Weekend of Family Fun

Dec 23, 2014

This past weekend, my sister and her family came up for the weekend. Her Christmas gift to Brittain was a ticket to see the Cowboys play the Colts, Sunday. It wasn’t the game Brittain was hoping for but it was a fun time spent with his mom. Since he isn’t able to go to Beaumont for Christmas I decided to have a family Christmas party for him at our house. Saturday morning, Madelyn and Bellie made snowmen out of donuts for breakfast. These were a big hit with the girls. All you need are powdered donuts, orange jelly beans for the nose and mini chocolate morsels for the mouth and eyes. A cup of hot chocolate is a great drink to go with the snowman donuts too. Saturday evening, we had our family party....

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Are YOU Going to GASC in Arlington, TX?

Jun 7, 2014

If you are attending the Great American Scrapbook Convention June 12th – 14th in Arlington, Texas I have a special offer just for you. Starting today through Tuesday, June 10th, you can avoid shipping costs on any items purchased in my Etsy shop. Your purchased items will be available for pick up in the Maya Road booth June 12th, 13th & 14th. If you find something you like convo me and I will create a Reserve Listing just for you that excludes the shipping fee. I have listed several new earring and ring designs shown below, leather bracelets, necklaces and have my ever so popular Handmade Frozen Charlotte Dolls.   I look forward to seeing everyone at the convention. It’s always so nice getting to chat with creative...

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Watching a Dream Come True

Jan 24, 2013

It was so awesome to walk into The Crafter’s Workshop booth at CHA and see the new stencil line designed by my friend Ronda Palazzari. After CHA summer Ronda spoke about ideas she had for her own stencil line and by golly, I’m thrilled to see her Dream Came True. What Ronda creates with her stencils is beyond amazing. Below are links to all the stencil projects she created and blogged about as each stencil made it’s public debut. You have to look at every single one. I tell ya, it’s pure eye candy. Kaleidoscope Urban Landscape Subway Honeycomb Picture Perfect Pie Chart Confetti Quatrefoil This layout is just one of the many favorite projects I love that Ronda created. This layout features her new Kaleidoscope stencil. No one does color like Ronda....

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CHA~W 2013 Schedule

Jan 11, 2013

Just one more day until the fun begins and if you’ve got a flair for buttons make sure to come find me and ask  for one of my “Delight In The Seasons” Flair Buttons. I have a limited amount of buttons to pass out and once they’re gone… they’re really gone. Each flair button will have a number written on the inside. If I blog, tweet or facebook the number that matches the one on the back of your flair button you win an autographed copy of my book “Delight In The Seasons”. Caroline will pick the number Monday, the 14th around 3 p.m. You must pick up the autographed copy in person at the Maya Road booth #565 and have your flair button to verify you are the winner. If the winner does...

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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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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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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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Day 1 of Set Up

Jan 28, 2012

Today, we will have the Maya Road booth completed and all ready for Opening Day. With all the team work that was going on the booth is now 80% complete. I think this is a record for day one of set up. It all went far too smoothly if you ask me… kinda makes me nervous. We started unpacking some of the design team projects and oh my goodness are you all going to LOVE their projects. I do believe the design team out did themselves this show. AMAZING stuff was created for the show. I thought I would share some behind the scene (hope you don’t mind me using that saying Mario) type photos so you can kinda see what it is like preparing for the show. Set up days are not glamorous one teeny...

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The Anatomy of a Design Team Canvas

Jan 17, 2012

This is the design team canvas I created for the Maya Road booth 1793 at CHA-W. I thought it would be fun to share with you my thought process and why I used some of the items. The way this works is Caroline sends each design team member a blank canvas to alter any way we want. The only criteria is it must include Maya Road product, our photo and be a reflection of us. Super fun is all I can say. The first thing I did was cover the canvas with vintage sheet music then aged it a bit more using ink and paint. I wanted a bit of whimsy so I painted the scallops all around the inside edges. Since you all know I LOVE glitter I had to add a little...

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Miniature Charms

Dec 14, 2011

I’ve been having fun creating these miniature charms in between working on CHA projects and other design commitments. Yes, it’s that time of year again… CHA-W is just a little over a month away. I will be working in the Maya Road booth again with some wonderful make n takes lined up and have two book signings for my new book “Delight In The Seasons”…. I cannot wait for this book to debut. I’m so proud of it! Ok on to the charms… the base measure 3/4 inches square and are actually vintage bingo pieces. I attached heavy white cardstock on the top of each bingo piece then using Coffee Archival Ink and several different Antiquated Collection stamps I stamped parts of the images from the Perfumery (crown), Pocket Watch and Robe Pattern (Fine...

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Took a quick trip…

Oct 12, 2011

I decided to go to Beaumont over the weekend for some antique and thrift store shopping as well as hit this wonderful flea market. Mom, dad and I were up and out early Friday, Saturday and Sunday and found some AWESOME items for me to use in upcoming class projects and workshops. I was so happy. I just give mom and dad a list of items I’m looking for and they are off and running. They scored some great finds for me this trip. Those two are keepers I tell ya. I took a few photos of some of the items we found. I have boxes filled with great vintage stuff. But some I’m gonna keep a secret as a girl can’t share all her surprises… can she? We found salt and pepper shakers,...

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Studio 490 and Maya Road

Jul 28, 2011

I cannot believe these are the only photos I took of Wendy’s incredible art pieces. I was in the Ranger booth several times looking at her art as well as in the Stampers Anonymous booth. But as you can see she never ever disappoints. I could look at her art over and over again and still find things I did not notice the first 100 times I looked at them. Not one detail is forgotten. I must say the door knob projects above really fascinate me. They are awesome! As you can see Wendy has lots of new Art Parts that go with her stamps. I think I’m an Art Parts kinda girl too. Just look at how cool they are. And her flowers below are just amazing. Wendy even tells you what products...

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Anniversary Card

Jul 18, 2011

I createad this card using patterned paper from my Cocoa Daisy “Urban Loft” kit and several new Maya Road release items. The new “Winter’s Roses in Houndstooth Pumpkin” goes perfectly with their new “Satin Pleat Edging in Golden Yellow” and “Ruffle Crochet Trim – Single”. I had to put a “Black Wooden Bingo Calendar Piece” inside the rose center as it fit too well to pass up. I then accented the Winter’s Rose with “Vintage Pearl and Leaf” Trinket Pins. And one can never get tired of accenting cards or projects with the “Large Daisy Vintage Trim”. I love the softness it adds to my projects. FYI: You can mist this trim with any of the solid Maya Road Mists to color coordinate it with any of your projects. To make the color permanent just heat set it...

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CHA Summer Schedule

Jul 17, 2011

July 19 –  Maya Road Booth #1523  – 10:30 – 1:00 July 20 – Maya Road Booth #1523  – 10:30 – 11:15 July 20 – Assist Caroline during her “Take A Journey with Maya Road 6 Ways” Workshop from 12:00 – 2:00 in Room 3 July 21 –  Maya Road Booth #1523  –  9:30 – 12:00 While walking the floors in the afternoon at CHA I’m going to give away one autographed book a day. So if you’re attending the show come up to me and say hi, if you’re the first one to do so you’ll get that days signed copy of my book “Delight In The Details”. As you can see the design team canvas I created for Maya Road is filled with lots of new release items. Click HERE to see their new...

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I survived…

Apr 4, 2011

Barely, but I did survive the taping of two videos Friday, while in Cincinnati. Glad that is over. But I do believe you are going to like the tutorials and now I know how I want to do some for my blog. Once they finish performing miracles in the editing room they will send me the videos to share with all of you. The week was super awesome and I am so excited to see this book come together. While talking to everyone there about the design and layout I could finally picture it coming together in my head. I’m going to be so proud of this book. It is exactly how I hoped it would be. Before I left for Cincinnati I made a few fabric flowers and thought I would show you...

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4 Chapters and 2 Promos…

Mar 31, 2011

Are in the can!!! Today, we worked it and got 13 techniques shot with 30 min. left in the day. So Jenni and I started organizing for the two technique videos I”ll be shooting tomorrow. I will be so glad when tomorrow is over. I’ve worried about shooting these videos all week long. But Jenni says it will all be okay and I have nothing to worry about. It’s so strange as I can talk to anyone, have taught at CHA, have instructed 1,000’s of make-n-takes, taught classes without any fear but pull that camera out and I freeze up. If I lose my fear of the camera tomorrow Amy Coon wont know how to act. Every time she comes to the Maya Road booth at CHA I want to just take off running...

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