Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving




Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Today we are celebrating Thanksgiving in the US and I have much to be thankful for. One of my many blessings is all of you-my craft buddies. You guys are the best! 

As you can see I'm running a bit late with my DT card for TOP TIP TUESDAY. A new challenge posted last Tuesday, Buttons or Bows, and Elaine is our hostess. Zlatoena's Designs is our sponsor and several of the DT members created cards featuring her adorable digital images so you'll want to check out their inspiration.

For my card I actually went sans stamps and used cut outs from Graphic 45's Place In Time. This card was based off of G45's November 2013 challenge and I can't share the link because the site isn't currently cooperating. You can download the instructions on their blog by clicking on the Contests tab and searching for it. 
Tip-Sometimes it comes in handy to keep a file with downloadable projects like this one (G45 Nov 2013). They are great for times when the mojo isn't there or you're super busy. This time it's the later case for me. ;)




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Happy Thanksgiving to all celebrating today! 
Thanks for the visit!
Lisa xx
  

Thursday, November 20, 2014

A Moment in Time





It's so hard to believe that we are nearly half way through this challenge. Where has this year gone? This particular challenge is not a technique so we're free to share our process.  Basically we were asked to alter a cabinet card frame and create a pocket. I chose this couple from Tim's Found Relatives because they look so happy and the day I created this it was literally freezing. Thinking of them on a beach playing in the warm sun kept my spirits up. :)


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We are working from Tim's third book in the Compendium of Curiosities series and you can get your own autographed copy here.  


I used a #10 tag for to create my pocket and I added a stripe dp from Tim's Merriment paper pad. The bubble layering stencil and Faded Jeans Distress Ink add random dots on the cabinet card, tag and ribbon. 

I die cut a starfish from Tim's Mini Sand and Sea die, painted it with antique linen distress paint and inked it with distress embossing ink. I gave it a good coat of antique linen embossing powder, tapped the excess off and used a heat tool to emboss it. The jar was filled glass beads to imitate sand. The bingo number is for the year these two were having fun on this beach in Maine. 

The salvage stickers record where and when while the word band was distressed with faded jeans distress paint and a heart charm was added. Tim's cream and red trim holds it in place. This was a fun project!


The Inspiration Emporium is sponsoring this challenge and offering a prize of 

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That's all for me today, thanks for looking!
Lisa xx

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Got Turkey?

 


Hello and Welcome!

I have a fun Turkey Shaped Card from The Cutting Cafe to share with you today. Those of us in the U. S. will be celebrating Thanksgiving next week and the turkey is to Thanksgiving what the pumpkin is to fall. They are the icons associated with this time of year and while some folks are thinking of how delicious their turkey will taste, others (like me) feel sorry for the poor bird. It's open season with no where to run. Can you tell I'm a vegetarian? I am and yes I do know that it means lousy hunter. Bwahahaha! I've been one for 47 years. ;)

This is a super fun file to create with and I started with a brown cardstock base then cut the feathers from a fall paper in my stash. The hat and turkey body parts were cut from white cardstock and I used Copic markers and Distress Inks to alter. The googly eyes were added just for fun. A white Signo ball pen provides some dots, which Regina is fond of :), and the "gobble" sentiment was die cut using a Taylored Expression tag and twine added to finish it.  


The envelope template was cut from kraft cardstock and I stamped Happy Thanksgiving (by Stampendous) in Memento Rich Cocoa ink on the front. It's handy to have this template and I know I'll use it over and over. 



TURKEY SHAPED CARD........CUTTING FILE - TEMPLATE

This TURKEY SHAPED CARD....cutting file - template features the following:
1 turkey shaped card...approx. 5.25 by 4.5 inches.
1 matching envelope
7 sentiments and 1 invite....this file comes in the following formats: wpc, pdf and svg

offered by

The Cutting Cafe


Remember: You do NOT need an electronic cutting machine to work with these files. Each one also contains a PDF to print and hand cut.


For more inspiration featuring this file and other word shaped files please visit TCC's blog on the 21st and be sure to leave a comment. If you do, you'll automatically be entered to win 3 FREE Files/Templates/Stamps of your choice. Regina will announce the winner on the 7th of December. Good Luck!

Have a wonderful day!
Lisa xx



Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Love One Another


mixed media plaque


~ 3 or More Papers ~


A new challenge is up at Top Tip Tuesday and we want to see projects that use 3 or more papers. Bettina's hosting this one and we have a special guest tutorial from one of our regular players, Nic of Coops Cluttered Corner, and a featured guest designer (Wies) as well. But the big news is that the DT call is over and Samantha and Annette chose four new teamies to join us. 
Please give these ladies a big TTT welcome!






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and they are offering a prize of




Now for my project which uses 5 designer papers plus book paper for my house.
A few photos of my process ;)

 I cut a 8"x 10" piece of white chipboard.

A Glitz dp was trimmed to 6" x 8".


It received a white wash coat with Picket Fence Distress Stain.

A random house was drawn onto book paper and cut out.

I distressed with with distress inks and ran a black marker around the edges.

I had a glitter dp in my stash that was cut into strips and glued to the roof cutout. To adhere my Frantage silver glitter and ice by Stampendous (which I love) I brushed on matte gel in various places then generously sprinkled it on and lightly tapped off the excess. 

At this point I'm making sure that each piece is where I want it before I adhere to the chipboard base.

My center piece was adhered with X-Press It tape so there'd be no ripples due to the glue. I wanted a nice, smooth finish.

A glitter black Wink of Stella brush pen was used to add the zig zags and scribbles to the roof.

Here's my TIP: 
I mixed a few drops of Picked Raspberry Re-inker (Tim Holtz-Ranger) with my Liquitex Glass Beads for a custom colored heart with texture.

The heart was cut free hand from a recycled package, inked with picked raspberry distress ink and then I applied the glass beads with a palette knife. After it dried I inked the edges with black soot distress ink and dabbed some in various places on top.

A black Prima button and Doodlebug twine complete it.

A Kaisercraft key rub on was added to the roof...

and a She Art rub on border and Deja View Wonderful Words sentiment rub on as well.

Tim's Idea-ology washi tape and four green buttons from my stash add the finishing touches.


I hope you like my project, it's simple and easy to make and it will add a bright spot to my craft room when the long days of winter hit soon. I'm not looking forward to the next season can you tell. After Christmas winter is all down hill for me lol.

Have a great day and thanks for the visit!
Lisa xx








Thursday, November 6, 2014

Snowflake House

Snowflake House


I'm back to share a fab 3D house that Regina, of The Cutting Cafe, designed. It's from the 3D House Template and Cutting File and tomorrow you'll be able to see all of the DT inspiration on TCC's blog. I used the tall house and made it into a winter wonderland with glitter, stickers and distress stains.

I used dp's from the Eskimo Kisses collection by Basic Grey as my base. The windows, door and trees are included in the file and were colored with distress ink. Stickles glitter adds some sparkle.  

On the blue panels I embossed a grunge snowflake by Tim Holtz. The snowflake stickers were in my stash and I'm happy to find a use for them. 

 The base was decorated with distress stains and I altered corrugated paper with white acrylic paint and glued it to the base.

It looks snowy :) and I added pretty aqua ribbon as a finishing touch.  

A better view of the chimney.



offered by 

The Cutting Cafe


Click the link to see everything that's included in this file and don't forget to check out the DT inspiration over at The Cutting Cafe blog tomorrow. Also if you'd like to be in the running to win 3 free files be sure to leave a comment when you visit. Regina will announce the winner on the 21st of November. Good luck!

Have a wonderful week!
Lisa xx



Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween






HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

My entry is early for the CC3C but I'm sliding into home plate with my October tag for Tim's 12 Tags of 2014. I'm just glad I made the deadline at this point with the whirlwind month I've had. ;) I combined the techniques on his October tag with the current Colored Crackle challenge at CC3C and I gotta say, I love my tag. As usual it finished totally different than my original vision but that's okay.

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Challenge #14 using Tim's Compendium of Curiosities 3 book which you can order here


At this point my image (Tim's fab witch) was stamped on my tag and embossed, then I used the stamped image on the mask sheet to cover and protect it from the texture that I added to my background.  

I used Studio 490's translucent embossing paste which takes the color a bit differently than regular texture paste. After it dried I went back to add more depth in color with Distress Paint and Markers in some places because it was bugging me. ;)

I don't own the pumpkin image Tim used on his tag so I used another one with a black cat, colored with Distress Marker and gave it a shiny coat with Glossy Accents. After it dried I cut it out and adhered it to my tag.

I used some of the same Idea-ology products he used like the wish bone, alpha tiles, monocle, Halloween remnant rub ons, chain and trim. I couldn't resist using this Trick or Treat token though. :)

This is where the CC3C-Colored Crackle challenge part comes in and I can't go into the technique so guess you'll just have to buy the book. I did use Tim's window die and it was die cut from his grunge paper.

A close up of the crackle detail on the window and ...

on the window box piece which I actually used as trim at the top of the window because the bottom of my tag is kinda busy.


The Funkie Junkie is sponsoring Challenge #14 and Linda is generously offering a $25.00 gift certificate to her online store. Thanks Linda!

The Funkie Junkie Boutique


I'm entering this tag in the 12 Tags of 2014 challenge as well as the CC3C #14-Colored Crackle challenge (links above).

That's all for me today, we are off to go see our college girl but this time her big brother and SIL are coming with us so it'll be fun times in the 'Boro this weekend. 

Hope all the little (and big) trick-or-treaters everywhere have a fun, safe Halloween and get lots of candy.

Thanks for looking!
Lisa xx 






Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Fun with Chevrons



~ CHEVRONS ~


Over at Top Tip Tuesday we are kicking off a new challenge and it's Chevrons. I couldn't resist using this Turkey and Fall Leaves cutting file by Carina Gardner which I picked up at the Silhouette online store. More on my card in minute but first a big thank you to Sweet Stamps for sponsoring this challenge. 



Prize is a $10.00 gift certificate.



Deneen has some great tips on the challenge blog on how to keep your paper organized and there's a DT CALL going on as well. If you'd fancy designing for Top Tip Tuesday then check the details out and throw your name in the hat. Good Luck!  





It's so hard to believe that Thanksgiving (here in the US) is literally in a few weeks and that trick-or-treaters will be ringing doorbells everywhere this Friday. Where has this year gone? :( 

I wanted this card to be CAS (clean and simple) and I couldn't resist using the Turkey and Fall Leaves cutting file because it happened to have this chevron turkey in it. :) I added a fun googly eye and altered some alpha's by Tim Holtz with an Adirondack Lettuce Paint Dabber then glued them on top. I should note that I backed the image with orange cardstock. Finishing touches were added with a wood button, twine, punched photo corners and a MS punched border. 
Here's my Tip: If you're having issues with your punch not cutting well use aluminum foil to sharpen it.


Don't forget about our DT CALL going on and be sure to visit my teamies to see how they incorporated chevrons in their projects. 

Thanks for stopping by today, have a wonderful week!
Lisa xx


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