Weekend Classes and Another Sneak Peek

Nov 15, 2011

This past week­end I got to spend lots of cre­ative time with an awe­some group of cre­ative woman. I love going down to The Crafty Scrap­per to vis­it, chat, teach and just hang out. It is such a hap­py place to be. While teach­ing my class­es I took a few pho­tos here and there of how every­one cre­at­ed the same project yet they all looked dif­fer­ent. This is one of the angel orna­ments a stu­dent was work­ing on. I love how she changed the crys­tal coarse glit­ter to an aqua glit­ter to match her hol­i­day decor. This stu­dent altered her snowflakes and tin using anoth­er shade of aqua glit­ter mixed with the crys­tal coarse glit­ter. I real­ly like how the two glit­ters mixed togeth­er look. It real­ly does make me so hap­py when stu­dents...

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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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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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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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Are you a dreamer…

Sep 14, 2011

I often won­der how many peo­ple dream of things they wish they could do but allow fear to creep inside their heads which then ends up keep­ing them from achiev­ing their dreams. Are you one of these peo­ple? If so, you need to break free of the fear and shoot for the moon. I’m sure most of you have heard or read the quote by Les Brown, “Shoot for the moon, even if you miss it you will land among the stars.” This is so true. I have always been a very goal ori­ent­ed per­son. If I set a goal I will achieve this goal no mat­ter what. Now the “no mat­ter what” does not mean I will push peo­ple to the ground and walk all over them to achieve this goal, it means...

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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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Reminiscing

Aug 18, 2011

Well Lisa will be back in town soon. I am sure she is not miss­ing the 100+F weath­er we have here in Dal­las. Even though she has been rub­bing in how nice and cool it has been since she was gone, at the end of the day she knows what she is com­ing back too. She is going to be busy this Fall with lots of things going on with Maya Road. Lisa will be teach­ing 6 class­es at Scrapfest in Min­neso­ta in about a month for Archivers.  Lisa is also com­ing along to do make and takes with Maya Road. The Maya Road class­es Lisa designed were very well received and sold out in less than a day.  Here is a peek at the card and mini album class­es she designed: Then two...

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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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Friendship Tokens

Jun 15, 2011

Dur­ing the meet and greet at Paper Cow­girl we had a super fun friend­ship token exchange. The tokens can be any­thing you wish to cre­ate and give away. This exchange would be some­thing fun to do at crops or any scrap­ping event. I just have to show you how cre­ative every­one was at Paper Cow­girl. I did my best to get a good close up of each one I received. My name badge was full. One of the par­tic­i­pants cro­cheted all her flower tokens. Some altered game pieces. As you can see my name tag was full… col­ored keys tied on with yarn, stick­ers, millinery flow­ers a met­al dress form was cre­at­ed and watch faces were used. I’m not kid­ding when I said peo­ple made them from all sorts of items. Kraft tags were...

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So proud of my friend…

Jun 14, 2011

One of the neat­est raf­fles at Paper Cow­girl was the “Altered Velvee­ta Box” raf­fle. All the mon­ey raised for this raf­fle goes towards the Tina Wright Schol­ar­ship Fund. Tina was a friend of Cindy’s (Head Cow­girl) and sad­ly passed away from can­cer. Near­ly $300.00 dol­lars was raised for this fund and it is awe­some that it helps keep Tina’s mem­o­ry alive. Tina loved art and being cre­ative so this schol­ar­ship helps keep her pas­sion going through young peo­ple in her home town. A tro­phy was giv­en for the most mon­ey raised and rib­bons were giv­en out for the most votes. I am so proud of my friend Trisha. She won the tro­phy for most mon­ey raised AND got 4th place in most votes. Trisha teach­es real­ly unique sol­der­ing class­es at The Crafty Scrap­per. Her...

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It’s Back!!!

Apr 21, 2011

Artis­tic Jour­ney 2011 ~ Art­ful Mem­o­ries fea­tur­ing The Crafty Scrap­per and Maya Road I’m so excit­ed to be a part of this event again this year. So come share a week­end of fun, laugh­ter and learn­ing as it is going to be a blast. When Is The Event Sched­uled And What Will You Get For The Price? The Artis­tic Jour­ney will begin on Sep­tem­ber 30th (around 2 pm) and end on Octo­ber 3rd (around 3 pm), 2011 at the home of The Crafty Scrap­per in Wax­a­hachie, TX (approx­i­mate­ly 30 min­utes south of down­town Dal­las). Cost of the Artis­tic Jour­ney 2011 is $275.00. Includ­ed in this $275.00 price are: Three 3 hour class­es with 3 teach­ers from the Maya Road Design Team Class kits chock full of del­ish scrap­book­ing prod­ucts (just bring your basics) Full...

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4 Chapters and 2 Promos…

Mar 31, 2011

Are in the can!!! Today, we worked it and got 13 tech­niques shot with 30 min. left in the day. So Jen­ni and I start­ed orga­niz­ing for the two tech­nique videos I”ll be shoot­ing tomor­row. I will be so glad when tomor­row is over. I’ve wor­ried about shoot­ing these videos all week long. But Jen­ni says it will all be okay and I have noth­ing to wor­ry about. It’s so strange as I can talk to any­one, have taught at CHA, have instruct­ed 1,000’s of make-n-takes, taught class­es with­out any fear but pull that cam­era out and I freeze up. If I lose my fear of the cam­era tomor­row Amy Coon wont know how to act. Every time she comes to the Maya Road booth at CHA I want to just take off run­ning...

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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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Altered Birdhouse…

Feb 17, 2011

This altered paper mache bird­house was so much fun to make. Every lit­tle spot has some­thing attached to it. You’ll notice all kinds of Tim’s new prod­ucts attached here and there. I must admit one of the prod­ucts he sent were his new light bulbs. At first I was kin­da stumped on what to do with them but then I had a “light bulb moment” sor­ry could­n’t help myself and start­ed tuck­ing them in among all the oth­er baubles and think they worked per­fect­ly. The light bulbs are the per­fect size for the minia­ture projects I like to cre­ate. And that frac­tured doll… oh how I could have a mil­lion of them and would still want more. I love those dolls so much. You will be see­ing them in future projects and class­es for...

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A very ugly secret…

Dec 20, 2010

This indus­try that so many of us love and work very hard to make mon­ey at with our ideas and class­es has a very ugly secret. This indus­try has some in it that will make deals and not fol­low through. This indus­try has peo­ple in it who send nasty emails to artists accus­ing them of untruths. Why do we as artists allow such treat­ment? Is it fear of ruf­fling feath­ers among the fol­low­ers of these peo­ple? From now on I will not allow this… if my truths ruf­fle feath­ers well I am sor­ry, some­times it is hard to accept peo­ple for whom and what they are. Their fol­low­ers need to real­ize and accept it as well and be thank­ful that they have been saved from such treat­ment from these peo­ple as even­tu­al­ly it will...

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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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Cocoa Daisy Destination ~ Mykonos

Sep 28, 2010

This past week was spent with a won­der­ful group of ladies (as well as a few hus­bands) from all over the world and a group of teach­ers (Ali Edwards, Jen­ni Bowl­in and Karen Rus­sell) who I have admired for a very long time. I still can­not believe I was lucky enough to be a part of it all. Tri­cia and Eli­na did such a great job select­ing the accom­mo­da­tions, the food for our break­fast and din­ner each day, the cock­tails each evening as well as hav­ing a cook­ing class and Greek dance lessons at the hotel. Each night was a spe­cial din­ner out at a restau­rant with either Ali Edwards or the Daisy Instruc­tors, a lunch with Jen­ni Bowl­in or a tour with Karen Rus­sell. There was a tour pro­vid­ed to see the ancient...

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New Classes Scheduled at The Crafty Scrapper

Jun 16, 2010

Smile Can­vas Ban­ner ~ Maya Mist Tech­nique Class Date: Fri­day, August 13th Place: The Crafty Scrap­per 972–923-3151 While cre­at­ing this ban­ner you will learn how to make your own paint col­ors, alter acrylic items and cre­ate a semi clear glaze using Maya Mist incor­po­rat­ed with oth­er com­mon craft sup­plies. Your kit will come with a com­plete set of Maya Road chip­board let­ters so you can spell any name or word for you ban­ner. The Maya Road Can­vas Pen­dant Ban­ner Album comes with 6 pages. If the word or name you wish to use has more than 6 let­ters Car­olyn has addi­tion­al Maya Road Can­vas Pen­dant Ban­ner Albums for pur­chase. Maya Road Maya Mists will be pro­vid­ed for use. There will be a wide assort­ment of col­ors but if you have a spe­cif­ic col­or scheme...

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Mykonos Greece with Cocoa Daisy Destinations

May 19, 2010

Mykonos Greece with Cocoa Daisy Des­ti­na­tions COST PER PERSON $2995 The Mykonos event will be lim­it­ed to just 75 par­tic­i­pants. As part of Cocoa Daisy Des­ti­na­tions: Mykonos, all of the fol­low­ing will be includ­ed in the pack­age: Class­es and fol­low up ses­sions with all three instruc­tors, Ali Edwards, Jen­ni Bowl­in and Karen Rus­sell in a small group set­ting Double/triple occu­pan­cy for 6 nights A deluxe buf­fet break­fast each morn­ing A pool side social hour with drinks and appe­tiz­ers each evening All din­ners (a night­ly buf­fet includ­ing Greek & Con­ti­nen­tal cui­sine as well as one evening out) One evening out in a small group set­ting with all three instruc­tors at a superb restau­rant Dai­ly mini work­shops with 3 mem­bers of the Daisy Divas: Chris­tine Drumheller (Mem­o­ry Mak­ers Mas­ter ’09), Ron­da Palaz­zari (Mem­o­ry Mak­ers Mas­ter ’09)...

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New found love.…

May 18, 2010

Sat­ur­day I took two sol­der­ing class­es (101 and 201) at The Crafty Scrap­per from the super tal­ent­ed Trisha Con­lon. I am now addict­ed and have so many ideas swim­ming around in my head. So I thought I would show you the charms I made in her class­es and then some that I made here at home. These were made in class 101. The flower one was learn­ing the chunky tech­nique and the oth­er two were just stan­dard straight line sol­der­ing. Actu­al­ly the chunky is taught in 201 but she kin­da slid that tech­nique in for me. These were made in the 201 class. She taught us how to cut glass and do the chunky tech­nique. We made the col­lage in 101. I added the vin­tage rhine­stone but­tons when I got home. The blob that...

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Heritage Pennant

May 17, 2010

This is one of my favorite pho­tos of my Mom and her Moth­er. I am guess­ing this pho­to was tak­en around 1944. I think pho­to booth pho­tos are the best. So want­i­ng to be able to see this pho­to more often I decid­ed to cre­ate a lit­tle her­itage style pen­nant. Now I can dis­play it how­ev­er I wish. Tips, Tech­niques and Tuto­ri­als I had a super fun Sat­ur­day at The Crafty Scrap­per. I took two sol­der­ing class­es 101 and 201. Trisha is a great teacher. If you ever have a chance to take a class from her I sug­gest you do. You will be so hap­py you did. I will show you some of the charms I made lat­er in the week. Have a great day. I’m off to send Car­olyn the info need­ed...

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