New Years Preparations

Dec 29, 2011

Thanks to Pin­ter­est and my mom… it’s pret­ty easy prepar­ing for New Year’s Eve this year. I love sit­ting at home watch­ing the ball drop while all com­fy in my jam­mies, sit­ting on the couch chat­ting with Alan. We are a low key kin­da cou­ple and it fits us per­fect­ly. So here is what we will be hav­ing and I can say with­out one sin­gle doubt, this is the best “Hot Choco­late” I have ever had. I would rather have hot choco­late than cham­pagne at any cel­e­bra­tion. I made this for our Christ­mas get togeth­er and every­one loved it and agreed it was the best they ever had too. Pho­to and Recipe by Mrs. Hap­py Home­mak­er click HERE for the recipe. I’ll be mak­ing my mom’s awe­some beer sausage for us to snack on…...

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Ready for the New Year

Dec 28, 2011

I hope you all had a won­der­ful time with fam­i­ly and friends this hol­i­day sea­son. My mom and dad arrived at our house Christ­mas day and we had a blast. We all laughed, ate too much food, baked way too much and did some shop­ping… can’t real­ly ask for much more than that in 2.5 days. Our tree this year designed by Ans­ley… hope­ful­ly, I will take it down before March, this year.  I have issues with this… Taught Mom and Dad how to cre­ate cute lit­tle felt­ed embell­ish­ments… This quote is so true… “One of the most glo­ri­ous mess­es in the world is the mess cre­at­ed in the liv­ing room on Christ­mas day. Don’t clean it up too quick­ly.” ~Andy Rooney First pho­to of EVERYONE togeth­er at the same time… Christ­mas mir­a­cle for...

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Memories made

Dec 27, 2011

The day I became an aunt was such an amaz­ing day. My sweet niece Aman­da was the first to come along and make me an aunt. She would come and stay with me and Alan for two weeks, each sum­mer. I would sit out­side on the patio and watch her as she poured water from a lit­tle pitch­er to a cup for HOURS straight or watch her play dress up, then as she got old­er show her how to put on make up and sur­prise her at a foot­ball game when she was cheer­ing as well as many oth­er spe­cial moments. Each time we were togeth­er we watched or talked about the movie Cin­derel­la. We’ve watched it so many times I can hon­est­ly say, I lost count. But since it is my favorite movie...

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Merry Christmas

Dec 25, 2011

Wish­ing you and yours a won­der­ful hol­i­day sea­son. Richard and Me Christ­mas Morn­ing ~ 1968 Christ­mas waves a mag­ic wand over this world, and behold, every­thing is soft­er and more beau­ti­ful. ~Nor­man Vin­cent...

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Favorite Toy EVER

Dec 23, 2011

I remem­ber when I was lit­tle being so excit­ed Christ­mas eve, that falling asleep was near impos­si­ble. My broth­er, Richard and I would talk back and forth between our twin beds try­ing to think of what San­ta would bring us. One Christ­mas when I was 5 years old I got a Sketchy Doll… she is the most amaz­ing doll ever as far as I’m con­cerned. Well, through the years she got mis­placed but I nev­er for­got about her. Now fast for­ward to 2008… my Dad decid­ed to do a lit­tle search­ing around, found her on eBay and pur­chased her for me. Talk about a won­der­ful sur­prise. Now she sits proud­ly on the top of my book­shelf in my scrap­room where I see her every sin­gle day. Richard and me Christ­mas Eve 1970 Richard (love...

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Not a creature is safe in our house

Dec 22, 2011

I thought I would share with you some pho­tos of  the sweet dogs we have had through the years. I vol­un­teered for a gold­en retriev­er res­cue orga­ni­za­tion for sev­er­al years and if there was an old gold­en need­ing a home Alan and I were the ones that took them in. We had such a soft spot for a needy, home­less, white faced old gold­en. Since most of the oldies came into res­cue with seri­ous health issues we only had them for 6 months to two years. But before they passed away they were spoiled like crazy and loved tremen­dous­ly. I admit I have slight­ly tor­tured these sweet pups with a sea­son­al head­band or two but I did reward them great­ly with loads of treats. So to them it was worth it because hot dog...

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Snow for Christmas

Dec 21, 2011

I LOVE snow and hope we get some this win­ter… so far all we’ve had is rain… which we need ter­ri­bly BUT snow sure would be awe­some. We have a chance for flur­ries Fri­day and Sat­ur­day but most like­ly it will be short lived and turn to rain. We will see and you can bet I will be watch­ing the fore­cast like a lit­tle kid. I have a true love for any­thing with snowflakes so when Maya Road came out with their adorable “Let It Snow” stamp set, I was thrilled. And their Blue 1″ Ink Pad is a gor­geous win­ter blue ink, so keep this in mind for any of your win­ter projects. If you would like to recre­ate this card cut a piece of white card­stock to 8″ x 11″ then fold...

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Keeping it simple

Dec 20, 2011

Yes­ter­day, I received a gift from a friend that had the cutest stamped tag attached. Her tag was so adorable, sim­ple and sweet that I just have to share it. I tend to get lost in the details when I’m cre­at­ing and then end up stress­ing myself out think­ing if I have to make 10 or 15 of these all sewn, glit­tered, altered, etc I will snap. Well, I’m going to do my best to try and keep some things sim­ple, espe­cial­ly things dur­ing the hol­i­days… because sim­ple is adorable and sweet and appre­ci­at­ed and cher­ished immense­ly. Thank you sweet friend. And here is a San­ta sto­ry for you… it makes me gig­gle and wish I could have seen this lit­tle boy’s face… noth­ing like being bust­ed face to face by all peo­ple… San­ta!...

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Growing up with Santa

Dec 19, 2011

No mat­ter how old San­ta’s grand­kids are they’re nev­er too old to have a pho­to tak­en with San­ta. This year, Laren (SIL) and Ter­ri my old­est daugh­ter went to Beau­mont for Thanks­giv­ing. This meant they were able to get their pho­to tak­en with San­ta. It’s been sev­er­al years since they’ve been able to make it down for the hol­i­days and Mr. and Mrs. Claus were very hap­py to see them. This pho­to is of San­ta and my sis­ter Belin­da’s kids… from left to right is my adorable nephew Brit­tain (poor boy he is the ONLY boy out of 6 grand­kids), Isabel­la, Paw Paw San­ta, Made­lyn hold­ing Grand-Dog Zeus and niece Aman­da. Believe it or not this pho­to was the first one they took! Talk about a Christ­mas mir­a­cle. Even Zeusy was good and looked...

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Stamped Muslin

Dec 16, 2011

Here is a won­der­ful way to cre­ate cus­tom rib­bon for any project or gift. All you need to do is tear strips of nat­ur­al or bleached muslin about 1″ wide and as long as you desire. Then place the Laven­der Salts stamp from my Anti­quat­ed  Col­lec­tion ~ Per­fumery Stamp Set ~ Pink Per­sim­mon onto an acrylic block, ink the stamp with Cof­fee Archival Ink and stamp all along the length of the torn muslin strip. I alter­nat­ed the top, mid­dle and bot­tom areas of the stamp to cre­ate a col­lage look. Super sim­ple and so pret­ty. This would look gor­geous tied around a gift wrapped in butch­er block paper and accent­ed with a sprig of pine, hol­ly or mistle­toe. May Flaum post­ed a tuto­r­i­al on her blog “Con­fes­sions of  a Choco­holic” show­ing you how...

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UTEE Love

Dec 15, 2011

One thing I love to do is look in the $1 sec­tion at Tar­get, in Thrift Stores or in the clear­ance aisle for sil­i­cone bak­ing molds. I like to use them to cre­ate hol­i­day and sea­son­al Ultra Thick Emboss­ing Enam­el (UTEE) embell­ish­ments and small projects. Well, the oth­er day I scored big time in the $1 sec­tion at Tar­get. They had these super cute cup­cake (Christ­mas Tree, Snowflake and Gin­ger­bread Man) sil­i­cone molds. I grabbed them like they were gold and could not wait to get home and start play­ing. To make these soon to be orna­ments all you need to do is melt clear UTEE as instruct­ed on the UTEE Melt­ing Pot. Make sure you have the Melt­ing Pot on a Non-Stick Craft Sheet and remem­ber UTEE and the Melt­ing Pot are HOT...

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Miniature Charms

Dec 14, 2011

I’ve been hav­ing fun cre­at­ing these minia­ture charms in between work­ing on CHA projects and oth­er design com­mit­ments. Yes, it’s that time of year again… CHA‑W is just a lit­tle over a month away. I will be work­ing in the Maya Road booth again with some won­der­ful make n takes lined up and have two book sign­ings for my new book “Delight In The Sea­sons”.… I can­not wait for this book to debut. I’m so proud of it! Ok on to the charms… the base mea­sure 3/4 inch­es square and are actu­al­ly vin­tage bin­go pieces. I attached heavy white card­stock on the top of each bin­go piece then using Cof­fee Archival Ink and sev­er­al dif­fer­ent Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion stamps I stamped parts of the images from the Per­fumery (crown), Pock­et Watch and Robe Pat­tern (Fine...

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The Crafter’s Workshop/Balzer Designs Blog Hop

Dec 13, 2011

YAY it’s time for a Crafter’s Workshop/Balzer Designs Blog Hop. I was thrilled when Julie asked if I would be inter­est­ed in par­tic­i­pat­ing. I could not type YES back fast enough. While at CHA this past sum­mer, Julie drug me to the dark side with her messy art. I must say get­ting messy with her sten­cils is fun. Today’s blog hop fea­tures the Cir­cle In Square sten­cil. I decid­ed to cre­ate a cup insu­la­tor with this sten­cil design and it was so fun! I used Maya Mist in Green Apple and Espres­so to spray over the sten­cil that I placed on top of muslin. I dried the mist with a heat gun then went over the muslin with a hot iron to heat set the Mists. Using a cup insu­la­tor from Star­bucks as a...

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Always adding more…

Dec 9, 2011

So the more I looked at the domi­no art piece I post­ed yes­ter­day, the more I felt it need­ed more… it just lacked that lit­tle some­thing extra. So back into the scrap­room it went as I had ideas in my head and well, once and idea enters my head I can’t do any­thing else until I give it a go. So here is what the fin­ished piece looked like, yes­ter­day. And here is what it looks like now. Since I could not apply alco­hol ink to the face to dark­en the com­plex­ion, with­out wor­ry­ing that the alco­hol ink would ruin the stamped image, I decid­ed to stamp the image onto the blank mar­gin of a vin­tage book page then care­ful­ly and  ever so pre­cise­ly cut out the face. I then placed the cut out image...

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Domino Art

Dec 8, 2011

Each time I use a domi­no it brings me back to how I acquired them… One day as I was tak­ing Ans­ley some­place after school when she was around 13 or 14 years old, as we were about to leave the neigh­bor­hood I noticed domi­noes scat­tered all over the street. Well, I’m sure you can see where this is going… I imme­di­ate­ly stopped the car (thank­ful­ly, we live in a qui­et neigh­bor­hood) and had her jump out to pick up as many as she could out of the road. I just could not stand the thought of these get­ting ruined by cars dri­ving over them again and again. Well, Ans­ley was able to pick up all of them and not one car passed down the street. She on the oth­er hand was hor­ri­fied that I would...

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Seasons Greetings

Dec 7, 2011

I thought I would give you a heads up and let you know, you might want to head over to Pink Per­sim­mon and sign up for their newslet­ter… a lit­tle birdie told me there is going to be some things includ­ed in this months newslet­ter you just might enjoy. One of them has some­thing to do with the image above. And please join me on the Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion by Lisa M. Pace Face­book Page. There you can stay up to date on all the hap­pen­ings of my new stamp line, get inspired with all the inspi­ra­tion from the Design Team as well as par­tic­i­pate in fun give­aways and RAKS. See you there. I’m off to cre­ate....

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Christmas Baking

Dec 6, 2011

One of the things Ans­ley always looks for­ward to every hol­i­day sea­son is bak­ing Christ­mas cook­ies… wait, let me rephrase this… me bak­ing Christ­mas cook­ies. Each year, it is not Christ­mas to her unless I bake her all her favorites… Choco­late Chewies, Lemon Cook­ies, Pecan Sandies and Red Vel­vet cook­ies with a Her­shey Kiss in the mid­dle. The girl keeps me busy dur­ing the hol­i­days for sure. But I love it and it makes me hap­py that she loves them so much. So Ans­ley and her cook­ies were the inspi­ra­tion behind this card. I thought the Maya Road Heart Tart Tin Bot­tle­cap was per­fect to start with, then using Jet Black Archival Ink, I stamped the Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion Miss­es’ Aprons onto grungepa­per three times so I could cut out the apron from one and...

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Simple Stories and Maya Road

Dec 5, 2011

I hope you are ready for a fun blog hop this week. Sim­ple Sto­ries and Maya Road will be fea­tur­ing lots of awe­some projects for the hol­i­day sea­son all week using the Sim­ple Sto­ries 25 Days of Christ­mas line and loads of Maya Road prod­ucts. Last night, I cre­at­ed a card that reminds me of a hol­i­day scene from the ear­ly 1900’s. A lady and gen­tle­man stand­ing in front of their Christ­mas tree look­ing out the win­dow as peo­ple pass by their home all dec­o­rat­ed for the sea­son or maybe watch­ing snowflakes as they gen­tly fall to the ground. Either way it is a mag­i­cal evening for them both. The win­dow is attached to the front of the card using foam squares to give it a bit of dimen­sion. I attached the minia­ture hol­ly...

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Such a DELIGHTFUL Day

Dec 2, 2011

Yes­ter­day, was such a DELIGHTFUL day. The advance copy of my lat­est book Delight In The Sea­sons arrived… yes, I sat and looked at every sin­gle page feel­ing so accom­plished. I allowed myself to soak up the excite­ment and joy of see­ing all my hard work final­ly in print. I don’t do this near­ly as much as I should. I’m always ok, fin­ished that now move on to the next idea/project… And once again, F+W Media, Inc. did an incred­i­ble job turn­ing my vision into real­i­ty. Their entire team is amaz­ing. They help to cre­ate some of the most gor­geous books on the mar­ket. If you are won­der­ing a bit about this book here is how they describe it on the back cov­er… Make Each Sea­son Delight­ful! Lisa Pace is at it again, this...

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Gentlemen’s Ornament or Gift Tag

Dec 1, 2011

I love the detail you get from the Gen­tle­men’s Puff stamp in the Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion ~ Fine and Dandy Stamp Set. Each fine line in the Puff can be seen and it makes me so hap­py. This project can be used as an orna­ment for your tree to rep­re­sent the men in the fam­i­ly or attached to a gift and used as a gift tag. The back is cov­ered with the blank mar­gin from a piece of vin­tage book page. I used two Maya Road Rec­tan­gle Foun­da­tion chip­board pieces as the base for this project. One com­plete rec­tan­gle front was cov­ered with vin­tage sheet music. Then just the out­er piece of the sec­ond rec­tan­gle was stamped using the fir tree stamp from Lit­tle Red Wag­on by Pink Per­sim­mon. I used Jet Black Archival Ink...

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