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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