Show Day 3

Jul 30, 2010

This one is a day late but by the time we fin­ished break­ing down the booth and eat­ing din­ner it was late and I was pooped. As you can see my day start­ed out as usu­al at the make-n-take booth. Peo­ple loved learn­ing how to make medal­lion flow­ers. They loved it so much so that I taught 100 peo­ple how to make them. That is a lot of mak­ing and tak­ing in 5  hours. Right before the show start­ed I went to anoth­er one of my favorite man­u­fac­tur­ers… Crafty Secrets.  They have some adorable items com­ing out. You will notice sev­er­al projects using my friend Vic­ki Chris­man­’s 3D shad­ow box frame dies and they are super cute. Their booth is filled with loads of vin­tage good­ness. Notice the 3D Shad­ow Box Frame above… I...

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Pre CHA day 2

Jul 26, 2010

First let me say… yes, dreams do come true… check out what Maya Road now has.… GLITTER!!!! I have begged and begged and begged for Car­o­line to PLEASE make GLITTER well not only she and Deb make GLITTER I actu­al­l­ly got to help pick the col­ors. All I am going to say is it is super awe­some GLITTER and if you are a glit­ter lover like me you will LOVE this fine glit­ter. So after I fin­ished doing the hap­py dance we start­ed adding all the design teams projects. Our team ROCKS… those of you attend­ing will be so inspired after­ing see­ing what every­one has cre­at­ed. And about 5 hours lat­er we were done.… Love that I have a larg­er and taller Make-n-Take table (thanks Car­olyn)… tomor­row’s project is going to be fun and the give away...

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Pre CHA day 1

Jul 25, 2010

Start­ed my day play­ing with this lit­tle cutie Miss Olivia. After break­fast we head­ed to the con­ven­tion cen­ter to start putting the booth togeth­er. The blank area you see will soon be filled with lots of Maya Road good­ness.  This is Lau­ra and Aubrey work­ing on the walls. Once it gets past the sec­ond row I am ver­ti­cal­ly chal­lenged. Here is Lau­ra and David with a lit­tle orga­nized chaos going on. It is always such an accom­plished feel­ing once we get the walls all set up. Here is some seri­ous orga­nized chaos.  The rib­bon wall is plain tor­ture for me… thank­ful­ly, Car­o­line knows this and gives this task to some­one else… Lau­ra. I have no idea how she man­ages to com­plete this task. If it were up to me to get it done CHA would be over and you...

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CHA Projects and Local Classes

Jul 23, 2010

So tomor­row I head for CHA in Chica­go. It is a lot of work yet so fun as I get to work with some super fun peo­ple and see friends from all over the coun­try. Maya Road has a won­der­ful release. Each release I think there is no way they can top this one yet they do and they did not dis­ap­point with this one either. So many won­der­ful new prod­ucts. To see their new items check out their cat­a­log online here. This release I got to play with some of the new Maya Road Jeans Pock­et Binder Can­vas Binder. I will be teach­ing this album project at The Crafty Scrap­per Sat­ur­day, August 14th at 10:30 a.m. They also cre­at­ed this won­der­ful Pen­nant Can­vas Album. I used lots of Maya Road Maya Mists on...

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Two weeks and 13 states later…

Jul 23, 2010

I am home and just in time to turn around and head to CHA tomor­row morn­ing. I had a won­der­ful time with my mom and dad dri­ving up to see my Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and my Grand­fa­ther. It was a lot of dri­ving but so worth see­ing every­one. Here is a quick recap of my last two weeks… Vis­it­ed my mom’s (Childers) side of the fam­i­ly in Buck­han­non, WV. Had so much fun see­ing every­one. Down­town Buck­han­non has some adorable and super won­der­ful antique stores. They even have a scrapping/stamping store that I was so hap­py to be able to vis­it. I found lots of items to incor­po­rate into projects for class­es. This is what you see as you look down the hill from my aunt and uncle’s house. This is the old home­stead...

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Starting to feel some progress

May 27, 2010

well it is day 3 of rest­ing the shoul­der well hon­est­ly semi rest­ing the shoul­der and I am start­ing to feel some improve­ment. So I guess I real­ly did need to rest the darn thing and since I have been only work­ing on CHA sam­ples I thought I would share some more of my favorite projects in my book. Oh but first… those of you on the wait­ing list for my “Dia­monds Are A Girls Best Friend” tech­nique class that I will be teach­ing at The Crafty Scrap­per next month we have added anoth­er day. Here is the sched­ule for Fri­day, June 11th Noon “Dia­monds Are A Girls Best Friend” 6:00 “Tus­cany and Ros­es” then Sat­ur­day, June 12th Noon “Dia­monds Are A Girls Best Friend” (Sold Out) So if you are on the wait­ing...

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Washing, Packing and a little Panicking…

Jan 20, 2010

Tomor­row I leave bright and ear­ly for CHA and I can’t wait to get on that plane as then all the prepa­ra­tions are out of my hands. It will be time to just roll with the flow and accept what comes my way. Oh I hope I can do this grace­ful­ly. So today is filled with wash­ing and pack­ing and pray­ing every­thing fits in my suit­case. I always won­der what the xray guys think when they see my suit­case… hmm what in the world is this thing? I’m sure my “Crop-a-dile” real­ly blows their minds. Then I have my big honkin Fiskar scal­lop and pink­ing scis­sors. Can you imag­ine being the guy xray­ing the suit­cas­es and hav­ing no clue about all the dif­fer­ent tools in the craft indus­try. I bet they real­ly don’t like...

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Home Sweet Home…

Jan 18, 2010

Sneak Peeks for Day 4 are ya ready? Look at this sweet new stamp set. It is called Our Town. This stamp set includes 12 hous­es in var­i­ous sizes and the words Home and Sweet. I mist­ed the new Deb­o­rah mini alphas with Bronze Maya Mist and out­lined them using a Black Jel­ly Roll Pen. You get 65 let­ters that range in size from 0.6″ to 1.2″. The base of this tag is a page from the new Mod­ern Label Chip­board Coast­er. You get six pages on a chain and the first page is embossed. I accent­ed the tag using a new Crys­tal Pin (60 per pack) and a Dan­gling Chan­de­lier Bead (3 dif­fer­ent sizes and over 70 per pack). These flow­ers are the new Brown & Cream Ruf­fle Blos­soms. You get 8 blos­soms...

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Let the sneak peeks begin…

Jan 13, 2010

Oh how I love being on the Maya Road design team espe­cial­ly this time of year when I get to play with all their new release prod­ucts. Here is a project I cre­at­ed using lots of new Maya Road prod­ucts. This sweet ban­ner will be dis­played in my scrap­room and cer­tain­ly in a spot so that I can see it all the time. I just love it. I col­ored the Maya Road Hang­ing Chan­de­lier Beads using a Cop­ic Mark­er (Sand E33) and I embossed the Chip­board But­tons using my Cut­tle­bug and the French Script Emboss­ing Fold­er. New Release Prod­ucts Skin­ny House But­ton Mini Set But­ter­flies Mini Set Hearts Trin­ket Pins Leaf (Brown) Trin­ket Pins Mini Wave Mauve Trim Char­coal Ink Pad Pink Ink Pad And I am so in love with the new But­ter­flies...

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It’s a miracle…

Jan 7, 2010

Most of you know I have a seri­ous time get­ting my Christ­mas tree tak­en down and put back up in the attic before spring and the lay­out below which I cre­at­ed a while back is proof. Well yes­ter­day was an all time first. I actu­al­ly got all the hol­i­day dec­o­ra­tions boxed up, the tree tak­en down AND put back into the attic. Seri­ous­ly, I am so proud of myself as this was a true accom­plish­ment. And need­ing to fin­ish up CHA projects is a HUGE moti­va­tor. This girl is behind and needs to kick it in gear big time. I have so many lit­tle things that turn into slight­ly big­ger things to take care of before the show. One thing is get­ting book projects (lay­outs, cards and tags) into 4 — Amer­i­can Crafts Mod­ern...

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CHA Workshop… hope to see you there!

Dec 11, 2009

I am thrilled to be able to teach a work­shop at CHA this year. F & W Media asked me to cre­ate a project using tech­niques taught in my book “Delight In The Details” which will be released at the show. Of course I was thrilled to have been asked and cer­tain­ly accept­ed the oppor­tu­ni­ty. I will only be teach­ing this work­shop once and I kept it small… only 50 peo­ple as I real­ly like to be able to inter­act with as many peo­ple one on one as pos­si­ble. I will also share a few make n takes that you can eas­i­ly recre­ate in your store. Just a lit­tle added bonus in the class. I will have instruc­tions avail­able via email in PDF form for those stores that are present. Below is a sneak...

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A little bit of Lola love…

Jul 10, 2009

Dang this lit­tle Lola pup­py is so sweet and so GOOD! Ter­ri and Lola came to vis­it today so of course that meant a pho­to shoot. Here are a few of our favorites. I think she would look cute on a Jones Soda bot­tle. If you think so too please vote here, here or here. Wish­ing you all a won­der­ful week­end. Ans­ley leaves for camp tomor­row and I must admit I am kin­da sad. I’m gonna miss her. But I have enough CHA projects to keep me busy as well as edit­ing the man­u­script for my book… so excit­ing to see some of it in print. It is all start­ing to come...

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Happy July 4th everyone…

Jul 4, 2009

My daugh­ter Ter­ri and her fiance Laren are cer­tain­ly start­ing the 4th off with a bang… and this is the rea­son why.… Ter­ri and Laren are now the proud par­ents of a sev­en week old Eng­lish Bull­dog pup­py named Lola. And let me just say Lola has every­one hop­ping. It seems all she wants to do is sleep in your arms and if not she lets you know it with a very loud cry. I received a phone call this morn­ing at 3 a.m. from Ter­ri let­ting me know how per­fect and smart Lola is about going pot­ty out­side. Oh and FYI… Ter­ri lives on the 4th floor. So she will be get­ting her exer­cise going up and down those stairs. Any­way, as I was talk­ing to Ter­ri I could hear Lola cry­ing in...

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I’m not sure who…

Jun 29, 2009

is hav­ing more fun run­ning to the mail­box me or Made­lyn. Here are the two cards she has sent me so far. I think they are so cute. Made­lyn cre­at­ed these all by her­self with scrap­ping sup­plies I gave her. Not too bad for a near­ly six year old (she might be read­ing so if I say 5 well… you know how that goes) I love her but­ter­flies… to me there is noth­ing cuter than kids art. I just love, love, love it. And then of course there are the hilar­i­ous top­ics of dis­cus­sion. Today’s card made me laugh out loud. Buster is our dog and Zeus is her dog. Glad he was just sleep­ing and that she isn’t drink­ing hot choco­late con­sid­er­ing it was over 100 in Beau­mont a few days ago. The...

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What a bad blogger I have been…

Feb 9, 2009

As soon as I got home from CHA I hit the ground run­ning. No time to relax for a sin­gle sec­ond. I guess I will do a lit­tle run down of what has been going on in my lit­tle neck of the woods… 1st… CHA was a blast. Going with Maya Road is always so much fun. I did loads of make n takes, gave away fun stuff and got to chat with lots of won­der­ful peo­ple. 2nd… As soon as I got home I had to instant­ly start on a lay­out for Mem­o­ry Mak­ers. It is going to be includ­ed in an arti­cle in the July/August issue. I am not even going to tell you what it looks like as you will know it is mine the sec­ond you see it. It uses...

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Tomorrow…

Jan 22, 2009

is CHA time… I leave with Car­o­line, David and lit­tle Noah bright and ear­ly in the morn­ing. I can­not wait for every­one to see all the new prod­ucts being released in per­son. FABULOUS is all I got­ta say. So many great things that will become a sta­ple in my scrap­ping sup­plies. For those of you that col­lect the Maya Road stick­ers below is what this shows stick­er will look like. Believe me you will go bananas when you see all the fab­u­lous prod­uct and what the design team cre­at­ed with all this fab­u­lous prod­uct. Remem­ber, if you get caught wear­ing this lit­tle cutie you get a won­der­ful good­ie bag of Maya Road prod­ucts. Hope you all have a great...

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Did you know…

Jan 9, 2009

Maya Road has a Valen­tine’s Day release? If you did­n’t you need to check out this cute lit­tle “Love Tick­et” Sin­gle­ton Stamp. I love that the words are seper­ate stamps too, so per­fect for lit­tle sen­ti­ments on tiny tags. Then they have this adorable “For­ev­er Postage” Sin­gle­ton Stamp. I real­ly love this trio… so per­fect to accent your Valen­tine’s or can­dy wrap­pers. They also have this won­der­ful Maya Mist set of Red and Sil­ver… gor­geous col­ors used sep­a­rate­ly or in com­bi­na­tion. The “Love Key­chain” set is so cute and has so many pos­si­bil­i­ties for projects… no favorite here as I love each one. And last but not least they have this real­ly cute “Key Key­chain” set. This set would also be cute as embell­ish­ments for a new home or car for those of you...

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Getting back in the groove…

Dec 30, 2008

Today I have about as much ener­gy as a slug. Get­ting back into the groove after all the hus­tle and bus­tle of last minute hol­i­day prepa­ra­tions always seems to be hard for me. We open presents at our house on Christ­mas Eve. I love bak­ing cook­ies all morn­ing and after­noon, cook­ing the din­ner and watch­ing Ans­ley go nuts count­ing down the hours until we open presents.  It is all so much fun and see­ing hap­py faces on our girls is hon­est­ly the best gift ever. We had a won­der­ful vis­it with my mom and dad as well as my sis­ter and her fam­i­ly. Alan, Ans­ley and I left to head down to Beau­mont Christ­mas day. I love going home on Christ­mas day. Hav­ing the car filled with gifts and the excite­ment of see­ing every­one...

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Surprises are fun…

Jun 29, 2008

Not much going on today just CHA projects in the works. But today, I want to share with you two lit­tle projects I made last night as a lit­tle thank you for two sweet peo­ple.

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What a great mail day…

Mar 10, 2008

Yes, Sketchy is just as much fun today as she was 37 years ago. I thought for SURE I would get it down before March this year since it was a much eas­i­er tree to dec­o­rate than last years.

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I have been tagged…

Mar 1, 2008

Let them know they are tagged by leav­ing a com­ment on their blog. You don’t know what out of order is, Mr. Trask. I always knew what the right path was.

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