Friday, July 6, 2018

Animal Shaped Christmas Cards from TCC

*Stay tuned for important announcement at end of post*

It's Christmas in July at The Cutting Cafe and we've put a twist on it by using animal shapes for our design team projects. I love how this card turned out and truthfully I would have never used a rabbit on a Christmas card lol but it works. It was fun to create!

I love this bunny's tale and the fact that it's 3D makes me hop for joy!

Puffy stickers, wood veneer holly, flat back pearls and a googly eye add more dimension. The stamped sentiment is by Verve Stamps which is now closed. 

A punched MS holly border and stamped stars from Verve's Holiday Greetings set finish the inside.

The Cutting Cafe

For more inspiration visit The Cutting Cafe's blog tomorrow, the 7th, to view all  of the design team projects. If you leave a comment on the post you'll be automatically entered into a drawing to win 3 FREE SETS from TCC. Regina will announce the winner on the next DT post which will be the 21st of July. 

Regina, owner/designer of TCC, is offering discounted Christmas sets during the month of July. Here is the link to the current offering but be sure to check TCC's website and blog for additional offerings throughout July. 

Thanks for visiting!
Lisa xx

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

N for Name, O for 'On Skates etc' at ABC Christmas Challenge

Ice Skate Card

Christmas in July is what I was thinking when I created this design team card for the ABC Christmas Challenge. With the record hot temps here in the U.S. I'm definitely dreaming of a white Christmas. :) I'll stop and confess right now that I'm no ice skater but I wish I was. Ice skating is a beautiful sport and I love to watch it!

I used a SVG file by Daniela Moscone available at Silhouette Design Store called Ice Skate Card

The inside sentiment and image are by Verve Stamps which sadly closed their doors the end of June. I used stickers by Simple Stories on the opposite page.

For the front of my card I used a merry mix of embellishments and ephemera. The seasons greetings stamp is from G45's Night Before Christmas 3 stamp set and I backed it with a 1" punched circle from black cardstock. Years ago Pink Paislee offered a collection called  City Sidewalks and I still have some of the papers and ephemera in my stash. The bell ephemera is from that collection as are the fishtail banners. I ran some red/white twine through the tag and secured it with Tim's tiny attacher. The rosette is a dimensional sticker from Recollections and the glitter red heart was punched using a Fiskar's heart punch. I also used a circle sticker from G45's A Place in Time sticker sheet on the right side of the cluster and foam tape to give some of the elements dimension.

White and black gel pens add highlights and faux stitching. I added a chipboard 'Believe' by Echo Park to the blade, tinsel by Tim Holtz to the base of the ice skate and flat back pearls where the laces pull through and that completes this card.

I used the fold card and layering pieces from the SVG file to create my card. My Silhouette Cameo made this an easy task to do. Check out the Silhouette Design Store to see what is currently on sale and if memory serves me correctly I believe they have a big Christmas sale during July. If I learn when I'll pop in and edit this post and add a direct link. ;) You can also visit my dear friend's online store, The Cutting Cafe, as Regina offers several Christmas themed files and each one comes with various electronic cutter SVG files as well as a PDF version in case you don't own an electronic cutter.   


Prize is a $25 gift certificate to our lucky winner.


Helen is our hostess this month and she is offering this stamp set from Lily of the Valley as a prize. 

You have from today, July 4th, until the end of the month to play along and as long as your project is Christmas themed you can enter as often as you like. The DT will be by to visit your inspiring creations soon and we all wish you the best of luck.

Crafty Hugs,
Lisa xx 

Thursday, June 21, 2018

The Cutting Cafe Blog Hop

The Cutting Cafe design team is having a blog hop and we're excited to have you join in the fun!

If you are following along you should have arrived here from the You Tube Channel of Sheryl Wilder. Wasn't her project fantastic! If you aren't hopping and would love a chance to win FREE STUFF then by all means start here at TCC's design team post where you can read the rules and start hopping. 

So for my card today I used several patriotic themed PDF files. The card measures 5.5 x 5.5 and I fussy cut the letters from the USA Word Shaped Card instead of using the SVG file. I used Faded Jeans Distress Oxide ink then came back with a darker layer of Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink. The sweet little girl (Mikala Ann) is from the Ready for the 4th of July Elisha Jean and Friends....Printable Stamps set. There are four images that print on one page so I did one of my favorite techniques - paper piecing. I love to do this when I'm in the mood. ;) I added some shine to her skirt and shoes with a Wink of Stella glitter pen and to the stars on her shoes as well as the star pin in her hair. I forgot to mention that I stamped stars on the letters with Versamark Ink then embossed them with white embossing powder by Wow! It adds some texture and you can't have enough stars when it's the 4th of July. I punched 3 stars from blue glitter paper and added 3 Kaisercraft blue gems for more sparkle. The sentiments are from the Independence Day Sentiment Set....Printable Sets and the circular 4th of July sentiment, which I backed with red cardstock, is from the 4th of July Hershey's Kiss Bottoms Printable Set. Speaking of that a great party favor for a 4th of July get together would be a bag of Hershey Kisses with these fun sentiments attached to the bottom. So cute! Here's an example from Regina Easter, owner/designer, of The Cutting Cafe.

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Designed by Regina Easter for The Cutting Cafe

My patriotic card will go to my sister and BIL who both served in the U. S. Air Force. They are the only living veterans in my family so I try to always remember them with a card to thank them for their service.

Up next is the talented Debbie Fisher so enjoy her terrific DT project. Wishing you good luck in the drawing and Regina will announce the winner on the 7th of July in our next design team post. Until then for all of the U. S. peeps out there I'd like to wish you a safe and happy 4th of July.

Crafty Hugs,
Lisa xx

Friday, May 18, 2018

Handmade Embellishments using Templates

I have a design team share today for The Cutting Cafe. We are using templates from various cutting files in different crafty ways. I used two of the smaller hearts from the Layered Stitched Hearts Templates and Cutting Files to create these mixed media embellishments.    

I started by making a mixed media background with ink sprays, stencils and translucent modeling paste. The texture in person is wonderful and for now I simply added a word strip to each heart. You can see my heart templates on the right. Hearts are always a go-to embellishment for me as they are useful on any project throughout the year. I am saving these for my future faith scrapping projects which I plan to start next month. I'll add additional items to each {enamel dots, metal embellishments, etc.} but until I know what I want I decided to stop at this point. 

I would love to make some handmade cork embellishments using several of the templates from TCC. Fabric is another great option and the possibilities are really endless when designing custom embellies to use. For those of us who aren't great at drawing {that would be me} templates are a fantastic way to fake it. 

The Cutting Cafe

The design team post will be live on Monday, May 21st so check out the crafty makes by my teamies. If you leave a comment on the post you'll be automatically entered into a drawing to win 3 FREE SETS and Regina will announce the winner on June 7th. 

Good Luck,
Lisa xx

Monday, May 14, 2018

Graphic 45 Fashionista Flip Book

{Front Cover}

Good morning, afternoon or evening wherever you may be! 
I hope every mom in the US had a wonderful Mother's Day with loved ones yesterday. This was the first one in years that I haven't been traveling so it was nice to be home and enjoy down time with my family.

Today's share is a flip book I made for a pen pal in India that loves all things vintage. She also loves Graphic 45 papers so the Fashionista collection was a perfect choice.

Pages 1 and 2

Page 1 
The envelope holds tags for my friend and I decorated the page with Dazzles stickers, fussy cut images from the paper collection and spelled out Diva and Fashionista with Citrus Twist puffy alphas.

I mirrored the image on the inside of the flap and spelled 'tags' with Tim's small chit chat stickers. The tiny word sticker is from The Reset Girl.

Page 2 
More fussy cut images, a gold shopping bag holds a swap tag and I added more Dazzles and tiny word stickers. I tucked vintage papers and a library card in the pocket.

Pages 3 and 4 
Both have pockets and I gifted her a vintage sewing pattern and various doilies.

I love this paper!

I used a Heidi Swapp sticker and the scissors were a transparent sticker by American Crafts (I believe). I fussy cut the lady in blue and the saying as well.

Pages 5 and 6
The lace trim on the left was actually plastic and it was gifted to me by a pen pal. I fussy cut images from the paper collection, added washi tape, Dazzles stickers and some gems.

There are some beautiful images in the Fashionista collection by G45. This one was a favorite of mine and I knew I wanted to use it for Aparna's flip book.

For the final page I added a library pocket and gifted her several journal card size cut outs from the paper collection. 

In addition I gave her goody bags chock full of crafty supplies to create with. She was very happy with everything and that made my day. Aparna has been a long term pen pal of mine and currently she's going through a difficult time. If inclined please lift up a prayer for her, I know she would appreciate it. 

Thanks for the visit today!
Lisa xx

Friday, May 11, 2018

Friendship Card for Pen Pal Swaps

In a recent pocket letter swap I received a friendship card from my dear friend in Germany. On the back she recorded her name, address, birthday, anniversary and her social media links. It's a great way to have that info at a moment's glance and she requested that I exchange one with her. 

For my friendship card I used a designer paper from the Oh My Heart collection by Paige Evans for Pink Paislee. I chomped the corners with a We R Memory Keepers corner punch and inked the edges with jet black Archival ink. On the front I added puffy stickers from the same collection by Paige, washi tape, a holographic bunny sticker and two punched gold hearts. The rubber house is from Crate Paper's Cute Girl embellishment collection. I finished by spelling out BESTIES with Paige Evans alphas from the OMH sticker collection. 

I love the idea of including a friendship card for my pen pals and collecting them as well. I placed my card in a vellum sleeve and it's held in place with a pink unicorn paper clip which I'm sure she'll use in one of her many planners. 

Have a great weekend everyone! For all US moms who are celebrating Mother's Day this Sunday, have a blessed day with loved ones.
Lisa xx

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

XOXO Flip Book

I have a fun little flip book to share today that has a tri-fold design. It was quick and easy to create and it mailed in a regular envelope with no additional postage required so that's a plus. The photo above is the view of the flip book opened inside. I placed pockets on all three panels and 3 smaller pockets on top of those. On the smaller pockets I did some faux stitching with a black Pilot pen. I tucked a letter to my pal in the middle pocket and the remaining pockets were filled with stickers, ephemera, chipboard, paper clips, washi tape and die-cuts.

For the outside I cut a border of paper with 'xoxo' on it and used a label by Tim Holtz to write 'for you.' A very simple design but it was well received by my pen pal. :)

This is the back of the flip book. I attached a vellum envelope full of ephemera by the talented Paige Taylor Evans with a metal arrow paper clip. 

That's my quick share today and I'll be back on Friday with my first friendship card.
Thanks for the visit today!
Lisa xx

Monday, May 7, 2018

Lip Balm and Chapstick Holder

Hello and welcome to my Monday morning post today, I hope your week is off to a great start! I'm sharing a design team project for The Cutting Cafe using the Lip Balm and Chapstick Holder template and cutting file. 

The Cutting Cafe

This template...cutting file is great for giving a gift to a teacher, upcoming Mother's Day here in the US, or for a happy to brighten someone's day. You don't have to include chapstick if that isn't your thing but I love the idea for several of the ladies in my devotion group. I can also see myself giving this to several of the young girls at my church for Christmas with flavored lip balms or chapsticks enclosed. You could also fit a brooch or small compact in the box as well. 

Whether you choose to print the box pattern as a PDF or cut with an electronic machine it is super easy to do and assemble. All you'll need is paper, scissors and adhesive of your choice. I added a paper flower and a gem accent {can't remember which company, sorry} to the front of the box along with 3 liquid pearls in opposite corners. A ribbon was tied to close the box and I added a sentiment as well with twine. Speaking of the ribbon, it's actually mauve with pink polka dots but the sun did something funny to it when I snapped the photo. ;)

This will definitely be a cutting file that I'll use over and over!!!

More inspiration by Regina Easter
Owner/Designer of TCC

Head over to the design team blog post here later today for tons of inspiration using everything in the Lip Balm and Chapstick Holder template and cutting file. Yes, there is a lot more to this set than just the box so check it out. If you leave a comment on the DT post you will automatically be entered to win 3 FREE SETS from TCC and the winner will be announced May 21st in the next design team post.

Don't forget that Regina opened an online paper crafting store called The Cutting Cafe Shop where you'll find crafty supplies plus you can custom order acrylic stamps. Recently she's added custom embroidered items on her ETSY site as well so visit the link for TCC and it will direct you to all that this talented lady has to offer. 

Have a blessed day and sending you crafty hugs,
Lisa xx

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Summer Flip Book

Front Cover

I'm back to share a summer themed flip book I created for a pal in Sweden. She needed a pick-me-up after a long winter so I thought the bright, warm colors might do the trick. Happy to report that she loved it! 

Each page was painted with various acrylic paints then I added black spots by thinning black acrylic paint with water and splattering. To decorate the book I used various stickers, ephemera, thickers and chipboard. It was fun using up a lot of my stash and by the time I finished the book it was chunky. 

Pages 1 and 2

Pages 3 and 4

Pages 5 and 6

Pages 7 and 8

Pages 9 and 10

Pages 11 and 12

Page 12 has a pull out so I spelled out a message tiny type alphas.

I love this banner by American Crafts and as my happy mail was a bit delayed I thought it was appropriate. It was definitely made with love!

It was chunky but I kinda like chunky. :)

Thanks for visiting today!
 I'm working to get back into posting here routinely so hopefully you'll be seeing more content.
Have a great day,
Lisa xx

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

'J' for Joy and 'K' for Keep it Simple

There's a brand new challenge beginning today at ABC Christmas Challenge and Dorte is our hostess this month. We are nearing the mid-point of the alphabet with the letters 'J' and 'K' and to play along create a Christmas themed project using one, or both, of these letters. 

J is for Joy and K for Keep it Simple

For my card above I used glitter letter stickers by American Crafts to spell the word Joy out. I kept everything simple on these two cards using the CAS (clean and simple) design style. The addition of sequins elevates it for the holidays. 

For this card I used the Angel Stickers set by Dazzles. These are great cards to mail out because there are no bulky embellishments therefore no extra postage. That's a win in my book! 

Both card bases were from a blank card set by The Paper Studio. Love having blank cards at the ready for quick card making. :)

Be sure to visit the challenge blog to see more inspiration by my design team mates. You have all month to play along and as long as it is Christmas themed you can enter as many times as you like. 


They are offering a gift voucher to their online store.


They are offering a gift voucher to their online store.

Our lovely Dorte also has a prize for the lucky winner so that's a total of three prizes up for grabs

That's all for today!
Lisa xx

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Accordion Style Flipbook

I was due to post this yesterday but that didn't happen. ;) It's been super busy the past 3 weeks but hopefully things are calming down, at least for a while. This sweet flip book went to a dear friend of mine in Germany and she is an avid panda lover. It brightened her day which is the goal of all happy mail so I was tickled!

It is an accordion style flip book which I purchased some time ago and was in my stash begging to be altered. The base is black and I added designer paper mostly by Crate Paper to embellish. 

This is the first set of pages and I added pockets to stash some goodies in for her to use. On the left I gifted stickers and Heidi Swapp acetate words, on the right I gave her planner stickers and SMASH banners. 

On the left I created a pocket using a journal card and added a tag with a handwritten note. The right pocket holds 3D embellishments that she can use on future crafty projects.

The last set of pages has a pocket on left with Pink Paislee ephemera from a Paige Evans collection. The tissue paper on the right had multi colored flecks and reminded me of a unicorn so I jokingly told her it was unicorn tissue paper. She happens to love them and she loved this paper. :)
The panda images are from the web, I fussy cut each one and turned into a sticker using a Xyron machine. 

Under the unicorn tissue paper is a 4x6 journal card from a Simple Stories collection. 

I used MAMBI stickers to spell out a frequent greeting we exchange with each other. 

I love creating happy mail and flip books are one of my fave items to send. I have another flip book to share with you on Thursday so check back for that and tomorrow I'll be back with a design team project for ABC Christmas Challenge so see you then.
Lisa xx

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