Friday, April 27, 2018

Game of Thrones Pocket Letter

{made a legend for my pl and a charm}

I'm sharing a pocket letter I made for a dear friend in Germany, Katrin, and you can see by the photo above what the theme was. We're both fans of this cult phenomenon and we swapped letters with each other. It was just for fun and for our own personal use so little disclaimer there. 


With my pocket letter I decided to decorate each pocket front and back which is atypical for me. It just shows how much I love this show! In reality there are too many characters to be accurately portrayed so I chose my favorites and that's who you'll see. Now there is one in particular I left out, Sam Tarly, but I'm sure we'll swap another pl when Game of Thrones wraps in 2019 and I'll include him. 


I opted for a landscape design for the front and portrait for the back of my pocket letter. There's one pocket -middle 3rd row- that is out of place but had to include this one of Jon Snow. It reveals who I believe will eventually sit on the Iron Throne and rule the Seven Kingdoms. I won't say why as to spoil for anyone who hasn't watched the series yet.

A few close ups...
The top photo is the Stark children reunited plus Jon who was raised as the bastard son of Eddard (Ned) Stark. In fact his last name, Snow, indicates as much and it's something he has always lived with. 

Talk about your love/hate relationship. This girl has spunk and love her spirit throughout this show, never giving up and always turning things into a positive for her. Yes she did have some rough patches but Daenerys Targaryen did not let them define her. Here she's with Khal Drogo, her husband, and was known as Khalessi of the Great Grass Sea. Her titles grew throughout the show as you can see in the bottom photo above. FYI he did become the love of her life. :)

And then there's Cersei....

with her brother and lover, Jaime.

Yes she's clearly changed hairstyles here...not by her doing and no I do not want to discuss how it came the show. Anyway, this chica knows how to get revenge...big time. There's not enough money or power for the likes of Cersei Lannister. Oh and when she gets that look in her out!

Tyrion of House Lannister

younger brother to twins, Jaime and Cersei and son of Tywin Lannister. Life was hard enough with Tywin for a dad but being a dwarf who is accused of killing his mother during childbirth....well that's brutal. As if he could help it...

Love this line by The Hound, aka Sandor Clegane. 

Avert thine eyes if you haven't seen the series
 * spoiler alert*

Lady Olenna Tyrell is a favorite because she killed Joffrey.  Cersei may have called her the Queen of Thorns but to me she's a heroine. Joffrey was a monster and although there are many in GOT he was a particularly nasty one and I cheered when he died. The upside is that the actor, Jack Gleeson, did a great job portraying him. :)

I couldn't leave out Hodor, protector of children. 

That's a good place to leave this post on. This was a fun pocket letter to make and it is just for my friend to enjoy. I'm posting here to keep a visual diary for myself and nothing more. I can't wait for GOT to return in April of 2019!

I'll be back Monday with the first of two mini books to share that I made for my pen pals in Europe.
Have a great weekend, wherever you are.
Lisa xx

Friday, April 20, 2018

Pocket Letter Pals Printable from TCC

Hello and Welcome!
I'm back with a pocket letter I made for a pen pal in Sweden. I love using Regina's files from The Cutting Cafe but for this design team post I decided to use this awesome printable - Pocket Letter Pals. Instead of using the cards full size I used 5 cards from the set as accent pieces on my pl and I love how it turned out. Here's hoping Veronika will too! ;)

I trimmed this card, rounded the corners and added some faux stitching with a black pen. A black panel behind it helps it to pop and love the wood veneer house. 

On this card I cut the two white panels from the set and added them, again a faux stitched border helps add interest. A wood veneer for the state of Tennessee with a puffy heart makes it personal and I spelled out Tennessee with tiny alpha's by October Afternoon. The red label was on the pattern paper so that was handy. 

For this one I added another stitched border, a puffy heart and enamel dots.

I added a strip of washi tape above the trimmed panel, rounded the corners and added a bunny puffy sticker. The white rabbit is my user name on Instagram and I'm obviously a big fan of Alice in Wonderland. ;)

Lastly this one was altered the same with a stitched border and I added an arrow sticker. 

The Cutting Cafe

For this design team post Regina let us choose what we wanted to create with so there will be a variety of inspiration by my teamies here on the DT post. Check it out and if you leave a comment you'll automatically be entered to win 3 FREE SETS of your choice. Winner will be announced on May 7th when our next DT post will be. 

Thanks for stopping by today and be sure to visit TCC for all of your cutting files, templates and printables. Also there is a sister site - The Cutting Cafe Shop - where you'll find crafty supplies and stamps including custom order stamps as well as other items. 

Lisa xx

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Flipbook Swap w/a Pal from Sweden

Quick post to share some happy mail that made its way to Sweden earlier this year. I made a flip book and filled it with crafty happies for my friend, Veronika. She loved it which made me happy!  

It's a basic flip book with a waterfall design on the right panel. 
More photos below...

Inside left pocket and the word strips are from The Reset Girl. I used clear floral stickers and did some faux stitching with a Pilot fine tip pen. A card and other crafty supplies were tucked in the pocket.

I used papers from one of Maggie Holmes collections by Crate paper to create my waterfall pages. This one features photos of us and a concertina fold crepe paper strip with tiny word stickers by The Reset Girl. 

I tucked in crafty goodies for her to use on future projects. Included on this page was a sample of washi tape and a large gold paper clip.

On this page I included our furbaby, Jasmine. :)

The last waterfall page had a deep pocket that held several pieces of paper and ephemera. 

It was easy to make and fun to decorate!
Thanks for dropping by and I'll be back tomorrow with a pocket letter to share. 
Lisa xx

Tuesday, April 17, 2018


***Photo Heavy Post***

Good Morning or afternoon....evening wherever you may be. 
I have a super crafty post to share today that was inspired by the talented Suse Fish. I follow her You Tube channel and also on Instagram and I adore the way she scraps...anything. She incorporates recycled packaging, bags, scrap papers of all kinds...literally pretty much anything goes. I love to save packaging and have for several years to I thought it would be fun to stop hoarding it and start putting it to good use. I also am adapting another crafter's style into this project and that's Adele Toomey (aka Inkie Quill) from Australia. I also follow her on You Tube and I'm one of her patreons on Patreon. I love her easy style of "sticking and plunking" things down so you don't overthink the process. It appeals to me because I'm totally guilty of doing that and it tends to creatively shut me down. So no more overthinking for me I'm just going for it and frankly I love the results. Thanks Suse and Adele! xoxo

Here are my daily projects so far which I'm keeping in this planner binder that I found at a thrift shop. 
It was a real bargain and it's perfect. ;)

I made an introduction tag for my binder and I journaled on the back what my intentions are for this challenge. Basically Suse inspired us to create something using her principles of Scrap Therapy for the current #the100dayproject and also hashtag her #100daysofscraptherapy so she could enjoy our makes. It is really using my scrap stash up which makes room for new crafty products so it's a win-win. Yay!

{Day 1}
I doubled a glassine page a friend gifted me and created an inside pocket. On the front I decorated it with puffy stickers and ephemera from recent Citrus Twist kits. Later I'll include bits and bobs she's shared with me over the years and seal it up as a keepsake, things I don't want to use because I want them in my forever stash. After my recent craftroom makeover I am much more selective as to what stays and what goes. If I don't plan to use it then it must go - donate, actually use on a project or preserve it like I plan to do with my cherished treasures for Katrin. 

{Day 2}
I altered Pink Paislee packaging from an older collection, Vintage Vogue. The split screen photo shows the front on the left and back on the right. That day I was off to our monthly Ladies Devotion and Lunch at my church. We have such fun and my dear friend, Lucy, gave a wonderful and touching devotion that day. If you don't have any gal pals then I encourage you to go get some. They make life go round!

{Day 3}
A mixed media background using modeling paste and stencils gives a quick backdrop for this photo. My daughter was around 6 or 7 when this was taken and she wore that pink hat everywhere. She also carried lipstick and a New Testament Bible with her everywhere. 
Sweet memories!

{Day 4}
 More upcycled packing and this time it's a Jenni Bowlin package that held vintage buttons. Sorry for the glare but I'm not editing these photos because they'll be in groups and simply need to save time. The paper on the front of the library card kraft bag is from my dear friend in Germany. She wrote a note on the back and I saved it, in fact you'll eventually see more of that paper. I love the Paige Evans - Turn the Page paper clip that says "Let Your Light Shine" so I had to use it. This is the front side and below is the back.

I attached a glassine bag and popped in a photo of my favorite church in downtown Corinth, MS. It was in a brochure that was in my hair salon and I cut out the zip code from the brochure as well. The mixed media heart was a free download from Minerva Levinston several years ago. The doily sticker is an oldie from Amy Tangerine and love that I'm using up my sticker and chipboard stash with this project. ;)

{Day 5}
I used Maggie Holmes packaging for the base of this mini layout, layered lots of papers and tissue and spelled out Laguna Beach and Disneyland with Citrus Twist puffy alphas. I love the size of their alphas! Washi tape at the top, a yellow doily and ephemera complete this one. You can see the other projects peeking out from behind and I just love the way this binder is shaping up. It is so much fun to flip through the pages, remember the good times and know that it's mine. :)

{Day 6}
**I know this one says 8 but it's 6, just got ahead of myself lol**
This one is simply a 6x6 piece of paper that I started building on. I used scraps and more Citrus Twist ephemera from recent kits to embellish. The black foam hearts were on a nearly used Thickers sheet and I cut out the ampersand from a Paige Evans 6x6 paper and I can't remember what collection it is, so sorry. The doily peeking out is a Cambridge doily that I got for free, actually a bartender was kind enough to leave several for me once he learned I like to use them in craft projects. We were enjoying afternoon tea which was a great experience that I'd like to repeat again soon. Loved those little sammies! :) It records some great places we've been and would love to visit again. 

{Day 7}
Suse Fish not only started Scrap Therapy which I adore she also does Faith Scrapping on You Tube. I love watching her videos and seeing her process while she shares her personal thoughts on Scriptures and passages in the Bible. One of her Instagram posts inspired me to create a rectangle vellum pocket to hold a prayer to God. Basically it's just me talking to God in written form and thanking Him for all of my blessings, thanking Him for loving me and carving out a moment in time for me to learn, know and accept His Son, Jesus Christ, into my heart as my Savior. 

{Day 8}
It's so hard to believe it's been nearly a year since our baby graduated from college. Honestly, where did the time go? This paper {not sure where it is from?} was in a kit and I loved it immediately. However I needed to tone it down for this mini layout so I diluted white gesso with water so it would give a translucent look. I used Amy Tangerine stickers to build layers. It's not the best photo quality because we were in a week of rainy, gloomy days everyday and I needed to move on. Note: In real life it's beautiful. :)

{Day 9}
Last year for my daughter's college graduation we took her on a 3 week vacation to California. To say we had a blast is an understatement. Love this kid and we're so proud of her! More product packaging and the alpha's are puffy stickers from the April Citrus Twist kit. The label on the left side says "messy hair, we don't care" and we didn't lol.

{Day 10}
Yes, coffee is my proper day starts without it.

{Day 11}
I mentioned my friend from Germany, Katrin, writes notes to include in our happy mail swaps and she always finds the prettiest papers. I love them all but this one in particular because I love pansies. Pretty is spelled out in fabric thickers by American Crafts and the PAPER alphas are from Paige Evans newest collection - Turn the Paige by Pink Paislee. BTW the set also includes a dark blue set of alphas as well and the packaging will definitely be used. ;)

{Day 12}
Pink Paislee packaging is so pretty and I love the text on this one so had to use it. The photo was taken in Sonoma, California while we were visiting wine country last May. I loved our time there and the people and weather couldn't have been better. I pray they are getting back on their feet after the wildfires last summer. More thicker alpha's by Paige Evans on this one. Can you tell I like them?

{Day 13}
I have a flamingo loving friend and somehow...someway....he has made me love flamingos. His wife has allowed him to decorate their home with them and I have to say he's done a fabulous job. They put a smile on my face because they will forever remind me of them. For my tag I did some mixed media and played with paint, ink, stencils and stamps. I added a pop of black with the polka dot tissue and the embroidered flamingo was a gift from a crafty friend and I love it! xx 

{Day 14}
This was yesterday's share on Instagram so this is where I'm stopping as I have other things calling my name. I adore these ladies and last month we had lunch at a fabulous new restaurant in downtown Booneville, Mississippi called Market 105. It was sweet serendipity that they also had a boutique as well and I bought costume pearl earrings and a bracelet for all of us. Just a sweet reminder of our fun day and a thank you to them for the love they show me every day through their prayers and thoughtfulness. Friends are a true blessing in life and when they become family....well it just doesn't get better than that! All of the puffy stickers are Citrus Twist. I'm a monthly subscriber to their kits {they offer several} and I highly recommend them. Two thumbs up!!

You can keep up with my daily #100daysofscraptherapy posts on Instagram at @lisalea64. I also joined #the100dayproject since I was already creating anyway. ;) It's not too late to join in and just start where you are and use what you already have in your crafty stash or what is lying around that just looks pretty. Literally.....ANYthing goes so cut loose and have fun!

Take care,
Lisa xx

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Note Card Pad

Hello and Welcome!

After a brief hiatus from my design team duties with The Cutting Cafe I'm happy to be back with a new project. I've always enjoyed the versatility of Regina's cutting files and today we're using shaped cards to create custom note pads. These are quick and easy to create and would make a great gift for a teacher or a thank you.

I used an adorable bunny image from the Bunny Family Shaped Card set and cut 4 of the same image. I backed the front and back with a solid color cardstock to make it sturdy and glued the ears at the top so the note pad will flip open easily. Super cute!

The Cutting Cafe

If you'd like more inspiration using images from shaped card templates....cutting files to create your own note pad visit TCC's blog. If you leave a comment on the DT post you'll be automatically entered into a drawing to win 3 FREE SETS. The winner will be announced on the 21st when the design team will be back with more crafty projects using the versatile printable stamps, templates and cutting files from The Cutting Cafe. If you need crafting supplies you can always visit The Cutting Cafe Shop and find paper, embellishments and a supply of acrylic stamps as well as custom order stamps and ribbons.

Happy Shopping,
Lisa xx

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

H for Hat, I for Ice at ABC Christmas Challenge

It's good to be back with a post and design team project for ABC Christmas Challenge. I truly meant to be more regular with my posts here but I've been sidetracked with an impromptu craft room makeover. It took longer than I planned but glad it's done and I am back to crafting again. A big thanks to Samantha and Helen for giving me the month of March off to finish everything up. In a few weeks I'll be sharing the transformation right here on my blog. :)

This month we are on the letters H and I so a hat or ice on your Christmas themed project will work. Click the link above to visit the challenge blog and see more inspiration for both letters by my incredible design team sisters.


For my card I used a wood stamp that belonged to my mom. I love having some of her crafty supplies in my stash, brings sweet memories to mind of all the cards she made me throughout the years. It's from Hampton Arts stamps and it's called Frosty. While Santa's red hat is iconic at Christmas I think Frosty's black brimmed hat is a close second. 

Join us this month and if you win you'll receive two free digital images from Wendy's Etsy shop. 
Good Luck!

Lisa xx

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