Friday, February 27, 2015

What took me so long?

Hello again! I'm back with my second post today to enter my card in the current challenge at CC3C. It perplexes me why it took me so long to use Tim's awesome Dimensional Cutting Pad but I'm glad this challenge gave me the push. I love this wonderful tool and I highly recommend it! 

You can order an autographed copy of Tim's third book in the Compendium of Curiosities series here.

I used two techniques found in CC3-paint marbling and layering stencil texture paste-on the base under my focal panel. Stamped images from the Papillon and Bitty Grunge sets were stamped in Archival ink and a text rub on was cut in half and added to each side. For the focal panel I used the dimensional cutting pad to cut my heart (from the Mini Hearts Mover and Shapers die) and distressed the edges with a distress tool and walnut stain distress ink. Then I added visual interest with Tim's Elements rub-ons and expressed my sentiment with a chitchat sticker that was altered with distress ink. A Moroccan Lace border punch and Industrial Sticker photo corners added the finishing touches. 

The Funkie Junkie is sponsoring this challenge and generously 
The Funkie Junkie Boutique
offering a prize of $25.00 gift certificate to the online store.

As I mentioned in my previous post, a big congratulations goes to Mario Rossi because he became a GrandPoppy this week. His granddaughter, Zoey, is adorable! I also want to thank the Curiosity Crew for the Honorable Mention for the last challenge-Rock Candy Distress Glitter. I'm honored ladies, thank you!

Hope you have a great weekend, wherever you are!
Lisa xx

February Tag for 12 Tags of 2015

I'm well after Valentine's Day sharing my February tag but I wasn't going to miss the opportunity to create one via Tim style. :) It's a fusion of things I love rather than the total emphasis being on the day of love itself. I have a little confession though, I mistook this tag for simple cut and paste but it's so much more than that. As I delved into the layers I realize why Tim's style has so many of us enchanted. He goes the extra step without making it too difficult. Minus the sewing for those of us challenged in that area. ;)

I cut up segments from Tim's Wallpaper 12x12 paper stash and added a collage of items that I love-butterflies, flowers, birds, alphabet (love to read), receiving letters/cards. I also added a rub-on hot air balloon and group of birds on a wire. I'm a huge fan of the color red so it pops up throughout my tag and most vividly on the felt die cut heart using Tim's Mini Hearts Movers and Shapers die by Sizzix.

I'm no seamstress but once again Tim got me to break out my sewing machine. Please do not look too closely at it! I wrapped wire around my heart charm after I chose this butterfly that had the word hope on it. I personally do not believe that love or hope can exist without the other. I dabbed Pumice Stone Distress Stain on my lace trim to tone down the ivory color. Thrift Shop ephemera, tissue tape and a mini metal corner finish the elements on my tag.

Note: we were asked to use Picket Fence Distress Stain to add a shabby touch to our tag and a Black Soot Distress Marker to define our collage areas. I went around the edge of my tag with Black Soot Distress Ink and each layer was sealed with Ranger's Multi Matte Medium.

This was a fun tag to create, thanks Tim!

Before I close I'd like to congratulate Mario on becoming a GrandPoppy this week. His granddaughter, Zoey, is precious and if you haven't seen her yet go visit his Facebook page. :) What a wonderful family picture of mom, dad and little Zoey!

I'll be back later today with my entry for the current Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge.   
Lisa xx

Friday, February 20, 2015


I'm sharing a card today that features a fun and creative cutting file

~ Dress Form Shaped Card ~

by The Cutting Cafe. To say that I love this file is an understatement because the possibilities are endless! 

I used Silhouette chipboard and cut out three dress forms with my Cameo. 
{I plan to use the large forms on a mixed media project next week} 

A technique-painted industrial-was used for the top half of the dress form. The designer paper on the bottom has been in my stash and it's one of those that I tend to hoard. Yes, I'm a hoarder. :( A fancy trim creates a belt and I added a silk rose and twine to finish it. 

I used French Script embossing folder by Sizzix and metal foil tape sheets by Ranger to create the painted industrial technique which can be found in Tim's third Compendium of Curiosities book.

The Cutting Cafe


See what I mean about the possibilities!!! 
You will love this file and find yourself using it over and over. 
Thanks Regina! To see more inspiration by the design team visit The Cutting Cafe's blog tomorrow. You can enter to win 3 free sets by leaving a comment and the winner will be announced on March 7th.  

Hope you have a great weekend, wherever you are!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Happy Birthday!

I have a quick share today, it's a masculine birthday card for my hubby's upcoming birthday. Over at Top Tip Tuesday we are taking a break from using digital images and asking you to use a rubber stamp on your project. I chose stamps from the Birthday Blueprint by Tim Holtz for my card. 

I stamped the cupcake image twice on white cardstock, first with mustard seed distress ink then next with forest moss distress ink. I used a blender tool to brush more ink over the image and I also used walnut stain distress ink on the base of my card.

My stamps were inked with Archival's Coffee ink and I used the label die in the package to frame it.

Two Bo Bunny et cetera brads hold my sentiment in place.

One of Tim's remnant rub ons, several were used on this card.


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I do hope your weather is better than what we are experiencing in Tennessee this week-frigid temps and ice. Not fun I tell ya! If you are in the path of this nasty storm please stay warm and safe. 
Spring can not come soon enough for me!!
Thanks for the visit today,
Lisa xx 

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day!!!

I'm quickly sharing a card and treat box today that I made using SVG cutting files from the Silhouette Design Store.  Hope you like it!

Here are a few closeups of my card and heart bag.

The i love music cutting file is by Snapdragon Snippets and can be found here in the Silhouette Design Store. The bg paper is by Rhonna Farrer for MME and it's from the 8.5"x11" Chalkboard Studio paper pad. Although it's not specifically for this holiday I think it works well. White Opal liquid pearls were used on the heart and also on the MS lace heart punched border. Tim's label letters were trimmed and added to the embossed black panel. 

An Idea-ology heart was attached to red twine and I added it to the gingham ribbon by Offray. A Polka Dots embossing folder by Cuttlebug adds dimension to the black panel. 

Idea-ology newsprint numbers were altered with a pearl Adirondack paint dabber. The base of the card is white however I altered the front with festive berries and black soot distress ink.

The heart bag is also from the SDS but I could not readily find it. I'll edit this post later and update with the link. A gift card was tucked inside it and will make one of my Valentine peeps a happy girl. 

Hopefully this Valentine's Day finds you sharing it with the one(s) you love. :)

Lisa xx

Friday, February 13, 2015

Has Someone Been Painting My Roses?

Hi everyone, hope you're all set for Valentine's Day tomorrow. We are off to see our girl later today and enjoy the weekend with her, can't wait!

My tag features the Rock Candy Distress Glitter technique which you'll find on pg. 55 of Tim's CC3 book. There's still time to play along and you can order an autographed copy by Tim here.


The technique was super easy and fun to do and I've got a few close ups to share.

I used a face stamp from the Nature Walk set by Tim for my technique. Unsure of who she is? She's the Red Queen from Alice in Wonderland. I tucked one of Tim's playing cards, which I cut in half because I like the back as much as the front, in her crown and added roses (red of course) with a band of Kaisercraft pearls. Love her sparkly face!

Tim's Idea-ology keyhole was used because of its heart shape. Industrial stickers and remnant rub ons were used and I altered my crinkled ribbon with black soot, brushed pewter and pumice stone distress stain. Basically I dabbed it all over with the 3 colors, wadded it up and dried with a heat tool. Silver cording from my stash was used for the bow.  

So back to the question posed in my blog title, has someone been painting the Red Queen's roses. Looks like they may have been caught and didn't finish what they started. 

A text stamp, also from the Nature Walk set, was randomly stamped on my tag. If you look at the photo above you'll see an angels wing which is part of a collage stamp from Tim's Stamper's Anonymous Classics #9 set in the background. I stamped various wings from the collage all over my tag. See the set of wings peeking above the border on the right side (next to the washi tape). With the Red Queen running around you need an angel or two on your side. :) The heart stick pins have been in my stash for quite a while and I tucked them in beside my the partially painted roses.

As always I can't share my technique out of respect for Tim but I do hope that you liked my tag. After a frustrating start, it was my third attempt, I finally decided to go with something that would amuse me. Once I began building the background with Tim's heart stencil I knew where I was headed-back to Wonderland. Yes, I refuse to grow up lol!

Challenge #21 - Rock Candy Distress Glitter is sponsored by 

and they are offering a wonderful prize to a lucky CC3C 'er! 

EDITED: So thrilled to receive a Curiosity Crew's Honorable Mention for my tag. 
Thank You Ladies!!!

Thanks for stopping by today, I'll be back tomorrow with a Valentine card and treat box which I made while waiting for my mojo to kick in. 
Have a great day!
Lisa xx

Friday, February 6, 2015

Valentine Kisses

Sweet Kisses Tube Box

Hello and Welcome!
 Are you looking for the WOW factor this Valentine's? If you are then stick around because the projects I'm sharing today will wow your Valentine, I promise. I mean who wouldn't want to receive one of these! Regina Easter, owner/designer of The Cutting Cafe, has done it again with the Sweet Kisses Tube Box - Template and Cutting File. The cutting file contains both boxes shown and they are easy to assemble. 

I used double-sided 12x12 cardstock to create my tubes. Simply fold to reveal which side you want to show and you'll get two completely different looking tubes. I placed a long strip of double stick tape on the short flap to attach my sides and more tape to a bottom flap which was attached last.

To fold the top I pinched it together, folded it down in the back and secured with tape.

Using the smaller hole punch on my We R Memory Keepers eyelet setter I punched two holes so I could thread my ribbon through it.

Of course I had to fill it with my *sweet* kisses first.

Then I tied a bow and printed out the sentiments which are part of the Sweet Kisses Tube Box file. I cut them to size and inked each one with concord grape distress ink by Tim Holtz. Should also note here that all of the edges on each tube were inked with this color as well.

I'm also sharing today the adorable Heart Treat Box 

 (there are two styles and you can see the other one here)

This is how the treat box looks with the optional handle attached. Can't you see a Valentine's tree full of these, I can. :)

A brad on each side secures my handle in place.

The heart and arrow are part of the file. I added silver liquid pearls to the border of each heart and hot pink Kaisercraft rhinestones to the arrow. The Hershey's Kiss in the center is a sticker that has been in my stash for quite a while. One reason why you should never throw anything away. ;) 

The back side of my box (the white heart is also in the file). I added more stickers from my crafty stash and a strip of ribbon. I also used liquid pearls on the border of this heart as well.

Before I filled my treat box with my Kisses I added these sweet sentiments/images from the Hershey's Kisses Valentine Bottoms Printable Stamps. I used a 5/8" circle punch but if you want a border around them use a 3/4" punch. 

The Cutting Cafe

Hope you've enjoyed my sweet inspiration today and that it inspires you to create your own sweet treats. You can see all of the Valentine cutting files/templates/printable stamps by clicking here

Also, be sure to visit The Cutting Cafe's blog tomorrow to view all of the Valentine's Day inspiration by the design team. You can be in the running to win 3 free sets of your choice by leaving a comment on the DT post. Winners are announced on the 7th and 21st of each month!

Have a wonderful weekend, wherever you are!
Lisa xx

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