Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Jen's Sunshine

Hello everyone! So happy you came back today because I'm sharing this card for my Top Tip Tuesday teamie, Jennifer Scull, who's fighting breast cancer. You can learn more about Jen's journey on her blog at Just Coffee Please...& Stamps, & Ribbons & Paper. Her outlook on life is positive and she is definitely a fighter. However, the medical bills can be overwhelming and to help Jen and her husband with those expenses her teamies at Paper Makeup Stamps created a digi stamp set in her honor called Jen's Sunshine. This is a wonderful set with two images and three word art digis in jpeg & png files. The set was introduced on the Paper Makeup Stamps blog where you can preview all five images and if you fancy the set purchase here. All of the proceeds (100%) go to Jen to help with her medical bills and PMS is also sponsoring a blog hop today in her honor. I missed the sign up date but I did not want to miss the opportunity to let her know how much I support her, and women/men everywhere, in dealing with this disease. If you'd like to show your support too hop on over to Paper Makeup Stamps blog to join in the fun and leave Jen an encouraging message. You can also show your support by purchasing the digi set, Jen's Sunshine, and you'll not only be helping her out but you'll get five terrific digi's to play & create with. That's a win-win in my book!
Many thanks to Jenn Cochran of Party Time Tuesday's for organizing this blog hop and to the Paper Makeup Stamps blog for hosting the week long hop & creating a beautiful digital stamp set for all of us to play with. The community of crafters is a very special one indeed where we see the very best of humanity.  

For color inspiration I played along with the CR84FN61 Color Challenge and the wonderful combo of aqua, tan and cream. I love these colors and they were the perfect backdrop to showcase this wonderful word art digi from the set. I'm also playing along with the Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge-Ribbon & Bows & Paper Play Challenge-Sentiment as Main Image Focus. I had fun making this card for Jen and it will go off in the mail to her today. Hope she likes it!

Thanks for dropping by and let's remember to cherish every day because it truly is a gift.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Happy Birthday Top Tip Tuesday!

We are in full celebration mode this fortnight because Top Tip Tuesday is celebrating its 2 year blogaversary on September 7th!!! Can you believe it? Two years ago Leanne started this blog where crafters gather now from all over the globe to participate in bi-monthly challenges. A few months back Leanne decided to move on to explore other creative territory and Carol & Samantha took over as new co-owners. They have been fabulous to keep things running smoothly and very recently enlisted Lisa M. to help with the blog/design team coordination. I am blessed to be a part of this wonderful team and the camaraderie that I share with this talented group of ladies. Have I mentioned how funny they are? They keep me laughing and always stretch my creative boundaries. 

Our challenge is Birthday Theme and Bettina is our lovely hostess. She created a fabulous picnic box tutorial to share with you so be sure to drop by the TTT blog and check it out. It's adorable! To participate we are looking for gifts-wrapping/box/bag-or use an image of a gift. So simply make a gift, or use something that you would normally use if you were giving a gift like wrapping paper or box/bag. Naturally cards are always popular at birthdays and if you make one use an image of a gift on your card to qualify for the prizes. Ok, any questions just leave a comment for Carol, Samantha or Lisa M. on the TTT blog and they'll get back to you quickly. Ready, set, create and good luck everyone!

Birthday Theme Challenge

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Images were provided for the design team by Meljen's Designs {thank you} and I used Cupcake Mouse for my gift tag image. I colored it with Copic markers and used Spellbinders Cl. Ovals & Lacey Ovals to die cut it. It's attached with Doodlebug Valentine twine and my gift box was a bargain find at Tuesday Morning for 49 cents. :D I've had this large birthday die cut sticker in my stash for a while so I was happy to finally put it to good use. Easy peasy! I'm entering this project in the The Paper Shelter-Anything GoesDiva's by Design-Anything Goes & City Crafter Challenge Blog-Bake Sale challenges.

Don't miss all of the inspiration our Special Guest, Dorte, and our C.O.E. Designers, Eret &  Marika, have come up with plus the wonderful mojo my teamies always provide on the TTT blog.  Thanks for stopping by today and be sure to check back tomorrow when I debut a card featuring a digi stamp set created for my TTT teamie, Jennifer Scull, who is battling breast cancer.    


Monday, August 27, 2012

Genuine Folkard ATC Mini


Happy Monday everyone! I'm excited to share my very first ATC mini album with you featuring the Unforgettable Alice Pack by Nicecrane Designs. This pack has several collage sheets included and I used the Genuine Folkard ATC/ACEO background collage sheet for my album. It has several images from Alice in Wonderland and my daughter claimed it for her own the minute I finished lol.


For the base I recycled corrugated board and distressed all of the edges. Old book paper is the next layer and I sprayed each one with color mists to bring in a pop of color. The ATC's were next and I skewed panels for a touch of whimsy. The next decision was to choose which embellishments to use and I've become a big fan of Studio Calico's wood die cuts so you'll several of those throughout. The one item I found in my stash that I've had for awhile, Vintage Findings by Making Memories, is actually a sheet of ephemera in a metallic silver finish. The flower stems were perfect for the cover but I needed to tone the silver finish down and ginger alcohol ink did the trick. The bird is also part of the ephemera sheet and I used Sailboat Blue to turn him/her into a pretty little bluebird. Prima roses, Webster's Pages Lotus Blossoms Whimsies, a T!m Holtz memo pin, Spare Parts button and WMS twine add the finishing touches to my front cover. To bind my album I punched a 1/16th hole in the upper left corner and slipped a 7 Gypsies book ring through it and added seam binding, gold twine & ivory ribbon. Here's the rest of my album.


I adore these vintage ATC's! To explore all of the Digital Collage Sheets & Scrapbook Products  visit Nicecrane Designs. I am also linking up with the following challenges: Diva's by Design-Anything Goes, The Paper Shelter-Anything Goes, and 52 Card Pick Up-Week 34.
Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you enjoy the rest of your day!
Lisa xx

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Make It Monday #104

Hello and welcome back for the new Make It Monday linky party! The DT was free to create anything of our choosing this week so I am sharing a Shopping Organizer I recently made for a friend. This is a pretty yet functional way to harness all of those loose coupons and there's also a pad to create a shopping list or jot a quick note. I followed a tutorial by the talented Laura Denison to create this organizer and I hope my friend enjoys using it.

I used Crate Paper's Portrait Collection as my paper choice and I purchased the collection pack which gave me coordinating die cuts, borders & stickers to work with. Rebecca Sower's Aged Typewriter ABC alpha's & a designer trim from Webster's Pages Country Estate add finishing touches to my project. The trim was part of a huge give-a-way that I won last Christmas from Kristin Wilson and the irony is she and Laura are both on the Graphic 45 International Design Team this year. So much talent between these two ladies! I haven't adhered the labels to the folders because I want my friend to decide on the categories and place them in the order she wants them. This project was a lot of fun to create and Laura's instructions were super easy to follow. I'm entering this in these challenges: The Paper Shelter-Anything Goes & Diva's by Design-Anything Goes.  
Now for my very first Pick of the Week I chose this clever altered art project by Julia at Craft Room Stamper. She constructed it out of match boxes which she glued together, cut chipboard to frame her box and embellished it using T!m Holtz products and 7 Gypsies paper. I love all the visual interest her dp choice offers and she definitely inspired me to make a chest like this. Click the link to see more photos of this awesome project by Julia. Thanks to everyone who joined our linky party this past week and please know that it is very hard to choose only one entry. You guys are so talented and fill all of us with inspiration!     
Our Fabulous Sponsor This Week is:
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To be in with a chance to win this fabulous prize all you need to do is leave a comment for another entry in this week's linky party. Be sure to mention you saw them on MIM. The more entries you comment on the more chances you have of winning. Good Luck!
Now it's your turn to WOW us with your amazing creations. If you haven't been to the Make It Monday blog yet be sure to drop by and check out what my talented teamies created to inspire you and happy crafting everyone. Also, a big thank you for the warm welcome & sweet comments everybody!  
Have a wonderful week!
Lisa xx   



Sunday, August 19, 2012

Make It Monday #103

Hi everyone, I've been sitting on some exciting news but I can finally let the cat out of the bag. A few weeks ago Michelle, owner of the weekly Make It Monday Linky Party, asked me to join her design team. I'm a big fan of this challenge where "Anything Goes" so I quickly replied YES to her email. ;-) The team has given me a warm welcome and I'm so appreciative. Thanks ladies! I am replacing Karen who recently stepped down from the design team so I have some big shoes to fill. I wish Karen all the best and want to thank Michelle again for the invite to join MIM. This is a humorous group so there will be a lot of chuckles along the way. Wish you could see me because I'm doin' a happy dance right now. :-)

My card features the Seafaring Seagull Frame, by our current sponsor Meljen's Designs Digital Stamps, and I colored my digi image with Copics. Stickles, antique linen distress ink and twine are the only embellishments on this CAS card. It was quick and easy to create which is one of the perks digi's can offer. It's great to have an all purpose card in my stash which I can use the next time an occasion pops up and I'm unprepared lol.

To see more inspiration using Meljen's Designs Digital Stamps head on over to MIM and check out the amazing creations by my teamies. You'll be inspired!

Our Fabulous Sponsor
Meljen's Designs Digital Stamps are giving away the lovely prize of the winner's choice of 4 single digi's!

Remember, to be in the running to win the prize from our sponsor this week just leave a comment for another entry. Be sure to mention you saw them on Make It Monday. The more entries you comment on the more chances you have of winning!
I'm looking forward to seeing what you create this week, good luck everyone!!!
Lisa xx

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

One Layer Card

We have a brand new challenge at Top Tip Tuesday for you. The lovely Deneen is our hostess this fortnight and she is challenging you to create a card with only one layer. Before you panic she's put together a fabulous tutorial on the TTT blog with great ideas for making your one layer card stand out. Click the link to view it and all of the amazing inspiration by my teamies and our guest designers. The DT was privileged to work with images from Robyn's Fetish and my card features Gilded Christmas Dove. I determined what colors I wanted to use and laid the base color down with Copic's. To get the stained glass effect I was going for I applied opal liquid pearls on the body of the dove and stickles in red, green, yellow, and royal blue to highlight the graphic design. My tip-I used a black Copic marker to outline the edge of my digital image which visually lifts it off the page. A craft knife helped me trim a few of the tail feathers setting my dove in motion and I'll use a die cut label to cover my teeny tiny cuts on the inside. Some of us on the DT struggled with this challenge, myself included, and Samantha was kind enough to let us add some bling and ribbon if it wasn't too much. ;) So I did and now it doesn't feel so bare lol.

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I'm entering this card in the following challenges: Make It Monday #102 Challenge, Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge-Anything Goes, Crafty Creations Challenge #182-Olympic ColorsCatered Crop- White Pages Recipe Swap Quickfire, and 52 Card Pickup-Week 32.

Now it's your turn! Have fun with this challenge and don't stress about it. It always helps to try something different and stretch those creative muscles. :D Thanks to all of you who play along with us and to our amazing guest designers. Congrats to all the winners too! Have a great week everyone and I look forward to seeing your cards.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

May Your Birthday Be As Special As You Are

Hello & welcome! I'm dropping by with a card that I made for my friend's upcoming birthday. This one is being entered in three challenges-CR84FN60 Color ChallengeMojo Monday #253 and Tuesday Alchemy #26-Bingo. The main challenge colors for CR84FN60 are grape, blue & green with white as my neutral of choice. My sketch inspiration is from the Mojo Monday sketch by Julee, Verve owner & designer. The third challenge was a Bingo from Tuesday Alchemy and I chose to work with the first vertical row of Ribbon or Bow, Glitter, and Dies or Punches. Here are the inspiration photos from the three challenges.




My background dp is grape and I incorporated grape in the handmade wild rose I made. In an earlier post I shared how I made these roses and a link to the tutorial that I used. Green comes into play with my polka dot dp base, Lime Green Stickles glitter and green cs I used to die cut my Verve leaves. All of the panels were die cut from Spellbinders Nestabilities dies and my small rose is also a die cut from MFT. I added some pizzazz with a polka dot ribbon from Taylored Expressions and it completed the requirements for the Tuesday Alchemy-Bingo challenge. Loved playing along with all the challenges and the sketch is definitely going to be seen again. :D The challenge colors were a bit daunting at first but once I chose my paper it sorta flowed from there. The blue seems to anchor this card and I certainly hope my friend likes it. Here's a close up of the roses and glittery leaves.

Thanks for stopping by and hope everyone is having a terrific weekend. The weather here is gorgeous so we're off to enjoy a boat ride on the lake. I'll be back with more handmade flowers soon. :) 

Stamps: Birthday Surprise, Bloom & Grow, Sunny Days (Verve); Alphabet Stamp Set (studio G)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black & Bamboo Leaves; Dusty Concord, Milled Lavender & Crushed Olive Distress Ink (T!m Holtz/Ranger)
Paper: green glitter polka dot & purple flowers dp (MME); blue cs; Choice Snow White paper (TE)
Accessories: Std. Circles Lg., Cl. Scalloped Circles Lg., Cl. Squares Lg., & Long Cl. Rectangles Lg. (Spellbinders); Mini Rolled Rose Die (MFT); Leafy Sprigs Die Set  & Elegant Leaves Die (Verve); Lime Green Stickles, Eggplant Liquid Pearls & White Enamel Accents (Ranger); polka dot ribbon (TE); purple rhinestone (Want2Scrap); pearl (Kaisercraft Pearls); lavender felt (Hobby Lobby)

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Are You Ready for Some Prima???

Hello again fellow crafters! This is another non crafty post, well my previous one did share some handmade flowers so guess it was a wee bit crafty. ;) Anyhoo, I was visiting the blogosphere again this morning with my cup of java and ran across this amazing give-a-way featuring a literal mountain of Prima products by the uber talented Ingvild Bolme. She is celebrating her newly designed blog and we are the lucky beneficiaries. Yay! When you visit (My Prima Paper Art Studio) you'll not only learn more about the give-a-way but you'll be able to see her beautiful new blog and creative side. Is she ever creative! You'll be blown away by the variety of projects and the wonderful techniques she shares. As you may have guessed by now she is a member of the Prima Design Team as well as a product designer for them and it's no surprise they snagged Ingvild because her work is stunning every time. You are guaranteed to come away with a plethora of ideas for creative inspiration. Christmas is around the corner for us crafty folk and I have a lot of handmade crafted items planned so I have to tell you, winning this would be sheer heaven  for me. I didn't want to leave you guys out though so hop on over to her blog and sign up for this amazing give-a-way that ends August 31st at 12:00 pm GMT-time if you are interested . Click on the picture in the right sidebar for the rules and Ingvild will announce the winner by September 5th. Good luck everyone!

BTW, I am still in my crafty space cranking out more handmade flowers, I'll share some more with you in the next day or two as well as some ideas for these amazing flowers. My flower bouquet is growing and that makes me a happy girl. Off to die cut now and all I can say is thank goodness for my Big Kick. :)

Have a happy day!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Wild Roses

I used Vintage Mix'd Media Inx by Donna Salazar to distress.

Hi everyone! I don't have a crafty card or project to post today but I do have some handmade flowers to share with you. I love the girlie grunge look of Donna Salazar and I spent some time this weekend viewing her Tuesday Tutorials. Donna makes gorgeous flowers and on one episode she shared a wonderful time saving tip-die cut flowers in colors you use often and store until needed. She completes some of the flowers creating her 'flower bouquet' stash while others remain in their die cut state until needed. I spied a wild rose on Donna's blog that Mistra Hoolahan, a member of her design team, used on a scrapbook layout. Mistra was kind enough to include a link to her tutorial and these are the flowers I am sharing today. The options are endless and this is a perfect way to use up those scraps or perhaps paper you've been hoarding, like me. ;) For her wild rose she is using Donna's Rose Creations dies by Spellbinders however the process can be applied to any die cut flower. One note from me, heavier cardstock can take the water better as a light weight paper will tear easily. If you really want to use a lighter weight paper go easy on the water and crumple gently. Another thing is Distress Inks do not work with this application, the ink disappears which is why I am using Donna's Mix'd Media Inx. It actually blends with the water and you can create amazing watercolor effects with this ink. I'm totally addicted to it!!! Here's the next set and you can see the variety you are able to create with this one die.

I've used Patina Mix'd Media Inx  on these.

You can create the height you want by shaping each layer.

The brad in the center is there to hold the petals together and give the flower stability while shaping it. It can be easily removed and the layers can be glued together. After that the possibilities are endless-a coordinating brad, flower center, rhinestones, pearls or a button would all work. Obviously flower stamens work too and you can find them in the cake decorating section {no, they are not in the floral section which makes no sense if you ask me} of your local craft store. ;) On this set I decided to add some glitter because I am using them on a scrapbook layout where I need a little sparkle. Also, these roses have the look and feel of a wild rose in its various stages. I used to grow roses in my garden until I moved to Tennessee where the soil is not pH friendly and consists mostly of rock and clay. :( Can you tell I miss my roses lol.

I used Indigo Mix'd Media Inx on these & Crystal Snow glitter.

I used two shades of purple cs for this rose, love it!

Thanks for stopping by and I'll be back soon with a crafty project. I'm currently working behind the scenes on future DT projects and handmade Christmas gifts as I type this post. I've been inspired by the many talented people out there in the crafty blogosphere and each person on my gift list is receiving at least one handmade item from me. With all of my other "jobs" I am going to be a busy, busy girl. Have a wonderful day wherever you are and a big welcome to my newest followers! :) 

Friday, August 3, 2012

Have a fantastically magical day!

Designed by Lisa S. for Nicecrane Designs

Happy Friday everyone! I'm here to share with you a card that features an ATC from Alice Through Time ATC/ACEO Backgrounds by Nicecrane Designs. I'm excited about it because I'm a huge fan of Alice in Wonderland and these vintage images are a must have for Alice lovers everywhere. I used Deconstructed Sketch #63 by Jen Shults for sketch inspiration however I did move my sentiment to accommodate my ATC image. ;) There are several fab Alice collage sheets by Nicecrane Designs and here's a little preview.

This card came together super fast with coordinating papers from Graphic 45's Halloween in Wonderland 8x8 paper pad. Blue crochet trim separates my vertical panels and my pom pom trim adds a vintage touch while my natural twine & button add a homespun touch. I die cut a circle to stamp my sentiment on and a scalloped oval with polka dots adds some whimsy. A little faux stitching around the edge and I was finished in record time.

Designed by Lisa S. for Nicecrane Designs

The Alice collage sheets are wonderful to use for altered art, card making, scrapbooking, ATC's and more. If you fancy these you can see all of them by clicking the graphic below.

I'm entering this card in the Make It Monday Challenge #100, The Ribbon Reel Challenge #33-Button It, Paper Play Challenge Wk. 31-Layer it Up, and I'm linking up with 52 Card Pickup-Wk. 31 at the Old Back Porch.

Thanks for stopping by and hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Stamps: Birthday Surprise (Verve)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: ATC (Nicecrane Designs), Halloween in Wonderland (Graphic 45), cs
Accessories: Spellbinders Std. Circles Lg. & Big Scalloped Ovals Lg.; Vintage Style Buttons (Jenni Bowlin); natural button twine (WMS); black precision pen (American Crafts); blue vintage crochet trim & pom pom trim (LSS)

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

You Are Such a Joy to Me

I'm back to play along with the current CR84FN #59 color challenge  and I'm fashionably late. The story of my life these days. :( Anyway, I did not want to pass up the chance to play with this  awesome trio of colors-coral, brown and tan. It's such a rich palette that I opted for simplicity on this card. I let the beautiful dp {with a Sonnet by William Shakespeare} do most of the work but I did stamp a floral scroll image to highlight part of the text. Keeping things truly simple I accented with a wood die cut butterfly that I inked with coral rose chalk ink. A coral dp backs my sonnet page and there's coral in the glittered butterfly on the page in the lower left corner. I created my own dp by using a roller script stamp inked with Rich Cocoa and randomly stamping over a tan piece of cardstock. You see brown again in the crochet trim and trio of pearls on opposite corners.

Because the dp was so pretty and there was text all over it I did not want to stamp my sentiment on the front but chose to do so on the inside. I backed it with a lacey oval die cut out of the same coral dp on the front and fussy cut a butterfly from a coordinating dp from the same paper pack. I'm not going to sign the card but instead I plan to include a handwritten note sharing why this special person is such a joy to me. Also, I did something a little different here-I stamped the sentiment first in a light coral ink then came back and stamped over it in a darker shade giving it a slight shadow effect. It doesn't always work but I'm okay with how it turned out this time. You do have to be careful and it works better with clear stamps because you can see where you are inking. No offense to rubber or wood stamps. ;)

I'm also playing along with Just Us Girls-Inspiration Challenge #147 and linking up with the weekly linky party at Make It Monday #100 w Scrapbook Sisters where they are celebrating their 100th challenge. Yay! A big thank you to the design teams at each of the challenges for providing weekly inspiration and making it fun to papercraft. :) Here's a look at the beautiful CR84FN color challenge inspiration photo.

and the inspiration photo from Just Us Girls.

Hope I did not ramble too much, my brain is on true overload right now. Thanks for dropping by my crafty spot!

Stamp: Vintage Dreamer (TE)
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, Rose Coral & Blush Rose chalk ink (Color Box petal point)
Paper: the Maripost stack by DCWV, cs
Accessories: butterfly wood die cut (Studio Calico); chocolate & champagne pearls (Kaisercraft); brown crochet trim & ivory trim (Hobby Lobby); Spellbinders Cl. Ovals Lg. & Lacey Ovals
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