CHA~W Day 2

Jan 30, 2012

It was CRAZY at the Maya Road make n take table today… crazy, crazy, crazy. But I love recon­nect­ing with peo­ple from all over the world each year. This is cer­tain­ly a won­der­ful bonus by being in this indus­try. And since I’ve done make n takes for Maya Road since 2007 (can­not BELIEVE it has been this long) I’ve been able to keep in touch with so many awe­some peo­ple. Tomor­row is going to be a super busy day. I have two book sign­ings, a demo and more awe­some Maya Road make n takes. Book Sign­ings ~ Tues­day, Jan­u­ary 31st 11:00 R&M West Coast Enter­pris­es Inc. Booth #1329 2:00 F + W Media Inc. Booth #868 I will be demo­ing a tech­nique fea­tured in my book Delight In The Sea­sons right before this book...

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Ranger’s Designer Challenge

Jan 29, 2012

I was so excit­ed to be asked to par­tic­i­pate in their Design­er Chal­lenge. They sent each design­er a blank paper mache dress form to alter any way we want­ed. All they asked was that we stayed true to our style and used any or all three of these items Stick­les, Liq­uid Pearls and/or Crack­le Accents.  Here is what I cre­at­ed… There are 18 dif­fer­ent Ranger prod­ucts on this piece. Adiron­dack Lights Acrylic Paint Dab­ber ~ Juniper Jen­ni Bowl­in No. 10 Malt­ed Milk Tim Holtz Dis­tress Stain ~ Mus­tard Seed Dis­tress Crack­le Paint ~ Clear Rock Can­dy Inkssen­tials Crack­le Accents Clau­dine Hell­muth Stu­dio Mul­ti-Medi­um Mat­te Clau­dine Hell­muth Stu­dio Ges­so Tim Holtz Adiron­dack Alco­hol Ink ~ Lat­te & Gin­ger Archival Ink ~ Cof­fee Per­fect Pearls Mists ~ Bis­cot­ti Liq­uid Pearls ~ Cop­per Pearl & Gold Pearl...

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Day 1 of Set Up

Jan 28, 2012

Today, we will have the Maya Road booth com­plet­ed and all ready for Open­ing Day. With all the team work that was going on the booth is now 80% com­plete. I think this is a record for day one of set up. It all went far too smooth­ly if you ask me… kin­da makes me ner­vous. We start­ed unpack­ing some of the design team projects and oh my good­ness are you all going to LOVE their projects. I do believe the design team out did them­selves this show. AMAZING stuff was cre­at­ed for the show. I thought I would share some behind the scene (hope you don’t mind me using that say­ing Mario) type pho­tos so you can kin­da see what it is like prepar­ing for the show. Set up days are not glam­orous one tee­ny...

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Olivia Dylan Pace

Jan 27, 2012

I’m so hap­py to share the newest addi­tion to the Pace fam­i­ly. My niece, Olivia Dylan Pace was born Jan­u­ary 25th. She weighed in at 7 lbs. 2 oz. and is doing great. Olivia is the first child born to my broth­er-in-law Dou­glas and his wife Karen. They live out of state so it is pure tor­ture not being able to snug­gle on her. Noth­ing sweet­er than a new born baby. First Fam­i­ly Pho­to Jan­u­ary 25, 2012 Olivia Dylan Pace Olivia and her dad­dy. As you can see by his expres­sion… Olivia already has her dad­dy wrapped around her fin­ger. This pho­to of Karen and Olivia looks like the Nor­man Rock­well of all mom­my and baby pho­tos, there is such sweet hon­est emo­tion between a mom and her new­born baby. You can see the...

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On My Way to CHA

Jan 26, 2012

But first one last sneak peek before I go… This is a cuff I cre­at­ed using the new Maya Road Cream Soft Vin­tage Scal­lop Trim, their Small Organ­za Grey Ros­es Rib­bon, the new Antique Pearl Cen­ter Flow­ers and one of their Cream Win­ter’s Ros­es accent­ed with an Antique Jew­el But­ton cen­ter. Now back to last minute pack­ing, check­ing, dou­ble check­ing and triple check­ing my list of things to bring. I love the hus­tle and bus­tle of CHA. And I’m so for­tu­nate to get to work with a great group of peo­ple at Maya Road. It’s hard to believe I’ve been with them since 2007. Seems just like yes­ter­day that I tried out for the design team. Lots of great things have hap­pened since I became a Road­ie. So come see us in booth #1793 as...

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Celebrating 45 Years…

Jan 25, 2012

Fiskars is cel­e­brat­ing 45 years of mak­ing their awe­some Orange Han­dled Scis­sors. I can­not remem­ber our house not hav­ing a pair of Fiskars scis­sors in it while grow­ing up. And I can hon­est­ly say they are still my all time favorite scis­sors. I cre­ate with sev­er­al dif­fer­ent styles Orig­i­nal Orange Han­dled 8″, Micro Tip Com­fort Grip #5, Micro Tip #5 and Non-Stick Fash­ion Detail #5 but the pair I seem to wear out the most are the Micro Tip #5 pair. I use these every sin­gle day as they fit per­fect­ly in my hand and cut so pre­cise­ly. To help Fiskars cel­e­brate the 45th anniver­sary of their icon­ic Orange-Han­dled Scis­sors, check out their page on face­book . This cel­e­bra­tion is going to be a fun-filled 45-day count­down lead­ing up to the first day of...

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Maya Road Sneak Peek 5

Jan 24, 2012

My Love, Dream, Cre­ate, Soar ban­ner is cre­at­ed using the new Maya Road Flag Ban­ner. This ban­ner comes with two binder rings, four scal­lop pages, four plain pages and mea­sures 4.9″ x 6.2″. It’s the per­fect size for alter­ing. The top of each ban­ner page is accent­ed using the new Vin­tage Rhine­stone Iri­des­cent Dia­mond and Amber Trim. This Trim is amaz­ing!!! It looks just like vin­tage rhine­stone trim I would find in antique stores. Each plain page on this ban­ners is stamped using the new Ornate Frames Clear Stamp Set. I was so hap­py to dis­cov­er that the Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion ladies and gents fit per­fect­ly to scale in each frame. The look just like framed vin­tage por­traits. Love, Dream, Cre­ate, Soar are stamps from the Art Jour­nal­ing Words Stamp Set. Each word is stamped onto...

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Maya Road Sneak Peek 4

Jan 23, 2012

This Sam­pler Piece is one of my favorite projects I cre­at­ed for CHA. It show­cas­es all kinds of Maya Road embell­ish­ments as well as stamps from all the Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion stamp sets. The base of the can­vas is cov­ered with linen and all the altered square and rec­tan­gle chip­board pieces are from the Maya Road Foun­da­tions Chip­board Set. I cov­ered them with vin­tage ledger paper and vin­tage sheet music. Then stamped all the images using Jet Black Archival Ink. So on to the Maya Road win­ter release items… the top mid­dle rec­tan­gle has their new Vin­tage Met­al Trin­ket Dress Form Hang­ers. The sec­ond row first square show­cas­es their new Wood Mini But­ter­flies and the sec­ond row third square show­cas­es their new Can­vas Ship­ping Tags. In the upper left cor­ner you can see a new...

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Maya Road Sneak Peek 3

Jan 22, 2012

I’m real­ly lik­ing all the wood items Maya Road is releas­ing at CHA. You can alter these in so many dif­fer­ent ways. I applied watered down Espres­so Brown Maya Mist on the Wood­en Doily then once dry light­ly rubbed a Maya Road Gold Ink Pad around the edges. This gave the doily a nice aged look. Next, I paint­ed the entire top side of the Wood­en Bird with a thin lay­er of acrylic paint, while the paint was still wet I sprin­kled a light coat­ing of Maya Road Iri­des­cent Glit­ter on top. Once the paint was dry I cov­ered the top of the bird with two lay­ers of Dia­mond Glaze, mak­ing sure it dried com­plete­ly in between each lay­er. The top of the bird is accent­ed with vin­tage but­tons, a piece of Vin­tage Rhine­stone...

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Maya Road Sneak Peek 2

Jan 21, 2012

This 3″ x 3″ mini can­vas that I like to call a “This & That”, “Odds & Ends” or “Junk Style” Mini Can­vas uses up all the extra embell­ish­ments we have left over in our stash tak­ing up valu­able space.  This can­vas is ALL Maya Road with the excep­tion of one vin­tage but­ton and the stamped word and pat­tern on the Kraft Flag and chip­board spool. These are from my Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion stamp sets. Now let me see if I can find all the new Maya Road win­ter release prod­ucts… this might be a chal­lenge for me and I made the project. Okay from top to bot­tom. Clemen­tine Orange Twine Cord­ing (over 100 yards per roll) Toma­to Red Twine Cord­ing (over 100 yards per roll) Vin­tage Kraft Flag Pins (2 Styles 20 pieces +...

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Maya Road Sneak Peeks Day 1

Jan 20, 2012

Final­ly the day is here… Maya Road Sneak Peeks have begun. I tell ya I don’t think I could have wait­ed anoth­er day. I’ve been so inspired with this win­ter release and want to share, share, share. I know I say this every time but I hon­est­ly do believe it… this is their BEST RELEASE ever! So many awe­some new items. Okay, on to today’s project. One of my favorite new items are the Wood Vin­tage Birds. Each pack­age con­tains 5 styles & 10 birds that are just wait­ing for you to alter. They range in mea­sure­ments from 1.5″ to 3″ and are per­fect to paint, ink, glit­ter etc. I had fun paint­ing, ink­ing, crack­ling and glit­ter­ing the fat chub­by bird. He looks like a win­ter bird sit­ting in the snow all fluffed up...

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Last Sneak Peek of the Sneak Peeks

Jan 19, 2012

As you can see by the sneak peek of this sneak peek I was not kid­ding when I said I was lov­ing Dis­tress Crack­le Clear Rock Can­dy Paint. I love the look on top of the ad from the Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion Per­fumery stamp set. And just look at the detail of the per­fume bot­tle and crown, it’s spec­tac­u­lar. Judi at Pink Per­sim­mon did an amaz­ing job clean­ing up all the images. I col­ored the per­fume bot­tle using Dis­tress Ink Worn Lip­stick. All I did was wet a paint­brush with water then applied a small amount of worn lip­stick ink on to the paint­brush and used the ink as a water­col­or. How sim­ple and it’s the per­fect vin­tage shade of pink. Just make sure you use Archival Ink when you stamp your image. This ink...

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Old Fashioned Sampler

Jan 18, 2012

One item I always have to stop and admire when stum­bled upon in antique stores and flea mar­kets are vin­tage sam­plers. Each stitch is so lov­ing­ly placed and framed for all to see. I find them to be such an inspir­ing piece of art. These such items were the inspi­ra­tion for the project I’m show­ing sneak peeks of today. Once the offi­cial Maya Road sneak peeks begin (I’ve heard Thurs­day is the day… fin­gers crossed) I’ll show the entire piece. Car­o­line is tor­tur­ing us with this wait but it will be worth it… promise. The design team has cre­at­ed some amaz­ing projects. This Square Chip­board Foun­da­tions piece is cov­ered with vin­tage ledger paper and stamped with the Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion Per­fumery stamps. I accent­ed the square using Maya Road skin­ny spools and white pearl flower...

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The Anatomy of a Design Team Canvas

Jan 17, 2012

This is the design team can­vas I cre­at­ed for the Maya Road booth 1793 at CHA‑W. I thought it would be fun to share with you my thought process and why I used some of the items. The way this works is Car­o­line sends each design team mem­ber a blank can­vas to alter any way we want. The only cri­te­ria is it must include Maya Road prod­uct, our pho­to and be a reflec­tion of us. Super fun is all I can say. The first thing I did was cov­er the can­vas with vin­tage sheet music then aged it a bit more using ink and paint. I want­ed a bit of whim­sy so I paint­ed the scal­lops all around the inside edges. Since you all know I LOVE glit­ter I had to add a lit­tle...

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Dress Forms, Angel Wings and Glitter

Jan 16, 2012

This project includes prod­ucts I’m real­ly lov­ing right now, so I thought I would share them with you… Maya Road Mini Chip­board Set “Sew Cute” Dress Forms Maya Road Mini Chip­board Set “Wings & Hearts” Wings Maya Road Mini Chip­board Set “Crowns” Maya Road Glit­ter Iri­des­cent, Regal Gold & Licorice Black Maya Road Vin­tage Lace Trim Mums — Sil­ver Maya Road Tulle Pleat Trim Mocha Ranger Ink Crack­le Accent Clau­dine Hell­muth Stu­dio Mul­ti Medi­um Mat­te Tim Holtz Dis­tress Crack­le Paint Clear Rock Can­dy Jen­ni Bowl­in for Ranger Acrylic Paint Dab­bers Malt­ed Milk & Foun­tain Pen I’m also hav­ing fun with the tiny word­ing strips you see on the dress forms. They are from my Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion stamp sets Soci­ety Lady & Styl­ish and Fash­ion­able. The “Fig­ure No. 296K.” and oth­er like word­ing are just...

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Discount Code and More Felting

Jan 13, 2012

First I need to tell you about this awe­some deal on my book Delight In The Sea­sons. Click HERE to make a pur­chase and if you see addi­tion­al paper­craft­ing books you would like to pur­chase use this Code MMS0112 to save an extra %15 on those books. Okay, now for today’s cute project. I’m just about fin­ished with this lit­tle bird can­vas I’ve been work­ing on for anoth­er sweet friend I roomed with while in Mykonos. We still keep in touch and I’ll see her at CHA. Can’t wait! This can­vas is a mini as it only mea­sures 2.5″ x 3″. I paint­ed the edges of the can­vas black then once dry ran­dom­ly paint­ed scal­lops on top of the black and accent­ed the cen­ter of each scal­lop with a black pol­ka dot. I attached vin­tage...

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Arty Friends are FUN!!!

Jan 12, 2012

I was chat­ting with my friend Wendy Vec­chi the oth­er day and while we were talk­ing away she shared a super cool tech­nique she dis­cov­ered while cre­at­ing with her Clear­ly For Art Black­out Mod­el­ing Film. Wait until you see what she altered using her tech­nique at CHA. STUNNING, is all I can say. My jaw dropped when I saw it. Tru­ly AMAZING!!! So fast for­ward a few days and while I was work­ing on this project, last night I want­ed to put this escutcheon piece on it but felt it looked too new. So thanks to Wendy, I decid­ed to try out the tech­nique she shared with me and I love the out­come. It looks just how I had it visu­al­ized in my head. THANK YOU, WENDY! Wait until you see this fin­ished project…...

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The Art of Felting

Jan 11, 2012

I’ve been play­ing around with sev­er­al new medi­ums late­ly and felt­ing has been the lat­est one. It has always intrigued me and I find tak­ing wool rov­ing and shap­ing it into some­thing is quite relax­ing, that is unless your my dad. Then, well… it’s not so relax­ing. I taught him and mom how to do it dur­ing their Christ­mas vis­it and he was not too impressed. He’s decid­ed to stick to wood­carv­ing. But I do have a star and a bird that they both com­plet­ed that I’ll show you tomor­row. They did a great job. I decid­ed to take this felt­ed heart and cov­er it with small scraps of stamped muslin, linen and burlap then accent them with vin­tage but­tons, pearls and charms. I attached two jump rings at the top of the heart...

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Art Requires Courage

Jan 10, 2012

As I was look­ing for a quote for this piece (yes I know sneak peeks… sor­ry), I came across the quote “All art requires courage” by Anne Tuck­er. I felt it was the per­fect quote as it is so true. Art does require courage. When cre­at­ing I start out with not a clue of what I will cre­ate… I have the base for my cre­ation but that is all, I just start gath­er­ing items from bags, draw­ers, box­es, stor­age bins etc. I pret­ty much cre­ate the same way I hunt for trea­sures in thrift stores, flea mar­kets and antique shops. I just dig and dig until I have a com­bi­na­tion of unique items that com­pli­ment one anoth­er then start putting them all togeth­er. Once fin­ished is when the real courage comes for me… post­ing it...

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Year in Review ~ Goals

Jan 9, 2012

I’m very goal ori­ent­ed and love cre­ative chal­lenges, so in 2011 I set two goals fin­ish my sec­ond book with­out a hitch and find some­one that believed in me enough to launch a very vin­tage stamp line. With a lot of hard work and faith by the end of the 2011 I was able to check these two goals off my list. It is such a nice feel­ing to set goals and see them obtained. 1. In ear­ly May, I com­plet­ed my sec­ond tech­nique based book ~ “Delight in The Sea­sons” this book will give you ideas to cre­ate a year of mem­o­rable hol­i­days & cel­e­bra­tions and is filled with loads of inspi­ra­tion. If you would like to see inside my new book please click HERE. Then scroll down to the “Select­ed Pages” and...

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Year in Review ~ Perfect Pearls

Jan 6, 2012

In Jan­u­ary Ranger asked me to par­tic­i­pate in their Design­er Chal­lenge. They sent the frame and you had to alter it using the prod­ucts they sent. Well the prod­uct was Per­fect Pearls and Per­fect Pearl Mist. I was a bit scared as I had not real­ly played with Per­fect Pearls before. I’d seen them demoed but that was it. So me being me I just jumped in and start­ed going to town. They are real­ly fun to use. My favorite way is to mix the Per­fect Pearl Pow­ders with the coor­di­nat­ing Per­fect Pearl Mists. 2011 Design­er Chal­lenge for Ranger Ink Altered Can­vas Ros­es accent­ed with Per­fect Pearl Pow­ders, Per­fect Pearl Mists and Stick­les. After I cre­at­ed each flower I then mixed togeth­er the PP Pow­der and Mists and paint­ed the mix­ture onto the book page...

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