Always adding more…

Dec 9, 2011

So the more I looked at the domi­no art piece I post­ed yes­ter­day, the more I felt it need­ed more… it just lacked that lit­tle some­thing extra. So back into the scrap­room it went as I had ideas in my head and well, once and idea enters my head I can’t do any­thing else until I give it a go. So here is what the fin­ished piece looked like, yes­ter­day. And here is what it looks like now. Since I could not apply alco­hol ink to the face to dark­en the com­plex­ion, with­out wor­ry­ing that the alco­hol ink would ruin the stamped image, I decid­ed to stamp the image onto the blank mar­gin of a vin­tage book page then care­ful­ly and  ever so pre­cise­ly cut out the face. I then placed the cut out image...

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The parentals came to town…

Apr 19, 2011

Sat­ur­day, mom and dad came up for a quick vis­it and when they come they always bring fun stuff. Mom paint­ed me a gor­geous paint­ing that will reside in my scrap­room soon so I can see it every­day. I love the col­ors and tex­ture so much. I did  my best to get the col­ors cor­rect but the light­ing is not work­ing with me too well this morn­ing. The size of the can­vas is 16 x 20 and will fill the space in my scrap­room per­fect­ly. Hang­ing on the green wall will real­ly make all the col­ors pop nice­ly. I real­ly like the sim­plic­i­ty of the three lit­tle birds sit­ting on the twig. The sides of the can­vas are the same col­or. Then you have sev­er­al dif­fer­ent shades of beige, red and turquoise. Love, love,...

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Magnetic Board and Doily

Apr 5, 2011

Here is how I plan on using the tray I found a few weeks ago at Frisco Resale. Once my scrap­room is cleaned up from all the book projects being cre­at­ed it will find a per­ma­nent home in there until then it will sit out in the liv­ing area. The but­ton mag­nets are old but­tons my dad attached mag­nets to the back of. They work per­fect­ly on this tray and look adorable. I plan on using this tray as an inspi­ra­tion board, receipt hold­er and what ever else I need to not mis­place at the moment. I always keep the let­ter from my sweet Uncle Ed near by… he always has such won­der­ful words of encour­age­ment and is so proud of my book. The doily flower mag­net you see at the bot­tom of the...

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Adding to my glitter containers

Mar 17, 2011

Oh how I love to see my glit­ter inside these salt shak­ers and sug­ar dis­penser BUT when I was in Frisco Resale not too long ago I found these adorable ceram­ic hous­es. They were only .50 a piece and were scream­ing TAKE ME HOME with YOU! I had to fig­ure out what I was going to do with them as believe me I have enough lit­tle pret­ties here and there around the house and I do NOT need any­more. Well I was look­ing at the chim­ney on both hous­es and instant­ly thought they would be per­fect for pour­ing and then BAM new glit­ter con­tain­ers came to mind. Hon­est­ly, they are per­fect and look so cute sit­ting on my shelf in my scrap­room. I took these pho­tos in our liv­ing room to get some much...

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Fun notions project…

Feb 22, 2011

While I was on Pin­ter­est look­ing at all the won­der­ful pho­tos post­ed I came across this super cute project. I thought it was such an awe­some idea and knew I had to make one. When my grand­fa­ther passed away mom and dad brought me back a cup and saucer they found in one of Gram­pa’s cab­i­nets. The paint­ed blue­ber­ries remind­ed mom of when we went blue­ber­ry pick­ing one morn­ing while we were vis­it­ing, this past sum­mer. Well I decid­ed I would use this cup and saucer to make my lit­tle notions hold­er and it was super easy. All you need to do is attach some small mag­nets to the bot­tom of the saucer using E6000 as direct­ed on their pack­age. Once the mag­nets were attached I attached the tea cup to the saucer using...

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Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabbers

Feb 11, 2011

I bet you were expect­ing anoth­er tag using Per­fect Pearls? Well this one fea­tures Ranger’s Adiron­dack Acrylic Paint Dab­bers. When using paint I find it most inspir­ing to cre­ate whim­si­cal pieces with brighter col­ors rather than my usu­al vin­tage style and shades. Kin­da strange when I think about it. Also, did you notice I used my Can­vas Album as inspi­ra­tion for this tag? If you did, you are a very devot­ed blog­ger. I always find it fun to use items around my scrap­room to cre­ate designs… one of the sim­plest things to cre­ate are pol­ka dots with the non-bris­tle end of my paint­brush­es. All you do is dip the end of the brush into the lid of the paint­brush and start cre­at­ing dots. Clean up is super sim­ple too. All you have to do...

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Snow day..

Feb 4, 2011

It is nice to get a snow day instead of ice days. Frisco is on day 4 of no school due to ice and snow. I do believe we got more than the 1″ they were pre­dict­ing and we should get anoth­er 1″ this morn­ing. I must admit I do love look­ing at it and watch­ing the snow flakes fall but I’m sure all the peo­ple try­ing to arrive today for Super Bowl week­end aren’t too hap­py. This much snow in our area real­ly is not good. I heard Love Field Air­port is closed at the moment… yikes. Not sure about DFW. The left of our neigh­bor­hood look­ing out the front door. The right of our neigh­bor­hood look­ing out the front door. What you see when you open the back door. And our back­yard....

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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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Today’s Reality…

Jan 18, 2011

Remem­ber my nice made over scrap­room way back in August… well this is the real­i­ty of it today. Lots of fun things are being cre­at­ed  in here for my book and for CHA. The box­es shown hold prod­uct from book spon­sors, new release items and my favorite go to prod­ucts. The every­day real­i­ty of this room stays pret­ty  much like this… just gonna keep it real for you all. I can’t be some­one I’m not. So I won’t even try to tell you my room is super clean and tidy all the time. And that I put every­thing up as soon as I’m fin­ished using it… nope not even gonna go there. What I do love about these pho­tos is every­thing I love to work with is right there, in it’s box, close at...

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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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These things make me smile…

Aug 19, 2010

I thought I would show you a few more things from around my scrap­room. I just love old and new mixed togeth­er… although what I am going to be show­ing is most­ly old… also, I find it fun to dec­o­rate my scrap­room with items I have found with oth­er peo­ple while dig­ging in antique stores or thrift shops… makes me think of them a lot when I use the prod­ucts I have stored in dish­es etc. I have used these two can­dle hold­ers for years to fill with can­dy hearts for Valen­tines Day or snow for Christ­mas but now they will be filled with vin­tage but­tons of every kind. Oh how these make me hap­py sit­ting right on my work­table at arms reach. I always think of me and dad scoop­ing out and count­ing ...

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Scraproom Makeover

Aug 16, 2010

I have not fall­en off the face of the earth… just been lost in my scrap­room. Last week­end my friend Lisa E. came over and helped me clean out my scrap­room… let me just say if you need to clean out yours she is the one to get to help as she will make SURE you stay on task and get it done… nine hours lat­er I had every shelf, draw­er, nook and cran­ny, AND the clos­et cleaned out. Noth­ing was left untouched. We filled the trunk of her car and half the back seat with prod­ucts to sell in a garage sale. So with all of this said yes­ter­day my sweet daugh­ters, son-in-law, hus­band and pret­ty much adopt­ed daugh­ter Mer­cy came and helped emp­ty out my scrap­room so the painters could paint my...

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I spy…

Aug 6, 2010

a real­ly messy bar and kitchen table. The bar is loaded with lots of fun things I pur­chased while in Maine and West Vir­ginia and the kitchen table is filled with stuff I have been using this week. You too can have this mess if your scrap­room is so out of con­trol you need to ask your neigh­bor to help you come orga­nize.… next week hope­ful­ly all that you see will fit into my scrap­room. Pray for me that Jen­nifer does not leave the sec­ond she sees what I have done. You will spy with your lit­tle eyes vin­tage milk bot­tle caps (for my future Christ­mas online work­shop), Ger­man glass glit­ter, bag full of vin­tage tin­sel and alu­minum gar­land (more items for an online work­shop), old bot­tles to be cleaned and filled with vin­tage...

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Altered Paper Mache Box

Mar 28, 2010

I tell ya clean­ing out my scrap­room has allowed me to find some things I had for­got­ten all about hav­ing. This paper mache but­ter­fly box was stashed away deep down in a draw­er and these bun­ny picks where hang­ing in a bag that had been pushed way back in the clos­et. Putting the two togeth­er sure did make for a super cute altered box. I’m so glad I found them. This is what the Rab­bit looked like orig­i­nal­ly. I found these in the East­er sec­tion at JoAnns. Sup­plies Used: But­ter­fly Shaped Paper Mache Box, Book Pages, Sta­mens, Creamy Brown Ink, Rab­bit Pick, Kry­lon Sil­ver Leaf­ing Pen, Strong Liq­uid Adhe­sive, Glue Stick, Craft Knife, Craft Mat, Col­lage Pauge Instant Decoupage — Glossy, Martha Stew­art Crys­tal Coarse Glit­ter, MM Mani­la Acrylic Paint Tools Need­ed: Paint­brush, Scis­sors...

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Altered Easter Eggs

Mar 20, 2010

While clean­ing out a draw­er in my scrap­room I found a pack­age of 12 small (1.5″ tall) paper mache eggs. By the way, it is amaz­ing what you find when you clean out draw­ers. I high­ly rec­om­mend you give it a try. You’ll be sur­prised at the things you have that you total­ly for­got about…  any­way, I thought some altered eggs would look real­ly cute on my East­er tree along with the East­er Orna­ments (only 1 kit left) from the class I taught at Crop-Paper-Scis­sors. I think a set of 6 glit­tered with Ger­man Glass Glit­ter and 6 cov­ered with vin­tage sheet music and crys­tal coarse glit­ter will look adorable. The Glass Glit­ter and the vin­tage sheet music will accent the vin­tage post­card images per­fect­ly and trans­form a plain Spring tree into an adorable...

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Copic Markers and Silk Flowers

Mar 17, 2010

These two make a won­der­ful com­bi­na­tion. I picked up a bunch of cheap super pale yel­low silk flow­ers at JoAnns sev­er­al months ago. I fig­ured I would use them for some project as their size was per­fect. Well over the week­end while I was putting away, throw­ing out and orga­niz­ing my scrap­room I start­ed think­ing about dye­ing them dif­fer­ent col­ors but want­ed a super fast and easy way. Well just then I had my cop­ic mark­ers in my hand and made a note to myself to give it a try once I was fin­ished with my scrap­room. Sup­plies Used: Martha Stew­art Crys­tal Coarse Glit­ter, Col­lage Pauge Instant Decoupage — Glossy, Cop­ic Ciao Mark­er R22 — Light Prawn, Silk Flower, Paint­brush, Tweez­ers All I did was col­or the entire flower using the Super Brush end...

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Doing the major Happy Dance…

Mar 15, 2010

Before I dropped off all the items I was donat­ing to Frisco Resale I decid­ed to stop in and take a look for any old books they might have sit­ting around… well no books were to be found but I did score this won­der­ful lit­tle set.… I near­ly faint­ed when I saw these sit­ting on the shelf. Seri­ous­ly I could not get to them fast enough… I got all of these for under $15.00. From what I can find out this is Pink Frost­ed May­fair Open Rose Depres­sion glass. It was made in the 1930’s and I LOVE it! I plan on tak­ing these with me when I teach and fill­ing the bowl with Ger­man Glass Glit­ter, sort­ed but­tons will be placed in the rel­ish dish and the plat­ter and sug­ar and cream­er will...

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What was I thinking?

Feb 11, 2010

Seri­ous­ly, I had no idea I would have such a won­der­ful response over my book. I hon­est­ly put my heart and soul into each project and wrote in the hopes that you would feel like we were sit­ting at the kitchen table chat­ting. You all have been so incred­i­bly won­der­ful and I thank you so much. This being said I had NO idea I would be so busy after I came home from CHA. My feet hit the floor run­ning. Every­one that pur­chased a book from me… it is on the way so start stalk­ing the mail­man now. I have been answer­ing email like crazy so if you sent me one and I have not respond­ed as of yet please know I am answer­ing them as quick­ly as I can. I am also design­ing...

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Let the sneak peeks begin…

Jan 13, 2010

Oh how I love being on the Maya Road design team espe­cial­ly this time of year when I get to play with all their new release prod­ucts. Here is a project I cre­at­ed using lots of new Maya Road prod­ucts. This sweet ban­ner will be dis­played in my scrap­room and cer­tain­ly in a spot so that I can see it all the time. I just love it. I col­ored the Maya Road Hang­ing Chan­de­lier Beads using a Cop­ic Mark­er (Sand E33) and I embossed the Chip­board But­tons using my Cut­tle­bug and the French Script Emboss­ing Fold­er. New Release Prod­ucts Skin­ny House But­ton Mini Set But­ter­flies Mini Set Hearts Trin­ket Pins Leaf (Brown) Trin­ket Pins Mini Wave Mauve Trim Char­coal Ink Pad Pink Ink Pad And I am so in love with the new But­ter­flies...

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Grab Bag Style Boxes…

Nov 9, 2009

Last week I cleaned out my scrap­room and Sat­ur­day, Ter­ri and I ran­dom­ly FILLED to the top 12 medi­um sized flat rate box­es. These box­es are grab bag style so you will not know what you get until you open the box. The min­i­mum retail val­ue of each box will eas­i­ly exceed the pur­chase price plus ship­ping… sev­er­al are val­ued at over $75. You will not receive every man­u­fac­tur­er list­ed below but you will receive a box FILLED with at least 10 of the man­u­fac­tur­ers list­ed. Note: This does not mean only 10 items, remem­ber I FILLED the box­es. This means 10 man­u­fac­tur­ers. Each box is only $24.95 plus ship­ping. You can find them here in my store. Man­u­fac­tur­ers: Daisyd’s, Maya Road, Scenic Route, Dream Street Designs, Octo­ber After­noon, Autumn Leaves Idea Books, Hei­di...

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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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