At This Moment…

Sep 30, 2011

I am having a blast with nearly 80 ladies altering aprons and making embellishments at Artistic Journey. As you can see, I altered my apron using lots of Maya Road products… Maya Mist Hydrangea Blue, Chocolate Organza Primrose Trim, Ecru and Single Ruffle Crochet Trims, Milk and Mocha Tulle Pleat Trims, Red and Golden Yellow Satin Pleat Edging and Antique Button Jewels. As each person arrives at the event they are given a plain white apron to alter. Then there are tables set up throughout The Crafty Scrapper with Maya Mist, Trims, Chipboard and other products they can use to alter their apron where ever their artistic muse takes them. It’s going to be so fun seeing how different everyone’s apron turns out and I will certainly be sharing photos from this event on...

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Stencil Pop Art

Sep 29, 2011

I finally finished my “Pop Art” portrait version of Ansley. Julie Fei-Fan Balzer calls this stencil Summer and since she did create the stencil she has every right to name it Summer but honestly, I think she needs to re-name it Ansley as it looks so much like her. I plan on doing a mini workshop in my Tips, Techniques and Tutorials online workshop explaining how I created this “Pop Art” portrait. Creating the dimension in her hair and facial features as well as picking out funky paint colors was really fun. If you’re already registered for this workshop I plan on starting the tutorial, next week. I think it will be a fun change from the other projects posted. You never know you might like painting with bright colors as much as I...

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Artistic Journey

Sep 28, 2011

Here is another little sneak peek of the project I will be teaching at Artistic Journey, this weekend. Can you tell I’m getting excited for this event? It is a unique heart shaped shadow box filled with lots of Maya Road products like Mini Chipboard Pieces, Ink, Glitter, Trims, Wooden Embellishments and covered with the gorgeous Pink Paislee Butterfly Garden Patterned Paper Collection. I really love how it turned out and can’t wait to teach all the fun techniques. And yesterday, I finished three ornaments for a Vintage Holiday Ornament Class. I will be teaching this class at The Crafty Scrapper, November 12th. This class will be limited to 23 people so if you want to take the class make sure you sign up as soon as Carolyn posts it to the Events page...

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Thanks for Pinning…

Sep 27, 2011

I just want to give a heartfelt thank you to those of you who take the time to pin my projects on Pinterest. It always makes me so surprised and happy when I’m surfing Pinterest and come across one of my projects. If you are a follower you will see that I created a board to say, “Thanks!” As I come across my pinned projects I post them to my “Thanks For Pinning My Projects” board. If you are new to Pinterest you can see my most recent pins on the right side column of my blog. I must say it is amazing how fast time flies when I’m surfing and pinning. I’m trying to avoid it this week as I need to finish up some Christmas ornament projects I’m going to teach at...

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Upcoming Jewelry Class

Sep 26, 2011

I’m so excited to tell you I will be teaching a new class at The Crafty Scrapper, Saturday, October 15th. The time is still to be determined but I will let you know ASAP. This class is all about handmade jewelry. You will learn how to create two different bracelet styles. One is the popular wrap bracelet using buttons and waxed linen and the other is created using Leather Cord and Waxed Linen that is accented with all sorts of interesting baubles. You will create two charms, a vintage style charm using a wooden spool that you accent with vintage ephemera and an adorable Pom Pom charm topped with a seam binding bow. We will then complete the class learning how to make a brooch/headband accent using Zipper trim. I will bring other bracelets...

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Oh Happy Day…

Sep 23, 2011

Today, is the first day of AUTUMN!!! I survived the SUMMER HEAT WAVE of 2011. Now, I’m off to finish up a Jewelry class I am creating to teach at The Crafty Scrapper October 15th… If I don’t get the sample photo and info sent to Carolyn, I’m gonna be in BIG BIG BIG TROUBLE… Hugs!  ...

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Two Awesome Ladies

Sep 22, 2011

I have to tell you about and thank two very awesome ladies who helped me during my classes at ScrapFest. Kathy and Shay Lynn helped set up the classroom for both my Maya Road Mini Album and Card Class. While I was teaching each class they helped make sure all the attendees had everything stamped and misted before class was over. They took photos and most importantly kept me on track with the allotted 45 minute time frame for each class, believe me they had their hands full. Those of you who have taken any of my classes know we are just getting started in 45 min. So as you can see I am not kidding when I say, Kathy and Shay Lynn you two were Awesome, Awesome, Awesome… And I Thank You, Thank You, Thank...

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ScrapFest Recap

Sep 21, 2011

Traveling to different places to teach is always so much fun but being home and in your own bed is awesome. Last night, I slept so hard I don’t think I even moved in my sleep. ScrapFest was awesome, incredible, amazing and inspiring. I would do it all over again tomorrow, if I could. I had a blast teaching all 6 of the Maya Road classes. Every one who came to class was so upbeat and excited. It was so fun getting to chat with so many creative people from all over the country. I really enjoyed being in MN. The people are so nice and getting away from the Texas heat was awesome. I have so many photos I want to share that I took during the event so I decided to create a collage....

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Prepping for ScrapFest

Sep 15, 2011

Just a quick post to say, “Hi” and to let you know, I’m loving MN! Here are Ronda Palazzari and Emily Pitts prepping make-n-takes in our room. Each day, Maya Road has a different make-n-take to create with all their awesome trims. This is the make-n-take we will be making tomorrow. It’s a cute little keepsake brooch to pin on your lanyard. Okay, gotta run. See ya soon!...

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Are you a dreamer…

Sep 14, 2011

I often wonder how many people dream of things they wish they could do but allow fear to creep inside their heads which then ends up keeping them from achieving their dreams. Are you one of these people? If so, you need to break free of the fear and shoot for the moon. I’m sure most of you have heard or read the quote by Les Brown, “Shoot for the moon, even if you miss it you will land among the stars.” This is so true. I have always been a very goal oriented person. If I set a goal I will achieve this goal no matter what. Now the “no matter what” does not mean I will push people to the ground and walk all over them to achieve this goal, it means...

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Vintage Finds for Classes…

Sep 13, 2011

While Alan and I were down surprising my nephew this past weekend, I did some junking and antiquing with mom and dad. I found some awesome items to incorporate in my classes such as aluminum jello molds, milk bottle caps, sheet music, milk glass, vintage trims, lace, doilies and the best find of the day were these adorable vintage ceramic angels. They were made in Japan and are numbered. I cannot wait to get home from ScrapFest next week and begin working on some class samples to teach at The Crafty Scrapper. I was able to purchase 24 of these little cuties in pink and blue so the class will be limited. If you are interested you best sign up as soon as sign ups are available because there will not be another class...

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Friday Night Lights

Sep 12, 2011

Thursday afternoon, Alan and I headed down to Beaumont to surprise my nephew Brittain at his Homecoming game, Friday night. I love trying to surprise my niece’s and nephew although the older they get the harder it gets. But I did it this time and it was so fun. Seeing a surprised smiling face looking back at you while you hold a sign saying, I♥ #22, is the best feeling in the world. Warning: This post is heavy on Friday Night Lights photos. Brittain was part of the Homecoming Court and before the game they performed all the Homecoming festivities. Mom and Bellie waiting for the game to start. As you can see Bellie was ready to see some action. She had not warmed up to me quite yet. But once she did she...

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Doily Flower Brooch

Sep 10, 2011

Here is a brooch I created using a vintage doily and some Maya Road Velvet Pleat Blossoms. It looks so cute on my sweater which I plan to wear during ScrapFest… come on cool weather. I’m so looking forward to teaching classes for Maya Road, helping them with make-n-takes and a book signing each day. It’s going to be so fun surrounded by crafty, creative people. If you want to make this brooch all you need is one small vintage doily, 7 Maya Road Velvet Pleat Blossoms, Fabri-Tac and a pin back. Then just start attaching the Blossoms using the Fabri-Tac. Once the adhesive is dry attach a pin back to the back of the doily and that’s it… instant brooch. Yesterday and today I have been out junking and antiquing and the finds...

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Shabby Chic Bangle Bracelet

Sep 8, 2011

Combined are two products Maya Road released at CHA-S that I just LOVE. If you like Shabby Chic and bangle bracelets you are going to want to make one of these for yourself. It’s so easy to make. Supplies Needed: Maya Road Organza Tea Garden Trim – Rose, Maya Road Vintage Findings – Pearl Centers, Wooden Bangle Bracelet, Fabri-Tac Tools Used: Scissors Instructions: Using scissors cut sections of the Rose Trim so the ends meet when wrapped around the wooden bangle bracelet. Attach the trim to the bracelet using Fabri-Tac. Continue to wrap the cut strips around the bracelet making sure to overlap the trims just slightly so none of the wood shows between the sections. I think I cut 5 strips. Once the bracelet is completely covered, using Fabri-Tac attach three Pearl Centers...

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Artist Trading Cards

Sep 7, 2011

I think I’m going to have to title this ATC “Conflicted” as this is where I’m sitting right now in my creative world. This piece started out with a vintage feel as I used the awesome Doily stamp by Cocoa Daisy then before I knew it some of The Crafter’s Workshop stencils started working their way in and BAM I was conflicted in styles and looking at this vintage gorgeousness meets funky brights ATC. There is a lot of layering going on, on this little ATC. I wish you could see how shimmery this card is as I used Twinkling H2O’s and Diamond Stickles all over. The “ME” stamp can be found here in the Cocoa Daisy Boutique. Christine sold out of her awesome Doily stamp but Maya Road has some Doily Stamps  (Doilies,...

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The Internet makes the world seem smaller…

Sep 6, 2011

Several months ago I received an email sent to me using the “Send Me A Note” form on my blog. It was from an art student requesting information on Crackling Medium as he knew I used it often as he found links about me on the internet which then brought him to my blog. I replied back with all the answers to his questions and told him all the brands I used and what effects would occur when using them, then we both went on our merry way. All I knew was his name was Abhishek Kumar but had no clue where he was from. I got busy with book deadlines and didn’t think much more about it. I was just glad I could answer his questions and help him out. Once the book...

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Happy Labor Day…

Sep 5, 2011

(Dad, Uncle Clayton, Aunt Brenda, Aunt Linda, Aunt Wilda, Mom, Grampa Childers and Great Grandmother “Momma” Rand at Grammy & Grampa Spinney’s camp in Acton, ME Summer of 1968) Sometimes it’s important to work for that pot of gold.  But other times it’s essential to take time off and to make sure that your most important decision in the day simply consists of choosing which color to slide down on the rainbow. ~Douglas Pagels, These Are the Gifts I’d Like to Give to...

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Stepping out of your comfort zone…

Sep 2, 2011

How many of you fear stepping out of your comfort zone? I know I am raising my hand high in the air on this one. I am so guilty of sticking with what I know how to do and not venturing out of my comfort zone. When it comes to creating I love playing with vintage finds and textiles, beautiful ecru, black and shabby chic colors. I can promise you the first few items I grab for are not stencils, modeling paste or Twinkling H2O’s… they are more like Diamond Stickles, sewing needles, embroidery floss and vintage, vintage and more vintage embellishments. WELL, let me just tell ya, this week I’ve been dabbling with a 7″ x 9″ canvas that is WAY FAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRR out of my comfort zone we’re talking bright colors, stencils and...

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Super Cute Idea

Sep 1, 2011

I’m not sure if I should thank Christine Drumheller’s mother or not but she now has me on the hunt for vintage salt and pepper shakers to make unique decorative tassels. Yes, you read right… tassels. Christine did a few blog posts for me while I was gone so I snagged this photo showcasing a layout she created of her and her Mom. I thought you should see the face of this creative lady. While Christine and I were chatting one day at CHA-S she told me about these unique tassels her mother used to make from salt and pepper shakers. Well, Christine sent me two and I have just got to share this idea with you. Have I told you how cute of an idea this is… I mean seriously how cute is that...

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