Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Moving Parts

 Hello and welcome!
I'm excited about our new challenge, Moving Parts, at Top Tip Tuesday. Any time you add something that moves on a card it just elevates it to a new level. Elaine is our hostess for the next two weeks and she is sharing a wonderful tutorial on how to create a wiper card. I highly recommend it and I hope you'll also check out the amazing inspiration by my teamies and our guest designer. 
As for my card, I decided to create an Accordion Fold Moving Card. You can customize the width of the accordion based on the size card you create. For example, my card is A2 size (4 1/4 x 5 1/2) which means that my accordion needs to be 3 inches wide to allow the designer paper to be shown on both sides. (For a 5 x 7 card I would want the width to be 3 1/2 inches.) I placed it on my Scor Pal and scored it a 3", 4 1/2", 6", 7 1/2" and 9 inches. Use the bone folder that comes with your scoring tool to fold the score lines. You can leave it that way or decorate the top with a border punch, die or corner rounder. I opted for a border punch for the front and corner rounder for the back to dress it up a bit. On the inside you'll want to decorate it by cutting panels for the front inside and back covers plus the four other panels where you can stamp a message/image or write a note. Punch a hole and thread ribbon from back to front and tie in a bow to close it. To adhere my accordion I used double stick tape and secured it in the middle but you can put it anywhere. Here's a side view showing it closed, it looks like a present waiting to be opened. :)

This is what it looks like when opened.

and the inside of my card featuring an image from our sponsor,

Don't you just love Mimi and her dog. :)

Stamp Fairy has new releases along with a FREE image every Friday.  Please visit the store and browse Stamp Fairy’s wonderful images.  We hope Stamp Fairy’s images inspire YOUR creativity.
A big thank you to Stamp Fairy for providing the design team with images to create with!



Okay, it's your turn to create a paper creation with moving parts on it. If you'd like an opportunity to be a guest designer at Top Tip Tuesday share a tip and when you link up place TIP beside your name.

Good luck everyone!
Lisa xx

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Make It Monday #138 with Meljen's Designs

Hi and welcome back for a new linky party at Make It Monday!
Congratulations to our Featured Entry and Winning Commenter of MIM #139. We are happy to welcome Meljen's Designs back as our sponsor this week and my card features her Oval Cherry Frame digital image. I paired it papers from Webster's Pages and I love the brown, red and yellow colors together, they are so warm and rich. Sort of like a cherry pie hence my stamped sentiment by MFT. Obviously it is a reference to "the" Martha whose last name is Stewart. We all know she's a domestic goddess and can bake up a storm but I'll gladly challenge her with my cherry pie. ;) So, go ahead and eat your heart out Martha lol.
For the inside of my card I cut out a cherry jam jar from the dp and  inked the edges with frayed corduroy distress ink by Ranger. A red polka dot strip was cut from the dp and I stamped a note of thanks by Verve on the inside. Perfect card to give a friend or loved one and I'm sure a home baked cherry pie would gladly be accepted as well. 
Here's a peek at the inside...
Sponsored by
Meljen Designs is giving away the lovely prize of the winner's choice of 4 single digis!
To see more inspiration from the design team using these adorable images please click HERE to go to the challenge blog or click their links on my right sidebar.
Pick of the Week is...
#11 Suman
I love her paper cut leaf card! I certainly do not have the patience that Suman does but I wish I did. The detail is exquisite and I love that she plans on sharing this card with a friend.
Thanks Suman for sharing your talent with us at Make It Monday!
That's all for me today, thanks for dropping by!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Make It Monday #137 with Pink Paper Paradise

That's right!
Our very own Michelle, founder of Make It Monday, is our sponsor this week. Earlier in the year she opened an online shop, Pink Paper Paradise, where she sells Copic markers, refills, airbrush kits, and blending card plus stamps, ink pads, dies and much more. Being that I'm in the US and she currently doesn't ship overseas I didn't have one of her stamps to create with so I am using a Saturated Canary digi called Princess Rose Red.   
I had fun creating this art journal page and I took extra care not to "over do" it. It's easy for me to get carried away sometimes ;) but I really wanted to keep it simple. I added some colored texture paste to my sun using a Crafter's Companion stencil and I like the dimension it added. The rays were hand cut from She Art paper by Christy Tomlinson and everything on the page was shaded with Faber-Castell Pitt Pens. The background was created with Faber-Castell Gelatos which are so vibrant and colorful. I did not gesso my page first (which I recommend doing) so I had to mist the page with water to blend the colors. Still worked but they blend better if you apply a coat of gesso first. Here are few more close ups...

 I used the following Copic's on my art journal page:
E000, E01, E11, E25, E31, E33, E35, Y21, YG23, B000, B23, R27, R46, 100   
who is an Australian stockist of Copic Markers, Accessories and more.

With a large range of Sketch and Ciao markers and refills available, Pink Paper Paradise has your coloring needs covered.
They stock a wide selection of stamps from La La Land Crafts, Flourishes, The Greeting Farm and Saturated Canary.
Free postage is available on orders over $75.00
Although Pink Paper Paradise is only available to Australian Customers
The fabulous prize of a rubber stamp
(Fairy Wishes  - Saturated Canary)
Fairy Wishes
offered to the winning random commenter is available world wide.
Now for my Pick of the Week which is...
#147 Ria van Kwawegen
with this amazing mini kimono paper creation. I love it and I'm always inspired by those who can manipulate paper into fantastic creations like this one. There are more photos to be seen so pop over to her blog to see the different views.
Thanks Ria for sharing your talent with us at Make It Monday!
For more inspiration please visit the challenge blog to see what the talented ladies of MIM came up with to inspire your creativity. Thanks again to Michelle for sponsoring our challenge this week and to Krista of Saturated Canary for providing the digital image I used.
Have a wonderful week,
Lisa xx

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Furry Friends

Hello and welcome!

Congratulations to our Winner and Top 3 of Inspired by a Song or Movie. 
"Furry Friends" is the brand new challenge at The Squirrel and The Fox and our fabulous sponsor for the next two weeks is Ellephantastic. The cute little bear, Rosie, is the sponsor's image and it's perfect for my baby card. As you can see, when the ribbon is pulled on my waterfall card it flips to say B is for bear. :) I stamped the green cardstock with a dot background stamp and the white 1.75 x 1.75 squares were stamped with flowers and alpha's until the last panel where Rosie appears. I stamped my sentiment on the pull tab and added a few bling flowers by Hero Arts to each of the white panels. Super simple and sweet!
Sponsored by 
and they are offering the winner a prize of
We hope you'll join us and include a furry friend on your paper creation to win!
In the meantime, please pay my teamies a visit to see their inspiration using the adorable images by Ellephantastic. You can click HERE to go to the challenge blog or click their links on my right sidebar. Hope everyone is enjoying the weekend and taking some time to relax or be crafty!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Say It Isn't Sew

 A challenge after my own heart, Faux Stitching. :)
That's right, for the next two weeks we want to see faux stitching on your paper creations at Top Tip Tuesday. My card features Pricilla Pie, one of the many beautiful images to choose from at Krista's online shop, Saturated Canary.
Saturated Canary
Prize: 2 Digi images from her lovely shop.
Thank you Krista for supplying the DT with images to create with!
Prize: $20 voucher!
This was a fun card to create and here's my TIP: Rub ons make faux stitching a breeze. That's right, those "stitches" on my image panel are rub ons. That's my kind of sewing. ;)

That's all for me today, I do hope you'll pay our guest designer, Dorte, a visit and the design team to see more inspiration.
Happy Crafting,

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Make It Monday #136 with Bugaboo Stamps

A new linky party just opened at Make It Monday and our sponsor this week is the super cute and fun Bugaboo Stamps. I'm a fan of the JJ digital images at Bugaboo and this image, JJ Gardening, looks right at home on my mixed media art journal page. For those of us here in the US it's springtime which means it is time to spruce up the yard and plant new flowers. That was my inspiration for this mixed media project and it was fun to get my supplies out and just play. It's very therapeutic and I highly recommend it. :)
Thank you Bugaboo Stamps for supplying the design team with images to create with!
Now for my Pick of the Week which is...
I love the colors Julia used and that was the initial attraction for me. However, the reason I chose it as my POTW was the post she wrote that explained the meaning behind her art journal page. I highly recommend you read it HERE for yourself. Thanks Julia for sharing your talent with all of us at Make It Monday! 
For all women, everywhere...
(via Pinterest)

Sponsored by
Bugaboo Stamps is offering a very generous prize of winner's choice of 7 single digis!

To see more inspiration featuring Bugaboo Stamps please visit my teamies blogs. You can click their links on my right sidebar or HERE to go directly to the challenge blog. Thanks for stopping by today and I hope each of you have a wonderful week.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Boys and Girls Come Out to Play

I've been on a DT break the past few weeks but I'm back with a Top Tip Tuesday half-way reminder card. There's another week to play along with this fun challenge and all we ask is that your creation includes a boy or girl. You can see inspiration from the design team by clicking HERE and the half-way reminder post HERE. I'm using Kenny K's digital image, Batter, on my card and this guy is bringing it home for the team. :)
The Prize of 5 Digi images of the winners choice.
A huge thank-you to Kenny K for supplying the DT with images.

Fancy being a guest designer?

Top Tipper - Guest Design spot!


The Top Tipper will be awarded a Guest Design spot on Top Tip Tuesday, so get out your thinking caps and think of a Tip to share with everyone.  

Don't forget to tell us your Tip is for Top Tip Tuesday. 

*Remember to type TIP after your name when you link up.*
Good Luck Everyone!
Lisa xx


Sunday, April 7, 2013

Make It Monday #135 with Milk Coffee

The new linky party is OPEN at Make It Monday, hope you'll join us. Before I get to the sponsor info I'd like to welcome the newest design team member to MIM, Cindy. We are so happy to have her on board with us! Do check out her blog and the crafty inspiration you'll find there. :) Our sponsor this week is Milk Coffee and I'm using the delightful Tiffany in the Wonderland digital image. Such a fun image to create with and there's plenty more at Milk Coffee's Etsy online store so enjoy browsing the selection and shopping.  
I used a Spellbinders Wonky Rectangle die to create a window for my image and lined it with ruffled ribbon from May Arts. The Mad Hatter, Cheshire Cat and HELLO sentiment are from Crafty Secrets and I added red roses from the Red Queen's garden (don't tell her or it will be "off with my head").  The paper is from Prima's Almanac collection and I love the clock faces, spoon and bee with crown image on it. Perfect for an Alice in Wonderland themed card. :)
Now for my Pick of the Week which is...
I fell in love with this project the minute I saw it, it's gorgeous Paulette! I love the colors and her eyes which are so full of expression. It is an inspirational piece of art and I'm so happy you shared it with us at Make It Monday!
Be sure to check out Paulette's blog, Adventures in Fiber, for more inspiration and leave her some comment love. :)
Sponsored by...
They are generously offering our winner
3 Digis
of their winners choice.
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'd like to thank my teamies for covering my commenting while I took some time off recently. This is such a wonderful group of women to create alongside of , I am blessed to be part of this team. Be sure to check out their inspiration by clicking HERE to go to the challenge blog or click their links on my right sidebar. As most of you already know, Marjorie stepped down for personal reasons last week. I will miss her but hope to see her playing along with us in the future. Sending you best wishes Marjorie. :)
That's all for me today, thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Song or Movie?

Hi everyone!
It's good to be back and I'd like to take a moment to thank my wonderful teamies for covering my commenting while I was away. They are the best! The new challenge at The Squirrel and The Fox is Inspired by a Song or Movie. This one should get your mojo going and you can guess by my sentiment that I chose song. Do you know who sings Soak Up the Sun? Cheryl Crow, of course, and here's a line or two...
I'm gonna soak up the sun
Gonna tell everyone
To lighten up (I'm gonna tell 'em that)
I've got no one to blame
For every time I feel lame
I'm looking up o I'm gonna soak up the sun
I'm gonna soak up the sun
and this chorus is sure to go round and round in your head :) 
I'm gonna soak up the sun
Got my 45 on
So I can rock on. 
Sponsored by...

A big thank you to TPS for providing the DT with images to create with. :)

We can't wait to see your paper creations featuring our newest challenge theme-Inspired by a Song or Movie. Congrats to our Winner and Top 3 of Challenge #40!

Happy Crafting!
Lisa xx


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