Friday, February 9, 2018

Graphic 45's Time to Flourish Perpetual Calendar

{click on any photo to make it larger}

Hello and Happy Friday! I'm thrilled it's the weekend because I am in the process of remodeling my craft room. Yay!!! My hubby and I will be splashing paint on the walls and hopefully in the next two weeks my new flooring will be installed and I can begin to put the room back together. I'll be sure to take photos along the way and I'll post the before and after here as well as on Instagram. 

For now I have a project to share that was so much fun to create. It was a gift for my sister and BIL. In January of 2016 I made a perpetual calendar that I created for myself using inspiration in this post by Annette Green. My sister loved it but she never got around to making one so I decided to use the scraps I had leftover from G45's Time to Flourish collection and gift them with one for Christmas. The photo above shows the calendar as it is displayed and the extra calendar month cards are stored neatly inside the decorative box which I also made and I'll share more on that in a minute. Guess I should note that Annette used Time to Flourish for her project and that my sister is a fellow paper crafter. ;)

For the decoration of the box I used images from G45's Botanicabella collection - butterflies, flowers which were die cut and postage stamps as Annette did. I added some additional fussy cut images on the back right of the box and applied Ranger's Glossy Accents to each of the butterflies for some shine. The hardware hinges were die cut using a Sizzix Alterations die by Tim Holtz and the metal key lock is by The Paper Studio I believe. Gem centers were added to the tattered florals, also a die by Tim Holtz, and metal label pulls hold the month cards in place. The stands were made from cardstock and you can see how to construct those in Annette' tutorial (link below).

I had to use paper and images that were larger than my original calendar for the month cards but it worked out. I simply chose the same image and if something did not fit then I altered it. All of the edges on this project were inked with gathered twigs distress ink by Ranger. If I am completely honest it pained me to cut into this beautiful paper and on the small month cards I did lose a lot of the design. However, I have resolved to use what I have and not hoard it because it really is doing no one any good at all to do that. My craft room becomes cluttered and I cheat someone out of something they will enjoy. I can't tell you how many times already they have thanked me for their calendar. So my advice is to start cutting that paper up and use it. :)

The biggest change you can see is on the large month cards (larger images) but I followed Annette's layout as closely as possible to keep the design similar to hers.

{the pansy flower stamp is from G45's Children's Hour-March}

I was happy that I could use what I had left of my Time to Flourish paper to create another perpetual calendar. Even though there are slight changes they honestly don't stand out because I followed Annette's design so closely. It's just another interpretation forced out of necessity. :) This is a beautiful paper collection and if you're looking to create a calendar project I highly recommend it! 

I'll quickly note that I did not use the G45 box that Annette used in her You Tube tutorial and that you will need to note a dimension change that she updated in the description box. I found the G45 box is too tight of a fit to remove the monthly cards easily and for my sister's box I made one using a cutting file from The Cutting Cafe - Book Box Set 2. I had the option of increasing the size working with a SVG and it allows for easier access to the stored cards. I also printed the 2018 calendars from The Cutting Cafe's 2018 Calendar Printable Set. You can easily trim the months using your paper trimmer and round the corners, if you prefer, like I did.  

Thanks for your visit today and I hope you gain some inspiration here as I did from G45's Annette Green. When I originally shared my calendar Annette was sweet to comment and thank me for sharing her tutorial. I believe in giving credit where credit is due so please click her link and visit her original post and YT tutorial. If you visit her blog you'll also see that she has continued to offer her own yearly mini calendars for free download and they are here.

Take care and have a great weekend,
Lisa xx

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

C for Clean or D for Distress at ABC Christmas Challenge

Our February challenge at ABC Christmas Challenge is live and this month we want to see

C for Clean
D for Distress

on your Christmas themed projects. Our sponsor is Lawn Fawn and I used two stamp sets by them on my Clean card above. The trees are from the Joy to the Woods stamp set and the rabbits and stars are from the Upon a Star set. 

Lawn Fawn

My first card is a CAS style card with no embellishments just stamping and coloring. The background was created with blueprint distress oxide ink and the sentiment is from My Favorite Things - Clearly Sentimental About Christmas stamp set. For the next card I used another stamp set by MFT - Sophisticated Snowflakes. 

My second card is D for Distress and I used distress oxide inks to create my background. First I stamped the snowflakes with Versamark ink then embossed with WOW's Sparkling Snow embossing glitter. The embossing resists the ink and allowed me to blend faded jeans and chipped sapphire distress oxide inks over the background. A soft cloth rubbed gently over the snowflakes restored their pristine image. I fussy cut a fishtail banner and stamped a sentiment from Verve's Holiday Treats set in black tie ink by Ranger. 

To see more inspiration visit the challenge blog to see what my design team mates created for you. You have until the 28th of February to play along with this challenge.
Good Luck!

Lisa xx

Monday, February 5, 2018

XOXO Word Shaped Card

Hello and Welcome!
I'm here to share a card I designed for The Cutting Cafe using the XOXO Word Shaped Card. I love how it turned out and I hope the recipient will as well. :) With Valentine's Day approaching soon you'll want to check out the DT post featuring word shaped cards on the 7th for more inspiration.

 The Cutting Cafe

Here's another example by Regina Easter of how she used this cutting file to create a shaker card.


  It's so cute!!!
The file includes sentiments and all of the hearts and arrow you see on both cards. It's such a versatile set and to see more Valentine themed word shaped cards visit here

The design team blog post will go live on Wednesday so be sure to visit. If you leave a comment you'll be automatically entered in a drawing to win 3 FREE SETS of your choice. Regina will announce the winner on the 21st of February. Best of luck!

I'll be back Wednesday with a Christmas themed design team post for ABC Christmas Challenge. 
See you then,
Lisa xx

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Crafty Planner

Front Cover

I'm back today with a scheduled design team post for The Cutting Cafe. It's rare for me to post on Sunday but I was having so much creating this crafty planner that I pushed myself into blogging and taking pictures late last night. Some of the photos will be dark and hopefully I can remedy that later today. I chose to purchase a binder from Wal-Mart and use a hole punch to insert the pages. It is not finished but at least I have several categories completed and will continue to work on the stamps and die-cut sections for a while. ;) 

I cut out the images on the right and adhered them to the front of my binder. 

Table of Contents page

One page of my Distress Ink pads

One page of my Distress Crayons

Distress Markers

I do like the look of keeping the washi inside the boxes but on some of my pages I went with a freestyle look. The idea is to customize this set to suit your needs. :)

On this page I did not cut sections and place in each box. I wanted to see the patterns / words so I made columns instead. The good thing is no one will see this but me. ;) 

I did the same for my Christmas washi.

I love the idea of using these pages to keep a record my stamp sets.
There are various pages to choose from as you'll see below.

Die-Cut Words from Echo Park

I used the printable pages from the Craft Supply Planner Printable Set to create my planner.This is an extensive file with pages to organize all of your crafty items. In fact I realized quickly that I'll be making 3 planners and dividing them up into different categories with stamps and die-cuts having their own individual planner. This is a great way to keep up with ink pads, markers, paints, washi tape, embossing powders and all of those items that are sometimes hard to remember when your standing in a store trying to decide if you have one or not. There's nothing worse than getting home and realizing you already owned an item and have to return it or ordering online and ending up with a duplicate. 

Here are a few more pages available in this printable set...


I have my tabs printed but I haven't added them yet.





and there's a whole lot more in this printable set.

The Cutting Cafe

This file is a tremendous buy and I highly encourage you to click the link if you are looking to spend 2018 being organized in your crafty area. I plan to pop my binder in my car when I go shopping or have it handy if ordering online. It will save me time and money in the future and that is always a good thing! To see more inspiration featuring all of the various types of planners be sure to visit The Cutting Cafe's blog for the design team post later today.

Have fun crafting everyone!
Lisa xxx


Wednesday, January 3, 2018

A for Antler, B for Birds

Happy New Year!!!

It's 2018 and our first challenge of the year is live at ABC Christmas Challenge.

A for Antlers, B for Birds

I combined the two on my shaker card using two adorable stamp sets by Lawn Fawn. The reindeer are from For You, Deer and the remaining images including the trees are from Joy to the Woods. The snow bunks are also by Lawn Fawn and they are from the stand alone die set Stitched Hillside Borders. Love having this set for creating winter scenes! As for the sentiments I used one from each set on this card. 

Our sponsors for this challenge are


Neat and Tangled

The design team has a lot of inspiration to share with you so be sure to check out the main challenge blog. You'll have until January 31st to play along and we hope you'll join us.
Good Luck!

Crafty Hugs,

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Before 2018 Rolls in....

Christmas Countdown Pocket Letter for Katrin 

Before 2017 closes I  thought I'd share a few projects that never made it to my blog. Some I made and some were incoming happy mail from friends around the world. This hasn't been the best year for me as a blogger and hopefully I can make a better show of it in 2018. 

Second page of my Christmas Countdown PL

It has been a bittersweet year as I had to say goodbye to my mom in February after her long battle with Alzheimer's. She was the last of mine and my husband's parents to pass away and it's just profoundly sad. I miss both of my parents as well as my in-laws every day. It's good to know that they are in a better place and that we'll see them again one day. That is what keeps me going! 

Last Page of my Christmas Countdown PL

On a lighter note, in May our daughter graduated college and we treated her to a 3 week graduation trip to California. We made so many memories and it was a wonderful adventure. The remainder of the year has been insanely crazy but the best part is that I've been reunited with so many personal friends this year. I love that!!! Some of us just drifted apart as life literally took us in different directions but the mark of a true friend is that you can pick up where you left off. 

2017 is a year that gave me clarity, closure, peace, happiness and laughter. I certainly hope it was a good one for all of you and that 2018 will be awesome! 

Now for those projects beginning with one I should have shared back in May :(

My daughter's college grad card which was inspired by a card I saw on Pinterest. I made the grad hat by die cutting and embossing a square die by Spellbinders and making the tassle using embroidery floss. The mini diploma is rolled paper tied with ribbon and it was a fun card to make. I stamped a quote by Eleanor Roosevelt on the inside left side and another grad sentiment on the right. Easy peasy!

Front side of a loaded envelope I made for a swap with my friend, Aparna, in India.

Back side has her name and more pockets filled with crafty goodies. 

There were so many new babies in our church this year and this was the first arrival, Mia Jane. Love G45's Little Darling's collection for creating quick and easy baby cards. 

When it was time to welcome John Charles into the world I turned to the same collection as before. This card was one of my #bestnineof2017 cards on Instagram. I had to temporarily set my account to public to do this but glad I did. Unfortunately due to spam and all the unwanted followers requests by strange men I had to set my account to private. So sick of these trolls on Facebook and Instagram. Get a life!

My friend from Germany, Katrin, loves Halloween and every year we swap a themed project. This year I decided to alter a paper mache house I purchased from Hobby Lobby. Here is it wrapped up with ribbon ready to be shipped.

Back side of house and roof.

I filled the inside with crafty goodies. :)

Katrin snapped this photo for me and once it arrived she placed battery operated candles in the house and used it as a night light. So happy she loved her Halloween house!

This is a collage I shared on Instagram showing the card I made for her using a cool stamp from Northwoods Rubber Stamps. 

Now for the project she made me....a special request.

She made a fabulous shadowbox in 2016 so I requested another one and this one is lighted. I just love it and her attention to detail is fantastic. Super fun swap!!!

Next up is a pocket letter that I made for a new pal, Christina Betts, in Canada.

She has a black cat named Indy so the pocket at the top far right is dedicated to her feline buddy. I did a lot of layering and this is really a terrible photo but in person it was colorful and full of little details to ponder over. She loved it and that made me so happy as she makes beautiful creations. She filmed a You Tube video when she unboxed my package if you want to check that out here

Okay that's all for Halloween now on to a flip book I made for a brand new pal in Spain. 

Front Cover using a dp by Paige Taylor Evans for Pink Paislee.

Love using puffy stickers and adding crepe paper to the bottom of the tag on the right.

On the left here and below I used paint chips from the hardware store to create pockets and I love to do that. This little book has it all - wood veneer, puffy stickers, washi tape, labels and fun ephemera.

The cards on the right are a printable that I found on Pinterest. I used a corner chopper to round the edges and I had to use Tim's "remember to play" chit chat sticker. ;)
A cute book with more pages that can be view on my Instagram page at lisa_snowdy.

Last but not least I received this vintage Christmas book paper flip book from my pal, Aparna. 
This is the outer cover and I love the large doily she used. Also love the way she decorated the envelope she mailed it in as well. You can see more of the incredible book papers she used on my Instagram page.

Well the ball has dropped in the eastern time zone here in the U. S. and it will be our turn in 40 minutes or so here in central time zone so I'm going to wrap this post and wish all of you, everywhere, a very Happy New Year!!! 

I'll see all of you on Wednesday, the 3rd, for my ABC design team post. 
Crafty Hugs,

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