Happy Days…

May 31, 2011

No, not the show from the 70’s… those fun sum­mer moments when we were younger that we had no clue would be the hap­py child­hood mem­o­ries of today. I spent hours out­side jump­ing rope, blow­ing bub­bles, hav­ing fun at the beach, slurp­ing on pop­si­cles with my broth­er and eat­ing water­mel­on on hot sum­mer days while the juices ran down my chin. These are the moments I look back on and remem­ber fond­ly. So, with all these mem­o­ries being shared, you can bet when I saw these pat­terned papers by Pink Paislee in the June “Fruit Smooth­ie and Banana Split” Add On kits by Cocoa Daisy I knew just what I was going to make… a fun sum­mer card. I think this card por­trays all that is sum­mer as a child. Addi­tion­al sup­plies used came...

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Summer Memento Box

May 30, 2011

Now that reveal day is over at Cocoa Daisy and what a fun time that was I might add, I can now start to show you some of the projects I cre­at­ed using the Cher­ry Soda June Main Kit and Fruit Smooth­ie and Choco­late Malt Add On Kits. I had a blast cre­at­ing this sum­mer memen­to box for Ans­ley. It’s per­fect for her to store all her pho­tos, sou­venirs and oth­er keep­sakes from this sum­mer. If you want to learn how to make this project, I’ll  have a tuto­r­i­al in my Tips, Tech­niques & Tuto­ri­als online work­shop post­ed some­time this week. I’m telling ya, Chris­tine ROCKS the Cocoa Daisy Kits! Wish­ing you all a won­der­ful Memo­r­i­al Day and thank you to all the ser­vice men and women (past and present) who brave­ly put their lives on...

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Tomorrow is REVEAL day…

May 27, 2011

I’ve been hav­ing a blast cre­at­ing with the Cocoa Daisy June Kit and since tomor­row is reveal day for sub­scribers, I thought I would give you some sneak peeks of what I’ve been cre­at­ing. You don’t want to miss out on this kit and I fear you will if you’re not a sub­scriber. It has been so fun work­ing with bright sum­mer col­ors. And GASP… not one book page or vin­tage but­ton was used in any of these projects! I’m amazed… real­ly you all know how I love book pages and vin­tage but­tons. That cer­tain­ly does say a lot about this kit being so awe­some! I’ve cre­at­ed 3 cards, 3 projects (one sneak peek can be found here) and a lay­out using the main kit and a few of the add ons and STILL...

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So Proud…

May 26, 2011

The sum­mer of 2000 we had the hon­or of host­ing an exchange stu­dent from Alba­nia. Julian was the sweet exchange stu­dent we could have ever host­ed. All of us have such found mem­o­ries of him stay­ing with our fam­i­ly his junior year. The one thing I remem­ber laugh­ing about a lot was when he would say “no” but shake his head “yes”. I would just look at him so con­fused and ask him what his answer was… then tell him here when you shake your head like that it means yes not no… we would just laugh. The entire fam­i­ly adored him… grand­par­ents, broth­ers, sis­ters, my niece’s and nephew etc. You can­not help but love him when you meet him. These pho­tos still hang on our wall. Ans­ley nev­er let him out of her...

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Goofiest Dog Ever..

May 25, 2011

Chief is such a fun dog to have around. Alan and I have always been huge gold­en retriev­er fans… love, love, love this breed. Well, Chief came to us unex­pect­ed­ly and at first we just were not sure we want­ed anoth­er great big dog that was not a gold­en. Well, after one day with this big boy we fell in love with him and all his goofy ways. He is a huge softy and has the best per­son­al­i­ty. So need­less to say, he nev­er left our home. You would think all this dog does, as well as my hus­band Alan, is sleep on the couch. Hon­est­ly, Alan works all the time and Chiefie just loves to be the hard work­ing super­vi­sor as you can see from these pho­tos. When he is not super­vis­ing Alan...

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Quilted Memories

May 23, 2011

I’ll be teach­ing my “Quilt­ed Mem­o­ries” shad­ow box class Fri­day evening, June 3rd, at The Crafty Scrap­per. The class will start at 5pm and costs $50. There is “LIMITED SPACE” avail­able for this class so make sure you call the store (972.923.3151) and sign up now. After a day of shop­ping at GASC in Arling­ton, what bet­ter way to end the day than spend­ing the evening at Car­olyn’s fab­u­lous store. Car­olyn will have a crop going on one side, make n takes at the front and my class on the oth­er side of the store. It’s going to be a FUN, FUN, FUN night! My class will take 3–4 hours depend­ing on your skill lev­el. Each square of this Maya Road shad­ow box is filled with baubles and ephemera bits remind­ing us of those days gone by....

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Cherry Soda

May 19, 2011

Yes­ter­day, felt like a play day… no work just play. I start­ed cre­at­ing a project using the June Kit ~ Cher­ry Soda by Cocoa Daisy. This kit and the add ons are so bright and fun I can’t put it down. As you know most of my work is done with lots of cream col­ors from old book pages and oth­er ephemera so this is quite a change. And a change I guess I need­ed at the moment. I’m hav­ing so much fun that I thought I’d share a tiny sneak peek with you. Just love the loads of sum­mer col­or. If you’re a Cocoa Daisy sub­scriber you can pur­chase the main kit and add ons start­ing, May 28th. Those that are not sub­scribers can make pur­chas­es, June 1st. But… this means you take...

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Its been a Dogs day afternoon…

May 17, 2011

and soon to be bath day as well for three super won­der­ful dog­gies. Today, I am tak­ing a day off from the stu­dio to just relax and get myself orga­nized. I’ve dis­cov­ered I’m the worlds worst at relax­ing. I just can­not do it. Always feel like I need to be doing some­thing at all hours of the day or night. So today I sat out­side with the four legged babies and threw toys and just chilled. They loved it and I love watch­ing how they are all so dif­fer­ent in per­son­al­i­ty. We can only throw rope toys or balls for one dog at a time. Chiefie being the youngest can out run the oth­er two, Buster being the mid­dle is a pure toot and will turn nasty the sec­ond Chief or Son­ny even thinks...

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Cocoa Daisy

May 16, 2011

I’m so hap­py to tell you all I’m once again part of the Cocoa Daisy Design Team. I was on the team from Octo­ber 2006 — March 2008 but once I start­ed writ­ing and cre­at­ing my book Delight In The Details I felt the need to step down as I was a bit over­whelmed and did­n’t feel I could give 100%. The door remained open for me to return and I’m thrilled to be back. I feel this kit club is the absolute best. Chris­tine does an incred­i­ble job design­ing the kits, she has been awe­some book spon­sor and Chris­tine treats her design team with the utmost respect. Here are some sneak peeks of the June Kit and all the add ons… you’re gonna be so inspired. It’s incred­i­ble. June Kit ~ Cher­ry Soda...

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Delight In The Seasons

May 13, 2011

Today is a won­der­ful day… I get to final­ly share with all of you the cov­er of my sec­ond book, Delight In The Sea­sons.   This book is filled with won­der­ful projects, cards, tags and lay­outs for all the mem­o­rable hol­i­days and spe­cial occa­sions cel­e­brat­ed through­out the year. The chap­ters are divid­ed by each of the four sea­sons, win­ter, spring, sum­mer and fall. The chap­ters are filled with projects for major hol­i­days, birth­days, a new baby, wed­dings and so much more. Delight In The Sea­sons includes 40 projects with tech­niques that have been stepped out with pho­tos and instruc­tions, just as in Delight In The Details, then there are 20 addi­tion­al projects in a gallery show­ing you how to use some of the tech­niques in dif­fer­ent ways for dif­fer­ent sea­sons. This book com­pli­ments Delight In The...

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Tissue Tape Flower

May 13, 2011

Sup­plies Used: Tim Holtz Tis­sue Tape, Vel­lum (pink & beige), Maya Road White Rose Organ­za Trim, Clear Dry­ing Adhe­sive, Fab­ric-Tac Tools Need­ed: Scal­lop Scis­sors, Scis­sors, Sewing Machine, Fiskars Scal­lop Cir­cle Punch, Paper Trim­mer Instruc­tions: Attach strips of Tis­sue Tape onto a piece of beige vel­lum cut to approx. 5″ x 8.5″. Make sure to attach the strips as close to each oth­er as pos­si­ble. You don’t want to have spaces in between each Tis­sue Tape strip. Draw a 3″ tear drop shaped petal onto a scrap piece of paper to use as a tem­plate, cut out, using a pen­cil trace 6 petals onto the back of the vel­lum cov­ered with Tis­sue Tape pieces. Using straight edge scis­sors cut out each petal. Using a paper trim­mer cut 6 pieces of pink vel­lum to approx. 2″...

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Paper Cowgirl…

May 12, 2011

Just want to let every­one know reg­is­tra­tion clos­es for Paper Cow­girl this Sun­day, May 15th. This is going to be such a won­der­ful art retreat and I’m so look­ing for­ward to teach­ing my “Pieces of Time” work­shop. June 9th will be here before I know it. I’m real­ly look­ing for­ward to my Q&A with those attend­ing, Thurs­day evening. I hope to give those who want to break into the pub­lish­ing world of scrap­book­ing that lit­tle extra boost of con­fi­dence so they jump right in and go for it. That evening, I will also be sign­ing copies of my book “Delight In The Details”. If you’re inter­est­ed in pur­chas­ing one for pick up only, Thurs­day evening, June 9th,  you can do so here at a spe­cial dis­count­ed rate for those attend­ing. I’m clos­ing sales for...

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Instant Art

May 11, 2011

This week I’m going to enjoy cre­at­ing with­out dead­lines… just cre­at­ing for me and mak­ing what­ev­er comes to mind. This lit­tle piece will fill a small nook in my stu­dio. Not sure where just yet but I know I will enjoy look­ing at it as I love old book pages, doily’s and cream pearls. The tuto­r­i­al can be found...

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Remember Me… MM Blog Bounce

May 10, 2011

It’s time for anoth­er Mem­o­ry Mak­ers Blog Bounce. The theme this month is “Remem­ber Me.” I thought it would be nice to give you a project to cre­ate for Memo­r­i­al Day. These orna­ments can be hung on a wreath or placed any­where in your home to add a bit of patri­o­tism and hon­or friends and fam­i­ly who have served our coun­try.  To those, I give a heart­felt thank you. Sup­plies Need­ed: 3 — Small Paper Mache Star Orna­ments (Hob­by Lob­by) Mak­ing Mem­o­ries Paint (Dusk, Red Wag­on) Ranger Adiron­dack Metallics Acrylic Paint Dab­ber (Sil­ver) Col­or­Box Flu­id Chalk Ink (Creamy Brown) Crepe Paper Stream­er (White) Embroi­dery Floss (DMC #543) Old Book Page Stick­les (Plat­inum) Martha Stew­art Seal Punch Paper Glaze or Glossy Accents Glit­ter (Water­slide, Red Wag­on, Steel) Old Fash­ioned Sil­ver Tin­sel Gar­land by Bethany Lowe...

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Bird Nest Charm

May 9, 2011

I’ve been notic­ing a lot of bird nest charms being cre­at­ed late­ly and thought I would give mak­ing one a try over the week­end. It’s not per­fect, yet not too bad for a first attempt either. So you have a ref­er­ence point this charm is about the size of a quar­ter. The cre­ative process is pret­ty sim­ple… just thread a bead for each child in your fam­i­ly onto 26 gauge wire (I used 24 gauge but think the 26 would look nicer), twist the wire near the beads to secure them in place, then just wrap the wire around and around and around the beads until you get the birds nest to the size you like. I then cut two pieces of wire to about 2 inch­es in length and wrapped them around the...

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Happy Mother’s Day

May 8, 2011

Moth­ers hold their chil­dren’s hands for a short while, but their hearts for­ev­er. ~Author Unknown This pho­to of me and my mom always makes me laugh. The expres­sion on my face and my head tilt­ed down makes it look as though I had been eat­ing one too many a moon pie. I’m guess­ing I was around 3 or 4 years old. I hope all you moms out there have a won­der­ful Moth­er’s Day. And here is a lit­tle some­thing that might inspire you to take pho­tos around your “Home Sweet Home” to doc­u­ment your life as it is today. Just click here to get start­ed. All you have to do is sign up, you won’t be charged....

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Happy National Scrapbook Day

May 7, 2011

What bet­ter way to cel­e­brate NSD than with a give­away. While I was clean­ing out a cor­ner of my stu­dio, I came across two mini album kits of the project I taught in Mykonos, Greece, this past Sep­tem­ber. It’s a fun mini album to cre­ate and can be any theme you want. You get an entire sheet of Jen­ni Bowl­in Reverse Black Stick­ers so the title and jour­nal­ing should not be an issue. This kit includes prod­ucts from Maya Road and Jen­ni Bowl­in and comes with the com­plete instruc­tions already print­ed out for you. All you need to add are your pho­tos, Glue Stick Adhe­sive, Foam Squares, Dia­mond Stick­les, Black Pen, 3mm Cream Self Adhe­sive Pearls, Creamy Brown Ink and Basic Tools. Two Peas has some awe­some NSD Spe­cials so don’t miss out on...

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A Little Something for Me

May 6, 2011

If you haven’t checked out Suze Wein­berg’s etsy shop you need to… she cre­ates some real­ly cool and funky neck­laces. I pur­chased one a few months ago that I just love and talked about it here. Well the oth­er day I took anoth­er look in her etsy shop and BAM found anoth­er neck­lace I had to have. I tell ya I can only go and look every few months because I would pur­chase one every time I vis­it­ed. This one has all the col­ors I wear and I love all the baubles she added, so what’s a girl to do… click add to cart. The qual­i­ty of Suze’s work­man­ship, beads and baubles is top notch but then again, I would not expect any­thing less from her. And today, I will fin­ish book project #60...

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Mother’s Day Charms

May 5, 2011

Here is a very sweet gift to cre­ate for mom this Moth­er’s Day.… her very own mom charms. The charms shown below are charms of my mom as a lit­tle girl and her mom as a young lady and in her ear­ly 40’s. A neck­lace accent­ed with charms of images of your mom, her moth­er and all your sib­lings would be a won­der­ful gift. You could even accent the charms with pearl baubles. I think this would make a very spe­cial gift and one she will cher­ish. Please note you will need to print your pho­tos using a laser print­er or the image will run once you apply the glossy accents. Sup­plies Used: Two Peas In A Buck­et car­ries all the sup­plies used… Tim Holt Facets, Tim Holtz Baubles, Glossy Accents, Fiskars Fin­ger­tip Craft...

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Door Knob Photo Holder

May 4, 2011

Here is some­thing for the mom that has every­thing. Moms always have room for one more fam­i­ly pho­to, so why not make her a unique pho­to hold­er using an old door knob. I think this is a per­fect way to give mom a fam­i­ly pho­to to dis­play on her spe­cial day. Keep­ing the posts short and sweet this week.… just two more projects to fin­ish!...

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Mother’s Day Pin or Charm

May 3, 2011

This week with my final book dead­line being Mon­day, of next week, I’m going to try to do some quick posts of projects you can cre­ate for Moth­er’s Day. If I miss a day or two… well you know what the deal is… So today I cre­at­ed a pin that can eas­i­ly be placed onto a neck­lace and used as a charm, if pins are not for you. Or you can attach it to her gift as an accent on a gift bag or box. I’m sure you all can think of lots of dif­fer­ent ways to use this cameo. The Maya Road Mini Chip­board Cameos Set is super fun to alter. If you’ve not yet had a chance to play around with these give them a try. I think you’ll love them. You can...

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