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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