… Blog: Balzer Designs Facebook Twitter See you...

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