Sirens Call

Jul 29, 2011

It’s Cocoa Daisy sneak peek time again and I think you will love the col­ors and tex­tures of the August kit. I cer­tain­ly do. The main kit is called “Sirens Call” and Chris­tine has sev­er­al won­der­ful add-on kits. I picked “Calyp­so” and the “Mist and Ink” Add On kits. Chris­tine cer­tain­ly has an eye for blend­ing pat­terns and col­ors. She has the per­fect bal­ance of neu­trals and brights. I accent­ed the dots on the pat­terned papers above using Dia­mond Stick­les and stitched and stitched and stitched this project like crazy. Aug. 1st I will get to show you all the projects in full. I had fun cre­at­ing these lit­tle wired but­ton flow­ers. I used 24 gauge wire if you want to give them a try. I think they look super cute. I altered the...

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Studio 490 and Maya Road

Jul 28, 2011

I can­not believe these are the only pho­tos I took of Wendy’s incred­i­ble art pieces. I was in the Ranger booth sev­er­al times look­ing at her art as well as in the Stam­pers Anony­mous booth. But as you can see she nev­er ever dis­ap­points. I could look at her art over and over again and still find things I did not notice the first 100 times I looked at them. Not one detail is for­got­ten. I must say the door knob projects above real­ly fas­ci­nate me. They are awe­some! As you can see Wendy has lots of new Art Parts that go with her stamps. I think I’m an Art Parts kin­da girl too. Just look at how cool they are. And her flow­ers below are just amaz­ing. Wendy even tells you what prod­ucts...

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Chicago Tribune and Pink Paislee

Jul 27, 2011

I tell ya we walked all over down­town Chica­go. You would think we spent days down there but nope just one com­plete after­noon. That Ron­da is a fast paced walk­er, no south­ern strolls when she is around. I like how in this pho­to the Chica­go Tri­bune is peek­ing out from the oth­er build­ings. I do believe Chica­go has my favorite down­town. I could spend days there. The tall build­ing on the left makes me think of Bat­man. I have no clue why as I am not a Bat­man fan. But I always think of Gotham City when I see it. As we walked and walked and walked I had to cap­ture this pho­to of the Chica­go Sun Times. I just love all the dif­fer­ent sized build­ings nes­tled all togeth­er. One thing about most of...

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Chicago Water Tower and HandBehg Felts

Jul 26, 2011

While sight-see­ing in Down­town Chica­go Ron­da, Chris­tine and I stum­bled upon the Chica­go Water Tow­er. The Chica­go Water Tow­er was built in 1869 and is the sec­ond old­est water tow­er in the Unit­ed States, after the Louisville Water Tow­er in Louisville, Ken­tucky. The archi­tec­ture on this build­ing is awe­some. While at CHA I came across a felt com­pa­ny called Hand­Be­hg Felts. This com­pa­ny has some of the cutest projects to cre­ate and are so nice. I real­ly enjoyed talk­ing with the own­er and learn­ing about her prod­uct. I will cer­tain­ly be cre­at­ing with some of these prod­ucts for sure. This was their make-n-take box… I made the cutest flower pin and could have stayed there all day mak­ing more. A box filled with adorable felt flow­ers. Adorable felt acorns. As you can see Hand­BE­HG...

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Sight Seeing and Jenni Bowlin

Jul 25, 2011

The day before CHA opened Ron­da, Chris­tine and I walked the Mag­nif­i­cent Mile and came upon a gor­geous church. The First Pres­by­ter­ian Church build­ing was ded­i­cat­ed on May 10, 1914 and every sin­gle square inch of this church is stun­ning. We could have stayed there all day tak­ing pho­tos. The gar­den was so peace­ful with not one bit of col­or but green. Just incred­i­ble. I love that the plaque near the church entrance says, “This church is open dai­ly for rest, prayer and relax­ation.”  Just a lit­tle warn­ing… this blog post is heavy on pho­tos. I was not kid­ding when I said we could have stayed there all day long. So now onto CHA. The day it opened I could not wait to see what my book spon­sors where debut­ing. Well Jen­ni Bowl­in cer­tain­ly...

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Jul 22, 2011

Got­ta say, I am lov­ing the new pack­ag­ing for all the Melt Art prod­ucts by Ranger. It looks so edgy and cool.  While at CHA I stud­ied every square inch of the Ranger booth look­ing at all the incred­i­ble prod­ucts. One of the make n takes taught by Deb­bie Tlach was cre­at­ing this real­ly cute ring you can see on Ranger’s blog… click here for that link and here for the step by step instruc­tions. Great minds do think alike as I too loved Tim’s rose but­ton from his Fan­ci­ful Flower but­ton col­lec­tion and made the very same mold using Ranger’s Mold-n-Pour back in Jan­u­ary. His rose but­ton is the per­fect size for a ring or charm for a neck­lace. I used a sim­ple sil­ver ring base on mine because Ans­ley is a sim­ple kin­da...

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CHA Day 2

Jul 21, 2011

It was anoth­er fun day at CHA. This after­noon I helped Car­o­line teach her 6 Ways To Use Maya Road Work­shop. It was a won­der­ful class and most every­one fin­ished their project. Then I walked the floor with Ron­da look­ing at all the won­der­ful new prod­ucts which will be hit­ting stores soon. Chris­tine on the oth­er hand was stuck in her hotel room sort­ing through all kinds of projects for the Cocoa Daisy Kits. All I can say is they are going to be AWESOME!. Today, I have to share a few pho­tos and tell you about all the fun we had in the Crafters Work­shop booth. After look­ing at all of Julie Balz­er’s new sten­cils Ron­da and I played with Julie and a great group of friends. We all know I’m not a get messy kin­da girl...

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True Love

Jul 20, 2011

This is the last of the cards I cre­at­ed using new Maya Road prod­ucts. They are releas­ing the cutest “Mini Bot­tle Caps” and when I say, “mini” I mean mini they are only .5″. I cre­at­ed the flower by col­or­ing the bot­tle cap using the car­di­nal cop­ic mark­er, one daisy from their “Large Daisy Vin­tage Lace Trim” and their new “Skin­ny Spool”. The “Wavy Lay­er­able Ban­ner” is mist­ed with “Egg­plant Put­ple Maya Mist” and stamped using the alphas from the “Just My Type” stamp set. The love chip­board word is inked using their “Pink 1” Ink Pad”. The“Mini Bot­tle Cap” is half filled with glossy accents and sil­ver Ger­man glass glit­ter then a self adhe­sive pearl was placed in the cen­ter. I accent­ed the pat­terned paper from my Cocoa Daisy “Urban Loft” kit, scal­lop cir­cle cen­ter and chip­board pieces...

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Cute As A Button

Jul 19, 2011

This lit­tle enclo­sure card is cre­at­ed using the new “Cute As A But­ton” stamp set by Maya Road. The altered chipb­pard but­tons are Maya Road as well. I inked them, Stick­led them and cov­ered them with glossy accents. Once the glossy accents was dry I added cream embroi­dery floss to each but­ton and attached them to the card. I’m so look­ing for­ward to 10:00 this morn­ing as it is Day 1 of CHA! CHA is one of my favorite places to be… I love work­ing with Maya Road (Booth #1523), teach­ing make-n-takes and chat­ting with all the friends I have from around the US. And don’t for­get, I will be walk­ing the floor in the after­noon to look at all the man­u­fac­tur­ers new prod­ucts if you are the first per­son to tell me hi, I...

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Anniversary Card

Jul 18, 2011

I cre­atead this card using pat­terned paper from my Cocoa Daisy “Urban Loft” kit and sev­er­al new Maya Road release items. The new “Win­ter’s Ros­es in Hound­stooth Pump­kin” goes per­fect­ly with their new “Satin Pleat Edg­ing in Gold­en Yel­low” and “Ruf­fle Cro­chet Trim — Sin­gle”. I had to put a “Black Wood­en Bin­go Cal­en­dar Piece” inside the rose cen­ter as it fit too well to pass up. I then accent­ed the Win­ter’s Rose with “Vin­tage Pearl and Leaf” Trin­ket Pins. And one can nev­er get tired of accent­ing cards or projects with the “Large Daisy Vin­tage Trim”. I love the soft­ness it adds to my projects. FYI: You can mist this trim with any of the sol­id Maya Road Mists to col­or coor­di­nate it with any of your projects. To make the col­or per­ma­nent just heat set it...

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CHA Summer Schedule

Jul 17, 2011

July 19 —  Maya Road Booth #1523  — 10:30 — 1:00 July 20 — Maya Road Booth #1523  — 10:30 — 11:15 July 20 — Assist Car­o­line dur­ing her “Take A Jour­ney with Maya Road 6 Ways” Work­shop from 12:00 — 2:00 in Room 3 July 21 —  Maya Road Booth #1523  —  9:30 — 12:00 While walk­ing the floors in the after­noon at CHA I’m going to give away one auto­graphed book a day. So if you’re attend­ing the show come up to me and say hi, if you’re the first one to do so you’ll get that days signed copy of my book “Delight In The Details”. As you can see the design team can­vas I cre­at­ed for Maya Road is filled with lots of new release items. Click HERE to see their new...

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Art Parts

Jul 16, 2011

While I was at the Great Amer­i­can Scrap­book­ing Con­ven­tion in Arling­ton, this past June, I got to see my friend Wendy Vec­chi. She sur­prised me and gave me one of her new Art Parts pieces and told me I could cre­ate any­thing I want­ed. I was so excit­ed and had so many ideas run­ning through my head it took me awhile to decide what to do but this is the idea that made it to the can­vas. Car­olyn, at The Crafty Scrap­per and I are work­ing on com­ing up with a date to teach this project at her store. It’s super fun to make. I have a few Maya Road new release items includ­ed in this project too, their “Wood­en Vin­tage Snowflakes” and “Vin­tage Find­ings Rasp­ber­ry Beads”. Today, is all about wash­ing, pack­ing and...

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Jul 15, 2011

Cameos… one can nev­er have too many cameos and now you can stamp them on any­thing you wish. Maya Road has a new set called just that “Cameos”. The stamp set includes three ornate frames, an oval cen­ter stamp, four dif­fer­ent sized  ladies, small accents and words. You get 17 stamps total. I will cer­tain­ly be using this set a lot. I accent­ed the lady’s hair using one of the new “Vin­tage Paper Posies” and three self adhe­sive pearls to cre­ate a tiny chok­er. The pat­terned paper used are scraps from my Cocoa Daisy “Urban Loft” kit. Sun­day, I’m off to Chica­go to meet up with Ron­da and then Chris­tine, Mon­day for CHA. It’s going to be a blast room­ing with them again. The last time I saw them we were room­ing togeth­er in...

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Hi, my love

Jul 14, 2011

Here is anoth­er new stamp set Maya Road is releas­ing at CHA. It’s called “Just My Type.” I love the old type­writer stamp and font which I’m sure comes as no sur­prise to you. The words “my love” are from their new “Tell Your Sto­ry” stamp set. It too has a cute type­writer just not the old Under­wood style. And I can always find a place to put some of their adorable “Large Daisy Vin­tage Lace Trim.” I like to accent the cen­ter with a 5mm self adhe­sive pearl. And here is a lit­tle sneak peek of tomor­rows project. Oh how I love tomor­row’s stamp set....

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Let it Snow by Maya Road

Jul 13, 2011

“Let it Snow” yes I know… in my dreams! But at least I have my dreams because I am dream­ing about being in Alas­ka. I am lov­ing the new “Let it Snow” Clear Stamp Set Maya Road is releas­ing at CHA‑S. The snowflake designs are awe­some and stamp beau­ti­ful­ly. There are 10 Snowflakes in sev­er­al dif­fer­ent sizes per set. I used the 1″ Maya Road Blue Ink Pad to stamp the snowflake designs. This ink col­or is the per­fect blue for any win­ter themed project. And notice I used more of their new “Vin­tage Paper Posies” I am not kid­ding when I say I am so in love with these. Check back tomor­row to see the project below in full. Here is a lit­tle sneak peek as a tease. Sor­ry, could­n’t help...

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Memory Makers Blog Bounce

Jul 12, 2011

It’s time again for anoth­er Mem­o­ry Mak­ers Blog Bounce. The theme this month is “Vaca­tion.” I know I try to keep in touch with friends when I trav­el by send­ing them a lit­tle note or post­card from dif­fer­ent places. What about you? I remem­ber get­ting post­cards from my grand­moth­er and aunt when they trav­eled. It was always so excit­ing to see where they were trav­el­ing to and from. I cre­at­ed this card using a new stamp set by Maya Road called “Love Ban­ner” it includes 3 tri­an­gle, 3 pen­nant shaped ban­ner pieces, an alpha­bet set and 3 addi­tion­al ban­ner embell­ish­ment stamps. You get 30 pieces in all. And look at these… I LOVE their new “Vin­tage Paper Posies”. You can ink, mist, glit­ter and alter these any­way you want. These are cer­tain­ly going to...

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A quick trip…

Jul 11, 2011

Ans­ley and I decid­ed to take a quick trip down to Beau­mont to see my par­ents and aunt since she had sev­er­al days off last week. The plan was to sur­prise my mom and let’s just say, every­one kept the secret but me… even my 8 year old niece kept the secret. I called mom, Wednes­day morn­ing ask­ing what she was doing just like I do every morn­ing… and fold­ed like a cheap tent. I told her well we are all packed and on our way down to see you. I swear noth­ing has changed… I get so excit­ed I just can’t keep it in. So she was still sur­prised just not open the front door and see us sur­prised. So while we were in Beau­mont we drove to Galve­ston Island. On the way...

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Faux Beach Glass

Jul 6, 2011

You all know how I love UTEE, well I fig­ured out how to make embell­ish­ments look like tum­bled pieces of glass found on the beach. I want­ed some­thing that resem­bled a bro­ken piece of glass from a  jar or vase that looked as though it had been tum­bling and tum­bling in the ocean and the rough edges smoothed by the sand… this is what I made. I love it. It looks just like old mason jar glass. I will cer­tain­ly be cre­at­ing more of these with dif­fer­ent images to make into charms. And if you want to pop it up a lit­tle just add some Per­fect Gold ~ Per­fect Pearls and you get a nice embell­ish­ment that reminds me of vin­tage bowls and plat­ters with embossed areas accent­ed with gold. This is so super...

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Another Simple Bracelet

Jul 5, 2011

This cute bracelet is fea­tured on my “Tips, Tech­niques & Tuto­ri­als” online work­shop. It match­es lots of Ans­ley’s sum­mer cloth­ing so she was thrilled to have some­thing new to acces­sorize her out­fits with… this post is short and sweet… I have lots of CHA projects to com­plete. So off to cre­ate. Hugs!  ...

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Us ~ 1972

Jul 4, 2011

Above is the com­plete lay­out using the sil­hou­ette I cre­at­ed of me and my broth­er, Richard. I was around 7 or 8 and Richard was around 5 or 6. Sad­ly, Richard passed away in 2004 from alco­holism at the age of 38. The pho­to below has always been a favorite of mine and even though I can­not see or talk to him now, I know he’s always at my side. July 4th has nev­er been the same since he passed. His 5 niece’s and 1 nephew (poor boy) knew Richard would pur­chase a ton of fire­works for them to shoot off. He would either take all the old­er kids out of the city lim­its to shoot them off or take his chances and shoot them off down the street at mom and dad’s house. Watch­ing Richard...

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Celebrate Cupcake Picks

Jul 3, 2011

Here is a project even the kids could help you cre­ate. Bak­ing, icing and dec­o­rat­ing cup­cakes is always fun no mat­ter the age. I think a few dozen cup­cakes accent­ed with this cup­cake top­per and dis­played on a table would be adorable. You know your guests will love snag­ging these treats. You could even type or print dif­fer­ent words describ­ing your July 4th cel­e­bra­tion. Below is a list of words I com­piled that cer­tain­ly describes this very impor­tant hol­i­day. Britain, Colonies, Jef­fer­son, Dec­la­ra­tion, Inde­pen­dence, Fourth, July, Philadel­phia, Free­dom, Nation, Thir­teen, Han­cock, Con­ti­nen­tal, Con­gress, Red, White, Blue, Stars, Stripes, Anthem, Flag, Lib­er­ty, Bet­sy Ross, Amer­i­ca, Unit­ed, States, Hon­or, Mem­o­ry, Con­sti­tu­tion, Loy­al­ty, Memo­r­i­al, Franklin Sup­plies Need­ed: Pat­terned Paper: Melis­sa Frances (Caleb, Daniel) White Card­stock Col­or­Box Flu­id Chalk Ink (Creamy Brown) Self Adhe­sive Pearls: Melis­sa Frances (White)...

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