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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