2013 Year in Review

Dec 31, 2013

Last year, I did sev­er­al Year In Review blog posts that were pret­ty pop­u­lar but this year I decid­ed to do one for 2013. This year, I was all over the place cre­ative­ly. I pulled one project from each month and the 12 fea­tured in this post were some of my favorites. You will find a pho­to trans­fer can­vas of my sweet niece Aman­da and her boyfriend Steve, cre­ative jew­el­ry using small bot­tles, vin­tage but­tons and horse­shoe nails, a cute lit­tle DIY yarn nest, projects cre­at­ed using plas­ter, a pli­able bees wax tech­nique a fun blog fea­ture “My Life In A Dinghy” and a new Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion Stamp Set ~ Win­ter Girl. I hope you enjoy look­ing back at these past projects. Now that I have recu­per­at­ed from cre­at­ing and writ­ing “Delight In The...

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Year in Review ~ Goals

Jan 9, 2012

I’m very goal ori­ent­ed and love cre­ative chal­lenges, so in 2011 I set two goals fin­ish my sec­ond book with­out a hitch and find some­one that believed in me enough to launch a very vin­tage stamp line. With a lot of hard work and faith by the end of the 2011 I was able to check these two goals off my list. It is such a nice feel­ing to set goals and see them obtained. 1. In ear­ly May, I com­plet­ed my sec­ond tech­nique based book ~ “Delight in The Sea­sons” this book will give you ideas to cre­ate a year of mem­o­rable hol­i­days & cel­e­bra­tions and is filled with loads of inspi­ra­tion. If you would like to see inside my new book please click HERE. Then scroll down to the “Select­ed Pages” and...

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Year in Review ~ Perfect Pearls

Jan 6, 2012

In Jan­u­ary Ranger asked me to par­tic­i­pate in their Design­er Chal­lenge. They sent the frame and you had to alter it using the prod­ucts they sent. Well the prod­uct was Per­fect Pearls and Per­fect Pearl Mist. I was a bit scared as I had not real­ly played with Per­fect Pearls before. I’d seen them demoed but that was it. So me being me I just jumped in and start­ed going to town. They are real­ly fun to use. My favorite way is to mix the Per­fect Pearl Pow­ders with the coor­di­nat­ing Per­fect Pearl Mists. 2011 Design­er Chal­lenge for Ranger Ink Altered Can­vas Ros­es accent­ed with Per­fect Pearl Pow­ders, Per­fect Pearl Mists and Stick­les. After I cre­at­ed each flower I then mixed togeth­er the PP Pow­der and Mists and paint­ed the mix­ture onto the book page...

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Year In Review ~ Jewelry

Jan 5, 2012

I had lots of fun cre­at­ing neck­laces and bracelets using bro­ken pieces of jew­el­ry found at flea mar­kets or thrift stores. One of my favorite things to make are bracelets using vin­tage ear­rings. The hard­est part is find­ing ear­rings at a rea­son­able price. It is always so fun when I stum­ble upon a pair dur­ing my trav­els and thrift­ing. For Christ­mas I made my niece Aman­da and me match­ing bracelets. She pur­chased three pairs the two blue ones and the rhine­stone shell look­ing one in the cen­ter. Then I scoured antique stores from Texas to West Vir­ginia as well as Flea Mar­kets in McK­in­ney and Win­nie, Texas to Antique stores in Frisco, Beau­mont, Lum­ber­ton and Sour Lake, Texas. Final­ly, I gath­ered enough for us to have match­ing bracelets. I stamped XOXO on a small...

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Year In Review ~ UTEE

Jan 4, 2012

When I was asked to cre­ate some projects using Ultra Thick Emboss­ing Enam­el (UTEE) I had no idea I would fall in love with this medi­um like I did. This prod­uct is end­less in pos­si­bil­i­ties. I made rings and charms, altered a gift box, cre­at­ed a mini can­vas, made faux lol­lipops, inspi­ra­tion baubles and dis­cov­ered a faux sea glass tech­nique. This prod­uct is FUN! UTEE Rings I pressed a Tim Holtz but­ton into Mold-n-Pour to cre­ate the flower mold and a vin­tage ear­ring to cre­ate the blue pol­ka dot­ted one. Once the mold was ready I removed the but­ton and ear­ring and filled them with UTEE. Altered Gift Box using UTEE The flower cen­ter is the same vin­tage ear­ring mold I used to make the pol­ka dot ring. The box lid is cov­ered with...

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Year in Review… Techniques

Jan 3, 2012

One of the new tech­niques I tried and LOVED was play­ing with Julie Fei-Fan Balz­er’s sten­cils she designed for The Crafter’s Work­shop. When I sat down at her make-n-take table at CHA sum­mer I was a bit wor­ried as I don’t do messy very well. I nev­er have liked being messy for as long as I can remem­ber and I can remem­ber back to being around 2 1/2 to 3 years of age. So the thought of get­ting ink, mist, paint, mod­el­ing paste and glazes all over my hands kin­da freaked me out. But I took the leap to the dark side as Julie said and I have to admit I LOVED it! Here is the proof I did get messy… not as messy as Julie gets but messy is messy whether it’s only...

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2010 in Review…

Dec 31, 2010

2010 sure was a super fast paced year. I have so many won­der­ful moments and events to reflect upon. I am so grate­ful for you my blog read­ers as you are some of the most loy­al and uplift­ing peo­ple. I always look for­ward to your replies and when need­ed your words of encour­age­ment. I am so grate­ful I have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to work with so many won­der­ful man­u­fac­tur­ers in the scrap­book­ing indus­try. I am very for­tu­nate to be able to teach at an awe­some scrap­book store in Wax­a­hachie, Texas, “The Crafty Scrap­per.” Some neat class ideas have been swirling in my head for the new year and I can­not wait to share them with Car­olyn. I am lean­ing heav­i­ly towards mixed media right now which is so fun. It’s excit­ing to explore cre­ative­ly as you...

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Delight In The Seasons ~ Giveaway

Jan 3, 2013

With all the recent hol­i­days, I’m hav­ing a hard time keep­ing up with the days of the week. I just real­ized today is Thurs­day and NOT Wednes­day and want to let you know about a book review and give­away that ends TOMORROW. One of my book spon­sors, Lit­tle Yel­low Bicy­cle has a won­der­ful review post­ed on their blog about my book Delight In The Sea­sons AND they are giv­ing away a copy to one lucky win­ner. Lit­tle Yel­low Bicy­cle will pick the win­ner TOMORROW. To enter the draw­ing all you need to do is leave a com­ment on THEIR BLOG HERE so hop on over to their blog and leave a com­ment. You don’t want to miss out on craft­ing a year of mem­o­rable hol­i­days & cel­e­bra­tions. Thanks for being such won­der­ful book spon­sors Lit­tle Yel­low Bicy­cle....

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It’s Back!!!

Apr 21, 2011

Artis­tic Jour­ney 2011 ~ Art­ful Mem­o­ries fea­tur­ing The Crafty Scrap­per and Maya Road I’m so excit­ed to be a part of this event again this year. So come share a week­end of fun, laugh­ter and learn­ing as it is going to be a blast. When Is The Event Sched­uled And What Will You Get For The Price? The Artis­tic Jour­ney will begin on Sep­tem­ber 30th (around 2 pm) and end on Octo­ber 3rd (around 3 pm), 2011 at the home of The Crafty Scrap­per in Wax­a­hachie, TX (approx­i­mate­ly 30 min­utes south of down­town Dal­las). Cost of the Artis­tic Jour­ney 2011 is $275.00. Includ­ed in this $275.00 price are: Three 3 hour class­es with 3 teach­ers from the Maya Road Design Team Class kits chock full of del­ish scrap­book­ing prod­ucts (just bring your basics) Full...

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Condolences and another tag…

Feb 10, 2011

First I must give my heart felt con­do­lences to my Aunt and cousins. Yes­ter­day, my Uncle David passed away peace­ful­ly at home. Uncle David was a qui­et man yet when you talked with him he was so inter­est­ing as he could talk about all kinds of won­der­ful top­ics. Sad­ly, 10 years ago he was diag­nosed with Alzheimer’s dis­ease and not long after that Parkin­son’s dis­ease. Aunt Bren­da cared for him at home every sin­gle day from the time of his diag­no­sis. Even though it is a bless­ing Uncle David has passed on it is still so sad and he will be missed. Aunt Bren­da was a won­der­ful exam­ple of how fam­i­ly should care for fam­i­ly. We nev­er heard her speak of any frus­tra­tions which I am cer­tain there were many and we nev­er ever heard...

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What a busy week…

Nov 24, 2010

I hope you all are get­ting ready to enjoy a won­der­ful Thanks­giv­ing hol­i­day with friends and fam­i­ly. We will be hav­ing a very slow paced day tomor­row. This year we are stay­ing put as we decid­ed to do our trav­el­ing to see fam­i­ly for Christ­mas. I must admit it will be nice to just relax and not wor­ry about enter­tain­ing or trav­el­ing. This Thanks­giv­ing I am get­ting off so easy… all Ans­ley request­ed is “Stove Top” stuff­ing and a pump­kin pie!!! Can you believe that… Ans­ley is not a big turkey eater and Alan does­n’t want me to go to all the trou­ble of cook­ing for just us three. So they got major brown­ie points with me this Thanks­giv­ing. I’m think­ing a big pot of stew or chili will be great to eat while...

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