Filled with thanks…

Nov 22, 2011

I try to stay pretty positive in life but there are times when the old monkey wrench gets thrown in and increases my anxiety levels just a tad bit. Today, started out being one of those days and then two wonderful things happened that made me realize just how fortunate I am to be blessed with wonderful friends and acquaintances. This morning, I get a text from my friend Wendy telling me to check my email… well I instantly do it because, well it’s from Wendy and she told me too… love her so much. Well my eyes nearly popped right out of my head! Look at what was attached to her email. I cannot tell you how incredibly excited I was to see the awesome project she created using my Antiquated Collection Dr. Warner’s...

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Two Awesome Ladies

Sep 22, 2011

I have to tell you about and thank two very awesome ladies who helped me during my classes at ScrapFest. Kathy and Shay Lynn helped set up the classroom for both my Maya Road Mini Album and Card Class. While I was teaching each class they helped make sure all the attendees had everything stamped and misted before class was over. They took photos and most importantly kept me on track with the allotted 45 minute time frame for each class, believe me they had their hands full. Those of you who have taken any of my classes know we are just getting started in 45 min. So as you can see I am not kidding when I say, Kathy and Shay Lynn you two were Awesome, Awesome, Awesome… And I Thank You, Thank You, Thank...

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Some Family Fun…

Aug 20, 2011

Hi! Hope everyone had a great week! So happy to be back here again to share with you some of the new vintage-inspired, Vintage Street Market products. This collection of fun paper dolls is from our Family Fun line, which includes great paper doll die cuts for embellishing, and coordinating 12×12 cardstock. One thing I especially love about our own products is  how well they coordinate with authentic vintage items, which leads me to the first project I’d like to share today… Remember these ice cream cups from childhood? I remember every day at school during lunch, we would get to choose a flavor of ice cream, and would be given one of these cups and a little wooden spoon. We were all so eager to eat the ice cream the threat of splinters...

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Just a note.

Aug 19, 2011

Hello again! Christine from Cocoa Daisy here to share a couple fun cards I made using this month’s kit “Siren’s Call”. Every month before I put my kit away to start working with the next one I like to make a couple cards with the leftover bits on my desk. This month’s kit had the perfect bright, primary colors to create a couple cheery cards. For this first card I punched 1″ circles from the Cosmo Cricket paper and then ran them through my sewing machine, letting the machine run a few stitches in between each circle to create a banner like affect. I laid them out on the card in random order, placing foam adhesive under some to add a little dimension. I finished off the card with a tag and this cute...

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Reminiscing

Aug 18, 2011

Well Lisa will be back in town soon. I am sure she is not missing the 100+F weather we have here in Dallas. Even though she has been rubbing in how nice and cool it has been since she was gone, at the end of the day she knows what she is coming back too. She is going to be busy this Fall with lots of things going on with Maya Road. Lisa will be teaching 6 classes at Scrapfest in Minnesota in about a month for Archivers.  Lisa is also coming along to do make and takes with Maya Road. The Maya Road classes Lisa designed were very well received and sold out in less than a day.  Here is a peek at the card and mini album classes she designed: Then two...

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Vintage Girl Birthday Card

Aug 17, 2011

Hi all!  It’s Darcy from Pink Persimmon again.  This week my sister, Judi, created this set of cards using our new Hello Vintage Girl stamp set and a sneak peek of some ATC patterns that we are releasing at the end of the month. (wink…you’re the first to see them!) Judi had so much fun making these envelopes look just like a vintage pattern.  She even created a template to share with you today.  Download the envelope template at our website here.  It is sized to be similar to an A2 card, so it fits a standard 4.25″x5.5″ card inside. Our Hello Vintage Girl set is really fun to use with paper piecing.  Stamp the outline of the girl on to the envelope or tag first, then stamp her onto another piece of white...

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My Friend Card

Aug 5, 2011

The embellishment on this card can be created and used for so many different themes. I love making them for birthday cards and other special occasions. All you need are two different sized scallop circle punches. I used the Fiskars Extra Large and Large Scallop Circle Punches, patterned paper, the button is optional as you can place a sentiment in the center if you would like, some ribbon, pop dots and Stickles (of course). Punch one scalloped circle using each punch, place the smaller scallop circle onto the center of the large scallop using pop dots, cut two pieces of ribbon to the desired lengths and attach them to the back of the large scallop circle. I use Fabri-Tac as I find this holds trims better and you use far less liquid adhesive. You...

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Hello Card

Aug 3, 2011

This card is one I created using the August Main Kit “Siren’s Call” by Cocoa Daisy and the Add On Kits “Calypso” and “Mist and Ink“. The window with the flower box was super fun to make so I thought I would tell you how I did it if you want to give it a try. Using Maya Mist I sprayed the chipboard window. Once dry I removed the four panes and placed a piece of patterned paper on the back to look like curtains. I covered the flower box using patterned paper, sanded the edges and accented the polka dots with Diamond Stickles. I then cut 4 pieces of 24 gauge wire to about 8″ in length. I thread one end of the wire through a button about 1″ and twisted the wire...

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True Love

Jul 20, 2011

This is the last of the cards I created using new Maya Road products. They are releasing the cutest “Mini Bottle Caps” and when I say, “mini” I mean mini they are only .5″. I created the flower by coloring the bottle cap using the cardinal copic marker, one daisy from their “Large Daisy Vintage Lace Trim” and their new “Skinny Spool”. The “Wavy Layerable Banner” is misted with “Eggplant Putple Maya Mist” and stamped using the alphas from the “Just My Type” stamp set. The love chipboard word is inked using their “Pink 1″ Ink Pad”. The”Mini Bottle Cap” is half filled with glossy accents and silver German glass glitter then a self adhesive pearl was placed in the center. I accented the patterned paper from my Cocoa Daisy “Urban Loft” kit, scallop circle center and chipboard pieces...

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Cute As A Button

Jul 19, 2011

This little enclosure card is created using the new “Cute As A Button” stamp set by Maya Road. The altered chipbpard buttons are Maya Road as well. I inked them, Stickled them and covered them with glossy accents. Once the glossy accents was dry I added cream embroidery floss to each button and attached them to the card. I’m so looking forward to 10:00 this morning as it is Day 1 of CHA! CHA is one of my favorite places to be… I love working with Maya Road (Booth #1523), teaching make-n-takes and chatting with all the friends I have from around the US. And don’t forget, I will be walking the floor in the afternoon to look at all the manufacturers new products if you are the first person to tell me hi, I...

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Anniversary Card

Jul 18, 2011

I createad this card using patterned paper from my Cocoa Daisy “Urban Loft” kit and several new Maya Road release items. The new “Winter’s Roses in Houndstooth Pumpkin” goes perfectly with their new “Satin Pleat Edging in Golden Yellow” and “Ruffle Crochet Trim – Single”. I had to put a “Black Wooden Bingo Calendar Piece” inside the rose center as it fit too well to pass up. I then accented the Winter’s Rose with “Vintage Pearl and Leaf” Trinket Pins. And one can never get tired of accenting cards or projects with the “Large Daisy Vintage Trim”. I love the softness it adds to my projects. FYI: You can mist this trim with any of the solid Maya Road Mists to color coordinate it with any of your projects. To make the color permanent just heat set it...

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Smile Sweet Heart Card

Jul 1, 2011

Here is a bright and cheery card I created using the Cocoa Daisy Main Kit “Urban Loft” and the “South Loop” Add On Kit. I’m loving all the bright colors and designs on these flowers and accented with self adhesive pearls which are included in the main kit, makes them even cuter. You all know how much I love pearls! Today, I will be creating with some new CHA release products for Maya Road which make me so happy, just wait until you see them… oh my goodness did Caroline and Deb ever out do themselves with this release. I think it’s my favorite ever. Then tonight, I will be editing into the wee hours of the night, again. My Aunt would cringe if she saw my sleep schedule right now it’s worse than...

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All Occasion Card

Jun 30, 2011

Here is a quick card to create and give for any occasion. I used products from the Cocoa Daisy July Main Kit “Urban Loft” and the “Telegraph Hill” Add On Kit. I love the lace paper found in the “Telegraph Hill” Add On Kit. It’s gorgeous and was so hard to make the first cut. I added the vintage milk bottle cap (from my stash) because the cork buttons fit inside so perfectly. Then Jenni Bowlins yellow rhinestone bow topped it off and complimented the Maya Road trim at the same time. I’m in major book editing mode right now so please excuse the shortness of the blog post. But since going outside does not appeal to me one bit since the temps will be 100 degrees all week. Editing is the perfect thing...

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Gift Box

Jun 29, 2011

I altered this box using the Main Kit “Urban Loft” by Cocoa Daisy. I plan on placing a gift card inside for a special someone on their birthday. Afterwards they can use the box to store small items inside. Altering items is one of my favorite things to do… I love turning something that was discarded and no longer wanted into a new treasured item. That is one reason my closet looks like a hoarder lives in my studio. I cannot pass up small boxes and paper mache items. I always think, “Oh this would be awesome to alter.” I really like the flowers that come in the “South Loop” Add On Kit. They are prefect to create a little floral grouping. And you know I love the Maya Road Crystal Trinket Pins. There...

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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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New things in the works…

Jun 20, 2011

This weekend, Alan and I worked on creating a new business card, logo and website. I’m loving my business card! It really does represent my style and love of all things vintage. What do you think? My logo will look similar to the business card and are you ready for this… my new website is going to be black and white… I’m going with a crisp, simple, elegant look. It’s almost ready so don’t be surprised when you come visit me one day soon and it looks totally different. It’s going to be easy to navigate and you’re going to love it. I’ll certainly have a “debut” giveaway ready for some lucky winner when it launches. Alan is even including a forum. So PLEASE, please, please participate with me. I plan on posting lots...

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Hi

Jun 9, 2011

Honestly, this has to be the fastest card I’ve ever created. All I did was machine stitch around the inside edge of the patterned paper, distressed and inked the edges with creamy brown ink, attached the fabric flowers using Fabri-Tac, accented the patterns with Diamond Stickles, added a 2mm self adhesive pearl to each flower center, put on my sentiment and BAM… done! That is FAST for me! Products used to create this card are from the Cocoa Daisy June “Cherry Soda” Main Kit and “Fruit Smoothie” Add On Kit. Just wait until you see tomorrow’s project… you’ll never look at brads the same and will be looking for more brads to make several more of tomorrow’s featured project. I cannot wait to show you. I want to make LOTS more of these as...

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Just 4u

Jun 7, 2011

I really like the warm color scheme of this card. The combination of the red and cream is so pretty. Of course the pops of Diamond Stickles here and there are awesome too. I covered the bottom two journaling cards with patterned paper and left the top one “Just 4u” as is, then distressed and inked the edges and attached it to the middle circle using a pop dot. I think the October Afternoon Word Sticker strips work great as the tones match the tones of the red and cream perfectly. The strips add interest and color to the card in a super simple way. Products used are from the June Cocoa Daisy “Cherry Soda” Main Kit and “Chocolate Malt” Add On Kit. I have a few kits left over from my “Quilted Memories”...

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Welcome Home Little One…

Jun 1, 2011

Lately, I seem to be into making cards. This one all started because of that cute little teddy bear rubon by October Afternoon. With all the different shades of red, blue, yellow and green this card can work perfectly to welcome home a baby girl or boy. And a product I’ve not used before but am really loving are the LilyBee Design ABC Stickers. They are the perfect size for card titles and journaling. Plus you get EIGHT complete alphabet sets in EIGHT different colors per sheet. Talk about awesome! Products used to create this card are from the Cocoa Daisy “Cherry Soda” June Main Kit, “Fruit Smoothie”  and “Chocolate Malt” Add On...

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Happy Days…

May 31, 2011

No, not the show from the 70’s… those fun summer moments when we were younger that we had no clue would be the happy childhood memories of today. I spent hours outside jumping rope, blowing bubbles, having fun at the beach, slurping on popsicles with my brother and eating watermelon on hot summer days while the juices ran down my chin. These are the moments I look back on and remember fondly. So, with all these memories being shared, you can bet when I saw these patterned papers by Pink Paislee in the June “Fruit Smoothie and Banana Split” Add On kits by Cocoa Daisy I knew just what I was going to make… a fun summer card. I think this card portrays all that is summer as a child. Additional supplies used came...

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Miniature stand

Apr 29, 2011

Well yesterday was a day of one flight disaster after another so I ended up not being able to attend Ranger U. I am so sad about it but it was out of my hands. I got to the airport, baggage checked in, through security and flight delay #1 came up, then not too longer flight delay #2 came up, not too longer after that flight delay #3 came up and then BAM flight canceled as well as all flights to Newark. I was on the phone, internet and texting trying to figure out a way to get to Newark but it was just not in the cards for me. So here I sit at home waiting for my luggage to return to me and let me just say I’m a true Texas girl...

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