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 12x12 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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