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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Olivia at 1 Month

Mar 6, 2012

It is hard to believe Olivia is already a month old. A few weeks ago my moth­er and father-in-law went to meet their newest grand­daugh­ter for the first time. Need­less to say they are in love and got in as many snug­gles as pos­si­ble. There is noth­ing cuter, sweet­er or more demand­ing than a new baby. Dou­glas and Karen have sur­vived the first month with­out too much sleep depri­va­tion and are enjoy­ing Olivia tremen­dous­ly. I must admit it seems so odd to me see­ing pho­tos of Dou­glas feed­ing and burp­ing a baby. I first met him when he was 18 and just out of high school prepar­ing to head off to Texas A&M. Once Dou­glas grad­u­at­ed he moved to Dal­las not too far from where we lived. He would come over some week­ends to...

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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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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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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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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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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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Black Friday

Nov 25, 2011

I hope all of you had a won­der­ful Thanks­giv­ing. Ans­ley went out with friends ear­ly this morn­ing to do some Black Fri­day shop­ping. I on the oth­er hand enjoyed a nice qui­et evening and slept. I’m also hop­ing that what my friend Wendy says, “any pie eat­en on a hol­i­day has zero calo­ries” is true. But, from the tight­ness of my jeans, today I think the pie might have been calo­rie free but what got me was the turkey, sweet pota­to casse­role, mashed pota­toes, stuff­ing and dev­iled eggs.  I’m going to have to vis­it my long lost friend Mr. Tread­mill ASAP. I am so not look­ing for­ward to his vis­it. Ok on to the fun… All you local Scrap­pers, Stam­pers and Mixed Media Arts  The Crafty Scrap­per is hav­ing a won­der­ful BLACK FRIDAY SALE… I’m hap­py...

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Needle Felting.…

Oct 25, 2011

I have loved Hei­di Boyd and her felt­ed projects since the first day I dis­cov­ered her… her cute “nee­dle felt­ed nest­ing blue­birds” project first caught my atten­tion then when I dis­cov­ered these adorable felt­ed Hedge­hogs and Bun­nies  she post­ed on her blog, well I was hooked and have been think­ing of try­ing the craft of nee­dle felt­ing every­day since. So this week­end, Ans­ley and I had a great time giv­ing this craft a try and we real­ly had fun. After a few painful sticks in the fin­gers and hours lat­er we com­plet­ed sev­er­al small embell­ish­ments. I made an acorn and some leaves (want to add stitch­ing for veins with gold embroi­dery floss) Ans­ley cre­at­ed a pump­kin, some stars and a flower. Her friend Matt even joined in and made a can­dy cane and a Christ­mas stock­ing....

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Stencil Pop Art

Sep 29, 2011

I final­ly fin­ished my “Pop Art” por­trait ver­sion of Ans­ley. Julie Fei-Fan Balz­er calls this sten­cil Sum­mer and since she did cre­ate the sten­cil she has every right to name it Sum­mer but hon­est­ly, I think she needs to re-name it Ans­ley as it looks so much like her. I plan on doing a mini work­shop in my Tips, Tech­niques and Tuto­ri­als online work­shop explain­ing how I cre­at­ed this “Pop Art” por­trait. Cre­at­ing the dimen­sion in her hair and facial fea­tures as well as pick­ing out funky paint col­ors was real­ly fun. If you’re already reg­is­tered for this work­shop I plan on start­ing the tuto­r­i­al, next week. I think it will be a fun change from the oth­er projects post­ed. You nev­er know you might like paint­ing with bright col­ors as much as I...

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Quick and Easy Mini Album

Aug 29, 2011

A lit­tle bird once said…  Here is the mini album I told you I would share, last week. It is one of Ter­ri I did for her, her senior year in High School in 2006. It seems like it was just yes­ter­day, we were tak­ing these pho­tos. Now Ans­ley is a senior. Peo­ple are not kid­ding when they say time flies! It does and FAST. The chip­board and flower embell­ish­ments on the cov­er of the album are by Maya Road that I altered using crack­le paint, glit­ter and Dia­mond Stick­les. I cov­ered the back of each page with a sol­id piece of pat­terned paper, this was Scenic Route… sure do miss them… the front of the remain­ing album pages I cov­ered with pat­terned paper, pat­terned paper strips cut using dec­o­ra­tive scis­sors, a pho­to and jour­nal­ing....

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A Blast from the Past…

Aug 25, 2011

I thought it would be fun to show you some lay­outs I cre­at­ed using Cocoa Daisy kits from around 2007. Now that Ans­ley is a senior this year I find these lay­outs even more spe­cial. She grew up way too fast. In the lay­out above I felt there was too much white space in the back­ground of Ans­ley’s pho­to so I used the end of my paint­brush and some acrylic paints to cre­ate a pol­ka dot back­ground. I like the pop of col­or the pol­ka dots cre­ate and they fill in the white space per­fect­ly. To pop the pho­to a bit more I paint­ed yel­low acrylic paint all around the edge of the pho­to cre­at­ing a bright col­ored bor­der. To fill in the white space on the pho­to above I attached clear but­tons to...

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Back to Reality…

Aug 22, 2011

Today, sum­mer is over as Ans­ley start­ed back to school as a senior. My good­ness did these years pass by fast. I still can­not believe this is her last year in high school. I best enjoy her as much as pos­si­ble this year as I know she will be ready to fly the coup soon. Which brings me to ask this ques­tion… What in the world will Alan and I do with just the two of us at home? We have always had a child in the house as I mar­ried Alan when Ter­ri was 2 years old. I’m just going to put all this way deep in the back of my mind for now and share with you some pho­to col­lages from my trip to Buck­han­non, WV. It was an awe­some vis­it with...

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The Ferry Ride

Aug 1, 2011

When we went to Galve­ston a few weeks ago I took a few pho­tos of Ans­ley and her boyfriend Matt while wait­ing for and rid­ing the fer­ry over to Galve­ston. So when I saw the col­ors and pat­terns in this months Cocoa Daisy kit “ ‘Siren’s Call” I was thrilled, as they matched the pho­tos per­fect­ly. The ban­ner is cre­at­ed with the adorable stamp set includ­ed in this months kit. I used the ink from the “Mist and Ink” Add On kit to cre­ate the ban­ner and the red and white twine came from the “Calyp­so” Add On Kit. And I was so hap­py to be asked to be this months Guest Design­er for Vin­tage Street Mar­ket. If you are not famil­iar with this com­pa­ny you need to check them out. They have lots of fun vin­tage...

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UTEE Fun

Jul 22, 2011

Got­ta say, I am lov­ing the new pack­ag­ing for all the Melt Art prod­ucts by Ranger. It looks so edgy and cool.  While at CHA I stud­ied every square inch of the Ranger booth look­ing at all the incred­i­ble prod­ucts. One of the make n takes taught by Deb­bie Tlach was cre­at­ing this real­ly cute ring you can see on Ranger’s blog… click here for that link and here for the step by step instruc­tions. Great minds do think alike as I too loved Tim’s rose but­ton from his Fan­ci­ful Flower but­ton col­lec­tion and made the very same mold using Ranger’s Mold-n-Pour back in Jan­u­ary. His rose but­ton is the per­fect size for a ring or charm for a neck­lace. I used a sim­ple sil­ver ring base on mine because Ans­ley is a sim­ple kin­da...

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Charm Inspiration…

Jun 23, 2011

I’ve real­ly had fun mak­ing charms for Ter­ri and Ans­ley as well as friends and fam­i­ly. I like to col­lect lit­tle things here and there to cre­ate some­thing mean­ing­ful from a spe­cial moment or event. Then I’ll think and think on it until I come up with a unique way to incor­po­rate the item or items into a small token to give as a remem­brance of that day. Last year, while I was in Greece for Cocoa Daisy Des­ti­na­tion ~ Mykonos I brought back a lit­tle bit of sand, some coins and evil eye charms. I had no idea what I was going to do with them at the time but fig­ured some­thing would come to mind. Well, I will be room­ing with Chris­tine and Ron­da at CHA‑S next month and decid­ed this would be...

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The Big Book of Scrapbook Pages

Jun 22, 2011

Have you all seen this book in your local scrap­book or craft stores? If not, you need to look for it as it’s filled with LOADS of inspi­ra­tion for every scrap­book­ing top­ic you can imag­ine. I was thrilled to be asked to cre­ate a few projects for the book. F+W Media includ­ed a spot­light on my book “Delight In The Details” along with my two projects. As you can see Jen­ni Bowl­in spon­sored prod­ucts for these two projects. Oh how I love Jen­ni’s prod­ucts. I cer­tain­ly do have a hoard­ing issue with her items. If you love Jen­ni Bowl­in prod­ucts as much as I do make sure you check out her Inspi­ra­tion Blog.… it’s filled with LOTS of incred­i­ble projects. Thanks for the spon­sor­ship, Jen­ni. Here is a clos­er look at the two projects...

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So Proud…

May 26, 2011

The sum­mer of 2000 we had the hon­or of host­ing an exchange stu­dent from Alba­nia. Julian was the sweet exchange stu­dent we could have ever host­ed. All of us have such found mem­o­ries of him stay­ing with our fam­i­ly his junior year. The one thing I remem­ber laugh­ing about a lot was when he would say “no” but shake his head “yes”. I would just look at him so con­fused and ask him what his answer was… then tell him here when you shake your head like that it means yes not no… we would just laugh. The entire fam­i­ly adored him… grand­par­ents, broth­ers, sis­ters, my niece’s and nephew etc. You can­not help but love him when you meet him. These pho­tos still hang on our wall. Ans­ley nev­er let him out of her...

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I love dimensional layouts…

Feb 23, 2011

First I got­ta tell ya… reg­is­tra­tion for Paper Cow­girl OPENS today at 9:00 a.m. cen­tral time.… go here to reg­is­ter and sign up for class­es. I hope to see ya there. Oh and one lit­tle bit of infor­ma­tion I left out regard­ing my project are the dimen­sions… the shad­ow box mea­sures approx­i­mate­ly 7.5″ square by 1″ deep. I will also have my book avail­able for pre-sale at the dis­count­ed rate of $17.99 + tax for those attend­ing Paper Cow­girl. All books must be picked up at Paper Cow­girl. I will have a few avail­able for pur­chase dur­ing my book sign­ing but they will be at my reg­u­lar cost of $22.99 + tax. I will let you know when I have the spe­cial link up and ready. Okay now on to why I love dimen­sion­al lay­outs…...

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I’m home

Feb 3, 2011

It sure did feel great sleep­ing in my bed last night although I was hang­ing on for dear life because Chief was hog­ging my entire side of the bed. I must say the dri­ve was a whole lot of scary get­ting home. I have nev­er seen so much ice ever in Texas. Ans­ley has not had school since Mon­day and will not have school tomor­row either. Tonight and tomor­row morn­ing we are sup­posed to get snow so no telling what tomor­row will bring in the weath­er depart­ment. Although they say it should get warmer Sat­ur­day so the ice should melt. We shall see. I cer­tain­ly have enough work to keep me busy for the next month as my step-by-step pho­to shoot is next month. While at CHA I was hap­py to get a new...

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Being Productive…

Jan 22, 2011

feels so good and yes­ter­day was a won­der­ful­ly pro­duc­tive day.. I got the make-n-take I will be teach­ing for F+W Media all bagged up, start­ed gath­er­ing the extra items I need to bring to CHA and cre­at­ed, cre­at­ed, cre­at­ed. I fin­ished up the inspi­ra­tional baubles. Won­der who’s hands these will end up in at the show. Made this ring… Ans­ley is going to keep me super busy mak­ing these for her and her friends. Had an awe­some mail day… Thank you cThru Ruler Com­pa­ny… they are a book spon­sor and sent me the entire Art‑C line. Talk about loads of inspi­ra­tion in this box! Yikes I can­not wait to start play­ing with this. And then I topped the night off by mak­ing this cuff using vin­tage lace, cream felt and new Maya Road trims....

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