You are going to LOVE these…

Jan 23, 2011

I was asked to cre­ate a can­vas for Ranger’s design­er wall at CHA. Well the prod­uct we had to high­light was their Per­fect Pearl Mists and their new Per­fect Pearls colors.You are going to LOVE these. Check out Suze Wein­berg’s blog to see the new col­ors and a few sneak peeks of her can­vas… I can­not wait to see it in per­son. It was fun to cre­ate what ever I want­ed with the only require­ments being it had to be my style and I had to use the prod­ucts sent my way. I used WAY MORE Ranger prod­ucts on my can­vas than what was required but one tech­nique seemed to lead to anoth­er which meant using anoth­er prod­uct and so on… I think the Rock Can­dy Crack­le Paint looks AWESOME on the frame… I...

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Paper Medallions…

Dec 7, 2010

Well since yes­ter­day, I showed you my favorite Crepe Paper and Glit­ter artist, today, I decid­ed to show you my favorite Paper Medal­lion Artist… who just so hap­pens to love Crepe Paper too. Gosh how fun would it be to sit at a table with these two and cre­ate… I would LOVE that! Maybe some­day… here is to wish­ing! Sat­ur­day, while co-teach­ing the snow globe project with Trisha, Ann-Denise Ander­son of Whim & Fan­cy Designs was teach­ing in the next room. I’ve loved her work for such a long time. Ann-Denise has been fea­tured in sev­er­al issues of Som­er­set mag­a­zine and since the moment I laid eyes on her work I’ve hoped to meet her. Our paths just nev­er seemed to cross at the same time so you can imag­ine my excite­ment when I...

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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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What a weekend…

Oct 3, 2010

Artis­tic Jour­ney was AWESOME! I had so much fun meet­ing and cre­at­ing with every­one and can­not wait to do this again… next year, right Car­o­line? Since I have so many pho­tos to post I will not be too wordy and let the pho­tos speak for them­selves. Enjoy! Down­town Wax­a­hachie and The Crafty Scrap­per. Some of the atten­dees cre­at­ed tags pri­or to the event that were show­cased in the store­front win­dow… Lau­ra was busy check­ing every­one in while Katie and Car­olyn chat­ted with a few of the guests. Every­one got a goody bag filled with AWESOME prod­ucts. Mary Lou and Ker­ri were always super busy at the reg­is­ter. Return­ing from hav­ing a group pho­to tak­en. Fri­day evening was filled with Make n Takes. Once every­one fin­ished each sta­tion they had an adorable mini album to...

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Artistic Journey

Sep 30, 2010

I have been so excit­ed for Artis­tic Jour­ney to begin and can’t believe it is final­ly here. Tomor­row, I head down to Wax­a­hachie to spend three days with a won­der­ful group of ladies at The Crafty Scrap­per. These ladies are com­ing from all over ready to cre­ate, make new friends, shop and have fun. Fri­day night will be filled with make n takes and lots of laugh­ter. Then Sat­ur­day and Sun­day, I will be teach­ing my shad­ow box class along with Katie Wat­son and Aubrey Rives. Katie cre­at­ed an adorable recipe card hold­er and Aubrey cre­at­ed a super fun and whim­si­cal mini album. I can­not wait to see these two as I only get to see them at CHA. Lau­ra my online vin­tage bud­dy and CHA pal will be there too as well as...

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And finally we are done…

Aug 18, 2010

Oh I do not miss those stripes and stars for one sec­ond… not a tear was shed when they got cov­ered by this gor­geous col­or by Valspar. It is called Prairie Brush and I love it. Now I walk into a room that looks like this… Every sin­gle prod­uct is in its place and every sin­gle draw­er, box and nook and cran­ny has been cleaned out. It feels so good. I love that I final­ly have a spot for my Under­wood type­writer… this poor thing has been all over the house.  I still need to hang a shelf over the one you see for items that I need but do not use all that often. And I want to dig around some thrift stores to find some vin­tage prints to hang on the wall....

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I spy…

Aug 6, 2010

a real­ly messy bar and kitchen table. The bar is loaded with lots of fun things I pur­chased while in Maine and West Vir­ginia and the kitchen table is filled with stuff I have been using this week. You too can have this mess if your scrap­room is so out of con­trol you need to ask your neigh­bor to help you come orga­nize.… next week hope­ful­ly all that you see will fit into my scrap­room. Pray for me that Jen­nifer does not leave the sec­ond she sees what I have done. You will spy with your lit­tle eyes vin­tage milk bot­tle caps (for my future Christ­mas online work­shop), Ger­man glass glit­ter, bag full of vin­tage tin­sel and alu­minum gar­land (more items for an online work­shop), old bot­tles to be cleaned and filled with vin­tage...

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Show Day 3

Jul 30, 2010

This one is a day late but by the time we fin­ished break­ing down the booth and eat­ing din­ner it was late and I was pooped. As you can see my day start­ed out as usu­al at the make-n-take booth. Peo­ple loved learn­ing how to make medal­lion flow­ers. They loved it so much so that I taught 100 peo­ple how to make them. That is a lot of mak­ing and tak­ing in 5  hours. Right before the show start­ed I went to anoth­er one of my favorite man­u­fac­tur­ers… Crafty Secrets.  They have some adorable items com­ing out. You will notice sev­er­al projects using my friend Vic­ki Chris­man­’s 3D shad­ow box frame dies and they are super cute. Their booth is filled with loads of vin­tage good­ness. Notice the 3D Shad­ow Box Frame above… I...

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It’s All About The Dress

Jun 23, 2010

Reg­is­tra­tion for my new online work­shop “It’s All About The Dress” is now open. The cost for this work­shop is $24.95. You will have instant access to the sup­ply list once reg­is­tra­tion has been com­plet­ed. The first work­shop project will be post­ed to the pri­vate blog June 28th. You will have access to the pri­vate blog for 30 days start­ing the day of your reg­is­tra­tion.       In this online class you will alter a Maya Road Dress Form album using sev­er­al dif­fer­ent tech­niques. I will show you how to cre­ate del­i­cate ruf­fles and rosettes from crepe paper an adorable boa cre­at­ed with flow­ers made from old book pages and beau­ti­ful cab­bage ros­es cre­at­ed from felt. You will accent the dress forms with pearls, rhine­stones, stick pins, scal­loped trim, tulle and seam bind­ing....

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A few new soldering projects

May 28, 2010

I was lucky to get Trisha Con­lon to come to my house for a pri­vate sol­der­ing les­son this past Wednes­day. She is so tal­ent­ed and has so many won­der­ful ideas. Trisha and I start­ed brain­storm­ing and came up with a super cool class idea that we are going to teach  togeth­er at The Crafty Scrap­per. It will be down the road because first we have to get the idea out of our heads and to the table. All I can say is it will be an all day class that will incor­po­rate both our styles and yes I have to say it again.… it is so super cool! Okay so on to what she taught me.… I love the shad­ow box type pen­dants and want­ed to learn how to make them so bad­ly. Well...

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Starting to feel some progress

May 27, 2010

well it is day 3 of rest­ing the shoul­der well hon­est­ly semi rest­ing the shoul­der and I am start­ing to feel some improve­ment. So I guess I real­ly did need to rest the darn thing and since I have been only work­ing on CHA sam­ples I thought I would share some more of my favorite projects in my book. Oh but first… those of you on the wait­ing list for my “Dia­monds Are A Girls Best Friend” tech­nique class that I will be teach­ing at The Crafty Scrap­per next month we have added anoth­er day. Here is the sched­ule for Fri­day, June 11th Noon “Dia­monds Are A Girls Best Friend” 6:00 “Tus­cany and Ros­es” then Sat­ur­day, June 12th Noon “Dia­monds Are A Girls Best Friend” (Sold Out) So if you are on the wait­ing...

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I love small houses…

May 11, 2010

I could cre­ate an entire vil­lage out of this old fash­ioned putz style house. Real­ly, there are so many won­der­ful ways to dec­o­rate this sweet lit­tle house. I have oth­er pat­terns in my head to cre­ate as well but I want­ed some­thing sim­ple this go around. I like the sim­plic­i­ty of the black paint against the old book page. Also the accent­ed star… it’s a Texas thing in gold Ger­man glass glit­ter real­ly adds a nice pop of col­or to the front. Oh and don’t for­get the crys­tal coarse glit­ter, it adds the per­fect amount of sparkle. Tips, Tech­niques and Tuto­ri­als I have been super busy cre­at­ing some new tech­nique class­es to teach at The Crafty Scrap­per in Wax­a­hachie. My “Dia­monds Are A Girl’s Best Friend” Tech­nique Class will be taught June 12th at...

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To glitter or not to glitter…

Apr 26, 2010

Real­ly should this even be a ques­tion but I think these lit­tle ros­es look pret­ty either way. As you can tell I can­not seem to get off this flower addic­tion. I think of ways to make flow­ers all the time now. Seri­ous­ly, it is bad. But oh so fun… so the addic­tion remains. The tuto­r­i­al to make these lit­tle ros­es will be post­ed on my Tips, Tech­niques and Tuto­ri­als paper craft­ing com­mu­ni­ty soon. I have two flower tuto­ri­als post­ed there now. I think these tiny flow­ers would look so cute clus­tered on top of a gift box… hmm, might need to cre­ate a mini box tem­plate just for these ros­es. Enjoy your day… it is gor­geous here in...

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Registration is now open

Apr 19, 2010

Because I don’t think any­one is ever too old to play with dolls, here is a sneak peek of my upcom­ing work­shop, “Say Say Old Play­mate”. In this online work­shop you’ll cre­ate a unique paper doll, alter three dress­es and cre­ate cute items for her to hold. Your doll and her belong­ings will look adorable kept in an altered cig­ar box or hung on the wall attached to a vin­tage tray (mag­nets are involved with this project). Passers by can change her out­fit or hand held embell­ish­ment any time they feel. Mine will cer­tain­ly be hang­ing in my scrap­room. The cost for this online work­shop is $19.95. Once reg­is­tered you will have access to the pri­vate blog where you can view the com­plete sup­ply list. The Crafty Scrap­per will be sell­ing a few Say...

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Say Say Old Playmate

Apr 6, 2010

Here is a sneak peek of my upcom­ing work­shop, Say Say Old Play­mate. I feel one is nev­er too old to play with dolls. In this work­shop you will cre­ate one doll, alter three dress­es and cre­ate adorable items for her to hold. Your doll and all her belong­ings would look adorable kept in an altered box or hung on the wall attached (mag­nets are involved with this project) to a vin­tage tray. This way those that pass by can change her out­fit or hand held embell­ish­ment. I will cer­tain­ly be hang­ing mine in my scrap­room. The cost for this online work­shop is $19.95. Once reg­is­tered you will have access to the pri­vate blog where you can view the com­plete sup­ply list. The Crafty Scrap­per will be putting togeth­er and sell­ing a few kits....

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Altered Paper Mache Box

Mar 28, 2010

I tell ya clean­ing out my scrap­room has allowed me to find some things I had for­got­ten all about hav­ing. This paper mache but­ter­fly box was stashed away deep down in a draw­er and these bun­ny picks where hang­ing in a bag that had been pushed way back in the clos­et. Putting the two togeth­er sure did make for a super cute altered box. I’m so glad I found them. This is what the Rab­bit looked like orig­i­nal­ly. I found these in the East­er sec­tion at JoAnns. Sup­plies Used: But­ter­fly Shaped Paper Mache Box, Book Pages, Sta­mens, Creamy Brown Ink, Rab­bit Pick, Kry­lon Sil­ver Leaf­ing Pen, Strong Liq­uid Adhe­sive, Glue Stick, Craft Knife, Craft Mat, Col­lage Pauge Instant Decoupage — Glossy, Martha Stew­art Crys­tal Coarse Glit­ter, MM Mani­la Acrylic Paint Tools Need­ed: Paint­brush, Scis­sors...

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Altered Paper Mache Box

Mar 24, 2010

How sweet will this be filled with a lit­tle East­er sur­prise? I love sur­pris­es and think this altered egg shaped paper mache box is per­fect to hold that spe­cial East­er some­thing. Sup­plies Need­ed: Small Egg Shaped Paper Mache Box, Vin­tage East­er Post­card Image, Folk Art 526 Soft Apple Acrylic Paint, Col­lage Pauge Instant Decoupage — Glossy, Martha Stew­art Crafts Crys­tal Coarse Glit­ter, Col­or­Box Flu­id Chalk Ink — Creamy Brown, Maya Road Vin­tage Cro­chet White Zig Zag Trim, Pale Pink Seam Bind­ing, Fab­ri-Tac, Maya Road Clear Jew­el Pins, Cop­ic Ciao Mark­ers RV13 Ten­der Pink & G21 Lime Green, 3mm Rhine­stones, 5mm Self Adhe­sive Pearl Tools Used: Scis­sors, Pen­cil, Paint­brush Instruc­tions: Using a paint­brush paint the entire paper mache box, let dry. Light­ly ink the paint­ed box using Creamy Brown ink. Note:  You just want a...

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Where is “Delight In The Details”?

Mar 13, 2010

I have a fun lit­tle thing I want to do and a won­der­ful RAK could be yours if you decide to par­tic­i­pate. If you see my book “Delight In The Details” while you are out and about take a pho­to of your­self hold­ing it. Include the name of the store, city and state then email me the pho­to. If you already pur­chased my book send me a pho­to of you hold­ing it and include the city and state you reside. I will have Alan make a pho­to album that I can post all the pho­tos into so you too can see all the dif­fer­ent places it has land­ed. After you email the pho­to to me your name will be entered for a chance to win a won­der­ful RAK (Medi­um Flate Rate box filled full)...

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Countdown to Santa and Black Friday Special

Nov 26, 2009

Here is a sneak peek of my newest project down­load. It’s a Count­down to San­ta Altered Frame. And I have a pre Black Fri­day spe­cial that lasts until Fri­day night on the last few remain­ing Grab Bag Style Box­es in my store. If you’ve been think­ing about get­ting one now is your chance. Each box is filled with lots and lots of great prod­ucts. Fri­day, I will be back to post­ing the 12 Days of Christ­mas pock­et tuto­ri­als for the Advent Cal­en­dar I am work­ing on. So those of you that are cre­at­ing along with me… get your sup­plies...

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Grab Bag Style Boxes…

Nov 9, 2009

Last week I cleaned out my scrap­room and Sat­ur­day, Ter­ri and I ran­dom­ly FILLED to the top 12 medi­um sized flat rate box­es. These box­es are grab bag style so you will not know what you get until you open the box. The min­i­mum retail val­ue of each box will eas­i­ly exceed the pur­chase price plus ship­ping… sev­er­al are val­ued at over $75. You will not receive every man­u­fac­tur­er list­ed below but you will receive a box FILLED with at least 10 of the man­u­fac­tur­ers list­ed. Note: This does not mean only 10 items, remem­ber I FILLED the box­es. This means 10 man­u­fac­tur­ers. Each box is only $24.95 plus ship­ping. You can find them here in my store. Man­u­fac­tur­ers: Daisyd’s, Maya Road, Scenic Route, Dream Street Designs, Octo­ber After­noon, Autumn Leaves Idea Books, Hei­di...

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Book Page Flower Tutorial…

May 8, 2009

Okay those of you that love to make flow­ers here is anoth­er tuto­r­i­al. I real­ly hope you all show me what you cre­at­ed with these tuto­ri­als. I would love for you to share how you use these to embell­ish your projects, cards, tags or lay­outs. Next week will be anoth­er week of tuto­ri­als just not sure what the theme will be… cer­tain­ly will be think­ing about it over the week­end. Wish­ing you all the best. Enjoy! Sup­plies Need­ed: Sizzix Die (Flower Lay­ers #3) 2 — Old Book Pages Col­or­Box Flu­id Chalk Ink (Creamy Brown) Maya Mists (Iri­des­cent Pearl, Sil­ver Metal­lic) Plat­inum Stick­les 1 — Large Pearl Cabo­chon or But­ton Stu­dio 490 Wendy Vec­chi Funky Flower Art Leaf Stamp Cream Felt Embroi­dery Floss (DMC #543) Tools Need­ed: Sewing Nee­dle Fab­ri-Tac Liq­uid Glue Martha Stew­art Seal...

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