My Life In A Dinghy ~ Richele Christensen

Sep 30, 2013

“My Life In A Dinghy”, featured artist, Richele Christensen. Richele is a California girl and currently lives in the Sacramento area. She has a very supportive husband, Del of 33 years. They have two wonderful children, which are both married and live close by. Richele’s son KC and his wife Amanda have three amazing kids and that makes Richele a Grandma. It’s the best! They have two boys “J” is 7, “Ty” is 5 and Kayla is her little princess, she’s 6. Richele’s daughter Ashley and her husband Kirk are busy in their careers. Del and Richele have owned a building contracting company since 2008 and she’s the bookkeeper by default. Ever since Richele was a little girl she’s had a love for art, sewing, quilting, and crafting. Working in the paper craft industry...

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Delightful Arty Crush ~ Mister Finch

Sep 27, 2013

“Delightful Arty Crush” is a feature I have on my blog which showcases artists who’s work I admire and find inspiring. It features a wide range of artists from collage, textile, encaustic and lots of other amazing mediums. I’m sure you will find each artists work just as inspiring as I do and I hope you will visit their blogs and other links included in their feature. The images I share with you are just the tip of the iceberg in regards to their awesomeness. “Making things has always been incredibly important to me and is often an amazing release to get it out of my system. It’s a joy to hunt for things for my work…the lost, found and forgotten all have places in what I make”. Today, my “Delightful Arty Crush” featured artist...

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My Life In A Dingy ~ Stephenie Hamen

Sep 26, 2013

“My Life In A Dinghy” featured artist, Stephenie Hamen. Stephenie is a creative type person that fell in love with art at an early age. She has never met a set of crayons, a sheet of paper, or a bottle of glitter that she didn’t immediately fall in love with. She really got into crafting and creating with scrapbooking, which lead to other crafts and creative endeavors. While she still scrapbooks and dabbles in other various art projects, her current love is mixed media canvas art. Stephenie spends a significant amount of time in her craft room (aka the furnace room in her basement), creating, playing, and making a mess. When she isn’t covered in ink and paint, she is a wife and mother to two boys, as well as a full time employee for...

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My Life In A Dinghy ~ Hels Sheridan

Sep 25, 2013

“My Life In A Dinghy” featured artist, Hels Sheridan. Hels has been crafting since 2003, although she always did have a love of covering everything in glitter and glue when she was a kid. Hels started out making her own cards which then led to a brief stopover in scrapbooking and then she found her true crafty love, rubber stamping. Hels has a bit of a thing for altered art and mixed media and is happiest when covered in ink and paint. What started out as a hobby to release the stresses of her career as a Train Driver has become her job now after she had to leave driving trains due to ill health. She is a full time craft tutor and demonstrator and a Certified Ranger Educator. Hels is also on the design team...

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My Life In A Dinghy ~ Donna Salazar

Sep 24, 2013

“My Life In A Dinghy” featured artist, Donna Salazar. Donna is a wife, mom, grandma, artist, designer, teacher and kid at heart. She loves Inky-Painty-Glitzy-Grunginess… what she calls her “Girlie Grunge” look. Her style is especially appealing to mixed media artists; however, her love of flowers and all things sparkly seems to appeal to crafters of all types and styles. She currently has licensed products with 5 companies. Donna’s, Life In A Dinghy Life in my magical dinghy would be peaceful and calm. The daily dusting of Fairydust Glitter would give my dinghy the ability to fly amongst the clouds. I would spend my days traveling through the fluffy white clouds gathering cloud flowers, just because I could. In the evening I would visit with the fairies in their cloud homes to get the next...

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My Life In A Dinghy ~ Ronda Palazzari

Sep 23, 2013

“My Life In A Dinghy” featured artist, Ronda Palazzari. Ronda is a Mixed Media Artist, Author, Craft & Scrapbook Designer, and an Instructor living in the burbs of Denver. Her first book Art of Layers with North Light Publishing/F&W Media was released in March 2012. She is published in several magazines and idea books including Artful Blogging, CPS Studios, Creating Keepsakes, Memory Makers, Scrapbook Trends, and Somerset Magazines. Ronda is currently a license designer for The Crafter’s Workshop releasing stencils that exemplify her own unique style. She has been a contract designer for many manufactures including Fancy Pants Designs, Lily Bee Designs, Crate Paper, Purple Onion Designs, My Mind’s Eye, Maya Road, Sizzix, Ranger Ink, as well as Guest Designing for many other leading manufactures. She’s best known for combining her mixed-media techniques with...

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Delightful Arty Crush ~ Diane Cook

Sep 20, 2013

“Delightful Arty Crush” is a feature I have on my blog which showcases artists who’s work I admire and find inspiring. It features a wide range of artists from collage, textile, encaustic and lots of other amazing mediums. I’m sure you will find each artists work just as inspiring as I do and I hope you will visit their blogs and other links included in their feature. The images I share with you are just the tip of the iceberg in regards to their awesomeness. Today, my “Delightful Arty Crush” featured artist is, Diane Cook. The jewelry she creates is simply stunning. I love every single piece she designs and find her style to be so unique and intriguing. One day I hope to take one of her classes. Diane Creates ~ Ruffled Poppies...

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My Life In A Dinghy ~ Candy Rosenberg

Sep 19, 2013

“My Life In A Dinghy” featured artist, Candy Rosenberg. Candy has been paper crafting since she was a child and comes from a creative family of artists, cartoonist and painters. She has been in the scrapbooking industry since 2007 and during this time has been in online marketing, design and education team coordination, product development and commission work for a number of manufacturers and magazines. There is no mistaking her style; a blend of vintage, shabby chic and mixed media all inked up, fussy cut and layered. When she first started out her style was not like “others,” however, no matter what she never compromised her style and now it is more mainstream than ever. Candy works with some of the top manufacturers in the industry including Spellbinders and May Arts Ribbon and has created...

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My Life In A Dinghy

Sep 18, 2013

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if you gave a group of artists the same template and asked them to create something in their very own unique style? Well, I have always wondered this and decided to act on this idea. I sent emails to my favorite artists in the craft industry, those who replied stating they could participate I then followed up by emailing them a template and two rules… 1. use the template I sent and 2. the base of their project had to be made from a toilet paper roll… yes, you read correctly a toilet paper roll. I was so happy to have enough artists wanting to participate that this new blog feature “My Life In A Dinghy” was created. I will post each artists amazing dinghy...

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Milk Glass

Sep 17, 2013

I have a serious love for milk glass. When I spot pieces of it when I’m out looking for trinkets to use in projects I think of every way possible I can use it in my studio. So today, I thought I would share with you some of the ways I use the pieces I’ve found. This little sherbet dish holds some of my favorite glass buttons. I placed the little bird on top of the buttons just because it looked cute. This is a small ashtray. I place beads in it when I’m accenting embroidery pieces or sewing them into flower centers. This is a great way to keep lose beads in one spot when stitching. These items… candy dish, cups and saucers, bowl and sugar and creamer are perfect to use as...

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Sweet Little Girl ~ Hand Stitching

Sep 16, 2013

After having Charlotte Lyons as my “Delightful Arty Crush” last week, she got me inspired to do some embroidery. Well, not having anything to stitch I started looking around my studio for ideas and it came to me that my Antiquated Collection stamp set “Sweet Little Girls” just might work. So using Coffee Archival Ink I stamped a little girl onto some muslin and started stitching away. I’m really happy with how she turned out. The next stamped images I’m going to attempt to embroider are in the Kick-Knack Paddywack stamp set. I think several of these will make really cute embroidered pieces. I’ll keep you posted on how they turn...

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Delightful Arty Crush ~ Charlotte Lyons

Sep 13, 2013

“Delightful Arty Crush” is a feature I have on my blog which showcases artists who’s work I admire and find inspiring. It features a wide range of artists from collage, textile, encaustic and lots of other amazing mediums. I’m sure you will find each artists work just as inspiring as I do and I hope you will visit their blogs and other links included in their feature. The images I share with you are just the tip of the iceberg in regards to their awesomeness. Today, my “Delightful Arty Crush” featured artist is, Charlotte Lyons. I fell in love with Charlotte’s work several years ago.  I’m not sure how I stumbled upon her but one of her gorgeous samplers caught my eye and I’ve been hooked on her work since. Charlotte’s style is so...

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Antiquated Collection ~ A Merry Christmas ~ Sneak Peek 4

Sep 12, 2013

  This Jingles stamp is by far my absolute favorite stamp. I love old fashioned jingle bells and this one is perfect! The size and detail are amazing. And stamped with Archival Coffee Ink… it’s perfection! I tell ya Judi at Pink Persimmon has some serious magic in her hands. I just don’t know how she does it. But now that I’ve created some things using this new stamp set and we’ve made a few adjustments I will share full images with you next week. You’re gonna want this stamp...

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Antiquated Collection ~ A Merry Christmas ~ Sneak Peek 3

Sep 11, 2013

I know it’s not even fall nor has there been any frost covered pumpkins but this new stamp set has me dreaming of snow, holiday decorations, gift giving and all things merry. I love the font used for the stamps sentiment as it’s simple with a little flair. I hope you’re enjoying these sneak peeks because I’m certainly enjoying being able to share them with...

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Antiquated Collection ~ A Merry Christmas ~ Sneak Peek 2

Sep 10, 2013

Oh how I LOVE this little girl. She’s all ready to head out for some holiday fun with family and friends wearing a jacket and matching knitted hat accented with flowers and kept in place by a green ribbon tied underneath her chin. This stamp has so many possibilities and not just for the winter months either. I’m going to give it a try and see if I can hand stitch the stamped image on muslin. I think it would look so sweet. I’ll certainly let ya know how it turns out...

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Antiquated Collection ~ A Merry Christmas ~ Sneak Peek 1

Sep 9, 2013

Today, I have something fun to share, a sneak peek of a project I created using a new Antiquated Collection stamp set. It combines two of my favorite things… vintage and Christmas! And I kid you not, I literally squealed when I pulled this stamp set out of the envelope. I LOVE it so much. I created all weekend so I have sneak peeks ready to share all week long. See ya back here...

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Delightful Arty Crush ~ Andrea Singarella

Sep 6, 2013

“Delightful Arty Crush” is a feature I have on my blog which showcases artists who’s work I admire and find inspiring. It features a wide range of artists from collage, textile, encaustic and lots of other amazing mediums. I’m sure you will find each artists work just as inspiring as I do and I hope you will visit their blogs and other links included in their feature. The images I share with you are just the tip of the iceberg in regards to their awesomeness. Today, my “Delightful Arty Crush” featured artist is, Andrea Singarella. If you have not seen Andrea’s blog “Everyday Beauty” you must give it a visit. Andrea creates the most beautiful Vintage Trinket Jewelry, adorable special occasion Prize Ribbon Rosettes and elegant Bookmarks. I’m certain you will truly find her...

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Saying Goodbye

Sep 5, 2013

My last day with Maya Road was Aug. 31st, and I guess now that I’m posting this to my blog it really is official. I’m no longer a part of Maya Road but as I see it, once a Roadie always a Roadie. I’ve worked for Caroline, Deb, and the two Davids since November 2006. It’s been an amazing journey watching Maya Road grow, learning some of the ins and outs of the industry, making wonderful friends and traveling to awesome places sharing the joy I have for creating. But I have dreams and goals I want to achieve, the biggest being a product line I’ve had swirling around in my head for a long time. So now I feel it’s time I put 100% towards achieving my own goals. I’ve been in contact with a...

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Antiquated Collection Card Class

Sep 4, 2013

I will be teaching my Antiquated Collection card class at Creative Cards and Crafts the weekend of October 18th & 19th. Please contact the store for class times and fees. It’s going to be a super fun creative weekend. Class Description: In this Antiquated Collection class I will show you how to assemble 5 beautiful 4” x 5.5” vintage themed all occasion cards using patterned papers from the Pink Paislee Cottage Farms line as well as stamps from my Antiquated Collection stamp line with Pink Persimmon. Once all five cards are assembled and accented using Stickles, Pearls, Seam Binding and Decorative Stick Pins you will be ready to correspond with friends and family. Please Note: I will bring a limited amount of stamps from my Antiquated Collection stamp line. If you would rather a...

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Chicken Spaghetti

Sep 3, 2013

Here is an awesome chicken spaghetti recipe I got from my niece, Amanda. It’s amazing and was gone before I knew it… seriously, Ansley and Brittain ate an entire 9″ x 13″ pan of it in less than 24 hours! This recipe is super simple with nearly no clean up needed. Talk about my kind of cooking. It is a bit spicy with the can of Rotel, if you don’t like real spicy food make sure you use the Mild...

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Book Edit 2 ~ Complete

Sep 2, 2013

4o Projects Designed & Completed 40 Technique Step Outs Written, Photographed & Checked 310 Photos Viewed 2 “Contents” Pages Checked & Page Numbers Verified Introduction & Chapter Openers Checked 40 “Captions” Checked 18 Shared “Tips” Checked 40 Technique Supply Lists Checked 40 “To finish this piece” Instructions Checked 5 Pages of “Complete Project Materials Lists” Checked 1 Page of “Templates” Checked 1 “Resources” Page Checked About the Author Checked Dedication Checked Acknowledgments Checked Total Pages Counted, Checked & Edited ~ 128 After all this editing, turning in my 3rd books, “Delight In The Art of Collage“, final edit to my editor who will soon be sending it to print feels… OH SO AMAZING!!!    ...

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