Recycle All Those Saved Christmas & Holiday Cards

Dec 10, 2014

In keep­ing with the “I’m using what I have for Christ­mas and cut­ting out the need­less things I don’t” I recy­cled some saved Christ­mas cards and cre­at­ed two super easy gift card hold­ers from one Christ­mas card. I know I’m not the only per­son that saves hol­i­day cards. I can­not throw Christ­mas cards of any kind away. I love them all and espe­cial­ly cher­ish the ones that have my grand­par­ents sig­na­tures inside. I start­ed with a Christ­mas card that mea­sured 4″ x 5.75″ but you can use any card size you want. This size just allowed me to keep the entire image with­out hav­ing to cut it down to fit a gift card. My com­plet­ed gift card hold­ers mea­sure 2.75″ x 4″. Once you have your card picked out and if you’re like me and save all your Christ­mas cards...

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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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Such a DELIGHTFUL Day

Dec 2, 2011

Yes­ter­day, was such a DELIGHTFUL day. The advance copy of my lat­est book Delight In The Sea­sons arrived… yes, I sat and looked at every sin­gle page feel­ing so accom­plished. I allowed myself to soak up the excite­ment and joy of see­ing all my hard work final­ly in print. I don’t do this near­ly as much as I should. I’m always ok, fin­ished that now move on to the next idea/project… And once again, F+W Media, Inc. did an incred­i­ble job turn­ing my vision into real­i­ty. Their entire team is amaz­ing. They help to cre­ate some of the most gor­geous books on the mar­ket. If you are won­der­ing a bit about this book here is how they describe it on the back cov­er… Make Each Sea­son Delight­ful! Lisa Pace is at it again, this...

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Halloween 2011 Completed Album

Nov 8, 2011

Here is the com­plet­ed Hal­loween mini album. I love how it turned out. Jen­ni Bowl­in and Maya Road were made to go togeth­er. I accent­ed the stems of the pump­kins using JBS Dec­o­ra­tive Brads, MR Leaf Pins and Trim. It’s now ready to fill with cute Hal­loween pho­tos of lit­tle trick ‑or-treaters and some jour­nal­ing about their fun can­dy filled evening. Front Cov­er I added brown and white bak­er’s twine to the top of the small­er pump­kins and accent­ed the edges of the JBS Alter­able Let­ters — Micro Dots using Chick­en Feed and brown ink. And of course I accent­ed the top of each let­ter using Dia­mond Stick­les. The 2011 are JBS Vin­tage Black Stick­ers. Pages 1 and 2 Pages 3 and 4 The num­bers 3 and 4 on page three are from the JBS...

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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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Altering the Pumpkins

Nov 2, 2011

Please for­give me for the last few days. I have been work­ing on some projects that I can­not wait to share. I will be doing an online chat with A Cher­ry On Top, Novem­ber 19th (once we have the time set I will let you know) dur­ing this chat I will final­ly get to reveal my secret… need­less to say, I am count­ing down the days. So, if you want to know make sure you are all signed up at ATOC to par­tic­i­pate in the chat. Okay, so now to alter­ing the chip­board pump­kins with Jen­ni Bowl­in’s awe­some Hal­loween 2011 line. To cre­ate the pump­kin tem­plate place a piece of com­put­er paper on top and trace over the recessed area with a sty­lus and cut out. For the stem por­tion of the pump­kin I traced...

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Happy Halloween

Oct 31, 2011

Son­ny’s a couch pota­to today… But tonight, he’s “Casper the Friend­ly Ghost”… it’s going to be a busy night for this sweet old boy. Those of you wait­ing for me to com­plete my Hal­loween Album. I’m work­ing on it… I got side tracked because it was a hap­py mail day last week and I’ve been cre­at­ing. Will be able to share soon! This wait­ing stuff is killing me....

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Getting Started

Oct 27, 2011

When cre­at­ing a mini album I like to cov­er the base pages first and build from there. Jen­ni Bowl­in’s Hal­loween line reminds me of the vin­tage Hal­loween items I come across now and then when thrift­ing and walk­ing around flea mar­kets. The images on the pat­terned papers are awe­some. Tools and Sup­plies Used: Glue Stick, Craft Knife, Craft Mat, Sand­ing Block, Glossy Accents, Maya Road 1″ Ink Pads True Black, Metal­lic Gold, Maya Road Glit­ter Licorice Black, Regal Gold, Dia­mond Stick­les Album Cov­er Pages 1 and 2 Pages 3 and 4 Pages 5 and 6 Pages 7 and 8 Back Cov­er Once all the pages are cov­ered I then alter the mini chip­board embell­ish­ments. I inked and glit­tered a cat, two trees and two maple leaves. Then I altered two mini chip­board pump­kins using...

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The Creative Process

Oct 26, 2011

I’m often asked how I come up with my ideas and how I cre­ate… so today’s post will give you a lit­tle insight into my cre­ative mad­ness. LOL, I real­ly do tor­ture myself and I’m not kid­ding. First, I get an idea which usu­al­ly comes to me at night when in bed. My brain starts to unwind because I’m always wound up like an 8 day clock. It is then that all the ideas start creep­ing in my head and I take notes. The oth­er night a mini album idea popped into my head for Hal­loween. I have some of the new super awe­some JBS Hal­loween line and embell­ish­ments that I have real­ly been want­i­ng to use but could not come up with an idea that I real­ly liked. I was think­ing about all...

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Sweet Deal…

Oct 12, 2010

Okay there is this fair­ly new etsy store called Lau­ra’s Vin­tage Gar­den. I have spo­ken of this store before. Well today Lau­ra is offer­ing a sweet deal to those of you who make a pur­chase in her store. Lau­ra’s store has won­der­ful PDF’s that are per­fect for using in vin­tage projects as well as mak­ing gor­geous sol­dered charms. Since Christ­mas is just around the cor­ner you know I am all about the vin­tage Christ­mas images espe­cial­ly her San­tas but she also has lots of vin­tage Hal­loween and Thanks­giv­ing PDF’s too. You just have to check out all her great stuff. Lau­ra not only has loads of PDF’s she also has some real­ly nice vin­tage items like Cab­i­net Cards and Vin­tage Ephemera Packs… So here is the sweet deal… if you pur­chase two items from...

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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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and a little Boo to you…

Oct 10, 2010

This “Boo” would make a per­fect mask if you want­ed to do so. I was being a bit lazy yes­ter­day and did­n’t want to dri­ve to the craft store to pur­chase a wood­en dow­el but the “O’s” are per­fect for eye open­ings. This chip­board shape is cov­ered with Jen­ni Bowl­in paper, out­lined with Plat­inum Stick­les then cov­ered with Martha Stew­art Crys­tal Coarse Glit­ter. I then accent­ed the upper por­tion of the “B” with Maya Road embell­ish­ments and some seam bind­ing. Sup­plies Used: Lit­tle Yel­low Bicy­cle Jum­bo Chip­board Shapes, Jen­ni Bowl­in (Fam­i­ly Tree) Cousin Rose Pat­terned Paper, Maya Road Crys­tal Star Pin, Maya Road Vin­tage Pearl Pin, Maya Road Felt Bead­ed Blos­som — Brown, a Black Gel­ly Roll Pen, Plat­inum Stick­les, Martha Stew­art Crys­tal Coarse Glit­ter is not list­ed in the store but check out...

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Trick or Treat

Oct 7, 2010

I’m not one for scary Hal­loween… I like cute and whim­si­cal Hal­loween so when I received these cute Jum­bo Chip­board Shapes from Lit­tle Yel­low Bicy­cle I knew just what I was going to do… cov­er them with Jen­ni Bowl­in pat­tern papers and accent them with lots of Maya Road good­ies. Today, I worked on this cute lit­tle pump­kin. Tomor­row, I will show you the ghost. I can’t make up my mind if I want to attach a dow­el to the back and make it a pick, make a hang­er out of a bow or just tuck them here and there around the house as they are… what do you think? Sup­plies Used: Lit­tle Yel­low Bicy­cle Jum­bo Chip­board Shapes ~ Pump­kin, Jen­ni Bowl­in (Fam­i­ly Tree) Aunt Char­lotte, Cousin Rose, Aunt Kathryn Pat­terned Papers, Jen­ni Bowl­in...

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Coupon Code 63B3..

Aug 31, 2010

will get you $5. off of last years “All Hal­low’s Eve” online work­shop. Even though it is last years work­shop does not mean it is dat­ed my any means. These projects can be recre­at­ed year after year. So if you did not par­tic­i­pate in this online work­shop last year you can still do so with­out wor­ry this year. This online work­shop includes 12 vin­tage-themed project tuto­ri­als. Projects include items such as treat bas­kets, feath­er tree orna­ments, mini wall hang­ings, tags and a treat bag. Each tuto­r­i­al includes col­or pho­tos and step by step instruc­tions. Some projects come with down­load­able tem­plates to make your cre­ative process a bit eas­i­er. I have also includ­ed vin­tage post­card and mini flash­card down­loads for both Hal­loween AND Thanks­giv­ing. Sug­ges­tions are pro­vid­ed to con­vert at least 7 All Hal­low’s Eve...

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A Happy Christmas…

Oct 28, 2009

Yes it looks as though I skipped Hal­loween and Thanks­giv­ing all togeth­er and went straight to Christ­mas. Hon­est­ly this was not my inten­tion it just kin­da hap­pened… I guess it comes as no sur­prise that I was the kid ready to pull the Christ­mas tree out of the attic the sec­ond I saw any sign of Christ­mas in the stores. Mom and I always had some kind of Christ­mas craft going on each year. I still have the stuffed fab­ric orna­ments we made one year… once we made lots of cute orna­ments using a sim­ple salt and flour dough mix­ture then paint­ed and coat­ed them in var­nish… not sure what hap­pened to those but I’m sure it had some­thing to do with South­east Texas humid­i­ty. Any­way, I could go on and on telling you...

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Vintage Halloween Feather Tree Ornament…

Oct 16, 2009

I LOVE mak­ing these orna­ments. Ans­ley says they are freaky and cer­tain­ly not her most favorite project I have ever cre­at­ed but I am stand­ing strong when I say, “I love them, I real­ly, real­ly love them and I will make them for every hol­i­day.” If you would like to make one of these orna­ments here is how to do it. Using wire cut­ters, cut a piece from a green Che­nille Bump Stem so that you have two bumps on one piece (legs) and then either one or two bumps on a sec­ond piece (arms). I like to have two bumps for the arms so that I can curl the hands in to hold items. If I use one bump I find that the arms are too short. Next all you do is fold...

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Homespun Inspiration sneak peeks…

Oct 12, 2009

Here is a lit­tle sneak peek of the 3rd project in my Home­spun Inspi­ra­tion work­shop. Those that are reg­is­tered can see the full image along with the projects tuto­r­i­al in the Home­spun Inspi­ra­tion mem­ber­ship area on the 15th. The sup­ply list is already list­ed if you want to start gath­er­ing your sup­plies. Here is a sneak peek of what we cre­at­ed last month. And here is a sneak peek of the first project we cre­at­ed. I have start­ed gath­er­ing all my vin­tage Christ­mas sup­plies and prod­ucts for my next Hol­i­day work­shop. I can­not wait for this one. I have so many ideas, I think you are gonna like this one. I will update you soon on the work­shops start date. Until then I will con­tin­ue to post some Hal­loween and fall tuto­ri­als. Have a...

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All Hallow’s Eve Registration.…. Starts Today!

Sep 1, 2009

YAY… today is the first day of reg­is­tra­tion for my new “All Hal­low’s Eve” online work­shop. Once reg­is­tered, you will have access to the pri­vate blog which present­ly lists all the sup­plies and tools need­ed to recre­ate each project. The cost for this online work­shop is $19.95 and includes 12 project tuto­ri­als. All projects have a vin­tage theme and include items such as treat bas­kets, feath­er tree orna­ments, mini wall hang­ings, tags and treat bag. For those that are par­tic­i­pat­ing in any Hal­loween tag swaps I placed a few tag tuto­ri­als in the first two weeks of the work­shop. Each tuto­r­i­al includes col­or pho­tos and step by step instruc­tions. Some projects will come with tem­plates to make the cre­ative process a bit eas­i­er and I have includ­ed vin­tage post­card and mini flash­card down­loads for...

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Trick or Treat with Lottie…

Aug 29, 2009

Lot­tie by Pink Per­sim­mon I have so many ideas for this adorable stamp set and since Hal­loween items are start­ing to show up in stores all over the area I fig­ured now would be great time for a lit­tle “Mas­quer­ade Ball” theme.  So if you are par­tic­i­pat­ing in any Hal­loween tag or card swaps I think Lot­tie will cer­tain­ly make a grand entrance. Wish­ing you all a won­der­ful week­end. It’s going to be a great one here in Texas. Sup­plies Used: Jen­ni Bowl­in Mini Bin­go Cards — Hal­loween, My Mind’s Eye — Night Light Sug­ar Dots, Adiron­dack Metallics Acrylic Paint Dab­ber — Gold, Mak­ing Mem­o­ries Scrap­book Shim­mer — Gold, Orange Peel Stick­les, Pink Per­sim­mon Lot­tie Stamp Set, Black Boa, Black Card­stock, Aleene’s Tacky Glue, Aleene’s Paper Glaze, Book Page, Bril­lance Pig­ment Ink Pad —...

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In Anticipation…

Aug 28, 2009

of my upcom­ing work­shop “All Hal­low’s Eve” below is a tuto­r­i­al I put togeth­er show­ing you how to recre­ate this super cute Hal­loween themed Bot­tle Brush Tree. You all are going to love this one… promise! Sup­plies Need­ed: Bot­tle Brush Tree, Clorox Bleach, Maya Road Maya Mists Orange, Gold Mer­cury Glass Beads, Black Seam Bind­ing, Moth­er of Pearl But­ton, Black Embroi­dery Floss, Vin­tage Paper, Gold­en Rod Stick­les, Aleene’s Tacky Glue Tools Need­ed: Scis­sors, Tweez­ers Instruc­tions: In a well ven­ti­lat­ed area or out­side place a mix­ture of 1/3 warm water and 2/3’s Bleach into a glass con­tain­er. The amount made will deter­mine how many trees you will be bleach­ing at one time.  Place tree(s) into mix­ture and let set until bleached.  Once bleach­ing is com­plete remove from mix­ture and allow to dry. Using Maya Road...

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All Hallow’s Eve Sneak Peeks…

Aug 25, 2009

Thought I would share a few sneak peeks of my upcom­ing All Hal­low’s Eve online work­shop. Reg­is­tra­tion will begin Sep­tem­ber 1st. Once reg­is­tered you will have access to the pri­vate blog and can get a look at the sup­ply list. Those of you that have not par­tic­i­pat­ed in one of my work­shops I want to make sure you know you can sub­sti­tute prod­ucts I used with items you may already have one hand. I just include the sup­ply list in case you want to recre­ate the projects exact­ly as I have cre­at­ed mine. This new work­shop will include 12 project tuto­ri­als. Each project will include col­or pho­tos and step by step instruc­tions. There will be down­loads of vin­tage Hal­loween post­card images and a mini flash­card PDF. AND… since Thanks­giv­ing will be just around the...

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