I’m not sure who…

Jun 29, 2009

is hav­ing more fun run­ning to the mail­box me or Made­lyn. Here are the two cards she has sent me so far. I think they are so cute. Made­lyn cre­at­ed these all by her­self with scrap­ping sup­plies I gave her. Not too bad for a near­ly six year old (she might be read­ing so if I say 5 well… you know how that goes) I love her but­ter­flies… to me there is noth­ing cuter than kids art. I just love, love, love it. And then of course there are the hilar­i­ous top­ics of dis­cus­sion. Today’s card made me laugh out loud. Buster is our dog and Zeus is her dog. Glad he was just sleep­ing and that she isn’t drink­ing hot choco­late con­sid­er­ing it was over 100 in Beau­mont a few days ago. The...

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Guess who is celebrating a Birthday…

Jun 25, 2009

On this day in 1942… inside this quaint lit­tle house in Salem, West Vir­ginia,  a lit­tle girl was born into the Childers fam­i­ly. She is the youngest of three kids. Grew up with the nick­name “Dick­ie”, dressed her kit­tens in doll clothes and pushed them in her doll car­riage for hours. She loved to roller skate, draw, col­or and play out­side. After High School she went to Beau­ty School… found out she mar­ried San­ta Claus and well… the rest is his­to­ry. Hap­py Birth­day, Mom. I hope your day is great! I love...

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Summer Pen Pal…

Jun 24, 2009

Do you have one? I do and it is my 5 year old, no excuse me my almost 6 year old sweet lit­tle niece Made­lyn. While I was down for my sweet niece Aman­da’s High School Grad­u­a­tion (yes, lots of girls in the fam­i­ly… 5 to 1 poor Brit­tain) Made­lyn and I decid­ed we would be sum­mer pen pals. So each week we send each oth­er a hand­made card. At first I kin­da freaked because I feel like I have to make over the top cards com­plete with machine stitch­ing, ink­ing, glit­ter and all the oth­er things I think I have to do but then I came to my sens­es and real­ized all Made­lyn real­ly wants is mail… noth­ing over the top. Just a card from me to her. So here is the sec­ond...

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A new online Class is coming…

Jun 19, 2009

The sen­ti­ment “Home Sweet Home” can make you think of many things… spe­cial items in your home a spring gar­den and most impor­tant­ly those spe­cial peo­ple and pets. This project high­lights all of the spe­cial things that help make our home a “Home Sweet Home”. Show­cased in my album are pho­tos of my brother’s trum­pet, fam­i­ly mem­bers, flow­ers from our gar­den, Son­ny and Buster our spe­cial canine com­pan­ions as well as a few fam­i­ly quotes. In this four day altered class we will be alter­ing a Maya Road Town­house and Mini Album using a faux mosa­ic cre­at­ed from 4 beau­ti­ful Webster’s Pages pat­terned papers. Then accent the house and album with lots of Maya Road prod­ucts such as their Vin­tage Sequins Edg­ing, Pom Pom Trim, Dou­ble Stitched Vel­vet, Blos­soms, Jew­el Pins, But­tons and Rubons....

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Lottie, talk about a cutie…

Jun 17, 2009

I love this time of the year as all the man­u­fac­tur­ers are buzzing with new prod­ucts. I like to check out what new items my book spon­sors are cre­at­ing and when I saw this new doll stamp Lot­tie by Pink Per­sim­mon yes­ter­day, well my jaw dropped. I love that this stamp set is named after their crafty Grand­ma Lot­tie. Such a sweet ges­ture. I think I see a new work­shop in the future. And here is some­thing fun! The girls at Pink Per­sim­mon are host­ing a  Paper Doll Chal­lenge using this very stamp. I say give it a try as the win­ner will receive vin­tage embell­ish­ments and papers. That right there would be enough for me to give it a go. And to get you jump start­ed Dar­cy even cre­at­ed a PDF so you...

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Back Home…

Jun 16, 2009

We had a great time in Beau­mont vis­it­ing fam­i­ly. It was an action packed week to say the least. So this week will be full of fam­i­ly type blog posts for those fam­i­ly mem­bers that live so far away. A few sneak peeks of some Amer­i­cana Work­shop projects will be thrown in here and there too. I can­not believe we are already into week 3’s projects. But first I must say being 2 and 5 sure is fun when school’s out for the sum­mer. Isabel­la and Made­lyn did a lot of this each day… They each loved it when I would pull their feet to get them swing­ing. Not sure what it is about that but they always want­ed me to start them swing­ing in this man­ner. I guess it is the thrill of...

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Vintage Jello Molds…

Jun 11, 2009

I found these cute vin­tage jel­lo molds in one of my favorite antique stores. I saw the cutest project made here and have to make some. If I lived clos­er I would have tak­en this class in a sec­ond. I want to make some of these lit­tle Pix­ies as Christ­mas gifts for the girls in my fam­i­ly so I am col­lect­ing the need­ed items now. I think these lit­tle vin­tage pix­ies are so super cute and...

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Thrift Store Find…

Jun 10, 2009

My Ger­man Glass Glit­ter will look great stored in these lit­tle cuties. They are the per­fect size to keep on my work sta­tion. I like to have two kinds of sil­ver Ger­man glass glit­ter on hand at all times. It seems as though I can’t cre­ate any­thing with­out a lit­tle coarse or fine glit­ter some­place on a project. I will be offer­ing some of these for sale...

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Great finds…

Jun 9, 2009

This week I am search­ing thrift and antique stores for items to use in projects as well as sell in my future online store. My store will include hand­made embell­ish­ments and glass glit­ter as well as a few odds and ends that I like to use in projects, cards, tags and lay­outs. Vin­tage Post­cards, Milk Bot­tle­caps, can­dy molds Love these bot­tle­caps I can­not wait to show you what I have in mind for these… I think you will LOVE the idea. These will be avail­able for down­load in this years Christ­mas work­shop. Off to do some more dig­ging… can’t wait to see what I find today. Wish­ing you all a won­der­ful...

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Class of 2009

Jun 8, 2009

This week­end was a proud fam­i­ly week­end. My niece Aman­da grad­u­at­ed High School (Nation­al Hon­or Soci­ety, Cum Laude, Texas Schol­ar). We are all very proud of her accom­plish­ments. Con­grat­u­la­tions Aman­da! We love...

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Another this and that post…

Jun 5, 2009

If you love vin­tage items then you need to check out the etsy store Paper Tales. They were lucky enough to get to dig in an old ware­house full of vin­tage items. Each day it seems Cass and Lau­ra add new items to their store that I want and I’m sure you will too. If you tell them Lisa sent you they will add a lit­tle sur­prise with your order. I also dis­cov­ered Scrap-Din­er has two new paper lines that I love and think are adorable. Cos­mo Crick­et Ear­ly Bird and Octo­ber After­noon Cher­ry Hill. It is going to be a great mail day for me pret­ty soon. I can’t wait to play with these two lines. Remem­ber my votive tuto­r­i­al? Fave­Crafts cre­at­ed a DIY Wed­ding eBook that includes my altered votive can­dle hold­er tuto­r­i­al and LOTS...

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Quick Card for Dad…

Jun 4, 2009

This card is sim­ple to make (once again using my Cocoa Daisy June Kit Scraps, Card­stock, Rub On and Alpha Stick­ers) Cut a piece of card­stock to 5.5″ x 8″, fold it in half and ink the edges using Col­or­Box Flu­id Chalk Ink (Creamy Brown) Cut a piece of pat­terned paper to 3.75″ x 5.25″, stitch a straight stitch around the inner edge of the pat­terned paper using a sewing machine, ink the edges using Creamy Brown Ink Cut anoth­er piece of pat­terned paper to 1.75″ x 5.25″, trim the edges using scal­lop scis­sors then poke a hole in the cen­ter of each scal­lop using a paper piercer, ink edges using Creamy Brown Ink Cut a piece of card­stock (same col­or as card) to 1 1/8″ x 5.25″, ink edges using Creamy Brown Ink, adhere...

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Scallop Paper Lace Tutorials…

Jun 3, 2009

Oh am I ever so excit­ed to share these two tuto­ri­als with you. This post is long but I believe you will think it was worth the extra long read. The Scal­lop Paper Lace (top) reminds me of the vin­tage paper lace I have seen online. Even though noth­ing can replace the love I have for vin­tage items this new dis­cov­ery sure does open up a lot of pos­si­bil­i­ties for my cre­ativ­i­ty. The Scal­lop Ric Rac Paper Lace (bot­tom) I acci­den­tal­ly made try­ing to fig­ure out how to make the scal­lop paper lace. I love it when things like this hap­pen. These two styles of paper lace will be per­fect to accent my cards, tags, lay­outs and projects. You can ink or mist these too. And if you do so on card­stock you will...

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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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