What a fun weekend…

Jun 14, 2010

This past week­end was filled with loads of fun at The Crafty Scrap­per. I taught three sold out class­es, 2 — Dia­monds Are A Girls Best Friend and 1 — Tus­cany and Ros­es. I actu­al­ly remem­bered to bring my cam­era AND take some pho­tos. Although I must admit I for­got to take pho­tos of the first class. I get so wrapped up in teach­ing and laugh­ing that my cam­era is the last thing i think about BUT I put the cam­era in my apron for the 2nd and 3rd class and made myself remem­ber. So here are a few pho­tos of all the fun being had. This is Fri­day nights Tus­cany and Ros­es Class And here are pho­tos from Sat­ur­days Dia­monds Are A Girls Best Friend Class. AND… since so many were not able...

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Starting to feel some progress

May 27, 2010

well it is day 3 of rest­ing the shoul­der well hon­est­ly semi rest­ing the shoul­der and I am start­ing to feel some improve­ment. So I guess I real­ly did need to rest the darn thing and since I have been only work­ing on CHA sam­ples I thought I would share some more of my favorite projects in my book. Oh but first… those of you on the wait­ing list for my “Dia­monds Are A Girls Best Friend” tech­nique class that I will be teach­ing at The Crafty Scrap­per next month we have added anoth­er day. Here is the sched­ule for Fri­day, June 11th Noon “Dia­monds Are A Girls Best Friend” 6:00 “Tus­cany and Ros­es” then Sat­ur­day, June 12th Noon “Dia­monds Are A Girls Best Friend” (Sold Out) So if you are on the wait­ing...

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Heritage Pennant

May 17, 2010

This is one of my favorite pho­tos of my Mom and her Moth­er. I am guess­ing this pho­to was tak­en around 1944. I think pho­to booth pho­tos are the best. So want­i­ng to be able to see this pho­to more often I decid­ed to cre­ate a lit­tle her­itage style pen­nant. Now I can dis­play it how­ev­er I wish. Tips, Tech­niques and Tuto­ri­als I had a super fun Sat­ur­day at The Crafty Scrap­per. I took two sol­der­ing class­es 101 and 201. Trisha is a great teacher. If you ever have a chance to take a class from her I sug­gest you do. You will be so hap­py you did. I will show you some of the charms I made lat­er in the week. Have a great day. I’m off to send Car­olyn the info need­ed...

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I love small houses…

May 11, 2010

I could cre­ate an entire vil­lage out of this old fash­ioned putz style house. Real­ly, there are so many won­der­ful ways to dec­o­rate this sweet lit­tle house. I have oth­er pat­terns in my head to cre­ate as well but I want­ed some­thing sim­ple this go around. I like the sim­plic­i­ty of the black paint against the old book page. Also the accent­ed star… it’s a Texas thing in gold Ger­man glass glit­ter real­ly adds a nice pop of col­or to the front. Oh and don’t for­get the crys­tal coarse glit­ter, it adds the per­fect amount of sparkle. Tips, Tech­niques and Tuto­ri­als I have been super busy cre­at­ing some new tech­nique class­es to teach at The Crafty Scrap­per in Wax­a­hachie. My “Dia­monds Are A Girl’s Best Friend” Tech­nique Class will be taught June 12th at...

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National Scrapbook Day…

May 1, 2010

In hon­or of this won­der­ful day I am giv­ing free access to any­one that would like to recre­ate the ban­ner in my “Sweet Treats” online work­shop. I hope you enjoy the work­shop. And the Can­vas Sam­pler Album class I have been teach­ing at local scrap­book stores will now be an online work­shop. The cost for this work­shop is $24.95. Reg­is­tra­tion begins next week. You will alter the cov­er of this unique 5″ square can­vas binder album with mini chip­board tags cov­ered with images of vin­tage ledger paper and sheet music (includ­ed in the work­shop as a pdf), book pages and gor­geous fine sil­ver Ger­man glass glit­ter cov­ered embell­ish­ments. The inside of the album is cov­ered with images of vin­tage bin­go cards (includ­ed in the work­shop as a pdf) and includes two can­vas pock­ets that...

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22 Years…

Apr 23, 2010

It is so hard to believe my sweet Ter­ri turns 22 today. I decid­ed I would spare her all the embar­rass­ing pho­tos I want to show of her through the years. You know the ones only Moms think are cute but are as I have been told total­ly dev­as­tat­ing if oth­ers were to see. Instead I will show you a few of her and my son-in-law tak­en in down­town Fort Worth total­ly hap­py and enjoy­ing life… I hope it is always this good for the two of them. Hap­py Birth­day Sweet Pea. I hope today is a won­der­ful day. Love you lots! Pho­tos tak­en by Rod­ney Hays. Rod­ney’s...

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Registration is now open

Apr 19, 2010

Because I don’t think any­one is ever too old to play with dolls, here is a sneak peek of my upcom­ing work­shop, “Say Say Old Play­mate”. In this online work­shop you’ll cre­ate a unique paper doll, alter three dress­es and cre­ate cute items for her to hold. Your doll and her belong­ings will look adorable kept in an altered cig­ar box or hung on the wall attached to a vin­tage tray (mag­nets are involved with this project). Passers by can change her out­fit or hand held embell­ish­ment any time they feel. Mine will cer­tain­ly be hang­ing in my scrap­room. The cost for this online work­shop is $19.95. Once reg­is­tered you will have access to the pri­vate blog where you can view the com­plete sup­ply list. The Crafty Scrap­per will be sell­ing a few Say...

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I’m home…

Apr 16, 2010

It was a super fun week vis­it­ing Jes­si­ca and her fam­i­ly. Below is one of the pho­tos I took while vis­it­ing and let me just say it was a week. Not only were we cre­at­ing like crazy in the evenings we were also tak­ing care of one kid with a mild case of chick­en pox, one with strep throat and a 5 month old… some days we did­n’t know if we were com­ing or going. It got so com­i­cal all we could do was laugh. Espe­cial­ly the day Jess called the Dr. to make an appoint­ment to bring Jacob in due to some strange bumps on his face, turn right back around after drop­ping Han­na off at school to pick her up because she was­n’t feel­ing well, then call the Dr. to see if...

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You know the story…

Apr 12, 2010

“Give A Mouse A Cook­ie” well this is what hap­pens when you give two friends rib­bon, fab­ric, a sewing machine, one free hour and Rebec­ca Sow­er. Jes­si­ca and I are hav­ing a blast mak­ing these flow­ers. And just a lit­tle FYI… this is a great way to use up your rib­bon scraps. That is if you are like me, I keep every lit­tle piece. Now I have a super cool project to use them in. Warn­ing: These flow­ers are extreme­ly addict­ing to make. Once you start you do not want to stop. We also cre­at­ed a gor­geous ban­ner using some of the fam­i­ly pho­tos I took. It took us two days to fin­ish it and it is won­der­ful… yes fab­ric flow­ers on this one too… as soon as I take some pho­tos of it I will...

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See ya in a week…

Apr 8, 2010

This morn­ing I’m head­ed to Boise to vis­it my friend Jes­si­ca (Maya Road roomie at CHA) and her fam­i­ly. I will be tak­ing some fam­i­ly pho­tos for them, spoil­ing the kids with home­made cook­ies and oth­er not so healthy foods, cre­at­ing with Jess and the kids and snug­gling as much as I can on baby Ethan. Then on the 15th I leave her and Bri­an with all the dam­age from spoil­ing and head home. It’s gonna be a fun...

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Say Say Old Playmate

Apr 6, 2010

Here is a sneak peek of my upcom­ing work­shop, Say Say Old Play­mate. I feel one is nev­er too old to play with dolls. In this work­shop you will cre­ate one doll, alter three dress­es and cre­ate adorable items for her to hold. Your doll and all her belong­ings would look adorable kept in an altered box or hung on the wall attached (mag­nets are involved with this project) to a vin­tage tray. This way those that pass by can change her out­fit or hand held embell­ish­ment. I will cer­tain­ly be hang­ing mine in my scrap­room. The cost for this online work­shop is $19.95. Once reg­is­tered you will have access to the pri­vate blog where you can view the com­plete sup­ply list. The Crafty Scrap­per will be putting togeth­er and sell­ing a few kits....

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Grungepaper Flower PDF

Apr 5, 2010

I final­ly got my hands on some Grungepa­per! And yes, it is super fun to play around with and I have lots of ideas for this neat prod­uct. This pho­to is of a flower I cre­at­ed using one of my tem­plates, some Maya Mist, Glit­ter and Stick­les. It was not a great day for pho­tos this morn­ing as it was very cloudy. This flower is a much brighter pink… it kin­da looks cran­ber­ry here. I did dis­cov­er a help­ful hint that I want to pass along. When using any of the Maya Mists it is much eas­i­er to apply to Grungepa­per using a paint­brush instead of spray­ing. Grungepa­per does not absorb the mist as fast as chip­board. If you over spray you will end up hav­ing to blot some of the mist off which...

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Happy Easter from my family to yours…

Apr 4, 2010

I thought I would share with you on this spe­cial day some fam­i­ly pho­tos from East­ers past. Oh how I love old fam­i­ly pho­tos. Here are my mom and cousins Lar­ry and Jim­mie East­er Sun­day. They are stand­ing in front of my Aunt and Uncle’s house on Dog Run in Salem, WV, in 1954 or 55. Love that the girls as well as the ladies wore gloves with their new East­er attire. I’m not sure where Mom is stand­ing for this pho­to but I am assum­ing it is either in the yard at her home or my aun­t’s. They were only 2 hous­es away from each oth­er. Which was so fun when the fam­i­ly would go vis­it in the sum­mers. I’m sure my broth­er and I cre­at­ed a path between their hous­es… we went...

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May Day Basket

Mar 27, 2010

This bas­ket can be used as East­er decor in your home or giv­en to a friend or neigh­bor filled with tum­my treats.  You could also use this as a May Day Bas­ket… One fun May Day tra­di­tion is to hang a bas­ket full of spring flow­ers or oth­er small gift on your neigh­bor’s door­knob. Just make sure you don’t get caught because if you do you will have to kiss them. Sup­plies Used: Peat Pot (Gar­den Sec­tion at Lowe’s), Maya Mist — Brown, Pri­ma Hydrangea Blos­soms, Self Adhe­sive Rhinet­sons ($1 Sec­tion at Michaels), Bethany Lowe Designs All Sea­sons Fes­toon­ing Gar­land, Pale Pink Seam Bind­ing, Creamy Brown Ink, White Che­nille Stem, Fab­ri-Tac Tools Need­ed: Scis­sors Instruc­tions: Mist entire peat pot using Maya Mist — Brown, let dry. Attach to the top edge of the peat...

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Where is “Delight In The Details”?

Mar 13, 2010

I have a fun lit­tle thing I want to do and a won­der­ful RAK could be yours if you decide to par­tic­i­pate. If you see my book “Delight In The Details” while you are out and about take a pho­to of your­self hold­ing it. Include the name of the store, city and state then email me the pho­to. If you already pur­chased my book send me a pho­to of you hold­ing it and include the city and state you reside. I will have Alan make a pho­to album that I can post all the pho­tos into so you too can see all the dif­fer­ent places it has land­ed. After you email the pho­to to me your name will be entered for a chance to win a won­der­ful RAK (Medi­um Flate Rate box filled full)...

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Easter Ornament Kits for Sale…

Mar 8, 2010

For those of you that asked if I was going to sell some East­er Orna­ment Kits here is your one and only chance to pur­chase a kit. Once I sell out they are gone. And just so you know I have a very lim­it­ed sup­ply.  The East­er Orna­ment Kits are are now avail­able here. The price per kit is $30.00. Ship­ping is includ­ed in the price of the kit. With this kit you will cre­ate 6 adorable East­er Orna­ments that are per­fect to accent any East­er tree, gift bag or ban­ner. These orna­ments range in size from 3” to 4” and each front show­cas­es an adorable vin­tage post­card image while the back of each orna­ment is sim­ply cov­ered with images of vin­tage sheet music. You will accent each orna­ment with a silk flower, self...

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New online workshop “You R 2 Tweet”

Feb 20, 2010

This “You R 2 Tweet” mini ban­ner is the fun project I taught at CHA‑W in Ana­heim this past Jan­u­ary. The great thing about this online work­shop is you don’t have to show up at 7:00 a.m. to start cre­at­ing like I and every­one else had to do. You get to cre­ate this project in the com­forts of your own home and on your own time. I tell ya not being a morn­ing per­son sure did make that a tough time slot for a class but we all made the best of it (most with Star­bucks in hand) and had a great time cre­at­ing. This mini ban­ner was cre­at­ed so every­one could fin­ish the project in 90 min. which explains why I only used 3 pages from the Maya Road Mini 2‑Ring Tri­an­gle Ban­ner...

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Easter Ornaments and Canvas Sampler Class Info

Feb 17, 2010

In this class you will cre­ate 6 adorable East­er Orna­ments that are per­fect to accent any East­er tree, gift bag or ban­ner. These orna­ments range in size from 3” to 4” and each front show­cas­es an adorable vin­tage post­card image while the back of each orna­ment is sim­ply cov­ered with images of vin­tage sheet music. You will accent each orna­ment with a silk flower, self adhe­sive pearls, brown & white baker’s twine and but­tons. If you choose, the vin­tage images can be accent­ed with Dia­mond Stick­les and the scroll frames can be accent­ed using Plat­inum Stick­les. I will show you how to accent dan­gling chan­de­lier pieces using Cop­ic mark­ers which can be pur­chased at Crop-Paper-Scis­sors if you wish to accent your orna­ments. There will be lots of paint­ing, sand­ing, glit­ter­ing and glu­ing in this...

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It’s a Texas Winter Wonderland…

Feb 12, 2010

and I am lov­ing it!!! Here are a few pho­tos from around our house that I thought I would share. This is a record snow­fall for us Dallas/Fort Worth Tex­ans. Look­ing down and across the street while stand­ing in our dri­ve­way. The birch tree in our back yard. These are trees in our front yard peek­ing over the back­yard fence. This is a view of the land­scap­ing in our back­yard in front of our kitchen win­dow. A view of our back­yard tak­en while stand­ing in front of the birch tree. As you can see this is going to be a per­fect scrap­book­ing day. I will be fin­ish­ing up my sec­ond class to be taught at Crop, Paper, Scis­sors in Waco, March 6th. This is real­ly going to be a fun day. I will be...

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My Baby is Here!

Feb 2, 2010

And final­ly I get to show her off. I now know how an ele­phant feels being preg­nant for two years… poor things. Two years is a very long time when you are wait­ing for some­thing awe­some. So here is the front and back cov­ers (still can­not believe these pho­tos were tak­en on my table) and sneak peeks of a few of the 100 projects inside. Front Cov­er Back Cov­er Inside you will find wall hang­ings and ban­ners of all sizes Lay­outs and Tags (notice my friend Wendy Vec­chi’s But­ter­fly Stamp and the gor­geous Jen­ni Bowl­in papers) One of my favorite lay­outs (love Maya Road Chip­board) You will also find lots of cards (notice anoth­er one of Wendy’s stamps, that leaf is so fun to work with) Sev­er­al dif­fer­ent sized mini albums (Maya Road binder...

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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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