Another Art Form…

Jan 2, 2011

Jump Rings, Bail Plates, E6000,Vintage But­tons and BAM… new addic­tion! Here are a few things I made, yes­ter­day. I need to get some chains to put these on and I think sev­er­al neck­laces worn at once will look real­ly cute and cer­tain­ly blingy at CHA. I love how the light­ing there makes every­thing seem to sparkle more. Tomor­row, it’s back to book projects… refo­cus, Lisa, refo­cus! I have a tech­nique swirling around in my head I can’t wait to try and I feel it’ll be an awe­some one for my book. These are a few pieces I made for Ans­ley And here are sev­er­al pieces I made for me out of vin­tage pins, but­tons and cuff links. This is so much fun and I love that all are unique. Are you going to try...

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Snowglobe Class…

Nov 30, 2010

I’m so look­ing for­ward to this week­end as Trisha Con­lon and I will be teach­ing our “Win­ters Won­der­land Snow­globe” all day work­shop at The Crafty Scrap­per. Today I will be busy kit­ting my part of the class and typ­ing up instruc­tions. I will help you with the paint and paper part, Trisha will help you with the snow­globe assem­bly and sol­der­ing part. It is going to be so much fun and lunch is includ­ed. I real­ly wish you could see this beau­ty in per­son as it shim­mers from top to bot­tom. The pat­terned papers used are from the new Melis­sa Frances Line “Home for The Hol­i­days”, you will adorn three sisal trees with Mica and the roof of the house with Dia­mond Stick­les and Iri­des­cent Glit­ter. You will out­line the house with Plat­inum Stick­les...

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I have a GIVEAWAY…

Nov 28, 2010

Since my “All Things Win­ter” work­shop starts this Wednes­day, Decem­ber 1st, I thought it would be fun to have a give­away. This means one lucky win­ner will receive a copy of my book “Delight In The Details” AND gain free access to my “All Things Win­ter” online work­shop. All you need to do is leave a com­ment  to this blog post no lat­er than mid­night, Mon­day then I will have Ans­ley pick the win­ner, Tues­day. So if you want to grab the atten­tion of a 16 year old you might want to be cre­ative when leav­ing your com­ment. Good...

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What a busy week…

Nov 24, 2010

I hope you all are get­ting ready to enjoy a won­der­ful Thanks­giv­ing hol­i­day with friends and fam­i­ly. We will be hav­ing a very slow paced day tomor­row. This year we are stay­ing put as we decid­ed to do our trav­el­ing to see fam­i­ly for Christ­mas. I must admit it will be nice to just relax and not wor­ry about enter­tain­ing or trav­el­ing. This Thanks­giv­ing I am get­ting off so easy… all Ans­ley request­ed is “Stove Top” stuff­ing and a pump­kin pie!!! Can you believe that… Ans­ley is not a big turkey eater and Alan does­n’t want me to go to all the trou­ble of cook­ing for just us three. So they got major brown­ie points with me this Thanks­giv­ing. I’m think­ing a big pot of stew or chili will be great to eat while...

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Working on something fun…

Nov 23, 2010

For the past few days in between last minute book stuff, pack­ing projects for ship­ment, a Dr. vis­it for Ans­ley (poor girl is sick again) and every­day life I have been cre­at­ing a sim­ple “Count­down Ban­ner”. This year, I am deter­mined to keep it sim­ple for the hol­i­days and I am hop­ing this ban­ner will remind me of this each day in Decem­ber. This will be anoth­er cute project fea­tured in my “Tips, Tech­niques & Tuto­ri­als” work­shop. I will have the mini flash­card PDF for you to down­load as well as the sup­ply list and tools need­ed. Now I am off to ship a box full of book projects to my sweet edi­tor Jen­ni. I am tru­ly blessed once again with a won­der­ful edi­tor. F&W Media has the best staff ever… Man­ag­ing Edi­tor, Edi­tors,...

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A Gray Sky and some sprinkles…

Sep 2, 2010

means it is a per­fect day to work in the scrap­room and what bet­ter prod­ucts to play with then Jen­ni Bowl­in and Maya Road. I have to say I am in love with Jen­ni’s new paints ( have not tried the inks yet but I am cer­tain I will love them as well) the col­ors match exact­ly with all her inspir­ing prod­ucts. I still need a few more col­ors of her paints and ink which I will be pur­chas­ing soon. I got­ta have them all. Once I fin­ish this mini album it will be filled with cute pho­tos of Ans­ley and her friends. As you can see I start­ed out with a Maya Road 4″ binder album, paint­ed it with Jen­ni’s new paints (Chili Pow­der “inside”, Lemon Drops and Malt­ed Milk “out­side”) and plan...

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Scraproom Makeover

Aug 16, 2010

I have not fall­en off the face of the earth… just been lost in my scrap­room. Last week­end my friend Lisa E. came over and helped me clean out my scrap­room… let me just say if you need to clean out yours she is the one to get to help as she will make SURE you stay on task and get it done… nine hours lat­er I had every shelf, draw­er, nook and cran­ny, AND the clos­et cleaned out. Noth­ing was left untouched. We filled the trunk of her car and half the back seat with prod­ucts to sell in a garage sale. So with all of this said yes­ter­day my sweet daugh­ters, son-in-law, hus­band and pret­ty much adopt­ed daugh­ter Mer­cy came and helped emp­ty out my scrap­room so the painters could paint my...

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Remember this sneak peek…

Mar 16, 2010

Well you can now see the entire piece on the JBS Inspi­ra­tion blog as today I’m the Guest Star. Now for a lit­tle ram­bling… I must say it feels real­ly great being able to walk around my scrap­room. This place is so clean and orga­nized, almost too clean and orga­nized. Any one wan­na guess how long it will take me to make a huge mess once again… oh what a vicious cycle. I have a few projects to get fin­ished this week for Mem­o­ry Mak­ers. They are pub­lish­ing anoth­er won­der­ful Idea Book which I am so hap­py to be a part of. They are so great to work with… hon­est­ly I can­not say enough won­der­ful things about them. I am still try­ing to come off my high from my great find yes­ter­day. I just...

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Vintage Ledger Paper and other stuff

Mar 10, 2010

Here is a sweet pur­chase I made at Crop-Paper-Scis­sors after I fin­ished teach­ing my class­es this past week­end. As you all know I love vin­tage ledger paper (they have more… just say­ing) and use it in all kinds of dif­fer­ent ways… cov­er­ing chip­board and tags, mix­ing it with vin­tage sheet music and book pages to cre­ate unique paper flow­ers, using it in my die cut­ter and one thing I REALLY LOVE doing is sav­ing the blank mar­gins to type jour­nal­ing strips for projects. This keeps the vin­tage feel and theme of the project authen­tic. So don’t throw away any of your scraps, not even the tini­est of tiny ones. You will use them. And this lit­tle receipt book is going to make some adorable embell­ish­ments in projects. I feel so lucky to have found...

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That little word Acceptance…

Mar 2, 2010

Lit­tle did I know just how per­fect this one lit­tle word would be this year. I guess I should keep it real with this post and explain why I have been pret­ty much absent since return­ing from CHA. My daugh­ter Ans­ley who by the way just turned 16 on the 28th has been diag­nosed with Pan­ic Dis­or­der. She had her first full blown attack the first night I was at CHA. Her attacks look like seizures they are so intense and see­ing her have them breaks my heart. She has not been able to attend school and has now been placed on Home­bound. We do see improve­ment and are hop­ing that she will be back on track in a month, fin­gers crossed. So with all that being said tak­ing care of Ans­ley 24/7 and...

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I have wonderful blog readers…

Dec 23, 2009

First I must say WOW… thank you all so much for all the won­der­ful com­ments and emails you have sent me regard­ing this post. I have decid­ed to keep it real on my blog this year. I cer­tain­ly do not want to give the false impres­sion that every­day is a hol­i­day for me. Most days are real­ly great don’t get me wrong. But I think we woman some­times get caught in a trap and feel it sets us up for unre­al­is­tic expec­ta­tions on our­selves when we read that every­thing is always peachy or things always seem so per­fect at all times on oth­er blogs. Real­ly life is not that way and I cer­tain­ly do not want to por­tray that mine is. Yes I do have so many things to be thank­ful for and I...

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12 Day Advent Pocket Calendar #8

Dec 10, 2009

Well we did it… all 12 pock­ets are com­plet­ed. Now to arrange them and onto my can­vas and alter that up a bit. Will get to work on it and show you the fin­ished project soon. This is going to be a fun thing to do with Ans­ley dur­ing her Christ­mas break. There’s noth­ing like hav­ing a lit­tle some­thing fun to do each day. Stamp image onto heavy weight white card­stock, ink on top of stamped image using Dis­tress Ink, light­ly col­or image using jew­el tone chalks. Place glossy accents onto the back of a Frag­ments Charm and attach to stamped image. Using Alco­hol Ink, ink the top of the Frag­ments Charm, accent the Frag­ments Charm with Dis­tress Stick­les, let dry. Once the Dis­tress Stick­les is dry apply a clear dry­ing adhe­sive to the...

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Cupcake Liner Holiday Light Reflectors…

Dec 9, 2009

While sit­ting in the Doc­tor’s office this morn­ing with Ans­ley (poor girl has a ter­ri­ble sore throat but a shot and antibi­otics will fix her in no time) I saw this real­ly neat idea in one of the mag­a­zines. I can­not remem­ber which mag­a­zine I saw this in but find it rather amus­ing that I can remem­ber how to make the entire project step for step… does not make sense at all. Any­way, these are super easy to make and will look so pret­ty attached to white lights wrapped around some gar­land. They remind me of the old alu­minum foil reflec­tors used in the 60’s. Sup­plies Used: Foil Cup­cake Lin­ers Tools Used: Scis­sors Instruc­tions: Fold cup­cake lin­er in half four times. Using Scis­sors snip the top por­tion of the cup­cake lin­er as shown in...

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What a wonderful way to wake up…

Dec 2, 2009

This morn­ing we got snow… not a lot, maybe an inch which was just enough to make the neigh­bor­hood look so pret­ty. By the time I got home from tak­ing Ans­ley to school the snow was turn­ing into rain and it was start­ing to melt quick­ly. We are expect­ed to get more Fri­day. We will see. Since this is Texas you nev­er know what the weath­er will bring each minute. And look­ing at our house it reminds me I have got to wrap some wreaths around the out­side lights… they look so bare. I am work­ing on the next Advent style pock­et and will post it hope­ful­ly tomor­row. I have not been feel­ing too good late­ly which explains my lack of blog post­ing. Should be back on track in a few days. Alan has...

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Vintage Halloween Feather Tree Ornament…

Oct 16, 2009

I LOVE mak­ing these orna­ments. Ans­ley says they are freaky and cer­tain­ly not her most favorite project I have ever cre­at­ed but I am stand­ing strong when I say, “I love them, I real­ly, real­ly love them and I will make them for every hol­i­day.” If you would like to make one of these orna­ments here is how to do it. Using wire cut­ters, cut a piece from a green Che­nille Bump Stem so that you have two bumps on one piece (legs) and then either one or two bumps on a sec­ond piece (arms). I like to have two bumps for the arms so that I can curl the hands in to hold items. If I use one bump I find that the arms are too short. Next all you do is fold...

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Heads up all you Art Journaling types… Winner Announced

Oct 15, 2009

The win­ner is April Hall, con­grats! Would you like try at a chance to win a free pass to Dina Wak­ley’s newest Art Jour­nal­ing class that begins Oct. 29th? If so, it’s super sim­ple… just leave a com­ment in the com­ments sec­tion of this post and Ans­ley will pick a win­ner. Dina is an incred­i­ble artist and her work­shops are ever so pop­u­lar. So post a com­ment and good luck! Here are a few sneak peeks and a descrip­tion of her newest class. Class descrip­tion for Art Jour­nal­ing 301: The Graf­fi­ti of my Life with Dina Wak­ley Are you ready for an artis­tic chal­lenge and adven­ture? In this project-based tech­nique class, you will learn how to cre­ate a stand-alone art jour­nal from start to fin­ish! First, you’ll iden­ti­fy words that mat­ter to you­quotes, advice,...

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Digging, digging and digging…

Oct 13, 2009

My good­ness is it ever so obvi­ous when you look at my vin­tage stash just how much I love vin­tage Christ­mas items. But since my dad is San­ta I guess this is to be expect­ed. I have been pulling items out like a mad woman as I pre­pare for my next online work­shop… the CHRISTMAS work­shop. Oh how I love to cre­ate Christ­mas projects. I have a list of things to cre­ate that I think are going to make a charm­ing hol­i­day work­shop. The name is still yet to be deter­mined so I had a thought… leave a title idea in the com­ments sec­tion of this post. If your title is picked you will win a free access pass to the work­shop. If no title is picked I will have Ans­ley pick one per­son...

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Another this and that post…

Sep 15, 2009

First we had a great week­end. Cen­ten­ni­al High School won their Home­com­ing game… which is always nice. And Ans­ley had a great time at the dance. I think she and her date Alex looked so adorable. Now to my scrap­py world… my All Hal­low’s Eve online work­shop start­ed yes­ter­day. The first project is up now and the sec­ond one will be avail­able tomor­row. A lit­tle reminder… today, the sec­ond project has been post­ed in my Home­spun Inspi­ra­tion online work­shop. If you reg­is­tered for this work­shop don’t for­get to check it out. And if you want to see more of Lot­tie, The Farmer’s Wife… go check out Jen­ni Bowl­in’s Design Team Blog. I have a step by step tuto­r­i­al on how to recre­ate Lot­tie. That’s about it on my end… today I’m gonna make some­thing...

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A little bit of Lola love…

Jul 10, 2009

Dang this lit­tle Lola pup­py is so sweet and so GOOD! Ter­ri and Lola came to vis­it today so of course that meant a pho­to shoot. Here are a few of our favorites. I think she would look cute on a Jones Soda bot­tle. If you think so too please vote here, here or here. Wish­ing you all a won­der­ful week­end. Ans­ley leaves for camp tomor­row and I must admit I am kin­da sad. I’m gonna miss her. But I have enough CHA projects to keep me busy as well as edit­ing the man­u­script for my book… so excit­ing to see some of it in print. It is all start­ing to come...

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Another this and that post…

Jun 5, 2009

If you love vin­tage items then you need to check out the etsy store Paper Tales. They were lucky enough to get to dig in an old ware­house full of vin­tage items. Each day it seems Cass and Lau­ra add new items to their store that I want and I’m sure you will too. If you tell them Lisa sent you they will add a lit­tle sur­prise with your order. I also dis­cov­ered Scrap-Din­er has two new paper lines that I love and think are adorable. Cos­mo Crick­et Ear­ly Bird and Octo­ber After­noon Cher­ry Hill. It is going to be a great mail day for me pret­ty soon. I can’t wait to play with these two lines. Remem­ber my votive tuto­r­i­al? Fave­Crafts cre­at­ed a DIY Wed­ding eBook that includes my altered votive can­dle hold­er tuto­r­i­al and LOTS...

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Fun little game…

Apr 3, 2009

So I just fin­ished my 90th project for my book. This means I only have 10 more projects left to fin­ish. I thought it would be fun to give a Maya Road RAK to the per­son that comes clos­est to the date (with­out going over) of when I will com­plete my 100th book project. All you have to do is leave a com­ment with the date and the per­son clos­est will win the RAK.… if two peo­ple guess the same date Ans­ley will pick the lucky win­ner. Oh just so you know my final dead­line is May 5th. So don’t guess after this date. We are to the half way point in my Hip­pi­ty Hop East­er Work­shop. The last day for this work­shop is April 18th. If you want to join in and cre­ate...

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