Want to see some pages inside my book…

Nov 28, 2009

Oh I love having a techy DH. Alan added photos of the inside of my book to this post. If you want to see them check it out. I love seeing the pages in color as pretty much all I have seen is black and white. I can hardly wait to get my two advanced copies… I am counting down the days as it should be sometime in December. You will all here a huge scream when they arrive. I tell ya my Editor Kristin Boys (love, love, love her so much… seriously she is the sweetest person and such a pleasure to work with… I’m so glad my book landed on her desk) Designer Corrie Schaffeld, Production Coordinator Greg Nock, Photographers Christine Polomsky (it was a BLAST getting to work with Christine in...

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So much going on…

Sep 5, 2009

Lots of creating and preparing going on in my scraproom. I tell ya it looks like a bomb went off I have so many piles here and there but it is a good thing as it seems to be the only way and best way I know how to create. Here is a little run down of my creative week… I finished the second project for my “Homespun Inspiration” workshop. Those that have registered now have access to the supply list. The project tutorial will be posted on the 15th. Just about have my “All Hallow’s Eve” workshop ready to go. All the photos have been taken and the tutorials have been written and scheduled. Just tweaking a few things here and there. And this is exciting, I will be teaching at Crop-Paper-Scissors in...

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All Hallow’s Eve Registration….. Starts Today!

Sep 1, 2009

YAY… today is the first day of registration for my new “All Hallow’s Eve” online workshop. Once registered, you will have access to the private blog which presently lists all the supplies and tools needed to recreate each project. The cost for this online workshop is $19.95 and includes 12 project tutorials. All projects have a vintage theme and include items such as treat baskets, feather tree ornaments, mini wall hangings, tags and treat bag. For those that are participating in any Halloween tag swaps I placed a few tag tutorials in the first two weeks of the workshop. Each tutorial includes color photos and step by step instructions. Some projects will come with templates to make the creative process a bit easier and I have included vintage postcard and mini flashcard downloads for...

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All Hallow’s Eve Sneak Peeks…

Aug 25, 2009

Thought I would share a few sneak peeks of my upcoming All Hallow’s Eve online workshop. Registration will begin September 1st. Once registered you will have access to the private blog and can get a look at the supply list. Those of you that have not participated in one of my workshops I want to make sure you know you can substitute products I used with items you may already have one hand. I just include the supply list in case you want to recreate the projects exactly as I have created mine. This new workshop will include 12 project tutorials. Each project will include color photos and step by step instructions. There will be downloads of vintage Halloween postcard images and a mini flashcard PDF. AND… since Thanksgiving will be just around the...

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It’s Christmas In July…

Jul 8, 2009

Starting today through the end of July my ever so popular “12 Days of Christmas Workshop“ will be $14.95. That is a $5. discount. So… if you were thinking about getting a jump start on some holiday gift making now is the time to start. There are a total of 15 tutorials. Some projects come with a template to make the creative process a bit easier. Since this workshop is all about the holiday season I have included downloadable images from my stash of favorite vintage postcards and also share with you some of my favorite family recipes, holiday quotes and photos of some of my family’s favorite holiday decorations through the years. Upon purchase this workshop will be available for 45 days in the private member...

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Happy July 4th everyone…

Jul 4, 2009

My daughter Terri and her fiance Laren are certainly starting the 4th off with a bang… and this is the reason why…. Terri and Laren are now the proud parents of a seven week old English Bulldog puppy named Lola. And let me just say Lola has everyone hopping. It seems all she wants to do is sleep in your arms and if not she lets you know it with a very loud cry. I received a phone call this morning at 3 a.m. from Terri letting me know how perfect and smart Lola is about going potty outside. Oh and FYI… Terri lives on the 4th floor. So she will be getting her exercise going up and down those stairs. Anyway, as I was talking to Terri I could hear Lola crying in...

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A new online Class is coming…

Jun 19, 2009

The sentiment “Home Sweet Home” can make you think of many things… special items in your home a spring garden and most importantly those special people and pets. This project highlights all of the special things that help make our home a “Home Sweet Home”. Showcased in my album are photos of my brother’s trumpet, family members, flowers from our garden, Sonny and Buster our special canine companions as well as a few family quotes. In this four day altered class we will be altering a Maya Road Townhouse and Mini Album using a faux mosaic created from 4 beautiful Webster’s Pages patterned papers. Then accent the house and album with lots of Maya Road products such as their Vintage Sequins Edging, Pom Pom Trim, Double Stitched Velvet, Blossoms, Jewel Pins, Buttons and Rubons....

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Cocoa Daisy Layouts…

Jun 1, 2009

I finally get to share the layouts I created using this months kit by Cocoa Daisy. As you can see the June Kit and the Add On Kit are very versatile. It was loads of fun playing the Daisy Divas once again. I used Vintage Photo Distress Ink to darken the Eyelet Cardstock. Traced a dinner plate to create the circle out of patterned paper, cut out leaves and butterflies from a piece of Webster’s Pages patterned paper using a craft knife, attached Maya Road green pom pom trim around the edge, created a scallop border using scallop scissors and a paper piercer, accented the horizontal strip with self adhesive pearls then used my sewing machine to add additional texture by sewing a straight stitch along the circle and horizontal strip. I wanted this layout...

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Americana Workshop…

May 17, 2009

This $19.95 workshop begins June 1st. We will create 12 projects. Each includes color photos and step-by-step instructions, along with a supplies and tools list. You will create items that bring the wonderful color scheme of red, white and blue into your family picnic and home decor. Some of these projects have me anticipating an evening sky filled with fabulous fireworks. I will post three projects each week for four weeks and then give you two additional weeks to finish your projects. This workshop will be available to you for a total of six weeks. When you sign up you have instant access to the supply list and can start gathering your supplies. I’m looking forward to creating with...

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Hippity Hop Easter Workshop…

Mar 16, 2009

My “Hippity Hop Easter Workshop” is ready. I have had so many of you email asking if I was going to do an Easter workshop and honestly I didn’t think I would have the time to put one together, but I decided to do a mini workshop. The cost for this mini workshop is $9.95. This workshop includes tutorials to recreate 3 adorable projects and 4 beautifully detailed cards. I will have templates available for download to help recreate the cards. As always, each project and card tutorial includes color photos and step-by-step instructions. I will post a project to the Easter Workshop every other day starting March 21st and leave the workshop open until April 18th.  You can bet there will be a few Maya Road giveaways for those lucky people selected from...

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Ever wonder how I work…

Mar 12, 2009

well I work best in small tight areas as you can see from this photo. This workspace is about 10 x 6 and I mean inches not feet. I made a project today in this teeny tiny space. Tomorrow I hope to work in at least a 12 x 12 inch space. To the right of this tight little space is this big mess but you can see some of my favorite embellishments and accents for projects… Stickles, Pearls, Scallop Ric Rac, Fiskars Tools, Cream Embroidery Floss, Tim Holtz Distressing Tool (seriously the best out there), Plastic Spoon for Glittering, Aleene’s Paper Glaze, Collage Pauge, Old Book Page etc. Wish I could show you the project I made using these items… I guess you will have to wait until Oh mid February of next...

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Getting back in the groove…

Dec 30, 2008

Today I have about as much energy as a slug. Getting back into the groove after all the hustle and bustle of last minute holiday preparations always seems to be hard for me. We open presents at our house on Christmas Eve. I love baking cookies all morning and afternoon, cooking the dinner and watching Ansley go nuts counting down the hours until we open presents.  It is all so much fun and seeing happy faces on our girls is honestly the best gift ever. We had a wonderful visit with my mom and dad as well as my sister and her family. Alan, Ansley and I left to head down to Beaumont Christmas day. I love going home on Christmas day. Having the car filled with gifts and the excitement of seeing everyone...

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Another sampling…

Nov 18, 2008

I have received several emails asking if it is to late to sign up for my workshop… no, it is not. The last project will be posted November 28th and I will leave the workshop open until December 15th 31st. This should give everyone time to complete the projects, print out the many downloads of vintage postcards, greeting cards, templates and copy any recipes you might want to give a try this holiday season. Below are some of the projects created in my 12 Days of Christmas online Workshop. They are part of the Countdown to Christmas weekly projects. Weekly projects are posted every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I also have weekend projects which are posted every Saturday. In this workshop there are a total of 15 projects. Each project tutorial includes color photos...

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Online Holiday Workshop Enrollment Begins Tomorrow…

Oct 28, 2008

The 12 Days of Christmas is a month long online workshop of holiday creating. Each Monday, Wednesday and Friday for the month of November I will post new projects that will include a supply list, tools needed and step by step instructions to complete each project. There will be a total of at least 15 tutorials. Some projects will come with a template to make the creative process a bit easier and each featured project has close up color photos. All the projects are designed so you can use items you already have on hand or create them exactly like the sample. The cost for this online workshop is $19.95 and will be available from November 1st – December 15th. Once payment is received you will be sent a password to enter this private...

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Memory Makers…

Oct 16, 2008

Here is the last layout I did during my Memory Makers Masters term. It is in their current Nov. Dec. issue. I love these papers by Making Memories and the photos well, they are two of my favorites. But thanks to my sister I need to take another group photo because we need to include Isabella Kate. Now about the other big thing that is keeping me pretty busy and is one of the reasons my blog lacks new stuff off and on… my book. I am so happy with all the things I have created, which is a big thing for me because usually I can always find something I don’t like about everything I’ve made…. I just have 73 more projects to go. Hopefully after today it will be 72 and by...

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And they’re off to the game…

Oct 3, 2008

Okay… this post is for the grandparents. I think Taylor and Ansley look so dang cute together. And from what I understand so does their English teacher and their classmates. There seemed to be a lot of talking and photos taken of them during school. Personally, I think they look like Mr. and Miss All American. And just so you know… Ansley could not be going to the game with anyone sweeter or more polite. You all would certainly approve of...

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Homecoming in Texas…

Oct 3, 2008

WARNING… very, very, very long post about 2.5 days in my life. Centennial High School has their homecoming game tonight. If you live in Texas you know all about the MUMS! Those of you that do not, well… girls and boys wear them… girls have these big honkin things pined to their shirts that hang almost to their ankles and boys wear a smaller version around their arms attached to a garter. Well Ansley and her boyfriend Taylor aren’t going to the dance (decided to just hang out instead) so I wasn’t really sure how all this mum stuff worked. So I asked Ansley last week to please find out for me ASAP as I needed to know the garter etiquette. Well she found out for me all right… TUESDAY night at 11! I...

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“Home Sweet Home”

Oct 1, 2008

Class Length: 4 Hours Skill: All Levels The sentiment “Home Sweet Home” can make you think of many things… special items in your home a spring garden and most importantly those special people and pets. This project documents all of the special things that help make my home a “Home Sweet Home”. My album includes photos of my brother’s trumpet, family members, flowers from our garden, Sonny and Buster our special canine companions and a few family quotes which I have included in each kit. In this class you will alter a Maya Road Townhouse and Mini Album using a faux mosaic created from 4 beautiful Webster’s Pages patterned papers. Then accent the house and album with lots of Maya Road products such as their Vintage Sequins Edging, Pom Pom Trim, Double Stitched Velvet,...

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Snow twice in one week…

Mar 7, 2008

As I sat waiting for Ansley to get out of school my car was completely covered in snow. Notice there are no photos of kids building snowmen, making snow angels, having snowball fights etc. I love photos of kids playing in the snow.

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More class projects

Oct 16, 2007

Here are a few more sneak peeks of projects I am creating for classes. I just love the feel of tulle mixed with rhinestones, vintage buttons and old photos and I think my Mom was the cutest little girl.

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Serious Blog neglect…

Aug 1, 2007

Gotta love friends like her that give you that little extra push. Catching up with friends from all over, meeting online friends for the first time and the early mornings and late nights, to me are so addicting.

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