Artistic Journey 2012 ~ French Couture

Oct 4, 2012

I’m real­ly excit­ed for this week­end. I will be teach­ing at Artis­tic Jour­ney in Wax­a­hachie, Texas along side Dina Wak­ley and Angel­la Pear­don. This week­ends event is held at The Crafty Scrap­per and is filled with loads of fun. It starts off Fri­day evening with three fun make & takes, a tag swap and din­ner. Then Sat­ur­day morn­ing bright and ear­ly all three of us teach­ers begin teach­ing our exclu­sive class­es. I’ll be teach­ing an assem­blage class that has the atten­dees alter­ing a dress form. As you can see they are going to be busy, busy, busy dur­ing class. But once they fin­ish their dress form they’ll each have a beau­ti­ful­ly altered dress form to dis­play in their home or give as a gift. So now I’m off to pack, check my to do...

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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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Welcome Home with Maya Road

Jul 11, 2012

Here is a pho­to of the “Wel­come Home with Maya Road” work­shop (#W0701) I’ll be teach­ing for Maya Road at CHA. I’m so look­ing for­ward to teach­ing this sold out class. I also want to give a great big Texas THANK YOU to my awe­some SPONSORS… Clearsnap, Fiskars, Jen­ni Bowl­in Stu­dio and Ranger. They gra­cious­ly donat­ed prod­uct for me to alter the NEW Maya Road House Shad­ow Box. Each class attendee will have a kit filled with awe­some Maya Road prod­ucts and get to cre­ate using prod­uct by these top man­u­fac­tur­ers. And of course a class always needs a give away or two, or three etc., so I’ll be giv­ing away copies of my new book “Delight In The Sea­sons” to sev­er­al lucky win­ners dur­ing the work­shop....

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Mother’s Day Recap

May 18, 2012

I hope you all enjoyed your Moth­er’s Day as much as I enjoyed mine. My fam­i­ly made me feel very spe­cial. First I was treat­ed to a Dyan Reave­ley class at Stam­pers Anony­mous. Car­olyn Ross and I went togeth­er and had lots of fun. I can promise you this is the messi­est my hands have ever been in my LIFE! I think the one thing I real­ly loved about Dyan’s class was she did­n’t give you time to over think what you were doing when cre­at­ing the back­ground for the album. This is one of my issues with art jour­nal­ing… I over think every­thing! I just need to do it and free my very detailed, over ana­lyt­i­cal cre­ative brain. Dyan gave you the per­fect amount of time to do the tech­nique and move on… no over...

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Ranger University Day 2

Apr 29, 2012

This morn­ing we start­ed our day with Clau­dine Hell­muth. Clau­dine is such a sweet and very fun­ny lady. She was quite enter­tain­ing and filled our heads with so many tech­niques and ideas my head was spin­ning by the time we stopped for lunch which was some awe­some square piz­za. Dur­ing Claudine’s class we paint­ed, trans­ferred, glazed and tint­ed. The hands on expe­ri­ence you get with each instruc­tor here at Ranger is unbe­liev­able. They give you so much infor­ma­tion that hon­est­ly by the end of the day my brain hurt and once again was swirling with ideas. Dur­ing Claudine’s class Ron­da and I laughed at the dif­fer­ence in our work area. She ALWAYS had a lit­tle mess here and there and I ALWAYS had mine cleaned up after each tech­nique. So typ­i­cal. After Clau­dine fin­ished...

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Encaustic 101

Apr 24, 2012

I fin­ished my first encaus­tic col­lage piece and can­not wait to start anoth­er one. I plan on teach­ing this can­vas at The Crafty Scrap­per either in May or June. Car­olyn and I just need to work out a date… once we decide on a date and time I will let you all know ASAP. In this class you will cre­ate an encaus­tic col­lage piece mix­ing new and vin­tage embell­ish­ments. Now, I’m off to fin­ish up some laun­dry and pack for tomor­row’s adven­ture. Car­olyn and I are going on a fun trip. I will post pho­tos on Face­book and update you on our trav­els here on my blog....

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If

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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Late Night Creative Play

Apr 18, 2012

I was play­ing late into the night with Bees Wax and thought I would give you a keep­ing it real pho­to of my work area. Maybe this is why I love junk shops and thrift stores so much… the messier the bet­ter. You’ll find all kinds of things in this pho­to… fin­ished projects, dried flow­ers, lace, but­tons, sheet music, bees wax etc… all the things I love. Encaus­tic art is were I want to remain. I love the smell of melt­ing wax, I love how it swirls, bub­bles and flows. It’s been quite a jour­ney get­ting to this place but this place feels nat­ur­al, effort­less and makes me so hap­py. This piece is still in the works. I love how dried flow­ers look under­neath lay­ers nat­ur­al bees wax. I’m not sure how this piece...

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In The Works

Apr 17, 2012

Yes­ter­day, I played with wax and must admit Encaus­tic art makes my heart hap­py. This can­vas piece is still in the works but I love how it is turn­ing out. The soft white and hues of cream make me swoon. The tiny doily is made by my mom. It was just too per­fect not to use in this piece.  I’m think­ing this might be a fun class to teach at “The Crafty Scrap­per”, in the near future. What are your thoughts? I love how dif­fer­ent these two mini can­vas pieces are yet the col­ors are the same. It was so much fun exper­i­ment­ing with dif­fer­ent tools and embell­ish­ments… doilies, dried flow­ers and small feath­ers are per­fect addi­tions for encaus­tic work. This one is one is my favorite. The pho­to is of my grand­moth­er and mom...

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I’m a Grandmother

Apr 11, 2012

Well a grand­moth­er for only a few days. Gosh did I ever have fun tex­ting my sis­ter, “I’m going to be a grand­moth­er” she has nev­er called me back so fast ever. Tex­ting Ter­ri she was going to be an “Aunt” was pret­ty fun too. Our tex­ting ses­sion went like this… Me: You are going to be an Aunt Ter­ri: To what? Me: A baby Ter­ri: This is a joke right? Me: No (tech­ni­cal­ly it is a baby… right?) Ter­ri: Answer your phone So back to Ans­ley, she is tak­ing care of Luke for her Child Devel­op­ment class and I think this is the best expe­ri­ence ever for a teenag­er! Ans­ley has had to take Luke to work with her (Big thanks to her boss, Can­dy) and has to take care of Luke’s each...

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An Artist Cannot Fail…

Apr 9, 2012

While kit­ting for my class “Art Requires Courage” I was think­ing how true these words are, espe­cial­ly to me. Step­ping out of my com­fort zone of all things vin­tage like but­tons, pearls, old papers and trims and into the world of sten­cils, mists, paints and ink takes courage. I know I can do all things vin­tage. This style is as com­fort­able as wear­ing a pair of TOMS but break­ing out of the cre­ative box is hard and scary. I’m deter­mined to give it a go because I have ideas and I’m deter­mined. Even if break­ing out of the box does not feel nat­ur­al or I make so many mis­takes I fill up a trash can, I’m deter­mined. So, this being said, each Mon­day I am going to post an “Art Requires Courage” project. This...

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Art Requires Courage ~ Canvas Class

Apr 6, 2012

I’m so look­ing for­ward to teach­ing my “Art Requires Courage” can­vas class Sat­ur­day, April 21st. Class starts at 10:00 a.m. and will take approx­i­mate­ly 4 hours to com­plete. Car­olyn told me I have just 4 slots left so if you want to join me and learn some fun mixed media tech­niques please call Car­olyn at The Crafty Scrap­per 972.923.3151. The cost for the class is $45.00. In this mixed media class you will alter an 8″ x 10″ can­vas using an eclec­tic mix­ture of ele­ments such as chick­en wire, vin­tage papers, stamped images, tex­tiles, paint and glit­ter. I will show you how to cre­ate a faux stamped met­al accent as well as a faux tin type pho­to­graph using a vin­tage spoon. We will alter silk leaves to look as though they have been air dried and accent your can­vas...

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I’m having a Trunk Show

Mar 19, 2012

I’m so excit­ed about this Trunk Show. There will be lots of projects for sale includ­ing those I cre­at­ed for my books, “Delight In The Details” and “Delight In The Sea­sons”. I just can­not hold on to them any longer as I des­per­ate­ly need the space all the box­es are tak­ing up. Not only will I be sell­ing book projects but also projects I cre­at­ed for Maya Road to dis­play at CHA, Online Work­shops, Class Sam­ples and Blog Posts… it all has got to go. So this being said, if you like hand­made cards, tags, ban­ners and oth­er altered projects I hope to see you at The Crafty Scrap­per, March 31st. My Trunk Show will be a fun part of The Crafty Scrap­pers March Make~n~Take Mad­ness. You real­ly need to save this date. Car­olyn has...

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Yes, I’m doing the Happy Dance…

Nov 13, 2011

I can final­ly share what I’ve been up to and can­not wait for you to see the entire line. The entire line will be revealed Sat­ur­day, Novem­ber 19th dur­ing my online chat with A Cher­ry On Top. See you there. Going to be teach­ing my “Christ­mas Wish­es” class today at 11:00 at The Crafty Scrap­per then doing an online chat with Cocoa Daisy about break­ing into the busi­ness. Please join me at 4 pm East­ern and I will do my best to answer any ques­tions that will help you achieve your scrap­book­ing goals. I have a PDF for you to down­load titled “From Artist to Author” on the right side col­umn of my blog. This has lots of valu­able  infor­ma­tion for begin­ners just want­i­ng to get into the indus­try to the more advanced think­ing...

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Kitting today, Packing tomorrow, Teaching Saturday and Sunday

Nov 10, 2011

Today, I’m get­ting ready for a fun filled week­end teach­ing three class­es at The Crafty Scrap­per. Sat­ur­day, the 12th at 10:30 I will be teach­ing the Vin­tage Hol­i­day Orna­ment Trio Class. In this class I will help you re-cre­ate three unique orna­ments to give as gifts to friends and fam­i­ly or keep for your­self and use as dec­o­ra­tions in your own home this hol­i­day sea­son. You will alter two dif­fer­ent types of vin­tage alu­minum Jel­lo tins and one vin­tage ceram­ic angel that comes num­bered with a Japan stick­er on the bot­tom. We will be using paint, alco­hol ink, three dif­fer­ent kinds of glit­ter (no sur­prise there) as well as unique hol­i­day embell­ish­ments to accent each orna­ment Sat­ur­day, the 12th at 3:00 I will be teach­ing a Jew­el­ry class. In this class you will learn...

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“Christmas Wishes”

Oct 21, 2011

When: Novem­ber 13th Where: The Crafty Scrap­per Time: 11:00 In this class you will cre­ate a home décor piece and hol­i­day orna­ment using a fun mix­ture of new and vin­tage items. Some of the vin­tage items being used are mer­cury glass orna­ments, sheet music, images from vin­tage cards, lace trim, alu­minum gar­land and tin­sel. I’ve been col­lect­ing vin­tage items with this class in mind all year long, from flea mar­kets and thrift stores in Frisco, McK­in­ney, Sour Lake, Win­nie and Beau­mont, as well as all the states from here to Maine. We will col­lage, paint, ink, glit­ter and of course Stick­le when cre­at­ing these two fes­tive hol­i­day projects. Once com­plet­ed you can place the altered hol­i­day tray on an easel or attach a hang­er to the back. This will be left up to you...

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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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Thanks for Pinning…

Sep 27, 2011

I just want to give a heart­felt thank you to those of you who take the time to pin my projects on Pin­ter­est. It always makes me so sur­prised and hap­py when I’m surf­ing Pin­ter­est and come across one of my projects. If you are a fol­low­er you will see that I cre­at­ed a board to say, “Thanks!” As I come across my pinned projects I post them to my “Thanks For Pin­ning My Projects” board. If you are new to Pin­ter­est you can see my most recent pins on the right side col­umn of my blog. I must say it is amaz­ing how fast time flies when I’m surf­ing and pin­ning. I’m try­ing to avoid it this week as I need to fin­ish up some Christ­mas orna­ment projects I’m going to teach at...

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Upcoming Jewelry Class

Sep 26, 2011

I’m so excit­ed to tell you I will be teach­ing a new class at The Crafty Scrap­per, Sat­ur­day, Octo­ber 15th. The time is still to be deter­mined but I will let you know ASAP. This class is all about hand­made jew­el­ry. You will learn how to cre­ate two dif­fer­ent bracelet styles. One is the pop­u­lar wrap bracelet using but­tons and waxed linen and the oth­er is cre­at­ed using Leather Cord and Waxed Linen that is accent­ed with all sorts of inter­est­ing baubles. You will cre­ate two charms, a vin­tage style charm using a wood­en spool that you accent with vin­tage ephemera and an adorable Pom Pom charm topped with a seam bind­ing bow. We will then com­plete the class learn­ing how to make a brooch/headband accent using Zip­per trim. I will bring oth­er bracelets...

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Oh Happy Day…

Sep 23, 2011

Today, is the first day of AUTUMN!!! I sur­vived the SUMMER HEAT WAVE of 2011. Now, I’m off to fin­ish up a Jew­el­ry class I am cre­at­ing to teach at The Crafty Scrap­per Octo­ber 15th… If I don’t get the sam­ple pho­to and info sent to Car­olyn, I’m gonna be in BIG BIG BIG TROUBLE… Hugs!  ...

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Two Awesome Ladies

Sep 22, 2011

I have to tell you about and thank two very awe­some ladies who helped me dur­ing my class­es at ScrapFest. Kathy and Shay Lynn helped set up the class­room for both my Maya Road Mini Album and Card Class. While I was teach­ing each class they helped make sure all the atten­dees had every­thing stamped and mist­ed before class was over. They took pho­tos and most impor­tant­ly kept me on track with the allot­ted 45 minute time frame for each class, believe me they had their hands full. Those of you who have tak­en any of my class­es know we are just get­ting start­ed in 45 min. So as you can see I am not kid­ding when I say, Kathy and Shay Lynn you two were Awe­some, Awe­some, Awe­some… And I Thank You, Thank You, Thank...

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