eBay…

Oct 21, 2010

I am hap­py to report Maya Road sold out of the “Christ­mas Mem­o­ries” kit I cre­at­ed and in less than 24 hours… which I find amaz­ing! Since I have so many albums (from DT projects, Book projects etc.) I decid­ed to sell the album I cre­at­ed for this kit on eBay. If you would like an album already com­plet­ed and ready for pho­tos check out my auc­tion here. I will include rubons so you can per­son­al­ize your pages. Hap­py...

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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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Boobie Canvas…

Oct 5, 2010

I bet that title got your atten­tion. Remem­ber the can­vas I did and said it was for a great cause… well below is all the info on how you can try to win mine or any of the oth­er tal­ent­ed artists who par­tic­i­pat­ed in Cheryl Dar­row’s can­vas raf­fle. It would be awe­some if she could send a great big fat check to the Susan G. Komen Breast Can­cer Foun­da­tion. You can remove the Jen­ni Bowl­in vin­tage image inside the can­vas niche. I think it would be awe­some to place your own fam­i­ly pho­to­graph inside. The ledger paper used on my can­vas is from 1933, the book page flow­ers are from an old Amer­i­can Lit­er­a­ture book and the vin­tage shell but­tons are from a col­lec­tion a man had been col­lect­ing for YEARS. He had over...

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What a weekend…

Oct 3, 2010

Artis­tic Jour­ney was AWESOME! I had so much fun meet­ing and cre­at­ing with every­one and can­not wait to do this again… next year, right Car­o­line? Since I have so many pho­tos to post I will not be too wordy and let the pho­tos speak for them­selves. Enjoy! Down­town Wax­a­hachie and The Crafty Scrap­per. Some of the atten­dees cre­at­ed tags pri­or to the event that were show­cased in the store­front win­dow… Lau­ra was busy check­ing every­one in while Katie and Car­olyn chat­ted with a few of the guests. Every­one got a goody bag filled with AWESOME prod­ucts. Mary Lou and Ker­ri were always super busy at the reg­is­ter. Return­ing from hav­ing a group pho­to tak­en. Fri­day evening was filled with Make n Takes. Once every­one fin­ished each sta­tion they had an adorable mini album to...

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Artistic Journey

Sep 30, 2010

I have been so excit­ed for Artis­tic Jour­ney to begin and can’t believe it is final­ly here. Tomor­row, I head down to Wax­a­hachie to spend three days with a won­der­ful group of ladies at The Crafty Scrap­per. These ladies are com­ing from all over ready to cre­ate, make new friends, shop and have fun. Fri­day night will be filled with make n takes and lots of laugh­ter. Then Sat­ur­day and Sun­day, I will be teach­ing my shad­ow box class along with Katie Wat­son and Aubrey Rives. Katie cre­at­ed an adorable recipe card hold­er and Aubrey cre­at­ed a super fun and whim­si­cal mini album. I can­not wait to see these two as I only get to see them at CHA. Lau­ra my online vin­tage bud­dy and CHA pal will be there too as well as...

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Cocoa Daisy Destination ~ Mykonos

Sep 28, 2010

This past week was spent with a won­der­ful group of ladies (as well as a few hus­bands) from all over the world and a group of teach­ers (Ali Edwards, Jen­ni Bowl­in and Karen Rus­sell) who I have admired for a very long time. I still can­not believe I was lucky enough to be a part of it all. Tri­cia and Eli­na did such a great job select­ing the accom­mo­da­tions, the food for our break­fast and din­ner each day, the cock­tails each evening as well as hav­ing a cook­ing class and Greek dance lessons at the hotel. Each night was a spe­cial din­ner out at a restau­rant with either Ali Edwards or the Daisy Instruc­tors, a lunch with Jen­ni Bowl­in or a tour with Karen Rus­sell. There was a tour pro­vid­ed to see the ancient...

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Wednesday

Sep 23, 2010

Today most of us with Cocoa Daisy hung around the hotel get­ting ready for our make n takes for the evening. So in between prepa­ra­tions I took a cook­ing class that was avail­able and had such a won­der­ful time. I cer­tain­ly will be try­ing my best to make the dish­es we were shown. I also won­dered around the hotel and took pho­tos of areas that will bring back fun mem­o­ries. The cook­ing class we took was a blast and I must say I am ready to start cook­ing greek food… it is won­der­ful! I love all the white on white that you see here. Anoth­er won­der­ful stair­way… I am so in love with these shades and the view… This is what I see as I am mak­ing blog posts… my sys­tem is cer­tain­ly going...

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Tuesday

Sep 21, 2010

A group of us walked into town today to do a lit­tle shop­ping and eat lunch. It was windy and cool­er today. The sun was bright and the water was gor­geous as usu­al. Here are a few pho­tos from today’s excur­sion. This is along the water as we got into town. The water is so cool and refresh­ing and CLEAR. Lots of quaint fam­i­ly church­es are on the island. They say most fam­i­lies have their own church next to their house. It is so pret­ty when you fly over the island as you see all their steeples. Path­way in town… love all the path­ways there are lots and it is very con­fus­ing. As I under­stand it they did it this way so that it would con­fuse the pirates when they came to the island....

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Monday…

Sep 20, 2010

I hope your Mon­day was as great as mine… got up this morn­ing, ate some fab­u­lous Greek yogurt with pineap­ples, oats and hon­ey on top then topped it off with choco­late crepes. I am cer­tain­ly not starv­ing that is for sure. After break­fast I walked around the hotel and took some pho­tos… I love the door­ways  in Mykonos. This is the door­way lead­ing from the lob­by to the patio. Here is the door­way lead­ing out of the hotel. What you see look­ing out the door. Today there were 7 cruise ships in view. Love the shades they have in the win­dow and notice the pop of red. The lob­by decor here makes me want to go to IKEA. And thank­ful­ly liv­ing in Frisco I have one just around the cor­ner. Tomor­row will be pret­ty...

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Sunday

Sep 20, 2010

Okay real­ly I can­not even begin to describe how incred­i­ble Mykonos  is… I say look up every sin­gle incred­i­ble word in the dic­tio­nary and that might describe this place. I will be com­ing back here no doubt…  so here are more pho­tos that I took dur­ing the day yes­ter­day. I know my fam­i­ly and hope­ful­ly some of you are look­ing for­ward to see­ing Greece through my eyes. The only col­ors you real­ly see here on the island are pops of blue or red among all the white. It is tru­ly gor­geous. Pool­side light­ing … the light­ing is even cool in Mykonos And eat­ing lunch pool­side here is a true delight… I could real­ly get used to this type of liv­ing. Get­ting ready to walk down to din­ner and wait­ing for the sun­set… love all...

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Sunday morning.…

Sep 19, 2010

Wow is all I can say… Mykonos is incred­i­ble. The food is awe­some. Shops stay open well past mid­night, the tem­per­a­ture is per­fect and the peo­ple I am spend­ing this week with are AWESOME. We went out to eat last night and had the most incred­i­ble sal­ad ever. Hon­est­ly I could eat this every sin­gle day of my life. We ate din­ner out on the patio and the entire trel­lis over our heads was cov­ered with this bloom­ing trum­pet vine… it was stun­ning. This was my view first thing this morn­ing… it made me instant­ly think of my dad­dy as I know he would love to be out in the sea sail­ing. Anoth­er scenic view tak­en around the hotel this morn­ing… so gor­geous. And anoth­er stair­way… loves this so much although going down is...

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Jenni Bowlin Paint Dabbers…

Sep 13, 2010

Did you know Jen­ni Bowl­in now has acrylic paint dab­bers and ink pads that match her col­or schemes per­fect­ly? Well if you did­n’t she sure does and they are awe­some. I got to play with some while cre­at­ing this mini album for a guest blog post on her Inspi­ra­tion blog. I love Chili Pow­der as it is a won­der­ful shade of red. I used the Chili Pow­der, Lemon Drop, Malt­ed Milk and Foun­tain Pen when cre­at­ing this mini album. If you want to see pho­tos of the inside vis­it her Inspi­ra­tion blog… And I can­not believe I head for Greece this Fri­day. I am run­ning around like a crazy woman get­ting all my last minute items and hop­ing every­thing will fit into one suit­case… I real­ly do not want to bring two. Thank­ful­ly I...

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A Gray Sky and some sprinkles…

Sep 2, 2010

means it is a per­fect day to work in the scrap­room and what bet­ter prod­ucts to play with then Jen­ni Bowl­in and Maya Road. I have to say I am in love with Jen­ni’s new paints ( have not tried the inks yet but I am cer­tain I will love them as well) the col­ors match exact­ly with all her inspir­ing prod­ucts. I still need a few more col­ors of her paints and ink which I will be pur­chas­ing soon. I got­ta have them all. Once I fin­ish this mini album it will be filled with cute pho­tos of Ans­ley and her friends. As you can see I start­ed out with a Maya Road 4″ binder album, paint­ed it with Jen­ni’s new paints (Chili Pow­der “inside”, Lemon Drops and Malt­ed Milk “out­side”) and plan...

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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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These things make me smile…

Aug 19, 2010

I thought I would show you a few more things from around my scrap­room. I just love old and new mixed togeth­er… although what I am going to be show­ing is most­ly old… also, I find it fun to dec­o­rate my scrap­room with items I have found with oth­er peo­ple while dig­ging in antique stores or thrift shops… makes me think of them a lot when I use the prod­ucts I have stored in dish­es etc. I have used these two can­dle hold­ers for years to fill with can­dy hearts for Valen­tines Day or snow for Christ­mas but now they will be filled with vin­tage but­tons of every kind. Oh how these make me hap­py sit­ting right on my work­table at arms reach. I always think of me and dad scoop­ing out and count­ing ...

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Scraproom Makeover

Aug 16, 2010

I have not fall­en off the face of the earth… just been lost in my scrap­room. Last week­end my friend Lisa E. came over and helped me clean out my scrap­room… let me just say if you need to clean out yours she is the one to get to help as she will make SURE you stay on task and get it done… nine hours lat­er I had every shelf, draw­er, nook and cran­ny, AND the clos­et cleaned out. Noth­ing was left untouched. We filled the trunk of her car and half the back seat with prod­ucts to sell in a garage sale. So with all of this said yes­ter­day my sweet daugh­ters, son-in-law, hus­band and pret­ty much adopt­ed daugh­ter Mer­cy came and helped emp­ty out my scrap­room so the painters could paint my...

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Goodbye Chicago

Jul 31, 2010

I sure will miss this city. I do believe it is my favorite. Their down­town is awe­some. I love every­thing about it and the flower gar­dens they have through­out the city are just gor­geous. So I thought I would share a few pho­tos I took while we were walk­ing down­town yes­ter­day. While you are look­ing at the pho­tos I will be try­ing to fig­ure out how to pack all this great stuff into my suit­case. It is basi­cal­ly goign to be like try­ing to stuff an ele­phant into a teacup. Wish me luck. Cool piece of art. Chica­go Stock Exchange Their dress­es and hair are all made of paper… so cool. The foun­tain. Kids were run­ning all over this place hav­ing a blast. The Bean, the artists on the right was cre­at­ing a gor­geous paint­ing...

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Show Day 3

Jul 30, 2010

This one is a day late but by the time we fin­ished break­ing down the booth and eat­ing din­ner it was late and I was pooped. As you can see my day start­ed out as usu­al at the make-n-take booth. Peo­ple loved learn­ing how to make medal­lion flow­ers. They loved it so much so that I taught 100 peo­ple how to make them. That is a lot of mak­ing and tak­ing in 5  hours. Right before the show start­ed I went to anoth­er one of my favorite man­u­fac­tur­ers… Crafty Secrets.  They have some adorable items com­ing out. You will notice sev­er­al projects using my friend Vic­ki Chris­man­’s 3D shad­ow box frame dies and they are super cute. Their booth is filled with loads of vin­tage good­ness. Notice the 3D Shad­ow Box Frame above… I...

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Pre CHA day 1

Jul 25, 2010

Start­ed my day play­ing with this lit­tle cutie Miss Olivia. After break­fast we head­ed to the con­ven­tion cen­ter to start putting the booth togeth­er. The blank area you see will soon be filled with lots of Maya Road good­ness.  This is Lau­ra and Aubrey work­ing on the walls. Once it gets past the sec­ond row I am ver­ti­cal­ly chal­lenged. Here is Lau­ra and David with a lit­tle orga­nized chaos going on. It is always such an accom­plished feel­ing once we get the walls all set up. Here is some seri­ous orga­nized chaos.  The rib­bon wall is plain tor­ture for me… thank­ful­ly, Car­o­line knows this and gives this task to some­one else… Lau­ra. I have no idea how she man­ages to com­plete this task. If it were up to me to get it done CHA would be over and you...

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Make-n-Takes and Mini Workshop Project

Jun 26, 2010

Here are some sneak peeks of the items I will be teach­ing dur­ing the Cocoa Daisy Des­ti­na­tions Mykonos 2010 event. There are just a few spots left which means if you are think­ing about attend­ing this event you need to con­tact Tri­cia ASAP. While mak­ing this make-n-take spon­sored by Maya Road and Ranger you will get to play with Maya Mists, Chip­board, Stamps, Clau­dine Hell­muth Stu­dio Paints and Stick­les. You can make yours just like mine or use the same prod­ucts and alter the chip­board piece how you wish. This will be your name tag. While mak­ing this make-n-take spon­sored again by Maya Road and Ranger you will alter a mini acrylic but­ter­fly using Alco­hol Inks, Stick­les, Stamps and Glit­ter.  There will be two dif­fer­ent col­or schemes for you to pick from… brights as...

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Keep an open mind all my vintage friends…

Jun 17, 2010

as this is very dif­fer­ent from my nor­mal style by a long shot BUT paint­ing sure has rest­ed my shoul­der and it is feel­ing much bet­ter. Only I would end up with a scrap­ping injury. So here is what I have been work­ing on and am so glad I can final­ly share. This album uses Maya Road prod­ucts from their Sum­mer release as well as lots of Maya Mists and Clau­dine Hell­muth Stu­dio Paints. Love these paints so much. This project will be a class at The Crafty Scrap­per some­day in the near future… just need to fig­ure out when. This album includes pho­tos of my dad, mom, me and my hus­band Alan. See I was not kid­ding… very dif­fer­ent from what I usu­al­ly...

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