Wishing you…

Nov 27, 2008

and your fam­i­ly all the best. I hope today is a joy filled day with fam­i­ly and...

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What a great mail day…

Nov 25, 2008

Okay I have to admit I have been a tad bit stressed about the big “Thanks­giv­ing Day” din­ner at our house. Alan’s mom and dad are com­ing and Ter­ri’s boyfriend Laren will be bring­ing his fam­i­ly. I know it will be fun and every­thing will turn out beau­ti­ful­ly but I did­n’t name my blog “It’s in The Details” for noth­ing.… seri­ous­ly I can make myself NUTS detail­ing every­thing down to the last grain of salt. I am the type of per­son that can make a moun­tain out of a mole hill with any project or event. My brain just keeps think­ing about adding this and that and this would be great oh and if we had this, that would be great too.… Sor­ry I kin­da got off top­ic… wait I don’t think I even...

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Miniature is so fun…

Nov 23, 2008

I think these minia­ture bot­tle brush type wreathes are so charm­ing. They remind me of the vin­tage orna­ments my grand­moth­er would have had. This lit­tle project is part of my Count­down to Christ­mas project in my 12 Days of Christ­mas Work­shop. Lots of cre­ative fun has been going on in there. We will be cre­at­ing Mon­sieur Hiv­er this week. Oh how I love this project. So if you have a lit­tle tin or box and want to put a sen­ti­ment inside as a lit­tle sur­prise to who ever opens it, this is super easy and cute… give it a try. And the best part is these are cheap and add such sim­ple charm to any...

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Felt Addiction…

Nov 21, 2008

This is what I seem to have at the moment. I love felt. I cre­at­ed this card using my friend Wendy’s Stu­dio 490 Art of Mak­ing it Mer­ry stamp set. I just inked the stamps, stamped the image onto some cream felt, then used that as my embroi­dery pat­tern for the flour­ish­es. Then I stamped the flower image three times onto some red felt, cut them out, lay­ered them, put some french knots in the cen­ter and accent­ed the edges using Plat­inum Stick­les. I think this came out pret­ty cute. Adding the Plat­inum Stick­les gives it the cheesy vin­tage look which I love so much right now too. So dig out those stamp sets you have stashed away and see what great embroi­dery pat­terns you have just wait­ing to be used. If you want...

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If you love CUPCAKES…

Nov 19, 2008

you need to check out this new Etsy store. My friend Jes­si­ca has a sis­ter-in-law that is SO TALENTED. So Jes­si­ca con­vinced her to open up an Etsy store “Raub­s­ki”. You can pur­chase orig­i­nals and/or repro­duc­tions at a great price. I think this is the most incred­i­ble cup­cake. Look at that detail and the vibrant col­ors… makes me want to eat one now. Any­way, you will find oth­ers in her store like Choco­late, Striped, Blue Heart, Cher­ry and as you can guess my favorite is shown above “Fred­die’s cup­cake”. Actu­al­ly I love them all and just closed my eyes and picked to see which one I would fea­ture. The col­ors are so vibrant and the designs are incred­i­ble. Bren­da is just now start­ing her store so check back often as she will be adding...

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Another sampling…

Nov 18, 2008

I have received sev­er­al emails ask­ing if it is to late to sign up for my work­shop… no, it is not. The last project will be post­ed Novem­ber 28th and I will leave the work­shop open until Decem­ber 15th 31st. This should give every­one time to com­plete the projects, print out the many down­loads of vin­tage post­cards, greet­ing cards, tem­plates and copy any recipes you might want to give a try this hol­i­day sea­son. Below are some of the projects cre­at­ed in my 12 Days of Christ­mas online Work­shop. They are part of the Count­down to Christ­mas week­ly projects. Week­ly projects are post­ed every Mon­day, Wednes­day and Fri­day. I also have week­end projects which are post­ed every Sat­ur­day. In this work­shop there are a total of 15 projects. Each project tuto­r­i­al includes col­or pho­tos...

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A few online stores…

Nov 15, 2008

I am always look­ing for some nice reli­able online stores with great cus­tomer ser­vice and this week I found two and thought I would share. If you are in the need for any beau­ti­ful pink for­get-me-nots well Hol­ly Doo­dle Designs is the place to get them. She is sell­ing them for an incred­i­ble price, has great ship­ping, nice pack­ag­ing and is super sweet. Now the next place is cer­tain­ly not a good place for your wal­let so I am going to apol­o­gize right now… Can­dice Car­pen­ter’s Pea­coats and Par­ty Hats oh my.… remem­ber you have been warned. Enter her store at your own risk! Super cute prod­uct, great ship­ping, nice pack­ag­ing and she too is super sweet. So there ya go… my two enabling stores for the week­end. Hap­py...

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Embellish the Embellishment…

Nov 12, 2008

I do this all the time… espe­cial­ly if what I am about to use already has glit­ter such as these cute lit­tle bells. It seems they nev­er put enough glit­ter on them so I dip a paint brush into some Elmer’s School Glue no run Gel, brush it on the bells, then sprin­kle more glit­ter on top. Once the glue is dry I take my Plat­inum Stick­les and go all around the edge. I feel this gives it that true vin­tage look. Then I put a drop of hot glue from my glue gun in the cen­ter of each bell and add tiny jin­gle bell to each one. Now you have a per­fect­ly embell­ished...

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More details and a winner…

Nov 11, 2008

Here is an embell­ish­ment I want to share… this is a sim­ple Sizzix Die Cut flower (Flower Lay­ers #3) cut from cream felt. But since I can’t leave any­thing alone.… I added some sim­ple hand stitch­ing, a lit­tle tulle, a moth­er of pearl but­ton for the cen­ter and accent­ed that with a pearl bead. This is a great exam­ple of tak­ing some­thing sim­ple and mak­ing it over the top with lit­tle effort but oh the impact you get. Now I have a gor­geous embell­ish­ment for a lit­tle work­shop project that will be fea­tured on that blog Sat­ur­day. There are lots of busy lit­tle elves work­ing away in the 12 Days of Christ­mas Work­shop includ­ing the newest elf Don­na. Con­grats Don­na, you are the win­ner of the Free Pass to my 12 Days of Christ­mas...

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This Holiday Season…

Nov 9, 2008

My favorite col­ors are Red and Cream any­thing accent­ed with Sil­ver Glit­ter, Rhine­stones and Jin­gle Bells… yep as you can see it is begin­ning to look a lot like Christ­mas in my 12 Days of Christ­mas Work­shop. With the first weeks worth of projects behind us I thought I would share a lit­tle sneak peek of a few projects that will be cre­at­ed next week. There is still time to join in on all the fun. The last project will be fea­tured Novem­ber 28th but the work­shop will remain open until Decem­ber 15th. This should give every­one plen­ty of time to fin­ish up. But if you want to try for a chance to win a free pass to my 12 Days of Christ­mas Work­shop just leave a com­ment. I will have San­ta pick one...

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Rhinestones and Glitter…

Nov 7, 2008

As many of you know I love that com­bi­na­tion.… spark­ly things make me so hap­py. Espe­cial­ly around the hol­i­days. I love see­ing all the lights twin­kle, the glit­ter sparkle and the rhine­stones shim­mer. This is a lit­tle sneak peek of what we will be mak­ing tomor­row in my work­shop while we await the arrival of San­ta. Each Sat­ur­day evening San­ta will vis­it the gallery to pick some­one who has been very cre­ative with their work­shop projects. Then Sun­day, I will announce who will receive a RAK of fab­u­lous Maya Road good­ies. Oh the fun that is being had by...

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Enabler Alert…

Nov 4, 2008

This is noth­ing but an enabler alert so I apol­o­gize right up front… but run to JoAnns now… their $1 spot is filled with great stuff for the hol­i­days.… here is what I just bought. I pur­chased some of these to spell San­ta and Ho Ho Ho for a gar­land. Gonna alter these with lots of vin­tage foof stuff and place gifts inside for the girls. The cutest Christ­mas stamp sets… Ans­ley will have a blast with these mak­ing cards and tags for her...

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Gift Tag ~ Enclosure Card

Nov 4, 2008

Here is a quick tuto­r­i­al to cre­ate a sim­ple gift tag or enclo­sure card for your gifts dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son. I love the feel of these two stamp sets by Pink Per­sim­mon. I have real­ly become quite the fan of these two lines… can’t seem to get enough of them. Sup­plies Need­ed: Lit­tle Yel­low Bicy­cle Christ­mas Mag­ic Col­lec­tion — Red Flo­ral Book Page Pink Per­sim­mon Lit­tle Red Wag­on Pink Per­sim­mon Car­ni­val Alpha (Small) Ranger Archival Jet Black Ink Peb­bles Inc. Pearles­cent Chalk Set Stick­les (Plat­inum, Yel­low) Amer­i­can Crafts Mem­o­ry Mark­er Chest­nut Brown & White Twine Sil­ver Glass Glit­ter Tools Need­ed: Paper Trim­mer Acrylic Block Dec­o­ra­tive Scis­sors (Pink­ing) Clear Dry­ing Adhe­sive Hole punch Instruc­tions: 1. Cut book page to 3.5” x 3.5” using dec­o­ra­tive scis­sors 2. Stamp tree using Pink Per­sim­mon Lit­tle Red Wag­on...

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It really is…

Nov 2, 2008

all about those lit­tle details. I just can’t seem to leave a project alone. I have to keep adding and adding and adding… for exam­ple… See that lit­tle but­ton behind the pom pom… yep had to put it there or I would­n’t be able to sleep… See the Plat­inum Stick­les around the edge of the tag and in the cen­ter of each let­ter and the dou­ble bow of red & white and brown & white twine… yep anoth­er had to do it. See the thread in the but­ton… had to have this too. So if you real­ly want your projects to pop and have that added bit of umph… just keep adding lit­tle things here and there as they real­ly do make a huge dif­fer­ence and all the lit­tle extras will make your eyes...

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