Thrift Store Storage Containers…

Aug 31, 2011

It is cer­tain­ly no secret how much I love going to thrift stores and antique shops. I have shared my love of this many a time on my blog. I love the thrill of the hunt and nev­er know­ing what you will find around each cor­ner. I thought it would be nice to show you what I do with some of the finds as they make me very hap­py in my scrap­room. There is just some­thing so calm­ing look­ing at and using items from days gone by. This lit­tle planter was my grand­moth­er’s. I just stuck some bat­ting in the open­ing, cov­ered it with mate­r­i­al I found in the rem­nant sec­tion of my favorite resale shop and now use it as a pin cush­ion. It’s per­fect for my Maya Road pins and sewing nee­dles....

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Always On The Go…

Aug 30, 2011

Since I have been a bit sen­ti­men­tal about how time seems to be fly­ing by so fast with my girls I thought I would share with you a mini album I cre­at­ed of lit­tle Noah when he was just a wee one… I would go over and watch him off and on some days when Car­o­line was bogged down with work. It was always so fun watch­ing him explore his sur­round­ings. I cre­at­ed this mini album doc­u­ment­ing one after­noon with him and as you can see he was “Always On The Go.” This is anoth­er album that is pret­ty easy to recre­ate if you need a fast album to make. The mini album, rubons, rib­bon and chip­board embell­ish­ments are by Maya Road. That pat­terned paper is Pig­gy Tales. Pages 1 & 2 Pages 3...

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Quick and Easy Mini Album

Aug 29, 2011

A lit­tle bird once said…  Here is the mini album I told you I would share, last week. It is one of Ter­ri I did for her, her senior year in High School in 2006. It seems like it was just yes­ter­day, we were tak­ing these pho­tos. Now Ans­ley is a senior. Peo­ple are not kid­ding when they say time flies! It does and FAST. The chip­board and flower embell­ish­ments on the cov­er of the album are by Maya Road that I altered using crack­le paint, glit­ter and Dia­mond Stick­les. I cov­ered the back of each page with a sol­id piece of pat­terned paper, this was Scenic Route… sure do miss them… the front of the remain­ing album pages I cov­ered with pat­terned paper, pat­terned paper strips cut using dec­o­ra­tive scis­sors, a pho­to and jour­nal­ing....

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Rhinestone Wrap Bracelet

Aug 26, 2011

I know I told you yes­ter­day I was going to show you a mini album I cre­at­ed of Ter­ri from sev­er­al years ago but I was so excit­ed about this lit­tle project below I had to show you this today. I will post the mini album, Mon­day… promise! While surf­ing Pin­ter­est I came upon this awe­some pin show­ing all these neat wrapped bracelets. So yes­ter­day, I thought I would give it a try and see what I could come up with… well this is it. This bracelet was so sim­ple to make and hon­est­ly took me about 15 min. from start to fin­ish. I will cer­tain­ly be mak­ing more for sure. They are super fun and I think it will look adorable with a pearl bracelet I got while in Chica­go for CHA‑S. I...

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A Blast from the Past…

Aug 25, 2011

I thought it would be fun to show you some lay­outs I cre­at­ed using Cocoa Daisy kits from around 2007. Now that Ans­ley is a senior this year I find these lay­outs even more spe­cial. She grew up way too fast. In the lay­out above I felt there was too much white space in the back­ground of Ans­ley’s pho­to so I used the end of my paint­brush and some acrylic paints to cre­ate a pol­ka dot back­ground. I like the pop of col­or the pol­ka dots cre­ate and they fill in the white space per­fect­ly. To pop the pho­to a bit more I paint­ed yel­low acrylic paint all around the edge of the pho­to cre­at­ing a bright col­ored bor­der. To fill in the white space on the pho­to above I attached clear but­tons to...

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This waiting is about to kill me…

Aug 24, 2011

I just have to tell you a tee­ny tiny bit about some­thing I’ve been hold­ing in for quite some­time. If I don’t tell you a tee­ny tiny bit I just might explode. I’ve been work­ing on a project with a com­pa­ny and it looks as though a dream of mine is close to being accom­plished. This jour­ney will take me in a fun new direc­tion in the indus­try and one I hope is wel­comed by all with open arms. This com­pa­ny and I have been work­ing to make sure every last detail is refined and they are just as detail ori­ent­ed as I am so we’re a per­fect match. The sec­ond I get to tell you about my new ven­ture you will cer­tain­ly know, as this secret keep­ing is pret­ty hard. Okay so with...

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So THRILLED to be a part of this event…

Aug 23, 2011

Thrilled real­ly does not even begin to explain how excit­ed I am to be a part of this event. It has been so hard keep­ing this a secret.  “A Kiss on the Chic Bel­la­gio Retreat” is going to be awe­some and teach­ing with Lau­ra McCol­lough, Tam­my Tut­terow and Deb­by Schuh is going to be the icing on the cake. Click HERE to read about reg­is­ter­ing for the event and HERE to see the incred­i­ble accom­mo­da­tions. I can­not wait! And as you can see below, the itin­er­ary Lau­ra put togeth­er is packed with loads of fun. I hope to see you there! Itin­er­ary & Dai­ly Schedule:September 15 — 22, 2012 (sched­ule may change) Sat­ur­day, Sep­tem­ber 15: Arrive Milan through­out the day and be trans­ferred to beau­ti­ful Bel­la­gio, Italy. 3:00pm Check-in at the Grand Hotel Vil­la Serbelloni’s Apart­ments or...

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Back to Reality…

Aug 22, 2011

Today, sum­mer is over as Ans­ley start­ed back to school as a senior. My good­ness did these years pass by fast. I still can­not believe this is her last year in high school. I best enjoy her as much as pos­si­ble this year as I know she will be ready to fly the coup soon. Which brings me to ask this ques­tion… What in the world will Alan and I do with just the two of us at home? We have always had a child in the house as I mar­ried Alan when Ter­ri was 2 years old. I’m just going to put all this way deep in the back of my mind for now and share with you some pho­to col­lages from my trip to Buck­han­non, WV. It was an awe­some vis­it with...

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Some Family Fun…

Aug 20, 2011

Hi! Hope every­one had a great week! So hap­py to be back here again to share with you some of the new vin­tage-inspired, Vin­tage Street Mar­ket prod­ucts. This col­lec­tion of fun paper dolls is from our Fam­i­ly Fun line, which includes great paper doll die cuts for embell­ish­ing, and coor­di­nat­ing 12x12 card­stock. One thing I espe­cial­ly love about our own prod­ucts is  how well they coor­di­nate with authen­tic vin­tage items, which leads me to the first project I’d like to share today… Remem­ber these ice cream cups from child­hood? I remem­ber every day at school dur­ing lunch, we would get to choose a fla­vor of ice cream, and would be giv­en one of these cups and a lit­tle wood­en spoon. We were all so eager to eat the ice cream the threat of splin­ters...

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Just a note.

Aug 19, 2011

Hel­lo again! Chris­tine from Cocoa Daisy here to share a cou­ple fun cards I made using this mon­th’s kit “Siren’s Call”. Every month before I put my kit away to start work­ing with the next one I like to make a cou­ple cards with the left­over bits on my desk. This mon­th’s kit had the per­fect bright, pri­ma­ry col­ors to cre­ate a cou­ple cheery cards. For this first card I punched 1″ cir­cles from the Cos­mo Crick­et paper and then ran them through my sewing machine, let­ting the machine run a few stitch­es in between each cir­cle to cre­ate a ban­ner like affect. I laid them out on the card in ran­dom order, plac­ing foam adhe­sive under some to add a lit­tle dimen­sion. I fin­ished off the card with a tag and this cute...

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Reminiscing

Aug 18, 2011

Well Lisa will be back in town soon. I am sure she is not miss­ing the 100+F weath­er we have here in Dal­las. Even though she has been rub­bing in how nice and cool it has been since she was gone, at the end of the day she knows what she is com­ing back too. She is going to be busy this Fall with lots of things going on with Maya Road. Lisa will be teach­ing 6 class­es at Scrapfest in Min­neso­ta in about a month for Archivers.  Lisa is also com­ing along to do make and takes with Maya Road. The Maya Road class­es Lisa designed were very well received and sold out in less than a day.  Here is a peek at the card and mini album class­es she designed: Then two...

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Vintage Girl Birthday Card

Aug 17, 2011

Hi all!  It’s Dar­cy from Pink Per­sim­mon again.  This week my sis­ter, Judi, cre­at­ed this set of cards using our new Hel­lo Vin­tage Girl stamp set and a sneak peek of some ATC pat­terns that we are releas­ing at the end of the month. (wink…you’re the first to see them!) Judi had so much fun mak­ing these envelopes look just like a vin­tage pat­tern.  She even cre­at­ed a tem­plate to share with you today.  Down­load the enve­lope tem­plate at our web­site here.  It is sized to be sim­i­lar to an A2 card, so it fits a stan­dard 4.25“x5.5″ card inside. Our Hel­lo Vin­tage Girl set is real­ly fun to use with paper piec­ing.  Stamp the out­line of the girl on to the enve­lope or tag first, then stamp her onto anoth­er piece of white...

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Vintage Photo Decor

Aug 16, 2011

Hi Every­one! Rebec­ca Cross here from Pink Paislee with a fun and super easy home decor idea for the upcom­ing hal­loween sea­son.  Most of us have vin­tage pho­tos tucked away in a keep­sake box or maybe even in an album but I seri­ous­ly doubt you would want to “embell­ish them” or cut them up in order to use them for dec­o­ra­tion pur­pos­es right?  And that is where the inter­net comes in handy…or maybe even your local flea mar­ket or antique store because it is a lot eas­i­er to have fun with an old time fam­i­ly pho­tos if they don’t belong to any­one in your fam­i­ly! I recent­ly picked up a free stand­ing wrought iron pho­to dis­play hold­er and I have plans to fea­ture vin­tage pho­tos in it to cre­ate a Hal­loween Cen­ter­piece.  I want...

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A Chevron Background

Aug 15, 2011

Hi! It’s Julie Fei-Fan Balz­er and I’m so pleased to be here guest post­ing again on Lisa’s blog! Chevrons are all the rage late­ly, aren’t they?  A quick search on Pin­ter­est comes up with thou­sands of entries: Cloth­ing, home decor, paper crafts…chevrons are every­where!  Feel­ing inspired, I put togeth­er this lay­out: And I loved it so much that I decid­ed I had to do a video tuto­r­i­al on how to cre­ate the chevron back­ground. And since I had the pink-on-pink chevron paper, I decid­ed to make anoth­er lay­out: I see a lot of chevrons in my future.  How about you? —– If you want to find me… Blog: Balz­er Designs Face­book...

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Time passes quickly

Aug 14, 2011

First, I want to thank every­one who has tak­en over my blog post­ing duties while I’ve been gone. It’s been real­ly nice not hav­ing to wor­ry about blog posts all week and I can­not wait to see what you post about this week. The pho­tos below are pho­tos of the old Childers home­stead that was estab­lished in 1900 by my great great grand­fa­ther Enoch Childers. He moved to Buck­han­non, WV with his nine chil­dren Daniel, John, Stephen, James, Robert, Min­nie, Albert, Aman­da and Jesse. Toby Childers had sad­ly passed away from an acci­dent in 1893. His wife Rebec­ca Hin­kle Childers died from con­sump­tion in 1894. The main one room log home was rolled over the hill from across the dirt road not far from it’s loca­tion now, using large logs and hors­es. They added...

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Get “Vintagey” with Vintage Street Market!

Aug 13, 2011

   Hi! I’m Michelle Jack­son, co-own­er of Vin­tage Street Mar­ket. We are so excit­ed this month to have Lisa as the Guest Design­er on our site (www.vintagestreetmarket.com), and are just thrilled that Lisa invit­ed us to par­tic­i­pate on hers!   If you’re famil­iar with us, one thing that makes Vin­tage Street Mar­ket a lit­tle unique, is that we start­ed as an online store, stocked full of authen­tic vin­tage mate­ri­als gath­ered with the paper crafter/altered artist in mind. Since then, we’ve expand­ed to devel­op­ing our own brand­ed prod­uct line, which can be found in stores,  but still keep the online store stocked with fun authen­tic vin­tage for the direct con­sumer. Today, I’m going to step over into the spooky side, and show you a project I’ve cre­at­ed using our “new” Vin­tage Hal­loween Ban­ner Kit and...

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Playing with paper flowers.

Aug 12, 2011

Good morn­ing! My name is Chris­tine Drumheller and I am the own­er of the month­ly kit club, Cocoa Daisy. I was thrilled to be invit­ed to post on Lisa’s blog this week. I am nor­mal­ly a very clean, lin­ear kind of scrap­book­er but this being Lisa’s blog I thought I would stretch out of my com­fort zone and add some extra lay­ers of flow­ers and rib­bon to a lay­out. I used bits and pieces from our July kit “Urban Loft” and its add-ons to cre­ate this lay­out about my Mom and I on Moth­er’s Day. Lay­er­ing with paper flow­ers is a fun and ver­sa­tile way of cre­at­ing some tex­ture on your page. I used the Sas­safras kraft flow­ers and some of their new “foldies” on my lay­out but you can cut flow­ers from pat­terned...

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Back In The Day

Aug 11, 2011

Hi there this is Car­o­line Lau — one of the part­ners at Maya Road. When Lisa asked me to post here on her blog I was first at a loss at what I would post. So I decid­ed that I would talk about how Lisa made it onto the Maya Road team way back in 2006 dur­ing our very first (and only so far) Design Team call. I hon­est­ly had nev­er heard of Lisa or seen her work before. Lisa was new to the world of scrap­book­ing back then. The first time I noticed her work was when I saw this project on Two Peas In A Buck­et: Lisa had done some amaz­ing things with our bot­tle­caps that I had nev­er seen before. I was floored at the exe­cu­tion and details of her work....

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Magnetic Clothespin Note Holders

Aug 10, 2011

Hi, my name is Dar­cy and I am rep­re­sent­ing Pink Per­sim­mon today.  My sis­ter (Judi) and I first got to know Lisa when she used some of our stamps in her first book “Delight in the Details”.  We are hon­ored to be includ­ed as one of her guest blog­gers this week.   One of our tal­ent­ed Cre­ative Team mem­bers, Andrea Bud­jack, made these adorable mag­net­ic clothes­pins and we’d like to share a lit­tle how-to here today. Andrea first cut three cir­cles using her Sizzix Cir­cles die, but you can use any cir­cle punch or cir­cle cut­ter that match­es the stamp sizes.  She then stamped two images from the You’re a Jew­el stamp set and the “a lit­tle note” stamp from Flower Greet­ings. She added a lit­tle dis­tress­ing to the edges with ink and then...

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Modern Vintage Never Looked So Vogue

Aug 9, 2011

Good Morn­ing Blog­gers!  My name is Lynn Gha­hary and I am rep­re­sent­ing Pink Paislee today!  When Lisa asked us to jump in and par­tic­i­pate on her blog this week we were thrilled to say YES! As you know Pink Paislee just released a Vin­tage Sewing / Tex­tile inspired col­lec­tion called Vin­tage Vogue dur­ing the Sum­mer CHA Show in Chica­go and today we want to show you a fun let­ter tray project that fea­tures this col­lec­tion. I snapped these pho­tos of my broth­er and his wife along with my adorable lit­tle niece Gia this past spring.  As soon as I saw the gor­geous Vin­tage Vogue col­lec­tion by Pink Paislee I just knew this col­lec­tion and these pho­tos would be per­fect togeth­er!  I decid­ed to cre­ate an altered pho­to tray and plan on giv­ing it to...

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Getting Glittery with the Herringbone Stencil

Aug 8, 2011

Hi!  My name is Julie Fei-Fan Balz­er and I’m so delight­ed to be guest post­ing here on Lisa’s blog! I have a quick and fun tuto­r­i­al for you on how to make these cool glit­tered cir­cle embell­ish­ments. I’ve used them here on a lay­out: And to make this cute and quick card… …I sim­ply punched the but­ter­flies from some com­plet­ed cir­cles. Lots of dif­fer­ent pos­si­bil­i­ties with this tech­nique!  Check out the video to see the how-to! Thanks for let­ting me share!  I’ll be back with anoth­er post next Mon­day.  In the mean­time, if you want to find me… Blog: Balz­er Designs Face­book Twit­ter See you...

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