Need a crown, of course you do!!!

Mar 18, 2015

Sat­ur­day, I was at The Crafty Scrap­per attend­ing a birth­day crop for my super sweet & awe­some friend Trisha Perkins. At her par­ty, she had Cheryl Dar­row of Ten Sec­onds Stu­dio come and instruct every­one on how to make leather crowns. This was WAY WAY WAY out of my com­fort zone as I’m a vin­tage paper kin­da girl and there was zero vin­tage paper to be found here, but let me tell you I now have a new addic­tion. Work­ing with emboss-able leather is so fun and if you ever have the chance to take one of Cheryl’s crown class­es do it, you will LOVE it! Cheryl brought her tools  and molds for the non-doo­dle cal­lig­ra­phy girls in the class, which as you can see I was one of those girls. Once every­one had their leather pieces embossed...

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Mini Collage Card Class

Mar 3, 2014

I’m so glad to be return­ing to Rocky Moun­tain Mem­o­ries April 25th & 26th. Along with the Altered Art Jour­nal Class I will be teach­ing this Mini Col­lage Card Class. If you want to take one or both of these class­es please call Cheryl at (970) 577.1415 for the dates, times and cost. In this class you will cre­ate 5 all occa­sion cards. I’ll show you how to accent each card with 3D col­lage style fronts. You will cre­ate with Maya Road chip­board, trin­ket pins, trims and more. I’ll show you unique ways to alter these items so you can cus­tomize them to fit any col­or scheme or project. If you aren’t a Spark­ly Stick­les kin­da gal no wor­ries, I cre­at­ed this card set to look great with or with­out Stick­les. For this class...

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Delightful Arty Crush ~ Charlotte Lyons

Sep 13, 2013

“Delight­ful Arty Crush” is a fea­ture I have on my blog which show­cas­es artists who’s work I admire and find inspir­ing. It fea­tures a wide range of artists from col­lage, tex­tile, encaus­tic and lots of oth­er amaz­ing medi­ums. I’m sure you will find each artists work just as inspir­ing as I do and I hope you will vis­it their blogs and oth­er links includ­ed in their fea­ture. The images I share with you are just the tip of the ice­berg in regards to their awe­some­ness. Today, my “Delight­ful Arty Crush” fea­tured artist is, Char­lotte Lyons. I fell in love with Char­lot­te’s work sev­er­al years ago.  I’m not sure how I stum­bled upon her but one of her gor­geous sam­plers caught my eye and I’ve been hooked on her work since. Char­lot­te’s style is so...

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Delightful Arty Crush ~ Andrea Singarella

Sep 6, 2013

“Delight­ful Arty Crush” is a fea­ture I have on my blog which show­cas­es artists who’s work I admire and find inspir­ing. It fea­tures a wide range of artists from col­lage, tex­tile, encaus­tic and lots of oth­er amaz­ing medi­ums. I’m sure you will find each artists work just as inspir­ing as I do and I hope you will vis­it their blogs and oth­er links includ­ed in their fea­ture. The images I share with you are just the tip of the ice­berg in regards to their awe­some­ness. Today, my “Delight­ful Arty Crush” fea­tured artist is, Andrea Sin­garel­la. If you have not seen Andrea’s blog “Every­day Beau­ty” you must give it a vis­it. Andrea cre­ates the most beau­ti­ful Vin­tage Trin­ket Jew­el­ry, adorable spe­cial occa­sion Prize Rib­bon Rosettes and ele­gant Book­marks. I’m cer­tain you will tru­ly find her...

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Delightful Arty Crush ~ Danita Art from the Heart

Aug 16, 2013

“Delight­ful Arty Crush” is a new on going fea­ture I will have on my blog which show­cas­es artists who’s work I admire and find inspir­ing. This fea­ture will include a wide range of artists from col­lage, tex­tile, encaus­tic and lots of oth­er amaz­ing medi­ums. I’m sure you will find their work just as inspir­ing as I do and I hope you will vis­it their blogs and oth­er links includ­ed in their fea­ture. The images I share with you are just the tip of the ice­berg in regards to their awe­some­ness. So today, my first “Delight­ful Arty Crush” fea­tured artist is, Dani­ta. I have a seri­ous arty crush on her and love every sin­gle item she cre­ates and she cre­ates a lot. First up are her dolls, Dani­ta makes the most incred­i­ble dolls. Each doll...

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Home for Christmas

Aug 14, 2013

This is the sec­ond of three class­es I will be teach­ing at Cre­ative Cards and Crafts in Vil­la Park, IL ~ Oct.18th & 19th. In this Home for Christ­mas class I will show you how to cre­ate three old fash­ioned Putz style hous­es using pat­terned papers from the new Graphic45 12 Days of Christ­mas line. Once all three hous­es are built and accent­ed with Stick­les and glit­ter you will group them on a dec­o­ra­tive acrylic plat­ter cov­ered with faux snow and sisal trees to com­plete a minia­ture win­ter themed neigh­bor­hood. As a bonus I will show you how easy it is to bleach sisal trees at home if you wish for yours to be off white in col­or. And a vin­tage Christ­mas project would not be com­plete with­out includ­ing a few vin­tage mer­cury glass...

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Quilted Memories

Aug 13, 2013

I’ll be teach­ing three class­es at Cre­ative Cards and Crafts in Vil­la Park, IL ~ Oct. 18th & 19th. This project is just one of the three class­es I’ll be teach­ing. In my “Quilt­ed Mem­o­ries” class you will paint and alter a 5” x 5” wood­en shad­ow box using a beau­ti­ful but­ter cream col­ored acrylic paint and vin­tage sheet music. You will accent the back of the shad­ow box using stamps from my Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion Line which I’ll be shar­ing so you can per­son­al­ize the back as you wish. Inside each 1.5” square you will attach fab­ric pieces from a tat­tered and torn quilt lov­ing­ly sewn by my great great aunts. You will accent each fab­ric piece with items like vin­tage shell but­tons, cro­cheted doilies hand­made by my mom, a vin­tage glass vial filled with sil­ver...

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Up The Mountain

Apr 29, 2013

Col­orado ~ anoth­er amaz­ing place to add to my “Trav­el­ing Apron” sam­pler. Thurs­day, after­noon Ron­da drove me to Estes Park so I could teach a few class­es at Rocky Moun­tain Mem­o­ries. Cheryl sug­gest­ed that as Ron­da brought me to the store she take the scenic route through the moun­tains and good­ness am I ever so grate­ful for the sug­ges­tion. The views were sim­ply amaz­ing. I could eas­i­ly trade liv­ing in the sub­urbs and live in the Rocky Moun­tains. I’ve nev­er felt so at home in all my life. This is just one of the stops along the way to Cheryl’s store in Estes Park. The scenery was sim­ply stun­ning. Every turn was tru­ly a pic­ture post­card view. I loved hear­ing all the birds singing and chirp­ing as well as the water run­ning down the...

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Crop & Create ~ Winnipeg Recap

Apr 9, 2013

My good­ness are you Cana­di­ans ever so lucky to have all the Scrap­book & Cards Today Crop & Cre­ate events avail­able to you through­out the year. Cather­ine Tachd­jian real­ly knows how to put togeth­er an amaz­ing event. There was not one lit­tle detail over­looked. Each table was draped, had a bou­quet of fresh spring flow­ers, choco­lates and an event sched­ule. She had make n takes for every­one to do if they wished Fri­day and Sat­ur­day nights, as well as an amaz­ing dessert bar. I’m still think­ing about this dessert bar. It was CRAZY insane amaz­ing. The class­es dur­ing the event were spaced nice­ly and every sin­gle per­son I met was so warm and wel­com­ing. Tru­ly awe­some. All day Fri­day and Sat­ur­day, you could find Cather­ine and Jen at the reg­is­tra­tion table or as I thought of...

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Winnipeg Here I Come

Apr 3, 2013

Today is all about laun­dry, pack­ing and check­ing my “To Do List” mak­ing sure every­thing I need for Crop & Cre­ate is done and packed in my super stuffed suit­case. As I’ve said before, teach­ing at a Crop & Cre­ate event is one of the items on my arty buck­et list. I’ve heard so many won­der­ful things about Cather­ine’s events and I’m super appre­cia­tive for this oppor­tu­ni­ty to teach. I have goody bags made up to hand to some lucky win­ners dur­ing my class­es. They are filled with lots of great Maya Road prod­ucts. I also have stamp sets and a mini album to give away. Below is a peek at some of the items all packed a ready to go. Each per­son that takes one or both of my class­es gets their name...

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Happy New Year ~ 2013

Jan 1, 2013

Thank you all for such an awe­some year. Through­out the year, I’ve cel­e­brat­ed with you the birth of our niece Olivia and Ans­ley turn­ing 18. I intro­duced you to my love of nee­dle felt­ing, shared in my excite­ment of attend­ing Ranger Uni­ver­si­ty and announced my Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion Spring Release. I got to do a super fun Free Webi­nar with my friend Ron­da Palaz­zari, had a blast at CHA‑S and tour­ing down­town. I was asked to do a demo & book sign­ing for the Grand Open­ing of Jo-Ann Fab­rics & Crafts in Sher­man, Texas and got to teach class­es at ScrapFest in MN. Car­o­line and I trav­eled to Bel­la­gio, Italy where I taught at A Kiss on the Chic’s Cre­ative Retreat. I dis­cov­ered the art of resin and filled my online store and Etsy store with lots of fun stuff. I loved watch­ing my nieces with the 25...

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My Bucket List ~ Crop & Create

Nov 26, 2012

I have two buck­et lists going… one lists things I want to do per­son­al­ly and one lists things I want to do pro­fes­sion­al­ly… well vis­it­ing Cana­da is on my per­son­al buck­et list and teach­ing at a Crop & Cre­ate event is on my pro­fes­sion­al buck­et list so I’m thrilled to tell you I will get to cross two items off my lists in April. YES… I will be teach­ing two class­es at the Crop & Cre­ate event in Win­nipeg, April 5th & 6th. Class 1 She is… Altered House Shad­ow Box We will be using the beau­ti­ful bright and cheery “She Art” pat­terned paper line by Pink Paislee to alter a Maya Road House Shad­ow Box. Each square of the shad­ow box will be accent­ed using pat­terned paper and Maya Road embell­ish­ments and trims....

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Stopping to Smell the Flowers

Aug 15, 2012

For the next 10 days I am going to do my best to unwind. Those of you who know me, know I’m wound up tighter than an 8 day clock. Well, for the next 10 days, I’m deter­mined to unwind and not think of my “To-Do List” that is wait­ing for me when I get home. Although, just typ­ing the words “To-Do List” makes my inner 8 day clock wind up. Yikes! Any­way, back to the unwind­ing… Yes­ter­day, I start­ed my day look­ing at this view. As my niece Made­lyn calls these days… “It was a Blue­bird Kin­da Day”. There were hard­ly a cloud in the sky and it was blue, blue, blue. Yes­ter­day, mom, dad and I drove around and did a lit­tle antiquing. I found some real­ly awe­some things for class­es and...

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Kitting and a Contract

Aug 8, 2012

I’m so hap­py to show you this pho­to… the offi­cial con­tract for book 3 arrived. I’m so super excit­ed about the con­cept for this book I can hard­ly stand it. I’m also very for­tu­nate to get to con­tin­ue work­ing with such loy­al spon­sors. I have a few new spon­sors that I’m real­ly hap­py to have that will be added to this LIST soon! Thank you all so much for your sup­port and ongo­ing spon­sor­ship. I real­ly appre­ci­ate both tremen­dous­ly. This week it’s been all about get­ting kits ready and shipped to Lake Como, Italy for “A Kiss On The Chic’s Cre­ative Retreat in Italy” Lau­ra’s put togeth­er a fab­u­lous event and Sept. 15th can­not get here soon enough. I’ve nev­er in my life wished I had a Sizzix Vagabond Machine so bad­ly as I...

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Artistic Journey 2012 Sneak Peeks

Jul 31, 2012

Check Out The Project Peeks For Artis­tic Jour­ney! Artis­tic Jour­ney 2012 is brought to you by The Crafty Scrap­per. This event fea­tures 3 of Maya Road­’s design­ers and they are set to inspire you to try new tech­niques and learn new things on your Artis­tic Jour­ney. Check out the details below for peeks of each of the fab­u­lous 3 hour class­es. We have a spe­cial make and take that you will love for our Fri­day meet and greet! So join us on this Artis­tic Jour­ney, Octo­ber 5th — Octo­ber 7th, 2012. We Want To Learn About The Teach­ers And See Peeks Of Their Class­es! Meet Dina Wak­ley: Dina Wak­ley lives Ari­zona with her hus­band and three boys. She love every­thing about art…making it, talk­ing about it, teach­ing it. Dina dis­cov­ered scrap­book­ing in 1995. Scrap­book­ing...

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Scrapbook Retreat in Italy ~ Sneak Peeks

Jun 18, 2012

I’m going to be teach­ing 2 class­es at the Scrap­book Retreat in Italy, this Sep­tem­ber. The 1st class is a SHADOW BOX and it has all kinds of beau­ti­ful lit­tle trin­kets, vin­tage items and even room for your OWN memen­tos from the trip! I’m so hap­py I get to final­ly share a lit­tle SNEAK Peek. These are 3 ran­dom pho­to’s of the shad­ow­box. The 2nd class I’m teach­ing is a neck­lace and cuff set!  It’s SO pret­ty!!  Both have VINTAGE lace, but­tons and all kinds of “pret­ties” on it!!  Here’s a lit­tle SNEAK Peek of the cuff. Lau­ra will share SNEAKS from the oth­er teach­ers HERE, next week to keep the EXCITEMENT going!! For those of you who won’t be able to join us this Sep­tem­ber… There IS going to be ANOTHER “A Kiss...

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Maya Road Mid-Release — Hexagons

May 15, 2012

Yes, I’m in love with the new Maya Road Hexa­gons. They come in three sizes, basi­cal­ly small, medi­um and large and some are die cut which allows you to cre­ate a nice frame on top of anoth­er as I did with the hexa­gon that has the vin­tage sheet music inside. This can­vas is cov­ered with cir­cles punched from old ledger paper and sheet music and a few doilies here and there. Each item is attached with nat­ur­al beeswax, then sealed entire­ly with beeswax. Each hexa­gon is coat­ed with beeswax and accent­ed with a vin­tage but­ton, bin­go but­ter­fly motif and altered key. The key is inked with Adiron­dack Pig­ment Snow Cap, cov­ered with Glossy Accents and accent­ed with a 5mm cream col­ored pearl. The cro­cheted doily is one my mom made… I have her cre­at­ing...

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Me Today…

May 4, 2012

The one thing about me and my blog is I real­ly do try hard to keep it real, hon­est and true. I don’t want to hide behind it and make peo­ple think my cre­ative life is so amaz­ing, excit­ing and won­der­ful. This indus­try has lots of won­der­ful perks and I enjoy it immense­ly. I know I’m blessed so please do not take this wrong and think I’m not grate­ful and appre­cia­tive but this indus­try also has LOTS of stress, frus­tra­tion, at times unre­al­is­tic dead­lines, a lit­tle back­stab­bing here and there (sad but true) and idea steal­ing (again sad but true). I try not to focus on the bad part, just the good and share my love of art and all things vin­tage. So I thought I would talk to you today, about three behind the scenes things you...

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Deadline is Coming Up FAST!

Feb 9, 2012

I’m so look­ing for­ward to attend­ing this retreat with these awe­some ladies (Deb­by, Lau­ra & Stacey) in Lake Como, this Sep­tem­ber. Tam­my had to work the Sizzix booth so she missed get­ting into the pho­to. And since the dead­line for this amaz­ing retreat is quick­ly approach­ing Lau­ra asked us to pass along this info. Are you ready for an UNFORGETTABLE Expe­ri­ence? Would you like time away to RELAX & ENJOY beau­ti­ful Italy? Do you love to CREATE and be INSPIRED? How about com­bin­ing ALL THE THINGS into a WONDERFUL week of PURE ENJOYMENT! Well, “A Kiss on the Chic” is going to Bel­la­gio, Italy and we want YOU to JOIN US!!!! Yes, we are going to have a WEEK LONG event THIS Sep­tem­ber 15th~22nd, 2012 on the beau­ti­ful shores of Lake Como, Italy! This...

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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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