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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