A Wilton Grad Confession

Feb 29, 2012

Hi, my name is Lisa and I’m a Wilton cake dec­o­rat­ing grad­u­ate. I’ve dec­o­rat­ed cakes and cup­cakes for years but I do have a lit­tle secret that I must share/confess. If you are in a crunch for time this cake is awe­some, easy and keeps your kitchen spot­less (well as spot­less as it was before you start­ed, this cake is amaz­ing but not a mir­a­cle work­er) there is no mess to clean up what so ever. So what’s the secret you ask… well, I’m super lucky that Tom Thumb (local gro­cery store) is just around the cor­ner from our house. Their bak­ery makes an incred­i­ble fudge iced choco­late 8 in. round dou­ble lay­ered cake. It’s only $7.99 if you use your rewards card or $11.99 if you don’t. Ans­ley loves it and we have been...

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She is 18

Feb 28, 2012

Ans­ley   “Wish­ing YOU every­thing HAPPY for YOUR birth­day”. I love you,...

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What a wonderful weekend…

Feb 27, 2012

Fri­day night was so much fun. I still can­not believe I was sit­ting at the table sign­ing two books I cre­at­ed and wrote. Crazy I tell ya. Just goes to show , if you just keep work­ing and mov­ing for­ward, as the days add up it is amaz­ing where you will end. Car­olyn’s store, The Crafty Scrap­per is such a hap­py place. Her employ­ees are all so won­der­ful, her end­less sup­ply of amaz­ing prod­uct is mind blow­ing and well Car­olyn is pret­ty won­der­ful her­self. Her son Den­ton is such a sweet­heart. He gave me  flow­ers that were sprayed with a light dust­ing of glit­ter. How sweet was that! He can do no wrong in my eyes. I love that lit­tle boy some­thing fierce. Car­o­line even drove down to be there which was real­ly appre­ci­at­ed....

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Featured Artist ~ Melissa Phillips

Feb 24, 2012

I love Melis­sa Phillips, not only is she super tal­ent­ed she is super sweet too! I was thrilled when I saw what she cre­at­ed using the Soci­ety Lady stamp set from my Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion. Her “Enjoy” card is sim­ply gor­geous! And now look at the adorable heart pil­low Melis­sa cre­at­ed. I love the tag she made using the Soci­ety Lady stamp. This tag looks so dreamy and accents her pil­low per­fect­ly. Next week, I will show you a few more items Melis­sa cre­at­ed using the Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion stamp sets. You are going to love them! Now I’m off to load up my car and head down to Wax­a­hachie for some fun at The Crafty Scrap­per. Tonight is my book sign­ing and a fun free make n take using the Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion ~ Per­fumery stamp...

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Creative Play

Feb 23, 2012

Yes­ter­day, in between laun­dry and clean­ing I did a lit­tle bit of play­ing and cre­at­ed this bracelet and spoon charm for a neck­lace. I real­ly do enjoy putting odds and ends togeth­er to cre­ate unique pieces of jew­el­ry. I love wear­ing things I’ve made because I can make them as funky as I want and I like funky jew­el­ry a lot. I real­ly like dig­ging in the tins I have that hold all my baubles. I save EVERYTHING no mat­ter how tiny because I am always think­ing I will find the per­fect project for it some­day. I’ve had the lit­tle cop­per heart charm for YEARS. It final­ly found it’s home on a bracelet. And these dried flow­ers… I have no clue how long I’ve had these but I think they are per­fect rest­ing inside this...

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Tiny Baubles

Feb 22, 2012

I have no idea what I’m going to do with these minia­ture altered tins but I did enjoy mak­ing them. Cre­at­ing with no real pur­pose does not hap­pen that often for me so I appre­ci­ate this time when it comes. Fill­ing the tins with tiny baubles from thrift store finds was fun. These would look real­ly cute as mag­nets but then I thought maybe I could attach them to the front of a vin­tage bot­tle… deci­sions, deci­sions, deci­sions. But this is what hap­pens when I cre­ate in the mid­dle of the night with no real pur­pose. I get an idea, make it then fig­ure out what to do with it lat­er. I’m real­ly lean­ing towards attach­ing them to a bot­tle and I think I just saw the per­fect bot­tle sit­ting on the top shelf...

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So many doors..

Feb 20, 2012

You nev­er know when oppor­tu­ni­ty will come knock­ing on your door. And I’m hap­py to say it came knock­ing on mine while I was attend­ing CHA. This oppor­tu­ni­ty came com­plete­ly out of the blue and was total­ly unex­pect­ed and cer­tain­ly not planned. For the past 10 days (rea­son for my lack of blog posts) I have cre­at­ed into the wee hours of the morn­ing, slept 4 or 5 hours, cre­at­ed all day, took a 2 hour nap, cre­at­ed into the wee hours of the morn­ing and start­ed the process all over again. In the end I cre­at­ed 64 items and all but 13 were cho­sen. Cho­sen for what, you might ask… well I’m now a sig­na­ture design­er for Blos­som Buck­et and I’m thrilled beyond belief.  This is a new area for me since my items...

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Featured Artist ~ Anabelle O’Malley

Feb 16, 2012

One thing that is so fun and excit­ing is see­ing how oth­ers use my Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion stamp sets. Each month I’ve asked a few peo­ple I know in the craft­ing indus­try to cre­ate any­thing they wish using my stamps, all I ask is they stay true to their style. When I asked Anabelle  O’Mal­ley if she would be a fea­tured artist I was thrilled she said yes. Just look at what she cre­at­ed using the Per­fumery and Fine and Dandy Stamp Sets. The col­or scheme of her “Feel Bet­ter” card is gor­geous. I’m such a cream col­or kin­da girl and when it is a cream tone on tone col­or scheme… gosh, I love it even more. And if you add rhine­stones and glit­ter on top of that… well it’s seri­ous love. Anabelle’s “Hap­py Anniver­sary”...

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Happy Valentine’s Day

Feb 14, 2012

This sweet Valen­tine’s Day card was cre­at­ed and sent to me from my Aunt Lin­da. I was so sur­prised when I opened the enve­lope as I don’t think I have one item from her that is hand­made, so this is a true trea­sure. Aunt Lin­da retired a few years ago and lives in Flori­da where she fills her days with fam­i­ly, friends and GRANDKIDS, gosh does she ever have fun with her grand­kids. But NOW it looks like some of her time is filled cre­at­ing cards and I must say her choice in stamps is fab­u­lous. And it real­ly made me hap­py to see she even used GLITTER. Thank you, Aunt Lin­da. I love you. I hope your day is filled with love....

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Need some INSPIRATION

Feb 13, 2012

You need to check out the lat­est Maya Road Design­er’s Chal­lenge Inspi­ra­tion Book. Click HERE and you will see some real­ly super cute tags that sev­er­al of the Maya Road design team mem­bers cre­at­ed, after Car­o­line gave us a 7 prod­uct chal­lenge. And I have to show you this super cute neck­lace Shel­ley Hagan­man sent me for my birth­day. She makes the cutest flair but­tons. The flair but­tons for the neck­lace are mag­net­ic so I can put which ever but­ton I feel like wear­ing at the moment. And I must say I do think it is all about keep­ing calm and glit­ter­ing on. I find the glit­ter part eas­i­er than the calm part though… got­ta be hon­est. If you’re not famil­iar with Shel­ley’s etsy store “A Flair for But­tons” you real­ly need to take...

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Ranger Designer Challenge 2012

Feb 10, 2012

As I men­tioned in this blog POST… I was so hap­py to be asked to par­tic­i­pate in this year’s Design­er Chal­lenge for Ranger. Well if you want to see all the amaz­ing altered dress forms you need to make sure you check out Ranger’s blog. Below are the links for the blog posts for Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3… you can see day 4 HERE. Day 1,    Day 2,    Day 3 I tell ya there were some amaz­ing altered dress forms cre­at­ed for this chal­lenge. All are so unique and real­ly do reflect each design­ers style. Each and every­one is so inspir­ing. And I have some win­ners to announce from THIS blog post and THIS blog post. The win­ner of the make n take is Pam Feb­ru­ary 7, 2012 ~...

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Deadline is Coming Up FAST!

Feb 9, 2012

I’m so look­ing for­ward to attend­ing this retreat with these awe­some ladies (Deb­by, Lau­ra & Stacey) in Lake Como, this Sep­tem­ber. Tam­my had to work the Sizzix booth so she missed get­ting into the pho­to. And since the dead­line for this amaz­ing retreat is quick­ly approach­ing Lau­ra asked us to pass along this info. Are you ready for an UNFORGETTABLE Expe­ri­ence? Would you like time away to RELAX & ENJOY beau­ti­ful Italy? Do you love to CREATE and be INSPIRED? How about com­bin­ing ALL THE THINGS into a WONDERFUL week of PURE ENJOYMENT! Well, “A Kiss on the Chic” is going to Bel­la­gio, Italy and we want YOU to JOIN US!!!! Yes, we are going to have a WEEK LONG event THIS Sep­tem­ber 15th~22nd, 2012 on the beau­ti­ful shores of Lake Como, Italy! This...

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Upcoming Creative Weekend

Feb 8, 2012

I will be going to my Hap­py Place, The Crafty Scrap­per in Wax­a­hachie, for a fun filled cre­ative week­end, the last week­end in Feb­ru­ary. My sec­ond book “Delight In The Sea­sons” debuted at CHA and I want to show off my beau­ti­ful new vin­tage inspired, stamp line, Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion by Lisa M. Pace. Car­olyn is going to help me start the week­end off Fri­day night, Feb­ru­ary 24th from 6–7pm for a book­ing sign­ing fol­lowed with a fun make-n-take using my new stamps. If you have my first book “Delight In The Details” feel free to bring it along too and I will glad­ly sign it for you. And just so you know Car­olyn will have both books and all the stamps from Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion for sale in her store. I will be leav­ing sam­ples cre­at­ed with...

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Make n Take Giveaway

Feb 7, 2012

The last day of CHA‑W, I showed lots of peo­ple how to cre­ate this super cute flower pin. You use about 12″ of Maya Road Satin Pleat Trim, 12″ of Maya Road Pleat­ed Tulle and a Maya Road Antique Jew­el But­ton for the cen­ter. To cre­ate the flower all you do is attach the pleat­ed tulle on top of the satin pleat using Fab­ri-Tac adhe­sive at the sewn edge of each piece of trim. Then start­ing at one end  loose­ly begin rolling the two trims until you get to the oppo­site end. Next, apply Fab­ri-Tac to a punched pat­terned paper cir­cle and attach the bot­tom end (sewn edg­ing) of the rolled trims to the punched cir­cle, let the trims spread out a bit to resem­ble a rose. Then using a hot glue gun, attach...

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Flower Wall

Feb 6, 2012

Since I passed out each night before get­ting a blog post com­plet­ed dur­ing CHA, I thought it would still be fun to tell you about the show and share pho­tos. While we were get­ting the booth ready for day one, Emi­ly Pitts was giv­en the task of assem­bling a wall of flow­ers on the end of one of the dis­play walls. She worked and worked and worked attach­ing small pieces of Vel­cro to the back of zip­per flow­ers, rib­bon blos­soms and oth­er small hand­made flow­ers cre­at­ed from lots of Maya Road trims. This flo­ral arrange­ment was very pop­u­lar and pho­tographed many times dur­ing the show. Here is Emi­ly hard at work arrang­ing each hand­made flower along the wall. Maya Road Wood Mini But­ter­flies were placed among the flow­ers to look as though they were flut­ter­ing...

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The Oh So Non-Glamorous Side of CHA

Feb 5, 2012

I thought I would share with you some of the pho­tos Car­o­line, David and I took while we were all set­ting up the Maya Road booth for CHA‑W. It’s amaz­ing how it takes 2 days to set up and only 5 hours and 20 min­utes to break it all down, re-pack pan­els, shelves, signs and prod­uct as well as repack all the design team projects and get every­thing back in the crates ready to ship back to the ware­house. It’s crazy!!!  First you start with a few hand­fuls of these and a nice cold Diet Coke Then we start putting down the floor­ing (Ron­da, Lau­ra & Emi­ly)  After the floor­ing is down we start build­ing the walls (Ron­da, Lau­ra & David)  While putting up the walls we dodge fork­lifts and trees (not kid­ding the...

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Maya Road DT Member Canvases

Feb 4, 2012

I always find it fun to see what mem­bers of the Maya Road Design Team cre­ate when giv­en the same chal­lenge. Each CHA‑W Car­o­line gives the DT mem­bers a blank can­vas and tells us to alter it as we want, she only requires that we stay true to our style and include any Maya Road prod­ucts we want… it is such a fun chal­lenge. Dur­ing CHA I took pho­tos of each  DT mem­ber’s can­vas so I could share… I hope you’re ready for some amaz­ing inspi­ra­tion because this post is filled with LOTS! Andrea Wiebe Angel­la Pear­don  Anne Jo Lexan­der also known as Ania Car­o­line Lau Dina Wak­ley Emi­ly Pitts Julia Stain­ton Karen Grun­berg Lin­da Albrecht Lisa Pace that’s Me Ron­da Palaz­zari Shel­ley Hagan­man  I was­n’t kid­ding when I said loads of inspi­ra­tion. I...

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Coming out of my CHA fog

Feb 3, 2012

I have to say, this has been the most exhaust­ing CHA I’ve ever attend­ed. I had the best of inten­tions to post each evening I got back to my room about the days hap­pen­ing but each night, I was in bed asleep 30 min­utes after I returned to my room. It was go, go, go, go every sec­ond of every day. And I have the aching feet to prove it. My good­ness my feet have nev­er hurt so much. But my book sign­ings and demo were great, the Maya Road make-n-take table was super busy and super pop­u­lar, peo­ple I chat­ted with about my stamp sets liked see­ing the Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion Stamp line up close and in per­son and I just might have a real­ly cool ven­ture to share in the months to come…...

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