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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