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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