Working on something fun…

Nov 23, 2010

For the past few days in between last minute book stuff, pack­ing projects for ship­ment, a Dr. vis­it for Ans­ley (poor girl is sick again) and every­day life I have been cre­at­ing a sim­ple “Count­down Ban­ner”. This year, I am deter­mined to keep it sim­ple for the hol­i­days and I am hop­ing this ban­ner will remind me of this each day in Decem­ber. This will be anoth­er cute project fea­tured in my “Tips, Tech­niques & Tuto­ri­als” work­shop. I will have the mini flash­card PDF for you to down­load as well as the sup­ply list and tools need­ed. Now I am off to ship a box full of book projects to my sweet edi­tor Jen­ni. I am tru­ly blessed once again with a won­der­ful edi­tor. F&W Media has the best staff ever… Man­ag­ing Edi­tor, Edi­tors,...

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What a fun day…

Nov 20, 2010

Today, I taught my “Home for the Hol­i­days” class at The Crafty Scrap­per to a super sweet group of ladies. That store is my hap­py place with­out a doubt!!! I think it is the best store in the area. Car­olyn has the best cus­tomers and the best prod­uct selec­tion around not to men­tion the sweet­est staff. If you haven’t vis­it­ed her store you need to… it is worth the dri­ve. You will love it. See the lit­tle sweet­ie in yel­low… it was her 14th birth­day. Her grand­moth­er pur­chased my class as a gift for her. Hap­py Birth­day, Gra­cie! I hope it was a won­der­ful day. Wish­ing you all the best and hope to see you again soon. Each kit includ­ed three dif­fer­ent house tem­plates and lots of fun lit­tle good­ies to use to dec­o­rate....

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No Stress Just Work…

Oct 24, 2010

This will be my new mot­to told to me by a sweet friend for the next six months as I will begin work­ing on my SECOND book tomor­row. I am so hap­py I have been giv­en the chance to work with F & W Media once again. My new book will be tech­nique based just as “Delight In The Details” but it will have step outs on how to recre­ate not only the tech­niques but ALSO some of the projects. So excit­ed about this new twist. My first dead­line is Novem­ber 26th so i will be some­what of a her­mit over the next month as these projects will be for the cov­er and I want them over the top won­der­ful. Not sure if I can tell you the theme of the book just yet...

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Sweet Deal…

Oct 12, 2010

Okay there is this fair­ly new etsy store called Lau­ra’s Vin­tage Gar­den. I have spo­ken of this store before. Well today Lau­ra is offer­ing a sweet deal to those of you who make a pur­chase in her store. Lau­ra’s store has won­der­ful PDF’s that are per­fect for using in vin­tage projects as well as mak­ing gor­geous sol­dered charms. Since Christ­mas is just around the cor­ner you know I am all about the vin­tage Christ­mas images espe­cial­ly her San­tas but she also has lots of vin­tage Hal­loween and Thanks­giv­ing PDF’s too. You just have to check out all her great stuff. Lau­ra not only has loads of PDF’s she also has some real­ly nice vin­tage items like Cab­i­net Cards and Vin­tage Ephemera Packs… So here is the sweet deal… if you pur­chase two items from...

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Just a little Batty…

Oct 11, 2010

This is how I feel today… so many fun things in the works it is mak­ing me a lit­tle crazy. Good crazy but still crazy is crazy and I need to focus. So here is the last Hal­loween chip­board piece that I altered from the Lit­tle Yel­low Bicy­cle Jum­bo Chip­board set. I think I am going to keep all these grouped togeth­er in this arrange­ment as they add a lit­tle Hal­loween spir­it to the room. Sup­plies Used: Lit­tle Yel­low Bicy­cle Jum­bo Chip­board Shapes, Jen­ni Bowl­in (Fam­i­ly Tree) Uncle Jim Pat­terned Paper, Maya Road Felt Bead­ed Blos­som — Black, a Black Gel­ly Roll Pen, Gold Stick­les, Brown and Gold Seam Bind­ing Trick or Treat Boo Spooky And a Lit­tle Boo to you Also I have two new class­es sched­uled at The Crafty Scrap­per. “You’ve Got...

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Boo to you…

Oct 8, 2010

Here is the altered Ghost… I think it looks sweet and tucked in the green­ery next to the pump­kin makes it look sweet­er. Next up will be the super cute haunt­ed house… mine wont be so haunt­ed though. Sup­plies Used: Lit­tle Yel­low Bicy­cle Jum­bo Chip­board Shapes ~ Ghost, Jen­ni Bowl­in (Fam­i­ly Tree)  Aunt Grace Pat­terned Paper, Jen­ni Bowl­in Dye Ink Pad ~ Foun­tain Pen, Maya Road Felt Bead­ed Black Blos­som, Maya Road Trin­ket Pins ~ Vin­tage Black Pearl, Vin­tage Pearl, Black and Burnt Orange Seam Bind­ing a Black Gel­ly Roll Pen, and Dia­mond...

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Saturday…

Sep 27, 2010

Sat­ur­day was last day in Mykonos and my roomies (Chris­tine and Ron­da) and I got a won­der­ful tour of some awe­some sites. Eli­na drove us to Star­bucks, the light­house, the Monastery and then to a won­der­ful restau­rant for an incred­i­ble lunch. It was a fab­u­lous way to end our stay. Ron­da, Chris­tine and I will cer­tain­ly miss Eli­na. She has such a bright and cheery spir­it. It was so sad to leave. Yes there real­ly is a Star­bucks in Mykonos… brought home a menu too. This light­house was real­ly nice to see… the view of the Aegean sea was gor­geous from here. My sweet new friend Eli­na… she is such a delight to be around. And I will miss hear­ing her say, “okie dok­ie” and “No Wor­ries” so much. One of the priests at...

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Friday

Sep 25, 2010

A group of us went to lunch with Jen­ni Bowl­in and I was one of them… cer­tain­ly no sur­prise to you as it is no secret that I love and adore Jen­ni and her prod­ucts. The restau­rant Tri­cia took us to was a real­ly sweet restau­rant that was sea­side. The view was awe­some. the col­or­ful flags were so pret­ty as we walked into the restau­rant their menu felt just like a book… I had to keep remind­ing me with what Ali says… we do not steal or bor­row we gath­er.… I so want­ed to run out with this menu inside the restau­rant… loved the way they fold­ed the nap­kins to look like par­ty hats the view was gor­geous as you could see the sea and all the white build­ings of Mykonos Yes I ate...

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Another week flew by quick…

Aug 26, 2010

Gosh my blog is tak­ing a huge hit right now. I guess I will give you a quick run through of my week. Lots of neat things going on. First off I am super excit­ed to be a part of Paper Cow­girl next year. I was thrilled when Cindy asked if I would be the guest speak­er and a teacher at her event. This is going to be such a super fun week­end. On a sad note my grand­fa­ther has said his good byes and has told every­one he is ready to pass on. If you would please send him com­fort­ing thoughts and prayers I would real­ly appre­ci­ate it. My Dad has been with him since last Fri­day. Thank­ful­ly my Aunts made it to ME yes­ter­day to see him. So need­less to say since...

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Scraproom Makeover

Aug 16, 2010

I have not fall­en off the face of the earth… just been lost in my scrap­room. Last week­end my friend Lisa E. came over and helped me clean out my scrap­room… let me just say if you need to clean out yours she is the one to get to help as she will make SURE you stay on task and get it done… nine hours lat­er I had every shelf, draw­er, nook and cran­ny, AND the clos­et cleaned out. Noth­ing was left untouched. We filled the trunk of her car and half the back seat with prod­ucts to sell in a garage sale. So with all of this said yes­ter­day my sweet daugh­ters, son-in-law, hus­band and pret­ty much adopt­ed daugh­ter Mer­cy came and helped emp­ty out my scrap­room so the painters could paint my...

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“Home Sweet Home”

Jul 1, 2010

Since I am about to head out on a two week road trip with my Mom and Dad to vis­it fam­i­ly I thought I would dis­count my “Home Sweet Home” online work­shop to $9.95. If you are reg­is­tered in my Tips, Tech­niques and Tuto­ri­als online work­shop you will be giv­en free access to this online work­shop. The project cre­at­ed is a won­der­ful way to doc­u­ment what makes your home a  “Home Sweet Home”. The tech­nique taught is fun to do and can be added to lots of dif­fer­ent projects. Enjoy!...

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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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22 Years…

Apr 23, 2010

It is so hard to believe my sweet Ter­ri turns 22 today. I decid­ed I would spare her all the embar­rass­ing pho­tos I want to show of her through the years. You know the ones only Moms think are cute but are as I have been told total­ly dev­as­tat­ing if oth­ers were to see. Instead I will show you a few of her and my son-in-law tak­en in down­town Fort Worth total­ly hap­py and enjoy­ing life… I hope it is always this good for the two of them. Hap­py Birth­day Sweet Pea. I hope today is a won­der­ful day. Love you lots! Pho­tos tak­en by Rod­ney Hays. Rod­ney’s...

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Twisted Crepe Paper Rose

Apr 2, 2010

This sweet rose embell­ish­ment is per­fect to use as an accent on any project or card. I think it would be gor­geous on a birth­day, think­ing of you or Moth­er’s Day card. This rose is real­ly sim­ple to make and I see an addic­tion head­ed my way as I just can­not seem to make enough of them right now. I guess the addic­tion is already here. Sup­plies Used: Crepe Paper Stream­er — Pink, Self Adhe­sive Pearls — 2MM, Felt Leaves, Plat­inum and Dia­mond Stick­les, Aleene’s Tacky Glue, Creamy Brown Ink, Book Page Tools Need­ed: Scis­sors, Fiskars Large Scal­lop Squeeze Punch — Seal Of Approval Instruc­tions: Using a Scal­lop Punch, punch one scal­lop cir­cle out of an old book page. Ink the edges using a creamy brown ink. Accent the scal­loped edge of the cir­cle...

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Altered Prima Bottle

Mar 29, 2010

This looks so much pret­ti­er in per­son. I wish you could see all the sparkle. It is hard to pho­to­graph it well so that you can see the entire thing. Any­way, I had fun get­ting my fin­gers messy today. Not some­thing I usu­al­ly do as I am a super neat scrap­per and have nev­er liked hav­ing my hands dirty… nev­er, ever, ever. And I passed that gene right on to my Sweet Pea Ter­ri. That girl does not get dirty either. I wish I could have my son-in-law share with you the sto­ry of their first camp­ing trip. He is a Saint is all I have to say, I have nev­er laughed so hard! I hope you enjoy today’s project. Try­ing to think of some­thing to make for tomor­row. I have a feel­ing it...

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I found something fun…

Mar 26, 2010

If you like vin­tage look­ing East­er cards here is a tuto­r­i­al I found at a site call Vin­tage Image Craft. I kin­da stum­bled on them via Face­book and oh am I so hap­py I did. Vin­tage Image Crafts has some adorable projects I thought you my super sweet blog­ger read­ers might want to try. This morn­ing cre­at­ed their adorable Victo­ri­an styled East­er Egg card. I love inter­ac­tive cards espe­cial­ly when it involves an adorable vin­tage image of an East­er chick like this one. I hope you give this card a try… it is pret­ty sim­ple and oh so cute. Wish­ing you all a won­der­ful­ly cre­ative week­end. Oh and don’t for­get about this.. or this. Those that par­tic­i­pate have a chance to win a won­der­ful RAK.Hugs!...

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Glittered Easter Eggs

Mar 25, 2010

I see glit­tered paper mache eggs all over the stores this time of year and nev­er can allow myself to pur­chase them since they are so easy to recre­ate. I love how they sparkle when the light hits them. You can find paper mache eggs in all sizes but since I have a bag full of small ones I decid­ed to make some mini glit­tered eggs. Right now it is all about me try­ing to use up my stash. You can cre­ate and attach a hang­er to the top of each egg out of Bak­er’s Twine then place it on that East­er tree I keep talk­ing about… which should just about be filled if you are mak­ing these projects. I tell ya what, if you are cre­at­ing these East­er projects send me a pho­to...

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Altered Paper Mache Box

Mar 24, 2010

How sweet will this be filled with a lit­tle East­er sur­prise? I love sur­pris­es and think this altered egg shaped paper mache box is per­fect to hold that spe­cial East­er some­thing. Sup­plies Need­ed: Small Egg Shaped Paper Mache Box, Vin­tage East­er Post­card Image, Folk Art 526 Soft Apple Acrylic Paint, Col­lage Pauge Instant Decoupage — Glossy, Martha Stew­art Crafts Crys­tal Coarse Glit­ter, Col­or­Box Flu­id Chalk Ink — Creamy Brown, Maya Road Vin­tage Cro­chet White Zig Zag Trim, Pale Pink Seam Bind­ing, Fab­ri-Tac, Maya Road Clear Jew­el Pins, Cop­ic Ciao Mark­ers RV13 Ten­der Pink & G21 Lime Green, 3mm Rhine­stones, 5mm Self Adhe­sive Pearl Tools Used: Scis­sors, Pen­cil, Paint­brush Instruc­tions: Using a paint­brush paint the entire paper mache box, let dry. Light­ly ink the paint­ed box using Creamy Brown ink. Note:  You just want a...

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Sweet Treat Cup

Mar 23, 2010

Crepe paper and pipe clean­ers… can it get much sweet­er? For me, no. Here is a treat cup tuto­r­i­al that will fit on an East­er tree if you short­en the han­dle a bit from what is shown here. Or you could score major brown­ie points by plac­ing one of these lit­tle cuties on your co-work­ers desk filled with a few can­dy eggs, a choco­late East­er bun­ny, wrapped in cel­lo­phane and tied with a seam bind­ing bow. You could also make sev­er­al and use them as place­cards for an East­er brunch. Pure sweet­ness I think. Sup­plies Used: White Nut & Par­ty Cups (can be found in the Cake Sec­tion of large craft stores), Pink Crepe Paper Stream­er, Maya Road Pink Ruf­fle Edge Trim, Jen­ni Bowl­in Pink Embell­ished But­ter­flies, Fab­ri-Tac, Embroi­dery Floss (any light col­or as...

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Vintage Ledger Paper and other stuff

Mar 10, 2010

Here is a sweet pur­chase I made at Crop-Paper-Scis­sors after I fin­ished teach­ing my class­es this past week­end. As you all know I love vin­tage ledger paper (they have more… just say­ing) and use it in all kinds of dif­fer­ent ways… cov­er­ing chip­board and tags, mix­ing it with vin­tage sheet music and book pages to cre­ate unique paper flow­ers, using it in my die cut­ter and one thing I REALLY LOVE doing is sav­ing the blank mar­gins to type jour­nal­ing strips for projects. This keeps the vin­tage feel and theme of the project authen­tic. So don’t throw away any of your scraps, not even the tini­est of tiny ones. You will use them. And this lit­tle receipt book is going to make some adorable embell­ish­ments in projects. I feel so lucky to have found...

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Ansley, my Sweet 16…

Mar 3, 2010

and I love her so...

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