Handmade Embellishments

Nov 13, 2012

I’m hav­ing so much fun play­ing and cre­at­ing. This week, I fin­ished up a cute mini mono­gram charm and when I say mini I mean mini, it is only .5′ x .75″ and four mini embell­ish­ments. I’m think­ing about putting some of these in my online store but want­ed to get a lit­tle bit of feed­back to see if these are some­thing you all would like to use in your cre­ations. They are per­fect to accent cards, tags, lay­outs and oth­er projects. So let me know what you think, if you don’t mind. This set of embell­ish­ments range in size from .5″ — .75″. and can be almost any col­or com­bi­na­tion, which is the real fun part. I enjoy adding the col­or and glit­ter and watch­ing each one trans­form into tiny unique pieces of...

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Archived Halloween & Fall Projects

Oct 17, 2012

With fall final­ly get­ting ready to hit my lit­tle neck of the woods.  I thought it would be fun to do some dig­ging in my archives and list all the fall and Hal­loween projects I’ve cre­at­ed over the years. Even though some of the items I’ve used are no longer avail­able from some man­u­fac­tur­ers there are still plen­ty of prod­ucts out there from oth­ers for you to eas­i­ly make sub­sti­tu­tions. Just click on each of the links below and they will take you to each of the blog posts. As you can see I have sev­er­al cards, dec­o­ra­tions and a mini album just wait­ing for you to cre­ate. Also, I thought it would be fun to show you one of the first lay­outs I ever made. This one is of Son­ny our gold­en retriev­er...

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Blast from the Past 3

Aug 7, 2012

This is the mini album that start­ed it all… I want­ed to cre­ate some­thing spe­cial for my old­est daugh­ter Ter­ri, who was get­ting ready to cel­e­brate her 17th birth­day. I had seen lots of mini albums in the gallery at Two Peas In A Buck­et and decid­ed Ter­ri’s upcom­ing birth­day was just the push I need­ed to jump into the world of cre­at­ing mini albums. At first I was scared to death because I had no clue what in the world I was doing or even how to begin. I went to a scrap­book store which was just down the street and start­ed look­ing at all the prod­ucts. Mind you, this was a very strange world to me. I was still learn­ing what Rub ons and brads were and nev­er mind the over­whelm­ing feel­ing...

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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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My Mom’s Birthday…

Jun 25, 2012

Today, marks my mom’s 70th birth­day!!! Or maybe I should say, today marks the 35th anniver­sary of her 35th birth­day? If you have my book “Delight in the Sea­son Craft­ing a Year of Mem­o­rable Hol­i­days and Cel­e­bra­tions” you know she and I have cre­at­ed all my life. So in hon­or of mom’s birthday/anniversary cel­e­bra­tion, how about a book give­away? All you have to do is leave mom a birth­day wish in this blog post, then when we hit 70 wish­es I’ll have her pick a win­ner for a signed copy of “Delight In The Sea­sons.” This is one of my favorite lay­outs in “Delight In The Sea­sons” of my mom and her moth­er. It real­ly cap­tures both of them so well. Vin­tage inspired pat­terned papers, fab­ric cab­bage ros­es, leaf pins, but­ter­fly and lots of...

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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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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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Delight In The Seasons

May 13, 2011

Today is a won­der­ful day… I get to final­ly share with all of you the cov­er of my sec­ond book, Delight In The Sea­sons.   This book is filled with won­der­ful projects, cards, tags and lay­outs for all the mem­o­rable hol­i­days and spe­cial occa­sions cel­e­brat­ed through­out the year. The chap­ters are divid­ed by each of the four sea­sons, win­ter, spring, sum­mer and fall. The chap­ters are filled with projects for major hol­i­days, birth­days, a new baby, wed­dings and so much more. Delight In The Sea­sons includes 40 projects with tech­niques that have been stepped out with pho­tos and instruc­tions, just as in Delight In The Details, then there are 20 addi­tion­al projects in a gallery show­ing you how to use some of the tech­niques in dif­fer­ent ways for dif­fer­ent sea­sons. This book com­pli­ments Delight In The...

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Vintage Style Portrait Charm

Apr 13, 2011

I love the Por­trait Stamp Set by Maya Road as the images remind me of the sil­ver charms that are on my grand­moth­er’s charm bracelet. She has every grand­child and great grand­child rep­re­sent­ed and I can remem­ber always look­ing at it try­ing to find my charm. I thought it would be fun to make charms of my daugh­ters to put on a long neck­lace made from a piece of sil­ver ball chain. I real­ly like how vin­tage look­ing they turned out and plan on mak­ing more as gifts for friends. Sup­plies Need­ed: Foun­da­tion Chip­board Set, Por­trait Stamp Set, Acrylic Block, Vin­tage Ledger Paper, Black Eye­let, Jump Ring, Glue Stick, Black Archival and Creamy Brown Ink, Glossy Accents Tools Used: Craft Knife, Craft Matt, Sand­ing Block, Crop-a-Dile, Pli­ers Instruc­tions: Apply glue stick adhe­sive to the...

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Paying it forward

Mar 21, 2011

A while back I talked about pay­ing it for­ward on face­book and stat­ed if any­one want­ed help in sub­mit­ting I would glad­ly help them as I feel it’s my duty to pay it for­ward. I cer­tain­ly did not get where I am today in this indus­try with­out a lit­tle help and guid­ance from oth­ers along the way. I must say it does amaze me as to how many peo­ple will not help oth­ers advance. I’m not sure if it’s inse­cu­ri­ties on their part and feel the per­son might be bet­ter than them or just flat out not car­ing or want­i­ng to take the time to help oth­ers. This indus­try cer­tain­ly has room for more cre­ative peo­ple. New peo­ple keep things fresh and excit­ing and I love to see fresh and excit­ing cre­ations. So I...

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Creating patchwork accents

Feb 25, 2011

                        I like to incor­po­rate a patch­work look on many of my vin­tage inspired projects. This is a bit time con­sum­ing but an accent I feel is cer­tain­ly worth the effort. All I do is cut pat­terned papers in dif­fer­ent sizes then sew a straight stitch all around the inner edge of the pat­terned paper. Once I have all the stitch­ing com­plet­ed I take a pair of zigzag scis­sors and trim the out­er edges on some of the pat­terned papers and leave some with a slight dis­tressed straight edge.                   Above shows some of the straight edges dis­tressed slight­ly and inked using a creamy brown ink. Below shows some of the edges trimmed using zigzag dec­o­ra­tive...

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I love dimensional layouts…

Feb 23, 2011

First I got­ta tell ya… reg­is­tra­tion for Paper Cow­girl OPENS today at 9:00 a.m. cen­tral time.… go here to reg­is­ter and sign up for class­es. I hope to see ya there. Oh and one lit­tle bit of infor­ma­tion I left out regard­ing my project are the dimen­sions… the shad­ow box mea­sures approx­i­mate­ly 7.5″ square by 1″ deep. I will also have my book avail­able for pre-sale at the dis­count­ed rate of $17.99 + tax for those attend­ing Paper Cow­girl. All books must be picked up at Paper Cow­girl. I will have a few avail­able for pur­chase dur­ing my book sign­ing but they will be at my reg­u­lar cost of $22.99 + tax. I will let you know when I have the spe­cial link up and ready. Okay now on to why I love dimen­sion­al lay­outs…...

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Feels like winter…

Dec 12, 2010

Final­ly we are hav­ing some cold tem­per­a­tures, once again. It has cooled down and warmed up so much this month. I’m ready for the cold weath­er to get here and stay. It is way too hard to get into the Christ­mas Spir­it when it’s 70 some­thing degrees out­side. This is the last week of my “All Things Win­ter” work­shop. Today, I shared tips on dis­tress­ing. I love the dis­tressed look on projects and there are so many fun tools you can use that allow you to achieve dif­fer­ent looks. My absolute favorite dis­tress­ing tool hands down is the Ton­ic Stu­dios Tim Holtz Paper Dis­tress­er, this lit­tle tool fits per­fect­ly in my hand and is always an arms reach away. This week I will show you how to recre­ate the lay­outs below. As you can...

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Since I am supposed to be resting…

May 22, 2010

my shoul­der which I must admit is mak­ing me cra­zier than ever… I thought I would share with you some of my favorite lay­outs fea­tured in my book “Delight In The Details”. These three are all so dif­fer­ent from each oth­er yet super detailed and as you know I can get lost in the details. The pho­to of the lit­tle girl is me. It is one of my favorite baby pho­tos.  I thought this pho­to was a per­fect match with this paper line by Jen­ni Bowl­in. In this lay­out I used my craft knife a lot. Which is most like­ly one of the rea­sons my shoul­der is killing me… I love to use my craft knife and grip it so tight­ly. I think the light chalk­ing on the bird and flow­ers makes for a...

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My Baby is Here!

Feb 2, 2010

And final­ly I get to show her off. I now know how an ele­phant feels being preg­nant for two years… poor things. Two years is a very long time when you are wait­ing for some­thing awe­some. So here is the front and back cov­ers (still can­not believe these pho­tos were tak­en on my table) and sneak peeks of a few of the 100 projects inside. Front Cov­er Back Cov­er Inside you will find wall hang­ings and ban­ners of all sizes Lay­outs and Tags (notice my friend Wendy Vec­chi’s But­ter­fly Stamp and the gor­geous Jen­ni Bowl­in papers) One of my favorite lay­outs (love Maya Road Chip­board) You will also find lots of cards (notice anoth­er one of Wendy’s stamps, that leaf is so fun to work with) Sev­er­al dif­fer­ent sized mini albums (Maya Road binder...

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Open Call for Layouts…

Jan 17, 2010

If you set a goal this year to get some lay­outs pub­lished here is a great open call for you to sub­mit to. I feel Mem­o­ry Mak­ers Books is a won­der­ful place to start. As you know all kinds of won­der­ful things have hap­pened to me in the pub­li­ca­tion world with this com­pa­ny (Pet Pages Unleashed, Orga­niz­ing Your Scrap­book Sup­plies (Ask the Mas­ters!), Mem­o­ry Mak­ers Mas­ter’s 08 and Delight in the Details. Remem­ber this, you can’t get pub­lished if you nev­er sub­mit. If you have any ques­tions please feel free to email me or post a com­ment in this entry as oth­ers just might have the same ques­tion.  Believe me I did­n’t wake up one morn­ing know­ing how to do all this… peo­ple gave me sug­ges­tions, a slight push and many a word of...

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Scallop Paper Lace Tutorials…

Jun 3, 2009

Oh am I ever so excit­ed to share these two tuto­ri­als with you. This post is long but I believe you will think it was worth the extra long read. The Scal­lop Paper Lace (top) reminds me of the vin­tage paper lace I have seen online. Even though noth­ing can replace the love I have for vin­tage items this new dis­cov­ery sure does open up a lot of pos­si­bil­i­ties for my cre­ativ­i­ty. The Scal­lop Ric Rac Paper Lace (bot­tom) I acci­den­tal­ly made try­ing to fig­ure out how to make the scal­lop paper lace. I love it when things like this hap­pen. These two styles of paper lace will be per­fect to accent my cards, tags, lay­outs and projects. You can ink or mist these too. And if you do so on card­stock you will...

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Cocoa Daisy Layouts…

Jun 1, 2009

I final­ly get to share the lay­outs I cre­at­ed using this months kit by Cocoa Daisy. As you can see the June Kit and the Add On Kit are very ver­sa­tile. It was loads of fun play­ing the Daisy Divas once again. I used Vin­tage Pho­to Dis­tress Ink to dark­en the Eye­let Card­stock. Traced a din­ner plate to cre­ate the cir­cle out of pat­terned paper, cut out leaves and but­ter­flies from a piece of Web­ster’s Pages pat­terned paper using a craft knife, attached Maya Road green pom pom trim around the edge, cre­at­ed a scal­lop bor­der using scal­lop scis­sors and a paper piercer, accent­ed the hor­i­zon­tal strip with self adhe­sive pearls then used my sewing machine to add addi­tion­al tex­ture by sewing a straight stitch along the cir­cle and hor­i­zon­tal strip. I want­ed this lay­out...

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Ask the Masters…

Oct 21, 2008

Orga­niz­ing Your Scrap­book Sup­plies is out. I have read this book from cov­er to cov­er and plan on using lots of ideas that past and present Mem­o­ry Mak­ers Mas­ters shared. Right now, I have seri­ous orga­ni­za­tion issues in my scrap­room. Here are a few of the lay­outs I cre­at­ed for this book project. I’m sure you will rec­og­nize the Jol­ly Old Fel­low fea­tured below. Today I hit my 30 projects com­plet­ed and I must say not being able to share is killing me. This process has real­ly stretched me cre­ative­ly and I’m thrilled. Tomor­row I will be in the 60’s. It might only be 69 more projects to go but it is STILL in the 60’s. Oh it makes me so hap­py. I can feel 50 com­ing on...

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“Family” Triangle Banner Book

Sep 14, 2008

Class Length: 3.5 — 4 Hours Skill: Inter­me­di­ate This “Fam­i­ly” class is full of tech­niques that can be incor­po­rat­ed into future projects and lay­outs. Just remind your­self the impact they cre­ate on your projects and lay­outs makes the time spent worth every sec­ond.

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I do believe…

Jul 15, 2008

Well I say this now but I’m sure Car­o­line and Deb will come up with anoth­er design I love even more. There are some fab­u­lous projects from the design team show­cas­ing many of the new release items.

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