Friday, October 27, 2017

Happy Mail from Christina Betts

Halloween Card designed by Christina Betts

Hello and Welcome!
I have some happy mail to share today that came from my new pal, Christina Betts, in Canada. I reached out to her after I watched several of her You Tube videos and Instagram posts to see if she'd like to swap. She's a real talent and I'm tickled to have one of her pocket letters and a beautiful card. Thanks for the amazing swap Christina! 

Her pocket letter is a Fall / Halloween themed pocket letter and I love it! 

Christina's pocket letter :)

Love the currently card and we want the same thing Christina. I think every mom does!

I pulled the shaker pocket out so you could see it better.

Love the spooky bats on this fab house. 

I'm a sucker for fall leaves. 

Christina used an image from Andrea Gomoll for the swap tag. 
It's colored beautifully and I love it!

The back of her pocket letter is full of goodies.

Love the washi tape and so excited to have a Starbucks card which I'll be sure to put to use soon.
Thank you Christina!

Christina colored another image by Andrea Gomoll and scanned it then printed out extra copies. She used one, which you'll see below, to decorate the envelope with my letter.

I love customized ribbon!

Here's the image again and love the vintage typewriter. 

Her pocket letter was in the envelope (in back) and she included two adorable bookmarks, some fab trim, a flair and a packet of buttons and charms.

She gifted me 6 x 6 paper collection by Kaisercraft, some gorgeous trim and this stamp set which will work perfectly with a cookbook project I'm currently working on. Yay!

More goodies, can you believe it?!?  I love the stickers, vintage cooking magazine and the Wild Cards she included. You may notice the tissue underneath which was used for packaging, it is so pretty and can't wait to use it on future mixed media projects. I love all my crafty goodies and thank you again Christina for everything.  

Be sure to check out Christina's You Tube channel  

also on Instagram

Have a great weekend everyone, wherever you are. 

Crafty Hugs,
Lisa xxx 

Friday, October 20, 2017

Pumpkin Goodie Bag

I have a fun little share today. :) For my design team post at The Cutting Cafe I wanted to use a fun file called the Pumpkin Goodie Bag Holder. These are great for treat bags! It's filled with one of my favorite candies of the season.  

The Cutting Cafe

*remember you do not have to own an electronic cutting machine to use files from TCC*

The design team post goes live tomorrow and we were free to create anything we wanted. There will a variety of projects to inspire you. If you leave a comment you'll be automatically entered in a drawing to win 3 FREE SETS from TCC. The winner will be announced on the November 7th DT post. 
Good Luck!

Thanks for stopping by today and I'm wishing you a wonderful weekend.
Lisa xx

Friday, October 13, 2017

The Night Before Christmas Flip Book

{I wanted the front cover to look like a package would}

ABC Christmas Challenge

U - Unlimited as in Anything Christmas Goes 

V - Vibrant

Hello everyone and welcome!
Well I'm a little late with my DT post but things are busy in my corner of the world on many levels. We have entered the holiday season here with fall upon us now (decorating today) and right behind it Christmas. Throw in a few baby showers (lots of little ones making their arrivals very soon) and homemade gifts for those occasions plus regular life stuff and it's been a bit crazy. There's more going on but I won't bore you with that. ;)

So today I am finally sharing a flip book that I made to swap with a friend next month. It will travel all the way to India and I've used one of my favorite Christmas paper collections by Graphic 45. It is so fun to flip the pages and find little treasures and notes.! So without further ado let's get started.

 The Merry Christmas page is not what you actually see when you open the book, actually the right page will be the reindeer page (below) but either way it works. That's the great thing about flip books, right! The left pocket is red vellum and I am gifting her some ephemera, small gift bags, and die cuts. There's also a striped paper clip which she can add some jingle bells to and pass it on to another friend. The right page spells out Merry Christmas with red glitter thicker alpha's by American Crafts. The die cuts on the pocket and right page are from Pebbles and it's from one of their new Christmas collections this year.

Love the double sided papers in the Night Before Christmas collection by G45.

A gold glitter reindeer die cut is my Rudolph for this page and I cut out some words from a cut apart sheet. If you click on the photo (any photo actually) it will enlarge it and you can read the tiny word sticker sentiment better. 

This is the other side of the Rudolph page and there's a journal card which I am using as a pocket. I went over the leaves and green Wink of Stella brush and used a clear one for the berries. In my opinion, these brushes are the best way to add a glitter look without the mess of glitter. If I want more sparkle I simply apply more color.

When the book is partially opened this is what she'll see. The large envelope is chock full of G45 ephemera from the collection I used and I think that will make her happy. It folds down to reveal the pockets page below.

Bottom Flap
 This is the other side of the envelope page and I created another vellum pocket which I stuffed with pockets from the G45 collection. A die cut sentiment was added to the outside with a gold paperclip and I fussy cut a border from the cut apart sheet.

Top Flap
I used a clear vellum piece of paper to create this makeshift pocket where I stuffed tags (which I made for a previous DT post). She can use them or pass them on if she prefers. You probably can't tell but I went over this fussy cut image with a clear Wink of Stella brush pen and I love the shimmer it adds.

Fully Opened
You can see how I have added the pages with washi and I would advise that you first put some double stick tape down and then lay the washi on top of it. Washi tapes come with differing "tackiness" which means some hold up better than others. To be safe it is always good idea to add the tape or a glue that will dry clear to enforce the washi tape. Just a tip!

Center Page
Under the vellum sheet I created a page of stickers - puffy and dimensional - for her to use in her crafting. I know she loves woodland animals so these will put a smile on her face. :) The puffy stickers are from a new 2017 Pebbles collection and the dimensional stickers are by Recollections which you'll find at Michael's.

 This is the back of the flip book and it features a journal card from the cut apart sheet. Two gold snowflake stickers and washi is all I added. The button holds my twine in place which I used to close the flip book and I added some green washi to tone down all of the red on this page.

Thanks for looking!

Two lucky challenge winners will receive prizes in a random drawing and the winners will be announced on November 1st when the winner's post goes live at 7am BST. 

A prize from Carol

Build a Bloom Stamp Set from Craftwork Cards and Handmade Paper Tags and Ribbon

Challenge Sponsor

Good Luck!!!

I do hope you'll play along with us as there's still plenty of time!
Be sure to visit the main challenge blog for more inspiration by my incredible teamies and to see what the other participants linked up.

Have a wonderful day, wherever you are!
Lisa xx

Friday, October 6, 2017

Halloween Treat Cups at The Cutting Cafe

It's fall y'all and that means that Halloween is just around the corner. That is crazy, isn't it?!? I literally can not believe how fast this year has gone by! We have several kids at our church and although we don't really celebrate Halloween we do host a fall carnival for them. I like to pass out treat cups to each child and they love receiving them. Regina Easter is the owner and designer at The Cutting Cafe and she has the cutest assortment of treat cup cards with seasonal themes to choose from.

 Witch legs
{another version of the same file I used by Regina Easter}

If you click the link above you can see more examples of the various treat cup cards in this file and the included sentiments for each one. 

The design team has a showcase of treat cup cards to inspire you so please stop by the blog later today and check that post out. If you leave a comment you'll automatically be entered into a drawing to win 3 FREE Sets of your choice and the winner will be announced on the 21st. 

Be sure to visit Regina's online shop - The Cutting Cafe Shop - she is now offering custom printed ribbon and I am so happy with my recent order. I encourage you to check out her custom stamps as well. 

Thanks for the visit today! 
Have a great weekend everyone, wherever you are.

Lisa xx

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