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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