Walk, Eat & Shop

Mar 5, 2014

To off­set all the calo­ries Alan and I have been con­sum­ing with just one meal a day Lola has been get­ting some nice walks when the sun decides to show its face. My gosh, Ter­ri and Laren live near so many amaz­ing places to eat.  Hon­est­ly, all we can eat is one meal and I can’t even fin­ish my entire meal. The food in Deep Ellum is so incred­i­ble. For Lunch/Dinner Alan and I went to All­go­od Cafe. He had their amaz­ing Chick­en Fried Steak and I had their OMGOSH lick your plate clean Truck Stop Hot Beef Sand­wich. This sand­wich was so darn incred­i­ble. Their mashed pota­toes are absolute­ly to die for too. I could only eat half of my sand­wich so Alan fin­ished it off for me. I have no idea how...

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A Little Peek into Delight In The Art of Collage

Jan 7, 2014

Delight in the Art of Col­lage is a tech­nique and assem­blage style book. It includes 40 step by step tech­niques as well as the extra steps need­ed to com­plete each of the mixed media or col­lage art projects. With the projects in this book, I show you how to use found objects in new and cre­ative ways. For exam­ple, some projects incor­po­rate vin­tage finds from thrift stores, flea mar­kets and antique shops. A vin­tage plat­ter can become the can­vas for a fam­i­ly pho­to. Tart tins and gelatin molds stacked togeth­er make beau­ti­ful flow­ers. In this book you will also cre­ate with cur­rent prod­ucts and work with a wide assort­ment of medi­ums includ­ing tex­tiles, met­al, wax, resin, clay and paper. I share lots of unique ways to use each of these medi­ums. You will learn...

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My Life In A Dinghy ~ Hels Sheridan

Sep 25, 2013

“My Life In A Dinghy” fea­tured artist, Hels Sheri­dan. Hels has been craft­ing since 2003, although she always did have a love of cov­er­ing every­thing in glit­ter and glue when she was a kid. Hels start­ed out mak­ing her own cards which then led to a brief stopover in scrap­book­ing and then she found her true crafty love, rub­ber stamp­ing. Hels has a bit of a thing for altered art and mixed media and is hap­pi­est when cov­ered in ink and paint. What start­ed out as a hob­by to release the stress­es of her career as a Train Dri­ver has become her job now after she had to leave dri­ving trains due to ill health. She is a full time craft tutor and demon­stra­tor and a Cer­ti­fied Ranger Edu­ca­tor. Hels is also on the design team...

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Get Acquainted All Occasion Card

May 28, 2013

col·lage ~ a tech­nique of com­pos­ing a work of art by past­ing on a sin­gle sur­face var­i­ous mate­ri­als not nor­mal­ly asso­ci­at­ed with one anoth­er, as news­pa­per clip­pings, parts of pho­tographs, the­ater tick­ets, and frag­ments of an enve­lope. One of the rea­sons I love col­lage so much is I can assem­ble all the ran­dom vin­tage finds I dis­cov­er in flea mar­kets, thrift stores and antique shops to cre­ate one of a kind items like this card. A col­lage can be cre­at­ed as a one dimen­sion­al piece using all types of ephemera or three dimen­sion­al piece using found objects like but­tons, milk caps, keys, millinery stems, etc.. This card is cre­at­ed using paper items, but­tons, seam bind­ing, twine and a milk cap that are all found in my Delight In The Art of Col­lage Kit 1 ~ Anti­quat­ed....

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Petaloo Color Me Crazy & Ranger Ink Week

May 14, 2013

All this week on the Petaloo Blog, Petaloo is show­cas­ing guest design­ers using their Col­or Me Crazy Line that have been altered with Ranger Ink prod­ucts. My guest design­er post isn’t until Fri­day so I thought I would show you a few of the oth­er projects I cre­at­ed just to peek your inter­est until then. You can see a gor­geous card Tam­my Tut­terow cre­at­ed and has post­ed on their blog now. This mini can­vas was a snap to cre­ate and alter­ing the Petaloo Col­or Me Crazy Petites, But­ter­flies, Fan­cy Frames and Keys are easy breezy lemon squeezy when using any of the prod­ucts Ranger Ink has to offer. To cre­ate this mini can­vas I first cov­ered the mini can­vas using a Paris themed nap­kin. If you have nev­er used design­er nap­kins as a base for a...

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Stamp Embossed Clay Charms

Mar 1, 2013

Here is a real­ly cool tip… when cre­at­ing poly­mer clay charms use chip­board embell­ish­ments for tem­plates. This is exact­ly what I did when cre­at­ing these adorable dress charms for my nieces. I used the chip­board dress from the Maya Road Laun­dry Day mini chip­board set to cre­ate these two charms. All I did was roll out my poly­mer clay to the thick­ness I want­ed, placed the mini chip­board dress on top of the clay then using a craft knife care­ful­ly cut around the chip­board dress. How sim­ple is that! And here are a few oth­er cool tips… to get the but­ter­fly image onto the dress­es I pressed the Maya Road Ornate But­ter­flies stamp set into the poly­mer clay. Stamps are a great way to emboss poly­mer clay. To add words to each dress I used...

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Craft Day with Madelyn

Jun 26, 2012

Made­lyn, niece #2 is vis­it­ing this week. Each day we have a craft day so yes­ter­day, we made a birth­day ban­ner and par­ty hat for her My Twin doll. She had a blast with this craft since her 9th birth­day is next week. Sup­plies Need­ed: Pat­terned Paper, Bak­er’s Twine, Alpha­bet Stick­ers, Dia­mond, Fruit Punch and Lime Green Stick­les, White Boa, Yel­low Seam Bind­ing, Adhe­sive Tools Used: Fiskars Large Scal­loped Heart Punch, Martha Stew­art But­ter­fly Punch, Scis­sors, Scal­lop Scis­sors, Sewing Nee­dle, Hot Glue Gun Instruc­tions: My Twin Hap­py Birth­day Ban­ner Using the Fiskars Large Heart Punch and the Martha Stew­art But­ter­fly Punch, punch 13 hearts and 13 but­ter­flies out of two dif­fer­ent pat­terned papers. Attach one alpha­bet stick­er in the cen­ter of each punched but­ter­fly to spell “Hap­py Birth­day” Apply adhe­sive to the back of...

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Getting Glittery with the Herringbone Stencil

Aug 8, 2011

Hi!  My name is Julie Fei-Fan Balz­er and I’m so delight­ed to be guest post­ing here on Lisa’s blog! I have a quick and fun tuto­r­i­al for you on how to make these cool glit­tered cir­cle embell­ish­ments. I’ve used them here on a lay­out: And to make this cute and quick card… …I sim­ply punched the but­ter­flies from some com­plet­ed cir­cles. Lots of dif­fer­ent pos­si­bil­i­ties with this tech­nique!  Check out the video to see the how-to! Thanks for let­ting me share!  I’ll be back with anoth­er post next Mon­day.  In the mean­time, if you want to find me… Blog: Balz­er Designs Face­book Twit­ter See you...

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A Moment In Time…

Jun 8, 2011

To cre­ate this tag I used the super cute Amper­sand stamp in this months Cocoa Daisy “Cher­ry Soda” kit along with the “Coor­di­nat­ing Paint and Ink” and Word Stamp Set Add On Kits. I think the Amper­sand and Word stamps make an adorable back­ground pat­tern for this tag. The but­ter­flies are cre­at­ed using a Martha Stew­art punch, 2mm self adhe­sive pearls and Dia­mond Stick­les accents. I like the pop of yel­low under each but­ter­fly as it com­pli­ments the card­stock stick­er so well. I cut the jour­nal­ing tag that came in the main kit to place at the bot­tom of the tag then attached the red brads in each of the four holes on the tag. The trim used is from the “Choco­late Malt” Add On Kit. I then attached a strip of 5mm self adhe­sive...

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Paper Mosaic

Feb 24, 2011

This mini album is fea­tured in my book on page 48. They did­n’t show the cov­er so I thought I would share it with you now since Spring is just around the cor­ner. The step outs on page 49 show you how to recre­ate a paper mosa­ic that looks like bro­ken pieces of chi­na. This is cer­tain­ly anoth­er project of mine that is filled with dimen­sion­al objects. I guess I visu­al­ize in 3‑D as noth­ing looks fin­ished until items are pop­ping off the project. I find how peo­ple cre­ate and visu­al­ize very inter­est­ing. My dad carves incred­i­ble objects out of wood. He can carve just about any­thing you request includ­ing wildlife and peo­ple as well as loads of oth­er things. What I find fas­ci­nat­ing is he can­not even begin to draw a 3 cir­cled cat. My mom paints...

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Altered Paper Mache Book

Feb 15, 2011

This altered piece uses all brand new CHA‑W release prod­ucts by Tim Holtz. I was so hap­py to see the Frac­tured Doll in my box of prod­ucts to design with.… I love these dolls and you get two dif­fer­ent sized dolls per pack­age! Next to the white seam bind­ing I attached one of his new Chain Tas­sels. These are the per­fect accent for a project and I love the move­ment of the tas­sel. The pat­terned papers used are from his new Paper Stash — Crowd­ed Attic line. This paper line is so pret­ty and has designs in it for all styles. The but­ter­flies and moths behind the Frac­tured Doll and among the paper flow­ers inside the book are from Tim’s new Sal­vage Stick­ers — Crowd­ed Attic. I real­ly like the but­ter­flies and moths images....

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Let the sneak peeks begin…

Jan 13, 2010

Oh how I love being on the Maya Road design team espe­cial­ly this time of year when I get to play with all their new release prod­ucts. Here is a project I cre­at­ed using lots of new Maya Road prod­ucts. This sweet ban­ner will be dis­played in my scrap­room and cer­tain­ly in a spot so that I can see it all the time. I just love it. I col­ored the Maya Road Hang­ing Chan­de­lier Beads using a Cop­ic Mark­er (Sand E33) and I embossed the Chip­board But­tons using my Cut­tle­bug and the French Script Emboss­ing Fold­er. New Release Prod­ucts Skin­ny House But­ton Mini Set But­ter­flies Mini Set Hearts Trin­ket Pins Leaf (Brown) Trin­ket Pins Mini Wave Mauve Trim Char­coal Ink Pad Pink Ink Pad And I am so in love with the new But­ter­flies...

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Summer Pen Pal…

Jun 24, 2009

Do you have one? I do and it is my 5 year old, no excuse me my almost 6 year old sweet lit­tle niece Made­lyn. While I was down for my sweet niece Aman­da’s High School Grad­u­a­tion (yes, lots of girls in the fam­i­ly… 5 to 1 poor Brit­tain) Made­lyn and I decid­ed we would be sum­mer pen pals. So each week we send each oth­er a hand­made card. At first I kin­da freaked because I feel like I have to make over the top cards com­plete with machine stitch­ing, ink­ing, glit­ter and all the oth­er things I think I have to do but then I came to my sens­es and real­ized all Made­lyn real­ly wants is mail… noth­ing over the top. Just a card from me to her. So here is the sec­ond...

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Butterfly Embellishment…

May 18, 2009

Sat­ur­day I received a lit­tle pack­age from a sweet friend that con­tained two Cut­tle­bug Cut­ting Die and Emboss­ing Fold­ers this being one of the ones I received. I must admit I was like a lit­tle kid on Christ­mas morn­ing… I had to open it imme­di­ate­ly and begin cre­at­ing. And here is my fin­ished cre­ation. A sim­ple but­ter­fly embell­ish­ment to add to any project. I hope you give this tuto­r­i­al a try… just con­sid­er your­self warned.. you will become addict­ed. Sup­plies Need­ed: Sim­ply Sten­cils (Plaid) Tim Holtz Adiron­dack Alco­hol Inks (Bot­tle, Den­im, Ter­ra Cot­ta) Liq­uid Pearls (Petal Pink) Ice Stick­les (Crys­tal Ice) But­ter­flies Cut & Emboss Set (Cut­tle­bug) Tombow Mono Vel­lum Adhe­sive 4 — Self Adhe­sive Pearls Tools Need­ed: Cut­tle­bug Ink Appli­ca­tor & Felt Scis­sors Paint­brush Instruc­tions: Trim Sim­ply Sten­cil mate­r­i­al to size of Cut­tle­bug...

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CHA here I come…

Jul 15, 2008

I thought before I left I would share one last post show­cas­ing more new Maya Road prod­ucts. I made this lit­tle orna­ment from a few pages from their new But­ter­fly Coast­er album… This one is their new Square Scal­lop album. These are great to inter­change with their Square Scal­lop Chip­board Album.

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So many things…

Jul 14, 2008

Here is a real­ly fun new prod­uct that will be hit­ting the stores in Aug. This mini album sheet by Maya Road is so cool. So here is what I cre­at­ed using this fun new prod­uct…

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Maya Road Photos take 2…

Feb 21, 2008

These projects were cre­at­ed by Wendy, Jes­si­ca (sure wish some­one would get a blog Jess) and Car­o­line. The projects shown are cre­at­ed by Wendy. The projects shown were cre­at­ed by Wendy and Katie.

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Sneak Peek #2

Feb 2, 2008

Oh this lit­tle sneak peek is full of won­der­ful Maya Road new release items. Heart Beads from their Trin­kets Beads “Hearts and But­ter­flies” col­lec­tion, Cro­chet Shim­mer Blos­soms, Scrolls II, a but­ter­fly from the “But­ter­flies and Bugs” col­lec­tion and a Heart page from their new 2‑Ring Heart Chip­board Book.

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