All Occasion Card

Jun 30, 2011

Here is a quick card to cre­ate and give for any occa­sion. I used prod­ucts from the Cocoa Daisy July Main Kit “Urban Loft” and the “Tele­graph Hill” Add On Kit. I love the lace paper found in the “Tele­graph Hill” Add On Kit. It’s gor­geous and was so hard to make the first cut. I added the vin­tage milk bot­tle cap (from my stash) because the cork but­tons fit inside so per­fect­ly. Then Jen­ni Bowl­ins yel­low rhine­stone bow topped it off and com­pli­ment­ed the Maya Road trim at the same time. I’m in major book edit­ing mode right now so please excuse the short­ness of the blog post. But since going out­side does not appeal to me one bit since the temps will be 100 degrees all week. Edit­ing is the per­fect thing...

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Gift Box

Jun 29, 2011

I altered this box using the Main Kit “Urban Loft” by Cocoa Daisy. I plan on plac­ing a gift card inside for a spe­cial some­one on their birth­day. After­wards they can use the box to store small items inside. Alter­ing items is one of my favorite things to do… I love turn­ing some­thing that was dis­card­ed and no longer want­ed into a new trea­sured item. That is one rea­son my clos­et looks like a hoard­er lives in my stu­dio. I can­not pass up small box­es and paper mache items. I always think, “Oh this would be awe­some to alter.” I real­ly like the flow­ers that come in the “South Loop” Add On Kit. They are pre­fect to cre­ate a lit­tle flo­ral group­ing. And you know I love the Maya Road Crys­tal Trin­ket Pins. There...

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My Friend Ronda’s class “10 things”

Jun 28, 2011

I’m so excit­ed to tell you about my friend Ron­da Palaz­zari’s first class with Cocoa Daisy. “10 Things” Com­pleter Set In this class you will receive step by step instruc­tions for a com­plete mini album project includ­ing a video tuto­r­i­al. This adorable mini album cre­at­ed with Cocoa Daisy’s July kit “Urban Loft” and the com­pleter kit (sold as an add-on), is chalk full of tips and tech­niques. This beau­ti­ful mini album is eas­i­ly adapt­able to any sub­ject you choose! 10 loves, 10 sum­mer activ­i­ties, 10 vaca­tion spots, 10 stories….etc! The pos­si­bil­i­ties are end­less! You will find your­self using these tips and tech­niques over and over on all your projects! The online class will be avail­able July 30th on the mes­sage board to allow every­one time to receive their July kit and add-ons. Signups begin...

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Creating A Silhouette

Jun 27, 2011

I had no idea how many peo­ple would be ask­ing me how I made this sil­hou­ette that I decid­ed today was the per­fect day to show you. This tech­nique is real­ly easy to do and does­n’t take too much time. First you want to print a pho­to to the desired size you need. For the project above (part of my Cocoa Daisy Sneak Peek) I print­ed my pho­to to a 5″ x 7″. This left me with a sil­hou­ette the size of approx­i­mate­ly 5″ x 5.25″. Note: I print­ed the pho­to in black and white so not to waste my col­or ink. Once you have the pho­to print­ed, using scis­sors and a craft knife cut and remove the pho­tos back­ground. All you want are the images of the peo­ple. Next, using a pen­cil trace...

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Cocoa Daisy ~ Urban Loft Sneak Peeks

Jun 24, 2011

Since reveal day is only four days away I thought I would share a few sneak peeks of some projects I com­plet­ed using the July Kit “Urban Loft” by Cocoa Daisy. I also had to have two Add On Kits “Tele­graph Hill” and “South Loop”. Chris­tine cer­tain­ly has a gift in putting kits togeth­er as they’re awe­some. This is a sneak peek of a project I cre­at­ed using the Main Kit “Urban Loft” and the Add On “South Loop”. This project uses the Main Kit “Urban Loft” and the Add On “Tele­graph Hill.” I added the vin­tage milk bot­tle cap… the cork but­tons and JBS bow fit so per­fect­ly in the cen­ter I could not pass it up. For this project I used the Main Kit “Urban Loft” and both Add On Kits “South...

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Charm Inspiration…

Jun 23, 2011

I’ve real­ly had fun mak­ing charms for Ter­ri and Ans­ley as well as friends and fam­i­ly. I like to col­lect lit­tle things here and there to cre­ate some­thing mean­ing­ful from a spe­cial moment or event. Then I’ll think and think on it until I come up with a unique way to incor­po­rate the item or items into a small token to give as a remem­brance of that day. Last year, while I was in Greece for Cocoa Daisy Des­ti­na­tion ~ Mykonos I brought back a lit­tle bit of sand, some coins and evil eye charms. I had no idea what I was going to do with them at the time but fig­ured some­thing would come to mind. Well, I will be room­ing with Chris­tine and Ron­da at CHA‑S next month and decid­ed this would be...

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The Big Book of Scrapbook Pages

Jun 22, 2011

Have you all seen this book in your local scrap­book or craft stores? If not, you need to look for it as it’s filled with LOADS of inspi­ra­tion for every scrap­book­ing top­ic you can imag­ine. I was thrilled to be asked to cre­ate a few projects for the book. F+W Media includ­ed a spot­light on my book “Delight In The Details” along with my two projects. As you can see Jen­ni Bowl­in spon­sored prod­ucts for these two projects. Oh how I love Jen­ni’s prod­ucts. I cer­tain­ly do have a hoard­ing issue with her items. If you love Jen­ni Bowl­in prod­ucts as much as I do make sure you check out her Inspi­ra­tion Blog.… it’s filled with LOTS of incred­i­ble projects. Thanks for the spon­sor­ship, Jen­ni. Here is a clos­er look at the two projects...

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Artistic Journey 2011

Jun 21, 2011

Here is a lit­tle sneak peek of the project I’ll be teach­ing at Artis­tic Jour­ney in Octo­ber. I’m so look­ing for­ward to this event as last year was a blast. This year, I’ll be teach­ing along with Dina Wak­ley and Shel­ley Hagan­man. I’ve been on the Maya Road Design Team with Shel­ley for years and we’ve nev­er met in per­son so it’s going to be awe­some to final­ly meet. Dina and I usu­al­ly see each oth­er for a bit at CHA which is always nice. Dur­ing Artis­tic Jour­ney each teacher will teach a class that rep­re­sents our style so you’ll get to cre­ate three super cool and very dif­fer­ent projects over the week­end. Also, you’ll make an awe­some project dur­ing the meet and greet the first night of the event. And I must give a...

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New things in the works…

Jun 20, 2011

This week­end, Alan and I worked on cre­at­ing a new busi­ness card, logo and web­site. I’m lov­ing my busi­ness card! It real­ly does rep­re­sent my style and love of all things vin­tage. What do you think? My logo will look sim­i­lar to the busi­ness card and are you ready for this… my new web­site is going to be black and white… I’m going with a crisp, sim­ple, ele­gant look. It’s almost ready so don’t be sur­prised when you come vis­it me one day soon and it looks total­ly dif­fer­ent. It’s going to be easy to nav­i­gate and you’re going to love it. I’ll cer­tain­ly have a “debut” give­away ready for some lucky win­ner when it launch­es. Alan is even includ­ing a forum. So PLEASE, please, please par­tic­i­pate with me. I plan on post­ing lots...

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Just a little something…

Jun 17, 2011

I’m so proud of my old­est daugh­ter, Ter­ri. She is a super hard work­er and doing so well in her career. I real­ly do miss the days when she was younger with her sweet lit­tle “Roo” voice, oh how I loved it when she would say “Mom­ma.” But I must admit, see­ing her grow and achieve her goals as an adult is equal­ly reward­ing. So yes­ter­day, I decid­ed to play in my stu­dio and cre­ate a lit­tle some­thing for her to put in her cubi­cal. As you can see it’s filled with lots of Wendy Vec­chi Stu­dio 490 and Tim Holtz Ranger good­ness. Sup­plies Used: Art Parts Square and Rec­tan­gle Frames, Art Parts Scal­lop Trim, Stu­dio 490 Botan­i­cal Art, Stu­dio 490 Live And Make Art, Dis­tress Crack­le Paint Rock Can­dy, Dis­tress Crack­le Paint Tat­tered...

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Wall Art

Jun 16, 2011

This is a great way to use your scraps. I cre­at­ed this piece years ago but love how it’s still some­thing I can dis­played to this day. I used Maya Road Chip­board Blos­soms for the flow­ers cov­ered with pat­terned paper scraps, then I attached a but­ton to the cen­ter of each one. The leaves and stems were hand cut and ran­dom­ly placed onto the pat­terned paper base to look like a wild­flower arrange­ment. The entire piece is attached to a can­vas and sits on a easel. I accent­ed the chip­board vase with rhine­stones and twill. The say­ing says, “I’d rather have ros­es on my table than dia­monds around my neck.” Which is very much me. So keep those scraps as they can help you cre­ate some real­ly cute wall...

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Friendship Tokens

Jun 15, 2011

Dur­ing the meet and greet at Paper Cow­girl we had a super fun friend­ship token exchange. The tokens can be any­thing you wish to cre­ate and give away. This exchange would be some­thing fun to do at crops or any scrap­ping event. I just have to show you how cre­ative every­one was at Paper Cow­girl. I did my best to get a good close up of each one I received. My name badge was full. One of the par­tic­i­pants cro­cheted all her flower tokens. Some altered game pieces. As you can see my name tag was full… col­ored keys tied on with yarn, stick­ers, millinery flow­ers a met­al dress form was cre­at­ed and watch faces were used. I’m not kid­ding when I said peo­ple made them from all sorts of items. Kraft tags were...

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So proud of my friend…

Jun 14, 2011

One of the neat­est raf­fles at Paper Cow­girl was the “Altered Velvee­ta Box” raf­fle. All the mon­ey raised for this raf­fle goes towards the Tina Wright Schol­ar­ship Fund. Tina was a friend of Cindy’s (Head Cow­girl) and sad­ly passed away from can­cer. Near­ly $300.00 dol­lars was raised for this fund and it is awe­some that it helps keep Tina’s mem­o­ry alive. Tina loved art and being cre­ative so this schol­ar­ship helps keep her pas­sion going through young peo­ple in her home town. A tro­phy was giv­en for the most mon­ey raised and rib­bons were giv­en out for the most votes. I am so proud of my friend Trisha. She won the tro­phy for most mon­ey raised AND got 4th place in most votes. Trisha teach­es real­ly unique sol­der­ing class­es at The Crafty Scrap­per. Her...

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Paper Cowgirl Weekend…

Jun 13, 2011

Oh my good­ness I don’t even know where to start but I think the begin­ning is best. Warn­ing, this is a nov­el of a blog post. I had an incred­i­ble week­end with lots of super fun ladies. I tell ya all were hap­py, super inspir­ing and all extreme­ly nice. Now we all know get­ting a group of 100 women togeth­er with that kind of result is some­thing… just keep­ing it hon­est and real. Thurs­day evening start­ed off with a meet and greet, friend­ship token swap and then all the oth­er incred­i­ble swaps. It was a blast and my name badge is filled with lots of super fun friend­ship tokens. After the meet and greet Cindy May­field our host intro­duced all the teach­ers. There were some incred­i­ble teach­ers at this event and all kinds of...

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Simple Summer Bracelet…

Jun 10, 2011

How cute is this bracelet!!! I will be mak­ing LOTS more of these you can bet on that. I think wear­ing sev­er­al coor­di­nat­ing ones would look awe­some… the tuto­r­i­al on how I made this bracelet can be found on the Cocoa Daisy Blog. Prod­ucts used to cre­ate this project are from the Cocoa Daisy “Fruit Smooth­ie” and “Choco­late Malt” Add On Kits. Today, I’m teach­ing my “Pieces Of Time” project at Paper Cow­girl from 1:00 — 4:00. If you’re in Wax­a­hachie come by and say hi! I would love to see you. Have a great...

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Hi

Jun 9, 2011

Hon­est­ly, this has to be the fastest card I’ve ever cre­at­ed. All I did was machine stitch around the inside edge of the pat­terned paper, dis­tressed and inked the edges with creamy brown ink, attached the fab­ric flow­ers using Fab­ri-Tac, accent­ed the pat­terns with Dia­mond Stick­les, added a 2mm self adhe­sive pearl to each flower cen­ter, put on my sen­ti­ment and BAM… done! That is FAST for me! Prod­ucts used to cre­ate this card are from the Cocoa Daisy June “Cher­ry Soda” Main Kit and “Fruit Smooth­ie” Add On Kit. Just wait until you see tomor­row’s project… you’ll nev­er look at brads the same and will be look­ing for more brads to make sev­er­al more of tomor­row’s fea­tured project. I can­not wait to show you. I want to make LOTS more of these as...

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A Moment In Time…

Jun 8, 2011

To cre­ate this tag I used the super cute Amper­sand stamp in this months Cocoa Daisy “Cher­ry Soda” kit along with the “Coor­di­nat­ing Paint and Ink” and Word Stamp Set Add On Kits. I think the Amper­sand and Word stamps make an adorable back­ground pat­tern for this tag. The but­ter­flies are cre­at­ed using a Martha Stew­art punch, 2mm self adhe­sive pearls and Dia­mond Stick­les accents. I like the pop of yel­low under each but­ter­fly as it com­pli­ments the card­stock stick­er so well. I cut the jour­nal­ing tag that came in the main kit to place at the bot­tom of the tag then attached the red brads in each of the four holes on the tag. The trim used is from the “Choco­late Malt” Add On Kit. I then attached a strip of 5mm self adhe­sive...

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Just 4u

Jun 7, 2011

I real­ly like the warm col­or scheme of this card. The com­bi­na­tion of the red and cream is so pret­ty. Of course the pops of Dia­mond Stick­les here and there are awe­some too. I cov­ered the bot­tom two jour­nal­ing cards with pat­terned paper and left the top one “Just 4u” as is, then dis­tressed and inked the edges and attached it to the mid­dle cir­cle using a pop dot. I think the Octo­ber After­noon Word Stick­er strips work great as the tones match the tones of the red and cream per­fect­ly. The strips add inter­est and col­or to the card in a super sim­ple way. Prod­ucts used are from the June Cocoa Daisy “Cher­ry Soda” Main Kit and “Choco­late Malt” Add On Kit. I have a few kits left over from my “Quilt­ed Mem­o­ries”...

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Remember Today…

Jun 6, 2011

Actu­al­ly I wish the card­stock stick­er said “week­end” as it was such a fun one. Fri­day night, I taught my “Quilt­ed Mem­o­ries” class at The Crafty Scrap­per. I left a few kits with Car­olyn if you would like one. Just give her a call at the store: 972–923-3151. My friend Lisa E. joined me at the store which is always fun. We’ve been friends going on 11 years. She is my scrap­ping bud­dy. I had some super fun ladies in class and hope to see them again soon because we sure did laugh a lot. After the class was fin­ished Lisa and I stayed and laughed with Car­olyn (the own­er). The girl cracks me up and is always enter­tain­ing. Sat­ur­day, Lisa E. and I went to GASC in Arling­ton to see Car­olyn’s awe­some booth....

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Happy 48th Anniversary Mom & Dad

Jun 4, 2011

It’s so great to find that one spe­cial per­son you want to annoy for the rest of your life. ~Rita Rud­ner This was their first home a tee­ny tiny trail­er. Goes to show you liv­ing on love does not require much. Their first Christ­mas togeth­er as hus­band and wife. ~ West­on, WV Dad and Mom before kids… Now new par­ents, cel­e­brat­ing my first Christ­mas ~ Kit­tery, Maine Dad and Mom dur­ing a week­end in Fred­er­icks­burg, TX Dad and Mom on one of the stops dur­ing their Alaskan Cruise. An anniver­sary is a time to cel­e­brate the joys of today, the mem­o­ries of yes­ter­day, and the hopes of tomor­row. I wish I lived clos­er to help you cel­e­brate. Love...

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Ice Cream & Snow Cone Money Holder

Jun 3, 2011

What a fun way to save all the change us moms find in the wash­er and dry­er when doing the fam­i­ly laun­dry. This lit­tle box can hold the dis­cov­ered nick­els, pen­nies, dimes and occa­sion­al dol­lar bills found for fun sum­mer treats from the Ice Cream Man or in our town the Snow Cone Lady. The pat­terned paper, alphas, paint and ink used to cre­ate this project are from the Cocoa Daisy “Cher­ry Soda” June Main Kit, “Fruit Smooth­ie”, “Choco­late Malt” and “June Coor­di­nat­ing Paint and Ink” Add On Kits. This evening, I’ll be teach­ing my “Quilt­ed Mem­o­ries” class at The Crafty Scrap­per. If you’re signed up for the class please check her web site for the list of sup­plies you need to bring. Those of you that are in town vis­it­ing for GASC should come...

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