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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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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Floral Chic Card Kits for Sale

May 3, 2013

I have a few remain­ing Flo­ral Chic Card Kits left over from teach­ing at Rocky Moun­tain Mem­o­ries, this past week­end. If you are inter­est­ed in pur­chas­ing one of these kits please send an email to and I will email you a pay­pal invoice for $35.50. In your email please include the email address you wish for me to send your invoice to. The Flo­ral Chic card kit includes step by step instruc­tions as well as col­or pho­tos of each com­plet­ed card. You will cre­ate 6 dif­fer­ent flow­ers using beau­ti­ful Tu-Tu Tulle, Antique Alter­able Scal­lop Trim, Tulle Pleat, Vin­tage Lace, Organ­za Ros­es and Zip­per Trims. Once each flower is cre­at­ed it will then be used as an embell­ish­ment to accent an all occa­sion card. You will cre­ate with papers I’ve scanned and print­ed from...

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Creative Play

May 3, 2013

After teach­ing at Cheryl’s awe­some store Rocky Moun­tain Mem­o­ries, Ron­da and I had a few days of cre­ative play and a day of major thrift­ing and antiquing. Oh my good­ness did we ever find amaz­ing items that I can­not wait to show you but that is for anoth­er day. Today, is all about cre­ative play. It amus­es me that Ron­da and I like most of the same prod­ucts just in dif­fer­ent col­ors. The one thing that we are way oppo­site on are the liq­uid prod­ucts… sprays, mists, paints etc. I like these but use them in a far more con­trolled man­ner. But Ron­da… not Ron­da she has mists and paints fly­ing all over the place and pur­chas­es Ges­so by the gal­lon. I had to snap the above pho­to of her work­ing as it real­ly...

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Jenni Bowlin Studio ~ Thinking of U Card

Apr 15, 2013

Here is card 3 of 4. I always find it fun to sur­prise some­one with a “Think­ing of U” card. It’s such a sim­ple to way to bright­en some­one’s day. And here’s a lit­tle tip for you… You can alter the Maya Road After­noon Tea flower using Maya Mists, Inks and Dis­tress Stains. This way you can col­or coor­di­nate the flower with any project you are cre­at­ing. Super fun and super easy. The Maya Road Wood­en But­tons are anoth­er fun embell­ish­ment to alter. I left mine raw for this card but you can ink, mist, paint, glit­ter and don’t for­get about adding trans­fer decals on them… And this is the list of all the prod­ucts I used to cre­ate this card. Jen­ni Bowl­in Stu­dio Mod­ern Mer­can­tile ~ Para­pher­na­lia, Mis­cel­lany & Etcetera,   one Maya Road After­noon Tea...

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Jenni Bowlin Studio ~ Thank U Card

Apr 12, 2013

Here is Card 2 of 4 and I must say, I think this card set is one of my favorite sets I’ve ever cre­at­ed. I just love the pat­terned papers and embell­ish­ments on each card. I’m telling you Lisa Dick­in­son’s Mod­ern Mer­can­tile line she designed for Jen­ni Bowl­in Stu­dio is so super inspir­ing. I love to cre­ate mini col­lages as the focal point on all my cards. A col­lage is not just lay­er­ing and attach­ing paper and ephemera to a can­vas it can be items of any kind grouped togeth­er, which is what I had loads of fun doing with this card. The wood­en but­ter­fly, heart pins, milk cap and resin flower make an adorable col­lage and the “thank u” sen­ti­ment works great to bal­ance the col­lage per­fect­ly. Cre­at­ing 3D col­lages are won­der­ful ways to use...

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Jenni Bowlin Studio ~ Congrats Card

Apr 11, 2013

It’s no secret I love Jen­ni Bowl­in Stu­dio prod­ucts. I’ve been so lucky to have her spon­sor all three of my books and have used her prod­ucts since she start­ed man­u­fac­tur­ing items. When I saw the new line Mod­ern Mer­can­tile designed by Lisa Dick­in­son at CHA‑W I was in love. Mod­ern Mer­can­tile works per­fect­ly with all of Jen­ni’s amaz­ing embell­ish­ments. Today’s card is 1 of 4 that I’ll be shar­ing with you over the next sev­er­al days. All the com­plet­ed cards mea­sure 4″ x 5.5″. To cre­ate this card I used Mod­ern Mer­can­tile ~ Mis­cel­lany, Patch­work,  Etcetera & Hodge Podge pat­terned papers, a Maya Road Kraft Scroll Frame Jour­nal­ing Tag, a JBS True Vin­tage Milk Bot­tle Cap & a Flat­back Read­er Flair Piece, some Maya Road Linen Burlap Trim, a JBS Kraft Feath­er Tags, Vin­tage Pho­to Dis­tress...

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Sneaks of 2 New Classes

Feb 20, 2013

After­noon Tea is filled with soft tones of pinks, greens, gold and beige which are the per­fect col­or com­bi­na­tion for any shab­by chic class. In this class you will cre­ate an altered cuff and linen mini album that’s per­fect to fill with words or quotes to inspire or spe­cial moments you wish to doc­u­ment. You will use prod­ucts by Maya Road, Ranger and The Crafter’s Work­shop as well as vin­tage trea­sures I’ve includ­ed. You will decoupage, paint, ink and stamp and I’ll show you how easy it is using met­al stamps to accent the but­ter­fly embell­ish­ment for your altered cuff. These projects can be kept for you or are per­fect to be giv­en to a spe­cial friend as a gift for any occa­sion or spe­cial cel­e­bra­tion. Here is a mini video I post­ed on Vine After­noon Tea...

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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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Maya Road Sneak Peek ~ Wood Bird Cages

Jan 8, 2013

In between book projects, I squeezed in a lit­tle cre­ative time to make some small CHA projects for Maya Road. I must say, I’m LOVING the new Wood Bird Cages (page 1 in the cat­a­log) and 4″ x 6″ Card Sen­ti­ment Words Stamp Set (page 4 in the cat­a­log). This tag was fun and pret­ty quick to cre­ate. I start­ed with an Inkssen­tials #8 Mani­la Tag and cov­ered it with Pink Paislee pat­terned paper. I then used the Maya Road Ornate Feath­ered Friends 4″ x 6″ stamp set as a back­ground stamp (page 15 in the cat­a­log). I then machine stitched a straight stitch all around the inside edge of the tag and dis­tressed and inked the edges. Tip: I leave the stamps on the clear sheet as the come when pur­chased then ink the stamps with...

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Ornamental Christmas

Dec 5, 2012

Orna­men­tal Christ­mas is a PDF com­pi­la­tion of my 5 very pop­u­lar orna­ment projects: Joyeux Noel Star Joyeux Noel Snowflake Hap­py Christ­mas Gift Card Hold­er Santa’s Angel Baby Season’s Greet­ings Bird Orna­ments The com­plete sup­ply list is includ­ed, which lists all the items need­ed to recre­ate each orna­ment. You may also use sim­i­lar items you already have on hand in your craft­ing sup­plies. This way you can recre­ate these orna­ments to fit your hol­i­day theme and style. Step-by-step instruc­tions for each project are includ­ed, with col­or pho­tos of each orna­ment as well as PDF’s of scanned vin­tage papers I’ve col­lect­ed dur­ing my antique and thrift store shop­ping. You can fol­low this link to pur­chase an option­al Orna­men­tal Christ­mas Kit, which includes some of the sup­plies need­ed to recre­ate these orna­ments. Please Note: This tem­plate and...

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Inspiration for a Crafty Weekend

Nov 30, 2012

Since I am clean­ing out and reor­ga­niz­ing my craft room, this week, which is total tor­ture but thank­ful­ly I have an awe­some neigh­bor, Jen­nifer who is help­ing me and keep­ing me on task. I just keep telling myself once I’m fin­ished it’s going to be so awe­some work­ing in it once again. These are just a por­tion of the emp­ty box­es I had to go through, emp­ty out and put stuff away. Car­o­line Lau is to blame for LOTS of these box­es. Any­way, I thought I would take a break and go through my blog post Archives and find some week­end inspi­ra­tion for you. I plan on mak­ing all my Christ­mas gifts this year and if you are as well, well there might be a few things to inspire you. Some­times it good to...

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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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Giveaway with Pink Persimmon

May 16, 2012

Here is a beau­ti­ful tag cre­at­ed by Ron­da Palaz­zari using the new Spring Release Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion Mini Sil­hou­ettes & Mono­grams stamp sets. She used the Mono­gram alpha­bet let­ters to spell “FLY” then accent­ed the tag using the frame and bor­der stamps also includ­ed in the Mini Sil­hou­ettes & Mono­gram stamp set. For this card Ron­da used the new Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion ~ Then Comes Baby and Mini Sil­hou­ettes & Mono­grams stamp sets. I LOVE the vin­tage pram so much. I think it will make the cutest baby show­er invi­ta­tions, cards, tags as well as new baby cards, decor piece or tags. To cre­ate the title for the card Ron­da stamped the word BABY on shrink paper using the Mono­grams alpha­bet. Too cute. And just so you know… Pink Per­sim­mon is giv­ing away a com­plete set...

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Antiquated Collection ~ Spring Release Debut

May 11, 2012

Here they are and I’m so hap­py to show you the new addi­tions to my Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion Stamp Sets. This Spring Release includes three 4″ x 6″ stamp sets and two 3″ x 4″ stamp sets. You can pur­chase these stamp sets along with my oth­er Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion stamp sets at Pink Per­sim­mon. First up is this adorable 4″ x 6″  “Mini Sil­hou­ette” stamp set. You will find mini sil­hou­ettes for Grand­ma, Grand­pa, Mom, Dad, Daugh­ter, Son and Baby. You can fill in the oval area of the frame with a sol­id col­or using the sol­id oval stamp then stamp the sil­hou­ette or mono­gram image in the cen­ter. Or you can leave the cen­ter of the frame blank and let the pat­terned paper peek through. There is also a sep­a­rate bor­der that can be...

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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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Featured Artist ~ Melissa Phillips

Feb 24, 2012

I love Melis­sa Phillips, not only is she super tal­ent­ed she is super sweet too! I was thrilled when I saw what she cre­at­ed using the Soci­ety Lady stamp set from my Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion. Her “Enjoy” card is sim­ply gor­geous! And now look at the adorable heart pil­low Melis­sa cre­at­ed. I love the tag she made using the Soci­ety Lady stamp. This tag looks so dreamy and accents her pil­low per­fect­ly. Next week, I will show you a few more items Melis­sa cre­at­ed using the Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion stamp sets. You are going to love them! Now I’m off to load up my car and head down to Wax­a­hachie for some fun at The Crafty Scrap­per. Tonight is my book sign­ing and a fun free make n take using the Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion ~ Per­fumery stamp...

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Featured Artist ~ Anabelle O’Malley

Feb 16, 2012

One thing that is so fun and excit­ing is see­ing how oth­ers use my Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion stamp sets. Each month I’ve asked a few peo­ple I know in the craft­ing indus­try to cre­ate any­thing they wish using my stamps, all I ask is they stay true to their style. When I asked Anabelle  O’Mal­ley if she would be a fea­tured artist I was thrilled she said yes. Just look at what she cre­at­ed using the Per­fumery and Fine and Dandy Stamp Sets. The col­or scheme of her “Feel Bet­ter” card is gor­geous. I’m such a cream col­or kin­da girl and when it is a cream tone on tone col­or scheme… gosh, I love it even more. And if you add rhine­stones and glit­ter on top of that… well it’s seri­ous love. Anabelle’s “Hap­py Anniver­sary”...

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Happy Valentine’s Day

Feb 14, 2012

This sweet Valen­tine’s Day card was cre­at­ed and sent to me from my Aunt Lin­da. I was so sur­prised when I opened the enve­lope as I don’t think I have one item from her that is hand­made, so this is a true trea­sure. Aunt Lin­da retired a few years ago and lives in Flori­da where she fills her days with fam­i­ly, friends and GRANDKIDS, gosh does she ever have fun with her grand­kids. But NOW it looks like some of her time is filled cre­at­ing cards and I must say her choice in stamps is fab­u­lous. And it real­ly made me hap­py to see she even used GLITTER. Thank you, Aunt Lin­da. I love you. I hope your day is filled with love....

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Simple Stories and Maya Road

Dec 5, 2011

I hope you are ready for a fun blog hop this week. Sim­ple Sto­ries and Maya Road will be fea­tur­ing lots of awe­some projects for the hol­i­day sea­son all week using the Sim­ple Sto­ries 25 Days of Christ­mas line and loads of Maya Road prod­ucts. Last night, I cre­at­ed a card that reminds me of a hol­i­day scene from the ear­ly 1900’s. A lady and gen­tle­man stand­ing in front of their Christ­mas tree look­ing out the win­dow as peo­ple pass by their home all dec­o­rat­ed for the sea­son or maybe watch­ing snowflakes as they gen­tly fall to the ground. Either way it is a mag­i­cal evening for them both. The win­dow is attached to the front of the card using foam squares to give it a bit of dimen­sion. I attached the minia­ture hol­ly...

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