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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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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Winter Mittens

Oct 18, 2011

This winter project was super fun to create. As you all know, I love Winter and think mittens look so cute placed around our home during the cold winter months.  I love the homey feel they give. This project can be found in the Winter chapter on page 24 of Delight In The Seasons. Page 25 features step by step instructions and detailed photographs showing you how to recreate the featured technique. I love all the sparkle from the white iridescent glitter, red rhinestones and silver beaded trim and think the white boa feathers accent the cuff of each mitten perfectly. The boa feather cuff on each mitten reminds me of the little white hand muff I had when I was around 3 or 4 years old. I remember like it was yesterday, sitting...

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Of all the albums…

Oct 14, 2011

I have created I do believe this one has been photographed and looked over more than any other. The cover of this album can be seen in my book “Delight In The Details” but due to space limitations the inside was not able to be featured. So as with The Garden Fairy mini album I posted yesterday, I thought I would share the inside of this album with you too. This album has photos of my great great aunts Minnie and Amanda and uncles Albert and Stephen along with their parents, my great great grandmother Rebecca Hinkle, grandfather Enoch Childers and his brother Jesse. Oh and these are the family members who lived in the old house I love going into on my aunt’s property in Buckhannon, WV. The swing Albert Childers is sitting...

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The Garden Fairy

Oct 13, 2011

This little album is one that can be found in my book Delight In The Details. The inside of the album was not able to be shown so I thought I would share it with you. The photos used are ones I took of my niece Madelyn when she and her family were staying with me and Alan during hurricane Rita, several years ago. Madelyn was having so much fun running around the backyard dressed up as a fairy. I just let her play while I snapped away catching her each and every move. I printed each of the photos in black and white onto a transparency then used a sewing machine set to a straight stitch to attach each photo to the patterned paper. You need to really pay attention to where you...

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Took a quick trip…

Oct 12, 2011

I decided to go to Beaumont over the weekend for some antique and thrift store shopping as well as hit this wonderful flea market. Mom, dad and I were up and out early Friday, Saturday and Sunday and found some AWESOME items for me to use in upcoming class projects and workshops. I was so happy. I just give mom and dad a list of items I’m looking for and they are off and running. They scored some great finds for me this trip. Those two are keepers I tell ya. I took a few photos of some of the items we found. I have boxes filled with great vintage stuff. But some I’m gonna keep a secret as a girl can’t share all her surprises… can she? We found salt and pepper shakers,...

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Artistic Journey Recap…

Oct 4, 2011

What an awesome weekend! I was so lucky to get to create with so many wonderfully creative and inspiring ladies. Weeks before the event began Caroline and Carolyn put out a challenge to those attending Artistic Journey to create a tag telling three things about themselves. Once they finished they then sent the tags to Carolyn so she could create a wonderful window display. These are just a few of the tags sent.  I love how each one captures their personality. Awesome job ladies. Friday night, during our meet and greet each attendee was given a canvas apron to alter any way they wanted…. Carolyn and Caroline had stations set up all over The Crafty Scrapper with lots of trims, embellishments etc. for them to use. It was so fun seeing how different everyone’s...

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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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So THRILLED to be a part of this event…

Aug 23, 2011

Thrilled really does not even begin to explain how excited I am to be a part of this event. It has been so hard keeping this a secret.  “A Kiss on the Chic Bellagio Retreat” is going to be awesome and teaching with Laura McCollough, Tammy Tutterow and Debby Schuh is going to be the icing on the cake. Click HERE to read about registering for the event and HERE to see the incredible accommodations. I cannot wait! And as you can see below, the itinerary Laura put together is packed with loads of fun. I hope to see you there! Itinerary & Daily Schedule:September 15 – 22, 2012 (schedule may change) Saturday, September 15: Arrive Milan throughout the day and be transferred to beautiful Bellagio, Italy. 3:00pm Check-in at the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni’s Apartments or...

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Back to Reality…

Aug 22, 2011

Today, summer is over as Ansley started back to school as a senior. My goodness did these years pass by fast. I still cannot believe this is her last year in high school. I best enjoy her as much as possible this year as I know she will be ready to fly the coup soon. Which brings me to ask this question… What in the world will Alan and I do with just the two of us at home? We have always had a child in the house as I married Alan when Terri was 2 years old. I’m just going to put all this way deep in the back of my mind for now and share with you some photo collages from my trip to Buckhannon, WV. It was an awesome visit with...

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Time passes quickly

Aug 14, 2011

First, I want to thank everyone who has taken over my blog posting duties while I’ve been gone. It’s been really nice not having to worry about blog posts all week and I cannot wait to see what you post about this week. The photos below are photos of the old Childers homestead that was established in 1900 by my great great grandfather Enoch Childers. He moved to Buckhannon, WV with his nine children Daniel, John, Stephen, James, Robert, Minnie, Albert, Amanda and Jesse. Toby Childers had sadly passed away from an accident in 1893. His wife Rebecca Hinkle Childers died from consumption in 1894. The main one room log home was rolled over the hill from across the dirt road not far from it’s location now, using large logs and horses. They added...

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Five Photos

Aug 2, 2011

These five photos bring back way more than five memories that is for sure and are some of my favorites. Downtown Chicago is one of my favorite places to visit. I could walk all over every single square inch of it (that is as long as it isn’t 5,000 degrees outside like it was when I was there a week ago. Ok that might be a bit dramatic but gosh it sure did fee like it) I never get tired of looking at all the buildings and architecture as well as the street entertainment. Cape Neddick Lighthouse also known as “Nubble Light House”. Mom and I got to go and visit the lighthouse while in Maine last summer. I loved walking around the coastline, smelling the salty air and eating “Saltwater Taffy”. We had...

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The Ferry Ride

Aug 1, 2011

When we went to Galveston a few weeks ago I took a few photos of Ansley and her boyfriend Matt while waiting for and riding the ferry over to Galveston. So when I saw the colors and patterns in this months Cocoa Daisy kit “‘Siren’s Call” I was thrilled, as they matched the photos perfectly. The banner is created with the adorable stamp set included in this months kit. I used the ink from the “Mist and Ink” Add On kit to create the banner and the red and white twine came from the “Calypso” Add On Kit. And I was so happy to be asked to be this months Guest Designer for Vintage Street Market. If you are not familiar with this company you need to check them out. They have lots of fun vintage...

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Studio 490 and Maya Road

Jul 28, 2011

I cannot believe these are the only photos I took of Wendy’s incredible art pieces. I was in the Ranger booth several times looking at her art as well as in the Stampers Anonymous booth. But as you can see she never ever disappoints. I could look at her art over and over again and still find things I did not notice the first 100 times I looked at them. Not one detail is forgotten. I must say the door knob projects above really fascinate me. They are awesome! As you can see Wendy has lots of new Art Parts that go with her stamps. I think I’m an Art Parts kinda girl too. Just look at how cool they are. And her flowers below are just amazing. Wendy even tells you what products...

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Creating A Silhouette

Jun 27, 2011

I had no idea how many people would be asking me how I made this silhouette that I decided today was the perfect day to show you. This technique is really easy to do and doesn’t take too much time. First you want to print a photo to the desired size you need. For the project above (part of my Cocoa Daisy Sneak Peek) I printed my photo to a 5″ x 7″. This left me with a silhouette the size of approximately 5″ x 5.25″. Note: I printed the photo in black and white so not to waste my color ink. Once you have the photo printed, using scissors and a craft knife cut and remove the photos background. All you want are the images of the people. Next, using a pencil trace...

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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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Sunkissed

Jun 2, 2011

This is one of my favorite summer photos of Ansley. It was taken the summer before her freshman year of high school. All the bright colored patterned papers work perfectly with her swimsuit. I inked, punched, stitched and distressed all over this layout. The circle background is stitched to look like a summer garland and I had to add butterfly accents because what would summer be without butterflies? The distressed edges of each circle add dimension to the layout. Diamond Stickle accents added to the edges of the tags, butterflies, horizontal strip and the photos edges and mat bring on the bling which as you know, I love so much. The vertical edges of the aqua and white mat are trimmed with scallop scissors to add some interest as well as a little pop...

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So Proud…

May 26, 2011

The summer of 2000 we had the honor of hosting an exchange student from Albania. Julian was the sweet exchange student we could have ever hosted. All of us have such found memories of him staying with our family his junior year. The one thing I remember laughing about a lot was when he would say “no” but shake his head “yes”. I would just look at him so confused and ask him what his answer was… then tell him here when you shake your head like that it means yes not no… we would just laugh. The entire family adored him… grandparents, brothers, sisters, my niece’s and nephew etc. You cannot help but love him when you meet him. These photos still hang on our wall. Ansley never let him out of her...

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Its been a Dogs day afternoon…

May 17, 2011

and soon to be bath day as well for three super wonderful doggies. Today, I am taking a day off from the studio to just relax and get myself organized. I’ve discovered I’m the worlds worst at relaxing. I just cannot do it. Always feel like I need to be doing something at all hours of the day or night. So today I sat outside with the four legged babies and threw toys and just chilled. They loved it and I love watching how they are all so different in personality. We can only throw rope toys or balls for one dog at a time. Chiefie being the youngest can out run the other two, Buster being the middle is a pure toot and will turn nasty the second Chief or Sonny even thinks...

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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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Happy Mother’s Day

May 8, 2011

Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever. ~Author Unknown This photo of me and my mom always makes me laugh. The expression on my face and my head tilted down makes it look as though I had been eating one too many a moon pie. I’m guessing I was around 3 or 4 years old. I hope all you moms out there have a wonderful Mother’s Day. And here is a little something that might inspire you to take photos around your “Home Sweet Home“ to document your life as it is today. Just click here to get started. All you have to do is sign up, you won’t be charged....

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