Nominate a Kid ~ Winner

Jul 29, 2013

I tell ya this aun­tie is one tired aun­tie. I enjoyed every sin­gle minute spent with those two sweet nieces of mine. Bel­lie went home Sat­ur­day, and all day Sun­day I was drag­ging. That is after noon because I slept until NOON! Total­ly crazy. I had a won­der­ful time with them doing crafts and mak­ing fun snacks and if you have kids, grand­kids, nieces, nephews, kids of fam­i­ly friends or heck even neigh­bor­hood kids you have got to make Rain­bow Spaghet­ti. Both Made­lyn and Bel­lie thought it was the great­est thing ever, every kid should have at least one meal in their life be Rain­bow Spaghet­ti. I also enjoyed shar­ing with you all the fun things we did dur­ing their stay. I have all the fun crafts and food fun snacks we cre­at­ed pinned...

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Kids Week 2 Day 1

Jul 22, 2013

This week it’s Bel­lie’s turn to vis­it us for a lit­tle fun and spoil­ing. She and Made­lyn’s per­son­al­i­ties are so oppo­site. I can only imag­ine what Bel­lie is going to want to make and do. Bel­lie starts each day draw­ing as she eats her break­fast. This kid loves to draw. She always has a pen­cil and sketch pad close by and I love look­ing at her doo­dles and draw­ings. Kids art is the best. Which reminds me don’t for­get to nom­i­nate a kid for a chance to receive a free “Kids Crafts” art box HERE. While look­ing for things to make with the girls dur­ing their vis­it I found this cute “Glow Bug” idea on Pin­ter­est. I thought Bel­lie would love mak­ing one and I was right! The only plas­tic East­er egg I could find around...

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Nominate a Kid

Jul 19, 2013

Tomor­row, Alan and I go to pick up our youngest niece Bel­lie. It’s her turn to come and vis­it us for a week of fun and spoil­ing. This means all next week it will be Kids Week 2, on my blog and I’ll be post­ing all the fun crafty & arty things Bel­lie and I do in my stu­dio. I had a blast with Made­lyn dur­ing Kids Week 1. As I was get­ting all the arts and crafts sup­plies ready for Bel­lie I thought it would be fun for my blog­gers to nom­i­nate a child for a free “Kids Crafts” art box. If you know of a child between the ages of 6 and 10 that would love to receive a box of arts & crafts good­ies in the mail please nom­i­nate him or...

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Kids Week 1

Jul 8, 2013

This week my super sweet amaz­ing­ly awe­some 10 year old niece Made­lyn is vis­it­ing. We have so many fun things planned to do each day that we decid­ed we would share them all week long. We will be doing things like Paint­ing with Can­dy, mak­ing Flip Flop & Sun­dae Cook­ies, Dec­o­rat­ing Jum­bo Marsh­mal­lows, mak­ing Rain­bow Col­ored Spaghet­ti, drink­ing Fish Bowl Punch, cre­at­ing Plas­ter Cup­cakes, design­ing a Fairy Doll, mak­ing our own Cus­tom Nail Pol­ish, mak­ing Bracelets and Charms and any­thing else we can think up or find on Pin­ter­est. I’m telling you it’s going to be an awe­some week I have a Pin­ter­est Board titled “Things to do with my nieces” if you want to check out the board. I pinned things I thought both Made­lyn (10) and Bel­lie (6) might like to do...

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Keeper of Secrets & Dreams

Jul 1, 2013

The base for this altered box is Eileen Hul­l’s Box, Can­dy Draw­er die. I tell ya I have a seri­ous LOVE for Eileen’s dies and can pret­ty much pick her’s out with­out even look­ing at the name of the design­er. After I cut the box out of mat board and assem­bled it I applied a thin lay­er of plas­ter all over the inner and out­er areas of the draw­er as well as the out­er top, bot­tom and sides of the box. I real­ly like the sta­bil­i­ty plas­ter gives to this box and when dry it resem­bles that of a ceram­ic box. Once com­plete­ly dry I applied images around the box and sealed them in place with melt­ed white bees wax pel­lets. I accent­ed this Keep­er of Secrets & Dreams box with lots of dif­fer­ent...

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Bees Wax Tools & Tips

Jun 21, 2013

Bees Wax is a medi­um I real­ly enjoy cre­at­ing with and if you are think­ing about giv­ing it a try I thought I would share some tips. First, if you are new to this medi­um there real­ly is no need to go out and pur­chase expen­sive encaus­tic sup­plies right off, if you find out you love work­ing with wax then you can begin adding high end encaus­tic wax and tools. But for what I do the tools I’m going to tell you about work per­fect­ly. Insert here… hus­band clap­ping hands and doing a lit­tle hap­py dance. The heat tools I use are a Non-Stick Craft Sheet (always work on a Non-Stick Craft Sheet), Heat It Craft Tool, Melt­ing Pot, Clover Quilt­ing Iron and a Wal­nut Hal­low Wood Burn­ing Set. As far as wax, I...

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Delight In The Art of Collage Kit 3 ~ The Playroom

Jun 14, 2013

This kit reminds me of all the Moms that have said, “If you kids don’t clean up this play­room right now, I’m throw­ing every­thing away”. It’s filled with so many items you would find scat­tered all around a play­room. Delight In The Art of Col­lage ~ Kit 3 ~ The Play­room is filled with vin­tage and non-vin­tage game pieces, wood­en blocks, bin­go cards, pages from chil­dren’s books and so much more, just look at the long list of con­tents below. Each kit is filled with awe­some items that are per­fect for cre­at­ing three dimen­sion­al col­lages and assem­blage type art. Kit Con­tents ~ 10 Vin­tage 1903 Flinch Play­ing Cards 2 Com­mu­ni­ty Chest Monop­oly Cards 2 Chance Monop­oly Cards 3 Real Estate Monop­oly Cards 9 Play­ing Cards (70’s Design 5 Fuch­sia, 4 Teal) 3 Vin­tage Bin­go...

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Thrift Store Finds

May 8, 2013

It’s time again to share this weeks won­der­ful thrift store finds. I spot­ted this beau­ti­ful doll from across the store and seri­ous­ly could not get to her fast enough. As soon as I saw her I had instant tun­nel vision and was ready to start hur­dling fur­ni­ture if I felt it was war­rant­ed. I’m sim­ply gid­dy, I love her so much. Her rust col­ored satin dress is a lit­tle worn in areas and her pan­taloons have dark­ened with age but all I see is pure beau­ty. I’ve named her Lau­ra and you will see her lots in blog posts. I also scored a great vin­tage piano book filled with beau­ti­ful­ly aged music sheets. I can­not pass up vin­tage music sheets. They are one of my favorite items to use in col­lages. The five cute 4.5″ leaf...

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Thrift Store Finds ~ Storage & Photo Props

Apr 26, 2013

It’s no secret how much I love thrift store finds and the thrill of the hunt, I wish I could bot­tle up that feel­ing.  When scour­ing the shelves for items to use as stor­age and pho­to props I usu­al­ly have no clue what I’m look­ing but when I find some­thing I like I grab it. I don’t think I will ever have enough salt & pep­per shak­ers on hand. They are per­fect for stor­ing glass glit­ter or fill­ing with vin­tage but­tons. I have an idea in my head right now using them as a base for a project that I can­not wait to start work­ing on. I hope it comes out as well as I have it pic­tured in my head. I’ll let you know when it’s fin­ished. The refrig­er­a­tor box is per­fect for...

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Imperfect is Perfect to me.…

Mar 29, 2013

When I found this beat up old util­i­ty cart at Frisco Mer­can­tile I could not get my hands on it fast enough. I had been walk­ing up and down each and every aisle look­ing for some­thing to put in this very spot. I knew I need­ed it to be a cer­tain width and height, want­ed it to be an open piece so it would not close off the room too much, look nice and it had to be large enough to hold all the items seen. Well when I stum­bled onto this cart and saw that the price was $18.00 it was sold. Yes it is scratched, yes it leans a bit to one side (but it’s still lev­el) and yes it squeaks when the wheels roll but I think it’s imper­fec­tions are what makes it...

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Studio Accents

Mar 28, 2013

Some of you emailed me ask­ing to see a few things clos­er up so here ya go. I find it fun to add per­son­al touch­es to my work area and when you are a col­lec­tor of many things like I am it’s easy to do. These are a few lit­tle fig­urines I’ve col­lect­ed from Good­will and oth­er Thrift Stores. I enjoy tuck­ing them (that is until I have to dust them) in among oth­er decor items. I think of them as lit­tle unex­pect­ed sur­pris­es.  The two small­er pho­tos are of fig­urines sit­ting on the pie crust table. I have the squir­rel posi­tioned so it is hid­ing behind the berry bas­ket filled with adhe­sives yet peek­ing out from in front of a chair. This is how my broth­er’s trum­pet, old home­stead Clorox bot­tle and farm­ing...

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Studio Makeover ~ Part 2

Mar 27, 2013

I am so close to being fin­ished with my stu­dio makeover. I just need to hang the cur­tains over the shelv­ing unit to the left, find a small piece for addi­tion­al stor­age to put up on the shelves along the wall on the far left then hang some vin­tage pho­tos I have and bam… it’s done. I’m real­ly lov­ing the mix of all the things I love with my sup­plies. To me, per­son­al touch­es are what make a room warm and invit­ing.  So let me give you a close up tour and show you how I com­bined per­son­al trea­sures and vin­tage finds among my crafty prod­ucts. This is what I see when sit­ting at my work table. I’m using a berry bas­ket to hold my adhe­sives, a mini pie tin works per­fect­ly for my...

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Crop & Create ~ Winnipeg

Mar 18, 2013

I’m so excit­ed that in just a few short weeks I’ll be in Win­nipeg, Cana­da cre­at­ing with 100 fun and cre­ative women. April 5th from 4:30 — 7:30 I’ll be teach­ing my She is… altered House Shad­ow Box class. This class is super ver­sa­tile and loads of fun to cre­ate. You will begin alter­ing your Maya Road House Shad­ow Box with paint, ink and ges­so by Ranger as well as pat­terned papers and Sten­cils by Pink Paislee. While your House Shad­ow Box is dry­ing you will embell­ish­ment the four inside squares using prod­ucts by Jen­ni Bowl­in Stu­dio, Doo­dle­bug Design & Maya Road. You can alter your House Shad­ow Box in any theme you wish and with or with­out pho­tos. The fun thing about this project is you can place every­thing onto your altered house...

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See You in Winnipeg…

Feb 4, 2013

Here are some sneak peeks of the cards you will be cre­at­ing in my “Cre­ative­ly Cute Cards” Class at Crop & Cre­ate in Win­nipeg, April 5th — 6th. Teach­ing at one of Cather­ine’s events has been on my cre­ative buck­et list for quite some­time and I’m thrilled to get to check this one off my list. In my “Cre­ative­ly Cute Cards” Class you will cre­ate four beau­ti­ful cards using the new paper line Mod­ern Mer­can­tile by Lisa Dick­in­son that she designed for Jen­ni Bowl­in Stu­dio. I LOVE the col­ors and pat­terns of this awe­some new line. You will accent each card with Maya Road, Doo­dle­bug and Jen­ni Bowl­in embell­ish­ments and of course use awe­some Ranger prod­ucts like Dis­tress Ink and Dia­mond Stick­les to give your cards that added awe­some­ness. These pho­tos are sneak peeks of my...

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Christmas Cookies

Dec 17, 2012

Over the week­end I baked sev­er­al of our favorite Christ­mas cook­ies. I dou­bled up on each cook­ie as one batch was for us and our local friends then made anoth­er batch for fam­i­ly in Beau­mont. Need­less to say our house smelled great all week­end. In case you want to try some or all of our favorite hol­i­day cook­ies I thought I’d share the recipes. This is a new cook­ie I cre­at­ed this year. Alan and I love them but Ans­ley not so much. They are a spice cake type cook­ie with white choco­late morsels mixed inside and are kin­da more like a brown­ie tex­tured cook­ie. I love spice cake as it brings back won­der­ful mem­o­ries of my grand­moth­er, so I thought I would try to hon­or her at Christ­mas with a spice cook­ie. Gram­my...

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So much countdown fun

Dec 14, 2012

I’ve real­ly enjoyed get­ting night­ly pho­tos of my nieces Made­lyn and Bel­lie enjoy­ing their 25 Day Count­down to Christ­mas activ­i­ty. They are lov­ing every­thing I’ve includ­ed so far. Each night is a sur­prise for all me and them as I don’t know the order in which Belin­da has them doing their activ­i­ty. Warn­ing… this is a very heavy pho­to blog post but I real­ly want to share their fun with far away fam­i­ly so I hope you don’t mind it not being crafty today. Made­lyn and Bel­lie were mak­ing their Christ­mas cards, this night. I can only imag­ine how they dec­o­rat­ed them because both love any­thing that has to do with art. Here they had a blast mak­ing paper chain gar­lands. This is such a fun, sim­ple old fash­ioned dec­o­ra­tion to make that brings...

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25 Day Countdown to Christmas

Nov 23, 2012

Today, I’m mak­ing a 25 day Count­down to Christ­mas project with my nieces Made­lyn and Bel­lie. As you can see from the pho­to they are lov­ing their new match­ing jam­mies. New flan­nel jam­mies are the best espe­cial­ly when you find match­ing ones like my mom did with a mon­key print design. Ok sor­ry, back to the project. Both lit­tle sweet peas will dec­o­rate 12 stan­dard sized card envelopes using stick­ers, self adhe­sive gems, then stamp the num­bers need­ed on each of their bags. Made­lyn will stamp the odd num­bers and Bel­lie the even num­bers. I will dec­o­rate enve­lope 25 for them to either use as a sam­ple or for inspi­ra­tion. Once all the envelopes are dec­o­rat­ed I’ll fill each one with 2 pieces of can­dy and a print­ed strip of paper that has one...

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Mini Shadow Box

Aug 10, 2012

Tomor­row, I am par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Jo-Ann Fab­rics & Crafts Grand Open­ing in Sher­man, Texas. I will be there for a Book Sign­ing and Demo from 11:00–1:00. I’ll be instruct­ing those in atten­dance how to cre­ate a beau­ti­ful paper rose to accent a gift tag or card for any cel­e­bra­tion or spe­cial occa­sion. And with just a sim­ple change in paper col­or these beau­ti­ful ros­es are per­fect for any hol­i­day.  Come see me… it’s going to be fun! Jo-Ann Fab­rics & Crafts 4127 N. US High­way 75 Sher­man, Texas Ok, so on to today’s project. I love shad­ow box­es of any kind and decid­ed to cre­ate a mini shad­ow box tag for one of my projects for CHA. As I start­ed gath­er­ing Maya Road sup­plies I came across a Maya Road Scal­lop Square Basic Album...

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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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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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Scrapbook Retreat in Italy ~ Sneak Peeks

Jun 18, 2012

I’m going to be teach­ing 2 class­es at the Scrap­book Retreat in Italy, this Sep­tem­ber. The 1st class is a SHADOW BOX and it has all kinds of beau­ti­ful lit­tle trin­kets, vin­tage items and even room for your OWN memen­tos from the trip! I’m so hap­py I get to final­ly share a lit­tle SNEAK Peek. These are 3 ran­dom pho­to’s of the shad­ow­box. The 2nd class I’m teach­ing is a neck­lace and cuff set!  It’s SO pret­ty!!  Both have VINTAGE lace, but­tons and all kinds of “pret­ties” on it!!  Here’s a lit­tle SNEAK Peek of the cuff. Lau­ra will share SNEAKS from the oth­er teach­ers HERE, next week to keep the EXCITEMENT going!! For those of you who won’t be able to join us this Sep­tem­ber… There IS going to be ANOTHER “A Kiss...

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