Taking a little Blog Break…

May 28, 2012

I’ve been swamped with lots of project deadlines as well as preparing for this sweet girls upcoming High School Graduation, Saturday. So I’m taking a bit of a blogging break. Once things calm down I’ll be back but until then, you might want to check out my blog Archives for fun summer projects I’ve created over the years… lots of good tutorials can be found all the way back to August of 2006. Those of you attending GASC in Arlington, Texas this week, I’ll be signing my books “Delight In The Details” and “Delight In The Seasons” in The Crafty Scrapper booth after lunch, Thursday, May 31st. Come and see me and Carolyn’s amazing booth....

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Mother’s Day Recap

May 18, 2012

I hope you all enjoyed your Mother’s Day as much as I enjoyed mine. My family made me feel very special. First I was treated to a Dyan Reaveley class at Stampers Anonymous. Carolyn Ross and I went together and had lots of fun. I can promise you this is the messiest my hands have ever been in my LIFE! I think the one thing I really loved about Dyan’s class was she didn’t give you time to over think what you were doing when creating the background for the album. This is one of my issues with art journaling… I over think everything! I just need to do it and free my very detailed, over analytical creative brain. Dyan gave you the perfect amount of time to do the technique and move on… no over...

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Maya Road Mid-Release Lisa Uppercase

May 17, 2012

I cannot possibly explain to you all just how much I LOVE the new Maya Road Lisa Uppercase ~ Chipboard Alphabet. And not because they are named after ME but because they truly are my favorite font style and size chipboard alphas Maya Road makes. When Maya Road discontinued their Philadelphia Uppercase alphas (my first true love) I nearly had heart failure and let Caroline know I was not happy with that decision and begged PLEASE NO NOT THESE but there I sat anyway with no more Philadelphia alphas. I begged some more, pleaded some more but they were gone, gone, gone!  BUT  NOW I have a new love and I really do love these more than the first so all is well, this new set is the perfect size and I’m super happy and Caroline...

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Giveaway with Pink Persimmon

May 16, 2012

Here is a beautiful tag created by Ronda Palazzari using the new Spring Release Antiquated Collection Mini Silhouettes & Monograms stamp sets. She used the Monogram alphabet letters to spell “FLY” then accented the tag using the frame and border stamps also included in the Mini Silhouettes & Monogram stamp set. For this card Ronda used the new Antiquated Collection ~ Then Comes Baby and Mini Silhouettes & Monograms stamp sets. I LOVE the vintage pram so much. I think it will make the cutest baby shower invitations, cards, tags as well as new baby cards, decor piece or tags. To create the title for the card Ronda stamped the word BABY on shrink paper using the Monograms alphabet. Too cute. And just so you know… Pink Persimmon is giving away a complete set...

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Maya Road Mid-Release – Hexagons

May 15, 2012

Yes, I’m in love with the new Maya Road Hexagons. They come in three sizes, basically small, medium and large and some are die cut which allows you to create a nice frame on top of another as I did with the hexagon that has the vintage sheet music inside. This canvas is covered with circles punched from old ledger paper and sheet music and a few doilies here and there. Each item is attached with natural beeswax, then sealed entirely with beeswax. Each hexagon is coated with beeswax and accented with a vintage button, bingo butterfly motif and altered key. The key is inked with Adirondack Pigment Snow Cap, covered with Glossy Accents and accented with a 5mm cream colored pearl. The crocheted doily is one my mom made… I have her creating...

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Antiquated Collection Designer Samples

May 14, 2012

I just had to show you some of the adorable cards, tags and projects my design team created using the new Antiquated Collection Spring Release stamp sets. I am so in love with these new stamps sets. Susie Moore created these three adorable projects using the new Antiquated Collection ~ Sweet Little Girls and Knick Knack stamp sets. Each piece is detailed to perfection with pearls, flowers and trims. As you can see by Susie’s projects these stamp sets are fun to color in with inks and markers. I love how Susie used the Scooter Boy. This little plaque just screams boy with the baseball accents, domino piece and all the red, white and blue. Thanks, Susie. Karin Aguirre created these two super sweet tags using the new Antiquated Collection ~ Darling Little Ones...

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Happy Mother’s Day

May 13, 2012

I’m so blessed to have these two for daughters. Terri and Ansley you make me the happiest mom, ever! Love you, bunches. And here is a Mother’s Day layout I created of my mom and her mom for my book Delight In The Seasons. Happy Mother’s Day, Mom. I love...

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Artistic Journey 2012

May 12, 2012

Guess what? It’s that time of year again! Sign ups for Artistic Journey 2012, sponsored by Maya Road and The Crafty Scrapper will open Wednesday, May 16th. I’m super excited to be teaching along with Maya Road Design Team Members, Dina Wakley and Angella Peardon. This year, I’m going to teach a really cool project that includes chicken wire. I cannot wait to show you some sneak peeks! So don’t wait around to sign up for this super fun and amazing event. It sells out FAST and when you hear your friends talking about all the fun they had you are going to be so sad you missed out. I love this group of ladies… they were so fun and even made their own super cute t-shirts for the event!...

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Antiquated Collection ~ Spring Release Debut

May 11, 2012

Here they are and I’m so happy to show you the new additions to my Antiquated Collection Stamp Sets. This Spring Release includes three 4″ x 6″ stamp sets and two 3″ x 4″ stamp sets. You can purchase these stamp sets along with my other Antiquated Collection stamp sets at Pink Persimmon. First up is this adorable 4″ x 6″  “Mini Silhouette” stamp set. You will find mini silhouettes for Grandma, Grandpa, Mom, Dad, Daughter, Son and Baby. You can fill in the oval area of the frame with a solid color using the solid oval stamp then stamp the silhouette or monogram image in the center. Or you can leave the center of the frame blank and let the patterned paper peek through. There is also a separate border that can be...

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Sneak Peek – Darling Little Ones

May 10, 2012

These sweet little darlings are part of the Antiquated Collection Spring Release sets and are the perfect size for ATC’s. And I might also add they are to scale with the ladies and gentlemen from Fine and Dandy, Society Lady and Stylish and Fashionable stamp sets. This means you can group them together with mom and dad holding them. I am so thrilled with all the detail Judi was able to keep of the image while she did all her computer clean up magic. The one thing I love about my stamp sets are their detail and for clear stamps that is really something. I stamped the baby image onto watercolor paper using Jet Black Archival Ink. Then using the new ever so popular Tim Holtz Distress Markers, I colored in and around the image using...

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Spring Release Sneak Peek

May 8, 2012

So excited about the new stamp sets for Antiquated Collection that will be released with Pink Persimmon on the 11th! These cute little dolls are part of a larger stamp set which is ADORABLE!!! Only one doll stamp is included in the set, I just double stamped the image for this piece. The top image shows the images stamped using Jet Black Archival Ink onto a square Maya Road Foundations Chipboard piece that I covered with vintage ledger paper. You can leave the Foundations square stamped as is and cover it with Glossy Accents or color it as shown in the photo below. Just so you know, this stamped Foundations piece showcases two new stamp sets. Not only is the doll stamp new but also the border around the square. The border is part...

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Custom Art Journal

May 7, 2012

While at Ranger U, Dyan Reaveley taught us some super fun techniques using her dyslusions ink spray and stamps. After we finished creating our technique tags she showed us her journals (which are AMAZING) and talked about doing what feels right for us and to make it our own. Well, art journaling scares me to death! Not sure why but my goodness it sends shivers down my spine just thinking about doing it. Really it shouldn’t freak me out so much because no one has to see what I create but it does… BUT I’m determined to do it my way with a little or a lot of inspiration from Dyan. Remember, “An Artist Cannot Fail.” So while doing a little thrifting I found this cute vintage hardback book from 1909. It measures 4″...

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Me Today…

May 4, 2012

The one thing about me and my blog is I really do try hard to keep it real, honest and true. I don’t want to hide behind it and make people think my creative life is so amazing, exciting and wonderful. This industry has lots of wonderful perks and I enjoy it immensely. I know I’m blessed so please do not take this wrong and think I’m not grateful and appreciative but this industry also has LOTS of stress, frustration, at times unrealistic deadlines, a little backstabbing here and there (sad but true) and idea stealing (again sad but true). I try not to focus on the bad part, just the good and share my love of art and all things vintage. So I thought I would talk to you today, about three behind the scenes things you...

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The Icing on the Cake

May 1, 2012

Sunday evening, after Ranger U was over I along with Carolyn Ross, Aurea Estelle and Ronda Palazzari got the pleasure of going to Suze Weinberg’s house for dinner. She and Lenny “The Lenster” as Suze calls him were the BEST… so gracious, entertaining and funny. It certainly was a dinner I will never forget. While Lenny was getting dinner prepared Suze gave us a tour of their amazing home. They have art hung and displayed from all over the world. It is the most eclectic collection of art I’ve ever seen. Sprinkled among all their unique art you will find art pieces created by Suze. What Suze does with Bees Wax and UTEE is amazing. After dinner we took a group photo laughed some more, got into the car and chatted and laughed all the...

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