Friday, September 15, 2017

The Cutting Cafe Blog Hop Winner

Hello everyone!

Sorry I am making this announcement a little late but sometime real life interferes and it did today. Without further ado let's get straight to who won the 

Dresser Box Template....Cutting File from The Cutting Cafe

My lucky Winner is commenter 

 Lorene Holbrook

Congratulations Lorene!

Please contact me at and I'll email your digital file and your mystery gift will be in the mail soon.

Thanks again to all who played along and left a sweet comment.
Have a wonderful weekend!

Lisa xx

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Secret Sister Flipbook

Well it's a bit late in the day but I'm back with a flip book that I recently made for my secret sister. Every January the ladies in our church draw names and that person is our secret sister for the year. Usually once a month we leave a surprise gift for them and it has been a lot of fun to give and receive. Obviously this person loves flamingos and you'll see them throughout this book. The sticker on the cover was gifted to me by my sweet friend, Katrin, as well as other stickers in this book. 

Now a confession...this is for the husband of a dear friend who jokingly commented one day he wished he had a secret sister. He's battled cancer since 2011 and for the first time since his initial diagnosis he received the report in August that his cancer is gone. The doctors are bewildered but we are giving all the credit to God for healing him. I was thinking afterwards about making him something special that would reflect how we all feel about him. This flip book really touched him and he's now our honorary secret sister. :)  

Let's check it out...

I placed journal cards over the photos and they flip up with a private message to him. 

More wonderful stickers from Katrin on this page and a journal card from American Crafts.

I cut this journal card from a sheet of 6x6 sheet of paper and rounded the bottom corners with a corner chomper.

The right page flips open to reveal a tri-fold spread below. 

I created the paper for this tri-fold spread using mixed media paper, stencils, modeling paste, ink sprays and Sharpie water-based pens. I love the way it turned out and the colors were perfect. 

This journal card reveals another message and a photo underneath of dear friends.

I loved using this clear acetate with mini flamingos to create overlays. The dotted pink paper flips down to reveal another message and then it flips again to the right revealing the page below.   

The gold flamingo was another gift from Katrin. :)  

The tri-fold page flips up and down to reveal this page and the two below.

I found this image online and added 3D stickers and spelled out our message with Tim's chit chat stickers.

I added a clear sticker over the watercolor heart journal card along with a paper sticker.

The back cover is decorated with various stickers.

I altered this white bag with some washi tape and added a little note held in place with a flamingo paper clip. Flamingos all the way for our secret sister. ;)

Thanks for the visit today. Hope you are having a great day, wherever you are!

Lisa xx

Monday, September 11, 2017

California Beaches Flipbook

Happy Monday everyone! Hope your week is off to a great start. :) 
Today I am sharing a flipbook that I made for my German friend, Katrin, who loves the beach. Last May my family and I spent a few weeks in California and I decided to collect sand for her from the various beaches we visited to create this keepsake book. 

I used a travel themed collection by The Paper House and journal cards were used as tip-ins and spots to journal on. Most of the sand packets were created using a We R Memory Keepers Fuse Tool and I'm kinda on the fence about this product. It did not seal like I hoped it would but I'm going to give it another chance and hopefully my second try will work out better. Washi tape, stickers and a few other items were added but basically I kept it relatively simple. I created side and top loading pockets to include photos of the beaches where the sand came from. 

Here's how the inside looks...
{click on any photo to enlarge}

Santa Barbara
Santa Monica
-love that this paper had a lifeguard shack on it like the one in my photo-

Laguna Beach
-absolutely idyllic-


Glass Beach at Ft. Bragg
-a magical place where the Pacific is powerful and deposits beautiful glass on the beach hence the name-

I added glass fragments to the page along with the sand.

San Simeon 
-we toured the Hearst Castle which overlooks the beaches here-

-in April and May the female seals are molting and the beaches are covered for miles with seals-

Back Cover

Like the traveler's notebook concept I used an elastic string to keep the book together and simply slipped each page in when it was finished. 

It was fun to make and she loved the idea behind it which made me happy. I'll be back on Wednesday with another flip book and I can't wait to share it with you.

Lisa xx

Thursday, September 7, 2017

The Cutting Cafe's Inspiration Blog Hop + Give-a-way!

Today the design team of The Cutting Cafe is doing things a bit differently. Instead of Regina announcing a winner on the next dt post she is allowing each of us to give the set(s) away that we chose to create our project with. I am giving away the Dresser Box Template and Cutting File to one lucky winner on Friday the 15th at 12 noon CST. 

How do you win?
Leave me a comment below sharing what you like about my project (or why you'd like to win this file) then visit the blogs of each participant in the blog hop and leave them a comment. 
**You can click this link to view each of the projects along with the member's blog link.**
If you are following in order then you should have arrived from Lisa Bzibziak's blog. 

{Dresser Box Template w/G45 Staples Brads}

You'll see a ton of variety and get lots of inspiration! Be sure to leave a comment for all participants and best of luck. Some of us are offering an additional prize so check that out as well.

Next up is the talented Mitra Pratt so hop on over and enjoy her beautiful project. I'll post the blog hop participants below but you'll find their links by clicking the link above which will take you directly to the current design team post. 

Blog Hop Order

Regina Easter
Sheryl Wilder
Robyn Herndon Weatherspoon
Tmika Plair O'Neal
Krista Norman
Audrey Perteete Long
Patti J. Gilliam
Chauntelle Lee
Kim Venezia
Christi Steinbeck
Deb Peterson Rauch
Maria Pilar
Shanta Newby Shtanah
Diane Hover
Lisa Reynolds Bzibziak
Lisa Snowdy (that's me)
Mitra Pratt
Keri Weaver Parish
Maria Luisa
Tina Day Goodwin
Regina Cooper Bailey 

Remember I will announce the winner of the Dresser Box Template...Cutting File on Friday the 15th at noon here on my blog, on my Instagram page and Facebook account (both are under my name). As a little something extra you will receive a mystery gift in the mail from me as well and yes it is open to all international guests. You are not required to follow me but if you'd like to then I'd like to connect with you as well. :)

Good Luck and Happy Hopping!
Lisa xx

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

S for Sketch T for Trio at ABC Christmas Challenge

Angel Trio

I'm hosting the challenge this month at ABC Christmas Challenge and we're already up to the letters S and T. To change things up we'd like you to link to a current sketch for S and for T create a project using a trio of images/items. Click the link to see inspiration by my teamies and see if one of their sketch challenges will work for you. 

Remember to create a Christmas themed project!

For my card I used a designer paper which I layered on a white mat frame and adhered it to my red Bazzill cardstock base. I stamped a trio of angels from Verve's Angel Voices stamp set onto vellum using Versamark ink and sterling silver embossing powder by Stampendous. A trio of Tim Holtz mirrored stars and white opal Liquid Pearls by Ranger added the finishing embellishments. A sentiment from the same Verve set was stamped in Ranger's Black Tie ink and added above the center angel. I love the addition of vellum and the way the embossing looks on it. :)

As the hostess this month I am also offering our lucky winner a prize.

Two stamps from Impression Obsession


One lucky Random winner will win 4 Digi images for their choice



The challenge ends on September 30th at 1pm BST and I want to wish each of you good luck!

Happy Crafting,
Lisa xx

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