ScrapFest Recap

Sep 21, 2011

Trav­el­ing to dif­fer­ent places to teach is always so much fun but being home and in your own bed is awe­some. Last night, I slept so hard I don’t think I even moved in my sleep. ScrapFest was awe­some, incred­i­ble, amaz­ing and inspir­ing. I would do it all over again tomor­row, if I could. I had a blast teach­ing all 6 of the Maya Road class­es. Every one who came to class was so upbeat and excit­ed. It was so fun get­ting to chat with so many cre­ative peo­ple from all over the coun­try. I real­ly enjoyed being in MN. The peo­ple are so nice and get­ting away from the Texas heat was awe­some. I have so many pho­tos I want to share that I took dur­ing the event so I decid­ed to cre­ate a col­lage....

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Vintage Finds for Classes…

Sep 13, 2011

While Alan and I were down sur­pris­ing my nephew this past week­end, I did some junk­ing and antiquing with mom and dad. I found some awe­some items to incor­po­rate in my class­es such as alu­minum jel­lo molds, milk bot­tle caps, sheet music, milk glass, vin­tage trims, lace, doilies and the best find of the day were these adorable vin­tage ceram­ic angels. They were made in Japan and are num­bered. I can­not wait to get home from ScrapFest next week and begin work­ing on some class sam­ples to teach at The Crafty Scrap­per. I was able to pur­chase 24 of these lit­tle cuties in pink and blue so the class will be lim­it­ed. If you are inter­est­ed you best sign up as soon as sign ups are avail­able because there will not be anoth­er class...

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So THRILLED to be a part of this event…

Aug 23, 2011

Thrilled real­ly does not even begin to explain how excit­ed I am to be a part of this event. It has been so hard keep­ing this a secret.  “A Kiss on the Chic Bel­la­gio Retreat” is going to be awe­some and teach­ing with Lau­ra McCol­lough, Tam­my Tut­terow and Deb­by Schuh is going to be the icing on the cake. Click HERE to read about reg­is­ter­ing for the event and HERE to see the incred­i­ble accom­mo­da­tions. I can­not wait! And as you can see below, the itin­er­ary Lau­ra put togeth­er is packed with loads of fun. I hope to see you there! Itin­er­ary & Dai­ly Schedule:September 15 — 22, 2012 (sched­ule may change) Sat­ur­day, Sep­tem­ber 15: Arrive Milan through­out the day and be trans­ferred to beau­ti­ful Bel­la­gio, Italy. 3:00pm Check-in at the Grand Hotel Vil­la Serbelloni’s Apart­ments or...

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My Friend Ronda’s class “10 things”

Jun 28, 2011

I’m so excit­ed to tell you about my friend Ron­da Palaz­zari’s first class with Cocoa Daisy. “10 Things” Com­pleter Set In this class you will receive step by step instruc­tions for a com­plete mini album project includ­ing a video tuto­r­i­al. This adorable mini album cre­at­ed with Cocoa Daisy’s July kit “Urban Loft” and the com­pleter kit (sold as an add-on), is chalk full of tips and tech­niques. This beau­ti­ful mini album is eas­i­ly adapt­able to any sub­ject you choose! 10 loves, 10 sum­mer activ­i­ties, 10 vaca­tion spots, 10 stories….etc! The pos­si­bil­i­ties are end­less! You will find your­self using these tips and tech­niques over and over on all your projects! The online class will be avail­able July 30th on the mes­sage board to allow every­one time to receive their July kit and add-ons. Signups begin...

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Artistic Journey 2011

Jun 21, 2011

Here is a lit­tle sneak peek of the project I’ll be teach­ing at Artis­tic Jour­ney in Octo­ber. I’m so look­ing for­ward to this event as last year was a blast. This year, I’ll be teach­ing along with Dina Wak­ley and Shel­ley Hagan­man. I’ve been on the Maya Road Design Team with Shel­ley for years and we’ve nev­er met in per­son so it’s going to be awe­some to final­ly meet. Dina and I usu­al­ly see each oth­er for a bit at CHA which is always nice. Dur­ing Artis­tic Jour­ney each teacher will teach a class that rep­re­sents our style so you’ll get to cre­ate three super cool and very dif­fer­ent projects over the week­end. Also, you’ll make an awe­some project dur­ing the meet and greet the first night of the event. And I must give a...

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Paper Cowgirl Weekend…

Jun 13, 2011

Oh my good­ness I don’t even know where to start but I think the begin­ning is best. Warn­ing, this is a nov­el of a blog post. I had an incred­i­ble week­end with lots of super fun ladies. I tell ya all were hap­py, super inspir­ing and all extreme­ly nice. Now we all know get­ting a group of 100 women togeth­er with that kind of result is some­thing… just keep­ing it hon­est and real. Thurs­day evening start­ed off with a meet and greet, friend­ship token swap and then all the oth­er incred­i­ble swaps. It was a blast and my name badge is filled with lots of super fun friend­ship tokens. After the meet and greet Cindy May­field our host intro­duced all the teach­ers. There were some incred­i­ble teach­ers at this event and all kinds of...

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Just 4u

Jun 7, 2011

I real­ly like the warm col­or scheme of this card. The com­bi­na­tion of the red and cream is so pret­ty. Of course the pops of Dia­mond Stick­les here and there are awe­some too. I cov­ered the bot­tom two jour­nal­ing cards with pat­terned paper and left the top one “Just 4u” as is, then dis­tressed and inked the edges and attached it to the mid­dle cir­cle using a pop dot. I think the Octo­ber After­noon Word Stick­er strips work great as the tones match the tones of the red and cream per­fect­ly. The strips add inter­est and col­or to the card in a super sim­ple way. Prod­ucts used are from the June Cocoa Daisy “Cher­ry Soda” Main Kit and “Choco­late Malt” Add On Kit. I have a few kits left over from my “Quilt­ed Mem­o­ries”...

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Remember Today…

Jun 6, 2011

Actu­al­ly I wish the card­stock stick­er said “week­end” as it was such a fun one. Fri­day night, I taught my “Quilt­ed Mem­o­ries” class at The Crafty Scrap­per. I left a few kits with Car­olyn if you would like one. Just give her a call at the store: 972–923-3151. My friend Lisa E. joined me at the store which is always fun. We’ve been friends going on 11 years. She is my scrap­ping bud­dy. I had some super fun ladies in class and hope to see them again soon because we sure did laugh a lot. After the class was fin­ished Lisa and I stayed and laughed with Car­olyn (the own­er). The girl cracks me up and is always enter­tain­ing. Sat­ur­day, Lisa E. and I went to GASC in Arling­ton to see Car­olyn’s awe­some booth....

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Ice Cream & Snow Cone Money Holder

Jun 3, 2011

What a fun way to save all the change us moms find in the wash­er and dry­er when doing the fam­i­ly laun­dry. This lit­tle box can hold the dis­cov­ered nick­els, pen­nies, dimes and occa­sion­al dol­lar bills found for fun sum­mer treats from the Ice Cream Man or in our town the Snow Cone Lady. The pat­terned paper, alphas, paint and ink used to cre­ate this project are from the Cocoa Daisy “Cher­ry Soda” June Main Kit, “Fruit Smooth­ie”, “Choco­late Malt” and “June Coor­di­nat­ing Paint and Ink” Add On Kits. This evening, I’ll be teach­ing my “Quilt­ed Mem­o­ries” class at The Crafty Scrap­per. If you’re signed up for the class please check her web site for the list of sup­plies you need to bring. Those of you that are in town vis­it­ing for GASC should come...

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Quilted Memories

May 23, 2011

I’ll be teach­ing my “Quilt­ed Mem­o­ries” shad­ow box class Fri­day evening, June 3rd, at The Crafty Scrap­per. The class will start at 5pm and costs $50. There is “LIMITED SPACE” avail­able for this class so make sure you call the store (972.923.3151) and sign up now. After a day of shop­ping at GASC in Arling­ton, what bet­ter way to end the day than spend­ing the evening at Car­olyn’s fab­u­lous store. Car­olyn will have a crop going on one side, make n takes at the front and my class on the oth­er side of the store. It’s going to be a FUN, FUN, FUN night! My class will take 3–4 hours depend­ing on your skill lev­el. Each square of this Maya Road shad­ow box is filled with baubles and ephemera bits remind­ing us of those days gone by....

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Paper Cowgirl Art Retreat

May 2, 2011

The Paper Cow­girl Art Retreat made the Dal­las Morn­ing News and I’m thrilled my “Pieces of Time” work­shop project was used for the write up.You can find the write up in the Arts & Life sec­tion of the paper. Reg­is­tra­tion for Paper Cow­girl clos­es May 15th. I still have a few spots left in my class and would love to see you there. This is going to be a won­der­ful week­end of cre­ative fun. It is going to be anoth­er rainy day here in Frisco… per­fect weath­er to fin­ish book projects. Just 3 more to go and I’m done with book #2. Oh it is going to be a hap­py day to have the last project com­plet­ed. Hugs &...

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Leaving on a jet plane…

Apr 28, 2011

I’m head­ing to Ranger U today and can­not wait to play all week­end with a group of friends I’ve nev­er met, yet feel like I already know.  We have been email­ing and plan­ning for weeks. New Jer­sey just might not ever be the same again once we hit the streets. So while I’m gone I thought I would give you all a lit­tle some­thing to cre­ate this week­end. “You R 2 Tweet” is now a free online work­shop. I hope you have fun cre­at­ing the mini ban­ner. This is a class I taught at CHA when my book debuted at CHA‑W 2010. You can use my book “Delight In The Details” to ref­er­ence the tech­niques used in this project. The page num­bers are includ­ed in the instruc­tions. To gain access to the work­shop click...

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That HUGE sigh…

Mar 15, 2011

of relief you just heard came from me. I just com­plet­ed my sec­ond book dead­line and let me just say, it was a humdinger, but I have 45 projects com­plet­ed. I’m so glad this one is behind me and every­thing has either been emailed or shipped. I leave for Cincin­nati in a few weeks to pho­to­graph all the step by step pho­tos for each fea­tured tech­nique. It will be a week of pho­tograph­ing dur­ing the day and writ­ing at night but I can final­ly start to see the book com­ing togeth­er and can­not wait for it to hit the shelves. I do believe you all are going to love this book. I’m already in love with it. So after a week­end of writ­ing for 20 hours start­ing Fri­day evening and end­ing Sat­ur­day then pack­ing...

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Pieces of Time

Feb 21, 2011

I am so look­ing for­ward to the Paper Cow­girl Retreat com­ing June 9th — 11th. Paper Cow­girl is a retreat held every June in Wax­a­hachie, Texas. You will find class­es such as altered art, paint­ing, sol­der­ing and more. This retreat even has a ven­dor craft show that I hear is real­ly nice and filled with lots of won­der­ful items for pur­chase. This year, I will be the guest speak­er. I’m always excit­ed to help those who wish to break into the world of pub­li­ca­tion. So my speech “Artist to Author” will hope­ful­ly encour­age and inspire many to jump out of their com­fort zone and give their dream of being pub­lished a go. I cre­at­ed an altered shad­ow box to teach exclu­sive­ly at Paper Cow­girl. The altered project is titled “Pieces of Time” and each...

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Make Art!

Jan 4, 2011

I love these two lit­tle words. I have a won­der­ful cheer­leader for a friend. She always sends me email filled with words like you can do it yes you can… I know you can… etc. She is the best and SHE is SUPER TALENTED too. She LOVES flow­ers and always signs her blog posts with “make art!” I love that. Late last night while I was look­ing at her blog I thought I would make her a lit­tle some­thing to give to her at CHA. I sol­dered this flower pin sev­er­al months ago and it’s been sit­ting on a shelf col­lect­ing dust. Actu­al­ly, I have lots of stuff sit­ting on my shelves col­lect­ing dust. So I’ve decid­ed to start shar­ing them with friends and fam­i­ly as well as in class par­tic­i­pants. My sweet friend...

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2010 in Review…

Dec 31, 2010

2010 sure was a super fast paced year. I have so many won­der­ful moments and events to reflect upon. I am so grate­ful for you my blog read­ers as you are some of the most loy­al and uplift­ing peo­ple. I always look for­ward to your replies and when need­ed your words of encour­age­ment. I am so grate­ful I have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to work with so many won­der­ful man­u­fac­tur­ers in the scrap­book­ing indus­try. I am very for­tu­nate to be able to teach at an awe­some scrap­book store in Wax­a­hachie, Texas, “The Crafty Scrap­per.” Some neat class ideas have been swirling in my head for the new year and I can­not wait to share them with Car­olyn. I am lean­ing heav­i­ly towards mixed media right now which is so fun. It’s excit­ing to explore cre­ative­ly as you...

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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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Snowglobe Class…

Nov 30, 2010

I’m so look­ing for­ward to this week­end as Trisha Con­lon and I will be teach­ing our “Win­ters Won­der­land Snow­globe” all day work­shop at The Crafty Scrap­per. Today I will be busy kit­ting my part of the class and typ­ing up instruc­tions. I will help you with the paint and paper part, Trisha will help you with the snow­globe assem­bly and sol­der­ing part. It is going to be so much fun and lunch is includ­ed. I real­ly wish you could see this beau­ty in per­son as it shim­mers from top to bot­tom. The pat­terned papers used are from the new Melis­sa Frances Line “Home for The Hol­i­days”, you will adorn three sisal trees with Mica and the roof of the house with Dia­mond Stick­les and Iri­des­cent Glit­ter. You will out­line the house with Plat­inum Stick­les...

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What a fun day…

Nov 20, 2010

Today, I taught my “Home for the Hol­i­days” class at The Crafty Scrap­per to a super sweet group of ladies. That store is my hap­py place with­out a doubt!!! I think it is the best store in the area. Car­olyn has the best cus­tomers and the best prod­uct selec­tion around not to men­tion the sweet­est staff. If you haven’t vis­it­ed her store you need to… it is worth the dri­ve. You will love it. See the lit­tle sweet­ie in yel­low… it was her 14th birth­day. Her grand­moth­er pur­chased my class as a gift for her. Hap­py Birth­day, Gra­cie! I hope it was a won­der­ful day. Wish­ing you all the best and hope to see you again soon. Each kit includ­ed three dif­fer­ent house tem­plates and lots of fun lit­tle good­ies to use to dec­o­rate....

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No Stress Just Work…

Oct 24, 2010

This will be my new mot­to told to me by a sweet friend for the next six months as I will begin work­ing on my SECOND book tomor­row. I am so hap­py I have been giv­en the chance to work with F & W Media once again. My new book will be tech­nique based just as “Delight In The Details” but it will have step outs on how to recre­ate not only the tech­niques but ALSO some of the projects. So excit­ed about this new twist. My first dead­line is Novem­ber 26th so i will be some­what of a her­mit over the next month as these projects will be for the cov­er and I want them over the top won­der­ful. Not sure if I can tell you the theme of the book just yet...

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Just a little Batty…

Oct 11, 2010

This is how I feel today… so many fun things in the works it is mak­ing me a lit­tle crazy. Good crazy but still crazy is crazy and I need to focus. So here is the last Hal­loween chip­board piece that I altered from the Lit­tle Yel­low Bicy­cle Jum­bo Chip­board set. I think I am going to keep all these grouped togeth­er in this arrange­ment as they add a lit­tle Hal­loween spir­it to the room. Sup­plies Used: Lit­tle Yel­low Bicy­cle Jum­bo Chip­board Shapes, Jen­ni Bowl­in (Fam­i­ly Tree) Uncle Jim Pat­terned Paper, Maya Road Felt Bead­ed Blos­som — Black, a Black Gel­ly Roll Pen, Gold Stick­les, Brown and Gold Seam Bind­ing Trick or Treat Boo Spooky And a Lit­tle Boo to you Also I have two new class­es sched­uled at The Crafty Scrap­per. “You’ve Got...

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