Sunday, September 29, 2013

Make It Monday #160

Spunky the Mouse goes to the carnival.
Hi everyone!!!
It's time to kick off a new linky party at Make It Monday! I had a blast coloring my image from our current sponsor, Stamp Art Design by Kathryne. His name is Spunky and he's the only mouse I would consider adorable. ;) He's off to the carnival where he received birthday balloons upon his arrival and now he's checking the map to see where the fun times begin. :-)
A big thank you to Kathryne, our sponsor, for supplying the DT with images to create with.
Prize is winner's choice of 5 free digi's.
Now for my PICK OF THE WEEK which is...

I love the polka dot ribbon wreath she created to go on this super cute Halloween card. Click her link to see more photos of it. 
Thanks for sharing your talent with us Bethie J at Make It Monday

Okay, it's your turn to link up your paper creations whether they be old or new. I do hope you'll check out my teamies inspiration too by clicking HERE or on their links which you'll find in my right sidebar.
Have a great week and happy crafting!
Lisa xx

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Vintage Halloween Treat Cone

Hello and Welcome!!!
I'm sharing a wonderful Halloween project today that is super easy to put together and is loads of fun to decorate! The talented Ignacio of Nicecrane Designs designed this Vintage Halloween Treat Cone which has multiple uses. You can hang these on a Halloween tree as ornaments, place candy in them for special trick or treaters or you can use them to jazz up your Halloween party table. Each cone prints on a 8.5 x 11" sheet in color and you also receive with this download three labels which can be used on candy jars or as a gift tag perhaps. You can see them below in the preview sheet by Nicecrane Designs.
More close ups of my decorated Vintage Halloween Treat Cone.

Ignacio included cut lines so you know exactly where to fold each side. Here's how I assembled my Vintage Halloween Treat Cone. I used a paper trimmer and trimmed the sides (watch for the gray tab which is attached to one side, you need it to attach your cone so do not cut if off). On the larger ends I left 1/8th of an inch to see where the fold lines were and then I grabbed my Scor Pal and using the score lines I scored my cone. It gives your treat cone nice clean lines and double stick tape was used to join the gray tab to the cone. Now for the fun part which is decorating these. I used black lace trim for the top because they happen to be for two special girls I know. :-) More ideas would be to punch a paper border, use ribbon, metal embellishments or buttons. I added orange trim to two sides and adhered with paper glue and orange tinsel created a nifty handle for my cone.
 Best of all, Ignacio created another cone, Vintage Halloween Treat Cone II, which I will be sharing next week. Here's the preview sheet in case you are a bit curious to see it. ;)
{I love this one too!}

I haven't played along with a challenge in months but I think I'll throw my name in the hat for the following challenges, wish me luck. :)

Sugar Creek Hollow #70-Fall Is In The Air
Party Time Tuesday's #139-Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge-Anything Goes
For more fun holiday projects visit Nicecrane Designs today and enjoy crafting!!!
Lisa xx

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Make It Monday #159

Hello and Welcome!!!
I am super excited to kick off the new linky party at Make It Monday because we have the talented Rick St. Dennis as our sponsor this week. I'm an Alice in Wonderland fan so naturally I chose Alice and Company to create with. This image was so much fun to play with and I found myself adding layers of colors to it with Copic's, Spica atyou markers and glaze pens. If you're wondering what's up with the funky flowers at the top I'll try to explain my thought process. ;) I love Tim Burton's version of Alice in Wonderland with the magnificent Johnny Depp and yes you really need to watch it in 3D. ;)  Well, in the opening scene where Alice enters Wonderland there's amazing and beautiful flowers everywhere. I had this roll of pretty ribbon on my desk and thought how can I incorporate this into my project. A light bulb went off and I decided to roll it into a flower and try to replicate the gorgeous flowers in the movie. Leaf stick pins were used for the leaves because they've gone unused for far too long in my stash. I'm not sure the interpretation came out exactly like the vision in my head but I decided to go with it anyway. Bottom line is I LOVE this image and I'm so grateful to Rick for supplying the design team with fabulous images! 
Rick St Dennis is a designer of over 100 theatrical productions and is also the author of 4 books on decorative painting and contributor to at least a dozen national magazines on crafts and art.
He is one of a handful of designers to have designed TWO productions of AIDA, Verdi's massive Egyptian opera spectacle.
Currently living in the quiet beach community of Seal Beach, California he writes restaurant reviews and theatre reviews between assignments for web designs, logos and creating art for local shows.
St. Dennis has appeared on such TV shows as Home Matters with Susan Powell, Aileen's Crafts and others.
He was Crafts editor for Country Folk Art Magazine and sold his artwork nationally through galleries and shows.
Among numerous awards he won a presidential commendation in 1976 for his contributions to the bicentennial year including the design of the west coast premier of William Grant Still's opera BAYOU LEGEND.

Rick is generously offering our winner 2 digital images
of their choice from his store.
Now for my PICK OF THE WEEK which is...
I love the designer paper she used on this creative marker bin.
Thanks Carmen for the fabulous inspiration!
Okay, that's all for me today. I do hope you'll pay my fellow teamies a visit too and leave 'em some blog love. Click HERE or you'll find their links on my right sidebar.
Happy Crafting!
Lisa xx


Saturday, September 21, 2013

The Squirrel and The Fox #53

Welcome to the newest challenge at The Squirrel and The Fox. This theme is easy because we all make birthday cards right. ;) My birthday card features a gorgeous image by Sweet and Sassy, our current sponsor, called Birds and Roses.
I have to say this is one of my favorite digital stamps ever. There are so many color variations for the roses but the birds (to me) are bluebirds. I'm a bird lover and I'm fortunate to live in an area where I get the opportunity to see a lot of bluebirds. :) After coloring my image I added lime green stickles to the leaves to give them some shimmer and I die cut the image. The tweet sentiment is from My Favorite Things and it's perfect for this card.
Here's a word from our sponsor...
Prize is winner's choice of 3 digi's!
Ok, it's your turn now but before you go please pay my teamies a visit and check out their amazing inspiration. Click HERE or on their links in my right sidebar.
Happy Crafting!
Lisa xx

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Top Tip Tuesday #110

We have a fun new challenge for you at Top Tip Tuesday and it's Get In Shape. When I see these words it literally means to me - lose weight, exercise, and eat right. I used a sponsor image Mildred-15 Days from Bugaboo Stamps on my card. She's been working hard to improve her self image lately and after coloring her hair she started a diet. Mildred is having about as much luck as I am. Oh, and in case you're wondering why her legs are darker than her skin it's because she's wearing panty hose. ;)
Prize is winner's choice of 7 digi's.
Prize is 2 Shape Ez templates of winner's choice.
I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with for this challenge. Good Luck and remember if you'd like to be a Guest Designer please leave a tip in your blog post and put TIP by your name when you link up. Now, my teamies have a ton of inspiration to share with you so click HERE or their links on my right sidebar.
Thanks for dropping by!
Lisa xx

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Make It Monday #158

Welcome to my blog and the NEW linky party that just opened at Make It Monday!!!
As you know we recently celebrated our 3rd birthday at Make It Monday and so many of you left sweet messages on the challenge blog and on the DT's blogs. It meant so much to each of us! We are thrilled that you guys love this challenge and in turn we totally love seeing your amazing creations each week. :-) 
On my art journal page I used the digi image Doodlez-Flower by Bugaboo Stamps. It was fun to get my mixed media supplies out and play a little, it's been a while. ;) I think it's true, all things do grow with love.
Prize is the winner's choice of 7 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!

Pick of the Week is ...
The amazing coloring on this card immediately caught my eye. Thanks for sharing your talent Kim with us at Make It Monday!
So glad you stopped by today, thanks for the visit and I hope you'll pay my teamies a visit too and check out their inspiring projects. You can click HERE or on their links on my right sidebar.
Have a terrific week!
Lisa xx

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Make It Monday #157

Hello and welcome!
We are welcoming back Milk Coffee  as a sponsor to Make It Monday this week. I love all of their digi's so choosing only one is incredibly hard. Vintage Cuckoo Clock was just to cute to pass up though and it made me think of my DD whose off at college having the time of her life (she loves cuckoo clocks). So far there have only been two distress calls. ;) She's in the midst of putting together a presentation for a course that's due next week and her and her class partner are logging a lot of long hours at the library. I thought a batch of homemade cookies and this card might perk her spirits up. Hope it does the trick!
Milk Coffee
Prize is winner's choice of 3 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!
Now for my Pick of the Week which is...
I love mini's and this one is fantastic! So much eye candy on this album, be sure to check it out and her great photos. Thanks for sharing your talent Jackie with us at Make It Monday.
Now for more incredible inspiration please give my fellow teamies a visit and leave 'em some blog love. You can see the entire lineup HERE or click their links on my right sidebar. That wraps things up for me today, hope all of you are doing well and enjoying your crafty adventures.
Lisa xx

The Squirrel and The Fox #52

It's Raining Men

Our new challenge at The Squirrel and The Fox is all about the guys so we'd like to see masculine paper creations this time. Our sponsor is the talented Kenny K and he supplied the DT with images to create with. I'm featuring the stylin' Frankie Knuckles on my son's birthday card. Twenty-five years ago on the 23rd of September I began my journey as a mom. It's been great and I'm blessed to have my two peeps in my life. :-) We added another member to our family last year when our son married and guess when his wife's birthday is. The 22nd of September, how cool is that!

Prize is 5 free digi's of winner's choice.

For more inspiration featuring Kenny's fab images please visit my teamies  HERE or click their links on my right sidebar. That's all for me today, thanks for dropping by and enjoy the rest of your weekend!
Lisa xx

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Top Tip Tuesday #109

I'm very excited to introduce you to our new challenge at Top Tip Tuesday. We'd like to see Paper Piecing on your projects and if you're new to this technique then you might find my tutorial on the challenge blog helpful. Our sponsor, Digi Stamp Characters by Heather Ellis, has adorable images which are perfect for paper piecing. I love how you can personalize the image in this unique way. I used the Pure Innocence-Naptime cling stamp on my card. Heather offers digital stamps as well at the following links below.     
You can find Heather's digi stamps online here:
and cling stamps are also offered at
here in the U. S. 
(be sure to check out Barbara Anders excellent paper piecing tutorial HERE)


Simon Says Stamp
in the U. K.
 Prize is winner's choice of 3 images.
Thanks Heather for supplying the DT with images to create with!
For more cuteness check out what the design team created for you at Top Tip Tuesday or click their links on my right sidebar. You'll be glad you did! Thanks for stopping by today and have fun with this technique.
Lisa xx

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Make It Monday #156

Hi everyone!
Time for a new linky party to open at Make It Monday.  
Our sponsor for the next week is Saturated Canary and I used Witchy Waitress on my Halloween card. Isn't she a cutie? 
I have been swamped by life issues again and I want to take a minute to say how sorry I am for being tardy with commenting here at MIM and to those who have been so kind to leave a comment for me. Every week I think things will slow down and become normal again but no such luck yet. I will be by soon to visit all of your lovely blogs.
Prize is 2 digi's to our winning commenter.
A big thank you to Krista for supplying the design team with images!
Pick of the Week
Her coloring is wonderful and I just love the design and the color scheme she used. A very pretty birthday card Cathy!
Thanks for sharing your talent with us at Make It Monday.
Okay, that's all for me today. Please visit my teamies and check out their amazing inspiration using Krista's images HERE or click their links on my right sidebar.
Happy Crafting,
Lisa xx
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