Friendship Tokens

Jun 15, 2011

Dur­ing the meet and greet at Paper Cow­girl we had a super fun friend­ship token exchange. The tokens can be any­thing you wish to cre­ate and give away. This exchange would be some­thing fun to do at crops or any scrap­ping event. I just have to show you how cre­ative every­one was at Paper Cow­girl. I did my best to get a good close up of each one I received. My name badge was full. One of the par­tic­i­pants cro­cheted all her flower tokens. Some altered game pieces. As you can see my name tag was full… col­ored keys tied on with yarn, stick­ers, millinery flow­ers a met­al dress form was cre­at­ed and watch faces were used. I’m not kid­ding when I said peo­ple made them from all sorts of items. Kraft tags were...

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So Proud…

May 26, 2011

The sum­mer of 2000 we had the hon­or of host­ing an exchange stu­dent from Alba­nia. Julian was the sweet exchange stu­dent we could have ever host­ed. All of us have such found mem­o­ries of him stay­ing with our fam­i­ly his junior year. The one thing I remem­ber laugh­ing about a lot was when he would say “no” but shake his head “yes”. I would just look at him so con­fused and ask him what his answer was… then tell him here when you shake your head like that it means yes not no… we would just laugh. The entire fam­i­ly adored him… grand­par­ents, broth­ers, sis­ters, my niece’s and nephew etc. You can­not help but love him when you meet him. These pho­tos still hang on our wall. Ans­ley nev­er let him out of her...

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Cherry Soda

May 19, 2011

Yes­ter­day, felt like a play day… no work just play. I start­ed cre­at­ing a project using the June Kit ~ Cher­ry Soda by Cocoa Daisy. This kit and the add ons are so bright and fun I can’t put it down. As you know most of my work is done with lots of cream col­ors from old book pages and oth­er ephemera so this is quite a change. And a change I guess I need­ed at the moment. I’m hav­ing so much fun that I thought I’d share a tiny sneak peek with you. Just love the loads of sum­mer col­or. If you’re a Cocoa Daisy sub­scriber you can pur­chase the main kit and add ons start­ing, May 28th. Those that are not sub­scribers can make pur­chas­es, June 1st. But… this means you take...

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Happy Mother’s Day

May 8, 2011

Moth­ers hold their chil­dren’s hands for a short while, but their hearts for­ev­er. ~Author Unknown This pho­to of me and my mom always makes me laugh. The expres­sion on my face and my head tilt­ed down makes it look as though I had been eat­ing one too many a moon pie. I’m guess­ing I was around 3 or 4 years old. I hope all you moms out there have a won­der­ful Moth­er’s Day. And here is a lit­tle some­thing that might inspire you to take pho­tos around your “Home Sweet Home” to doc­u­ment your life as it is today. Just click here to get start­ed. All you have to do is sign up, you won’t be charged....

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Mother’s Day Charms

May 5, 2011

Here is a very sweet gift to cre­ate for mom this Moth­er’s Day.… her very own mom charms. The charms shown below are charms of my mom as a lit­tle girl and her mom as a young lady and in her ear­ly 40’s. A neck­lace accent­ed with charms of images of your mom, her moth­er and all your sib­lings would be a won­der­ful gift. You could even accent the charms with pearl baubles. I think this would make a very spe­cial gift and one she will cher­ish. Please note you will need to print your pho­tos using a laser print­er or the image will run once you apply the glossy accents. Sup­plies Used: Two Peas In A Buck­et car­ries all the sup­plies used… Tim Holt Facets, Tim Holtz Baubles, Glossy Accents, Fiskars Fin­ger­tip Craft...

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Door Knob Photo Holder

May 4, 2011

Here is some­thing for the mom that has every­thing. Moms always have room for one more fam­i­ly pho­to, so why not make her a unique pho­to hold­er using an old door knob. I think this is a per­fect way to give mom a fam­i­ly pho­to to dis­play on her spe­cial day. Keep­ing the posts short and sweet this week.… just two more projects to fin­ish!...

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Happy Birthday, to you!

Apr 23, 2011

Today, my sweet daugh­ter Ter­ri turns 23. Wish­ing you all the best life has to offer and more, Sweet Pea! Enjoy your day and see you tonight. I love...

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Paper Purse

Apr 14, 2011

I’ve had sev­er­al emails sent my way ask­ing how I cre­at­ed the paper purse in the Mem­o­ry Mak­ers Blog Bounce Cre­ativ­i­ty Blooms blog post. Below are the steps to cre­ate your own paper purse if you want. It’s easy to make. First you need to start out with a piece of paper cut to 8″ square. This is my favorite size. But the small­er your square the small­er your purse and the larg­er the square the larg­er the purse. Next fold the pat­terned paper in half by bring­ing the bot­tom point up to the top point. If you want a tight crease I sug­gest you use a bone fold­er. Bring the right point­ed end all the way over to the left side of the tri­an­gle as shown below. Using a strong liq­uid adhe­sive attach...

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I will be making more…

Apr 8, 2011

This egg was real­ly fun to make and was the per­fect cre­ative break I need­ed yes­ter­day. I’ve been writ­ing, writ­ing and writ­ing all week and can final­ly see the light at the end of that long, long tun­nel. It was­n’t easy find­ing sup­plies to use so thank good­ness I still have my fin­gers and a super worn out paint­brush. I plan on mak­ing a few more with dif­fer­ent designs to fill the bird nests I made a while back. Okay, back to writ­ing… just had to share my sweet lit­tle egg with you all. Have a great...

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Magnetic Board and Doily

Apr 5, 2011

Here is how I plan on using the tray I found a few weeks ago at Frisco Resale. Once my scrap­room is cleaned up from all the book projects being cre­at­ed it will find a per­ma­nent home in there until then it will sit out in the liv­ing area. The but­ton mag­nets are old but­tons my dad attached mag­nets to the back of. They work per­fect­ly on this tray and look adorable. I plan on using this tray as an inspi­ra­tion board, receipt hold­er and what ever else I need to not mis­place at the moment. I always keep the let­ter from my sweet Uncle Ed near by… he always has such won­der­ful words of encour­age­ment and is so proud of my book. The doily flower mag­net you see at the bot­tom of the...

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Another fun Blog Bounce

Mar 8, 2011

If you are com­ing here from Francine Clouden’s blog glad you’re here! If not, make sure you check out all those par­tic­i­pat­ing in this months blog bounce as it is so fun to see how every­one inter­pret­ed the theme “Favorite Treat”. And since spring is just around the cor­ner I thought I would share with you one of our fam­i­lies favorite spring treats. I’ve been mak­ing these “Bird Nest” cup­cakes since I was a lit­tle girl with my Mom. To me it just does not seem like spring if I don’t make them. I’ve made these with my girls each East­er and will most like­ly make them every East­er even when the girls no longer live at home. They are just a part of my child­hood I like to reflect on each year. Below is...

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I’m home

Feb 3, 2011

It sure did feel great sleep­ing in my bed last night although I was hang­ing on for dear life because Chief was hog­ging my entire side of the bed. I must say the dri­ve was a whole lot of scary get­ting home. I have nev­er seen so much ice ever in Texas. Ans­ley has not had school since Mon­day and will not have school tomor­row either. Tonight and tomor­row morn­ing we are sup­posed to get snow so no telling what tomor­row will bring in the weath­er depart­ment. Although they say it should get warmer Sat­ur­day so the ice should melt. We shall see. I cer­tain­ly have enough work to keep me busy for the next month as my step-by-step pho­to shoot is next month. While at CHA I was hap­py to get a new...

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CHA Day 3

Feb 1, 2011

What a great day today was. Thank you to all my sweet friends who came by the booth to wish me a hap­py birth­day. It was so sweet of all of you. Those of you that decid­ed to sing hap­py birth­day to me I thank you too even though I want­ed to run and hide. It was fun­ny and I must admit so sweet. Car­olyn and Keri made me a birth­day card out of one of the cat­a­logs they got at the show. I will have to take a pho­to of it tomor­row so you can see… it is too cute!  Car­o­line and David took all the Road­ies out to eat and sur­prised me with a won­der­ful brown­ie and singing wait­er after din­ner. Yes I was beet red, want­i­ng to hide but was touched...

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And the fun begins…

Jan 27, 2011

Last night we ate at this real­ly good place called Mat­sui. Every­thing was won­der­ful but I soon found out along with design team mem­ber Sarah that the one thing that was not so won­der­ful was their Japan­ese tea. Yikes that was some hard stuff to drink. Need­less to say the laughs start­ed right then. Sarah is Aussie tough she drank all of hers and well I must admit Lau­ra helped me with mine. Thank good­ness. Although I could have fin­ished it off if I had, had about 5 pounds of sug­ar to put in it. So note to self… when the wait­ress says, “this is Japan­ese tea” take note… it is not just like any oth­er tea. Japan­ese tea is cer­tain­ly a long way away from the sweet tea of the south I’m used...

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It’s a BeaUTEEful day over here…

Jan 24, 2011

(I think I just saw some eye­rolls, but real­ly how cute is the word BeaU­TEE­ful? Talk about mak­ing a super cute t‑shirt… and I would wear it!) Ok on to some projects. This was a sim­ple brown box that a neck­lace came in and I turned it into this using these prod­ucts … Vin­tage Pho­to Dis­tress Ink, Blend­ing Tool, Jet Black Archival Ink, two Wendy Vec­chi Stu­dio 490 Stamps (Script & Flower), Emboss­ing Ink, Mold-n-Pour, Clear UTEE, Heat Gun, Non-Stick Craft Mat, Plat­inum Stick­les, Heavy Weight White Card­stock, Seam Bind­ing and Foam Squares. From start to fin­ish this took no more than 30 min. And I also made this sweet tee­ny tiny house cov­ered it in UTEE (did you real­ly think I would­n’t?) then altered trees, trims and a ban­ner. The entire piece is...

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You are going to LOVE these…

Jan 23, 2011

I was asked to cre­ate a can­vas for Ranger’s design­er wall at CHA. Well the prod­uct we had to high­light was their Per­fect Pearl Mists and their new Per­fect Pearls colors.You are going to LOVE these. Check out Suze Wein­berg’s blog to see the new col­ors and a few sneak peeks of her can­vas… I can­not wait to see it in per­son. It was fun to cre­ate what ever I want­ed with the only require­ments being it had to be my style and I had to use the prod­ucts sent my way. I used WAY MORE Ranger prod­ucts on my can­vas than what was required but one tech­nique seemed to lead to anoth­er which meant using anoth­er prod­uct and so on… I think the Rock Can­dy Crack­le Paint looks AWESOME on the frame… I...

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Talk about fly on by…

Jan 12, 2011

I can­not believe it has been so long since my last blog post. Yikes, but I have been super busy with projects, projects, projects. Being super cre­ative for my book and CHA has been chal­leng­ing but I’m not com­plain­ing. I have been super lucky to get my hands on some new prod­uct from three man­u­fac­tur­ers. I do believe you will want it all too. Not sure when I can start shar­ing but I will as soon as I get the go ahead. Super fun stuff to play with that is for sure. Which as I’m sure you have fig­ured out explains my lack of blog post­ing. I made this to wear at CHA. Just a lit­tle some­thing that will be fun to wear. It show­cas­es the Maya Road Resin Blos­soms. And my Col­lage Pauge...

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Make Art!

Jan 4, 2011

I love these two lit­tle words. I have a won­der­ful cheer­leader for a friend. She always sends me email filled with words like you can do it yes you can… I know you can… etc. She is the best and SHE is SUPER TALENTED too. She LOVES flow­ers and always signs her blog posts with “make art!” I love that. Late last night while I was look­ing at her blog I thought I would make her a lit­tle some­thing to give to her at CHA. I sol­dered this flower pin sev­er­al months ago and it’s been sit­ting on a shelf col­lect­ing dust. Actu­al­ly, I have lots of stuff sit­ting on my shelves col­lect­ing dust. So I’ve decid­ed to start shar­ing them with friends and fam­i­ly as well as in class par­tic­i­pants. My sweet friend...

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Some Holiday Bling

Dec 23, 2010

This is a bracelet I cre­at­ed using some big pearl cabo­chons I’ve  had for a while and some vin­tage rhine­stone but­tons I’ve been hoard­ing. It’s super sim­ple to make and one I will be wear­ing a lot as I love any­thing that sparkles. This idea came about while I was in Hob­by Lob­by, yes­ter­day look­ing at all the hol­i­day clear­ance items. While walk­ing around I end­ed up in the jew­el­ry aisle. I saw their bracelet with bezel items and BAM I had an idea. Well I could not get home fast enough to see if it would work and as you can see it did. I wish the sun was out today so you could see the sparkle but looks like a cloudy day for us. I plan on going back to Hob­by Lob­by...

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Money Envelope

Dec 13, 2010

I cre­at­ed this mon­ey enve­lope using this tuto­r­i­al cre­at­ed by Wendy Vec­chi of Stu­dio 490. I did have to sub­sti­tute a few things since I did­n’t have all the stamps she used or one of the Dis­tress Ink col­ors. I must admit it’s nice step­ping out of your com­fort zone every once in awhile and stamp­ing is cer­tain­ly step­ping out for me. It’s scary as I can­not get over the every­thing needs to be per­fect stuff but I am try­ing. Oh and let me fill you in on a lit­tle secret… today is my super sweet friend Wendy’s birth­day. I think she is cel­e­brat­ing some­thing like her 25th. I don’t know I could be wrong but I know I’m not off by far. So when you go over to check out her awe­some tuto­r­i­al make sure you...

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Creative Fun…

Dec 5, 2010

Sat­ur­day, Trisha Con­lon and I got to spend the day with this won­der­ful group of artists at “The Crafty Scrap­per”. Each one cre­at­ed their very own snow globe. I taught the paper part of the project which includ­ed alter­ing the base of the snow globe, build­ing the lit­tle house, cre­at­ing a crepe paper rosette and then of course sprin­kling every­thing with glit­ter and mica. It was so fun watch­ing every­one’s project come togeth­er. Each lit­tle house was the same yet so dif­fer­ent as every­one used dif­fer­ent parts of their Melis­sa Frances pat­terned paper. Once every­one fin­ished their sweet lit­tle house they then began to add every­thing to the altered base of the snow globe. Once every­one go to this point we all took a break for lunch, which came from “The Dove’s Nest”, next...

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