and a little Boo to you…

Oct 10, 2010

This “Boo” would make a per­fect mask if you want­ed to do so. I was being a bit lazy yes­ter­day and did­n’t want to dri­ve to the craft store to pur­chase a wood­en dow­el but the “O’s” are per­fect for eye open­ings. This chip­board shape is cov­ered with Jen­ni Bowl­in paper, out­lined with Plat­inum Stick­les then cov­ered with Martha Stew­art Crys­tal Coarse Glit­ter. I then accent­ed the upper por­tion of the “B” with Maya Road embell­ish­ments and some seam bind­ing. Sup­plies Used: Lit­tle Yel­low Bicy­cle Jum­bo Chip­board Shapes, Jen­ni Bowl­in (Fam­i­ly Tree) Cousin Rose Pat­terned Paper, Maya Road Crys­tal Star Pin, Maya Road Vin­tage Pearl Pin, Maya Road Felt Bead­ed Blos­som — Brown, a Black Gel­ly Roll Pen, Plat­inum Stick­les, Martha Stew­art Crys­tal Coarse Glit­ter is not list­ed in the store but check out...

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Another week flew by quick…

Aug 26, 2010

Gosh my blog is tak­ing a huge hit right now. I guess I will give you a quick run through of my week. Lots of neat things going on. First off I am super excit­ed to be a part of Paper Cow­girl next year. I was thrilled when Cindy asked if I would be the guest speak­er and a teacher at her event. This is going to be such a super fun week­end. On a sad note my grand­fa­ther has said his good byes and has told every­one he is ready to pass on. If you would please send him com­fort­ing thoughts and prayers I would real­ly appre­ci­ate it. My Dad has been with him since last Fri­day. Thank­ful­ly my Aunts made it to ME yes­ter­day to see him. So need­less to say since...

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These things make me smile…

Aug 19, 2010

I thought I would show you a few more things from around my scrap­room. I just love old and new mixed togeth­er… although what I am going to be show­ing is most­ly old… also, I find it fun to dec­o­rate my scrap­room with items I have found with oth­er peo­ple while dig­ging in antique stores or thrift shops… makes me think of them a lot when I use the prod­ucts I have stored in dish­es etc. I have used these two can­dle hold­ers for years to fill with can­dy hearts for Valen­tines Day or snow for Christ­mas but now they will be filled with vin­tage but­tons of every kind. Oh how these make me hap­py sit­ting right on my work­table at arms reach. I always think of me and dad scoop­ing out and count­ing ...

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And finally we are done…

Aug 18, 2010

Oh I do not miss those stripes and stars for one sec­ond… not a tear was shed when they got cov­ered by this gor­geous col­or by Valspar. It is called Prairie Brush and I love it. Now I walk into a room that looks like this… Every sin­gle prod­uct is in its place and every sin­gle draw­er, box and nook and cran­ny has been cleaned out. It feels so good. I love that I final­ly have a spot for my Under­wood type­writer… this poor thing has been all over the house.  I still need to hang a shelf over the one you see for items that I need but do not use all that often. And I want to dig around some thrift stores to find some vin­tage prints to hang on the wall....

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Pre CHA day 2

Jul 26, 2010

First let me say… yes, dreams do come true… check out what Maya Road now has.… GLITTER!!!! I have begged and begged and begged for Car­o­line to PLEASE make GLITTER well not only she and Deb make GLITTER I actu­al­l­ly got to help pick the col­ors. All I am going to say is it is super awe­some GLITTER and if you are a glit­ter lover like me you will LOVE this fine glit­ter. So after I fin­ished doing the hap­py dance we start­ed adding all the design teams projects. Our team ROCKS… those of you attend­ing will be so inspired after­ing see­ing what every­one has cre­at­ed. And about 5 hours lat­er we were done.… Love that I have a larg­er and taller Make-n-Take table (thanks Car­olyn)… tomor­row’s project is going to be fun and the give away...

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Lola Banner

Jun 30, 2010

I cre­at­ed this ban­ner near­ly a year ago for last years CHA‑S. I love it so much that I thought I would share with you a tuto­r­i­al on how to recre­ate it. I love the com­bi­na­tion of the pale pink paint and vin­tage sheet music as well as the Ger­man glass glit­ter, crepe paper, Plat­inum Stick­les and trims. I guess it is safe to say I love it all. Sup­plies Need­ed: Maya Road Mixed Scal­lop Tri­an­gle Ban­ner Album, Maya Road Philadel­phia Upper­case Alpha­bet, Maya Road Sil­ver Metal­lic Mist, Vin­tage Sheet Music, Plat­inum Stick­les, Pink Crepe Paper, 5mm Self Adhe­sive Pearls, Fine Sil­ver Ger­man Glass Glit­ter, White Tulle, Brown and White Bak­er’s Twine, White Seam Bind­ing, Embroi­dery Floss (col­or does not mat­ter) Col­or­Box Flu­id Chalk Ink — Creamy Brown, Glossy Accents Tools Used: Paint­brush, Scal­lop...

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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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Starting to feel some progress

May 27, 2010

well it is day 3 of rest­ing the shoul­der well hon­est­ly semi rest­ing the shoul­der and I am start­ing to feel some improve­ment. So I guess I real­ly did need to rest the darn thing and since I have been only work­ing on CHA sam­ples I thought I would share some more of my favorite projects in my book. Oh but first… those of you on the wait­ing list for my “Dia­monds Are A Girls Best Friend” tech­nique class that I will be teach­ing at The Crafty Scrap­per next month we have added anoth­er day. Here is the sched­ule for Fri­day, June 11th Noon “Dia­monds Are A Girls Best Friend” 6:00 “Tus­cany and Ros­es” then Sat­ur­day, June 12th Noon “Dia­monds Are A Girls Best Friend” (Sold Out) So if you are on the wait­ing...

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I love small houses…

May 11, 2010

I could cre­ate an entire vil­lage out of this old fash­ioned putz style house. Real­ly, there are so many won­der­ful ways to dec­o­rate this sweet lit­tle house. I have oth­er pat­terns in my head to cre­ate as well but I want­ed some­thing sim­ple this go around. I like the sim­plic­i­ty of the black paint against the old book page. Also the accent­ed star… it’s a Texas thing in gold Ger­man glass glit­ter real­ly adds a nice pop of col­or to the front. Oh and don’t for­get the crys­tal coarse glit­ter, it adds the per­fect amount of sparkle. Tips, Tech­niques and Tuto­ri­als I have been super busy cre­at­ing some new tech­nique class­es to teach at The Crafty Scrap­per in Wax­a­hachie. My “Dia­monds Are A Girl’s Best Friend” Tech­nique Class will be taught June 12th at...

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National Scrapbook Day…

May 1, 2010

In hon­or of this won­der­ful day I am giv­ing free access to any­one that would like to recre­ate the ban­ner in my “Sweet Treats” online work­shop. I hope you enjoy the work­shop. And the Can­vas Sam­pler Album class I have been teach­ing at local scrap­book stores will now be an online work­shop. The cost for this work­shop is $24.95. Reg­is­tra­tion begins next week. You will alter the cov­er of this unique 5″ square can­vas binder album with mini chip­board tags cov­ered with images of vin­tage ledger paper and sheet music (includ­ed in the work­shop as a pdf), book pages and gor­geous fine sil­ver Ger­man glass glit­ter cov­ered embell­ish­ments. The inside of the album is cov­ered with images of vin­tage bin­go cards (includ­ed in the work­shop as a pdf) and includes two can­vas pock­ets that...

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To glitter or not to glitter…

Apr 26, 2010

Real­ly should this even be a ques­tion but I think these lit­tle ros­es look pret­ty either way. As you can tell I can­not seem to get off this flower addic­tion. I think of ways to make flow­ers all the time now. Seri­ous­ly, it is bad. But oh so fun… so the addic­tion remains. The tuto­r­i­al to make these lit­tle ros­es will be post­ed on my Tips, Tech­niques and Tuto­ri­als paper craft­ing com­mu­ni­ty soon. I have two flower tuto­ri­als post­ed there now. I think these tiny flow­ers would look so cute clus­tered on top of a gift box… hmm, might need to cre­ate a mini box tem­plate just for these ros­es. Enjoy your day… it is gor­geous here in...

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Grungepaper Flower PDF

Apr 5, 2010

I final­ly got my hands on some Grungepa­per! And yes, it is super fun to play around with and I have lots of ideas for this neat prod­uct. This pho­to is of a flower I cre­at­ed using one of my tem­plates, some Maya Mist, Glit­ter and Stick­les. It was not a great day for pho­tos this morn­ing as it was very cloudy. This flower is a much brighter pink… it kin­da looks cran­ber­ry here. I did dis­cov­er a help­ful hint that I want to pass along. When using any of the Maya Mists it is much eas­i­er to apply to Grungepa­per using a paint­brush instead of spray­ing. Grungepa­per does not absorb the mist as fast as chip­board. If you over spray you will end up hav­ing to blot some of the mist off which...

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Altered Prima Bottle

Mar 29, 2010

This looks so much pret­ti­er in per­son. I wish you could see all the sparkle. It is hard to pho­to­graph it well so that you can see the entire thing. Any­way, I had fun get­ting my fin­gers messy today. Not some­thing I usu­al­ly do as I am a super neat scrap­per and have nev­er liked hav­ing my hands dirty… nev­er, ever, ever. And I passed that gene right on to my Sweet Pea Ter­ri. That girl does not get dirty either. I wish I could have my son-in-law share with you the sto­ry of their first camp­ing trip. He is a Saint is all I have to say, I have nev­er laughed so hard! I hope you enjoy today’s project. Try­ing to think of some­thing to make for tomor­row. I have a feel­ing it...

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Vintage Postcard Easter Ornaments

Mar 21, 2010

If you are cre­at­ing the East­er Orna­ments I am post­ing here are a few more for your tree. I love vin­tage post­card images… espe­cial­ly East­er ones. I real­ly think I was born in the wrong time peri­od. Sup­plies Used: Maya Road Foun­da­tion Chip­board Set, Maya Mist — Sil­ver Metal­lic, Ger­man Glass Glit­ter — Sil­ver, Col­or­Box Flu­id Chalk Ink — Creamy Brown, Glossy Accents, Dia­mond Stick­les, Cop­ic Ciao Mark­er RV13 Ten­der Pink, Self Adhe­sive Cream col­ored Pearls — 2mm & 5mm, Brown & White Bak­er’s Twine, Aleene’s Acid Free Tacky Glue Stick, Aleene’s Orig­i­nal Tacky Glue, Vin­tage East­er Post­card Images, Vin­tage Sheet Music (The Crafty Scrap­per most like­ly has a lot of this prod­uct if you need to order online… give them a call 972.923.3151) Tools Used: Craft Knife, Craft Mat, Sand­ing Block Instruc­tions: Cov­er...

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Altered Easter Eggs

Mar 20, 2010

While clean­ing out a draw­er in my scrap­room I found a pack­age of 12 small (1.5″ tall) paper mache eggs. By the way, it is amaz­ing what you find when you clean out draw­ers. I high­ly rec­om­mend you give it a try. You’ll be sur­prised at the things you have that you total­ly for­got about…  any­way, I thought some altered eggs would look real­ly cute on my East­er tree along with the East­er Orna­ments (only 1 kit left) from the class I taught at Crop-Paper-Scis­sors. I think a set of 6 glit­tered with Ger­man Glass Glit­ter and 6 cov­ered with vin­tage sheet music and crys­tal coarse glit­ter will look adorable. The Glass Glit­ter and the vin­tage sheet music will accent the vin­tage post­card images per­fect­ly and trans­form a plain Spring tree into an adorable...

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Easter Ornament Kits for Sale…

Mar 8, 2010

For those of you that asked if I was going to sell some East­er Orna­ment Kits here is your one and only chance to pur­chase a kit. Once I sell out they are gone. And just so you know I have a very lim­it­ed sup­ply.  The East­er Orna­ment Kits are are now avail­able here. The price per kit is $30.00. Ship­ping is includ­ed in the price of the kit. With this kit you will cre­ate 6 adorable East­er Orna­ments that are per­fect to accent any East­er tree, gift bag or ban­ner. These orna­ments range in size from 3” to 4” and each front show­cas­es an adorable vin­tage post­card image while the back of each orna­ment is sim­ply cov­ered with images of vin­tage sheet music. You will accent each orna­ment with a silk flower, self...

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Easter Ornaments and Canvas Sampler Class Info

Feb 17, 2010

In this class you will cre­ate 6 adorable East­er Orna­ments that are per­fect to accent any East­er tree, gift bag or ban­ner. These orna­ments range in size from 3” to 4” and each front show­cas­es an adorable vin­tage post­card image while the back of each orna­ment is sim­ply cov­ered with images of vin­tage sheet music. You will accent each orna­ment with a silk flower, self adhe­sive pearls, brown & white baker’s twine and but­tons. If you choose, the vin­tage images can be accent­ed with Dia­mond Stick­les and the scroll frames can be accent­ed using Plat­inum Stick­les. I will show you how to accent dan­gling chan­de­lier pieces using Cop­ic mark­ers which can be pur­chased at Crop-Paper-Scis­sors if you wish to accent your orna­ments. There will be lots of paint­ing, sand­ing, glit­ter­ing and glu­ing in this...

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New Products I love…

Jan 16, 2010

Since Maya Road sneak peeks will con­tin­ue Mon­day I thought I would show you a few prod­ucts already revealed that I real­ly love. I love how gor­geous this Red Medal­lion Flower accent­ed with a Crys­tal and Vin­tage Black Pearl Pin looks next to an Upper­case Philadel­phia Chip­board let­ter that is altered with fine sil­ver ger­man glass glit­ter. You can bet I will be tint­ing some Crys­tal Pins with my cop­ic mark­ers or alco­hol inks using this Tim’s cool fil­l­able pen in the near future. I love how cute this heart and arrow from the Love Mini Chip­board Set looks altered with vin­tage sheet music and fine sil­ver ger­man glass glit­ter. It is attached to one of the Mixed Scal­lop Tri­an­gle Ban­ners from the Mini Set. And I think this but­ton from the Mini But­ton...

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Acceptance my word for 2010

Dec 18, 2009

I have been think­ing a lot late­ly about what word I plan to real­ly embrace for myself this year. After a lot of thought and read­ing these two blog posts Katie’s and Karen’s I can real­ly relate to some of what they are say­ing. I decid­ed my word needs to be accep­tance. I have a very hard time being hap­py with any­thing I cre­ate or do. I always feel I can or need to be bet­ter. This issue involves my art, fam­i­ly life etc. It car­ries over into every­thing. I have always had a hard time liv­ing just in the moment. I have a very type A per­son­al­i­ty and suf­fer from pan­ic attacks that at times can be par­a­lyz­ing. I wor­ry about every­thing… am I a good mom, wife, artist, daugh­ter, aunt, friend etc....

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Snow Day Tag

Dec 12, 2009

With all the snow lots of my friends seem to be hav­ing as of late I thought this might be a fun project to doc­u­ment their snow days. This tag can be used as an orna­ment for the tree or for an accent in any room of your house. I have always loved this pho­to of my Mom back in 1957. Salem, West Vir­ginia, where my mom grew up had a snow storm that win­ter that left her lit­tle town look­ing like a win­ter won­der­land. Her dog poochie loved play­ing out­side with her in the snow as you can see from the pho­to. I find it kind of amus­ing that Mom and Dad had the same knick­name grow­ing up of “Dick­ie” and their dogs had the same name of “Poochie”. Sup­plies Used: Maya Road...

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12 Day Advent Pocket Calendar #8

Dec 10, 2009

Well we did it… all 12 pock­ets are com­plet­ed. Now to arrange them and onto my can­vas and alter that up a bit. Will get to work on it and show you the fin­ished project soon. This is going to be a fun thing to do with Ans­ley dur­ing her Christ­mas break. There’s noth­ing like hav­ing a lit­tle some­thing fun to do each day. Stamp image onto heavy weight white card­stock, ink on top of stamped image using Dis­tress Ink, light­ly col­or image using jew­el tone chalks. Place glossy accents onto the back of a Frag­ments Charm and attach to stamped image. Using Alco­hol Ink, ink the top of the Frag­ments Charm, accent the Frag­ments Charm with Dis­tress Stick­les, let dry. Once the Dis­tress Stick­les is dry apply a clear dry­ing adhe­sive to the...

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