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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Some Family Fun…

Aug 20, 2011

Hi! Hope every­one had a great week! So hap­py to be back here again to share with you some of the new vin­tage-inspired, Vin­tage Street Mar­ket prod­ucts. This col­lec­tion of fun paper dolls is from our Fam­i­ly Fun line, which includes great paper doll die cuts for embell­ish­ing, and coor­di­nat­ing 12x12 card­stock. One thing I espe­cial­ly love about our own prod­ucts is  how well they coor­di­nate with authen­tic vin­tage items, which leads me to the first project I’d like to share today… Remem­ber these ice cream cups from child­hood? I remem­ber every day at school dur­ing lunch, we would get to choose a fla­vor of ice cream, and would be giv­en one of these cups and a lit­tle wood­en spoon. We were all so eager to eat the ice cream the threat of splin­ters...

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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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Let it Snow by Maya Road

Jul 13, 2011

“Let it Snow” yes I know… in my dreams! But at least I have my dreams because I am dream­ing about being in Alas­ka. I am lov­ing the new “Let it Snow” Clear Stamp Set Maya Road is releas­ing at CHA‑S. The snowflake designs are awe­some and stamp beau­ti­ful­ly. There are 10 Snowflakes in sev­er­al dif­fer­ent sizes per set. I used the 1″ Maya Road Blue Ink Pad to stamp the snowflake designs. This ink col­or is the per­fect blue for any win­ter themed project. And notice I used more of their new “Vin­tage Paper Posies” I am not kid­ding when I say I am so in love with these. Check back tomor­row to see the project below in full. Here is a lit­tle sneak peek as a tease. Sor­ry, could­n’t help...

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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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Creativity Blooms

Apr 12, 2011

It’s time for anoth­er Mem­o­ry Mak­ers Blog Bounce. This time we got to play with all the prod­ucts from the Mak­ing Mem­o­ries Dil­ly Dal­ly Line. This line is per­fect for spring. I real­ly enjoyed play­ing with their Pat­terned Papers, Alpha and Ban­ner Stamps, Stick­ers and Rub On Pack, Alpha Shim­mer Stick­ers, Glit­ter Paper Flow­ers, Fab­ric Flow­ers and Die Cut But­ter­flies. They are per­fect to cre­ate spring cards, tags and projects. Once I got start­ed cre­at­ing I kept think­ing of oth­er cute things I could make and kept going and going. Real­ly the Dil­ly Dal­ly Line is so inspir­ing. If you want a chance to win a won­der­ful Dil­ly Dal­ly Give­away click here to find out more. I cre­at­ed a spring card using the pat­terned papers, stamp set and stick­ers. I cut the bird out...

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Adding to my glitter containers

Mar 17, 2011

Oh how I love to see my glit­ter inside these salt shak­ers and sug­ar dis­penser BUT when I was in Frisco Resale not too long ago I found these adorable ceram­ic hous­es. They were only .50 a piece and were scream­ing TAKE ME HOME with YOU! I had to fig­ure out what I was going to do with them as believe me I have enough lit­tle pret­ties here and there around the house and I do NOT need any­more. Well I was look­ing at the chim­ney on both hous­es and instant­ly thought they would be per­fect for pour­ing and then BAM new glit­ter con­tain­ers came to mind. Hon­est­ly, they are per­fect and look so cute sit­ting on my shelf in my scrap­room. I took these pho­tos in our liv­ing room to get some much...

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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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Birthday Box

Feb 18, 2011

This is a small gift box for a spe­cial birth­day some­one. I think my favorite part is the vial with the can­dle inside and the make a wish jour­nal­ing strip wrapped around it. My hus­band Alan was look­ing at me a tad bit strange­ly as I was burn­ing down the can­dle so it would fit inside. He is not a visu­al per­son so he could not fig­ure out what in the world I was doing. But once he saw the fin­ished project it all made sense to him and he loved it. I real­ly like the tis­sue tape bow too… it is cov­ered in crys­tal coarse glit­ter and out­lined with Plat­inum Stick­les. Any­thing birth­day themed has to have glit­ter. Ha who am I kid­ding, it’s more like any­thing I cre­ate has to have glit­ter....

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Altered Paper Mache Book

Feb 15, 2011

This altered piece uses all brand new CHA‑W release prod­ucts by Tim Holtz. I was so hap­py to see the Frac­tured Doll in my box of prod­ucts to design with.… I love these dolls and you get two dif­fer­ent sized dolls per pack­age! Next to the white seam bind­ing I attached one of his new Chain Tas­sels. These are the per­fect accent for a project and I love the move­ment of the tas­sel. The pat­terned papers used are from his new Paper Stash — Crowd­ed Attic line. This paper line is so pret­ty and has designs in it for all styles. The but­ter­flies and moths behind the Frac­tured Doll and among the paper flow­ers inside the book are from Tim’s new Sal­vage Stick­ers — Crowd­ed Attic. I real­ly like the but­ter­flies and moths images....

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Ranger Designer Challenge

Feb 14, 2011

I was thrilled when Ranger asked if I would be inter­est­ed in cre­at­ing a can­vas for their Design­er Chal­lenge. I could not reply back fast enough with a very excit­ed yes! They sent each design­er a box filled with a 12 x 12 frame, Per­fect Pearls and Per­fect Pearl Mists and told us to cre­ate some­thing that reflect­ed our style. Well I knew mine had to include book pages, Plat­inum Stick­les and glit­ter and once I got start­ed I could not stop. I used loads of Ranger prod­uct and when you look at the list below you’ll real­ize I’m not kid­ding. It was so much fun to sit and just cre­ate what­ev­er came to mind. I cut the grungepa­per into squares, embossed them using my cut­tle­bug then sewed them all togeth­er with a zigzag...

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You are going to LOVE these…

Jan 23, 2011

I was asked to cre­ate a can­vas for Ranger’s design­er wall at CHA. Well the prod­uct we had to high­light was their Per­fect Pearl Mists and their new Per­fect Pearls colors.You are going to LOVE these. Check out Suze Wein­berg’s blog to see the new col­ors and a few sneak peeks of her can­vas… I can­not wait to see it in per­son. It was fun to cre­ate what ever I want­ed with the only require­ments being it had to be my style and I had to use the prod­ucts sent my way. I used WAY MORE Ranger prod­ucts on my can­vas than what was required but one tech­nique seemed to lead to anoth­er which meant using anoth­er prod­uct and so on… I think the Rock Can­dy Crack­le Paint looks AWESOME on the frame… I...

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Sugar Cookies and a Glittered Bow

Dec 19, 2010

Okay well not the actu­al sug­ar cook­ies but I want­ed to share with you the kind I used to look for­ward to mak­ing each Christ­mas with my Mom. I knew San­ta had to have loved mine the best as he nev­er left a crumb on his plate. I think the rein­deer helped in lick­ing the plate clean. The week before Christ­mas mom and I always head­ed to the store to get the rolled Pills­bury Sug­ar Cook­ie dough. Click here for a coupon. I loved mak­ing these San­ta and Angel cook­ies so much. Each one always looked a lit­tle bit dif­fer­ent after bak­ing but they all were dec­o­rat­ed the same… such a type A per­son­al­i­ty even back then. San­ta had a red hat, white pom pom and trim on his hat, white mus­tache, red hot...

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Gift Bow

Dec 17, 2010

The oth­er day Ron­da sent me a few pho­tos of some cute con­tain­ers she cre­at­ed filled with some of her pep­per­mint bark, click here if you want her recipe. Well I noticed she had the cutest gift bows on top of each con­tain­er so I imme­di­ate­ly asked her how she made them. Well she got the idea from Emi­ly who got the idea from a post on Flickr. Oh the tan­gled web us crafters weave. Emi­ly’s tuto­r­i­al is super easy to fol­low and I think you will want to cre­ate some for your­self. These bows do not take much paper either so you could mix and match them with your paper scraps. Sup­plies Used: The Girls’ Paperier — Tin­sel & Twig — Hol­ly Berry Flo­ral, Col­or­Box Flu­id Chalk Ink — Creamy Brown, Aleene’s Quick Dry Tacky...

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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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Simple Father Christmas Charm

Dec 10, 2010

This has to be the sim­plest charm I have ever cre­at­ed. Red Lead Paper­Works sent this charm to me a while back, as in last year some­time. It was a sur­prise added in with some good­ies I had pur­chased. Well I have been hold­ing on to it wait­ing for time to just play. Last night, was final­ly that time and talk about fun and fast. This took me from start to fin­ish (exclud­ing dry­ing time) 5 min­utes to make. I think it will be cute as a dec­o­ra­tive accent on a gift then the recip­i­ent can place it on a bracelet or neck­lace to enjoy. Sup­plies Used: Charm from Red Lead Paper­works Cir­cle, Oval, Vin­tage Image from Lau­ra’s Gar­den, Self Adhe­sive 2mm Cream Pearls, 2 — Jump Rings, 3 — 6mm Gold Jin­gle Bells,...

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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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Oh my STARS…

Dec 6, 2010

While surf­ing the net the oth­er day I came upon this gor­geous tree cre­at­ed by Karen Aguirre at Cre­ative Chaos. Need­less to say my jaw dropped as you all know how I love CREPE PAPER and GLITTER!!! Karen’s trees are so incred­i­bly adorable. What I should be doing is work­ing on book projects but NO some­one had to make an incred­i­ble piece of art and then felt the need to share her cre­ativ­i­ty with every­one, so now all I can think about mak­ing are these won­der­ful Crepe Paper Christ­mas Trees. Talk about the enabler. But all kid­ding aside I think her trees are absolute per­fec­tion and how could they not when cre­at­ed with crepe paper ruf­fles, glit­ter and tin­sel then accent­ed using glit­tery berries, a star and the sweet­est ban­ner. I could fill our...

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Creative Fun…

Dec 5, 2010

Sat­ur­day, Trisha Con­lon and I got to spend the day with this won­der­ful group of artists at “The Crafty Scrap­per”. Each one cre­at­ed their very own snow globe. I taught the paper part of the project which includ­ed alter­ing the base of the snow globe, build­ing the lit­tle house, cre­at­ing a crepe paper rosette and then of course sprin­kling every­thing with glit­ter and mica. It was so fun watch­ing every­one’s project come togeth­er. Each lit­tle house was the same yet so dif­fer­ent as every­one used dif­fer­ent parts of their Melis­sa Frances pat­terned paper. Once every­one fin­ished their sweet lit­tle house they then began to add every­thing to the altered base of the snow globe. Once every­one go to this point we all took a break for lunch, which came from “The Dove’s Nest”, next...

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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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Fun project for any age…

Nov 16, 2010

This paper snowflake orna­ment will cer­tain­ly keep kids of all ages enter­tained while wait­ing for their Thanks­giv­ing meal. All you need are a few sup­plies and they should be busy for at least an hour and hope­ful­ly longer. The younger kids can punch the pieces need­ed, the old­er kids can fold them into shape then togeth­er they can attach and glit­ter every­thing to cre­ate the orna­ment. I think some made out of red and green sol­id card­stock or the adorable Tin­sel & Twig col­lec­tion by The Girls’ Paperie would look awe­some. Sup­plies Need­ed: White Card­stock, Maya Road Iri­des­cent Glit­ter, Maya Road Chip­board Snowflakes, Maya Road Pure White Ink, Rhine­stones, Dia­mond Stick­les, Aleene’s Quick Dry Tacky Glue Tools Need­ed: Fiskars Extra Large Square-a-Licious (scal­lop square) Punch, Fiskars Extra Large Seal of Approval (scal­lop round) Punch,...

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