Monday, June 30, 2014

ICAD #'s 22-28

22. beach umbrella

25. maple leaf

Hello again!

As some of you know I am participating in Yellow Daisy's Index Card a Day challenge during June and July. This is my second full week to play along and you can read about the challenge HERE if you are interested. Tammy (our hostess) encourages you to join anytime and not worry about the previous weeks you may have missed, just start where you are. 

Below are the prompts, which are optional, for days 22-28. I used two this week which are my first two index cards. 

22.beach umbrella
23. Star Wars
24. brown
25. maple leaf
26. magnifying glass
27. album cover
28. robot

Along with prompts Yellow Daisy issues themes as well. This week it was a rainbow. One of the ways she mentioned you could express this is to use a color of the rainbow on your card each day. What I did was to splash the colors onto one index card which is below. 

The letters were cut from a magazine and I added black circles for a little drama, yes I do realize black is not a color of the rainbow lol. I just like black circles I guess. :) 

For my remaining four index cards I turned to some of my mixed media and art journaling magazines. I clipped out artwork (smaller versions in the front or back) by other artists that I admire. The background, doodling, journaling, shading, and rub-ons are my touches but the artwork represented is not mine and I do not claim it to be. They merely serve as inspiration to me, especially when it chooses to walk out of the door, and are for my personal use only. I am remiss for not writing down the artists names on each piece however I do remember that Renee Zarate is responsible for some of the art featured below, my sincere  apologies.  

The remnant rub-ons are by Tim Holtz. I used a white painter's pen (Elmer's) for the dots inside my black circles. As you can see one dot chose to be larger than the rest. I decided to leave it that way and "embrace imperfection" as Tim says. ;)

The yellow dots are again a painters pen and I added two remnant rub-ons.

The "L" is an alpha stamp from My Favorite Things and I used a white Faber-Castell Pitt Pen to outline the letters.  

I love the sweet face on this image! When I ran across the words beautiful dreamer in a magazine I knew this was my title. You can see one of Tim's remnant rub-ons in the upper left corner and a neon blue painters pen highlights the inside of my black circles. 

Note: I use the caps of bottles/products to create my circles and that's a tip I picked up from the talented Kate Crane. Just spread black paint/ink around the edge and stamp. It works like a charm. :)

The backgrounds were all created using various ink sprays by Dylusions and Mister Huey. Each index card was distressed around the edges with black soot distress ink.  

That's it for me today, if you haven't joined my 50 and Fabulous Birthday Giveaway time is running out, literally. It ends tonight at 11:55pm CST in the US. So hurry and link up to win one of two prize packages up for grabs and be sure to tell all of your friends. You can find the link in my sticky post at the top. Good Luck everyone! 

Have a wonderful day,
Lisa x

Friday, June 27, 2014

12 Tags of 2014-June

Hi everyone!
I'm here to share my June tag for Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of 2014. I always enjoy Tim's wonderful techniques and learn a lot in the process. :) Here's the link to his post if you'd like to play along as well. 

the famous "Paula" bow (see Tim's post)

Per Tim's instructions my image was popped up on dimensional foam and colored with Distress Markers.
I love this stamp!

I plan to enter this tag in Tim's 12 Tags of 2014-June.

Edited: I'm a winner for Tim's June challenge! SO Excited!!!

I Won for my June tag!

Since I began this challenge in May of this year I decided to go back and create tags for the previous months I missed. You can see my May tag (along with January and February) in this post here. I haven't made the book yet that will hold all of my tags but hopefully I can share it next month with July's tag (along with April) which will have me officially caught up with this challenge. I wanted to share both this month but I've been enjoying some down time with my DD who's home from college. :)

For now, here's the tag I made for the March challenge which features smudge stamping. You can view Tim's tutorial here.

My March tag features stamps from the Nature Walk collection.

I used distress markers to add some color to the nest image, distress paint to the word band, and washi tape for visual interest. Tim's jute string adds a bit more color as well.

Thanks for the visit today!
 If you love Tim's fabulous products you might want to check out my 50 and Fabulous Giveaway. It ends on Monday, June 30th, and the link is in my sticky post at the top. There are two prize packages up for grabs and I'll ship anywhere. Good luck!

Have a great day,
Lisa x

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Scuba Anyone?

It's time to introduce the new challenge at Top Tip Tuesday which is  

~use two or more Ribbon/Twine on your project~

Samantha K is hosting for the first time and she did a wonderful job of writing the challenge post. Our talented Deneen has another fabulous tutorial to share so please drop TTT and let these ladies know how awesome they are. :)

For my project I created a tag featuring-Scuba Owl-by our sponsor, 2 Cute Ink. It fits nicely in the vellum pocket I added to the front and while I'd love to say I actually stitched the sides I didn't. Rub ons by Bo Bunny helped me out and I used a remnant rub on by Tim Holtz for the sentiment. A wide ric rac ribbon embellished with blue and turquoise Stickles adds some color and plays upon the water theme of my tag. As for the image I colored it with Prismacolor pencils, added Ranger's Glossy Accents to the mask and black diamond Stickles to the frame, tube and flippers. A metal grommet with two ribbons and one strand of twine finishes it. 

My daughter loves owls so I'm sure this card will make its way to her this fall when she goes back to college as a sophomore. I still can't believe how fast her freshman year flew by!

Prize is winner's choice of 2 digital images. 

Thank you for supplying the DT with images to create with!

For more inspiration pay my teamies a visit and check out their creations, you'll find their links on my right sidebar. Before I go, I have 2 prize packages up for grabs and the winners will be announced on my blog one week from today (10:00am  CST). If you haven't entered yet click the link in the sticky post (at the top) to do so and good luck.

Have a great day!
Lisa x

Saturday, June 21, 2014

DLP, ICAD and Deli Flowers

Hi everyone! Hope you are enjoying a fun weekend wherever you are! 

Before I start my post today I want to take a minute to thank everyone for the birthday wishes I've received this month, it has totally taken me aback. You guys are so sweet! I can't wait to mail my prize packages out to the lucky winners on July 1st. :) 
{If you haven't entered my giveaway yet click the link in my sticky post to find out how

Wondering what the black thing on top of the box is ? An altered moleskine planner. I recently joined a group on Facebook called the Documented Life Project. It's five women who are artsy friends in real life and they share their creativity and talent at Art to the 5th. Last year they decided to use a 12 month moleskine planner as one part planner, one part art journal and one part weekly challenge. On Jan. 1st they began issuing their weekly challenges and the group has grown considerably since then. I didn't discover it until May and with the year nearly half over it seemed overwhelming to play catch up. Then serendipity struck (I love serendipity, don't you?) when I came across a 2014-2015 eighteen month planner that starts in July. Bingo! I decided right then to start DLP on July 1st and continue throughout the year. I hope they continue it next year but if they don't I have a plan. I'll do the first 6 months of this year for 2015 instead and create my own challenges for the last 6 months. :)

I began altering my new baby with washi tape and adding the "tip-in" which  creates a triple page spread. To create my tip-in (added third page) I rummaged through my stash and found two art journals with unused pages. Yahoo! I did the unthinkable and ripped the remaining pages out to use in my planner/journal. I trimmed each one to 5"x8.25" and chopped the corners off with my We R Memory Keepers corner chopper (the 1/4" setting) to match my planner. Then I gathered every roll of washi tape I own and started adhering my pages to my planner. Since the paper was for art journal use anyway it's perfect.  

It's already chunky and I haven't even begun! :)

Okay, that explains DLP but what is ICAD? It's a challenge issued by Daisy Yellow Art to use one Index Card a Day (3x5 or 4x6) during June and July for a total of 61 cards. I do realize that June is nearly over but I just found this challenge and the great thing is this---she tells you to start where you are. You are not required to go back and do the other weeks just start today and keep going. This challenge is all about doing something creative every day even if it's something small. I plan to incorporate my index cards into my planner and can't wait to see how they show up. 

~here's the link to the Daisy Yellow Index Card a Day Facebook Group~

and my cards (with the prompt underneath) for June 15-21

{these were in my stash for 12+ years lol, no kidding}

roll the dice
{I found my dice in a magazine I was about to throw away}

polka dots
{I had fun doodling on this page}

{Dylusions stamps are fun}

Harry Potter
{I'm not a fan of HP so I went another direction (nope u r not required to use the prompts) and used the cover of my Wicked program to create this card. A Tim Holtz border stamp adds a little pizzazz}

candy wrapper
{I am currently trying NOT to eat candy so I used a wrapper from my fave gum instead, there's some fun word play on this one ;) }

repeating pattern
{I like checkered anything, this is a background stamp by MPD for My Favorite Things and a Dina Wakley collaged heart}

There are themes offered as well, optional again, which I did not incorporate this week but might next week. 
We'll see!

Last but not least is Deli Flowers which started with Sandi Keene, a member of Art to the 5th. You can see her tutorial HERE and I'll share that I found my box of deli paper in my local wholesale restaurant supply company. I nabbed a box of 500 10x10 sheets for $7.00. Needless to say I'll never need to buy these again. Does anyone need deli sheets lol? If you live in the US and would like to try this just email your address and I'll send some sheets your way. The idea is to doodle flowers, color and cut them out to use in your journaling/project. I did a little something different and inked up some of my favorite flower stamps by Verve Stamps and went that route instead. ;)

Okay, gotta get ready for dinner out with the hubby and my girl. Thanks for stopping by today and enjoy the rest of your weekend. 

Tuesday, June 17, 2014


Hello, I'm back to share a tag I created for the latest Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge which Linda Ledbetter is hosting. This is the fourth challenge and so far I'm 4 for 4. I certainly hope I can play along for each one because I'm learning a lot and having fun in the process. We're not allowed to share any techniques as a courtesy to Tim. What I can share is the meaning behind the tag, it's about the choices we make and how they affect us in life. 

CC3 Challenge Four
 Photo Jun 07, 4 54 01 AM
If you're a fan of Tim's style and love his techniques you can get your own autographed copy here and join along. I used three of Tim's new layering stencils to create my tag-harlequin, latticework and bubble.  

Idea-ology embellishments are the best. :)

The philosophy tag was altered with an Adirondack silver paint dabber and I attached it to my vintage pin with a jump ring. 

A remnant rub on was added and a metal arrow.

I'm entering this tag in the following challenges as well:

The Funkie Junkie is offering a $25.00 certificate to the winner. Yay!
The Funkie Junkie Boutique

Thanks for stopping by today and taking a peek at my tag.
Have a wonderful day,
Lisa x

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Time to Say Goodbye

~ Use Something Metal ~

Hello, I'm back with a card that I made for our new challenge at The Squirrel and The Fox.  For my metal element I used a brad from Bo Bunny. Our current sponsor, Delicious Doodles, provided the team with images to create with and I chose this gorgeous digi-Kingfisher in the Rushes. He was such a pleasure to color with my distress markers.  

This is a bittersweet post for me because I recently made the decision to step down as a design team member. I have truly enjoyed creating alongside these wonderful ladies, including my former teamies, and I'll miss chatting with them on the DT blog. I most certainly want to thank Linda and Tracey for the invite to join the team back in 2012 and for all the wonderful memories I've made along the way. You guys are the best! xoxo 


Delicious Doodles
Grab a Banner
Prize is 4 digi's of winner's choice.

I'm closing now before I get too weepy. Thanks for stopping by today and I do hope you'll pay my teamies a visit and check out their beautiful inspiration using our sponsor's images.


Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Butterfly Card


I'm back with a DT card for our new challenge-Shaped Cards-at Top Tip Tuesday

My card features the Butterfly Flip template from our current sponsor, Shape EZ, and you may recall that Tammy Louise  was a DT member in the past. We're thrilled she's back as our sponsor for this challenge, thanks Tammy!   

I used my new electronic cutting tool to cut the file. My pink background is a distress ink palette of pickled raspberry, worn lipstick and spun sugar {Note: I use mini misters and distress ink re-inkers to create distress sprays. One dropper mixed with 3/4 water yields beautiful color, thanks Tim!} I dry embossed the front with a dots folder, wet embossed it with a music stamp and Ranger's turquoise embossing powder, and Studio 490's black embossing paste was used over a butterfly on the Mini Specimens 6x6 stencil adding more texture. 

Prize is 2 Shape EZ templates of winners choice!

I am also linking this up to the Butterfly Bingo Challenge and I used two rows-pink and dry embossing along with wet embossing and flowers. :-)

Before I go I want to thank everyone for the birthday wishes and encourage you to join in my birthday giveaway if you haven't already. There are two packages up for grabs and the winners will be announced on July 1st. Click HERE for details and entry info, good luck to everyone!

Package One

Package Two

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

I'll Always Remember

Me and my Dad on my wedding day

Hi everyone, I'm here today with a project I created for Linda Ledbetter's CC3C and it's hard to believe this is the third challenge already. It's all about Faux Tea Roses this time and you are required to use a specific die which I didn't have. Ordering it was the first thing I did when I returned home from vacation and thankfully it arrived in time. :) 

To be completely honest with you, it's not my thing to make my own flowers. I do own dies but find it tedious and like Tim I am very impatient. My first try was pitiful but I'm determined to complete all of the challenges so I persevered and I'm glad I did. I love how these turned out and especially that you can use a die for more than one application. Way to go Mr. Holtz and thank you, again, for teaching me a new trick to use in my crafty arsenal. You'll find all of the details in Tim's new book, Compendium of Curiosities 3, on pg. 65 and you can get your own autographed copy right here.

As for my project I used a 6x8 in. burlap canvas as my base and I partially covered the (included) cardboard insert with one of Tim's Fabric Eclectic Elements pieces. This one just happened to coordinate with the type of project I was making and it worked with my neutral color scheme. Tim's crinkle ribbon was dyed with black soot distress ink which I mixed with water in a mini mister. The roses were die cut from Tim's kraft resist paper and I used various Idea-ology metal elements on my canvas. I altered the metal wreath and remember alpha part with pearl, gold and silver Adirondack Paint Dabbers.This picture was taken on my wedding day and I love my Dad's smile, it lit up his whole face. I cherish the time I had with him and all of the sweet memories I have. They sustain me when I miss him and I'll always remember, I promise Daddy.


The Inspiration Emporium is sponsoring all of the odd numbered challenges at CC3C and not only are they offering a wonderful prize but all participants are offered 10% in their online store. Yay!

I'm also entering this in the following challenges:
{the magic happened when I found this awesome fabric in one of Tim's new fabric packs, it's my magical element}

Thanks for looking today! I'll quickly mention that I am offering two prize packages during the month of June to celebrate a milestone in my life. They are chock full of Tim Holtz goodies so if you are interested you can get the details on how to enter HERE

Have a fabulous day everyone!
Lisa xx

Sunday, June 1, 2014

50 and Fabulous Blog Giveaway

I hope you'll help me celebrate a milestone in my life.
My 50th birthday is June 3rd and I'm celebrating by hosting a
50 and Fabulous
 Birthday Giveaway

Good because there are two prize packages up for grabs!!!

Package One
Tim Holtz's Wallflower 12x12 paper pad
Tim Holtz's Dot Fade and Honeycomb Layering Stencils
Tim Holtz's Honeycomb Alterations die
Tim Holtz's Expedition Set Alterations Shadowpress
Tim Holtz's Distress Markers Seasonal Set
Tim Holtz's Distress Marker Spritzer
Ranger's Detailer and 1/2 " Flat Tip waterbrushes
Tim Holtz's Worn Cover Journal with page pocket inserts and ring binders
Tim Holtz's Industrial Stickers
Tim Holtz's Numbers Remnant Rub Ons

Package Two
Graphic 45 8x8 Botanical Tea paper pap
Nature Walk stamp set
8 in. burlap canvas
Assemblage clock
Authentic Shadowpress
Idea-ology chitchat verbiage stickers, numbers brads, philosophy tags, word bands and baubles
Vintage Photo Distress Glitter

How to enter my giveaway

1. Link up

2. Leave a comment saying what you like the most from each prize package.
(this tidbit will help me in the future)

I will include a bonus surprise gift if you are a follower of my blog or me on Google+ but please note that it isn't necessary. You'll just receive an extra gift in your prize package if you are.

That's it!

~I will ship the prize packages anywhere in the world~

This giveaway will run the entire month of June giving everyone an opportunity to join in. To be fair to all participants I'll use the random generator to select the winners and they'll be announced on July 1st. If for some reason the winner hasn't claimed their package within two weeks I'll draw another winner.

Any questions/problems, email me at
with Birthday Giveaway in subject line and I'll reply as soon as possible.

Lisa xx 

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