Create Mixed Media Art Retreat ~ Artists Faire

Sep 18, 2014

Tomor­row, Fri­day night, from 6:00–9:00 p.m. I’ll be par­tic­i­pat­ing in the 2014 Cre­ate Mixed Media Artists Faire at the Wyn­d­ham Gar­den North Hotel Dal­las. The address to the hotel is 2645 LBJ Free­way, Dal­las, Texas. I’ll be in the Cou­ture Ball­room shar­ing a table with Car­o­line Lau/Maya Road and will be sell­ing hand­made jew­el­ry and fab­u­lous vin­tage packs of assort­ed greet­ing cards, cab­i­net card pho­tos, jel­lo molds and more. These items are per­fect for col­lage, embed­ding into resin jew­el­ry and assem­blage art. Car­o­line is sell­ing all kinds of Maya Road good­ies. She always has some amaz­ing goody bags which sell out fast so get there ear­ly as you don’t want to miss out.   It will be a fun evening so stop by the table for a vis­it. I’d love to chat with...

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3rd Annual Creative Retreat ~ Bellagio ~ Class 2

Nov 22, 2013

I shared a sneak peek of my “Tex­tile Col­lage Sam­pler” a few days ago and today I’m shar­ing a sneak peek of my sec­ond class “Charmed Memen­to”. In this class I’ll show you how to take a sim­ple wood­en spool and turn it into a beau­ti­ful piece of wear­able art. You’ll use pieces of linen burlap and scal­lop trim to cov­er the spool then add accents of iri­des­cent rhine­stone trim and vin­tage but­tons. You will cre­ate a unique charm hold­er from cop­per wire that will attach to the base of the spool to dis­play charms like a minia­ture hand­made cro­cheted doily lov­ing­ly cre­at­ed by my mom, a vin­tage but­ton, a glass bot­tle you fill with a bit of sand from Lake Como and a chan­de­lier bead ready for you to add words to from a...

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3rd Annual Creative Retreat ~ Bellagio

Nov 20, 2013

In six months I will once again get to enjoy the beau­ty of Bel­la­gio, Italy. This place is so mag­i­cal and if you want to see how amaz­ing a trip Car­o­line and I had all the while teach­ing, cre­at­ing and mak­ing new friends just check out these past blog posts. It was an amaz­ing adven­ture. Lau­ra real­ly knows how to put togeth­er an amaz­ing event. Every last detail is thought out and filled. AND are you ready for this… she just had TWO SPOTS OPEN for her 3rd Annu­al Cre­ative Retreat May 17th — 24th. It was sold out but sad­ly two ladies had to back out so if you want to expe­ri­ence a fan­tas­tic cre­ative retreat AND make some amaz­ing new friends you need to jump on this oppor­tu­ni­ty NOW as they will...

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Sweet Darling ~ Card

Oct 16, 2013

Seam Bind­ing and Archival Ink make for a fab­u­lous com­bi­na­tion. I want­ed a lit­tle some­thing dif­fer­ent for the title of my card so I decid­ed to stamp the word­ing onto seam bind­ing. This effect reminds me of the cute satin tags I’ve seen on baby items in antique shops. And the best thing is this is a beau­ti­ful and super sim­ple way to cre­ate unique titles for cards, tags and lay­outs. I mean real­ly could it get any sim­pler? We are talk­ing, ink & stamp, that’s it! The pat­terned paper used on this card is by Pink Paislee. It’s their Cot­tage Farms Col­lec­tion. What I love so much about this line is that it can look vin­tage or mod­ern. I tell ya, that Rebec­ca is so awe­some­ly tal­ent­ed and super sweet. I’m thrilled that...

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2014 Creative Retreat in Italy

May 18, 2013

I’m thrilled to be teach­ing once again for Lau­ra McCul­lough at her amaz­ing Cre­ative Retreat in Italy, May 17–24, 2014. I will be teach­ing along­side Hei­di Swapp, Rebec­ca Cross and Lau­ra. If you are not famil­iar with Lau­ra’s Italy event, let me just tell you when I taught for her last year, it was like no oth­er I’ve ever expe­ri­enced. Lau­ra is so knowl­edge­able of the area it’s like hav­ing your very own per­son­al tour guide. She knows the best places to get a great slice of piz­za for lunch and hosts some of the most amaz­ing din­ners. Lau­ra knows all the hot spots to shop and the best place to get some late night gela­to. She sched­ules amaz­ing sight see­ing excur­sions but also allows you enough down time to explore the area on your own....

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An Afternoon in Verona & an Evening in Venice

Oct 2, 2012

Sep­tem­ber 22nd Car­o­line and I along with Lau­ra, her daugh­ter Vic­to­ria and a group of ladies from the retreat got up ear­ly that morn­ing to meet our dri­ver so he could take us to Venice. Lau­ra planned a stop in Verona so we could each lunch and site see for a bit. She named off some sites she thought we would love to see and sent every­one on their way. To which we all head­ed in dif­fer­ent direc­tions. Pho­tos 1, 2 and 3 are pho­tos I took in the Piaz­za Bra. There’s a foun­tain in the mid­dle with bench­es and trees. You can get cof­fee and gela­to and it has an amaz­ing view of the Roman Are­na. Pho­to 4 is of Juli­et’s Bal­cony. The area was super crowd­ed but still cool to see. Pho­tos 5,6, 10,...

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A Kiss on the Chic’s Creative Retreat ~ Bellagio Day 4

Oct 1, 2012

Sep­tem­ber 21st, was the last day of the retreat. After I taught my Anti­quat­ed Curiosi­ties Shad­ow Box class Car­o­line and I ate lunch and head­ed out for a walk to go see the har­bor side of Bel­la­gio. Talk about worth every sin­gle gru­el­ing step up and down all the hills and many, many, many sets of steps. I told her I felt like I was at ulti­mate fat camp and the only thing instead of choco­late being dan­gled in front of me to keep me going was the gor­geous view around each and every turn along our path. Pho­to 1 is of the amaz­ing class­room. Pho­to 2 is the view from the amaz­ing class­room. Pho­to 3 was tak­en along the short walk to Babaya­ga where we had a won­der­ful Cheese Plat­ter, Cap­rese Sal­ad and Piz­za....

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A Kiss on the Chic’s Creative Retreat ~ Bellagio Day 3

Sep 30, 2012

Sep­tem­ber 20th, every­one got up bright and ear­ly to ride the fer­ry from Bel­la­gio to Como to do some site see­ing and and of course some much need­ed shop­ping.  The fer­ry ride down to Como was filled with beau­ti­ful sites all along to way. Pho­to 1 was the view of Lake Como from our front door. I loved hear­ing the church bells chime and watch­ing the sun rise and high­light­the moun­tains. Pho­tos 2, 3 and 4 were tak­en at the Fer­ry land­ing in Bel­la­gio. It is just a short walk from the hotel and real­ly pret­ty first thing in the morn­ing. Pho­tos 5, 6 and 7 were tak­en while rid­ing the fer­ry down to Como. I’m not kid­ding when I say every sin­gle sec­ond you want to take a pho­to. Pho­tos 8, 9, 10,...

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A Kiss on the Chic’s Creative Retreat ~ Bellagio Day 2

Sep 29, 2012

Sep­tem­ber 19th was day 2 of the retreat for me and Car­o­line. Class­es start­ed at 9:30 and I instant­ly start­ed pho­tograph­ing the class­room. It was absolute­ly stun­ning. The opened win­dows allowed for a gen­tle breeze to enter the room as well as the sounds of birds and church bells. The group of ladies who attend­ed this retreat were won­der­ful, fun and full of joy. It was a true plea­sure to get to know each and every one and I hope our paths cross again. Pho­tos 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 show just how amaz­ing the class­room was… well as amaz­ing as I could cap­ture it in a pho­to. Hon­est­ly, these do not do this room jus­tice at all. See­ing it in per­son is awe inspir­ing. All the details from floor to ceil­ing...

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Still Here…

Sep 10, 2012

This is my work area due to the results of one insane dead­line after anoth­er which I have more approach­ing faster than I care to think about. I LOVE what I do and feel very for­tu­nate to get to do it but right now, in order to keep any amount of san­i­ty I have left, and depend­ing on who you speak with there is a very broad spec­trum to my san­i­ty, I must sur­ren­der to the fact that I can­not do it all. So for now I will be tak­ing a blog break and hope­ful­ly get back on sched­ule in a few weeks. I am head­ing to ScrapFest, Wednes­day (need to start pack­ing) to help Maya Road with set up for all their awe­some make-n-takes, teach some work­shops and host an area crop then...

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Kitting and a Contract

Aug 8, 2012

I’m so hap­py to show you this pho­to… the offi­cial con­tract for book 3 arrived. I’m so super excit­ed about the con­cept for this book I can hard­ly stand it. I’m also very for­tu­nate to get to con­tin­ue work­ing with such loy­al spon­sors. I have a few new spon­sors that I’m real­ly hap­py to have that will be added to this LIST soon! Thank you all so much for your sup­port and ongo­ing spon­sor­ship. I real­ly appre­ci­ate both tremen­dous­ly. This week it’s been all about get­ting kits ready and shipped to Lake Como, Italy for “A Kiss On The Chic’s Cre­ative Retreat in Italy” Lau­ra’s put togeth­er a fab­u­lous event and Sept. 15th can­not get here soon enough. I’ve nev­er in my life wished I had a Sizzix Vagabond Machine so bad­ly as I...

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Scrapbook Retreat in Italy ~ Sneak Peeks

Jun 18, 2012

I’m going to be teach­ing 2 class­es at the Scrap­book Retreat in Italy, this Sep­tem­ber. The 1st class is a SHADOW BOX and it has all kinds of beau­ti­ful lit­tle trin­kets, vin­tage items and even room for your OWN memen­tos from the trip! I’m so hap­py I get to final­ly share a lit­tle SNEAK Peek. These are 3 ran­dom pho­to’s of the shad­ow­box. The 2nd class I’m teach­ing is a neck­lace and cuff set!  It’s SO pret­ty!!  Both have VINTAGE lace, but­tons and all kinds of “pret­ties” on it!!  Here’s a lit­tle SNEAK Peek of the cuff. Lau­ra will share SNEAKS from the oth­er teach­ers HERE, next week to keep the EXCITEMENT going!! For those of you who won’t be able to join us this Sep­tem­ber… There IS going to be ANOTHER “A Kiss...

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The Art of Felting

Jan 11, 2012

I’ve been play­ing around with sev­er­al new medi­ums late­ly and felt­ing has been the lat­est one. It has always intrigued me and I find tak­ing wool rov­ing and shap­ing it into some­thing is quite relax­ing, that is unless your my dad. Then, well… it’s not so relax­ing. I taught him and mom how to do it dur­ing their Christ­mas vis­it and he was not too impressed. He’s decid­ed to stick to wood­carv­ing. But I do have a star and a bird that they both com­plet­ed that I’ll show you tomor­row. They did a great job. I decid­ed to take this felt­ed heart and cov­er it with small scraps of stamped muslin, linen and burlap then accent them with vin­tage but­tons, pearls and charms. I attached two jump rings at the top of the heart...

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Bellagio Italy Retreat December Special

Nov 29, 2011

I want­ed to let you know of a Christ­mas SPECIAL Lau­ra is hav­ing for her awe­some ITALY RETREAT. It only lasts until the end of Decem­ber, so don’t miss out! She knows some of you want to join us next Sep­tem­ber 15th- 22nd, 2012 but right now you have extra expens­es and can’t spend the $550 for the first pay­ment to secure your spot. SO… from now until Jan­u­ary 1st, you can RESERVE YOUR SPOT for $100! Yes, if you want to join us next Sep­tem­ber in Lake Como, Italy for a week long DREAM vaca­tion of relax­ing, cre­at­ing and tour­ing the lake side vil­lages of Bel­la­gio, Italy, YOU can SIGN UP NOW FOR $100 and reserve your spot!! Just go to the REGISTRATION PAGE and you will see the “RESERVE YOUR SPOT” but­ton....

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So THRILLED to be a part of this event…

Aug 23, 2011

Thrilled real­ly does not even begin to explain how excit­ed I am to be a part of this event. It has been so hard keep­ing this a secret.  “A Kiss on the Chic Bel­la­gio Retreat” is going to be awe­some and teach­ing with Lau­ra McCol­lough, Tam­my Tut­terow and Deb­by Schuh is going to be the icing on the cake. Click HERE to read about reg­is­ter­ing for the event and HERE to see the incred­i­ble accom­mo­da­tions. I can­not wait! And as you can see below, the itin­er­ary Lau­ra put togeth­er is packed with loads of fun. I hope to see you there! Itin­er­ary & Dai­ly Schedule:September 15 — 22, 2012 (sched­ule may change) Sat­ur­day, Sep­tem­ber 15: Arrive Milan through­out the day and be trans­ferred to beau­ti­ful Bel­la­gio, Italy. 3:00pm Check-in at the Grand Hotel Vil­la Serbelloni’s Apart­ments or...

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