Friday, July 7, 2017

Flower Pop Up Cards at The Cutting Cafe



We are celebrating Regina's wonderful collection of Flower Pop Up Cards at The Cutting Cafe. The design team post will go live later today and I can't wait for you to see the amazing creations that my teamies created. I love flowers and tulips have always had a special place in my heart, especially pink ones. ;)

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I enjoyed playing with watercolor paper and a pretty palette of Daler-Rowney watercolors to create this tulip. I found the watercolor set at Wal-Mart for $4.97 and decided to play with it. I have other sets but this one has all the colors and it slips into my purse easily so I can grab it on the go. If I lose it then I haven't lost a major investment. 

There is a set of leaves and grass in the cutting file as well as a stem. Mine were cut free-hand as I misplaced my printouts on my desk. If you could see it you'd know why I gave up looking for them.  


I inked the edges with Pickled Raspberry Distress Ink. A white gel pen was used to add dots on the leaves and I created splashes of white dots with a water-based white Sharpie pen.

On the front I added a British doily and a dimensional sentiment sticker from MAMBI.


Check out all of the inspiration at The Cutting Cafe blog to see more Flower Pop Up Card projects. If you leave a comment on the DT post you'll automatically be entered into a drawing to win 3 FREE SETS from TCC.  

That's all for today, thanks for the visit!
Lisa xx


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

N for New, O for Old at ABC Christmas Challenge



N is for New, O is for Old

Hard to believe it is July already! 
A brand new challenge is up at ABC Christmas Challenge and we are on the letters "N" and "O"

The NEW on my card is the digi image and the sentiment stamp (new to me) from Avery Elle. The OLD is the holly paper which has been in my stash for so long I can't remember. There's a feeling of satisfaction when you cut into a paper that has been around 10+ years...think I am going to do that more often and stop hoarding. 


SPONSORS

Prize is a $10 gift certificate to our lucky winner.

Our second sponsor is 

https://sweetstampshop.com
They are also offering a $10 gift certificate as well. 


Last but not least...Helen is hosting this challenge and she has a prize to offer as well.




Today's card was made using a digi that one of our sponsors provided, Fred She Said, and it's Little Fat Santa Digi. This is such a cute image and it is a great purchase because several options come with the image including a printable sheet of mini-Santa's. I requested the uncolored version however there is a colored version and after looking at my image I wondered why I did not request the colored one. ;) I readily admit that coloring is not my gift but one of these days I plan to sit down and really apply myself to learning to use my Copic's and other markers to their full advantage. Does anyone else struggle with coloring? I'd love to know if you do or if you've found some awesome tips or tricks you'd like to share. 

Be sure to visit the challenge blog to see more inspiration using digital images from our sponsor, Fred She Said. Samantha has a handmade crochet project to share that you won't want to miss! Hope your summer (winter for Aussie's) is going better for you than ours is.....too much rain here. ;)

I'll be back Thursday the 6th with a design team project for The Cutting Cafe. 

Crafty Hugs,
Lisa xx





Wednesday, June 21, 2017

BINGO Cards with The Cutting Cafe


BINGO!

I'm sharing a card I made for The Cutting Cafe's design team post featuring BINGO Cards...Printable Stamps. There are several sets to choose from over at The Cutting Cafe and mine is from the Summer Bingo Cards set. I made this card for a friend who's about to embark on a wonderful adventure. :)


BINGO SUMMER

There are several cards in this set to choose from with various sizes offered as well. Regina also offers a black and white version plus a blank one that can be customized for any occasion. If you click the first link in this post you'll see all of the BINGO Card sets available at TCC. 

The Cutting Cafe

The design team post goes live today so click this link to view more BINGO Card inspiration. If you comment you'll be automatically entered into a drawing to win 3 FREE SETS of your choice from The Cutting Cafe. Regina will announce the winner on the 7th of July.

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer and taking amazing vacations!

Crafty hugs,
Lisa xx



Wednesday, June 7, 2017

It's Road Trip Time with The Cutting Cafe



Wow, I don't think in the nearly 6 years I have been blogging that I have taken a month's break. It looks like I just did though. Things have been a bit cray cray around my house for the past 2+ months with home remodeling going on and a 3 week vacation to beautiful California. Since travel has been on my mind this design team post couldn't have come at a better time for me. ;) 

Today I'm sharing a card using The Cutting Cafe's printable stamp set...cutting file


and this is really one of my all-time favorite sets. There are 74 images (including sentiments) to create any travel...road trip...vacation themed project you like. When things settle down some for me you'll be seeing more of these images in albums I intend to make for my daughter. It was her college grad trip and we made memories for a lifetime. 


The Cutting Cafe
Regina Easter, Owner/Designer


Pay a visit to The Cutting Cafe's blog today to see the diverse road trip themed projects by the design team. If you leave a comment on the blog post you will automatically be entered into a drawing to win 3 FREE SETS from TCC. Regina will announce the winner on the 21st of June when the next DT post is shared.

Until then, have a great time crafting and remember that Regina also has an online shop where she sells various paper crafting supplies so be sure to visit The Cutting Cafe Shop.

See you soon,
Lisa xx

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Pinwheels at The Cutting Cafe



The Cutting Cafe design team post, which goes live tomorrow, features pinwheels and I happen to love pinwheels. They have captivated me since I was a child!  


I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the file but if you do not own an electric cutter that's okay because Regina always includes a PDF file so you can cut by hand. I used a white gel pen to add some highlights and a brad holds the four corners together. A striped straw is the base of my pinwheel and I added some ribbon from my stash to make a bow. The background paper is by Recollections and I added some green glitter circles which I outlined with a black gel pen. A word chat sticker by Tim Holtz provides my sentiment and for me that is what pinwheels do - strike up my imagination. 



The Cutting Cafe


Thanks for the visit today!
Be sure to visit TCC's blog tomorrow to see more inspiration using the Pinwheels Sentiment Template and Cutting File as well as a Pinwheel Treat Cup Cutting File. Also if you leave a comment on that post you will automatically be entered to win 3 FREE SETS of your choice from TCC. Regina will announce the winner on the 21st of May.

Crafty Hugs,
Lisa 


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

J for Jingle Bells and K is for Keep It Simple at ABC Christmas Challenge



J for Jingle Bells

is the theme of my card and the sponsor for our current challenge at ABC Christmas Challenge is 



They are offering our lucky winner a voucher to the online store.

I used their digital image, Happy Penguins, on my card and instead of using actual jingle bells I decided to incorporate the song on my card using rub ons by Bo Bunny and tiny word stickers by Faith Illustrated. 

The challenge runs through the end of the month and I hope you'll join us. 
Click the challenge blog link to see what my design team mates created for your inspiration.

Crafty Hugs,
Lisa 


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Craft Room Share for The Cutting Cafe DT Post

{my work table that hubby built}

Hello!
It's been a while since my last blog post because I am currently neck high in major house reno projects. I'm either 'all in or all out' lol so imagine my delight when Regina said this DT post for The Cutting Cafe would be sharing our craft rooms. Whew! I couldn't make something if I wanted to right now as most of the access is blocked off so the crew can get through to build new support columns under our sub floor foundation. Time has taken its toll and we're addressing that issue before new flooring is installed. Fortunately though I took some photos last fall to share with a friend and I can share now with all of you.

Okay here we go...

In the photo above you see my husband's workmanship in the desk he built for me. A friend offered us some stone he had lying around and it makes an awesome work surface. My work stool was a bargain find at the Goodwill store in Franklin, Tennessee for a whopping $10.00. Underneath I store cardboard and recycled carton containers in the white bin and canvases behind it. On my desk is the beginnings of a baby album that I was working on last fall after my grandson made his appearance in September. :) You'll also see a wall container that I purchased at Lowe's and it holds all of my Tim Holtz metal and 3D elements. I used an acrylic container to organize my TH tags, industrial stickers and more. The clear drawer units holds my perfect pearls, pearl ex and twinkling H2O's.


To the left of my desk is clear Sterilite containers from Wal-Mart which hold various crafty products. The decorative box on the left is a Michael's find and holds all of my fancy trim rolls. I keep twine at the handy because I probably use more of it than ribbon actually. Never realized that but think it's true. 

{when this room is reno'd lighting will me a main issue}

On the right I have an upright storage closet and I attached some of my larger dies to the front with magnetic tape. It houses my photos to be used, collage magazines/papers, more alterables, binders and much more. Beyond it is a dresser that was from my daughter's childhood bedroom set. 


I use the drawers to store wood stamps, punches, material and holiday themed paper/embellishments/ribbon. On top I have my Graphic 45 paper (yes I hoard it lol) in Cropper Hopper storage containers. My large Xyron sticker machine is at the end and you can also see the pegboard with hanging embellishments/stickers on it. My hubby installed shelves above for storing stamps, dies, embossing folders and more. A girl can never have too much crafty stuff, right!?! Maybe, I dunno. ;)


I also used her desk and night stand to hold more supplies and I use it as another work surface. Again my sweet hubby put the shelves up for me and you can see the peg board in the corner. It's been a great way to store a lot of embellishments/stickers in a small space. You can see another clear storage container and on top is a decorative Christmas box that I store 6x6 holiday paper pads and embellishments in.  




The night stand is full of ribbon that's organized by color/style. I have washi tape, ink sprays and some paper crafting supplies in desktop organizers on top. I keep my crafty bags and apron hanging on the wall and on the right side you can see another wall organizer that holds random things. The string of hearts was from a Pocket Letter Pal, Natasha, and I like to place things others have made me around the room. :) On the back wall you can see one of my dear PLP's, Katrin, fabric themed pocket letter which I adore.



On the shelves above are my Tim Holtz stamps, Christmas wood stamps, Janome sewing machine (behind the gingerbread girl which is a Cutting Cafe file btw) and also my chipboard collection.
On the top of the desk I have my music {always motivates me}, some of my fave dies and my red/black washi tape collection. 


The door leads to the crawl space under our main floor {where they need the access} and this room is on the lower level. As I get older I am rethinking this multi level home situation. Someday we'll be back on one floor! Anyway I have a white bookshelf that holds tons of paper pads, two clear Sterilite 3-drawer units and those are binders on top that are chock full of pocket letters from pals. Above that is another fun pl my pal Katrin made for me. I placed a 3 shelf wall unit on top of the bookshelf and it stores things I've made plus more wood stamps and 6x6 paper pads. On the top of it I have Tim's Compendium of Curiosities book series, seam binding which I store in a candy jar (and rarely use unfortunately), a decorative box that's full of cards I've received from friends from all over the world and a lamp with the cutest little shade ever. I purchased it years ago for my daughter's bedroom and she outgrew it but I didn't want to part with it. 

{that smoothie is yummy btw}

This is another desk I basically use for making cards and most of my ink pads are stored above the cubby system (aka shoe rack from Lowe's) and in the clear drawer units. I do have some in the top drawer of the night stand as well that I forgot about. Oops! I keep the things handy that I need for making quick cards or simple projects at arm's reach. This was one of the desks my mom used when she was making cards before Alzheimer's stopped her ability to craft. For that reason it's special to me and I'll always keep it. If you look on top of the cubby you'll see a cassette holder I used to store my Distress Ink and Archival ink pads. On top of that are my embossing powders and they're up there so I don't forget to use them. With me I'm afraid "out of sight is out of mind" so I try to keep a lot ever before me. ;) Sometimes I feel a bit overwhelmed but hey I bought this stuff and I want to use it. One thing is for certain - I don't think I'll ever use everything but I'm going to give it my best effort. I am thinking about a purge though so we'll see....


Well this isn't the prettiest photo but it shows how I roll....yes stuff stacked up to be taken upstairs which sometimes take a while ;) to make it up the stairs. This is an old entertainment center and I have kept it because it provides massive storage. In the double doors I have the clear 12x12 paper organizers and it keeps them nice and clean. On the shelves I have alterables, extra TH products, 12x12 designer paper from various companies, and more things such as books I plan to alter, etc.. The planner (bottom shelf) was a DT project for the Cutting Cafe and I was updating it. I always have baby wipes on hand for quick clean ups and my mixed media fun time.


On top I store my art magazines/books, Thickers and word stickers, journals, old books I plan to use for collage and I stuffed a cup (I received with a Mother's Day gift in it last year) with tubes of Liquitex paints. 


This photo is looking straight at my craft room and I have work surfaces on the left, right and a desk on the back wall. I'm thinking about installing cabinets and countertops on one side if I do reno this room but that's for another day. ;) In the meantime I use this card table and wire drawer organizer to store more stuff. I have a trunk under the table that's full of paper and behind it are more crafty treasures. On top is a decorative box (back left corner) full of stamps, candy jars full of washi and other embellishments, a paint caddy and my beloved BigKick die cutter by Sizzix. The wire unit stores boxes of paper flowers, art supplies, bling collection and more. Behind it you can see my scrap paper bin and underneath that are two 4 drawer units full of stamps.


Of course no craft room is complete without your faithful companion and my furbaby, Jasmine, has spent many hours in here with me. She's happy as a clam as long as she can be near me. I adore this girl! The round decorative tin holds my Tim Holtz tissue paper and a roll of wax paper that I use for die cutting (works well with intricate dies) and in my mixed media. 


The Cutting Cafe


Well that's a wrap of my craft room, thanks for stopping by today and checking it out! I'm a big fan of Pinterest and I have a board where I pin ideas for crafty design and organization tips. You'll see I have put several of them into use in my own crafty space. 

If you wanna take a peek you can find me here-

Have a wonderful day! It's back to work for me. :)
Lisa xx
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