Holiday gift card holder…

Nov 21, 2010

As you all know I LOVE the hol­i­days espe­cial­ly Christ­mas. But the one thing I real­ly don’t like doing is giv­ing gift cards even though I know that is what my nieces and nephew real­ly want. I must get this from my mom as she does not like giv­ing gift cards either. It just feels so imper­son­al. But we both end up buck­ling at the knees every year and grant them their wish­es. So I decid­ed this year I will make per­son­al­ized gift card hold­ers for every­one. It will make me feel a lit­tle bit bet­ter about hand­ing them out. Those reg­is­tered in my Tips, Tech­niques and Tuto­ri­als work­shop will have access to the PDF of the tem­plate I used to cre­ate the gift card hold­er shown above. I will post it tomor­row in...

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All Things Winter

Nov 14, 2010

I’m so excit­ed to tell you about my next upcom­ing online work­shop. This work­shop “All Things Win­ter” will include win­ter and hol­i­day themed projects from my book “Delight In The Details”. This work­shop will include step by step instruc­tions, col­or pho­tos and tips to help you recre­ate the projects list­ed below. Page 15 Mer­ry & Bright Orna­ment Page 26 Joy Ban­ner Page 30 Joy Mini Album Page 42 Snow Day Lay­out Page 44 Win­ter of 78 Lay­out Page 72 Gift Tag Page 76 Christ­mas Cook­ies Lay­out Page 91 Silent Night Christ­mas Card Page 95 Christ­mas Greet­ings Christ­mas Card Page 125 San­ta Baby Lay­out The cost for this online work­shop is only $19.95. FYI… I will not be teach­ing the tech­niques as those are in the book, just the instruc­tions need­ed to make recre­at­ing these...

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Clearly for Art…

Nov 5, 2010

My oh my, oh my is Wendy Vec­chi’s “Clear­ly for Art” super cool to work with… seri­ous­ly you will LOVE play­ing with this mod­el­ing film. It is lit­er­al­ly fool proof you CAN NOT mess this stuff up… promise! Sup­plies Need­ed: Tim Holtz Alter­ations Tat­tered Flo­rals Bigz Die, Alco­hol Inks Cran­ber­ry, Gin­ger, Ter­ra Cot­ta, Ranger Felt Appli­ca­tor Tool, Stu­dio 490 Be Inspired… Make Art Stamp Set, Archival Ink Jet Black, Ranger — Non Stick Craft Sheet, Heat Gun, 7 Vin­tage But­tons, Embroi­dery Floss Instruc­tions: Using the Tat­tered Flo­rals Die cut two of the daisy look­ing flow­ers. Punch a small hole in the cen­ter of each flower. Place these on a Non Stick Craft Sheet. Apply Cran­ber­ry, Gin­ger and Ter­ra Cot­ta Alco­hol Inks onto a Felt cov­ered Blend­ing Tool. Apply Alco­hol Inks onto the two flow­ers....

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Online Workshop Sale…

Oct 29, 2010

It is that time of year again, get­ting ready to start cre­at­ing for the hol­i­days. I love, love, love cre­at­ing projects for Christ­mas and my two online work­shops “12 Days of Christ­mas” and “A Very Vin­tage Christ­mas” are work­shops that will nev­er go out of style. You can change the pat­terned papers or embell­ish­ments I used to cre­ate the projects fea­tured in my work­shops to fit your style or hol­i­day theme if you wish to do so. So if you are new to my blog you might want to check out these work­shops and if you have been around for a while and just nev­er had the time well you are in luck because I have coupons for you and you will have unlim­it­ed access. Alan is work­ing hard on chang­ing all the info...

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Christmas Memories…

Oct 21, 2010

While at CHA store own­ers expressed inter­est in a Maya Road Retail­er Kit Pro­gram and I am pleased to share with you their first Christ­mas Mem­o­ries Mini Album Kit designed by me. Maya Road part­nered with Lily­bee Designs to bring you a kit which is per­fect for the Hol­i­days! And guess what? They are offer­ing these kits at whole­sale price so store own­ers can teach them in their stores or sell them to their cus­tomers! To find out more about the kit read below! Get ready for the hol­i­days because they will be here before you know it. Once you com­plete this album all you will need to do dur­ing the busy month of Decem­ber is attach your pho­tos because every­thing else will be com­plet­ed. This album can show­case your hol­i­day sea­son using 3.5”...

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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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It’s a miracle…

Jan 7, 2010

Most of you know I have a seri­ous time get­ting my Christ­mas tree tak­en down and put back up in the attic before spring and the lay­out below which I cre­at­ed a while back is proof. Well yes­ter­day was an all time first. I actu­al­ly got all the hol­i­day dec­o­ra­tions boxed up, the tree tak­en down AND put back into the attic. Seri­ous­ly, I am so proud of myself as this was a true accom­plish­ment. And need­ing to fin­ish up CHA projects is a HUGE moti­va­tor. This girl is behind and needs to kick it in gear big time. I have so many lit­tle things that turn into slight­ly big­ger things to take care of before the show. One thing is get­ting book projects (lay­outs, cards and tags) into 4 — Amer­i­can Crafts Mod­ern...

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Merry Christmas…

Dec 25, 2009

It is a white Christ­mas for us this year. I love the snow so get­ting to watch it fall all day yes­ter­day and through the night made it an extra spe­cial Christ­mas for me and my fam­i­ly. Wish­ing you and yours a won­der­ful day filled with hol­i­day cheer. And here’s to a great New...

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I have wonderful blog readers…

Dec 23, 2009

First I must say WOW… thank you all so much for all the won­der­ful com­ments and emails you have sent me regard­ing this post. I have decid­ed to keep it real on my blog this year. I cer­tain­ly do not want to give the false impres­sion that every­day is a hol­i­day for me. Most days are real­ly great don’t get me wrong. But I think we woman some­times get caught in a trap and feel it sets us up for unre­al­is­tic expec­ta­tions on our­selves when we read that every­thing is always peachy or things always seem so per­fect at all times on oth­er blogs. Real­ly life is not that way and I cer­tain­ly do not want to por­tray that mine is. Yes I do have so many things to be thank­ful for and I...

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12 Day Advent Pocket Calendar #8

Dec 10, 2009

Well we did it… all 12 pock­ets are com­plet­ed. Now to arrange them and onto my can­vas and alter that up a bit. Will get to work on it and show you the fin­ished project soon. This is going to be a fun thing to do with Ans­ley dur­ing her Christ­mas break. There’s noth­ing like hav­ing a lit­tle some­thing fun to do each day. Stamp image onto heavy weight white card­stock, ink on top of stamped image using Dis­tress Ink, light­ly col­or image using jew­el tone chalks. Place glossy accents onto the back of a Frag­ments Charm and attach to stamped image. Using Alco­hol Ink, ink the top of the Frag­ments Charm, accent the Frag­ments Charm with Dis­tress Stick­les, let dry. Once the Dis­tress Stick­les is dry apply a clear dry­ing adhe­sive to the...

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Cupcake Liner Holiday Light Reflectors…

Dec 9, 2009

While sit­ting in the Doc­tor’s office this morn­ing with Ans­ley (poor girl has a ter­ri­ble sore throat but a shot and antibi­otics will fix her in no time) I saw this real­ly neat idea in one of the mag­a­zines. I can­not remem­ber which mag­a­zine I saw this in but find it rather amus­ing that I can remem­ber how to make the entire project step for step… does not make sense at all. Any­way, these are super easy to make and will look so pret­ty attached to white lights wrapped around some gar­land. They remind me of the old alu­minum foil reflec­tors used in the 60’s. Sup­plies Used: Foil Cup­cake Lin­ers Tools Used: Scis­sors Instruc­tions: Fold cup­cake lin­er in half four times. Using Scis­sors snip the top por­tion of the cup­cake lin­er as shown in...

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12 Day Advent Pocket Calendar #7

Dec 8, 2009

Stamp image onto heavy weight white card­stock, ink on top of stamped image using Dis­tress Ink, light­ly col­or image using jew­el tone chalks. Place glossy accents onto the back of a Frag­ments Charm and attach to stamped image. Using Alco­hol Ink, ink the top of the Frag­ments Charm, accent the Frag­ments Charm with Dis­tress Stick­les, let dry. Once the Dis­tress Stick­les is dry apply a clear dry­ing adhe­sive to the edge of the Frag­ments Charm and apply Gold Ger­man Glass Glit­ter to the edge, let dry. Once dry tie a piece of white seam bind­ing on top. Cov­er the front top half of a 1 3/8″ x 2 3/4″ office tag with pat­terned paper, fold the end up to cre­ate a pock­et, cov­er the fold­ed part of the pock­et with pat­terned paper, stitch around...

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12 Day Advent Pocket Calendar #6

Dec 7, 2009

We are so close to fin­ish­ing up this 12 Day Advent Pock­et Cal­en­dar. I find this a fun way to keep the hol­i­days going dur­ing Ans­ley’s win­ter break and it helps with the sting of hav­ing to go back to school… just a lit­tle some­thing to look for­ward to each day after Christ­mas.  And I decid­ed to give you a peek at how I am arrang­ing the pock­ets. This is far from being fin­ished as I need to add some trim and oth­er embell­ish­ments but at least this way you can see the method to my mad­ness. Just two emp­ty spots left to fill. I love how today’s pock­et worked out… the lit­tle jester doll looks as though he is throw­ing a snow­ball.. too cute! Stamp image onto heavy weight white card­stock, ink on...

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Let it Snow…

Dec 4, 2009

I got­ta say I am impressed with myself today… two big blog posts in one day.… As promised here are the instruc­tions for this sweet snow­man orna­ment that was part of Deb­by’s 12 Days of Home for the Hol­i­days. You want to make sure to keep check­ing Deb­by’s blog because she has a new design­er fea­tured each day. I love read­ing how oth­ers pre­serve their hol­i­day tra­di­tions. How do you pre­serve yours? Instruc­tions: Using a paint­brush apply Mani­la paint all along the sides of your paper mache orna­ment, let dry. Cov­er the top of your orna­ment with vin­tage sheet music. Using Col­or­Box Flu­id Chalk Ink — Creamy Brown, ink the edges of the paper mache orna­ment. Using a paint­brush apply Col­lage Pauge Decoupage — Glossy all over the top of the vin­tage sheet music...

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12 Day Advent Pocket Calendar #4

Dec 4, 2009

We are get­ting so close to fin­ish­ing up our cal­en­dar. I might share a peak of how mine looks with all the tags togeth­er… still try­ing to decide… I might just make you wait. And make sure you check back tomor­row as I am going to have the instruc­tions on how I cre­at­ed this cute orna­ment. That snow­man makes me so hap­py. Thanks Deb­by for ask­ing me to par­tic­i­pate in your 12 Days of Home for the Hol­i­days. Stamp image onto heavy weight white card­stock, ink on top of stamped image using Dis­tress Ink, light­ly col­or image using jew­el tone chalks. Place glossy accents onto the back of a Frag­ments Charm and attach to stamped image. Using Alco­hol Ink, ink the top of the Frag­ments Charm, accent the Frag­ments Charm with Dis­tress Stick­les, let...

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12 Day Advent Pocket Calendar #2

Dec 2, 2009

Stamp image onto heavy weight white card­stock, ink on top of stamped image using Dis­tress Ink, light­ly col­or image using jew­el tone chalks. Place glossy accents onto the back of a Frag­ments Charm and attach to stamped image. Using Alco­hol Ink, ink the top of the Frag­ments Charm, accent the Frag­ments Charm with Dis­tress Stick­les, let dry. Once the Dis­tress Stick­les is dry apply a clear dry­ing adhe­sive to the edge of the Frag­ments Charm and apply Gold Ger­man Glass Glit­ter to the edge, let dry. Once dry tie a piece of green seam bind­ing on top. Cov­er the front top half of a 1 3/8″ x 2 3/4″ office tag with pat­terned paper, fold the end up to cre­ate a pock­et, cov­er the fold­ed part of the pock­et with pat­terned paper, stitch around...

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12 Day Advent Pocket Calendar #9

Nov 27, 2009

Stamp image onto heavy weight white card­stock, ink on top of stamped image using Dis­tress Ink, light­ly col­or image using jew­el tone chalks. Place glossy accents onto the back of a Frag­ments Charm and attach to stamped image. Using Alco­hol Ink, ink the top of the Frag­ments Charm, accent the Frag­ments Charm with Dis­tress Stick­les, let dry. Once the Dis­tress Stick­les is dry apply a clear dry­ing adhe­sive to the edge of the Frag­ments Charm and apply Gold Ger­man Glass Glit­ter to the edge, let dry. Once dry tie a piece of green seam bind­ing on top. Cov­er the front top half of a 1 3/8″ x 2 3/4″ office tag with pat­terned paper, fold the end up to cre­ate a pock­et, cov­er the fold­ed part of the pock­et with pat­terned paper, stitch around...

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New Downloads for Sale…

Nov 21, 2009

I’m so hap­py to announce that I am now offer­ing for sale step by step project tuto­ri­als. A few of the project tuto­ri­als list­ed “Jin­gle” and “Mon­sieur Hiv­er” are from my pop­u­lar “12 Days of Christ­mas Work­shop”. And today, I cre­at­ed a super cute “Cof­fee Cup” gift card hold­er that’s just wait­ing to be made by you and giv­en as a gift this hol­i­day sea­son. This project can be used as a gift card hold­er now then turned into an orna­ment in the years to come. As with all my tuto­ri­als these down­loads have col­or pho­tos, a list of the sup­plies and tools used, tem­plates when need­ed and sim­ple to fol­low step-by-step instruc­tions. Check back in the tuto­ri­als sec­tion of my store as more projects will be added...

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Workshop Coupon…

Nov 20, 2009

These past few days I have been busy work­ing on an adorable orna­ment (if I don’t say so myself) for a project a friend of mine is doing on her blog. I can’t wait to show you but you’re going to have to wait until some­time in Decem­ber. I think it will be worth the wait. And those cre­at­ing the pock­ets along with me for the Advent cal­en­dar, I will be post­ing more soon… I am lov­ing how this project is com­ing togeth­er. We have been hav­ing a blast cre­at­ing in my hol­i­day work­shops. I can­not believe we are fin­ish­ing up week 3 in my “A Very Vin­tage Christ­mas” work­shop. The time is fly­ing by but there is still time to cre­ate for the hol­i­days if you are inter­est­ed. Remem­ber, you have the same...

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12 Day Advent Pocket Calendar #3

Nov 18, 2009

Stamp image onto heavy weight white card­stock, ink on top of stamped image using Dis­tress Ink, light­ly col­or image using jew­el tone chalks. Place glossy accents onto the back of a Frag­ments Charm and attach to stamped image. Using Alco­hol Ink, ink the top of the Frag­ments Charm, accent the Frag­ments Charm with Dis­tress Stick­les, let dry. Once the Dis­tress Stick­les is dry apply a clear dry­ing adhe­sive to the edge of the Frag­ments Charm and apply Gold Ger­man Glass Glit­ter to the edge, let dry. Once dry tie a piece of green seam bind­ing on top. Cov­er the front top half of a 1 3/8″ x 2 3/4″ office tag with pat­terned paper, fold the end up to cre­ate a pock­et, cov­er the fold­ed part of the pock­et with pat­terned paper, stitch around...

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12 Day Advent Pocket Calendar Pocket #12

Nov 17, 2009

Instruc­tions: Stamp image onto heavy weight white card­stock, ink on top of stamped image using Dis­tress Ink, light­ly col­or image using jew­el tone chalks. Place glossy accents onto the back of a Frag­ments Charm and attach to stamped image. Using Alco­hol Ink, ink the top of the Frag­ments Charm, accent the Frag­ments Charm with Dis­tress Stick­les and Dia­mond Stick­les, let dry. Once the Stick­les is dry apply a clear dry­ing adhe­sive to the edge of the Frag­ments Charm and apply Gold Ger­man Glass Glit­ter to the edge, let dry. Once dry tie a piece of red seam bind­ing on top. Cov­er the front top half of a Size 5 — 4 3/4″ x 2 3/8″ office tag with pat­terned paper, fold the end up to cre­ate a pock­et, cov­er the fold­ed part of the...

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