Artistic Journey 2012 Sneak Peeks

Jul 31, 2012

Check Out The Project Peeks For Artis­tic Jour­ney! Artis­tic Jour­ney 2012 is brought to you by The Crafty Scrap­per. This event fea­tures 3 of Maya Road­’s design­ers and they are set to inspire you to try new tech­niques and learn new things on your Artis­tic Jour­ney. Check out the details below for peeks of each of the fab­u­lous 3 hour class­es. We have a spe­cial make and take that you will love for our Fri­day meet and greet! So join us on this Artis­tic Jour­ney, Octo­ber 5th — Octo­ber 7th, 2012. We Want To Learn About The Teach­ers And See Peeks Of Their Class­es! Meet Dina Wak­ley: Dina Wak­ley lives Ari­zona with her hus­band and three boys. She love every­thing about art…making it, talk­ing about it, teach­ing it. Dina dis­cov­ered scrap­book­ing in 1995. Scrap­book­ing...

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New Feature Added for Independent Store Owners

Jul 30, 2012

Alan and I have been work­ing hard on com­pil­ing a list of places that sell “Delight In The Sea­sons.” We’ve come up with quite a list and look for­ward to con­tin­ue adding to this list. If you are an inde­pen­dent scrap­book store or book store in the US or Inter­na­tion­al­ly please email me ( a pho­to hold­ing my book “Delight In The Sea­sons” while stand­ing next to the books dis­play inside your store. We will then add your store’s name and web­site link to my “Where To Buy” page. Alan and I are also work­ing on a pho­tos page show­ing and list­ing the names of stores using the pho­to you send. I’m very com­mit­ted in help­ing all inde­pen­dent store own­ers who take the time to order and sell my books. You are all a very...

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Delight In The Seasons Autumn Sneak Peeks

Jul 27, 2012

This week, as I was in Hob­by Lob­by I saw that they are putting out all their sea­son­al items and crafts for all those who like to start work­ing on projects for craft fairs, gifts and home decor items. So I thought I would share some sneak peeks of projects in Chap­ter Four ~ Autumn of my book Delight In The Sea­sons. You will find lots of fun projects and tech­niques in Chap­ter Four ~ Autumn. I had so much fun cre­at­ing projects for Grand­par­en­t’s Day, Hal­loween, Thanks­giv­ing, Autumn and even a Baby Show­er Cen­ter­piece. You will teach you tech­niques using Ultra Thick Emboss­ing Enam­el (UTEE), Maya Mist, Per­fect Pearls, Cop­ic Mark­ers, Glit­ter, Punch­es, and so much more. And remem­ber, Delight In The Sea­sons is so much more than just hol­i­days. Don’t let the...

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Chicago Art and A Random Quote

Jul 25, 2012

This stick­er, which was about 12″ long was attached on a board­ed up win­dow in down­town Chica­go. It was­n’t far from where I got off the train with Car­o­line and Emi­ly when we were head­ing to Navy Pier. This art piece reminds me of the kind of stamp Julie Fei-Fan Balz­er would carve. I like the way the artist has “You can feel it in your mind” mixed among all the doo­dling. This neat tile piece was dis­cov­ered as we walked out of a tun­nel and up more stairs than I want to remem­ber. I have no idea where this is but it was on our way to Navy Pier. I’m the one that looks like the total tourists when Car­o­line and I are on an adven­ture. I just fol­low along keep­ing my eyes...

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Everything Wendy Vecchi

Jul 24, 2012

Yes, this post is all about my friend, Wendy Vec­chi. She has so many won­der­ful things going on right now that there is no way I could post sev­er­al through­out the week. I have to post it ALL today! First up are her awe­some new Stamp Sets by Stam­pers Anony­mous. They are adorable, gor­geous and funky. I love the unique mix in this release. Next are her new Art Parts… Look at the Pitch­er of Ros­es piece… I love how it has the inside piece cut out so the pitch­er stays flat on your piece… so smart that Wendy is I tell ya. Her Birds with Wings set is anoth­er of my favorites. And look at the huge secret she has been keep­ing… Wendy now has Sten­cils for Art… wait until you see what...

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Fun at Navy Pier

Jul 23, 2012

Fri­day, morn­ing after play­ing an awe­some game of Tetris try­ing to fit every­thing into my suit­cas­es Car­o­line, Emi­ly and I got on the train and head­ed for down­town Chica­go to see Navy Pier. We walked and walked and walked for what seemed like for­ev­er… I think Car­o­line and Emi­ly know how far we walked but are keep­ing it a secret from me. I swear, I thought they were try­ing to do me in.  But thank­ful­ly, there was an amaz­ing breeze, cool­er temps and loads of laughs along the way. Once we final­ly arrived, which was well worth the walk I have to say,  Navy Pier real­ly is a neat place to vis­it. We went into the mall and got a Jam­ba Juice and while walk­ing inside, Emi­ly noticed this neat kiosk that would take your...

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CHA-Summer 2012 Day 3

Jul 22, 2012

Here is anoth­er of my favorite Maya Road sum­mer release prod­ucts… FABRIC TAPE! Their new Fab­ric Tape comes in Blos­som Pink, Barn Red, Sun Yel­low, Leaf Green, Ocean Blue, Coal Black, Coun­try Rose and Flo­ral Gar­den. The tag the sam­ples are attached to is one of the new Maya Road Wood Ship­ping Tags. They come in 4 styles & 8 pieces that range from 2″ to 3″. One of the projects in the Maya Road booth I could not keep my eyes off of was this can­vas cre­at­ed by Dina Wak­ley. She used Maya Mist mixed with ges­so, Nat­ur­al Wood But­tons and Vin­tage Wood Birds.  I LOVE Dina’s work. She is such a sweet, tal­ent­ed and very goofy kin­da gal. She makes me laugh and I’m so glad I get to see her in...

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CHA-Summer 2012 Day 2

Jul 18, 2012

Today, I was in the Maya Road booth all day doing make-n-takes. Let me tell you my feet and knees hurt so bad tonight I can hard­ly stand it. But before head­ing to bed I want­ed to show you some of my favorite Maya Road prod­ucts which just so hap­pen to be pret­ty pop­u­lar with store own­ers too. But before I show you these pho­tos let me first show you this one… this is Ter­ra Cameron with Simon Says Stamp. You can pur­chase my Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion stamp sets from Simon Says Stamp HERE. If you ever have a chance to chat with Ter­ra and/or Hei­di you will love every sec­ond. They are the sweet­est. Okay now on to the pho­tos of my favorite new Maya Road prod­ucts. You will be see­ing these a lot...

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CHA-Summer 2012 Day 1

Jul 17, 2012

Today was a total blast of a day. It was a busy one with make-n-takes, teach­ing a meet­ing and more make-n-takes but it was a fun one. Here is a run down of day one… 10:00 — 11:00 ~ start make-n-takes in the Maya Road booth. Gail Hol­ley an instruc­tor for The Scrap­book Page and More was my first make-n-take attendee AND knew the pass­word *** I love Maya Road Pearl Bead Chain *** so she won a signed copy of “Delight In The Sea­sons”. 11:00 ~ take work­shop kits and sup­plies to my class­room then head back to the booth to do a few more make-n-takes. 11:45 — 12:50 ~ back to the class­room to set up for my work­shop “Wel­come Home with Maya Road.” 1:00 ~ 3:00 ~ Teach my “Wel­come Home...

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What a DAY!

Jul 16, 2012

Today, cer­tain­ly did NOT start out as a nor­mal sec­ond day of set up in the Maya Road booth. Our booth did NOT arrive until 11:30 this morn­ing… YES, 11:30 and the first day of CHA is TOMORROW!!!  I have nev­er had such a pit in the bot­tom of my stom­ach as I had today. I can­not even imag­ine how Car­o­line and David felt. There is so much work to be done get­ting this booth ready for a show it will make your head spin and eyes glaze over. We stopped for 30 min. to eat lunch and thank­ful­ly, Jim­my John’s deliv­ers. We inhaled our food and it was right back to work unload­ing crates filled with floor­ing, the dis­play, prod­uct and lots of design team box­es… One good thing is we do have...

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I Love Downtown Chicago

Jul 15, 2012

I think Chica­go is one of my favorite cities to vis­it and I nev­er tire of walk­ing down­town. The archi­tec­ture, land­marks and win­dow shop­ping is amaz­ing. Get­ting to spend the day with Car­o­line, David, Lau­ra, Ron­da, Emi­ly and Jes­si­ca made it even bet­ter. So what start­ed out not being such a great day end­ed up being a blast. I love rid­ing the train into down­town and am intrigued with how close busi­ness­es and homes are to the train. The train is lit­er­al­ly in their back­yards. I’m sure it has to be super loud but I guess they get used to it. The Civic Opera House was real­ly pret­ty and walk­ing over the riv­er is a guar­an­teed beau­ti­ful view and for some rea­son I real­ly like see­ing all the met­al beams under­neath the train. I think...

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NEW Maya Road Pearl Bead Chain

Jul 14, 2012

Be still my HEART.… I am so excit­ed about this new Maya Road prod­uct. Their new Pearl Bead Chain is AMAZING. I love using rosary type beads in projects and now hav­ing TWO dif­fer­ent sizes to pick from makes me gid­dy! You can pur­chase the Pearl Bead Chain by the yard and in two dif­fer­ent sizes… 6mm and 8mm. You are so going to want this, I promise. I made this cuff using pieces of the vin­tage quilt my great great aunts made long ago and accent­ed it using Maya Road Pearl Chain, Rhine­stone Trim, pearls, trims and vin­tage shell but­tons. I plan on wear­ing this at CHA. Here is the Pearl Bead Chain used as a neck­lace I cre­at­ed to wear at CHA. This Pearl Bead Chain is the per­fect weight and it’s super...

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Maya Road Linen Album

Jul 12, 2012

So hap­py to final­ly be able to share the Maya Road Cat­a­log for CHA-Sum­mer. They have some awe­some prod­ucts com­ing out this release and one of my favorite’s is their new 4″ Binder Linen Album that has 3 linen pages and 3 chip­board pages. I fin­ished my mini album using this album just in the knick of time too… I leave bright and ear­ly… no, wait it wont even be bright when I head to the air­port Sat­ur­day morn­ing, just ear­ly… ugh. I’m so not a morn­ing per­son… I just hope while I’m passed out in my seat on the plane I don’t drool. Okay enough of my trav­el­ing and on to my mini album… I had fun alter­ing this album with lots of amaz­ing new prod­uct. Notice the key in the cen­ter, it’s...

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Welcome Home with Maya Road

Jul 11, 2012

Here is a pho­to of the “Wel­come Home with Maya Road” work­shop (#W0701) I’ll be teach­ing for Maya Road at CHA. I’m so look­ing for­ward to teach­ing this sold out class. I also want to give a great big Texas THANK YOU to my awe­some SPONSORS… Clearsnap, Fiskars, Jen­ni Bowl­in Stu­dio and Ranger. They gra­cious­ly donat­ed prod­uct for me to alter the NEW Maya Road House Shad­ow Box. Each class attendee will have a kit filled with awe­some Maya Road prod­ucts and get to cre­ate using prod­uct by these top man­u­fac­tur­ers. And of course a class always needs a give away or two, or three etc., so I’ll be giv­ing away copies of my new book “Delight In The Sea­sons” to sev­er­al lucky win­ners dur­ing the work­shop....

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Online Webinar Info

Jul 6, 2012

Ron­da and I had so much fun dur­ing our Style, Dis­cov­ery and Friend­ship webi­nar. I’ve had sev­er­al of you email me ask­ing if there is a way to lis­ten to the online webi­nar and I’m hap­py to say, YES. You can see and lis­ten to the full online webi­nar HERE. Just scroll down to the mid­dle of the page and click on the arrow that is on top of the pho­to of me and Ron­da. We have a few things up our sleeves and once CHA is over we will start plan­ning… it’s gonna be FUN! And since CHA is just around the cor­ner I thought I would give you a lit­tle sneak peek of my DT Can­vas for Maya Road… can’t wait to show you the entire can­vas and some of the new...

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Look who is 5 months…

Jul 5, 2012

My gosh, I can­not believe Olivia is already five months. She is grow­ing so fast and it makes me sad. A baby does not stay a baby near long enough. Although, when you’re deep in the mid­dle of baby mode you feel like it will nev­er end and your life will be like this for­ev­er. But when your youngest just grad­u­at­ed high school like Ans­ley just did when I look at baby pho­tos of my niece Olivia it real­ly seems as though Ans­ley should be around 2 or 3 not 18. I think the best advice I would give to first time par­ents if asked is first accept your child for who he or she is and enjoy each and every sec­ond of each and every day and doc­u­ment, doc­u­ment, doc­u­ment. Doc­u­ment­ing does­n’t have...

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Happy Independence Day

Jul 4, 2012

This is one of my favorite pho­tos tak­en at my grand­fa­ther’s camp in Acton, Maine. I miss this place some­thing fierce and wish I could have spent more time there grow­ing up. Although, I would have nev­er been able to swim in the lake dur­ing the sum­mer. That water was always so COLD! Like feet numb­ing cold. Gram­pa Spin­ney fish­ing on the lake.   Thank you Uncle Ed and Gram­pa Spin­ney for your mil­i­tary ser­vice in help­ing keep our coun­try free. Wish­ing you all a very safe and hap­py July...

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Scrap n’ Art Featured Artist

Jul 1, 2012

I’m so hap­py to be a Fea­tured Artist this month for Scrap n’ Art Mag­a­zine. For being their Fea­tured Artist they are pro­vid­ing my blog read­ers and Face­book friends a free 30 day sub­scrip­tion for Scrap n’ Art. All you have to do is sign up for Scrap n’ Art and use the coupon code “Lis­aPace.” Plus, for all who like their FB page at and post on their wall that I sent you, you will be entered into a draw­ing for a full year long sub­scrip­tion. 10 win­ners will be announced at the end of the month. Good...

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