Growing up with Santa

Dec 19, 2011

No matter how old Santa’s grandkids are they’re never too old to have a photo taken with Santa. This year, Laren (SIL) and Terri my oldest daughter went to Beaumont for Thanksgiving. This meant they were able to get their photo taken with Santa. It’s been several years since they’ve been able to make it down for the holidays and Mr. and Mrs. Claus were very happy to see them. This photo is of Santa and my sister Belinda’s kids… from left to right is my adorable nephew Brittain (poor boy he is the ONLY boy out of 6 grandkids), Isabella, Paw Paw Santa, Madelyn holding Grand-Dog Zeus and niece Amanda. Believe it or not this photo was the first one they took! Talk about a Christmas miracle. Even Zeusy was good and looked...

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Christmas Baking

Dec 6, 2011

One of the things Ansley always looks forward to every holiday season is baking Christmas cookies… wait, let me rephrase this… me baking Christmas cookies. Each year, it is not Christmas to her unless I bake her all her favorites… Chocolate Chewies, Lemon Cookies, Pecan Sandies and Red Velvet cookies with a Hershey Kiss in the middle. The girl keeps me busy during the holidays for sure. But I love it and it makes me happy that she loves them so much. So Ansley and her cookies were the inspiration behind this card. I thought the Maya Road Heart Tart Tin Bottlecap was perfect to start with, then using Jet Black Archival Ink, I stamped the Antiquated Collection Misses’ Aprons onto grungepaper three times so I could cut out the apron from one and...

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Simple Stories and Maya Road

Dec 5, 2011

I hope you are ready for a fun blog hop this week. Simple Stories and Maya Road will be featuring lots of awesome projects for the holiday season all week using the Simple Stories 25 Days of Christmas line and loads of Maya Road products. Last night, I created a card that reminds me of a holiday scene from the early 1900’s. A lady and gentleman standing in front of their Christmas tree looking out the window as people pass by their home all decorated for the season or maybe watching snowflakes as they gently fall to the ground. Either way it is a magical evening for them both. The window is attached to the front of the card using foam squares to give it a bit of dimension. I attached the miniature holly...

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Vintage Christmas Home Decor

Nov 30, 2011

I love accenting our house with little pieces tucked here and there for the holidays. I feel it adds a bit of coziness to the house. This year, I decided to make something that was a bit more appealing to Ansley. She is not the traditional vintage colors of red, green and gold as I am. So I made something with a vintage pink, aqua and silver color scheme. It worked perfectly and Ansley loves it. Now, she is hoping since I created something with brighter colors maybe I can get past the vintagey old looking stuff all together, GASP… can you imagine… this will never happen and I think deep down inside she realizes this as well. I was thrilled when I discovered the label from the Crown Lavender Salts bottle in the...

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Bellagio Italy Retreat December Special

Nov 29, 2011

I wanted to let you know of a Christmas SPECIAL Laura is having for her awesome ITALY RETREAT. It only lasts until the end of December, so don’t miss out! She knows some of you want to join us next September 15th- 22nd, 2012 but right now you have extra expenses and can’t spend the $550 for the first payment to secure your spot. SO… from now until January 1st, you can RESERVE YOUR SPOT for $100! Yes, if you want to join us next September in Lake Como, Italy for a week long DREAM vacation of relaxing, creating and touring the lake side villages of Bellagio, Italy, YOU can SIGN UP NOW FOR $100 and reserve your spot!! Just go to the REGISTRATION PAGE and you will see the “RESERVE YOUR SPOT“ button....

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Ornamental Christmas PDF

Nov 23, 2011

Many of you asked if I planned to offer the “Christmas Wishes” and “Vintage Ornament Trio” classes I taught at The Crafty Scrapper as an online workshop. Well the answer is yes, but I did something a bit different this year. Instead of an online workshop where I post something each day like I usually do I (well let me clarify, Alan) created PDF’s for you to download. I took additional photos and added additional instructions to the PDF’s so it will make it easier to recreate the projects, since I’m not actually standing in front of you giving you all the instructions. Click the badge on the left to go to “Ornamental Christmas” on my “Workshops” page. The PDF downloads include step by step instructions, color photos, complete supply lists for both incorporated...

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How about some more sneak peeks…

Nov 17, 2011

This sneak peek shows images from three different stamp sets. I love how you can mix and match all the stamp sets to create lots of unique projects. Tomorrow, I will be showing you some sneak peeks from a few designers I asked to create samples. I cannot wait to show you what they created. You will see how the Antiquated Collection stamp sets are so versatile and perfect for all creative styles. And I’m happy to tell you, Carolyn owner of  The Crafty Scrapper in Waxahachie, Texas ordered the entire Antiquated Collection line. I heard they shipped Tuesday, which means they might be in her store, this weekend. And Michelle with Paper Tales in San Diego, CA plans on carrying the line in her store soon. Become my Friend On Facebook and share this...

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A little birdie said…

Nov 14, 2011

There will be sneak peeks all week long of my new stamp line “Antiquated Collection by Lisa M. Pace”. I certainly thank Darcy and Judi with Pink Persimmon for helping me turn this dream into reality. When we chatted over the summer about the ideas I had for this line I told them I wanted very detailed stamps and my goodness they did not disappoint. Each stamp in my new line has such detail it makes me squeal in delight, just like I did as a little girl on Christmas morning. I created a Facebook page for “Antiquated Collection” where I will be posting projects, sneak peeks from other designers, upcoming info and giveaways, so make sure you click Like and Share the page with your friends. It’s going to be a fun week...

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Thanks for Pinning…

Sep 27, 2011

I just want to give a heartfelt thank you to those of you who take the time to pin my projects on Pinterest. It always makes me so surprised and happy when I’m surfing Pinterest and come across one of my projects. If you are a follower you will see that I created a board to say, “Thanks!” As I come across my pinned projects I post them to my “Thanks For Pinning My Projects” board. If you are new to Pinterest you can see my most recent pins on the right side column of my blog. I must say it is amazing how fast time flies when I’m surfing and pinning. I’m trying to avoid it this week as I need to finish up some Christmas ornament projects I’m going to teach at...

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Vintage Finds for Classes…

Sep 13, 2011

While Alan and I were down surprising my nephew this past weekend, I did some junking and antiquing with mom and dad. I found some awesome items to incorporate in my classes such as aluminum jello molds, milk bottle caps, sheet music, milk glass, vintage trims, lace, doilies and the best find of the day were these adorable vintage ceramic angels. They were made in Japan and are numbered. I cannot wait to get home from ScrapFest next week and begin working on some class samples to teach at The Crafty Scrapper. I was able to purchase 24 of these little cuties in pink and blue so the class will be limited. If you are interested you best sign up as soon as sign ups are available because there will not be another class...

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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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Happy 48th Anniversary Mom & Dad

Jun 4, 2011

It’s so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life. ~Rita Rudner This was their first home a teeny tiny trailer. Goes to show you living on love does not require much. Their first Christmas together as husband and wife. ~ Weston, WV Dad and Mom before kids… Now new parents, celebrating my first Christmas ~ Kittery, Maine Dad and Mom during a weekend in Fredericksburg, TX Dad and Mom on one of the stops during their Alaskan Cruise. An anniversary is a time to celebrate the joys of today, the memories of yesterday, and the hopes of tomorrow. I wish I lived closer to help you celebrate. Love...

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A Few Favorite Products and Projects

Jan 28, 2011

Not much time for chatting this evening so I will let the photos pretty much speak for themselves. I must warn you this post is heavy on the photos. Here are all the tags each design team member created. The Ornate Botanical Blooms are one of my favorite flowers in this release. Then these Alterable Vintage Lace Blooms and Flowers are gorgeous with the Maya Mist applied. Be still my heart… these are their new Antique and Lustrous Button Jewels. I will take a million of these, thank you very much! These are super fun and so cool…. Wooden Mini Spools and Alterable Buttons Then look at these…. Mini Chipboard Portrait and Cameo Sets. Then we have all been making these cuffs using the new Satin Pleat Edging, Button Jewels and other trims to...

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Merry Christmas

Dec 25, 2010

Wishing you and your family a wonderful holiday season. Here are a few of my favorite childhood Christmas photos. My brother and I Christmas morning when we lived in Kittery, ME. My cousin Heather, Me and my brother Richard celebrating Christmas at my grandparent’s home in Greenland, NH. My brother Richard and I Christmas Eve in Beaumont, Texas. And here is the two of us Christmas morning with our gifts from Santa. I LOVED that doll. May you all have a wonderful Holiday Season and the Best of a New Year! Much love,Lisa  ...

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Some Holiday Bling

Dec 23, 2010

This is a bracelet I created using some big pearl cabochons I’ve  had for a while and some vintage rhinestone buttons I’ve been hoarding. It’s super simple to make and one I will be wearing a lot as I love anything that sparkles. This idea came about while I was in Hobby Lobby, yesterday looking at all the holiday clearance items. While walking around I ended up in the jewelry aisle. I saw their bracelet with bezel items and BAM I had an idea. Well I could not get home fast enough to see if it would work and as you can see it did. I wish the sun was out today so you could see the sparkle but looks like a cloudy day for us. I plan on going back to Hobby Lobby...

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A Christmas Mouse

Dec 22, 2010

Mom and I love all the little figurines of Christmas mice that can be seen during the holidays. My grandmother on the other hand could not STAND seeing anything which slightly resembled that of a mouse. I can remember once when I was very, very young being at my grandparent’s camp in Acton, Maine and gram running out of the camp screaming. It was years later I found out my mom had discovered a little mouse nest in one of the kitchen drawers that had a baby mouse sleeping inside. Well gram did not want anything to do with that and left in a dash. Poor gram. So in the spirit of all the adorable Christmas mice mom and I see during the holiday season I thought it would be fun to make one for her...

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A very ugly secret…

Dec 20, 2010

This industry that so many of us love and work very hard to make money at with our ideas and classes has a very ugly secret. This industry has some in it that will make deals and not follow through. This industry has people in it who send nasty emails to artists accusing them of untruths. Why do we as artists allow such treatment? Is it fear of ruffling feathers among the followers of these people? From now on I will not allow this… if my truths ruffle feathers well I am sorry, sometimes it is hard to accept people for whom and what they are. Their followers need to realize and accept it as well and be thankful that they have been saved from such treatment from these people as eventually it will...

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Sugar Cookies and a Glittered Bow

Dec 19, 2010

Okay well not the actual sugar cookies but I wanted to share with you the kind I used to look forward to making each Christmas with my Mom. I knew Santa had to have loved mine the best as he never left a crumb on his plate. I think the reindeer helped in licking the plate clean. The week before Christmas mom and I always headed to the store to get the rolled Pillsbury Sugar Cookie dough. Click here for a coupon. I loved making these Santa and Angel cookies so much. Each one always looked a little bit different after baking but they all were decorated the same… such a type A personality even back then. Santa had a red hat, white pom pom and trim on his hat, white mustache, red hot...

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Gift Bow

Dec 17, 2010

The other day Ronda sent me a few photos of some cute containers she created filled with some of her peppermint bark, click here if you want her recipe. Well I noticed she had the cutest gift bows on top of each container so I immediately asked her how she made them. Well she got the idea from Emily who got the idea from a post on Flickr. Oh the tangled web us crafters weave. Emily’s tutorial is super easy to follow and I think you will want to create some for yourself. These bows do not take much paper either so you could mix and match them with your paper scraps. Supplies Used: The Girls’ Paperier – Tinsel & Twig – Holly Berry Floral, ColorBox Fluid Chalk Ink – Creamy Brown, Aleene’s Quick Dry Tacky...

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Merry Christmas Gift Tag ~ Ornament

Dec 14, 2010

Here is another tag I plan on attaching to a gift this Christmas. It can then be kept and used as an ornament later on. I loved adding all the little details … pearls, buttons, jingle bells, flocked flowers, seam binding and lots and lots of Stickles. One can never have too much Stickles. I’m trying to convince Santa that I need a huge VAT of Platinum and Diamond Stickles this year. I know I have been good, good, good and really deserve them. Supplies Used: Tim Holtz Alterations Bigz Die Caged Bird, The Girls’ Paperie – Tinsel & Twig (Deck the Halls, Snowfall), Self Adhesive 2mm Cream Pearls, Rhinestones, Flocked Flowers, Vintage Buttons, 6mm Gold Jingle Bells, Brown & White Baker’s Twine, Dusty Olive Seam Binding, Creamy Brown Ink, Diamond & Platinum Stickles, Foam...

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Feels like winter…

Dec 12, 2010

Finally we are having some cold temperatures, once again. It has cooled down and warmed up so much this month. I’m ready for the cold weather to get here and stay. It is way too hard to get into the Christmas Spirit when it’s 70 something degrees outside. This is the last week of my “All Things Winter” workshop. Today, I shared tips on distressing. I love the distressed look on projects and there are so many fun tools you can use that allow you to achieve different looks. My absolute favorite distressing tool hands down is the Tonic Studios Tim Holtz Paper Distresser, this little tool fits perfectly in my hand and is always an arms reach away. This week I will show you how to recreate the layouts below. As you can...

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