Maya Road CHA 2014 Winter Release

Jan 8, 2014

Pre­pare to be inspired and amazed with sev­er­al projects fea­tured using new Maya Road prod­ucts. These projects were cre­at­ed by some super tal­ent­ed mem­bers of the Maya Road design team, Angel­la Pear­don, Jen­nifer Bea­son and Julia Stain­ton. To view the entire Maya Road 2014 Cat­a­log click HERE. You can also see some amaz­ing projects cre­at­ed by the Maya Road Design Team HERE. I have lots of new items that are a must have on my list: Skin­ny Pen­nant Ban­ner Album, Vin­tage Doily & Vin­tage But­ter­fly Pieces Trans­paren­cies, Vin­tage Pearl Pins ~ Hot Pink, Star Pink ~ Sil­ver & Pink, Stained Wood But­tons & Heart But­tons, Antique Sew Cute Scis­sor Charms, Pin­wheel Charms, Soar­ing Bird Charms, My Cup of Joe Vin­tage Met­al Clips, Resins ~ Feath­ered Friend, Soar­ing Bird & Mini Sparkle and Shine Flow­ers,...

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Imperfect is Perfect to me.…

Mar 29, 2013

When I found this beat up old util­i­ty cart at Frisco Mer­can­tile I could not get my hands on it fast enough. I had been walk­ing up and down each and every aisle look­ing for some­thing to put in this very spot. I knew I need­ed it to be a cer­tain width and height, want­ed it to be an open piece so it would not close off the room too much, look nice and it had to be large enough to hold all the items seen. Well when I stum­bled onto this cart and saw that the price was $18.00 it was sold. Yes it is scratched, yes it leans a bit to one side (but it’s still lev­el) and yes it squeaks when the wheels roll but I think it’s imper­fec­tions are what makes it...

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EnviroTex Jewelry Clay

Feb 14, 2013

Oh good­ness do I have an awe­some and amaz­ing prod­uct to tell you about today. As you know I love Envi­ro­Tex Jew­el­ry Resin, well at CHA they released their new Envi­ro­Tex Jew­el­ry Clay. I got to play with it dur­ing a make n take/demo and this stuff is amaz­ing! I cre­at­ed the blinged out charm using this clay and hon­est­ly cre­at­ing can­not get much eas­i­er. You can watch a short video on their web­site HERE. Envi­ro­Tex Jew­el­ry Clay is easy to mix, shape, mold and add tex­ture. It will adhere to stones, crys­tals, glass, met­al, wood etc. and when ful­ly cured it has a smooth porce­lain like sur­face that can be paint­ed, sand­ed and drilled. This prod­uct is AWESOME! To cre­ate the charm shown above all you need are the fol­low­ing sup­plies: Round Bezel,...

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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 ~ W should stand for Whirlwind

Jan 21, 2013

CHA~W was a whirl­wind for sure. There were so many excit­ing things to see and do I have no idea where to start. To me CHA is like a mini reunion, it’s always won­der­ful see­ing old friends and mak­ing new ones.  Below are the adorable make n takes Car­o­line designed for me to teach each day of the show. I love that she always has a dif­fer­ent one each day. And can you believe some atten­dees have cre­at­ed every make n take I’ve done with Maya Road since my first show with them in 2007. The Maya Road make n takes were so pop­u­lar that each day by 1:00 we fin­ished all we had pre­pared and had to scram­ble to come up with a new one. My table is always crazy with a line...

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Maya Road Sneak Peek ~ Wood Bird Cages

Jan 8, 2013

In between book projects, I squeezed in a lit­tle cre­ative time to make some small CHA projects for Maya Road. I must say, I’m LOVING the new Wood Bird Cages (page 1 in the cat­a­log) and 4″ x 6″ Card Sen­ti­ment Words Stamp Set (page 4 in the cat­a­log). This tag was fun and pret­ty quick to cre­ate. I start­ed with an Inkssen­tials #8 Mani­la Tag and cov­ered it with Pink Paislee pat­terned paper. I then used the Maya Road Ornate Feath­ered Friends 4″ x 6″ stamp set as a back­ground stamp (page 15 in the cat­a­log). I then machine stitched a straight stitch all around the inside edge of the tag and dis­tressed and inked the edges. Tip: I leave the stamps on the clear sheet as the come when pur­chased then ink the stamps with...

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A Shabby Christmas with Maya Road

Dec 13, 2012

Gosh it’s been a while since I last post­ed on my blog. I had to dust off the keys. This year, I’m mak­ing all my Christ­mas gifts so my still incred­i­bly orga­nized craft­room has had a flur­ry of glit­ter going on in it. Besides Christ­mas gifts it’s CHA prep time and book projects that are freak­ing me out but enough of that stress lets get on to this fun project. I thought of a cute idea when I found this lit­tle tro­phy in my scrap­book stash and just had to make this home decor accent or orna­ment (which ever you pre­fer) and of course share with all my blog read­ers. This shab­by tree is real­ly fun to make. Here are the basic sup­plies I used… small plas­tic tro­phy, Sisal Christ­mas Tree, Clau­dine Hell­muth Stu­dio...

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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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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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Me Today…

May 4, 2012

The one thing about me and my blog is I real­ly do try hard to keep it real, hon­est and true. I don’t want to hide behind it and make peo­ple think my cre­ative life is so amaz­ing, excit­ing and won­der­ful. This indus­try has lots of won­der­ful perks and I enjoy it immense­ly. I know I’m blessed so please do not take this wrong and think I’m not grate­ful and appre­cia­tive but this indus­try also has LOTS of stress, frus­tra­tion, at times unre­al­is­tic dead­lines, a lit­tle back­stab­bing here and there (sad but true) and idea steal­ing (again sad but true). I try not to focus on the bad part, just the good and share my love of art and all things vin­tage. So I thought I would talk to you today, about three behind the scenes things you...

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Upcoming Creative Weekend

Feb 8, 2012

I will be going to my Hap­py Place, The Crafty Scrap­per in Wax­a­hachie, for a fun filled cre­ative week­end, the last week­end in Feb­ru­ary. My sec­ond book “Delight In The Sea­sons” debuted at CHA and I want to show off my beau­ti­ful new vin­tage inspired, stamp line, Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion by Lisa M. Pace. Car­olyn is going to help me start the week­end off Fri­day night, Feb­ru­ary 24th from 6–7pm for a book­ing sign­ing fol­lowed with a fun make-n-take using my new stamps. If you have my first book “Delight In The Details” feel free to bring it along too and I will glad­ly sign it for you. And just so you know Car­olyn will have both books and all the stamps from Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion for sale in her store. I will be leav­ing sam­ples cre­at­ed with...

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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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Coming out of my CHA fog

Feb 3, 2012

I have to say, this has been the most exhaust­ing CHA I’ve ever attend­ed. I had the best of inten­tions to post each evening I got back to my room about the days hap­pen­ing but each night, I was in bed asleep 30 min­utes after I returned to my room. It was go, go, go, go every sec­ond of every day. And I have the aching feet to prove it. My good­ness my feet have nev­er hurt so much. But my book sign­ings and demo were great, the Maya Road make-n-take table was super busy and super pop­u­lar, peo­ple I chat­ted with about my stamp sets liked see­ing the Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion Stamp line up close and in per­son and I just might have a real­ly cool ven­ture to share in the months to come…...

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CHA~W Day 2

Jan 30, 2012

It was CRAZY at the Maya Road make n take table today… crazy, crazy, crazy. But I love recon­nect­ing with peo­ple from all over the world each year. This is cer­tain­ly a won­der­ful bonus by being in this indus­try. And since I’ve done make n takes for Maya Road since 2007 (can­not BELIEVE it has been this long) I’ve been able to keep in touch with so many awe­some peo­ple. Tomor­row is going to be a super busy day. I have two book sign­ings, a demo and more awe­some Maya Road make n takes. Book Sign­ings ~ Tues­day, Jan­u­ary 31st 11:00 R&M West Coast Enter­pris­es Inc. Booth #1329 2:00 F + W Media Inc. Booth #868 I will be demo­ing a tech­nique fea­tured in my book Delight In The Sea­sons right before this book...

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Year in Review… Techniques

Jan 3, 2012

One of the new tech­niques I tried and LOVED was play­ing with Julie Fei-Fan Balz­er’s sten­cils she designed for The Crafter’s Work­shop. When I sat down at her make-n-take table at CHA sum­mer I was a bit wor­ried as I don’t do messy very well. I nev­er have liked being messy for as long as I can remem­ber and I can remem­ber back to being around 2 1/2 to 3 years of age. So the thought of get­ting ink, mist, paint, mod­el­ing paste and glazes all over my hands kin­da freaked me out. But I took the leap to the dark side as Julie said and I have to admit I LOVED it! Here is the proof I did get messy… not as messy as Julie gets but messy is messy whether it’s only...

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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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The Crafter’s Workshop/Balzer Designs Blog Hop

Dec 13, 2011

YAY it’s time for a Crafter’s Workshop/Balzer Designs Blog Hop. I was thrilled when Julie asked if I would be inter­est­ed in par­tic­i­pat­ing. I could not type YES back fast enough. While at CHA this past sum­mer, Julie drug me to the dark side with her messy art. I must say get­ting messy with her sten­cils is fun. Today’s blog hop fea­tures the Cir­cle In Square sten­cil. I decid­ed to cre­ate a cup insu­la­tor with this sten­cil design and it was so fun! I used Maya Mist in Green Apple and Espres­so to spray over the sten­cil that I placed on top of muslin. I dried the mist with a heat gun then went over the muslin with a hot iron to heat set the Mists. Using a cup insu­la­tor from Star­bucks as a...

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Chicago Water Tower and HandBehg Felts

Jul 26, 2011

While sight-see­ing in Down­town Chica­go Ron­da, Chris­tine and I stum­bled upon the Chica­go Water Tow­er. The Chica­go Water Tow­er was built in 1869 and is the sec­ond old­est water tow­er in the Unit­ed States, after the Louisville Water Tow­er in Louisville, Ken­tucky. The archi­tec­ture on this build­ing is awe­some. While at CHA I came across a felt com­pa­ny called Hand­Be­hg Felts. This com­pa­ny has some of the cutest projects to cre­ate and are so nice. I real­ly enjoyed talk­ing with the own­er and learn­ing about her prod­uct. I will cer­tain­ly be cre­at­ing with some of these prod­ucts for sure. This was their make-n-take box… I made the cutest flower pin and could have stayed there all day mak­ing more. A box filled with adorable felt flow­ers. Adorable felt acorns. As you can see Hand­BE­HG...

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Sight Seeing and Jenni Bowlin

Jul 25, 2011

The day before CHA opened Ron­da, Chris­tine and I walked the Mag­nif­i­cent Mile and came upon a gor­geous church. The First Pres­by­ter­ian Church build­ing was ded­i­cat­ed on May 10, 1914 and every sin­gle square inch of this church is stun­ning. We could have stayed there all day tak­ing pho­tos. The gar­den was so peace­ful with not one bit of col­or but green. Just incred­i­ble. I love that the plaque near the church entrance says, “This church is open dai­ly for rest, prayer and relax­ation.”  Just a lit­tle warn­ing… this blog post is heavy on pho­tos. I was not kid­ding when I said we could have stayed there all day long. So now onto CHA. The day it opened I could not wait to see what my book spon­sors where debut­ing. Well Jen­ni Bowl­in cer­tain­ly...

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CHA Day 2

Jul 21, 2011

It was anoth­er fun day at CHA. This after­noon I helped Car­o­line teach her 6 Ways To Use Maya Road Work­shop. It was a won­der­ful class and most every­one fin­ished their project. Then I walked the floor with Ron­da look­ing at all the won­der­ful new prod­ucts which will be hit­ting stores soon. Chris­tine on the oth­er hand was stuck in her hotel room sort­ing through all kinds of projects for the Cocoa Daisy Kits. All I can say is they are going to be AWESOME!. Today, I have to share a few pho­tos and tell you about all the fun we had in the Crafters Work­shop booth. After look­ing at all of Julie Balz­er’s new sten­cils Ron­da and I played with Julie and a great group of friends. We all know I’m not a get messy kin­da girl...

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