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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