2010 in Review…

Dec 31, 2010

2010 sure was a super fast paced year. I have so many won­der­ful moments and events to reflect upon. I am so grate­ful for you my blog read­ers as you are some of the most loy­al and uplift­ing peo­ple. I always look for­ward to your replies and when need­ed your words of encour­age­ment. I am so grate­ful I have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to work with so many won­der­ful man­u­fac­tur­ers in the scrap­book­ing indus­try. I am very for­tu­nate to be able to teach at an awe­some scrap­book store in Wax­a­hachie, Texas, “The Crafty Scrap­per.” Some neat class ideas have been swirling in my head for the new year and I can­not wait to share them with Car­olyn. I am lean­ing heav­i­ly towards mixed media right now which is so fun. It’s excit­ing to explore cre­ative­ly as you...

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Merry Christmas

Dec 25, 2010

Wish­ing you and your fam­i­ly a won­der­ful hol­i­day sea­son. Here are a few of my favorite child­hood Christ­mas pho­tos. My broth­er and I Christ­mas morn­ing when we lived in Kit­tery, ME. My cousin Heather, Me and my broth­er Richard cel­e­brat­ing Christ­mas at my grand­par­en­t’s home in Green­land, NH. My broth­er Richard and I Christ­mas Eve in Beau­mont, Texas. And here is the two of us Christ­mas morn­ing with our gifts from San­ta. I LOVED that doll. May you all have a won­der­ful Hol­i­day Sea­son and the Best of a New Year! Much love,Lisa  ...

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more bracelets

Dec 24, 2010

Here are a few bracelets I made last night. I have one more to do and then I will be on the hunt for more baubles. These are fun to make not to men­tion the per­fect acces­so­ry for any out­fit… can’t wait to wear them. I cre­at­ed these the same way I did in my post, yes­ter­day. It’s a rainy day here in Frisco, per­fect weath­er for bak­ing. Get­ting ready to put some “French Toast” in the oven… Ans­ley’s favorite hol­i­day break­fast. Then need to do some last minute things before Ter­ri and Laren get her to cel­e­brate Christ­mas. I hope you all have a won­der­ful day with friends and...

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Some Holiday Bling

Dec 23, 2010

This is a bracelet I cre­at­ed using some big pearl cabo­chons I’ve  had for a while and some vin­tage rhine­stone but­tons I’ve been hoard­ing. It’s super sim­ple to make and one I will be wear­ing a lot as I love any­thing that sparkles. This idea came about while I was in Hob­by Lob­by, yes­ter­day look­ing at all the hol­i­day clear­ance items. While walk­ing around I end­ed up in the jew­el­ry aisle. I saw their bracelet with bezel items and BAM I had an idea. Well I could not get home fast enough to see if it would work and as you can see it did. I wish the sun was out today so you could see the sparkle but looks like a cloudy day for us. I plan on going back to Hob­by Lob­by...

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A Christmas Mouse

Dec 22, 2010

Mom and I love all the lit­tle fig­urines of Christ­mas mice that can be seen dur­ing the hol­i­days. My grand­moth­er on the oth­er hand could not STAND see­ing any­thing which slight­ly resem­bled that of a mouse. I can remem­ber once when I was very, very young being at my grand­par­en­t’s camp in Acton, Maine and gram run­ning out of the camp scream­ing. It was years lat­er I found out my mom had dis­cov­ered a lit­tle mouse nest in one of the kitchen draw­ers that had a baby mouse sleep­ing inside. Well gram did not want any­thing to do with that and left in a dash. Poor gram. So in the spir­it of all the adorable Christ­mas mice mom and I see dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son I thought it would be fun to make one for her...

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A very ugly secret…

Dec 20, 2010

This indus­try that so many of us love and work very hard to make mon­ey at with our ideas and class­es has a very ugly secret. This indus­try has some in it that will make deals and not fol­low through. This indus­try has peo­ple in it who send nasty emails to artists accus­ing them of untruths. Why do we as artists allow such treat­ment? Is it fear of ruf­fling feath­ers among the fol­low­ers of these peo­ple? From now on I will not allow this… if my truths ruf­fle feath­ers well I am sor­ry, some­times it is hard to accept peo­ple for whom and what they are. Their fol­low­ers need to real­ize and accept it as well and be thank­ful that they have been saved from such treat­ment from these peo­ple as even­tu­al­ly it will...

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Sugar Cookies and a Glittered Bow

Dec 19, 2010

Okay well not the actu­al sug­ar cook­ies but I want­ed to share with you the kind I used to look for­ward to mak­ing each Christ­mas with my Mom. I knew San­ta had to have loved mine the best as he nev­er left a crumb on his plate. I think the rein­deer helped in lick­ing the plate clean. The week before Christ­mas mom and I always head­ed to the store to get the rolled Pills­bury Sug­ar Cook­ie dough. Click here for a coupon. I loved mak­ing these San­ta and Angel cook­ies so much. Each one always looked a lit­tle bit dif­fer­ent after bak­ing but they all were dec­o­rat­ed the same… such a type A per­son­al­i­ty even back then. San­ta had a red hat, white pom pom and trim on his hat, white mus­tache, red hot...

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Gift Bow

Dec 17, 2010

The oth­er day Ron­da sent me a few pho­tos of some cute con­tain­ers she cre­at­ed filled with some of her pep­per­mint bark, click here if you want her recipe. Well I noticed she had the cutest gift bows on top of each con­tain­er so I imme­di­ate­ly asked her how she made them. Well she got the idea from Emi­ly who got the idea from a post on Flickr. Oh the tan­gled web us crafters weave. Emi­ly’s tuto­r­i­al is super easy to fol­low and I think you will want to cre­ate some for your­self. These bows do not take much paper either so you could mix and match them with your paper scraps. Sup­plies Used: The Girls’ Paperier — Tin­sel & Twig — Hol­ly Berry Flo­ral, Col­or­Box Flu­id Chalk Ink — Creamy Brown, Aleene’s Quick Dry Tacky...

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Merry Christmas Gift Tag ~ Ornament

Dec 14, 2010

Here is anoth­er tag I plan on attach­ing to a gift this Christ­mas. It can then be kept and used as an orna­ment lat­er on. I loved adding all the lit­tle details … pearls, but­tons, jin­gle bells, flocked flow­ers, seam bind­ing and lots and lots of Stick­les. One can nev­er have too much Stick­les. I’m try­ing to con­vince San­ta that I need a huge VAT of Plat­inum and Dia­mond Stick­les this year. I know I have been good, good, good and real­ly deserve them. Sup­plies Used: Tim Holtz Alter­ations Bigz Die Caged Bird, The Girls’ Paperie — Tin­sel & Twig (Deck the Halls, Snow­fall), Self Adhe­sive 2mm Cream Pearls, Rhine­stones, Flocked Flow­ers, Vin­tage But­tons, 6mm Gold Jin­gle Bells, Brown & White Bak­er’s Twine, Dusty Olive Seam Bind­ing, Creamy Brown Ink, Dia­mond & Plat­inum Stick­les, Foam...

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Money Envelope

Dec 13, 2010

I cre­at­ed this mon­ey enve­lope using this tuto­r­i­al cre­at­ed by Wendy Vec­chi of Stu­dio 490. I did have to sub­sti­tute a few things since I did­n’t have all the stamps she used or one of the Dis­tress Ink col­ors. I must admit it’s nice step­ping out of your com­fort zone every once in awhile and stamp­ing is cer­tain­ly step­ping out for me. It’s scary as I can­not get over the every­thing needs to be per­fect stuff but I am try­ing. Oh and let me fill you in on a lit­tle secret… today is my super sweet friend Wendy’s birth­day. I think she is cel­e­brat­ing some­thing like her 25th. I don’t know I could be wrong but I know I’m not off by far. So when you go over to check out her awe­some tuto­r­i­al make sure you...

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Feels like winter…

Dec 12, 2010

Final­ly we are hav­ing some cold tem­per­a­tures, once again. It has cooled down and warmed up so much this month. I’m ready for the cold weath­er to get here and stay. It is way too hard to get into the Christ­mas Spir­it when it’s 70 some­thing degrees out­side. This is the last week of my “All Things Win­ter” work­shop. Today, I shared tips on dis­tress­ing. I love the dis­tressed look on projects and there are so many fun tools you can use that allow you to achieve dif­fer­ent looks. My absolute favorite dis­tress­ing tool hands down is the Ton­ic Stu­dios Tim Holtz Paper Dis­tress­er, this lit­tle tool fits per­fect­ly in my hand and is always an arms reach away. This week I will show you how to recre­ate the lay­outs below. As you can...

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Simple Father Christmas Charm

Dec 10, 2010

This has to be the sim­plest charm I have ever cre­at­ed. Red Lead Paper­Works sent this charm to me a while back, as in last year some­time. It was a sur­prise added in with some good­ies I had pur­chased. Well I have been hold­ing on to it wait­ing for time to just play. Last night, was final­ly that time and talk about fun and fast. This took me from start to fin­ish (exclud­ing dry­ing time) 5 min­utes to make. I think it will be cute as a dec­o­ra­tive accent on a gift then the recip­i­ent can place it on a bracelet or neck­lace to enjoy. Sup­plies Used: Charm from Red Lead Paper­works Cir­cle, Oval, Vin­tage Image from Lau­ra’s Gar­den, Self Adhe­sive 2mm Cream Pearls, 2 — Jump Rings, 3 — 6mm Gold Jin­gle Bells,...

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Noel Tag

Dec 9, 2010

Today, I decid­ed to cre­ate a tag using some of my favorite things. It’s fun gath­er­ing sup­plies when all the while you have no clue what it is you’re going to cre­ate. I gath­ered and gath­ered (Vin­tage Images, Cream Felt, Maya Road Chip­board Snowflakes, Fine Sil­ver Ger­man Glass Glit­ter, Sisal Trees a.k.a. bot­tle brush trees, Self Adhe­sive Pearls, Mica, Dia­mond & Plat­inum Stick­les, Tiny Alphas and Fiskars Punch­es) until my work area was filled with inspir­ing prod­ucts. In the end this is what I cre­at­ed. It will be a gift tag for some­one’s gift this Christ­mas. The Fiskars Extra Large Postage Stamp Squeeze Punch is a great punch. I real­ly like the size the punched image cre­ates and if you out­line the images with Plat­inum Stick­les and accent them with Dia­mond Stick­les it makes...

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Sneak Peeks Week 2

Dec 8, 2010

Here are a few sneak peeks of this weeks projects being cre­at­ed in my “All Things Win­ter” work­shop. I’m also shar­ing lots of glit­ter­ing tips as I have learned many things the hard way, believe me. So hope­ful­ly, I can spare you some of my dis­as­ters. We’ve cre­at­ed a gift tag which can be recre­at­ed and attached to any gift or gift bag for any hol­i­day or spe­cial occa­sion just by chang­ing the pat­terned papers. A lay­out that can be cre­at­ed using snow, hol­i­day or fam­i­ly pho­tos. And this mini album will be post­ed Fri­day, so every­one has a fun week­end project to cre­ate. This mini album con­tains 16 page for you to doc­u­ment a fam­i­ly pho­to as well as pho­tos of your hol­i­day tree, favorite recipes, cher­ished orna­ments and...

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Paper Medallions…

Dec 7, 2010

Well since yes­ter­day, I showed you my favorite Crepe Paper and Glit­ter artist, today, I decid­ed to show you my favorite Paper Medal­lion Artist… who just so hap­pens to love Crepe Paper too. Gosh how fun would it be to sit at a table with these two and cre­ate… I would LOVE that! Maybe some­day… here is to wish­ing! Sat­ur­day, while co-teach­ing the snow globe project with Trisha, Ann-Denise Ander­son of Whim & Fan­cy Designs was teach­ing in the next room. I’ve loved her work for such a long time. Ann-Denise has been fea­tured in sev­er­al issues of Som­er­set mag­a­zine and since the moment I laid eyes on her work I’ve hoped to meet her. Our paths just nev­er seemed to cross at the same time so you can imag­ine my excite­ment when I...

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Oh my STARS…

Dec 6, 2010

While surf­ing the net the oth­er day I came upon this gor­geous tree cre­at­ed by Karen Aguirre at Cre­ative Chaos. Need­less to say my jaw dropped as you all know how I love CREPE PAPER and GLITTER!!! Karen’s trees are so incred­i­bly adorable. What I should be doing is work­ing on book projects but NO some­one had to make an incred­i­ble piece of art and then felt the need to share her cre­ativ­i­ty with every­one, so now all I can think about mak­ing are these won­der­ful Crepe Paper Christ­mas Trees. Talk about the enabler. But all kid­ding aside I think her trees are absolute per­fec­tion and how could they not when cre­at­ed with crepe paper ruf­fles, glit­ter and tin­sel then accent­ed using glit­tery berries, a star and the sweet­est ban­ner. I could fill our...

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Creative Fun…

Dec 5, 2010

Sat­ur­day, Trisha Con­lon and I got to spend the day with this won­der­ful group of artists at “The Crafty Scrap­per”. Each one cre­at­ed their very own snow globe. I taught the paper part of the project which includ­ed alter­ing the base of the snow globe, build­ing the lit­tle house, cre­at­ing a crepe paper rosette and then of course sprin­kling every­thing with glit­ter and mica. It was so fun watch­ing every­one’s project come togeth­er. Each lit­tle house was the same yet so dif­fer­ent as every­one used dif­fer­ent parts of their Melis­sa Frances pat­terned paper. Once every­one fin­ished their sweet lit­tle house they then began to add every­thing to the altered base of the snow globe. Once every­one go to this point we all took a break for lunch, which came from “The Dove’s Nest”, next...

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A few cards and a banner…

Dec 3, 2010

First the win­ner of the Decem­ber Cocoa Daisy Kit Give­away is… Kathryn, Decem­ber 1, 2010 at 12:23 pm, This may be a long post but it’s a great one. You’re nev­er one to skimp on pro­vid­ing clear direc­tions. That’s what we love about you! Thanks for shar­ing this beau­ti­ful way to present a gift card. Con­grats, Kathryn! Email me at lisa@lisapace.com your address and I will get Chris­tine to mail your kit. Hap­py Cre­at­ing!!! As you all know I love the etsy store Lau­ra’s Vin­tage Gar­den. Well Lau­ra has gra­cious­ly cre­at­ed a coupon code for my blog read­ers. This coupon code will remain active until Dec. 10th. The coupon code is Lisa25 type the code in the coupon sec­tion when you pay and you will receive a 25% dis­count off your entire order, before...

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“Be A River” Campaign

Dec 2, 2010

Hi Road­ies, are you ready to ” Be A Riv­er”? Help Maya Road sur­prise some­one you love! Dur­ing the “Sea­son of Giv­ing”, Maya Road wants you to nom­i­nate a friend who you would like to receive one of their Win­ter Won­der Ware­house Kits. In your email, include the nom­i­nees first name and why you want to “Be A Riv­er” and share this love with them. Maya Road will pick 5 peo­ple to “Be A Riv­er” to as you help us bless them. Send nom­i­na­tions til 12/10/10 to BeARiver@mayaroad.com Each kit has over $154.00 of Maya Road prod­uct and they will even include a per­son­al note and extra good­ies in their box. So share this post with a friend so they too can nom­i­nate some­one dur­ing this “Sea­son of...

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Lots of fun stuff today…

Dec 1, 2010

First I will end the sus­pense of who the win­ner of my book “Delight In The Details” and Free Access Pass to my “All Things Win­ter” work­shop. The win­ner is … Judi Lind­gren with her Com­ment: OMGYGTBK! This is a BFD — I’ve def­i­nite­ly got my FC! I had to research all those text words…I don’t even own one of those fan­cy phones or thing-a-ma-gings you text with! Got a real­ly cute grand­son that does tho(to young for a 16 year old I fear). I real­ly want this- real­ly, real­ly! I would be SETE. Your Mom’s site is OTT! Con­grat­u­la­tions, Judi. Email me your address and I will get your book in the mail. I will have you set up and ready to cre­ate in the work­shop, today. And since many of you who...

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