A Kiss on the Chic’s Creative Retreat ~ Bellagio Day 2

Sep 29, 2012

September 19th was day 2 of the retreat for me and Caroline. Classes started at 9:30 and I instantly started photographing the classroom. It was absolutely stunning. The opened windows allowed for a gentle breeze to enter the room as well as the sounds of birds and church bells. The group of ladies who attended this retreat were wonderful, fun and full of joy. It was a true pleasure to get to know each and every one and I hope our paths cross again. Photos 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 show just how amazing the classroom was… well as amazing as I could capture it in a photo. Honestly, these do not do this room justice at all. Seeing it in person is awe inspiring. All the details from floor to ceiling...

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A Kiss on the Chic’s Creative Retreat ~ Bellagio

Sep 28, 2012

After an hour and a half of entertainment from our driver from Milan to Bellagio Caroline and I arrived at Laura’s event “A Kiss on the Chic’s Creative Retreat”. Ladies really I know there is going to be a waiting list to attend next summer’s event so as soon as Laura goes live with her Summer 2013 event sign up ASAP! You will be so sad to miss out on her next event. Laura was so organized. She had a yahoo group for those attending her event so we could all be kept up on all the fun details. Make sure you join the group so you don’t miss out on any information she shares. Laura notified everyone when she noticed airfare deals were being offered, shared fun facts about Lake Como, put together...

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Planes, Trains & Automobiles

Sep 27, 2012

What an incredible two weeks I’ve had… truly amazing! September 12th, I left for ScrapFest where I taught lots of card and mini album classes and helped keep Emily and Ronda loaded up with supplies for the make & takes they were doing in the Maya Road booth. Caroline and I cut trim after trim after trim and so many paper stars I can’t even think about cutting out stars ever again. I think the one thing I love about working with Maya Road is we may work hard but we also have LOADS of fun at the same time. We all four laughed so much and so hard every single day. I think the best way to tell you about our awesome time is with photos and bullet points. If not, I fear...

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Still Here…

Sep 10, 2012

This is my work area due to the results of one insane deadline after another which I have more approaching faster than I care to think about. I LOVE what I do and feel very fortunate to get to do it but right now, in order to keep any amount of sanity I have left, and depending on who you speak with there is a very broad spectrum to my sanity, I must surrender to the fact that I cannot do it all. So for now I will be taking a blog break and hopefully get back on schedule in a few weeks. I am heading to ScrapFest, Wednesday (need to start packing) to help Maya Road with set up for all their awesome make-n-takes, teach some workshops and host an area crop then...

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Editing iPhone Photos

Aug 29, 2012

I get email all the time asking me how I edit the photos I take using my iPhone. So today I thought I would put together a tutorial (WARNING this is a LONG tutorial) and show you how I do it. I love editing my images and use Typoinsta, Instagram and Pic Stitch the most. There are lots of other free editing programs available but I seem to go back to these three the most. Here is an unedited photo of some beautiful sunflowers I took on a not so sunny day while in West Virginia. The lighting was terrible but I wanted the photo no matter what and knew I could have fun doing some editing using my favorite apps. The first app I use is Pic Stitch. This app allows you to...

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I’m Home…

Aug 27, 2012

I had a wonderful 10 day creative break and now it’s back to deadlines, workshops and traveling. I love doing what I do but must admit this short break was nice and just what I needed. I pretty much work 7 days a week and sometimes feel like my head will explode. Driving with mom and dad to West Virginia was as fun as driving 21 hours can be, we had lots of laughs and enjoyed a little antique shopping along the way. I found some true vintage treasures for sure and cannot wait to share photos my finds. One thing I was really happy about getting to do on our way home was stop and visit “The Scrapbook Page” in Barboursville, WV. Maxine Hodges has a wonderful store. If you are near or...

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Back to Reality

Aug 22, 2012

This morning was the last morning to look out Aunt Wilda’s kitchen window to see  deer grazing on clover and I’m going to miss it something terrible. I’ll miss watching the sun set on the old homestead. It still amazes me that the house was rolled up over the hill from across the street. They had it sitting on top of logs pulled by horses and placed in its spot by my great great grandfather Enoch Childers in 1900. I’ll miss digging for treasures with my cousin Connie. She is the best digger ever. We were outside talking and before I knew it she put a rake in my hand, had one in her’s and off we went raking out from underneath the old smokehouse. Some of these treasures will be found in creations...

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The Scrapbook Page

Aug 20, 2012

This Thursday, August 23rd from 2:00 -5:00 I will be at The Scrapbook Page in Barboursville, WV signing my latest book “Delight In The Seasons“. After the book signing I will then show you how to create the tag below. This make-n-take is free but supplies are limited so don’t miss out. RiverPlace Plaza 6007 US Rt 60 E Ste 202 Barboursville, WV 1 (304) 733-9414 When creating your make-n-take tag you will use products from Maya Road and Ranger and the “Perfumery” stamp set from my stamp line Antiquated Collection. We will be stamping, inking and glittering. It’s gonna be fun. See ya there....

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The little cousins

Aug 17, 2012

Mom, dad and I have been staying with mom’s sister “Aunt Wilda” and brother-in-law “Uncle Jim” since we arrived in West Virginia. Yesterday, my cousin “Angie” brought her three boys (Patrick 7 yrs., Michael 5 yrs., Nicholas 3 yrs.) to see us and boy did they keep us entertained.  As you will see by the photos Nicholas was the major source of entertainment. Love that he still calls me his “little skunk” Makes the best jello salad ever! Nicholas blowing bubble after bubble after bubble. While looking around in an antique shop dad found some pieces from an old pipe organ for only $3.00 and had to buy them. Mom thought they were $3.00 to much. Nicholas on the other hand had fun making sound come out and thought it was the best $3.00...

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Hand Blown Glass & Quilts

Aug 16, 2012

One thing I love is glassware. Mom passed this gene right on down to me. She and I love to hunt for glass pieces in antique stores and thrift shops. I like to collect milk glass and green depression glass. Mom likes hand cut glass. Hand blow glass is another love of ours and getting to watch Ron Hinkle demo how he makes some of his items was a true treat. We’ve visited his shop in Buckhannon, WV 4 years straight and he’s always been no the road but this time we hit our visit just right. He is such a wonderful guy and creates some of the most amazing pieces of art. It’s sad to me that hand blown glass is a fading art. It was wonderful getting to watch him create beautiful...

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Stopping to Smell the Flowers

Aug 15, 2012

For the next 10 days I am going to do my best to unwind. Those of you who know me, know I’m wound up tighter than an 8 day clock. Well, for the next 10 days, I’m determined to unwind and not think of my “To-Do List” that is waiting for me when I get home. Although, just typing the words “To-Do List” makes my inner 8 day clock wind up. Yikes! Anyway, back to the unwinding… Yesterday, I started my day looking at this view. As my niece Madelyn calls these days… “It was a Bluebird Kinda Day”. There were hardly a cloud in the sky and it was blue, blue, blue. Yesterday, mom, dad and I drove around and did a little antiquing. I found some really awesome things for classes and...

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Art Abandonment

Aug 14, 2012

As mom, dad and I left the hotel this morning I left a piece of abandoned art in the lobby. This was the third piece I left on our trip to WV and must say it is so super fun. You really need to do this… the gift of receiving an email from a recipient is so worth it. Here is an email I received from a lady who found my dream tag. Just wanted to say thank you. My name is Karen and I serve breakfast at the Holiday Inn express in White House, TN. I hope you enjoyed your stay and I was the one who found your gift and I love it. I went out and hung it from the rear view mirror in my car. I wish I knew who...

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On the Road with Mom and Dad

Aug 13, 2012

I’m on my yearly drive to Buckhannon, WV with mom and dad to see family at the old homestead. We left early, Sunday morning… so early we watched the sunrise… this is not something dad and I see all that often if ever… now mom most likely every single morning, dad and I, well we are more of the sunset kinda people. After about three hours of driving we stopped to eat breakfast. I left a little piece of Art Abandonment at a Cracker Barrel, as we left. This is so fun to do… if you haven’t done this before you really should. There is a wonderful Facebook Group called Art Abandonment that you really should join. Click HERE to check out the group. It’s always nice looking at the different types of landscaping...

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Jo-Ann Fabrics & Crafts Demo ~ Book Signing

Aug 11, 2012

Today, I will be celebrating the Grand Opening of the Jo-Ann Fabrics & Crafts in Sherman, Texas with a Free Demo & Book Signing. I will be signing my books “Delight In The Seasons” & “Delight In The Details” as well as show you how to make the ever so popular paper rose as shown above. Supplies are limited so don’t be late. See ya there!...

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Kitting and a Contract

Aug 8, 2012

I’m so happy to show you this photo… the official contract for book 3 arrived. I’m so super excited about the concept for this book I can hardly stand it. I’m also very fortunate to get to continue working with such loyal sponsors. I have a few new sponsors that I’m really happy to have that will be added to this LIST soon! Thank you all so much for your support and ongoing sponsorship. I really appreciate both tremendously. This week it’s been all about getting kits ready and shipped to Lake Como, Italy for “A Kiss On The Chic’s Creative Retreat in Italy” Laura’s put together a fabulous event and Sept. 15th cannot get here soon enough. I’ve never in my life wished I had a Sizzix Vagabond Machine so badly as I...

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Blast from the Past 3

Aug 7, 2012

This is the mini album that started it all… I wanted to create something special for my oldest daughter Terri, who was getting ready to celebrate her 17th birthday. I had seen lots of mini albums in the gallery at Two Peas In A Bucket and decided Terri’s upcoming birthday was just the push I needed to jump into the world of creating mini albums. At first I was scared to death because I had no clue what in the world I was doing or even how to begin. I went to a scrapbook store which was just down the street and started looking at all the products. Mind you, this was a very strange world to me. I was still learning what Rub ons and brads were and never mind the overwhelming feeling...

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Handmade Charms

Aug 6, 2012

I added a few mixed media charms to my online store… HERE. I created these charms from vintage finds and a mixture of materials such as burlap, canvas, wool roving and lace. Each charm is one-of-a-kinda and will look adorable hanging from your necklace....

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Blast from the Past 2

Aug 3, 2012

Here is a layout I did in 2005 documenting Ansley going to her first “Daddy Daughter Dance.” This layout actually got picked up for publication and can be found in the JoAnn ScrapEssentials Idea Book Vol. 2. If you have this idea book this layout is featured on page 51. You can see I still love to use glossy accents and iridescent glitter. That is what I used to accent the journaling strips. Still love the journaling strip look. I still accent the edges of my paper with brown ink. Still love to use ribbon, buttons and rhinestones. Don’t use brads all that much anymore. Still love to create my own embellishments. Love using silk flowers but now would distress them with ink or paint and cover them in crystal coarse glitter. I created...

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Blast from the Past

Aug 2, 2012

While organizing photos in my gallery, late last night, I stumbled upon some layouts I created when I first started to scrapbook back in 2005. Oh goodness do I have some fun layouts to show you… it’s so funny to me looking back at what I’ve created. When we first moved into our home the summer of 1999 there were gorgeous sunflower fields all over. I loved going out each morning and taking photos of them with the morning sun highlighting each petal. It truly was gorgeous. I did learn one hard lesson though… did you know when you cut wild sunflowers they seep this REALLY STICKY stuff? When this sappy stuff gets on anything it’s like trying to remove gorilla glue… I didn’t think I would ever rid my kitchen table of this...

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Artistic Journey 2012 Sneak Peeks

Jul 31, 2012

Check Out The Project Peeks For Artistic Journey! Artistic Journey 2012 is brought to you by The Crafty Scrapper. This event features 3 of Maya Road’s designers and they are set to inspire you to try new techniques and learn new things on your Artistic Journey. Check out the details below for peeks of each of the fabulous 3 hour classes. We have a special make and take that you will love for our Friday meet and greet! So join us on this Artistic Journey, October 5th – October 7th, 2012. We Want To Learn About The Teachers And See Peeks Of Their Classes! Meet Dina Wakley: Dina Wakley lives Arizona with her husband and three boys. She love everything about art…making it, talking about it, teaching it. Dina discovered scrapbooking in 1995. Scrapbooking...

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Chicago Art and A Random Quote

Jul 25, 2012

This sticker, which was about 12″ long was attached on a boarded up window in downtown Chicago. It wasn’t far from where I got off the train with Caroline and Emily when we were heading to Navy Pier. This art piece reminds me of the kind of stamp Julie Fei-Fan Balzer would carve. I like the way the artist has “You can feel it in your mind” mixed among all the doodling. This neat tile piece was discovered as we walked out of a tunnel and up more stairs than I want to remember. I have no idea where this is but it was on our way to Navy Pier. I’m the one that looks like the total tourists when Caroline and I are on an adventure. I just follow along keeping my eyes...

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