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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