Maya Road CHA 2014 Winter Release

Jan 8, 2014

Prepare to be inspired and amazed with several projects featured using new Maya Road products. These projects were created by some super talented members of the Maya Road design team, Angella Peardon, Jennifer Beason and Julia Stainton. To view the entire Maya Road 2014 Catalog click HERE. You can also see some amazing projects created by the Maya Road Design Team HERE. I have lots of new items that are a must have on my list: Skinny Pennant Banner Album, Vintage Doily & Vintage Butterfly Pieces Transparencies, Vintage Pearl Pins ~ Hot Pink, Star Pink ~ Silver & Pink, Stained Wood Buttons & Heart Buttons, Antique Sew Cute Scissor Charms, Pinwheel Charms, Soaring Bird Charms, My Cup of Joe Vintage Metal Clips, Resins ~ Feathered Friend, Soaring Bird & Mini Sparkle and Shine Flowers,...

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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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EnviroTex Jewelry Clay

Feb 14, 2013

Oh goodness do I have an awesome and amazing product to tell you about today. As you know I love EnviroTex Jewelry Resin, well at CHA they released their new EnviroTex Jewelry Clay. I got to play with it during a make n take/demo and this stuff is amazing! I created the blinged out charm using this clay and honestly creating cannot get much easier. You can watch a short video on their website HERE. EnviroTex Jewelry Clay is easy to mix, shape, mold and add texture. It will adhere to stones, crystals, glass, metal, wood etc. and when fully cured it has a smooth porcelain like surface that can be painted, sanded and drilled. This product is AWESOME! To create the charm shown above all you need are the following supplies: Round Bezel,...

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Watching a Dream Come True

Jan 24, 2013

It was so awesome to walk into The Crafter’s Workshop booth at CHA and see the new stencil line designed by my friend Ronda Palazzari. After CHA summer Ronda spoke about ideas she had for her own stencil line and by golly, I’m thrilled to see her Dream Came True. What Ronda creates with her stencils is beyond amazing. Below are links to all the stencil projects she created and blogged about as each stencil made it’s public debut. You have to look at every single one. I tell ya, it’s pure eye candy. Kaleidoscope Urban Landscape Subway Honeycomb Picture Perfect Pie Chart Confetti Quatrefoil This layout is just one of the many favorite projects I love that Ronda created. This layout features her new Kaleidoscope stencil. No one does color like Ronda....

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CHA-W 2013 ~ W should stand for Whirlwind

Jan 21, 2013

CHA~W was a whirlwind for sure. There were so many exciting things to see and do I have no idea where to start. To me CHA is like a mini reunion, it’s always wonderful seeing old friends and making new ones.  Below are the adorable make n takes Caroline designed for me to teach each day of the show. I love that she always has a different one each day. And can you believe some attendees have created every make n take I’ve done with Maya Road since my first show with them in 2007. The Maya Road make n takes were so popular that each day by 1:00 we finished all we had prepared and had to scramble to come up with a new one. My table is always crazy with a line...

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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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A Shabby Christmas with Maya Road

Dec 13, 2012

Gosh it’s been a while since I last posted on my blog. I had to dust off the keys. This year, I’m making all my Christmas gifts so my still incredibly organized craftroom has had a flurry of glitter going on in it. Besides Christmas gifts it’s CHA prep time and book projects that are freaking me out but enough of that stress lets get on to this fun project. I thought of a cute idea when I found this little trophy in my scrapbook stash and just had to make this home decor accent or ornament (which ever you prefer) and of course share with all my blog readers. This shabby tree is really fun to make. Here are the basic supplies I used… small plastic trophy, Sisal Christmas Tree, Claudine Hellmuth Studio...

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What a DAY!

Jul 16, 2012

Today, certainly did NOT start out as a normal second day of set up in the Maya Road booth. Our booth did NOT arrive until 11:30 this morning… YES, 11:30 and the first day of CHA is TOMORROW!!!  I have never had such a pit in the bottom of my stomach as I had today. I cannot even imagine how Caroline and David felt. There is so much work to be done getting this booth ready for a show it will make your head spin and eyes glaze over. We stopped for 30 min. to eat lunch and thankfully, Jimmy John’s delivers. We inhaled our food and it was right back to work unloading crates filled with flooring, the display, product and lots of design team boxes… One good thing is we do have...

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I Love Downtown Chicago

Jul 15, 2012

I think Chicago is one of my favorite cities to visit and I never tire of walking downtown. The architecture, landmarks and window shopping is amazing. Getting to spend the day with Caroline, David, Laura, Ronda, Emily and Jessica made it even better. So what started out not being such a great day ended up being a blast. I love riding the train into downtown and am intrigued with how close businesses and homes are to the train. The train is literally in their backyards. I’m sure it has to be super loud but I guess they get used to it. The Civic Opera House was really pretty and walking over the river is a guaranteed beautiful view and for some reason I really like seeing all the metal beams underneath the train. I think...

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Online Webinar Info

Jul 6, 2012

Ronda and I had so much fun during our Style, Discovery and Friendship webinar. I’ve had several of you email me asking if there is a way to listen to the online webinar and I’m happy to say, YES. You can see and listen to the full online webinar HERE. Just scroll down to the middle of the page and click on the arrow that is on top of the photo of me and Ronda. We have a few things up our sleeves and once CHA is over we will start planning… it’s gonna be FUN! And since CHA is just around the corner I thought I would give you a little sneak peek of my DT Canvas for Maya Road… can’t wait to show you the entire canvas and some of the new...

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Me Today…

May 4, 2012

The one thing about me and my blog is I really do try hard to keep it real, honest and true. I don’t want to hide behind it and make people think my creative life is so amazing, exciting and wonderful. This industry has lots of wonderful perks and I enjoy it immensely. I know I’m blessed so please do not take this wrong and think I’m not grateful and appreciative but this industry also has LOTS of stress, frustration, at times unrealistic deadlines, a little backstabbing here and there (sad but true) and idea stealing (again sad but true). I try not to focus on the bad part, just the good and share my love of art and all things vintage. So I thought I would talk to you today, about three behind the scenes things you...

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Upcoming Creative Weekend

Feb 8, 2012

I will be going to my Happy Place, The Crafty Scrapper in Waxahachie, for a fun filled creative weekend, the last weekend in February. My second book “Delight In The Seasons” debuted at CHA and I want to show off my beautiful new vintage inspired, stamp line, Antiquated Collection by Lisa M. Pace. Carolyn is going to help me start the weekend off Friday night, February 24th from 6-7pm for a booking signing followed with a fun make-n-take using my new stamps. If you have my first book “Delight In The Details” feel free to bring it along too and I will gladly sign it for you. And just so you know Carolyn will have both books and all the stamps from Antiquated Collection for sale in her store. I will be leaving samples created with...

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Flower Wall

Feb 6, 2012

Since I passed out each night before getting a blog post completed during CHA, I thought it would still be fun to tell you about the show and share photos. While we were getting the booth ready for day one, Emily Pitts was given the task of assembling a wall of flowers on the end of one of the display walls. She worked and worked and worked attaching small pieces of Velcro to the back of zipper flowers, ribbon blossoms and other small handmade flowers created from lots of Maya Road trims. This floral arrangement was very popular and photographed many times during the show. Here is Emily hard at work arranging each handmade flower along the wall. Maya Road Wood Mini Butterflies were placed among the flowers to look as though they were fluttering...

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Coming out of my CHA fog

Feb 3, 2012

I have to say, this has been the most exhausting CHA I’ve ever attended. I had the best of intentions to post each evening I got back to my room about the days happening but each night, I was in bed asleep 30 minutes after I returned to my room. It was go, go, go, go every second of every day. And I have the aching feet to prove it. My goodness my feet have never hurt so much. But my book signings and demo were great, the Maya Road make-n-take table was super busy and super popular, people I chatted with about my stamp sets liked seeing the Antiquated Collection Stamp line up close and in person and I just might have a really cool venture to share in the months to come…...

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CHA~W Day 2

Jan 30, 2012

It was CRAZY at the Maya Road make n take table today… crazy, crazy, crazy. But I love reconnecting with people from all over the world each year. This is certainly a wonderful bonus by being in this industry. And since I’ve done make n takes for Maya Road since 2007 (cannot BELIEVE it has been this long) I’ve been able to keep in touch with so many awesome people. Tomorrow is going to be a super busy day. I have two book signings, a demo and more awesome Maya Road make n takes. Book Signings ~ Tuesday, January 31st 11:00 R&M West Coast Enterprises Inc. Booth #1329 2:00 F + W Media Inc. Booth #868 I will be demoing a technique featured in my book Delight In The Seasons right before this book...

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Year in Review… Techniques

Jan 3, 2012

One of the new techniques I tried and LOVED was playing with Julie Fei-Fan Balzer’s stencils she designed for The Crafter’s Workshop. When I sat down at her make-n-take table at CHA summer I was a bit worried as I don’t do messy very well. I never have liked being messy for as long as I can remember and I can remember back to being around 2 1/2 to 3 years of age. So the thought of getting ink, mist, paint, modeling paste and glazes all over my hands kinda freaked me out. But I took the leap to the dark side as Julie said and I have to admit I LOVED it! Here is the proof I did get messy… not as messy as Julie gets but messy is messy whether it’s only...

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Miniature Charms

Dec 14, 2011

I’ve been having fun creating these miniature charms in between working on CHA projects and other design commitments. Yes, it’s that time of year again… CHA-W is just a little over a month away. I will be working in the Maya Road booth again with some wonderful make n takes lined up and have two book signings for my new book “Delight In The Seasons”…. I cannot wait for this book to debut. I’m so proud of it! Ok on to the charms… the base measure 3/4 inches square and are actually vintage bingo pieces. I attached heavy white cardstock on the top of each bingo piece then using Coffee Archival Ink and several different Antiquated Collection stamps I stamped parts of the images from the Perfumery (crown), Pocket Watch and Robe Pattern (Fine...

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The Crafter’s Workshop/Balzer Designs Blog Hop

Dec 13, 2011

YAY it’s time for a Crafter’s Workshop/Balzer Designs Blog Hop. I was thrilled when Julie asked if I would be interested in participating. I could not type YES back fast enough. While at CHA this past summer, Julie drug me to the dark side with her messy art. I must say getting messy with her stencils is fun. Today’s blog hop features the Circle In Square stencil. I decided to create a cup insulator with this stencil design and it was so fun! I used Maya Mist in Green Apple and Espresso to spray over the stencil that I placed on top of muslin. I dried the mist with a heat gun then went over the muslin with a hot iron to heat set the Mists. Using a cup insulator from Starbucks as a...

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Chicago Water Tower and HandBehg Felts

Jul 26, 2011

While sight-seeing in Downtown Chicago Ronda, Christine and I stumbled upon the Chicago Water Tower. The Chicago Water Tower was built in 1869 and is the second oldest water tower in the United States, after the Louisville Water Tower in Louisville, Kentucky. The architecture on this building is awesome. While at CHA I came across a felt company called HandBehg Felts. This company has some of the cutest projects to create and are so nice. I really enjoyed talking with the owner and learning about her product. I will certainly be creating with some of these products for sure. This was their make-n-take box… I made the cutest flower pin and could have stayed there all day making more. A box filled with adorable felt flowers. Adorable felt acorns. As you can see HandBEHG...

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Sight Seeing and Jenni Bowlin

Jul 25, 2011

The day before CHA opened Ronda, Christine and I walked the Magnificent Mile and came upon a gorgeous church. The First Presbyterian Church building was dedicated on May 10, 1914 and every single square inch of this church is stunning. We could have stayed there all day taking photos. The garden was so peaceful with not one bit of color but green. Just incredible. I love that the plaque near the church entrance says, “This church is open daily for rest, prayer and relaxation.”  Just a little warning… this blog post is heavy on photos. I was not kidding when I said we could have stayed there all day long. So now onto CHA. The day it opened I could not wait to see what my book sponsors where debuting. Well Jenni Bowlin certainly...

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CHA Day 2

Jul 21, 2011

It was another fun day at CHA. This afternoon I helped Caroline teach her 6 Ways To Use Maya Road Workshop. It was a wonderful class and most everyone finished their project. Then I walked the floor with Ronda looking at all the wonderful new products which will be hitting stores soon. Christine on the other hand was stuck in her hotel room sorting through all kinds of projects for the Cocoa Daisy Kits. All I can say is they are going to be AWESOME!. Today, I have to share a few photos and tell you about all the fun we had in the Crafters Workshop booth. After looking at all of Julie Balzer’s new stencils Ronda and I played with Julie and a great group of friends. We all know I’m not a get messy kinda girl...

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