Weekend Classes and Another Sneak Peek

Nov 15, 2011

This past weekend I got to spend lots of creative time with an awesome group of creative woman. I love going down to The Crafty Scrapper to visit, chat, teach and just hang out. It is such a happy place to be. While teaching my classes I took a few photos here and there of how everyone created the same project yet they all looked different. This is one of the angel ornaments a student was working on. I love how she changed the crystal coarse glitter to an aqua glitter to match her holiday decor. This student altered her snowflakes and tin using another shade of aqua glitter mixed with the crystal coarse glitter. I really like how the two glitters mixed together look. It really does make me so happy when students...

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Kitting today, Packing tomorrow, Teaching Saturday and Sunday

Nov 10, 2011

Today, I’m getting ready for a fun filled weekend teaching three classes at The Crafty Scrapper. Saturday, the 12th at 10:30 I will be teaching the Vintage Holiday Ornament Trio Class. In this class I will help you re-create three unique ornaments to give as gifts to friends and family or keep for yourself and use as decorations in your own home this holiday season. You will alter two different types of vintage aluminum Jello tins and one vintage ceramic angel that comes numbered with a Japan sticker on the bottom. We will be using paint, alcohol ink, three different kinds of glitter (no surprise there) as well as unique holiday embellishments to accent each ornament Saturday, the 12th at 3:00 I will be teaching a Jewelry class. In this class you will learn...

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Altering the House

Nov 5, 2011

I feel like I’m burning the candle at both ends, right now. I’ve been working on special projects, writing instructions for three classes that I will be teaching, next weekend at The Crafty Scrapper, gathering supplies to kit for the classes and trying to finish up this Halloween Mini Album. So tonight I finished altering the house and thought I would share it now instead of waiting until Monday. I covered the majority of the chipboard house using this Halloween 2011 patterned paper by JBS Mercantile. The small sections are perfect to alter the house and pumpkin. The owl and stars on the roof are from this patterned paper. After I covered the house with patterned paper I sanded and inked the edges using a brown ink. Then I attached the patterned paper of...

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Two Awesome Ladies

Sep 22, 2011

I have to tell you about and thank two very awesome ladies who helped me during my classes at ScrapFest. Kathy and Shay Lynn helped set up the classroom for both my Maya Road Mini Album and Card Class. While I was teaching each class they helped make sure all the attendees had everything stamped and misted before class was over. They took photos and most importantly kept me on track with the allotted 45 minute time frame for each class, believe me they had their hands full. Those of you who have taken any of my classes know we are just getting started in 45 min. So as you can see I am not kidding when I say, Kathy and Shay Lynn you two were Awesome, Awesome, Awesome… And I Thank You, Thank You, Thank...

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Are you a dreamer…

Sep 14, 2011

I often wonder how many people dream of things they wish they could do but allow fear to creep inside their heads which then ends up keeping them from achieving their dreams. Are you one of these people? If so, you need to break free of the fear and shoot for the moon. I’m sure most of you have heard or read the quote by Les Brown, “Shoot for the moon, even if you miss it you will land among the stars.” This is so true. I have always been a very goal oriented person. If I set a goal I will achieve this goal no matter what. Now the “no matter what” does not mean I will push people to the ground and walk all over them to achieve this goal, it means...

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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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Reminiscing

Aug 18, 2011

Well Lisa will be back in town soon. I am sure she is not missing the 100+F weather we have here in Dallas. Even though she has been rubbing in how nice and cool it has been since she was gone, at the end of the day she knows what she is coming back too. She is going to be busy this Fall with lots of things going on with Maya Road. Lisa will be teaching 6 classes at Scrapfest in Minnesota in about a month for Archivers.  Lisa is also coming along to do make and takes with Maya Road. The Maya Road classes Lisa designed were very well received and sold out in less than a day.  Here is a peek at the card and mini album classes she designed: Then two...

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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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Friendship Tokens

Jun 15, 2011

During the meet and greet at Paper Cowgirl we had a super fun friendship token exchange. The tokens can be anything you wish to create and give away. This exchange would be something fun to do at crops or any scrapping event. I just have to show you how creative everyone was at Paper Cowgirl. I did my best to get a good close up of each one I received. My name badge was full. One of the participants crocheted all her flower tokens. Some altered game pieces. As you can see my name tag was full… colored keys tied on with yarn, stickers, millinery flowers a metal dress form was created and watch faces were used. I’m not kidding when I said people made them from all sorts of items. Kraft tags were...

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So proud of my friend…

Jun 14, 2011

One of the neatest raffles at Paper Cowgirl was the “Altered Velveeta Box” raffle. All the money raised for this raffle goes towards the Tina Wright Scholarship Fund. Tina was a friend of Cindy’s (Head Cowgirl) and sadly passed away from cancer. Nearly $300.00 dollars was raised for this fund and it is awesome that it helps keep Tina’s memory alive. Tina loved art and being creative so this scholarship helps keep her passion going through young people in her home town. A trophy was given for the most money raised and ribbons were given out for the most votes. I am so proud of my friend Trisha. She won the trophy for most money raised AND got 4th place in most votes. Trisha teaches really unique soldering classes at The Crafty Scrapper. Her...

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It’s Back!!!

Apr 21, 2011

Artistic Journey 2011 ~ Artful Memories featuring The Crafty Scrapper and Maya Road I’m so excited to be a part of this event again this year. So come share a weekend of fun, laughter and learning as it is going to be a blast. When Is The Event Scheduled And What Will You Get For The Price? The Artistic Journey will begin on September 30th (around 2 pm) and end on October 3rd (around 3 pm), 2011 at the home of The Crafty Scrapper in Waxahachie, TX (approximately 30 minutes south of downtown Dallas). Cost of the Artistic Journey 2011 is $275.00. Included in this $275.00 price are: Three 3 hour classes with 3 teachers from the Maya Road Design Team Class kits chock full of delish scrapbooking products (just bring your basics) Full...

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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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Pieces of Time

Feb 21, 2011

I am so looking forward to the Paper Cowgirl Retreat coming June 9th – 11th. Paper Cowgirl is a retreat held every June in Waxahachie, Texas. You will find classes such as altered art, painting, soldering and more. This retreat even has a vendor craft show that I hear is really nice and filled with lots of wonderful items for purchase. This year, I will be the guest speaker. I’m always excited to help those who wish to break into the world of publication. So my speech “Artist to Author” will hopefully encourage and inspire many to jump out of their comfort zone and give their dream of being published a go. I created an altered shadow box to teach exclusively at Paper Cowgirl. The altered project is titled “Pieces of Time” and each...

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Altered Birdhouse…

Feb 17, 2011

This altered paper mache birdhouse was so much fun to make. Every little spot has something attached to it. You’ll notice all kinds of Tim’s new products attached here and there. I must admit one of the products he sent were his new light bulbs. At first I was kinda stumped on what to do with them but then I had a “light bulb moment” sorry couldn’t help myself and started tucking them in among all the other baubles and think they worked perfectly. The light bulbs are the perfect size for the miniature projects I like to create. And that fractured doll… oh how I could have a million of them and would still want more. I love those dolls so much. You will be seeing them in future projects and classes for...

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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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Just a little Batty…

Oct 11, 2010

This is how I feel today… so many fun things in the works it is making me a little crazy. Good crazy but still crazy is crazy and I need to focus. So here is the last Halloween chipboard piece that I altered from the Little Yellow Bicycle Jumbo Chipboard set. I think I am going to keep all these grouped together in this arrangement as they add a little Halloween spirit to the room. Supplies Used: Little Yellow Bicycle Jumbo Chipboard Shapes, Jenni Bowlin (Family Tree) Uncle Jim Patterned Paper, Maya Road Felt Beaded Blossom – Black, a Black Gelly Roll Pen, Gold Stickles, Brown and Gold Seam Binding Trick or Treat Boo Spooky And a Little Boo to you Also I have two new classes scheduled at The Crafty Scrapper. “You’ve Got...

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Cocoa Daisy Destination ~ Mykonos

Sep 28, 2010

This past week was spent with a wonderful group of ladies (as well as a few husbands) from all over the world and a group of teachers (Ali Edwards, Jenni Bowlin and Karen Russell) who I have admired for a very long time. I still cannot believe I was lucky enough to be a part of it all. Tricia and Elina did such a great job selecting the accommodations, the food for our breakfast and dinner each day, the cocktails each evening as well as having a cooking class and Greek dance lessons at the hotel. Each night was a special dinner out at a restaurant with either Ali Edwards or the Daisy Instructors, a lunch with Jenni Bowlin or a tour with Karen Russell. There was a tour provided to see the ancient...

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New Classes Scheduled at The Crafty Scrapper

Jun 16, 2010

Smile Canvas Banner ~ Maya Mist Technique Class Date: Friday, August 13th Place: The Crafty Scrapper 972-923-3151 While creating this banner you will learn how to make your own paint colors, alter acrylic items and create a semi clear glaze using Maya Mist incorporated with other common craft supplies. Your kit will come with a complete set of Maya Road chipboard letters so you can spell any name or word for you banner. The Maya Road Canvas Pendant Banner Album comes with 6 pages. If the word or name you wish to use has more than 6 letters Carolyn has additional Maya Road Canvas Pendant Banner Albums for purchase. Maya Road Maya Mists will be provided for use. There will be a wide assortment of colors but if you have a specific color scheme...

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Mykonos Greece with Cocoa Daisy Destinations

May 19, 2010

Mykonos Greece with Cocoa Daisy Destinations COST PER PERSON $2995 The Mykonos event will be limited to just 75 participants. As part of Cocoa Daisy Destinations: Mykonos, all of the following will be included in the package: Classes and follow up sessions with all three instructors, Ali Edwards, Jenni Bowlin and Karen Russell in a small group setting Double/triple occupancy for 6 nights A deluxe buffet breakfast each morning A pool side social hour with drinks and appetizers each evening All dinners (a nightly buffet including Greek & Continental cuisine as well as one evening out) One evening out in a small group setting with all three instructors at a superb restaurant Daily mini workshops with 3 members of the Daisy Divas: Christine Drumheller (Memory Makers Master ’09), Ronda Palazzari (Memory Makers Master ’09)...

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New found love….

May 18, 2010

Saturday I took two soldering classes (101 and 201) at The Crafty Scrapper from the super talented Trisha Conlon. I am now addicted and have so many ideas swimming around in my head. So I thought I would show you the charms I made in her classes and then some that I made here at home. These were made in class 101. The flower one was learning the chunky technique and the other two were just standard straight line soldering. Actually the chunky is taught in 201 but she kinda slid that technique in for me. These were made in the 201 class. She taught us how to cut glass and do the chunky technique. We made the collage in 101. I added the vintage rhinestone buttons when I got home. The blob that...

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Heritage Pennant

May 17, 2010

This is one of my favorite photos of my Mom and her Mother. I am guessing this photo was taken around 1944. I think photo booth photos are the best. So wanting to be able to see this photo more often I decided to create a little heritage style pennant. Now I can display it however I wish. Tips, Techniques and Tutorials I had a super fun Saturday at The Crafty Scrapper. I took two soldering classes 101 and 201. Trisha is a great teacher. If you ever have a chance to take a class from her I suggest you do. You will be so happy you did. I will show you some of the charms I made later in the week. Have a great day. I’m off to send Carolyn the info needed...

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