From The Archives ~ Paper Bag Easter Basket

Apr 8, 2014

This tutorial was originally posted on my blog, April 11, 2011. Paper Bag Easter Baskets are fun to create and with Easter just around the corner I thought I would re-share it. I love the simplicity of brown paper bags and think they make the perfect Easter baskets. I remember making them in grade school and being so excited to bring them home to show mom and dad. This basket can be left plain or altered using patterned paper, stamps, inks or paint. You can carefully use any of the many Fiskars border punches to create gorgeous edges along the top of your basket or you could take a hole punch and punch a hole just below where the scallop meets, thread a ribbon through the holes and create a pretty bow by tying...

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Delightful Arty Crush ~ Charlotte Lyons

Sep 13, 2013

“Delightful Arty Crush” is a feature I have on my blog which showcases artists who’s work I admire and find inspiring. It features a wide range of artists from collage, textile, encaustic and lots of other amazing mediums. I’m sure you will find each artists work just as inspiring as I do and I hope you will visit their blogs and other links included in their feature. The images I share with you are just the tip of the iceberg in regards to their awesomeness. Today, my “Delightful Arty Crush” featured artist is, Charlotte Lyons. I fell in love with Charlotte’s work several years ago.  I’m not sure how I stumbled upon her but one of her gorgeous samplers caught my eye and I’ve been hooked on her work since. Charlotte’s style is so...

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Delightful Arty Crush ~ Andrea Singarella

Sep 6, 2013

“Delightful Arty Crush” is a feature I have on my blog which showcases artists who’s work I admire and find inspiring. It features a wide range of artists from collage, textile, encaustic and lots of other amazing mediums. I’m sure you will find each artists work just as inspiring as I do and I hope you will visit their blogs and other links included in their feature. The images I share with you are just the tip of the iceberg in regards to their awesomeness. Today, my “Delightful Arty Crush” featured artist is, Andrea Singarella. If you have not seen Andrea’s blog “Everyday Beauty” you must give it a visit. Andrea creates the most beautiful Vintage Trinket Jewelry, adorable special occasion Prize Ribbon Rosettes and elegant Bookmarks. I’m certain you will truly find her...

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Have Fun and Show you Care

Jun 15, 2013

Today, I am participating off and on at a wonderful online event, Oklahoma We Care Online Crop. This crop will benefit Oklahoma Tornado Victims as every single penny raised goes directly to the Oklahoma United Way. The awesome thing is, if you cannot join us today you can still participate in the challenges and games as you have a week to complete them so this really is a win win situation for everyone. This crop is sponsored by some awesome companies as you can see in the flier below and lots of designers in the industry are hosting challenges and games with great prizes. To sign up for this crop go to cheekychicsscrapbooking.blogspot.com ~ on the upper right side of the site is an Oklahoma Tornado Fund Paypal Button ~ click this button and...

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Maya Road Linen Album

Jul 12, 2012

So happy to finally be able to share the Maya Road Catalog for CHA-Summer. They have some awesome products coming out this release and one of my favorite’s is their new 4″ Binder Linen Album that has 3 linen pages and 3 chipboard pages. I finished my mini album using this album just in the knick of time too… I leave bright and early… no, wait it wont even be bright when I head to the airport Saturday morning, just early… ugh. I’m so not a morning person… I just hope while I’m passed out in my seat on the plane I don’t drool. Okay enough of my traveling and on to my mini album… I had fun altering this album with lots of amazing new product. Notice the key in the center, it’s...

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Flower Wall

Feb 6, 2012

Since I passed out each night before getting a blog post completed during CHA, I thought it would still be fun to tell you about the show and share photos. While we were getting the booth ready for day one, Emily Pitts was given the task of assembling a wall of flowers on the end of one of the display walls. She worked and worked and worked attaching small pieces of Velcro to the back of zipper flowers, ribbon blossoms and other small handmade flowers created from lots of Maya Road trims. This floral arrangement was very popular and photographed many times during the show. Here is Emily hard at work arranging each handmade flower along the wall. Maya Road Wood Mini Butterflies were placed among the flowers to look as though they were fluttering...

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Stamped Muslin

Dec 16, 2011

Here is a wonderful way to create custom ribbon for any project or gift. All you need to do is tear strips of natural or bleached muslin about 1″ wide and as long as you desire. Then place the Lavender Salts stamp from my Antiquated  Collection ~ Perfumery Stamp Set ~ Pink Persimmon onto an acrylic block, ink the stamp with Coffee Archival Ink and stamp all along the length of the torn muslin strip. I alternated the top, middle and bottom areas of the stamp to create a collage look. Super simple and so pretty. This would look gorgeous tied around a gift wrapped in butcher block paper and accented with a sprig of pine, holly or mistletoe. May Flaum posted a tutorial on her blog “Confessions of  a Chocoholic” showing you how...

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Playing with paper flowers.

Aug 12, 2011

Good morning! My name is Christine Drumheller and I am the owner of the monthly kit club, Cocoa Daisy. I was thrilled to be invited to post on Lisa’s blog this week. I am normally a very clean, linear kind of scrapbooker but this being Lisa’s blog I thought I would stretch out of my comfort zone and add some extra layers of flowers and ribbon to a layout. I used bits and pieces from our July kit “Urban Loft” and its add-ons to create this layout about my Mom and I on Mother’s Day. Layering with paper flowers is a fun and versatile way of creating some texture on your page. I used the Sassafras kraft flowers and some of their new “foldies” on my layout but you can cut flowers from patterned...

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Magnetic Clothespin Note Holders

Aug 10, 2011

Hi, my name is Darcy and I am representing Pink Persimmon today.  My sister (Judi) and I first got to know Lisa when she used some of our stamps in her first book “Delight in the Details”.  We are honored to be included as one of her guest bloggers this week.   One of our talented Creative Team members, Andrea Budjack, made these adorable magnetic clothespins and we’d like to share a little how-to here today. Andrea first cut three circles using her Sizzix Circles die, but you can use any circle punch or circle cutter that matches the stamp sizes.  She then stamped two images from the You’re a Jewel stamp set and the “a little note” stamp from Flower Greetings. She added a little distressing to the edges with ink and then...

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Gift Box

Jun 29, 2011

I altered this box using the Main Kit “Urban Loft” by Cocoa Daisy. I plan on placing a gift card inside for a special someone on their birthday. Afterwards they can use the box to store small items inside. Altering items is one of my favorite things to do… I love turning something that was discarded and no longer wanted into a new treasured item. That is one reason my closet looks like a hoarder lives in my studio. I cannot pass up small boxes and paper mache items. I always think, “Oh this would be awesome to alter.” I really like the flowers that come in the “South Loop” Add On Kit. They are prefect to create a little floral grouping. And you know I love the Maya Road Crystal Trinket Pins. There...

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Paper Bag Easter Basket

Apr 11, 2011

I love the simplicity of brown paper bags and think they make the perfect Easter baskets. I remember making them in grade school and being so excited to bring them home to show mom and dad. This basket can be left plain or altered using patterned paper, stamps and inks or paint. You can carefully use any of the many Fiskars border punches to create gorgeous edges along the top of your basket or you could take a hole punch and punch a hole just below where the scallop meets, thread a ribbon through the holes and create a pretty bow by tying the two ends together. This simple basket has so many possibilities. I hope you share photos of the baskets you create as I would love to see them. Have fun creating....

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Pre CHA day 1

Jul 25, 2010

Started my day playing with this little cutie Miss Olivia. After breakfast we headed to the convention center to start putting the booth together. The blank area you see will soon be filled with lots of Maya Road goodness.  This is Laura and Aubrey working on the walls. Once it gets past the second row I am vertically challenged. Here is Laura and David with a little organized chaos going on. It is always such an accomplished feeling once we get the walls all set up. Here is some serious organized chaos.  The ribbon wall is plain torture for me… thankfully, Caroline knows this and gives this task to someone else… Laura. I have no idea how she manages to complete this task. If it were up to me to get it done CHA would be over and you...

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It’s All About The Dress

Jun 23, 2010

Registration for my new online workshop “It’s All About The Dress” is now open. The cost for this workshop is $24.95. You will have instant access to the supply list once registration has been completed. The first workshop project will be posted to the private blog June 28th. You will have access to the private blog for 30 days starting the day of your registration.       In this online class you will alter a Maya Road Dress Form album using several different techniques. I will show you how to create delicate ruffles and rosettes from crepe paper an adorable boa created with flowers made from old book pages and beautiful cabbage roses created from felt. You will accent the dress forms with pearls, rhinestones, stick pins, scalloped trim, tulle and seam binding....

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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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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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Acceptance my word for 2010

Dec 18, 2009

I have been thinking a lot lately about what word I plan to really embrace for myself this year. After a lot of thought and reading these two blog posts Katie’s and Karen’s I can really relate to some of what they are saying. I decided my word needs to be acceptance. I have a very hard time being happy with anything I create or do. I always feel I can or need to be better. This issue involves my art, family life etc. It carries over into everything. I have always had a hard time living just in the moment. I have a very type A personality and suffer from panic attacks that at times can be paralyzing. I worry about everything… am I a good mom, wife, artist, daughter, aunt, friend etc....

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Crepe Paper Ornament and Bottle Brush Trees

Dec 5, 2009

Friday night I was lucky enough to get to chat online as a guest with a bunch of Fisk-a-teers during their online crop. I tell ya if you want to chat with a fun group…you want to make sure you attend the next one. Before the chat I created these two projects in their honor. So I thought I would share the step by step instructions for the ornament with you. (no instructions for the large tree at the bottom of this post as I think you can figure it out pretty simply) You can make a similar ornament for yourself by changing the color of the crepe paper (Red, Green or Blue), Maya Road Maya Mists (Red) and beads. This is a really fun ornament to make and you all know I have...

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Mittens and Snowflakes

Nov 6, 2009

I love the cuff on these mittens. They remind me of when I was around 3 or 4 years old living in Kittery, Maine. One winter I remember sitting in the back seat of my Mom and Dad’s blue Volkswagen Beetle with my hands all toasty and warm inside my brand new muff. I loved that muff and thought I was something else using it. I think it’s funny how a little piece of craft Boa can remind me of something long ago. Instructions: Cover the front and back of three pages from a Maya Road Mitten Chipboard Coaster Book with vintage wallpaper. I used Aleene’s Paper Glaze adhesive when attaching the wallpaper. Sand the edges of each mitten using a sanding block or Emory board. Apply a clear drying liquid adhesive around the...

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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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Snowflakes and Mittens…

Jul 23, 2009

I had so much fun combining these two new albums. And covering them with vintage music sheets and wallpaper made it that much better! New Maya Road Mitten and Snowflake Coaster Albums and Beige Gingham Ribbon. The Gingham Ribbon also comes in Brown, Green, Pink, Red and Black and have Gingham Point Blossoms that match each color… so super cute! Yep… another Hanging Chandelier piece… I tell ya, I’m not kidding when I say I LOVE these… tomorrow I will show you the new Maya Road Mixed Scallop Triangle Banner Album. You are really gonna love this one…...

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Mini Wall Hanging Sneak Peek #2…

May 29, 2009

Just a few teasers of the Mini Wall Hanging I created using my scraps from the June Kit by Cocoa Daisy. I am providing Tricia with a PDF of all the templates so Cocoa Daisy subscribers can recreate this piece if they choose. Next week I will show you how to make these adorable velvet ribbon...

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