CHA Day 2…

Jan 31, 2011

Over 100 make-n-takes and yards and yards of Pleat Satin Edg­ing hav­ing been cut, day 2 of CHA has come to an end. Tomor­row I will be with Maya Road from 10:00 until 12:30. Then at 1:00 I will be doing a book sign­ing and make-n-take for F+W Media (booth #2234) until 2:00. From 2:00 to 2:30 I will be doing anoth­er book sign­ing for R+M West Coast Dis­trib­u­tors (booth #608). Now remem­ber, since I am on a tight sched­ule F+W Media will be hand­ing out only 20 tick­ets to those in line just before my book sign­ing and make-n-take. So if you want to play and get a signed book make sure you get there ear­ly. Once I am fin­ished with the book sign­ing at R+M I will head back over to the...

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CHA Day 1…

Jan 29, 2011

What a great day in the Maya Road booth. I taught the art ban­ner make-n-take from 10:00 — 5:30. Every­one was so patient wait­ing in line too… some wait­ed for 1.5 hours. Tomor­row I will be teach­ing how to make the Pleat Flower Pins and Kraft Doily Pins. I will start the make-n-takes at 10:00 and go  until 2:00. Then I will head over to the Fisakars (Booth #1323) doing a card make n take from 2:30 – 4:00. We will be using all kinds of great Fiskars punch­es and pat­terned paper from “The Girls Paperie”. After I fin­ish this make n take I will head back to Maya Road for more make n take fun. Now for some pho­tos… Here are the project win­ners from the Maya Road Bring Your Project To CHA...

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A Few Favorite Products and Projects

Jan 28, 2011

Not much time for chat­ting this evening so I will let the pho­tos pret­ty much speak for them­selves. I must warn you this post is heavy on the pho­tos. Here are all the tags each design team mem­ber cre­at­ed. The Ornate Botan­i­cal Blooms are one of my favorite flow­ers in this release. Then these Alter­able Vin­tage Lace Blooms and Flow­ers are gor­geous with the Maya Mist applied. Be still my heart… these are their new Antique and Lus­trous But­ton Jew­els. I will take a mil­lion of these, thank you very much! These are super fun and so cool.… Wood­en Mini Spools and Alter­able But­tons Then look at these.… Mini Chip­board Por­trait and Cameo Sets. Then we have all been mak­ing these cuffs using the new Satin Pleat Edg­ing, But­ton Jew­els and oth­er trims to...

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Set Up Day…

Jan 28, 2011

Set­ting up the booth begins. Yep, all these crates con­tain the prod­uct you want and pur­chase. But before the store own­ers can get the CHA‑W release prod­ucts into their stores set­ting up the booth and get­ting all the prod­ucts and show sam­ples up for dis­play must be done. This is cer­tain­ly NOT the GLAMOROUS side of trade shows. But at least Car­o­line makes it as fun as pos­si­ble. Sarah and Lau­ra find the humor in lots of things dur­ing the process and make you laugh but David well… he is like a grumpy old man. The open­ing up of the crates… let the mad­ness begin. David a.k.a Mr. Grumpy pants, Car­o­line and Lau­ra. We just fin­ished putting down the floor and are now get­ting ready to put up the walls. Walls are up and...

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And the fun begins…

Jan 27, 2011

Last night we ate at this real­ly good place called Mat­sui. Every­thing was won­der­ful but I soon found out along with design team mem­ber Sarah that the one thing that was not so won­der­ful was their Japan­ese tea. Yikes that was some hard stuff to drink. Need­less to say the laughs start­ed right then. Sarah is Aussie tough she drank all of hers and well I must admit Lau­ra helped me with mine. Thank good­ness. Although I could have fin­ished it off if I had, had about 5 pounds of sug­ar to put in it. So note to self… when the wait­ress says, “this is Japan­ese tea” take note… it is not just like any oth­er tea. Japan­ese tea is cer­tain­ly a long way away from the sweet tea of the south I’m used...

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Maya Road Make-n-Take Schedule

Jan 25, 2011

Okay here are the super fun and super cute projects Car­o­line cre­at­ed for me to teach in the Maya Road booth (#761) dur­ing CHA. These are going to be fun, fun, fun and I know as always I will be super busy. You guys keep me jump­ing. Day 1 will be this cute Art Ban­ner then once the ban­ners are all gone we will make a cute Resin Ring. Day 2 I will be show­ing you how to make this cute Kraft Flower Doilie Pin then once the Doilie Pins are all gone these cute Pleat Flower Pins will be made. Day 3 we will be mak­ing this cute Valen­tine’s Day tag Day 4 we’ll be mak­ing a lug­gage tag that is per­fect to attach to your tote or suit­case. Oh here is a...

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It’s a BeaUTEEful day over here…

Jan 24, 2011

(I think I just saw some eye­rolls, but real­ly how cute is the word BeaU­TEE­ful? Talk about mak­ing a super cute t‑shirt… and I would wear it!) Ok on to some projects. This was a sim­ple brown box that a neck­lace came in and I turned it into this using these prod­ucts … Vin­tage Pho­to Dis­tress Ink, Blend­ing Tool, Jet Black Archival Ink, two Wendy Vec­chi Stu­dio 490 Stamps (Script & Flower), Emboss­ing Ink, Mold-n-Pour, Clear UTEE, Heat Gun, Non-Stick Craft Mat, Plat­inum Stick­les, Heavy Weight White Card­stock, Seam Bind­ing and Foam Squares. From start to fin­ish this took no more than 30 min. And I also made this sweet tee­ny tiny house cov­ered it in UTEE (did you real­ly think I would­n’t?) then altered trees, trims and a ban­ner. The entire piece is...

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You are going to LOVE these…

Jan 23, 2011

I was asked to cre­ate a can­vas for Ranger’s design­er wall at CHA. Well the prod­uct we had to high­light was their Per­fect Pearl Mists and their new Per­fect Pearls colors.You are going to LOVE these. Check out Suze Wein­berg’s blog to see the new col­ors and a few sneak peeks of her can­vas… I can­not wait to see it in per­son. It was fun to cre­ate what ever I want­ed with the only require­ments being it had to be my style and I had to use the prod­ucts sent my way. I used WAY MORE Ranger prod­ucts on my can­vas than what was required but one tech­nique seemed to lead to anoth­er which meant using anoth­er prod­uct and so on… I think the Rock Can­dy Crack­le Paint looks AWESOME on the frame… I...

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Being Productive…

Jan 22, 2011

feels so good and yes­ter­day was a won­der­ful­ly pro­duc­tive day.. I got the make-n-take I will be teach­ing for F+W Media all bagged up, start­ed gath­er­ing the extra items I need to bring to CHA and cre­at­ed, cre­at­ed, cre­at­ed. I fin­ished up the inspi­ra­tional baubles. Won­der who’s hands these will end up in at the show. Made this ring… Ans­ley is going to keep me super busy mak­ing these for her and her friends. Had an awe­some mail day… Thank you cThru Ruler Com­pa­ny… they are a book spon­sor and sent me the entire Art‑C line. Talk about loads of inspi­ra­tion in this box! Yikes I can­not wait to start play­ing with this. And then I topped the night off by mak­ing this cuff using vin­tage lace, cream felt and new Maya Road trims....

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Inspirational Baubles…

Jan 21, 2011

Not that I don’t already have enough to keep me busy with CHA  just around the cor­ner, I thought it would be fun to make some­thing small to ran­dom­ly hand out to a few peo­ple each day at CHA. Just lit­tle ran­dom acts of inspi­ra­tion and kind­ness. And yes, it does involve UTEE. I tell ya this stuff is so fun. And I am so glad to hear some of you are going to wipe the dust off your jars and use yours. I got lots of email yes­ter­day thank­ing me for the UTEE inspi­ra­tion. Just remem­ber I WARNED YOU… this stuff is addict­ing. I plan on alter­ing 14 of these lit­tle hearts. Each one will have a dif­fer­ent word and dif­fer­ent embell­ish­ments. I will post a tuto­r­i­al on how I made them in...

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Seek Joy

Jan 20, 2011

I was asked to cre­ate a few things for Ranger to dis­play at CHA. One of the prod­ucts they want­ed me to cre­ate with was their Ultra Thick Emboss­ing Enam­el (UTEE). I had not real­ly played around with this all that much but let me tell you I now have a seri­ous addic­tion… real­ly, if you have not cre­at­ed with this you need to give it a try. It is FUN and comes in sev­er­al dif­fer­ent col­ors. I used their Plat­inum, Black and Gold to cre­ate this wall hang­ing. Sup­plies Used: UTEE — Black, Plat­inum, Gold, Clear, Plat­inum & Crys­tal Stick­les, Dis­tress Emboss­ing Ink, Maya Road Philadel­phia Upper­case Chip­board Alpha­bet, Maya Road William Mini Chip­board Alpha­bet, Per­fect Medi­um, Per­fect Pearls — Per­fect Pearl, Per­fect Pearls Mist — Per­fect Pearl, Heavy White Card­stock, Archival Ink...

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CHA Schedule…

Jan 19, 2011

I tell ya this show seems to come faster and faster every year. But I love it as I get to recon­nect with friends from all over the world. Once again I am going with Maya Road (Booth #761) and will spend most of my time doing make-n-takes in their booth as well as being harassed by David. Yes, I’m an easy tar­get and he pulls pranks on me A LOT!!! Car­o­line designed all the make-n-takes for me to teach at the show and they are cute. Those attend­ing are going to have fun mak­ing them. Here is the sched­ule of where I’ll be dur­ing the show. Sat­ur­day, the 29th I will be with Maya Road all day. Sun­day, the 30th I will be with Maya Road until 2:00 and then with Fiskars (Booth #1323) from...

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Today’s Reality…

Jan 18, 2011

Remem­ber my nice made over scrap­room way back in August… well this is the real­i­ty of it today. Lots of fun things are being cre­at­ed  in here for my book and for CHA. The box­es shown hold prod­uct from book spon­sors, new release items and my favorite go to prod­ucts. The every­day real­i­ty of this room stays pret­ty  much like this… just gonna keep it real for you all. I can’t be some­one I’m not. So I won’t even try to tell you my room is super clean and tidy all the time. And that I put every­thing up as soon as I’m fin­ished using it… nope not even gonna go there. What I do love about these pho­tos is every­thing I love to work with is right there, in it’s box, close at...

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Talk about fly on by…

Jan 12, 2011

I can­not believe it has been so long since my last blog post. Yikes, but I have been super busy with projects, projects, projects. Being super cre­ative for my book and CHA has been chal­leng­ing but I’m not com­plain­ing. I have been super lucky to get my hands on some new prod­uct from three man­u­fac­tur­ers. I do believe you will want it all too. Not sure when I can start shar­ing but I will as soon as I get the go ahead. Super fun stuff to play with that is for sure. Which as I’m sure you have fig­ured out explains my lack of blog post­ing. I made this to wear at CHA. Just a lit­tle some­thing that will be fun to wear. It show­cas­es the Maya Road Resin Blos­soms. And my Col­lage Pauge...

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Make Art!

Jan 4, 2011

I love these two lit­tle words. I have a won­der­ful cheer­leader for a friend. She always sends me email filled with words like you can do it yes you can… I know you can… etc. She is the best and SHE is SUPER TALENTED too. She LOVES flow­ers and always signs her blog posts with “make art!” I love that. Late last night while I was look­ing at her blog I thought I would make her a lit­tle some­thing to give to her at CHA. I sol­dered this flower pin sev­er­al months ago and it’s been sit­ting on a shelf col­lect­ing dust. Actu­al­ly, I have lots of stuff sit­ting on my shelves col­lect­ing dust. So I’ve decid­ed to start shar­ing them with friends and fam­i­ly as well as in class par­tic­i­pants. My sweet friend...

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I’m focused… Promise!

Jan 3, 2011

While sit­ting here wait­ing for my Dis­tress Crack­le Paint — Rock Can­dy to dry I remem­bered I for­got to show you the bracelet dad and I made using one of my grand­fa­ther’s spoons. Well actu­al­ly it’s real­ly more like the bracelet I pound­ed flat, stamped poor­ly, dad bent into shape and fixed my stamp­ing. Poor man, I tell ya we had some laughs or rather I laughed at the looks dad would give me when I would hand it over for him to fix. Dad’s just got­ta love those crafty daugh­ter’s that ven­ture out into unknown art forms. We had fun though and it’s a bracelet I will cher­ish. All I could think of was the say­ing my grand­fa­ther would say from time to time when you got real­ly focused on the imper­fec­tions of...

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Another Art Form…

Jan 2, 2011

Jump Rings, Bail Plates, E6000,Vintage But­tons and BAM… new addic­tion! Here are a few things I made, yes­ter­day. I need to get some chains to put these on and I think sev­er­al neck­laces worn at once will look real­ly cute and cer­tain­ly blingy at CHA. I love how the light­ing there makes every­thing seem to sparkle more. Tomor­row, it’s back to book projects… refo­cus, Lisa, refo­cus! I have a tech­nique swirling around in my head I can’t wait to try and I feel it’ll be an awe­some one for my book. These are a few pieces I made for Ans­ley And here are sev­er­al pieces I made for me out of vin­tage pins, but­tons and cuff links. This is so much fun and I love that all are unique. Are you going to try...

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