Weekend of Holiday Decorating

Dec 8, 2014

The Christmas tree is the first item to go up in our house during the holiday season. Ansley designed this “Peppermint” tree a few years ago and we’ve kept it since. It’s a fun tree that is easy to put up and take down and lets face it during the holidays easy is the key word. Once the tree is all set Ansley and I start to plan how we want to decorate the house. This year it is all about lights. In the den, we decided to hang three wreaths with white lights and some garland with red and white lights in the bay window. We added white lights on the fireplace mantel and I accented it with some of my favorite vintage mercury glass ornaments, garland and green depression glass. I say “I” accented...

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Happy Holidays Photo Ornament Kit

Oct 31, 2013

  I’m still going through my stash and putting together mini ornament kits for the holidays and last night, I was able to put together this cute photo ornament kit. FYI, I have a very limited amount of kits. The kit contents are listed below and as always come with step by step instructions and a color photo. Please note, Festive Berries Distress Ink used to color the chipboard frame and Platinum Stickles used to outline the chipboard base and frame are NOT included. Kit Contents: 1 – 4″ x 6″ daisyd’s Snowman Patterned Paper 1 – 4″ x 6″ daisyd’s Polka Dot Patterned Paper 1 – Chipboard Page 1 – Chipboard Frame (Frame will vary see photo for variations) 1 – Small Bottle Brush Tree 2 – Holly Leaves 1 – Button 2...

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Delight In The Seasons ~ Giveaway

Jan 3, 2013

With all the recent holidays, I’m having a hard time keeping up with the days of the week. I just realized today is Thursday and NOT Wednesday and want to let you know about a book review and giveaway that ends TOMORROW. One of my book sponsors, Little Yellow Bicycle has a wonderful review posted on their blog about my book Delight In The Seasons AND they are giving away a copy to one lucky winner. Little Yellow Bicycle will pick the winner TOMORROW. To enter the drawing all you need to do is leave a comment on THEIR BLOG HERE so hop on over to their blog and leave a comment. You don’t want to miss out on crafting a year of memorable holidays & celebrations. Thanks for being such wonderful book sponsors Little Yellow Bicycle....

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Give Thanks…

Nov 20, 2012

If you have my book “Delight In The Seasons” you just might recognize this project as it’s featured in the Autumn Chapter on pages 104 & 105. It showcases one of my favorite techniques using Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel also known as UTEE. It’s no secret how much I love UTEE and just the other day Suze Weinberg dubbed me the new “Queen of UTEE.” THE Queen, dubbing ME the new Queen, I will certainly wear this crown proudly. If you don’t have my book… GASP, well it’s your lucky day because “Create Mixed Media” is featuring my “Give Thanks” project/technique on their website just in time for Thanksgiving. Click HERE to view the complete project and step by step tutorial. And it’s double your lucky day because I’m offering FREE SHIPPING to anyone...

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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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Bellie Comes to Visit

Jun 19, 2012

Oh how I LOVE being an Aunt!!! Bellie, my youngest niece is visiting this week. This is her first time to come and stay for a week all by herself. Alan and I have been waiting for this moment for a very long time. Although in the photo below that was taken on the way back to our house, she informed us she is not Bellie… she is a walrus. How could we make such a mistake? As you can see from the collage there is some serious spoiling going on. But this is our job and Alan and I take our work very seriously.  Just a typical day with Uncle Alan and Beasie (my oldest niece Amanda gave me this name years ago and it stuck) Playing at the park after eating ice cream from...

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In Honor of Spring

Mar 20, 2012

Since today is the first day of Spring what better way to celebrate than with a book giveaway. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post telling me which “Season” is your favorite and why. I will announce the winner of my book “Delight In The Seasons”, Friday. I love all the seasons but summer in Texas is my least favorite. The fun holidays and celebrations that come along  like birthdays, vacations, weddings, Independence Day etc., certainly helps make up for the 100+ degree temperatures BUT I still do not like summer. So, leave a comment for your chance to win… I can’t wait to read about your favorite season. Good Luck....

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Growing up with Santa

Dec 19, 2011

No matter how old Santa’s grandkids are they’re never too old to have a photo taken with Santa. This year, Laren (SIL) and Terri my oldest daughter went to Beaumont for Thanksgiving. This meant they were able to get their photo taken with Santa. It’s been several years since they’ve been able to make it down for the holidays and Mr. and Mrs. Claus were very happy to see them. This photo is of Santa and my sister Belinda’s kids… from left to right is my adorable nephew Brittain (poor boy he is the ONLY boy out of 6 grandkids), Isabella, Paw Paw Santa, Madelyn holding Grand-Dog Zeus and niece Amanda. Believe it or not this photo was the first one they took! Talk about a Christmas miracle. Even Zeusy was good and looked...

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Christmas Baking

Dec 6, 2011

One of the things Ansley always looks forward to every holiday season is baking Christmas cookies… wait, let me rephrase this… me baking Christmas cookies. Each year, it is not Christmas to her unless I bake her all her favorites… Chocolate Chewies, Lemon Cookies, Pecan Sandies and Red Velvet cookies with a Hershey Kiss in the middle. The girl keeps me busy during the holidays for sure. But I love it and it makes me happy that she loves them so much. So Ansley and her cookies were the inspiration behind this card. I thought the Maya Road Heart Tart Tin Bottlecap was perfect to start with, then using Jet Black Archival Ink, I stamped the Antiquated Collection Misses’ Aprons onto grungepaper three times so I could cut out the apron from one and...

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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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Working on something fun…

Nov 23, 2010

For the past few days in between last minute book stuff, packing projects for shipment, a Dr. visit for Ansley (poor girl is sick again) and everyday life I have been creating a simple “Countdown Banner”. This year, I am determined to keep it simple for the holidays and I am hoping this banner will remind me of this each day in December. This will be another cute project featured in my “Tips, Techniques & Tutorials” workshop. I will have the mini flashcard PDF for you to download as well as the supply list and tools needed. Now I am off to ship a box full of book projects to my sweet editor Jenni. I am truly blessed once again with a wonderful editor. F&W Media has the best staff ever… Managing Editor, Editors,...

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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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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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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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Favorite Blog Posts of 2009

Dec 31, 2009

Well we are all back home safe and sound. It was nice getting to see the family over the holidays but it sure does feel good sleeping in your own bed. Since it is New Year’s Eve and I cannot help but reflect on all the things that happened in 2009 I thought it would be fun to post all my favorite blog posts over the past year. So below you will find a list of my favorites. I hope they are some of your favorites too. A Little Valentine Tutorial Be Mine One Little Text 100 Completed Fabric Flower Love You Tag Vintage Button Bouquet Photo Holder using Sewing Pattern Flower Book Page Flower Faux Vintage Millinery Pin Tissue Paper Flower Sewing Pattern Flower Scallop Paper Lace In Anticipation Simple Leaf Pick Lottie’s...

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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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Want to see some pages inside my book…

Nov 28, 2009

Oh I love having a techy DH. Alan added photos of the inside of my book to this post. If you want to see them check it out. I love seeing the pages in color as pretty much all I have seen is black and white. I can hardly wait to get my two advanced copies… I am counting down the days as it should be sometime in December. You will all here a huge scream when they arrive. I tell ya my Editor Kristin Boys (love, love, love her so much… seriously she is the sweetest person and such a pleasure to work with… I’m so glad my book landed on her desk) Designer Corrie Schaffeld, Production Coordinator Greg Nock, Photographers Christine Polomsky (it was a BLAST getting to work with Christine in...

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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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Online Holiday Workshop Enrollment Begins Tomorrow…

Oct 28, 2008

The 12 Days of Christmas is a month long online workshop of holiday creating. Each Monday, Wednesday and Friday for the month of November I will post new projects that will include a supply list, tools needed and step by step instructions to complete each project. There will be a total of at least 15 tutorials. Some projects will come with a template to make the creative process a bit easier and each featured project has close up color photos. All the projects are designed so you can use items you already have on hand or create them exactly like the sample. The cost for this online workshop is $19.95 and will be available from November 1st – December 15th. Once payment is received you will be sent a password to enter this private...

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Home for the Holidays…

Oct 20, 2008

Check out the Home for the Holidays contest Maya Road is hosting… if you like to alter projects and love Maya Road products here is your chance to win lots of Maya Road goodies. With the Holidays around the corner, we here at Maya Road are proud to present the Maya Road Home for the Holidays Contest! Take one or more of our Maya Road chipboard houses and decorate them for the Holidays to enter our contest! We are looking for the best looking houses on the block filled with innovative techniques and more! This contest will be judged by the talented Maya Road design team. Maya Road will be offering over $500 in prizes for this contest to be given to 5 winners. The prizes will be divided up as follows: Grand Prize...

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So what do you think…

Sep 11, 2008

Yesterday I was wondering how a small brown paper bag would emboss using an embossing folder well… I used the textile embossing folder (seems to be my favorite) then covered the embossed bag using Ranger Distress Inks in Vintage Photo and Spiced Marmalade.

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