4 Chapters and 2 Promos…

Mar 31, 2011

Are in the can!!! Today, we worked it and got 13 tech­niques shot with 30 min. left in the day. So Jen­ni and I start­ed orga­niz­ing for the two tech­nique videos I”ll be shoot­ing tomor­row. I will be so glad when tomor­row is over. I’ve wor­ried about shoot­ing these videos all week long. But Jen­ni says it will all be okay and I have noth­ing to wor­ry about. It’s so strange as I can talk to any­one, have taught at CHA, have instruct­ed 1,000’s of make-n-takes, taught class­es with­out any fear but pull that cam­era out and I freeze up. If I lose my fear of the cam­era tomor­row Amy Coon wont know how to act. Every time she comes to the Maya Road booth at CHA I want to just take off run­ning...

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Techniques, Food and Props…

Mar 30, 2011

Today, we were one tech­nique short of com­plet­ing all the tech­niques for Chap­ter three but it was anoth­er great day in the stu­dio. Here is a pho­to of just a few of the prod­ucts I used today. Jen­ni took me and Chris­tine to Sky­line Chili for lunch. Let me just tell ya this chili is noth­ing like what I’ve ever had in Texas. I had a 3‑Way which is spaghet­ti on the bot­tom then chili topped with shred­ded cheese. And when you take a bite you need to pop 1 or 2 oys­ter crack­ers in your mouth. I know it sounds crazy but it is so good. Then once you fin­ish you place the remain­ing oys­ter crack­ers in the chili so they can soak up all the liq­uid and eat away. YUMMY is all...

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Chapter Two and Lunch…

Mar 29, 2011

It was anoth­er great day in the stu­dio. We were able to com­plete the step outs for all of Chap­ter Two which means we’re halfway done. Com­plet­ing each tech­nique means I am that much clos­er to hav­ing this book in my very eager hands. I can’t wait to see it all fin­ished. I do believe you all are going to LOVE it just as much as Delight In The Details. This is the table where all the sup­plies I need to recre­ate each of the 40 tech­niques in my book are placed. Yes­ter­day this table was com­plete­ly cov­ered. It’s nice to see some emp­ty space on it now. Each bag­gie is filled with sup­plies and marked with the chap­ter and tech­nique num­bers. Being orga­nized like this helps speed up the process just a tad...

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Chapter One Techniques are Done!

Mar 28, 2011

What a great day. This morn­ing, I final­ly got to meet my edi­tor Jen­ni Clay­don in per­son. We’ve chat­ted over the phone for months so final­ly hav­ing a face with the voice is awe­some. We head­ed straight to the stu­dio to start pho­tograph­ing tech­niques for each of the 40 tech­niques fea­tured in my book. It was great get­ting to see Chris­tine Polom­sky once again. She is so patient when tak­ing all the step by step pho­tographs. In this pho­to I’m prep­ping some Pink Paislee pat­terned papers with Dia­mond Stick­les. You will see lots of Dia­mond and Plat­inum Stick­les being used in this book. Are you sur­prised? Some­thing tells me not. And way over in the back­ground hang­ing on her wall are two beau­ty shots from  my book. I was so sur­prised to see them...

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Peep Houses

Mar 25, 2011

While on Pin­ter­est I came across this fun tuto­r­i­al and saved it to make with my niece Made­lyn while she was sup­posed to vis­it this week for Spring Break. Well she decid­ed she was­n’t ready just yet to stay a week so far away from home. So I sent the tuto­r­i­al to my mom and she made them with Mad and Bel­lie. They were a hit so thanks a bunch Kasey Buick for this real­ly fun project. Here are the pho­tos dad emailed me. Mom made a batch of roy­al icing as it was a bit eas­i­er for the girls to keep their hous­es togeth­er when they start­ed dec­o­rat­ing. Not sure if lit­tle Bel­lie is still dec­o­rat­ing or snag­ging a jel­ly bean. Mad and Bel­lie loved dec­o­rat­ing their hous­es. You can see Bel­lie con­cen­trat­ing...

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Did a little Thrifting yesterday…

Mar 24, 2011

I love to shop at Frisco Resale because not only do you find awe­some things but the mon­ey goes back into our com­mu­ni­ty to help those in need. It’s a win, win sit­u­a­tion. As you can see in the pho­to it was a good finds kin­da day. I found a nice sil­ver­plat­ed tray and plan on doing this with it. I’m on the look­out for anoth­er one as I real­ly like how the two look togeth­er. This will be a pret­ty way to keep reminders and oth­er things out in front of me. And I plan on using vin­tage but­ton mag­nets my dad made me to attach those reminders too. They’ll work per­fect­ly. The book I found is going to be torn and turned into this bird and paper flower wreath some­day after my...

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Clementine Candle

Mar 23, 2011

Dis­cov­ered this fun project while doing some “research” once again on Pin­ter­est. And since Clemen­tines are out right now I thought I would share my find with you. If you want to impress the lit­tle ones you need to try this but don’t even both­er on the teenagers as frankly I think there is very lit­tle you can do to impress them at the moment. I just got a cool and then that look. You know the one that says, “Like real­ly mom, is this what you did all day”. Do you know what look I am talk­ing about? Sup­plies Need­ed: Clemen­tine, Olive Oil, Knife, Match­es Using a knife care­ful­ly cut all around the Clemen­tine hor­i­zon­tal­ly. You want to cut just enough so you feel the meat part of the Clemen­tine with the knife....

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New Tutorials…

Mar 22, 2011

I added a few new projects to my “Tips, Tech­niques and Tuto­ri­als” online work­shop. You will find tuto­ri­als show­ing you how to recre­ate a cute fleece flower and an adorable yarn bun­ny. Below are a few sneak peeks of the two projects. I’m kin­da scared, ok a whole lot of scared, to paint the face on the bun­ny so I’m leav­ing it blank. Although I do think it looks cute this way. Also if you like cre­at­ing for East­er, here is a code CCBF3 for my “Hip­pi­ty Hop East­er Work­shop”. This is a $5.00 dis­count and will make the cost of the work­shop only $4.95. I can­not believe I leave this week­end for Cincin­nati, OH for the tech­niques pho­to shoot at F+W Media. I look for­ward to meet­ing my edi­tor Jen­ni in per­son as...

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Paying it forward

Mar 21, 2011

A while back I talked about pay­ing it for­ward on face­book and stat­ed if any­one want­ed help in sub­mit­ting I would glad­ly help them as I feel it’s my duty to pay it for­ward. I cer­tain­ly did not get where I am today in this indus­try with­out a lit­tle help and guid­ance from oth­ers along the way. I must say it does amaze me as to how many peo­ple will not help oth­ers advance. I’m not sure if it’s inse­cu­ri­ties on their part and feel the per­son might be bet­ter than them or just flat out not car­ing or want­i­ng to take the time to help oth­ers. This indus­try cer­tain­ly has room for more cre­ative peo­ple. New peo­ple keep things fresh and excit­ing and I love to see fresh and excit­ing cre­ations. So I...

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Oh Pinterest…

Mar 18, 2011

Do you Pin­ter­est? I sure do. My good­ness this site can suck hours out of your day before it even starts. But I have to tell you it has so many won­der­ful DIY projects I can hard­ly stand it so if you don’t you need to check it out. The oth­er day while I was “research­ing” as I call it, I came across this super cute Birds Nest Tuto­r­i­al using paper mache and shred­ded brown lunch bags or dic­tio­nary pages. Yes­ter­day, I could not take it any longer and had to make one although, I made mine small­er they they did in Coun­try Liv­ing. So I pulled out our paper shred­der and two brown paper lunch bags and got to busi­ness. Sup­plies Used: Col­lage Pauge Instant Decoupage Mat­te, Water, Shred­ded lunch bags, foil, plas­tic...

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Adding to my glitter containers

Mar 17, 2011

Oh how I love to see my glit­ter inside these salt shak­ers and sug­ar dis­penser BUT when I was in Frisco Resale not too long ago I found these adorable ceram­ic hous­es. They were only .50 a piece and were scream­ing TAKE ME HOME with YOU! I had to fig­ure out what I was going to do with them as believe me I have enough lit­tle pret­ties here and there around the house and I do NOT need any­more. Well I was look­ing at the chim­ney on both hous­es and instant­ly thought they would be per­fect for pour­ing and then BAM new glit­ter con­tain­ers came to mind. Hon­est­ly, they are per­fect and look so cute sit­ting on my shelf in my scrap­room. I took these pho­tos in our liv­ing room to get some much...

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Spring is near…

Mar 16, 2011

This lit­tle card was cre­at­ed for my design team post on the Maya Road blog. If you want to see loads of inspi­ra­tion you need to check out their blog. The design team cre­ates some of the most amaz­ing projects. With spring just around the cor­ner I thought it would be fun to use the “Green Thumb” mini chip­board set and the “Ging­ham Point Blos­soms” as they work per­fect­ly togeth­er on a card. One thing I love to do is add lit­tle ban­ners to the “Vin­tage Pearl Pins” it is such a quick and easy thing to do and real­ly fin­ish­es this card beau­ti­ful­ly. And The Girl’s Paperie “Paper Girl” line is awe­some for any spring project. I love, love, love the col­ors and the pat­terns. I cre­at­ed the cute lit­tle bun­ny using a...

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That HUGE sigh…

Mar 15, 2011

of relief you just heard came from me. I just com­plet­ed my sec­ond book dead­line and let me just say, it was a humdinger, but I have 45 projects com­plet­ed. I’m so glad this one is behind me and every­thing has either been emailed or shipped. I leave for Cincin­nati in a few weeks to pho­to­graph all the step by step pho­tos for each fea­tured tech­nique. It will be a week of pho­tograph­ing dur­ing the day and writ­ing at night but I can final­ly start to see the book com­ing togeth­er and can­not wait for it to hit the shelves. I do believe you all are going to love this book. I’m already in love with it. So after a week­end of writ­ing for 20 hours start­ing Fri­day evening and end­ing Sat­ur­day then pack­ing...

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Another fun Blog Bounce

Mar 8, 2011

If you are com­ing here from Francine Clouden’s blog glad you’re here! If not, make sure you check out all those par­tic­i­pat­ing in this months blog bounce as it is so fun to see how every­one inter­pret­ed the theme “Favorite Treat”. And since spring is just around the cor­ner I thought I would share with you one of our fam­i­lies favorite spring treats. I’ve been mak­ing these “Bird Nest” cup­cakes since I was a lit­tle girl with my Mom. To me it just does not seem like spring if I don’t make them. I’ve made these with my girls each East­er and will most like­ly make them every East­er even when the girls no longer live at home. They are just a part of my child­hood I like to reflect on each year. Below is...

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