Recycled Jewelry

May 14, 2014

When you com­bine thrift store finds, bro­ken pieces of jew­el­ry, beads and dis­card­ed chan­de­lier pieces you can assem­ble beau­ti­ful and very unique jew­el­ry such as this bracelet and set of ear­rings. Remem­ber just because items are bro­ken does­n’t mean they can’t be used. Now that the weath­er is real­ly nice I’m look­ing for­ward to head­ing to flea mar­kets to do some dig­ging. The thrill of the hunt is addict­ing and so fun and the thrill of what’s around the next cor­ner gets me every sin­gle time. I have sev­er­al assem­blage art ideas and all include items that can be found dur­ing a good junkin week­end. And you know I’ll have mom and dad on the hunt for things too. These two are the best pick­ers any­one could ever have. Tomor­row, is the start of A Call To Art #Bring­Back­Our­Girls online auc­tion. Have you...

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My Life In A Dinghy ~ Hels Sheridan

Sep 25, 2013

“My Life In A Dinghy” fea­tured artist, Hels Sheri­dan. Hels has been craft­ing since 2003, although she always did have a love of cov­er­ing every­thing in glit­ter and glue when she was a kid. Hels start­ed out mak­ing her own cards which then led to a brief stopover in scrap­book­ing and then she found her true crafty love, rub­ber stamp­ing. Hels has a bit of a thing for altered art and mixed media and is hap­pi­est when cov­ered in ink and paint. What start­ed out as a hob­by to release the stress­es of her career as a Train Dri­ver has become her job now after she had to leave dri­ving trains due to ill health. She is a full time craft tutor and demon­stra­tor and a Cer­ti­fied Ranger Edu­ca­tor. Hels is also on the design team...

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Artistic Journey 2012 Sneak Peeks

Jul 31, 2012

Check Out The Project Peeks For Artis­tic Jour­ney! Artis­tic Jour­ney 2012 is brought to you by The Crafty Scrap­per. This event fea­tures 3 of Maya Road­’s design­ers and they are set to inspire you to try new tech­niques and learn new things on your Artis­tic Jour­ney. Check out the details below for peeks of each of the fab­u­lous 3 hour class­es. We have a spe­cial make and take that you will love for our Fri­day meet and greet! So join us on this Artis­tic Jour­ney, Octo­ber 5th — Octo­ber 7th, 2012. We Want To Learn About The Teach­ers And See Peeks Of Their Class­es! Meet Dina Wak­ley: Dina Wak­ley lives Ari­zona with her hus­band and three boys. She love every­thing about art…making it, talk­ing about it, teach­ing it. Dina dis­cov­ered scrap­book­ing in 1995. Scrap­book­ing...

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Art of Layers Blog Hop

Mar 21, 2012

Wel­come to the “Art of Lay­ers” Blog Hop… you should have just come from Julie Fei-Fan Balz­er’s blog and hope­ful­ly left a com­ment for a chance to win an auto­graphed copy of Ron­da’s new book “Art of Lay­ers”. To increase your odds of win­ning an auto­graphed copy make sure you leave a com­ment on my blog post before Sun­day, March 25th at 7pm CDT. A win­ner will be picked Sun­day, evening and announced on my blog Mon­day, March 26th. Good Luck! Ron­da’s altered sewing trin­ket box is fea­tured on the cov­er of her book and can be found in Chap­ter 1 ~ Paper. As you can see it is filled with lots of tiny vin­tage finds which I love tremen­dous­ly. To me there is noth­ing more enjoy­able than dig­ging around in thrift stores, antique shops...

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Yes, I’m doing the Happy Dance…

Nov 13, 2011

I can final­ly share what I’ve been up to and can­not wait for you to see the entire line. The entire line will be revealed Sat­ur­day, Novem­ber 19th dur­ing my online chat with A Cher­ry On Top. See you there. Going to be teach­ing my “Christ­mas Wish­es” class today at 11:00 at The Crafty Scrap­per then doing an online chat with Cocoa Daisy about break­ing into the busi­ness. Please join me at 4 pm East­ern and I will do my best to answer any ques­tions that will help you achieve your scrap­book­ing goals. I have a PDF for you to down­load titled “From Artist to Author” on the right side col­umn of my blog. This has lots of valu­able  infor­ma­tion for begin­ners just want­i­ng to get into the indus­try to the more advanced think­ing...

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Back In The Day

Aug 11, 2011

Hi there this is Car­o­line Lau — one of the part­ners at Maya Road. When Lisa asked me to post here on her blog I was first at a loss at what I would post. So I decid­ed that I would talk about how Lisa made it onto the Maya Road team way back in 2006 dur­ing our very first (and only so far) Design Team call. I hon­est­ly had nev­er heard of Lisa or seen her work before. Lisa was new to the world of scrap­book­ing back then. The first time I noticed her work was when I saw this project on Two Peas In A Buck­et: Lisa had done some amaz­ing things with our bot­tle­caps that I had nev­er seen before. I was floored at the exe­cu­tion and details of her work....

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Art Parts

Jul 16, 2011

While I was at the Great Amer­i­can Scrap­book­ing Con­ven­tion in Arling­ton, this past June, I got to see my friend Wendy Vec­chi. She sur­prised me and gave me one of her new Art Parts pieces and told me I could cre­ate any­thing I want­ed. I was so excit­ed and had so many ideas run­ning through my head it took me awhile to decide what to do but this is the idea that made it to the can­vas. Car­olyn, at The Crafty Scrap­per and I are work­ing on com­ing up with a date to teach this project at her store. It’s super fun to make. I have a few Maya Road new release items includ­ed in this project too, their “Wood­en Vin­tage Snowflakes” and “Vin­tage Find­ings Rasp­ber­ry Beads”. Today, is all about wash­ing, pack­ing and...

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The Big Book of Scrapbook Pages

Jun 22, 2011

Have you all seen this book in your local scrap­book or craft stores? If not, you need to look for it as it’s filled with LOADS of inspi­ra­tion for every scrap­book­ing top­ic you can imag­ine. I was thrilled to be asked to cre­ate a few projects for the book. F+W Media includ­ed a spot­light on my book “Delight In The Details” along with my two projects. As you can see Jen­ni Bowl­in spon­sored prod­ucts for these two projects. Oh how I love Jen­ni’s prod­ucts. I cer­tain­ly do have a hoard­ing issue with her items. If you love Jen­ni Bowl­in prod­ucts as much as I do make sure you check out her Inspi­ra­tion Blog.… it’s filled with LOTS of incred­i­ble projects. Thanks for the spon­sor­ship, Jen­ni. Here is a clos­er look at the two projects...

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Remember Today…

Jun 6, 2011

Actu­al­ly I wish the card­stock stick­er said “week­end” as it was such a fun one. Fri­day night, I taught my “Quilt­ed Mem­o­ries” class at The Crafty Scrap­per. I left a few kits with Car­olyn if you would like one. Just give her a call at the store: 972–923-3151. My friend Lisa E. joined me at the store which is always fun. We’ve been friends going on 11 years. She is my scrap­ping bud­dy. I had some super fun ladies in class and hope to see them again soon because we sure did laugh a lot. After the class was fin­ished Lisa and I stayed and laughed with Car­olyn (the own­er). The girl cracks me up and is always enter­tain­ing. Sat­ur­day, Lisa E. and I went to GASC in Arling­ton to see Car­olyn’s awe­some booth....

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Paper Cowgirl…

May 12, 2011

Just want to let every­one know reg­is­tra­tion clos­es for Paper Cow­girl this Sun­day, May 15th. This is going to be such a won­der­ful art retreat and I’m so look­ing for­ward to teach­ing my “Pieces of Time” work­shop. June 9th will be here before I know it. I’m real­ly look­ing for­ward to my Q&A with those attend­ing, Thurs­day evening. I hope to give those who want to break into the pub­lish­ing world of scrap­book­ing that lit­tle extra boost of con­fi­dence so they jump right in and go for it. That evening, I will also be sign­ing copies of my book “Delight In The Details”. If you’re inter­est­ed in pur­chas­ing one for pick up only, Thurs­day evening, June 9th,  you can do so here at a spe­cial dis­count­ed rate for those attend­ing. I’m clos­ing sales for...

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It’s Back!!!

Apr 21, 2011

Artis­tic Jour­ney 2011 ~ Art­ful Mem­o­ries fea­tur­ing The Crafty Scrap­per and Maya Road I’m so excit­ed to be a part of this event again this year. So come share a week­end of fun, laugh­ter and learn­ing as it is going to be a blast. When Is The Event Sched­uled And What Will You Get For The Price? The Artis­tic Jour­ney will begin on Sep­tem­ber 30th (around 2 pm) and end on Octo­ber 3rd (around 3 pm), 2011 at the home of The Crafty Scrap­per in Wax­a­hachie, TX (approx­i­mate­ly 30 min­utes south of down­town Dal­las). Cost of the Artis­tic Jour­ney 2011 is $275.00. Includ­ed in this $275.00 price are: Three 3 hour class­es with 3 teach­ers from the Maya Road Design Team Class kits chock full of del­ish scrap­book­ing prod­ucts (just bring your basics) Full...

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2010 in Review…

Dec 31, 2010

2010 sure was a super fast paced year. I have so many won­der­ful moments and events to reflect upon. I am so grate­ful for you my blog read­ers as you are some of the most loy­al and uplift­ing peo­ple. I always look for­ward to your replies and when need­ed your words of encour­age­ment. I am so grate­ful I have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to work with so many won­der­ful man­u­fac­tur­ers in the scrap­book­ing indus­try. I am very for­tu­nate to be able to teach at an awe­some scrap­book store in Wax­a­hachie, Texas, “The Crafty Scrap­per.” Some neat class ideas have been swirling in my head for the new year and I can­not wait to share them with Car­olyn. I am lean­ing heav­i­ly towards mixed media right now which is so fun. It’s excit­ing to explore cre­ative­ly as you...

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Mykonos Greece with Cocoa Daisy Destinations

May 19, 2010

Mykonos Greece with Cocoa Daisy Des­ti­na­tions COST PER PERSON $2995 The Mykonos event will be lim­it­ed to just 75 par­tic­i­pants. As part of Cocoa Daisy Des­ti­na­tions: Mykonos, all of the fol­low­ing will be includ­ed in the pack­age: Class­es and fol­low up ses­sions with all three instruc­tors, Ali Edwards, Jen­ni Bowl­in and Karen Rus­sell in a small group set­ting Double/triple occu­pan­cy for 6 nights A deluxe buf­fet break­fast each morn­ing A pool side social hour with drinks and appe­tiz­ers each evening All din­ners (a night­ly buf­fet includ­ing Greek & Con­ti­nen­tal cui­sine as well as one evening out) One evening out in a small group set­ting with all three instruc­tors at a superb restau­rant Dai­ly mini work­shops with 3 mem­bers of the Daisy Divas: Chris­tine Drumheller (Mem­o­ry Mak­ers Mas­ter ’09), Ron­da Palaz­zari (Mem­o­ry Mak­ers Mas­ter ’09)...

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It’s a Texas Winter Wonderland…

Feb 12, 2010

and I am lov­ing it!!! Here are a few pho­tos from around our house that I thought I would share. This is a record snow­fall for us Dallas/Fort Worth Tex­ans. Look­ing down and across the street while stand­ing in our dri­ve­way. The birch tree in our back yard. These are trees in our front yard peek­ing over the back­yard fence. This is a view of the land­scap­ing in our back­yard in front of our kitchen win­dow. A view of our back­yard tak­en while stand­ing in front of the birch tree. As you can see this is going to be a per­fect scrap­book­ing day. I will be fin­ish­ing up my sec­ond class to be taught at Crop, Paper, Scis­sors in Waco, March 6th. This is real­ly going to be a fun day. I will be...

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CHA Workshop… hope to see you there!

Dec 11, 2009

I am thrilled to be able to teach a work­shop at CHA this year. F & W Media asked me to cre­ate a project using tech­niques taught in my book “Delight In The Details” which will be released at the show. Of course I was thrilled to have been asked and cer­tain­ly accept­ed the oppor­tu­ni­ty. I will only be teach­ing this work­shop once and I kept it small… only 50 peo­ple as I real­ly like to be able to inter­act with as many peo­ple one on one as pos­si­ble. I will also share a few make n takes that you can eas­i­ly recre­ate in your store. Just a lit­tle added bonus in the class. I will have instruc­tions avail­able via email in PDF form for those stores that are present. Below is a sneak...

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Cocoa Daisy Spring Crop…

Apr 22, 2009

If you wan­na talk scrap­book­ing join me Sat­ur­day, April 25th at 2PM EST over at Cocoa Daisy. Tri­cia and the Daisy Divas have orga­nized a fun filled week­end of chal­lenges, games and online projects. The fun begins at 3PM EST Fri­day, April 24th and ends Sun­day, April 27th at 7PM. To join in on all the fun make sure you reg­is­ter ear­ly on the forum. Just a lit­tle FYI… Tri­cia will be giv­ing away over $200. in prizes dur­ing the crop. So reg­is­ter now and get ready for some cre­ative fun this week­end. See you...

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Auction for a friend…

Oct 8, 2008

UPDATE… The auc­tion should now work in Inter­net Explor­er. Please let me know if you have any trou­ble. I write this post with a very heavy heart. Yes­ter­day, a very dear friend of mine in the scrap­book­ing com­mu­ni­ty unex­pect­ed­ly lost her hus­band. Hon­est­ly, when I think of her and her two young boys (ages 4 and 7) as hard as I try to hold back my tears they just seem to come any­way. One minute her sim­ple world is per­fect then the next… trag­ic. I feel so help­less and wish I was clos­er to help but geo­graph­i­cal­ly this is not pos­si­ble. So I have decid­ed to hold an auc­tion to raise a bit of mon­ey to help ease the finan­cial bur­den that has occurred. I am giv­ing 100% of the mon­ey raised from my...

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A few “Getting to know you” Christmas Questions…

Dec 6, 2007

Here is a fun “Get­ting to know you” Christ­mas ques­tion­naire. When the girls were lit­tle we opened one on Christ­mas eve and the rest Christ­mas morn­ing, now we cel­e­brate on Christ­mas Eve. I love the room dark with just the glow from our tree and a few years ago it actu­al­ly snowed here on Christ­mas Eve.

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Thanks Martha…

May 20, 2007

Here is my thank you note to Martha Stew­art. I cre­at­ed this accor­dion thank you note using her scal­loped note cards, seam bind­ing rib­bons, pat­tern papers, binder hole punch, chip­board let­ters and dimen­sion­al flower stick­ers.

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It’s the first of the month…

Apr 2, 2007

Jour­nal­ing reads: I wish I could hon­est­ly say this pho­to was tak­en Decem­ber 1st but I must con­fess it was not, it was tak­en March 1st. Every year, I tell myself I’m tak­ing our Christ­mas tree down before the mid­dle of Jan­u­ary but when the time arrives… I just can’t make myself do it.

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Our Family…

Mar 24, 2007

The chal­lenge I decid­ed to do is “Savor the cre­ative process” so if you want to par­tic­i­pate just grab your favorite drink, turn on your favorite TV show, movie or music, grab some paper and start cre­at­ing.

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