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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