Year in Review ~ Goals

Jan 9, 2012

I’m very goal ori­ent­ed and love cre­ative chal­lenges, so in 2011 I set two goals fin­ish my sec­ond book with­out a hitch and find some­one that believed in me enough to launch a very vin­tage stamp line. With a lot of hard work and faith by the end of the 2011 I was able to check these two goals off my list. It is such a nice feel­ing to set goals and see them obtained. 1. In ear­ly May, I com­plet­ed my sec­ond tech­nique based book ~ “Delight in The Sea­sons” this book will give you ideas to cre­ate a year of mem­o­rable hol­i­days & cel­e­bra­tions and is filled with loads of inspi­ra­tion. If you would like to see inside my new book please click HERE. Then scroll down to the “Select­ed Pages” and...

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Year in Review… Techniques

Jan 3, 2012

One of the new tech­niques I tried and LOVED was play­ing with Julie Fei-Fan Balz­er’s sten­cils she designed for The Crafter’s Work­shop. When I sat down at her make-n-take table at CHA sum­mer I was a bit wor­ried as I don’t do messy very well. I nev­er have liked being messy for as long as I can remem­ber and I can remem­ber back to being around 2 1/2 to 3 years of age. So the thought of get­ting ink, mist, paint, mod­el­ing paste and glazes all over my hands kin­da freaked me out. But I took the leap to the dark side as Julie said and I have to admit I LOVED it! Here is the proof I did get messy… not as messy as Julie gets but messy is messy whether it’s only...

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Such a DELIGHTFUL Day

Dec 2, 2011

Yes­ter­day, was such a DELIGHTFUL day. The advance copy of my lat­est book Delight In The Sea­sons arrived… yes, I sat and looked at every sin­gle page feel­ing so accom­plished. I allowed myself to soak up the excite­ment and joy of see­ing all my hard work final­ly in print. I don’t do this near­ly as much as I should. I’m always ok, fin­ished that now move on to the next idea/project… And once again, F+W Media, Inc. did an incred­i­ble job turn­ing my vision into real­i­ty. Their entire team is amaz­ing. They help to cre­ate some of the most gor­geous books on the mar­ket. If you are won­der­ing a bit about this book here is how they describe it on the back cov­er… Make Each Sea­son Delight­ful! Lisa Pace is at it again, this...

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So HAPPY to share…

Oct 17, 2011

Since my book has gone to print I can now share with you one of the four projects fea­tured on the cov­er of Delight In The Sea­sons. This book has been inside my head for a very long time… I want­ed one that was filled with lots of inspi­ra­tion for hol­i­days, cel­e­bra­tions and spe­cial occa­sions. I did­n’t want it to be just hol­i­day relat­ed. It’s so excit­ing to know this book idea will become a real­i­ty in just a few short months. Delight In The Sea­sons is filled with 40 tech­niques and 60 projects all cre­at­ed by me for Win­ter, New Year’s Day, Christ­mas, Valen­tines’ Day, St. Patrick­’s Day, Spring, East­er, Moth­er’s Day, Father’s Day, Sum­mer, Inde­pen­dence Day, Grad­u­a­tion, Birth­day, Wed­ding, Trav­el, Autumn, Hal­loween, Grand­par­en­t’s Day, New Baby and Thanks­giv­ing. I think you can tell...

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Another Simple Bracelet

Jul 5, 2011

This cute bracelet is fea­tured on my “Tips, Tech­niques & Tuto­ri­als” online work­shop. It match­es lots of Ans­ley’s sum­mer cloth­ing so she was thrilled to have some­thing new to acces­sorize her out­fits with… this post is short and sweet… I have lots of CHA projects to com­plete. So off to cre­ate. Hugs!  ...

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My Friend Ronda’s class “10 things”

Jun 28, 2011

I’m so excit­ed to tell you about my friend Ron­da Palaz­zari’s first class with Cocoa Daisy. “10 Things” Com­pleter Set In this class you will receive step by step instruc­tions for a com­plete mini album project includ­ing a video tuto­r­i­al. This adorable mini album cre­at­ed with Cocoa Daisy’s July kit “Urban Loft” and the com­pleter kit (sold as an add-on), is chalk full of tips and tech­niques. This beau­ti­ful mini album is eas­i­ly adapt­able to any sub­ject you choose! 10 loves, 10 sum­mer activ­i­ties, 10 vaca­tion spots, 10 stories….etc! The pos­si­bil­i­ties are end­less! You will find your­self using these tips and tech­niques over and over on all your projects! The online class will be avail­able July 30th on the mes­sage board to allow every­one time to receive their July kit and add-ons. Signups begin...

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Sunkissed

Jun 2, 2011

This is one of my favorite sum­mer pho­tos of Ans­ley. It was tak­en the sum­mer before her fresh­man year of high school. All the bright col­ored pat­terned papers work per­fect­ly with her swim­suit. I inked, punched, stitched and dis­tressed all over this lay­out. The cir­cle back­ground is stitched to look like a sum­mer gar­land and I had to add but­ter­fly accents because what would sum­mer be with­out but­ter­flies? The dis­tressed edges of each cir­cle add dimen­sion to the lay­out. Dia­mond Stick­le accents added to the edges of the tags, but­ter­flies, hor­i­zon­tal strip and the pho­tos edges and mat bring on the bling which as you know, I love so much. The ver­ti­cal edges of the aqua and white mat are trimmed with scal­lop scis­sors to add some inter­est as well as a lit­tle pop...

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Summer Memento Box

May 30, 2011

Now that reveal day is over at Cocoa Daisy and what a fun time that was I might add, I can now start to show you some of the projects I cre­at­ed using the Cher­ry Soda June Main Kit and Fruit Smooth­ie and Choco­late Malt Add On Kits. I had a blast cre­at­ing this sum­mer memen­to box for Ans­ley. It’s per­fect for her to store all her pho­tos, sou­venirs and oth­er keep­sakes from this sum­mer. If you want to learn how to make this project, I’ll  have a tuto­r­i­al in my Tips, Tech­niques & Tuto­ri­als online work­shop post­ed some­time this week. I’m telling ya, Chris­tine ROCKS the Cocoa Daisy Kits! Wish­ing you all a won­der­ful Memo­r­i­al Day and thank you to all the ser­vice men and women (past and present) who brave­ly put their lives on...

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Delight In The Seasons

May 13, 2011

Today is a won­der­ful day… I get to final­ly share with all of you the cov­er of my sec­ond book, Delight In The Sea­sons.   This book is filled with won­der­ful projects, cards, tags and lay­outs for all the mem­o­rable hol­i­days and spe­cial occa­sions cel­e­brat­ed through­out the year. The chap­ters are divid­ed by each of the four sea­sons, win­ter, spring, sum­mer and fall. The chap­ters are filled with projects for major hol­i­days, birth­days, a new baby, wed­dings and so much more. Delight In The Sea­sons includes 40 projects with tech­niques that have been stepped out with pho­tos and instruc­tions, just as in Delight In The Details, then there are 20 addi­tion­al projects in a gallery show­ing you how to use some of the tech­niques in dif­fer­ent ways for dif­fer­ent sea­sons. This book com­pli­ments Delight In The...

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Miniature stand

Apr 29, 2011

Well yes­ter­day was a day of one flight dis­as­ter after anoth­er so I end­ed up not being able to attend Ranger U. I am so sad about it but it was out of my hands. I got to the air­port, bag­gage checked in, through secu­ri­ty and flight delay #1 came up, then not too longer flight delay #2 came up, not too longer after that flight delay #3 came up and then BAM flight can­celed as well as all flights to Newark. I was on the phone, inter­net and tex­ting try­ing to fig­ure out a way to get to Newark but it was just not in the cards for me. So here I sit at home wait­ing for my lug­gage to return to me and let me just say I’m a true Texas girl...

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Leaving on a jet plane…

Apr 28, 2011

I’m head­ing to Ranger U today and can­not wait to play all week­end with a group of friends I’ve nev­er met, yet feel like I already know.  We have been email­ing and plan­ning for weeks. New Jer­sey just might not ever be the same again once we hit the streets. So while I’m gone I thought I would give you all a lit­tle some­thing to cre­ate this week­end. “You R 2 Tweet” is now a free online work­shop. I hope you have fun cre­at­ing the mini ban­ner. This is a class I taught at CHA when my book debuted at CHA‑W 2010. You can use my book “Delight In The Details” to ref­er­ence the tech­niques used in this project. The page num­bers are includ­ed in the instruc­tions. To gain access to the work­shop click...

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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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4 Chapters and 2 Promos…

Mar 31, 2011

Are in the can!!! Today, we worked it and got 13 tech­niques shot with 30 min. left in the day. So Jen­ni and I start­ed orga­niz­ing for the two tech­nique videos I”ll be shoot­ing tomor­row. I will be so glad when tomor­row is over. I’ve wor­ried about shoot­ing these videos all week long. But Jen­ni says it will all be okay and I have noth­ing to wor­ry about. It’s so strange as I can talk to any­one, have taught at CHA, have instruct­ed 1,000’s of make-n-takes, taught class­es with­out any fear but pull that cam­era out and I freeze up. If I lose my fear of the cam­era tomor­row Amy Coon wont know how to act. Every time she comes to the Maya Road booth at CHA I want to just take off run­ning...

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Techniques, Food and Props…

Mar 30, 2011

Today, we were one tech­nique short of com­plet­ing all the tech­niques for Chap­ter three but it was anoth­er great day in the stu­dio. Here is a pho­to of just a few of the prod­ucts I used today. Jen­ni took me and Chris­tine to Sky­line Chili for lunch. Let me just tell ya this chili is noth­ing like what I’ve ever had in Texas. I had a 3‑Way which is spaghet­ti on the bot­tom then chili topped with shred­ded cheese. And when you take a bite you need to pop 1 or 2 oys­ter crack­ers in your mouth. I know it sounds crazy but it is so good. Then once you fin­ish you place the remain­ing oys­ter crack­ers in the chili so they can soak up all the liq­uid and eat away. YUMMY is all...

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Chapter Two and Lunch…

Mar 29, 2011

It was anoth­er great day in the stu­dio. We were able to com­plete the step outs for all of Chap­ter Two which means we’re halfway done. Com­plet­ing each tech­nique means I am that much clos­er to hav­ing this book in my very eager hands. I can’t wait to see it all fin­ished. I do believe you all are going to LOVE it just as much as Delight In The Details. This is the table where all the sup­plies I need to recre­ate each of the 40 tech­niques in my book are placed. Yes­ter­day this table was com­plete­ly cov­ered. It’s nice to see some emp­ty space on it now. Each bag­gie is filled with sup­plies and marked with the chap­ter and tech­nique num­bers. Being orga­nized like this helps speed up the process just a tad...

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Chapter One Techniques are Done!

Mar 28, 2011

What a great day. This morn­ing, I final­ly got to meet my edi­tor Jen­ni Clay­don in per­son. We’ve chat­ted over the phone for months so final­ly hav­ing a face with the voice is awe­some. We head­ed straight to the stu­dio to start pho­tograph­ing tech­niques for each of the 40 tech­niques fea­tured in my book. It was great get­ting to see Chris­tine Polom­sky once again. She is so patient when tak­ing all the step by step pho­tographs. In this pho­to I’m prep­ping some Pink Paislee pat­terned papers with Dia­mond Stick­les. You will see lots of Dia­mond and Plat­inum Stick­les being used in this book. Are you sur­prised? Some­thing tells me not. And way over in the back­ground hang­ing on her wall are two beau­ty shots from  my book. I was so sur­prised to see them...

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New Tutorials…

Mar 22, 2011

I added a few new projects to my “Tips, Tech­niques and Tuto­ri­als” online work­shop. You will find tuto­ri­als show­ing you how to recre­ate a cute fleece flower and an adorable yarn bun­ny. Below are a few sneak peeks of the two projects. I’m kin­da scared, ok a whole lot of scared, to paint the face on the bun­ny so I’m leav­ing it blank. Although I do think it looks cute this way. Also if you like cre­at­ing for East­er, here is a code CCBF3 for my “Hip­pi­ty Hop East­er Work­shop”. This is a $5.00 dis­count and will make the cost of the work­shop only $4.95. I can­not believe I leave this week­end for Cincin­nati, OH for the tech­niques pho­to shoot at F+W Media. I look for­ward to meet­ing my edi­tor Jen­ni in per­son as...

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That HUGE sigh…

Mar 15, 2011

of relief you just heard came from me. I just com­plet­ed my sec­ond book dead­line and let me just say, it was a humdinger, but I have 45 projects com­plet­ed. I’m so glad this one is behind me and every­thing has either been emailed or shipped. I leave for Cincin­nati in a few weeks to pho­to­graph all the step by step pho­tos for each fea­tured tech­nique. It will be a week of pho­tograph­ing dur­ing the day and writ­ing at night but I can final­ly start to see the book com­ing togeth­er and can­not wait for it to hit the shelves. I do believe you all are going to love this book. I’m already in love with it. So after a week­end of writ­ing for 20 hours start­ing Fri­day evening and end­ing Sat­ur­day then pack­ing...

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Inspirational Baubles…

Jan 21, 2011

Not that I don’t already have enough to keep me busy with CHA  just around the cor­ner, I thought it would be fun to make some­thing small to ran­dom­ly hand out to a few peo­ple each day at CHA. Just lit­tle ran­dom acts of inspi­ra­tion and kind­ness. And yes, it does involve UTEE. I tell ya this stuff is so fun. And I am so glad to hear some of you are going to wipe the dust off your jars and use yours. I got lots of email yes­ter­day thank­ing me for the UTEE inspi­ra­tion. Just remem­ber I WARNED YOU… this stuff is addict­ing. I plan on alter­ing 14 of these lit­tle hearts. Each one will have a dif­fer­ent word and dif­fer­ent embell­ish­ments. I will post a tuto­r­i­al on how I made them in...

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Seek Joy

Jan 20, 2011

I was asked to cre­ate a few things for Ranger to dis­play at CHA. One of the prod­ucts they want­ed me to cre­ate with was their Ultra Thick Emboss­ing Enam­el (UTEE). I had not real­ly played around with this all that much but let me tell you I now have a seri­ous addic­tion… real­ly, if you have not cre­at­ed with this you need to give it a try. It is FUN and comes in sev­er­al dif­fer­ent col­ors. I used their Plat­inum, Black and Gold to cre­ate this wall hang­ing. Sup­plies Used: UTEE — Black, Plat­inum, Gold, Clear, Plat­inum & Crys­tal Stick­les, Dis­tress Emboss­ing Ink, Maya Road Philadel­phia Upper­case Chip­board Alpha­bet, Maya Road William Mini Chip­board Alpha­bet, Per­fect Medi­um, Per­fect Pearls — Per­fect Pearl, Per­fect Pearls Mist — Per­fect Pearl, Heavy White Card­stock, Archival Ink...

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Paper Medallions…

Dec 7, 2010

Well since yes­ter­day, I showed you my favorite Crepe Paper and Glit­ter artist, today, I decid­ed to show you my favorite Paper Medal­lion Artist… who just so hap­pens to love Crepe Paper too. Gosh how fun would it be to sit at a table with these two and cre­ate… I would LOVE that! Maybe some­day… here is to wish­ing! Sat­ur­day, while co-teach­ing the snow globe project with Trisha, Ann-Denise Ander­son of Whim & Fan­cy Designs was teach­ing in the next room. I’ve loved her work for such a long time. Ann-Denise has been fea­tured in sev­er­al issues of Som­er­set mag­a­zine and since the moment I laid eyes on her work I’ve hoped to meet her. Our paths just nev­er seemed to cross at the same time so you can imag­ine my excite­ment when I...

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