I have a paper secret…

Sep 29, 2010

But I have to share. I just can­not keep this one a secret. While par­tic­i­pat­ing at the Cocoa Daisy Des­ti­na­tion ~ Mykonos event I stum­bled upon this gor­geous vin­tage paper line. And since I LOVE Christ­mas and any­thing with old San­ta images well… you can only imag­ine my excite­ment. The design­er is Gudrun Loen­neck­en. She lives in Nor­way and is super tal­ent­ed. Gudrun did an adorable make n take with her papers one evening in Mykonos. Every­one loved her designs. The one shown below is Gudrun’s Christ­mas 2010 line and I can­not wait to start my Christ­mas album. Front view… love that lit­tle girl and the San­ta images. Back view… the paper with the post­card images is incred­i­ble. Isn’t this lit­tle girl so cute among all the hearts and hol­ly. Then you can only...

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12 Day Advent Pocket Calendar #2

Dec 2, 2009

Stamp image onto heavy weight white card­stock, ink on top of stamped image using Dis­tress Ink, light­ly col­or image using jew­el tone chalks. Place glossy accents onto the back of a Frag­ments Charm and attach to stamped image. Using Alco­hol Ink, ink the top of the Frag­ments Charm, accent the Frag­ments Charm with Dis­tress Stick­les, let dry. Once the Dis­tress Stick­les is dry apply a clear dry­ing adhe­sive to the edge of the Frag­ments Charm and apply Gold Ger­man Glass Glit­ter to the edge, let dry. Once dry tie a piece of green seam bind­ing on top. Cov­er the front top half of a 1 3/8″ x 2 3/4″ office tag with pat­terned paper, fold the end up to cre­ate a pock­et, cov­er the fold­ed part of the pock­et with pat­terned paper, stitch around...

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Want to see some pages inside my book…

Nov 28, 2009

Oh I love hav­ing a techy DH. Alan added pho­tos of the inside of my book to this post. If you want to see them check it out. I love see­ing the pages in col­or as pret­ty much all I have seen is black and white. I can hard­ly wait to get my two advanced copies… I am count­ing down the days as it should be some­time in Decem­ber. You will all here a huge scream when they arrive. I tell ya my Edi­tor Kristin Boys (love, love, love her so much… seri­ous­ly she is the sweet­est per­son and such a plea­sure to work with… I’m so glad my book land­ed on her desk) Design­er Cor­rie Schaf­feld, Pro­duc­tion Coor­di­na­tor Greg Nock, Pho­tog­ra­phers Chris­tine Polom­sky (it was a BLAST get­ting to work with Chris­tine in...

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Countdown to Santa and Black Friday Special

Nov 26, 2009

Here is a sneak peek of my newest project down­load. It’s a Count­down to San­ta Altered Frame. And I have a pre Black Fri­day spe­cial that lasts until Fri­day night on the last few remain­ing Grab Bag Style Box­es in my store. If you’ve been think­ing about get­ting one now is your chance. Each box is filled with lots and lots of great prod­ucts. Fri­day, I will be back to post­ing the 12 Days of Christ­mas pock­et tuto­ri­als for the Advent Cal­en­dar I am work­ing on. So those of you that are cre­at­ing along with me… get your sup­plies...

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Workshop Coupon…

Nov 20, 2009

These past few days I have been busy work­ing on an adorable orna­ment (if I don’t say so myself) for a project a friend of mine is doing on her blog. I can’t wait to show you but you’re going to have to wait until some­time in Decem­ber. I think it will be worth the wait. And those cre­at­ing the pock­ets along with me for the Advent cal­en­dar, I will be post­ing more soon… I am lov­ing how this project is com­ing togeth­er. We have been hav­ing a blast cre­at­ing in my hol­i­day work­shops. I can­not believe we are fin­ish­ing up week 3 in my “A Very Vin­tage Christ­mas” work­shop. The time is fly­ing by but there is still time to cre­ate for the hol­i­days if you are inter­est­ed. Remem­ber, you have the same...

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12 Day Advent Pocket Calendar Pocket #10

Nov 15, 2009

Instruc­tions: Stamp image onto heavy weight white card­stock, ink on top of stamped image using Dis­tress Ink, light­ly col­or image using jew­el tone chalks. Place glossy accents onto the back of a Frag­ments Charm and attach to stamped image. Using Alco­hol Ink, ink the top of the Frag­ments Charm, accent the Frag­ments Charm with Dis­tress Stick­les, let dry. Once the Dis­tress Stick­les is dry apply a clear dry­ing adhe­sive to the edge of the Frag­ments Charm and apply Gold Ger­man Glass Glit­ter to the edge, let dry. Once dry tie a piece of green seam bind­ing on top. Cov­er the front top half of a Size 5 — 4 3/4″ x 2 3/8″ office tag with pat­terned paper, fold the end up to cre­ate a pock­et, cov­er the fold­ed part of the pock­et with...

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Holiday Sweet Treats are now for sale…

Nov 4, 2009

Most every­one loves Sweet Treats, espe­cial­ly dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son. So I put togeth­er a calo­rie free ver­sion from items I have been stash­ing away or maybe I should say hoard­ing? Hon­est­ly, that is more like it. San­ta told me it’s time to share the goods! The “Hol­i­day Sweet Treats” will be ready for sale some­time this after­noon. My techy elf’s been busy work­ing on my “A Very Vin­tage Christ­mas” work­shop as well as his full time job. If I don’t cut him a lit­tle slack I fear a strike may be in the near future and I can­not have that! You can pur­chase your “Hol­i­day Sweet Treats” pack­et here. Each “Hol­i­day Sweet Treats” pack­et sells for $12.95 and includes the fol­low­ing items. 2 Yards Red Seam Bind­ing 2 Yards Green Seam Bind­ing 2...

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Noel…

Oct 29, 2009

And for you, SURPRISE anoth­er Christ­mas project. I have a feel­ing this year Old Fash­ioned Mica Snowflakes are going to be on every­thing! For the time being this lit­tle gem will sit in my curio cab­i­net until I can find it’s per­fect lit­tle hol­i­day spot.  I love how the light catch­es the glit­ter, tin­sel and mica snowflakes… it is so spark­ly. Tomor­row, I will share a lit­tle project that will make the cutest hol­i­day swap gift. Instruc­tions: First pull out the cord hang­er on the orna­ment as you will not need it. Paint a cube shaped paper mache orna­ment using a Mani­la col­ored acrylic paint. Once dry ink light­ly the edges using Col­or­Box Flu­id Chalk Ink in Creamy Brown. While the orna­ment is dry­ing bleach three dif­fer­ent sized Bot­tle Brush trees (4.5″, 3.5″, 2.5″)...

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Digging, digging and digging…

Oct 13, 2009

My good­ness is it ever so obvi­ous when you look at my vin­tage stash just how much I love vin­tage Christ­mas items. But since my dad is San­ta I guess this is to be expect­ed. I have been pulling items out like a mad woman as I pre­pare for my next online work­shop… the CHRISTMAS work­shop. Oh how I love to cre­ate Christ­mas projects. I have a list of things to cre­ate that I think are going to make a charm­ing hol­i­day work­shop. The name is still yet to be deter­mined so I had a thought… leave a title idea in the com­ments sec­tion of this post. If your title is picked you will win a free access pass to the work­shop. If no title is picked I will have Ans­ley pick one per­son...

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Guess who is celebrating a Birthday…

Jun 25, 2009

On this day in 1942… inside this quaint lit­tle house in Salem, West Vir­ginia,  a lit­tle girl was born into the Childers fam­i­ly. She is the youngest of three kids. Grew up with the nick­name “Dick­ie”, dressed her kit­tens in doll clothes and pushed them in her doll car­riage for hours. She loved to roller skate, draw, col­or and play out­side. After High School she went to Beau­ty School… found out she mar­ried San­ta Claus and well… the rest is his­to­ry. Hap­py Birth­day, Mom. I hope your day is great! I love...

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Getting back in the groove…

Dec 30, 2008

Today I have about as much ener­gy as a slug. Get­ting back into the groove after all the hus­tle and bus­tle of last minute hol­i­day prepa­ra­tions always seems to be hard for me. We open presents at our house on Christ­mas Eve. I love bak­ing cook­ies all morn­ing and after­noon, cook­ing the din­ner and watch­ing Ans­ley go nuts count­ing down the hours until we open presents.  It is all so much fun and see­ing hap­py faces on our girls is hon­est­ly the best gift ever. We had a won­der­ful vis­it with my mom and dad as well as my sis­ter and her fam­i­ly. Alan, Ans­ley and I left to head down to Beau­mont Christ­mas day. I love going home on Christ­mas day. Hav­ing the car filled with gifts and the excite­ment of see­ing every­one...

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This Holiday Season…

Nov 9, 2008

My favorite col­ors are Red and Cream any­thing accent­ed with Sil­ver Glit­ter, Rhine­stones and Jin­gle Bells… yep as you can see it is begin­ning to look a lot like Christ­mas in my 12 Days of Christ­mas Work­shop. With the first weeks worth of projects behind us I thought I would share a lit­tle sneak peek of a few projects that will be cre­at­ed next week. There is still time to join in on all the fun. The last project will be fea­tured Novem­ber 28th but the work­shop will remain open until Decem­ber 15th. This should give every­one plen­ty of time to fin­ish up. But if you want to try for a chance to win a free pass to my 12 Days of Christ­mas Work­shop just leave a com­ment. I will have San­ta pick one...

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Rhinestones and Glitter…

Nov 7, 2008

As many of you know I love that com­bi­na­tion.… spark­ly things make me so hap­py. Espe­cial­ly around the hol­i­days. I love see­ing all the lights twin­kle, the glit­ter sparkle and the rhine­stones shim­mer. This is a lit­tle sneak peek of what we will be mak­ing tomor­row in my work­shop while we await the arrival of San­ta. Each Sat­ur­day evening San­ta will vis­it the gallery to pick some­one who has been very cre­ative with their work­shop projects. Then Sun­day, I will announce who will receive a RAK of fab­u­lous Maya Road good­ies. Oh the fun that is being had by...

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Enabler Alert…

Nov 4, 2008

This is noth­ing but an enabler alert so I apol­o­gize right up front… but run to JoAnns now… their $1 spot is filled with great stuff for the hol­i­days.… here is what I just bought. I pur­chased some of these to spell San­ta and Ho Ho Ho for a gar­land. Gonna alter these with lots of vin­tage foof stuff and place gifts inside for the girls. The cutest Christ­mas stamp sets… Ans­ley will have a blast with these mak­ing cards and tags for her...

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What a great mail day…

Mar 10, 2008

Yes, Sketchy is just as much fun today as she was 37 years ago. I thought for SURE I would get it down before March this year since it was a much eas­i­er tree to dec­o­rate than last years.

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Sneak Peek #2

Feb 2, 2008

Oh this lit­tle sneak peek is full of won­der­ful Maya Road new release items. Heart Beads from their Trin­kets Beads “Hearts and But­ter­flies” col­lec­tion, Cro­chet Shim­mer Blos­soms, Scrolls II, a but­ter­fly from the “But­ter­flies and Bugs” col­lec­tion and a Heart page from their new 2‑Ring Heart Chip­board Book.

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Today is Santa’s Birthday…

Jan 21, 2008

Just want­ed to wish my dear Dad a.k.a San­ta a very Hap­py Birth­day. And since he is such a giv­ing kin­da guy I thought it would be fun to give a Maya Road RAK in hon­or of his spe­cial day. So, please leave a com­ment wish­ing my Dad a hap­py birth­day and I will have him ran­dom­ly pick a win­ner.

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Magic Reindeer Food…

Dec 11, 2007

Thought I would share a lit­tle recipe to cre­ate some mag­ic rein­deer food for those of you who might have some lit­tle ones that feel the need to help guide San­ta’s rein­deer to their house on Christ­mas Eve.

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A few “Getting to know you” Christmas Questions…

Dec 6, 2007

Here is a fun “Get­ting to know you” Christ­mas ques­tion­naire. When the girls were lit­tle we opened one on Christ­mas eve and the rest Christ­mas morn­ing, now we cel­e­brate on Christ­mas Eve. I love the room dark with just the glow from our tree and a few years ago it actu­al­ly snowed here on Christ­mas Eve.

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Childhood Memories

Dec 9, 2006

I was 6 years old and in the 1st Grade at Longfel­low Ele­men­tary, in Mrs. Young’s class. I also love this let­ter to San­ta that my Mom wrote (check out her hand writ­ting) for me when I was real­ly lit­tle…

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Holiday Memories…

Dec 7, 2006

What is your favorite hol­i­day dish (exclud­ing dessert)? Favorite Hol­i­day mem­o­ry as a child? What’s your favorite hol­i­day tra­di­tion? What is your favorite hol­i­day dessert? What is your favorite Christ­mas song? What is your favorite Christ­mas special/movie?

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