Happy Fall Y’all

Sep 22, 2014

To cel­e­brate the first day of autumn I picked at least a bushel of acorns from our red oak tree. I’m now in the process of remov­ing lots of lit­tle acorn caps to add to the tops of some hand­made felt­ed acorns. I love mak­ing felt­ed any­thing and find my felt­ing inspi­ra­tion seems to come more in autumn and win­ter. I’ll have a few sets of felt­ed acorns in my Etsy shop soon. I plan on dry­ing the remain­ing acorns and plac­ing them around the house. It’s great being able to bring a lit­tle bit of nature inside our home and from the looks of our red oak tree this win­ter is not going to be pret­ty. The branch­es all the way to the tip­py top are filled with 100’s and 100’s of big fat acorns....

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Handmade Art Journal

Aug 21, 2014

I real­ly love see­ing all the amaz­ing art jour­nal­ing that lots of my friends do but I have issues, like seri­ous issues when it comes to the jour­nals. I love dimen­sion­al col­lage which means, I like to stick LOTS of bulky things in my art. Well, this does not work well with a lot of art jour­nals due to the type of bind­ing most have so the prob­lem was solved this week by cre­at­ing my own art jour­nal. Now I can add all the bulky items I want and the art jour­nal will still close. The thick­er my art jour­nal gets is no big­gie because all I need to do is use larg­er binder rings. Even though I’ve used vin­tage items that you might not have on had to cre­ate my art jour­nal my ideas...

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Save The Dates

Feb 24, 2014

I’m so glad to be return­ing to Rocky Moun­tain Mem­o­ries April 25th & 26th. I will be teach­ing an Altered Art Jour­nal class as well as a Card Class. I will have pho­tos of the card class soon. If you want to take the Altered Art Jour­nal class shown above please call Cheryl at (970) 577.1415 for the date, time and cost for this class. In this class you will cre­ate a beau­ti­ful altered art jour­nal using one of Wendy Vecchi’s new Stu­dio 490 Art Parts Art Jour­nal Cov­ers. You will alter the front of your art jour­nal cov­er using Wendy Vec­chi Stu­dio 490 Emboss­ing Paste and NEW Crack­le Tex­ture Paste, The Crafter’s Work­shop Sten­cils, Paint and more. The inside front and back cov­ers will be altered using Vin­tage Sheet Music, Inks and Per­fect...

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DIY Valentine’s Day Charm Bracelet

Jan 23, 2014

This bracelet came to mind as I was strolling the aisles of Hob­by Lob­by. I love just roam­ing around look­ing at things and real­ly love it when inspi­ra­tion hits. I’ve cre­at­ed this tuto­r­i­al so you too can cre­ate this super cute charm bracelet to wear for Valen­tine’s Day. To make your bracelet you will need to head to the Valen­tine’s day aisle to get these cute minia­ture cook­ie orna­ments (on sale right now for 30% off) then head to the jew­el­ry aisle to get this chain bracelet, some sil­ver 2″ head pins, sil­ver jump rings to make wire wrapped bead charms and some sil­ver ear­ring hooks. I already had pink and red rasp­ber­ry beads as well as iri­des­cent (large & medi­um) and pink (small) glass beads to make the triple bead charms. If you...

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Delight In The Seasons ~ Autumn & Winter

Oct 25, 2013

These are just a sam­pling of the projects you will find inside “Delight In The Sea­sons” Autumn and Win­ter chap­ters. In these chap­ters you will learn fun tech­niques to cre­ate 3‑D Embell­ish­ments, Tis­sue Paper Trims, Inter­ac­tive Lay­ers, a Paint & Ink Pati­na, Altered Bot­tle Brush Trees, Cre­at­ing Pearles­cent Water­col­ors, Paper and Felt Bows, Fab­ric Cuffs and more. This book is filled with loads of inspi­ra­tion and right now when you order an auto­graphed copy the ship­ping is FREE! This is an awe­some deal. So if you are look­ing for a beau­ti­ful idea book that is not only pret­ty to look at but also filled with easy to fol­low step by step tech­niques for you or your craft­ing friends, I hope you con­sid­er pur­chas­ing this...

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Reindeer Ornament

Dec 4, 2012

Isn’t this orna­ment cute. I love the whim­sy style and think my nieces will too. So let me tell you how this orna­ment came about because this is NO WHERE close to being my vin­tage style. While clean­ing and orga­niz­ing my craft room I found a set of cook­ie sten­cils that I bought LAST year to do what with I have no idea but they were in the dol­lar bin so I grabbed them main­ly for the snowflake and rein­deer. Well the oth­er day, while I was doing some seri­ous pro­cras­ti­nat­ing in the clean­ing depart­ment I was look­ing on Pin­ter­est and came across these real­ly cute rein­deer cook­ies click HERE and HERE. Inspi­ra­tion hit right then and there. I thought how cute would it to be to make an orna­ment using the Gin­ger­bread Man cook­ie...

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Inspiration for a Crafty Weekend

Nov 30, 2012

Since I am clean­ing out and reor­ga­niz­ing my craft room, this week, which is total tor­ture but thank­ful­ly I have an awe­some neigh­bor, Jen­nifer who is help­ing me and keep­ing me on task. I just keep telling myself once I’m fin­ished it’s going to be so awe­some work­ing in it once again. These are just a por­tion of the emp­ty box­es I had to go through, emp­ty out and put stuff away. Car­o­line Lau is to blame for LOTS of these box­es. Any­way, I thought I would take a break and go through my blog post Archives and find some week­end inspi­ra­tion for you. I plan on mak­ing all my Christ­mas gifts this year and if you are as well, well there might be a few things to inspire you. Some­times it good to...

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Mini Shadow Box

Aug 10, 2012

Tomor­row, I am par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Jo-Ann Fab­rics & Crafts Grand Open­ing in Sher­man, Texas. I will be there for a Book Sign­ing and Demo from 11:00–1:00. I’ll be instruct­ing those in atten­dance how to cre­ate a beau­ti­ful paper rose to accent a gift tag or card for any cel­e­bra­tion or spe­cial occa­sion. And with just a sim­ple change in paper col­or these beau­ti­ful ros­es are per­fect for any hol­i­day.  Come see me… it’s going to be fun! Jo-Ann Fab­rics & Crafts 4127 N. US High­way 75 Sher­man, Texas Ok, so on to today’s project. I love shad­ow box­es of any kind and decid­ed to cre­ate a mini shad­ow box tag for one of my projects for CHA. As I start­ed gath­er­ing Maya Road sup­plies I came across a Maya Road Scal­lop Square Basic Album...

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Custom Art Journal

May 7, 2012

While at Ranger U, Dyan Reave­ley taught us some super fun tech­niques using her dys­lu­sions ink spray and stamps. After we fin­ished cre­at­ing our tech­nique tags she showed us her jour­nals (which are AMAZING) and talked about doing what feels right for us and to make it our own. Well, art jour­nal­ing scares me to death! Not sure why but my good­ness it sends shiv­ers down my spine just think­ing about doing it. Real­ly it should­n’t freak me out so much because no one has to see what I cre­ate but it does… BUT I’m deter­mined to do it my way with a lit­tle or a lot of inspi­ra­tion from Dyan. Remem­ber, “An Artist Can­not Fail.” So while doing a lit­tle thrift­ing I found this cute vin­tage hard­back book from 1909. It mea­sures 4″...

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Need some INSPIRATION

Feb 13, 2012

You need to check out the lat­est Maya Road Design­er’s Chal­lenge Inspi­ra­tion Book. Click HERE and you will see some real­ly super cute tags that sev­er­al of the Maya Road design team mem­bers cre­at­ed, after Car­o­line gave us a 7 prod­uct chal­lenge. And I have to show you this super cute neck­lace Shel­ley Hagan­man sent me for my birth­day. She makes the cutest flair but­tons. The flair but­tons for the neck­lace are mag­net­ic so I can put which ever but­ton I feel like wear­ing at the moment. And I must say I do think it is all about keep­ing calm and glit­ter­ing on. I find the glit­ter part eas­i­er than the calm part though… got­ta be hon­est. If you’re not famil­iar with Shel­ley’s etsy store “A Flair for But­tons” you real­ly need to take...

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Maya Road DT Member Canvases

Feb 4, 2012

I always find it fun to see what mem­bers of the Maya Road Design Team cre­ate when giv­en the same chal­lenge. Each CHA‑W Car­o­line gives the DT mem­bers a blank can­vas and tells us to alter it as we want, she only requires that we stay true to our style and include any Maya Road prod­ucts we want… it is such a fun chal­lenge. Dur­ing CHA I took pho­tos of each  DT mem­ber’s can­vas so I could share… I hope you’re ready for some amaz­ing inspi­ra­tion because this post is filled with LOTS! Andrea Wiebe Angel­la Pear­don  Anne Jo Lexan­der also known as Ania Car­o­line Lau Dina Wak­ley Emi­ly Pitts Julia Stain­ton Karen Grun­berg Lin­da Albrecht Lisa Pace that’s Me Ron­da Palaz­zari Shel­ley Hagan­man  I was­n’t kid­ding when I said loads of inspi­ra­tion. I...

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Old Fashioned Sampler

Jan 18, 2012

One item I always have to stop and admire when stum­bled upon in antique stores and flea mar­kets are vin­tage sam­plers. Each stitch is so lov­ing­ly placed and framed for all to see. I find them to be such an inspir­ing piece of art. These such items were the inspi­ra­tion for the project I’m show­ing sneak peeks of today. Once the offi­cial Maya Road sneak peeks begin (I’ve heard Thurs­day is the day… fin­gers crossed) I’ll show the entire piece. Car­o­line is tor­tur­ing us with this wait but it will be worth it… promise. The design team has cre­at­ed some amaz­ing projects. This Square Chip­board Foun­da­tions piece is cov­ered with vin­tage ledger paper and stamped with the Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion Per­fumery stamps. I accent­ed the square using Maya Road skin­ny spools and white pearl flower...

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Year In Review ~ UTEE

Jan 4, 2012

When I was asked to cre­ate some projects using Ultra Thick Emboss­ing Enam­el (UTEE) I had no idea I would fall in love with this medi­um like I did. This prod­uct is end­less in pos­si­bil­i­ties. I made rings and charms, altered a gift box, cre­at­ed a mini can­vas, made faux lol­lipops, inspi­ra­tion baubles and dis­cov­ered a faux sea glass tech­nique. This prod­uct is FUN! UTEE Rings I pressed a Tim Holtz but­ton into Mold-n-Pour to cre­ate the flower mold and a vin­tage ear­ring to cre­ate the blue pol­ka dot­ted one. Once the mold was ready I removed the but­ton and ear­ring and filled them with UTEE. Altered Gift Box using UTEE The flower cen­ter is the same vin­tage ear­ring mold I used to make the pol­ka dot ring. The box lid is cov­ered with...

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Seasons Greetings

Dec 7, 2011

I thought I would give you a heads up and let you know, you might want to head over to Pink Per­sim­mon and sign up for their newslet­ter… a lit­tle birdie told me there is going to be some things includ­ed in this months newslet­ter you just might enjoy. One of them has some­thing to do with the image above. And please join me on the Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion by Lisa M. Pace Face­book Page. There you can stay up to date on all the hap­pen­ings of my new stamp line, get inspired with all the inspi­ra­tion from the Design Team as well as par­tic­i­pate in fun give­aways and RAKS. See you there. I’m off to cre­ate....

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Christmas Baking

Dec 6, 2011

One of the things Ans­ley always looks for­ward to every hol­i­day sea­son is bak­ing Christ­mas cook­ies… wait, let me rephrase this… me bak­ing Christ­mas cook­ies. Each year, it is not Christ­mas to her unless I bake her all her favorites… Choco­late Chewies, Lemon Cook­ies, Pecan Sandies and Red Vel­vet cook­ies with a Her­shey Kiss in the mid­dle. The girl keeps me busy dur­ing the hol­i­days for sure. But I love it and it makes me hap­py that she loves them so much. So Ans­ley and her cook­ies were the inspi­ra­tion behind this card. I thought the Maya Road Heart Tart Tin Bot­tle­cap was per­fect to start with, then using Jet Black Archival Ink, I stamped the Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion Miss­es’ Aprons onto grungepa­per three times so I could cut out the apron from one and...

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So HAPPY to share…

Oct 17, 2011

Since my book has gone to print I can now share with you one of the four projects fea­tured on the cov­er of Delight In The Sea­sons. This book has been inside my head for a very long time… I want­ed one that was filled with lots of inspi­ra­tion for hol­i­days, cel­e­bra­tions and spe­cial occa­sions. I did­n’t want it to be just hol­i­day relat­ed. It’s so excit­ing to know this book idea will become a real­i­ty in just a few short months. Delight In The Sea­sons is filled with 40 tech­niques and 60 projects all cre­at­ed by me for Win­ter, New Year’s Day, Christ­mas, Valen­tines’ Day, St. Patrick­’s Day, Spring, East­er, Moth­er’s Day, Father’s Day, Sum­mer, Inde­pen­dence Day, Grad­u­a­tion, Birth­day, Wed­ding, Trav­el, Autumn, Hal­loween, Grand­par­en­t’s Day, New Baby and Thanks­giv­ing. I think you can tell...

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The Big Book of Scrapbook Pages

Jun 22, 2011

Have you all seen this book in your local scrap­book or craft stores? If not, you need to look for it as it’s filled with LOADS of inspi­ra­tion for every scrap­book­ing top­ic you can imag­ine. I was thrilled to be asked to cre­ate a few projects for the book. F+W Media includ­ed a spot­light on my book “Delight In The Details” along with my two projects. As you can see Jen­ni Bowl­in spon­sored prod­ucts for these two projects. Oh how I love Jen­ni’s prod­ucts. I cer­tain­ly do have a hoard­ing issue with her items. If you love Jen­ni Bowl­in prod­ucts as much as I do make sure you check out her Inspi­ra­tion Blog.… it’s filled with LOTS of incred­i­ble projects. Thanks for the spon­sor­ship, Jen­ni. Here is a clos­er look at the two projects...

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Magnetic Board and Doily

Apr 5, 2011

Here is how I plan on using the tray I found a few weeks ago at Frisco Resale. Once my scrap­room is cleaned up from all the book projects being cre­at­ed it will find a per­ma­nent home in there until then it will sit out in the liv­ing area. The but­ton mag­nets are old but­tons my dad attached mag­nets to the back of. They work per­fect­ly on this tray and look adorable. I plan on using this tray as an inspi­ra­tion board, receipt hold­er and what ever else I need to not mis­place at the moment. I always keep the let­ter from my sweet Uncle Ed near by… he always has such won­der­ful words of encour­age­ment and is so proud of my book. The doily flower mag­net you see at the bot­tom of the...

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Spring is near…

Mar 16, 2011

This lit­tle card was cre­at­ed for my design team post on the Maya Road blog. If you want to see loads of inspi­ra­tion you need to check out their blog. The design team cre­ates some of the most amaz­ing projects. With spring just around the cor­ner I thought it would be fun to use the “Green Thumb” mini chip­board set and the “Ging­ham Point Blos­soms” as they work per­fect­ly togeth­er on a card. One thing I love to do is add lit­tle ban­ners to the “Vin­tage Pearl Pins” it is such a quick and easy thing to do and real­ly fin­ish­es this card beau­ti­ful­ly. And The Girl’s Paperie “Paper Girl” line is awe­some for any spring project. I love, love, love the col­ors and the pat­terns. I cre­at­ed the cute lit­tle bun­ny using a...

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Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabbers

Feb 11, 2011

I bet you were expect­ing anoth­er tag using Per­fect Pearls? Well this one fea­tures Ranger’s Adiron­dack Acrylic Paint Dab­bers. When using paint I find it most inspir­ing to cre­ate whim­si­cal pieces with brighter col­ors rather than my usu­al vin­tage style and shades. Kin­da strange when I think about it. Also, did you notice I used my Can­vas Album as inspi­ra­tion for this tag? If you did, you are a very devot­ed blog­ger. I always find it fun to use items around my scrap­room to cre­ate designs… one of the sim­plest things to cre­ate are pol­ka dots with the non-bris­tle end of my paint­brush­es. All you do is dip the end of the brush into the lid of the paint­brush and start cre­at­ing dots. Clean up is super sim­ple too. All you have to do...

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CHA Day 3

Feb 1, 2011

What a great day today was. Thank you to all my sweet friends who came by the booth to wish me a hap­py birth­day. It was so sweet of all of you. Those of you that decid­ed to sing hap­py birth­day to me I thank you too even though I want­ed to run and hide. It was fun­ny and I must admit so sweet. Car­olyn and Keri made me a birth­day card out of one of the cat­a­logs they got at the show. I will have to take a pho­to of it tomor­row so you can see… it is too cute!  Car­o­line and David took all the Road­ies out to eat and sur­prised me with a won­der­ful brown­ie and singing wait­er after din­ner. Yes I was beet red, want­i­ng to hide but was touched...

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