Another Art Form…

Jan 2, 2011

Jump Rings, Bail Plates, E6000,Vintage Buttons and BAM… new addiction! Here are a few things I made, yesterday. I need to get some chains to put these on and I think several necklaces worn at once will look really cute and certainly blingy at CHA. I love how the lighting there makes everything seem to sparkle more. Tomorrow, it’s back to book projects… refocus, Lisa, refocus! I have a technique swirling around in my head I can’t wait to try and I feel it’ll be an awesome one for my book. These are a few pieces I made for Ansley And here are several pieces I made for me out of vintage pins, buttons and cuff links. This is so much fun and I love that all are unique. Are you going to try...

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Snowglobe Class…

Nov 30, 2010

I’m so looking forward to this weekend as Trisha Conlon and I will be teaching our “Winters Wonderland Snowglobe” all day workshop at The Crafty Scrapper. Today I will be busy kitting my part of the class and typing up instructions. I will help you with the paint and paper part, Trisha will help you with the snowglobe assembly and soldering part. It is going to be so much fun and lunch is included. I really wish you could see this beauty in person as it shimmers from top to bottom. The patterned papers used are from the new Melissa Frances Line “Home for The Holidays”, you will adorn three sisal trees with Mica and the roof of the house with Diamond Stickles and Iridescent Glitter. You will outline the house with Platinum Stickles...

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I have a GIVEAWAY…

Nov 28, 2010

Since my “All Things Winter” workshop starts this Wednesday, December 1st, I thought it would be fun to have a giveaway. This means one lucky winner will receive a copy of my book “Delight In The Details” AND gain free access to my “All Things Winter” online workshop. All you need to do is leave a comment  to this blog post no later than midnight, Monday then I will have Ansley pick the winner, Tuesday. So if you want to grab the attention of a 16 year old you might want to be creative when leaving your comment. Good...

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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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Working on something fun…

Nov 23, 2010

For the past few days in between last minute book stuff, packing projects for shipment, a Dr. visit for Ansley (poor girl is sick again) and everyday life I have been creating a simple “Countdown Banner”. This year, I am determined to keep it simple for the holidays and I am hoping this banner will remind me of this each day in December. This will be another cute project featured in my “Tips, Techniques & Tutorials” workshop. I will have the mini flashcard PDF for you to download as well as the supply list and tools needed. Now I am off to ship a box full of book projects to my sweet editor Jenni. I am truly blessed once again with a wonderful editor. F&W Media has the best staff ever… Managing Editor, Editors,...

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A Gray Sky and some sprinkles…

Sep 2, 2010

means it is a perfect day to work in the scraproom and what better products to play with then Jenni Bowlin and Maya Road. I have to say I am in love with Jenni’s new paints ( have not tried the inks yet but I am certain I will love them as well) the colors match exactly with all her inspiring products. I still need a few more colors of her paints and ink which I will be purchasing soon. I gotta have them all. Once I finish this mini album it will be filled with cute photos of Ansley and her friends. As you can see I started out with a Maya Road 4″ binder album, painted it with Jenni’s new paints (Chili Powder “inside”, Lemon Drops and Malted Milk “outside”) and plan...

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Scraproom Makeover

Aug 16, 2010

I have not fallen off the face of the earth… just been lost in my scraproom. Last weekend my friend Lisa E. came over and helped me clean out my scraproom… let me just say if you need to clean out yours she is the one to get to help as she will make SURE you stay on task and get it done… nine hours later I had every shelf, drawer, nook and cranny, AND the closet cleaned out. Nothing was left untouched. We filled the trunk of her car and half the back seat with products to sell in a garage sale. So with all of this said yesterday my sweet daughters, son-in-law, husband and pretty much adopted daughter Mercy came and helped empty out my scraproom so the painters could paint my...

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Remember this sneak peek…

Mar 16, 2010

Well you can now see the entire piece on the JBS Inspiration blog as today I’m the Guest Star. Now for a little rambling… I must say it feels really great being able to walk around my scraproom. This place is so clean and organized, almost too clean and organized. Any one wanna guess how long it will take me to make a huge mess once again… oh what a vicious cycle. I have a few projects to get finished this week for Memory Makers. They are publishing another wonderful Idea Book which I am so happy to be a part of. They are so great to work with… honestly I cannot say enough wonderful things about them. I am still trying to come off my high from my great find yesterday. I just...

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Vintage Ledger Paper and other stuff

Mar 10, 2010

Here is a sweet purchase I made at Crop-Paper-Scissors after I finished teaching my classes this past weekend. As you all know I love vintage ledger paper (they have more… just saying) and use it in all kinds of different ways… covering chipboard and tags, mixing it with vintage sheet music and book pages to create unique paper flowers, using it in my die cutter and one thing I REALLY LOVE doing is saving the blank margins to type journaling strips for projects. This keeps the vintage feel and theme of the project authentic. So don’t throw away any of your scraps, not even the tiniest of tiny ones. You will use them. And this little receipt book is going to make some adorable embellishments in projects. I feel so lucky to have found...

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That little word Acceptance…

Mar 2, 2010

Little did I know just how perfect this one little word would be this year. I guess I should keep it real with this post and explain why I have been pretty much absent since returning from CHA. My daughter Ansley who by the way just turned 16 on the 28th has been diagnosed with Panic Disorder. She had her first full blown attack the first night I was at CHA. Her attacks look like seizures they are so intense and seeing her have them breaks my heart. She has not been able to attend school and has now been placed on Homebound. We do see improvement and are hoping that she will be back on track in a month, fingers crossed. So with all that being said taking care of Ansley 24/7 and...

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I have wonderful blog readers…

Dec 23, 2009

First I must say WOW… thank you all so much for all the wonderful comments and emails you have sent me regarding this post. I have decided to keep it real on my blog this year. I certainly do not want to give the false impression that everyday is a holiday for me. Most days are really great don’t get me wrong. But I think we woman sometimes get caught in a trap and feel it sets us up for unrealistic expectations on ourselves when we read that everything is always peachy or things always seem so perfect at all times on other blogs. Really life is not that way and I certainly do not want to portray that mine is. Yes I do have so many things to be thankful for and I...

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12 Day Advent Pocket Calendar #8

Dec 10, 2009

Well we did it… all 12 pockets are completed. Now to arrange them and onto my canvas and alter that up a bit. Will get to work on it and show you the finished project soon. This is going to be a fun thing to do with Ansley during her Christmas break. There’s nothing like having a little something fun to do each day. Stamp image onto heavy weight white cardstock, ink on top of stamped image using Distress Ink, lightly color image using jewel tone chalks. Place glossy accents onto the back of a Fragments Charm and attach to stamped image. Using Alcohol Ink, ink the top of the Fragments Charm, accent the Fragments Charm with Distress Stickles, let dry. Once the Distress Stickles is dry apply a clear drying adhesive to the...

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Cupcake Liner Holiday Light Reflectors…

Dec 9, 2009

While sitting in the Doctor’s office this morning with Ansley (poor girl has a terrible sore throat but a shot and antibiotics will fix her in no time) I saw this really neat idea in one of the magazines. I cannot remember which magazine I saw this in but find it rather amusing that I can remember how to make the entire project step for step… does not make sense at all. Anyway, these are super easy to make and will look so pretty attached to white lights wrapped around some garland. They remind me of the old aluminum foil reflectors used in the 60’s. Supplies Used: Foil Cupcake Liners Tools Used: Scissors Instructions: Fold cupcake liner in half four times. Using Scissors snip the top portion of the cupcake liner as shown in...

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What a wonderful way to wake up…

Dec 2, 2009

This morning we got snow… not a lot, maybe an inch which was just enough to make the neighborhood look so pretty. By the time I got home from taking Ansley to school the snow was turning into rain and it was starting to melt quickly. We are expected to get more Friday. We will see. Since this is Texas you never know what the weather will bring each minute. And looking at our house it reminds me I have got to wrap some wreaths around the outside lights… they look so bare. I am working on the next Advent style pocket and will post it hopefully tomorrow. I have not been feeling too good lately which explains my lack of blog posting. Should be back on track in a few days. Alan has...

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Vintage Halloween Feather Tree Ornament…

Oct 16, 2009

I LOVE making these ornaments. Ansley says they are freaky and certainly not her most favorite project I have ever created but I am standing strong when I say, “I love them, I really, really love them and I will make them for every holiday.” If you would like to make one of these ornaments here is how to do it. Using wire cutters, cut a piece from a green Chenille Bump Stem so that you have two bumps on one piece (legs) and then either one or two bumps on a second piece (arms). I like to have two bumps for the arms so that I can curl the hands in to hold items. If I use one bump I find that the arms are too short. Next all you do is fold...

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Heads up all you Art Journaling types… Winner Announced

Oct 15, 2009

The winner is April Hall, congrats! Would you like try at a chance to win a free pass to Dina Wakley’s newest Art Journaling class that begins Oct. 29th? If so, it’s super simple… just leave a comment in the comments section of this post and Ansley will pick a winner. Dina is an incredible artist and her workshops are ever so popular. So post a comment and good luck! Here are a few sneak peeks and a description of her newest class. Class description for Art Journaling 301: The Graffiti of my Life with Dina Wakley Are you ready for an artistic challenge and adventure? In this project-based technique class, you will learn how to create a stand-alone art journal from start to finish! First, you’ll identify words that matter to you­quotes, advice,...

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Digging, digging and digging…

Oct 13, 2009

My goodness is it ever so obvious when you look at my vintage stash just how much I love vintage Christmas items. But since my dad is Santa I guess this is to be expected. I have been pulling items out like a mad woman as I prepare for my next online workshop… the CHRISTMAS workshop. Oh how I love to create Christmas projects. I have a list of things to create that I think are going to make a charming holiday workshop. The name is still yet to be determined so I had a thought… leave a title idea in the comments section of this post. If your title is picked you will win a free access pass to the workshop. If no title is picked I will have Ansley pick one person...

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Another this and that post…

Sep 15, 2009

First we had a great weekend. Centennial High School won their Homecoming game… which is always nice. And Ansley had a great time at the dance. I think she and her date Alex looked so adorable. Now to my scrappy world… my All Hallow’s Eve online workshop started yesterday. The first project is up now and the second one will be available tomorrow. A little reminder… today, the second project has been posted in my Homespun Inspiration online workshop. If you registered for this workshop don’t forget to check it out. And if you want to see more of Lottie, The Farmer’s Wife… go check out Jenni Bowlin’s Design Team Blog. I have a step by step tutorial on how to recreate Lottie. That’s about it on my end… today I’m gonna make something...

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A little bit of Lola love…

Jul 10, 2009

Dang this little Lola puppy is so sweet and so GOOD! Terri and Lola came to visit today so of course that meant a photo shoot. Here are a few of our favorites. I think she would look cute on a Jones Soda bottle. If you think so too please vote here, here or here. Wishing you all a wonderful weekend. Ansley leaves for camp tomorrow and I must admit I am kinda sad. I’m gonna miss her. But I have enough CHA projects to keep me busy as well as editing the manuscript for my book… so exciting to see some of it in print. It is all starting to come...

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Another this and that post…

Jun 5, 2009

If you love vintage items then you need to check out the etsy store Paper Tales. They were lucky enough to get to dig in an old warehouse full of vintage items. Each day it seems Cass and Laura add new items to their store that I want and I’m sure you will too. If you tell them Lisa sent you they will add a little surprise with your order. I also discovered Scrap-Diner has two new paper lines that I love and think are adorable. Cosmo Cricket Early Bird and October Afternoon Cherry Hill. It is going to be a great mail day for me pretty soon. I can’t wait to play with these two lines. Remember my votive tutorial? FaveCrafts created a DIY Wedding eBook that includes my altered votive candle holder tutorial and LOTS...

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Fun little game…

Apr 3, 2009

So I just finished my 90th project for my book. This means I only have 10 more projects left to finish. I thought it would be fun to give a Maya Road RAK to the person that comes closest to the date (without going over) of when I will complete my 100th book project. All you have to do is leave a comment with the date and the person closest will win the RAK…. if two people guess the same date Ansley will pick the lucky winner. Oh just so you know my final deadline is May 5th. So don’t guess after this date. We are to the half way point in my Hippity Hop Easter Workshop. The last day for this workshop is April 18th. If you want to join in and create...

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