Taking a little Blog Break…

May 28, 2012

I’ve been swamped with lots of project dead­lines as well as prepar­ing for this sweet girls upcom­ing High School Grad­u­a­tion, Sat­ur­day. So I’m tak­ing a bit of a blog­ging break. Once things calm down I’ll be back but until then, you might want to check out my blog Archives for fun sum­mer projects I’ve cre­at­ed over the years… lots of good tuto­ri­als can be found all the way back to August of 2006. Those of you attend­ing GASC in Arling­ton, Texas this week, I’ll be sign­ing my books “Delight In The Details” and “Delight In The Sea­sons” in The Crafty Scrap­per booth after lunch, Thurs­day, May 31st. Come and see me and Car­olyn’s amaz­ing booth....

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Mother’s Day Recap

May 18, 2012

I hope you all enjoyed your Moth­er’s Day as much as I enjoyed mine. My fam­i­ly made me feel very spe­cial. First I was treat­ed to a Dyan Reave­ley class at Stam­pers Anony­mous. Car­olyn Ross and I went togeth­er and had lots of fun. I can promise you this is the messi­est my hands have ever been in my LIFE! I think the one thing I real­ly loved about Dyan’s class was she did­n’t give you time to over think what you were doing when cre­at­ing the back­ground for the album. This is one of my issues with art jour­nal­ing… I over think every­thing! I just need to do it and free my very detailed, over ana­lyt­i­cal cre­ative brain. Dyan gave you the per­fect amount of time to do the tech­nique and move on… no over...

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Maya Road Mid-Release Lisa Uppercase

May 17, 2012

I can­not pos­si­bly explain to you all just how much I LOVE the new Maya Road Lisa Upper­case ~ Chip­board Alpha­bet. And not because they are named after ME but because they tru­ly are my favorite font style and size chip­board alphas Maya Road makes. When Maya Road dis­con­tin­ued their Philadel­phia Upper­case alphas (my first true love) I near­ly had heart fail­ure and let Car­o­line know I was not hap­py with that deci­sion and begged PLEASE NO NOT THESE but there I sat any­way with no more Philadel­phia alphas. I begged some more, plead­ed some more but they were gone, gone, gone!  BUT  NOW I have a new love and I real­ly do love these more than the first so all is well, this new set is the per­fect size and I’m super hap­py and Car­o­line...

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Giveaway with Pink Persimmon

May 16, 2012

Here is a beau­ti­ful tag cre­at­ed by Ron­da Palaz­zari using the new Spring Release Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion Mini Sil­hou­ettes & Mono­grams stamp sets. She used the Mono­gram alpha­bet let­ters to spell “FLY” then accent­ed the tag using the frame and bor­der stamps also includ­ed in the Mini Sil­hou­ettes & Mono­gram stamp set. For this card Ron­da used the new Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion ~ Then Comes Baby and Mini Sil­hou­ettes & Mono­grams stamp sets. I LOVE the vin­tage pram so much. I think it will make the cutest baby show­er invi­ta­tions, cards, tags as well as new baby cards, decor piece or tags. To cre­ate the title for the card Ron­da stamped the word BABY on shrink paper using the Mono­grams alpha­bet. Too cute. And just so you know… Pink Per­sim­mon is giv­ing away a com­plete set...

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Maya Road Mid-Release — Hexagons

May 15, 2012

Yes, I’m in love with the new Maya Road Hexa­gons. They come in three sizes, basi­cal­ly small, medi­um and large and some are die cut which allows you to cre­ate a nice frame on top of anoth­er as I did with the hexa­gon that has the vin­tage sheet music inside. This can­vas is cov­ered with cir­cles punched from old ledger paper and sheet music and a few doilies here and there. Each item is attached with nat­ur­al beeswax, then sealed entire­ly with beeswax. Each hexa­gon is coat­ed with beeswax and accent­ed with a vin­tage but­ton, bin­go but­ter­fly motif and altered key. The key is inked with Adiron­dack Pig­ment Snow Cap, cov­ered with Glossy Accents and accent­ed with a 5mm cream col­ored pearl. The cro­cheted doily is one my mom made… I have her cre­at­ing...

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Antiquated Collection Designer Samples

May 14, 2012

I just had to show you some of the adorable cards, tags and projects my design team cre­at­ed using the new Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion Spring Release stamp sets. I am so in love with these new stamps sets. Susie Moore cre­at­ed these three adorable projects using the new Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion ~ Sweet Lit­tle Girls and Knick Knack stamp sets. Each piece is detailed to per­fec­tion with pearls, flow­ers and trims. As you can see by Susie’s projects these stamp sets are fun to col­or in with inks and mark­ers. I love how Susie used the Scoot­er Boy. This lit­tle plaque just screams boy with the base­ball accents, domi­no piece and all the red, white and blue. Thanks, Susie. Karin Aguirre cre­at­ed these two super sweet tags using the new Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion ~ Dar­ling Lit­tle Ones...

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Happy Mother’s Day

May 13, 2012

I’m so blessed to have these two for daugh­ters. Ter­ri and Ans­ley you make me the hap­pi­est mom, ever! Love you, bunch­es. And here is a Moth­er’s Day lay­out I cre­at­ed of my mom and her mom for my book Delight In The Sea­sons. Hap­py Moth­er’s Day, Mom. I love...

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Artistic Journey 2012

May 12, 2012

Guess what? It’s that time of year again! Sign ups for Artis­tic Jour­ney 2012, spon­sored by Maya Road and The Crafty Scrap­per will open Wednes­day, May 16th. I’m super excit­ed to be teach­ing along with Maya Road Design Team Mem­bers, Dina Wak­ley and Angel­la Pear­don. This year, I’m going to teach a real­ly cool project that includes chick­en wire. I can­not wait to show you some sneak peeks! So don’t wait around to sign up for this super fun and amaz­ing event. It sells out FAST and when you hear your friends talk­ing about all the fun they had you are going to be so sad you missed out. I love this group of ladies… they were so fun and even made their own super cute t‑shirts for the event!...

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Antiquated Collection ~ Spring Release Debut

May 11, 2012

Here they are and I’m so hap­py to show you the new addi­tions to my Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion Stamp Sets. This Spring Release includes three 4″ x 6″ stamp sets and two 3″ x 4″ stamp sets. You can pur­chase these stamp sets along with my oth­er Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion stamp sets at Pink Per­sim­mon. First up is this adorable 4″ x 6″  “Mini Sil­hou­ette” stamp set. You will find mini sil­hou­ettes for Grand­ma, Grand­pa, Mom, Dad, Daugh­ter, Son and Baby. You can fill in the oval area of the frame with a sol­id col­or using the sol­id oval stamp then stamp the sil­hou­ette or mono­gram image in the cen­ter. Or you can leave the cen­ter of the frame blank and let the pat­terned paper peek through. There is also a sep­a­rate bor­der that can be...

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Sneak Peek — Darling Little Ones

May 10, 2012

These sweet lit­tle dar­lings are part of the Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion Spring Release sets and are the per­fect size for ATC’s. And I might also add they are to scale with the ladies and gen­tle­men from Fine and Dandy, Soci­ety Lady and Styl­ish and Fash­ion­able stamp sets. This means you can group them togeth­er with mom and dad hold­ing them. I am so thrilled with all the detail Judi was able to keep of the image while she did all her com­put­er clean up mag­ic. The one thing I love about my stamp sets are their detail and for clear stamps that is real­ly some­thing. I stamped the baby image onto water­col­or paper using Jet Black Archival Ink. Then using the new ever so pop­u­lar Tim Holtz Dis­tress Mark­ers, I col­ored in and around the image using...

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Spring Release Sneak Peek

May 8, 2012

So excit­ed about the new stamp sets for Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion that will be released with Pink Per­sim­mon on the 11th! These cute lit­tle dolls are part of a larg­er stamp set which is ADORABLE!!! Only one doll stamp is includ­ed in the set, I just dou­ble stamped the image for this piece. The top image shows the images stamped using Jet Black Archival Ink onto a square Maya Road Foun­da­tions Chip­board piece that I cov­ered with vin­tage ledger paper. You can leave the Foun­da­tions square stamped as is and cov­er it with Glossy Accents or col­or it as shown in the pho­to below. Just so you know, this stamped Foun­da­tions piece show­cas­es two new stamp sets. Not only is the doll stamp new but also the bor­der around the square. The bor­der is part...

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Custom Art Journal

May 7, 2012

While at Ranger U, Dyan Reave­ley taught us some super fun tech­niques using her dys­lu­sions ink spray and stamps. After we fin­ished cre­at­ing our tech­nique tags she showed us her jour­nals (which are AMAZING) and talked about doing what feels right for us and to make it our own. Well, art jour­nal­ing scares me to death! Not sure why but my good­ness it sends shiv­ers down my spine just think­ing about doing it. Real­ly it should­n’t freak me out so much because no one has to see what I cre­ate but it does… BUT I’m deter­mined to do it my way with a lit­tle or a lot of inspi­ra­tion from Dyan. Remem­ber, “An Artist Can­not Fail.” So while doing a lit­tle thrift­ing I found this cute vin­tage hard­back book from 1909. It mea­sures 4″...

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Me Today…

May 4, 2012

The one thing about me and my blog is I real­ly do try hard to keep it real, hon­est and true. I don’t want to hide behind it and make peo­ple think my cre­ative life is so amaz­ing, excit­ing and won­der­ful. This indus­try has lots of won­der­ful perks and I enjoy it immense­ly. I know I’m blessed so please do not take this wrong and think I’m not grate­ful and appre­cia­tive but this indus­try also has LOTS of stress, frus­tra­tion, at times unre­al­is­tic dead­lines, a lit­tle back­stab­bing here and there (sad but true) and idea steal­ing (again sad but true). I try not to focus on the bad part, just the good and share my love of art and all things vin­tage. So I thought I would talk to you today, about three behind the scenes things you...

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The Icing on the Cake

May 1, 2012

Sun­day evening, after Ranger U was over I along with Car­olyn Ross, Aurea Estelle and Ron­da Palaz­zari got the plea­sure of going to Suze Wein­berg’s house for din­ner. She and Lenny “The Lenster” as Suze calls him were the BEST… so gra­cious, enter­tain­ing and fun­ny. It cer­tain­ly was a din­ner I will nev­er for­get. While Lenny was get­ting din­ner pre­pared Suze gave us a tour of their amaz­ing home. They have art hung and dis­played from all over the world. It is the most eclec­tic col­lec­tion of art I’ve ever seen. Sprin­kled among all their unique art you will find art pieces cre­at­ed by Suze. What Suze does with Bees Wax and UTEE is amaz­ing. After din­ner we took a group pho­to laughed some more, got into the car and chat­ted and laughed all the...

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