Sunday, January 26, 2014

Birthday Wishes

Hi there!
It's time to open the new linky party at Make It Monday and we have a brand new sponsor - Scrapper's Delight - this week. I'm using Flower Basket on my birthday card. I fussy cut the flowers and popped them up on 3D dots for some added dimension and colored it with Copic markers. Be sure to visit my teamies to see their inspiration using this fab sponsor.
We are very excited to be sponsored this week by the wonderful

Prize is winner's choice of 3 digi's.
A big thank you to Scrapper's Delight for supplying the DT with images to create with.
How cute are these images!!!
Love this card and even though it's an anniversary card I can easily see this as a Valentine card too.
It's super cute Colette. :)
Thanks for sharing your talent with us at Make It Monday.
That's all for me today, thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out my teamies creations.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

New Places, New Faces

(charm, metal #'s, wood arrows, fabric brad, twine, washi tape, cardstock stickers)
Use Embellishments
That's our new challenge at The Squirrel and The Fox and we invite you to join us!
We want to see embellishments like
wood laser cut outs
3D elements
on your paper projects.
As always include a link back to the challenge blog and it has to be a new creation.
I am using a sponsor's image on my DT card and I can't wait to share 'who' our sponsor is! Our very own DT member, Vanessa Vergara, has an online store **V's Sweet Ideas** and she's sponsoring this challenge.
She is generously offering a prize of a
V's Sweet Ideas
$10.00 gift card to her shop and 3 sets of enamel dots.
Most of you know how talented Vanessa is but did you know she makes her own enamel dots which she calls Sweet Dots. :) In addition she illustrates her own images and she shared two of them with the DT to create with. Be sure to visit my teamies to see their inspiration using her Caroline digital images which are so cute.
Thanks V!!!
Speaking of DT members, we have a new member - Gloria Shirr - and her blog is Purpleglo Creations. Please stop by and give her a big welcome to The Squirrel and The Fox!
So glad you dropped by, thanks for the visit!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Do You Have a Favorite Sketch?

Your Favorite Sketch is the new challenge at Top Tip Tuesday!
I'm sharing a DT card today that features our current sponsor-QKR Stampede-and I'm using a sweet digi called Infatuated. I love bunnies and this little guy just tugs at my heart strings. :) Thank you QKR Stampede for supplying the DT with images to create with.
For your entry to be valid you need to do the following:
1. Choose your favorite sketch
2. Make a card/LO using that sketch
3. In your post tell us why it is your favorite and include a photo of the sketch
{As always include a link back to TTT}
Here's my Top Tip: If the sketch you'd like to work with doesn't fit the style card you want to make adjust the proportions. This is an easy sketch to adjust which is why it's my favorite. ;) Another tip is to print your favorite sketches and put them in a binder for easy reference. I hate to lose time hunting for a sketch and this has been helpful to me, especially when traveling.
My DT card is 5.5" x 5.5" square, if you look at the sketch
it is designed for a vertical/tall card.
I scaled the two vertical panels down and the rest of the elements work as they are.

Prize is winner's choice of 5 digi images!
If you are looking to get your craft space/room organized this year then a visit to the challenge blog is a must. Deneen is sharing some fabulous tips to organize our crafty spaces plus our very own Annette is sharing her personal craft organization system for ribbon. A lot of good things are happening at TTT this year so stay tuned in and don't miss a thing!
Thanks for the visit!
Good luck with the challenge and for more inspiration visit the blogs of my talented teamies.
Lisa xx

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Playing in my Art Journal

Welcome to the new linky party that just opened at Make It Monday. We have an old favorite, Bugaboo Stamps, as our sponsor this week and I'm using Silhouette-Butterfly on my art journal page. A big thank you to Bugaboo for supplying the DT with images to create with!
I created the background by applying Tim Holtz's wax tissue paper with Mod Podge and using ink spray to add some color. Then I stamped around the edges, added some rub ons, and used a stencil to create the raised diamonds. (I mixed modeling paste with tinted Liquitex ink and rubbed it over a few of the diamonds then lifted the stencil and let it dry). The digital image was distressed with antique linen distress ink and dew drops were added to the centers of several flowers. I love this image and what the butterfly symbolizes-new beginnings. :)
Prize is winner's choice of 7 single digi's!
I love how Nicole colored this image and the beautiful design of her card. It's sensational! Thanks for sharing your talent with us at Make It Monday!
For more inspiration please visit my teamies blogs to see their amazing creations.
Thanks for the visit today. :)
Lisa xx 

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

A Calendar For Years to Come

Hi everyone, I'm back to share a perpetual calendar that I made my sister and BIL for Christmas. Their home is decorated with earth tones so that's the color scheme I used for this project. Before I begin I'd like to acknowledge that my inspiration for making this calendar was inspired by a very talented Verve Diva, Christyne Kane. I originally saw her calendar on Pinterest and fell in love with it! It's totally magnetic which is brilliant and like she mentions in her blog post you can use the other side to store extra pieces. 
I changed my calendar up a bit by adding holiday and special occasion pieces. I kept Christyne's original design though because I loved the layout and I also happened to have the stamps and dies she used. That made it easy for me to start the process and find my groove as I went along. I pulled out my Tim Holtz stash, wood laser pieces and some other trinkets and crafted away. Enough rambling from me, let's get started with more pictures and I'll add notes along the way.
See the rectangle piece at the top, it's the only one that is not magnetic. I used double stick tape to adhere it to the cookie sheet so the other magnetic pieces would be interchangeable. You can see that I replaced the "1" with Happy New Year in this photo. I like the idea of adding holiday and special occasion pieces, do you?
You will have to create 7 extra blank full size spacers for your calendar. You need spacers each month and you'll use all 7 in the month of February with the exception of leap year. I should note that you'll need spacers (of a different size) for the bottom row as well. 
This photo shows the back and the extra pieces I created. Because I used a large die to place the month on, all 12 did not fit. :( Solution was to put Feb-June on the back (see below) and place the others in a baggie. When July rolls around she'll put it on the calendar and place the remaining 5 on the back putting the others up for the year. Christyne die cut letters for her calendar and that's a great idea. Either way you only have so much storage so you may have to have a box or bag handy to store the remaining pieces.
Here's a close up of the holiday and special occasion pieces I made.
So how to display/hang your calendar you might be asking? My DH drilled a 3/8" hole (see top pic) in the middle of the cookie sheet at the top. You can also find a counter/table top easel to display it on as well like I did in the photo. Either way, you will have a calendar that can be enjoyed for years. As for my sis and BIL they loved theirs and that made me a happy girl. :) 
I sat down and broke all the dimensions down for future use as I already have requests for more of these. ;) So if you want the spec's leave a comment saying so and I'll email you with a PDF providing you have an email listed on your blog. If not please include in your comment, thanks. I am only listing the stamps and dies I used on this project in my supply list. However, I did document each item used because I knew my crafty sister would want the deets and I wanted to remember the exact items used because it seems I have a lady who thinks I should be making these and selling them in her shop, hmmm we'll see. Did I mention how many die cuts there are to this project? Let's just say that for each date piece you see there was a total of 3 die cuts-the larger solid dp piece, a smaller cardboard piece cut from a recycled cereal box (thickness is perfect) for sturdiness, and a smaller dp piece which I adhered with double stick tape. That doesn't include all of the die cuts but the main thing about this project is that it is highly creative and most of all-FUN! 
I'm entering my calendar in the following challenges:
(old stamps not used in the last year and new is Verve Flag It Die Set)
Inky Chicks- #20 Anything Goes Cards or Altered Items
(I altered a cookie sheet)
(I used a metal bird, charms, cog, bottle caps, cookie sheet, dies)
*use more than 3 companies stuff on project and twist is to use an arrow*
(I used stamped and die cut arrows, several companies are represented but here's a few for the record: Verve Stamps, Taylored Expressions, Fiskars, Spellbinders, Tim Holtz products, Ranger (vintage photo distress ink and liquid dots), Kaisercraft laser wood pieces, Just Rite Stampers, Doodlebug twine, My Favorite Things dies and many more)
Thanks for hanging in there and I hope you like my version of this perpetual calendar!
Big Crafty Hugs to all of you,
Lisa xx
Supply List:
Taylored Expressions- Pennant a la Carte stamp, Pennant Border Die
My Favorite Things: Upsy-Daisy Die, Faux Crochet Die
Spellbinders Labels Ten Die (calendar months)
Just Rite Stampers- Calendar Months *these have been discontinued but any month stamp will work*
Stampabilities Wood Rubber Stamps- Months of the Year (used for year numbers)
Extra's: You will need preferably a roll of magnetic tape (it makes life easier, trust me), 11"x17" cookie sheet, scrapbook paper, double stick tape, liquid pearls are fun to add, ribbon/twine, ink, 1 "circle punch, etc.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Steampunk Style

Hello everyone!
I'm here to share my DT card for the new linky party that just opened at Make It Monday. Participants are free to link up a new or old paper creation (please enter it only once though) and link back to our challenge blog in your post. Then visit the other entries and leave a comment for them and you may be our next winning commenter. :) Good Luck!
For the second week in a row we are featuring a new sponsor to MIM and this week it's Lacy Sunshine Stamps. I used Gia von Gadget on my card and fluffed her hair a bit to resemble the recipient of this card.  This gal loves steampunk and I think she'll be surprised how much Gia looks like her. ;) Be sure to check out the images my teamies chose and their amazing creations. Also, I want to welcome the newest DT member of MIM, Rachael, who joined the team recently. So happy to have you as part of my crafty family!
Prize to our winning commenter is 3 free digi's from the online shop.
A note of thanks for supplying the DT with images to create with.
No POTW for me as I'm returning from a winter holiday today and this is a scheduled post. We were so fortunate to experience the polar vortex and all its fury. The weather was so bad it wasn't fit for man nor beast the early part of last week. I felt so sorry for the wildlife that had to endure those temps. Luckily we ended our stay on a warmer note. ;)

 Thanks for dropping by and hope you are warm and cozy wherever you are! I'll be back mid-week to share a fun calendar project with you.
Lisa xx

Sunday, January 5, 2014

My Heart is Yours

Hi everyone!
Hope your new year is off to a great start. :)
It's time for a new linky party to open at Make It Monday and we have a brand new sponsor, Time For Tea Designs. My teamies have an incredible line up of inspiration for you so click HERE to check out their creations using Jo's adorable images. I'm using Bubbles on my Valentine card for my hubby, hope he likes it.
Time For Tea Designs by Jo Davies
Prize is winner's choice of 3 digital images.
Thanks Jo for supplying the DT with images to create with!
My Pick of the Week is...
Birdhouse - Lisa Sumpter - 2014 papercraftbliss B
I'm quite taken with the "Love Birds" birdhouse she made using vintage and modern design. It's fantastic! She has more photos on her blog so be sure to check those out.
Thanks for sharing your talent with us at Make It Monday!
That's all for me today, thanks so much for dropping by. :)
Lisa xx

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