Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Birthday Wishes

I'm popping back in to post another card today that I created for my sister's birthday today. She's a Graphic 45 fan like me so I thought she'd appreciate a card featuring one of their fab paper collections. She loved it and that makes me happy. :) 
Happy Birthday Cyndy!!!

Before I go any further I want to note that I was inspired by a card I saw on the Graphic 45 blog. It's a close CASE with a few differences and if I could find it again I'd link up to it. Here's the link to the G45 blog and I have it Pinned to my Graphic 45 Inspiration Pinterest board as well.

A few close ups...

I added a grosgrain bow at the top which differs from the original. The flowers and butterfly were fussy cut from the Botanical Tea G45 collection.

I didn't have a chipboard label so I created my own by die cutting a My Favorite Things Vertical Greetings II die and layering a Spellbinders Labels 14 on top. I stamped a coordinating Holidays Labels 14 stamp, in broken china distress ink, by Waltzingmouse Stamps. A birthday sentiment from Verve Stamps-Big Wish set was stamped in Archival Sepia ink and a clock  brad by Prima secures it in place.  

I added more fussy cut butterflies and a row of floral stamps at the bottom. Prima bling was added to the flower centers and butterflies. All of my edges were inked vintage photo distress ink.

Thanks for looking! 
I'll be back later in the week to share a DT project for The Cutting Cafe.
Lisa xx

Lights, Camera, Action

- Use an Action Image -

We have a new challenge for you at Top Tip Tuesday and I love the theme. I took a different approach than using an action image or using a moving part on my DT card though. Rather, I stamped an image that involves action and I couldn't resist using Lights, Camera Action which I spelled out with tiny type alpha stickers. I added a tag and small filmstrip from G45's Communique collection,Tim's Idea-ology filmstrip and mirrored star (which I altered with Ginger Adirondack alcohol ink). 

To see some amazing inspiration for this challenge be sure to visit the blogs of my teamies. Their links are on my right sidebar. 

Prize is 2 digi's of winner's choice. 

I'll be back later today to share another card. See you then!
Lisa xx

Friday, February 27, 2015

What took me so long?

Hello again! I'm back with my second post today to enter my card in the current challenge at CC3C. It perplexes me why it took me so long to use Tim's awesome Dimensional Cutting Pad but I'm glad this challenge gave me the push. I love this wonderful tool and I highly recommend it! 

You can order an autographed copy of Tim's third book in the Compendium of Curiosities series here.

I used two techniques found in CC3-paint marbling and layering stencil texture paste-on the base under my focal panel. Stamped images from the Papillon and Bitty Grunge sets were stamped in Archival ink and a text rub on was cut in half and added to each side. For the focal panel I used the dimensional cutting pad to cut my heart (from the Mini Hearts Mover and Shapers die) and distressed the edges with a distress tool and walnut stain distress ink. Then I added visual interest with Tim's Elements rub-ons and expressed my sentiment with a chitchat sticker that was altered with distress ink. A Moroccan Lace border punch and Industrial Sticker photo corners added the finishing touches. 

The Funkie Junkie is sponsoring this challenge and generously 
The Funkie Junkie Boutique
offering a prize of $25.00 gift certificate to the online store.

As I mentioned in my previous post, a big congratulations goes to Mario Rossi because he became a GrandPoppy this week. His granddaughter, Zoey, is adorable! I also want to thank the Curiosity Crew for the Honorable Mention for the last challenge-Rock Candy Distress Glitter. I'm honored ladies, thank you!

Hope you have a great weekend, wherever you are!
Lisa xx

February Tag for 12 Tags of 2015

I'm well after Valentine's Day sharing my February tag but I wasn't going to miss the opportunity to create one via Tim style. :) It's a fusion of things I love rather than the total emphasis being on the day of love itself. I have a little confession though, I mistook this tag for simple cut and paste but it's so much more than that. As I delved into the layers I realize why Tim's style has so many of us enchanted. He goes the extra step without making it too difficult. Minus the sewing for those of us challenged in that area. ;)

I cut up segments from Tim's Wallpaper 12x12 paper stash and added a collage of items that I love-butterflies, flowers, birds, alphabet (love to read), receiving letters/cards. I also added a rub-on hot air balloon and group of birds on a wire. I'm a huge fan of the color red so it pops up throughout my tag and most vividly on the felt die cut heart using Tim's Mini Hearts Movers and Shapers die by Sizzix.

I'm no seamstress but once again Tim got me to break out my sewing machine. Please do not look too closely at it! I wrapped wire around my heart charm after I chose this butterfly that had the word hope on it. I personally do not believe that love or hope can exist without the other. I dabbed Pumice Stone Distress Stain on my lace trim to tone down the ivory color. Thrift Shop ephemera, tissue tape and a mini metal corner finish the elements on my tag.

Note: we were asked to use Picket Fence Distress Stain to add a shabby touch to our tag and a Black Soot Distress Marker to define our collage areas. I went around the edge of my tag with Black Soot Distress Ink and each layer was sealed with Ranger's Multi Matte Medium.

This was a fun tag to create, thanks Tim!

Before I close I'd like to congratulate Mario on becoming a GrandPoppy this week. His granddaughter, Zoey, is precious and if you haven't seen her yet go visit his Facebook page. :) What a wonderful family picture of mom, dad and little Zoey!

I'll be back later today with my entry for the current Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge.   
Lisa xx

Friday, February 20, 2015


I'm sharing a card today that features a fun and creative cutting file

~ Dress Form Shaped Card ~

by The Cutting Cafe. To say that I love this file is an understatement because the possibilities are endless! 

I used Silhouette chipboard and cut out three dress forms with my Cameo. 
{I plan to use the large forms on a mixed media project next week} 

A technique-painted industrial-was used for the top half of the dress form. The designer paper on the bottom has been in my stash and it's one of those that I tend to hoard. Yes, I'm a hoarder. :( A fancy trim creates a belt and I added a silk rose and twine to finish it. 

I used French Script embossing folder by Sizzix and metal foil tape sheets by Ranger to create the painted industrial technique which can be found in Tim's third Compendium of Curiosities book.

The Cutting Cafe


See what I mean about the possibilities!!! 
You will love this file and find yourself using it over and over. 
Thanks Regina! To see more inspiration by the design team visit The Cutting Cafe's blog tomorrow. You can enter to win 3 free sets by leaving a comment and the winner will be announced on March 7th.  

Hope you have a great weekend, wherever you are!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Happy Birthday!

I have a quick share today, it's a masculine birthday card for my hubby's upcoming birthday. Over at Top Tip Tuesday we are taking a break from using digital images and asking you to use a rubber stamp on your project. I chose stamps from the Birthday Blueprint by Tim Holtz for my card. 

I stamped the cupcake image twice on white cardstock, first with mustard seed distress ink then next with forest moss distress ink. I used a blender tool to brush more ink over the image and I also used walnut stain distress ink on the base of my card.

My stamps were inked with Archival's Coffee ink and I used the label die in the package to frame it.

Two Bo Bunny et cetera brads hold my sentiment in place.

One of Tim's remnant rub ons, several were used on this card.


Blog: www.samistamp.blogspot.com
Blog Shop: http://samistampsshop.blogspot.com/
Etsy Shop:  https://www.etsy.com/shop/SamiStamps 

I do hope your weather is better than what we are experiencing in Tennessee this week-frigid temps and ice. Not fun I tell ya! If you are in the path of this nasty storm please stay warm and safe. 
Spring can not come soon enough for me!!
Thanks for the visit today,
Lisa xx 

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day!!!

I'm quickly sharing a card and treat box today that I made using SVG cutting files from the Silhouette Design Store.  Hope you like it!

Here are a few closeups of my card and heart bag.

The i love music cutting file is by Snapdragon Snippets and can be found here in the Silhouette Design Store. The bg paper is by Rhonna Farrer for MME and it's from the 8.5"x11" Chalkboard Studio paper pad. Although it's not specifically for this holiday I think it works well. White Opal liquid pearls were used on the heart and also on the MS lace heart punched border. Tim's label letters were trimmed and added to the embossed black panel. 

An Idea-ology heart was attached to red twine and I added it to the gingham ribbon by Offray. A Polka Dots embossing folder by Cuttlebug adds dimension to the black panel. 

Idea-ology newsprint numbers were altered with a pearl Adirondack paint dabber. The base of the card is white however I altered the front with festive berries and black soot distress ink.

The heart bag is also from the SDS but I could not readily find it. I'll edit this post later and update with the link. A gift card was tucked inside it and will make one of my Valentine peeps a happy girl. 

Hopefully this Valentine's Day finds you sharing it with the one(s) you love. :)

Lisa xx

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