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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CHA Summer Schedule

Jul 17, 2011

July 19 –  Maya Road Booth #1523  – 10:30 – 1:00 July 20 – Maya Road Booth #1523  – 10:30 – 11:15 July 20 – Assist Caroline during her “Take A Journey with Maya Road 6 Ways” Workshop from 12:00 – 2:00 in Room 3 July 21 –  Maya Road Booth #1523  –  9:30 – 12:00 While walking the floors in the afternoon at CHA I’m going to give away one autographed book a day. So if you’re attending the show come up to me and say hi, if you’re the first one to do so you’ll get that days signed copy of my book “Delight In The Details”. As you can see the design team canvas I created for Maya Road is filled with lots of new release items. Click HERE to see their new...

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Another Simple Bracelet

Jul 5, 2011

This cute bracelet is featured on my “Tips, Techniques & Tutorials” online workshop. It matches lots of Ansley’s summer clothing so she was thrilled to have something new to accessorize her outfits with… this post is short and sweet… I have lots of CHA projects to complete. So off to create. Hugs!  ...

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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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Artistic Journey 2011

Jun 21, 2011

Here is a little sneak peek of the project I’ll be teaching at Artistic Journey in October. I’m so looking forward to this event as last year was a blast. This year, I’ll be teaching along with Dina Wakley and Shelley Haganman. I’ve been on the Maya Road Design Team with Shelley for years and we’ve never met in person so it’s going to be awesome to finally meet. Dina and I usually see each other for a bit at CHA which is always nice. During Artistic Journey each teacher will teach a class that represents our style so you’ll get to create three super cool and very different projects over the weekend. Also, you’ll make an awesome project during the meet and greet the first night of the event. And I must give a...

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Leaving on a jet plane…

Apr 28, 2011

I’m heading to Ranger U today and cannot wait to play all weekend with a group of friends I’ve never met, yet feel like I already know.  We have been emailing and planning for weeks. New Jersey just might not ever be the same again once we hit the streets. So while I’m gone I thought I would give you all a little something to create this weekend. “You R 2 Tweet” is now a free online workshop. I hope you have fun creating the mini banner. This is a class I taught at CHA when my book debuted at CHA-W 2010. You can use my book “Delight In The Details” to reference the techniques used in this project. The page numbers are included in the instructions. To gain access to the workshop click...

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I survived…

Apr 4, 2011

Barely, but I did survive the taping of two videos Friday, while in Cincinnati. Glad that is over. But I do believe you are going to like the tutorials and now I know how I want to do some for my blog. Once they finish performing miracles in the editing room they will send me the videos to share with all of you. The week was super awesome and I am so excited to see this book come together. While talking to everyone there about the design and layout I could finally picture it coming together in my head. I’m going to be so proud of this book. It is exactly how I hoped it would be. Before I left for Cincinnati I made a few fabric flowers and thought I would show you...

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4 Chapters and 2 Promos…

Mar 31, 2011

Are in the can!!! Today, we worked it and got 13 techniques shot with 30 min. left in the day. So Jenni and I started organizing for the two technique videos I”ll be shooting tomorrow. I will be so glad when tomorrow is over. I’ve worried about shooting these videos all week long. But Jenni says it will all be okay and I have nothing to worry about. It’s so strange as I can talk to anyone, have taught at CHA, have instructed 1,000’s of make-n-takes, taught classes without any fear but pull that camera out and I freeze up. If I lose my fear of the camera tomorrow Amy Coon wont know how to act. Every time she comes to the Maya Road booth at CHA I want to just take off running...

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Birthday Box

Feb 18, 2011

This is a small gift box for a special birthday someone. I think my favorite part is the vial with the candle inside and the make a wish journaling strip wrapped around it. My husband Alan was looking at me a tad bit strangely as I was burning down the candle so it would fit inside. He is not a visual person so he could not figure out what in the world I was doing. But once he saw the finished project it all made sense to him and he loved it. I really like the tissue tape bow too… it is covered in crystal coarse glitter and outlined with Platinum Stickles. Anything birthday themed has to have glitter. Ha who am I kidding, it’s more like anything I create has to have glitter....

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I’m home

Feb 3, 2011

It sure did feel great sleeping in my bed last night although I was hanging on for dear life because Chief was hogging my entire side of the bed. I must say the drive was a whole lot of scary getting home. I have never seen so much ice ever in Texas. Ansley has not had school since Monday and will not have school tomorrow either. Tonight and tomorrow morning we are supposed to get snow so no telling what tomorrow will bring in the weather department. Although they say it should get warmer Saturday so the ice should melt. We shall see. I certainly have enough work to keep me busy for the next month as my step-by-step photo shoot is next month. While at CHA I was happy to get a new...

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CHA Day 3

Feb 1, 2011

What a great day today was. Thank you to all my sweet friends who came by the booth to wish me a happy birthday. It was so sweet of all of you. Those of you that decided to sing happy birthday to me I thank you too even though I wanted to run and hide. It was funny and I must admit so sweet. Carolyn and Keri made me a birthday card out of one of the catalogs they got at the show. I will have to take a photo of it tomorrow so you can see… it is too cute!  Caroline and David took all the Roadies out to eat and surprised me with a wonderful brownie and singing waiter after dinner. Yes I was beet red, wanting to hide but was touched...

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CHA Day 2…

Jan 31, 2011

Over 100 make-n-takes and yards and yards of Pleat Satin Edging having been cut, day 2 of CHA has come to an end. Tomorrow I will be with Maya Road from 10:00 until 12:30. Then at 1:00 I will be doing a book signing and make-n-take for F+W Media (booth #2234) until 2:00. From 2:00 to 2:30 I will be doing another book signing for R+M West Coast Distributors (booth #608). Now remember, since I am on a tight schedule F+W Media will be handing out only 20 tickets to those in line just before my book signing and make-n-take. So if you want to play and get a signed book make sure you get there early. Once I am finished with the book signing at R+M I will head back over to the...

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CHA Day 1…

Jan 29, 2011

What a great day in the Maya Road booth. I taught the art banner make-n-take from 10:00 – 5:30. Everyone was so patient waiting in line too… some waited for 1.5 hours. Tomorrow I will be teaching how to make the Pleat Flower Pins and Kraft Doily Pins. I will start the make-n-takes at 10:00 and go  until 2:00. Then I will head over to the Fisakars (Booth #1323) doing a card make n take from 2:30 – 4:00. We will be using all kinds of great Fiskars punches and patterned paper from “The Girls Paperie”. After I finish this make n take I will head back to Maya Road for more make n take fun. Now for some photos… Here are the project winners from the Maya Road Bring Your Project To CHA...

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It’s a BeaUTEEful day over here…

Jan 24, 2011

(I think I just saw some eyerolls, but really how cute is the word BeaUTEEful? Talk about making a super cute t-shirt… and I would wear it!) Ok on to some projects. This was a simple brown box that a necklace came in and I turned it into this using these products … Vintage Photo Distress Ink, Blending Tool, Jet Black Archival Ink, two Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 Stamps (Script & Flower), Embossing Ink, Mold-n-Pour, Clear UTEE, Heat Gun, Non-Stick Craft Mat, Platinum Stickles, Heavy Weight White Cardstock, Seam Binding and Foam Squares. From start to finish this took no more than 30 min. And I also made this sweet teeny tiny house covered it in UTEE (did you really think I wouldn’t?) then altered trees, trims and a banner. The entire piece is...

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Being Productive…

Jan 22, 2011

feels so good and yesterday was a wonderfully productive day.. I got the make-n-take I will be teaching for F+W Media all bagged up, started gathering the extra items I need to bring to CHA and created, created, created. I finished up the inspirational baubles. Wonder who’s hands these will end up in at the show. Made this ring… Ansley is going to keep me super busy making these for her and her friends. Had an awesome mail day… Thank you cThru Ruler Company… they are a book sponsor and sent me the entire Art-C line. Talk about loads of inspiration in this box! Yikes I cannot wait to start playing with this. And then I topped the night off by making this cuff using vintage lace, cream felt and new Maya Road trims....

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Inspirational Baubles…

Jan 21, 2011

Not that I don’t already have enough to keep me busy with CHA  just around the corner, I thought it would be fun to make something small to randomly hand out to a few people each day at CHA. Just little random acts of inspiration and kindness. And yes, it does involve UTEE. I tell ya this stuff is so fun. And I am so glad to hear some of you are going to wipe the dust off your jars and use yours. I got lots of email yesterday thanking me for the UTEE inspiration. Just remember I WARNED YOU… this stuff is addicting. I plan on altering 14 of these little hearts. Each one will have a different word and different embellishments. I will post a tutorial on how I made them in...

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CHA Schedule…

Jan 19, 2011

I tell ya this show seems to come faster and faster every year. But I love it as I get to reconnect with friends from all over the world. Once again I am going with Maya Road (Booth #761) and will spend most of my time doing make-n-takes in their booth as well as being harassed by David. Yes, I’m an easy target and he pulls pranks on me A LOT!!! Caroline designed all the make-n-takes for me to teach at the show and they are cute. Those attending are going to have fun making them. Here is the schedule of where I’ll be during the show. Saturday, the 29th I will be with Maya Road all day. Sunday, the 30th I will be with Maya Road until 2:00 and then with Fiskars (Booth #1323) from...

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Talk about fly on by…

Jan 12, 2011

I cannot believe it has been so long since my last blog post. Yikes, but I have been super busy with projects, projects, projects. Being super creative for my book and CHA has been challenging but I’m not complaining. I have been super lucky to get my hands on some new product from three manufacturers. I do believe you will want it all too. Not sure when I can start sharing but I will as soon as I get the go ahead. Super fun stuff to play with that is for sure. Which as I’m sure you have figured out explains my lack of blog posting. I made this to wear at CHA. Just a little something that will be fun to wear. It showcases the Maya Road Resin Blossoms. And my Collage Pauge...

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Christmas Memories…

Oct 21, 2010

While at CHA store owners expressed interest in a Maya Road Retailer Kit Program and I am pleased to share with you their first Christmas Memories Mini Album Kit designed by me. Maya Road partnered with Lilybee Designs to bring you a kit which is perfect for the Holidays! And guess what? They are offering these kits at wholesale price so store owners can teach them in their stores or sell them to their customers! To find out more about the kit read below! Get ready for the holidays because they will be here before you know it. Once you complete this album all you will need to do during the busy month of December is attach your photos because everything else will be completed. This album can showcase your holiday season using 3.5”...

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Artistic Journey

Sep 30, 2010

I have been so excited for Artistic Journey to begin and can’t believe it is finally here. Tomorrow, I head down to Waxahachie to spend three days with a wonderful group of ladies at The Crafty Scrapper. These ladies are coming from all over ready to create, make new friends, shop and have fun. Friday night will be filled with make n takes and lots of laughter. Then Saturday and Sunday, I will be teaching my shadow box class along with Katie Watson and Aubrey Rives. Katie created an adorable recipe card holder and Aubrey created a super fun and whimsical mini album. I cannot wait to see these two as I only get to see them at CHA. Laura my online vintage buddy and CHA pal will be there too as well as...

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And finally we are done…

Aug 18, 2010

Oh I do not miss those stripes and stars for one second… not a tear was shed when they got covered by this gorgeous color by Valspar. It is called Prairie Brush and I love it. Now I walk into a room that looks like this… Every single product is in its place and every single drawer, box and nook and cranny has been cleaned out. It feels so good. I love that I finally have a spot for my Underwood typewriter… this poor thing has been all over the house.  I still need to hang a shelf over the one you see for items that I need but do not use all that often. And I want to dig around some thrift stores to find some vintage prints to hang on the wall....

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