Mini Shadow Box

Aug 10, 2012

Tomor­row, I am par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Jo-Ann Fab­rics & Crafts Grand Open­ing in Sher­man, Texas. I will be there for a Book Sign­ing and Demo from 11:00–1:00. I’ll be instruct­ing those in atten­dance how to cre­ate a beau­ti­ful paper rose to accent a gift tag or card for any cel­e­bra­tion or spe­cial occa­sion. And with just a sim­ple change in paper col­or these beau­ti­ful ros­es are per­fect for any hol­i­day.  Come see me… it’s going to be fun! Jo-Ann Fab­rics & Crafts 4127 N. US High­way 75 Sher­man, Texas Ok, so on to today’s project. I love shad­ow box­es of any kind and decid­ed to cre­ate a mini shad­ow box tag for one of my projects for CHA. As I start­ed gath­er­ing Maya Road sup­plies I came across a Maya Road Scal­lop Square Basic Album...

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Kitting and a Contract

Aug 8, 2012

I’m so hap­py to show you this pho­to… the offi­cial con­tract for book 3 arrived. I’m so super excit­ed about the con­cept for this book I can hard­ly stand it. I’m also very for­tu­nate to get to con­tin­ue work­ing with such loy­al spon­sors. I have a few new spon­sors that I’m real­ly hap­py to have that will be added to this LIST soon! Thank you all so much for your sup­port and ongo­ing spon­sor­ship. I real­ly appre­ci­ate both tremen­dous­ly. This week it’s been all about get­ting kits ready and shipped to Lake Como, Italy for “A Kiss On The Chic’s Cre­ative Retreat in Italy” Lau­ra’s put togeth­er a fab­u­lous event and Sept. 15th can­not get here soon enough. I’ve nev­er in my life wished I had a Sizzix Vagabond Machine so bad­ly as I...

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Blast from the Past

Aug 2, 2012

While orga­niz­ing pho­tos in my gallery, late last night, I stum­bled upon some lay­outs I cre­at­ed when I first start­ed to scrap­book back in 2005. Oh good­ness do I have some fun lay­outs to show you… it’s so fun­ny to me look­ing back at what I’ve cre­at­ed. When we first moved into our home the sum­mer of 1999 there were gor­geous sun­flower fields all over. I loved going out each morn­ing and tak­ing pho­tos of them with the morn­ing sun high­light­ing each petal. It tru­ly was gor­geous. I did learn one hard les­son though… did you know when you cut wild sun­flow­ers they seep this REALLY STICKY stuff? When this sap­py stuff gets on any­thing it’s like try­ing to remove goril­la glue… I did­n’t think I would ever rid my kitchen table of this...

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Artistic Journey 2012 Sneak Peeks

Jul 31, 2012

Check Out The Project Peeks For Artis­tic Jour­ney! Artis­tic Jour­ney 2012 is brought to you by The Crafty Scrap­per. This event fea­tures 3 of Maya Road­’s design­ers and they are set to inspire you to try new tech­niques and learn new things on your Artis­tic Jour­ney. Check out the details below for peeks of each of the fab­u­lous 3 hour class­es. We have a spe­cial make and take that you will love for our Fri­day meet and greet! So join us on this Artis­tic Jour­ney, Octo­ber 5th — Octo­ber 7th, 2012. We Want To Learn About The Teach­ers And See Peeks Of Their Class­es! Meet Dina Wak­ley: Dina Wak­ley lives Ari­zona with her hus­band and three boys. She love every­thing about art…making it, talk­ing about it, teach­ing it. Dina dis­cov­ered scrap­book­ing in 1995. Scrap­book­ing...

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Maya Road Linen Album

Jul 12, 2012

So hap­py to final­ly be able to share the Maya Road Cat­a­log for CHA-Sum­mer. They have some awe­some prod­ucts com­ing out this release and one of my favorite’s is their new 4″ Binder Linen Album that has 3 linen pages and 3 chip­board pages. I fin­ished my mini album using this album just in the knick of time too… I leave bright and ear­ly… no, wait it wont even be bright when I head to the air­port Sat­ur­day morn­ing, just ear­ly… ugh. I’m so not a morn­ing per­son… I just hope while I’m passed out in my seat on the plane I don’t drool. Okay enough of my trav­el­ing and on to my mini album… I had fun alter­ing this album with lots of amaz­ing new prod­uct. Notice the key in the cen­ter, it’s...

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Maya Road Mid-Release Lisa Uppercase

May 17, 2012

I can­not pos­si­bly explain to you all just how much I LOVE the new Maya Road Lisa Upper­case ~ Chip­board Alpha­bet. And not because they are named after ME but because they tru­ly are my favorite font style and size chip­board alphas Maya Road makes. When Maya Road dis­con­tin­ued their Philadel­phia Upper­case alphas (my first true love) I near­ly had heart fail­ure and let Car­o­line know I was not hap­py with that deci­sion and begged PLEASE NO NOT THESE but there I sat any­way with no more Philadel­phia alphas. I begged some more, plead­ed some more but they were gone, gone, gone!  BUT  NOW I have a new love and I real­ly do love these more than the first so all is well, this new set is the per­fect size and I’m super hap­py and Car­o­line...

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Apr 20, 2012

I love the word “if”. I find it to be one of the most thought pro­vok­ing words and thought it worked per­fect­ly for this tag. If I had not final­ly giv­en in to my deep desire of play­ing with wax I would have nev­er found out just how much I tru­ly love this art form. I start­ed this tag with one I blend­ed ink and dabbed mist here and there as well as stamped the lady from “Soci­ety Lady” stamp set using Jet Black Archival Ink. Then using a Clover iron melt­ed three dif­fer­ent shades of green on top of the tag. Using the hot iron I spread the wax over the entire tag as well as swept some areas of the wax away show­ing the ink, mist and stamped areas. Once the base...

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Maya Road Sneak Peek 4

Jan 23, 2012

This Sam­pler Piece is one of my favorite projects I cre­at­ed for CHA. It show­cas­es all kinds of Maya Road embell­ish­ments as well as stamps from all the Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion stamp sets. The base of the can­vas is cov­ered with linen and all the altered square and rec­tan­gle chip­board pieces are from the Maya Road Foun­da­tions Chip­board Set. I cov­ered them with vin­tage ledger paper and vin­tage sheet music. Then stamped all the images using Jet Black Archival Ink. So on to the Maya Road win­ter release items… the top mid­dle rec­tan­gle has their new Vin­tage Met­al Trin­ket Dress Form Hang­ers. The sec­ond row first square show­cas­es their new Wood Mini But­ter­flies and the sec­ond row third square show­cas­es their new Can­vas Ship­ping Tags. In the upper left cor­ner you can see a new...

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Dress Forms, Angel Wings and Glitter

Jan 16, 2012

This project includes prod­ucts I’m real­ly lov­ing right now, so I thought I would share them with you… Maya Road Mini Chip­board Set “Sew Cute” Dress Forms Maya Road Mini Chip­board Set “Wings & Hearts” Wings Maya Road Mini Chip­board Set “Crowns” Maya Road Glit­ter Iri­des­cent, Regal Gold & Licorice Black Maya Road Vin­tage Lace Trim Mums — Sil­ver Maya Road Tulle Pleat Trim Mocha Ranger Ink Crack­le Accent Clau­dine Hell­muth Stu­dio Mul­ti Medi­um Mat­te Tim Holtz Dis­tress Crack­le Paint Clear Rock Can­dy Jen­ni Bowl­in for Ranger Acrylic Paint Dab­bers Malt­ed Milk & Foun­tain Pen I’m also hav­ing fun with the tiny word­ing strips you see on the dress forms. They are from my Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion stamp sets Soci­ety Lady & Styl­ish and Fash­ion­able. The “Fig­ure No. 296K.” and oth­er like word­ing are just...

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Gentlemen’s Ornament or Gift Tag

Dec 1, 2011

I love the detail you get from the Gen­tle­men’s Puff stamp in the Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion ~ Fine and Dandy Stamp Set. Each fine line in the Puff can be seen and it makes me so hap­py. This project can be used as an orna­ment for your tree to rep­re­sent the men in the fam­i­ly or attached to a gift and used as a gift tag. The back is cov­ered with the blank mar­gin from a piece of vin­tage book page. I used two Maya Road Rec­tan­gle Foun­da­tion chip­board pieces as the base for this project. One com­plete rec­tan­gle front was cov­ered with vin­tage sheet music. Then just the out­er piece of the sec­ond rec­tan­gle was stamped using the fir tree stamp from Lit­tle Red Wag­on by Pink Per­sim­mon. I used Jet Black Archival Ink...

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Altering the House

Nov 5, 2011

I feel like I’m burn­ing the can­dle at both ends, right now. I’ve been work­ing on spe­cial projects, writ­ing instruc­tions for three class­es that I will be teach­ing, next week­end at The Crafty Scrap­per, gath­er­ing sup­plies to kit for the class­es and try­ing to fin­ish up this Hal­loween Mini Album. So tonight I fin­ished alter­ing the house and thought I would share it now instead of wait­ing until Mon­day. I cov­ered the major­i­ty of the chip­board house using this Hal­loween 2011 pat­terned paper by JBS Mer­can­tile. The small sec­tions are per­fect to alter the house and pump­kin. The owl and stars on the roof are from this pat­terned paper. After I cov­ered the house with pat­terned paper I sand­ed and inked the edges using a brown ink. Then I attached the pat­terned paper of...

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Altering the Leaves

Nov 3, 2011

As you can see the album is start­ing to come togeth­er, but please note I do not have any­thing attached to the cov­er just yet. Every­thing is just sit­ting in place. I like see­ing the stems of the leaves and pump­kins stick­ing out. The album still lacks all the details that makes it spe­cial but you can begin to see how the com­plet­ed mini album is going to look. I’m still not sure how I want to alter the ban­ner.. paint, ink, paper? I’ll fig­ure it out lat­er. Today we are alter­ing the leaves of the coast­er mini album. I find it eas­i­est when alter­ing some­thing like the shape of leaves is to apply the adhe­sive to the chip­board piece, attach the pat­terned paper and then cut the piece out using a craft knife...

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Altering the Pumpkins

Nov 2, 2011

Please for­give me for the last few days. I have been work­ing on some projects that I can­not wait to share. I will be doing an online chat with A Cher­ry On Top, Novem­ber 19th (once we have the time set I will let you know) dur­ing this chat I will final­ly get to reveal my secret… need­less to say, I am count­ing down the days. So, if you want to know make sure you are all signed up at ATOC to par­tic­i­pate in the chat. Okay, so now to alter­ing the chip­board pump­kins with Jen­ni Bowl­in’s awe­some Hal­loween 2011 line. To cre­ate the pump­kin tem­plate place a piece of com­put­er paper on top and trace over the recessed area with a sty­lus and cut out. For the stem por­tion of the pump­kin I traced...

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Getting Started

Oct 27, 2011

When cre­at­ing a mini album I like to cov­er the base pages first and build from there. Jen­ni Bowl­in’s Hal­loween line reminds me of the vin­tage Hal­loween items I come across now and then when thrift­ing and walk­ing around flea mar­kets. The images on the pat­terned papers are awe­some. Tools and Sup­plies Used: Glue Stick, Craft Knife, Craft Mat, Sand­ing Block, Glossy Accents, Maya Road 1″ Ink Pads True Black, Metal­lic Gold, Maya Road Glit­ter Licorice Black, Regal Gold, Dia­mond Stick­les Album Cov­er Pages 1 and 2 Pages 3 and 4 Pages 5 and 6 Pages 7 and 8 Back Cov­er Once all the pages are cov­ered I then alter the mini chip­board embell­ish­ments. I inked and glit­tered a cat, two trees and two maple leaves. Then I altered two mini chip­board pump­kins using...

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Artistic Journey

Sep 28, 2011

Here is anoth­er lit­tle sneak peek of the project I will be teach­ing at Artis­tic Jour­ney, this week­end. Can you tell I’m get­ting excit­ed for this event? It is a unique heart shaped shad­ow box filled with lots of Maya Road prod­ucts like Mini Chip­board Pieces, Ink, Glit­ter, Trims, Wood­en Embell­ish­ments and cov­ered with the gor­geous Pink Paislee But­ter­fly Gar­den Pat­terned Paper Col­lec­tion. I real­ly love how it turned out and can’t wait to teach all the fun tech­niques. And yes­ter­day, I fin­ished three orna­ments for a Vin­tage Hol­i­day Orna­ment Class. I will be teach­ing this class at The Crafty Scrap­per, Novem­ber 12th. This class will be lim­it­ed to 23 peo­ple so if you want to take the class make sure you sign up as soon as Car­olyn posts it to the Events page...

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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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True Love

Jul 20, 2011

This is the last of the cards I cre­at­ed using new Maya Road prod­ucts. They are releas­ing the cutest “Mini Bot­tle Caps” and when I say, “mini” I mean mini they are only .5″. I cre­at­ed the flower by col­or­ing the bot­tle cap using the car­di­nal cop­ic mark­er, one daisy from their “Large Daisy Vin­tage Lace Trim” and their new “Skin­ny Spool”. The “Wavy Lay­er­able Ban­ner” is mist­ed with “Egg­plant Put­ple Maya Mist” and stamped using the alphas from the “Just My Type” stamp set. The love chip­board word is inked using their “Pink 1” Ink Pad”. The“Mini Bot­tle Cap” is half filled with glossy accents and sil­ver Ger­man glass glit­ter then a self adhe­sive pearl was placed in the cen­ter. I accent­ed the pat­terned paper from my Cocoa Daisy “Urban Loft” kit, scal­lop cir­cle cen­ter and chip­board pieces...

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Wall Art

Jun 16, 2011

This is a great way to use your scraps. I cre­at­ed this piece years ago but love how it’s still some­thing I can dis­played to this day. I used Maya Road Chip­board Blos­soms for the flow­ers cov­ered with pat­terned paper scraps, then I attached a but­ton to the cen­ter of each one. The leaves and stems were hand cut and ran­dom­ly placed onto the pat­terned paper base to look like a wild­flower arrange­ment. The entire piece is attached to a can­vas and sits on a easel. I accent­ed the chip­board vase with rhine­stones and twill. The say­ing says, “I’d rather have ros­es on my table than dia­monds around my neck.” Which is very much me. So keep those scraps as they can help you cre­ate some real­ly cute wall...

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Remember Me… MM Blog Bounce

May 10, 2011

It’s time for anoth­er Mem­o­ry Mak­ers Blog Bounce. The theme this month is “Remem­ber Me.” I thought it would be nice to give you a project to cre­ate for Memo­r­i­al Day. These orna­ments can be hung on a wreath or placed any­where in your home to add a bit of patri­o­tism and hon­or friends and fam­i­ly who have served our coun­try.  To those, I give a heart­felt thank you. Sup­plies Need­ed: 3 — Small Paper Mache Star Orna­ments (Hob­by Lob­by) Mak­ing Mem­o­ries Paint (Dusk, Red Wag­on) Ranger Adiron­dack Metallics Acrylic Paint Dab­ber (Sil­ver) Col­or­Box Flu­id Chalk Ink (Creamy Brown) Crepe Paper Stream­er (White) Embroi­dery Floss (DMC #543) Old Book Page Stick­les (Plat­inum) Martha Stew­art Seal Punch Paper Glaze or Glossy Accents Glit­ter (Water­slide, Red Wag­on, Steel) Old Fash­ioned Sil­ver Tin­sel Gar­land by Bethany Lowe...

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Mother’s Day Pin or Charm

May 3, 2011

This week with my final book dead­line being Mon­day, of next week, I’m going to try to do some quick posts of projects you can cre­ate for Moth­er’s Day. If I miss a day or two… well you know what the deal is… So today I cre­at­ed a pin that can eas­i­ly be placed onto a neck­lace and used as a charm, if pins are not for you. Or you can attach it to her gift as an accent on a gift bag or box. I’m sure you all can think of lots of dif­fer­ent ways to use this cameo. The Maya Road Mini Chip­board Cameos Set is super fun to alter. If you’ve not yet had a chance to play around with these give them a try. I think you’ll love them. You can...

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