Red Velvet Cookies with Peppermint Icing

Dec 12, 2014

These cook­ies are so easy to make and are per­fect to take to the office, give to neigh­bors and will of course put super big smiles on the faces of all your fam­i­ly mem­bers. Every­one will be com­ing back for more. My fam­i­ly likes medi­um sized cook­ies so I get 24 — 28 cook­ies per batch. Ingre­di­ents: 1 Red Vel­vet Cake Mix, 2 Eggs, 1/2 Cup Oil, Ande’s Pep­per­mint Crunch Thins (one small pack­age), 3 Pep­per­mint Can­dy Canes Direc­tions: In a large bowl mix togeth­er cake mix, eggs and oil Form small/Medium sized balls and place onto ungreased cook­ie sheet about 2 inch­es apart. Bake in pre­heat­ed oven at 350 for 10 min­utes. While cook­ies are bak­ing Unwrap Ande’s Pep­per­mint Crunch Thins (one small pack­age) Place 3 Can­dy Canes into a ziploc bag­gie, seal and gen­tly...

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Artist Trading Block ~ Night Light

Feb 25, 2014

Have you heard of Eileen Hul­l’s “Artist Trad­ing Blocks”? Artist trad­ing blocks allow you to cre­ate on a mul­ti-dimen­sion­al can­vas. I decid­ed to turn my ATB into a night light. Before cre­at­ing my ATB using a pen­cil I drew a heart shape on one end of the die cut ATB. Please Note: this end will open and close so you can place a bat­tery tea light inside so don’t seal it shut. Using a craft knife cut the traced heart out of mat board. Now you are ready to assem­ble the ATB per the man­u­fac­tur­ers instruc­tions. Attach pat­terned paper to the ATB then ink the edges using Chest­nut Roan ink. Using a craft knife, cut the pat­terned paper that is now cov­er­ing the heart to cre­ate a heart shaped win­dow. Attach a piece of lace...

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Pre-Order Textile Collage Sampler

Jan 28, 2014

I am tak­ing Pre-Orders for this new project kit ~ “Tex­tile Col­lage Sam­pler” now through Mon­day, Feb. 3rd. This kit includes every­thing need­ed to com­plete the project with the excep­tion of adhe­sive, brown & cream embroi­dery floss and a sewing nee­dle. Once com­plet­ed your Tex­tile Col­lage Sam­pler will mea­sure approx­i­mate­ly 6″ x 7″ and can be proud­ly dis­played in any room in your home. Your sam­pler can hang on the wall or you can eas­i­ly attach it to a flat board can­vas to dis­play on an easel or attach it to the front of a jour­nal or mini album. There tru­ly are so many options for this piece. The cost for this kit is $34.95 plus flat rate ship­ping. I have a lim­it­ed sup­ply so make sure you grab yours now. Click HERE to...

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Delightful Arty Crush ~ DJ Pettitt

Oct 4, 2013

“Delight­ful Arty Crush” is a fea­ture I have on my blog which show­cas­es artists who’s work I admire and find inspir­ing. It fea­tures a wide range of artists from col­lage, tex­tile, encaus­tic and lots of oth­er amaz­ing medi­ums. I’m sure you will find each artists work just as inspir­ing as I do and I hope you will vis­it their blogs and oth­er links includ­ed in their fea­ture. The images I share with you are just the tip of the ice­berg in regards to their awe­some­ness. Today, my “Delight­ful Arty Crush” fea­tured artist is, DJ Pet­titt. DJ cre­ates some of the most amaz­ing books and art jour­nals. Each one is cre­at­ed with beau­ti­ful tex­tiles and adorned with beads, a lit­tle embroi­dery, but­tons and more. She also enjoys paint­ing with acrylics on lots of dif­fer­ent medi­ums. FYI…...

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Have Fun and Show you Care

Jun 15, 2013

Today, I am par­tic­i­pat­ing off and on at a won­der­ful online event, Okla­homa We Care Online Crop. This crop will ben­e­fit Okla­homa Tor­na­do Vic­tims as every sin­gle pen­ny raised goes direct­ly to the Okla­homa Unit­ed Way. The awe­some thing is, if you can­not join us today you can still par­tic­i­pate in the chal­lenges and games as you have a week to com­plete them so this real­ly is a win win sit­u­a­tion for every­one. This crop is spon­sored by some awe­some com­pa­nies as you can see in the fli­er below and lots of design­ers in the indus­try are host­ing chal­lenges and games with great prizes. To sign up for this crop go to cheekychicsscrapbooking.blogspot.com ~ on the upper right side of the site is an Okla­homa Tor­na­do Fund Pay­pal But­ton ~ click this but­ton and...

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Jenni Bowlin Studio ~ Thank U Card

Apr 12, 2013

Here is Card 2 of 4 and I must say, I think this card set is one of my favorite sets I’ve ever cre­at­ed. I just love the pat­terned papers and embell­ish­ments on each card. I’m telling you Lisa Dick­in­son’s Mod­ern Mer­can­tile line she designed for Jen­ni Bowl­in Stu­dio is so super inspir­ing. I love to cre­ate mini col­lages as the focal point on all my cards. A col­lage is not just lay­er­ing and attach­ing paper and ephemera to a can­vas it can be items of any kind grouped togeth­er, which is what I had loads of fun doing with this card. The wood­en but­ter­fly, heart pins, milk cap and resin flower make an adorable col­lage and the “thank u” sen­ti­ment works great to bal­ance the col­lage per­fect­ly. Cre­at­ing 3D col­lages are won­der­ful ways to use...

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A Shabby Christmas with Maya Road

Dec 13, 2012

Gosh it’s been a while since I last post­ed on my blog. I had to dust off the keys. This year, I’m mak­ing all my Christ­mas gifts so my still incred­i­bly orga­nized craft­room has had a flur­ry of glit­ter going on in it. Besides Christ­mas gifts it’s CHA prep time and book projects that are freak­ing me out but enough of that stress lets get on to this fun project. I thought of a cute idea when I found this lit­tle tro­phy in my scrap­book stash and just had to make this home decor accent or orna­ment (which ever you pre­fer) and of course share with all my blog read­ers. This shab­by tree is real­ly fun to make. Here are the basic sup­plies I used… small plas­tic tro­phy, Sisal Christ­mas Tree, Clau­dine Hell­muth Stu­dio...

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Christmas Baking

Dec 6, 2011

One of the things Ans­ley always looks for­ward to every hol­i­day sea­son is bak­ing Christ­mas cook­ies… wait, let me rephrase this… me bak­ing Christ­mas cook­ies. Each year, it is not Christ­mas to her unless I bake her all her favorites… Choco­late Chewies, Lemon Cook­ies, Pecan Sandies and Red Vel­vet cook­ies with a Her­shey Kiss in the mid­dle. The girl keeps me busy dur­ing the hol­i­days for sure. But I love it and it makes me hap­py that she loves them so much. So Ans­ley and her cook­ies were the inspi­ra­tion behind this card. I thought the Maya Road Heart Tart Tin Bot­tle­cap was per­fect to start with, then using Jet Black Archival Ink, I stamped the Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion Miss­es’ Aprons onto grungepa­per three times so I could cut out the apron from one and...

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Doily Flower Brooch

Sep 10, 2011

Here is a brooch I cre­at­ed using a vin­tage doily and some Maya Road Vel­vet Pleat Blos­soms. It looks so cute on my sweater which I plan to wear dur­ing ScrapFest… come on cool weath­er. I’m so look­ing for­ward to teach­ing class­es for Maya Road, help­ing them with make-n-takes and a book sign­ing each day. It’s going to be so fun sur­round­ed by crafty, cre­ative peo­ple. If you want to make this brooch all you need is one small vin­tage doily, 7 Maya Road Vel­vet Pleat Blos­soms, Fab­ri-Tac and a pin back. Then just start attach­ing the Blos­soms using the Fab­ri-Tac. Once the adhe­sive is dry attach a pin back to the back of the doily and that’s it… instant brooch. Yes­ter­day and today I have been out junk­ing and antiquing and the finds...

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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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Christmas Memories…

Oct 21, 2010

While at CHA store own­ers expressed inter­est in a Maya Road Retail­er Kit Pro­gram and I am pleased to share with you their first Christ­mas Mem­o­ries Mini Album Kit designed by me. Maya Road part­nered with Lily­bee Designs to bring you a kit which is per­fect for the Hol­i­days! And guess what? They are offer­ing these kits at whole­sale price so store own­ers can teach them in their stores or sell them to their cus­tomers! To find out more about the kit read below! Get ready for the hol­i­days because they will be here before you know it. Once you com­plete this album all you will need to do dur­ing the busy month of Decem­ber is attach your pho­tos because every­thing else will be com­plet­ed. This album can show­case your hol­i­day sea­son using 3.5”...

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Square Scroll Coaster…

Jul 22, 2009

I am lov­ing the new coast­er albums Maya Road is releas­ing. Just like their new Oval Scal­lop Jour­nal Coast­er their new Square Scroll Coast­er comes with 6 pages on a chain and has the first page embossed. So super cute! So do you see the new prod­ucts? There are four shown above includ­ing the Square Scroll Coast­er. They have a new script style set of mini alphas called Car­o­line. These mini alphas come in a pack of 65 let­ters and are per­fect to ink, Stick­le or paint. Maya Road is also releas­ing some new Blos­soms. They have these adorable new Ging­ham Point Blos­soms that come in 3 new col­or com­bi­na­tion sets — Red/Black, Brown/Beige and Pink/Green. You get 8 Blos­soms per pack — four Blos­soms of each col­or. Anoth­er cute flower they are releas­ing...

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Velvet Flower Tutorial…

Jun 2, 2009

Here is the wall hang­ing I cre­at­ed with scraps kept from my Cocoa Daisy June Kit. I pro­vid­ed Tri­cia with a PDF of all the tem­plates I cre­at­ed in this piece. If you are a sub­scriber she will have this avail­able for down­load. The mini vel­vet flow­ers in this piece are super sim­ple to cre­ate. All you need is scal­lop vel­vet trim (pro­vid­ed in the June Kit) , scis­sors, a sewing nee­dle, 3 strands of embroi­dery floss, adhe­sive and a rhine­stone. Cut the trim so you have 9 scal­lops (approx­i­mate­ly 3.25″) thread 3 strands of embroi­dery floss into a sewing nee­dle and begin gath­er­ing at one end. Con­tin­ue to gath­er the trim along the sewing nee­dle all the way to the oppo­site end of the trim Pull the embroi­dery floss togeth­er tight­ly until you have...

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Cocoa Daisy Layouts…

Jun 1, 2009

I final­ly get to share the lay­outs I cre­at­ed using this months kit by Cocoa Daisy. As you can see the June Kit and the Add On Kit are very ver­sa­tile. It was loads of fun play­ing the Daisy Divas once again. I used Vin­tage Pho­to Dis­tress Ink to dark­en the Eye­let Card­stock. Traced a din­ner plate to cre­ate the cir­cle out of pat­terned paper, cut out leaves and but­ter­flies from a piece of Web­ster’s Pages pat­terned paper using a craft knife, attached Maya Road green pom pom trim around the edge, cre­at­ed a scal­lop bor­der using scal­lop scis­sors and a paper piercer, accent­ed the hor­i­zon­tal strip with self adhe­sive pearls then used my sewing machine to add addi­tion­al tex­ture by sewing a straight stitch along the cir­cle and hor­i­zon­tal strip. I want­ed this lay­out...

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Mini Wall Hanging Sneak Peek #2…

May 29, 2009

Just a few teasers of the Mini Wall Hang­ing I cre­at­ed using my scraps from the June Kit by Cocoa Daisy. I am pro­vid­ing Tri­cia with a PDF of all the tem­plates so Cocoa Daisy sub­scribers can recre­ate this piece if they choose. Next week I will show you how to make these adorable vel­vet rib­bon...

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Love you tag…

May 14, 2009

Tags are a sim­ple way to use up your scraps. I have a ter­ri­ble time throw­ing any size scrap piece of paper away espe­cial­ly if it is a vin­tage piece as I always think it will be per­fect to accent a tag, card or embell­ish­ment. I cre­at­ed this “Love you” tag using scraps from vin­tage sheet music, an old book page and even the area from a book pages blank mar­gin… which is per­fect for typ­ing out my sen­ti­ment and keep­ing with the vin­tage feel. Sup­plies Need­ed: Office Tag (approx. 2 3/8″ x 4.75″) Vin­tage Sheet Music Faux Vin­tage Millinery Flower Maya Road Crushed Vel­vet Trim (Cream) Brown & White Bak­er’s Twine Dres­den Trim Col­or­Box Flu­id Chalk Ink (Creamy Brown) Tools Need­ed: Paper Trim­mer Scis­sors Sewing Machine (option­al) Tim Holtz Paper Dis­tress­er (Seri­ous­ly is...

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Faux Vintage Millinery Pin Tutorial…

May 7, 2009

I love any­thing vin­tage espe­cial­ly vin­tage millinery pins. I always won­der how the pre­vi­ous own­er wore theirs… did they adorn their hat, a lapel, accent a scarf or sweater etc… so with Moth­er’s Day just around the cor­ner I thought it might be fun to make one just for Mom. You could present this pin to her by attach­ing it onto a card, plac­ing it into a spe­cial altered box or by attach­ing it to the cen­ter of a bow to include with anoth­er gift. Either way I know she will love it espe­cial­ly since you made it just for her. I hope you enjoy this sim­ple tuto­r­i­al of a time gone by and oh so trea­sured millinery pin. Sup­plies Need­ed: Sizzix Die Flower, Build A Lilac (sign up for the Sizzix newslet­ter, they...

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I’ve been working on…

Apr 20, 2009

a lit­tle some­thing for Nation­al Scrap­book Day and thought I would share a sneak peek. It is a lit­tle vin­tage ephemera sam­pler and will be offered as a free online work­shop project May 2nd, for all who wish to make it. Here is the list of sup­plies need­ed to recre­ate the sam­pler exact­ly as I cre­at­ed mine. But remem­ber as with all my work­shop projects you can recre­ate the project with items you already have on hand. 1 — 6” Square frame with approx­i­mate­ly 3.5” square open­ing (Found mine in the $1 sec­tion at Tar­get) 6 — Maya Road Mini Chip­board Tags Maya Road Mini Chip­board Alpha­bet (Noah) Maya Road Microchips (Hearts) Maya Road Crushed Vel­vet (Cream) 1 – Jen­ni Bowl­in Tan­ger­ine Dream (Mini Papers) 5 – Vin­tage But­tons 3 – Pearl Beads (Cream)...

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Last years project with this years tutorial…

Sep 23, 2008

I have had sev­er­al peo­ple email me regard­ing this “Spook­tac­u­lar” sign. So I thought I would do a lit­tle tuto­r­i­al since the prod­ucts are in stores right now.… So here ya go… Prod­ucts: Maya Road Philadel­phia Upper­case Alpha­bet Maya Road Mid­night Black Vel­vet Ric Rac Maya Road Star Coast­er Album Maya Road Motifs Chip­board Set Black Boa Wide Orange Rib­bon Daisy D’s Spooky Dot (any Hal­loween pat­terned paper will work) Stick­les (Orange Peel) Ranger Adiron­dack Acrylic Paint Dab­ber (Gold) Martha Stew­art Glit­ter (Flo­ren­tine Gold) Mak­ing Mem­o­ries Glit­ter (Black) Mak­ing Mem­o­ries Paint (Black) Pre-paint­ed Wood­en Plaque (Michael’s) Tools: Hot Glue Gun Paint Brush Paper Trim­mer Fiskars Scis­sors Liq­uid Adhe­sive Fiskars Hand Drill Instruc­tions: Accent all orange paint­ed areas on the wood­en plaque using Stick­les Orange Peel… Cov­er inside por­tion of your wood­en plaque using pat­terned...

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Let the Sneak Peeks begin…

Feb 1, 2008

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the new Vel­vet Sparkle Blos­soms… To see an addi­tion­al project I cre­at­ed using the Jan. Kit by Cocoa Daisy and some more new release Maya Road prod­ucts go check out the MMM Blog.

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Maya Road and CHA

Feb 4, 2007

The crushed vel­vet rib­bons, the vel­vet blos­som trims, the vel­vet ric rac, the vel­vet blos­soms, the tapes­try and clocks chip­board, the cal­en­dar flip book, all the binders, all the keep­sake box­es all I can think of is OH ALAN.…

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