At This Moment…

Sep 30, 2011

I am hav­ing a blast with near­ly 80 ladies alter­ing aprons and mak­ing embell­ish­ments at Artis­tic Jour­ney. As you can see, I altered my apron using lots of Maya Road prod­ucts… Maya Mist Hydrangea Blue, Choco­late Organ­za Prim­rose Trim, Ecru and Sin­gle Ruf­fle Cro­chet Trims, Milk and Mocha Tulle Pleat Trims, Red and Gold­en Yel­low Satin Pleat Edg­ing and Antique But­ton Jew­els. As each per­son arrives at the event they are giv­en a plain white apron to alter. Then there are tables set up through­out The Crafty Scrap­per with Maya Mist, Trims, Chip­board and oth­er prod­ucts they can use to alter their apron where ever their artis­tic muse takes them. It’s going to be so fun see­ing how dif­fer­ent every­one’s apron turns out and I will cer­tain­ly be shar­ing pho­tos from this event on...

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Stencil Pop Art

Sep 29, 2011

I final­ly fin­ished my “Pop Art” por­trait ver­sion of Ans­ley. Julie Fei-Fan Balz­er calls this sten­cil Sum­mer and since she did cre­ate the sten­cil she has every right to name it Sum­mer but hon­est­ly, I think she needs to re-name it Ans­ley as it looks so much like her. I plan on doing a mini work­shop in my Tips, Tech­niques and Tuto­ri­als online work­shop explain­ing how I cre­at­ed this “Pop Art” por­trait. Cre­at­ing the dimen­sion in her hair and facial fea­tures as well as pick­ing out funky paint col­ors was real­ly fun. If you’re already reg­is­tered for this work­shop I plan on start­ing the tuto­r­i­al, next week. I think it will be a fun change from the oth­er projects post­ed. You nev­er know you might like paint­ing with bright col­ors as much as I...

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Artistic Journey

Sep 28, 2011

Here is anoth­er lit­tle sneak peek of the project I will be teach­ing at Artis­tic Jour­ney, this week­end. Can you tell I’m get­ting excit­ed for this event? It is a unique heart shaped shad­ow box filled with lots of Maya Road prod­ucts like Mini Chip­board Pieces, Ink, Glit­ter, Trims, Wood­en Embell­ish­ments and cov­ered with the gor­geous Pink Paislee But­ter­fly Gar­den Pat­terned Paper Col­lec­tion. I real­ly love how it turned out and can’t wait to teach all the fun tech­niques. And yes­ter­day, I fin­ished three orna­ments for a Vin­tage Hol­i­day Orna­ment Class. I will be teach­ing this class at The Crafty Scrap­per, Novem­ber 12th. This class will be lim­it­ed to 23 peo­ple so if you want to take the class make sure you sign up as soon as Car­olyn posts it to the Events page...

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Thanks for Pinning…

Sep 27, 2011

I just want to give a heart­felt thank you to those of you who take the time to pin my projects on Pin­ter­est. It always makes me so sur­prised and hap­py when I’m surf­ing Pin­ter­est and come across one of my projects. If you are a fol­low­er you will see that I cre­at­ed a board to say, “Thanks!” As I come across my pinned projects I post them to my “Thanks For Pin­ning My Projects” board. If you are new to Pin­ter­est you can see my most recent pins on the right side col­umn of my blog. I must say it is amaz­ing how fast time flies when I’m surf­ing and pin­ning. I’m try­ing to avoid it this week as I need to fin­ish up some Christ­mas orna­ment projects I’m going to teach at...

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Upcoming Jewelry Class

Sep 26, 2011

I’m so excit­ed to tell you I will be teach­ing a new class at The Crafty Scrap­per, Sat­ur­day, Octo­ber 15th. The time is still to be deter­mined but I will let you know ASAP. This class is all about hand­made jew­el­ry. You will learn how to cre­ate two dif­fer­ent bracelet styles. One is the pop­u­lar wrap bracelet using but­tons and waxed linen and the oth­er is cre­at­ed using Leather Cord and Waxed Linen that is accent­ed with all sorts of inter­est­ing baubles. You will cre­ate two charms, a vin­tage style charm using a wood­en spool that you accent with vin­tage ephemera and an adorable Pom Pom charm topped with a seam bind­ing bow. We will then com­plete the class learn­ing how to make a brooch/headband accent using Zip­per trim. I will bring oth­er bracelets...

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Oh Happy Day…

Sep 23, 2011

Today, is the first day of AUTUMN!!! I sur­vived the SUMMER HEAT WAVE of 2011. Now, I’m off to fin­ish up a Jew­el­ry class I am cre­at­ing to teach at The Crafty Scrap­per Octo­ber 15th… If I don’t get the sam­ple pho­to and info sent to Car­olyn, I’m gonna be in BIG BIG BIG TROUBLE… Hugs!  ...

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Two Awesome Ladies

Sep 22, 2011

I have to tell you about and thank two very awe­some ladies who helped me dur­ing my class­es at ScrapFest. Kathy and Shay Lynn helped set up the class­room for both my Maya Road Mini Album and Card Class. While I was teach­ing each class they helped make sure all the atten­dees had every­thing stamped and mist­ed before class was over. They took pho­tos and most impor­tant­ly kept me on track with the allot­ted 45 minute time frame for each class, believe me they had their hands full. Those of you who have tak­en any of my class­es know we are just get­ting start­ed in 45 min. So as you can see I am not kid­ding when I say, Kathy and Shay Lynn you two were Awe­some, Awe­some, Awe­some… And I Thank You, Thank You, Thank...

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ScrapFest Recap

Sep 21, 2011

Trav­el­ing to dif­fer­ent places to teach is always so much fun but being home and in your own bed is awe­some. Last night, I slept so hard I don’t think I even moved in my sleep. ScrapFest was awe­some, incred­i­ble, amaz­ing and inspir­ing. I would do it all over again tomor­row, if I could. I had a blast teach­ing all 6 of the Maya Road class­es. Every one who came to class was so upbeat and excit­ed. It was so fun get­ting to chat with so many cre­ative peo­ple from all over the coun­try. I real­ly enjoyed being in MN. The peo­ple are so nice and get­ting away from the Texas heat was awe­some. I have so many pho­tos I want to share that I took dur­ing the event so I decid­ed to cre­ate a col­lage....

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Prepping for ScrapFest

Sep 15, 2011

Just a quick post to say, “Hi” and to let you know, I’m lov­ing MN! Here are Ron­da Palaz­zari and Emi­ly Pitts prep­ping make-n-takes in our room. Each day, Maya Road has a dif­fer­ent make-n-take to cre­ate with all their awe­some trims. This is the make-n-take we will be mak­ing tomor­row. It’s a cute lit­tle keep­sake brooch to pin on your lan­yard. Okay, got­ta run. See ya soon!...

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Are you a dreamer…

Sep 14, 2011

I often won­der how many peo­ple dream of things they wish they could do but allow fear to creep inside their heads which then ends up keep­ing them from achiev­ing their dreams. Are you one of these peo­ple? If so, you need to break free of the fear and shoot for the moon. I’m sure most of you have heard or read the quote by Les Brown, “Shoot for the moon, even if you miss it you will land among the stars.” This is so true. I have always been a very goal ori­ent­ed per­son. If I set a goal I will achieve this goal no mat­ter what. Now the “no mat­ter what” does not mean I will push peo­ple to the ground and walk all over them to achieve this goal, it means...

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Vintage Finds for Classes…

Sep 13, 2011

While Alan and I were down sur­pris­ing my nephew this past week­end, I did some junk­ing and antiquing with mom and dad. I found some awe­some items to incor­po­rate in my class­es such as alu­minum jel­lo molds, milk bot­tle caps, sheet music, milk glass, vin­tage trims, lace, doilies and the best find of the day were these adorable vin­tage ceram­ic angels. They were made in Japan and are num­bered. I can­not wait to get home from ScrapFest next week and begin work­ing on some class sam­ples to teach at The Crafty Scrap­per. I was able to pur­chase 24 of these lit­tle cuties in pink and blue so the class will be lim­it­ed. If you are inter­est­ed you best sign up as soon as sign ups are avail­able because there will not be anoth­er class...

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Friday Night Lights

Sep 12, 2011

Thurs­day after­noon, Alan and I head­ed down to Beau­mont to sur­prise my nephew Brit­tain at his Home­com­ing game, Fri­day night. I love try­ing to sur­prise my niece’s and nephew although the old­er they get the hard­er it gets. But I did it this time and it was so fun. See­ing a sur­prised smil­ing face look­ing back at you while you hold a sign say­ing, I♥ #22, is the best feel­ing in the world. Warn­ing: This post is heavy on Fri­day Night Lights pho­tos. Brit­tain was part of the Home­com­ing Court and before the game they per­formed all the Home­com­ing fes­tiv­i­ties. Mom and Bel­lie wait­ing for the game to start. As you can see Bel­lie was ready to see some action. She had not warmed up to me quite yet. But once she did she...

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Doily Flower Brooch

Sep 10, 2011

Here is a brooch I cre­at­ed using a vin­tage doily and some Maya Road Vel­vet Pleat Blos­soms. It looks so cute on my sweater which I plan to wear dur­ing ScrapFest… come on cool weath­er. I’m so look­ing for­ward to teach­ing class­es for Maya Road, help­ing them with make-n-takes and a book sign­ing each day. It’s going to be so fun sur­round­ed by crafty, cre­ative peo­ple. If you want to make this brooch all you need is one small vin­tage doily, 7 Maya Road Vel­vet Pleat Blos­soms, Fab­ri-Tac and a pin back. Then just start attach­ing the Blos­soms using the Fab­ri-Tac. Once the adhe­sive is dry attach a pin back to the back of the doily and that’s it… instant brooch. Yes­ter­day and today I have been out junk­ing and antiquing and the finds...

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Shabby Chic Bangle Bracelet

Sep 8, 2011

Com­bined are two prod­ucts Maya Road released at CHA‑S that I just LOVE. If you like Shab­by Chic and ban­gle bracelets you are going to want to make one of these for your­self. It’s so easy to make. Sup­plies Need­ed: Maya Road Organ­za Tea Gar­den Trim — Rose, Maya Road Vin­tage Find­ings — Pearl Cen­ters, Wood­en Ban­gle Bracelet, Fab­ri-Tac Tools Used: Scis­sors Instruc­tions: Using scis­sors cut sec­tions of the Rose Trim so the ends meet when wrapped around the wood­en ban­gle bracelet. Attach the trim to the bracelet using Fab­ri-Tac. Con­tin­ue to wrap the cut strips around the bracelet mak­ing sure to over­lap the trims just slight­ly so none of the wood shows between the sec­tions. I think I cut 5 strips. Once the bracelet is com­plete­ly cov­ered, using Fab­ri-Tac attach three Pearl Cen­ters...

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Artist Trading Cards

Sep 7, 2011

I think I’m going to have to title this ATC “Con­flict­ed” as this is where I’m sit­ting right now in my cre­ative world. This piece start­ed out with a vin­tage feel as I used the awe­some Doily stamp by Cocoa Daisy then before I knew it some of The Crafter’s Work­shop sten­cils start­ed work­ing their way in and BAM I was con­flict­ed in styles and look­ing at this vin­tage gor­geous­ness meets funky brights ATC. There is a lot of lay­er­ing going on, on this lit­tle ATC. I wish you could see how shim­mery this card is as I used Twin­kling H2O’s and Dia­mond Stick­les all over. The “ME” stamp can be found here in the Cocoa Daisy Bou­tique. Chris­tine sold out of her awe­some Doily stamp but Maya Road has some Doily Stamps  (Doilies,...

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The Internet makes the world seem smaller…

Sep 6, 2011

Sev­er­al months ago I received an email sent to me using the “Send Me A Note” form on my blog. It was from an art stu­dent request­ing infor­ma­tion on Crack­ling Medi­um as he knew I used it often as he found links about me on the inter­net which then brought him to my blog. I replied back with all the answers to his ques­tions and told him all the brands I used and what effects would occur when using them, then we both went on our mer­ry way. All I knew was his name was Abhishek Kumar but had no clue where he was from. I got busy with book dead­lines and did­n’t think much more about it. I was just glad I could answer his ques­tions and help him out. Once the book...

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Happy Labor Day…

Sep 5, 2011

(Dad, Uncle Clay­ton, Aunt Bren­da, Aunt Lin­da, Aunt Wil­da, Mom, Gram­pa Childers and Great Grand­moth­er “Mom­ma” Rand at Gram­my & Gram­pa Spin­ney’s camp in Acton, ME Sum­mer of 1968) Some­times it’s impor­tant to work for that pot of gold.  But oth­er times it’s essen­tial to take time off and to make sure that your most impor­tant deci­sion in the day sim­ply con­sists of choos­ing which col­or to slide down on the rain­bow. ~Dou­glas Pagels, These Are the Gifts I’d Like to Give to...

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Stepping out of your comfort zone…

Sep 2, 2011

How many of you fear step­ping out of your com­fort zone? I know I am rais­ing my hand high in the air on this one. I am so guilty of stick­ing with what I know how to do and not ven­tur­ing out of my com­fort zone. When it comes to cre­at­ing I love play­ing with vin­tage finds and tex­tiles, beau­ti­ful ecru, black and shab­by chic col­ors. I can promise you the first few items I grab for are not sten­cils, mod­el­ing paste or Twin­kling H2O’s… they are more like Dia­mond Stick­les, sewing nee­dles, embroi­dery floss and vin­tage, vin­tage and more vin­tage embell­ish­ments. WELL, let me just tell ya, this week I’ve been dab­bling with a 7″ x 9″ can­vas that is WAY FAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRR out of my com­fort zone we’re talk­ing bright col­ors, sten­cils and...

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Super Cute Idea

Sep 1, 2011

I’m not sure if I should thank Chris­tine Drumheller’s moth­er or not but she now has me on the hunt for vin­tage salt and pep­per shak­ers to make unique dec­o­ra­tive tas­sels. Yes, you read right… tas­sels. Chris­tine did a few blog posts for me while I was gone so I snagged this pho­to show­cas­ing a lay­out she cre­at­ed of her and her Mom. I thought you should see the face of this cre­ative lady. While Chris­tine and I were chat­ting one day at CHA‑S she told me about these unique tas­sels her moth­er used to make from salt and pep­per shak­ers. Well, Chris­tine sent me two and I have just got to share this idea with you. Have I told you how cute of an idea this is… I mean seri­ous­ly how cute is that...

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