Handmade Embellishments

Nov 13, 2012

I’m having so much fun playing and creating. This week, I finished up a cute mini monogram charm and when I say mini I mean mini, it is only .5′ x .75″ and four mini embellishments. I’m thinking about putting some of these in my online store but wanted to get a little bit of feedback to see if these are something you all would like to use in your creations. They are perfect to accent cards, tags, layouts and other projects. So let me know what you think, if you don’t mind. This set of embellishments range in size from .5″ – .75″. and can be almost any color combination, which is the real fun part. I enjoy adding the color and glitter and watching each one transform into tiny unique pieces of...

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Archived Halloween & Fall Projects

Oct 17, 2012

With fall finally getting ready to hit my little neck of the woods.  I thought it would be fun to do some digging in my archives and list all the fall and Halloween projects I’ve created over the years. Even though some of the items I’ve used are no longer available from some manufacturers there are still plenty of products out there from others for you to easily make substitutions. Just click on each of the links below and they will take you to each of the blog posts. As you can see I have several cards, decorations and a mini album just waiting for you to create. Also, I thought it would be fun to show you one of the first layouts I ever made. This one is of Sonny our golden retriever...

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Blast from the Past 3

Aug 7, 2012

This is the mini album that started it all… I wanted to create something special for my oldest daughter Terri, who was getting ready to celebrate her 17th birthday. I had seen lots of mini albums in the gallery at Two Peas In A Bucket and decided Terri’s upcoming birthday was just the push I needed to jump into the world of creating mini albums. At first I was scared to death because I had no clue what in the world I was doing or even how to begin. I went to a scrapbook store which was just down the street and started looking at all the products. Mind you, this was a very strange world to me. I was still learning what Rub ons and brads were and never mind the overwhelming feeling...

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Blast from the Past

Aug 2, 2012

While organizing photos in my gallery, late last night, I stumbled upon some layouts I created when I first started to scrapbook back in 2005. Oh goodness do I have some fun layouts to show you… it’s so funny to me looking back at what I’ve created. When we first moved into our home the summer of 1999 there were gorgeous sunflower fields all over. I loved going out each morning and taking photos of them with the morning sun highlighting each petal. It truly was gorgeous. I did learn one hard lesson though… did you know when you cut wild sunflowers they seep this REALLY STICKY stuff? When this sappy stuff gets on anything it’s like trying to remove gorilla glue… I didn’t think I would ever rid my kitchen table of this...

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My Mom’s Birthday…

Jun 25, 2012

Today, marks my mom’s 70th birthday!!! Or maybe I should say, today marks the 35th anniversary of her 35th birthday? If you have my book “Delight in the Season Crafting a Year of Memorable Holidays and Celebrations” you know she and I have created all my life. So in honor of mom’s birthday/anniversary celebration, how about a book giveaway? All you have to do is leave mom a birthday wish in this blog post, then when we hit 70 wishes I’ll have her pick a winner for a signed copy of “Delight In The Seasons.” This is one of my favorite layouts in “Delight In The Seasons” of my mom and her mother. It really captures both of them so well. Vintage inspired patterned papers, fabric cabbage roses, leaf pins, butterfly and lots of...

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A Blast from the Past…

Aug 25, 2011

I thought it would be fun to show you some layouts I created using Cocoa Daisy kits from around 2007. Now that Ansley is a senior this year I find these layouts even more special. She grew up way too fast. In the layout above I felt there was too much white space in the background of Ansley’s photo so I used the end of my paintbrush and some acrylic paints to create a polka dot background. I like the pop of color the polka dots create and they fill in the white space perfectly. To pop the photo a bit more I painted yellow acrylic paint all around the edge of the photo creating a bright colored border. To fill in the white space on the photo above I attached clear buttons to...

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Paper Cowgirl Weekend…

Jun 13, 2011

Oh my goodness I don’t even know where to start but I think the beginning is best. Warning, this is a novel of a blog post. I had an incredible weekend with lots of super fun ladies. I tell ya all were happy, super inspiring and all extremely nice. Now we all know getting a group of 100 women together with that kind of result is something… just keeping it honest and real. Thursday evening started off with a meet and greet, friendship token swap and then all the other incredible swaps. It was a blast and my name badge is filled with lots of super fun friendship tokens. After the meet and greet Cindy Mayfield our host introduced all the teachers. There were some incredible teachers at this event and all kinds of...

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Delight In The Seasons

May 13, 2011

Today is a wonderful day… I get to finally share with all of you the cover of my second book, Delight In The Seasons.   This book is filled with wonderful projects, cards, tags and layouts for all the memorable holidays and special occasions celebrated throughout the year. The chapters are divided by each of the four seasons, winter, spring, summer and fall. The chapters are filled with projects for major holidays, birthdays, a new baby, weddings and so much more. Delight In The Seasons includes 40 projects with techniques that have been stepped out with photos and instructions, just as in Delight In The Details, then there are 20 additional projects in a gallery showing you how to use some of the techniques in different ways for different seasons. This book compliments Delight In The...

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Vintage Style Portrait Charm

Apr 13, 2011

I love the Portrait Stamp Set by Maya Road as the images remind me of the silver charms that are on my grandmother’s charm bracelet. She has every grandchild and great grandchild represented and I can remember always looking at it trying to find my charm. I thought it would be fun to make charms of my daughters to put on a long necklace made from a piece of silver ball chain. I really like how vintage looking they turned out and plan on making more as gifts for friends. Supplies Needed: Foundation Chipboard Set, Portrait Stamp Set, Acrylic Block, Vintage Ledger Paper, Black Eyelet, Jump Ring, Glue Stick, Black Archival and Creamy Brown Ink, Glossy Accents Tools Used: Craft Knife, Craft Matt, Sanding Block, Crop-a-Dile, Pliers Instructions: Apply glue stick adhesive to the...

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Paying it forward

Mar 21, 2011

A while back I talked about paying it forward on facebook and stated if anyone wanted help in submitting I would gladly help them as I feel it’s my duty to pay it forward. I certainly did not get where I am today in this industry without a little help and guidance from others along the way. I must say it does amaze me as to how many people will not help others advance. I’m not sure if it’s insecurities on their part and feel the person might be better than them or just flat out not caring or wanting to take the time to help others. This industry certainly has room for more creative people. New people keep things fresh and exciting and I love to see fresh and exciting creations. So I...

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Creating patchwork accents

Feb 25, 2011

                        I like to incorporate a patchwork look on many of my vintage inspired projects. This is a bit time consuming but an accent I feel is certainly worth the effort. All I do is cut patterned papers in different sizes then sew a straight stitch all around the inner edge of the patterned paper. Once I have all the stitching completed I take a pair of zigzag scissors and trim the outer edges on some of the patterned papers and leave some with a slight distressed straight edge.                   Above shows some of the straight edges distressed slightly and inked using a creamy brown ink. Below shows some of the edges trimmed using zigzag decorative...

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I love dimensional layouts…

Feb 23, 2011

First I gotta tell ya… registration for Paper Cowgirl OPENS today at 9:00 a.m. central time…. go here to register and sign up for classes. I hope to see ya there. Oh and one little bit of information I left out regarding my project are the dimensions… the shadow box measures approximately 7.5″ square by 1″ deep. I will also have my book available for pre-sale at the discounted rate of $17.99 + tax for those attending Paper Cowgirl. All books must be picked up at Paper Cowgirl. I will have a few available for purchase during my book signing but they will be at my regular cost of $22.99 + tax. I will let you know when I have the special link up and ready. Okay now on to why I love dimensional layouts…...

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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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Since I am supposed to be resting…

May 22, 2010

my shoulder which I must admit is making me crazier than ever… I thought I would share with you some of my favorite layouts featured in my book “Delight In The Details”. These three are all so different from each other yet super detailed and as you know I can get lost in the details. The photo of the little girl is me. It is one of my favorite baby photos.  I thought this photo was a perfect match with this paper line by Jenni Bowlin. In this layout I used my craft knife a lot. Which is most likely one of the reasons my shoulder is killing me… I love to use my craft knife and grip it so tightly. I think the light chalking on the bird and flowers makes for a...

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My Baby is Here!

Feb 2, 2010

And finally I get to show her off. I now know how an elephant feels being pregnant for two years… poor things. Two years is a very long time when you are waiting for something awesome. So here is the front and back covers (still cannot believe these photos were taken on my table) and sneak peeks of a few of the 100 projects inside. Front Cover Back Cover Inside you will find wall hangings and banners of all sizes Layouts and Tags (notice my friend Wendy Vecchi’s Butterfly Stamp and the gorgeous Jenni Bowlin papers) One of my favorite layouts (love Maya Road Chipboard) You will also find lots of cards (notice another one of Wendy’s stamps, that leaf is so fun to work with) Several different sized mini albums (Maya Road binder...

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Open Call for Layouts…

Jan 17, 2010

If you set a goal this year to get some layouts published here is a great open call for you to submit to. I feel Memory Makers Books is a wonderful place to start. As you know all kinds of wonderful things have happened to me in the publication world with this company (Pet Pages Unleashed, Organizing Your Scrapbook Supplies (Ask the Masters!), Memory Makers Master’s 08 and Delight in the Details. Remember this, you can’t get published if you never submit. If you have any questions please feel free to email me or post a comment in this entry as others just might have the same question.  Believe me I didn’t wake up one morning knowing how to do all this… people gave me suggestions, a slight push and many a word of...

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Scallop Paper Lace Tutorials…

Jun 3, 2009

Oh am I ever so excited to share these two tutorials with you. This post is long but I believe you will think it was worth the extra long read. The Scallop Paper Lace (top) reminds me of the vintage paper lace I have seen online. Even though nothing can replace the love I have for vintage items this new discovery sure does open up a lot of possibilities for my creativity. The Scallop Ric Rac Paper Lace (bottom) I accidentally made trying to figure out how to make the scallop paper lace. I love it when things like this happen. These two styles of paper lace will be perfect to accent my cards, tags, layouts and projects. You can ink or mist these too. And if you do so on cardstock you will...

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Cocoa Daisy Layouts…

Jun 1, 2009

I finally get to share the layouts I created using this months kit by Cocoa Daisy. As you can see the June Kit and the Add On Kit are very versatile. It was loads of fun playing the Daisy Divas once again. I used Vintage Photo Distress Ink to darken the Eyelet Cardstock. Traced a dinner plate to create the circle out of patterned paper, cut out leaves and butterflies from a piece of Webster’s Pages patterned paper using a craft knife, attached Maya Road green pom pom trim around the edge, created a scallop border using scallop scissors and a paper piercer, accented the horizontal strip with self adhesive pearls then used my sewing machine to add additional texture by sewing a straight stitch along the circle and horizontal strip. I wanted this layout...

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Ask the Masters…

Oct 21, 2008

Organizing Your Scrapbook Supplies is out. I have read this book from cover to cover and plan on using lots of ideas that past and present Memory Makers Masters shared. Right now, I have serious organization issues in my scraproom. Here are a few of the layouts I created for this book project. I’m sure you will recognize the Jolly Old Fellow featured below. Today I hit my 30 projects completed and I must say not being able to share is killing me. This process has really stretched me creatively and I’m thrilled. Tomorrow I will be in the 60’s. It might only be 69 more projects to go but it is STILL in the 60’s. Oh it makes me so happy. I can feel 50 coming on...

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“Family” Triangle Banner Book

Sep 14, 2008

Class Length: 3.5 – 4 Hours Skill: Intermediate This “Family” class is full of techniques that can be incorporated into future projects and layouts. Just remind yourself the impact they create on your projects and layouts makes the time spent worth every second.

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I do believe…

Jul 15, 2008

Well I say this now but I’m sure Caroline and Deb will come up with another design I love even more. There are some fabulous projects from the design team showcasing many of the new release items.

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