Valentine’s Day Tag

Jan 14, 2014

I’m getting a jump start on creating some Valentine’s day tags and thought I would share this one with you. I think my little Handmade Kewpie Doll fairy looks adorable holding her “I Love You” vintage heart pick. Her wings are altered using white ink and Diamond Stickles. The red iridescent rhinestone trim is gorgeous against the red satin pleat trim. It’s hard to tell in this photo but gosh, I promise it’s so pretty. To top off the tag, I covered the chipboard center heart with silver ink and fine silver German glass glitter. Swoon! And you are in luck if you want to create a tag just like this as I have a limited supply of kits listed in my Etsy Shop. I even include easy to follow step by step instructions...

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Cyber Monday Etsy Sale

Dec 2, 2013

I hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I know I have a few added pounds from mom’s awesome turkey, stuffing and desserts. After dinner everyone was stuffed and all us adults needed naps except Madelyn and Bellie, they were running around like the energizer bunny and were glued to Ansley’s hip. Madelyn and Bellie LOVE Ansley. After 50 years, mom and dad finally have a table to sit the entire family. This has been one of mom’s wishes for years and I’m so glad it finally came true. Thanksgiving dinner was a wonderful way to break it in too.  From left to right are Mom, Laren (son-in-law), Terri (daughter), Amanda (niece), Steve (Amanda’s boyfriend), Dad (Santa), Brittain (nephew), Bellie (niece), Ansley (daughter), Me and Madelyn (niece). Today, through Dec. 16th I’m...

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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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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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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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The Packaging Begins

May 7, 2013

WOW, thank you so much to everyone who purchased my first kit, Delight In the Art of Collage ~ Antiquated. Today, I’m busy packaging up all the kits and will get them in the mail, tomorrow. I wanted the packaging to be something you can use as well so I used seam binding to wrap the bags together and stamped a small manila tag using my Antiquated Collection ~ Society Lady stamp set. There are just a few kits remaining and then Delight In The Art of Collage ~ Antiquated will be sold out. THANK YOU!!! Tomorrow, I hope to start playing a bit with this kit to create a mini collage canvas. Once completed, I’ll share a step by step PDF  tutorial with those who purchased the kit. You can create a similar canvas or one...

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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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Winnipeg Here I Come

Apr 3, 2013

Today is all about laundry, packing and checking my “To Do List” making sure everything I need for Crop & Create is done and packed in my super stuffed suitcase. As I’ve said before, teaching at a Crop & Create event is one of the items on my arty bucket list. I’ve heard so many wonderful things about Catherine’s events and I’m super appreciative for this opportunity to teach. I have goody bags made up to hand to some lucky winners during my classes. They are filled with lots of great Maya Road products. I also have stamp sets and a mini album to give away. Below is a peek at some of the items all packed a ready to go. Each person that takes one or both of my classes gets their name...

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Joyeux Noel ~ Holiday Magic Ornaments

Nov 2, 2012

These are the two make & takes I will be doing all day or until I run out at The Crafty Scrapper tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 3rd. Each ornament is only $10.00 to create. I have a limited amount of kits which are first come first served. As you can see, it’s going to be somewhat of a glitter fest at my table but I think ornaments with glitter look so festive sparkling on a holiday tree. All the “Holiday Magic“ fun begins at 10:00 a.m. and goes until 4:00 p.m. Click HERE to read further details about this awesome event. The Crafty Scrap­per 308 South Col­lege Wax­a­hachie, TX 75165 972.923.3151 Looking forward to seeing everyone....

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Kitting and a Contract

Aug 8, 2012

I’m so happy to show you this photo… the official contract for book 3 arrived. I’m so super excited about the concept for this book I can hardly stand it. I’m also very fortunate to get to continue working with such loyal sponsors. I have a few new sponsors that I’m really happy to have that will be added to this LIST soon! Thank you all so much for your support and ongoing sponsorship. I really appreciate both tremendously. This week it’s been all about getting kits ready and shipped to Lake Como, Italy for “A Kiss On The Chic’s Creative Retreat in Italy” Laura’s put together a fabulous event and Sept. 15th cannot get here soon enough. I’ve never in my life wished I had a Sizzix Vagabond Machine so badly as I...

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Artistic Journey 2012 Sneak Peeks

Jul 31, 2012

Check Out The Project Peeks For Artistic Journey! Artistic Journey 2012 is brought to you by The Crafty Scrapper. This event features 3 of Maya Road’s designers and they are set to inspire you to try new techniques and learn new things on your Artistic Journey. Check out the details below for peeks of each of the fabulous 3 hour classes. We have a special make and take that you will love for our Friday meet and greet! So join us on this Artistic Journey, October 5th – October 7th, 2012. We Want To Learn About The Teachers And See Peeks Of Their Classes! Meet Dina Wakley: Dina Wakley lives Arizona with her husband and three boys. She love everything about art…making it, talking about it, teaching it. Dina discovered scrapbooking in 1995. Scrapbooking...

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CHA-Summer 2012 Day 1

Jul 17, 2012

Today was a total blast of a day. It was a busy one with make-n-takes, teaching a meeting and more make-n-takes but it was a fun one. Here is a run down of day one… 10:00 – 11:00 ~ start make-n-takes in the Maya Road booth. Gail Holley an instructor for The Scrapbook Page and More was my first make-n-take attendee AND knew the password *** I love Maya Road Pearl Bead Chain *** so she won a signed copy of “Delight In The Seasons”. 11:00 ~ take workshop kits and supplies to my classroom then head back to the booth to do a few more make-n-takes. 11:45 – 12:50 ~ back to the classroom to set up for my workshop “Welcome Home with Maya Road.” 1:00 ~ 3:00 ~ Teach my “Welcome Home...

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Tiny Baubles

Feb 22, 2012

I have no idea what I’m going to do with these miniature altered tins but I did enjoy making them. Creating with no real purpose does not happen that often for me so I appreciate this time when it comes. Filling the tins with tiny baubles from thrift store finds was fun. These would look really cute as magnets but then I thought maybe I could attach them to the front of a vintage bottle… decisions, decisions, decisions. But this is what happens when I create in the middle of the night with no real purpose. I get an idea, make it then figure out what to do with it later. I’m really leaning towards attaching them to a bottle and I think I just saw the perfect bottle sitting on the top shelf...

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Cocoa Daisy Fall Crop: The Craft Fair

Nov 9, 2011

Make sure this weekend is clear because it’s going to be a fun one … NOVEMBER 11- 13 Cocoa Daisy crops always provide you with a ton of challenges, prizes, and most importantly laughter & camaraderie with people who “get this scrappy thing” we all love. You do not have to use Cocoa Daisy kits or even be a subscriber to play along. If you already do and are that is awesome but the wonderful thing about Cocoa Daisy is they welcome everyone. You just have to be registered on the Message Boards, especially if you want to participate in the chats. There is a HOW TO PLAY posted on the Message boards. Don’t forget to add your songs to the PLAYLIST. You can play music while you chat & have fun. The SCHEDULE...

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A Blast from the Past…

Aug 25, 2011

I thought it would be fun to show you some layouts I created using Cocoa Daisy kits from around 2007. Now that Ansley is a senior this year I find these layouts even more special. She grew up way too fast. In the layout above I felt there was too much white space in the background of Ansley’s photo so I used the end of my paintbrush and some acrylic paints to create a polka dot background. I like the pop of color the polka dots create and they fill in the white space perfectly. To pop the photo a bit more I painted yellow acrylic paint all around the edge of the photo creating a bright colored border. To fill in the white space on the photo above I attached clear buttons to...

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Hello Card

Aug 3, 2011

This card is one I created using the August Main Kit “Siren’s Call” by Cocoa Daisy and the Add On Kits “Calypso” and “Mist and Ink“. The window with the flower box was super fun to make so I thought I would tell you how I did it if you want to give it a try. Using Maya Mist I sprayed the chipboard window. Once dry I removed the four panes and placed a piece of patterned paper on the back to look like curtains. I covered the flower box using patterned paper, sanded the edges and accented the polka dots with Diamond Stickles. I then cut 4 pieces of 24 gauge wire to about 8″ in length. I thread one end of the wire through a button about 1″ and twisted the wire...

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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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Cocoa Daisy ~ Urban Loft Sneak Peeks

Jun 24, 2011

Since reveal day is only four days away I thought I would share a few sneak peeks of some projects I completed using the July Kit “Urban Loft” by Cocoa Daisy. I also had to have two Add On Kits “Telegraph Hill” and “South Loop”. Christine certainly has a gift in putting kits together as they’re awesome. This is a sneak peek of a project I created using the Main Kit “Urban Loft” and the Add On “South Loop”. This project uses the Main Kit “Urban Loft” and the Add On “Telegraph Hill.” I added the vintage milk bottle cap… the cork buttons and JBS bow fit so perfectly in the center I could not pass it up. For this project I used the Main Kit “Urban Loft” and both Add On Kits “South...

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Just 4u

Jun 7, 2011

I really like the warm color scheme of this card. The combination of the red and cream is so pretty. Of course the pops of Diamond Stickles here and there are awesome too. I covered the bottom two journaling cards with patterned paper and left the top one “Just 4u” as is, then distressed and inked the edges and attached it to the middle circle using a pop dot. I think the October Afternoon Word Sticker strips work great as the tones match the tones of the red and cream perfectly. The strips add interest and color to the card in a super simple way. Products used are from the June Cocoa Daisy “Cherry Soda” Main Kit and “Chocolate Malt” Add On Kit. I have a few kits left over from my “Quilted Memories”...

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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 Days…

May 31, 2011

No, not the show from the 70’s… those fun summer moments when we were younger that we had no clue would be the happy childhood memories of today. I spent hours outside jumping rope, blowing bubbles, having fun at the beach, slurping on popsicles with my brother and eating watermelon on hot summer days while the juices ran down my chin. These are the moments I look back on and remember fondly. So, with all these memories being shared, you can bet when I saw these patterned papers by Pink Paislee in the June “Fruit Smoothie and Banana Split” Add On kits by Cocoa Daisy I knew just what I was going to make… a fun summer card. I think this card portrays all that is summer as a child. Additional supplies used came...

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