Want to go to Greece for FREE?

Apr 30, 2010

You can find out how here. I had the plea­sure of being on the Cocoa Daisy DT for sev­er­al years with Lin­da. Lin­da is full of life, loves her fam­i­ly and says some of the fun­ni­est things I have ever heard. I swear she can make you laugh so hard you cry and I tru­ly believe her love of life and fam­i­ly as well as her humor is what helped her get to where she is now. Lin­da beat some ter­ri­ble odds that were stacked against her and I am so thank­ful. Lin­da is loved deeply by many and I am so glad to be a part of this...

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To glitter or not to glitter…

Apr 26, 2010

Real­ly should this even be a ques­tion but I think these lit­tle ros­es look pret­ty either way. As you can tell I can­not seem to get off this flower addic­tion. I think of ways to make flow­ers all the time now. Seri­ous­ly, it is bad. But oh so fun… so the addic­tion remains. The tuto­r­i­al to make these lit­tle ros­es will be post­ed on my Tips, Tech­niques and Tuto­ri­als paper craft­ing com­mu­ni­ty soon. I have two flower tuto­ri­als post­ed there now. I think these tiny flow­ers would look so cute clus­tered on top of a gift box… hmm, might need to cre­ate a mini box tem­plate just for these ros­es. Enjoy your day… it is gor­geous here in...

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Tips, Techniques and Tutorials

Apr 23, 2010

Although I’ve post­ed a quite a few PDF tuto­ri­als in my online store, I’m often asked about my tech­niques for cre­at­ing the oth­er projects post­ed on this blog. Since I love to share my tech­niques and ideas for cre­at­ing, I’ve cre­at­ed a new pri­vate mem­ber­ship area, called “Tips, Tech­niques and Tuto­ri­als, a paper craft­ing com­mu­ni­ty.” This new pri­vate blog/community will be a fun place where I’ll share my favorite tips and tech­niques, as well as step-by-step tuto­ri­als that you can fol­low to recre­ate many of the future projects you will find here on my “It’s In The Details” blog. We will have a forum so that we can chat, and for every­one to ask ques­tions. This will be a com­mu­ni­ty about cre­at­ing and shar­ing. The annu­al cost for mem­ber­ship is $14.95, which aver­ages out...

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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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Crepe Paper Flower…

Apr 22, 2010

As you know I love crepe paper espe­cial­ly in the col­or pale pink. So I decid­ed to play with some this morn­ing and this is what I end­ed up with… a cute flower to adorn a gift box. And with Moth­er’s Day just around the cor­ner I think this will be the per­fect accent to adorn a gift for mom. Sup­plies Used: Crepe Paper Stream­er, Sta­mens, Vin­tage Sheet...

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Registration is now open

Apr 19, 2010

Because I don’t think any­one is ever too old to play with dolls, here is a sneak peek of my upcom­ing work­shop, “Say Say Old Play­mate”. In this online work­shop you’ll cre­ate a unique paper doll, alter three dress­es and cre­ate cute items for her to hold. Your doll and her belong­ings will look adorable kept in an altered cig­ar box or hung on the wall attached to a vin­tage tray (mag­nets are involved with this project). Passers by can change her out­fit or hand held embell­ish­ment any time they feel. Mine will cer­tain­ly be hang­ing in my scrap­room. The cost for this online work­shop is $19.95. Once reg­is­tered you will have access to the pri­vate blog where you can view the com­plete sup­ply list. The Crafty Scrap­per will be sell­ing a few Say...

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Artistic Journey

Apr 19, 2010

I am so excit­ed to announce the first Artis­tic Jour­ney event brought to you by The Crafty Scrap­per. This event fea­tures 3 Maya Road design team mem­bers Aubrey Rives, Katie Wat­son and me. We plan to inspire you to try new tech­niques and learn new things on your Artis­tic Jour­ney. It will be a week­end of fun, laugh­ter and learn­ing. I hope you join us on this Artis­tic Jour­ney Octo­ber 1st — 3rd, 2010. To find out all the details about this event just fol­low this link. I’m already count­ing down the days. Octo­ber can­not get here fast...

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If you know me you figured…

Apr 17, 2010

it was only a mat­ter of time before I start­ed try­ing to cre­ate some of these fab­ric flow­ers Jes­si­ca and I made out of crepe paper. To start all you need is a strip of crepe paper (I used pale pink) approx. 24″ in length. Fold it in 1/2 length wise. Using scal­lop scis­sors trim the non-fold­ed edge. Thread a sewing nee­dle with embroi­dery floss and begin gath­er­ing the crepe paper along the fold­ed seam of the crepe paper. Once you get to the oppo­site end of the strip even out the gath­ers. Now begin rolling the crepe paper tight­ly at first then a lit­tle less as you go along until you reach the end. You can added a small dot of liq­uid adhe­sive along the way or wait until the entire strip has...

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I’m home…

Apr 16, 2010

It was a super fun week vis­it­ing Jes­si­ca and her fam­i­ly. Below is one of the pho­tos I took while vis­it­ing and let me just say it was a week. Not only were we cre­at­ing like crazy in the evenings we were also tak­ing care of one kid with a mild case of chick­en pox, one with strep throat and a 5 month old… some days we did­n’t know if we were com­ing or going. It got so com­i­cal all we could do was laugh. Espe­cial­ly the day Jess called the Dr. to make an appoint­ment to bring Jacob in due to some strange bumps on his face, turn right back around after drop­ping Han­na off at school to pick her up because she was­n’t feel­ing well, then call the Dr. to see if...

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Heading home

Apr 15, 2010

Jes­si­ca and I fin­ished our last project yes­ter­day. I can’t believe I head home this after­noon. This was one fast paced week. The sneak peek of the sam­pler album uses one of the fab­ric flow­ers we made ear­li­er in the week. I think accent­ing the flower with the vin­tage bot­tle cap worked out per­fect­ly. You will be see­ing more of this album in the near future. And Jes­si­ca and I thought you might enjoy this pho­to of our cre­ative mess… cre­at­ing is so much more fun than putting up. We made a huge mess but fun was had and that was all the...

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Another day of flowers

Apr 14, 2010

Are you tired of see­ing flow­ers? I sure hope not because Jes­si­ca and I are hav­ing a blast mak­ing them. The flow­ers shown below are made out of sev­er­al dif­fer­ent kinds of mate­r­i­al. Thank­ful­ly, Jes­si­ca is the fab­ric queen and made the selec­tions. If not I would still be stand­ing in the fab­ric sec­tion try­ing to make up my mind as there were too many col­ors and tex­tures. Talk about sen­so­ry over­load. Hon­est­ly, it would have tak­en me for­ev­er… she just said, “How about these col­ors and tex­tures?” And I quick­ly replied back with “Per­fect, looks great to me.” Jes­si­ca found the tuto­r­i­al on how to make these flow­ers on the Sew 4 Fun blog. You real­ly need to check it out. I think you will love cre­at­ing them. They are anoth­er real­ly easy flower to cre­ate. The...

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Flowers, dish towels and lemon bars

Apr 13, 2010

Okay here are some more flow­ers Jes­si­ca and I cre­at­ed. Be on the look­out for some new tuto­ri­als com­ing your way soon. These shown below are so fun to make. This is a zip­per flower we made using a white zip­per and mist. And here are the fab­ric flow­ers we cre­at­ed to accent Jes­si­ca’s ban­ner. You can find the tuto­r­i­al to make your own on the Sew 4 Fun blog. We made 12 flow­ers then made our­selves stop. We could have gone on for­ev­er. These flow­ers are super fun and easy to make. Notice the yel­low and green seam bind­ing… we dyed and crin­kled it… anoth­er tuto­r­i­al head­ed your way soon. The flow­ers are all made in the qui­et of the night so dur­ing the day we do fun stuff like go to Anthro­polo­gie. I thought these dish...

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You know the story…

Apr 12, 2010

“Give A Mouse A Cook­ie” well this is what hap­pens when you give two friends rib­bon, fab­ric, a sewing machine, one free hour and Rebec­ca Sow­er. Jes­si­ca and I are hav­ing a blast mak­ing these flow­ers. And just a lit­tle FYI… this is a great way to use up your rib­bon scraps. That is if you are like me, I keep every lit­tle piece. Now I have a super cool project to use them in. Warn­ing: These flow­ers are extreme­ly addict­ing to make. Once you start you do not want to stop. We also cre­at­ed a gor­geous ban­ner using some of the fam­i­ly pho­tos I took. It took us two days to fin­ish it and it is won­der­ful… yes fab­ric flow­ers on this one too… as soon as I take some pho­tos of it I will...

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See ya in a week…

Apr 8, 2010

This morn­ing I’m head­ed to Boise to vis­it my friend Jes­si­ca (Maya Road roomie at CHA) and her fam­i­ly. I will be tak­ing some fam­i­ly pho­tos for them, spoil­ing the kids with home­made cook­ies and oth­er not so healthy foods, cre­at­ing with Jess and the kids and snug­gling as much as I can on baby Ethan. Then on the 15th I leave her and Bri­an with all the dam­age from spoil­ing and head home. It’s gonna be a fun...

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Say Say Old Playmate

Apr 6, 2010

Here is a sneak peek of my upcom­ing work­shop, Say Say Old Play­mate. I feel one is nev­er too old to play with dolls. In this work­shop you will cre­ate one doll, alter three dress­es and cre­ate adorable items for her to hold. Your doll and all her belong­ings would look adorable kept in an altered box or hung on the wall attached (mag­nets are involved with this project) to a vin­tage tray. This way those that pass by can change her out­fit or hand held embell­ish­ment. I will cer­tain­ly be hang­ing mine in my scrap­room. The cost for this online work­shop is $19.95. Once reg­is­tered you will have access to the pri­vate blog where you can view the com­plete sup­ply list. The Crafty Scrap­per will be putting togeth­er and sell­ing a few kits....

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Grungepaper Flower PDF

Apr 5, 2010

I final­ly got my hands on some Grungepa­per! And yes, it is super fun to play around with and I have lots of ideas for this neat prod­uct. This pho­to is of a flower I cre­at­ed using one of my tem­plates, some Maya Mist, Glit­ter and Stick­les. It was not a great day for pho­tos this morn­ing as it was very cloudy. This flower is a much brighter pink… it kin­da looks cran­ber­ry here. I did dis­cov­er a help­ful hint that I want to pass along. When using any of the Maya Mists it is much eas­i­er to apply to Grungepa­per using a paint­brush instead of spray­ing. Grungepa­per does not absorb the mist as fast as chip­board. If you over spray you will end up hav­ing to blot some of the mist off which...

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Happy Easter from my family to yours…

Apr 4, 2010

I thought I would share with you on this spe­cial day some fam­i­ly pho­tos from East­ers past. Oh how I love old fam­i­ly pho­tos. Here are my mom and cousins Lar­ry and Jim­mie East­er Sun­day. They are stand­ing in front of my Aunt and Uncle’s house on Dog Run in Salem, WV, in 1954 or 55. Love that the girls as well as the ladies wore gloves with their new East­er attire. I’m not sure where Mom is stand­ing for this pho­to but I am assum­ing it is either in the yard at her home or my aun­t’s. They were only 2 hous­es away from each oth­er. Which was so fun when the fam­i­ly would go vis­it in the sum­mers. I’m sure my broth­er and I cre­at­ed a path between their hous­es… we went...

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Just have to show you…

Apr 2, 2010

So this evening Alan and I found out my book “Delight In The Details” was in stock at Barnes & Noble at Stone­bri­ar Mall here in Frisco. Yes we raced over to see it and noticed they only had one left on the shelf. So far the only oth­er place I have been able to see my book in per­son is The Crafty Scrap­per in Wax­a­hachie, Texas. I must say it does feel strange walk­ing in and see­ing it sit­ting on a shelf. Although it is a good strange and cer­tain­ly makes me smile. Remem­ber, I have this RAK give­away going on. If you want to par­tic­i­pate send me a pho­to of my book in a store near you… you do not have to be in the pho­to if you don’t want to. Just...

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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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Gift Card Holder

Apr 1, 2010

My newest PDF is now avail­able. As I post­ed yes­ter­day, this PDF includes step-by-step instruc­tions, col­or pho­tos, the gift card hold­er tem­plate and a scan of vin­tage sheet music mea­sur­ing approx. 8.5″ x 11″. The cost is only...

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