Sirens Call

Jul 29, 2011

It’s Cocoa Daisy sneak peek time again and I think you will love the col­ors and tex­tures of the August kit. I cer­tain­ly do. The main kit is called “Sirens Call” and Chris­tine has sev­er­al won­der­ful add-on kits. I picked “Calyp­so” and the “Mist and Ink” Add On kits. Chris­tine cer­tain­ly has an eye for blend­ing pat­terns and col­ors. She has the per­fect bal­ance of neu­trals and brights. I accent­ed the dots on the pat­terned papers above using Dia­mond Stick­les and stitched and stitched and stitched this project like crazy. Aug. 1st I will get to show you all the projects in full. I had fun cre­at­ing these lit­tle wired but­ton flow­ers. I used 24 gauge wire if you want to give them a try. I think they look super cute. I altered the...

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Sight Seeing and Jenni Bowlin

Jul 25, 2011

The day before CHA opened Ron­da, Chris­tine and I walked the Mag­nif­i­cent Mile and came upon a gor­geous church. The First Pres­by­ter­ian Church build­ing was ded­i­cat­ed on May 10, 1914 and every sin­gle square inch of this church is stun­ning. We could have stayed there all day tak­ing pho­tos. The gar­den was so peace­ful with not one bit of col­or but green. Just incred­i­ble. I love that the plaque near the church entrance says, “This church is open dai­ly for rest, prayer and relax­ation.”  Just a lit­tle warn­ing… this blog post is heavy on pho­tos. I was not kid­ding when I said we could have stayed there all day long. So now onto CHA. The day it opened I could not wait to see what my book spon­sors where debut­ing. Well Jen­ni Bowl­in cer­tain­ly...

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All Occasion Card

Jun 30, 2011

Here is a quick card to cre­ate and give for any occa­sion. I used prod­ucts from the Cocoa Daisy July Main Kit “Urban Loft” and the “Tele­graph Hill” Add On Kit. I love the lace paper found in the “Tele­graph Hill” Add On Kit. It’s gor­geous and was so hard to make the first cut. I added the vin­tage milk bot­tle cap (from my stash) because the cork but­tons fit inside so per­fect­ly. Then Jen­ni Bowl­ins yel­low rhine­stone bow topped it off and com­pli­ment­ed the Maya Road trim at the same time. I’m in major book edit­ing mode right now so please excuse the short­ness of the blog post. But since going out­side does not appeal to me one bit since the temps will be 100 degrees all week. Edit­ing is the per­fect thing...

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Gift Box

Jun 29, 2011

I altered this box using the Main Kit “Urban Loft” by Cocoa Daisy. I plan on plac­ing a gift card inside for a spe­cial some­one on their birth­day. After­wards they can use the box to store small items inside. Alter­ing items is one of my favorite things to do… I love turn­ing some­thing that was dis­card­ed and no longer want­ed into a new trea­sured item. That is one rea­son my clos­et looks like a hoard­er lives in my stu­dio. I can­not pass up small box­es and paper mache items. I always think, “Oh this would be awe­some to alter.” I real­ly like the flow­ers that come in the “South Loop” Add On Kit. They are pre­fect to cre­ate a lit­tle flo­ral group­ing. And you know I love the Maya Road Crys­tal Trin­ket Pins. There...

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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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Remember Today…

Jun 6, 2011

Actu­al­ly I wish the card­stock stick­er said “week­end” as it was such a fun one. Fri­day night, I taught my “Quilt­ed Mem­o­ries” class at The Crafty Scrap­per. I left a few kits with Car­olyn if you would like one. Just give her a call at the store: 972–923-3151. My friend Lisa E. joined me at the store which is always fun. We’ve been friends going on 11 years. She is my scrap­ping bud­dy. I had some super fun ladies in class and hope to see them again soon because we sure did laugh a lot. After the class was fin­ished Lisa and I stayed and laughed with Car­olyn (the own­er). The girl cracks me up and is always enter­tain­ing. Sat­ur­day, Lisa E. and I went to GASC in Arling­ton to see Car­olyn’s awe­some booth....

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Happy National Scrapbook Day

May 7, 2011

What bet­ter way to cel­e­brate NSD than with a give­away. While I was clean­ing out a cor­ner of my stu­dio, I came across two mini album kits of the project I taught in Mykonos, Greece, this past Sep­tem­ber. It’s a fun mini album to cre­ate and can be any theme you want. You get an entire sheet of Jen­ni Bowl­in Reverse Black Stick­ers so the title and jour­nal­ing should not be an issue. This kit includes prod­ucts from Maya Road and Jen­ni Bowl­in and comes with the com­plete instruc­tions already print­ed out for you. All you need to add are your pho­tos, Glue Stick Adhe­sive, Foam Squares, Dia­mond Stick­les, Black Pen, 3mm Cream Self Adhe­sive Pearls, Creamy Brown Ink and Basic Tools. Two Peas has some awe­some NSD Spe­cials so don’t miss out on...

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Stanley Ruler Necklace

Apr 20, 2011

Here is some­thing I made with one of the items dad brought me. It’s a neck­lace made from a 6″ Stan­ley Ruler. It start­ed out as a bracelet but I was going to have to leave two of the pieces off and did not want to do that so a neck­lace it became. I must admit it was hard cut­ting that cute lit­tle ruler but I real­ly like it as a neck­lace so now I’m over it. Sun­day night, dad and I went to Lowe’s and got a Dremel. Oh the ideas I have swirling in my head. Dad gave me a quick les­son on how to use all the parts that came with it but I still think there will be many a phone call made his way. But I plan on mak­ing some...

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Pocket Favors

Apr 15, 2011

These Pock­et Favors are per­fect to hold all kinds of items to hand out at bridal or baby show­ers or birth­day par­ties… real­ly these are great for any hol­i­day or spe­cial occa­sion. A group sit­ting in a bowl wait­ing to be hand­ed out would look real­ly cute. Espe­cial­ly, if they are all done in dif­fer­ent but coor­di­nat­ing papers. Sup­plies Used: TP Roll, Jen­ni Bowl­in Pat­terned Paper, Scal­lop Scis­sors, Glue Stick Adhe­sive, Sewing Machine, Cream Thread Instruc­tions: Apply a glue stick type adhe­sive onto the back of your pat­terned paper and cov­er the TP roll with pat­terned paper. I used Jen­ni Bowl­in’s 4″ pat­terned paper so I need­ed 2 sheets. Using a sewing machine  and cream or white thread, stitch the end of the TP roll as shown above. Now here is the tricky part...

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I’m home

Feb 3, 2011

It sure did feel great sleep­ing in my bed last night although I was hang­ing on for dear life because Chief was hog­ging my entire side of the bed. I must say the dri­ve was a whole lot of scary get­ting home. I have nev­er seen so much ice ever in Texas. Ans­ley has not had school since Mon­day and will not have school tomor­row either. Tonight and tomor­row morn­ing we are sup­posed to get snow so no telling what tomor­row will bring in the weath­er depart­ment. Although they say it should get warmer Sat­ur­day so the ice should melt. We shall see. I cer­tain­ly have enough work to keep me busy for the next month as my step-by-step pho­to shoot is next month. While at CHA I was hap­py to get a new...

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No Stress Just Work…

Oct 24, 2010

This will be my new mot­to told to me by a sweet friend for the next six months as I will begin work­ing on my SECOND book tomor­row. I am so hap­py I have been giv­en the chance to work with F & W Media once again. My new book will be tech­nique based just as “Delight In The Details” but it will have step outs on how to recre­ate not only the tech­niques but ALSO some of the projects. So excit­ed about this new twist. My first dead­line is Novem­ber 26th so i will be some­what of a her­mit over the next month as these projects will be for the cov­er and I want them over the top won­der­ful. Not sure if I can tell you the theme of the book just yet...

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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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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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Spooky…

Oct 9, 2010

Well maybe not so much… maybe more cutie than spooky. I like how this trio looks togeth­er and think I’m going to keep them in this green­ery. Sun­day, I will post the Bat and Boo. Now I am off to cre­ate a card class for The Crafty Scrap­per. If you are local I hope to see you there. Car­olyn’s store is such a hap­py place to be. Sup­plies Used: Lit­tle Yel­low Bicy­cle Jum­bo Chip­board Shapes, Lit­tle Yel­low Bicy­cle Lay­ered Felt Stick­ers, Jen­ni Bowl­in (Fam­i­ly Tree) Aunt Kathryn Pat­terned Paper, Jen­ni Bowl­in Dye Ink Pad ~ Foun­tain Pen, Maya Road Wood Bin­go Mark­ers — Num­bers, Maya Road Ecru Cro­chet Trim, Black and Orange Crepe Paper, a Black Gel­ly Roll Pen, White Pen, Dia­mond Stick­les and Gold Stick­les Trick or Treat...

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Boo to you…

Oct 8, 2010

Here is the altered Ghost… I think it looks sweet and tucked in the green­ery next to the pump­kin makes it look sweet­er. Next up will be the super cute haunt­ed house… mine wont be so haunt­ed though. Sup­plies Used: Lit­tle Yel­low Bicy­cle Jum­bo Chip­board Shapes ~ Ghost, Jen­ni Bowl­in (Fam­i­ly Tree)  Aunt Grace Pat­terned Paper, Jen­ni Bowl­in Dye Ink Pad ~ Foun­tain Pen, Maya Road Felt Bead­ed Black Blos­som, Maya Road Trin­ket Pins ~ Vin­tage Black Pearl, Vin­tage Pearl, Black and Burnt Orange Seam Bind­ing a Black Gel­ly Roll Pen, and Dia­mond...

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Trick or Treat

Oct 7, 2010

I’m not one for scary Hal­loween… I like cute and whim­si­cal Hal­loween so when I received these cute Jum­bo Chip­board Shapes from Lit­tle Yel­low Bicy­cle I knew just what I was going to do… cov­er them with Jen­ni Bowl­in pat­tern papers and accent them with lots of Maya Road good­ies. Today, I worked on this cute lit­tle pump­kin. Tomor­row, I will show you the ghost. I can’t make up my mind if I want to attach a dow­el to the back and make it a pick, make a hang­er out of a bow or just tuck them here and there around the house as they are… what do you think? Sup­plies Used: Lit­tle Yel­low Bicy­cle Jum­bo Chip­board Shapes ~ Pump­kin, Jen­ni Bowl­in (Fam­i­ly Tree) Aunt Char­lotte, Cousin Rose, Aunt Kathryn Pat­terned Papers, Jen­ni Bowl­in...

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Boobie Canvas…

Oct 5, 2010

I bet that title got your atten­tion. Remem­ber the can­vas I did and said it was for a great cause… well below is all the info on how you can try to win mine or any of the oth­er tal­ent­ed artists who par­tic­i­pat­ed in Cheryl Dar­row’s can­vas raf­fle. It would be awe­some if she could send a great big fat check to the Susan G. Komen Breast Can­cer Foun­da­tion. You can remove the Jen­ni Bowl­in vin­tage image inside the can­vas niche. I think it would be awe­some to place your own fam­i­ly pho­to­graph inside. The ledger paper used on my can­vas is from 1933, the book page flow­ers are from an old Amer­i­can Lit­er­a­ture book and the vin­tage shell but­tons are from a col­lec­tion a man had been col­lect­ing for YEARS. He had over...

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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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Friday

Sep 25, 2010

A group of us went to lunch with Jen­ni Bowl­in and I was one of them… cer­tain­ly no sur­prise to you as it is no secret that I love and adore Jen­ni and her prod­ucts. The restau­rant Tri­cia took us to was a real­ly sweet restau­rant that was sea­side. The view was awe­some. the col­or­ful flags were so pret­ty as we walked into the restau­rant their menu felt just like a book… I had to keep remind­ing me with what Ali says… we do not steal or bor­row we gath­er.… I so want­ed to run out with this menu inside the restau­rant… loved the way they fold­ed the nap­kins to look like par­ty hats the view was gor­geous as you could see the sea and all the white build­ings of Mykonos Yes I ate...

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Jenni Bowlin Paint Dabbers…

Sep 13, 2010

Did you know Jen­ni Bowl­in now has acrylic paint dab­bers and ink pads that match her col­or schemes per­fect­ly? Well if you did­n’t she sure does and they are awe­some. I got to play with some while cre­at­ing this mini album for a guest blog post on her Inspi­ra­tion blog. I love Chili Pow­der as it is a won­der­ful shade of red. I used the Chili Pow­der, Lemon Drop, Malt­ed Milk and Foun­tain Pen when cre­at­ing this mini album. If you want to see pho­tos of the inside vis­it her Inspi­ra­tion blog… And I can­not believe I head for Greece this Fri­day. I am run­ning around like a crazy woman get­ting all my last minute items and hop­ing every­thing will fit into one suit­case… I real­ly do not want to bring two. Thank­ful­ly I...

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A Gray Sky and some sprinkles…

Sep 2, 2010

means it is a per­fect day to work in the scrap­room and what bet­ter prod­ucts to play with then Jen­ni Bowl­in and Maya Road. I have to say I am in love with Jen­ni’s new paints ( have not tried the inks yet but I am cer­tain I will love them as well) the col­ors match exact­ly with all her inspir­ing prod­ucts. I still need a few more col­ors of her paints and ink which I will be pur­chas­ing soon. I got­ta have them all. Once I fin­ish this mini album it will be filled with cute pho­tos of Ans­ley and her friends. As you can see I start­ed out with a Maya Road 4″ binder album, paint­ed it with Jen­ni’s new paints (Chili Pow­der “inside”, Lemon Drops and Malt­ed Milk “out­side”) and plan...

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