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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Pre-Order Textile Collage Sampler

Jan 28, 2014

I am tak­ing Pre-Orders for this new project kit ~ “Tex­tile Col­lage Sam­pler” now through Mon­day, Feb. 3rd. This kit includes every­thing need­ed to com­plete the project with the excep­tion of adhe­sive, brown & cream embroi­dery floss and a sewing nee­dle. Once com­plet­ed your Tex­tile Col­lage Sam­pler will mea­sure approx­i­mate­ly 6″ x 7″ and can be proud­ly dis­played in any room in your home. Your sam­pler can hang on the wall or you can eas­i­ly attach it to a flat board can­vas to dis­play on an easel or attach it to the front of a jour­nal or mini album. There tru­ly are so many options for this piece. The cost for this kit is $34.95 plus flat rate ship­ping. I have a lim­it­ed sup­ply so make sure you grab yours now. Click HERE to...

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Noel Miniature Wreath

Nov 8, 2013

This is the lat­est mini kit added to my Etsy shop. Once com­plet­ed this minia­ture wreath mea­sures approx­i­mate­ly 7″ and will cer­tain­ly add a spark­ly fes­tive feel to any area of your home or hol­i­day tree. Since I ship Flat Rate if pur­chas­ing more than one kit please con­tact me so I can cre­ate a reserve list­ing for you with the cor­rect ship­ping charge. Noel Minia­ture Wreath Kit Con­tents 1 Yard Cham­pagne Tin­sel 1 Yard Brown & White Twine 24” Tan Seam Bind­ing 7 Chip­board Snowflakes 6 Self Adhe­sive Pearls 2 Wood­en Birds 1 Large Chan­de­lier Bead 1 Medi­um Chan­de­lier Bead Chip­board Let­ters ~ Noel 2 – 2” x 3” Sheet Music Pat­terned Paper Step by Step Instruc­tions with Col­or Pho­to Kit does NOT include: Martha Stew­art Crys­tal Coarse Glit­ter, Folk Art Vin­tage White Acrylic Paint,...

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Happy Holidays Photo Ornament Kit

Oct 31, 2013

  I’m still going through my stash and putting togeth­er mini orna­ment kits for the hol­i­days and last night, I was able to put togeth­er this cute pho­to orna­ment kit. FYI, I have a very lim­it­ed amount of kits. The kit con­tents are list­ed below and as always come with step by step instruc­tions and a col­or pho­to. Please note, Fes­tive Berries Dis­tress Ink used to col­or the chip­board frame and Plat­inum Stick­les used to out­line the chip­board base and frame are NOT includ­ed. Kit Con­tents: 1 — 4″ x 6″ daisy­d’s Snow­man Pat­terned Paper 1 — 4″ x 6″ daisy­d’s Pol­ka Dot Pat­terned Paper 1 — Chip­board Page 1 — Chip­board Frame (Frame will vary see pho­to for vari­a­tions) 1 — Small Bot­tle Brush Tree 2 — Hol­ly Leaves 1 — But­ton 2...

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Stylish and Fashionable ~ Card

Oct 23, 2013

I love to cre­ate mini col­lages on most all my projects. I get great sat­is­fac­tion in com­bin­ing mul­ti­ple items to cre­ate a focal point on cards, tags etc. This card uses stamps from the Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion Soci­ety Lady & Styl­ish and Fash­ion­able stamp sets and pat­terned paper by Pink Paislee. I have a huge crush on their Cot­tage Farms Col­lec­tion. I close­ly trimmed around the brooch and boot using my favorite of all times as in for­ev­er, Fiskars Coastal Craft Knife. If you have not tried this craft knife do your­self a favor and give it a try. This knife fits per­fect­ly in my hand. To add a bit more dimen­sion to the card, because I don’t think I can ever have enough dimen­sion, I attached the brooch and boot to the card front...

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Darby Smart

Aug 12, 2013

Have you heard of Dar­by Smart? If not, well let me just tell you all about it because Dar­by Smart is a real­ly cool online busi­ness with a super cool con­cept. Dar­by Smart has approved design­ers cre­ate sim­ple DIY projects from a wide assort­ment of items they send their design­ers. The design­er then cre­ates a DIY fash­ion or home decor project from these items. Once the project is approved Dar­by Smart turns the design­ers project into a kit. Each kit is then mailed to you pack­aged in a cool box and includes the mate­ri­als and instruc­tions need­ed to cre­ate the DIY project. Dar­by Smart even sells some kits as “Girls Night” kits so you and a group of friends can get togeth­er and have a “Girls Night” DIY craft night. How cool is that!...

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Dazzle-it! Lovely Knots

Jun 18, 2013

I love it when I get asked to use prod­uct I don’t nor­mal­ly grav­i­tate towards. So when Car­mi Cim­i­ca­ta recent­ly asked if I would be inter­est­ed in cre­at­ing a project with some new Daz­zle-it prod­ucts, I just could not say no. Those of you not famil­iar with Daz­zle-it, it is a jew­el­ry line of tools, string­ing mate­r­i­al, beads, chain and con­tain­ers. If you want to know where you can pur­chase Daz­zle-it prod­ucts email them at and they will help you find a store that car­ries their prod­ucts near you. I had so much fun cre­at­ing this Infin­i­ty Bracelet using the sim­ple to fol­low instruc­tions in the Daz­zle-it Love­ly Knots book. Instead of using two dif­fer­ent col­ors of Love­ly Knots Cord as was in the book I used one col­or, Olive. Once I had...

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Delight In The Art of Collage Kit 3 ~ The Playroom

Jun 14, 2013

This kit reminds me of all the Moms that have said, “If you kids don’t clean up this play­room right now, I’m throw­ing every­thing away”. It’s filled with so many items you would find scat­tered all around a play­room. Delight In The Art of Col­lage ~ Kit 3 ~ The Play­room is filled with vin­tage and non-vin­tage game pieces, wood­en blocks, bin­go cards, pages from chil­dren’s books and so much more, just look at the long list of con­tents below. Each kit is filled with awe­some items that are per­fect for cre­at­ing three dimen­sion­al col­lages and assem­blage type art. Kit Con­tents ~ 10 Vin­tage 1903 Flinch Play­ing Cards 2 Com­mu­ni­ty Chest Monop­oly Cards 2 Chance Monop­oly Cards 3 Real Estate Monop­oly Cards 9 Play­ing Cards (70’s Design 5 Fuch­sia, 4 Teal) 3 Vin­tage Bin­go...

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Get Acquainted All Occasion Card

May 28, 2013

col·lage ~ a tech­nique of com­pos­ing a work of art by past­ing on a sin­gle sur­face var­i­ous mate­ri­als not nor­mal­ly asso­ci­at­ed with one anoth­er, as news­pa­per clip­pings, parts of pho­tographs, the­ater tick­ets, and frag­ments of an enve­lope. One of the rea­sons I love col­lage so much is I can assem­ble all the ran­dom vin­tage finds I dis­cov­er in flea mar­kets, thrift stores and antique shops to cre­ate one of a kind items like this card. A col­lage can be cre­at­ed as a one dimen­sion­al piece using all types of ephemera or three dimen­sion­al piece using found objects like but­tons, milk caps, keys, millinery stems, etc.. This card is cre­at­ed using paper items, but­tons, seam bind­ing, twine and a milk cap that are all found in my Delight In The Art of Col­lage Kit 1 ~ Anti­quat­ed....

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Delight In The Art of Collage ~ Kit 2 ~ Nana’s Sewing Basket

May 22, 2013

A lit­tle wick­er bas­ket with dain­ty han­dles and a fab­ric top always sat next to Nana’s favorite chair. When asked what it was she’d reply, “Nana’s sewing bas­ket”. Nana’s sewing bas­ket was filled with small trea­sures that made beau­ti­ful things. This is just what Delight In The Art of Col­lage ~ Kit 2 ~ Nana’s Sewing Bas­ket is all about, I’ve filled it with vin­tage and non-vin­tage trea­sures that will inspire you to cre­ate beau­ti­ful things. These items are per­fect for cre­at­ing three dimen­sion­al col­lages, accent­ing hand stitched sam­plers; mak­ing fab­ric flow­ers and so many oth­er hand craft­ed projects. Nana’s Sewing Bas­ket Kit Con­tains the fol­low­ing items. 1 Yard Vin­tage Cream Ric Rac 1 Yard Vin­tage Beige Lace 1 Yard Vin­tage Scal­lop Pink Lace 12 inch­es Red Trim 12 inch­es Iri­des­cent Red Rhine­stone Trim...

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Delight In The Art of Collage Kit 1 ~ Antiquated

May 6, 2013

I’m super excit­ed to tell you about my new col­lage kits, Delight In The Art of Col­lage. Each month­ly kit will be filled with lots of awe­some vin­tage (most­ly vin­tage) and non-vin­tage finds I’ve been col­lect­ing for quite some time. I final­ly feel as though I have enough con­tents in my stash to cre­ate some real­ly unique month­ly col­lage kits. Although if you ask Alan, he will tell you he’s felt I’ve had enough for quite some time. As an added Bonus, I’m includ­ing a PDF of a project I cre­at­ed using some of the kit con­tents. The Bonus PDF will be emailed to you. To me, there is noth­ing like cre­at­ing with dis­card­ed items and giv­ing them new life. It does­n’t mat­ter if you cre­ate col­lage can­vas­es, jew­el­ry, home decor items, mini albums, altered...

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Floral Chic Card Kits for Sale

May 3, 2013

I have a few remain­ing Flo­ral Chic Card Kits left over from teach­ing at Rocky Moun­tain Mem­o­ries, this past week­end. If you are inter­est­ed in pur­chas­ing one of these kits please send an email to and I will email you a pay­pal invoice for $35.50. In your email please include the email address you wish for me to send your invoice to. The Flo­ral Chic card kit includes step by step instruc­tions as well as col­or pho­tos of each com­plet­ed card. You will cre­ate 6 dif­fer­ent flow­ers using beau­ti­ful Tu-Tu Tulle, Antique Alter­able Scal­lop Trim, Tulle Pleat, Vin­tage Lace, Organ­za Ros­es and Zip­per Trims. Once each flower is cre­at­ed it will then be used as an embell­ish­ment to accent an all occa­sion card. You will cre­ate with papers I’ve scanned and print­ed from...

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25 Day Countdown to Christmas

Nov 23, 2012

Today, I’m mak­ing a 25 day Count­down to Christ­mas project with my nieces Made­lyn and Bel­lie. As you can see from the pho­to they are lov­ing their new match­ing jam­mies. New flan­nel jam­mies are the best espe­cial­ly when you find match­ing ones like my mom did with a mon­key print design. Ok sor­ry, back to the project. Both lit­tle sweet peas will dec­o­rate 12 stan­dard sized card envelopes using stick­ers, self adhe­sive gems, then stamp the num­bers need­ed on each of their bags. Made­lyn will stamp the odd num­bers and Bel­lie the even num­bers. I will dec­o­rate enve­lope 25 for them to either use as a sam­ple or for inspi­ra­tion. Once all the envelopes are dec­o­rat­ed I’ll fill each one with 2 pieces of can­dy and a print­ed strip of paper that has one...

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Welcome Home with Maya Road

Jul 11, 2012

Here is a pho­to of the “Wel­come Home with Maya Road” work­shop (#W0701) I’ll be teach­ing for Maya Road at CHA. I’m so look­ing for­ward to teach­ing this sold out class. I also want to give a great big Texas THANK YOU to my awe­some SPONSORS… Clearsnap, Fiskars, Jen­ni Bowl­in Stu­dio and Ranger. They gra­cious­ly donat­ed prod­uct for me to alter the NEW Maya Road House Shad­ow Box. Each class attendee will have a kit filled with awe­some Maya Road prod­ucts and get to cre­ate using prod­uct by these top man­u­fac­tur­ers. And of course a class always needs a give away or two, or three etc., so I’ll be giv­ing away copies of my new book “Delight In The Sea­sons” to sev­er­al lucky win­ners dur­ing the work­shop....

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Me Today…

May 4, 2012

The one thing about me and my blog is I real­ly do try hard to keep it real, hon­est and true. I don’t want to hide behind it and make peo­ple think my cre­ative life is so amaz­ing, excit­ing and won­der­ful. This indus­try has lots of won­der­ful perks and I enjoy it immense­ly. I know I’m blessed so please do not take this wrong and think I’m not grate­ful and appre­cia­tive but this indus­try also has LOTS of stress, frus­tra­tion, at times unre­al­is­tic dead­lines, a lit­tle back­stab­bing here and there (sad but true) and idea steal­ing (again sad but true). I try not to focus on the bad part, just the good and share my love of art and all things vin­tage. So I thought I would talk to you today, about three behind the scenes things you...

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Cocoa Daisy Blog Hop

Mar 10, 2012

Cocoa Daisy has done some remod­el­ing and updat­ing, mak­ing our home a place you want to be. Drop in and see how our scrap­book home is your scrap­book home too. To help cel­e­brate, we are doing a blog hop and give­away. Just leave a com­ment to be entered to win a $10.00 Cocoa Daisy Coupon. I will pick a win­ner, Sun­day. The cel­e­bra­tion does­n’t end there, we’re also offer­ing a cou­ple of pro­mo­tions for new sub­scribers: 1.Sign up for a 6 month kit sub­scrip­tion and you will receive 20% off your first mon­th’s kit. 2. Sign up for a 6 month kit AND a 6 month stamp sub­scrip­tion and you will get 20% off your first mon­th’s kit and stamps PLUS an exclu­sive Cocoa Daisy Tote bag. If you are com­ing to my blog...

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Make n Take Giveaway

Feb 7, 2012

The last day of CHA‑W, I showed lots of peo­ple how to cre­ate this super cute flower pin. You use about 12″ of Maya Road Satin Pleat Trim, 12″ of Maya Road Pleat­ed Tulle and a Maya Road Antique Jew­el But­ton for the cen­ter. To cre­ate the flower all you do is attach the pleat­ed tulle on top of the satin pleat using Fab­ri-Tac adhe­sive at the sewn edge of each piece of trim. Then start­ing at one end  loose­ly begin rolling the two trims until you get to the oppo­site end. Next, apply Fab­ri-Tac to a punched pat­terned paper cir­cle and attach the bot­tom end (sewn edg­ing) of the rolled trims to the punched cir­cle, let the trims spread out a bit to resem­ble a rose. Then using a hot glue gun, attach...

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How about some more sneak peeks…

Nov 17, 2011

This sneak peek shows images from three dif­fer­ent stamp sets. I love how you can mix and match all the stamp sets to cre­ate lots of unique projects. Tomor­row, I will be show­ing you some sneak peeks from a few design­ers I asked to cre­ate sam­ples. I can­not wait to show you what they cre­at­ed. You will see how the Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion stamp sets are so ver­sa­tile and per­fect for all cre­ative styles. And I’m hap­py to tell you, Car­olyn own­er of  The Crafty Scrap­per in Wax­a­hachie, Texas ordered the entire Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion line. I heard they shipped Tues­day, which means they might be in her store, this week­end. And Michelle with Paper Tales in San Diego, CA plans on car­ry­ing the line in her store soon. Become my Friend On Face­book and share this...

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Altering the House

Nov 5, 2011

I feel like I’m burn­ing the can­dle at both ends, right now. I’ve been work­ing on spe­cial projects, writ­ing instruc­tions for three class­es that I will be teach­ing, next week­end at The Crafty Scrap­per, gath­er­ing sup­plies to kit for the class­es and try­ing to fin­ish up this Hal­loween Mini Album. So tonight I fin­ished alter­ing the house and thought I would share it now instead of wait­ing until Mon­day. I cov­ered the major­i­ty of the chip­board house using this Hal­loween 2011 pat­terned paper by JBS Mer­can­tile. The small sec­tions are per­fect to alter the house and pump­kin. The owl and stars on the roof are from this pat­terned paper. After I cov­ered the house with pat­terned paper I sand­ed and inked the edges using a brown ink. Then I attached the pat­terned paper of...

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Are you a dreamer…

Sep 14, 2011

I often won­der how many peo­ple dream of things they wish they could do but allow fear to creep inside their heads which then ends up keep­ing them from achiev­ing their dreams. Are you one of these peo­ple? If so, you need to break free of the fear and shoot for the moon. I’m sure most of you have heard or read the quote by Les Brown, “Shoot for the moon, even if you miss it you will land among the stars.” This is so true. I have always been a very goal ori­ent­ed per­son. If I set a goal I will achieve this goal no mat­ter what. Now the “no mat­ter what” does not mean I will push peo­ple to the ground and walk all over them to achieve this goal, it means...

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Just a note.

Aug 19, 2011

Hel­lo again! Chris­tine from Cocoa Daisy here to share a cou­ple fun cards I made using this mon­th’s kit “Siren’s Call”. Every month before I put my kit away to start work­ing with the next one I like to make a cou­ple cards with the left­over bits on my desk. This mon­th’s kit had the per­fect bright, pri­ma­ry col­ors to cre­ate a cou­ple cheery cards. For this first card I punched 1″ cir­cles from the Cos­mo Crick­et paper and then ran them through my sewing machine, let­ting the machine run a few stitch­es in between each cir­cle to cre­ate a ban­ner like affect. I laid them out on the card in ran­dom order, plac­ing foam adhe­sive under some to add a lit­tle dimen­sion. I fin­ished off the card with a tag and this cute...

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