Monday, February 20, 2017

Happy Birthday Flip Book



Have you ever made a Flip Book? 
If not, I encourage you to give it a try as they are a lot of fun to make and give. You can visit You Tube or Pinterest and search flip books to see all of the various ways to create one. However I was lucky enough last summer to receive one from a dear friend and I used her book as inspiration for mine today. They're super easy to put together and if you have washi tape in your stash but never use it....well now you have a use for it. :)


On the cover I used Heidi Swapp ephemera from the Sugar Chic collection and ephemera from Webster's Pages Make a Wish collection. I added cardstock stickers, glitter ric rac trim and Thicker's alpha's in two fonts. 


When my friend opened her book this is the page spread she saw. I used a marker to spell her name on the balloons. On the left page I added a pocket  and gave her some decorative gift bags and doilies. A glitter bow, Heidi Swapp bow and star stickers are the decoration for this page. On the opposite page, which functions as a top loading page, I added more ephemera, Heidi Swapp stickers spell out 'for you' which indicates she has something tucked in the large pocket. ;) A 2" circle punch was used to make a notch at the top.


When you flip it this is the next set of pages, there are some stickers I gifted her in the pocket on the left page and the right page is purely decorative. That's a MAMBI chalkboard sticker on the left pocket and on the right I added - glitter butterfly and die cut hearts - some recent crafty happies gifted to me by my pocket letter pals. The Happy Birthday ephemera is from the WP collection which is really a terrific collection. I like it so much I went back to Hobby Lobby and purchased more, why not when you can always use their fabulous coupons. :)


When you flip the right page above you see the middle page and right page. The middle page has a pocket that holds some birthday tags which she can gift to another friend/pal. On the right page I have a place for a gift card and yes it's for coffee. My friend loves coffee so she'll enjoy her happy! The stamps - coffee cup and coffee love - were a gift from another pal of mine and I love them. {Thank You Katrin!} Heidi Swapp stickers - party and enjoy - carry on the birthday theme of my flip book.



When you flip the middle page down this is what you see. I used more ephemera on the bottom flap from Webster's Pages and there's a strip of fun washi tape on it. You can see that I used a circle punch again to create a notch at the top of my page, bottom when folded down. Edge borders are also a nice way to create some interest on your pages. If you click on the photo you can see that on the bottom flap I punched a candle border on the cupcake ephemera. I love adding little touches like this!


This page has a birthday note for my pal behind the Heidi Swapp ephemera. There's washi tape on every page and I loved using some of my stash. 


When the inside is fully opened up it looks like this. Love the great papers and ephemera in the Webster's Pages Make a Wish collection I picked up at Hobby Lobby recently. The cardstock dimensional stickers - candles and EAT CAKE - are by Crate Paper and they were a Tuesday Morning find. :) Celebrate is another Heidi Swapp sticker and I stamped some images on the balloon page as well. Seeing that my friend loves flowers I had to incorporate some of the pretty floral papers from the collection as well. After all, a girl deserves flowers on her birthday!


On the back I stamped a handmade stamp and signed it. 
I'm tickled pink that she loved it and the goodies I tucked inside. 

Playing Along With:

The basic construction for a flip book is easy and very soon I'll be sharing a tutorial for creating flip books on Snapguide. I'll be sure to let you know when I do.

Thanks for checking out my first flip book! 
I'll be back tomorrow with a design team project for The Cutting Cafe.

See you then,
Lisa xx



Friday, February 17, 2017

Valentine Pocket Letters - Outgoing



I have a sweet post, pardon the pun, to share with you today. I wanted to wait until my Pocket Letter Pal's received their pl's and they have. Unfortunately because I'm still out of town I won't be able to share the letters they made me today but I will before the end of the month. The first one which you see above was created for a group swap at PLP's and went to my friend Joan in New York. 



The 3D rosettes are stickers and I added a die cut glitter heart to the bottom one. The scroll (top left pocket) is a Tim Holtz mover 'n shaker die and I cut it from white foam craft. More foam hearts, by Tim, were also cut from colored foam craft. The arrows are dies by Spellbinders and I used glitter and metallic papers to cut those. The pretty metal angels are by Jo-lee Boutique.


The next pocket letter went to my pal in Germany, Katrin. We swapped a coloring page pl and gifted each other some colored pencils. I added some 3D embellishments to the front which she can leave on it or use in future projects. 


The little toadstools and ladybugs came from Michael's. The die cut clouds are a Taylored Expressions die and I added a doily at the top that was gifted to me by a previous pal. The die cut hearts are the same as above, Tim's Mover & Shakers dies. I used 1/8" red glitter foam and they add some sparkle. :) 


Before I close I want to wish my mom a very Happy 81st Birthday!!!

Hope each of you had a wonderful Valentine's Day if you celebrated the holiday. 
Have a great weekend, wherever you are.

Lisa xx


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Valentine Loaded Envelope

Front

Yesterday here in the U. S. we celebrated Valentine's Day and I want to share my first take on the loaded envelope concept. I discovered them on You Tube and I knew I wanted to make one with a Valentine theme. It is chock full and as you'll see the goodies and handmade embellishments spilled over. ;) This is a photo heavy post so let's get started. You can see the front of my loaded envelope above and here is what the back looks like below.

Back
{more on it later}

The base of my loaded envelope is a kraft clasp 6 x 9 envelope. I removed the silver clasp and decorated the front and back with Echo Park's Yours Truly paper collection. I bought the set that came with matching cardstock stickers and I love it. Some of my favorite Valentine themed paper ever! I created 3 pockets on the front using various designer papers and embellishing each layer with washi tape, stickers from the YT collection, punched elements-cupid and hearts, die cuts and round cardstock stickers by MAMBI.

The pockets were loaded with ephemera from the YT collection, die cut hearts by Verve, and vellum gift packs with assorted punched and die cut images. I tucked in a flair flower button and heart paper clips as well. A silver Heidi Swapp glitter bow sticker makes an appearance on the second pocket and I cut a black doily border for the top 2 pockets with MS's doily border punch.

You can see (lower left) a handmade bookmark which I tucked into the middle pocket. I also included die cuts by Echo Park, Tim Holtz and Verve Stamps for her to use as well. The small vellum packets were made by using scrap pieces, folding them in half and adding washi tape to seal the edges. 

I used a paint chip sample to make the bookmark, cut it to size and added some die cut embellishments and gifted her a vintage resin pink button which she can use for future projects. 
She's an avid reader so I think she'll like her bookmark. :)

As a fan of Hello Kitty I thought she'd like this button and I added a charm by The Girl's Paperie (no longer open for biz) which I have hoarded saved forever for the right person. :)

I tucked my handmade paper wand into the top opening pocket and I'll share below how I made the rosette. I layered a cupcake liner, crepe paper rosette, die cut doily and 3D rosette sticker on the front. A paper straw was used for the wand and I added pretty ribbon and trim to finish it. 

I wanted a large rosette for the base of my wand so I used my score board and trimmed a dp to 3" wide by 12" long. I scored every 1/4" and then punched one edge with a MS border punch. You can do this step in either order. I used two 3" x 12" strips to create this rosette. A 2" punched circle holds the front of the rosette together and a 3.5" punched circle gives the back some stability and provides a base to add a punched or die cut decorative base for the back. I highly recommend using glue to adhere the two strips together as well as the punched bases. It's stronger and will hold up better over time, just a tip. ;)

I made a stack of rosettes using paper, cupcake liners and crepe paper. For the crepe paper rosettes I added a border of silver Stickles to one side, let it dry thoroughly then folded in accordion style and fanned it into a circle shape. I punched two circles and added one to each side for stability. Super easy to create and very therapeutic as well. They were made while binge watching Midsomer Murders on Netflix. :)

I gifted my friend a paper rosette and added a die cut doily for her to use on future projects. The tag on the front is from the Yours Truly collection and I trimmed a dp from the collection to use in my packaging. It serves a dual purpose making the package pretty and she can use it for a future project.   

In the back of the package I included various die cut doilies and hearts cut from papers in my stash. 

The cupcake liners were placed in recycled packaging and I added a band of washi tape to the top along with more dp's from the paper collection. It was as much fun dressing up the gift packs as it was decorating the loaded envelope!  

The candy brad on the sequin packet is from Doodlebug and I included some paper napkins for her since she likes those too. The sequins are a mix from Verve Stamps and the colors are perfect for Valentine themed projects. Using a dp from the collection and a doily border punch by MS I created pretty packaging for the sequin mix. 

I also included some paper cut to 6 x 6 size for her to use, stuffed some candy conversation hearts into a heart clam shell package which I ordered a while back from Taylored Expressions. A Valentine ziploc bag holds all of her chocolate treats and it wouldn't be Valentine's Day without a little chocolate. Would it? I think not! 


Hope you enjoyed my share today, if you did or have questions please leave me a comment below. I'm afraid I've been a bit of an absentee blogger this year, it has already seen its share of sickness with colds and now the darling daughter has the flu. First time for her and unfortunately she has a really bad case of it. I'm here with her now to help her out and ensure my furry grandbaby is taken care of as well. Praying I can stay strong and not succumb to it, seems everyone around here is down with the flu. :(  

Hugs,
Lisa





Tuesday, February 7, 2017

LOVE Card



Love is definitely in the air these days in my craft room as I'm wrapping up my Valentine's Day projects. I love making crafty stuff for my hubby, daughter and my Pocket Letter Pals! This card is a design team project for The Cutting Cafe using this awesome file. 


 It has several words for all occasions which makes it a great buy and it can be used in a number of ways. 

You can create fun word windows or shaker cards easily.

OVERLAYS


It also comes with a great set of sentiments!

BABY
HB:
HB
HAPPY:
HAPPY
LOVE:
LOVE
SWEET:
SWEET


The Cutting Cafe



To see more inspiration using this versatile file visit The Cutting Cafe's blog later today. If you comment on the post you'll automatically be entered to win 3 FREE Sets from TCC. Regina will announce the winner on the 21st of February. 

Thanks for the visit today!
Hugs,
Lisa



Wednesday, February 1, 2017

C for Creatures / D for Dimensional



The first month of 2017 is over and we are beginning the second month with a brand new challenge at ABC Christmas Challenge. Hopefully by now you are adjusted to our new challenge rules. :) I chose to incorporate both letters on my design team card and an image, Christmas Snowglobe, from one of our wonderful sponsors-All Dressed Up.

Sponsors


Be sure to visit Wendy's Etsy shop and browse her fabulous digital designs.
She is offering our lucky winner a prize of 2 free digi's of their choice.


and our second sponsor is



Prize for our lucky winner is a $10.00 gift certificate to their online store.
Sweet Stamps offers an array of rubber and acrylic stamps, dies, and various paper crafting supplies.


Wilma is hosting this challenge and she is also offering a prize as well.



I colored the image with Prismacolor pencils, added some sparkle with atyou Spica pens, falling snow with a white gelly pen and fussy cut the image. It was popped up on my embossed white panel with Scotch foam tape. After I added some silver twine and a snowglobe charm I layered the panel on top of my A2 card base and it was finished.


I'm playing along with Wendy's challenge at All Dressed Up which is Anything Goes.
All Dressed Up Challenge #65 - Anything Goes

If you enjoy making Christmas themed projects we hope you'll join us this month! To see my teamies C for Creatures / D for Dimensional inspiration visit the challenge blog
Congratulations to the Winner and Top 3 of the January challenge! 

See you soon,
Lisa xx


Friday, January 20, 2017

Valentine Swag Bag



Hello everyone, happy to be back here with a fun design team project for The Cutting Cafe. As most know here in the U.S. our 45th president was sworn in earlier today and like all presidential inaugurations I watched it live. Any time there's a new change in American leadership it's always inspiring to watch our seamless transition of power. Something I believe all Americans everywhere can be proud of! We thank the Obama's for their service and wish the Trump's the very best as they begin their new roles as our President and First Lady.

{the envelope w/heart is from the Mailbox Template...Cutting File}

Okay, moving on to my project which I'm super excited to share. A while back I found a video on You Tube featuring a swag bag. I guess I've been under a rock but it's the first time I'd seen one and was eager to try it. As a pocket letter pal I thought it'd be a fun way to share some happy mail with my pals and to make one for my daughter for Valentine's. This one is for her and I can't wait to give it to her next month. :) I placed the Heart Envelope Shaped Card Template...Cutting File on the front of my bag and for my purposes I used the card base and top envelope layer. It flips open to reveal more hearts which are also included in the file, as well as the small red hearts on the front. I added a pink polka dot magnet bookmark as she's an avid reader. I'll fill her name in on the banner closer to Valentine's. :)


I added a pocket at the bottom and a row of heart washi tape, gifted to me my a Pocket Letter Pal last year, was placed in the middle. A white gel pen and liquid dots finish the inside.


I tucked some crafty goodies my daughter can use for her college scrapbook. Of course closer to time I'll add some Sweet Tarts and her favorite chocolate bar. Candy is a must at Valentine's Day, right!?!


I used another file, Layered Stitched Hearts, to create a heart base for my wand. 


I attached the large stitched heart to a paper straw and added two Heidi Swapp gold foil hearts which I altered with distress ink, a pink glitter foam heart, and a cupid cut from red glitter paper. The cupid is from Silhouette's online store and I outlined my heart with liquid pearls, added an ephemera banner that says 'I love you' and popped up a heart shaped paper doily behind it. I'll attach a chocolate heart on the back for her to enjoy. 

The Cutting Cafe

That's my project share for the 21st DT post which will be up on The Cutting Cafe's blog tomorrow. Be sure to visit to see the many creative Valentine's Day projects by my DT buddies. If you leave a comment on that post you'll automatically be entered to win 3 FREE SETS of your choice. Regina will announce the winner on Feb. 7th. 

Thanks for the visit today, I have more swag bags to share next week right here on my blog as well as my outgoing/incoming pocket letters for November and December. Unfortunately with the busy holiday season I am terribly late in sharing those. 

Have a great weekend, wherever you are.
Lisa xx







Friday, January 6, 2017

Clean and Simple with The Cutting Cafe



Hello again!
I'm back as promised with two cards created for The Cutting Cafe's January 7th design team post. Regina asked us to create clean and simple cards with a solid background using the 

and

which are filled with wonderful greetings for every occasion. A simple assignment but as it turns out CAS isn't that easy. Some folks make it look that way but I admit I felt a bit like a fish out of water. I kept wanting to add something to each card. On the card above I embossed the front, die cut a mini globe and backed it with blue cardstock and added a black panel behind my greeting. 


For this card I used 'The sky's the limit' greeting and went with die cut clouds, a 3D kite with twine string and 3 rub on butterflies by Tim Holtz. I was going to stop there but felt the greeting needed something extra so I added some faux stitching. 

By taking a key word out of each greeting and using the 'clean and simple' style you could make several cards to have at the ready. In fact, that's exactly what I did but since some of them are for those who read my blog I'm not going to share them just yet. 

You can see all of the inspiration for these printable stamps sets tomorrow on The Cutting Cafe's blog. On a personal note, I want to congratulate Regina on becoming a new grandmother to Zoe Lani Easter! I know you are going to be a FABulous grandma!!! 

I'm off to enjoy lunch with my darling daughter and continue our Midsomer Murders binge watching while the snow falls softly outside our window. 

Have a great weekend and stay safe on the roads, wherever you are. :)
Lisa xx

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