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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Olivia at 1 Month

Mar 6, 2012

It is hard to believe Olivia is already a month old. A few weeks ago my mother and father-in-law went to meet their newest granddaughter for the first time. Needless to say they are in love and got in as many snuggles as possible. There is nothing cuter, sweeter or more demanding than a new baby. Douglas and Karen have survived the first month without too much sleep deprivation and are enjoying Olivia tremendously. I must admit it seems so odd to me seeing photos of Douglas feeding and burping a baby. I first met him when he was 18 and just out of high school preparing to head off to Texas A&M. Once Douglas graduated he moved to Dallas not too far from where we lived. He would come over some weekends to...

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A Wilton Grad Confession

Feb 29, 2012

Hi, my name is Lisa and I’m a Wilton cake decorating graduate. I’ve decorated cakes and cupcakes for years but I do have a little secret that I must share/confess. If you are in a crunch for time this cake is awesome, easy and keeps your kitchen spotless (well as spotless as it was before you started, this cake is amazing but not a miracle worker) there is no mess to clean up what so ever. So what’s the secret you ask… well, I’m super lucky that Tom Thumb (local grocery store) is just around the corner from our house. Their bakery makes an incredible fudge iced chocolate 8 in. round double layered cake. It’s only $7.99 if you use your rewards card or $11.99 if you don’t. Ansley loves it and we have been...

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New Years Preparations

Dec 29, 2011

Thanks to Pinterest and my mom… it’s pretty easy preparing for New Year’s Eve this year. I love sitting at home watching the ball drop while all comfy in my jammies, sitting on the couch chatting with Alan. We are a low key kinda couple and it fits us perfectly. So here is what we will be having and I can say without one single doubt, this is the best “Hot Chocolate” I have ever had. I would rather have hot chocolate than champagne at any celebration. I made this for our Christmas get together and everyone loved it and agreed it was the best they ever had too. Photo and Recipe by Mrs. Happy Homemaker click HERE for the recipe. I’ll be making my mom’s awesome beer sausage for us to snack on…...

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Growing up with Santa

Dec 19, 2011

No matter how old Santa’s grandkids are they’re never too old to have a photo taken with Santa. This year, Laren (SIL) and Terri my oldest daughter went to Beaumont for Thanksgiving. This meant they were able to get their photo taken with Santa. It’s been several years since they’ve been able to make it down for the holidays and Mr. and Mrs. Claus were very happy to see them. This photo is of Santa and my sister Belinda’s kids… from left to right is my adorable nephew Brittain (poor boy he is the ONLY boy out of 6 grandkids), Isabella, Paw Paw Santa, Madelyn holding Grand-Dog Zeus and niece Amanda. Believe it or not this photo was the first one they took! Talk about a Christmas miracle. Even Zeusy was good and looked...

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Domino Art

Dec 8, 2011

Each time I use a domino it brings me back to how I acquired them… One day as I was taking Ansley someplace after school when she was around 13 or 14 years old, as we were about to leave the neighborhood I noticed dominoes scattered all over the street. Well, I’m sure you can see where this is going… I immediately stopped the car (thankfully, we live in a quiet neighborhood) and had her jump out to pick up as many as she could out of the road. I just could not stand the thought of these getting ruined by cars driving over them again and again. Well, Ansley was able to pick up all of them and not one car passed down the street. She on the other hand was horrified that I would...

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Christmas Baking

Dec 6, 2011

One of the things Ansley always looks forward to every holiday season is baking Christmas cookies… wait, let me rephrase this… me baking Christmas cookies. Each year, it is not Christmas to her unless I bake her all her favorites… Chocolate Chewies, Lemon Cookies, Pecan Sandies and Red Velvet cookies with a Hershey Kiss in the middle. The girl keeps me busy during the holidays for sure. But I love it and it makes me happy that she loves them so much. So Ansley and her cookies were the inspiration behind this card. I thought the Maya Road Heart Tart Tin Bottlecap was perfect to start with, then using Jet Black Archival Ink, I stamped the Antiquated Collection Misses’ Aprons onto grungepaper three times so I could cut out the apron from one and...

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Black Friday

Nov 25, 2011

I hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Ansley went out with friends early this morning to do some Black Friday shopping. I on the other hand enjoyed a nice quiet evening and slept. I’m also hoping that what my friend Wendy says, “any pie eaten on a holiday has zero calories” is true. But, from the tightness of my jeans, today I think the pie might have been calorie free but what got me was the turkey, sweet potato casserole, mashed potatoes, stuffing and deviled eggs.  I’m going to have to visit my long lost friend Mr. Treadmill ASAP. I am so not looking forward to his visit. Ok on to the fun… All you local Scrappers, Stampers and Mixed Media Arts  The Crafty Scrapper is having a wonderful BLACK FRIDAY SALE… I’m happy...

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Needle Felting….

Oct 25, 2011

I have loved Heidi Boyd and her felted projects since the first day I discovered her… her cute “needle felted nesting bluebirds” project first caught my attention then when I discovered these adorable felted Hedgehogs and Bunnies  she posted on her blog, well I was hooked and have been thinking of trying the craft of needle felting everyday since. So this weekend, Ansley and I had a great time giving this craft a try and we really had fun. After a few painful sticks in the fingers and hours later we completed several small embellishments. I made an acorn and some leaves (want to add stitching for veins with gold embroidery floss) Ansley created a pumpkin, some stars and a flower. Her friend Matt even joined in and made a candy cane and a Christmas stocking....

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Stencil Pop Art

Sep 29, 2011

I finally finished my “Pop Art” portrait version of Ansley. Julie Fei-Fan Balzer calls this stencil Summer and since she did create the stencil she has every right to name it Summer but honestly, I think she needs to re-name it Ansley as it looks so much like her. I plan on doing a mini workshop in my Tips, Techniques and Tutorials online workshop explaining how I created this “Pop Art” portrait. Creating the dimension in her hair and facial features as well as picking out funky paint colors was really fun. If you’re already registered for this workshop I plan on starting the tutorial, next week. I think it will be a fun change from the other projects posted. You never know you might like painting with bright colors as much as I...

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Quick and Easy Mini Album

Aug 29, 2011

A little bird once said…  Here is the mini album I told you I would share, last week. It is one of Terri I did for her, her senior year in High School in 2006. It seems like it was just yesterday, we were taking these photos. Now Ansley is a senior. People are not kidding when they say time flies! It does and FAST. The chipboard and flower embellishments on the cover of the album are by Maya Road that I altered using crackle paint, glitter and Diamond Stickles. I covered the back of each page with a solid piece of patterned paper, this was Scenic Route… sure do miss them… the front of the remaining album pages I covered with patterned paper, patterned paper strips cut using decorative scissors, a photo and journaling....

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A Blast from the Past…

Aug 25, 2011

I thought it would be fun to show you some layouts I created using Cocoa Daisy kits from around 2007. Now that Ansley is a senior this year I find these layouts even more special. She grew up way too fast. In the layout above I felt there was too much white space in the background of Ansley’s photo so I used the end of my paintbrush and some acrylic paints to create a polka dot background. I like the pop of color the polka dots create and they fill in the white space perfectly. To pop the photo a bit more I painted yellow acrylic paint all around the edge of the photo creating a bright colored border. To fill in the white space on the photo above I attached clear buttons to...

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Back to Reality…

Aug 22, 2011

Today, summer is over as Ansley started back to school as a senior. My goodness did these years pass by fast. I still cannot believe this is her last year in high school. I best enjoy her as much as possible this year as I know she will be ready to fly the coup soon. Which brings me to ask this question… What in the world will Alan and I do with just the two of us at home? We have always had a child in the house as I married Alan when Terri was 2 years old. I’m just going to put all this way deep in the back of my mind for now and share with you some photo collages from my trip to Buckhannon, WV. It was an awesome visit with...

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The Ferry Ride

Aug 1, 2011

When we went to Galveston a few weeks ago I took a few photos of Ansley and her boyfriend Matt while waiting for and riding the ferry over to Galveston. So when I saw the colors and patterns in this months Cocoa Daisy kit “‘Siren’s Call” I was thrilled, as they matched the photos perfectly. The banner is created with the adorable stamp set included in this months kit. I used the ink from the “Mist and Ink” Add On kit to create the banner and the red and white twine came from the “Calypso” Add On Kit. And I was so happy to be asked to be this months Guest Designer for Vintage Street Market. If you are not familiar with this company you need to check them out. They have lots of fun vintage...

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UTEE Fun

Jul 22, 2011

Gotta say, I am loving the new packaging for all the Melt Art products by Ranger. It looks so edgy and cool.  While at CHA I studied every square inch of the Ranger booth looking at all the incredible products. One of the make n takes taught by Debbie Tlach was creating this really cute ring you can see on Ranger’s blog… click here for that link and here for the step by step instructions. Great minds do think alike as I too loved Tim’s rose button from his Fanciful Flower button collection and made the very same mold using Ranger’s Mold-n-Pour back in January. His rose button is the perfect size for a ring or charm for a necklace. I used a simple silver ring base on mine because Ansley is a simple kinda...

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Charm Inspiration…

Jun 23, 2011

I’ve really had fun making charms for Terri and Ansley as well as friends and family. I like to collect little things here and there to create something meaningful from a special moment or event. Then I’ll think and think on it until I come up with a unique way to incorporate the item or items into a small token to give as a remembrance of that day. Last year, while I was in Greece for Cocoa Daisy Destination ~ Mykonos I brought back a little bit of sand, some coins and evil eye charms. I had no idea what I was going to do with them at the time but figured something would come to mind. Well, I will be rooming with Christine and Ronda at CHA-S next month and decided this would be...

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The Big Book of Scrapbook Pages

Jun 22, 2011

Have you all seen this book in your local scrapbook or craft stores? If not, you need to look for it as it’s filled with LOADS of inspiration for every scrapbooking topic you can imagine. I was thrilled to be asked to create a few projects for the book. F+W Media included a spotlight on my book “Delight In The Details” along with my two projects. As you can see Jenni Bowlin sponsored products for these two projects. Oh how I love Jenni’s products. I certainly do have a hoarding issue with her items. If you love Jenni Bowlin products as much as I do make sure you check out her Inspiration Blog…. it’s filled with LOTS of incredible projects. Thanks for the sponsorship, Jenni. Here is a closer look at the two projects...

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So Proud…

May 26, 2011

The summer of 2000 we had the honor of hosting an exchange student from Albania. Julian was the sweet exchange student we could have ever hosted. All of us have such found memories of him staying with our family his junior year. The one thing I remember laughing about a lot was when he would say “no” but shake his head “yes”. I would just look at him so confused and ask him what his answer was… then tell him here when you shake your head like that it means yes not no… we would just laugh. The entire family adored him… grandparents, brothers, sisters, my niece’s and nephew etc. You cannot help but love him when you meet him. These photos still hang on our wall. Ansley never let him out of her...

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I love dimensional layouts…

Feb 23, 2011

First I gotta tell ya… registration for Paper Cowgirl OPENS today at 9:00 a.m. central time…. go here to register and sign up for classes. I hope to see ya there. Oh and one little bit of information I left out regarding my project are the dimensions… the shadow box measures approximately 7.5″ square by 1″ deep. I will also have my book available for pre-sale at the discounted rate of $17.99 + tax for those attending Paper Cowgirl. All books must be picked up at Paper Cowgirl. I will have a few available for purchase during my book signing but they will be at my regular cost of $22.99 + tax. I will let you know when I have the special link up and ready. Okay now on to why I love dimensional layouts…...

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I’m home

Feb 3, 2011

It sure did feel great sleeping in my bed last night although I was hanging on for dear life because Chief was hogging my entire side of the bed. I must say the drive was a whole lot of scary getting home. I have never seen so much ice ever in Texas. Ansley has not had school since Monday and will not have school tomorrow either. Tonight and tomorrow morning we are supposed to get snow so no telling what tomorrow will bring in the weather department. Although they say it should get warmer Saturday so the ice should melt. We shall see. I certainly have enough work to keep me busy for the next month as my step-by-step photo shoot is next month. While at CHA I was happy to get a new...

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Being Productive…

Jan 22, 2011

feels so good and yesterday was a wonderfully productive day.. I got the make-n-take I will be teaching for F+W Media all bagged up, started gathering the extra items I need to bring to CHA and created, created, created. I finished up the inspirational baubles. Wonder who’s hands these will end up in at the show. Made this ring… Ansley is going to keep me super busy making these for her and her friends. Had an awesome mail day… Thank you cThru Ruler Company… they are a book sponsor and sent me the entire Art-C line. Talk about loads of inspiration in this box! Yikes I cannot wait to start playing with this. And then I topped the night off by making this cuff using vintage lace, cream felt and new Maya Road trims....

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